Natural Remedies Workshop!

Hi y'all!

It's that time again!  With all this warm weather it's hard to believe that the cold and flu season is rapidly approaching. 


If you'd like an alternative to sickness and antibiotics, I'm offering a workshop on natural remedies and boosting your immune system. 

We'll make Elderberry Syrup & Vitamin C capsules as well as a choice of either Thieves Vinegar OR Cold Care capsules  - 

OR both.

And we’ll talk about essential oils and how to use all of this!

The workshop is usually 1 1/2 hours.  The cost is $95 for the workshop and supplies!  However, if you’d like to make BOTH theCold Care capsules and Thieves Vinegar, the cost is $120.

I'll gather most of the suppliesand you'll go home with a jar of elderly syrup and your capsules (&/or powder)  and a gallon jar of "brewing" thieves vinegar (if you choose that option - this is one of my favorites!  I highly recommend it!!)


I'm looking at a couple of dates: 

Mornings; 10:30-12:

Wed., 11/8 or 15;    Fri., 11/10 or 17;    Sat 11/ 11 or 18


Evenings5:45 - 7:15

Tue., 11/7 or 14;    Wed., 11/8 or 15


I'll need to order supplies; and space in the kitchen is limited, so reserve your spot ASAP!!

***Choose your top 3 dates and times and send, or bring, me your check - then I can reserve your spot and order your supplies. 

25421 Cariz Dr.

Valencia, 91355


It’s always a fun time working together!!



Cold Care & Vitamin C Capsules

Many of you may be familiar with echinacea and golden seal for fighting colds and flu, but I have a few other favorites as well!  

Using dried powdered herbs, recognized as potent illness-fighters ;), I make my own herbal capsules.

Here are the herbs: 


 “echinacea raises the body’s natural resistance to infection by stimulating and aiding immune function. It works, in part, by increasing macrophage and T-cell activity, the body’s first line of defense against foreign antigens. It’s also rich in polysaccharides, which help protect cells against invasion by viruses and bacteria. And it has antifungal and antibacterial properties, making it an effective medicine against certain types of fungal and bacterial infections. Though potent, it is safe, with few side effects; even young children and the elderly can use it safely.

Echinacea is always more effective if taken at the early signs of illness, before the illness has the opportunity to 'settle in.'"


"Cayenne is a warming circulatory stimulant, a safe and effective tonic for the heart, and an excellent digestive aid. One of its active ingredients, capsaicin, stimulates circulation throughout the body and assists in digestion by stimulating the release of both saliva and stomach enzymes. Capsaicin also signals the brain to release endorphins, the body’s “feel-good” hormones. And capsaicin has proved so effective as a topical pain reliever for arthritis, bursitis, and muscle and joint aches that it’s the active ingredient in several over-the-counter pain-relief creams. Rich in vitamins A and C, cayenne can aid and support the immune system, which is one of the reasons it’s so useful in formulas for colds and flus”.


 “Goldenseal is considered a natural antibiotic, and it is often paired with echinacea to help fight off infections, colds, and flus. It is particularly effective in treating infections of the mucous membranes, found in the respiratory, digestive, skin, and reproductive systems.”


 “Thyme is a powerful and effective disinfectant and can be used both externally (as a wash) and internally to help fight off infection. It’s often used to help ward off colds and as a rinse to treat sore throat and oral infections. It also makes a fine tea for treating coughs and chest complaints and is used in many antifungal remedies. A recent study shows that it’s rich in antioxidants (most plants are) and has a markedly tonic effect, supporting normal body functions”

Excerpt From: Gladstar, Rosemary. “Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide.” Storey Publishing, 2012. iBooks.


“Astragalus root has been intensively studied by Western scientists. They found that it has an impressive range of immune activating properties. ‘The conclusion being drawn by most Western herbalists,’ comments leading US herbal authority David Hoffmann, ‘is that astragalus is an ideal remedy for anyone who might be immuno-compromised in any way. This can range from someone who easily catches cold to someone with cancer.”

Excerpt From: Infinite Ideas & Barbara Griggs. “Herbal Remedies A-Z.” Infinite Ideas, 2012-12-16T00:00:00+00:00. iBooks.


