It's been hot, very hot.
Leaves have been falling from our Sugar Maple trees from lack of moisture without turning the usual yellow or orange. Sadly, they're a gnarly black as above or just brown as below.
I recently bought a book that I wish I'd had sooner. The Backyard Pharmacy Book is by the same author as the Be Your Own "Doctor" book, and it's a real gem in the herbal remedy genre. (Side note: There is also a Be Your Own Pediatrician book by the same author that I hope to get someday.)
The author is very knowledgeable on the subject of herbs and how to administer them for optimal benefit.
True Flu $hot $tory:
For many years Goodman worked for a company that supplied their employees with flu shots at no personal cost. He didn't want to miss workdays at home in bed so his work ethic bade him to get the shot, until looking back, he noticed that he came down with the flu every year he got the shot, but didn't get sick when he didn't get the shot. And he wasn't the only one, either. 0.0 Hmm
I've done a lot of reading over the years about flu shots. Mind you, I've never had one, but I've never had the flu, either. Some people think they have the flu when they get a bad cold, but unless you have a temperature and a host of other symptoms, you don't have the flu.
Did you know there are so many sub-strains of the flu that there is no way this side of heaven to prevent a flu epidemic even if every last person on earth got the shot? No one can see into the future to know which strain will be going around or even IF a strain will be going around. It's that simple.
What's not simple is the math involved:
Did you know that flu shots are a nearly 2 billion dollar annual industry in the U.S. alone? That's a lot of money.
p.s. For the glass pumpkin lovers, there are similar ones in three colors at this site.
Would you believe I've never used any tea lights with them. I'm so enamored with the colors I just never thought to do it until today.
They're okay, but I think they're the most colorful in natural light without the candles.
Have a great rest o' the week Y'all!