Today is our last day of Healthy for the Holidays! Thank you so much for joining me.
For the last few days we have talked about the importance of looking at our health in the big picture and how we can leverage our nutrition and self care to do so. Today I have put together a list about what happens when we do get sick, and some of the things we can do to aid in the healing process.
The following is a list of things that I find helpful and healing when I or someone in my house is sick. Since your experiences may vary, please share your tips and remedies on the Facebook page!
1) First of all, the most effective thing we can do is rest. Sleep if possible. Our bodies have the opportunity to repair and renew while we sleep.
2). Water. Drink lots and lots of water, more than usual. Hot water with lemon and a slice of ginger can be very soothing for a sore throat.
3). Cut down on the amount of caffeine you are drinking if possible. Too much caffeine can mess with your adrenals, making it harder to feel better. Too much caffeine is also dehydrating, and you definitely want to stay hydrated when you are not feeling well.
4). Bone broth or vegetable broth is very nourishing any time, but especially when trying to recover from illness. Here is a link to herbalist Jim McDonald’s recipe: bone broth
5). If congestion is an issue, avoid or eliminate dairy. Dairy can thicken mucous, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but when we are already congested we want to thin those secretions and move them out. This is where the broth and tea come in handy.
6). If you are feeling cold or flu symptoms coming on, elderberry syrup can be quite helpful. Elderberries have high levels of vitamins A, B and C and stimulate the immune system in a way that is often demonstrated to reduce duration of cold and flu. You can make your own at home, it’s quite simple to do and always great to have on hand. Or, if you are in southeast Michigan you can buy from Elderberry Heaven. Elderberry Heaven is run by a lovely lady named Gwen who makes the most delicious and healing syrup with fresh elderberries. Here is Gwen’s link
And here is a link to directions if you wish to make your own:
Elderberry Syrup Recipe
7). When anyone in my house has cold symptoms I will sauté a few cloves of crushed garlic in oil, strain from the oil and then let it cool slightly. While it is still warm but not hot I will rub it on the soles of the feet .
8). For night time coughing I like to rub lavender essential oil on the soles of feet. If you have any bundles of dried lavender you can place one in the shower and allow the steam to help clear sinuses.
9). Herbal preparations can be so effective and healing. Herbalist Rosalee de la Foret has a great recipe for Immunity Chai, here is a link to her blog: Astragalus Chai by Rosalee
Everyone has their own protocol for feeling better when ill, and what works for me may not work for you and vice versa. That is why it is so important to listen to our bodies and allow ourselves to be guided by its innate wisdom. And don’t forget your primary foods!
Remember that getting sick is something that happens to human bodies, but we have such an amazing capacity to heal.
Thank you so much for joining me for these five days! Wishing you and yours a very happy and healthy holiday season! Be well!