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Used to prevent illness as well as to overcome flu, virus, bacteria and parasites
Dry herbs that you will need:
2 oz Comfrey leaves
1 oz each of the following 7 herbs:
Lobelia, Marshmallow root, Mullein
leaves, Skullcap, Uva ursi, White oak bark, Wormwood
1/2 oz Black walnut hulls
1/2 oz Black walnut leaves
2 1/2 quarts Apple cider vinegar
Combine dry herbs with vinegar. Store in glass canning jars
in a cupboard (dark but not refrigerated) and shake once a day for at least two
weeks.After two weeks, strain pulp out
and discard it. Save liquid to add to garlic tincture below.
In another glass jar
make the following tincture:
1.5 pounds raw garlic cloves, peeled
1 1/2 quarts raw apple cider vinegar
In a blender, puree garlic with vinegar to make a thick
soupy mixture. Store in glass container(s) and shake once a day for two weeks.
Strain pulp out and discard it.
tinctures at the end of two weeks, adding in the vegetable glycerin and raw
3 cups vegetable glycerin
3 cups raw honey
Pour into clean jars
and refrigerate for up to two years.Dark amber bottles are best.
For virus, flu, pneumonia, or to avoid catching them, at
first sign of illness, shake well and take:
1 Tablespoon 3-4 times a day (Adult), 1 teaspoon 3-4 times a
Not recommended for use during pregnancy or for children under 1 year because of anti-parasitic
herbs (Wormwood/Black Walnut and honey.
To obtain organic, high quality herbs and glycerin from
Mountain Rose Herbs purchase with this link:
Do you need
an immune boost?Have you ever heard of
the “wet sheet treatment” which has been used to save lives during pandemic
outbreaks?Well, here is a simple
treatment that works on the same premise – and all you need is SOCKS!!!
alternating of hot and cold creates a pumping mechanism that stimulates your
circulation and lymphatics. The results are an active immune system and
decreased congestion. Kids benefit from this hydrotherapy regimen too – as well
as women with hot flashes!
before bed, put your feet in hot water for at least 3 minutes. You can place
them in the bath tub under running water. The water should be as hot as you can
handle it without burning your skin. Adding Epsom salt is great too!
2. Wet 1
pair of thin, cotton anklets in cold water. Wring out well and put on
immediately after hot foot bath. The water should be as cold as you can handle
it. (Remember, your feet are very warm so the cold will feel OK)
3. Put on 1
pair of heavy wool socks over the ankles and climb into bed.
well and sleep all night with socks on.
5. By the
morning, your socks should be completely dry – at which time you can remove
socks. (see more info below)
6. Stay away
from dairy and sugar, take Vitamin C and drink plenty of water. Then notice how
much more quickly you feel better when you use the wet sock treatment!
putting on the socks, you'll climb into bed and drift off to sleep. While
dreaming sweet dreams, your feet will be doing all the work. The vessels in
your feet will constrict as your feet cool down, which sends all the good
nutrients into your organs and tissues. These nutrients are needed to fight off
infections and stimulate healing.
your feet will start to warm up again, and your vessels will dilate to release
the heat. This is when the “junk” in
your tissues is dumped into your blood stream so that your body can dispose of
telling your body to go on high alert and so it does!
time to do wet socks is:
• When you
feel like you’re coming down with something
everyone around you is getting sick
• When your
kids have earaches and fevers
• When you
have hot flashes
• When you
are exhausted and just need an awesome sleep
• When you
know you’ve been pushing too hard and you can feel your body wearing down
• When your
lungs or sinuses have been congested and you can’t seem to break it up
Times not to
• If you
can’t make time for a full night’s sleep (you’ve got to give your body enough
time to work on this).
• If you are
taking prednisone, other steroids, or immune suppressing drugs because they
will suppress your body’s response.
