About ten days ago I attended my friend’s wedding.

20161221_200739Here she is, the beautiful bride, arriving at the hotel.

I love to dance and don’t get that many opportunities so I really made the most of the evening.  After several hours of non-stop dancing I was hot and sweaty, (as you are), and going out into the night air to go home I must have caught a chill which left me vulnerable to a ‘flu that was going around.

It started on the Sunday night with a hard cough, deep in the chest and I felt very tired and a bit spaced out.  Fortunately I had some Thyme tincture to hand, that I had made during the summer and I started to take that straight away.


This tincture was made using Hungarian Poitin given to me by my friend Timea and it is very potent.  If you have heard of Echinacea, a herb that many people take to fight off colds and ‘flus, Thyme is similarly anti-bacterial and anti-viral and works just as brilliantly to prevent infection.  Despite a hard cough, this tincture helped me to expectorate and my chest did not get infected.

That could also have been thanks to the Dragon Fire Cider Vinegar I had made which is hot, hot, hot!!! VERY hot in fact but you feel great taking it.  It is as if each mouthful swallowed dashes around your body straight to where it is needed most.  This is such a simple remedy and it is advisable to always have some made up ready for the winter months.  This is what is known as a folk remedy and many people have their own recipe . The recipe can be tweaked depending on what you have available in the kitchen cupboard.  it is very simple to make, just marinade the ingredients in organic Apple Cider Vinegar for one month and then strain.  It can be taken by the spoonful every day as a preventative or take several teaspoons if you are sick or even use as a condiment on your salad!


I used  horseradish root, a large onion, several cloves of garlic, a big lump of ginger and a de-seeded chilli pepper.  Just chop them up or grate them, put them in a Kilner jar or a jar with a non-metallic screw on lid and leave for one month.  Then strain and enjoy.

Everyone knows that Chicken Soup is the best food whenever you are ill.  It is not known exactly what it is about chicken soup that makes people feel better but it definitely nourishes the body when you don’t have much appetite.  My husband made me a truly delicious soup that perked me up and put me on the road to wellness again.


My husband came down with the ‘flu next and as he is asthmatic I gave him something extra to protect and tone his lungs.  Elecampane is a large plant in the Sunflower family and I used the root to make a tea tincture


We also took a good quality Omega 3 Oil to further prevent the virus from damaging our cells.  So now, here we are, only ten days later,  pretty much back to normal.  Just in time to celebrate the Solstice!

For me, the Solstice is an important day to celebrate.  The sun has stood in the sky for three days without change and then, like magic, the next day is a little bit longer.  Suddenly the balance between dark and light is shifting more to the light and we will see the days becoming longer from now on.  It is a time of hope and renewal and of looking forward to the spring.  Many Solstice Blessings of Light and Love be upon you and yours.

If you would like to know how to make your own cold and ‘flu remedies to have close to hand, I am hosting a workshop on 21 January 2017.