Friday, June 22, 2012

Cooking with Moringa Pods

A reader this morning asked me how to use the Moringa Pods in cooking.  Here is some general information on how to use the seed pods:

Green Pods:

The young green pods can be prepared as you do green beans.  They taste similar to Asparagus. You can cook them this way when they emerge from the flower until they become tough to snap easily.

The young seeds  ( and the soft pulp) are scraped out with a spoon. The seeds and pulp need to be washed well to remove the bitter film that coats them.  The seeds at this young stage of growth look like large peas. They are then put into water and brought to a boil. Continue cooking until the seeds are soft. Season them and serve hot.

You can cut the pods in one inch pieces, adding butter, onions, and salt. Boil until tender.

Steam the pods, no seasoning, then marinade in a mix of oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic, and parsley.

Make soup by boiling the cut pods with lots of onion until tender. Milk is then added. This mixture is allowed to thicken, like you would do to make asparagus soup.  Then add your favorite seasonings.

Make Moringa Split pea soup with the young green seeds.

Older Pods:   The seeds will look brown now. They are fried on top of the stove until crisp. They will have a peanut like flavor.

OK Readers...Your Turn...Share with us your Cooking Tips on how you use the pods and flowers  

I am asking my readers to submit their best ways to cook the pods and flowers. Your recipe will be printed in this blog with your name as credit.  Also give us an idea of how Moringa helps your health.  
Submit your favorite way to cook with Moringa seeds, flowers, and leaves to

You can also leave comments on this article below with your cooking ideas!

I will give your name as a resource for the recepies.  

Thanks Again in Advance for your submissions!

Kate Freer, the herbladyisin 

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Breaking News: We Win Major Concession on New Supplement Guidance

I am reprinting this breaking news so that you can go to the links in the article to read more. ...this is great news for the time being.  Please share this post with anyone who buys vitamins and supplements.......Kate Freer

June 20, 2012
herbal_supplementsFDA reverses itself– for now.

We have pointed out for months that the FDA’s NDI (new supplement) guidance threatens our access to supplements and indeed could destroy the industry, leaving drugs with a total monopoly.

After adamantly digging in its heals and refusing to reconsider, FDA has now at last agreed that the draft NDI guidance requires substantial revision. This follows a meeting between FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg and Mike Taylor, Deputy Commissioner of Foods, with Senators Harkin and Hatch, longtime champions of natural health.

According to our sources, the FDA stated in the meeting that the guidance would be revised to account for the numerous comments and concerns, and released in draft form once again, which will then be open for public comment. This is exactly what we asked for!

The FDA’s decision is a dramatic reversal of the position taken in an earlier meeting with the Senators’ representatives, in which they adamantly refused this very same request. While we may never know how or why the FDA changed their position, it is very likely that they were responding to our sustained public messages opposing the current NDI draft guidance.

ANH-USA has also been working closely with the Appropriations Committee that controls the FDA’s purse strings. We recently helped secure report language in the Appropriations Committee censuring the FDA for prematurely enforcing the NDI draft guidance while supposedly still in draft. The report goes on to further state: “The Committee urges FDA to withdraw the July 2011 NDI draft guidance and re-engage the dietary supplement community to develop a new guidance on what constitutes NDI.” This appears to be another reason the FDA is finally listening.

While the FDA has not yet agreed to a specific timeline for revising the guidance, nor indicated what exactly will be revised, they did commit to collaborating with the dietary supplement industry to create a list of agreed-upon “grandfathered” dietary ingredients (ie. supplements).

 A “grandfathered” dietary ingredient is an ingredient marketed before 1994 and therefore not considered an NDI (new). Grandfathered dietary ingredients are therefore not subject to the NDI guidance. Currently, there is no authoritative list of “grandfathered” dietary ingredients, leaving the legal status of many dietary supplements in limbo.

Although an authoritative list of “grandfathered” dietary ingredients could be useful to the supplement industry, we fear that the FDA will use this as an opportunity to knock out supplements that were indeed on the market before 1994 but may not meet the FDA’s idea of proof. This is precisely what happened to pyridoxamine, one of only three natural and bioavailable forms of vitamin B6. Although we know that pyridoxamine was on the market before 1994, the FDA determined that there was not enough of the right kind of evidence to conclusively prove so, and removed the ingredient from the market.

