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Aloe Vera Tips & Solutions, Issue #004 - Plantain Tea Cleanse
April 02, 2012
Aloe Vera Tips & Solutions
monthly newsletter/ezine of
Vol. 1 # 4 April 2, 2012
Note About Aloe Vera Gifts - Sending Free Baby Aloe Vera - in April
Spring has arrived here, although we still have some cold days and nights. Easter is around the corner and that holiday means the mail doesn't move over the long weekend. A few subscribers have expressed a desire to have one of my free baby aloe vera, so I think I'll wait until just after Easter to keep my promises to them. I had promised 20 to new subscribers and so far only sent 4 in January. That proved to be bad timing as some of them froze.
So I'll try another batch in April and see how that goes. Again, I'll be asking each recipient to help me out by reporting when the aloe vera plant arrives and in what condition.
All this to help me decide whether and just how I should sell aloe vera plants by mail. It may prove too complicated and risky, but how will I know unless I try it out?
Taking Care of Myself - A Plantain Tea Cleanse
It was fall. We'd had our first hard frost over night during the week, and I had worked hard to get my garden all harvested in time. I had tomatoes, squash, watermelon, etc., all finishing their ripening process in my house on Saturday morning while I went out to clean up the plant waste in the garden and tidy up.
I laid out and washed down my soaker hoses that had been laid under the plants on either side of the path. I dug trenches where the potatoes had been and filled them with dried up plant material and then raked over them so the waste could become compost over the winter. When two-thirds of the garden was cleaned up like that, I began to feel very tired and achy, so I quit for the day and went inside. After a rest and snack in my recliner I was up and doing my housecleaning again. When you live alone there is no one else to assign the work.
However, as I've experienced many times before, driving myself to the point of physical exhaustion on a Saturday means that I pay the consequences on Sunday with constipation and a sinus headache. After all kinds of trials and errors in finding a remedy, I've concluded that when I get to such exhaustion my glandular system shuts down and insists on a few days of rest. That's what causes my misery on Sundays. I usually drag myself to church on Sunday morning, but am wasted for the rest of the day.
This particular weekend I tried something different though. I'd been feeling guilty about over-indulging in sweets and treats all summer, and felt I needed a cleanse. So Sunday afternoon I made myself a pot of tea from my dried herb, plantain. I was in a mood to be thorough about cleansing my digestive system.
I had to take a painkiller later so I could write some overdue letters, but by evening I was feeling more like myself, and I went back to church for the evening service. Monday morning I had to have a bowel movement before I finished dressing, and whoa! Suddenly I felt cleansed and light in my stomach that had felt so weighted for weeks. My head was clear, my mind was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready for a full and busy day at work.
There have been several instances in the past when I found plantain tea make a vast difference, but now I'm ready to do this more often. Of course, I want to remember not to over-do a physical work session to the point of utter exhaustion either. That is going to be the harder part to learn.
A Practical Tip/Solution - How to Find Plantain; Make Tea
No doubt you are asking; where do you find that plantain? How do you make a tea of it?
Well, it grows like a weed and is often thought of as a weed. So look for it among your grass, flowerbeds, beside the sidewalks or in the woods beside the paths. Once you recognize it, you'll see it everywhere!
It has broad green leaves growing in circles around a center stem on top of which are brown seeds later in the summer. The leaves have elastic veins if you pull on them. It has many other names in different parts of the world, so you might find older people in your neighbourhood happy to point it out if you call it things like waybread, waybroad, cuckoo's bread, englishman's foot, white man's foot, buckhorn plantain, dog's ribs, hock cockle, rub grass, dooryard plantain, round-leaved plantain, broad-leafed plaintain, ripple grass, slan-lus, snakeweed and more.
Just take a bag with you when you go for your next walk and keep your eyes open. You're likely to come back with your bag full. Wash the leaves in your kitchen sink, and lay them out on paper towels or wax paper to dry. I often spread them out on wax paper over newspapers in the basement and set a fan to stir up and dry the air, so they will dry faster. When the leaves are brittle, just crumble them in your hands, and put them into spare and empty supplement bottles, or glass jars. (Label them in case you gather other herbs too).
To make Plantain tea, just put a wad of the dried leaves in a tea ball, and drop it in a teapot. Pour boiling water into the pot and cover and steep. (I often add a teaspoon of honey as well). Ten minutes later you can pour the tea in to your teacup or mug. I even drink it when the tea has gone cold.
See my long page about this herb on my website for much more information about plantain.
Remember to harvest enough to tide you through the winter if you live in Canada.
I Can Recommend - Forever Aloe Bits N' Peaches
I've been trying out Forever Living products and sharing among my close friends. We all agree that this one is easy to drink and tastes quite good. It has 100% stabilized aloe vera gel and just a touch of natural peach flavour and peach concentrate. It also contains pure chunks of aloe vera gel.
One jug contains 33.8 fluid ounces, and if you were to take just the recommended 2 to 4 oz a day, it could last you 8 to 16 or 17 days. That should be enough time to see whether it is promoting better health for you or not.
The only problem I see is that you like it so much you drink more and more often of it, meaning you'll run out sooner, but your body won't regret it at all. :)
Feel free to order some from my site and bookmark this link; myflpbiz.com/esuite/home/avhh/Products.html Or, if you are afraid to order online, email me, and I'll do it for you. I can ask to have it shipped to you instead of me. Of course, I'll have to ask you to send me the money first. :)
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