What you can be doing NOW for your immune system, Vol. 1

October 20, 2021 ✨ Cattail Life

What you can be doing NOW for your immune system, Vol. 1

I thought grandma was crazy for buttering the bread AND then adding peanut butter to call it a sandwich.

Granted apart from thinking that combo was not tasty, my belief at the time was that butter was bad and would make you fat, so really I was the one wearing the crazy badge for many years.

(PSA: in case you missed it, grass-fed butter is GOOD for your health!)

The more I learn about REAL health, the more it takes me back to what generations before me had been doing all along.

Sure, I'm grateful for many of the advancements we have in most aspects of life.

However, I do grieve that we seem to have veered far from many of the practices those who have gone before us exercised.

How many people have you met that take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar a day and claim it's their health tonic?

And how many of those are in a more advanced generation than you are?

They're on to something.

Apple cider vinegar is a popular home remedy. People have used it for centuries in cooking and medicine. It has various healthful properties, including antimicrobial and antioxidant effects.

Evidence suggests it could possibly offer health benefits, such as:

  • aiding weight loss
  • reducing cholesterol
  • lowering blood sugar levels
  • improving the symptoms of diabetes

Now that we know it's the star of today's show (apple cider vinegar), allow me to introduce you to a very potent tonic often called, "Fire Cider."

Fire Cider is a popular herbal folk remedy that is powered by wellness-supporting ingredients and is an easy way to boost natural health processes, stimulate digestion, and raise your internal thermostat on cold days.

Some say they love the tasty & tangy elixir. I personally can't say it holds a candle to my pomegranate kombucha, but I happily consume Fire Cider because of all the health benefits I know I'm getting from it.

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Here's my Fire Cider recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 medium organic onion, chopped
  • 10 cloves of organic garlic, crushed or chopped
  • 2 organic jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • Zest and juice from 1 organic lemon
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated organic ginger root (or organic ginger root powder)
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated organic horseradish root (or organic horseradish powder)
  • 1 Tbsp. organic turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp. organic cayenne powder
  • 2 Tbsp. of dried rosemary leaves
  • organic apple cider vinegar
  • 3-4 star anise pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup of raw, local honey, or to taste

Directions

  1. Prepare your roots, fruits, and herbs and place them in a quart-sized glass jar. (NOT time for the honey, yet)

    Notes: If you've never grated fresh horseradish, be prepared for a powerful sinus-opening experience!
    Grating fresh ginger is easier if you freeze it first. And yes, you *can* chop instead of grate if you're in a hurry.
  2. Add cinnamon stick and star anise pods.
  3. Pour the apple cider vinegar in the jar until all of the ingredients are covered and the vinegar reaches the jar's top. (Still no honey, yet)
  4. If you're using a metal lid, use a piece of natural parchment paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal otherwise it'll rust. OR you may use a plastic lid instead (which is what I do).
  5. Shake well.
  6. Store in a dark, cool place for a month and remember to shake daily.
  7. After one month, use cheesecloth to strain out all the chopped and grated goodies, pouring the liquid into a clean jar. Be sure to squeeze as much of the liquidy goodness as you can while straining.
  8. Now comes the honey. Add and stir until mixed in.Note: You *may* add more honey until you reach a desired sweetness, but frankly, I don't recommend it. Local, raw honey does have wonderful health properties to it; and, the fire cider isn't meant to taste like "a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down" - especially if your tastebuds are accustomed to sugary substances, because then your taste pallet will be requiring far more honey.

It's recommended to take a tablespoon each morning to help warm up and get an infusion of the health properties, or triple that if you feel the sniffles coming on.

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And now, since you're already in the kitchen, here's a delicious recipe for Pumpkin bread!

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 1/2 cup ground oats
  • 1/2 cup cassava flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 drops cinnamon oil (or 1 Tbsp dried cinnamon)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a blender (except choc chips).
  2. Fold in the chocolate chips & pour into a greased pan.
  3. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

Happy immune system supporting with Fire Cider, tastebud dancing with pumpkin bread, and health building with your simplified strategy - see quiz below.

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