In what has seemed like the blink of an eye, the air has changed and there is definitely a feeling of autumn everywhere we go. There is that unmistakable morning chill, a longing for sweaters and soup and yesterday I found myself dragging out neglected knitting needles and wool.
As soon as I noticed this chill I set to work in my kitchen because this change of season always seems to invite bugs and not the insect kind!
Sure enough the past few days has seen sneezing, runny noses, fevers and general malaise around here. I am thankful, as always, for the healing gifts of nature!
We have been drinking lots of Yarrow, Elderflower and Hyssop tea. Our homeopathy kit has been open for the remedies Aconite, Belladonna and Arsenicum. The kitchen has offered up some garlic, onions and cinnamon for these two simple yet effective remedies:
I have a friend who is a herbalist and she gave me the idea for this garlic and onion syrup. Fill a jar with chopped garlic and onion. Completely cover with honey and keep in the fridge. After a week you can begin to take the honey by the spoonful. You can strain off the garlic and onion or leave it in to infuse for longer. It will keep for ages and just grows more *potent* with time.
Cinnamon tincture is easy to make and lovely to use. A teaspoon in tea or porridge or anything really. I loosely fill a jar with cinnamon sticks cover with a good quality vodka and leave in a dark place for six weeks. Cinnamon is so very good at maintaining wellness and such a warming scent and flavour in the chilly months.
Despite Southern England's cold and rainy summer I feel ready for the shift to autumn. Warm foods, warm clothes, warm remedies and a cup of tea with my knitting.
Farewell to summer!