Elderberry Benefits

For anyone feeling sluggish or a bit “off the mark,” here’s a quick pick-me-up guaranteed to make you feel better. The combination of Elderberry and Vitamin C is a great way to start any day.

Elderberries are small black or blue-black berries from a species of shrubs and small trees. Elderberry was originally used in traditional Native American communities to treat fever and rheumatism. In Europe, Elderberry has been used for centuries for its health-promoting effects. Elderberries are known to have powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. These properties promote vascular health and suggest they reduce cardiovascular disease. Elderberry liquid concentrate is available in most health food stores, such as Food For Thought (here in Wichita), or Whole Foods (located in most larger cities).

The main reason I use Elderberry concentrate is because of its antiviral properties and extracts that are reported to ward off colds and influenza. Combining Elderberry with Vitamin C helps strengthen the immune system, which keeps me healthy and feeling good year-round.

After eating breakfast in the morning, combine about one-half cup of water, two teaspoons of liquid Elderberry Concentrate, and one teaspoon liquid Vitamin C. The Elderberry is a bit bitter and the Vitamin C is extremely sweet… so they work well together and don’t taste too bad when combined.

The benefits you’ll receive are a strengthened immune system, which results in renewed energy, allergy control, less chance of catching a cold, and regularity. This Elderberry mix is a great way to start the day to keep you thinking clearly and going strong the whole day through.

Strive to be healthy!

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Vinegar: No Longer Only For Cooking and Cleaning

I am a rare individual who suffers from recurring shingles due to a weakened immune system. Most people will have shingles once or twice in their lifetime, but I guess I had to be different… I will experience a shingles breakout sometimes as often as once a month.

Shingles is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the virus that causes chickenpox. After you get chickenpox, the virus remains inactive, or dormant, in certain nerves in the body. Years later when the virus becomes active again, it presents itself as shingles. Once a shingles breakout occurs, the cycle will last from 5 to 7 days.

For years, I tried everything to help with the pain, itching, and discomfort. My doctor prescribed medication, creams, and ointments, but nothing seemed to give me relief. Until… you guessed it… vinegar. Okay, let me explain how vinegar even became a consideration.

Last summer, my husband had a common condition called folliculitis. He spent so much time out in the heat, he experienced inflammation of the hair follicles on his chest. After trying the usual remedies with no success, he searched the internet for holistic cures. He found that vinegar is a powerful antibacterial and proceeded to rub it on his chest. I resisted the urge to add oil, salt, and pepper and began to monitor his progress. The vinegar worked beautifully. As I thought about the impact vinegar had on folliculitis, I wondered what it would do for shingles since they are both skin rashes.

Shingles are a funny thing because I will begin to have symptoms prior to the virus actually breaking out on my skin. I will know a day ahead of time that they are on the way. My skin will tingle, burn, and feel generally irritated in the area where the breakout plans to rear its ugly head.

Three times now I have applied vinegar to this area of discomfort prior to breakout. Again, keep in mind, this is prior to the shingles full-blown eruption to the surface or blistering. All three times, the breakout was reduced to a small red dot that never blistered, itched, or caused pain. Once again I found an unexpected miracle in a common household product.

Vinegar is no longer only for cooking and cleaning…

Strive to be healthy!

Restless Leg Syndrome Defeated…

Those who struggle with Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) need no definition or description of the condition. But, for others who are not exactly sure what it is or are curious about symptoms, please read on:

RLS is a strange condition typically described as a tingling, aching, or burning sensation in the thighs and calves when lying down, causing involuntary movement of the legs. RLS is not a major illness, but is uncomfortable and can lead to other issues because of lack of sleep.

Several years ago, I thought RLS was a fact of life I had to accept and had no control over. I never thought of it as a medical condition… just an annoyance leading to insomnia and frustration. Very often I felt sluggish and irritable during the day because of the interrupted sleep during the night.

When I began addressing my health issues, I had appointments at Innerworks Holistic Health Center on a regular basis. While discussing my lack of energy and general fatigue, I mentioned losing sleep due to RLS. The health care worker shared a simple remedy I believe was a major turning point in my health care routine. I was told to drink a 4-ounce glass of mineral water within 5 to 10 minutes of going to bed each night. I know… you think this is crazy and question whether it will work, but if you suffer from RLS, I urge you to give it a try. Again, you must drink at least four ounces and it must be within a few minutes of turning out the light to go to sleep.

I have no medical training, so am not able to give you the technical “how or why” this works. I only know it does work for me and I use it on a regular basis. So, join me in drinking mineral water before bed and enjoying a good night’s sleep, free of RLS.

Strive to be healthy!

Healthy vs Healthful

Friends have already asked me why this blog is titled “Healthful Tips and Remedies” instead of healthy tips. It’s easy to understand the difference when you see how the two words are used. People and creatures are healthy, and things we do or use are healthful. In other words, something that is good for me is healthful… such as food, sleep, exercise, my lifestyle. And doing these things and eating right will make me healthy.

Strive to be healthy!