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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

How to make a Herb Cold and Flu Remedy Tea

painting by Tammy Lovelady and I own it :)

Now that winter has brought a chill to the air it is time to stock the medicine cabinet with the herbs to make a nice cup of tea that boosts the immune system and fights colds and flu. Here are a couple of my favorite herbs for use in fighting off colds and the flu.

The herbs listed are well known for their ability to strengthen the body' s

natural defense system. Echinacea and Rose Hips are best taken right at the onset of the cold or flu symptoms when they have a better chance of assisting your body in fighting off the bugs and you will not get as sick as you would had without these herbs. If you are already sick, then add Goldenseal to the Echinacea and Rose Hips tea to help get you back on your feet faster.

These are safe herbs that are available at Drug Stores and Health Food stores in a variety of forms. I have used these herbs with family members of all ages for years with excellent results. If tea isn't your pleasure then you can purchase pills and mixtures in a variety of tastes that will help fight off colds and the flu.

The most documented and acclaimed cold fighter is the powerful Purple Cone Flower aka Echinacea.

The Purple Cone flower can be found growing wild in the Ozarks and other areas of the country, flowering every two years it draws Butterflies that swarm in groups all about the single purple flower or two of each plant. This plant likes to live along the road sides giving us the pleasure of watching Butterflies as we drive along the road.

If you find it, all you have to do is dig down and cut part of the root off, leave the rest of the plant to continue growing, thank the plant for giving you medicine and wash it, dry it on a paper plate or in a brown paper bag and use about a teaspoon per cup of tea. Read more about it at this link and there are many articles recommending Echinacea for further research. It is available in loose bulk herb for a couple of dollar an oz which will last the cold season.

A 2007 study by the University of Connecticut combined findings from 14 previously-reported trials examining Echinacea and concluded that Echinacea can cut the chances of catching a cold by more than half, and shorten the duration of a cold by an average of 1.4 days. Read the findings here

Rose Hips are a favorite for fighting colds and infections because they are high in vitamin C and boost the immune system. Rose Hips also contain vitamin D and E, essential fatty acids and antioxidant flavonoids. Wild Rose, tea rose and the dog rose are the varieties used and found to contain the highest levels of vitamins and if you have any of these members of the Rose family growing in your garden then you can pick the Hips and dry them in a brown paper bag for later use. They can be purchased at health food stores in pills, tea bags and loose form by the oz. You can learn more about the safety of using roses here

Golden Seal is another well known herb that has excellent immune building strengths. This wild plant is well documented and available at Drug Stores and Health Food stores. It is harder to find in pre-bagged tea form. I usually get it in loose bulk amounts of one oz which lasts a long while. This plant grows wild in many areas of the country but is harder to identify then the Cone Flower so I would recommend buying it from a reputable outlet. Herbalist know this herb well and it has a long history of use in Native American medicine and natural healing for ills other then colds and the flu. You can learn more about Goldenseal here:

After obtaining each of the herbs, you will be able to use 1 teaspoon of each to make a cup of Cold fighting tea.

The easiest way I have found to make this blend of tea is to buy 1 oz of each herb and mix the loose herbs together then label the bag as cold tea.

Use 1 tablespoon of the mixture or 1 teaspoon of each herb per cup of tea.

Drink this at the first signs of illness and you will not be as sick as you would have if you did not drink the tea.

A cup once a week will help your body prevent the cold or flu viruses from getting the best of you.

How to Get family Assistance and help in rural countryside areas

It can be a devastating blow to be laid off or suddenly out of work when you live far away from the City's available assistance programs. Many small towns are not equiped or prepared for families to lose jobs, incomes and homes like the large cities are and It can be much harder to find help when you live 10-20 miles from town, especially when you do not have gas money, or if bad winter weather hits and food is low without gas and cash to stock up. I hope these tips are helpful. See my article for helpful hints: http://www.ehow.com/how_4668779_assistance-help-rural-countryside-areas.html
To the artist who painted the above photo, I will give credit to you if you let me know who you are..I love your work!!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Good Evening Lovely World

It is such a pretty night out, a cool breeze blowing over the countryside, stars shining brightly in the sky. I just wanted to say hello.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Food Readiness

With all the people getting sick this past summer from contaminated food I thought it would be helpful to remind people of how we can be more self sufficent with our their own foods. http://www.gomestic.com/Cooking/Food-Readiness.345351

Be Happy with Less

Check out my helpful hints for being happy with less

Good Morning World !!

It is beautiful out today..wake up and smell the roses of life. Get your butts in gear and enjoy!!!
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It makes me feel like dancing under a full moon.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Incredible Bloodhound

Find out more about a very incredicle breed of dog that I have had the honor of knowing and working with in my new article at this link....

Healing Flowers

Not only are Flowers beautiful but they have healing properties, too. Flowers have been used as alternative medicine for decades and are in many of today's body washes and skin care products.

Check out my Free Article to learn more about which flowers have healing properties by clicking this link:


Saturday, November 15, 2008

How to Rid your home and yard of Snakes

One of the most frightening things can be finding a snake in your home or yard. This simple remedy can help to make your home and yard safe and free from snakes.

How to get rid of Fleas with Table salt

This is a simple and very effective way to stop Flea infestations inside and outdoors. An elderly veterinarian told me this trick years ago and it hasn't failed me yet.

How to Make Native America Fry Bread

I lived with a Native American Chief of 2 Tribes for a few years and Running Wolf remains a very dear friend to me today. This is a fry bread recipe he taught me. Thank you, RWolf..A'oh

How to prepare a Herb and Flower Salad

You can make a wonderful salad from plants commonly found in your yard that will very attractive and tasty. Healthy too. Here is one of my favorite summer salads.

How to Fight Acne With Herbs

After trying most of the over the counter treatments for Acne, I put together this recipe for my then teenage son. It worked wonders for his skin when he used it twice a day.

Click here to learn how for FREE ... http://www.ehow.com/how_4584841_fight-acne-herbs.html

How to Make Lemon Vinegar Face Freshener

This Lemon Vinegar Skin Freshener also restores the skin's natural acidity and helps to clear and refine rough blemished skin. It aids in making skin smooth and soft when used daily. Very affordable to make at home.

Click here to learn how for Free... http://www.ehow.com/how_4584876_lemon-vinegar-face-freshener.html

Friday, November 14, 2008

How-To Articles 4 Your Home and Family

Click this link to read my How-to articles for alternative ways to make life easier, get rid of fleas naturally and for less then a dollar !! http://www.ehow.com/members/ashawn-articles.html
Learn to teach your dog manners and how to bottle feed puppies, try old fashion recipes from the 1800's housewives. Recipes for pie crust,drop biscuits and old fashion rolls, natural facial cleansers, oatmeal wash for your skin and so much more.
Leave me comments and feel free to request a how to do article if there is anything you would like to learn to do.

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