Cereal Grain Milk Remedy
- 6 months +
- 7 cups
- gluten free
Cereal grain milk is centering, soothing, and nourishing to your baby’s digestive tract. This is the first remedy that I use to help restore balance. Soft grains that are cooked to a soupy texture for your baby’s first purees keep the fiber of the whole grain, or for a more serious condition, you can squeeze the grain through cheesecloth to take out the fiber.
This special preparation is gentle on the digestive system, can be offered as a first food, and can also be used as a healing food for any kind of illness or imbalance. You can remove the fiber by straining the grain through cheesecloth, thus making a very soothing food for your baby’s sensitive digestive system. This porridge can be helpful for an upset stomach or illness at any age. Brown rice syrup can be added for sweetness; for illness, add a few drops of plum vinegar to produce an alkaline balance.
You will need
- 1 cup short-grain brown rice
- ½ cup sweet brown rice
- Water to cover, for soaking
- 10 ½ cups water, for cooking
- 1-inch-square piece of kombu seaweed
- Pinch of salt (for babies over one year old)
- 1 tablespoon brown rice syrup or a few drops plum vinegar per serving
- Cheesecloth or Muslin Multi-purpose Cloths
- Cover the grains with water and soak for 8 to 24 hours. If you do not have time to soak them for this time span, soak for at least 1 hour, if possible. Drain.
- Add the drained rice, cooking water, kombu, and salt to a large pot, and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 1 ½ hours. Use a heat diffuser to keep grains from sticking to the bottom of the pot and to prevent burning.
- When the rice is done, remove the kombu, and let it cool.
- When the cooked grain is cool enough to handle, form a bag with cheesecloth, and strain the liquid, leaving the rice in the bag.
- Add either brown rice syrup or plum vinegar before serving.
- You can substitute millet, whole oats, or barley for the sweet rice. This recipe can be made thicker for older children by adding more grain or less water. The mixture can be refrigerated for up to 4 days; reheat before serving.