Winter warm ups, Immune Support Recipes, and things to do

The winter cold has showed up for people in a variety of upper respiratory concerns.Dry heated indoors and cold dry outdoor air impact the mucus membrane of our respiratory tract which can allow different kinds of virus and bacteria easier access to set up housekeeping.

Over the past couple of weeks I have had people call me for herbs to help moisten and support the tissues for helping with symptoms of bronchitis, colds or sinus troubles.Several times it has been that the person is unable to get the herbs that day.

Thyme has bridged the gap and started the re balancing process in a very quick and clear way.

Keeping Thyme in your kitchen cupboard and using it proactively when those around you are getting sick or you start to feel a like you have a cold coming on, is one of the best first aid herbal remedies you can do for yourself.

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)– contains a volatile oil called thymol, and some other constituents that help us with many conditions, including:

  • Anti-microbial anti – fungal, antioxidant.
  • Prevents and lessens upper respiratory infections, colds.
  • Used topically for infections and wound healing, and skin disorders.
  • Tea can help with Colic, upset stomach, stomach pain (gastritis intestinal gas (flatulence), parasitic worm infections .
  • Mildly diuretic- the volatile oils can help with urinary tract infections.
  • Appetite stimulant.
  • Relaxing to tissues and the nervous system

Make an infusion (tea): _ — 2 Tbsp of dried herb to 1 Qt of water,

–steep for 5 to 15 minutes and drink it throughout the day. –Drinking it as strong as you can gets the action to your mucus membranes and immune system quickly. — –However a lighter infusion works well and is safe for kids.

–sweeten with honey if needed.

Aromatic steam – Thyme is only one of the anti-microbial herbs – Sage, Mint, or Rosemary can also be very effective as a steam inhalant and/or properly diluted essential oils could also be used in this way.

  • Fill a large pot ½ to ¾ full of water and bring to near boil.
  • Add a small handful of herbs in the last few moments and keep the pot covered
  • Very carefully place pot so that you can sit close to it -sit on a chair and place it on another chair, stool or low table in front of you
  • Using a sheet or a blanket, drape over your head/body to contain yourself and the pot.
  • Carefully remove the lid- keep your face away from the pot, until this first batch of heat comes out.
  • Sit and breathe deeply for as long as you can tolerate. Let the steam permeate you. Sweat, if you are able.
  • Another method is to make a large strong batch of the infusion and pour it into your bathwater, close the curtain and let the herbs soak into your skin as well as breathe them in.


Keep your immune system supported with these two daily practices


This oral therapy is a type of Ayurvedic medicine -a traditional Indian system- that dates back 3,000 years. It involves swishing approximately 1 tablespoon of oil — typically coconut, sesame, or sunflower oil — in your mouth for about 20 minutes and then spitting it out. Using coconut oil has extra benefit. While you can get the same bacteria-fighting benefits with sesame or sunflower oil, coconut oil has the added benefit of lauric acid, which is well-known for its anti-microbial agents.

Start with just 5 minutes a day. Twenty minutes of swishing is a long time, and while the longer you pull, the more bacteria you’ll remove, 5 or 10 minutes will still offer some benefit. Also, if your jaw starts aching a few minutes in, slow down. Don’t work too hard .A gentle swishing, pushing, and sucking the oil through the teeth is all that’s required.

Spit it out in the garbage, not down the drain, especially coconut oil.

Most microorganisms inhabiting the mouth consist of a single cell .Cells are covered with a lipid, or fatty, membrane, which is the cell’s skin. When these cells come into contact with oil, a fat, they naturally adhere to each other.

Recent studies show that oil pulling helps against gingivitis, plaque, and microorganisms that cause bad breath.

Other reported benefits are Whiter teeth, stronger teeth and gums, Less jaw pain (TMJ sufferers noted great improvement), decreased sleep problems and sinus issues, alleviation of headaches, hangovers and skin issues (reports have shown improvement in acne, psoriasis and eczema)

After beginning oil pulling you may notice some detoxing effects such as sinuses draining. Some people have reported headache symptoms similar to a caffeine withdrawal.


