Sharon Hubbs-Kreft, Herbalist - Amazing Grace Herbals LLC

  (Keyport, New Jersey)
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How to protect yourself from the Swine Flu naturally

I was just reading a great article by Dr. Lynn Jennings, MD and information is fabulous on the swine flu and the vaccinations now available.

These are some suggestions to help protect yourself from acquiring the swine flu:

• Get adequate amounts of rest. Irregular sleeping patterns, inadequate sleep all cause stress on your body and can adversely affect your immune system.
• Wash your hands.
• Maintain a healthy diet. You need to limit your intake of refined sugar and grains. You should also stay away from artificial sweeteners such as saccharin, aspartame and splenda. Eat plenty of green and purple vegetables. The majority of your diet should be vegetables and fruits. The initial phase diet is an excellent start.
• Regular exercise. You don’t have to be a marathon runner. Walking is good. Do what you can. If you cannot walk, arm exercises are good.
• Make sure you are getting adequate amounts of Vitamin D3. A good starting dose would be 5000 units per day until you can have your doctor or health care provider check your 25 hydroxy vitamin D3 level. Recommended levels are 50-70.
• Vitamin C 4000-6000mg daily.
• Zinc citrate 25mg daily
• Selenium 50ug daily
• I would also recommend an iodine supplement (if you are not allergic)
• such as Iodoral 12.5-25mg daily
• Take daily probiotics.

This is good common sense info with some added supplement suggestions, most suggestions can be followed by children and the eldery and are safe for long term use if needed.

There are other natural supplements that can help protect the body too like Colloidal Silver which I offer here in my Local Harvest store. You can read more about it there and if you have any questions, feel free to email me.

Many Blessings and September Greetings!


Bach's Flower Essnces - Part 2 - The Essences

I hope you enjoyed Part 1 about using and administering Flower Essences.

Here are a list of Bach's Flower Essences and their primary uses:

AGRIMONY ~ denial, "stuffing" emotions, inappropriate communication, allergies, physical irritants


ASPEN ~ vague fears, sense of impending doom, fearful (to be left alone)


BEECH ~ intolerance, allergies


BLEEDING HEART - grief - when pups/kittens leave the mom for new homes for stress and emotional pain


CELERY - restores balance to the immune system when it is stressed or overworked, and during long-term viral or bacterial infections


CENTAURY ~ meek, "doormat", picked on by other animals, submissive to siblings


CERATO ~ inattentive, easily distracted


CHAMOMILE ~ calming the emotions, soothing irritable and fractious animals, teething and animal that tends to be restless and cranky.


CHERRY PLUM ~ loss of control


CHESTNUT BUD ~ to learn a lesson the first time or break habits


CHICORY ~ possessive, clingy, manipulative, separation anxiety


CLEMATIS ~ consciousness, focus; post-op


CRAB APPLE ~ cleansing; infections, toxins, cuts


ELM ~ easily overwhelmed or frazzled


GARLIC - this helps to repel fleas, and does not have any of the other effects of garlic, including the odor


GENTIAN ~ to see "light at the end of the tunnel", restore hope; long illness rehabilitation, good for pet’s with varying cancers


GORSE ~ hopelessness, giving up; cancer, critical injury or surgery


HEATHER ~ needy child, very clingy, talkative


HOLLY ~ anger, jealousy, need for love; abandoned, abused


HORNBEAM ~ mental weariness


HONEYSUCKLE ~ grief, homesickness, depleted energy rescue/shelter animals (forget past, face future)


IMPATIENS ~ impatience, irritability, nervous energy; pain


LARCH ~ lack of self-confidence


MIMULUS ~ timidity, specific fears; illness that does not respond to treatment, fearful (people other animals) fear of travel in car, wounds that do not heal due to anxiety


MUSTARD ~ depression, gloom, mood swings


OAK~ chronic exhaustion, overworked but keeps struggling; loss of control


OLIVE ~ physical exhaustion from long strain


PINE ~ perfectionist, guilt, feeling rejected: abuse, fearful (animals cringe)


PINK YARROW ~ helps protect animals from negative emotional energy, such as during a divorce, or stressful family situation, or when another animal or person is sick or draining their energy reserves.


RED CHESTNUT ~ worries about others


ROCK ROSE ~ terror, panic


ROCK WATER ~ inflexible, stiff; arthritis


SCLERANTHUS ~ imbalance; neurological problems, travel sickness


STAR OF BETHLEHEM ~ mental, physical or emotional trauma; need for comfort; any stray or animal from shelter, shock


SWEET CHESTNUT ~ at wits' end, despairing, rescue animals who have been subject to severe abuse


TOMATO ~ also helps the body in throwing off infection or disease.


