Winter slowly comes into the land. In the morning you go slipping to the garage to get your bike or your car and you can see your breath everywhere around you. If it goes on like this, we will be able to skate even before Christmas! Have you already made up your Christmas tree and hung up winter lights throughout your house? And have you already started taking extra orange juice for not falling ill too many times until Spring? Well, let’s go then to Sophia’s December newsletter about how to protect yourself against cold and flu!
When I was a kid, we had to take a spoonful of a syrup called Sanostol a day. It was vitamin C, because the doctors in that time thought that was a good idea. Later on we had vitamin pills and now we don’t know anymore how to protect ourselves against winter diseases like the flu.
Well, the most beautiful thing that is full of vitamin C is an orange! And in an orange there is not only vitamin C, but chrome, vitamin B and cobalt as well. And a lot of other substances that are very good for getting through winter time. If you drink one or two glasses of freshly made orange juice a day from Autumn until Spring, you won’t easily fall ill. This is valid for all kinds of flu, also the coronavirus.
And then there is this other wonderful flower: chamomile! It helps against many diseases and complaints and so one day I wanted to know what it really did. The base of the root, let’s say. And I found that it provides you with wisdom and inner peace. But not only you! It also provides your body with wisdom, so it knows how to get your selfhealing ability going. That means that you (partially) recover from a lot of diseases, including the flu, if you drink one or two glasses of camomille tea a day while ill. Or even before falling ill! You can add a bit lemon juice and honey or cane sugar if you like.
This is how you make it: you pour water for one cup of tea in a pan. When it boils, you add half a handful of dried chamomile flowers and you let it boil for 2 minutes. You sieve it into your teacup or teaglass, you add a few drops of fresh lemon juice and a bit honey. You drink it, you lay yourself on your bed with all blankets and sleeping bags you got and sleep while sweating it out. When your feet stay warm, the flu is disappearing and you are starting to recover. If you recover well and don’t go back to work before all the fever is gone, you won’t fall ill easily again.
Chamomile flowers can also be used in a steam bath in case you have a cold. For that purpose you boil about half a liter water in a pan and when it boils, you add two hands full of dried chamomile flowers, which you let boil for about 2 minutes. Sieve, pour the boiling infusion into a bowl, put a towel in front of your face and inhale! Don’t forget to put a large pack of tissues next to you, for you will need them.
I wish you a healthy and warm winter and greet you for now.
© Sophia Vassiliou