Monday, December 31, 2012

Celery Vinegar Recipe: 7 Powerful Benefits of Celery

Here is a very simple, yet powerful recipe for Celery Vinegar:

Combine 1/4 lb. Celery seed or 1 qt fresh celery chopped fine.  1 qt. vinegar. 1 T. Salt, and 1 T sugar. Put celery in jar; heat the vinegar, sugar, an salt an pour in boiling hot over celery.  Cool, cover tightly, and set away. After 2 weeks, strain and bottle.

Celery is often referred to as the  "negative calorie food" but it certainly isn't lacking in nutrition. 

Whether you're garden as a hobby or you're a survivalist/prepper you want to have this heirloom vegetable in your garden.  Here are several reasons why:

Immune System
The high amounts of vitamin C in celery promote a healthy immune system.

Blood Pressure
Celery contains pthalides, which have been shown to lower blood pressure by relaxing the muscles around the arteries and allowing vessels to dilate. The calcium, magnesium, and potassium in celery also helps regulate blood pressure.  Yes, Calcium helps to regulate blood pressure.

Celery is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties, which may help with ailments attributed to inflammation such as arthritis.

The pthalides in celery may also lower cholesterol by increasing bile acid secretion.

Diuretic Celery has been used as a diuretic for centuries. Its diuretic effect comes from its balance of potassium and sodium which helps to flush out excess fluid from the body.

Celery contains coumarins which have been shown to be effective in the prevention of cancer.


Friday, December 28, 2012

Green Onion: How to save it & grow it in a cup

Green Onions

Cut off what you need for your recipe, dinner, etc then toss the bulbs into a glass with a bit of water. They’ll begin to grow and give you new green onions to use.
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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Dill Vinegar: For Digestive Problems

How to make Dill Vinegar:

Dill Vinegar.  Crush 1/2t. dill seeds, then soak in 1 pt. cider vinegar for 2-3 weeks. Strain and it's done.  Excellent for digestive problems.  Take 1t before or after each meal.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

How to save Heirloom Seeds (Dill)

How to save Heirloom Dill Seeds:

To harvest dill seeds, You'll need to cut the plants BEFORE the seed heads turns dark brown, because after that the Heirloom Dill seeds will begin to fall to the ground.

If you can harvest our Heirloom Dill Seeds on a dry summer day.  Tie in bunches an hang in a airy but shay place.  Have something underneath the Dill Seeds to catch the seeds that drop or just lay them on a clean paper.  when the heads are dry, shell off the seeds and store in a covered glass jar or fold up stalks and all in your paper (they'll keep fine).  One school of thought says the Dill seeds are better dried off the head; I can't tell the difference.  You can also freeze dill or grow it in a kitchen pot through the winter.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Natural Flu Remedy Protocol

Flu Protocol

At the first sign of a flu (sneezing, elevated temperature, muscle and joint aches, coughing, etc.) this is what I do.

I spray my nose with colloidal silver (10ppm.) I do this often and continue until I am well. I also take colloidal silver internally. I find sipping as much as I can at the beginning often stops the process. I cannot, by law, prescribe amounts, but you can do a little research and decide on what level is good for you. I use 10ppm.

How does the silver work? Scientists tell us, after close observation of live blood, that the silver particles are attracted to ALL single celled organisms. They go right for the nucleus and attach themselves. About thirty seconds later the organism dies. It is important to note that we have good bacteria in our mouths, gut, etc. so taking colloidal everyday, all the time is probably not a good idea.

This next remedy might not sound very high tech or exciting, but, believe me, it is powerful.

I make a broth and freeze it. You will not feel like gathering the ingredients and cooking the broth when you are sick.

In a gallon of distilled water:  (use organic vegetables if possible)

    1.8-10-cloves of garlic, chopped

    2. 2-3 yellow onions, chopped

    3. 5-7 carrots, chopped

    4. 5-7 stalks of celery

    5. a handful of parsley  

    6. 2-3 inches of ginger root, chopped

    7. cayenne pepper to toleration

    8. sea salt or “real” salt

    9. about a teaspoon of curry, more if you want it

I bring this broth to a boil, then simmer for about forty-five minutes. I keep some of the broth with the solids and some I strain.

When you are really feeling poorly, the strained broth will be the best. It will hydrate you and deliver essential medicines to your body. There are many healing components in this mix, too many to list. Garlic, alone, would take up a page.  

