Herbal medicine cabinet

Maybe you like the idea of being healthy but you just don’t know what else to use when you are sick.  So many of us who grew up with over the counter medicine grab for the familiar when we are under the weather.  Often we don’t take time to read the warning on the medicine.  We assume that if it is in the store it is safe.  But what if a natural product produced the same results without side effects.  I think we all would agree that is preferable.   Alfalfa for example is a great decongestant.  So instead of grabbing Benadryl, I will take a handful for Alfalfa.  I have been so conditioned toward medicine it seems like a miracle every time it works!!

Below is a list of many alternative options for common health concerns.  We all want to do the right thing.  And if we have children we want to do our best for them.  So I hope you find the below list helpful.  Most of the products mentioned below can be found at http://www.shaklee.net/bethd

Building a Shaklee Herbal Medicine Cabinet

Sources: Sherrie Attila, Dave Mulvain, and Gemma Gorham, M.P.H..

(This information is specific to Shaklee supplements.  Amounts will not be specific to other brands)

What is an herb?  Of plant origin whose leaves or stems are used for medicine, seasoning, food or perfume.

Stuffy Noses and Cough

Smash:  5 Alfalfa and 1 Zinc

For Infant or Young Child:  Mix it with tepid (lukewarm) water and pure maple syrup,

put in eye-dropper (like a tea formula)

For Older Child:  Add 1 to 2 NutriFeron.  Mix with applesauce, preferably organic.

Give two to three times a day for a couple days to break up the mucous

For Adults:  5 Alfalfa, 1 Zinc and 2 NutriFeron

Cough: Liquid Lea and chewable Vitamin C

Diarrhea/ Vomiting

NutriFeron

Most powerful front line of defense for the immune system

Safe, natural immune stimulant

Can be crushed or taken as a pill

Stomach Soothing Complex

Great for upset stomachs and even after vomiting stops

Make into a tea or put in 1 Tbsp applesauce

Performance  – Orange or Lemon Lime

Great for preventing dehydration

Mix with tepid water and encourage child to take small sips

Optiflora

Taken for a healthy intestinal track

Recommended as a daily supplement

For Infant:  soak in water and mix with rice cereal

Zinc

Great for severe diarrhea

For children up to one year- take ½ tablet

Increase 5 mg. for every age until you reach 2 tablets total

Fever (can be due to stomach flu, ear ache, sore throat)

Reference:  How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of your Doctor by Dr. Mendelson

Sore throat

Take garlic at the onset of a sore throat, scratchy throat or viral pneumonia

Garlic is known as nature’s antibiotic

One mg of allicin (a component of garlic) has the potency of 15 standard units of penicillin

Garlic is effective against toxic bacteria, viruses, and fungus

For children:  take one garlic, 3 times per day (Crush 2 alfalfa with 3 garlic to help prevent upset stomach)

For adults:  take 9-12 garlic per day to achieve antibiotic effects

For Nursing Moms:  if you take the garlic and alfalfa, it will get to the baby through the milk.  It is also encouraged that you take EZ-Gest, an enzyme that will help break down the garlic for the stomach and the breast milk

For Non-Nursing Moms:  Crush garlic capsule and pour it in baby’s sock and leave in overnight (1 capsule per sock)

Additional Ideas: Mashed potatoes w/ crushed garlic, hummus w/ added garlic, onion soup w/ added garlic, etc.

Chewable C for sore throat.  Feels good on throat.  Gets into the blood quicker if you chew it.

Viruses

Take Shaklee DR (Defend & Resist)

Contains Echinacea, elderberry, larch tree, and zinc

Provides a short term boost to the immune system

Take 7 days on, 3 days off – not to be taken long term

DOSAGE:

6 months old –  ½ capsule once/day

1 year– 1 tablet, increase one tablet per year up

to age 6, totaling six tablets/day

Adult – 6 tablets/day

Helps to stop reproduction of the virus

Other Uses:  Suck on it or crush it up and make into a tea

Reduces the amount of time it takes for your body to heal

NutriFeron

1.  Promotes natural interferon production

2.  Dosage:

1 year old – 1 tablet/day

Older children and adults – 2 tablets/day

Ear Ache

Take NutriFeron, Garlic, Vitamin C, DR (Defend and Resist) and alfalfa 3 times per day (see recommended dosages in above notes)

Onion juice- 2 drops in each ear

Peel onion and put in blender

Strain the mush off and put juice in a small bottle.

Onion juice needs to be tepid, not cold, before putting in the ear

Headaches -Alternative to Over-the-Counter Drugs

Options:

Adults – 5 Calcium, 6 garlic, 3 Pain Relief Complex

Children – 3-4 chew. Calcium, 3 smashed garlic, 1 Pain Relief Complex

Other Helpful Products

Gentle Sleep Complex

Use when a child has a hard time getting to sleep

Put in eye dropper or tea

Herb used as a natural calming agent

Especially good for traveling or when schedule is changed (i.e. company visiting)

EZ-Gest

Complete complex that breaks down dairy, legumes, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats

For lactose intolerance

Also use when introducing new foods – Mix ½ capsule in applesauce

HerbLax

For constipation

Especially for traveling

Take with GLA, increased water, and increased fiber

Immunity Formula I

Immune stimulating product that stimulates cells to produce antibodies

Taken when you are extremely ill

If Nursing, the mother can take a maximum of 4 per day to help stimulate the immune system

For Younger Children, prick the capsule and squeeze into applesauce and liquid of Formula I

Daily Plan

Goal:  To help build your family’s health when they are NOT sick

NutriFeron – This herbal formulation is key for any wellness program.

Optiflora– Prebiotic and Probiotic– a healthy digestive tract is the basis of all health.  It is the first line of defense.

