2-3 T apple cider vinegar or your seasoned rice vinegar
2 T Coconut Aminos, Bragg’s amino acids or Soy Sauce
1/2 tsp. grated ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 jalapeno pepper or 3 pepperoncinis, minced
2 green onions, minced
1/4 c. dried cilantro
Mix all and pour over wild rice dishes with Chinese vegetables!
2-3 T apple cider vinegar or your seasoned rice vinegar
…”Ginger loves a sheltered spot, filtered sunlight, warm weather, humidity, and rich, moist soil…”
sesame ginger dressing $2.87 recipe / $0.57 serving
via Budget Bytes by Beth M on 2/5/12
1/2 cup vegetable oil $0.64
1/4 cup rice vinegar $0.16
2 Tbsp soy sauce $0.12
2 cloves garlic $0.16
4 inches fresh ginger $1.04
3 Tbsp honey $0.36
1 Tbsp tahini $0.20
1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil $0.19
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Ginger benefits in healing a lot more diseases beyond mere cough and cold. For instance, it is useful in curing indigestion, colic diseases, anorexia, motion sickness, joint pain, toothache, headache, etc. Usually, the rootstock of this aromatic rhizome is used, whether dried or fresh. The herb is also used for flavoring various culinary preparations. Moreover, [...]
How To Make Raw Crystallized Ginger -
Crystallized or candied ginger is very easy to make at home with these instructions. Use in desserts and confections.
Peel and thinly slice 1 pound (500 grams) fresh gingerroot.
Place sliced ginger in a bowl or sprouter. Cover with water. Let sit 12 hours or overnight.
Drain off water.
Weigh the cooked ginger and measure an equal amount of raw sugar. palm sugar or coconut crystals.
Return ginger to bowl. Add sugar and 3 Tablespoons water. Stir over double boiler on lowest heat until
ginger is transparent and liquid has almost evaporated. Stir constantly, until almost dry.
Toss cooled ginger in raw sugar to coat. Dehydrate, if desired, at 105 degrees for 4 hours or more.
Store crystallized (candied) ginger in an airtight jar for up to 3 months.
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3/4 c. coconut oil
1 cup coconut crystals, raw sugar or palm sugar
1/4 c. yacon
1 T. flax seed soaked in 3 T. water for 10 minutes
2 c. sprouted grains: oats, barley, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth of choice – Soak one day, sprout 1.5 days
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/3 cup raw sugar for decoration
Blend everything in the food processor and spoon cookie size blobs onto the nonstick trays in the dehydrator and dehydrate at 104 degrees about 36 hours, until desired crispness.
This is a great alternative to rejuvelac. Yum! It tastes so good!
Here’s our recipe, developed by my daughter and I, and taken from the book, “Asian Health Secrets,” by Letha Hadady
Soak 1 handful barley in 1 qt. water overnight. Add 2 slices of ginger and 2 pinches orange peel.
Let sit during the day, then refrigerate at night.
Drink 8 ou. twice daily, afternoon and right before bed.
Fill the same jar up with water as you decant off what you need to drink.
Contains all the nutrients you need to survive off of! If this is all you have on a desert island, it would keep you alive!
1 cup of uncooked barley
1 cup of preserved sugared winter melon (糖冬瓜)
2 tbsp rock sugar (also known as rock candy)
10 cups of water
3 strips of pandan leaves (tied into a knot to release the flavour)
1. Wash the barley and soak it for 5-10 minutes with some water if you prefer a less cloudy drink.
2. Mix the washed barley, pandan leaves and 10 cups of water into a medium-sized pot and bring to a boil.
3. After the barley has turned semi-soft (about 10 minutes later), add in the rock sugar and winter melon.
4. Boil for a further 10 minutes, cool and it is ready to drink.
It is sweet and even when I am not sick I love having this drink.
This One Activity Will Slash Your Chance of a Cold by 50% …
Posted By Dr. Mercola | December 22 2010 | 66,140 views
WPHL offers a list of ways to fight a cold that are more natural and more affordable than pricey, over-the-counter medicines. They include:
alternative cold remedy
The inner bark of the Slippery Elm, when mixed with water, it becomes a slick gel. This gel is rich with antioxidants and coats your throat, stomach lining and intestines.
Making a tea from the herb echinacea may help fight the common cold. Goldenseal tea helps treat respiratory tract infections, eye infections and even yeast infections. Hot ginger or elderberry tea can help soothe a sore throat.
If you have a sore throat, try gargling with a honey mixture.
Nasal Saline Rinse
A natural nasal saline irrigates your nose and helps clear thick mucus and relieve pressure from your sinuses.
Steam can moisturize your nasal passages and will help the pressure from your sinuses.
White and Cider Vinegar
Wearing a pair of cotton socks soaked in white vinegar is an old, natural remedy that is still used today to reduce a fever.
