Preparing for Cold and Flu Season with Essential Oils

Preparing for Cold and Flu Season with Essential Oils - How to use essential oils as germ fighters and immune system boosters.

This week’s installment on prepping for cold and flu season is a guest post by my friend, Jo, from Jo’s Health Corner.  Jo has a TON of great information on her site about using essential oils, and she’s shared some of her experience preparing for cold and flu season with essential oils.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are concentrated extracts that have been distilled from aromatic trees, herbs, and grasses. They are located in leaves, stems, fruits, roots, flowers, and bark of different plants. The essential oils are responsible for the plant’s unique aroma. [Read more…]

The Best Vitamins and Minerals for Fighting Colds and Flus

The Best Vitamins and Minerals for Fighting Colds and Flus

What are the best vitamins and minerals for fighting colds and flus?

There’s been a lot of hype in recent years about this supplement or that supplement being able to prevent colds and flus or lessen their duration and severity, but how much is real and how much is hype?  Here are the top choices for my cold and flu arsenal.

Vitamin C for Colds and Flus

Vitamin C has been demonstrated to have a strong anti-viral effect.  Orthomolecular.org states:  “In high doses, vitamin C neutralizes free radicals, helps kill viruses, and strengthens the body’s immune system. Taking supplemental vitamin C routinely helps prevent viral infections.”  It has been shown to be effective against both the swine and bird flu. [Read more…]

Preparing for Cold and Flu Season – Step #1- Probiotics

Preparing for cold and flu season with probiotics. Learn about a study that showed probiotic consumption lead to fewer fevers, coughs and runny noses.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are beneficial microorganisms similar to the “friendly” bacteria found naturally in the body’s digestive system. Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) of Maryland states that we each house two to five pounds (1.0 to 2.26 kilograms) of live bacteria inside our bodies.

How do probiotics work?

Antibiotics work by killing bacteria, both friendly and unfriendly.  Probiotics add good bacteria to your body.  Adding more good bacteria can crowd out the bad bacteria, at at the very least make it more difficult for them to thrive. [Read more…]

How to Make Elderberry Syrups and Jellies

How to Make Elderberry Syrups and Jellies with Fresh or Dried Elderberries
My friend, Tami, saw my comment on the Common Sense Homesteading Facebook page about wanting to experiment with elderberries, and embraced the challenge with gusto.  She and her family went picking, and came home with the entire car trunk filled with elderberries.  Bless her heart, I didn’t have time to help her process them the next day, so she stuck them in the freezer overnight and tackled them herself.  In this post we’ll share how to process fresh elderberries, plus how to make elderberry syrup and elderberry jelly with those fresh elderberries, and an easy recipe for a small batch of immune boosting elderberry syrup with dried elderberries. [Read more…]

Would You Feed Your Kids Pesticide Chips?

Learn about the hidden pesticides in our food, where to find them and how to avoid them. If these crops make animals sick, what are they doing to people?

I did purchase pesticide chips for my kids, but I won’t be buying any more. Corn chips are just one of thousands of products on our store shelves made from crops that are legally classified as pesticides, not food, but still sold as food.

Pesticides in Food – How Much are We Eating?

Let me explain.  I read A LOT about food.  I’m reasonably sure that some would classify me as OCD about the whole thing.  I’ve made a lot of positive changes in our family’s diet.  Still, there were a few old “favorites” that we hadn’t given up, the above chips being one of them. After all, we’ve been told that pesticides either (a) wash off or (b) don’t stay intact during processing.

Then I read this information from an article in India Today: [Read more…]