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Sourdough Herb and Cheese Rolls

Fluffy, sourdough, biscuit dough smothered with herbed butter and cheese, rolled up and baked until golden. These are a delicious side to your favorite soup or serve them as an appetizer. It’s hard to stop at one.

Ingredients

Sourdough Roll Dough

  • 1/2 cup fed sourdough starter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 cups flour – I use freshly-milled hard wheat.
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Filling:

  • 1⁄2 cup room temperature butter
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped thyme
  • 2 cups of caramelized onion (5-6 medium onions raw)
  • 2 1⁄2 cups of grated cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine fed sourdough starter, flour, honey, water, and melted coconut oil. Mix together, then form into a ball.
  2. Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with beeswax wraps or plastic wrap.
  3. Allow to rest in a warm place overnight or up to 24 hours.
  4. Add eggs, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to the bowl, and combine well with your hands.
  5. Cover it with a tea towel and put it in a warm place for about an hour.
  6. While the dough is rising, thinly slice and caramelize the onions; this process takes about 45 mins, stirring the onions occasionally.
  7. In a small bowl, combine room temperature butter and chopped fresh herbs, stirring well.
  8. Lightly dust the counter with flour, then roll out the dough to about 1/4-inch thickness.
  9. Add herbed butter to the dough and spread evenly.
  10. Evenly distribute caramelized onions over the dough, then sprinkle over the 2 1/2 cups of grated cheese.
  11. Roll the dough up as tightly as you can. Pinch the ends into the main roll.
  12. Slice to make 12-14 sourdough savory rolls.
  13. Place the rolls into a well-seasoned 14″ cast iron skillet. Sprinkle with some extra chopped thyme.
  14. Allow them to rise in a warm spot for about 1/2 hour to 1 hour while your oven preheats.
  15. Bake them in a 375-degree oven for 20-25 minutes.
  16. Allow them to cool a bit and enjoy!

To Caramelize Onions

  1. Slice 5-6 medium sized onions (900g raw onion) thinly.
  2. Warm oil and butter in pan on medium high.
  3. Stir to coat onions in the oil. Cook, stirring every few minutes.
  4. After 15 minutes, sprinkle some salt over the onions (also 1 tsp sugar, if you desire).
  5. Cook for 30 mins to an hour, stirring them every 1-2 minutes.
  6. After the first 20-30 minutes, you may want to lower the stove top temperature.
  7. Allow to sit and then scrape, let them sit, and then scrape… until the onions are a rich brown color.
  8. Add balsamic vinegar at the end, if you enjoy the extra flavor.

Notes

  • The longer the herbs sit in the butter mixture, the more the flavor will deepen and develop. I recommend doing this early on in the baking process.
  • Brush the buns lightly with an egg or cream wash to give the buns a shiny, crusty glaze.
  • Since you’re going to all the effort, caramelize extra onions for toppings on other things like burgers, stir fry, sandwiches etc.!
  • If you don’t have fresh herbs, you can substitute with dried herbs. Use 1 tsp sage, 1⁄2 tsp dried rosemary, and 1 tsp dried thyme.

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What are the Signs of Magnesium Deficiency

5 warning signs of magnesium deficiency

When it comes to magnesium it plays such an important role on our bodies overall. Many around the world do not understand the importance of magnesium in the same way they understand calcium or iron, for instance. Nonetheless, in my research and it’s proven that adequate magnesium levels are crucial for brain, cardiac and muscle function and it is needed, along with silica and Vitamins D and K to promote bone health. Magnesium deficiency is more common than many people suspect, and it is so worth knowing this inforation for anyone, There is a LOT more than just 5. below are just a few warning signs that could indicate a deficiency in this important mineral.

1. Ringing in the Ears or Hearing Loss


Tinnitus, or a constant, high-pitched ringing in the ears is common symtom of magnesium deficiency, as is hearing loss. There are have been a number of studies done on the relationship between ear health and sufficient magnesium levels. In one Chinese study, it was found that magnesium in sufficient quantities will prevent the formation of the free radicals that can lead to hearing loss. In a study at the Mayo Clinic, it was found that treating patients who had experienced hearing loss with magnesium supplementation often helped restore that loss within three months.