White willow is a natural anti-inflammatory and fever reducing remedy.
Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken noodle soup has been medically proven to help cure a cold or fever. It is most effective if the soup is made with actual chicken bones in the broth.
Here’s one folk remedy to cure a cough or chest cold — chop raw pieces of garlic and mix it with olive oil. Let the mixture sit for a half hour, and then rub the mixture on the bottoms of your feet and cover with socks. The garlic will be absorbed by your skin.
Ginseng can help cure a cold or the flu, as well as prevent future colds if taken as a daily supplement.
WPHL December 2010
Dr. Mercola’s Comments:
Americans catch more than one billion colds a year, making it the most common infectious disease in the US. It’s also the number one reason for doctor’s office visits, despite the fact that conventional medicine has little to offer in the form of treatment.
One of the reasons for this is because colds are caused by viruses (and there are more than 300 cold-causing viruses), not bacteria. So taking an antibiotic for your cold will NOT do you any good whatsoever. Antibiotics only work on bacterial infections, such as sinus, ear and lung infections, including bronchitis and pneumonia.
Generally speaking, you do not need to seek medical care for a simple cold. However, if you have symptoms indicative of a bacterial infection you may want to consider visiting your doctor. For signs and symptoms to look out for, please see this article.
The Case Against OTC Cold and Cough Remedies
Most uncomplicated colds last between eight and nine days, but about 25 percent last two weeks, and 5-10 percent last three weeks. How quickly your cold is resolved has a lot to do with your general lifestyle habits and the state of your immune system.
More often than not, over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold remedies will NOT cause a speedier recovery. In fact, some may simply prolong your agony by working against your body’s natural defense- and healing mechanisms.
For example, one previous study showed that people who take aspirin and Tylenol (acetaminophen) simply suppress their body’s ability to produce antibodies to destroy the cold virus. This is the complete opposite of what you’re looking for…
The natural remedies listed above can help reduce your worst symptoms, which is all OTC drugs can do as well, but without the potentially dangerous side effects.
However, an even better option would be to implement certain lifestyle strategies that can help you avoid ever getting a cold in the first place.
The Importance of Maintaining a Robust Immune System
It’s important to understand that the primary underlying reason for why you keep catching colds is an impaired immune system.
Just being exposed to a cold virus does not mean you will automatically catch a cold. If your immune system is operating at its peak, it should actually be quite easy for you to fend off the virus without ever getting sick.
If your immune system is impaired however, viruses can easily overwhelm your natural defenses and take hold.
A robust immune system is dependent on a number of lifestyle and environmental factors, but the most common factors are:
1. Optimized vitamin D levels — Research has confirmed that “catching” colds and flu may actually be a symptom of an underlying vitamin D deficiency. Less than optimal vitamin D levels will significantly impair your immune response and make you far more susceptible to contracting colds, influenza, and other respiratory infections.
In the largest and most nationally representative study of its kind to date, people with the lowest vitamin D levels reported having significantly more recent colds or cases of the flu — and the risk was even greater for those with chronic respiratory disorders like asthma.
I strongly believe you could avoid colds and influenza entirely by maintaining your vitamin D level in the optimal range. Vitamin D is an amazingly effective antimicrobial agent, producing 200 to 300 different antimicrobial peptides in your body that kill both bacteria and viruses.
2. Avoiding sugar and grains — If you feel yourself coming down with a cold or flu, this is NOT the time to eat sugar, grains, artificial sweeteners or processed foods. Sugar is particularly damaging to your immune system — which needs to be ramped up, not suppressed, in order to combat an emerging infection.
3. Getting proper rest — If you aren’t getting enough sleep, or enough restorative sleep, you’ll be at increased risk for a hostile viral takeover. Your immune system is also the most effective when you’re not sleep-deprived, so the more rested you are the quicker you’ll recover. You can find 33 secrets for a good night’s sleep here.
4. Effectively addressing emotional stressors — Emotional stressors can predispose you to an infection and make cold symptoms worse.
Finding ways to manage daily stress as well as your reactions to circumstances beyond your control will contribute to a strong and resilient immune system. My favorite tool for this is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), a system that helps balance your body’s subtle energies and repair emotional “short-circuits.” EFT may even help you overcome cold symptoms.
5. Regular exercise – Regular exercise is a crucial strategy for increasing your resistance to illness. There is evidence that regular, moderate exercise can reduce your risk for respiratory illness by boosting your immune system.
In fact, one study found that people who exercised regularly (five or more days a week) cut their risk of having a cold by close to 50 percent. Exercise likely cuts your risk of colds so significantly because it triggers a rise in immune system cells that can attack any potential invaders.
Ideally, establish a regular fitness program, such as Peak Fitness, now, to help you ward off colds and other illness.
