Mar 22 2009
Are you stuck at home, trying to recover from a bout of Epstein Barr virus? If so, there is an abundance of Epstein Barr home remedies that can help relieve the painful symptoms of sore throat, swollen glands, debilitating fatigue, fever and body aches.
Most of these Epstein Barr home remedies you should be able to find in your kitchen or bathroom cabinet (or maybe you can borrow them from a neighbour!).
Epstein Barr home remedies from the kitchen
A salt water gargle is a great way to relieve the pain of a sore throat. Just add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to 1/4 cup of warm water and gargle for a couple of minutes. Adding a pinch of cayenne pepper will make it even more effective, as cayenne temporarily numbs the nerve receptors in the throat.
Garlic is a well known anti-microbial often recommended as an effective Epstein Barr home remedy. I tell my patients to eat at least a clove of garlic a day – preferably raw or added to soups, teas or dressings.
Ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory that can soothe inflamed tissues like a painful sore throat, muscle aches and an enlarged liver, which are associated with Epstein Barr. Ginger is best used raw but can also be obtained in a powder, capsule or preserved form. I love adding raw ginger to my vegetable juices – it gives them a nice tang. Added to soups, teas and stir frys, it has a warming effect on the body.
Turmeric is lovely yellow spice with powerful anti-inflammatory actions. It is traditionally used in curries and stir frys but can be added to teas, soups and casseroles as well. Some of my patients mix a teaspoon of turmeric into a teaspoon of Manuka honey, and then sip it slowly to relieve a sore throat.
My favorite of all the Epstein Barr home remedies would have to be lemon juice. Lemon juice is a very alkalising drink to help cleanse your liver and blood, and to bring relief from a sore throat. Simply squeeze half a lemon into a cup of warm or hot water and sip slowly. For added punch, add some grated ginger, garlic and cayenne pepper.
Coriander seeds are a renowned Eptein Barr home remedy for reducing a high fever which is common in the early stages of this illness. Crush 2 teaspoons of seed and soak in boiling water for 20 minutes before drinking.
Chicken soup, chicken broth and chicken stock are famous Epstein Barr home remedies used to bring relief from congestion and discomfort. Scientifically chicken soup has been shown to be high in the amino acid cysteine which helps thin mucous and expel it from the body. So dig up grandmother’s old recipe, cook it up and enjoy!
One of the most popular Epstein Barr home remedies is the use of vitamin C. Most homes will have a supply tucked away somewhere. Take at least 3-5 gram a day to strengthen your immunity.
Epstein Barr home remedies from the bathroom
Epsom salts are naturally high in magnesium so are used to ease painful muscles and help relax the body before bedtime. Add 2 cups of Epsom salts to a hot bath and enjoy a relaxing soak for at least 20 minutes.
Lavender, tea tree and eucalyptus oils can be used in a bath, vaporiser or in a steam inhalation to clear congested sinuses, throat and lungs and make breathing easier. You only need to add a few drops to hot water, then breathe deeply for a few minutes to get the best results.
Epstein Barr home remedies from the bedroom
A quiet nurturing room
One of the simplest, most effective Epstein Barr home remedies is a good night’s sleep. You should aim for at least 8-10 hours of deep, unbroken sleep. Make sure your room is dark, quiet and restful. If your room is noisy, then use ear plugs. If it is too bright or glarey, then put heavy drapes on the windows or use an eye mask. To establish a healing, nurturing sanctuary, you can add a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow, or add some fresh flowers to your room.
If you are having problems getting to sleep then some relaxing music, a good book or a meditation tape can be invaluable.
Some patients are woken from sleep by the pain of a sore throat or breathing difficulties from a congested nose. If this is the case, sleep with two pillows or elevate the head of your bed with a couple of books placed under the bed legs. A heat bag can be applied to your throat or chest area, and a lozenge sucked on to ease the sore throat.
These Epstein Barr home remedies are a simple and cost-effective way to help your recovery from this dreadful illness. If you would like more information on Epstein Barr home remedies and recipes then please refer to the e-book “Nature’s Amazing Mononucleosis Cures” by qualified naturopath Elizabeth Noble.
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