Your Healing Basket

This week in The Mom Map I talk about the importance of having a healing basket. A healing basket is what you reach for when you hear that awful thump in the middle of the night or just the screams of terror when you know immediately that not everything is ok. All you moms know what I am talking about. I have too many stories to tell but I do know that every mom has gone through a stressful situation of not knowing what to do in the moment.  For me I learned early on to distract my children from the pain with something soft and something they could connect to. I would then administer the essential oils, the herbs and tinctures to make them feel ok. Sometimes it was just the time out that was needed, other times it  required more attention, and the healing basket was the grounding that was needed for both of us. I found that it grounded me as well, and gave me comfort that everything would be ok. 

I want to share what is in my healing basket because...

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Bone Broth... Food is Medicine

I started making bone broth as part of my healing regimen using the GAPS diet almost nine years ago.  I think of it as a total healing food, and it is what I recommend to all clients, even my vegetarian ones.   I remember those difficult mornings in the beginning when I was in so much pain, I could not even think about eating, let alone bone broth.  However, I knew that I needed building blocks to rebuild my gut.   I would ladle some into a mug and drink its golden goodness, often adding sauerkraut to give it a probiotic boost.  It gave me strength that was noticeable, and whenever my health falters, I go right back to a pure broth regimen.

These days I am not using just broth to survive like I did it the beginning, but practically use it everyday with most meals, such as for the base for sauces, soups, and I cook our beans and rice in broth as well.  Why is it so important to me?  Well, bone broth is an easy way to get essential vitamins and...

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It's That Time of Year Again... Fire Cider

Many years ago I got introduced to the work of Rosemary Gladstar, a pioneering herbalist who concocted a Fire Cider recipe that got really popular as a immune booster during winter months. I have made it quite a few times and am always grateful when I have it in the kitchen.  Gladstar's mission was to blend medicinal herbs for wellness and spread the word about how plants heal.  The original formula contained garlic, onions, horseradish root, ginger root, hot peppers, sometimes turmeric, and often echinacea; all powerful immune boosters that help fight off infections, colds, and flus.  The following recipe is Rosemary's recipe. (On a side note, there are now companies selling Fire Cider, which I cannot support because they have trademarked the name so small herbalists can not make their own. My solution is to get in the kitchen and make it yourself.)

 

Fire Cider

• ½ cup grated fresh horseradish root
• ½ cup or more fresh chopped...

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