Immunity Boosting Herb-Infused Vinegar

This is an incredibly versatile herb infused vinegar, based on the original recipe made famous by the story of the 4 thieves who, legend has it, during the black plague stole from the dead and dying without getting sick themselves.

The herbs on this blend are all regularly used to help us strengthen our immunity, reduce inflammation and most are amazing at helping you improve digestion and absorption of nutrients.

This vinegar can we used topically, can be used in food or as a remedy. Check out the video here and the recipe / ingredients below the video.

Ingredients

16 oz organic apple cider vinegar
2 tsp of cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

2 teaspoons dried sage leaves
2 teaspoons dried rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon black peppercorn seed, crushed
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 bulb fresh raw garlic cloves, chopped

Directions

  • Fill a large jar with the herbs and then add the organic apple cider vinegar, making sure all herbs are fully covered in the liquid.
  • Stir with a wooden spoon and ensure the herbs are thoroughly saturated with the vinegar.
  • Seal the jar using plastic paper, then add the metal lid to prevent the vinegar from corroding the metal in the lid.
  • Let the mixture marinate for a minimum of 2 weeks (ideally 4 weeks) in a dark place, shaking the jar daily to ensure better extraction.
  • Once done, you can strain all the herbs and store in an amber or dark blue color glass jar and start using your vinegar in salads, in tea blends or topically.

Herbal Tonic for the Cold, Flu, Other Respiratory Illnesses

This powerful tonic can be used by people who are perfectly healthy and trying to stay healthy and those with the cold, the flu and other symptoms.

If you have a fever, aches and pains, and are concerned about getting sicker, this can help shorten your symptoms, reduce inflammation, rest easier and feel better a little sooner.

You can do this with just 5 ingredients:

2 inches of ginger root (boiled in 16 ounces of water)

1 cap full of raw apple cider vinegar

½ lemon juice (freshly cut)

1 dash of cayenne pepper

1 tsp of raw honey (avoid if you’re a vegan)

You can also add a couple of other ingredients, to create a one-two punch of protection:

20 drops of reishi tincture

10 drops of oil of oregano

Take this 12 ounce drink once a day as a protective tonic and 3-4 times a day if you’re fighting a cold, the flu or something else!

How to Make Hand Sanitizer at Home

In light of the continued spread and worldwide struggle with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the CDC’s directive to practice social distancing and other guidelines, many of you have asked if alternative practices like herbal medicine can help add an extra layer of protection to your health and immunity.

In the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing with my community simple herbal and other home-made remedies to help you stay strong and supporter through this world-wide pandemic.

In this post, I’ll show you how to make WHO and CDC approved hand sanitizer at home with just 4 ingredients.

I tried it at home and showed you the process here.

Here is the mix/recipe:

4 ounces of isopropyl alcohol (91% or above)

1/2 tsp of glycerol or glycerin

1/2 tsp of hydrogen peroxide

1 ounce of water (boil the water, let it cool)

5 drops of tea tree oil

5 drops of lavender

*Add to a clean, empty bottle with a spray cap

Coronavirus: Can Herbal Medicine Help Protect You?

The coronavirus is wreaking havoc around the world, not just in the health of people but in our psyche and in the world economy as a whole. We don’t know as much as we’d like to about this virus and that is one of the reasons for the type of panic we’re seeing. If you don’t know an enemy, how do you fight it, right? In my practice as an herbalist, I’ve had a dozen people ask me if I could recommend botanicals that can protect them from getting the coronavirus. Check out my answer and my recommendations here:
Practical recommendations from the US Federal Government: coronavirus.gov In addition, please make sure to check for symptoms, like:
  1. fever
  2. dry cough
  3. shortness of breath – less common
In Herbal Medicine we take a 3-step approach: 1 – Prevention 2 – Lessening of symptoms 3 – Strengthening the immunity The Botanical/Herbal recommendations for prevent and protect your respiratory and immune systems include: Respiratory:
  1. garlic
  2. elderberry
  3. plantain leaf
  4. echinacea
  5. thyme
Immune System:
  1. reishi/chaga mushrooms
  2. oil of oregano
  3. tea tree
  4. ginger
  5. eucalyptus

How To Improve Memory with Herbal Blends

How’s your memory? Do you forget people’s names, can’t remember if you turned the stove off, forgot the wallet yet again!?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Memory decline can happen at any time in our lives, and for a variety of reasons. Your memory and brain work like the memory in your computer. Lots of information is taken in first, then connections are formed.

Your brain then creates specialized messages that are stored as memories in the appropriate “place,” so you can access them later. Stress, chemical changes, poor diet, lack of sleep, age all affect your ability access those “places” and remember things.

