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Monday, December 12, 2016

Sneezy Wheezy Achy Breaky

It's that time of year again...COLD AND FLU SEASON!! 

You just never know when bouts of colds or flu will hit so I rounded up some of my BEST remedies (ACHOOO)  for bacterial and viral (GESUNDHEIT) respiratory infections.  This is NOT a complete list by far, but it will give you several options.

 A lot of this material comes from my most popular herb class HERBAL ANTIBIOTICS and some from various articles I've written.

There's plenty of info at the end -- like my best COLD MASTER TONIC and my favorite ELDERBERRY recipes.    And, let's not forget about ESSENTIAL OILS.   I know there is SOMETHING here for you!!

Let's begin...

What can I do about this cold?  I have the flu, help me.  This is by far my most frequently asked question.  I don’t have a panacea; the answer is complex.  Herbalists do not have “the magic pill” any more than our friends at the AMA.  But, we do recommend common sense approaches, traditional remedies and a sympathetic companion. 

My premise is to practice a basic foundation for health.  It will serve you well regardless of what your problem is.  If you are diligent in building this foundation, you will build health.  Does this mean you will never get sick?  No.  But, it will give your body a fighting chance.  It will enable your body to do what it was designed to do: HEAL ITSELF.

My beautiful garden vegetables.

My Basic Foundation
1.       Eat real food 
2.       Drink real water
3.        Exercise
4.       Get adequate rest

DIET:  Your diet lays the foundation for your health.  Your car wasn’t engineered to run on “energy” drinks and doughnuts.  Neither were you.  Eat food that is as close to the way nature made it as possible.  Real food.  What do I mean by real food?  Lemons are real food.  Bottled lemon juice is not.  Strawberries are real food.  That red gelatinous stuff in the bottom of the yogurt carton is not.  Tomatoes are real food.  Ketchup is not.  I think you’re getting it. 

Growing grains of kefir
CULTURED FOOD:  Cultured foods can transform your life.  And, they can stop a cold/flu in it’s tracks.   “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon is an excellent reference. Also CULTURED FOOD LIFE is one of the best sites for cultered food there is …and the author is in KC.  Be sure to click on the “My Story” link on the right hand side of the screen for Donna’s family’s journey to health.   If you decide to go this route, I have kefir and kombucha starters…free.

PURE WATER:  Water is a hot topic in today’s health columns.  A bottle of water has become an icon of the fit individual. Conflicting reports flood in from every health care provider and fitness guru.  Drink lots.  Drink little.  Choices abound: chlorinated, fluoridated, irradiated, flavored, colored, treated, bottled, vitaminized, mineralized.  It’s no wonder we’re confused.  What we do know is that water can contain a staggering array of 140 contaminants from rocket fuel waste to weed killers.  And, that doesn’t even count the stuff we put in on purpose.  USE PURE WATER.  Know your water.  Not all bottled water is what it claims to be, so do a little research.

Your brain is 98% water.  Your blood 94%, internal cell structure 98%, body 76%.  You are water!  There are wide individual variances, but a person can last 3-6 weeks without food, but only 7-10 days without water.  My recommendation: divide your body weight in half.  That is the number of ounces you should drink per day.  The easiest way is to take your favorite glass, cup or container and measure how many ounces it holds and you will know how many glasses of water you need to drink.

MOVE your body. Run, jog, canter, skip, trot, swim, walk, mosey.  Just move.  Get up off the couch, outta that chair, and move. Exercise increases energy.  Exercise sparks ideas.  Exercise stimulates body systems.  Exercise helps keep you healthy.

SLEEP.  Americans are sleep deprived.  Americans are sick.  We have developed a culture that says you are a slacker if you are not on the go, in the flow, calling, texting, faxing, emailing, ipoding, blue-toothing, tweeting first one in and last one out.  How much sleep per night?  It varies with individuals, but you will know when you reach your magic sleep number.  You will feel so darn good!  When you are sick, your body does every little sneaky trick it knows to get you to lay down.  It knows it cannot fight microbes multiplying faster than fruit flies and keep you up and going at the same time.  So, do yourself a favor.  If you are sick, stay home. Go to bed.  Your body will thank you.  Your co-workers will thank you.  It’s great to use a micro-wave (one of the only micro-wave uses I approve of) pillow with a few drops of lavender oil.  Ah, sweet bliss.

WASH YOUR HANDS.  Most microbes enter through your nose or mouth.  So, keep your hands clean and away from your face.  The germiest public place?  The handrails on escalators.  And, I’d also steer clear of any handrail…stairs, elevators, Disney World.

You must act at the first, the very first, sign of a cold symptom.  Since their gateway is your mouth and nose, this is most likely the first place you’ll feel anything.  A little scratch in the throat.  A tickling in the nose.  ACT NOW.  If you ignore it, well, you know what will happen.  Your chances of “kicking” it are much better before they multiply out of control.  If you have lived the “Basic Foundation” outlined above, your immune system will have a head start on the invaders.

Now, specifics.  Here is my laundry list of a good armory against colds and flu.

Vitamin C:    Human beings and all the higher primates are the only animals who cannot synthesize vitamin C in their bodies. Vitamin C helps everything else you take work better.  It’s a driving force behind those killer white cells in your body.  It is most effective at 1000 – 2000 milligrams, taken two to three times a day.  If the flu already has a strangle hold, you can increase the dose to bowel tolerance.  Vitamin C was one of the first natural remedies I worked with many (many) years ago.  I have a letter from the two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus C. Pauling which I hold in very high esteem. Pauling advocated vitamin C for the common cold.   If you have small children or just one who cannot swallow a pill (I have experience here!), blend the C’s in some juice.

