WILD ROSE HIP TEA A NATURAL CURE FOR MANY AILMENTS
This is a wonderful tea for just about any health problem. Rose hips contain high levels of antioxidant-rich nutrients and vitamin C. Wild hips can be gathered throughout the winter months and may be used either fresh or dried. When feeling under the weather, brew some tea with these herbs from last summer's garden and feel your spirits begin to lift.
HERBAL CURE-ALL TEA
2 Teaspoon - Rose Hips (chopped) 2 Teaspoon - Chamomile Flowers 1 Tablespoon - Mint Leaves 1 Tablespoon - Lemon Balm (or Lemon Slice) Dried Stevia Leaves (optional sweetener) 2 1/2 c. hot water
Fill tea spoon infuser with dried herbs and chopped rose hips. Insert spoon into hot water. Steep 3 to 5 minutes.
Relax and sip tea with a good book and a warm-comfy throw. S&S
Cold and flu season is here. To relieve a stuffy nose, sore throat and body chills, I have been drinking GINGER TEA. Ginger has many healthy benefits. It destroys viruses, warms the body, and clears the sinuses. Adding a slice of lemon and a little honey soothes the throat too.
To make a tea, put a kettle of water on to boil. Cut a thin slice of lemon and ginger rhizome and put into a tea cup. Pour boiling water over the slices and let steep for 3 minutes then sip as it cools. Eat the slices after drinking the tea if you like. Drink 3 to 4 cups per day.
GINGER TEA FOR COLD & SINUS RELIEF
1 slice of ginger (no need to peel)
1 slice of lemon
1 tablespoon of honey (optional)
1. Put the lemon and ginger slices in a mug or tea cup. 2. Pour boiling water over it and let steep for 3 minutes. 3. Add honey and stir 4. Drink 3 to 4 cups per day
Store ginger rhizomes in a cool-dark place, even after cutting. Ginger tends to dry out and shrivel if stored in the refrigerator. For best results, use within 2 to 3 weeks.
For chilly winter evenings or early morning pick-me-ups, I use this Peppermint Steam Remedy to relieve nasal congestion from colds and dry weather. It's a gentle way to moisten and cleanse the sinuses while enlivening your mood with the scent of peppermint.
PEPPERMINT STEAM Herbal Remedy For Nasal Congestion and Stuffy Sinuses
2 cups boiling water 4 drops of peppermint essential oil (Substitution: 4 mint tea bags OR 1/4 cup of dried peppermint leaves)
Pour boiling water into a large bowl and add oil.
Tent a towel over your head and the bowl.
Breathe deeply. The warm scent and steam will open the sinuses.
By the way, a favorite handmade bowl makes the experience more relaxing.
If you are feeling a little down during this time of year, you’re not alone. Many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. Here is a remedy that is sure to lift your spirits for media overload:
ESSENTIAL OIL FOR STRESS AND MEDIA OVERLOAD 5 drops Clove essential oil 3 drops Nutmeg essential oil 10 drops Sandalwood essential oil
Combine oils in small bottle with a lid or stopper. Use a sweet gum ball or pinecone as an infuser. Pour one drop of oil on the cone or ball each morning. Sniff periodically throughout the day when working at a computer or doing desk work for extended periods.
If you're still experiencing "The Winter Blaahs" you may want to consider
Sleep Are you getting adequate rest?
Sunlight Take a brisk walk and choose a window seat when possible.
Diet Are you eating healthy, nutrient rich foods?
Exercise Do bends and stretches to get the blood flowing which stimulates the entire body and releases mood elevating endorphins in the brain.
Simple changes in our daily routine can make a big difference in how we feel during the long days of winter.
I thought these words were very meaningful to understanding balance. The Low tide is as essential as the high tide. It reminds us that our lives are in a constant ebb and flow of balance, just like the seasons of Earth.
Holistic living is about maintaining everyday well-being by using what nature has to offer. This journal is about herbal remedies, how to easily preserve your harvest, and ways to energize your health. Feel free to share your comments and insights.