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So today I wanted to talk about Winter. More importantly, how to take gentle care of ourselves during this season. I don’t usually watch a whole lotta news on TV but I definitely don’t live under a rock either. This cold and flu season is not looking pretty. My deepest wish is for all you lovelies to shift with the season in grace and health so I thought I would share three of my tried and true immune boosters. The kind of beautiful, natural supplements that we can look forward to bringing into our new winter rhythm. Earth medicine that you can use instead of or in conjunction with the over the counter stuff.
First up is Elderberry Syrup. The store bought bottle I have on hand right now has echinacea, cider vinegar, raw honey and propolis in it along with the elderberry syrup. You can even make it yourself, a quick google search will lead you so a plethora of recipes. I personally take about 1 TB a day, everyday to boost my immune system on the whole. Why elderberries? Well, these special berries contain flavonoids. Which, as studies show, help reduce swelling, fight inflammation, and boost the immune system. Already feeling under the weather? I suggest taking a few teaspoons several times a day within 24-48 hours of experiencing symptoms. It can cut the duration of your cold or flu in half and help ease symptoms such as fever, head and body aches, sore throat and coughs.
Up next is Oil of Oregano. This oil is really powerful and “hot”, meaning it kinda burns, so I wouldn’t recommend taking in in water and sipping. I use this oil once a month, either topically or internally for a few days as a cold and flu preventative. The first way you can use this oil is topically, by simply rubbing a few drops onto the soles of your feet and throwing some socks on. Be prepared...it’s “fragrant”. Secondly, you can take it internally, by simply getting some empty gel capsules and dripping in a few drops (about 6 should do it) close it up and wash it down with some water. Do this 2-3 times a day for the duration of your cold or flu or as a preventative like I do. If you are going to use the oil internally, look for grade A oils, distilled at the proper temperatures using steam distillation. Oregano oil is so powerful that it acts like nature’s antibiotic so make sure to follow up your course of oregano oil with some really good probiotics.
I also want to add that there are plenty of other herbs, elixirs, tinctures, teas and foods you can add into your repertoire as well but I like to keep things as simple as possible. Try these ideas out and see how they work for you, each body and every nasty bug is different. If you are looking go a little bit further and discover more ways to dance with mother natures rhythm, check out my upcoming class Deeply Rooted ~ The Winter Cleanse to get in on a healthy winter restart.
Stephanie is a certified holistic health and lifestyle coach. She works with women to help them discover their inner radiance through the food they eat and the homes they keep. Come learn more at www.stephanieperkinson.com