Cleavers (Galium aparine)

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

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Also Known as: Goosegrass, Barweed, Catchweed, Clivers, Goosegrass,  Grip Grass,  Sticky-willy,  Zhu Yang

Uses:  Culinary, Pot Herb, Medicinal, Dye, Detox, Coffee Substitute, Love Potion, Weight Control, Anti Aging, Tonic

Parts used:  Seeds, Flowers, Leaves, Roots

Preparation:  Fresh, Dried, Tincture, Tea, Flower Essences,  Tea, Juicing, Poultice, Wash

Recipes


  • Symbolizes:   Finding Love
  • Language of Flowers meaning:  Tenacity, I am determined to win your love.
  • Associated with: Binding Love, Crown Chakra
  • Element:  Water
  • Governed by:  Saturn, Venus, Moon

Culinary

Cleavers are from the Rubiaceae family, the same family as coffee.  The seeds can be dried  ground into a coffee substitute.  Cleavers are valued more as a medicinal than an edible tho’ young shoots can be eaten fresh and added to bulk up soups, eggs and stew type dishes.  The best way to extract this plants nutrients and medicinal values is through cold infusion, making it great for  juicing.  However the pulp may need to be filtered out.

Health and Wellness

Cleavers are highly valued as a medicinal remedy and diuretic in Asia as an internal and external agent.  Externally it is used as a poultice for inflammation and wound care, and a wash for calming for edema inflammation, treating rashes, boils and cysts.   Infusing it as tea can brings down fevers, be calming for sleep and a powerful detox for the lymphatic system and liver.  It has been used to reduce high blood pressure, weight loss and due to its astringent properties to tighten skin.

Dye Plant

The roots of the Cleaver plant is used to make red dye.

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Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  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.


Copyright 2014 – 2018  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

‘Parsley’s not just a garnish!’

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

Garden Fresh Parsley Seeds

Parsley (petroselinum crispum / hortense) – Biennial

  • Symbolizes:  Festivity, joy, victory and releases bitter emotions
  • Uses:  Nutrition, Medicinal, Freshen Breath, Laxative, Detox
  • Parts Used:  Leaves, Seeds, Roots
  • Preparation:  Juicing, Recipes, Tea, Tinctures, Infused Waters, Oil & Vinegar

There are two types of parsley grown for its leaves available in the Pacific Northwest.  One is a flat leaf called Italian Parsley and the second is curly leaf parsley.  In the Roman age it was considered  medicinal long before it became a common day-to-day edible sold in the veggie department of the corner store. A more recent form is root parsley.

Nutrients & Qualities in Parsley: 

Parsley contains Vitamins A, K, C, E, B6, B12, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folic and pantothenic acid, choline, folates, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, copper, beta carotene,  energy, carbohydrates, fats, and protein.

It is a source of the volatile compounds apiol, myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene.


Medicinal Uses

Parsley can be used medicinally for the following :

  • Adrenals
  • Allergies
  • Appetite
  • Asthma
  • Bone
  • Breath
  • Cancer
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Detox
  • Digestion
  • Diuretic
  • Ear Infections
  • Fatigue
  • Gallstones
  • Gout
  • Heart
  • Immunity
  • Inflammation
  • Insect bites
  • Kidney Stones
  • Laxative
  • Liver
  • Oral
  • Skin Conditions
  • Urinary Tract

Master Herbalist Nicholas Culpeper  on Parsley:

It is under the dominion of Mercury; is very comfortable to the stomach; helps to provoke urine and women’s courses, to break wind both in the stomach and bowels, and doth a little open the body, but the root much more. It opens obstructions both of liver and spleen, and is therefore accounted one of the five opening roots. Galen commended it against the falling sickness, and to provoke urine mightily; especially if the roots be boiled, and eaten like Parsnips. The seed is effectual to provoke urine and women’s courses, to expel wind, to break the stone, and ease the pains and torments thereof; it is also effectual against the venom of any poisonous creature, and the danger that comes to them that have the lethargy, and is as good against the cough. The distilled water of Parsley is a familiar medicine with nurses to give their children when they are troubled with wind in the stomach or belly which they call the frets; and is also much available to them that are of great years. The leaves of Parsley laid to the eyes that are inflamed with heat, or swollen, doth much help them, if it be used with bread or meal; and being fried with butter, and applied to women’s breasts that are hard through the curdling of their milk, it abates the hardness quickly; and also takes away black and blue marks coming of bruises or falls. The juice thereof dropped into the ears with a little wine, eases the pains.