As you begin to feel better and gain an appetite, the broth with the solids will continue the healing work.

I also take extra vitamin C, and Echinacea extract.

Often the respiratory system is deeply compromised. For the nose, I spray the colloidal silver. Sometimes I irrigate with a mild sea salt dilution (Neti pot, or small blue bulb.) If my throat is raw, I gargle deeply with a one-to one mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water. Never gargle with straight peroxide as it may burn your tissue.

If the lungs are congested, tea tree oils inhales are very helpful. I put two-three drops in a mug, pour rapidly boiling water to the top, cup my hands around, sniff, then deeply inhale until all of the steam is gone. Pour the mixture down the drain…NEVER ingest tea tree oil.

If your fever is too high, a warm wash cloth placed along the spine can bring it down. However, virus can be killed by heat. It is the body’s natural response to any viral invasion, so a fever can actually assist the healing process if it isn’t too high for too long.

White Willow Bark is aspirin in its original, natural form. It doesn’t produce the contraindications of the pharmaceutical copy. I take it for any aches and pains that accompany the “flu.”

Remember the old advice about drinking a lot of liquids…still holds true. I use the broth as much as I can.

If what we are told is true, that this “flu” will be back in the fall, then now is the time to organize your remedies.

Please note, there are other natural remedies out there that people use and swear by. By all means, do what works for you. This protocol is what I find works best for me and I hope it has given you some direction.

Good Health to all. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

How to Save Heirloom Celery Seeds

Learn how to save Heirloom Celery Seeds:

Celery is self-fertile, inspect-pollinated biennial.  It will cross with celeria or other celeries.  In cold zones, choose your plants in the fall.  Dig them out being careful not to harm the roots.  Replant them in dirt in something you can keep in a root cellar, the above-ground part mulched with straw.

Replant in spring after last frost; trim rotted prats.  In warm zones, plant for seed in July and transplant in January.  Set out 2 feet apart because second-year growth get high an wide.  Later come tiny white blooms; still later, brown seeds. 

To avoid loss on the ground, shake the top heads (which mature seed first) into a bag once in a while.  Cut and dry on cloth or paper.

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Heirloom Pickled Onion Recipe

Non GMO Heirloom Pickled Onions Recipe (Red or White Onions)

Main Ingredients

 1 lb red or white Heirloom Onions  (about 2 med or 1 large), thinly sliced
 1/2 cup sugar
 1 1/2 cups white vinegar

1/2 Cinnamon stick
1 Star Anise
1 Bay Leaf
5 cloves
1 Star anise
Dash red pepper flakes

Optional spices- Fresh ginger slices, oregano, garlic, cumin seeds, mustard seeds

Putting it together:

1 Blanch red onions in a saucepan of boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain in colander.

2 While the water is heating in step 1, in a separate saucepan combine the vinegar, sugar and spices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

3 Add blanched, drained onions to the vinegar mixture. Simmer for 1 minute.

4 Transfer to a glass jar. Allow to stand until cooled. Will keep several weeks refrigerated.

Yield: Makes 1 1/2 pints.

Monday, December 3, 2012

How to Save Heriloom Onion Seeds: Survivalist, Preppers, Homesteaders

How to Save Onion Heirloom Seeds:

Onions produce seed by putting up one slender stalk that flowers and then makes seed.  If you want your onions to keep putting their energy into making bulbs rather than diverting it to making seed just snap the flower stems off when they start to make flowers.  

Onion pollen carried by insects; you can't have pure breed seed unless you grown only one kind have only one kind flowering at a time, or keep your different kinds quite separate.  On the other hand, if they do cross, the results will be edible and may have hybrid vigor! 

Onion are biennial if you're going from seed to set and then from set to bulb.  You save good bulbs from the plants you choose to be parents (your sets) and set them out the next spring.  To keep seed-making plants from losing your onion seed by scattering before it is ripe on the plant, fasten a paper bag over the seed head with a rubber band.  Then you can harvest seed, bag and all, when you're ready. But first give the insects a chance to do their job completely.  Or you can gather your onion seed a little earlier and finish drying on a newspaper.
Onion seeds will last for years if well dried and sealed in glass where humidity can't get at them, but they will die in just a few months if you have them in a warm humid place.  Getting them too dry by artificial heating will kill them too.  They are one of the shortest-lived seed unless conditions are just right.