Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Self Heal Serum – LearningHerbs

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Self-Heal, Heal All

You’d think a plant with a name as auspicious as this one would be dramatic and imposing. Instead, it camouflages itself on your lawn. But it has been used internally and externally since at least the 2nd century in both China and Europe. Its botanical name, Prunella, derives from the German word Brunella, which comes from dying Braune, meaning quinsy {a throat abscess}, for which it was commonly used in the Middle Ages.

Description:

Self-heal is a creeping perennial that volunteers in moist places like woods, pastures, sub-alpine meadows, and, of course, lawns. It sends up a flexible, branching, the flowering stalk that can reach 1 foot tall, with soft oval or lance-shaped leaves and beautiful pink to blue-violet flowers on spikes.
True to its name, this herb traditionally “heals all,” from simple eyestrain to whole-body inflammation.

Preparation and Dosage:

Self-heal is used as a tea, in…

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Day 15 – Locking it Down with CPM

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Did you know if you’re always home doing laundry, you only need to own 3-4 outfits? Pajamas, whatever.

Home-school fifth grade is coming along, and school will remain closed until May 1. The school so far has only provided a math and reading packet, which we will complete in no time. I’ve also added spelling (apparently, they don’t have spelling in fifth grade anymore), states and capitals, social studies and geography. Spelling words are easy – I just pick the words she spells wrong and bam – spelling words.

I told my daughter that if she passed her spelling test, I would make pizza. While I detest leftover night, I do love leftovers on pizza night!

My hands have been washed so many times that they feel like beef jerky. And not even the good stuff. I’m talking the 25¢ beef jerky in a community container at every quick…

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Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Benefits of Laurel Essential Oil

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Laurel Leaf essential oil has a fresh, spicy scent that opens your lungs and your mind.

It’s invigorating and inspiring.

Laurel has a host of therapeutic properties. I like to remember that it’s associated with achievement and victory. So it’s a great helper when it comes to clearing away anything that stands between you and your best—that’s why it’s good for healing so many issues! (That’s how I like to think of it, anyway!)

Stay focused and clear with Laurel.

I especially love using Laurel for decongestion and mental focus. It is the perfect companion when you have a cold or allergies but still have to go to work.

Use 5 drops of this stock blend in your diffuser.

Ingredients:

  • 10 drops Laurel (Laurus nobilis)
  • 10 drops Rosemary ct. camphor (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. camphor)
  • 20 drops White Spruce (Picea glauca)
  • 10 drops Distilled Lime…

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Day 13 – Locking it Down with CPM

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As much as we would like to keep this as a daily blog, we’ve found that we really only have every other day worth of material. Because lockdown is boring. Every other day is a bit of a stretch at this point, but we will keep at it. Welcome to day 13!

We’d like to give a shoutout to everyone on the front lines. Clerks, cashiers and everyone at the grocery stores! Truckers, delivery drivers; restaurant, fast food and gas station workers! Nurses, doctors and everyone at the hospitals! Garbage collectors, water, sewer, power and internet workers! Thanks for keeping us running! We appreciate you!

A relative of ours works for an Amazon contractor. She has worked every single day. We have family who work in IT. They also work every single day. And into the night, and back up at 5 am. What does CPM do in end times?…

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Foodstyles | Banana Streusel Muffins

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Don’t throw out those sad bananas – make muffins. This is the muffin version of Shirley’s Banana Bread.

For the batter:
1 ¾ cups flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter or shortening
2/3 cup sugar
¾ teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
2 eggs
½ cup milk
1-1 ¼ cups banana (around 1-1 ½ bananas)

For the streusel:
¼ cup all purpose flour
¼ cup brown sugar
3 Tablespoons butter, room temperature

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix sugar, butter and salt until light and fluffy. Incorporate eggs, one at a time, scraping down bowl after each addition. Mix in banana, zest and vanilla until mixture is smooth.

