Health

It’s sick season, and lots of my friends have had strep. I was part of the strep crew, and it hit me hard. I felt awful – major headache, chills, fever, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, the whole nine. I was bound and determined to get rid of it and still avoid antibiotics.

One solution is Thieves oil; it’s antibacterial and antiviral, and cleans stuff pretty darn well. I’ve never used it for strep or illness, but I’ve heard others attest to its incredible healing powers. Sadly, I didn’t have any Thieves, and I’m on a budget here. So I did the next best thing and found the perfect herbal remedy that contained only three simple, everyday ingredients that I already had!

I made it using the recipe below, and ate the whole mixture twice in one day. The next day my throat had made a massive improvement and I had actual energy, so I made the mixture again the next day, eating half in the morning and half in the evening. I also made green tea mixed with apple cider vinegar, a tsp cayenne pepper, lemon juice and a tsp honey, and drank a large mug of it.

By the morning of the third day, my sore throat was completely gone and I felt normal. I drank another of the green tea mixtures just to be on the safe side, and that was the last of the remedies I made. I was cured!

Here’s the magical recipe, which happens to be way cheaper than a doctor visit and a prescription, simple to prepare, way faster than medicine, totally safe and natural. Whether you have strep or just a slightly sore throat, this is a really fantastic method to try.

1 tbsp raw honey
¼ tsp cayenne
3-4 cloves garlic (chopped as finely as you can)

Mix the ingredients and eat it. Don’t wash out the throat; you want the ingredients to coat it.

I made it twice on the first day, but I’ve read that it’s still incredibly effective if just taking it once. Try the green tea mixture, too.

Now go get better!

Let us know in the comments below if this works for you, or if you’ve got other remedies you like to use.

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Health

It’s that time of year where Jack Frost just seems to not want to leave us alone, and that means the sniffles and coughing are bound to start following soon enough. While a little cold might not be detrimental to your health, here are some tricks to keeping that bug away so you can enjoy a fun-filled winter wonderland!

1. Take Notes From Mrs. Claus

No one wants a skinny Santa! Likewise, make sure you’re eating right this winter. Getting the right nutrients is important, and while eating a salad is great to stay healthy, make sure you’re getting your protein and eating some warm foods like soup! The healthier you eat, the stronger your body and immune system will be when it comes to fitting off the cold.

2. Kris Kringle Knew a Thing or Two

The man himself sure knew how to make a statement with his wardrobe! And while we may not all feel like we’re able to rock a head-to-toe red velvet pantsuit, Kris Kringle knew that dressing to brace the cold was the only way to get through all those blizzards! Make sure you wear lots of layers and keep warm! Protecting your head, chest, hands, and feet are key points in your body to prevent you from getting sick; so don’t cut back when it comes to gloves and a hat!

3. We Can’t All be Frosty

As much fun as Frosty looked like he was having when he was running all about town in the snow, we can’t all live in the cold! Make sure you stay in once in a while, and enjoy a hot cup of cocoa while you’re at it! Being outdoors too much during the cold weather can really wear down your body.

While these tips seem simple, make sure to keep them in mind this winter! Staying safe and healthy really allows you to enjoy the holiday season; and while Rudolph looks adorable with his red nose, it might be better if we just leave that to him!

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Let’s be real, it takes energy to Seize Your Youth. When you’re feeling under the weather and all you want to do is sleep, it’s hard to make the most out of your day and be productive. That’s why you need to get better ASAP. While chicken noodle soup (with heart-shaped carrots!) is more of a meal and less of a “snack,” meals just don’t sound as appetizing when you’re sick. This chicken noodle soup will get you warmed up and feeling better in no time, and it doesn’t take too long to make. If you can’t muster up the energy to make this soup, kindly ask a friend or family member if they would be willing to do so. Get healthy fast, enjoy this soup, and get back to seizing your youth!

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What You’ll Need:
1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
2. 2 or 3 large carrots
3. 1 medium onion – diced
4. 2 celery stalks, cut
5. 2 stalks fresh thyme
6. 2 bay leaves
7. 4 cups of water with 3-4 tablespoons of chicken bouillon, or chicken broth (All-Natural Swanson works well)
8. 2-3 cups water
9. 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
10. salt and pepper, to taste
11. 2-3 large chicken breasts, cooked [Drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper, and top with thyme, and cook in oven for 35 minutes] 12. 1/2 pound small pasta

Heart-Shaped Carrots:
1. Wash and peel a large carrot
2. Cut a wedge in the top of the carrot so that there is a V-shape
3. Peel around the carrots and on the sides so that it resembles a heart, with a sharp-pointed bottom – this will take a lot of peeling
4. Cut the carrot as you normally would, but instead of rounded pieces you have hearts!

How to Make Soup:
1. In a large pot combine: olive oil, carrots, onions, celery, thyme, bay leaves, and a pinch of salt.
2. Cook and stir for about 10-15 minutes until ingredients have softened.
3. Add water and chicken bouillon, with vinegar. Cook until soup is boiling.
4. Add salt and pepper for taste.
5. [Pasta]: In another pot, boil water and make the pasta until al dente.
6. In bowls,  add the pasta and shredded or diced chicken.
7. Serve the soup over the pasta and chicken.
~For extra flavoring, add another branch of thyme and let the soup sit with all the ingredients for an extra 5-10 minutes to get a richer flavoring

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What comfort food do you like to eat when you’re sick?