I don’t even remember where I got this from, but it was a life saver for my husband back in 1987. He was having severe abdominal pains that prevented him from being able to work. The doctor diagnosed him as having several peptic ulcers in his stomach causing the pain and told him to start using Tagamet, a stomach acid reducer to relieve the pain. Well, his father had been using Tagamet for years and still had to keep using it, so I knew it was not going to get rid of the ulcers.
So, I dived into my box of remedies and found what was called “Slippery Elm Gruel”. My husband didn’t like the taste of most of my home-spun remedies and usually balked at them. But he actually liked this one and enjoyed taking it!
His pain subsided within 2 hours and he was able to go back to work the next day. He continued the regimen for 2 weeks to make sure the ulcers healed. I’m glad to say that they never reoccurred.
Also, just 2 years ago, I ended up with ulcers. At first I thought it was food poisoning but it lasted longer than 24 hours and kept getting worse. The pain got so bad all I could do was lay down. At this point I realized it was ulcers. We were on a 3-day trip away from home and any of my remedies, but my husband managed to find a health food store that had the slippery elm powder.
I was in too much pain to travel, so we stayed an extra day while I drank my Gruel every 2 hours. By the next day I was good enough to travel so we returned home. The pain went away completely within 3 days and never returned. I kept taking the gruel for a week after that anyway.
The Slippery Elm Bark did the trick both times! It’s a mucilaginous herb and so it soothes and heals mucous linings and tissues.
Here’s the recipe:
Slippery Elm Gruel
• 1/2 tsp. Slippery Elm Bark Powder
• 1 cup milk or almond milk
• 1 tsp. honey
• a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg
- Make a paste of the slippery elm bark and honey.
- Bring milk just to the boiling point (small bubbles around the edges).
- Stir in the slippery elm mixture as it reaches boiling point.
- Remove from heat.
- Stir 5-10 seconds adding cinnamon or nutmeg.
- Drink while warm.
- Do this 3x daily.
Wanted to share some research on nasturtiums. Amazing and beautiful plant allies! Here are just a few tidbits about them, with links at the bottom. I chose to follow links that would most likely have some research behind them.
Garden nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus L.)
Nasturtiums prevent cancer, cardiovascular diseases and bacterial infections, stave off respiratory conditions, urinary
diseases and muscle pain, keep digestive issues, reproductive conditions and diabetes, benefits the immune,
cardiovascular, muscular and digestive systems, support the ocular, respiratory and both the male and female reproductive
Also repels whiteflies, squash bugs, aphids, many beetles and cabbage loopers. Nasturtiums are great for companion
planting. They release an airborne chemical that repels predacious insects, protecting not just the nasturtium but other
plants nearby. Many of the insects nasturtiums repel favor vegetables — tomatoes, cucumbers, kale, kohlrabi, collards,
broccoli, cabbage and radishes.... so they are an ideal choice for planting along the edges of and mixed in with your
I hated to throw out the veggies after straining my fire cider so I tried putting them in a stir fry. It tasted good but it was too fibrous to be pleasant. This time I dehydrated the veggies and put them in the food processor to make a powder. It's delicious! Here's some ideas for how to use the "fire powder"...
Sprinkle on buttered popcorn
Top a baked potato
Mix in with sour cream, olive oil, and fresh pressed garlic for a chip dip (also great on kefta and falafels)
Puree cooked cauliflower with butter and a splash of cream and add "fire powder" to taste.
Season grilled chicken
What ideas have you tried or sound good?
The only way to know if it's legal for you to have chickens where you live is to do the research. If you don't know if keeping chickens is 'legal' where you are, you have to do some work.
I live in what is currently classified as a 'village'. When I got interested in keeping chickens, I had to check the zoning laws.
Off to the Village offices I went. And went again. And again. Seems there were no laws regarding the keeping of chickens in the village limits. Over multiple visits, the only thing we could come up with was the law regarding 'nuisance' animals. So the consencus became, no roosters, but hens were okay.
As our 'village' will attain 'city' status soon, I am hopeful that my work to research this issue will result in a specific law allowing the keeping of chickens.
Regardless of where you live, if there are zoning restrictions against keeping chickens, there is strength in numbers. If you live in an HOA, try to get neighbors on board, whether they want chickens too, or just want to benefit from your harvest. But also be responsible. Don't get a bigger flock than you can handle. Keep up on maintenance. Don't bite off more than you can chew.
There is a big trend in allowing chickens even in cities. But make sure you do it 'legally' and responsibally.