Thursday, 29 March 2012
I made them into tincture
Dandelion root makes the bile more fluid and it enhances the secretion of bile two to four times! This supports the liver and helps preventing the formation of gall stones. The bitters work great in your digestive system: more saliva, more gastric and pancreas juices, hence a better digestion!
Dandelion is called pisse-en-lit in French, because it increases the flow of urine. And at the same time it strengthens the urinary system. Most diuretic drugs cause a loss of potassium, but dandelion is naturally high in potassium and as such a very balanced and complete remedy. The leaf actually works best on the urinary system, so you can add some of it to your tincture.
Spring is a good time to detoxify and dandelion is a great help: as a tincture, an infusion or eating the young leaves in a salad.
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Thursday, 8 March 2012
Findhorn Foundation: last week we made jam! We had quite a few gooseberries in the freezer and our fruit and veg supplier gave us a big box of bananas, peels blackened by the cold but still very nice inside. I had been hoarding jars for the last few months and now we filled them with a gooseberry - banana - ginger jam. The combination is delicious and the house will be able to enjoy this for at least a couple of weeks :D.
Monday, 5 March 2012
Last Saturday I went to a workshop by one of the members of my spinning circle. She taught us how to dye with indigo and it was such a lovely afternoon with great results!
What I appreciated most was that all five women had a skill they were happy to share with others: dyeing, pinning, wine making, making samosas and, in my case, making herbal remedies. There was a beautiful wild garden with many herbs and dye plants and I got a cooking pan that can serve as a dye pot. I'm not sure if I can think of a better way to spend the afternoon :)