Growing and Using Moringa, Comfrey, and Healing Herbs

Learn how to grow and use Moringa Trees, Comfrey, medicinal herbs, adaptogen herbs such as Jiaogulan, and herbal medicine to create vibrant health and an enriched life style. There are a number of herbs you can grown at home which is fun and great for your health. Learn Tips on feeding your pets and livestock naturally with organic greens such as Comfrey, Kudzu, plantain, and Moringa. Get back to your roots in a healthy way.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

How do I Store Unused Moringa Seeds?

Winter is here and the time for planting Moringa seeds is past unless you have a heated green house or sun room.  They need warmth and sunlight to grow properly. If you plant them now without the above elements, they will either not grow at all or grow poorly. So since you received seeds with your order, what is the best way to store them?

#1:  Do not store Moringa seeds in the freezer or refrigerator as you would some types of seeds.  This will destroy them. They are a tropical plant who craves warmth. Every kind of seed is different in its needs to sprout and grow. Some seeds need a winter rest or cold to help them sprout Some seeds are only planted once the frost is gone. Some seeds need to be planted toward the summer months.  So research your different seeds you want to plant and what is needed for them to sprout and grow. 

#2: Store them in air tight container in a warm, moisture free shelf or room. Moisture will cause them to mold in the bad.

$3:  Start your seedings in the Spring in the house as you would your tomato seeds and other touchy vegetable plants. If your house is kept cold they will not sprout. Using grow lights and a heating mat will help them to get started. Don't over water the soil or they will mold or rot...just moist NOT wet. They hate wet feet and waterlogged soil. Their soil and container must drain well.

#4: DO NOT plant them outside until all danger of frost is over and when it begins to be warm and sunny.  If you take them outside too sun, they will not grow well. They may even turn up their leaves and die. They are a 'I love the sun and warm weather kind of plant'.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

The Move is On...... Back To Califormia.

This is great news for us. We have found a house that includes a half acre to grow herbs, a garden, and Moringa seedlings. We will be back in San Diego on Dec 15th.

If you need to order between the 10th and 15th, it cannot be sent until the 16th of Dec. Everything will be packed up between those dates and we will be on the road.

I do thank a number of readers who called me offering support and prayers to find the right house. It was difficult trying to find a house from such a great distance away.  We needed it to be close to town for my husband's job but with a rural feel and some room to grow things. We can even have chickens again.  There is a small creek that runs through the property and the back yard butts up to a 15 acre park.  That seemed impossible but we found one. I can plant my blackberries along the creek bed.

I do not believe without prayer and faith, we could have found it. In San Diego there are thousands of homes with concete patios, small yards, with neighbors looking over your wall. Many of them do not allow even a small dog, much less chickens.  It was a rare find.

So Moringa and Healing Herbs will be in moving mode from December 10th through the 16th.  We will be then based in Spring Valley, Ca!

Remember, there is FREE Shipping for orders of three or six bottles of Moringa caps or combined products during November.  Save money ordering this month! Order Here

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Moringa Business Moves Back To California......Wagon Ahead

Life presents opportunities and changes for our business.  After months of introspection and thought, we are moving back to California. One reason is to care for my husband's father who is beginning to need more help and two for the business.

Every day I turn down calls from customers who want to buy Moringa Trees. Our business began and was inspired in California.  It is one of the few places in the United States where the trees will grow there and thrive. We have many customers there in the past who still call us to see if we are growing trees again. Even though California is more expensive to live in, moving there will help our business to expand due to the inflow of customers, farmer's markets, and outlets to make the trees available.

We will be moving between Dec and January.  I will let you know our progress in a few weeks.  The main goal is to find a house with some room to grow the trees.  That is where faith in God and his help comes into play. It is not easy finding the right house from this far away. It needs a helping hand from God. I am convinced he will provide just the right place to land. So for those of you who have written to ask when we will have trees available. We should be selling trees again by May.

Send me an email and I will put you on a list for spring. I will also be selling Goji berry starts, and scented geranium starts.  I am not sure what else, but those are the top choices on our list.

Update: We are now located in Indian Mound, TN as of 1-15-2015

Friday, September 20, 2013

Moringa, Drugs, and Spices That Come From India...Are They Safe To Eat?

I get several calls a week on why I will not buy or sell Moringa from India or Moringa that has not been tested and bottled in a US lab....this is the answer below. 


Is the product you bought from India Safe? This includes spices such as Turmeric and even some of the drugs you may be taking. 

No... they are probably NOT safe even if the product is organic certified or packaged in an India lab. 

I receive 3 calls a week on this subject referring to products customers have bought from other companies who sell India Moringa. They want my opinion. 

My answer and the evidence is given below.  This article shows how spices, drugs, and Moringa grown and packaged in India are inferior in quality. It demonstrates how bad the India labs for their quality control procedures.

My Moringa caps come from Moringa grown in Honduras and is tested for Mold, bacteria, E-Coli  and bottled in a US lab. 