The Famous Four: According to a Cornell University study, four herbs consistently kill 100% of bacteria.  If you have a cold, or during the cold season, pile on these powerful plant allies.  Garlic.  Fresh, the more the better.  (Pills are better than nothing, but never as good as real food). Clinically proven to support the immune system.  Onions.  I know what you’re thinking; it will be easy to stay home and away from people when you load up with garlic and onions!  Oregano.  Dried or fresh is good, but in this case the extract of Oil of Oregano (more about oregano below) will pack the most punch. It’s HOT HOT HOT.  Some people can put it directly under the tongue, but most require it mixed with a little water. It also strengthens cell walls.  Allspice. Use whole or ground in culinary dishes.  Also available as an oil, but is not as effective as oregano for colds.

Another famous four – the Four E’s:  This little tincture quad is essential, especially if painful sinus pressure is involved.  Take 1 drop of tincture per 2 lbs of body weight 4 to 6 times a day for 14 days.  Generally speaking, one dropper holds 25 drops.  

Queen of my garden: echinacea
Echinacea.  One of the most studied and celebrated herbs in the world. Kicks your immune system in the seat of the pants. Do not take Echinacea on an extended basis.   

 Eyebright. The flavonoids in eyebright act as anti-inflammatory agents that can help relieve inflamed mucous membranes of the eyes, sinuses, and upper respiratory tract. 

Elecampane--bees love it, too.
 Elecampane.  Turns mucous into liquid. Contrary to popular belief, it is more beneficial to get it out rather than dry it up.  Elecampane are tall stately plants that look terrific in your garden.   

 Elderberry: great expectorant, another “get it up and out” of the body herb, reduces phlegm and it’s not only anti-bacterial, it’s anti-viral.

NOTE: There is a complete Elderberry primer later...keep reading!)
Elderberry--LOVE THIS PLANT!

We can’t leave out my grandpa Henry’s favorite cold remedy: a good ol’ fashioned hot toddy. Whiskey is good for only two things: disinfectant and medicine!!   A shot of whiskey (expectorant-you know, up & out), lemon (makes the cilia stand up-essential for the up & out action & is also anti-bacterial) and honey (demulcent- lubricates, coats and protects the mucosa & is anti-bacterial).

If you are an OTC kind of person, here are several remedies, some of which can be purchased at grocery stores, drug stores, health food stores and on-line.  Please check the resource section.

Occilococcinium.  This is a homeopathic remedy that can work wonders especially if you catch it in the scratchy throat first stage.  It tastes good, you pop it under the tongue and take it every six hours.
Sinus and Respiratory by New Chapter.  This is loaded with 16 hard hitters in an olive oil base.  Excellent.  

Allibiotic by NOW.  Five herbs and a pro-biotic in a rice bran oil base.  Excellent.

Netti Pot.  Or, to use recent terminology, nasal irrigation.  It does an herbalist’s heart good to see the mainstreaming of things we have recommended for years.  Warm water, of course.  Dissolve a pinch of sea salt and flush away.  If you’re really infected, add a drop of tea tree and a pinch of Golden Seal (open a capsule).  It may burn a little, but you will feel so good after.  It’s not unlike stepping out of a good shower after a day in the garden.

 For a super duper cold and flu remedy try this  Master Tonic  
There are a couple of OTHER recipes there you may like, too.  :) 
Master Tonic brewing away.

Elderberry - Sambucus Nigra- is one of the most well documented herbs for colds and flu. It is an expectorant, reduces phlegm, stimulates the circulatory system, promotes sweating, acts as a diuretic and is a GREAT IMMUNE BOOSTER.

Elderberry syrup: 3 cups filtered water, ½ cup dried elderberries, 1 cinnamon stick, five cloves, 1 Tbl ginger.  Bring to boil then simmer covered to reduce by ½ - usually 20-30 minutes.  Add 1 cup honey.  Store in frig for up to 2 weeks.  If infected take 1 TBL per hour; for prevention take 1 TBL per day.
PS-great on pancakes!

Only use Scotch with BARLEY.

Elderberry tincture in the making
Elderberry tincture: Fill jar with elderberries, add Scotch whiskey, set 6 weeks, cut 50% with honey: 1 tsp 2 – 3 times a day.  Elderberry deactivates the H in the H1N1 virus:  the barley in Scotch whiskey focuses healing energy on the respiratory system.
PS-To dissipate the alcohol, squirt in hot water, allow to evaporate a minute or so and drink.

HOT Elderberry lemonade: Slice/squeeze 2-3 lemons into quart jar, add1/2 cup elderberry syrup, fill with hot water.  Infuse 2 hours, strain.  Reheat to drink. OR put ½ cup elderberry syrup in a quart jar and fill with hot filtered water.   Mix , pour into cup ,add 1 drop of lemon essential oil.   You can drink it cold, but viruses hate heat!

Elderberry fizzy:  Make a quart of herbal infusion. Yarrow, Elderberry or Chamomile are all good starting points. Let it infuse for several hours then strain. Add a couple tablespoons of sugar or honey. Pour about 1/2-1 cup of whey into the bottom of a clean quart jar. Add infusion to jar until close to the neck of the jar.
Add two or three slices of fresh ginger (optional, but helps with the fermenting process) Cover loosely (you can use a canning lid, just don’t screw it on all the way). Let sit for two-three days (depending on warm the spot was and what you’re fermenting).
Store remainder in a cool dark place, in an airtight jar once you’re sure the fermentation process is done (you can put a balloon around the jar mouth overnight, and if it inflates it’s still fermenting.

