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A Natural Winter Wellness Snack From the Garden

It’s the best part of having a food garden!

Being able to step outside and get the sort of snack a vegetarian like me drools over, for free.

It’s even better when that food is not just delicious…it’s medicine.

I’m not a doctor and I can’t and won’t recommend what is right for you, as I have no knowledge of your physical make-up and health issues.

But what I can tell you about is my experience.

Take my afternoon snack on this very chilly winter’s day here in outer Sydney, Australia.

My ‘one hundred percent natural winter wellness supplement on a plate’ afternoon snack consisted of my naturally homegrown orange segments, parsley, a nasturtium leaf & mint.

After eating this little combo the clarity, and energy clicks in, within 10 minutes after eating it.

There are good reasons for this.

Nasturtium leaves are an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and D, beta-carotene, iron, manganese, and flavonoids.

Mint is a natural anti-microbial agent and breath freshener. It contains small amounts of potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C, iron and vitamin A.3. As a long held remedy for digestion, it is thought to do this by increasing bile secretion and encouraging bile flow. It also contains an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent called rosmarinic acid, and menthol, a natural aromatic decongestant that helps to break up phlegm and mucus.

Parsley feels like a multi-vitamin and mineral complex in one plant, to me. It’s active ingredients are said to include phenolic compounds, antioxidant flavonoids, essential oils like myristicin and apiol, and various nutrients like vitamins/minerals such as K, C, A, folate, iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium.

All I had to do was enjoy this plate of oranges and a few herbs, picked straight from the garden. It seems from the information I’ve gathered in years gone by, that my eyes, brain, digestion, heart & immunity get the kick they need in chilly weather, from this delightful food.

Most importantly, the food is ‘living’–the essence of life passes to me from the plants, as I consume the food. The enzymes were preserved because they were picked by me and consumed immediately.

My quirky ‘OCD add’ is to consume using a cocktail fork of course!

Only the best…..thats a ‘mind’ thing 😉

References:

Nasturtium Leaves: http://www.specialtyproduce.com/produce/Nasturtium_Leaves_8778.php

Parsley: https://draxe.com/parsley-benefits/

Mint: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/275944.php

Disclaimer: Please note I accept no responsibility for the outcomes of any actions taken by readers in response to my blogs, photos or videos. All posts I make are prepared carefully. I encourage you to always do your own research, for your needs. Happy reading.

#vintagetrishapothecary#winterwellness #foodasmedicine#naturalenzymes #onlythebest#washingtonnaveloranges #parsley#nasturtium #mint #vintagetrish

Kitchen, Life and my Garden, VintageTrish Kitchen

Fire up the Kombucha

I need to fire up the extra Kombucha brews as one of my kitchen tasks today.

Because booch takes longer to ferment in the winter–which seems to have arrived today with gale force winds – I need to activate more.

Kombucha is an effervescent drink with a slight sweetness, in my case made with black tea.

It has ancient origins.

It’s well worth doing if you can commit to the process. The scoby is living and needs care.

So back to my task at hand. I need five batches on the go, rather than the 3 I have in summer, for our needs.

The reason is simply that in summer a ‘batch of booch’ is ready in 3 days in our heat.

But in winter it takes 5–8 days depending on how low the thermometer dips. It’s exceptionally rare here in winter, to go below 2 degrees celsius overnight.

Since 1 jar is equal to one day’s drinks and a minimum of five days brewing time is needed… I need five!

So the two jars on the end (in the photo above) will be fed and filled today.

The small amount of raw sugar I use to ‘feed the scoby’ is mostly gone by the end of the process.

My husband and I drink it in its natural state after chilling of course.

Our grown sons still prefer their more traditional fizzy drinks.

Kombucha is delicious and refreshing, especially in summer heat. It is not generally considered an alcoholic drink, but it does ferment, which means it has some alcoholic content. Raw kombucha is approximately 0.5% alcohol if brewed correctly, apparently.

Hope your Monday is going well 🌸

#kombucha #drink#healthy #vintagetrish #vintagetrishkitchen#homelife #refreshing #winter #summer

Life and my Garden, Mindful Nature

Monarch Majesty

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I still catch my breath every time I see a newly emerged monarch butterfly.

A moment of wonder, full of intricate, lacy beauty.

Vivid orange and black, against blue sky, cream and green leaves.

A blessing.

