Monday, February 17, 2014

Growing Moringa Trees is Important To Your Survival Plan

Moringa trees grown in 33 gal trash cans. They ended up in the house. Just too cold for survival outside in Nevada.

My belief is that times are going to get nasty and soon. Between what is happening in our country, with the climate changes, and Obamacare and its need to have a back up plan for your family. I remember my mom taking about the Depression years. They ate better than most because they raised their own chickens and vegetables. They ate popcorn for dinner at times, they were so poor. My mom wore flower sack dresses and shoes with holes in them. They did not have any extras.  She was tough and taught me to be tough. She didn't coddle me.

My father- in- law, who is 89,  hunted and fished at 7 years of age to help the family out. They moved into a vacant house and lived there for years. They bought a cow and farmed the lot next to it. They hauled watermelons and other goods to get money for food. They got real creative to survive. 

Most of us have not lived through times like that.  My family was somewhat poor but I had it much easier than my parents or grandparents. My mom made me beautiful dresses. She worked herself into the ground doing everything from cleaning houses to bookkeeping in the later years. My father worked at times. I never felt poor. I never felt disadvantaged.  I grew up loved and with lots of discipline. I grew up learning how to make things work with little. Creativity has always been my gift. I see a object but its use as many other things than it was originally designed for. I make something out of nothing.  That is what so many people today can't do.  If push come to shove, I will do better than most in survival. My husband, a city boy, learned along the way too. Together we think out of the box, and seek the company of those who do the same. It is a must for the coming hard times.

In the next few years, I believe our generation will experience severity of life style, food shortages, and hard, hard times. This is something that most of us are not fully prepared to deal with.  It cannot happen to us we say. Well it has happened in our history and it can happen again. It might be a good idea to get your head out of the hole, and prepare some....any way you can.  Do a little each month on your plan.  There is not a civilization in the world that did not have its high point, but later fell into ruin or devastation. In some cases it was war or climate changes that ended that civilization. In all cases, the empire at the time felt it was unstoppable. History is to learn from. It is too bad that we don't do that. Instead we tend to make the same mistakes over and over.

An article today talks about the drought taking place in California now. Droughts can go for 200 years. Even if it only lasts for only a few years, a good percentage of the crops we all eat are grown in California. 

From 80 to 95% of our vegetables are grown in California. This includes carrots, pepper, lettuce, spinach, fruits such as peaces.  

They are now instructing farmers not to plant crops because of the water shortage. Workers are leaving the area because there is no work. Farm families are losing money and in fear of losing their farms, some with three generations of farming. They are predicting the price of food to sky rocket.  Things do not look good folks.  This is not scare tactics, it is reality and not years in the future. Water rationing is coming to you soon. We will be getting it here this summer.

Our House is a Prayer Answered: 

Why did we move back to California? We get asked this weekly.

We moved back to care for my husband's dad.  We knew that times could get bad here but we felt it was what God wanted us to do.  Those of you who don't believe in God, I give no apologies for my blogs. It is your choice to read them or not. I am at a point in my life, I feel I should stand up for my beliefs, even if I lose readers or orders. I will also gain new customers who share views with me. I do believe in God and he has kept me from death on at least two occasions.  So our move back to California was from the heart. It is also a great place to grow Moringa trees with a climate that is garden-friendly most of the year.

One of the reasons, we rented this special house is because there is a creek on the property. Its funny when we were getting ready to move back here, a man called me up and told me to find a piece of property with a creek. I said to myself, that is going to be a miracle. I began praying for a miracle....a house not too far out where I could have chickens, a garden, and with a creek. It had to be close to town because of my husband's job. It needed to be close to doctors for my father-in-law. That was a hard list. People said we could not find a place to meet all those needs. We found this and it became our new home. The creek is on the property itself. It is not drinkable water but good enough for the garden. The water could also be filtered though a rock, sand, and charcoal filter as well. The creek could dry up completely but the water table is pretty high here in this spot. Water can be pretty cheaply pumped up into the main part of the yard with 15 watt solar panels. We intend to do just that. We won't need hundreds of gallons, just small amounts to keep the garden and Moringa trees going. Moringa trees, once they are established, are drought tolerant. Several could be kept in the house in containers. Any extra water could be applied to those trees. Extra water could come from your shower or from washing dishes. Where there is a will, there is a way.

Why is Moringa a Survival Food?

