Presently, and for all the right reasons, there is much fear of contagion that we tend to overlook in that all other health conditions and diseases still exist.
Many of those are curable by anti-biotics and a range of prescribed medications.

However, this is an excellent time to re-consider the wonders of nature, delivering relief and cures since time immemorial and to illustrate the upward trend in alternate cures – those below being relative; Ayurveda, Herbalism, Naturopathy, Aromatherapy, Chinese medicine and many more. Some plants, herbs and seeds below may be familiar to readers, others unknown for their healing powers.

Wild oregano oil when dark in colour and with a spicy aroma, is excellent to fight FUNGAL infections. Dilute with olive oil to apply over infected areas. In the case of PARASITIC issues, well-diluted – it can be placed under the tongue four times a day for absorption.

SINUS infections are so prevalent today, with an array of medicinal sprays available which can possibly damage the sensitive nasal tissues. Alternatively, the steam from a few drops of the oil in hot water can be inhaled for relief.

Ginger – so familiar to all can fight PATHOGENES such as salmonella and those who consume raw mussels, sushi and clams can be protected against contagion, some of the reasons why the Chinese eat raw pickled ginger. What might sound strange, is the fact that ginger can increase one’s stomach acid, especially when indigestion occurs after a meal. World travellers frequently suffer from digestive issues and it is wise to create a tonic to include in one’s luggage being a mixture of fresh ginger, cayenne pepper and garlic.

Echinacea – it is not surprising that Echinacea has been used as the gold standard for scientific research on drugs, as it produces excellent results for colds and flu which often stimulate upper respiratory tract infections – a reminder of granny’s mantra “my child, do not let it go to your chest!” Echinacea can fight urinary tract infections, vaginal yeasts and herpes.

Olive leaf extract – the majority of the population are well aware of the values of pure 100% extract of virgin olive oil, but not much knowledge has existed of the anti-biotic effects of the leaf extract from the same tree. As far back as the 1800’s, with its phytochemical, the extract was used in cases of Malaria for the reduction of fever, even in severe cases.

Pau D’Arco – also known as the “bow tree” by indigenous people in Central and South America, as the wood is used to make bows and arrows. At this stage, much research is being done on this dietary supplement, being a herbal extract from the bark known to reduce inflammation and assist with stomach and skin problems. Its anti-fungal properties are associated with the barks resistance to rotting and mould. However, at this stage, doses in test tube studies reveal that the extracts could be toxic to humans. Evaluation regarding safety and effectiveness in humans is needed to have success in a real-world scenario.

In conclusion, prescribed drugs have assisted in lowering death rates and been lifesaving, but many now have the perception that “nature knows best” and is proving to be correct time and again.

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