My hope is that we can navigate through this world with the grace and integrity of those who most need our protection.
May we have the sense of humor and liveliness of the goats.
May we have the maternal instincts and protective nature of the hens and the sassiness of the roosters.
May we have the gentleness and strength of the cattle and the wisdom, humility, and serenity of the donkeys.
May we appreciate the need for community as do the sheep and choose our companions as carefully as do the rabbits.
May we have the faithfulness and commitment to family of the geese, the adaptability and affability of the ducks.
May we have the intelligence, loyalty, and affection of the pigs and the inquisitiveness, sensitivity, and playfulness of the turkeys.
My hope is that we learn from the animals what we need to become better people.
~For the animals, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
Fire cider is a great winter immune tonic and digestive aid. It’s potent (and I think delicious) taste and smell help to clear up sinus and respiratory congestion. It stimulates circulation, improving the immune response and helping to keep you warm! It can be taken regularly as a dietary supplement or as prevention or treatment for a cold or flu.
- ¼ C Horseradish
- Freshly grated 1/8 C garlic
- Chopped ½ C onion
- Chopped ¼ C ginger
- Freshly grated Cayenne to taste
- Raw apple cider vinegar, enough to cover all the ingredients.
Combine all ingredients in a pint jar and cover with raw, unrefined apple cider vinegar. Vinegar will erode metal so, for this recipe or any other vinegar tincture, use a jar with a plastic lid, with a cork or ceramic top or place a layer of wax paper between the lid and the vinegar mixture. Let the mixture sit for four weeks. After four weeks, strain and sweeten to taste with honey.
Fire cider can be taken to treat or prevent a cold or flu and to clear the sinuses. Take 1 tsp. every hour at the onset of sickness, then 1 Tbs. 3 – 5 times per day until symptoms have cleared. It can also be taken as a warming, winter digestive aid – sip 1 Tbs. of fire cider in 4 oz. of warm water before meals.