However, if you’re already feeling sick don’t overdo it. Over-exercising can actually place more stress on your body, which can suppress your immune system — and you don’t want that either. You might just go for a walk if you are coming down with a cold, or simply tone down your regular workout. Any rise in body temperature will be an unwelcome climate for a viral invader, though, so some exercise during a bout of cold is likely to be beneficial.
If you address these five primary factors that can make or break your immune system, you’ll be well on your way to never having to suffer another cold again.
However, should you come down with one, then what?
Safe and Natural Cold Remedies
The list created by WPHL contains several of my recommended home remedies. Here are several more suggestions that they missed, including vitamins and other supplements that can help treat your cold symptoms.
1. Hydrogen peroxide: I don’t advise over-the-counter medications, but one simple treatment you can try that is surprisingly effective against upper respiratory infections is hydrogen peroxide.
Many patients at my Natural Health Center have had remarkable results in curing colds and flu within 12 to 14 hours when administering a few drops of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) into each ear. You will hear some bubbling, which is completely normal, and possibly feel a slight stinging sensation.
Wait until the bubbling and stinging subside (usually 5 to 10 minutes), then drain onto a tissue and repeat with the other ear. A bottle of hydrogen peroxide in 3 percent solution is available at any drug store for a couple of dollars or less. It is simply amazing how many people respond to this simple, inexpensive treatment.
2. Herbs and spices with high ORAC scores, such as turmeric, oregano, cinnamon, and cloves (for more on ORAC, visit www.oracvalues.com). You can simply add these liberally to your food.
3. Vitamin C: A very potent antioxidant; use a natural form such as acerola, which contains associated micronutrients. You can take several grams every hour till you are better unless you start developing loose stools
4. Oregano Oil: The higher the carvacrol concentration, the more effective it is. Carvacrol is the most active antimicrobial agent in oregano oil.
5. Propolis: A bee resin and one of the most broad-spectrum antimicrobial compounds in the world; propolis is also the richest source of caffeic acid and apigenin, two very important compounds that aid in immune response and even fight cancer.
6. Elder flower extract: Rich in vitamin C and a wide range of valuable flavinoids, including anthocyanins and quercetin, elder flower has been traditionally used as a tonic to boost immunity. It is also widely known to promote lung and bronchial tract health.
7. Elderberry: In one study, published in the Journal of International Medical Research, elderberry syrup reduced the severity of flu symptoms and shortened their duration by about four days. Elderberry extract is also known for inducing sweating, and helps relieve congestion.
8. A tea made from a combination of elder flower, yarrow, boneset, linden, peppermint and ginger; drink it hot and often for combating a cold or flu. It causes you to sweat, which is helpful for eradicating a virus from your system.
9. Olive leaf extract: Ancient Egyptians and Mediterranean cultures used it for a variety of health-promoting uses and it is widely known as a natural, non-toxic immune system builder.
Also make sure to drink plenty of fresh, pure water. Water is essential for the optimal function of every system in your body and will help loosen secretions. Drink enough water to turn your urine a light, pale yellow.
Homemade Cough Remedy
As mentioned by WPHL, honey can help relieve a sore throat or bothersome cough. However, it’s important to make sure you’re using raw honey for optimal health benefits.
That said, it’s quite easy to make your own homemade cough and cold remedy. The Organic Consumers Association has published several great recipes, including this simple honey lemon cough syrup:
Honey Lemon Cough Syrup
Lemon helps promote health by quickly alkalinizing your body, and honey will kill any bacteria. This is a perfect choice for a quick cough remedy.
* Put a pint of raw honey in a pan on the stove on VERY low heat (Do not boil honey as this changes its medicinal properties) .
* Take a whole lemon and boil in some water in a separate pan for 2-3 minutes to both soften the lemon and kill any bacteria that may be on the lemon skin.
* Let the lemon cool enough to handle then cut it in slices and add it to the pint of honey on the stove.
* Let mixture cook on warm heat for about an hour.
* Then strain the lemon from the honey making sure all lemon seeds are removed.
* Let cool, then bottle in a jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator.
* This syrup will keep for 2 months in the refrigerator. To soothe a cough, take 1/2 teaspoon for a 25 lb. child and 1 teaspoon for a 50 lb. child, about 4 times a day, or as often as needed. Adults can take 1 tablespoon doses.
For even more great recipes for dry cough, wet cough, antiviral syrup, plus several soothing tea recipes, please see the Organic Consumers Association article.
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Eco Curious – How To Make Ginger Ale
Hosted by Tracy Hepler
Presented by Your Daily Thread TV in collaboration with ThreadBanger and Next New Networks
Directed and Edited by Vanessa Crocini
Many years ago, I developed a case of bronchitis so severe it weakened my chest; and, my ability to pick up every case of cold or flu. that came around improved. This wonder tea not only breaks up and clears out congestion, it also aids anyone with a sensitive stomach – it calms nausea and aids digestion.