Moringa leaves are a nutritious food that will keep you going in an emergency. They are one of the few plants that contain protein, calcium, all the amino acids, antioxidants, trace minerals, iron and so much more. One of our first goals after the move back is to reestablish our own set of trees for our personal food storage. This house has a living room with great light and front windows. It is huge and we don't use it much.  There is room for 8 or more trees in the house if we wish to do that. There is room for many more outside. There is a creek for water, at least for awhile. You need to think about this.  Grow several trees in your house if you have sunlight or with grow lights...they might save your life one day.  Keep Moringa powder on hand. Add water and you have a meal to keep you going. If you look at climate patterns, things are getting pretty scary. No matter what is the origin, they are happening. Look to what you can grow in your area be it on your patio, your yard, your neighbor's yard, or in the house. I grew tomatoes in the house in Nevada last year. I used a fan to pollinate them. It worked.  That bush in a 33 gal container had tomatoes up until we moved and I packed up the house. We had Moringa leaves until the moving day. Take the time to see what you can grow for your family with the space you have.  Don't wait until the food prices are so high, you can't afford to eat.  Start a garden and a few Moringa trees now....!

Thanks for reading today, Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin
Update we are now located in Indian Mound, TN 1-15-2015

Buy USDA Organic Certified Moringa Powder, Tea, and Capsules from Ecuador. The products are tested and shipped from a US/GMP compliant lab in Connecticut. 

Visit Nature's Sunshine Herbs, Essential Oils, Flower Remedies, and so much more here

Thanks, Kate Freer, The Herbladyisin


Saturday, February 15, 2014

When Birth Control Leads To Death-Yaz and Yasmin

When I was in my childbearing years, I learned that my genetic history of blood clots made it deadly to take estrogen or birth control pills with estrogen in them.  My risk for blood clots is genetic, coming from my mom who had the same problems.  I got the bad card on that one.  Two newer birth control drugs are being  prescribed to many thousands of young woman yearly, without proper warnings about their dangerous side effects. Learn below which two birth control products can be deadly. 

 YAZ and Yasmin:

Yaz and Yasmin are two of the most popular birth control prescriptions on the market today. They are also prescribed for PMS, bloating, and acne. They can and do cause blood clots, DVT, and pulmonary embolisms. They do cause death. More than 13,000 patients have filed lawsuits against Bayer for prescribing the two drugs without proper warnings or education about the deadly risks.

Bayer has a long history of shady practices including being one of the companies who knowingly manufactured the gas to kill the Jews. Bet you didn't know that, You will find their history buried on the internet. Bayer has other blights on their company record including selling tainted HIV infected blood to third world countries. Bayer is one of several American companies who knowingly helped Hitler in the war.  The head of Bayer was indicted on war crimes, served time, had his company taken away after the war, bought it back later, and took the head position again. Henry Ford, is another American who was one of Hitler's first foreign backers. So your good old boy, Henry Ford, helped Hitler to kill the Jews.

I am not fond of drug companies including Bayer.  Bayer is just one more company who manufactures drugs, hides the side effects, commits fraud on the testing results, and is responsible for killing patients, before they are finally forced to  take the drug off the market later.There are very few drugs that do not come with side effects. There is no research that can show you how several different prescriptions will interact with each other. One person may have one side effect and another have numerous side effects. It is a crap shoot.

So ladies, Yaz and Yasmin, are not safe birth control methods.  If you are taking them, be aware you are creating risks to your life. There are 13,000 women who have found that out.  You may take the drug and be fine or be patient number 13, 001.

This is all for tonight. Blessing to all of you. Kate Freer, The Herbladyisin

Buy USDA Organic Certified Moringa Powder, Tea, and Capsules from Ecuador. The products are tested and shipped from a US/GMP compliant lab in Connecticut. 

Visit Nature's Sunshine Herbs, Essential Oils, Flower Remedies, and so much more here

Thanks, Kate Freer, The Herbladyisin


Friday, February 14, 2014

Learn About the Nutritional Value of Weeds: Why I Love Weeds!

In Stagecoach, Nevada we had few weeds in our yard other than goat heads. I had to work hard to find green fodder for the chickens, ducks and rabbits we raised.   There was not much that grew. Now back in San Diego, there are weeds growing all through our yard and it's a blessing.  I am not crazy, I assure you. Learn how weeds can be a blessing in your yard.

We just got these two rabbits a week ago and ducks will be arriving late in March.  These rabbits will provide rich manure for the garden and the Moringa Trees. I decided this time around I would get lops...rabbits with floppy ears that are very cute, easy to handle, and give my heart joy. I could have started with meat rabbits but wanted rabbits this time...that were more pets.These little guys are sharing the laundry room.  They have freedom to move about with a log and boards set up to give them something to play on. They have a litter box in one corner and are already almost trained. The manure and shavings are important garden soil amendments. Rabbit manure is also great for your worm beds. It does not burn as cow and horse manure does. It does not smell as bad either. 

Our new rabbits get a standard organic rabbit food ration but as a supplement receive Mallow and Filaree everyday for extra nutrients. These edible, nutritious weeds below are also great for rabbits when they are sick, to help them recover.

It is extremely important that you make sure the weeds you pick have not been sprayed with weed killer or other chemicals. That will kill your rabbits with one helping. All weeds and natural growing herbs should not be picked within 200 feet or more of a major road.  The weeds near the roads may have been sprayed or are contaminated with exhaust from the cars. Pick safely and know your plants.