ANH-USA will participate in this process to try to ensure that the list of “grandfathered” dietary ingredients is inclusive in order to maintain your access to as many supplements as possible. We will also try to prevent the FDA from using the list as an excuse to delay indefinitely their promise to revise the draft guidance.
Our readers have sent hundreds of thousands of messages to the FDA regarding the NDI draft guidance issue. We have just won an important preliminary victory and it wouldn’t have happened without you! Now on to the next phase of the struggle. If we are patient and persistent, we will win.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Calcium- Moringa Leaves versus American Foods

Calcium is one of the most important minerals needed by our body. Calcium with magnesium is needed to build bones, muscles, tendons, and nerves. Nerve health is really important considering all the factors in life right now, that rips up our nervous system. 

Calcium is involved in many different body processes including the maintenance of healthy blood pressure, healthy weight, helps prevent cardiovascular disease, and colon cancer. 

There are many kinds of Calcium and they are not created equally.  The form of Calcium makes a huge difference in whether we absorb that Calcium that we intake. Some of the Calcium sources below are so hard for the body to break down and utilize, it is like throwing the Calcium down the toilet.

Calcium is best absorbed in a acidic environment. People who have insufficient stomach acid, who have compromised digestive function, or stomach problems should really be careful on the form of Calcium they take. 

Calcium Carbonate- This is basically chalk, like you write on a black board with. It takes a huge amount of stomach acid to break it down. Calcium carbonate is also found in rocks, sea shells, and pearls. It is alkaline based.

Eggshell Calcium- Made from eggshells as the name suggests. It also takes much stomach acid to utilize in the digestive tract. 

Calcium Citrate:  is an acidic form of calcium which does not take much stomach acid to break it down. You can take Calcium citrate at any time of the day. It is more easily absorbed by the body.

Calcium Hydroxyapatite is young bovine bone, and is processed without heat or chemicals to retain all bone minerals and organic residues completely intact and in their natural physiological ratios. It is the organic components of bone -- collagen, mucopolysaccarides, amino acids, etc. -- that contribute to the enhanced absorption of calcium into the bone.

Calcium Hydoxyapatite is the microcrystalline form of calcium and phosphorus in the exact ratio formed by the body. According to clinical trials, Hydoxyapatite Calcium is one of the most absorbable and effective forms of calcium for the prevention of bone loss. The surface of hydroxyapatite helps attract and hold in reserve the Potassium, Magnesium, Boron, Zinc, Silica, and Chromium that are also included in this powerful product. This calcium complex also contains proteoglycans, primarily chondroitin (chondroitin sulfate), gel-like substances that fill the bone matrix and transfer minerals in and out of bone tissue.

 Calcium in Milk and Dairy-  

Problems occur with milk and dairy with lactose intolerance, antibiotics, and hormones in the milk unless you drink organic milk. There are thousands of families who cannot afford organic milk in this economy.  I drink goat's milk which is the closest thing to breast milk and very digestible. 

Look at the foods below high in calcium, and the main people who eat a diet rich in these foods are either Asian or come from the south where they eat a lot of beans for meals.  They typical American does not eat much in the beans or the veggies listed below.  Oranges also contain  a lot of sugar as well.  Oranges are acid and often cause women bladder distress. Diabetics are another group where fruit and fruit juice is a problem. 

Calcium in Veggies:

 The highest veggies for Calcium is Bok choy, turnip greens, broccoli, okra, and an orange.

Cabbage/bok choy 1/2 cup190
Turnip greens 1/2 cup104
Broccoli 1/2 cup33
Okra 1/2 cup65
Orange 1/2 cup52
Orange juice fortified with calcium 1/2 cup165

Other foods high in Calcium include:  

Soy beans have their dark side for people with thyroid problems and hormone issues. Children may sexually mature earlier being given soy milk.  Fermented soy products are healthy.  

Did you know that most soy beans in the United States are GM modified products.  One good reason not to eat soy products here.

