Pine Needle Calendula Tea and Catching Up!

Did you ever try Pine Needle Tea?  I bet you never knew it was delicious!

It is simple and a whole food and so mild.  Be careful though, and know what you are harvesting:

A few words of caution: while there are over 100 different varieties of pine, the Ponderosa, Norfolk Island and Yew needles should be avoided, as brewing can prove toxic. You’ll want to collect your needles from trees at a distance from the roadside to be sure they haven’t been

exposed to exhaust or chemicals, and far away from dump sites. Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should avoid pine needle tea as it has been linked by some sources to miscarriage. -source: http://www.medicinalfoodnews.com/articles/pine-needle-tea

What’s so good about pine needle tea?

1. Pine needle tea has a pleasant taste and smell (always a good start).

I LOVE these bags!

2. It is rich in vitamin C (5 times the concentration of vitamin C found in lemons) and can bring relief to conditions such as heart disease, varicose veins, skin complaints and fatigue

3. Vitamin C is also an immune system booster which means that pine needle tea can help to fight illness and infections.

4. Pine needle tea also contains high levels of Vitamin A, which is good for your eyesight, improves hair and skin regeneration and improves red blood cell production.

5. It can be used as an expectorant for coughs and to help relieve chest congestion; it is also good for sore throats.

6. It brings you clarity and mental clearness.

7. It can help with depression, obesity, allergies and high blood pressure.

8. Pine needles contain antioxidants. These reduce free radicals, which are harmful to humans and can cause disease.

9. Taoist priests drank pine needle tea as they believed it made them live longer. There is researched evidence that pine needle tea can help to slow the ageing process.

10. Pick some pine needles and let them soak in boiling water on your stove and it will add a crisp pine smell all over the house. Perfect for Christmas.

source: https://www.forestholidays.co.uk/forestipedia/10-reasons-you-should-be-drinking-pine-needle-tea

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My First Home-Grown Meat Processing

Our homestead status leveled up this past month in many ways. After many months of searching, we are in negotiations for our very own property.  Land of our own would certainly allow us a much higher degree of self-sustainability (I already ordered new seeds!).  The other important milestone we surmounted was the dispatch and processing of a guinea fowl.  It had been creating chaos (ultimately, it was this one, another guinea, and sadly, my favorite rooster that had to go). We had to get rid of it (them) and I needed to learn how to process meat anyhow. Here is a little of my thoughts and a little peek into my experience.

The hardest physical part of it all was plucking.  I think I didn’t have the water hot enough.  It was cold out and I had brought the water down from the kitchen just before we killed the guinea,   and it sat for about ten minutes before I could dip the meat. The plucking took FOREVER. I now have a chicken plucker high up on my wish list. Seriously. That was very tedious for one scrawny little guinea.  The gutting was easy.  I did it like a pro, only barely knicking the crop, and removing everything else intact, with no mess.   However, I think our first investment in the new place will be in some meat birds.

The hardest mental part was the killing, which I had a friend do.  It didn’t go as planned, and I ended up cutting its head off anyway with my knife. All in all, it wasn’t too bad for my first time and I can do it all myself next time. It wasn’t enjoyable, but providing healthy, wholesome meat for my family certainly will be now that I leveled up.

I am becoming one  Tough. Mother. Plucker!

Back on Track, and Updates

It was hard to put this video out, but I thought you all deserved an explanation.  I had a little slump.  I had foot surgery and it triggered some unpleasant memories.  In addition, we have been house hunting and I tried to give up my dreams only to find out that my dreams wouldn’t let me!  LOTS more to follow.  Thanks for sticking with us!

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