Culpeper was an English Botanist,  Master Herbalist, Physician, and Astrologer.


How to use Parsley:

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Recommended Reading:

Review:  Daisy S – For years, when I was served parsley as a garnish on a plate of food in a cafe, I just left it there. Later on, I learned that Parsley is a great vegetable to eat and full of vitamins and minerals And when I discovered this helpful book, I wanted to learn even more about Parsley. The book has been TRANSFORMING in that I have learned so much about parsley, why I want to eat more parsley and why parsley is so healing to the body


Resources:

  1. Compounds in parsley and dill help fight cancer, research shows“. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. 2016 June.
  2. Carnosol: a promising anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory agent“. University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. 2011 June.
  3. Luteolin, a flavonoid with potentials for cancer prevention and therapy“. National University of Singapore, Singapore. 2009 November.
  4. Parsley can fight cancer“. Hartland.
  5. Effect of parsley (Petroselinum crispum, Apiaceae) juice against cadmium neurotoxicity“. King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. 2016 February.
  6. Natural products as alternative treatments for metabolic bone disorders and for maintenance of bone health“. University of Reading, UK. 2007 February.
  7. Protective Effect of Parsley Juice“. King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. 2016 February.
  8. Facts about Vitamin C1“. University of Florida.
  9. Antimicrobial effects of pepper, parsley…”. Assuit University, Egypt. 2010 April.
  10. Chemical composition, antioxidant and antimicrobial activity…”. Miguel Hernandez University, Spain. 2016 March.
  11. The antibacterial activity of aqueous extraction of…” An-najah National University, Palestine.
  12. Antiosteoporotic effect of Petroselinum crispum…”. Beni-Suef University, Egypt.
  13. Hepatoprotective effects of parsley…”. Beni-Suef University, Egypt. 2016 February.
  14. Effects of parsley…”. Istanbul University, Turkey. 2004 December.
  15. Vitamin A”. University of Rochester Medical Center.

Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only. 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.

 

 

Have you tried Edible Diatomaceous Earth yourself or given it to your pets?

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP:  This post may contain Affiliate Links, thank you in advance for your support!  Renee

Recently an old cat came to visit and never left.  It’s previous own arrived with him and had a particular way of feeding him.  As far as I could tell he was starving and with a younger cat in our home this older one had access to more food.  What I didn’t realize was that the purpose of not feeding the cat was a strategy as he couldn’t digest it properly.  In short order I had a very constipated cat!

It took some time and persistence to get him through this and for his system to start to work easier.  I learned how to give a cat an enema and about Lactulose that a mobile vet clinic had suggested.

As things began to settle down I wondered about the condition of this cat and the possibility of any parasites it may have and passed on to our other cat.  Researching a natural way of ridding them of anything they may have I came across Edible Diatomaceous Earth.  I was drawn to the health benefits that I was reading about and decided to give it a try.  I have added a small bit to their meal and tried it myself.  It is healthy for humans and animals.

The first thing I noticed was a detox effect as it cleaned out my colon and bowel in a way that I have never experienced using any other product!  Would I recommend this as a laxative?  You bet I would!  I used to love Avena’s Herbal Detox as when using it, I would have good results and not be left with any discomfort. It would leave my insides feeling happy.  This is the same experience drinking a glass of Edible Diatomaceous Earth.  The difference was it was immediate and my system became noticeably alkaline.  I am impressed by this product and wish i would have known about it when doing a Mercury Detox some years ago!

What I learned about Edible Diatomaceous Earth

It is ground up fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms, the primary food source for marine life.  Diatoms shells are made up mostly of silica.  Silica is an important trace mineral for our health and has a direct relationship to mineral absorption. For optimal health, the average human body needs to hold about seven grams of silica, a quantity far exceeding the figures for other important minerals such as iron and calcium.

I decided to use it on the cats and then myself when reading that it could eliminate free radicals, viruses, insects, parasites and other harmful organisms.  However I also learned that if  used as a daily treatment, Edible Diatomaceous Earth can ease the potentially deadly risks of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity. Silica is a destroyer of bad fat in the body!  It is also an important component of human ligaments, cartilage, and musculature.  I learned that it increases the body’s use of calcium, improves bone mineralization, protects joints and fights the  effects of aging.  Not only is it a highly effective anti-inflammatory and internal cleansing agent for the body it has been known to help with vertigo, headaches, tinnitus, and insomnia.

