Newsletter 3 :: 12/02/2011
Looks like the holiday season is once again upon us. Out with the old and in with the new, or so they say. Along with all the festivities, this time of year also brings cold and flu. I would like to share a wonderful article I found on a few simple homeopathic remedies to ad to your rescue kit for this time of year.
I would also like to take this time to thank all of our loyal customers for your continued support. Hard to believe it has been two years since we opened the doors. Wow ! Talk about time flying by.
In the spirit of the holiday season Merry Christmas to All and a Healthy Happy & Prosperous New Year
Safe, Natural and effective relief from the common cold
Catching a cold is a inevitable, but it's not the end of the world. Right?
Well the constant sneezing, dripping nose, sore throat and tickling cough are
uncomfortable but they're healthy reactions to the invading virus. Does this
knowledge make having a cold more pleasant? I didn't think so.
IF your cold symptoms have got you down, give homeopathy a try. Homeopathy
delivers safe, natural and effective relief for the symptoms associated with
the common cold.
Stock up for the Season
The following remedies are must haves for this cold season.
If you suffer with
violent sneezing fits a dull headache and a tickling cough made worse from cold
air, try Allium Cepa . Nasal discharge irritates your nostrils and your eyes
When you're highly
sensitive to external impressions, such as light and noise and you may need
Hepar Sulph. If you need this remedy you'll also be extremely sensitive to
touch. Now that's sensitive. For instance, if you have a sore throat, it's so sore that you can't
even touch it.
Use Phosphorus if you
experience coughs and colds that always seem to descend into your chest.
Phosphorus is also an important remedy to consider when you have a sore throat,
particularly when talking causes violent tickling in your throat and results in
when your nasal discharge is thick, yellow or greenish and bland. Your nasal
congestion is worse at night, after you lie down, and the blockage alternates
sides. All your symptoms feel worse in a warm room and better in open air. You
have a dry mouth, yet are not thirsty and feel better with gently, continuous motion.
If you need Pulsatilla you could be emotional, sensitive, and cling to your
loved ones looking for attention and sympathy.
Ipecacuanha is a great
remedy for you if your cough is dry, spasmodic and ends in choking and gagging.
If you are suffering
with dry, harsh barking cough due to cold, Spongia Tosta could be your remedy.
The tickling irritation you feel in your chest or throat is relieved by eating
Antimonium Tartaricum is useful if you have a loose rattling and unproductive cough. This is a good remedy to consider if your cough comes
on after exposure to a damp basement or cellar. If you need Antimonium, you're
likely to be irresistibly sleepy and suffer with cold sweats.
Think of Hydrastis Canadensis for increased mucus production. Its useful
when you produce plenty of thick, white or yellow, tenacious nasal discharge.
You may need Hydrastis if you're always sneezing on waking and if your nose
feels sore when breathing. A loose, rattling cough that's caused by ticking in
the larynx is also characteristic of this remedy.
Taking Your Remedy Properly
For best results, it is important that you follow these guidelines when
taking your homeopathic cold remedy.
Dissolve the remedy
under your tongue. Making sure you wait at least 30 minutes before or after
eating or drinking.
Avoid strong flavors
such as coffee or mint while taking homeopathic remedies.
The higher the potency, the more specific you have to be about matching
your symptoms, so choose a low potency such as 30X or 30C
Take one dose of the
remedy every hour for up to three doses. When you feel 50 percent better, stop
taking the remedy and let your body do the rest. If you've taken three doses
and don't feel improvement, stop taking the remedy, as it is probably not the
correct one for you.
If your symptoms
persist or worse, seek the advice of your primary health care provider. Make
sure you get lots of rest, hydrate yourself properly and nourish your body with
good whole foods. Slow down and be good to yourself. Often getting acute
illness such as a cold is our body's way of telling us we need to slow down.
Miso soup is the Japanese version of chicken soup - a combination soul
food and comfort food. It is traditionally eaten at breakfast in Japan as a
daily staple. Miso is a paste made from fermented soybeans, and is full of
antioxidants like vitamin E, as well as protective fatty acids. It's healthful
and delicious, and the Japanese say that the linoleic acid in miso promotes soft
skin. The soybeans miso is made from also contain isoflavones and other elements
that provide protection against some forms of cancer. To preserve these
properties, miso should not be boiled. Add it to a soup after it has been
removed from direct heat.
Food as Medicine
Miso is a particularly valuable food
for vegans. The bacteria in miso synthesize vitamin B12, a difficult nutrient to
obtain from diets that contain no animal products. Miso is a concentrated
protein source, with just one tablespoon containing a full two grams. Miso and
other fermented soy foods may also help lower the risk
of breast cancer; a team of researchers from the University of Alabama at
Birmingham found that laboratory animals whose diets were enhanced with miso had
a lower incidence of breast cancer and a slower growth rate of cancer cells.
Cabbage, in addition to being high in vitamins K and C, is also high in
cholesterol-lowering fiber - the four cups in this recipe provide almost 15
grams of fiber - making this soup a heart-healthy choice.
2 teaspoons expeller-pressed canola oil
3 slices fresh ginger root, thinly
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2 carrots, peeled and thinly
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
4 cups coarsely chopped cabbage
4 tablespoons miso (dark or light, available at natural-food
2 green onions, chopped
1 teaspoon roasted sesame
1. Heat canola oil in large pot. Add ginger and onion. Sauté over medium heat
for 5 minutes and add carrots, celery and cabbage. Stir well.
water, bring to a boil over high heat, then lower heat and simmer covered till
carrots are tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
3. Place miso in
a bowl, add a little of the broth from the soup, and stir into a smooth paste.
Add more broth to thin the mixture, then add the miso to the soup. Let rest for
a few minutes.
4. Serve in bowls with chopped raw scallions and a few
drops of roasted sesame oil. You may wish to remove the sliced ginger before
Nutrients Per Serving
Protein: 3.2 grams
Fat: 5.4 grams
Saturated Fat: 0.7
Monounsat Fat: 2.3 grams
Polyunsat Fat: 2.1 grams
Fiber: 3.3 grams
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Vitamin A: 8,180.3
Vitamin E: 0.8 mg/IU
Vitamin C: 6.5 mg
Magnesium: 19.8 mg