Archive for April, 2010

A Season of Growth

April 6th, 2010

A Season of GrowthAfter the winter we’ve had, you have to love what is going on outside now. Out in the yard I see all sorts of beginnings: buds, bugs, baby bunnies … it’s heart-warming!  In my own life other signs indicate growth is taking place: books, Bibles, bee balm … it’s exciting!  I am taking three classes right now (yikes!) and it is so invigorating to be soaking up knowledge that I highly recommend you find something to sign up to expand yourself. I’ve mentioned that I am enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in New York I’ll be done with that this summer. I am also finishing up a year-long, faith based course called The Ultimate Journey sponsored by Christ-Life Ministries I have enjoyed the Ultimate Journey experience so much I am considering being a facilitator for the course in the future. I am also taking an herb class offered by Master Herbalist Trilby Sedlacek (that’s why I mentioned the herb bee balm, above. Bee Balm is considered to be a good plant to grow with tomatoes, for you gardener-types). Anyway, if your possible growth area lies in learning to eat more nutritiously, you know I can help when you’re ready.

Last week I caught one of those here-I-come-with-no-warning head colds where you don’t really feel bad but you sneeze and blow your nose a lot. Annoying! In an attempt to manage my symptoms naturally, I brewed up some tea that tasted so good that I made myself a second batch, even though the cold is long gone. Here’s what I did:


  • 1 gallon purified water
  • ½ cup peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1-1/2 cups raw honey (more or less to taste)
  • Juice of 4 oranges
  • Juice of 6 lemons

Boil the first 3 ingredients together for an hour. Let cool. Strain. Discard (or dehydrate and eat later!) the raisin/ginger remnants.

Stir in honey and citrus juices. Store in the refrigerator in a glass container. Will keep for 5 days or so.

“Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.”  – Herbert A. Otto

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