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As the temperature drops and the days grow shorter, there’s nothing quite like curling up with a warm cup of herbal tea. Not only do these teas provide comfort and warmth, but they also offer a range of therapeutic properties to support your health and well-being during the winter months. Let’s talk about some of the best seasonal herbal teas for winter wellness, including immune-boosting blends, respiratory support teas, and calming herbal infusions.

IMMUNE BOOSTING BLENDS

ECHINACEA TEA

Echinacea is well-known for its immune-boosting properties. Drinking echinacea tea regularly can help strengthen your immune system and fend off winter colds and flu. This tea often has a slightly sweet, floral taste, making it a pleasant addition to your daily routine.

ELDERBERRY TEA

Elderberries are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that support immune health. Elderberry tea can help reduce the duration and severity of colds and flu. With its rich, fruity flavour, elderberry tea is both delicious and beneficial.

GINGER AND TURMERIC TEA

Ginger and turmeric are powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant herbs. A blend of these two can help boost your immune system and reduce inflammation. The spicy warmth of ginger combined with the earthy flavour of turmeric makes for a soothing and healthful tea.

RESPIRATORY SUPPORT TEAS

PEPPERMINT TEA

Peppermint tea is excellent for respiratory support. It contains menthol, which can help to open up the airways and ease breathing. The refreshing taste of peppermint also helps soothe sore throats and clear nasal congestion.

THYME TEA

Thyme is a herb with strong antimicrobial properties, making it effective for respiratory health. Thyme tea can help relieve coughs, bronchitis, and other respiratory issues. It has a savoury, earthy flavour that can be balanced with a touch of honey.

LICORICE TEA

Licorice root tea is soothing for the throat and can help with respiratory issues such as coughs and asthma. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can aid in reducing respiratory tract inflammation. Licorice root has a naturally sweet flavour, making it a tasty and therapeutic option.

CALMING HERBAL INFUSIONS

CHAMOMILE TEA

Chamomile tea is renowned for its calming effects. It helps reduce stress and anxiety, promoting better sleep and relaxation. The gentle, floral flavour of chamomile makes it a perfect tea to unwind with at the end of the day.

LEMON BALM TEA

Lemon balm is a member of the mint family and is known for its calming properties. Lemon balm tea can help reduce stress and improve mood. Its light, lemony flavour is refreshing and soothing, making it an excellent choice for relaxation.

LAVENDER TEA

Lavender tea is another wonderful option for relaxation. It has a calming effect on the nervous system and can help with anxiety, stress, and insomnia. The fragrant, floral taste of lavender tea is both comforting and delightful.

WARMING AND NOURISHING HERBAL TEAS

CINNAMON AND CLOVE TEA

Cinnamon and clove are warming spices that can help improve circulation and provide comfort during the cold winter months. This tea has a spicy, aromatic flavour that can help you feel cozy and warm from the inside out.

ROOIBOS TEA

Rooibos, also known as red bush tea, is naturally caffeine-free and rich in antioxidants. It supports overall health and has a sweet, nutty flavour that is both comforting and nourishing.

CHAI TEA

Chai tea is a blend of black tea and warming spices like cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and cloves. This spiced tea is not only delicious but also helps improve circulation and digestion. You can enjoy it with or without milk for a cozy, wintery treat.

Whether you’re looking to boost your immune system, support your respiratory health, or simply find a moment of calm, there’s a winter herbal tea for you. Take advantage of the warmth and therapeutic benefits of these seasonal teas, and make them a part of your daily winter wellness routine.

Winter is the perfect time to explore the world of herbal teas and discover blends that can support your health and well-being. Do you already have a favourite?

As the Winter chill sets in, there’s nothing quite like warming up with a nourishing meal that not only satisfies your taste buds but also supports your overall health and well-being. I’ve found some amazingly good, hearty and wholesome recipes for you, featuring seasonal ingredients that are perfect for cozying up during the colder months. From hearty soups and stews to soothing herbal teas, these recipes will nourish your body and soul all Winter long.

