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6 Herbal Remedies for Cold and Flu Season

Herbal remedies for cold and flus

It seems like every year the cold and flu season gets more and more intense. And every year, you get the flu shot being shoved in your face harder and harder.

Is anyone else tired of feeling like you have no control over this situation?

I know I am.

So, let’s go over six herbal remedies to help us fight back with confidence and gain control over our own life. Shall we.

I think first and foremost we shall discuss…

Essential oils.

These little bad boys are the foundation to all things in our house. We use them daily. When it comes to an ailment, it’s no doubt that they are the first thing that pops in our heads as a solution. Especially for colds and flus. Let’s break down some oils.

Oregano: This is a must when you start to feel anything come on. Oregano has incredible immune boosting properties that help fight off feelings of colds and flus with in the first symptom if caught early enough. It has a chemical component called carvacrol, which is a monoterpenoid phenol. This phenol contains antioxidant properties that provide your body with an army to help fight off any seasonal threats. 

To use:

You can add 1-2 drops in a veggie capsule, 1-3 times a day. Or if you are feeling brave and want to grow some hair on your chest, you can put those drops right under your tongue. But believe me, from experience, do the veggie capsule. Or you can also put 1-2 drops in a tea. But again, oregano is a powerful oils with a powerful taste. 

Onguard: This oil helps protect against seasonal threats and provides your body’s system with enough strength to stay healthy and stable. This oil is a must have. It is a beautiful blend of Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower. 

To use:

You can put 1-2 drops in a veggie capsule and take 1-2 times daily. Or simply add to your diffuser, 3-4 drops can be enough to cleanse the air. You can rub on the bottoms of your, or your kids, feet. ***Be sure to use a carrier oil when putting oil directly on your skin. Carrier oils can be, fractionated coconut oil, almond oil, regular coconut oil or even olive oil. You just want another fatty oil to help protect your skin. 

Breathe: Oh mama, this oil will maintain feelings of a healthy clear chest and nasal cavity. This oil contains a delicate blend of Laurel Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, Peppermint Plant, Melaleuca Leaf, Lemon Peel, Cardamom Seed, Ravintsara Leaf, Ravensara Leaf. 

To use:

Simply diffuse in your diffuser. You can also rub on your chest, neck, and bottoms of feet. ***Remember to use a carrier oil. ***Do not take this oil internally.

Black seed Oil

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This is not your basic essential oil in traditional form. Black seed oil is derived from Nigella Sativa, a common flower found in parts of Asia. This oil is the mother of all oils. It has such powerful healing properties that it should be taken daily twice a day to maintain overall health. For more details on black seed oil head on over here.

We take this daily, however, we will up the ante if one of us gets any symptoms. I will vouch for this stuff protecting me against the stomach flu. Let me tell y’all a little story…

The last two years, both kids had the stomach flu….AT THE SAME TIME, EACH YEAR. This mama was downing black seed oil like none other. And I never got the stomach flu. This year, however, when my son got it, I followed my same routine and survived. But then my daughter got it a few weeks later and I skipped the black seed oil on the second day of her being sick. Because I was like, “Oh I am sure I’ll be fine.” And…..BAM

I was down for the count in the worst way possible. 

Never again y’all, never again, will I skip out on my black seed oil. I use this stuff when I have stomach issues, heart burn, anxiety… it is absolutely incredible. You can find it on Amazon. 

***Full disclosure, it tastes like diesel oil but I swear you get used to it and it actually starts to taste good, don’t judge me. You can get the capsules, but more times than not, they add stuff to their capsules to keep preserved or it is diluted. We would rather down something that tastes like diesel oil and know it is in its purest form than to question what else is in it. That’s just us.

To use:

Take 2 teaspoons daily for maintenance. Add an extra dose if you feel something coming on or want to avoid a seasonal threat. 

Elderberry

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Again, elderberry is just one of those incredible medicinal herbs that provides your immune system with this insane army to fight off evil. 

Elderberry comes from the European Elder tree. They are these tiny little dark purple berries that NEED to be cooked down to be consumed. ***Elderberries are known to be “possibly unsafe” to eat raw. So be sure when making your own syrup you use caution and knowledge to keep you and your family safe. (1)

This is one of those medicinal herbs that is a powerhouse for ALL sorts of things. From cold and flu to cancer. When taken at the first sign of a symptom, it can cut the duration of a cold or flu by four days. That is insane. 

