Many people I know are either in the midst of a contagious cough, common cold, flu, or fever or just getting over it. To maintain your immunity through this season one of my favorite options is olive leaf extract which is a natural antiviral, antibiotic, and anti-fungal herb. Of course wash your hands frequently, eat lots of veggies, greens and fresh raw fruit or, if you’re not a big veggie fan, supplement with a Super Green powder preferably raw and organic. Garlic is also a great immunity defense. The latest, and as I have heard from a nurse friend of mine, a very successful immune defense, is a good mushroom complex like New Chapter’s Life Shield Immunity. All one needs to do is google – mushroom complex immunity defense sale- to find a host of options. If you have already contracted the dreaded cough, cold, fever, or flu you could choose a homeopathic option, found in your local health food store and chosen specific to your symptoms, or choose a natural ingredient that you can look for in a pill, tincture, or tea, or as one of the ingredients in a complex natural remedy. I found the natural remedies below in a great resource book called Prescription for Natural Cures, by James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D. – copyright 2004.
Share with Tribe Tonic, in the comment section below, the natural remedies you use to raise your immunity or fight illness.
COMMON COLD (p. 162)
Echinacea and goldenseal: Both of these will enhance the immune system and Echinacea has anti-viral properties.
Lomatium Dissectum: Has strong anti-viral effects.
Vitamin C: Supports immune system function through increased white blood cell activity.
Zinc: Supports immune function may have anti-viral effects. (Herbalozenge makes a great tasting Elderberry Zinc Lozenge.)
Ginger: Helps with a sore throat and chills.
Astragalus: Excellent for preventing the common cold. Do not take when you have a fever.
A hot fresh ginger and lemon tea is soothing to a sore throat. For sore throats I also like to use Propolis Echinacea throat spray, carried by Herb Pharm. This will usually knock out any bacteria in my throat, which leads to a quicker recovery.
COUGH (p. 172)
Licorice (glycyrrhiza glabra): Reduces coughing, enhances the immune system, and soothes the respiratory tract. Not to be used if you have high blood pressure.
Cherry Bark: Reduces coughing especially for wet coughs. (This ingredient can be found in Umcka Cough Syrups.)
N-acetylsysteine (NAC): Reduces a wet cough, Thins the mucus making it easier to expectorate.
Mullein (Verbascum Thapsus): This is an herb that promotes mucus discharge and has anti-inflammatory effects on the respiratory tract.
Echinacea and Goldenseal: Both herbs enhance immune function. Goldenseal helps to dry up mucus.
Astragalus: It strengthens weak lungs, increases the body’s resistance to infection. Good treatment for chronic or acute bronchitis. Do not take with a fever.
Yarrow: Induces a sweat to help break a high fever.
Echinacea: Stimulates immune function and reduces fever.
Ginger: Helps break a fever, especially if you have chills and a sore throat.
Elderberry: Helps with fever related to the flu or other viral infections.
Vitamin C: Supports immune function by increasing white blood cell activity.
Lomatium dissectum: Strong anti-viral effects.
Elderberry: Reduces coughing and inhibits the replication of the flu virus.
Echinacea and Goldenseal: Both improve immune function. Goldenseal dries up mucus. Echinacea is anti-viral.
Oregano Oil: A powerful anti-viral.
Vitamin C: Supports immune system function by increasing white blood cells.
Ginger: Aids with sore throat and chills.