Calcium Rich Beans & Grains

White beans 3/4 cup120
Navy beans 3/4 cup94
Black Turtle beans 3/4 cup75
Chickpeas (Chhole) 3/4 cup58
Tofu 150g350
Soy bean curd slab 150g310
Cooked Soy bean 1 cup130
Instant oats, 1 pkt165

Calcium in Fish

Sardines in oil, tinned, 100 g500
Salmon, tinned, 100 g91
Fish paste, 35 g98

 Moringa as a wonderful source for usable Calcium:

Fresh Moringa leaves right off the tree contain:

 4 times the Calcium of milk,
 2 times  the protein of yogurt,
 3 times the Potassium of Bananas,
 7 times the Vitamin C in Oranges,
 4 times the Vitamin A in carrots, and
25 times more Iron than in Spinach,
antioxidants, amino acids, all of it.

Except for Vitamin C, dried Moringa leaves become  MORE nutritionally denser.


Gram for Gram Dried Moringa leaves contain:

17 times the Calcium of milk,
4 times the protein of yogurt,
25 times more iron than spinach,
15 times the potassium of Bananas, and
75% of the Vitamin C in oranges without the sugar and calories.

How Moringa is used in third world countries to boost the calcium intake for pregnant and nursing moms, and their underweight babies . 

Moringa leaves and powder are given to mothers in third world countries to help them nutritionally and to give their tiny babies nutrition.  The dense nutrition and Calcium helps save these starving mothers and their children. Moringa leaves are being used in projects to save lives.  Lives that are at risk because of poor nutrition.  

All for now.......Kate, the herbladyisin

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Monday, June 18, 2012

What's Eating My Moringa Seedlings?

Have you ever planted your Moringa seedlings, tiny ones, in a pot only to see them disappear.  Well here is one problem that you may not know to look for.  I brought these planters originally from California where we lived to Nevada.  When I planted the original trees, they were big and sturdy so no problems. They were also in a greenhouse.

Just recently, I took the dead trees out of the planters where they had frozen last winter. The soil has  live redworms, worm castings, and is really good soil. So I decided to replant in those same containers. Remember, I said that the original trees were big when they were transplanted into these 33 gallon trash cans.  Yes, I do mean 33 gal trash cans on wheels with huge saucers under them. I have 5 of these in the living room and three 20 gal containers as well. We have devoted our huge living room to Moringa trees and scented geraniums, and two Pau D'Arco trees. By the way red worms grow huge in the roots of the Moringa trees. Well I transplanted some little tiny seedlings into these large containers to see how it went. The next morning,  I went to show my husband what I had done, and two were missing all together, no sign of them. The others were fine.  I thought perhaps the cats had somehow gotten up there and helped out. This happened twice, and I couldn't figure it out.

What are Rolly Pollies or Pill bugs? You have seen them, just didn't know what they were.  They roll up into a ball when threatened.  They look harmless but..........

So this morning I took a spoon out and dug into the area where the sprout had been. Low and behold, a bunch of gray bugs called Rolly Pollies, came out.  I realized then, there was a hatching there of these gray bugs underneath the soil.  Rolly Pollies will eat the tender sprouts of veggie plants and Moringa as well. They leave the adult vines alone.  So I took an organic bug killer and sprayed the bug patch. I was careful to keep the spray off the rest of the seedlings.  As they tried to get away, I scooped them up and dumped them into a container of water.  I then put black pepper over the area where they had hatched.   I will leave it on for a couple of days then scoop out that dirt, replace it with new dirt, to get the eggs out.  I could not take the whole top layer out because of the other seedlings that were doing ok.  Moringa seedlings are very delicate and tender, so watch out for animals critters and these bugs.

In some areas it could be ants that eat your tree leaves.  Diatomaceous earth works well on them. DM Earth consists on fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. It cuts the ants internal organs and skin and they die. They cannot become resistant because it is not a chemical. It does not work like spray, it kills them slowly over several days. It works best when kept dry. You reapply once a week over a two foot area over and around the ant entrance.  It will not harm any animal, but does kill earthworms and bees.  Don't use over the flower part of the plant but at the root. If you have red worms as I do in my containers, you cannot use it there.  It is highly effective and comes in 50 pound sacks. The DM earth powder is heavy and does not blow off the ground much.  Coat the ant entrance heavily.

One  Solution:

plastic drink cup or toilet paper rolls work.

Scrape the mulch out of your pots. Rolly Pollies eat and lay their eggs in the mulch. My containers had contained mulch because of the cold last winter.  Scrape out the top layer of dirt if possible, where a lot of the bug eggs are.

