TIPS FROM ASTRA FOR REDUCING A FEVER NATURALLY IN ADULTS AND CHILDREN WITH COLD OR FLU

Fever is an elevated temperature of the human body that is substantially beyond the normal range. Normal body temperature fluctuates daily from about one degree below 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit to one degree above that number. Fever is your body’s way of fighting flu. A rise in body temperature, or fever, is actually an immune system’s response. Scientists have found more evidence that elevated body temperature helps certain types of immune cells work better. So, suppressing fever is not advised, as it kills the bacteria and virus. That said, if the body temperature climbs too high, it can be dangerous, especially for small children. We at *Astra Natural Healing have numerous tips how to reduce high fever.
*Astra Natural Healing Recommends: Natural approaches to reduce fever
1) Dip five washcloths in a bowl of warm water (1/2 cup of water) mixed with 1/2 cup of vinegar and three tablespoons of vodka. Wring the washcloths out, and apply to the forehead, wrap around the wrists and ankles to treat high fever.
2) Make a mixture of warm water, vinegar and vodka (the ratio of water to vinegar to vodka is 1:1:1) to rub gently the whole body, beginning from hands and feet, wrists and ankles, then – armpits and knees, then – neck. Do it carefully, do not miss a spot. When the liquid begins to evaporate, the high temperature starts to drop.
3) Slice a potato and soak the slices in vinegar for ten minutes. Then place the slices on the forehead, wrists and ankles while you lie down and place the washcloths on top. Results should be seen in about 20 minutes.
4) Place the slices of raw onion in your socks on the sole of each foot and wrap in a warm blanket, and keep on for the night.
5) Drink a lot of liquid (at least 8 cups) each day – it doesn’t all have to be water. Fluids help to thin out the thick mucus that builds up with this illness. Hot drinks may work better than cold. You could drink:
• Decoction of Raspberry and Linden flowers
To treat high fever, take equal amounts (1 teaspoon) of dried raspberries and Linden flowers. Put in a saucepan, pour 2 cups of boiling water, and bring to boil. Simmer for 5 minutes, and then strain. Drink 1/3 cup of the decoction 3-4 times a day
• Raisin infusion with fresh-made lemon or lime juice
For high fever, soak 25 raisins in half a cup of hot water for 30 minutes. Crush the raisins into the water and strain. Add the fresh-made juice from a half of a lemon or lime to the raisin infusion and drink twice a day
• Rosehip tea, Licorice root tea and Echinacea tea
• During cold and flu season, take 20 to 30 drops of Echinacea tincture in half-cup of water three times daily
• Green tea with lemon and honey
• Warm cranberry juice

6) As we have already mentioned in previous blog, apply the minced garlic pieces to a special point on each of your hands, called the acupuncture point Hegu – for 15 minutes once or twice a day.

To locate the acupoint Hegu put a thumb on top of the fleshy part between the thumb and forefinger of the opposite hand.

The best way to find the “actual” point location is to find where your thumb and pointer finger meet towards the base of your wrist. Once you’ve located that area, slide your finger along the bone of your pointer finger about a half an inch towards the tip and then come out off of that bone towards your thumb. The point itself is about as big as a nickel, so don’t feel that you need to be pinpoint accurate in finding it.

Applying garlic to this point stimulates the immune system and thus is beneficial in treating colds and flu as well as reducing high fever.
In the next blog post we will talk more about treating naturally other flu symptoms: cough, sore throat, malaise, fatigue or weakness.

Use our recommendations and stay healthy.

Again about Flu Season. TIPS FROM ASTRA FOR TREATING COLDS AND FLU NATURALLY (1)

Last time we were talking about the ways how to prevent colds and flu. If you did catch flu despite all preventive measures and got sick with annoying flu-like symptoms: fever, cough, nasal congestion, weakness, sores and pains, just remember: those are often the effects of your immune system’s titanic struggle against invading organisms. Fighting the disease via burning viruses and bacteria in a flame of fever; via cough clearing your breathing passages of mucus – is a part of the natural healing process. The question is: how to reduce the severity of flu symptoms?
We at *Astra Natural Healing know the answer.
*Astra Natural Healing recommends: homeopathic remedy number one – Engystol, a natural approach to fight viral infections
Over the past 20 years, we have been successfully using an immunostimulating homeopathic remedy Engystol, produced by the German Company “Heel”. This medicine has been scientifically proven to significantly reduce the duration and severity of symptoms during an acute viral infection (when given as a treatment) and help protect against subsequent infections (when given as prophylaxis).
Basic research has revealed the activity of Engystol against viruses, such as adenovirus Type 5, Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 (HSV 1) and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), and Human Rhino Virus (HRV).
In a clinical setting, Engystol has also been shown to shorten the time of infection and reduce antibody titers against influenza A. In addition to the above, Engystol is regulated by the FDA. Furthermore, Engystol will not cause drowsiness like some flu products.
We highly recommend that all our *Astra patients including infants, pregnant women, nursing mothers and elderly people use this remedy because:

• It may be used for both treatment and prevention of various viral infections
• It stimulates the non-specific and specific defense system ( as an immunostimulator), thereby strengthening the immune system
• It is safe for pregnant women or nursing mothers, as well as the entire family
• There are no known side effects, contraindications or interactions
• It is very well-tolerated and suitable for long-term treatment
• It can be combined with other natural or conventional immunostimulating therapies

Engystol is available for use in tablet form, and as an ampule. We prefer to use Engystol in ampules drawing its contents into a pipette and putting 2-3 drops of Engystol into each nostril three times daily.
This enables the remedy not to be destroyed or broken down by stomach acid, to reduce the swelling of nasal tissues, also to provide relief from congestion, and overall to increase its therapeutic effect. Engystol can be bought at www.unitedremedies.com
Right types of pipettes can be bought at:
http://www.amazon.com/KINGLAKE%C2%AE-Transfer-Pipettes-Satisfaction-Guarantee/dp/B00WLIQHQ0/ref=lp_318122011_1_6?s=industrial&ie=UTF8&qid=1454780644&sr=1-6

*Astra Natural Healing recommends: homeopathic remedy number two – Oscillococcinum, a natural approach to reduce the severity of flu symptoms

Oscillococcinum, produced by the French Company “Boiron”, homeopathic medicine, non-drowsy, no side effects, no drug interactions, works naturally with your body.
Commonly called Oscillo, is widely recommended by homeopaths and naturopaths to reduce the severity of flu symptoms, such as body aches, headache, fever, chills and fatigue.
Suggested use: preferably at the onset of symptoms (within 12 to 48 hours of the first appearance of your symptoms). It comes in packages of six, twelve, thirty vials. Take one vial every six hours.
In the next few blogs we will talk more about treating naturally other flu symptoms: fever, nasal congestion, cough, weakness, and sore throats.

Use our recommendations and stay healthy.

TIPS FROM ASTRA FOR TREATING COLDS AND FLU NATURALLY (2)

Last time we were talking about the homeopathic ways how to fight colds and flu. We promised to tell you more about treating flu symptoms naturally. Nasal congestion is one of annoying flu symptoms and can make you restless and disrupt your sleep. It occurs when there is a swelling on the nasal cavity thus resulting to a buildup of mucus which makes difficult to breathe through your nose. The question is: how to ease nasal congestion?
We at *Astra Natural Healing know the answer.

*Astra Natural Healing recommends: Natural approaches to ease nasal stuffiness and post-nasal drip:

1) It’s important to blow your nose regularly when you have the cold rather than sniffling mucus back into your head. Do not blow hard because pressure can move germ-carrying phlegm back into your ear passages and cause an earache. The best way to blow your nose is to press a finger over one nostril while you blow gently into a tissue to clear the other. Wash your hands after blowing your nose.
2) Rinsing your stuffy nose with salt water. It will not only help to break up the congestion thinning mucous and soothing nasal inflammation but also remove virus and bacteria particles from your airways. You can use saline nasal sprays from any pharmacy or make your own by mixing two teaspoons of non-iodized salt and 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in a glass of boiled water that has been allowed to cool. Then, use a bulb syringe to gently squirt the solution towards the back of your head, rather than upwards. Hold one nostril closed by applying light finger pressure while squirting the salt mixture into the other nostril. Let it drain. Repeat two to three times, and then treat the other nostril.
3) Blow your nose gently.
4) Make a wick out of cotton ball for each nostril by rolling of half a ball. Place these wicks inside of your nose (into each nostril) for 30 minutes. It will block your nasal passages, and you have to breathe with your mouth open for half an hour.
5) Finally, blow your nose again.
6) Sleep with your shoulders, neck and head elevated – this will help you breathe a little easier at night
7) Nasal strips. Can be bought at:
https://www.breatheright.com/how-breathe-right-strips-work.html
http://www.amazon.com/Breathe-Right-Large-Nasal-Strips-100ct/dp/B000GZA14O
8) Propolis nasal spray. Can be bought at:
http://www.amazon.com/Uniflora-Sinux-Nasal-Wash-Propolis/dp/B007A5J1GW
9) Natural nasal drops:
• Prepare drops out of fresh-made beet juice mixed with water (the ratio of juice to water is 1:3). Put 2-3 drops into each nostril three times daily
• Prepare drops out of fresh-made onion juice mixed with water (the ratio of juice to water is 1:3). Put 2-3 drops into each nostril three times daily interchanged every other day with beet juice drops
• Continue to use a homeopathic medicine Engystol in ampules. Put 2-3 drops in each nostril 3 times a day
In the next few blogs we will talk more about treating naturally other flu symptoms: fever, cough, weakness, and sore throats.