Here's the recipe:


-1 part Echinacea angustifolia root powder

-1 part Astragalus root powder

-1/2 part Thyme leaf and flower powder

-1/4 part Cayenne pepper powder

-1/4 part golden seal root powder (optional) 

***NOTE:  When I make my herbal remedies, I do not measure exactly.  In my opinion, it's not an exact science.  In addition, if I don't have any Astragalus root powder, I simply use more Echinacea in its place.  



1. In a non-reactive bowl, mix all of the herbal powders together. 

2. Using the Capsule Machine, fill capsules.  

3. Store the capsules in a glass jar with tight fitting lid. Keep in a cool, dark, dry place.

These capsules should stay fresh for 6-12 months.

***Remember, prevention is the best medicine!!   This blend is most effective when we use it at the first sign of illness.  

Click here for Vitamin C recipe    



How to make your own "medicine" & stay cold & flu free!!

Immunity Boosting, Cold & Flu Workshop


YOURE INVITED to come make your own medicine, learn how to avoid sickness AND shorten the duration of cold and flu symptoms. 

We'll make Thieves Vinegar or Cold Care Capsules, Elderberry Syrup & whole-food, non-GMO Vitamin C! -- I'll take you through my repertoire for cold and flu fighting -- including essential oil use! :-))

I'll gather most of the supplies and you'll go home with a gallon jar of "brewing" Thieves Vinegar or Cold Care Capsules,  Elderberry Syrup, Vitamin C and an action plan to stay cold & flu free this season!



When: October 7, 8, or 14, around 10:00 am Let me know your preference  -- 90 minutes


Where: 25421 Cariz Dr., Valencia 91355 (my house:))

Cost:  $95 (includes 12-15 different organic herbs, apple cider vinegar, honey, jar, bottle, Vitamin C and know-how;0))  If you want to make both Thieves Vinegar and Cold Care, add $15.

***RSVP with your preferred date.

To hold your spot, bringing your check (or cash;0)) to class this week -- or drop it in my mailbox or under my mat.

I hope you can come!!   It's worth it!!    YOU'RE worth it!


Cold & Flu Killer -- Immunity Workshop!


Well, we did our first Immunity Workshop on Friday and it was a success!  I had a great group of women, working together, having fun and getting geared up for cold and flu season!


Here are a few pics of our event:



We made Thieves Vinegar & Elderberry Syrup for daily use as well as for acute conditions.  I take these two, mixed together as a little "shot," twice daily, morning and night for prevention of cold, flu and yeast infections.  When threatened by illness, I take this "shot" up to 4 times daily.    

**this is surely not a prescription, and is merely what I, personally, have done, with great success.

Click here for Thieves Vinegar and here for Elderberry Syrup

If you're a bit uncertain of making these yourself and you'd like to participate in a workshop, please contact me.  Maybe we can have another one!!  :-)



When we were young, my sister used to take gelatin to help her nails grow.  I was a tomboy, and I didn't want long nails, so I poo-pooed the idea (and probably teased her about it! lol :0)).  

Now, however, I've learned some new and valuable reasons to consume gelatin!  Besides helping your hair and nails to grow, gelatin also:

  • Is great for the joints!!
  • Helps tighten loose skin -- One of the most frightful things ;) I've been noticing is the loose skin on my arms and legs!!!  What is that all about?!?!  One of the perks of getting older, I guess!!  This is one good reason to use this gelatin! :)
  • It's a source of protein to help build muscle
  • It's fabulous for digestion!
  • It's a great source of dietary collagen 

I usually take 1 Tbsp in a mug of hot tea.  It dissolves quickly in the warm water and I really don't even notice it!  

You can also take it in a shake or smoothie.  

I've been having some general joint discomfort lately.  Since it's not entirely localized, I'm lead to believe that my whole body is in need of something.  So, I've been treating myself to this tea drink lately:

  • Any herbs you like (recently I've been liking tulsi (holy basil) and mint)
  • Add boiling water and steep for a few minutes
  • Remove spent herbs and add any desired sweetener (I use stevia)
  • Sprinkle in 1 Tbsp of gelatin and mix well!!
  • Add 1 tsp of coconut oil (an excellent source of Omega 3's which is good for the joints)
  • Stir frequently and enjoy!

