La’au Lapa’au | Willow Bark

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Willow Bark

Botanical Name: Salix alba.

Other Common Names: Willow bark, white willow, salix.

TCM Name: Liu Shu Pi

Meridians: Bladder, Kidney, Heart

Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Clears Heat/Reduces Inflammation: damp heat in the bladder, painful urination, dark burning urine, joint, throat, mouth and eye inflammations, wounds, ulcerations, eczema, burns, gangrene, headaches.  Promotes Yin: heart and kidney yin deficiency with unrest, insomnia, sexual erethism, spermatorrhea, leucorrhea, low tidal fevers in Shao Yin stage. Supports Stomach Qi: aids slow painful digestion.

Habitat: White willow bark, as its name implies is a member of the willow family. Predominantly grown in Central and Southern Europe and Northern America.

Plant Description: This deciduous tree grows to a significant height of 20-30m. It has long branches that drape toward the ground and the leaves are long, thin and narrow, with fine pale hairs on the underside of the…

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Herbal Remedies May Inspire Future Treatments for High Blood Pressure

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People have used herbs as medicine for thousands of years. Today, with medical researchers continually hunting for better alternative treatments, some are revisiting these remedies. A recent study looks at herbs that people believe can treat hypertension.

Currently, hypertension affects an estimated 1 in 3 adults in the United States.

Although dietary and lifestyle changes can sometimes be sufficient, medication is necessary in some cases.

Antihypertensive medications work well for some people but not for others, and the side effects can be unpleasant.

For these reasons, researchers are keen to find innovative ways to tackle the growing issue of hypertension.

Some scientists are turning back the clock and looking to ancient herbal remedies. Humans have been self-medicating with the herbs that they find since before history began.

The fact that people have used these treatments for millennia is certainly not evidenced that they are effective, but they are surely worth a second look.


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Foodstyles | The Scottish Clootie Dumpling

The Scottish Clootie Dumpling a la mode

This recipe makes the traditional clootie dumpling that is deeply embedded in Scottish cooking. It is part of the hearth and home approach which makes the food of Scotland so loved everywhere. The spicy scent of a cooking clootie conjures up images of Scotland’s past—a time when grandmothers would spend hours at the stove making this lovely pudding. […]


La’au Lapa’au | Chicory Root

You may know the chicory root as a popular coffee substitute. In fact, it was widely used during the Great Depression and World War II when coffee was in short supply or too expensive. Today, it is used around the world and in the US, particularly in New Orleans, as a natural caffeine-free substitute for coffee. However, it’s much more than a rich drink.  […]

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Vegan Foodstyles | Vegan Baklava Cigars

I have to agree with my younger self, on its own baklava may send your taste buds into a sensory overload, but when paired with strong, black coffee it really hits the spot. Baklava is very popular in Greece too and if not for the fact that I’m vegan, I would be tempted to simply buy it from time to time. Unfortunately, as most baklava contains a prolific amount of butter (and often honey), I now make my own when the craving strikes.


Foodstyles | Bacon Fried Rice

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What do you make for dinner when you have a few random vegetables and a few strips of uncooked bacon? Bacon fried rice, of course! EASY!

You can use whatever random vegetables you have on hand, but I do suggest starting with an onion.

You will need:
2-3 cups cooked rice
2-3 strips thick cut bacon, diced
1/2 small onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
1 ear of corn, kernels cut off
1 small tomato, diced
2 cloves garlic
Salt & pepper

In a large pan over medium-high heat, cook diced bacon. Remove bacon from pan and set aside, but keep the grease in the pan.

Sautee onion and bell pepper in bacon grease until they begin to soften.

Add in corn, tomato and garlic. Cook a few minutes, or until garlic is very fragrant.

Add in rice a little bit at a time, then finish with cooked bacon.


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La’au Lapa’au | Why that CBD oil you bought is probably useless … Educate Yourself With Facts 

Given CBD products tend to be on the pricey side, here’s a handy guide to aid in finding those products that can deliver the benefits found in CBD oil and other products applied topically to the skin.

Source: Why that CBD oil you bought is probably useless


The Halau recommends full-spectrum Hempworx CBD products for your health and the health of your family and pets. You can check out the health benefits here … click on the image for more information!

Health | Could CBD Treat Autoimmune Diseases??

