Holistic Health Remedies (and Keeping Your Sanity) When You’re Sick

Let’s face it – being sick sucks.

It can be costly in terms of lost wages, in addition to whatever purchases are required to help bring about wellness.

It’s also a drag. You feel like crap, you have no energy and you either can’t sleep very well because your symptoms are uncomfortable – or you’re sleeping all the time.

I’ve been sick this week, so this has been my reality for the last several days. I have NO doubt you’ve been there plenty of times as well.

I’ve missed appointments and my other work has felt more tedious than usual because I can’t think straight.

So on that note, this post won’t be long and wordy – but I wanted to share with you some holistic health remedies and ideas that I’ve been implementing to help me deal with being sick.

Maybe they’ll work for you as well.

But first…

A Time For Self-Awareness

Being sick is a way for our bodies to tell us that it’s time to slow down, take it easy and be kind to ourselves.

In addition to the physical toxins out there that weaken the body – emotional toxicity (stress, anxiety, etc.) does plenty of damage as well and in fact, can help bring about sickness all on its own.

Illness encourages us to get in touch with ourselves and pay attention to our thoughts.

For example – a while back, I was feeling quite stressed over a busy schedule. I knew I needed a break, but wouldn’t take one because work came first.

Since I didn’t know to question my thoughts at the time, and instead, ignored my instincts to slow down; my body took over and I got sick. It was an interesting learning experience and to be completely honest, I was thankful for the excuse to rest.

That wasn’t the case for me this time though because I don’t overdo it these days. However, you might.

Many of you out there have schedules that are packed with activities and work. If this is the case for you, it may be time to sit back and see whether or not it’s time for a much-needed break.

This is a time for healing, so fretting about what you’re missing will only create additional stress. Your body needs to rest and to do this efficiently, your mind needs to relax.

Holistic Health Remedies (and Keeping Your Sanity) When You’re Sick

While we all know it’s dreadful to be sick, there are a few helpful things you can do to make the time go by in a more pleasant manner in addition to supporting the body in what it’s trying to do – which is heal.

Using holistic remedies are one of my favorite ways to deal with being sick because I prefer to put good things into my body while it’s ridding itself of toxins.

Some of the methods I recommend are:

  • Juicing. 
  • Reading, or watching inspirational books or videos.
  • Humor.
  • Hydrating yourself with clean, purified water.
  • Adding additional high quality nutrients into your system such as garlic, leafy greens and organic apple cider vinegar (with the mother).
  • Quieting your mind.
  • Refraining from junk food.
  • Trusting the body’s innate ability to heal itself.
  • Looking into medicinal/healing herbs.
  • Saline rinses

I have a catnip plant and a lemon balm plant outside. Dana's tea

I’ve pinched off some of the leaves and made tea with some raw honey and organic lemon juice. You’d be surprised to learn that there are plants that may help with certain health conditions.

I’ve expanded on this topic over at Lifehack.org.

I’ve also made non-dairy smoothies with organic blueberries and added some of my superfood powdered greens to them since I hadn’t made it to the market to pick up any fresh leafy greens.

It’s a good idea to stay away from the junk food. This is a time when your body needs optimal nutrition, so your best bet is to keep your diet light. I have some Renew Life Probiotics (affiliate link), so I added this into my regimen as well.

Since I’ve had a cold, saline rinses have been helpful. I use pre-made packets of a saline solution (affiliate link) and combine them with purified water in a bottle. Some people use neti pots – but either method is fine as long as you keep it sanitized.

Now, since I am a bit tired, and would like to rest, I am going to wind this post down with a couple of helpful videos and links.

But first…

Please understand that I am not a doctor – nor do I play one on TV or anywhere else. I am offering suggestions to help bring about wellness – but I cannot and will not attempt to diagnose you in any way, shape or form.

So if you feel you need to see a physician, please do so. Just consider my post as a helpful buddy to empathize along with your suffering while cheering you on as you get well.


I’ve also spent time reading and watching videos. Sometimes I like inspirational stuff, other times I like to laugh. Go with your gut when it comes to seeking things to pay attention to. I like a mix of things, so here are a couple of videos I’ve enjoyed.

Something Funny

George Carlin is one of my favs. He’s always been one to tell it like it is in an entertaining and thought-provoking way.

Ever see his bit on the American Dream? (it really gets good at around 1:50)

Something Inspirational

My husband shared this fantastic video with me last night. It’s so inspiring. Definitely something to perk you up when you’re sick (or any other time).

So tell me – Is there anything in particular that you’ve found helpful when you were sick that weren’t covered here?

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Dana Gore

Author of the books "A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety (What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You)" and "Streetwise Philosophy (A Bullshit-Free Approach to Spiritual Maturity)", Dana Gore is a health and fitness professional, wellness coach, and freelance writer. Dana brings guidance to the public about how to achieve optimal health in a safe and structured manner while inspiring her readers to seek self-awareness and inner peace as a means to well-being in all areas of life.

10 thoughts on “Holistic Health Remedies (and Keeping Your Sanity) When You’re Sick

  • at 8:29 pm

    Hi Dana. It’s been another 5 days since you published your post, so hopefully you are fully healthy again. Do you mind if I point out the obvious? Your list at the beginning of the post, except for the last two items maybe, look like a good list of things to do to maintain your health while you’re still healthy.

