These Scrumptious and flavoursome scones are delicious drizzled with honey and walnuts or simply a spreading of jam, The herbs rosemary and thyme create a piney and minty flavour along with the balsam and lemony taste of the Pelargonium citronellum leaves, a lovely addition to your coffee or tea break.

Ingredients

225g (8oz) self raising flour (or plain flour with 1 tablespoon baking powder)
5ml (1tsp) baking powder
50g margarine or butter cut into small pieces
1 egg
A little milk
A pinch of salt or 1-2 tablespoons of sugar (depending on taste)
2-3 sprigs of rosemary, leaves finely chopped
2-3 sprigs of thyme, leaves taken off stalk
1-2 leaves of pelargonium citronellum
A Peel of half a lemon finely chopped or grated
Topping honey and or walnuts or jam

To prepare
Sift the self raising flour with the added baking powder into a mixing bowl, add the margarine and  rub in lightly with your fingers & thumbs above the bowl until the texture is similar to that of  fine breadcrumbs.
If you have a sweet tooth add 1-2 tablespoons of sugar  or just a pinch of salt as the drizzle of honey will act as a natural sweetener. You can also add a little olive oil if you like.
Add the finely chopped rosemary leaves and thyme as well as the finally chopped lemon peel and pelargonium citronellum leaves. Mix together in the flour mixture then make a well in the centre and add a beaten egg, stir the contents together adding a little milk until you reach the right consistency to form a soft dough.
Knead lightly to take out any visible cracks, then a light dusting of  flour to your work area and rolling pin, roll out the dough with a thickness of approximately 2 cm’s.
When the dough is rolled out carefully cutout the pieces using a 2 cm cutter or cut into triangles, add them to the baking tray lined with a baking sheet and place them in the oven for 8-10  at a temperature of 230 c (450 F mark 8)
you can also replace the egg with soya or almond milk.
After baking, cut the scone in half and add a layer of honey and or walnuts, or jam served with a refreshment such as tea or coffee.

Nature ways to improve the immune system

At this difficult time all our lives will be affected by the covid-19, so it is important to support one another.

We hope all are well and keeping safe as much as possible.

Here are a few natural ways to improve your immune system

Adding fresh thyme and rosemary to your food if possible (or dried from a supermarket ) with half a clove of garlic chopped into small pieces and added to food while cooking such as chicken, eggs omelette, fish ,soya mince or other meat and vegetables etc.

 

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Olive oil uncooked (preferably virgin olive oil) added to food after cooking can also help.

Rosemary is great for strengthening the immune system and also for respiratory problems such as sinus infections and the common cold & flu.

You can add a sprig or  a half chopped into small pieces or dried with garlic while cooking, it can also be added to soup and tea.

It is also a disinfectant, anti inflammatory, anti oxidant with vitamins c and A, copper, zinc, phosphorus, iron and also improves digestion.

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Thyme also helps improve the immune system, the lymphatic system and against respiratory infections. It is full of iron, calcium, vitamins A, B6, C, E, K and magnesium. Thyme also has antiseptic, anti inflammatory, anti spasmodic, anti fungal and antibacterial properties and improves memory, depression and sleep. A few  sprigs pushing the leaves off downwards or dried.

 

Garlic has antibiotic properties and can help against infection and cardiovascular disorders also reducing the risk of chest problems, digestive and fungal infection.

Half a clove of garlic cut into small pieces and added to food while cooking.

Please note that too much garlic can irritate the stomach.

 

Lemon may also help the immune system as it is full if vitamin c as well as iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and is also good for the  heart and digestion. Add Hot water to a cup or mug with a squeeze of half a lemon and honey.

 

Hope this helps