In a separate bowl, sift together flour and baking powder. Add one third of the flour and mix, then add half the milk. Repeat, and finish with remaining…

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Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | What Are The Health Benefits of Clary Sage Oil?

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Clary sage, also known as Salvia sclarea, is a plant native to the northern Mediterranean Basin. It is widely used for medicinal purposes and as a spice.

Many parts of the clary sage plant can be used, including the leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds. In alternative health practices, clary sage essential oil is used in aromatherapy.

In this article, we take a look at the uses and suggested health benefits of clary sage oil. We will also look at whether there is any scientific evidence to back these claims up. We also examine how the oil is used, and what side effects could occur.

Uses for clary sage oil

Clary sage oil

Clary sage oil may have properties such as antidepressant effects, improved digestion, and stress relief.

Aromatherapists and related alternative health practitioners often use clary sage as an essential oil in their treatments, and supporters believe it has many health…

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Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Beyond Candy Canes: 21 Uses for Peppermint Oil

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If you have had the fortune to smell the aroma of peppermint after it has been distilled fresh from the farm, or I should say after the distillation process which takes quite a bit of time. The surrounding area just permeates peppermint for weeks, and the aroma is nothing like the aroma that comes from the essential oil bottles you buy from manufacturers. Trust me, the aroma is quite unique and very strong.

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Soothing, cool, and refreshing, peppermint oil smells great and offers many health benefits. Peppermint can ease congestion, support oral health, repel pests, soothe headaches, and even relieve stress. Peppermint oil is a must in your essential oil collection — especially if you like to create chemical-free, do-it-yourself home and healthcare products.

Found in candy canes and peppermint candies at Christmas, or year-round in chewing gum, toothpaste, and soap, its culinary uses are well-known. But, don’t overlook the power of…

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Benefits and Use of Peppermint Oil

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The next few posts will be about an herb we grow commercially on our farm in Oregon. I can not bestow enough accolades for the use of peppermint whether it be the plant or the essential oil. We have grown peppermint for over 30 years on 2400 acres, grown commercially and shipped worldwide, it has to be one of the most commonly used oils in the world, but few really know the virtues of peppermint.

I and my daughter are constantly creating uses for this oil, from salves {we created a muscle salve for Hubbie after his farming accident when a water line {wheel} came down on top of him and crushed his spine. If it had not been for our German Shepherd Mountain my husband’s injuries would have been far more severe than what had initially occurred. He would have been stuck in a foot and half of the…

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Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Peppermint Oil: Four Surprising Utilities

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Far, far more than these four, the utilities are endless.

For several centuries, the oil obtained from the peppermint plant has been a vital element of several medications and there are sufficient reasons for this too. Peppermint oil is not only intense but also highly aromatic. In addition to being an established analgesic, carminative, and expectorant, peppermint oil possesses strong anti-inflammatory properties and, it is widely used to treat gastrointestinal (GI) problems like indigestion as well as stomach spasms. However, this oil is used in mild doses for these purposes. There is evidence indicating that peppermint oil can also be used for treating irritable bowel syndrome {IBS}.

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Generally, peppermint oil has been extensively used in the form of internal medication. However, it also offers a number of cosmetic benefits; for instance, it is especially effective in augmenting the health of our mouth, skin, hair, and nails.

Mouth care

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Foodstyles | Strawberry Lemon Shortcake Poke Cake and the Supermarket Ponzi Scheme

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When life hand you lemons you make lemon curd.  With that lemon curd you make this cake!

strawberry lemonade

I call this the supermarket ponzi scheme because every once in a while a recipe book will call to you at the check stand.  Like this one –  The Poke Cake Cookbook.  Seems innocent, right?

book cover

$40s in boxed ingredients later and suddenly the kitchen looks like we’re prepping for end times with cake mixes, pudding and Jell-O.  Actually, I think the Author, Jamie Sherman, may just own a ton of stock in Jell-O.  She’s a crazy mad poke cake GENIUS.  Once you start baking these delicious cakes, you can’t stop.  Here is one of the favorites so far.

strawberry lemonade 2Strawberry Lemon Shortcake Poke Cake

1 lb, fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced (reserving a few for garnish)
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 box yellow cake
1 3 oz package strawberry Jell-O…

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Day 9 – Locking it Down with CPM

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Do you know people who are sick? We do. An older family friend is ill. A relative in their 20’s. Neither of them knows what kind of illness they have. They just know to self-isolate and “come back in two weeks if you have the same symptoms”.

