The transition into Winter can bring some vulnerability to your immune system. This time of year, people often become more susceptible to cold or flu viruses. You can support yourself naturally by eating well, getting enough rest, and taking some supplements like Vitamin C and D.
An elixir that I strongly recommend is Fire Cider. Perhaps you have heard about this amazing remedy! Did you know that it is so easy to make at home?
Different recipes are out there, but here are some key ingredients:
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FIRE CIDER RECIPE
1/2 cup fresh grated organic ginger root
1 cup fresh grated organic horseradish root
1 medium organic onion, chopped
10 cloves of organic garlic, crushed or chopped
2 organic jalapeno peppers, chopped
Zest and juice from 1 organic lemon
Several sprigs of fresh organic rosemary or 2 tbsp of dried rosemary leaves. You can also add oregano and/or basil.
1 tbsp organic turmeric powder, or 2 grated fresh turmeric tubers
organic apple cider vinegar, 32 oz bottle.
raw local honey to taste
Place all the prepared ingredients in a quart sized jar. (If you prefer, you can coarsely grate the ingredients in a food processor.) Use a piece of natural parchment paper or wax paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching any metal. Store in a dark, cool place for one month and remember to shake daily.
After one month, use a cheesecloth to strain out the pulp. Pour the vinegar into a clean jar. Be sure to squeeze as much of the liquid as you can from the pulp while straining. Next, add 1/4 cup of honey and stir/shake until incorporated. Taste your cider and add more honey until you reach the desired sweetness.
Did you know that people who regularly engage in gratitude live longer and healthier lives? There are several studies that point to this, but we intuitively know it anyway. We already KNOW that living in gratitude (being in a state of gratefulness) is good for our hearts and souls.
For many of us, this sounds fine but can be difficult to actually live. Daily life is not generally oriented towards the good. We are in the midst of a 2023 life; with traffic, road rage, noisy neighbors, taxes, price of gasoline, epidemics, politicians and… can I just stop here?
Human brains are hardwired to look for the negative so that we can avoid it or the harm it may bring. That’s how we survived and evolved to be the amazing humans we are today. However, living this modern life, we are in a unique position. Many of those negative things are no longer a danger to our lives. Could part of our latest evolution be to wake up to choice? Now, with intention and purpose, we could choose gratitude as a state of being. Can you be in a state of gratefulness AND live a human life at the same time?
State of Gratefulness
A state of gratefulness is like the base note in a perfume. The base note is the scent that grounds and carries the theme of the perfume. The heart and top notes flit and flow over the base–creating variety and interest, emotions and imagery. If your base note is gratitude, then this holds steady as life events unfold. Gratitude is a state of being, a vibration, a ground through which all else can be experienced. You’ll still have negative events and suffering–that is real life. And when your base note is gratitude, those negative times come and more easily go. Takes practice, but it is possible to be in a state of gratitude in the midst of this human life.
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Coughing is your body's natural response to eliminate unwanted viruses or bacteria. That means you need to cough to get the sickness out. So to help your body be more effective at clearing the gunk, follow these three tips.
1. Apply an onion poultice: This home remedy is one of the best ways to quickly resolve a cough. Take about 2 cups of sliced yellow onions and lightly steam about 5 minutes. Place the steamed onions in a dish towel and fold so that the onions are covered. Place the warm pack directly onto your upper chest. Be careful because it can be very hot. You can reheat in the microwave and reapply. About 30 minutes 2 or 3 times a day for a few days should do it!
2. Steam inhalation: Fill your sink basin with very hot water. Sprinkle a teaspoon of dried herbs such as thyme, rosemary or oregano into the water. Using a towel over your head to keep the steam from escaping, lean over the basin and breath it in for at least 5 minutes. These herbs are anti-microbial and the steam will loosen the phlegm making your cough more productive.
3. Take a hot, steamy shower: Raising your body temperature (when you are on the mend) can help kill off lingering bacteria or viruses in your respiratory system. The steam will loosen phlegm. Adding a drop or two of eucalyptus oil helps open airways.
NOTE: Work with Dr. Stella or another qualified professional to take a treatment of herbs. The right herbal remedy can help you heal quickly and deeply without harming your body. Always use caution with over-the-counter medicines because they may have unintended side-effects.
About 10,000 people are turning 60 every day in the US. And if you are one of them, you’ll agree that there is a wide disparity in how people are aging.
Years ago, I watched an Oprah show where 20 or so people lined up on stage and the audience guessed their ages. Some people were guessed to be in their late 20’s or 30’s, one lady was thought to be 60. Then, Oprah revealed every single person was 40 years old. What caused this apparent difference? Although genetics played a part, the biggest determinant was how these people lived… the choices they made, how happy they were, and how much stress they had. I never forgot this episode and then I went to naturopathic medical school. This is what I learned about anti-aging:
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Most of you know that the human body evolved over eons (that’s a REALLY long time). But did you know that what allowed us to survive over the eons is our ability to fight, run or adapt? We have this complex nervous system that is supremely and amazingly perfect to do those 3 things—fight, run away or adapt. At the most basic level, stress is the result of all the hormones in our body that ensures our survival as a species. Here’s the kicker, we don’t really live like that anymore, right? I mean, when was the last time your boss yelled at you and you literally ran as far away as possible—or got into a fight with him or her that resulted in the fittest one of you standing over the other with a rebel yell? If you did, you either got fired or you likely spent some time in jail. And yet, this is exactly what your body needs to do to release all that stress and process the hormones. So what do you do? Here are 7 ways to reduce stress right now so you don’t end up doing something that will get you arrested.