Immune Boosters: Three Great Sources

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This is cold and flu season. Armed with the information in this post, I have been drinking my tea blend with immune-boosting herbs. I have elderberry syrup in the ‘fridge for dosing. I include antiviral herbs/remedies in my smoothie. I diffuse my antiviral and antibacterial essential oils day and night. I use my DIY antiviral/antibacterial spray on surfaces and bedding. We’re sticking to whole, unprocessed foods and cutting out sugar. A couple of times we have felt as though we might be coming down with something, but we get extra rest and drink plenty of clean water, along with these care steps; and we are healthy.

I get a lot of really good reading material in my e-mail box, all of it free. Following are three sources I trust, and all three have great information. I recommend subscribing to each of them. The information in this post is taken from each of the three sites referenced.

https://traditionalcookingschool.com/health-and-nutrition/6-natural-strategies-to-fight-off-flu-season/

This first one is from Wardee Harmon, of Traditional Cooking School. At this link, she provides a helpful 20-minute video to describe each of her immune boosters and remedies; then she offers an extensive article with lots of extra links for even more information.

Wardee’s recommendations:

  1. Strengthen your immune system with a clean, whole-foods diet.
    1. Nutrient-dense, organic, real food with healthy fats and fermented foods
    2. Avoid processed foods
    3. Drink and bathe in clean, filtered water
  2. Detoxify your environment
    1. Take a close look at your personal care and cleaning supplies
  3. Ditch the sugar
    1. Sugar turns off your immune system for the duration of the time it takes to be digested.
  4. Balance your gut flora
    1. 80% of your immune system resides in your gut
    2. Fermented / cultured foods play a key role
    3. Get some good pre- and pro-biotics
  5. Use herb and food-based natural home remedies for cold and flu
    1. Elderberry
    2. Raw garlic
    3. Fresh ginger
    4. Raw honey
    5. Vitamin C
  6. Try essential oils to relieve cold and flu symptoms
    1. All of these are useful against viruses:
      1. Lavender
      2. Oregano
      3. Cinnamon
      4. Chamomile
      5. Hyssop
      6. Helichrysum
      7. Ravintsara
      8. Coriander
      9. Clove
      10. Tea tree can prevent the flu virus from entering healthy cells

Avenues for use include:

        1. Diffusing
        2. DIY cleaning / air sprays
        3. DIY soaps and personal care
        4. Essential oil home remedies (i.e., adding oils to honey and vinegar)
        5. Adding to a bath
  1. Don’t forget homeopathy to treat cold and flu. Wardee’s recommendations:
    1. Arsenicum album for fevers, influenza, anxiety, exhaustion, and restlessness.
    2. Bryonia for splitting headaches, influenza, dryness of mouth, excessive thirst, nausea, dizziness, and faintness on rising up.
    3. Cinchona officinalis for dehydration, influenza, traumatic fever, and pain in limbs and joints.
    4. Eupatorium perfoliatum for influenza with great soreness of muscles and bones, fever, and thirst.
    5. Gelsemium sempervirens for colds, aching, tiredness, heaviness, weakness in muscles, sneezing, drowsiness, and pain from throat to ear.
    6. Influenzinum for fever, headache, weakness and fatigue, general ill feeling with chill, headache, and dry cough.

Please visit Wardee’s site for the full article, with even more links to great information.

 

https://greensmoothiegirl.com/7-natural-immune-boosters/

Next up: Robyn Openshaw from Green Smoothie Girl. Her site includes a 2-minute video, a list, and the story of how she helped her college-age daughter avoid antibiotics.

Her list (Take the first 6 in this list at the first sign of illness as directed, for 2 weeks only, but take #7 always):

  1. Vitamin C
  2. Zinc
  3. Oregano oil (in caps)
  4. Goldenseal (herb in capsules)
  5. Kyolic garlic (in caps)
  6. Colloidal silver (preferably a nano formulation, which has much higher efficacy)
  7. Beta Glucan

 

https://draxe.com/nutrition/antiviral-herbs/

Dr. Josh Axe writes up an informative article explaining what a virus is, how they spread, and what anti-viral herbs are.

