The Best Antiviral Herbs and Oils

The Best Antiviral Herbs and Oils

I’ve been doing a series of Facebook Live chats this week to give my followers a helping hand with regard to the current (and crazy) situation in which we find ourselves. Today’s talk was about the best antiviral herbs and oils.

While we don’t know whether or not these things will work against the coronavirus, we do know they are antiviral and it certainly won’t hurt anything to include them in your daily repertoire. We have to eat anyway, right? We might as well be eating things that might actually help us. First of all the list of the best culinary herbs.

Antiviral Culinary Herbs

Basil – contains apigenin, linalool, ursolic acid, all of which have potent antiviral activity
Cilantro (aka Coriander) – removes heavy metals (ie mercury and lead) which feed viruses
Fennel – contains strong antiviral compounds
Garlic – antiviral and antibacterial that protects cells from viruses
Ginger – contains antiviral phytochemicals and compounds
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) – potently antiviral and antibacterial
Onions, shallots, chives, leeks, and scallions – antiviral, help pull toxins out of cells
Oregano – works at level of DNA to kill viruses
Parsley – removes copper and aluminum which feed viruses
Star anise – antiviral
Thyme – antiviral, boosts immunity
Turmeric – contains curcumin which has antiviral properties

So, add lots of these to your cooking. If you have a herb garden, nurture it right now! Go out there and chew a few fresh leaves. Make teas from them – the lemon balm especially makes a beautiful tea. You could add a few slices of fresh lemon and ginger and have a wonderful antiviral tea. Not only are they antiviral, they are also anticancer.

Antiviral Essential Oils

Just so we’re clear, I have to tell you that I’m not advising you that you can “cure” anything with essential oils. I’m just sharing a list of the essential oils that research shows have antiviral activity. Whether or not they will work against COVID-19 nobody knows because this virus is too new. In any event, it won’t hurt you to use these oils – if nothing else, they will help you to feel more calm, might just boost your immune system, and that has good benefits as well!

You’ll note that these oils are some of the same ones I just mentioned – same plants.

Basil
Bergamot
Blue Cypress
Cedarwood
Cinnamon Bark
Clove
Cypress
Eucalyptus radiata
Frankincense
Ginger
Helichrysum
Hyssop
Jasmine
Lavender
Lemon
Lime
Mandarin
Melissa (Melissa officinalis, aka Lemon Balm)
Myrrh
Myrtle
Oregano
Palmarosa
Palo Santo
Peppermint
Sage
St John’s Wort
Sandalwood
Tangerine
Tea Tree
Thyme

Two Tips for Using Essential Oils

  1. You could put a few of the above-listed essential oils into an organic carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed, and rub them into your skin. They quickly sink into the skin and are in the bloodstream and working within 10-15 minutes.
  2. You could diffuse a few of the above-listed essential oils into the room you’re sitting in, using an ultrasonic cool mist diffuser. The vaporized droplets go straight into your lungs and are then sent into your bloodstream. They also stay suspended in the air for quite some time.

If you have any questions, just comment below and I’ll get back to you as quickly as I can.

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Using Visualization To Calm Anxiety in Trying Times

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During these trying times, it is easy to feel a sense of rising anxiety, even fear. It feels like the world has gone mad.

While fear is a reasonable response to what is going on in the world, I would encourage you not to stay in that place for too long. It has detrimental effects on your immune system, and what you need right now is a highly functioning and strong immune system.

The rapidly growing field of psychoneuroimmunology shows us very clearly that stress and a continual barrage of negative thoughts weaken the immune system. See this article from the American Psychological Association about how stress affects immunity.

One extremely beneficial way to boost immunity – one that costs you nothing other than time – is the use of meditation and visualization.

Meditation helps your immune system do its job better. There’s even an article about that on Deepak Chopra’s website. Here’s the link.

To get you started, I am sharing my absolutely favorite white light visualization – I used this daily instead of going through radiation treatments (after I finished six months of chemotherapy, I already felt so toxic, I knew my body wouldn’t handle much more). I don’t recommend that you do the same, I am merely sharing this visualization because it’s such a wonderful remedy for heightened anxiety, fear, and depression. I always feel better after doing this visualization, and I hope it helps you to feel better, as well.

I hope you enjoy it. If you want to save it to your hand-held device, you should be able to right-click on it and do that.

