I know, I know, it has been months. I am sorry for abandoning this blog, and the many other parts of my life which have been sacrificed on the altar of getting the new house up and running. Well, the latter hasn’t happened either really, as I suspect that is a Labour of Hercules, but here are the highlights of what has been going on in the life of Viridian Herbalist…
-Painting in the new house like chairs, front doors and stuff trying to make the house our own. We actually own the place now, so that is a step forward.
– Keeping on top of laundry and cleaning in a bigger house juggling typically difficult English weather
– Moving my Mum from the wilds of Wiltshire to a flat complex next door but three to the new house, and organising getting her place sorted out as well as ours
– Going to Adoption Panel and being approved as Adoptive parents, and now getting on to the matching process, with yet another new social worker.
– Getting inspiration for a story which is really going well. I have written over 14,000 words of it so far, and I keep on going. Although I have always loved creative writing, I don’t think I have ever managed to sustain a story and characters for so long.
– Going on holiday to Canada to stay with my best friend and her family and having a fabulous time
– Coming back to dear old Blighty and getting ourselves over jet lag and back into the swing of life, the universe and everything.
I have, however, now decided that it is time to get back to posting and doing Herbalism studies, before we get matched with our potential children, at which point, all bets are off again until we get into some kind of routine. Let’s not borrow trouble though. It is good to be back posting!
So, I did some searching on Pinterest for a really good thing to post about for my return post. I found a really interesting pin from http://commonsensehome.com/ about making home made immune boosting jelly shots. Who doesn’t like jelly shots?! Usually the ones I have had are rather alcoholic and not good to consume in large or small quantities (though they are fun!). But this is a really simple recipe, and a great idea to boot. Especially as with the change of season we are moving into a very active period for colds and flu. Anything that might help increase my immune system and stop the germs getting to me and slowing me down has got to be a good idea.
Obviously you need to think about which herbs help to build up your immune system. There are lots of suggestions on the website but I am considering making two varieties. One will be the tasty, fruity and spicy sort, using grapefruit juice, honey, cinnamon and ginger, maybe with a bit of mint added in for its antiviral properties. That can be the prophylactic if you will, the one to stop the infections if at all possible. The second sort I will make will be the “shock troops”, the one to be brought out to fight if my body succumbs. They will have echinacea (from tea most likely), garlic, ginger, maybe sage. They won’t taste very nice, but hopefully they will do the trick.
These jelly shots are made using plain gelatin, not the commercially bought flavoured gelatin. The flavours will come from the fruit juice and the herbs.
You need 3 tablespoons of plain powdered gelatin or agar agar for Kosher/Vegan/Vegetarians.
1 cup of cold fruit juice
3 cups of heated fruit juice, heated with the herbs of choice, or 2 cups of fruit juice and 1 cup of hot tea
2 tablespoons of honey
You sprinkle the gelatin over the cold juice in a large bowl and let it stand for 1 minute. Add in the hot juice and stir until the gelatin dissolves, which could take up to 10 minutes. Stir in the honey if you want to include it. Pour the mixture into a rectangular dish of choice, but make sure it will be easy to cut into 1 inch cubes. Refrigerate until firm, which will take about 3 hours and then you can cut them up.
This mix can make up to 9 dozen, but the recipe can be cut in half. I will probably keep the shots in the fridge, and take one daily to boost the immune system and if I succumb to the bugs, then up the dose to 2 a day.
If you do make these, let me know how you get on with them!