Category Archives: Remedies

Immune Boosting Magic: Fire Cider Recipe

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This is a traditional herbal remedy used for colds and flu. I always make my fire cider ahead of time to have it one hand, because it takes a bit to set up. Use it as a preventative and double it up if a virus does latch on.

Ingredients

1/2 cup of grated ginger root
1/2 cup of grated horseradish
1 onion, chopped and diced
10 cloves of garlic, crushed or minced
2 cayenne peppers, chopped (or 4 Tablespoons of dried cayenne)
1 lemon (chopped, peel and all)
1 orange (chopped, peel and all)
Springs of fresh rosemary (or 3 Tablespoons dried)
1 inch of fresh turmeric chopped (or 2 Tablespoons dried)
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw Honey

Prepare all of the ingredients and add them to a quart sized jar. Cover the ingredients with apple cider vinegar. (Metal and vinegar do not mix, so cover your metal components with a plastic wrap or parchment, or just use BPA free plastic lids.) Shake daily for a minimum of 2 weeks. I personally like to let mine go for 3-4 weeks.

Use cheesecloth to strain. Sweeten your liquid with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of raw honey. Store, and enjoy!

Sometimes, I also like to change it up and add: Thyme, Rosehips, Ginseng, Grapefruit, Schizandra berries, Astragalus, Fresh Parsley, Burdock, Fresh Oregano, or Peppercorns. Look around in your cupboards and get creative!

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3 Herbal Teas for Youthful, Beautiful Skin in Days

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For each recipe, use equal parts and steep for 8-9 minutes.
I like to use a french press or infuser pot to make teas from loose herbs. Check out the unpaid review I did of this pot with a stainless steel infuser. Glass Tea Pot with Stainless Steel Infuser
Youthful Skin Tea for Oily Skin
For oily skin, use the following cleansing and cooling herbs.
Yarrow
Tulsi
Youthful Skin Tea for Dry Skin
For dry skin externally, add juicy herbs to help support the skin.
3 Herbal Teas for Youthful, Beautiful Skin
Youthful Skin Tea for Combination Skin
For combination skin, focus on nutrients and minerals to feed the skin.

 

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30 Herbs to Balance Hormones Naturally

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Are your hormones out of whack? Have you been diagnosed with having a hormone imbalance? If you have stubborn belly fat or your weight is just uncontrollable, even with a plant based diet, your hormones may need some attention. (*Remember to seek medical advice and diagnosing from your health care provider.)

Natural herbs and foods that help balance hormones are everywhere. Here’s a comprehensive list to choose your natural method of healing from:

1. Vitex or Chaste Tree:  The most popular herbal remedy for premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It does not supply hormones but acts directly on the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. Vitex increases luteinizing hormone (LH) and modulates prolactin, resulting in a balance of estrogen and progesterone levels.

2. Maca:  Maca root has been shown to be beneficial for all sorts of hormonal problems including PMS, menopause, and hot flashes. It is also a fertility enhancer and is best known for improving libido and sexual function, especially in men.

3. Red Raspberry Leaf:  Raspberry leaf has historically been used to strengthen uterine muscles, and there’s some scientific evidence to back the claim that the herb can have a powerful effect on hormones.

4. Shatavari: Shatavari is a well known herb in the management of women’s hormonal health fertility and pregnancy.

5. Milk Thistle: Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) supports hormonal balance

6. Barrenwort:  Improved circulation can deliver more growth and repair hormones.

7. Puncture Vine:  Significant in improving hot flashes, sweating, depression, insomnia and anxiety.

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8. American Ginseng: Supports the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, helping maintain correct hormonal balance. However, it does not overstimulate the endocrine system.

9. Suma Root: In North American herbal medicine, suma root is used as an adaptogenic and regenerative tonic regulating many systems of the body; as an immunostimulant; to treat exhaustion and chronic fatigue, impotence, arthritis, anemia, diabetes, cancer, tumors, mononucleosis, high blood pressure, PMS, menopause, and hormonal imbalances.

10. Black Cohosh: Black cohosh root seems to have some effects similar to the female hormone, estrogen. In some parts of the body, black cohosh might increase the effects of estrogen. It is more accurate to think of it as an herb that acts similar to estrogen in some people.

