La’au Lapa’au | Move Over Kale, Jalapenos Are the Health Food You Never Knew About 

If you can handle the taste of jalapenos, you can consider yourself lucky, as they are apparently a real superfood. The active ingredient in these little green peppers, capsaicin, is the power you need to fight off numerous health issues. Capsaicin is the same ingredient used in personal defense pepper spray, and it turns out […]

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Foodstyles | Lemon Almond Cookies

These cookies have real lemon slices on top for an extra strong flavor. I pre-baked the slices a little before placing them on the cookie to bake together so that the lemon flavor is a little bit more concentrated, but when you bite into each cookie you’ll still get a burst of fresh citrus goodness.

The effect is almost as though the cookies are filled with some zesty lemon cream. Some of the juice from the lemon slices also seeps into the cookie itself, giving it a delicious lemon almond flavor.

The trick is to get the lemon slices just thick enough to not get burned during baking — so keep an eye out as they’re pre-baking, as you might want to take them out sooner if need be (or bake at a lower temperature all together, as some ovens bake stronger than others).

You can experiment a little with your oven settings and you can slice the lemons thicker or thinner to your liking (thicker means juicier and stronger in flavor, thinner means more delicate but also more likely to burn a little around the edges). Optimal thickness is around an eighth of an inch.

But don’t sweat it if there’s a tiny bit of browning happening anyways (as you can see in the cookie below around the edges) — they’ll still be delicious!

Also, note that I used a nut butter that’s a mix of almond and hazelnut butter (from Nuts to You Nut Butter) because that’s what I had on hand. A pure almond butter would work great here too on its own, but I did enjoy the light depth the hazelnuts added. So if you can find an almond hazelnut mix, go for it. If not, plain almond butter will do just fine.

INGREDIENTS

LEMON SLICES
1 to 1 ½ small fresh lemons, washed

ALMOND COOKIES
½ cup white rice flour
3 tbsp almond meal
3 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp creamy natural almond hazelnut butter (or just almond butter)
1 tsp almond extract
⅛ tsp salt

OPTIONAL TOPPING
a tbsp of coconut milk powder for dusting*

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375F. Line a small cookie sheet with parchment paper. Slice lemon(s) into rings about an ⅛” thick (you’ll need 8 good looking rings). Carefully pick out any seeds. Lay each ring flat on the prepared cookie tray and bake for approx. 15 mins. Keep an eye out to make sure the lemon slices don’t burn (as they’ll later cook even further), especially as some ovens can bake stronger than others. At this stage you basically just want to pre-cook and dehydrate them a little. Note that the thinner you slice the lemons the quicker they’ll bake, the thicker you slice them the juicier and more prominent their flavor will be). Once ready, remove the lemon slices from the oven and set aside to cool a little.
  2. While the lemons are baking, prepare the cookies by processing all cookie ingredients in a food processor (I used the small bowl of mine) until the mixture sticks together and is at the beginning stages of forming a ball.** Gather all this dough up (I used a spoon to scoop it out of the processor) and form into a ball with your hands. Then divide this ball into 2, then divide each half into 2, then divide each quarter into 2, so that you’re left with 8 equal pieces of dough.
  3. Line a small cookie sheet with parchment paper. Roll each piece of dough into a ball, then flatten into a disk. Place on the cookie sheet, spreading them half an inch apart. Once the lemon slices are ready, place a slice over the center of each cookie and press down to flatten the cookie further and embed the lemon slices in a little.
  4. Bake the cookies for approximately 12 minutes until nicely golden (again, keep an eye to make sure the lemon slices don’t burn, if need be, lower the oven temperature a little if the lemon slices are thin and are browning too fast). Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. Optional: once cool, dust the cookies lightly with some coconut milk powder. Enjoy!

Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Clinical Efficacy of Bitter Orange Aromatherapy for Premenstrual Syndrome

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Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) affects up to 40% of reproductive-age women worldwide. PMS symptoms include irritability, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, and bloating in the days before menstruation begins. Bitter orange (Citrus × Aurantium, Rutaceae) has traditionally been used as a carminative, antiemetic, antidepressant, anxiolytic, analgesic, and sedative and to treat headache, inflammation, insomnia, and uterine prolapse. Previous clinical studies have shown aromatherapy with essential oils (EO) from bitter orange flowers can reduce stress and menopausal symptoms in postmenopausal women and reduce pain and anxiety in women in labor. The purpose of this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was to evaluate the effects of bitter orange EO aromatherapy on PMS symptoms in young women.

The trial was conducted at the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Shiraz, Iran from March 2016 to February 2017 with female medical students from the university. Participants were included if they had moderate to severe PMS symptoms (scores…

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Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Cannabis and the Incidence of Psychotic Disorder – A Multi-cohort Study

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While cannabis (Cannabis sativa, Cannabaceae) prohibition is being discarded by many nations, epidemiological studies and biological evidence continue to report links between its use and psychotic disorder (PD). A meta-analysis reported a dose-response link, with the highest risks of PD among people with heaviest cannabis use. It is unclear whether cannabis use affects the incidence of PD. It is often used by individuals to self-treat psychiatric symptoms, as is also seen with other drugs and alcohol.