Twenty-Five percent of the black pepper, cumin, chili, or cardamon you use in your cooking is imported from India. India is the largest exporter of spices in the world!

Look at the evidence below from three different articles on India labs. This evidence supports my answer on the safety of products from India including Moringa powder.

The second part is on my experience trying to import organic certified Moringa powder from India several years ago. It is why I no longer sell product grown or packaged in India or China.  My experience proved that organic certified from India can be grossly contaminated. Herbs in India are not regulated to the extent of drugs. So if drug production fails the FDA inspections, what quality does the herb production have?  
 
Two of the articles were published this week on three India labs that failed inspections for drugs they produce. Drug production undergoes more intense examination than herb production does. This statement was repeated on purpose.

So the fact your Moringa product was produced by an India lab or is organic certified does not mean much. Please read the full articles that these excerpts come from. It will open your eyes to the truth. 

First Article excerpts

'MUMBAI, India (AP) -- Shares in India's largest pharmaceutical company plummeted Monday after U.S. regulators issued an import warning on one of its factory's products for failing quality control inspections."

With revenues of $2.3 billion for the last fiscal year, Ranbaxy is the leading drug maker in India's $26 billion generic pharmaceutical industry, but it has been plagued with problems in the U.S.

In May, the company's American subsidiary agreed to pay $500 million in fines and penalties for selling adulterated drugs and lying to federal regulators, the largest financial penalty against a generic drug company for violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, which prohibits the sale of impure drugs. 

In late 2012, another subsidiary, Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc., was forced to halt production of a generic version of the cholesterol drug Lipitor to investigate how tiny glass particles got into the ingredients used for dozens of batches that had to be recalled. It was Ranbaxy's second recall of the drug in three months.

Two years ago, the FDA struck a deal that required Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. to undergo extra oversight and review from a third-party and improve its drug making procedures. "

 Read the full article Here


Second Article and Three excerpts from this article........

"New Delhi: Many Indian drug makers find themselves on wrong side of American rules, the US health regulator FDA says they are finding contaminants like filth, pesticides and insect parts in drugs manufactured here, but similar problems exit in many other countries as well."   

Listing out the problems encountered by its investigators in India, FDA said these were similar to those seen around the world and include issues associated with quality systems implementation, data integrity, and validation of various processes used in manufacturing or testing.

"FDA also encounters adulteration with contaminants that shouldn't be there, like microbiological agents (such as salmonella, listeria), or products identified with unapproved chemicals or pesticides, or presence of filth (such as foreign bodies, insect parts).

http://zeenews.india.com/business/news/companies/us-fda-asks-indian-drugmakers-to-comply-or-face-action_80723.html


Third article on violations by other India labs:

"With regard to the second company, Himachal Pradesh-based Sentiss Pharma (formerly Promed Exports), the FDA said the company failed to establish adequate systems for monitoring environmental conditions and for cleaning and disinfecting the room and equipment in aseptic processing areas.

At least six Indian drug makers have been issued such warning letters so far this year by the FDA, which has also ordered recall of certain drugs manufactured in India.

Wockhardt and Fresenius Kabi received warning letters last month, while Hospira Healthcare India and RPG Life Sciences got such letters in May.

Besides, the FDA recently also clamped down on 15 companies globally, including Gujarat-based Amrutam Life Care, for illegal sale of drugs labelled as dietary supplements and ayurvedic products for treating diabetes.

Others having faced FDA action for non-compliance with various US regulations include Ranbaxy, Dr Reddy's Labs, Sun Pharma, Cadila, Aurobindo Pharma and Glenmark. "

http://zeenews.india.com/business/news/companies/fda-warns-2-indian-firms-for-manufacturing-lapses_82605.html

http://www.goliathlabs.com/news/fda-provides-a-portal-to-india/


My own experience below importing organic certified Moringa: This is the original Hold Notice by the FDA. Contaminated organic certified Moringa powder and caps packaged for resale in the United States: 
The yellow below highlights the contamination found in that shipment:

United States Food and Drug Administration
Notice of FDA Action
Southwest Import District
FDA will not request redelivery for examination or sampling, if the products not released by FDA are moved, following USCS conditional release to a location within the local metropolitan area or to a location approved by the FDA office at the number below.