Autoimmune diseases are some of the least understood and most difficult medical conditions to treat. There are up to 80 different types of autoimmune diseases that affect up to 50 million Americans according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA.) While each illness is unique, the common thread connecting all of these diseases is that they cause the immune system to attack healthy cells as if they were foreign. Since the root cause of these diseases can often be veiled in mystery, most treatments only address the symptoms instead of the cause.

A growing body of medical research suggests that studying the endocannabinoid system and how it is activated by the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) may lead to the development of promising therapies.

These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Some of the most common autoimmune diseases are:

  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases – a group of diseases that cause the inflammation of the colon and small intestine
  • Type 1 Diabetes – a condition that destroys cells that produce insulin in the pancreas
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis – a condition that causes severe inflammation of joints and surrounding tissues
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus – a condition that affects joints, kidneys, brain, skin, and other organs
  • Psoriasis – a skin condition that produces thick, silver-white patches of flaky skin along with irritation and redness
  • Celiac Sprue Disease – an autoimmune reaction to gluten (found in barley, wheat, and rye) that damages the lining of the small intestine
  • Pernicious Anemia – a condition that leads to decreased red blood cells because of an inability to absorb vitamin B-12
  • Vitiligo – a condition that produces white patches on the skin as the result of loss of pigment
  • Scleroderma – a disease of the connective tissue causes changes in internal organs, blood vessels, skin, and muscles
  • Hashimoto’s disease – a disease that causes the thyroid gland to become inflamed
  • Addison’s Disease – a disease that causes insufficient adrenal hormone production
  • Graves’ Disease – a disease that results in an overactive thyroid gland
  • Reactive Arthritis – a condition that may cause sores on the skin and mucus membranes and that causes inflammation of the joints, eyes and urethra
  • Sjögren’s Syndrome – a disease that causes dry mouth and dry eyes by destroying the glands that produce saliva and tears. It can also affect the lungs and kidneys.

What you might notice about all of these diseases is that they disrupt the bodies’ ability to achieve homeostasis or a healthy balance.

How the Endocannabinoid System Could Treat Autoimmune Disease…
Let’s talk about the amazing potential of the endocannabinoid system because of its ability to help the body achieve homeostasis. The endocannabinoid system is made up of cannabinoid receptors that are embedded throughout the entire human body in immune cells, organs, connective tissue and glands. The reason why this system is gaining so much medical attention and is believed to have a wide application for the development of effective therapies is because these receptors send signals to nearly every system and cellular structure in our bodies to promote homeostasis.

Dr. Dustin Sulak—an American physician who uses cannabinoid rich cannabis based treatments in his integrative medical clinics in Maine and Massachusetts—offers an example in his article Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System that is particularly relevant for those suffering from autoimmune diseases:

“At the site of an injury, for example, cannabinoids can be found decreasing the release of activators and sensitizers from the injured tissue, stabilizing the nerve cell to prevent excessive firing, and calming nearby immune cells to prevent release of pro-inflammatory substances. Three different mechanisms of action on three different cell types for a single purpose: minimize the pain and damage caused by the injury.”

Dr. Sulak’s example illustrates the endocannabinoid system’s ability to use cannabinoids, like CBD, to send signals to different areas in the body that result in the reduction of inflammation caused by an overactive immune response. This same therapeutic property has been the focus of many scientific studies related to autoimmune diseases. These studies suggest that CBD based therapies could be developed to effectively treat and manage a wide range of autoimmune diseases from rheumatoid arthritis and types 1 diabetes to multiple sclerosis (MS) and inflammatory bowel diseases such as colitis and Crohn’s disease.

While the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet substantiated the benefits of CBD, integrated medical practices across the United States like Dr. Sulak’s are utilizing this medical research to benefit their patients. More research on the endocannabinoid system and its use of CBD to achieve homeostasis could lead to the development of effective therapies for a wide range of autoimmune disorders.

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A great big MAHALO to my friend and neighbor, Billy Kamaka for this beautiful plate of hummus AND the recipe! This super easy recipe was handed down from Billy’s grandmother, who was of Lebanese descent. The hummus is also a fan favorite of the patrons at Juice Planet. It truly is the best hummus I’ve ever had. Thanks, Bill!


1 can S&W garbanzo beans
3 cloves garlic
juice of ½ ripe lemon
2 tablespoons Mid East tahini paste
½ tablespoon salt
Olive oil

Drain 1/3 liquid off garbanzo beans and set aside. In a food processor, blend together garbanzo beans with remaining liquid in can, garlic, lemon, tahini and salt until smooth. Use the remaining liquid to adjust hummus to desired thickness. Plate hummus and top off with paprika and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve on sandwiches, bagels, pita or as a dip for veggies.

