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Elderberry for Flu and Cold Symptoms

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Elderberry has been used for centuries for multiple purposes, such as to treat wounds or respiratory illnesses like colds. Elder is a shrub or tree and the medicinal parts that are used are the flowers and berries. Studies indicate that the chemicals in elder flower and berries may decrease the swelling in mucous membranes, which in turn, alleviates nasal congestion. There is evidence that suggests that taking elderberry extract, which is called Sambucol, could shorten the amount of time you have the a major cold or flu by 3 days. Sambucol contains herbs and vitamin C in addition to the elderberry, so research does not show if Elderberry by itself could do the same. There is also evidence that suggests a lozenge with Sambucol helped lessen symptoms of a major cold or flu if taken within 24 hours after the symptoms began. There are many forms of elderberry available, like syrup, capsule, and tincture. With the change of seasons going on you might want to consider elderberry for yourself and even your children. As with all supplements, they are considered drugs and you should consult with with your physician and pharmacist for drug interactions.


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Essential Oils Can be Used for Healing?

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Nowadays, essential oils are mainly used for their beautiful scents, but many don’t know they can be used for other purposes. They have properties that can help heal you mentally, physically and emotionally. The following is a list of some essential oils and their use:

  1. Tea Tree Oil: It is distilled from a plant called Melaleuca Alternifolia. This essential oil can be used topically for acne or fungus and has great results.
  2. Lavender: It can be used for relaxation purposes. A few drops of this essential oil can help significantly lower the level of stress hormones produced by your body. You may also use it to reduce the appearance of skin irritation, bruises, and cuts.
  3. Peppermint: This essential oil has many properties and can be taken internally. Studies show simply inhaling peppermint oil can increase mental accuracy by 28%. It also helps to cleanse and stimulate the mind, increase alertness, and can help with indigestion.
  4. Frankincense: Not only can it be used to help you relax, but it also helps fight depression and inflammation, and promotes immunity.
  5. Oregano: Has antibacterial properties that help fight the flu and other illnesses. It can be used topically.
  6. Lemon: This essential oil is great for acne, increasing concentration and even get rid of fleas on your pets.
  7. Eucalyptus: This oil should never be used topically (unless diluted) or ingested. It has antibacterial properties that promote a stronger immune system, helps relieve muscle soreness, and can clear up congested nostrils.

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