2. Muscle Cramps or Tremors


Magnesium is crucial to optimim muscle function. Without it, the body would be in a state of convulsion, because it is this mineral that allows the muscles to relax. That is why, for instance, a magnesium oxide drip is used to ease women in labor and why magnesium is found in so many sleep-inducing supplements. A lack of sufficient magnesium, therefore, can lead to facial tics, muscle cramping and twitching or cramping of the feet while trying to sleep.

3. Depression


The link between low magnesium levels and depression was understood over a century ago, when doctors would use it to treat this mental health disorder. Modern science has backed this up, with a study at a psychiatric hospital in Croatia finding that many attempted suicide patients had severely low levels of this important mineral. One advantage of magnesium over traditional antidepressants is the lack of side effects sometimes associated with these medications.

4. Abnormal Heart Function


As previously discussed, low magnesium levels can have an effect on muscles throughout the body and this includes the heart muscles. Insufficient magnesium can induce a condition known as a cardiac arrhythmia, in which the heart fails to beat regularly and this, in turn, can cause a greater risk for complications like heart attacks and strokes. That is why, for instance, doctors at the Henry Low Heart Center in Connecticut treat their arrhythmia patients with a medication which contains magnesium.

5. Kidney Stones


Many people believe that kidney stones are caused by an excess of calcium, but in fact it is a lack of magnesium that is the culprit. Magnesium prevents the formation of these stones by inhibiting the binding of calcium with oxalate, the two compounds which make up these stones. Kidney stones can be excruciatingly painful, so it is good to know that something as simple as magnesium supplementation can prevent them!

If experiecing any of these symptoms, consulting with a healthcare practitioner who truly understands these imbalances is a good idea.

Another reason we are so lacking in magnesium levels is that our vegetables are lacking magnesium due to over-pesticide use on our farmlands. 

Try to consume organic and non gmos foods as much as possible.

A great sorce of mg is 1 raw cacao bean contains 9 mg. ground powder with about 15-20 and mix with organic or no antibiotics milk of choice. It’s a little chunky but good sorce of mg boost of around 150-200 mg of magnesium, about 1/3 daily supply. headaches are also a big sign as well. That could technically be the muscle cramp symptom. Magnesium can be used as organic supplement forms. it’s great to drink several glasses of water with organic lemon juice. Avoiding sodas, sugary drinks ect as much as possible.

It is also wise to follow a diet which includes foods like okra, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, almonds, soy or black beans, cashews and spinach as these are all natural magnesium sources.

Blessings to all. Maria🌿` The Naturally Blooming

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GINGER ECHINACEA | HERBS LEMON TEA & BENEFITS

HOMEMADE REMEDY – (with Echinacea – Herbs)

— REMEDY USES: (Relieve Colds)

HOT GINGER ECHINACEA HERBS LEMON TEA

INGREDIENTS

2 cups boiling water

1 teaspoon dried echinacea fresh edible flower (or roots) or if you don’t have Use any herbs or spices you like for tea.

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger

1 lemon, juice of, freshly squeezed

1 teaspoon honey (or more to taste)

DIRECTIONS

  • In a teapot, pour the boiling water over the echinacea or herbs and chopped ginger.
  • Cover and steep for 10-15 minutes.
  • Add lemon juice and honey and stir to mix. Strain and pour into 2 mugs.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

Discover echinacea benefits for the body and skin.

This echinacea herb has tall stems with pink or purple flowers. Its central cone resembles a spiked comb, with sharp prickly spines. The cone is the seed head of this flower. It’s alternate name is purple coneflower. This popular perennial herb is native to North America and used throughout history.

Nine identified plant species exists, but three are often used medically: Echinacea angustifolia, Echinacea pallida and Echinacea purpurea.

Medicine is made from echinacea leaves, flower and root. Chemicals in the root differ from the upper plant. The roots have high concentrations of volatile oils. Above-ground plant parts contain polysaccharides, substances that trigger the immune system naturally. Research suggest the above ground part of Echinacea purpurea is most medicinally effective.

Echinacea is in different forms: dried herb, liquid extracts, tablets, capsules, juice, tea, ointments and creams. It may be combined with other herbs. Find it at most pharmacy, grocery or natural health food stores.

Its taste varies depending on mixtures. It can leave an unpleasant after taste of licorice and alcohol. Juice echinacea, alone, as a small one ounce drink. For larger drinks, combine it with other herbs, fruits or vegetables.

