You breathe to supply your body with oxygen and to get rid of carbon dioxide, a waste product of energy production. The lungs are the centre of the respiratory system. In your lungs, the oxygen in the air you breathe is exchanged for carbon dioxide in the blood. The channel that the air follows in and out of your lungs is called the respiratory tract. It includes the nose, throat, and trachea, or windpipe. Deep in the chest the trachea divides into two main tubes, which are called the bronchi, each one goes into one lung, where it divides into increasingly smaller air passages called bronchioles. At the tip of each bronchiole there is a balloon-like cavity called an alveolus. There are about 300 million of these alveoli in each lung. The vital exchange of oxygen for carbon dioxide occurs through minute blood vessels in the thin walls of the alveoli.

To support the respiratory system:

Foods: garlic, onions, leeks, turnips, grapes, pineapple, honey (eucalyptus), green leafy vegetables

Drinks: celery and papaya juice, carrot juice, watercress and apple juice with ¼ tsp cream of tartar, rose hip tea, goat milk whey

Herbs: mullein, elderflower, peppermint, yarrow, lobelia, comfrey, cayenne, marshmallow, sage, coltsfoot

Minerals: calcium, iron, silicon, manganese, potassium, copper

Vitamins: A, C, B-complex, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B12 (cyanocobalamin), E, F, inositol, choline, bioflavonoids, folic acid, pangamic acid

Essential oils: nose, throat and lung infections respond very well to treatment with essential oils. Inhalation is a very effective way of utilizing their properties. By inhalation they are absorbed into the blood stream faster than by oral application.

Expectorants for catarrh, sinusitis, coughs, bronchitis, etc: eucalyptus, pine, thyme, myrrh, sandalwood, fennel

Antispasmodics for colic, asthma, dry cough, whooping cough, etc: hyssop, cypress, Atlas cedarwood, bergamot, chamomile, cajeput

Balsamic agents for colds, chills, congestion, etc: benzoin, frankincense, myrrh

Antiseptics for flu, colds, sore throat, tonsillitis, gingivitis, etc: thyme, sage, eucalyptus, hyssop, pine, cajeput, tea tree is free to access and use.
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Pearl Barley Water Kidney Cleanse

Barley water is a traditionally acclaimed drink which will support and nourish the kidneys in times of stress. It is an integral part of a kidney cleansing programme, which will produce tremendous overall benefits.

Ingredients for Barley Water
1/2 cup of pearl barley
5 cups of water
1/4 of a cinnamon stick
grated ginger
freshly squeezed lemon juice

How to make:
Place the pearl barley, water, the cinnamon stick, some grated ginger into a pan and simmer for 20 minutes.
After cooling, strain the mixture and add fresh lemon juice for extra flavour.

Drink between 1 and 3 cups daily

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White Willow Bark Tea

White Willow Bark is a useful herb for digestion as it is both rich in salicin and tannins. It is a valuable anti-inflammatory and also reduces fevers, eases headaches and helps with the symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis. White willow helps to thin the blood making it a useful preventative for those at risk of blood clots. 

Hot infusion

Preparing a hot infusion white willow bark tea requires several steps.

(1) Fill one tea infuser full of the white willow bark tea herbs.

(2) Pour one cup of boiling water over the herbs.

(3) Cover the cup to ensure all the volatile oils & aromas in the white willow bark tea herbs do not escape.

(4) Allow the herbs to infuse for 3-5 minutes, then sip

100g (approx 80 cups of tea)

200g (approx 160 cups of tea)

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