“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
~ Hippocrates (often referred to as the father of Western Medicine)
My grandmother was extremely knowledgeable about food and herb remedies for a wide variety of diseases. At an early age, I was taught that almost every herb, spice, fruit and vegetable could be a powerful, natural and effective remedy. She was naturally attuned with plants and animals and told me that many of our rituals that required women to gather flowers and particular plants for ceremonies actually had hidden benefits of exposing them to oxygen rich, healing environments. In hindsight, I feel faith held more power over the people than science and hence useful practices were garbed in religious rituals. Today, with science being elevated to the status of an unquestioned God, these practices have been reduced to meaningless dictum, rarely understood or practiced with useful intent.
I am slowly building up a ‘kitchen’ and ‘healing’ garden and every time I pluck a leaf, I am reminded of my grandmother’s words…”Apologize to the plant for breaking off any piece of it and give it your sincere thanks. They too have feelings and we must respect and honor their energies. Because of them, we are able to partake of this nourishment.” Her simple wisdom has been proven true by any number of scientific observations that have measured how plants respond to external stimuli, communicate with each other and the inter-connectedness of it all. This simple conscious act of gratitude is in itself greatly healing, because it reminds us of our place in the world. The world does not revolve around us; we are a part of a larger whole.
Rich in anti-oxidants, vitamin C and other micro-nutrients, this low calorie salad happens to contain ingredients that can help build immunity and combat cough, cold or flu symptoms. It also has an interesting, delicious taste! Give it a try and let me know how you liked it…
By the way, honey and ginger are great for the throat, and Oranges (Vitamin C) or raw garlic (natural antibiotic) are very effective for colds.
- Prepare dressing
- Coat radish and apple slices well in dressing
- Toss in the assorted greens
This article is for informative purposes only is and is not intended as a substitute for medical advise.