That annoying tickle in your throat!

That annoying tickle in your throat!

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While attending a piano concert yesterday, I heard all around me little coughs, sounds of sniffles and many ‘harrumphs’ of people clearing their throats. Whether it is from sinus congestion, allergy, cold or sometimes referred to as “winter funk”, people are experiencing that irritating tickle in their throats.

So what can you do?

Breathing over a bowl of boiling water that has slivers of fresh ginger root in it with a towel draped over your head, trapping the steam coming up into your mouth and nasal passageways, really helps clear out the mucous and open the sinuses. ‘The medicinal components of ginger are its essential oils, antioxidants and oleoresin…they can relieve, soothe and suppress coughing.’ http://www.livestrong.com/article/539683-the-benefits-of-ginger-for-a-cough/

You can also make an Ayurvedic tea: boil one cup water in a pot on the stove with 1/8 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger and juice of one half of a lemon. Pour into a cup and add one tablespoon of raw honey. *Please note that it is not advised for children under the age of two to consume honey.

While lemon supports your body’s health by alkalinizing your body (bringing the ph value back into balance), honey kills pathonogenic bacteria. For other recipes using ginger, honey and lemon to make your own cough medicine go to https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/simple-recipes-childrens-cough-cold-and-flu-syrups

What are some of your remedies for a cough?

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“Marshmallows?” “Yes, please!”

“Marshmallows?” “Yes, please!”

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While visiting my daughter in New York for Christmas, I had my first sensational experience with a HOMEMADE marshmallow atop a steaming mug of chocolate! The out-of-the-bag marshmallows are vapid in comparison. This marshmallow was huge! It completely filled the top of the cup with a melting, moist, gooey texture that added just the right touch of sweetness below to the rich dark chocolate. Seriously, I was in heaven!

So…I decided to look into making marshmallows from scratch. I was pleasantly surprised. They are not that difficult to make and I even found a HEALTHY version. One chef created a recipe using honey instead of sugar, gelatin (containing collagen – basic building block of skin, hair, nails, bones and joints), probiotics (supports a healthy digestive and immune system) and marshmallow root (for soothing sore throats, congestion, UTIs, heartburn and indigestion). http://wellnessmama.com/6423/healthy-marshmallows/

The other recipe I liked is traditional and quick; it produces wonderful results. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/homemade-marshmallows-recipe.html You can also experiment with different flavorings such as mint, lemon, almond and cocoa in addition to vanilla. And… if you really want to get fancy; use cookie cutters to make stars, snowmen, or angel marshmallows. Let your culinary creativity out of the box and start a new holiday tradition. Have homemade marshmallows for your hot chocolate and taste a little bit of heaven.

What are your family traditions for the holidays?