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Dr. Bonnie Travis, DC / Herbalist
Dr. Bonnie Travis
Chiropractor /Herbalist

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Cold and Flu Season is upon us

echinacea

Boost Your Immune System with the Power of Herbs. Ginseng and echinacea, have been considered for centuries to be sacred herbs, and capable of warding off disease. These plant roots continue to be regarded as a source of healing power.

A recent study evaluated the ability of echinacea and ginseng to improve immune function in 60 patients suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Blood samples were taken from three patient groups (20 patients with CFS, 20 with AIDS, and 20 healthy volunteers) given concentrations of echinacea and ginseng, and the results compared.

Results showed that both herbal extracts increased the immune response in all three patient groups, whether taken alone or in combination. These findings provide further evidence of the ability of echinacea and ginseng to help the body defend against infection and disease.

One of the best ways to build and keep your immune system at its peek is to eat right and exercise. Eating with the season is a good way to start. For instance, eating more solid and root vegetables as soups and eating other warming foods, and not eating cold foods such as cold salads.

Making your own herbal remedies BEFORE you need them is a way to be prepared.

Recipe 1: Echinacea extract – place 1 or more ounces of organic dried Echinacea root in a wide-mouthed jar with enough vodka to cover. Usually the ratio is 1 part herb to 4 parts liquid.
Place a wax paper barrier between the lid and the jar and close tightly, let it stand for 4 weeks, shaking a few times per day.

Press and strain it through an unbleached muslin or cotton cloth and store in a cool, dark place for later use.
Pour 1, 2 or 4 oz in an amber dropper bottle for convenient use.

Uses: at the first signs of colds, flu, fevers and infections.
Dose: take one (1) dropper of your extract 3 times per day.


Recipe 2: Oil of Garlic – 8 oz of peeled and minced garlic cloves in a wide-mouthed jar with enough olive oil to cover them.

Place a wax paper barrier between the lid and the jar and close tightly, let it stand for 3 days, shaking a few times per day.

Press and strain it through an unbleached muslin or cotton cloth and store in a cool place for use.
Uses: for colds, flues fevers and infections take one (1) teaspoon of the oil every
hour.

For earaches place 1-2 drops for children and 3-5 drops for adults in affected ear and
place some cotton in ear to hold it in.

Recipe 3: Garlic syrup – 1 pound of peeled, minced garlic in a wide-mouthed 2 quart jar. Place equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and distilled water leaving 1 inch head space at the top of the jar.
Cover with wax paper barrier between the lid and the jar and let sit in a warm place for four (4) days. Shake a few times every day.

Add one cup of glycerin and let it stand another day.
Then strain through muslin or linen cloth.
Add one (1) cup of honey and stir until thoroughly mixed
Store in a cool place.

Uses: for coughs, colds, sore throats, bronchial congestion, high or low blood
pressure, heart weakness and nervous disorders.
Dose: take one (1) tablespoon of the syrup three (3) times per day before meals.

Recipe 4: Oxymel – Any antimicrobial herb mixed with vinegar and honey
Mix herbs - (beebalm, rosemary, oregano and or thyme) chopped up or crushed.
Fill a wide mouthed jar with herb(s) so that you have about 1 inch head space at the top of the jar.
Add 1/3 honey to 2/3 with apple cider vinegar

Cover with wax paper barrier between the lid and the jar and let sit in a warm place for 2-4 weeks. Shake a few times every day.
Then strain through muslin or linen cloth.
Store in a cool place.

Uses: for coughs, colds, sore throats, bronchial congestion
Dose: take one (1) tablespoon as needed.

You can also use Recipes 3 and 4 as a salad dressing or a marinade for meat.

Also – Products (and more) for the immune system are available on my website or from my office:

Vi-Bac – combining 9 antiviral and antibacterial herbs, plus apple cider vinegar and honey

Echinacea extract

Immu boost formula – a powerful combination of 8 herbs that help to boost the immune system

Bronc Buster – lung tonic using 5 supportive herbs.

If you are interested in learning more about how to make your own herbal medicines, please contact me. I am collected names now for a class starting soon.

If you have any questions that you would like me to address in this newsletter, please email them to me at
drbontravis@gmail.com.

My Chiropractic and Product Website: www.BonnieTravisDC.com

My Herbal Product Website www.ArnicaFlower.com

Dedicating herself to the total health and well-being of each individual patient
, Dr. Bonnie Travis offers primary health care services through modern Chiropractic healing methods.

Techniques include: gentle and non-force according to the individual patient's needs. Services include spinal manipulation, physical therapy modalities, diet, nutritional, herbal and hormonal counseling.



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