All products in this entry not listed above may proceed without FDA examination.  This notice does not constitute assurance the products involved comply with provisions of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act or other related acts, and does not preclude action should the products later be found violative.
H87-0186115-0
Entry Number:
February 18, 2011
Notice Number:
Date Received: January 28, 2011
Port of Entry:
2501, San Diego, CA 
Arrival Date:
January 27, 2011
BRITISH AIRWAYS;
Carrier:
G-9
2
Ferrer Brokers
9840 Via De La Amistad
Suite B
San Diego, CA  92154
Filer:
Broker Box:
NATALIA
Attention:
Importer of Record: Lona Cathryn Freer, Alpine, CA  91901-5409
Lona Cathryn Freer, Alpine, CA  91901-5409
Consignee:
DETENTION
The following products are subject to refusal pursuant to the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&CA), Public Health Service Act (PHSA),or other related acts in that they appear to be adulterated, misbranded or otherwise in violation as indicated below:
Line ACS/FDA
Product Description
Respond By
001/001
ORGANIC MORINGA LEAF
POWDER
March 11, 2011
You have the right to provide oral or written testimony, to the Food & Drug Administration, regarding the admissibility of the article(s) or the manner in which the article(s) can be brought into compliance.  This testimony must be provided to FDA on or before the dates shown above.
Please direct your response to:
Brett W. Podoski, Compliance Officer (CTNH)
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
9777 Via De La Amistad, Rm. 128
San Diego, CA 92154
(619) 661-3250 ext. 117
(619) 661-3195 (FAX)
BRETT.PODOSKI@FDA.HHS.GOV
2 Page:
Notice Prepared For:  The District Director, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Notice Prepared By:   CAW
FD&CA Section 501(a)(2)(A), 801(a)(3); ADULTERATION
The article appears to have been prepared, packed or held under insanitary conditions whereby it may have been contaminated with filth, or whereby it may have been rendered injurious to health. Actual charge:
501(a)(1) Filth findings: sample was found to contain over 1800 insect fragments in six subs examined for an average of 300 insect fragments per sub.  One sub also contained 3 rat/mouse hair fragments.


FD&CA Section 502(b)(2), 801(a)(3); MISBRANDING
The article is in package form and appears to not have a label containing an accurate statement of the quantity of the contents in terms of weight, measure or numerical count and no variations or exemptions have been prescribed by regs. The quantity of contents statement on the product labeling is listed in grams only and lacks the US customary terms of avoirdupois pounds and ounces.

FD&CA Section 505(a), 801(a)(3); UNAPPROVED NEW DRUG
The article appears to be a new drug without an approved new drug application. Product making drug claims: per website www. murungaproducts.com - prevents 300 diseases, stabilizing effect on blood pressure, and control of glucose levels in diabetes


This is the shipment that came with glowing reports from the agency that gave this well known company the organic certification.  I lost a lot of money on this shipment. It was destroyed at the customs office.  This is why I don't buy product grown and packaged in India.

God bless all of you this week.

Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin 

Update: We are now located in Indian Mound, TN as of 1-15-2015














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Monday, August 19, 2013

What's Eating My Potato and Pepper Plant Leaves? Update on Garden

Well I learned a valuable lesson this month. Horn worms eat more than just tomato plant leaves and tomatoes.  They have a voracious appetite for many vegetable plants.

Potato Plants before the evil invasion.
This is the first year I have grown a full garden in a few years. I planted onions and potatoes for the first time ever. The plants grew beautiful with each week. Then something went wrong.  I went out to the garden every morning to find my potato plant leaves stripped. I thought it was quail that were the culprits.  Low and behold too late, I found the evil ones ....horn worms. There were at least 40 horn worms eating their hearts out.  I picked them off for over an hour.  This guy and his friends got away with vegetable plant mayhem. They were big enough to put a saddle on. I found that they will eat pepper plants and Goji berry leaves as well.  

The worst thing about them if that they blend in so well into the plant, that they are hard to spot until they have demolished half the branch. I have tri-focals so that makes it even harder to find them when they are small.

Early morning or evening is the easiest time to spot them. The light has to be just right. Look at your plants from different angles as well.

They are sprays and chemicals to kill them, but I don't use toxic stuff on my plants. I have enlisted my husband to help find them, since he doesn't wear glasses.  I now look for these guys the first time I see a branch with missing leaves. If you see little black pellets, that is their excretions. So look for the worms on branches above the droppings. The plants will come back once you pick off the worms and give it some fertilizer to boost the growth. The damage from the horn worms does set it back for several weeks.  I am hoping for my first homegrown potatoes.

Will ducks and chickens eat horn worms? Mine will and they fight over them.  So they at least make the critters a good treat.

Garden Progress so Far:  I am going to write a separate blog of the different types of berries I am growing and why. Each berry has some exciting research on their health benefits. Since most of them are rather expensive at the supermarket, I am growing them here on our place. They do take a lot of water and water here in Stagecoach is very inexpensive.

Blackberry Plants.....first crop this year. Just enough for a treat but next year look out ...blackberry jam. Talking about Jam. My sister in Tennessee makes the most awesome jam in the world. I have found that blackberries is a substitution for chocolate. I have no idea why but it works. I decided to  give up my only vise...chocolate. I never over-ate but always had a little every day. Despite all the good benefits in chocolate, it still is a processed calorie filled food. I felt it could be causing a rash problem so gave it up as an experiment.  At the same time, my sister sent me some of her blackberry jam with real berries and seeds in it. She uses very little sugar. It is mostly fruit.  I used a tablespoon on my toast and found I did not crave chocolate that day. So I have been using it since. The stuff you buy in the store does not work. It is high in sugar with a small amount of fruit.   I now buy frozen blackberries as well and put some into my yogurt.  It really is a healthy substitution when craving something sweet. Blackberries have a wealth of health benefits as well which deserves a blog of its own.  They are expensive so that is why I planted a blackberry patch this year. I will expand on it next year. Mulching and lots of water is the reason for my success in this harsh climate.

