Updated: Apr 29, 2020
by Jodi McKee
We are all finding ourselves in uncharted territory and wondering how to navigate the uncertainty. Let me encourage you to use the skills, knowledge and tools you have available. Often we know more than we think and sometimes look to others for guidance or reassurance but the place we should be looking is inside ourselves. Listening to the quiet voice of intuition. Being alert, rested and balanced we are better able to respond to situations in the outside world.
Other wellness tips include:
+ Eat as healthy as you can (for many this includes reducing dairy & gluten). Consider adding herbal teas, super foods and adaptogenic powders to your daily routine. Especially reishi, cordyceps, shiitake (and other mushrooms), astragalus, calendula, elderberry or chaga.
+ Do not underestimate the power of a good nights sleep. Herbs that encourage sleep include passion flower, skullcap, chamomile, lemon balm, ashwaganda, kava, blue vervain, and CBD.
+ Herbal medicine has many antiviral plants that we use to fight off infection including elderberry, thyme, boneset, osha, calendula, angelica, garlic and oregon grape.
+ Use your burnables, sprays and essential oils to help disinfect the air in your home. Open the doors and/or windows at least once per day to let the fresh air circulate. If you do not have a diffuser consider putting a pot the stove and simmering water with 5-10 drops an essential oil (tea tree, cinnamon, rosemary, peppermint, thyme, eucalyptus, myrrh, pine and many others). Again use what you have available.
+ Support your nervous system with time in nature, meditation and exercise. Consider herbs that soothe and nourish including milky oat, tulsi, chamomile, damiana, lemon balm, motherwort and lavender.
+ Consider the gentle medicine of flower essences to combat fears and anxiety
+ Use your next trip to the grocery store to stock up on herbal aromatics and foods. Make tea, broths, juice and cook with rosemary, thyme, sage, oregano, garlic, turmeric and ginger. These are powerhouse herbs available to most of us.
+ Have a plan and items on hand for home treatment if you or a family member becomes sick.
+ Reach out when you need support and connection.
+ Take inspiration from reading, podcasts, and tv programs that fill you up, inspires you and gives hope.
Note: I am not a doctor and the above is for not meant to diagnose or treat but is only for educational purposes. Use common sense and seek medicine advice when necessary.