antiviral herbsFlu season is upon us. Prevention is the key, but if a virus threatens your health, quick action with natural vitamins, supplements, and herbs can stop that virus in its tracks. How many of these herbs, vitamins, and anti-virals are on hand if you need them?

Vitamins
Vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin C are all vital nutrients for the immune system, and are all known to help prevent help fight viruses. In particular, vitamin C is well known for it’s virus fighting properties, but if you take high doses of vitamin C to fight a virus, you should not stop taking it abruptly-taper off.

Zinc and Selenium
Zinc has been proven to be effective against the common cold and to be effective as a topical treatment for herpes sores. It is believed to be effective due to preventing replication of the virus. The immune system needs selenium to work properly and to build up the white blood cell count.

CoQ10
CoQ10 supplementation has been shown to significantly enhance the immune system.

Probiotics
Probiotics are always helpful in maintaining gut health, especially when the body is under a viral attack that involves the digestive system. Probiotic foods and drinks without added sugar can help maintain a healthy balance of bacteria. Speaking of probiotics, a healthy intestinal tract is absolutely imperative for a strong immune system. See the first source below for more.

Garlic
Garlic is anti-viral, anti-fungal, and antibacterial. You can take garlic in a tonic or, if you can handle it, chew raw garlic. It not only will help fight the virus, it will help kill any secondary infections trying to take root.

Echinacea
Echinacea not only supports the immune system, it also has been proven to reduce the severity and duration of viral infections.

Colloidal Silver
Colloidal silver is believed to interfere with the enzymes that allow viruses (bacteria and fungi as well) to utilize oxygen.

Elderberry
A double blind trial showed elderberry extract’s ability to reduce symptoms of influenza and speed recovery. It also showed elderberry’s ability to enhance immune response with higher levels of antibodies in the blood. It is believed to inhibit a virus’s ability to penetrate healthy cells and protect cells with powerful antioxidants. Elderberry has also been shown to inhibit replication in four strains of herpes viruses and reduce ineffectivity of HIV strains.

Green Tea
The flavanoids in green tea are believed to fight viral infections by preventing the virus from entering host cells and by inhibiting replication.

Olive Leaf Extract
Though double blind clinical trials are needed, olive leaf extract has been shown to inhibit replication of viruses. In one study, 115 of 119 patients had a full and rapid recovery from respiratory tract infections while 120 of 172 had a full and rapid recovery from viral skin infections such as herpes.

Pau d’Arco
Pau d’arco has been used in indigenous medicine for generations. One of its compounds, lapachol, has proven effective against various viruses, including influenza, herpes simplex types I and II, and polio virus. It is believed to inhibit replication.

Liquorice Root
Studies have shown that glycyrrhizin, a compound found in liquorice root was more effective in fighting samples of coronavirus from SARS patients than four antiviral drugs. It reduces viral replication, cell absorption, and the virus’s ability to penetrate cells. It is also being used to treat HIV.

St John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort has been proven effective against influenza, herpes simplex, and HIV.

Remember that the best defense is a good offense. A healthy diet based on nutrient dense foods, exercise to move your lymph (more on lymph), and aid your immune system, as well as good quality sleep will build a strong, healthy immune system. A strong immune system will fight off viruses without you even knowing the battle ever took place.

Article Source: Antiviral Herbs

Originally posted 2014-10-29 12:36:26.

internal parasitesInternal parasites are more common than most people realize. There are many different kinds. Internally, there’s a pretty good chance that you and a third of the people you know have them. If we consider the possibility that there are many common parasites that we are as of yet unaware of, most of us could be suffering from them. If you want to take it a step further and consider candida a parasite (most don’t group them together, but candida does fit the description), then it could be argued that most people in the world suffer from adverse health effects due to parasites.

We use the word herb loosely here, it should really read “Foods, herbs, other things you can eat to kill parasites.” But that’s not a very good title.

Garlic
Garlic is anti-bad-stuff. Viruses, fungi, bacteria, parasites, cancer, and vampires all hate garlic. It’s an absolutely amazing herb and the best in the business at killing bad stuff. It even chelates heavy metals (removes them from the body). Garlic is also a very powerful deterrent for blood sucking parasites like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas.

Black Walnut-Nuts & Hull
The nuts and green hulls of black walnut (Juglans nigra) are loved by herbalists for their ability to cleanse the blood and the intestines. Black walnut hull is used to cure fungal infections. The juice from the green hulls are used to kill parasites. Only green hulls should be used.

