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Added 13/04/2013

Apples… I love them and wow they offer us so much. Apples would always be in my kitchen pharmacy. Why?

Because apples are a great source of malic acid, which is a great digestive aid and eases discomfort of bloating.

Because apples are digested completely within 85 minutes, the same enzymes that help the digestion of the apple so quickly aid in digestion of other foods.

Because apples are cleansing foods in the eyes of the Herbalist, especially for eliminating cholesterol from the body, this process occurs through the large amounts of pectin in apples.

Because the pectin in apples is transformed into a soothing coating for the intestines by intestinal bacteria which eases stomach cramps.

Because apples provide antioxidants and are hematic in that they support the building of blood as well as cleansing the blood.

Because eating apples offers us a gentle support for the liver. This is especially so with children.

So what great nurturing and nourishing qualities the apple blesses us with.

How would I use apples in the kitchen pharmacy?

Baked apples are fantastic food. Fill with warming spices for an extra treat.

‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ so why not have all the family munch on an apple? Sometimes I used to grate apples for one of my children when he was small as he wasn’t so keen to munch! Also I love a snack, when I am working, of slices of apple dipped in peanut butter.

Autumn is a great time of the year for juicing apples but now we can find great apples all year round. This offers a very gentle cleansing movement for the liver; a nice gentle preparation for the winter months ahead when we may be curled up by the fire rather than the more physical outdoors life of the summer. To offer the liver the chance to move along any sluggishness is always helpful.

Apple cider vinegar is again packed with malic acid, aiding digestion. This is the vinegar I recommend most. My feeling is that as it balances our ph levels there is a general sense of wellbeing and equilibrium as a result. This of course brings the by-product of boosting immunity. Remember however many wonderful qualities apple cider vinegar offers us but also remember it is vinegar so large repeated doses are not needed. One little gem you may not know about apple cider vinegar is that you can soak cloths in warm water with a large cup of apple cider vinegar added and then wrap this round the feet of someone with a temperature and this will assist in lowering the temperature and of course can be used alongside any other remedies you may be using.

Apple cider vinegar can be added to bath water for cleansing effects.   

So bake apples, stew apples, munch on raw apples, juice them and add the vinegar to salads. They are very friendly fruits as they happily combine with warming spices such as cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg. Also apples are a delight with the addition of honey or maple syrup. Celebrate our good fortune to be blessed by the apple tree and the gift of its fruit. Enjoy!

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