I was proofreading for the SUN and would like to add some comment and information to the article on the free clinic. What prompted this was the statement that aspirin is the best relief for menstrual cramps. FALSE. Aspirin, like other drugs should be avoided as toxins. Raspberry leaf tea (picked from red raspberry bushes, or purchased from the People's Food Co-op on Packard or a health food store) effectively obliterates cramps, is a mellow relaxant, and very good for pregnant women especially as it makes childbirth easier. Steep herb teas in water brought just to a boil, covered, for 10-15 minutes.
Camomile, alfalfa, and rosemary are all good for relaxing.
For a rush, or a pick-up-try rosehips. Peppermint tea is great for a headache. Red clover blossoms are a delicious cureall; "hopeless" cancer patients have been cured by fruit fasts and red clover tea.
For colds eat lots of fresh fruits and raw vegies, and try any of the above with a little golden seal mixed in. lt's bitter, but the Indians wisely regarded it as one of the most healing herbs-it is a natural antiseptic, as are fresh garlic, ginger, and lemon.
Comfrey tea helps rebuild cells- good for bruises, broken bones, broken hearts?
Jethro Kloss' Back to Eden is filled with info about herbs- lots grow right under your nose! Slippery elm is good for sore throats and digestive tract hassles and the powder substitute for eggs in baking. 1 tsp = 1 large egg.
Eat seaweed (wakame, kombu, dulse) for Vitamin B-12 and minerals- drink broth with fresh lemon and garlic or ginger for a cold. Soak in hot water for 1/2 hour.
Love, Sue Sunflower
PS:The food co-op is preparing to move this month! Anyone who can help fix up new place, haul, etc. should contact the co-op at 723 Packard! Also the Co-op Bakery needs a kitchen to rent.