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All Natural Remedies

Posted by on Nov. 3, 2009 at 10:05 AM
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With all the fuss over things like the swine flu I was thinking about how rarely I let my children take medicine of any kind. I can't think of giving my 5 y/o cough medicine - the same stuff teenagers use to get high!

I AM NOT A DOCTOR! I do suggest getting accurate diagnosis from a medical professional, I supplement with natural treatments but for chronic illnesses I don't experiment without discussing with an actual physicial (and I suggest you do as well).

So here's a list of some of the natural remedies I use..feel free to share some of your own!!


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by G.O. Shannon on Nov. 3, 2009 at 10:05 AM

FOODS OF "ENERGY"                                                  

The following foods have been shown by healers and mystics through the ages to be powerful sources of the energy we call the "Life Force" (Chi). So, if you're feeling down and need an all natural lift here are the foods that work best:

                        1.  Honey
                        2.  Bee pollen
                        3.  Ginseng
                        4.  Brewer's yeast
                        5.  Garlic (raw)

Obtain a small quantity of each food listed.

Use only one food item at a time and consume a small portion of it every day, both morning and evening.

Record your energy level.

From your results you will be able to determine the food which best increase your supply of the food that best suits your metabolism

Continue to use this food on a daily basis..I generally say no mroe than a teaspoon a day and on days where you're sick or depressed increase to 1.5 tsp

by G.O. Shannon on Nov. 3, 2009 at 10:05 AM


What follows is a short list of herbs commonly found in kitchens, or easily
found in most supermarkets. This list is alphabetical by herb.


Anise (Pimpinella ansium)

Anise helps expel gas, relieves nausea and stomach pain caused by gas.

To use: crush anise seeds into a powder. Put 1 teaspoon of the powder into 1 cup of warm water. Drink up to three times a day to relieve symptoms.

Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

Basil is another anti-nauseant that also relieves gas, and promotes normal bowel function.

To use: Make a strong tea using 1 teaspoon of the crushed dried herb in a half-cup of water. Drink as needed, not to exceed three cups a day.

Capsicum or Cayenne (Capsicum frutescens)

Cayenne helps stimulate the appetite and acts as a milk stimulant. It may reduce discomfort from the common cold.

To use: make a tea out of the dried herb, 1 teaspoon per cup of hot water. 2 cups per day only.

Note: Cayenne irritates hemorrhoids and should never be used by people with stomach problems.
Do not exceed recommended dosage as high doses can cause stomach and kidney problems.

Caraway (Carum carvi)

Caraway works as an expectorant for coughs due to colds. It also improves the appetite and may increase breast milk in nursing mothers.

To use: Chew some seeds three or four times a day.

Dill (Aniethum graveolens)

Dill eases indigestion and upset stomachs.

To use: make a strong tea by steeping 2 teaspoons of dill seeds in 1 cup of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain and drink one half-cup 2 to 3 times daily.

Fennel (Foeniculum velgare)

Fennel is a digestive aid and is known to relieve cramps. The oil is used to
relieve stiff joints.

To use: 15 drops of extract in warm water with honey, one daily, as digestive aid. Rub oil directly on affected area for pain alleviation.

Fenugreek (Trigonella graceum)

Fenugreek relieves sore throats and is useful for treating irritations and other inflammations.

To use: as a gargle for sore throat – mix 1 tablespoon of pulverized seed in 1 cup hot water. Let steep for 10 minutes and strain. Gargle 3 times a day, every 3-4 hours. As a poultice for skin irritations – pulverize enough seed so that when mixed with 8 ounces of water, it forms a thick paste. Apply paste to affected areas once a day.

Garlic (Allium satvum)

Garlic helps fight infections, lowers blood pressure and may be able to destroy some cancer cells.

To use: stir-fry cloves for a few minutes to cut down garlic-breath. Eat 2 or 3 a day for maximum effectiveness.

Ginger (Zingiber officinalis)

Ginger eases cold symptoms, soothes skin inflammations and minor burns, calms upset stomachs, and is a natural remedy for morning sickness.

To use: for burn and inflammations – mash fresh ginger root, soak cotton ball and then rub juice on the affected area. For all else – add ginger extract to hot water, 10 drops per cup. This can be taken up to three times daily.

Parsley (Petroselinium sativum)

Parsley settles stomachs after meals. If also helps clear congestion due to colds and is soothing for asthma.

To use: make a strong tea using 1 teaspoon dried, ground parsley in 1 cup hot water. Let steep 10-15 minutes. Take once a day.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

Mint is an anti-spasmodic and is excellent for relieving cramps and stomach pain. It also relieves gas and aids in digestion. It can help reduce the sick feeling associated with migraines.