Wormwood
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) is a perennial herb with tiny yellow-green flowers. Leaves and flowers are used to treat stomach problems and wormwood is a powerful remedy for intestinal worms. Wormwood should be avoided by women who or nursing. Wormwood has strong antimicrobial properties and is used for other infections as well.

Cloves
Clove essential oil is used to dissolve eggs found in the intestines that have been left behind by worms. It’s believed to be the only herb that actually does destroy almost all parasite eggs. When used in conjunction with black walnut and wormwood, the trio break the parasite’s life-cycles. Clove is also antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. Clove oil has powerful broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties.

Thyme
Thyme is one of the best herbs for stimulating the thymus, a major gland of the immune system. Thyme helps stimulate the body’s natural defenses and works very well with echinacea to boost the ability of our immune system. Oil of thyme can eliminate growth of many parasites, and it kills them in the intestinal tract.

Oil of Oregano
Oil of oregano is infused with extremely high levels of free-radical-crushing antioxidants, and it is antiparasitic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal. It is a powerful, indiscriminate killer that can reset the microbial environment in the intestines. Many studies show the effectiveness of oil of oregano with everything from parasitical infections to cancer.

Chinese Goldthread
Goldthread (Coptis chinensis) has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat all types of infections, including bacterial, parasitic, yeast, and protozoan. It contains a substance called berberine, which is responsible for the broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties.

Diatomaceous Earth
Food grade diatomaceous earth absorbs methyl mercury, E. coli, endotoxins, viruses, organophosphate pesticide residues, and drug residues. Its positive effects include killing intestinal parasites, balancing the intestinal flora, killing viruses, and absorbing toxins. It’s great for intestinal cleanses. The only side effect known is its ability to irritate the lungs if inhaled; it is a very fine powder.

Article Source: herbal remedies antiparasitic

Originally posted 2014-10-07 11:53:50.

bone brothFrom the beginning of time (well, at least since there’s been fire), man has been eating bone broth. Have you ever wondered why?

I’m sure you remember your mother or grandmother telling you to make sure to eat your chicken soup when you were sick. And likely when you did, you actually felt better. Have you ever wondered why?

I recommend everyone make bone broth and incorporate it into your dietary routine. Here’s why.

1. It heals a leaky gut.

The gelatin in bone broth protects and heals the mucosal lining of the digestive tract and helps aid in the digestion of nutrients.

2. Fights infections such as colds and flu.

A study published in the journal Chest shows eating chicken soup during a respiratory infection reduces the number of white blood cells, which are the cells that cause flu and cold symptoms.

3. Reduces joint pain and inflammation.

The glucosamine in bone broth can actually stimulate the growth of new collagen, repair damaged joints and reduce pain and inflammation.

4. Produces gorgeous skin, hair and nails.

The collagen and gelatin in bone broth supports hair growth and helps to keep your nails strong.

5. Helps with bone formations, growth and repair.

The calcium, magnesium and phosphorus in bone broth helps our bones to grow and repair.

6. Saves you money.

Homemade bone broth is cheaper and healthier than store bought.

7. Super easy to make.

All you need is a crockpot. Throw all of the ingredients into the crockpot and it cooks while you sleep.

8. Healthier than buying supplements.

Homemade bone broth contains all nutrients and minerals found in bones and tendons rather than just one or two found in pills. Slow cooking preserves the nutrients better than the high heat extraction used to make supplements.

9. Fights inflammation.

Bone broth is very high in the anti-inflammatory amino acids glycine and proline.

10. Promotes sleep and calms the mind.

The amino acid glycine found in bone broth can be very calming.

Gut-Healing Chicken Broth Recipe

Ingredients:

1 organic whole chicken
8 c of water
4 -6 stalks of celery, finely chopped
½ white or yellow onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 inch ginger root, finely chopped
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon of apple cider vinegar

Directions:

Place all of the above ingredients in a crockpot and cook on low heat for 8 -10 hours.

I like to cook mine until the meat is falling away from the bones.

I make this just before bed and it’s ready and hot for breakfast.

You can store any excess broth in the freezer and defrost for a later time.

Article Source: Benefits of bone broth

Originally posted 2014-08-20 11:55:14.

immune-supportWith the cold and flu season upon us it is a good idea to be prepared and to stock a few useful items.

