#yyj Moringa Seeds & Dried Leaf Tea

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP–Living in Natures Love Lifestyles insideawareness.com

I would like to let my current, past and future clients and students know that if they are interested in Moringa Seeds or Dried Leaf Tea that I now have each available.

Moringa Loose Dried Leaf 

In comparison a 100 grams of dry moringa leaves contain to other healthy foods:

  • 9 times the protein of yogurt
  • 10 times the vitamin A of carrots
  • 15 times the potassium of bananas
  • 17 times the calcium of milk
  • 12 times the vitamin C of oranges

Dried Moringa Leaves can be steeped into tea or ground into powder.  As tea it has a nice flavour and once infused can be enjoyed warm or cold.  I recommended drinking one to two cups a day to begin to let system integrate the detoxification effects of Moringa.  This tea is beneficial for constipation, can support sounder sleeps and support weight loss due to balancing sugars that changes eating habits.  It’s slows down and reverses some aging due to the increased level of nutrition, antioxidants, beta-carotene, quercetin, and chlorogenic acid.  Read more at Moringa Tree Benefits.  

Dried Moringa Leaf

50 grams of Dried Moringa Leaf Pre-orders for pick up

C$7.50

Moringa Seeds

These seeds are viable and living foods as you can see in picture that they are sprouting.  To begin it is recommended to only have one seed and slowly increase this after a number of day.  This gives you time to notice how you are integrating it before add more.  Moringa Seed sweetens the digestive system, works as a detox and immediately cuts cravings for sugar.  It has known to balance out the body sugar levels.  In water purification when the crushed Moringa Seed is added anything that needs to be filtered out sinks to the bottom with the seed particles and the water left on top is clear and potable.  This is similar in the body.  It filters out and takes it out through elimination.

Sprouting Moringa Seeds

Packages are available in sizes of 10 seeds and 100 seeds as follows and can be picked up at our office near #yyj’s Hillside Mall.

Moringa Seeds

100 Moringa Seeds – edible. Pre-orders for pick up.

C$5.35


Traditional uses and properties of Moringa is based upon historical and current information available.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.

Moringa Seeds & Leaves

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP–Living in Natures Love Lifestyles insideawareness.com

Moringa Seeds & Dried Leaves

Early in the year I received some Moringa Seeds as a gift.  Attempts to germinate them was a challenge and unsuccessful.  Though somewhat depressed about not being able to grow them this year I have become enamored by the potential of this plant.  By all accounts it can contribute to the health and wellness on the planet from purifying water, to purifying ones body and supporting nations food and nutritional shortages.

Knowing that the seeds could be eaten, I tossed one in my mouth, chewed and swallowed it.  Later reaching for a glass of water I had the shock of my life.  My mouth exploded with sweetness.  I couldn’t figure out what was wrong.  Was it the water, or was it the glass?   I had to retrace what I had eaten.  Researching this  I received validation when reading it was in fact a common reaction with the Moringa Seed.   I had to smile reading the seed was described as being able to sweeten waters in its ability to purify water.  In some countries that lack potable water the seeds are crushed and added to dirty water.  Any substance in the water sinks to the bottom with the seeds leaving the top water clean and clear.  I am inspired and impressed with this possibility.  I mentioned it to a client whose own brother has developed an industrial water cleaning system and it wasn’t long before I got a message asking what that seed was again!

The Moringa Tree leaves are used fresh, dried as tea or ground into powder to put into capsules for a health supplement.  The pods of the Moringa Tree are cooked and eaten as a vegetable.

I am now drinking 2 small cups of Moringa tea a day made from dried leaves.  It has a nice flavour and I would love to drink more yet want to wait and see how it works with my digestion and elimination system.  I have noticed a change in my hair.  It feels and appears healthier however I am also eating more fermented foods and drinking Beet Kvass.   It will take some time to decide if it is the Moringa or not.