To use: drink one cup as a tea. Commercial teas are available. (Make sure it is only mint, not mint flavored.) Drink as needed.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary is used for most head pains.

To use: as tea, to relieve nervous tension, make a strong tea. Rub rosemary essential oil on the temples to relieve headaches. Mix essential oils or leaves with olive oil to make a dandruff treatment.

Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Sage reduces perspiration and can be used to ease sore gums.

To use: to relieve perspiration, medium tea, one time daily. To ease gums,
strong infusion, gargled, 3 times daily.

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

Thyme is good for chronic respiratory problems, cold flu and sore throat. It is also an anti-fungal.

To use: make a tea of the dried herb, drink daily. As an anti-fungal, rub
extract on affected areas.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

Turmeric promotes good liver function and helps prevent gallbladder disease. It also may help prevent over-clotting of blood cells, and may help relieve arthritis symptoms.

To use: take 300mg up to 3 times daily.

by G.O. Shannon on Nov. 3, 2009 at 10:09 AM
by G.O. Shannon on Nov. 3, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Top 10 Tips to Help Kids Cope With Allergy Symptoms

  1. Stay Inside. The best way to treat allergy symptoms is to avoid allergens to begin with, say the experts at the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI). So when pollen counts soar, keep kids indoors as much as possible. Pollen is usually at its peak mid-morning, early evening, and when the wind is blowing. To keep pollen out when the weather’s hot, air condition your car and home and keep windows closed.
  2. Use Saltwater. Nasal congestion can be one of the most exhausting symptoms for children with allergies. For relief, older children might want to try nasal irrigation with a saline solution, one of the “best home remedy of all,” says Alan Goldsobel, MD, a California physician and spokesman for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. You can buy saline at the drugstore or make your own by mixing in a squirt bottle eight ounces of water to one teaspoon non-iodized salt.
  3. Stay Hydrated. All that sneezing and blowing can leave a child parched. Keep a water bottle full and close to hand and encourage your children to stay well-hydrated. Or try a weak tea with honey and lemon. Bonus: The steam from a piping hot cup may relieve sinus congestion, too.
  4. Warm It Up. A hot shower or bath seems to offer allergy symptom relief for some, says Asriani Chiu, MD, associate professor of pediatrics and medicine at the College of Wisconsin, so encourage kids to enjoy a little tub time.
  5. Deal With Dry Air. A little moisture in the air makes breathing easier for most, so if you suspect the air in your house is dry, you may want to turn on a humidifier. But be careful: Humidity over 40% can encourage the growth of indoor allergens like mold and dust mites.
  6. Get Face Time. When itchy eyes are driving your kid crazy, try a cold compress, says Chiu, which may help reduce the itch and inflammation. Warm compresses applied to the face may help soothe a child’s sinus pressure and pain.
  7. Spice It Up. If your kids enjoy spicy foods, a piquant dish made with cayenne pepper, hot ginger, fenugreek, onions, or garlic may help thin mucus and clear nasal passages.
  8. Rub Jelly On It. And if your child’s nose is raw and red from blowing, you can soothe their sniffer with a dab of petroleum jelly.
  9. Gargle to Relieve Sore Throats . If postnasal drip leaves your child with a sore throat, gargling with warm salt water made of 1-2 tablespoons of table salt in 8 ounces of water may ease the pain.
  10. Avoid Certain Foods . If your child is allergic to ragweed, they may also have an allergic sensitivity to certain foods. Symptom-provoking foods to avoid may include bananas, melons, chamomile tea, sunflower seeds, and cucumbers.
by G.O. Shannon on Nov. 3, 2009 at 10:17 AM
1. Use immediately at the first signs of illness
2. Use 4 –5 times per day, for 6 – 10 days
3. Follow label directions for dosage levels
4. If minor illness develops into serious discomfort, see your health care provider
5. Purchase only from reputable natural foods stores. Herbs are very sensitive to proper processing techiniques. Discount brands may not provide the high quality of botanical constituents necessary to ensure reliable results.
Other effective antiviral herbs for kids include Hyssop, Lemon Balm, Lemon Thyme, Lemongrass and Ginger root; all have documented antiviral activity. Since the vast majority of childhood illnesses originate from viral infections, look for a good antiviral blend at your natural foods store. Use these herbs regularly as teas or great-tasting glycerine extracts during cold and flu to help your child’s body maintain its ability to fight off viral intruders.
Best natural antiviral herbal remedies

* Echinacea may be the best general herbal remedy against viruses. Echinacea works by destroying viruses & boosting the immune system so that your own body can then eliminate the virus. Especially good for flu viruses. Take supplements as directed, especially right before flu & cold season. Take in cycles of 6 weeks on & 6 weeks off as needed.

