CraftasaurusRex’s Mana and Health Bar

craftasaurusrex December 5, 2012 2

Greetings, nerdlings! Welcome to my new segment here on 1-UP, “CraftasaurusRex’s Mana and Health Bar!”

…The quasi-weeklymonthly(?) whenever I get around to it segment here on 1up where I will research natural alternatives to chemicals and mass produced, overly processed products, and present my findings to you Geeks.

Ok, Nerds…let’s talk about something very serious for a second…

Nature made vs Lab created

I apparently have this new thing where I only post when I am sick…it isn’t intentional, I think that just happens to be the only time I let myself slow down enough to write.

As I’m sure you all know (hopefully not from personal experience), The flu season has started early this year, and it is looking to be a doozy.  I myself have already been sick for over 2 weeks (I blame our fearless leader and his germ infested high-fives…), and (lucky me) it has turned into a Sinus Infection.  My first sinus infection, to be precise.

Now, I will openly admit that I am a giant baby.  Every sniffle, or tickle in the back of my throat is the end of the world.  This time however, I have it bad.  No exaggerated whining necessary.  In the beginning stages, I was going through Dayquil and Nyquil like they were bottles of Mana.

After several days of swilling that unholy concoction (how is it possible for Nyquil to not taste like anything?? it just tastes…GREEN…), I decided to go with what my father has so eloquently deemed the “Hippy-Dippy” route.

It made a bigger difference the first day than all the nasty stuff did in almost a week.

Ladynerds and Gentlegeeks, I would like to introduce you to…My personal Medipack…

Stylishly packaged in my favorite (although sadly non-vintage) Star Wars lunchbox, it holds the things I have deemed necessary to function the last couple weeks.

While I am a sucker for Ludens (see the orange box peeking through from the bottom? 🙂 )My current favorite method of cough supression (which sadly contains too much awesome to actually fit inside my medipack…) is Lemon Honey.

Take 2 lemons. Cut them into wedges.  Put them in a small jar with some grated ginger, and cover them with honey.  Let it sit for a couple hours, and you will notice the honey is thinner in consistency…it has drawn some of the citrusy goodness out of the lemons!  This concoction is worth its weight in gold!  You get the vitamin C (which we all know is good for when you are sick) and delicious taste of the lemons, combined with the almost MAGICAL cold fighting properties of the honey…I swear bees are secretly tiny little Mages.

(if anyone feels the need to draw an image of that for me, I will absolutely use it as my icon for this segment! No joke!)

In addition to being tasty, there are studies showing that honey may shorten the length of the common cold. It also coats throats, soothing them, and even has antibiotic properties! Plus, it is great in my super fancy cold-fighting tea!

Now, if you are unable to find this particular brand of tea, I’m sure you could find something with similar ingredients.  I personally chose this because it is local.  I used to live just down the street from the tea-house that makes it, and it is packed full of useful goodies.  The company is called Divine Lotus, but if you are in Boise, it is the same company as the Shangri-La Tea house off of Federal Way… they don’t seem to have this particular tea, called “Cold Comfort” on their website, but they carry at our Whole Foods downtown.

The ingredients list on this canister is like a roll call of powerful herbs, ready to help you in your time of need!

Rosemary: it’s a super antioxidant…packed with b and c vitamins…it kills bacteria, and is a mild analgesic, so it helps with headaches!

Thyme: Antimicrobial, and an expectorant

Peppermint: supposed to help with pain…to quote one site: “Studies have shown that Peppermint can help with a number of health conditions. It is known to have analgesic, anesthetic, decongestant, astringent, antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, and carminative properties. Therefore, it has been found beneficial in the treatment of many conditions including colds, flu, sinusitis, dry cough, fever with chills, nausea, digestive problems, Irritable Bowel Movement (IBS), menstrual cramps, muscular pains and aches, rheumatoid arthritis, acne, itchy, oily and irritated skin, dandruff, head lice, burns, insect bites, headache, stress, mood swings and emotional imbalance”

Elderberry: High in antioxidants, Anti-inflammatory and anti-viral, used to treat sinus infections and bronchitis

Ginger: increases circulation, helps the body absorb medications and nutrients, and helps with nausea

Wow! Not to mention, it tastes WAY better than theraflu…for an added kick of health boosting benefits, add a couple spoons full of your lemon-honey concoction, and you are good to go!

