Wednesday, December 7, 2016

5 Wonderful Winter Wellness Tips

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” 
~ Benjamin Franklin

There is nothing like prevention when it comes to winter wellness. We are able to avoid many of the seasonal sicknesses by applying the following lifestyle practices. Is there anything that you can add to our little list?

1. Drink plenty of herbal teas - This is a gentle and warming winter habit that you will enjoy! I like to keep a teapot out all day filled with herbs. As it is consumed, I refill it with more hot water to keep it available to all who could use a soothing cup. Immune building herbs such as elderberry, rose hips, peppermint, hibiscus, lemongrass, citrus peel and nettle are all good choices (mix and match your favorites). Echinacea should be added to teas as soon as you feel the cold/flu symptoms coming on but discontinue use after a few weeks in order to avoid an immunity (you can take the other herbs as often as you please but echinaceas effectiveness will decrease if used continually). Ginger, honey and lemon stirred into hot water also makes a nice (and medicinal), warming winter beverage.

2. Drink homemade broths and stocks - Nutrient-dense bone broths provides the body with much needed minerals, immune-boosting and infection fighting powers and overall health support. Keep a thermos filled with hot broth and serve in between meals as a warming beverage, use as a base for soups, stews, sauces and in place of water in rice. 

3. Eat lots of onions and garlic - What a tasty way to provide immune support! The sky is the limit to using these medicinal foods. Both being a part of the allium family, they contain allicin which is an immune stimulating compound which promotes the activity of white blood cells to destroy cold and flu viruses (among other immune support benefits). Eating the foods raw is more favorable. Try adding them to homemade salsas or sprinkle raw garlic over pizzas with a drizzle of olive oil and herbs. 

4. Stock your pantry with (and use) medicinal spices and foods - Stir herb infused honey into teas, pour herbal syrups over pancakes and herbal honey into hot oatmeal. Add plenty of the immune building spices to your meals such as turmeric, cumin, cayenne, ginger, coriander, fennel, black pepper, curry powder and cinnamon. You will find many of these kinds of recipes in our ebook here.

5. Enjoy essential oils - If you have an essential oil diffuser, add the citrus oils, cinnamon, eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender and/or the Thieves and On Guard Blends. These will help to purity the air, kill bacteria and keep moisture in the dry winter air. If you run a fireplace, keep a pot of water filled with some essential oils in the room to help avoid dry coughs that can bring on the croup in young-ins (or place pot directly on wood burning stove and continue to add water as it evaporates). Apply the On Guard and/or Thieves oil blends onto the back of neck, front of neck and shoulders when going out in public (or frugally make your own here). Make up some "Get Well Soon Spray" which will not only disinfect but also cleanse the stale indoor air. Use it as a room spray, germ killer and sanitizer for door handles, sink handles and telephones.

Besides keeping hydrated, balanced nutrition and getting the proper amount of sleep each night, these are easy ways to keep a healthy home during the cold and flu season. To your health, dear reader! 
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Greetings, dear ladies! For the new few months, I will be sharing a few pre-scheduled posts (and round-ups) as I prepare for and enjoy a wonderful extended visit with out-of-town family. With that being said, I will not be able to do much online "visiting" and commenting but would still love to hear from you in the comments should you desire to share. Thank you for understanding and have a lovely week!
Love, JES


  1. Dearest JES
    I'm feeling so enchanted with your ability !
    If it's true that what you create is always stunning, precious or heartwarming, well, this time you've truly outdone yourself !

    Hope you're having the best of weeks,
    I'm sending you blessings of joy,
    thinking of you with so much thankfulness and sincere love

    Xx Dany

  2. I love all your tips! Tis the season for colds and flu. I've loved elderberry for years, it really does a great job warding off the flu. I am impressed by your collection of essential oils! I've heard that thyme is a wonderful oil for colds too. Always enjoy your posts dear friend! Have a blessed day :)

  3. I have felt a cold coming on several times already this season. Each time I took Elderberry elixir, and I haven't been really sick yet, thankfully.
    Thank you for sharing your recipes.
    Have a great day!

  4. Great post, JES !! Thanks for such great tips.. I do several already but must make more broth... xo

  5. Thank you for all the wonderful encouragement and help you offer! It's also a comfort to know of others that are similar to me in what we have in our pantries. A true blessing to serve our families in this way!

  6. Some truly choice blog posts on this site, saved to favorites.