Happy New Year to all of you!
Last year was super emotional for myself and my family. I am looking forward to a new year with new clients, new students, and new business associates. I have set many goals for myself and my business, but I wouldn't call them New Year's Resolutions. I would rather call them stepping stones!
Hopefully, many of you are happy and well! We have had the Norovirus making its turn around the area, and I have to say it is a nasty one. Little did I know until recently that it was named originally the "Norwalk agent" from its origins in Norwalk, Ohio which is the next city over from me! My oldest daughter came down with it the day after Christmas. I wasn't near her that morning, but I was able to take over Dr. Christopher's recipe for nausea and vomiting that includes Turkey rhubarb, cloves, cinnamon, and spearmint. Bring one pint of water to a boil and then simmer a tablespoon each of the first three herbs in the water for five minutes. Pour this over 1/2 oz of spearmint leaves and let the infusion sit until it is cold. I strain it and then give 3 tablespoons every 20 minutes until the nausea and vomiting subside. This formula has never failed me and I make sure I have these herbs in my medicine cabinet. I then suggest Red raspberry leaves/blackberry leaves infusion 3-4 cups daily to help with the loose bowels afterwards. It is also a good idea to make sure you have plenty of fluids (once you can keep them down) and work with Echinacea or Elderberries to support your immune system. I recommend sitting in a tub of warm water if you can't keep the fluids down so your body can absorb the fluids through the skin. There's not much you can do except let the virus take its course; however, you can help shorten the duration, strengthen your immune system, and help improve the symptoms with herbs.
I keep a constant supply of my own Fire Cider every winter to help boost the immune system and help the body fight the invaders. Get a mason jar and layer it with chopped garlic, chopped onions, chopped ginger root, chopped cayenne peppers (and seeds), a sliced orange, along with other spices such as oregano or thyme. Fill your jar with the chopped vegetables/fruit and pour organic apple cider vinegar over them to the top. You then want to cap it and label it with the date while you shake it daily for one month. At the end of the month, strain it and add 1/4 to 1/2 the amount of vinegar with local raw honey. Stir it completely and enjoy! I personally will take a shot glass a day. You can also take 3 of those daily if you are currently suffering from a cold, flu, or other virus.
You can't see me, but I am raising my tea cup to you and toasting to a healthy, safe, and Happy New Year for all of us!