Updated: Dec 16, 2022
In August of 2021, I thought I had come down with the flu. I have never gotten the flu naturally, only after receiving the flu vaccine, so I thought the flu was just stronger from being a wild strain. Little did I know, it was covid-19. How do I know it was covid-19? Well, my husband's righthand man from work had tested positive for covid-19, this led my husband, who was also sick, to get himself tested, and when he came back positive, I knew I had it too.
You may be wondering what the experience was like, and I'll be frank, it was utterly awful. The flu-like symptoms were so intense, at least 10x worse than the flu, that I genuinely thought I was dying. I felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest, and I am asthmatic, so the respiratory distress was quite unpleasant. The respiratory distress led to intense coughing fits that made it difficult to catch my breath and would often leave me severely nauseous and on the brink of vomiting. What's even crazier to me is the fact that my asthmatic symptoms had been absent for nearly two years before I caught covid-19, yet even after no longer testing positive for covid-19, I have continued to struggle with my lung capacity and overall respiratory health. Then, of course, my O₂ levels weren't the greatest, usually ranging from 92 to 97, and my pulse was pretty elevated, ranging between 115 and 140. Plus, my fever ran between 101°F and 104°F, which came with its own uncomfortable symptoms such as sweating, chills, and body aches. Then there was the horrible never-ending migraine, the chronic fatigue, which took approximately three months to go away, and never-ending diarrhea and the extreme mouth sensitivities due to covid tongue. Not to mention, covid-19 attacks your inflammation markers. As someone with full-body Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), an autoimmune disease. However, despite being ordinarily well-controlled, covid-19 induced some of the worst flares I've ever experienced with this condition in the 15 years I've had this condition. Let's not forget that I lost my sense of taste and smell, which led to food tasting so terrible that I didn't eat for about two weeks and lost approximately 15 pounds during my time with covid-19.
I would also like to note that I took two nebulizer treatments due to the sensation of an elephant sitting on my chest and not having quick access to other alternatives. So realistically, I would say I treated covid-19 at home, 99% naturally, and then the two pharmaceutical nebulizer treatments that were 100% emergency use to prevent a potential hospital visit.
Herbal Remedies I Took & Why (My Protocol)
What Is COVID-19
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Covid-19 is a dangerous disease caused by a virus discovered in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. It is very contagious and has quickly spread around the world. Covid-19 most often causes respiratory symptoms that can feel much like a cold, a flu, or pneumonia, but covid-19 can also harm other parts of the body (1).
According to WebMD, symptoms can start anywhere from 2 to14 days after you’re in contact with the virus and the most common symptoms of covid-19 are:
Fever or chills
A dry cough and shortness of breath
Feeling very tired
Muscle or body aches
A loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
And the more serious symptoms of covid-19 are:
Constant pain or pressure in your chest
Bluish lips or face
Having a hard time staying awake (2)
Of course, we've all heard about how deadly covid-19 is, and that's true for those with underlying health conditions, but for most of humanity, covid-19 is not fatal. It can easily be treated in the comfort of your own home with herbal remedies. Many fail to realize that the death rates surrounding covid-19 have been heavily falsified to create fear for humanity to help push the covid-19 vaccine. For instance, people that were never tested for covid-19 have been added to the covid-19 death toll. Check out the CDC's Guidance for Certifying Deaths Due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (covid-19). On page 2, under Manner of Death, it states:
The manner of death, sometimes referred to as circumstances of death, is also reported on death certificates. Natural deaths are due solely or almost entirely to disease or the aging process. In the case of death due to a covid–19 infection, the manner of death will almost always be natural (3).
Then in their conclusion, they state:
Ideally, testing for covid–19 should be conducted, but it is acceptable to report covid–19 on a death certificate without this confirmation (3).
But that’s not all. Did you know hospitals are paid more for covid-19 deaths? A news article was run by USA Today, fact-checking this claim, and they found it true considering the relief act provision creating a 20% premium or add-on for covid-19 patients on Medicare (4).
