Trying New Things
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Okay so this morning isn't going as planned but it's going better! Plan was to start the day at 8 am (everyone is gone by then) with tidying up the kitchen and getting dressed. Then at 9am go for a walk.
Well started the day at 8am, kitchen done, dressed before 8:40. So instead of going on facebook and playing games, I switched on the WII, played tennis for 10 minutes, did the fitness test on it and then decided I needed punishment not a walk and dropped in Jillian's kettle bell workout. Now I'm tenderized! I'm going to drink the nettle infusion I made yesterday and head downstairs to make so soap. I have the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival this weekend and I'm not ready - though with all the stuff I have made you wouldn't know it. LOL Tonight when I get home from soccer practice my daughter and I will be going for a run. Then hopefully she'll want to go downstairs and make some bath bombs with me.
I'm sure some are wondering what the heck is a nettle infusion.
I don't think I've ever mentioned I'm very into learning about plants and especially how herbs and other plants can be used to balance, enhance my health and the products I make - hence finding infusions. I've already been working with oil infusions for my soaps and I made my own vanilla extract (tastes so much better than store bought!). Nettle infusion is similar. It's dried herb infused in hot water, you strain it and drink it. Mine goes in the fridge over night so it is cold. If you want more information, send me an email.
I thought I would start with nettle as I already have it in the cupboard and enough to get me through till grocery day. Nettle is also high in calcium, magnesium and zinc as well as a whole whack of other vitamins/minerals. Not alone that over time it can increase energy and is good for the body. It's also another way for me to get in a quart of water everyday as you use only water to infuse the dried nettle with.
Smell wise, to me it smells like tea. Taste wise, it's different. Reminds me of the cedar tea I get from the women on the reserve. I may try adding a drop or two of lemon to it. I will drink this for one week and then try another one.
On today's making list, other than another nettle infusion for tomorrow, is a soda culture so I can make lacto-fermented Strawberry Soda. I'll let you all know how it goes.