Apples contain pectin, organic acid and tannin; combination of these ingredients, will nourish, soften and rejuvenate dry skin. Try the featured apple facial mask before bedtime and see and feel the difference.
- 1 green apple
- 1 tablespoon unsalted softened butter
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon honey (any raw organic brand)
- Mix 1 tablespoon of grated apple with one tablespoon of unsalted butter.
- Separate the egg.
- Beat the egg yolk with a teaspoon of honey and add to the apple mixture.
- Blend well and apply to the face and neck for 15-20 minutes.
- Wash off the mask with cool water.
- Use two facial tissues to gently pat dry your face.
- Apply your preferred night cream after 30 minutes.
The rhinovirus (the common cold virus) is more active when temperatures plummet, because our immune systems weaken with the colder weather. While Remedy 1 below stresses the importance of prevention. Remedy 2, 3 and 4, aid to effectively relieve the most typical symptoms of the common cold.
There are many kinds of apple cider vinegar on the market, but Bragg’s Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar has provided me with the best results for my cold.
Stir one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in 1/3 cup of water twice daily, as a preventive measure during the cold and flu season.
Vinegar helps the body maintain a proper pH level, as blood pH tends to be more alkaline when a person has a cold. The malic acid in apple cider vinegar also helps to strengthen the immune system, making it more difficult for viruses to invade the body and also decreasing the chances of catching the common cold.
Add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a bowl filled with steaming water. Breathe in the vapors to help open congested nasal passages.
Apple cider vinegar works to thin the mucus, and also kills viruses and bacteria.
Mix equal portions of apple cider vinegar and honey to formulate a natural cough syrup. Take two teaspoons. If cough persists you may repeat dosage.
Mix a teaspoon of apple cider in a glass of warm water to relieve a sore throat. Gargle several times a day until your throat feels better.
This air freshener’s aroma resembles freshly baked pie, and requires mere minutes to prepare– the result–a warm and inviting home.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
- 1 red apple (any kind) sliced into eight sections
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 teaspoon of whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ginger
- 3 cups water
- Pour 3 cups of water in a small or medium saucepan.
- Cut the apple into 8 sections and place in saucepan.
- Add the cinnamon sticks, cloves, vanilla, nutmeg and ground ginger.
- Bring it to a boil and turn heat down to low.
- Simmer for about 10-15 minutes at a time.
- Do not forget to add water whenever necessary.
Please Note: Mixture must be refrigerated at the end of the day and needs to be replaced after two days.
Whether it’s a relaxing summer day or simply an afternoon on your backyard deck surrounded with family or friends, I find this chilled lemon ice tea is always welcome and instantly quenches everybody’s thirst. Although I do not recall who gave me the recipe, it has become my preferred summer beverage and it also fends off any heat wave.
Prep time: 30 minutes Yields: 12-16 glasses
- 4 Lemons freshly squeezed (1 cup of juice)
- 2 Lemons (slices and zest)
- ¾ cup of sugar or honey*
- 6 cups of steeped tea (tea of your choice)
Optional: 1-2 cups of fruit of your choice strawberries, raspberries etc….
- In a saucepan place the lemon juice, lemon zest and sugar or honey.
- Bring to a boil, 1-2 minutes. Should resemble a light syrup. Remove from heat.
- Cut one of the lemons into thin slices, and zest the rind of the second lemon.
- Steep the tea to your desired strength. Fill a pitcher with steeped tea, lemon slices, lemon zest and any other fruit (if you are adding fruits).
- Pour the hot lemon syrup from the saucepan into the pitcher and stir.
- Refrigerate until chilled (approximately 4 hrs).
- Serve with ice and enjoy!!!
* You can also use a sweetener. Remember to always adjust the sweetness to your taste by either adding or removing the sugar, honey or sweetener.
Two key ingredients to making the perfect lemonade are: simple syrup and freshly squeezed lemons. Nothing says summer like the taste of a tall glass of chilled homemade lemonade.
The proportions will vary depending on how sweet and strong you like your lemonade, and how sour your lemons are to begin with. Late season lemons are less sour than early season lemons. Meyer lemons are sweeter than standard lemons. Start with the proportions of 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water, 1 cup of lemon juice. Reduce the sugar amount if you are using Meyer lemons or if you like your lemonade less sweet.
Prep time: 10 minutes Yield: 6-8 glasses
- 1 cup white granulated sugar*
- 1 cup water
- 2 to 3 cups cold water
- 1 cup lemon juice (4-6 lemons)
- Crushed Ice
- 1 lemon sliced for garnish
- To make the simple syrup, place the sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer and then lower to medium. Make sure that the sugar has completely dissolved and then remove from heat.
- Juice 4 to 6 lemons (depends on the size of the lemons) to yield one cup of juice and add the juice to the saucepan. Boil on medium heat for 2 minutes and remove from heat.
- Pour the saucepan contents into a pitcher. Add 2 to 3 cups of cold water, stir and refrigerate for 30-40 minutes. Serve with crushed ice.
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”
Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)
Prep time: 30-40 minutes Yields: 20-24 glasses
- 6 cups 1-inch cubed seedless watermelon
- 6 cups water
- ¾ cup cane sugar
- 6 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Crushed ice
- Garnish: lemon slices and sprig of mint (optional)
- In a blender puree the cubed watermelon with the lemon juice until smooth.
- Add 6 cups of water and the sugar. If you prefer a sweeter taste, simply add more cane sugar.
- Pour the watermelon lemonade in a pitcher.
- Serve topped with crushed ice and garnish with lemon slice and mint.
Every year I somehow manage to get sick. It’s always the same ol’ stuffed sinuses, sore throat, and coughing, sneezing, headachy kind of cold. To relieve the symptoms, I would basically just drown myself in Buckley’s and Advil and sleep it off. As I get older I realize the harmful chemicals I put in my body, and decided to research natural remedies for the common cold and flu. Eureka! I found the perfect honey and lemon tea recipe and it’s super easy to prepare. Your cold or flu symptoms will clear up in no time. And not only that, you can enjoy it year round for its overall health benefits.
Lemon juice provides the tea with Vitamin C, to support the body’s immune system. It further decreases the strength of cold and flu viruses and eliminates phlegm.
Prep time: 5 minutes Yields: 1 cup
You can add a sliver or two of fresh ginger to the cup of honey and lemon tea.
Note: Honey should not be consumed by children under 18 months old.
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1/2 cup or more of hot water
Place raw honey and lemon juice into a tea cup or mug. Add hot water and stir.
I started drinking this lemon and honey concoction on a daily basis and I rarely suffer from the common cold or flu. An added bonus of this drink is the increase in my energy level.