• If you try
wet socks and wake up in the morning with the socks still wet – this means your
body just isn’t generating enough heat right now to do this thing properly.(Take Ginger, Turmeric and other warming
Vinegar, a staple in every pantry, is a multi-tasking wonder
with a rich history of use for everything from making pickles to treating war
wounds. The ancient Babylonians used it to preserve food; medics during World
War I treated wounds with it; and Roman armies diluted it with water to create
an everyday antibacterial drink. Today, versatile vinegar is still widely used
in food preservation, but its household uses extend well beyond pickling. Thanks to its acidity and neutralizing
properties, vinegar can clean, disinfect, soften, shine and more. Use it from
the kitchen to the bathroom, in everything from homemade cleaners to hair
rinses, to take full advantage of this humble household wonder.
1. Grease Cutter:
Vinegar’s acidity lets it cut through grease with ease. Dip a sponge in vinegar
and wipe to degrease stovetops, microwaves, dirty dishes and more.
A natural antibacterial, vinegar makes a great base for any nontoxic cleaning
solution. For an all-purpose disinfecting solution, dilute 1 part vinegar in 4
parts water and use anywhere germs are found, such as countertops, keyboards,
shared phones, doorknobs and remote controls.
3. Toilet Bowl
Cleaner: Clean, disinfect and deodorize your toilet by pouring 1 cup of
vinegar around the inside of the bowl. Let sit for an hour, use a brush to
remove rings, then flush.
4. Drain Cleaner:
To keep drains clog-free, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain, then
follow with 1/2 cup of vinegar. Wait for foaming to subside, then follow with a
gallon of boiling water. If necessary, remove hair and other debris with a
wire. Repeat if drain is still slow.
5. Glass Cleaner:
For a streak-free shine, combine 2 cups water, 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon
liquid dish soap in a spray bottle. Spritz onto mirrors, then wipe down with
6. Residue Remover:
Clean the glue residue that labels and stickers leave behind by wiping the
sticky surface with a rag dipped in a vinegar-water solution.
7. Hair Rinse:
Shampoos and other hair products can leave behind residue, making hair
lackluster. Remove buildup by diluting 2 tablespoons vinegar and 2 tablespoons
lemon juice in 3 cups water and mixing well. After shampooing, pour rinse over
hair before rinsing with water. The vinegar will close the cuticle and leave
hair soft and shiny.
8. Furniture Polish:
Combine 1/4 cup olive oil, 4 tablespoons vinegar and 2 teaspoons lemon juice in
a spray bottle. Shake well before use, and refrigerate any leftover solution to
keep it from going rancid.
9. Stain Remover:
Purge grass stains and blood spots by whipping up your own natural stain
remover. Mix 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup baking soda and 3 cups water in a
spray bottle. Just spray on the stain and toss clothing into the laundry!
10. Laundry Softener:
Conventional fabric softener stays in clothing, where a buildup can cause
irritation, but vinegar breaks down and dissolves detergents. For softer
clothes, towels and sheets, just add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.
Preventive: Vinegar’s acidity can help kill some of the bacteria
responsible for causing dandruff. Rinsing with vinegar can also deep-clean the
scalp and help remove flakes of dead skin cells. For a no-dandruff rinse, mix
1/2 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves (or 1 tablespoon dried leaves) and 1
cup boiling water. Let the mixture cool to room temperature, strain, then pour
over scalp after shampooing. Rinse treatment from hair with water.
12. Wart Killer:
To remove unsightly warts, dip a cotton ball in vinegar, place over wart and
secure with a bandage. Change the cotton ball daily. The acid in vinegar will
eat away at the wart over time. (Be sure to keep the skin around the wart
13. Breath Freshener:
Eliminate bad breath by rinsing with 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1 tablespoon
salt diluted in 1 cup water. This rinse is especially effective at removing
onion and garlic odors.
Softener: Make stiff paintbrushes useful again by dipping hardened bristles
in a bowl of vinegar for an hour or less. Rinse the bristles with warm water
and soap, then let dry before using.
15. Greens Reviver:
Leafy greens looking wilted? Soak them in a bath of 2 cups cold water and 1/2
teaspoon vinegar to bring them back to life.
16. Egg Aid: When
hard-boiling eggs, add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to the water to prevent egg
white from seeping out of cracks in the shell.
