Backyard Tonics

Backyard Tonics

Backyard Tonics

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Restore your health and livelihood with a Back Yard Tonic, packed with live enzymes, chlorophyll, and phytonutrients.

You will never think of weeds in the same way again!  Health and healing can be found right in your own backyard!  Learn to harvest wild edible and medicinal plants that grow in your neighborhood, and blend them into healing tonics that taste absolutely refreshing.  Make your own probiotics to add to the mix.  You may have the ingredients for stress relief, digestive repair, and cellular restoration right in your own back yard!

 

How to make Back Yard Tonics:

1. Pick and wash your wild edibles

2. If stems are soft, cut up into small pieces as to not disturb the blade and motor.

3. If stems are tough then remove leaves and discard the stems

4. Cut fennel tops, apples, or carrots to use as a base at the bottom of the blender (about 2 cups)

5. Fill the blender (Vitamix works best) with the rest of the processed plants

6.  Blend on medium/high until particles are very small, but not so long as to heat the liquid

7. Pass through a mesh strainer, pushing the fibers down at the top of the strainer to squeeze out the juice.

8. Add one dropperful liquid Stevia, stir.  You can pour into reused Creative Cultures bottles.

9.  To add probiotics and increase the shelf life inoculate with 1/8 cup of whey per 16 oz bottle.  (See the up and coming Beet Kvass post for instructions on making whey.)

The Plants

Many of these healing wild plants are found right in your backyard… or your neighbors!

 

Malva has anti-inflammation properties- good for soothing conditions such as sore throat and irritated gut:

Mint has anti-inflammation properties, aids in digestion, and assists respiratory passages

Purslane 

The ultimate brain food has the highest Omega 3 content of any plant, including EPA.  It is highly nutritious, with vitamins A, C, & E and many other compounds and nutrients.

Fennel is high in Iron and Histadine to help with supporting healthy blood.  It helps to cool and relax the body, and sharpen the memory.  This is what the plant looks like when flowering:

  I frequently remove the fennel tops before cooking or making salad, chop them up and use them as a base in the Backyard Tonics:

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Comfrey is best picked when flowering, and best used in moderation.  It has amazing regenerative properties and is very good for healing the lining of the gut, so it is great for those with digestive disorders such as Colitis, IBS, and any “Leaky Gut” condition.

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Plantain has amazing properties to repair and restore cellular tissue.  It is a great source of vitamins and nutrients and can be used regularly.

Catnip is high in trace minerals like Iron, Magnesium, and Selenium.  It calms the nerves and helps one to have a restful sleep.

Lemonbalm is calming, cooling, and relaxing to the body.  It has anti-viral properties and also helps reduce anxiety and hypertension.  It looks similar to Catnip (above) but the leaves on catnip are a bit softer and fuzzier.

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3 Comments

  1. Nicole Carroll  - September 27, 2012 - 3:46 am
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    Thank you Kelly for your inspiring and life changing recipes! Your gifts are not unappreciated. Love, Nicole, Rob & baby Evie!

    • Nicole Carroll  - September 27, 2012 - 3:47 am
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      P.S. I’m getting better at identifying backyard plants. I recognized the mallow flowers right away!

      • Kelly Dearie  - October 3, 2012 - 9:24 pm
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        Mallow is so pretty when it flowers. There are some at the Homeless Garden Project the size of hats! The one thing that I don’t like about it is that it produces so much foam in the tonics. I like to leave the lid partially on the blender when I pour to trap the foam:)

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