Stock up for winter

Thursday, November 25, 2021

The persimmons and the almanac predict a cold winter starting in late December. What can be done naturally for a head cold with congestion when youíre winter bound and unable to get to your herbal store? Here are three different old granny remedies you can make at home that have much value. Itís time to stock up.

First, finely dice or food process a large, strong yellow onion and place in a small narrow bowl or teacup. Sprinkle regular sugar on top and press down firmly. In a few hours, press a tablespoon open side up on top of the mash collecting the juice. Use as a decongestant and cough syrup. Some people add fresh garlic and/or fresh horseradish.

Second, combine honey, lemon and a shot of brandy or whiskey (some add ginger). This like a natural Nyquil. Remember, in this remedy the alcohol is a medicine.

Third, make piping hot homemade chicken soup. Beyond the love factor, it really does help.

During the last winter storm, I asked people online what favorite or family remedy they make and use. The responses were really interesting, useful and some funny.

Piping hot Jewish penicillin A.K.A. chicken soup was popular along with other hunger prompting foods. Two that I thought were particularly delectable were homemade lentil soup with lots of garlic and blackened chicken with lots of black and cayenne pepper. We have some spicy people in Eureka, apparently.

Drinks mentioned were warming and soothing, if not downright top-shelf. The one which was alcohol-free was ginger tea made with real ginger root, lemon and local honey, sipped piping hot. Several suggestions included top-shelf liquor such as Makerís Mark bourbon with honey (I guess if youíre sick, you may as well go top-notch). One of the funny comments was that if you were out of brandy or bourbon, just swap over to tequila ó at a certain point, you wonít care.

Finally, to improve breathing, a touch of peppermint oil under each nostril (BAM) and momís cure of Vicks rounded out the family remedies. I just love our Eureka family ó†what a great way to wile away winter-bound hours.

The ecological tip this week is to go more plant-based in food and health choices. Fresh, local produce is delicious and reduces the burden to our environment. Plant-based food as medicine puts less burden on our environment and often is less intrusive to our body.

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