Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Steps to Protect Your Moringa Trees for The Winter

Since winter is just around the corner, you need to think about helping your Moringa seedlings survive the winter ahead.  I love my trees so the extra effort is worth it. I also have Neem trees as well. My back room looks like a plant nursery with Neem starts, Moringa trees, Scented Geraniums, and dwarf Mulberry starts, but they all give me great joy.  Some of them will get sold next Spring.

Steps to Protect Your Moringa Trees

#1: If you get frost or freezing temps, bring the pot in the house by the sunniest window you have. They do not take frost or freezing temps.  In cold areas with nasty winters, keeping it in the house is one of the only options.  I know some folks who have a room in their house or basement where they raise sprouts and other winter veggies. I am growing Swiss Chard this winter in our back room.  I am also going to try a Comfrey plant as well. I use a special plant grow light to increase the lighting for the plants. Commercial grow lights work as well.

Pet Warning:  Your cats/dogs/rabbits will eat your tree down to the roots. Our trees are kept in our back room where the cats cannot access.

#2:   If you live in California or Florida where it does not freeze, move your potted seedlings where they won't get continually drenched with water. Give them protection from heavy winds as well. They need to dry out between watering. Here it rains several days in a row. They will get root rot.  If the tree is in the ground, try to add drainage ditches to divert water away from the tree roots.  Don't let it sit in water. Do not mulch them for that keeps the area around the tap root too wet.

If it is in the ground in an area that freezes, try building a supporting structure over and around it, then apply heavy duty 6 mil plastic around that structure. I would use two layers depending on the area and the cold.

#4: Your tree will probably lose its leaves if the temperature does not stay around 60 to 70 degrees. It may look dead but probably is not.  If the tap root is firm, it is fine. If the tap root feels mushy, that means root rot.

#5: Don't over water your Moringa tree or fertilize it while it is dormant and in the house.  It is easy to kill your trees and other houseplants with too much water.

#6:  If you can't put the tree in the house, put it in the garage or basement. Those two areas might be warm enough to keep the tree from freezing. It depends on the area.  You can wrap Christmas lights around the base of the tree to raise the temperature some. That has been done and it worked in some areas.  A heated greenhouse would work.

I hope this helps you to save your Moringa seedlings. If not, plant them for your spring and summer garden, letting them freeze when winter sets in.


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

Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Grow Moringa for your Cats/ Small Pet's Health

Hi Folks,

Our cats, now grown reading up on the latest news. They love Moringa and eat it right down to the ground.

Cats are apart of our lives. Whether they are just inside cats, like ours or live outdoors some of the day, they will benefit from Moringa leaves. That goes for pet rats, guinea pigs, rabbits, and all the little creatures.  Cats tend to be the picky eaters. If you mix anything with their canned food, they walk away.  So how do you get your picky cats to eat Moringa ?

You've heard of growing cat grass for your cats to eat, well Moringa is even more nutritious. It is full of vitamins, minerals, and all the nutrients that probably are missing from their commercial cat food. Just buy the seeds, then sprout them  in small individual containers. Wait until they get about a half foot with some leaves, then leave them in a place your cats can reach the plant. Don't put all of them out, just one at a time. Give them Moringa leaves once or twice a week.  You will the find the Moringa sprout seedling eaten to the ground. That is why none of my Moringa can be kept in the main part of the house. No matter how you try to protect them, you will find the top eaten off.  They think they are being sneaky, not knowing you left the plant out on purpose.

What about rodents like pet rats? just give them fresh Moringa sprouts or mix a dash of Moringa with some soft cheese or treat.  With rabbits, dip a piece of fruit without seeds into the Moringa powder then let them eat it. They love the fresh leaves as well.

Grow the sprouts in a warm room with sunlight.  Don't overwater them or they will get root rot. That occurs easily during the cold winter months. During the winter the plants will not grow very quickly or large, but in this case, you are giving the animals the fresh seedlings and young leaves.


