Ginger for Colds and Flu

October 25th, 2006

This is the season when people generally suffer form Colds and Flu. Chinese medicine refers to this form of sickness as “invading cold” or “invading damp” which means that our system has been assailed by the cold weather.

Whether in the form of: influenza, chills, coughs, or Bronchitis, this is a condition that lasts far too long for anyone. Herbal help can be found as close to you as your spice rack or local grocery store. Spices are thought of as warm to hot, and Ginger is strong enough to repel the assailant.

GOOD NEWS ABOUT Ginger

Whether fresh or ground, Ginger is a marvelous spice as well as a delicious non-Alcoholic beverage. Ginger used in baking livens up cookies, cakes and breads and naturally helps create that fabulous Christmas mainstay: the Gingerbread House.

  1. Ginger contains a high level of enzymes that break down meat, similar to our own natural stomach enzymes. Ginger can be used as a meat tenderizer.

  2. If you want to stimulate Circulation in the intestines, then Ginger is the herb you’re looking for.

  3. Want a natural Antioxidant? Ginger’s your herb.

  4. Ginger helps balance your diet. Too many cooling foods, such as vegetables, need a counter balance. Ginger is known in all forms of Eastern medicine as a warming herb.

  5. Ginger helps relieve Motion Sickness and nausea.

  6. Ginger is used to help detoxify the body, especially aching muscles from Colds and Flu.

  7. If you’ve exerted yourself too much, Ginger relaxes tight muscles.

TYPES OF Ginger

Fresh Ginger root is what you’ll find the most beneficial in easing your Colds and Flu symptoms. One whiff of a fresh Ginger root will have you starting onto your road to recovery. It’s a distinctive scent, highly aromatic, and images of far off lands might come to mind. Once it’s consumed, it radiates outwards, warming your body and clearing away your illness. Fresh Ginger can be added to food or brewed into a tea.

Dried/powdered is the simplest way to take Ginger. You can buy the capsules in health food stores. It’s easy to find Bulk Ginger at Chinese grocery stores or via the Internet. When you purchase ready-made capsules, take as many as directed on the label.

Tea is found anywhere, but make sure you read the ingredients. You can find it mixed with other Herbs or else listed so far down on the label that it’ll be useless. Ginger should always be listed first for it to be effective. However, the following recipe is the best for cold/flu conditions.

RECIPES

Ginger Tea

This should be made with a fresh root.

Grate a small piece of Ginger into a mug. Add the juice of a � Lemon. Fill the mug with boiling water. Stir in a teaspoon of Organic honey.

Ginger Socks

This will keep your feet warm and boost sluggish Circulation.

You will need powdered Cayenne Pepper for this to be even more effective. Mix � teaspoon Cayenne Pepper with 1 teaspoon powdered Ginger. Add the mixture to a pair of socks. If you are very cold and are not moving, this remedy won’t be of much help.

The more you move, whether you’re walking around in your home or are outdoors really getting a workout, the better this is. A lot of movement will heat your feet too much so be careful! If you are really feeling unwell, you should still attempt to do some form of exercise, even if it’s just wiggling your toes, so that the Cayenne/ginger mixture has some kick to it!

Ginger Bath

Bathing in fragrant Ginger is a luxury as well as a recipe for getting better. Powdered Ginger is the recommended form and it should be added slowly. Start with the addition of 1 tablespoon’s worth of Ginger. If that isn’t enough, add another. Don’t add too much. You will feel your heart rate increase and you’ll begin to detoxify your symptoms soon after bathing in Ginger. Drinking plenty of water is recommended.

WHERE TO BUY Ginger

You can find Ginger at your supermarket or health food store or online at Mountain Rose Herbs

Note: Consult your physician before trying any of these remedies. Ginger is not recommended for infants.

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Cold and Flu Herbal Remedies

October 18th, 2006

Colds With Flu Symptoms:

Mix 1 cup each of Plantain, Black Elder Flowers, Juniper berries, Rosemary, Irish moss and Peppermint, Steep 1tsp. of the herb mix in 1 cup boiling water for 15 min., strain reheat and sweeten, drink twice a daily.