For more in-depth detail about elderberry join me here my friend. If y’all want to make your own syrup follow me here. Or, wanna make elderberry gummies? And lastly, if making it doesn’t tickle your fancy, no problem homie, this is the brand we use when life gets to busy and we gotta buy it. 

To use:

For adults, take 2 teaspoons daily for maintenance or 2 teaspoons up to 4 times a day when fighting off something. For children, give 1 teaspoon daily for maintenance or 1 teaspoon up to 4 times a day when fighting something. 

Nasal Rinse

Nasal rinses can be extremely beneficial for upper respiratory issues, congestion, colds, allergies. It is used to help support these conditions by cleansing our nasal cavity of unwanted toxins. Nasal rinses can also be used to help protect against sinus infections by using a saline solution with the proper salt concentration of 2-3.5%. (2)

To use:

Buy your self a neti pot or nasal squeeze bottle. Usually these come with a saline that has the proper concentration. We dig on the squeeze bottle, it’s just easier for us to use. Follow the directions on the package for best results. 

Here is a gnarly nasal rinse solution recipe, head on over here and check this one out. This is the mamba of all rinse solutions that works insanely well. 

 

Real Flu Shot

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This is the kind of flu shot y’all want to be taking. It is jam packed with intense, beautiful ingredients that will provide your immune system with a kick in the ass to get back into gear. 

This shot is filled with garlic, ginger, honey, lemon, water, and cayenne pepper.

Did you cringe a little? Don’t…

It is intense but dude, I guarantee that if y’all do this flu shot you’ll thank me in the morning. This bad boy knocks all the bad stuff out of your system because the bad stuff cannot survive with all this goodness in your body.

Head on over here for full recipe.

To use:

Take immediately when you feel a symptom come on up to two times a day.  

Tea

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Doesn’t tea just make everything better?

Especially if it is jam packed with mother natures goodness. This tea is just absolutely beautiful. It contains all sorts of incredible medicinal herbs and the properties they contain help your body relax, giving it the ability to heal itself. 

Head on over here for our tea recipe. 

To use:

Brew up a beautiful batch, cozy up and sip while reading your favorite book. 

That’s it y’all. Use one of these remedies, use them all, it is up to you. We use them all in some sort of fashion, most of the time. It just feels good to arm your body with the proper weapons to help heal itself. 

Are you gonna try a remedy? We’d love to know which one you tried and how it worked for you. Leave a comment below. 

Happy healing!

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Incredibly Easy DIY Fruit Roll Ups

Kombucha Style.

So, you have made a crap ton of kombucha and now you have found yourself with a crap ton of SCOBYs. 

Don’t you worry homie, I’ve got a fun super easy solution to this “problem.” If we can even call it a problem because I mean, come on, SCOBYs are your friend. We want them around but not a crap ton, right?!

Am I right!

Today we are making some fruit roll ups, Kombucha style. This is a perfect way to put all those SCOBYs to work, all the while putting a smile on your kid’s face. 

Or yours, I am not here to judge.

Y’all ready to make some deliciousness?

What y’all need:

2 cups Kombucha SCOBY

1 cup Kombucha tea

3 cups organic frozen or fresh fruit

1/4 organic cane sugar

Parchment paper

dehydrator or an oven, whatever

What y’all want to do is:

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Take your SCOBY out, using gloves or extremely clean hands. We don’t want to taint all of those beautiful SCOBYs left behind. Cut it up into chunks and throw in a blender.

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Add your tea to the blender. And blend like a mofo.

Once you got that all nice a smooth. In a sauce pan add your fruit and sugar. Heat just enough to release those natural sugars and until a little liquid appears.

Next, throw your fruit in the blender with your SCOBY puree and puree your little heart out again.

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Take your parchment paper and spread a nice layer of your SCOBY/fruit puree. If you spread to thin, your roll up will be brittle. If you spread to thick, your roll up will not roll like it should! Like I said, a nice layer! An 1/8 of an inch, if you will. 

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Place your parchment paper on your dehydrator racks and let dehydrate for about 12-18 hours. Or until your roll ups are nice and tacky but not gooey. 

I know, I am extremely precise. 

If y’all are using an oven, same concept. Turn your oven on the lowest setting and allow to bake until you achieve that tacky not gooey texture. 

Now, how easy was that?! 

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Oh, and if you have some left over but not enough to make another layer, make some popsicles with it. Another delicious treat for the kiddos. I got these popsicle molds from amazon and love them. They are small, the perfect size for an after dinner treat for the kids.

Don’t let those SCOBYs go to waste y’all. 

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And……they LOVED them!!

