On surviving the winter: a poem paired with holistic remedies, shared by our dear friend and healer Yona Kanzen. With love from London.
The Guest House by Rumi
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honourably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
If you feel that you are getting a cold:
Add water, a couple of cinnamon sticks, 1-2 pieces of cardamom and 2-3 cloves to a pot — bring it to a boil, simmer it for a couple of minutes and drink, you can add honey if you want. If there is any left in the pot you can keep it for a couple of days since it is concentrated, just add hot water and drink.
If you suffer from common or severe colds:
Try taking one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses.
If you have a nasty cough:
Chop an onion place it in a jar, fill it up with honey and keep in the fridge for 24 hours then take a teaspoon of the liquid every few hours (it tastes horrible, but it works!).