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Herbs Around Home for Some Christmas Time Relaxation



A Quick Refresher on some Common Household Ingredients...

Eucalyptus isn't just what Koala Bears eat, it's a great decongestent & sinus aid. Add a few drops of the essential oil to your next bath & enjoy! It also has anti bacterial properties.

Peppermint is the key ingredient in delicious candy canes, but it also acts as a digestive aid & muscle relaxant & is jolly nice in a cup of tea when splashed with a touch of real maple syrup or local honey.

Cloves promote digestion & help to regulate body temperature. So go ahead & sprinkle some atop your eggnog this Christmas or in your stovetop rum!

Cinnamon has traditionally been used for sore throats & as a mild anti inflammatory among other purposes. It smells welcoming & festive simmering on the stove... just add a few cinnamon sticks to a pot of water.

Lavender has been used for centuries as a multi-purpose herbal remedy, and does appear to have antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsive, & anti-depressant properties. It's easy to grow & makes excellent pot pouri!

Lemon Balm is best known for its calming properties & appears to have properties that inhibit bacteria and viruses.

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Healthy YUMMY Snacks

Apples & Cheese (try old cheddar!)
Cheese (remember we're talking REAL cheese, NEVER processed wanna be cheese slices) & Wholesome Crackers or better yet Wholegrain Pita (these are tricky to find, avoid enriched wheat flours and preservatives or anything artificial)
Leftover Homemade Pizza with Wholewheat Crust & Veggies
Pita & Salsa or Guacamole 
Bruschetta
Fruit(think fruit salad, slices, whole)
Veggies(raw or steamed, with olive oil & lemon juice or garlic & maybe dip like hummus or tazaki)
Wholegrain Toast with Natural Peanut Butter (not the sugar laden stuff Kraft likes us to think is Peanut Butter) Toast With Cheese, Toast with Spinich & Feta
Celery with Cream Cheese (organic if possible)
Fresh Coconut Chunks
Applesauce with Cinnamon & Maple Syrup
A bowl of Cream of Wheat or Red River or Oatmeal with Maple Syrup
Hard Boiled Eggs on Toast, Just Eggs n Toast
Cottage Cheese
Make a Smoothie
Chickpeas with Lemon & Garlic
Cucumber Salad or A Salad of Your Choic…