11. Saw Palmetto:  Saw palmetto is of significance to both men and women because it has an effect on estrogen. Saw palmetto has the ability to block the overproduction of testosterone.

12. Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha, also known as Withania somnifera, is a popular herb used in Ayurveda, for medicinal purposes. It helps in balancing the hormones as it acts as an adaptogen and reduces cortisol.

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13. Dong Quai:  Dong Quai has been used for centuries by Asian healers to promote balance of female hormones and emotional health during menopause and perimenopause.

13. Rhodiola: Rhodiola has a calming effect on our body and mental state because of an ability to reduce cortisol, one of our major stress hormones.

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14. Red Clover: Some women use red clover for symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes; for breast pain or tenderness (mastalgia); and for premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

15. Kudzu:  Kudzu possesses plant steroid hormones called phytoestrogens that are very similar to the estrogen post-menopausal women are deficient in.

16. Wild Yam: Offering women a way to safely and naturally support hormonal balance and manage symptoms of Menopause, Perimenopause and PMS.

17. Oatstraw: The abundance of calcium, magnesium and silica in oatstraw make it extremely beneficial to regulate blood sugar levels and hormone production.

18. Goji Berries: Goji berry benefits include fighting disease and balancing yin and restoring hormonal health.

19. Astragalus: Adaptogenic herbs like astragalus help the body maintain hormonal balance by making it more adaptive to stress.

20. Longan Fruit: This herb cleanses the blood, harmonizes hormones and enriches the skin.

21. Cacao: Contains substances that are used in the brain to create the hormones that are responsible for euphoria and happiness.

22. Pau D’Arco: This powerful herb has a beneficial effect on the entire body and assists in detoxifying the blood of toxic substances. It also helps to balance hormone levels (especially estrogen).

23. White Peony RootWhite Peony promotes circulation to the reproductive organs which helps to reduce uterine stagnation, ovarian cysts and painful menstruation.

24. Lotus Seed: Lotus seeds have astringent properties that have specific benefits to the kidneys, helping to restore vital energy within the body.

25. Chinese Red Dates: Promotes the healthy development of bones, muscles, skin, hair, enzymes, hormones.

26. Black Sesame Seeds:  Sesame seeds and sunflower seeds support the natural balance and production of hormones in the body.

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27. Reishi Mushrooms: Reishi mushrooms or ganoderma lucidum have been shown to help lower testosterone levels ad are considered an anti-androgen. A study in 2006 showed that ganoderma contains oils called triterpenoids which can reduce the production of 5-alpha-reductase, a hormone that can increase testosterone production!

28. Blue Green Algae: Many of these substance found in blue-green algae are the substances needed to regulate and synthesize important biological hormones.

29. Evening Primrose: Important for regulating hormones, improving nerve function, and have a balancing hormone effect that contributes to a healthy reproductive system and nervous system.

30. Turmeric: This spice assists in alleviating symptoms of imbalanced hormones such as breakouts, depression, menstrual cramps, and irregular periods.

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5 Natural Remedies Every Teacher and Mom Need

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Kids get sick.
Kids pass germs.
Kids have snot. (haha– well, it’s true!)
I know this from personal experience because I have 2 at home.

As soon as school starts, the colds begin to circulate. After Halloween, they become even more rampant and at this point, usually get passed on to teachers and parents.

Let’s stop the cycle. Here are 5 of the best preventive natural tools and remedies for every parent and teacher to have on hand.

  1. Homemade Vapor Rub – Non-petroleum based so your immune system doesn’t have to fight off the toxin load on top of the cold. This recipe is easy and so simple. You’ll be giving it as gifts to all your friends and family.
  2. Delightful Immunity Boosting Tonic – This cold and flu preventative keeps your lymph cleansed and happy. It takes a couple of weeks to set up but even kids can make this simple herbal preventative.
  3. Raw Herbal Multivitamin – Feel like you need to change up your vitamin? Maybe you know you are missing something? This recipe is a family staple in my house. We even make our sun tea with this. You’ll feel a difference in your energy and your kids will be focusing longer in school. (And it is so easy to make!)
  4. Herbal Cough Syrup – This is so yummy that you’ll want to take your cough syrup when you don’t have a cough! The ingredients are all natural and organic, but most importantly, this cough syrup works incredibly well. (And again, super simple to make!)
  5. Lemons – Lemons are nature’s blood purifiers. Read the link to learn more about the simple power of lemons because they go beyond health. Listed are 44 Reasons to buy lemons today.

