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Flu & Cold Season Immune Boosters

Elderberry Syrup Recipe(plus Flu & Cold Season Tips)

Elderberries 2012 003Elderberry syrup is a proven remedy for preventing, curing and recovering from the flu, colds, excessive mucus, sore throats, and contains large amounts of antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C.

– 1 cup fresh or 1/2 cup dried organic Elderberries (harvest blue or black, avoid poisonous reds)

– 3 cups water

– 1 cup raw local honey

– 1 Cinnamon stick  and  a good chunk of Ginger  (sliced)

Place berries, water, and spices in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 45 minutes. Smash the berries to release remaining juice, let simmer for another 15 minutes and strain the mixture. Allow liquid to cool and stir in honey. Pour into glass jars. Will last for 2-3 months stored in the fridge. ***  You can also put syrup in an ice cube tray and freeze individual portions *** Take a tablespoon daily to ward off illness and a teaspoon every 2-3 hours while sick. For children under 2, add the syrup to hot water to kill any microbes in the honey. You can even drizzle this delicious syrup over pancakes, yogurt, or ice cream! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Considering a winter flu shot? Here’s a better way to ‘winterize’ your immune system

by Paul Fassa See all articles by this author Email this author (NaturalNews) Pharmacies have already begun promoting walk-in flu shots for the “flu season”. The late and early months of each year seem to be when more of us catch colds and come down with the flu. So what measures can you take to ensure you are not sidelined with nagging colds or a debilitating flu episode? This article will give you nine easy tips, with probably the most important last. There you’ll also be able to access a Health Ranger video with Mike Adams, which convincingly debunks the concept of “flu season”.

Your Immune System

Boosting your immunity is important for coping with the cold and flu season. Of course, getting a flu shot with dubious efficacy is not one of them. All vaccines depress the immune system and can cause lifelong neurological damage and autoimmune diseases. * Elderberry for Cures: Elderberry extracts or syrups have been clinically proven to help get over colds and flu. It’s not a drug. So it’s cheaper and without the side effects that have been reported for Tamiflu. If you hurry, you can make your own tincture and save money. (Source #1) * Protective Supplements: Elderberry is curative. Echinacea herbs are protective. They’re usually sold in tinctures or extracts. Vitamin C is protective and, in large quantities, curative. Zinc is a helpful mineral for protecting against colds. Increase them with the right foods or supplements. * Minimize Sugar: Ease up on sodas, pastries and such. You’ve probably had enough ice cream during the summer. A few grams of sugar can destroy your white blood cells’ ability to resist infections for several hours. * Eat more Garlic and Onion: Besides being rich in antioxidants and selenium, garlic is antibacterial and antiviral. Both garlic and onions are part of the Allium family, which is rich in sulfur-containing compounds responsible for many of their health-promoting effects. * Exercise:Moderate exercise, even walking a mile or two at least three times a week, helps your lymph system cleanse impurities to boost your immune system. * Stress Less: This should be an all year practice. Many consider stress or anxiety as the leading cause for decreased immunity. Lighten up. Try meditation or yoga. Laugh more. Be less critical. Worry less. * Sleep: Not necessarily more, but better. Make sure where you sleep is totally dark so your melatonin production will be sufficient. There are melatonin supplements if you feel the need. The different phases of sleep contain two cycles that are deep enough to refurbish your immune system. You need to sleep through them. (Source #2) * Probiotics: Your body contains ten times more bacteria than cells. Most of them have to be friendly. Friendly bacteria not only attack pathogenic bacteria and fungi, but also they trigger appropriate white cell reactions to invaders and they influence your mental/emotional state. It’s estimated that eighty percent of your 100 trillion bacteria are located in the gut. (Source #3) Friendly bacteria are usually depleted, especially by GMOs. We all need probiotic foods and supplements. Commercial yogurt is insufficient. Raw milk and raw cheese, fermented foods, and water kefir or milk kefir should be staples. (Source #4) There are probiotic supplements as well. If you’re forced into taking antibiotics, double up with probiotic supplements. * Vitamin D3: If you live in a year round warm sunny area, you’ll need to make sure you get plenty of sun to skin exposure. If your regional climate restricts sun exposure, take your Vitamin D3 supplements. You can check your Vitamin D3 blood levels, but many experts recommend five to ten thousand units daily.

