How to get healthy when the cold gets the best of you.
It's November of 2017 and everyone and their mama is getting sick again, my mama and partner included. Their cold lasted around one and half to two weeks, so when I felt the minor throat itch and drop of energy level, I decided to nip it in the butt with this following tea tonic which I drank before breakfast, lunch, and dinner about a week. I felt the tonic instantly activated in my body, heating up my belly and clearing up my nose. This tea tonic is packed with healthy ingredients that are natural forms of antioxidants, antibacterials, and antifungals, so it helped me recover in just 4 days, a third of the time I probably would have had it.
1. 1 Cup of Fresh Ginger Tea:
Bring to boil about 2 or 3 inches of chopped ginger in 4 cups of water. Then let it simmer for about 20-30 minutes (the longer the stronger). Pour into a cup and add the following ingredients.
(I only use a cup for the tonic, but you drink it 3 times a day so have it prepared for the rest of the day.)
2. 1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
I would suggest Bragg, since it's raw, organic, and unfiltered with the "mother". Check out CNN's article for more information on all the health benefits of ACV here.
3. Juice from a Quarter of a Lemon.
I used half of a lemon from my tree, but if you don't have a lemon tree, I would recommend getting an organic one from the store.
4. 1 Tablespoon of Honey
When honey is added to hot water that is over 95 degrees fahrenheit, it will lose the health benefits, which means the water should cool a bit before adding the honey. I would also add some room temperature water to help cool it down. To see check out the long list of health benefits, click here.
5. Oil of Oregano
The dosage depends on the brand of oil you purchase. The dosage for my bottle was 2-4 drops, but I've seen other bottles where the dosage is 10-12 drops. The list of benefits of this super-oil is quite astonishing. Check out the benefits here! Just know the flavor of this has got a massive punch, but to me, it tastes like enchiladas.
*Update: I've been loving on doTERRA's Oregano Oil. If you're interested in using this high quality oil, check out this blog on how to become a member.
6. Cayenne Pepper
Lastly, add a dash of cayenne pepper to take this tonic to the next level.
Drink and enjoy and know that it may make you do a little wiggle dance because of the strength of flavor!
7 More Tips for Recovering from a Cold/Flu:
1. A thin slice of lemon in the the socks, placed under the sole (*one of Michael's mom's natural remedies). I've also heard this works with onions.
2. Plenty of sleep
3. Lots of water (suggestion is 50-100% of your weight in ounces)
4. Health-conscious foods: lots of veggies, bone broths, and soups.
5. Hot foot bath with epson salt.
6. A reminder to slow down- this is my body bringing awareness to the fact that it's time to take a break and really engage with self-care.
7. Continuing my regular meditation practice where I would integrate the Kundalini mantra, "I am happy, I am healthy, I am holy".
Wishing you all a smooth healing process and may this tonic bring warmth to your body and pleasure to your soul! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"A Kundalini Yogi examines and breaks the habit to ignore the breath. Think of the breath in broader terms than simply respiration. Consider that the breath and its movements are connected to the movements of all the emotions and thoughts."
-Yogi Bhajan, PhD
Master of Kundalini Yoga
If there was just one tool we could offer anyone, it would be awareness of breath. According the The Aquarian Teacher KRI Level One Instructor Textbook, Pranayama is the science of breath which can assist in the following:
The following easy breathing techniques:
CHALLENGE YOURSELF: If you don't already, commit to a morning practice of breathwork, which is a meditation in itself. Hundreds of techniques exist out there, but here are five simple steps that we use and feel has helped us find a sense of peace and tranquility in our mind and body.
Breathwork Exercises for Warm Weather
*With hands in prayer pose, begin by tuning in with 3 om's or a mantra of your choice so that the body and mind are united in sound and vibration.
1. Deep Breathing with Arm Toss:
5. Bhramahi (Bumble Bee) Breath
Join me in integrating this breathwork with the Kundalini Yoga every Friday from 11am-12:15pm at the Awareness Center in Pasadena, CA.
About the writer:
Marisa loves hoop dancing, riding her bicycle, playing, hosting gatherings, practicing yoga, traveling, meeting people, eating, and savoring dark chocolate covered strawberries and coconut ice cream. She strives to be fully present, compassionate, and act and connect from a place of love.