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Delightful Immune Boosting Tonic Easy Recipe

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There are a few key items I keep on hand during certain times of the year. I don’t know about you but I really don’t like colds, sore throats, or sniffles; nor do I appreciate the common or uncommon flu. I’m not a fan. So I have some secrets in my herb cabinet to keep my family from experiencing these. They don’t always work on preventing every bug, but they cut our experiences of the sicklies by more than half.

How do I know? Because I pay attention.
Have you ever felt just *off* one morning? Like you couldn’t pinpoint what was going on, but you chalked it up to just having a bad day? Then a couple days later you are in bed, with tissues and a butt load of things you bought at the drug store just to get you through? Sound familiar?

Yeah, I used to be that person, too.
But then I started making plants my medicine, and my prevention.

This is one of my prevention recipes.
After this is made, take one dropper full of Delightful Immune Boosting Tonic and mix it in a teaspoon of raw honey (not the teddy bear stuff), and swallow. The raw honey changes the taste of the tonic and makes it delightful enough that my finicky son will even take this.

The only trick to making this work prior to a cold, is to *remember* to take it as a daily preventative and not as the remedy! (But if you forget like we all do, it works great as a remedy, too.)

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Delightful Immune Boosting Tonic Easy Recipe

You’ll need:
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Fresh Garlic (2-3 cloves chopped finely, set aside to let allicin develop fully)
Turmeric (2-3 Tablespoons)
Cayenne Pepper (a Tablespoon)
Fresh Ginger (sliced and about half a cup)
Lime or Lemon (1 full size, 3-4 key limes if using)
Ginseng (1 Tablespoon)
Sage (2 Tablespoons)

Put all of your ingredients into a mason jar with a plastic lid (or use plastic wrap to cover before attaching metal lid), and pour your apple cider vinegar over the ingredients until full.

Shake it daily.
Strain and use after 2-3 weeks of shaking.
Bottle in little cobalt bottles with droppers.
Enjoy!

(These make great gifts for your neighbors, too!)

*Sidenote* I just made this the other day and forgot my cayenne before I snapped the picture. Somehow it was in the fridge? I tell you, I live with monkeys. I poured a little into my hand (I’m not a measurer, I palm it), and I snorted it after throwing it in the jar. Sigh.

Don’t snort cayenne.
Let that be your herbal tip for the day.
It wasn’t pretty.

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Vapor Rub Salve Recipe

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Need something cooling and soothing to open up the respiratory passages, but want to steer clear of petroleum-based products? Unfortunately, most of the chest rubs we grew up using from the drugstore are made with a base of petroleum jelly and turpentine, along with herbal ingredients that are actually helpful, like eucalyptus and menthol. Such a shame! Making your own rubs at home is super easy and allows you to harness the powerful benefits of these plants without relying on a byproduct of the oil industry. All you need is a simple salve base of organic carrier oil and beeswax to get started.

Basic Vapor Rub

8 oz organic carrier oil (I used almond oil)

3/4 oz – 1 oz natural beeswax, coarsely chopped or use pellets

25 drops organic eucalyptus essential oil

10 drops organic peppermint essential oil

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Directions

Depending on the texture you want, measure out the beeswax. Less wax will yield more of an ointment viscosity, while using the whole ounce of wax will create a more solid, lip balm like consistency. Place beeswax and oil in the top of a double boiler and heat gently until the beeswax melts. Remove from the stove top and stir in the essential oils, counting each drop carefully. Immediately pour the mixture into your tins and place lids loosely over the jars so the oils don’t escape, but allow to cool completely before placing caps onto the containers.

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Learn Herbs: Tea, Infusion, & Juice Recipes

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I am so excited to announce our first Plants Are My Medicine eBook available now on Amazon Kindle. You can download your copy here:
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Tea, Infusion, & Juice Recipes

This eBook is very personal for me. I share my own recipes and methods that work in my own healing and my family’s health.

There are 25 recipes of tea, infusion, and juice; all present to give you the needed boost for whatever your challenge is.

Right now, our promotional period is July 30 and 31st for 2017; where you can download my work for free. Please remember to give it a good rating so we can reach more people.

Thank you for being on this journey with me!
Wendy