American Indians love Echinacea, one of the greatest natural antibiotics. It symbolises strength and healing. We should use Echinacea Purpurea and Angustifolia as they complement each other wonderfully.
Echinacea is a beautiful garden flower blooming in summer and autumn. Sow the seeds in spring or propagate it by cuttings in winter. Collect flowers and leaves in summer and the roots and rhizomes in autumn but after two years.
Echinacea enhances the immune system and treats common cold and sore throat. It purifies the blood and fights typhoid fever.
It contains glucose, iron, potassium, sulphur, and vitamins A, C, and E.
However, do not take echinacea if you suffer from allergy.
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Egg shells are very rich in calcium and act as an excellent antacid so they alleviate stomach cramps and heal peptic ulcer. Make a shell broth to strengthen your bones.
To heal Cold sore faster, crack an egg and discard the white and Yolk for cooking later; wipe the inside of the shell with your cleaned finger and dab it onto your cold sore; put the empty shell in a small container so it does not dry up and keep it in the fridge; use it few times a day. It works amazingly well.
However, do not take excessive amount as it may cause constipation.
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Elder protects against nasty witches and evil spirits; it brings good luck when inserted in wedding bouquet and symbolises compassion.
Elderberries and elderflowers improve the immune system and reduce coughing and asthma. They also induce sweating, which is very good against common cold; and they treat liver problems and rheumatism. Elder is a gentle laxative and the flowers are sweet and makes nice wine, syrup and liquor. Use it to sweeten your tea. 2 tbsp. for a 1 l teapot.
Elder is a small tree flowering in spring. It likes cool climate, full sun, and a slightly alkaline soil. It is easily propagated by seeds in autumn or softwood cuttings in summer. Do not prune it too much if you want flower and fruit. Collect and dry the flowers and cook the berries.
However, do not infuse it for more than 3 min as it may have annoying effects such as nausea and even irritability for some people. it may also cause and exarcerbate allergy.
Do not eat elderberry raw as they are poisonous. So cook them and do not eat too many.
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Fennel gives strength and courage.
However, fennel, celery and caraway can cause miscarriage and their seeds often make your skin sensitive to sunlight and you may burn more easily. They could cause inflammation and blisters.
It likes full sun and well drained soil. Plant the seeds early spring.
Fennel relieves flatulence and stimulates digestion and boost the liver. It alleviates sore throat and cough; and as eyewash, it is good against conjunctivitis. For people who want to lose weight, the seeds suppress hunger without providing nourishment.
Fennel contains sulphur.
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Fish like tuna, salmon, mackerel, and sardine are very rich in omega 3 fatty acid. They lower triglycerides, increase HDL or good cholesterol, fight rheumatism and arthritis, and improve brain functions.
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