Monday, October 8, 2012

half-moon onion honey

This morning I made half-moon onion honey. Mostly medicinal for colds and cough, it is useful in the kitchen as well. Onions from the garden were cut into half moons, drizzled first with a tiny bit of honey from our bee colony, then topped with purchased local honey and capped. I'll leave it on the counter for two days to infuse and then will store it in the refrigerator. The honey can be taken by the teaspoon for respiratory symptoms or added to tea -- and the onions can be eaten or used in recipes. But never give any kind of honey (or even use it as an ingredient) to a baby under the age of one year. 






Today is a half moonday in the watery sign of Cancer. A fertile time for gardening but also a fertile inner time -- we grow more sensitive, more nurturing, and maybe more emotional. I find it's easier to cry now. Everything seems "more".

The sign of Cancer affects the breasts, lungs, stomach, liver, and gallbladder. That means steps for strengthening and healing those areas may be enhanced -- while old issues might flare up. Planetary energies affect our bodies beginning with the head under Aries and ending with the feet under Pisces -- so I try to remember that this, too, shall pass.

I am rooted but I flow by Virginia Woolf pretty much says it all for me -- I wish you both roots and flow this week.


19 comments:

Trish said...

Mmmmmm, lovely, honey and onions, probably the 2 most healing foods in existence. I shall have to make some of this.
I feel a little watery today!
I wish you both roots and flow too. xxx

Peggy said...

Trish, you are so right about their healing qualities. And thank you!

Alegría Mediterránea said...

Fantastic post and so useful now that the cold weather comes!
I love both so much, especially separate.
With joy ,friendship and much Love,
Claudia.

Nancy said...

It is hard for me to imagine onion and honey together. More sensitive...More emotional...easier to cry??? Oy!
Love the quote :)

Ms. said...

hey Peggy--I do this with minced garlic--a powerful natural antibiotic!
LOVE that little bee thing you're knitting/crocheting? Sweet.

Nanette said...

Thanks Wise Woman for this healing infusion. I've just made some for a friend who's been plagued by chest infections for ages, and now bronchitis, so your post was timely.

Marie said...

I always go for natural remedies first
and this looks like a good one...
Thank you :)
Love your knit bee hexagon.
xo <3

handstories said...

eating onions always makes me think of that great book "Holes", where onions helped to save the day. & another sweet hexipuff- how many are you up to now? i've been at a stand still for a long time now.

montana joe said...

i shall have to try this. half moon honey. i have not heard of it this way before. the way gran always made something similar was to place a chopped onion on a saucer, cover it with fresh honey, then set it on a larger plate and place a bowl over it. then she would place it by the stove (warm place, i'm thinking) and allow it to ferment. the tincture would gather on top of the upside down bowl and drip down onto the plate below, which she would gather and give to us by the spoonful for soar throats and coughs. it was not very tasty but worked like magic! your version, i'm sure, would taste better.

deemallon said...

why do you mix some of your own honey and local honey? wonderful to read about, in any case... today cutting onions (an hour ago) the tears came and I decided to let them be more than response to pungency. Not a usual thing at all and your post on the moon puts it into perspective. thanks.

Peggy said...

Alegria, thank you so much -- and it even tastes good. Joy, friendship and love, yes!

Peggy said...

Nancy, oh it's tasty, I tell ya! :)

Peggy said...

Thanks, Michelle, yes, sometimes I add garlic, too. Or garlic plain like you make. All good, that allium!

Peggy said...

Nanette, thanks, I'd love to hear if it helps her!

Peggy said...

Marie, thanks -- you can't get much more basic than this, I don't think.

Peggy said...

Cindy -- I don't want to count the hexipuffs, it will be too disappointing. I think it says in the directions not to count for a year! :))

Peggy said...

Joe, wow, that sounds pretty cool, sort of like making a hydrosol. Our grandmothers were inventive and wise and probably more intuitive than we are now. I might try her method sometime, thanks!

Peggy said...

Dee, yes onions and flowing tears to clear things out, how wonderful you were able to give them a new meaning. I mixed the honeys because I just collected a very tiny amount from my own colony when they sprang a leak this past summer. I haven't taken any of their honey otherwise, they'll need it this winter.

deemallon said...

I see, but it will flavor the other...