Natural Herbal Flu and Cold Support
There are a lot of good articles on the web and this is my summary.
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: None of the health topics presented here have been evaluated or approved by the FDA. They should not replace personal judgment nor medical treatment when indicated, nor are they intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always talk to your and knowledgeable chiropractor or naturopathic physician about the use of these or any other supplement supports.
Before using antibacterial/antiviral herbs, one should read an herbal medicine guide or consult a herbalist for exact dosing instructions. Your body is unique and your specific needs will likely be unique, too. Dr. Kydonieus is very experienced in created customized Programs for patients in the office after he examines them If you are not close enough to come in for a consultation then go the the www.Ulaninc.org website and inquire about finding a Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner in your area.
Calendula (Calendula officinalis)1
Calendula can be used in first-aid to heal wounds, prevent infection and treat pink eye. The beneficial effects of using medicinal plants from the Balkan region to heal wounds according to traditional practices have been proven in many scientific studies. Calendula can be prepared a few different ways, including infusions, tinctures, lotions and ointments. No known precautions.
Cinnamomum burmannii Blume (cinnamon stick) from Indonesia2
Cinnamon warms the body, aids in digestion and is used for its antibacterial properties. This study suggests that cinnamon stick and its bioactive components have potential for application as natural food preservatives.Cinnamon can be taken as a tea, added to food or used as a supplement.
Clove (Syzygium aromaticum)3,4
Clove bud is very useful when combating intestinal bacteria. It is one of the key ingredients in MediHerb’s Herbal throat spray along with a other of the herbs mentioned here. Many people are familiar with its topical numbing effect but made into a tea or cooking with it can help the gut and relieve intestinal distress.
Astragalus Root (Astragalus membranaceus)5
Astragalus is one of the antiviral herbs that works by boosting the immune system and has great antioxidant activity. Shown to help liver and kidney tiss recover from disease. Taken internally, either as a capsule, tincture or buy adding it to soup, astragalus root is known to increase your body’s defense against viruses. Astragalus root is best used as prevention, so take it during flu season or before going places with large crowds of people. Avoid if you already have a fever.
Boswellia (Frankincense essential Oil)17
The “Biblical” herb dating back thousands of years has many uses but its antiinflammatory and nerve stimulation properties are world renowned. Modern research shows that is has antimicrobial action as well. Boswellia is a resin from a tress that grows in arid climates. The essential oil is very potent if using a “medical” grade company like Doterra or Nuskin.
Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa)6
In addition to being an antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral herb, cat’s claw is also known for boosting the immune system, increasing your body’s protection against illness. Cat’s claw can be taken as a tea, tincture or capsule. Do not take during pregnancy.
Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon)7
Cranberry is a potent defense against urinary tract infections due to its ability to make the bladder lining too “slippery” to adhere to. Full of antioxidants, cranberry also has antiviral properties and prevents plaque formation on teeth. Cranberry can be taken in a capsule or as juice (make sure it is unsweetened).
Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)8
Elderberry is used as a remedy for viral infections like the flu and common cold. Elder stimulates the circulation, causing sweating, effectively cleansing the body. Elderberry syrup is the common delivery method and 1-3 tablespoons can be taken per day during infection. Leaves, roots, seeds, and berries of the raw plant contain cyanide-producing compounds and should not be consumed without cooking properly.
Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale)9
Ginger is another herb known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties. It is used to prevent and decrease duration of the common cold. Ginger can be taken as a tea, in capsule form, or added to meals. It also is good for inflammation.
Lemon Balm Leaf (Melissa officinalis)10
An important compound found in lemon balm contains antiviral properties. Lemon balm leaf makes a tasty tea that can also relieve upset stomach and promote calm. I can help intestinal infections and even has been shown to aide colon cancer.11 It may be unsafe to consume during some pregnancies, so check with your doctor on that one.
Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)12,10
Licorice is antiviral and antibacterial. It is commonly used for gastric ulcers as it kills H. pylori13 that causes ulcers without upsetting the stomach. Steep these antiviral herbs as a tea and drink by itself or blended with other herbal teas. It can also raise blood pressure so pay attention and do not use if on blood pressure medicine. Avoid during pregnancy.
Olive Leaf (Olea europaea)16
As antiviral herbs, olive leaf is used to treat the flu, common cold and herpes all are “encapsulated” viruses. Olive leaf can be taken as a tincture, capsule or tea mixed with mint. Avoid during pregnancy. There is evidence to support the use of olive leaf extract in Parkinson’s Disease, being useful for preventing the death of dopaminergic neurons in patients with PD.15
Dried Oregano Leaf (Origanum vulgare)14
In addition to adding great flavor to food, oregano also protects against viruses and bacteria as one of the best antiviral herbs available. It can be taken in a capsule to promote healing. If using the essential oil be away that it will cause redness and has a very spicy hot sensation which can be uncomfortable. Cutting the oregano essential oil with fractionated coconut oil 2:1 is recommended.
How to Use Antibacterial and Antiviral Herbs
Herbal teas are simple to make and require only a cup, hot water and a way to steep your tea. To make an herbal tea, steep 1 tbsp of antibacterial or antiviral herbs in 1 cup hot water for 5-10 minutes. For children, use 1 tsp herbs in the same amount of water.
Herbal infusions are simply antibacterial or antiviral herbs prepared in water. They differ from teas in that they use larger quantities of herbs, making a more concentrated preparation. They are steeped in water for several hours in a tightly sealed jar. Using a quart-size canning jar is best because they can hold up well to boiling water.
Once prepared you can drink them iced or heated, add them to baths for soaking wounds or sore muscles or used to make compresses or poultices.
Put a handful of dried herbs in your canning jar. Fill the jar to the fill line with boiling water. Secure the lid tightly and let it steep until the water has completely cooled. Strain out the antibacterial or antiviral herbs and enjoy.
Creating your own infused oil is easy! You can do it with just a few minutes of prep time (the rest is done in the oven).
- An oven-proof dish
- Fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth
- 1 cup jojoba or coconut oil
- 1/2 cup antibacterial or antiviral herbs (one herb or a combination)
- Clean, dry jar(s) to store your oil in
Heat your oven to 200 degrees, then turn it off. To your oven-proof dish, add the oil and herbs, then stir them together. (If the coconut oil is solid, let it melt first in the oven, add the herbs and stir). Put the dish in the oven. After 3 hours take out the herbs and strain the oil into your clean jar(s). Label and store in a cool, dark place.
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- Essential Oil from Clove Bud (Eugenia aromatica Kuntze) Inhibit Key Enzymes Relevant to the Management of Type-2 Diabetes and Some Pro-oxidant Induced Lipid Peroxidation in Rats Pancreas in vitro.Oboh G, Akinbola IA, Ademosun AO, Sanni DM, Odubanjo OV, Olasehinde TA, Oyeleye SI., J Oleo Sci. 2015;64(7):775-82. doi: 10.5650/jos.ess14274. Epub 2015 May 21. PMID: 25994557
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- Inhibition of herpes simplex type 1 and type 2 infections by Oximacro(®), a cranberry extract with a high content of A-type proanthocyanidins (PACs-A). Terlizzi ME, Occhipinti A, Luganini A, Maffei ME, Gribaudo G., Antiviral Res. 2016 Aug;132:154-64. doi: 10.1016/j.antiviral.2016.06.006. Epub 2016 Jun 16. PMID: 27321663
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The general layout of this article came from Nina Nelson’s blog. She is a student midwife and writer and mother of four. She blogs regularly at Shalom Mama and loves helping others create wellness through simple living. Check out her website for more simple wellness tips and connect with her on her Nina Nelson Facebook page.
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