I hope you had a wonderful holiday. I could not have asked for a nicer Thanksgiving, with family flying in and just leaving this morning. I needed some decompression time after the press tour, and today I finally feel like I am starting to adjust to being back to a schedule.

I’ve been noticing a lot of people around are starting to get colds and have stuffy noses. It is that time of year! The bitter cold is starting to set in. Even here in LA the nights are freezing.

Instead of automatically calling your doctor up from some antibiotics or popping some cold meds, we can and should try some natural remedies. Of course, the body will naturally heal itself if we provide it with the optimum conditions it needs: lots of water, rest, fresh, clean air and easily digestible, enzyme, mineral and vitamin-filled foods.

But sometimes we all want a boost to help accelerate the healing process. We’ve all heard about Vitamin C  boosting immunity, but there is another natural healing remedy we might try: grapefruit seed extract. What is it exactly? It is a solution made from the seeds of grapefruits, that also contains the pulp and white inner membranes of the grapefruit. It is available in liquid and power form- though I prefer the liquid. Its many applications include internal and external uses. I never heard of its uses being mentioned in Chinese or Ayurvedic teachings, but is a “newer” remedy promoted a few decades ago by Yugoslavian physicist Dr. Jacob Harich, who moved to Florida and studied the benefits of grapefruits there.

Grapefruit seed extract is generally credited with being able to kill over 800 types of bacteria and viruses, and fight fungi and parasites.  You can gargle with a few drops of it diluted into water to help alleviate a sore throat condition, and it may also be helpful in treating bad breath, plaque, athlete’s foot or other toe fungi, insect bites/stings, colds and flu, even gastric ulcers. It has been used as a natural antibiotic, and the body does not build up a resistance to it over time (the way we do to the synthetic drugs!!).

Besides these functions, grapefruit seed extract contains several antioxidants, which help protect the body against free radicals. It assists with the body’s cholesterol levels – increasing the healthy type of cholesterol (HDL) and reducing the bad LDL cholesterol. Grapefruit seed extract is found in some hair products and has been credited with helping to strengthen the hair. We can benefit our furry friends- our beloved pets!- as well with it, by adding a few drops to water to help with bacterial infections or topically over injuries.

GSE (sorry I’m tired of writing it out 50 times! 🙂 ) makes for a great natural cleaner and disinfectant. You can make a cleaning solution with it made up of 90 percent water and 10% GSE. I’m pretty sensitive to the general atmosphere of a room and people’s energy, so if I need to clear out anyone’s energy in any sense  (Germy, coughing, flu, cold, low or bad energy, etc.) who has been in my home, I always burn sage, then spray the 90-10 GSE water solution  out of a spray jar in a mist as a room spray. Of course I do that when they leave and don’t see what I’m doing. 🙂

The only word of precaution is that before planning to ingest it in any way, be sure to check with your doctor because it can interact and interfere with many medications. Remember that it is very concentrated!

Have a wonderful week!!

I send my love.

Kimberly

New York Times Bestseller and Nutritionist