Along with the pretty fall leaves comes the start of cold and flu season. Good nutrition, adequate sleep and frequent, thorough hand washing (and wearing a high quality mask in crowds) are all important ways to help us stay healthy. Adequate vitamin D and zinc are important, too. But sometimes our immune system can use a little boost. That’s where “The Potion” comes in. I got a version of this “recipe” via the owner of our local health food store and have been using it for years. I’m not a fan of most over-the-counter cold remedies but always keep the ingredients for “The Potion” on hand.
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The Potion Recipe
- 1 packet Emergen-C
- 1 dropper full of olive leaf extract
- 3 drops oil of oregano
- 2 teaspoons Sambucol (black elderberry syrup)
- 1 dropper full of colloidal silver
Mix above ingredients in 3 or 4 ounces of water or orange juice, stir well and drink. Begin at the very first hint of a cold and take 3-4 times a day until well.
The olive leaf extract and oil of oregano don’t taste horrible but they aren’t very tasty, either. I prefer to mix those two ingredients in a tiny amount of water in a shot glass and toss it back quickly. I then can drink the rest of the ingredients in juice (or water) and actually enjoy the flavor. I sometimes add a shot or two of vodka in my bedtime dose on the theory that the alcohol might kill some germs or at least help me fall asleep. The key to the success of this concoction is starting it early enough and taking it consistently. Numerous times it has completely stopped a cold in its tracks but even when that doesn’t happen it does seem to lessen the length and severity of the virus.
Stay well, my friends!
Update: This was written pre-pandemic. While I still think this little immune booster can be helpful for a common cold, it is not a substitute for medical care for Covid. If you have symptoms of Covid please seek medical care if you are at risk for severe illness or begin to experience serious symptoms. And if you are one of the fortunate ones not in a high risk group, please be considerate of those of us who are.
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