Happy fruit roll up making!

If you have no idea what Kombucha is and want to check it out, head on over here. And if you want to get started with a SCOBY to start making your own Kombucha tea, we’ve got you covered there too. 

Got questions? We want to hear them! Leave a comment below.

 

 

 

 

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Questions Answered: Celery Juice

 

Alright y’all, time to answer some questions. Most of these I had myself when I started drinking celery juice. I wondered, why celery juice? What is in it? Why the F do I constantly have to go to the bathroom? The answers I found really helped me understand what it was that my body was going through. Sometimes it helps to understand exactly what is happening so that you don’t freak out and quit. Quitting is really not the best solution when you are trying to rid your body of some nasty toxins.

These toxins have clouded my brain. For YEARS. And it is time I ditch them. I am tired of being tired. Tired of my brain drifting off. Tired of my stomach hurting. Tired of my hormones going crazy during “that time” of the month.

I’m over it y’all.

So, I am sticking to the celery juice, even though it is painful. Literally. I’ll explain a little more in detail about that in a second. I think my biggest take away at the moment is that being uncomfortable is really the most important aspect of this whole journey. I realized this a few days ago. Being uncomfortable is what makes us grow. It makes us feel. It wakes us up to the world  and what is going on right in front of our face. It brings us to our most vulnerable state and with that, you really find the definition of who you are.

I retreat to being comfortable. Just like everyone else.

But when is this cycle going to stop? The cycle of chronic issues, ADD/ADHD, unable to concentrate, being moody, having stomach issues. I mean, the list can literally go on. It is hard to make changes that don’t feel “normal.” It is hard to get passed the detox stage. It is hard to get out of bed at 4:15am to do yoga. There is always a “reason.”

So I tend to retreat. Back to my “normal.”

But not this time. This one little change, celery juice, has already made me so uncomfortable and you know what?

I love it.

It’s weird, I know. I am talking about celery juice. I bet you are thinking, “How does this all connect?”

Believe me, it connects.

Let’s get into the questions I had that helped me understand why the hell I should keep doing this to myself.

All my questions were answered by medicalmedium.com, this site is phenomenal when it comes to natural remedies and helping to heal some major health issues. I highly suggest you check them out.

Questions about celery juice:

  1. Do I have to drink celery juice on an empty stomach?

Yes. Drinking on an empty stomach allows your digestive system to absorb all the beneficial properties of the mineral salts present in celery juice. It sets your digestive tract up for the entire day and allows it to function at optimal levels.

2. Can I add anything to it like lemon or any other fruit or veggie?

No. By doing so, you dilute the potency of the healing properties. Having a juice filled with fantastic veggies and fruits is an awesome source of vitamins and could be consumed later in the day. But celery juice is best alone, and first thing in the morning.

3. How much celery juice do I drink?

1 stalk. One stalk of celery usually provides you with about 16 oz of juice.

4. Can I add ice?

No. Again it dilutes the healing properties. I know, ice is something I dig on too, especially first thing in the morning. But what I have learned is that cold beverages, especially first thing in the morning, actually contracts your intestinal tract and add stress to it. So, consuming your celery juice at the temperature it comes out of the juicier is the best way to go. Plus you get use to it.

5. Is having diarrhea normal?

Yes. And yes I went there. I have to man, this was the biggest question we had when we first started juicing. And this is what made me take so many breaks. I was tired of rushing to the bathroom. But what I learned is that, celery juice flushes your system of toxins. Well, those toxins have to go somewhere. So yes, it is totally normal and you actually want this to happen. It means you are getting rid of all the nasty crap that makes you feel, well, nasty.

6. Why does my stomach hurt after drinking celery juice?

This is my biggest reason for retreating back to my comfort zone. My stomach. I have always had stomach issues growing up. So when my stomach gets compromised, I tend to back the train up and retreat to what is comfortable. BUT what I learned and was the biggest thing that has helped me push through this time around is that your stomach WILL hurt. And for valid reason to. See, we all have a main nerve called the vagus nerve. It sends signals to the heart, lungs and digestive tract. When our bodies are filled with neurotoxins, those neurotoxins can create inflammation within this nerve.

Celery juice cleans these neurotoxins off the vagus nerve, which can create an uncomfortable reaction.

AND…..

Some digestive tracts are filled with bacteria like, E. Coli and Streptococcus and when these bacterias are killed off by the healing properties of celery, it can create spasms within the stomach that can be painful. So hang in there.

