Canning Pickles

PICKLEREVISED

So just last week we picked up some cucumbers from friends—as well as using some of our own (a bunch, as you can see) and as pickles are a favorite in our house, we decided to make them. This process was made fairly easy by a pickle seasoning mix, the only hard part was cutting up the some 30-40 cucumbers. I think all of our jars sealed, hopefully we won’t find out differently later ;) Canning is fun and breezy for the most part, it just takes a significant amount of time peeling, cutting and cooking.

Our pickles turned out tasting pretty familiar, except not as crunchy as store-bought. Does anyone have any ideas on keeping pickles crunchy? What is your experience with canning? What about different things to can?

Avoid BT Cotton in feminie products, diapers, wound dressings, etc

Disclaimer: while this seems it might only apply to women, I am sharing this because the GE Cotton (BT Cotton) is also in toilet paper, band-aids, DIAPERS, toilet paper, and the list goes on.  It is known that this particular GMO cotton can cause health problems AND cancer in the people who use them and they still refuse to take it off the market:

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 BT Cotton links:

http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Monsanto.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bt_cotton

Inform the women in your life that menstrual, band-aids, as well as diapers products contain GE Cotton known as BT COTTON. Slowly absorbing into their bodies, the pesticides and cells used to create this mutant is stripping their fertility and causing havoc on their body to one day cancer. The best information to share with all women today is that feminine products today are made with BT Cotton (Genetic Mutants or genetically altered to replicate cells with Round-up; an extremely toxic chemical Glyphosate), Rayon, Wood Pulp, and OIL. This chemical cocktail chemicals are known to affect endocrine, digestive, and death. Story at-a-glance (Emphasis ADDED) When chemicals come in contact with your skin, they are absorbed straight into your bloodstream without filtering of any kind, going directly to your delicate organs Feminine hygiene products such as tampons and sanitary pads are an oft-ignored source of a variety of potentially toxic ingredients, including genetically modified organisms and pesticides Manufacturers of tampons and sanitary pads are not required to disclose the ingredients used in their products One conventional sanitary pad contains the equivalent of about four plastic bags A number of plasticizing chemicals have been linked to endocrine disruption and disease processes associated with heart disease and cancer. Conventional tampons and pads may also contain dioxins, synthetic fibers and petrochemical additives Tampons can react with bacteria in your body to create the ideal environment for bacteria to flourish, triggering potentially fatal toxic shock syndrome (TSS)

http://www.naturallysavvy.com/andrea-donsky-co-founder-of-naturallysavvycom/a-tampon-experiment-a-picture-tells-the-tale http://www.theholykale.com/2012/04/toxic-tampons/ GMO COTTON BACTERIA IN TAMPONS, TOILET PAPER, DIAPERS, ETC. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCAApI3hEMk http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/05/22/feminine-hygiene-products.aspx Naturally Savvy Sets Fire to Sanitary Pads This video is shocking! We NEED to know what is in the products that we use, inside and outside of our bodies. Thank you for this! I have signed your petition and shared it on my facebook page. Keep up the good work! http://youtu.be/4vwQpe3CCH4 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glyphosate Glyphosate has also been shown to inhibit other plant enzymes,[17][18] and also has been found to affect animal enzymes.[19] Glyphosate is absorbed through foliage. Because of this mode of action, it is only effective on actively growing plants; it is not effective in preventing seeds from germinating.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bt_cotton#Genetic_modification Glyphosate is marketed in the United States and worldwide by many agrochemical companies in different solution strengths under many tradenames: Accord, Aquaneat, Aquamaster, Bronco, Buccaneer, Campain, Clearout 41 Plus, Clear-up, Expedite, Fallow Master, Genesis Extra I, Glyfos Induce, Glypro, GlyStar Induce, GlyphoMax Induce, Honcho, JuryR, Landmaster, MirageR, Pondmaster, Protocol, Prosecutor, Ranger, Rascal, Rattler, Razor Pro, Rodeo, Roundup, I, Roundup Pro Concentrate, Roundup UltraMax, Roundup WeatherMax, Silhouette, Touchdown IQ.[27][28][29][30] Manufacturers include Bayer, Dow AgroSciences, Du Pont, Cenex/Land O’Lakes, Helena, Monsanto, Platte, Riverside/Terra, and Zeneca.[30] Genetic damage A 2009 study on mice has found that a single intraperitoneal injection of Roundup in concentration of 25 mg/kg caused chromosomal aberrations and induction of the micronuclei.

