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Home made veggie broth

This is a brilliant and easy way to make vegetable broth at home.

You will need :

– zip lock bag

– room in your freezer

– veggie scraps

– pot

-water

I came across this recipe on Facebook and decided to give it a try. All you have to do is keep a ziplock bag in your freezer and every thing you are cutting some vegetables, throw the scraps in the bag. I put potato, onion and carrot skins, any herb stems like parley , dill, peppers, kale stems, anything you will not eat pretty much. Once the bag is full, I put all of them in a pot, fill it up with water and cook it for about 3-4 hours. You will see the color of the water will start changing and will turn into your deliciously smelling home made broth. Super cheap and easy to make.

Once it cools down, I put them in different size containers and freeze them. Whenever I cook, instead of adding water, I add my home made veggie broth. I tried to freezing them in glass containers but regardless of how much the bottle was filled, they kept shattering. Currently, I’m using plastic bottles to store. Plastic is not my first choice so if you have a tip on how to freeze the veggie broth in glass bottles without breaking them, please comment and let me know!

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Home made remedy for mucus congestion

Did you know the irritating properties of pepper stimulate circulation and the flow of mucous. It is most appropriate for a cough with thick mucous, but inappropriate for a dry irritable cough with little expectoration.

Ingredients

– a teaspoon of black pepper

– a tablespoon of local honey

– water

Combine the pepper and honey in a cup, and pour boiling water Lettie got steep for 10-15 min. Take sips as needed.

Thanks to Paul Bergner for this recipe and learning herbs site for sharing!

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DIY rehydration fluid

This is an alternative to Pedialyte or Gatorade

Into 1 quart of water, very diluted juice or herbal tea dissolve the following:

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 tsp sugar source (maple syrup, organic cane sugar, coconut sugar, or honey (do not use honey if your child is younger than 18 months)

The goal is to make it taste good so your little one will drink it!

1-2 parts organic fruit juice (other than citrus) to 2-4 parts water with the sugar source and salt can be used!

Table salt is adequate for rehydration, but you may want to add a magnesium powder (1/2 tsp per quart of fluid) due to the depletion of magnesium levels from vomiting and diarrhea.

Thanks to Wellnesscare pediatrics for this amazing recipe!

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Natural baby powder

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1 drop Roman chamomile oil
  • 1-2 drops lavender oil
  • 1/4 cup finely ground oats

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well. If you don’t have finely ground oats, combine all ingredients in blender and pulse until finely ground
  2. Put ingredients in shaker style bottle. You can use an empty spice jar with sifter lid for easy application

Thanks to Wellnesscare Pediatrics for this amazing recipe

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Black Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Thanks to my midwives for this amazing cure! IMG_8295

Ingredients

-1 cup dried elderberries

-4 cups filtered water

-4 quarter-inch slices of fresh ginger

-2 cinnamon sticks  3 cloves

-1 cup raw honey

Add all ingredients except for the honey into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, and then lower heat to medium. Continue simmering for 30-45 minutes until the liquid is reduced to half. Before the liquid cools, strain through a fine mush strainer. Allow the liquid to cool to about 118 F to preserve the enzymes in the raw honey, and gently combine the arm reduced berry liquid with the raw honey. Store in a jar in the fridge for a few weeks. For longer storage, freeze into ice cube trays to defrost for later use!

First I bought this elderberry syrup for $18 in wholefoods store. Then got this recipe from Midwives of NJ. The whole bag of elderberry ($15) bag yields 6 cups which turns out to be much cheaper.

Here is anti-flu recipe from my midwives:

For all adults (including pregnant women): elderberry syrup 2 teaspoons a day, Vitamin D3: 4000 IU per day, Vitamin C: 1000 mg per day

For children: Elderberry syrup 2 tablespoons a day, Vitamin D3: 2000 IU per day,Vitamin C: 500 mg per day

If the baby is still feeding and mom is taking the syrup, then baby does not have to take the syrup.