We use this as diaper cream for our boys and have really liked it. Calendula has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and healing properties which make it a great choice.
Start with a 750mL jar packed with dried calendula flowers, fill the flower jar up with olive oil and cap. Leave the oil to infuse for 4-6 weeks, then strain the flowers from the oil.
Set up a double boiler on the stove.
-1 cup infused oil (use cheese cloth to strain the flower/oil mixture so you don't end up with pieces in the salve)
-1/3 cup chopped/grated bees wax (you can buy this at most health food stores)
-1/3 cup coconut oil
Heat until it is all liquid. Then test the consistency of the salve by taking a small amount onto a spoon and putting it in the freezer for a couple of minutes. If it is too oily, add more bees wax. If too solid, add more oil.
When desired consistency is reached, remove from heat.
Add 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil (to preserve the salve - we squeezed some from a liquid capsule) and 10 drops of essential oil (I like using lavendar, lemon, tea tree).
Pour into containers and let it sit, untouched, while the salve sets.
This is one of our family favourites. A healthy and hearty meal we like to make during the week because it's so easy. You can also make vegetarian if you omit the sausage.
3 turkey or chicken sausages
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrot
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups green lentils
4 cups water
4 cups vegetable broth
2 cups diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 bay leaves
1) Heat a large pot over medium-high heat, remove casings from sausage, cook 3 minutes or until sausage is browned. Stir until crumbled.
2) Add onion, celery and carrot, cook 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add minced garlic, cook 1 minute.
3) Stir in lentils and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 25 minutes or until lentils are tender.
Discard bay leaves.
Hope you enjoy this soup as much as we do!
A recent outbreak of gastrointestinal illness at my son's daycare and subsequently at my house, brought to light a common confusion between the flu (influenza) and what is commonly called 'stomach flu' (gastroenteritis, commonly caused by norovirus). People are also often confused between the common cold and influenza. The following table gives some basic guidelines to help differentiate between them.
As you can see, the stomach 'flu' is very different from influenza. Knowing this, you can treat them differently. Hopefully this brief post has helped you to understand these common ailments.
Table adapted from: www.health.alberta.ca/health-info/influenza-compare-symptoms.html
We needed to use up some green tomatoes at the end of the season. This recipe turned out well as a healthy option.
2 c. chopped green tomatoes
1/4 c. oil (we like grapeseed)
1/3 c. honey
1 c. milk
2 c. whole wheat flour
1 T. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
Combine dry ingredients. Beat egg and then other wet ingredients and add to dry. Stir enough to moisten batter. Bake at 400 F for approx 25 mins. Makes 12 muffins.
Adapted from The Practical Produce Cookbook