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Common Cold

by Kristy H.

February 2011

I was up last night with a sinus cold and fever - body aches, headache, chills, etc. I had read just a few days before (in your herb catalog) that catnip induces sweat and brings a fever down. I made a simple tea with equal parts catnip and echinacea and sipped on it until I had drank two cups. Within 20 minutes, I noticed I was perspiring - the fever was gone, along with the aches and chills. I felt SO much better, and now have a new favorite herb!

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Did You Know?

Cayenne powder has been used by researchers in Antarctica to help them bear the extremely cold temperatures. The cayenne powder is sprinkled into their boots before putting them on. As the powder slowly comes in contact with the skin through the socks, it will draw blood to the feet, thus bringing much needed warms to the extremities. The one draw back is the red powder stains light colored socks. From our readings, it seems the stained socks were a small price to pay for the great benefit of being able to feel your toes after a little while out in the blistering cold! After trying this on a number of occasions during the winter near Lake Superior, I'm also convinced the stained socks are worth it.