Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Cocoa’s Superb Healing Properties Can Surpass Even Blueberries And Acai Berries

One of nature’s miracle, cocoa is packed with healing qualities that is unknown to most people.  In fact, cocoa is the healthiest known substance you can put into your body after water. Regular consumption of cocoa could give your body a life-saving medication of all time.

Source:  https://www.drfarrahmd.com/2019/03/cacaos-superb-healing-properties-can.html

Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Black Cohosh

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Black Cohosh

Botanical Name: Cimicifuga racemosa L, Actaea racemosa L

Black cohosh was once classified with the Genus name Cimicifuga but today the Genus name Actaea is considered the correct scientific name. The old Latin genus name Cimicifuga derives from Cimex, the genus name of the bedbug and the Latin verb “fugare” meaning to repel indicating that the unpleasant smell of the plant was used as an insect repellent.

Other Common Names: Black snake root, bugbane, rattleroot, rattletop, rattleweed, snakeroot, black bugbane, squaw root, serpentaria (Spanish), Traubiges Wanzenkraut, Schwarzes Wanzenkraut (German), herbe aux punaises (French), silfurkerti (Icelandic), sølvlys (Danish), läkesilverax (Swedish), klaseormedrue (Norwegian).


Habitat: Black cohosh is native to the United States and Canada and is particularly found in northern Oregon, Washington state, and Ontario. It is now cultivated in many European Mediterranean countries due to commercial demand.

Description: Black cohosh is a perennial…

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Health and Food | From their juice, to their peel, to their seeds … Lemons are the ultimate cancer-destroyers

(Learn more about the TRUTH about CANCER, through the nine-part series that will be available online FREE to watch beginning April 12) Citrus fruits are chock full of all kinds of vitamins and […]

Source: From their juice, to their peel, to their seeds… Lemons are the ultimate cancer-destroyers

Celtic Foodstyles | Traditional Scottish Tablet

HP David Crawford remembers his mother, Elizabeth Harrison Crawford, making good old Scottish Tablet, which was always a great surprise to find a tray like this waiting for him and his siblings upon arriving home feom school. 😀


1 Tin of Condensed Milk

2lb of sugar

large knob of butter

1 cup of milk

Optional: Vanilla or Whisky can be added towards the end

You will also need:

Baking Tray, lightly greased with butter

Heavy bottom pan

Hand Whisk/Wooden spoon


Add the sugar, milk & butter to the pan, heat slowly until it all comes together and butter melts. Then add the tin of condensed milk and bring the heat up slowly until mixture is boiling (Take care as it can get very very hot!! and does blister if you get splattered – believe it 🙂 !!)

Once mix is boiling turn down but keep mix on a steady “bubble” stirring constantly (I use a whisk as I have arthritis in my hands and find that easier than using wooden spoon, but you will find your own comfortable way of doing it!) It usually takes about 15-20 minutes and the mix will turn a golden brown colour, and when it starts to feel grainy against the side of the pan it’s ready to pour into the baking tray.

Leave to cool for around 10 minutes and then use a heavy sharp knife to cut through the mix into the required size you want. Leave to cool thoroughly and cut through the mix again to separate fully.

Eat and enjoy! Its 100% better than the shop bought stuff.

Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Milk Thistle

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milk-thistle-herb-imgBotanical Name: Silybum marianum.

Other Common Names: Bull thistle, emetic root, frauendistel, fruit de chardon marie, heal thistle, holy thistle, lady’s thistle, Marian thistle, mariendistel, Mary thistle, Mediterranean thistle, mild thistle, milk ipecac, our lady’s thistle, pig leaves, royal thistle, snake milk, sow thistle, St. Mary’s thistle, thisylin, venue thistle, variegated thistle, wild artichoke.

Family: ASTERACEAE or COMPOSITAE ~ Sunflower family

TCM Name: Da Ji

Also Known As: “Big Thistle” or Japanese Thistle, Shui Fei Ji (milk thistle seeds)

Meridians:Silybum Adans (marianum) – Liver, Heart. Cirsii Japonici – Liver, Spleen.

Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Western Silybum marianum. Removes Stagnation/Promotes Urination: constipation, liver and gallstones, headache, jaundice. Drains Yin/Dispels Cold/Stimulates Qi: heavy limbs, depression, dizzy, edema, menstrual cramps, amenorrhea. Removes Blood Stasis/Stops Bleeding: hemorrhage, heavy menses, and urogenital discharge due to damp cold. Benefits the Skin: rashes, varicose veins, ulcers. Cirsii Japonici: Stops Bleeding/Cools Blood:…

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Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Horse Chestnut

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Horse Chestnut

Botanical Name: Aesculus hippocastanum.

