But forget all that! what can you do now, here in the space we are?
Number one: One of the best things you can do for yourself is drink a good bone broth every day.
Bone broth can help quicker recovery from illness and surgery, help heal pain and inflammation, increase the health of your skin and bones and help the symptoms of arthritis, psoriasis and digestive disorders. That’s a pretty tall order, but there’s a reason bone broth has been around for thousands of years.
I learned how to make bone broth from my Peruvian mother-in-law, using chicken bones and chicken feet, and also fish head broth (which is supposed to be great for the brain).
Yes, it takes a little time. However you can make it in a slow cooker, and then save it in freezable containers (2-3 portions each).
You can find many recipes on the internet. But the important thing to remember is if you’re doing beef, make sure it’s grass-fed. If you’re doing chicken, make sure no hormones or antibiotics, etc. The vinegar you add (organic) helps pull the minerals out of the bones. You can get bones from your local butcher…some stores have them in frozen section. You can add root vegetables, greens, etc.
I recommend Sally Fallons book "Nourishing Broth", which gives you the science behind it and a ton of recipes!!
Also check out http://thenourishingcook.com/beef-stock-anyone/
You can also add the following dried herb/roots for additional seasonal support:
-astralagus root (2 “tongues”)
-Codonopsis Root (1/2 tbs)
-Chaga mushroom (1/2 tbs)
-Burdock root (you can add this fresh if you can find it)
-Wakame seaweed (2-3 sticks)
-a handful of goji berries (dried)
I'm lucky to have a fabulous herb shop Gathering Thyme, in my neighborhood. If you don’t have a local herbshop a great place to order is Mountain Rose Herb https://www.mountainroseherbs.com
Essential Oils to have on hand for when you’re starting to feel stuffy:
- Ravintsara is wonderful in a steam. (boil water, turn off the stove, add a couple drops of the oil, then cover your head with a towel and inhale for a minute or so). Ravintsara is also good to rub on the chest. Mix with a little jojoba or almond or olive if necessary if you have sensitive skin.
- Eucalyptus is great to relieve stuffiness. A drop in your palm, rub hands together, cup over your nose and breathe in.
- Peppermint helps for clear thinking, alertness, light headaches. Smell it, rub lightly on your temples.
Look for someone skilled at determining what is best for you at this time who can create a blend just for you. (Ask me about this in our next session). If you dowse, you can dowse for what you need too; or even feel what pulls you when you stand in front of the essence bottles in the store. (Most health food stores carry flower essences).
I create blends from my favorite sources: Desert Alchemy, Alaskan Essences, FES, BACH (of course), Tree Frog, and a few that I have created.
SING!!! SING ANYTHING!!!
I offer two mantras: "let it go, let it go..." (think Frozen)
In the spirit of the holidays "Oh the weather/traffic outside is frightful, but this breathing is so delightful! And since we all have someplace to go; let it go, let it go, let it go!"