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Green blessings,
Gudrun

SIMPLE WAYS TO STRENGTHENING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

Simple ways to STRENGTHENING your IMMUNE SYSTEM includes letting go of fear and sharing hugs freely.

HUGS

It’s wondrous what a hug can do.
A hug can cheer you when you’re blue.
A hug can say, “I love You so”
Or, “I hate to see you go.”

A hug is “Welcome back again,”
And “Great to see you! Where’ve you been?”
A hug can soothe a small child’s pain,
And bring a rainbow after rain.

The hug, there’s just no doubt about it—
We scarcely could survive without it!
A hug delights and warms and charms,
It must be why God gave us arms.

Hugs are great for fathers and mothers,
Sweet for sisters, swell for brothers;
And chances are your favorite aunts
Love them more than potted plants.

Kittens crave them, puppies love them;
Heads of states are not above them.
A hug can break the language barrier,
And make travel so much merrier.

No need to fret about your store of them;
The more you give, the more there’s more of them.
So stretch those arms without delay
And give someone a hug today!

— Author Unknown

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” — Thomas Jefferson

 

FOREST FIRES, SMOKE & OUR (RESPIRATORY) HEALTH – WHAT TO DO?

“One nature. We are nature. All people and all species.
We are interconnected with nature and with each other. What we do to the planet and its living creatures, we do to ourselves.”

The extreme forest fire season, once again, drives home the importance of making lifestyle choices that minimize our negative impact on the environment. Lots to be said about this but I want to focus on how you can protect yourself from the potential damaging effects of the smoke so many of us are inhaling these days.

The most obvious area of our body that are affected are the respiratory tract (sinuses, throat, bronchials and lungs) as well as the eyes. However, the long-term effects are not limited to these systems.

The exposure to smoke over extended periods of times creates irritation and inflammation to the tissues of our body. Many, many toxins are part of the smoke we are breathing in.

What to do?

1. The obvious is to reduce outdoor activities and close windows.
2. DIET: Avoid all foods you know you are sensitive to as well as mucous forming foods. For many people dairy, refined sugar and wheat are known to cause extra mucous. However, depending on the individual, any food may trigger this response. A health-giving diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds and nuts, green smoothies and vegetable juices will provide the greatest support. Eliminate all junk food. Anything that does not provide the building blocks required by the body to regenerate healthy cells, should not be considered as food. There is no such thing as health foods. Food supports the body in regenerating healthy cells, if it does not, it should not be considered food!
3. WATER: Drink plenty of good water, stay hydrated.
4. SUPPLEMENTS: Vitamins C (high dosages), A (beta carotene in high dosages) and E
5. HERBS: Herbs to support and soothe the respiratory system are high in mucilage. They may be enjoyed as a tea, if desired sweetened with honey, or if used fresh as a juice. Some examples are: Plantain (Plantago spp.), Marshmallow – root/leaf- (Althea off.), Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) or the seaweed, Irish Moss (Chondrus crispus).
6. ESSENTIAL OILS: diffused in the air with a diffuser or as a steam inhalation, for example Thyme, Oregano, Clove, Spruce, Pine, Lavender and Eucalyptus. These essential oils have antimicrobial properties and the ones from evergreen trees exert their healing effect especially on the respiratory tract.
7. PLANTS: Plants can help clean the air of pollutants. Different plants have different capabilities, both re: the type and amount of pollutants they clean.
8. AIR PURIFIERS: Negative ions neutralize pollutants to some degree.
9. SORE THROAT: Drink hot lemon juice with honey. Gargle with sea salt and warm water or sage tea.
10. EYES: My favorite herb for eyes as an eye wash is Eyebright (Euphrasia off.). Other possibilities are Chamomile or Fennel. Make a tea with either one of them, strain extremely well and either use with an eye cup or soak small pieces of sterilized fabric in the tea and lay on closed eye lids. Any of these applications will be very soothing and rejuvenating to the eyes. Make sure that the tea you are using is sterile. You can keep the tea in the fridge in a sealed glass jar for up to three days.

I hope this helps. Enjoy the summer despite the adversities.

Green Blessings,

Gudrun

FOOD FOR THOUGHT – DIGITAL ID

Great opportunity, JCCF webinar plus more: JCCF INFO »

The next step of surveillance is encroaching on our freedoms and privacy quickly – all under the pretense of being of great benefit to humanity.

Way too many people are quick to accept this intrusive technology without questioning it. As with so many developments, it is too late to “wake up” once the systems have been implemented.

As always, take the time to educate yourself!

“Arguing that you don’t care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.” Edward Snowden

SPECIAL OFFER: HEALING WITH BACH FLOWER MANDALAS – COLORING BOOK

I am happy to say that finally my coloring book is back in stock with paper specifically meant for coloring books. For those of you who have not seen this book yet, it is a collaboration between my daughter who created the beautiful illustrations, and myself.

