Beth Baldino, MSW, CHHC
Certified Holistic Health Counselor
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Natural Remedies for Cold & Flu- Part I

It’s once again that time of year when concerns for our health focus on the flu, and the question of whether to vaccinate ourselves and our families looms large. This year, there’s also the swine flu to consider, and the conflicting reports about the H1N1 have many people concerned.

I don’t intend to explore the issue of whether vaccines are safe or effective. The  decision regarding whether they are right for you can only be made by you. Do your research, and if you’re unsure, discuss the issue with holistic health experts who you trust and respect.

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Boosting Immunity – Critical Factors

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely hate getting sick. Illness of every kind, from the common cold to major debilitating diseases, takes us off course, wastes our precious time, and zaps the energy we would otherwise have to use on much more important endeavors. Staying healthy is a critical way to ensure that you have the opportunity to live your very best life possible.

Have you ever wondered why we sometimes find ourselves or our children more or less susceptible to various viruses and infections? There are numerous factors that play a role. For most of us, diet can be hugely important. A well-balanced variety of natural whole foods can certainly go a long way towards increasing resistance.

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Recipe: Wellness Elixir

This is a seriously powerful immune-boosting formula that can be used up to three times a day when you’re feeling at risk of coming down with something big.  This drink has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties. The cayenne ensures it’s also very warming, which is always helpful when you’re ill. This recipe will provide enough for several mugs-worth of elixir. I typically use about one spoonful of honey per mug. More honey would disguise the taste (which I admit, isn’t great, but it’s worth it for the effect you’ll get…maybe this will help you be more motivated to take better care of yourself in the future so so you don’t get to this point ♥ ).

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Essentials of Natural Home Health-Care

Now that the weather is finally consistent with the season, it’s the perfect time to think about how we might prepare for fending off the illnesses we’ll be exposed to as late autumn leads into winter. The recent Waldorf-sponsored workshop, Essentials of Home Health Care, conducted by Jeanne Schirm and Judith Brockway Aventuro, two holistic nurses who have studied Anthroposophical medicine, couldn’t have been timelier. Their program combined a description of general principles regarding the qualities of a healthy home environment along with an overview of practical techniques for assisting a patient through an illness in a way that will facilitate the healing process rather than just suppress symptoms. For me, it provided good reinforcement of practices that I have already employed and the presentation of interesting new ideas I can add to my repertoire.

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