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      here we are merely repeating herb lore and are not making specific health
      claims. pulled from mp2 files

      immune system:vitamin c
      when you feel extra stressed, consider taking a little extra vitamin c. a
      recent study revealed that people with high blood levels of ascorbic acid
      (vitamin c) may experience fewer physical and mental signs of stress compared to
      people with low blood levels of ascorbic acid. in a study, people given a high
      daily dose of vitamin c exhibited smaller stress responses compared to people
      not taking the supplement.

      from ria: i believe it is dr william crook who advocates 12,000 unit for
      adults with vit C (not a typo) .. the most I’ve ever used is 2,000 for kids and
      – 5,000 for adults for colds ..

      vit b with zinc
      from ria:also known as stress tabs .. since your body is already stressed we
      tend to use these during the season or when colds/flu hits

      supplement echinacea stirs up the immune system
      from la times article
      sometime in the late 19th century, both Europeans and North Americans
      realized that the herb echinacea was a medicinal gift from nature. In 1919,
      anthropologist Melvin Gilmore remarked in a study of the Plains Indians that
      “echinacea seems to have been used as a remedy for more ailments than any other
      plant.” A member of the sunflower family, echinacea remains a popular herb.

      species are found in North America, but only three (E. pallida, E.
      angustifolia and E. purpurea) have been found to have healing properties.Uses:
      Echinacea’s roots, leaves and flowers were used by Indians for bee stings and

      Contemporary use of the herb has focused on its ability to stimulate the
      immune system.Dose: In tablet form, typically 1,000 milligrams a
      day.Precautions: Echinacea could interfere with drugs used to suppress theimmune
      such as those used by people who have had organ transplants. People with HIV
      should avoid the herb because stimulating the immune system may stimulate the
      virus. People with lupus, in which the immune system doesn’t function
      properly, shouldn’t take echinacea because stimulating the immune system could
      aggravate the condition.

      Allergic reactions to echinacea are possible,
      among people with ragweed allergies.Research: Studies of echinacea’s effects on
      the common cold have been mixed. That could be because preparations vary
      widely, and researchers don’t know which species, and which parts of the plant,
      superior. A government study is addressing that question.

      Another study is
      examining whether echinacea given to children ages 2 to 11 shortens the duration
      of upper respiratory infections and prevents bacterial infections.Dietary
      supplement makers are not required by the U.S. government to demonstrate that
      their products are safe or effective. Ask your health-care provider for advice
      selecting a brand.

      Traditional Chinese Medicine has recommended ginger for over 2,500 years. It
      is used for abdominal bloating, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, and rheumatism.
      Ginger is commonly used in the Ayurvedic and Tibb systems of medicine for the
      treatment of inflammatory joint diseases, such as arthritis and rheumatism. In
      humans, ginger is thought to act directly on the gastrointestinal system to
      reduce nausea.2 Ginger has been shown to reduce the symptoms of motion sickness
      associated with travel by boat and, to a lesser extent, car While ginger is a
      popular remedy for nausea of pregnancy, it has only been clinically studied
      for very severe nausea and vomiting known ashyperemesis gravidarum.

      from ria: there is question of safety if pregnant

      headacheswilow bark:
      willow bark was used traditionally by herbalists for fever, headache, pain,
      and rheumaticcomplaints.1 In the late 19th century, the constituent salicylic
      acid was isolated from willow bark and went on to become the model for the
      development of aspirin As with aspirin, some people may experience stomach upset
      from taking willow. Although such symptoms are less likely from willow than
      from aspirin, people with ulcers and gastritis should, nevertheless, avoid this
      herb.9 Again, as with aspirin, willow should not be used to treat fevers in
      children since it may cause Reye’s syndrome.

      from ria: your temp is your body’s system trying to fight the cold, so some
      chose not to use asprin, tylenol etc to drop temp .. are you running a temp?
      sometimes increasing the temp helps knock it out sooner .. i used to have a
      great tea for causing the sweats ..

      i add some cayenne to teas, honey for
      sweetner, wrap up and ride it through ..
      note: if you are trying to keep temp up this is not what you should be taking

      stuffed head:

      from ria:
      i still use vicks .. waay back when we always put inside the nose .. i use a
      qtip it still works ..

      celestial seasoning has mama bear cold tea (think thats the name) euc in it
      .. make up a bowl of it throw towel over head and breath in .. hot shower to
      break up congestion (then do vicks, wrap up and crawl into bed)

      mint teas, echinacea tea (also good mixed w/ mint) dash of cayenne, vicks on
      chest, bundle up in blanket, hot soup

      rosemary: pleasantly piney: good for a stuffy head.

      coughs-upper respiratory

      1 tbsp dried peppermint
      2 tsp. dried thyme
      1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
      2 cups boiling water

      Put herbs in a pot. Pour in water and steep for 5 mins. strain.


