This winter has definitely taken its toll on my body and from the sounds I hear on the train, at restaurants, and in yoga class, I know I'm not alone! I've found myself sick with unforgiving, fierce colds twice in a month. I'm not usually sick so this has been quite the test of patience and self-love. The second time I fell ill, I found myself filled with self-judgement with statements like "you are an Ayurvedic wellness failure" and "what are you doing so wrong in life"?! Hello there angry self-critic! After a few rounds with that old tape, I came out triumphant and with a few great new tools of wellness. Thanks to some of my amazing students and friends for their advice!
I try my best to use my kitchen as my pharmacy (within reason, of course....I do believe Western medicine has a very important place) In case you're struggling with a cold that's been lingering too long or that just keeps coming back, I wanted to offer you my very favorite tools of the wellness trade to combat those winter sickies. Keep taking care of yourself, drinking hot water and tea, and in no time, spring will be here and your body will need a whole new set of tool...and I'll let you know what those are soon:)
Reach for these to prevent illness or when you're feeling something coming on
Fire Cider - make your own with this recipe or buy my favorite brand if you're in a pinch and need it fast! (fire cider has to sit for a few weeks before it's ready to work its magic)
Elderberry Syrup - I love this stuff and make my own every winter. It tastes great and is a wonderful immunity booster. Beware though, it does fill your home with a strange smell while it's cooking. I don't mind it, but some people might! Here is where I learned to make this wellness pantry staple.
Neti Pot - Just Do It. Here's my favorite brand. And add the flu wash to your neti pot when you're feeling you're about to fall ill.
Reach for these when you're full-on winter sickie
Onion Cough Syrup - Sounds totally weird, tastes pretty good, works like a dream! Don't judge, just try. Here's the recipe I used.
Garlic-Ginger Sick-Buster - In a saucepan, add 2 cups water, 1/2 lemon, 1 clove garlic (minced), and 1-2 inches grated ginger. Bring to a slow boil and let boil for 5 minutes. Strain into a mug and add raw honey to taste. Option to add a dash of cayenne pepper if you'd like. Drink as much of this as humanly possible while your symptoms persist.
What's your go-to Winter Wellness Kitchen Remedy?
Share in the comments so we can try something new!!
Let me know how you like these, and BE WELL.
Common Sense Check!
**Be sure to check with your doctor about ingesting any herbal remedies if you're taking regular medications or have a serious medical illness. Empower yourself and do your research on herbal remedies before you make or take anything. This blog is not intended to diagnose or prescribe, but simply to inspire and inform!**
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