Favorite Immunity Boosters

With all the concern over the Flu, I thought I’d post some of my favorite tips for staying well. You don’t need to buy into the American pharmaceutical industry in order to benefit from some extra health precautions. I haven’t gotten a cold or flu since 2004, despite working in close proximity with many people who’ve been very ill and coughed or sneezed all over me. ūüôā Here are my top-twelve quick fixes whenever I feel a bit under the weather. As usual, I’m just sharing my own experiences and observations; nothing here constitutes medical advice:

1 )¬† Oil of Oregano. This stuff rocks! I bring some with me every time I travel by plane, because it’s anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-parasitic. A few drops in water (putting it on the tongue as instructed burns like crazy) helps me feel immune to any sneezing or coughing going straight into recirculated air.

*Note that in some women, Oil of Oregano seems to cause breast tenderness. If you already suffer from monthly breast pain, you might want to choose #3, Colloidal Silver, instead, or just use O of O in the event of direct exposure.

2 ) Yogi Tea¬† Echinacea Immune Support. Full of a synergistic blend of herbs and spices. If my glands feel swollen, I drink a cup of this, and I usually feel fine by the time I’ve finished the mug. I also love pau d’arco tea for its fortifying and anti-fungal, anti-viral ¬†qualities.

3 ) Colloidal Silver Throat Spray. Not for continuous everyday use, I do find this valuable when that first throat tickle comes on. Like Oil of Oregano, Colloidal Silver also offers anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal activity.

4 ) Probiotics (non-dairy based). I often use Garden of Life’s Primal Defense. Keeping gut ecology healthy helps the body stay healthier all around.

5 ) Green Juice. Lots and lots of celery, parsley, spinach, kale and collards mixed with small amounts of fruit or veggies in juice form. Alkalizing the body automatically prevents most pathogens from thriving. Some people believe regular juice fasting keeps them more resistant to disease and common colds.  In the wild, many animals will not eat when they feel sick. Giving the digestive system a break allows more energy to be directed towards healing.

6 ) Vitamin C. Common knowledge, but also effective! Whether you get it from camu camu powder, Trader Joe’s freeze-dried strawberries, capsules or freshly squeezed orange juice, a little extra vitamin C gives the immune system a boost.

7 ) Medicinal Mushrooms. I don’t use these all the time, but in a pinch, I like New Chapter Organics’ tincture called Host Defense, featuring a synergistic combination of mushrooms designed to amp up immune activity. Some top players include: Reishi, Maitaki and Cordyceps.

8 ) Miso Soup. Miso doesn’t always mean soy. You can find chick pea miso in some health food stores. A warm cup of miso does wonders for sore throats.

*NOTE: If you have Candida problems, skip the miso until you get that under control. Sometimes the koji culture in miso can aggravate Candida.

9 ) Omega-3 Oils. Supposedly, peasants who ate a lot of hemp and flax did not succomb as heavily to the plague. More recent research validates the importance of cold-pressed Omega-3 oils or whole foods containing these oils. They support both immune and hormonal function. If you do not regularly consume hemp and coconut oils together, a high quality vegetarian DHA oil can also help.

10 ) Essential Oils. Other Black Plague lore: supposedly perfumers, who spent their days and nights surrounded by essential oils, did not get sick. These oils¬†not only smell good; they have medicinal effects. My favorites include lavender, jasmine, frankincense, and¬†lemongrass, for their mood-lifting and anti-bacterial effects. Jasmine, in particular, creates a nice scent while also easing coughs. Eucalyptus — of Vick’s Vapo-rub fame — also works well. Most essential oils offer some kind of healing benefit. For more information, you might enjoy this site.

11 ) Garlic, Onion and Ginger. Normally, I do not like too much garlic and onion, but if I feel a cold coming on, this combo stops it in its tracks. Juiced or added into Chinese or Indian dishes, the triple whammy of garlic, onion and ginger has never let me down.

12 ) Rest. Good, old-fashioned R & R, does wonders for the body, mind, soul and spirit. Since illness affects all these levels, it makes sense to cultivate good health in each area.

I drive myself hard, squeezing novel-writing in between busy, intense hours of coaching and intuitive sessions and a marriage. When I start feeling a little sluggish or ill, I know it’s time to take a break. I may not want the break, but the warning signs of illness come as “permission” to slow down and recharge.

Finding your own, proactive¬†version of R & R lets your body and soul¬†know¬†they don’t need to manifest a full-blown illness in order to receive a full-blown break. Go ahead: take a¬†walk; take a nap; watch a movie; read a book; get some Reiki; or … do nothing at all! You deserve a break today. ūüôā

In health,



12 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Kathy on April 30, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    These are all good ideas, but I would add a Neti Pot, or some kind of Nasal Wash. I bought a Sinus Rinse bottle from NeilMed 2 years ago. I am amazed by the difference it has made.



    • Posted by laurabruno on April 30, 2009 at 5:54 pm

      Yes, that does work for people with sinus congestion! Last year, the spring juniper allergies hit particularly hard in Sedona. Without getting too gross, let’s just say you could actually see the pollen coming out with the neti pot. LOL, it let me walk outside everyday even without using three months of the locals’ homeopathic remedy.



  2. Thanks for these tips Laura – I’ll have to dig out that bottle of Oil of Oregano capsules buried somewhere in the fridge!

    Sometimes I decoct up a pot of, let’s call it “kitchen sink” immuno-tea – with grated ginger root, Pau d’Arco, chaga mushroom, astragalus root, whatever’s hanging around. (goji berries…) When it’s done, I drink some warm and use the leftover tea in smoothies. I’d say it’s moderately lazy to do this, since the tea simmers on it’s own time…but you do have to open and close all the different jars and bags first.



  3. Posted by Kathy on May 2, 2009 at 5:11 am

    I just joined a Facebook group called “Swine Flu and Herbalism”

    There is a post on the discussion board titled “Vitamin D and Pandemic Flu” that I found quite interesting. Apparently most of people who suffered from the 1918 flu pandemic were vitamin D deficient. She included a couple of links about vitamin D & immunity. Wow, vitamin D does so much for us. That’s it, tomorrow I’m enjoying the sun … Winkles are God’s makeup.



  4. Posted by christine on May 6, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    what do you think about GSE? ive never used Oregano Oil but i feel similarly when i use GSE.



    • Posted by laurabruno on May 7, 2009 at 7:04 am

      It has some similar effects, but the processing isn’t always that pure. It does whiten your teeth nicely, though, if you take the drops in water on a regular basis! Thanks for stopping by. ūüôā



  5. Posted by giacintavosika,LMP,RMT on May 12, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Dear Laura, Hello! As always, your post put a perpetual smile on my face and brought much warmth to my heart. All that you shared is such wonderful information and such a great support in itself – to ease the feeling of helplessness that so many experience during times like these. Your lightheartedness and positive attitude is enlightening. All the information is so great. I also really appreciated reading the comments and learning more from what others shared through comments and your responses. Thank you to all. I would also like to include this website http://www.youngliving.us/ which I have found to be the most profound healing essential oils. The story behind these essential oils is also very moving for anyone who is interested. Thanks for sharing your light, love and deep care and commitment. btw… I was able to listen to your interview on live radio last night and loved it! Congratulations on that and many many more. With Love and Gratitude. Giacinta



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