February 2014 Herbal Talk Notes
Getting & Staying
Healthy for the Winter
with Natural Remedies
immune system is what helps you to fight off viruses such as the common
allergies, HIV and other diseases caused by viruses.
About 80 percent of your
immune system is located in your digestive tract. Thus it is important
have a healthy
digestive system so that it can remain strong and healthy.
of a Strong Immune System
the Common Cold.
You will never have to worry about the common cold ever again. This is
as soon as a foreign
virus enters your body, your system will attack and remove
it from the body so that it cannot harm you.
Fevers will also be a thing of
the past, as your body will not be laden down with toxins.
A strong immune system will also
help you to battle the symptoms of HIV, and other autoimmune disorders.
Allergies are the result of the
system over reacting to a foreign substance such as pollen and dust.
overreacts because it is weak and feels threatened, but when it is
can simply attack and remove the foreign
substance from your body without any
symptoms of allergies.
It will help you to fight
fatigue so that you will have more energy to do the things that you
Three herbs help boost immune system are
Elderberries, Ginger and Cherry Bark
rich in flavonoids which are natural
compounds with antioxidant qualities that protects cells against damage
infections. Elderberry also contains vitamin A, B, significant amounts
vitamin C and amino-acids. All these nutrients can help
you stay healthy and
prevent diseases, by boosting your immune system.
effect is reinforced by the presence of
large quantities of vitamin C. This difference in
has been proved though the administration
of both blackcurrant and
to volunteers, and testing the presence
of the anthocyanins in the
urine. This is a
measure of their bioavailability, or how
easily they are absorbed by the
body, and the
greater this bioavailability, then the more
effective is their antioxidant
In a 2004
study of 60 people suffering from flu-like symptoms, for instance,
found that those who used elderberry
extract for five days (taking 15 ml in
syrup form four times daily) saw their symptoms subside four days
study members assigned to a placebo treatment.
According to Dr.
Oz, elderberry juice has antiviral
properties that block the flu virus. According to herbwisdom.com,
anthocyanins, which are bioflavonoids that enhance immune function by
boosting cytokine production. Cytokines are proteins that act as
help regulate immune response. Elderberries are also rich in quercetin,
stops replication of viruses and bacteria.
has been used to fight off and alleviate the symptoms of colds and
as it contains immunity-boosting abilities.
properties that could help with arthritis.
Ginger has been found in the scientific
research to help balance the
immune system to restore it to proper functioning.
Ginger has also been found to enhance the protective functions of the
slices, boiled in water with added lemon or orange
juice, and honey, is a popular herbal
drink in ayurvedic
medicine to relieve common cold, cough, and sore throat.
the Immune System
(kills bacteria - including salmonella) - internally and topically as
antibiotics are found in ginger
tea eases some throat pain
production of cytokines which cause pain and swelling
chills and fever
with respiratory problems, eases asthma symptoms
contains Vit. A, C, E, B-complex, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, iron,
Has been used
throughout Native American history to treat
colds and suppress coughs, wild cherry
bark is also used as an ingredient
in cough syrups. Its active constituents
are believed to
include the tannins, scopoletin, and cyanogenic glycosides, such as
which may help to reduce inflammation, relieve spasms in smooth
have an astringent effect on tissues.
coughs and colds, wild cherry bark is typically touted as a natural
for the following health problems:
wild cherry bark is said to alleviate pain and stimulate the digestive
extract contains prussic acid, and while the
concentration is relatively low in medicinal doses, it is not
long-term use. The prussic acid also makes the extract unsuitable for
with kidney or liver ailments. A side effect of cherry bark
sedation, so it should not be used by those with high blood pressure or
hypertension. Be sure to consult a physician for
concerns about cherry bark
extract interaction with medications or negative side effects.
Recipes to build your Immune system
by Lynn Moddejonge
of Moddejonge Herbals in Everett, WA
cups of water
T fresh or dried ginger root
tsp cloves or clove powder
cup raw honey (we get from our farmer’s market)
Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries,
ginger, cinnamon and cloves (do not add honey!)
Bring to a boil and then cover and
reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has
by almost half. At that point, remove from heat and let cool enough to
handled. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar
Discard the elderberries
(or compost them!) and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it is no
1 cup of honey and stir well.When honey is well mixed into the
elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a pint
sized mason jar or 16 ounce
glass bottle of some kind.
Ta Da! You just made homemade elderberry syrup!
the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties.
recommend taking only during the week and not on the weekends to boost
Standard dose is 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp for kids and
to 1 Tbsp for adults. If the flu does strike, take the
normal dose every 2-3
hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.
- clean preserving / mason jars
- a fork
- vodka (40% + alcohol)
- 100g of sugar per 1/2 litre of vodka
alcohol-based medicinal tincture, you must first pick a quantity of
elderberries according to the amount you wish
to make. (Don’t mistake water
hemlock for the elderberry as it’s toxic, it has hollow stems
stems) You need
enough berries to fill your mason jar loosely with berries to
within 1 inch of the rim.
Take the berry umbrellas
main stem with one hand and with the other take the fork and use it to
the berries off
the stem into the bowl below. When this is done place them in a
pan of water and all the little tiny
stemlets remaining will float
to the surface, when you have removed these, take
the colander and strain the berries.
Place the berries loosely into the jar followed by as much vodka as
into it, ensure the alcohol covers the berries at least
1 inch so that the
liqued fills the jar almost to its rim
the necessary amount
of sugar according to the amount of alcholo that you have ut in and
day, shake the jar
and during the fist week, open the jar to ensure that the vodka still
the berries add a little more if necessary.
6-8 weeks open the
jar and remove the berries by straining them through the coloander.
This herbal tincture will remain potent for
1-2 years if kept in a cool dark place.
recommended dosage of elderberry tincture is 20 drops for adults and 10
in case of children.
This can be taken twice or thrice per day after diluting
it in a glass of water. This can continue till the illness gets cured
A cold is an
infection of the upper-respiratory tract where the mucous membranes of
throat are inflamed
and vulnerable to secondary infections (sinusitis, ear
infections, bronchitis, etc).
Anti-biotics are often prescribed to ward off the
Elderberries, Garlic, Peppermint, Thyme, Yarrow
Anti-histimines - Eyebright, Sage, Nettles
To stop cold
or cough (at beginning of cycle)
2 parts Goldenseal
1 part Cayenne
Put into capsules and take two every three hours
2 part Elderberries
1 part Ginger root
1 part Fennel or Yarrow
2 parts Boneset
2 parts Elderflower or Elderberry
1 part Yarrow
1 part Peppermint
Steep 10 minutes, strain, cover and store in a cool place.
Take a wineglass full (4 oz) every 3-4 hours
Oils in a Diffuser
Pine, Lavender, Spruce, Ginger or Rosemary
For cold and congestion prevention:
1 cup of Catnip infusion with honey
is for informational purposes only. It is NOT medical advice.
If you need medical assistance or advice,
2 tsp Echinacea
4 cups water
1/2 tsp Boneset (immune system)
1 tsp Lemongrass(antiviral)
1 tsp Lemon Balm(antiviral)
1/2 tsp Sage(antibacterial)
1/2 tsp Peppermint (decongestant)
Create decoction of Echinacea, reducing water to three cups. Remove
and pour over other herbs.
minutes. Cool and strain.
Sweeten with honey or maple syrup. Serve hot
in 1/2 cup doses.
Keep in fridge, reheat
contact your Doctor or qualified medical professional.
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