Build Resistance with Medicinal Foods

Cold and flu season is upon us.  What do you do to stay healthy? 

medicinal foods

Incorporate these medicinal foods into your everyday eating and your body will thank you

  • garlic
  • ginger
  • turmeric
  • raw honey


Many ethnic cultures routinely eat a clove of raw garlic every day during the cold months.  If that doesn't float your boat, use it in soups, sauces and wherever you can.  Let it sit on the counter for a minute before cooking to get the most from it.  Garlic is also believed to have  anti-cancer benefits. 


This spicy flavor beefs up any food you might eat- soups, stews, seafood, or vegetables. Gargle with hot water for a sore throat, use it for upset stomach and generally keep warm with a cup of hot ginger tea


This anti-inflammatory can aid in quieting aches that come with winter colds and coughs. Use it in soups, on vegetables or make a tea. 

Raw Honey

Raw honey contains bee pollen which has anti-bacterial properties.  May be good for preventing sinus infections if you are prone to them.  Tastes great in a cup of hot ginger tea

When You Already have a cold

Now's the time to drink copious amounts of water.  Keep well hydrated to prevent sinus congestion and buildup of phlegm.  Add the juice of an organic lemon. 

Gargle regularly with organic apple cider vinegar, or make a tonic of 8 oz. water, 1 T. honey and 1/4 cup of vinegar.  Anti-bacterial and anti-viral. 

Trust your body to know what it needs.  If you're hungry, eat.  If not, rest until you feel hungry. 

Rest, Rest, Rest.  You're entitled to a little time off. 

Note:  This is not medical advice.  Seek care from your medical practitioner if you are in need of evaluation for any illness.