Well winter is on its way bringing cool crisp weather, holiday spirits and loads of germs and viruses. Yippee! This year I plan to be prepared with more natural solutions and preventative measures. I want to avoid that icky over-medicated feeling that so many OTC meds leave you with. I also want to avoid antibiotics and prescription drugs as much as possible. So I have pinned and searched and arrived at what I think is a fairly decent arsenal. Some may appeal to you while others leave you shaking your head wondering when I will start braiding hemp and singing kum ba yah. For your convenience, and to give credit where credit is due, I have embedded the links to the web pages of the original source. Please make use of these links as they provide more detail as to the hows of whys of ingredients.
1. Homemade Lysol – thank you Kate!
50 -100 drops rosemary essential oil
10 ounces of water
glass bottle with spray lid
WHY – Have you ever read the cautions on disinfectant sprays? Hazardous to humans and animals? Wash thoroughly off skin? I, like may others, doused my sheets and pillows frequently with this canned stuff. Not anymore!
2. Hot Toddy!!! (Almost makes you want to get sick).
2 ounces whiskey ( I use Bushmills Irish Honey – triple distilled to avoid wheat allergy)
1 Tbsp raw honey
4 ounces hot water
1 tsp lemon juice
Mix, stir, drink, be happy!
WHY: Because I like any excuse to drink Irish whiskey (remember my heritage).
3. Tomato Tea Soup
2 cups V8 or tomato juice
2-3 cloves fresh chopped garlic (minimum 1 tsp)
1/2 tsp hot sauce (minimum)
2 Tbsp lemon juice
pinch of celery salt
Heat and sip. Sorry but I have had this recipe for awhile and have no idea where I got it.
WHY – Because apparently burning your intestinal tract kills germs!
4. Elderberry Syrup – thank you again Kate!
2/3 cup black elderberries (again – no control – click here)
3 1/2 cups water
2 Tbsp fresh or dried ginger root
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp cloves or clove powder
1 cup raw honey.
Pour the water in a medium saucepan and add berries, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer 45-60 minutes until liquid volume reduced by half. Remove and cool down.
Pour the liquid through a strainer and into a glass bowl. Discard the berries and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When no longer hot, mix in the honey. Mix well and pour into a 16oz jar.
Adults take 1/2-1 Tbsp daily. If you have a cold or flu increase timing to every 2-3 hours.
WHY: An ounce of prevention blah blah blah. Plus it tastes much better than liquid Nyquil, Dayquil or Tylenol and does not have the side effects and dangers of other OTC and prescription meds.
Salve base: fills FIVE 4 ounce jars
1 cup of coconut oil,
1 cup of olive oil and
4 heaping tablespoons of beeswax pastilles or grated beeswax.
Place ingredients in a glass jar and slowly melt in a water bath. Line up jars and fill bottoms with essential oil blends chosen (see below). Then pour oil mixture up to 1/2 inch from rim. Allow to cool and harden then seal tightly.
Essential Oil Blends:
Fake Vicks: 20 drops each of eucalyptus, peppermint and rosemary.
Thieves (Plague) Blend: 20 drops clove, 18 drops lemon, 10 drops cinnamon bark, 8 drops eucalyptus and 5 drops rosemary. Using sparingly on soles of feet.
Allergies – 10 drops each of lemon, lavender and peppermint