17. Rust Remover:
Revive rusted nuts, bolts, nails or tools by soaking them in a bath of pure
vinegar for several hours. If the solution becomes cloudy, change the vinegar.
After soaking, wipe away rust with a cloth.
Buyer Beware - Not all vinegar is created equal. While all
vinegars require ethanol for production, some vinegars are made with
synthetically produced ethanol made from petroleum. Check the label before you
buy for words like “grain alcohol” or “neutral grain spirits” to ensure you’re
buying a product made from natural food sources.Or, make your own vinegar!
HOW TO MAKE VINEGAR
There are many varieties of this homemade, tangy, fermented
liquid; homemade vinegar can be just what you want it to be.Choose a container made from glass or
enameled earthenware. You don't want the
container material to react with the vinegar. Aluminum, iron and plastic will ruin the
vinegar.If you are using glass, try to
select a dark bottle. Fermentation occurs in the dark, so you either need a
dark container or else need to keep the liquid in a dark place.
Cider vinegar is made from sound, tart apples. Cut the
apples into small pieces . . . skins, cores, stems and all. Make a mush - by
hand or with an electric juicer and strain it through a muslin bag (you can
also hand press the pulp in a potato ricer lined with cloth or use a juicer).
Pour the juice that is collected into clean (dark, glass
jugs are preferable) and cover their tops with several thicknesses of
cheesecloth, held in place with string or rubber bands. Let the brew work in a
cool, dark place for about six months . . . then strain, bottle and cork.
TURNING APPLE CIDER
If you don't want to bother with apples, just allow some
sweet cider to stand in a warm place in an open jug for a few weeks. It will gradually
turn to vinegar.
APPLE PEELING VINEGAR
Vinegar can also be made from apple wastes, should you be
baking a lot of pies or canning peeled apples.Put the peelings, cores and bruised fruit into a wide-mouthed jar or
crock and cover with cold water. Store — covered — in a warm place and add
fresh peelings, cores and bruised apples from time to time. When the batch
tastes sufficiently strong . . . strain, bottle and cork.
Unless you ferment the vinegar for a very long time, there
is probably alcohol still left in it, which you can remove by boiling. While you're at it, you can pasteurize and
reduce the vinegar, so that you can store it for longer and concentrate the
To achieve pasteurization, heat the vinegar to 170 degrees
Fahrenheit (77 degrees Celsius) and hold it there for 10 minutes. Crock Pots are perfect for holding food for a
long time below the boiling point. Use a
thermometer to check your crock pot's temperature at each setting to determine
which setting is closest to 170 degrees.
Unpasteurized vinegar can be stored in sterilized, capped
jars in the refrigerator for a few months. Pasteurized vinegar can be stored in
sterilized containers with tight-fitting lids at room temperature for more than
a few months, as long as they are kept out of direct sunlight.
Bottle and store your delicious, homemade vinegar! Strain
out the vinegar through cheesecloth or a coffee filter, separating the mother,
which can be kept for making more vinegar.
MOTHER OF VINEGAR
The substance that gradually thickens on top during this
process is the "mother". You
can save it as starter for another batch (to speed up the process).
HERB VINEGARS Once you have brewed up a few containers of apple cider vinegar you can use it as a base to add herbs into - to be infused. These vinegars can be used for salad dressings, on meat, as dips, and can be used as medicine. Vinegar acts as an "extractor" to pull nutrients and flavors from the fresh herbs.
Wash and strip basil, rosemary, tarragon, mint, dill and/or
other herb leaves from the plant stems. Spread the leaves on a cookie sheet
lined with wax paper and dry them in the sun or a very low oven until they
begin to curl. If that's too much trouble, just hang small bunches of herbs to
dry in a warm, clean attic.
Dump one packed cupful of the dried herbs (mix and match . . . try different combinations till you find
your own special blend) into each pint of your experimental cider vinegar and
pour into clear glass bottles or jars. Cover and let stand for two weeks in a
sunny window. Shake the bottles once or twice a day and — when the liquid
tastes sufficiently strong — strain, bottle and cap.
