Home Remedy for Fall and Winter


The autumn creeping crud caught us unaware. We were so busy reveling and traveling and eating and drinking with a spate of visitors to the Pasture, that we forgot to take some precautionary measures. Modern medicine likes to cure disease, we like to prevent it. We do lots of natural things to boost our immunity all winter long. During flu season we are lucky to be able to sequester ourselves at the Homestead, only going to shop once or twice a month and taking home remedies and washing up thoroughly after being out in public. One of our favorite remedies is Russian Teaa concoction loaded with vitamins and anti oxidants enough to kick any flu or viral arse.





Russian Tea


  • 1/2 gallon orange juice
  • 1/2 gallon apple juice
  • 1 large can pineapple juice
  • 6 black tea bags
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • local honey to taste
  • a handful of whole spices:cinnamon, cloves, allspice, cardamon
  • several slices of fresh ginger root


  1. Put about 6 cups of water to boil with the whole spices. When water boils, add all the teabags and set aside to cool. Place all of the juices in a 2 gallon dispenser. (Failing this, you can easily mix everything into a large pasta pot and then store in quart jars or rinsed juice bottles.) After the tea has cooled dissolve the honey in it, and strain into the large jar/pot. Store in fridge for a couple weeks-it won't last that long-trust me. Dispense into a mug and carefully warm in the microwave, or pour a bit into a saucepan and just warm it up-boiling will destroy all of that powerful vitamin C! Enjoy. Those who believe in the healing properties of alcohol are encouraged to add a "tot" of rum, bourbon, etc...Much smaller quantities may be made-just sort of keep the ratio in mind. This is not so much a recipe- and more of a guideline.

Last winter gave us a long stretch of sub zero weather, and a stocked pantry will keep you from having to venture out, but the Homestead animals still need to be cared for and fed. Frozen water bowls are difficult to deal with. So when the Piper was done with his chores, he hustled to the fire with a nice mug of Russian Tea and rum. It worked-we weren’t sick a day, and there were no signs of frostbite! I thought at first he was just using my tea as an excuse to drink rum twice a day, but while he was sick this fall, he bemoaned not having the Russian Tea to cure himself.

Pinterest will offer you lots of recipes for Russian Tea that include instant iced tea, powdered lemonade and Tang-do not be tempted. You might as well drink Kool-Aid.  Indulge yourself with the real thing-and chase away those Fall and Winter illnesses. That’s how we do it Out to Pasture.

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