Getting Ready for Cold and Flu Season

Sometimes it may be helpful to look back 150 years or more and ask ourselves what did our great gramma do to prepare her household for winter months and cold and flu season.

  • Remember no processed foods, gramma fed her family what she put up herself. Food was all nutrient dense. Food was stored in root sellers and meat was smoked or salted and in the root cellar. Today we can store in canning jars and freezers.
  • Keeping our gut health good, gramma made cheese, yogurts, kefirs, buttermilk, butter and milked the cows daily for fresh raw milk. The Mayo clinic started as a raw milk diet source using ONLY grass fed milk to cure many diseases. https://returntonow.net/2018/08/17/why-youve-never-heard-of-the-mayo-clinics-raw-milk-cure/
  • Twice a year gramma did a fall and spring cleaning. I implore you to consider this; it is really important. These will include:
    1. all sheets, curtains, pillows are washed and hung in the sun to dry. Use curtains not blinds, these can be washed and dried weekly if needed to keep dust out.
    2. I use a wood cookstove, and that is stripped down and all ash removed. I put water on the reservoir that keeps the air moist. You MUST keep this water clean and use a white vinegar rinse weekly
    3. Weekly a vinegar/lemon rinse is on a cloth to wipe down all door handles, door jams,
    4. Check your water (well) to be sure it is clean
    5. Check the root cellar or pantry for all jars, are they sealed? Check onions, potatoes apples etc are not soft or moldy
    6. Mold is something you want to keep an eye on. Keeping the moisture low is best idea.
    7. Wash all windows, clean window sills, check for drafts. Wash window screens.
    8. Dust all light fixtures including in ceiling lights. Open the windows while you so this to get fresh air in. Ceiling fans? don’t forget them clean with soft cloth, soap and hot water.
    9. Vacuum chairs, couches, beds. Move all the furniture to vacuum under.
    10. Dust all shelves, furniture
    11. Replace light blankets with heavy blankets
    12. Wash rugs and floors
    13. Wash vent covers, vacuum out vents

Foods that fight viruses:

Onion slices: Gramma would slice an onion as soon as she suspected you might have exposure to a virus. The onion was put on your night table sliced side down. This collected bacteria and viruses, YOU MUST NEVER USE THIS ONION FOR EATING.

Elderberry juice. Elderberries are everywhere in our county, and likely yours two.

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Health Benefits of Elderberry

1. High in Nutrients

2. May Improve Cold and Flu Symptoms

3. High in Antioxidants

4. May Be Good for Heart Health
I make elderberry juice every year, but i have heard that you can get botulism if not canned correctly. This year I bought dried elderberry. To make a sipping tea when you feel like you may have caught something. One tablespoon of dried berries in a cup of hot water, sip throughout the day

Raw Milk: https://www.rawmilkinstitute.org/updates/allergies-and-raw-milk You should daily consume 2 cups of milk daily for gut health and allergy suppression. Basically, exposure to environments with high bacterial and microbial diversity is associated with lower rates of asthma and allergies.   Several other studies have found similar results, and have concluded that living in a farm environment provides protection from asthma and allergies. Contact with farm animals was found to be associated with lower rates of allergies [3], as was “exposure to stables and farm milk” [4]. https://www.rawmilkinstitute.org/updates/raw-milk-asthma-and-lung-health. The study found that, regardless of which environment the children lived in, those children who drank raw milk had significantly lower rates of asthma than children who did not drink raw milk. The PASTURE study concluded that, “Continuous farm [raw] milk consumption in childhood protects against asthma at school age.” This study found that raw milk’s “beneficial effect on asthma increases over time. Recent consumption of farm milk seems to be more relevant than consumption in the first years of life, which extends the concept of early prevention to sustained prevention until school age and beyond.” 

Depending on your diet and fitness needs, the average adults need between 1,000 and 1,200 mg of calcium a day. How do you reach your nutritional needs? Consume a minimum of 3-5 cups of Whole RAW milk per day to meet daily nutritional needs.

Reflux? Try this: Organic raw apple cider vinegar, garlic, ginger: In the Amish folk medicine acid reflux is treated by combining apple cider vinegar with ginger and garlic. Ginger helps in improving digestion and expels intestinal gas. Garlic is a natural antibiotic. It suppresses bacterial overgrowth and provides relief from digestive problems.

How To Take

To prepare the mixture, you will need a cup of apple cider vinegar, a tablespoon of freshly grated ginger, 10 cloves of garlic and a tablespoon of lemon juice. Put all the ingredients in a blender and mix the ingredients well. Mix two tablespoons of the mixture with a glass of water and drink slowly. It will cure your reflux in just a minute or two.

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Published by Bob and Dusty Copeland

Bob and I have successfully managed the largest on-line supply of goat meat for years. We retired and decided we wanted to give back to our community. We began the first and only RAWMI listed farm share co-op where local families can come and learn by doing. 14 families milk the cows daily, our special needs daughters manage the chickens. Families collect their own eggs. How can we help YOUR family?

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