Category Archives: medicinal herbs

Are You Paying Attention?

The simplest things in life can have the most profound effects.

Would you agree?

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Papayas Pinched by the Monkeys

Our porch in Tanzania was overlooked by a volcano called Mount Meru, breathtaking on clear days.

Monkeys would climb the papaya tree, pinching fruit, often boldly entering the house.

Grazes, rashes or burns eased with juice from the aloe vera

The children played on the grass infront, or went off on adventures around the vast school campus.

Adults strolled together through the surrounding villages and coffee plantations.

It’s not always easy to measure the impact an experience has on us.

A conversation with a stranger.

A connection with a family member or friend.

A family adventure

Are you paying attention?

Jane Tyson
Solving World Problems One Mum at a Time
#Frustrationexpert

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Why the Dandelion Wee-d

💛💛💛Why the Dandelion ‘Wee-d’?

 An invasive, independent and stubborn plant beneficial for Bees, Bugs, Birds & Us.
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Due to the jagged young leaves it is also know as ‘Lions Tooth’. The roots, leaf and flowers are medicinal and parts are rich in vitamin A, C and Calcium, and pupport to support treating diabetes, UTIs, freshening skin, relieving acne, weight loss, and much more. It’s been around a while, 30 million years.
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 Young leaves can be added to salads as can the yellow flowers, the roots made into various therapeutic brews, poultices, coffee, smoothies etc😯
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What do you do with yours? 😉

Pale, Pasty and Pathetic? This might just be the tonic you need.

If you are feeling a bit run down, this is a wonderful immune boosting, comforting and connecting chicken stock, a soup for the soul, I think there’s even a book written about it.

stock 2I’ve made it since my children were babies. At the moment, they’ve got chesty coughs and colds and are looking and sounding a bit sorry for themselves.  My daughter,  Ellie asked me if I’d make this, given how fussy she can be about her food she can really surprise me with what she enjoys.  Clearly their bodies tell them what they need, apart from all the sweets.
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I used vegetables which we’d recently harvested from our allotment and the carcass from last night’s roast.  It also has lots of thyme in it which is a herb I often use to make a winter tea with, using lemon,  honey, echniacea  and ginger, more here on the health benefits of  thyme

For the stock  to a slow cooker add a roughly chopped carrot, leek, celery stick, quartered onion with skin on, sprigs of fresh thyme, few cloves of garlic, fresh parsley stems and leaves, 2 bay leaves and black pepper.  On top, place an organic cooked chicken carcass, you can break this with your hands or scissors and  squash down gently. pour over cold water to reach about 2 cm below the rim.
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Slow cook for 2 hours on high, then skim off the fat and continue to cook for 3 hours on low. (sometimes I just cook for 2 hours).  Then sieve into an new pan ready to use. You can also freeze this into bags and also ice cube trays.

To serve Cook some rice noodles, add leftover torn chicken to the pan of sieved stock heat through for 2 to 3 minutes add the noodles, ladle into bowls and serve with chopped fresh parsley. (I have also added some shitake mushrooms for an extra immune boost)