Combat Seasonal Allergies with Quercetin Rich Foods

Using Foods as Medicine:

Foods with the Most Quercetin

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You may have heard of quercetin, but you probably don’t know exactly what it is or why you may need it. Well, let’s discuss the basics and find out why it is important to consume if you have seasonal allergies.

 

Quercetin is a natural occurring substance that is found in plant pigments called flavonoids that give many fruits, flowers, and vegetables their colors. It is known to inhibit the release of histamine which is said to be responsible for the symptoms of allergies in addition to having antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

 

Top Choices of foods rich in quercetin:

Vegetables (mg/100 g)

  • Capers. Just one tablespoon contains 180 milligrams. Add capers to soups, salads, pasta dishes and dips
  • Radish Leaves. We all know the radish roots are great to eat, but did you know that the greens make a delicious soup too? So do not throw out the radish tops if they look good, put them in a pot with chicken broth instead, add seasonings, blend and enjoy because they contain 70.37 mg of quercetin.
  • Hot Wax Yellow Peppers. Eaten raw you will get 50.63 milligrams.
  • Onions. The raw red onions contain the most quercetin with 33.4 milligrams.

Fresh Herbs (mg/100 g)

  • Lovage leaves. This is loaded with 170 milligrams. Lovage looks like a massive Italian parsley plant. Many lovage lovers make this savory soup, but you can use it similarly to parsley too.
  • Dill weed. (55.15 mg)
  • Cilantro. (52.9 mg)
  • Fennel leaves. (48.8 mg) 

Fruits & Berries (mg/100g) 

  • Elderberries. (raw berries 42 mg, concentrated juice 106.16 mg)
  • Cranberries. (raw 15.09 mg) 

Wild Edibles (mg/100g)

  • Yellow Dock Leaves. This wild edible is great to find in the early spring. It has a lemon like flavor and contains 86.20 milligrams of quercetin. Come to our Wild Edible Workshop & Dinner and discover this gem growing locally.
  • Chokeberry. (68.17 mg)
  • Bee Pollen. (20.95 mg)

Grains (mg/100g)

  • Buckwheat ranks as the top grain with 23.09 mg. This is not surprising since it is a relative of Yellow Dock.

 

Have You Heard the Buzz on Bitters?

bittersOur modern diets are unquestionably very different from that of our ancestors. One of the traditional old world remedies for a myriad of health conditions was that of consuming bitter herbs just before or with meals. Today, however, people in America reach for Priolosec, Nexium or Prevacid for comparative digestive complaints. If you are looking for natural approach to digestive wellness consider using bitter tonics like those found at The Lamb Shoppe.

Top reasons you should be using bitters:

  • Bitters support healthy liver and gall bladder function
  • Bitters balance appetite and sugar cravings
  • Bitters may offer relief from heartburn and acid reflux by encouraging HCL production
  • Bitters may soothe and upset stomach from gas and bloating
  • Bitters help balance blood sugar levels
  • Bitters increase absorption of vitamins A, D, E & K
  • Bitters assist to normalize the bowels
  • Bitters may improve skin conditions due to better digestion
  • Bitters are considered a gentle liver detoxifier and blood tonic

7 Ways to Avoid Cold, Flu and Cough

Have you been hit been hit by the cold, flu or respiratory illness this season? It is wise to boost your immune system and here’s how.

Tips for winter stronger immunity:

1. Take plenty Vitamin D.

While some people will be fine with just 2000 IU per day, you may need even more, depending on your health status. That is why many health professionals recommend between 5000 and even up to 10,000 IU. It is important to note that with vitamin D3 works in synergy with vitamin K2 so take these together. My favorite supplements for this are Designs for Health Omega Avail Ultra, Elmusi D3 Synergy, Vitamin D Supreme and Vitamin D Complex plus Blue Ice cod liver oil.

 

 

2. Supplement with Probiotics.

Probiotics and fermented foods are one of the best things to build immunity. Studies showprobiotics about 80% of your immune system lies within you GI tract. That is why it is critical to have adequate beneficial bacteria present to fight off the harmful ones. My top picks for probiotics are Biokult, Probiophage, Probiotic Synergy and PrescriptAssist. We have all of these brands available at the shoppe. Also, remember to eat plenty of cultured foods such as sauerkraut, kefir, and other fermented veggies. Come and check our selection of these items in the refrigerated section of our store.

 

3. Drink Chaga Mushroom Tea or Take the Tincture.

The chaga mushroom grows on birch trees and has been used for centuries as folk

medicine in northern Europe and Russia. In laboratory studies, Chaga demonstrates anti-cancer activity, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and immune stimulating properties. At The Lamb Shoppe you will find free Chaga tea recipes and locally harvested chaga that is available for purchase.

chaga - arboreal mushrooms growing on birch trunk. officinal fungus.

