As we are in the midst of cold and flu season, I figured we'd do a quick little overview of what antiviral and antimicrobial herbs are, what they can do for you and your body and how it's really nice to be able to use plants as medicine instead of relying consistently on harsh pharmaceuticals and such that can later be put into our water streams, our soils and all of those things. I truly believe that using plants as medicine is one of those great ways that we can make our earth a better place.
Immune stimulants help your body resist infection during the beginning stages of an illness, or potential infection, and they’re also helpful throughout the duration of an illness. They help to stimulate white blood cell activity, and are typically taken for a short time to address acute illness and infection. They’re also helpful during times that you know people around you are getting sick, or if you’re about to travel, back to school time,...
Now that the cooler weather is here, I wanted to share an amazing Fire Cider Recipe with you. Fire Cider is a traditional folk remedy to warm the body and stimulate the immune system. It can be used to ward off cold and flu, aid the digestive system, warm the body during cold months, improve circulation, and much more. Some people use it as a salad dressing, some take it as a shot whenever they feel the need. Since it is a home remedy, you can use it any way you see fit, or that your body tells you to. It has been used for hundreds of years and re-popularized in the 70’s by the lovely, kind and brilliant herbalist Rosemary Gladstar.
I want to extend a huge dose of gratitude to some fellow herbalists for spending the last five years in a legal battle to defend our rights to make Fire Cider, and call it Fire Cider. Rosemary Gladstar, Nicole Telkes of Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine, Mary Blue of Farmacy Herbs, and Kathi Langelier...
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