Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Natural Cold Remedies for the Wimpy Sick Person

I can't stand getting sick, not even the sniffles, which is why I'm chock full of natural cold remedies for the wimpy sick person, said wimp being myself. So if you're wondering what an herbalist would do when a cold starts to come on, I can tell you from personal experience: First I cry a little. Whining is good, perhaps to those nearest and dearest, but not so much they do the eye-roll thing. Eye rolling is never well received by sick wimps.

Last night I woke up around 1 a.m. with a sore throat and no one to whine at, so I dragged myself out of bed and grabbed the echinacea tincture, something I never go without. I know some people say echinacea isn't really a cold and flu thing, but it does boost the immune system, and I've had it work wonders. And yes, its biggest remedy use in the past was for poisonous snake bites, etc., but hey, most plants have more uses than we know. And I don't hang out with poisonous snakes. Let's stretch here.

This morning I grabbed a lemon and squeezed (squoze? I like squoze better, even if it's wrong) half that baby in a glass of water, gulped, then drank the other half about an hour later. I'll keep doing that all day. I never, ever, ever commit the unpardonable citrus sin, which is to buy one of those silly plastic lemons and use that instead. Number 1: It tastes gross. Number 2: It's stored in plastic, and I'm an undeniable anti-plastic snob. Number 3: They add citric acid as a preservative and occasionally other stuff too. Squeezing a real lemon isn't much work, even in my sickened condition.

For lunch, I'm going to partake of a large bowl of vegetarian chili, which (how providential) I cooked just yesterday. I'll be adding lots of crushed red pepper to mine, which will help that sore throat and any aches and pains.

Tea? Of course. Chamomile with honey, perhaps a cup of peppermint, a spot of ginger. All good choices.

I'll also enjoy a nice big green smoothie made of fresh spinach, cranberries (which I freeze by the bagful during the holidays), and orange juice.

More echinacea, more lemon, more tea. Blah, blah, blah. By tomorrow, I may not even have the right to whine anymore.

Oh, and lest I forget, everyone in the household will receive the same treatment, sick or not. My natural cold remedies aren't just for this wimpy sick person, it's the right preventative for everyone that has to put up with me.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Herbs Gone Wild Goes Free for One Day!

I'm doing a bit of an experiment today and have decided to make my ebook Herbs Gone Wild free, one day only, 01/06/12, through midnight PST. Almost halfway through the day so far, and already over 1,300 people have snagged themselves a copy of herbal deliciousness! You, too, can enjoy this healthy ebook treat. Doesn't your Kindle deserve it? Yes, it does. It follows you everywhere, even has to sit in that big ugly bag all day waiting for your lunch break. I know because it told me so. It wants herbs. Greenery. Natural remedies, not the artificial stuff. I think what your Kindle really wants is to learn how to make homemade salve. And herbal tea. And cherry cough syrup.

There, now, doesn't it make you feel good to give to your Kindle? And it didn't cost you a thing.

Herbs Gone Wild! Ancient Remedies Turned Loose