Nat­u­ral Meth­ods to Help You Through the Win­ter

Raise Vegan - - Contents - story by Hay­ley Rodem­sky

Win­ter has fi­nally set­tled in for the long haul and with it comes cold and flu season. If you’re not pre­pared, the next three or four months may be spent in a pile of used tis­sues; with flu bugs and viruses run­ning ram­pant, you have to be ready to fight back!

Of course, the best pre­scrip­tion is preven­tion, and luck­ily, there are tons of ve­gan- friendly ways to boost your im­mune sys­tem so you're ready to take on what­ever life throws at you or your lit­tle ones.

When all else fails, we have some home reme­dies to kick that cold once and for all. From ap­ple cider vine­gar to el­der­berry syrup, there are plenty of ways to help your fam­ily com­bat con­ges­tion, sore throats and even fevers.


has long been touted as the Jack- ofall- trades of the kitchen pantry. Not only can it be used in cook­ing and in your beauty rou­tine, this lit­tle gem can save you from win­ter bugs as well. The vine­gar cre­ates an al­ka­line en­vi­ron­ment that helps kill harm­ful bac­te­ria and viruses. Sim­ply mix a ta­ble­spoon of ap­ple cider vine­gar in four ounces of wa­ter and drink it down. It can also be taken straight, but that is not for the faint of heart! For some, it can be hard to swal­low, but the ben­e­fits are def­i­nitely worth it! For the best re­sults, drink it in the morn­ing be­fore eat­ing any food.


is one of the world's old­est meth­ods of heal­ing. De­vel­oped over 3,000 years ago, the prac­tice is based on the idea that one's body, mind and

spirit need to be bal­anced in or­der for a per­son to be healthy. Ayurvedic tea, made of spices, dried Tulsi tea and wa­ter, has been proven to help bring down the chills as­so­ci­ated with colds and fevers. Ac­cord­ing to Ayurveda, in some cases, the com­mon cold or flu comes from an im­bal­ance of en­ergy in the body. The dis­con­nect re­sults in ex­ces­sive mu­cus and the chills. Ayurvedic tea uses warm­ing herbs and spices to com­bat the mu­cus and re­build your gas­tric strength. You can buy it pre- made or make it your­self.

Ayurvedic Tea In­gre­di­ents:

• 1 quart boil­ing wa­ter

• 2 Tbsp gin­ger, thinly sliced

• 2 tsp fresh turmeric, grated

• 1- ½ tsp co­rian­der seeds

• 1- ½ tsp cu­min seeds

• 1- ½ tsp fen­nel seeds

• 3 tbsp loose Tulsi tea

• Agave syrup, to taste

• Lemon juice, to taste

Steep the tea and spices in boil­ing wa­ter and l et sit for 5 min­utes. Strain the spices, add in the lemon juice and agave, and en­joy!


has be­come quite pop­u­lar over the past few years as a mag­i­cal cure- all, and for good rea­sons! Elder­ber­ries are rich in flavonoids, a strong an­tiox­i­dant, that help to sup­port the im­mune sys­tem and boost the body's im­mune re­sponse. The berries also have anti- in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties and are thought to con­tain an­tivi­ral agents. In ad­di­tion to speed­ing up the re­cov­ery time of a cold or flu, el­der­berry syrup has been shown to ease the symp­toms of UTIs and blad­der in­fec­tions. It aids in di­ges­tive health and can even be given as a form of re­lief from sea­sonal al­ler­gies, par­tic­u­larly hayfever. El­der­berry syrup is widely avail­able both on­line and in health food stores, or find some elder­ber­ries and make your own! It is im­por­tant to note that many store- bought brands con­tain honey, so read la­bels care­fully.

Elde­berry Syrup In­gre­di­ents

• 1- ½ cup fresh elder­ber­ries

• 4 cup fil­tered wa­ter

• 2 tbsp gin­ger root, grated

• 1 tsp cin­na­mon

• ½ tsp cloves, ground

• 1 cup agave syrup

Add the elder­ber­ries, wa­ter and spices to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Re­duce to a sim­mer and let the mix­ture re­duce by half, this will take about an hour.

Re­move from heat and let cool. Care­fully mash up the berries and strain the liq­uid into a bowl.

Stir in the agave un­til it is well- in­cor­po­rated.

Pour into a jar and store in the fridge. Use as needed.


are a great way to draw out tox­ins and get a hit of mag­ne­sium all in one re­lax­ing soak. Ep­som salt has been used for hun­dreds of years to soothe aches and pains, re­lax t he ner vous sys­tem, heal mi­nor cuts, and you guessed it, treat colds and con­ges­tion. Ep­som salt is most eas­ily ab­sorbed through our skin when it has been dis­solved in warm wa­ter - like in a bath - so take a long soak to reap all of the ben­e­fits. The mag­ne­sium found in Ep­som salt also helps the brain pro­duce sero­tonin, which is a mood el­e­va­tor that helps you feel calm and re­laxed.

There are so many ways to fight off the cold and flu with­out over- the­counter med­i­ca­tions. With proper nu­tri­tion and a lit­tle help from holis­tic herbs and spices, you'll be ready to take on those nasty win­ter bugs when­ever they hit! ◆

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