ALSO KNOW THAT THESE STUDIES WHEN FUNDED BY THE PRODUCER, WILL ONLY CREATE THE RESPONSE THE PRODUCER WANTS OR THE STUDY AND OR RESULTS ARE TRASHED, BURIED, OR HIDDEN.

False advertising The New York Times reported that in 1996, “Dennis C. Vacco, the Attorney General of New York, ordered the company to pull ads that said Roundup was “safer than table salt” and “practically nontoxic” to mammals, birds and fish. The company withdrew the spots, but also said that the phrase in question was permissible under E.P.A. guidelines.”[114] On Fri Jan 20, 2007, Monsanto was convicted in France of false advertising of Roundup for presenting it as biodegradable, and claiming it left the soil clean after use. Environmental and consumer rights campaigners brought the case in 2001 on the basis that glyphosate, Roundup’s main ingredient, is classed as “dangerous for the environment” and “toxic for aquatic organisms” by the European Union.[115] Monsanto appealed and the court upheld the verdict; Monsanto appealed again to the French Supreme Court, and in 2009 it also upheld the verdict.[116] Scientific fraud On two occasions, the United States EPA has caught scientists deliberately falsifying test results at research laboratories hired by Monsanto to study glyphosate.[117] The first incident involved Industrial Biotest Laboratories (IBT). The United States Justice Department closed the laboratory in 1978, and its leadership was found guilty in 1983 of charges of falsifying statements, falsifying scientific data submitted to the government, and mail fraud.[118] In 1991, Don Craven, the owner of Craven Laboratories and three employees were indicted on 20 felony counts. Craven, along with fourteen employees were found guilty of similar crimes.[119] Monsanto has stated the Craven Labs investigation was started by the EPA after a pesticide industry task force discovered irregularities, that the studies have been repeated, and that Roundup’s EPA certification does not now use any studies from Craven Labs or IBT.[117] Some micro-organisms have a version of 5-enolpyruvoyl-shikimate-3-phosphate synthetase (EPSPS) that is resistant to glyphosate inhibition. The version used in the initial round of genetically modified crops was isolated from Agrobacterium strain CP4 (CP4 EPSPS) that was resistant to glyphosate.[122][123] This CP4 EPSPS gene was cloned and transfected into soybeans. http://www.google.com/patents/US3799758 http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/stick-a-plug-in-it-organic-tampons-are-the-new-black-1249945.html