7. I feel extremely tired after drinking celery juice. Why?

Feeling tired is actually normal. When your body goes through detoxification, it is normal to feel your symptoms increase. Individuals who have toxins in their blood caused by Epstein Barr and Streptococcus will especially feel an increase of their symptoms during this stage.

While this stage is brief, it can be extremely difficult to get passed. Just know that once you get passed this stage, the hard and painful journey will be totally worth it.

8. Can I just eat celery instead of juicing it?

No. Juicing it releases the mineral salts that contain the healing properties. When you eat celery, you are eating the fiber as well, which is great but what we are looking for is the juice containing the mineral salts to help heal the body.

Any more questions?

I hope this helped bring some more understanding to the whole subject. Don’t let this scare you and stop you from drinking it. Knowing all this actually helped my stay strong and push through. For the last two months I would go for four days straight then take a 2-3 day break. One, because of the bathroom thing and two because my stomach hurt. Then I read all this information and I decided to go a full two weeks without stopping.

Wish me luck!

Being uncomfortable. That is what is giving me strength right now.

See how I connected the two?

Happy pushing through!

Got any more questions? I’d love to hear them. 

Have you tried celery juice yet? I’d love to hear your experience so far. Leave a comment below.

 

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Benefits of Drinking Celery Juice

Benefits of drinking celery juice.

We are constantly on this journey of natural healing. Our minds are always open to what could be beneficial to our health. And it just feels really good to try different things. It is not always easy, I am one that struggles with jumping on the band wagon of something new but I eventually get there and always happy I did. My husband, on the other hand, can make a decision to do something and it’s done, I mean like, DONE. He sticks to it and doesn’t ever lose track of it.

What band wagon are we on now?

The celery juice band wagon yo.

Did you know that celery juice had so many powerful healing properties? Yea, celery juice. You know, that delicious crunchy green veggie that you use to dip in french onion dip. Yup, that one.

It has the power to straight up heal serious ironic illnesses.

Let’s break this down shall we.

Benefits to celery juice.

Celery juice is most beneficial when consumed first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. This allows the beneficial properties, which include mineral salts, to help strengthen your digestive system, allowing it to function at optimal levels.

While adding other fun, delicious fruits and veggies seems like a great idea. I know, I went there too. Consuming celery juice ALONE is really the only way to obtain all the fantastic medicinal properties to it. You see, when you add to the juice, it dilutes it, leaving it less potent to heal the body the way it should.

And ice is no different. I know, I went there as well. First thing in the morning the last thing you want to do is drink a 16 oz glass of warm salty celery juice but you get used to it. Ice dilutes the healing properties, don’t do it yo. 

Speaking of salt. The mineral salts that are present in celery juice are really where the healing properties come from. You see Mother Nature is truly amazing. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. She give us everything we need to heal ourselves. We just need to listen.

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The mineral salts present in celery juice actually go into your body and starves pathogens that manifest into illnesses. What the salt does is, it goes through your digestive tract and blood stream and starts breaking down the pathogens’ cell membranes. These pathogens include nasty little F-ers like Epstein-Barr and HHV-6. As the salt moves through your body it flushes out toxins like you wouldn’t believe, from every nook and cranny of your body.

Lets talk neurotoxins.

Neurotoxins are toxins that are extremely dangerous to the body, especially to nerve tissues. They tend to feed off of toxic heavy metals that are left in the body. Neurotoxins are responsible for creating neurological symptoms such as, tremors, spasms, insomnia, vertigo, twitching and cold feet and hands.

The mineral salt within celery juice flushes out these nasty toxins. It allows your kidneys and adrenals to function at optimal levels and it also increases the hydrochloric acid in the gut so that your digestive system functions properly.

Celery juice is also supportive to the central nervous system. You see, the mineral salts allow neurotransmitters to function the way they were intended to. When your brain goes into shut down mode, when suffering from, depression, anxiety, brain fog, obsessive compulsive disorder, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, or difficulty focusing or concentrating, the mineral salts help keep the heart pumping, which then creates a stronger signal to the neurotransmitters to send information from one point to the other.

Celery juice contains high amounts of electrolytes making it extremely beneficial for those who suffer from migraines, panic attacks and anxiety.

Celery juice also supports the thyroid. It has the ability to flush the thyroid of toxins.

This is such a short list of benefits. The list can literally go on, balancing the body’s PH, balancing out hormones, bringing stability to body and mind. I mean, come on!!

So you are on the band wagon but now what do you do?

Here is what you do.

Ingredients:

1 whole bunch of organic celery

What do you do:

Cut the end off and cut the tips off, sometimes they can get a little brown.

