Saturday, March 26, 2011

All Natural Cough Syrup Recipe

Yea, this doesn't exactly have to do with this particular blog's theme, but it's all in the name of good heatlh :)

I went to a natural healing seminar the other day and the speaker gave a handout with some recipes for various home remedy teas. I think she called them "tinctures"? Maybe that's the wrong word. Anyway so one was for cough syrup which included boiling an onion. I hate onions, but she let us taste it and it really was kinda good. Definitely very soothing. She went on about how much her little granddaughter loved it so I thought I had to try it out for my little man. He has been complaining of his throat hurting lately so I mixed some up this morning.

1 onion
1 lemon
about 1/2c honey
1 t ginger (fresh is best, but all i had was the holiday spices)
1 t cloves
sprinkle of cayenne pepper

Her recipe was something along the lines of hollowing out the onion? I'm not sure, I lost my handout. I put mine in the food processor for a few seconds. Put it in a saucepan (not aluminum) and put enough honey to cover it. Ad the rest of the ingredients and cook on low for about 20 minutes.


and serve. 

For kiddies do 1t and adults 1T. The best thing about these home remedies is they can drink the whole  pot and be perfectly fine.

I was also told you can cut up an onion and leave it on the nightstand at night and it will help clear congestion while you sleep. I personally couldn't do that because me eyes would be on fire lol. But that's still pretty awesome.

Awesome facts about foods:

Onion: The World Health Organization (WHO) supports the use of onions for the treatment of poor appetite and to prevent atherosclerosis. In addition, onion extracts are recognized by WHO for providing relief in the treatment of coughs and colds, asthma and bronchitis. Onions are known to decrease bronchial spasms. An onion extract was found to decrease allergy-induced bronchial constriction in asthma patients. 

Lemon: Health benefits of lemon include treatment of throat infections, indigestion, constipation, dental problems, fever, hair care, skin care, internal bleeding, rheumatism, burns, overweight, respiratory disorders, cholera and high blood pressure. Known for its therapeutic property since generations, lemon helps to strengthen your immunity system and cleanses your stomach. It is not only a blood purifier but also enables body to fight diseases. Lemon juice, especially, has several health benefits associated with it. Useful for treating kidney stones, curing heart strokes and reducing the body temperature, lemonade helps you to stay calm and cool.

 Honey: Honey may also be used to alleviate the effects of a sore throat, by mixing with lemon juice and consumed. The mixture coats the throat alleviating discomfort, and the antibacterial, antiseptic properties are good for the throat as well."  Honey contains copper, iron, silica, vitamin B, manganese, chlorine, calcium, potassium, sodium, phosphorous, aluminum and magnesium. Depending on the part of the world where the honey comes from, honey will vary in mineral content.

Ginger Ginger has long been used as a natural treatment for colds and the flu. Many people also find ginger to be helpful in the case of stomach flus or food poisoning, which is not surprising given the positive effects ginger has upon the digestive tract.

Cloves: Cloves (Eugenia aromatica) are an excellent source of manganese. They are a very good source of vitamin C, K, and dietary fiber. They are a good source of calcium and magnesium.

Cayenne Pepper: Cayenne is also great for the stomach and the intestinal tract. It stimulates the peristaltic motion of the intestines and aids in assimilation and elimination. When taken internally, it warms the body and has even been used by some herbalist doctors to help heal and rebuild flesh due to frostbite. Cayenne is a counter-irritant; it brings blood to the surface and allows the toxins to be taken away.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Garbanzo (Tuna) Salad

I watched a documentary on Netflix, Vegan Gal, that had a couple of recipes at the end. This is one of them. She made it as a dip for veggies. I thought it tasted similar to tuna so I used in on sandwiches. My kid loves it. He's eating it with veggie chips right now.

Pulse a can of garbanzo beans just enough so they still have texture. Add some chopped veggies, celery, onion, red cabbage, etc some relish and vegan mayo.

Wrap it up with lettuce or put it on a sandwich with lettuce and sliced tomato. Yum!

Serve with chips or fresh veggies...

One satisfied adorable face ;)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sweet Potato Brown Rice Pudding... Salad... Stuff...

Saw this on a vegan documentary I watched on Netflix earlier while the kiddos were napping. I have to be honest, I thought it looked kinda barfy, but she said every single person who had ever tried it liked it and I had some sweet potatoes in the pantry from ages ago that I really needed to use so I gave it a go.

She called it Orange Salad but this is not what I would ever picture when hearing the words "Orange Salad" so I dunno what else you would call it. It's darn good though!!

Bake a sweet potato til the skin peels off. Add to food processor along with about the same amount of brown rice. Ad nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and soy milk. Blend and enjoy.

I used pumpkin pie spice, cut the vanilla and used vanilla hemp milk,  and added agave...wishing I would have thrown some toasted pecans on top. Mmm.!

Cooking Tip: If you have a sneezing 2 yr old, don't let him stand with his face over the bowl ;)  ...Zander totally sneezed right in the bowl.... and no, I didn't throw it away lol. Score one for natural immunity ;p

French Onion Dip and Veggie Chips

French onion dip with ruffles has been my life long addiction. So here the vegan healthier version. Pretty much the same lol. I used a pack of french onion dip seasoning mix and some vegan sour cream (Better Than Sour Cream). But this is one of those things you can really add a big nutritious punch to. I added a handful of chopped fresh kale and some ground hemp and flax seeds. Since my toddler is sick but won't take anything that looks like medicine or tastes abnormal, I also squeezed the contents of a few garlic soft gells in there as well.

And served with the Sunshine Acres veggie chips. YUM!!!