Saturday, September 20, 2014

DIY Herbal Remedies and Benefits

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After our last email about our DIY Tincture Kit Special (with a free pack of seeds) we had so many inquiries I thought it best to share with everyone.

What is a Tincture?
An herbal tincture is simply an herbal extract.  Herbal remedies have been used throughout history to treat illnesses and ailments.  We use Tinctures for overall wellness!  Tinctures are easy to make, home remedies.  If properly prepared and stored, your tincture will last indefinitely.

Have you given any thought to making your own herbal home remedies? 

"Tincture Kits" purchased Monday-Thursday ship within 48 hours via USPS Priority Mail. 
Tincture kits include:
1 - 32 ounce Glass Jar with lid, 1 - 2 ounce Amber Bottle with dropper top,  2 customizable labels,
1 ounce of Organic Herbs (additional herbs available)
and Detailed Instructions

DIY Thai Holy Basil Tincture

In Ayurvedic medicine, Holy Basil is used as a tea or a tincture. Among its many medicinal uses are lowering cholesterol, as an immune booster, and lowering blood glucose levels.

"One of the primary medicinal uses for basil is for its anti-inflammatory properties. This effect stems from eugenol, a volatile oil in basil that blocks enzymes in the body that cause swelling, making basil an ideal treatment for people with arthritis. Basil, especially as an extract or oil, is known to have exceptionally powerful antioxidant properties"
NOTE: These claims have not been substantiated by the FDA and are not intended as medical advice
           Continue Reading 

The word "feverfew" derives from the Latin word febrifugia, meaning "fever reducer."
Feverfew is used most often today to treat migraine headaches. [UMM]
Feverfew has also be used for Asthma, Arthritis, Psoriasis, digestion and Menstrual cramps.                Continue Reading
NOTE: These claims have not been substantiated by the FDA and are not intended as medical advice

Helpful link:  Homemade Feverfew Tincture 

DIY Chamomile Tincture

Chamomile is an herb that comes from a flowering plant from the daisy family. Both the fresh and dried flowers of chamomile have been used to create teas for centuries to cure a number of health problems. The active ingredient in chamomile essential oil is known as bisabolol, which has a number of anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties.

What are the Benefits of Chamomile?
Chamomile can be used topically or orally to treat a number of everyday ailments, such as:
Insomnia and other sleep disorders
Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Muscle twitches
Wounds, burns, and scrapes
Skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, chickenpox, and diaper rash
Stomach problems such as menstrual cramps, stomach flu, and ulcers.             Continue Reading 

DIY Cayenne Tincture   *NEW*

Cayenne Pepper is a nightshade vegetable.  While adding a little (or a lot) of hot and spicy to any dish, cayenne pepper can also be very therapeutic.  Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin which can open up your sinuses, fight inflammation, cardiovascular support, helps with ulcers, boosts immune system and metabolism.

THIS is what got my attention:  "Cayenne pepper's bright red color signals its high content of beta-carotene or pro-vitamin A. Just two teaspoons of cayenne pepper provide 47% of the daily value for vitamin A. Often called the anti-infection vitamin, vitamin A is essential for healthy epithelial tissues including the mucous membranes that line the nasal passages, lungs, intestinal tract and urinary tract and serve as the body's first line of defense against invading pathogens."        Continue Reading 
What do you think?  Are you ready to get started?

Your can read about my tincture results HERE and HERE.   If you have additional questions please ask.
We are happy to continue to provide growing knowledge for you, your family and friends.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

DIY Ginger Bug

What is a "Ginger Bug" and how is this healthy?  Two great questions!

What is a Ginger Bug?

From Nourished Kitchen, "A slurry of fermented yeast and sugar water, Ginger Bug captures beneficial microorganisms like wild yeasts and bacteria in the same way that sourdough starter does.  The wild microorganisms, eat away at the sugar in the Ginger Bug, and produce carbon dioxide as a result.  When mixed with a flavored sweet tea, fruit juice or other base, the microorganisms in the ginger bug begin to consume the sugar in the tea or juice, and, as they do, they reproduce and emit carbon dioxide. The result is a fizzy and effervescent, naturally fermented soda that is rich in beneficial bacteria – critical to gut health and immune system function."

Benefits of a Ginger Bug

In the words of Sandor Katz (who has written several books on fermentation): “Fermented foods are alive.  Industrially processed food is dead.”
Here are just a few benefits of fermented foods.
  • Fermentation not only preserves nutrients, but breaks them down into more digestible forms.
  • Fermentation creates new nutrients; microbial cultures create B vitamins (including folic acid, riboblavin, niacin, etc.).
  • Fermentation removes toxins in food.
  • Some ferments function as antioxidants, scavenging harmful free radicals from the body.
  • Fermented foods are rich in lactobacilli (aka health enhancing probiotics like those found in yogurt); they promote the growth of healthy flora in the intestine which helps with digestion.

DIY Ginger Bug
To get started you'll need:
Fresh, Organic Ginger root
Organic raw sugar/unprocessed organic cane sugar
Glass Jars or large Glass container
Cheesecloth or coffee filter (to use as a lid)
De-clorinated, filtered Water  *Check out our affordable Walter Filter*

Equal parts fresh ginger, organic cane sugar, and filtered water.
I used 2 Tablespoons fresh ginger, UNPEELED and grated
2 Tablespoons cane sugar
2 Tablespoons filtered water 
Mix these ingredients in a jar. I just tossed them into the jar, put the lid on, and swirled it around to combine.