CAUTION! Currently, concerns exist about the quality of echinacea and other herbs out on the market. Some products are mislabeled and may not even contain echinacea and organic herbs. Before buying read product ingredient labels and directions well. Always make sure labels read the name of the whole food herbs and organic and non GMOs, not synthetic in any supplement or herbal tea. 🌿

HOW TO STORE FRESH CILANTRO

Are you a fresh herb lover? Have you ever wondered how to store fresh cilantro and other herbs a way that will help last them longer? There is an easy way to store leafy herbs that can make them last up to 6 weeks!

What’s the secret? Treat bunches of cilantro just like you treat fresh-cut flowers!

Like a florist, you need to trim the ends of your leafy herbs, place them in fresh, cool water and store them in a fridge. Once a week or so you need to replace the water and retrim the ends. Freshly trimmed ends will be able to absorb more water, allowing the herbs to stay fresh.

You can loosely cover your herbs with a plastic bag once they are trimmed and in cool water. I use a disposable bag from the grocery store vegetable section (I usually get one with my cilantro).  Or ziplock bags work as well Herbs can also be stored uncovered. See which works well in your fridge, it depends on the humidity in your area.

My cilantro lasts a LONG time with or without a plastic bag cover. Just remember to trim it regularly and keep the water fresh. This storage tip works with many leafy herbs. Check out my parsley!

My current batch of cilantro, can you believe it is more than six weeks old? No slime in sight!

I hope you try this technique to make your fresh herbs last longer!

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Top Three Reasons to Try Holy Basil 🌿

From fighting bad breath or gum disease without the use of chemical mouthwash to pushing glucose levels down, holy basil — also known as tulsi — can be your powerful tool for great health

Holy basil, also known as tulsi, is an aromatic herb that is widely celebrated in India and many places around the world, within Ayurvedic medicine. According to the ancient wellness system, it’s an “elixir of life” for its many flexible health uses and benefits. In the modern world, holy basil is an “herb for all reasons” for its ability to address physical, chemical, metabolic and psychological stress via a range of pharmacological actions.

Part of the Lamiaceae family, Ocimum sanctum is believed to originate in north central India and today grows in the eastern tropics. It is a known potent adaptogen, believed to help with adaptation to stress and promote homeostasis in the body. Here are three powerful reasons to try holy basil and make it part of your wellness arsenal.

1. Oral Health

Holy basil is considered a natural alternative to chemical mouthwash.

In a study published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry, 30 individuals used holy basil mouthwash, chlorhexidine mouthwash or a sterile water rinse twice every day for four days. Holy basil acted effectively against P. intermedia and F. nucleatum, two pathogens known to cause gum infection. It also demonstrated an antiplaque effect, with no significant difference from chlorhexidine’s action.

In tackling the potential causes of bad breath and related oral health woes, there is a wealth of natural options that are worth exploring besides commercial, chemical-based mouthwash products.

2. Stress and Anxiety Fighter

The current and emerging science on holy basil as a potent adaptogen reinforces Ayurvedic wisdom, which suggests that the herb is an effective tonic for the body.  One of its benefits is helping reduce stress and anxiety.

According to the results, holy basil had potential antistress action that can be partially attributed to its antioxidant properties. This antioxidant effect was found in other studies to back many of its pharmacological actions, with phenolic compounds including eugenol, circilineol, isothymusin, isothymonin, rosmarinic acid and zinc, an antioxidant mineral.

A separate study concluded that holy basil was effective in managing the effects of stress by inhibiting the release of cortisol and other stress-inducing processes in the body.

3. Antidiabetes Action

Virtually all parts of the plant can help reduce blood sugar, particularly in those who have prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes. Holy basil may also be effective against weight gain, hyperinsulinemia, insulin resistance and high cholesterol.

Findings of a 2020 study showed that the active crude extract of holy basil leaves and its active fractions, namely ethyl acetate/butanol, could provide significant glucose-lowering effects because of the presence of polyphenols. “In conclusion, isolation of the active components … may pave the way to the development of new agents for the treatment of diabetes and its complications,” the researchers wrote.

Organic tulsi capsules are also available: 1 g a day as a preventative or 2 g a day if already feeling unwell, or as directed by your doctor. This article is for educational purposes only. Feel free to research on your own free time and learn more about this medicinal food. 🌿

To use holy basil and incorporate it into your daily regimen, keep some organic tea bags handy especially during travels. or Liquid supplement you may consume it every four to six hours while on the move, preferably starting and ending the day with it.

