Herb Teas for Cleansing the Blood, Liver and Kidneys

Even if you don’t have liver problems, your liver is old enough to need cleansing. My liver will be sixty years old soon, for goodness sake!
Recipe of the Day – Liver cleansing Tea
Ingredients:
Choose from one of the following:

Ginger helps control blood sugar. Studies have also shown that ginger can help treat nonalcoholic fattly liver disesase (NAFLD)

Roselle is a species of hibiscus with a cranberry-like flavor. It has diuretic effects on the body and may assist with kidney filtration.

Parsley can also help protect the liver. It helps the kidneys get rid of waste. Throw a leaf in your tea!

Dandelion is a diuretic, which helps filter waste from the blood and improves liver function.

Green Tea improves liver health by reducing fat deposits, which is why a lot of people use it to lose weight. Drink at least four cups a day.

Directions: Put a teaspoon of the fresh or dried herb in a cup, and pour almost boiling water over it. Let steep for twenty minutes.

Word of the Day –hígado – liver

Tip of the Day – Drink at least four cups a day, of your choice liver cleanser. And vary them throughout the month/ Sweeten with a little stevia or honey, if you want.

Muscle Relaxant Tea

Been having a lot of trouble with my back lately – the tail end of the watering/dry season, where I spend hours in the garden. Here’s my relaxing tea for tired and painful back muscles/herniated disc. Helps me sleep, too!

Recipe of the Day – Relaxation Tea

Ingredients:

1 c. chamomile flowers

1 c. lemon balm

1 c. passionflower leaves and flowers

1/2 c. grated ginger

1/3 c.  poppy seeds

1/2 c. valerian

Directions: For a big batch, mix the herbs above. You can cut it down to one teaspoon, where it says one cup, and 1/2 tsp. where it says 1/2 cup!

Word of the Day – sedante/sedativo – sedative

Tip of the Day – Chamomile is a mild sedative, and lemon balm improves mood and is a mild pain reliever. Passionflower (above) is another mild sedative, very calming, and ginger enhances the effects of the other herbs! Add stevia or other sweeteners to taste.

 

Tepache

I had this drink in Agave Blu – one of the Mexican Restaurants here in town. Honestly, the gals I was with and I thought it was cranberry juice. But, no! A wickedly delicious, fermented drink known as Tepache. The chef keeps it raw, so that all the natural bacteria is intact. Here’s his recipe, or one close to it while I was rapidly storing his words in my brain!

Recipe of the Day –  Tepache

Ingredients
  • ½ pineapple cut into chunks (leave skins on)
  • ½ c. panela
  • 4 c. water
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp. each of cinnamon, cardamom , Jamaica flower and sweet pepper.
Directions:
  1. Wash the pineapple and  cut into chunks.
  2. Mix the panela and pineapple chunks,water and  spices, and add to a large glass jar or pitcher.
  3. Cover with a cotton cloth or towel and let sit on the counter in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight for 3 days.
  4. Tepache will become cloudy in 2-3 days and white foam will form on the surface.
  5. Scoop out the white foam that forms.
  6. Serve over ice.
  7. Word of the Day –fermentacion – fermentation

Tip of the Day – Use organic pineapple, so you don’t get the pesticides in there!

Walnut Cream Smoothie

Using the walnut butter in the previous recipe, this makes a wonderful smoothie with coconut cream – from the inside of the coconut.

Recipe of the Day – Walnut Cream Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 c. coconut cream

1 c. coconut milk from the coconut

1 T. cacao powder

1 T. walnut butter

2-3 drops Stevia

Directions: Blend.

Word of the Day – usar – to use

Tip of the Day – This is pretty rich, so watch out! I don’t know if I can finish this one glass!

Boldo Tea

This is an herb I got in the Otavlo Market – the Boldo leaf, used to treat mostly ailments of the liver, bladder and protate, but also for the gallbladder and gallstones. It’s also fo insomnia, rheumatism, cystitis, gonorrhea, syphilis, colds, constipation, indigestion and earache. It’s been used traditionally to rid the intestines of worms, as a mild sedative and nerve tonic..

Recipe of the Day – Boldo Tea

Ingredients: a couple leaves Boldo.

Directions. Take a couple leaves of Boldo and pour hot, almost boiling water over. Cover and let steep for 20 minutes.  This cup also has a twig of horsetail in it!

Word of the Day – liver – higado

Tip of the Day – What I do, to see if herbs work well together, is to taste the tea of each individually, smell and taste both. If they’re both calm, or of the same feeling, I combine them!

Cherry Green Smoothie

My daughter says, I was watching a documentary about Mae West and one of her lines was “do you believe in love at first sight?” Mae says, “It certainly saves time…”

Recipe of the Day – Cherry Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

2 stalks organic celery, washed and chopped

1 frozen banana, chopped

1 handful cherries (strawberries or other berries)

1 c. tea, water, coconut milk or other seed/nut milk, even oat milk!

Directions: Blend all until creamy with a little water or rejuvelac, if desired.

Word/Phrase of the Day – amor a primera vista – love at first sight

Tip of the Day – Substitute other berries, if you like! Acai, blueberries, etc….