Aronia Berries:  Two out of three plants survived and are thriving now.  They will bare no berries this year but next year should be great. I am growing berries that are the highest in ORAC Values and health benefits. I bought seeds so will grow a whole row of them next year.

Elderberries:  I have three small bushes that have struggled for survival. I won't know until next spring if they can be grown here. The people who I bought them from, experts, have told me they should do fine.  The final verdict is out until next year. I am giving them all the care I can.


Onions:  Great first crop of yummy red onions!


Green Beans:  ready to pick in a few days.....this was from 20 year old bean seeds we found in an old house we stayed in for a year.  It was an experiment to see if they would sprout and actually have beans. Pretty cool for 20 year old seed.


Tomatoes:  Those are doing great! Most of them grew up from left over seeds in the soil from last spring. I didn't plant new seed.


Goji Berries:  I would have pictures of the fruit but I keep eating them first. The picture below is of the bushes. The house serves as a windbreak against the winds. They have done exceptionally well here despite being uprooted several times in moves. Next year they should have twice as many berries.  They are so good for you.

Goji Bushes along the front of the house.


Squash Plants: I have vigorous plants that are just starting to bare baby squash.  We have picked the first ones this week.  Interestingly, the ducks love the leaves. They eat them up like candy. Next year I will grow some extra bushes for them to feed on. Their need to forage is rough in Nevada....no much for them to eat. They get Comfrey leaves, Swiss Chard leaves, squash leaves, and weeds as additions to their pellets when I can find them.  They will only eat their duck feed if nothing else is available. They eat red ants too which is one reason to have them on the land.  They eat lots of bugs and work hard for their duck feed.



This year has given me much greater inspiration for growing here.  You must be smarter than the winds and the harsh elements.  That involves experimenting and being innovative in your gardening methods. Overall I have succeeded in most of the gardening endeavors here.  I hauled my Moringa trees outside.  I put them with the house as a windbreak.  This was several weeks ago. I will have pictures soon here.  They cannot be left out after about the middle of November when the first frost will hit.  So matter how much innovation I use, Moringa trees do not survive freezing temperatures.  There is only one other option for winter and that is a heated green house.  So that is just the reality.
 

See you next blog...Kate Freer, the herbladyisin







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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Tips to Help Your Plants Beat This Scorching Heat

There is only one word to describe our area the past few days....deadly heat. It it rarely 106 degrees in our area,  even in August. This is only July and the beginning of summer.  I already had most of my garden planted.  When this abnormal heat wave began, I had to think fast to try and save my garden.  We have little shade on this property so I needed to use creativity to 'create' some plant relief from the heat.

Water Deeply:  I water my plants twice a day. The heat just sucks out the moisture from the soil.
Plants in pots will dry out more quickly than plants in soil.  The roots will burn up in the pots. Cover black plastic pots with cardboard or other material to help save the roots. Put potted plants under trees, under taller bushes, or under shade cloth.  Mulch these plants as well. You may have to water more often than once or twice a day. 


Mulch all your plants! I used rotted straw.  I had two bales of rotted straw ( $9.00 a bale) sitting on the property.  I took that rotted straw and mulched around all the different plants. Then I soaked it. Rotted straw holds moisture better than good straw. In this bed there are two pepper plants, blackberry bushes, and some beans. Before the mulching, the pepper plants nearly died with the heat. As these baby beans get taller, I will add more mulch. I also added shade over them with a pallet and old wood.  The pie pans suspended from twine helps to keep the quail out.





Create shade with cardboard, boxes with the sides cut out, old sheets, shade cloth, pallets, old wood....anything that will help shade them when the temperatures reach triple digits.  These tools may not land your garden into the Better Homes and Garden Magazine but it will save your plants. Times are harsh so use what is at hand or cheap to get the job done. 


This bed of Comfrey plant is covered with an old fitted sheet.

These boxes with the sides cut out, top remaining is covering three little elderberry plants that were getting burned by the sun. They are surround by mulch as well.  Doing this is showing a difference in only two days. Their leaves were burning away in the sun.

Create Micro-Climates:

Picture #1 below shows the placement of this wooden container of pepper plants underneath this huge Russian Olive. The Branches help shade the pepper plants and protect them from the winds.

Picture #2 shows this tomato planted in this large trash can moved over to an area with these large elm trees in back of it. The trees also shelter it from the winds we get here.  The air is cooler there because of the trees.  It has some shade and sun during different parts of the day.

Move potted plants under shade trees or near hedges. 