Black Seed Oil: Amazing facts and uses

Black seed oil, is often described as a miraculous plant and called by early herbalists as “the herb from heaven.” It is one of the most treasured nutrient-rich herbs and has been used for its medicinal properties in the Middle East and Western Asia for thousands of years.

The black seed oil, also known as black caraway, black onion seed, nigella and kalonji, are extracted directly from the black cumin flower and has a peppery taste with a hint of onion and oregano. These tiny black seeds can be toasted and sprinkled on bagels, biscuits and flatbreads like naan; added to soups, curries, pickles and stir-fries; and mixed with other seasonings like mustard, fennel and cumin seeds.

It’s not hard to see why it’s gaining popularity in the West, as well. The maximal nutritional value of black cumin has been linked to the presence of thymoquinone (TQ) – the main active compound in black seed oil, which constitutes approximately 30 percent of the seeds.

Studies have found substantial amounts of protein, fiber, minerals, vitamins, various amino acids and significant levels of iron, copper, zinc, phosphorous, calcium, thiamin, niacin and pyridoxine in black cumin seeds, as well as hundreds of phytonutrients.

Health benefits of black cumin seed oil

Several studies have found that the black cumin seed oil can offer many health benefits. Based on those studies, black cumin seed oil can help support the following:

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A healthy immune system

A study published in Drug Discovery Therapy on the effect of black cumin seeds on different types of cancer cells showed that TQ, a major active component in black cumin seeds, exhibits promising effects against inflammatory diseases and plays a great role in affecting all markers of cancer. TQ modulates signaling pathways that are key to cancer progression and enhances the anticancer potential of clinical drugs while reducing their toxic side effects.

One study from Cairo University in Egypt showed that black seed oil supplementation can help alleviate the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis – a condition where your immune system attacks healthy tissues in your joints. Participants reported less swollen joints and decrease the duration of morning stiffness after taking black seed oil capsules.

Using black seed oil as nasal drops may help people find relief from seasonal allergies. In one study, most of the participants reported alleviated symptoms of hay fever, including a runny nose, sneezing and itchiness.

A healthy digestive system


Eating black cumin seeds or taking black cumin seed oil can help reduce stomach upset and relieve stomach pain and cramps. The oil can help reduce gas, stomach bloating and the incidence of ulcer.



Acne (including whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, cysts and nodules): A clinical study on 62 patients suffering from mild to moderate acne found that black cumin seed oil is less invasive yet provides the same results as popular commercial remedies for acne. The vitamin A, amino acids and fatty acids found in black cumin seed oil work together to regenerate skin cells and fade dark spots, anywhere from six to eight weeks.

Eczema:

In a study involving 60 patients aged 18 to 60 years old with hand eczema, researchers found that black cumin seed oil, when applied topically, can help reduce inflammation and calm down itchiness caused by eczema flare-ups, thanks to its main active compound TQ. The researchers concluded that black cumin might have the same efficacy as betamethasone in decreasing the severity of hand eczema and improving the patients’ quality of life.

Psoriasis:

A recent study investigated the effect of black cumin seed oil on imiquimod-induced psoriasis-like skin lesions and concluded that black seed oil can be used as an adjuvant topical therapy (treatment given after the main treatment) for treating psoriasis and reducing the incidence of red patches covered with a whitish build-up of dead skin cells called scaled (psoriasis plaques).



The application of black cumin seed oil has been shown to reduce inflammation and the presence of bacteria to aid in wound healing. While it doesn’t seem to be helpful in growing new collagen fibers, it does stimulate other growth factors to help the body create new healthy skin.

Healthy hair:

Black cumin seed oil is the best natural remedy for hair regrowth. Its rich fatty acid content helps moisturize the hair shaft. Its omega-3 and omega-6 content encourages blood circulation especially in the head, which promotes rapid hair growth within a week. It also improves the performance of hair cells that are responsible for the pigmentation of hair follicles, thus helping prevent the greying of hair. With its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, black seed oil boosts hair growth and slows down the ageing process in the cells.

Softening and moisturizing skin: Black cumin seed oil is added to oils and moisturizers to improve skin moisture and hydration. Black seed oil has a high concentration of linoleic acid that makes it capable of enhancing the absorption of other products into the skin.