I discovered through Amazon that the Body Shop makes a bar soap using the Moringa Plant.  There is a Body Shop a block away so I stopped in and now trying a bar out.  The immediate effect on my skin is that it is hydrating, it tightens and the skin is softer.  Even with a gardeners hands!   Would I recommend it?  Yes 100%.  However my aim would be to grow it myself and make my soap.  It’s a good thing that one of the new batch of seeds is sprouting!

I have started to use Moringa Oil and find it lighter.  This oil can be used to cook or used for skin, hair and massage products.

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Traditional uses and properties of Moringa is based upon historical and current information available.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.

Moringa Tree Benefits

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP–Living in Natures Love Lifestyles insideawareness.com

Moringa Seeds

Moringa (Moringa Oleifera)

The Moringa Tree is another one of those ancient natural sources of food, nutrition and medicine that has gained popularity as more of us worldwide become aware of it.    It is still used for a cure or prevention of about 300 different ailments in Ayurveda.

This tree grows like a weed in the right climates and with so many beneficial uses it is called a miracle tree.    It originates from the southern foothills of the Himalayas.  It is drought resistant and proven to be good food source so it is being naturalized into the warm areas experiencing food shortages like Malawi, Senegal, and India.  In an earlier post called,  Moringa Seeds & Leaves, a focus was on water purification.  The  Seeds from this tree can purify water when they are crushed making this tree valuable to these countries.

Moringa has antibiotic and antibacterial properties,  and is anti-inflammatory.  It is being explored for edema, suppressing cancer cells, digestion and weight-loss, aging, its anti-diabetic characteristics, ability for lowering cholesterol, and cardio-protective properties.

Moringa Leaves & Seed Pods

The Moringa leaves and seed pods are a source of protein, calcium, beta carotene, vitamin’s A, B1 (thiamine) B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B-6 and and C, folate acid, iron, magnesium,
phosphorus, zinc, potassium, chlorogenic acid and niazimicin.

The leaves are a good source of antioxidants, beta-carotene, quercetin, and chlorogenic acid.  I have read that 100 grams of dry moringa leaf contain:  9 times the protein of yogurt, 10 times the vitamin A of carrots, 15 times the potassium of bananas, 17 times the calcium of milk, 12 times the vitamin C of oranges.

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Traditional uses and properties of Moringa is based upon historical and current information available.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.

Natural Plants Sources for Dyes: Preparing Recycled Cotton Clothes

by by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP–Living in Natures Love Lifestyles insideawareness.com

These whites are soaking in baths of Alum and Soda Ash preparing them for experimenting with natural plant dyes.  In the articles I have been able to find about how to scour and use mordant the subject has been on wool.  I was curious about how it would work for dyeing clothing.  In my first test dye buckets from last summer, ’17,  I used recycled cotton curtains that had been treated in Soda Ash and Alum.  In the second set of test buckets this summer I used cotton tops, T-shirts and some of the re-purposed curtains that had not been treat in Soda Ash or Alum.  The dye was not absorbed evenly and I do not know how long it will be before the colour washes out.  I will be mindful to use a Ph Balanced Laundry Detergent with these pieces.

The pieces shown drying on the laundry rack have gone through 2 of the 3 baths that I  recommended in Scouring Cotton: 1st step to dyeing naturally last year for preparing them to dye naturally.  The 3rd bath will be a Soda Ash soak once they are dry.

Sourcing Soda Ash and Mordant for myself here in Greater Victoria was time-consuming and challenging.  For convenience I have some links to getting them on-line to be delivered to you door.

 Soda Ash

 Alum (Potassium Aluminum Sulfate).

These pieces of clothing will be kept on hand and as natural plant parts are discovered for dyeing they will be ready to go.  This includes having some on my travels during the summers heat to try new flowers, leaves, branches, bark and roots from nature that is being visited.

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Happy with glass weights for topping fermenting foods!

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP–Living in Natures Love Lifestyles insideawareness.com

The glass weights I ordered to put on top of the foods I was fermenting arrived!  They arrived just in time to add to two of the jars I had started pictured below.  I am impressed with the difference they made immediately.

