Tuesday
Feb252014

Green Cleaning: Home Made Orange Enzyme Cleanser

One thing that is sometimes forgotten about when we cleanse  is that also it's really important to eliminate harsh chemical cleaners from your regime -
"remove dirt, don't add chemicals" is my motto, and
it's so important.The simplest way to clean your home in a green & healthy way is to use baking soda and white vinegar.  It is very effective & also safe - for you, for your family, for the environment. 
This orange enzyme cleaner is so very simple to make, and gives plain old white vinegar a little extra oomph, and makes it smell much nicer.  For any of you who don't like the smell of vinegar remember it is still nicer than chemical cleaners such as Windex and won't give you a toxic headache.  Add a drop or two of essential oil if you like though it doesn't really need it.  Choose organic white vinegar to avoid the GMO stuff.
You will need:  glass jar with plastic or glass lid (metal will rust with the vinegar), orange peels (eat the oranges first) and organic white vinegar. Maybe a spray bottle to store it in once it's done.
It takes about two weeks to be ready, but really it's fine to dip into it a little sooner than that.
(tip:  if you don't feel like eating a whole lot of oranges in one sitting, you can make this gradually.  Put your orange peel in and cover with a litle vinegar, and add a bit more each time you have an orange!)
Enjoy my how-to-video to see how easy it is:

 

Tuesday
Feb182014

Fire Cider

 

You will need -

- A glass mason jar (with glass or plastic (not metal) lid as it will rust with the vinegar, if you only have metal lids for your jars, use parchment or wax paper in between the jar and the lid)

- Apple Cider Vinegar 

- Horse Radish Root (peeled & chopped or grated)

- Ginger Root (peeled & chopped or grated)

- Garlic (peeled & chopped)

- Onion (peeled & chopped)

- Cayenne Pepper (not too much)

Optional Extras:

- Turmeric Root (peeled & chopped or grated) or Turmeric Powder

- Black Pepper corns (use if you are using turmeric)

- Dried Elderberries

- Rosemary sprigs (fresh or dried)

- Cinnamon Stick 

- and any other dried herbs/foods you think would be nourishing and immune boosting that you like.

Later On You Will Need:

Some local unrefined honey

Prepare all of your herbs, spices, root veg, garlic, onion etc., and place them in glass jar.  Cover with apple cider vinegar. Put the cap on tightly and shake it very well.  You will be storing it for about 4 weeks, shaking it every day.  If your home is quite warm, you will be best off keeping it in the fridge, otherwise a cool dark pantry will be great. 

After about 4 weeks, strain out your veggies, pouring the vinegar into another clean jar - it may well have changed colour a lot, depending on your ingredients (mine has already turned pinkish from the red onion I used).  You may need a funnel as well as a sieve to help you strain it neatly. If you have grated your ingredients you will probably want to strain with cheese-cloth or another thin clean piece of cotton fabric, and you'll squeeze really well to get all the liquid out and into your new jar.   

Then you will add some raw, local (to you) unrefined honey (from the farmer's market perhaps) - this will be to taste. Stir it in bit by bit, stirring very well - and blending the honey into the mixture as you go, until it tastes just right! To about a quart recipe you may need up to half a cup of honey in total, but start smaller. 

 

Watch my how-to video and remember to check back with me in a few weeks for the follow-up video!