Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Proper Planting Area is Important to Moringa Survival
















Survival for your Moringa tree is dependent on temperature, soil conditions, and overall climate for the area you grow it in.  Here in the Clarksville, TN area we have had torrential rains this past month. Rains that were responsible for flooding in low lying areas. Along with the rain came fierce winds that bent the trees over and felled many.  You need to consider these problems when picking a planting area for your Moringa tree.

Sunshine: Moringa trees need sunshine and warm temperatures. Be careful though when putting out young seedlings into the yard. Those black containers will fry the roots. Give them partial shade until the seedlings harden. Moringa seedlings need more water when planted in small containers. Check the soil daily for their roots and leaves will sunburn. Create shade if needed.














Soil:  Moringa trees need soil that drains with lots of organic material. Clay soils will kill your tree causing root rot.   It will die rapidly in areas that become a mud pit.  Create drainage ditches around your trees and improve soil so the water drains properly.

Wind:  Young Moringa trees are subject to being broken in strong winds. Stake them and plant them in an area where there is relief from the winds or create a windbreak.  I lost one of mine on our porch with the severe storm we had. The wind came up quickly and by the time I got out there, it was too late. It will grow back but it will take it awhile.

Rain:   We have had so much rain here that the soil does not have a chance to dry out. I have most of mine on the porch where I can move them under the porch roof to protect them from the excess rain we are experiencing. 

Frost: Plant your trees outside if you live in a mild climate area that does not freeze. If you live where the area gets freezing temperatures, bring the tree into the house during the winter months or an area such as a basement. We have to heat our basement to keep the pipes from freezing and for our dogs to hang out in when it’s cold. 

I hope this gives you  insight for helping your beloved Moringa trees survive.
If you can't grow your own, I sell quality organic certified organic Moringa power in bulk, caps, tea, and extract in my Amazon store here  

 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Summer Heat Getting You Down?: Keeping Cool with Moringa and Kudzu Tea

I want to thank all of you for reading my blogs. I have had a difficult adjustment getting used to having my father-in-law here in our home with severe dementia full time. Even with two of us, daily life gets fractured with his needs. It was the right move from the heart and morally. We are all he has. He is too bad for just assisted living and not bad enough for a nursing home. So am trying to get back into my writing again after a few weeks of adjustment for all of us.   You must find the peace within you despite outside circumstances.  I would ask for your patience while I take these new steps on this chapter of our life. 

Heat Getting You Down?  Moringa and Kudzu tea to the rescue! 
















There are many drinks favored by people when the heat gets you down. The problem is many people drink soda. Soda has sugar, chemicals, caffeine, and is not good for you. Ice tea is not much better for you either.  I know you get tired of water, so do I.  Along with water, brew up a pot full of Moringa tea, then put it in the refrigerator.  Moringa tea feeds the tired body and is only good for you. Add it to apple tea for a different taste or add fresh mint.  It will revitalize your fatigue and strengthen you!


Living in Tennessee, we have miles of kudzu, with a whole private gorge filled with it.  I began researching it, since we have it everywhere.  It turns out it is great for livestock and they love it. It is also used in Japan and China as medicine. It has a great deal of nutrition in it for humans too. You can eat the young leaves in salads and it makes a great hot or cold drink. The tea is pretty simple to brew. You pick the young leaves, wash them, steep them in boiling water, strain, and put the tea in the refrigerator.  The cool tea is refreshing and energizing as well.   So if you live in the South, brew some of the Kudzu to keep cool. I will be talking more about Kudzu in another column. If you can beat um, eat um. Kudzu is considered a weed here since it has devoured much of the south, but since it is grows here abundantly, why not use it!

Remember along with Moringa and Kudzu tea, drink water to keep refreshed as well. Avoid the heavy foods, go with lighter meals.


Don't overdo chores! Mowing is a weekly chore here, almost two acres of  uphill mowing with a regular mower. No need for a gym membership here.