I had to be careful how I placed this plant. I have chickens and ducks behind the pallet fence. They can fly up on the edge of the pallet fence. They roam the whole property but this area is their shade yard. The duck pools are in under the trees too. Chickens will eat your tomatoes, green or ripe. They will also dig in the planter if you don't protect the plant.  All my garden areas are protected by either chicken wire, plastic fence wire, or cages. We have quail, chipmunks, wild rabbits, and the farm ducks and chickens. 

Hope this helps.....keep cool with lots of water!  God bless all of you.
Happy July 4th tomorrow. Drive safe....don't drive and drink!

Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin




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Friday, June 7, 2013

Organic Moringa Powder: The Real Truth.....Lies and Deception



I get at least four calls a week on where to buy organic Moringa powder. The caller is adamant that organic certified Moringa powder is safe and free from  unsafe ingredients and contamination.  I have written several blogs on this subject, but I guess it is time for another one.

Your perception of the safety and purity of organic Moringa is misguided. This is just the truth.  Here is evidence that illustrate this deception. I am presenting an order received by my company when I was first in business placed in 2010-2011 that came from India pre-packaged as organic certified.  I had purchased it because of the many customers who called  wanting organic certified. It was this quest to better satisfy my customers that cost me much money and many wasted months. Two shipments, one right after the other,  almost destroyed my new business. Looking back, the destruction of that shipment saved my business in the long run.  The FDA and its lab kept me from selling a product I thought was safe but was not. In my inexperience, I relied on the organic certified paperwork and reputation from another country. It could of cost me much, much more. Again this shipment was tested and bottled in India. It was organic certified. How many companies investigate through Europe the organic certificate they are relying on for that product?

1st Organic Certified Shipment Attempt:  

Located a producer who had been selling his product in Europe for several years. He sent me his organic certificate as requested. He was a member of Manta and two other organizations. He had a website published.  I did not check it out further. I sent him nearly $600.00.  He had been very good with emails until I paid him.  After no response on shipment of the product, I became worried.  I took the certification number and contacted the government organization who issued the certificate to see what I could do.  I got the disturbing news that the certificate was not his but belonged to another companies.  He had stolen it, then changed the name of the real company to his name, then sent that certificate out to customers. He had been using this fraudulent certificate for several years.  It happened that another big German company and myself both did not receive our orders.  They issued a warrant against him but could never get him into court on the charges. He disappeared during the investigation. He is still listed in Manta as a business. He may have come back into the  business world using a different company name. He is a crook still doing business in India. I never got my money returned.  So unless you investigate the organic certificate they send you, you won't know if it is legal or not. 

2nd Organic Certified Shipment Attempt:

I investigated this company through the government agency who issued the certificate. The company and organic certificate was legal . The head of the organic government agency assured me they were a good company and that the product was quality. I borrowed money to fund this order from family. I ordered $600.00 worth of Moringa powder in packages and in caps. I was really positive.  The order came into the port of San Diego.  Something about the packaging sent a red flag to customs so they tagged it for 'intense investigation'.

This meant that they take samples of the product and sent it in to a lab.  While they do this the shipment in held by a holding company. After two days, you are charged $40.00 a day.   After a week, they temporarily released it.  That meant  I could take the shipment home but not sell it until the FDA lab tests came in to clear it for sale.  It took several weeks for the tests to come back.   The shipment was contaminated and refused. I had to take it back to customs to be either destroyed or sent back under the supervision of Customs. They charge you to do either and you have no choice but to expend more money on a shipment that was refused entry.  I was devastated. I did not sell product again until 2013 because I could not find a good source where I knew for sure I was selling quality product. 

The original hold notice from the FDA is published at the end of this blog:  In case you don't want to read the whole notice, here is what the FDA lab found in this shipment of pre-packaged organic certified Moringa Oleifera powder: 

Actual charge: 501(a)(1) Filth findings: sample was found to contain over 1800 insect fragments in six subs examined for an average of 300 insect fragments per sub.  One sub also contained 3 rat/mouse hair fragments.

The Scary Part of this Story ........

Now the scary part of this story is that this product shipped was ready to resell to customers.

The ONLY reason this contaminated shipment was discovered was because it had label violations.

If the label and packaging had not been questionable, the shipment would not have been examined further. The shipment would have been released to me and I would have sold it.  It was my naive experience that these packages of organic certified product had been tested and were safe to sell.  It was not.

Thousands of shipments go through customs every day and are not checked.  If all the paperwork looks good and the packaging looks legal, they send them right on through. This applies to herbs, spices, and Moringa products. Many companies are located in India or other countries. Their product is bottled in that country under their standards. You are relying on their paperwork to be honest which is questionable. It was a very painful, expensive import lesson. It made me realize my own misguided opinions about organic certified products.

Facts You May Not Know About Organic Certification standards:


USDA organic standards place NO LIMITS on levels of heavy metals contamination of certified organic foods.There is no limit to how much mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic and aluminum is allowed in "organic" products.

There is no limit on the contamination of PCBs, BPA and other synthetic chemicals that's allowed in certified organic foods, super foods and supplements.

Organic certification does nothing to address environmental sources of pollution such as chemtrails, contaminated irrigation water, and fallout from industrial or chemical factories that might be nearby.

