COVID-19: What they won’t tell you

The problem with coronavirus is that people are fundamentally unprepared. We panic because we face the unknown without a plan.

Today, however, I made elderberry tonic and an herbal throat spritz with the plan of minimizing pathogens and boosting our immune systems. We might still get the virus, yes. And yet, we are combatting fear through reasoned action.

People sometimes reject “alternative” therapies because they don’t follow the scientific model that only allows for the empirical isolation of symptoms in trial-based research. That a therapy could work holistically feels like snake oil vending because the Western medical paradigm only allows for a “medicine in–>germs out” format.

COVID-19 is a viral infection with no “cure” from a Western medical standpoint. From literally every other perspective, though, our bodies are strong enough to fight it, given enough help.

Yes, we must fight the germs.

Ultimately, though, its our bodies that do the fighting. All “cures” are merely assistants that let our bodies heal ourselves, whether that aid comes from pharmaceuticals, alternative therapies, or our own innate antibodies.

While I in no way claim to be able to solve, cure, or even prevent coronavirus through alternative methods, I believe infinitely in the body’s natural ability to heal itself. For those with compromised immune systems, your job is harder, but still possible. Western medicine also likes to tell us that they are our only hope, that we must find specific “cures” and until then we must rely on isolation, caution, and even fear.

Our worst enemy, in fact, is fear. What you fear follows you. Fear makes the possible inevitable.

Truly, the real problem here is fear. If you fear the virus, it will seek you out.

Let’s explore prevention, not reaction.

I am sharing my recipes below. Let us all share preventative measures instead of waiting for others to bail us out; standing strong now will bring the infection to a close sooner, easier, and with fewer casualties. We owe it to our global brothers and sisters to try.

Our worst enemy, in fact, is fear. What you fear follows you. Fear makes the possible inevitable.

My elderberry tonic recipe came from Wellness Mama (although I added a pinch of sea salt and slightly reduced the honey).

My throat spray recipe is below:

  • 1 c. water
  • 30+ drops peppermint essential oil (or other antiviral oil)
  • 1/4 tsp. Himalayan salt (or any salt that’s not processed table salt)
  • 1/4 c. dried osage orange*

Boil the water and steep osage orange for 10-15 minutes. After cooling, add salt and peppermint oil. Move to spritzer bottle and spray back of the throat 1-2 times a day.

*Osage orange is also known as bodark or hedge apple. It is a lesser-known, but excellent antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial plant. If you do not have access to it, peruse this list of alternatives from Dr. Axe or contact me for tips on where to find it.