Use our recommendations and stay healthy.

TIPS FROM ASTRA FOR FLU SEASON

A breath of winter inevitably brings colds and flu. And now when we are in the midst the colds and flu season, we can’t help but ask how and if we can avoid getting sick. We at *Astra Natural Healing know the answer:

To common well-known facts and tips such as: keeping the premises frequently well-aired; washing hands often with soap and water; using hand sanitizers; getting plenty of sleep and rest; exercising, drinking plenty of fluids, and eating nutritious food (no starving and exhausting diets are allowed at the time of flu season), it would be nice to add:

 daily rinsing the nose with soap and water;
 drinking Rosehip tea, Licorice root tea and Echinacea tea;
 drinking green tea with lemon and honey;
 daily eating a clove of garlic

Colds and flu mostly hit those who do not exercise, don’t spend enough time outside, neglect to strengthen their immune system, or whose immune system is already compromised. It has been known that over-muffled babies fall ill more often. That is why in order to prevent getting sick first and foremost one must boost his or her immune system. Taking cold showers, pouring cold water over one’s feet or cold baths are three cheapest and easiest ways to stay healthy for both adults and children:

1) Taking cold showers over one’s entire body has always been the most effective method of boosting your natural defenses. It is simple and feels good, after you get used to it, and ideally should become part of your daily routine.

2) If the above is too hard for you, simply pour cold water on your feet for 1-2 minutes, beginning with the water’s temperature of 98.6°F (– 37°C ), then gradually lowering the temperature by one degree every 3-5 days, until you finally reach 64°F -72°F (18°C- 22°C). Repeat on a daily basis.

3) If you have small children, you may try cold water foot baths. First, run a bath with the cold water up to the ankle level, then put a child in the bath and let him stamp his feet in the cold water for a minute. Like above, you can start with the water’s temperature of 98.6°F (– 37°C ), then gradually lower it by one degree every 3-5 days, until you finally reach 64°F -72°F (18°C- 22°C). After the procedure, dry the child’s feet thoroughly and put the wool socks on to keep a child warm.

And finally, we’d like to introduce two lesser-known but extremely effective methods for preventing and treating colds & flu:

1) Engystol, produced by the German Company “Heel”, in ampules. Suggested use: put 2-3 drops in each nostril 3 times a day 3 days in the row; preferably at the onset of symptoms. Engystol can be bought at unitedremedies.com.

2) Cut the garlic clove into tiny pieces. Apply the minced garlic pieces to a special point on each of your hands, called the acupuncture point Hegu – for 15 minutes once or twice a day 3 days in the row. The place for the acupuncture point Hegu is located between the index finger and thumb on the back of the hand.

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To locate the acupoint Hegu put a thumb on top of the fleshy part between the thumb and forefinger of the opposite hand.

The easiest way to find the exact location of it is to squeeze your thumb into your index finger and the top of the “lump” created by the web is your spot.

Acupuncturists treat Hegu with needles, but minced garlic can be put there as well to help with colds and flu. Applying garlic to this point stimulates the immune system and thus is beneficial in treating all respiratory diseases as well as increasing the body resistance to colds and flu.

In the next blogpost we will talk more Engystol and how it works.

Use our recommendations and stay healthy. Happy holidays.