AP News: “Just when the U.S. appears on the verge of rolling out a COVID-19 vaccine, the numbers have become gloomier than ever: Over 3,000 American deaths in a single day, more than on D-Day or 9/11. One million new cases in the span of five days. More than 106,000 people in the hospital.”

I wonder if there are any herbs that could at least stem the tide.  I recall that Garlic was mentioned as an antibiotic after the Anthrax scare in the events surrounding September 11, 2001.  

The concern was that America’s antibiotic stockpile was too low if “crop duster” light airplanes were to spread these spores over American cities.  Local supplies at hospitals would have been quickly overwhelmed with demand for their antibiotics.  It could be a moot point anyway, as going outside to get the antibiotics might be too dangerous.

This was around the time that the public got the “duct tape and plastic sheeting” warning.  Some government agency also recommended that the public stock up on Garlic as an antibiotic.  (I can’t find an original source document on this, although I have looked.  If anyone finds it, please share it).  

I thought it was a good idea and I bought some Garlic.  Over the years when I’d get a cold or flu I’d take it.  It really seemed to help.  Later on, I learned about Echinacea, and that’s something I’ve always kept in the “medicine cabinet” as well.  

When “America’s Frontline Doctors” assembled on the steps of the Supreme Court and announced that hydroxychloroquine was a cure for COVID-19, I wondered if it was a product available to the public.  

I couldn’t find the product for sale, but the bark of the Cinchona tree, from which hydroxychloroquine is derived, is cheap and readily available on Ebay.  I ordered some of it. I have thankfully not had reason to use it.  Cinchona bark (or Quinine as a refined form of the bark is called) can have some bad side effects. 

Cinchona Bark

A big controversy erupted in the press about hydroxychloroquine.  The FDA, which had previously granted an Emergency Use Authorization for hydroxychloroquine, revoked this authorization.  

The FDA said that part of the reason they had revoked the EUA was that artemesins were about as good as treating fever symptoms as hydroxychloroquine, but they have less bad side effects.  (I can’t find this document either although I read it not too long ago).    

Artemesins are derived from Artemisia, otherwise known as Wormwood.  You can buy the seeds on Ebay. 

Artemisia absinthium (Wormwood)

I don’t know what it takes to call something a “cure” or a “vaccine” against a virus like COVID-19.  As the death toll increases steadily as we patiently wait for a cure, it just seems that herbal remedies could have perhaps made a difference, and still could, and I question the FDA and DHS for their lack of guidance on this point.