So, how to get those brain areas to work more efficiently so you can remember things better? Well, with my trusted herbal blends, of course! Here are 3 of my favorites:

REMEDY NO 1: GINSENG

-stimulates nervous system

-increases concentration

-reduces mental fatigue

INFUSION

1 tsp, 1 cup of water

1x / day

4 weeks

REMEDY NO 2: SALVIA

-antioxidant activity

-improves brain activity

-improves memory

INFUSION

2 tbsp, 1 cup of water

1-2x/day

daily

REMEDY NO #: GINGKO BILOBA

-improves blood flow

-blocks free radicals

-activates the brain

INFUSION

2 Tbsp, 1 cup of water

1-2x/day

Foods and Herbs To Help Manage Earaches

These alternative remedies can be administered alongside necessary antibiotics as additional synergistic treatment.

Try one of the following 3 remedies, ideally one at a time. Check out the video below and the instructions in writing below the video:

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Remedy No 1: ECHINACEA

-stimulate white blood cells

-has antibiotic effects

*How To Do It?

Add 2-3 drops of tincture into each ear 2-3 times per day

Remedy No 2: Onion

-antibacterial and antibiotic

-antifungal

-reduces swelling

*How To Do it?

Cut 1/3 of the onion and place it directly over the ear. Hold it in place with a cloth bandage for 15 mins. Add a hot pack over the onion to release the oils into the ear.

Remedy No 3: Tea Tree

-antifungal, antiviral

– can shorten the duration

-relieves pain

*How To Do It?

Mix 1 tsp of coconut oil and 1-2 drops of tea tree. Put it gently into the effected ear.

Change the cotton ball 2-3 times per day.

What have been your tried and true earache remedies? Let me know in the comments below the video.

Upset Tummy Be Gone | How To Soothe Your Tummy

We’ve all been there: a squeezy feeling in the pit of your stomach, and gas bubble that feels trapped and causing pain, a bloated stomach that makes you look 4 months pregnant (even the boys), the funny butterflies that are neither cute nor sexy.


What to do? If you’re feeling that combination of physical discomfort and emotional stress that manifests in discomfort, pain and distention on the belly, I got some herbal blends for you! Check out the video blog and the written list below the video!

Here are some of my favorite tummy soothers:

1. CHAMOMILE

-aromatic and carminative bitter

-loved by kids & elders alike

-great for occasional gas and bloating

-relieves nausea and occasional heartburn

2. GINGER

-warming carminative

-soothes upset stomach and nausea

-supports sluggish digestion

-rekindles digestive fire and reduces gas/bloating

3. PEPPERMINT

-cooling carminative

-smooth muscle of the digestive tract

-soothes the nerves & a nervous stomach

4. BURDOCK

-bitter stimulant

-maintains healthy gut flora

-keeps microbiome in balance

-stimulates digestive secretions

Dark Spot Corrector Trick

Struggling with dark spots on your face, shoulders, arms and back? This is a soothing and repairing remedy for people with dark spots due to hyperpigmentation caused by acne or small skin injuries.

This remedy also works great for those dark spots caused by shaving in the face, legs and bikini area.

Check out the video and written instructions below the video:

INGREDIENTS
Aloe Vera

Cinnamon powder

Lemon juice

Method:
1. In a bowl, add aloe Use fresh aloe for better results
2. Add in cinnamon and lemon juice and mix well.
3. Using a Q-tip, apply on acne scars and dark spots. Keep it overnight.

Note: Use nightly for a month
**Caution- DO NOT apply on inflamed, broken skin. Patch test before use.

Back Acne Herbal Blend

Struggling with back or body acne? Back acne is one of the most annoying skin conditions: most of us don’t notice until it’s become aggressive, it tends to be stubborn to treat, can leave long-term scars and make you feel less confident in your appearance.

Luckily, I’ve been using and recommending a remedy, so simple and accessible, you’re going to wonder why it isn’t more widely known. It just uses 3 ingredients that you can easily find your local markets and can be used as often as needed.

Check out the video below and of course the ingredients and process below the video:

INGREDIENTS

2 TBSP of green tea leaves

3 TBSP Epson salt

10 drops of tea tree oil

Method: Acne bath remedy – 
Mix together equal quantities of green tea and epsom salts, add in few drops of tea tree oil in it. Store it in a jar and use 2 tablespoons of this in your bath tub every time you soak. Wash your face too with it while you soak. 

Magnesium Foot Spray for Insomnia

Struggling with sleepless, achy nights? Maybe you wake up in the middle of the night with cramps? Or perhaps you just can’t wind down after an overwhelming day?

