Ah...flu season. Typically, as a homeschooler who doesn't get out much, it's something I'm privileged to avoid. Even when my sister comes home from school with a cold or a cough or a stomachache, I'll put my faith in God and probiotics and stay healthy.
Not this year.
What started off as a cough and a low-grade fever turned into a nasty combination of sneezing, hacking, shivering, and brain fog. The brain fog was probably the best part. Everything was funny to me. Especially the Vine compilations I watched on YouTube until my phone battery reached 2%. And the "50+ People Who Are Having a Worse Day than You" was also great. Watching people holding the handle to their car door after it fell off, or having the lid to their pressure cooker stuck in the ceiling after the whole thing exploded, was both hilarious and perspective-changing.
You know what else is perspective-changing? Realizing that if I lived in a different time or place, I wouldn't have the luxury of being able to stay in bed watching YouTube all day. Heck, if I lived back in the middle ages, I'd probably be married with a kid or two of my own by now. Life wouldn't stop for me because I was sick. I'd still have to cook, spin, sew, garden, and take care of the kids, and all without the help of modern medicine.
And for the most part, the medicine back then was crap. But some of it still works today.
See those beautiful flowers? That's yarrow, also known as milfoil and soldier's woundwort and a whole bunch of other names, including cure-all, because that's pretty much what it does. It's my favorite herb. Why, you ask? First off--look at those beautiful flowers again. Imagine that they smell like honey. Imagine that the leaves are like little green feathers. It's beautiful. It smells good.
Second, the leaves stop bleeding. A few years ago, I cut my toe with some glass. I put pressure on it, elevated it, and nothing happened. Then I put yarrow on it, and the bleeding stopped almost immediately. Same thing when I gave myself a six-inch gash shaving my legs. Do you know how much razor cuts bleed? The shower was starting to look like the murder scene from Psycho. And yarrow fixed everything up.
Third, yarrow can be taken internally to fix pretty much any physical problem. Cold? Check. Flu? Check. Fever? Check. The day I contracted the flu, I woke up with a low-grade fever. I took some yarrow, and half an hour later, my fever was gone. Temporarily, of course. And I still ached and everything, but that's the thing about yarrow. Instead of just masking your symptoms like all today's over-the-counter medicines do, yarrow helps fix the actual problem.
Where can you find yarrow? I'm gad you asked. It's found naturally all over the world, from China to Britain to North America. In fact, it grows wild close to my house. But you're better off buying it from a reputable dealer online, or at your local health food store.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to binge-watch some more YouTube....
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.