Thursday, December 18, 2008

So Much to Learn

I am digging into the research I found for my upcoming e-book and finding so many interesting things. I thought I would share a bit of what I've learned so far and what I plan to learn.

Mullein helps with draining lymph glands and is good for the lungs. It came up the most in my research for helping with lung conditions during a cold or flu. I used mullein tincture when I had gum infections by putting some on a cotton ball and rubbing it all over the front and back of my neck where the glands are prone to become swollen (which really means they are clogged with toxins). My glands would clear up overnight when I did this and help move that infection out.

Among the folk remedies were some tried and true herbal remedies that kept coming up. I'm more determined now to learn more about growing my own herbs and making tinctures, salves and always more teas. My intuition and the experience of others has reinforced my belief that food should be our medicine, and medicine our food. When you first come down with the cold or flu, chicken soup still ranks at the top for medicinal food.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Next Phase on My Book

I have finished the basic research on my book and am now in the next phase of putting all of this information together. I have found so many helpful remedies that are natural and easy to use. I am excited to finally set about to writing and getting this out to help people before the cold and flu season sets in. If anyone has any comments or suggestions I can still take those, just send me an email.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Super Foods

There are a few lists traveling around on the internet claiming to be the Super Foods List. The first one I found listed collard, mustard and turnip greens as the highest in nutrients. Another one lists the Acai berry at the top.

I have spent the last few years concentrating on foods that help build stronger bones and muscles. I first started out with lots of berries: blue, black, raspberries, and cherries. I learned later that fruits cleanse the body and vegies repair tissue. I am now in the repairing phase as I don't crave as much fruit but do crave vegies. I didn't grow up eating much in the way of vegies except potatoes (smothered in gravy) and maybe green beans and such. And I wouldn't touch fruit. So this has been a big step for me to change over.

Now I crave greens if I don't have them for a few days. And I feel better after I eat them. I go by how my body feels and my intuition mostly, and when I do, I usually find out later that particular food was exactly what I needed.

So here is how I cook greens. You can get turnip greens, or spinach already frozen. Or fresh greens like collard, mustard and turnip and mix them. Put them in a pan with water enough to cover the greens. Or you can use chicken broth. Add some dulse and boil for about 20-30 minutes. Add butter and sea salt to taste and enjoy.

Greens are high in calcium and magnesium, vitamins K and A and manganese and folate. For you young people out there, I would recommend highly you eat these several times a week. Keep your bones strong!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

I'm Writing a Book...

During this last week since Thanksgiving I have been writing a book on herbal and natural remedies for treating colds and flu. Most of my time has been research time. I have come across so many new remedies I've not seen before. I'm excited about writing this book! I plan to organize it so that it will be easy to find the remedies that work best. So many other books have a list of ailments from A-Z. My book will focus just on colds and flu.

I know this time of year everyone is concerned with trying "not" to catch something while running around mad with shopping and all the activities we get wrapped up in. So, if any of you would like to chip in and tell me what you would like to see addressed in the book, please let me know.