Are you following instructions, or being a Coviditot?

Covidiot: A person who ignores the warnings regarding public health or safety. Or, a person who hoards goods, denying them from neighbors. (Thanks for this gem, Urban Dictionary)

We’d like to implore everyone to do the right thing. If you’re not an essential worker or going out for essential needs… stay home. Stop hoarding. Order take out. Please encourage others to do the same. The longer we refuse to follow instructions, the longer we do this for. The longer we’re out of masks for nurses. The longer the kids are out of school.

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La’au Lapa’au | Sweet Basil Essential Oil

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Basil Essential Oil is derived from the leaves of the Ocimum basilicum botanical, better known as the Basil herb. This plant receives its name from the Latin word basilius as well as the Greek word basilikón phutón, which means “royal plant,” hence Basil is also known as the Queen of Herbs or l’herbe royale, meaning “royal herb” in French. It may also be referred to as Saint Joseph’s Wort, Great Basil, European Basil, French Basil, Common Basil, or Sweet Basil.

Several religions and spiritual beliefs practice rituals that emphasize the significance of the use of Basil. In Judaism, traditional stories advocate the use of Basil for increased strength during times of fasting. In various Orthodox churches, Basil is often used to either sprinkle or prepare holy water. As well, pots of the herb are often positioned below church altars to pay reverence to the belief that it was…

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La’au Lapa’au | Bergamot Orange – March Herb of the Month

What do Earl Gray tea, the confection Turkish Delight, the liqueur Bergamia, eau de cologne, and some air fresheners have in common? The answer is: the essential oil from the bergamot orange, Citrus ×bergamia, The Herb Society of America’s Herb of the Month for March.  […]

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Health | Benefits of Chaga Mushrooms

The Chaga Mushroom is used to make a healing tea and has be used to cure everything from cancer to hypertension; boosting the immune system, raising your bodies ph levels and stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system promoting our own bodies ability to heal itself. Chaga is the most powerful antioxidant on Earth making it a very powerful detox flushing toxins, radiation, heavy metals and other free radicals out of your body.  […]

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Foodstyles | Gramma Rita’s Secret Naughty Pancakes

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My daughter loves spending time with Gramma every summer and loves Gramma’s pancakes. It’s not really a secret but they are kinda naughty! They don’t even really need syrup!

Ingredients:
1 1/3 cup pancake mix of the “just add water” variety
2/3 cup white cake mix
1 1/2 cups water

Mix, and prepare pancakes according to pancake mix directions.

Enjoy!

~Amelia

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Current Events | Day 7 – Locking it Down with CPM

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Day 7 – Locking it Down with CPM

Hello from California! We are officially closed! Also, I officially teach 5th grade now. That’s been an interesting adjustment. Fifth grade math is where math started to fall apart for me! It’s those fractions. My husband thinks it’s endlessly entertaining that I work in food and construction, but I don’t know fractions. Yesterday we walked the dog and stretched for PE. Chalk in the driveway for art.