Flu symptoms:

Pour 2 quarts boiling water over 1 ounce of dried Sage, add the juice of Lemon,1 Orange, and 1 ounce of honey, mix well, cover and steep for 1 hour. Strain and drink as often as desired, reheat as needed.

Flu Remedy:

Pour 1 pints of boiling water over 1 ounce of Elder Flowers and 1 ounce of Peppermint leaves, cover and let steep 15 min. strain and sweeten give 1 cup warm every hour to produce Sweating.

For Flu:

Put 1tbsp. each of white Yarrow, boneset, and skullcap in 1 pint of water, simmer for 30 min….strain, add 1tbsp. of this liquid and 1tsp. of psyllium seed, flavored to one cup of boiling water, sweeten w/corn syrup, drink every 30 min. this takes care of backaches and Headaches too.

Congestion with cold:

add 1 ounce of Comfrey root(cut up fine) to 1 pint of water, bring to a boil then simmer for 30 min…strain and sweeten take this 3-4 times a day by the cup, Comfrey reduces the inflammation in the bronchial and alimentary system. It acts as an emollient, demulcent and expectorant, it also has pain relieving properties.

Chest congestion:

Mix 1/2 cup each of powdered Slippery Elm, corn starch, and crushed Black Mustard seed, wet the mixture just enough to make a thin paste, grease chest w/olive oil. Place the mixture on a warm flannel cloth and apply to the chest, cover to keep warm, keep on until chest skin begins to turn red.

Congestion treatment:

mix 1 cup warm Almond oil, with 1/2tsp. of Peppermint oil, massage the chest and back to relieve chest congestion, keep warm and give plenty of Peppermint tea to produce Sweating.(this works well also for children)

Bronchial problems:

heat 1 cup of milk,add 1tbsp. dried bee Balm to the milk, allow to steep 15 min….strain and reheat, drink several glasses a day until improvement is noticed.

Comfrey Bronchial Infusion:

put 1/4 once of Comfrey leaves in 1 pint of boiling water, cover and steep(covered) 30 min…strain and sweeten with honey, drink at least 2 cups per day.

Parsley Cough Treatment: This is good to use for persistent stubborn coughs.

Pour 2 1/2 cups of boiling water over 2tbsp. of dried Agrimony flowers or leaves and 1tbsp. of dried Parsley, cover and steep until the mixture is cool, strain…use as a gargle to soothe throats, to stop persistent coughs take 2-3tbsp’s of the infusion morning and evening.

Cherry Cough Syrup:

Place 1 pint of cherries in a pan and add just enough water to cover , add several Lemon slices and 1 pint of honey, simmer the mixture until cherries are soft, remove from heat. Remove the Lemon and cherry pits from the mixture, refrigerate and take several tbsp. as needed for coughing.

Thyme Cough syrup:

Pour 1 pint boiling water over 1 ounce of dried Thyme, cool to room temperature strain and add 1 cup of honey, shake to mix well, keep in refrigerated, take 1tbsp several times a day for Sore Throats, Colds and coughing.

Colds, chest complaints and asthma:

To stave off infections:

Hyssop tea is used on a regular basis is said to help keep away infections; add several teaspoons of the chopped leaves to 2 cups of boiling water and allow to steep 15 minutes, strain and sweeten w/honey, take several cups a day if fighting a cold or infection.

Traditional Peppermint Cure:

mix 1 tablespoon of Elder Flowers,1tbsp. Peppermint,1tbsp. white Yarrow,1tbsp. feverfew flowers, pour 2 cups boiling water over mix, let steep for 15 min. strain, sweeten and drink hot, this will help break fever by perspiring. Yarrow acts as a pain reliever.

COLD TREATMENT:

Mullein flower tea; has a pleasant taste and is good to soothe inflamed conditions of mucous membrane lining of the throat, also relieves coughing, put a small handful of the Mullein flowers in 1 pint of boiling water, allow to steep for 15 min., strain and sweeten w/honey.

cold treatment: chop several leaves of Comfrey and add 1/2 cup of elderberries, add 1 cup of honey and 1 cup of water, simmer for 30 min. …strain and take as needed to produce Perspiration and reduce fever, Comfrey leaves produce an aspirin like substance and help to ease discomfort of a cold as well as soothes inflamed mucous membranes of the throat., elderberries serve a diuretic to flush the system.