Ginger Bug after 24 hours

Each day for 5-7 days, add the same equal parts of these three ingredients to the mixture:

2 Tablespoons fresh, grated ginger
2 Tablespoons cane sugar
2 Tablespoons water

I'll be sharing my daily fermentation updates at Mary's Kitchen.
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Equal parts fresh ginger, organic cane sugar, and filtered water
I used approximately 2 Tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated
2 Tablespoons cane sugar
2 Tablespoons filtered water
Mix these ingredients in a jar. I just tossed them into the jar, put the lid on, and swirled it around to combine.
Each day for 5-7 days, add the same equal parts of these three ingredients to the mixture:
2 Tablespoons fresh, grated ginger
2 Tablespoons cane sugar
2 Tablespoons water
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Special Announcements - FREE Seeds and More!

Happy Hump Day friends!!!  It's been a whirlwind of a month so far!  Complaining doesn't solve anything so we press on and now we have GREAT NEWS...
Thin Crust Garden Pesto Pizza is on the menu!
(That's not the announcement.  We just love homemade pizza)

Special Announcements!
DIY Tincture Kit includes:  32 oz Glass jar, 2 oz amber dropper bottle, 2 customizable labels, Organic Herbs of your choice (1 or 2 ozs) and
detailed instructions

Check out our Selection
There are so many exciting things going on at the moment.

First, starting today and through
Sunday, Sept 21st we have a Special on DIY Tincture Kits.  We will include a FREE pack of heirloom seeds of your choice. DIY Tincture Kits ship via USPS Priority Mail within 48 hours.

We currently have a HUGE Herb Seed Sale going on thru Friday, Sept 19th.
Don't miss out!

We will be in Booth #281 this weekend at the YGFM. We will be closed for the weekend of Sept 27th-28th.
All orders placed after 9/23/14 will ship out on Monday, Sept 29th.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Does Monsanto Control our Food in the US?

My husband just asked me, "If GMOs and pesticides are causing Cancer then why aren't we at Monsanto's door with pitchforks?"

I love how he likes to phrase these things!  In response I asked him, "Who is in charge of the FDA?  Who is in charge of the USDA?"  The answer is...Monsanto!  Read my last post about GMOs

-Michael Taylor, former Monsanto vice-president and Lobbyist, is now the head of the FDA.  FACT!
-Margaret Miller, deputy director of the FDA's Office of New Animal Drugs was a former Monsanto research scientist who had worked on Monsanto's rBGH safety studies up until 1989.
You can read the complete list HERE.
-Tom Vilsack, Former Iowa Governor supports genetically engineered pharmaceutical crops, especially pharmaceutical corn, is the head of the USDA. FACT!  Read more
"Vilsack was the origin of the seed pre-emption bill in 2005, which many people here in Iowa fought because it took away local government's possibility of ever having a regulation on seeds- where GE would be grown, having GE-free buffers, banning pharma corn locally, etc"

Who decides what food and drugs are "safe" for Americans to consume? The FDA!
Who else decides what foods are "safe" for Americans to consume?  The USDA!

A recent study links RoundUp to autism, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's.  Don't know about RoundUp? It is the KING of cancer-causing chemicals produced by Monsanto. If you're like some of my readers, you need more sources for all of this info I'm sharing.  Don't take my word for it...Read it from the professionals!

A recent study links GMOs to CANCER in animals.  
GMOs could be contributing to a Massive spike in Food Allergies in Children, Diabetes in adults and children, Liver disease and so much more. Source

So now that you have more information...What are we going to DO about it?

-First, SHARE this information with your friends and family.  Use this as a starting place.  Share on fb, twitter and whatever social media outlets you can find.  Get on the phone and spread the word.  Whatever works!

-Next, GROW your own fruits, veggies and Herbs!  Not everyone has the space to grow but anyone can start with a simple Basil seeds and grow a beautiful plant.  Planting Heirloom, Non-GMO seeds is the way to go! Read about Heirloom Seeds.  Shop at Mary's Heirloom Seeds for FREE shipping on heirloom, Non-GMO seeds.

"More than 60 percent of all deaths in the U.S. are from diseases linked to unhealthful saturated fat and a cholesterol laden diet: heart disease, cancer, stroke, liver disease, and high blood pressure.
So why is Congress delegating billions of taxpayer dollars to boost the production of the most unhealthy food — GMO meat, hormone-laced dairy, and sweeteners for processed food — while fruits and vegetables receive almost none?" Source

Because major corporations pay BILLIONS of dollars in lobby $ and campaign contributions so that they can continue to receive government subsidies.

-If growing isn't an option, Eating ORGANIC is your next best option.  Although Organic does not mean chemical-free, it is a step in the right direction.  You don't have to go out and throw everything away.  I recommend that you start with high-risk crops.

In the U.S., GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventional processed food.

High-Risk Crops (in commercial production; ingredients derived from these must be tested every time prior to use in Non-GMO Project Verified products (as of December 2011):
  • Alfalfa (first planting 2011)
  • Canola (approx. 90% of U.S. crop)
  • Corn (approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Cotton (approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Papaya (most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres)
  • Soy (approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Sugar Beets (approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010)
  • Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 25,000 acres)
Common Ingredients Derived from GMO Risk Crops
Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products. SOURCE

I have tried to remain calm and profession when sharing information about GMOs.  That is going to change.  The gloves are coming off!

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