Herbs In The Garden

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Hey everyone, and Happy Herb Sunday on a Monday! In this series you will learn about herbs and how they grow and how you can use them. From shaping to freezing I hope you learn something new everyday.

Today we are learning about herbs and how you can dry them.

Drying is the easiest method of preserving herbs. Simply expose the leaves, flowers or seeds to warm, dry air.

Leave the herbs in a well ventilated area until the moisture evaporates.

Why do you hang herbs upside down?

Hanging upside down allows the essential oils to flow downward from the stems to the leaves.

Herbs with a higher moisture content (basil, tarragon, mint, lemon balm) need to be dried more quickly, so they won’t mold.

Allow seven to ten days to dry, depending on the size of the branches and humidity.

Wondering if they’re completely dry? If the leaves sound like crisp cornflakes when crushed, they’re good to go. You also can air-dry herb seeds like fennel, parsley, caraway and coriander.

How To Oven-Dry Herbs;

Place herb leaves or seeds on a cookie sheet one inch deep or less. Put herbs in an open oven on low heat less than 180 degrees F for 2-4 hours.

To see if the herbs are dry, check if leaves crumble easily.

Can dried herbs expire?

Dried herbs and spices don’t truly expire or “go bad” in the traditional sense. When a spice is said to have gone bad, it simply means that it has lost most of its flavor, potency, and color. Fortunately, consuming a spice that has gone bad is unlikely to make you sick.

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Happy #WellnessWednesday!  Today we are back learning about Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory, and mood issues. (Also referred to as widespread pain)

(fi·bro·my·al·gi·a)

Symptoms:

Pain and stiffness all over the body

Fatigue and tiredness

Depression and anxiety

Sleep problems

Problems with thinking, memory, and concentration

Headaches, including migraines

Risk Factors:

Beneficial Juices:

Sex. Women are twice as likely to have fibromyalgia as men

Stressful or traumatic events, such as car accidents, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Repetitive injuries

Illness (such as viral infections)

Family history

Obesity

Beneficial Juices:

Recipe for cleansing and energy:

3 sprigs of parsley

1 handful of spinach

1 handful of watercress

3 apples

Recipe for daily nutrition:

1 sweet potato

4 carrots

1 stalk broccoli

1 sprig of peppermint (optional)

Fruits and vegetables to eat and juice:

Apples, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Fennel, Green Beans, Jersalem Artichokes, Onions, Squash, Sweet Potato, Watercress

Herbs that help:

Milk Thistle

Calendula 

Dandelion 

Turmeric 

Garlic 

Echinacea 

Foods Trigger Fibromyalgia Pain?

Foods that trigger fibromyalgia pain vary from one person to the next, and what may worsen your symptoms may not have the same effect on someone else.

Processed foods often have a lot of additives (excitotoxins) that can worsen some symptoms of fibromyalgia. Excitotoxins include:

Monosodium glutamate (MSG), a common flavor enhancer

Nightshade fruits and vegetables

These include tomatoes, bell peppers, white potatoes, eggplant, chilies and paprika.

Dairy Products 

Gluten 

Refined carbohydrates

Oily, Fried foods

Kids 101

Between 1% and 7% of children are thought to have fibromyalgia or similar conditions.

In children, fibromyalgia is called juvenile primary fibromyalgia syndrome (JPFS). One of the most effective ways to treat fibromyalgia in teens and children is by using coping strategies to manage the pain. A technique called cognitive behavioral therapy helps children with fibromyalgia learn what triggers their pain and how to manage it.

Kids Juice Recipes

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How to include kids while juicing?

Get them involved in the process. Bring them to the supermarket or a local store and get them excited about choosing your produce together.

Start with more fruit than veg juice. It will take their taste buds a little while to adjust to vegetable juice so introduce that slowly.

Add water to the juices if necessary.

You can strain the juice to remove any little bits that your fussy eaters don’t like.

Juicing 101:

Portion sizes for juice

4 to 6 ounces a day for children aged 6 and younger

8 to 12 ounces a day for kids aged 7 to 18

https://www.webmd.com/children/news/20170323/fruit-juice-for-kids-a-serving-a-day-ok

For Constipation:

1 medium size Apple

1/4 cup pomegranate arils

2 tablespoon raisins

Water

Each pomegranate has a whooping 11 grams of dietary fiber which is about 40 percent of your total diet intake .

Apple contain pectin and are loaded with fibre and hence make bulk of stool and help relieve constipation

Raisins acts as natural laxative when soaked in water. They are fibre rich and hence help in constispation.

Take raisins in a bowl and add 1/2 cup hot water to it. Let them soak for 30 minutes.

Directions:

After soaking time, the raisins will absorb water and swell.

Add the raisins with the soaked water to a blender jar along with apple pieces and pomegranate arils.

Add around 1-2 cup of boiled and cooled water to the fruits in the blender jar.

Pulse multiple times to extract the juice from the fruits.

Strain this juice through a strainer.

You may dilute the juice further with water as per the preferred consistency.

Pineapple Cream:

2 cans (20 oz. each) crushed pineapple

2 tbsp. lemon juice

2 tbsp. lime juice

1/3 cup sugar

1-1/2 cups Cool Whip

Pineapple juice (as much or as little as you want)

Not very healthy but a fun drink to make! LOL

Directions:

Drain the crushed pineapple and reserve 2 tbsp. of juice. Set aside.

Place pineapple, lemon juice, lime juice, sugar and reserved juice in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Blend just a bit longer than you think you need to ensure it won’t be lumpy.

Pour into a gallon zipped freezer bag and store flat in the freezer for about 1-1/2 hours until it becomes a slushy consistency.

In a large bowl, gently fold the pineapple mixture into a Cool .Whip until blended. Return to the freezer for about 1 hour until completely frozen.

If you are interested in learning more about juicing and juice cleanses check out https://humblesoullifeofajuicer.wordpress.com/juice/

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Happy #WellnessWednesday!  Today we are back learning about Fibroids. Fibroids are abnormal growths that develop in or on a woman’s uterus. Noncancerous growths of the uterus that often appear during childbearing years. Also called leiomyomas (lie-o-my-O-muhs) or myomas.

Myomas are smooth, non-cancerous tumors that may develop in or around the uterus. Made partly of muscle tissue, myomas seldom develop in the cervix, but when they do, there are usually myomas in the larger, upper part of the uterus as well.

No one knows exactly what causes fibroids. They are thought to be caused by:

Hormones in the body

Genes (may run in families)

Fibroids can grow:

In the muscle wall of the uterus (myometrial)

Just under the surface of the uterine lining (submucosal)

Just under the outside lining of the uterus (subserosa)

On a long stalk on the outside the uterus or inside the uterus (pedunculated)

Symptoms:

Heavy menstrual bleeding

Menstrual periods lasting more than a week

Pelvic pressure or pain

Frequent urination

Difficulty emptying the bladder

Constipation

Risk Factors:

Age (older women are at higher risk than younger women)

African Americans 

Obesity

Family history of uterine fibroids

High blood pressure

No history of pregnancy

Vitamin D deficiency

Food additive consumption

Treatment for the symptoms of fibroids may include:

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) that release hormones to help reduce heavy bleeding and pain.

Tranexamic acid to reduce the amount of blood flow.

Iron supplements to prevent or treat anemia due to heavy periods.

Pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, for cramps or pain.

Watchful waiting — You may have follow-up pelvic exams or ultrasounds to check the fibroid’s growth.

Types Of Fibroids:

Subserosal fibroids: These are the most common fibroids. They can push outside of the uterus into the pelvis. Subserosal fibroids can grow large at times and sometimes have a stalk that attaches to the uterus (pedunculated fibroid).

Intramural fibroids: These fibroids develop in the muscular wall of the uterus.

Submucosal fibroids: These fibroids are uncommon. They can grow into the open space inside the uterus and may also include a stalk.

Kids Facts:

Fibroids usually develop during childbearing years that is, after you go through puberty and before you go through menopause so children who have not yet gone through puberty don’t develop fibroids. 

In fact, they’re quite rare among women younger than 20 years old.

Since young girls don’t yet have adult levels of these hormones, they do not develop fibroids.

Beneficial Juices:

Beet drum: 

2 beets, washed and peeled / 1 organic red apple, cored /1 medium carrot, scrubbed 

Pink Spell:

 2 beets, peeled /4 carrots, scrubbed /A bunch of spinach/1 lemon/A knob of ginger/ A palm-size piece of cactus /A knob of turmeric root /2 cucumber, peeled  

/2 cups of pineapple or 2 apples

FF Juice:

1 Apple/ 3 inch piece cucumber/ 1 kiwi fruit/ 1 Carrot/  1 apple/ 1 pear, half mango

                          Herbs that Help:     

Chamomile

Ginger

Dandelion 

Red raspberry 

Chamomile 

Lavender 

Check back tomorrow for the question of the day.

Juice + Disorder : Bacterial Vaginosis

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 Happy #WellnessWednesday! Today we are back learning about #BacterialVaginosis. 

A fair warning that this blog post will contain words that may not suitable for children under 16 years old.

Bacterial vaginosis is a type of vaginal inflammation caused by the overgrowth of bacteria naturally found in the vagina, which upsets the natural balance. Women in their reproductive years are most likely to get bacterial vaginosis, but it can affect women of any age. Anything that changes the chemistry of your vagina’s pH balance can mess with bacteria levels and lead to infection like douching or using vaginal deodorants and other irritating products. 

To learn more about PH balances check out https://humblesoullifeofajuicer.wordpress.com/2021/02/11/ph-balance-2/

BV is the most common vaginal condition in women ages 15 to 44.1 But women of any age can get it, even if they have never had sex.

Symptoms:

Thin, watery, gray, or white discharge

A foul or fishy odor, mainly after sex or during period

Vaginal or vulvar itching 

Burning or pain during urination

Risk Factors for Imbalance:

Having a new sexual partner 

Having multiple sexual partners

Douching 

Using an intrauterine device (IUD)

Being pregnant

If you suspect you may have bacterial vaginosis, you should seek medical treatment, particularly if you are pregnant. While you may be tempted to try home remedies, many of these are unproven and some may be harmful. Here’s what you need to know about the most common natural remedies for BV.

Prevention Options:

Where breathable cotton underwear 

Bacteria love hot, moist environments. Since cotton is moisture-wicking and breathes, it can keep your vulva dry, helping reduce the chance of an infection.

Good hygiene

Always wipe front to back when using the bathroom and do not use scented tampons or other feminine hygiene products.

Safe sex

If you’re prone to BV, you may want to consider limiting your number of sexual partners. Also practice safe sex by using latex condoms and dental dams. Lastly, although BV is not a sexually transmitted disease, women with BV can pass it to their female sexual partners. So, you may want to skip sex until an infection clears up.

Treatments:

Your provider may prescribe:

Antibiotic pills that you swallow

Antibiotic creams that you insert into your vagina

Be sure you use the medicine exactly as prescribed and follow the instructions on the label. Drinking alcohol with some medicines may upset your stomach, give you strong stomach cramps, or make you sick. Do not skip a day or stop taking any medicine early, because the infection may come back.

You cannot spread BV to a male partner. But if you have a female partner, it is possible it can spread to her. She may need to be treated for BV, as well.

Bv and Yeast Infections:

BV and vaginal yeast infections are both common causes of vaginal discharge. They have similar symptoms, so it can be hard to know if you have BV or a yeast infection. Only your doctor or nurse can tell you for sure if you have BV.

With BV, your discharge may be white or gray but may also have a fishy smell. Discharge from a yeast infection may also be white or gray but may look like cottage cheese.

Juices That Help:

Citrus fruits like oranges and lemons because they are packed with vitamin c and other amazing nutrients.

Cranberry juice 

Healing Juice: 4 Carrots / 1 Orange/ ½ lemon/ ½ inch ginger /2 to 3 drops of oregano oil

Raspberry Smoothie: 1 scoop vanilla whey/ ½ cup nonfat milk/ 1 cup raspberries/ 2 tbsp lemon juice/ ¼ cup pink lemonade /ice 

Herbs That May Help:

Echinacea and goldenseal

 This herb can be toxic to newborn babies and should not be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Black walnut 

Tinctures containing black walnut oil may be taken orally to fight bacteria in the bloodstream.

Garlic has been known for centuries to have antibacterial properties and may be used as an herbal treatment for bacterial vaginosis.

ALSO BE SURE TO DRINK LOTS AND LOTS OF WATER

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HOW TO USE SEAMOSS?

Sea moss, or Irish Moss, is another sea vegetable that grows on rocks close to shore. Popular for its beneficial properties, it’s been used throughout the world. It features 92 essential minerals, including selenium, calcium, potassium and magnesium. It’s also abundant in Vitamins D, F, A, E and K.

Sea moss helps relieve and prevents symptoms of colds and flu – how perfect for the cold and flu season, but also year-round immunity. Irish moss is a source of potassium chloride, a nutrient which helps with (inflammation and phlegm in the mucous membranes), which cause congestion. It contains compounds that act as a natural antimicrobial and antiviral agents, helping to boost immunity and get rid of any infections. 

Hello, natural cough syrup!

Cold, flu-like, and other coughy-mucousy conditions the moss helps with include:

Sore throat

Bronchitis

Pneumonia

Tuberculosis

Chesty coughs

Smoothies are extra healthy and yummy way to take seamoss.

Typical recipes are the same the only difference is you adding 1 to 2 tbsp of seamoss.

For more juice / smoothie recipes check out https://humblesoullifeofajuicer.wordpress.com/juice/

Powder/ Capsules are a tasteless option and are taken every morning once or up to three times a day.

Available on our online store

Seamoss and Hair are a match made in heaven. Seamoss can be used to detoxify the scalp, aid with hair management and is excellent for beard growth.

The best way to use sea moss for your hair is by using a gel. You can use the sea moss gel as a leave-in conditioner and wash it off after 30 minutes. You can also enjoy it as an overnight hair mask. ( Always do a tester with a small patch of hair )

Tea aids in a quick digestion and can be used as a mild laxative

One part gel to four parts filtered hot water, simmer the mixture up to 30 minutes

Add on’s Include: Coconut cream, Honey, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Ginger, and other herbal teas

Cooking

Sea moss, often called “vegan gelatin”, has a mucilaginous and gel-like consistency, thus can be used to thicken foods. It’s perfect for thickening soups, stews, drinks, ice cream, and more.  

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What is herb Freezing and preservation?

Freezing herbs is fast, easy and retains much of the taste, smell and nutrients found in fresh herbs. Frozen herbs will retain much of the flavor of fresh-picked herbs for use long after the growing season has ended.

Many herbs can be simply frozen on the stem and stored in an airtight container. Left on the stem, hardier herbs like rosemary, dill, thyme, bay or sage can be spread in a single layer on a baking sheet or plate and placed in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer into any airtight container for freezer storage without clumping. To use, simply remove herbs a sprig at a time. Some herbs, like chives, can be chopped and frozen bare with little loss of flavor.

How To:

Trim the Top Section of Leaves

When your herb plant is at the peak of its growing season right before flowering trim the top section of leaves off of each stalk. Leave at least 2/3 of the plant intact.

Spread the Leaves on a Cookie sheet or Freezer Ice Cube Tray

Make sure the leaves are situated as flat as possible with space between each one. Overlapping leaves will form a hard-to-manage brick when frozen.

Freeze The Herbs

Cover the tray with wax paper (preferred) or plastic wrap and freeze for at least two hours or overnight.

Remove the Leaves From the Sheet, then Return to the Freezer in Storage Bags

When the leaves are frozen solid, remove them from the tray, place them into zippered food storage bags, and return them to the freezer. Don’t forget to label the bag)

If freezing in ice cube tray the same process is used expect for a few steps. After trimming the herb run under cool water and sake off any excess moisture. (Remove all water before freezing). Don’t forget to pluck the leaves off each stalk. You can freeze the leaves whole, but chopping and measuring may be easier when cooking. ( 1tbsp per cube is a good start)

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High Cholesterol

Happy #WellnessWednesday! Today we are back learning about High cholesterol. Cholesterol is a fatty substance known as a lipid. It’s vital for the normal functioning of the body. Cell membranes, hormones and vitamin D are created by your body using cholesterol.

There are two main sources of the cholesterol in your blood:

cholesterol in the food you eat

cholesterol produced by your liver

Having an excessively high level of lipids in your blood (hyperlipidemia) can influence your health.

Lipoproteins are particles made from fat and protein. They carry cholesterol and triglycerides, another type of lipid, through your bloodstream. The two major forms of lipoprotein are low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL).

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL). LDL, the “bad” cholesterol, transports cholesterol particles throughout your body. LDL cholesterol builds up in the walls of your arteries, making them hard and narrow.

High-density lipoprotein (HDL). HDL, the “good” cholesterol, picks up excess cholesterol and takes it back to your liver.

Causes:

Eating to many foods that are high in cholesterol, saturated fats and trans fats 

Smoking

Genetics (Certain genes instruct your body on how to process cholesterol and fats. If your parents have high cholesterol, you may be at a greater risk of having it too.)

Risk:

Poor diet. Eating too much saturated fat or trans fats can result in unhealthy cholesterol levels. Saturated fats are found in fatty cuts of meat and full-fat dairy products. Trans fats are often found in packaged snacks or desserts.

Obesity. Having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater puts you at risk of high cholesterol.

Lack of exercise. Exercise helps boost your body’s HDL, the “good,” cholesterol.

Smoking. Cigarette smoking may lower your level of HDL, the “good,” cholesterol.

Alcohol. Drinking too much alcohol can increase your total cholesterol level.

Symptoms:

 Known as the “silent condition”, it typically doesn’t cause any symptoms. 

Complications: 

High cholesterol can cause a dangerous accumulation of cholesterol and other deposits on the walls of your arteries.

Complications that can occur include chest pain, heart attack and stroke. 

Prevention:

Eat a low salt diet that includes fruits, vegetables, and whole grains

Quit smoking

Exercise regularly (30 min- 1 hour)

Drink in moderation 

Manage stress

Juice for High Cholesterol:

Green tea filled with antioxidants and yumminess the compounds help to lower bad LDL 

Oat Drinks filled with beta-glucans, which create gel like substance in the gut

Tomatoes are rich in a compound called lycopene, which may improve lipid levels and reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol.

Soy Smoothie: Soy Milk or Oat Milk 1 Cup

1 banana/ 1 handful of grapes or prunes/ 1 slice of mango or melon/ 2 small plums/ 1 cup of kale or Swiss chard/ 2/3 cup pumpkin puree

Apple Pepper:

2 green apples /3 celery stalks/ 2 bell peppers/ 1 slice lemon

Vamp Pars:

1 handful of spinach/ ½ bunch parsley/ 4 medium carrots/ ½ inch ginger/ 1 garlic clove/ 1 red apple

Herbs for High Cholesterol:

Garlic. May lower blood levels of total cholesterol by a few percentage points, but only in the short term.

Whey Protein. You can get this milk-based protein from dairy products. You can take it as a supplement, too, typically in a powder form that you can add to drinks or soft foods.

Ginseng. Used in various Asian medicines it can support healthy levels of both bad and good cholesterol.

Hawthorn. A shrub related to roses. Its berries, flowers and leaves have all been used to improve heart health.

Fenugreek. Used for centuries in Asia to improve digestion. Regular consumption of seeds can help lower levels of bad LDL cholesterol.

Omega-3. Fatty acids can be found in a range of fish and fish oils have been shown to help reduce people’s risk of heart disease and heart attacks. 

Drinks to Avoid:

Coffees or teas with added cream, whipped cream, high fat milk or creamer

Drinks or smoothies with coconut or palm oils

Pressed coconut drinks

Ice cream-based drinks

High fat milk products

Disclaimer: These are remedies that have been associated with healthier cholesterol levels over time. They are not a replacement for medications. Do not cease taking any medications you’re prescribed without consulting your physician.

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What is Maca Root?

Botanical Name: Lepidium meyenii

Maca Root a Peruvian plant grown in the Andes mountains. It goes by many names, including maca-maca, maino, ayak chichira and ayak willku. It’s also called Peruvian ginseng, which can be misleading because maca is a vegetable and ginseng is an herb. It is a cruciferous vegetable, meaning that it is related to broccoli, cabbage, and kale.

How do you use it?

Maca root plant can be ground up into a powder, in seamoss and added to meals or smoothies. I personally take it in pill form at night.

BENEFITS

Increasing energy and boost mood. Maca has been shown to provide sustained energy throughout the day without the jittery crash of caffeine. By maintaining positive energy levels throughout the day, Maca may also help improve mood.

May Enhance Sex Drive and Support a Healthy Libido.

( LIKE ALOT)

Maca supports men’s  and Women’s health and optimizes healthy performance

.* It can also help with fertility

Nutrition:

Excellent source of protein, fiber, & several vitamins & minerals, such as vitamin c, copper and iron.

Side Effects:

Maca root is seen as an hormonal altering supplement! If you have a hormone imbalance or have any concerns please contact your doctor.

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Hey everyone, not really a question but really good information if you are interested in starting a garden or just learning about herbs, fruit and veggies !

In the world we live into today growing you own herbs assures a fresh supply each year. Growing your own herbs/veggies ensures no chemicals and a fun way to make your own seasonings.

A Reference chart that helps you understand each chart.

Anegelica to Coriander

Echinacea to Lemon

Lemon Balm to Rosemary

Sage to Violet