The European Network of National Schizophrenia Networks Studying Gene-Environment Interactions (EU-GEI; May 1, 2010 – May 1, 2015) sought to identify genetic, clinical, and environmental factors involved in the development, severity, and outcome of psychosis. As part of the EU-GEI, the authors describe differences in cannabis use across sites, identify measures of use with the strongest impact on PD rates across sites (assuming causality), calculate the population attributable fraction (PAF) for patterns…

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Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Lung Cleansing Benefits of Lungwort and Osha Root

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Lungwort, also known as lungwort leaf or Pulmonaria officinalis, is a natural plant that has been used around the world for a variety of respiratory ailments, including coughs, colds, bronchial detoxification and catarrhal problems. Lungwort is found in native damp habitats and coastal areas in Europe, Asia, North America, and Africa. Because it’s very sensitive to environmental toxins, the areas in which it is found are typically unpolluted old forests, and thus, the presence of lungwort is often a good indicator of an ecosystem’s health.

A Brief History of Lungwort

In the early 1600s, a theory known as the “Doctrine of Signatures” was widely accepted. Essentially the foundation of this practice was that plants resembling certain human physical attributes were believed to be beneficial to the part of the body they resembled. It was during this time that lungwort–which resembles the tissue inside the lungs–was discovered to be an…

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Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Boost Your Juice With Herbs

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Have you ever cracked open a fresh aloe plant and watched it ooze a clear, sticky gel? This is one of the earth’s natural juices that can be scraped from the inner plant and used externally to soothe inflamed skin.* Humans have been juicing plants for hundreds of years, traditionally by mashing them or with simple tools like a mortar and pestle.

In the last hundred years, juicing has evolved from human hands to high-powered machines. We understand why juicing is so popular, as it is a quick and tasty way to get an abundance of nourishing fruits and veggies in daily. However, we don’t always agree with the new jargon surrounding this age-old practice. Often, juicing is touted as a way to “cleanse” the body and rid it of toxins. We believe in the many benefits of juicing, and we believe that our bodies are intelligent— not inherently flawed…

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Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Herbs for Natural Detox – Traditional Medicinals – Herbal Wellness

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As we shift from the holiday season, it is an excellent time to take a few days to simplify, clear and pave the way to receive the bounty of the new year. This can mean making space for creativity, resetting intentions, or cultivating healthy habits that support the body and mind. Symbolically, it is no surprise people gravitate towards “cleansing” and “detoxifying” during this time of year.

While “detoxing” may appear to be a modern-day answer to what seems like an increasingly toxic world, our ancestors have long incorporated bitter, nutritive herbs and roots into their diets. Modern science has revealed that many of these herbs – such as dandelion, burdock, nettle, Schisandra, and red clover, have a special affinity to support the natural function of our inherent detoxification systems.* Honoring this age-old wisdom, herbalists continue to utilize these herbs to support and nurture these processes rather than encouraging harsh…

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Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Daily Adjunct Turmeric Consumption May Reduce Body Weight and Blood Lipids in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is one of the most prevalent diseases globally. Dyslipidemia, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, is common in patients with diabetes. Characteristics of dysli […]

Source: Daily Adjunct Turmeric Consumption May Reduce Body Weight and Blood Lipids in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

Foodstyles | Lenard’s Bakery’s Signature Malasadas

9 Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. active dry yeast
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup half & half
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • 4 cups bread flour (1 lb. 2 oz.), sifted
  • Canola oil, for frying

Instructions

  1. Combine yeast, 1 tsp. sugar, and 2 tbsp. water heated to 115° in a bowl; let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes; set aside. Beat eggs in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until fluffy. Add yeast mixture, 12 cup sugar, butter, milk, half & half, and salt; mix until combined. With the motor running, slowly add flour; beat until dough is smooth. Transfer to a lightly greased bowl and cover loosely with plastic wrap; set in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 12 hours.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 12″ square about 12″ thick. Using a knife, cut dough into 3″ squares; gather and reuse scraps. Place on greased parchment paper-lined baking sheets, at least 3″ apart; cover loosely with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  3. Place remaining sugar in a large bowl; set aside. Heat 2″ oil in a 6-qt. saucepan until a deep-fry thermometer reads 350°. Using scissors, cut the donuts out of the parchment paper, leaving about 1″ of paper around the sides of each donut (the paper makes it easier to transfer them to frying oil). Working in batches, place donuts in oil, paper side up, using tongs to peel off and discard paper. Cook, flipping once until puffed and golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet with a wire rack; let cool completely, then toss with sugar.

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.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/07/dining/filipino-food-recipes-angela-dimayuga.html?mc=aud_dev&ad_name=%7B%7Bad.name%7D%7D&adset_name=%7B%7Badset.name%7D%7D&campaign_id=%7B%7Bcampaign.id%7D%7D&ad-keywords=auddevgate&subid1=TAFI&dclid=CIOD6p664OUCFVgDrQYdLM0P-Q

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 […]

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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 […]

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