If you out mowing or working in the yard, stop when you feel the heat getting to you. It is so hard to stop when the job is not finished. With the heavy humidity here, it takes very little to be soak and wet.   It really takes it out of you. 

Heat stroke can take you rapidly, so work early in the morning and after 5 when its cooler. Don't overdo!  If you see your kids or spouse overheated, go out and stop them working. My husband gets so intent on finishing the job, he almost does himself in. I can look at him from our bathroom window and see he needs to stop. 

We do mowing in shifts with an hour for him, an hour for me to make sure we don't overdo things.  Have water available on the porch so you can stop for a break and drink water. Wear a hat and sunscreen. 

In Tennessee, wear a dark or white shirt, not a colored shirt. Yellow, pink, and pretty colors attracts bees and black wasps.  I call my pretty T-shirts, wasp shirts.  I only wear them on errands. 

Wear a bandana on your forehead to keep your face dryer. In my life, I never sweated as much as I do here in the summers. I lived in El Centro, CA for 15 years with heat up to 115 for several months but this is worse. We love it here, so this comes with the area.

Keep cool this week! Bye for now.
Kate Freer, the herbladyisin





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Friday, May 20, 2016

Time to Start Your Moringa Seedlings!




It's time to start your Moringa seedlings!


It is beautiful Spring weather with most areas clear of frost days, so plant those seeds.  At our house, the first days of this month were busy with planting beans, tomatoes, and all our favorite veggies. I love this time of year, even though this year I am deep into getting ready for my father-in-law's move back to TN to live with us. It will be a much more complicated life in the future. That is where faith comes into play.  I know with all the changes taking place, that it will all work out in the end for the positive.  

Right now I am in Denver, Co with my oldest daughter and her family, getting ready for my oldest grandson's graduation from high school.  It is a great celebration. Then Monday, I am on my way to CA to  visit my son and his family to celebrate their little daughter's birthday. I will then be packing up my father-in-law who now lives in that area as well, bringing him back to TN to live.  My days are quite full while my wonderful husband holds down the farm, garden, and new chickens. So I will be blogging on the go between travels.

I hope new visitors will take time to read the many blogs on Moringa and herbs that are already posted here, until I get back.  I answer questions here that most blogs do not cover. You will find real answers to your questions on Moringa, herbs, and herbal medicine.  Enjoy yourself and come back soon

While I am gone, get those seedlings planted and enjoy your garden planting.



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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Comfrey As a Superior Organic Feed for Your Chickens and Livestock



Goats prefer Comfrey!

Want to raise your chickens and livestock organically and naturally? Raise Comfrey!   


Are you feeding your chickens, goats, ducks, and cattle commercial feed or alfalfa? You may even grow your own hay or alfalfa to feed your animals. There is another choice that is organic and easy to grow in small areas or over many acres and that is Comfrey.  

Learn in today's blog why you should grow Comfrey over alfalfa !

Comfrey leaves are low in fiber, high in protein, high in minerals that can replace feed products containing animal-by-products and GMO soybeans and corn.  

Over 90% of corn and soybeans grown in this country are GMO products. Alfalfa is going that route as well.  Unless you are buying organic certified corn and soybean seed, you are getting a GMO product.  This GMO corn and soybeans then are processed into human food such as canned corn, soybean milk, soybean ingredients, corn products, and corn on the cob. Your breakfast cereal is made from GMO corn unless stated otherwise.  Corn and corn by-products are in everything and are GMO.  Read labels.  Soymilk is not a good product either, unless is is made from organic certified soybeans.  Again unless stated as organic, it is a GMO product.


Comfrey in the early growth. The leaves will be as big as tobacco leaves.


Comfrey is the fastest producer of organic vegetable protein. The huge green leaves can be dried for use as hay, silage, or given as green feed. If used as silage mix 1/2 Comfrey leaves and 1/2 hay together. Corn, oats, or millet can be substituted for hay.  It is so high in protein that if you use more than 2/3 Comfrey, it will get infested with maggots.


