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.

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.


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


Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin






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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.


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


Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin


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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 here...it 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




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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 




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


Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin





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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.

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


Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Herbs Beneficial to Heart Health and Controlling Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is not due to a deficiency of lopressor or any other medication. 

So drugs should be your last choice in therapy, not the first choice. 

Your first steps should be to change the lifestyle factors that led to your high blood pressure.

Why drugs are not the best answer to any problem. Side Effects, Side Effects, and More Side Effects including death..


The main drugs to lower blood pressure are  beta blockers including Acebutolol, Atenolol, Zebeta, Coreg, Brevibloc, Lopressor, Levatol and Inderal to name just a few.  There are 77 million Lisinopril prescriptions filled each year. Guess how much money you are making for the company who manufactures Lisinopril. It is in the billions. This is for a health problem that could be for the most part avoided with changes in lifestyle. There are only a small percentage of people who have genetic high blood pressure. Drugs should be reserved for those cases that do not respond to lifestyle changes such as genetic high blood pressure.

Below are the side effects associated with those drugs: impotence is common among men taking blood pressure medications.  They list it under less serious side effects. I guess that depends on who is stating this. To most men and their partner, impotence is a serious issue. Sleep problems can affect your job and life. Most of the side effects below could impact driving, jobs, relationships, and your way of life.

"Acebutolol can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert."
From Lopressor

"Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: certain types of heart rhythm problems (such as a slow heartbeat, sick sinus syndrome, second- or third-degree atrioventricular block), breathing problems (such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema), liver disease, serious allergic reactions, including those needing treatment with epinephrine, blood circulation problems (such as Raynaud's disease, peripheral..."


  • slow or uneven heartbeats;
  • feeling light-headed, fainting;
  • feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion;
  • swelling of your ankles or feet;
  • nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • depression; or
  • cold feeling in your hands and feet.
Less serious side effects may include:
  • decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • tired feeling; or
  • anxiety, nervousness.
So high blood pressure medicine comes with the high cost of side effects that impact your life in many ways.  There are alternatives to drugs.  High blood pressure is not the result of a deficiency of drugs.  Drugs only treat the symptom, not the main cause. 

Program to lower blood pressure naturally

Lose excess weight, especially weight in the stomach which is hard on the heart. 

Stop Smoking and reduce alcohol intake if excessive.

Add omega 3 fatty acids to your diet. Krill oil is an excellent supplement but make sure it has been tested for PCb's and heavy metals. 

Decrease or eliminate caffeine which does increase blood pressure. 

Add Vitamin D to your diet.

Add Co Enzyme 10 for heart health.

Add calcium and magnesium to your diet. High blood pressure can be a result of these mineral deficiencies.

Consume fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kefir, gouda and edam cheeses, and yogurt which helps the gut to work more effectively.

Use real butter, raw nuts, olive oil, and olives in your diet for adding high quality fats to your diet.

Lower your carbs in your diet.  Eat organic meat if you eat meat.  

Lower your stress level is extremely important.  Find an outlet for your frustration and do it. 


Exercise:  Walking 40 minutes a day, 4 times a week : Resistance exercise,  12 min a day of handgrip exercises: all have been proven to lower blood pressure.


Meditation:  20 min twice a day helps lower your blood pressure readings.

http://www.gaplesinstitute.org/new-science-to-help-lower-your-blood-pressure-naturally/


Herbs that are beneficial for high blood pressure. 

I have included research clips with the original research links
for you to read. There is research to back the use of herbs and they are used by doctors in various countries with success and few side effects.  

Hawthorn Berries: 

Hawthorne is used in traditional Chinese medicine for heart health and blood pressure. This herb is used today in those countries to keep the heart and blood pressure healthy. 

Research Paper in full here
Clip below from above research paper on herbs for high blood pressure,"


"Crataegus pinnatifida(Family: Rosaceae; Common name: Chinese Hawthorn). It has been used in China as a decoction for treatment of HTN for thousands of years. Pharmacological and clinical trials have shown that it lowers BP. 

The two main substances that contribute to hawthorn's beneficial effects on heart are flavonoids and oligomeric procyanidins, which are potent antioxidant agents. Rhynchophylline, an alkaloid in cat's claw, has demonstrated an ability to inhibit platelet aggregation and thrombosis, which suggests that it may be useful in preventing strokes and reducing the risk of heart attack by lowering BP, increasing circulation, and inhibiting both the formation of plaque on arterial walls and formation of blood clots in the brain, heart, and arteries.[] In experiments with anesthetized rabbits, intravenous administration of the extract preparation lowered the BP for up to 3 hours.[

Grataegic acid was identified as the hypotensive principle. Mechanisms of action of Crataegus postulated to date reveal a remedy with potentially broad-based influence on the cardiovascular system. These effects include a hypotensive activity through vasorelaxation resulting from nitrous oxide stimulation,[] significant antioxidant activity, and a tonic action on cardiac myocytes."




