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Herbs and essential oils to use to avoid contagious illness

 
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The recent coronavirus outbreak has me wondering about ways to not catch contagious things. Do you have any ideas of herbs that would help? And the best way to use them for this purpose?

Some ideas of mine:
  • Car diffuser with a ‘thieves’ blend of essential oils
  • Making some kind of stuff to put on hands after touching things in shops and public places - would a tea made from a particular herb be good for this? Or a kind of salve made with herbs and/or essential oils? Do you have any recipes for something like this to share?
  • Maybe a salve with thieves essential oils in it to rub on the wrists and smell often?
  • Would putting a salve made with smelly herbs or very diluted essential oils below the nose help?
  • Boosting immunity with lots of vitamin C (I started a separate thread about this here)

  • Do you have any ideas?
     
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    There are many herbs that work anti-viral, like Thyme, but will it work against Corona? If some-one sneezes billions of virus bits are blown around, then your herb or whatever will have to catch them all with your herb. That's not going to work. I mean externally eradicate all the Corona virus with a herb.
    Better to have your immune system peaking so that if you're unfortunate enough to get infected by this new Corona strain, your white blood cells start eliminating it immediately.
     
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    Stay away from sick people - seems simple but needs to be said. If you have to be around them, wear a mask. Consider a mask when out shopping during cold and flu season. They work great.
    Wash your hands regularly. When you go out into the community and come home, wash your hands when you walk in the door.
    Use an antiviral herbal spray on phones, door knobs or other devises and instruments that are shared with people at work. Use a lavender spray or another antiviral essential oil spray made for this application.  Most people like lavender and won't be       offended by the smell.
    Eat antioxidant rich, organic foods, (lots of colorful fruits and vegetables), which is also a diet rich in Vitamin C, beta-carotene, polyphenols and essential minerals, as they will help your body protect you from viruses.

    An Antiviral Spray to Use on Phones

    Making the spray: You can make a simple antiviral spray by starting with a water/alcohol base of 40% rubbing alcohol and 60% water or a Base of 20% grain alcohol and 80% water. Once you make your liquid base put the base into a spray bottle. For each 1 oz of  base add 40 drops of lavender essential oil. (You can use a different essential oil. Many of them are antiviral/antibacterial/antifungal. Thyme and lemon gets used a lot in products sold over the counter. We use to use lavendar and orange a lot at my business as people liked that mix.

    Applying the spray: Spray this on items you are sharing with others such as phones. Make sure you don’t spray it on anything you think will be damaged by the essential oil or the alcohol. (I spray this on most things with no problem, but it can damage wood and may damage some fabrics etc. You can test an area first to make sure it will not harm the item.) I usually spray a paper towel or rag with the liquid and then wipe the phone or other item down to ensure I get it everywhere.

    I agree that keeping your immune system in tip-top shape is the best way to be healthy and prevent infection and decrease the time and severity of the infection if you do pick up a virus. There are many corona viruses by the way. This is a new one.  You can use the same methods to keep yourself healthy as you would during cold and flu season. I have an article here that is for prevention of colds and flus https://youarethehealer.org/health-conditions/a-z/prevent-colds-flu/ , another article here on flus https://youarethehealer.org/health-conditions/a-z/flu-influenza/
    Below are some things taken from the flu article that are pertinent to any virus, including the corona viruses.  


    Things that can affect your immune system negatively

    • Age - the very young and very old can have a decreased immune system reaction.
    • Nutritional Status - Good nutritional support is necessary to a proper functioning immune system.
    • Genetics - We are born with a more or less effective immune system and have to deal with the cards we are dealt.
    • Medications - corticosteroids, immunosuppressives used in tranpsplant surgery and other drugs may decrease the immune systems activity.
    • Environment - There may be environmental factors in the home or work environment that can effect the immune system.
    • Radiation - Given during cancer therapy, diagnostic imaging or due to environmental disasters, radiation can decrease or stop the production of white blood cells temporarily.
    • Stress - Chronic stress can decrease the immune systems activity due to endocrine system effects.
    • Chronic wasting diseases such as cancer and TB as well as immunodeficiency diseases such as HIV can negatively effect the immune system.
    • Mental/emotional outlook - The ability to be content, happy and to be able to roll with the punches has been shown to enhance the bodies immunity.


