Fall is upon us!

The days are getting cooler, leaves are changing and noses are running!?!  Yep, that time is upon us.  As any parent knows when the weather changes the kids seem to get a cold.  Add in a daily dose of public school and it’s almost a guarantee!  My younger kids already showed signs of an upcoming cold!  The first 1) My throat hurts, 2) Cough more than twice or 3) “Go blow your nose” is said and I know it’s time for some action!  I immediately reach for ALC and Echinacea!

What and Echie-who?

Advantage Life Concentrate

Advantage Life Concentrate

ALC is short for Advantage Liquid Concentrate made by Wisdom Of The Ages.  It is a a great immune system booster and I use it for fighting and treating almost all sickness!  It is a mixture of Citrus Seed Extract, Green Tea and Jasmine tea.  You can read more about it here.  I add about three drops to a glass of water and drink.  It does have a funky taste so if you want to sweeten your drink with honey you can use more.  I even stir some into bowls of soup that have cooled (don’t tell the kids).

Pretty Echinacea

Pretty Echinacea

Echinacea is a pretty flower and a powerful herb.  I keep echinacea on hand to drink with honey and ALC drops whenever someone get a fever or full-blown cold/flu.  Echinacea will boost the immune system but after two weeks of drinking it take a week off.  You need to let your body work on it’s own too…  If you google Echinacea you will soon realize that you have options.  Echinacea in two different ways: Leaves and flowers or roots.  Mountain Rose Herbs has this to say:   The above-ground parts of the plant are used to make fresh juice, infusions (warm-water teas), and tinctures. The roots are used in either cut or powdered form for capsules, fluid extracts, teas, and tinctures.  I prefer to make the tea but if you want to make a tincture you can.  It just takes a bit more time.

You can buy Echinacea tea anywhere but I want it to be pure Echinacea tea without fillers.  Plus, organic is a must!  So I get mine from Mountain Rose Herbs.

This year all three kids have already shown signs of colds and with a couple days of sneaking ALC into their drinks the colds never came to a head!  I keep echinacea on hand to drink with honey and ALC drops whenever someone get a fever or full-blown cold/flu.  Echinacea will boost the immune system but after two weeks of drinking it take a week off.  You need to let your body work on it’s own too…

If you do get sick though there is still organic treatment!  I make a salve called Breath Easy that is for congestion.  I just rub it on the chests, backs and soles of feet of my family if they get congested.  I even use for sinus congestion.  It’s an organic salve I make with beeswax, organic oils infused with organic peppermint and eucalyptus and a blend of 5 different organic essential oils.  I sell a 1 oz. jar for $5.00 (plus shipping).  Interested? You can get Breath Easy here.

Breath Easy

The garden is doing it’s thing!

Wow! Once a garden gets going there is no stopping it!  So far this year I have canned 9 pints of green beans, 1 pint of beets (it’s always 1 pint) garlic, green onions, peas and, dried rosemary, chamomile, oregano, sage, spearmint, lemon balm and feverfew (I will talk more about that herb in a few weeks)! Here’s a picture of one days harvest a few weeks ago!

YUM!

Beets, spearmint, lemon balm, snow peas, echicnacea and bee balm and lincoln english peas.

I also have more beans in the fridge that I picked today that I need to can and about a half dozen cucumbers that need to be pickled, BUT WAIT… guess what I did!  I forgot to plant dill!  Can you believe it?  I will go out tomorrow and sprinkle a bunch in the garden (by the pumpkins – maybe?) and harvest some basil to dry and maybe catnip (for tea and my cat: Muck)…

She looks more innocent then she is!

She looks more innocent then she is!

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