Marnie’s Healing White Light Visualization

If you are interested in learning meditation but don’t have access to nearby classes, I have created a how-to course that you can enjoy without leaving your house. More information here.

Beside you in the healing journey,

How to Cope with the Anxiety of a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

For those who have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and are suffering from anxiety – fear – hopelessness – whatever you’re feeling, I created this video, How to Cope with the Anxiety of a Breast Cancer Diagnosis, for you.

It’s just a little over 3 minutes long – please listen right through to the end because I share some important information throughout the video. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave your comment either on this website or underneath the YouTube video, and I’ll respond as quickly as I can.

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Johanna Budwig and her Protocol for Cancer

Dr Johanna Budwig

One of the most common questions I am asked as a breast cancer coach is “what is the best diet for preventing breast cancer recurrence?” The first thing that always comes to mind is Dr Johanna Budwig and her protocol for cancer.

I used parts of the Budwig protocol myself (along with many other things) when going through breast cancer and I believe there is sufficient evidence that it is an excellent option for decreasing the risk for developing breast cancer, and for supporting breast cancer recovery.

Dr Johanna Budwig was born in Germany in 1908. She passed away in 2003 at the ripe old age of 95. Dr Budwig was considered a top European cancer research scientist, biochemist, blood specialist, German pharmacologist, and physicist. Dr Budwig was nominated for the Nobel Prize seven times. For lots more information on this amazing woman, just Google “Dr Johanna Budwig”. 

In 1952, Dr Budwig was the German government’s senior expert on fats and pharmaceutical drugs. She was considered one of the world’s leading authorities on fats and oils, and her research illustrated the bad effects that commercially processed fats and oils have in destroying cell membranes and lowering the voltage in the cells of our bodies, which can then result in chronic and terminal disease.

Yes, I said voltage. Remember that our bodies are electric!

Dr Budwig did not believe in the use of growth-inhibiting treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation (*see important note below). Dr Budwig said “I flat declare that the usual hospital treatments today, in a case of tumorous growth, most certainly leads to worsening of the disease or a speedier death, and in healthy people, quickly causes cancer.

I won’t go through the entirety of Dr Budwig’s research, but as you can see from the recipes below, the combination of flaxseed oil with cottage cheese is the foundation of Dr Budwig’s protocol, along with a diet rich in plant-based foods, fruits and vegetables and little to no meat. Thousands of cancer patients have found this diet very beneficial. Some had their lives saved because of it.

Why the Combination of Cottage Cheese and Flaxseed Oil?

Dr Budwig discovered that when she combined flaxseed oil, with its powerful electron-rich unsaturated fats, together with cottage cheese, rich in sulfur protein, the chemical reaction produced makes the flaxseed oil water-soluble and much more easily absorbed into cell membranes. This provides powerful nutrition to every cell of the body. It helps to fight inflammation (and cancer, as we know is an inflammatory process), it improves cellular function, it improves the function of nerves, and it helps to cleanse the colon. For more information and research on flaxseed benefits see my article – Fatigue in Breast Cancer Survivors Linked to Inflammation. That article provides 15 ways that flaxseed benefits breast cancer patients, as well as a bunch of ideas on how to include it in your daily diet.

Dr Budwig used her special protocol for her very ill patients and, providing they came to her soon enough and followed her protocol closely, she was able to assist them back to health quite rapidly.

As mentioned, the Budwig protocol consists of eating several daily servings of a combination of flaxseed oil and cottage cheese (see the three recipes I’ve included below), in addition to increasing intake of fruits, vegetables and fresh juices. In a nutshell, the protocol advises that you:

  1. Take all highly processed fats like margarine and refined vegetable oils such as canola, safflower, corn and sunflower out of your diet.
  2. Remove from your diet all sugar, white flour, non-organic meat, and any processed foods (they contain too many GMOs).
  3. 2-3 times per day, use one of the following recipes.
  4. Increase vegetable and fruit intake, and if you are eating meat be sure to only choose high-quality animal protein (free range organic chicken and eggs, wild-caught deep sea fish like sardines, salmon, trout, halibut and tuna, and organically raised beef). If very ill, avoid meat altogether.
  5. Get some exercise daily and get a little sunshine on your skin (10-15 minutes per day if you can).

What About the Dairy Component?

My thrivers who follow my advice will have this question: “But I thought you told us not to have dairy products?” They would be right, I did say that.