A certified organic farmer can use polluted water on their crops and still have the crops labeled "organic."


Organic certificates apply to how the food is grown or produced.  The organic farm must certify that he does not apply pesticides, herbicides, petroleum-based fertilizer, metals or synthetic chemicals on his crops. The soil must be free from these chemicals for a certain time period before the certificate can be granted. They do not test the water that feeds the crops.  They do not test for heavy metals and other chemicals found in the water or the ground.  The farmer is attesting to the facts he does not put those products on his crops. 

The environmental standards of both India and China are very poor. Both these nations suffer from extensive pollution of their air and water resources.

China often uses human waste as fertilizer on their crops.

In India the Ganges River feeds crops for hundreds of miles. It is one of the most polluted rivers in the world with industrial pollution and waste: dead human and animal bodies floating in it: and full of disease organisms of all kinds.   People bathe in this river while dead bodies float by. Check it out, this is all fact.  I would question whether most of the workers in the fields picking your Moringa were tested for TB or health problems. I doubt that there are proper bathroom facilities or places to wash their hands. Remember they bathe in that polluted river. 
  
Here are facts taken from the site,  About India, on the Ganges river in India. The following is a direct quote from their site. Visit the link underlined above to read more on this issue. 
Only 7 of India's 35 states have access to clean water.  You buy your Moringa from India....good luck that it was grown in one of those 7.  

"Ganges River Pollution

The Ganges River Pollution is now at such a high level that the amount of toxins, chemicals and other dangerous bacteria found in the river are now almost 3000 times over the limit suggested by the WHO as 'safe'.

The river directly and indirectly affects the largest population of any river in the world with over more than 420 million people who rely on it for food, water, bathing, and agriculture. And that is not to mention the tens of millions of pilgrims who venture to India's most holy of rivers each year to bathe and worship.


This page contains some graphic images
So with such a massive influence on the local and national population, why is it that the river is so completely and utterly disgusting? </div>

Well this is a question that is asked everyday and to help answer it we first need to take a look at a few facts.  This article quote  is not working well with the blog platform.

Facts about Ganges River Pollution

  • Approximately 1 billion litres of raw, untreated sewage are dumped in the river on a daily basis. The amount has more than doubled in the last 20 years and experts predict another 100% increase in the following 20 years.

  • The rapid explosion of India's population in the last 25 years coupled with lax regulations on industry has put a huge strain on the river.

  • Thousands of bodies are cremated on the banks of the river yearly with many being released into the river with hopes that their souls may have a direct path to heaven.


  • Hundreds Unwanted or 'illegitimate' babies, cattle and other animal carcases are also dumped in the Ganges again with religious significance
 
  • The levels of Coliform bacteria is over 2800 times the level considered safe by the W.H.O (world health organization."
Now you know why I do not sell products from either India or China. 

My Standards for products I sell: 



I do not sell anything grown from India. China is not much better..
I do not sell anything not tested and bottled here in the United States.
The New Sun herbs that I sell have strict, comprehensive testing on all their bulk product. They bottle their own products in the US after extensive testing on each new shipment. 

The labs here in the US have much more oversight than labs in those countries.  Very little Moringa comes from the United States. Most of it is imported. The important thing, no matter where it comes from, is that the product needs to be tested  in the Us for its nutritional value and for E-Coli and other contamination FIRST before being bottled. I know one Moringa seller who imports it in bulk, irradiates it, then bottles it himself.  He complains to me how bad most of the stuff from India is but still buys it that way, because it is so cheap. Do I have proof of what he is doing? No. I only know what he tells me. He is an expert on growing the trees so that is how I know him. What do you think about the quality of that product without testing before it is packaged by him at his office?  I would not buy his product he sells. Mouse parts and insect parts that are ground into bulk product is hard to detect.  Even if it is irradiated, it is still in the product. Only lab tests can detect it.

So Organic certified rice for instance can still contain arsenic. Most of the organic rice raised both here and from China does contain a certain amount of arsenic. This is fact folks. Rice grown in the southern US has more arsenic than the rice grown in China because of cotton that was raised on the fields for years. Rice absorbs arsenic.  The rice with the least arsenic is grown in California.This is an example of one food that is very popular but contains arsenic.

If Moringa is grown with polluted water, then it will take up some of that pollution. Would you want to eat food grown from the Ganges  irrigation water?

The article about India states clearly that 420 million people rely on the Ganges for food, water, bathing and agriculture. "

Agriculture includes crops like herbs, spices, and Moringa trees.

Honduras and Nicaragua have much better environmental conditions for growing anything. Honduras is where our product comes from but is still tested by our lab here in the US. I have to question anyone buying Moringa from India or China, organic certified or not!

