Herbs…

 

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Herbs? What are they? It is summer everywhere and hot, and humid and who knows what else. Here in Florida it is hot, hot, hot. People ask me all the time – do you grow herbs, and how do you know which ones are good to grow in this heat? If you have ever grown your own food you probably know a little about herbs. Then there are folks who grow nothing but herbs. So what are they – HERBS?

Herbal plants enrich our lives with their flavor, fragrances and beauty. If you grow them, you know that some of them thrive better in warm weather than cold weather – that is unless you grow them indoors. I have yet to grow herbs in the direct sunlight as is suggested for some herbs. I know if I put my basil in the sun it would be dead in a minute. I find it strange that the instructions that come with the plants even say to “plant in full sun” or even “partial sun”. Yes, Florida is sunny and yes, Florida is hot, but I never plant my herbs in the sun. I have a shady spot on the south side of my home where they love to grow. As well, I plant them in pots and not directly in the soil because I find they don’t grow as well in the sandy soil we have here. I like parsley, basil and chives, because I use them in cooking and in salads. They seem to be hearty and grow beautifully. I am an experimental gardener and grow what I know works for me….so I do not usually recommend to anyone on how to grow anything, whether it be food or herbs. However, I thought I would check out herbs because so many folks ask me about them. Here is a short rundown on a few herbs that most folks are familiar with.

BASIL – There are many herb varieties. Basil, in my mind is the #1 Herb in popularity. It is heat tolerant, and there are many types, green leaf, purple-leafed (Red Rubin and African Blue). Green leafed that you can buy in the produce department of the grocery store is usually used in salads, stews, soups, pastas, etc. Purple is beautiful and really fragrant. The flowering tops of both are useable so don’t toss them in the garbage. African blue is a beneficial nectar plant for bees and other pollinators. Basil can grow over 3 feet tall.

ROSEMARY – is one herb that I have never grown, but is very prolific, and easy to grow. It is basically a perennial and grows well in the southern U.S. It is pleasing to look at and great as a food seasoning. It is decorative in the garden.

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THYME – is one of the top herbs used for cooking. It doesn’t like too much water when growing and especially rain. An over abundance of water can lead to mildew and leaf blight. It is great in vegetable dishes, squash, on tomatoes, etc. and in chicken dishes.

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OREGANO – is a very mediterranean herb. It is used in Greek and Italian dishes, sauces and with meat. It grows well in a herb garden lasting through the winter in the south. There are many varieties, African, Cuban, etc. It is another herb that I have seen sold in the produce department of grocery stores.

Florida is a great part of the U.S. to grow herbs – to mention a few more such as Cilantro, Coriander, Lemon grass, etc.Image result for free pics of lemongrass which many of you may not be familiar with can be grown in containers and is edible as well as ornamental. It enjoys a sunny and moist environment. Try planting it next to an air conditioner drain or a downspout.

When planted outside in hot weather, herbs need watering. Herbs, like many vegetables, do better if watered at the base and not sprinkled from the top. Grow herbs in pots with large drainage holes. DO NOT let the pot dry out.

Image result for free pics of aloeThere are many, many herbs. You can find books of the many varieties to include: Aloe, Sage, Cayenne, Comfrey, Garlic, Lavender, etc. The oil is extracted out of many herbs and used in salves, teas, as fragrances, capsules and tinctures (such as the ones sold at http://www.fyihealthtalkstore.com where a description and the use of every herbal remedy is given for each product). Herbs have been used by many cultures as alternative remedies for various health issues to include: Acne, anxiety, arthritis, cysts, bronchitis, burns, bruises, chronic fatigue, colds and flu, diabetes, diverticulitis, eczema, eyestrain, fungal skin infections, gallstones, headaches, high blood pressure, intestinal parasites, kidney stones, liver disease, MS, nerve pain, shingles, prostate, stress, stroke, and even warts.

I have addressed a few of the edible herbs, the ones used the most and the ones that “beat the heat” so to speak as far as growing in warm or hot weather, such as Florida, Texas and most of the southern US.

I could write a book, but I won’t – as there are so many books out there already. If you are like me – too much is more than I like to deal with. I prefer to keep it simple and non time consuming….so this is a short blog on the generalities of Herbs.

Life is Good. God Bless!!

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SINUSITIS…..

Summer is the season for allergies which sometimes can cause SINUS issues. The Sinuses – located in the nasal area, are referred to as the paranasal sinuses: Frontal, Maxillary, Ethmoidal, and Sphenoidal. Anterior group: Frontal, Maxillary and Anterior Ethmoid. Posterior group: Posterior Ethmoid and Sphenoid.

