Tuesday, May 18

Wild Herbs

Sip the flavours of the boreal forest with tea from this Thunder Bay company
Wild Herbs

Sip the flavours of the boreal forest with tea from this Thunder Bay company

While Lee-Ann Chevrette's love of the outdoors has been lifelong, an experience she had on a solo canoe trip in Quetico Provincial Park about a dozen years ago was particularly inspirational. "I just felt so alive and so happy," she said. "I felt like like I wanted to capture of the essence of the feeling that I had ... I wanted to bottle it," she said. Shortly after, Boreal Forest Teas was born. The business — which started in 2009 — blends organic cultivated herbs with wild harvested plants from the boreal forest. Jonathan Pinto spoke with Lee-Ann Chevrette, owner of Boreal Forest Teas in Thunder Bay. The business blends organic cultivated herbs with wild harvested plants from the boreal forest. Jonathan started by asking how the business began. Read more at CBC.
Malaysia’s oldest woman still giving advice on herbs, longevity
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Malaysia’s oldest woman still giving advice on herbs, longevity

BUTTERWORTH: March 31, this year marks Annamah Abukutty’s 110th birthday, yet her age has not stopped her from contributing to society. Born and raised in Thachambadi, India, Annamah brought along her knowledge and wealth of experience in Indian traditional herbs when she migrated to then Malaya before the start of World War II. Annamah currently resides in Batu Gajah, Perak with some of her descendants, comprising four children, 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Her son M Subramanian, 73, said that despite her age and disability, villagers around her residence and patients have been visiting her to seek health advice and her wisdom in longevity. Apart from herbal medicine, he said people used to seek her services in midwifery, reflexology and tattooing. Read more at Fre...
How to treat seasonal allergies with wild herbs
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How to treat seasonal allergies with wild herbs

Last night I went to the grocery store to get some medicine for my daughter. She started experiencing symptoms of seasonal allergies last week, so I started giving her an over-the-counter antihistamine. More recently, she’s been experiencing sinus pressure, a runny nose and an upset stomach. My guess is she has a mild sinus infection. So I was in search of an expectorant and nasal decongestant without an antihistamine because we had already been using one and wanted to avoid using more than the recommended amount or an analgesic like acetaminophen because she had never had a fever. After about 20 minutes of scanning and comparing labels, I finally settled on a medication that worked as an expectorant, nasal decongestant and cough suppressant, knowing the medicine included to suppress...
Yaupon: The rebirth of America’s forgotten tea
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Yaupon: The rebirth of America’s forgotten tea

What if you were surrounded by tea and didn’t know it? In an age where tea is the most consumed drink on the planet after water and is expected to become an $81.6bn global industry by 2026, the possibility of living among an endless supply of ready-to-be-picked, wild tea might seem like a far-fetched dream. But across large swaths of the southern United States, such a reality exists. For those who know what to look for, what was once the most widely consumed caffeinated beverage in the Americas comes from a plant growing in plain sight, ignored by most, but deeply rooted deep in history and intrigue. Yaupon (pronounced yō-pon), is a holly bush indigenous to the south-east United States and happens to be North America's only known native caffeinated plant. Keep reading at BBC.
New wild food venture a natural move for award winning chef Paul
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New wild food venture a natural move for award winning chef Paul

Paul Cunningham, head chef and joint owner of Brunel’s award winning restaurant in Newcastle, is keen on foraging for edible seaweed and wild herbs. He’s been acclaimed the best chef in Ireland and featured on BBC’s popular Great British Menu series. Now Paul Cunningham, head chef and joint owner of the award winning Brunel’s Restaurant in Newcastle, is combining his role at the successful eatery with Mourne Larder, a small food enterprise he’s set up recently to specialise in dried sea vegetables and wild herbs as healthy ingredients for home cooks and other professional chefs. A native of Dundrum, Paul (34), a father of two young children, has just launched three natural and original products based on his longstanding love of foraging the Co Down coastline for healthy seaweed an...
TCM herb growth cures farmers’ poverty woes
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TCM herb growth cures farmers’ poverty woes