But this is an exception. What we are discovering is that if the cottage cheese in the recipes is organic or taken from dairy cattle that are able to freely roam, are given no antibiotics or growth hormones, the combination of the cottage cheese and flaxseed oil and flax meal is incredibly healing.

The Budwig Center Clinic, located in Spain, has programs that are based on Dr Budwig’s protocol and many other natural cancer treatments. They treat patients with all sorts of medical issues by combining the Budwig diet along with other natural medicine treatments like hyperthermia, cannabidiol, bioenergetic restoration therapy, frequency generator sessions, photonic light therapy, bio mat energy therapy, kinesiology, emotional rebalancing, far infrared saunas, herbal remedies, homeopathic medicine, and more.

It’s important to understand that although the Budwig protocol can be used as an alternative to traditional treatments of chemotherapy and radiation, it is recommended that it be utilized along with other medical treatment approaches. Whether you choose natural therapies or conventional medical treatment is up to you but I don’t advise using the Budwig protocol as a stand-alone treatment.

I promised you some recipes, and here they are.

Healing Recipes Based on Budwig Protocol

Please note that the cottage cheese or quark in these recipes must be combined first, and combined well, with the flaxseed oil – when the two amalgamate, they create a catalyst for cellular healing. The sulphur contained in the cheese/quark connects with the oil molecules and a synergy occurs. This makes the flaxseed oil more water soluble so that our cells can easily take it up and digest it.

The Budwig Muesli Recipe 

1-2 tbsp freshly ground organic flaxseed
Fresh in-season organic fruit, sliced or diced (like apples, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, pineapple, oranges, mango, plums etc.)
1/4 cup ground organic raw walnuts, almonds, pecans, cashews or Brazil nuts

Cream topping:
1/2 cup organic cottage cheese or quark
1-2 tbsp organic flaxseed oil
Your choice of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, lemon juice, or raw coconut for more flavor

Directions: In a deep bowl, layer in (1) the freshly ground flaxseed (best to grind it yourself using a coffee bean grinder for absolute freshness – the store-bought powder is generally rancid); (2) the fresh fruit; (3) the ground nuts. In a blender or using a hand-held stick blender, combine the ingredients for the cream topping and blend well. Take about one minute to do this – it should look like a thick, creamy yogurt, that means the mixture is completely homogenized. Spoon the cream topping mixture over the other ingredients in the bowl, for a rewarding and cancer-blasting breakfast or meal for any time of day.

Smoothie à la Budwig

2/3 cup organic cottage cheese
1/3 cup organic cold-pressed flaxseed oil
1/2-1 cup organic fruit of your choice
Optional ingredients:
1 tsp organic turmeric
1 tsp freshly chopped ginger
1/4 tsp black pepper

Combine the cottage cheese and flaxseed oil in blender container (or use a stick blender or smoothie maker) – make sure the cottage cheese and flaxseed oil combine into a homogenous blend. Then remove the lid and add one-half to one cup organic fruit of your choice and blitz again. For extra cancer-blasting power, add any of the optional ingredients.

Salad Dressing à la Budwig

3 tbsp organic cottage cheese or quark
3 tbsp organic cold-pressed flaxseed oil
1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
Sea salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 small knob ginger or turmeric, minced
2 tsp raw honey
Fresh herbs of your choice

Combine the cottage cheese and flaxseed oil in blender container (or use a stick blender or smoothie maker) – make sure the cottage cheese and flaxseed oil combine into a homogenous blend. Then remove the lid and add the rest of the ingredients, blitz again. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours before using. This recipe can be varied to suit individual tastes, but this is the basic recipe.

*Important note: I’m not recommending you give up chemotherapy or radiation if you’ve decided on this course of treatment.  I do believe that the recipes shared here should be included in anyone’s diet who has been fighting cancer or is anxious to keep it away.

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The Truth About Vaccines – Are They Safe?

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An argument is raging across the globe, and it may get worse before it gets better. Parents and grandparents are up in arms fighting with each other, their friends, doctors, and even legislators. It’s a subject so controversial for some that it eclipses political events, the world economy, and the healthcare debate itself. People want to know the truth about vaccines and whether or not they are safe.

Vaccine safety and news about increasing adverse reactions, both in adults and children, is a very real concern. Medical doctors are increasingly being confronted with parents who want to diverge from the recommended vaccine protocol, asking to vaccinate selectively (or sometimes not at all).