Please read the hold notice for the FDA shown below.  You will then know why I am so adamant about this subject.  This is all for this blog today.
Thanks for your support,

Kate Freer, The herbladyisin



Hold Notice On Organic Certified Moringa shipment: 

United States Food and Drug Administration

Notice of FDA Action
Southwest Import District

FDA will not request redelivery for examination or sampling, if the products not released by FDA are moved, following USCS conditional release to a location within the local metropolitan area or to a location approved by the FDA office at the number below.All products in this entry not listed above may proceed without FDA examination.  This notice does not constitute assurance the products involved comply with provisions of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act or other related acts, and does not preclude action should the products later be found violative.
H87-0186115-0
Entry Number:
February 18, 2011
Notice Number:
Date Received: January 28, 2011
Port of Entry:
2501, San Diego, CA
Arrival Date:
January 27, 2011
BRITISH AIRWAYS;
Carrier:
G-9
2
Ferrer Brokers
9840 Via De La Amistad
Suite B
San Diego, CA  92154
Filer:
Broker Box:NATALIA
Attention: Importer of Record: Lona Cathryn Freer, Alpine, CA  91901-5409


HOLD DESIGNATED
Summary of Current Status of Individual Lines
* = Status change since the previous notice.  Read carefully the sections which follow for important information regarding these lines.
@ = Consignee ID Line ACS/FDA
Product Description
Quantity
Current Status
*

001/001
001/002
ORGANIC MORINGA LEAF POWDER
MORINGA LEAF POWDER IN VEGETABLE CAPSULES
60 PK
25 JR
Detained 02-18-2011
Pending FDA Review 02-
18-2011
United States Food and Drug Administration
Notice of FDA Action
Southwest Import District

FDA will not request redelivery for examination or sampling, if the products not released by FDA are moved, following USCS conditional release to a location within the local metropolitan area or to a location approved by the FDA office at the number below.

All products in this entry not listed above may proceed without FDA examination.  This notice does not constitute assurance the products involved comply with provisions of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act or other related acts, and does not preclude action should the products later be found violative.
H87-0186115-0
Entry Number:
February 18, 2011
Notice Number:
Date Received: January 28, 2011
Port of Entry:
2501, San Diego, CA
Arrival Date:
January 27, 2011
BRITISH AIRWAYS;
Carrier:
G-9
2
Ferrer Brokers
9840 Via De La Amistad
Suite B
San Diego, CA  92154
Filer:
Broker Box:
NATALIA
Attention:
Importer of Record: Lona Cathryn Freer, Alpine, CA  91901-5409
Lona Cathryn Freer, Alpine, CA  91901-5409
Consignee:
DETENTION
The following products are subject to refusal pursuant to the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&CA


DETENTION
The following products are subject to refusal pursuant to the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&CA),
Public Health Service Act (PHSA),or other related acts in that they appear to be adulterated, misbranded or
otherwise in violation as indicated below:
Line ACS/FDA
Product Description
Respond By
001/001
ORGANIC MORINGA LEAF
POWDER

March 11, 2011
You have the right to provide oral or written testimony, to the Food & Drug Administration, regarding the
admissibility of the article(s) or the manner in which the article(s) can be brought into compliance.  This testimony must be provided to FDA on or before the dates shown above.
Please direct your response to:
Brett W. Podoski, Compliance Officer (CTNH)
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
9777 Via De La Amistad, Rm. 128
San Diego, CA 92154
(619) 661-3250 ext. 117
(619) 661-3195 (FAX)
BRETT.PODOSKI@FDA.HHS.GOV
Page:
Notice Prepared For:  The District Director, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Notice Prepared By:   CAW
FD&CA Section 501(a)(2)(A), 801(a)(3); ADULTERATION

The article appears to have been prepared, packed or held under insanitary conditions whereby it may have been contaminated with filth, or whereby it may have been rendered injurious to health. 

Actual charge: 501(a)(1) Filth findings: sample was found to contain over 1800 insect fragments in six subs examined for an average of 300 insect fragments per sub.  One sub also contained 3 rat/mouse hair fragments.


FD&CA Section 502(b)(2), 801(a)(3); MISBRANDING
The article is in package form and appears to not have a label containing an accurate statement of the quantity of the contents in terms of weight, measure or numerical count and no variations or exemptions have been prescribed by regs. The quantity of contents statement on the product labeling is listed in grams only and lacks the US customary terms of avoirdupois pounds and ounces.

FD&CA Section 505(a), 801(a)(3); UNAPPROVED NEW DRUG

The article appears to be a new drug without an approved new drug application. Product making drug claims: per website www. murungaproducts.com - prevents 300 diseases, stablizing refer website www. murungaproducts.com - prevents 300 diseases, stablizing effect on blood pressure, and control of glucose levels in diabetes.

( This website was hosted in India where they use herbs and Moringa to prevent disease and health problems. In their website they state health claims. This is a violation in the US. )

The FDA threat against herbalists or anyone speaking out on herbal health:


NOTICE:

I do not sell Moringa products as of Sept, 2016. I am working on a project that demands an unbiased viewpoint. 