 

Rejuvelac Video

A friend told me about Borax for candida and other problems. I said, “Borax? You mean the soap powder?” And yes indeed, it is!

http://www.health-science-spirit.com/borax.htm

Use as essential Mineral: Firstly dissolve a lightly rounded teaspoonful (5-6 grams) of borax in 1 litre of good quality water.  This is your concentrated solution keep it out of reach of small children.

Standard dose = 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of concentrate. This has 25 to 30 mg of borax and provides about 3 mg of boron.  Take 1 dose per day mixed with drink or food.  If that feels right then take a second dose with another meal.  If there is no specific health problem or for maintenance you may continue indefinitely with 1 or 2 doses daily.

If you do have a problem, such as arthritis, osteoporosis and related conditions, cramps or spasms, stiffness due to advancing years, menopause, and also to improve low sex hormone production, increase intake to 3 or more spaced-out standard doses for several months or longer until you feel that your problem has sufficiently improved. Then drop back to 1 or 2 doses per day.

For treating Candida, other fungi and mycoplasmas, or for removing fluoride from the body – using your bottle of concentrated solution:

Low dose for low body weight: 100 ml or 1/8 teaspoon of borax powder or 500 mg; best with or after main carbohydrate meal.

Medium dose for heavier individuals or more pervasive Candida: 200 ml or 1/4 teaspoon/1000 mg of borax powder; take with or after 2 meals.

High dose for strong fungal/Candida problems such as autoimmune diseases, cancer or dementia: ½ tsp of borax powder mixed with food.

Always start with a lower dose and increase gradually to the intended or effective maximum. Take the effective amount as long as required for 4 or 5 days a week, or interrupt for one week each month, or periodically alternate between borax and another fungicide.

For vaginal thrush fill a large size gelatine capsule with borax and insert it at bedtime for one to two weeks. With toe fungus or athlete’s foot wet the feet and rub them with borax powder.

You may take borax mixed with food or in drinks. It is rather alkaline and in higher concentrations has a soapy taste. You may disguise this with lemon juice, vinegar or ascorbic acid.

Photo feom BigOven

Recipe of the Day – Rejuvelac

Ingredients:

1/4 c. sprouted spring wheatberries

1 gallon water jar with sprouting lid,

mesh or nylon with rubberband

Directions:

Pour the berries in a jar. Fill the jar with water. Pour the water off the next day. Fill with water and pour it off, through the straining lid, for 2-3 days until they’ve sprouted. Fill it with water and let sit for 2-3 days while it ferments. Smell it, and when it has a slightly sour, lemony taste, it’s working. Gently stir with a wooden spoon twice day. The third day decant into a jar, and that’s your rejuvielac. Refrigerate so it doesn’t keep fermenting.

Word of the Day – fermentacion – fermentation
Tip of the Day – Start with an ounce a day to start developing the good bacteria in your body. Even the most serious of bacteria will be destroyed.

Grapefruit Green Juice Video

Some people say not to combine greens with citrus. But after all these years, I do what works with my body.Meaning, no gas or discomfort afterwards, only feeling good!

Recipe of the Day –

Ingredients:

1 grapefruit, peeled and seeded

1/2 ” ginger, grated

3 drops lemon ginger, liquid

1/2 c. water

Directions:

Wash a head of greens – lettuce, cucumber, spinach or kale, parsley Juice with the grapefruit, ginger stevia,  water .Drink immediately. The stevia cuts the bitterness of the grapefruit and makes it truly delicious! t!

Word/Phrase of the Day – pruebalo- try it!

Tip of the Day – Try it with lemon or orange, instead of grapefrui

Raw Snacks Video

I’m teaching Tai Chi up at Matt Monarch’s Raw Food Retreat right now. Reminding me, as I talk with the guests, that people need Ideas, things you can do on the run, to take to work, to travel with or at home, to keep you on a raw food diet. Here’s a video suggesting a good handful.

Word of the Day –lista – list

Tip of the Day – Having the food in front of you is a big necessary plus on a raw food diet. Make a grocery list as you watch the video!

 

Brazil Nut Nog

I brought back a yoga swing from the States. My other one broke underneath me, after being out in the rain for years!   This one is specifically to hang upside from – five times a day, three minutes each. To cure my herniated disc, as my chiropractor recommended. He cured his in the same way~ I’ve been doing it just one time a day, or two sometimes, for just a few days, and have ZERO pain, as if my back had never had a problem. Whoa.

Recipe of the Day – Brazil Nut Nog

Ingredients:

1 c. brazil nuts

3 small dates, pitted

4 c. pure water

a few grains each of cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom

optional : vanilla, maple syrup, honey or agave, cacao powder, carob powder

Directions:

Soak brazil nuts for 12 hours. (or cashews, almonds, macadamia nuts). Let them sit out and dry for 12 hours. Soak the dates for 10 minutes or more. Blend the nuts with water. Strain through a cheesecloth or nut bag. Put liquid back into blender with a few grains of : cinnamon nutmeg cardamon, the dates and date water. Blend until creamy and chill! Save the brazil nut pulp to use in raw crackers, breads or cookies!

Word of the Day – traído – brought

Tip of the Day – Hard to get brazil nuts here, but I just got back from the States, so I was lucky!