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November 15, 2012

Winter is coming and the best way to stay healthy during cold winter season is to be ready. Below are some recommendations on what to do using all natural remedies and warm socks.

Ginger tea for sore throat.

Ginger Tea Compress for Sore Throat, Colds, or Flu

Ginger Tea Compress for Sore Throat, Colds, or Flu

2 bags of organic Ginger Tea (or 1 Tbs. of grated ginger to strain later) in 1 cup of hot water. Steep 5 minutes and remove ginger. Dip washcloth in tea and wrap throat, place on lungs or chest, sinuses, or eve on stomach for digestive distress. A herbal pack or hot water bottle can be added to keep cloth warm. Dried, powered ginger may be added to warmed castor oil and used as a compress as well. 

Not for people with high blood pressure, who are pregnant, or children under 2 years of age. Check with your healthcare provider if you have any concerns.


Dry salt inhaler

Portable dry salt inhaler

Dry Salt Inhaler to ease respiratory discomfort

Rock salt has been used for centuries around the world to ease respiratory discomfort. A trial involving asthmatic and allergic patients and those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) showed the saltpipe improved symptoms in more than half of them. During a three week period, 25 of the 50 patients were given a placebo pipe and the others a pipe filled with organic, crystal salt. At the end of the trial, 56% of those using the saltpipe had an improvement in lung function compared to 34% on the placebo pipe. Just under 74%

had an improvement in their breathing.” The Daily Mail, Tuesday 26 April 2005

Herbal warmers

Upper body herbal pack

Herbal Packs.


Lavender Eye Cover

Great after staring at computer for 8 hours!

I would like to introduce this wonderful product –Natural Herbal Packs. My Korean Teachers at the Dahn Center use these warmers to help students to relax during meditation. Organic herbal warmers are used to relieve minor muscle pains and aches due to the common cold.

I liked the product so much that I got in touch with the manufacturer and became an authorized distributor of Herbal Packs. I found these particular warmers to be the best fitting, to have the softest fabric and to have the most lasting herbal fragrance on the market. They work wonders on back, shoulder and knee pains; they help you relax and relieve tension; they open up breathing passages – and all naturally. These herbal warmers are a perfect gift for someone special. There are a wide variety of shapes, fabrics and sets available for fast and timely delivery.

Warm Alpaca socks

Alpaca antibacterial socks


Warm non skid socks

Non slip socks

Worm Alpaca Socks

When compared to wearing wool next to the skin, alpaca is very soft and does not itch like wool.Alpaca is one of the softest natural fibers but it can irritate some skin types. Itch is a skin sensitivity issue , determined by an individual‘s composition and is very subjective.  Alpaca is three times as warm as wool if the gauge of  yarn is the same. Alpaca got a lighter weight, thinner yarn strand and thus a thinner fabric. Alpaca contains hollow fibers, which creates a better insulation. Alpaca non slip socks are great every day home socks. I love to wear them instead of slippers.

February 14, 2011

Dress warm in winter

Winter beauty

My research:

What conditions contribute to common cold?
Below are several opinions that make sense to me.
Cold weather
It’s a mix of factors. Cold viruses thrive in cold weather. Cold weather and moving from heated environments to the outside causes drying of mucus membranes, mucus membranes are a first line defense, this usually causes itchy nose and the tendency to “pick” the nose or rub the eyes, introducing more viruses and bacteria.
The common cold virus will not survive in normal body temperatures. So if your body has the cold virus and you are exposed to cold weather, the virus can multiply. Breathing cold air can help the virus to reproduce if it is there. So try to keep your nose warm.
I would also think that if you were outside a lot in the cold, your body would be spending a lot of energy keeping warm, which would probably lower you immune system’s functioning by a bit.
During the flu season of 2005, an experiment was performed to test the idea that being cold can make you sick. 90 people kept their feet in a bowl of ice water for 20 minutes, while a control group of 90 people put their feet in an
empty bowl for 20 minutes. Over the next 5 days, 29% of the group with chilled feet developed cold symptoms, compared to only 9% of the control group.
Professor Eccles explained this effect by saying that our bodies restrict blood flow to the extremities when we get cold to help conserve body heat for the torso and brain, which really need to be warm. Cutting off the blood flow reduces the supply of white blood cells which are the immune system’s primary weapon against germs.
Food. While his explanation makes sense, there may be a more general effect at work. The human body is a machine that accepts fuel in the form of food, and uses that fuel’s energy to keep us warm and to power our immune systems, muscles and brains. However, in frigid conditions our bodies have probably evolved to say “who cares if I might get sick a week later when I’m going to die of hypothermia in half an hour?”
Vitamins. Most immune system stimulants contain vitamin C. During an infection, vitamin C levels in the bloodstream decrease dramatically. Vitamins A, E and the mineral zinc are also necessary for proper immune system function. Other nutrients, such as calcium and magnesium are needed so that the cells of the body can easily absorb vitamin C. In other words, a good daily multi-vitamin, in addition to a well balanced diet, rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains can be good to fight a common cold and for overall good health.
Change of seasons. In the United States, most colds occur during fall and spring. The common cold starts some time in late August or early
September and incidents of cold remain high until March or April, after which they start to decline. Many scientists attribute the spread of common cold to the season as during fall and spring, people tend to spend more time indoors
and the chances of virus spreading from one person to the next increases.
Do as your mother told you and ware a hat in the winter time anyway. Covering your ears and head will at least make you more comfortable when the icy cold wind is whipping around. And you never know–holding in even a mere 7% of your body heat might just make you that much warmer.
Simple steps to follow
•Rapid temperature changes affect your immune system the most.
So dress warm in winter and don’t forget the hat.
•Don’t run your air conditioner too low in summer.
•Healthy life style is critical for strong immune system. Eat right and exercise.
•Don’t drink cold drinks in any season-period. Cold icy drinks kill your stomach.

chicken soup

Hot soup

If you get sick use home remedies. Not ibuprofen. Chicken soup!

Do not take antibiotics as a common cold remedy. There are hundreds of sites offering great home remedies.
In the winter don’t forget to let the fresh air in-open windows each day for a few minutes.
Be well!

February 9, 2011

Cure for cold

Common cold

I stumbled on this article in the Parade magazine and was shocked.

Millions of dollars are spent on a very scientific research. By very scientific people. Like this one.

Dr. Birgit Winther, an otolaryngologist and part of a cold-research team at the University of Virginia, is one of the top experts on the subject. For 30 years, this tidy, petite scientist has studied the untidy subject of sneezes, coughs, and runny noses. She’s the kind of fearless researcher who weighs dirty tissues, harvests mucus from swollen nostrils, and smears it on phones and light switches.

She suggest a few “simple” remedies. Dr. Winther calls drugs “simple remedies”!

Treat the individual symptoms that bother you most,” Winther advises. Her step-by-step plan: At the first sign of symptoms, take ibuprofen to ease sore throat, headache, and malaise. If a stuffy nose is a problem, add an OTC nasal spray. For a runny nose, use a prescription spray (especially useful if you must be around people the first three days of a cold, the most contagious time). Old-style antihistamines, such as Benadryl or Chlor-Trimeton, can also alleviate congestion and sneezes but may make you drowsy


common cold

Tea and honey

Meanwhile the distinguished learned doctors are forgetting about very simple way to prevent cold and to get rid of cold quickly. My grandmother taught me a few tricks.

Like dress warm when it is cold outside! Like several layers of clothes, warm socks and shoes. Don’t forget the gloves. Put the heat on.

Don’t drink cold drinks. Forget the ice cream!

My own advise: stay fit and healthy. Then your immune system will do the job.

But if you get the cold forget the pills!

Hot tea with lemon and honey tastes better than ibuprofen that ruins your liver!

And chicken soup is much better for you and more pleasant than nasal spray.

For a runny nose, use a prescription spray”

Prescription spray? Why don’t you use the spray, doctor and I will get by with facial tissue for a day or two!

Old-style antihistamines, such as Benadryl or Chlor-Trimeton, can also alleviate congestion and sneezes but may make you drowsy”

I honestly would prefer to get drowsy with the help of some good Bourbon!

“Whatever you do, Winther cautions, do not take antibiotics. They kill bacteria, not viruses. Doctors prescribe them more than 40 million times a year, which has led to more lethal, drug-resistant strains of bacteria.”

A agree about the antibiotics

And finally my advise: go to this site and thousands of other sites to get some GOOD advise.


Just use common sense and forget the drugs!

And forget Dr. Birgit Winther!

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