Make sure the area around the stem and seed ball are free from insects before you start. When you plant the seedlings into the soil, take a plastic drink cup and cut out the  bottom,  plant the seedling, then plant the cup over it, pushing the bottom of the cup down into the ground around the little seedling's roots. Protect them like you would squash plants or other tender veggie plants.

Another solution, if you don't have worms in your soil, is to dump the old soil, start with new potting soil. The rolly poly bugs are in the top part of the soil. 

There are many chemicals to kill the bugs but I don't like chemicals.  Even the organic bug sprays will burn tender new seedlings.  The new seedlings in the picture above are doing fine so far.  I used toilet rolls instead of plastic cups.   I water inside of the rolls as well. The water goes right down into the roots.

My trees are growing slower because they do not have their right climate. I keep yogurt containers filled with water next to the trees to add some humidity. I also spray them. If I could put them out in the sun, they would be three times this big.

Why don't I do that? 

We have 60 mile winds today. It is tearing everything up outside. The locals say the winds are much more severe than they have ever seen. Climate Change? We have had 40 miles winds off and on for days. The wind is destructive to everything, turning leaves black like they are burnt. Everything planted on this property must have a natural or created wind break.  The Moringa could not survive the wind here. We will get a greenhouse built this fall, and then that will make a huge difference. Until then, they must be kept in the house. I took the water out to take the picture and check for rolly pollies.   I will check this pot often for awhile.  There are still live red worms in this huge container.

In the windbreaks we have created, we do have tomatoes, peppers, and squash that are surviving the wind. Again, you must create windbreaks.  Some would say, why work this hard.  I like my own fresh veggies. I love my Moringa trees...they are a passion, even if I must keep them in the house.  I believe God brought us here so it must be to show me how to grow here despite the wind.

God Bless you All!

Kate Freer, The Herbladyisin

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Bunnies and Livestock Love Fresh Moringa Leaves

Hi Friends,

This blog was reposted from an earlier date.  We live in Stagecoach, Nevada now where there still is not grass. I grow kale, swiss chard, comfrey and Moringa to give them vital nutrients not found in their regular pellet food. They also get fresh hay as well. Our water bill now is 50 bucks for 25,000 gallons of water. That is really important when you leave the water on all night by mistake. Our rent for this big house on over an acre is only $600.00 per month...and that is quite a good deal!  So there are places to live that are great for retires.  We have a million dollar view from our back yard of the mountains without a million dollar price tag. We have great neighbors on every side with lots of breathing room in between.  It is still tough to grow things, but I am learning how. We will build a green house this fall before winter.  Overall, it is a good place to put down roots and grow what I love.

Original Post from when we lived in Mina, Nevada.

We went down to San Diego for a combination birthday, anniversary, his fathers birthday, and more. We had a great time with too much to do in too little time. I love San Diego but the traffic and frantic pace was stressful. It has been a few days since my last blog for that reason. I had no computer access or time while visiting down there. I must say I don't miss much of San Diego except for the family we have there. Even though its greener, the water cost and restrictions make it almost impossible to grow much. We have a water bill of $39.00 for over 2000 gallons of water. There is would be $100 bucks or more. We would also have the water police on our back.  So there are advantages to living in the middle of the Nevada desert. Even our electric bill including the use of several fans and a swamp cooler is only $80.00 bucks. That is not bad. The nights are cool here not hot as in Imperial Valley, Ca or much of Arizona. We have few rules here so I can have chickens and a goat in town. We stop in the middle of town to chat....the few cars that pass just go around you. We have not seen a dog pound truck yet. Life is simple but so is the stress. Our rent here averages $400 a month, so what does yours cost you. Its a nice place to retire and have some peace. This is some of the reason why we are here in this tiny little town of wonderful people. One of the things on the list to do in San Diego, is add to our family here. In our plan to be self-sufficient is to raise rabbits, chickens, and a milk goat or two. Rabbits ended up the first livestock to add to our homestead here.

I have fallen in love with angora rabbits. I have had rabbits in the past but not Angora rabbits. I raised Lops and New Zealand before. These new ones are young but not little babies. I have not raised rabbits for a few years so felt I should refresh my memory and information. They now stress to feed them dried grass, fresh veggies, and a more nature-based diet, not just pellets.

