Right now is the middle of the shit winter season here in Canada. Lately the winter has been weird with huge swings in temperatures. Last week, we had the polar vortex and temperatures were around -35*C (-31*F), the weekend had a record high of 11*C (51*F) and in a few days, it’s going to be well below freezing again. It is such a drain and prime time for gross snotty noses, people who sneeze in the open like assholes and other germs. Plus I work in an office with a bunch of people who don’t wear any shoes, so who knows what they’re tracking in. I like to protect myself with this wellness shot.
If you think this post is about vodka shots, you know me well but you’d be wrong in this instance. Although, I do like to do those to “disinfect” myself if I’ve come into contact with sickies, suspicious meat, or if I’m DTP (down to party). But for this blog, I’m actually referring my “go to wintertime tonic” if I’m sick or trying to prevent sickness which is oregano oil and echinacea.
What’s oregano oil and echinacea you might ask? Pfff, have you been living under a rock of commercial medicines? Have you not read about it in the weekly GOOP newsletter? JK – I hate that site. Oregano oil is the oil of that herb (no, not *that* kind of herb, but like an actual herb) and echinacea is from some flower, I don’t know. I’m not a horticulturalist.
So what’s the deal with the wellness shot? Is it snake oil? No dummy, it’s not. I literally just said it’s oregano oil and echinacea. Geez.
Oregano oil is antimicrobial and an antioxidant and can help with a bunch of ailments. If you’re interested in the details, look it up online because I can’t spoon feed you every little detail. Plus I’m not a doctor so I don’t want to tell you what it does and doesn’t do. Echinacea is used to fight a bunch of different infections. Both of these are sold as cold and flu remedies in pharmacies, so it’s not just me being some fake naturopath.
In the words of my brother-in-law, here’s what I know, I’ve been taking echinacea since I was a kid and maybe I’ve had a runny nose here and there, but I was never very sick. Once I got some crazy sickness from this exact brother-in-law and his family from Disney World where you basically violently barf and shit your pants. But I looked it up online and apparently it’s from kids shitting in the water park. Hideous, I know. They just got back from another trip…hope they didn’t bring us back another gift like swine flu or ebola.
Polish Ola Wellness Shot
Take a shot glass and pour in some water. Add a few drops of each oregano oil and echinacea. Toss it back. Sometimes I take it in the morning and at night, sometimes to be preventative, I take it once a week. Depends how I feel, so do whatever works for you if you want or don’t. Whatever, I don’t care, just don’t sneeze on me.