Master Tonic..it’s for all that ails you!

I have a confession to make….I HATE being sick.  I am sure that no one likes being sick, but I HATE it.  I am a giant baby when I am sick and I tend to panic, which makes things worse, way worse.

I will do ANYTHING to avoid being sick which is nearly impossible when you have little petri dishes walking around touching everything and then touching their faces, eyes, mouths, each others faces, my face.   I’ve even turned my head a time or two only to have a tiny hand shoved in my mouth, because suddenly a 4 year olds hand is an ice cream cone that “Mom  just has to try!”.   Ahhh…boundaries.

Anywho, I found this recipe last year for this super tonic hailed “Master Tonic” because I was looking for natural ways to keep us all from getting sick.  We take our vitamins, drink our elderberry syrup, I made stock often, we were eating organic, but we were still getting sick.  I happened across this article  from Heal Thyself and we’ve been making it ever since.  You have to think ahead enough to make it for when you need it as it takes a couple of weeks to steep.  We take it at the hint of a throat tickle or if anyone else is sick, we double, triple up.  It is a little hard to take at first and it may run right through you, but it gets easier every time and actually I enjoy the taste now, well most of the time anyway. 😉

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Master Tonic!

1 part fresh chopped organic garlic cloves
1 part fresh chopped organic white onions
1 part fresh grated organic ginger root
1 part fresh grated organic horseradish root
1 part fresh chopped organic Cayenne peppers, jalapeño, Serrano, Habanero, African bird peppers….any combination of the hottest peppers available

**Please use fresh and please use organic ingredients

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There are many versions from rough chopping to putting everything in the food processor.

Wash all ingredients. Chop and fill a glass jar  (or 2 or 3)  3/4 of the way full with the ingredients.  Fill the remainder of the way with Organic apple cider vinegar.   We use Bragg’s, but any OCV with the mother will do fine.

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Cover and shake.  Move all of that vinegar around to fill air bubbles.  Top off the jar with more vinegar.  Seal and wait.

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You should shake it when you walk by, but at least once a day.

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You can put herbs in it as well.  I’ve been cooking with turmeric lately, so I may just throw some in there.  Fresh thyme would be good as the essential oils in thyme are packed with anti-septic, anti-viral, anti-rheumatic, anti-parasitic and anti-fungal properties.

It is recommended that you make it with the new moon and strain it on the full moon (about 14 days).  While I try to follow this, I don’t always. Sometimes you just need it quicker. 😉

On the 14th day ( or round about there) strain your tonic into glass jars and keep in a dark place.  I keep one on the counter in a darker jar and the rest go in the cupboard.  The last batch (the 2 large jars) yielded about 4-5 pint-sized jars of the tonic.  Some folks save the strained out parts for soups and stocks.  I think I might do that the next time too!

Be wary of smelling it when making it…it WILL clear your sinuses.

The very first time I tried it, it was a strange feeling, I took a swig and felt it go straight down into my tummy warming along the way.  An odd feeling to say the least, but it works!  Knock on wood, everyone around me has fallen to  some sort of cold/flu already multiple times this year.  I am still standing. 😉  Sometime I get a very miniscule versions of what others have, but so far, never a full blown cold/flu.

There you go…Master tonic!  Make, drink, stay healthy!

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Want to know more??

Here is a  little bit more information on why this all works…something to read while you wait 2 weeks for your tonic. 😉

Horseradish Root: From the same family as the mustard and cabbage family and has anti scorbutic and expectorant properties. The root reportedly cures tonsillitis and is a natural treatment for rheumatic and respiratory disorders. The root is also laden with a potent amount of vitamin C and B complex, minerals, potassium, calcium and iron as well as enzymes. It is a natural antibiotic which can kill bacteria in the throat that cause bronchitis. Horseradish heats up the body and has a cardiotonic effect (strengthens the heart). The glucosinolates found in horseradish are thought to increase resistance in humans to cancer. These glucosinolate compounds are only found in plants which are in the mustard family such as horseradish, mustard, broccoli and cauliflower. They have powerful anti-oxidant properties. It is interesting to note that a study in 2005 showed that glucosinolates increase the liver’s ability to detoxify and eliminate carcinogens. Horseradish contains an enzyme that aids in the breakdown of the glucosinolates which makes it easier for the human body to benefit from its therapeutic properties.

