Let me start with a big virtual hug because I know so many of you need it right now!
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m writing with herbal resources for immunity, because after all a good offense is a good defense.
Let me begin with the fact that I am not a doctor and I do not have any experience with this virus. However, I’m applying what I know about immunity, fevers, and lung congestion to try to be as best prepared as possible and to share it with you.
***Again, these are my opinions–Please follow the advice and protocols of your physician and local health authorities for social interaction, testing, and treatment.***
Proper hygiene (including 20-second hand washing) and social isolation are the best measures one can take, both from a personal health perspective and for collective health. As you likely know, one can be asymptomatic during the incubation stage and still pass on the virus. This is why everyone needs to be on board the hygiene-and-reducing-contact train. You might be young and healthy, but others are not, and you don’t want to infect them!
If this quarantine has you in a panic and you’ve been looking into natural remedies in case of an emergency, you might be surprised to find that there are a good amount of suggestions out there to help guide in making your very own natural medicine cabinet. Here is a short list of the general things that you might want to include in your natural medicine cabinet.
Herbs with medicinal value are a great place to start in your natural medicine cabinet.
Echinacea – This can greatly shorten your time during colds and manage symptoms.
Basil – Basil will both calm the stomach and alleviate stress.
Parsley – Parsley is rich in antioxidants, and is anti-inflammatory. It can help reduce gas, and is a diuretic.
Marigold – This herb can treat a variety of fungal infections. It is associated with boosting the immune system and help control candida.
Vitamins, Minerals and Probiotics
Vitamin C and Echinacea – Aids with Immune system function.
Zinc – Helps with immune system function.
Magnesium with calcium – Great for prevention of muscle cramps.
Vitamin B – Excellent for maintaining stamina, keeps energy level higher throughout the day.
Probiotics – These are very important for maintaining a healthy level of gut flora. Acidophilus for example, aids in digestion and immunity.
Cod Liver Oil – This oil is a great source of vitamin D.
Colloidal Silver – A flavorless antibacterial and antiviral liquid
Eucalyptus – Excellent for using in mixtures aimed at alleviating respiratory irritation.
Peppermint – Can help with tension headaches, and helps calm indigestion.
Lavender – Great for burns and is a powerful anti bacterial. Also known to aid in fighting anxiety.
Chamomile – Has a relaxing effect, used often in aromatherapy and has been known to help with menstrual problems.
Rosemary – Aids in alertness, treats some issues with the nervous system, boost memory function and treats varicose veins.
This marvelous powder can help you prevent hangovers, control gas in the digestive tract, filter water, and can be used to draw poisons, and toxins away from the skin. You can use it in your own toothpaste to whiten teeth.
Cheesecloth or mesh strainers – can help you to extract the properties from your herbs, or used in a poultice.
Droppers – for better control in quantity of use, and adding drops of essential oils to mixtures.
Jars – for keeping unused mixtures.
Linen bags – Great for making your own soothing teas, and for applying solutions to areas of the body.
Cloth Bandages – for wrapping wounds after applying healing solutions.