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Swine Flu

I hesitate to post this because I don't care for all the hype the media puts on things like this. But I thought some of you might be interested so I'm going to share a few of my thoughts maybe quote
a couple of "experts" then give you some recipes!

I personally do not like the way the media tends to sensationalize pretty much EVERYTHING! And I REALLY don't like the way Big Pharma always seems to benefit! Did you know the risk here is really low? About 30,000 people die every year of the regular old flu or complications with it. (And yes many of them RECEIVED the flu shot! Something I am NOT a fan of!) So far I think the amount of confirmed cases world wide for Swine Flu are ummmm SEVEN! I'm not trying to devalue life and say it isn't important it of course is! I am just asking you to look at some stats and use a little common sense. Here is what Dr. Mercola has to say.

"Please remember that, despite the fantastic headlines and projections of MILLIONS of deaths, the H5N1 bird flu virus killed a mere 257 people worldwide since late 2003. As unfortunate as those deaths are, 257 deaths worldwide from any disease, over the course of five years, simply does not constitute an emergency worthy of much attention, let alone fear!

Honestly, your risk of being killed by a lightning strike in the last five years was about 2,300 percent higher than your risk of contracting and dying from the bird flu. I'm not kidding! In just one year (2004), more than 1,170 people died from lighting strikes, worldwide.

So please, as the numbers of confirmed swine flu cases are released, keep a level head and don't let fear run away with your brains."

I really think your BEST defense is a strong healthy body with a very strong immune system! How do you make your immune system strong? Well first off you eat healthy and drink lots of good water you get plenty of rest and just basically live the laws of health! Then you DON'T do things that would actually thwart or lower your immune function like taking stimulants and drugs, flu shots, pretty much anything that will block immune function. REFINED SUGAR is a big one. I love to use herbs because they are food and they actually assist the Immune system and help make it stronger instead of weakening it. I believe we should work with our bodies NOT against them!

Here is a quote from Paul Nison!
People's immune systems are declining throughout the world, causing ill health and new outbreaks of viruses like the Swine flu. It is a real concern, but the larger issue should be addressed. We are not as healthy as we could be. Our immune systems are weak and getting weaker. Fear does not help the issue. Someone emailed me the other day and asked what I suggest to help protect against the Swine Flu.

Here they are:

1. Eat healthy
2. Exercise
3. Get enough rest
4. Take four thieves essential oils
5. Don't go to Mexico right now

That sounds simple enough doesn't it? Paul Nison recommends Four Thieves I have the recipe below for both the essential oil and the vinegar! I'm sure both would be excellent to not only help heal the flu if you get it but to actually help keep you and your family from getting it in the first place. I just placed an order with Mountain Rose Herbs (moving picture you can click on and get to on my side bar) for ALL the ingredients to make BOTH!

Also I always have Anti-Plague on hand which is a wonderful formula that I have used a lot and seen it cure all sorts stuff. (I don't know if I have told you this but we have not needed a Doctor in over 10 years!) If you want to know how to make Anti-Plague I have a good friend who is a pro at making it and posted how on her blog you can check that out here!

1 part lavender, dried
1 part sage, dried
1 part thyme, dried
1 part lemon balm (melissa), dried
1 part hyssop, dried
1 part peppermint, dried
1 handful garlic cloves
Raw (unpasteurized), organic apple cider vinegar

• In a glass jar, place all dry ingredients.
• Add raw (unpasteurized), organic apple cider vinegar to cover
• Place jar in a cool place and let sit, at room temperature, for six weeks.
• Strain off herbs and garlic, and decant to a glass bottle or jar with a tight fitting lid.

• Take a teaspoonful several times daily.
• Add to salads either directly or in a salad dressing.
• For personal protection, add a teaspoonful to bath water.
• Use as a topical spray for disinfecting surfaces and/or skin

Get the essential oils I recommend here.  Their Spice for Life is a Four Thieves Type blend that is EXCELLENT!  Or you can make your own!
1 part eucalyptus
1 part rosemary
1 part cinnamon
1 part clove
1 part lemon
Carrier oil (olive, almond, coconut, or your choice)
I put 50 drops of each oil in a 2 oz. bottle and then top it off with the carrier oil.