Elderberry Juice and Elderberry Gummies
Elderberries are a powerful herb for preventing a cold or flu and for shortening the duration of a cold or flu. In this recipe we first make a juice from dried elderberries and other herbs then we use gelatin to make fun gummy shapes. Kids of all ages will enjoy them! Step 1: make the juice: ½ cup dried elderberries, 1/3 cup dried rose hips, ¼ cup cinnamon chips, 2 T licorice root, 1 tsp freshly ground pepper, 3 cups apple cider, 3 T gelatin  (for the second step). Place all the ingredients in a medium sized sauce pan. Bring to a simmer and continue to simmer 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool a bit. Strain through cheesecloth, Squeeze out juice.  For gummies, go to step two.  To make elderberry syrup, add honey to taste, store in fridge. The amount of honey/sugar you add will be the determining factor in how long it lasts. The more you add the longer it will last. General recommended dose--I recommend kids take 1-3 teaspoons a day. Adults can take 1-3 tablespoons per day.  If I feel like I am getting sick I will end up drinking a cup or more a day. Step 2: make the gummies:  2 cups of the above juice. Add more apple cider if necessary to have 2 cups.  Reserve 1/2 cup of the juice in a pyrex measuring glass. Place in fridge till cold then sprinkle gelatin over the juice and sit for 1 minute.  Bring the rest of the juice to a simmer. Pour hot juice over the cooled juice and gelatin, stir briskly. Continue to whisk about 2 minutes or until gelatin is dissolved.  If desired add sugar or honey. You might find it is sweet enough already.  Pour the mixture into silicon molds OR pour into a glass pan. Put them in fridge to harden.  . Remove from molds or if using a glass pan, cut into cubes. Store in a closed container in the fridge. They should last several weeks. Dose: 1-3 small gummies a day.

Elderberry Tea    2 c water (please don’t use tap water!),  2 T dried elderberries, ¼ tsp cinnamon,  ½ tsp turmeric,   1 tsp sweetener--maple syrup, honey or molasses.     Bring all ingredients except sweetner to boil, then simmer 12-15 min.  Strain. Add sweetener.  Great hot or cold.

 ESSENTIAL OILS:   Use diffusers, handkerchiefs, cotton balls, candles, steam to disperse essential oil.  The effect is immediate as diffused oil gets into the respiratory tract and within 15 minutes, all body systems are affected.  Inhaled oils will relieve body symptoms in 2-3 hrs. Oils on the bottoms of feet are dispersed throughout the entire body.   Oregano, eucalyptus, chamomile and tea tree are great for steaming, diffusing or netti pot.

THIEVES essential oil is a proprietary blend of cinnamon, clove, lemon, rosemary, and eucalyptus therapeutic grade essential oils. This concoction is antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-infectious. In 1997, Weber State University showed Thieves oil to have a 99.96% success rate against airborne bacteria. After diffusing Thieves, there was an 82% reduction in M. luteus bioaerosol, a 96% reduction in the P. aeruginosa bioaerosol, and a 44% reduction in the S. aureus bioaerosol following only 10 minutes of exposure.    ( Where to get THIEVES essential oil)   NOTE:  Do not be misled by cheap knock-offs of Thieves oil.  The things they do to make it cheaper PUT TOXINS INTO YOUR BODY.

Oregano Essential Oil**  Oreganum compactum: The higher the carvacrol (a powerful antimicrobial) concentration (must be 60% AT LEAST), the more effective it is.   As aforementioned, oregano was found to be 100% effective against bacteria by Cornell University.  This is a wonderful alternative to pharmaceutical antibiotics; added to an anti-viral herbal regimen it only makes sense that it would help prevent a secondary bacterial infection.
 The Journal of Healthcare Microbiology report oregano to be effective against 2 strains of Staphylococcus.   Additionally, it may kill the herpes virus that triggers the normal chilly, pneumonia along with other respiratory bacterial infections.

USAGE:  1 drop in capsule 3X day.  1 drop in a teaspoon of honey 2-3 X day (under the tongue is best)
Or you can use Oreganol P73 available at your natural health store and the Amish sell a great Wild Mediterranean Oregano as well.  

NOTE:   Synthetic Carvacrol is Poison     Synthetic carvacrol in Lysol, Pinesol and Listerine possesses the same germ-killing properties that oregano does.  However, without the support of the “complex phytochemical matrix” the synthetic carvacrol in these products has toxic and even deadly effects when ingested.

Lemon essential oil:     Citrus limon- Antiseptic, immune stimulant, improves microcirculation.   Rub oil on lymph nodes and around ears.  Caution, you may want to dilute with olive oil 1:1. Good for children including babies.
“Research by Jean Valnet, MD showed that vaporized lemon oil can kill meningococcus bacteria in 15 minutes, typhoid bacilli in one hour, Staphylococcus aureus in 2 hours & Pneumococcus bacteria within 3 hours.  A 0.2% solution of lemon oil can kill diphtheria bacteria in 20 minutes & inactivate tuberculosis bacteria.” Essential Oils Desk Reference

Frankincense essential oil** Boswellia carteri or Boswellia sacra  A drop rubbed on chest 2-3 times a day helps with coughing. 

Basil essential oil**  Ocimum basilicum   Antispasmodic, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, expectorant.  Great for the whole respiratory system: bronchitis, coughs, earache, sinusitis, throat.  Will restore sense of smell after sinus attack.  Dilute 1 part essential oil with 4 parts carrier oil (olive or coconut) and apply 2-4 drops to temples, neck, chest and naval.  Sometimes a restful sleep is hard to get when colds or flu strike.  Try this recipe: 4 drops of peru balsam, 4 drops celery, 4 drops orange, 3 drops basil in 1 Tbles carrier oil. 

Rose essential oil** - Rosa damascena   Great for making Rose Oxymel.    It must be ROSA DAMASCENA to have the best anti-inflammatory properties. It takes 22 lb of petals to make a 5 ml bottle of oil—hence the price.

CHICKEN SOUP SALVE –‘cause my grandma said chicken soup cures everything!  This decongestant rub takes the place of that petroleum stuff in the blue bottle!!  

Easy breezy to make:   3 Tbsp coconut oil or olive oil,  1 Tbsp jojoba oil,  1 Tbsp beeswax,   1 tsp R.C. blend essential oil**(50 drops)      RC Blend has 3 different kinds of Eucalyptus oils (yes, three: E. globulus, E. radiata, E. citrodora.), Myrtle, Pine (Pine has been around since the time of Hippocrates to support respiratory function and fight infection!), Spruce, Marjoram, Lavender, Cypress, and Peppermint.