Regular price: $25.00 incl. GST

SPECIAL: $20 incl. GST until/including Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022.

Green Blessings

HERBS TO THE RESCUE – BEE & WASP STINGS

This year seems to be especially bad for people getting stung by bees or bit by wasps. I know of many people who have been affected, including myself, and ouch, it really hurts. With the help of Mother Nature I was fortunately able to avert a potentially severe reaction.

Always remember PLANTAIN (Plantago major or minor) in any situation involving insect bites. If you cannot find Plantain, the leaves of FIREWEED (Epilobium)/Chamerion angustifolium) can be used instead.
 
WHAT TO DO?

Pick a few leaves, CHEW them up until they become moist, and immediately apply to the area of concern. Hold the leaves in place as long as needed. You may need to replace the poultice with fresh leaves after a while. It is amazing how well this simple “trick” works and how good it feels.

NOTE: For best results, you have to actually chew the leaves rather than just crushing them with your hands because your saliva activates the action of the plant. If you have the tendency to an allergic reaction, increase your vitamin C intake and drink Stinging Nettle tea (anti-allergenic; anti-histamine) at the same time. For a description of Plantain and additional information, check out my post from June 1, 2019.

Green Blessings

Enjoy Heritage Day

The August long weekend – or Heritage Day in Alberta – is celebrated on the first Monday of August. It is one of the busiest weekends as thousands of families go camping, to cottages, boating, or somewhere to simply soak up the sun during this long summer weekend. Whatever you do, have fun, make lots of memories, and be safe ;).

WEEDS FOR WELLNESS – CHICKWEED

I am grateful to Mother Earth for sharing so many treasures with us. This time of the year provides great opportunities to show our appreciation and support for the Earth. Despite the relentless abuse and exploitation, we continue to be blessed with her beauty and abundance. The big question is, for how much longer though if humankind refuses to change course.

Chickweed with its little white flowers is one of my favourite herbs in the summer. It is a staple in our daily diet. The grand kids enjoy picking and eating it straight, we add it to salads, green smoothies, the Jungle Juice, scrambled eggs and whenever we feel like some fresh greens.

The fresh leaves can be used as a poultice for inflammations, ulcers, abscesses. The poultice has an anti-itching effect.

Enjoy and happy herballing this summer.

CHICKWEED – Stellariia media – Caryophylaceae

PARTS USED
Whole plant (aerial parts)

TIME OF HARVEST
All year round; preferably younger plants

NUTRITIONAL VALUE
High in Vitamin C & A, minerals

THERAPEUTICS
Primarily used EXTERNALLY
Itchy, irritated skin (i.e. chickenpox, eczema)
Wounds (cuts, abrasions)
Soothing to eyes (red or swollen eyes)

INTERNALLY
Conditions of respiratory system incl. coughs, colds etc.
Soothing and cleansing to entire system

PREPARATIONS
Infusion (internal/external application)
Juice – Ointments/salves – Food

ACTIONS
Vulnerary – Emollient – Anti-rheumatic

GENERAL
Very mild herb – Great as food – Can be eaten in large quantities

As always, green blessings,|

Gudrun

 

WILD ROSE – Favourite Recipes for this time of year

Have you noticed the abundance and colour variations of the Wild Rose flowers this year?

They are so bountiful and a delight to all of our senses. You might have noticed that a lot of different insects use the flowers as their home or resting place.

Wild Rose is also a Bach Flower essence, opening the heart and bringing joy into a person’s life.

Here are two of my all time favorite recipes.

1. WILD ROSE FLOWER WATER

Pick some flower petals and put them in a glass filled with spring water. Let sit in the sun to allow the essence of the flower to infuse into the water. Let sit for 1/2 hour to several hours depending on your taste preference.

Enjoy as is or with some ice. If you wish, you may eat the flower petals.

2. WILD ROSE FLOWER HONEY

Pick the flower petals and place on the honey. Honey that has not been processed is typically hard so you need to soften it slowly at low temperature. You can soften it first and then mix the petals into it, or what I do, I add the petals and let them do “their job” while the honey is softening.

Once the honey is soft, I like to stir the petals in with a wooden chop stick only to watch them come up to the surface again after a while. You can pick out the flower petals if you wish but you can also leave them in the honey.

Enjoy as a spread on a rice cake, on pancakes or with ice cream, or just straight from the spoon – whatever your heart desires.

PEACE BEGINS WITH A SMILE

As the seas of the world are rough right now
Let’s remember to build bridges, not walls.
Let’s sow seeds of hope, peace and love.
Let’s foster kindness, trust and tolerance.
Let’s remember that each one of us can make a difference.

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean.
But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.  – Mother Teresa

Green Blessings,
Gudrun