Ginger root: The ginger root is actually an underground stem. It may have blood thinning properties and cholesterol lowering properties. Compounds found in ginger known as gingerols have analgesic, sedative, anti-pyretic (lowers fever) and anti-bacterial properties. They also have anti-fungal properties that supposedly are effective against even athlete’s foot. Ginger contains protein, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C, choline, folic acid, inositol, manganese, pantothenic acid, silicon and a small amount of vitamin B3. Ginger has good properties for menstruation problems, and many say that it is good for settling and upset stomach.

Garlic: Garlic contains antiseptic properties and it helps to lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol, is an appetite stimulant and is good for the hair! Garlic is known to be anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic as well as a blood purifier. There are recipes for treating tuberculosis, whooping cough, rheumatism, ringworm, pneumonia, wounds and ulcers, parasites, asthma, high blood pressure, digestive problems and acne. A cut garlic clove rolled on pimples several times a day will make the blemish disappear without a scar. Rubbing garlic over ringworm will burn out the infection. The skin falls off leaving healed skin behind. When cooking with garlic, by chopping or crushing the garlic clove and letting it rest for a few minutes before adding it to the dish you are cooking gives the anti-cancer properties a chance to form so that they are transmitted into the food even after it is cooked.

Onions: Onions contain phytochemicals called flavanoids. One flavanoid called quercitin may inhibit tumor growth and keep colon cancer at bay. A newly discovered compound in onions may actually inhibit bone loss in menopausal women. Onions contain vitamin C and chromium, B6, biotin, folic acid, vitamin B1 and K, and healthy sulfur compounds as well as enzymes. They also have anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-histaminic properties and are a source of fiber.

Peppers: Red peppers contain lycopene which protects against cancer and heart disease. Peppers contain large amounts of phytochemicals that have antioxidant capabilities such as chlorogenic acid, zeaxanthin and coumeric acid. Hot peppers also stimulate blood flow in the body, but cayenne pepper is also good for helping to stop bleeding. I have applied some to a cut finger before, and it helped stop the blood flow.

Raw apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting apples in a wooden barrel. It contains calcium, iron, sodium, potassium, malic acid, acetic acid, pectin, potassium. Pectin is good for the colon, regulates blood pressure and also removes bad cholesterol. Malic acid is good for fighting infections, as it is anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal.

Information above from Fair Hill Farms.  Thank you!!

I am a mom and Chef by training…not a medical professional.  Everything posted on this blog has been used by myself and my family and is for informational purposes only.  That being said…I do hope you try it and let me know how it works for you!

Chocolate Covered Bananas!

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As we were planning our latest shopping trip to the “big city”, the kids asked if we could pick up some  chocolate covered bananas that their grandmother had bought for them once.  I agreed to bring a big cooler so that I could buy them these treats and travel the hour ride home.  Then I realized that if I did buy them these frozen treats, that I wouldn’t have enough room in the cooler for the salted caramel gelato that is my crutch, what with the hecticness of life lately. Salted caramel gelato is the only reason that I don’t have a frequent flyer card to the looney bin (that’s a whole other post!).  Plus, they weren’t necessarily organic, so it wasn’t solely a selfish reason.  Not wanting to disappoint the littles, I remembered my days working in a local ice cream shop where we made these yummy treats.   Although the ingredients in the store bought stuff aren’t horrible, they aren’t great or organic.  Besides,  you can easily make your own at home and it is super yummy!!

We grabbed some organic bananas at the store, the rest I had in the cupboard already.

This is super easy, super fun and the kids LOVE them!

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Ingredients:

Grab some bananas

Popsicle sticks (or craft sticks)

8 oz Organic Chocolate Chips, dark, white, milk…

2 Tbl Organic Coconut Oil

Any toppings that you like!!

Directions….

Step one:  Peel, stick and freeze bananas.  We froze them overnight.

Step two:  Melt the chips and coconut oil over low flame in a small pot.  Once it’s cool to room temp, put into a jar or taller container so that you can dip.  Dip away!!  You have to move fast, one at a time as the chocolate hardens pretty quickly.

Then roll into what ever you choose for toppings:

Nuts

Graham Crackers

Coconut

Chocolate

Organic Candies

Throw ’em back in the freezer for a bit.  Then wrap them individually.

I am happy to give these to the kids for dessert or as a special treat.

 It always helps if they are involved in the process. 🙂

Enjoy!

Ohhh…and by the way, this chocolate shell is AMAZING on Ice cream or anything frozen!!

Fortunate are we!!