Heat coconut oil (or olive oil) , jojoba oil and beeswax in double boiler.  Or, since this is a ONE JAR recipe, you can heat it in a glass measuring cup in a pot of water.  When the beeswax melts, remove from heat and let cool slightly.  Add RC blend essential oil and pour into 2 oz jar.  Wait until it has completely cooled before putting on the lid.    Apply to bottoms of feet (put on socks) and chest.  Make SURE the chest is covered warmly!!!  My mama used to warm a soft wash cloth and pin it to the inside of my jammies.  This chest rub can be used every 3-4 hours.  Not suggested for use under 2 years.

Chicken Soup Salve
For 2 years old and under substitute RC Blend with lemon-30 drops, frankincense (only 2 kinds of frankincense are acceptable: Boswellia carteri or Boswellia sacra)- 25 drops, cinnamon bark 5 drops, clove 5 drops, melaleuca cajeput (Melaleuca leucadendron only-this one is used specifically for the respiratory system) 5 drops, thyme,-5 drops, oregano -5 drops. **

**p.s.  There are several GOOD essential oil companies out there.   I use Young Living,  Mountain Rose and Butterfly Express  There are others, just do your due diligence!!  You want something REAL not something diluted and fake.

OTHER ANTIVIRAL HERBS:   Chamomile, Horehound, Horseradish, Ginger, Lavender, Plantain, Self-heal, St Johnswort, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Yarrow. One dropperful of tincture or a cup of tisane (1 tsp herb per cup water) every hour at the onset of a cold until the symptoms desist or make an infusion (steep 4-8 hrs) with any of the above herbs and add it to homemade soups.   Can also use essential oils** as described previously
We've already discussed vitamin C...so let's move on to

Vitamin D3: Inadequate D3 significantly impairs your immune response and makes you far more susceptible to contracting colds, influenza, and other respiratory infections. Vitamin D is an amazingly effective antimicrobial agent, producing 200 to 300 different antimicrobial peptides in your body that kill bacteria, viruses and fungi. The United States late winter average vitamin D level is only about 15-18 ng/ml, which is a serious deficiency state. It is estimated that over 95 percent of U.S. senior citizens and 85 percent of the American public may be deficient a in vitamin D.   In 2009 Children’s Hospital in Boston analyzed blood samples taken from 5,000 children under age 12.  The study showed that nearly one out of five children in the U.S. have low blood levels of less than 50 nanomoles per liter, the level recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition, two out of three children have a level below 75 nmol/L—which, based on most research, is still insufficient.
In order for your body to synthesize D3 from the sun, it must be at least 45 degrees with maximum skin exposure for at least 20 minutes.  In the US from the end of October thru most of March, the sun exposure is not enough to supply adequate amounts of D3.  Optimum sun exposure in summer months is from 10 am to 2 pm; 20 minutes of sun gives you 20,000 IU.
Eggs, fatty fish, liver and cod-liver oil are good food sources of vitamin D.  In pill form: If you are getting a lot of sun you may only need 800-1000 IU a day, otherwise take 4000 IU per day for prevention: 50,000 IU per day for 10 days maximum if infected.  Or, for ages six and up 35 IU per pound; newborn to 5 yrs ½ - 1 tsp cod liver oil (453 IU.) Keep in mind this is far above the RDA recommended by health organizations; also keep in mind that the RDAs are being changed periodically, it seems they just cannot decide what we need to be healthy.  For example, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently doubled the amount of D3 recommended for children to 400 IU.

Well, that's it for today. Hope you found something new to try for those sniffles.  :)

Friday, September 16, 2016

Three Plagues

 Here are three exceptionally good recipes which are anti-viral/anti-bacterial/and we hope anti-plague formulas.   I have included three recipes which differ in cost to make, ease of preparation and the extraction method.  They are listed in the order of ease to make (beginning with the easiest) and expense (beginning with the cheapest).  In my opinion, they are also in the order of efficacy.        If alcohol is an issue, the first two, Master Tonic and Super Garlic Immune do not use alcohol to extract the herbal constituents.  The third one, Red Plague Remedy, does.

Master Tonic

Master Tonic

      1.   Master Tonic:      This Master Tonic is similar to a fire cider I used to make and came from HEAL THYSELF BLOG.   As you can see from the photos (his and mine), I cut my herbs into smaller pieces.  I believe this helps the herbal constituents be extracted quicker and more efficiently.   I’ve made this many times and it’s WONDERFUL.    Indefinite shelf life.

1 part fresh chopped garlic cloves (antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitical)
1 part fresh chopped white onions, or the hottest onions available (similar properties to garlic)
1 part fresh grated ginger root (increases circulation to the extremities)
1 part fresh grated horseradish root (increases blood flow to the head)
1 part fresh chopped Cayenne peppers, Jalapenos, Serranos, Habeneros, African bird peppers....any combination of the hottest peppers available.  I used GHOST peppers from my garden—they’re the hottest peppers ever.

Fill a glass container 3/4 of the way full with equal parts of the fresh chopped or grated ingredients. Fresh herbs are best. Then cover completely with raw unfiltered, unbleached, nondistilled apple cider vinegar.  I use Bragg’s but Heinz has a new unfiltered one that will do.
Put on the lid and shake or stir vigorously (or stir) and then top off the vinegar if necessary. Keep the jar in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks.

Shake/stir the tonic daily 1-2 times.  Begin this formula on the NEW moon and strain and bottle on the FULL moon, (approximately 14 days).  Yes, it really makes a difference.    Filter the mixture through a clean piece of cotton (coffee filter or colander), bottle and label.  Puree the solids and add to honey or lemon juice, or make salad dressing or marinade for meats. Master Tonic lasts indefinitely at room temperature, after straining.