In fact, the USDA reports that US cotton farmers dump approximately 55 million pounds of pesticides into the cotton fields. Insert cancer, endometriosis, nerve system damage and immune system suppression here. This doesn’t mean you have to revert to cloth diapers, honey. But you should be careful next time you go to snag the first box of tampons at the grocery store. Tampons That Are Kind To Your Body. Go for organic cotton tampons instead. Rayon-free tampons reduce the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), and the organic versions will decrease the risk of direct exposure from chemical pesticides and fertilizers used on traditional cotton. HBD Recommendations Seventh Generation Chlorine-Free Organic Tampons. Offering the same support, protection and comfort of traditional tampons, the leader in healthy home and lifestyle has earned their tampons the certified-organic stamp by Quality Assurance International (QAI). They are whitened without chemicals, contain no rayon, and easily fit into your purse unnoticed. 20 tampons, $5.99-$6.99.www.seventhgeneration.com Natracare Certified Organic All-Cotton Tampons. Natracare covers the gamut with chemical, dioxin, and additive-free products for women and new mothers. Their organic and all-natural line of tampons are biodegradable, and come in an applicator or non-applicator option.20 tampons, $3.99-$7.49. www.natracare.com Organic Essentials Organic 100-Percent Cotton Tampons. Yes, you can even support the local organic farmers when you’re surfing the crimson tide. Made from cotton grown on a small farm in the high plains of Texas, Organic Essentials’ tampons are 100-percent organic, non-GMO, with no synthetic chemicals, perfumes, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides or harmful bleaches. The box may look a bit outdated (think 70s hippie) but the goods inside are as new millennium as you can get. 16 tampons, $7.50.www.dwellsmart.com You will have to trek to a nearby specialty drugstore, natural food store or upscale supermarket, but your special flower will thank you later. From synthetic fibres to lethal dioxins, some sanitary products are a lot less innocent than those glossy television ads would have women believe. http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/behind_the_label/268961/behind_the_labeltampons.html http://mommyfootprint.com/genetically-modified-tampons/

Naturally Savvy sets Always Infinity and Natracare 100% organic cotton pads on fire. See what happens when they are compared side-by-side. You won’t believe it! Then, please sign our petition to ask Procter and Gamble to fully disclose the ingredients on their sanitary pads and tampons at http://www.naturallysavvy.com/pgpetition http://www.naturallysavvy.com/health-wellness/why-are-tampons-classified-as-medical-devices

Story at-a-glance (Emphasis ADDED) When chemicals come in contact with your skin, they are absorbed straight into your bloodstream without filtering of any kind, going directly to your delicate organs Feminine hygiene products such as tampons and sanitary pads are an oft-ignored source of a variety of potentially toxic ingredients, including genetically modified organisms and pesticides Manufacturers of tampons and sanitary pads are not required to disclose the ingredients used in their products One conventional sanitary pad contains the equivalent of about four plastic bags A number of plasticizing chemicals have been linked to endocrine disruption and disease processes associated with heart disease and cancer. Conventional tampons and pads may also contain dioxins, synthetic fibers and petrochemical additives Tampons can react with bacteria in your body to create the ideal environment for bacteria to flourish, triggering potentially fatal toxic shock syndrome (TSS) Um. Holy…wow. Has anyone else ever had this happen before? I just found a MOLDY TAMPON in a brand new box of Kotex Tampons. Yeah, you read that right – moldy. Straight out of the box, in it’s sealed little packaging … moldy. Bad moldy. See for yourself! Can you even BELIEVE THAT??? I am horrified! And to think, if I hadn’t accidentally popped half the tampon out of the applicator while I was getting it out of the packaging, I would have NEVER KNOWN. I am freaked right out! Makes you wonder how many times things like this happen to tampons and we don’t have a clue. Needless to say, Kotex is about to get an earful. UGGGHHHHH! So freaking gross! “Thanks for contacting us about your experience with KOTEX® SECURITY® tampons. We are very sorry that you were disappointed with your recent purchase of our product. We understand how distressing it can be to find mold on a product that is used for personal hygiene and apologize for your concern. In instances where it has been found, we conducted tests on the product involved and have found the mold to be a common environmental species that carries no health risk. The vegetative mold is similar in nature to mold on vegetables or in baked goods. You can be confident that we are diligently reviewing our manufacturing process to ensure this problem does not recur. Because our customers and their well-being are very important to us, we want to assure you that the quality and safety of our products are our top priorities. We apply very rigorous procedures to our products to ensure that they are safe for their intended use. With the hope that you will continue to use SECURITY tampons with confidence, we are sending you some coupons through the mail for your use on future purchases. Betty Consumer Services, Kimberly-Clark Corp. Lead the world in essentials for a better life.” http://www.parrforthecourse.com/2012/03/tale-of-moldy-tampon.html

Gluten Free/Dairy Free Peanut Butter Banana Shake

So today I bring you a recipe. It’s not really an herb recipe, but nonetheless made with natural ingredients.

