Fighting the Flu

It's still cold and flu season. - Let’s not even talk about the corona virus, but if you like to know more about it I included a very good article by Dr. Lissa Rankin here.

Like you, I try to stay healthy

1) by washing my hands. Full stop. At least 20 seconds with soap and water, including scrubbing under the nails. Alcohol and hand sanitizers just don’t work. But that’s another story…

2) by eating fresh fruit and vegetables daily, drinking lots of water and green or herbal tea, staying away from too much refined sugar and caffeine (I do like both though!) and doing my daily energy medicine routine. 

Nevertheless, once in a while we all get sick, me included. One first-aid remedy I always steer to first is Oil of Oregano. Oregano contains potent essential oils, which are known for their antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. One study found that oregano oil is effective in fighting clinical strains of E. coli and P. aeruginosa bacteria, supporting the use of oregano oil in treating bacterial infections. I - and many organic farmers as well - even use oil of oregano to deworm our pets and livestock naturally and very effectively. 

I find you can buy the best and most potent essential oil of oregano in health food stores. When taken straight, one drop may burn the back of your throat when going down, so please don’t listen to people who tell you to take it under your tongue. They probably don’t like you ;) - If you have to take the oil straight, mix one or two drops in a schnapps glass with water or juice. You can also flavour your soup or stew with oil of oregano, but please take only one or two drops in a large pot or you will spoil your meal.  

The safer and most effective option however would be to take the oil in a capsule!  

 

I already talked about elderberries in my earlier block post. Elderberry is probably the longest known healing plant and long before antibiotics were known, grandmothers and healers knew about its healing properties and administered it fresh or dried at the onset of a cold or flu. The dark black-purple berry known as elderberry (Sambucus nigra L.) is known for its immune-boosting benefits. Research has found that elderberry can significantly reduce the duration and severity of cold symptoms and has also antiviral properties. As you read in my earlier post, I like the easy to make elderberry syrup best, but even elderberry tea from either the berries or the flowers is excellent to fight coughs. 

But what if you feel lousy, can’t make it to the store and have neither Elderberries nor Oil of Oregano handy? Well, first make yourself a chamomile tea to calm down. I promise I will talk about chamomile in more detail in a future post. Then take a look if you have onions and honey in your pantry. Yes? Wonderful! Ginger and garlic, too?  

Mince up an onion or two (if you have, fresh garlic and fresh ginger as well). Fill a jar half-full with the onions (or all three ingredients) and cover it with (slightly warmed). Stir well. If you need to add more honey so that the mixture is covered. Let sit over night (or if possible for two two days). Adults take 1 to 2 teaspoons every hour or as needed, children 1 teaspoon three times a day 

In a rush? If you need the onion syrup more quickly, simply mince up 2 cups of onions. Place the onions with two tablespoons honey (or sugar if you absolutely have no honey) in a small pot and add two cups water. Bring to a light boil, simmer for ten minutes, strain, let cool. Take one tablespoon three times a day. (You can also eat the onions if you like).

To your good health!  

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