Healthy, Happy & Wise

Trinny & Susannah in their book The Survival Guide: A woman’s Secret Weapon For Getting Through The Year say that June is the time to think about being happy, healthy & wise by getting a plan & stocking your home with the essentials to cope with all sorts of medical moments from colds to emergencies. I however am only going to share with you the essentials for coping with a cold because I firmly believe the best way you can prepare for medical moments at home is to take a good first aid course and to purchase a good first aid kit.

Fending Off Colds

  • Cut back on dairy products by replacing lattes with herbal tea or instant soup and cheese on toast with tomato
  • Make your morning porridge with water instead of milk, add a few sultanas & sliced dried apricots, then top with apricots
  • If you’re a muesli kind of girl then top with apple juice instead of milk
  • Take a 1000mg vitamin C tablet each morning

Comforting & Nourishing Chicken Soup

  • Heat 1 TBSP of vegetable oil in a large heavy based pan
  • Add 2 peeled finely chopped carrots, 2 finely chopped sticks of celery, 1 chopped leek, 1 finely chopped thumb of root ginger, 1 finely chopped clove of garlic, 1 finely chopped red chilli & 2 TBSP of chopped coriander leaves.
  • Sweat over gentle heat for 10 minutes
  • Add the juice of 1/2 a lemon, 2 TBSP of Tamari and stir.
  • Add a litre of chicken stock & bring to the boil
  • Drop in 2 chicken breasts & allow to poach for 10 minutes
  • Remove breasts then allow to cool slightly before shredding the meat
  • Return chicken to pot & drop in 1 cup of shredded snow peas for 30 seconds before adding a handful of bean sprouts.
  • Serve immediately

South African Cold Remedy

Make a tea out of the following, brewed for 5 minutes then strained. Hold your nose, drink it & go to bed to sweat it out

  • juice of a lemon
  • 1 Tbsp. of honey
  • 1 inch of grated fresh ginger
  • 1 chopped clove of garlic
  • 1 finely chopped red chilli

French Sore Throat Remedy

  • finely chop 1 onion
  • place in bowl & sprinkle with sugar
  • Cover & leave for 2 or 3 hours
  • Strain & drink the juice

Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy talks about blessing friends when they are sick by delivering them a “Get Well Indulgence Basket” filled with the following bedside comforts:

  • something irresistible to read
  • cough drops
  • tissues
  • assorted herbal teas
  • chicken soup
  • a small flowering plant

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