How To Make Dr. Christopher’s Strep Blend

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Strep throat can be a very painful condition. In fact, some would rather have any other sickness because of how miserable it typically is. Today I’m going to share a strep blend using ingredients you likely already have in your cabinet that will help you feel better fast. This formula was created and used by Dr. Christopher himself and has proved to be a great healer for many. [4]

One  of my daughters woke up with a scratchy throat recently. It was the kind that made me think it may just be allergies or sinus drainage so I kept an eye on her but didn’t worry much about it. On day three, however, she woke up with her throat hurting so badly that she could hardly swallow and didn’t want breakfast because it hurt too bad to eat. I realized I needed to get the big guns out and start her on Dr. Christopher’s Strep Blend!

Strep throat is one of those things that you can’t diagnose for sure without a test at the doctor’s office. There are other infections that can cause the throat to hurt so baldy that you think it must be strep and yet it isn’t. So no, I didn’t know for sure that my daughter had strep throat, but I knew we had recently come into contact with people that came down with strep, so it was a possibility. The good news is that natural remedies are safe to use no matter what the condition may be – you don’t have to have a specific diagnosis to treat it. This Strep Blend can be used to boost the immune system and kill infections and viruses of all kinds.

Take note that strep throat is one of those illnesses that CAN be dangerous if you don’t treat it. If left untreated, there is a possibility of rheumatic fever developing. Treat your children immediately when they are sick, and it’s always a good idea to get them checked out at the doctor if you suspect strep to make sure your home remedy successfully treated it. 

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Strep Blend Ingredients

Garlic

This strep throat blend contains garlic, which is a powerful natural antibiotic! It has broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity against bacteria and fungi. [1] [2] It’s important to use fresh garlic – the kind in the jar isn’t as potent as freshly crushed.

Raw Honey

According to Dr. Axe, raw honey has vitamins, 22 amino acids, 27 minerals, 5,000 enzymes, [3] making it not only a tasty reason to use it in herbal preparations, but a healthy reason as well. Honey that is not raw, however, cannot boast of all of this nutrition. Heating the honey kills beneficial nutrients. In a pinch I would use any honey on hand, but I keep raw honey in my cabinets for regular use. Buy raw honey here.

Cayenne

Cayenne is the last herb in this easy formula. Cayenne is a great catalyst herb in any herbal formula, meaning that it opens up your receptors to absorb vital nutrients. In other words, it helps the other herbs work even better than they would on their own. That is exactly what cayenne does in the formula. Plus it really helps the throat to heal quicker. Buy organic cayenne here.

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How To Make Dr. Christopher’s Strep Blend

Ingredients

4 cloves fresh garlic
1 tablespoon raw honey (buy here)
1/4 tsp. powdered cayenne (buy here)

Directions

  1. Mince garlic.
  2. Stir in honey and cayenne.
  3. Chew 1/2 tsp. every 30-60 minutes, allowing the mixture to coat the throat, and then swallow.
  4. Take this mixture at this frequent dose for 24 hours (during waking hours), and then take it every 1-2 hours for at least 2 days more. 

It’s very important that you take this mixture as indicated to ensure that the strep is actually completely gone.

Dr. Christopher's Strep Blend
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cloves fresh garlic
  2. 1 tablespoon raw honey (buy here)
  3. 1/4 tsp. cayenne (buy here)
Instructions
  1. Mince garlic.
  2. Stir in honey and cayenne.
  3. Chew 1/2 tsp. every 30-60 minutes, allowing the mixture to coat the throat, and then swallow.
  4. Take this mixture at this frequent dose for 24 hours (during waking hours), and then take it every 1-2 hours for at least 2 days more.
Adapted from Herbal Legacy
Adapted from Herbal Legacy
Jill's Home Remedies http://jillshomeremedies.com/
 References

  1. Allium sativum (garlic)–a natural antibiotic. (n.d.). Retrieved January 28, 2017, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6366484
  2. Garlic: A natural antibiotic. (n.d.). Retrieved January 28, 2017, from http://pubs.acs.org/subscribe/journals/mdd/v05/i04/html/04news4.html
  3. H. (2016, September 19). Raw Honey: Get More Energy (Just Like Ancient Greek Athletes Did!). Retrieved January 29, 2017, from https://draxe.com/the-many-health-benefits-of-raw-honey/
  4. Herbal Legacy Articles. (n.d.). Retrieved January 31, 2017, from http://articles.herballegacy.com/herbal-remedies-for-strep-throat-or-sore-throat/

Homemade Christmas Simmering Pot Recipe + $500 Cash Giveaway!

