In Mexico, or Spain for that matter, garlic tea is served up for coughs or colds. People swear by it! The garlic oils inhibit cough and cold microbes, and they are effective decongestants. Lemon juice reduces and thins mucus, which makes it easier to unclog a stuffed up respiratory system. Lemon juice also changes the body's pH, making it less hospitable to viruses and bacteria. Adapted from Prevention magazine.
These herbs are known for helping relax and make you sleepy. Drink this before bedtime and get a good nights sleep! The original recipe calls for 1 1/2 oz Vervain leaves, but Zaar won't let vervain go through so I have modified it. Please feel free to use the vervain, it is good for nervousness, will tone up the system, good for stomach troubles. Adapted from Herbal Teas. This may be put in a jar with directions and given as a gift too, perhaps with some bath crystals and a good book! You may also use valerian instead or with the vervain. Look in your health food stores for these teas.
Nasturtiums add a peppery taste to a green or mixed salad and a flash of contrasting color. This is an attractive summer salad, rich in vitamin C, and can be eaten as a first course or on its own. I use other summer flowers in bloom too(red clover, cosmos,marigolds,pinks,roses, etc.). In the ingredients, it says nasturtium petals, but I actually use whole flowers along with petals.
All the fresh taste of California! You may use Wehani rice in this recipe, which is a hybrid grown in California. When cooked it turns a deep russet color. The flavors here are earthy and complex. Adapted from The New Basics Cookbook, a great find!.
Each apple has it's own personality! Pippins, Gala and Braeburns are favorites. This pairs well with a floral honey vinaigrette. The dressing has been doubled so you can have more for more salad. Adapted from Country Home magazine.
Mmmmm....fresh corn, cooked, cooled and mixed with fresh vegetables with a red wine vinaigrette=simple pleasures! The fresh herbs add the flavor to make this a memorable meal. Adapted from Midwest Living magazine. Cook time is for the corn. This is good served with chips.