La’au Lapa’au | Vanilla Is Anything But Vanilla

Vanilla companies seem to be lacking in their plant ID skills. You so rarely see any vanilla products with the correct flower on the label. While I can’t speak for everyone, I think I may have a hunch as to why most companies slap a white PhalaenopsisDendrobium, or any of the other orchid flowers that could remotely pass for being Vanilla on their products. At the same time, it also explains the rather pricey nature of Vanilla “beans.”  […]

Source: Vanilla Is Anything But Vanilla — In Defense of Plants

La’au Lapa’au | Curcumin and Turmeric Oil Supplement Reduces Triglycerides and Improves Markers of Chronic Inflammation in People with Type 2 Diabetes

The complications of type 2 diabetes (T2D) include cardiovascular disease (CVD) and damage to the kidneys, eyes, and nerves. Oxidative stress, inflammation, and altered blood lipids are characteris […]

Source: Curcumin and Turmeric Oil Supplement Reduces Triglycerides and Improves Markers of Chronic Inflammation in People with Type 2 Diabetes

La’au Lapa’au | A Miracle Herb for Face, Skin and Hair; Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera Gel and Aloe Vera Juice are extracted from the leaves of the Aloe Vera plant, a botanical that the ancient Egyptians often referred to as “The Plant of Immortality” or “The Plant of Eternity.” It was believed that the “blood” of the Aloe Vera plant would not only address symptoms of fevers, soothe burns and wounds, and enhance daily cosmetic applications, but that it would also magnify beauty and promote imperishability. Known for having anti-bacterial properties, the contents of the Aloe Vera plant were used in embalming rituals, as it was believed that the deceased could achieve everlasting life, both physically and spiritually, if their bodies could be prevented from decomposing.  […]

Source: A Miracle Herb for Face, Skin and Hair; Aloe Vera

La’au Lapa’au | Herbs and Spices of Thanksgiving!

Without the herbs and spices, we associate with our traditional Thanksgiving spread the food would be rather dull.  What would the turkey be without incorporating sage (Salvia officinalis) in our stuffing?  Cinnamon is a must-have for apple pie.  For pumpkin pie, we need cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. And I’d rather not drink my eggnog without a dash of freshly ground nutmeg. Many of us use the familiar Old Bay Poultry seasoning and often, along with sage, this herb and spice mix also includes nutmeg, thyme, marjoram, rosemary, and black pepper.  […]


Source: The Herbs and Spices of Thanksgiving!

La’au Lapa’au | HerbalGram Special Sustainability and Conservation Issue Highlights Threat of Climate Crisis on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

AUSTIN, Texas (November 25, 2019) — Rapidly warming temperatures, fluctuating precipitation patterns, and changing landscapes are having measurable negative effects on global flora, including medic […]

Source: HerbalGram Special Sustainability and Conservation Issue Highlights Threat of Climate Crisis on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

Foodstyles | Angela Dimayuga’s 10 Essential Filipino Recipes

The creative director for food and culture at the Standard hotels and former Mission Chinese Food chef chooses the dishes that define the cuisine for her.


Mushrooms, Mycology of Consciousness – Paul Stamets, EcoFarm Conference Keynote 2017

“Mycodiversity is our biosecurity. Let’s celebrate decomposition. Let’s let it rot.”

Paul Stamets, speaker, author, mycologist, medical researcher and entrepreneur, is considered an intellectual and industry leader in fungi habitat, medicinal use, and production. He lectures extensively to deepen your understanding and respect for the organisms that literally exist under every footstep you take on this path of life. His presentations cover a range of mushroom species and research showing how mushrooms can help the health of people and planet. His central premise is that habitats have immune systems, just like people, and mushrooms are cellular bridges between the two. Our close evolutionary relationship to fungi can be the basis for novel pairings in the microbiome that lead to greater sustainability and immune enhancement.

