This page is for the unique recipes we have built up over the years and want you to use. How to make easy herbal & nutritional tonics at home. Please enjoy and share if you feel they are helpful.

Elderflower syrup

Place 1/2 cup of unrefined sugar into saucepan with 2 tablespoons of NZ HoneyDew {runny} honey and stir until melted.   Zest 2 lemons and add the juice from 1 lemon and add to the honey liquid.   Take off the heat and add roughly 15-20 heads of Elderflowers, submerge in the liquid, and cover.   Leave to sit for 12-24 hours, strain, refrigerate and drink within 2-3 days. Yum!

 

 

Molasses & Milk

Place 1 cup of milk (of your choice) into a saucepan and add 1 teaspoon of Organic Blackstrap Molasses. Stir until warm and serve as a hot drink. Get the benefits of the high mineral content of Molasses. A great milk drink for growing kids and breastfeeding mums X

 

 

 

Bone Broth

  1. Choose a large pot for the stove or use a crockpot. You can also use a pressure cooker for a faster broth. Pop your bones of choice into the pot & cover with water. If you’re making beef or lamb broth, brown the meat before putting it into the stock pot. Leave plenty of room at the top of the pot for water to boil.
  2. Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to water and 2 teaspoons of salt prior to cooking (you can use less salt if you are on a low salt diet). This helps pull out the nutrients from the bones.
  3. Add in vegetables, such as onions, garlic, carrots and celery.
  4. Bring the water to a boil then reduce the heat. Simmer for at least 6 hours. Skim off fat and sludge on top as it arises of leave the fat if you prefer it. Chicken bones can cook for 24 hours and beef bones can cook for up to 48 hours. Fish stock requires the least amount of time and 1-2 hours is adequate.
  5. Towards the end of the boil, add other vegetables and herbs for flavour. Herbs and spices, such as Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme or Herbs de Provence or Ginger and Turmeric.
  6. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Discard solids and strain remainder in a bowl through a colander.
  7. Let broth cool to room temperature, cover and chill. Use within a week by reheating or freeze in portions for up to 3 months. Fish stock can be frozen in ice cubes to add to soups and Asian dishes.

There are a few important basics to remember when making a great bone broth. First, practice makes perfect. It is a good thing to do on a day when you are at home doing other things, so you can tend to it as necessary. Secondly, while animal components and water alone can make a simple and healthy broth, combining it all with vegetables and even some extra meat, makes it even more beneficial as well as tasty. Broth can become an essential part of your diet by adding it to your frozen stores so you can add to casseroles and soups as needed. It is a great lunch and a great staple in your diet.
For additional collagen, consider using parts including chicken feet and neck. No matter what animal you decide to base your bone broth on, however, either chicken, cow, venison, lamb or fish, make sure that it’s as free of chemicals as possible. The better quality the animals nutrition and life the better quality the bones are. Enjoy! X

Protein Energy Balls

½ c Almonds

½ c walnuts

½ c hazelnuts

¼ c pumpkin seeds

¼ c flaxseed (linseed)

¼ c chia seeds

¼ sunflower seeds

2 heaped T cocoa powder

2 heaped T coconut oil

2 t molasses

3 t honey

A pea size amount of vanilla pod

Shredded coconut

Grind the nuts in a food processor until a fine flour. Add the coconut oil and mix until the mixture becomes sticky, then add cocoa, molasses, honey and vanilla according to taste.  Place bowl in fridge for approximately 2 hours, as then it is easier to roll the mixture into balls and roll in shredded coconut.

These are a great snack for the whole family. Enjoy! X

Homemade Lemsip ~ Ginger Drink Recipe.

Ginger root kills the germs, lemon coats the throat in acid, kills the germs, breaks down the mucous and provides vitamin C, & honey soothes the throat.

Slice Ginger root, add to a pot and bring to the boil for 10 minutes. Pour the tea into your cup, squeeze in half a lemon from a lemon tree and add Thyme from the garden. Add a teaspoon of honey and drink. Add more water back to the ginger and reuse next time you make it, it will get stronger. Keep using ginger until spent then replace and start again.

Total cost $2 worth of fresh ginger. Honey 0.50c at a stretch. Lemons and Thyme = free.

Homemade Spicy Tomato Juice with Anti-inflammatory Benefits

Take either pre-made Tomato juice or a can of whole peeled Tomatoes and place in the blender. If you have fresh Tomato’s on hand great – use them.

Add 1 Teaspoon of Cider vinegar

Add either a 1/2 Teaspoon of The Apothecary’s Anti-inflammatory powder or

A pinch of cayenne, a bigger pinch of ginger, 1 Teaspoon of Turmeric and 1/2 Teaspoon of black pepper.

Add a pinch of salt.

Mix and Enjoy daily for the anti-inflammatory benefits of these spices.