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About 20,000 years ago, our ancestors ate a highly varied diet that supplied all of their major minerals, and the vast majority of their trace minerals. Even as they began to gather less and farm more, their fruits and vegetables still had significant nutritional value, since they were raised in naturally organic, mineral-rich soil, and in keeping with farming practices that returned minerals back into the earth. In fact, up until the days of our grandparents and great-grandparents, most people lived on farms or grew much of their own produce. Even those people living in the cities ate locally grown, seasonal produce that was cultivated using farming practices that helped ensure high mineral content, such as crop rotation, mulching, and manure fertilization.

However, after World War II, farming practices changed radically. Manufacturers of wartime chemicals such as the phosphates and nitrates needed new markets for their products. These chemicals became the raw material for producing fertilizers. By 1960, 97 percent of all crops were treated with chemical fertilizers that used salt-based nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. These quickly became known as the NPK fertilizers (K is the atomic symbol for potassium). While this method of farming created perfectly shaped and colored …

How to Cure Yourself with Herbs, Vegetables and Fruits

Are you experiencing a lack of energy, that quickly leads into: a loss of motivation? If you answer yes, to this question, then the problem could, in fact be, that you are falling ill. While being sick has many disadvantages characterized to it, and is not something anyone expects- until it suddenly happens, many different types of herbs, and produce foods are available that can reverse the curse of a cold. With that being announced, get headed straight to the supermarket to locate your medicine!

Now, there are many types of herbs, vegetables, and fruits which contain healing properties, the body's immune system needs in order to get well, if it by chance is breaking down. The list I have comprised will steer you towards the basics, and consists of common items you will be able to find at most any grocery store. Some of these items can be used regularly, as others, I stress this, can be used only sparingly, because of the high risk of accidently poisoning yourself. Keep in mind that anything you read in this article only offers a suggestion of what may be taken, for the natural build up of immunity. These products should not

info on teaching health to young kids

   My philosophy of education is that students need to have fun while learning. Either by doing hand on projects or art projects while getting the students attention. Group work is also an important way to get students to learn. Anyway I can get a student to learn will make me happy. That is how I feel all teachers should be. It is my job to make sure that students learn in what ever way is possible.  I just hope that in my teaching I can make it fun for them. A fun teacher is a teacher that students remember. It is also the information that students can keep a hold of for a longer period of time. 

      When I am teaching I think having hands on projects will make sense. Students can feel, touch, and smell the concept I am trying to teach. One example would be if we were talking about environmental waste, I could have the students bring in paper and let it build up in the classroom. This will show students how quickly was can build up and cause problems. Then we could gather up the trash and take a tour of the …

Four Things to Look for when Choosing Quality Herbs

Fresh herbs you have grown yourself or purchased fresh from a reputable local seller is always the best way to go. But what if you must purchase them from a lesser known source and you have to use dried herbs?

There really is no need for concern if your only option is the use of dried herbs. With a bit of detective work and taking the time to choose your herbs wisely, you can create wonderful, effective remedies for all of your herbal needs. Dried herbs can be used for making teas, tinctures, lotions, soaps, poultices, etc… Basically, any creation you can make with fresh herbs, you can also make with dried ones. In some instances, you may even find that you prefer dried herbs over fresh ones because their properties are more concentrated so it takes less of the herb to fulfill your recipe needs.

The most important thing to remember when looking for quality herbs is that they should look, smell and taste like they are fresh, even if they are dried. Their effectiveness when you use them will also determine their quality.

Here are four tips to help you find quality herbs wherever you look for them.…

Short Term Herb Storage: Preserving Fresh Produce in Salt, Oil or Water

Certain delicate herbs, such as basil, chervil, chives and parsley, taste best when used fresh. They loose most of their flavor when dried.

Preserving Fresh Herbs

Gather the herbs into a bundle and wrap the bottom of the stems with a moist paper towel. Place the bundle into a resealable plastic bag and store the bag in the vegetable or fruit bin of your refrigerator. Herbs can be stored in this manner for between 2 and 5 days before they will start to wilt.

An alternative method for temporarily storing fresh herbs is to place them in a tall glass which has been filled with 2 to 3 inches of water. Place the herb-filled glass on a countertop in your kitchen making sure to keep it away from the heat of your oven. Change the glass of water every day or two to keep the herbs fresh. Fresh herbs may last for up to one week using this storage method.

Storing Fresh Herbs in Oil

A slightly more permanent way to store fresh herbs is to pack them into a glass jar that is filled with a good quality olive oil. Make sure the herbs you are going to use …

Homemade Herbal Teas and Infusions: The Do-It-Yourself Way to Health

The idea of throwing out that store-bought box of tea bags maybe daunting, but this guide offers all the information needed to prepare fresh, healthy natural teas in the kitchen. Edible plants can be found everywhere, from the spice cabinet to the grocery store to the back yard.

