Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

So, I’m pretty sure our traditional neighbors already think we are a little bit strange… our giant dog verbally assaults their children, my yoga mat is ever-present on our {covered} back patio and hipster music often blares through open windows.

Well, tonight we might up our weirdness quotient a bit more because in lieu of candy we are passing out vampire teeth, bat wings and bubbles.  Yep, we are those people.

In Arizona, we witnessed parents driving groups of children literally from house to house in a typical suburban neighborhood.  Tonight, those children will get a bat ring.  When I was a kid, I took my pillowcase and walked to all 200 houses in my neighborhood and I had to tell jokes (it’s a St. Louis thing)… I earned every piece of that candy.

Upping the weirdness even more?  The smell of curry that emanates from our house on a weekly basis.  Pumpkin & Shrimp Curry from Bon Appetit is on the menu tonight.  This recipe is quickly becoming a favorite and it’s a perfect way to use the leftover roasted pumpkin I keep in my refrigerator this time of year!

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I hope you have a wonderfully spooky night with family & friends!

Fighting the Common Cold- Symptom Relief

It seems far too early for cold and flu season but I have certainly been feeling under the weather lately.

In the past 2 years, I recall feeling the onset of several colds but none actually took me down like this pesky virus I’m fighting now.

I’ve been busting out the big guns to keep this cold from getting worse and I want to share some of my tricks with you- they are probably the oldest in the book but they really help with symptom relief.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

I.am.addicted.  Here are my favorite ways to use eucalyptus oil:

  • Sprinkle a few drops in a hot shower and inhale the steam.
  • Add a couple drops to almond oil and rub the mixture across your sternum to relieve nighttime congestion.
  • I put a few drops onto a towel and place it on my pillow before sleeping.

Neti Pot

A Neti pot is a natural, Ayurvedic cleansing technique to help rinse the nasal and sinus cavities.  Follow the instructions on the box and be sure to boil your water then let it cool to room temperature (or buy distilled).  Tip: don’t use a Neti pot when nasal passages are blocked.  With regular use, a Neti pot might help ward off colds and flu before they start!

Tea

Grate some fresh ginger into a boiling pot of water and create a tea.  I have also been turning to Traditional Medicinals for Gypsy Cold Care and Breathe Easy for some relief.  Apparently a tea made of fresh thyme leaves also works wonders.

Echinacea 

This herb is a staple in my house.  I take it at the first sign of a cold and it definitely seems to shorten the duration and severity.  Make sure you check with your doctor for potential interactions first.

Water

Lots and lots (and lots) of water!  You can also add some lemon to help flush the system.

Humidifier

An essential for dry winter weather, a humidifier keeps nasal passages moist and creates an environment that is not ideal for viruses.  This year we busted out the humidifier earlier than usual but with evening temperatures in the 30’s, it’s definitely time.

Fresh Air

Open a window, sit outside in the sunshine, go for a short walk, the fresh air is great for you and helps prevent others in your household from getting sick.

Chicken (and Kale) Soup

Packed full of veggies and goodness, chicken soup really helps make you feel better!

Stay tuned for a few more posts about fighting the common cold to help you stay well this season!

Photos: eucalyptus oil, neti pot, humidifer