This article is all about looking after yourself and ways to improve your immune system. We share and link to a lot of resources and recipes. I hope you find much inspiration. Do share this post with others in your family and community. If you have other good resources to share you can do so in the comments below.
One kind word can change someone’s entire day or even the whole week. We need to look after one another in those troubling, uncertain times. Most of the time we don’t know what people go through, we don’t know their worries and struggles. A simple act of kindness can bring light to a dark day for someone in need and by giving love and kindness we receive love and kindness as well.
Hug your partner, your children and your close friends more than ever. When we hug and touch one another our bodies release “feel good” hormones. These hormones include oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin. Once the hormones are released into our bodies we experience feelings of happiness, relaxation, improve mood, and lower levels of depression. Isn’t all of this quite needed right now?
Getting vaccinated or not is a personal decision and we are sure you have done your research and decided one way or another. Risks and benefits need to be evaluated by each individual and we are sure you have made a decision that works for you.
We have to be very cautious with the vaccination of healthy children as the risk/benefit equation is out of balance, making the vaccination an unnecessary risk. It has become clear that the trial period is not completed until at least 2023 making the vaccination of children an experiment with unclear long term damages to ovaries in girls and heart issues in boys (read a scientific paper on the topic here: SARS-CoV-2 mRNA Vaccination-Associated Myocarditis in Children Ages 12-17: A Stratified National Database Analysis).
I trust scientist on this matter and there is plenty of scientific data out there that shows that healthy children are at a very low risk to get complications from Covid (99.998% sounds pretty good to me). The NZ government is aware of those facts and publicly admits: “COVID-19 generally has mild effects in children and is rarely severe or fatal. Children and young adults who have COVID-19 will commonly have no symptoms or only mild respiratory symptoms, similar to a cold.” (straight from the government website, Jan 2022)
It’s a different scenario for immune-compromised children and again the risk-benefit equation needs to be evaluated here. I am talking only about healthy children.
The WHO advises: ” Who should not take the vaccine? People with a history of severe allergic reaction to any component of the vaccine should not take it. There are currently no efficacy or safety data for children below the age of 12 years. Until such data are available, individuals below 12 years of age should not be routinely vaccinated.” (source) So why is the NZ government going against WHO advise?
Dr Robert Malone is an American virologist and immunologist. His work has focused on mRNA technology and pharmaceuticals. Developing vaccines is his line of work, he should know what he is taking about, right?
Dr Robert Malone: “I can’t remember anytime in the history of the world when the adults insisted that the children be subjected to harm to protect the adults. (…) I would give my life for my children wouldn’t you?” I certainly would and I hope that you will do your research and evaluate the risks and benefits for your own babies.
Below a resource that may be helpful to you.
The risk for a healthy child to have complications when getting Covid is 0.002%, but the risks for serious side effects a healthy child can get after a jab with a mRNA vaccine is higher (see above scientific article). Listen to Dr Robert Malone to get an idea what risks we are exposing our kids by a vaccination without long term safety data.
You will find lots of supporting evidence to the above claims in regard to the vaccination of healthy children here: https://doctorsandscientistsdeclaration.org/
For me it comes down to two issues: a) children usually get mildly sick from Covid, which we have seen over the past 2 years and b) there is no long-term data that the mRNA vaccine is safe for children for the age group from 5-12 years old. Just because a politician says that it is safe, does not make it safe.
I think no-one can really argue with that, but of course at the end of the day, you have to make your own risk/benefit assessment for your own children.
SUPPORTING YOUR HEALTH AND WELLBEING AFTER VACCINATION
We have had many inquiries over the last couple of months from people with adverse reactions to the Covid-19 vaccine. While most people are fine, some experience fatigue, frequent nose bleeding, chest pain and brain fog to name a few.
We urge you to see your GP and let him/her know. Rest as much as possible, take time off from work, take vitamin C, supplemental zinc and quercetin. Zinc is an important mineral that among other functions, serves as a vital immune system builder. Quercetin is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory and is found in fruit and vegetables. It is a zinc ionophore and helps push zinc into the body’s cells. So keep up those apples, oranges, carrots, tomatoes and other garden vegetables.
We have compiled a few more ideas below to help you with adverse reactions and to keep you healthy this summer, but we do want to urge you to reach out to your GP if you are unwell.
LOOKING AFTER YOURSELF
Looking after yourself should be your priority right now. You want your immune system working optimally through this summer period.
Current media news, anger, fear, frustration are all having an effect on our bodies. We are in an constant “flight and fight” response. Clearing those emotions can be hard, but there is much you can do to support your health and mental well-being.
Immersing yourself in our beautiful native environment by doing a bush walk, doing meditation and yoga. Here is a free yoga sequence that you can do anytime at home to relax and unwind.