Advantages of Using Comfrey, over Alfalfa Hay


#1: Comfrey will not cause bloat even in young animals.   The Comfrey leaves contain 'allantoin' which is soothing to the animals digestive tract, helping to  prevent and stop scours (diarrhea) which is very dangerous to young calves and goats.  Just what is allantoin? Why is this component of Comfrey so important to its healing abilities?
Comfrey has a very high level of allantoin, the cell proliferant and skin strengthener and is a proven, beneficial ingredient for treating skin and hair conditions. Allantoin is a hormone-like substance found in the roots, stems, and leaves of Comfrey and is a major ingredient in better skin and hair care products — available without prescription. - See more at: http://www.coescomfrey.com/comfrey.html#sthash.mEYdlSMM.dpuf

Comfrey has a very high level of allantoin, the cell proliferant and skin strengthener and is a proven, beneficial ingredient for treating skin and hair conditions. Allantoin is a hormone-like substance found in the roots, stems, and leaves of Comfrey and is a major ingredient in better skin and hair care products — available without prescription. - See more at: http://www.coescomfrey.com/comfrey.html#sthash.mEYdlSMM.dpuf
Comfrey has a very high level of allantoin, the cell proliferant and skin strengthener and is a proven, beneficial ingredient for treating skin and hair conditions. Allantoin is a hormone-like substance found in the roots, stems, and leaves of Comfrey and is a major ingredient in better skin and hair care products — available without prescription. - See more at: http://www.coescomfrey.com/comfrey.html#sthash.mEYdlSMM.dpuf
 "Allantoin is a major metabolic intermediate in many other organisms including plants and bacteria. Manufacturers cite several beneficial effects for allantoin as an active ingredient in over-the-counter cosmetics, including: a moisturizing and keratolytic effect, increasing the water content of the extracellular matrix and enhancing the desquamation of upper layers of dead skin cells, increasing the smoothness of the skin; promoting cell proliferation and wound healing; and a soothing, anti-irritant, and skin protectant effect by forming complexes with irritant and sensitizing agents."from Wikipeida

You can feed Comfrey to baby animals without problems.

#2:  Comfrey fed to milk producing animals such as cows and goats increases both the quality and quantity of milk.

#3; Chickens fed Comfrey lay more eggs than when fed traditional grains.  The egg yolks are yellow with a superior taste. Do they eat it willingly? Yes! I have fed my rabbits and chickens Comfrey leaves for years.  In fact my Comfrey patch must be guarded with a 6 foot fence to keep the chickens from raiding it and eating it down to the ground.  Our rabbits fed Comfrey produce beautiful babies who are fat and healthy.  So giving it to pregnant or nursing pet moms produces beautiful and healthy litters. You will have to dry it and grind it into a powder for cats and dogs. The dried Comfrey powder can be mixed in with their moist food. 

How Much Comfrey should you grow? Depends on how many animals you have at your farm.  The more animals, the more Comfrey is needed. 

It does take a large Comfrey patch to feed your animals. That is why I spent the last two days adding a whole new section of Bocking #4 Comfrey.  It takes a lot of Comfrey to feed 32 chickens and a few rabbits. I want to brew up the Comfrey tea for my other plants as well.  

I was impressed again by the large root cuttings that Coe's Comfrey sent me this week.  In years past I have ordered cuttings from other companies that were small and arrived in bad shape.  So where you buy your Comfrey roots is important. After you spend your hard earned money, it is pretty frustrating when they don't grow. So buy from the best, and your money will be well spent.

I hope you do decide to grow some Comfrey for your favorite pet pals and that you buy it from Coe's Comfrey, as I have done.  At the end of the blog, I will give you the details on Coe's and how to order with special pricing.

#4: Comfrey is not troubled by most insects and plant diseases other than rust, and you will get more yield per ton than growing alfalfa.   Comfrey leaves contain 23% to 33% protein, over alfalfa which is usually only 12% to 19%.