This super easy DIY Magnesium Spray is a perfect compliment to your evening routine. Including lavender and magnesium, fight muscle cramps, exhaustion, spasms, fatigue and insomnia with this super easy remedy. RECIPE BELOW!

INGREDIENTS

½ cup coconut oil

1 cap of magnesium

10 drops lavender oil

HOW TO:

In a jar, add magnesium and coconut oil. Stir.

Add in lavender oil and mix again. Pour the solution in a spray bottle.

Spray it on your feet before bedtime. Massage and wear socks.

Herbal Ideas for Hyperactive Children

Children around the world seem to be getting diagnosed more and more with hyperactivity and impulsivity. It’s estimated that 6.4 million children have been diagnosed with ADHD in the U.S. With that diagnosis, often comes medication, but is there perhaps a natural option you can try first?

Some of the symptoms of ADHD and anxiety can be also seen in perfectly healthy children. Issues like acting out, Difficulty focusing, aggression, withdrawn attitude or academic struggles can be attributed to changes in the environment, diet or even lifestyle changes (like changing schools or a divorce in the family).

While parents should always, always, always consult their pediatrician when these and other symptoms arise, they can also help manage these with lifestyle changes like exercise, better eating habits, sufficient sleep, or even less screen time.

In addition, there are also safe and effective natural options to help with hyperactivity. It’s important to note, before giving any herbs or supplements to your child, be sure to discuss potential risks and benefits with your child’s doctor.

Here are the herbal ideas to consider:

1. Magnesium

Magnesium is incredibly important to overall health. It regulates sleep and can improve overall mood, it’s no wonder many ADHD children are found to be deficient in this mineral. Low levels of magnesium can cause irritability, short attention spans, and confusion. A magnesium supplement or a magnesium rich diet can be helpful for hyperactive children.

2. Ginkgo Biloba

This herb is known for it’s memory boosting capabilities and improving the ability to focus. Ginkgo biloba can also lower anxiety and help with depression. Children with hyperactivity or ADHD might find taking gingko biloba helps clear “brain fog” and focus on projects or school work more easily.

3. Ginseng

Another herb you’ve probably heard of is ginseng. It increases memory, concentration, and alertness, all of which can help someone diagnosed with ADHD. Gingsenosides are the key active ingredient that make ginseng such a beneficial natural remedy.

4. Gotu Kola

Also know as penny wort, this herb helps with depression while improving memory. It’s also helpful for alleviating the restlessness that’s common in ADHD and hyperactive kids. Gotu Kola can help combat short attention spans, anxiety, and depression as well.

5. Chamomile

Another herbal remedy commonly taken in tea form is chamomile. It’s a natural relaxant and is a gentle option. It can also aid in better sleep if taken before bed.

6. Valerian Root

This can be used as an effective sedative or sleep aid, but is not habit forming. Children need upwards of ten hours of sleep each night, and adequate sleep is helpful in lessoning the symptoms of ADHD. Valerian root has been used to treat insomnia and genuinely leads to better quality sleep. You can find this root in a powder form or as a tea.

7. Catnip

Although catnip may cause you pet to behave widely, it’s another relaxant and sleep aid when it comes to hyperactivity. It’s safe for children and can lesson anxiety, nervousness, and insomnia. Steep catnip in a tea alone or combine it with chamomile and lime blossom for a relaxing blend.

8. Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is both antiviral and antibacterial. Just like the herbs mentioned above, it can be used to calm nerves. This can help to lessen fidgeting and other symptoms of hyperactivity or impulsivity.

9. Avena (wild oats)

Oats have a number of uses, and treating hyperactivity is one of them. Hyperactivity is a form of stress, and avena sativa can help to reduce stress and anxiety, lessoning behavioral symptoms of AHDS or hyperactivity.

Improve Menstrual Cramps

Each month, the lining of a woman’s uterus produces chemicals called prostaglandins, which help the muscles of the uterus to contract and expel tissue and fluids during menstruation.

If the levels of prostaglandins rise a lot, they cause strong contractions of the uterine muscle which are called pains, menstrual cramps or dysmenorrhea.

In addition to menstrual cramps, other discomforts may occur such as:

– Pain that radiates to the lower part of the spine and to the thighs.

– Headache

– Vomiting

– Cramps

– Fatigue, etc.

Herbs and blends to fight pain or menstrual cramps

Remedy for menstrual colic #1: Boil, for 10 minutes, 1 tablespoon of calendula and another one of lemon balm in 1/2 liter of water. After that time, remove from heat, cover and let cool. Take this infusion throughout the day.

Remedy for menstrual colic #2: Pour 2 tablespoons of cinnamon in a cup of water that is boiling. Cover and let stand. Take 3 cups of this infusion daily. It is important that this infusion is very hot (but not burned) for ingestion.

