A while ago, in the early days of our wellness journey we were trying to navigate our way through the flu season by keeping away from sick people and washing our hands often while hoping we wouldn’t catch that seasonal “bug”. We never believed that vaccination is an effective flu prevention strategy and scientific evidence supported our belief. Also, as we were weaning ourselves off of over the counter narcotic-fortified cold/flu mediation and reckless antibiotic prescriptions, we started to trust that our healthier, well nourished bodies would do what’s natural and be able to fight the cold or flu on their own.
In the beginning, it was a hit and miss… And when the misery would come upon us, it had no mercy… runny nose, congestion, cough, sore throat and achiness. Chicken soup, plain honey and lemon weren’t enough anymore! One day, as I was perusing the natural remedies isle of my local health food store I came across ancient remedies such as oil of oregano and Manuka honey.
Manuka honey is a very potent type of honey from New Zealand that has actually been approved by the FDA in 2007 for use as a medical treatment in wound and burn care. Compared to other types of honey, Manuka has an extra ingredient with antimicrobial qualities which can effectively eradicate several hundreds of clinical strains of bacteria, including more resistant varieties such as: MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus), MSSA (methicillin sensitive Staphylococcus aureus), VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci) and Helicobacter Pylori (which can cause stomach ulcers).
Raw, unprocessed honey is far superior to the regular amber color, clear filtered honey most of you are familiar with. It contains little flecks of nutrient-rich ingredients such as pollen and propolis particles that are supercharged with enzymes and antioxidant compounds. Propolis is one of the most broad-spectrum antimicrobial compounds in the world and the richest source of caffeic acid and apigenin, supporting and strengthening the immune system.
Oil of Oregano
As for oil of oregano, its health benefits and medicinal properties were first understand and appreciate by the ancient Greeks. Hippocrates, the father of the western medicine, often used oregano as an antiseptic, as well as a cure for stomach and respiratory infections. Oil of oregano, is still used today in Greece as a natural remedy for sore throat and a primary go-to remedy due to its “anti-everything” properties.
Here are a few of the many scientifically researched and proven benefits of the oregano oil:
|Immune system booster|
(many times stronger than echinacea or goldenseal)
(very potent against colds, flu, shingles, herpes and warts, especially taken at the first sign of symptoms)
(antibiotic resistant bacteria and food borne pathogens such as Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella and E. coli)
(can often help eliminated allergy symptoms by breathing the vapors from the heated oil)
The aggressive against stubborn fungal infections such as candida, nail fungus and athlete’s foot. Add a few drops with shampoo to get rid of dandruff or seborrhea)
(a few drops of oil can be added to soaps, shampoos or diluted in olive oil for topical applications against head lice and scabies and internal parasites such as cryptosporidium and giardia)
(invaluable first aid treatment in neutralizing all varieties of venomous bites/stings such as bees, snakes and spiders)
(lethal to all types of pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and fungi no matter whatever form they assume.as they mutate into different strains making it a very efficient natural disinfectant and sanitizer)
(one of the most powerful natural antioxidants that protects cells from free radical damage and in the same way it prolongs the shelf life of foods; oregano has 12 times more antioxidant activity than than oranges and 4 times more than blueberries)
|Powerful antibiotic and antiseptic|
(used for daily dental hygiene, or to reduce inflammation and pain associated with tooth/gum infection, and other chronic infections such as animal bites and puncture wounds)
|Anti-inflammatory and pain-reliever|
(active person’s best friend: brings relief and speeds healing of bruises, torn and sore muscles, sprains, tendonitis, cramps, carpal tunnel syndrome and other similar injuries. These same properties make it a powerful remedy for arthritis.
|Blood Oxygen Booster
(helps deliver oxygen to blood cells relieving symptoms of fatigue while promoting increase in energy)
Below potion is a very potent remedy and can be taken anytime as an immune system boost or at the first symptoms of cold or flu!
- 1 inch piece fresh organic ginger, peeled and sliced
- 2 cups water
- 1 organic lemon
- 2 TBSP raw Manuka honey or raw, unfiltered organic honey
- Propolis tincture
- 6-8 drops wild crafted non-GMO oil of oregano
- Add the ginger slices and to a glass teapot or stainless steel tea kettle and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and let steep for 10 minutes.
- Remove ginger from water and discard.
- Squeeze the juice from one lemon and add add to the water, add the Manuka honey and stir until it is completely dissolved.
- Pour in tea mugs to serve with a slice of lemon.
- Add 3-4 drops oil of oregano to each mug.
Makes 2 servings.
It is important to recognize that, although your cold or flu symptoms are due to a virus infection, this is not the real cause of your illness. The real cause is an impaired immune system that makes you far more susceptible to catching colds, flu, and other respiratory infections.
Read more about common factors that contribute to a weakened immune system and how to conquer your cold or flu.