Saturday, June 11, 2016
Your all natural home made drug store
Many of us have done our home work and realize how deadly OTC and prescription drugs are. The stuff for heartburn and reflux can destroy your kidneys, aspirins can cause internal bleeding, and now this week there are warnings about immodium. It's being used as a get high drug and killing people. That is of course and extreme example but will cause the stuff to become a behind the counter med, no longer on the shelf. Th ere are many things in nature that work well, and have no side effects in most folk. Let's talk about some of them. If you are suffering from a cold, or flu, avoid Sudafed etc. Echinacea is effective, used by taking 900 mg as soon as symptoms appear, once a day. Or garlic, an allicin which works like penicillin, can be used by just adding it to your diet daily to avoid catching colds. If you are coughing, a syrup can be made by mixing 1/2 cup honey(organic) with 1/4 cup of water 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of chopped sage in a pan over medium heat. Cook and stir for 10 minutes, strain, take as needed. This will keep in a glass jar for 3 months. Another idea is to put Vicks on your feet, put your socks on and sleep. My kids have used this on their babies for congestion and it works. If you don't want to buy commercial, make your own easily, by melting 1 part beeswax and adding 2 parts coconut oil and 10 drops of eucalyptus oil and 5 drops of camphor oil. . Pour into a tin. I use shea butter as I am allergic to coconut. This is so close to the real stuff you will not believe it. If you are having pain, there are alternatives for aspirin. Willow bark or feverfew pills are available at health food stores or on line, I go to Mountain Rose Herbs or my vitamin place, Swansons. THese work well with no side effects. Arthritis pain? try turmeric and ginger. I take these every day in capsule form, but you can make tea of the herbs too. Both are anti inflammatory and kill pain. Diarrhea? Ginger works here, or applesauce with a spoon full of carob powder. Or slippery elm. Heartburn? Best thing going is deglycerrized licorice. or DGL, chewable tablets. I get German chocolate flavored ones. They work fast and well. Constipation? Swanson has big containers of psyllium powder. Cheap. Thats whats in a lot of OTC stuff, but this is one simple ingredient, just add a spoon or two to a glass of water. My day starts with a glass of warm water, organic apple cider vinegar with Mother and a 1/2 teaspoon of psyllium every morning. Prevents the problem from the start. And to avoid diverticulitis, I add a spoon full of fresh ground flax seeds to my oatmeal. All these things work for most, one warning, if you are on meds for high blood pressure, avoid anything with licorice. It causes your medicine to not work well. I grow a good share of the herbs I use now, yarrow, mint, elderberry, all good for many things. Your computer is a valuable tool for searching for more information. I have a female cardinal that makes me laugh. She comes every morning and several times a day to look at herself in my rear view mirrors on the car. She pecks and scolds, She has brought her mate a few times lately. Wonder what they are thinking? It's comical to watch. Time to shut the house up, it's been very pleasant lately but we are into a period of very warm days, 90's. Will last til midweek next week then back into the 80s again. . Next time, we will get into the toxic world of cosmetics and personal products. Enjoy summer,see you soon.One final thought, a lot of these concoctions were taught to Settlers by the American Indians, and used by our old time folk who lived alo9ne on the prairies with no doctors to help. They did pretty well, and knew which herbs to use for different problems. Pretty smart folk.