If you want to buy from my favorite herb, vitamins, and supplement companies. visit my store here


Thanks, Kate Freer, The Herbladyisin





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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Moringa: Super Nutritious Food for Your Pets and Livestock


Jack our Aussie who passed away. He was so easy to give supplements too. He just chowed it down.


How will Moringa help your animals?

This is a question that I get asked often.  One of the important uses for Moringa is as animal food.  It is fed to livestock in the countries where it grows naturally. This is because of the exceptional nutritional value that it offers to both humans and animals.

How much to feed your animals?  

It would vary from a 1/2 tsp to 2 tsp depending on the size of the dog and how well he will eat it.  If its the fresh leaves, a branch or handful. Again it depends on the animal, the size, and how well he eats it. 

 

Remember this is a FOOD...a super nutritious food not a drug or medicine like garlic.  If your animal has a sensitive stomach, try a pinch or small amount first.  Animals are individual just like their humans.



It is well known that commercial dog and cat food, even the expensive ones, are deficient in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and most all of the nutrients they need. Moringa fills in their nutrition. It helps them to be healthier. With chickens, it helps them to lay better.  With goats and dairy animals it improves milk production. By the way when I had my two goats, they loved eating the fresh Moringa leaves.  It is especially important to old or sick dogs that may not eat well because of ill health.  It can help them stay younger, longer.  One of the reasons I send free seeds with my orders, is that I want you to grow a few trees for yourself. I want you to experience taking the fresh leaves off the trees and dropping them into your salad. You can grow a few seedlings for the cats to eat, they will any way, and a few for you. Most of you will not live in areas where you can grow them all year but you can grow them as a seasonal crop as you do any crop like peas or beans.  They will grow beautifully in the heat.  They love hot weather but not wind and sand storms as we have in Nevada. The wind right now is redistributing anything in its way, all over the yard. I find things from all my neighbors as well.  It blows up to 60 miles an hour often here.

Smokey, our Moringa killer. At least he eats the seedlings after he pulls them up. He is quite skilled at opening the wire panel to get to my plants. We love him anyway.  My husband finally found a way to stop his raids when we go to bed.


Dogs and Cats: It depends on how picky your animals are. We have a little dog who turns up his nose to almost everything. I put it into my omelets, then hand feed him pieces. He then gets Moringa that way. Our big dog used to eat it mixed in his dog food. The powder is easier to get down a picky eater.


Veggies protected by either chicken wire or plastic fencing from all the creatures.

Cats: One way to get your cats to eat Moringa is to just grow the seedlings, then leave them unattended. I can guarantee that they will eat them. It does kill the tree but they get some good nutrition, so not all is lost. Our cats have eaten a few plants lately. Even though I had the area blocked off, our male cat got very skilled at moving the wire divider panel.  He ate three in one setting, before I caught him.  It is much better for them than cat grass. Don't let them near plants you want to keep growing. They will also dig in soil where the plants are growing, destroying them one way or another. I grow the trees in 20 or 33 gal containers. Then I put a fence around them so the cat cannot jump up.  

                                   Our Angora rabbits who love fresh stuff including Moringa leaves

Livestock: I feed fresh Moringa leaves, when I have enough, to my chickens and rabbits. I also give them my home grown kale, collards, and Swiss chard.  Fresh veggies have enzymes which pellet food does not. I am trying to grow enough food to wean my livestock off commercial food altogether. I have not accomplished that completely yet.  You can also tell when your rabbit is off their feed. If they don't run to eat the fresh stuff, then it is time to see what's wrong.

Goats, Donkeys, Cattle:  Livestock love Moringa leaves.  They also love a lots of your plants that you don't want them to eat as well.  I have seen blogs where it is shown how much donkeys and mules love it too. It is really tough to protect the trees from these guys. They are very intent on breaking down fencing. I got rid of my goats because I was not strong enough to really keep them controlled.  They ate everything....!  They needed a younger, stronger owner.



Chickens and Ducks:  If you leave Moringa trees with the chickens, they will not last long. I have all my veggies fenced off from my chickens, ducks, and the quail. They love fresh stuff. Here is Nevada there is not much in green stuff for them to forage so they go after the garden. I could fence them all up and not worry but I love watching them forage on the property. They eat the red ants and the bugs. They trim off the bottom of the Elm trees. They do a real good job at keeping things in balance.  So I just fence off what I want to save. 



Wild Things: Moringa is a food and all the little creatures such as chipmunks, wild rabbits, quail, and other creatures will eat your trees. So put protection around the area where ever you plant the trees. I am sure gophers would eat them too, although we don't have any here.This is one advantage here...no gophers. The huge amount of quail make up for it. I love the quail. I could fence them out of the property altogether but that would be sad. I love watching them and hearing them call.

So I hope this answers your questions. I give Moringa is one form or another to all my animals.
God Bless you all
Kate Freer, the herbladyisin

NOTICE:

I do not sell Moringa products as of Sept, 2016. I am working on a project that demands an unbiased viewpoint. 

If you want to buy from my favorite herb, vitamins, and supplement companies. visit my store here












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