Written by Debbie Maranville, Co-owner of The Natural Healing Garden/ Goods from the Garden Catering & Events

Today I am reminded to open my heart and let in the light.  During these uncertain times our community is doing so much to live differently.  We have been hit by the media, government and local news that could be rather daunting.

I have learned from a few mentors and professionals that we must take our own health and environments into our own hands.  Of course we need air, water, food, shelter and love to make it through the day.

During these uncertain times our community is doing so much to live differently.  We are encouraged to stay home as much as possible. Daily walks in nature is so rewarding.   We need fifteen minutes a day minimally to stretch, walk and open up our systems.  We are encouraged to shop locally and purchase food/groceries to ensure we have basic ingredients in our homes for several days.

Let us talk about the food.

  • We are encouraged to eat and drink warm foods, such as soups, stews, chilis, broths and teas that include warming spices and culinary herbs. These would include, garlic, cinnamon, ginger, cayenne, horseradish, turmeric and black pepper. They especially promote a healthy warming glow throughout the body.   Drinking warm/hot lemon water is also a great way to keep our insides warm.
  • Preparing and cooking together can also be fun for families. Keeps everyone engaged.
  • Minimize cold foods and beverages. Ice cream and sodas are to be avoided for a brief time.
  • Minimize dairy. Dairy forms mucus.
  • This is a perfect time to plant a kitchen herb garden. Bring the family together or simply have “self care.”  Pick up some herb seeds and perhaps your favorite vegetables and flowers.  Watters Garden Center has a great variety and wonderful soil.  On the average it takes 2-4 weeks for seeds to germinate.  After germination, you can transplant to pots to remain close to the sunlight at the kitchen window and to your outdoor garden.

We will all get through this together.

Should you need any assistance with recipes, meals or idea, feel free to contact Goods from the Garden or The Natural Healing Garden.  928-237-4116 or 928-237-3214.  We are here to help you with questions, ideas and suggestions.  We have an amazing team of professionals and local business support.

Take care of yourself!  Please enjoy the following recipe for a homemade Chai Tea.





Chai Tea


2 tbsp. black tea

¾ tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. ginger (fresh grated or powdered)

6 cloves

½ tsp. cardamom

A pinch of fennel seeds – 10-12

4 cups of water

1 cup of Coconut Milk or Soy Milk. Of course you could use regular milk.

Honey or Sugar to taste/


  1. Bring water and milk to a low simmer with above spices.  Reduce heat to lowest setting and add tea. Steep tea about 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Strain into a cup and stir in honey or sugar to taste.