It’s a interesting smoothie/shake, whatever drink genre you prefer. It has a unique blend of cold, creamy and thick. The texture is something like soft soft serve ice cream. If you use frozen bananas, it will probably really taste like ice cream. However, unless you have a food processor or a really  powerful blender, I don’t recommend blending frozen banana. Believe me, I’ve tried.

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See that beautiful creaminess? Yum.

Today I used two bananas for extra sweetness, but you can just use one————(or not :D)

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BUT (if using one banana) add more peanut butter (for all you PB lovers out there ;). I use chunky natural peanut butter, but most any peanut butter will do. If you do use processed peanut butter, I’d recommend less almond milk.

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Now remember, when making this, it is imperative to use a high speed to keep the blender from stopping. I know, the blender sounds terrible and cringe-worthy, but it really is better. I generally use liquefy.

 

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Also, for sweetening purposes, I use agave nectar plus stevia. However, you can use any you’d like, such as honey, yacon syrup, coconut sugar etc. I use agave to give it a warm flavor, which helps the bananas and PB taste more sweet.

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So now that you have been properly informed, the recipe!

Ingredients:

2 bananas, halved

1/2 cup almond milk (use more as desired)

1-2 cups ice (depending on how thick you like it)

1 tbsp agave nectar

2 packets stevia

1/2 cup natural peanut butter (or more ;)

Directions:

Place banana halves in blender, along with almond milk. Blend on high until creamy. Add peanut butter, blending slowly. If the blender starts to slow, add more almond milk a little at a time. Once the mixture is creamy, stop the blender and put in desired amount of ice. Once thick, add both sweeteners (agave and stevia). Blend again.

Then taste. (This part is absolutely necessary)

If it needs more sweetener, go ahead, then blend again.

Pour into glass and inhale.

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Delicious.

 

 

 

Pallet Planters and Gardening

My hardworking daughter was so kind to put together some pallets to start the garden I wanted to do this summer! We were too late to use seedlings so had to go with plants that had already been started. My daughter did the research and put these together and so far things are going well.  These are the latest photos and have been growing for a couple of weeks.

One problem we ran into though is if you want soil that is NOT GMO tainted, you will have to research what is available in your area.  It might be more costly but definitely well worth it.  The soil we used is Miracle Gro which is owned by Monsanto!…..

 

The plants in the bottom row is from our cilantro “patch”.  These are in the ground and not in pallets. The taller plants are ones that regrew from last year! :)  

When we tried our hand at gardening a few years ago, we had more weeds and not enough plants.  This year I wanted to try gardening on a smaller scale just to see how it would turn out.  

Monsanto is at it again!

Just when you thought we might start getting regulation on our food that will help us make better choices, Monsanto decided that you and I don’t need to know what we are eating!  

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The citizens of Vermont want GMO foods to be labeled. As NaturalSociety’s Anthony Gucciardi reported in 2013, a bill which has already passed the House awaits a final O.K. by the Senate. If Monsanto gets their way though, as made evident in heated testimony given at the Statehouse this past Wednesday before a Judiciary Committee, not only will the bill get stalled in the Senate, but Monsanto points to the fact that the state will have to spend around a million dollars just to defend the bill in court.

You can guess who is on Monsanto’s latest pay-roll. Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington, chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee warned that, although he ‘supports a labeling bill’, he feels that there are potential litigation costs which could hinder state finances. He also mentions that dairy would also be excluded from the bill, but currently there is no GMO dairy in Vermont.

Agreeing with Monsanto’s interests and testifying that the new law would have to be defended is Assistant Attorney General Bridget Asay, stating that even if the state was successful in passing a GMO-labeling bill, the legal challenge could end up costing more than $5 million, and the state would not be able to recover legal fees. She estimates that the total cost would include potential reimbursement for a victorious plaintiff – Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta, and their poison-filled coffers.