Last Month we were fortunate enough to be part of a home school group that attended a class on the weather atop Mt. Washington and rode the Cog Railway up to the summit of Mt. Washington!  What a blast!  The kids are still talking about it and the experience of being on top of the world (at least in our little corner of it, anyway).    What a cool experience!  I remember going up as a kid, but I remember it being waaayyy scarier.  They have made giant leaps in the form of safety and new equipment.  As a kid, I felt like we could slip back at anytime and plummet to the bottom, which is how I thought I’d feel this time, but the ride was nice, very nice and felt safe.  The conductors were very knowledgeable and we learned about the history of the mountains and how some great folks worked tirelessly to preserve the areas wilderness.  We learned that the first building was built on the top of the mountain in 1852!  I can’t even imagine!

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And finally VERY excited to have the schoolroom coming along!!  It has been a long process and we’ve had to learn a lot.  At this point, I don’t see anymore additions to our home in our future…but we’ll chat when all is said and done and we can move everything upstairs. 😉

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We are hoping that we can get it all finished within the next few weeks and finally have everything back in their places….. 🙂

Where have I been….

Sometimes you just need to check out…mentally at least.

That’s what I did.  I checked out.  While I love sharing what we are doing, I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed with all that we have going on and I just didn’t feel like writing.  I would sit and begin to write, then think…nah.  So that was that.

Then I realized that this is and outlet for me!  So hopefully, I can hop to it and keep on a bloggin!

What happened in the meantime is a cameras worth of pictures…I kept on doing that during my mental check out.

Memories…One by one…I’ll try to get to them…

Man! Have we been busy!  One of the big-uns that we “accomplished” this year was a giant family trip to Disney!  That was a fun 24 hour ride in the car with 2 kids under 7.  Actually it was fine, they watched a few movies and mainly were eating or sleeping, there was little fussing, which was very nice!

We’ve had a ridiculously busy summer!!  We decided, in the middle of our busy season with work, to put an addition on our home as we are steadily out growing it.  So…every spare moment has been framing, sheet rocking, mudding and taping.  To say that my set of skills has grown over the past 6 week would be a severe understatement!   I am enjoying all of the learning, but am ready to see a final product.  More mudding, taping, painting, flooring and finishing stuff and we should be ready to move our classroom/playroom and office upstairs!  Yay!!  I can have my house back.  The kids are ready too!!  More than ready.

Until then…I will leave y’all with a few sneak peeks. 🙂

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A litte bit of Mexico…

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Perhaps the hubs was longing for our honeymoon to Mexico…Perhaps he looked around and saw nothing in the house to eat??

Anyway…

When the man is home on a weekend that we aren’t running around…then he is cooking Which is fine by me!!.   Enter the homemade corn tortillas.

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As I finished my own work, he was busy mixing and resting dough.  He had his Sous Chefs by his side and together they were rolling while the littlest Sous was pressing.  My little guy was so incredibly proud of himself that he showed me each and every tortilla before they were cooked.  Which left me getting very little work done, but hey…them be some yummy tortillas made by a super kid!  I am very lucky. 🙂

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While Mj pressed, Mark cooked.

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This went on for a good while until we had a giant stack of warm, salty, corny (he, he) tortillas.

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We ended up with tostada like yumminess topped with grass-fed beef, our own canned beans, organic corn, organic salsa and the BEST sour cream out there…Wallaby!

 Seriously, this stuff is almost drinkable!

Anywho…Here is the link to the recipe that was used.  We were able to find organic masa harina too!  NO GMO corn here…ever! 😉

Give it a try…It is super fun for the kids too!

Spring…Where are you??

I am normally a very patient person, well that may not be completely true, but I can’t change the seasons, so I wait.

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From the last storm…

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The gals are ready!

This year though, it has been particularly hard to wait to see the signs of spring.  Normally by now we see something, but most of the ground is still covered in a snow or muck besides the fact that I’m pretty sure that my chickens ate all of my perennials last year.  I walked around the house last year thinking something looked different and lo and behold, not only did they eat my flowering perennial like tulips, lilies and daffodils, they ate my hostas!  Really ladies, my hostas?!?  Those things have been there for 7 years, they grow with no fail, well they grew with no fail.  If they start to grow this year, I may have to dish soap them or something to keep those little beaks off my flowers.

I stood in the sun yesterday at a balmy 35 degrees with my arms outstretched all “Odd life of Timothy Green” style to try to recharge the sun battery that my moods tend to rely on.  I imagined the laundry line blowing in the breeze, scaring the hawks away and shading those fuzzy little butts that run around the yard armlessly.  It helps, it really does.

I will not be fooled into bringing out lawn furniture yet, as I think there is maybe one more surprise up Mother Natures sleeve.

Until the days of sun and breezes, we will soak in what sun we can get and remember not to moan and whine when the sun is too hot for us this summer. 🙂