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Stop Cold & Flu

by Jaye

October 2009

My 82-year-old stepdad came down with a nasty bug a few weeks ago. It hit him suddenly, and within a couple of hours he was flat on his back.

As soon as I heard he was sick, I went to the stove and boiled some elderberries in 2 cups of water, added some sage, alfalfa and lemon grass and simmered it for an hour. I let it steep covered for 2 more hours, then strained the herbs from the water. I put the tea water back on the stove till hot enough to emulsify 1 cup of clover honey and then bottled the tea. One Tablespoon every 4 hours and he was a new man in less than 24 hours!

Ah, the power of plants!

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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.