Green Thoughts- December 2017
This is a continuous blog throughout the year.  We hope you enjoy it and use it.
Robin Lewis- a student of the Herbalist Training Program who is Journaling the Lunar Tea she created.

Lunar infusion - the process of harnessing the light of the moon to infuse water with the medicinal and aromatic properties of selected herbs. This lunar infusion was on the night of a “Super Moon”.

I have always felt an affinity with the moon - she is the guiding light when darkness prevails. I have spent many nights sitting calmly in her light, listening deeply to the sounds of nature around me.

The herbs I selected were Red Clover Blossoms and Nettle. Red Clover for it’s overall strengthening properties; its circulatory benefits as well as its blood purifying and anti-inflammatory properties - things I felt my body needed. To me Red Clover also felt very balancing and that night I was hoping for some physical and emotional strength to balance out my worried mind. Nettle, I chose for its nutritive, toning, and anti-inflammatory properties, because, really … who couldn’t use some nettle?

I scarified the herbs and put them into a clean quart jar, filling the jar with water and put the lid on. I shook up the jar while walking outside looking at the night sky for the moon. I could see her just beyond the tree line. I greeted her, held up the jar and said, “I could really use some physical and emotional strength, power and wisdom right now. Would you please throw a little in here for me?” I placed the jar down and went back inside.

After a while I saw the moonlight glowing brightly outside and went out to enjoy some tranquility. I reminded her, as I went back inside, “strength, power, and wisdom, please.”

I woke the next morning and went about my routine, getting ready for work, grabbed the jar and repeated quietly, “strength, power, and wisdom”, and I strained the infusion into two other jars. 3 cups of the infusion was coming with me and 1 cup was staying at home for later.

I gathered my things for work and headed out, placing the jar of tea next to me in the cup holder. I pulled out of the driveway with thoughts of a friend who was going through a very tough time weighing heavily on my mind and my eyes teared up a bit. I tried to wave away the tears with my hand in a fanning motion but the empathic reaction was way too strong. Almost instinctively my hand reached down and touched the jar. When I felt the cold glass I repeated, “Strength, power, and wisdom”, and a wave of calm began to come over me. I took a deep breathe … and another firmly clenching my hand around that glass jar and I began to feel emotionally stronger, with a little bit more power to control my emotions and to channel my energies, and I was feeling a bit wiser already. The tears stopped. I could breathe much easier. I drank a large sip, then another, and another. A calm, peacefulness came over me - a feeling that things would be ok. As I drove through crowded streets and sat on the highway in rush hour traffic drinking the rest of the infusion I started thinking about the problem my friend and her husband were facing and I mentally started making notes about things I wanted to discuss with her and things to research. Later in the day I made a call and asked some questions and felt some clarity about the situation.

When I returned home that night we talked and she had also come up with some ideas. So together we came up with a plan to tackle the problem. I don’t know if it was the herbs, the moon, or the repetitive nature of my request that helped me pull together the jumbled snippets of information I had previously stored in my brain and made me feel like maybe there was a plan, where the night before she and I both felt confused and powerless. And maybe she was asking for similar attributes to be granted into her lunar infusion and the combination created a clearing and clarity of thought for us. I don’t know, but I do believe in the power of intention and also in the calm, guiding light of the moon, so why not give a little credit to the mysteries of the unknown and the powers that connect us all.

Green Thoughts- November 2017

Botanic Gardens 'Best Hope' for Saving Endangered Plants. BBC News. September 26, 2017. 
With one in five of the Earth's plant species threatened by extinction, scientists are taking inventory 
of the world's botanical gardens and endorsing them as the best option for conserving rare plants.

Could your land be a Botanical Garden or Native Plants?

How to Begin....Start with a 10 by 10 area and take out the Grass.  Allow the WEEDS to grow.

Here at the Health Hut we have over 75 native plants growing on our 7 acre herb farm.  
And we do nothing to maintain them.  They survive because it is a natural environment for them.  
No need to water or feed them.  Native plants take care of themselves.

Send me a picture when you get started.

Ashwaganda:  The root for Male Infertility

Ashwaganda (Withania somnifera)  has been used in India's Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.  it's known as "Indian Ginseng" because its effects are similar to the revered Chinese herb.  both are adaptogens, serving to normalize and strengthen the whole body, treating fatigue, weakness, debility, and the treatment of male infertility.

Green Thoughts- September 2017
Healthy Living Matters....
Prevent illness with the following dietary suggestions...

