My friend Tara is getting married on Friday. True to her hectic schedule and high stress (read: frequent flyer exposed to many different germies) she’s come down with a cold.
I wish I would have shared my tried and true secret with her before, and saved her from the cold in the first place. Instead, let’s hope we’ve got her better in a hurry!
What I do: A couple of days before I travel, I start taking Wellness Formula. It’s a great combo I’ve found that has all the cold kicking, immunity boosting herbs, vitamins and minerals in it.
I actually carry a small bottle in my backpack (which I always have with me!) so I can take them if there’s any hint of feeling something. I keep a bottle at work, and another at home, and take them when I think about it in general (an ounce of prevention is betta…!).
Some of the ingredients which are key in fighting colds and boosting your immunity so you don’t get them in the first place are:
Astragalus: Immuno-stimulatory, Stamina/Chi.
This herb increases the body’s production of interferon, which protects cells from viral and bacterial lung infections. Astragalus also enhances the body’s production of immunoglobulin and stimulates macrophages. It can help activate T cells and natural killer cells. Several studies also show that astragalus proffers heart-protecting effects, including protection against oxidative damage.
Echinacea: Antibiotic, Lymph, Blood Purifier/Builder, Immune.
This herb enhances immunity and stops the cold and flu viruses from reproducing once they gain access to a cell. German research has shown that echinacea stimulates immune-system cells called macrophages (cells that consume disease-causing microbes).
Elderberry: Flu, Infection, Cough, Cold Sores, and Skin Conditions.
In one study, researchers gave elderberry syrup to some members of an Israeli kibbutz during a flu epidemic. Those who took the syrup recovered faster than those who did not.
Garlic: Colds, Yeast And Bacterial Infections, Normalizes Blood Pressure.
Numerous scientific studies support herbalists’ claims that garlic is a “natural antibiotic.” Researchers have found it to be particularly good for fighting strep infections.
Schisandra: Coughs, Night Sweats, Insomnia, Thirst, Physical Exhaustion, Stress.
In a Russian study, children in the town of Chirchik who were given this herb were more resistant to a flu epidemic that swept through their town.
Siberian Ginseng: Energy, Stress, Endurance, Depression, Senility, Nerves.
When researchers surveyed residents of the cold regions of north-eastern China, they found that those who took this herb regularly got far fewer colds and reported fewer cases of bronchitis.
Also see my personal reference page of the historical uses of Herbs, Vitamins & Minerals, and Flower Essences.