 NationofChange fights back with one simple but powerful weapon: the truth. Can you donate $5 to help us?

 Potential amendments to the bill could include: The ‘expert’ testimony arguing against the labeling law likely did not include the potential costs if genetically modified organisms are allowed to continue to run rampant in our food supply – including costs to organic farmers, and the possibility that just three companies could end up owning the seed rights to just about every food we eat, once they are genetically modified and have cross-pollinated non-GMO crops.

 1. The requirement a legal defense fund to cover the costs of litigation started by Big Ag companies, and;

2. An exemption of dairy for fear that it might undermine the bill’s passing or viability in court.

Attorney General Bill Sorrell’s is concerned about a proposal to pass the bill with one exception: if a privately funded legal defense fund would be established to cover the expense of legal challenges.

“Quite frankly that boxes us in,” Sears told Asay at the hearing. He said he thinks it would be irresponsible to set the state up for a potentially costly lawsuit without setting aside the money to pay for it.

Sen. Jeanette White, D-Windham, said she’s troubled by the prospect of setting a precedent for supporting only what can be backed by wealthy interests. The legal defense fund idea was not part of the Senate Agriculture bill, Sears acknowledged after the hearing, but he said that doesn’t mean the idea can’t be revisited.

How might Big Ag fight the bill legally? A potential lawsuit would possibly be based on several legal arguments: First Amendment rights and protections against compelled speech, “equal protection” laws, rules prohibiting conflict between state and federal laws, and the so-called “dormant commerce clause” saying states can’t make laws that will have an adverse impact on interstate commerce.

Where our rights not to be poisoned to death come in, should be an equal concern to any attorney fighting a potential case. How about a counter suit for murder, and billions of dollars in pain and suffering fees to people who are dying of kidney failure, and cancer, or having reproductive challenges due to GMO crops? These politicians need to stop worrying about Monsanto and Big Ag’s threats and take care of the people that put them in office, otherwise, they will be looking for new jobs come next election.

http://www.nationofchange.org/monsanto-threatens-sue-over-gmo-labeling-vermont-1395844844

http://www.foodconsumer.org/newsite/Politics/Politics/monsanto_and_big_food_0515140828.html

http://www.alternet.org/story/154855/monsanto_threatens_to_sue_vermont_if_legislators_pass_a_bill_requiring_gmo_food_to_be_labeled

 

Does Okra water/juice help with diabetes?

A few months ago I came across this article about okra water helping with diabetes.  I had tried it off and on but have now made more of a concentrated effort to be consistent.  It is a little difficult to get used to due to the sliminess of it, but I have diluted it with more water and it is not that bad.  We also learned that keeping it out overnight instead of refrigerating also cuts down on the sliminess.  Diabetes runs in my family, so this is valuable information.

 

STORY: 

Lady Finger for Diabetes
Please note that another name for Lady Finger is “OKRA “.

Take two pieces of Lady Finger and remove/cut both ends of each Piece. Also put a small cut in the middle and put these two pieces in glass of water. Cover the glass and keep it at room temperature during night. Early morning, before breakfast simply remove two pieces of lady Finger from the glass and drink that water.
Keep doing it on daily basis. Within two weeks, you will see remarkable results in reduction of your SUGAR. My sister has got rid of her diabetes. She was on Insulin for a few years, but after taking the lady fingers every morning for a few months, she has stopped Insulin but continues to take the lady fingers every day. But she chops the lady fingers into fine pieces in the night, adds the water and drinks it all up the next morning.

Please. try it as it will not do you any harm even if it does not do much good to you, but U have to keep taking it for a few months before U see results, as most cases might be chronic.

Review from snopes.com

HOAX OR FACT:

Fact.

ANALYSIS:

The message claims that drinking a glass of Lady finger (Okra) juice early in the morning can reduce the sugar levels in diabetic patients. It is a fact.

The message appears to be taken from an article written in Articlesbase titled ‘Lady finger for diabetes‘. The author says that he has learnt about this treatment of Sugar from a Television program.