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Then…..

Juice the muther f-er. That’s it yo!

Drink 16 oz of celery juice, alone, on an empty stomach. Remember not to add ice either. Simply wait about 15 minutes before eating anything. Celery juice is not caloric, so it should not replace any meals. It is just simply to start your day and get your digestive tract running smoothly.

***Alright, I have to say it, well, because it happened and still happens to us and it took us forever to figure out why or if the two were connected. Celery juice flushes out toxins right, we learned that above. Well, toxins have to go somewhere right?! So, just be prepared after drinking a full glass of celery juice that the bathroom will be in your near future.

Don’t let this freak you out. Going to the bathroom is a really good thing. It means you are getting out all that nasty stuff that has been bringing you down, man. But I get it, it can get rough. I tend to take mini breaks. I’ll go for about 4 or 5 days straight of drinking celery juice and then take a 2-3 day break from it. My husband, on the other hand, recently just upped his ante. He is now juicing two stalks of celery EVERYDAY. To each their own. Just listen to your body and do what feels right. Just remember that new routines and flushing out your body of nasty stuff is not going to be comfortable. Prepare yourself and hang in there.

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***An awesome little tip for ya, when you cut off the end of your stalk, place it in a cup of water and in a few days you’ll see a new little celery pop through. It’s fun to watch plus you can plant them in your garden and BAM, you’ve got yourself some celery homie.

Happy celery juice drinking!

Join us on Wednesday for some more questions answered about celery juice. Because we all have questions, right.

What is your question? Leave your questions or comments down below, that way I’ll be sure to answer them. 

Resources: medicalmedium.com

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Fermenting Carrots,With Brine!

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Fermented Carrots

So you have some carrots do ya. And you want to ferment them do ya.

Let’s do this thing yo!

Fermentation doesn’t always have to be about making sauerkraut, the sky’s the limit when making fermented foods. I have even fermented beets and they came out fantastic.  Whatever your favorite vegetable is, you can ferment it to give it a ton more health benefits. Or if you harvest to much from your garden and can’t think of what to do with it, ferment it up, yo!

We are going to talk about fermentation using a brine rather than only salt.

And if you are new to the fermenting world, head on over here.

When do you use brine?

When you have a vegetable that does not allow liquid to be withdrawn easily.

For example, cabbage,  when you put salt on cabbage and massage it, you are able to pull liquid out by just doing that simple act. Now, unless you want to shred your carrots, you can’t just put salt on a whole carrot and get liquid to come out. So you’ll need to make a brine to create the liquid.

Things you’ll need:

1 quart Filtered water

2-3 pounds of Carrots

1-3 TBL Sea salt or Celtic sea salt

Optional: Lemon, peppercorns, garlic, dill, rosemary….

Glass jar (Quart size mason jars work beautifully)

Fancy lid or plastic lid or coffee filter

Fancy weight or plastic baggy filled with brine

Whatcha want to do is…

  • Wash and peel your carrots. Slice them to whatever size tickles your fancy. I did quarters.
  • In a pot dissolve salt in filtered water.
  • Place your carrots in glass jar and cover with liquid. Be sure to leave some head space for your weight.
  • Now either you can add your additional flavors now or wait until after the fermentation process is done and add them before you place in fridge.
  • Place weight on top of carrots. ***If you’re not using a fancy weight don’t worry, just fill a baggy with some brine and place baggy on top of carrots. This will help keep everything down and if the baggy happens to have a hole or breaks, it has the same brine as the carrots so your fermentation is not ruined.

***Remember, your vegetables MUST stay below liquid. The liquid creates the anaerobic environment (free of oxygen) that allows good bacteria to form and prohibits bad bacteria from growing. BUT if your vegetable mass reaches air, mold can grow.

  • Place fancy lid on or which ever lid you choose and place in cabinet for about 7-14 days. Like sauerkraut, taste test it after 5 days or so. Find your ferment. If it is too salty, let it ferment longer. The longer it sits the more sour it gets. Plus the more health benefits it will have.

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Enjoy whenever! Adding some form of fermented food to every meal you consume, is the most effective way to get the health benefits.

If you have never made sauerkraut head on over here to check out how. Check out our series on

Let’s ferment the world homies!

Happy fermenting!

If you are following from our last post on making sauerkraut, I can’t wait to hear how your sauerkraut came out. Leave a comment below. Let’s make this process loud and loved. I want to hear your questions, comments, thoughts even recipe ideas. 

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