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New Super Green Smoothie

     We recently started growing wheat grass to juice for all of the numerous health benefits. I am also a huge fan of smoothies because they help me to consume larger quantities of fruits and veggies then I would normally consume.   We decided to combine the wheat grass juice into the smoothie and deliciousness occurred! 

Here is what was in my super green smoothie:

  1 handful of organic cilantro ( this is my preferred system of measurement  and when I say approximately its because I basically just eyeball it and dump it in.

Beets, Berries, Burdock.


     In my effort to eat healthy and still not have to cook too many meals I have turned to smoothies. I can grab a bunch of powders, fruits and vegetables, throw in some cashew milk, hit blend and breakfast is served.
 
     My latest creation is to help detoxify the body while getting some of my daily dose of fruits and veggies. I begin with organic beet root powder because it is easier than cooking the beets and then blending them. I add 1 tablespoon of that, 1 tablespoon of organic burdock root powder, a piece of organic raw ginger, a handful of organic parsley, a handful of  organic kale, a handful of a mixed organic spring mix, 1 cup of mixed organic frozen berries (cherries, blueberries, and raspberries) and vanilla cashew milk.

Helpful Herbs from A to Z- The letter P.

     Today’s blog is on helpful herbs that start with the letter P. These are for educational purposes only. The information is not intended to treat or diagnosis anything. Please check with your physician before taking any herbs or herbal formulas and use extreme caution if you are pregnant, nursing, or have any serious health conditions.

     In the last blog we talked a little bit about the energy of an herb-whether it was a warming or cooling herb. Another factor to consider in choosing an herb goes back to taste.

Helpful herbs from A to Z-The letter O.

 Today’s blog is on helpful herbs that begin with the letter O. This information is to inform only. This information is never meant to treat, diagnose, or cure anything. Always use caution and common sense when taking vitamins or herbs and check with your physician for any contraindications.
 
    In the last blog we talked about the taste of herbs and why they are important. In this blog I want to briefly discuss the energy of herbs and why that matters when considering which herb to take.

Helpful herbs from A to Z- The letter N.

 
    Today’s blog is on helpful herbs in Western, Ayurveda and Chinese herbalism that begin with the letter N.  Before we get into these herbs and their properties I would like to begin with the taste of herbs. In every blog post about herbs I include the energy and taste of the herb. I wanted to explain why taste is important to the body in choosing an herbal remedy for your overall health and wellness.
 
    The first taste I want to talk about is Sour.

Helpful herbs from A to Z - the letter M.


   Today’s blog is on helpful herbs that begin with the letter M. This blog is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent anything. It is for educational purposes only. Please always use caution when taking any herb or vitamin and check with your physician for any contraindications.

 
Western Herb

Milk Thistle(Silybum Marianum, Cardos Marianus)

Parts used- Seeds and aerial portions.

Energy and taste- Bitter, sweet and cool.

Constituents- Flavolignans collectively known as silymarin

Helpful herbs from A to Z - the letter L.

 Today's blog is on helpful herbs that begin with the letter L.
 
   But first I wanted to begin with why herbs can benefit the overall health and wellness of a person.  In learning about herbs and their chemical constituents I see several key components come up over and over again. I thought we could break down two of these reoccurring components and see why they help to support ones system.

Flavonoids – they are responsible for a plants deep pigments like in a blueberry or purple cabbage.

Helpful herbs from A to Z - the letter K



 
    Today’s blog is on the letter K and three herbs in Western, Chinese, and Ayurveda medicine that are useful. But first we have to begin with the traditional disclaimer. This blog is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure any disease. Always check with your physician before taking any herbs or herbal supplements.
 
Western Herb

 Kava Kava(Piper Methysticum)

Energy and Taste:Pungent, bitter, and warm.

Parts Used- Root

Constituents

Helpful herbs from A to Z- The letter J


     This blog is a little behind schedule but better late than never! As always use caution when taking any herbs or herbal supplements. None of the below information is intended for treatment or to diagnose, only to inform.

Chinese Herb

Japanese Knotweed(Polygonum Cuspidatum)

Parts Used- Roots and leaves

Energy is cool, tastes are bitter and sour.

Constituents-  resveratrol, vitamin C, transresveratrol, emodin, emodin monomethyl ether, polydatin (piceid) piceatannol, physcion, astringin, oxalic acid, alkaloids, phenolics, sterol/terpenes, barium, bromine, calcium, catechin, chrysophanol, citreosein, copper, dimethylhyroxychromone, fallacinol, glucofragulin, glucoside, iodine, iron, isoquercitrin, manganese, methylcourmarin, molybdenum, napthoquinone, nickel, phosphorus, physide, piceid, plastoquinine, potassium, sulfur, tannin, zinc.

Helpful herbs from A to Z- The letter I

    Today's blog is helpful herbs that begin with the letter I. Before we get into the amazing properties and uses of these herbs I want to talk about how important it is to know the energy and taste of an herb and the energy of the person taking the herb so they can be effective. One great example of this that I recently learned in one of my classes was the difference between Cruella de Vil and the Queen of Hearts. If you are familiar with these characters you can see that one is cold and dry in nature (Cruella) and the other is hot and moist in nature (Queen of Hearts) you would not use the same herbs on these two characters because of their underlining energies.
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