This has been a strange weather winter, at least here in Texas. The redbuds are already budding, and I keep scanning the roadsides for bluebonnets.

This has also been a strange cold and flu season, with hardly anyone being exempt from sniffling at least one day already in 2016.

According to the Mayo clinic, warm liquids—soup, tea, hot apple cider—all relieve congestion and limit the amount of time viruses are in contact with the lining of your nose.

Chicken Noodle Soup, the ultimate comfort food, is loaded with healthy ingredients and full of flavor…and homemade chicken noodle soup is so delicious you’ll want it even when you’re not battling off a nasty cold or flu.

Every component in chicken soup acts as an ally in your fight against colds and the flu. The broth has a mild anti-inflammatory effect that carries immune benefits. The chicken contains protein, which also helps boost your immune system. The vegetables provide needed vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

This chicken noodle soup recipe will make the creamiest chicken noodle soup ever…and even better, is made in the crockpot.

Chicken Noodle Soup

  • 3- 4 pounds chicken
  • 3/4tsp salt
  • 3/4tsp pepper
  • 32oz chicken stock
  • 3 – 5 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 large finely diced onion
  • 1-3/4C peeled and chopped carrots
  • 3 stalks diced celery
  • 3/4tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups uncooked wide egg noodles

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place chicken into crockpot. Stir in chicken stock, garlic, onion, carrots, celery, thyme, rosemary, and bay leaves. Cover.  Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours. Remove chicken from the slow cooker and shred, using two forks. Stir shredded chicken and egg noodles into the slow cooker. Cover.  Cook on low heat for an hour.
Once you have your tea, tissues, warm blanket, favorite pajamas, and homemade chicken noodle soup ready to go…lay on the couch and binge on Netflix for as long as you can possibly get away with it. 

Here is a list of ten more things that you might want to have on hand also to provide comfort and relief during your sickest days of winter.

  • Cold on Hold-–bath salts scented with eucalyptus, peppermint, and rosemary essential oils—can be scooped into your bath or tossed on the floor of a steamy shower before bed to help calm irritated sinuses. Eucalyptus opens blocked nasal passages, soothes inflammation, and fights bacteria. A warm bath or shower can loosen congestion and ease the airway.
  • Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Organic Lip Balm is designed to prevent dry, cracked lips.It’s 100% certified organic, super moisturizing, and made only with sustainable and fair trade ingredients such as peppermint essential oil.
  • Elderberry Syrup…keep a bottle in the fridge for when those first symptoms appear to help ward off or at least minimize a cold or flu. Elderberries are a natural immune booster, and elderberry syrup is used as a natural infection fighter. 
  • Sinus Cleanser is an all-natural, patented saline nasal wash that provides homeopathic doses of wild indigo, oregano, and grapefruit seed extract in an an isotonic solution of salt water that is buffered for proper pH balance. This solution supports natural defenses and washes away microbes, dust, debris, pollen, and other irritants.
  • Snuggle Buddy Body Butter is a shea-rich, amber vanilla scented body butter that’s perfect for making you feel lazily indulgentwhen you need snuggle time to heal.
  • The Immunator contains softening shea butter and a warm essential oil blend of lemon, eucalyptus, rosemary, cinnamon, and clove essential oils that helps hydrate winter skin, support your body’s natural defense, and keep the cold out and a snuggly sensation in. 
  • Thieves Essential Oil Infused Cough Drops...My throat is always the first place to need and want relief. Thieves® Cough Drops relieve coughs, soothe sore throats, and cool nasal passages. These cough drops are made with naturally derived ingredients, such as therapeutic-grade essential oils and menthol….and without processed sugar, dyes, artificial flavors, or preservatives.
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