Hop Flowers are not only beer-making blossoms, but are also naturally calmative and sedative which contributes to the relaxing effects of beer. Like most herbs, Hops contains a range of phytochemical actions, one being a strong estrogenic action. So here’s the first factoid I want to hit you with. The phytoestrogens in beer are the most potent botanical estrogens found to date. 50 times more potent than soy.
The studies on this are too vast to mention, and the opinions have bounced around more than beer pong, so i’m sure if you google this, you’ll find a library of info. If you’re a man, you might be wondering about the rumored man boobs referred to as ‘moobs’ being caused by the estrogen in beer. If you choose to study this on your own, I urge you to check the dates on the studies you find, as anything before 2019 is seriously outdated news. Spoiler alert - the most recent studies on the topic may give heavy beer drinkers cause to...
Ok - warned you. I’m unwavering when it comes to the quality of our drinking water. It's truly our most precious resource and the last few generations have essentially peed in the global pool. (As if that’s all we’ve done)
You drink ‘Bottled Water’ you say. Sadly, the FDA uses the same water standard as the EPA, so both bottled water and tap water adhere to the same water standard. The trouble with bottled water is - even if your plastic is BPA-free, your body is now inundated with microplastics, which are microscopic shards of plastic from the bottles. We didn’t know that was a thing until scientists started finding microplastics in marine life.
If you didn’t catch the last blogs on my water-rant, I reviewed the FDA, EPA, and local water treatment plants, and their inability to keep up with our pollution frenzie. To keep the water flowing, they’ve had to bump up the level of what they consider...
Time to begin some harvesting and drying! Let's start with this Headache Formula that you'll make right out of your garden! Start with Rosemary. Cut branches about 18" long and hang to dry in a dark, dry place. I see people hang their herbs outside to dry - which is cute in pictures, but they need to be in a dark place, hanging in tight mesh bug-proof bags.
Next, harvest some Feverfew if you haven't already. Don't take more than a third of your plant at a time and it should continue to grow back for another 2 or 3 harvests before the end of the season. We use aerial parts, but many herbalists think the leaves are the strongest. I haven't tested this theory - just be sure and get the leaves along with the blossoms. Dry in a tight mesh bag in a dark, cool place. While you're in the garden, grab some Lemon Balm and dry that in the same way. After two weeks, your herbs should be completely dried. Make sure they crunch when you squeeze them. I like to powder my rosemary, but it's only...
Garlic, or Allium Sativum
This stinky beauty adds a sharp, earthy aroma to our favorite dishes and is loved by chefs and cooks around the world. Garlic has long been hailed as a natural cure for whatever ails us, but conclusive studies are still ongoing. We do know that garlic has positive effects on diabetes, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels.
Slippery Elm has been harvested for thousands of years for its ability to protect against acid reflux, and foster the growth of friendly bacteria in the gut while fighting off dangerous pathogens.
The problem is, like so many good things, it was harvested to the point of dangerous short supply, and today there are very few mature trees left in the West. Hopefully, in time, forests will regrow and we'll have access to this remarkable tree again.
For most of my generation, we’ve reveled in the magic of DNA, knowing that everything from our eye color to our propensity to develop Alzheimer’s disease was there in our genetic code - our cellular DNA. We were predetermined from birth to grow to a specific height, have musical talent, run a 2-minute mile, and in time, lose our memory.
In the last 15 years, new studies and discoveries have pointed us in a new direction. According to Dr. Joel Wallach, author of ‘Epigenetics’, and Godfather of the Epigenetics movement, our DNA is like a keyboard of possibilities, capable of typing any number of words.
Wallach tells us that the state of our body is determined by which of those keys are pushed or activated. The DNA activation process is called ‘Gene Expression’.
And the million-dollar question is, What causes an unwanted Gene expression?
Toxins and deficiencies are the triggers that flip the DNA switch of disease in our bodies....
Sugar is bad. You know.
Despite knowing better, you’re still fighting the sugar battle every time your kids grab a cookie, every time you push your cart past the ice cream aisle, or every day at 4:00 pm when no one’s looking.
Our Western diet has been built around sugar and complex carbohydrates, and for many of us, the idea of a cookie or a ‘treat’ was the reward we got for good behavior. And for many adults, it’s still a comforting, rewarding, connecting act of self-love to sit down with a cupcake or scoop of ice cream after a long day.
But it’s never without guilt because we KNOW sugar is bad for us. Really Bad. What many adults don’t know is that sugar and complex carbs are very difficult to resist. Not because we’re all food weaklings, but because according to new studies, these sugar and complex carbs are as addictive as many recreational drugs, which explains why detoxing from sugar and carbs feels like it might be...
Many people haven’t heard the term ‘Toxic Eating’ so for simplification, we’ll use a car as an example. Putting water in a gas tank fills the space, but can almost certainly ruin the inside of the gas tank. The water can’t be burned through the fuel system, and must be drained from the tank, or the engine won’t start. I’m no mechanic (understatement) but I believe it’s quite a difficult problem to repair.
Consider Toxic eating in a similar way. Garbage foods with empty calories might fill up the space inside us, even taste good, but we underestimate the damage they do once those chemicals get inside our bodies. And contrary to popular belief,
As we dig into the root cause of disease, and this month Diabetes in particular, we’ll take a look at our bodies as an...
Baicalin is one or our most valued herbs and plays a key role in several of our formulas. It has a bitter taste and bright yellow root, making it distinctive in most formulas. Research tells us that Baicalin suppresses body weight gain and the conversion of excess glucose to visceral fat, which makes it a vital ingredient in our Insulin Resistance formula. Baicalin holds serum cholesterol down, along with the free fatty acids that clog up the works due to bad diet, while guarding against insulin concentrations.
Milk Thistle may be a volunteer in your garden, but don't miss the chance to harvest the seeds before getting rid of this giant thistle. Giant green leaves with gray veins, Milk Thistle has been used to heal troubled livers for thousands of years. New studies are also finding it to be extremely valuable in addressing Type 2 Diabetes by restoring the plasma membrane of liver cells and increasing the sensitivity of the insulin receptors.
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