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Flu Season Tips

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Merry meet all,

I know it’s been a few days since my last blog post. I have been brutally ill from a flu bug that nearly bit the very life out of me. It was the most horrid flu bug I have ever had. I ached all over from head to toe, and thought I would die. I spent 3 days in bed. I won’t go into more gross detail but I also had to go to a dental appointment first thing in the morning, first brutal day of the flu. I almost fell on the floor while I was there. I am here to give you some much needed survival tips on how to combat the flu and emerge a victor.

First things first…

Time. If you suspect you have the flu and feel the commonly known symptoms of the flu, cancel major appointments and important business meetings and travel plans. You can’t go anywhere if you are too sick to move and you risk infecting others with the same illness.

Provisions. Stock up on plenty of fresh ripe lemons, organic honey, toilet paper and Kleenex boxes, food that is sources of protein and vitamins such as colorful ripe vegetables, meat and shellfish, and beans and grains. These foods are rich sources of Vitamins A, D and B. These foods also contribute to boosting your immune systems. That is necessary to healing from the illness. Ginger and ginseng are also good for you.

Rest. I spent 3 shameless days in bed feeling like the world was going to end. I really did believe it. I was dizzy when I stood, my eyes burned, my back felt broken, I couldn’t help but sleep, and I sniffed and coughed uncontrollably. If that is not enough, I could only remain awake for 15 minutes at a time between long sleep intervals. So it is a good idea to cancel those meetings and travel plans and just stay home. No one else wants your cold. It is a hard cold fact of life.

Treatments. Get plenty of rest, don’t think you will be staying home watching videos or finishing your adult coloring book. If you have the flu as horribly as I did, this is the perfect time to take advantage of the sleep you need. Take the proper recommended doses of Tylenol or Ibuprofen at the right times. Stay hydrated. Take plenty of steamy showers to loosen up the mucus in your sinuses. Blow your nose often and keep the wastebasket near your bed. Extra tip: Line your wastebaskets/ cans with a plastic bag so it is easy to remove when full. Grocery bags are perfect for that. Keep a tray or a table near the bed but that is not in your way but makes it easy for you to access something if you need it in a hurry. Unplug the phone and internet, and close the curtains. I could barely stand so I welcomed the solitude. Fill the kettle early on in the day.

Health Boosters. I steered clear of Red Rose tea and only drank a bit of coffee. I drank a LOT of organic honey and lemon tea. Not Neo Citran- which is pure artificial sweetener, the real stuff. It was a savior scent from heaven, that concoction of awesome goodness. I cherished every drop. I lost my appetite but I still forced down a few healthy meals: an apple, pasta + brussel sprouts, seafood chowder,  lentil soup, sweet potatoes. These are the foods that give you your much needed health back.

A plan. Do go see your doctor. Your doctor can and will advise you if you have influenza, a viral infection or pneumonia. They can give you medicated pain and fever relief. If they do an x-ray, those will tell the doctors more about your condition. Try to take a cab or arrange a ride to and from the hospital. Try to avoid using the metro transit, if at all possible. People might be sick on the bus or you might infect them. 

Spoiling. This is the perfect time to spoil yourself. Go ahead and if you can handle it, have that spa day or staycation. I took hot showers. I also enjoyed a 20-minute soak in the tub. I added sage leaves I crumbled in my fingers, salt, Epsom salts, and clove essential oil. I exfoliated and scrubbed my finger and toenails. I made a natural mask for my skin of olive oil and honey, which I put on my face for a few moments than washed off after. I felt great. Go get lots of herbal teas for colds and keep them handy. Avoid alcohol and excessive amounts of caffeine. Read a nice health magazine. Recover in a clean apartment and bedroom. Change your bed linens once you are back on your feet. 

This is how I did it. I am finally on the road to recovery. For a while there, I wasn’t sure if I was going to live. But I must have some stoical endurance in me to have survived. With some luck, you will too. I hope you enjoyed reading my post and now have lots of ideas to guard your health. 