HEARTY VEGETABLE SOUP

There’s something incredibly comforting about a bowl of hearty vegetable soup on a cold Winter day. Packed with seasonal vegetables like carrots, celery, potatoes, and kale, this soup is rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Add protein-rich beans or lentils for an extra nutritional boost, and season with warming herbs and spices like thyme, rosemary, and black pepper. Serve with crusty whole-grain bread for a satisfying and wholesome meal that will keep you warm from the inside out.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND APPLE SOUP

Butternut squash and apple soup is a classic Winter dish that perfectly balances sweetness and warmth. Roasted butternut squash lends a creamy texture and rich flavour, while tart apples add brightness and depth. Infused with warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, this soup is a comforting and nourishing option for chilly days. Garnish with a dollop of Greek yogurt or a sprinkle of toasted pumpkin seeds for added creaminess and crunch.

LENTIL AND KALE STEW

Lentil and kale stew is a hearty and nutritious dish that’s perfect for warming up on a cold Winter evening. Packed with protein-rich lentils, hearty vegetables, and nutrient-dense kale, this stew is a complete meal in itself. Flavorful herbs and spices like garlic, cumin, and paprika add depth of flavor, while a splash of lemon juice brightens up the dish. Serve with a side of whole-grain rice or crusty bread for a satisfying and comforting meal that will keep you full and fueled for hours.

TURMERIC GOLDEN MILK

Turmeric golden milk is a soothing and immune-boosting beverage that’s perfect for sipping on cold Winter nights. Made with a blend of turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper, this warm and aromatic drink is packed with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Sweetened with a touch of honey or maple syrup and enriched with creamy coconut milk, turmeric golden milk is a delicious and nourishing way to support overall health and well-being during the Winter months.

NOURISH YOUR BODY AND SOUL

With these nutritious and comforting Winter recipes, you can nourish your body and soul while staying warm and cozy all season long. Whether you’re craving a hearty soup, a comforting stew, or a soothing herbal tea, these recipes are sure to satisfy your cravings and support your overall health and well-being during the colder months. So why not gather your ingredients, cozy up by the fire, and enjoy a delicious and nourishing meal that’s perfect for Winter?

Let me know if you try any!

As the temperature drops and the days grow shorter, it’s essential to take proactive steps to support our immune system during the Winter months. From incorporating immune-boosting foods and herbs into our diet to practicing stress management techniques, there are several natural ways to bolster our defenses and stay healthy all season long. Take a look at these effective strategies for winter immune support to help you navigate the colder months with confidence.

INCORPORATE IMMUNE BOOSTING FOODS

During Winter, it’s crucial to fuel our bodies with nutrient-dense foods that support immune function. Focus on incorporating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines are excellent sources of vitamin C, which plays a vital role in immune health. Additionally, include immune-boosting foods such as garlic, ginger, turmeric, and mushrooms in your meals to provide added support.

HARNESS THE POWER OF HERBAL REMEDIES

Herbal remedies have been used for centuries to support immune function and ward off illness. Consider incorporating immune-boosting herbs such as echinacea, elderberry, astragalus, and ginseng into your daily routine. These herbs contain potent compounds that help strengthen the body’s natural defenses and enhance overall immune function. Whether consumed as teas, tinctures, or supplements, incorporating these herbs into your winter wellness regimen can provide valuable support for your immune system.

STAY HYDRATED

Proper hydration is essential for supporting overall health and immune function, especially during the Winter months. Cold weather and indoor heating can lead to dehydration, which can compromise immune function and make us more susceptible to illness. Aim to drink plenty of water throughout the day and incorporate hydrating beverages like herbal teas, warm lemon water, and broths into your routine. Hydrating foods such as soups, stews, and fruits with high water content can also contribute to your daily fluid intake.

MANAGE STRESS

Chronic stress can weaken the immune system and increase the risk of illness, making it essential to prioritise stress management during the Winter months. Incorporate relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, yoga, and mindfulness practices into your daily routine to help reduce stress levels and promote overall well-being. Engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation, such as spending time outdoors, practicing hobbies, or connecting with loved ones, can also help alleviate stress and support immune health.

PRIORITISE YOUR IMMUNE HEALTH

As we navigate the Winter season, it’s important to prioritise our immune health and take proactive steps to support our body’s natural defenses. By incorporating immune-boosting foods and herbs into our diet, staying hydrated, and managing stress, we can strengthen our immune system and enhance our overall well-being. By adopting these natural strategies for winter immune support, we can stay healthy, happy, and resilient all season long.