I'll keep you posted on how it helps my joints.  Funny enough, I feel like my digestion has improved lately!  I hadn't made the connection until I started writing this!   How handy!  You take a supplement for one problem and receive unexpected health benefits!   :)

Here's where I get mine:

And I buy most of my herbs and tea here:

Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony c


I'd love to hear how you've benefited from gelatin!

Canker Sores! Owe!! (Cold Sores, too)

I used to get canker sores all the time.  Big giant ones! 

Calendula tincture & Melaleuca essential oil

Calendula tincture & Melaleuca essential oil

Now, whenever I bite the inside of my mouth (which, I don't recommend! ;0)) or get a cut inside my mouth, I start putting one, or both, of the following remedies on it regularly and, thankfully, it doesn't turn into a full-blown canker sore!  Yippee!!

My two favorite canker sore (and cold sore) remedies are Melaleuca Essential Oil and Calendula Tincture.   

I just put a drop of either on my finger and dab it directly on the cut or canker sore and, voila! :).  If I wait too long to start applying this blessed remedy, allowing it to develop into a canker sore, the results are not quite as quick.  Regardless, it usually slows the growth and aids in healing.  

A young friend of mine used to get horrible cold sores!   She and her mom tried every cold sore medicine out there, to no avail.   Finally she tried this Melaleuca oil and they couldn't believe how well it worked.   

Plant remedies, such as essential oils are easily assimilated by our bodies.  We have a similar chemical make up, carbon and water, and thus, plant remedies can be very effective for us!!  

Here's a little bonus:  when you use a natural remedy for one ailment, you usually discover healing in another area of your body as well!!   It's a 2 (or 3 or 4,...) for 1 !!! :0) 

Let me know If you try it and how it works for you!

***Note: the quality of your product is extremely important!!   If it is a synthetic essential oil or if it has fillers,...then the beneficial effect is largely lost    

In addition, at the first signs of a canker sore or cold sore, taking the supplement L-Lysine is also hugely helpful!!  

Order Melaleuca here

I hope this helps!!

Much love and health to y'all!


Melaleuca essential oil

Melaleuca essential oil

Calendula flowers

Calendula flowers

Calendula Tincture




  • Fill a glass jar 3/4 of the way with calendula flower
  • Add a blend of 1 part warm water and 4 parts vodka to fill the jar almost to the top
  • Close tightly & label with name and date
  • Let sit for 4-6 weeks, shaking every so often
  • At the end of 4-6 weeks, strain and discard herbs
  • Bottle the tincture and store in a cool dark place
  • Should last indefinitely :) 


  • canker sores
  • cold sores
  • skin blemishes
  • cuts

Order Calendula Here:

Arnica - The Healing Pain Reliever


Arnica Montana is a powerful anti-inflammatory and it stimulates the healing of damaged tissue. 

rnica is good for:

  • Inflammation
  • Rheumatic pain
  • Arthritis
  • Gout,
  • Torn muscles and tendons
  • Sprains
  • Sore joints
  • Bruises
  • Pain

It can help improve the flexibility of those with osteoarthritis, by applying right before bedtime so as to ease morning muscle stiffness. 

My husband and my sons have used this on their sprained ankles and, after just a few applications, there has been a noticeable decrease in swelling!    

When I sprained my MCL, I used this several times a day with excellent results.  I also use this on my sore, tired feet after teaching fitness classes :)  I use it regularly and generously wherever I have pain or soreness!

Arnica Salve


  • 1 cup dried arnica
  • 2 cups vegetable oil (such as sweet almond, grape seed, or hemp seed)
  • ½ cup beeswax
  • Essential oils of ginger, clove, rosemary, sweet birch, Scotch pine, and/or wintergreen (a total of 20 drops, only 2 to 3 of which can be wintergreen)”



1.  Fill a glass jar 3/4 of the way full with Arnica flowers (I often include Cayenne, Lavender flowers and Comfrey root and powder to increase the medicinal benefit) 

2.  Fill the jar the rest of the way with olive, almond or sunflower oil.  Jostle the jar and press the herbs to remove any air pockets. Fill the jar almost to the top.  

3.  Close tightly and label; on lid and side of jar -- contents and date

4.  Set in a warm sunny spot for 4-6 weeks, shake every so often.  

5.  At the end of 4-6 weeks, strain the herbs and bottle the oil.   

You may use the oil as is or make it into a salve.  

