Monday, April 13, 2020

How to Make a Lung Inhaler for Optimal Breathing

If you cannot purchase a lung inhaler right now because of supplies being out of stock or you are practicing quarantine, I want to show you how to make your own Himalayan Pink Salt lung inhaler. They are sold on Amazon but have been sold out for quite some time. If you can get your hands on one, they are amazing.

In lieu of the actual inhaler device, you can also use a plastic bottle, like a water bottle, clean and dry. Simply place the course Himalayan Pink salt in the dry, clean bottle and inhale deeply, bringing the salty air into your lungs and hold that air for 5-10 seconds before breathing out and repeat.

"When fine salt particles are inhaled, they will fall on the airway linings and draw water into the airway, thinning the mucus, thus making people feel better," said Dr. Edelman. "Also, these environments are allergen-free and thus good for people with allergies affecting their lungs."

With COVID-19 lining the lungs with a hardened mucus, I think this is a real threat to the virus' lifespan.

Of course, I am not a doctor, and you should run this by your health care professional. In fact, please do so. So that this becomes a source of education for our health care professionals that are seeking anything to fight this virus.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Virus Prevention Anyone Can Do Now

Regardless of where COVID 19 came from, what the story is, or how it has shut down the world, there are preventative measures that one can take immediately that you may not be aware of. I'm just going to get right to the point. Disclaimer: There are affiliate links in this post. When you purchase from one of our links, we are credited a few cents for sharing the information.

1. Increase FIBER intake. When a virus enters the body, one of the first lines of defense in your immune system that it disengages is your intestines. Have you ever noticed that when you are sick with a flu or with a cold, constipation usually accompanies it? Bowel movements are essential to moving toxins, viruses, and harmful bacteria out of the body. If the bowel isn't functioning optimally, a virus will have an increased rate at development and symptoms will begin to arise.

To increase your fiber quickly, my family and I use these Fiber gummies. They taste good and they work. You'll want 2 per day for each member of your family in any flu season, not just the corona virus pandemic.

2. Stay hydrated. Hydration is an essential part of any kind of health preventative measure. For optimal hydration, my family and I use coconut water in our daily smoothie, and we make our own hydration drink to avoid the sugar. (Sugar info coming!)

Here is our Hydration Recipe:

4 Cups of Water
1 Tablespoon of Himalayan Pink Salt
1 Tablespoon of Raw Honey

Bring to a simmer and then let cool to room temperature. You can refrigerate it but we drink ours room temperature. Manuka honey has a lot of healing properties for the gut and would be a great choice for this drink.

3. AVOID Sugar. Sugar, even in small amounts, creates an immune response. If you are a sugar addict, you'll want to decrease your sugar intake slowly, over time. Sugar detox can mimic the flu in itself if done too quickly. Accompany any sugar detox with fresh squeezed lemon water, which will help cleanse the blood and balance pH. (Cauliflower is also a great food to help with sugar detox as it lessens cravings.)

4. Boost Your Immunity with Elderberry. Elderberry has a huge nutritional panel, but even moreso, it has the ability to stop a virus from multiplying. It literally captures the virus and disables it. You can make your own elderberry syrup recipe (there is one here on this website) or you can purchase it. When I buy elderberry syrup, I buy this brand.

These other elderberry products are just as effective:
Elderberry tea
Elderberry gummies
Elderberry tincture (I also have this available for $11.99 plus shipping. Mine is organic.)

5. Make your own sanitizer. Most anti-bacterial hand sanitizers do nothing to prevent the spread of viruses. They are made to prevent bacterial infection.

Here is my super simple, anti viral recipe.

Use this sanitizer on your shopping carts, steering wheel, handles, atm, and other places that you touch in your community. Then spray it into your hands and rub your hands together, even after washing.

It makes your skin soft and it smells great. My favorite combo is frankincense and lemongrass.

6. Avoid Panic. Panic and stress release the hormone cortisol which lowers the immune system response. Practice meditation, learn new skills, listen to music, paint, watch positive movies and read positive material. Surround yourself with calm. Now is the perfect time to learn Reiki and learn to self heal!

More than ever, it is a time to use common sense and stay calm. Work with your community to insure everyone's safety. Stay healthy everyone.

Viral Care information will be posted later this week.
Stay Upbeat.
Wendy


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Thursday, March 5, 2020

How to Make Anti-Viral, Anti-Bacterial Disinfectant Spray at Home: Disinfectant Spray Recipe with Essential Oils

Here in the Phoenix area, people are overreacting to the Corona Virus news and area stores are selling out of Lysol, Clorox, and other household disinfectant sprays. You can also use this recipe as a hand sanitizer, which is also selling out like crazy!

You can avoid the price gouging that is going on by making your own.

I believe we should all be prepared but not overreact. Since supplies are running short all around the country, here is my tried and true personal recipe for flu and cold season.

(I'd added links for your convenience. They are my affiliate links, where I'll receive a few cents for every purchase made through the link.)

Don't panic. You can easily make your own germ killing spray for your hands and for surfaces with this recipe:

INGREDIENTS


You'll need witch hazel, vodka, mugwort essential oil, thyme essential oil, and lemongrass essential oil.

DIRECTIONS


In jar, combine 1 cup of witch hazel with 1 cup of cheap vodka.
Shake to mix.
Add 10 drops of mugwort essential oil.
Add 10 drops of thyme essential oil.
Add 15 drops of lemongrass essential oil.
Shake.
Pour into spray bottles for hand sanitizer or a room and surface disinfectant spray. Use as needed.


PROPERTIES


Mugwort will continue to kill anything that touches it. It kills viruses long after it has been sprayed. I've used mugwort essential oil in my own cleaning products for almost a decade.

Thyme will kill any bacteria or virus upon touching it. This is why thyme is so effective in steams for colds and coughs. (That recipe and directions is upcoming.)

Lemongrass smells incredible and also has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.

Vodka kills all germs upon contact the same way bleach does, but without the harmful reaction to the skin.

Witch hazel also kills all germs upon contact but is safer for the skin than vodka.

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Best Reiki Books & Resources Ever Published

Reiki has been such a huge part of my own spiritual and healing journey. I probably recommend Reiki more than I recommend herbs or other remedies because Reiki increases one's self awareness and understanding of one's own body better than any other complementary medical method.

Here is a list of my favorite resources to help you utilize and understand Reiki.

1. Reiki Self Attunements: Learn Reiki I, II, & Master Reiki at Home $9.99

This self attunement guide is essential for anyone who is beginning their Reiki practice or for seasoned Reiki professionals. Subtle energy is explained in detail in this book better than it is explained anywhere else. The author takes the woo woo out of Reiki so that everyone can understand what they working with in a real, scientific way.

2. Crystal Reiki: A Handbook for Healing Mind, Body, and Soul $12.99

This hot new technique combines crystal layouts with energy healing to treat a variety of ailments. Fully illustrated and easy to use, this comprehensive guide teaches the fundamentals of working with crystals and chakras; explains how healers should prepare themselves, their space, and their tools; covers four levels of healing that include auras, body, mind, and spirit; and stresses the importance of self-care for healers themselves.



3. Reiki Symbols & Cards $12.95

A great learning aid for studying Reiki Symbols. Each card shows clear, simply crafted versions of a symbol and shows you how to draw it. Includes drawing tips, how to say the symbol's name, and information on how to use the symbol. Traditional forms of the symbol are on each card. Some include non-traditional versions as well. Specify which card you'd like, or go for the whole set of four cards: Power Symbol & Emotional Healing Symbol; Distant Healing Symbol; Attunement Symbol, traditional & modern; Master Symbol, traditional & modern. Second Edition now includes Sequence Cards, which show the sequence for using the symbols for different purposes. Each card is 4.5 x 7.5 inches, double sided, laminated.

