Posts Tagged ‘colds’

Thieves Oil To The Rescue!

After speaking with one of my teacher friends who was frustrated at getting one cold after another from her students despite taking every precaution to keep germs from spreading, including Clorox wipes, I decided to repost my entry about Thieves Oil, an amazing non-toxic germ-killing spray! It is that time of year!     

Thieves Oil is a powerful blend of germ-killing essential oils – clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus and rosemary – that help eliminate airborne bacteria and boost the immune system. Research conducted at Weber State University, as well as other documented research, shows that most viruses, fungi, and bacteria cannot live in the presence of many essential oils. When bacteria cultures were sprayed in an enclosed area, Thieves Oil had a 99.96% success rate against airborne bacteria.

The name comes from the legend of four thieves who were captured and charged with robbing dead and dying victims during the bubonic plague, which killed millions of people in Europe and Asia for about 600 years. In exchange for leniency, the magistrate wanted to know how the thieves escaped from contracting the plague.  They confessed to rubbing themselves with a special concoction of aromatic herbs, including garlic, cloves and rosemary.  Hence, the name Thieves Oil.

There are a variety of Thieves® antiseptic products such as household cleaners, soaps, hand sanitizers, toothpaste, and mouthwash. All are formulated from the essential oils mentioned in the legend that help fight against bacteria, fungi and viruses and ward off disease.

As germs become more virulent and antibiotic resistant, it’s more important than ever to support your immune system and ward off bugs, and anything is worth a try! Do so with Thieves® products, especially during cold and flu season. Keep some in your natural medicine cabinet, at your office, in your car, and at school. I use it, my kids use it, and I can tell you it works. And the spray smells great…….

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Frozen Lemons

One of my readers sent me a write-up about the secret of frozen lemons.  Rather than just using the lemon juice and wasting the rest of this nutrient-rich fruit, freeze it.  Wash it first and once frozen, grate the unpeeled lemon and add it to salads, soups, stews, ice cream, cookie dough, chicken and fish dishes, rice, martinis, whatever, for much added nutrition and taste.  What a great idea!

This image shows a whole and a cut lemon.

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We all know that lemons are chock full of Vitamin C, which helps to neutralize free radicals linked to aging and most types of disease, as well as fight colds and flu.  But did you know that lemons contain more health benefitting nutrients than other citrus fruits like oranges or tangerines?  They contain citric acid, flavonoids, B-complex vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and fiber.   Surprisingly, the lemon peel contains as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the lemon juice.  Below is a list of some of the many benefits of this powerful and flavorful little fruit:

  • Lemons contain more potassium than apples or grapes.
  • Lemons help restore balance to the body’s pH even though they are acidic.
  • Lemons help detoxify the liver and improve regularity.  A large glass of water with fresh lemon juice is an important way to start the day.
  • The citric acid in lemon juice helps to dissolve gallstones, calcium deposits, and kidney stones. 
  • The lemon peel contains the potent phytonutrient tangeretin, which has been proven to be effective for brain disorders like Parkinson’s disease.
  • Lemons have powerful antibacterial properties; experiments have found the juice of lemons destroy the bacteria of malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases.  They can also destroy intestinal worms
  • The Vitamin P (bioflavonoid) in lemons strengthens blood vessels and is useful in treating high blood pressure.
  • Lemons contain 22 anti-cancer compounds, including naturally occurring limonene, which studies have shown slows or halts the growth of cancer tumors in animals.

As we make our way through what is being reported as a severe cold and flu season, throw a couple of lemons into the freezer and “grate” your way to good health!


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Continuing my “So much more than” series, ginger is the wonder herb for this tip. Ginger has been used as a natural remedy for many ailments for centuries. Chinese sailors chewed gingerroot for seasickness, Roman doctors used it during military marches, Greek philosophers used it for digestive health, and King Henry VIII thought it would protect against the plague.

