Wellness Kitchen- Top 12 Natural remedies for better health
A Wellness Kitchen
Staying well with natural remedies
Ive always been very interested in using natural remedies and truly believe in the power of nature in curing ailments or illness, i just love Ayurvedic medicine and over the years I have gathered, used and tested some great natural remedies.
I’ve experienced how amazing these natural sources are in enabling better health and use a range of ingredients from oils, herbs and plants, salts, and more to make natural remedies that I use daily and especially when I get sick. So I wanted to share with you some of the top ingredient remedies used and recommend you keep your kitchen stocked up so they are always at hand.
Growing up I remember my dad always had alternative ideas to cure ailments and illness. He used various natural remedies for healing and first aid, he was quite wacky and perhaps could often be mistaken for being eccentric with his ideas around these “natural cures”, but he was a wise man in many ways.
He used raw honey a lot for when we had colds, sore throats, burns, cuts and stings, and he used menthol Crystals to aid congestion, sinus pain and clean the air ways…I can see him now with his head over a steam bowl at the kitchen sink, with the smell of menthol in the room or various herbs steeping… We always had a lot of herbs on the herb rack!
Propolis (Bee resin) was another thing my dad used, he would chew up the brown waxy like stick and say “it’s so good for you” and encourage me to try some! My dad would make Bone broth soup which I thought was disgusting! I’ve only later appreciated how nutritious this all is!
His wacky ways have influenced my views about the power of nature and I’ve added them on to my list of amazing remedies, all these things my dad swore by, all those years ago!
I’m no herbalist doctor but I just want to share with you what I call these golden remedies and how to create your own wellness kitchen ready to use, especially in times of illness.
So heres my list of natural remedies that I think are essential to keep in your kitchen. They can really help keep you healthy and shorten the duration of colds, flu viruses, unitary tract infections, thrust infections or sickness and when you generally feel rundown. Create your own wellness kitchen and when needed the most be sure to take the remedies daily to get you feeling better faster. But above all, stay Healthy with
P R E V E N T I O N.
You can take many of these daily to maintain wellness. As the old saying goes “Prevention is far better then cure”. Following a wellness lifestyle will really support your body against illness, so you can take a little of some of the remedies every day. You will find that lots of these natural remedies help to keep you healthy and upbeat so it’s good to take them regularly.
You need to give the body what it needs and keep a constant supply of nutrients flowing in, this will help ensure that the body can resist any pathogen it picks up!
But when you just haven’t managed to avoid the lurgy and find you have contracted the dreaded cold or flu try these natural remedies as medicines. They really can shorten the duration of the illness and lessen the symptoms.
1. Garlic– A powerhouse natural antibiotic, anti fungal, and antibacterial..garlic can kick the butt of almost any illness. It’s also good for thrush and water infections. For the most potent effect, finely mince 1-2 cloves or garlic and float in a small glass of water and down it! Or cut up into small enough lumps to swallow like a tablet. Another great idea is to add L O T S of cloves to a jar of honey to infuse and take spoonfuls when needed.
2. Apple cider vinegar- With the mother is a fab antibacterial and anti fungus fighter, you can drink it, take about 1tbs in 8oz class of water to help clear unary tract infection, sore throats, colds. It helps kill bacteria. You can bath in it to kill fungal infections like athletes foot, thrush, infected cuts, itchy skin, insect bites, eczema, acne.
3. Sodium bicarbonate- (banking soda) kills viruses! By helping bring the body into a more alkaline state which viruses can not survive in! It also makes a fantastic anti fungal remedy for athletes foot, thrush, acne, spots. A great remedy for indigestion, gas and bloating. It can be used as an anti cancer prevention remedy because of it’s anti fungus and alkaline links.
4. Coconut oil- this is an all round fabulous anti bacterial, anti fungal oil. It’s a great energy source as it contains mct oil (medium chain triglyceride) which improves cognitive function and weight management and boosts metabolism. You can eat it, put it on your skin as a moisturiser, take your make up off with it, clean your teeth with it! The list is endless.
5. Hot herbal Drinks- Herbal teas and hot lemon and honey drinks, are very soothing and nutritional, drink up on these especially when your unwell to help flush out the illness. The heat will help to boost immune system and a variety of herbal teas can help with infection and cleansing.
6. Turmeric- This is a beautiful spice to use for colds, aches and pains and you can add it to your hot drinks, male turmeric lattes or hot lemon and honey drinks. It’s a very strong antioxidant, and has the active ingredient curcumin in it, giving it powerful anti-inflammatory effects. But the curcumin is poorly absorbed into the body so adding some crushed black peppercorns is said to enhance the absorption. I like to add it to my food in cooking, in dips, hot drinks and you can add water to make a up a paste and use with other spices for an amazing warming muscle rub or body warming remedy-Great for low back pain or muscle aches or during menstruation as a tummy warmer.