 

4. Consume Elderberry.

Elder is a multipurpose herb and a very powerful medicine. It is available in the easy toelderberry tincture take tincture form, tea, syrup or other forms. The berries are especially known for their effectiveness when used at the first stages of cold, flu and upper respiratory congestion. Studies have shown that Elderberries can shorten the duration of these illnesses. Research also reveals that elderberries were valuable against the H1N1 virus as well as several other influenza viruses. Teas and tinctures available.

 

5. Astragalus.

Astragalus root stimulates the body’s natural production of interferon, enhances the production of immunoglobulin, stimulates macrophages and helps to activate T cells and NK cells. It increases the number of stem cells in the bone marrow and lymph tissue and helps them to develop into active immune cells. Many herbalists say it is much better and more balancing than Echinacea. The dried root is great to add to soups and stews, while the tincture is easy to take for acute conditions.

 

6. Use “Super Tonic”.

This old folk remedy has a rich history. It is also known by many other names: Cyclone Cider, Fire Cider, Dragon Water, etc. I call it “Good for What Ails You” Tonic. It contains horseradish, garlic, onion, ginger, cayenne pepper and apple cider vinegar. It is easy to make your own click on to the above link for the recipe.

 

7. Use Essential oils.

They can assist in preventing the dreaded viruses that cause colds. Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Wild Orange and Thyme all deter the growth of viruses. Essential oils can be diffused to cleanse and purify the air and even lift your mood.

 

5 Traditional Home Remedies for Skin Tags, Moles and Warts

lemon-906141_1920 generic herbal medicineOne of the most frequent questions that I get asked as a holistic health practitioner, is how to get rid of moles, skin tags and warts. I have found in my practice that the same thing does not work for everyone. But, here are the most common ways that have been successful for most of my clients.

      1. Apple Cider Vinegar.

This traditional remedy is successful for most people about 80% of the time. Here is what you do: Saturate a small gauze pad, piece of cotton ball , tissue with raw apple cider vinegar. Apply on wart, skin tag or mole. Repeat two or three times a day for 2 weeks. If this remedy is going to work, you will notice that the unwanted growth starts to get red and then eventually it will darken and fall off. Many people report this is effective within just a couple of days.

      2. Essential Oils.

The best choices of oils include: Oregano, Tea Tree/Melaleuca, Frankincense, Thyme,

Wild Orange, Lemon, Clove, Rosemary. The oils that I have seen with the best results

include Oregano and Frankincense. Just like the apple cider vinegar, apply these two or  three times daily for a period of two weeks..

      3. Caster Oil, Baking Soda and Lemon Oil Paste.

Similar to the other ideas, this mixture is applied a couple of times a day and continued for two weeks.

      4. Lime or Lemon Juice.

This method is used when the problem is less chronic and is addressed when the skin issues first appear. If you have had the problem for some time, try another method first.

      5. Turmeric Root Paste with Lime Juice.

Grate a portion of the fresh root, add fresh lime juice. Cook the mixture for 5 minutes. Apply to skin when it is not too warm to the touch. Reapply in 2-3 hours. Do this daily until it is gone.

 

DIY Anti-Fungal Salve

salveThis recipe is a nice one to use for a variety of skin problems. Not only do the herbs in it contain anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, but some also support and promote cell regeneration for fast healing.

How to Make Anti-Fungal Herbal Salve

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tsp Echinacea root
  • 1 tablespoon Calendula flowers
  • 2 tablespoons Comfrey leaf
  • 2 tablespoons Plantain leaf
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme leaf
  • 1 teaspoon Yarrow flowers and leaf
  • 1 teaspoon Rosemary leaf
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 30 drops Grapefruit essential oil
  • Vitamin E oil to preserve (optional)
Instructions:
  1. Infuse the herbs into the olive oil. There are two methods for this procedure. You can either combine the herbs and the olive oil in a jar with an airtight lid and leave for 4 weeks, shaking the jar every day. The other method is quicker. Simply heat the herbs and olive oil over a very low heat in a double boiler for about 3 hours until the oil is completely infused with the herbs. It will change color to take on a stronger green.
  2. Strain the herbs out of the oil by pouring the mixture through cheesecloth. Let all the oil drip out and then tightly squeeze the herbs to get the remaining oil separated from the plant material.
  3. Discard the herbs and save the infused oil.
  4. Melt the beeswax in a pan with low heat. After the beeswax is completely melted, add in the infused oil and gentle heat just until the wax and oil combine.                                      If desired, add vitamin E.
  5. Add the Grapefruit essential oil to the warmed oil and beeswax.
  6. Pour into small glass jars, let cool and cover. Label salve. Use topically on wounds, diaper rash, or other skin issues.