I’d like to take a moment today to talk about toilet paper. I don’t know about you, but I sure have been conscious of how much I’m using. I don’t know if I’ll run out or be able to get more. I know I have paper towels and here’s what you need to know about paper towels, and more:

Only flush toilet paper and poopie.
DO NOT FLUSH PAPER TOWELS
DO NOT FLUSH NAPKINS
DO…

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Foodstyles | Beyond Tea: Aromatic Herbal Infusions for Health and Immunity | New York Institute of Aromatic Studies

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Let’s get right to it. We know we need to stay hydrated and incorporate botanicals (aka “herbs”) into our lives, especially when feeling depleted, sick, overwhelmed (and so much more….). Go over and say hello to your tea kettle: it’s all about drinking botanical infusions.
I often like to pretend I’m fancy and use the word “tisane” when talking about “herbal tea.” Fancy or not, herbal tea = herbal infusion = tisane. Regardless of what you call it, this is about putting herbs in water, applying gentle heat and then enjoying the benefits of this simple but effective way to work with plants.


Stay Hydrated
Every morning when you wake up, have a glass of water to bathe your tissues. Doesn’t that sound FABULOUS? So…decadent! Not so. It is VITAL. Drinking water “…stimulates elimination and acts like an internal shower waking up the body and preparing it for activity” (Catty…

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La’au Lapa’au | Essential Oil Spotlight: Clove Oil

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Clove oil uses are incredibly impressive, ranging from improving blood circulation and reducing inflammation to helping acne and boosting gum health. One of the best-known clove oil uses is to reduce the pain associated with dental problems. Even mainstream toothpaste makers agree that clove oil reduces the pain and swelling that comes with a toothache.

In addition to being a proven anti-inflammatory and pain reducer, one of the common clove oil uses is as a broad-spectrum antimicrobial to keep countless diseases at bay, which is why it can be such a wise choice for boosting your immune system as well as a powerful addition to homemade cleaning products.

Plant Origin of Clove Oil

Indigenous to Indonesia and Madagascar, clove (Eugenia caryophyllata) can be found in nature as the unopened pink flower buds of the tropical evergreen tree. Picked by hand in late summer and again in winter, the buds…

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Foodstyles | Biscuits

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Get out your rolling pin, circle cutter and stand mixer! It’s time to make some incredibly delicious biscuits!

Ingredients:
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons baking powder
12 Tablespoons cold butter, cut into cubes
1 cup whole milk
1 beaten egg

Preheat oven to 350.

Add all dry ingredients to a mixer and mix. Add butter and mix until you can’t see any butter chunks.

Add milk and mix only until the ingredients come together. Do not overmix.

Sprinkle flour on a rolling surface. Roll out dough to desired thickness (usually about 3/4 inch, but you can go thinner).

Cut with a 3-inch circle cutter (you could cut them into squares if you don’t have a circle cutter).

Place biscuits on a sheet pan lined with parchment. Brush tops with beaten egg.

Bake for 18-25 minutes, depending on thickness, until…

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Day 6 – Locking it Down with CPM

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Here’s something fun to pass the time when you’re sheltering in place along with 8 other Bay Area Counties! I had some cuties that were on their way out. Instead of tossing them, I hand juiced them. Then put the juice into the freezer for another day.

Raise your hands if you’re sick of hearing coronavirus!! I prefer COVID 19. Sounds like we’re going on a spy mission, instead of staying home and cleaning the floor again. We played monopoly yesterday. Monopoly. No one ever wants to play Monopoly because it takes forever. Guess what?! I got time to play Monopoly.

Tide Pods Fresh Scent– A review: Who uses this crap? I just want my clothes to smell clean… not like the air freshener aisle. Also, thanks to dumb teenagers who ate Tide Pods, you may need an engineering degree to open the container (dumb teenagers: they do…

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Foodstyles Hella Cheesy Stuffed Shells

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Title says it all. Hella. Cheesy. In a shell.

Ingredients:
20-25 jumbo pasta shells
24 oz jar marinara sauce, or homemade
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (for the topping)

For the filling:
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
16 oz ricotta cheese
5 oz cream cheese
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/3 cup grated romano cheese
1/2 cup (loosely packed) basil leaves, chiffonade
2 sprigs oregano, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon granulated garlic ( I don’t recommend raw garlic for this recipe)

Instructions:
Boil shells according to package directions, but do not fully cook. They should be VERY al dente. Like you probably wouldn’t want to eat it, but it’s sorta cooked. Drain well, then rinse in cold water until the shells are completely cooled. Drain.

