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Healthy Hunza Bread Diet Recipe

Used for thousands of years by the long-life Hunzas, as a part of their daily food intake. Many Hunzas live well past 100 years and continue in youthful daily activities.

CREAMY BROCCOLI SOUP
 
 
  Ingredients:
  2 lbs Organic Broccoli florets
  4 cups water
  1 8oz Organic Cream Cheese
  Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder to Taste
 
 
 
 
Clean Broccoli florets in warm water.  Place 4 cups of water and cleaned Broccoli florets into a mid size soup pot (3.5 quart in size).  Bring water to a boil and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes. Check for tenderness of Broccoli florets to make sure they are tender.  Let cool for 10 minutes.  Pour ingredients into a food processor or a blender and add the 8oz block of Organic Cream Cheese and blend for a few minutes until all broccoli florets are blended and smooth. Add salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste.  Pour soup back into pot, heat for 5 minutes on low/medium heat and serve!  If you like a more cheese version of this soup, sprinkle some shredded cheese on top and watch it melt!!!  Enjoy!
 

HERBS OF THE MONTH FROM OUR HERB SHOP
 
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What is Neem?

What Is It?
Neem is a cornerstone of Ayurvedic medicine, having been used for thousands of years in India and South Asia to treat a wide range of ailments. This fast-growing evergreen tree thrives in tropical regions. Its leaves, seeds, and bark all contain healing compounds.

Why Use It?
Neem oil is high in antioxidants and essential fatty acids. In personal care products, it quickly penetrates the skin to soothe dry, itchy, or flaking areas. Herbal extracts have been shown to prevent and help heal ulcers, boost the immune system, and improve joint health. The leaves also appear effective in treating digestive disorders. And a gel made from neem leaves proved more effective than a medicinal mouthwash in reducing plaque buildup on teeth and treating gingivitis.

Good to Know
Neem is considered safe for most healthy people, but it is not recommended for infants or elderly adults.

Proven Acne Fighter
Neem oil is ideal for acne-prone skin. It reduces irritation and inflammation, and helps remove bacteria that may cause outbreaks.


References:
The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine by Brigitte Mars, AHG ($19.95, Basic Health, 2007)
“Evaluation of Antiplaque Activity of Azadirachta indica Leaf Extract Gel . . .” by M. R. Pai et al., J Ethnopharmacol, 2/04
“Neem Shows Antiplaque Activity in Clinical Study” by Heather S. Oliff, HerbClip, 1/14/05
“The Use of Neem for Controlling Gastric Hyperacidity and Ulcer” by P. Maity et al., Phtytother Res, 1/12/09



GINGER...
Not just to upset stomach....  now also great for Nausea

Perhaps your grandmother gave you ginger ale for an upset stomach... perhaps you give your children the same...  Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is an indigestion soother that also releves nausea.  Australian researchers gave 120 pregnant women either a placebo or capsules containing 1.5 grams of ginger powder (about a teaspoon).  Almost immediately, the ginger group experienced significantly less nausea. Several studies also show that the herb prevents motion sickness. Danish researchers tested it on 80 naval cadets in heavy seas. Compared with those who took a placebo, the ginger group experienced 72 percent less seasickness. To prevent motion sickness, take a capsule containing 1,000mg of powdered gingerroot about an hour before you embark, and every two hours during your journey. "I use ginger to prevent seasickness," said the researcher.  "It works for me."
 
One should start with 1,000 to 1,500 mg. If necessary, take more. Ginger is safe. Or brew a tea using 2 teaspoons of fresh grated root per cup of boiling water. Or drink ginger ale - just make sure it contains real ginger! The label should say ginger extract, not artificial flavor!!!  The only red flag is - heartburn is possible.
 
Reference: Herbs for Health

Culinary Herbs

All of us want access to fresh herbs, especially those of us that have a culinary calling.  All of these following herb plants are available at your local garden center or you may want to sprout them from seeds.  A planter like this is ideal for growing a collection of different varieties that thrive well together!
 
Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum) - An indispensable herb that is at its best when freshly picked. Harvest stems before flowers open for best flavor and to maintain bushy growth.
Red-Leaf Basil (O. basilicum) - Varieties include 'Dark Opal', 'Purple Ruffles' and 'Red Rubin' - best known for usage in spicy Thai basil dishes.
Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) - Pink pom-pon flowers and mounds of strappy leaves have an oniony flavor. Also try garlic chives (A. tuberosum) which have white flowers.
Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana) - The sweet-flavored leaves compliment poultry, veggies, soups and dressings.
Peppermint (Mentha xpiperita) - Harvest on a regular basis to control agressive growth. Tastes great in teas, desserts as well as in veggie salads and cheeses.
Greek Oregano (O. vulgare ssp. hurtum) - Goes great with tomato dishes, eggs and poultry. Make sure to divide every 3 to 5 years, otherwise aggressive growth may occur.
Curly Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) - anther staple for any kitchen. Tolerates some shade and must be replaned each year.  Great in soups, poultry, fish and meats.
Flat-Leaf Italian Parsley (P. crispum var. neapolitanum) - Has gentle flavor and is best when leaves are fresh. Tuck extra leaves whenever you have extra room in the planter. Tolerates some shade.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officianalis) - One of the most useful culinary herbs - goes great with vegetables adn meats. Rosemary can grow quite large - upwards of 3ft in height. Try it next time at Thanksgiving... stick a sprig or two or three into the bird...
Sage (Salvia officianals) - A classic partner for poultry.  Grows about 2ft tall so trim often.
Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) - Alwyays tastes best when fresh. Provide a well drained soil and always remove flower stems. Can be used with chicken, fish, eggs and tomatoes plus in sauces and/or rubs.
Thyme (Thymus spp.) - Comes in variety of flavors, forms, colors and uses in kitchen, and has beautiful bloos.  I will grow practically anywhere...
 
