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
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
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.
Neem is considered safe for most healthy people, but it is not recommended for infants or elderly
Proven Acne Fighter
Neem oil is ideal for acne-prone skin. It reduces
irritation and inflammation, and helps remove bacteria that may cause outbreaks.
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,
“Neem Shows Antiplaque Activity in Clinical Study” by Heather S. Oliff, HerbClip, 1/14/05
Use of Neem for Controlling Gastric Hyperacidity and Ulcer” by P. Maity et al., Phtytother Res, 1/12/09
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
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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...
(Salvia officianals) - A classic partner for poultry. Grows about 2ft tall so trim often.
(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.
spp.) - Comes in variety of flavors, forms, colors and uses in kitchen, and has beautiful bloos. I will grow practically
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.