In the first part of this series published last Thursday, some possible causes of Sinusitis, mucus discharge and systemic candidiasis were explored. A Mayo Clinic study which implicated systemic candidiasis provided an interesting footnote. So did the study and a book authored by four medical doctors which offered a Shark Liver oil cure for the common cold and flu, possible causes of the condition. The second part of this series enlarges the probe…

 Until about 10 years ago when my immune system was probably able to better cope with the common cold virus next door, my best bet against an infection was to keep a safe distance from a sufferer. In those days, as even now, I was not wanting in simple home remedies against the malaise. I call the common cold and all ailments, which travel in its train a malaise because they literally knock you out of circulation. As your nose is blocked, your head aches. You cannot sleep, day or night. I hate to breathe through the mouth, for it may compound issues, as dust and germs, unfiltered from the inhalation, cause other unforeseen troubles. Above all, an infected person may become a social leper even at home. Your cup, like your cutlery and palates, are separated. You cannot shake hands, lest your palms had been infected by droplets of the germs while you were coughing or sneezing or blowing your nose. You have been told by your doctor there’s no anti-biotic against the common cold virus which, then, must run its cycle for, maybe, a few days or one whole week! What a dreary life you must live while waiting that long in these circumstances for the awful train to pass the rail crossing. These days, if one comes down with about three knock – downs in one year, one doctor is likely to advise an HIV text! So, again, it all boils down to a healthy immune function. As the Mayo Clinic has drawn a link between sinusitis (infection and inflammation of the sinuses) and candida albicans, a member of the yeast family and a fungus, a long – term solution of this malaise is the building of a healthy immune system. In the interim, that is in the short term we must chase the fox away before we rebuke the chicken for standing in harm’s way.

Home Remedies

 I probably didn’t pay much attention to these matters in my mid – twenties until a dripping nose threatened to separate me from what then, and now, I considered to be the most important event in my life. For three days, I was to be in a gathering where the wearing of clothes with bright colours or a heavy perfume or a woman whose dress fell short of the midline of the lower limb while she was sited or knocking shoes was considered distractive of the focus of one’s neighbour, what would you say of a neighbour coughing, sneezing and blowing the nose every other minute? In today’s  culture of perverted Christianity, we would say “the Devil is a liar”, as we arm up with prayers to chase away the monster. But aren’t we the trouble and not Lucifer? For Lucifer can block our path only if we fail to exercise our free will and chase Him away. The Lord taught us that in His temptation on the minaret of the temple allegorically rendered in the Bible story. Luckily for me, I had a brochure of NATURE’S WAY, a giant producer of food supplements in the United State then and now. It was represented in Nigeria by a company called DUMEC and I sold its products. The one I found immediately relevant to my condition was GARLICIN, a garlic supplement extract formula from Dr. Christopher. Someday, I will speak about Dr. Christopher’s formulas. Garlicin came in the form of garlic perles.

I took two perles with water every four hours, and, in two days, my dripping nose was dry and the cough was gone. Ever since, I have not failed to fall back on garlic after an exposure to the common cold virus, or to any – one who coughed or sneezed or exhibited the familiar breathe of a cold virus infection. I do not tolerate raw garlic on empty month. It rumbles my stomach immediately. I chew it on a morsel of food or on a chocolate bar, if I am not having a meal and feel the need to aid the digestive system. Garlic, like Thyme with which it is combined in some food supplements is a respiratory herb. When the oil is rubbed on the buttom of the foot of a baby, who cannot tolerate it orally, the smell soon appears in the breath as a testimornal that it is at work in the lungs and in the sinuses. If the Egyptians gave garlic to their Jewish slaves to maximise their slave labour because garlic provides high energy yields, it is possible that this is related to the antiseptic, antibiotic and antiviral powers of this herb, which kills germs and, thus, prevents from micro-organisms from sharing nurture and energy with their human cell hosts which they poison and weaken with toxins. Whoever does not like or tolerate raw garlic may try the adourless garlic perles which some authorities say are less potent, or Kyolic proprietary garlic, an adourless brand aged for about 15 months and said to be about 50 times more potent than natural garlic.

