Natural Remedies for Prevention and Cure

Hey Moms,

I’ve tried to finish this blog for a few weeks now!! 🙂 However we have had lots of family commitments and I had to give social media a little break, such is ‘mom life’. However, I am pleased that I am finally getting to release this blog, because it has some of my favourite natural remedies for prevention and cure, and it’s timely as we enter into the winter months.

I thought it would be good to start with my natural ‘go to’ remedies when sick and then highlight what we use for prevention all year round.

Natural Remedies for when feeling poorly

Before I had Issey I would reach for the standard over the counter remedies when either myself or Rok got sick, however, when I started looking after myself more and paying more attention to the ingredients label, I was a bit taken back with all the ingredients that were in these medications. Rok and I started researching and we were surprised that there are a number of alternatives that we can reach for when we are sick.

These are tried and tested over the years and I am highlighting my top three…  we have found the following remedies really help cut the severity and duration of our symptoms with any illness that you can catch:

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Vitamin C – Altrient Vitamin C

There are lots of benefits of vitamin C as an antioxidant it can stop free radicals in our body, thereby reducing oxidative stress in our body. This is important as oxidative stress leads to inflammation and inflammation can eventually lead to disease.

So, I got researching and came across not any sort of vitamin C but a ‘liposomal’ vitamin C, from a brand called Altrient. Ideally, we should get our vitamins and minerals from our food, however when we are already sick, and in order to help our body, we have found this particular vitamin C helped us feel better when we caught a cold, sore throat or tummy bug,

What’s interesting about this brand is that it can deliver up to 98% of vitamin C to your cells due its liposomes technology, it comes in a liquid form to be taken with water and it has 1000mg per sachet. What I’ve learned about other vitamin C is if taken just in pill form then not a lot of that gets absorbed into our bodies. Check this brand out in the references below.

allertrex

AllerTrex Natural Respiratory Spray

This little beauty is amazing, it stops that throat tickle in a flash! You know that annoying cough that keeps you up all night? A spray of this and you’re all set, it has also helped a lot of my family members who get a barking cough during the winter. What I love about this spray is that it’s all natural, the AllerTrex product is made up of herbs and essential oils and focuses on keeping the lung, sinus and respiratory tract healthy.  From more info see references below.

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Oregano Oil

Yes, talking about this essential oil again! This packs a punch so you do have to be careful with it. When feeling poorly, we use one or two drops mixed with a carrier oil (olive or coconut oil) and rub on the soles of our feet especially going to bed at night. It’s also good to use in your essential oil diffuser 🙂

It’s important to also make sure you are buying it from a reputable company/brand and that it’s organic, as not all essential oils are created equally. What I love about Oregano oil is that it’s not only antibacterial but also antiviral and antifungal, It truly is nature’s antibiotic!  Please see references below.

Prevention

I think it’s important to also discuss prevention and as they say prevention is better than cure, myself Rok and Issey use the following to ensure we stay healthy all year long. Prevention is so important to me now, having experienced chronic sickness I never want to go back so I put my health as a priority and since I made this decision we have thrived as a family.

Our food and drink 

I believe food matters for staying healthy and therefore we are very conscious of what we eat and try our best to eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. I am also on the lookout for new tasty recipes to expand our palette so that’s why when I find a delicious and nutritious recipe I have to share it with you.  Trying out new recipes has become a joy for me, only a few years ago I wouldn’t have had the energy to cook a nutritious meal from scratch, the irony is that now that I eat so well, I have the energy to cook all our meals. I love that I have control over what goes into my body rather than having no clue what might be in some prepared supermarket meal.

Also, in order to stay hydrated, I love using the Pukka brand of tea, my favourites are the cleanse, camomile range and their three tulsi (not to be used if pregnant or breastfeeding). Rok and I drink these throughout the day and it’s a way of getting extra herbs into our bodies.

Berkey

We also drink lots of filtered water from our Berkey Water filter. This has been one of the best investments we have made, as the Berkey filter removes chemicals from our drinking water including fluoride.