Follow a simple, nourishing, whole foods diet that includes dark-green leafy vegetables, whole grains, sea vegetables, lots of garlic, good organic oils, freshly squeezed juice of vegetables, and seasonal fruits helps to maintain good health.  I also recommend elimination white sugar and flour, animal fats, alcohol, nicotine, and recreational drugs.  Drink at least four cups of non-caffeinated herbal tea daily.  I do not recommend supplements because they are toxic to the liver and you cannot be sure that what your purchasing is actually in the capsule or pill.  Get the vitamins and minerals from the foods that you eat and the herbal teas that you drink.

Green Thoughts- August 2017

A unique learning center for the Study of Plant Medicine
Class Registration for the 1 year School for Herbalist's has begun. 
Information for the Herbalist Educational Program can be located at this website.

Green Thoughts-August 2017

Oatmeal and Lavender Bath Bombs
The fresh scent of lavender uplifts and relaxes, while both the herb and oatmeal soothe the skin.  Wrap your bombs in a bit or tulle or netting, which will allow the ingredients to steep in the tub while preventing all the bits of oatmeal and lavender flowers from going down your drain.  
1 cup baking soda
1 cup citric acid powder
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons whole grain oats
2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers
3-4 drops lavender essential oil
Tulle cut into 6 x 6 squares
Ribbon 1 yard
Mix all of the ingredients together and fill the tulle square.  Pull up all sides of the tulle and tie securely with the ribbon.  Done!  Place in the bath tub and watch it sizzle and fizzle.
Find this ingredient in the aisle of the grocery store that carries canning supplies.  You can sometimes us all natural pectin; just be sure to check the label and verify that citric acid is listed as the main ingredient.  You can also purchase bags of citric acid powder at natural food stores, craft shops and wine-making supply stores, where they often sell it in bulk.

Chelation:  means "to grab" or "to bind."  Use herbs that are chelating agents, to remove heavy metals from the body.

1.   Lemon Grass:   removes the following metals from the body; arsenic, cadmium, mercury and silver

2.   Aloe Vera: One of the major water contaminants today is RADON. It makes water radioactive and, together with radium, the EPA estimates, accounts for more than one hundred to eighteen hundred cancer cases a year.

3.   Shelf fungus:    The chelating effect renders germanium especially helpful for mercury, cadmium, and similar metal poisonings. 

4.   Cilantro:  all metals including lead and mercury

5.   Clay:  all metals including lead and mercury

6.   Chlorella: all metals including lead and mercury.

7.   Fruit peels:  lemon and Orange and Grapefruits Peels.

8.  Dulse Seaweed:   In addition to mercury, this edible seaweed binds to lead, aluminum, copper, cadmium, and nickel. 

Here at the Health Hut we offer the above herbs.  They are sold by the ounce and are dried.  If you would like to purchase live plants, Lemon Grass and Aloe Vera is what we are offering at this time.

Green Thoughts- July 2017

A Healing Devotional  July 24, 2017
My Mind and Body radiate the Healing energy of Spirit.

I have the faith and desire to be healed.  I praise my body and encourage healing through my unwavering belief of the restorative energy in every cell.  
God's will for me is wholeness, health, and vitality.  This is the blueprint of divine potential within me.  In prayer, I ask to become aware of any beliefs or patterns I need to release or transform in order to clear the way for healing.  I observe my self-talk and my innermost feelings.  I willingly make any changes needed to return to my natural state of wholeness.  
I strengthen my faith with every prayer as I open my heart to Spirit.  By exercising my faith and clearing any barriers, my mind and body will radiate the healing energy of spirit.

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)  July 19, 2017

Because of its prominence as a culinary herb, we don't always think of thyme as a medicinal plant.  In fact, due to the chemical constituent called "Thymol"' it has an impressive antiseptic action.

Thymol is part of a naturally occurring class of compounds known as biocides, with strong antimicrobial attributes. In addition, thymol can reduce bacterial resistance to common drugs such as penicillin.  Numerous studies have demonstrated the antimicrobial effects of thymol, ranging from inducing antibiotic susceptibility in drug-resistant pathogens to powerful antioxidant properties.

Biocides occur in other herbs such as:  Eyebright (Euphrasia rostkoviana), Bergamot (Monarda didyma), Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa)  Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

For an amazing immune system booster, and to knock a bad cold dead in its track, combine 1/2 teaspoon of Thyme, Oregano, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, clove and 1/2 teaspoon of Lemon Peel and Cinnamon in 8 cups of boiling water.  simmer for 5 minutes and turn off the heat.  Steep for 15 minutes.  It is ready to use.