In the market, too, is Garlic essential oil. Essential Oil are very potent and need to be diluted with such oils as olive oil before they can be tolerated on the skin, let alone internally. All that health shop owners need to do if they wish to give their stores the testimonial of health store is to drop one or two drugs of an essential oil on the floor. The store exudes the aroma all day. But they must be careful not to use an essential oil such as that of garlic, which their customers may consider offensive. When I have to give a health talk anywhere, my choice of a perfume is lemon grass oil. It is pleasant and keeps almost everyone I meet asking questions about lemon grass. Some people may find Lavender essential oil interesting. It is a soothing, calming oil good to add to the evening or night bath water. People who suffer from the common cold or flu may add a few drop of Garlic essential oil to hot water in a basin, lower their heads near the basin and cover their head and basin with a cloth so they can inhale the fumes of essential garlic oil evaporating from the hot water.

Another way to use it is to dab a few drops on a handkerchief and place this near the nose so the oil can be inhaled. Or, if it is preferred, the bottle can be carried about and applied near the nose as a sort of inhaler. The most important thing is to disable the virus, thin the mucus, check inflamation and restore say.

There is a role for garlic perles, too, in this therapy. But one had to be extra careful not to let it escape into the nostril, otherwise there may be a Job for the ENT doctor. With the thumble and the index finger, a perle is held in one nostril while the head is tilted backwards. When pressure is applied on the softgel by both fingers from their opposing ends, it breaks, releasing its contents into the nostril.

The second and free nostril is immediately blocked with finger pressure while the garlic oil in the other nostril is inhaled sliffed in. The process is repeated for the untreated nostril. Where garlic oil is not immediately available, Onion juice may be used. A few years ago, I gave this recipe to a young, dutiful woman named YINKA OJO. She was a front desk officer at Zenith Bank branch, Pen Cinema, Agege. She had a cold and was struggling through her chores. She used cotton buds to drop the  juice into her nostrils as advised. And the cold cleared. She was back at her desk the following day.

Some other Nigerian workers would have taken that cold as an opportunity to procure a doctor’s “sick leave” certificate and go off work for about a week, useless to her employers and customers while drawing their pay.

If the infection presents a cough, orange peel or the peel of any other citrus fruit may help. In the peel of orange, there is an oil called limolene. It is anti-microbial and protects the orange from predators. If it is squeezed on skin infections and generously rubbed on them, it may bring a cure. Years ago I had a bottle of it as a gift from someone who traveled abroad. I used it as a demonstration to encourage my friends to stock and use orange peel. If I gave them a gel of it and asked that it be allowed to dissolve in the mouth, they asked me immediately they perceived the taste and the smell if the gel contained orange juice. No it is the oil from the peel of the orange, I would answer.

I do not remember where I learned about orange peel oil. Maybe I got it from Rex Adams’s MIRACLE MEDICINE FOODS. Researchers spoke of anti- histamine content of orange peel oil, which makes it helpful in inflamatory conditions. Not surprisingly, one woman was reported to dry and store orange peel in the refrigerator. She was asthmatic. Any time she sensed an attack was coming up she chewed a few cuttings and shook off the asthma. Any one, who has a juice extractor at home may perfect this therapy by juicing or extracting the oil, diluting it with hot water and sipping the solution.

In the alternative, orange peel may be chopped into fine bits on a chopping board and boiled in water under low heat or added to hot water, cover up and allowed to infuse for about 15 to 30 minute.

According to Dr. Health. MD: “It can perk your appetite, improved digestion, and help to get rid of other abdominal troubles like flatulence, heart burn and vomiting. Being a great expectorant, orange peel powder is use to relief phlegm and clear the respiratory tract, thus alleviating conditions like asthma and cough. Orange peel can effectively lower cholesterol levels. Orange peel contain a flavour known as Hesperidin, which is said to prevent colon cancer and osteoporosis. Consuming the peel also ensures healthy liver functions. Essential oil extracted from orange peel has amazing therapeutic benefits. It helps to uplift your mood and has a calming effect on the nerves. This essential oil is helpful in curing insomnia. Whenever you are feeling stressed, add some dried peels or few drops of essential oil to your bath tub or a bucket of water and bathe with it. Orange peels are a boom for skin, as they posse anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. The dried peels can be powdered and used to scrub and exfoliate skin. It is a great cleanser, helps to cure acne and pus – filled pimples and remove blackheads, dark spots and pigmentation. Boil some peels along with a few cloves or cinnamon they emanate a fragrance that helps to get rid of unwanted odours.”

