Sunday, December 8, 2019

Homemade Vitamin C Drink for Colds and Flu

Tis the season to be jolly,  but the party is over when you have a bad cold or the flu. Did you know you can make your own Immune boosting Vitamin C drink that may help you feel better using some simple ingredients that you might already have in your kitchen.

Simple Vitamin C homemade cold and flu remedy

It is truly cold and flu season, and I already have a cold (I was on an airplane where everyone was sneezing and hacking). As soon as I landed, I searched the Internet and came across an article by Anthony Williams ( The Medical Medium) and found his Vitamin C Shock Therapy that you make in your own kitchen!

His shock therapy Vitamin C drink is easy to make and tastes kind of like warm lemonade. Since scientific research has shown that Vitamin C is good for stress and helps shorten the length of a cold, I thought I would give his Vitamin C shock therapy a try.

The ingredients that I used for the Vitamin C Therapy

His drink requires that you open 2 capsules of Vitamin C and pour the contents into a cup of warm water, with freshly squeezed orange juice, and raw honey. I imagine since the powdered Vitamin C enters the body as a liquid,  the Vitamin C  in his drink is more easily and quickly absorbed into the body than traditional Vitamin C tablets.

Anthony Williams suggests using Ester C capsules (or powder) to make this drink which is a buffered form of Vitamin C that is easier on the stomach than traditional Vitamin C.  He suggests trying his therapy every 2 hours.

I initially began noticing cold symptoms on Monday night (after our flight). I started using Zicam (an over the counter zinc + supplement) which usually works for me, but it just didn't seem to be enough this time and I came down with a full blown cold. So, I made the Vitamin C drink, drank it,  and yes, it did help significantly.

Today Thursday (2 and half days later) after using the Vitamin C drink every 3 hours during my waking hours for the past two days, I think my cold is just about gone! Last night my nose was running badly; this morning all symptoms are gone. Usually my colds last about 5 days!

Personally, I will keep this formula among my natural home remedies for cold and flu that work for me!

1 cup of warm water
2 teaspoons of raw honey
Juice of 1 freshly squeezed orange or lemon
2 capsules of Ester C (opened and poured into the glass

In a glass or mug add warm water, raw honey, juice of an orange, and open two capsules of Ester C. Mix and drink.

Vegans can substitute maple syrup for the honey and you can also substitute juice of a lemon instead of the orange.

 My Notes: 
1. I also took. some Vitamin D liquid, some liquid zinc,  some monolaurin and I diffused the essential oil Thieves.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Nature's Mold Rx- Book Review

cover of a book for mold

Book Review and Homemade Herbal tea and Green Smoothie :

Mold cannot be ignored.
A mold infestation can ruin not only your home, but it can also adversely affect your health.  Nature's Rx , the Non-Toxic Solution to Toxic Mold- A Breakthrough Discovery By Edward R Close, PhD and Jacquelyn Close, RA. meticulously documents 30 case studies where mold was eliminated and controlled using only therapeutic grade essential oil.

bottles of essential oils

What is the alternative to using a natural essential oil? Mold is usually treated and eliminated using toxic fungicides, which some feel may be as toxic to health as the mold. In addition, fungicides leave a residual toxic outgassing effect that essential oils to not pose.

The author, Dr. Close was a victim of mold infestation and experimented using essential oils until he eventually found a solution to his own mold problems and then worked with others. His book includes documentation of 30 case histories of mold remediation meticulously reported with scientific charts and data.

If you or anyone you know is confronted with a mold problem, by all means read this book.
Dr. Close's 10 step protocol will guide you through the process of how and what to do. The information can be used and should be applied by any mold specialist.

Dr. Close is not encouraging anyone to try to tackle the elimination of a serious mold problem by yourself. His book encourages the reader to engage the services of a professional who can easily follow his non toxic protocol.

Does his method work? My experience is yes!
A friend of mine ,who lives in hot and humid Florida, developed mold in her condo as a result of a leaking tube in the back of her refrigerator. The back of the refrigerator, the wall in back of the appliance, and adjacent cabinets were affected by mold. In addition, mold spores spread airborne throughout the condo and mold began to grow on dining room chairs, sneakers, purses, and other fabric based items.

She Found Mold after Returning From a Long Vacation
My friend had been on vacation and found the mold when she returned. She immediately called a mold remediator and requested that he test the air quality in the condo. The lab report revealed extremely high unacceptable levels of Pennicillium mold throughout the condo. The recommendation was to remove everything from the condo, bomb the condo with fungacide, cut out and replace the wall, air vac all the walls and floors, and clean all the ducts and air system.

My friend was adamant about using a natural product to bomb the air as opposed to fungicide. She read this book and then found a mold specialist who was willing to follow the 10 step protocol after she gave him the book to read. The specialist was skeptical and only agreed to use the essential oils if my friend agreed to pay double for a second treatment using fungicide if the essential oil's  didn't work. (mold remediation is very costly). In addition, to the essential oil bombing, he also dried out the wall, replaced some of the wall, air scrubbed with air suction machines, cleaned the ducts and air system and whatever else he normally. My friend also had to wash every item of clothing, bedding, towels, etc. that was in the house. She used laundry detergent with either a 1/2 cup of vinegar ( which helps kill mold spores) or 1/2 cup Borax. She used hot water.

Miraculously, the specialist agreed that the essential oil worked even better than the fungicide. It was a win win situation.

Dr. Close used Thieves essential oil by that is made by Young Living in case studies.

Don't forget about this book. If you or anyone you know develops mold, this book may literally be a life saver for anyone who prefers using a non toxic approach. I highly recommend reading
Nature's Mold Rx.

Don't Get Stressed Out While Dealing With Mold

Mold remediation can be exhausting and  very stressful because you may need to pack up and remove much of your belongings from the premises. While you are taking care of the mold, don't forget to take care of yourself.  A rich green miracle smoothie can help bring needed nourishment during a stressful situation or  you can relax with my a homemade calming herbal Ayurvedic cardamom tea. Both can be made quickly and without stress.

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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or mold specialist. The information on my site is for educational purposes only. If you are in need of medical attention seek the advice of your medical doctor. If you need mold remediation, consult a mold professional.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Sweet Potato Rounds

vegan sweet potato rounds

If you are looking for a new way to enjoy sweet potatoes, look no further.
These festive sweet potato rounds are easy to prepare, make a great presentations, and taste wholesome and delicious.

For this recipe, I've mixed the juice of a fresh orange and the warming flavor of ground cinnamon with the meaty flesh of the sweet potato! I added some dried cranberries and a little rosemary for decoration. The flavors blended beautifully and the taste was divine.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Thanksgiving or Christmas Salad 2019

Salad is always one of the special dishes on our Thanksgiving table, and this year will be no exception. Last Thanksgiving I made a delicious jeweled kale and roasted acorn squash salad sprinkled with pomegranate seeds. This year I am making an interesting tossed salad mixing romaine lettuce with salad fixings and some savory condiments.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Book Reviews

As a blogger, I often am offered books to review. 
Recently, I received a book called, Yes, It Really Is All About Me by Darleen Miller. 

Darleen's book is targeted for caregivers.
Darleen explains that she has been a lifelong teacher and caregiver to her parents, grandparents, and three children. When her husband became ill, she became his primary caregiver for twelve years.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Cocette's Moroccan Carrots

carrot moroccan

Moroccan spiced carrots are a tasty and popular side dish, but there are as many different recipes for these carrots as there are cooks. However one thing is almost always certain, Middle Eastern and North African recipes tend to favor savory and spicy flavors in their vegetables rather than sweet ingredients.