Here are three weeds below commonly found in your yard that are wonderful food for bunnies, ducks,  chickens, and larger livestock.

The native  weed above is called Cutleaf Filaree. Most consider it a nuisance.  It grows in various areas around the US including California, Nevada, and Arizona.  This wonderful weed is considered important forage for cattle, sheep, horses, rabbits, chickens and ducks. If you raise livestock it is additional feed for your animals. It contains protein, calcium, minerals and fiber. It is free food.

The second weed pictured above with round leaves is Mallow.  This does get very tough when allowed to grow. You want to use this nutritious weed when the plants are small, young and tender.  Leaves are edible raw in salads or can be cooked and eaten like spinach. They can be dried and infused in tea as a good source of vitamins & minerals with significant calcium, vitamin A, & vitamin C. Small round seed pods can also be eaten

Dandelions are another very nutritious plant considered by many to be a weed.  I don't have any pictures yet to show on this one. The young tender leaves are good for humans and animals.   They contain 14% protein, Vitamin A,  iron, calcium, minerals, trace minerals, and are good for cleansing. I would give small portions of these to the rabbits because of their cleansing properties. Dandelion tea is good for the liver. Dandelions can be purchased from the store as well. I don't think I will be needing to do that here.

When we get ducks next month, these weeds will become important forage.  Ducks can be raised completely on forage if you have enough and the right kind. One advantage to ducks is they require less feed than chickens once they are several months old.  So all these weeds in our yard are future food for the ducks. I also have an area out front that is full of every kind of forage food. We have a small creek on the property as well. In emergencies, this is important. Lets say there is a time when stock feed is not available. If you have forage material on your property, your ducks, chickens, rabbits, and sheep will survive.  One of the reasons we rented this property is because of the creek and the land avail for planting.  In the city, this is one of a kind piece of property. Many people would see the work involved only. We see the potential for growing herbs, veggies, and Moringa.  It is located in one of the most temperate areas of San Diego, Ca.

These weeds can also be eaten in your salads as well . You need to pick them when they are young and tender. Make sure you wash them to rinse off dirt and insects.  If you have a dog, you also need to pick an area of nutritious weeds that is free from possible dog contamination. 

This is it for this blog...Blessings to All of You! Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin

Update we now live in Indian Mound, TN  1-15-2015

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Recall of 9 Million Pounds of Beef by USDA this Weekend. Our Food Is Safe Here is the US? No, Not Really

I get calls weekly on the safety of Moringa powder. This is an issue you should be concerned about but the food you eat everyday is even more an issue.  The food produced in the US is sometimes bad, contaminated or unfit. This is the headline below in today's news. This did not make the front page. Why is it that movie stars get front page headlines but food recalls don't? Perhaps there is a problem with what is important to people these days. Perhaps it is that we don't want to know where our food comes from and that often it is not safe!

"Is a New Policy Behind USDA's Recall of 8.7 Million Pounds of Beef?"


This weekend Rancho Feeding Corp in Petaluma, Calif., was required by the USDA to recall 9 million pounds of their meat. This unfit meat when to California, Florida ,Illinois and Texas. It seems the company sold meat from cows that were sick and diseased without inspection.  I am sure this goes on with other companies as well, that are not caught. There are not enough inspectors to inspect any of our food including red meat, pork, fish, and produce. 

I had a long conversation with a man who thought that all organic food, each head of lettuce or bunch of carrots, has been inspected.  That is just not true. If we knew some of the circumstances that most of our food is raised and processed with, we would not eat it. Go visit a big, commercial chicken ranch and you won't eat store bought eggs. I buy mine, when I don't have my own chickens, from someone local. I visit with them, see the way they keep their animals, and I know the eggs are healthy.  

In March we have 10 ducks coming.  We love duck eggs and then we won't have to buy eggs. We will have our own again. Soon their will be a blog on the benefits of ducks and duck eggs versus chickens. We had both in Nevada, but this time, we may only keep ducks. We really want both again but chickens are harder to keep out of your garden.  We believe you need to do anything you can, to raise your own food. This has always been my belief.

But We Have Laws To Protect Us From Unsafe Food! 

Laws may be in place, but everyday many companies do not abide by those rules. They bend the rules or forget to apply them at times. Even the companies who do try their level best to adhere to the rules fail. Too many rules and their operations are too large to really watch every worker and every step that is involved in the food process. Your are fooling yourself if you think that our food here does not have problems at times. If this was not true, there would not be recalls of different foods during the year from melons, to spinach, and this week meat. 


 Go to the article on the meat recall and read it for yourself  here

Ways to Get Around Big Farm Food: 
Buy product or meat from a local farm or farmer's market.
Raise your own meat and veggies 
Buy local organic or local grown  ( many local farms produce organic food but cannot afford the money and paperwork to have that status)

It does not matter if you live in the city or in the country. You can all raise a little of your own food or get it from a local source.  Veggies can be raised on porches, patios, and  in the house with a grow light.  In many cities you are now allowed to own up to four hens for fresh eggs.  If you go on Craig's list there are people with meat animals and meat rabbits for sale locally.  It might take some work to find the resources but they are around.  It is up to you to make the effort to provide better quality meats and vegetables for yourself and your family.  If you live in an apartment, there are farmer's markets to buy better quality food.  Give it some effort.  