Parents and grandparents are asking –

– How do I know for sure that vaccines are safe for my child?

– Is my child at high risk of having a bad reaction?

– How often should we administer vaccines? Can we space them out?

– How MANY vaccines are really necessary?

– Should we vaccinate at all? Are there alternatives?

– Speaking long term, are we doing more harm than good?

And much more. In my humble opinion, the biggest problem facing the vaccine controversy today is that there’s too much noise. Too much propaganda and emotional arguments. Too many opinions and too few facts.

Just like other “hot button issues”, everyone has an opinion (factual or not), and there’s BIG money at play to try and tip the hand in one direction or the other.

How To Know What’s Best?

How do you know what’s best for you and your child? Not only are we facing the questions about vaccine safety and integrity, now we’ve got to deal with, “Who decides what’s best? Me or the government?”

California entered the fray when it passed a mandatory “forced vaccination” law in 2016, much to the outrage of many of its citizens.

How would you feel if your government mandated that you MUST vaccinate (or must NOT), even if it goes against your religious or philosophical beliefs?

What does it say for freedom when the government starts making major medical decisions for you and your children? Where do we go from here? How did we even get to this point?

Way back in 1796, when Edward Jenner somewhat accidentally cured a child with what was then known as “cowpox,” it was a major medical breakthrough. People in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s were dying from diseases that could be controlled by vaccines, and with that the race was on.

These days, we’re vaccinating our kids against literally everything, but we still don’t know how many of these newer vaccines react in the human body over a period of time.

Did you know that in many cases, the double-blind placebo safety studies have not been done like they are for other pharmaceutical drugs? The vaccine companies themselves have immunity from the government. That means you cannot sue them if something goes wrong, and your child is injured from the vaccine. Couple that with the rising anger on both sides at the thought that “the other side” is reckless and ignoring the facts, and you have an issue that’s just about reached boiling point.

We owe it to our children and our grandchildren to learn as much information as we can (good and bad) about vaccines, so that we can protect them and give them the best chances of having a vibrant, healthy future — free from disease in this modern world.

Fortunately, Someone Has Done Something About This Issue

Even though the debate is contentious, one brave team has decided to do something about it. Filmmaker, author, and health freedom advocate Ty Bollinger, the man who produced the record-setting documentary “The Truth About Cancer” (now seen by 10 million people), has an epic new series about to be released. Ty and his team traveled the world to interview over 60 of the best vaccine experts on the planet, on both sides of the debate. Scientists, researchers, doctors, clinicians… the list is huge.

Their goal with the series is to bring some facts and sanity to the heated vaccine debate. To investigate both sides and separate fact from fiction, so parents can make their own decision about what’s best for their family. The result is a new 7-part documentary series called “The Truth About Vaccines.”

The reality is, no matter whether you’re a staunch vaccine supporter, or you believe they should be eliminated completely, your voice matters, and the health of your children and grandchildren matter too. You deserve to learn all you can about the science and statistics behind vaccines, to weigh the benefits and the risks for your own family.

Ty and his team reject the idea that you have to “pick a side” and approach the vaccine safety topic the same way they did cancer – interview the best experts, collect the facts, look at the science, and then pull it all together to find the real truth – free from speculation, hype, and emotional bias.

On April 12th at 9pm Eastern US time, “The Truth About Vaccines” premieres, and the answers will be revealed. 7 episodes in 7 days. It’s the biggest, most comprehensive documentary series on vaccines ever released, and the whole thing is completely FREE.

Click HERE to get a sneak preview and register to watch the entire series free of charge. It’s a one-time event. It’s your chance to join the debate in a positive and meaningful and very powerful way. Your health of your children and/or grandchildren depend on it.

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Meditation Benefits and 4 Quick Tips To Assist You

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One of the things I teach newly diagnosed breast cancer patients is that meditation is wonderful for helping us to heal our bodies. For the majority of people going through breast cancer, learning meditation is one of the best things you can do, for so many reasons.

First, for stress relief (and going through cancer is NOTHING if not stressful). Another powerful reason is that when you are undergoing the various tests and treatments (some of which can also fill you with anxiety, like MRIs, CT-scans, bone scans and the like) knowing how to calm your mind and focus on something else is absolutely vital. That’s just scraping the tip of the iceberg.

