Saturday, November 10, 2007

A Natural Flu Shot

Herbal Alternatives to the Flu Shot

Hot Fire Cider

Roughly 1/4 cup of each ofthe following:
Fresh: ginger, onion, horseradish, garlic, & lemon.
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
organic raw apple cider vinegar

Roughly chop ingredients and pack into a 1-quart canning jar, leaving a few inches at the top. Add cayenne pepper. Cover with organic raw apple cider vinegar. Cover the top of the jar with a square of waxed paper before placing lid on, then seal. This is to stop the acid in the vinegar corroding the metal lid. Shake well and leave on your kitchen counter, out of direct sunlight. Shake often for two weeks. At the end of two weeks, pour it through a kitchen strainer, wash your canning jar out well, and return the liquid to the jar. You may want to add, at this point, a few tablespoons glycerin (which will give it a pleasant sweetness, a nice foil for the hot, tart taste) or honey. If you add honey, you’ll need to refrigerate it, but glycerin requires no refrigeration. Leave solution in jar and add a spoonful to water or drinks, or place in 2 ounce dropper bottles. Use liberally to boost immunity, fight infection, soothe the throat, open the sinuses, stimulate circulation and energy, and generally improve health. Add to soup or salad to spice them up and give a boost-though I usually just drop it directly into my mouth.

Elderberry Syrup. Israeli virologists have found that elderberry extract has been shown to be specifically active against the influenza virus, blocking replication very effectively. Elder has many other health attributes as well, and is exceptionally safe - even for my toddler. All of that, and it’s quite tasty, too. Varieties of elderberry syrups can be purchased at Fresh and Natural Foods in Hudson.

Dr. Zach's Comment:
  • Have you noticed that we, as a society seem to get more and more sick woth colds, infections and flus each year AND each year we seem to get these illnesses earlier in year? I have, and I think it's no coincidence that Big Pharma rolls out the flu shot earlier and earlier.
  • Circumventing our own natural immunity under the banner of "prevention" is a sure fire way to create a weaker you. The only way to keep yourself healthy is to do things to boost your natural immunity. The above or a few ways to fend off illness naturally, BUT they are no replacement for good nutrition, excercise, rest, and a propperly funcitoning nervous system.