Immune-up with Oregano Oil, Olive Leaf & Essential Oils
During the change of seasons it seems as though people are more susceptible to airborne pathogens with colds or the flu. Antibiotics do have their drawbacks; therefore, if you are looking into an alternative to build up your immune system and to fight microbes, you might want to consider two very ancient herbs, Oregano and Olive leaf, that have been studied scientifically for medicinal uses. Dr. Richard and Cindy Becker discuss the benefits of these herbs as anti-infectives on video.
In my own experiments, it is best to take herbs at the onset stage rather than waiting until things are full-blown, because it is harder to manage a microbial attack and it takes twice as long to recover. Using herbs for a full 7-10 days is always beneficial, even when I felt great after the third day. Many years ago I tried taking a short-cut by stopping after day 5, I found myself paying the price with being sick the following week and it was harder to manage. Not fun.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you will need a pure and organic product for healing purposes. Avoid cheap products from a company that will take short-cuts in manufacturing with dilution, additives, fillers, and unnecessary whatnots.
In using any of the above mentioned herbs either singly or in combination throughout the day, you could encounter a Herxheimer reaction depending upon the infection; thus, be in awareness if this should occur. You can read my post on a Herxheimer if you don’t know what to expect.
Essential Oils & Diffuser
Lastly, aside from taking herbs to build up your immune system or to battle an infection, look into essential oils and an aroma diffuser. If you have a weak immune system you will want to invest in a good diffuser that won’t breakdown the molecules of the essential oils or using a dysfunctional unit. The entire purpose to use essential oils are to kill pathogens in the environment; additionally, by inhaling medicinal plant essence is another form of herbalism that can help to assist in healing through ‘aromatherapy’.
If you purchase a diffuser for $25-60, please be aware that it won’t have all the features mentioned below but it will do a decent job of dispersing the essential oils, if this is your only purpose. Ideally, it is best to have an ultrasonic diffuser acting as a nebulizer by dispersing water and essential oils into a micro fine mist; humidifier; and ionizer [negative ions lift moods/depression] plus cleans the air. This type of aroma unit is an all-in-one diffuser that should run very quietly [note: a regular nebulizer has a motor attachment that can be loud]. A more expensive nebulizing diffuser ultrasonically disperses 2.5 to 3 million particles per minute into the environment; these units can run $100 to $250+ but they will last for many years with great enjoyment. As I had mentioned, it is an investment albeit for your health. Whichever aroma diffuser you decide on, the other benefit is having your environment smelling wonderful at all times which can make one smile more or release tensions. When you’re not feeling well it is hard to find something to smile about, but certainly smelling essential oils does have a soothing affect on the psyche. Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a person frown while smelling a rose – have you? Something to think about….
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