Okra is a healthy green vegetable with many other names like lady’s finger, bendi and gombo. It has several health benefits attributed to its superior fiber and mucilage content. These properties of Lady finger stabilize the blood sugar in a diabetic patient by controlling the rate at which sugar is absorbed from his intestinal tract. This anti-diabetic activity of Okra (lady finger) is proved both in Vitro (Laboratory) and Vivo (animal) studies. Both the studies published in scientific journals showed a gradual decrease in blood glucose levels with regular feeding of Okra.

So if you are suffering from diabetes, it would be a good idea to check with your doctor and try this easy treatment at home.


Origins:   An item widely circulated via social media in January 2014 (shown above) advocated cutting the ends off a few okra slices, soaking the slices in water overnight, then drinking the water the following morning as a way of making “diabetes go away” and eliminating the need for 


Soluble fiber, found in porridge oats, okra, strawberries and aubergines among other foods, forms a kind of gel inside the bowels. This slows down the absorption of food from the gut, evening out the peaks in blood glucose that occur after meals. Soluble fiber also draws in bile acids that contribute to raised cholesterol, allowing the body to pass the acids out of the system rather than reabsorbing them into the blood. Soluble fiber therefore offers the double potential benefits of lowering cholesterol and possibly reducing progression to diabetes.diabetics to take insulin shots. 


There is a bit of truth to this claim in the sense that okra (also known as lady’s finger, bendi, and gombo) does possess some anti-diabetic properties, namely that the viscosity of okra’s carbohydrates helps to slow the uptake of sugar into the blood by reducing the rate at which sugar is absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, thereby reducing the glycemic load of glucose in the blood that can disrupt the body’s ability to properly process the sugars (and that in some cases can lead to the onset of diabetes):

What this means is that the consumption of okra can “help even out roller coaster blood sugar levels” and may contribute to preventing the onset of diabetes or ameleriorating symptoms in those who are already diabetic. But even claiming that much for okra is somewhat speculative, and it does not mean that regularly drinking okra water will “cure” diabetes or make diabetes “go away,” nor that okra is a proven viable substitute for insulin injections. As noted in the 2012 textbook Bioactive Food as Dietary Interventions for Diabetes:

There is anecdotal evidence for the amelioration of diabetes by dietary consumption of okra but what are lacking are controlled clinical trials. There are constituents of okra such as polyphenolic molucules that provide encouragement for such studies in the future.

Claims of “miracle cures” always need to be taken with many grains of salt. If the way to make diabetes “go away” were truly as simple as drinking a glass of okra water every day, this would be a fact that doctors would advocate and every diabetic would know — it wouldn’t an obscure “Did you know?” type of trivia item promulgated via social media. 

A third review:

Okra Fights Diabetes And Digestive WoesA Natural Detoxifier

Last week we began our quest into the amazing medicinal qualities of the vegetables that we see every day. We are continuing this week with another of the common vegetables that are easily available to us here in Kuwait. The vegetable that we are going to talk about this week is the okra. Where I’m from, we don’t even have okra (upstate NY, USA).
This is a vegetable that is eaten more in the south where it was initially introduced. In fact, I had never eaten okra until I came to Kuwait. The fact is that okra is a delicious vegetable. Here in Kuwait people use it particularly in a wonderful curry-like dish called “marag bamia” which is made with okra and meat in a tomato based sauce for eating over rice. It is also fried or sautÈed in other dishes and is found both fresh and frozen.
Okra is called “bamia” in Arabic, and some people call it “ladies’ fingers” in other places. In fact, okra actually comes from this part of the word and nearby and was taken to the Americas and other places later.