Put all filling ingredients into a large bowl and mix well.

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Foodstyles | Corned Beef

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Corned beef is simple to make! You will need:
A 3-4 lb. brisket with seasoning packet
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 small onions
4 cups water
Cooking oil

Preheat oven to 425.

Quarter 2 small onions.

Set aside the packet of seasonings included with your corned beef. Rinse rinse rinse the meat. Rinse all the salty brine off.

Dry rub the meat with garlic powder and black pepper.

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat, drizzle with oil. Sear meat on each side. Remove the meat to an oven safe baking dish. Sear the onions in the same skillet.

Add 4 cups of water and packet of seasonings to the skillet, bring to a boil. Pour water and onions over meat. Cover with foil. Bake for one hour. Shut off the oven and allow it to rest for one hour in the oven. The internal…

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Day 5 – Locking it Down with CPM

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It’s been years since I spent much time sitting at the computer, typing away. I don’t quite type 70 wpm anymore, but I’m still pretty fast. I had forgotten how cold it gets sitting at a desk and typing. My fingers feel like popsicles. [Pours another cup of coffee]

We dusted off the Playstation 2. Literally dusted it off – it was covered in sawdust, sitting on a shelf in the garage. I’ve been holding onto it forever because I love the game Burnout 2. I am terrible at video games and more so at driving video games, but the object of Burnout 2 is to crash the car! I’m exceptionally good at crashing video game cars. Mad skills, old school, with a corded controller.

Construction of our LEGO city continues. I made what was supposed to be a schoolhouse, but I thought it looked like a saloon then added…

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Locking it Down with CPM – Day 4

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NOW were on lockdown… I got that going for me! They’re not calling it lockdown or quarantine though, they’re calling it “shelter in place”. I’m lucky enough to live in one of the six San Francisco Bay Area counties who have been shut down. I had a panicky minute (or 30) after I realized that I’d be at home with a mouthy pre-teen for 22 days. At minimum. They’ll let us know later if we can leave our houses on April 7.

How to Monday the Mondayest Monday ever:
1. Get provisions
2. Get put on lockdown for 22 days.
3. Beer thirty.

I’ve been saying “I’m not going to the store.” I folded yesterday. I had explained to my daughter that we’re not spending 22 days staring at our phones. We’re going to read, do math, cook food, learn to do new things. She said she wanted to learn…

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La’au Lapa’au | Can Fungi Ease Disease in Bees?

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by Connor Yearsley

Many people grew up with Winnie-the-Pooh, the good-natured bear who was often looking for “hunny” in rotting tree hollows. Renowned mycologist (fungi expert) Paul Stamets, however, maybe the first person to wonder if some bees are drawn to rotting wood partly because of the health benefits that the fungal mycelia can provide as they break down the wood. Mycelia are the vegetative part of a fungus’ life cycle and consist of threadlike tubes called hyphae that spread in every direction.

With researchers at Washington State University (WSU) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Stamets’ hypothesis that fungi can help bees is being validated with extracts of the mycelia of two fungal species: amadou (Fomes fomentarius, Polyporaceae) and reishi (Ganoderma resinaceum, Ganodermataceae). In laboratory and field trials on the Western or European honeybee (Apis mellifera), these extracts significantly reduced levels of viruses…

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La’au Lapa’au | Food as Medicine: Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra, Adoxaceae)

