Chasing bugs.

Conventional wisdom swears you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar. I’m hoping the reverse is true, and I can use that same vinegar to chase nasty bugs away.

After all, the Web says so, so it must be true. 😉 My ongoing sinus issues led me online to search out natural remedies for sinus infections — seems many people swear by apple cider vinegar (“ACV” to those in the know) either mixed with water and sipped or boiled with water and the steam inhaled. I’m giving it a shot — it’s a little hard to swallow, but so is this nagging headache, congestion, and teeth pain. I’ve never actually had a sinus infection before, so this is all foreign territory. But I’ll take a natural remedy over synthetic drugs anyday.

Personally, I believe the cure for every disease and illness exists in nature. That God put all the right ingredients right here, and it’s up to us to figure out how to use them. It’s a shame you can’t find “medicine men and women” wise in the ways of herbs and plants as easily as you can find doctors on every street corner. Or that you can’t go into your local Wal-Mart and find homeopathic remedies as readily as you can find aisle after aisle of chemical concoctions.

Those ancient Indian and Asian cultures have it all over Western Civ when it comes to natural healing. In just a two-minute search, I see that Indian sage is said to relieve fevers, colds, and flu; slippery elm is good for coughs and phlegm; cool witch hazel tea is a great gargle for sore throats. But, here I sit, with nary an all-night homeopath or drive-through Herb Hut in sight. So, I’m limited to what lives in my cupboard — vinegar, honey, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, hot sauce. Heck with a little vodka and tomato juice thrown in, they might be just what the shaman ordered.

Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday,
lying in hospitals dying of nothing. 
                                    ~ Redd Foxx