Dear Jessie –
Why just these four? Because, from my research, they are the kings and queens of prevention for viral infections, and they are considered safe to ingest. Some essential oils, while highly anti-viral, may not be suitable for ingestion, and others are more effective as antibacterial agents.
These are the four best natural flu remedies:
*oil of wild oregano,
*olive leaf liquid herbal extract, and
*two homeopathic flu remedies, oscillococcinum and Influenzinum 30C.
Influenzinum is available around October of every year, calibrated for that specific year’s flu strains, and the rest are readily available anytime.They’ve earned permanent places in my family’s “natural medicine cabinet” and I think you’ll be pleased as well with their protective and immune boosting properties.
1. Wild Oregano OIl and Olive Leaf Extract
Some health practitioners recommend alternating these two plants to get maximum antiviral protection effect.
One caution is that dormant viruses and bacterial infections such as Lyme disease can flare once you start these powerful antiseptic remedies. I suggest you start taking the remedies slowly and build up the dosage depending on how you feel.
2. Wild Oregano Oil
Oil of wild Mediterranean oregano (as opposed to medicinal oregano) is considered the “premier natural antiseptic” by Dr. Cass Ingram in The Cure is in the Cupboard: How to use Oregano for Better Health. Best of all, wild Mediterranean oregano oil has been shown in study after study to be safe to ingest. Take 2 to 3 drops a day or more in water.
3. Olive Leaf Extract
Scientists have isolated a substance in olive leaf called oleuropein; the active ingredient is elenolic acid, which has been shown to inhibit the growth of viruses. In fact, it stopped every virus that it was tested against. The dosage is 30-40 drops a day.
Oscillococcinum is regulated as a drug by the FDA and is supported by published clinical studies as well as more than 65 years of use throughout the world. Clinical studies show that Oscillococcinum reduces the severity and duration of flu symptoms, and it is recommended you start Oscillococcinum as soon as you feel run down.
Manufacturers freshly create this remedy every year for that year’s flu.
Taken one day a month, this remedy has been shown to be effective in flu prevention, and I always buy many vials when it first comes out in October, and give it to friends and family. Be sure to use the current year’s Influenzinum.
Excerpted from the eBook Natural Flu Protection, by Annie B. Bond
By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).