Realize a Healthy California wants to help you celebrate health for the holidays – mind, body, and spirit! We’ve gathered together some of our talented, licensed naturopathic doctors to share their favorite ideas for holiday health and fun. Whether gifting to others or gifting to yourself, make the holiday season brighter as we live naturopathically and support health together!
DIY Bath Salts
Homemade bath salts are a simple and affordable DIY that makes an excellent gift. Remember that you want to keep your mix focused on toxin-free ingredients, so avoid artificial colors and oils. Check out this great recipe from My Cultured Palate.
Elderberry syrup is a tasty immune booster and can help prevent illness or shorten the duration of your sickness. You can make your own syrup or purchase at the grocery store. Dr. Dennis Perry recommends, “The alcohol-free, glycerite tinctures are the preferred form, but the alcohol extracts and sugar syrups work too. A one-ounce tincture usually runs $8-12, and the sugary syrup around $15 for 3-4 ounces.”
Gift Fresh and Local
Eating fresh and local can benefit your body and the environment too. And — it’s a super tasty treat. Send a gift card to the local natural foods store, local cooperative grocery, or nearby farmer’s market.
A Healthy Read
Give the gift of health-forward books like recipe books for anti-inflammatory diets, hidden veggies in kids’ meals, managing allergies while eating out, or an illustrated guide to botanicals. In addition to sharing great information, reading itself is thought to boost brain health — from intelligence to memory and more.
Holidays can run you down. Stress, strange and rich food, and germs from travel and parties abound. Keep your loved ones healthy and happy with a B-12 Booster. Dr. Sarah Murphy explains, “Vitamin injections are stronger and work faster than oral vitamin supplements. Only a certain percentage of substances taken orally get absorbed into the body, depending on the quality of the substance and a person’s digestive tract health. Injections send 100% of the vitamin dosage into your bloodstream to circulate throughout the whole body.”
Ahh… Stress Relief
Gift a stress relief essential oil package. Try a mix of lavender, rose, vetiver, ylang-ylang, chamomile, cedarwood, and orange. Package with a nice diffuser and a bow.
Sometimes stress isn’t the problem, but instead, your giftee needs some energy. Instead, try energizing essential oils like orange, neroli, lemon, peppermint, bergamot, and rosemary. If a diffuser isn’t your thing, you can gift these scents with all-natural beeswax candles instead.
Give the Gift of Health
Naturopathic doctors spend between 1-2 hours on initial appointments, listening to new patients and learning about their concerns. Give your loved one a gift certificate to your favorite naturopathic doctor to begin their positive health journey.
DIY Calming Tea
the gift of a calming tea to combat holiday stress. This recipe below can be sized to meet your needs in ounces, grams, etc. Ingredients should be available at most natural food stores.
- 6 parts Melissa officinalis< (Lemon Balm)
- 6 parts Avena sativa (Oats)
- 3 parts Matricaria chamomilla (Chamomile)
- 3 parts Mentha spicata (Spearmint)
- 2 parts Citrus sinensis (Orange peel)
- 2 parts Lavendula spp. (Lavender)
- 1 part Rosa spp. (Rosehips)
Loose Leaf Medicinal Herbal Tea Blend
Another drinkable gift is a high-quality medicinal tea for sleep or immune support. Consider a sampler of your favorite natural beverages to support all kinds of winter ills.
Spa Gift Basket
Gift an experience with all the ingredients needed for a relaxing hot bath — just add water. Your basket can include Epsom salts, oils, loofah sponge, candles, and even a rubber duckie. Add your own note with blessings or healing intentions and an inspiring book or poem.
Massage does more than just feel good. Your gift will promote relaxation and make your loved one feel pampered, and it will also promote their health. Massage has been reported to help unknot tense muscles, improve circulation, eliminate toxins in the body, improve sleep, and reduce overall pain.
Eliminate one of the barriers to getting fit. Gift an intro week or trial class in an area your loved one has shown interest. You can also consider purchasing a fun run 5k that you can do together at almost any fitness level.
DIY Fire Cider
Dr. Bryant Esquejo loves fire cider in the holidays. Fire cider is a fantastic way to stimulate your digestion and support your body’s natural health. The standard base ingredients are apple cider vinegar, garlic, onion, ginger, horseradish, and hot peppers as described in this recipe from Mountain Rose Herbs – but add your own extras for a custom blend.
Give yourself a SCOBY for the Holidays!
Dr. Michelle Sexton wants you to embrace the benefits of homemade kombucha by getting your own SCOBY starter. “It’s like having a pet, you have to feed it, but only once per week. In exchange, you get microbiome support, a ton of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals in the form of Kombucha. It’s really medicine- you can experiment with flavors and adding medicinal herbs too! Root beer Kombucha is a wonderful tonic!”
Whatever you celebrate, and whenever you gift — we hope you have a happy, healthy holiday from the RHC team!