I don't have the money to eat better food!  ( I hear this all too often)

If most people looked at their budget, they would find gaps where they are wasting money or putting it in places that are less important than quality food. Eat out less and grow your own.  Cut out the junk food, the chips, the sodas, the processed snacks, the empty calories and improve your nutrition.   Most people love Starbucks but the high price and calories are not really a necessity. I see people in the store all the time who have little money but often are buying sugar soaked cereals, chips, sodas, and junk food. My husband works at Walmart as a cashier and he sees it daily. People constantly use their money on poor food choices. This is why many Americans are overweight or obese. This is why diabetes is a huge medical problem in this country.  The size of our waist tells the story of both our eating habits and lack of exercise for the majority of Americans. We have kids with heart disease and high blood pressure.  I said 'NO' when my kids wanted the sugar cereal. I said 'NO' to the junk food. We didn't have much in those days and it went to food that was actually good for them. They whined and cried. I was a mean mom. They got over it and thanked me later. It was hard, but I did not give in to them. You need to say 'NO' MORE OFTEN!   I have been there, even though my kids are grown. 

This is all for tonight. Blessings to all of you. Kate Freer, The Herbladyisin

Buy USDA Organic Certified Moringa Powder, Tea, and Capsules from Ecuador. The products are tested and shipped from a US/GMP compliant lab in Connecticut. 

Visit Nature's Sunshine Herbs, Essential Oils, Flower Remedies, and so much more here

Thanks, Kate Freer, The Herbladyisin


Friday, February 7, 2014

Germinating Moringa Seeds on Coir Fiber? What is Coir?

Last years seed germination tests

Over the past several years I have experimented with several different methods to germinate the Moringa seeds including: peat pots, in sandwich bags, and under a cake carrier.  I have not been completely happy with these methods because the seeds tend to mold.  I also have to say that Nevada was one of the worst places for them to grow period. Humidity, temperature, altitude, and severity of climate are all important factors for success in sprouting the seeds and growing the trees. Even the trees raised in the house did not grow as tall as they should have. The only real seeds I germinated the past three years in Nevada were to test the germination rate of the seeds I was selling online. So this year now living back in San Diego, I thought I would experiment again. The method you choose also depends on the number of seeds you are germinating.  Many of you just want to grow a couple of trees for your family. Most of my readers would not want to buy a coir block to germinate a handful of  seeds. One of our goals in moving back to San Diego was to get our nursery license again and sell trees locally as we did in the beginning of our business. This whole aspect of our business started out with a few seeds sent to me by my youngest daughter who lives in Florida. I germinated them and fell in love. Those few seeds changed the direction of our business and life.   I will begin by growing 20 to 40 trees a month, then expand as sales increase. There is a private owned nursery less than 4 blocks away ready to buy a few trees once I get them up and going. We put up our first of several small green houses this week.

What are Coir bricks and where do you buy them?

Coir is the waste product from the coconut’s outer husk. Germinating seeds in coir or coconut fiber is less familiar to most readers. You will not find coir blocks easily at Home Depot or Lowes. You can buy them online on Amazon or at your local green house supply company. It is used more commercially than by the average gardener. I think in one of the past columns, I told you we bought some over compressed coir bricks several years ago that were discounted. I worked with them then and I could not get them to decompress. I kept them determined to find a way to use them sooner or later. We brought them down with us in this move and decided to try and use them once more. They were nearly 100 bucks discounted.  We soaked them for a week, before they finally got soft enough to break apart. Marty still had to take a shovel and break them in pieces. It was much more work then they should have been, but we are using them up. Coir fiber should easily fluff up when water is applied. This method is used by many of the big nursery companies in their greenhouse operations. When we were living in Nevada I did not sell trees and the coir fiber was not available where we lived. Shipping on the coir bricks is expensive. It is much better to buy it locally without the nasty shipping cost.

Germinating Moringa seeds in coir (coconut) fiber: 

Coir fiber bricks are disease resistant and a pH balanced growing medium that provides excellent air space and holding capacity.The compressed coir fiber brick expands up to 7 times the original size of the brick. The coarseness of the fiber is also important. Finer coir is better for seeds. The bricks come in different sizes from 1 pound to 5 pounds.  Put the brick in a wheel barrel or large tub with a half gallon of warm water for every half pound of fiber. Soak the block for at least 30 min and watch it expand in size. Stir it up along the way. Break it up with a trowel or your hands. When it is fully expanded, squeeze the excess water out. Keep breaking it up until it is a course mix. The link below with pictures is great and has many tips in the article for this method. Please go through that link below first.
Click here for a complete guide on the process. This man is quite experienced in its use.

