This is my favourite natural remedy during cold and flu season.

Oil of Oregano is a definite ‘keep on hand’ for your home care and first aid kit.

Here is a way to use it as an effective protective mask which looks a lot more friendly than the ‘bandito’ look. It also bypasses the taste buds!

The 24 rule applies

Anything you do in the first 24 hours after the FIRST onset of symptoms will nip misery in the bud. Past the initial 24 hours and everything just settles in. Bad news! So you can be sick for a day and do some serious proactive healing, or ignore everything and be sick for a week.

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Health Begins in the Kitchen

In point of fact, many of the culinary herbs and spices that we use on a daily basis have anti-microbial benefits. Herbs such as thyme, rosemary, basil, cilantro, and lavender, all have infection fighting qualities.

Turmeric, often used in the making of pickles, is the best anti-inflammatory, natural or otherwise. Cloves discourage parasites, as does Cumin and Coriander seed. Parsley cleans the blood, ginger, peppermint and black pepper aids digestion and chilies increase circulation.

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A Natural Recipe for Defense Against Air-borne germs

I travel with a natural throat spray in my purse. (Natural Factors and Organika make good throat sprays that contain bee propolis, echinacea, slippery elm and other herbs).

Oil of Oregano is a lot more potent as an antiseptic than anything else I know. I used to add about 10 drops of my Oil of Oregano to the purchased throat spray and then spray this brew into the back of my throat. This is a fabulous protective measure when the masses are sniffling and sneezing.

Once, when I was on an out of country holiday I ran out of my throat spray. My throat was feeling a little scratchy and I was going to travel though airports to get home.

Yikes! What to do!

My son-in-law had some vodka on hand, and my daughter had some oil of oregano. I re-filled the spray bottle with the vodka and added the oil. Whew, saved.

When I got back home I had used most of this concoction up. I found a little spiced rum in the back of my cupboard and thought ‘why not’, it’s food grade alcohol.

Eureka moment !

The spice of the rum cancels out the ‘gaah’ of the oil of oregano. All that is left is kind of a vanilla under taste.

I have heard through the grapevine that Sailor Jerry’s is the best rum. I can’t say, I don’t drink rum. I use Captain Morgan’s because I can buy it in small bottles for medicinal purposes.

Read on and I will share my ‘Strange Brew’ recipe.


Buy a 30 ml spray bottle. Fill it 9/10 full with spiced rum. Add 10 to 15 drops of oil of oregano.

Shake well before you use it. Open the hatch and spray it far back into the back of your throat. One or 2 sprays should be enough.

Rather than take oil of oregano by gel capsule I spray about 4 or 5 pumps into the back of my throat and then swallow it slowly. This allows me to take OOO internally without the ‘gaah’ factor.

You can buy a throat spray and add oil of oregano to it, or you can start with spiced rum and add in the oil of oregano along with other herbs that you like.

Give this strange brew a try. Do you have a strange brew that works faithfully for you? I’d love to know. Please leave a comment below.

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Bio PicNelda McEwen has been practicing as a Medical Intuitive in SW Ontario for over 25 years; counselling individuals and families, as well as offering her signature ICH training to other Medical Intuitives in the health field. Nelda’s professional research has been acknowledged and published in the Professional Kinesiology Practitioners Manual. The PKP program is recognized through the International Kinesiology College of Zurich Switzerland.