Get Rooted and Ready for Autumn
This recipe and information about Autumn in Chinese medicine can be found on Beara Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine from Autumn 2014
Brown Mustard Seeds
Yellow Mustard Seeds
Kombu Irish Organic Seaweed
Fresh Ground Black Pepper (Catalyst for tumeric)
Laughing Oyster (Bere Island) Dried fresh Seaweed
Pinch Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar with the “Mother”
Airtight Storage Jar
Chop with the skin on: Tumeric, Horseradish & Ginger
Peel a whole Bulb of Garlic
Shake the vinger bottle to gently wake the Mother up! Pour the vinegar into the jars
Add the the yellow and brown mustard seeds
Add the Seaweed
Add the Black Pepper
Pop in the Tumeric, Ginger, Horseradish & Garlic into the jar
Sprinkle of Laughing Oyster Seaweed
Sprinkle of Ground Black Pepper
Closed the lid
Stir and strain in a month
Pour into brown bottles which can be purchased as usual from Taste Castletownbere
Take 2tsp neat or into hot water throughout the Autumn or all year
If on medication check with your GP as some ingredients can interfere with prescribed medication
Do not take if pregnant
Or if you have ulcers
Avoid turmeric if you are on blood thinning medication or going for surgery -natural blood thinner
All the ingredients will help strengthen your immune system and ward off bugs.
I prefer purple clove garlic more potent ( Fallon & Byrne Food Hall), let the cloves stand so the allicin which is the compound found in garlic becomes stronger.
You can purchase the tumeric in Organico & English Market. Horseradish Fallon & Byrne Dublin and English Market. Organic ginger -Taste Castletwonbere. This time I decided to use Biona cider vinegar from Supervalu instead of the famous Braggs which is my number one.
Mustard is an excellent source of selenium, a nutrient which that has been shown to help reduce the severity of asthma, decrease some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and help prevent cancer. Mustard is also a good source of magnesium. Like selenium, magnesium has also been shown to help reduce the severity of asthma and to lower high blood pressure, to restore normal sleep patterns in women having difficulty with the symptoms of menopause, to reduce the frequency of migraine attacks, and to prevent heart attack in patients suffering from atherosclerosis or diabetic heart disease.
Mustard seeds are a very good source of omega-3 fatty acids and manganese as well as a good source of phosphorus, copper, and vitamin B1.
Yellow mustard seeds (also called white) are the mildest, while brown and black seeds much hotter and more pungent.
I purchased the jars in Heatons in Ballincollig