Master Tonic Dosage:
DILUTE IN JUICE OR WATER.   As a tonic (prophylactic) 1 tablespoon  per day.   Or if infected 1 tablespoon every hour.  This is a HOT remedy so if you have digestion/esophageal/stomach/intestinal problems every hour may be TOO much.  Know your own body!!

Dr Christopher's formula from HERBS FIRST
      2.    Dr. Christopher’s Super Garlic Immune Formula:        I love and respect Dr. Christopher.  Here are three websites that will tell you everything you want to know about him and his formulas:  HERBS FIRST BLOG,   HERBS FIRST WEB     and  DR CHRISTOPHER.
              I have not personally made this formula... yet.


 Using 4 oz. as a part will make a little under a gallon. 

8 parts apple cider vinegar - 32 oz.

2 parts garlic juice, fresh - 8 oz    
Using a juicer: 1 lb to 1 ½ lb of garlic=8 oz juice
Using a blender 2 ½ lbs garlic 

Using a juicer: Run the garlic through the juicer then add garlic juice and pulp to the vinegar and shake 2-3 times a day for 4 - 5 days.   Then squeeze out garlic liquid and mix with the herbal concentrates; measure.   Add enough apple cider vinegar to make 40 oz.   
Using a blender:  2 1/2 lbs. of garlic - peel, blend in blender with vinegar (do not liquefy).  Let set for 4 - 5 days, shaking 2-3 times a day.  Squeeze out garlic liquid, add to herbal concentrates; measure.    Add enough apple cider vinegar to make 40 oz.

The garlic extract must be made a couple days ahead of the herbal concentrates.   The garlic/vinegar mix must set at least 4 days before using: it will take 2 days to make the herbal concentrates; so if you start making the concentrates on day 3, when day 4 arrives the garlic/vinegar solution will be done.

1 part wormwood concentrate - 4 oz.
1 part lobelia leaf concentrate - 4 oz.
1 part marshmallow root concentrate - 4 oz.
1 part oak bark concentrate - 4 oz.
1 part black walnut bark concentrate - 4 oz.
1 part mullein leaf concentrate - 4 oz.
1 part skullcap leaf concentrate - 4 oz.
1 part uva ursi, hydrangea or gravel root concentrate - 4 oz.

To make concentrates:
Each concentrate should be made individually.  Start by soaking each separate herb in enough distilled water to cover it: LEAVES for four hours, ROOTS overnight.    After soaking, add more distilled water so that the total equals 16 oz. water per 4 oz. of herb  

Simmer the herb on very low heat in a double boiler for thirty minutes.  Then strain the liquid into a clean container, clean out the double boiler, add the liquid and simmer it down to one-fourth of the original volume (4 oz.).  Pour into jar and refrigerate until all 9 of the herbal concentrates have been prepared.  KEEP THEM IN SEPARATE JARS.   You will have 9 jars of herbal concentrates; one for EACH herb. This will take about 2 days.

Only after all the ingredients have been prepared should the liquids be mixed; be sure they are all the same temperature   Use only stainless steel or glass pots.

5 parts glycerin - 20 oz.
5 parts honey - 20 oz.

Add the glycerin and honey to the garlic/herb concentrate.   Bottle. Label. Refrigerate.   This formula has been known to last many years in the refrigerator!!

As a tonic (prophylactic) take 1 tablespoon a day or 1 tablespoon every hour if infected.   For optimum results take 1 hour before or after meals as to not compete with digestion. 

Red Plague Remedy

3.       Red Plague Remedy  This recipe comes from Claudia Orgill at www.healthypreparedness.blogspot.comThe Remedy is costly but I believe it offers the best solution to known and unknown viruses.   I   made this formula on Sept 1 (new moon) with friends; it is sitting quietly in the dark transforming into medicine.  We will decant it  Sept 30 (new moon).  I gently tip the jars back and forth each day watching and marveling at the wonders of plant-life.  I imagine the healing properties moving from the herbs into the menstrum (liquid).  God is good.  (I also recommend Claudia's books: "Beyond Wheat & Weeds" and "Food Storage Powerhouse")

              This recipe makes 110 SETS = 1 PERSON 10 DAYS

 Everclear 19, 1.75 liter jugs.
-64 quart jars with plastic white lids.(Plastic lids won’t rust during 4 week steeping time.)
-Reverse osmosis / pure water.
-Quart jar funnel (Not necessary, but helpful.)
Olive Leaf, cut and sifted approx. 31 oz / 1.9 lbs / 15 ¾ cups
Chamomile, German, cut and sifted 12.5 oz / 0.8 lbs / 12.5 cups
Pau D’Arco, cut and sifted 5.4 oz / 0.3 lbs / 4.5 cups
Red Rooibos, cut and sifted 11.4 oz / 0.7 lbs / 4.5 cups
Agrimony, cut and sifted 10.8 oz / 0.7 lbs / 9 cups
Milk Thistle seeds, whole 52 oz / 3.25 lbs / 8.25 cups
Yarrow, cut and sifted 167.2 oz / 10.5 lbs / 44 cups
Cayenne, powder 22 tsps
Burdock Root, cut and sifted 20 oz / 1.25 lbs / 4 cups (+ 10 cups water)

Note:   Burdock Root will be made on the LAST day of the 4 week time period

Prepared tinctures will sit in a dark place for 4 weeks from one new moon to the next-a total               of 4 weeks.
Shake jars once every day or two during that 4 week time frame.

New Moons 2016 April 7th May 6 June 4 July 4 August 2 Sept 1 Sept 3o Oct 30 Nov 29 Dec  
At the end of the 4 week time frame, you will place the prepared tincture jars either outside or
next to an open window the day before the next new moon to allow the outside light to affect the tincture for approximately 24 hours.

