here we are merely repeating herb lore and are not making specific health
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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.