Turmeric

Turmeric…best known and used in alternative circles to avoid or manage depression.

Turmeric restores neurotransmitter levels.

A blood purifier…

Anti-inflammatory…

Anti-parasitic…

Healing of wounds and damaged skin tissue…

The root of Turmeric is used as replacement for Saffron, which is much more expensive.

The yellow in curry powders…and some yellow rice.

A good product should contain at least a 95% standardized curcumin..

A 1000 mg daily dose and No additional ingredients.

1/2 tsp of Turmeric powder in 3/4 cups of milk has been known to help with parasites, diarrhea, and sluggish digestion.

Turmeric powder mixed with a little chickpea flour and water speeds the healing of cuts and wounds.

Warning… since Turmeric is used as a potent dye…beware …it will stain your skin and your hair and your mouth/teeth…so be cautious. It will wash and/or wear off after a few hours or days~

Disclaimer….Offered only as a suggestion and recap of my own use and that of others known to me. If you have serious medical issues…refer to your choice of health/wellness practitioner. 
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Fennel Natural Skin Wash

Fennel….natural skin wash for adults and children

1 tablespoon fennel seedFennel
8 ounces of boiling water
1 teaspoon local honey
2 tablespoons buttermilk

Lightly crush the fennel seeds,
place in the boiling water and remove from heat-allow to infuse for 30 minutes.

Strain the cool liquid into a small bowl, add honey and buttermilk.
Put into a clean bottle and keep in the frig.

Used once or twice a day this will last about a week.

Rub over face and neck or the whole body…leave on for a few minutes and gently rinse away with a soft cloth and warm water.

Leaves the skin silky, clean, and delicious smelling.

This makes a lovely wash for children and small babies.

Little girls adore it and it’s just bold enough that little boys don’t think it’s to girlie.

Enjoy-pamper yourself and your children~

Drinking Water

Consequences of drinking cold water

Iced water shrinks the blood vessels in the digestive tract. The digestive system becomes restricted and there is no hydration.

Your body spends energy to regulate the temperature after you drink cold water, so the digestive tract has no energy to digest the food and absorb the nutrients. Water loss also happens.

Excess mucus is created inside of the body when drinking iced water after eating. This affects the proper function of the immune system and the chances of catching a cold or some other illness increase.

Drinking cold water and other beverages while eating or after eating can make you fat. The body has no ability to digest the unnecessary fats so they remain in the body.

Even though some people believe that cold water promotes the function of the digestive tract and it can burn more calories, this is not true. Our digestive system should work as easy as possible. We should not overload it with work.

Warm water benefits

Here are the benefits of drinking room temperature water or even warmer water:

>Faster hydration
>Digestion enhancement since there is a stimulation of the digestive enzymes
>Easier food break down
>Improved movement through the bowels (drink a mix of warm water and lemon in the morning)
>Purification of the blood
>Improvement of the natural detoxification through the lymphatic system, skin and kidneys

You will notice the benefits of drinking warm water when you get used to it. Even the sugar cravings may disappear.

Salt Lamp Goodness

As for me and my house, we will embrace Salt Lamp goodness!!

Visit So Well to check them out.

So Well Himalayan salt lightsI personally have had great healing experience’s with salt, so in today’s negative environment, why not opt for any positive options without so much dissecting.

A salt lamp is a piece of Himalayan salt that has been hollowed out to house and embrace the heat emitted from a small light bulb.

Salt lamps come in many different sizes and you want to purchase one that is made from pure Himalayan salt.

Ions: The Negative and Positive
Salt lamp manufacturers and many salt lamp users claim that there are health benefits to Salt Lamps because of the negative ions they emit. And, while they do emit negative ions, the salt lamps, by themselves, do not produce the negative ions.

Salt, by its own nature, attracts water.

It is the added element of heat that causes this water to evaporate creating the negative ions. Negative ions are naturally found in nature near waterfalls and oceans and before rain storms.These are sources that generally make us feel very peaceful, at rest with our spirit My spirit is always renewed by being near an ocean, a mountain waterfall, a lake in the country and a warm refreshing shower in the rain.

“Normal ion counts in fresh country air is 2,000-4,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter. At a large water fall you might find over 100,000 negative ions. Polluted air such as in large cities might have less than 100 ions.” 

Positive ions are emitted by technology like computers, cell phones, microwaves.

There have been many claims that these items are detrimental to our health, some doctors have stated that cell phones should be at least five feet away from where you are sleeping. Yikes…who follows this thought or even knows it is a possibility to incur damage doing otherwise.

Mold, bacteria and pollution are also bad for our quality of life, and all carry positive charges.

Positive ions are absorbed into our body as free radicals and cause cell damage and premature aging.

The negative ions pair up with the positive ions and help cleanse the air

” Dr. Albert P. Krueger, a microbiologist and experimental pathologist at the University of California, found that an astonishingly small quantity of negative ions could KILL bacteria and quickly take them out of the air so they were less likely to infect people. A separate series of scientific studies elsewhere show that Salt Lamps and salt tea lights can increase the negative ion count by up to 300%!” (drleakelley.com)

It is believed Salt lamps will neutralize the air if placed right next to your computer (perfecthealthnow.com)

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I am partial to that last point though, because a positive placebo effect (if that’s what it is) is valuable.

If anything, we attribute the calming claims of the salt lamp users to the Law of Attraction?

We think the salt lamp is beautiful and that it brings peace and calm and those are the thoughts they put out to the Universe and…so it does.

In today’s negative environment, what is not to embrace about something good….🤔

Benefits of Red Cabbage~

Vitamin A

If you add a cup of chopped green cabbage to your diet, you’ll get 3 percent of your daily value of vitamin A. But if you opt for a cup of chopped red cabbage, you’ll add 19 percent of your daily value of vitamin A to your diet for. Vitamin A is an essential nutrient that helps maintain your teeth, skeletal tissue, skin and mucous membranes.

red cabbageVitamin C

Vitamin C is a necessary vitamin that your body needs to promote new tissue growth. Your body uses vitamin C to repair wounds and to keep your bones, cartilage and teeth healthy. Both red and green cabbage are good sources of vitamin C, but you’ll get a super boost from adding red cabbage to your diet. While a cup of chopped green cabbage contains 47 percent of your daily value of vitamin C, eating a cup of chopped red cabbage will get you 84 percent of your daily value.

Iron

Vegetables aren’t the best sources of iron, but cabbage does offer a small amount of this essential mineral. Eating a cup of shredded green cabbage will add 2 percent of your daily value of iron to your diet, while a cup of shredded red cabbage contains 3 percent. Your body needs iron to keep your red blood cells functioning properly, carrying oxygen to all of your cells. If you don’t get enough iron in your diet, you could suffer from anemia, which can lead to fatigue.

Anthocyanins

Red cabbage boasts an extra nutrient not found in green cabbage. Anthocyanins are the antioxidants that give red cabbage its purple color. These flavonoids are known for their health-boosting benefits including cancer-fighting and memory improvement. Anthocyanins may contribute to healthy weight loss by helping your body release hormones that metabolize fat and suppress your appetite.

 

Cooking With Herbs Throughout History

Throughout history people from every culture have been using herbs to season and flavor food.

In the 17th century, John Parkinson, the famous English herbalist at the Court of King James I, wrote these words, Dried summer savory leaves ground up with bread crumbs “used to breade meate, (correct spelling for the times) be it fish or flesh, give it a quicker relish.” Meaning that it gives it a better taste.

Herbs do taste good and smell good, they are healthy and they give us so many options to experiment with. Hard and fast rules when using herbs are very few. You can make your own rules. Fresh versus dried is simply a matter of personal preference.

There are a few things to remember when cooking with herbs in order to get the best benefit of the natural oils. Fresh herbs like basil, should be torn with your fingers instead of chopped with a knife. Tearing releases more of the natural oil. Any fresh or dried herb should be added no more than 5 or 10 minutes to the end of cooking time. The longer they cook, the more taste
you lose.

Another little tip: When using dried—–half the amount of fresh will do in most recipes.

Too little is better than too much! Herbs can be overpowering if not used in the proper amounts
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The blending of herbs can serve a two fold purpose, adding wonderful flavor to your dish, and allowing you to cut back or completely stop the use of salt and or fat.
Actually there is a third benefit, once you remove the salt and fat from your food, you discover the real taste . This is always a big surprise to most people.

I’m an herb farmer and strongly believe in the powers of herbs to support, heal, cleanse and maintain the health of our bodies, minds and spirit.

But they are like everything we do that has a real purpose, we must learn about the process and commit to a practice of when and how to best use them.

You can find more information about our farm and our products by going here:
http://www.sagehillgardens.com

Wheatgrass…..Yes, it will grow outdoors…

 

The common belief is that it will not successfully grow outdoors and most who grow it do so inside, in trays, or in greenhouses.

I grew it for three years in raised beds …2 crops per year….one in the spring and one in the early to late fall.

It grew well for me in a deep layer of composted soil with cuttings available about every 10 days.

My reason for growing it was to supply a commercial pet product company and not for human consumption.

I don’t consume Wheatgrass …if I were inclined to do so I would opt instead for Spelt…info below.

It is a personal preference…and that is OK.

It must have temps between 60 and 90 degrees* F…during the growing season….it is highly sensitive to cold and heat outside that range…however, you can control that issue with shade cloth and garden covers if more or less heat is needed.

My thought and teaching is…consuming whole foods, and that certainly includes sprouted foods (healthy in far reaching ways) is a much safer, easier, and benefits are more evenly maintained…versus Juicing. ( Just clarifying for those who know my stance on juicing.)
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Wheatgrass is a food prepared from the cotyledons of the common wheat plant
Like most plants, it contains chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes. Claims about the health benefits of wheatgrass range from providing supplemental nutrition to having unique curative properties, though few, if any, have been scientifically proven. Because wheatgrass juice is extracted from wheatgrass sprouts, i.e., before the wheat seed begins to form, it is gluten-free.
Wheat grass can be traced back in history over 5000 years, to ancient Egypt and perhaps even early Mesopotamian civilizations.

The consumption of wheatgrass in the Western world began in the 1930s as a result of experiments conducted by Charles Schnabel in his attempts to popularize the plant.[2] By 1940, cans of Schnabel’s powdered grass were on sale in major drug stores throughout the United States and Canada[3]
Ann Wigmore was also a strong advocate for the consumption of wheatgrass as a part of a raw food diet. Wigmore, founder of the Hippocrates Health Institute, believed that wheatgrass, as a part of a raw food diet, would cleanse the body of toxins while providing a proper balance of nutrients as a whole food.
The taste is also influenced by the growing conditions and without precautions the grass can grow moldy.

Spelt grass juice is a tastier alternative to wheatgrass juice with smoother taste, higher nutrition content and deeper green color.

Spelt (Triticum spelta) is a kind of wheat, with a protecting husk around the kernel. Lab tests show that the grass grown out of spelt had almost double as much protein while the amino acid content of it was found five times more than in the common wheatgrass juice. The level of minerals in spelt grass juice also highly exceeded the level in wheatgrass juice.

Bible Herbs – 12

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a symbol of fidelity and remembrance once used in the holiest of Christian ceremonies, the wedding and the funeral. For centuries people thought that the rosemary plant would never grow higher than 6 feet in 33 years so as not to stand taller than Christ. Another story tells that the flowers were originally white, but changed to blue when the Virgin Mary hung her cloak on the bush while fleeing from Herod’s soldiers with the Christ child.
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rosemaryRosemary also known as Rosmarinus Officinalis is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves and white, pink, or blue flowers, native to the Mediterranean region. It is a member of the mint family, which includes many other herbs.

The name Rosemary derives from the Latin word “dew” (Ros) and “sea” (marinus) or “dew of the sea”. The plant is also known as Anthos the Ancient Greek word meaning flower or wild flower.

Anthos is mentioned 4 times in the Bible. James 1:10-11 and 1 Peter 1:24
But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. James 1:10-11

For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of men as the flower of grass. the grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 1 Peter 1:24
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Rosemary is a staple in my kitchen.

There are so many ways to use this herb, from making delicious sauces to grilling on an open pit, it works magic on vegetables, meats, breads and even in drinks and desserts.

Makes a tea that will keep your system flushed and regular.

And, if you just want to enjoy the aroma, cut a few sprigs and either place in a vase of water or simply lay on the counter.

Each time you touch it the aroma will be fresh and heady.

Rosemary has many medicinal benefits, used heavily in all areas of Alternative medicine.

Much research has been completed and still ongoing that documents the major beneficial results with memory and Alzheimer’s….
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I enjoy it in the kitchen especially during the holidays.
Tie a pretty red ribbon on a bunch and use it like cedar.
Toss a few sprigs into a small pot of simmering water with lemon and orange peel to fill your home with a lovely aroma and expand your mind!
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Bible Herbs – 11

rose1Rose (Rosa spp.) The name for a rose is almost the same in every European language. Dried roses have been found in Egyptian tombs.

(Isaiah 35:1) The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the rose.
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The rose garden at Sage Hill Farms has 10 different varieties.

But a rose is a rose is a rose.

Unless of course-it’s a Yellow Rose from Texas…..
rose2One is always as beautiful as the next-in the eye of the beholder…
Rose essential oil is delicious in culinary fare.

And Rose-Hip tea is smashing~

Rose Essential oil is highly sought after, used, and the most expensive of all the oils in medicinal use.

Old World roses produce the finest hips for the oil.

Bible Herbs – 10

Fennel2Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) and Dill (Anethum graveolens) were carried to prayer meetings in Colonial times in small pouches. The seeds were used to curb the appetite. They were called “meeting seeds.”
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Fennel has an anise flavor and is good in oily fish dishes.Adds a good garnish to soups. The best being carrot, squash and potato.

I like it on baked Sweet potatos.

Fennel is a diuretic, reducing fluid retention.

It increases breast milk in nursing mothers and can ease colic in babies.
A strong infusion of the seed is a good antiseptic gargle for sore throats.
The tallest plant in the right hand corner of this photo is fennel.

Butterflies love it !