Experimental Notes on the Stomach Flu
by Kayla Howard
Thankfully it’s a rare occasion when the stomach flu hits our home. Even though this is one of the shortest lived sickness you can get, it’s still one of my least favorite. This week the flu ravaged it’s way through our entire family. Being an experimental person by nature, I put into practice a number of suggestions that might help. These are my notes about how things worked.
Since I was the last person to get this bug, I had at that point received the most number of different curative suggestions. And because I felt like I could experiment more on myself….well….I did.
Suggestion #1 Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea wasn’t bad. I started drinking this as soon as I felt ill. Since I had Cholacol II tablets on hand, I crushed a couple and put them in the tea thinking my stomach would digest them better if they were already crushed. Cholacol II is basically a clay supplement, (made by Standard Process) that absorbs toxins. Surprisingly I felt quite a lot better after drinking this concoction. So much better in fact that I gave in to a strong craving for popcorn with nutritional yeast and something bubbly. Since I don’t keep pop in my house, the only bubbly thing I could find was an old bottle of cherry apple cider left over from Christmas. This was a bad idea.
#2 Probiotics on the Tongue
Next, I tried opening a capsule of Life 5 (by Young Living) and sprinkling it on my tongue. I really had a hard time making the first move to empty the contents in my mouth, but was surprised that it didn’t taste bad at all. Because I took this after the tea and before the popcorn, I really can’t say whether it was the probiotics, or the chamomile tea and clay that made me feel better. I can say that the cherry cider did not make me feel better and within the hour I was really wishing I HAD NOT given in to my temptations.
#3 Peppermint & Ginger Essential Oil
I did use peppermint & ginger Essential oil leading up to getting sick. Neither seemed to prevent it. Ginger is just gross to me, so I gave it up when I got sick. Peppermint however did provide relief from the intense stomach pain when I put it right on my belly. It also helped me forget I was terribly nauseous for about 5 seconds when I sniffed it.
#4 Activated Charcoal
Lots and lots of people suggested activated charcoal. Honestly, it would have been my first suggestion to someone else. I started taking this the day my first child got sick, 3 days before I did. It didn’t help keep me from getting sick this time, and it didn’t help my sickness when it was upon me. Maybe it works better with food poisoning? I really don’t know. I was bummed because I thought it would be my best bet.
One spoonful of wine cured all three of my kids of their vomiting by settling their stomach. Did it help me? Nope. Nada. It came back up with the popcorn and cherry cider. Yuck.
My conclusion? I would do everything the same. Ha! Really, I’m sure I would, (minus the cherry cider part). If there is anything I’ve learned over the 11 years I’ve been taking care of kids and myself, you never know what is going to work in a given situation with a specific individual. What worked one time, won’t work the next. That is why healing is a gift, not a profession.
These are my top pick ideas for you when the stomach flu comes to your home. Tell me, what do you do? Comment below so we can build a reference page for future stomach flu sufferers!