HOMEMADE COLD AND FLU REMEDY: FIRE CIDER

 

In my continuous journey to live more holistically, I have become more aware of not only what I ingest through eating, but also through other means. I am more cognizant of what I put on my skin, what I breathe in my home environment and now, also what I take in pharmaceutically. And I am in good company. With the public becoming more aware of the dangers of flu vaccinations (including headaches, immune suppression, neurologic damage and exposure to mercury) now is a great time to seek out and experiment with natural remedies for cold and flu.

While looking for possible remedies, I came across a couple of posts about Fire Water or Fire Cider. After some researching, this is what I found out:

  • Fire Cider is a traditional medicine that has been used for many years for the benefits of increased energy, immune-boosting and toxin removal.
  • The use of ginger, garlic, onion, cayenne, lemon and raw apple cider vinegar make it a powerful alkalizing agent as well as anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal.
  • Fire Cider increases circulation, which is very warming to the body and great for people who do not tolerate the cold very well. (This one really got my attention. See my post on this here: http://livitarianslounge.com/2014/11/19/how-to-stay-green-when-nothing-else-is/)
  • It can be taken prophylactically or as a treatment at the first sign of cold or flu symptoms.

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Stewed Brussels Sprouts

Easy. Nutritious. Delicious.

I am a veggie lover. Especially green veggies. But somehow, in all my years, I have never managed to have a single brussels sprout pass my lips. It was one of those things that when put on a plate in front of me as a kid, I would just go to bed hungry. Fast forward X amount of years and I finally had my first taste of them about a month ago. Wow! Who knew? These nutrient dense wonders are packed with Vitamins A, C and K and also high in folate and fiber. 1 Cup of brussels sprouts has 56 calories, 4 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. Stewing them in tomatoes also adds the additional benefit of lycopene which has been suggested by studies to be associated with decreased risk of cancer, heart disease and age-related eye disorders. So “Eat your Brussels Sprouts,” just like your Mama said…only this time, enjoy them!

Prep Time: 10 min      Cook Time: 35-40 min      Servings: 2- 4

What you’ll need:

BRUSSELS SPROUTS11 lb of brussels sprouts, rinsed and drained

2 C water

1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes

3 cloves of garlic, diced

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Are You a Joy Sucker? What’s Your Happy?

Do you know someone that every time you greet them they give the same response? A mixture of a greeting and a complaint all in the same sentence?

Me: “Hey, good morning! How are you?”
Them: “Oh, I’m here. Hangin’ in there.”
Me: ” Well, that’s a start. I hope you have a good day.”
Them: ” Hmm, me too. But I know it won’t happen like that. I’m just trying to survive.”

When you walk away from this person,  two things are usually true.  First, you instantly feel a drop in your own energy and second, you already know how their day is going to go… exactly like they said it would! Continue reading