To make a salve: 

  1. pour oil and 1/4-1/2 cup beeswax into a glass jar
  2. Place jar in a pan of warm water on the stove, slowly heating the oil, stirring gently until the beeswax melts.
  3. Let cool slightly and add a few drops of wintergreen essential oil
  4. Pour into jars and let set.  

Consistent application is the key!  There really is no magic pill!   Ice, rest, elevation and Arnica salve  spell relief. :). 

Order Arnica salve here

Arnica should not be taken internally or placed on open wounds.  

I  order my arnica and beeswax here:

Cultivating Herbal Friendships


Do This Each Morning to Help Fight Cancer, Eczema, Yeast, Psoriasis, ...

Do This Each Morning to Help Fight Cancer, Eczema, Yeast, Psoriasis, ...

Four tablespoons a day to better and vibrant health!🍎


Allergies, Anyone?

So, have any of y'all been suffering from allergies lately?!  I don't usually have allergies, but this spring weather has had me sneezing, ichy and congested!  

Until,... I remembered my allergy remedy! Yippee!! 

  • 2 drops of each lavender, lemon and peppermint mixed in a shot of water. 
  • Drink up and take a big breath!   Ahhhhh!   Feels good, huh?!

Lavender has antihistamine properties as well as being anti fungal, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory.  To read more on lavender:

Peppermint is antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, ant septic and invigorating!   Definitely helps clear the sinuses. To read more on peppermint:


Lemon is anti fungal, antiviral, antioxidant, antiseptic, invigorating and refreshing!:)   Read more here:

Feel better!! 

Immune Boosting Tincture

A tincture is a highly concentrated herbal extract.   If I'm using alcohol in my tincture, I usually mix it with a tiny bit of hot water, letting it sit for about 2 minutes before I drink it.  This allows the alcohol content to evaporate.  If I'm using vinegar or glycerine in my tincture, I mix it with a little water or take it straight. :)


  • Elderberries
  • Calendula flowers
  • Echinacea Angustifolia root (I like to use powdered root when I use glycerine rather than alcohol
  • Astragalus root
  • Optional:  Cinnamon, Lemon balm, Nettle, Clove, Eleuthero root
  • Alcohol - 80 proof such as vodka OR  Vegetable Glycerine


  • Fill a large jar 2/3 of the way full with the herbs
  • ALCOHOL:  pour the alcohol over the herbs, filling to within 1/4 inch of the rim
  • GLYCERINE:  prepare a mixture of 1/2 warm water and 1/2 vegetable glycerine, pour over the herbs, filling to within 1/4 inch if the rim
  • Seal tightly
  • Label on the lid and side of the jar -- contents and date
  • Store in a warm sunny place and shake gently every so often, for 4-6 weeks
  • Strain and bottle the liquid, storing in glass jars (preferably amber glass jars), in a cool dark cabinet.

To Use:

  • For an acute condition:  I take 1/4-1/2 teaspoon (this is equivalent to 1 dropper full -- 2 1/2 droppers full) every hour, or as often as needed (up to 1/2 tsp every 30 min.)
  • For chronic conditions:  I would take 1/2 teaspoon 3 times a day for 2 weeks.  
  • Discontinue use after 2 weeks, taking a 2 week rest period and then repeat this cycle as necessary.

An alcohol tincture will last for many years, a glycerine tincture will last or 2-3 years and a vinegar tincture will last for at least 1 year, maybe more. :-)


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Elderberry Syrup


  • 3 cups Elderberries
  • 6 cups purified water
  • 4 Tbsp dried ginger
  • 3 Tbsp red clover blossoms
  • 2 Tbsp lemon balm
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp clove
  • 2-3 cups raw honey


  • Place all ingredients except honey into a large saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 45-60 min., until the liquid is reduced to about 3 cups.  
  • Remove from heat and let cool it is warm, but not hot.
  • Add the raw honey and stir 'til it is combined.  
  • Bottle the syrup and store in the refrigerator.   

Adults: 1 Tablespoons

Children: 1/2-1 tsp once or twice each day to help prevent illness.  

When sick, take 3-4 times per day.  Fantastic paired with the Thieves Vinegar

To join me in a workshop to make this together click  here Or contact me.


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