Study Shows Fasting For One Day Can Regenerate Your Stem Cells

The fountain of youth doesn’t exist, but one simple change can help you look and feel better. A study published in Cell Stem Cell confirms that 24-hour fasting can regenerate the stem cells in your gut. In other words, you can reverse age-related loss of functionality. A group of researchers observed the effect of fasting […]

Source: Study Shows Fasting For One Day Can Regenerate Your Stem Cells – Healthy Food House

La’au Lapa’au | Black Chokeberry Extract May Decrease Acetylcholinesterase Activity in Adolescents Diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome

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Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a group of risk factors, including abdominal obesity, a disorder of lipid metabolism, glucose intolerance, and hypertension that lead to cardiovascular disease (CVD) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). An unbalanced diet, stress, reduced physical activity, and genetic factors may lead to abdominal obesity and are the main causes of MetS. Adipose tissue releases adipocytokines, which may increase insulin resistance and blood pressure, cause oxidative stress, and disturb lipid metabolism. “Population studies have shown that the Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains is inversely associated with the incidence of MetS.” Fruits and vegetables are rich in polyphenolic compounds. Black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa, Rosaceae) is rich in polyphenols. Another study showed that black chokeberry juice had high antioxidant potential.

Cholinesterase is part of a group of enzymes that hydrolyze acetylcholine and other choline esters, including acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and butyrylcholinesterase (BChE). AChE has…

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Watermelon Hydrates, Detoxifies, And Cleanses The Entire Body On A Cellular Level – Healthy Food House

Watermelons are incredibly delicious fruits, loaded with nutrients, fiber, minerals, and vitamins. This fruit, (botanical name Citrullus lanatus), grows on a vine on the ground and originates from hot countries in Africa. It also grows in Southern Europe, South America, the United States, and the Far East. Their consumption helps weight loss, as they are […]

Source: Watermelon Hydrates, Detoxifies, And Cleanses The Entire Body On A Cellular Level – Healthy Food House

Foodstyles | French Onion Soup

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French onion soup is a labor of love to get the onions to that prefect state of caramelization. Perfect onions aside, it’s a simple soup with only a handful of ingredients. Here is my version.

Use whatever cheese you like. Classic French onion soup has Gruyere, but here I just used mix of mozzarella and Monterey Jack.

I don’t have soup crocks, so I make my cheesy bread topping separately, then add to my soup.

3 medium onions, diced
32 oz beef broth (low sodium is best)
10 sprigs thyme
3 Tablespoons corn oil
Salt and pepper
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
French bread
Shredded cheese

For the soup:
Heat oil over medium to medium high heat (that’s between 6-8 on my stove).
Add onions and thyme, sprinkle with salt and pepper, stir.

Allow onions to slowly caramelize for 30-40 minutes, stirring about every 5 minutes, until a beautiful…

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Gold of the Gods, Alchemy, and Monatomic ORMUS – ROBERT SEPEHR

Laurence Gardner was a British author and lecturer. He wrote on subjects such as the Jesus bloodline, the Knights Templar, the Holy Grail, anti-gravity, and monatomic gold, a consumable elixir which allegedly can do everything from extend life to awaken dormant psychic abilities.

David Hudson is credited by most people in the field as being the originator of the term “Orbitally Rearranged Monatomic Elements”, or by its acronym, the ORMEs (ORMUS). Mr. Hudson began speaking publicly about his research and discoveries in 1995, claiming that he had discovered an ingestable matter that caused Superconductivity in the human body, or in other words, what some interpret as the alchemical Philosopher’s Stone.


Robert Sepehr is an anthropologist and author:


La’au Lapa’au | Emulsions Containing Echinacea Extract Reduce Body and Scalp Pruritis

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Pruritis (itching) is a common symptom of inflammatory skin diseases and is strongly associated with dry skin. Topical emollients to replenish lipids and moisturizers to hydrate the skin are first-line treatments; however, the effects are often unsatisfactory. Treatment for three months with a water-in-oil (w/o) emulsion containing a proprietary echinacea (Echinacea purpurea, Asteraceae) root extract was found to significantly alleviate pruritis associated with subacute or chronic atopic eczema (AE) in one clinical study; however, the effectiveness of the echinacea w/o emulsion in the treatment of acute or chronic pruritis not associated with AE has not been clinically assessed. Although w/o emulsions are usually more effective than oil-in-water (o/w) emulsions for the treatment of pruritis, w/o emulsions are not cosmetically acceptable therapeutics for dry, itchy scalp. Therefore, a novel o/w emulsion containing echinacea extract and a shampoo containing echinacea extract were developed. The purpose of this three-part open-label, non-randomized, uncontrolled…

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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.  […]

Source: Chicory Root