Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Garlic Oil

This is great for sickness! Garlic is a natural antifungal and antivirus.  And I think it even keeps the vampires away.  You can swallow small whole cloves if you prefer.

To make garlic oil:
Mince 4-5 garlic cloves in a small bowl.  Pour olive oil in to cover the garlic.  Let it sit for an hour or so.   Make in small batches when you need it.

To use:
Immune booster:  Mix with salt, parsley, basil, oregano and dip bread in it.  Eat!  Pour on salad, rice or quinoa.  Eat fresh parsley afterwards to counteract the garlic taste.

Cough, cold, flu, fevers: Strain the oil, then rub the oil on your feet and then put socks on.  Can also rub on chest, cover with cloth.

Ear ache - warm oil by dropping oil on spoon over burner on med heat.  (this doesn't take very long.)  Get a dropper and test warmth by dropping a drop of oil on the inside wrist - it should feel warm, not hot or cold.  Drop 2-3 drops in each ear 2-3 times a day for several days, continuing 1-2 days after the pain leaves. Put a piece of cotton ball in the ear to keep it from running out (can remove after a few minutes.)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Ginger Tea

Fresh ginger is great for soothing sore throats and respiratory infections.   It's also excellent for colds and flu, digestion, nausea, motion sickness, gas, bloating, and menstrual cramps.  I used to think it tasted like flowers, but it doesn't really.  It tastes like ginger and it's kinda spicy! 

Ginger Tea:
To peel ginger, use the edge of a spoon.  That makes it easy!
In a small pot, add 2 cups of water.  Peel 1" of ginger and then grate it into the water.  Simmer on med. low for 20 min.  Remove from heat and strain.  Add honey to taste.  Can also add lemon if desired.

If you feel like you are getting sick, make up a batch and sip it through the day.  You can also rub this on sore muscles.

You can take a ginger bath.  Add tea to bath.