4. 7 Reiki Charged Pyramid Gemstones $19.99

Creating a Reiki Grid with these pyramid gemstones is a great way to practice and utilize Reiki on a grand scale. I personally use these when giving Reiki to large groups of people, long distance. I create a grid around my Reiki box and give Reiki with all the different hand mudras for Reiki practice.

Do you have a suggestion? Leave a comment and let me know what your favorite Reiki resources are. If I use your suggestion, I'll make sure and give you credit with a link. Let's create the a great Reiki resource guide together.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Plant Based, Vegan Strawberry Muffin Recipe: Divinely Delicious!

Plant Based, Vegan Strawberry Muffin Recipe

Easy, divinely delicious!

Ingredients
1 cup of softened coconut oil
2 cups of coconut sugar
3 flax eggs
1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 ½ cups of flour
½ teaspoon of baking soda
½ teaspoon of salt
1 cup of coconut plain, unsweetened coconut yogurt
1 ½ cups of strawberries, diced

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Mix together in a medium bowl the coconut oil, sugar, flax eggs and lemon juice. Set aside.

3. Mix together in a separate medium bowl the flour, baking soda, salt, and yogurt. After mixed, slowly mix the wet and dry ingredients together, folding them carefully into each other. When combined, fold in strawberries until evenly combined.

4. Spoon the mixture into greased muffin tins and bake for 25 minutes or until muffins test done with a toothpick.

Enjoy!! We sure do!

If you want more easy and delicious plant based recipes, make sure to get your free sample of Plant Based Eating Made Simple. It is a 28 day plant based meal plan with a new, easy recipe for each and every meal for an entire 4 weeks. There is a section with how to make plant based substitutions so that you can create your own plant based recipes with your own family recipes!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Elderberry Syrup Recipe: Easy, Fast, & Affordable

This is my personal go to for keeping the immune system functioning at an optimum level. I've tried other people's recipes and I think they taste like runny mud. This is by far the best tasting elderberry syrup recipe there is out there.

Ingredients

1/2 cup of dried elderberries
1/2 cup of sweetener of choice (raw honey, maple syrup, agave, manuka honey)
1 inch of minced ginger or 1 Tablespoon of dried ginger
1/2 lemon squeezed
1  1/2 cups of filtered water or organic unfiltered apple juice

Note: I really prefer the taste when I use apple juice and sometimes I'll add a bit of cinnamon, too. But when in a pinch, filtered water will work just fine.


Also--- you see the wood spoon across the glass pot? That is to keep it from boiling over. Wooden spoons are magic like that.

Directions

1. Mince ginger and add to a pot.
2. Add elderberries to pot.
3. Add 1 1/2 cups of water or organic apple juice
4.Bring to a boil over medium high heat and let simmer on medium for 20-30 minutes to reduce liquid by half.
5. Let elderberry mixture cool to room temperature.
6. Strain elderberry mixture through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth, squeezing all the liquid from the saturated berries.
7. Add your sweetener of choice, adding little by little, tasting until you get the sweetness you desire.
8. Add lemon and whisk.
9. Pour into jars and seal tightly, keeping in refrigerator.

The whole process will take about an hour, including letting the mixture cool.
Enjoy!

Monday, January 6, 2020

Natural Remedy Book Club Choice: The Secret Life of Plants

Natural Remedy Book Club Choice: The Secret Life of Plants

Explore the inner world of plants and its fascinating relation to mankind, as uncovered by the latest discoveries of science. A perennial bestseller.

In this truly revolutionary and beloved work, drawn from remarkable research, Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird cast light on the rich psychic universe of plants. Now available in a new edition, The Secret Life of Plants explores plants' response to human care and nurturing, their ability to communicate with man, plants' surprising reaction to music, their lie-detection abilities, their creative powers, and much more. Tompkins and Bird's classic book affirms the depth of humanity's relationship with nature and adds special urgency to the cause of protecting the environment that nourishes us.

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This book is one of the books that sent me into the depths of plant life, learning the energy of every plant that surrounded me. For the longest time, I couldn't even pick a weed from my garden without feeling like I was betraying it. I've chosen this book because it is truly astounding and will change how you view plants. This work should be the foundation of any herbalist or botanist.

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57 Herbs and Their Uses & Remedies to Use Today

Learn these 57 Herbs and Their Uses & Remedies Today!

Agnus Castus

Helps regulate progesterone levels in women, easing menopausal symptoms plus some menstrual problems such as breast tenderness and menstrually-related migraines and acne. Do not use if taking HRT. Can be combined with Black Cohosh, Sage and Feverfew as appropriate.

Aloe Vera

Aloe gel is a wonderful skin treatment. Can be used on burns, scars, wounds, acne, sunburn, varicose veins and ulcerated skin. Internally, can ease gastritis, peptic ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome.

Arnica

Arnica cream helps with bruising. Can also restore hair loss. Do not use the cream on broken skin, do not take arnica internally (except in tiny homeopathic doses), and never use undiluted arnica as it can be toxic.

Anise

Make a decoction of seeds with honey to relieve a cough.

Basil

Makes a great infusion to drink for migraines. Douche with it for yeast infection. Pregnant women should not have any basil.

Black Cohosh

Regulates oestrogen production in women, helping with menstrual problems such as cramps, and useful during the menopause for reducing hot flashes and menopausal depression. Also helps with rheumatoid arthritis, some types of headache, osteoporosis, high blood pressure and tinnitus.

Borage

Stimulates the adrenal glands, useful in dangerous or stressful situations and for anxiety, depression and grief, giving us the courage to go on. Also helps with rheumatoid arthritis and acts as a diuretic and cleanser of the kidneys.

Caraway

Regulates menstruation and helps with cramps.

Cayenne

Relieves arthritis pain. Helps regulate blood sugar.
Celery

Sedative. Relieves hypertension. Helps the kidneys to detoxify the body.

Celery Seed

Eases arthritis pain, including osteoarthritis, and relieves gout with regular use. Helps with urinary tract infections such as cystitis. Can also ease chest problems such as asthma and bronchitis.

Chamomile Flowers

Mildly sedative, helping with sleep problems. It also has anti inflammatory properties and is very useful for digestive problems including gastro-intestinal irritation, ulcers, colitis and irritable bowel. It can relieve cramps either related to indigestion or menstrual cramps. It also makes the body more receptive to other remedies, working well in combination.

Chickweed

It may come as a surprise to many gardeners to hear that this well-known and rampant weed has some good qualities! Chickweed cream can be very effective for eczema and other dry, irritated skin, as well as minor burns, stings and scars. It also helps relieve rheumatism.

Chicory

Dissolves gallstones. Cleans the liver.

Cilantro

Antibacterial. Relieves stomach upsets of bacterial origin. Helps to preserve meat.

Cinnamon

Helpful for bronchitis. For persistent coughs, use 4 drops of the essential oil in a bowl of boiling water and inhale the steam.

Clove

Clove oil is a wonderful remedy for toothache. Cloves also help against alcoholism.

Comfrey

This herb contains allantoin, which aids growth and healing in cartilage, bone and muscle. It has been used to help heal fractures and sprains for centuries. Reduces swelling. For external use only – apply as a poultice. Comfrey can also help with acne and scars – mix a teaspoonful of powdered comfrey root with water to make a paste and apply it as a face pack, leaving on for as long as possible.

Cramp Bark

Useful for any kind of cramps. In the case of menstrual cramps, start taking it a few days before menstruation is due. Also helps with menopausal aches and pains. Can also be used to help control the bladder in cases of incontinence or bedwetting, and for irritable bowel syndrome.