With that said, it's essential to understand that the reality of the "pandemic" is that more people died each year in the past years than they did this year and last year here in the United States.
The CDC statistics for 2019 show that 2,854,838 people died, and the leading cause of death was heart disease, with 659,041 deaths (5). Yet last year (2020), the death rate was lower than in 2019, with 2,763,245 deaths, and covid was the cause of 385,248 deaths (6).
I’d say the true pandemic, especially here in the United States, is what people eat because that is directly linked to heart disease. Statistics say that one person dies every 36 seconds from cardiovascular disease (7). Statistics say that one in every four deaths is caused by heart disease (8). In 2017 alone, 365,914 people died from Coronary Heart Disease (9), the most common type of heart disease; that’s nearly as many deaths as covid-19 in 2020, despite the falsified death records. Yet heart disease can easily be prevented with the appropriate diet, but instead, we are worried about a virus with a 97-99.75% survival rate (10).
Of course, that doesn't mean that the upward of 3% of people who become infected with covid-19 and don't survive don't matter. Still, it is essential to understand that the unfortunate 3% of people who may not often survive have underlying health conditions that contribute to their inability to survive the virus. Most of the people who are becoming seriously ill or dying from covid-19 have underlying conditions such as but not limited to:
Chronic Kidney Disease
Chronic Lung Disease
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Interstitial Lung Disease
So, if you're diagnosed with an underlying condition, you can likely, treat covid-19 at home naturally.
Herbal Remedies I Took & Why (My Protocol)
If you're at this section, you're likely struggling with covid and don't have the energy to read in-depth about the benefits of each product I used and found helpful in my recovery. That said, I will share my original protocol graphic, formatted for easy printing. I have a revised covid protocol that was updated in 2022, which can be found here. Just remember, these recommendations are a baseline and can be used more or less frequently depending on independent needs. What worked for me may not be perfect for you, and these recommendations have not been evaluated by the FDA.
I took Earthley's Cough-B-Gone as needed with a minimum of four doses (1 dropper) per day. Earthley's Cough-B-Gone is great for respiratory support thanks to the herb mullein, which loosens and removes excess mucus in the respiratory system while also having anti-inflammatory properties, relaxing muscles and relieving congestion (12). Earthley's Cough-B-Gone also has Fenugreek, which has both antioxidant and antibacterial properties (13), and dandelion, which has many medical benefits, such as being rich in antioxidants and the potential to boost your immune system. To learn more regarding The Benefits of Dandelion, click here.
I took Earthley's Immune-Aid Vitamin C Powder in two doses (1/4 teaspoon), two times per day. Earthley's Immune-Aid Vitamin C Powder is great for the immune system thanks to the orange peel powder, which is high in vitamin C and reduces the risk of disease associated with aging (14). Not to mention, orange peel has nearly 3x more vitamin C than the inner fruit (15). Earthley's Immune-Aid Vitamin C Powder also has camu camu, which is rich in vitamin C (16), and acerola berry powder, which is also high in vitamin C, has antioxidant properties, and anti-aging properties (17). Taking vitamin C is very important when infected with covid-19 because it's a powerful antioxidant with many health benefits:
Reduces your risk of chronic disease
May help manage high blood pressure
May lower your risk of heart disease
May reduce blood uric acid levels and help prevent gout attacks
Helps prevent iron deficiency
Protects your memory and thinking as you age (18)
But even more importantly, vitamin C has been documented to aid covid patients with sepsis making ‘remarkable’ recovery following megadosing (19). In an article titled, Enhancing Immunity in Viral Infections, with Special Emphasis on Covid-19, in the introduction’s first sentience, they said:
Considering the current pandemic of covid-19 where no effective preventive and curative medicine is available, a healthy immune system is one of the most important weapons (20).
Now, think back to when I spoke about underlying health conditions contributing to the death rate of covid-19; vitamin C helps treat most of these underlying conditions (21) and boost immunity (22) to help you fight off such a virus.
