3 Easy Steps to Staying Healthy During Cold & Flu Season
Autumn arrived over a month ago now, and with it cold and flu season is well upon us all. Many of us are too busy to go to the doctor when we are sick and once we can get a doctor’s appointment scheduled it is too late and the infection has taken its course. Also, since vaccines, antibiotics, and antiviral drugs are only partially effective it’s beneficial to know what some of your alternatives are. I am offering you a solution to this dilemma – a home remedy to make in your kitchen at the earliest onset of upper respiratory cold and flu-like symptoms for those viruses, bacteria bugs and all the uncomfortable other symptoms that come with them like congestion, fatigue, earaches, sore throat, sinus pain and pressure, headaches, and more.
First of all, it’s always important to hydrate with warm liquids to move the lymphatic system, which is like the sewer system of the body carrying wastes out of the tissues. If you have ever had a sore throat or upper respiratory infection you may remember your lymph nodes in your throat get enlarged which is your immune system fighting the infection and some stagnation in the lymphatic system. One of the simplest ways to move the lymphatic system is to drink hot water with a freshly squeezed lemon fruit and peel. You can add 1 ml of Red root (Ceanothus sp.) tincture to your cup of water to increase lymphatic drainage, since it is a powerful lymph-moving herb. A general guideline is to drink half your body weight in ounces daily of water.
Secondly, if you have a home heating system that dries up your sinuses and respiratory passages it would be beneficial to get a humidifier in your bedroom to help keep your mucus membranes moist to prevent you from getting sick. The drier you are the less easily your immune system can move around in your respiratory system and fight off pathogens ounce they encounter them. Run the humidifier when you are home and sleeping.
Lastly, I would like to introduce you to a home remedy I have been using for nearly a decade at the onset of any signs of illness with superb benefits. This remedy has antiviral and antimicrobial properties, as well as high vitamin C content, and will help you sweat out the infection as well as increase the opening of your sinus cavities and throat. It can help decrease sore throat pain too.
Home Herbal Remedy Recipe:
(Use all organic ingredients.)
- 5 garlic fresh cloves
- 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger root (peel the skin off with a spoon edge)
- 1 fresh lemon squeezed with ¼ of the peel included.
- 4 ounces of organic orange juice
- 4 ounces of hot water
- ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
Put in a blender and pulse for 30 seconds, sip and enjoy. You may notice some discharge if you were congested prior to ingesting the beverage. Drink this three times per day at breakfast, lunch, and dinner until you feel better. If you do not feel better after using this remedy, drinking plenty of fluids, and resting for 3 days then it is a good indication to call your doctor for a visit. Keep drinking the herbal formula for at least 7 days. You may need to get your vitamin D3 levels checked and consider other natural remedies.
Mechanisms of Action of Formula:
The lemon (Citrus x lemon) and orange peels (Citrus sinensis) and fruit juices are high in Vitamin C, which has been shown to help fight influenza A. Ginger root (Zinger officinalis) is a diaphoretic herb (increases perspiration via the sweat glands) and is also antibacterial, antifungal, antispasmodic, and rubefacient (it increases blood flow by dilating the capillaries). Ginger root has been used for bronchitis in herbal formulations for hundreds of years. Garlic (Allium sativum) is antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal. Cayenne pepper (Capsicum frutescens) contains vitamins A and C, and is 0.11% capsaicin, which is a topical analgesic and can aid in decreasing painful sore throats. Cayenne is also an antiseptic, diaphoretic, and rubefacient (increases blood flow by dilating the capillaries).
Contraindications: Avoid drinking this formulation if you suffer from obstructive gallstones and non-obstructive gallstones. Consult your healthcare provider if you are suffering from morning sickness or dysmenorrhea, or combining this formula with the following medications: antihypertensives, anti-coagulants, such as warfarin and/or platelet aggregation inhibitors, such as aspirin.
Warning: Cayenne extractions irritate the mucous membranes and cause a painful burning sensation. Avoid contact of cayenne extractions with mucous membranes, and especially the eyes.
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- Skenderi, Gazemend. Herbal Vade Mecum: 800 Herbs, Spices, Essential Oils, Lipids, Etc. Constituents, Properties, Uses, and Caution. Herbacy Press: Rutherford, NJ, March 2003. Garlic, P. 165 & Ginger, 169.
- German Commission E Monographs – Ginger root. November 2, 2016.
- German Commission E Monographs – Garlic. November 2, 2016.
- German Commission E Expanded Monographs – Cayenne Pepper. October 31, 2016.
- Felter, Wickes, M.D. & John Uri Lloyd, Phr. M., Ph.D. King’s American Dispensatory, 1898. Red Root Monograph: Ceanothus. November 2, 2016.
- Nutrition Data: Foods Highest in Vitamin C. October 31, 2016
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