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Poultices, Herbs, and Onion Skins to the Rescue

Home remedies are much easier to brew and suffuse than you think!

Your garden, meadows, and forest can supply pain remedies, tinctures, and poultices that can be very effective against coughs cuts, and headaches. Indigenous peoples have traditionally treated fever, congestion, and coughs with willow bark teas. Grandma sure knew where to find and how to utilize the many treatments that we find with roots and herbs. I remember the relief of congestion in my chest by simply breathing in the steam from boiled onion skins.  Do you know how to safely make and apply a hot mustard pack?

MY favorite is to gargle with warm salt water for a sore throat.  A warm salt solution in a netty pot will do a great job of clearing your sinuses.  Some say that this practice generally avoids getting a cold in the first place.  This is not suitable for small children.  A spoonful of raw honey will be more to their liking. 

Other essentials that may provide relief include during cold/flu season:  

·         Bone broth; Miso soup.

·         Hot water with lemon, honey, and cinnamon

·         Grated ginger or turmeric drink with honey

·         Garlic.

·         Mullein tea

·         Vit. C, D, and Zinc

·         Elderberry

·         Oil of Oregano

·         Echinacea

·         Stay well hydrated and get plenty of sleep

Foods you may want to avoid:

·         Dairy

·         Grains

·         Processed fast foods

·         Sugar

Be sure to rebalance your gut bacteria after aspirin use with a good probiotic.

Lemon detox drink recipe

·         16 ounces of warm or hot water

·         2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

·         2 tablespoons lemon juice

·         ½ teaspoon ground ginger

·         ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

·         1 dash cayenne pepper

·         1 teaspoon raw, local honey (optional)

Enjoy and stay healthy this season!

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