That season is almost upon us, the end of summer and the return of shorter, darker days and for many, the risk of colds and flu as well. If you should find yourself having to do battle with some viscous bug that is going around, consider putting the following in your natural alternative arsenal:
Echinacea: This is a wonder herb (pictured) that has very serious immune boosting powers. It has mild antibiotic action, as well as anti-inflammatory properties. It is good to consider this for short term, during the winter months to increase the body’s resistance to colds and flu. Usual recommended dosage is 500 mg to 1000 mg per day for no more than 6-8 weeks.
Grapefruit Seed Extract: I would not EVER be without this in my home medicine cabinet as it can be used for so many different things. If you are currently fighting off a cold or flu, this is one of the most natural effective ways to assist the body in returning to balance gently. It is a natural antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral. Recommended dosage is 5-10 drops per day, while recovering. It’s fine to place the drops in water or juice.
Oil of Oregano: This is a powerhouse of a natural antibiotic that has also been shown effective against bacteria, fungus and virus invaders. It is very helpful when a sore throat starts to set in, just add 2-3 drops to a glass of cool water and drink. It may also be added to hot water with lemon to soothe the throat, and will greatly assist in opening up the nasal passages.
Eucalyptus Oil: Hands down this is an all time favorite when I have a head cold trying to take up residence. I will put about 40 drops of this wonderful essential oil on about 2 cups of Epsom salts and throw it into my very warm tub water right before I hop in. The steaming water will aerosolize the eucalyptus and help open up the nasal airways and get you breathing freely again.
Ginger Root: This is one of the most warming teas to make during the cold and flu season. Buy some fresh organic ginger root and keep on hand in your fridge. When you feel the need, simply grate about a tablespoon worth and simmer in water for about 15 minutes. Adding a teaspoon or so of some raw Manuka honey will only enhance the healing properties of this wonderful tea.
Black Elderberry Syrup: This wonderful berry is just full of immune boosting, anti-viral and antibacterial properties. They have a very high amount of antioxidants to assist in fighting free radicals, more so than even blueberries!
Influenzinum: This is a homeopathic remedy that attuned for the current (2012-2013) season. To prevent flu it is recommended to take 3 pellets of 30c strength once per week during the flu season.
Content written by Ruth-Ann Rohrman, Holistic Wellness Consultant, and owner of Well Balanced, a Holistic Wellness Energy Kinesiology Practice in the US.
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