Cats Claw:  Another herb used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat hypertension.   It is used to reduce inflammation as well. It is taken by caps or tea. 
"(Family: Rubiaceae; Common name: Cat's Claw herb). In traditional oriental medicine, U. rhynchophylla has been used to lower BP and to relieve various neurological symptoms. 
The hypotensive activity has been attributed to an indole alkaloid called hirsutine, which has been found to act at the Ca2+ channels.[] The effects of hirsutine on cytosolic Ca2+ level ([Ca2+]cyt) were studied by using fura-2- Ca2+ fluorescence in smooth muscle of the isolated rat aorta. Noradrenaline and high K+ solution produced a sustained increase in [Ca2+ ]cyt. Application of hirsutine after the increases in [Ca2+ ]cyt induced by noradrenaline and high K+ notably decreased [Ca2+ ]cyt, suggesting that hirsutine inhibits Ca2+ influx mainly through a voltage-dependent Ca2+ channel. Furthermore, the effect of hirsutine on intracellular Ca2+store was studied by using contractile responses to caffeine under the Ca2+ -free nutrient condition in the rat aorta. When hirsutine was added at 30 μM before caffeine treatment, the agent slightly but significantly reduced the caffeine-induced contraction. When added during Ca2+ loading, hirsutine definitely augmented the contractile response to caffeine. These results suggest that hirsutine inhibits Ca2+ release from the Ca2+store and increases Ca2+ uptake into the Ca2+ store, leading to a reduction of intracellular Ca2+ level. It is concluded that hirsutine reduces intracellular Ca2+ level through its effect on the Ca2+ store as well as through its effect on the voltage-dependent Ca2+ channel.[]
A methanol extract of the hooks of an Uncaria species was found to have a potent and long-lasting hypotensive effect in rats and the activity was different from that of U. rhynchophylla and its analogue. Further studies of the extract resulted in the isolation of 3-indole alkaloid, glycoside, cadambine, dihydrocadambine, and isodihydrocadambine. The latter two were found to be the hypotensive principles, whereas cadambine was inactive.[]"


Hibiscus Tea:  Studies have shown that hibiscus tea reduces blood pressure.  It tastes good as well.  Green tea is also beneficial for reducing your blood pressure readings.  

Research Paper in full here
Clip below from above research paper.
"(Family: Malvaceae; Common name: Roselle). This happens to be one of the most extensively studied plants for antihypertensive properties. The leaves, calyx, and corolla of this plant are used traditionally in many West African countries for various medicinal purposes and as edibles. 
The antihypertensive effect of this plant extract has been variously studied. One study reported the antihypertensive effect of calyx of HS.[] A similar result was independently produced in Lagos, Nigeria by Adegunloye et al.[] An intravenous administration of 20 mg/kg of a water extract of dry HS calyx produced a fall in the BP of experimentally induced hypertensive rats. The antihypertensive effects of the crude extract of the HS have been attributed to mediation through acetylcholine and histamine like dependent mechanism through direct vasorelaxant effects.[] Earlier report showed that the petal crude extract of same plant had a direct relaxant effect on the aortic smooth muscle of rats.[] The chronic administration of aqueous extract of HS has been reported to reverse cardiac hypertrophy in renovascular hypertensive rats.[]

Clinical trials of the plant extract in human being have shown reliable evidence of antihypertensive effects. A standardized dose of HS (9.6 mg per day) given to 39 patients and captopril, 50 mg per day, given to the same number of patients did not show significant difference relative to hypotensive effects, antihypertensive effectiveness and tolerability.[]"
These are just three herbs of many that are beneficial for high blood pressure. Garlic, basil, cinnamon are others to investigate through the links below. 

Read the original research links below to read about more herbs that benefit the reduction of high blood pressure. 

 


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Love Cucumbers? Tainted Ones May Be In Your Salad Right Now? Tainted food coming to you at your local market!

