Have you ever heard of Salt Sole? This is what our naturopath and another doctor friend told us to give my husband when he had a heart arrhythmia to see if it was a simple mineral deficiency – and indeed it was! Let me tell you about Salt Sole, but first let me lay necessary groundwork….
Beets! Either you love ’em or hate ’em! Me, I think they are too valuable to ignore and they are our favorite go-to for severe poison ivy cases which we get because we love the outdoors and are seriously allergic to the weed.
Old World folk medicine values beets and beet kvass for their liver cleansing and immune boosting properties – beet kvass is widely used in cancer therapy in Europe and making it is easy as anything!
In the fall, it’s the perfect time to do a little herb weaving using sage, sedum and other herbs on hand!
I love the rich herby fragrance of sage (salvia officinalis) when it’s freshly cut and the color of the leaves when it’s dried and hanging in my kitchen.
Late summer and early autumn is a perfect time to gather from the aromatic herbs growing in your herb garden or look for bunches of it at a farmer’s market.
Oh, the joys of fall and the cooler days!
There is a short story behind our love of kimchi.
Last year, our youngest son was awarded a 16-day trip to South Korea for working his way to the top national level in Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary branch of the US Air Force. He went with a long-standing sinus infection, but he came back almost totally well and full of all the stories of eating and loving the different kimchees he was served twice a day while there. The amount served with each meal was rather small (~2 heaping TBSP), but now we can achieve the same wellness here at home by duplicating those regular small amounts of kimchi.
We (my son and I) just made another basic kimchi (kim-chee), and it turned out smashing!
What’s the very best way to preserve fresh herbs? It’s taken me a long while to find out!
I’ve been growing herbs such as parsley, basil, chives, tarragon, cilantro, garlic, and dill in my garden since before we were married, but I’ve had to fail many times in order to learn how to preserve those marvelous fresh flavors before the chills and bluster of winter could damage their tender leaves.
Freezing makes them unrecognizable with no texture; drying takes away much of their flavor, and putting them into ice cubes with water? What an unappetizing mess!
So What’s the Secret?
Flat stones, chunky stones, all different colored stones! The fun began looking for just the right stones while on vacation and out in our field. Our favorite stone markers fit right into the palm of your hand. Lake Michigan has wonderful stones, smooth and flattened, but you might find the right stone, or even a pebble, anywhere.
The truth is, I am not as creative as I’d like to be, and I hunted down some really cool stone marker designs to get me started! Do you need help, too?
From fanciful pets, your whimsical family members, natural paper weights, to garden markers for your herbs, come get creative!…