Going back to the stress issue, research tells us that meditation is one of the most effective methods to relieve stress. If there’s one thing I hear about all too often from women going through breast cancer, it’s stress. Most tell me that in the lead-up to their cancer diagnosis they were struggling with some form of unrelenting stress. And this, they feel, is what let cancer in the door. It was the same for me.

So why is meditation so powerful?

According to the latest research, meditation can help you “rewire” your brain, so that you are less stressed, you have improved focus and ability to concentrate, less anxiety, more creativity, and your memory can also improve! How great is that!

Do you need some help getting started? If you’re anything like me, I didn’t really know where to begin. I struggled. My mind would NOT shut up. Here are four quick tips that will help you.

Step 1. Prepare for meditation.

Set aside some time – it doesn’t have to be a long time, perhaps just 20 minutes. If you only have two minutes, take two minutes. Those could be the most important two minutes of your day! Get a drink of water. Go to the bathroom if necessary. Shut the door so you can have some quiet time. Find a comfortable position (but not too comfortable or you might fall asleep). Loosen tight clothing. If you want to have meditation music playing in the background, put it on. You could also breathe in essential oils to help you focus your mind if you wish (frankincense, lavender or sandalwood are helpful). These things are helpful, but definitely not a requirement. When I worked in an office, I would just sit in the ladies room and meditate for a few minutes – it was the only place I could find some relative peace and quiet.

Step 2. Relax.

Once you’re in a comfortable position, allow your body and mind to relax. There are many techniques to help you relax and what works for one may not work for another. If you need some help finding a good relaxation technique, click here. Allow your mind to just let go. Let there be no effort involved with this. If you find yourself thinking about something, just let it go by like a cloud floating past in the sky. Try not to feel irritated with yourself, just let it go.

Step 3. Mindfulness.

One of the ways you can utilize meditation is with something called mindfulness meditation. Without getting into too much detail, begin to focus your mind on your breath. Just feel it moving into and out of your body. Be aware of your body in time and space. Allow for stillness. Be present. If your mind wanders off, gently bring it back to the present moment.

Step 4. Notice.

Just begin to notice your mind growing more and more still. Look for the gaps between your thoughts. As one meditation guru puts it, those gaps are where the magic happens. It can’t be described, you just have to wait for it, experience it yourself. It may not happen immediately, but increasingly the stillness of your mind becomes more familiar to you. You may notice that as you sit quietly in meditation, your cold hands or feet get warm – this is a lovely reminder that quieting the mind helps the energy, the chi, flow through you better. I sometimes see swirling colored lights behind my closed eyes, rather like the aurora borealis. I notice my nervous system quieting and calming. Meditation is like a healing balm for the nerves.

I hope that helps, but if you still have questions, I created a series of 7 videos answering questions about meditation. Check them out, your question might be answered in one of them.

Why Should I Meditate?
How Do I Keep My Mind From Wandering?
How Do I Find Time to Meditate?
How Do You Know You’re Meditating and Not Just Sitting There?
What Is the Best Meditation Technique For Beginners?
Can I Use Meditation for Healing?
Teaching You How to Meditate

From Ian Gawler, cancer survivor, author, and meditation/health teacher:

Having prepared well, we relax.

Relaxing more deeply, we become more mindful.

As our mindfulness develops, the stillness naturally reveals itself.

We rest in open, undistracted awareness.

There is nothing to do. Simply be aware. Open. Undistracted. Aware.

It is as simple, and as difficult as that.”

Need Help With Your Meditation Practice?

Back in 2004 when I was going through treatments for my breast cancer, I knew that meditation could hold the key to my struggle with stress, and thus possibly the key to my healing.

But I had a very hard time finding a good guided meditation for cancer patients that would lead me through a series of calming visualizations and help me to focus my mind. There were lots of meditation CDs available (no downloads then!) and I tried most of them, but each one had something that drove me crazy – it would be intrusive background music or the person narrating it would have some annoying trait. I finally decided to create my own how-to-meditate course, called Change Your Life Meditation Course (click that link to find out more).

I created it for people who lived in small towns without access to meditation classes, for busy people who just wanted some help and guidance with their meditation practice. If that sounds good to you, click here.

Not sure? Want a free sample? Check out my free guided meditation. This is the very meditation I used each and every day (instead of radiation, but that’s a whole different story).

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