3 Things You Need in Your Cabinet for Winter
By Genevieve Cunningham
Winter is so close we can almost taste it. The nights are getting cooler. The breeze has a bite to it. Even the mornings are filled with frost and breath you can see. While all of these changes can bring a breath of fresh air, there are some aspects of winter that are less than desireable. Cold and flu season, for example, is far from anyone’s favorite. Before the cold really hits and sticks around, take a look at these three cabinet staples that may keep you and your family well all winter long.
Elderberry is a powerful berry that, when made into a syrup, has incredible healing properties. It is known for its high count of antioxidants, but this household remedy also has strong antiviral capabilities. It’s thought that a good elderberry syrup can stop the flu in its tracks, and if you take it preventatively, it may even prevent the flu from taking hold in your home. You’ll need to look for this at a local health food store, and if you have children in the home, make sure the one you buy is kid friendly.
You’ve probably heard about the healing powers of chicken soup all of your life. When you were sick as a kid, you were supposed to lay in bed and drink chicken soup until you got better. Well who knew that this old tale was really true? Chicken soup is great for the sinuses, the throat, and for helping your body fight illness. Stock up on quite a few cans, and you’ll have just what you need for the cool winter months.
We all think of hot coffee or hot cocoa to keep our bellies warm in winter, but the real hot drink you should keep on hand is an assortment of herbal teas. Depending on the kind, herbal tea may give you energy, help you sleep, fight indigestion, soothe sore throats, clear the sinuses, or do a number of helpful tasks. You don’t have to miss out on your favorite hot drinks, but keeping these on hand will be far more beneficial for the duration of the colder time of year.
The coldest part of the season hasn’t hit yet, so now is a great time to get completely stocked up. Use these as a guide, and get your kitchen and your home ready for the last part of this year and the beginning of next. A few staple items can go a long way in keeping your family healthy and your home prepped and ready for anything.