More tips: Do keep your room clean. Put some flowers in a vase. Dim the lights. Listen to soft low volume music. If you can handle it and won’t choke, sleep with a lozenge under your tongue as you sleep. Don’t choke. If you think you would choke, don’t do it. I managed to remain alert enough to not swallow the lozenge. Keep lozenges or a glass of water nearby instead as you sleep. Don’t have flashy lights or throbbing techno music booming in the background. Put off collecting the mail or throwing out the garbage. Just stay home. Your aching senses will thank you. Think Enigma, world music or Enya. Meditation can help as well as breathing exercises. Have plenty of Kleenex or toilet paper at hand. 

Good luck!

Blessed be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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Herbs Book- Healing Herbs

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Merry meet all,

I am happy to be published in a book about healing herbs. The editor of Essential Herb magazine,which I used to write for, wrote a book on herbs and included my contribution about growing ginger in the book. 

This is good news!!! It is timely since spring is 30 days away. I can’t wait to read it. I have included a link to the book below. It is not yet released till next month. 
Exciting!
Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

 

Link: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/healing-herbs-a-beginners-guide/9781592336500-item.html?ikwid=healing+herbs&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=4

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Organic

Merry Meet All,

Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while. I’ve been busy with things lately. Life gets in the way.

Today I am going to talk about being organic. It is becoming more and more important to me. I am rejecting the non organic foods and other products in the stores. I use organic cotton sheets, organic clothing, and I eat organic food. I am making this choice in my life for the following reasons.

I want to help the environment. I feel better when I know I have made the right choice. We are all getting what we want but at what price? There is always a price. However, I have a conscience. I have chosen to make the right choice. I want to help my health. My health is improved since I have been eating organic food. I want to inspire others to be more organic and make the choice to be more earth-friendly. Mother Earth is being treated terribly for the price we are forcing her to pay for our greed and over consumption of her finite resources. I believe that what happened in Japan was Nature fighting back. You can go ahead and say I”m wrong and you’re entitled to it. Nature does fight back. I’m rooting for her and hope I am not alone in my mission. My cat gets a special grain free organic food diet. I’ve heard people mention her fur is shinier.

Organic cannot be a fad. It must be a commitment in our daily lives and philosophy. If we are out camping, it means not tossing cigarettes on the ground, putting out the fire, and disposing of chemicals in a safe way. We can’t expect the earth to absorb our manmade poisons, especially if the camping site was pristine before people arrived.

There was a time years ago when I would have screamed if I heard the word organic one more time. Now I have researched what it is about and I understand. It is as if a veil is parted from my eyes. I wish we all had that veil lifted to the true evils of the global corporations who believe the earth will continue to produce to meet selfish needs. We all need to dramatically change our lifestyles to save the earth. Or we will have nothing left and what will we do then?

David Suzuki said we all needed to die to save the planet. I agree with him. No other race or species has driven the earth and the human race to a doom so fast in history. After all the earth has given us, it is a fit sacrifice. There is no other planet that can support life to this magnitude. The human race needs to grow up and care for our Earth Mother. It is time to ask ourselves what are we willing to sacrifice for our Earth Mother?

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch

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Sweet Roots of Mabon (Llewellyn Recipe)

Merry Meet All,

Celebrate the festive magic of autumn with this delicious recipe. The recipe is from the Llewellyn datebook of 2011.

Sweet Roots of Mabon

1 large red potato
1 large yellow potato
1 sweet potato
4 carrots (depending on how many you’re cooking for)
1/8 cup honey
1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1 tablespoon grated ginger root

Scrub all the potatoes and carrots, leaving skins on. Cut off ends. Chop vegetables into 1-inch cubes and combine in large bowl.
In small bowl, combine the apple cider vinegar, honey, paprika, salt, and grated ginger root. Pour over veggies and toss gently to coat all the cubes.
Grease a 9 x 13-inch cooking pan. Spread the vegetables in an even layer in the pan. Cook at 325 degrees for 60 to 90 (30 should suffice) minutes. Every 30 minutes, use a turkey baster or wooden spoon to baste the vegetables with liquid from the pan (or extra honey and vinegar). All vegetables should be tender when done.
Elizabeth Barrette.

* I have added my own notes to this as I have found what works for me with the recipe. Sixty minutes seemed too long to cook the vegetables.
I like using a wooden spoon. Wooden spoons are natural, earth-friendly and reliable and least likely to contaminate food.

Enjoy
Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch

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