Strain and bottle the tincture, after the 24 hour sunlight time, at the end of the 4 week time
frame, according to the instructions in the 2ndPreparation Day 2ndNew Moon” section. (Still
            do this step, even if it's cloudy.)
Note: To turn your Everclear solution into a 75% solution mix 1 ¾ cups of reverse osmosis / pure water with each jug   (1.75 liters) of Everclear.  Note: If you cannot get Everclear, pray that using a 100 proof  vodka will be okay. I would increase the dosage some if using alcohol other than Everclear.

Olive Leaf
           1. Fill 7 quart jars ¾ of way full with olive leaf that has been pulsed in blender some
just to break it up some. If you’re using whole leaf olive leaf, pulse in blender until cut into
small pieces.
2. Dilute Everclear to a 75% solution using filtered water (from Smith’s or a health food
store the kind of water filters that use both carbon filters and UV light).
3 Cover the herbs with diluted Everclear up to bottom rim of the jar
4. Place plastic white lid on top, label jars, shake, and store in dark place.

1. Fill 5 quart jars ¾ of the way full with chamomile that has been pulsed in blender some. 2. Dilute Everclear to
75% using extra filtered water (from Smith’s or a health food store
the kind of water filters that use both carbon filters and UV light).
3. Cover the herbs with the diluted Everclear up to the bottom of the jar.         
            4. Place plastic white lid on top, label jars, shake, and store in dark place. 

Pau D’arco and Red Rooibos
-1 .Fill 3 quart jars ¾ of way full with a mixture of half pau d’arco and half red rooibos that have each bend pulsed in the blender a bit.
2. Dilute Everclear to 75% using extra filtered water (from Smith’s or a health food store the kind of water filters that use both carbon filters and UV light).
3. Cover the herbs with the diluted Everclear up to the bottom rim of the jar
4. Place plastic white lid on top, label jars, shake, and store in dark place.

1. Fill 3 quart jars a little less than ¾ of the way full (about ½ inch below ¾ of the way full) with agrimony that has been pulsed in blender some.
2 .Dilute Everclear to 75% using extra filtered water  
the kind of water filters that use both carbon filters and UV light).
3. Cover the herbs with the diluted Everclear up to the bottom rim of the jar
4. Place plastic white lid on top, label jars, shake, and store in dark place.

Milk Thistle
1. Fill 4 quart jars ¾ of the way full with milk thistle that has been pulsed in blender enough so that the milk thistle is nicely broken up.
2. Dilute Everclear to 50%
using extra filtered water 
3. Cover the herbs with the diluted everclear up to the bottom rim of the jar
4. Place plastic white lid on top, label jars, shake, and store in dark place.

1. Fill 44 quart jars ½ way full with yarrow that has been pulsed in blender enough so that
the yarrow is almost a powder.
2. Add in ½ tsp of cayenne.
3. Dilute Everclear to 50% using extra filtered water (from Smith’s or a health food store
the kind of water filters that use both carbon filters and UV light).
4. Cover the herbs with the diluted everclear up to the
bottom rim of the jar
5. Place plastic white lid on top, label jars, shake, and store in dark place.
Keep all of these quart jars in a dark place. Shake every day or two. (Remember to take out 24 hours
before the new moon day and place in daylight for a day.)

2ndPreparation Day (2ndNew Moon Day)

What you’ll need:
-Straining material
110, 4 oz tincture bottles with dropper(Industrial Container Supply Company in Salt Lake)
110, 8 oz tincture bottles with cap (Industrial Container Supply Company in Salt Lake)
Medium sized bowl
Large pot or 5 gallon food storage container enough to hold approx.55 cups / 5 gallons
Funnel (For pouring the tincture solution into the tincture bottles.)
Note: Prepare the Burdock Root before doing any of the other steps for this day. This will allow the
burdock root to cool down while doing all of the other steps

NOTE:  Claudia Orgill's recipe contains notes pertinent to Utah for obtaining the supplies.  In Missouri the Everclear can be purchased at most liquor stores.  However, they may have to order it in for you.  The herbs used in this recipe came from MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS AND BULK HERB STORE

Burdock Root
1 .Lightly simmer 4 cups of burdock root in 10 cups of pure / reverse osmosis water for 40 minutes in covered pot.
2. Allow to cool down to room temp.
3. Strain and add to other tincture liquids when mixing them all together.
Transfer the liquid that has collected in the bowl into a larger bowl or pot that will hold the liquid from all of the strained herbs (besides the yarrow) and repeat the process with the remaining jars until done. (Note: Do not mix the yarrow tincture in with your other herbs yarrow stays separate!)

1. Strain each of the following herbal tinctures and then pour the liquid from each jar (besides the yarrow)into one large pot / container with the rest of the herbal tinctures. Once again, DO NOT mix the yarrow tincture in with these yarrow stays separate Strain and mix together: a .Olive leaf liquid from all 7 jars   b .Pau D’arco and Red Rooibos liquid from all 3 jars     c.  Chamomile ¾ of tincture/liquid from each of the 5 jars (save rest for personal use: tummy aches, insomnia, stress, or tension).    d. Agrimony liquid from all 3 jars      e .Milk thistle liquid from all 4 jars      f.  Burdock Root decoction, room temp. all of liquid from strained decoction (tea)
Mix those 7 strained herbs / teas together in large sanitized pot or 5 gallon container. (NOT the yarrow.) Stir and, using a funnel, pour the herbal mixture into 4 oz jars
Label jars and store away, preferably in a dark room. Keeps for 20 years or more.
Strain the yarrow the same way the other herbs were strained but DO NOT mix in with the other herbs. Keep yarrow separate from the rest. The yarrow is the #2 tincture and will be bottled separate from the rest of the herbs. Pour the strained yarrow tincture into the 8 oz jars Label and store away, preferably in a dark room. Keeps for 20 years or more.
Instructions to place on label:
Red Plague Remedy #1
Olive Leaf, Chamomile, Agrimony, Red Rooibos, Pau D’Arco, Burdock Root, Milk Thistle
(Tincture #1)
Shake before using. Dosage for active infection: Adults: 45 drops in water or juice, every 2 hours. Children: 30 drops in water or juice, every 2 hours   . (Use less as symptoms subside.)
Follow up with tincture #2   20 minutes later.