How much to take:

  • Cats

I give the cats a 1/4 of a teaspoon or less mixed into their food, one meal a day.

  • Myself

I began mixing a tablespoon with water twice a day.  The detox effects where quick and I cut back to once a day so my body could become used to its effects.  It wasn’t painful, I simply found myself on the toilet all day long!  After a week I increased the amount.  

It is a fine and light powder due to its high porosity. It mixes easily into liquids and foods. Most people take a teaspoon or a tablespoon two or three times a day (up to a total of one-quarter cup per day) for best results.

It can be mix it into water, juice, smoothies or other foods.


It has been approved by the FDA and isn’t know to have any dangerous side effects. However, always check with your Doctor if you have any concerns.


It’s other uses:

  • Tooth Whitener – I have added to my natural homemade toothpaste
  • House Cleaning
  • Fleas & Bed Bugs:  Not long ago I worried about the cats and fleas.  Now I have a solution as this powder can be used as a de-flier, and for bed bugs!  

Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  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.

Bamboo

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP:  This post may contain Affiliate Links for your convenience, thank you in advance for your support!  Renee

 

In 2012 my son and I received an offer to come by a clients and dig up some bamboo that was invading their driveway.  After planting it the shoots all died back and I wondered if bamboo would ever grow.  For two years it sat idle and it wasn’t until the third season it began to grow.  It grew quickly and by the fourth it was filling in the spaces between plants. Now it is hardy with a steady growth of new stocks and leaves. It is strong and flexible.

Bamboo is the a fast growing woody plant that is considered a grass in the true grass family Poaceae.  This family has over 10,000 species native to Asia and imported to North America as a decorative plant for landscaping.

Making Tea with Bamboo Leaves

There are a number of different types of bamboo leaves used for commercial  tea processing.  The Indocalamus Longiauritu pictured above is the bamboo that I have growing in my garden.

I have discovered the leaves of the Indocalamus Longiauritu were in a Chinese scientific study that suggests it has comparable components, biological activity and effective qualities to ginkgo leaves. The extract of the leaves was shown to have excellent resistance to radical, anti-oxidation, anti-aging, lowering of blood lipid and micro-circulation of blood cholesterol, dilated capillaries, clearing up, activation of the brain and memory, improve sleep, fight cancer, and had an effect of  beautifying the skin.

These bamboo leaves contain a lot of flavone and lactone, chlorophyll, amino acids, polysaccharides, vitamins, trace elements and other nutrients.  Active ingredients found are flavonoids compounds, biologically active polysaccharides and other phenolic acid derivatives, Anthraquinone compounds, amino acids and terpene Lactone, special active peptides, manganese, zinc, selenium and other trace elements.

They found it could efficiently regulate body fat, and has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, improve immunity function.

In North America the Tea wholesalers suggest that Bamboo Leaf Tea has 10 times the amount of vegetable silica than horsetail.  Horsetail has 5-8% vegetable silica versus the bamboo plant which is made up of 70% silica.  Vegetable silica helps to fix calcium, so that the body can store more of this mineral and then use it to repair bones, collagen and other body tissues.  Silica is water-soluble and so it is highest in the tea.  If the body doesn’t use the silica it flushes it  out of the body.  Therefore drinking tea through the day is recommended.

A high silica content has shown to cut hair loss, increase growth and improve vitality.

Steps for preparing Bamboo leaves for Tea

  1. Pick new bamboo leaves
  2. Wash & drain leaves
  3. Dry fry in a pan until leaves start to turn brown

Preparing Bamboo Tea

  1. Gently bring dried bamboo leaves to a boil
  2. Reduce after a few minutes and steep to taste.

If you don’t have bamboo in your garden, get tea here:

Bamboo Leaf Tea

30 Day Bamboo Leaf Tea Challenge


Bamboo as a Medicinal

Bamboo leaves have been used in Chinese medicine for hundreds of years and in the Indian Ayurveda.  They have used  the Bamboo leaf extract and tea for detoxification of the body, to aid in digestion, in the treatment of blood diseases and inflammation, for protection against cancer and for improving sleep quality.

Bamboo is considered sweet, cooling, diuretic, febrifuge, expectorant and controls vomiting, stems bleeding and has been used for bacterial infections.


 

Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  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.