We all know that the common cold or flu is sometimes inevitable. Our nutrition could be optimal, our nerves might be of steel and regardless of how well we take care of ourselves, the common cold or flu can just happen. If you have been waiting for your Fire Cider to ferment and the Chicken Soup isn't quite ready for the comfort and healing you’re needing, I have a few more tips, recipes and suggestions to share that will do the trick.
The best part about what I am sharing is that it will be giving more choices than what you may be aware of. For example I absolutely love the smell of a pharmacy brand of vapor rub, most of us find it of great comfort when we’ve got a cold. It’s easy enough to make your own that is organic, healthy and void of petroleum products. If you take the recipe I gave for Plantain Salve, instead of just adding some lavender, add 20 drops of lavender 30 drops rosemary, 20 drops eucalyptus for about 5 jars. Take just a few of the Plantain salve jars that you would use for healing salve and make it into healing vapor salve! :) It’s less expensive in the long run, than store bought and as far as I am concerned, safer for my family. You can also reuse lip-balm tubes to carry with you which is great for applying it to babies feet!
Essential oils are incredibly beneficial for a number of things. As I research and use them more I’m finding that even though they may seem a little pricey at first, they are completely worth it. Oils last a long while when mixed with carriers and when making different concoctions, the cost of my finished product is less expensive to make than to buy, lasts longer and of course, is all natural. By making it ourselves we rest easy knowing our home-crafted goodies are safe and effective. Whereas we cannot be certain of quality and toxicity levels with consumer products that are conveniently and readily available.
I’ve tried a number of oils and for me, the best I have found is doTERRA. The quality has been exemplary and I do urge others to research the different companies and share information you might feel will change my mind on this. I have found that variety is surely the spice in this life and I’m always open to suggestions.
Below is a great chart for essential oils and their benefits for the winter months.
If you have any questions or are interested in doTERRA check out the link below and feel free to send me a message!
Now for my favorite of all recipes for a tea that truly helps our colds in a number of ways. I was told by an Indigenous Elder that I should be making cedar tea to boost my family’s immune systems. Cedar is full of vitamin C and so, many years ago, this one tea with just a touch of honey was a staple for our colds. Since then I have been introduced to and researched a few more additions for this tea that I urge you all to try. If you have any additions, please let us know!
Cari-Lee’s Natural Flu-Relief Tea
Cedar greens-enough to cover the bottom of the pot you will be using)
*high source of vitamin C and cedar is used for respiratory tract infections such as bronchitis.
2-3 Sprigs of white pine
*used for upper and lower respiratory tract swelling (inflammation), stuffy nose, hoarseness, common cold, cough or bronchitis, fevers, tendency towards infection, and blood pressure problems.
1 piece of osha root
*used for sore throat, bronchitis, cough, common cold, influenza, swine flu, and pneumonia. It is also used to treat other viral infections including herpes and AIDS/HIV. Some people use it for indigestion.
1 tsp rose-hips
*Fresh rose hips contain a lot of vitamin C, so they share many uses with vitamin C including preventing and treating colds, flu, and vitamin C deficiencies.
1 star anise
*used for respiratory tract infections, lung swelling (inflammation), cough, bronchitis, the flu (influenza), swine flu, and bird flu.
1 piece of cinnamon bark
* used for gastrointestinal (GI) upset, diarrhea, and gas. It is also used for stimulating appetite; for infections caused by bacteria and parasitic worms; and for menstrual cramps, the common cold, and the flu (influenza).
Wild ginger root
*used for bronchitis, bronchial spasms, and bronchial asthma. It is also used to treat coughs, pneumonia, chest pain (angina), migraines, liver disease, and dehydration.
Honey (to taste)
*used for cough, asthma, and hay fever.
Simmer this on the stove for about a half hour and serve, leaving it to warm on the stove. I will replenish the water through the day and then make fresh pot the next day. We have all noticed huge improvements in the way we feel after drinking the first cup. I do recommend drinking this right at the first sign of your cold and that you keep drinking it through the cold. Add some lemon to the tea as well if you like.
This tea is really yummy and soothing and I don’t just recommend it for the days when you’re ill. It’s an immune booster and and can be a nice warm cuppa on any day, not just your sick days!
One year I made up individual bags of this tea that we added to our Solstice gifting bags which are always filled with handmade goodies for or loved ones. Just a little sneak-peak at something I’ll get into in an upcoming article ;)
I imagine there are many traditional remedies out there than the ones I have covered in this 3 part series. If you happen to have one, please send it to us here at firstname.lastname@example.org . We would love to feature more natural, tried, tested and true remedies here for others to learn.
Stay healthy! Winter is coming ;)
Recipes are going to vary from meals to medicines. It's all about healing from the inside out because we truly are what we eat. What's the point? Well, gardening and foraging for your own foods, shopping local and no processed garbage or pharmaceuticals for what ails you? I think that's enough of point, don't you?
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