Potent Herb Vs. Colds & Flu

(HEADLINE HEALTH) Cold and flu season is officially under way.

A highly deadly strain of the flu swept across Australia this year, the nation’s deadliest flu season in a decade.

Traditional herbal medicine uses oregano oil against bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Some swear by its effectiveness against cold and flu.

The Aussie flu has already crossed oceans to England and could easily end up in the U.S.

Headline Health recommends taking multiple precautions against cold and flu; the notion that a single flu shot against perhaps three particular strains of the flu virus (that have likely already mutated) will be effective for all is questionable at best.

Even if you do opt to get a flu shot, it’s still wise to take steps to boost your immunity.

It’s also best to stock your home with the supplies you’ll need if the cold of flu settles in on a member of your household this season.

You’ll avoid having to go to the store when you’re sick, and you’ll be more likely to treat symptoms early if you already have supplies on hand.

One natural remedy we like is oregano oil.

A recent article from LIVESTRONG looked at the possible benefits of oregano oil against colds and flu; highlights below …

Oil of Oregano Vs. Colds & Flu

(TRACEY ROIZMAN, DC, LIVESTRONG) Oregano is a member of the mint family, a plant group that accounts for over a quarter of the most commonly used herbs.

Study results and expert opinions vary on oregano oil’s effectiveness against colds and flu. [This, of course, is also true of many FDA-approved pharmaceuticals. – Editor]

Active Compounds

Traditional herbal medicine uses oregano oil mainly against bacteria, fungi and parasites.

There is some anecdotal evidence of its effectiveness against cold and flu viruses, says Richard Stooker, author of the book “Beat the Flu.”

Oregano oil contains 50 active compounds with immune-boosting and germ-fighting properties, and antioxidants that reduce inflammation.

Its nutrient content includes vitamins A and C, both of which support respiratory health and help fight infection.

Broad Spectrum Effects

Oil of oregano is an excellent broad spectrum antibiotic with warming, drying properties that help heal respiratory and other infections.

This essential oil is also considered useful against viruses and fungi.

Colds and flu are said to respond well to oil of oregano, and it is also used for lung conditions such as asthma, pneumonia, whooping cough and tuberculosis, according to Paul Pitchford in his book “Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition.”

Oregano oil is versatile and can be taken internally in capsule form, or you can add a few drops to a steam bath and inhale the vapors directly. Read the full article at LIVESTRONG. Also of interest: Chicken Soup vs. Tamiflu: Which Is Best to Help You Fight Flu?