Do these tips sound good to you!? Let me know what you would add.

For a few years I had my family on a gluten free diet because I was trying to heal an issue with one of my kids. It was just easier to put us all on it rather than cook different meals for different people. It helped a little, I will say that, but I’ve since discovered that gluten wasn’t actually the problem.

If you know me, you know that I am a big fan of traditional foods and how our ancestors prepared food, and as I began to dig deeper into the gluten debate I found that it was more likely the manipulation of the wheat grain and how it was being prepared that was causing the problem.

I believe now that, unless you have a serious medical condition that requires you to eliminate gluten from your diet, like celiac disease, or you have specific healing to do to restore the gut (especially the fingerlike protrusions lining the small intestine called villi), gluten and grains can be included in most people’s diet and offer vital nutrients.

I know there are other conditions like irritable bowl syndrome and allergies or sensitivities to wheat and gluten, but from my experience, these things go away once the real problem is addressed. One of the main things we need to look out for is where our grains are coming from, how are they farmed and harvested, are they sprayed with glyphosate and other pesticides, are they GMO, also how are they being stored… And then, we need to know how to prepare them properly with soaking, fermenting and sprouting.

DEBUNKING THE GLUTEN MYTH

Are you tired of hearing about the so-called evils of gluten? Let’s take a different perspective today. It’s time to explore the fascinating topic of how traditional societies prepared grains without any major health concerns!

DID YOU KNOW?

Weston A. Price, a renowned researcher, extensively studied indigenous cultures worldwide and found that grains, when prepared in certain ways, offered valuable nutrients and posed no harm to human health. Let’s dive into some of his fascinating findings, which can be found on westonaprice.org!

TRADITIONAL METHODS OF PREPARING GRAINS

By adopting traditional grain preparation techniques, we can unleash their true potential and potentially enjoy the benefits our ancestors cherished.

SOAKING

Traditional societies understood the importance of soaking grains before consumption. This practice helps break down phytic acid, a natural compound found in grains that can interfere with mineral absorption. By soaking grains in water or a natural acidic medium, enzymes are activated, mitigating potential digestive issues and boosting nutrient availability.

FERMENTING

Fermentation is an age-old technique used to enhance the digestibility and nutrient profile of grains. Traditional cultures commonly fermented grains for extended periods, triggering a biological process where natural bacteria feed on carbohydrates, making the grains easier to digest.

SPROUTING

Sprouted grains are incredibly nutritious as they undergo natural enzymatic changes. The sprouting process not only breaks down phytic acid but also increases the content of certain vitamins and minerals. Sprouted grains offer enhanced enzyme activity, making them more digestible and gentle on our bodies.

Curious to explore more about traditional grain preparation and nutrition?

Check out westonaprice.org, where you’ll find wealth of knowledge and resources on this fascinating topic! Remember, understanding the true nature of grains can help us make informed choices and regain trust in their place within a balanced, wholesome diet.

FREE RESOURCE

https://allnaturalmumma.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Debunking-the-Gluten-Myth.pdf

Disclaimer: Always consult with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian before making any changes to your diet or lifestyle. This post is for informational purposes only.

Strawberries are such a delightful fruit and homegrown, oh my goodness, there is nothing that beats that sweet, juicy taste. We love them in smoothies, as a topper for acai bowls, yoghurt and granola and even just on their own!

Remember to wash thoroughly if you are not buying organic or growing your own. Unfortunately, strawberries are one of the most heavily sprayed fruits in commercial growing.

See here for a list of the Dirty Dozen.

And here are some of the amazing health benefits of strawberries..

VITAMIN C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps protect your cells against free-radical damage and it helps form and maintain bones, skin, and blood vessels.

MANGANESE

Manganese helps the body form connective tissue, bones, blood clotting factors, and sex hormones. It also plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption and blood sugar regulation. Manganese is also necessary for normal brain and nerve function.

FOLATE

Folate is an essential B vitamin that is necessary for the production of red and white blood cells in bone marrow, producing DNA and RNA and transforming carbohydrates into energy.

POTASSIUM

Potassium helps the body maintain normal levels of intracellular fluid and it also helps muscles to contract, supporting normal blood pressure.