Using this method, you make a bed of coir or coconut fiber, then lay the Moringa seeds in the coir, after soaking the seeds in water for several hours and draining off the excess water. They were not buried in the coir, just sitting on top of it. I used a plastic tray with a dome as pictured.  So far none have molded and they are sprouting well in that environment. This experiment was a plastic container left over from a deli meal lined with moistened coir fiber. After the sprouts get about 2 inched high, I transplant them into either one gallon pots or larger pots of one sort or another.  You will notice the seeds cracking on many of these seeds pictured. I also used a heated seed mat  under the container as well.  The moisture generated from the moist coir and the dome over it, keeps it moist but not soggy.   I think this method is the one I will use for my seedlings this year.  This tray was an experiment that is working quite well. 40 seedlings have germinated from this one tray. Unless you are going into this with the goal of selling large numbers of trees to people planting acres of them, you do not need a huge operation with expensive green houses and equipment. It depends on your overall goals in your business plan. At 62 with my husband being 67, our goal on this is more humble. Selling the trees is just part of the business, not all of it. We love the smile on people's faces when they see the Moringa trees that they grew up with in the Philippines or India. They look at the tree like a long lost friend.  It warms the heart. If you grew up in the Philippines, you would know the tree. It is known by Mulungaay in some countries. Moringa is called by a different name in each place it grows. In those countries, they pick the leaves off their own trees or buy the fresh leaves at their local market. Here is the US, you generally only find the fresh leaves in Asian markets in areas such as Southern California, Florida, and Hawaii where the people demand culture-based produce and foods.  Moringa is becoming more well known, so in the future, you may find the fresh leaves more commonly in your local supermarket or health food market.

I feel if you can, it is important for you to grow your own trees for your family. Several trees will give your family fresh leaves for salads, teas, and to top other dishes.  It is as organic as you can get. It is a joy to watch them grow and to pick the fresh leaves. If you can, grow your own veggies or a few of is good for your nutrition and your pocketbook. You don't have to worry about where those leaves came know!

Notice the various stages of seed germination. As they get 2 inches tall, I take them out and plant them in larger containers.

We have our first greenhouse up.  It is not one of those expensive ones that costs thousands of dollars. Ours is 10 feet wide by 14 feet.  We will put up two more next. I am sharing this with you so that some of you realize you don't need to start with thousands of dollars and a professional $10.000 green house. You can start humble, then expand as you make money. I am advertising the trees on Craig's list and getting pre-orders already.  I have a nursery that is interested in buying the seedling once I receive my nursery license. On that subject, if you have a small operation, the license is pretty reasonable. The price goes up with the number of acres you plant and the complexity of the operation. One factor is also what you are selling as well and where. Shipping the trees over state lines involves agricultural inspections and layers of paperwork and inspections, which is why I am not doing that for the near future. I do sell seeds as well.  It is important, you look into the law regarding your goals and plans before you begin.  The paperwork required to ship plants is very complex. Is it worth it to do all that? That is a question only you can answer. If you do these things without doing it lawfully, the fines can really be nasty.  Things you should think about. I have people call me often in regard to selling trees and what it takes. Research the laws that apply to your goals in the business. Each state and county is different.

Well this is all for now.  Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin
Update: We now live in Indian Mound, TN as of 1-15-2015


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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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Is It Safe To Take Moringa While Pregnant and Nursing?

I have had several readers ask the question, "Is it safe to take Moringa while pregnant and nursing? The answer is not as simple as you would think. Why?

#1:  Many of my readers that contact me are buying and taking Moringa from other companies such as Organic India.

Organic Certified Moringa from India or other countries can still contain dirt, insect parts, and E-Coli. It could also contain heavy metals as well.   

Moringa products may contain heavy metals, lead, arsenic, insects, mouse parts, filth and other contamination. E-Coli and bacteria can also be present.  You should not take any product that has not been tested by a US lab for contamination. Even then, it is an issue. 

Some lab research with mice and rats has indicated that even leaves can be abortive. It this research really valid in real life with real pregnant women and children eating the leaves?

 It is interesting that in projects in areas of severe malnutrition and starvation, they give the pregnant women moringa leaves. Perhaps it is not given until after the first trimester? so that is a conflict to the lab research on rats. 

Read the articles below at the link about two project that gives Moringa leaves to pregnant 
women, nursing women, and children? You would think they would know if abortion of the baby was a problem taking the leaves.

Double Blind Research Studies have not been done with pregnant women, just rats and mice in labs. The  Moringa given was not as you would take it normally. In some cases extract was given, which is not the way native people eat Moringa.

Again this statement about quality problems applies to all certified organic products and all products packaged in foreign countries. This can be a problem with all products including herbs and spices packaged in foreign countries. Certified organic does not mean it is safe.  I cannot seem to get through to people on this issue. It is a sad misconception that organic is pure and safe.  You want to think that, so that you feel safe. It just is not true.  Your own garden produce when grown organically can still have bugs, dirt, E-coli and other contamination. 