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Plants commonly known as elder belong to the genus Sambucus and consist of 20-30 species of deciduous trees and shrubs in the Adoxaceae, or moschatel, family.1-3 Sambucus species are native to forested temperate and subtropical climates and grow to an average height of 32 feet (10 m).1,3 Elder shrubs have light brown or gray stippled bark and narrow, dark green pinnately compound leaves with five to nine toothed leaflets.2,4 In early summer, elder plants produce flat to roundish clusters of tiny, cream-white, saucer-shaped flowers. Depending on the species, the clusters of small fruits, botanically characterized as drupes, are blue-black, black, or red (and rarely, yellow or white).2,3 The only elder species with a history of culinary use are those that produce blue-black or black fruits. Elder species are highly adaptable and readily naturalize in an area, making them potentially invasive outside their native range.3 This…

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Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Health Benefits of Chaga Mushroom

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Chaga mushrooms contain a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.
The Chaga mushroom grows on birch trees throughout the northern hemisphere. It resembles a dark clump of dirt more than a mushroom but is distinguished from other growths by its orange tissue.

Doctors, alternative medicine advocates, and researchers are increasingly interested in the potential health benefits of the Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus). Some studies on Chaga mushrooms have yielded promising results.

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Nine potential benefits

In this article, we look at the potential health benefits of Chaga mushrooms and the research behind the claims.

1. Nutrient-dense superfood

Chaga mushrooms are rich in a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, including:

  • B-complex vitamins
  • vitamin D
  • potassium
  • rubidium
  • cesium
  • amino acids
  • fiber
  • copper
  • selenium
  • zinc
  • iron
  • manganese
  • magnesium
  • calcium

2. Preventing and fighting cancer

Some studies suggest that Chaga mushrooms may slow the growth of certain cancer cells.

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Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Mushrooms Boost Brain Power

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If you’re a fan of mushrooms, rejoice! These nutritious little fungi have several known benefits to our health, including lowering your chance of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. And now, there appears to be yet another advantage to eating mushrooms. New research shows that they may help protect the brain from degenerative conditions such as dementia.

The study, which took place at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, found that regular consumption of certain types of mushrooms may be associated with brain changes that reduce the risk of developing dementia.1 After analyzing 10 different types of mushrooms, the investigators determined that they promoted the increased production of nerve growth factors in the brain, which contributes to the formation of new neurons in the gray matter, an important factor in our ability to retain and retrieve memories.

The Mushroom Course

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Foodstyles | Vegetarian Samosa Recipe

A spicy filling of chunky potato and green peas with a bite of chili encased in a crisp light pastry.
 
Probably the most well known of all the Indian snacks – samosas are simply amazing and I love them. All they are made of is pastry, potato, peas and that’s it – how three simple ingredients can taste so good is beyond me, but they are just amazing and yes I will say it again amazing! For me, these are a vegetable dish and although I have cooked meat samosas in my classes it’s not something I like to do.
 
My most significant memory of samosas is from my wedding where they were part of the festivities, right from all my aunties forming a production line in the kitchen gossiping, giggling and producing the amazing triangles parcels through to being served them for breakfast with a cup of hot, sweet chai, a combination that is out of this world.
 
You can’t help eating them one after the other and I think we got through hundreds of them. My best friend Nicky and her husband Mark called me a few days after the wedding and asked me if I could pop over and make a few before we left for our honeymoon as they were having withdrawal symptoms – addictive….very!
 
INGREDIENTS
 
FILLING:
1 tsp of rapeseed oil
4 potatoes boiled (skin on)
50g frozen peas
½ tsp of cumin seeds
1 tsp of salt
½ tsp chilli powder
2 chilies, finely chopped
1-2 tsp of garam masala
1 tbsp ginger, grated
2 tbsp of fresh coriander, chopped

 
PASTRY:
200g plain flour
1½ tbsp rapeseed oil
Pinch of salt
Approx. 100ml water
 
MAKING THE SAMOSA:
Potato filling
Pastry
Paste
Rapeseed oil for deep frying
 
DIRECTIONS | The Filling
1 – Cook the potatoes gently with the skin on (do not boil too vigorously) for about 25 minutes until soft. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. Once cooled peel the skin off with your fingers.
 
