Stay Well All Winter Long

I don’t know about you, but with my large brood of children and a husband that acts like one when he’s sick. I’m always looking to find natural ways that are less expensive and a healthier choice to ward off illness during cold and flu season.

Two years ago I was accidentally introduced to essential oils. I didn’t really believe in them at all. I thought it was just another way for a direct sales member to reel me in and make me spend hundreds of dollars on a bunch of trendy oils. I did however have a major migraine that day and accepted the peppermint beadlet from the young lady that was offering relief. If you have ever had a migraine, you will understand. To feel relief you’d be willing to try anything even if that means you should stand on your head while wearing the color blue during a surfing lesson.

I think it’s needless to say that the oil worked, or otherwise I probably would be writing a very different story here today. So let me share with you a few different things you can accomplish with essential oils.

First, and I feel most importantly you can establish a line of defense with these oils. Why even get sick in the first place right? Many of the oils have cleansing and antibacterial properties. I don’t have all the knowledge to share an all inclusive list of these oils because, well let’s face it there are just too many of them for this short story. What I will do is list a few for you to try yourself.

Lets get started with Lemon it’s antibacterial and antiviral, I use this in spray bottles with water. Just shake and spray as a disinfecting preventative on surfaces such as counter tops, door knobs and the powder room. Melalueca I use this oil to fights germs, bacteria and viruses. I often put this oil on boo boos because what better way to stop germs from infecting us but to heal those cuts, and scrapes! Rosemary is antibacterial and antiseptic. I love putting a few drops in my nifty diffuser and running it throughout the cold season. Onguard is my personal favorite. It’s packed with a punch of clove and wild orange and various oils blended together. It’s like your own little virus killer in a bottle. It smells amazing, it’s antibacterial and a great cleanser as well. I usually add a few drops onto these awesome wood pendants my daughter and I make, and wear it around my neck. I take a few drops in my water or in beadlet form daily. If you are already sick, might I recommend some Frankincense. As the KING of all oils it has been known to reduce pain and inflammation and boost immunity. Why else would they gift it to baby Jesus, right?

So those are a few of my favorite oils but let me also just share with you my flu bomb oil recipe. If you are feeling not so good, perhaps a little achy, a little stuffy, maybe even a little feverish, quick grab the flu bomb recipe you made after reading this blog and apply it to the bottoms of your feet and wrists.

What you’ll need:

1 empty roller bottle/veggie capsules

Carrier oil of your choice like coconut, jojoba, avacado, olive or safflower.

4 drops Lemon, 2 drops Melalueca, 2 drops Oregano, 2 drops Onguard, 2 drops Frankincense essential oils

Place these in a veggie capsule or your roller bottle

If you are using a veggie capsule just pop it in your mouth and swallow down and let the oils do their job. However if you prefer the roller ball method generally used for children fill the bottle the rest of the way with your preferred carrier oil and rub it on and enjoy the healing power of oils.

Oils aren’t the only preventative you can use during the winter season. If you live on a homestead or have a grandparent who did, you may already know how to make a tonic that requires just a few ingredients to keep you well. It will kick that sickness where the sun don’t shine. My grammie called it fire cider tonic, and here’s how it’s made.

You’ll need a gallon or 1/2 gallon glass jar depending on how much and how strong you want it. Apple cider vinegar, ginger, garlic, onion, Thyme, horseradish, honey and clove or cinnamon sticks, jalapeno or other hot peppers of your choosing. You can use more than one type if you want too! Don’t forget lemon and or orange slices. Leave the rinds on. It’s truly simple just chop all the ingredients up layer them in the glass jug or jar and pour the apple cider vinegar over it. There are variants to this some add more of one ingredient and less of another and there is no real specific amounts so I leave that part up to you! Place your mixture in a cool dry place out of sunlight for 4–6 weeks.

To use this amazing little tonic simply strain the mixture into a clean glass jar. I keep my cider mixture in the fridge after I strain but it’s not necessary. Then just pour about a shot glass worth and drink it down as a preventative. It will be stinging to say the least. I probably wouldn’t recommend giving it to anyone under age 13. But it’s not so bad once it’s down and will really give your immune system a boost. Grandmothers have been making it for centuries as a tried and true way to get rid of flu bugs and stop sickness in the winter. What’s really exciting to me about it is that it’s very low cost, lasts a super long time and can be used year after year. Not like vaccinations that have to be modified because our bodies build an immunity. But let’s not go there, that’s a debate for another day.

One last but not least awesome way to ward off sickness during cold and flu season is elderberry syrup. It may be too late this season for you to make your own if you don’t have any elderberry bushes and didn’t can your own this year. That’s ok, just write down this recipe and I’ll tell you why!

1 C Dried Elderberries- 2 C Fresh
1 C Honey
6 C Water
1 Cinnamon Stick
8 Whole Cloves
Place water, spices and berries in a pot and bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Let simmer for 45 minutes. Remove from heat and crush berries. Strain through cheese cloth and add honey. Stir

Now that you have Elderberry Syrup it will keep in your fridge for 3 months. The dosage to boost immune system and prevent illness is as follows for a child, 1tsp every day and for an adult 1 tbsp every day. The dosage if you are boosting your immune system while you are already sick is child 1 tsp every waking hour and for an adult 1 tbsp every waking hour. That’s it how easy is that?

Now wait, what if you don’t have elderberry bushes? Well might I suggest planting some next season? But for now you can order dried elderberries online from a reputable person or dealer or you can purchase pre-made elderberry syrup from a local farmer or herbalist. The reason I prefer to make my own is that elderberry syrup is generally sold at a steep price and you can make home-style for a fraction of the cost.

Whether you are one of those people who never get sick or your like my husband who will need the attention of any living creature and a priest when your sick, You know it really isn’t fun. I hope you find value in these easy peasy recipes and you can keep yourself warm and well this year.

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Enjoy and Godbless,