• Last week, I woke up to find my 4-year-old lying on the couch, coughing.  Ah, a summer cold. Some mullein tea and a probiotic later, and he was off and playing.  It reminded me, though, that fall is coming, and that colds will be more common.  I’m hoping to protect my family against most colds this… [Continue Reading]

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Last week, I woke up to find my 4-year-old lying on the couch, coughing.  Ah, a summer cold. Some mullein tea and a probiotic later, and he was off and playing.  It reminded me, though, that fall is coming, and that colds will be more common.  I’m hoping to protect my family against most colds this […]

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