The season has officially switched... and with all the outside changes theres also some internal changes too, mostly coming with coughs, colds, sniffles and headaches.
This is the perfect time to start stocking up your home with the essentials that will help you be able to hold off sick bugs, strengthen your immune system and heal quicker should you catch one of the millions of bugs floating around!
But WHAT are the essentials!?
There are a few "essentials" for different area's of your lives, I've divided them up into categories - PLEASE NOTE... If I was to write explanations and reasons for each ingredient, this would quickly become an essay! Please, if you don't know about the health benefits of these ingredients, or how to use them... do some research - and look for recipes with these ingredients online (I'll add some useful links at the bottom of this post)!:
> FOOD INGREDIENTS
Herbs and Spices >>>
Ginger - Fresh root
Thyme - Fresh
Turmeric - Fresh root and ground
Cayenne Pepper - ground
Cumin - seed
Rosemary - Fresh
Breakfast Toppers / Snacks >>>
Hemp Seeds and Oil
Nuts (a mixed variety - no salt)
Infuse with water >>>
(note... all of the herbs and spices can be used in water too)
Plenty of Green and purple veg
Lots of fresh seasonal fruit
Good Salt - one with actual minerals in it! ;)
> BODY CARE
I was an adult when it really dawned on me that our skin is our biggest organ, yet we literally rub, soak, pour toxic chemicals directly onto it to help "look after" how it looks, as oppose to functions... we need to be really careful as to what we put on, it gets ABSORBED directly into our blood streams and can play a huge role in causing sickness.
Try and replace as much as you can with 100% natural, pure ingredients - and don't fall for the front label marketing.... turn it over and READ THE LABELS!!! If you don't know what the ingredients are, how they were made and the possible side effects, FIND OUT!!!
So have a check in your bathroom, that includes those shampoos, conditioners, hair products, body soaps, bubble baths, bath bombs, creams and anything else you put onto your hair and skin... is there anything that could be replaced with something better?
ALSO, get yourself a really good cream for this season too, not only to protect from the cold wet weather, but to nourish from the super sunny summer we've said goodbye to! (I can think of a good one from a trustworthy person!! :) SHOP HERE)
> HOME REMEDIES
Again... in categories! There is one thing that fits into all categories, and that is Apple Cider Vinegar - an true essential for so many things!
Coughs and Colds
Mix in a saucepan on a low heat -
1 Ltr Spring Water
handful of pimento
2 inch piece of ginger
1 small bunch thyme
1 Orange, sliced with peel on
1 Lime, same as orange!
8 - 10 Garlic Cloves, whole
1 inch piece turmeric root
1 tbsp ground turmeric
2 Tbsp Coconut Nectar
- Leave for 20 minutes, take off heat, cover and leave to steep for 30 minutes. Pour mug fulls (draining ingredients and just drink water!) throughout the day/night... repeat until feeling better!
NOTE... Add 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar to every mug poured, not to the actual mix. ;)
Nausea and Vomiting
At the first feelings of nausea take a spoonful in half a glass of water... sip slowly! If you've already been sick take a spoon of apple cider vinegar straight. It will be harsh on the stomach, but trust me it WILL work!
Cuts and Bruises
Keep an Aloe Vera plant in your home - even a few if there's a few bodies! This is great rubbed directly onto bruises, burns, and minor grazes. Make sure you've got an organic Aloe plant or you might end up rubbing some chemicals on.
Keep some Lavender Essential Oil around, this is great to
- mix 2-3 drops (**check online for specific quantities for different ages and sizes) in with some coconut oil and use to rub on bruises, scabs and cuts. **This is also great for headaches - rub this mix on the back of neck, head and feet**
- put 2 drops into sterile water to clean any cuts, scabs or grazes.
And... ARNICA 30c, especially with little ones, the amount of bumps and knocks they have arnica is a great thing to keep at home and carry with you to keep bruising to a minimum and healing time speedy too! It's also great for any shocks and frights too.
(If you want any help coming up with a more specific remedy to your symptoms you can book a remedy recommendation call with me HERE)
Do you know how many ingredients in your cleaning products have been proven to be detrimental to your health? But how else can you clean your home?! Well there are some simple ways to keep it clean and not poison yourself in the process...
Get a good washing up liquid... ecover is one I use, have a look around for some others too! If you want to experiment with making your own check out YouTube and search home made natural washing up liquids! You can get some pretty good results.
Essential oils are a great way to clean, and the smell feels great too...
- Tea Tree
Mix up variations of essential oils in a spray bottle with some water and use for surfaces, cupboards and anywhere else mess gets made!
> MIND & SPIRIT
What essentials could you possibly need for your mind and spirit? Simple ones, that help calm, clear and bring love and strength to your life.
Sickness can be made better or worse here. Incorporating some things to keep it healthy will have a great impact of your bodies health too.
Here are a few that will help
- Palo Santo
- A journalling notepad
- Yoga mat... ok so this is also for the physical health too, but spending short but regular sessions on it will help connect you to your mind and spirit more than you may expect (if you're new to yoga!) Links below will have some yoga video's to get you started!
- Time in nature
- A candle (or a few)
- Good music... the kind that makes you feel good - be mindful to lyrics and the emotions music puts you in.
Autumn essentials explained! Here are the links that can help you on your way...
>>Firstly... a recipe from the amazing RACHEL AMA, be sure to subscribe and check out her other videos for the most delicious food!! <<
>>Now for another from the HIPSTER VEGGIE, again check out all her videos too for super nutritional, healthy, feel good foods.<<
>>And one more food recipe video from STEPH AND ADAM, the king and queen of meal preps, easy, tasty healthy food!<<
>>Check out this article about the top 10 toxic food ingredients in food, and. then continue the research yourself!<<
>>HERE is a great recipe for home made natural washing up liquid.<<
>>And now, the final link... a yoga video for concentration and mental focus!<<
I hope that you find this blog helpful, please SHARE, comment and let me know what you think and remember I'm here to help if you need more advice!
Wishing you a happy healthy autumn!