After almost two weeks of treating 4 of the 6 people in my house, it finally happened. I spent a full day feeling the pressure build behind my face and pain press into my head and onto the roof of my mouth. I spent the day in my new office, distant, yet confident I was still only fighting a common cold. The realization came as I thought back on my day and realized I hadn't smelled the peppermint essential oil once since I started it that morning. It hit me then, that I may actually have COVID. I immediately packed up my belongings, went home, and took an at-home rapid test. It lit up like a Christmas tree...it was positive.
The sample line was brighter than the control line. There was absolutely no denying it now, nor did I want to. Knowing I was positive would allow me to keep others safe, so into quarantine, I went. That night was probably the worst of it. My head ached, my body ached, the lymph nodes in my neck were on fire. The sinus pressure seemed to build without relief and it caused my teeth to hurt so badly. There was a lot of snot and mucous. So much of it. When I came home from work that day, I took an extra dose of fermented garlic (I had been taking one tablespoon of honey and a clove a day for prevention). I immediately made ginger, lemon, and honey tea, then followed it up with some anti-inflammatory herbs to help with the sinus pressure and headache (Turmeric, Black Pepper, Peppermint, Rosemary, Ginger, and Cinnamon). I made a tea from those herbs and added a dropper of Elderberry and Echinacea Tinctures. I pulled the WildFire from the cabinet that was steeping, poured some out, and shot it down. Beside my bed, I diffused Thyme, Peppermint, and Eucalyptus Essential Oils. This began on a Friday evening. This protocol (I will write my prescription below) lasted for 2 days. By Monday, all that remained was some congestion, which was satiated by a blend of Stinging Nettles, Pine, Rose Hips, and Tulsi Vana (it's my Carpe Tea'em blend). These herbs serve as a wonderful way to move the mucous around and dry it up as well as adding in vitamins and nutrition and a beautiful adaptogen to help keep the stress at a minimum. While we can all agree, no one gets a prize or recognition for keeping their treatment all-natural, I feel the reward truly comes in accepting the healing gifts that nature has provided us and allowing our
bodies to be nurtured in the way nature intended. There is pride in managing the symptoms of this virus (which is all we can do really, symptom management) with things I have made readily available in my house and with which I know side effects are minimal, at most. I can pronounce each ingredient, tell you what medicinal value it holds, and which part of my body it benefits. It's simple, yet profound. It's growth in my craft, it's teaching my family the way of traditional medicine and it's cutting the cord that connected us to the money-making powerhouses we once blindly trusted and steadily called upon. I speak of both the medical system and the pharmaceutical system. I would go on, but this would be an entirely different kind of blog. Just know, taking care of yourself, sometimes means, taking time away from a system designed to make money off of sick people. And the answer is often quite simpler than it seems. Stay Healthy my friends. Stay Wild!
JOLENE'S COVID 19 TREATMENT PROTOCOL:
- 1 tbsp of Garlic Fermented Honey w/ 1 Clove of Garlic: 3x a day
- 8 oz of Honey, Lemon, and Ginger Tea: 2x a day
- 8 oz of Anti-Inflammatea: 2x a day (Recipe from Misplaced Apothecary)
- 8 oz of Carpe Tea'em: 1x a day (https://www.wildcreaturesapothecary.com/product-page/carpe-tea-em)
- .5 oz of Wife Fire: Immunity Tonic: 2x a day
- Lots of water and plenty of rest