Honey, Onion and Garlic Syrup… The Perfect Remedy.

This past weekend, I celebrated my 30th bday… I was so very fortunate to have 2 of my longest, dearest friends come to FL to spend it with me.  We camped, we cooked, we drank some wine, and we didn’t get much sleep.  It was a blast, but left me feeling a little worn down once the weekend was over.

For me, when my immune system is low, I feel it first in my throat.  Slightly swollen glands and a sore throat are the first signs that I need to give some serious care and love to my body.  So that is what I did.

honey onion syrup

I learned about this medicinal honey syrup through Rosemary Gladstar, whom you may of heard me mention before.  She is a goddess in the herbal community, and has done so much to keep the practice of herbalism alive and well.

She refers to this as her “honey onion syrup”.  It is a great remedy for colds, flus, sore throats and coughs and is extremely easy to make.  I had my first experience with this syrup over these past few days, and I loved it so much that I needed to share it with you.

I added garlic cloves to my batch because I wanted the extra immune support, but feel free to leave it out if you don’t have it around or aren’t crazy about the flavor.

You will need:

½ an onion, sliced into half moons

4-5 cloves garlic, smashed

Raw, unfiltered honey (enough to cover the onions and garlic)

In a pot, place your onions and smashed garlic cloves.honey onion syrup in pot

Pour in the honey until the onions and garlic are covered.  They do not need to be submerged, but you want enough honey so that the onions can cook down a bit.

Place the pot over a very low heat and cook for 30-60 minutes.  When the onions and garlic soften, and the honey becomes more liquefied, you know that your syrup is ready.

*Note: heating this syrup over a very low heat is important because you want the honey to remain in its raw form.  This provides our body with the natural occurring enzymes that are in raw, preferably local honey.

As the honey heats up, it slowly extracts all of the healing properties from the onion and the garlic, making it super medicinal and healing, the perfect remedy for a sore throat, cough, or a run down immune system.

Enjoy this syrup throughout the day.  Eat it as is or mix it in with some hot water and drink it as a tea.  I was consuming about a tablespoon every few hours, sometimes more and sometimes less.  There is a lot of freedom with this medicine, so enjoy it.  I left the onion and garlic pieces in my syrup, but if you prefer to have just the honey, simply strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer.  Store it in a jar in your fridge and use it freely.

The best part?  You don’t need to be sick to enjoy this syrup.  The medicinal qualities in garlic and onions can benefit our bodies at any time, and we can’t really have too much of them… so enjoy!

Rosemary also suggests adding some cayenne or fresh grated ginger to change up the flavor or to add different benefits.  Play around… This is a recipe you really can’t mess up.

with love and sweet honey,

Amanda

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Creating “Right Relationship”

We are surrounded by relationships.  Our partner, our parents, our friends, our family, even “Paul” who works at the gas station.  All are part of a community web that we create.  We are constantly forming new relationships, managing the ones we have, and sometimes letting go of the ones that are no longer serving us.  Relationships can carry us through many emotions.  Many, many emotions.

So what is the right relationship?IMG_4086

Last Saturday, I attended my first sweat lodge.  Never having experienced one before, I was amazed by each element that created this night.  I followed the movements of others and listened closely as we repeated mantras and prayers that have been passed down over many, many generations.

The sweat lodge was referred to as the womb, a sacred place of magic, spirit and birth.  Envision a dome shaped wood frame covered in heavy blankets; such thick-layered blankets that all of the light from the outside was shut out, and all of the heat was kept in.  And all of us (about twenty) healed and released in this heat.

There were many words spoken that night, words of intention, gratitude, healing, love, spirit, but there were a few words that stuck with me long after I had left that magical place.  “Be in right relationship”.

When I first heard this said that night, I thought of the people who are in my life, the ones who have been in my life for a long time and the ones who I am just getting to know.  I thought about how grateful I am for these relationships and for all that they provide me with.

When I heard “get into right relationship”, I thought about some of the changes that I want to make in my own life, resentments that I want to let go of and judgments that are not serving a positive purpose.

“When you put love into any relationship, there is no room for anything else.  There is no room for hate, for judgements, for war.”

Whoa.  This was the answer to how I would release these judgments and resentments that were only causing harm.  By putting love into any situation, there is no room for anything but love.  Of course, putting this into practice can be extremely challenging at times, but with love, all can be healed.  At times of great frustration or fear, this is the perfect thought to come back to.

“Get into right relationship with yourself”.

After all of this time sitting here and thinking about everyone in my life, I had totally forgotten about myself.  How do I talk to myself each day?  How am I treating myself?  Am I putting love into every encounter with my own existence?  How is my relationship with ME?  How can one have a healthy relationship with someone else while living an un-loving relationship with the self?  This was something that needed to go up on the vision board (and it did).  I need this reminder.  Sometimes we get so caught up in the struggles with others, with events, with daily stressors, that we forget to create and practice love for ourselves; our own body, mind and spirit.

Since last Saturday night, these words have been playing like a record in my head.  “Get in right relationship”

What does this mean for you?  What relationships in your life need tending to?

In my opinion, this work is never complete, but by practicing daily with small steps, you can teach yourself to put love into all aspects of life.  What will you do today?

with extra love,

Amanda

Kelp, the new salt.

Sooo… kelp? Huh?  I get that a lot.

Kelp is a vegetable of the sea (aka a seaweed) that grows in the oceans living off sunlight and absorbing many of the minerals and nutrients that exist in the water around it.  Due to this natural process of absorption, these essential minerals and nutrients are easily assimilated into the body in this natural form (no scientists needed).

There are many reasons to include kelp in your regular eating cycles, but one of the most important reasons is because of its high levels of iodine.  Iodine is an essential mineral and is necessary for proper thyroid function, however most salts are stripped of this natural mineral in the manufacturing process or contain synthetic versions of it, leaving many of us at risk of deficiency.

The thyroid is responsible for many functions in the body, 2 of which are regulating our metabolism and keeping our body temperature in check.  Using kelp in your food is a great way to ensure that you are getting a healthy dose of iodine (as well as calcium, iron, potassium, and some B vitamins) and reducing the risk of improper thyroid function and iodine deficiency. kelp

Luckily, you don’t really have to learn how to incorporate seaweed into your favorite pasta dishes and veggies (although I do encourage it).  Kelp is available in a granulated form and can be sprinkled on top of food just as you would with salt.  Because it is from the sea, it shares a similar seasoning flavor to salt, and you can use kelp flakes instead of salt or right along with it.

So easy, right?  I had a feeling you were gonna like this post…

Find these easy to use kelp granules in a shaker at your local health food store or online.

 

with love and seaweed,

Amanda