    Nutritional, Herbal & Lifestyle
    Recommendations For Prevention of infectious viral illness

    The immune system needs nourishment from the food we take in. It is dependent on a healthy lifestyle for optimum functionality. Healthy food, a safe environment, sunshine, clean air, healthy water, exercise, prayer/meditation and a fulfilling life are necessary for optimum immune system function. Nutritional products and herbs can be used to support the normal function of the immune system. Some basic nutritional information as well as some of the more popular herbs are listed below.

    Healthy eating is one of the fundamentals necessary to support your immune system. Eat the right foods and be conscious about the quality of food you are consuming. There are antibiotics and steroids in non-organic meat and dairy products that may effect your immune system. Only eat high quality meat and dairy from healthy animals. Your immune system can not function properly witout adequate protein. Pesticides and herbicides in non-organic vegetables may also effect your immune system.

    Caretenoids (as well as other flavonoids) in carrots, yams, squash, tomatoes, melons, calendula flowers, dandelion flowers, elecampane flowers, green leafy vegetables are beneficial. Carotenoids protect phagocytes from auto-oxidative damage, enhance T- and B-lymphocyte proliferation responses, stimulate effector T cell functions, enhance their cytotoxic capabilities and stimulate macrophage and NK cell activities and increase production of certain interleukins. They also protect lipids in the cell wall from damage.

    Eat wild foods which are nutritious and immune-supportive such as plantain, cleavers, chickweed, stinging nettles (cooked only): many of these herbs can be used in stir fries, soups, or juiced. The stinging nettles should be cooked due to the possibility of being stung otherwise. The chickweed is great in salad. plantain and cleavers are best juiced. These vibrant green wild foods support our bodies via their vitamins, minerals, enzymes and ways we yet have to discover.

    Foods such as beets and other root vegetables as well as fall greens are helpful for nutritional support to the immune system.

    Eating antioxidants in your fresh fruits and vegetables is very helpful. All brightly colored foods have antioxidants in them. The top 5 antioxidants from a USDA study of 100 plants with antioxidants was as follows:

    5. Blueberries (cultivated)
    4. Pinto beans
    3. Red kidney beans
    2. Blueberries (wild)
    1. Small red beans (dried)

    It is best to use foods grown without chemicals and drugs. Dairy products can cause a wide range of problems that affect the immune system. This may be due to an allergy to the milk sugar or protein in the milk or it can simply be due to the use of pasteurized milk. If you want to use milk products, the best milk to use for most people is fresh, organic, raw goat milk.
    It is best to avoid all hydrogenated oils and polyunsaturated vegetable oils. These oils result in the production of free radicals which directly impact the immune system. Use olive oil, and butter as cooking oil/fat and get essential fatty acids by adding flax and fish oils to the diet as well as eating fish and nuts. Also avoid excessive amounts of sugary foods, food additives, preservatives, artificial flavors, excess iron, low nutrient, refined food diets, pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics and hormones in food, contaminated water, prescription drugs, recreational drugs (including coffee and chocolate).

    Other things to be wary of are heavy metals, and radiation. Additionally decrease emotional/mental stress and do things to make yourself happy. Wash your hands regularly, especially if around others with infectious conditons. A friend of mine, Paul Bergner finds smudging oneself to be helpful after being exposed to the flu.

    Nutritional, Herbal & Lifestyle
    Recommendations For the Person with the Flu
    - or other infectious viral illnesses

    Use the same suggestions as given in prevention of the flu article.