Zhang Youwen, a 60-year-old farmer in Wuzhai county, Shanxi province, used to grow potatoes and corn on his small patch of land, just as his parents and grandparents had done. Although farmwork kept him busy for most of the year, he only earned a meager income that was barely enough to take care of his family. However, Zhang's life changed in 2017 when he decided to grow huangqi, or astragalus root, a herb used in traditional Chinese medicine, which helped increase his income to more than 10,000 yuan ($1,520), over triple what he earned before. Other farmers in the county have also turned to growing traditional Chinese herbs in recent years to lift themselves out of poverty. Wuzhai, at an altitude of over 1,200 meters, has a cold climate, contributing to smaller crop yields than lower ar...
Captain Cook used a native Australian plant to fight scurvy. Are Indigenous foods the future?
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Captain Cook used a native Australian plant to fight scurvy. Are Indigenous foods the future?

Juru and Kanaka man Gerald Power often hears from people that food eaten by First Nations people in the tens of thousands of years before colonisation did not have much seasoning. It is a myth he is keen to correct. He offered up saltbush as an example, saying many people thought of it as livestock feed. But it was also delicious ground up and rubbed on meat. Mr Power cultivates many edible native plants, including bush basil, curry myrtle and river mint, in a community garden in Orange, in central-western NSW. One of his favourite products is a drink made with lemon myrtle and ironbark honey, but he also spoke highly of warrigal greens, which he loved for their versatility. "It's a thing you can use in stews. I make warrigal pesto out of it," Mr Power said. "It's just so...
How to Use Herbs for Support During Fire Season
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How to Use Herbs for Support During Fire Season

Each fall, Oakland-based herbal pharmacy Five Flavor Herbs stocks up on mullein, marshmallow root, and wild cherry bark. These herbs are tools to protect against fire season, an annual necessity since nearby Santa Rosa was devastated by a series of wildfires in 2017. In 2020, over 3.5 million acres have burned in California alone—and brush fires continue to rage across the state and Oregon. The unprecedented scale of blazes sweeping across the West Coast, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, has infused new urgency into lung protection. Mutual aid organizations are stocking community fridges with free herb bundles, and herbalists are sharing tutorials for how to steam kitchen herbs like rosemary and thyme. Continue reading at MSN
5 Herbs for Health: Grow plants that Look After You
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5 Herbs for Health: Grow plants that Look After You

Did you know the humble aspirin (salicylic acid) is derived from the bark of the willow tree (Salix babylonica)? And the glorious cure for most of days’ #firstworldproblems – caffeine – is harvested from coffee beans (Coffea arabica) and tea leaves (Camellia sinensis)? Most plants contain properties that are beneficial for our health and wellbeing. Herbs are wonderful examples. Depending on the herb, they may contain medicinal properties which can help with reducing inflammation, lower stress, and aid digestion. Plus, their delightful aromas and flavours can be used for variety of culinary uses, too. Leafy herbs like mint and oregano can be grown inside, provided they receive at least 6 hours of sunlight. Fruiting and rooting herbs and spices need at least 6-8 hours of full sun and are ...
How to live longer: The herbal tea that may play a role in preventing and treating cancer
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How to live longer: The herbal tea that may play a role in preventing and treating cancer

One in two people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure or known way to prevent it but evidence hints at the promise of certain items in helping to keep it at bay. A particular herbal tea has displayed promise while helping to manage other health risks. Life expectancy is, to a degree, left to chance - a sobering thought to contemplate. You cannot dodge every threat that comes along but you can reduce your risk of facing them in the first place. What's more, you can take steps to ensure you are well-equipped to confront them. This holds particularly true in relation to chronic diseases, which threaten longevity. Your risk of cancer, for example, can be reduced and your response to it can be improved, by making healthy dietar...