A healthy cardiovascular system


A 2020 non-randomized human clinical study published in the journal Food Science & Nutrition Research revealed the ability of black cumin seed oil to support healthy blood pressure and heart rate, adding to the arsenal of more than 50 additional clinical trials demonstrating the benefits of black cumin seed oil.

A recent paper published in the Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences found that black cumin seed oil exhibited a wide array of positive effects on obese mice. The researchers involved in the study observed that the group fed a high-fat diet (HFD) with black cumin seed oil exhibited lower blood pressure and lower fasting glucose levels compared to the group fed a regular high-fat diet.



In the same study, researchers found that treatment with black cumin seed oil can also improve metabolic function and liver health by reducing the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

In one study, three months of black cumin oil supplementation helped reduce liver steatosis (accumulation of triglycerides) and liver aminotransferase levels in study participants. The authors concluded that larger, longer trials to evaluate the effectiveness of black cumin seed oil at treating nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, hepatic fibrosis and cirrhosis are warranted.

If you have problems with your liver and kidneys, talk to a natural health practitioner to determine a safe dose because taking too much black cumin seed oil can be harmful to these organs.



A healthy endocrine system


A 2016 overview in the British Journal of Pharmaceutical Research underscored the importance of black cumin seeds in treating diabetes as they enhance insulin production, glucose tolerance and beta-cell proliferation. The overview concluded that the seeds can play a significant role in the treatment of diabetes complications, such as nephropathy, neuropathy and atherosclerosis.




A 2020 study by researchers at the New York Medical College found that the combination of TQ in black cumin seed oil and omega-3 fatty acids helped negate the effects of obesity and markers of insulin resistance.B

Be sure to buy an organic brand of Black Seed Oil, if possible.

Overall, black cumin seed oil has exhibited several positive effects that are beneficial to the body, which will make you want to start including a teaspoon because it has a strong flavor that takes getting used to I like to take it mixed with a tsp of honey with tsp of black Seed Oil together into daily routine.

Natural healing: 12 Cold and flu home remedies

Cold and flu symptoms like a stuffy nose, headache and scratchy throat often overlap. If you’re not sure whether it’s a cold or the flu, here are some basic guidelines to help you figure out the difference between the two.

Viruses cause both colds and flu, and both are respiratory infections. The best way to tell the difference is by checking your symptoms.

Cold symptoms may include:

  • Cough
  • Headache or body aches
  • Mild tiredness
  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • A sore throat

Flu symptoms may include:

  • A dry, hacking cough
  • A headache
  • Moderate to high fever (Not everyone with flu will develop a fever.)
  • Nausea and vomiting, along with diarrhea (More common in children.)
  • Severe fatigue that may last up to two weeks
  • Severe muscle or body aches
  • Shaking chills
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy and runny nose
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Colds may come on gradually within several days and are often milder than flu. If you have a cold, you may recover within seven to 10 days. However, cold symptoms may last for at least two weeks.

Flu symptoms come on quickly and can be severe. If you have flu, symptoms tend to last from one to two weeks.

Food and drink remedies

You can naturally treat a cold or flu by eating or drinking these healing superfoods.

Apple cider vinegar

Unfiltered apple cider vinegar boosts your intake of “good” bacteria and probiotics when you’re sick. The antioxidants in apple cider vinegar can help reduce inflammation and reset your digestive system.

Don’t take a shot of apple cider vinegar on its own, especially if you’re not used to it. Instead, combine the sour liquid with something else, like honey or water, to create a better-tasting home remedy.

Echinacea tea

Echinacea or purple coneflower can be used to make a soothing tea if you have a cold or flu.

If you have cornflowers in your home garden, harvest the leaves, flowers and roots to make the tea below.

Ingredients for 1 serving:

  • 8 oz. of water
  • 1/2 cup fresh or dried leaves, flowers and roots (1/4 cup if using dried echinacea)
  • 1-2 teaspoons of raw honey

Preparation:

  1. Simmer the water in a small pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the fresh or dried echinacea to the water, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Strain the tea into a mug and add honey before drinking.

Elderberry cordial

Elderberry is a superfood that can help relieve the symptoms of a cold and flu. You can either buy organic elderberry gummies or make a warm elderberry cordial at home.

It’s best to use fresh elderberries but if you don’t have some at home, you can use dried berries instead.

To make elderberry cordial, simmer two cups of dried elderberries in three cups of water and one cup of honey. Let the mixture simmer for 30 minutes, then let it sit for one hour to cool.