I talk to people all the time on the problems with our food, no matter where it comes from. Now that California cannot grow its crops because of water restrictions, more food is now being imported from countries such as Mexico.  India and China are not the only countries that export tainted foods. Add Mexico to the list as well.  Just  because we are neighbors, does not mean their imported food is safe to eat. Remember the majority of the foods that are imported are not tested nor checked by the FDA. They do not have the time, nor the inspectors to test all of the billions of pounds of produce, meat, and fish that comes through the import process. Only a small percentage of food is tested, the rest just gets a nod and goes on through straight through to the company that sells it. This is the truth. Research it for yourself.  You want to think your food is tested because it makes you feel better when you eat your salad. 

This week's recall is cucumbers from Mexico.

Tainted Cucumbers making people sick this week.  RECALL ordered.

The California company who imported the cucumbers from Mexico is now dealing with a recall of the cucumbers due to salmonella.  One person is dead and 285 others are sick in 27 different U.S. states.  Here is the excerpt from the article here below:

"The company, Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce, said it is recalling all cucumbers sold under the Limited Edition brand label from Aug. 1 through Thursday.
The cucumbers were produced in Baja California, Mexico, and distributed in at least 22 U.S. states, the company said in a statement."
Worry about Moringa but Worry MORE about the other foods you are eating!

More and more produce is coming from foreign countries whose standards are crude with no real way to properly wash their produce. When bathrooms are not readily available in those countries, where do they go? In the fields.  Where do they wash their hands? They don't because there is no way to wash their hands.   These same workers prepare the veggies for shipment to the U.S. company who sells it.  He does not test the shipments of veggies. Inspectors come once a year to make sure his company is adhering to proper procedures. The majority of the year, it is up to the integrity of the owner of that company to do proper safety steps on the veggies they sell. Testing may happen here and there but not on a regular basis.   If he tested every shipment,  you would be paying 5 bucks or more for each head of lettuce.  Testing does not always catch the problem. Testing involves samples taken from a large shipment. The tested samples may prove negative, because only part of the shipment is tainted. 

You write me all the time about Moringa but you don't realize the food you eat from your friendly supermarket is much more dangerous.  You question Moringa, which you should, but you don't question enough the other foods you eat on a regular basis. You eat more salads generally than Moringa.  You eat more antibiotic infused meat and eggs than Moringa. There is pesticide residue in everything. You eat pork that is raised in horrible conditions but you don't think about it.  

You need to start realizing Moringa is important, but all the rest of your diet is much more of a problem.  Modern big farm meat and produce is slowly poisoning us, with antibiotics and pesticide residue.  Those chemicals end up as toxins in the tissues and organs of the body. They cause all sorts of health problems and eventually disease.  It is a huge problem for people living in big cities who have few food choices on where they buy their food.  If you are poor, you cannot afford organic. You may not live near a farmer's market or may work hours that don't allow you to shop them.  It is the elephant in the room, that people don't want to talk about.   

What Can You Do?

Buy Locally when possible at a Farmer's Market.

Buy US grown when possible.  Look at the tags on the produce or ask the produce manager about the origin of the veggie or fruit.

Wash well any fruit or veggies, even it it says they are prewashed. Don't count on that being done properly or safely.

Buy organic if you can, it is worth it despite some of the articles.  Wash them well.

Grow your own veggies if possible in pots or in the ground. There are veggies that are meant to be grown in small plots or in pots. They were developed to take up less room including cucumbers and Take part in a community garden if there is one near you.  It is worth the time to do so.  If you don't have time, enroll your kids in a community project.  It will get them away from their phones.    

This is all for today. Have a great Labor Day Weekend! Kate Freer


NOTICE:

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

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Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin





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Thursday, September 3, 2015

The First Eggs Arrived Today......Finally! 10 Reasons to Raise Your Own Chickens?

Chickens love comfrey so it has to be protected from the Chickens.

Our chicken yard and pasture!
Comfrey on the right growing in a protected area of the yard.

Hi Folks, today is a blessing in many ways. Our first eggs laid in the nesting boxes!

It may be hard for some of you to appreciate today's blog, if you have never raised your own chickens. To some of you who have never tasted a real pasture raised egg, it is orange with amazing flavor. It is so fun and exciting to find your first eggs. You go through all the trouble of getting them raised and finally your reward....eggs.  It is about the quality of your food.  Learn why you should raise your own chickens and eggs in today's blog.

Chickens Free-Ranging on fertile pasture.



Chicken Project and its rewards
It was one of our goals to raise our own organic chickens and eggs here in Tennessee. 

This property came with 4 huge old sheds with some flat pasture. I knew from day one what I wanted to do with the whole area and the 4 side by side 12 ft high farm sheds. 


