How I Cured my *secret* in Two Days!
Having knowledge of botanical medicine is fantastic because when I woke up with a sore throat and clogged nose, golden seal was the first thing that came to mind….So here I was, steeping it, and making myself one of the nastiest teas alive. Oh…am I not supposed to say that? As in “all home made remedies should taste yummy”. False. They do not always taste delicious and this is one of those that made me gag and figure out a way for me to take it down!
Golden seal is a fantastic herb and I used it when I got a crazy acute upper respiratory tract infection (URTI). I had that awful post-nasal drip, my throat hurt, my cough hurt my throat and my muscles…you get the idea. The best part of the plant to use is the root. The easiest way to get the root to steep into your water is to buy it powdered and use those “fill yourself” tea bags (I bought mine here at David’s Tea). So anyway, I drag myself into my boyfriend’s car, drive myself to a little natural herb shop and buy some ingredients to blend into a “super get-well tea”. What was in it you ask?
§ 1/2 tsp – 1 tsp of Golden seal, powdered root
§ 1 tbsp of Sage leaves, dried leaves
§ Filled remainder of bag with Boneset, dried flower or leaves
So mix this all up, add a glob of raw honey to it and sip it – BARFFFFF
What the heck have I made? It was just awful! So my sick little brains said to throw in peppermint since I love it and it’s powerfully aromatic. Part of me said: it’s the herb’s purpose to be bitter like this don’t cover it up it’s supposed to help you…Then I told myself that right now, I don’t need bitters to help my liver or stomach, I need the rest of this plant to do its thing and fix my URTI!!! So I threw in two teaspoons of peppermint tea, (some cinnamon) and WOWZERS! I could actually drink it down.
I made this tea three times a day in addition to doing a Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) throat gargle every morning and night. The next morning I woke up and I felt a pinch better so I almost didn’t do the tea again — fight the urge to stop! I made three more teas and the next day I felt phenomenal!!! But yet I still made myself three teas just to be on the safe side. Voila. So this is how I cured my URTI in two days!!
Upper respiratory tract infections can be quite serious and I wrote this piece as an interesting take on how us docs-to-be enjoy trying out future remedies we may be prescribing. I don’t recommend just reading this post if you’re sick – go check out a doctor’s office & have them make sure you don’t have a more serious respiratory infection! I went to my doctor just to make sure that my lungs were clear after I had fixed myself up and there was no signs of infection! Better to be safe than sorry folks!
Golden seal should not be taken if you are pregnant, lactating, or if you have kidney disease or failure. Please speak to your naturopathic doctor before taking golden seal to make sure that it is safe for your personal use.