It's Another Wintery Juicy Tuesday
Let's Make An Immune Boosting Brewskie...
Six more weeks take us right up to the official first day of spring, so perhaps we can make peace with the shadow-showing woodchuck's forecast, and hunker down some more! I know, it's hard - not too many of us are Winter lovers and Spring can't come soon enough - but for most of us we don't have much of a choice, so let's look on the sunny side: it's a great season for chunky soups, knitting, watching movies, reading under the covers, getting cozy...
Today, with a lot more winter ahead of us in mind, I thought I would share with you a lovely nourishing Fire Cider recipe (Stiggly Cleanse Friends - this is different to my Fire Water recipe)! Fire Cider is an ancient folk remedy that's great for immune boosting, cold fighting & helping us through the winter months. Ideally you'd make this at the beginning of the season, to have on hand to dose your chills, but with six weeks ahead of us, and thinking about how that transitional period going into spring can being quite a cold-catching time of year, I thought some of you might like to make yourself a batch of this right now! Fire Cider has not only has powerful immune-boosting qualities but it's also anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, a decongestant, and helps with circulation & digestion!! It also has a fabulous "kick" to reach your nose and toes! It's super easy, and fun to make, and also, you get to be part of a movement.....!
You see, on Sunday just past, along with it being Groundhog Day and Super Bowl Sunday, it was Fire Cider Day! This national event came about in solidarity with Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar and American herbalists, owing to the fact that one company has taken this old folk remedy, specifically the recipe of Gladstar (who coined the term Fire Cider in the 1970's) and trademarked it - making it a sue-able offense to use the recipe or the name Fire Cider. And they aren't backing down! Ms. Gladstar believes that these ancient remedies should be for-the-people and has always shared her own recipe openly - allowing others to use it, and sell it if they wish. Many of us strongly believe that Fire Cider (the name and the recipe) should not be trademarked.... so hundreds, if not thousands of us, made Fire Cider on Sunday, and documented it! There is also a petition to sign if you feel the same way I do about this, click here .
Here is my video, where I demonstrate just how easy it is to make.
|Stiggly Holistics Fire Cider*|
- Rosemary sprigs
- Cinnamon Stick
Later On You Will Need:
Some local unrefined honey
Prepare all of your herbs, spices, root veg, garlic, onion etc., and place them in glass jar. Cover with apple cider vinegar. Put the cap on tightly and shake it very well. You will be storing it for about 4 weeks, shaking it every day. If your home is quite warm, you will be best off keeping it in the fridge, otherwise a cool dark pantry will be great.
After about 4 weeks, strain out your veggies, pouring the vinegar into another clean jar - it may well have changed colour a lot, depending on your ingredients (mine has already turned pinkish from the red onion I used). You may need a funnel as well as a sieve to help you strain it neatly. If you have grated your ingredients you will probably want to strain with cheese-cloth or another thin clean piece of cotton fabric, and you'll squeeze really well to get all the liquid out and into your new jar. Then you will add some raw, local (to you) unrefined honey (from the farmer's market perhaps) - this will be to taste. Stir it in bit by bit, stirring very well - and blending the honey into the mixture as you go, until it tastes just right! To about a quart recipe you may need up to half a cup of honey in total, but start smaller.
Watch my how-to video and remember to check back with me in a few weeks for the follow-up video!
Also, I have another fun wintery project for you - I am reaching out to all you knitters & crocheters to help with an incredible project! My dear friend Juliette is working on a beautiful Patchwork Blanket Project, making blankets for NYC's cold & homeless. You can REALLY help this lovely project grow by knitting or crocheting squares that will be sewn together to make amazing love-filled blankets. No criteria for kind of yarn or type of stitches (not too itchy though) - but 6 inches x 6 inches is the desired size. Once you have made your squares you can mail them to:
(Patchwork Blanket Project)
NYC NY 10027
'Til next Juicy Tuesday -
Stay Warm & Cozy,
Make Lovely Soups,
Knit & Crochet Away,
Stretch & Wiggle,
Breathe..... and have a delicious week!
Lots of Love