Damiana

This Mexican herb was prized as an aphrodisiac and traditionally is mainly used for male sexual problems including impotence and premature ejaculation. It can also be helpful in stimulating the reproductive organs in women and relieving menstrual pains. Also used for depression linked to nervous exhaustion, and urinary infections.

Dandelion

Dandelion leaves are used in salad in many countries. It is a great detoxifier, helping the liver, kidneys and gallbladder to eliminate waste. For warts, rub the wart with the white juice from a dandelion leaf or stem twice a day for a few weeks.

Devil’s Claw

Eases the pain of arthritis and rheumatism, and persistent back pain. Works as an anti-inflammatory, also useful for fevers. Stimulates the digestion.

Dill

Great for insomnia and digestion.

Echinacea Root

Boosts the immune system, with anti-viral and anti-bacterial effects. Good for flu, colds, throat infections, tonsillitis, and even ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis). Also for boils, tooth abscess and acne where body toxicity is the cause.

Fennel

Helps with bad breath, digestion, and constipation.

Fenugreek

Soothing for the digestive system, relieving problems such as colitis, ulcers, irritable bowel, gastro-enteritis and diarrhea. Fenugreek also has a reputation as an aphrodisiac and the seeds are used for male impotence in China.

Feverfew

Anti-inflammatory. Take small doses as a preventive treatment for migraine, especially menstruation-related migraines. Also effective for minor headaches, hangovers, and arthritic and rheumatic pain.

Garlic

Antibiotic, especially effective for bronchitis and other chest infections. Reduces blood cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of heart attacks. Thins the blood, helping to prevent strokes. Antiseptic and antifungal, helpful for athlete’s foot, infectious rashes and warts. Contraindications: may irritate the digestive tract in some people; not to be taken by nursing mothers as it can cause colic in the baby.

Ginger

Calms the gastro-intestinal tract, preventing travel sickness and nausea. May be useful for morning sickness in pregnancy (check with your doctor). Eases symptoms of colds, flu, bronchitis and whooping cough. Also thins the blood to reduce stroke risk.

Gingko Leaf

Aids memory and concentration by helping circulation in the brain, particularly for seniors. Is used to treat dementia. Antidepressant, helps to prevent strokes and thrombus, and relieves tinnitus. Taken by many multiple sclerosis sufferers.

Ginseng (Korean)

Relieves stress. Although generally a stimulant (including reputed aphrodisiac qualities for men) it will not prevent sleep if the body needs it. Improves health and spirits generally, especially in old age. Do not take with caffeine or alcohol, and do not use if you have hypertension. Siberian Ginseng is a milder form, but still should not be taken in these circumstances.

Golden Seal

Helpful for any problems with mucous membranes including respiratory ailments. Eases thrush in women, and athlete’s foot. Helps with peptic ulcers, liver problems and urinary infections, and stimulates the appetite.

Hawthorn Berry

Used under medical supervision for coronary heart disease and angina. Regulates blood pressure and helps stabilize irregular heartbeat. Not to be taken without medical advice.

Horseradish

Eases chest congestion. Relieves muscular aches.

Hyssop

Anti-inflammatory, widely used by asthma sufferers. Also helpful for hay fever and for colds (at the early stages). Relieves the nerves, preventing nervous diarrhea, and helps with nervous exhaustion, anxiety, depression, grief and guilt.

Lavender

Lavender oil can help relieve chilblains. Add a pinch of lavender flower to other mild herbal teas as a tonic, and to lime flower tea for migraine.

Lemon Balm (Melissa)

Calming and cheering, lemon balm can relieve mild depression, irritability, anxiety and panic. Can calm palpitations. Good for digestive problems caused by stress or anxiety. Externally, helps with herpes sores including cold sores.

Licorice Root

Balances the nervous system. Not to be used long term as it can damage the liver.

Marigold (Calendula)

Relieves skin problems including acne, rashes, cuts and sunburn. Essential oil can help relieve cold sores. Also helps with fungal infections including athlete’s foot, thrush and ringworm. Can be used for liver problems, including hepatitis.

Milk Thistle

For liver disorders, including all types of hepatitis, problems resulting from alcohol abuse, or to assist and protect the liver during chemotherapy (as always, discuss with your doctor). Also useful against melancholic depression which is associated with the liver.

Mint

There are many different species of mint. Garden mint tends to be milder than peppermint in its effects. Relieves heartburn and flatulence, helps stomach aches, nausea and travel sickness. Useful for head colds and flu, sore throats, headaches and eye infections. Antibacterial. Can help to lower a high temperature by provoking sweating.

Mustard

Relieves some types of heartburn. Helps with muscle sprains.

Nutmeg

Helps with indigestion.

Oregano

Reduces fever. Relieves indigestion, flatulence and bloating. Helps to regulate menstruation.

Parsley

High in vitamin C, but only if eaten raw. Also aids digestion, acts as a decongestant and diuretic, helps with bad breath, and cleans the blood.

Raspberry Leaf

High in calcium, useful for preventing osteoporosis. Heals wounds, relieves sore throats, canker sores and gingivitis (gum disease). For women, can control heavy menstrual bleeding and traditionally used in pregnancy to prevent nausea and miscarriage and relax the cervix in preparation for childbirth (as always, discuss with your doctor). Also good for post-natal depression.

Red Clover

Relieves eczema and psoriasis. Used in treatment of some cancers.

Rosemary

Stimulant for the heart and nervous system. Improves blood circulation to the brain and scalp, helping with migraines, hair loss, and to improve memory, especially for examinations. Helps with convalescence after a serious illness and increases optimism.

Sage

For all throat and gum infections. Also for menopausal hot flashes. Helps with irritable bowel and diarrhea. Relieves insect bites and stings. Is said to help with failing memory in old age. A versatile herb!

Slippery Elm

Good for digestive problems and disorders of the colon including constipation, colitis and hemorrhoids. Also for chest infections – colds, flu, bronchitis, pleurisy and even tuberculosis. Not to be taken in pregnancy.

St John’s Wort

Well known as an antidepressant. Also antiviral, used to treat flu, hepatitis and HIV. Can have side effects – only to be taken under medical supervision.

Tarragon

Helps with insomnia and depression.

Tea Tree

Tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of a plant native to Australia. It has wonderful antiseptic powers and is also anti-fungal and rejuvenating. Helps with all surface problems of the body whether internal or external – problems of the skin including acne, mouth, sinus, bronchial passages, plus ear infections and dandruff.

Thyme

Antibiotic. Helps with asthma and respiratory tract infections.

Turmeric

This is an incredible antioxidant and has been linked to the prevention of cancer and reducing inflammation.

Valerian

Tranquilizer and sleep remedy. Helpful in panic attacks. However, can have the side effect of causing headaches in some people.

Vervain

Relieves depression, especially after a viral illness like flu.

Willow Bark

The active ingredient in willow bark was extracted in the 19th century and found to be a very effective pain reliever. It is now produced synthetically as aspirin. Willow bark has the pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties of aspirin, but does not thin the blood. Good for relieving arthritic pain.

Witch Hazel

Astringent, for external use on skin wounds, bruises and sprains. Helps rejuvenate sagging skin.

Yarrow

Aids blood clotting, helpful for wounds and nose bleeds. Used for some cardio-vascular conditions under medical supervision. Relieves catarrh and other symptoms of colds and flu.

Natural Herbal, Plant Based Vapor Rub Recipe

Need something cooling and soothing to open up the respiratory passages, but want to steer clear of petroleum-based products?

Unfortunately, most of the chest rubs we grew up using from the drugstore are made with a base of petroleum jelly and turpentine, along with herbal ingredients that are actually helpful, like eucalyptus and menthol. Such a shame!

