• Jo Farren

Self Care Week 2016

This week is Self Care Week - I have a list of go-to self care remedies which I refer to and I'm sharing with you to celebrate...

All of these remedies should be used with caution - do speak with me if you have any queries at all.

Onion syrup

• Layer slices of onions with sugar/honey/agave syrup in a jar

• Leave overnight

• Strain the juice

• Onion syrup! Sounds nasty but great for colds.

• Throw some thyme in there too if you like – thyme is a fantastic herb for the

upper respiratory tract

* Use red onions for children; these are less pungent than their brown


Iron Boosting Hot Chocolate

• Good quality cocoa powder

• Cacao liquor (100% chocolate)

• Full fat milk

• Full fat cream

• Honey/sugar to taste

(If dairy problems, ¾ cup of almond milk and ¼ of coconut milk)

• Mix one heaped teaspoon of cocoa powder and honey into a little milk, mix

into a paste

• Add rest of milk and cream whisk together

• Bring just below boil, take pan off heat

• Chop approx 1 teaspoon of Cacao liquor, add to hot cocoa and whisk

• Drink one cup each day whatever time you want

Thyme Tea

• Grab a few sprigs of fresh thyme, or a teaspoon of good quality dried thyme

• Pop into a mug, cover with water just before it boils.

• Put a lid on the cup! This is important for keeping in the vital constituents of any

herbal tea

• Strain and drink. Sweeten with honey if desired.

(avoid in pregnancy)

Cold and ‘Flu remedy

(an oldie but a goodie!)

• One teaspoon of local or organic honey

• Juice of half a lemon

• Grating of fresh ginger – to taste (top tip: buy ginger root and keep in the

freezer, use a fine grater to grate as and when required)

• One teaspoon of elderberry syrup too if you have it

• Put all the ingredients in a mug.

• Cover with water just off the boil

• Drink when at the right temperature!

Golden Milk

• 1 can of coconut milk/dairy/other tolerated milk

• 1 teaspoon turmeric

• 1 teaspoon cinnamon

• 1 teaspoon of local or organic honey

• Pinch of black pepper (this increases the absorption of the turmeric)

• Small grating of ginger root

• Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth

• Place in a saucepan and heat gently over a low heat for 3-5 mins, don’t allow

it to boil.

• Drink!

Crushed Raw Garlic

• Brilliant for coughs and colds – if you can tolerate it

• Add crushed raw garlic to food: add onto cooked food to take the pungent

‘edge’ off it. Probably too strong for children

Sinus Massage

• Excellent for congestion

• Start on the bridge of your nose. Run yourindex fingers up and along the brow

line to the outer corner of the eye. Then along the apples of the cheeks until

you’re back at your nose.

• Repeat

Steam Inhalations​

• This can be using steam alone or with added essential oils.

• Get a bowl of (tolerably) hot water. Lean over and cover your head/bowl with a

towel and relax.

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