We built the chickens a huge indoor structure to lock them up at night in the first shed, leading out to a covered and protected middle area, then into an adjoining hard wired outdoor yard. The floor is concrete so nothing can dig its way in. We were blessed that we had these wonderful farm sheds to work with. Since they were 12 feet high, all the areas up to the roof had to be lined with wire.

We then fenced-in a pastured area surrounding the sheds and chicken yard where they are locked in at night rich with quality weeds, clover, and grass.  The pasture area has access to the three other side by side sheds for shelter if it's hot, raining or snowy outside. 

The 3 sheds are fenced in the back so the chickens can't get out of the sheds and predators can't get in.There is water in each shed in case the hawks are hanging out. The first 5 feet at the top of the sheds have tarps hanging down so the hawks cannot swoop into the sheds after them.  We spent a lot of time and money to make it so they could live in as much safety and freedom as possible.

You have to make chicken coops with hardwire  not chicken wire. Chicken wire keeps chickens in but does not keep predators out. You must make the coop where you lock them up at night, out of wood where raccoon hands cannot reach through and tear off their heads. Raccoons leave your chickens torn apart in pieces...it is horrible. You must think like a predator who can jump 6 foot fences, climb, and open latches if too simple.

Two batches of chickens later and 5 months of feed, we have our first two eggs. The eggs were even laid in the nesting boxes we built, which is not always the case.  This week the younger chickens were integrated with the older ones which is filled with worry. It went very well and now all have complete freedom to go inside or outside their enclosure. They get to eat all the grass, weeds, and bugs they want.  Organic, healthy eggs and chickens. I didn't lose one from the beginning which was great.


Why go to all that trouble? Buying them at the store is simple. 

Here are 10 good reasons why you should raise your own chickens and eggs. Why Free-Ranging them on pasture is the difference.

#1:  You know your eggs come from healthy chickens. 'Big Farm' eggs come from chickens housed in tiny cages unable to move much. Often there are dead and ill chickens in the same cage. 

Even the commercial eggs labeled free-range are not really given much pasture. That term really misrepresents how they are raised in reality. There are many thousands of chickens in each area given a small area outside. Most chickens never see the outside or pasture.  

#2: You know your chickens were fed greens, bugs, and that makes the yolks naturally more orange colored with more flavor. The taste difference between greens fed chickens and Big Farm chickens is amazing.  You won't eat store bought eggs once you have tasted farm pasture raised chickens.

#3-10: Three Different Studies confirm that Free-Range chicken eggs contain more nutrition, less fat, less cholesterol than 'Big Farm' raised chickens. It is what you feed them that makes this difference. They must have access to pasture most of the day to get these results. Chickens raised in cages eating standard chicken feed will not give these results.

Study Results Below: (see references at end of article)

"A 1999 study by Barb Gorski at Pennsylvania State University found that eggs from pastured birds had 10 percent less fat, 34 percent less cholesterol, 40 percent more vitamin A, and four times the omega-3s compared to the standard USDA data. Her study also tested pastured chicken meat, and found it to have 21 percent less fat, 30 percent less saturated fat and 50 percent more vitamin A than the USDA standard."

"• In 2003, Heather Karsten at Pennsylvania State University compared eggs from two groups of Hy-Line variety hens, with one kept in standard crowded factory farm conditions and the other on mixed grass and legume pasture. The eggs had similar levels of fat and cholesterol, but the pastured eggs had three times more omega-3s, 220 percent more vitamin E and 62 percent more vitamin A than eggs from caged hens."

"• The 2005 study MOTHER EARTH NEWS conducted of four heritage-breed pastured flocks in Kansas found that pastured eggs had roughly half the cholesterol, 50 percent more vitamin E, and three times more beta carotene."


"Our testing has found that, compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs, eggs from hens raised on pasture may contain:

• 1/3 less cholesterol• 1/4 less saturated fat• 2/3 more vitamin A• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
• 3 times more vitamin E• 7 times more beta carotene"



In an emergency, you always have eggs available to eat and chickens if needed.


Chickens are great company and very soothing to the spirit. They are worth their weight in gold to soothe a tired and weary mind and body.

Chickens eats fleas, ticks, bugs of all sorts which help keep the yard pest free.

Chickens eat left overs like tomato and lettuce trimmings.  Less waste.

Even in many cities now, regulations allow you to have several chickens but no rooster.  Call to find out about the regulations in your area. No matter where you live, you must protect them from predators, even stray house cats.

All for today. Kate Freer, the herbladyisin

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