- Dragon's Blood has been shown to be effective against Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) A&B, Parainfluenza Types 1 & 3, Influenza A, Influenza B in clinical tests. Reduces symptom intensity and duration.
- method: 3-4 drops in warm water, gargle and swallow, 2-3 times a day but especially before bed.
It's the start of winter here in the Southern Hemisphere and that means cold and flu season. Everyone knows there are common sense approaches to avoid the flu: reduce your contact with people, wash your hands, eat healthy foods that boost your immune system and balance your day with exercise and rest. Whole plant remedies can also be our allies during this time.
Dragon's Blood has been clinically tested and found effective against Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) A&B, Parainfluenza Types 1 & 3, Influenza A, Influenza B. These studies show that the phytochemicals in Dragon's Blood work in combination to bind to the viral envelope, resulting in the inhibition of viral attachment and penetration of the plasma membrane. This means it disrupts the virus in your system before it can invade and multiply in the tissues in your body. Dragon's Blood has also been shown to be a immunostimulant so it will give your body a boost if you're trying to fight something off. Forest communities in the amazon have been using Dragon's Blood or Sangre de Grado for generations for colds and flu.
So what's the best way to use Dragon's Blood as a preventative or to alleviate your symptoms? Here's a few easy methods to help you stay healthy or to relieve sore throat, cough, congestion, diarrhea and nausea.
- Put 3-4 drops in a quarter glass of warm water, gargle and swallow 2-3 times a day. Avoid other liquids for 15 minutes. This is a good practice before bed to allow the resin to come in contact with your throat for the longest period of time.
- Put 4-5 drops in a bowl of hot water with an essential oil such as eucalyptus or sage, mix together and do a steam inhalation with a towel over your head and the bowl.
- If you are used to using a neti pot, add one drop of Dragon's Blood to your neti pot along with the pinch of salt and warm water, mix together. Flush sinuses.
Remember if you are unwell, you should always consult a medical professional for proper diagnosis and treatment as these recommendations are not a substitute for qualified care.
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