Holy Basil

Lower Stress Hormones and Boost Energy with Holy Basil (aka Tulsi)

Holy Basil tea has been a part of my evening ritual again for the past few weeks. I discovered it last summer and drank a lot of it, but then I couldn’t find it in loose leaf form for about 6 months and so I got out of the habit of drinking it. Finally, I found it again, but I decided that I needed to start growing it so that I would always have a secure supply on hand. It is THAT good. Luckily it is very easy to grow. (You can find seeds here if you decide to grow it.) The pictures are from my Holy Basil plants that are just starting to flower. If you’re still reading, you are probably wondering just what is so awesome about this Holy Basil plant, right? Well, I am just thrilled to answer you! Read on, my friend. Continue reading “Lower Stress Hormones and Boost Energy with Holy Basil (aka Tulsi)”

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm: Calms Anxiety, Encourages Restful Sleep, Fights Viruses and More!

Meet the lovely lemon balm! This relative to mint is so easy to grow; you can basically put it in the ground and forget about it. If you don’t have garden space, you can easily grow it in a container.

Lemon balm is a miracle worker for us humans and a favorite of the bees. It is completely safe for adults and children. In fact, it used to be a combined with chamomile and dill as common colic remedy for fussy babies. Made as a tea, it is so tasty! If you are interested in learning more about herbal remedies, Rosemary Gladstar has an excellent introductory book called Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide. I highly recommend it!  Read on to find out what you can use lemon balm for. Continue reading “Lemon Balm: Calms Anxiety, Encourages Restful Sleep, Fights Viruses and More!”

Homemade Tincture

Homemade Tinctures: How and Why to Make them

Homemade tinctures are as easy to make as putting herbs and alcohol in a glass jar and waiting! Should I back up and remind you what a tincture is first? A tincture is a highly concentrated extract of herbs. Tinctures provides a concentrated dose of the herb which can be taken by the dropper and mixed into water or juice.

Why use a tincture?

There are a few reasons to take a tincture. First, a tincture is good for herbs that are not very tasty and you would not be able to suffer through a cup of tea made from them. Second, it is good for roots and barks that are harder to get the active constituents out by hot water steeping. Third, you can use a tincture to simply save time. Maybe you would need to drink 3 cups of an herbal tea (also called a tisane) but instead can take a dropper full of the tincture in juice or water three times a day. They can especially be good for children who may not want to drink a whole cup of tea. Third, tinctures are good for acute situations, such as the onset of the flu or a cold sore, where you want to get a lot of an herb into your body quickly. Read on to learn how to make your own tinctures. Continue reading “Homemade Tinctures: How and Why to Make them”

Baked beans

Dutch Oven Baked Beans with Maple and Bacon

These Dutch Oven Baked Beans with Maple and Bacon are a great side to make if you are grilling this Father’s day. They go great with my Sourdough Cornbread,  Probiotic Potato Salad, and Carrot and Cabbage Coleslaw! You could even start off with some Homemade Ranch Dip and Veggies. Crack a cold one or pour yourself a kombucha spritzer and you’re ready! These baked beans are so delicious, are easy to make and you can make them ahead of time leaving you free to socialize with your family! Continue reading “Dutch Oven Baked Beans with Maple and Bacon”

Homemade Ranch Dip with a veggie tray

Magnesium-rich Homemade Ranch Dip (or Dressing)

This homemade ranch dip is loaded with magnesium and probiotics as well as other important nutrients. There is no guilt when dipping your veggie (or even your cracker) into this delicious dip! I have written the recipe using dried herbs assuming that unless it is summer you probably won’t have all of them on hand. If you do happen to have them fresh, just use about half of the amount. Fresh herbs have more magnesium and other vitamins and minerals than dried, of course. Before I get to the recipe, let me break down the nutritional highlights of this homemade ranch for you. Continue reading “Magnesium-rich Homemade Ranch Dip (or Dressing)”

Marshmallows

Homemade Marshmallows made with Gut Healing Ingredients

These homemade marshmallows have collagen rich grass-fed gelatin and contain a decoction of marshmallow root. Both are healing to the gut lining. They use maple syrup and honey instead of corn syrup or refined sugar. They are still a treat, however, and I recommend just having one if you can stop yourself. Best made and taken to a party or campfire to share!  Continue reading “Homemade Marshmallows made with Gut Healing Ingredients”

Probiotic Potato Salad

Probiotic Potato Salad: Feed Your Microbiome with Resistant Starch and “Good” Bacteria

This nutrient dense, delicious recipe for probiotic potato salad gets its probiotics from the lacto-fermented mayonnaise, the raw apple cider vinegar, and the lacto-fermented pickles. Also, the cooked and cooled potatoes are full of resistant starch to feed your microbiome. This twist on an old classic is perfect for barbecues, picnics, and camping and is quick to prepare. As usual, I would like to break down the nutritional value for you. Continue reading “Probiotic Potato Salad: Feed Your Microbiome with Resistant Starch and “Good” Bacteria”

Tiger Nut Milk

Tiger Nut Milk (AKA Horchata de Chufa) and Soaked Tiger Nuts: Tasty Treats With Resistant Starch

If you are looking to add more resistant starch to your diet (and you should be ;), here are two easy and tasty ways to do so. 

Tiger Nuts as a Simple Snack

Since tiger nuts have been dried to allow for long storage, you will need to rehydrate them. Soak your tiger nuts in water for at least 12 hours and up to 48. The soaking time will change the texture. Less soaking equals crunchier tiger nuts and more equals softer tiger nuts. You can also add flavorings such as cinnamon sticks and or vanilla beans to the soaking water. Drain and let dry and enjoy!! 

Horchata de chufa (tiger nut milk)

Another tasty way to get the benefits of tiger nuts, such as resistant starch, is horchata de chufa. Instead of being made from rice, this Spanish horchata is made from tiger nuts. Continue reading “Tiger Nut Milk (AKA Horchata de Chufa) and Soaked Tiger Nuts: Tasty Treats With Resistant Starch”