Garlic – I prefer power garlic capsules (suppliers below) which are easy to take and of very high quality. Garlic capsules which are either LOW or NO odour are next to useless because the main active ingredient Allicin (the smelly bit) has been removed! For maximum benefit you need to take a suitable dose because if the product is not available to the body in sufficient quantity it never reaches the therapeutic level required. For a person weighing 55-75 kilos, 4 capsules per day, 6 days per week is usually a beneficial dosage, obviously take less for lower body weight and more if you are heavier. (That dosage is based on 1 capsule equating to 1 clove of garlic).

Echinacea and Calendula – When experiencing symptoms associated with a virus, taking a dose of Echinacaea and Calendula I find most helpful. 25 drops of each in fairly warm water twice a day is usually very supportive, especially if taken at the onset. Continue until you are symptom free.

Originally posted 2012-11-22 22:06:03.

Explore the significant benefits such as increased oxygen levels which are supportive for all areas of the body, particularly the major organs, blood circulation and lymphatic circulation. This method is of great benefit to women with breast issues. Cancer cells hate oxygen and cannot survive in a body that is flooded with oxygen.

Originally posted 2012-10-27 22:11:15.

find-your-voiceSore Throats – The following tips are very effective in relieving symptoms arising from a variety of different causes. Tonsillitis, laryngitis, pharyngitis, ulcerations, strep throat and Quincy which is extremely unpleasant, making swallowing almost impossible due to the painful swelling.

Products Required – Table salt, a large flannel or cloth, dried sage and mustard powder. All are available in most supermarkets.

Method – Use the sage to make tea – 3 heaped teaspoons in 200ml of boiling water. Strain, allow to cool and use as a gargle and mouthwash.
For the compress, wet the flannel and pour on the salt so that it is covered in about 10mm of salt, roll into flat tube and apply to the throat, it is best left on overnight so cover with a towel to avoid dampening the pillow or bedding.

Hot mustard footbath:
For instructions see asthma heath tip post.

Case study
A lady came to see me complaining of a sore throat which was so painful she was unable to swallow and had to take soluble pain killers to get any respite. She had an appointment arranged with her GP for the next morning and was hoping I could suggest something she could do in the meantime. I advised her to try the sage gargle, salt compress and hot mustard foot bath, which she followed to the letter. When she saw her GP the next day the swelling had subsided, she was pain free and able to swallow without discomfort. He was amazed at what she had achieved in such a short time without the need for an antibiotic.

Originally posted 2012-09-11 22:32:20.

keep-it-simpleAs you may have realised, I like to keep things as simple as possible, I avoid complication wherever I can, because the bodys needs are both simple and logical. If you give the body what it needs and avoid what it cannot cope with, you are on the path to a healthier life automatically.

Here are some things best avoided – Homogenised Milk – full fat, skimmed, semi-skimmed or organic, AVOID!

Choose instead full fat non-homogenised milk, organic wherever possible.

Avoid the flu jab as it is suspected by some researchers to increase the risk of contracting the flu virus. Many people who receive this vaccine become ill – they are also more likely to spread the disease to others.

Avoid cooking in vegetable oils, this includes olive oil, as at cooking temperature they tend to form trans-fatty acids. Better fats for cooking are coconut oil, ghee, dripping (both beef and lard) as they do not convert to the more dangerous trans-fatty acids.

Avoid also any processed products containing white sugar, white flour, Monosodium Glutomate and Nitrites which are used in meats and fish as a preservative.

That is enough avoids for now, that will start you on the road to good health but more information to come in future tips, including Must Haves.

Originally posted 2012-09-07 22:35:08.

 

There are so many ways you can use apple cider vinegar in your daily routine, it works great for pretty much anything, from treating an upset stomach, dealing with skin problems to cleaning your house. And believe me, once you start to use it, you won’t turn back.

The health benefits of apple cider vinegar are endless, here re some creative and simple ways to add the benefits of apple cider vinegar to your life:

1. For cleaning purpose, make this “all-purpose cleaner”with apple cider vinegar

You have to prepare 1 part water, 1 part apple cider vinegar and a few drops of essential oil. Mix them in a spray bottle and use anytime when you want.

2. It can be added to your smoothie, but keep in mind of that just add a little as it has strong taste.

3. You can rub your teeth with apple cider vinegar and then rinse with water, it will remove stains and keep your teeth whiter.

4. Feeling tired after a whole day work? Then add a cup apple cider vinegar to your bath water to have a relaxing bath. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. A hot bath with apple cider vinegar also helps flush out toxins through the skin, so this is also a great detoxification process.