Other Common Names: Conker, buckeye, Spanish chestnut, yleinen hevoskastanja (Finnish), almindelig hestekastanie (Danish), hästkastanj (Swedish), hrossakastanía (Icelandic), hestekastanje (Norwegian), Rosskastanie (German), marronnier (French), castaño de India (Spanish).

Family: Hippocastanaceae

TCM Name: Qi Ye Shu

Meridians: Liver, Bladder

Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Moves and Tonifies Blood/Removes Stasis: thrombosis, hemorrhoids, moderates menses, abdominal pain. Resolves Fever/ Promotes Urination: edema, bloating, fevers, aids weight loss due to water retention. Stops Bleeding: used internally and externally, stops excess uterine bleeding.

Habitat: Horse chestnut is native to the Balkans, West Asia, and the Himalayas. Today, the tree is grown for ornamental purposes in parks and gardens in temperate areas throughout the world, especially in northern and western Europe.

Plant Description: Horse chestnut is a large deciduous tree that can grow up to 40 meters (131 ft) in height and reach an…

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Research | Fasting for 72 Hours Can Reboot The Entire Immune System

Fasting is an ancient practice of abstaining from eating for a day, or sometimes even a week or more, and requires discipline. This practice has been used to treat various health issues, and even a brief fast can completely re-boot the immune system. Yet, while some nutritionists criticize it, researchers have found that hunger in […]

Source: Research: Fasting for 72 Hours Can Reboot The Entire Immune System – Healthy Food House

Artificial Meat WARNING: Here’s what you’re not being told about lab-grown meat

Here’s what you’re not being told about artificial meat: It’s mostly made out of GMOs, MSG and toxic chemicals. It’s all based on GMO agriculture and herbicide poisoning of the food supply. Don’t be fooled into thinking that artificial meat is a “clean” alternative to real meat. It’s not!

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Source: Artificial Meat WARNING: Here’s what you’re not being told about lab-grown meat

Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Marjoram

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Botanical Name: (Origanum majorana)

Common Names: Sweet Marjoram, Knotted Marjoram, Pot Marjoram

Marjoram synonyms are: majorana hortensis, moench and majorana.

Family Name: Lamiaceae

TCM Name: Mo Jiao Lan

Meridians: Lung, Spleen

Key Actions: Eliminates Phlegm/Drains Damp/Clears Heat. Moves Blood/Calms Shen. Promotes Digestion/Moves Qi. Relieves Pain. Promotes lactation.

Medicinal Uses: Headaches, colds, runny nose, diabetes, stress, lowers blood pressure, eases menstrual cramps and mood swings, insomnia, poor appetite, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, constipation, arthritis, nerve pain, muscle pain, joint pain.Parts Used: Leaves

Habitat: Marjoram is an aromatic herb in the mint family which originated in Egypt and Arabia. It is also widely referred to as Oregano. Today, it is commonly found in the Mediterranean region or grown in gardens around the world. Marjoram is often treated as an annual (even though it is a perennial) because it is so sensitive to freezing temperatures that can cause death or…

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Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Chickweed

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Herb: Chickweed

Botanical Name: Stellaria Media.

Common Name Adder’s Mouth, Alsine, Chick Wittles, Chickenmeat, Clucken Wort, Common Chickweed, Hashishat Al Qazzaz, Passerina, Satinflower, Sercedili, Skirt Buttons, Star Chickweed, Starweed, Starwort, Stitchwort, Tongue Grass, Vogelmuur, White Bird’s Wye And Winterweed.

Family name Caryophyllaceae

Ayurvedic/ TCM Name N/A

PARTS USED: Aerial Parts & Roots

NATIVE REGION: Chickweed is native to europe and asia, and is now found throughout the world. It is a common hardy plant that easily grows in cropland and fallow fields, lawns and gardens, areas adjacent to buildings, and in waste areas. It prefers partial to full sun, moist to mesic conditions, and moderately fertile loam or clay loam soils. It tolerates light shade and temporary flooding, and while it can be found to some extent in natural areas, it prefers areas that have been disturbed.

BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION: Chickweed is low growing, with matted and trailing green stems from six to fifteen…

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Health | Science Explains What Happens To Your Body When You Drink Lemon Water With Turmeric Every Day 

Keeping the body properly hydrated is a must in order to ensure the optimal function of the body, but if you enrich the water with lemon and turmeric, you will drastically increase the benefits of its consumption. Our water needs can depend on the climate and our activity level, but a good rule is to […]

Source: Science Explains What Happens To Your Body When You Drink Lemon Water With Turmeric Every Day – Healthy Food House

Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Chamomile Reduces Testosterone Levels in Women with PCOS

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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder found in women of childbearing age. The main underlying disordered metabolism issues in PCOS are insulin resistance and hyperandrogenism. Characteristic manifestations can include irregular or infrequent or no menses, infertility, hirsutism, hair loss, and weight gain. Underlying mechanisms can be addressed that can then dramatically alter the current issues as well as reduce the long term risks for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and uterine cancer. Many symptoms can be managed with lifestyle changes that include weight loss for those patients who are overweight or obese, and regular aerobic and strength training exercise, as well as conventional pharmaceuticals such as oral contraceptives, metformin effects, and spironolactone. The literature is now quite robust with natural agents that lower androgens in women with PCOS and improve insulin resistance. Chamomile (Matricaria recutita syn. M. chamomilla, Asteraceae) flowers are used to treat anxiety, insomnia, digestive ailments, hay fever, and painful menstruation. Chamomile…

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Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Herbs for Your Windowsill

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Like the idea of growing your own medicinal plants? Look no further than your windowsill or patio garden for these four standbys of ours: lemon balm, sage thyme, and peppermint. These herbs are familiar to us from grandma’s recipes and as lyrics in songs, but they may be less familiar as medicine. Lemon balm, also known as “hearts delight” and the “gladdening” herb, has long been treasured for its ability to soothe the nerves and uplift the spirit. An old Arabian proverb says that “balm makes the heart merry and joyful.” From ancient times, though, sage was used for digestive troubles, heartburn, depression, and even dementia. Thyme is excellent for treating sore throats and bronchitis. Make thyme tea with honey to soothe those colds and coughs. And women listen up, for bloating and digestive issues associated with our monthly cycle thyme is an excellent soother and diuretic. Another great herb for digestion…

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Sodium bicarbonate and organic honey ‘found to slash’ most dangerous tumors

Cancer cells are fond of sugar. So, mixing and warming up baking soda and honey (or maple syrup packed with sugar), ties up these two compounds and the maple syrup focuses on cancer cells craving for sugar (they use 15 times more glucose compared to healthy cells) and brings the baking soda inside the cells. […]

Source: Sodium bicarbonate and organic honey ‘found to slash’ most dangerous tumors

Local Foodstyles | Saimin Stories

Got Saimin?

Hawaiʻi is in the beginnings of a saimin development period. From lost saimin stands of the old time favorites to the long lasting mom and pop stores that remain to visitor standards, there are hidden recipes around the island in family homes.

You want lightly tasty dashi broth done da local-style way? Thicker and curly, drymein noodles with condensed sauce on the side? Beef Curry saimin? You want it in Pearl City? In Kalīhī? In Wahīawa? Onolicious eats!

Here is my personal definitive story map of ʻŌʻahu’s saimins, marked with every saimin story I could track down on the island, with a little bit of difference in every bowl. It is too bad I can’t yet find all the stories and recipes that can make even more people crave this delicious, yet disappearing dish!

The growth of Saimin is a trail of houses with kama’āina secret recipes, stories of closed establishments, and those who survived the noodle wars of ramen and pho. As people may mention the good old days with nostalgia of living during a time period of various Saimin stands it is important we also figure out what many of those variations were and where they came from. No one should forget about the light tasting warm soup that is perfect during the day or the night with a air conditioner and many sides. There are many variations of Saimin shops that are still on the island of ʻŌʻahu as well as on other islands, so it can be difficult to figure out which might be the essential expected saimin versus a regional or specialty dish. Hopefully this list will help those who wish to know the difference of the many types.

Saimin stands eventually turned into small saimin shops that tended to be not to hard to find with a line of people and a limited counter seating arrangement. There was a noticeable passion for saimin that had slowly vanished with the globalized competition bringing deeper flavored broths, light broth competitors, and noodle variations to the soup wars in hawaii. But, there are still some saimin shops that survived and continue to grow its following of people following them with their additions of miso, curry, and kimchi flavored broths. This change is what would start getting people interested back into local Hawaii cuisine in its changes to adapt to the competition of global cuisine dishes that entered the market.

The exploration of those who hunger for Saimin have turned to the elderly, the internet, and the everyday working man for stories of what was and what still is in the noodle scene. In ʻŌʻahu it seems that the list of variations had grown in the homes and began being experimented with at restaurant establishments to make saimin shops feel a renewed energy of enthusiastic saimin eaters. The steaming delicious bowls of tasty toppings will soon be understood in the collection of articles within this growing list.