I took Earthley's Anti-Inflammatory as needed with a minimum of four double doses (2 droppers) per day. Earthley's Anti-Inflammatory is excellent for inflammation thanks to the cinnamon and orange peel, which both have anti-inflammatory properties (23,24). Earthley's Anti-Inflammatory also has echinacea, which helps with pain relief and boosts the immune system (25), and motherwort, which helps modulate inflammation and can help with pain relief (26). The thing about covid-19 is it attacks inflammation markers (27), which caused a lot of pain for me considering one of my underlying health conditions, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, which is known to cause severe inflammation, which flared massively while I had covid-19. It's also important to keep in mind that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Advil, Motrin, or any other brand of Ibuprofen can make covid-19 symptoms worse
I took Earthley's Feel Better Fast as needed with a minimum of four daily doses (1 dropper). Earthley's Feel Better Fast is great to help keep fevers in a safe range, potentially lowering them and aiding with symptoms associated with the fever. Fever reduction is possible thanks to herbs like elderflower, which provide immune and respiratory support while also helping fight fevers naturally (28). It's important to understand that elderflower doesn't lower the fever but can help it from getting too high or uncomfortable. Earthley's Feel Better Fast also has cinnamon, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties (29), and fennel seed, which soothes upset tummies, gas, bloating, and other digestive distress while also helping to ease congestion and fevers (30). Earthley's Feel Better Fast also contains echinacea, which gently and naturally boosts the immune system (31), and astragalus root, an all-around immune-supporting herb (32). This tincture was a great option to help ease the majority of my flu-like symptoms associated with covid-19.
I took Earthley’s Elderberry Elixir as needed with a minimum of four daily doses (1 dropper). Earthley’s Elderberry Elixir is great for immunity boosting. Elderberry by itself is known for so many health benefits, such as being rich in antioxidants, the potential to improve cold and flu symptoms, and so much more. To learn more regarding The Benefits of Elderberries, click here. Earthley’s Elderberry Elixir also has astragalus root, a general immune booster that just so happens to help protect the body from stress (33), and mullein, which has anti-bacterial and respiratory-supporting properties (34,35). Earthley’s Elderberry Elixir also contains ginger, which can help relieve nausea and fight infections (36), and cloves, which have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, while also providing relief for pain and inflammation and promoting overall wellness (37).
According to the herbalist at Earthley, who just so happens to be one of my friends as well as one of my favorite bloggers from Modern Alternative Mama, Kate Tietje:
Elderberry has been a bit controversial regarding covid-19 since there isn’t much information regarding this topic. Plus, a lot of people had started to run around the internet and say that it definitely or likely will cause a cytokine storm and kill people, and that you shouldn't use or recommend it.
This is based on a few things. First, elderberry, when someone is sick, does increase pro-inflammatory cytokines. It's part of how it boosts the immune system to help your body heal itself. It does not have the same action in healthy people, it's anti-inflammatory and modulating.
Second, from what little we know about covid-19, it heavily impacts the respiratory system, causing respiratory distress and pneumonia, which is what kills people.
People have combined these two facts and have surmised that if a person with covid-19 is given elderberry, that it will increase the cytokines too much, lead to a cytokine storm, and cause death. Therefore, they recommend against it.
But hang on.
Although elderberry increases cytokines, there is no solid evidence that it has ever actually caused a cytokine storm or killed anyone this way. It's just theoretical right now. Some still may not want to take the risk, believing 'better safe than sorry....'
Most of the people who have trouble with elderberry have underlying conditions. Some people with autoimmune conditions feel worse or experience flares when using elderberry. Others actually feel better - there's no blanket recommendation here. Most of the people who are becoming seriously ill or dying from covid-19 have underlying conditions.
It is possible that for someone with underlying conditions, who is already experiencing a lot of chronic inflammation, elderberry could be a tipping point for them and could contribute to a cytokine storm. BUT we have no proof that this has happened yet.
However, the situation for someone with underlying conditions, who is older and fragile, is not the same as someone who is young and healthy. I would advise caution in someone in fragile health (and that is in general) and would use a lot of lung-supporting herbs, like mullein, as well as anti-inflammatory herbs like cinnamon or turmeric.
