(Just now realizing I never posted July's highlight here...better late than never!)
July’s Full (Super) Moon coincides with a holiday weekend, time off work, and friends in town - what better herb to highlight than Lemon and Lemonade!
Lemon (Citrus limon) is known and beloved by many. It adds zing to dishes, cuts through grease in the kitchen, has an energizing aroma, and is easy to find in the grocery store. As a sour plant we know that Lemon stimulates digestion, builds strength, and reduces inflammation. It is also crazy high in antioxidants which help limit the damage done to the body by oxidative stress. Oxidative stress can be linked to problems such as heart disease, poor liver function, inflammation, and premature skin aging. Lemon is a great source of vitamin C which helps the body absorb iron, support the immune system, and make collagen for the skin. A common belief in herbalism is that most chronic disease begins with poor digestion. Lemon helps improve digestion in myriad ways aiding the gallbladder, liver, and colon. It’s a fantastic antibacterial and antiviral herb - in our home a hot cup of ginger and lemon tea is the first thing I grab when any type of crud seems to be popping up.
For this holiday weekend and full moon celebration I’m making Lemonade inspired by Rosalee de la Foret’s recipe found in her book ‘Taste of Herbs.’ I began by making a simple syrup combining 1/4 cup local honey with a cup of water gently warmed on the stovetop. (I used local wildflower honey from @baybeeshoney which is freaking delicious!) I then added a generous splash of a sweet plum pickling liquid I had left over from making plum pickles last week. The color and extra tartness added a nice touch. Next I juiced eight lemons and combined the fresh juice with syrup to taste. So, so good! I wish you all a happy and safe holiday filled with a little lemony goodness! Cheers!