We know of some families that have been dealing with a nasty flu bug, so I thought it might be helpful to share with you my remedy for the flu.
About three weeks ago Jonny told me he wasn't feeling well. At our house, that means mom gets out her potions. :) Charcoal is my #1 remedy for vomiting, diarrhea, food poisoning, or that general yucky feeling that goes with eating bad food. Charcoal has never failed me. The sooner you take it the better. If it is taken at the first sign of sickness, you will often beat it all together, but if you wait, it will take a little longer. The most a child has vomited after receiving charcoal is three times, but they usually tell me that they don't feel well when they are ready to vomit. :/ The charcoal not only stops the vomiting, they also recover very quickly.
So I gave Jonny a charcoal slurry - as we call them. It's one heaping teaspoon of powdered charcoal in a small glass of water. Stir it up and down the hatch! It doesn't have a taste, but it is chalky, so some people do better drinking it from a straw. Jonny vomited twice before midnight and once after midnight. After each trip to the bathroom, another slurry was given. After his third trip I reassured him, "Well, you should be feeling better soon!" Sure enough! He slept the rest of the night and woke up feeling much better. He ate breakfast, lunch and dinner that next day! :) In less than 24 hours he was feeling like himself again. And nobody else got sick. Over the years, we have seen charcoal work like this over and over again in our family and in other families that we have recommended it to. It stops diarrhea in its tracks! It draws out toxins and can even be used topically. It is amazing stuff!
I ALWAYS have charcoal on hand - reordering well before my container is empty! If we travel, it is the first thing that goes in my first aid kit. But before you rush out to get some, I should share a couple of things with you. Charcoal is a VERY fine powder! When you put a spoonful in a cup, you do it very carefully. If you just dump it in, you will have the powder flying everywhere! Hold your breath! If you breath it in, you will have a nice coughing fit. Always work slowly with it. It also stains. Do not get it on your clothing or anything else that you don't want to be black. It can be removed from hands and dishes with a good amount of soap, but I prefer to use a paper cup and plastic spoon when mixing it up. Then I can just throw them away. Charcoal is not absorbed into the body. It only travels through your digestive track, so you cannot overdose on it, but make sure you drink plenty of water after taking it so you do not get constipated. Doctors used to use charcoal regularly, but now they can make more money selling pharmaceutical drugs so they don't use it as much. But there are still some emergency rooms that use it for treating poisonings. And speaking of drugs, be aware that any medications you are taking are considered toxins by your body, and they will be absorbed by the charcoal.
Not all charcoal is created equal. Charcoal tablets do not work. You would have to consume a lot of them in order for them to be effective, and they also take too long to dissolve in the stomach. Use the powder. Invest in a book about charcoal. It will be well worth the money. One of my favorite books is Charcoal Remedies.com. (Yes, that is the name of the book :) They also have a website with the same title) Charcoal will not only help you beat the bug, but it also has uses with wounds, bites, stings, toxins, infections, and many other ailments.
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