My recipe for ginger tea is slightly different than others and there are no strict guidelines on ingredient amounts. If you love the peppery taste of turmeric – add a little more; or, if one of the ingredients is not your favourite – use less. I have laid the amounts I use out beside the Chinese herb pot I make mine in; but, any saucepan or container will work. From right to left: fresh ginger, lemon grass, turmeric.
To cold water add thinly sliced ginger, thinly sliced turmeric, and roughly chopped lemon grass. I don’t peel my ingredients (many nutrients are under the skin), I just wash them thoroughly before adding. Due to the way lemongrass grows, similar to leeks, there is the potential for dirt to be hidden in the leaves. Slice the lemon grass in half lengthwise and check the inside for dirt before chopping. Bring water up to boil, turn down heat and simmer for at least 15 minutes. This extracts every drop of goodness and flavour. An added advantage of simmering the tea is that as your tea simmers some of the goodness infiltrates the air and aids with every breath.
Since I don’t peel my ingredients, I strain the liquid as I pour it into my cup because some of the skin will boil off and float in the tea.
The tea is delightful exactly as is; but, if you like, you can add honey, brown sugar, or the sweetener of your choice. Drink the tea as often as you like – three times a day is recommended.
The benefits of ginger are:
Ginger is known worldwide for it effects on digestive ailments. It helps break down proteins and helps digest fatty foods; reduces gas; relieves nausea; and, treats morning sickness and motion sickness.
This rhizome reduces inflammation so it can be of benefit for arthritis, ulcerative colitis or any other inflammation-related disease. Studies show that it has been effective in inhibiting the replication of the herpes simplex virus.
Ginger is a warming herb, it knocks out a fever; stimulates circulation; relaxes the muscles around the blood vessels lowering the risk of blood clots; is a natural decongestant; and, an antihistamine.
Recent studies show that ginger might also have a role in lowering LDL cholesterol because the spice can help reduce the amount of cholesterol that is absorbed. It has also been shown in animal trials to help slow or even prevent cancerous tumor growth.
The healing properties come from it’s volatile oils, gingerols and shogaols, which are also responsible for it’s pungent taste. The oils cause more digestive enzymes to be produced which helps with the whole digestion process and neutralizes the acids that can cause nausea, cramps and even diarrhea.
The benefits of turmeric are:
Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent. It is useful in disinfecting cuts and burns; speeds up wound healing; assists in remodeling of damaged skin; and, aids in the treatment of psoriasis or other skin inflammation problems.
This perennial shrub which grows in India and other parts of Asia holds amazing promise in the fight against cancer. When combined with cauliflower it has been shown to prevent prostrate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer; prevents breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice; may prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to die; reduces the risk of childhood leukemia; may prevent metastases from occurring in many different kinds of cancer; is a natural anti-infammatory; shows promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice; a natural painkiller and CO2 inhibitor; appears to aid pancreatic cancer and multiple myeloma; and, stops the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.
It is also a natural liver detoxifier; may prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain; natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis; and, may aid in fat metabolism and weight loss.
The Chinese have used it for ages as a natural remedy for depression.
The benefits of lemon grass are:
Lemon grass or citronella is known for its calming effect that acts as a sedative for the central nervous system relieving insomnia, anxiety or stress.
It is an antibacterial/antifungal; helps improve the skin by reducing acne and pimples; relieves arthritic pain and rheumatism; helps relieve flatulence and colic; and reduces fevers, agues, and colds.
Citronella helps to detoxify the liver, pancreas, kidney, bladder and the digestive tract; helps to boost the immune system; may help to prevent cancer; helps reduce uric acid, cholesterol, and excess fats; reduces blood pressure and improves blood circulation; and helps alleviate indigestion and gastroenteritis.
It also helps tone your muscles and tissues; helps with menstrual problems; helps promote milk formation in lactating mothers; and, helps reduce cellulite.
Citronella is also an active ingredient in many insect repellents.
The benefits of unpasteurized honey are:
Unpasteurized honey is an antiseptic, antibiotic, antifungal, and antibacterial. It is the only food product in the world that never spoils!
Raw honey aids the stomach in digestion and is used as a treatment for stomach ulcers. It is effective in treating 90% of allergies; is a superior treatment for skin ulcers and burns; is an effective moisturizer; treats mouth sores and cankers; treats hair and scalp; and, is a natural preservative.
Honey has anti-cancer properties and helps prevent the spreading of existing cancers. The lungs receive a great deal of benefit from honey also. Honey helps in the treatment and easing of respiratory problems and cough.
Wow!! What great benefits from one simple tea. Brew a pot, strain, and enjoy