Making your own rubs at home is super easy and allows you to harness the powerful benefits of these plants without relying on a byproduct of the oil industry. All you need is a simple salve base of organic carrier oil and beeswax to get started.

Basic Plant Based Vapor Rub

8 oz organic carrier oil (I used almond oil)

3/4 oz – 1 oz natural beeswax, coarsely chopped or use pellets

25 drops organic eucalyptus essential oil

10 drops organic peppermint essential oil

Directions

Depending on the texture you want, measure out the beeswax. Less wax will yield more of an ointment viscosity, while using the whole ounce of wax will create a more solid, lip balm like consistency. Place beeswax and oil in the top of a double boiler and heat gently until the beeswax melts. Remove from the stove top and stir in the essential oils, counting each drop carefully. Immediately pour the mixture into your tins and place lids loosely over the jars so the oils don’t escape, but allow to cool completely before placing caps onto the containers.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Elderberry Directly Inhibits Viruses

Folk medicines and herbal products have been used for millennia to combat a wide range of ailments, and in the process confounding modern scientists who have struggled to understand their medicinal benefits.

Now a new study from the University of Sydney has revealed exactly how one popular ancient remedy – elderberry fruit – attacks and thwarts the influenza virus. The virus, one of the leading causes of mortality worldwide, affects nearly 10 percent of the world population and contributes to one million deaths annually.

In their new paper, Australian scientists describe how elderberry compounds directly inhibit the flu virus’s entry and replication in human cells, while also strengthening the body’s immune response to influenza.

Otherwise known as Sambucus nigra, the elderberry is a small, antioxidant rich fruit common to Europe and North America that is still commonly consumed as a jam or wine. Although elderberry’s flu-fighting properties have long been observed, the group performed a comprehensive examination of the mechanism by which phytochemicals, compounds that positively effect health, from elderberries combat influenza infections.

“Our study has shown that the common elderberry has a potent direct antiviral effect against the flu virus. It inhibits the early stages of an infection by blocking key viral proteins responsible for both the viral attachment and entry into the host cells,” said Dr Golnoosh Torabian.

The researchers used commercially farmed elderberries which were turned into a juice serum and were applied to cells before, during and after they had been infected with the influenza virus. The phytochemicals from the elderberry juice were shown to be effective at stopping the virus infecting the cells.

To their surprise, the researchers also observed that the elderberry phytochemicals were even more effective at inhibiting viral propagation at later stages of the influenza cycle after the cells were already infected with the virus.

“This observation was quite surprising and rather significant because blocking the viral cycle at several stages has a higher chance of inhibiting the viral infection.”

The study also revealed that elderberry phytochemicals stimulated infected cells to release cytokines, a class of chemical messengers the immune system uses for communication between different cell types to aid in coordinating a more efficient response against the invading pathogen.

The team also attributed elderberry’s potent antiviral activity to its anthocyanidin compounds – phytonutrients responsible for giving the fruit its vivid purple coloring.

Do you want to learn how to make your own plant based medicines, like elderberry syrup, for yourself and your family? There are only 50 FREE spots open in my new Certification into Herbalism Course. Email me via the sidebar to request your place. Only 50 spots are open and you'll be one of the first to launch this new, exciting herbal medicine course.

Do you want to learn these traditional cures? Would you like to use your knowledge to help yourself and others become healthier and happier?

The information in this course, paired with contemporary medicine, can help people live longer, happier, healthier lives. These practices have been passed down through Master Herbalists over thousands of years - and now you can learn online, in your home or anywhere in the world!

This course is for anyone who would like to use ancient, natural healing traditions to improve their quality of life. While not a substitute for advanced medicine, herbs can help facilitate healing, and are used to help with many medical conditions, both mental and physical.

By becoming a Master Herbalist and using your knowledge, you can help those around you live healthier lives. You will learn about disease, underlying causes, and the herbal treatments that can cure those issues. Using the information in this course, you can fold ancient treatments into your daily life, find a job helping heal people, or share your knowledge with your community.

What you'll learn:
*How to use your senses to understand what herb is beneficial for any ailment.
*Create highly effective tinctures, vinegar extracts and glycerites.
*Perfect healing herbal-infused oils for topical applications.
*Brew several different types of beneficial medicinal tea.
*Craft professional looking salves with outstanding medicinal value.
*Benefit from healing poultices and compresses. Enjoy great tasting medicinal honeys and syrups.
*Dangerous interactions between herbs and medications, to keep you and your family safe.
*So much more!

There are 43 lessons in total. At the end of this course, you will have confidence and understanding in plant medicine and how to utilize it for you and your family. Grab your spot today. This course will retail for $599.99!*

Article Source: Golnoosh Torabian, Peter Valtchev, Qayyum Adil, Fariba Dehghani. Anti-influenza activity of elderberry (Sambucus nigra). Journal of Functional Foods, 2019; 54: 353 DOI: 10.1016/j.jff.2019.01.031

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Honey & Turmeric Paste: A Powerful Combo No One Can Explain

Turmeric contains curcumin, the polyphenol identified as its primary active component and which exhibits over 150 potentially therapeutic activities, which include antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. 

Additional benefits: Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antiseptic, analgesic. Boosts immunity. Anti-carcinogenic. Helps maintain cholesterol levels. Promotes digestive health. Liver detoxifier. Regulates metabolism and weight management. High blood pressure. Memory and brain function. Various skin conditions. Neurological disorders. Lowers Triglycerides. 

Adding black pepper to turmeric or turmeric-spiced food, enhances curcumin's bioavailability by 1,000 times due to black pepper's hot property called piperine. By mixing turmeric and black pepper together, you increase your body's absorption of the turmeric by 2000%! 

How To Make Golden Milk 

Step 1: Turmeric Paste Ingredients: 
1/4 cup of turmeric powder 
1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper 
1/2 cup of filtered water 

Directions: Mix all ingredients in a small sauce pan and mix well. Turn the heat to medium high and stir constantly until the mixture is a thick paste. This does not take long so don't walk away from the pan. Let this mixture cool and then keep it in a small jar in the fridge. 

**I like to add my turmeric paste to raw honey and add a tablespoon of it to my tea, once a day. It is such a powerful, natural antibiotic and medical doctors cannot explain why this pairing works as well as it does.

Simply mix the turmeric paste 1 part to 4 parts raw honey. Refrigerate in a sealed container.

Golden Milk Recipe Ingredients: 
1 cup of coconut milk (cashew milk is also a good option) 
1 teaspoon coconut oil 
1/4 teaspoon or more of turmeric paste  

Directions: Combine all the ingredients except honey in a saucepan. Turn the heat to medium. While heating make sure to stir constantly and do not allow the mixture to boil. Add honey to taste.

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Naturally Reduce Pain with this Herbal Tea Recipe

This herbal pain relief infusion tea recipe will help you live naturally. Plants are powerful and when combined with the right formula, there is nothing better to help heal than plants.

Natural HERBAL PAIN RELIEF TEA RECIPE:

1/2 an inch of ginger, peeled and sliced

tsp of powdered organic turmeric

1/2 tsp of rose hips

pinch of cayenne pepper

Place all your ingredients in your cup or french press. Pour boiling water over, cover, and let steep for 8 minutes. Stir, then add a squeeze of lemon, raw honey to taste, and a bit of coconut oil. I do not strain my herbal infusions or teas. The plant material is good for you! Discard the ginger at the bottom before making another cup.

This is anti-inflammatory at its very core! This tea has helped relieve back pain, arthritis flare ups, fibromyalgia pain, and even headaches. (And it feels great on a sore throat!)