That moment today, too quick to catch on my i-Phone.

A morning garden stroll.

A flutter in the corner of my eye…caught breath in wonder.

A majestic creature drinking nectar from the cream grevillea!

Then quickly gone in what seemed one graceful glide through the air.

Onto her next adventure.

The moment needs recording.

I’ll never do it justice.

But perhaps my drawing will be enough representation,

of that brief encounter,

TO REMEMBER…🌸

 

 

Garden History, Life and my Garden

Autumn Strawberry

A ripening strawberry in the Autumn sun… a few steps from my back door.

It’s the little things that make me smile.

Strawberries are a favourite of mine because they are the first food plant I grew on my balcony, when I was newly married 26 years ago.

Back then I used a free box the fruit man gave me and bought the plants very cheaply. I divided the three plants I had into 6 smaller plants from memory…always frugal thinking.

Anyway they thrived, and we feasted at a time when everything we had was going to saving for a house. We bought that house 9 months later and it’s the same house we live in today.

I was hooked on my food garden.

There has been a lot of food grown naturally in my large suburban food garden by these hands of mine, in the years between.

But the strawberry will always be… my heart.❤️🌸

#strawberry #strawberriesaremyfavorite#autumn #mindfulgardener #vintagetrish#naturalgardening #simpledelights#gardenhistory

Garden Thoughts, Nature, Life and my Garden

When Life Gives You Limes!

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Tahitian Limes in a vintage Grindley Petal Peach Bowl on an autumn morning…

Some limes from your own Tahitian Lime tree in a vintage Grindley Petal Peach bowl is definitely a very simple thing.

I’ve taken longer to describe it in words than the fleeting thought it might gain from a ‘sleepy head’ wandering past it on an Autumn morning.

But taking some time to really think about what that bowl of limes means to me this morning, I realised it’s the same simplicity that helps me live like a king.

Let me explain. All the money in the world can not buy the quality of fresh fruit and vegetables I can pick straight from my garden.

I do not have all the money in the world.

But by planting a food garden, my family and I have the absolute audacity to live like Kings. That’s gold!

The fresh air and general mental wellness a daily garden visit can provide anyone (mobile or non-mobile with assistance) is just one benefit.

Let me tell you a story.

When I was 22 years old I had to have half my thyroid removed because of a tumour that had formed on it, making it hard for me to swallow. I was newly married and a Health Information Officer, with all the latest information at my fingertips, for my condition. It was still scary. The big C was a possibility according to the tests.

That tumour was a turning point for me, which came early enough in life to shock me into what was important. It gave me the gift of years ‘head start,’ into realising my life priorities.

When you face a possibility of no tomorrow, it makes you appreciate today.

I had decided prior to this health crisis that my fledgling garden (then in boxes on our apartment balcony) would be a productive garden once we bought our new home and had a yard. Herbs, fruit and vegetables that would help me supplement my future family’s diet, since we wouldn’t be able to produce everything we ate, on a suburban block.

With half a thyroid gland and an all clear given after surgery, I set out on a grateful life, where I would choose a natural approach to my health, wherever possible. I hoped to  avoid the need to rely on supplementary thyroid balancing hormone drugs.

I am 50 later this year. I have not taken any thyroid hormone balancing drugs since that surgery. I credit a great deal of this to the fresh food enzymes contained in my food, from my food garden.

My garden has served a ‘food as medicine’ benefit for me, as well as the usual benefits.

Yes the garden has been a lot of work… but it’s also been great exercise for me. Yes we’ve had monetary costs setting the garden up, that other families without a garden, have not. But what cost do you put on your family’s physical and mental health?

In my opinion, a natural food garden is true health insurance.

So back to my morning’s thoughts of simplicity.

A tahitian lime is a gift of vitamin C from a tree that has produced bountifully for me over the several years since I planted it. I’m talking between 50-100kgs of fruit from one tree (in recent seasons).

The juice of one lime can provide up to 22 percent of the adult daily requirement of vitamin C. You don’t need a vitamin C pill if you’ve got limes…or whatever citrus is in season. And the vitamin C you take into your body in food form, will be absorbed efficiently and naturally through digestion.

The studies have been done. Read about them here if you’d like to know more.

My lime tree and I have done harsh and good seasons together over the years.

It stands firm…so do I. We’re simple.

So, back to morning thoughts of life giving you limes…

I say four words… thank you very much!