Royal mix for the severe colds:

mix 1 cup each of dried white Yarrow, Spearmint, Sage, Catnip, Horehound, Verbena, and Pennyroyal. Pour 1 pint of boiling water over 2 1/2tbsps. the herb mix. Cover and let stand 10 min…..strain and sweeten…drink 1 cup every couple of hours, use more often if Sweating is desired.

Rice tea:

This remedy is for kids and adults (both will love) simmer 1/2cup of rice in 1 1/2 quarts of water for 15 min., strain and add a few drops of Vanilla flavoring and sugar, sprinkle w/cinnamon for extra flavor(drink warm) this settles an upset stomach quickly, stops vomiting, diarrhea fast.

Rosehip tea:

Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 teaspoon of crushed rosehips and 1teaspoon of dried Lemon peel, let steep 15 min. strain and use honey to sweeten, drink this tea whether you have a cold or not, the extra Vitamin C is good or you anytime.

Cold treatment:

boil 8 cornhusks in 2 pints of water for 30 min…strain and drink, said to relieve Headaches and stuffiness of the nose during cold.

cold remedy:

put one gallon of water in a large pan, adding 3 ounces softened Ginger root, 3 cups honey, and 1/4 pound seedless raisins, bring to a boil, simmer for about an hour(top will need to be skimmed every once in a while)cool, strain and place in a tightly closed container overnight in the frige.

The next day, squeeze 6 lemons,4 oranges and add to the mixture, mix well and drink 2-3 glasses per day, will get rid of the symptoms pretty fast and clean the system.

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Help Colds and Flu - AND Save Money!

October 16th, 2006

Cough, fever, Sore Throat, stuffy nose, headache, body aches. Yes, it is time for you to start thinking about cold and Flu season already - it is right around the corner.

Knowing this makes it important to get your health plan in action to stay healthy this season. Always remember that antibiotics aren’t effective against Colds and inappropriate use of antibiotics may be harmful. A healthy, natural approach can work wonders to keep you healthy during the cold winter months.

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Catarrh - Another name for Congestion?

October 12th, 2006

Aromatherapy is used for different conditions - one of which is Catarrh. Catarrh is inflammation of the nasal, Sinus and upper respiratory passages. Using another more common term - Congestion.

Congestion may include formation of mucus but can be due to swelling and inflammation of the tissues lining the nasal and sinuses.

Aromatherapy is often used to help relieve congestion due to rhinitis, sinusitis, the common cold, influenza, hay fever just to name a few.

The simplest way to help relieve is to add a drop or two of known Essential Oils to relieve congestion to a cotton ball or tissue and breathe in.

Some prefer to do a steam treatment by filling a bowl with hot water and draping a towel over the bowl. Add a few drops of Essential Oil and inhale for several minutes.

For some using a nasal Inhaler with a few drops added is more discreet especially, if you have to go out in public and want to have something to use that is quick and easy.

Eucalyptus is very well known to help with congestion. But other oils may help include Cajuput, Cedarwood , Frankincense, Ginger , Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Peppermint, Pine, Ravensara, Rosemary, Tea Tree and Thyme.

Try this blend in the Diffuser.

You can use this blend in any Diffuser - if you want to use all night use in a fan Diffuser such as the Natura, Spa Scenter or Fan Fuser.

In the Personal Inhaler put Rosemary 2 drops and Peppermint 1 drop. Inhale as needed.

A Chest Rub for Catarrh

Blend Essential Oils then add the Carrier Oil - Sweet Almond or Sunflower oil are excellent choices. Rub on the upper chest, neck and on your back (if you have help). After you have rubbed these areas, cup your hands over your nose and mouth and inhale the remnants of the Essential Oils left on your hands for a few breaths. Use this 2-3 times daily as needed.

Our recommendations:

Colds, Sore Throats and Sinus problems: Congest Aid, Cold Care, SinuAid, Quiet Cough, Throat Coat, Daytime Cold Formula.