Every shipment of certified organic Moringa or spices is not checked for contamination. The product material is tested by authorities once or twice a year only.  They may take samples of a whole truck load of organic berries but that is all.  In 400 pounds of berries, there could be one or two parts of that load that is lower quality or got contaminated somehow.  Even at farms that really work hard on adhering to organic principals and laws may have a problem here and there that gets past their best efforts.  How can you watch hundreds of workers and processes every minute of the operation? You can't. 

India's labs can't even pass inspection by the FDA on their drug manufacturing. Do you really expect their Moringa production to pass, with even less scrutiny.  I talked to one woman who found sand in her product from one of these other companies. She got sick from their product.  She called me to order my product and to ask me questions.

Please read my blog at this link proving how certified organic products can be seriously contaminated.

Click on this link to read  an article on how India labs failed FDA inspections

Below are two clips from the article. There were more than 2 labs in India that failed inspections.

"Washington: In its latest action against Indian drug makers, the US health regulator FDA has red- flagged "significant deviations" from good manufacturing practices at two Indian pharmaceutical companies."

" 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."

Much of the product you are buying comes from India and other countries where the standards are low. Much of the spices from India have been found with heavy metals and other contamination.  The product could contain mold or E-coli which is not healthy for anyone but especially when pregnant.  Most of these products are packaged in the country they originate from.  So if you are taking Moringa packaged in India or other countries, you are taking risks.

Moringa leaf powder is used in many projects in places like Africa to improve the nutrition of pregnant women and infants. In those projects, it has been shown to improve the health of the mother, the nutrition of the mother and her baby, and to improve birth weights.  These are not double blind studies but in the field use of Moringa leaves in a powder or gruel form.  The fresh leaves are used as a food in areas like the Philippines.

This is a quote from one educational article on Moringa, "In developing tropical countries, Moringa trees have been used to combat malnutrition, especially among infants and nursing mothers. Three non-governmental organizations in particular - Trees for Life, Church World Service and Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization - advocate Moringa as “natural nutrition for the tropics.” Leaves can be eaten fresh, cooked, or stored as dried powder for many months without refrigeration, and without loss of nutritional value. Moringa is especially promising as a food source in the tropics because the tree is in full leaf at the end of the dry season when other foods are typically scarce. Analyses of the leaf composition have revealed them to have significant quantities of vitamins A, B and C, calcium, iron and protein. According to Optima of Africa, Ltd., a group that has been working with the tree in Tanzania, "25 grams daily of Moringa Leaf Powder will give a child" the following recommended daily allowances:"

The flowers, bark, pods, and roots SHOULD not be used by pregnant and nursing moms because of alkaloids in those parts of the tree. The seed pods are probably fine but there is not research on that and pregnant women.  

I would also be careful that the seed pods are fit for human consumption. Eating too many seeds can cause stomach problems according to some research. 

Not all Moringa seeds are meant to be eaten.  They are sold to germinate new trees. I do not sell my seeds to be eaten but as starts for trees. Seeds can contain mold or other contamination on the outside seed casing. Some of the seeds sold by companies are old seed that is not even good for germinating. 

The seeds may have been sitting in a holding unit for months. The seeds may have dirt and other matter with them and on them.

 If you are using a brand that mixes the parts of the tree which includes bark, stems, and not use it if you are pregnant and nursing. 

Use Moringa products that contain the Moringa leaves only if pregnant and nursing.  Consult your doctor before taking Moringa or any supplement. Make sure your Moringa products have been tested for contamination in a US lab.    

I would say that since many pregnant women get complications during pregnancy, they should get permission from their doctor on taking any supplement.  If he is not familiar with Moringa, take information or show him websites that will give him information on Moringa.  He may have never heard of it. I talked to a woman who managed to get her doctor and all the doctors at her clinic to take it. They gave her a hard time at first, but later ended up buying the product and taking it for themselves. So doctors can be educated, even stubborn ones.

I strive to give you correct answers to questions that are truthful and fair.   I gave you research links above to explore these topics for yourself.  So this is it for today.  May God bless all of you this week.

Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin
Update: We now live in Yuma, Co 2020


This is the two brands I trust because they test their imported products for contamination, E-Coli, and heavy metals in a US lab.  I have now been using a number of their products for over two years including Moringa powder. DO NOT buy Moringa products unless the company states that they test for heavy metals and contamination. If you do you are risking your health. Organic certified can still contain E-coli, dirt, bugs, weeds, filth and insects.  This is the way it is folks.
 My #1 choice is Banyan Botanicals Organic Moringa Powder here 


  Moringa Seeds.  This is where I have bought them more recently and gotten good germination.

