As you can tell I LOVE TURMERIC(Curcuma longa)…..having just shared some wonderful information on FB…I have been presented, from time to time in my practice in many instances with my Clients where Tumeric has been of great medicinal benefit. Including, myself….I have just been experimenting with a Tumeric Tea (I will add the recipe). I have used Tumeric in my cooking, forever….I think one of the most exciting and wonderful advantages of being an herbalist is the deep connection and reverence that we develop with the plant kingdom as we connect with the plants, using the many gifts they offer.. and not being afraid to experiment and use the herbs in our everyday cooking. After all…. plants were our first medicine…….
It is interesting to note, respected ethnobotanist James A. Duke, Phd..did comprehensive studies of Tumeric…Reviewing some 700 studies, he concluded that turmeric appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effect against several chronic, debilitating diseases (Alzheimer’s disease, Arthritis, & Cancer) with virtually no adverse side effects. Adding tumeric to you diet is one of the best moves toward optimal health that you can make….check out those curry dishes….Have fun and explore your options….
4 cups boiling water, add
1 tsp. ground turmeric
1 tsp. milk thistle
Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes
I added lemon to taste, you could also add honey or stevia if you choose
It is not only really good as a hot tea, try it iced…Yummmmmm
Enjoy….many, many green Blessings,
Hi Beautiful Ones….Yesterday, there was a break in the weather and I really felt the need to get out and connect with the Nature Spirits. It seems for days the area around the Lake has been calling me…so I took off to experience the Plant Kingdom and the wonderous gifts that Mother Earth had for me on this beautiful spring day…there were many, as always……..It is always so exciting to me, to see which Plant Allie will speak to me at any given time….but it seems the one speaking to me yesterday was Oatstraw(Avena sativa) she is still young right now, but as the seasons change, she will grow and mature. In the meantime, she has a message for us…Oatstraw Speaks….”My name is Oats. I am priestess of Ceres, great mother of grain. I am the archetype of fertility. I am Corn Mother. I am the mother’s gift of nourishment. I am the mother’s gift of love. Love. Love. I am Love”..as spoken to Susan Weed….if only we all could hear her message….She is a wonderful Green Plant Allie that we so often overlook and she is here to say..” I bring you many, many gifts. I am a strength-giving food, a nerve tonic, love potion, and a rejuvenator and much, much more”…..try this recipe Festival Oatcakes 1/4 cup butter Melt butter and honey carefully. Stir in oats, wine and 1teaspoon honey pinch of salt. Add more honey slowly to suit your taste. 1 tbls. wine* Form little cakes, put on an oiled baking sheet & bake more honey at 350 for 15 – 20 minutes or until brown. optional: 1/8cup rasins 1/8 cup walnuts *elderberry or dandelion Preparation time: 30 minutes unless you taste the wine too frequently! Until next time…….. Enjoy!!!! Many Many Green Blessings, Dixie
Greetings and Green Blessings to all….I had such great intentions yesterday of finding Miss Nettles and Little Star Lady (Chickweed) but alas…as in life things change and in the process the most wonderful things happen….I thought I had my day all planned out…(silly me…) I feel that searching and connecting with our Green Allies is a great metaphor for life…we are looking for something specific (we think)…then guess what we are sent in another direction …which was where we were headed in the first place…Love how that works.
Right behind my home is a wonderful wooded area and I felt sure I would find Little Star Lady in my sacred wooded area…but..Nooooo….nor did I find Miss Nettles…So off I went to this wonderful trail off Highway one that connects to the beach( I had no idea it was such a long trail) …but being the dedicated(or crazy herbalist that I am) I felt I was up to the challenge..It was wonderful …as I started out the first Allie(however, sometimes she is not such a good Allie) Miss Poison Hemlock(Conium maculatum)!!!!….as I passed her with just a “how do you do” and touched her, not….I came upon many other green Allies who were ever so much more friendly…Miss Yarrow(Achillea millefolium), California Sagebrush(Artemisia californica0, Miss Wild Oats(Avena spp.), Miss California Buckwheat(Eriogonum fasciculatum),Miss Arroyo Willow(Salix lasiolepis),Soap Plant(Chlorogalum pomeridianum), and Miss California Poppy(Eschscholzia californica)…these are just a few that I encountered on my journey…I never ceased to be amazed at how many healing plant Allies are in our own yards, meadows, woods, etc…just waiting for us Humans to acknowledge them in an honorable way, so they can be of service to us…Well that was yesterday…today I will go again(its supposed to rain,..not a problem).
Love to all and Many Green Blessings….Dixie
WILDCRAFTING ON THE CENTRAL COAST
What fun, I am off today in search of our Green Allies, Miss Chickweed (Stellaria media) or the little Star Lady..as she prefers to be called…She has so many wonderful qualities and uses….so today I will go in search of her so that I may sit with her, smell her, taste her, draw her and I listen to any messages she has for me…she and I will play….then with her permission…I will harvest a small portion of her for my Chickweed salad and Pesto….or maybe a Chickweed Poultice if the need arises…so many uses for such a sweet little plant…some may call her a weed…but oh what a weed…she serves us well….I send her many green blessings and thank her for her service to us…
1cup fresh chickweed
1cup fresh basil
1/2 cup olive oil
Optional(but it is really good)
3/4 ounce shredded hard cheese
3/4 ounce pine nuts or walnuts..or get wild and experiment with hazelnuts, etc
I like to add garlic to the mix
put Garlic and nuts in and blend/chop first…then add the rest to your blender or food chopper, add more oil if necessary..put in containers and add a little more olive oil on the top, cover with lid..can be refrigerated or frozen…..Namaste, Dixie