Daily Dose Dressing

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


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  1. peace my sister eternityjoyour…its been such a long time. somehow have happened into your realm and realize how much i miss you. who you are has greatly inspired and impacted me over the years. my recollection of your presence always brings me joy!

    i do have a question. just what are some of the things that you now know about handling fevers? my older son recently had one and i tried my best…information wouldve enabled me to respond more effectively.

    peace to you and the family
    much love

    1. e-p! it’s sooo very good to hear from you! i tried sending you an email the other day- i guess it’s our time to connect! 😉
      as for fevers, here are a few things that i learned from my herbalism course:
      – most common cause is constipation, so check for this first
      – keep the fever moist by drinking lots of fluids (herbal teas, distilled water, fresh fruit or veggie juices, or sugar-free, bottled juices) and warm baths. if the fever gets really high, use a diaphoretic herb to encourage a good sweat. the only thing to fear is a dry fever. a moist fever can safely get very high as long as there’s good perspiration and hydration
      – don’t force food! if hungry, offer fresh, ripe fruit
      – avoid all mucus-forming foods i.e. all animal products/dairy, sugar, and refined starches
      – garlic is nature’s antibiotic and very effective but it may be hard for a child to tolerate in large amounts, so rub garlic oil on the foot soles and cover with socks at night
      – if the fever is caused by teething, a good dose of herbal calcium will help

      i’ll send you more details via email. glad to be in touch again. peace, love, and smiles! 😉

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