You may have heard that this year’s flu season has caused a run on elderberry syrup. This traditional folk medicine has gained a reputation for boosting the immune system to help you ward off sickness. While traditional medicine is on the fence about the efficacy of elderberries, herbalists have long sung the praises of this gorgeous purple potion. Hyppocrates even called elderberry “nature’s medicine chest.”
I love making use of plants that grow abundantly around me. This morning while walking Taco, I noticed a pile of pine boughs that had recently been trimmed from the trees in the park. The needles were still green and beautiful and I hated to see them go to waste. So I gathered a few branches and brought them home to make pine needle tea.
As flu season rages on, tea has become an important part of my daily ritual. This classic blend–which I call Get Well Stay Well tea–is one of my favorite winter beverages for warming me up from the inside out and helping me fight off infections with the power of Vitamin C + the soothing nourishment of honey.
I have lived with anxiety for as long as I can remember. The telltale tightening of my chest and racing of my heart are a part of my life that I have come to accept.Over the years, I’ve found several products and strategies that help to manage my anxiety. These are my favorite nature-based anxiety relief remedies: I hope you find something that works for you.
**Disclaimer: These suggestions are short-term solutions, and should not be taken in lieu of doctor’s orders or prescriptions**