  • The skin is the largest most important eliminative organ in the body and is responsible for one quarter of the body’s detoxification each day.
  • eliminates over one pound of waste acids each day in the average adult, most of it through the sweat glands
  • is known also as our third kidney
  • The skin receives one third of all the blood circulated in the body
  • The skin is the last to receive nutrients in the body, yet the first to show signs of imbalance or deficiency

Detoxification is performed by a number of organs, glands, and transportation systems, including the skin, gut, kidneys, liver, lungs, lymphatic system, and mucous membranes. Dry brushing is a way to stimulate all the above organs of detoxification because it provides a gentle internal massage.

Dry brushing cleans the lymphatic system. The Lymph System is considered part of our immune system and is made of white blood cells called lymphocytes and the interstitial fluid that bathe our cells, bringing our cells nutrients and removing their waste. All detoxification occurs first and foremost through the lymph. Our bodies contain far more lymph than blood,Our lymphatic system is a dependent system it is impacted by gravity and movement. Dry brushing helps move the lymph containing large proteins and particulate matter that cannot be transported in any other way back into circulatory system. If these proteins stayed in our systems outside the blood vessels, it would attract other fluid. This can result in swollen ankles, limbs, skin issues and cellulite.

Dry brushing stimulates the hormone and oil glands, thus helping all of the body systems perform at peak efficiency. The skin is your body’s largest organ. When improperly maintained, the elimination duties of the skin are forced upon the kidneys. Chemical analysis of sweat shows that it has almost the same constituents as urine. If the skin becomes inactive, its pores choke with millions of dead cells, uric acid and other impurities which will remain in the body putting extra stress on the liver and kidneys.

Dry brushing strengthens the immune system. Dry skin brushing may reduce duration of infection and accelerate the clearing of toxins. It helps support the immune system during cancer and other chronic illness treatment. By stimulating the lymph vessels to drain toxic mucoid matter into organs of detoxification we can purify the entire system. After several days of dry brushing, sometimes you may notice a gelatinous mucoid material in your stools. This is a normal sign that the intestinal tract is renewing itself.

Dry Brushing: How to Do It

  • First you’ll need a high-quality dry brush. Look for one with bristles made from natural materials. They should feel stiff but not overly so. Ideally, choose a brush with a long handle so you can reach your entire back and other hard-to-reach spots.
  • Dry skin brushing should be done daily for best results, or even twice a day if you like. Try incorporating it into your normal daily routine, such as doing your brushing before your morning shower and then again after work (avoid doing it too close to bedtime, as it may leave you feeling energized).
  • When brushing, Use long sweeping strokes. Always brush toward your heart, which is best for circulation and your lymphatic system. You can brush your entire body (including the soles of your feet). Start at your feet and work your way up your legs to your arms, chest, back, and stomach.
  • Avoid brushing your face (unless you have a special brush designed for this delicate skin), your genitals, or any areas with irritations or abrasions (including varicose veins).
  • The pressure you apply while brushing your skin should be firm but not painful (avoid “scrubbing”). Your skin should be pink after a session (not red or irritated) and you can brush for as long (or as little) as you’d like. An average dry brushing session may last between two and 20 minutes.

Winter boots and walking like a penguin making your feet hurt?

When we are walking in rigid boots and altering our stepping to walk safely, we are often also holding our bodies tighter for balance and as a response to the cold

Here are some tips and reminders from Joseph ! Common patterns are:

Muscle weakness

Muscle strain/tension

Altered bio-mechanics

Ligamentous/fascial strain

Three most important words: Strength, Stretch, and Stability.

Strength provides you the ability to move your body part though the entire range that is currently available.Stretching provides flexibility in the joints and muscles that are going to be moved.Stability is the harmony in the part, joints, and muscles that produce the movement.

Particular stretching reminders for your feet include:

  • Doing foot crunches, ankle inversions,
  • Calf stretches –knee straight/bent.
  • Stretch shin and top of foot,
  • Spread your toes- see if you can get your fingers laced between your toes- gently stretch in alignment. ( I do this one every night, and sometimes in the morning too- It feels great! I also put my pine and cedar soother on my feet while I am doing it– ahhhh, another great winter warm up! )

If you want more detail or help with learning specific stretches and strengthening for your feet (or any part of your body!) you can text/call him at 218.341.1205


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