Introduction: Covid-19 Spice/Herb Paper Lozenge (Cheek and Gum Packets)
Thinking about Covid-19 defenses it seemed to me that a person needs to create an inhospitable environment at the point of entry into the body, obviously spices and herbs came to mind and there are about 15 well known immune boosting, anti-viral / anti-bacterial spices and herbs out there and many of them are already in the home. The list of herbs and spices I am employing comes from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/antiviral-he... . They are as follows: Oregano, Sage, Basil, Fennel, Garlic, Lemon Balm, Peppermint, Rosemary, Echinacea, Sambucus, Licorice, Astragalus, Ginger, Ginseng and Dandelion.
If you are not up on what is known about these medicinal plants then you should do some educational reading about them and how they can boost your immunity and possibly damage, inactivate or even kill corona-virus strains while simply breathing. Remember, "THE ONLY THING THAT BEATS COVID-19 AT THIS TIME IS YOUR BODY!". A good amount of exercise, rest and nutrition all benefit our immune systems. Nobody wants Covid-19 and prevention methods are crucial as we try and get back to a normal life instead of wearing masks, shields and gloves while keeping our distance from each other as the norm.
In addition to the 15 plants listed, there are "blood thinning" herbs and spices that I think should be considered in any herbal blend. Also from healthline.com here are the five best: Turmeric, Ginger, Cinnamon, Cayenne Peppers, Vitamin E (irrelevant here). It is known that Covid-19 plays with a persons blood-clotting system. In cases of victims and near death news I have read many of the bodies where riddled with blood clots, shutting down vital organs by starving them for oxygen. Unfortunately this kind of trait appears to be associated with the stronger and more deadly viruses in the world, so keeping the blood flowing well and the organs well oxygenated is important.
Obviously, this not just a simple influenza virus!
If you think that a vaccine to solve everything is coming soon and hopefully it will, consider that no vaccine has ever been developed for HIV, something that arose back in the early/mid 1980's (35 yrs ago) and the Ebola virus vaccine approved in December 2019 for a virus discovered way back in 1976 with it's largest outbreak occurring between 2014 and 2016. That's 43 years or 5 years to develop a vaccine depending on how you look at it, so don't get your hopes up anytime soon, but don't lose hope either. :-) It is always possible.
The idea presented is to maximize your defenses while utilizing and extending your supply of herbs and spices with greater efficiency that quite simply, has been overlooked. Tobacco companies have been using tea bag paper to deliver nicotine into the body of their users for years. This little mouth pouch is exactly what is needed to maximize the benefits of herbs and spices through inhalation, absorption and ingestion of the plants that effectively covers all the bases of the body from the mouth, nose and lungs to the esophagus, stomach and intestines along with direct absorption of the spices and herbs into the blood stream. This type of delivery mechanism greatly reduces the amount of material needed. Using a simple 2" x 3" heat sealable tea bag I will show you the steps I've learned to create (6) 1" x 1" baggies only using about 1/2" x 1/2" herbal blend of your choosing.
So on with the steps:
Step 1: Cutting
Take a bag and fold it long ways to end up with two 1" strips. Cut.
Fold one end of each strip to the center and crease a line. Fold the other end to the crease line and divide the strip into roughly (3) 1" x 1" squares. Cut.
Step 3: Setup for Material
After cutting you have (6) 1" x 1" baggies that you need to seal up leaving an opening. I recommend that before heat sealing the edges you first put a small crease on each side of where the opening will be. This will make it easier to insert a table knife to further expand the opening after ensuring closure of three sides with a hot iron. Try to keep each seal about a 1/4" or a little less.
Step 4: Sealing
Using a hot iron against a cotton base of sorts seal the edges of the bag leaving an opening to insert your material blend. The seal should be no more than a 1/4" .
Step 5: Filling
Using a table knife, insert it into the bag and increase the opening end. Scoop up some herbal blend and fill bag 1/2 to 3/4 full, leaving room for the final seal.
Step 6: Close
Seal up the open end ensuring all four edges are adequately heat sealed with the iron. Make as many as you would like for you and your loved ones.
Step 7: Using
I recommend using these bags twice a day as a best guess. One mid-morning and one-mid evening as a at home defense. You should also consider using a bag when you go out and about around town.
Only you know what you can take and how much. Pay attention to how you feel and don't over do it. They are much stronger than you can imagine, however you will find a bag in your mouth lasts for about 30 minutes to an hour. Discard or put away in a clean sanitized container for later use if the herbs are getting to be to much. Moderation and balance is a key issue in using.
They function pretty much the same way a person is suppose to use nicorette gum. Chewing, in this case lightly tumbling the packet between teeth for more and resting for less. Placing between your cheek and gum are the best rest areas.
That's it... Good Luck!
Step 8: Additionally: Getting More From Your Unsealable Medicinal Tea Bags
I also wanted to demonstrate that you can accomplish the same thing with filled tea bags of choice and the fill your own tea bag paper. It takes a little more material, but not much.
First cut open your tea bag at the fold and empty out the material onto a plate or container. This will leave you with a hollow paper tube approximately 4" in length.
cut the paper into 1" segments.
fold the bottom about halfway up to form a packet. While holding, add the plant material up to about the top of the folds edge trying to achieve even horizontal distribution. Then fold the top down for closure. Gently place the loose bag between your cheek and gum. Leave it there until it becomes wet. When wet, the paper will hold together enough to be moved and worked around your mouth.
As you can see you have plenty of material left from the tea bag and three more packets to go. Store separately or save as a blend of spices and herbs in a handy container.
Again; good luck! (first line defense)... hopefully.
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