    Like you, I stay away from meds. We don’t even keep aspirin in our house. The last time that we were all sick (probably 4 years ago) we spent most of our time playing Mario Kart on our Wii. We have two kids, so that was a great way for us to spend the time and relax.

    • at 9:16 am

      Hey Ben,

      Yes, feeling better.
      I don’t get sick often either.
      The list I shared is filled with things that are helpful at any time, so I agree. Considering how much dust and other particles float around, I’ll continue to do the saline rinses as well – and the medicinal herbs are nice for general well-being. I was drinking the teas anyway because I enjoy them – especially when it gets cooler out.

      Wow, it’s cool you haven’t gotten sick in 4 years. But your recovery from when you did sounds like fun.
      Anything that involves joy is a great idea – that should continue even when you aren’t feeling well.

      Thanks for stopping by Ben.
      I’m off to read your post now. I agree that what we believe matters 🙂

  • at 10:41 pm

    Hey Dana,

    I hope you’re feeling better. I try not to take meds when I’m sick, unless I’m running a fever or shark week. But for colds, I like to drink teas and take hot showers and sit in the steam. I like watching TV too and I sleep in between. 🙂

    I don’t eat much when I’m sick…just fluids and soup, not in the mood for junk food when I feel like crap. Besides my taste buds are too jacked up to taste it. 😉

    Thanks for telling us about the catnip and lemon balm plants. I don’t make my own tea so I’m not sure which plants to use…now I know – and I love anything lemon-flavored. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your health rememdies Dana. Feel better hun!


    • at 6:19 pm

      Hey Cori,

      Thanks. I do feel better this week 🙂

      I know what you mean about the jacked up taste buds.
      Like you, I enjoy my tea too. I have the plants outside, but they’re available in ready made teas at the local health food stores too.

      Traditional Medicinals has a combo tea box with teas for sore throats and cold symptoms. I didn’t have it around, but next time I may consider it. Check that out. It’s probably at your grocery store.

      Thanks for stopping by C. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  • at 5:48 pm

    Hi Dana,

    I know how difficult it is to be sick…hope you are on the mend now. This past year it was one thing or another for me. And I’m not the kind of person that likes to stay in bed, but I do know my body needs the rest.

    I rather have remedies than going for the big guns of meds. I had some oral surgery a few months ago and the doctor gave me two scrips…one for antibiotics and one for pain killers. Hmmm Never got them. Did some home remedies for antibiotics…oregano oil and garlic. As far as infection goes, I never got one so why compromise my immune system?

    Silly isn’t it? I like your suggestions and while I was recovering, I did my first “binging” on a TV series. I’ve never done that before but it did keep me in bed lol.

    Feel better!


    • at 6:00 pm

      Hey Donna,

      Thank you.
      I’m feeling better (mostly). It’s been a rough season for allergies for me this year, so that sort of sticks around. Otherwise the cold itself is gone, but it kicked my ass.

      Funny how they call it “the common cold.” Makes it sound so harmless when in reality it sure makes its presence known.

      We have oregano oil too – and it was part of my healing modality. If you were able to heal yourself using holistic remedies, then good for you. I’d never tell someone they shouldn’t use something their doctor gave them, but if you can get away with limiting the amount of drugs in the system, the better off as far as I’m concerned.

      You binge watched a series, I binge read a series.
      Great minds…

      Thanks for stopping by Donna 🙂

  • at 8:43 pm

    Hey Dana,

    You’re absolutely right, being sick sucks. I can’t stand it when I don’t feel well cause I’m not motivated to do anything and then things start to pile up. So by the time I do feel better I’ve got loads of stuff to do.

    As soon as I feel like I’m getting sick I try to nip it in the bud before it actually takes over. Hope you’re feeling better now.


    • at 9:49 am

      Hey Lea,

      Yeah, I’m with you. I try to nip it as soon as I start to feel the first mild symptom. Sometimes that doesn’t work though and it happens.

      Being sick does suck, and it certainly disrupts the flow of things. I had to cancel some appts last week and I wasn’t happy about that, but que sera sera.
      I do feel better now 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by.

  • at 11:53 am

    Hey Dana,

    I hope that you are finding some relief from your cold. These are pretty good tips for those who like to stay with home remedies and herbal methods. Depending on the severity of my illness, I take different methods. Knowing how my body is, I’m pretty good at knowing when a sinus infection is coming on. I can’t afford to be out of work long so I need to be proactive and get antibiotics. If it’s something less severe and I’m hanging at home, I find watching horror movies, especially ones where people are getting diced up or thrillers help ease my illness. LOL Sick, right? Well, it works. Rest and furbaby kisses can also help me on a down day.

    Thanks for sharing your ideas with us. Get feeling better soon!


    • at 9:44 am

      Hey Bren,

      I enjoy thrillers too. I did some reading last week and read some psychological thriller novels.

      Yep – everyone has their way of handling illness. When it comes to infections – especially stubborn ones, I feel it’s a good idea to seek medical advice. Home remedies are great and I encourage them, but I’m no doctor.
      Unfortunately many doctors are prescription happy though, and after taking them often, we can build an immunity to them. It’s a catch 22, so if there are ways to work with some natural healing techniques to maybe decrease the need for meds or help speed up the healing process, then perhaps there can be some balance.

      I think out of everything though, a strong immune system is the key. It helps to have a healthy gut.

      Hope you’re having a good week so far B. Glad to see you here 🙂


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