Do you love strawberries?

Have you tried growing them at home?

Let me know if they are your favourite fruit!

Once upon a time we didn’t call food organic or non-organic, it was just food.

Can we all just go back to that please?

It bothers me that organic farmers have to prove their organic-ness and pay for organic accreditation just so we, the consumers, know their food is just as nature intended. Shouldn’t it be the other way round?

I’m not an agricultural expert by any means but I have grown my own and know all too well the effort it takes to produce a crop without the use of synthetic pesticides.

And that’s just for my little backyard garden!

So, why do we want to avoid these nasty chemicals in the first place?

Pesticides are toxic chemicals designed to kill agricultural pests and unfortunately when consumed by humans have been linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, ADHD and even birth defects.

THE DIRTY DOZEN AND CLEAN 15

The EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ (aka Dirty Dozen and Clean 15) is updated each year and ranks pesticide contamination on 47 popular fruits and vegetables.

While this isn’t Aussie specific, it does give you a very good indication of the types of fruits and vegetables that are the most hard hit.

We don’t want to avoid any fruits and vegetables, so if you can’t buy local and organic, opt for an all natural fruit and veggie wash like the Thieves Fruit and Veggie Soak as a great alternative.

We actually use it even on our organic bought produce and it’s surprising to see what’s left in the water and the difference it makes to the longevity of our fresh food.

SUPPORTING LOCAL FARMERS

Many local farmers grow their crops using all or mostly organic practices but aren’t big enough, or simply choose not to, pay for accreditation. It makes sense to get to know them and ask them how they do things so that you can happily buy their produce and feel good knowing you are not only supporting them but also giving your family high quality and nutrient dense local foods.

Do you know where your local organic market is?

Or are you growing your own!

Let me know in the comments.

Summer is officially over but it’s not too cool to still enjoy a freshly made strawberry and mint sorbet.

This recipe ticks all the boxes if you are needing something sweet and tasty but you want to make it at home quickly and easily without any silly chemicals or unhealthy ingredients.

There is the option to add a little refined caster sugar or rapadura if you want to but the strawberries, mint and apple are quite sweet on their own.

I needed to supplement my homegrown strawberries at the market with this recipe as I’m not producing as much right now. I also grabbed some beautiful organic apples to juice up.

My mint is growing great guns however, so I was super excited to add that in to the recipe.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

  • 250 – 280g of strawberries (you can use frozen)
  • 3/4 cup ice cubes
  • 60 mL organic apple juice
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tsp caster or rapadura sugar (optional)

METHOD

  1. Blend all ingredients together until your desired consistency.
  2. Add a little water or extra juice if you need it smoother.

Want to know the nutritional benefits of strawberries?

Check out this post here.

And if you’d like to know the latest Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 list for 2022, go here.

Taking care of yourself isn’t selfish, it’s a necessity! Don’t you agree?

As mummas we often put the needs of others before our selves and wait until we get a break before we do something, “just for us”. But what if we do the thing, when we need to?

Too often we wait until our body is screaming out for a rest or we literally flip out and yell at our kids because our emotional needs haven’t been met. It’s ok to need to stop. It’s ok to take 5, 10 or 20, whatever it is you need to do so you can keep on being the awesome mumma you are.

FRESH WHOLE FOODS

One of the simplest ways that you can nourish your body is with a hit of fresh whole foods. And my favourite way to do this is to whip up a superfood smoothie.

THE BENEFITS OF THE GOJI BERRY

Goji berries (wolfberries) protect the eyes and provide immune system support. They protect against cancer and promote healthy skin. Goji berries contain a high amount of antioxidants which fight harmful free radicals and inflammation in the body.

CHIA SEEDS

Chia seeds are rich in Omega 3 fats and provide a good source of fiber. They contain quercetin which is a bit of a buzz word at the moment, but basically quercetin is also another antioxidant that helps reduce inflammation in the body and keeps your immune and cardiovascular system working well.

STRAWBERRIES AND BLUEBERRIES

Berries in general keep your mind and eyes sharp and help to promote lovely skin. They protect against heart disease and are considered a low GI fruit. This makes them a great addition to your smoothies. Berries are also a great source of antioxidants which helps keep those nasty free radicals at bay.

