Things are strange out there. If you are coming to me outside of the window when this post was written let me give you an idea of what’s going on here in the US. COVID-19. Do I need to say more? It is important more than ever to keep our bodies in tip top shape and use what we can to boost our immunity. Lucky there are some items in almost every kitchen that can help you do this! Do you believe it? The most facanating part of pharmacy school for me was how we intergrated a natrual medicin module to each body system. There was even a class where we had to learn how to cultivate a natural medicine herb garden. I am not totally pushing aside the benefits and advancements of modern western medicine but there are some things you can do day to day right in your kitchen to keep yourself health and maybr avoid that space where you need multiple pharecutical drugs to manage your health. Here are a few:
(Please note there are NOT cures or prevention for disease simply ways to help boost your immune system. As you would before starting any herbal or pharmecutical regimen, please check with your doctor or pharmacist espically if you already take medicaiton.)
Garlic is becoming more and more popular as a health remidy. It is avaiable in capsule form in the pharmacy and in almost every kitchen in various froms. It has a very strong odor which might turn off some but it’s medicianial properties (and favorable side-effect profile) are making it more popular.
Properties: Heating-Drying-Expectorant- antiseptic-antibiotic- antifungal-antioxidant-lowers blood pressure and cholesterol.
– May lower total serum cholesterol and LDL in humans
– Garlic juice may be beneficial in treating infected wounds and infections of the stomach.
– Garlic Syrup can be used to treat bronchitis, lung infections, asthma, flu, colds and ear infections.
-Garlic can boost immune system, help bring down fever and used on athletes foot.
Caution: Nursing mothers should not that garlic could cause colic in infants. Allgeries to garlic may show as a skin rash. If rash develops discontinue use and consult a physician. ALWAYS consult a physician before starting a new treatment regimine.
Grapefruit is a popular citrus fruit that is rich in vitamin C and potassium and some versions are rich in vitamin A which is a powerful antioxidant. When eaten it is a great detoxifying agent for the digestive system and the essential oil is pleasant and uplifting as well!
Properties: Boosts immune system-Stimulates digestion- Diuretic- Antidepressant (aromatherapy)
– Fresh grapefruit helps relieve the symptoms of colds and flus
– The juice can help clean skin
– When used to massage muscles after exercize, it can help ease stiff miscles.
– The oil can help invigorate and uplift you, stimulate the immune system when diffused.
Aromatherapy blends: Grapefruit essential oil pairs well with: Orange, lemon, sandalwood, bergamont, neroli, lavender, rosemary. (Note do not take the essential oil internally)
Did you ever think that tea bag in your pantry can help boost your immunity? Well it can!
Properties- Diuretic-Astringent- Antioxidant- Boost immunity- Stimulant
– May possible help treat diarrhea.
– The flavonoids in team may possible kill harmful bacteria and viruses.
– Provides folic acid some potassium and magnesium.
– My favorite recommendation is to use a cold steeped tea bag on the eyes to soothe the soreness of a sty and it might also be helpful in treating minor insect bites.
Caution: Tea can interfere with the effectiveness of certain drugs like allopurinol, certain antibiotics, antiulcer medication, and theophylline used for asthma. Because of the caffeine content, it can interact with effectiveness of sedative drugs. Drinking tea in excess can cause constipation, indigestion, dizziness, palpitations and insomnia.
Cinnamon has many historic uses in Ayurvedic and natural medicine. From a treatment for fevers and diarrhea to bronchotis to baking cinnamon has played an importaint role in natural remides all over the globe.
Properties- astringent- stimulating- heating- antispasmodic- analgesic- diuretic- antiseptic- antibacterial- antifungal- parasiticide
– Take for respirtary illnesses such as colds, sinus congestion, and bronchitis
-Useful as a digestive aid
-Cinnamon leaf oil can help relieve mental fatigue, improve poor concentration and nervous exhaustion
-Aids circulation and can help anemia during menopause.
Dosages: Cinnamon can be taken as a tea, a spice in cooking, inhalant (aromatherapy only)
Cautions: cinnamon BARK oil is a “hot” oil and can be a skin irratant. It should never be applied to the skin. In too high doses it can be a convulsant. It can aggrivate bleeding.
Carrots were used as medicinal plants before they were used a vegtables. They are rich in vitamins and minerals and provide the highest source of beta carotene (vitamin A) found in the human diet.
Properties- energizing- cleansing- anti-inflammatory- antiseptic- antibacterial.
– Drinking raw, fresh carrot jucie can help cleanse the body after an illness
– Good for the eyes
– When taken daily, may help regulate the menstural cycle.
-Raw grates or cooked mashed carrots can be applied to skin wounds to help promote healing and discourage infection.
Caution: Ingesting high quantities of carrots can yellow the skin temportarly. Carrot seeds should not be taken during pregnancy. They could induce abortion.