We have incorporated detox herbs into our day and are drinking a litre of nettle, cleavers, speedwell and dandelion water. The herbs are diuretic and remove excess water from our body, flushing out toxins in the process. Make sure to drink this in the early parts of the day so that you don’t need to get up at night for a wee.
Stinging nettle restores digestion, it is a blood cleanser and builder, boosts energy levels and is diuretic, which means it reduces excess water in the body. Nettle promotes liver and kidney health. With its astringent and anti-inflammatory properties it is a great treatment for allergies like hay fever, urinary tract infections and liver imbalances.
To make this detox water simply gather the fresh herbs, chop them and add them to a bowl.
Cover with cold, unchlorinated water and let infuse overnight for 8-12 hours. Strain and drink as is, dilute if you find it too stong. We fill the infusion into glass bottles and store in the fridge for 2-3 days, drinking about 1 litre per person per day.
Here is more info about this topic: Detox your Body and Organs with Wild Spring Greens
TAKE UP GARDENING
Gardening enhances your mood, keeps you physical fit and is utterly rewarding. It provides fresh vegetables for your dinner table and gets you outdoors on a regular basis. If you haven’t started a garden yet, there is no better time than right now.
We started gardening without much knowledge 12 years ago and we are now making a living through growing herbs, running workshops and providing food for our family. We found an urge to be self-sufficient when we started a family. Uncertain times, environmental disasters, food shortages, reducing food miles and reducing waste were our driving factors. We find it empowering to grow our own food year round and the produce from our garden made it very easy to navigate through lockdowns.
Many people have taken up gardening since the first Covid lockdown in May 2021. If you feel like you need some help then browse through our KoruKai blog for some interesting articles. We also share our regenerative gardening knowledge through our BioKai website and run workshops with people attending from all over Aotearoa.
SOAK UP THE SUN IN SUMMER AND WINTER
We are so lucky in the Southern Hemisphere right now that we can spend time outside, enjoy the sunshine and fill up with vitamin D.
We make sure to expose as much skin as possible on a nice sunny day and refrain from using sunscreen in summer for at least 10-20 minutes (depending of time of day, avoiding the midday sun to cool down in the shade) to have maximum effect. Kids have no problem running around naked and I prefer to find a private corner and read a book while charging up.
SUPPORT YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM WITH HERBS
Antiviral and lung supporting herbs are a great way to boost your immune system and to support your body through disease – be it common cold and flu or Covid, which behaves like a flu.
Thyme, sage, ginger, turmeric, elderberries, elecampane, marshmallow and licorice root are great herbs to grow in your garden and make remedies with. If you are unsure how to prepare some of those herbs, you can come and learn at our farm. We offer workshops in herbal medicine making.
We love this recipe for a Golden Turmeric Paste to make Golden Milk. We have taken the traditional recipe of Golden Milk and added in a few of our favorite immune supporting herbs like ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, black pepper and cardamom, making this drink a powerful and delicious immune and anti-inflammatory tonic.
If you prefer over the counter products then have a look through our KoruKai web shop.
A range of herbal teas like Immune Boost Tea containing elderflowers, lemon balm, tulsi and lemon verbena and Lung Support Tea with hyssop, kanuka, mullein and thyme are also available with herbs grown on KoruKai Herb Farm.
GUT SUPPORT WITH PROBIOTICS
With elderflowers in abundance this year we are making the most of it. We dry it for herbal teas and some of it is used to make a sparkling elderflower and lemon water kefir. It is so refreshing, delicious and packed with probiotics for gut health.
You need water kefir grains like those ones to make it. Water kefir grains are a one-time purchase and then you have it forever. Water kefir is a beautiful vegan, probiotic drink to benefit your digestive tract and is super refreshing for the summer ahead. Unlike kombucha it is without caffeine and kids can drink it. The flavour variations are endless.
Sparking Elderflower and Lemon
Simply add 7-10 elderflower heads (depending on size), juice of 1/2 lemon and 1 Tbsp of sugar to the second ferment (about 1 litre) after straining the kefir grains. Let infuse and ferment at room temperature for 24 hours.
Strain the flowers and add the kefir water to a well sealing bottle to build up the fizz. Enjoy the elderflower fizz on ice. You can also make elderflower cordial and add some of that to the second ferment.
WANAKA HEALTH BRIDGE
We recommend to check out Wanaka Health Bridge. Wanaka Health Bridge is a collective of individuals from the Wanaka community. It consists of GP, herbalist, naturopath, pharmacist, nutritionist, chiropractor and pilates instructors.. They are bringing together their own specialist health and wellbeing knowledge on the website. It is open for everyone not just the Wanaka community to support people that may become Covic-19.
They have compiled some useful information, resources and things you can do to boost your immune system. You will find immune-boosting recipes, tips for parents as well as general advice.
We love the sound of the Anti-Flam Soup boosting a basic bone broth with the immune and anti-inflammation- enhancing properties of mushrooms, ginger, turmeric and thyme. Check out their website here.
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