Herbs work at the core cause of inflammation, healing it, instead of masking it.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Lymph Cleanse Recipe

Did you know that when your lymph glands are happy and clear that you won’t feel the symptoms of viruses that you happen to pick up?

Did you know that you can keep your lymph clear with a daily dose of fabulous foods and herbs?

LYMPH CLEAR HONEY RECIPE

Mince 1 small onion

Mince 3 cloves of garlic

Mince 1 inch of ginger

Place in small jar and cover with honey. (Raw, local honey… no teddy bears please!)

Let it sit for at least 2 weeks. This is great by the teaspoon, added to your tea, or mixed with the following recipe for an even bigger punch.

Did you know that honey has natural allergen immunity properties? If you have allergies, using a local honey can give you immunity to your local allergens!

LYMPH CLEARING APPLE CIDER VINEGAR RECIPE

1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar

1/4 Cup of Local Honey

Mix with the Lymph Honey Recipe for a nice lymph clear.

Our family does a lymph clear once a week as a preventative measure. As awful as these sound, the kids have no trouble taking them because they are essentially sweet.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

DIY Tooth Whitening Powder Recipe

Easily ditch the chemicals and save a ton of money with this whitening tooth powder recipe.

I stopped using regular toothpastes years ago.

WHITENING TOOTH POWDER RECIPE

4 Tablespoons of bentonite clay (The clay is an important part of remineralizing teeth. Don’t skip it!)

1 teaspoon of baking soda (If you are sensitive, this ingredient is optional.)

1 teaspoon of fine sea salt

1/2 teaspoon of clove powder (This will strengthen your gums and teeth, and prevent toothaches.)

1 teaspoon of powdered peppermint (Tastes yummy!)

1 teaspoon of stevia (unrefined) (To sweeten it up just a tad.)

3/4 teaspoon of activated charcoal (the whitening ingredient) You’ll want to uncap the capsules and use the powder inside. Or grind up the disks of charcoal to add to your powder. Or if you grab powdered, you are just smart that way. =)

Measure the ingredients out into a small container that seals, mix, and you are ready to use!

(I pre-rinse my mouth with coconut oil also.) Coconut oil is great for the gums, kills bacteria, and nourishes hard to reach places.

To make a paste, just add the powder to coconut oil and brush like you would with store bought toothpaste.


Monday, November 25, 2019

Thieves Essential Oil Blend Recipe

I’ve been using essential oils for years. As a note, I do not personally use any essential oils internally. There is no such thing as the grading system that some oil companies claim to have privy to. It just doesn’t exist. I’m sure we’ll see that change in the coming years as essential oils have made their way into our every day lives.

However you choose use essential oils, please use them responsibly.

*Never place essential oils on the skin without a carrier oil. Ever. This is a dangerous practice.

*Do not use essential oils on children that are not your own. Not in a diffuser, certainly not in their drink.

I love the thieves oil recipe in my diffuser. I use it all year long, every single day. We don’t have the common colds and flus that used to be passed around from person to person all year long.

I hope you give it a try. This recipe is a more affordable way to use thieves oil at home. This recipe will last you approximately 6 months if you use the products I use. I always purchase organic essential oils when I can. I recommend Plant Therapy essential oils. Most are organic and are half the cost of others.

Thieves Oil Recipe
40 drops of Clove Oil

35 drops of Lemon Oil

20 drops of Cinnamon Bark or Cassia

15 drops of Eucalyptus

10 drops of Rosemary

Add them together and put in an herbal tincture bottle

I diffuse a quarter of a dropper full in my diffuser with the appropriate amount of water.


Friday, November 22, 2019

Top 10 Most Spiritual Herbs and Their Uses

Did you know that you can use plant spirits for healing? Plants and herbs are the root of ancient medicine. These devotional plants are still used today among native tribes. Learn how to use plant spirits for healing with this small list. Whether hanging dried flowers in the home, growing plants indoors, or diffusing essential oils, these plant spirits can offer deep healing.

Basil

The basil plant spirit evokes fertility and love. Basil is the natural protector of family. When you wear basil or basil scented essential oils, it will blend your energy with clashing personalities. Basil will stimulate your conscious mind. Basil invokes happiness. Basil oil is associated with clairvoyance, divination, and bringing out honesty.

White Ceremonial Sage

Most everyone is familiar with burning of sage to clear negative energy. The plant spirit of white sage brings wisdom and neutralizes negativity. Sage is a great choice to diffuse in the home.

Rosemary

The plant spirit of rosemary promotes love, happiness, and a long life. Aromatherapy says rosemary promotes mental sharpness and pure thoughts. Did you know that rosemary is said to prevent nightmares? Hanging dried rosemary is an easy way to bring rosemary spirit into your home.

Frankincense

The vibration of frankincense is high and has been known for centuries to promote spiritual depth. Frankincense promotes a higher consciousness and inner peace. Frankincense essential oil is easy to find for reducing stress.

Mugwort

The plant spirit of mugwort is one of balance. It promotes energetic balance of all things: the yin and yang, the black and white. Mugwort brings about the well being of any situation or energy. Mugwort balances the chakras and the energetic systems of the body. Burning mugwort smudge sticks can bring about balance in your home and life.

Clove

The plant spirit of clove will bring strength and courage to your consciousness. It will give gentle insight and promote peaceful reflection. Clove is a common ingredient in potpourri for it’s natural peaceful properties.

Lavender

The plant spirit of lavender is about health, harmony, tranquility, happiness, and love. Hanging dried lavender bunches throughout the home is a great way to utilize this plant’s spiritual vibration.

Sandalwood

Sandalwood balances the chakras like mugwort. Sandalwood attracts the highest spiritual vibrations and repels negativity. It promotes a healing environment and spiritual depth to understand the soul.

Vetiver

The plant spirit of vetiver is associated with grounding, tranquility, psychic protection, intuition, wisdom, peace, and centering. Vetiver is commonly available as an essential oil.

Cedar

Cedar plant spirit is one of protection, grounding, and dispelling negativity. Where cedar grows, magic is always nearby. Burning cedar smudge sticks will cleanse much like mugwort and white sage. I personally add cedar to my diffuser with mugwort, sage, and lavender for a touch of sweetness.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Top 6 Herbs for Natural Pain Relief

All of these herbs are anti-inflammatory and can play a huge role in pain relief. To make a pain relief tea, take a pinch of the loose herbs (dried or raw) and place in a tea infuser. Boil water and pour boiling water in your cup with the infuser full of herbs. Then cover the cup and let steep for 8-10 minutes. Covering the cup as it steeps protects the herbal tea from losing important nutrition through evaporation. Please always choose organic ingredients.

Ginger is an excellent plant and herb for migraine pain relief. Ginger tea is a known remedy for heartburn and can even aid in nausea and morning sickness.

Rosemary naturally eases muscle tension and offers nerve related pain relief. Rosemary is great for chronic headaches and age related skin damage. Rosemary has also been said to increase circulation which makes it a good choice for brain fog and increasing mental clarity.

Chamomile is a gentle anti-inflammatory for stomach upset, adrenal fatigue, and stress related anxiety. Chamomile is so gentle and safe, that it can be used with very small children for teething pain relief. Chamomile is a great choice for after dinner tea because it stimulates digestion and helps the gall bladder process fats.

Turmeric is naturally antiseptic and antibacterial. It is great for disinfecting cuts and wounds externally and it’s a powerful antioxidant. It has been proven to increase circulation and aid in toxin removal. Turmeric also helps cellular structure and reproduction.

Sage lowers inflammation and keeps the mind clear. Burning sage is recognized in clearing negativity and stored energy in spaces and structures. Drinking a sage infusion or tea can help move stored energy from the body and muscles, lessening pain. Sage tea is commonly used in many cultures to help process trauma.

