Mono

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Mononucleosis, commonly known as Mono, is often caused by the Epstein-Barr virus from the sharing of saliva and mucous from the nose and throat (Mononucleosis, 2014). Sharing saliva comes in the form of kissing some with the virus, hence making it known as the kissing disease. 

Some teenagers may think that just kissing another person will make you susceptible to it; but the other person needs to already have the virus to spread it. 

Mono lasts for weeks and can consist of: a high fever, chills, severe sore throat, swollen glands and tonsils, weakness and fatigue, loss of appetite, stomach pain and/or nausea, headache, chest pain, muscle soreness and/or joint pain (Mononucleosis, 2014, Mononucleosis, n.d.). A person with Mono should stay home as it can be contracted by sneezing, coughing, sharing food, beverages and utensils. It is also recommended that a person with Mono get plenty of rest and limit physical activities until well recovered.

Out of the list of symptoms above, we’ll focus on three needs:
1. Relieving sore throat
2. Reducing fever
3. Supporting the immune system

Sore Throat Relief Recipe

  • ½ Teaspoon of salt
  • 8 oz. warm water
  • Glass cup

Directions

  • Place the salt in a glass cup, add warm water and stir to dissolve
  • Gargle with the salt water for about a minute for maximum benefit
  • Repeat 2-3 times a day for relief

Fever Reducing Tea

  • 1 Teaspoon of dried peppermint or one packet of peppermint tea
  • 8 oz. of boiling water
  • Honey to taste (optional) 
  • Loose leaf tea infuser

Directions

  • Bring fresh water to boil in a tea kettle or sauce pan
  • Place the herbs in the tea infuser, then in a mug and pour in the boiling water
  • Steep for about 10 minutes then remove the infuser 
  • Add honey to taste, if desired, sip and enjoy
  • Drink as need to reduce fever

Immunity Boost Tea

  • 1 Teaspoon of dried Echinacea or one packet of Echinacea tea
  • 8 oz. of boiling water
  • Honey to taste (optional) 
  • Loose leaf tea infuser

Directions

  • Bring fresh water to boil in a tea kettle or sauce pan
  • Place the herbs in the tea infuser, then in a mug and pour in the boiling water
  • Steep for about 10 minutes then remove the infuser 
  • Add honey to taste, if desired, sip and enjoy
  • Drink the tea 2-3 times daily 

The peppermint and Echinacea herbs can be used simultaneously for convenience of consuming only one tea. 

Until next time, discover the power of your kitchen cupboard.

References
Mononucleosis. (n.d.). altMD. Retrieved from http://www.altmd.com/Articles/Mononucleosis--Encyclopedia-of-Alternative-Medicin.

Mononucleosis (Mono). (2014, November 14). Web MD. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/infectious-mononucleosis-topic-overview.


 
 

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