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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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Daily sprinkling a little Cayenne powder on the toothpaste on your toothbrush can work miracles in fighting and preventing gum disease. That's right! It will also help deal with other oral ailments that plague many folks these days. After reading about this, we just had to try it. There is a warm sensation in your mouth as you brush your teeth, but it soon disappears after rinsing. As always, whenever using Cayenne powder, you should start with very small amounts to allow the body some time to build up a tolerance. The first few times we used it, we sprinkled so little of the powder on the toothpaste that we didn't feel anything. As the days progressed, we increased the amounts slightly until we felt it was warm enough. After using it for a little while, the nice feeling in your mouth is very satisfying. Be warned, however, that you do not want to overdo this one, so start small.