A man was reading his newspaper and heard a knock at the door.....he put down the paper and went to the door and saw this little caterpillar looking up at him and smiling...and the little caterpillar said "Hi!" The man slammed the door and went back to reading his newspaper....and in a bit...."Knock Knock" came the sound from the door....He went back to the door and there was that gigger of a little caterpillar again...smiling up at him and saying "Hi" By now the man was furious...so he picked up the caterpillar and threw it just as hard as he could waaaaaaaaaay out into the yard and went on with his day.....About 3 days later...this same man was sitting reading his morning paper and there was a knock at the door and he went to the door and there was that little caterpillar and the little gigger said "WHAT was THAT all about?"
That's the way "I" feel this morning....I'm so far behind...I think I may be first.
But boy did I have a super duper grand and groovy day on Saturday morning...when my Hughes Net connection was having a bad morning because of the rain...and Kim offered to fill in for me on the blog and I just went on with my day AWAY from the computer. I LOVE LOVE LOVE blogging each day but boy do I hate computers...
Soooo I decided since I had a free morning...I'd do a little cleaning and foo fooing and add a little warm and fuzzy here and there to our already warm and fuzzy home.....
I worked about 5 hours and didn't accomplish anything major....I did some dusting and vacuuming and this and that....but the things that made the biggest difference....were...the smallest things.....
I put a new mini light bulb in one of my umpteen night lights and this one had been out for ages....And the geezer said "Now WHY did you have to put a new bulb in that light....all these little lights...just shining for no reason...running up the light bill and we're on a fixed income" I said "Ooooooooops...S-RRRRRREEE....tell ya what....just take it out of my wardrobe money and we'll call'er even." But I LOVE my little night lights shining day and night....just makes me feel sooooooo warm and fuzzy...
AND I worked on my big basket beside my love seat. I keep books in there that I refer to a lot and I have a little container in that basket with pens and highlighters and scissors and pencils and this and that...YOU know...things for emergency studying...But my basket was now overflowing with too many new additions....Just HOW MANY BOOKS do I think I can READ in one setting ANYWAY...and they were all study books....on..."Natural Healing"....and getting organized and other "Live Your Best Life" type books...You DO KNOW....I'm on a mission to be the best "I" can be....and that takes studying....this niceness just doesn't drop from the sky like a raindrop out of no where you know....we have to LEARN good things.....SO I re-organized THAT.
I put a little quilted square with tiny roses on it ..on the geezers end table beside his recliner...and my goodness just that little quilted square just made such a big difference...And I've had that thing a year or so...bought it at a yard sale for pennies...NOW he has a new and neat little place...to lay his billfold and keys and just a little added 'something' to look nice. I LOVE for things to look nice and neat and homey.....and it's the little things that make the big difference....
And I moved a little table into the computer nook...because I was needing a little more work space on my desk...and THAT helped tremendously...Now I have more desk space around my computer for all the notes I take and all the things I print OFF of the internet to study later....
And I put fresh greens in my containers on the porch...I never got my flower garden planted this past spring....after Kevin's flood....But I keep fresh bouquets of weeds around the porch at all times....
And I cleaned the porch and swept leaves that had blown up on it....and I tidied the laundry room....that's the one room that really gets left for last....Just had an absolutely wonderful day....of cleaning and foo fooing....
Just little things....that make such a huge difference ... to meeeeeeeeeee
Today I'm just going to share a recipe with you and it's for the Master Tonic...that is said to ward off all kinds of flu bugs.....Delores at the Golden Carrot used to swear by this stuff.....But I've never made it myself OR tried it....Always thought I would....but just never got TO it...maybe I will soon...But if YOU make it and try it...be sure and let me know...OK?
I've copied this info below from "Heal Thyself" ... I just LOVE that page...and I see a few errors on that page....spelling, etc...and I'm not going to correct them...but just post this as it was posted on THEIR page....IF you love home remedies and natural healing...you'll love Heal Thyself ...
- Colds & Flus
- Ear Infection
- Strep Throat
- Drug-resistant Bacteria and Antibiotics
- 14 Steps for Healthy Guts
1 part fresh chopped white onions, or the hottest onions available (similar properties to garlic)
1 part fresh grated ginger root (increases circulation to the extremities)
1 part fresh grated horseradish root (increases blood flow to the head)
1 part fresh chopped Cayenne peppers, Jalapenos, Serranos, Habeneros, African bird peppers....any combination of the hottest peppers available
(photo credit: Simi Amiet)
· Fill a glass jar 3/4 of the way full with equal parts of the above fresh chopped and grated herbs. Then fill to the top with raw unfiltered, unbleached, nondistilled apple cider vinegar.
(photo credit: Simi Amiet)
· Close and shake vigorously and then top off the vinegar if necessary. Begin this formula on the NEW moon and strain and bottle on the FULL moon, (approximately 14 days). Filter the mixture through a clean piece of cotton, bottle and label.
· Make sure that when you are making this tonic that you shake it every time you walk by it, a minimum of once per day. Remember that all the herbs and vegetables should be fresh (and organic if possible), and to use dried herbs only in an emergency.
(photo credit: Simi Amiet)
Strain liquids from solids through muslin cloth or strainer into a 8oz. Glass. Note: the solid ingredients retain almost the same potency as the liquid ingredients; therefore, these solids can be puréed to use with other ingredients like honey and lemon to make a salad dressing or to marinate meats of all sorts. For example mixing to taste with Peanut oil makes a great sauce to roast chicken. This formula will not spoil unless mixed with new ingredients.