However, anybody planning to consume plants should be armed with a field guide to edible flora and the assurance that no pesticides or chemical fertilizers have come in contact with the plants at any time. No part of a plant should be consumed without a thorough knowledge of the effects, and every consumer should be aware that one part of a plant maybe edible while another part is toxic (for example, honey-suckle blossoms can be eaten, but the berries should not be).

Benefits of Homemade Herbal Teas: What’s the Difference?

Store-bought teas are lacking much of the essential vitamins and minerals that can be found in infusions made with fresh herbs. Homemade teas made with larger pieces of leaves and petals can provide 90 percent of the valuable oils that offer great assistance to the immune system. These teas are great for detoxification, digestion, and relaxation!

With even a small knowledge of …

Chlorella: Your Ticket to a Mercury Free Body | Jash Botanicals

The Age of Toxicity

Heavy metals aren’t music to anyone’s ears. Frequent headaches, dizziness, brain fog, and nausea are just a few of the symptoms that tell us that mercury and other neurotoxic heavy metals are increasingly evident in our air, food, water, and even the medicines we take, causing many members of the medical community to call the 21st Century “The Age of Toxicity”.

These deadly substances kill neurons in our brains and throughout our nervous systems, progressively wreaking havoc with our delicate biological processes. However, one “super hero” in the wings may just be mercury’s kryptonite. It’s a little green algae called chlorella.

Peculiarly, as medicine advances, we find that it’s often wisest to reach back into the past to find natural alternative remedies that work with our bodies, instead of beating our bodies into submission with synthetic pharmaceuticals. Although chlorella was first identified in the late 19th century, this tiny algae has been around since the beginning of time.

What is Chlorella?

Through its 2.5 billion year existence, chlorella has generated specific detoxifying proteins and peptides that combat every existing toxic metal. A single-celled plant, chlorella’s fibrous, indigestible outer shell (the cell wall must be broken before

Japanese Tea Ceremony: Matcha Tea

The Japanese Tea Ceremony can be practiced both at a tea house and in the host’s home should they have a chashitsu which is a special room designed specifically with the intentions of hosting traditional tea ceremonies.

Every single ceremony is treated as an experience that is uniquely special as it will never be repeated in the same way ever again even with the same group of people.

Due to the part it plays as a representative of Japanese culture, Japanese tea ceremony lessons can also be attended by interested visitors to Japan as well as for native Japanese people who wish to learn more about their culture.

Equipment Used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony

Since the Japanese tea ceremony can best be described as being an elaborate affair, there are several specialised pieces of equipment used by the host in order to prepare the matcha tea for their guests.

The four most important pieces of equipment are the chawan which is the tea bowl, the chasen which is the tea whisk, the chashaku which is the tea scoop and the hishaku which is the water ladle made of bamboo.

Part of the tea ceremony is spent with the host …

You Are What You Eat, Or What You Absorb? | Jash Botanicals

Absorbing Nutrients

Everybody seems to think it is easy. Gobble up lots of fruits and veggies, and maybe take a vitamin/mineral supplement, and then you will realize the health benefits—a longer, healthier life.

Guess what? It is not that simple, according to numerous doctors who specialize in nutrition. You are not just what you put into your mouth, and nor are you the supplements you take. According to the specialists—you are what you ABSORB.

Have you ever wondered if the foods you consume or the supplements you take are in fact reaching all the cells in your body? Well, one way would be to be aware of how you feel, however, this may not give you the whole picture. Illnesses may progress over time, while subtle symptoms go unnoticed.

There are some advocates that claim there is an additional and more precise way to establish whether you are absorbing the nutrients in your foods and supplements—getting tested. According to them, it will cost you some money and a little blood, but there are three important benefits to these tests. First, you get a picture of your nutrient levels so you know whether you require supplements or higher dosages. Second, if

Getting Acquainted With Herbs: Building and Toning Herbs

Building and toning herbs help strengthen the body thus improving the functions of all the organs.  These herbs are used to recover from acute diseases, childbirth, debility, emotional instability, etc.

Aphrodisiacs help in cases of impotence and increase sexual drive.  The most common ones are ginseng, sarsaparilla root, saw palmetto and kava kave.

Astringents increase the tone of tissue.  They help reduce secretions from mucuous linings of the body and can be used to heal draining sores.  Some common ones are mullein, elecampane, calendula, rosemary, sage, yarrow, cayenne and plantain.  Many herbalist may list others, depending on their location and what grows locally.

Cardiacs strengthen the power of the heart.  Most notable are hawthorn berry,  motherwort, and cayenne pepper..

Diaphoretics promote persperation to increase elimination of toxins through the skin.  These are divided into three categories.
Stimulating: Garlic, peppermint, ginger, horseradish

Neutral: sassafras, horehound and sarsaparilla

Relaxing: Calendula, chamomile and lemon balm

Emmenagogues correct and tone the functions of the female system.  They promote and regulate normal menstrual function.  Most commonly used are black cohosh, damiana, motherwort and squaw vine.

Galactagogues promote milk production in nursing mothers.  Some of note are raspberry leaf, blessed thistle and dandelion.

Hepatics tone the …