The Top 3 Herbs to Help Prevent Colds, Flu, Food Poisoning, and More

Just this past week, my boyfriend, Alex, ate some questionable steak.

Well, in all honesty, it was not questionable. It was 100% rotten. Somehow, he suffered through two big bites of it before asking me to try a piece.

I no sooner touched it to my tongue that I knew this steak had TURNED.

I slapped the fork out of his hand and forced two capsules of oregano oil into his mouth.

Now, I may have been a bit overcautious, since he didn’t eat much of the steak. But with the current epidemic of antibiotic-resistant superbugs reaching a critical level, I don’t take any chances.

According to the CDC, almost every type of bacteria has become stronger and less responsive to antibiotics. Microbes that were once easily treated with a round of antibiotics can now be deadly, especially in children and older adults with weakened immune systems.

And if you end up in the hospital due to a bad case of food poisoning, your chances of catching one of these superbugs increase dramatically.

Luckily, Mother Nature has provided us with natural antibiotics that can help keep us healthy before we get sick, and help treat us when we do.

Oregano oil is one of the best options to protect against food-borne illness. There’s a plethora of research showing oregano oil is effective against bacteria, yeasts, parasites, even MRSA.

For daily immune system support, add fresh or dried oregano to your meals. You can also easily make oregano-infused oil at home by packing a jar with fresh or dried oregano, covering with olive oil, and letting sit for a few weeks. Oregano oil capsules are also available.

As for Alex — thanks to natural antibacterial power of oregano, all he suffered was a bit of extra stomach gurgling.

If you get hit with a spring cold, want to prep your body against a sneezing neighbor on a crowded flight, or may have eaten something questionable, here are two more herbs with well-researched antibacterial and immune-supporting properties:

  1. Garlic has been used medicinally for thousands of years to prevent and treat infections. Current human research suggests aged garlic extract can help prevent and shorten the duration of colds.

As a daily preventative, add chopped garlic to as many meals as you can. To treat during an infection, eat a couple of whole cloves a few times a day. Though you can swallow whole, the active compounds are released when crushed or chewed. If you’re not a fan of the taste, opt for garlic supplements.

  1. Olive leaf is another herb that has been used medicinally for centuries. The main active component in olive leaf is oleuropein, and it’s been shown to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-atherogenic, antimicrobial, antiviral, and blood pressure-lowering effects.

Though olive leaf isn’t commonly used culinarily, olive leaf tea is available. You can also find it in capsule form. Look for a product that’s standardized to at least 15% oleuropein content.

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To living well,

Jasmine LeMaster

Health researcher

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