Red Plague Remedy #2
Yarrow & Cayenne (Tincture #2)
Shake before using. Dosage for active infection: Adults: 50 drops in water or juice every hour or as needed, 20 minutes after using tincture #1.Children: 35 drops in water or juice every hour or as needed, 20 minutes after tincture #1.

Olive Leaf:  Olea europaea      Constituents:  Apigenin, choline, cinchonine, luteolin, mannitol, olivin, tannins.   Parts Used:  Dried leaves and leaf fragments. Olive leaf is a natural antibiotic, antioxidant and
an anti-microbial agent, which slows invaders enough for the body's natural immune system to react. It exhibits amazing anti-parasitic and anti-fungal properties that will battle more than a  hundred viral and bacterial conditions.  Olive leaf works to lower high blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, improve respiratory response, improve skin health, heart disease and fatigue. Olive leaf has been known to rejuvenate vitality and energy, enhance the immune system, support the cardiovascular system and promote general health and well-being.

Chamomile: traditional remedy for lulling children to sleep, and is beneficial for upset tummies. Chamomile is antipeptic, antispasmodic, antipyretic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory,anti-bacterial, muscle relaxant, antispasmodic, sedative properties and anti-allergenic.   Chamomile is included as a drug in the pharmacopoeia of 26 countries.

Pau D Arco  Tabebuia impetiginosa    Plant Family: Bignoniaceae        One of the best known, but least understood, herbs from the Amazonian rainforest, pau d'arco is a key ingredient in the tribal medicine chest. The pau d'arco tree is a huge canopy tree that grows up to 125 feet high, with pink to violet colored flowers. Its history of use is thought to go back to the Incas, and several tribes have been using it to make bows for centuries.  Contains XYLOIDIN – an antibiotic with viricidal properties. Also contains LASPACHOL – an element noted for its antitumor activity.   Constituents:   Lapachol, lapachone, and isolapachone are the best studied chemical compounds in pau d'arco, although most herbal practitioners attribute the healing power of the herb to its tannins.       Parts Used:   Inner bark.          Typical Preparations:   Tea, tincture or encapsulation. Like cat's claw, pau d'arco tincture should be taken in water with a little lemon juice so tannins can be absorbed through the colon.
Red Rooibos:   very high in anti-oxidants, trace minerals, and nutrients,
Agrimony:   Agrimonia eupatoria L.    Plant Family: Rosaceae    in the rose family found near hedges and fences throughout England. Bearing yellow flowers with egg-shaped petals on spikes emanating from hairy stems, agrimony exudes a distinctive, pleasant scent that is often compared to apricots but isn't as sweet. During the Elizabethan period herbalists began referring to the plant as philanthropos, perhaps because of its beneficent properties as a medicine, or perhaps because its seeds stick to the clothing of passers by, giving them the "gift" of next year's plants.   Constituents:  Tannins and flavonoids. A volatile essential oil can be distilled from the stem.   Parts Used:  Dried, above-ground parts of the plant, harvested shortly before or during summer flowering.   Typical Preparations:   Herb powder in slurry or decoction, herbal tea, or essential oil.

 Milk Thistle :  Silybum marianum     Overwintering annual.   Direct seed in late Summer or early Spring. This vigorous plant cultivates easily. Choose site carefully and keep it under control. Giant shiny leaves with white veins and purple thistles. Seed coat is rich in silymarin; unique hepato-protective agent useful for the liver.

The enzyme systems in our cells, especially our liver and intestines, uses  milk thistle for its ability to increase glutathione--a tripeptide that is used in both phase I and phase II in the cellular transformation of toxins. It both  protects the liver, and assists the liver in regenerating its cells.   Powerful antioxidant. 

Yarrow:  Achillea millefolium   Anti-septic, anti-inflammatory properties, diaphoretic, antibacterial, antipyretic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, digesive, expectorant, hemostatic, hypotensive, stomachic, tonic, antirheumatic.  Well help stop bleeding anywhere in the body.

Cayenne :   Capsicum annuum    35,000 H.U.  Chili is the Aztec name for Capsicum annuum. It has been used both as a food and a medicine by Native Americans for over 9000 years. The Capsicum family includes bell peppers, red peppers, paprika, and pimento, but the most famous medicinal members of the family are cayenne and chile. The tasty hot peppers have long been used in many of the world's cuisines, but their greatest use in health comes from, surprisingly, conventional medicine. Anti-inflammatory, anodyne, circulatory and immune booster, hemostat, rubefacient.  The burning sensation of hot peppers is a reaction of the central nervous system to capsaicin; unlike horseradish, wasabi, garlic, ginger, and mustard, capsaicin only causes the sensation of damage, not real damage to tissues.  Constituents:   cineole, octanone, alanine, alpha-carotene, alpha-linoleic acid, alpha-phellandrene, arginine, ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, betaine, campesterol, capsaicin, capsanthin, carvone, fiber, folacin, glutamic acid, hesperidin, isoleucine, isovaleric acid, kaempferol, manganese, myrcene, p-coumaric acid, potassium, proline, quercetin, scopoletin, solanine, thiamin, thujone, tryptophan, valine, zeaxanthin, zinc.        