Herb vinegar can also be made with finely-chopped fresh
chives, celery leaves or cloves of garlic (remove garlic after 24 hours).
Repair damaged hair and get naturally shiny and healthy locks with apple cider vinegar. In a glass jar with a lid, mix 2 cups apple cider vinegar with 10 drops essential oil (of your choice). Let the mixture blend for one to two days. To use: Rinse hair after shampooing with 1/2 teaspoon vinegar mixture and 1 cup water.
2. Medicinal Extracts
Apple Cider Vinegar is not as potent as alcohol-based extracts, but it is good for infusing medicinal herbs as a great alternative for children or those with alcohol sensitivities. Medicinal extracts treat a variety of ailments depending on the herb used.
How to Make Medicinal Vinegar Extracts
1. Chop or grind your dried herb to a coarse powder. You can also find many powdered medicinal herbs available online or at your local health food store. Fill 1/5 of your sterilized jar with the herb. Pour organic apple cider vinegar over the herb until the jar is filled to the top. Cover tightly and allow to extract for 14+ days in a cool, dark place. Be sure to shake the jar daily.
2. After 2 weeks, strain the herb through cheesecloth. Set the strained liquid in a capped jar on a shelf and allow the sediment to settle overnight. Decant the clear liquid layer into another sterilized jar using a strainer. Cap tightly, label and store for up to 6 months in a cool, dark place. You can also refrigerate the vinegar if you'd like.
3. If you are infusing the vinegar with roots or barks, there is one more step you might want to take. Once the mixture has extracted for 2 weeks and the herbs have been strained out, heat the infusion just short of boiling and filter through cloth while hot. The heat will help congeal albumin in the solution that can then be removed when straining. Excess albumin can encourage your extract to spoil quickly.
3. Skin Toner
Beneficial for all skin-types, this toner will help restore acidity to the skin and help resist infection. Mix 3 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and 1 cup distilled water. Let sit for three days. Strain out the solids into a bottle with tight-fitting lid. To use: Apply to skin with cotton pad.
4. Acid Reflux Relief
Because acid reflux is actually due to too little acid in the stomach, adding 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to water will provide the acidic environment your stomach needs to help break down food.
5. Relaxing Bath
Relax and unwind in this herbal vinegar bath.
This slightly acidic bath helps rinse away soap residue on your skin and reinstates your own natural acid balance. For women, it is also a good way to counteract yeast infections because the acidic environment will kill harmful bacteria. The combination of herbs gives your bath an uplifting scent that helps reduce stress.
• 1 cup apple cider vinegar
• 1 cup water
• 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary (or 1 teaspoon dried)
• 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon (or 1 teaspoon dried)
• 1 tablespoon fresh mint (or 1 teaspoon dried)
• 1 1/2 teaspoons fennel seeds
Mix together all ingredients in a small saucepan or microwave container and heat gently until just boiling. Let the mixture cool completely and then strain off all solids.
To use: Pour the entire mixture into a warm bath and soak for 15 to 20 minutes.
6. Salad Vinaigrette
Apple cider vinegar adds a tasty kick to salad dressings. Dress fresh spring greens, such as:
Arugula, Pear, Pecan and Blue Cheese Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette Serves 6
6 cups arugula
2 ripe pears (or substitute Granny Smith apples)
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/2 cup toasted pecan pieces Apple Cider Vinaigrette
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper To prepare salad
1. Wash and dry arugula. Place greens in large salad bowl. 2. Slice pears and add to greens. To prepare vinaigrette
1. Combine all ingredients and stir. To serve
Toss salad with vinaigrette.
Top with pecans and blue cheese.
7. Treat Swimmer’s Ear
The acidity of vinegar helps kill bacteria and clear infection. To help treat swimmer’s ear, lie on your side with the infected ear facing up and place a few drops of apple cider vinegar in the ear with an eye dropper. After a few minutes, get up and let the vinegar drain from the ear.
8. Get Rid of Ants
If you have a problem with ants, try deterring them with apple cider vinegar. To use: Spray undiluted on ant routes. The vinegar will cover their invisible pheromone tracks, preventing them from finding their way back to their foraging sites.