HEMP SEEDS

Hemp seeds are a great source of protein and pack a punch in your smoothie. They assist with healthy weight management by stabilising blood sugar levels and are a good source of essential fatty acids.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED..

1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 tbl chia seeds
1 tbl hemp seeds
3 medjool dates (pitted)
1/4 cup organic goji berries
juice of 1 lime
3 drops of YL Lemon essential oil (optional)
2 drops YL Grapefruit essential oil (optional)
3 tsp organic coconut oil
1 cup filtered water
5-7 cubes ice

METHOD

  1. Blend frozen fruit, seeds, dates, goji berries and ice.
  2. Add water, juice of lime, essential oils and coconut oil and continue to blend until smooth.
  3. Decorate the top with shredded coconut, chia seeds and blueberries!

Have you tasted Vegemite before? If you’re not from around these parts there’s a high chance that you haven’t and if you have, you most likely don’t like it!

I’m a born and bred Aussie so of course I have tried Vegemite and all of its commercial alternatives. I grew up to the catchy tune that echoed throughout every Australian home in the 80s. Those were fun times!

I’m not sure it gave me those rosy cheeks though??

Being an all natural mumma now, I’ve chosen not to feed this iconic spread to my children. Ingredients like yeast grown on barley and wheat, and other ingredients like Potassium Chloride (Mineral Salt 508) and Ammonia caramel (Colour 150C), are additives that are best avoided. Here’s why!..

INGREDIENTS TO AVOID AND WHY

YEAST GROWN ON BARLEY AND WHEAT:

High possibility this product is GMO and also contains gluten.

MINERAL SALT 508:

Prohibited in foods for infants. Can cause gastrointestinal and liver issues.

AMMONIA CARAMEL (150C):

Also prohibited in food for infants and is known to cause allergic and hypersensitive reactions and hyperactivity.

FLAVOURS:

This quite literally could be anything! The chemical composition of flavourings can be complex and because of this reason, Food Standards Australia New Zealand exempts companies from fully disclosing, and therefore not labelling, exactly what their “flavour” consists of. There could be 50 or more substances (or ingredients) that make up just one flavour. For a savvy mum making wise choices about the food they are feeding their kids, this presents a real problem. Best to avoid!

WHAT ABOUT THE VITAMINS!!?

It is true that Vegemite is renowned as having added vitamins such as Niacin, Thiamine, Riboflavin and Folate, however unfortunately, these vitamins are synthetic! The body does not absorb and therefore utitilise them, in the same way as it would if they were naturally found in wholefoods.

NOT A HEALTH FOOD PRODUCT

Although we may have fond memories of our childhood and Vegemite playing a starring role, let’s not forget that it was a pantry item created from a waste product. Breweries at the time had a surplus of leftover yeast and so with the help of a chemist, Vegemite was born and marketed to the people as the latest and greatest thing. It was heavily promoted (hence the catchy tune) to appeal to busy mums and fussy kids.

It was never intended to be a health food product.

A NATURAL ALTERNATIVE

When something is super simple to make and it uses all natural ingredients, I want to know about it. A friend recently shared this recipe with me and it is so good, I had to share it with you!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

  • 3 1/2 cups organic black sesame seeds
  • 2 tbl organic sesame oil
  • 1/8 tsp rock/sea salt
  • 150g organic Tamari (Soy Sauce)
  • 3 tbl Bragg Nutritional Yeast Seasoning
  • 3 tsp organic Apple Cider Vinegar

STEP 1 – MAKE THE BLACK TAHINI PASTE

  • In a high speed blender, grind up the sesame seeds.
  • Add the sesame oil and salt and blitz again.
  • This makes your Black Tahini Paste. You will only need 210g for this recipe.
  • Store the rest in a glass jar in the fridge for up to one month.

STEP 2 – COMBINE INGREDIENTS

  • Take 210g of your Black Tahini Paste and add it back to your high speed blender.
  • Add the tamari, nutritional yeast and apple cider vinegar and blend well.
  • Transfer to a glass jar and store in the fridge.

THE END RESULT

A delicious savoury, salty spread to put on sourdough and crackers..

You could even add a tablespoon to a hearty stew!

Are you a Vegemite lover?

Even if you’re not, you might like to still try this yummy recipe.

Let me know what you think!

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