Bronchitis, Catarrh and Asthma: RespiRescue, MucAway, Bronchi-Relief, ImmuniBoost.

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Antimicrobial Essential Oil Blend to Help Prevent Colds, Flu

October 9th, 2006

Antimicrobial Essential Oil Blend (10ml)

The oils in the Antimicrobial blend are highly antiviral, Antiseptic, Antibacterial, Antimicrobial, and help protect the body against such illnesses as Flu, Colds, sinusitis, Bronchitis, pneumonia, Sore Throats, etc.

Ingredients: Synergistic blend of oils including Rosemary, Lemongrass, Thyme, Cinnamon

Profiles of Single Essential Oils in this Blend:

Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum verum)

Action: Highly Antimicrobial, anti-infectious, Antibacterial for a wide spectrum of infections. It is antiviral, antifungal (Candida), a general tonic, increases blood flow when previously restricted and is a light anticoagulant.

Indications: Tropical infection, typhoid and vaginitis.

Other Uses: May be beneficial for Circulation, infections, coughs, exhaustion, respiratory infections, digestion, Rheumatism, warts. This oil also fights viral and infectious diseases and may be a sexual stimulant.

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)

Action: Supports digestion, tones and helps regenerate connective tissues and ligaments, dilates blood vessels, strengthens vascular walls, promotes lymph flow, Anti-Inflammatory, sedative.

Indications: Bladder Infection, digestive disturbances, parasites, torn ligaments, edema, Fluid Retention, Kidney Disorders, varicose veins.

Other Uses: May help Improve Circulation, digestion and eyesight as well as combat Headaches, infections, Respiratory Problems, Sore Throats and Fluid Retention. It AIDS in tissue regeneration.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis CT 1,8 cineol)

Action: Antifungal, Antibacterial, Antiseptic, antiparasitic, general stimulant, enhances mental Clarity, supports nerves and endocrine glands balance.

Indications: Rheumatism, Arthritis, Myalgia, Hepatitis, liver conditions, menstrual disturbances, Hypertension (weak doses), hypotension (strong doses), Indigestion, Bronchitis, respiratory and lung infections, Hair Loss (Alopecia), Asthma.

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris CT thymol)

Action: Highly Antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, uterine tonic, cardiotonic.

Indications: Asthma, Bronchitis, colitis, Cystitis, dermatitis, anthrax, fatigue (general), pleurisy, Psoriasis, Sciatica, tuberculosis, vaginal Candida.

Other Uses: A general tonic for nerves and stomach. It may also help with bacterial infections, respiratory infections, Circulation, Depression, digestion, Headaches, Insomnia, Rheumatism, Urinary Infections, Viruses along the spine.

Application Methods: Inhale 1-2 drops direct. Diffuse 1-2 drops daily for 15-30 minutes every 3-4 hours as needed. Apply 1-3 drops topically as needed. Massage 2-3 to bottoms of feet. Massage 1-2 drops over thymus.

How do I apply Oils?: Click here to learn the various methods of applying Essential Oils and blends.

What are the foot reflex points?: Click here for foot reflex charts and pressure techniques.

Companion Oil Blends: ImmuniBoost

Safety Data: This blend may be irritating to those with sensitive skin. Avoid eye contact. In case of accidental eye contact, put a few drops of any pure vegetable oil in the eye and get medical help if necessary. Never use water to dilute or rinse.

Oil Measurements: 10 ml = approx. 1/3 oz.

A 10 ml bottle of our blends holds approximately 325-350 drops. The average dosage varies from 1-6 drops

Antimicrobial blend also comes in convenient Inhaler and Roll-On bottles!

Learn more about our Antimicrobial blend now!

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Recipes for Homemade Cough and Cold Remedies

September 8th, 2006

Try some of these recipes for homemade cough and cold remedies:

Ginger Tea

  • 1 inch or so fresh Ginger root, sliced thin or grated
  • 1/2 a fresh Lemon, sliced (peel & all)
  • 1 Clove Garlic, mashed
  • ~2 c water
  • Very generous spoonful honey

Place water, Ginger, Lemon, & Garlic in saucepan; bring to boil, then turn down heat and simmer gently for 20 min. Strain into mugs and add lots of honey. The tea will get stronger if you let it sit! Most invigorating! The Garlic adds a bit of bitterness, but the honey masks that. This tea is very soothing to the throat and warms and opens the chest and nasal passages. Plus there are all those Vitamins and other good things! I now make this tea at the first sign of a cold, which helps me fight it off. I find it more effective than the commercial hot Lemon remedies, and of course cheaper!

