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Making Milk Kefir – Step by Step Guide (Pictures)

Milk kefir is a balanced pro-biotic unlike most probiotic products sold in supermarkets and health food stores, as it contains not only the beneficial bacteria, but also the yeast.  Not including the beneficial yeast in a probiotic is only half the solution, as it leaves a vacum in your intestinal eco-system for non-beneficial yeast to occupy and cause bad health.  The bacteria and yeast in kefir live symbiotically and produce nutrients to help sustain one another.

In milk kefir, the yeast and bacteria, feed off the lactose sugar contained within the milk, so by end of the fermentation process such of the lactose that can cause intolerances are digested.

Starting with a tablespoon of milk kefir.  Add the kefir grains to a clean sterile fermentation jar, about a 1/2 litre jar.  Top up with organic milk, or raw unpasteurised/non-homogenised milk preferably.

Milk kefir grains in a straining tub

We use organic milk as pictured below.

kefir grains in fermentation jar and carton organic milk

Once topped up with milk, leave on a kitchen counter top, out of direct sunlight to ferment.  Shake twice daily until fermented and the milk thickens and the kefir may float to the top.  When straining no metal must be used.  A solution we found, was to take an disused plastic pot and drill 3mm in the bottle to act like a sieve.  Using plastic is not a first preference, as plastic contains BPA, however it tends not to leech BPA so long as the plastic is not heated, so it’s grand to use in this case.

Strain off the milk yoghurt every 24 – 36 hours depending on how well it ferments and fill into a large fermentation pot, like above and leave out for a further 24 hours to fully ferment.

Or you can pot into small yoghurt ports like below.

small milk kefir yogurt pots

Then refrigerate, and it should keep for 2 – 4 weeks.  Return the strained kefir grains to the a freshly washed jar and top up with fresh milk to continue the process for again.  Sometimes we pour the yoghurt into a large pot for use when making the Oatmeal Porridge Bread as a substitute for natural yoghurt.

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Silver Water – Some Practical Applications

For our years of experience using silver, we have learned a few tips from others and some of our own.

Around the Home

Homebrew
When you get a wine to a desired sweetness/specific gravity/alcohol content, add a half a cupful of silver water to halt the fermentation process and fix the wine at this level.

Cleaning – Use silver water in a spray bottle to clean down work surfaces and protect against germs.

Health & Well Being


Athlete’s foot – place your freshly washed socks in a bowl and pour silver water over them, wring them out and place on a radiator to dry.  Wear your silver embedded socks, changing them daily until the yeast infection has cleared up.

Jock Rash – if you drive a lot and are prone to an itchy rash around your intimate jewels then put your freshly washed jocks in silver water and again dry on the radiator/hotpress and wear as normal, continue this until the rash has cleared.  This can take about a week or two depending on the severity of the infection.

Sinusitis (blocked sinuses) – we use a teaspoon in a nebuliser twice a day, breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth, in the morning and later afternoon for three days, and it always clears up.

Chest infections, flus and colds – Usually taking silver water orally is sufficient to stave off a cold or flu, holding the silver water in your mouth for more than 15 seconds allow more of the active silver pass through the thin membrane under your tongue into the bloodstream and around your body, to fight off the infection.  This is by far the most effective system for getting silver particles into the blood.  For chest infection or blocked sinuses, use a teaspoon of silver water in a nebuliser twice a day, breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth to target the sinuses and in and out through the mouth to target the chest, works best for us.  We don’t suffer cold and flus as others do, if we feel a cold or flu coming on, its straight for the silver water, we might get the aches and pains, sniffles or wheezy chest for a few hours, but generally it passes within a few hours to a day or day.

Conjunctivitis – A few drops from a dropper into the eye, or sprayed as a mist into the eye, apply each day until the condition clears.

Acne & Spots – A friend uses this one.  From a young man he has suffered terribly with spots/acne.  He went down the mainstream route of steroidal creams and medicated shampoos, they helped alleviate some of the symptoms, but not completely.  He now has stopped all medicated products and using a mister, mists affected areas after a shower or a wash.  His skin is spot free.

Rhinitis/Hay Fever – Taking silver water orally over the year as a maintenance dose prevents the occurrence of rhinitis.

Diverticulitis/Colitis/IBS – Some other friends use the silver water in the treatment of these conditions and have found it to be effective.  Alleviating the cramps, trapped wind, and any infection/overgrowth of non-beneficial microbiota that might be present.

Burns/Insect Bites – Spraying the affected area, seems to relieve the pain, and remove any infection.

Genital/Oral Herpes (Coldsores) – Taking silver water continually for some friends, seems to initially shortened the duration of outbreaks and then eventually stop outbreaks altogether and the infectious cycle.  Others have reported a complete cure to herpes when using silver water in conjunction with protocols such as the “The Bob Beck Protocol”, as there is no conventional treatment available, many are forced to just live with the condition.