With young, healthy people, especially using elderberry as a general immune support rather than a remedy, I have no concerns.
With that said, I highly recommend downloading Earthley’s free guide, What You Need to Know About Elderberries, to learn more regarding the benefits of elderberries, who it is safe for, elderberries and autoimmunity, elderberries and cytokine storms, syrup vs. tincture, how to use elderberries and so much more.
If you're interested in downloading Earthley’s free guide, What You Need to Know About Elderberries, click here.
I took Earthley’s Pain Potion as needed with a minimum of four daily doses (1 dropper). Again, this was very beneficial for the pain I was experiencing due to my underlying health condition, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, and covid-19 attacking inflammation markers (27) that produced the massive flares I experienced during my time with covid-19. Earthley’s Pain Potion has meadowsweet, which is a multi-use herb, great for anti-inflammation, pain, and even relieving fevers (38), as well as mullein leaf, which along with being an effective anti-bacterial, can best be used to relax muscles and soothe related pain (39). Earthley’s Pain Potion also contains dandelion root, which is a powerful antioxidant and can also promote healthy blood sugar levels (40), as well as peppermint leaf, which supports liver and lung health, making it easier for your body to absorb and use the natural relief in this tincture (41,42). Last but not least, turmeric is a part of Earthley’s Pain Potion, which is excellent for reducing inflammation and so much more (43). To learn more regarding The Benefits of Turmeric, click here.
I took Earthley's Anxiety Calm Oil (Formula P) in two doses (1 dropper) twice daily. Earthley's Anxiety Calm Oil (Formula P) is a CBD oil formulated with 600 mg of pure-spectrum CBD in a hemp seed oil base for the full medicinal benefits of cannabis without the high. Since Earthley's Anxiety Calm Oil (Formula P) is CBD, it's fantastic for pain, inflammation, sleep, and so much more associated with covid-19 symptoms. To learn more regarding 25 Medicinal Uses For Cannabis, click here.
I highly recommend downloading Earthley’s free guide, What You Need to Know About Cannabinoids, to learn more about what CBD is, the history of cannabis, the benefits of CBD (backed by science), full-spectrum vs. isolate, CBD growing and processing methods, how to read labels, additives, and carrier liquids, synergistic herbs and terpenes, FAQ and more.
If you're interested in downloading Earthley’s free guide, What You Need to Know About Cannabinoids, click here.
I took Earthley’s Sleepy Time four, double doses (2 droppers), four times daily. Earthley’s Sleepy Time helped me sleep it all off and get the rest my body needed thanks to herbs such as catnip, known for benefits such as their potential ability to promote sleep, relieve insomnia, and so much more. To learn more regarding The Benefits of Catnip, click here. Earthley’s Sleepy Time also contains skullcap, which has antibacterial properties, antiviral properties, and anti-inflammatory properties (44), as well as passionflower, which has fantastic calming effects (45).
I took Earthley's Immune-Biotic in two doses (1 dropper) twice daily. Earthley's Immune-Biotic uses immune-supporting herbs to give your body a jump start to fight off germs like echinacea root, which naturally supports the entire immune system (46), and elderflower, which is used for its rich content of antioxidants and benefits in promoting whole-body health (47). Earthley's Immune-Biotic also has astragalus root, a potent antioxidant, a natural inflammation inhibitor (48), and calendula, which is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory (49). Lastly, Earthley's Immune-Biotic contains dandelion root, which is used to balance blood sugar, its anti-bacterial characteristics, and so much more (50). To learn more regarding The Benefits of Dandelion, click here.
I took MaryRuth’s Liquid Ionic Zinc in two half doses (2 droppers) twice daily. MaryRuth’s Liquid Ionic Zinc helped me regain my sense of smell and taste while also helping to boost my immune system. Studies have shown that smell and taste alteration in covid-19 may reflect a zinc deficiency (51). Studies have found that zinc directly affects multiple aspects of the immune system, and zinc deficiency can generate inflammatory cytokines (52).