Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tips on Flu and Cedar Tea

Anyone can get flu, even with hand washing, vaccine, and other precautions. Any condition where you are within 6 feet of an infected person, or touch something they recently touched, it can be transmitted. Cedar tea can help to stop it once you've got it.
"Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is." Help stop the proliferation with cedar, used sparingly, in combination with other recommended remedies (including warm liquids and rest). If these remedies fail and serious symptoms arise however, seek medical advice. The recipe is at the end of this general advisory:

"Every precaution is necessary Re H1N1. The following is important for all to know:

The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.

While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of only focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).

2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat or bathe.)

3. Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine or Hydrogen Peroxide if you don't trust salt). **H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling or cleansing the throat and nasal passages with cedar steam prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water, or hydrogen peroxide. Blowing the nose softly once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.

5. Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C. If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that they also have Zinc to boost absorption.

6. Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.

Pass this on to your entire e-list. You never know who might pay attention to it - and STAY ALIVE because of it."

Cedar Tea to Stop Winter Colds and Flu

As pointed out in points 3 to 5 above, proliferation of the virus can be prevented by cleansing of the nasal passages and throat (the breeding grounds), and use of vitamin C. Cedar tea as taken below can accomplish this.

Get two handfuls of fresh cedar leaves on the stems, pick the lightest green (the growing tips) for freshest. Better to get from the country than city; less pollution, but city cedar will do.

Give something back for taking the cedar (tobacco, any kind of offering).

Boil in 4 cups water for 5 minutes or so.

While boiling, inhale the steam deeply by nose and into throat through mouth. Get thoroughly steamed! It will burn a bit and singe yr nostrils but that is good. This kills most microbes (colds) and viruses (flu) in your respiratory tract, where they normally breed.

Drink a cup of the tea water with some honey, or maple syrup, or brandy. You will feel it coat your mouth and throat -- any remaining bacteria, microbes, viruses etc. will be killed. You also get a healthy dose of vitamin C.

Later on inhale some more steam.

Your infection should be gone overnite.

Repeat next day with same batch just in case.

This only works in early stages of flu. If you wait more than 2 days after contracting the virus (see advisory above point 3) it will multiply and invade the system where cedar tea cannot help. You have to do this at the first sign of cold or flu, or just after you think you may have been infected, for it to work.

Many Native or old time people know to keep a pot of cedar on the stove all winter, to inhale or drink whenever. The tea can also be stored in fridge but works better hot with steam. (Back in the day people used to take long cedar steam baths every spring to cleanse the system).

Do not overdo or drink more than a few cups in a week, and pregnant women and children should not drink the tea (although the steam is OK).

There are alternatives to the cedar approach, using white pine, spruce, or labrador (muskeg) tea...


Anonymous said...

I am a 66 year old woman who has suffered with sinus problems for many years. At the worst I have woken with two black eyes from an onset of sinus during the night as I slept. Doctors gave me antibiotics and warned I may have to have surgery to scrape the sinuses. At the age of 46 I met an Ojibwa native who advised me that I should find a cedar tree and make some cedar tea. I did what he advised and since that day I have not suffered from the swollen eyes and full head like befor. I am so greatful that I talked to Martin that day. The speed with which cedar tea works is amazing. Again thank you Martin, from your friend Rusty

michael said...

hi i am 21 and have a ? is it ok to boil the (red cedar wood) and then drink it it smells fine, plus i was wondering if there is a male and female cedar tree or bush because my uncle has 2 they look like a bush and their not real tall but his 2 cedar bushes have tons of blue seed ball all over it,& i already tried the cedar wood drink that i made last night it was a little bitter but good & please do e-mail me back thanks.

Anonymous said...

Michael, buddy, trees don't have genders.

Anonymous said...

To the anonymous writer. Trees do have genders. The male and female flower parts are on different trees. They are called dioecious instead of monecious. Holly berries are only on the female trees.Same thing with yew.

Anonymous said...

I doctor my cedar tea with a bag of green tea and pure raw honey, mmm good!!! And I don't have to sit on the pot most of the day everytime I get any stomach bug. Good Medicine

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Anonymous said...

So I find this information useful, I remember getting sick and my mother handing me a cup of cedar tea. Years later its flu season and I have a son of my own that constantly has throat and ear infections. Now with that said the many many antibiotics hes been given year round, I have been pondering the idea to have him try some of these traditional methods it hopes that maybe we wont have to visit Dr. every month. But even here it states to not give the tea to children to drink? Any suggestions?

Anonymous said...

What kind of cedar exactly? I've seen flat in southern Ontario and long stick like cedar in the mid-west of US?

Unknown said...

Yes they do. We're more likely to be allergic to male trees as they throw their pollen into the air. British Columbia had a major issue with pollen as they planted mostly male trees in an urban population, with no females to catch the pollen

Wildevine said...

That sounds more like juniper. You need to get someone that knows trees to help you out. Also, a good book such as "Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Rockies" to help with identification.

Ludmila Afonso said...

I wanna know why children and preggers cant drink the tea. What are the effects on fetus and on children? Really need to know cause my girls love it.