Protect yourself against bacteria and viruses

The news recently highlighted the problem of anti-microbial resistance, in other words – the dangerous resistance to antibiotics of bacteria. You shall probably notice that doctors will be reluctant to hand out antibiotics for bacterial infections, and colds and flu. This is and has been necessary for a while now, so it is important that we find other ways to protect ourselves from milder bacterial infections so that the antibiotics are effective against life threatening bacterial infections. Although antibiotics were regularly prescribed for viral infections, they are entirely ineffective against viruses. So, what can we do? Well, lots actually.

The most important of all is to keep your immune system strong. We have a wide range of immune boosting herbs, and herbs which kill bacteria and viruses which we can prescribe in a formula for your individual case.

Try not to get too stressed, or if you feel tired – take a little time out. Sometimes I just lie on the floor of my apothecary for 5 minutes, and it makes a difference. Get out into nature – it is rebalancing and healthy just to be in nature.

As much as you can afford, buy organic food. The practice of organic farming supports a rich mineralized soil, and much less use of anti-biotics for animals, so the nutrition of your food is far more supportive of your overall health and the health of the planet, plus the animals are better cared for.

Avoid mucous producing foods like wheat, sugar and dairy products. Eat some meat, fish, eggs or pulses, lots of different vegetables and some salads and fruit. Enjoy nuts and seeds humus, avocados, and a little honey as a treat. Enjoy oat biscuits, rye bread, and butter is fine.

Your kitchen cupboard holds a store of anti-biotic herbs and spices – thyme, sage, garlic, cloves and cinnamon are all powerfully anti-biotic.

Make your own:
Anti-biotic tea for a chest infection:
1 teaspoon of dried sage
1 teaspoon of dried thyme
Add the herbs to a small tea pot of boiling water and drink 4 to 6 cups daily until you feel better.

Anti-biotic snack for chest infections:
1 slice of rye toast
Mash ½ an avocado with 1 clove of crushed garlic, ¼ of finely grated horseradish and some lime juice. Pile onto the toast and enjoy.