You’ll Love This Utah Flu Season Honey Hack
I am kind of an herbal nerd. If I can avoid taking medicine at all, I will. I am to the point now, that I don't even have regular cold and flu medicine at my house. We use herbs and tinctures. My mom calls me the family witch doctor. (I am actually back in school to further my nerdy herbal education.)
One of the best natural items to have in your home medicinal arsenal is honey. During flu season, honey can be quite helpful in soothing some of the common symptoms associated with the flu. It's well-known for its soothing properties. When you have a sore throat, nothing coats quite like raw natural honey.
You can mix it with warm water or add it to herbal teas for a comforting and soothing drink that helps alleviate that scratchy throat. On top of that, honey is a natural cough suppressant!
Some studies have shown that it can be as effective as over-the-counter cough medicines in reducing coughing. Like this one from the Mayo Clinic. You just need to get the raw unfiltered stuff. Once you start messing around and heating or processing natural honey, the benefits start decreasing.
You can use honey to harness all sorts of vitamins and minerals from fruits or veggies. Every year I make garlic honey, lemon, turmeric and ginger honey, and onion honey. All of the benefits of honey PLUS all of the medicinal benefits of those powerhouse fruits, roots and veggies.
Honey's immune-boosting properties and the antioxidants it contains can contribute to your overall immune system health, which may help your body fight off infections. It's also a great way to encourage hydration during the flu, as it can make warm beverages more palatable. Keep in mind to use raw, unpasteurized honey for the most potential health benefits, and be cautious not to give honey to children under one year of age due to the risk of botulism.
By DJ Tischner
Did you grow up in Southern Utah? Did you grow up Mormon? If you answered YES to both of those questions, you probably did some things that make you cringe to think back on! Let's just part of growing up... Maybe this will make you laugh as you back on the things we all did here in Southern Utah!
1. DRESS UP LIKE A PIONEER FOR THE TREK:
Luckily, I did NOT do this one, but my friends did! This is like a week long camping trip where you essentially pretend you're a pioneer pushing a covered wagon! The CRINGIEST part is that you'd pretend a 5 pound bag of sugar is your "Baby". After a few days, they tell you the baby didn't survive and now you have to bury it! GIRLS WOULD SOB OVER THE BURYING OF THEIR SUGAR BAG. Makes me laugh every single time.
2. Bless Your Donut:
Have you ever prayed that a donut will "Nourish and Strengthen" your body? I have. A DONUT!
3. Non-Swearing Swear words:
Was "Piss" a bad word in your family? It was in mine! "Piss" is like the F-Word to my mom. I even grew up with friends that weren't allowed to say "Suck", "Fart" "Stupid" or "Shut Up"!
4. Can't Hangout on Sundays or Mondays:
Hanging out with your friends on Sundays were ALWAYS a big fat NO! But... Even Monday's were a no! "Sorry man! I have Family Home Evening tonight! We can't hangout!"
5. Watching Videos About The Dangers Of Drugs:
I remember being at Scouts one night and we had to watch a video on DRUGS! It showed a kid getting high from a can of whip cream! From then on, I was always got nervous that I would die of an overdose if I sprayed whip cream in my mouth!
6. Sprite Good... Coke Bad
Everytime I hear the word "Refreshments" It brings me RIGHT BACK to the church! But WHY was it okay to have Sprite, Shasta, and Fresca... But Coca-Cola was the Devil's soda?!
7. The Devil Owns The Water On Sundays Only
Have you ever heard the term "The Devil's in the water on Sundays"? I grew up with REAL FEAR of swimming in my 5-foot-deep swimming pool because I thought the Devil was going to get me and drown me! How did the Devil obtain rights to the water on Sundays?!
8. Modest Is The Hottest:
I've said it. The words have actually come out of my mouth. Girls were putting long sleeve shirts under their dresses to remain MODEST. Not to mention the "Mormon Shorts" that go down to the kneecap. SO HOT.
9. Honking At Missionaries:
This one is ENGRAINED into my soul. If I ever see two kids in black pants and a white shirt and tie... I have to fight the urge to NOT honk my horn and wave out my window! WHY AM I THIS WAY?!
10. We Can't Be Friends. You're Not Mormon.
I've actually heard this said before. Now, looking back, I feel really bad for those kids that probably felt less-than for not being LDS. But I remember meeting friends and being in TOTAL SHOCK when they told me they weren't Mormon. I didn't believe them for a longggggg time. EVERYONE I knew was Mormon!
11. Bringing Your Scriptures Everywhere:
I played sports ALL GROWING UP, and I remember ALWAYS seeing scriptures. You'd have your baseball bag, your cleats, your uniform, your... Scriptures? I'd be in a hotel with my teammates, but a few of the guys didn't join us for pizza and movies because they were reading about Abraham!