10 oz (APX 1000) Moringa Malunggay Drumstick Seeds - Paisley Farm and Crafts

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Have a Project ....Get Going on a Limited Budget.......Get Some Ideas

Starting Over with Inspiration.....

It has now been 4 full weeks since we arrived here in Spring Valley with snow boots left over from our move. In looking back, it has taken most of that for this move to really sink into our heads. Even after going for a drive up to Julian, where I grew up, we still felt on holiday.  Living here in San Diego did not seem real. I think it has been partly because we never expected to move back.  Coming back to California was for Marty's father and the business.  For me this has been more of a challenge because I interact with his dad during every part of the day.  Marty works a lot of hours, so it is more my challenge to meet his needs, our needs, and the business needs.  After 4 weeks this is getting easier.  It is like having kids again at home that constantly distract you.

It is my role to be his dads companion, care giver, and fit in all the rest too. I am blessed he is still able to do most things without too much help.  Saying that, his mind slips at times and he really does need us.  I cook his meal at 4 pm because he is used to eating then. My goal with him, on a nutritional level,  is to get him away from the TV dinners he lived on. It has been a lot to adapt to, all at once.  I also know that God will give me the strength to keep it together as time goes along and it gets much harder. Patience is needed with every conversation. We came back to keep him out of nursing home. He is a retired commander who would not enjoy being told he must do something at a certain time.  He is very particular on what he wants done and how he wants it done. He had two bad falls before Christmas in his apartment and those falls have affected his memory. He is like a dad, rather than a father-in-law and he loves me as a daughter. Making him feel loved and useful is a gift to both of us. 

In coming back to San Diego, we used most all our reserves.  Since we moved with one u-hall, even with a 26 footer, so much did not fit in. We left almost all the building materials we had acquired, all the great mulch and potting mix in beautiful beds, and the stock froze in the truck.  So basically we are starting over.  After feeling blue and sad for a few days over the losses, I see it this way.  We left Nevada and a lot of work over two years that was left behind but .....gardening there was a nightmare there with high winds, heat, and cold in the winter.  I did well with my efforts but it was always our efforts against the weather. We lost the game often. We were successful in most of the efforts but it took so much work there. I was frustrated all the time. I could not grow my beloved Moringa trees except in containers in the house. That is in the past.

The pictures below are the future back here is San Diego.  No neighbors except on one side, the back butts up to a 15 acre park, and the other side is a small creek.  We are within 5 miles of nurseries and farmer's markets for sale of the trees later. An acre comes with the property....a flat acre that is fully fenced with chain link.

Our new place.....
View of our front yard from the wood porch off our office.

View of porch and scented geranium bought here in San Diego.

Now we are living in an area that is very temperate and calm. There is a nice breeze but no nasty winds.  I don't have to fight the snow and ice for months in the winter. I can grow almost any thing I want too, other than plants that need a freeze to bare fruit. Goji berries are one of these.  Moringa trees are what I need to grow for our business and it is great for them here. They will still lose their leaves but they will survive here outside.  So overall we gained more than we lost for the future.  The water here is expensive so we will have to be very careful. On the other hand, we have the climate, which is a huge plus.

It is easy to start over when you have money to re-buy all of it easily.   It is more challenging to do it with a very limited budget.  There are many readers who also must do things the hard way..slower...creatively.   So I will be sharing with you our efforts monthly on starting gardens again,  growing Moringa trees, and moving the business along.  I want you to see that it can be done and it is your attitude and vision for the future that gets it done.  If you want it bad enough, you will find a way to make it happen.  I do hope sharing this with you will give you inspiration to keep going on your projects, even if you have endured setbacks and loss. Failing is not the problem, it is the way you react to failure that makes you a winner. It is wiping away the tears, then starting over with a new vision. It is dusting your pants off, getting up, and creating a new plan. Even if it is just a huge setback, it is your attitude that will either leave you in depression or spur you to a new future. It is up to your life turns out.  Vets coming back from the war with only parts of limbs left, are helping others to have courage. What ever is your set back, you can overcome it with work and faith. It may take time but it will happen. 

These blog pictures and ones in future blogs will never make the pages of Better Homes and Gardens but are for practical people on a limited budget. The goal is home grown food for us now, not two years from now. We are renting this house so it has to be built so we can take it down when we leave. If you own your home, spend what ever you can afford for a beautiful set up.  I am into functional and creative on a budget.

In our business budget, the first money goes for quality Moringa stock and the expenses to manufacture that product.  The Honduras product we sell has been tested in a Florida lab for mold, bacteria, and E-Coli. It is packaged in that lab. None of it comes from India or China. It is not packaged in a foreign country with questionable procedures.It is quality product that has been tested for safety. It is the first priority, after house bills. It is our present business and future as well. Growing the Moringa seedlings to sell is our priority as well.

Everything else like the garden and livestock must come after that.   Set priorities. 

