Green Goddess remedies for cold and flu season

Long Lunch 01/05/2018
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Green Goddess remedies for the cold and flu season by Wendyl Nissen.

Natural Antibacterial Spray
1 cup water
20 drops sweet orange essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Pour water into a spray bottle. Blend essential oils in a glass jar. With an eyedropper
add 8 drops of this base to the spray bottle. Spray on surface and let set for at least
15 minutes. No need to rinse. Keep the base oil mix in a dark-coloured glass bottle and make it up as you need it.

Help, I’m Getting a Cold!
Even if you get the cold, keep having this bath daily as it works wonders. Run a bath and add 10 drops each of lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint oils. I sometimes use more, but this is good for starters. The peppermint will attach itself to your back and may tingle, but the sensation takes your mind off your cold for a minute.

Sore Throat Tea
This tastes terrible but it is well worth getting through the cup to the end!
1 tsp cider vinegar
Pinch cayenne
Juice of ¼ lemon
1 tsp honey
Mix these ingredients together in a small teacup and then add hot water, not boiling.
Mix well and sip.

Chicken Soup
Boil up a soup with lots of chicken carcasses (it’s important to have the bones for extra nutrition), green veges (such as silverbeet or spinach) loads of garlic, onion and chilli. Keep it on the stove to be sipped throughout the day (do reheat to boiling for five minutes each time). Chicken soup has been a folk cure used since the 12th century and there is a study supporting its claim to healing properties. Researcher Dr Stephen Rennard at the University of Nebraska found that the ingredients can prompt a flufighting reaction in the body.

Lemon, Honey and Ginger Drink
1 tsp grated raw ginger
1 tsp honey ( or more to taste)
Juice of 1 lemon
Put all the ingredients in a mug and pour on hot — not boiling — water. If the water is boiling, it will kill the Vitamin C present in the lemon.
For adults add a tot of brandy, rum or whisky for extra soothing powers.

Vitamin D
Studies show that we get low on Vitamin D when there isn’t a lot of sun around, so get some from the chemist and top yourself up.

That’s right, take a few days off work, get someone in to mind the kids or go stay with your mum! Bed rest is the best cure for any ailment and in these modern times we have forgotten that. So aim for two days in bed and you’ll get better much faster than “soldiering on”, as one ad for cold drugs tells us on the TV. And you won’t be spreading your germs at work.

A Note on Honey — If you’re using honey for medicinal purposes, buy the best quality you can afford to get the best healing powers from it.

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