Monday, November 19, 2012

Foods as medicine


Herbal Salad for Osteoporosis

This Bone-Strengthening Salad recipe offers an explosion of color and calcium-rich herbs. This recipe is excerpted from Homegrown Remedies.
These herbs are rich in calcium, while rocket, nasturtiums, dill, coriander and parsley also promote its digestion and absorption. Dandelion contains boron, calcium and magnesium, while dill, borage, coriander and calendula balance hormones and lessen risk of calcium loss.
Ingredients
• 5 1/2 ounces lettuce and rocket mixture
• 5 to 10 leaves dandelion, nasturtiums, borage and young plantain
• 2 sprigs dill, mint, coriander and parsley
• 4 each marigold (calendula), borage and nasturtium flowers
Serves 2
How to make
1. Place the torn lettuce and rocket in the base of your salad bowl. Then put the dandelion, nasturtium, borage and plantain leaves in.
2. Chop the dill, mint, coriander and parsley and then decorate with marigold (calendula), borage and nasturtium flowers.
How to use
Serve with a simple dressing made with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Did you know?
Calcium, boron, magnesium, essential fatty acids and vitamin D are all vital for good bone density.
Growing
Using a tall planter with holes in the side, place drainage material in the bottom and fill with compost to the first level of holes. Plant the mint, rockets and nasturtiums through the holes, water and add more compost. Continue to plant through the holes staggering the mints, rockets and nasturtiums. Place the borage in the centre at the top, surround with marigold (calendula), nasturtium near the sides. Place the dill, parsley, plantain, rocket and coriander where they fit best. Water and feed.
Plants you will need
• 1 Mentha piperita (peppermint)
• 5 Tropaeolum majus (nasturtium)
• 4 Eruca vesicaria/sativa (rocket)
• 1 Borago officinalis (borage)
• 3 Calendula officinalis (marigold)
• 1 Anethum graveolens (dill)
• 1 Petroselinum crispum (parsley)
• 1 Plantago major/minor/lanceolata (plantain)
• 1 Coriandrum sativum (coriander)
This excerpt has been reprinted with permission from Homegrown Remedies, by Anne McIntyre,
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Aide  Memory Loss Muffins

To help with the early onset of memory loss

1 1/3 c, flour
1/3 c. ground flaxseed
1 c. sugar
1T pumpkin pie spice
¼ t baking powder
1 t baking soda
¼ t salt
1 c. canned pumpkin
½ c. melted butter
2 large eggs
1 Granny Smith apple (finely chopped)

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. In smaller bowl, blend
pumpkin, butter and eggs. Stir all together lightly. Pour into muffin tins and bake 20 min. at 350 degrees.

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Unclog Your Arteries

Another woman who was at our hospital for treatment gave my a recipe for unclogging arteries, hopefully helping someone who might of other wise have to go under the knife for ~BY PASS surgery~ It was given to her by a natural healer.

Equal parts Jalapeno peppers, fresh garlic, fresh ginger root. ( she said about 1/2 cup each)
and enough Braggs vinegar to fill a qt jar.
Process it in a blender until pureed and put in fridge untill used. Take 1 TBLS of mixture each day and she said you will need a chaser. Taste bad.

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Immune Boosting Blueberry Banana Smoothie

8 ounces milk (use farm-fresh milk or any nondairy substitute such as almond or soy milk)
1/2 cup frozen banana slices
1/2 cup frozen blueberries


In blender, purée everything until smooth. Serve right away. Blueberry Banana Smoothie serves 2.

Cooking Tip: The frozen fruit gives the smoothie a thick texture. Add water if you want a thinner consistency, or add ice if you want it even thicker.

Add immune-enhancing “smoothie boosts” such as fresh baby spinach (1 cup),
plain low-fat yogurt (1/2 cup),
oatmeal (1/4 cup),
ground flaxseeds (1 to 2 tablespoons),
unsweetened cocoa powder (1 tablespoon),
honey (to taste) or cinnamon (to taste).

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