Hawaii Saimin Varieties

A bowl of saimin consists of several elements: the broth (dashi), the sauce, the noodles, and the toppings. The broth tends to have a mixture of poultry carcasses, meat bones, fish bones, shells, and/or mushrooms. Many variations started off with shellfish of clams, shrimps, or scallops as a bases for the broth or the looked down upon shellfish free soups. Diners use specific categories as simple terms that broadly describe the basis of a flavor, because many shops will specialize specifically on a particular saimin-style: alaea, konbu, shrimp, beef, and pork.

Alaea Saimin (Hawaiian salt)

Alaea (salt) is the Salty seasoning used with dry shrimp. The beginnings of saimin was built from the dried seafoods eaten as snacks in the plantation fields, but none more than dried chicken, dried shrimps, dried ginger, and sometimes dried mushrooms.

Konbu Saimin

Dried Seaweed Kelp. Using the kelp of the ocean makes for a light shade of green, and seafood is added to make another category of saimin. There are few places that specialize in this style, many shops offer it as just saimin with a secret recipe that offers a blend of seafood mixtures that tend to include dried scallop and fish bones.

Shrimp Saimin

Fermented shrimp paste (mam tom shrimp paste), dried garlic, pork bones, tomato paste, and shrimp shells. The name comes from the primary after taste of the broth that is the savory shrimp.

Beef Saimin

Beef bones from all over the animal. As many other varieties it is based on a key ingredient in which its name is derived from.

Pork Saimin

Pork bones. The ingredient of roasts and the oils that can be saved in the form of kalua, char siu, and sweetened black vinegar gives shops many variations of possibilities with pork saimin.

Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Clinical Trial Finds that Walnut Leaf Extract is Ineffective for Reducing Cardiovascular Risk Factors Associated with Type 2 Diabetes

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Walnut (Juglans regia, Juglandaceae) is a large deciduous tree native to Central Asia. It has been in cultivation across the Eurasian continent for thousands of years. While it is primarily grown for its exceptionally nutritious nut, it is also a source of dye, wood, and other products. In this double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group, clinical trial, the researchers evaluated the effects of a walnut leaf extract on glycemic control and cardiovascular risk factors in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Walnut leaves for this study were collected in the Dasht-e Naz agricultural area outside the city of Sari, Iran. They were positively identified and certified by a botanist, and a botanical quality voucher specimen was deposited at the Sari School of Pharmacy. The walnut leaf sample was air-dried at room temperature. One kilogram of the sample was ground and percolated, using three 2.5 L measures of 70% ethanol over 24…

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Health and Food | Okra Controls Hunger And Diabetes, Lowers Cholesterol And Removes Fatigue 

The Okra (The hibiscus esculentus) has many names, there are places where it is known as okro, gumbo, kiabo and lady’s fingers. This is a plant native to Ethiopia, and its strong healing abilities and properties have been used for many centuries to treat many ailments and health issues. The okra pod has tiny seeds […]

Source: Okra Controls Hunger And Diabetes, Lowers Cholesterol And Removes Fatigue – Organic Home Remedies

Local Grinds | Saimin for Breakfast

Even though the word “saimin” is derived from the Chinese, this noodle soup dish evolved in Hawaii during the sugar plantation days. Today, most local restaurants have saimin on their menus. People from outside of Hawaii do not know the word ”saimin”. And it’s not to be confused with ramen from Japan. The noodles are different. It’s definitely made in Hawaii.

Sourcee: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saimin


Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Clinical Efficacy of Fennel Cream for Improved Sexual Function in Postmenopausal Women

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Sexual dysfunction is a common complication of menopause. Estrogen therapy, administered orally or vaginally, can reduce symptoms of vaginal atrophy and improve sexual function in postmenopausal women. However, estrogen therapy can be associated with serious side effects and may not be appropriate for some women. Effective alternative non-hormonal options are needed for postmenopausal women with sexual dysfunction. Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare, Apiaceae) seeds have been used medicinally for centuries and reported to have estrogenic effects. The purpose of this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was to evaluate the effects of fennel vaginal cream on sexual function in postmenopausal women.

Postmenopausal women (n = 60, aged 45-65 years) were enrolled at Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences in Ahvaz, Iran. Included patients had confirmed menopause, lived with their husbands, were sexually active, and had sexual dysfunction (scoring < 26 on the Female Sexual Function Index [FSFI]). Excluded patients had vaginal bleeding…

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Asthma, a common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways, causes wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. Carvacrol is the main phenol of the essential oil of plants including oregano (Origanum vulgare, Lamiaceae) and thyme (Thymus vulgaris, Lamiaceae), and has been shown to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. T[…]

Read arēticle here: https://crookedbearcreekorganicherbs.com/2019/04/17/carvacrol-improves-respiratory-symptoms-and-pulmonary-function-in-patients-with-asthma/