Lāʻau Lāpaʻau || 10 Scientifically Backed Reasons Why You Should Consume Ginger Everyday 

Ginger is a member of the Zingiber family and contains over 115 beneficial chemical ingredients, that provide a myriad of health benefits.  Its medicinal properties have been valued for centuries, and a tonic made from this root has been used by the East Indians and the Chinese for over 4500 years. It was also commonly used […]

Source: 10 Scientifically Backed Reasons Why You Should Consume Ginger Everyday – Healthy Food House

Lāʻau Lāpaʻau || Wild Cherry

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Wild Cherry

Botanical Name: Prunus serotina

Common Name: Wild cherry, black cherry, American cherry

Other Names: Choke Cherry, Virginia Prune, Rumcherry, Cabinet Cherry, Whiskey Cherry

Family Roseaceae

TCM Name: Yu Li Ren (Prunus japonica)

Also Known As: Bush Cherry Pit, “Constrained Plum Pit”

Meridians: Western – Lung. Eastern (TCM) – Large Intestine, Small Intestine, Spleen.

Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Western (Prunus serotina) – Circulates Qi/Calms Nerves: asthma, palps, chest oppression. Calms Shen/Restores the Heart, Lungs and Intestines: exhaustion, loss of appetite, night sweats (lung yin xu type). Dries Phelgm/Reduces Inflammation: nasal discharge (especially damp cold). Upper Warmer tonifier.

Eastern (Prunus japonica) – Moist Laxative. Moistens the intestines and unblocks bowels. Promotes Urnination/Reduces Edema.

Parts Use: Western – Dried Bark, Fruit (also for Jams and Liquers), Pit. Eastern (TCM) – The Cherry Pit.

Native To Eastern and Central North America, southwestern United States, Europe

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Lāʻau Lāpaʻau || Herbal Formulation Is Safe and Effective in Treating Knee Osteoarthritis

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Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common, debilitating joint condition characterized by degeneration of cartilage. The early stages of OA feature synovial inflammation caused by sustained high levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which can be triggered by mechanical strain or age-related oxidative stress. Treatment options aim to reduce pain and improve function but do not affect disease progression. Some pharmacologic therapies, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, can cause side effects, and their long-term use poses safety concerns. LI73014F2 is a synergistic formulation of the extracts of chebulic myrobalan (Terminalia chebula, Combretaceae) fruit, turmeric (Curcuma longa, Zingiberaceae) rhizome, and boswellia (Boswellia serrata, Burseraceae) gum resin, which are used to treat inflammatory disorders in Ayurvedic medicine, in a 2:1:2 ratio. These authors conducted a placebo-controlled, double-blind trial to assess the clinical efficacy of two different doses of LI73014F2 on pain, joint stiffness, and mobility in patients with OA.

LI73014F2 was…

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Homemade Marshmallows

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Nothing says “fun” quite as well as homemade marshmallows. These fluffy treats are easy to make, and a hit with kids both big and small. And, if you’re a s’mores lover, homemade marshmallows yield sort of a crème brulee texture when toasted.

Homemade Marshmallows

3 packages Knox unflavored gelatin
12 oz. granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
1 cup water, divided (use bottled water if your tap water is poor quality)
Confectioners’ sugar for dusting (warning: there is a lot of dusting)

Using a paper towel dipped in vegetable oil, lightly oil the inside of a 9×13 Pyrex pan and dust well with confectioners’ sugar on all sides. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine ½ cup water and gelatin. Mix together until well incorporated.
Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine ½ cup water, sugar, corn syrup and salt…

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Health and Diet || Dramatic Recovery In Parkinson’s Patient with Gluten Free Diet

Could gluten’s toxicity extend to the nervous system, producing symptoms identical to classical Parkinson’s disease? A compelling case study adds to a growing body of research indicating that wheat’s neurotoxicity is greatly underestimated.  […]

Source: Dramatic Recovery In Parkinson’s Patient with Gluten Free Diet

Autistic Boy Gains Ability to Speak After Just 2 Days of Cannabis Oil Treatment

At 10 months of age, Kalel Santiago of Puerto Rico was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He endured chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and surgery for two years—and survived. Then he was diagnosed with something permanent: severe autism that disabled him from speaking. “While he was in the hospital, we noticed he didn’t speak […]

Source: Autistic Boy Gains Ability to Speak After Just 2 Days of Cannabis Oil Treatment

Lāʻau Lāpaʻau || Both Lavender and Bitter Orange Reduce Anxiety in Postmenopausal Women

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Postmenopausal women frequently report feelings of anxiety. Uncontrolled anxiety can harm physical health, reduce the quality of life, and increase the intensity of menopause symptoms. While several conventional drugs are available to treat anxiety, many women avoid using them because of side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, memory impairment, and difficulty concentrating. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia, Lamiaceae) flowers contain several compounds with an antidepressant, sedative, and anti-anxiety effects. Lavender oil, administered orally or as aromatherapy, has been tested in people with various mood disorders. Bitter orange (Citrus × aurantium, Rutaceae) peel and fruit contain some of the same compounds as lavender flowers, and bitter orange flowers have sedative and hypnotic effects. The purpose of this randomized, triple-blind, placebo-controlled trial was to evaluate the effects of lavender and bitter orange in postmenopausal women with mild to moderate anxiety.