Its benefits are numerous and I encourage you to do more research or consult a naturopath if you see an ailment you have listed below.  Ginger is an anti-inflammatory and painkiller useful in preventing and treating migraines and menstrual cramps and can aid in arthritis relief.  It is good for digestion and effective in treating motion sickness, nausea and run-of-the-mill upset stomachs. I’ve chewed crystallized ginger for years to treat a mild stomachache and its results are almost immediate.  Ginger’s nearly dozen anti-viral compounds, along with its components that reduce pain and fever and suppress coughing, make it an important remedy for treating a cold.  Make a tasty cup of hot tea using fresh gingerroot to feel better.

Ginger is also loaded with anti-fungal compounds, ranking second among all herbs, and is useful in treating fungal infections like Athlete’s Foot. Ginger also helps with circulation and can help prevent heart disease and strokes as well as reduce blood pressure.  It can aid in preventing cataracts and a ginger compress can relieve toothaches.  Ginger is a strong antioxidant and several new studies have shown that it may help with preventing certain cancers.

Ginger comes in different forms – fresh, powdered, crystallized, and dried.  Fresh ginger is more active than dried and crystallized is next best. Some people think the varieties grown in Africa or India are more potent than the Jamaican variety, so ask your grocer where the ginger comes from. Ginger can be used as a tea, as a marinade for meats, and of course as a spice in baking. And dark chocolate covered ginger is a healthful and decadent treat!

Start incorporating this amazing and delicious spice into your diet and your medicine cabinet – you’ll be glad you did.

Information compiled from:,, The Green Pharmacy, by James A. Duke, PhD and The Doctor’s Book of Food Remedies, by Selene Yeager and the Editors of Prevention.



Honey is an excellent sugar substitute, but it is so much more!  Honey heals the body inside and  out.  Doctors have been using honey for centuries, but with the introduction of antibiotics, its usage has declined.

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Honey is a natural antiseptic and promotes healing of minor cuts, scrapes and skin wounds.  Its natural sugar (fructose) absorbs the moisture in the wound and draws out the pus, making it hard for bacteria to grow.  As it dries it forms a natural bandage.  Propolis found in some honeys also kills bacteria.  I applied it to my kids’ scrapes and cuts and it not only healed the wounds, but seemed to eliminate scarring as well.

Honey’s antimicrobial benefits are effective for treating sore throats, colds and laryngitis.  Mix it with hot lemon juice and water to coat your throat and larynx.  Its antibacterial properties can help improve digestion, and its high content of natural fructose can relieve constipation and diarrhea.  Just don’t consume too much!

Studies have shown that manuka honey, a medical grade honey with the most active ingredients, kills the bacteria that cause stomach ulcers and is effective in treating acid reflux and heartburn.  Manuka honey comes from a flowering shrub in New Zealand and can be purchased online at

Honey is also high in antioxidants, particularly dark honey from buckwheat, promoting anti-carcinogenic properties.  Due to its natural source of carbohydrates, honey is an energy boost and helps combat muscle fatigue when exercising.

If you have allergies, try eating local honey.  Bees gather the pollen from local plants and the honey produced can help prevent seasonal allergies.

Since honey is gentle on the stomach, some people use it to help cure a hangover.  The fructose speeds up the oxidation of alcohol by the liver.

Honey has the ability to attract water and is good for your skin, even sensitive skin. You can use it as a moisturizing mask for your skin and hair!  And don’t forget the age-old remedy of warm milk and honey before bed for relaxation.

This is a good time of year to buy local honey at Farmer’s Markets.  Shop for raw honey since high heat destroys some of the protective compounds.  The next time you need to treat a wound or a cold, use the honey in your kitchen.  A couple of teaspoons a day of this wonder food will help you maintain optimum good health and fight disease.

Note:  Honey should not be consumed by children under two years of age.

Information compiled from The Doctor’s Book of Food RemediesThe Green Pharmacy by James A. Duke, Ph.D.,