In case of an infection, don’t ignore it! Even a simple cold, ear ache, or infected cut can turn into a serious problem. Many of us have weakened immune systems due to environmental stresses and toxins, even if we do our best to take care of ourselves. Therefore the use of appropriate remedies is important. Simple, natural measures can be surprisingly effective.

If you are ill, reduce food intake. When fever is present, fasting on water or liquids only is very helpful. To reduce fever, sponge the person with water or a mixture of water and alcohol. Don’t use aspirin or Tylenol┬« to reduce a fever. Sponging allows the fever reaction to proceed in a healthy manner. Bed rest is very important.

Herbs and vitamins should be started at the first sign of infection. For adults, Vitamin C in dosages of 3 to 6 grams per day is safe. Vitamin A is sometimes better. 150,000 iu per day or more can be taken safely for a week. Bee propolis is another excellent remedy for infections of all kinds. For children, dosages should be reduced according to weight.

Herbs such as garlic, echinacea, golden seal, lomatium, and astralagus are helpful. Citrus seed extract has antimicrobial properties. Essential plant oils such as eucalyptus, tea tree, and thyme have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Saunas, are fabulous for infections of all types. Heat or fever therapy is a natural mechanism to fight infections. For best results, use a sauna for 15 minutes at a time, about 8 times a day during an infection.

Other natural therapies such as therapeutic massage, acupressure, foot reflexology, enemas, and colonic irrigation may also be effective. Deep breathing is excellent. Clay packs, mustard poultices and other simple remedies have traditionally been used successfully for infections. These are described in natural healing books such as Back to Eden by Jethro Kloss. Regarding the techniques in the older natural healing books, keep in mind that today some individuals are much sicker than patients in other times. As a result, certain methods may not be as effective. If one method is not working, try another.

Natural methods often work quickly, but may take longer than antibiotics. Patience and persistence are required. Each person and situation is different. It is essential to use the natural remedies aggressively. If you are not sure what to do, consult a knowledgeable person.