Where is each part located?Image result for free pics of sinuses FRONTAL: is an irregular cavity in the frontal bone on each side of the midline above the nasal bridge. One may be larger than the other. A duct carries secretions to the upper part of the nostrils. MAXILLARY: A cavity in the maxillary bone opening at upper part of antrum into the nose. SPHENOIDAL: are the air sinuses which occupy the body of the sphenoid bone and connect with the nasal cavity. The function of the sinuses is not definitely known. Various theories give them the same function as nasal cavities, namely, warming, moistening, and filtering the air.

SINUSITIS – is sometimes allergy Image result for Where Are Your Sinuses Diagramrelated. Sinusitis is inflammation of a sinus, esp. a paranasal sinus. The causative agents related to sinusitis includes viruses and bacteria. Predisposing factors involved with sinusitis can be inadequate drainage which may result from presence of polyps, chronic rhinitis, deviated septum, etc. These issues need a specialist’s care.

Sensitive sinuses, usually associated with allergies, can make it difficult to breathe. Doctors prescribe steroid sprays and antibiotics, but use of these on a regular basis often lead to serious health consequences.

The required treatment for sinus health of sinusitis is conservative shrinkage in the nasal mucosa to ease ventilation and drainage in the sinus. Years ago, also required was bed rest, forced fluids, and something for pain, as sinusitis can be painful in the sinus area, and cause fever, chills, and headaches, etc. The following video is an excellent source of information on the sinuses and treating SINUS ISSUES the natural way.

As noted in the video – Sinus health/sinusitis as related to allergies can be treated naturally. It requires the use of an antimicrobial agent that kills the offending microbes, but is harmless enough to use. Two mentioned are Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and Colloidal Silver. There are many other natural ingredients/products also noted for use to treat sinus issues. For over 12 years I have used  both the Apple Cider Vinegar and Colloidal Silver (which I make myself) to clean my nasal passages. It was said in an article I read recently that “Colloidal Silver can be used to relieve the burden of the immune system and prevent chronic irritation of the sinus passageways.” The video reiterated, as was mentioned previously that “One function of our sinuses is to filter the air we breathe” which is filled with viruses, bacteria, and fungi. You need to kill these pathogens to maintain sinus health.

Colloidal Silver Liquid can be purchased at Health Food Stores, or you can make it yourself. It can be delivered through the nose with the use of a Neti Pot (refer to video), nasal spray bottle or dropper, which I prefer. Before using these methods – blow the nose first to get rid of mucus, then coat the tissues of the nasal pathway using methods mentioned. Allow the liquid to stay in the nose as long as possible. If the liquid drips out, wipe away, but do not blow the nose again. You can repeat this a second time and leave in. If you swallow, don’t panic…colloidal silver is not toxic and will just remove bad bacteria on its way down your throat. I drink an 8 oz glass, for as many days as needed, of colloidal silver water to ward off flu and cold symptoms. IT WORKS!

 NOTE: Other natural agents mentioned in the video as being useful in treating sinusitis include: ginger, garlic, grapefruit seed extract, cayenne pepper, licorice, eucalyptus (the oil, which can be dropped onto a kleenex and then the essence inhaled into the nasal passage), the eating of antioxidant foods, Echinacea, and Vitamins C and Zinc, and, I add, herbal supplements.

As I did the research on this subject, many of my questions regarding the sinuses were answered, and I hope it has answered some of yours.

BREATHE HEALTHY – and GOD BLESS!

 

Milk Evaluations

There are many milks on the market today. What to use? Dairy versus Alternative Milk?

Quoting Dr. Robert Morse N.D. –  Healer and Author of ‘The Detox Miracle SourceBook. “Cow’s Milk is for Cows. There is nothing bad about drinking milk from the time you first open your eyes at birth until you are two years of age. That is, provided the milk is from your mother, and is fresh, raw and natural.”
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“Cow’s milk tends to be high in proteins, minerals and fats – a necessity for baby cows that will grow to 300-500 pounds in one year.” Human babies do not grow that fast, and because cow’s milk is a heavily concentrated milk it is difficult for infants to digest…thus you have a baby who suffers with digestive issues and mucus congestion in the sinus cavities, lungs, brain and ears. Still quoting Dr. Morse, “Many types of allergies are also created from the excessive congestion that starts with cow-milk consumption.” “Adults cannot digest milk at all and develop deeper congestive problems as they get older.” The “milk now becomes highly irritating to the mucosa of the GI tract, which causes even more mucus….which causes a heavy mucoid plaque to build up on the intestinal walls.” Continue reading “Milk Evaluations”

Test Kitchen – Fermented Foods…

 

SAUERKRAUT

Fermented foods clean the gut and puts good bacteria into the intestinal tract. Fermented foods include Sauerkraut, Kimchi, etc. Today, I will talk about SAUERKRAUT. Store bought, processed sauerkraut is not as beneficial as homemade. I have always loved ‘sauerkraut’, but it wasn’t until I made my own that I found out how delicious it really is…FORGET ABOUT THE STORE BOUGHT!

