Things are strange and getting stranger. This is the most serious global health crisis of our lifetime. Collectively we're going to wash our hands, wipe down surfaces/handles/knobs, stay home if we're able, and take care of (or stay away from) our immunocompromised friends and neighbors. NO ONE wants to contract the coronavirus. If you or someone you know does become ill, which is statistically probable, do not succumb to feelings of shame or blame. We are all doing our best, and we all deserve love and empathy in these trying times.
Keep the lines of communication open with your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. If you need help, or know someone that needs help and are unable to give it, reach out and ask. I believe this is our chance to be superheroes for each other. Let's make the most of it. That said, keep in mind that I’m not a doctor, I’m an herbalist. These recipes do not constitute or replace medical advice. Be well, my dear.
P.S. If you make one of these recipes for yourself, please make extra for someone in need.
LAVENDER HAND SANITIZER SPRAY
2 cups high proof alcohol like everclear or 70% isopropyl alcohol
11 drops lavender essential oil
Optional- 1tsp glycerin will mitigate some of the drying properties of the alcohol if you're planning to use it only for hands, not surfaces
mix everything together and pour into a spray bottle. spray your hands and surfaces as needed. store excess in a sanitized, tightly sealed container away from sunlight and heat.
keep a bottle at home, in your car, and at work if you're going to work. spray hands, surfaces, door & cabinet handles & knobs regularly, as well as keyboards, phones, keys, steering wheels, gearshift knobs, and eyeglasses.
ANTIVIRAL TEA BLEND
2 TBSP lemon balm (calming antiviral)
1 TSP chamomile flowers (calming antiviral)
1 TSP red clover (lymphatic, antiviral lung support)
1 TSP licorice root (antiviral, demulcent)
1 TSP orange peel (antiviral bioflavonoids)
mix everything together and store in an air and light proof container.
1 teaspoon tea per cup of boiling water. steep covered for 5 minutes before straining and sipping.
LYMPHATIC SUPPORT BODY OIL
1/2 cup olive or preferred oil (I like a blend of sunflower & castor)
11 drops citrus peel essential oil (citrus peel essential oils cause photosensitivity. use this oil at night or keep out of direct sunlight)
add the essential oil(s) of choice directly to your oil of choice and mix well.
massage onto neck (front and back, around ears, downward towards collarbone), sternum (circles), and underarms (rhythmic pumping).
HERBAL STEAM HUMIDIFIER
viruses don't thrive in high humidity. keep a large soup pot full of water simmering on the back burner of your stove throughout the day. to increase the efficacy, add aromatics. A few bay leaves, a few sprigs of thyme, sage, oregano, or rosemary, a few cloves of garlic, a few whole cloves, a fresh citrus peel, or a chopped up whole lemon.
be sure to check on your simmering pot through the day to make sure it doesn't get too low on water, and don't let it simmer overnight unless you're confident it won't run dry and burn the herbs (and the pot). keep in mind that this is HOT WATER. don't place this pot on the front burner. allow the water to fully cool before moving the pot. trust me, do not mess around.
ELDERBERRY CONCORD GRAPE JELL-O
1 cup + 1/2 cup unsweetened concord grape juice
1/4 cup unsweetened tart cherry juice (or use more concord grape juice)
1/4 cup elderberry syrup
1-2 tbsp raw honey
1 packet of gelatin (or agar agar)
Measure the tart cherry juice, 1/2 cup concord grape Juice, elderberry syrup, and raw honey and stir together into a medium-sized bowl.
Pour the gelatin over this mixture and allow to hydrate for a few minutes.
Heat 1 cup of concord grape juice to a simmer in a saucepan.
Pour the hot CG juice over the gelatin/juice/honey/syrup mixture, and whisk until fully combined. Taste this mixture and add a bit of raw honey to taste if you want it.
Pour into individual mugs or small bowls and refrigerate for a several hours until it's a jell-o texture.