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Cold and Flu natural remedies!

This is the season mostpeople often dread because their immune systems take a beating. Everywhere you go in public people are sneezing without covering their face or using their hands to wipe their faces without washing. Germs spread quickly and if your immune system isn’t prepared for it, your body will get sick.

Here are a few things you can do to help yourself (see disclaimer below as well):

  • Elderberry – It can be made as a tea for daily consumption or you can make an elderberry syrup to take every day. Elderberry boosts the natural immune system in your body. It’s not a cure-all as many people think. In order to reap the most benefit from this herb it is best if introduced into the immune system on a daily basis. During an actual illness, it’s best to increase consumption. Same way you normally take it, just change it to three times a day.
  • Oranges – This is a natural immune booster as well because oranges contain Vitamin C. After you eat the orange, consider drying out the peel and using it in conjunction with elderberry to make the tea or syrup.
  • Rosehips – Another wonderful addition for the Vitamin C team which will help your natural immune system to fight flu and cold season.
  • Cinnamon – Not only does it taste fabulous, but it has a practical side too! Cinnamon is filled with antioxidants which protect your body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. It is also an anti-inflammatory and helps your body fight infections and repair tissue damage.
  • Cardamom – The antioxidant compounds in cardamom may help protect cells from damage and slow down and prevent inflammation in your body. Cardamom may improve breathing by stimulating better oxygen uptake and relaxing air passage to the lungs in humans and animals.
  • Clove – Cloves are low in calories and provide some fiber, manganese, vitamin K and vitamin C. Cloves have been shown to have antimicrobial properties, meaning they can help stop the growth of microorganisms like bacteria.
  • Ginger – Ginger is high in gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Ginger is so popular most people know it helps in curbing nausea which is why so many people use Ginger Ale while sick.
  • Peppermint – Peppermint whether used an essential oil or just suckling on the candy version is an excellent way to open up stuffy noses and clearing your sinuses. If you use the essential oil put one drop in a very hot bowl of water put a towel over your head and lean over the bowl and inhale deeply. Make sure to keep your head at least 12 inches away from the mist and keep your eyes closed so as not to burn yourself.
  • Honey – Honey is another way to help your system get antioxidants. It’s also very effective for soothing a sore throat. If you have experience with allergies it’s also helpful to take one tablespoon of LOCAL honey every day. It must be local to you (usually within 50 miles of where you live) so your system is able to process the local allergens.

You may make yourself a tea made out of any of the ingredients above to taste.  You may also use them to make Elderberry Syrup as well. I do sell the pre-measured herbs on my website for convenience. However, you can buy these ingredients yourself at your local health food store as well.

I hope you’ve found this information helpful!

Blessed Be,
Shelley

DISCLAIMER: For educational purposes only. I am not a medical professional nor do I claim to be one. DO NOT INGEST any of the herbs mentioned if you are allergic to them. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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It’s time for tea!

It’s that time of year where it’s starting to get cold in certain parts of the world, or perhaps you’re coming out of the cold and just love tea anyway. Using natural herbs from your local health food store gives you the option to be creative and make whatever kind of tea you like without having to purchase pre-made tea. My favorite tea during cold/flu season is an Elderberry tea made from the same herbs I use to make Elderberry syrup. (Just as lots more water and you have tea instead of syrup!)

Do you have a French press sitting around but you’re not interested in coffee anymore? (Shocking right?) Or do you just love making big batches of tea?

USE THAT FRENCH PRESS! Or buy one from your local thrifstore.

I bought this one for around $20 and it’s been worth it. The only drawback is that it doesn’t stay hot long enough sometimes but that’s ok! I can just reheat it.

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Journal it!

My witchcraft teacher has us journal every day as part of our journey as a witch. I am late to the game at the age of 49, however I am re-remembering so much each time I do more. I always say to myself “Oh I’ll do it tonight.” And then it never happens. I’m stuck between the belief of the physical written record and how important that is for generations to come and not having the time to actually physically write with a pen and paper. I mean I am getting older and my hand starts to hurt from writing because let’s face it… my hands have some arthritis and I’m at a computer most of the day already anyway, why not just do a digital version instead? Why indeed. I deserve to take a few moments out of each day to see where I was, what I did and how I got to where I am. I deserve to see my hard work.

What does re-remember mean? It means I am getting flashbacks from previous lives when I do certain things. When I am making products to sell on this website, I don’t do it alone. I have spirit guides who come in and sometimes it’s just a clear channeling process. The product is made and if the spirit guide didn’t write down what was done, I have no clue how it got made. I’ve learned though, sometimes that product doesn’t need to be made again. It was a one-time deal. I’m learning to go with the flow.

The more I give in to the process of what I am supposed to be doing in life I realize I am supposed to be writing more. I often think “Who in the world wants to hear what I have to say?” Then I remember I have grandchildren. If nothing else, I choose to believe that one day they would like to know what was going on with Mimi. How did Mimi get to where she was? Their parents are only going to tell my story from their point of view. I want them to know it from my point of view as well. I want them to know how much I love them long after I’m gone from the physical world.

I also want to learn more about myself and that’s what my teacher calls it: Know Thyself. So I am going to continue writing on my personal blog (www.marialeggett.com) and on this one for my business. The two blogs will contain completely different information because they are for two different purposes.

