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Posted on 11-27-2017

The Best Herb to Boost Your Immunity                

Article of the week November 27 to Dec 1

 The last two weeks I've written about the flu and how to strengthen your immune system to reduce the likelihood of contracting the flu.  This week I want to talk about steps you can take if prevention doesn't work and you find yourself fighting a cold or flu.  What are the best natural supplements to take that will help your body fight the bug that is getting you down?

 

We talked about vitamin D3 and how you need to be taking this supplement during cold and flu season.  In addition, there are also specific herbs that will help your body overcome a cold or flu and shorten the duration of your suffering.  Today I want to focus on a herb that I personally turn to if I feel myself coming down with a bug.  The herb is oregano, and the supplement can be taken as a capsule with the dried herb, or as an oil from a dropper.

Oregano comes from the leaves and flowers of a hardy, bushy perennial herb that is a member of the mint family.  There are over 40 oregano species but the most therapeutically beneficial is the oil that comes from wild oregano, also known as organum vulgare that comes from Mediterranean regions.  If you are going to go to the trouble of taking oregano to boost your immune system you will want to ensure you are taking the wild form, as other oregano species have no therapeutic value.

Did you know that oregano has strong anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties?  That means that it is effective at killing germs.  If you're fighting a bug I would recommend that you incorporate oregano into your recovery regimen.  One way to do this is to take 3-5 drops of oregano oil added to water, 3 times throughout the day.  A word of warning is that oregano has a strong flavour, which is why you want to take the oil diluted.

 

If you find the taste of the oil too unpleasant you can also take capsules of the dried herb which are also effective.  This is the form of oregano that we carry in the office.  Another application is for those suffering with colds or sinus infections to put a few drops of oregano oil into a pot of boiling water and then to inhale the steam.  For those struggling with fungal infections on the feet or toenails, put a few teaspoons of oregano oil in a basin of water and soak your feet in it once or twice a week until you notice the infection subside.

 

Oregano has many different applications and if you're looking for other ways you can use oregano I would recommend you go to the following link:  https://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/oregano-oil.aspx

 

I would always encourage you to look for natural remedies to deal with health problems rather than the remedies that you are going to find at Shopper's Drug Mart.  You may be surprised to find that natural remedies are almost equally or more effective.

 

Yours in Health,

Dr. Tim

 

Upcoming Closures: Afternoon of Monday December 11 2017

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