My herbalist mother

my mother and me

My mother is visiting from the Dominican Republic and it’s been lovely having her, as always. I truly enjoy talking to my mother when she’s visiting. She raised us in herbalism and I have so much to learn from her. Today while making Sunday brunch we talked herbs all morning long. I learned that while her own mother didn’t use herbs, her father made the kids herbal tea every morning – that’s a lot of tea making as my mother is one of nine! And so for my mother it all began when she was a little child. She said she used to devour any and every bit of information she would hear about herbs. And her knowledge of herbs involved so very organically, it’s really so interesting to me. And ofcourse as a child she used herbs with us but also even now always has an herbal suggestion for me. 

My mother also uses food as medicine – literally. She has recipes that she uses for ailments that are 100% food-based. And today I wanted to share one of her recipes that can be used for body aches, inflammation within the body, for colds and flu or as a tonic for the body.

Food as Medicine - Body Tonic
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  1. 1 pint of raw honey
  2. 2 aloe vera leaves (peeled)
  3. 1/2 lb of fresh ginger (peeled and cut into small pieces)
  4. 1 pineapple (peeled and cut into small pieces)
  5. 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice
  6. 1 head of garlic (peeled)
  1. Take all ingredients and liquify in your blender.
  2. Do not strain it.
  3. Store in a glass container and in the refrigerator.
  1. Recommended to take 2 tablespoons after each meal, 3x a day. Can be used for body aches, inflammation within the body, for colds and flu or as a tonic for the body.
Giselle Baturay | Granola Living Blog
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Kristine Collins December 25, 2013 at 4:54 am

Hey Giselle! Interested in trying this and was wondering how long this would be good for in the refrigerator? Thanks!


Giselle Baturay December 26, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Hi Kristine! :) My mother said that it should be done to take everyday once you make it, so it will last that long and a little longer.


Shanna December 31, 2013 at 1:16 am

Very cool, thanks for sharing. Hopefully more to come. What about 101 online class on herbs :)?


Giselle Baturay December 31, 2013 at 7:04 am

Thanks Shanna!


Anna December 31, 2013 at 8:43 am

Hello, I’m nursing and have been getting colds so my question is will this be ok to do while breastfeeding?


Amy Green-Bosinoff February 3, 2014 at 3:14 am

I’m usually pretty good about letting my son “ride out” minor illness. Bu he’s had a lingering cold with fever and has been miserable for days. I hate giving him tylenol. And honestly have gotten really sick of the peer pressure/condemnation of many people re: my “hippy” tendencies. I have also been feeling terrible and my husband has been working a lot and I don’t want to impose on family & friends and spread illness to them. Long story longer I gave my son tylenol. But it doesn’t make him better it just masks symptoms. I’m also the mom that gave in halfway through vaccine research to a really pushy pediatrician and let her vaccinate my son although I was so hesitant. I’m done. He can be late (have already gotten a warning letter from his doctors office) on the rest of his vaccines, if he gets more at all. And I’m done with the tylenol. I’m making this tonic now. Thanks for being such a source of inspiration to a mom who struggles with ignorance, but wants to do better.


Amy April 4, 2014 at 5:19 am

How long will this concoction last in the refrigerator?


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