Since there is no grass in Mina being the desert, I decided to try the bunnies on Moringa leaves. Its heavy in nutrition and I have lots of leaves to share with them. Sure enough they munched them right down. I still give them carrots and hay but the rest is comfrey and Moringa leaves. This does save money and I dare say will create super-healthy bunnies. Their droppings go right  back as fertilizer for the trees and the garden. On top of that, I can sell their wool later on Ebay. You can eat their offspring if you wish as well.

Moringa leaves has been used for animal fodder in the areas that grow the trees. They use them to feed cows and goats. Since I will be getting a milk goat later, they too will get Moringa leaves to enhance their health and milk quality. Goats to give great milk, need to be given grain and high quality hay and greens. Junk food equals milk that does not taste good. So for those of you with other livestock, give them Moringa leaves. That would include pets such as rats, mice, ferrets, and other small pets. Give them a small sample first to let their digestive tracks get used to the new greens. I have not tried them on horses but intend to try that so I can let you know how that works.

Bye for now, Kate Freer, The Herbladyisin

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Organic Products Are Safe...Not Necessarily So Folks...Here is Proof


I just got an email from a reader suggesting I was making up the problems with organic products and non-organic products from India. You want proof it is...I have the original documents in my files still. This same problem exists with products from China as well.

I am printing  this from the report issued to  me by the FDA on some samples I had ordered. This company ships from India now as we speak.Several other companies who advertise on the net buy from this company.

I never saw my samples, they were taken by the FDA and refused. I cannot list the company because of legal issues but this is from the notice I received.  These samples were tested and failed severely.  These were certified organic samples with legal certification from their country.  I write these blogs from experience...not just talk.

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)
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 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. xxxxxxxxxxxxx - prevents 300 diseases, stabilizing effect on blood pressure, and control of glucose levels in diabetes
Notice Number: 2

If I state something, I will make sure I have evidence to back it up with. Again, I have original documents to back up this blog.  These are my documents that I received on this sample order.

I think its about time that the truth gets out......
Kate Freer, The Herbladyisin

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Amazing Moringa/Chocolate/Peanut Butter Cookies

Hi Folks,

I have one failing. I do love a little chocolate every day...not junk chocolate but the good stuff.  I don't over do it but it is one of my pleasures. I don't do soda, junk food, fast food, so this is my one mild vise. Most chocolate fixes are not good for you. They contain too much sugar, calories, wheat and other ingredients that do more harm than the good the chocolate does.

I normally use Moringa powder in tea, juice, applesauce, yogurt or cottage cheese.   So what about people who don't want the sugar, wheat or dairy products?  What about those of us with a chocolate craving?  I got this idea while taking a nap.  I rest but often my mind goes a mile a min while my body rests.  I wanted chocolate but not is so easy to eat more than you should. I got a brain storm so got up to try it. My husband who is hard to please loved these too. So I am sharing this recipe with all my readers:

Moringa, Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate, No Bake Cookie Balls

Put in a small bowl, one to two  heaping tablespoons of natural crunchy peanut butter. You can also use almond butter or any other nut butter you prefer.

Next add 1/2 tsp of honey

Throw in a few dark chocolate chips 

Last add in from 2 teaspoons of  Moringa Powder.  Mix well.

Roll the dough into a ball and roll in ground nuts. Put in the refrigerator for a few min or eat right then.

This small recipe makes two to four Moringa cookie balls.  Making them fresh takes 5 min and you won't eat too many at a sitting. They make a good afternoon snack or work for a serious chocolate attack.

They do not need to be baked so you preserve the Moringa goodness.  You  get the added protein of the nut butter without the bread or crackers. It satisfies your chocolate craving in two cookie balls.  A good serving of Moringa Powder per day is a couple of tablespoons.  This is just one more way to take in the incredible goodness of Moringa leaves. My husband was doubtful but loves them. Neither one of us needed anything more for lunch.  So now I get both Moringa and Chocolate in one yummy nutritious cookie ball.

Try tastes so good...and is extremely satisfying for chocolate lovers. I am very picky....most things with chocolate are not satisfying enough to take the craving away.  I can eat chocolate chips by them selves and I don't like them...there is something missing for my taste buds.  Please try them and let me know how you liked them!

Have a great day folks.....

Kate Freer, The Herbladyisin

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