When we’re not feeling the best we can sometimes forget what we can do for ourselves to feel better… even though that’s when there is the most urgency! Brain Fog at its finest. Here is a list of easy remedies for Cold and Flu symptoms if you find yourself with a fever, stuffed nose, sore throat, headache, body-ache, or generally not feeling well.

  • Elderberry
  • Garlic and Aged Garlic
  • Propolis
  • Epsom Salt Bath
  • Gargling
  • Healthy Habits
  • Tea Blends (a nice list below!)

There is myth, lore, legend and magic associated with Elderberry, in addition to its revered health benefits. Taking a little trip into the history and ethnobotany of Elderberry proves to be a fun time. This small tree has been with humans for a long time. Many Native American nations have reported extensive knowledge on uses for various parts of Elderberry. Seeds found in Switzerland Neolithic pole-dwellings hint that Elderberry was cultivated as early as 2000 B.C.E. and discovered a long while before that time. In written history, Hippocrates (460- 370 BC) and Pliny the Elder both noted Elderberry’s medicinal properties.


The recipe contains the superstar mixture of Star Anise, Cinnamon, Ginger, Turmeric, Honey, Lemon. If you have access to fresh Turmeric and Ginger Root – this is the best! Here’s how to make a delicious and revivifying drink at home with bulk ingredients.

Quick Home Made Hummus

Making hummus can be quite a chore if one starts with dry beans. Consider prepping a quick hummus with pre-cooked chickpeas aka garbanzos. There are a few tips and tricks in making the best hummus possible with pre-cooked garbanzos. In this wonderful blog recipe, Cooking + Kate says to boil the beans with baking soda before using them and to use ice cold water in the recipe. The quality of ingredients here will also make all the difference in the taste of quick hummus. A good hummus also includes Tahini – which is also featured in the Cacao Walnut Energy Bites recipe above!

We carry some high quality chick peas and tahinis in our stores.

From Cooking+Kate

Gluten Free, Raw, Vegan option


  • 4 Medjool Dates
  • 3 TBSP Cacao
  • 2 TBSP Coconut Oil
  • 2 TBSP Tahini
  • 1/2 Cup Walnuts
  • 1 TBSP Honey (optional for added sweetness)
  • Dash of Salt (optional)

When considering bolstering and supporting a child’s immune system with herbs the most prevalent concerns seem to be safety, efficacy (will the herbs even work for intended use?), and effectiveness (will the herbs work at all?). As a lot of readers know, many folk medicine and herbalist remedies have been used for a long time but are not necessarily supported with scientific documentation. The purpose of the piece is to cover some herbs with immune action that are found to be generally safe and offer a few guidelines on determining doses for children.

bug repellents

Though we can walk into a store and purchase spray on bug repellent, traditional ways to keep bugs away included certain plantings, hanging plants in the home, burning plants as fumigants and making infused oils to apply to skin or clothing. Plants traditionally used to repel bugs have been proven to be quite effective.

A table from a public DEET report

For some using herbal, DEET-free bug repellent is a preference, maybe simply for the sake of using essential oils instead of wearing a DEET cologne. For others there is likely a concern that DEET is at least mildly toxic. Sometimes DEET is used lackadaisically. The purpose of the post is to give a reminder that DEET can be dangerous if used improperly. As a warning there are some examples of animal testing in this post below in the green box.


Bone Broth has become new branded name for an ancient tonic food. There’s history behind why we gravitate towards chicken soup when we’re sick – like the Jewish folk tradition of prescribing chicken soup for sickness. Why? Probably because it works for us and it is likely entwined into our lineage.

Ancestors were maybe boiling carcasses as a primal instinct and natural byproduct of the advent of fire. In Traditional Chinese Medicine bone broth and herbal stocks were used over 2500 years ago. For Vietnamese pho marrow rich bones are chosen. And then there’s noodle slurping Ramen! Broth making is a mythical tradition that spans across cultures and time.

Brain Cells and Deep Space

While people are often talking about digestion when referring to enzymes, and this connection is totally right, the world of enzymes extends beyond digestion too. An enzyme pioneer, Anthony J. Cichoke, DC, PhD famously coined enzymes as ‘Sparks of Life’. “Enzymes are all around us – in every animal and every plant. In fact, anything that is alive needs enzymes to function”. Enzymes cause biological reactions in the body – breathing, digestion, growth, reproduction, blood coagulation, healing, combatting disease. They are constantly regenerating, repairing and protecting us.