VERVAIN ~ fanatic, hyperactive, over-enthusiastic, jumpy


VINE ~ control, domination


WALNUT ~ transition, protection, over-sensitive to environment, before introducing new animals


WATER VIOLET ~ grief, loner, reclusive, arrogant; to bring joy; for most Cats


WHITE CHESTNUT ~ repetitive thoughts


WILD OAT ~ bored, anxiety, feeling un-useful, helps pet to relax and calm down


WILD ROSE ~ apathy, passive resignation; to "be here now"


WILLOW ~ resentment, anger toward owner


RESCUE REMEDY ~ the 5-flower combination for any acute trauma or stress. Considered as a single remedy in combinations, The five remedies are Star of Bethlehem for trauma and numbness, Clematis for being grounded and to prevent passing out, Rock Rose for panic, Impatiens for tension and irritability and Cherry Plum to prevent losing control. Basically four drops of the stock bottle are added to a one ounce glass dropper bottle of spring water and shaken up. It is best to make this up immediately before use as the mixture will not keep too long. Three or four drops of the mixture can be given into the mouth or onto the gums every five minutes until a response is seen. Rescue Remedy can also be given in the water during any time of stress and in this case it is best to use ten drops every time the water is changed.


Rescue Remedy, combined with the homeopathic remedy Aconite makes a wonderful calming essence that can be used on wild animals, and for rehabilitation, as mentioned above it works well on any kind of stress or fear situation and definitely helps with survival rate in these situations. A few drops of the combined essence on the gums or even onto the ear of the rescued animal will calm them down and make them easier to handle. It can even be sprayed onto the skin or ears with a spray bottle and will still have a beneficial effect. A dropper of the combination can be put in the daily water for rescued animals to help them withstand the stress of captivity, and make them more manageable.


Mix and match the essences, they work wonderfully and can really help a anxious or frustrated pet  . .  or human too!!!  :)

Peaceful Blessings!


Bach's Flower Essnces - Part 1

I love working with the various flower essences and make many myself. I use all different types including Australian, Alaskan, Light Heart and Indigo to name a few. I am going to blog about Bach's essences as these are the essences most commonly found in the US and are easy to obtain from most health food or new age stores.

The Essences are wonderful and in part one I will discuss how they work and how to adminitser, in part two I will list the essences with explanaitions of what they are used to treat.

Sometimes it can be trial and error with the essences until you can find the exact one that you body needs and will utilize. The essences are safe for use on anyone including babies and animals. I was raised using the essences and have become quite fond of their healing energies. I am a good standing member of the Flower Essence Society and use essences in many specialized remedies especially for pets with emotional and behavioral concerns.

Flower essence therapy works on a similar mechanism as homeopathy. Parts of the flower are diluted and then potentised to become effective. The flower essences are found in liquid form. Thus, the remedies work on an energetic level, similar to homeopathy, acupuncture and Reiki. They affect the mental and emotional parts of our being. Dr. Bach felt that physical illness can be caused by emotional upset and by fixing the emotional balance the physical illness disappeared.

Flower essences work to heal physical, mental and emotional illness. All of the aforementioned illnesses affect each other in one way or another. Therefore, flower essences restore the inner balance by working on the vital force. The vital force is an inner force within the body that governs our strength and well-being. As we get sick our vital force weakens and therefore, the flower essences work on our vital force to strengthen it. The particles of the essences work in specific patterns. This means that certain essences cure certain illnesses.  Overall, flower essence are to said to release negative emotions and help heal and calm, using either internally or externally non toxic and have no side effects.I hope this information has given you an idea of another form of natural therapy for humans and animals.


To make up a combination, use 2 drops of each desired flower essence to one ounce of water; for Rescue Remedy use 4 drops per ounce of water. You can add up to 20% alcohol (usually brandy or vodka) as a preservative as desired, but some dislike the taste or cannot have alcohol. I prefer to use organic apple cider vinegar as a preserving menstruum. You can use flower remedies straight from the stock bottle, but they taste rather unpleasant. You may use up to 6 essences in combination, with Rescue Remedy counting as one essence. In general, use the fewest essences possible.

The remedy can be given by mouth, which is the most effective method. Only a few drops (4-8) are necessary, and need not be swallowed, but only must contact the mucous membranes (gums, tongue, lips). Be careful not to contaminate the dropper by touching it to the animal or yourself (if this occurs, rinse the dropper in very hot water before returning it to the bottle). You can also add a dropper full to the water dish, or a few drops on wet food (there is no effect of dilution). You can add a dropper full to a spray bottle filled with spring water, and use it to spray a room, carrier, stall, blanket, bed, car, around litter boxes or plants, or other problem areas. You can even put a few drops in your hand and pat an animal on the head and around the ears with it--the head is very sensitive to energy and will absorb the flower essences in this way. In the case of chewing or excessive licking or hot spots, you might want to try applying the remedy directly to the problem spot (IF it isn't too raw, otherwise the remedy will sting); the animal will then consume it when it next licks that area. This works best in cases of acral lick dermatitis.

When conditions have occurred when infection or bacteria may be present, Flower Essences work very well with herbs and supplements such as Colloidal Silver.

Just a few drops (4 - 8) at a time are sufficient. For serious or acute conditions the remedy can be given as often as needed, even every few minutes. For most behavioral problems, you can give 3 to 4 times a day for 2 to 4 weeks. If the response is reached by that time, you may begin to decrease the dosage gradually. You may need to add a dropper full to drinking water or give once a day long-term for some problems.

Look for Part two of my Bach blog which will list the essences in detail.

If you have any questions or would like more information on the essences, please contact me and I will be happy to help -

Peaceful Blessings!

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