If congested:  Place your head over the pot and inhale.  Be careful that you do not scald your face.  

For a cold:  Drink 4 cups of tea per day.  And Soak your feet in 2 cups of the  warm tea.  (The tea has a shelf life of 2 days.)

Lutein may help artery inflammation

By Tim Cutcliffe, 06-Jul-2017

 Inflammation is a key factor in many types of coronary artery disease, such as myocardial infarction, Coronary Artery Disease and angina
“A considerable number of patients who have experienced myocardial infarction still have low-level chronic inflammation in the body, even 
after receiving effective treatment with revascularisation, drugs and lifestyle changes. We know that chronic inflammation is associated with
 a poorer prognosis,” says Lena Jonasson, professor in the Department of Medical and Health Sciences and consultant in cardiology, who has led the study.

Key Takeaways:

1-  Lutein is absorbed and stored by the cells of the immune system found in the blood. Offering short- and long-term relief of inflammation 

in patients with coronary artery disease.

2-  The study showed an inverse relationship between lutein and markers of inflammation with IL-6 inflammatory molecules.

      Patients with stable angina had a rapid response time to treatment.

    3- Carotenids/Lutein= give yellow, orange, and red carrots their colors.  Herbs high in Lutein are:
Carrots, Cinnamon, Kelp, Dulse, Dandelion, Cayenne

“Lutein, a carotenoid found in marigolds, Calendula and green leafy vegetables, suppresses inflammation in people with coronary artery disease (CAD).

Green Thoughts- June 2017  Use food as medicine. 
"Alchemy of Herbs" by Rosalee De La Foret

Reviews by other herbalists:
"It's rare to find a writer who can describe complex ideas with such clarity and skill that anyone can grasp their subject."  Juliet Blankespoor, herbalist and founder of the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine.

"Another green blessing of herbal information from a practicing herbalist."  Susan S. Weed, author of the Wise Woman Herbal series

"Rosalee is a master at teaching the "energetics" of plants, so that we really grasp what these herbs do, how they work in our bodies, and how they affect us as individuals."  Rosemary Gladstar-Herbalist, author, and founder of the Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center.

Rosalee has written a book that emphasizes the use of Food as Medicine.  Each herb has a recipe attached to it so that you can incorporate the herb in your meals.  Photographs are many and gorgeous!  There are also Salve and Tincture recipes, Bath salts, Oxymel's, Cough syrup, and more.  She has also included the directions for use and dosage's.

June 16, 2016
Omega 3

Omega 3 fatty acids play a role in every cell in the body.  Omega 3 makes up cell membranes, keeps the nervous system functioning, keeps cholesterol levels in check, and wards off inflammation.  There are so many more health benefits associated with Omega 3 that it is no surprise that 99% of my clients are taking this supplement.

But supplementation is not the best source of Omega 3's.  Supplementation is not food and medicine.  But Real Food will provide food for nutrition  and also provides medicine and preventative medicine.

New research has stated that Fish Oil is a poor choice for Omega 3's because increases your risk of Cancer.  A study by scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle linked eating a lot of oily fish or taking potent fish oil supplements to a 43% increased risk for prostate cancer overall, and a 71% increased risk for aggressive prostate cancer.Sep 27, 2016

Flax Seeds:  2 teaspoon is one serving and provides 1.4 grams of Omega 3

Not surprisingly, flax tops our list as the best vegetarian source of Omega 3. Purchase only whole seed and grind your seed as needed.

Chia Seeds:  2 teaspoon is one serving and provides 1.1 grams of Omega 3

Chia seeds have only recently gotten mainstream attention (at least beyond use on ceramic “pets”) – and it is long overdue!  They are also loaded with calcium (1oz=18% RDA), fiber, and manganese

Hemp Seeds:  1 tablespoon is one serving

Hemp seeds have a great Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio. One ounce of the seeds will provide 1100 Omega 3 and 2700 Omega 6.

Seaweed:  1 tablespoon (powdered) is one serving

Seaweeds not only have fairly high amounts of Omega 3, but they are also one of the only vegan foods which also have EPA and DHEA. Spirulina (58mg Omega 3, 88mg Omega 6 per tablespoon) is one of the best choices. Wakame is a good runner up.

Beans:  1/2 cup is one serving

Beans don’t have as much Omega 3 as seeds or nuts. However, they still can help you meet your RDAs all while avoiding excess Omega 6. Mungo beans — aka Urad Dal — are by far the best choice with 603mg Omega 3 and just 43mg Omega 6 in one cup cooked (not to be confused with mung beans).  To really get the most out of these super bean foods, sprout them first! 

