OK, so based on some of the responses I’ve gotten to my Coronavirus Concerns post, people are confused about the different strategies I outlined and when to use them. So I’ll try to make a simpler version here.
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If you have no signs or symptoms of a cold or flu:
Continue to use the preventative measures outlined by the CDC, such as hand-washing, using hand sanitizer liberally, avoiding close contact with others, and so on, as noted in previous posts.
In addition, get a good amount of exercise, especially Qi Gong. Eat a nutritious diet.
Take supplements such as Host Defense’s MyCommunity, Cordyceps, and Turkey Tail extracts.
Drink the Good Qi Tea:
1 tbsp chrysanthemum flowers
1 tbsp goji berries (if you have a problem digesting nightshades, use jujube – Chinese red dates – instead)
2 tsp honeysuckle (not required, but a good addition)
1 tsp mulberry leaves (also not required, but a good addition)
Boil 2 cups of water, steep the herbs for 10 minutes, then strain out the herbs. You can boil another 2 cups of water, and steep the same herbs again, for another 9-10 minutes. Drink throughout the day.
Finally, prepare the shotgun flu formula (below) in case you’ll need it later.
If you start noticing a sign of a cold or flu, such as a scratchy throat or sore throat, fever, fatigue, sinus pressure, etc., as soon as you sense any of that, do all of the following:
Take some liquid elderberry extract. 1 tsp every 3 hours, and 1/2 tsp Chinese skullcap.
Take licorice root extract, 1/2 tsp, 3-6 times per day, but avoid if you have hypertension or are pregnant. Take 2 hours away from any medications. Do not take for more than two weeks at a time.
Drink some ginger tea. Grate or finely chop some fresh ginger, an amount about four times the size of your thumb – it must be fresh to be effective for this purpose. Boil 6 cups of water, take it off the heat, and steep the chopped or grated ginger for 2-3 hours in a covered container (it must be covered to keep the essential oils of the ginger in the tea). If you like, at the end of the 2-3 hours you can add one tablespoon honey, the juice of one-quarter of a lime, and 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Drink at least 6 cups a day. Warning: do not drink ginger tea if you are pregnant, as it can cause a miscarriage.
Ok, suppose you didn’t catch it in time and you’ve got a full-blown respiratory infection, so you’re clearly sick and feel bad:
When you’re sick, take 1 tsp of the shotgun flu formula, 6 times a day (do not take if you’re pregnant, and take 2 hours away from any medications). Continue taking your elderberry and ginger tea as well.
Before you get sick, get tinctures of the following herbs, and combine them, equal parts of each, to make this shotgun flu formula:
Chinese Skullcap (scutellaria baicalensis is the species, don’t use one of the other varieties for this purpose)
These tinctures should be available at Dandelion Botanical or can be purchased online.
I hope that makes things simpler for everyone. Please ask if you have questions.
Best of luck to us all this year! Let’s take care of each other.