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March 10, 2020
After a seemingly endless cold and flu season last winter we're now faced with a novel corona virus, COVID 19. A new virus often accompanied by a sore throat, cough, fever and respiratory infection. SOURCE
The following is a valuable protocol that's quick and easy to make yourself, all you need are a few pantry items and one special antimicrobial essential oil blend.
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (with the Mother): the mouth puckering liquid with antibacterial properties of its own. It also reduces the PH of tissue which helps to prevent bacteria from growing. Raw organic apple cider vinegar also has a powerful prebiotic called Inulin that may help increase white blood cells and boost immunity. Raw Organic Honey: 2007 study from Penn State University found that honey was as effective as dextromethorphan, an active ingredient in over the counter cold medicine to relieve cough symptoms. Honey was also proven to be more effective at suppressing cough symptoms during sleep.
Immunity Impact Blend: an antimicrobial blend with Clove Bud, *Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Lavender, Eucalyptus radiata and Rosemary, essential oils known for their anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties.
*Note: Lemon and honey together is a long-standing, time-honored remedy for sore throats. Lemon essential oil isn't derived from the fruit of a lemon, it's cold pressed from the rind. This is important to know because the essential oil is not acidic like the fruit. Lemon can help cut phlegm if present and contribute antimicrobial properties as well.
For kids, I would suggest substituting with Frankincense and Lavender applied topically with carrier oil as needed. Remember, a warm compress drives the oils in deeper (Frankincense is a driver too) and is particularly soothing for a sore throat. A warm compress is also a good protocol for kids, very calming when they're not feeling well.
Gargling to wash the throat is commonly performed in Japan, and people believe that such a hygienic routine, especially with gargle medicine, prevents upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) - Clinical study. Consult with your health care provider if your body temperature rises above 101 and/or if throat becomes swollen and breathing difficult.
*Immunity Impact Blend includes Cinnamon Bark and Clove Bud essential oils, this blend is considered to be very warm but its benefits outweigh the heat.
Gargle for 30 seconds then spit the brew out in the garbage. Continue use for several days.
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