By Nancy Smorch, Foodie Bitch
The ups and downs in the temperature this fall can put a strain on the immune system – one day it’s in the 60’s and sunny, and the next, it’s raining and in the 30’s! Or snowing, in Michigan! Add to that any stress (or perceived stress) you are experiencing with travel, family situations, new experiences, work-related issues, or any other uncertain environment, and your immune system is compromised even more.
And so Lindsey’s immune system has recently become compromised. She just returned from Dallas (yes, we let her go to Dallas – no worries about ebola). She was at Tony Robbins’ UPW (Unlimited Power Within) weekend, and from Thursday night, when they did the “fire walk,” until Sunday evening, when they covered some really great health information, Lindsey was going non-stop. She and another 6,000 people were packed into the convention center for some pretty intense personal work and discovery. If you ever get a chance to go to one of Tony Robbins’ events – take it! They are amazing! Check out this video to get a feel for what it’s like:
To make a long story short, Lindsey got a little run down and caught a bit of a cold. So we’ve been strategizing to make sure she’s getting enough of the right foods and nutrients to allow her immune system to heal her body. A couple of things we’re doing in addition to food is using essential oils. I’ve been giving her capsules filled with frankincense, lemon, and lavender essential oils twice a day, and I put together a “cough syrup” with a honey base. She doesn’t have much of a cough, but the honey is a great base to get the oils in so they can go to work on her congestion and start attacking whatever it is that is causing her to feel less than 100%.
This cough syrup is something I’ve used for years and it really does help with coughing, sore throat, and overall recovery. So, I thought I would share it with you in case you need some extra tools in your cold and flu first aid kit this season!
Cough Syrup Ingredients
1/4 cup raw honey
1 drop Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree essential oil)
1 drop clove essential oil
1 drop rosemary oil
2 drops cedarwood oil
3 drops peppermint oil
2 drops frankincense oil
Remember when using essential oils, use therapeutic grade essential oils; that way you can be confident they are made in such a way that preserves the oils’ therapeutic qualities rather than destroys them.
I mix all of the ingredients together and take 1 tsp. as needed. If this is too strong for you (although I think it can’t possibly be worse than the cough syrup you get at the drug store!), you can dilute it with more honey.
I actually like the taste of it. You can even add it to a cup of your favorite tea or with a cup of warm water and lemon juice. If you’re up for an extra zing, try adding some grated ginger!
Remember, the best defense is a good offense (I’ve got college football on my mind – go Michigan State!), so make sure you take care of yourself in the first place. Get plenty of good quality sleep, eat fresh organic foods, do some sort of movement and exercise, and take time to be good to yourself and have fun!
Oh, and have a Happy Halloween!