5. Apple cider vinegar helps you detox the whole body. It’s recommended to take it before your meal by mixing 2-3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of tomato juice.

6. Apple cider vinegar is a good ingredient for dressing. For making your food taste great, try these easy-to-make dressing recipes with apple cider vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar with olive oil dressing

  • 3 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • A few salt and pepper to taste

Apple cider vinegar, yogurt and honey dressing

  • 3 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 3 tablespoon yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon raw honey
  • Salt to taste

Mix the ingredients well and you get a great dressing for salads, vegetables and meats.

7. Apple cider vinegar works effectively to increase your metabolism, this is due to its rich content of vitamins and minerals, especially the high amount of potassium it contains.

8. It’s a simple remedy for relieving a sore throat. Simply mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup of warm water and gargle with the mixture every hour or as needed.

9. It can help you get rid of dandruff. Add 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar to 4 cups of water and pour over your hair after shampooing. Rinse with water after 1-2 minutes.

10. Want to get rid of acne? Try to mix 1 part apple cider vinegar to 4 parts water. Apply it to the affected area with a cotton pad, leave it for some minutes and rinse with cold water. Do 2-3 times a day.

11. Candida may results in several symptoms, such as lack of energy, bad memory, sugar cravings as well as yeast infections. Apple cider vinegar helps you get rid of candida due to its natural enzymes. Add 2 cups of apple cider vinegar to a bathtub and soak for half an hour.

12. Take 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar followed by a cup of water will help you deal with heartburn. It works by orrecting low acid, thus reducing heartburn symptoms.

13. The mixture of 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water is a great solution for cleaning your kitchen and toilet. This mixture also acts as a natural room fresher.

14. It’s highly recommended to add a teaspoon or two of apple cider vinegar when you’re cooking your bone broth. As it will help draw more minerals out of the bones.

15. If you’re suffering from painful sunburn, use apple cider vinegar. Mix a cup of apple cider vinegar in a lukewarm bath to soothe the uncomfort feeling.

16. It clears a stuffy nose. Add a teaspoon apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drinking, it will give you a relief quickly.

17. It helps relieve migraines by mixing 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoon raw honey in a cup water. Drink it twice a day.

18. Add 2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to 16 oz of water and sip this solution throughout the day, it will promote weight loss.

19. It’s also a fantastic ingredient for flea redution. Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar and 1 part water and spray it on your pets’ skin to repell the fleas on your pets.

20. It works well to help you get rid of hiccups.

The benefits of apple cider vinegar to health are still not stopping here, it also:

  1. Prevents flu
  2. Reduces inflammation from arthritis
  3. Aids digestion
  4. Improves sleep
  5. Strengthens bones
  6. Eases constipation
  7. Treats ear infections
  8. Helps treat eczema
  9. Lowers blood pressure
  10. Relieves Gout
  11. Balances the body’s pH level
  12. Lowers cholesterol
  13. Reduces blood glucose level in diabetics
  14. Removes nail fungus
  15. Soothes bug bites

Now you know, apple cider vinegar is really a miracle product that can be used in so many different ways. Do you have more creative ways to use it in your daily life? Share with us.

Originally posted 2016-03-23 11:38:59.

If you’re seeking an uncomplicated way to cultivate health, look to the lymphatic system. Working in tandem with the cardiovascular system, lymph fluids help remove toxins from the blood, while also transporting immune system cells. Since the lymphatic system doesn’t have an organ like the heart to circulate fluid, it needs to be stimulated. Have a look below for several suggestions on how to do this easily each day.

Keep the body humming

Drink plenty of water – Since hydration plays a key role in both circulatory systems, it’s crucial to consume adequate fluids throughout the day. When we don’t pay attention to this one basic practice, stress is placed on the lymph system, leading to inefficiency and toxic build-up. An additional benefit of proper hydration: the kidneys are able to do their job of flushing out water soluble waste.

Dry skin brushing – Another simple habit that keeps the lymphatic system in top form is brushing the skin. Amazingly, there are hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubules in the body that collect waste products. When we brush the skin, the system is stimulated in a process called lymphatic drainage.

To include this method in your daily routine, first you will need a high quality skin brush with natural bristles — aim for one with a long handle so that you can reach the back and other inconvenient spots. Before your morning shower and after work are two good times to dry brush. Use short strokes toward the heart with firm pressure, but do not “scrub.” Steer clear of delicate areas such as the face. Brush as long as you would like, although average sessions usually last between two and 20 minutes.

