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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha): Germany's Commission E has endorsed
powdered myrrh for the treatment of mild inflammations of the mouth
and throat because it contains high amounts of tannins. Myrrh
improves digestion, diarrhea and immunity. It treats coughs, gum
disease, wounds, candida, overactive thyroid and scanty
menstruation. Used for: amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, menopause, cough,
asthma, bronchitis, arthritis, rheumatism, traumatic injuries,
ulcerated surfaces, anemia, pyorrhea. Used to kill yeast (10
capsules daily).
Myrrh is used internally for stomach complaints, tonsillitis,
phayrngitis and gingivitis, and externally for ulcers, boils and
wounds. Acts directly and rapidly on peptic glands to increase
activity, in this way increasing digestion. Promotes absorption and
assimilation of nutrients. Good for obesity and diabetes. For inner
ear infections, combine equal parts of echinacea and mullein with one-
part myrrh to make a tea.
Increases circulation, stimulates flow of blood to capillaries.
Clears out mucus-clogged passages throughout the body. Antiseptic to
mucus membranes, regulates secretions of these tissues. Good for
glandular fever, fever symptoms like cold skin, weak pulse.
Research suggests that it can lower blood cholesterol levels.
In China, it is taken to move blood and relieve painful swellings.
For an infusion that might help prevent heart disease, use 1 teaspoon
of powdered herb per cup of boiling water. Steep 10 minutes. Drink
up to 2 cups a day. Myrrh tastes bitter and unpleasant. Add sugar,
honey and lemon or mix it into an herbal beverage blend to improve
WHIPPED CREAM (tastes like…!)
1 cup of cashews (soaked overnight)
1/2 cup of water

Blend cashews & water in Vitamix or blender.
Once it's creamy, add
3 dates
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 T orange zest (make sure oranges are organic)
Blend again till creamy and thick.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Raw Food Planet has just updated the Raw Food
Restaurant list (USA & Canada) ... see it at:

Have fun on your next trip!

Peter Firk
Raw Food Planet

Friday, November 10, 2006

Kale & Potato Soup
Posted by: "Suzanne" suziesgoats
Date: Thu Nov 9, 2006 7:26 pm ((PST))

Kale and Potato Soup
By Cait Johnson, author of Witch in the Kitchen

Kale belongs to the same cancer-fighting family that includes broccoli and cabbage, but its sweetness and superior cold-weather keeping qualities make it a popular autumn ingredient. Kale and Potato Soup, with its moony potatoes and earthy kale, would have made a perfect potluck offering for a recent full moon celebration around a bonfire. It is simple earthy cooking at its best: the kale and tender potatoes combine beautifully with onions and garlic to make a simple soup rich in vitamins, minerals, and pleasure.

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 large potatoes, chopped
2 teaspoons dried thyme
6 cups vegetable stock
1 bunch kale, rinsed, stemmed, and coarsely chopped
Dollop of sour cream and sprinkling of toasted pumpkin seeds, optional garnish

1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat, add onion and garlic, and saute, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, being careful not to brown the garlic. Add potatoes, stirring to coat with oil. Sprinkle with thyme.
2. Add stock and bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add kale and continue cooking another 15 minutes, until potatoes are soft and kale is tender.
3. Lightly mash the potatoes with a potato masher and serve soup in warmed bowls with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds, if desired.
Serves 6.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

This just in from Frederic Patenaude:

Have you ever experienced the benefits of a "Green" Cleanse?

I know it may sound weird, but it's one of the best things you can do for your health.

I try to do this at least once a year.

During an entire week, have nothing but fruit and green smoothies.

Usually by the end you'll be bursting with energy and enthusiasm (and looking a lot better too!).

This is something you can do on your own, but often it's best to have support and coaching.

I wanted to let you know that as part of our Green for Life Program, we're offering a Group Cleanse which starts November 13, the week before Thanksgiving!

This 7-day event will take you on a journey of cleansing and transformation, as the group who signed up GREEN FOR LIFE will get to go on a "Green Cleanse" each appropriate to her own health and desire.

This is a *live* event with coaching, that you can do from the comfort of your home.


This cleanse will help you overcome cravings, detoxify, release some weight (if necessary), and experience more vitality, and get in control of your eating habits.

After that, I don't know when the 'Green Cleanse' will be offered again. Probably not before the spring.

To sign up now, go to:

(Jan's note: I'd also recommend buying the GREEN FOR LIFE book and you can continue your greens regimen throughout the year. Loose those unwanted pounds - EASILY - and gain FABULOUS ENERGY!!)