Postmenopausal women (n = 156, aged 45-60 years) with anxiety were…

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Lāʻau Lāpaʻau || Botanical Traditions and Innovations in Bulgaria

It’s often challenging finding ways to honor tradition while also keeping up with the demands of modern life, but our Bulgarian farm partners have managed a beautiful balance. Hear how the agriculturists of this region pair the best of their old-world knowledge with new age technology to promote a sustainable future for their livelihoods.   […]

Source: Botanical Traditions and Innovations in Bulgaria

Lāʻau Lāpaʻau || Garlic: The Most Effective Cure for Pneumonia, Coughs, Colds, Ear Infections

Before the discovery of penicillin, no effective treatment was available for infections such as  pneumonia.  It wasn’t until 1928, when Alexander Fleming noticed that the “mold” growing in his petri dish was killing the Staphylococcus bacteria, that penicillin came to be. However,the excessive use of antibiotics in humans and farm animals can drive drug-resistant bacteria to thrive. It has been studied that bacteria have, now, been growing resistant to antibiotics that have been used time and time again. Not only that, many antibiotics are shown to have severe adverse effects, and have even led to death.

How to Use Garlic […]

Source: Garlic: The Most Effective Cure for Pneumonia, Coughs, Colds, Ear Infections

Lāʻau Lāpaʻau || Eat These 7 Mushrooms to Live Longer

The idea of “food as medicine” may be a bit hard to swallow, especially if you have a gourmand’s palate. What if you could fight a host of diseases and even increase your longevity, just by adding a few delicious servings of fungus to your diet every day? Not to worry – these fungi are what French chefs dream of!  […]

Source: Eat These 7 Mushrooms to Live Longer

Health and Food || 50 Years Ago, The Sugar Industry Paid Researchers To Blame Everything on Fats

In the 1960s, the sugar industry quietly funded research that blamed fats for all the diseases we now know sugar causes The sugar industry secretly funded a famous study blaming fats for coronary heart disease, while downplaying the role of sugar, researchers discovered last year while digging through old records. […]

Source: 50 Years Ago, The Sugar Industry Paid Researchers To Blame Everything on Fats

Health and Food || Cancer-Linked Glyphosate Found In Cheerios, Doritos, Oreos, and More

General Mills’ Cheerios are one of the first solid foods many parents feed to their children. They’re small, convenient and easy to chew — and there’s even a section on the Cheerios website for “new parents who have invited … original Cheerios to introduce their children to finger foods.”1  […]

Source: Cancer-Linked Glyphosate Found In Cheerios, Doritos, Oreos, and More

Asian Foodstyles || Traditional White Sugar Rice Cake (白糖糕 bai tang gao) with Just Rice + Sugar + Water and Yeast

White sugar rice cake (白糖糕 bai tang gao) is a traditional Chinese pastry made from white rice, sugar, water and yeast.

The cake is normally snow white in color with moist and spongy texture. The taste is sweet and sometime slightly sour due to fermentation of rice batter.

There is a very similar version of this cake in Vietnam call bánh bò which add coconut milk to the ingredients.

Recipe here:  https://mykitchen101en.com/classic-chinese-steamed-rice-cake-done-the-right-way/

La’au Lapa’au || Here’s What Oncologists Won’t Tell You About The Essential Oils 

An article titled “Essential Oils and Their Constituents as Anticancer Agents: A Mechanistic View”, published by the US National Library of Medicine, reports: “Cancer has emerged as one of the most alarming diseases in the last few decades throughout the world. It is a multifactorial disease contributing towards uncontrolled growth and invasion of the abnormal […]

Source: Here’s What Oncologists Won’t Tell You About The Essential Oils – Healthy Food House

Lāʻau Lāpaʻau || Flaxseed Beats HRT in Reducing Menopause Symptoms in Clinical Study

Both men and women can face menopausal syndrome in varying degrees. But hormone replacement therapy is riddled with risk, from heart disease to cancer. A recent clinical study finds flaxseed beats out HRT therapy in overall effectiveness for menopausal syndrome.  […]

Source: Flaxseed Beats HRT in Reducing Menopause Symptoms in Clinical Study