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All Natural Cough Syrup

Our family does not get sick often, and when we do we normally take some Apple Cider Vinegar and raw honey, up our probiotics, and we get over it in a day or two. Recently there has been a really intense virus going around that almost everyone we know from Michigan to Missouri to California has come down with and this bug is persistent and very hard to kick. It started with a runny nose, lots of mucus, and then a nasty cough. In cases like this we have a regimen of Ayurvedic and holistic herbal wisdom and we needed something to soothe the night time coughing fits so we could all get some sleep! Normally I use homemade Elderberry Syrup or Elderberry Wine, but we have been traveling and dont have any with us so I came up with a really simple syrup that anyone can make in 5 minutes!

All – Natural Cough Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Raw Honey, local is preferable
  • 1 whole squeezed Lemon
  • 1 grated Lemon Peel
  • 2 inches grated Ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper

Directions –

Mix all of the ingredients together in a glass or bowl. Take a tablespoon in the morning, a tablespoon at night, and as needed anytime a cough comes on. This recipe makes enough to give some to your whole family and then stick the rest in the refrigerator to use later. Take it in the morning and at night and anytime symptoms arise. It can soothe coughing within minutes!

This syrup is amazing! Heres why – Raw honey is full of anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and immune boosting properties.It also naturally helps to soothe a cough just by itself. Lemon is naturally disinfecting, alkalizing and high in vitamin C. Ginger is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and a natural expectorant. It also helps cleanse the system of toxins. Cinnamon is warming, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries and is also anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral. Black pepper has vitamin C, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and when used with honey it helps to break up phlegm.


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Natural Remedies for Morning Sickness

This pregnancy is a fascinating and exciting journey to be on! My periods had been completely in harmony with the moon cycle for the past 3 months or so before I became pregnant. My period was occuring on the new moon (a time of rest) and I was ovulating with the full moon (extreme fertile energy)… no surprise that I got pregnant! Carlos and I are very excited to bring a special new life into this world we’re living in.

I conceived right around January 27th so I’m still in my first trimester, right around 2 months. Sometimes I walk around with my hand on my belly and become very aware of the life within me. Beautiful. Many women get morning sickness during her first trimester and sometimes it carries on well into the second trimester.. I have definitely had a fair amount of the morning sickness! Thankfully I only threw up one morning, but much of the time I just feel sick to my stomach and can’t think of anything I’d like to eat. There are many remedies to morning sickness, and I have tried the lot… some work, some don’t. Hope this list helps someone in her first trimester!

Remedies for Morning Sickness

  • Ginger root – I tried this in several forms and had luck sometimes… Two times I made ginger tea and that didn’t help me very much. My mama got me some crystallized ginger slices that helped me when I first started eating them. After a few days, the effect wore off. The form of ginger that helped me the most was GINGER ALE – real ginger ale in the glass bottles. It’s very strong and carbonated so the bubbles + the ginger is what did it I think. I decided to lay off the ginger though, because it is so strong…
  • Peppermint tea – This has helped soothe my stomach slightly a few times. I also like to use peppermint essential oil and rub it on my belly which relieves some of the discomfort as well.

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    mint that loves trying to take over our apartment garden

  • Preg-Ease vitamins – These are mainly B6 and calcium (for morning sickness and heartburn) but has some real fruit in there too. I take one chewable tablet in the morning and it is effective for a little while, giving me time to make breakfast or wait for Carlos to make breakfast.
  • Eating FREQUENTLY – I make sure to eat SOMETHING right when I wake up in the morning. Sometimes I grab an apple, other times a fresh baked slice or 2 of sweet loaf (like squash loaf). Then I eat small meals throughout the day, maybe 5 times a day. I make sure to eat lots of cheese for protein and essential fatty vitamins and minerals.
  • Walk outside – This is one of the most effective ways that I have relieved my nausea symptoms. I’m so glad it’s starting to get warm out so I can have a fabulous, comfortable barefoot walk around the garden or over to Hackett Falls in Hollister. 🙂 Just breathing the fresh air of the trees and putting my feet in the dirt really grounds me and makes me feel awesome!!
  • Herb… as in weed – This is controversial and may not be for everyone, but I have done lots of research about it online, asking people I know, and taking note of how my body reacts when I do it. There are no ill effects known to occur to the developing fetus. When I first started experiencing nausea, I was totally turned off to eating so I ate little and lost about 8 pounds the first 5 weeks. No good! Then I realized that when I vaporize a little marijuana, it eliminates my nausea and makes me feel hungry so then I eat! Now I’ve gained the weight back and I’m feeling way better. I use it medicinally and in moderation, and have had super awesome results.

So that’s what I’ve figured out about my morning sickness… the kind of morning sickness that can last all day sometimes! Hope that some of these will help you amazing ladies out there!

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