Hydrotherapy – For a quick circulatory boost, try alternating hot and cold water during your shower. When the skin is exposed to cold water, the whole body contracts, which squeezes lymphatic fluid up. And when hot water is applied, fluid moves downward as the constriction relaxes. A good standard is to alternate water temperature every thirty seconds for the entire length of your shower. Just make sure you have a reliable shower filter to avoid absorbing more toxins than you’re eliminating.

Rebounding – One of the best ways to improve lymphatic movement and drainage is to bounce on a small trampoline called a rebounder. Utilizing gravity and non-impact motion, bouncing assists the flow of lymph fluid. One method is the “health bounce.” Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Keeping your feet on the mat, bounce with a gentle up and down motion. That’s all there is to it. With just a few minutes a day, the lymphatic system is kept healthy and flowing.

Lymphatic drainage therapy – Using a specialized technique that applies pressure to lymph nodes and tubules, a trained therapist can strengthen lymphatic efficiency. The method entails holding the hands flat and moving them in a wavelike motion on the body to release blockages and enhance circulation. The benefits include detoxification, relaxation, regeneration of tissue and a reduction of inflammation.

Originally posted 2016-03-13 11:34:02.

Toothache pain can be extremely distracting and often become a sufferer’s sole area of focus. The time between experiencing toothache pain and seeing an emergency dentist can be excruciating. Tooth pain happens when the nerve is inflamed. Generally this occurs due to compromised enamel which is allowing material to enter directly into the pulp. Here are 12 home remedies for toothache pain.

12 Quick Remedies For Toothache Emergency

Baking Soda

Take a cotton swab and moisten it with a bit of water, dip it in baking soda (coat the swab really well with baking soda) then apply. You can also make a mouth rinse by mixing a heaping spoonful of baking soda in a small glass of lukewarm to warm water, dissolve the soda then swish the mixture in your mouth.

Oil Of Oregano

Mix a few drops with a bit of olive oil, then saturate a cotton ball with mixture. Can replace the olive oil with lukewarm water if preferred.

Salt Water

Salt reduces infection, pain, and inflammation. Warm salt water prevents the infection from spreading to other parts of the mouth. Mix a teaspoon of salt (either unrefined sea salt, Epsom salt, or ordinary salt) and a glass of warm water. Rinse your mouth with the solution.

Garlic

Garlic is nature’s most potent antibiotic. It prevents bacterial infection and contains sulfuric compounds including allicin which fight infection and inflammation. Apply the juice from crushed garlic to the infected area. Repeat regularly as needed.

Olive Oil

Olive oil contains a chemical called eugenol that kills bacteria and reduces pain. Use a cotton ball to apply olive oil to the affected area and sore gums. Repeat daily as needed.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a natural disinfect that kills bacteria and relieves pain and inflammation. Mix 2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide and a tablespoon of warm water. Rinse your mouth with the solution without swallowing.

Cucumber

Slice a fresh piece of cucumber and hold it over the sore area. If refrigerated, you might want to bring the cucumber to room temperature before using (if sensitive to cold) otherwise a cool piece can be soothing.You can also mash a piece with a bit of salt and pack it around the sore tooth.

Wheatgrass

Simply chewing of wheatgrass leaves or using wheatgrass juice as a mouthwash is also helpful in fighting with toothache. Wheatgrass juice absorbs the toxins from gums, reduces bacteria, and avoids contamination.

Tea

Make a fresh cup of tea then take the used tea bag (still warm) and stick it in your mouth. Careful not to tear the bag. The tannins that are naturally in tea leaves can help numb things.

Alcohol

A bit of whiskey, brandy, scotch, or vodka can also be used as a natural home remedy for toothache. A strong mouthwash that contains alcohol will also be helpful.

Onion

Freshly cut onion can be placed on the area. Else, extract the juice of onion and apply on the troubled tooth with a cotton ball. Onion is a natural remedy to fix up the throbbing toothache. Onion is also considered as a natural antibiotic for curing tooth infection.

Cloves

Settle a dry stalk of clove onto the tooth. This is a helpful remedy in fixing up the toothache. A drop of clove oil or thick paste of ground clove with water or olive oil can also be used. Clove oil is an effective natural cure for fixing toothache from a broken tooth.

Originally posted 2015-09-22 10:19:27.

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