Healthy Household: Remedies for Stress, Depression and Grief

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Here are two home remedies for stress, depression and grief. Rhodiola is an adaptogen which helps manage stress and exhaustion common to the grieving process.

Stress, depression and grief are difficult topics to talk about. Most of us suffering from one or all of these states are too exhausted to talk. Here are some home remedies to help manage and overcome these difficult emotions.

Stress, anxiety and grief in children should be treated with a light touch. I use a few drops of Rescue Remedy rubbed into the outer area of the child’s ear for anxiety. (This remedy can also be used on pets too.) A warm cup of Chamomile Tea with some local honey and a heart to heart talk will usually help an anxious child regain their mental balance. Fortunately, most anxiety in children is very short lived. If only adults could learn from a child’s ability to let go of grief.

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Use a light hand when treating a child with anxiety.

If you are on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet these home remedies will be safer than commercial nutraceutical which can have troublesome additives. Unfortunately, no plant is safe for everyone. As a general rule, the leaf, flower and bark of plants are normally safe but roots and fruits with seeds can cause reactions. Always test a new plant to see if you tolerate the plant. Wait at least 72 hours for reactions before assuming a plant is safe. If you react, don’t use the plant. Note the Family name of the plant. You may also have problems with other plants from the same Family. Some people have a mild reaction to a herb and can rotate through a number of herbs to avoid negative outcomes.

Stress Buster Tea
1 part organic Rhodiola Root (Rhodiola rosea), ground
1 part organic Ginkgo Leaf (Ginkgo biloba), ground

When a cup of Chamomile Tea just won’t do the trick, try Stress Buster Tea. Rhodiola is an adaptogen which helps support a stable mood and can moderate mild to moderate depression while helping with fatigue. Ginkgo helps to improve thinking, memory and helps with depression.

In a Vitamix machine or spice grinder, grind an equal amount of Rhodiola root and Ginkgo leaf into a very fine powder. Label and store in a glass jar. To make the tea, add 1tsp of the mixture to 2 cups of boiled water. Cover and let the tea steep for 10 minutes before consuming. Consume the solids at the bottom of the cup for the best result.

Rhodiola Root Extract
1 part organic Rhodiola Root (Rhodiola rosea), dried
4 parts organic Vodka

All plant extracts are made this same way. Use a small pint-sized glass canning jar with a plastic lid. Put the Rhodiola root into the jar. Add the alcohol of choice and fill the jar. Label the jar with the name of the plant, percentage of alcohol, today’s day, and the decanting day. Decanting day will be in six weeks or longer. The jar will need to be turned over every day for at least the first week. On decanting day, use a cotton cloth or metal sieve to squeeze out all the liquid from the roots. Store the extract in a dark glass bottle. If available, use a dropper top for easy dispersal.

To make tea from extract, just pour some hot water into a cup and add about 1/2tsp of extract once or twice a day as needed. If you don’t have any hot water, take the extract sublingually. Hold the extract in your mouth for a minute before swallowing.

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Holy Moly Tea is very easy to make. You will be making it for distressed friends.

Holy Moly Tea
1 part organic Holy Basil leaf (Ocimum tenuiflorum)
1 part organic Lemon Balm leaf (Melissa officinalis)
1 part organic Passionflower leaf (Passiflora incarnata)

Holy Moly Tea is for those very stressful days. You know the days I mean. Holy Basil is an adaptogen which helps with managing stress. Lemon Balm is a mild sedative with a pleasant taste. Passionflower helps with anxiety and insomnia caused by repetitive, circular thinking.

Mix an equal amount of Holy Basil, Lemon Balm and Passion Flower. Label and store in a glass jar. To make the tea, add 1-2T of the mixture to 1L of boiled water. Cover and let the tea steep for at least 30 minutes before consuming. The tea tastes better the longer it steeps. Using a tea cozy or thermos will help keep the tea warm.

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Five Taste Iced Tea is a nice de-stressor at the end of the day.

Five Taste Iced Tea
1-2T organic Schisandra berries (Schisandra chinensis)
1L boiling water

Schisandra is an adaptogen with a long history of use in Chinese medicine. It is said that Schisandra can “calm the heart and quiet the spirit”.

Put the Schisandra berries into a 1L mason jar and fill with boiling water. Cover and let infuse for 12 hours. Serve over ice for a refreshing, stress busting afternoon drink. Eat the soaked berries for the best result.

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This is Reishi fungus slices and dried ginger root. Reishi is an adaptogen with a long history of use in Chinese Medicine, where it is consider a “cure all”.

Reishi Tea
1L filtered water, simmered
10 wildcrafted Reisha fungus (Ganoderma lucidum), slices
1T organic ginger root (Zingiber officinale) (optional)

Reisha is an adaptogen with a long history of use in Chinese Medicine. Most people find Reishi has a nasty taste, but the nasty taste seems to wear-off after drinking the tea for a while. Simmer the Reishi slices in water for 20 minutes before consuming. Try the Reishi tea before adding the ginger. If you can’t stomach the taste of the Reishi tea add the ginger root and simmer for another 10 minutes before consuming.

