4 Reasons to Take Immune Supporting Oil of Oregano

oil of oregano is used for many health purposesOregano can be a tasty addition to a pizza or any Italian dish, but did you know that the oil of oregano that is extracted from this herb can have positive effects on your immune system, too?

In ancient Greece, Hippocrates used oregano as an antiseptic and as a cure for stomach and respiratory ailments. Current healthcare practitioners use oregano extract for its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Continue reading “4 Reasons to Take Immune Supporting Oil of Oregano”

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Wellness Experts Get Sick Too

sickLast summer I heard one of the loudest wake-up calls of my life – second only to the times when my children became very sick. As some of you may know, it is the struggle with my children’s health that inspired my practice.

I, myself, became very sick and experienced a host of debilitating symptoms. It became so serious that I stopped seeing clients. With the help of many colleagues, and through a determination to uncover the root cause of my illness, I was able to tie my symptoms to viruses, which became reactivated due to the inordinate amount of stress I was experiencing. Continue reading “Wellness Experts Get Sick Too”

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Elderberry: The Virus Fighter

elderberriesElderberry has been used been used as a natural health remedy for years. Traditionally, the flowers and leaves have been used for pain relief, swelling, inflammation, to stimulate the production of urine, to induce sweating, and even to reduce fever. More and more research is supporting what many natural health practitioners have been saying for a while… that this tiny plant also has strong antiviral properties and may be able to fight off colds and flu.

Elderberry is high in vitamin C, dietary fiber, phenolic acids, flavanols and anthocyanins. More and more research shows that people who have taken elderberries have higher levels of antibodies against the influenza virus, showing that not only may the berry be able to treat flu symptoms, it may be able to prevent influenza infection Continue reading “Elderberry: The Virus Fighter”

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Support Your Immune System: Oregano Oil

Last week, I wrote about astragalus and its positive effects on the immune system. This week I am tackling oregano oil. Not just a spice used in Italian cooking, oregano extracts have antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal activity. Chronic infections like candidiasis, and contagious new viruses like SARS, seem to be inhibited by oregano. Oregano also seems to be beneficial for respiratory health, but also may act as an expectorant (helps to expel mucus) and antispasmodic (relieves coughing).

Chemical substances in oregano account for its tremendous healing qualities. These include alcohols, esters, phenols, and terpenes. They work synergistically to make oregano a powerful natural health aid. Phenols act as antiseptics and antioxidants, while terpenes exhibit antiseptic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties. Alcohol components linalool and borneol add to the antiviral and antiseptic qualities, and esters are potent antifungal agents.

A little goes a long way, and if you are using the drops, then 4 drops is all you need. Now, before you go buy it, make sure you buy Oregano Oil liquid and not the Essential Oil of Oregano.  The latter is used in aromatherapy and should not be ingested.

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