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18 Uses For Your Fermented Veggie Brine

Fermented Foods, Holistic Living, Body, Weston Price and NT, Whole 30Holly SteinComment

I'm all about zero waste...and that includes the brine from our homemade sauerkraut.  If you're looking for a way to use that brine, check out 18 different uses below!  

  1. To soak grains for proper preparation (in lieu of whey or apple cider vinegar)
  2. Add a splash to bone broth or hot soup for a fun kick
  3. Use it in deviled eggs when mixing up the yolks
  4. Mix a little into hummus
  5. Add to potato salad for a zing
  6. Use as a marinade for meat (similar to vinegar, it tenderizes)
  7. Put some in your bloody mary.  Enough said.
  8. Add it to your homemade mayo
  9. Mix it in a dip for veggies
  10. Drink it straight!  Or dilute it with flat or sparkling water
  11. Use as a salad dressing (treat as you would vinegar and add some oil, spices, etc.)
  12. Pickle some hardboiled eggs
  13. Add it to your cold soup base 
  14. Add it to egg salad 
  15. Speed up your compost (I can't wait to try this one!)
  16. Add it your fresh veggie juice
  17. Use it it to saute your greens (it will the probiotic, but the flavor will be delish!)
  18. Feed it to your chickens (I wish I had chickens!)
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Natural Cure For Mastitis

Babies and Kids, Body, Holistic Living, Pregnancy and Post PartumHolly SteinComment

About 7 weeks post partum I got mastitis.  I had heard about how awful it was and I was so sure I wouldn't get it.  I made sure to massage my boobs often for the first several weeks, and then I got a little lazy.  I went to bed one night feeling a little sore, so I put a heating pad on my boob.  The next morning I woke up and felt a little flu-like and in more pain.  I immediately texted my midwife, Lauren (Wholistic Women's HealthCare) because I knew she would know what to do!  She gave me the following protocol and told me that she hardly ever has to prescribe antibiotics anymore.  I followed this protocol for 1 day and it completely knocked it out.  I felt SO much better the next morning and continued to rest a second day as a precaution.


  1. REST.  Get in bed and do NOT get out.  Unless you have to pee.  Seriously.  This is non-negotiable.
  2. Drink as much water as humanly possible.  If you have grapefruit seed extract, put a drop in a glass of water.
  3. Eat raw garlic.  I ate a few cloves over the course of the entire day.  I chopped it up into tiny pieces and swallowed them like tiny pills so I wouldn't have to taste it.
  4. Take 5,000-7,000 mg of Vitamin C.  Go slow.  I took 7,000 mg over the course of the day.  If you take too much it can cause you to run to the restroom.
  5. Put heat on the affected breast and massage.
  6. Nurse on the affected breast as much as possible and keep it empty.  I also used a hand pump to keep it empty.
  7. Do as much skin to skin with baby as you can.

This completely saved me!  I really wanted to avoid antibiotics and this combination of things literally cleared it up in one day.  If you find yourself with a case of mastitis, give it a try!

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