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What makes it feel like Christmas time to you?

For me it is falling snow, the crisp cold air, Christmas songs on the radio, cutting down a tree in the woods, reading as a family the account of Christ’s birth in Luke chapter 2, hot chocolate, to name a few.

Depending on where you live in the world and what your family’s traditions are, your answers will vary from mine.

One thing we may all have in common are the scents of Christmas.  I don’t like to fill my home with toxic artificial fragrances, so grabbing some herbs from the cabinet and a few fruits from the counter are more my cup of tea.

The smell of the pine tree sitting in my living room is my all-time favorite Christmas scent, but there are a few other herbs and spices that put me in the Christmas spirit!  This recipe I’m about to share includes cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves, star anise and orange.

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Homemade Christmas Simmering Pot Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 TBS organic whole cloves (buy here)
  • 2 organic cinnamon sticks (buy here)
  • 2 organic bay leaves (buy here)
  • 2 orange peels or 3 tablespoons organic dried orange peel (buy here)
  • 3 star anise (optional)

Directions 

  1. Add herbs to a pot with 3 cups of water.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer on low as desired.
  4. Keep an eye on the pan to make sure the water does not boil out.
  5. Can also combine water and herbs in a crockpot and cook on low. 

If you don’t like the smell of cloves {like my brother-in-law :) } or one of the other ingredients, just leave it out or substitute it with another scent that you love!

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Homemade Dandelion Root Hot Chocolate

Do you love hot chocolate in the cold winter months? Here's a recipe that includes dandelion root to make it even healthier!

Who doesn’t LOVE hot chocolate, right? Especially this time of year! There’s nothing like sipping on a mug of chocolaty warm goodness on a rainy fall day like we’ve had today. I’m not a coffee drinker myself, but give me some delicious hot cocoa and I’m a happy camper!

I’m all about making hot chocolate from scratch (instead of the packets – delicious but not generally the healthiest), and I love using raw honey instead of sugar, but how about adding some herbs to make it even healthier while we’re at it? I am always up for discovering ways to add herbs into foods and drinks I make. We can always use the nutritional boost!

Instead of making plain hot chocolate, how about we add some dandelion root for extra health benefits, shall we? It’s as simple as decocting the root into the hot chocolate water! (Which is a fancy word for simmering a hard herb until the liquid is reduced.)

Dandelion root is used by some as a coffee substitute. I think it’s plain delicious to add it to hot chocolate! Dandelion root itself yields a bitter taste, but add some cocoa, raw honey, and milk, and you’ve got yourself something delicious and nutritious to sip on!

Dandelion root is so good for you! It is one of the best blood purifiers and liver cleansers out there. It actually restores and balances the blood, making it a great help to anemia sufferers. It’s also really high in vitamins and minerals. You can harvest dandelion root in the warmer months, but I like to keep it on hand in dried form, especially for winter use. (You can buy it organic here.)

So on to our recipe now! 

Do you love hot chocolate in the cold winter months? Here's a recipe that includes dandelion root to make it even healthier!

Dandelion Root Hot Chocolate

  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons organic dandelion root (buy here)
  • 3 tablespoons organic cocoa powder (buy here)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon organic cinnamon (buy here)
  • pinch organic cayenne pepper (buy here)
  • 7 tablespoons raw honey (buy here)

Directions 

  1. Bring water and dandelion root to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and  simmer for about 20 minutes. (An herbal decoction.)
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  4. Top with honey whipped cream. (recipe below) 

Do you love hot chocolate in the cold winter months? Here's a recipe that includes dandelion root to make it even healthier!

 Honey Whipped Cream

  • Place 1 cup heavy whipping cream in a quart mason jar.
  • Add 3 tablespoons raw honey
  • Pour in 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Shake jar for several minutes until mixture thickens.

Dandelion Root Hot Chocolate
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups water
  2. 3 tablespoons organic dandelion root (buy here)
  3. 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  4. 1/2 cup whole milk
  5. 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  6. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  7. pinch cayenne pepper
  8. 7 tablespoons raw honey
Instructions
  1. Bring water and dandelion root to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  4. Top with honey whipped cream. (See recipe.)
Adapted from The Mountain Rose Blog
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Honey Whipped Cream
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  2. 3 tablespoons raw honey
  3. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a quart mason jar.
  2. Shake the jar for several minutes until the mixture thickens as desired.
Notes
  1. Don't shake the jar too long or it will turn into butter!
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Do you use dandelion root in your diet? Share it with us in the comments below!