Appeal
Okra being quite a slimy vegetable doesn’t appeal to the tastes of everyone. There are some people who can’t stand the sight of okra. Yet others adore it. But, if we are going to work on a purely medicinal point of view, okra is going to be a vegetable that you don’t want to pass up. In fact, some of the benefits of okra come from its sliminess.
Okra is a mucilaginous vegetable (meaning slimy) which makes it extremely good for the digestive system, and in fact, all the mucous membranous tissue it comes into contact with. So, just the act of eating okra is going to be helpful to your body, without even trying.
People who suffer from a variety of digestive problems, including some diseases that are serious (such as colitis, diverticulitis, and more), and other diseases that are extremely uncomfortable but not as dangerous (which as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, etc) will benefit from eating okra. (Just make a note of the fact that eating okra raw is the best way to have it, or having it cooked very slightly (not the way that many people around here do it, cooked to death in curries).

Benefits
Scientific research on the benefits of certain vegetables has been ongoing, and researchers are discovering many very interesting things. Okra has been one of the vegetables that have been included in a number of studies, with some absolutely incredible results.
Apparently eating okra on a daily basis is good for you if you are suffering from diabetes. There are properties in okra that actually help your body to metabolize glucose, thus making you less dependent on insulin substitute medications. In fact there are many people who have documented complete cure from diabetes with the use of okra! One of the ways that it is recommended to take okra for the purpose of helping diabetes is to soak 2 medium sized raw pieces of okra in a glass of water overnight.
First you cut off the two ends, and slice the okra down the middle, then just keep in the room temperature water until morning (making sure that it stays covered), when you will remove the okra and drink the water. Just wait for around 30 minutes before eating or drinking anything else, preferably. Do this daily, and, according to the proponents of this “cure” your diabetes will soon be much better, if not completely cured.
Okra is a very detoxifying vegetable. This is partly due to the extremely mucilaginous nature of okra. Okra helps the liver to do its job. This is beneficial to people suffering from a number of diseases, and in fact, okra is so detoxifying that some people call it “natural kidney dialysis”. It actually helps to reduce the poisons in the blood.

Cholesterol
Research has found that okra has many important health benefits, such as its ability to help reduce cholesterol in the body (particularly the “bad” kind), its heart disease reducing qualities, and even cancer prevention qualities!
Also, as a vegetable, okra is loaded with tons of natural vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Okra has tons of two types of fiber that are very important to our health: soluble and insoluble fiber, both of which are needed by all human bodies. In fact, okra has one of the highest rates of these types of fiber of all vegetables — 2 + grams of fiber in each serving.
That is a huge amount. Pectin is probably one of the most important of these. (There are people who go to the pharmacy and buy pectin in capsules to take on a daily basis to help with their health or to lose weight). Okra is loaded with: protein, Vitamins A, B, and C, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, folic acid, and a lot more. Okra has important antioxidant constituents (which is one of the reasons for its cancer reducing abilities). Okra is also great for people on restricted diets, since it has hardly any calories, and hardly any carbohydrates (meaning the bad ones). Rather than buy artificial forms of these things (or even naturally based ones), eat okra! Not only are you getting all the health benefits mentioned above, but there are certain to be a lot more that haven’t even been discovered yet.
Don’t miss out on a great way to get healthier through a common vegetable. Okra is inexpensive and easy to prepare. Go for it!

If you have problems with blood sugar and digestion, try drinking okra for a month and see if you start feeling better! :)

New Planting season here!!

A few days the weather was great to get out and start planting our garden.  I only managed to get some flowers in the ground, but it is a start! We planted Marigolds and Alyssum flowers!  As mentioned in previous posts, it was exciting to learn that some flowers are edible and provide excellent vitamins and minerals.  Marigolds not only keep pests out of your yard, but provide “some” health benefits as well…….    IMPORTANT NOTE: IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO ANY FLOWERS,  DO NOT CONSUME!

Marigold

“Other Names of Marigold: The marigold is also known as Mary bud, pot marigold, ruddes, golds, holigold, gold bloom and the garden marigold

Useful Parts of the Plant: The petals or the flower heads

The marigold is known for its bright orange colored flowers as well as its numerous medicinal properties. Marigold is grown mainly in March and April and is known to grow rapidly. There are different varieties of the plant and they are divided into four basic species. These include African Marigold, French Marigold, Triploids, and single Marigold. There are also sub-types with all of these major varieties.

