I have received many phone calls and emails from friends who have a lot of concerns for their children to protect their health from the polluted air due to the campfire disaster that started ten days ago. I am just so shocked to see all the things that just happened so quickly. I am so sorry to the people who lost loved ones, houses and business. Can't imagine how painful that is. I hope everyone will rise together to participate In any program/ community to help/support the people who are suffering from this disaster. I believe even a little bit of something will make a big difference... Thank you to all those firefighters, servicemen and brave people who are working so hard to help all the lives.
Here are some recommendations for protecting your throat & lungs.
☆ Salt water gargle (simple, easy & effective)
- Ingredient: 1 cup of warm water & ½ teaspoon of sea salt
Salt has been scientifically proven to help draw water out of oral tissues and help to lock out harmful toxins. It also helps to restore oral health. As soon as your children come home from the outdoor activities, let them gargle with salt water! Use warm water, so that salt dissolve easily. If you have Umesu, you can use it instead of sea salt. Here's the info. about Umesu. → https://wanowa.weebly.com/alternative-medicine/umesu-eliminator-for-toxins
☆ Salt water nasal wash
The ingredient is the same as salt water gargle. It sounds or looks a bit painful to do it, but once you get used to do this, you will know how effective this is. When I tried this at first time, I was so amazed to see so much stuff clogged in the nose came out! You feel so clean after the wash. It helps to wash away mucous crust, dirt, toxins & pollen. It also clear up the sinus passages. Very soothing! I use nasal rinse bottle which I bought in Japan. It is very easy and simple to use. Even little children can do it. When I checked out to see if I can find something similar here, I found various nailed sinus rinse bottles at local pharmacies ranging from $13-30. I will not use any chemical that comes with the kit though. I will simply use the bottle only, and make my own nasal wash water using sea salt or baking soda.
☆ Wear appropriate Face Mask when you are in the outdoors
Here's the information about the mask we need to have!
Since we might have more fires in the future, it might be a good idea to stock some. I heard many stores in Bay Area went out of stock so quickly. You can add peppermint oil to enhance efficacy of protection. Since peppermint exhibits significant antibacterial & antioxidants activities, it might be a good thing to use it. Just make a glass jar of pepper mint water using ½ cup of water and a few drops of peppermint oil. Then, spray directly to the mask before you wear. I sometimes use this method when I am on the airplane.
I recommend to use organic peppermint oil as it goes directly to your respiratory system.
From the macrobiotic view, coughing is simply an abnormal discharge mechanism by which the body attempts to eliminate mucus, toxins, or other excessive metabolic energy that cannot be processed through normal eliminatory channels. (page287, The macrobiotic path to total health by Michio Kushi & Alex Jack) It means that your body is functioning well not to bring in any toxins by coughing out.
Having said that, however, if you or your children are suffering from too much coughing or sore throat, I would like to recommend you to make this wonderful home remedies called black bean juice. In China, black soybeans have been used for TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) for thousands of years since they have a lot of medicinal properties. They are packed with full of antioxidants and antibacterial activities.
☆ Black Bean Juice (simple, easy & effective)
- Ingredient: 1/4 cup of black soy beans, 4 cups of water and a pinch of sea salt
- Direction: Pour black soybeans and water in the pot and boil with medium heat until the water goes about half amount. Add sea salt and drain. It is simple & easy♡ if you like aromatic flavor, you can roast blackens slowly in the pan for about 5 min. at first. When my son was little, he actually enjoyed roasted black beans juice since it taste almost like tea! You can use left over black beans for your salad or soup. These beans were introduced by Dr. Oz as next big health superstar!
I hope some of the home remedies are useful...
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