Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

There are natural remedies that might help keep the COVID-19 at bay.
A holistic approach to fight this outbreak is important, as it gives the body the chance to fight the disease while avoiding unwanted and dangerous side effects. There are natural ways to protect patients from the cold and influenza viruses. Please note that these suggestions should be part of a healthy maintenance plan to help your body be stronger and therefore have a better response to a virus, but not a cure to it. If you suspect you may be infected with the COVID-19 or have come in contact with someone that might be, please seek professional medical care immediately.

A healthy immune system reduces your chance of viral infection and flu. With little change in your diet and routine, you can ensure that your immune system is strong enough to protect you against virus infections. Additionally, using vitamin and mineral supplements provide the necessary nutrients for a strong immune system. Some research has suggested that compounds in herbs and supplements can enhance immunity: Echinacea, Elderberry, Andrographis and Astragalus are just a few herbs that have been reported to have immune boosting benefits and may help reduce the duration and severity of an illness. Vitamins that are critical for immune function include vitamins A, C, D, and E. Zinc, selenium, and magnesium are minerals that your immune system needs to function at its best.
You can find all of these products at Edge Of the Woods, please stop by our Health and Wellness department on our second floor, and stock up on herbal supplements that can help strengthen and maintain your immune system. We also have supplies to help you prevent the spread of this virus: organic and safe personal and household disinfectants, soaps and cleaners; and pure, high-quality essential oils to create your own blend of antibacterial gels and sprays.

Echinacea
Extracts of echinacea do seem to have an effect on the immune system as it boosts your body’s defense against germs; it has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiviral properties and as an immune-strengthening agent. Echinacea has been found to be effective in shortening the duration of cold and flu symptoms. Studies have shown that it can reduce the odds of developing a cold by 58% and reducing its duration by 1–4 days. Research shows it increases the number of white blood cells, which fight infections. One of the common ways to use Echinacea is to drink it in a tea. Echinacea can also be found in liquid tincture, tablets, ointments, capsules, and extracts.

Astragalus
Astragalus contains beneficial plant compounds that may enhance your immune system, as it may increase your body’s production of white blood cells, which are the cells responsible for preventing illness, protecting your body against harmful invaders, including bacteria, germs and viruses that can cause illness.
Astragalus is taken by mouth for the common cold, upper respiratory infections, seasonal allergies, flu, and to strengthen and regulate the immune system.

Elderberry
The berries and flowers of elderberry are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that may boost your immune system. Some experts recommend elderberry to help prevent and ease cold and flu symptoms, as elderberry juice syrup has been used for centuries as a home remedy to treat the cold and flu, both of which are caused by a virus. It is believed to reduce the severity and duration of the infection if taken within 48 hours of the first symptoms. It has been found that people who have taken elderberries have higher levels of antibodies against the influenza virus, showing that not only may the berry be able to treat flu symptoms, it may also be able to prevent influenza infection. Elderberry can help tame inflammation, lessen stress, and help protect your heart, too.

Colloidal silver
Research shows that silver nanoparticles (found in colloidal silver) have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce swelling and boost cell recovery. Silver supplements have the capability of killing harmful microbes and has shown signs of fighting infection and boosting the immune system. Colloidal silver products are usually dietary supplements that are taken by mouth, but you may also find some formulas that can be sprayed into the mouth or nostrils, or added to water or juice. The spray and the solution can also be applied to the skin.

Andrographis
Andrographis Is considered to be an anti-inflammatory and immunostimulant. Frequently used for preventing and treating the common cold and flu (influenza), upper respiratory tract infections and sinusitis as it stimulates the immune system by supporting healthy levels of immune cells in the blood.

Essential oils
Lavender and tea tree essential oils both have natural disinfecting properties. Tea tree oil is also antiviral and antifungal, and is often used to treat minor skin scrapes and fungal skin infections. While it seems like almost all essential oils have some sort of antibacterial, antimicrobial, or anti-fungal property, lemongrass, eucalyptus, peppermint and orange are highly effective as well.
Lavender
Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular and versatile essential oils used in aromatherapy. It promotes relaxation and is believed to treat anxiety, fungal infections, allergies, depression, insomnia, eczema, nausea, and menstrual cramps.
In essential oil practices, lavender is a multipurpose oil that has anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, as well as antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifying, hypotensive, and sedative effects. Lavender oil is believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Oregano
Oregano essential oil has been widely studied for its antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, and antibiotic properties. It contains several potentially healing compounds, such as carvacrol, thymol and terpinene.
Oregano oil has been traditionally used for respiratory health, as a popular alternative remedy for cold and flu symptoms.
Depending on your preference, it can be consumed in different: as an herbal supplement, tincture, or essential oil for external use and aromatherapy.

You may use 99% rubbing alcohol work and pure aloe vera gel as a base for homemade hand sanitizer. You can use vegetable glycerine instead of aloe vera gel if you’d like. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be used “in addition to” hand washing, but should not be used as a substitute for washing with soap and water.

Vinegar is an alternative that has also shown effectiveness against viruses. As part of research aimed at preparing us for a flu season, researchers found that malt vinegar, much like bleach and washing up liquid, can rapidly inactivate the flu virus.

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