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Holistic Care During the Winter

Dec 21, 2019 | Learn to Eat Clean and Healthy

Simple Recipes for Soup, Teas, and Bath Salts

While the winter solstice has passed and we are beginning to experience more daylight, we are also coming in to the coldest time of year.  It is the peak time for colds and flu, and can feel bone-chillingly frigid.  Holistic care centers on more than just physical health concerns.  It also involves the emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of wellness, and the ultimate goal is total healing and “wholeness” for each individual.  As we continue with our theme of self-care this month, we want to remind you how important it is to nourish yourself each day.  Something as simple as a bowl of hot, healthy soup, a cup of natural hot tea, or even a soak in the tub with organic bath salts can soothe the aching body and soul, and offer hope that all will be well.

To that end, here are some recipes for you to try.

Green Chicken Soup
-compliments of Elana’s Pantry

  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 1 bunch kale, chopped
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 1 cup shiitake mushrooms, slices
  • 1 cup shredded chicken

Directions

  • Place chicken stock in a soup pot over medium heat, reserving 2 cups of stock
  • Take reserved stock and blend it with kale in a blender until smooth and creamy
  • Pour kale-stock mixture into pot of chicken stock
  • Add carrots, mushrooms, and shredded chicken
  • Cook for 30 minutes, or until carrots are tender

 

 Ginger Licorice Tea
-compliments of Elena’s Pantry

  • 2 quarts water
  • ¼ cup licorice root
  • 1 finger’s length fresh ginger, sliced

Directions

  • Fill a pot with 2 quarts of water
  • Add the licorice root and fresh ginger

(leave skin on ginger for less work and more flavor)

  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes
  • Pour tea through a small mesh strainer while piping hot into mugs and serve

 

Winter Immune Support Tea
-compliments of Dr. Donahue

  • 2 parts Echinacea
  • 2 parts Sambucus
  • ½ part Eupatorium
  • ½ part Oregano
  • 1 ½ parts Glycyrrhiza

-use 1 tablespoon dried herbs per 10 ounces water. Simmer 10 minutes.

Homemade Bath Salts
-compliments of holisticsquid.com

  • 4 lbs sea salt or Epsom salt
  • ¼ cup organic shredded lemongrass (or your favorite dried flower or herb)
  • 1 teaspoon organic lemongrass oil (or your favorite essential oil)
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 one-pint jars

Directions

  • Add salt to a large bowl
  • Add lemongrass to salt and use a whisk to combine
  • Add olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time and combine with whisk
  • Add lemongrass oil and combine with whisk. Add more if you prefer a stronger scent.
  • Divide into 5 jars for easy storage or gift giving
  • Use a screen in the drain of your tub to catch any debris

Simple Recipes for Soup, Teas, and Bath Salts

At Simple Health we believe real healing occurs when all of your individual needs are addressed.  Overall health and wellness is not about just showing up for an appointment with a physician.  While that is certainly important, total healing is also about addressing and working on all of the areas that make you human: physical health, emotional and mental health, and spiritual health.  Regardless of how you have lived in the past, you have the power to be the whole and complete person you were meant to be.  And, you deserve that.  Enjoy these simple recipes for health and relaxation, and let us know if there is anything we can do to support you in your journey.