Archive for the ‘Remedies’ Category

Kitchen Hints: Uses for vinegar

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

by Catherine Haug, Sept 28, 2012

To see all kitchen hints on this site, see: Kitchen Hints. If you’d like to submit a kitchen hint, send it to me and I’ll publish it. Note that if you don’t want your name used, just let me know. See ESP Contact for my email address.

As I write this, so far, we’ve gotten only 2 kitchen hints submitted, and they have to do with using vinegar and baking soda. In this post, I address other uses for vinegar, and next up, I’ll write a post on other uses for baking soda (link will be added when post is available). (more…)

A matter of prescription

Monday, May 28th, 2012

by Catherine Haug, May 27, 2012

This post is my personal opinion and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of other members of the ESP team.

I recently became ill with “walking pneumonia” caused by mycoplasma bacteria. I understand is going around the valley. I’ve had pneumonia before, and I know that puts me at greater risk for this disease and for a more serious condition. My symptoms were: no fever, wheezing, coughing (sometimes intense, bringing up phlegm), and depleted energy. Because it is bacterial, it can be treated with prescription antibiotics. However, based on the experience I had following this diagnosis, I have some advice to share with you.

But first, my experience. It all came to a head on a Friday, so knowing the weekend was ahead with limited access to health professionals, I did two things: (more…)

Kombucha – Fermented Tea

Monday, April 16th, 2012

by Catherine Haug, April 12. 2012

Kombucha – fermented black or green tea, or tea kvass – is becoming a popular heath-beverage. When fruit juice is added, it’s a healthful alternative to soda pop. We learned how to make kombucha from Jeanette Cheney, using the SCOBY (or ‘mushroom’) at our August 2011 gathering (Lacto-Fermentation, with Don Bates & Jeanette Cheney).

If you’ve never had kombucha before, you might want to try one of the Synergy Kombucha beverages that have added fruit juice, and is not as tart as regular kombucha. [Synergy comes in glass bottles that you can take to the Wellness Education Center (WEC), where Jeanette will reuse them.] After you’ve accustomed to this flavor, try the bottled 100% kombucha before embarking on your own brew.

Also, start with a small amount – about 4 oz – daily for a couple weeks, then gradually increase the amount over time.

What’s in kombucha that makes it so special?


Foraging for Native Food: Event Opportunities 2011

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Wild Asparagus

by Catherine Haug

Can you really find adequate nourishment growing wild in the Flathead? Oh sure, you can hunt, fish and pick huckleberries, but what about salad greens, veggies, nuts, seeds and other fruits?

The answer is an abundant YES! Native Americans from our area were successful hunter-gatherers, at least until America moved west. Early pioneers also relied on foraging for their sustenance. And the day may surely arrive when we, too, must depend on our knowledge of what is/is not edible, and where to look for these foods.

To learn more, read on… (more…)

The Power of Herbs & Spices in Cooking

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

by Catherine Haug, April 4, 2011

You probably already use a few herbs and spices when you cook or bake. Most kitchens have at least a few of these, and many of us grow some herbs in our gardens. But there are a plethora of herbs and spices available that provide not only wonderful flavors, but also health benefits as well.

Check out this informative article on Mercola’s website: Healing Herbs, and How to Use Them in Your Cooking. He discusses: (more…)

Ancient Healing Remedies for Every Home

Monday, March 7th, 2011

by Catherine Haug, March 2, 2011

What did people do to heal themselves and their family members from disease, prior to the age of modern medicine and pharmaceuticals? Probably the first thing that comes to mind is the use of healing herbs. Chinese and ayurvedic practices may also come to mind. But in addition to these, there are two nearly forgotten remedies that can be used to treat, or at least reduce the symptoms of, almost any illness.

We may not always have access to OTC and prescription drugs. Drought and other factors may make herbal preparations difficult to obtain. But if every home has access to these two simple remedies, we will be ahead of the game. All that is needed is the equipment and clean water.

What are they? Read on. (more…)