Looking down the funnel it really does look like a fire in the hole!
Autumn is the time to look to your herbal remedies pantry store.
Elderberry tincture is a must have in our house with it's anti-viral, anti-bacterial and immune boosting properties. A single dose at the first sign of illness is usually enough to stop it in it's tracks. I gather my berries in late summer and the tincture has infused and is now bottled and labelled in the pantry.
Next month I'll gather wild rose hips from the hedgerows to make Vit C boosting rose hip cordial. When you are under the weather it is lovely to sip in hot water.
But now is the time for fire cider making, a very old warming cold and flu remedy.
This is another infusion that needs to sit for a month but instead of a tincture of alcohol this one is made in cider vinegar.
Autumn is the time for harvesting fresh horseradish root which seems to be one of the key ingredients in many recipes and I especially thank Julie in Hobart for dropping some off into my letterbox. We've never met but have shared the same life interests via facebook for years-don't you just love this social net working.
There are many fire cider recipes on the net and certainly Rosemary Gladstar's you tube clip would be my most recommended go-to.
Roughly chop ingredients into small pieces, either by hand or use a processor. I am making my infusion in a Fowlers jar, so handy for many uses, and a wide mouth funnel aids the job here. You don't need fancy equipment in the kitchen but my word a selection of funnels makes life easier.
So here are my ingredients;
A large handful of scrubbed, chopped, fresh horseradish root
1 large or 2 small chopped onions
a whole corm of garlic chopped
A fresh piece of ginger about the size of my hand
1 large heaped tablespoon of ground turmeric
1 modest tablespoon of cayenne pepper
Place all of the above in a glass jar and cover with a good cider vinegar, raw and unfiltered still containing the mother. Cover and leave to macerate and infuse for a lunar month. Strain into a clean bottle and label.
You can take a dose neat as a tablespoonful or you could add it to water to sip and even use it as a salad dressing. If you are really under the weather, sip in hot water with a teaspoon of honey added and get into bed, you should feel thoroughly warmed and may even produce a good cleansing sweat. Do not underestimate the power of simple ingredients like the alums in this recipe and you can read more about working with the body to shed illness in this post here about a common cold recipe I use from Dorothy Hall.
(The above is not medical advice but simple folk remedies that I use. It is for information only and does not intend to replace or contradict any therapy or treatment recommended by your health care provider)