‘Tis the season for sharing…germs. We stayed home today and didn’t go to a Church meeting because several us are sick with a coughing, runny noses, sore throats and headaches. We were “blessed” with the sickness the usual way; it was passed to us from another sick person. I thought it would be a good time to discuss how to stay healthy during the holiday season and if you are sick, how to treat it naturally.
How to keep from catching a sickness:
- Drink lots of water and get plenty of rest. For an average goal to aim for, try drinking 6-8 glasses of water (glass should be 8 to 12 ounces). Try to get at the minimum of 7 hours of sleep per night. Water is excellent for flushing out viruses and sleep is vital for a healthy immune system.
- Take Elderberry syrup regularly. You can buy it at your local health food store or make your own. Our recipe is at the bottom of the post.
- Drink olive leaf tea. Olive leaf tea is a “cure-all” for all sorts of ills and it also is a great immune builder. I recommend Mountain Rose Herbs for buying Olive leaf.
- Exercise regularly. If you get your blood stirring, your heartbeat up and your body perspiring, it will aid in strengthening your immune system and flushing out germs.
- Stay away from refined sugars and corn syrup. We are baking our goodies with all healthy sugars (honey, sucanat and maple syrup). Sugar is a tremendous immune system destroyer.
- Avoid going places where you know people are sick. This is difficult during the holiday season, but try to stay away from the germs as much as possible (this included eating food/Christmas goodies from people you know are sick).
How to treat a cold/flu virus naturally:
- Drink plenty of water. You should be drinking more than the normal amount I mentioned above.
- Drink olive leaf tea. While steeping it add thyme, parsley, sage and peppermint. This may sound gross, but the peppermint will help with the pain of a sore throat or headache and the other herbs will help clear up your mucous.
- Take elderberry syrup, vitamin C and garlic. Mincing garlic and mixing it with honey and cayenne is a great way to take garlic or buying good quality garlic tablets is fine as well.
- Rest, rest, and rest. Don’t try to keep on going when you come down sick. Rest and get over it. Stay home. Sleep more. Slow down. Relapses are not fun.
- Stay home if you are sick. Sharing sickness is not a good way to love your neighbor. :-) Even if you are running a fever, you still are contagious. If you have a cough, sore throat, mucous that isn’t clear, ear ache and a headache, you should stay home. If your mucous has decreased and is clear, you probably can go. Please, please show other people love by staying home if you are sick.
What are some of your home remedies for sickness? Do you have any questions or suggestions? Feel free to comment and let me know! :-) Have a blessed Sunday!
Elderberry Syrup Recipe
- 3 cups water
- 1/2 cup elderberries, dried (1 cup fresh or frozen)
- 5 whole cloves
- 1 T. Ginger, freshly grated
- 1 cup honey
- 1 Cinnamon stick
- 1/4 cup Echinacea extract (optional)
- 1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar
Simmer water,cloves, cinnamon stick, ginger, and elderberries in a double boiler (or a small saucepan on very low heat) for 20-30 minutes or until reduced to 1 cup. Drain and squeeze out thoroughly with cheesecloth. Put juice back into the double boiler and mix in vinegar and Echinacea. Allow it to cool and place in glass bottles. Refrigerate.