What is in my Medicine Box? My healthy items I use to support my immune system when needed.



We are about to enter flu season.  Its time to build your medicine box with things that won’t hurt your body but that will boost your immune system.  Build your medicine box now, so that when you need it you are all ready to go.

The time of year when the flu will arrive is upon us.  Its more important than ever to boost your immune system now to protect yourself from getting sick in the first place.

Health begins with food, and food quality matters.  Food is information.  Food is building blocks for your cells should they become damaged.  Food is building blocks when cells expire.

Eat the rainbow from a farm as close to you as possible, and if the fruit or  veggies is on the dirty dozen list, buy organic.  You are worth it, and you deserve only the best.  Toxins will impact your immune system and in this age of Covid-19, your body can’t afford that.

Prepare your own food.  75% of your plate should be veggies and 1/2 of them should be raw and 1/2 of them should be cooked.  Cook your own food, it does not need to be time consuming or difficult and I promise you the effort will be worth how good your body feels eating real food.

Each color brings us a gift, and even better, all these colors work synergistically together to bring us health.
A rich and diverse diet of whole foods offers the best combination of micronutrients and phytochemicals. This is the best way to get your vitamins and minerals, and your phytochemicals. Without these nutrients, we face poor health, disease, obesity and more.
  • It creates a varied population of healthy gut bacteria
  • Specific foods, not just diet have a huge influence on your microbiome
  • Where your food is grown impacts the “gifts” that each food has to offer.
  • Eating all the colors and a diverse variety, lowers the risk of food allergy and sensitivities
  • Variety is key because of the synergy of the different phytochemicals working together.
  • Variety in eating colors lowers inflammation. This helps prevent many of our chronic diseases..
  • Eating all of the colors of the rainbow neutralizes free radicals and lowers oxidative stress.
Choose complexity, every day eat as many colors as possible. Move synergistically through the spectrum of health. The combination of colors in your daily meals will be rewarded by good health.
Eat ½ your veggies raw and ½ your veggies lightly cooked. By steaming veggies for 2-3 minutes, many release their gifts to a form easily utilized by the body. ¾ of your daily food should be plants, preferably organic.
Eat plants several times a day. Add a handful of spinach and onion to your morning eggs. Add berries (frozen or fresh) to your morning oatmeal. Make colorful salads for lunch. Use fruit as your afternoon snack. Find as many ways as possible to incorporate multiple colors of fruits and veggies in your daily food plan.
Your body will be grateful for the tools you feed it to keep you healthy.


Part of my journey to wellness has been to eliminate all over the counter drugs since they all have a negative impact on the body. Over the counter medications impact your gut, and hinder your return to wellness.

I have a whole chapter about the side effects of over the counter drugs in my upcoming book “It Feels Good To Feel Good How I Learned to Eliminate Toxins, Reverse Inflammation and Feel Great Again”.  Understand that aspirin, ibuprofen and aleve are all very hard on the gut.  You want a very healthy gut and gut wall.  Its important to your long term health so don’t take these if at all possible.

Tylenol is very hard on your liver.  Much harder than they realized when the drug first came out over 50 years ago.  Your liver is your clearing house for all the toxins that enter your body, so you need a very healthy liver to help your overall health so this should also not be in your medicine box.

I wanted to share what I use now as my alternative remedies when I am getting a cold or the flu. I found these suggestions in a blog by functional MD Aviva Romm.  I have now utilized these items in my own immune health and I go through colds and flues faster than I ever did before.

These are amazing and work really well for us.  Both my husband and I went through colds in record time. Knock on wood, neither of us has had the flu this winter.  Yippee.

As a reminder, I since I no longer use over the counter drugs, I use Natures Sunshine Turmeric Curcumin for pain and for headaches.

Nature’s Sunshine Turmeric Curcumin, 60 VegCaps https://www.naturessunshine.com/product/turmeric-curcumin/  Usually I can buy this on Amazon but this is the  link to the company incase they are out.  I find it is the best for pain of any brand.

