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Green Ways To Fight Colds & The Flu
2019-06-10 09:11:22

Green Ways To Fight Colds & The Flu


I haven’t had a cold, flu, or strep throat in over four years. Even when people around me are sneezing, coughing, vomiting, or blowing their nose I don’t get sick. So, what changed? Well, I discovered what I call my secret magic potion. And anytime I'm around someone who is sick, or when I feel that ominous tickle in my throat, I whip one up for myself.

I have to admit, the taste isn't the greatest, but it really works. It has antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties plus immune-boosting ingredients. Let’s take a look at the individual ingredients:

1. Raw honey.

It's my sweetener of choice not only because it's super tasty but because it also has many great benefits. It's packed with antioxidants that prevent damage from free radicals in the body, and when sourced from local bees, it can help reduce allergies to pollen. It contains trace minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and easy-to-use carbs for energy. It coats the throat, which provides relief from coughing and sore throat pain. The biggest benefit, though, is its antibacterial and antiviral effects.

2. Vitamin C.

Vitamin C is a powerful immune booster and natural killer cell production. It is a required nutrient in many cellular processes and is also a potent antioxidant. Processed fruit juices, though high in vitamin C, are full of preservatives. That’s just sugar to me. If you want to use juice as your vitamin C source, make sure it is fresh.

3. Oil of oregano.

The taste alone is a great hint at how powerful this ingredient is. It's anti-everything, fighting parasites, viruses, bacteria, and fungus. When buying oil of oregano, make sure to check the dilution. Getting it at a 1:1 ratio means you will only require three drops—it's potent stuff! Use caution if you have high blood pressure. If you don’t tolerate oil of oregano, you can substitute with olive leaf.

4. Grapefruit seed extract.

Grapefruit seed extract (GFSE) has received a lot of attention for its Candida-fighting properties, but it also has great antibacterial effects. More often than not, a common cold is a simple viral infection that may cause a secondary bacterial infection due to a weakened immune system. I like to add grapefruit seed extract in as a little extra kick to prevent that from happening.

5. Coconut oil.

This medium-chain fatty acid not only provides your cells with energy, but it also helps increase good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol. It's in my secret magic potion because of its antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal effects. It also tastes great. Since it's an oil, it won’t dissolve in water, but it will melt when you warm the water. If the oily feeling bothers you in this recipe, you can always add the coconut oil to oatmeal or a smoothie. When buying, make sure the coconut oil is organic and cold-pressed.

6. Biocidin.

Even though this formula comes with a big price tag, it is totally worth it. Biocidin is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial with biofilm-busting properties. It's being studied in treatments for Lyme, has botanicals to help with detoxification and inflammation, and actually tastes good.

7. Herbal tinctures.

I love, love, love herbal tinctures. Echinacea, elderberry, golden seal, and astragalus are great immune boosters on their own but even better in combination.


The Magic Potion:

Here's how to make your own green flu-, cold-, and allergy-fighting remedy: On the stove or in a kettle, warm (but don't boil) 1 cup of filtered water. Add in 1 tablespoon of honey, up to 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 5 to 10 drops of biocidin, your vitamin C source (¼ freshly squeezed lemon, up to 1 teaspoon camu camu, or ¼ teaspoon magnesium ascorbate), 3 drops of oil of oregano (1:1 dilution), 5 to 10 drops GFSE, and 2 dropperfuls of herbal tincture. Drink a glass of this one to three times per day until you are better and feel like you're no longer fighting the virus. It is OK if you can’t get all these ingredients. Use what you can get your hands on. Each ingredient is powerful on its own, and I always have them on hand. 

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