I’m writing this on day 12 of my self quarantine. In many ways it has been a blessing. I’ve wondered how many of us have been praying for a break.  I sometimes tell my clients that a healthy lifestyle takes time. I have put aside doing things for myself in the past, even though I am a cancer survivor and still dealing with that in my body. Things like juicing, saunas, healing baths, meditation and prayer, exercise, yoga, healthy meals, making medicine, planting the garden – they all take time.

Well, for right now we have time! I’d like to share some things I’ve been doing since this whole social distancing started. Right when it began, I was at the end of the second cold of this winter. Having a 17 month old grandson can be joyful but also challenging for your immune system.  I had pneumonia many years ago and even though I’ve never had a repeat or bronchitis I can feel my lungs when I get a cold, if it lingers. These recent events have challenged me to get my lungs back in health.

The first thing I’ve been doing is taking Lomatium for lungs.  I’m including some information about this powerful substance below.  I’ve always loved tinctures for healing. They are so simple and go right into the bloodstream. A simple way to take them is to put a little water or juice in your mouth then use the dropper to take the tincture.

If you have access to a sauna, it could be helpful. You can get portable ones on eBay for about $200. Infrared saunas in particular are a great way to detox from a cellular level.

Juicing is another great thing to do for your immune system.  A great book I’ve read is Juicing for Life by Sherry Colburn and Maureen Keenan. It is a great resource. Here are some juices to consider: pineapple is effective for sore throats, kale juice is high in vitamin C, garlic is an effective antibacterial, apples and apple juice have antiviral properties. and ginger and parsley are good sources of zinc. Vegetable juices tend to be more beneficial than fruit juices as sugars depress the immune system limiting its ability to kick bacteria and viruses. In addition, sugar and vitamin C compete for entry into white blood cells.

Another tool I use for healing are detox baths. Ginger baths during a cold are helpful. Try 3 cups of epsom salts, 2 cups baking soda, and 1 to 2 tablespoons of ginger. Soak for 20 minutes while drinking ginger tea.

I’ve been doing a lot of sinus steams to keep my lungs and sinuses clear. I’ve been using Olbas Oil in my steam. Because my cold affected my sinuses, as well as my lungs, I’ve made a nasal rinse. It was strong but effective. 

I hope that what I’ve been doing for my own health will inspire you to take some of the time that we’ve been gifted to do something for yours. As always, I love connecting with each of you if you have questions or other ideas. Now, more than ever, it is important to stay connected with the people that we care about, even if just virtually!

Lomatium Information

Lomatium has been used for centuries by Native Americans and settlers of the Great Basin region.  It has many benefits, but it’s most notable is against viral respiratory infections. Lomatium’s aromatic resins act as an expectorant.  Some of the fractions are exhaled as gases, while others are excreted in the bronchial mucus which aids in cleansing of the lungs and minimizing bronchial microbes.  It has also been shown to limit the replication of viruses and shorten the duration of viral infections.  It is expected to be a mild immune stimulant.  It can be helpful for head colds and shortening influenza viral infections.  

Herbs to combine with Lomatium for boosted benefit:

A Diaphoretic:

  • Wild Ginger
  • European Pennyroyal
  • Elder

A Liver/Bile Secretion Stimulant:

  • Dandelion

A Respiratory Mucus Stimulant:

  • Balsam Root
  • Grindella
  • Osha

Cassandra Orjala offers 30 years of experience in colonics and natural health in the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho region.