Turmeric Curcumin (60 capsules)


I use Natura Quercetin Plus for Hayfever.  Quercetin works better for me than any antihistamine ever did and its good for the lungs and sinuses, good for the gut, good for the kidneys, good for the liver and good for the brain. •https://amzn.to/3ZSuV3r

Echinacea Goldenseal  https://amzn.to/3nGFk4K



Inflammaway  Natura


• FLEW AWAY by Natura (available on Amazon)   https://amzn.to/3m0CCGN

• Freeze Dried Stinging Nettles
• Sambucus which is elderberry https://amzn.to/432JwvJ

Keys Pure avocado oil with  menthol  VAPOR GEL ( https://www.keyspure.com/product/vaporjel/)

Cough drops

ZAND Herbalozenge Lozenges, Orange C, Natural Orange Flavor (sweetened with brown rice syrup)

I also use Cold Calm and Oscillococcinum, which are homeopathic and if I use them at the first sign of illness, they do th eir magic.  I get both of these at Sprouts, but any natural grocery store will carry.






• Mickelberry Elderberry Tonic with Honey
• Mickleberry Elderberry Throat and Lung Tonic

https://mickelberry-gardens.myshopify.com/  I like the elderberry and the throat and lung tonics.  They taste yummy and they work.

A great throat spray
• Vitality Works Throat Ease (https://www.botanicchoice.com/Vitality-Works/Throat-Ease-Spray-1-fl-oz.axd)


Throat Ease Spray

Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, just noted in her Facebook postings Dec 26, 2106, that a new study showed that Elderberry and Echinacea showed to be as effective as Tamiflu.  https://www.naturessunshine.com/product/echinacea-golden-seal/

I just bought freeze dried elderberries and plan to make my own syrup and gummy bears this  year.  Its an amazing addition to your medicine box.


Keep these items on hand because all of these items are important to use immediately when you feel the symptoms of a cold or flu coming on. I have used Echinacea Goldenseal for years, and have added the Sambucol recently. These work for me.

  •    https://www.keyspure.com/s   makes petroleum jelly substitutions using Avocado oil as its base.  These replace toxic Petroleum jelly products and I love them. I love this entire line and they also make great dog products.  All very tow in toxicity.
    • AvoJel
    • Heat Cool
    • Urban Shield
    • Vapor Jell
    • Zinc Care
    • Force X Insect Repellent  Best repellent.  Soothes the bite and then repels the bugs
    • Feet and Hand Goldbond vegan alternative for dry cracking skin
    • Skin-Aid  alternative to Bactine  Keep it in my kitchen for nips and knive injuries.
    • Urban Shield  alternative to triple Neem oil

I have had a problem with ingrown toe nails for years, and it ends up that yeast on my toes makes the skin grow under the nail.  This has been what does the trick.    I used to buy the one in petroleum jelly, but now am using the straight oil sparingly.  Problem solved.  Also cured the cracked skin on my heals.  Amazing.



I now make a cream that is a succotash of a variety of essential oils with coconut oil as the base. My cream has gotten rave reviews for muscle and joint aches. I am not a multi-level kind of girl, so I found Rocky Mountain as my essential oil company, and I find them as good as the much more expensive oils you can get from multi-level sellers.  I use essential oils in a diffuser, to clear the air, I use essential oils as my perfume.   Great find.

I make a cream with coconut oil, frankenscense,





Muscle Aches

Activation Products Ease Magnesium Spray

This also relaxes the small of my back when I get sciatica.  I spray the small of my back and the opposite shoulder from where the pain is traveling down my leg.

These are healthy hacks from Suzy Cohen, the functional pharmacist that I follow.

Pimple– Put a dab of essential oil of tea tree on it.  Or put a dab of bentonite clay on it (mixed with water) you want a clay paste. You can do both back to back (tea tree then clay mask). Can leave the dab on there overnight.

Foot cramp or Charlie horse– If these are just occasional from over-stretching or dehydration, long travel, wearing high heels too long and so forth, just buy coconut water and drink it. The electrolytes work to stop the cramp and spasms. You can do this right before bedtime if it’s frequent. Any electrolyte drink will work, unfortunately commercial drinks most contain artificial colors.   I use Ease Magnesium spray on a charlie horse, which relaxes it immediately.


Insomnia– For mild bouts of insomnia due to occasional stress try soothing Delta wave music (download an app or play YouTube in bed), and apply essential oil of Lavender to your wrists, and inhale it. Then take long inhalations so that they are equal to, or longer than your exhalations. Keep breathing rhythmically (equally) for a few minutes. Another 5 minute hack is to crawl into bed with a heating pad, the warmth is soothing and relaxing.   I take an Epsom Salt bath and add  lavender every night before I go to bed, which puts me out like a light.  Use the belly button wand before you go to bed.  It relaxes me to go to sleep.


