I have nine daughters. My six sons were outnumbered early on and never really had a chance. Have a look.
That picture was taken about 10 years ago. All of the kids are adults now…mostly married and producing some particularly cute grandbabies.
As you might imagine, my home is regularly full of visiting kids and grandkids. Recently one of my daughters was visiting from Utah. While she was here she started getting sick…really sick. My wife grabbed some tinctures and started giving them to her every couple of hours.
She felt better almost immediately. By the next day all evidence of illness was gone.
So what did Mom do?
She kept giving her tinctures for a couple of days.
This is a scenario I’ve seen countless times in my home as well as in my practices and it illustrates one of the foundational principles of my herbal practice and teaching. To whit, Herbs should be taken Early, Often and After.
Engaging herbal remedies at the earliest signs of illness will have a profoundly superior effect compared to starting them after you’ve been sick for a week. This is particularly true of infectious disease cases or anything involving inflammation.
The next leg of this three-legged stool for healing is to take the herbs Often. Once or twice a day isn’t enough in cases of acute illness. Your immune system needs regular support to function at its best. Taking a dose of herbs every three or four hours will be much more effective than taking them twice or, worse yet, once a day.
So, you took your herbs early in the course of your illness and you took them several times a day and now, a day or two later, you’re feeling better.
Now you take some more herbs.
Taking herbs After you feel better for a few days gives the body the continued support it needs to return to health and helps to prevent a relapse. Once a person is on the mend, I usually back the frequency down to two or three times daily and continue for a few days.
So what herbs did Mom give our daughter? These ones:
The Immunity Support and INFXN-Shoo Floo formulas are part of our Respiratory Preparedness Kit. Chaga is immune stimulating, packed with nutrients and anti-oxidants and, research shows, has some very interesting activity against a number of coronaviruses…so yeah…I like it these days.
Using these herbs Early, Often & After made all the difference in my daughter’s fight against the respiratory bug that was trying to take hold. Understanding and applying this principle is a keystone to successful herbal therapy. Master it, and your success using herbs will increase significantly. Ignore it, and you’ll find that herbs don’t do you as much good as you think you should.