Recipe - Elderberry syrup
Elderberries are known for their cold and flu-fighting properties. Elderberry syrup is also indicated for cough, congestion, and raw or sore throat.
Originally called Bone, Flesh & Cartilage, Dr. Christopher formulated these herbs as an aid for all types of malfunction related to bone and tissue, such as cavities, discolored teeth, crowded teeth, varicose veins, sprains, curvature of the spine, tremors, skin eruptions, pulled muscles, blood clots, calcium spurs, etc.
In light of the current outbreak of respiratory disease in the US caused by the new strain of Coronavirus (Covid-19), I wanted to give some natural recommendations for strengthening your immune system. Your best defense against viruses is a strong immune system, which acts like a "force field" around you that keeps out invading pathogens.
Dr. Christopher's Super Garlic Immune Formula helps to super-charge your immune system through key antioxidants and powerful anti-microbials.
Dr. John R. Christopher, the father of American Herbalism, developed his "Anti-Plague Formula" by patterning it after the Vinegar of the Four Thieves. He wrote "in Marseilles, a garlic-vinegar preparation known as the Four Thieves was credited with protecting many of the people when a plague struck that city. Some say that the preparation originated with four thieves who confessed that they used it with complete protection against the plague while they robbed the bodies of the dead. Others claim that a man named Richard Forthave developed and sold the preparation, and that the "medicine" was originally referred to as Forthave's. However, with the passing of time, his surname became corrupted to Four Thieves."
Although the exact origin is unclear, the basic form of the recipe is an herb-infused vinegar, which includes garlic and various anti-microbial herbs. I consider this formula to be the primary remedy to protect oneself against viral outbreaks.
In addition, there are several other remedies that can be employed. Elderberries are known to protect against colds and flu in addition to being a remedy for sore throat, cough, congestion and allergies. Grapefruit Seed Extract has natural antibiotic and antiviral properties yet does not affect healthy gut flora. Kid-E-Mune formula for children (and adults too!) acts as an immune stimulant. Lung & Bronchial Extract helps to nourish the lungs and support the respiratory system.
Externally, defend yourself from exposure to pathogens by swabbing the edge of the nasal passages with liquid Grapefruit Seed Extract. Sanitize hands and surfaces with a spray made from my own Simply Genesis essential oils: Self-Defense, Tea Tree, Oregano, and/or Thyme. Make a spray by adding 20 drops of essential oil to a 4 oz bottle and filling with purified water. Add a pinch of baking soda to help the oil and water mix. Another natural disinfectant is Melaleuca’s Sol-U-Guard Botanical 2x patented formula with thyme oil.
If respiratory symptoms develop, drink a tea made with elder flowers and peppermint leaves. Dr. Christopher states "The great herbalist, Henry Box of Plymouth, England, says: For colds, influenza, fevers, inflammation of the brain, pneumonia (inflammation of the lungs), stomach, bowels or any part, this is a certain cure. I have never known it to fail, even when given up, and at the point of death. It will not only save at the eleventh hour, but at the last minute of that hour. Besides, it is so safe and harmless that you cannot use it amiss. This wonderful, wise old man had been a physician of herbs for over sixty years and was known as one of the great doctors of all times.
The infusion for the tea is made as follows:
Homeopathic Gelsemium 30c is a fever reducer. Bryonia 30c relieves dry and painful cough, with dry throat and intense thirst. Coughing is triggered by speaking, and the pain is relieved by staying immobile or applying strong pressure to the ribcage. Lavender or Peppermint essential oil diluted in a carrier oil and rubbed on the chest aids in reducing inflammation and relieving coughing. Peppermint eo is useful to dry out wet coughs and Lavender eo is useful for moistening dry coughs.
You can order many of these products through my online store www.SimplyGenesis.com and pick up in store or make arrangements for me to deliver locally. Take advantage of our current special Save $15 On Orders Over $75! Contact me through the website if you would like to schedule a FREE phone consultation to discuss any of these suggestions in more detail. I hope these recommendations help you decide how to stock your herbal medicine chest and be prepared to stand firm if you or your loved ones are exposed to COVID-19 as well as any other pathogens. Stocking your home and super-charging your body with potent garlic, vinegar, antimicrobial herbs and essential oils might just make Coronavirus want to run the other way!
*Please note that these recommendations are for informational purposes and are not intended to diagnose or treat any disease, neither are they intended to replace your doctor's advice.
Melissa Yarbrough, M.Ed.
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