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Plagued by a Persistent Cough?

Here are some tips and simple home remedies to support the body in overcoming this affliction regardless of what causes the cough.

1. Cut out all mucous forming foods, especially dairy and wheat as well as all foods you know you are sensitive to.

2. Change your diet to at least 70% raw and drink lots of carrot juice and green smoothies.

3. Drink lots of good water – city water is typically full of chemicals and not recommended for consumption on a regular basis.

4. Keep the chest warm with appropriate clothing.

5. Apply poultices to the chest, i.e. onion poultice or castor oil pack (see DVD “Herbal Pharmacy for Everyone”, Disc 2 for instructions)

6. Cough Syrup – homemade, simple yet effective:
Cut up an onion, place in glass jar and cover with honey (honey can be hard; the juice of the onion will liquefy the honey).
Let sit for several hours to several days and strain. Take 1 tsp. as needed.

7. Herbs to use are the ones with anti-microbial properties such as Garlic and Thyme and expectorants for example Mullein (Verbascum thapsus), Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) and Fenugreek seed (Trigonella foenum-graecum).
You can find good combination teas for the support of the respiratory system at the health food stores.

ROSEHIPS and VITAMIN C

Rosehips are from the Wild Rose (Rosa canina).
They are especially high in vitamin C but also contain vitamin A, B1 and B2 in the pulp. Vitamin C was first discovered in Rosehips. Long before the discovery of vitamin C Rosehip tea was used for the common cold and locally for inflamed and bleeding gums.

Most animals are able to manufacture their own vitamin C but because of a lack of a major enzyme in the human liver, the human body is unable to manufacture its own vitamin C. This is why we need to ensure adequate vitamin C intake through our diet or supplements. Rosehips also help to maintain healthy collagen, the substance that holds trillions of cells together in our body.

ROSEHIP TEA

Following are two of my favourite ways of preparing Rosehip tea:

1. My preference is to make a cold infusion and let it sit over night or at least a few hours before straining it. Cold infusions have the advantage of preserving the mineral content provided by the herbs.
2. Make a cold infusion and then slowly bring the infusion with the rosehips to simmer to make a decoction.

For instructions of the different water extractions such as cold infusions and decoctions I suggest you refer to disc 1 of the DVD “Herbal Pharmacy for Everyone”.

http://herbalinstructions.com/order-dvd/

STAYING COOL with the help of HERBS!

Cold infusions (water infusions) are a great way to quench the thirst and cool down during the summer heat. They are easy and fast to prepare and at the same time delicious.

Cold infusions can be made with dried or fresh herbs and are of great benefit. See the recipe below or the DVD, disc one, chapter “Infusions”.

One of my favorite herbs to use is dried HIBISCUS flowers. They colour the water deep red and make a most refreshing drink. Add fresh lemon and ice cubes and you have the prefect drink. For an additional cooling effect you may want to add spearmint or peppermint leaves. Be creative and find your favorite combination.

You don’t need to use Hibiscus flowers, you can just make the drink with any fruit, herbs and spices depending on your personal preferences. This is the time to forage in the wild and add those lush green herbs for food and medicine to your daily menu. For example, you may want to add Chickweed and Fireweed to your drinks (and salads). Fireweed flowers add not only flavour, but also provide food for the soul, visually and spiritually.

ENJOY! Feel free to share your favorite recipes here.

Instructions
  1. Place herbs in a glass, ceramic or stainless steel container
  2. Add cold water (NOT city water!)
  3. Cover with a lid to avoid pollutants or insects from falling into it
  4. Let sit for 30 minutes to several hours at room temperature (personal taste preference)
  5. Strain
  6. If desired add natural sweetener or lemon for flavor
  7. Drink cold

Green blessings,
Gudrun