About a year ago, a friend of mine suggested I teach a class on making Fire Cider. The name 'fire cider' has become a wee bit controversial these days, but I'm gonna use it anyway to pay homage to one of the best plant-medicine teachers and herbalists out there today, Rosemary Gladstar. Apparently, a company on the east coast has co-opted the name and make this old-timey folk remedy famous.
Those in the herbalist community know that Rosemary coined it first. God love her.
So, my friend and I were creative brainstorming on plant classes and what would make for the most interesting one. At about the same time I received a post on Facebook from another friend who shared a beautiful image of a pint of homemade fire cider and her caption read, "This looks intriguing."
I agree. It took me a year to come around, but I finally made a huge batch of Courtney's Fire Cider (no trademarks intended) and filled all my orders promptly. Yes, I do make it easy with convenient delivery service or mail order. To learn how to make it, read on. The good news for those of you following a keto plan, Fire Cider is Keto Friendly!
As an Integrative Nutrition certified health coach and counselor I cringe at the title of my newest blog post, 12 Weeks of Keto. No, I'm not talking about Aikido either, although I really wish I was because that would be awesome. I'm talking about the low-carb, high fat, ketogenic craze. It was made famous in the nineties by Dr. Robert Atkins and has once again risen in popularity.
New research shows Atkins high protein, high fat, low-carbohydrate diet was beneficial. Well, sort of, after a fashion. Despite what the research shows dropping the carbs seems like an impossible order. I'd have to have a pretty good reason, right?
Achieving health and beauty from the outside-in is impossible. Here’s why.
The human body is made up a 50 trillion cells. Every second each cell in your body coordinates billions of chemical reactions. Every day your heart beats 100,000 times pumping 7,500 litres of blood through 59,520 miles (96,000 kms) of vessels if you're a child. 100,000 vessels if you're an adult through three different kinds: arteries, veins, and capillaries. Every month you completely regenerate your outer layer of skin.
Did you just catch that? Every month we completely regenerate our outer layer of skin. Once we start taking better care of our self and health we see an immediate difference in our skin.
What does that mean, self-care? And how can we start taking better care of our health, from the inside-out, to see that beautiful reflection of health in our skin?
One of the easiest ways to prepare herbal medicines is by making a strong tea. Medicinal teas are easy, affordable, and are a great way to hydrate through out the day.
While herbalists use plant extracts such as tinctures, balms, flower essences, sprays, and syrups to help their patients recover from illness or injury, they also prescribe teas for maintenance of health as well.
Tea is a stalwart delivery method for every hardworking herbalist. While modern society becomes more and more interested in traditional forms of healing, teas makes herbal medicine delivery simple and tasty, always.
2 cups cooked quinoa at room temperature, or chilled
1 14 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed (avoid if on a low-FODMAP plan)
1 medium mango, peeled and diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
6 green onions, thinly sliced