Perhaps the most bizarre addition to my arsenal is a little jar holding 2 vials. One of Wintergreen oil, and one of Eucalyptus.  Even in the office, this is an easy way to relieve congestion…essential oils are a bit pricey, but since you are only using a few drops at a time, they last!  I use patchoulli oil instead of perfume, because I am secretly a dirty, dirty hippy, and the $10 bottle I bought in June isn’t even a third of the way gone yet!

To use the oils, boil some water, and carefully pour it into your jar.  I use a bandanna to grab mine, because it gets hot.  Add about 3 drops of each oil, and position the jar under your nose.  This is a great method for us cubicle-dwellers.  I just stuck the Jar under my schnozz while I was typing, and reaped the benefits.  What benefits you ask?

Wintergreen oil: “This essential oil can be used in an vaporizer to help relieve nasal congestion, use a few drops of oil or fresh leaves.”


Eucalyptus oil: “The principal element of the oil is the antiseptic eucalyptol. The oil is particularly helpful for asthma, bronchitis, flu, sinusitis, skin infections, rheumatism and sores because of its anti-inflammatory properties. The oil can reduce fever, is a strong diuretic and is well-known for its head-clearing qualities.”


If you have ever used Vick’s Vapo-rub, you will notice a familiar scent when using these oils 🙂


I wish I had embraced my inner-hippy sooner.  After 8 days of facial pain and wheezing, I found myself no longer able to be stubborn, and finally broke down and went to the Doc-in-the-box.  Diagnosis? Sinus infection.  According to my doctor, the NyQuil and DayQuil regimen I started out with actually did more harm than good.  He explained to me that they caused my mucus membranes to get inflamed, and rather than clearing up my stuffyness, they trapped gunk in my sinuses.  I find myself wondering if I had started out with the Natural method as opposed to the Parmaceutical method, maybe I wouldn’t be out the cost of a doctor visit and a Steroidal Nasal spray prescription

One good thing that came out of my visit is that I found a doctor who doesn’t push Anti-biotics on patients like they were pez.  He pointed me in the direction of this page, which I have yet to read, but will let you look at it anyway 🙂  He also suggested I use a Neti-pot, which I happened to have sitting unused in my medicine cabinet, but that is a tale for another day…The boogers alone warrant a second post, and my Lunch break is over.  I will leave you with that fantastic mental image, and come back later this week with a lovely, disgusting post on the benefits of Neti pots.  Maybe I won’t be sick any more by then. Maybe.

Stay Geeky, my friends!

Next time on “CraftasaurusRex’s Mana and Health Bar”: the author discusses Honey. Is it Magic? Science? Alien Technology? Stay tuned to find out!


  1. Dena December 8, 2012 at 5:00 am - Reply

    Heh, I used to use a combination of NyQuil and DayQuil too. BTW, it’s been awhile, but I think NyQuil tastes like black licorice. And I stopped using it too–ended up drying out my throat to the point where I’d end up with a dry cough, but I’d still use the stuff not realizing it was the cause (@[email protected])

    I also used to get a lot of sinus infections (missed a lot of work last year because of it), but now anytime I feel one coming on (dry soreness way in the back of my throat is usually the first sign), I drink some hot water with lemon juice and honey in it and it clears it right up.

    So how long does your lemon/honey/ginger concoction last? I’d like to try it but don’t want to go to waste if it ends up going bad in a day or two.

  2. craftasaurusrex January 31, 2013 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    hey there! sorry it took me a while to get back to you…

    I honestly just threw my honey concoction away last week. It still looked fine, but when i opened the jar, it popped like it was fizzy. ._o no bueno!

    if i were to do it again, i’d probably keep it a month in the fridge. Use a small jar 🙂 you should go through it just fine!

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