Beth and I had the second in a series of unofficial "lessons" in natural and herbal remedies from Mrs. Flippen today. I missed the first one since we were in Indiana but got a quick catch up on what they did from Beth which was to make their own Echinneacea tincture. Today we finished it and I am now stocked for a long time! I counldn't beleive how much cheaper it is to make yourself!!! Of course you have to grow it in your yard like Mrs. Flippen does.
Anyway today we made a cold and flu remedy which is actually quite tasty to use as a salad dressing or take straight. First we spent lots of time chopping up a half cup each of parsley, garlic, onion, horseradish root, and ginger root. Then we put it in a quart jar and filled it to the top with raw apple cider vinegar. Next she chucked the whole concoction in the blender, put it back in the jar and closed the jar. It was so easy. Now I have it sitting on my counter and I have to shake it every day for a couple weeks to prevent any part from molding and then strain it into a jar through cheesecloth.
She also gave us a wonderful talk on her experience with natural remedies. She is a veritable bible of information. The most interesting thing I learned is that garlic contains two compounds which combine when it is cut open with a knife to produce a chemical called "allison" which has highly potent antibactierial and antiviral properties but is only active for twenty minutes and then its potency diminishes, so you have to consume it right away. Smelly I suppose, but fascinating nonetheless.
Anyway other than that I lazed about and ate cheddar cheese and pineapple (not together, that sounded really gross) all afternoon, did not go for my daily walk, and read a prengancy book Beth let me borrow while the kids trashed the bedroom. I did however practice some more guitar this evening. I still sound atrocious but enjoy myself thoughoughly.
So here's to herbal remedies and guitar --hence the most wonderful title of my post.
p.s. One of the few times I have ever wished to be a man has been trying to sing a Johnny cash song on the guitar. I don't think even the most feminist guitar player should attempt it. You just need a man's voice. At least Ben and I can sing "It ain't me Babe" together.