When you need serious respiratory support, it’s time for the Steaming Mug of Death! My method ends with a bit of a twist for added respiratory power.Read More
Essential Oils for Winter Wellness
Listed below are my favorite essential oils for winter wellness. I keep each of these oils in stock at all times, especially during the winter months. If you’re looking for natural ways to support your immune system, you’ll want to consider adding these safe and effective solutions to your winter wellness arsenal.Read More
It’s that time of year! I hope you won’t have the opportunity to put this recipe to use anytime soon, but if you do, you’ll be ready.
This DIY Chest Rub supports respiratory health, which is especially helpful during the winter months, don’t you think?
Winter is the perfect time for soup! Plus, Homemade Chicken Broth is super-nourishing, helping to keep your family healthy during the cold and flu season.
- a few TB good lard, meat drippings or coconut oil
- about 1 lb celery, diced
- about 1 lb carrots, diced
- 1 large onion, finely diced
- about 8 cups Homemade Chicken Broth
- the equivalent of approx 3 large chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
- about 2 TB fresh, chopped parsley
- unrefined sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 lb GF noodles (for Paleo, use zoodles or shredded zucchini)
Last week I had the privilege of attending a presentation on Cold and Flu Prevention and Treatment, given by the wife of my holistic MD–who also happens to be a holistic MD herself–and the registered nurse who works at their office.
It was excellent!
- what the flu is (Do you know the actual symptoms of the flu?)
- why it’s so prevalent in the winter
- how to strengthen the immune system naturally in order to prevent the flu
- how to strengthen the immune system naturally in order to treat the flu
- how the flu vaccine is developed
- the ingredients of a flu shot
- the documented efficacy of the flu shot
- the documented dangers of the flu shot
By the way, if you’re looking for natural ways to maintain a healthy immune system, I’ve got a few suggestions:Read More
I have sort of a love/hate relationship with Sally Fallon.
Have you heard of her? She’s like the Martha Stewart of “Real Food World”. When you need tips or a recipe, she’s the one you turn to. But you simultaneously resent her high standards and image of perfection.
I do own Nourishing Traditions, and find myself using it more and more. And I do recommend it. Especially for those who possess the ability to read true and good ideas without feeling a need to apply Every.Single.Ideal.Standard to your own life. Ahem.
When I first read Nourishing Traditions, I was already in that state of completely overwhelmed. I was on a trajectory toward overhauling my entire diet and kitchen habits. The wealth of Real Food research, data, studies and more in this book was simply staggering. But it made sense to me and it went right along with everything else on my radar. I was ready.
Then I got to the recipes.
- First, I have to track down clean, organic foods. These foods are not commonly available at grocery stores.
- Then I have to pay for these specialized foods. (Yikes!)
- Next, I have to spend hours preparing my special, expensive, raw ingredients.
- Now I’m ready to actually combine the laboriously prepared ingredients and cook (or bake) them to Real Food perfection.
- Which, I might add, often tastes nothing like How It Used To Taste.
- Sometimes my efforts produce cuisine which can only be categorized as Epic Fails. But we eat it anyway, because it was so expensive, both in terms of time and money.
- Sometimes my family actually likes the results of my culinary efforts. Those are the moments that keep me going!
But alas, I digress. The entire point of this post is to explain how I make my own chicken broth…
The reason I mention Sally Fallon is because she really does have a good recipe for homemade chicken broth. It’s one of the first recipes I tried from her book.Read More
Have you tried elderberry syrup? It’s a natural way to boost the immune system, especially during the cold and flu season.
Here at the Yankee Homestead, we’re almost completely free of all prescription drugs, as well as over-the-counter remedies.
Here’s one of my favorites for treating and preventing colds and the flu, as well as for treating sore throats:
Anytime is a good time for tea, but fall weather always makes me want to savor a nice cup of tea.
Not to mention that the changing weather can tend to usher in a host of unwanted conditions such as congestion, colds, sore throats and the like.
Let me share one of the tricks I like to keep up my sleeve in the fight to keep my Yankee Homestead family free from common cold-weather complaints…
Traditional Medicinals Teas!
Have you tried them?