Eat Well!

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EPISODE 1 | I open up in today’s video, so please watch. I make an incredible vegan nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice) … here it is!

Here’s the recipe …

Foodstyles | Vegan “Caviar”?

They have been hailed as being the most exciting gastronomic discovery in recent history. They are one of six citrus species native to Australia, yet they are totally different the others – both there and abroad. Nothing else on earth is like them.

What is a finger lime?

The Australian finger lime is an elongated fruit roughly the size of a human thumb, on average. Their skin is green, maroon, or any shade in-between. Hundreds of tiny juice-filled capsules are inside, which resemble caviar.

Native to the wild rainforests of Queensland and New South Wales, it’s an understory shrub – meaning it grows under the shade of the forest canopy.

While it may have been found earlier, the finger lime was not mentioned in published literature until 1989… it’s barely 30 years old!  (1)

It’s so new, even the botanical name remains up for debate.
You will see Wikipedia list Citrus australasica, yet according to many botanists, it differs too much on a genetic basis from regular limes, lemons, and oranges to be part of the Citrus genus. They argue it belongs in a new genus; Microcitrus. As such, you will see some sources list the scientific name as Microcitrus australasica. (2)

Unlike other citrus fruits which have stringy flesh, the inside of finger limes have juicy encapsulated pearls. When you bite into them, they explode in your mouth with a burst of lemon-lime flavored juice. The green varieties are sour, while the pink taste sweeter.

It’s not that the tart flavor is that unique, but rather that it’s completely isolated within the caviar-sized globes.

Both professional chefs and foodies alike can get creative with these little beads, by adding another layer of flavor to just about any dish.
What to do with finger lime is far more diverse than the uses for lemon and lime juice. Because they’re enclosed balls of juice, their flavor won’t percolate throughout the rest of the food and overpower the other flavors. That means they work for both sweet and savory recipes.

As a dessert topping, you can use Australian finger limes as a lip-puckering flavor burst to complement the sweetness of ice cream, chia pudding, and cheesecake.

You don’t want to cook with these fruits, because heat can cause them to burst. Add them in after cooking. Entrees of pasta, rice, and seafood, as well as hors d’oeuvres, can all be augmented with a sprinkling of finger lime.

They will also serve as quite the conversation starter, when added to alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails. A finger lime mojito recipe is basically the concept of having little balls float inside. Some fine dining establishments in Australia are even using them in champagne, as seen above.

Nutrition facts and health benefits

There are around 225,000 food entries in the USDA National Nutrient Database, but you won’t find this one.

As with other unrefined fruits and vegetables, retailers aren’t required to provide nutritional values. Fortunately there is a produce supplier who has tested and published the data.

Finger Lime Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2 oz (55g)Calories15% Daily Value*% Daily ValueTotal Fat 0g0%Vitamin A0%Saturated Fat 0g0%Vitamin C25%Trans Fat 0gCalcium2%Sodium 0mgIron2%Total Carbs. 6g2%Fiber 2g8%Total Sugars1gProtein 0g*Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Source:  Frieda’s organic finger limes

For comparison, the average apple is 70-100g (2.5 to 3.5 oz). Finger limes are only 15 calories per 2 oz serving, which means an apple-sized portion is just 25 calories with 2g of sugar. You would also be getting 16% of your daily value for fiber and 50% for vitamin C. Sounds like a perfect food for weight loss!

The fruit’s high vitamin C content contributes in part to its high level of detected antioxidant activity. Its ORAC value, which is the best way to measure the total amount of antioxidants, was published by the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). (4)

For a 100g (3.5 oz) amount, green finger lime have an ORAC of 4,590. Pink finger lime are even higher at 6,510.

Both have higher antioxidant content than dried and fresh goji berries, which are 3,290 and 4,310, respectively. Conventionally grown blueberries are lower too, with an ORAC value of 4,669 for the same weight.

This is a pleasant surprise, as finger limes have over 3x the antioxidants versus other citrus fruits.

Oranges average 2,103, tangerines are 1,627, lemons with peels removed are 1,346 and regular limes are lowest at just 82 for their ORAC. That means the fingered variety are giving you over 50x the concentration of antioxidants as a normal lime!

As to what health benefits exist for these lime fingers is unknown. Searching the nearly 30 million pieces of medical literature in the PubMed database will only yield 2 results for the Citrus australasia plant.