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

Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Should You Trust the USDA Seal on Your Fresh Chicken You Eat Now? NEW Inspection Rules You Should Know About.

Our own free ranged chickens here in Tennessee.

This question comes from the article at this link on vaccinating chickens for bird flu. They are not being vaccinated right now at this point. The writer suggests we have nothing to worry about, that our chicken is inspected, so it's safe.  Really?

This is the writer's statement,"As someone who’s worked in agriculture around the globe, I think anything inspected by the Food Safety Inspection Service, a branch of the USDA, is good to eat—they inspect the poultry that go to stores.” That goes for caged hens or birds raised on a pasture, you name it. “You could raise it in your house on your backyard—however it gets to that weight and age, when you’re ready to eat that bird and sell it, in this country, it will go through an inspection process—it’s inspected by those USDA inspectors and they determine that it’s a healthful product for consumption. So as long as it’s an FSIS-inspected product, I’m good. Look for the USDA seal.”

Should you completely trust that USDA seal on fresh chicken?  You might be interested in some facts about new inspection proceedures on chicken. 

Recalls on chicken products this year only below:

If our chicken is so safe, then why the recalls, (examples below this year):

More than 500,000 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed, and breaded chicken that appear “ready to eat” from Aspen Foods are being recalled due to fears over Salmonella Enteritidis contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced late last week (Oct. 2)."

"This recall is an extension of one that occurred earlier this summer. In July, Aspen Foods had to recall 1,978,680 pounds of chicken due to Salmonella contamination concerns. Five people were confirmed sickened due to the Aspen Foods products. "
Another recall here, "This comes on the heels of a separate massive chicken recall from Barber Food this week totaling 1.7 million frozen, raw stuffed chicken products that may be contaminated with Salmonella.
What is wrong that inspections don't catch these problems?  New inspection rules!
Read the full article will make you sick.
Plant employees are now allowed to inspect whether the chickens are safe to eat not USDA inspectors. 
Do you see a problem with employees hired by the company now inspecting the chickens?  
Isn't there a conflict of interest problem in this new rule?
Sept. 6th, 2014 article on inspection changes ordered by the Obama administration to speed up production.
In one of the most far reaching changes in U.S. meat inspection history, federal regulators this fall will allow poultry plant employees — instead of USDA inspectors — to help determine whether chicken is contaminated or safe to eat, a move critics fear could spread to beef and pork processing plants.
Indeed, a severe shortage of federal inspectors in slaughterhouses is so widespread that critics and some inspectors claim some meat in supermarkets stamped as “USDA inspected” may never have been inspected at all.
The new system is not working on many levels with overloaded inspectors and employee hires not doing their job.  

"Indeed, Dayna Coonce, a 30-year USDA poultry inspector in Missouri, is so concerned about the new rule she said: “I’m telling my friends to quit eating chicken after it goes into effect.”

"Most meat inspectors understand that rule changes, such as the one for poultry plants, are often aimed at saving the industry money as much as at protecting consumer safety, said Carol Tucker-Foreman, a food safety advocate who ran the inspection agency under the Carter Administration."

Chicken being imported from China.  No problem right?

"But this summer, an undercover investigation by Chinese journalists found that one of those Chinese-inspected plants — American-owned Shanghai Husi Food Co. Ltd. — had been forging production dates and selling long-expired beef and chicken to McDonald’s, KFC and other restaurants overseas."

This is why folks, I raise my own chickens and eggs.   This is why if we buy chicken, we buy a higher quality brand, not the cheapest brand sold. We buy from Sam's club if we have to. There is no assurance of quality if you buy big farm raised meat and eggs.   Most of you cannot raise your own chicken but you need to be aware the USDA seal on chicken may not mean much with the problems today. Recalls prove it.  

