While I’m editing thru another slew of Italy photos, I thought I’d share a few holistic health and wellness tidbits you might find beneficial. Several of these have the potential to be life-changing. No kidding!
Shaving with honey. I will never go back to life as before. I know it sounds odd at first, but I assure you it’s wonderful. My dealings with gluten intolerance have caused me insanely itchy legs for years and no store bought soap or cream has ever helped topically. This does. Growing up in a family of honey enthusiasts thanks to generations of bee keeping, you’d think it would have occurred to me before. I’m fairly confident we’ve used honey as a remedy for just about everything under the sun. So when I came across this fantastic post about shaving with honey, I was quick to give it a try. Love, love. Never going back. Not to mention I’m actually saving money.
Oil of Oregano. There are days when I feel like I couldn’t survive on this planet without this single product in my arsenal. I’m not being dramatic. Entirely serious. We use it for everything health related, have for years. It's antiviral, antifungal, antimicrobial, and antibacterial. I will use this a thousand times over antibiotics and in my experience, it works faster. (without wreaking the havoc antibiotics do on your system as a whole) Recently I discovered a new brand that blows all others away. So incredibly potent, and major bonus, significantly cheaper than anything else I’ve come across. It ships directly from Greece. Get it now before the rest of the world discovers it and they sell out and jack the price up. If you're unfamiliar with the endless benefits of this amazing oil, click here. And here. And here.
Fermented Cod Liver Oil. This is a relatively new addition to our supplement regimen, but it’s quickly risen to the top of our ‘cannot live without’ list. Take note it's fermented, that's what sets it apart. It’s awful to get down, but well worth the 3 seconds of misery. So many incredible benefits including immunity. Click here for the brand we use. Speaking of building immunity, in addition to daily oil of oregano and cod liver oil we’re also entering the no refined sugar zone thru cold season, and doubling up on good probiotic supplements, vitamin D & C, and lots of probiotic rich foods and beverages like kombucha, yogurt, and kefir. All great things to consider if you want to avoid bugs this season!
Freezer Cooking. Once we enter the shorter, darker days of winter I find it increasingly difficult to cook dinner. What is usually such a joy becomes frustrating and exhausting. I’m sure it’s in part to having a toddler who thinks dark equates to bedtime and whines to be held and go ‘nigh nighhht’ beginning at 5pm. Makes chopping vegetables super difficult and takes 4 times as long. So! Freezer cooking it is. Makes dinner a snap. This past weekend involved amazing Zuppa Toscana, a huge batch of spicy chili, Josh’s family Brunswick Stew recipe, several quarts of homemade chicken stock, and a huge batch of pizza dough. All of these are wonderfully delicious and filling but they also freeze amazingly well, precisely the reason I share them with you. Give one a try—I think you’ll love them!
In other random news, Josh put up my long awaited clothesline in the back, not that I’ll use it anytime soon with winter fully upon us, AND I planted a slew of hostas and ferns and rosebushes… juuuust in time for freezing temps. Being timely is so not my strength. If any of it survives I’ll be thrilled! Maybe the gazillion leaves that have fallen will serve to insulate. Cross your fingers.
How are you surviving winter? Any healthy tips to share? Talk to me.