Standing The Test Of Time

One thing can be said for herbal remedies: They have stood the test of time. Many of the pharmaceutical medicines have only been around a short while, who can really say what long-term effects might be? Herbal remedies, more and more, are being discovered by science to have tremendous potential.

 

ELDERBERRY

Elderberry has been highly regarded since ancient times as one of the most powerful remedies against influenza, herpes and colds-either before or during infection. Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. Scientists conducting studies on Elderberry showed that elderberry anthocyanin’s enhance immune function by boosting the production of cytokines. These unique proteins act as messengers in the immune system to help regulate immune response, thus helping the body against disease. Research has shown that anthocyanins found in elderberry possess more antioxidant capacity than Vitamin E or Vitamin C. During the 1995 Panama Flu epidemic, the government employed the use of elderberry to fight the flu. The elderberry greatly reduced the time of the flu as well as the severity, thus helping to end the epidemic. Elderberry also makes cols and other symptoms more tolerable by reducing mucous secretions.

 

FIRE CIDERS

Homemade is definitely the way to roll with this one. Adding garlic, onions, ginger root, horseradish root, cayenne or hot peppers such as jalapeno, habanero or serrano.

 

You will probably cry during preparation, especially if you don’t wear gloves and you end up rubbing your eye!! A jar is filled 3/4 full with your ingredients chopped or grated, then raw apple cider vinegar is poured in filling the jar to the top. Leaving the tonic to sit for up to 2 weeks or even longer if you wish, and taking a shot of it every day stimulates blood circulation and detoxes the body.

 

A great link for more information and instructions can be found:

http://heal-thyself.ning.com/profiles/blogs/master-tonic-101

 

ALSO- Our Produce Manager Bob has a great recipe in the produce department! Check it out.

 

HOT TEAS

My favorite tea is twig tea. Kukicha green tea alkalizes the body. This tea, made from the stems and young twigs of the tree shrub Camellia Sinensisi, is full of vitamins and minerals. This special tea holds a high place in Japanese and Chinese medicine as an elixir for everything from high blood pressure to heart disease to even cancer. Twig tea stimulates the production of bile, enhances digestion and helps the body digest fat. Rich in antioxidants, it possesses detoxifying properties that help the liver and kidney’s function at optimal levels and removes unwanted wastes. Adding fresh organic lemon and ginger, raw honey and cinnamon gives one a soothing and delicious cold treatment.

 

GARLIC

Garlic is typically regarded as a blood cleanser, but many use it as a preventative in preventing colds. Garlic contains many Sulphur compounds which give it it’s healing properties. Detoxifies the body and protects against infection by enhancing immune function.

 

ASTRAGULUS

Astragulus, native to Mongolia and China, helps promote the multiplication of the white blood cells that are vital for fighting infection. It acts as a tonic to protect the immune system. Produces spontaneous sweating (get those toxins out!) and provides energy to combat fatigue and prolonged stress and is effective for chronic lung issues.

 

ECHINACEA (Echinacea Purpurea)+ GOLDENSEAL(Hydrastis Canadensis)

The Big Dogs! These two are a great combination taken several times a day at the first possible moment you realize you might be getting sick. Echinacea fights inflammation and viral and bacterial infection. It stimulates certain white blood cells and is good for the immune and lymphatic system. There are lots of studies that show Echinacea were effective in preventing symptoms of the common cold. It is important that you do not take it for more than three weeks. Using an Echinacea/goldenseal combination boosts the immune system and keeps the virus from multiplying. Goldenseal fights infection and inflammation. It cleanses the body, strengthens the immune system, colon, liver, pancreas, spleen, lymphatic and respiratory systems. It stimulates the central nervous system. It can stop a cold, flu, or sore throat from happening. It is important to only take goldenseal on a daily basis for no longer than a week.

 

GINSENG

Promotes lung functioning and strengthens the adrenals. Very useful for bronchitis, circulatory problems, lack of energy and also stimulates the appetite. Ginseng is often used by athletes for over-all body strengthening.

 

OREGANO OIL

Oregano Oil has wide-reaching health benefits, but is most associated with respiratory and immune health. It contains two powerful compounds of carvacrol (found to be effective against various bacterial infections such as candida albicans and E.coli) and thymol (a natural fungicide with antiseptic properties. It works as a shield against toxins and helps prevent tissue damage and encourages healing) that have powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It’s name comes from the Greek words “oros” and “ganos”, which are words for mountain and joy. Oregano literally means “Joy of the Mountain.”

 

REISHI

This fascinating fungus has been revered in Asian societies for thousands of years and is one of the oldest symbols of well-being and longevity. Reishi improves liver function and detoxification, promotes heart health, fights allergies and asthma and reduces the risk for infections and viruses. Truly a powerhouse!

 

EUCALYPTUS

Acts as a decongestant and mild antiseptic. Reduces swelling by helping increase blood flow. Great for colds and coughs and other respiratory disorders. Inhaling vapors from the oil helps to break up mucous. Gargles of eucalyptus oil mixed with warm water are consistently effective in treating sore throats. Massaging a few drops onto the chest will soothe and calm the throat and dilate the blood vessels which will allow more oxygen into the lungs and normal breathing can be achieved.

 

VITAMIN C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is required for at least 300 metabolic functions in the body. Studies have shown that taking Vitamin C can reduce symptoms of asthma, protects against infection and enhances immunity. Vitamin C can reduce the duration and severity of getting a cold. Vitamin C is found in berries, citrus fruits, and green vegetables.

 

Stay well friends!

 

Christina

Wellness Manager

 

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