Among those is research out Switzerland, reporting low amounts of the essential oils which are normally found in lime; γ-terpinene, a-pinene, ß-pinene, citral. What the found instead was 6 unique essential oil molecules that have not been seen in any other plant. The oils will be most concentrated in the skin/peel. Certainly, this finding opens up the possibility that there might be unique benefits this fruit can offer (5)

Anyone who may be interested in studying its essential oil should give California-based Shanley Farms a call

How to grow trees and seeds

They’re called “native finger lime” in Australia, but they’re certainly not native to America. Only recently introduced, this is not exactly the type of tree you can run over to Home.

Where to buy the fruit

If you’re like us, you probably don’t have the patience, time, or inclination to start a citrus grove inside or outside your home.
Fortunately, more stores are starting to sell finger lime fruit.
At the Whole Foods in El Segundo, California we recently spotted these…

They were in the produce section, in the refrigerated case. Yes, they are 100% fresh. The difference is that Shanley Farms, out of Morro Bay in California, came up with an ingenious way to sell them; remove the rinds and just sell the edible pearls AKA the vegan caviar.

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Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Sage Varieties: Growing Tips and Recipes

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The genus Salvia contains a staggering range of species suitable for every garden use under the sun—and in the shade. But for cooking, none can rival common garden sage (Salvia officinalis) and its cultivars. Sage has long been valued for its contributions to the cook’s palette of flavors. Its robust piney aroma and earthy flavor complement many ingredients. Sage is also an attractive garden plant, particularly in its fancy-leaved forms. Plus, it prospers under a wide range of conditions and adds striking bold texture to mixed plantings.

Growing Info For Sage

• Light: Full sun
• Height: 18 to 24 inches
• Width: 24 to 36 inches
• Bloom time: Late spring, although valued most for its evergreen foliage.
• Soil: Well-drained, tolerant of a wide range of soil types.

What’s the Difference Between Types of Sage?

S. officinalis vary widely in the size and shape of its leaves. Sharp-eyed herbalists…

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Food Alert | Asian Seafood Raised on Antibiotics and Pig Feces Approved For U.S Consumption

I know most of the things we hear about farmed fish or seafood, in general, these days is far from positive but this is something we all need to know about. Have you ever wondered what some of these sea creatures are being fed on those ‘farms?’

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10 Reasons to Start Drinking Warm Water With Lemon Every Morning – Healthy Food House

Do you drink warm water? If your answer is no, it’s time to change it. Warm water has great benefits. Cold water is refreshing, but it actually affects the absorption of nutrients because the body is forced to bring up the body temperature. According to research, cold water thickens nasal mucus, making if difficult to […]

Source: 10 Reasons to Start Drinking Warm Water With Lemon Every Morning – Healthy Food House

Scientists Explain What Happens To Your Body When You Eat Brussels Sprouts Every Day – Healthy Food House

Brussels sprouts belong to the Brassicaceae vegetable family. They are close relatives to mustard greens, kale and cauliflower. The cruciferous vegetables look like tiny cabbages, and we usually eat them as a side dish. If you are trying to improve your diet, make sure you add Brussels sprouts to your menu The veggie is rich […]

Source: Scientists Explain What Happens To Your Body When You Eat Brussels Sprouts Every Day – Healthy Food House

Amelia’s Fried Rice Sauce

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Oh fried rice, how I love you.  Seriously, fried rice is such an awesome comfort food.  It also is a fast, cheap and easy way to repurpose leftovers!  But you can’t have good fried rice without a good sauce.  This is a sauce Amelia developed years ago.  It’s crazy good!  I use the sauce to make fried rice but my niece Julia loves to put it on plain white rice.  I like to make this sauce by the gallon and store it in the freezer in 8 oz. deli containers for a really easy leftovers-meets-rice dinner.  Here is the sauce recipe.  Instructions on frying rice follows.

IMG_4597Amelia’s Fried Rice Sauce

1 1/5 part soy sauce
2 parts pineapple juice
1 part brown sugar
freshly minced garlic (to taste – I like lots)
freshly grated ginger (again, to taste)
splash of vinegar (I like to use rice wine vinegar)

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Foodstyles | How To Make Pumpkin Seed Milk

Make this delicious recipe with only 4-ingredients! Stop by the website for an even better pumpkin seed milk conditioner recipe for your hair!


Recipe Ingredients

1 cup raw, hulled pumpkin seeds

3 cups distilled or purified water

2 teaspoons maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla

Don’t forget to soak your seeds overnight before making this recipe