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365 by Whole Foods Market, Epsom Salt, 64 Ounce


Kitchen cuts and wounds– Cayenne powder, the spice, is a well-known hemostat so it stops bleeding within seconds. Outdoor survivalists know this and often have it in their backpack, but what about the rest of us? It’s amazing that you can pour this onto a cut and within 10 seconds, the bleeding will pretty much stop. I found this out when I cut some crusty bread and the knife slipped onto my finger! The water from the faucet wasn’t helping, nor any of the shameful words I mumbled while hopping from one foot to another…. so I poured some cayenne pepper on there and took a deep breath waiting for a burn. Surprisingly, no pain, but it did control the bleeding. Super cool for a hot pepper extract!  I use Keys   https://www.keyspure.com/product/skin-aid/

Headache– Sometimes a cup of coffee or black tea will help because of the caffeine. If that doesn’t help, then take a cool pack and put it on both your temples and take 250 – 350 mg of chelated magnesium. Chew gum, it helps if the headache is from clenching your teeth.

Hangover– Truthfully, I have no experience with this one as my drinking habits amount to probably one drink (or a few sips of one drink), about 3 times a year. I just don’t like feeling ‘messed up’ in my head and it causes insomnia for me. But lots of my friends drink, and some get hangovers.  I suggest you take two N-acetylcysteine supplements (approximately 1200 mg of NAC) and also a B1 (thiamine) tablet with your drinks or in the morning. There’s a biochemical reason for why this works better than drinking raw eggs or sweating in a sauna, just take my word for it.

Dry, chapped lips– Drink more, always infuse your water with marshmallow root (keep it in the fridge) and apply honey to your lips (instead of lip gloss). You’re more kissable that way too.

I use Keys Pure Avo cream noted above

Heartburn– So you ate the whole entire foot-long with chili? Shame on you, now reflux is going to haunt you all night, and probably tomorrow, lol! Try putting a half teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water, and sip it. Some experts suggest more but I like to use the lowest effective dose. Make sure this trick is fine with doc because it increases the pH in your gut (it’s the opposite of an acid blocker).  It should help on contact.

Stuffy nose– Take a hot shower so it is steamy in there and dump a few drops of essential oil of Eucalyptus on your shower floor. This allows you to gently inhale the steam infused with a known decongestant. Basil essential oil is a good expectorant. Just be careful not to use too many drops of oil because it could hurt your eyes.

Itchy eyes– This 5 minute health hack should be in everyone’s bathroom. It’s a glass or plastic eye cup with normal saline used for eye health. You can rinse your eye and bring immediate relief to itchy, red or sore eyes. It’s important to keep this, you never know when a drop of a household cleanser is going to spray your eyes, so keep an ‘eye wash’ kit handy.

Minor burns– Maybe you’ve touched the handle of a hot pot or hurt yourself from a hobby. Put some wet tea bags from black tea on the minor burn. The tannic acid is soothing. You can also make a pitcher of black tea and pour it on there for soothing relief.

Colicky baby– Okay, this is funny but  a useful 5 minute hack. In 1990 when my daughter was born, she was colicky. I would turn on the dryer, put some fuzzy blankets on top of it (making a little soft ‘bed’) but you can use any baby lounger/cuddler… and then lay her on top of it (with the dryer turned on to create warmth and subtle vibration), and hold her with my hand. Crying would stop immediately, and within 5 minutes she would fall asleep. I never took my hand off her. I could then transfer her to her crib and she’d sleep for a solid 4 or 5 hours.

Hangnails– A manicure will solve it, but sometimes if you’re traveling or short on time. These little boogers can cause a great deal of pain if they get caught on things over and over. Say all you have is 5 minutes. Do this:
Run warm water on it for 2 minutes to soften it and stop bleeding.
Apply some oil if you can, for example, as a waiter for a bit of olive oil and dab it on there for instant soothing. Find a bandage and cover your nail, I always keep a little Band-aid tucked deep in my wallet for minor mishaps or to give to someone in need when I’m traveling. Bandages are also available at any gift shop at a hotel if you’re traveling.”

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Here’s to a return to wellness as quickly as possible.


Hugs, Cheryl M Health Muse.

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