One of my biggest dreams is to grow a huge garden and be able to supply our family with fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. I have wanted a garden for years, but for various reasons it just hasn’t happened. It’s not that I haven’t tried. In fact, most years I have tried. I am afraid I have a “black” thumb!
Several years ago we had a backyard the size of a postage stamp. We were able to use a garden plot on the base, but the location of it made it difficult to get out there every day. The weeds were horrendous and crept up on us faster than we could pull them out. Then we had a bought of extreme heat and we just couldn’t keep up with the watering. We did get some nice produce, but nothing spectacular.
A couple of years ago we moved to Spain. We were able to rent a home with a bit of land. I was so excited, I thought I would finally get to do some real gardening. Because of the weed problems we had experienced before, we decided to try square foot gardening. My husband built some really nice 4×4 planters. We followed the prescribed method, buying the correct soil, mixing and adding everything we needed. I purchased my heirloom seeds and planted them according to each recommended depth.
I thought this might be the year for a really great garden.
I guess all the critters thought my garden was really great. Especially the Cabbage caterpillars. My garden was destroyed before it even got going. I don’t think we were able to eat anything from the garden that year.
So, I am still dreaming of having wonderful garden.
In the mean time, the only plants I deal with are the dried varieties. And since we are coming upon the cold and flu season, I thought I would share a quick herbal recipe with you. This is my go to herbal remedy, the one I always keep on hand and use on all my kids at the first sign of illness. This recipe is an old, old recipe that has probably saved countless lives.
It is a fever reduces, an infection fighter, full of antioxidants, nourishing, soothing, and it taste good too!
One last thing…it’s easy to make!
Triple Threat Cold and Flu Fighter
You will need dried:
25 grams yarrow
25 grams elderberries
25 grams peppermint
25 grams elderflowers
240 millilitres glycerin
160 millilitres distilled water
1. Mix herbs in a large jar. Even though the picture above shows the herbs almost filling the jar, I like to leave at least half of the jar empty to make room for the water/glycerin mixture. Also, it is best to grind the herbs to powder. This can be done in a coffee grinder (dedicated to herbal grinding) or possibly a food processor (although I have never tried it).
2. Prepare menstruum (the liquid substance that will extract the herbal constituents from the herbs) by mixing thoroughly the glycerin and distilled water.
3. Pour menstruum (glycerin/water mixture) over the herbs in the jar. Stir well making sure everything is mixed up.
4. Leave the mixture in the jar for 2 weeks, shaking each day.
5. At the end of 2 weeks, strain the liquid from the herbs. Muslin fabric works best for this.
6. Label and store liquid glycerite.
Congratulations! You have just made a 1:4 herbal glycerite to treat your family with.
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