 

Juice Plus capsules, shakes and most recently omegas

I came across this brand and way of life from my beautiful friend AmyBrooke and have discussed these products with you on several occasions. (check out my other blogs here) I can’t recommend enough as if taken regularly can really help out the whole family. We take the trio capsules daily together with the Juice Plus shakes (Issey takes the chewies via the healthy starts programme) and now just incorporated the omegas.

juice plus

Also, for the last 3 months have started to safely detox our bodies with ‘Shredding’ and the results have been amazing. This is a monthly programme that focuses on adding as many whole foods to your body over 10 days and taking a break from some of the things that can be taxing such as gluten, dairy, refined sugar, alcohol and caffeine. I considered myself healthy before I started Juice Plus however now I am thriving, and I am so very grateful.

What I love most is that although our diet is very clean, we can’t get all that nutrition that Juice Plus is giving us which is up to 45 nutrients (inc. the shakes); also there are some days for instance like when we travel where we don’t eat as many fruits and vegetables as I would like but I know I have my Juice Plus and that is peace of mind. The added bonus is that we also get the nutrition from the fruit peels/skins which I wouldn’t eat such as pineapple, oranges and lemons. Interestingly the peel contains so many wonderful nutrients, so I am delighted we are also receiving these. I feel good that I am protecting my family every day.

The best thing is that since taken the Juice Plus I have had not one sick day (so need for my remedies this year ha!), this is huge for me as a mom, as it’s not pleasant looking after a child when you are feeling poorly. For more information see references below.

So, Moms, as always, I love hearing from you, please share your natural remedies or things you like to do for prevention.  If you have any questions please feel free to post in the comments below.

Best wishes and Love,

Lisa XX

References & Further Reading

Vitamin C 

Altrient Vit C 

About Liposomal 

Healthline: Vitamin C & Colds 

Dr Axe Vitamin C benefits 

AllterTrex:

AllerTrex Global Healing Center info

Allertrex UK purchase

Oregano:

Oregano oil

Dr Axe Oregano oil benefits 

Healthline Oregano oil 

Pukka Tea

Pukka Three Tulsi 

Berkey Filter

Berkey Water System

Juice Plus Info

Juice Plus 

 

 

 

Pesto Courgetti with Cashew Cheese Sauce

Hello Moms,

This week I am sharing our Pesto Courgetti recipe that is so loved in our household, it’s so tasty and it’s also really perfect for Summer evenings. It is vegan-friendly, gluten and dairy free, however, this dish will leave you feeling fully satisfied without any heavy feeling.

It is packed with nutrients for example courgettes contain abundant levels of manganese and vitamin C that help to keep the heart strong.  It contains significant quantities of potassium, folate, and vitamin A all of which are important for maintaining good health.

The pesto is made from basil which contains high levels of antioxidants, magnesium and a range of vitamins, such as vitamin A, K and C.  Interestingly basil contains antimicrobial properties that fight viruses and also has DNA-protecting flavonoids!

The cashew cheese sauce is full of goodness too, cashews contain a powerhouse of proteins, essential minerals, including copper, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. Cashews also contain vitamins such as vitamin, B1, B2, B3, B6, folate, vitamin E and vitamin K.

So Moms, as I’ve said before this dish not only tastes great, but you can also rest assured in the knowledge that your family is getting a jam-packed nutrient dense meal!

So let me share this recipe with you:

To make the Pesto:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups packed fresh basil (large stems removed)
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts (can also use walnuts, my preference though is pine nuts)
  • 3 large garlic cloves (add more garlic if you are like us ;0)
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3-4 tbsp nutritional yeast (see link below)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt and pepper
  • 2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-6 tbsp of water (more if needed)

Method:

  • Add all the ingredients to a food processor or blender except the olive oil and water
  • Blend on high until a loose paste forms
  • Then slowly add the olive oil as the machine is on and scrape downs the side as needed
  • Then add 1 tbsp water a time until you reached the desired consistency
  • Taste the pesto and season

To make the Cashew Cheese sauce:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cashews (recommend you soak the cashews first (at least 3 hours) better for digestion and also removes phytic acid)
  • 1/4 cup of water (more water if you want it a thinner consistency.. whatever way you like it, experiment…)
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper (optional)
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp onion powder

Method

Blend all the ingredients together in a high-speed blender until you reach your desired consistency. For this recipe, I like to leave it a bit chunky (almost like a cottage cheese consistency) however that’s totally up to you.

