Ho Yan Hor Herbal Tea

Ho Yan Hor herbal tea brings back many childhood memories. Over the weekend, I was feeling under the weather. I have been taking Vitamin C way before this, but it hasn't done anything. Friday night, I was feeling congested and I remembered I still had a box of Ho Yan Hor tea in my pantry. It was past midnight and I wasn't about to get out of bed to brew this tea. This isn't the first thing I would reach for when I have a cold because it doesn't taste good, let alone smell good.


It works! 

Ho Yan Hor herbal tea contains a whopping 24 natural herbs extract with tea leaves. Actually, the "new" one has 22 natural herbs, but hey, it's still loaded with natural good stuff. It's a large tea bag than can be brewed in hot water for 2 minutes or longer for a stronger brew. You can sweeten it with sugar or honey or add lemon or lime to taste. You can drink it cold as well. Use a large mug or small pot. I prefer to use a small pot because I like it really hot. 

You can drink this herbal tea any time and some people drink it daily, but it's really effective for colds, flu, stomach upset, headaches, indigestion, nausea, poor appetite, body aches, stress, fatigue, and heatiness. I can't explain heatiness, but this website will help What are Heaty and Cooling Foods?

As a recall from my childhood, my mom would brew this tea in a small pot with several slices of fresh ginger. She must have brewed it extra strong because it was almost black. I can't describe the taste or aroma, but it has that Chinese herbal smell. The important thing is this works! It's much more effective than say Neo Citran, plus that has a lot of crap in it. 

You won't find this in your local pharmacy. You're better off looking into the Asian stores or online at Amazon or something like that. 

I was feeling horrible last night and I brewed a tea bag of Ho Yan Hor and before I had finished my mug of tea I felt instantly better. Yeah, it does work that quickly.

What is your go-to cold remedy?

7 DIY Home Remedies To Relieve Itchy Mosquito/Insect Bites

I almost went through the whole summer without any mosquito bites. Mosquitoes love me and when one bites, it loves to devour my blood. Maybe it's just me that its bite really doesn't agree with me. I can get huge swellings and massive itchiness. Years ago, I had to go on antibiotics because it was just that bad. I'm not fond of antibiotics for good reason, but I won't get into that.

Off to Google I went to find some DIY home remedies. Perfect! I found several things that may help and (bonus!) I have at home.

First off, I read fresh basil can stop the itching. Awesome! I have two pots of basil outside. I went and pulled several leaves and used one leaf and rubbed it directly to the mosquito bite on my leg. Prior to this, I was scratching like crazy and yes, I know, not a smart thing to do because it would aggravate it even more. So I rubbed it on my leg for about five minutes and voila! It works! The slight swelling and redness was still there, but the itchiness stopped...for now.

Other things I have in my home already and you may have too are:

Apple cider vinegar has so many helpful benefits. I use it as a facial toner. It does smell like a stinky sock even after it dries because I can smell it on myself. I dilute it with water. Usually I use one part apple cider vinegar and three parts filtered water. To use on mosquito or insect bites, you can use it directly. Put some on a cotton ball or use a Q-Tip and apply to the bite. This I will say works better than the basil.

I didn't try these...

Milk mixed with water and apply to the bite can also relieve the itchiness.

Make a paste with baking soda and water

Crush an aspirin, mix with water to make a paste

If you have an aloe vera plant, open one leaf and use the gel directly on the bite. To soothe and get a cooling effect, put a leaf in the fridge.

Choose an essential oil such as lavender oil, tea tree oil, cedar oil, or witch hazel. All of these have anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce swelling and pain. A bit goes a long way, so just a dab will do.

Tell me what DIY home remedy has worked for you when you have an insect bite?

Just Peachy

Th first part of August was a bit chaotic. My backup desktop computer finally went south. It didin't completely die because it was able to get on the Internet when I plugged in the modem directly to the computer. But...it was uber slow and 97% of the time, the pages wouldn't even load.

Off we went to buy a much needed new computer and now, I'm just peachy. Speaking of peaches, I'm suddenly allergic to them. I get a fat lip after eating them, but only if my lips come in contact with it. Other than that, I can cut them up and pop them in my mouth with no allergic reactions.

I wonder what would happen if I rub the fuzzy exterior on my face now. I used to do that as a kid and my Mom would tell me I'd grow facial hair. lol

Here are some cool facts:

Peaches are fat free, sodium free, cholesterol free, is an excellent source of vitamins A, C and E, good source of fibre and rich in in phytochemicals which act as antioxidants. A medium peach has about 35 calories.

Peaches either have white or yellow flesh. The white flesh is more sweet and the yellow flesh is more acidic and has more flavour. Select peaches without blemishes, have a fragrant smell and are soft to touch. Peaches can be ripened at room temperature by placing them in a brown bag for 2 or 3 days, but they also perish quickly.

Get Homeopathic Allergy Relief with Pollinosan

Happy Summer! I'm so glad it's here, but that doesn't mean allergy season for me is gone. I haven't always sought out a natural product to use when I have allergies. I hate allergies and I don't know how some people just deal with it without taking (natural or not) anything for it. They are a lot stronger and tolerant than I am, for sure!

I haven't tried many different solutions especially ones that are natural or safer to use than OTC or prescription allergy medication. HydraSense is a natural saline nasal spray that cleans and moisturizes your nose. It does an effective job of clearing and cleaning the nasal passages. It also provides temporary (very temporary, for me) relief, but certainly not enough for me to feel allergy free.

Taking a nap is my other prescription-free and natural allergy relief go-to, but you know, it feels like a waste of time. Fortunately, sleeping away the allergies works for me, but it isn't always ideal.

I'm always looking for that magical something to help with my allergies and my sister recommended Pollinosan Allergy Relief Tablets.

What's great about this homeopathic product is that it doesn't just target the allergic symptoms, but it eliminates the toxins that overload the immune system so it helps to normalize the immune system.

The recommended direction to take the tablets is to place it under your tongue and let it slowly dissolve. The tablets aren't really that big, but it's not quick dissolving either. There's no flavour so you're not subject to an unpleasant taste, but it's rather chalky as it starts to dissolve. I took two as directed on the package and ended up with worse allergies. This isn't to say it didn't work; this is quite the opposite. It IS working. This indicates the body is responding to the product and my reaction to it is detoxification. The symptoms will get worse before it gets better as this was mentioned on their website. It's a pain in the butt, but I'd take it over any chemical laden allergy medication.

The ingredients are a variety of fruit, bark and root and you can find the list on their website. It is also sugar and gluten-free. 

If you're looking for a homeopathic remedy, I'd give this one a try. It's also safe for kids as young as two years old, but as always take precautions and consult with your child's pediatrician or family doctor.

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