Strain the mixture and take one tablespoon of the cordial to relieve any cold or flu symptoms.

Garlic soup

Garlic is another superfood that can help reduce your flu and cold symptoms. Add garlic to soups and stews if you’re sick, or try making a soothing garlic soup at home.

Lemon, ginger and honey tea

Lemon, ginger and honey are often used in over-the-counter cold remedies because they are effective.

But if you prefer a natural remedy without any harmful additives, make a warm cup of tea at home using a sliced lemon, grated fresh ginger and honey. Combine all ingredients in a mug, then add hot water. Stir before drinking. (Related: 5 Natural remedies to treat the common cold.)

Stay hydrated

You need to stay hydrated for your overall health, especially if you’re feeling sick.

The human body needs fluid to help fight the germs that cause colds and flu, but it can be hard to get your normal daily water intake when you’re unwell. If you don’t feel like drinking plain water when you have a cold, stay hydrated by consuming chicken noodle soup or soothing herbal teas.

Turmeric milk

Turmeric milk may sound unusual, but this Indian home remedy offers many amazing health benefits. This spice has various health benefits, such as fighting the aches and pains caused by a cold or flu.

To make turmeric milk, combine two cups of whole milk, one teaspoon of turmeric powder, two black peppercorns, two cracked cardamom pods and a half-inch of roughly chopped ginger in a pot.

Heat the mixture on the stove for several minutes. You can also add a sweetener like honey. Let the mixture cool down and strain before drinking.

Vitamin C

It’s crucial to get your daily dose of vitamin C through supplements, orange juice or whole foods. After all, vitamin C helps prevent the symptoms of a cold or flu.

To maintain healthy vitamin C levels, take tablets or consume vitamin C-rich fruits like guavas, kiwis, bell peppers, oranges or strawberries.

Rest and relaxation tips

These techniques can also help your recover faster if you have a cold or flu.

Get enough bed rest

While technically not a remedy, bed rest is important if you’re sick. When you’re unwell, your body needs to spend energy fighting the germs that have infected you.

Resting helps your body recover so don’t feel bad about having to stay in bed. Rest and take naps if you’re feeling weak so you can heal faster.

Create a peaceful atmosphere

It can be hard to rest and relax when your surroundings are noisy and chaotic.

While resting in your room, create a peaceful atmosphere so you can relax and get enough rest. Close the blinds to keep your room dark and turn on some soothing music.

Ask family members to stay quiet so you can take a nap.

Use a humidifier

A humid atmosphere is essential when you have a cold or flu because it will help break out phlegm and congestion.

Keep a humidifier near your bed while you rest. Add several drops of soothing essential oils like lavender to the water so aromatherapy and humidity can help relieve your stuffy nose.

Make a healing salve

A DIY salve made with healing ingredients can also help relieve aches and pains when you’re sick. Making your own salve also ensures that the final product doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients.

You will need a carrier oil, such as olive oil, to help create the salve and carnauba or beeswax. You can also add cocoa or shea butter to the salve, but these ingredients are optional.

Use some of these essential oils to make a soothing salve:

  • Chamomile
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Myrtle
  • Peppermint
  • Sage
  • Spruce

Once you have decided on the ingredients, mix well and store in an air-tight container. Rub a bit of the salve onto your temples, neck and chest to help clear nasal congestion and respiratory problems. Apply the salve to the bottom of your feet and wear socks to help your body absorb the natural oils.

If you have a cold or flu, stay at home and get enough rest. Try natural home remedies like elderberry cordial or turmeric milk so you can recover faster.

Thanks so much for reading! I hope this article has help you to find some natural remedies!

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Making your own Sazón with Herbs & Spices

Sazón means “seasoning” in Spanish. This mix of herbs and spices is a classic addition to Arroz con Pollo, but it can be sprinkled on anything from eggs to black bean soup to grilled fish. You can buy sazón at most supermarkets, but this organic version tastes fresher. For gift-giving, double this recipe to make three 1⁄2-cup gift portions.

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PREP TIME 5 mins

Kitchen Gear

  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Small bowl
  • Spoon
  • Small lidded jars

Ingredients

  • 1⁄4 cup garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Put all the ingredients in the bowl and mix well.
  • Divide the mixture into jars, cover, and keep at room temperature for up to 1 year.
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