This past week I’ve been hit with the worst flu that I’ve had in ages. Normally I try to heal myself naturally with different techniques that I’ve picked up over the years but I won’t lie to you, I did cave and take some manufactured medicine for part of the time. However, I did try out some natural ways of healing that definitely helped me through my sickness so I thought I’d share with you.

By no means do I ‘like’ getting sick, but for some reason it’s kinda nice to take 2-3 days to do absolutely nothing and lay in bed. For the first two days I tried a variety of different natural healing tips that made me feel so much better.

My first tip is tea. I love tea (it’s just so soothing and warm and feels nice on a sore throat). I adore chamomile and lavender. My coveted chamomile tea is from a natural foods store and is wonderfully delicious; my lavender was harvested this summer from my organic sprout farm and was gifted to me. During sickness it’s important to keep as hydrated as you can so drinking tea is a great way to get liquid.

In the middle hours of the night I was feeling very ill so I crept out of bed, went into the kitchen and grabbed a huge cooking pot and filled it a quarter of the way with water. I added some lavender and let the water steam. I held my head above the pot and breathed deeply to allow the steam to sooth my throat and face.

On the second day my throat was killing me so I tried drops of purified oregano oil. It tasted horrible but the oil instantly kills any bacteria so it gives you a few minutes of relief. I wasn’t brave enough to take the oil as much as I should have because it is so intense and made me feel a little nauseous but if you can handle it, you should definitely go that route.

The last thing I did was make a cayenne, ginger and garlic concoction which you are supposed to gargle. I put a teaspoon of cayenne, a teaspoon of chopped ginger and one minced garlic clove into a cup of warm water. I mixed it all together and gargled it periodically for about an hour. The ingredients help to promote phlegm so that you can cough it out and feel better. (I know that’s pretty gross but it’s true!)

Other things that I did this week was watch movies in bed. I highly recommend this one because a) it’s awesome and b) it’s actually beneficial to rest your body as much as you can.

I also caught up on a bunch of blogs that I love and came across an amazing post that I thought I’d share here because it is so cute. It’s by TheLittleDear where she compiled a bunch of vintage love photos. Here are the photos along with some other vintage images that have been saved on my computer for years:

Finally, this song has been playing on my computer all week. It’s gorgeous: