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The Natural Way

Thursday, October 4, 2012

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Here we are in October, and while flu season is typically months away, already there are fears being generated.

Scary words are being televised and flu vaccine booths are popping up in grocery stores like weeds. No one knows what flu strain will be strongest this year, so being vaccinated may be helpful for some and not others.

For sure, right now is the time to begin adjusting your supplements and herbals.

It's time to ramp up the amount of vitamin D you take daily in anticipation of winter. I personally take 2,000 iu/day. This is good to do to keep respiratory diseases at bay.

When colds start to show up, flu won't be far away, so here is a primer on natural care for these predictable nasties.

Did you know tropical red Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) tea, though traditionally used to ease indigestion, also relieves colds and respiratory trouble? Hibiscus is also a natural source of Vitamin C. This can be added to my favorite remedies for both ailments.

Elder tea straight (for colds) or blended with peppermint (for flu) is very effective at stopping or preventing either. Cheap, too!

I like brewing the tea in large amounts; drinking more is the way to go. Here's how I brew leaves, flowers and herbs (Rooibos, Green, Chamomile, Lavender, Hibiscus, Elder, Peppermint etc.) Make as an infusion: Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 to 1 1/2 tsp. of the tea. Steep 10-12 minutes. Strain or use a very clean or dedicated Mr. Coffee-type maker. Place 1 oz of herb in the basket to 1 full carafe of water.

Try a second batch with the same herb. Aromatic herbs or essential oils can ease stuffy noses and chest congestion.

A fully natural approach would start with a good strong immune booster like Astragalus or mushroom extracts.

I'd go high value if the going gets rough. I'd then take large amounts of Monolaurin and maybe combine it with grapefruit seed extract.

I'd also drink large amounts of Elder tea (mixed with peppermint if I have a fever) every day. I'd stay away from crowds, wash my hands a great deal, keep tissue paper around to catch sneezes and use herbal disinfectant on door handles, keyboards and telephones.

Soap and water is one of the best germ killers/disinfectants. A good night's sleep, healthy diet, extra vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate) and a good multiple vitamin goes a long way as well.



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