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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

7 Healing Home Remedies

When someone in our family comes down with an illness there are several home remedies I run to...

1. Healing Chicken Soup

2. Super hot, fresh salsa

3. Silverbiotics

4. Essential oils

5. Probiotics

6. Green smoothies

7. Hot Totties

First thing in the morning I make green smoothies for the sickies and I give them a dose of Silverbiotics. I concoct "hot totties" as mentioned in this post. I then load my diffuser with Thieves and Frankincense and put on a pot of Healing Chicken Soup. I make a big batch of homemade salsa with fresh peppers, onions, garlic and cilantro if I have it. I confine the sickies to a specific couch for two reasons, one is rest and the other is to seclude all those nasty germies. I make sure everyone is cozy with pillows, blankets, books, tissues, water and essential oils.

Here's the breakdown of why we do what we do...
1. Healing Chicken Soup
When we are sick, there is nothing more comforting than homemade chicken soup. I put on a pot of it this morning because we all have little funk going on at our house. I am hoping it is just allergies but our sweet baby has a fever :( her first illness.

Healing Chicken Soup
2 cups chopped celery
2 cups chopped carrots
2 whole onions, chopped
6 cloves of minced garlic
1 whole, organic chicken
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Sea salt and pepper to taste
In a large stock pot, place all the veggies on the bottom and place the whole chicken on top of them. Fill the pot with water until it is covering the chicken with about two inches to spare. Sprinkle in sea salt and pepper and vinegar. Bring to a boil then turn down to a simmer for 6 hours. The longer the soup cooks, the more nutrients from the bones are incorporated into the broth. The vinegar is a vital ingredient as it helps draw the nutrients from the bones.
Chicken stock has anti inflammatory properties and contains calcium and magnesium. The stock produced is gut healing and contain amino acids that are similar to medicine found in over the counter cold and flu medicine. The soup is a natural decongestant. You will know you have concocted a good stock when the liquid gels after it is refrigerated.  We love the comforting smell of chicken stock on the stove.
2. Super hot, fresh salsa
Next, I make a big batch of homemade salsa with
fresh peppers, onions, garlic and sea salt.
The peppers are a natural decongestant so it will drain sinuses quickly preventing infection. Jalapeno peppers are full of vitamin c to help boost your immune system. Sea salt kills bacteria and clears the throat of germs.
Onions contain Quercitin which is a natural antibiotic with antiviral, antiseptic and anti-cancer properties. The onion is also anti-inflammatory.
Garlic is a natural antibiotic as well and contains allicin which is antifungal. To obtain these benefits it is best to consume raw, crushed or chopped garlic and wait at least 15 minutes to consume the garlic to utilize the maximum potency of the allicin. I have friends that take garlic like you would take a pill, swallowing it whole with a glass of water. Garlic contains vitamin C and zinc to help you battle your illness.

3. Silverbiotics
I am a firm believer in the power of Silverbiotics. It is a brand of colloidal silver, a natural antibiotic. Even hospitals put colloidal silver on bandages to help patients' wounds heal and fight infection. It is said to shorten the duration of a cold or flu. I have had success in using colloidal silver every time I had mastitis.  There are varying opinions on colloidal silver so I encourage you to do your research and draw your own conclusions but know that our family has enjoyed it's healing benefits for years.

4. Essential oils
We diffuse essential oils and apply them topically. Thieves of course, along with Frankincense. I rub both on the bottom of our feet (for the baby I use a carrier like coconut oil). I find the oils to be soothing healing. Frankincense is applied or diffused to relieve pain and congestion. Thieves contains clove, lemon, cinnamon,  rosemary and eucalyptus which cleanses the air and is antiviral and antibacterial. It also supports your lungs, sinuses and boosts immunity.

5. Probiotics
We  like to keep several sources of probiotics in our arsenal. I make homemade sauerkraut which provides gut friendly lactobacilli. The calcium, vitamin c and magnesium are increased during fermentation rendering it healthier than cabbage in its original state. I also brew water kefir which has a variety of probiotics by the trillion per serving.Water kefir  is an excellent source of B vitamins and minerals as well as natural antibiotic and anti-fungal qualities.  More information about both of those along with recipes coming in future posts :) Another probiotic source you may have heard of is Kombucha which is readily available at your local health food store or you can try brewing your own.
6. Green smoothies
We drink green smoothies for most of the day.
I believe it is extremely important to give your digestive system a rest when you are healing. This way your body is expending all of it's energy on healing itself and not wasting energy digesting your food. We avoid any dairy products. I am no expert but it has been my personal experience that dairy clogs our digestive systems and contributes to mucus production. Our favorite savory green smoothie recipe is found in this post.
We feel instant relief when sinus symptoms arrive because the acid in the vinegar hinders the survival of the germs that cause a nasty sore throat. Lemon juice aids recovery from the common cold. We drink this apple cider vinegar drink daily but increase the frequency of consumption when we feel the slightest tingle in our throat or stuffy nose.

Our family wishes you good health but if symptoms do sneak their way in your home we hope you find some or all of these home remedies helpful.
Grace and Peace,
Adoring Family

Please note that we are not offering medical advice and these remedies are not intended to take the place of a doctor. We hope you understand that the user assumes all risk and responsibility for the outcome of any and all side affects incurred from these remedies.

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