"Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food." – Hippocrates
In my Local Pumpkin Produce Box this week I have fresh garlic, ginger, and onions. I was thinking about all the ways to use these aromatics and I thought of cold and flu season. I love a natural remedy to prevent and fight illness. There is a Divine Creator who gave us powerful tools in nature. When someone in my house goes down, I like to go to work on them with all my tools.
Here’s a brief break down of some foods to keep on hand this time of year:
- Variety of vegetables and fruits— produce is packed with essential vitamins and minerals that help keep us healthy. Each color represents different vitamins, so eat the rainbow.
- Garlic— Garlic is antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal. Garlic has a rich history of being used medicinally. One reason is because it contains a compound called allicin. Allicin has been shown to boost white blood cells’ disease fighting response. To maximize it’s benefits, crush or chop fresh garlic and allow it to sit for 15 minutes then eat raw.
- Ginger—It’s anti-inflammatory, helps soothe a sore throat, helps to soothe nausea, and kills viruses. Make ginger tea by mincing 1 inch of fresh ginger root, place in tea strainer, add to a mug with hot water, steep then strain and enjoy.
- Onions—Make an onion poultice to draw out congestion. Add ginger to the onion poultice for extra punch. My kids ask for this remedy when they have colds. I too can attest that poultices provide relief and are very comforting. Before antibiotics, this is how they prevented and treated pneumonia.
- Lemon – in your water or tea, is high in Vitamin C, aides in detox, and helps loosen congestion.
- Honey – Honey is another ancient remedy, used because it’s a powerful antibacterial. It stimulates the immune system, soothes a sore throat, and acts as a cough suppressant. Combine it with cinnamon for an extra boost.
- Bone broth and chicken soup – Chicken soup for a cold is not just an old wives tale. The amino acids in chicken have been found to boost the immune system. Bone broth is especially nutrient dense and beneficial. It is gut healing, helps your liver to detoxify, and boosts your immune system. This is because bone broth is loaded with collagen, gelatin, glucosamine, glutamine, and minerals.
(Most of these are safe and effective for the whole family. But do your own research as I am not a health professional.)
Check out these immune boosting recipes:
- Good Girl Moonshine – it's originally a Trim Healthy Mama recipe but I use this version. We always add lemon juice and Bill's Berry Farm strawberries. We drink it all year round when we want a "special" drink. It's immune boosting and I find it helps cure an afternoon energy slump.
- Ginger Garlic Noodle Soup with Bok Choy - this week's flyer recipe from The Forked Spoon has the right stuff when illness strikes.
- Chicken Vegetable Soup and Garlic Soup from Wellness Mama are going on my list for prevention and getting well quickly.
You know what the best part of these remedies might be? Local Pumpkin often has everything I’ve mentioned in their store and they deliver! You don’t even have to leave the house when you are under the weather! Be empowered and be well, friends!
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