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  1. Here's a thread that I found on elderberries on one of the forums. http://www.curevents.com/vb/printthread.php?t=10523 It had some interesting comments on it. I have tried most ways to preserve elderberries, including freezing, drying, tinctures, cordials, jellies and syrups. I don't do well with alcohol so I make a syrup from my fresh berries with sugar or honey and seal it in half pint jars in a water bath canner. It keeps for years that way. I use it just like the tincture but in stronger doses. Two to four tablespoons in a cup of hot water is plenty though. So far it's always
  2. Sometimes you just have to count the "perks" of a job as part of the wages.
  3. Oh great, I can see I've done it now.......Okay,,,,I don't do vaccuuming but I love to hang out clothes. How about you send them to me and I'll get right on it!!!!
  4. B, true, all reindeer have antlers..... However, Male reindeer lose their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually before the middle of December. The female reindeer retain their until they give birth in the spring. Therefore......ALL of Santa's reindeer must have been GIRLS.......... I'd say something smart about it taking a woman to do that job but I'm too nice for that
  5. Sounds like a very potent but good blend of inmune enhancers and tonics. Do you know what it's shelf life would be? It might be something worth stocking. Let me know in a few weeks how it seems to be working. It will probably take that long for you to notice a difference. I envy you working at a health food store, you get to see all the new stuff first
  6. I'm new here but wouldn't mind helping out with the manual if I can. I've been reading some of the back posts here but am not sure where it all sets at this point. Does anyone have a list of what all has been covered so far and by whom? What issues have not been covered by someone? You can use the open fire cooking if you want and if need be I could work up something about emergency cooking. I also have my Y2K notebook that might have some needed info in it. Can I help?
  7. You are welcome Teaberry, I've heard of he Vitamin A regimine too along with the vitamin C one which is basically to take increasing doses of vitamin C until you start to have digestive problems and then back off a bit and keep it at that level. Haven't tried this myself so if others have, let us know how it works.
  8. You do use the inner bark only of the Wild Cherry and also the slipper elm. I too wouldn't mind looking into doing it myself but I've always been reluctant as wild plants are difficult to identify exactly even by trained botonists. I took a few of my iffy plants to the Arboretum last year and I've taken a few to the extension office for the master gardeners to identify for me and that helps but is not even the ultimate answer as they can mis-identify them too without some labratory testing on some of them. When I tell them I want to use them for medicinal purposes they back pedal and I'm sti
  9. Great site Grubby. Thanks for finding it and posting it. Not too comprehensive as to be discouraging but thorough enough to get people thinking at least. I wish there was a way we could get that into the masses. One thing I noticed is that in the presentation she says you can get the masks from her site but I couldn't find anywhere to do so. Did I miss something?
  10. Wow, Waiting, that's a good stock. I have never harvested Wild Cherry bark myself. We have a lot of black cherry here but I'm never sure exactly which one is the true wild cherry though I understand that it realy makes no difference. As for the cyanide. You can not use it fresh, only dry. I buy mine through Frontier Herbs in Norway, Iowa, an herbal coop, and I have complete trust in them. I have used Wild Cherry Bark for probably thirty years or more with no problems. It's found in a ton of cough formulas and is very effective. Still, there are many other herbs that have the same attributes
  11. Hey Westbrook.. Great article. Just a couple of suggestions though. First, the amounts she uses to make a cup of tea are pretty heavy, especially if you are not used to herb teas. You might want to start out with some less. I rarely use more than a teaspoon or two of dried product per cup. Second, Lemon balm and Bee balm are two separate herbs. Lemon Balm, Melissa officinalis L. is indeed lemony flavored. But Bee Balm, Monarda didyma is a strong almost minty flavor. They are both good but both different from each other and have different medicinal values. Didn't want anyone to get
  12. Those are GREAT recipes Westy. I've made a lot of sour cream, yogurt and cheese in my time but never with powdered milk. Now that we don't have the goats or a milking cow, I'd like to try some of these recipes. Most of these recipes are very similar to ones I've used in the past with regular milk or cream so they are familiar and should be easy to do. Thanks for the post.
  13. There has been lots of good info on here for preparing for a flu pandemic and I fully believe that we all should take whatever of that advice would apply to our particular situation and use it wisely. When Teaberry asked me to post a list of my prep for the flu I figured, no sweat. I can whip that up in an instant! But as I started taking inventory of what I have specifically for the flu and cold, I realized that I have a LOT. I had to do some pretty heavy thinking of just what specifics I would want to be sure to have on hand. I hadn’t given much thought to a pandemic, believing, I suppose
  14. I'm not sure how one would go about making their own almond type bark with cocoa powder. That might be a good knowledge to have as I could use it for carob powder also.
  15. It's the maltitol in the sugar free bark that causes the digestive tract problems. It is one of the "ols", like mannitol and sorbitol and etc. that can causes a pronounced laxitive effect though I understand it's supposedly less so than others of it's kind. It's supposed to be serving size safe but one serving size is a whole lot less than you might consider. I can't handle even a teaspoon of it without real reactions. Can you use Carob? It's not nearly as bitter as cocoa with very little sweetener needed to make it taste palatable. You can get unsweetened carob chips in health food
  16. Mother

    Christmas Fun!

    I don't know all the words but I sure like this tune, keep singing!
  17. That's a great Idea. I have some I was going to bring to the Salvation Army but will check with the school first. Thanks for the suggestion.
  18. My GS and I put twenty pounds of bananas and eight pounds of apples into the dehydrator. Then we played in the snow and decided it was gettting US ready for tough times
  19. I'm starting the prayers now.
  20. Gosh, that beats doing it the way the animals do. And if the stick was long enough, and curved enough, it might make it easier for us with bad backs.
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