Herbal Ways to Stay Healthy This Season

Herbal Ways to Stay Healthy This Season October 23, 2018

Changing of the Seasons Does Not Have to Mean Illness

It almost seems like I woke up one day and it was October. Dazed and confused, I wonder where the golden days of summer have disappeared to. If you leave in New England, like I do, this past summer was a tad disappointing. It seemed to rain A LOT. Do not get me wrong, I love rain. Those rainy nights lying in bed, listening to the rain fall from the distant, open window is so relaxing. Not to mention, letting your inner child run wild through the rain drops, dancing like no one is watching… or how about those quirky umbrellas, like the one here pictured with my friend Brian. Look how much fun that alone inspires.

Still, it seemed like rainy days were many and with a turn, fall has arrived in full view. Colder temperatures are here, less sun, more darkness. With the summoning of Autumn, also comes the fear of getting sick. The Flu has already attacked some of my community and colds are close behind. Now is a good time to prepare and stock herbal and holistic precautions and remedies.

Elderberries

Elderberries are a necessary in your herbal medicine chest. They aid respiratory infections and can help prevent and calm the flu. They are 99% effective against the H5N1 strain and were even proven to be effective against the H1N1 strain that scared us all back in 2009. Herbalist and Author of the book “Alchemy of the Herbs,” Rosalee De La Foret writes, “Researchers further discovered that it was the flavonoid content of the berries that can block a virus from entering a host cell.”

Elderberry is good for influenza, as mentioned above but it is also good for respiratory infections. You can make or buy as an extract or syrup. In fact, the syrup may remind you of some remedies you have taken as a child. Some herbalists suggest taken the syrup week days when having an infection, then keeping the week ends to allow your own immune system to step up. Wise Women’s Herbal has a nice blended syrup to aid with colds, flu and to boost your immune. You can also try making it with the following recipe:

Elderberry Syrup Recipe

2 quarts fresh rip elderberries

1/4 ounce freshly grated ginger

1/2 tsp ground cloves

honey

Combine berries with 1/4 cup of water in large pot and simmer until berries are soft. Strain out the pulp, reserving the liquid. Add in the ginger and cloves, simmer uncovered until the liquid reduces to half of its original amount. Pour the juice into a measuring cup and note the amount. Return the juice to the pot. Add the same amount of honey, stirring until completely combined. Let cool, and then bottle. Label with contents and date. Store in the fridge. Contents are good for up to 12 weeks.

To treat or fight off a cold, flu or respiratory infection, take 1 to 2 TBSP several times throughout the day.

Fire Cider Tonic

I came across this about two to three years ago. I had carried around a cold for weeks. The holidays were approaching fast, adding extra stress. I decided to try some Fire Tonic and was surprised at how quickly I felt like myself again. What I found out after, was that this was a remedy used by farmers and ancestors for many years. The idea is that farmers would take roots and fading herbs and make this remedy. It would sit for about six weeks. They would take it daily to ward off any illnesses.

Made using Apple Cider Vinegar, you basically add roots like onions, garlic and horseradish. Lemon and herbs like rosemary, cayenne and thyme add an interesting taste of pungent once settled. The benefits of this nutritional tonic is amazing. I try to take this every day once fall hits.

It is important to note that the term “Fire Cider” has been in the public eye recently. The company Shire City has trademarked the term recently. This means that legally, herbalists cannot call their product this. Why this is a big deal is because it is a term that herbalists have been using for ages. Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar is credited with coining this but I believe that it was called this perhaps even prior to her popularizing it. Please read more about this here.

Try to make your own if you are able. I just feel so empowered when creating herbal remedies. It is you connecting to mother earth and creating your own medicine. Talk about magick. You can find some great recipes at Mountain Rose Herbs.

 

 

Cayenne Tea

Cayenne is a great sweat tea. Personally, I am not a fan of sweating but I do understand the importance of this bodily function. Drinking a cayenne tea at the first sign of a flu or cold can shorten the duration and aid with overall healing. Use a small amount, only a 1/4 to 1/2 tsp when using a quality powder. Be cautious not to use too much or you may feel nausea coming on. Add boiling water to the powder. Also add lemon and honey to taste, let sit and cool. Sip slowly. See what you can stand for temperature. Cayenne tea works best the hotter you can stand it.

Four Thieves Vinegar

 

The concoction has great antimicrobial qualities. It seems to help with keeping colds and flu at bay. It is an overall great winter tonic that reminds me of similar qualities as Fire Cider Tonic. Take daily to ward off infections, colds and flu.

Four Thieves Vinegar Recipe

Key Ingredients:

Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar

Garlic cloves ( gather many, peel skins)

Optional Ingredients:

Lavender

Mint

Black Pepper

Cayenne Pepper

Chili Pepper

Rosemary

Thyme

Sage

Start with a wide mouth mason jar. Add peeled garlic to fill much of the jar. Then pick four optional ingredients, add. Fill the remaining space in the jar with the apple cider vinegar. Use a plastic cap, plastic wrap or wax paper over metal cap to prevent rusting. Wait six to eight weeks and take a TBSP or shot daily.