It contains a similar level of nitrogen as chicken manure, 2 to 3 times the amount of potash as barnyard manure, and is a finished compost immediately after it is cut and plowed under.  Using one pound of Comfrey or more per row will increase production of that crop yield by 30% and higher.  It acts as a growth simulator.  You can also make it into a Comfrey tea to boost the growth naturally of all your individual plants. Why use chemical growth simulators when you can use Comfrey tea?

Comfrey fed to red worms makes big, fat worms.  So if you are raising red worms as I am, you need to grow Comfrey.  I have a whole bin of red worms here in Tennessee. I have found that Comfrey seems to be the best food to get them big quickly. They thrive on it.

#5:  Comfrey roots are non GMO.  Much of your soybeans, corn,  and alfalfa is now from GMO seeds.  Most of us that are dedicated to eating and feeding our families and animals more organic food choices, need to think about growing as much Comfrey as we can in our yards and farms.

Well that is all on Comfrey for today.  I encourage you to grow Comfrey on your farm or in your back yard.  If you are interested in growing Comfrey commercially, Coe is the man to talk to.  Comfrey is grown as a major livestock food in many countries around the world. It just hasn't been pushed in this country. Farmers are not familiar with Comfrey and its benefits as a commercial crop. This I hope will change in the future.

I stand behind Coe and his Bockin #4 Comfrey Plants. Take advantage of his SPECIAL Offer Below

Comfrey — The Legendary Herb of Life

  • Nature’s best way of providing High Protein — 22% to 33%
  • Vitamins A, C, B-12 * Very Drought Resistant! *
  • Rich in Silicon, Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Iodine, Trace Minerals and more!
  • Used as a folk remedy for thousands of years
  • Very high food value for animals
  • World record yield of over 140 tons per acre!
This huge biomass has great potential for compost, methane gas and alcohol fuel.
Comfrey is the greatest producer of vegetable protein and the fastest protein builder on Earth. Acre for acre, it can yield 20 times the protein soybeans do.
- See more at: http://www.coescomfrey.com/comfrey.html#sthash.6fYQrSmN.dpuf
Coe's Comfrey will send 
20% EXTRA planting stock for FREE 
when you mention that you saw 
this offer on Kate Freer’s Blogspot.

Go to the Coe’s Comfrey Order page 
to order your Comfrey planting stock.

On the Instructions to Seller section, 
reference #HerbLadyIsIn in your comment, 
or that Kate Freer’s Blogspot sent you. 

Coe will then add 20% more 
of any product you order.

As a extra bonus, you will also get 
a special selection of free DVDs.






  • Nature’s best way of providing High Protein — 22% to 33%
  • Vitamins A, C, B-12 * Very Drought Resistant! *
  • Rich in Silicon, Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Iodine, Trace Minerals and more!
  • Used as a folk remedy for thousands of years
  • Very high food value for animals
  • World record yield of over 140 tons per acre!
  • - See more at: http://www.coescomfrey.com/comfrey.html#sthash.6fYQrSmN.dpuf




    Saturday, March 12, 2016

    The Amazing Benefits of Growing Comfrey for Livestock and Healing.

    Well its been a mild winter here, and already the trees and landscape is beginning to bud out.  Most of the plants I bought here from CA made it through the winter.  The blackberries, Elderberries, and Aronia berries are budding out with new leaves.  Along with the berries, our Comfrey roots that I planted when we arrived here a year ago, are pushing up through the mulch.   Despite the chickens getting into the fenced inner garden area last year and eating every hint of my green Comfrey leaves, the Comfrey did survive and are pushing up new green leaves.

    Comfrey is important to my goal of raising our rabbits and chickens as naturally as possible.  Once all the greens are up and growing well, the Comfrey, Kudzu, Plantain, Kale, Swiss Chard, and sour dock will all go toward the animals natural feed.  Comfrey is an important element to feeding them naturally, thereby reducing our feed bill. 

