Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Home Apothecary

My Apothecary!
I was feeling tired of medicine not doing what is was supposed to do. I was feeling stressed, popping ibuprofen and not getting any results, or slapping on vapor rub when my chest would get congested. So, I decided to take matters into my own hands. After doing research and Google-ing my little heart out, I found some great blogs and links to natural medicine and building my very own home apothecary. It sounds a little Harry Potter, doesn't it? I thought so too, and thought so even more when I found a great book on Natural Medicine. It was probably very hilarious for my neighbors as I laughed over all the funny names of things (False Unicorn Root? Really?!?!). I have started to gather many different ingredients for home remedies, such as Cinnamon Oil for tummy aches (mixed with olive oil, it works great rubbed on the area where it hurts). I find many ideas from another blog, such as Deep Roots at Home (http://www.deeprootsathome.com/-one of my favorites!). Using natural ingredients to help solve the problems at the source is a great way to live! I encourage you to give it a try, even if it's just a few essential oils to start. Making your body beautiful on the inside will make you feel better on the outside!

Monday, October 29, 2012

So, I mentioned Apple Cider...

Paul teaching Mary how to use the press
My sister pressing the cider!
Because it's fall, you have to have apple cider, and there is nothing better than making your own fresh cider from apples you picked that morning. Thanks to a good friend, Paul and all his help, cider press, and apples, my mum, sister, and I spent a few hours making 17 gallons of cider! Here are some pictures from our experience!
My mom, sister, and buddy Stuart
Pressing cider takes a lot of muscle!
Pouring cider into a jug! Mmm!

17 gallons ready to go home!

Pasteurizing the cider
Pasteurized Cider!

Autumn Bliss (aka I LOVE Fall!)

A true autumn beauty
I walk past everyday to work!
Fall is Here!!!! The leaves changing, crunching underneath booted feet that are warm and toasty in warm wool socks. Reading books in the dwindling rays of the autumn twilight while drinking freshly pressed hot apple cider, warmed and perfected with a little bit (or in my case, a lot) of cinnamon goodness. 
In case you didn't get the point, I love fall. It is truly my favorite time of year. It is the time of new beginnings as the leaves change and drop, preparing for another year of ever-changing beauty. As George Eliot put it perfectly, "Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns."
This time of year for me brings many activities starting up again, and I always look forward to the busyness that life brings upon me. I can also take time to relax, and drink that freshly-pressed cider while re-reading my worn out copy of Sense and Sensibility. I think that while summer is a great time to enjoy warm weather, lemonade, and the nearby swimming pool, autumn-especially here in the beautiful NW-the realness of life comes about in the fall (whether or not you choose to accept it). So perk up, enjoy the changing leaves with me, and drink that cider up!