2 – Cut into small 1cm sized cubes and place in a large bowl.
 
3 – In a small frying pan heat the oil and fry the cumin seeds. When sizzling, carefully add the peas and fry gently for a few minutes to soften. Remove from the heat and leave to cool before adding to the potatoes.
 
4 – Add the grated ginger, salt, chilli, chilli powder, garam masala and fresh coriander to the potatoes and stir – check seasoning and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
 
 
DIRECTIONS | The Pastry
1 – Place flour, oil and salt in a bowl and rub the mixture together.
 
2 – Using your hand begin to sprinkle in a little water at a time to bring the dough together.
 
3 – Continue to add the water in this way until the dough comes together. Using wet hands knead the dough until it is soft and no longer sticking to your hands or the bowl.
 
4 – Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Heat up a thava or frying pan on the lowest heat setting.
 
5 – Take a small tangerine sized ball of the dough and roll it between your palms to make a smooth ball.
 
6 – Flatten and roll out with a rolling pin to create a thin round disc the size of a side plate flouring when necessary. Place the disc on the thava for 4 seconds. Remove and place on a chopping board. Using a sharp knife slice the disc in half so you are left with 2 semi-circles.
 
7 – Place the semi-circles on a plate with the tea towel and cover to keep warm. Repeat with the rest of the dough so you are left with 10 – 12 semi-circles.
 
 
DIRECTIONS | The Paste
Make some flour glue by adding water to the flour and mix into a thick sticky paste.
 
MAKING THE SAMOSA
1 – Place one semi-circle on your hand with the flat edge at the top and the cooked side facing you. Dip your finger in the paste and spread it across the straight edge.
 
2 – Fold in the two corners so they meet in the middle ensuring one edge overlaps the other and press together to seal all the way down to create a smooth upside down cone.
 
3 – Turn the cone over so the pointed end is at the bottom. Using a spoon fill the cone with the potato filling to 2/3 of the way up.
 
4 – Seal the opening with the paste and seal it closed creating a triangle pastry. Lie on the tray and pat down to even the filling out. Repeat.
 
5 – Heat the oil, test it is hot enough by dropping in a little bit of pastry – if it bubbles and floats to the top immediately the oil is ready.
 
6 – Very carefully slip one samosa into the hot oil being careful that the oil doesn’t splash out. Leave the samosa to cook for a few seconds. As the pastry begins to bubble turn it over using a slotted spoon.
 
7 – Leave it to cook gently until it turns a beautiful golden brown. Once it is cooked remove from the oil and set on some kitchen paper. As you become more confident fry 2 or 3 samosas at the same time.
ENJOY!

 

Urban Gardening | 8 Vegetables You Can Grow In Your Tiny Apartment All Year Round

Growing Your Own Vegetable is Not Only Fun but you’ll know What Exactly Went into the plants at every stage which is not the case with store bought food. While growing plants in a busy city and apartment might seem like an impossible-task, There are fruits and veggies you can grow in pots that can sit pretty on a super small-porch, fire-escape, or even in a well-lit indoor area. And, unlike traditional gardens, you won’t have to deal with many intrusive weeds either!

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Foodstyles | Veggie Spanish Rice

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Why not add some nutrition to your Spanish Rice? Throw in some veggies!

Ingredients:
1 large carrot
2 medium ribs celery
1/2 medium onion
1 small green bell pepper
1 large tomato
1 3/4 cups white rice
4 cups vegetable or chicken stock, or water
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons oil
Few dashes cayenne or hot sauce (optional)

Instructions:
Dice all veggies into small uniform pieces.

In a large pre-heated pan over medium high heat, add oil, carrot, celery, onion and bell pepper. Cook for about 4 minutes, stirring frequently, then add tomato and cook for another minute.

Add rice and stir. Allow rice to cook for about 4 minutes, stirring frequently until it begins to brown.

Add liquid and spices. Mix. Bring to a boil. Reduce…

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