    The right side of this picture shows the huge Comfrey leaves in the Spring of last year. How do I know livestock will eat it? It takes a 6 foot fence to keep our chickens from raiding the plants. They will devour every last leaf if given the opportunity.

    Why raise Comfrey for your animals? It is a great organic food source that you can easily grow in your back yard or in your garden.



    Comfrey is used for animal fodder in many parts of the world. It has beautiful purple flowers. Goats, rabbits, chickens, horses, and cattle will all benefit from eating Comfrey leaves. It is planted as a permanent crop that is cut several times a year. Growing Comfrey versus soybeans will give you 20 times the protein, acre for acre.  It contains far more nutrition than hay and better for them. You can plant them in the pasture or in an area dedicated to Comfrey production.

    • Comfrey is an excellent protein source for livestock containing from 22% to 33% protein.  It is used as a supplement feed or main feed source for all your farm animals. 

    • Comfrey helps cows and goats to give more and better quality milk. Chickens will usually lay more eggs.  It just really boosts your food to end product quality.

    • It is extremely high in vitamins and minerals such as Calcium, iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and all the trace minerals that standard feeds may be deficient in, in an organic form. 

    • It is one of the only plants that take B-12 from the soil right into the Comfrey's plants nutritious leaves.

    Comfrey, is far more valuable than just animal fodder!  It is healing to wounds!

    It is also used as the primary ingredient in a salve to heal wounds, as a poultice to speed the healing of broken bones, and as growth simulator for plants.  


    • Comfrey, a Valuable Liquid Fertilizer for your plants!
       
    • Add 5 pounds of Comfrey leaves into about 7 gallons of water. 

    • If you want a lot of fertilizer, use a 55 gallon barrel or 33 gal trash can with a proportional amount of leaves. 
    •  
    • Cover the mixture with a lid and let ferment for 4-6 weeks. The liquid gold is then used to fertilize your plants. You can also place Comfrey leaves in your planting holes to give them a Comfrey growth boost.
     
    • The best Comfrey to grow is Bocking #4 which is more drought resistant, more durable, more frost tolerant, more heat tolerant, and has a better taste for your livestock.  It is the best Comfrey strain to plant as animal fodder. It is called  Symphytum peregrinum, Quaker comfrey, Russian or American Comfrey.  It divides itself but is not invasive.
       

      It is very cold tolerant...the perennial roots are hardy to minus 40 degrees (-40)! The leaves can withstand temperatures as low as 15 degrees and still survive.  So Comfrey can be grown in any climate whether you have a small garden or 17 acres like we have.

      Comfrey is also heat tolerant, even to 120 degrees. Its roots grow down into the soil to a depth of 8-10 feet to find the available water supply. The best growing zones are USDA Zones 2-9. The Comfrey leaves will begin growing in early spring and continue on into the end of fall or the the first frosts and snow.
    Coe’s Comfrey sells the Bocking #4 strain of Russian comfrey, Symphytum Peregrinum, which is best for hardiness, highest yield, and the highest protein with high allantoin content; for fodder, compost, and all around general use - See more at: http://www.coescomfrey.com/comfrey.html#sthash.6fYQrSmN.dpuf
    Comfrey is one herb that should be planted in everyone's garden.  It is just that important.  It is one of the survival plants to grow in your garden or back yard. It is easy to grow Comfrey and very rewarding. The purple flowers are gorgeous!  The bees and hummingbirds love these plants.

    Coe and his website is also a great resource for general Comfrey information, commercial Comfrey as a commercial crop, growing instructions, and using it for healing.  I am featuring him on this website because I feel it is so important.  He is a man who knows all there is to know on the subject of this beautiful herb and food plant.  I buy my Comfrey from his website and know the quality of his stock.  