Nutritional Information and Properties:

With regards to the nutritional information pertaining to marigolds, they are known to be a rich source of flavonoids and vitamin C. they have no fat content and therefore aid weight loss.

Health Benefits and Therapeutic Uses

  • One of the health benefits of marigolds is that it is used in the treatment of minor burns when used in the form of ointments or a tincture.
  • On account of the anti-inflammatory properties of marigold it is also used in the treatment of allergic reactions, eczema and bruising.
  • Health benefits of marigold oil also include it being used in the treatment for plantar lesions that tend to occur on the feet.
  • Another one of the benefits of the marigold flowers is that it is very beneficial in getting rid of an oily complexion naturally. In this treatment, fresh flowers need to be soaked in warm water and then applied to the skin at least once a day and allowed to remain for 10 minutes before washing it off.
  • Marigolds are also known to have plenty of health benefits on account of their high content of antioxidants. These antioxidants are known to be effective in combating the damage that may b caused by free radicals which are typically the by-products of environmental factors such as pollution or cigarette smoke or even normal body functions. The lycopene present in marigold is also known to lower the risk of heart disease and prostrate cancer. The antioxidants present in marigolds are also known to protect the eyes from macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Health benefits and therapeutic uses of marigold flowers as well as the leaves of the marigold include it being beneficial in minimizing the number of tumors in the case of breast cancer as well as in the prevention of the development of new cancer cells. Besides breast cancer , Marigolds are also known to be effective against colon, leukemia and melanoma cancer cells.
  • One of the medicinal uses of marigolds is that it promotes the growth of both new blood vessels as well as new skin tissue and hence it is used in the healing of wounds such as burns, scrapes as well as irritated skin.
  • When consumed internally , marigolds are also known to help against digestive inflammation in the form of duodenal or gastric ulcers on account of its anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Marigold tea is also known to be effective against painful mouth and stomach ulcers as well as colitis. Marigolds are effective in this aspect because they tend to stimulate the lymphatic system and thereby minimize the swelling as well as cleanse the body of toxins which may be contributing to the ulcers.
  • Marigold is also used in the form of an ointment for women who are suffering from breast cancer to minimize the dermatitis  that is usually caused by chemotherapy.
  • The  petals of the marigold flower are also used in sitz baths as they are effective in healing vaginal infections, bladder infections, healing of stitches post child birth as well as haemorrhoids. To prepare a sitz bath the petals of the marigold flowers should be boiled for some time and then added to the warm bath water.
  • One of the health benefits of marigold juice is that it is very effective in healing scabies and warts. 

Precautions/ Side Effects/ Warnings:

Some of the side effects of marigold may include allergic reactions, medication interactions and even adverse hormonal effects.”  http://www.home-remedies-for-you.com/herbs/marigold.html

Asyllum was another flower I planted, here is a list of its benefits:

“Mat-forming Alyssums recently underwent a genus and species name change. They were Allyssum lobulariaand now they are Lobularia maritima. A native of the Mediterranean areas it has traveled far and is found 41 states most of Canada.The genus name lobulariacomes from dead Latin and means small globe, referring to the shape of the flower cluster. Maritima refers to its habitat, meaning it likes to grow near the seashore and is somewhat salt tolerant. . Leaves, young stems, and flowers are used for flavoring in salads or any dish where pungency is desired. The flowers candy well.  The blossom are honey-scented.”       http://www.eattheweeds.com/edible-wild-flowers/

There is not a lot of information about the benefits of asyllum flower, but it is high in vitamin C.   Salads are a good place to add flowers for more variety!  You even try making jam from the flowers.  

Last year we just started making dandelion jelly; if you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it. It is much better than mowing it up when dandelions provide a lot of benefits in the body!