For more recipes please see Healthy Household: Staying Clean Safely and Saving Money.

Seasonal Foods: Beet Chips

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Beet Chips are a great early spring food to help empty out your root cellar.

Spring is the time to clean out the root cellar. Beets are the last item left in my root cellar. I got these beets last October. The rodents found the beets tasty too. These beets are very sweet and have kept very well over the winter even with the rodent damage. Beet Chips are a good way to use up old beets.

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Beets are the last root vegetable in my root cellar. You can see the rodent damage to the beets.

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Mix the sliced beets with the sea salt and enough olive oil to completely coat the beets.

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Thinly spread the beet slices on two baking trays.

4 large organic beets, thinly sliced
1/4c organic extra virgin olive oil, enough to coat
1tsp sea salt
1 organic bird’s eye pepper, ground (optional)
Cut the beets in half and thinly slice. Try to get the slices the same size. In a large bowl, mix the beet slices with olive oil and sea salt. Use just enough olive oil to cover the beets thoroughly. Cook the beets at 250F for 2 hours for a chewy chip or 300F for 2 hours for a crisper chip. Stir once or twice during the cooking process. At the lower temperature the beets dry out more than cook. At the higher temperature the beets will be crispier but watch the chips carefully to avoid burning. If you start to see the chips discoloring remove from the oven and cool. Sometimes it will take more time to cook the beets if the beets have a high moisture content.

Remove the beet chips from the oven and let cool. The beet chips crisp up during the cooling process. If some beet chips are underdone, remove the chewy or crispy chips from the tray and return the underdone chips to the oven for another 30 minutes. Watch carefully and be patient!

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Have patience with the cooking. It takes time.

WAPF Kamloops Chapter April Potluck

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Bring a nourishing traditional dish to share and your ideas about what you would like to see the  WAPF Kamloops Chapter do in 2014. We hope to see your there!

When: April 6, 2014
Time: 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Where: 781 Sherwood Dr, Kamloops, BC
RSVP: Rhonda Dieni at 778.470.4447

Rhonda Dieni has volunteered to be a new co-leader of the WAPF Kamloops Chapter. Maureen Lefebvre and I are very happy to have her help!

Rhonda will be hosting a potluck at her home. Please bring a nourishing traditional dish to share, and a list of ingredients. Please bring your children!

The WAPF Kamloops Chapter would like to use this potluck as a meet and greet for families interested in nourishing traditional foods. Bring your ideas about what you would like to see the WAPF Kamloops Chapter do in 2014.

Weston A Price Foundation ACTION ALERT for Polish Farmers

I received this Action Alert from the Weston A Price Foundation. They are requesting all Weston A Price Foundation members and people interested in food freedom to commence a letter writing campaign to mobilize against government interference with private property rights and food freedom. This is an act of solidarity with Polish farmers that are facing increased government regulation from the European Union which will put them out of business.

International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside (ICPPC) wants to raise “public awareness of the importance of the small family farm in creating an ecologically sensitive, long-term solution to the countryside, which avoids the destructive consequences of CAP policies. ICPPC is non-governmental organization and co-operates with all who want to promote and protect the Polish countryside’s natural and cultural biodiversity.”


In Poland the battle to save Polish farmland from corporate buy-outs’ continues. But that’s not all the Polish farmers are up against… See link to film. Tractors have been blockading government institutions from 14 January…

Regulations that the Warsaw government has imposed over the years have made it virtually impossible to sell farm processed foods to local shops, schools or private individuals. The only way farmers can conform with the hygiene and sanitary regulations imposed from above, is by carrying out their simple processing tasks in specially designed and equipped buildings that none can afford to build or to adapt… except the very large producers supplying the food industry and supermarkets. Yes, that’s right — it’s all about destroying the competition — which in this case is the small and medium sized independent family farms that produce the best foods!

There are still one and a half million such farms in Poland!

ICPPC is supporting the protesting farmers to highlight this grossly unfair treatment of all who wish to provide fine quality, flavorful and ‘real’ farmhouse-foods in their own localities.

You too can be part of this vital protest…

Join in by sending a brief letter in support of the farmers to Prime Minister Tusk urging him to change the regulations so that family farmers can sell their products locally! And send a copy of your letter to us here at ICPPC: You can donate to ICPPC here.

Contact to Prime Minister:
Premier Rządu RP Donald Tusk, Secretariat of the Prime Minister
Aleje Ujazdowskie 1/3, 00-583 Warszawa, Poland
F: +48 (22) 694 70 53

With greetings,
Jadwiga and Julian

Trick or Treat. I’m Done.

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
Isaiah 30:21

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Carving up pumpkins is a family tradition for Halloween and the Day of the Dead.

If I haven’t convinced you of the health benefits of eating nourishing traditional foods, I never will. If I haven’t convinced you of the dangers of the Industrial Food System, I never will. If I haven’t convinced you of the powerful forces that control the food system, I never will. After 280 posts, I have shared what I have to share. I’m done.

I hope you will find this website of use. There is a list of local food producers and many nourishing traditional recipes. May you and your family have the best of health.

Dealing with Children, Societal Pressure, and Halloween

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