One of the mainstays of good health…organically grown onions here at Bealtaine Cottage on the veranda, drying out before stringing.
Onions, Apples and Blackcurrants, organically grown, will provide an enormous amount of protection from colds and viruses and at the same time help to keep the blood free from oxidants.
All this because prevention is better than cure!
Traditionally, whole bulbs of wild garlic were placed under the thatch of Irish cottages, just above the door, to keep away evil!
It is no surprise that the writer of the book, “Dracula,” was, in fact an Irish man, Bram Stoker.
Garlic keeps the blood clean…apparently!
A slice of garlic placed on a cut will kill all infection!
In the past this was used to make a poultice which was then applied to painful joints in hands, knees and hips.
It has an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect and will successfully treat the inflammatory condition AND is free of any side-effects.
This is a very easy to grow cure and has many other uses…for example, the hips are packed with Vitamin C!
Another case of prevention being better than cure…sunflower seeds, used in bread-making will provide a good source of Omega to the body and be powerful in the protection of good health all round.
I add the hulled seeds to bread and flapjacks.
We should enquire of the older generation what it is that has kept and continues to keep them in good health.
Home made vegetable soup is one of the best sources of goodness to keep good health throughout the winter.
I make this in batches, using pumpkins from the pantry and keep it in the fridge, along with home made bread.
The leaves, bark, flowers, berries and roots were all used in folk medicine and herbal cures.
This is another easy to grow tree that keeps on giving…Elderflower Wine is absolutely scrumptious!
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I grow lots of herbs in the gardens at Bealtaine Cottage, picking freely wherever I walk along the paths.
Herbs grow very easily in the Irish climate, as the fairly constant temperature agrees with the plants.
Herbs have a variety of uses that include culinary and medicinal.
The crossover line is blurred, as much of what we cook with does so much good and is easily integrated with everyday food.
Think of Garlic for example, or Parsley, both great for the blood!
Herbs can also be used in spiritual practice too, usually through the method of burning to release scent and as a cleansing or purification ritual.
Many herbs release anti-bacterial oils into the air, thus cleansing, so again, the crossover line is easily blurred, as herbal oils released into the air can have a tremendously uplifted effect upon the senses.
This can also be in the form of strewing underfoot, as was the practice during medieval times, to combat pungent smells and general sickness.
Here at Bealtaine Cottage I grow over fifty different herbs, including perennials such as Thyme, Lavender, Rosemary, Fennel, Lemon Balm and Mint.
The list goes on to include: Chervil; Angelica; Borage; Catnip and Chives.
Include in this list, Dill, Elderflower and Garlic. Lavender, Lovage and Salad Burnet.
Parsley is a good permaculture herb, coming up each year and growing steadily for two years as a biennial plant.
Most herbs self-seed easily.
Feverfew and Borage, once introduced to your garden will grow always.
Some perennial herbs are shrubs, such as Rosemary, Sage and Lemon Verbena, or trees, such as Bay laurel, all growing healthily here.
Oregano grows virtually wild here as does the strongest mint you will ever smell or taste, which grows in the Bog Garden as Water Mint.
Willow Herb is another wild addition and even the Valerian around the cottage looks after itself.
Many herbs are enjoying the space left in between the squash, such as Nasturtium and Thyme.
The production in these newly established raised beds has been phenomenal!
Growing herbs will give an easy and beneficial garden anywhere.
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Jack is my beautiful rescue dog…I usually introduce thus to strangers as a way of excusing his enthusiasm for life…jumping up to greet people!
Jack loves walking, so we go out at least twice a day along the laneway where I live, here at Ballyfermoyle.
I took these photos this morning for you all to see soem of what Jack and I see…
Recipe for Autumn Chutney…easy and you get to choose the fruit!
- 1.5kg apples, chopped up in small pieces
- 80g chopped dates
- 100g raisins
- 450g onions, fine chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 350g soft brown sugar
- 550mls malt vinegar
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- half tsp white pepper
- 1 tsp salt
Put all the ingredients into a large pan over a gentle heat and stir until sugar is dissolved.
Bring to boil, turn down heat and simmer for one and a half hours. Stir a few times during cooking.
Pot immediately, but leave to mature for at least a week for the flavours to infuse.
I had some on bread whilst still hot and it’s yummy!