Ginger, in all forms, is a welcome addition in the winter months. Not only does it help warm the body, it also aids in thinking thick mucus, soothing upset stomachs, and aiding in digestion. 

While fresh ginger is more potent, ground, candied and dried ginger works just as well. To aid upset stomachs, add a pinch of ginger in 7-up or Sprite. Sprinkle it in your favorite teas or add it into your coffee with ground cinnamon, or sautee it in your favorite dish or soup. 

You don’t need a lot of this wonderful herb to reap its benefits! 

These benefits can be passed through mother’s milk for nursing mom’s and can be given in cookie form to young children. Reserve candied ginger for older children, and introduce it in small amounts, as too much may cause an upset stomach.

What is Grounding?

Grounding is a technique used to realign the bodies energy, or chakra. Your body has a natural flow of energy that cycles through your body from your head to your toes and back again. When a person gets stressed, anxious, upset, etc. the bodies energy can become blocked or disrupted, resulting in unexplained emotional episodes of some kind (depression, outburts, etc.). Grounding allows the body to naturally release the tension or emotion it has been holding.

Grounding is simply allowing yourself, and your children, to play outside barefoot in the dirt, and/or on rocks. The physical connection to the earth allows gently realigns the bodies energy, but most of all brings peace and calmness to the person. Another form of grounding is gardening.

In such cases where one cannot get out and get their toes dirty, stones or rocks can be used, such as the ones seen above, because they carry the earths energy and act the same way upon the body. Warmed balsalt rocks, seen above, have been used for centuries in massage, to help soothe and relax tired muscles. They are placed on the feet to help ground a person, or settle a restless/tired/anxious spirit.

Cold vs Flu: How do you know?

How do you know if you have a cold or a flu? Here are some tips to help you out:

Cold Symptoms:
Mild-moderate Cough
Mild Aches and Pains
Sore Throat
Stuffy and/or Runny Nose
Watery Eyes
Sometimes you can experience a fever* and a headache
* Fevers may be present in children.

A cold builds slowly, usually over 2-3 days and starts with a sore throat or runny nose, and lasts up to 7-9 days. It spreads through the air, in stool, coughs and sneezes, and on items touched.

Flu Symptoms:
Severe Cough
Mild-High Fever that can last up to 4 days
Severe Body Aches and Pains
Sometimes you can experience sneezing and watering eyes
Children may experience watery eyes or sneezing.

The flu comes on quickly, with a tickle in the throat in the morning and then feeling like mud by afternoon. It is also more intense than a cold, and last up to 12-14 days. It spreads through coughs and sneeze.

Remember the cold and flu are viruses, so antibiotics won’t help. Stay warm, drink lots of fluids, and rest when you can. If you feel that the cold or flu has developed into something else, please visit your doctor immediately.

Will antibiotics help my cold?

The following is a post from the Franklin Institute of Wellness. I have posted it here for informational purposes. Please note that we, I, understand that there are times in which bronchitis, or a sinus infection, or a cold, can be bacterial. We sometimes call this “piggy-backing.” It is when a bacterial infection piggy-backs onto a virus. The information below is not to say that you should not use antibiotics, but to create a pause in our first gut reaction of grabbing an antibiotic. Please make the best decision for you and your family.


Antibiotics are often used to treat viral infections such as the flu, common cold, and bronchitis. In fact, a recent study found that 80% of bronchitis cases result in an antibiotic prescription, despite repeated educational programs to teach doctors about effective ways to manage bronchitis. Not only does antibiotic misuse lead to the risky side effects and potential reactions, it does nothing to treat a viral infection, nothing to reduce the symptoms, and nothing to protect those around you from getting sick–in fact, some studies indicate it could even worsen a viral condition! It also leads to the increased risk of resistance, which is something that affects all of us.
Here are some tips to help avoid unnecessary antibiotics:

Stomach Flu – Treatment & Prevention

On February 9th at 11am CT Franklin Institute of Wellness is hosting a webinar  discussing how to prevent & treat the stomach flu! Come and get great tips on how to take care of you and your family!

Click here to register for this free webinar!


How do I stop an illness from spreading?

When one person gets sick, we all get sick! This adage  is true in my family, and many others. While prevention isn’t always a 100% guarantee that you won’t get it, it definitely reduces the chances and the duration. Outside of making sure our children don’t share cups or food, and remembers to cover their mouths, or wash their hands, we try to clean the “hot spots” in our house every night and turn things over when their fever breaks.

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Honey Onion Syrup

When I began my herbal adventures I stumbled across a book by Rosemary Gladstar. In the book Rosemary spoke of a syrup she made one winter of just onions and honey and how she swore it kept her family from getting sick that winter. So I had to try it. While we still got sick that winter, it wasn’t nearly as bad. Since then, this had become a staple in my home!

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Vitamin D

Vitamin D is an amazing vitamin because it is made by our bodies through sun exposure!  Ten to fifteen minutes of sun  a few days a week has been shown to contain the perfect amount of vitamin D for our bodies.

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Winter Foods: Garlic

Garlic and onions are two root vegetables I always have on hand. Did you now that when you cut garlic and leave it out 10 minutes before using it, it retains their medicinal properties! Their benefits are limitless and they are so easy to incorporate into any dish.  Continue reading “Winter Foods: Garlic”

Vitamin A

I don’t think anyone ever likes being sick. During winter months one of the things I keep in abundance are items that contain Vitamin A. Vitamin A is wonderful during winter months because it plays a key role in helping the immune system function.

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