Tips and Tricks for the Winter Months

Cough, Colds, and the Flu:

Colds in the winter seem inevitable. However, there are numerous herbal remedies that can diminish the sometimes brutal effects of the winter cold.

To ease a sore throat or cough, I recommend sipping on an herbal tea regularly, such as peppermint tea with honey to coat the throat, or a soothing ginger tea.

To clear the sinuses and ease an irritating nighttime cough, try making your own vapor rub with rosemary and tea tree essential oils.

Nose Bleeds:

Suffer from those unrelenting nose bleeds during the winter months? You could be copper deficient. According to Hoiistic Health and Living,  copper effectively stopped blogger Andrea Lewis’ nose bleeds, and could potentially stop yours too!

Dry, Cracked, Irritated Skin:

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! and drink PLENTY of water to keep your skin looking and feeling smooth and supple throughout the winter months.

However, if simple moisturizers and water consumption are not enough, using an exfoliating scrub and lotions are sure to help.

Homemade exfoliating body scrubs are quick and easy to make, requiring just a few ingredients. One of my favorite salt scrub recipes is made of dead sea salt and can be found here.

After you exfoliate it is essential to moisturize your skin. I advise creating your own lotions/healing oils as well, and using these on your hands and feet to lock in moisture. Wearing gloves and socks to bed at night will ensure the lotion gets fully absorbed into your skin.

Heal from Within:

One of the best and easiest ways to cure the winter blues and seasonal maladies is to maintain a healthy, natural, immune-boosting diet rich in antioxidants.

A simple Lentil Soup or a savory chicken soup both provide numerous immune system-boosting benefits.

For the desert lover, try making this Maca Hot Cocoa to warm you up on those cold winter nights!

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Protect Yourself Naturally

Scared of the Ebola outbreak?

Looking for a way to limit the spread and save yourself from contracting the virus, as well as any virus for that matter?

Well look no further.

The easiest way to protect yourself from disease is to amp up your your body’s innate defense program – the immune system.

Lucky for you, nature has provided everything you need to boost your body’s defenses against bacterial and viral invaders. Including anti-bacterial and anti-viral herbs in your diet is simple and easy, not to mention quite tasty.

Listed below are some natural immune boosters to start adding into your diet provided by underground health. Check out their blog for more all-natual remedies and health advice!

Anti-bacterial:

garlic

onion

ginger

lemon

cayenne

peppermint

cinnamon

cranberry

Anti-viral herbs:

elderberry

lemon balm

olive leaf

oregano oil

Add these ingredients to your teas, meals, and even smoothies! Your body will thank you.

Homeopathy v. Naturopathy

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Confused about the difference between Homeopathy and Naturopathy? Click on the image above for some clarity. You will find informational videos and links to articles highlighting the relationship between the two natural practices, real life stories regarding the benefits of Homeopathy and Naturopathy, and also natural/herbal alternatives to prescription medications to battle pain and the flu!