After 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 http://www.integrativenutrition.com/. 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 http://www.christlifesolution.com. 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 http://www.greenangelsherbs.com/ (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