To make Courgetti:

  • Simply take 2 washed courgettes and place them on a spiralizer, we use the Hemsley and Hemsley spiralizer (link below)

Voila! toss the courgetti in the basil pesto and add a dollop of cashew cheese on top and you have just created a healthy, delicious and beautiful meal. Issey loves this especially the courgetti ;0

As always moms  I’d love to hear from you, please let me know if you decide to make this dish and what you thought of it… :0

Love and Best wishes,

L X

 

Notes: Serves approx 4 portions

Credits:

Lovingitvegan 

Minimalist Baker

References:

Hemsley & Hemsley Spiraliser 

Nutritional Yeast  

Courgettes 

Basil 

Basil 

Cashews 

 

How I found my passion… well many really?!!

Hello Moms,

This week I’ve been thinking about all the things I enjoy doing and how these days I actually enjoy many passions – you could say I am a multi-passionate mom?!! While I spend a lot of my time looking after my daughter and this is a blessing I also wanted to share other interests that I have as it’s my belief that having a passion(s) is so beneficial in our lives and I want to share how it’s impacted mine.

When I was younger I had a limited belief that I should only focus all my energies on school especially if I wanted to be successful and earn good money.  I thought as I got older and sometime in the future, I’d get some time to focus on the things that were important to me… thinking having a passion/interest was more of a luxury, not something that I had time for.

Then, after university, I concentrated on climbing the career ladder and put all my energies into this.  It wasn’t until after I had Issey and was quite ill for a period of time that I actually found many passions that I am now pursuing.

On the days where I felt so ill, I started to ask myself if I had my full energy back what would be the things I’d really like to do… I had never asked myself this question before now (probably as I was too focused on my career) however, I knew I really enjoyed cooking but didn’t spend a lot of time doing that always reaching for convenience instead.  However, now that I was on maternity leave, feeling quite ill I started researching and realised that focusing on my nutrition could really help me. I started experimenting with nutritious cooking, which I loved and then moved onto experimenting with juicing and smoothies.

My family will remember this time well, both Rok and I arriving with juicers and laden down with organic shopping, new finds, and new recipes ;0

Next, I became fascinated with non-fiction books especially topics regarding how to reduce stress and how our mind influences our thoughts, beliefs, and our body. And, from that exploring the benefits of mindfulness and meditation.

This extended into practicing daily meditation and after introducing this new daily practice (which was at the time was quite radical to me as nobody I knew did this) did things really start to change for me.

So what happened:

After a period of cooking/eating nutritious food, practicing daily meditation learning everything about health,  my energy started to increase and the body pain that I had for so long after the birth of Issey started to go away Hallelujah! As you can imagine I was overjoyed and wanted to share this information with everyone. ;0, What’s more, I loved learning and doing all these things… which ironically became my passions 🙂

Then 2 years ago I went for a Reiki treatment and found immense peace and relaxation after just one session so then I was off to learn Reiki and last year became a certified Reiki practitioner.  Reiki has really helped me with so much with my confidence, in the last year alone I’ve set up my Reiki business, have attended conferences, completed lots of online courses and also started this blog and a private FaceBook group for Moms.  So now Reiki has been added to my passion list :0  I’m grateful to have so many!

So I hear you say why does it matter to have a passion and why should I think about this at all…

I believe if we have a passion or as it’s turned out in my case many passions.. the joy this brings us radiates out to all friends and family. This will have a tremendous positive impact on all our relationships.

When we engage in our passions we feel like we are connected/doing something bigger than ourselves… That’s how I feel when I practice Reiki on a client and discuss the benefits of meditation and mindfulness with them.  It actually gives me energy!

Having a passion also creates new inspiration and creativity and so since starting with experimenting with recipes, I’ve moved onto lots of other things and have many other ideas that I want to pursue. And, will hopefully get to do these things over the next few years… life seems full of possibilities, not just routine.

So moms, do you spend time following your joy/passions?  What does this look like for you (note it’s different for everyone)

This could be your job/career, it could be your part-time or full-time business, it could be writing, or cooking, or a special place you enjoy escaping/traveling to.  It could be spending quality time with your family and friends, or volunteering somewhere…

Or maybe you haven’t found it yet.. and maybe you could set aside an hour to think about this and write down all the things you enjoy doing and seeing if you can integrate more of these into your daily life?

Knowing what your passion is and ensuring you experience it as often as you can, will bring more joy and energy into your life, well that’s what I’ve experienced for myself.  Who doesn’t want more of that…!

As always, I’d love to hear from you so please feel free to share your passions and how you discovered them or whether you’re still figuring this out…

Lots of love and best wishes to you,

Lisa X