* Hypoxis Rooper (African Potato) improves the immune system according to research.

* Astragalus is also one of the valuable antiviral herbs due to its ability to boost the immune system. Take as directed when needed.

* Agathosma Betulina (buchu) is a natural antiviral that has antioxidant & antiseptic activity & helps the body rid itself of toxins. Good as a preventive.

* Mentha peperita better known as peppermint supports the body’s immune system. Scientific studies show peppermint’s is one of the anti viral herbs that shows a good effect on tuberculosis. Using peppermint essential oil or drinking lots of peppermint tea are pleasant, economical ways of using peppermint.

* Dragon’s blood is a lesser known herbal remedy for viruses. Especially useful against herpes virus. May be available in pill form. Take as directed.

* Solidago Virgaurea (Goldenrod) is one of the traditional antiviral herbs, used for hundreds of years. It seems to increase the ability of the body to fight infections.

* What could you say about garlic, an herb that has so many beneficial effects that it is treated with a reverence by many peoples of the world. Most people find garlic to be delicious too. This natural antiviral can be used for flu, cold & any number of viruses. Consume it raw or lightly cooked in any number of dishes including salads, stir frys, soups etc. Take supplements as directed making sure that supplement has active ingredients.

* Onions are also an anti viral herb though not as effective as garlic. Certainly you could come up with many dishes that contain garlic & onion which go together very well.

* Schizandra Sinesis is a powerful Chinese herb, an herbal remedy against viruses that protects against toxins and cell damage.

* Goldenseal is also an immune stimulant. Many supplements pair goldenseal with with other antiviral herbs like echinacea for a 1 - 2 punch against viruses.

* Olea Europea (from olive leaf) is a very valuable herb & natural antiviral. It helps fight numerous germs. The positive effects of Olive leaf have recently been proven in a variety of clinical studies. Olive leaf also stimulates the immune system.

It may also help stop the production of enzymes that a retrovirus, such as HIV, needs in order to change the RNA of a healthy cell. I’ve used it in place of root canal surgery to good effect. Take supplements as directed but you may need to double or triple dose the first day you are symptomatic.

* Juniper is also an excellent anti viral herbal remedy, excellent against flu & cold virus. Makes a good cold season tea that could be sipped throughout the day.

* Lemon balm also makes a good anti viral herbal tea & is especially valued as anti-herpes.

* Licorice is yet another herb that makes an excellent tea. Effective anti viral herb against many viruses. Take supplement or make a tea out of licorice root.

* Shiitake mushroom is also one of our favorite antiviral herbs. Consume in various dishes or use supplements as directed.

* Ginger, like garlic is a superb herb with numerous health benefits including its natural antiviral effects. Use as a tea or in numerous dishes. Juice a small slice along with fruits like apples, carrots, celery, [parsley - to taste for a wonderfully healthy concoction.

Other natural anti viral herbs

Some other herbal remedies against viruses are not as well known for that purpose but have been cited as antiviral. They include:

* Boneset

* Cat’s claw

* Chamomile

* Cinnamon

* Ginseng

* St. John’s wort
by G.O. Shannon on Nov. 3, 2009 at 10:51 AM

**I am not a doctor. This is just what I use with my boys!**

Treating a Cough At Home:

