Mixing a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of cider vinegar in warm water and drinking it as tonic for arthritis might seem like folly to some people, and yet common practice to others. This folk medicine has been used and passed down from generation to generation for hundreds of years.
To further explore the healing properties of these two household ingredients we must first understand that our bodies have a natural Ph balance that can be upset by the foods we eat. Surprisingly the Ph level of food prior to digestion has nothing to do with the Ph level of the residue that it leaves behind in our stomachs after digestion; for example lemons are extremely acidic and yet they form an alkaline residue in the stomach, likewise meat is alkaline but is very acid forming for the body.
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 medium size bunch Coriander, thoroughly washed and chopped
- 2 large parsnips, diced
- 2 medium size turnips, diced
- 3 large carrots, sliced
- 8 cups water
- 1- 15oz can chickpeas, rinsed
- 1 cup dry brown lentils, rinsed
- 1-tin chopped tomatoes
- 1-blob tomato puree
- 1/2 tbsp salt (or to taste)
- 1 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
- In a large soup pot, saute garlic and cilantro in olive oil for 4-5 minutes. Add diced parsnips, turnips and carrots and cook for another 3 minutes
- Add water, bring to a boil and add lentils. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes, until the lentils are tender
- Add chickpeas, crushed tomatoes, tomato puree, salt, cumin, turmeric, pepper and cayenne pepper (if using)
- Bring to a quick boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered for another 15-20 minutes
Swindon Pulse has a good range of essential oils in stock, and others can be obtained within a week or two, depending on availability. Prices range from £3.50 for most of the common oils and up to £30 for some of the more specialist ones.
This is not supposed to be a definitive guide on how to use essential oils, just some general information on their uses and more importantly when not to use them. If in doubt about any medical condition always consult a doctor and if you wish for more specialist information or have pre-existing medical conditions that require medication always consult a qualified aromatherapist.