1/2 to 1 ounce, two or more times daily, gargle and swallow. I hear it is not only the cure for the common cold but every other disease of mankind. lol
Store your tincture in a dark place as light will deteriorate it. You can put the jar in a paper bag for the brewing and shaking process. “Tinctures last indefinitely, while herbs can lose potency within a year. Also, tinctures enter your system in seconds, as compared with dry herbs in capsules which have to be digested first.” Advised Schultz.
"This tonic is extremely powerful, because all the ingredients are fresh. Its power should not be underestimated. This formula is a modern day plague tonic. It is said that when added to an incurable routine it could cure the most chronic conditions and stubborn diseases. It stimulates maximum blood circulation, while putting the best detoxifying herbs into the blood. This formula is not just for the sniffles, it has helped to turn around the deadliest diseases."
"...I designed this formula as a fresh herb alternative to Dr. Christopher’s plague formula, to be more alive, a herbal juice tonic, and believe me, you don’t want to be without formulas like this when you or your loved ones get ill; it will save your life. Make up plenty, it can’t go bad because vinegar already is, and will last almost forever..," writes Dr. Shultz.
Quoted from Sam Biser’s “The Last Chance Health Report” on Killer Viruses: A formula for stopping them when drugs fail. http://www.its-my-health.com/documents/MasterTonic.pdf
I've seen it recommended to add all ingredients to the blender to puree, others coarsely chop the veggies. I've also seen it recommended to consume it on top of bread and butter. And "if you eat it with cheese, it isn't even very spicy"?? The suggestion was to partake of it regularly in this way, like a condiment. :
Especially warming, if coming in from the cold, windy, wet weather. And, just sniff to clear the sinuses.
Supposed to be helpful for bladder and kidney issues? (Maybe because it makes you drink a LOT of water. LOL)
Apparently, excess ginger can cause uterine contractions?? So, caution with pregnancy.
This article describes some of the myriad of benefits from a scientific (sorta) perspective. http://fairhillsfarm.com/2008/12/11/some-good-old-fashioned-horsera...
Also, delicious on fish, salmon, halibut, etc.
Here is a commercial version, without the horseradish: Blair's Mega Death Sauce- Feel Alive! http://www.hotsauceworld.com/blairmegdeat.html
Maybe we need a bit of wasabi added?
Here it is Cyclone Cider Herbal Tonic: http://www.supplementwarehouse.com/viewitem.asp?idproduct=43121 It is an herbal extract of CAYENNE PEPPER, GARLIC, ONION, HORSERADISH ROOT, GINGER ROOT, PARSLEY in a base of raw apple cider vinegar. Between this and some raw milk kefir, we could cure the world.
Whew~ that is potent stuff!
I was brave. I took most of a tablespoon, without taste testing first and put it in the back of my mouth, gargled (sorta) a bit and felt it go alllllllll the way down to my navel.
About half way down, I decided I needed a chaser. My eyes were a bit teary. (I had an emergency banana sitting ready. But, left it uneaten.)
I made enough for the whole neighborhood, it appears! It cost about $20 for all the ingredients; and I have four mason jars full! I strained mine and I believe it will keep indefinitely. I saved the strained chopped bits in the freezer for adding to soups and stuff to spice it up.
I hunted for a recipe which included additional herbs and spices. Does anyone have one?
I know the following have natural antifungal, antiparsitic, antibacterial properties: black walnut hulls, wormwood, clove, raw pumpkin seeds, fennel, thyme, sage, goldenseal, oregano, water, salt, essential oils: cinnamon, lemongrass, thyme, peppermint, lavender, coriander; olive leaf extracts, vit C, onion, allspice, tarragon, cumin;
capsicums, including chilies and other hot peppers; black and white pepper, ginger, anise seed, celery seed, and the juices of lemons and limes; cranberries, myrrh, turmeric, echinacea, licorice root, Pau d'arco, rosemary, basil, mint, anise, dandelion, honey, garlic.
So, I was curious about including these, or making an alternate tonic with some of them as an alternate to rotate. But, I wasn't sure about including them in the Master Tonic.
I LOVE my Master Tonic. I've been adding a teaspoon of it to a cup of bone broth occasionally. It is deliciously zesty and invigorating!
(the thread that started it all)
I put the whole peppers (with seeds and top little stem attached) in the food processor. De-seeding them seemed too difficult. My Master Tonic is wicked hot. It is easier in the food processor (than chopping/grating by hand) but leave the b...its coarse chopped, mine was diced to bits.
Any jar will do. Mason jars are about $2 each at a (Ace) hardware store or Walmart of regular grocery. Or reuse an old mayo or pickle jar.
If you coarsely chop the ingredients, it is more mild than if you finely chop or puree the ingredients in a food processor. Coarse chopped makes it more palatable for children. Also, if you use a finer filter, like a coffee filter, rather than a metal strainer, more of the sediment is removed. Additionally, shaking it before each use increases the potency of flavor a LOT, lol. And imo, it is easier to swallow cold or warm, rather than room temp. And we chase it with honey. Diluted in water is another way to make it more palatable, sorta. ;-)
I add a shy tablespoon of the Master Tonic to a cup of bone broth. It is so zippy and warm and nourishing, especially when coming in from the winter cold, or first thing in the morning to get your blood moving!
(I did not make mine with the moon. I did not weigh or measure; I approximated the quantities very informally. I love my Master Tonic!!)
My understanding is that we shouldn't add ingredients after the ferment starts.
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