I am a generally healthy guy. I hardly ever get sick, but when I do feel a bug trying to set-in, here's what works for me.
I have a couple of orange trees which produce good size fruit. In my experience, eating freshly picked fruit is much more preferable than eating fruit that has been picked and transported from a non-local source.
One of the keys to my taking this remedy has to do with:
- I use this remedy immediately when I feel flu-like symptoms such as a slight body-ache, sudden fatigue, slight temperature, or just plain lousy (everyone should be familiar with how his/her body reacts when the a flu begins to set-in).
- I have found it exponentially beneficial to eat the peels along with the oranges, in addition to the oranges used to make the tea.
- Generous rest must be part of your preventing severe flu onset!!! If you think you're getting sick, go to bed early, take it easy, and relax!
- I use raw honey along with the tea that I make. It's awesome.
Here are the simple steps to how I prep my tea.
- 3 quart sauce-pan
- stove-top (or cooking surface to heat the sauce-pan if off grid)
- ~2.5 quarts of drinking water (I use water from my Berkey)
- 6-8 freshly-cut & healthy oranges (slightly bigger than a baseball)
- Raw honey
- Select the biggest oranges with the healthiest looking peels. Great oranges are fragrant and have a wonderful weight. The orange should be firm, with a slight “squeezability” to it.
- I do not tear the orange from it's stem at the tree. I cut a portion of the stem on which it hangs along with a few leaves (about 4-5 inches of the stem). Once you have gathered a healthy amount of oranges, you will need to wash them previous to eating them and using them for the tea.
- Do a good job cleaning the oranges. My orange trees are not sprayed with any pesticides, although some areas and individuals do spray their trees with chemicals. Thankfully, I don't have to worry about that. A great cleaner that I use with other fruit that might have chemicals on them is Environné. Also be sure to wash the leaves (you can leave the stem attached if you like-no pun intended).
- I fill ~2.5 quarts of water into a 3 quart pan with water from my Berkey and bring it to a boil.
- While the water is heating up, I peel 4-5 oranges and retain the peels. We'll place them to boil along with the leaves. A good rule-of-thumb is to use enough orange peels to cover the surface of the water in the pan.
- I then eat the peeled oranges. With another 2 un-peeled oranges, I will eat them whole, peel and all after I wash them.
- Once the water is boiling, I will place the cleaned leaves and peels in the pan and keep the heat on medium to low. You will know that the peels are done when their color has reduced noticeably and the water has a strong orange-tint to it.
- I then pour 2-3 tablespoons of raw honey into a mug and use a measuring cup to transfer the hot water from the pan into the mug. I then stir the mug contents to get a nice mix of the honey and the orange-tea. I let it cool down so it's comfortably warm- my wife likes drinking it when it is scalding hot.
- I then will drink two to three mugs of the tea…then it's off to get some rest!
This remedy has done wonders to help me and my family and friends!
-The Berkey Guy
How wonderful to have fresh oranges!
When I feel like I’m coming down with something, I take echinacea capsules, which contain golden seal, 4,000-6,000 mg.of vitamin C, and perhaps a zinc tablet. The rest is definitely important. There’s no medicine like sleep.
If you don’t have oranges, use two handfuls of orange tree leaves (can be sweet or sour orange tree) or any and all citrus trees or bushes. Simmer the leaves in enough water to cover leaves for at least 50 minutes. Strain, pour some of this tea in cup, add some raw honey to taste. Drink at least 2 to 3 cupfuls in one day. You should feel a lot better by the next day. Also, I take about a 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in water (the most popular brand is supposed to be the purest) everyday to keep my body alkaline. This is ok to do if you feel you may not be getting enough fruit and vegetables every day. However, more fruit and vegetables per day is probably better.
Great observation Helen! Thanks for sharing!
Bahaha… what a joke. So basically, what you said is that whenever you THINK you MIGHT come down with a flu, you drink some tea and assume the tea protected you when you don’t?
Bahahahahahahah! That’s a hoot!
Thanks for the taking the time to comment Karmakaze! I failed to share that I have not had the flu since I began incorporating this practice into my life (over two years now). Previously, I would get a flu twice a year.
It’s one aspect of preventing illness that’s worked for me. It’s worked for others too. Whether the practice is preventive or palliative, it’s supported my staying healthy. Best to you.
You might want to try oil of oregano – but only the kind that are known asP73 (wild mixture)- I advise you to read about it – in books by Dr Cass Ingram. It is truly outstanding.
Thanks Berkey Guy, I love the mind’s eye visual when you can so easily pluck the beautiful oranges [loaded with Vitamin C] off nearby trees. Since I live in the temperate rain forest of the PNW, this is not possible, but because the scientific research confirms how we humans [also gorillas, guinea pigs, fruit bats] do NOT produce our own essential Vitamin C like other creatures do, it is important to routinely eat the citrus fruits and take Vitamin C supplements in order to avoid C’s worst deficiency, scurvy, and stay more well.
Additionally, for the most robust immune system, Vitamin D3 [not D2] is important to supplement with as well. Matter of fact, when the body has enough Vitamin D, there is no need for a flu vaccine because this biologically natural assist is mightily protective against the flu and colds. For years, I have used daily Vitamin C at 1000-2000 mg in split doses [must continually saturate cells since is water soluble and lost in urine] and Vitamin D-3 at 5000-15,000 IU per day. Vitamin D3 can be monitored by a blood test which is important to do annually, primarily because most Americans are sorely deficient in this hormone-like vitamin, even if they live south of the equator or in the lower states. Range-wise, most results fall in the low 30’s when the safest protection can only be achieved with results between 50-80…but not over 100 to avoid toxicity.
As we age, there is less exposure [inside more] and less absorption from [even] full sun through the skin conversion that generates about 25,000 IU of Vitamin D in 20 minutes…which is why sun screen must be applied ‘after’ this initial period or there will be little to no Vit. D production. By slathering too soon, this is part of why there are the steadily increasing cases of Melanoma [skin] cancer. Secondly, the darker the skin [more melanin pigment] the less likely the person will produce adequate or protective Vit. D so the awareness to supplement for them is very important. Adequate body stores of Vitamin D have been clinically found to inhibit certain cancers, like breast, prostate, and colon…yet, rather than to address this [and other] nutritional deficiency for sake of naturally-derived balance or fine tuning of metabolic function, there is too often the rush by modern medicine to further compromise the body with unnecessary or warranted chemicals and treatments.
Lastly, as others have mentioned [thanks to all] the zinc mineral is effective in shortening the time span of ill effects, but caution must be taken to not take higher or therapeutic doses for longer than five  days because this can cause an unsafe imbalance [with deficiency] of copper.
Be well everyone, and thanks again Berkey Guy…I’lll be back. 🙂
hmmm. I think it might be coming for me. I’ll try this and Helen’s suggestion. Thanks! God bless you all.