Orange peel is used in Nigerian as a mosquito repellant by burning it. In Europe, it is used to repel ants and cats.

According to Maura Wolf in lifestrong.com: “When oranges were first cultivated, orange peels were highly valued. People extracted essential oils from the peels to use in medicines and remedies for indigestion and other illnesses. Orange peels are a source of health- promoting carbohydrates. Peels also contain healthy polynethozylated flavones, which are plant pigment compounds present in all citrus fruits. To obtain health benefits, you do not have to eat raw orange peels, but you can add flavourful orange zest to foods and beverages. Using a greater, paring knife, vegetable peeler or citrus zester, make orange zest by shaving off thin slices of orange peel.”

The polymethoxylated flavones in orange peels have cholesterol-lowering properties. In a May 2004‘Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry’  article, Canadian researchers and United States Department of Agriculture reported that isolated compounds from orange and tangerine peels showed promise as a natural alternative for reducing LDL cholesterol without the side effect of mainstream cholesterol drugs. Orange peel and pulp contain Hesperidin, a flavonoid that helps lower cholesterol and triglycerides. Orange peel is also a source of pectin, a natural fiber that helps reduce cholesterol levels “The phytonutrient called LIMONEN is found in the oil of citrus peel fruits. Oranges, mandarins, lemons and limes contain large amounts of limonene… an anti-carcinogen… in their peels. Limonene activates the body’s antioxidants detoxification enzyme system and this limits the ability of cancer cells to grow. Citric acid helps starve cancer cells by cutting off their energy supply.

People in the Mediterranean Region have lower rates of certain types of cancers, and the main reason for this seems to be their diet which includes the regular consumption of citrus peel, which is used in fish, chicken, lamb and desert recipes. Hesperidin is a potent flavonoid in citrus fruits that is most abundant in the peel of the orange. Hesperidin suppresses pre-cancerous lesions and may inhibit certain cancers, including breast cancer and colon cancer.

“Orange peel is a very good source of pectin, which is a natural fiber that can decrease the rise in blood sugar that may occur after a meal. This can make it helpful for people, who must watch their blood sugar. Pectin can also help diminish an over active appetite, which may lead to unwanted weight gain. The pectin in orange peel as a prebiotic and encourages the growth of beneficial probiotic bacteria in the intestine. Orange peel is very rich in fiber, which helps regulate your gastro-intestinal tract. Before it was scientifically confirmed, the peel of different varieties of oranges was believed to have medicinal value. Various cultures throughout history used it for digestive problems, stomachache, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea and as anti-spasmodic. Many researchers are coming up with evidence- based suggestions about several benefits of orange peel to health. Some of these include its use for headache, anxiety, mood swings, depression, prostate enlargement, and so on. What emerging information about orange peel benefits for health boils down to is that we humans are stupid and  “perish in ignorance.”

Our bodies, inherited from our forefathers, co- evolved with plants, fruits and vegetables which they ate for nurture and health. We have or are discarding plants, fruits and vegetables in preference for man-made foods, thereby disturbing the genetic evolution trajectories of our bodies and creating disease

Sinusitis, mucus discharge and systemic candidiasis, which have been linked to this and other diseases, can, therefore, be seen as curable through a detoxification of not only the sinus cavities, but of the entire system, rehabilitation and strengthening of the immune system.

Let us, therefore, today thank the Lord, Creator and ruler of all the Worlds, for the great gift of garlic, onion, oranges and orange peel, and other wonderful herbs and vegetables meant to safeguard our health but which we have ignorantly and stupidly forsaken. Aren’t we stupid, indeed, when, after sucking an orange, we throw away the pulp and the peel as waste, and a goat picks it up and eats it to the delight of its health and mother nature who, standing in the Will of the Almighty Creator, provided them not only for animals but us humans as well.