Winter squash:  1 cup is one serving

Winter squash is a surprisingly good source of Omega 3, with 338mg per cup cooked – and you’ll only get 203mg of Omega 6. 

Leafy Greens: 1 cup is one serving

To meet calcium and iron RDAs, vegetarians should be loading up on leafy greens. It turns out that greens are also a decent source of Omega 3 too. A cup of cooked spinach has 352mg of Omega 3 with only negligible amounts of Omega 6. Broccoli rabe, collards, kale and grape leaves are also good sources of Omega 3. 

Cabbage Family: 1 cup is one serving

Vegetables in the cabbage family have a surprising amount of Omega 3. Cauliflower is the most notable with 208mg Omega 3 and just 62mg of Omega 6 per cup, cooked. Broccoli and Brussels sprouts are also good choices.  Greens in the cabbage family are also a great bioavailable source of calcium.

Berries: 1 cup is one serving

Berries are not only good sources of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, but they also are also a good vegetarian source of Omega 3. Blueberries top the list. 

Wild Rice: 1 cup is one serving

Wild rice should be a staple for all vegetarians and vegans. One cup cooked delivers lots of iron, protein, fiber, magnesium, zinc, and manganese.

Herbs and Spices 

Virtually all popular herbs and spices have a great Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio.  Cloves are one of the best at 86mg/52mg per 2 grams, as is oregano (73mg/18mg),  marjoram (49mg/18mg), and tarragon (44mg/11mg).  You probably aren’t going to meet your RDAs for Omega 3 on herbs and spices alone, but the added nutrition is a good reason to make your foods more flavorful.

Mangoes: 1 cup is one serving will provide 50% of your daily Omega 3

Honey Dew Melon: 1 cup is one serving  will provide 25% of your daily Omega 3

Walnuts: 10 walnuts give you your daily requirement of Omega 3.  EAT DAILY

Oils: 1 tablespoon of oil is one serving 

Olive Oils, Peanut Oil

Use Food as Medicine.  

Beetle Mania

A tree honoring musician and member of the Beatles George Harrison has been killed by beetles.  The pine tree was planted in Griffith Park in Los Angeles shortly after Harrison's death in 2001 to commemorate the guitarist, who loved gardening.  City officials say bark beetles didn't just limit themselves to this famous tree - the Harrison pine is one of several in the park that perished from the infestation. The city plans to plant another tree honoring Harrison.  Posted June 8, 2017

Date posted:  05/30/17 
Peruvian Quinoa soup
2 tablespoons of Olio
1 medium Onion diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 stalks of celery, diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1 cup quinoa, rinsed well
1 quart of vegetable stock
1 quart of Water
2 russet potatoes, peeled and diced
2 sweet potatoes or 1 small butternut squash peeled and diced
Salt and black pepper to taste
2 cups chopped greens, such as Kale, chard, Collards, ribs removed.
1/2 cup of frozen peas
1/2 cup parsley leaves
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
1/2 teaspoon of Saffron
1/2 teaspoon of chopped Turmeric
Warm the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.  Add the onions, garlic, celery, and carrot, and saute for a couple of minutes.  Add the cumin and oregano and stir o combine with vegetables.  Add the quinoa and stir.  Add the stock and water, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.  Season with salt and pepper.
Bring the soup to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for about 10 minutes.  Add the greens and continue to cook for 10 minutes more.  Add in peas, parsley, cilantro, and saffron and turmeric.  Makes 6 servings.
QUINOA, is a seed native to the Andes. Some people do consider it to be a Grain. It is gluten Free and a great source of protein, iron, and Fiber.  This is a seed with a cooling energy.  That means it keeps your body cool.  
This is my go-to soup when I have for leftover greens, butternut squash and more.  I love soup for its simplicity.  Everything goes into one pot and then into a bowl.  Add a salad and a chunk of good bread your on your way to cocooning yourself into a Tasty and Nutritious Meal.
Look at the huge variety of herbs in this soup!  Parsley, Cilantro, Turmeric, Saffron, Garlic, Onion, Oregano and Cumin.
Parsley:  Kidney Balancer and diuretic, Cilantro: promotes healthy skin and hair, increased energy, and overall lower weight, Turmeric:  anti inflammatory;  Saffron: antidepressant; Garlic:  The top antibiotic Herb in the World; OnionOnions contain chromium, which assists in regulating blood sugar.  Oregano:  Antibacterial; Cuminability to aid in digestion