Ulcers – Depending on where the ulcer is, silver water can be taken orally to alleviate the ulcer, some find spraying the affected ulcer helps with healing and external ulcers, such as leg sores.

 Veterinary Health

Peritonitis in Dogs – Some pedigree puppies can develop an infection in the stomach or abdominal area, causing the puppies stomach to become hard and swollen.  They are in constant pain and cry continually.  My friend tells me prior to using silver water, he could lose most of a litter as there is no surefire way to cure the condition.  In his experience, he would call the vet, be told there is little to no chance of a recovery, I can give you an antibiotic and hope for the best, but you just might just as well face the fact, they are lost.   My friend took matters into his own hands, feed a tube into the stomach, administered 3 ml of silver water at 10 ppm diluted in 10 mls of water.  Within 20 minutes the stomachs had softened, the puppies stopped crying and they all survived with no lasting effects.

Listeriosis in sheep – I’m not familiar with this condition, other than to know it is caused by a corkscrew shaped bacteria or spirochete and can eventually within a short period cause fatality in sheep.  My same friend who used the silver water in the puppies, visited a brother in law in Scotland, a large sheep farmer and sceptic of silver water.  Two of his flock came down with listeriosis, one more advanced in the condition than the other.  My friend administered 30 mls via tube into the stomachs of both sheep, left them overnight, the following day, there was no change/progression in either of the sheep, but neither were any better, so he upped the dosage to 300mls.  The following day the sheep that was more advanced, showed no improvement, but the other sheep couldn’t be identified from it symptoms, and made a full recovery.  Unfortunately the other died.  This farmer is currently conducting trials using the silver water to test its efficacy, so far the results to date have been promising.

Bee-keeping – To help maintain good bee health, protecting against American/European Foul Brood, etc place a tray filled with glass marbles/pebbles, fill the level of the water to below the level of the pebbles/marbles, so that the bees can land and drink water without getting wet.

Poultry – Add silver water to the drinking water to help poultry fight off infections in the crop and other systems.  Using a dropper or mister spray in their eyes to clear up eye infections.  Down through the years we have had a number of hens, whose eyes sealed closed, using this method, worked for us every time.  None of our poultry suffer with lameness, infections or have much problem with mites/parasites.

Conjunctivitis in dogs/cats – A few drops from a dropper into the eye, or sprayed as a mist into the eye, apply each day until the condition clears.  This works great for dogs and cats as well as humans.

 

We would love to hear and value your practical tips on the use of silver water.  Please share in the comment boxes below.

For more information check out the Silver Colloidal Report – Compiled by Zoe Adams, available by clicking here.

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Thanks for reading and sharing.

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The Colloidal Silver Report – Compiled by Zoe Adams

We came across this booklet about 7 years ago, when a UK supplier of health supplements sold copies of the booklet.  It is by far the most comprehensive booklet we have come across relating to silver colloidal water including the history, dosage, scientific reports and much more.  The author Zoe Adams has done a wonderful job in bringing all this knowledge and information together.

Complete the short survey below to receive your copy of the Colloidal Silver Report and a 10% Discount code off your first order.

The Colloidal Silver Report - Compiled by Zoe Adams

An eBook version of the booklet is now available to purchase for a nominal price, from our shop.  We are not charging for the content of the booklet, however it has taken considerable time and money to compile the eBooklet, so a small charge applies for this.

The eBooklet is available to download upon purchase in ePub & Mobi (Kindle) formats.  If you require any other eBooklet format, please contact us and we will do our level best to facilitate you.The eBook version is much clearer than the scanned copy and is much easier to read and it’s searchable.  It’s available at present in ePub & Mobi (Kindle) formats.  If you require any other formats, please contact us and we will do our best to facilitate you.

Every attempt has been made to contact the author and publisher to seek permission to post this booklet, sadly to no avail.  A debt of gratitude is offered to Zoe Adams for her work in this booklet and should we receive a request to remove the post, we will happily do so.

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Colloidal Silver

Colloidal/ionic silver liquid is a powerful mineral, antibiotic / antiseptic. It is a safe and gentle way to boost your immune system. It is a powerful detoxifier and taken on a regular basis it strengthens ones resistance to infection and helps to maintain well-being. As an alkalising mineral it helps balance the body’s acid/alkaline levels.

Colloidal/ionic silver consists of ionic and microscopic, electrically charged particles of pure silver suspended in water. It is well known in orthodox and complementary fields of medicine. It’s uses have been well researched and documented, it was widely and successfully used before the discovery of penicillin.

In an age were antibiotics are becoming less and less effective, people need to have some means to protect themselves against infection.  Despite billions of years, few if any pathogens have developed a resistance to silver.  Historically silver has been used by people for thousands of years.

It is very easy to prepare pure silver solution at home for yourself and family. All you need is a CS Generator and some water. The water should be either distilled or you can use Purified water (sold by pharmacies for clinical use).

