September 12, 2011 - 2:58pm
TIS THE SEASON for COLDS!
Let's not beat around the bush- summer is leaving, kids are back to school, and those nasty colds are already making their way into our homes and our noses. Luckily, nature supplies us with everything you need to fight viruses, which can all be found at the farmers’ market, so there’s no need to spend your time and energy inside a pharmacy loading up on pills. Try these tested and true holistic remedies to prevent yourself from snagging the flu.
1)Buy some fresh, raw wildflower honey from Meljess Bees and make a glass of lukewarm honey water mixed with cinnamon powder to help boost your immune system during the cold season. (Honey should never be boiled- the heat kills its enzymes, leaving it vulnerable to bacteria.)
2) Get outside! Good airflow means less viruses flying around your head and you can absorb some much needed Vitamin D from our friend, the Sun. Good thing our markets are outdoors...
3) Lose the stuffy head: Add a cupful of dried chamomile flowers (You can find fresh bouquets at Suzie’s Farm) to a pot of boiling water. Turn off the heat, cover, and let it steep for a few minutes. Then, using a towel over your head, inhale the steam and enjoy the herbal steam bath.
4) Eat your C’s: Vitamin C is one of the most effective tools to help boost your immunity. Especially during cold season, you should be increasing your intake by eating the right foods. JR Organics has fresh thyme and parsley, the sweetest strawberries, and even broccoli that are packed with vitamins. Produce Stand can supply you with crisp, dark, leafy greens and bright bell peppers. Don’t forget to drink your orange juice- Paradise Valley Ranch has you covered with fresh squeezed Valencia orange juice and big bags of oranges to keep you strong and energetic.
5) Do as grandma says, make chicken soup! The soup's salty broth keeps mucus thin (and taste better than cough syrup). Pick up carrots and garlic from Maciel & Family and use fresh herbs and tomatoes from Valdivia Farms to make a healing soup.