We are on day 14 of social distancing and shelter in place during the COVID-19 Pandemic. One of my silver linings is that I have time to get my recipes written and onto the blog. Plus, I have time to make and test them! I have been desiring something rich and delicious and also know that my nervous system is not up for any non-whole food sweetener. When I am in this place of sensitive digestion, emotions, and energy, the most nourishing sweetener for me is dates.
Dates are nourishing to the spleen (meridian) and boast lots of other vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, thiamine and complex of vitamin B, folate, vitamin C and vitamin E, vitamin K, along with minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc. Not bad for supporting overall health right now! I also use high quality raw cacao powder in this recipe. Cacao is rich in magnesium, iron, potassium, and zinc. I notice that when I am craving chocolate, that what I am truly needing is minerals and particularly magnesium! The cacao butter is rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, a great support for the nervous system and for absorbing minerals. Last, but not least, I add sprouted pecan pieces for crunch, protein, and overall deliciousness!
Many of the people that I am working with right now that are sick are being told to stay home. We also know that many that get sick will not receive hospital or medical care and home care will be very important for full recovery. This is what I recommend having in the home to prepare for, prevent, and treat COVID-19. Below are the home remedies that I have on hand and recommend. Some of these I also have available to the community. Right now, Amazon and most herbal companies are still shipping.
This is my personal list. It is so incredibly important that you all know that this is not medical advice. Herbalists do not diagnose or treat. Even more important, in this situation, we just don’t know enough about this virus. We are learning a lot from China right now about how COVID-19 shows up energetically in the body and how best to treat the virus. That being said, the herbal and homeopathic community are still just speculating. Again, home care will be very important with medical shortages and hospital overflow. Based on what we do know, below are my best recommendations for what I would want to have in the house.
The below article was written on 2/5/20. Our current situation with COVID-19 has changed significantly. The recommendations for natural prevention and treatment remain the same.
There is increasing fear right now around the coronavirus and the flu. Every year there is significant media focus on the flu and this year, the coronavirus is the latest concern in the media. While the coronavirus can be quite serious, it usually causes mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold or flu.
From a prevention perspective, the fear that rises up from these alerts could possibly be more damaging to the body, and to the community, than the disease itself. As we make efforts to stay well this season, remember that fear suppresses the immune system and does not create empowerment for wellness and overall well-being.
Sometimes you accidentally make something so good and so nourishing that you have to get it up right away. This was one of those sometimes. Most of my recipes come from something that I have made forever and at some point I get asked for the recipe so many times that I just commit to writing the post!
This recipe was divine creation! I tasted it and wanted to drink that whole pot. Seriously.
I started with the intention to make my Vegan “Bone Stock”, but I had lots of beets and beet greens from the garden that needed to be used. My dad always makes his stock with beets and I love it, so I decided to throw them in. I also had extra nettles and a bunch of other leftover herbs from the summer. Then I started to throw in all of the other “extras” that I had. So, it began.
It turned into a deep red, nourishing, herbal goodness. I will be adding this broth to my cleansing and postpartum protocols. I am in love.
I’ve been making this yummy and super nourishing Peach Chicken and Mashed Sweet Potatoes for new mamas or people recovering from surgery. I make it especially when peaches are in season, but I have used frozen peaches many times with amazing results. This meal is so easy to digest, warming, and nourishing. Peaches are known to help rid the body of pain and decrease stagnation in the tissues. They are especially useful for clearing pain in the lower abdomen. Sweet potatoes help decrease toxicity in blood, increase milk supply, and help to decrease excessive fluid in the abdominal cavity. These recipes are great for any type of recovery when reserves are low and digestion may not be strong. I often hear that this meal is the first thing that the recipient was finally willing to eat after not having a good appetite! If you are bringing a meal to someone, consider bringing this one. Don’t forget to make enough for you. You’ll regret it if you don’t!
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