It's that time of year! The time when everyone seems to be fighting off something. I was somewhat in denial about it for myself all last week, until my chiropractor was adjusting my neck and asked if I had been fighting a cold...to which I sighed and answered with, "I guess..." It's that time!
However, the beautiful thing about this time of year, at least if you ask me, is that we have a choice to make. We can either accept the fact that we'll probably get sick, or we can start prepping our bodies to do what they are made to do and fight off those nasty little viruses! I'm sure you can guess the route that I prefer to take...and so today, I thought I'd share with you a couple of the home remedies that we are using this fall to ward off illness and keep our bodies healthy!
The first one is Fire Cider, a pungent vinegar tonic that can be taken straight from the bottle, or mixed into food or salad dressings. It's made by infusing raw apple cider vinegar with onion, garlic, horseradish, and ginger, and then sweetened and spiced up with a bit of honey and cayenne pepper. Fire Cider is great for both the immune system and digestive system. It can help kick a cold if it's taken regularly at the first signs illness. There are many different versions and recipes out there for fire cider, but here are a few...
- Rosemary Gladstar's Fire Cider (I used her recipe found in her book Medicinal Herbs's: A Beginner's Guide)
- Mountain Rose Herbs Fire Cider
- Wellness Mama's Spicy Cider
The second remedy that we've been using over the past several months is an Echinacea tincture. A tincture is a simple extract made with alcohol and herbs. You can find a simple tutorial on how to make tinctures here. We take a dropper full of this tincture several times per day anytime we're feeling a bit run down or on the verge of potential illness. My brother and his girlfriend even request a dropper full when they are over at our house! Echinacea is a fabulous immune booster and can help your body to do it's best work at fighting off viruses.
The third thing that we do, which I believe I've mentioned before, is to make a simple tea with grated fresh ginger, fresh lemon juice, and a touch of honey. It's amazing what those those simple kitchen ingredients can do when mixed with some hot water. They are so very healing and soothing for the body!
The fourth thing that we do is defuse our bedroom with immune boosting essential oils while we sleep. You can find some great blends out there, but I just mix up a simple concoction of lavender, eucalyptus, clove, and tea tree. The lavender calms our minds and bodies, the eucalyptus clears our sinuses, and the clove and tea tree purify the air and help support the immune system. I also have a blend of these oils mixed with a coconut oil base that we often use to rub into our feet before bed. However, during pregnancy I'm sticking to the defused versions as topical use of clove is best avoided during pregnancy.
And lastly, anytime we are feeling a bit run down, we SLEEP!! We live in a society that does not value sleep the way that it should. Gosh, I really do believe that if we, as a society, slept more we'd be a lot healthier! So, when debating whether or not to use that sick time---do it! Stay home and sleep! Your body will thank you and you'll be far more productive when you return to work healthy and rested (which is easier said than done for those of us without the luxury of sick time!) But, even if getting out of work is challenging, do get yourself to bed at an early hour and let your body rest and heal itself, because it will if you give it the chance.
I firmly believe that our bodies are created to ward off illness and keep us healthy, but they need the right tools and fuel to do so. There are many other fabulous ways out there to stay healthy and keep sickness at bay, but these are the ones that we've been using as of late. How about you? What home remedies do you love this time of year?