Note: To keep the salve fresh longer, store in refrigerator and it will keep up to one year. If not refrigerated, the salve should be used within 6 months.

Six Simple Steps to Ward Off Cold and Flu

thermometer-833085_1920Are you dreading cold and flu season? You can avoid catching germs by naturally boosting your immune system with some simple tactics. Germs are around us all the time, but the difference of whether or not we get sick lies in our immune system strength.  Remember 80% of your immune system is within the digestive tract.

Here are my suggestions to add to your daily regime to stay healthy as winter approaches.

 

  1. Take Elderberry Tincture or Syrup.

    Here’s my protocol for Elderberry tincture from The Lamb Shoppe: For a preventative, take 1 drop under the tongue daily. If you have been highly exposed to germs, take 1-3 drops twice a day in the morning and at night. If you are sick take 3 drops every 2 hours.

  2. Take Vitamin D and K2 or Cod Liver Oil.

    I recommend taking 5000 IU of vitamin D daily during cold and flu season. It is important to know your vitamin D levels from blood tests. The optimal level is 50-70 ng/ml. If you are below 50 ng/ml, many health experts agree that you are deficient in vitamin D. Stop in at The Lamb Shoppe to find which source of vitamin D is best for you as we will individualize your needs.

  3. Take Probiotics Daily or Eat Fermented Foods with Each Meal.

    The Lamb Shoppe has a superb selection of therapeutic level probiotic supplements. We will help you select which one is best for you. If you prefer to eat you probiotics as foods, be sure to register and attend the upcoming class on making fermented vegetables on Thursday, October 29th.

  4. Drink Herbal Teas.

    The Lamb Shoppe offers a special blend called Super Immunity Tea which is designed especially to boost vitamin C levels and it is made with immune boosting herbs including: Astragalus Root, Lemon Balm, Linden Flowers, Elderberries, Rosehips, Peppermint and Hibiscus Flowers. Make a big batch at at time, store it in the refrigerator and drink it warm or cold. Take it along to work with you to give you a boost throughout the whole day.

  5. Consider Bee Propolis.

    Propolis is a resinous substance that is collected by honeybees from tree buds, sap flows and other plants. Bees instinctively mix this substance with beeswax and amino acids and use it to form structures within the hive, much like cement. Bees protect themselves from disease with propolis. As the bees travel through the hive, they rub against the propolis and receive the benefits of the natural antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antiviral properties from their building materials. Human use of propolis as a healing agent goes far back to ancient times. At The Lamb Shoppe, we have propolis capsules and it is also in a convenient tincture form.

  6. Enhance your Immune System with Essential Oils.

    A number of essential oils have antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties. Come into the shoppe and let us show you which ones are most beneficial for you. Some really good choices may be Thieves, Protective Blend (On Guard), Oregano, Lemon, Frankincense and Thyme.

How to Alleviate Autumn Allergies

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A surge in allergy problems happens both in the spring and the fall with the many airborne substances that can act as allergens. Whether you blame it on the ragweed, goldenrod, or just unknowns spores and molds in the air, it can be miserable for suffers of allergy symptoms. Common symptoms include watery eyes, red itchy eyes, runny nose, clogged nose, wheezing, sneezing, sinus headache, foggy head, fatigue, breathing issues, joint pain, stress and/ or anxiety. The bottom line is any of these indicators can make you feel awful.

Here are some tips you can use to avoid or improve autumn allergies.

1. Use natural antihistamine herbs.

Typically these herbs contain natural quercetin that the body uses to modulate the allergens. Try Nettle, Chickweed, Wild Cherry, Elderflower & Peppermint. All of these herbs work to normalize the histamines that your body releases in response to the allergens. Teas and tinctures are ideal ways to consume these herbs.

2. If your symptoms include leaky, drippy and runny nose and eyes, you may need astringent herbs.

Among the best herbs in this category are Raspberry, White Oak, Sumac, Peach, Nettle,  and believe it or not Goldenrod and Ragweed! You may be shocked to hear that Goldenrod and Ragweed actually are herbal remedies for seasonal allergies or hayfever, but they work wonders.

3. For clogged or stock mucus, use herbs that act as expectorants.

Some really good examples of expectorant herbs would be Fenugreek, Creeping Charlie, Elecampane, Ginger, Cayenne, Horseradish, and Garlic.

