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It’s hard to fight off the winter blues when you’re sick in bed. That’s why we love these immune-system-boosting drinks packed with natural Echinacea. Try Organic Echinacea Elder Tea from Traditional Medicinals to strengthen your germ-fighting powers. The taste is a combination of sweet, fruity and slightly bitter, with Echinacea’s characteristic tingle on the tongue.
For something slightly sweeter, try Odwalla “Wellness” Juice, a blend of orange, cranberry and lime juices, and mango, passion fruit and banana purees blended with vitamin C and 42 mg of Echinacea per 8-ounce serving.
It’s the eternal New Year’s resolution: We all want to start the new year off right by getting fit and toned. For extra help to meet your fitness goals this year, try taking MRM’s Whey Pumped protein supplement before or after your workout. The amino acids in Whey Pumped can help increase lean muscle mass, as well as helping you maintain a healthy metabolism.
Winter Blues Cures
Warm Up with Hearty Soup Recipes
Banish winter blues with the soul-warming powers of these three hearty soups: Cream of Celeriac & Potato with Smoked Bacon (above), Curried Butternut Squash Soup with Granny Smith Apples (bottom left), and Crab & Shrimp Bisque (bottom right).
Improve Your Mood with Essential Oils
Try banishing the mid-January doldrums with a soothing home aromatherapy session. The “Set Your Mood” line from Aura Cacia lets you choose a blend such as “Inspiring,” “Brightening” or “Reviving” for a quick pick-me-up.
In ancient times, the Egyptians would soak flowers, bark, leaves and other organic materials in oil to extract their aromatic "essence." In those days, essential oils such as sandalwood, lavender and citrus were used for their antibacterial and healing properties, and thousands of years later, we still use essential oils for many of the same therapeutic purposes.
The science behind the potential therapeutic application of essential oils is spotty at best. But alternative medicine professionals use essential oils successfully as calming agents and to relieve anxiety when added to bath water, used in a compress or burned in a diffuser. Citrus oils (such as lemon oil from Aura Cacia) may have applications for a variety of disorders, but check with your physician first, because symptoms may indicate your need for medical attention.