Fenugreek is a powerful anti-inflammatory and has been shown to reduce bad cholesterol.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Stinging Nettle Herb Profile: How to Make Stinging Nettle Medicine

Have you ever wondered how to harvest and use stinging nettles? This common weed grows throughout the world and is super packed with vitamins and minerals. Did you know that stinging nettles are one of the only plants that are a rich source of Vitamin D?

Stinging nettles are by far, one of my most used herbs. We eat them and make medicines from them. If there were one herb I couldn’t live without, stinging nettles would be it.

Nettles are super rich in minerals, vitamin C, vitamin D, iron, and helps the body metabolize protein.

Medicinally I use nettle tincture for: allergies, arthritis and joint pains (as it promotes the relief of uric acid), and for its incredible powerhouse of nutrition.

Other Medicinal Qualities of Nettles

Scientifically, stinging nettles are an astringent, diuretic, tonic, anodyne, pectoral, rubefacient, styptic, anthelmintic, nutritive, alterative, hemetic, anti-rheumatic, anti-allergenic, anti-lithic/lithotriptic, haemostatic, stimulant, decongestant, herpatic, febrifuge, kidney depurative/nephritic, galactagogue, hypoglycemic, expectorant, anti-spasmodic, and anti-histamine.

What does all that mean? It means nettles could help you with the following health concerns:

Congestion
Joint and Muscle Complaints
Allergies
Neurological Disorders (like MS)
Circulation
Kidney Stones
Internal Bleeding
Skin Complaints
UTI’s
Women’s Issues
Metabolic Disorders
Weight Loss
Prostate Health
Lupus
Gingivitis
Celiac Disease
Purifies Blood
and so much more!

Now do you love nettles as much as I do?

Using Stinging Nettles

Before you run out to pick your nettle patch (or a neighbors), there is a trick to harvesting nettles without gloves or equipment. The stinging parts of the nettles are on the underside of the leaf and the stalk and atop the leaf straight down the middle. If you place your thumb and forefinger on the top sides of the leaf, close the leaf together and pull, you won’t be stung.

Create tinctures of nettles by filling a jar half full of fresh nettles. Then fill the jar to the brim with 100 proof alcohol. Shake daily for at least 2 weeks, strain, and bottle for use. I use tinctures in my herbal infusions, teas, and sometimes just straight under the tongue.

Make nettle apple cider vinegar by filling a jar half full of fresh nettles. Then top the jar off with an organic apple cider vinegar, making sure all the plant material is covered. Shake daily for at least 2 weeks, strain, then bottle for use. You can either make an elixir with the vinegar or even a salad dressing.

Saute nettles with a little coconut oil, lemon, and garlic for a delicious and nutritious side. When you cook nettles, they lose their sting.

Add nettles to soups or casseroles. Think about how you cook spinach, and replace it with nettles.

Take a Pacific Northwest traditional hot bath with nettles. It has been a long native tradition to soak in a tub of nettles to relieve muscle and joint pain.

Did You Know……

Nettles relieve uric acid and are fantastic for the kidneys and joints?

Nettles are anti-allergenic and can knock your seasonal allergies down?

Nettle roots make fantastic medicine for prostate health?

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Top 5 Herbs to Start Your Herbal Medicine Cabinet

Starting an herbal remedy medicine cabinet (or apothecary) is easy on the pocketbook and easy to do. The following herbs and plants are great to have on hand and are very easy to work with.

CHAMOMILE

Great for: insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, colds, stuffy noses, tension, irritability, gas, indigestion, upset stomach, sore muscles, & is even safe for teething babies! Can help with bladder infections, kidney issues, and calming adrenals.

I keep the loose herb on hand, as well as in tea form as an easy herbal remedy . For babies, soak a washcloth in chamomile tea, ring it out, and let them chew on it for teething relief. Chamomile is a powerful plant with gentle properties that almost anyone can use.

GARLIC

Great for: boosting immunity, fever, colds, flu, coughs, sore throat, parasites, indigestion, ear infections, coughs, and is an over all general tonic.

I keep pure garlic powder on hand (no fillers) to add to everything I make: casseroles, soups, roasting vegetables, and my own spice blends. I also mince up garlic, put it in a small jar airtight jar, pour olive oil in it. Keep it in the refrigerator and you’ll have minced garlic. (It saves a ton of money and you can add ginger, too!)

PEPPERMINT

Great for: relieving cramps (menstrual and muscle), headaches, fibromyalgia pain, indigestion, insomnia, nausea, and is a powerful aromatic herbal remedy.

I use peppermint in many ways. I always have a blend of mint tea on hand. I grow peppermint to juice every morning. I keep a small bag of dried peppermint on hand for when the kids get stuffy noses. I’ll heat up some water, add some peppermint leaf and essential oils to create a sinus steam. It works super fast. Keep tissues handy!

LEMON BALM

Great for: anxiety, keeping calm, restlessness, nervousness, fevers, colds, flu, and is a powerful anti viral.

Lemon balm is one of the key herbal remedy ingredients a person can have.

I keep a triple tincture of Lemon Balm on hand always. If you’ve ever used Rescue Remedy, it works in the same way. Just add some tincture to your tea.

EUCALYPTUS

Great for congestion (inhalation only) and as an insect repellent. Only use eucalyptus externally.

I add eucalyptus to the herbal remedy steam along with peppermint when my kids get sick. I use a dried leaf form for that. For bug spray, I use an essential oil added to rose water. Eucalyptus is also a key ingredient for a natural, homemade flea spray for dogs.


Monday, November 18, 2019

Top 10 Immune Boosting Foods for Cold and Flu Season

Boost immune system function with these foods and herbs.

Garlic. Garlic is a natural antibiotic. The compound allicin is what researchers believe give garlic such power. When you are chopping garlic, have you noticed that sticky substance that forms, causing the garlic to stick to your knife? That sticky stuff is allicin. To get the most benefit from the garlic you use, chop it finely and let it sit for 5 minutes. In those 5 minutes, the allicin will develop fully.
Onions. Onions are naturally anti-microbial. The sulfides in onions make them similar to garlic. Onions also contain allicin and should be chopped up finely. Letting the chopped onions rest will allow allicin to fully develop.
Fermented Foods. Fermented foods contain the natural bacteria that helps your digestive system work efficiently. You’ve heard the buzz about probiotics? Fermented foods contain all the live bacteria from food, rather than a supplement. Great examples are: yogurt, kombucha, kimchi, or sauerkraut. Make sure to choose a low sugar, healthy option. Fermented foods are easy to make at home.
Sweet Potatoes. Naturally high in Vitamin A and sulfur, sweet potatoes need their own spotlight as an immune boosting food. They are rich in beta-carotene. Sweet potatoes are a natural, powerful anti-oxidant as well as an anti-inflammatory.
Mushrooms. Mushrooms naturally power up your immune system by fueling white blood cells. If you suspect an infection, mushrooms are an easy way to power up. The most powerful sources of immune boosting mushrooms are Reishi, Shiitake, and Maitake.
Elderberries. Elderberries pack a powerful punch of immunity. These little black berries have been common treatment for AIDS patients, cancer patients, and were used in flu pandemics throughout history. Elderberry syrups are becoming quite popular and found almost everywhere.
Oysters. Oysters contain a high amount of zinc. Zinc has been reported to shorten the length of colds and virus attacks. Zinc is very important in the healing of wounds, which makes it a natural anti-inflammatory.
Coconut Oil. Coconut oil is rich in all the fatty acids that we need to assimilate proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Coconut oil increases the benefit of all other powerful immune boosting foods.
Cinnamon. Cinnamon is naturally anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial. Cinnamon destroys the pathogens that cause illness.
Lentils. Lentils are one of the only foods naturally high in Vitamin E. They are also high in fiber, protein, iron, and are easily digestible. When someone in my family begins to show small symptoms of being under the weather, I reach for lentils and make a rich soup with many of the ingredients above to boost immune system function in all of us.