    If you want to grow Comfrey, I stand behind Coe and his Bockin #4 Comfrey Plants. Take advantage of his SPECIAL Offer Below

    Comfrey — The Legendary Herb of Life

    • Nature’s best way of providing High Protein — 22% to 33%
    • Vitamins A, C, B-12 * Very Drought Resistant! *
    • Rich in Silicon, Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Iodine, Trace Minerals and more!
    • Used as a folk remedy for thousands of years
    • Very high food value for animals
    • World record yield of over 140 tons per acre!
    This huge biomass has great potential for compost, methane gas and alcohol fuel.
    Comfrey is the greatest producer of vegetable protein and the fastest protein builder on Earth. Acre for acre, it can yield 20 times the protein soybeans do.
    - See more at: http://www.coescomfrey.com/comfrey.html#sthash.6fYQrSmN.dpuf
    Coe's Comfrey will send 
    20% EXTRA planting stock for FREE 
    when you mention that you saw 
    this offer on Kate Freer’s Blogspot.

    Go to the Coe’s Comfrey Order page 
    to order your Comfrey planting stock.

    On the Instructions to Seller section, 
    reference #HerbLadyIsIn in your comment, 
    or that Kate Freer’s Blogspot sent you. 

    Coe will then add 20% more 
    of any product you order.

    As a extra bonus, you will also get 
    a special selection of free DVDs.




  • Nature’s best way of providing High Protein — 22% to 33%
  • Vitamins A, C, B-12 * Very Drought Resistant! *
  • Rich in Silicon, Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Iodine, Trace Minerals and more!
  • Used as a folk remedy for thousands of years
  • Very high food value for animals
  • World record yield of over 140 tons per acre!
  • - See more at: http://www.coescomfrey.com/comfrey.html#sthash.6fYQrSmN.dpuf

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

    Love Eating Chicken Wings at Restaurants? Could be Rat Meat from China! Fish Fed Manure.

    It seems San Francisco customs caught 300,000 pounds of chicken wings that were really rat meat. Rat meat is legal to be sold and eaten in China, but not to be imported here.  The problem is that they have no idea how many pounds of rat meat, disguised as chicken wings were not caught.  It seems that all this rat meat was headed to restaurants all across the country.  I kid you not...rat meat.   

    Customs says it is almost impossible to tell the difference when they add flavors, spices, and other taste enhancers.  So if your chicken wings seem a little odd tasting, maybe it is rat meat.  That should be a great deterrent for people who are trying to lose weight and love chicken wings.  

    The article did state, that there is nothing horrible about eating rat meat if properly cooked.

    My question is where did the rats come from and how were they raised?  What were they fed? How were they processed?  How dirty was the processing plant? How much filth ended up in the food? That is my problem with China and other countries whose food is not tested here in the U.S. 

    Billions of pounds of different foods, meats, and spices are imported into this country from the country of origin such as China. Only a small percentage is checked due to lack of custom agents and really sneaky importers. 

    You have no idea if the imported food is safe to eat, including fish. Their fish is fed by chicken cages placed over the top of the fish tanks. The fish eat chicken droppings. This is the truth. We stopped eating any fish from China several years ago after we learned that, and we love Tilapia.  Most of your fish comes from China and those areas.  Read the labels and you will see that.  

    Read the articles below for yourself. 

    http://rense.com/general95/beware-imported-food.html

    “At Chen Qiang’s tilapia farm in Yangjiang city in China’s Guangdong province, which borders Hong Kong, Chen feeds fish partly with feces from hundreds of pigs and geese. That practice is dangerous for American consumers, says Michael Doyle, director of the University of Georgia’s Center for Food Safety.

    “The manure the Chinese use to feed fish is frequently contaminated with microbes like salmonella,” says Doyle, who has studied food borne diseases in China.

    On a sweltering, overcast day in August, the smell of excrement is overpowering. After seeing dead fish on the surface, Chen, 45, wades barefoot into his murky pond to open a pipe that adds fresh water from a nearby canal. Exporters buy his fish to sell to U.S. companies.
    https://thebovine.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/chinese-fish-farmers-feeding-pig-manure/


    Read the story here

    So now you say, oh this is just a one time problem...Think Again! Read the quote below from a FDA study.  I keep telling you that you need to realize how adulterated food is in general.

