KITCHEN CUPBOARD MEDICINAL FOODS

    Ginger Honey Peel and slice fresh root to fill the jar to 2/3 full.

Pour gently warm honey to cover, using chopsticks to release bubbles. Cover Kitchen Cupboard Medicinal Foodsand shake jar daily for 2 weeks. The ginger may be eaten and the liquid used in tea or dressing. Take it by spoonful as a cold remedy, or add an equal part of brandy for a winter cordial. To warm the entire body and help give yourself a ginger footbath. By warming the feet, the internal organs function better. Add 1 heaping tablespoon of powdered ginger to a basin of very hot water, soak feet 10 to 20 minutes, and then dry them. Immediately put on socks.

TURMERIC A beautiful tonic for the liver, this powerful herb is a digestive aid, an anti-inflammatory, and a decongestant. Turmeric Electuary place in a pan over low heat; 1/4 cup turmeric powder and and 1/2 cup water. Simmer 7 minutes. Remove from heat, and whisk in 3 tablespoons ghee, coconut oil, or sesame tahint; 2 to 4 tablespoons raw honey; and 3/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper. Cool mixture, and then store in a refridgerated in a jar. Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon to oatmeal, rice pudding, or hot almond milk.

Digestive Bitters This elixir can be sipped to stimulate digestion,  help increase digestive enzymes, and alleviate gas and bloating. Take a handful of raw chopped artichoke leaves and zest from 1 orange, and place in a 1/2 pint jar. portCover with .  Close  bottle and shake daily for 5 to 7 days, and the strain. Pour into a dropper bottle, and keep refrigerated. Take a few droppers full when needed. 

GARLIC A longtime favorite for fighting off bactierial infections and viruses, garlic honey, is good to keep on hand for use as a cold/cough syrup, to spread on toast, and add to marinades, dressings, steamed greens, or grains. Garlic honey Slice 1/2 cup peeled garlic cloves into a clean jar rinsed in boiling water and dried. Add liquid honey, and stir with a chopstick to release air. Cover jar. Let sit for 2 to 3 weeks, shaking daily. Roasted Garlic and Onion Soup Take 12 roasted cloves of garlic and mash with a fork to a paste. In a soup pot, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil, and add 1 1/2 cups chopped onions. Cook 10 minutes on medium heat. Stir in 1 peeled, shredded baking potato and 1 quart broth. Heat to boiling, reduce heat, and simmer uncovered for 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in mashed garlic, 1/2 teaspoonful sea salt, and a grind of pepper. Simmer 10 minutes, and then stir in 1/2 cup chopped parsley.

CAYENNE PEPPER During WWII, when it was cholera season in Italy, the peasants who remained healthy ate hot peppers and garlic daily. You might want to try this quick sore throat reliever. In a small bowl, add 1 tablespoon cayenne powder. Cover with 1/2 cup of honey, stir with a  chopstick and then lick it. It is spicy hot at first, but effective for relieving sore throat pain and adding vitamin C. May be spread on toast, oatmeal, or just lick it.

Cinnamon Just the aroma can lift the winter blues and boost brain function. Rich in anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, cinnamon helps fight bacterial and fungal infections and viruses.  Cinnamon toast drizzle flax oil on toast spread honey, sprinkle cinnamon.

HOT MISO TEA Scrape a teaspoon of white miso into a glass measuring cup. Add a teaspoon of hot water and stir into a paste. Fill cup with boiled water stir well and strain. Add a squeeze of lemon and sip. Miso is healing for an upset stomach, cold, or flu.

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