Arsenal – Build Yours Now!
The Green House
by Margaret Durst: Leaky
Gut – Do You Have It?
It is time
for me to stock my personal flu season arsenal I was reminded
of that by a child who came home early Sunday morning with a sore
throat and a very stuffy nose. I like to have certain things at
home (even though the store is 3 minutes from my house) because
they come in handy in the middle of the night.
and flu season is a little bit different something that worked
really well last year may be just so-so this year. My first line
of defense is something called Defense Plus it is grapefruit
seed extract combined with echinacea, astragalus, goldenseal, vitamin
C, zinc and several immune building mushrooms. I take 2 of these
every 3-4 hours. I usually know on the first dose if it is working.
If that isnt
quite taking care of my symptoms so that I can go to work and help
all of you, I add oregano oil. Oregano oil kills lots of viruses,
bacteria, parasites and fungus. It is really strong stuff
especially the kind that is at least 70 percent carvacrol. I like
this in liquid veggie caps because the oil is just awful tasting
with the capsules, you get to swallow it without the nasty
this doesnt work as well as I would like it to. Then I usually
resort to olive leaf. Olive leaf is one of my favorite immune builders
I know several people who take it daily and stay well year
after year. Good olive leaf does some great things in addition to
building immunity studies show it lowers cholesterol and
blood pressure. Quality is key on olive it has to be at least
18 percent oleuropin, or it will not work well enough to justify
spending your money on it.
These 3 things
are in my first aid cabinet during the fall/winter for colds and
flus. I then like to add something to help break up coughs and congestion.
I have 2 favorites fenugreek and thyme (in combination so
it counts as 1 thing) and a herbal blend with osha in a liquid gel
cap that really seems to work well on the pesky middle of the night
I mentioned above is tablet or capsule form now that my son is old
enough to swallow pills. I still recommend liquid forms for those
who need them. For the younger set, I have 2 favorites colloidal
silver and elderberry chewables. Both of these interfere with a
virus or bacterias ability to reproduce and overrun your system.
I particularly like silver for stomach viruses because it is very
gentle, but usually very effective.
A couple of
years ago, we added a really strong tasting liquid called Cold and
Sinus Blaster it does just that. I like it for breaking up
congestion and speeding up recovery. There are many other supplements
that work. Everyone is a little bit different one customer
uses astragalus and zinc. Another uses echinacea and vitamin C.
Others swear by oscillo.
work best when taken at the first symptoms of cold or flu
I go with the early and often theory because it is bad for my business
if I get sick.
I also need
to mention my favorite immune builders olive leaf as I described
above and Elderberry Defense. I find that taking one of these on
a regular basis keeps me from getting sick in the first place. It
is when I run out that I get in trouble.
October 8, 2011
Durst owns The
Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason,
© 2011 Margaret
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