Yay! Christmas season is here! I want to share with you this beautiful video (click on image above) that portrays how we are Christ's hands here on earth. He spent His life in selfless service and gave the ultimate sacrifice for each one of us, let us give to Him by following His commandments and serving our fellow man. I invite you this Christmas season to join with me in serving others by following this countdown to Christmas and "Lighting the World" as Jesus showed by His example. I wish you all a Merry Christmas!
It's the time of year for mixing up some herbal remedies for the winter season. There are many recipes out there to boost the immune system and aid the body in healing from colds and flu, but many of them aren't so tasty. I love my remedies to not only aid the body in healing but to taste good as well, especially if I am going to be giving them to my kiddos. I can handle taking a vinegar/garlic blend but they wouldn't touch it after the first round and since herbs work best when taken regularly (when treating acute conditions, I administer them every waking hour until the person is feeling better).
With all that in mind my immune boosting blend is simple and delicious, just three ingredients. My favorite way to prepare it is in a glycerite but you could make a syrup, tincture, tea or capsule with the blend also.
Cold Kicker Blend
3 parts elderberry
2 parts echinacea root
1 part rosehips
You can read all about the properties of elderberry here, echinacea stimulates the body to release more white blood cells which are the virus/bacteria fighters and rosehips have a very high concentration of vitamin C which also gives the immune system a boost to aid the body in fighting off infection and viruses.
These are just general guidelines, each body will respond differently. If I feel like I need more I take more, if my child asks for more, I give them more. Our bodies know what they need if we are in tune with them.
Acute conditions = you are sick:
Glycerite/tincture - 2 to 3 dropperfuls every waking hour
tea - 2 to 3 cups a day
Glycerite/tincture - 2 to 3 dropperfuls a day
tea - 1 cup, 2 to 3 times a week
Where can I get these herbs?
I love to grow what I can in my garden, then harvest, dry and store them myself. What I don't grow I purchase from Mountain Rose Herbs or Bulk Herb Store, I love and use both of them for their high quality and organic properties. With that said my home grown are always the freshest and best quality of any herbs I have every purchased.
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