I hope you will join me and learn something as you go <3

Blessed Be,

Shelley

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Elderberry is the talk of the town

With so many people experiencing the flu right now the entire US is finally finding out about more natural methods to prevent the flu and help deal with the symptoms.

Elderberry is making it’s way into the limelight due to its natural anti-viral properties. Health benefits of the elder plant include naturally improving colds, the flu, sinus issues, nerve pain, inflammation, chronic fatigue, allergies, constipation and even cancer. (2) When used within the first 48 hours of onset of symptoms, the extract has actually been found to reduce the duration of the flu with symptoms being relieved on an average of four days earlier. (3) During the 1995 Panama flu epidemic, the government actually employed the use of the elderberry to fight the flu. (Source: https://draxe.com/elderberry/)

The two most common types of elderberries available are the European elderberry (Sambucus nigra) and the American elderberry (Sambucus canadensis). The American elderberry is the wild species often found growing in old fields and meadows. The raw fruit contains a component sambungin which may cause vomiting and severe diarrhea if ingested. The dried fruits are less bitter than fresh.

Here is an easy to make recipe. This is the not same mix as the one I sell, but it will work just as well (For mine, go here: www.lavenderpotions.com/store )

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

INGREDIENTS:

3.5 cups cold water
2 cups organic dried elderberries
1 tablespoon fresh or dried organic ginger root
1 teaspoon organic cinnamon powder or 1 cinnamon stick
1 cup raw honey
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pour water into saucepan and add elderberries, ginger and cinnamon.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 40–45 minutes or until the liquid has reduced by about half.
  4. Remove from heat and mash the berries.
  5. Pour through a strainer or cheesecloth into a glass bowl. If you use a cheesecloth, make sure to squeeze out the juice.
  6. Add honey and stir until well-combined.
  7. Bottle final product in a sterilized glass container.

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.

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Missing those we love

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On a daily basis I am reminded of just how much I am never alone. I am loved by so many souls on the other side. It’s hard some day when you can’t reach out and touch them or hear hear voices. I would love to feel the pat of my Granny’s soft hand or the smell of my Papaw’s pipe smoke just one more time.

Close your eyes, calm your mind. Forget about the day you had, forget about the kids hollering or your spousal argument. Picture peace, happiness, love and whatever vision is a happy place for you. For me it’s a few things and will depend on what I’m trying to do. The sound of the ocean moving and seagulls in the air flying are pure peace to me and bring me harmony. I focus on those things to relax my body and when my body is relaxed, I ask them if they have a message for me. Sometimes I will hear in my mind “I love you” and sometimes they give me an old happy memory. Each person’s experience will differ.

Congratulations you just meditated 🙂

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Clove Essential Oil – so much more than a great smell.

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This has become one of my favorite oils. It has so many properties to it but my fave are the analgesic properties. I use this oil as part of a burn cream mix. I burn my arm regularly on a ceramic curling iron. I’m a klutz!

It must be used with a carrier oil of some type even an unscented lotion if you’re going to use it on your skin.

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Daily Reading for 12-07-2016

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Daily Reading for 12-07-2016

Today I pulled a card from Keepers of the Light oracle cards. I received the Joan of Arc card and how beautiful is this message.

Joan of Arc teaches us to stand up for what we believe in and voice our truth. She’s a wonderful guide for all lightworkers to call upon for help. She will help you realize you do not need to defend your beliefs. You don’t need justification from others to know you are able to stand in your truth, honest and loving. She will help you to focus on being the human your higher self already knows you can be. Share your wisdom. Your story will inspire someone else. Allow your experiences to become teaching lessons and turn them into light and love and healing messages for others.

Just for today: I am a light worker on a mission helping others to heal. I have wisdom to share and love to give. #joanofarc #archangels #dailyreading #lavenderpotions #metaphysical #angelcards #angelintuitve #healingheart #helpfulperson #yoga #meditation #higherconsciousness #highervibration #higherself #loveyourself #loveoneanother

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Are you aligned?

Healer and Seven Chakras

Clearing your chakras will help in more than one way. It will help heal not only your body, but your soul. Open yourself up to the experience. ❤

#chakra #metaphysical #reiki #reikihealing #yoga #meditation #higherconsciousness #highervibration #lavenderpotions #loveyourself #loveoneanother #lavenderpotions

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Daily Reading for 12-06-2016

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Today I pulled a card from the Fairy Tarot card deck. I have an affinity for the fairies! The card I pulled is a Major Arcana card – The Star.

Beautiful and stunning this card shines so bright. Whenever things get tough we have to remember there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. It’s our time to shine. We are the stars of our lives and when we believe in ourselves we are able to share this with others. This is why it’s called moving mountains. We have the ability to remove our own obstacles and in doing so show others the amazing possibilities life has to offer. We will survive. We will thrive. And if you have a difficult moment, remember the beauty which is shining so bright… your inner star, your inner fairy. Nothing can dampen that if you choose to shine.

Just for today: I’m so happy I shine like the star I am! #iamthestar #fairytarot #dailyreading #lavenderpotions #metaphysical #angelcards #angelintuitve #healingheart #yoga #meditation #higherconsciousness #highervibration #higherself #loveyourself #loveoneanother #fairies #fairyology #doreenvirtue #radleighvalentine