Remedy for menstrual colic #3: Pour 1 tablespoon of licorice and another of chamomile in a cup of water that is boiling. Cover and let stand. Take, still hot (but not burning) to feel the first manifestations of pain.

Remedy for menstrual colic #4; Take a mineral bath. To do this, add 1 cup of sea salt and another of sodium bicarbonate to the bath water. Immerse for 20 minutes. This bath helps to relax the muscles and relieve abdominal pain.

Remedy for menstrual colic #5: Crampbark and red raspberry blend. This is my favorite. I take them in tincture or tea.

Get Rid Of Canker Sores

The inside of the mouth is lined with a delicate mucus. Canker sores or aphthous ulcers are a type of sore that occur in said mucosa, and they differ from cold sores because they are not caused by the herpes virus. Also, its appearance is different.

They can be very painful and cause discomfort when talking and eating. They appear on the inner side of the cheeks, the inner part of the lips, the base of the gums and the lower and upper part of the tongue, but they even form in the upper part of the mouth and the area near the tonsils.

But guess what? They are preventable and easy to manage.

Here are my 6 top remedies for this pesky condition:

6 Home remedies for canker sores.

Sage rinse

  • 1 cup and pour over boiling water
  • Let it sit for at least 20 minutes
  • Use only cold liquid as a mouthwash 2x per day

Infusion (tea) of marshmallow and chamomile

  • use ½ teaspoon of each herb per cup
  • steep for 5-10 mins
  • Use cold as a mouthwash and gargle for several seconds 2x per day

Tea Infusion of 2 herbs: Lemon Balm and St John’s Wort

  • use ½ teaspoon of each herb per cup
  • steep for 5-10 mins
  • Use cold as a mouthwash and gargle for several seconds 2x per day

Chamomile tea

  • 2 teaspoons of dried flowers in 1 cup with boiling water,
  • Let stand to cool and rinse your mouth with the liquid 2x per day

Herbal tinctures

  • Use tinctures of Echinacea root
  • Pour 10 drops into a glass of warm water and rinse your mouth
  • Repeat 2x per day

Infusion with mint

  • use 1 teaspoon of fresh mind per cup
  • steep for 5-10 mins
  • Use cold as a mouthwash and gargle for several seconds 2x per day

Wellness Plan for Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an uncomfortable autoimmune disorder that causes your skin to overproduce cells and build them into scaly-looking patches across the skin. It is often accompanied by redness and inflammation and can be itchy or painful when a flare-up happens.

Western medicine is not clear about what causes psoriasis. In the word of alternative treatment, it is believed that a weakened immunity, unhealthy gut and poor nutrition can increase the chances of developing or exacerbating this condition.

So, what can you do if you struggle with psoriasis?

Readjusting your diet should be step no 1. Visit your doctor, nutritionist or herbalist (like myself) to help you learn how to change your diet to help improve your condition.

If you want to try some natural remedies and herbal remedies, I have seen good success with the remedies featured on today’s video

Oregon
Graperoot  
500 mg Take 3x / day for severe psoriasis
Probiotics   2 caps /
day
On an empty stomach, either first thing in the AM or last thing in the PM
Digestive
Enzymes
1 cap Take one capsule with each meal of the day
Organic
Coconut oil
On skin Use daily to moisturize your skin

Herbal Plan For Dry Persistent Cough

I’ve had a cough for 8 straight weeks! Got a cold 2 months ago and the silly cough stayed and stayed. 8 weeks later, I was freaking out, not knowing what could possibly be causing this crazy cough. So yet again, I paid attention to foods that can be aggravating and creating the wrong internal environment, while using some awesome herbal and home remedies. Within 7 days, the cough was gone!

Check out the video and tips in writing below!

Dietary guidelines:

  • Reduce dairy, white food and sugar. Essentially, anything that cause phlegm!
  • Drink a TON of water

Remedies include:

  1. Gargles of warm water and salt
  2. Eucalyptus essential oil on your chest
  3. Use a steamer or humidifier in the evening
  4. Nasya oil for the nose
  5. Thyme tea
  6. Marshmallow root powder tea

Important Reminder: Any cough that lingers longer than 8 weeks should be revised by a specialist. In my case, I went to my acupuncturist who recommended me some herbs and that helped out as well!

About Jovanka

Jovanka Ciares is a former entertainment executive turned Wellness expert, detox specialist, nutrition educator and author. She is the creator of the Wellness Smackdown™, a proprietary detox and weight loss program for natural weight loss which was featured on the first season of ABC’s “My Diet Is Better Than Yours”...

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