For the last two months, I’ve been taking an online course in Family Herbalism and all I can say is “Wow!” We’ve dibbled and dabbled with herbs with our own health but we wanted to be confident and empowered to share the benefits of natural health and herbalism with Lil’ Z. Yes- there are many books about herbalism but to take an actual course based on the living and real practice of herbalism, with anecdotes, words of wisdom and practical advice was a very empowering experience. The course wasn’t designed to promote their products and services, but to give you access to the same wealth of information that is behind their products and services.
Another feature of the course I really enjoyed was how holistic it was. Illness and dis-ease were not viewed as a condition to get rid of, but rather as a function indicative of a condition in the body. For example, most of us are so afraid of fevers, especially in children, that we don’t take the time to understand what the fever indicates. Instead, we often suppress a fever before it can perform the healing function that it’s intended to do. I can honestly say that I’m no longer afraid of fevers. My course taught me how to handle fevers and many other common ailments, naturally, safely, and effectively, for both adults and children alike. Just the other day I noticed Lil’ Z was coming down with a little cold but I was clear about what to do and jumped into action fearlessly.
One of the mantras of the course is “Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food”. This delicious dressing is an example of that very concept! It contains cayenne, kelp, garlic, blackstrap molasses, olive oil, honey, and apple cider vinegar- all very healing foods. Especially for those concerned with the possible radiation plume drifting from Japan, eat up naturally iodine-rich foods like kelp, dulse, and other seaweeds, spirulina, chlorella, pistachios, dark green leafy vegetables, colorful fruits and vegetables, onions, and garlic. For reference, see this link.
1/3 cup extra virgin, cold-pressed olive oil
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar (check that it’s actually made from apples!)
1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
1/8 cup honey
1/4 teaspoon (tsp) cayenne
1/4 tsp powdered kelp
1-2 cloves fresh, minced garlic
Combine all ingredients and shake, shake, shake! Enjoy over a delicious salad!
– Don’t be intimidated by the fresh garlic. Garlic is nature’s antibiotic and is not only a treatment but a preventative measure for many illnesses and infections
– If you’re abroad and can’t find blackstrap molasses, look for the British equivalent known as Black Treacle
– If you want to find out more about the Family Herbalism course, see this link. I would highly recommend it for anyone wanting to take charge of their own health