Vita-Lea  or Ocean Wonders– Kid’s Vita Lea contains xylitol, a sweetener that helps prevent tooth decay and may help prevent ear infections (Finnish Study)

Vitamin C – Sustained Release or chewable

Calcium – chewable or swallow

Protein drink– used for energy w/out raising insulin, contains amino acids, the

Building blocks of all cells

Building a Shaklee Herbal Medicine Cabinet

Sources: Sherrie Attila, Dave Mulvain, and Gemma Gorham, M.P.H..

(This information is specific to Shaklee supplements.  Amounts will not be specific to other brands)

What is an herb?  Of plant origin whose leaves or stems are used for medicine, seasoning, food or perfume.

Stuffy Noses and Cough

Smash:  5 Alfalfa and 1 Zinc

For Infant or Young Child:  Mix it with tepid (lukewarm) water and pure maple syrup,

put in eye-dropper (like a tea formula)

For Older Child:  Add 1 to 2 NutriFeron.  Mix with applesauce, preferably organic.

Give two to three times a day for a couple days to break up the mucous

For Adults:  5 Alfalfa, 1 Zinc and 2 NutriFeron

Cough: Liquid Lea and chewable Vitamin C

Diarrhea/ Vomiting

NutriFeron

Most powerful front line of defense for the immune system

Safe, natural immune stimulant

Can be crushed or taken as a pill

Stomach Soothing Complex

Great for upset stomachs and even after vomiting stops

Make into a tea or put in 1 Tbsp applesauce

Performance  – Orange or Lemon Lime

Great for preventing dehydration

Mix with tepid water and encourage child to take small sips

Optiflora

Taken for a healthy intestinal track

Recommended as a daily supplement

For Infant:  soak in water and mix with rice cereal

Zinc

Great for severe diarrhea

For children up to one year- take ½ tablet

Increase 5 mg. for every age until you reach 2 tablets total

Fever (can be due to stomach flu, ear ache, sore throat)

Reference:  How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of your Doctor by Dr. Mendelson

Sore throat

Take garlic at the onset of a sore throat, scratchy throat or viral pneumonia

Garlic is known as nature’s antibiotic

One mg of allicin (a component of garlic) has the potency of 15 standard units of penicillin

Garlic is effective against toxic bacteria, viruses, and fungus

For children:  take one garlic, 3 times per day (Crush 2 alfalfa with 3 garlic to help prevent upset stomach)

For adults:  take 9-12 garlic per day to achieve antibiotic effects

For Nursing Moms:  if you take the garlic and alfalfa, it will get to the baby through the milk.  It is also encouraged that you take EZ-Gest, an enzyme that will help break down the garlic for the stomach and the breast milk

For Non-Nursing Moms:  Crush garlic capsule and pour it in baby’s sock and leave in overnight (1 capsule per sock)

Additional Ideas: Mashed potatoes w/ crushed garlic, hummus w/ added garlic, onion soup w/ added garlic, etc.

Chewable C for sore throat.  Feels good on throat.  Gets into the blood quicker if you chew it.

Viruses

Take Shaklee DR (Defend & Resist)

Contains Echinacea, elderberry, larch tree, and zinc

Provides a short term boost to the immune system

Take 7 days on, 3 days off – not to be taken long term

DOSAGE:

6 months old –  ½ capsule once/day

1 year– 1 tablet, increase one tablet per year up

to age 6, totaling six tablets/day

Adult – 6 tablets/day

Helps to stop reproduction of the virus

Other Uses:  Suck on it or crush it up and make into a tea

Reduces the amount of time it takes for your body to heal

NutriFeron

1.  Promotes natural interferon production

2.  Dosage:

1 year old – 1 tablet/day

Older children and adults – 2 tablets/day

Ear Ache

Take NutriFeron, Garlic, Vitamin C, DR (Defend and Resist) and alfalfa 3 times per day (see recommended dosages in above notes)

Onion juice- 2 drops in each ear

Peel onion and put in blender

Strain the mush off and put juice in a small bottle.

Onion juice needs to be tepid, not cold, before putting in the ear

Headaches -Alternative to Over-the-Counter Drugs

Options:

Adults – 5 Calcium, 6 garlic, 3 Pain Relief Complex

Children – 3-4 chew. Calcium, 3 smashed garlic, 1 Pain Relief Complex

Other Helpful Products

Gentle Sleep Complex

Use when a child has a hard time getting to sleep

Put in eye dropper or tea

Herb used as a natural calming agent

Especially good for traveling or when schedule is changed (i.e. company visiting)

EZ-Gest

Complete complex that breaks down dairy, legumes, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats

For lactose intolerance

Also use when introducing new foods – Mix ½ capsule in applesauce

HerbLax

For constipation

Especially for traveling

Take with GLA, increased water, and increased fiber

Immunity Formula I

Immune stimulating product that stimulates cells to produce antibodies

Taken when you are extremely ill

If Nursing, the mother can take a maximum of 4 per day to help stimulate the immune system

For Younger Children, prick the capsule and squeeze into applesauce and liquid of Formula I

Daily Plan

Goal:  To help build your family’s health when they are NOT sick

NutriFeron – This herbal formulation is key for any wellness program.

Optiflora– Prebiotic and Probiotic– a healthy digestive tract is the basis of all health.  It is the first line of defense.

Vita-Lea  or Ocean Wonders– Kid’s Vita Lea contains xylitol, a sweetener that helps prevent tooth decay and may help prevent ear infections (Finnish Study)

Vitamin C – Sustained Release or chewable

Calcium – chewable or swallow

Protein drink– used for energy w/out raising insulin, contains amino acids, the

Building blocks of all cells

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