    " According to a 2014, FDA study, almost 36 million lbs. of illegal counterfeit meat is sold in the United States every years.

     

    So readers, when I say the quality of our food is a crap shoot...I am very serious. 

     

    Make sure your meat or fish is grown and processed in America, even if you pay more for it.  

     

    This is all for tonight, visit my store for quality Moringa, herbs, and vitamins. 

    Monday, February 22, 2016

    Beat Colds and Flu Symptoms Naturally without Antibiotics

    My husband and I don't get sick often but we did in January.  We were going through a lot of emotional pain dealing with his dad whose dementia is advancing to the case he really needs help. It does not help he is a retired commander who does not take help from anyone without a fight.  We have been distraught on how to get him help. So stress and emotional trauma is hard on the heart and immune system as well.  There are other factors that cause your immune system to crash including lack of steep, bad diet, depression, sadness, grief, heredity issues, and overworking. Just because every one at your job is sick, does not mean that you need to get sick. It is your immune system that keeps you healthy. You all know friends and family that is always sick or those who hardly get sick. The ones with healthy immune systems, get well faster.  So your immune system is your friend and extremely important to your well being.  That said, we all have a time when we come down with 'it' such as a sinus infection, cold, or flu.  So this is what we do when that happens.

    #1:  At the first sign of that ache, abnormal sore throat, or just feeling off, we increase the Vitamin C. I don't believe in tablets because they are hard for the system to break down. We always buy capsules in all our choices for supplements. So we break out the Vitamin C.  In our family, we up the dosage to 1000 mg three to 4 times a day.  This is our regimen first.  

    Why not just drink more juice?  Juice contains lots of calories and sugar. Most juice does not contain enough Vitamin C to counter a flu attack.  You do need to drink water and liquids to help the kidneys excrete toxins.  

    We increase Vitamin A and D because these two vitamins help immunity. Zinc is another one that boots immunity. Zinc lozenges really help a sore throat. 

    Take Moringa to feed your immune system and to boost your nutrition, when it is under attack.  I take three Moringa caps, three times a day, when feeling like I am catching a bug. It really helps your energy level as well, during times like that.  If you use the powder, make a smoothie with grape juice and Moringa powder. Add to a smoothie or put it in yogurt or applesauce.

    Lower your sugar intake. Sugar feeds bacteria and bugs.  

    Chicken Soup:  There is no veggie alternative to hot chicken soup infused with a huge amount of garlic and black pepper. Even most doctors agree that chicken soup is beneficial.  I really dump the garlic in.  Chicken broth helps to strengthen your system, when you have no appetite.

    Rest, skip the meetings, skip the crowded areas, reduce stress, wash your hands frequently, and concentrate on getting back on your feet.  Give up any extra drains to your energy level such as a PTA meeting that could be skipped this one time. 

    #2:  We use a great immune formula, taking 2 caps, three to four times a day.  Many of the best immune system herbs are Chinese medicine with names a mile long that are difficult to pronounce. Here are the herbs found in our immune formula: Astaragalus, Reishi, Asian Ginseng root, Schisandra, Agaricus whole mushroom, Epimeidum leaf, Chinese Peony, Orange Peel, Liqustrum, Ophiopagan root, Poria, Rehmannia Concentrate. You will find different combinations of these herbs in your health food store labeled 'immune support' supplements.  The Immune 101 formula we have used for years, is from New Sun herbs based in North Carolina.  I don't sell their products because you can get them for the best price directly at their website. They do not sell their products on Amazon either. Their immune formula is exceptionally priced for families.

