Cold and flu season is in full swing! And sometimes, no matter how careful or healthy you are, you can get sick. It’s okay. It happens. The winter and spring can be especially tough when it can sometimes be 70 degrees one day and 30 degrees the next.
Believe it or not, both Elyse and I have asthma. I have practically grown out of it, but Elyse hasn’t been so lucky. To top it off, she is allergic to all kinds of trees and animals, so we understand how frustrating it can be to get sick and not feel 100%. And in case you were wondering, yes, Elyse is allergic to our cat, but a.) she did not care, and b.) she has thankfully gotten used to Jovie after quite an eventful adjustment period!
Now, when it comes to aiding ailments, Elyse and I are by no means opposed to taking medication. We know that sometimes we may need more than a natural remedy. However, if we can avoid taking pills and opt for something natural, then we always try that first! Here are some at home items that you can incorporate into your daily routine to help prevent and aid ailments:
- Tea! This is an easy one. Tea, especially green tea, can be hugely beneficial for you! Not only does it aid in increasing your metabolic rate to help you burn fat faster, but it can also help prevent certain diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s, lower cholesterol, and reduce/relieve allergy symptoms!
- Raw local honey. Not only is honey a great natural sweetener for foods and smoothies, but it can also aid in medical symptoms as well. Buy honey that is local to your area because it can help your body adjust to your environment and allergens (this is one Elyse lives by to help with her allergies). Honey can also sooth sore throats, help to improve your skin, and provide you with antioxidants to help fight off diseases.
- Ginger. If you are feeling nauseated, ginger is your friend! If you experience a lot of motion sickness or are starting to feel sick, then taking ginger capsules is best, but you can always mix some fresh ginger up in warm tea too. Or, if you think you are getting a head cold, taking ginger juice shots can be a great way to help you fight off a cold too.
- Feverfew/Magnesium. Suffer from migraines? You’re not alone! There are multiple medications out there that can aid in migraines or help to prevent them, but often times it takes multiple doctors visits and multiple different pills to find the right concoction. If you have something that works, then by all means stick with it! However, if you want to try a natural route, try a daily regimen of magnesium or feverfew as a preventive medication. You can often find these in capsule form in the supplement/health section of your local market.
- Peppermint oil. Peppermint oil can be great for flavoring a smoothie, but it is also another natural way to soothe a migraine or headache! Just rub a few drops of peppermint oil onto your temples or forehead (or wherever your head may be throbbing), lay down, and let the oil get to work! The oil creates a cooling sensation, almost like icy hot or biofreeze, so be careful, you do not need much!
- St. John’s Wort. Feeling anxious? Having trouble sleeping? Then try some St. John’s Wort. This natural wonder contains melatonin that will help you sleep, but also help to improve your body’s own naturally occurring melatonin. For best results, try taking a capsule daily.
- Aloe Vera. The Aloe vera plant may be a giant, scary, it’s-going-to-overtake-your-house, looking plant, but it can be a savior. If you have a bad burn, itchy skin irritation, or minor cuts and scrapes, then cut off a piece of aloe vera, chill it in the fridge (this is optional, but helps to soothe more), and rub the aloe gel directly onto your skin.
There are plenty of other natural health remedies out there, and these only just begin to scratch the surface! However, please always be sure to consult with your physician first before trying to treat yourself and/or if your symptoms persist.
What are some of your favorite at-home remedies that you like to try? Comment below and let us know!
Granola is a very popular snack and topping to use, but it can be extremely unhealthy depending on what you buy and what is added! That is why David started making his own granola using natural ingredients and sweeteners, in order to bring you a healthier snack. Scoop 1/4 cup of this granola onto yogurt, make a parfait, or add on top of some oatmeal for a little crunch.
David's Homemade Granola
-½ cup 100% pure maple syrup
-4 teaspoons vanilla extract
-½ teaspoon salt
-½ cup melted coconut oil
-5 cups old fashioned rolled oats (do not use instant/quick oats)
-2 cups raw almonds, slivered or 2 cups of dry roasted peanuts (or 1 cup of each)
-can substitute 1 cup of the nuts for 1 cup of a seed, like pumpkin seeds
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. To help the parchment paper stay down, you can grease the pan and then place the parchment on top. Set aside.
In a bowl, whisk together the syrup, extract, and salt. Then whisk in the coconut oil. Fold in the oats, almonds, and other nuts (if using), until all of the oats and nuts are coated.
Spread the oat mixture out evenly in a thin layer on the parchment lined baking pan. Using a spatula, press the mixture down firmly to help “pack” it all into place on the pan. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes, or until golden brown, and make sure to rotate the pan halfway through cooking. Let cook on a wire rack for an hour. Once cooled, break the granola into pieces and store in bell jars or an air-tight container.