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Posted: October 12, 2013

 

Fall is here!  And with Fall, comes the cold and flu season once again.  We don’t look forward to it, but did you know that warding off those germs can be easier than you think?  God gave us plenty of resources in Nature to help keep us healthy, yet our society tends not to focus on Nature much.  As I learn more about remedies found in Nature that have been used for hundreds of years, it baffles me why they are not being utilized more often.

There are obvious ways to help prevent viruses and bacteria from finding their way in.

 

Here are a few:

 

1.  Avoid contact with people who are sick.   When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

 

2. Stay home when you are sick.

3. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

 

4. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

 

5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.

And of course, get plenty of sleep, be physically active as much as possible, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.  Simple, right?  For some, life can get in the way and staying healthy may not be so simple.

 

If you want to boost your chances of avoiding colds and the flu or minimizing the symptoms, here are a few strategies from Nature, including my newest find, Black Elderberry Extract.

I have used the following gifts from Nature multiple times for myself and my family and have been amazed at the true benefits these gifts provide.

  1. Echinacea

  2. Black Elderberry

  3. Melaleuca Oil (Tea Tree Oil)

  4. Probiotics

  5. Honey and Cinnamon

  6. Multivitamins

My major line of defense as soon as a cold is coming on, is to use Echinacea in liquid form.  Read more from my post:

Echinacea! A Great Choice for Immune Boosting Ability

 

 

Echinacea is a powerful immune booster to use when trying to combat illness.  Echinacea is however, only to be used on a short-term basis for fighting illness, not as a daily prevention.  The longest length of time you want to take Echinacea is two weeks, then take a break from it.  That is why I was thrilled to come across Black Elderberry, another powerhouse of immune boosting properties.  Black Elderberry Extract can be taken every day!  This can be a great immune booster and prevention strategy.

 

Read Elderberry Benefits & Information and watch this video:  Health Benefits of Elderberry

 

 

What to do when a cold does sneak up on you?  Immediately increase the Black Elderberry dosage and grab the Echinacea at the first sign of a cold or flu!  Consistently take the recommended doses 3-4 times per day until symptoms disappear.  The duration and severity will be reduced greatly.  I don’t dread when my boys get a cold as much now because when I use the above strategies, their colds either don’t develop into much or don’t last near as long as in the past.

If you are taking probiotics, it is a good idea to increase the dosage too.  Got a sore throat?  Drink a few cups of warm water and honey per day until it goes away.  I was amazed at how fast the honey, along with taking Echinacea,  worked for my most recent oncoming sore throat.  Zapped it out in just over a day.  It never developed into a full-blown sore throat.

 

 

Watch this video: Medical Minute: Healthy Homemade Solutions

 

 

And last, but certainly not least, here is one of my go to favorite gifts from Nature:  Melaleuca Oil (Tea Tree Oil).  It is a natural antibacterial and antifungal.  I can’t tell you enough how much I love this oil!  It has helped my family repeatedly during the times a cold has surfaced.  I run a humidifier with 10 drops of Melaleuca Oil during the day and at night.  It aids in better breathing and nasal congestion.  This seems odd, but we also rub a drop of Melaleuca Oil in each nostril 3 times per day and it helps in reducing the symptoms of a cold.

 

Read my previous post: Tea Tree Oil…Nature’s Gift

 

 

Find out what works for you!  Remember to start your strategy at the FIRST sign of illness and be consistent.

 

Enjoy this fall season with Nature on your side!

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Posted: April 18, 2013

 

I want to spend some time focusing on the health benefits of Echinacea.  For hundreds of years people have been using the herb Echinacea as a way to aid various ailments.  When this past flu season started, I wanted to arm my family with immune-boosting power and thus decided to take a look at the benefits of Echinacea and I am glad I did!  It started with a trip to my local health food store to get the scoop on this wonder herb.  After speaking to the owner and doing my own additional research, I was convinced to give Echinacea a try.  I chose the Echinacea in liquid form for myself and Children’s Echinacea for my two boys.  Throughout the flu season, in addition to keeping those hands clean, eating a balanced, healthy diet, focusing more on probiotics, and trying to get enough sleep, I followed a plan of giving all of us the recommended dose of Echinacea at the first sign of a cold or during a few days when I knew we were around higher chances of viruses and bacteria lurking around.

 

 

Long story short, Echinacea has helped keep us healthy this flu season (without the flu shot)!  I have been amazed at the last two rounds of colds my boys had (one just ended this past week).  I gave them both Echinacea at the start of their colds and they both ended up having VERY minimal symptoms.  It was like the cold never took hold as it has done in the past.  I took Echinacea the minute I was feeling run down for a few days and I never caught their cold and I feel 100% again!

Note:  I am also a huge fan of Tea Tree Oil.  I put several drops of Melaleuca Tea Tree Oil in our humidifier and run it during the times we are home during the day and at night in the boys’ rooms, whenever they have a cold.  This is a good addition to the Echinacea!  Check out my post on Tea Tree Oil for more information.  You can find it posted in the month of August 2012 or in the “Your Body” category.

 

 

What is Echinacea?

 

 

Echinacea is a herbaceous flower that is used to make herbal supplements that can be taken orally, as liquid extracts or as a tea.  Echinacea is useful in stimulating the immune system. While this may not necessarily cure your cold, it may help prevent a cold.  Because Echinacea stimulates the overall activity of infection-fighting cells, it is helpful in treating a wide range of infections including viruses and bacteria.

 

 

A few other uses of Echinacea include:

  • Treating urinary tract infections

  • Wound healing (when used externally)

  • Reducing sore throat pain or enlarged lymph glands

  • Killing germs and reducing pain from external injuries

  • Helping to heal skin conditions such as eczema or inflammation (when used externally)

  • Fighting infections

 

How Does Echinacea Work?

 

 

Echinacea works in the body in several ways.  It increases the ability of white blood cells to destroy invading microorganisms and boosts the strength of T-lymphocytes, a vital component of the immune system.  A compound in Echinacea, known as Echinacein, helps prevent germs from penetrating and destroying healthy cells.  Echinacea works both when taken internally and when it is applied to wounds.

 

 

For more information, read  Health Benefits of Echinacea – Herbal Treatment Remedies and Health Benefits of Echinacea.

 

 

As with all common sense thinking, if you are concerned about trying a natural herb, of course check with your doctor, follow the recommended dosages, length of time and who should not use Echinacea (all described in the above articles).

 

 

Here’s to Nature!  Love it!

 

 

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