How could I forget my favorite immunity herb?
After my article on fasting to get rid of a cold, there were a lot of awesome comments and suggestions.
Of course, I couldn’t cover all the cold and flu remedies I knew (it took me 3,200 words to cover just the limited ones I used), but here are some additional thoughts, ideas and protocols that I missed out on…
Also, oregano oil is amazing, honey and lemon with warm water and Dr. Schulze’s Cold & Flu shots! From Joanna
Joanna and a few other commenters pointed out that I didn’t mention oregano oil.
Oregano oil may be one of my favorite — and seemingly most effective — herb treatments.
Rachel, one of our Annmarie Gianni Skin Care team members, is going to Ecuador in a few weeks and asked what she should do to help avoid the stomach flu.
I suggested that she needed only oregano oil.
I’ve used this remedy at least 1/2 dozen times at the first hint of belly cramping when I was in areas known for this type of illness. I megadose with the herb — 3-6 capsules every 3 hours or so — and each time, it’s completely wiped out the sickness in 24 hours.
To show you how effective I think this is, there have been 4-5 times when I didn’t have oregano oil during our travels. Each has been — in simplest terms — awful.
I consider this enough of a track record to prove that — at least for me — oregano oil can in some why help curb the escalation of traveler’s diarrhea.
To take this a step further, I’m sure — on some level — it’s effective for other bugs, so it’s worth a shot. I do believe that for gastrointestinal issues, it may be more beneficial, since no absorption is needed.
On the other technique, Dr. Shultze has great products, so you’re in good hands.
Can I make my own tincture?
I would be interested in knowing about your echinacea tincture recipe. Do you have it posted somewhere on your site? – Michelle B
We use either Gaia or Herb Pharm tinctures, since they’re easy to find and buy at the store when you start to feel ill. If you start to feel sick and try to make an herbal tincture, you’re way too late (since they take a few months to become potent.)
But, if you want to make an herbal echinacea tincture, you can. You can even add other immune boosting herbs if you want.
Basically, in a non-standardized way, you’d purchase or pick wildcrafted or organic echinacea. (Dry it if it’s not already dried.) Put the herb into a container that can be sealed airtight. Then add either oil or alcohol (vodka, grain alcohol) to cover the herb completely. Close the lid and store in a dark place for 2-3 months.
When your tincture is ready, all you have to do is strain out the herb and use the liquid or oil — it’s been effectively infused with the chemical properties of the herb.
You can do this process with any herb — or mixture of them — so have fun with it!
(Some herbs are extracted better with alcohol and others with oil, so be sure to do some preliminary research online to find out what will work best for your tincture.)
Don’t forget this too…
Echinacea tincture at the first sign of cold. Bouncing on rebounder. Works every time. – Cindy
Great point, Cindy. I just talked about echinacea, so that’s covered, but the rebounder is a great tool for anyone with a cold who feels strong enough to bounce on it.
When you’re sick and lying in bed, you are getting rest you need, but you could be ineffectively moving your lymph fluid– which in turn can help detoxify your body. The rebounder can assist with this process.
I actually forgot to mention in my article, that each day I did take a short walk (1-2 miles) to get my lymph moving. As much as I wanted to stay inside, I also wanted fresh air and to give my body a chance to detoxify through motion — walking, rebounder, light yoga, these all will do the trick.
Kevin, you’re way to hard on your body…
As I read your article, I heard a lot of frustration, anger and maybe embarrassment about getting sick. When we get mad because we’re sick, it’s like saying to our body “you didn’t do your job! And I’m mad at you!” Well, I don’t know about you, but I would be much more likely to do my job if I were praised and encouraged. And being perfect all the time is just too big a goal! Our bodies are no different. I mean, how often do we thank our body for doing all the amazing things it does to keep us healthy and safe? I’ve begun doing it regularly, and I think it helped me to gracefully get through the flu. Although you recovered quickly, perhaps your negative emotions prolonged your illness longer than necessary. Just a thought. – Helen
Hey Helen! Great points here. I have to admit, when I wrote about me disliking being sick, I was hamming things up a little more than I should have.
Yes, I don’t care to be sick and lose time away from work and family, but I don’t dwell on it at all. It gave me a chance to read a book or two, relax, take a break and just be still. That for me was activity that I welcomed.
If you meet me in person, you’ll be able to tell that I take things in stride pretty well and am almost always lighthearded. My sarcasm and sometimes histrionic writing comes from my East Coast (U.S.) upbringing for sure.
Enough about me, I do think you bring up a great point about being positive, thankful and willing to deal with illness and your body graciously.
Negative thinking can definitely make you sick and keep you sick for longer.
Thanks for commenting!
A simple change of focus…
Being in the natural health field for 40 years I have often said that I don’t get sick – it would be sacrilegious for me. So if I am under the weather (which doesn’t happen often), I am not “sick”, I am “out of balance”. Being healthy then means that when you are “sick or out of balance” you recover quickly. – Kathryn
Out of balance! This is a great reframe. Thanks Kathryn!
What about colonics? Or massages?
What about colonics? Or massages? – Meherbani
I didn’t do any enemas while I was sick this time, but I do think they can be effective.
I remember my mother telling me that my grandmother would give her and her brother and sisters enemas when they were sick growing up. It’s a forgotten treatment that — at the very least — helps get any toxic load out of the colon, and maybe much more.
I’d prefer that you do an enema when your sick, only because you might infect your colon hydrotherapist while they’re helping you get better. (Same with massage.)
Massage, which I didn’t mention above, is also fantastic for moving lymph through the body, so this is another fantastic way to treat yourself well when you’ve got a cold. It also will help you de-stress and open up blood flow to tense areas. A more efficient body is a healthier one.
Your Question of the Day: Have you used oregano oil? Enemas? Yes, no? Why or why not?