Visit to Ostler’s Cider Mill

On Saturday we visited Ostler’s Cider Mill near Barnstaple. No, not to drink cider, but to see the incredible Cider Vinegar that they make there and to see the blossom of over 1,000 apple trees in blossom. Unfortunately, the blossom was late, however we had a great time anyway.

I am excited about this product because it has been brewed traditionally and has the ‘mother’ in it. The ‘mother’ is a collection of beneficial wild yeasts that grow on the apple juice when the conditions are right. All of Ostler’s bottles of cider vinegar have a piece of mother in them. All the cider vinegars that I have seen before have been clear and mother-less, as in the making the wild yeasts are killed and then controlled yeasts introduced, such as brewer’s yeast. This is not the same!

Apple Cider Vinegar has been highly regarded throughout history. As far back as 400 BC Hippocrates, Father of Medicine, used it for its amazing health qualities. One of the uses that it is famous for is the relief of arthritis. Only at the beginning of this month a friend of mine was telling me how she was getting arthritis in her hands. I suggested she could try cider vinegar, and tonight she has told me that she is able to move her little finger again!Wow! I’m impressed!

There are apparently many other uses for it (I have cleaned my windows very successfully with it – ahem, but not recently). Here is a useful site listing lots of ways it has been used:

You can also read up in more depth if you get the book on cider vinegar by Paul* and Patricia Bragg, of ‘Bragg’s Aminos’ fame. It is called “Apple Cider Vinegar: Miracle Health System”. The Bragg’s recommend apple cider vinegar which has ‘mother’ in it and Patricia Bragg has personally endorsed Ostler’s Cider Vinegar herself!

The Braggs’ website list the following as the benefits of cider vinegar:

Rich in enzymes & potassium
Support a healthy immune system
Helps control weight
Promotes digestion & ph Balance
Helps soothe dry throats
Helps remove body sludge toxins

Helps maintain healthy skin
Helps promote youthful, healthy bodies
Soothes irritated skin
Relieves muscle pain from exercise

*Paul Bragg was an American ‘health crusader’. He really believed in the importance of enzymes for health and longevity. He died from a surfing accident when he was 81!

A big thankyou to everyone who came!

Hope you are enjoying the exuberance of spring!

Sunshine and smiles

Lisa x

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2 Responses so far.

  1. RawLisa says:

    Well, if you drink 1-2pints of water in the morning before breakfast you could have a teaspoon or two in that, or else just in a small amount of water, which can be tepid. Similarly, before bed, about 1.5 hours after eating in the evening you can take another dose.
    If your digestion is a bit sluggish you can take 1/4 tsp before eating.
    I don’t personally take a sweetener with it as I find the Ostler’s cider vinegar very pleasant. It is usually recommended to add a little unfiltered honey.
    There are hundreds of ways of using apple cider vinegar and Patricia Bragg published a book on the different uses, which I would reccommend if you want to know more.

  2. lisalowy says:

    Thank you for arranging the visit. I’m sure the trees have lots of blosoom now.
    I just wanted to check how to take the cider…. Is it 2 tablespoons of cider in a mug of hot water with a natural, raw sweetner, like Agave? Lisa L. X

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