If possible buy chicken from a local farm. There are a few small farms that do sell chicken locally.  Do not buy the cheapest chicken. Smell it......really look at what you are buying before you take it home.  Cook it well. If it doesn't taste right...throw it out.   We learned the lesson when our big dog would not touch cooked chicken from a certain well known store.  That is a bad sign.  He would not touch the hamburger either from that same store.  We stopped buying meat, any meat, from that store.  Instead we ate more veggies, more salads, and ate less meat period.  The meat we did buy was either locally raised, our own meat, or purchased from a higher quality source.  

All for this week.  Please visit my store here for exception Moringa products, herbs, and supplements.

Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Need More Energy? Need to Boost Your Immune System? Want More Vitality? Moringa to the Rescue

Are you tired right now?  Need More Energy?

Flu season is just around the corner. .get prepared.

Have you been sick and can't seem to get back on your feet? 

Are you suffering from a wasting disease such as HIV or cancer? 

In today's stress filled lifestyle, people are tired. They work too many hours on not enough sleep. The worries of bills and problems make you feel drained and tired. Part of the problem is mental and the rest is physical.  How can you feel better? How can you improve your energy level? How can you boost your immune function for the winter coming soon?

This is my recent experience using Moringa to boost my immune function.

About two weeks ago, we took a day trip up to Kentucky, to meet a relative of my husbands. We started out very early and got home at midnight that night.  We then had to make sure the chickens got locked up, so it was 1 PM before we got to bed. Even though it was interesting, it was an exceptionally long driving trip.  Our car is older and really uncomfortable so my back was out as well. 

The next day, I woke up with a headache, severe fatigue and upset stomach.  We had eaten up there at a place which I had my doubts about.  For three days I could not seem to revive from the fatigue and just felt ill.  I upped my Vitamin C and took goldenseal in case it was mild food poisoning. I could not seem to shake the severe fatigue and headache. I rarely get headaches. 

Finally I decided to take some massive doses of Moringa to see if that would help. I took 6 caps three times that day.  I was better by the next morning. I continued the heavy dose of Moringa until I felt normal again several days later.  I have felt so much better, I have kept taking the higher dose of Moringa. Sometimes when your body is down for whatever reason, you have to increase your dose of herbs and Moringa significantly.  It is a food so it is not like taking an antibiotic that should never be increased without a doctor's supervision. 

Moringa is full of protein, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, iron, trace minerals...all the important elements of nutrition that your body needs to be healthy and have more energy. The nutrients in Moringa are easy for the body to use to boost different body functions. 

Remember folks, Moringa is a food first. It is not an herb, as many people want to call it. Its leaves come from a tree and are eaten primarily as food. It can be eaten everyday, not just for a certain amount of time as an herb. Many foods such as carrots also have properties in them that improve health. Certain green foods such as broccoli, have properties that help in the prevention of cancer and other diseases.  They all are first a food. Hippocrates said," let food be your medicine." In the bible, the leaves of the trees are to be used as medicine and food.

If you are taking an herbal program that does not seem to be helping, it may be that you are not taking a large enough dose to secure an effect. 

The problem could also be not taking the herbs often enough during the day.   This is individual so there is no cut and dry recipe for increasing the dose.  If it had been severe allergies, I would have increased my dose of Vitamin C from 1000 mg a day to three thousand.  If it were the flu, I would have increased my dosage of goldenseal to two to three caps, three times a day. 

The severity of the illness and your response are two factors that dictate the program. The more severe, the more you take and the more frequently you take the product. 

Your sensitivity to products comes into play as well. If you are giving it to children, you use smaller doses. You monitor the individual for allergic sensitivities to the product. If you are extremely sensitive to foods and herbs, you increase more slowly. 

You need to have an effective working immune system to get well.   

Moringa is exceptional, effective dense nutrition. When you take it, the nutrients in Moringa are absorbed and utilized, supporting weak tissues and systems with vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, Vitamin C and other nutrients. Your immune system needs a boost with winter coming and flu season just around the corner. If your immune system is strengthened you will not come down with the flu or if you do, your sick days will be less than others. 