Mike Adams debunks the mainstream flu “season” concept in this video. http://www.naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=A…

Sources for more information include:

(#1) http://www.naturalnews.com/026354_f…

(#2) http://www.naturalnews.com/026637_s…

(#3) http://www.healthambition.com/probiotics/

(#4) http://www.naturalnews.com/kefir.html

About the author: Paul Fassa is dedicated to warning others about the current corruption of food and medicine and guiding others toward a direction for better health with no restrictions on health freedom. You can visit his blog at http://healthmaven.blogspot.com

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Fragrance vs. Essential Oils

There are significant differences between synthetic fragrance oils and pure essential oils. Essential Oils come totally from Nature whereas Fragrance Oils are produced by combining chemicals to duplicate the scent of not only essential oils, but also certain fruits and vegetables and perfumes that cannot be extracted into an essential oil. Fragrance Oils can cause allergic reactions and severe headaches to many sensitive people and animals. Some of the chemicals found in Fragrance Oils are also known carcinogens.

Essential Oils work by attaching themselves to toxins, free-radicals, cell debris, heavy metals, renegade cells, fungi, bacteria, viruses or other debris and taking them to the exits for disposal. The human body takes the most vital properties of essential oils and uses them to bring itself into balance and is left in a healthier state without side effects. Many scientists believe that essential oils stimulate the body’s own natural defense systems.

Although synthetic fragrance oils are sometimes 10 times cheaper than pure essential oils and may try to duplicate the smell of the pure botanical, the complex chemical components of each essential oil created in nature are what determines its true benefits.

Synthetic fragrance oils will NOT have any medicinal properties and are NOT suitable for aromatherapy.

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This Little Weed (Plantain) is one of the Most Useful Medicines on the Planet …

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You’ve stepped on it, ignored it, and tried to eradicate it from your lawn. However, this innocuous little weed is one of the most useful medicines on the planet, just begging to be harvested. (And, yes, we use it in our formulas for our Black Drawing Salve and our Golden Honey Healing Salve – Click Here for info.

There are two major types of plantain in BC, Canada: Lance and Broadleaf. Generally, all 200-plus varieties of plantain yield the same results. It grows especially well in poor, rocky soil (such as driveways) and is often seen alongside dandelion. More often than not, you will see plantain growing in gravel pits and construction sites as nature seeks to regenerate the soil.

Introduced to North America in the 1600s, it was once called “White Man’s Foot” by the Native Americans who witnessed that where the Europeans tread and disrupted the soil, plantain sprung up. Plantain has often been the go-to remedy for hikers plagued by mosquitos. Because it draws toxins from the body with its astringent nature, plantain may be crushed (or chewed) and placed as a poultice directly over the site of bee stings, bug bites, acne, slivers, glass splinters, or rashes. Bandage the area and allow the plantain to work its magic for 4-12 hours. Plantain may also be used to create a balm for emergency kits, or an infusion used as a skin or general wash. It is also a notable, soothing remedy for hemorrhoids.

Plantain is renowned for its healing effect on the digestive system. This is especially useful for anyone who has been damaged by antibiotics, anti-inflammatory or pain medications, food allergies, or Celiac disease. Both leaves and seeds specifically target the digestive system for healing. The leaves may be steeped as tea, added to soups, or dried with a sauce similar to kale chips. The seeds – a type of psyllium – can be ground or soaked for bulk mucilage or absorbable fibre, which, consumed before meals, may help with weight loss. Because plantain is a gentle expectorant and high in silica, an infusion can be helpful for lung problems, coughs, and colds. Plantain is almost a panacea for the human body, treating everything from all menstrual difficulties, all digestive issues, to nearly all skin complaints, and even arthritis. Add to salads, chew to ease thirst, or enjoy in stir fries. This versatile wild vegetable will keep you in good health for years to come!

Resources: – Prescription for Herbal Healing: 2nd Edition – Phyllis A. Balch, CNC – Hygieia: A Woman’s Herbal – Jeannine Parvati – Healing Secrets of the Native Americans – Porter Shimer – The New Age Herbalist – Richard Mabey

 – Jess Smith Jess Smith is a healer and raw wildcrafter living in the Fraser Valley, BC Canada. A lifelong student and advocate of herbal medicine, she grew up foraging the forests of BC. She runs a complementary healing practice, and, with her toddler, she enjoys teaching others about the wild abundance outside our doors.www.RedHawkHealing.com