An alternative recipe:

200 drops Clove Bud Oil
175 drops Lemon Oil
100 drops Cinnamon Oil
75 drops Eucalyptus Oil
50 drops Rosemary

Mix with carrier oil.

• Apply 1-2 drops of Four Thieves on the bottoms of the feet and on the nape of the neck.
• Apply under the arms and on the chest.
• Diffuse for 20 minutes or less at work or at home.

I really hope that this post was informative and helpful! I DO NOT like making decisions based on fear and I hope I helped alleviate some of yours! It's really all about looking at the source of your information and seeing if they have anything to loose or gain. Then you see if the benefits outweigh the risks and then..... well I always pray about it and do what feels right and what works for me and my family!


Emily said...

Amen to that, Sister! Now I shall go and add a link to this from my blog.

Permission to Unwind said...

That's so funny, because my comment was going to be, "Amen sister!" and then I saw that someone else beat me to it. Nevertheless... amen, sister!

Courtney said...

That is great! I whole heartily agree. I was wondering, I want to get into herbs and stuff, how do I get started? I have know idea where to begin.
I just have to tell you since we have started eating like we have had a lot of positive health benefits, our weight is more manageable and my thyroid levels are normal. I am a true believer of eating pure healthy food.
Thank you, you are such an inspiration.

Hey it's Natée said...

Thank you Tammie for you calm, sound logic. I couldn't agree with you more.

Tammie said...

Courtney: If I were you I would probably start with a book called "Dr. Mom's Healthy Living" by Sandra Ellis. I had used herbs a little before I read her book and was open to the idea of natural healing but it wasn't really until after I read her book that I was very inspired! Not long after that I took classes from the School of Natural Healing. But I think the book is the best place to start. You can probably get it on Amazon or her website is www.drmomshealthyliving.com ENJOY!

fitncrafty said...

Thank you for your open perspective!!

I have nominated you for the lemonade stand award! I just love your blog!

Anonymous said...

Tammie, I have a few questions in getting started with this-I'm very excited about it. How many ounces would you say that 100 drop would equal? When ordering from Mountain Herb did you order cinammon leaf or bark essential oil for the cinammon oil? Thanks Kim

Tammie said...

Kim: 100 drops is very very little. A lot of your oils come in 2 ounce bottles that is ummm A LOT more then 100 drops! My best guess is there is probably over 1,000 drops per 2 ounce bottle.

I ordered the Cinnamon Bark because that is what is used most often.

Anonymous said...

I have a question Tammie. I recently got a blood work up. I was told by my doctor that I am very low in my vitamin D. That it is so low I need a prescription. I asked her if there is anything I can do at home to help raise it. She said no, its beyond that point and I need a prescription. So I have been taking the prescription for 2 months now. But what I am wondering is: What I was not eating that made me have the deficency? Or what can I eat that will help my vitamin D levels stay up? Any suggestions would help.

Tammie said...

Anonymous: I think winter, especially where I live will cause most of us to be low in Vitamin D. That is because the SUN is the best source of vitamin D and when it isn't shining well it makes it hard to get enough. I have taken a supplement this winter not really sure if these supplements are absorbed well or not. I do find it funny that for years they were telling us to stay out of the sun or use sun screen because the sun causes cancer. Now we all seem to be vitamin D deficient. Hummmm ;)

I personally think that burning our skin and eating too many toxins can become a breading ground for skin cancer but I really don't think that the SUN causes skin cancer. I think 10-20 minutes of good sun exposure everyday is very good for us and gives us the vitamin D we need!

Tammie said...

Oh by the way you might enjoy Green Smoothie Girls take on it!

Anonymous said...

I work indoors so that probably added to the problem. I think I probably need to go outside more often! Thanks alot for your help. Interesting blog on greensmothiegirl!
Thanks Again!

Courtney said...

I was just doing so research on essential oils- am I correct in that the 4 thieves oil is not okay during pregnancy, but the vinegar is?
Also- how can I find out which herbs are safe during pregnancy and for children under 1 year?

Tammie said...

Courtney: Most things say do not take durring pregnancy. I think it's because it's just safer to say that. My personal opinion has been If it's something I need and I'm pregnant it's better then taking the drug alternative. But if it's not needed I try not to take too many things that I'm not certain about during pregnancy.

I kind of take that same philosophy with my little ones too.