Thoughts on the virus and resources

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Herbal info

There is lots of information online about prevention and treatment of the corona virus.

I haven't treated anyone myself but of course have treated other viruses and other infectious diseases.


                                                                      PREVENTION

Body

Cleanliness: obviously handwashing with soap. Why soap? because as Katy from Little bird soaps writes:

''Soap and saponins have helped keep mankind alive, disease-free and healthy...with a gentle touch...it meets the virus head on and dissolves the fatty layer enveloping the virus and poof it falls apart and dies.' 

For more detail on the science see 

Heat: heat destroys viruses, which is why we get a fever when one attacks, it is the body's way of killing off the virus, our temperature rises and it cannot replicate. Obviously then things which lower the temperature are unhelpful in the first phase (later they may be life saving). so if you begin to feel 'virusy' take as much garlic, ginger, horseradish and other spicy herbs as you can in drinks, food and raw (the case of garlic and onions) see below for Fire Cider which incorporates all these things.

Hot herbs include, Nettle (fresh in tea or soup or pesto) Jack by the Hedge, Watercress, Wild Garlic. 

Exercise also increases heat in the body,so if you can walk, run, dance, do yoga or taichi, below are resources of people in my network offering online content.

Hydrate: to flush out the body and help the organs of elimination, liver, kidneys and lungs. 2 litres a day, take with lemon juice to add extra detox effect.

Emotions:  

Fear, anger, hatred all weaken the immine system. Love, joy, laughter strengthen it.

I will be uploading some meditations and guided visualisations in the coming days here which can help to reorientate your emotional body and help you to remember you are loved, safe and protected. Herbs for calm include: Rose, Lemon Balm, Lavender, Linden Blossom, Chamomile, and Honeysuckle. Many of the Herbal Apothecaries (see below)  sell blended tea mixtures if you do not have herbs to hand.

Mind:

Thoughts create emotions which can deplete the immune system. Monitor what you consume mentally and cut out the things that make you fearful and anxious. See below for a template for a healthy day taken from the monks of Plum Village Thich nhat Hanh

Spirit:

Connect with nature if you can.

Have loving thoughts towards yourself and others.

I plan to do a series of meditations-watch this space

A sacred day

* On waking, thank Spirit for another day. Smile, before you do anything. Make a mental revision of your forthcoming day. Think of ten things to be grateful for. Meditate or take time for some spiritual reading or writing. Drink water.

* do some exercise to re connect with your body and feel how it is this morning, ask your body what it needs now and give it. Drink water.

*eat a simple, nourishing breakfast. Be grateful there is food.

*do your daily work: paid or unpaid, study or practical tasks that need doing in your home and community.

* cook and eat a hearty lunch, your body is your temple, as you choose food to reflect this.

* Have a rest after lunch to read or sleep or daydream

* Do afternoon tasks and reach out to other people however you can.

* before you sleep mentally review your day, give thanks, appreciate and have thoughts about what you might do tomorrow.

more here

Treatment ideas

*isolate: if you feel unwell isolate yourself and say away from people for at least 14 days.

*Remedies:

Eucalytpus steam inhalation

  Doctors from the University of Havana, Cuba, confirmed and demonstrated that COVID -19 does not develop in environments where * 1,8 Epoxy -p Methane * is used, which is the anti-virucidal, antiseptic and bactericidal component of * Eucalyptol * better known as * Eucalyptus * In a series of tests in environments sprayed with hot steam from Eucalyptol, this modified virus did not develop and did not tolerate the virucidal, antiseptic and bactericidal agents of this component, dying completely, this result was also determined by the heat of the steam generated by the steamers, They recommend having Eucalyptus branches in the rooms, or steamers with Eucalyptus oil or branches of this to prevent COVID -19. This is forwarded from a friend's dad who is a Dr. of tropical medicine and who developed MoziGuard which is plant based repellant. Logic is that COVID 19 is lipid enveloped virus and eucalyptol breaks this in related viruses and is now proving promising with this one. Main idea is inhalation rather than ingestion. 

 

Vitamin C

From a verified official statement from Xi'an Jiaotong University Second Hospital (http://2yuan.xjtu.edu.cn)
"High dose vitamin C treatment of new coronary [COVID-19] pneumonia.
"On the afternoon of February 20, 2020, another 4 patients with severe new coronaviral pneumonia recovered from the C10 West Ward of Tongji Hospital In the past 8 patients have been discharged from hospital. . . [H]igh-dose vitamin C achieved good results in clinical applications. We believe that for patients with severe neonatal pneumonia and critically ill patients, vitamin C treatment should be initiated as soon as possible after admission. . .[E]arly application of large doses of vitamin C can have a strong antioxidant effect, reduce inflammatory responses, and improve endothelial function. . . Numerous studies have shown that the dose of vitamin C has a lot to do with the effect of treatment. . . [H]gh-dose vitamin C can not only improve antiviral levels, but more importantly, can prevent and treat acute lung injury (ALI) and acute respiratory distress (ARDS)."

Loosen and Moisten

One of the worst symptoms is thick, sticky mucus in the lungs. Therefore lung remedies which moisten and loosen as well as disinfect could help.