First hand knowledge of using Silver Water have proven its  benefits to us.  We were introduced to it several years ago and we have used it for conjunctivitis in poultry and dogs, sore throats, colds. flu, rhinitis, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, burns, dermatitis and there are so many more conditions it is useful for.

There is an excellent report compiled by Zoe Adams on this topic and it is available to download here.

Colloidal Silver Report

We recently acquired Simplyblessings.co.uk and are delighted to be able to continue the good work John & Brenda Lett have done in promoting this empowering tool for wellness.  John an electrical engineer designed the SG6 Silver Generator to work off the mains and give a constant current to produce a homogeneous sized silver particle for effective use.

The Silver Generator is available to purchase from this website by visiting the shop Our Products

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How to make Milk Kefir

How to make Milk Kefir

If you suffer from any inflammatory condition, such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, IBS etc then this could be part of the solution for you.  Milk Kefir like water contains a grain, which is just a term coined to describe the structure formed by the living organism within the kefir solution.  They are a perfectly balanced symbiotic organism, comprising of the natural yeasts and bacteria needed to maintain a healthy microbiota in your colon/gut.

However if you are lactose intolerant you may wish to look at Water Kefir. http://www.comhceol.com/how-to-make-water-kefir/

The yeast and bacteria works synergestically to digest the milk proteins and sugars to increase their numbers and the best news is, they are a renewable resource, in that once you have them and care for them, they will continue to help keep you healthy for years to come.

Ingredients & Equipment needed

1 Litre/Quart of Milk (Raw or Organic preferred)
1 Tbsp milk kefir grains
Plastic sieve or muslin cloth1 litre mason/swingtop jar

Place the milk kefir grains in a clean 1 litre jar, add the 1 litre of milk.

Tightly cover and set out at room temperature for 12 to 24 hours (in hot weather, it ferments
faster) but not in direct sun light.

Shake the jar a couple times during fermentation.

After shaking, release any CO2 gas buildup by opening the lid, then tighten the lid once again. (A tight lid produces
a lightly effervescent beverage. To eliminate effervescence, just rest the lid on the jar rather than tightly closing the lid.)

After it has successfully fermented, strain off the grains through a collander, sieve or muslin cloth and place once again into a clean jar and top up with milk to renew the process over again.  The kefir is ready when the grains coagulate at the top of the jar.

Kefir grains do not like metal, it is thought to have something to do with the particle charge of metals killing the kefir, so avoid using metal instruments or kitchenware.

Place the kefir into handy reusable jars like illustrated below and have a healthy threat to eat every day.

20160302_174142These are yogurt pots we re-use over and over again.

 

Ripened Kefir (optional)

Once you’ve strained out the kefir grains, it is recommend to ripen kefir at room temperature for a day or two prior to consuming it. Ripening kefir will eliminate some lactose from the beverage and increase some of the B
group vitamins. Folic acid, for example, increases by at least 116% in comparison to fresh milk or freshly strained kefir.

As the kefir ripens, the thick creamy kefir floats above the watery whey. Shake or stir to blend the ingredients. Or, separate and use the thickened kefir as sour cream and the whey in baking, for drinking or in other fermented foods. Once it has ripened, refrigerate it.

*Shaking the fermenting kefir prevents the formation of yeasts and acetobacter colonies from forming on the surface. If colonies form they will appear as a light-brown wavy film. Skim this off, discard the film and use the kefir. Should you ever loose a batch of kefir (or your grains) to rampant overgrowth, your nose and taste buds will unerringly inform you to toss it.

Special thanks to Brenda Lett for the repost and wonderful gift of kefir and the source Rebecca Wood.  Bright Blessings.

The featured image is water kefir and milk kefir.

 

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A Great Natural Anti-flammatory

Weeds are just a plant we haven’t found a purpose for and this is very much the case with nettle.  A relative of the mint, nettles have many uses.  Members of the mint family have a tell-tale square stem.  Not only is nettle a great source of nitrogen for feeding plants but has many uses in herbalism.  It is a natural anti-inflammatory and for this herbal remedy it’s at its most potent in Spring.  Harvest the fresh plants roots and all.  Trim off the stalks, gently wash the soil away.  The roots will still be brown when washed.

Fill a mason/swing-top jar with the roots, then add vodka, poitin or other suitable high alcohol content spirit above 40% to cover the roots completely.  Seal the jar and shake at least twice a day for 6 weeks.  Keep out of direct sunlight.  After 6 weeks decant off the alcohol and discard the roots.

The root is recommended as a diuretic, for relief of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and other prostate problems, and as a natural remedy to treat or prevent baldness.

We found to be effective for joint pain, especially in the case of sprains and strains. Its taken every day, a tablespoon, preferably early in the day.  As its a diuretic (causes water expulsion from the body), it may disturb your sleep by filling your bladder.

Remember if foraging for plants, seeds and berries, to always gather at least 100m from a road.