Your system may be down because of fatigue, overwork, stress, age, or some kind of virus or bacteria. Perhaps you are suffering from cancer or a severe weakening disease such as HIV or chemotherapy, but it all these cases, it is weakened.  Your immune, adrenal, and endocrine systems are weak and not working effectively to either prevent disease or to get you back on your feet. 

So in all these cases, you need to strengthen your body systems that are working to repair themselves. If you have no appetite, that makes it harder.  I did not feel like eating, so the Moringa caps worked well. Often, I add Moringa powder to foods such as yogurt or a smoothie. 

So Moringa is extremely valuable to build up your body that is weak. Research shows that is has properties that work as a natural antibiotic by building up immune function, as well as other systems important to energy production such as the adrenal and endocrine system.

Rest, improving nutrition, and getting more sleep is also needed for the body to repair itself physically and mentally.  In my case, my back was out so a visit to my chiropractor helped. You need to add more activities that give you joy, peace, and that relieve your stress and mental exhaustion. It may take great effort to raise yourself up from severe fatigue. It has to be done, if you are going to repair and heal your body. 

All for now, Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin 


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

Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin

Monday, September 7, 2015

Research Proof; Moringa Beneficial To Heart and High Blood Pressure

Readers want to know if Moringa can improve blood pressure.  When researching the subject, you will find at least  4 research studies with rats that do show it lowers blood pressure. It is also used in Ayurvedic medicine to do so.  There are not double blind studies with humans on Moringa and blood pressure. However, it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for  many years for that purpose and other medical problems. Science has not put the money into double blind human research studies to verify what India doctors use and know works. Doctors in India don't need the studies for they know and see the results in their patients health. They know herbs and Moringa work, so to them, it is not important. Herbs and Moringa are part of their medicine, their healing protocols. .

Why would Moringa work to improve high blood pressure?

Often in high blood pressure and heart problems, there are deficiencies of calcium, magnesium, and other trace minerals. There are also problems with the body's utilization of calcium and magnesium through supplements especially tablets. You need a lot of hydrochloric acid to break down tablets in the stomach. As you get older, it becomes harder to utilize supplements.  The Calcium, Magnesium, and other minerals in Moringa leaves are easy to digest and easily utilized by the body. 

Moringa also contains two  'hypotensive carbamate glycosides' which have the effect of lowering blood pressure. Research also shows it is beneficial to improve cholesterol readings.  

Moringa's ability to improve blood pressure would be dependent on why your blood pressure is abnormal, whether you have mineral imbalances, and how sensitive you are to the Moringa.  You must also take enough to be effective and take it for a long enough time period to give it time to work. No magic wands just time.

There is no clear information on how much or how long it takes to achieve results. Most herbal programs take weeks or months.  You would need to have a doctor's supervision to make sure it was working and to make sure you do not get problems if using prescription medications too. Combining herbs, some foods, and Moringa can make a difference in how your medicine works and how it effects your blood pressure. It is extremely important to be monitored while working to lower your blood pressure.

You still need to change the lifestyle factors such as obesity, bad diet, stress, and lack of exercise to be healthy.  I don't believe that Moringa or herbs should be used without changing the negative lifestyle factors that were responsible for undermining your health.   Herbs were meant to be used as a tool to improve health, to prevent disease but not the only tool.  All of our thoughts, attitudes, habits, and diet are a circle that either creates health or disease.  Only you can change the course for your health. You have to make the decision on a daily basis to either improve your health or destroy your health. Which will it be for you?   

My recent blogs show why you should not need to resort to drugs with fatal side effects. Drugs prescribed for one health problem, that create several more health problems that are even more serious.  Between lifestyle changes and herbal support, the majority of people should be able to lower their blood pressure naturally.  Even with genetically high blood pressure, the natural approach is worth trying first. Drugs are always there if natural programs do not work.


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