While I have trouble ending with only 10 immune boosters, here are some of my other favorites: lemons, kale, broccoli, herbal infusions, grapefruit, cayenne pepper, oregano, turmeric, ginger, and nettles.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Natural Sore Throat Remedy List

This herbal sore throat remedy list has proven itself in my family. There are adult and kid-friendly options in this herbal sore throat remedy list.

GARGLE WITH SAGE AND SEA SALT (OR OTHER ARTISAN CHUNKY SALT)

Boil your water and make a sage tea to gargle with. Let it steep and cool. Another great herbal addition is slippery elm bark. You will want to strain your tea or use a tea bag to keep plant parts out. Plant parts could irritate the inflamed tissues if not strained.

MAKE A HOT TODDY

You will need…
-2 oz. bourbon or whiskey
-1 tablespoon of raw honey, or more
-4 ounces hot water
-1 teaspoon squeezed lemon juice
-1 slice fresh lemon

Directions
Pour the alcohol into a large mug. Add the honey, and leave the spoon in the mug. Pour the hot water into the mug, making sure it gets the last bit of honey off the spoon. Add the lemon juice and stir well. Add your lemon!

MAKE AN APPLE CIDER VINEGAR DRINK

You will need…
-1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
-1 tablespoon of raw honey
-sprinkle of cinnamon powder
-1 cup of very warm water

Directions
Mix ingredients into very warm water. Drink it while it’s still warm.

MAKE AN HERBAL INFUSION TO SIP ON

This is my personal go to and favorite.

You will need…..

-A pinch of marshmallow root
-An inch of fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped
-A spoonful of honey
-A sprinkle of cinnamon powder
-A pinch of slippery elm bark
-hot water

Directions: Place them all in your cup and fill up with boiling water. Cover and let steep for at least 8 minutes. Enjoy! (If you have a lot of pain associated with your sore throat, add a pinch of cayenne pepper. Cayenne is a natural pain reliever.)

Other options to add to your tea: licorice root, cayenne, baking soda, honeysuckle, whole cloves (NOT the clove oil!), chamomile, pomegranate, hibiscus, lavender, sage, lemon balm, and oregano.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Vegan Sauerkraut Recipe

Today, I want to share an ancient recipe that has been around for over 2500 years. It was hidden under the label of “condiment” for the past century, but with the rise of the fermented food movement, this tangy delight has gained a resurgence of respect for its medicinal properties.

It’s crispy, salty and satisfyingly sour. It’s sauerkraut.

The fermenting of cabbage may date back as far as 700 B.C. It is believed that laborers working on the Great Wall of China began the practice by storing shredded cabbage in rice wine so it would last through the non-growing periods of the year. Legend has it that Ghenghis Khan later brought it with him to Europe.

The probiotic process used in sauerkraut-craft is similar to that used in the making of uncooked pickles and Kimchi, and allows the nutrients to be more easily digested and available to the body. It is high in C, B and K vitamins, a fabulous source of fiber, is thought to boost the immune system and is a popular folk remedy for cold sores.

The most exciting finding comes from a study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. Apparently, the fermenting of cabbage produces substances called isothiocynates which may actually prevent the growth of cancer cells.

Below is a 1000 year old healing sauerkraut recipe that I was taught by an herbalist friend.

I hope you enjoy it and share the magic with someone special!
Ancient Vegan Sauerkraut Recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

1 head of red cabbage
1 1/2 tbsp. sea salt
Spring water (enough to submerge)
Juice from 1 lemon
2 mason jars
1 tsp. dill seed

TIP: For extra flavor, try adding a tablespoon of fresh thyme or rosemary to your sauerkraut mixture before securing the lid.

PREPARATION

• Using a large kitchen knife, slice the cabbage in half and cut out the stem core. Place each cabbage half on its flat side and carefully shred into thin strips. When finished, place shredded cabbage into a large ceramic or metal mixing bowl.

• Add sea salt, dill, and lemon juice to the mixing bowl and using your hands, mix all of the ingredients together. Squeeze and knead the cabbage shreds to really soften them up. Let this mixture sit for 30 minutes.

• Now it’s time to pack your mason jars with kraut! Using a serving spoon, scoop the cabbage mixture into each mason jar, leaving 2 inches of room at the top. There should be a line at the top of your mason jar, indicating how high to fill it with spring water.

• Drizzle a final bit of lemon juice over the exposed surface at the top of the jar. This will prevent the growth of any unwanted bacteria during the fermentation process.

FERMENTATION (Make sure to check out the Easy Fermenter to make this process easier!)

• Seal each jar and place in a shady storage space that stays room temperature at all times. The fermentation process can take between 4 and 10 days depending on various environmental factors. Make sure to “burp” each jar every few days. To do this, simply unscrew the lid and let the effervescence release – then place the lid back on.

• After 4 or 5 days, start sampling the sauerkraut daily until it has reached the flavor and consistency you desire. Once you feel it has reached perfection, serve it up or place it in the fridge.

This ancient probiotic-rich food will stay good for months and makes for a highly nutritious topping or snack!

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Top 10 Natural Cold & Flu Remedies

Top 10 Cold and Flu Remedies:

*Probiotics: Choose one that is refrigerated and doesn’t have added sugar! (Or make your own with our recipe.)

*Garlic: Take as a supplement when your energy starts to feel low. Garlic will give you an immediate boost of immunity.

*Elderberry Syrup: Packed with anti-oxidants, elderberries are a popular choice for kids. (And adults cause it tastes incredible!)

*Apple Cider Vinegar: A natural probiotic when made at home.

*Vit C: Take up to 10,000 mg per day of Vitamin C to kick any cold or flu down.

*Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide in ears: This is a great tip to remember. Just a few drops in the ears can eliminate any virus that is airborne.

*Oil of Oregano: This one takes a hit to the taste buds if you aren’t an oregano fan. I add it to my daily herbal tea when needed. Save this remedy for the colds and viruses that have you feeling a bit chilled.

*Eucalyptus (external only!): Make an herbal steam with eucalyptus and other essential oils to steam out the stuffed nose.

*Peppermint: Nothing soothes my sore throat like a cup of peppermint tea. Add a touch of raw honey and lemon, and your sore throat will adios.

*Vit D: Take as a supplement, or get your Vitamin D naturally from stinging nettle tea or mushrooms.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Naturally Increase Metabolism with Essential Oils

Did you know that there are essentials oils to increase metabolism? There are a few.

Please note: Be cautious when using essential oils internally. There is a lot of money being fueled behind the internal use of essential oils. Personally, I refrain. Using one drop of essential oil is like drinking 50 cups of tea from the plant you are ingesting. That calls for caution. Internal use of essential oils can cause what is called a healing crisis. They can cause your body to detox too quickly, and spur flu like symptoms and blood toxicity. (Think Amy Winehouse. Her death was caused from detoxing too quickly without medical help.) This can can happen to anyone, not just drug users.

However, the external use of essential oils, with a carrier oil, like grapeseed, castor, or olive oil can offer all the healing properties the plant without the danger zone of internal use. To use, add a few drops to your carrier oil and apply where needed. Grapeseed and castor oil in particular will carry the essential oil deep into the tissues without any effect to the digestive tract where most toxicity lies.

