DIY Cough Syrup

Colds and flus are all around us this month! Are you coughing and sneezing along with the rest of us? One of my regular go-to's for this time of year is DIY Cough Syrup. It's easy to make, isn't full up crap and doesn't suppress the symptoms.

Remember, the cure for the cold is the cold itself.

Your body simply needs to fight off the virus, and you can help it by giving yourself lots of antimicrobial support in the form of garlic and onions. These two members of the Allium family are exceptionally high in antimicrobials amongst other things. But it's best to consume them in raw form, which is where this syrup comes in handy. So get out your chopping board and let's get started:

Ingredients:

  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 large yellow or small purple onion, peeled
  • 2 cups honey, divided into 4 x 1/4 cups

Methods:

  1. Quarter the onion.
  2. Coarsely chop 1/4 of the onion and 1 clove of garlic. Place these in a small glass Mason jar and cover with 1/4 c of honey.
  3. Repeat step 2 until you have used up all garlic and onion.
  4. Place in the refrigerator. It will be ready within 1 hour, but it keeps for up to 5 days.
  5. You'll notice a thin liquid forming on top of the mixture. Take 2 Tbsp of this liquid as needed to alleviate your cold.

Optional Additions: 1 tsp cayenne, 1 tsp ground ginger

NOTE: please do not use if you have an Allium family sensitivity or for children under the age of 1.

Thanks for reading & let me know how you feel after trying them out.

Don’t forget to share with a friend in need, too.

P.S. Have questions? Contact me.

Magic Warming Socks for Headache, Fever, and Stuffiness

Headachy? Feverish? Stuffed up? You're not alone! Everywhere I turn someone is sick! I suppose that time of year is here. To help you through I am sharing with you one of my favourite Cold & Flu recovery tips - Magic Warming Socks! Yep, socks are your best friends when you’re under the weather. Pairing them with hot and cold water is the formula for magic.

Materials:

1 pair of cotton socks 1 pair of wool socks 1 bowl Ice water or very cold water Warm water

To Do:

  1. Place your pair of cotton socks in a bowl of ice water.
  2. Warm your feet in a shower or bath with warm water until they are pinky, red.
  3. Wring out the cotton socks and place them on your feet.
  4. Then cover the cotton socks with a pair of wool socks.
  5. Go to bed!

I know what you’re thinking... ice cold socks!!! Are you crazy? In fact, I’m not. But I ask you to try it first before you judge. Magic warming socks are incredibly therapeutic. They offer a kind of hydrotherapy that redirects blood flow away from your aching, stuffed-up head to your feet. By the time you wake up from a restful sleep your socks will be dry. It’s amazing. And best of all, your aching head will feel a whole lot better.

Thanks for reading & let me know how you feel after trying them out.

Don't forget to share with a friend in need, too.

P.S. Have questions? Contact me.

Castor Oil Packs for Inflammation

One of my favorite things in the world is a castor oil pack. It sounds like a totally naturopathic thing (and it definitely is), but it's great for so many things that I can't help but share it with you.

Castor oil is made from the castor bean (Ricinus communis). When eaten it can cause major gastric upset (such as crazy diarrhea) so we'll focus on the external uses.

The major benefit of castor oil is anti-inflammation. It can be used for arthritic pain, liver cleansing, inflammatory bowel conditions (like Crohn's & colitis), gallbladder conditions, skin inflammation and more. You can even throw in herbs for added benefit. Book an appointment with me to learn which castor oil pack is best for you.

Here is a step-by-step guide for you brave folks willing to give it try at home:

What You Need

  • castor oil (I like Palma Christi best)
  • piece of flannel
  • old cotton T-shirt
  • heat pack

What You Do

  1. soak flannel in castor oil
  2. place flannel over your abdomen (or whatever you are treating)
  3. put on an old cotton t-shirt because the castor oil can stain
  4. heat up your heat pack and rest it over the castor oil pack to increase absorption
  5. rest for at least 20 minutes (up to 60 would be best)
  6. wash off any excess oil from your skin
  7. store the castor oil pack in a plastic bag and leave in the fridge for future use

Castor oil absorbs through the skin and reduces inflammation.

A few weeks ago I overindulged at dinner and had terrible stomach pains afterwards.

The winning combination of a castor oil pack and peppermint tea had me back to normal in no time.

Give it a try! It's just what the Naturopathic Doctor ordered!

6 Naturopathic Cold and Flu Remedies

If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me what to do for a cold, I would be a very wealthy woman. This has to be one of the top health inquiries... it offers up 14.5 million hits on Google alone. Wow! My biggest issue with conventional cold remedies acting as decongestants, antihistamines and cough suppressants is that they leave you feeling like you are walking with your head in the clouds. This is no way to travel about life. So what can you do about it? Lots!

The common cold, typically caused by the rhinovirus, crops up every winter (and in summer, too).

It's easy to catch, but once you've got it it's best to realize one simple thing - the cure for the cold is the cold itself. This means that every cough, sniffle, and sneeze serves a purpose. Your body is trying to get rid of that darned virus. Of course, no one really likes feeling under the weather so here are 6 Naturopath Approved cold and flu remedies  support yourself through it.


  1. Rest - I really can't state it enough and you know it to be true. Listen to your body. It knows what to do.
  2. Avoid Sugar - Yes, I know you've heard it a zillion times, but I mean it! Sugar has the incredibly awful ability to toss your immune system into the toilet for 3+ hours after consumption. This means orange juice is out, too.
  3. Vitamin C - "But how am I supposed to get this without my orange juice" you ask? Easy. Grab some Sisu or EmergenC packets to toss into your water, by a good-quality brand, like Biotics C-1000, or nosh on almonds, broccoli and quinoa, which are all packed with this beautiful antioxidant vitamin.
  4. Vitamin D - of course!
  5. Steam Inhale - dash eucalyptus oil into a hot, steamy shower and inhale.
  6. DIY Cough Syrup - you'll think I'm crazy, but I'm not. This stuff really works - just like Mr. Buckley said. 1 onion, 4 cloves of garlic and I could go on and on forever, but these 6 tips are the perfect place to begin.

Urinary Tract Infection Healed the Natural Way

Urinary tract infections are extremely common. Men, women and children alike can be affected by these pesky little infections, but women seem to be especially prone. I have a funny, yet painful story to share with you. A few years ago I was away on vacation on an island in northern Ontario at a cottage without running water or electricity. The nearest town was an hour away by boat. I’m sure you can guess what’s coming next.

Just a few days into my vacation I was cursed with a very nasty UTI. What’s a girl to do?!? Well, I called upon my arsenal of naturopathic treatments to treat myself. First of all, a quick boat ride was made to the local dock to pick up unsweetened cranberry juice.

The sugar in cranberries (d-mannose) works to remove the bacteria from the urinary tract wall.

Then I increased my water intake to 4 liters in order to flush out as much bacteria as I could. Finally, I employed one of my favorite hydrotherapy tools – a modified Sitz bath.

I boiled water and poured it into a bowl. I then alternated dipping my pelvic region in cold lake water and hot water to encourage healing blood flow to the area. What a mess! But within a day I was feeling much better.

You may not be in the same sticky situation I was in, but it certainly is proof that UTIs can be managed without antibiotics in the appropriate situation.

If you’re suffering from UTIs, whether acutely or chronically, I want to see you. Make an appointment with me so we can discuss ways to make you feel better. I’ve got tons of other tricks up my sleeve!

UTIs healed the natural way – just what the doctor ordered!