Sauerkraut is a German Cuisine. I ate it all the time as a child, but I don’t remember my mom ever making it from scratch.

I researched years ago how to make it. There are many versions of homemade sauerkraut on the web, in books and magazines. The following is the version I found in the newspaper and decided to share it. Continue reading “Test Kitchen – Fermented Foods…”

Salt…

Is is good or bad for you? The media today would falsely have you believe it is bad for you with the reasoning that it makes you hold water, causes high blood pressure and heart disease, etc.

But…what is the truth, the real problem?

As you stand in front of the salt section in the grocery store, it’s mind-boggling as there are so many kinds, types and brands of salt to choose from. You ponder – which one is the culprit? IT IS THE REFINED SALT!

Refined salt is the problem. Yes refined salt – only because its chemical properties have been eliminated by the refining process. It simply becomes nothing more than sodium chloride. The 80 or so trace minerals that are naturally supposed to be in salt, have been taken out by the refining process. The same principle is true in processed foods. So it is the TYPE of salt that is causing the problems. Refined salt has the preservative ‘sodium acetate’ which has been scientifically shown to be linked to heavy metal toxicity, kidney problems and elevated blood pressure issues.

Salt is actually needed in the body to help balance your blood sugar, help keep your bones strong, regulate metabolism, elevate the immune system and much, much more. UNREFINED SEA SALT is the remedy.

 Aerial view of the Great Salt Lake in Utah

I worked for a salt company many years ago –The Great Salt Lake Minerals Company – in Ogden, Utah, which is now owned by Compass Minerals (http://www.compassminerals.com) They removed the salt from the Great Salt Lake by solar evaporation. Once the salt was extracted, the salt was shipped by truck or railroad, all over the United States. Continue reading “Salt…”

GOUT – What Do You Know About It?

Gout – The disease of the wealthy….at least that is what the old wives tales say.

Medically speaking, the underlying cause of Gout is hyperuricemia – which is the buildup of excess uric acid in the blood. Uric acid is produced during the metabolism of purines. High amounts of this compound are found in certain foods and beverages such as meats, poultry, seafood and beer.

The old wives tale that Gout was the disease of the rich and famous came about because in the old days (the days of WWI and II, and the 1900’s depression), only the rich and famous could regularly eat high cost meats and fish, etc. Many of the rest of the population could only afford to eat cold cut meats, spam and other inexpensive types of meat and fish. It, at that time, was all about protein….too much protein.

You get purine from the diet and the body makes purine. According to Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, “Purines are important for the synthesis of nucleic acids. They are the building blocks of DNA. However, your body does not need the purines that are in foods eaten in the diet because the body produces them on its own.” Hyperuricemia therefore, is the result of the production in the body of excess uric acid. The high blood level of uric acid increases the risk of a person getting gout. Because everyone’s body chemistry is not the same, some folks will get gout and some will not. So, if you are at risk, what can you do to prevent hyperuricemia and getting gout?

What does Gout do? It puts you at risk for heart disease which is also associated with diabetes, obesity, and chronic inflammation. Gout is painful because the needle-like crystals of uric acid are piercing the joint tissues…then you see redness (inflammation) and swelling and may even feel heat. Gout pain can be so severe that people can’t work, don’t have a social life, and some don’t even leave their homes. Many folks, because of the pain become addicted to over the counter and prescription painkillers which are not safe.
Continue reading “GOUT – What Do You Know About It?”

NEW! Slim, Trim and Detox Diet Plan Guideline

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Like the sport of dance (yes, dance is now referred to as a sport), has many genre’s, so does exercise, and dieting. The exercise or diet  genre’ you choose for yourself may or may not be the same as everyone else for reasons of health issues, shape, size, weight, body chemistry, length of time you have dieted, exercised and/or have participated in detoxification. I have used this program for many years, and have changed my routine dozens of times to suit the situation and time of my life. What you are able to do when you are young changes as you age. The following is a program I formulated that works for all ages, male, female, teens, and/or children. The first activity on the list is one I borrowed from a personal trainer.  “Wake up, Get up, and Make Your Bed.” Continue reading “NEW! Slim, Trim and Detox Diet Plan Guideline”