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I have heard and read that “cold and flu season is coming.” Well, in our home, it arrived a couple of weeks ago! My husband is a teacher, which means he is around sick teenagers (and teachers!) who don't always know or remember to actually cover their mouths when they are coughing or sneezing. We also have two little ones who touch everything and who are putting their hands in their mouths all the time….oh, when will that stop?! All that to say that we are now on Round 2 of being sick in our home.
Thankfully–and quite miraculously, if you ask me–I have not gotten sick. There are a few things we do around here, in addition to the standard hand-washing (which I do ALL DAY LONG when they are sick) to help prevent or shorten the duration of a cold or flu.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar. If I'm fighting something off, I'm taking 1-2 Tablespoons of organic raw apple cider vinegar throughout the day. This last week, I wanted to make sure I was drinking a lot of water, so I just put it in my water. I was probably taking 6-8 Tablespoons of the vinegar throughout the day. I am a believer in this stuff.
2. Raw Garlic. Lately, I have just made a point to add it to our meals. I like to put a couple cloves of crushed garlic into our spaghetti sauce after it is cooked. I usually like to add a little extra in our guacamole also.
3. Homemade Bone Broth. Once my husband got sick, I made a huge pot of chicken bone broth. I threw in a bunch of chicken bones that I had set aside from dinner. I chopped up some carrots, onions, garlic, celery, broccoli leaves (because we are growing broccoli in our garden) and some seasoning. I kept it cooking for about a week. Bone broth is great for the digestive system and for fighting off sickness. And, it has the added benefit of being a yummy comfort food!
4. Exercise. Did you know that exercising regularly is good for your immunity? This week I could feel the difference that exercise makes because on one of the days I could feel my throat beginning to feel like I could get sick, I went out for a run. I know that exercise is not always what you're supposed to do if you feel like you're getting sick. Wbat's key is listening to your body. I really felt like I needed a little workout. The next morning ended up being the first day (after several before then) that I didn't have that “I'm-getting-sick” feeling in my throat.
What are some of your favorite home remedies for cold and flu season?
If you are like me, then you are always looking for ways to both cut costs and cut the amount of toxins, preservatives and chemicals around the house. Sometimes, that combination is a difficult one. It’s wonderful to discover all natural substitutes that are also inexpensive. Recently, we had a post about all natural and very inexpensive shampoo. Well, there’s also a wonderfully all natural, easy and cheap alternative to your store-bought hair conditioner!
Although the shampoo alternative utilized a household item most people have in their kitchens (baking soda), the conditioning alternative is not necessarily something that everyone has around. The key ingredient: apple cider vinegar.
If you don’t have it around, I have two things to say to you.
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2. You should have it around anyway. Here is one reason and another to keep it around.
Now, back to your homemade, all natural, inexpensive hair conditioner. Prepare for EASY!
1 cup of hot tap water
1 Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
Simple mix the apple cider vinegar with the hot water and shake. Then, work it into your hair, one section of your hair at a time. Be sure not to dump it all into your hair because that could burn your eyes a little!
The end result is great shine for pennies on the dollar. And, did I mention that it takes about two minutes to prepare it?
What a great way to take good care of your hair at a price you just can’t refuse!
What DIY all natural and inexpensive beauty products have you tried lately?
For years I’ve heard that Apple Cider Vinegar is the most amazing product out there. It’s good for you with the ability to be used internally for healthy digestion as well as even externally for your skin. And of course, the recipes you can use it in are amazing! But there is so much more!
1. Hair care. This is amazing! You can rinse your hair in it after shampooing a few times a week for amazing shine and body! It’s really fantastic what it does.
2. Skin Care. It can even be used a toner a few times a week. Just dilute a small amount in water and dab it on your skin. It will help with wrinkles and scars too if you leave it overnight.
3. Wart Remover. Take a cotton ball and put ACV on it and put it on the wart and cover it with a bandaid. Keep doing this overnight until the wart falls off.
4. Teeth cleaner. Rub ACV directly onto your teeth and rinse. Keep doing this until you reach the whiteness you’d like.
5. Weight loss! Everyone likes this one. In a 2009 study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, “it was found that subjects that consumed acetic acid for 12 weeks experienced significant declines in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference and triglycerides. Triglycerides contribute to the bad cholesterol that we want to avoid.” Add 2 teaspoons to 16 oz of water and drink everyday.
Do you use apple cider vinegar? What are your uses?