Old Fashioned Mustard Plaster (Helps relieve chest congestion due to Colds)

  • 1 tbsp dry Mustard
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Lukewarm water

Sift together Mustard and flour in a bowl. Slowly add just enough water to make a paste. Spread the plaster on a piece of muslin big enough to cover chest. Cover with another piece of muslin.

Make sure the skin is dry. Place the Mustard plaster on the chest. Check frequently and discontinue if there is any kind of allergic reaction. Remove when skin begins to turn red, usually after 10-20 minutes, and don’t leave on any longer than 30 minutes at a time. Then rub the chest w/ petroleum jelly to keep the heat in. Treat twice daily until congestion clears up. NOTE: For children, reduce amount of flour to 6 tbsp.

Simple Cough Syrup

  • 3 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup warm water

Combine Lemon juice and honey in a bowl. Slowly stir in the water. Store in a covered jar in the refrigerator - take 1-2 tbsp as needed for cough. To soothe a Sore Throat, add 1 tbsp of mixture to a cup of Comfrey root, Chamomile or Rosemary tea.

Cranberry Soup

  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 2 cups water
  • Honey to taste
  • 1 tbsp potato starch

Heat cranberries and water together until cranberry skins open. Strain and add honey to taste. Bring mixture close to a boil, then remove from heat. In a separate bowl, mix starch with 2 tbsp cold water. Slowly add this mixture to the cranberry juice - stir vigorously.

Return mixture to heat and bring to full boil, stirring until it thickens and becomes slightly transparent. Store in refrigerator in a covered container. Serve w/ warm cream. Soothes Colds, and is a good source of Vitamins C and B.

Hyssop Cough Syrup (Licorice flavored, soothes Sore Throats)

  • 2 tbsp dried Hyssop (flower tops) or 1/3 cup fresh Hyssop (chopped flowers)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 tsp aniseed

In a saucepan combine honey and water. Stir until the mixture is consistency of pancake syrup. Bring slowly to a boil (over a medium heat). Skim off any scum that rises to the surface.

Use 1-2 tbsp water to moisten the dried Hyssop. Crush the aniseed. Stir both into the honey. Cover and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. Remove from heat, uncover, and allow to cool. While the mixture is still a little warm, strain into a jar. When completely cooled, screw on the lid. Should keep for 1 week.

Glycerine Lemon Cough Syrup

1 Lemon 2 tbsp glycerine 2 tbsp honey

Heat the Lemon by boiling it in water for 10 minutes. Cut in half and squeeze out the juice. Add the glycerine and honey. Take 1 tsp as needed.

Marshmallow Cough Syrup

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup Orange juice or juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 tsp chopped dried Marshmallow root

In a small saucepan, bring the Marshmallow root and water to a boil. Recuce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain liquid into another saucepan (should result in about 1 cup). Over a low heat, slowly stir in the sugar until it becomes thick and granules completely dissolve. (Stir in more water if the mixture becomes too thick.) Remove from heat and stir in the Orange juice. Transfer to a container and allow to cool before covering tightly.

Wild Cherry Cough Syrup

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar (scant)
  • 1 tsp Wild Cherry Bark
  • 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 tsp chopped dried Marshmallow root

Make a decoction of the cherry Bark and Marshmallow root. (Boil in water for about 4 minutes. Steep the mixture with the cover on the pot for a few minutes.) Slowly stir in the sugar and cream of tartar, simmer until the mixture becomes thick and sugar granules completely dissolve. Transfer to a container and allow to cool before covering tightly.

Lemon Cayenne Throat Soother

Mix 1 tsp honey with 1 tsp Lemon juice and dash of Cayenne Pepper. Take like cough syrup. This does not prevent cough, but does relieve throat pain in two ways. First, the honey and Lemon coat the throat. Second, the cayennepepper brings blood cells needed to fight off infection to the throat area.