Wet Cough
*Reduce Intensity of the Cough -> Fill one cut lemon with black pepper and salt and then suck on it.
*Home-made Cough Syrup -> Add a pinch of white pepper to one teaspoon honey. Take 2-3 times a day fir 4-5 days
*Expectorant -> If you've been suffering from a wet cough, eat 1 cup of fresh grapes 4-5 times a day for a few days. They toughen up the 'skin' of the lung and act as an expectorant. You can also mix 1 Tbs of honey into some all-natural grape juice and drink a glass 3-4 times a day - Just be sure there's no sugar or chemicals added to the grape juice. 
*Cough Suppressant -> a pinch of black pepper, long pepper and dry ginger orthe Pulp of Belleric Myrobalan fruit (mixed in equal portions). Take with a teaspoon of honey 2-3 times a day
*Cough Resistance ->I could never do this one myself but my in-laws SWEAR by it - chew on a clove of garlic before bed everyday
Dry Cough
*Decrease tickle ->Gargling with warm spinach juice 5 times a day, or when the contraction/tickle becomes severe. If you don't have spinach juice on hand you can put a few spinach leaves in a cup of water and microwave it for a minute, then let it sit for a few minutes. Then microwave it again for 45 seconds.
*Nightly Asthma Treatment ->Asthma (or a dry cough) is generally worse at night as the bronchial tubes swell with the deeper breaths taken in sleep. To help alleviate night-time coughing, mix 1/2 teaspoon Cuscus grass (khas khas) with 3-4 tsp coconut milk and 1 teaspoon of honey. Drink nightly!
*Daily Asthma Treatment -> when the air turns cold dry coughs increase. Almonds are invaluable to those with this condition. Soak almonds in water until soft. Remove skin and mush into a fine paste. Add 20 grams of sugar and butter. Take spoonful of paste twice a day. 
*All Natural Inhaler -> boil some eucalyptus leaves with some mint leaves (FRESH!). Take off of the heat, place a towel over your head to held in the vapors as you breathe deeply.
*Inhaler 2 -> place a few drops of Essential Oil of Juniper into a few cups of boiling water. Breath vapors in deeply.
The Warrior Diet Against Coughs!

*Raisin Soldier -> mix equal parts ground raisins, water and sugar (like 100 grams of each) slowly warm over low heat mixing constantly to form a syrup. Take about 20 grams before bed each night.

*Onion Ninja -> Crush one medium sized onion. Add one tablespoon lemon juice and one cup warm water. Honey can be added to it to taste. Drink mixture 2-3 times a day. (this is also an excellent cough syrup)

*Carrot Juice -> Drink this warm relieves cough and improves immune system and overall health!
Other Home Remedies For Coughs:
Dry coughsin kids need to be treated with moistening antiviral and antibacterial herbs. Instead of using over-the-counter artificially colored syrups to suppress the body’s natural urge to cough, choose an herbal product that includes safe and effective herbs to moisten an irritated throat. Botanical medicines to look for in a children’s cough-relieving formula for dry, tickly throat irritations include Cherry bark, Thyme, Mullein, Pleurisy root and the antibacterial Oregon Grape Root. Continue using your favorite children’s Echinacea product as well, as research shows Echinacea can reduce the duration and severity of respiratory symptoms.
Some of the longest-lasting children’s coughs tend to lodge in the lungs and provoke a deep, moist cough for several days. In this case, the goals in natural therapy include fighting infection, providing deep, healing sleep and encouraging the body’s natural tendency to expectorate excess mucus. Herbs for children’s moist, deep coughs include Horehound, Mullein, Astragalus, Garden Sage and Oregon Grape root. A formula containing these herbs will lightly stimulate coughing to rid the lungs of excess mucus, and will provide antiviral/antibacterial activity to fight infection.
Keep the child’s lungs actively pumping the moisture out with warm drinks and gentle chest rubs with a mild mentholated salve. As with all home treatments, be sure to consult your health care provider if your child exhibits a high fever, severe fatigue or a slow recovery.
by G.O. Shannon on Nov. 3, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Sore Throat Treatments:

Sore throats are generally the result of inflammation. They can go hand in hand with coughs/colds or it can be a result of infections.

*Mango Gargle-> 10ml of Mango Bark Extract mixed with about 125 ml of water

*Holy Basil -> Boiling a few fresh leaves of holy basil in water. Can be used  as a drink or as a gargle.

*Amazing Garlic -> 4 cloves of garlic, 1 tbs honey and 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper. Mix together. Take a spoonful (chewing well) as needed.

*Chamomile -> You can purchase teas pretty easily these days. But for illness I always suggest making fresh to get the most out of the natural oils. Take a few dried chamomile leaves (1-2 tsp) added to a pint of boiling water. Drink as needed for relief.

*Cinnamon ->Boil powdered cinnamon with a pinch of pepper and some honey in a cup of water for a soothing drink. Or you can use the oil mixed with honey for a lozenge type relief.

*Killing Bacteria/Infection Gargle -> add 2 sprigs coarsely chopped parsley, 3 whole cloves, 1 tsp powdered myyrh, 1/4 tsp powdered goldenseal with 1 pint boiling water. Effective gargle or Mouthwash (not a tea!).

Sage is also a beautiful gargle with a sore throat.  


by Helping Hands on Nov. 3, 2009 at 10:30 PM

Thanks for posting these! I had a persistent sore throat (tickle) that lasted about 10 days, and I had no idea what I could do to help relieve it. Now I know where to go to look for home-remedies!

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