Infections

From our list of herbs and spices, the following are recommended for Infections:

  • Barberry Root
  • Echinacea Angustifolia
  • Echinacea Purpurea
  • Garlic
  • Ginkgo Biloba
  • Grapefruit Seed
  • Licorice Root
  • Olive Leaf
  • Quercetin
  • Rose Hips
  • Siberian Ginseng

Natural Cures and Remedies for Infections

In January 2002 researchers reported in the journal Circulation that repeated infections greatly increased a person’s risk of dying from coronary artery disease. Literally, the more infections people experienced, the more likely they were to develop and die from heart disease. It wasn’t that the bacteria and viruses were directly infecting the heart. More likely, repeated infections maintained a heightened activity of immune cells, which unleashed part of their damage on blood vessel walls.

Skin rash can be a reaction to heat, cosmetics or contact with plants and many other substances. You should see a health professional for a proper diagnosis. It is important to get the right diagnosis as many skin problems may look the same to the untrained eye: for instance, some forms of eczema look like fungal infections or heat rash, and vice versa. Because treatment will depend on the under­ lying cause, the measures below are of a rather general nature: they calm down the inflammation and stimulate the natural healing processes.

Barberry Root, Echinacea Angustifolia, Echinacea Purpurea, Garlic, Ginkgo Biloba, Grapefruit Seed, Licorice Root, Olive Leaf, Quercetin, Rose Hips, Siberian Ginseng

Take the mix for throat and chest infections – see box overleaf – if your cold is really bad, and you have either a sore throat or a cough, or both.

Free radicals are found in virtually all dangerous chemicals, including air pollutants and cigarette smoke, and are generated when your body is exposed to radiation (even from sunlight). They are also created when your body burns food for energy, breaks down harmful chemicals in the liver, or fights infections. Indeed, your body’s white blood cells generate large quantities of free radicals to destroy bacteria and virus-infected cells.

Small cuts, scrapes, and burns are common injuries: I cannot tell you how many times my husband has burnt himself in the kitchen, only to shrug o? my o?er of a little burn salve. I often look at him perplexed, not understanding why he wouldn’t accept the simple act of a quick swipe of cooling goo to soothe the stinging burn. But I pick my battles. Whether it’s a burn, a cut, or a scrape, we need to be proactive. A little salve goes a long way to promote skin repair, fight infection, and cool inflammation. Most salves, including the formulas here, have antimicrobial action, meaning they fight infections of all types. Whenever I have a cut, I apply my salve 4 to 6 times per day. Bandages are rarely necessary, because the salve acts as a protective barrier, and bandages often increase unwanted heat to an injured area.

When one or more of the essential amino acids are left out of the diet, symptoms similar to those of vitamin deficiencies may be experienced such as low blood pressure, anaemia, poor muscle tone, slow heaing of wounds, loss of weight, poor resistance to infections and bloodshot eyes.