Boost Your Metabolism with Essential Oils:
Grapefruit: I’m sure you’ve heard of the grapefruit juice detox? Using the essential oil in a carrier oil can help decrease cellulite and stubborn far. If I were going to use grapefruit internally, I’d use fresh juice only, not an essential oil.

Peppermint: Peppermint will increase circulation and bring a gentle detox to arms, especially. Internally, peppermint tea infusion is a great way to gently stimulate metabolism.

Orange: Sweet orange is one of my favorite essential oils to use. I add sweet orange to my castile soap and use it daily. It is refreshing and a gently stimulates the metabolism. Internal use of orange should only be done with fresh juice or a sweet orange leaf tea.

Rosemary: Rosemary will brighten up your shower! Use rosemary in your carrier oils for external application and you’ll feel your energy change. Rosemary is known to bring mental clarity and help concentration.

Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus is very stimulating and will bring your metabolism up as well as your detoxification. Only a couple drops will make a huge difference in your metabolism boosting carrier oil application.

My Metabolism Boosting Moisture Blend Recipe:

2 oz of castor oil

2 oz of grapeseed oil

2 drops of grapefruit essential oil

2 drops of peppermint essential oil

3 drops of orange essential oil

1 drop of rosemary essential oil

1 drop of eucalyptus essential oil

Shake and apply. The blend of oils will absorb wonderfully into the skin, leaving no residue.

Caution: When using orange essential oil externally, do not go into the sun after. For some people, it will cause burning.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Cleavers: A Powerhouse Weed, How to Make Medicine with Cleavers

Do you know how to use cleavers as plant medicine?

See the sticky little fibers?

Cleavers have this indescribable sticky property to them. You know how grasshoppers land on you and they have those little suction cups that almost hurt your skin? That is what cleavers are like except there are no suction cups. They are just immensely sticky and wrap themselves around other plants, eventually choking them out. This sticky feeling is really little bristles that hook themselves onto anything near it. Cleavers grow like a vine and will crawl on everything in your shade garden.

Living in a densely wooded area myself, means lots of cleavers to find from spring til fall.

However, even though cleavers are a bit of a pest to the traditional gardener, they are a gem to the herbal gardener! Healing properties of cleavers are so incredible that the pharmaceutical companies are now finding interest in those properties.

I personally use cleavers as a detox agent. It has a mild laxative property that I will give my kids when a virus comes calling to keep everything working efficiently while moving that virus right along. It also stimulates the lymphatic system and is often used as an infusion. I personally use it in tincture form and add it to a base herbal infusion our family drinks daily.

Cleavers have some history in being used for cancer, skin conditions, urinary problems, kidney problems, and even on nursing pets with swelling. Cleavers can be used fresh as a poultice for inflammation, or dried for a number of herbal applications.


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Friday, November 8, 2019

Herbal Cough Syrup Recipe

Chocolate Cough Syrup Recipe that is very Kid Friendly!

This is one recipe you’ll want to have all the ingredients on hand for.

HERBAL COUGH SYRUP RECIPE

1 Tablespoon of Powdered Cacao

1 Tablespoon of Raw Honey (not for kids under 1 yr old, replace with maple syrup for very small children)

Juice from half an organic lemon

One dropperful of Red Clover Tincture

Mix them together in a small, seal-able bowl of choice, and give a teaspoon as necessary. Usually every 1-2 hrs.


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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Chickweed: Not an Ordinary Weed! Learn to Make Chickweed Medicine

Chickweed Herbal Mentoring Lesson: Learn how to use chickweed in simple herbal remedies.

Do you have this tiny green growing near you? This is the one plant I get the most excited about when I see it coming up in both the Spring and Fall. You may want to try it and see why chickens love it so intensely.

Are you going to learn how to use chickweed in simple herbal remedies? Here’s a rundown:

Chickweed (Stellaria media) is a member of the Caryophyllaceae, or carnation, family Chickweed is native to European regions but has long been widely available in the wild and cultivated in other temperate locations.

The Stellaria media or common chickweed belongs to about 25 species including some native varieties in North America, growing abundantly in the wild which are closely related to but lacks the nutritional value and medicinal effectiveness of the common chickweed.

Chickweed is an annual herb, widespread in temperate regions, growing in large, dense patches. Chickweed grows only a few inches from the ground creeping and forming dense mats. The creeping stems have pubescent or hairs only on one side alternating after every node. When the stem is broken it has no milky sap unlike its relatives where the stems are completely covered with hair and has milky sap. The roots are shallow and fibrous. Chickweed leaves are bright green, opposite, simple, broadly oval, about an inch apart in the stem and usually less than 1 inch long. Chickweeds have small, white, 5 petal star shaped flowers that bloom during spring.

Common chickweeds are edible and considered very nutritious. The common name came from the herb’s appeal to chickens. Common chickweed is used as leaf vegetable in salads.

I personally love chickweed so much that I dream about the first crop of chickweed throughout winter. It is one of my absolute favorite greens grown. There is a light cucumber taste and it literally pops in your mouth for incredible savoring. If you ever have an upset stomach due to a heavy meal, chickweed is the remedy you want on hand. A handful of chickweed will calm your digestives and move things right along.

Chickweed is also my personal go to for stinging nettle stings. When you are out harvesting your nettles this Spring, take note of where the chickweed patch is. They are usually not too far apart.

You can make a chickweed tincture (using vodka, everclear, or vinegar of your choice). Some swear that this tincture will help them lose weight. A dropperful per day could do the trick.

Nutritional Value Of Chickweed

Ascorbic-acid, Beta-carotene, Calcium, Coumarins, Genistein, Gamma-linolenic-acid, Flavonoids, Hentriacontanol, Magnesium, Niacin, Oleic-acid, Potassium, Riboflavin, Rutin, Selenium, Triterpenoid saponins, Thiamin, and Zinc.

Other Chemical Constituents

Saponin glycosides, Coumarins and hydroxycoumarins, Flavonoids, Carboxylic acids, Triterpenoids, Vitamin C, about l50-350mg per l00g.

Kidney And Liver Tonic

Common chickweed has long been used in folkloric medicine as tonic to cleanse the kidney and liver. Chickweed can be eaten raw mixed with salad or prepared and taken as a tea infusion.

Treatment Of Skin Problems

Among the many claimed health benefits from chickweed is its ability to heal skin wounds. It is used as a poultice to treat boils, cuts, burns, abscesses and ulcers. Chickweed is also used to treat itchiness associated with eczema and psoriasis. Dry chickweed to make an infused oil, and then a salve for skin problems.

Anti-Inflammatory And Pain Reliever

Another health benefit from Chickweed is it ability to act against inflammation and pain. It is used to treat rheumatism, arthritis and menstrual pain. You’ll want to use fresh, raw chickweed in your salad or dried chickweed in an herbal tea infusion when it is out of season. I keep a tincture on hand of fresh chickweed that I use as an anti-inflammatory when needed in a pinch. It works very quickly. (You can triple this tincture/extract for a more powerful boost.)

Health Benefits For Stomach Problems

Chickweed is also used to treat constipation, upset stomach and to promote digestion. Making an herbal infusion tea will be your best bet.

Chickweed For Lung Problems

Chickweed is also used to treat asthma and other respiratory problems such as couch and colds. It is believed that the vitamin C in Chickweed can help boost body resistance and can even be used to treat scurvy. However, if you have a ragweed allergy, you may want to avoid chickweed. It is part of the ragweed family.

Interactions and Cautions

Chickweed is considered safe for most adults when taken by mouth. If you have a ragweed allergy, you’ll want to avoid. It could worsen symptoms.

No sufficient studies have been made to determine potential side effects.

Use during pregnancy and breast feeding is discouraged.


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