New Garden:  First Steps...Humble Beginnings

The framed wire part was here on the property. It was part of a chicken coop. I could use it again for the duck house possibly or use it to keep the wild birds out of my lettuce that will be grown in this bed. The wood was free. This bed will have lettuce, Swiss Chard, and onions planted in it. All of the plastic containers did come with us in the truck, other than the pink plastic chair converted into a growing container. Those will be used for other veggies. Soil to fill in the wood frame is the next step. There was one bag of organic dirt left here which we used to start out the bed.

With wood left over from our neighbor's play house project, we have the first of several raised garden beds. I want to thank my husband, for putting it together today. The ground is hard clay here and that is our choice for this yard. Digging is way too much work here. I brought a few empty containers to start with as well.

My seedlings (started in the house) came up well including tomatoes, peppers, cukes, Swiss Chard, and lettuce.  I have Comfrey roots on their way as well. Some are for my own new bed and some are to grow for sale later on Craig's list. 

New Moringa Seeds Arrived Today

I ordered seeds from Nicaragua this time.  I will be soaking them tomorrow, then planting them in coir fiber that was purchased three years ago.  We bought it for cheap. He told us it had been overly compressed. He was sure right about that. It took 5 days of soaking and a trowel to break it up.  It can and will be used for the Moringa seedlings.  Looking back, I would have payed the extra money for the better product.  It was still $100 bucks for 7 huge blocks and we are using it now.

Ducks are ordered for March 2nd:  Why ducks?   

I really like them and I love duck eggs to eat. Ducks have the advantage because many breeds don't fly or need a roost. They are easier to keep out of your garden and other plants. They eat weeds, bugs, and grass so they are cheaper to feed after they grow some.  When they play in their kiddie pool, their do is deposited in the water. Diluted by the water, duck poop is fantastic organic, natural fertilizer for trees and plants.  They get to play and have fun while giving you fertile water.  I place the pool under a tree so that when I dump it, the water is not wasted. I have ordered Gold Star Hybrid ducks that are bred for their egg production and are more friendly. Some duck breeds are very skittish.  Here there is much green fodder for them all over the property such as grass, mallow, and other garden plants. They will forage and save me much work.   Part of the Comfrey greens will be grown for them.  I could have probably gotten ducks for free later but I really wanted this particular breed.  Most of the ducks for free are drakes which you only need one of or not at all.  You only need one drake for many hens.  Drakes will breed the females to the point of exhaustion.  So more than one is not good for your flock. Drakes do not make much noise, as roosters do. You can hatch out baby ducklings without making the neighbors mad. Ducks lay better in the winter and don't mind rain and gloomy weather. If you give them a large area to roam in, they are really fun to watch.  You are either a duck person, or not.  Our ducks will not be kept in a small pen. They will have room to enjoy life and help me weed the yard. They will have boundaries....the front yard will be off limits except for special times of forage.

Worm Beds Created:  

I need worm castings for the garden.  Mine were all lost. Some nice people we met this month, gave us a good handful or two of their red worm stock, to help us get going again.   They are wonderful people who are doing it all including raising their own fish on their property. We got to see how we could do that here on a smaller scale in the future. Considering the problems with lead, mercury, and other heavy metal contamination in fish, we will grow our own in large plastic containers.  That is for another blog. We now have someone to show us the way.  They will even give us some baby  tilapia to start us out.  If you network in a new area, you will find people who will help you with knowledge and supplies. 

So when starting out over again, you need to decide what are the priorities for your goals. You then need to work with your budget to see what you can do now with free supplies, what you can do later and in the future.  Decide what items really need to be purchased and what supplies can be creatively discovered. Ask your neighbors if they have wood or building supplies they want to get rid of. One of our problems, is not having a truck or any family member with a truck. Eventually, we will get to know people who do have one and will not mind giving us a hand to get the materials home. Pallets are one of those free building materials that we need for the duck shelter that will not fit in my husbands Rav 4.  BE Creative and think!

Creative Container Gardening:  

This is to prove a point.  You can make containers out of the weirdest stuff.  A chair below....but not just a chair perhaps.  What can be done with this? See the next pictures.

This pink plastic chair was here on the property.  It will not win Better Homes and Gardens list for beautiful containers but look what it can be used for.
One plastic chair.....already here on property

Turned upside down, rested on one end of the raised garden wall, and it becomes a container for plants.

Drill holes in the bottom of both the deep part and shallow part.  Plant some plants in the area where it is shallow and some on the sides where the roots can grow deeply.  It has the advantage of a large circumference to space the plants in. It was here so why not use it.  The idea is use what is available for free when ever you can.  You could decorate this container creatively with white or green paint decorations on the sides.

Craig's list has a free section. You can find wood, pallets, furniture, and all sorts of useful stuff. The farm and garden section has a lot to offer as well.  Check with neighbors for what you need. You would be surprised on what you can find within a few doors.  Network to find what you need.  Ask for some help from neighbors. If you ask enough people, you will find it or the help you need. You have to have the guts to ask.

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