My immune system is pretty beat up from stress and, for the first time in several years, I'm battling viral bugs left and right very early in this season. This is totally out of character for me. I may get sick, 1 whopper, once a year but picking up every bug that comes down the pike is not my norm. I read an article about gargling with green tea. The kicker in this is that I really really dislike tea in any form (along with rootbeer). The smell, to me, is just vile.
However, it's fair to say I'd hate being ill more. Being in the realm of medicine professionally, I'm always reading or reseaching something. So, I picked up some green tea extract capsules on sale and I'm giving it a try. Basically, you open a capsule in a small amount of water and gargle the mixture up to 3 times a day.
At first, I did not think even holding my nose in order not to taste or smell was going to work, but I just did it anyway. I was surprised to find that afterward there was no real after taste or smell. Immediately rinsing or drinking after the gargle defeats the purpose, but I really did not have to.
I had done this a few days before the holiday thing kicked off and then stopped. Yesterday, I started feeling that feeling you get just before you get sick. I have been out in the population running around these last several days - it was 71 degrees then 30 something the next day, etc., all over the map and a gazillion people. Even though it was after the fact and I was already starting to feel bad, I decided to do the gargle late yesterday. I didn't take any other medicine at all. Today, I'm back to normal.
Whether it was the gargle, luck or otherwise, I don't know. I am unable to take drugs like Zicam, as I had a really bad reaction in the past. But if a few pennies each day and mild inconvenience can keep me from getting sick, I'm gonna try it. I just don't think I can drink tea. Just can't do it.