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Priestess Alura Rose has spent over 35 years in the study of divination and witchcraft, and is a frequent reader at Enchanted in Salem, MA. Now she steps forward and intertwines her passion for fairy tales with her experience in the craft, leading rituals, teaching workshops and creating magickal art and spells, all based upon Fairy Tales. Alura believes that Fairy Tales hold the secrets of the ancient Goddess tradition and she has become known as "The Fairy Tale Witch." She is a gifted teacher and tarot reader with phenomenal intuition. Alura has also mastered the art of Toe Reading and now introduces her own divination creation, “Fairy Tale Runes.”. To have a seat across from Alura, is to open the book on your own tale and see what magick lies in store for you to discover You can read more about the author here.
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  • Also, don’t forget to get your flu shot! 🙂

  • herbprof

    Here is a conversation starter, and a way to totally pull the rug out from under Vaccine Lovers, and Medical Doctor Worshipers!
    1. Ask them why does the Flu always start in China?
    —The Answer: Because farmers in China, since recorded history! Have always raised their Pigs, Geese, Ducks, and Chickens together!

    2. THE PROBLEM… Pigs can pick up both Avian(bird) and Human Viruses and create a new virus! And re-infect back to the humans, and birds! Like infecting the farmer and his family! Which moves the new yearly flu virus to big Chinese cities, and via Airliners to USA and etc.

    3. And this is exactly what happened in the 14th century Plagues of Europe. Those plagues moved from Chinese farms, via ships, armies, and caravans to Europe, killing 1/3 of the population!

    4. Brian Bossak, an environmental health scientist at Georgia Southern University. Hemorrhagic virus — which causes bleeding and fever, like ebola — swept through 14th-century Europe.
    Plagues like the Bubonic, Black Death and etc plagues?pb

    5. If the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Told China, to forbid their farmers from allowing their Pigs, and Birds from mingling! That would stop many communicable diseases on Earth, in probably less than a year!

    6. WHY WON’T THE CDC, THE WHO, AND CHINA EVER TELL THOSE CHINESE FARMERS TO SEPARATE THEIR ANIMALS? BECAUSE SICK AND DYING PEOPLE ARE WORTH M-O-N-E-Y AND P-O-W-E-R!

    9. And healthy people are only worth happiness and prosperity to their families, their society, and the World!
    Reference:
    How to brew flu: Put ducks, people and pigs together
    old.post-gazette.com/healthscience/20010429chinafluhealth3.asp
    Apr 29, 2001 – Duck droppings litter the soil on hundreds of thousands of small farms … Then pigs act as a flu “mixing bowl,” combining avian viruses with the human … It creates the new strains of influenza that march around the globe each ..

    Happy Healthy Trails…
    Doc Blake

    PS
    Why is vitamin C so effective at curing the flu? Because a flu virus attacks and destroys our bodies cell. And all of those cells have to be replaced. And to replace our cells, your body needs Collagen. And the main ingredient your body needs to create Collagen is vitamin C.

    Plus of course vitamin C helps strengthen our immune system… And add to that, probiotics, our friendly bacteria. Actually science has found that 70% of our immunity depends on the health of our friendly bacteria. So instead of a flu shot that weakens your immunity, and can give you the flu… Stop by your health food store a pickup some vitamin C, and plenty of probiotics to keep you strong throughout the Winter Seasons, Merry Christmas!

    References:
    —Can You Strengthen the Immune System with Probiotics and Protect …
    https://www.pharmacytimes.com/…/can-you-strengthen-the-immune-system-with-pro…
    Jan 31, 2018 – Helping patients choose the best probiotics for their needs: an update

    Vitamin C shown to reduce cold and flu symptoms by 85%
    https://www.naturalhealth365.com/vitamin-c-cold-symptoms-flu-1633.html
    Nov 9, 2015 – Vitamin C shown to reduce flu and cold symptoms by 85 percent. Posted by: … Flu remedy: A safe alternative to dangerous medications. A 2013

  • herbprof

    Vitamin C, Collagen and Flu Viruses
    Why is vitamin C so effective at curing the flu? Because a flu virus attacks and destroys our bodies cells. And all of those cells have to be replaced. And to replace our cells, your body needs Collagen. And the main ingredient your body needs to create Collagen is vitamin C.

    Plus of course vitamin C helps strengthen our immune system… And add to that, probiotics, our friendly bacteria. Actually science has found that 70% of our immunity depends on the health of our friendly bacteria. So instead of a flu shot that weakens your immunity, and can give you the flu… Stop by your health food store a pickup some vitamin C, and plenty of probiotics to keep you strong throughout the Winter Seasons, Merry Christmas!

    References:
    —Can You Strengthen the Immune System with Probiotics and Protect …
    https://www.pharmacytimes.com/…/can-you-strengthen-the-immune-system-with-pro…
    Jan 31, 2018 – Helping patients choose the best probiotics for their needs: an update

    —Vitamin C shown to reduce cold and flu symptoms by 85%
    https://www.naturalhealth365.com/vitamin-c-cold-symptoms-flu-1633.html
    Nov 9, 2015 – Vitamin C shown to reduce flu and cold symptoms by 85 percent. Posted by: … Flu remedy: A safe alternative to dangerous medications. A 2013

    —How To Boost Collagen with Vitamin C – Collagen Complete
    https://collagencomplete.com › Blog › Anti-Aging
    Nov 8, 2015 – Vitamin C is used to make all of these collagen types, so it’s one of the most important nutrients for building healthy tissue.