Best Herbs and Spices for Cold and Flu – Plus a Secret Weapon

Best Herbs and Spices for Cold and Flu - prevent colds and fight the flu with these natural remedies from your pantry and a "secret" weapon for your home.

The common cold and a strain of influenza A are doing some serious tail kicking this winter from what I’m seeing on the internet and social media.  Because of the ability of the flu virus to quickly mutate, this year’s flu vaccine may be ineffective on over half of viruses sampled by the CDC.  So far, knock on wood, we haven’t battled more than minor sniffles and sore throat, and I’ve made a habit of adding these herbs and spices for cold and flu fighting into our meals and herbal teas.  This post discusses how herbs, spices, traditional remedies and your kitchen sink can help boost your immune system and protect you from cold and flu. [Read more…]

How to Make a Salve with Infused Oils

How to Make a Salve with Infused Oils - Plantain Salve

In summer 2009 I posted about my first experiments with common plantain in Grandma Called it “Medicine Leaf” and Real Healing Potions.  Plantain is a common lawn and garden weed.  It has many medicinal properties, which are listed in the previous post, along with instructions for making an oil infusion.  The leaves themselves can be applied directly to the skin, but for ease of use and long term storage, I infuse them in olive oil.

bcartIf you don’t have fresh herbs available, you may infuse a high quality dry herb like those from Mountain Rose Herbs or other medicinal herb suppliers.  Fresh is best, but sometimes you need to get creative.  If you choose to purchase through my site, I received a small affiliate payment at no extra cost to you.  Thank you! [Read more…]

Queen Anne’s Lace – Weekly Weeder #6

Queen Anne's Lace - Daucus Carota - Weekly Weeder #6

Today’s featured weed is Queen Anne’s Lace, Daucus Carota

Queen Anne’s lace is also known as Wild Carrot, Bird’s Nest Weed, Bee’s Nest, Devils Plague, garden carrot, Bird’s Nest Root, Lace Flower, Rantipole, Herbe a dinde and Yarkuki.

The World Carrot Museum states that the name “‘Herbe a dinde’ derives from its use as a feed for young turkeys – dinde.”  (Personally, I’d never heard of that name before.  Maybe it’s a UK thing?)   The Woodrow Wilson Foundation Leadership Programs for Teachers cites the origin of the name as follows:  “Queen Anne’s Lace is said to have been named after Queen Anne of England, an expert lace maker.  When she pricked her finger with a needle, a single drop of blood fell into the lace, thus the dark purple floret in the center of the flower.”
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Protect Yourself from Salmonella and E Coli Naturally

Protect Yourself from Salmonella and E Coli Naturally by building a strong immune system, practicing food safety and using herbs and honey for treatment.

Are you wondering when the next massive round of food-borne illness will occur?

It seems like every time you turn on the news there’s another food recall.  If you check the FDA food recall list, there are literally dozens of products listed at any given time.  Big gatherings where food sits out for hours – for instance, potlucks- often end up with people ill from some degree of food poisoning.  There are ways you can help protect yourself from salmonella and e coli naturally. [Read more…]

Chicory – Weekly Weeder #5

Chicory, Chicorium intybus - Weekly Weeder #5

Today’s featured weed is chicory, Chicorium intybus.

Chicory is also known as Blue Sailor, Ragged Sailor, Coffeeweed, Cornflower, Succory, Wild Succory, Garden Endive, Wild Chicory, and Blue Dandelion. [Read more…]