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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.

What is Psoriasis?

      Are you dealing with Psoriasis?

Since Psoriasis has often been related to an impaired liver function, immune system glitch or toxins trapped in the body, I would recommend aids for the bowel, kidney, liver, gall bladder and bloodstream with herbs AND suggest a very "clean" diet.  For external use on elbows, scalp and other affected areas, I would recommend an herbal salve to be applied daily to aid these areas.  As a Master Herbalist, you’ll find that I incorporate not just herbs but nutrition, exercise and water into my education to natural healing. 

An Extended Herbal Cleanse is what I would use to aid the bowel, kidney, liver, gall bladder and bloodstream.  I like to use the Extended Herbal Cleanse listed on my website.  Dr. Christopher's Complete Tissue & Bone Formula Salve is something I like to apply externally.  Other equally important suggestions are listed below:

*Nutrition – eat 1-2 servings of cold-water fish weekly, make sure you are eating protein at every meal (preferably grass-fed, no antibiotics, free-range, humanely raised, etc.), cut down or eliminate refined carbohydrates, processed foods and sugars.  Eat LOTS of vegetables (carrots, chile peppers and beets are particularly good for you) and try to make 50% of your vegetables RAW.  Avoid alcohol, smoking, eat leaner cuts of beef or if you eat grass-fed beef you don’t have to worry about lean cuts then.  Flax seed, honey, olive oil and turmeric are all good for psoriasis.  Other things to avoid include fried and fatty foods, grapefruit juice and tomatoes including tomato-based dishes.  You may want to keep a food log to determine which foods bother you the most.

*Sun – expose affected skin to sunlight daily for about 15-20 minutes of morning or evening sun.  Never during prime times.

*Water – try to drink 10-12 glasses of good, clean water daily.

*Teas – chamomile tea and green tea have shown benefits to psoriasis.  

*Exercise – do whatever exercise you can enjoy to work up a sweat…toxins come out through the skin as well and sweating is good for you.

Have you used any other natural methods successfully?  Please comment.


Benefits of Plantain

  Not the Plantain you were thinking of?

This is the herb plantain, not the fruit that you might commonly see in the grocery store.  Plantain has been used for hundreds of years by the American Indians and many before them.  It has been shown to have a therapeutic action in cases of poisonous bites and stings, skin inflammation, eczema, minor wounds, cuts, scratches, burns, poison ivy and bruises.  It is also known to be one of the best herbs for blood poisoning; reducing the swelling and assistance in healing a limb where dangerous poisons may have made amputation imminent.  I was recently up in Pennsylvania and New York and this grows so wildly that it is annoying for many who desire "the perfect lawn".  If you are fortunate to have it growing wild, you can just crush up some leaves and put it on the effected area as a poultice to heal.  I make an Herbal Healing Salve that has Plantain in it and it is such a hit in our home that we have 3 open jars at all times; in the bathroom, in the kitchen and my daughter has one in her room. 

Does anyone have stories of using Plantain for their family?  Please share in the comments section.

Experiencing Hair Loss?

Hair Loss?

There are many possible reasons for experiencing Hair Loss.  Genetics, hormonal imbalances, degenerative diets and lifestyles could all be reasons.  The blood needs to be clean and healthy to carry in nutrition and carry away waste from our scalp.  Some suggestions include drinking a lot of water, eating a wholesome diet, exercise and get some fresh air daily.  Bayberry is an herb that has shown to be beneficial as well.  I suggest making a decoction with Bayberry Herb and rub into your scalp at night, wash off in the morning.  Repeat this process nightly as needed.  Another suggestion to get nutrients to the scalp is to do a "3-Oil Massage" to the Scalp.  Castor oil for 2 nights massaged into the scalp, followed by olive oil the next 2 nights and then wheat germ oil the last 2 nights followed by a night of rest.  Repeat this process as needed. 

Have you tried natural ways to help reverse Hair Loss?  Please share in the comments.

Are you eating a SAD breakfast?

  Does your breakfast look like this? 

Are you eating a Standard American Diet (SAD)?

When an American sits down to a typical breakfast, chances are they are eating bug spray, weed killer, an embalming agent and arsenic.  It's not a joke!  Favorite foods such as fruits, cereal, milk and toast may contain traces of lethal compounds.  Many of these poisons could accumulatie in your body and potentially cause disease.  The body is composed of more than 30 elements and when you eat devitalized foods, not only could you be poisoning your human tissue but there could be a huge shortage of the important elements and may be a major cause of many ailments. 

It's time to EAT RESPONSIBLY!  Read labels, find out where your vegetables, fruits and animal protein are coming from, buy local and know the farms you are buying from.  I encourage you to get involved in your local food co-op or buying club.  Better yet, plant your own garden and reap the rewards of less stress and a healthier body.

I would love to hear your comments on how to avoid these devitalized foods...please leave a comment and share.