Steam baths are great, a few drops of essential oil in a basin of boiling water, cover your head with a towel and inhale for as long as you can.

Chest rubs: mix any oil: olive, coconut, sunflower etc. with essential oil. Pour a little in the palm of your hand and drop 3 or 4 drops of essentail oil into the oil. Rub your hands together and then rub on the chest, front, back and sides, cover with a cotton teeshirt. You can place a hot waterbottle over the chest, wrapped in a towel to increase the absorption of the oil.

Cough mix

my favourite is Liquorice and Thyme, which I make myself with liquorice root (suppliers below) and fresh thyme, dried will do too, if you dont have thyme rosemary works. (see below for recipe)

30g or 10 Liquorice root

30g bunch of fresh thyme

500ml water

*add the  the liquorice to the cold water, slowly bring to the boil and simmer until the liquid has been reduced by half.

Add the thyme and simmer for another 10 minutes with the lid on.

Leave overnight.

Next day bring to the boil again, simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and measure the liquid. 

Add equal quantities of dark brown sugar or honey to the liquid: i.e if you have 200ml of liquid add 200g of sugar.

Return to the saucepan and slowly melt the sugar.

Pour into clean bottles which have been sterilised with boiling water.

Dose: 1-2 dessertspoons 3-4 x daily.

NB in prolonged use liquorice can raise blood pressure so avoid if you have heart complaints or high blood pressure.


FIRE CIDER-after Rosemary Gladstar

In a large Kilner jar mix

100g fresh ginger grated

1 garlic bulb (peeled cloves)

100g fresh horseraddish root grated

50g turmeric root grated

2 hot chilli de-seeded and chopped

a handful of fresh nettle leaves chopped

1 desertspoon of black peppercorns crushed


pack everything down and cover completely with cider vinegar.

Put in a dark place and shake everyday for 3 weeks.

Strain and add honey to make it palatable.

Take 1 tablespoon daily, neat or diluted in water.

you can use a bit before 3 weeks just take a spoonsul out of the jar and mix with honey.

If you don't have all the ingredients mix and match with onions, different kinds of chilli and other spices.



Suppliers

Many Herbalists and Herbal Apothecaries are still doing mail order business, please support them as these are tough times for the self employed.

 

You can buy mixed tea blends, essential oils and sometimes floral waters or tinctures. There are many more Herbalists who do retail and see patients remotely. To find a qualifed practitioner near to you contact NIMH


Soap-handmade here

Cayleys Apothecary here

D.Atkinson here

Brighton Apothecary here

Baldwins (temporariy closed for mail order) here

Also Solidarity Apothecary is making an online resource for Herbalist Mutual Aid for people seeking support and listing herbalists as community herbal projects- the list is new so keep checking for your area, contact them here 

Blogs and thoughts on the virus, medical and political

A political perspective on the virus from award winning journalist Johnathan Cook: here

French Medical Anthropologist Jean-Dominique Michel Msc writes on the differing outcomes and the need for testing here

Well informed blog on cytokine storms and Elderberry (spoiler: it doesn't cause them) here


Slightly more contraversial blog from Professor John Oxford, head of SAG whose personal opinion is that 

' I would say the best advice is to spend less time watching TV news which  is sensational and not very good. Personally, I view this Covid  outbreak as akin to a bad winter influenza epidemic. In this case we  have had 8000 deaths this last year in the ‘at risk’ groups viz over 65%  people with heart disease etc. I do not feel this current Covid will  exceed this number. We are suffering from a media epidemic! ' full article here

Online courses

Again, please support these sole traders and small studios who are beginning to do online video content.


Yoga

Mel Skinner offers free yoga Nidra meditaitons here

Central Wellness details here

Mel love  details here

Indaba Yoga studio details here

Tai Chi

White crane online here

Astrology & Tarot

Joanna Waters runs online courses in both Astrology & Tarot see here

Avril Price is doing online readings here


Personal development


Ruth Tilly offers shamanic healing and moon groups  here

Doug Buckinham offers online Gong baths, crystal meditations here 

The Psychedelic Society has online offerings a newsletter here



Herbal

Herbalist Vivienne Campbell is running free webinars on Herbal Medicine here

Foraging: Robin Harford has online material about using wild plants for food safely here

Grass Roots Remedies has a year long online course on wild food and medicine here


Divine Business Groups

Fiona Morris has online meet ups of 

Divine Business entrepreneurs details here


Gardening

If you are lucky to have an outdoor space or even a window box garden centres can send out seelings.

garden centres: (just a few I have come across, support your local business if there is one)

Hooksgreen herbs here

Kitchen Garden PLant Centre here

Urban Herbs here

The Cottage Herbary here

The Herb Society has lots of information about herbal medicine and herb growing join here

Hackney Herbal is doing some online videos about gardening detail on instagram they also sell teas Here

Fun things to do

Studies online:

City Lit is offereing its massive range of adult ed class online next term, so you can be anywhere and enrol, details here

Music

Music Students from the popular music degree at Goldsmiths University of London have given me some links if you want to listen to some cutting edge-famous in the future music.

Ferrand here

Adela here