This woman has such a wealth of knowledge about wellness, I wish I could keep her in my back pocket. In a phone conversation over a year ago, Sher told me about six strong natural remedies she has discovered, and recommended I keep them stocked in the medicine cabinet. As Sher put it, "they work gorgeously." She so genuinely cares for others, I'm sure she won't mind my sharing:
Three ANTIBACTERIAL Remedies for Your Medicine Cabinet
- Look for 10+, 12+, or 15+ (20+ would be topical only).
- Adult could take a tsp. 3x a day, a child ¼ - ⅓ tsp. a day.
- Get a good brand (try amazon.com or shoppri.com). Some companies sell honey with less antibacterial effectiveness. Make sure the container says “active.”
- Comvita is a tested brand, always good
- Nelson’s Manuka
- thesynergycompany.com sells it as healing honey
- Available as gel caps in regular or super strength (3x more powerful). Take two of the regular kind several times a day, or 1-2 per day of the super-strength.
- Can also get a ½ oz. dropper of oil, but it’s awful-tasting! The easiest way for kids to take this is to mix it with a spoonful of frozen juice concentrate, which will mask anything. (**I tried mixing a few drops of the super strength with orange juice concentrate and I thought it was still nasty. I advise getting them as caps or encapsulating it yourself. It burns.)
- Brand to buy: North American Herb and Spice Company.
- Get in tablets from vitacost.com
- (**Since this conversation with Sher, I have come across a bit of controversy about how GSE is made. I would like to follow up with her on this one.)
Three ANTIVIRAL Remedies for Your Medicine Cabinet
- Can get as a syrup, in a dropper, or as chewable lozenges (my personal favorite)
- Nature’s Way is a good brand to get.
- (**My family has been using Sambucus regularly for over a year now and can attest to its incredibleness. I have had the beginnings of colds and when acting quick with Sambucus, had nothing materialize. Sammy got a cold from a neighbor last winter, and thanks to Sambucus, he was over it long before she was. When sickness is spreading around us, we also take it as a preventative. Love it.)
- Can also get in different forms: drops, syrup, chewables...
- Nature’s Way is a good brand
- (**I haven't tried this one, but Keenan used some on a cold last year and it worked well for him.)
- Comes in a vial about 1 ½ inches tall. You pour the contents in mouth and let them dissolve. The indicated serving size is a full vial, but you only really need a ⅓ or so for it to be effective.
- Boiron is the brand to get
Sher’s niece had mono and was completely incapacitated, unable to do school work or function normally because of her illness. The niece’s mother, a nurse normally uninterested in natural remedies, finally called Sher to ask her advice. Sher told her about the above antiviral remedies. The girl used all three of them on a Tuesday (that morning she’d been so sick she couldn’t eat!). After a day or so, she was back at school. By Saturday, she was just fine.
A woman in Brigham City, UT was severely infected with West Nile virus (mosquito-borne). Her doctors had told her to get her affairs in order, that she only had days to live. The family contacted Sher, who told them about the antiviral remedies. The woman used them in combination, and they turned her completely around.
Where to Find the Remedies
I found every one of these remedies (with the exception of a couple manuka brands) at vitacost.com. Their products are discounted and their shipping is cheap and fast. Amazon.com is another affordable resource and probably carries all of them as well. In an emergency, you could find them at a health food store.
Have a healthy cold and flu season, everyone!