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Covid-19

Covid-19

Here are our suggestions for staying well. Covid-19 is new, and we don't really know what to expect. The most important thing is to avoid getting ill in the first place. There are simple things we can all do which will help.

1) PREVENTION

Don't panic!

It's bad for your immune system, and won't help in any way

Remember to breathe!

Drink chamomile tea

Flower essences can be really helpful. Use Five Flower Essence or Rescue Remedy or other emergency essences if you have them, or try these excellent essences made by our friend Saskia (she also does alcohol-free essences): https://www.saskiasfloweressences.com/

Follow the official advice of:

Physical distancing from other people

Washing hands frequently with soap and warm water

Avoid touching your face with your hands

How long does the virus survive on surfaces?

Virus are alive, but can only reproduce in a host – they basically hijack your DNA to replicate themselves. They have a limited life span outside a host body. Research has shown that Covid-19 dies after a few hours if airborne, but that it can survive much longer on various surfaces. It can survive for the longest time on plastic and on stainless steel, up to 3 days. Clean these with soap and warm water.

Ensure you are getting plenty of:

Sleep – this is really important

Fresh air – open windows if you can't go out

Exercise

Vitamin D (sunshine, mushrooms etc)

Vitamin C (fruit and vegetables)

Zinc (pumpkin seeds, etc)

Omega 3 fatty acids (flax seed, chia seed, salmon, walnuts etc)

Garlic and onions

Fruit and vegetables

Keep warm:

Elevate body temperature through exercise

Avoid getting chilled

If you do get cold, warm up in a hot bath, by exercising, or go to bed with a hot water bottle or heating pad

Use a sauna, hot tub, sweat lodge or other heat source (hot bath) to raise body temperature

Foods to avoid:

Sugar and other highly processed foods

Wheat (increases inflammation)

Dairy products (mucus-forming)

Any known food allergens or intolerances

Big meals and heavy foods, such as red meat

Do things that make you feel good:

Find ways to relax, and do something creative that you enjoy. If you have access to green spaces, walk and enjoy the spring flowers. Garden. If you can't leave your house, try an online yoga class, or get creative with your cooking. Play music, dance.

Meditate.

Herbs that help prevent infection:

This is a time when kitchen medicine really comes into its own, as we should all have access to food, including herbs and spices.

From your pantry or the greengrocers:

Black pepper

Cardamom

Chillies

Cinnamon

Chives

Clove

Garlic

Ginger

Horseradish

Leek

Lemon

Mushrooms

Onion

Oregano and marjoram

Rosemary

Spring onions

Star anise

Thyme


In addition, there are many wild plants growing freely around us that are helpful, so if you have access to a garden or some green space where you can pick these plants, they are free medicine (and food!). This is also where edible weeds come into their own – it might be too early in the spring for many vegetables to be ready for harvest, but weeds are growing strongly now and are full of nutrients.

From your garden or the wild:

Calendula

Honeysuckle flowers

Lemon balm

Nettles

Ramsons (wild garlic)

Rose flowers

Selfheal

St John's wort

Three-cornered leek

Yarrow

Making a herb tea is the simplest way to use these plants as medicine. Of course, you could make tinctures, glycerites and oxymels if you are used to making these things. Dosage would be 1 teaspoonful two or three times a day. They can also be used if you do become ill - just increase the dosage at the first sign of feeling unwell, to about 5 times a day.

We have posted a recipe for thieves' vinegar on the recipes page of this website, and will also be posting other useful recipes over the next few days: http://www.hedgerowmedicine.com/recipes/list

Posted 26 Mar 2020