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Simple, Effective Immune Boosting Tips for you 

With the change of season, I’m noticing that quite a lot of people have been “hit” with a sore throat; chest infection or blocked sinuses. Here are some immune boosting tips to help keep your immune system strong and some simple natural home remedies you can use to help if you’re affected:

1) Remember the fresh garlic!
Raw, freshly crushed garlic is a powerhouse: it’s a natural antibiotic; is anti-viral and anti-fungal. In addition, it also has powerful anti-tumour effects, is anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory (balancing); cardiovascular-protective; anti-cholesterol; anti-diabetic and neuro-protective. So plenty of reasons we should include it! Some people are sensitive to garlic due to its sulphur compounds, but most people tolerate fresh garlic well. It’s not necessary to have it every day, normally a couple of times per week should suffice. However if you are feeling like you’re “coming down with something”, get the garlic in ASAP and you might just find that the garlic “knocks out” whatever was lurking 🙂
To use: Freshly crush 1 clove of raw garlic into plain yoghurt/mashed avocado or simply mix into your dinner once served. Remember that there is a difference in using garlic medicinally and using it for flavour: We use it in cooking for adding that delicious, rich garlicky taste and smell. However, in order to use it for its powerful medicinal properties, it needs to be raw and freshly crushed. It’s the crushing that activates it, by combining 2 molecules into the biologically active form: allicin. Contrary to popular belief, using it in this way does NOT make us “stink for days”. Fresh garlic is “breathed off” through the lungs relatively quickly (within a couple of hours).
I usually suggest people do this at night so they will have breathed off the garlic overnight. This route of elimination (through the lungs) is one of the reasons why garlic has such a powerful effect on chest infections: The garlic is literally disinfecting your lungs as it’s being “breathed out”. Good to know, isn’t it?

2) Steam inhalations:
If a sinus or chest infection has set in, a very effective treatment is a steam inhalation. The steam helps to carry the small aromatic molecules of the oils or herbs directly into the airways. As these molecules are very small, they are easily absorbed through the mucous membranes, in fact right into the blood vessels, disinfecting and clearing the airways as they go. The effect is felt within a few minutes and can be very relieving to a congested chest or sinus, as well has helping to actually clear the infection.
How to do it:Fill a large basin or bowl with hot (preferably filtered) water. It’s not necessary for it to be boiling hot, it just needs to be hot enough to release steam. Place the basin/bowl onto a table. Into the hot water, add 2 drops of tea-tree essential oil and 1-2 drops thyme essential oil (You can also use dried thyme eucalyptus/ peppermint leaves if you prefer, in this case you’d add 1 handful of dried herbs).
Sit in front of the basin/bowl and completely cover your head and shoulders with a large towel to create an enclosed space for the steam to evaporate; inhale the steam deeply for 10 mins. If your eyes are sensitive and it’s uncomfortable for you, you can close your eyes or wear swimming goggles 🙂 This works really well for kids. They enjoy the immediate relief they get from the steam, although you may need to help them pass the time by reading to them or telling a story, etc.

3) Herbal Immune Booster:
Many of you will already be familiar with the potent and effective herbal immune booster I make up for my patients. This has been a trusty and reliable essential in my own family and that of many of my patients over the years. Widely applicable to many seasonal infections due to its antibacterial and anti-viral action, it also (as the name suggests) helps to “boost” your innate immune system, raising your body’s ability to protect itself against exposure to infection. It can be used both prophylactically if you’ve been around people who are ill and you’re concerned you might contract the infection; as well as if you are already sick to speed up recovery time and minimise the severity of infection.
As always, the difference between this immune booster which I supply to my patients and the over-the-counter herbal products that are available commercially are: 1) The quality and potency of the herbs that are included: Most commercial formulations are very poor quality. They generally use poor quality herbal material and are also very weak or not properly extracted. For example: If Echinacea root is simply ground up and put into a capsule, it is going to have very little (if any) effect in the body. The chemical constituents in Echinacea need to be extracted with a high percentage of alcohol to be effective. 2) The number of herbs included: Many commercially available herbal products are not formulated by professional herbalists. As a result, the formulations often contain a whole battery of herbs that are “supposed to work”. However, if you consider a formula that has 10; 20 or more herbs listed in the ingredients, how much of each herb would you actually begetting with each dose? With this many herbs, even if they were well chosen, of good quality and correctly extracted (none of which is usually true), there simply isn’t a sufficient quantity of them to be effective.
In a well-formulated, synergistic herbal formulation such as the ones I make up for my patients, there are generally a maximum of 4-5 herbs per prescription. This allows for an effective bioactive dose of each well-chosen herb. I have yet to find a commercially available product that comes close to matching the effect. Most of my patients who have tried my herbal immune booster agree that there is no comparison of anything they’ve tried previously.
Please get in touch if you’d like to give it a try:

I hope you find these simple immune boosting tips helpful. Let me know how you get on with them and if you found this useful.

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