Burdock:  Arctium lappa  Plant Family: Asteraceae  Burdock has been an important medicinal herb in Western folk medicine and in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, primarily valued for its blood cleansing and skin healing properties. As you can see by this lengthy description, it is one of my very favorite herbs.  It is readily available, easy to prepare and covers a vast quantity of uses.
           Alterative = metabolic tonic, nutritive tonic, anti-inflammatory, blood purifier (strengthens        kidney/liver thus cleaning up circulatory system), mucilage, bitters, anti-microbial, lowers blood         sugar, deep healer for chronic problems, nourishing, antibiotic, antifungal, diaphoretic, diuretic, mild  laxative, antipyretic, lymphatic, anti-tumor, antiscorbutic, anti-rheumatic, anodyne, rejuvenative, aphrodisiac, estrogenic, cholagogue, pulmonary, carminative, aperient (varies, may bind) astringent, urinary tonic.  HERBAL NSAID ( non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drug).  For acne, eczema, psoriasis, herpes, boils--hot skin eruptions.   ALL SKIN CONDITIONS.

 Botany:  A biennal member of the Asteraceace family, with bright pink-red to purple thistle-like flowers on long stalks, and oblong to cordate, huge hairy leaves that is native to Europe and Asia, and now naturalized in North America and Australia.1 This plant can grow to a very robust height, reaching up to 9 feet,6 and its aromatic "carrot-like" taproot can grow as much as 3 feet deep into the ground (making them difficult to harvest).8 It is naturalized and abundant in northern U.S and Europe and is considered a weed in such areas.
The generic name arctium is derived from the Greek word for bear or arktos and the species name, lappa, is from the Latin word lappare which means "to seize." The fruit (bur) looks rough and hairy resembling a big, fuzzy bear and will grab on to anything in the vicinity in order to spread its seed, hence the name.   Its common name is derived from the French word bourre referring to a tangle of wool (often entangled with burs) and the German "dock" referring to large leaves.   Various species, such as A. minus or A. tomentosum, may be used interchangeably.   However, burdock is often confused with cocklebur or Xanthium spp. that has entirely different properties.     Cultivation And Harvesting: Cultivated in China, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and in various countries in Europe.       Seeds are picked in the fall and can be loosened from the chaff with a rolling pin. Harvesting the roots is no easy task yet can be done in the fall of the first year or spring of the second, preferably the former. According to the late herbalist Michael Moore "harvesting full flowered plants in the fall can be as much work as digging up a small tree".    History And Folklore:  Burdock is an all-purpose herbal that has been used continually for myriad purposes the last few thousand years in Asia and Europe, and more recently in North America. It is a food plant called gobo in Japanese and is a much consumed vegetable in Japan. The root may be eaten fresh or cooked and the young leaves can be cooked like any other vegetable.  The stalks have a taste somewhat like asparagus and can be eaten raw in a salad, boiled, or candied with sugar.            In traditional Chinese medicine, burdock fruit has been used continually for thousands of years. It is known to balance internal heat, is specifically helpful for supporting skin health, and is associated with lung and stomach meridians. It is considered energetically cold and having a slippery consistency that soothes mucus membranes. The root is also commonly cooked in order to change its energetic properties and specifically to make it easier to digest.  In European folk medicine, an infusion or decoction of the seeds was employed as a diuretic. It was helpful in enhancing health through supporting digestion, and as topical poultice.

Culpepper in his Complete Herbal, written in 1653, says the following about Burdock:   It is so well known, even by the little boys, who pull off the burs to throw and stick upon each other, that I shall spare to write any description of it……The Burdock leaves are cooling and moderately drying. The leaves applied to the places troubled with the shrinking of the sinews or arteries, gives much ease. The juice of the leaves, or rather the roots themselves, given to drink with old wine, doth wonderfully help the biting of any serpents.     Further, Culpepper, an avid astrologer in addition to being an herbalist, considered burdock to be a feminine plant, ruled by the planet Venus and took this into consideration when preparing his burdock elixirs.   Traditionally the root was thought to carry magical power, particularly powers of protection and healing. It was believed that wearing a necklace that is made from the root, gathered during the waning moon, would protect the wearer from evil and negativity.12 In the Native American healing tradition, the plant was used by the Malecite, Micmac, Ojibwa, and Menominee for skin health. Further, the roots were dried by the Iroquois over a fire and stored for food for the following year.13 They also utilized the related A. minus in medicinal baths.      According to the William Cook, author of the Physio-medical Dispensatory in 1869, burdock "enters into a sort of family beer along with such agents as yellow dock, spikenard, elder flowers, and ginger" making a beneficial spring beverage. Herbalist Matthew Becker states that burdock is a "potent yet safe lymphatic decongestant.” Also, that as a subtle alterative it works best over time and demonstrates restorative properties due, in part, to its bitter tonic effects on the digestive system. It also contains inulin which feeds the healthy bacteria in the colon.       Burdock is considered by many herbalists to be the best known medicinal for skin conditions (Hoffman, Moore). This herb is highly effective, gentle, and multipurpose. It promotes the flow of bile and also increases circulation to the skin. Further, it is a mild diuretic and lymphatic.   Burdock is used widely as an alterative and blood purifier. The leaves can be made into a fresh poultice to soothe poison oak and poison ivy and a leaf decoction makes a therapeutic wash for the skin.

Flavor Notes And Energetics:   acrid bitter cold, sweet            Herbal Actions:  Diaphorhetic,mild diuretic, mild laxative, alterative, cholagogue          Uses And Preparations:  Dried root or seed as a cold infusion, decoction, tincture, or powdered and encapsulated. Fresh or cooked root and leaf as an edible vegetable Fresh root or seed as a tincture Fresh leaf as a poultice

Constituents:  Sesquiterpenes and sesquiterpene lactones, acetylenic compounds, phenolic acids, and up to 45% inulin, flavanoid glycosides, bitter glycosides, alkaloids, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, Arctiin

Herbal Miscellany:  The inspiration for Velcro came from the burdock bur. The inventor, a Swiss electrical engineer named Georges de Mestral, was walking along one day in the mountains and saw burs sticking on his wool socks and his dog's fur. He went home and examined the barbed, hook-like seeds that make up the fruit and thought he could replicate this "gripping" action in the laboratory. And so he did, and, in 1955, Velcro was patented and released to the world.

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