      1 1/2 cups water
      1/2 of a fresh lemon
      1 tsp. honey
      3 1/4 inch slices of ginger, bruised
      1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

      Boil water in glass or stainless steel pot. Add ginger and simmer 5
      mins. Put the other ingredients in a mug.

      Add the ginger tea and sip slowly.

      Eucalyptus-Lavender chest Rub:A primary ingredient in many over-the-counter
      vapor balms, eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) opens up congestion and is a
      potent antimicrobial. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) also fights a variety of
      microorganisms and helps assuage the tension and crankiness of a child who has
      difficulty breathing. Make an aromatic chest rub bycombining 10 drops lavender
      essential oil, 15 drops eucalyptus essential oil, and 1/4 cup extra-virgin
      olive oil or other kind of vegetable oil.

      Massage a teaspoonful or more onto
      your child’s chest as often as needed.Nasal InhalerThis is really so easy to
      make.5 drops Eucalyptus1/4 teaspoon coarse saltPlace salt in a glass vial with a
      lid.Add Eucalyptus.The salt will absorb the essential oil.Open vial and inhale
      as needed.Boost Immunity with Echinacea!Though nothing can “cure” the common
      cold, dozens of studies suggest that the herb Echinacea may prevent them,
      possibly by activating the white blood cells that fight the cold virus.

      It also
      helps cut down on the severity and duration of a cold once you’ve caught it.The
      next time you feel a cold coming on, start taking Echinacea. Look for a product
      in tablet or capsule form that has been standardized (meaning it has the same
      amount of active ingredients in each dose). Follow package directions for

      Avoid this herb if your allergic to plants in the daisy family or if you
      have an autoimmune diseasesuch as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or Graves’

      For inhalation of steam: mix eucalyptus, thyme, scotch pine and
      chamomileCopyright 2001 EarthBow

      natural remedies for increased immunityby kelly frohnauerthis past month
      several people that we know or have heard of have had severe coughs and
      some even ending up in the hospital.

      the changing climate and coldness of
      winter puts a strain on our bodies defenses making us more susceptible to
      illness. keeping our immune system strong is beneficial and ultimately can help
      us get through the so called “cold & flu season”.first, and most important, is
      a good diet and plenty of rest. eat 5-6 servings each day a vegetables,
      preferrably raw or lightly steamed. Whole grains, fresh fruits, nuts, fish,
      cold-pressed oils, and 8 glasses of water serve to keep our bodies going
      strong.Garlic is great for building up the immune system.

      It also helps the body
      to heal
      from infections. You can add fresh garlic to all your meals or take it
      regularly in a capsule.Echinacea is very popular and recognized for it’s immune
      building abilities and should be found in every home remedy cabinet. Fevers,
      inflammations, infections, colds, flu, allergies, all respond favorably to
      Echinacea.Astragalus is becoming increasingly known for its immune strengthening

      It is an immune tonic which increases the production and activity of
      immune cells. It also soothes coughs and strengthens the lungs.Cat’s Claw, or
      Una de Gato, is another herb that promotes and enhances immune system
      function. It’s anti-viral and anti-inflammatory qualities make it useful for
      colds, flu and infections.

      Siberian Ginseng and Chinese Ginseng both help to
      increase our bodies resistance to disease and help to speed recovery from
      illness. They also enhance our physical and mental energy, endurance, stamina
      performance. An excellent rejuvenatingtonic!As with all herbal medicines, use in
      moderation and only take when needed.

      There is no point in taking an herb if
      you do not need it. The overuse and abuse of herbal medicines is creating
      negative reputations for what are really effective, viable and safe natural
      alternatives. The above information is for educational purposes and should not
      used against medical advise.

      As with anything, exercise caution if pregnant.To
      see what remedies our family keeps in our herbal medicine cabinet go

      red raspberry leaf and sage garglefrom: american indian healing arts – e.
      barrie kavasch and karen baar this strong astringent tea or herbal infusion
      a fine gargle to ease soreness in the mouth and throat and relieve annoying
      tickles. the fruits, leaves, blossoms, and roots of red raspberry; rubus
      idaeus, are cherished for use in many herbal medicines. theleaves and roots are
      especially astringent.

      sage, salvia officinalis, and our native big sagebrush,
      artemusia tridentata, are aromatic herbs long used to treat sore throats and
      colds. 1 tablespoon dried, crushed raspberry leaves1 tablespoon dried, crushed
      sage leaves2 cups boiling water1 teaspoon raw honey (optional)Place the dried
      herbs in a warm teapot and pour the boiling water over them. Cover and steep for
      10 to 20 minutes.

      Strain the infusion into a sterile jar and cool to lukewarm.

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