Lately, I’ve been writing about culinary vinegars which blast our meals with additional flavour. I LOVE making herbal vinegars! Do you?
Let’s take that a step further.
What if you could make herbal vinegars which can prevent osteoporosis and possibly reverse it? Guess what? We can!! (and I do!)
Years ago in a very lively herbal class with Susun Weed, she shared her experience with the healing powers of plants and reversal of osteoporosis with herbal vinegars. I have made all of the vinegars in the list below over the last 20 years and taught friends, family members and clients to do the same.
Some infused vinegars draw out so many minerals that, according to Susun,
1 teaspoon of vinegar = 1 cup of milk. She feels that we cause our bones to become brittle when we take calcium supplements in pill form.
Do you drink coffee? As a diuretic, coffee consumption results in increased urination which takes calcium out of the body. Limit coffee to a couple of cups if you must drink it. I know I enjoy a cup of coffee occasionally! I am more concerned about the folks who habitually drink a pot or 2 daily!
Every cup of coffee consumed removes 5 grams of calcium from our ‘stores’.
Herbal vinegars are easy to make and tasty. Use them as a part of a salad vinaigrette or pour a splash into a pasta sauce, soups, chili, casseroles or salsa.
I have found many ways to include these calcium-rich vinegars into my meals.
Sometimes, I add a tablespoon of vinegar to a glass of pure water with a shot of black strap molasses for a mineral boost!
The therapeutic ‘dose’ is 2-4 tablespoons each day.
Use one or a combination of the following plants to make a
powerful calcium-rich vinegar.
3 findable at your local market:
These herbs are best used fresh if possible:
Amaranth (Amaranthus retroflexus) leaves
Chickweed (Stellaria media) whole above ground plant
Comfrey (Symphytum officinalis) leaves
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis)leaves and root
Lambsquarters (Chenopodium album) leaves
Lavender (Lavandula spp.) ~ more on Lavender
Lemon Balm (Melissa) ~ more on Lemon Balm
Mallow (Malva neglecta) leaves
Mints (Menthes spp.) ~ more on Mints
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) leaves ~ more on Motherwort
Mugwort (Artemesia vulgaris) leaves
Nettles (Urtica dioica) leaves ~ more on Nettles
Plantain (Plantago majus) leaves
Raspberry (Rubus species) leaves
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) flowers
Sage (Salvia officinalis) leaves ~ more on Sage
Violet (Viola odorata) leaves ~ more on Violets
Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus) roots
HOW to make your very own infused vinegar!
You will need: Your herb of choice
Apple Cider vinegar
Glass canning jar with lid
Pick fresh herb and fill your glass jar of choice about ¾ of the way full.
Fill almost to the top with apple cider vinegar.
Place the herbs and vinegar in a warm sunny window until the vinegar takes on the rich pungent taste and odor of the herb.
For a stronger vinegar, discard the spent herbs and repeat the process.
This is called ‘double infusion’ and creates a double strength vinegar.
When the vinegar is completed (3-4 weeks), strain and rebottle.
Whichever plants you decide to start with.. DO START making these vinegars. We don’t need to be 55 years old to think about bone density and bone health! We can benefit from building strong bones anytime.
Have you ever made an infused vinegar?
Try making a “therapeutic” or a stepped up version of a culinary vinegar.. and your bones will thank you!
Please share your experience and recipe ideas!