Uva Ursi, is a small groundcover shrub distributed throughout northern latitudes and in high altitudes further south. The plant produces small; stiff evergreen leaves that last 1-3 years before falling. In late spring, white to pink flowers bloom, eventually producing ¼- to ½-inch red berry fruit that survives until early winter. Bears eat the fruit berries, leading to the plant’s Latin name uva ursi, which means “grape’s of the bear.”
Native Americans have used uva ursi for hundreds of years, often combining the leaves with tobacco and other herbs for smoking.
Uva Ursi, also known as Bearberry, has beenwidely used for several hundred years as a diuretic, astringent, and antiseptic.
Well, as with every fall when the air cools down and begins to dry out, so does my nose. Almost as bad as chapped lips, dried out nasal passages are painful. It gets so bad sometimes, I just dread having to blow my nose. While many people turn for a little tub of petroleum jelly, I take a more natural approach.
Here are some ways I heal the inside of my dry and cracked nose.
1. Coconut oil
My favorite, I use solid coconut oil on my face, lips, and up my nose all fall and winter.
Coconut oil is simple, natural, effective, and soothing.
Place a little coconut in a dish. Dip a cotton swab into it and generously cover it. Apply to the inside of each nostril so that there is a good through coating. Don’t worry about the glob of coconut, it melts when it touches your skin. Apply up to 3 times a day, especially before bed and when you get up.
After a cold day, you need a filling soup to warm you up. This is a super easy soup and it takes less than an hour to make. It can simmer while you’re busy doing other things. Chicken soup is just the thing when you feel a cold coming on.
4 chicken thighs, or other parts
2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup dry noodles, any kind
1/4 cup barley
1 large carrot, shredded or chopped
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoon fresh chopped, or 1/2 tablespoon dried thyme, rosemary, or basil (I like basil)
2 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley, or 1/2 dried
2 Bay leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
water if needed
Brown chicken, garlic, and onion in 1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil. When brown, add vegetable broth and water if you need more liquid.
Bring to boil, add Bay leaves, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until tender. Remove chicken to cool. When cool enough to handle, shred the chicken. Meanwhile, add to the broth, dry noodles, barley, carrot, and herbs. Cook until tender. Add shredded chicken, stir, and it’s ready.
Add more water, if needed at any time.
Serve with crackers or bread, sandwich or salad. We love it by itself.
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After you have ordered your Herb Consultation, I will email you a Personal Health Form for you to fill out and return.
I will then access your health concerns and conditions, and suggest an herb or herbal blend that may help you. Your results will be emailed to you within a few days. Good health, Lisa