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Learn how to make natural cold remedies at home


Winter has arrived Down Under and the cold & flu season is upon us. Although I have chronic sinus issues, I rarely take prescriptions or over-the-counter medications for relief (but stay tuned because I think I need surgery again). And I never take that stuff for a common cold, nor does Mr M or Master T. I do take paracetamol for extreme pain when needed (I am human after all). But I wish I didn’t and I’m always impressed when I speak to someone who NEVER takes medication, like Cyndi O’Meara.

Of course the key to not needing medications is to not get sick. And to not get sick, you need a kick-ass immune system. Which is all good in a perfect world. And we all know we don’t live in a perfect world. So, what do you do if you get sick and don’t want to take over-the-counter cold and flu meds?

Make your own.

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What’s Working for me Wednesday – Soap nuts!

A few months ago I saw some health-conscious acquaintances talking about soap nuts on Facebook. I didn’t pay much attention to it. I had never heard of soap nuts before and probably should have been working – not scrolling through Facebook.

The words ‘soap nuts’ stuck in my mind though and eventually I got around to googling them. Hmmm. Seed pods from the Sapinuaus mukorossi plant that are a natural soap? Can replace the need for common laundry and dish detergent, hand soap, shampoo or even body wash? And people I  know are using this and loving it? I was intrigued.

I ordered a 250g bag of nuts immediately.

They arrived yesterday.

To use as laundry soap, it’s easy as. Just place 6 nuts (they are crushed slightly) into the supplied wash bag or an old sock. The same bag can be used for several loads. I haven’t tried this yet but I have made some liquid soap.

soap nuts as is

From this

To make the concentrate, just boil 6 nuts in 500ml of water. Strain and use for anything that needs cleaning. I have been washing my hands with it and it does feel very clean.

Soap nuts in water

to this ( a double batch)

I’m quite keen to see how it is in the shower.

No more SLS, phosphates, parabens or other nasties (I did add citric acid to help preserve). And no more paying up to $20 for a litre of chemical-free washing agents! The 250g bag of nuts was just $16! I don’t know how many washes I will get but I reckon it will be heaps!!

soap nuts liquid

to liquid soap, ready to use!!

Soap Nuts are working for me this Wednesday!!!

What’s working for you?


How I beat a throat infection without penicillin

Remedies for the sickness.


In a recent post, I spoke   whinged about how I contracted a virus of some kind on my quick trip to Sydney. On day 4 of such virus and back home in Western Australia, I went to the doctor suffering from severe body aches and a sore throat that was preventing me from eating (sacrilege).

By the time I actually saw the doctor, I was beginning to feel better (thankfully the body aches were gone) so I made the decision to take the prescription for penicillin but I had no intention of filling it.

I did go to the local chemist for a chat about immunity boosters. I bought some defence vitamins and Betadine sore throat gargle. I was advised to gargle 3 times daily and to increase the dosage of the supplements. I agreed that if I was not better at the end of 2 days, I would fill the prescription. It was the chemist’s opinion that a throat infection could not be cured without anti-biotics or penicillin but the fact I was seeing improvement meant my body was fighting the infection.

Now, 48 hours later, I am well enough to know for sure that I will not be filling the script. Here’s how I did it.

  • Even though my throat was still sore, I resumed healthy eating (fresh fruit, yoghurt, protein, veggies and then some carbs*)
  • I used the Betadine gargle x 3 daily
  • I took 2 supplements (garlic, vit C, horseradish, zinc and high levels of echinacea) 3 times daily, which is well above the recommended dose
  • I drank hot lemon, honey and fresh ginger drinks before bed
  • I resumed my 6am fitness regime (including 45 minutes of dance cardio!)
  • I resumed my daily meditation
  • I used positive affirmations
  • I resumed work
  • I drank water
  • I harden up and got on with my life

Please note that I had taken 2100mg of Vitamin C before I saw the doctor. I use vitamin C quite regularly and not just to fight infection. Want to know more…look at this post.

Now, I’m not suggesting that everyone choose this path. But I do suggest that you listen to your body and I highly advocate using natural remedies before taking anti-biotics, which in my opinion are over prescribed. I believe in preventative medicine. This means taking care of yourself on a daily basis not just when you’re struck down with an illness. I do take care of myself and I get pretty pissed off when I pick up a virus from an airplane, train or hostel. I also think I’m invincible. This latest virus has proven me wrong. I beat it because I do take care of my mind, body and spirit daily. But, I am human and therefore, not perfect…..

*NOTE: Someone told me that I may have gotten sick because of my vast reduction of complex carbs over the month of January!! Oh really???? I may do a post later about this. Please feel free to comment.

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