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Food Remedies for Colds and Flu

During those times when your immunity is low, and you feel cold- or flu-like symptoms, it’s time to take preventive action by enjoying one of these nourishing, natural home brews.

Learn more about preventing colds and flu.

Scallion Broth

This simple broth will help you sweat lightly, and is an excellent remedy for preventing and getting rid of colds:

  • Take one scallion, and chop it up.
  • Boil in water for 5 to 10 minutes. (Keep the lid on the pot to prevent vapor from escaping.)
  • Strain and flavor with tamari.
  • Sip it slowly, bundle up, then lie down, or go to sleep.
  • Scallion broth is the more effective of the two remedies, but if for some reason it doesn’t appeal to you, ginger tea is a good alternative

    Ginger Tea

    If scallion broth doesn’t suit your culinary fancy, try ginger tea:

  • Put a couple of slices of fresh ginger in one and one-half cups of water.
  • Boil for 5 to 10 minutes. (Time it based on how strong you like your ginger tea.)
  • Keep the lid on the pot to prevent vapor from escaping.
  • Add a little honey and lemon.
  • Sip it slowly, bundle up, then lie down, or go to sleep.

  • Winter Solstice ~ 2014

    Now Winter comes Slowly, Pale, Meager and Old
    First trembling with Age, and then quiv’ring with Cold;
    Benumb’d with hard Frosts, and with Snow cover’d o’er,
    Prays the Sun to Restore him, and Sings as before. ~ Thomas Betterton

    Winter Solstice

    December: the Energy of Forest and Garden low in the roots and receding. Days are short in the Northern Hemisphere. The air is cold: Maple and Alder bare; grey light replacing leaves—Cedar, Hemlock and Fir are Winter’s green. As we approach Winter Solstice.

    This darkest time of year is why we have the tradition of lighting things up for the Holidays … an innate celebration of the ‘rebirthing of the Light’ ...


    Winter is YIN

    Winter solitude ~
    in a world of one color
    the sound of wind ~ basho

    We live in a dualistic world: a world of day and night, summer and winter, joy and sorrow; all kinds of two-sides-of-the-coin relationships. In Nature our best examples are: Water and Cold; Dark and Stillness; Quiet and Receptiveness ... all of these ‘qualities’ are Yin.

    During the annual Cycle of Seasons, Yin begins at Summer Solstice, at the height of Summer’s robustness, and ends in what Paul Simon called, “deep, dark, December at Winter Solstice.


    Now is a good time to take a few long ... slow ... deep breaths then ‘feel’ how you feel. Then think about it: Do you have more energy in your mind and body now as compare to the end of June at Summer Solstice? At which point Aeosop’s story of old about The Ant and The Grasshopper may come to mind.

    The important thing to remember Health-WISE this time of year is : CONSERVE your energy—your Chi; by doing so you’ll INVEST in your HEALTH.

    To be in sync with the Yin way of doing things in Winter is to be in BALANCE, in HARMONY, with yourself and what’s going on around you.


    ... there’s a place inside
    deep dark untouched
    by random thoughts
    not that they don’t try to
    go there ...

    Winter Kaiseki: A Celebration of Yin

    autumn trees

    Kaiseki is a traditional Japanese seasonal meal, served in the first part of a tea gathering. It’s poetically seasoned, and served to celebrate special occasions. These seasonal foods are uniquely arranged and presented on dishes that summon the Spirit of the Season.

    Husking rice,  
a child squints up  
to view the moon.  ~ Basho

    The Winter Kaiseki at BIOM was a celebration of the completion of the Reclaiming The Yin cycle, which seven of us began last December, in 2013.

    We met every month on the second Thursday for two-and-one-half hours. Our intention and objective was to become aware of, and progressively more aware of, what was happening around us ‘energetically’ as each season of the year came, expressed itself and went away.

    Each season was looked at and experienced through three focal points: Yin-Yang thinking, diet and nutrition and Chi Kung exercise:

    1. Yin-Yang Theme

    Winter is YIN ...
    Winter solitude ~
    in a world of one color
    the sound of wind ~ basho

    yin yang-300

    The first session of each season began with a theme-based presentation illustrating and explaining the energetic dynamics of the Season, and what to be aware of regarding personal health. Everyone took this information and insight home with them, and was asked to spend the time leading up to the next session exploring, understanding and reflecting on what had been experienced and understood.

    One month later, at the next meeting, everyone had the opportunity to talk about and highlight how their experiences corresponded to the previous session’s theme. This sharing was engaging and eye-opening; a wonderful exchange of multiple-intelligence observations reported back back to the group with pictures, stories, plants and flowers, and the satisfaction that comes from connecting with universal truth in a simple, day-by-day sort of way.

    2. Healthy Eating ~ The Five Element Way


    The second session of each season focused on Healthy Eating: The Five Element Way when we talked about what kinds of food supported the organs that were the energetic focus of the body during that season.

    3. Chi Kung For Health


    The third session of each season featured a set of Chi Kung exercises that also supported the organs that were the energetic focus of the body during that season.

    Kaiseki Menu

    We did this for 12 sessions, covering the span of one year; then we celebrated our accomplishment with a Kaiseki meal.


    Celery Root Miso Soup

    celery root soup

    Oolong Tea

    oolong tea

    Tofu Dumplings with Soy-Ginger Dipping Sauce


    Duck seasoned with Sake


    Spinach and Fuyu Persimmon with Sesame

    fuyu persimmon

    Aduki Beans with Kabocha Squash


    Mountain and Sea Tray — Crab Cakes and Figs with Miso Sauce

    crab cakes

    Rice with Gomasio




    Pu-Erh Tea


    Fuyu Persimmon with Meyer lemon juice and zest


    So ...


    ... and remember ... each next breath is cause of Great Celebration ... especially noticeable in this Yin Time~Yuletide Season ...

    Kitty & Michael

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