Reference: Herbs Companion

PEPPERMINT For Indigestion From Our Herb Shop 
Today's after-dinner mints are an echo of peppermint's (Mentha Xpiperita) traditional use as a stomach soother. German researchers gave 96 indigestion sufferers either a placebo or a peppermint-caraway (Carum carvi) combination. (Caraway seed is another traditional stomach soother.) Four weeks later, 21 percent of the placebo group was much improved, but in the herb group, the figure was 67 percent. "Whenever I get indigestion," the researcher says, "I go out to the garden, pick some peppermint leaves and chew them".
 
 
Dosage: A cup or two of peppermint tea usually produces relief.
Red Flags: NONE
 
Reference: Herbs For Health

Natural Bug Repellents: Ward Off Insects Safely
Authored by Rich Wallace

The swarms of mosquitoes seem particularly dense this year in New England, where I live. Hungry, too. We found an effective roll-on repellent that contains castor, citronella, cedar, lemongrass, and rosemary oils. I still get a few bites while walking the dog in the woods, but this organic repellent works quite well. And, of course, it’s devoid of chemical toxins like DEET.

DEET is common in conventional repellents, and it can be particularly harmful to kids. Herbs and their essential oils are far safer ingredients for warding off insects. You can buy ready-made repellents, or add a few drops of essential oil to a vegetable oil base and rub it into your skin. Basil, thyme, and lemongrass oils are often used as bug repellents.

Try the following essential oils as well. (Be sure to dilute them with a carrier oil, as some can cause skin irritation when applied at full strength.)

Tea tree contains natural antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, making it an ideal part of your personal first aid kit. “It acts as an insect repellent,” says Linda Miles, LAc, DOM. “Its natural solvent properties help dissolve insect toxin in existing bites to stop itching and allow the bite area to heal faster.”

Citronella keep ticks, houseflies, and mosquitoes away. You’ll often find it as an ingredient in candles.

Lemon eucalyptus and rose geranium are effective against mosquitoes. They also deter sandflies, ticks, and midges.

Pennyroyal is effective on a variety of biting insects—including chiggers, fleas, flies, gnats, mosquitoes, and ticks.

Patchouli and neem can keep the mosquitoes away. Like many of these herbs, neem has been used for thousands of years to repel insects.

If your home is being invaded by ants, peppermint oil is a safe deterrent. Spray a mix of one cup of water and two teaspoons of peppermint oil anywhere in the house that you see them. Dabbing diluted peppermint oil on the skin will repel bugs too.


Nutrition Fact

A 6-ounce steak

from a grass

fed steer has

almost 100 fewer

calories than a

6-ounce steak

from a grainfed

steer.

REFRESHING AVOCADO BOATS


1 Avocado
3 Tbl spons of farmer's cheese (or sub with large curd cottage cheese)
1 Tbl sour cream
1 Tbl 1/2 and 1/2 or milk
1 tsp chopped red onion
Pinch garlic powder
Salt & Pepper to taste

Cut Avocado in half, remove the pit and scoop out Avocado meat with a table spoon.  Chop up avocado with spoon in a bowl and all cheese, sour cream, 1/2 and 1/2 plus and chopped red onion.  Season to taste with garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Enjoy on top of thin cucumber slices or with your favorite crackers!  Also tastes great on a HOT right out of the over French Bread!

IN THE SPOTLIGHT...
 
HORSE CHESTNUT for Varicose Veins
 

Because of genetics, aging or work that required extended standing or sitting, the walls of leg veins can weaken. As a result, blood pools in the calves and fluid leaks into surrounding tissue, causing unsightly vericose veins. Mainstream medicine treats varicose veins with support hose and surgery.  Add horse chestnut seed extract (Aesculus hippocastanum) to the list... It contains a compound (aescin) that strenghtens vein walls, decreasing fluid leakage. Several studies show that it's effective for varicose veins. German researchers gave 240 varicose vein sufferers either compresion stockings or horse chestnut (50mg aescin twice a day). After 12 weeks, both groups experienced equal relief. Horse chestnut won't eliminate every little spider vein and it may not help varicose veins you've had for years. Many herbalists take it before long plane flights.
 
Dosage:  Follow label directions. Studies use 50mg of aescin once or twice a day.
Red Flags: Off the tree, horse chestnuts are toxic. Ingestion has been known to harm or kill children. However, commercial extracts are detoxified and safe for usage and ingestion.
 
Reference: Herbs For Health