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Cherries: the more you eat the more you save

July 23, 2014

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If you love cherries make a final feast and  try to use them 100%. Usually eating cherries we throw away pits and stems, but both have at least one good reason to be preserved and used.

Stems

Cherries stems must be kept aside and dried simply in the air or in the dryer. Then break up the dried stems and keep in a sealed jar. To do what? Nothing strange, but a purifying and diuretic herbal tea. You can buy this herbal tea in health food stores, but your home-made is much cheaper. Here’s how:

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon chopped stems for each cup
If you like honey, sugar can, barley malt, nothing

Preparation:
Put the stems in a cup, pour over boiling water, cover and let stand for 15 minutes. Filter, sweeten if you like and enjoy, preferably between meals.
 
Pits
Go past the initial aversion you may have about cherry’s pits because it is absolutely worth it to keep them. Cherry’s pits have a peculiarity which makes them extremely valuable, they do not have a heart of gold but hollow, capable of storing heat and cold, and give them back very slowly. This means that if you put together some kernels you can make a pillow, perfect for treating joint pain, neck (hot), stomach ache, toothache and others (cold). You can buy the cherry’s pits pillow in herbalis’s shop but it costs much more than the home made version. How to make your super pillow?

Ingredients:

at least 500g of cherry pits
1 small lining or others recycled fabrics

Preparation:
Keep the pits when you eat cherries. If you use the cherries in a recipe you can also use the lever-kernels. Another way to separate pits and fruit is to cook cherries with sugar to make a jam, once the fruit has softened it will be easy to remove pits using a sieve or a colander. In any case, wash them well, brushing them under the water. Dry them in the oven or in the dryer for at least an hour so that they lose all the moisture. Use them to fill a lining giving it the shape you want to the pillow. If you need some “cold” put the pillow in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before using it. If you need some “hot” put the pillow in the oven for 15 minutes at 60 ° or for a couple of minutes in the microwave, the apply on the painful area and enjoy benefits. You will be amply rewarded the effort to have them preserved.
Do not forget that as herbal tea as the pillow are two gorgeous gift ideas, super economical, ecological and anti-foodwaste!

Lisa

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 23, 2014 4:24 pm

    This is really good to know. The next time we have cherries I’m going to start collecting.

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