Wednesday, August 17, 2011

What Season?

Lately, (since August 1st) it's felt like September!  The summer seems to be running away very fast and the last few weeks have been temperate, windy, rainy, overcast.  It's a real phenomenon in my life experience.  As a tribute to the coming fall, I've put a picture of a cappuccino from scratch that we (famously and) regularly make here.  If you happen to be here and are curious, just ask and we'll whip one up for you:
That's Nutmeg sprinkled on the top of frothy steamed RAW Jersey milk and espresso (chocolate too) in a vintage Japanese made beer stein.  
They are so good.


 And since "flu season" is coming, here's a simple home herbal tea to mix up.  It will cure colds, congestion, coughs, aches, pains, stomach ailments etc.  etc.  And almost all the ingredients should already be in your spice cabinet.   Just find the ones that you have, throw a tea together and feel better almost instantly:

1 Part Oregano (incredibly effective cold and flu remedy, intrigues the immune system promoting health and vitality)
1 Part Thyme (again, an amazing remedy for all things cold and flu, as above)
1-2 Parts Peppermint, Spearmint or Wintergreen Leaves (In case you didn't know, mint is an incredible plant.  We use it as a tea internally, also in a bath or rubbing a drop or two of the oil externally to remedy everything from aches, pains, headaches, anxiety, sleeplessness, sore throats, swollen glands, congested lungs, congested sinuses, allergies, etc.)  You can find it in most meadows, along side (relatively non polluted roadsides for health reasons) roads, in streams, on wet banks in the sun, etc. and pick, replant at your house or dry for year round use.
1 Part Ginger (Stomach ailments, good for the immune system, tastes good, sweetens teas, etc.)
Pinch of Cinnamon, Fennel Seeds or Aniseed (as a natural sweetener and cure all stomach ailments, lack of energy, immune booster)

You can always use Echinacea leaves or roots, home-ground Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Lemon Peel or Lemon Juice, Onions, Horseradish, Garlic (or Garlic Powder), Sage and many more for all sorts of ailments.  

TEA RECIPE:  I boil water, then pour it over my herbs (in a mason jar on a very warm surface) to fill the jar, wrap in a towel and cover tightly with a lid keeping the essential healing oils in.  Let sit for 10 to 30 minutes in the warm place.  You can strain the herbs.  I take them internally because I don't want to waste any nutrients, but you don't have to.  

For pulling congestion or infection out of the body through the skin (from a localized area like the lungs or an internal ailment), don't forget about potatoes or mustard!  Slice or grate potatoes, pack onto skin, cover with a towel, bandage or ace bandage (hot is good, but it can be room temperature) and let it sit as long as you can.  Potatoes will pull any infection right through the skin.  I used it for mastitis and an abscess and it really really worked!  It burned, because the infection was bad, but it worked better than anything.  The fever decreased within an hour of application and continued to fall over a few hours.

For mustard, make sure you don't put it directly on the skin (for ground mustard powder made into a hot paste).  Fold the hot paste between a piece of fabric and apply to skin for 1 minute.  Then take off and wait a bit.  Repeat if necessary after an hour or so.  For regular mustard, heat it and rub it right in.  Put a hot towel over it.  Rest for a LITTLE WHILE like 15 minutes.  Rinse.  Reapply every hour until you start getting substantial relief.  Use topical remedies in conjunction with soothing effective internal ones.

Hope no one gets sick, but the seasons are changing and that's when my body is tested the most.


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