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Raising Vibrations Radio...Interview with Jennifer Gilman, Master Herbalist


Reverend Raven interviews Jennifer Gilman, Master Herbalist in Saint Petersburg, Florida on Essential Oils for Natural Health Solutions

Copy and paste this link below into your web browser, sit back and enjoy!  (90-minute interview)

Herbal Help for Sore Throat

    Sore Throat?  Strep Throat? 

It is that time of year when many of us are prone to getting a cold, the flu, sore throat, body aches, fevers and the list goes on.  If only your ancestors left you with their "Book of Herbal Remedies"...hmm, what a great idea?  Grab an empty Journal book or just a plain notebook and begin with this recipe that has been used for many years to assist with sore throats and strep throat.  I use this for myself and my family when the beginnings of a sore throat won't go away with my typical "go-to's" like Echinacea Throat Spray, Elderberry Syrup or Garlic Lemonade.  Another words, this is my Plan B and I never had to find a Plan C because it has worked so well.

I mix together 2 Tablespoons of Raw Honey, 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne powder and 3-5 cloves of minced garlic.  Take 1 teaspoon every 3 hours until better.  Yield:  This should be enough to clear up the sore throat within 48 hours...if it's almost gone but still lingering, then make up another batch and keep taking until you are well.  For children 3 to 8 years old, I suggest taking 1/4 teaspoon every 3 hours.  For children 8 to 12 years old, I suggest taking 1/2 teaspoon every 3 hours.  12 years through adult age, I suggest the full dosage of 1 teaspoon every 3 hours. 

Note:  Not suitable for children under 3 years of age or anyone with an auto-immune condition since nightshade plants like cayenne can be problematic.

I'd love to hear from you on how this may have helped you and your family?

What's all the Hype about Elderberry Syrup?

           How Powerful is this Little Berry?


Elderberries have been used for centuries in North America, Europe, Western Asia and North Africa for it's antioxidant benefits, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsilitis.   Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice have shown to destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. People with the flu who took elderberry juice reported less severe symptoms and felt better much faster than those who did not.

Elderberries contain organic pigments, tannin, amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids, sugar, rutin, viburnic acid, vitaman A and B and a large amount of vitamin C. They are also mildly laxative, a diuretic, and diaphoretic. Flavonoids, including quercetin, are believed to account for the therapeutic actions of the elderberry flowers and berries.

This is one of my "go-to" syrups when anyone in my family starts to feel a cold coming on.  Often, we take 1 teaspoon and feel better in the morning.  Kids love the taste too so it's great for the entire family.

Have you used Elderberry Syrup in your family?  Tell us about it.