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U.S. lab to monitor for bird flu arrival

May 26th, 2006

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Inside an Agriculture Department building known as C-3, four young chickens strut nervously in their cage. They are part of the government’s network of defense against deadly bird Flu.

“These are nice, bright, healthy birds,” says veterinarian Michelle Crocheck, who is decked out in protective clothing that is part “ER” and part lobster fisherman.

If suspected cases of bird Flu are found at other screening labs across the country, the future for Crocheck’s charges is grim.

The four fowl — and hundreds like them — are key players in a complex testing process at the National Veterinary Services Laboratories that will determine whether the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird Flu virus has arrived in the United States.

“Lab diagnosis is definitely the centerpiece of the whole avian influenza response,” said Larry Granger, who oversees emergency management for the Agriculture Department.

The labs — normally off-limits to anyone but the scientists who work there — were opened Tuesday to journalists for a walkthrough of the nation’s only internationally recognized bird Flu testing program.

Researchers test for bird Flu, mad cow disease and many other animal diseases on the 640-acre campus near Iowa State University. The sprawling green lawns and low buildings are under tight security.

Known as the H5N1 strain of bird influenza, the virus spread from Asia, where it’s blamed for the slaughter of 200 million birds, to Africa and Europe. The virus has killed at least 124 people.

No one knows whether the virus will reach the U.S. or develop into a strain of deadly Flu that can be transmitted easily by humans.

To help determine when and where it arrives, the government has begun a massive testing program. The first phase started in Alaska, where thousands of migratory birds will be captured and swabbed. The birds are considered natural reservoirs for bird Flu and can harbor hundred of different Flu viruses. (Full story)

Samples will be shipped to a network of laboratories across the country for screening. If a sample contains evidence of the H5 virus, it then gets shipped to Ames, where tests are run over several days to determine if the infected bird carried the H5N1 strain.

First, virus from the sample is injected in bird eggs, which are tested five days later to determine whether it is one of 144 strains of bird Flu or whether it is another disease such as Exotic Newcastle, which is harmless to humans but deadly to poultry.

If it contains bird Flu, the sample is tested to determine whether it is H5N1 or another of the avian influenzas. Only those testing positive for H5N1 go to the lab with the caged chickens.

Eight of these birds, specially bred and disease-free, are injected with virus from the suspect sample. Perhaps within hours, certainly in two days, the birds will begin moving more slowly, perhaps hunching in the corner of the cage and no longer eating and drinking. Their wattles might turn from bright Orange to Blue.

“If you lose 75 percent of the chickens, or more, then it’s high-path,” said Brundaben Panigrahy, head of the lab’s avian section, using scientists’ shorthand for the lethal strain of Asian bird Flu.

Although the test results will be announced publicly, likely by officials in Washington, Granger said this will not be a signal of a threat to humans.

“If we find this virus in the wild bird population, it doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a human health risk,” Granger said. “Likewise, it doesn’t mean there is a risk to commercial poultry.”

So far, the virus has mostly affected birds. Those who have died from the virus — mostly in Asia — had close contact with infected birds. However, scientists cautioned that the virus could mutate into a form that spreads easily among people and could spark an epidemic.

“Finding it in a migratory bird is an early warning system,” Ron DeHaven, head of the Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said in a recent interview.

“So it would be cause for us to put out an alert, do some additional surveillance testing and do some Education and outreach, in terms of practicing good biosecurity,” DeHaven said.

Courtesy of CNN - Read full story here.

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Cold Prevention Tea

May 12th, 2006

Pour a quart of boiling water over two to four tablespoons of Herbs; cover and steep for at least 10 minutes–even overnight; strain.

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Immunity Booster Tea

May 10th, 2006

Drink three cups a day during cold or Flu

Steep 2 tablespoons in 1 cup of boiling hot water.

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Cough and Cold Herbal Infusion

April 27th, 2006

Here’s How:

  1. Bring water to a boil, remove from heat.
  2. Add Herbs.
  3. Steep covered for 20 minutes.
  4. Strain, add honey for taste.

What You Need:


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