By Cal Orey
Did you know that honey, olive oil and vinegar are in the bible?
HOME CURES FROM YOUR KITCHEN
#1 ALLERGIES (Common late fall and winter)
What Healing Foods to Use: Try combining 1 tablespoon of locally produced honey—within a 50 mile radius—and 1 tablespoon of vinegar in a cup of antioxidant-rich black or green tea or fresh orange juice.
How It Works: Apple cider vinegar has detoxifying agents which helps rid of pollutants in the air and your body. Honey, tea, and oranges are nature’s immunity boosters, protecting you from environmental toxins that can make you more vulnerable to allergies.
#2 ANXIETY (Family and financial stressors)
What Healing Foods to Use: Try an 8-ounce glass of water with 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon lavender honey.
How It Works: The ingredients in honey can be calming (some medical doctors believe nature’s nectar can beat insomnia) paired with soothing lavender, a known relaxer, as well as water which can also relax you (ever notice how people in movies drink a glass of water when they are under pressure?). But it’s the honey, too. The superfood may help to calm you due to its anti-stress antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.
#3 BACK PAIN (Over-doing it physically during work and play)
What Healing Foods to Use: Try an ice cold compress soaked in apple cider vinegar. Apply for 15 or 20 minutes. Follow with a heating pad as needed. For extra relief, massage your upper back with a mixture of olive oil and essentials oils. A heating pad, swimming followed by indulging in a hot tub is helpful. Repeat as needed.
How It Works: This apple cider vinegar home cure for an aching back is a spin-off from R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compress, and elevate). The vinegar can soothe inflamed muscles, tissues, nerves, and boost blood flow. The ice also is good for lessening inflammation. Heat can feel super comforting and loosens up tight muscles. The multi-purpose vinegar remedy soothes the pain from perhaps doing too much during the holiday season. Olive oil contains a chemical, oleocanthal, that can stop inflammation similar to painkillers.
#4 BRAIN FOG
What Healing Foods to Use: Try a cup of coffee, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon raw honey.
How It Works: A cup of java can enhance brainpower because of its caffeine. Apple cider vinegar does include potassium which may boost your mood and physical energy which can happen during the holidays. Honey is an instant energizing superfood. This trio can give you the desire to get a move on, in turn, you will likely be more clear-headed.
#5 CAFFEINE WITHDRAWAL
What Healing Foods to Use: Take 1 tablespoon vinegar with 1 8-ounce glass of water. Drink 6-8 glasses of water daily. Add 1 teaspoon honey as needed. (Note: Tapering off slowly from caffeine is best or if you have to stop caffeine for a short time, once back to your regular regime, the side effects will stop.)
How It Works: It is important to stay hydrated during the withdrawal period which can last a few days to weeks, depending on your caffeine intake. Remember, apple cider vinegar has detoxifying components so combining water with it will help you flush out the toxins as well as help lessen high anxiety. Honey taken with or without vinegar will calm you and provide instant energy, a blessing if you’re feeling lethargic or have flu-like symptoms.
#6 SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER
What Healing Foods to Use: Mix 1 or 2 teaspoons each of apple cider vinegar and honey in a cup of coffee in the morning and afternoon.
How It Works: Apple cider vinegar can help boost the level of serotonin in the brain, and feel-good caffeine in tea, and energizing honey can give you a physical and mental boost. So, once the vinegar, honey, and tea combo cure is taken and kicks in, it’s best to use that energy drink exercise—and that will give you that feel-good natural endorphin high throughout the day.
(Excerpts from the Healing Powers Series.)