    Additionally:
    • Use herbs in the categories that follow as they are needed. Immunomodulators can be used at any time to prevent or treat the flu.
    • Start treating yourself for the flu the moment you think you are coming down with it or even after exposure to get the best results.
    • Eat healthy brothy soups such as chicken and rice soup or miso broth
    • Eat lots of fresh garlic in foods or by itself.
    • Use vitamin C to bowel tolerance (the amount that makes the stools loose, then back off slightly)
    • Get a lot of sleep and rest.
    • Don't get up and go back to work or school immediately when you start to feel well. Let yourself rest for a couple extra days so you don't relapse.
    • Avoid sugary foods completely, and drink lots of water

    Herbs for the Immune System


    Lymphagogues are herbs which stimulate lymphatic activity. They will help to move cellular debris out of the body. Alteratives are herbs which stimulate the blood as well as the skin and liver in their respective eliminatory functions. Herbs in these categories can be very beneficial to immune system support by assisting in removal of cellular waste, chemical toxins or microbes from the body. Immunomodulators support the immune system activity while antivirals specifically have been shown to be beneficial at preventing or treating illnesses associated with viruses. Anticatarrhals decrease excess mucus and diaphoretics reduce fevers. Antibacterials are used for bacterial associated illnesses and are useful if you get a bacterial infection superimposed on top of the viral infection. Many of the deaths in the 1918 flu pandemic were due to bacterial pneumonias superimposed on top of the flu. Many of the herbs listed below can be found in more than one category. If you go to the link above for the flu article (2nd link) it goes into details above each of these herbal categories and suggests herbs and formulas and a case example.
     
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    Thank you Sharol! We're doing a lot of that already, so that is good to know. Your answer in my vitamin c thread is very helpful too.
     
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    Wow! What a great response, Sharol. Thanks so much.
    I'm starting up some of these tips today!
     
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    Kate Downham wrote:The recent coronavirus outbreak has me wondering about ways to not catch contagious things. Do you have any ideas of herbs that would help? And the best way to use them for this purpose?

    Some ideas of mine:

  • Car diffuser with a ‘thieves’ blend of essential oils
  • Making some kind of stuff to put on hands after touching things in shops and public places - would a tea made from a particular herb be good for this? Or a kind of salve made with herbs and/or essential oils? Do you have any recipes for something like this to share?
  • Maybe a salve with thieves essential oils in it to rub on the wrists and smell often?
  • Would putting a salve made with smelly herbs or very diluted essential oils below the nose help?
  • Boosting immunity with lots of vitamin C (I started a separate thread about this here)

  • Do you have any ideas?



    I made a hand sanitizer with wild harvested usnea (wind blown/from the ground), douglas fir, Western red cedar, oregon grape extracted in isoproply alcohol with aloe vera and sweet orange essential oil. I can't really say how well it works or how it would work against something like this - but I keep it in my car and home and use it occasionally when I feel it's necessary which is only a few to several times a year. I've stayed healthy and if nothing else, it at least made me *feel* better to have it in certain situations.
     
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    Is everyone aware of the connection between emotion and immunity?

    Fear, worry and anxiety cause a decrease in your immune system function.

    Optimism, peace, calm, ease support a strong immune system.  You control your thoughts and your mind and your emotions.

    Who has the lowest risk?

    Are you younger than 79 years old?

    Are you free of chronic respiratory/cardiovascular disease/immuno compromised?

    Most who contract Corona and exhibit symptoms are mild like a cold.

    If you came in contact with Corona and you are going to express symptoms, you will do so within 5 days.

    Andrographis (Kold Kare) excels at boosting the immune system. I do not own stock and I have seen this work a hundred times, and quickly. One man, 70-something, flu so bad he couldn't get out of bed, had a flight in 36 hours and was well enough to travel. Start taking it now to strengthen your immune system. Amazon Kold Kare

    Eat light and clean - no wheat/dairy/sugar. They produce mucus and impede the flow of energy in the system. Vegetables, fresh, raw or lightly cooked, NON STARCHY.

    Be well rested and well hydrated.


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