September News - Sage Hill Farms
I practice this regiment below and never get sick with colds and flu. Thanks to Mike Adams at Natural News for this fabulous information…love all the awesome things he shares.
Boosting your immunity with Vitamin D3 is a must. It's an immune system hormonal regulator. The flu season occurs when most of us have the least sunlight exposure to bare skin, which is the primary source of our vitamin D3.
So it's important to supplement liberally unless you can manage to get lots of direct sunlight onto exposed skin. www.naturalnews.com/z031577_vitamin_D_scientific_research.html
Increase probiotic intake. The gut is an important part of our immune systems. Probiotic intestinal flora (bacteria) is not just for digestion, which is essential for good health. Those friendly bacteria also function as triggers for releasing antigens elsewhere in the body.
So, more probiotic intake is needed unless you're eating fermented foods and drinking real, homemade kefir. www.naturalnews.com
Echinacea should be used to prevent colds and flues, not just taken after getting sick. Vitamin C should be taken daily since your body can't manufacture it. If you come down with a case of any type of flu, Elderberry tinctures or syrups have proven more effective than Tamiflu, and without side effects.
Less stress and more rest are immune system builders also. A healthy lifestyle and diet that excludes fast foods, and processed foods contaminated with GMOs, toxic additives, oils, and sweeteners will help your immune system resist infectious diseases naturally.
The foods that come to mind for this season are beyond mouth-watering! Oh…where to start?
Blackberry and Lavender is a great introduction…something easy and fun.
Just prepare your favorite blackberry cobbler, add ½ teaspoon of dried Lavender to the berries as they are heating…go forward and be delighted. The lavender gives the berries a spicy edge that you will love. Visit www.sagehillfarmsandvintagestore.com for dried lavender.
Do you have Goldenrod growing on or around your property? It is so much more than a weed that needs to be yanked from the ground (Solidago odora) is a perennial herb that taste and smells like anise/licorice.
You may or may not now that after the Colonist dumped the British tea into the Boston Harbor in 1773 they used Solidago odora to make a blend which became known as “Liberty Tea.”
This plant is easy to start an area and keep it confined, just don’t pull the root when it dies off, it will come back the following year…mid to late summer into the fall. The plant is tall, airy, and has lovely yellow flowers so small they appear to be a mass. If you end up with in places you don’t want it…just pull the root and it will die away.
TIP: Many people blame Goldenrod for allergies when in fact it is the Ragweed that grows during the same time that is the culprit.
Goldenrod makes a fabulous jelly…this is for one pint or less:
This flower also yields a bright yellow dye for wool and yarn.
Sage Hill is making this jelly for the Thanksgiving table. Join us if you like. (For making the jelly - not for Thanksgiving dinner!) That could be a possibility with some planning….?
We still have a lot of fresh herbs if you are local and in need. (Even the Goldenrod ) Sage, rosemary, thyme, basil (basil will be gone at first hint of frost), chives, and Lemongrass…I prefer lemongrass fresh…however I dried some for a tea blend this week and am amazed at the aroma and taste that comes from the dried.
Sage Hill’s first fall event will be a “Meeting under the Trees.”
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