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A range of natural healing home remedies and illness prevention tips to see you through the winter. Easily sourced natural healing remedies.
Natural home remedies, preventing common ailments, winter remedies.
easily sourced Home (Food) remedies
So it’s the end of October and the clocks have gone back (if your on Greenwich mean time) which signifies the beginning of winter. This also signifies the beginning of our attempts to side step the flux of common winter ailments.
But you need not worry, I have some top tips to help you avoid (or overcome!) the ‘winter slump’ using a few simple natural, easily sourced home remedies.
With so many people going down with the common cold, cough or chest infection at this time of year, it‘s important to make sure your forearmed with the necessary tools to keep these bugs at bay.
You can start by making this simple hot remedial drink to help counteract any exposure to potential infection, particularly when experiencing those very first signs of ill health.
Here’s how it’s done.
Throw a chunk of fresh lemon, ginger along with a whole clove of garlic into a thermos flask (don’t worry too much about peeling). Add a couple of dried cardamom pods and one or two cloves before filling the flask with hot Water. Sweeten with a teaspoon of honey (or agave nectar) and leave to steep for about 10 mins.
Using a flask will make it a lot easier to keep the tea hot and well brewed over several hours.
Sip (and enjoy) small amounts throughout the day to help boost your immune response.
Tip: Catch the symptoms and in their very earliest stages o get the best result (and you’ll likely feel better by the following day).
There’s a lot of simple things that can be done to help you prevent yourself from becoming sick (or at least reduce your chances!). Here’s a few easy to implement ideas to get you started:
Slow down a little—it’s winter (if you haven’t begun to do so already). Aim to let go of stressful thoughts and try to relax in any way that you find works for you.
You can keep it simple by taking a well deserved break, have a relaxing bath or booking yourself a relaxing hour long massage. Choosing to take the time let go of built up tension and Stress will go a long way towards countering your susceptibility to becoming run down or ill while also nurturing your vitality.
2. Eat Well
Take a moment to reflect on what you’ve been feeding yourself—how nourishing are your food choices right now?
Aim to indulge in a few of your favourite fruits and veggies (the more raw or lightly cooked the better). Perhaps consider a mini winter detox, go plant based for a few days or experiment with a few fresh vegetable and fruit juice or smoothie combinations. It’ll give your digestive system a rest, while plus boosting your nutrient intake and energy reserves.
3. Enjoy A Few Gentle Stretches
Stretching (and improving your sense of Connection To Your Feet and body) is one of the most underrated forms of exercise for supporting good health and wellbeing. Not only will (well performed) stretches improve your circulation (which is an important factor for good immune function) and unravel a large degree of physical tension, it’ll lessen your sense of mental tension and improve your sense of Groundedness too.
Being open and relaxed physically, will be reflected in your sense of mental space and clarity.
4. Be Mindful
Practicing Mindfulness (and present awareness) is another effective way to let go of mental overcharge and exhaustion. Mindfulness can pull you back from the brink of mental depletion (which will be reflected through your level of immune function) and restore your sense of clarity and balance overall. Try sitting in a natural environment and allow yourself to observe the space while absorbing the energy of your surroundings.
There are countless natural remedies that support our wellbeing while boosting our resistance to illness and poor states of health. I’ve listed a few to keep you on the right side of the tracks this winter!
This list aims to provide you with a good handful of home remedies (and their healing properties) to see you through the coming winter months.
It’s not a replacement for seeking medical advice, purely a summary of what has worked well for me and my 10 year old over the past several years. I hope they can contribute in some way to your own wellness as they have ours.
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