    The most effective formulations contain several different Chinese herbs. I make sure that I buy this formula from New Sun, who tests the herbs for contamination and potency. Chinese herbs have some serious problems with contamination, heavy metals, and other unwanted ingredients. Do not buy cheap brands from companies that don't test their ingredients before they bottle them.  They should be manufactured from an American company, not the country of origin. The ethical companies get the bulk Chinese herbs in, test them to make sure they are the correct herbs and  for contamination such as heavy metals, dirt, insects, filth, and mouse parts.

    The idea is too saturate the system with herbs that support immune function.  If you are coming down with a cold, boosting the immune system is very important.  Taking the supplement once a day is not sufficient.  If you look at antibiotics and their dosage, most of them are taken from two to three times a day, every son many hours. That is too keep the antibiotics in the system to kill off the bug.  

    Herbs need to be taken several times a day for the same reason.  

    NEVER take antibiotics and herbs at the same time. Make sure you take them fro 3 to 4 hours apart.  Herbs can potentiate or lower the effects of your antibiotics. Taking them together can cause more side effects as well.  It is best to do one or the other, not both.  

    Always take cold herbs until you are completely well, no symptoms, your energy is back, then add several days beyond that to boost your immune function further.  

    What herbs are considered supportive for immune response and have been shown to kill bacteria, viruses, and bugs?  

    Garlic, Goldenseal, and Oregano are my favorites.  We use liquid kyolic garlic to gargle with and to fight the bug. Then Goldenseal or Oregano capsules are taken several times a day as well.  You need to hit it hard in the beginning. The longer the bug settles into your system, the harder it is to stop it. 

    What is a Goldenseal / Echinacea chaser?

    I use Goldenseal/Echinacea chasers more often than naught. I buy Goldenseal extract with Echinacea. I then add it to grape juice and take chasers several times a day. Just a quirt or a few drops is enough in 4 ounces of juice. I find chasers work more quickly than anything else. If your throat is sore, slosh the liquid around in your mouth for several minutes before you swallow it.  It does not taste good folks but not so bad in grape juice. It does not taste great in orange juice or apple juice. Grape juice is used to hide the flavor of unpleasant drugs or herbs.  With children use less and taste your chaser first. If too strong for your child or picky adult, dilute with more juice. The idea is to get the needed herbs taken one way or another. 

    Using Kyolic Garlic with colds, sore throats, and mouth infections.

    I also use Kyolic garlic as a gargle as well. I slosh it around in my mouth, then swallow it. This works for mouth, teeth, or gum infections effectively.  

    Tea tree oil, several drops into some warm water makes a great healing gargle for sore throats or mouth infections as well. I do not swallow the tree oil gargle.  It is IMPORTANT to get food grade quality oils that have proper processing and grading. Some of the oils are inferior containing chemicals and contamination. That is why I only use Nature's Sunshine Oils found in my Nature's Sunshine Shop found here.    

    Garlic oil or Kyolic garlic can be rubbed into the soles of the feet when treating babies or children, to get the herbs into their system. This would also work on the elderly who may have lost their swallowing capacity. If you use Oregano oil, it must be diluted with a carrier oil, to avoid skin irritation.  Oregano oil is so strong that adding it to grape juice is still too much for most people. It is best to take Oregano capsules by mouth, not the essential oil in juice.

    When using essential oils, use only two to three drops in the carrier oil. Essential oils are very strong, especially Oregano, which can cause skin irritation.

    Liquid Kyolic garlic is also great to give pets who are sick. The liquid Kyolic garlic can be added to grape juice for children.  It does not make your breath smell which is valuable if you have to work while sick.  

    In the next blog I will talk about essential oils use in sinus infections and head colds.   

    All for today...keep well! 


    You will find the herbs I talk about in my Amazon Store so check it out here.... the herb companies found in the store are either companies I use and have researched or have at least investigated their quality. I do not promote brands that I know nothing about or have not researched myself. That is why I promote only one Moringa brand as well.


    Kyolic Garlic you will find here

    Goldenseal and Echinacea here

    Oregano Here 

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