PROTECTING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM-THE SHAMAN'S WAY
PROTECTING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM-THE SHAMAN’S WAY©
Norman W. Wilson, PhD
Much is being said these days about the immune system. Special video programs and Internet articles are more than plentiful. Most, if not all, advises us to be sure and eat a good quantity of fresh vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, and fish. If you are primarily a meat eater it is strongly suggested that it be lean. Oh yes, let’s not leave out the vitamins to help boost your immune system.
Boost your immune system? Not so fast. According to Dr. Suzanne Cassel of Cedars-Sinai, the “concept of boosting your immune system is inaccurate.” Dr. Cassel, an immunologist, also has stated, “You actually don’t want your immune system to be stronger, you want it to be balanced.”
What is a shaman’s suggested way of helping your immune system to be healthy? Of course, first on the list is eating healthy. Here again, Dr. Cassel’s advice about balance is right on. Include fresh greens, tomatoes, fruits, beans, and protein. Being sensible is an excellent modus operandi. One cautionary note frequently noted is to be aware of your sugar intake. Moderation works well.
As a shamanic healer I recommend, and with your physician’s approval, Vitamin B6, definitely Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. Vitamin B12, and Folic Acid are said to be helpful. Add fresh garlic, Turmeric, Echinacea, licorice root, cat’s claw, Elderberry, Calendula, dried Oregano, Ginseng, and Reishi Mushrooms.
Being a long-time user of essential oils I suggest using Frankincense, Tea Tree, Lavender, and Eucalyptus. Apply two drops of Frankincense to your wrist and gently rub it in for a few seconds. It only takes 20 seconds for the oil to get into your bloodstream and 20 minutes to get through your body. Do this after you shower. Tea Tree is a mild oil and like Frankincense a couple of drops works. Apply it to the bottom of a foot. Eucalyptus is an excellent oil for use in a diffuser.
Blending two or three essential oils creates a stronger approach to help your immune system; for example, blend a few drops of lavender and Eucalyptus with Tea Tree in a diffuser.
Teas are also an excellent way to bring vibrant help to your immune system. Here is the recipe for a power-laden tea. Have a cup with your breakfast or an hour before going to bed.
¼ teaspoon of astragalus
¼ teaspoon of angelica root
¼ teaspoon of ginger
Blend these in a cup. Add 1 teaspoon of raw honey. Add one cup of boiling water. Let it steep for five to eight minutes. To knock it up a notch you may want to add 2 teaspoons of orange peel or 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.
For more tea recipes consider Teas, Soups & Salads Healing Recipes for Supportive Medicines.
I buy my pure essential oils from Z’s Remedies.
Photo by Suzanne V Wilson Photography
©Norman W. Wilson, PhD. 2020