His top antiviral herbs:

  1. Elderberry
    1. Elderberry can be used as a safe treatment for influenza A and B.
  2. Echinacea
    1. Echinacea has the capacity to reduce virus infections and tumors.
  3. Calendula
    1. Calendula protects cells from damage and fights viruses, inflammation, and bacteria.
  4. Garlic
    1. Experiments have shown that garlic — or specific chemical compounds found in garlic — is highly effective at killing countless microorganisms responsible for some of the most common and rarest infections, including tuberculosis, pneumonia, thrush and herpes. Because of its antiviral properties, garlic can be used to treat eye infections and as a natural ear infection remedy. Some more raw garlic benefitsinclude its ability to reduce the risk of cancer, control hypertension, boost cardiovascular health and fight hair loss.
  5. Astragalus root
    1. Astragalus root inhibits viruses and boosts the body’s immune system.
  6. Cat’s claw
    1. This powerful herb is antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal
  7. Licorice root
    1. Besides being antiviral,  licorice root benefitsinclude:
      1. Sore throat remedy for fast relief
      2. Cough natural remedy
      3. Protection against leaky gut signs and symptoms
      4. Heals adrenal fatigue
      5. Pain relief
  1. Olive leaf
    1. The olive leaf has antiviral properties, giving it the ability to treat the common cold and dangerous viruses, including candida symptoms, meningitis, pneumonia, chronic fatigue syndrome, hepatitis B, malaria, gonorrhea and tuberculosis; it also treats dental, ear and urinary tract infections and is a natural treatment for shingles.
  2. Oregano essential oil
    1. Oregano is proving to be superior to some antibiotics, without harmful side effects. It is antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal. It reverses viral infections, allergies, tumors, parasites, and disease-causing inflammation.

Click on his article to read how to make herbal infusions, herbal-infused oils, and recipes using these herbs and essential oils.

Essential Oils Anti-Ick

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It is no news to those who follow me that I am an enthusiastic user of essential oils. Essential oils are good for your health! [Disclaimer: As with any product, test with a small amount to make sure you are not sensitive or allergic to the substance.] Because essential oils are made from plants, they are part of God’s gift in His creation, intended for our benefit. They work with our bodies, and do not contain harmful chemicals.

Think nothing can kill a virus? Think again: essential oils are proven to kill viruses, bacteria, and funguses. They can also act as anti-inflammatories.

Be sure to use a reputable source for your essential oils. At home, I use NOW brand and Vitacost brand.

How I use essential oils:

  • Diffuse
  • Serums
  • Roll-ons
  • Creams
  • Air freshener
  • Anti-bacterial spray
  • Cooking
  • Cleaning

Essential oils can be mixed with beeswax, cocoa butter, shea butter, a carrier oil (such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, avocado oil, or almond oil), castile soap, vinegar, witch hazel, vodka, and / or honey to make an unlimited array of health-supporting remedies and treatments.

NOTE: Always use essential oils combined with a carrier oil if applying to skin or ingesting.

Ways to ingest:

  • cook with essential oils (no, cooking does not destroy most essential oils: most are processed with heat) add a few drops of, say, rosemary and thyme into your spaghetti sauce
  • add lemon oil into your smoothie
  • add to treats like frosting (lemon, orange, or peppermint add taste and zip)
  • bake into a dessert (lemon pie or bars, lavender bread, cardamom cookies, peppermint brownies)

Apply to skin:

  • combine with a carrier oil
  • rub on abdomen for quick uptake
  • smooth onto temples, shoulders, or neck for tension or headache relief
  • use as an antibacterial on scrapes and bug bites
  • combine with castile soap for shampoo and body wash

Clean:

  • lemon and orange are great at cutting grease, and smell so refreshing
  • essential oils kill bacteria in toilets, around sinks, kitchen counters, and baby’s room
  • combine with vodka and witch hazel for air freshening and killing germs on surfaces
  • use to wipe down handles, counters, keyboards, and common surfaces during cold and flu season

And you can always diffuse. Get a good-quality diffuser that will last for hours and incorporate a large room. And, get smaller diffusers for smaller rooms. Heck, they even sell diffusers for your car, and to wear around your neck!

Another way to diffuse is to add a few drops to an inhaler (like these: https://www.amazon.com/Aromatherapy-Essential-Portable-Reusable-Aluminum/dp/B07PP1WB4N/); or a few drops to a handkerchief or tissue.

My go-to websites for dependable information on essential oils are

Following is a list of essential oils that are antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory:

Antivirals:

Basil, bergamot, cassia, cinnamon bark, clove, cumin, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, helichrysum, myrrh, oregano, peppermint, rose, rosewood, sage, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme

Antibacterials:

Basil, bergamot, cassia, cedarwood, cinnamon bark, citronella, clove, dill, eucalyptus, geranium, lemon, lemongrass, marjoram, oregano, peppermint, rosemary, rosemary, spikenard, tea tree

Antifungal:

Cassia, cinnamon bark, citronella, clary sage, eucalyptus, fir, geranium, lavender, lemongrass, marjoram, oregano, peppermint, rosemary, rosewood, sage, spikenard, thyme

Anti-inflammatory:

Caraway, clove, eucalyptus, ginger, lavender, marjoram, oregano, peppermint, roman chamomile, tea tree, thyme, and turmeric.