Medicinal Teas for Colds & Flu Dublin OH
Hillard Square Doctors Office
Lewis Center, OH
Healing Herbs - Medicinal Teas for Colds & Flu
Long before the advent of antihistamine tablets and specially formulated cold remedies, cold and flu sufferers turned to herbal teas to relieve their symptoms. Those homemade infusions were rich in vitamins, minerals and medicinal compounds. You can find commercial versions of these old-time remedies in most health food or natural grocery stores, or you can take a page out of the past and make your own. In the herbalist’s pharmacopoeia, specific herbs address particular symptoms, so we asked the experts to share their favorite blends.
Soothe a Sore Throat
A dry, scratchy throat often signals the onset of a cold, and over-the-counter syrups and lozenges just seem to sugarcoat the problem. Fortunately, nature provides some safe and easy-to-use alternatives. “Sore throats are greatly relieved by herbal tea,” says Brigitte Mars, herbalist and author of Healing Herbal Teas (Basic Health Media, Winter 2006). As a first line of defense, Mars prescribes marshmallow root (Althea officinalis), an anti-inflammatory herb that’s “wonderfully soothing on the throat.” Unrelated to the gooey little campfire confections, this herb has a long, well-documented history of successfully treating irritated mucous membranes.
James Duke, author of The Green Pharmacy (Rodale, 1997), recommends two other herbs for throat discomfort: slippery elm (Ulmus rubra), an antiseptic and anti-allergic agent that literally slips down the throat, and licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra). Antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory, licorice has been scientifically documented to break up phlegm, ease coughs and fight infections. A study at Bastyr University found that tea combining licorice, slippery elm and marshmallow is highly effective for reducing throat pain.
For sore throats accompanied by cold and flu symptoms, Mars suggests drinking stomach-soothing peppermint (Mentha x piperita). “It can lower a fever by helping you to sweat and release toxins naturally. It’s antiviral and user-friendly,” she explains. Mars also likes ginger (Zingiber officinale), which is “good for chills and aching muscles, and relieves nausea.” For extra measure, she adds elder (Sambuca nigra), shown by research to keep flu viruses at bay.
“When I have a difficult time breathing, I go for oolong because it opens up my lungs,” says Sara Martinelli, tea blender and owner of The Boulder Dushanbe Tea House in Boulder, Colorado. Indeed, black tea like oolong contains powerful expectorant compounds that help clear mucus from deep within the chest. The caffeine it packs is also a powerful bronchodilator. To take the edge off the caffeine, Martinelli mixes in calming chamomile (Matricaria recutita), touted for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and antispasmodic properties. She also adds liberal portions of rose hips (Rosa canina), which, she says, “are high in vitamin C and taste great.”
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The Well Drop-In Center Training
Dates: 1/4/2014 – 1/4/2014
The Salvation Army Columbus
966 E Main Street
The Well is a Drop in Center for women who have been sexually exploited or trafficked. It is designed to be an environment of peace where women can relax, be valued, and develop a sense of positive self worth. The center’s goals are to enhance life skills, increase self esteem, and improve knowledge of community support. This training will provide interested persons an understanding of the mindset of those served, as well as the protocol established by The Well. Lastly, participants will be offered skills to complete desired volunteer roles.
Additionally, The Salvation Army Anti-Human Trafficking Department is starting a Mentorship Program. The purpose of the Mentorship Porgram is to build healthy, one-on-one bonds between mentors and women who have been sexually exploited or trafficked. The Mentorship Program is designed to enchance a sense of positive self-esteem and dignity by meeting the social needs of women who have been involved in the commercial sex trade. Women will be shown respect and value through the fostering of healthy and appropriate social relationships.
Mentors will help empower mentees to dsicover their sense of integrity, honesty and self. Being a mentor provides the opportunity for mentors to share their skills and talents, interests and experiences, and to model appopriate social relationships. Mentors may help their mentee with self-esteem, sense of purpose, planning and decision making, interpersonal competence, and empowerment through activities such as going to the Columbus Zoo, going out to lunch or dinner, seeing a movie, or any other socially appropriate activity.
*This is an all-day training. Therefore, there will be a lunch break to go get lunch or feel free to bring your own bag lunch with you.
* After being trained, volunteers who wish to become a mentor must go through an application and interview process.
* Finally, anyone volunteering at The Well & Mentoring Programs must obtain a background check.
Cookies, Cake, and Pie, Oh My!
Dates: 12/21/2013 – 12/21/2013
Worthington Place Columbus
7227 North High Street
Spend 3 delicious hours touring specialty bakeries in Columbus. Itinerary may change as we find new venues to introduce to you.
Jorgensen Farms 3rd Sunday Supper
Dates: 12/15/2013 – 12/15/2013
Jorgensen Farms Westerville
5851 E. Walnut Street
As our guest, you'll be greeted by our hosts the farmers and offered an informal tour of the farm and firsthand knowledge of how the food was produced. Our menu is inspired by the day's harvest. You'll enjoy the diversity of foods fresh from the farm, prepared on site by professional chefs. Meals are served, rain or shine; outdoors, when weather permits, and otherwise on the farm house porch or in the post and beam barn. Given the whims of the weather, Mother Nature, and the chef, actual meals may vary slightly from the posted menu. Please note that all Third Sunday Farm Table events are BYOB - we invite you to bring your favorite beverage of choice to enjoy or share responsibly. All dinners start at 5pm. Adults only please. For more information, and specific menus for each month please visit our website www.jorgensen-farms.com