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Herbs! Better than over the counter..

 

HERBS!  Better than over the counter

Flu & Cold season is upon us... here are some tips for healing herbs

Herbal medicine is the medicine of the home!  One of the benefits of working with herbs is that it enables us to become more self reliant.  Given that we have choices in how we care for ourselves builds empowerment.  Herbalism is an accessible, natural and inexpensive way of healing.  Herbal medicine becomes even more cost effective and inexpensive when you plant your own.

MANTRA FOR HOME HEALTH CARE
I am my own healer.  I have a radiant voice that guides me.  I can make decisions for myself.  I can rely on others as needed, but at my discretion.  It is my body, my health, my balance and my responsibility to make the right choices for myself.  Right choices include working with competent health care professionals when necessary, allowing friends and family to help as needed, and above all being true to my beliefs, with the wisdom and willingness to change as part of the path of healing.

HERBS THAT ARE HANDY FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR!

Licorice root, Valerian Root, Cinnamon Bark (or cinnamon from your spice cabinet), Ginger, Onion, Garlic, Horseradish, Honey, Cayenne powder, Elderberries, Elder Flower, Peppermint leaf, Yarrow flower

Here are a couple of recipes that make use of these herbs:

Gypsy cold care Remedy
This combination of herbs helps the body perspire - which in turn will help to lower a fever.  This tea can also be used for allergies, hay fever and sinus congestion.

1 part elder flower
1 part Peppermint leaf
1 part Yarrow flower & leaf

MAKE AN INFUSION WITH THESE HERBS...
1) Put 4-6 tablespoons of the dried herbs (6-8 of fresh herbs) in a 1 QT glass jar. 
2) Pour boiling water over the herbs & let steep for 30-45 mins.
3) Strain & Drink

Sip throughout the day - as needed

Fire Cider
Remedy
This is an amazingly effective remedy for staying healthy throughout the winter season, keeping colds and flu at bay.  It is also delicious to use as a salad dressing, but be sure to save some for medicinal purposes.

1 medium onion chopped
4-5 cloves of garlic coarsely chopped
3-4 tablespoons of freshly grated ginger root
3-4 tablespoons of freshly grated horse radish root
Apple cider vinegar (preferably not unpasteurized)
Honey
Cayenne powder

To make the vinegar:
Combine the onion, garlic, ginger and horseradish in a widemouthed glass quart jar and add enough warmed apple cider vinegar to cover them.  Place in a warm spot (a sunny window) and let sit for 3-4 weeks.  Strain, then discard the spent herbs.  Now the fun part.. add the honey and cayenne to taste.  The finished product should taste lively, hot and pungent and sweet!

To use:
Take 1-2 tablespoons at the first sign of a cold.  Repeat the dose every 3-4 hours until symptoms subside.

HAPPY FLU SEASON!!!  STAY WELL.

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