7. Cinnamon- Helps relieve cough and congestion and lower fever. It’s an effective antiviral and antibioticAdd this spice to your hot drinks or porridge. Mix 1 tablespoon with 1 teaspoon of honey and stir to make a spicy and very effective
8. Raw Honey- Yim! I eat raw from a spoon, add it to hot drinks and use in beauty routines! Also you can spread it onto stings, cuts and burns. Use as a face mask to soothe and soften skin. Honey is very healing and cleans wounds, it soothes sore throats and taste yummy. Always get local honey as it helps with pollen and environmental allergies.
9. Himalayan Salt- Replace your table salt now with this pink beauty! The ancient salt has so many benefits as contains minerals of sodium chloride, sulphate, calcium, potassium, and magnesium so it’s so good for your body health, it helps with sleep, anxiety, soothes achy muscles/cramp, lowers blood pressure, Improves circulation, detoxifies the body of heavy metals, strengths bones and supports the lungs and respiratory system to name but a few!
10. Sourkrout- and other Fermented foods are beneficial for good gut health and full of probiotics, which have been shown to help slow down or reverse some diseases, improve bowel health, aid digestion, and improve immunity!
11. Raw Ginger- I love ginger slices in tea (hot water) add a little honey! So warning and soothing. Great for sore throats, colds, viruses. When you feel sick or have nausea suck on a slice, it also aids indigestion, relieves muscle pain and those achy discomforts of period pains. Said to help lower cholesterol too!
12. Propolis (Bee Resin)- Supports the immune system, inhibits Candida from growing and has beneficial properties for oral health, so it makes a natural alternative to using fluoride to clean the mouth. Its also believed that the antioxidant compounds in propolis are responsible for its blood sugar-stabilizing benefits. The only way I’ve seen this used is by my dad and he use to chew it. But Propolis is often sold in capsule or tincture form, and some natural toothpastes will contain it. * While many people can safely use propolis some may experience allergic reactions, so it’s always best to test a small amount of the mixture in conjunction with careful monitoring before supplementing, especially if you have allergies.
Enjoy these golden goodies daily not just when you get sick, stock them up to make your own wellness Kitchen and help prevent unwellness.
Another top tip for when you are feeling unwell is to use S T E A M. I love to use a steam technique whenever I get a cold. Steam your face or even better get into a steam room. It really will help to loosen congestion and kill viruses and bacteria in the lungs, bronchials or sinuses.
•Try this recipe:2 tsp of chopped fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme and oregano and Boil 1-2 cups of water in a large pot. Or use dry herbs but add after water is boiled. Remove from heat, Cover for 5 minutes with a lid, and then remove lid and put face directly over pot with towel covering your head. Breathe in the steam and relax for 10- 15 minutes. You can also use 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar in the steam to help fight the illness. Alternatively you can use Eucalyptus essential oil to clear out the nasal passages.
And don’t forget….
-Get enough sleep! I always find if I’ve had several late nights in a row, of interrupted sleep or not enough sleep I start to feel rundown, this can leave your body feeling worn down and unable to resist illness. Getting enough sleep is essential for your body and mind to function and stay healthy. This is still a weak area for me, with two young children and breastfeeding my 6 month old every two hours at night my sleep is broken. But I am use to it and actually sleep very deeply once I am asleep. I do try to get into a solid pattern of going to bed at the same time each evening, ideally before 10pm, as after that time your body’s natural biological clock literally beats to a completely different rhythm….Often this isn’t possible for me as I am a bit of a night owl, it’s just my time to get things done. But I definitely have to be mindful not to stay up too late, as it does catch up and that’s when I find I get rundown.
-Eat Well…nourish your body from within with soul food goodness. Not just when you unwell. It’s important to be mindful of what you put into your body, so many foods are laced with toxins, refined sugars, even some natural foods contain chemicals from pesticides and added hormones in meat, ergh! Don’t get me started on what you can find hidden away in your chicken drumstick, antibiotics, steroids! Yuk! Try to buy organic and from local fruit and vegetable and farmers markets so you know it’s local, fresh and has no air miles.
I always say a balance is great so you can still enjoy treats! I love organic dark chocolate.
Avoid too many grains, and highly starchy foods so you keep your body functioning at peak immunity.
– Keep moving or get moving! Exercise can reduce the number of times you get unwell during the year, moving stretching and keeping your spine subtle and healthy will boost immunity. So keep healthy with regular yoga, running, walking, swimming and other sports that you enjoy.
Love & Light