Creating natural probiotics

Glass Weights for Fermenting Foods

Adding this weight to the jar shown with carrots pushed the carrots down so much that they are now submerged in the brine.  This will support better fermenting and slow any molds from growing.  Here is an after shot below.

Carrots weighted down with glass weights

Searching around my own local community I could not find anyone who carried weights so I went on-line to purchase.  Receiving the order there was a pleasant surprise upon opening the box.  There was a note from the supplier that explained my purchase had just supported a small family run business.  Reading this was joyful and pleasing for me.  The details of purchasing these through Amazon are below as I would like to continue supporting this family enterprise.

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4-Pack of Fermentation Glass Weights with Easy Grip Handle for Wide Mouth Mason Jar

 

Infusing Garlic Cloves with Apple Cider Vinegar

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP–Living in Natures Love Lifestyles insideawareness.com

 

Here are some pictures demonstrating how simple it is to infuse garlic and apple cider vinegar.  These are easy to create and a tasty addition to garnish, salads and main dishes.  The only ingredients are cloves of garlic and apple cider vinegar.

Preparation

Peel the cloves of garlic being careful to not scare or cut into them.  While you are doing this heat apple cider vinegar without letting it boil.  Add cloves to your jar and cover.  Add lids and put aside to sit and infuse.

If you are concerned about measurements you can pour apple cider vinegar into the empty jars to find out the right amount before adding garlic cloves.  The garlic needs to be covered and the vinegar should almost reach the top of your jar.

Infusing

I noticed that during the infusion process the garlic cloves temporarily turn green.  This is a natural occurring event and part of the infusion process.  It is recommended to leave for 15 to 20 days.  The shorter the time the stronger the flavour.  If you prefer a milder flavour leave to infuse longer.


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Here are the lids I purchased to make fermentation easier.  It came with a pump to burp the jars that makes it easy and  efficient.

Living Foods: Fermented Salsa

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP–Living in Natures Love Lifestyles insideawareness.com

Cutting up the ingredients for this recipe invited anticipation.  It smelled refreshing especially

Fermented Salsa

with the cilantro.  It called for letting this salsa sit to ferment for two or three days.  With our current heat wave I lasted two days before opening!  I tried it with a piece of cod.  This was a nice combination and they paired well together.

I would however let the salsa sit for an extra day in my future batches.  It had a mild flavour and I am imagining with some extra time it would develop a stronger flavour.

The other interesting consideration is that the recipes are American and call for one gallon mason jars.  Not a big commodity in Canada.  This means adjusting the recipes to fit our jars.  The one I used to test this recipe out was a 750 ml which would need 5 jars to make up the gallon.  I adjusted the amounts to fit the 750 ml size jar I was using.  (1 gallon equals 3785.41 ml)

The great thing about playing with this recipe is that I was able to add more ingredients to the leftovers to make a black bean salad.

This recipe for Fermented Salsa will become a familiar one in our kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 1 large Tomato
    • I used my favourite which is Roma.  They didn’t have much flavour so I will go with a local brand that is riper in future.
  • 1/4 cup chopped Cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped Onion
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper chopped
  • 1/2 medium Green Pepper chopped
  • Lime & Lemon juice to taste
  • Large Clove of Garlic Minced
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • Option:  1/4 teaspoon Whey

Process:

  1. Chop all ingredients and mix together with salt, whey, lemon and lime juices in a mixing bowl.  The salt will mix together with the juices from the veggies to create its own brine.
  2. Let sit in bowl covered for up to 20 minutes to let juices create brine.
  3. Add to jar ensuring that the *juice is higher than the veggies.
  • If you are using a regular mason jar and lid remember that you will have to release the air each day which is essentially burping the jar.
  • Glass Weights can be used to make sure veggies stay lower than the juice inside the jar.

 

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Here are the lids I purchased to make fermentation easier.  It came with a pump to burp the jars that makes it easy and  efficient.