4. If you have dry, itchy and scratchy symptoms, consider herbs that are mucilaginous.

Herbs in this category my include Marshmallow Root, Slippery Elm, Licorice and Fenugreek.

5. Since allergies are ultimately an autoimmune condition, you will need to boost your immune system.

Here are some herbs that will help nourish and restore your immunity. Elderberry, Astragalus, Reshi, Boneset, Turmeric Root, and Propolis. Teas or tinctures can be really beneficial methods of consuming the herbs.

 

To help select which herb works best for you, a consultation with your health professional can be very beneficial. Additionally, there are a number of supplements, nutritional and other strategies that can be used to minimize seasonal allergies. To set up an appointment with Connie, please call 320-587-6094.

BPA: The Unleashed Monster

bottles-60479_1280By now, many consumers have heard of Bisphenol A, or BPA. But just why are so many concerned about BPA toxicity?

In a nutshell, chemicals found in plastic food containers leach into the food or water that they hold. Among the most harmful of these chemicals is BPA and phthalate – both of these are hormone disruptors and cause infertility, sexual and gender identity problems, diabetes, and even cancer.

BPA is commonly found in two forms: polycarbonate and epoxy resins. The polycarbonates are common in food and drink containers, baby bottles, eye glass lenses, medical equipment, household appliances, sports safety equipment, airplanes, and automobiles, CDs and DVDs.

Epoxy coating is used to line billions of food and beverage cans, adhesives, automotive primers, industrial protective coatings, dental sealants, flame retardant pajamas and a multitude of other commonly consumed products.

Additional source of BPA include thermal printer receipts and paper currency that is stored next to the receipts. Recycled paper products, like toilet paper and napkins, are also high in BPA due to recycling of the paper receipts.

Clearly, we are surrounded by damaging chemicals everywhere in our environment. So what can we do to combat this toxic chemical?

Tips to reduce BPA chemical toxicity:

  • Only use glass for drinking and eating. Avoid plastic food and drink containers.
  • Use glass containers or glass mason jars to store food.
  • Bring drinking water from home in glass water bottles, instead of buying bottled water.
  • Use reusable shopping bags for groceries.
  • Avoid canned foods and sodas. Choose fresh and/or frozen vegetables instead of canned.
  • Don’t heat plastic in the microwave or dishwasher or use plastic utensils for cooking or eating. Better yet, get rid of your microwave all together.
  • Ask your dentist about the type of dental sealant that is used.
  • Say no to cash register receipts. Studies have shown BPA transfers from the paper and through your skin. If you need a receipt, put it in an envelope instead of your wallet.
  • Beware of BPA-free claims. A common BPA replacement is BPS, which also has hormone-disrupting qualities, so do your research.

Supplements to help detoxify from BPA:

1. Calcium-D-Glucarate. Aids in the removal of heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, plastics, excess estrogen, and metabolic byproducts.

2. Chlorella. This form of blue green algae binds to toxins and help remove them from your body. Chlorella cann be purchased at The Lamb Shoppe

3. Probiotics and Fermented Foods. Beneficial bacteria assist the body to remove this from the body so load up on these.

4. Regular Liver Detoxification. Since the liver is the body’s mechanism for removal of toxins, you want to make sure it is working to its optimal ability. The Designs for Health 21-day or 14-day PaleoCleanse Plus is a great way to help accomplish this because it works on both phase I and phase II detoxification pathways.

 

Dandelion Stems for Gallstones

Using Springtime Weeds to Benefit Your Liver & Gall Bladder

 

dandelion (2)It is well known among herbalists that Dandelion has a beneficial effect on the liver. The whole plant of this common weed has medicinal properties, from the root, leaves, flowers, to the stems.

According to Maria Treben, renowned Austria herbalist, the fresh stems of flowering Dandelions eaten daily may bring relief to chronic liver inflammation. Born in 1907, Treben used traditional German/Eastern European remedies handed down from previous generations.

Here are the recommendations:

1. Eat 5-6 fresh stems of flowering Dandelions. Chew very thoroughly and swallow. Do this for one week.

2. Diabetics should eat up to 10 stems daily while the plant is in bloom for at least 1 week. Dandelions contain inulin which may help to lower blood sugar.

3. If your system is weak and you are extremely tired, it is recommended that you eat the stems for a 2 week period.

NOTE: Do not cut off the flowers from the stems until after you have washed the plants. Also, only eat plants that have never been chemically sprayed.

How does this work?

While the stems of the Dandelions are quite mild in flavor, the bitterness of the plant caused the gastric juices to flow and helps to remove waste matter from the stomach. Fresh stems are said to remove gallstones painlessly by stimulating the liver and gall bladder. Logically, this makes sense because a congested liver eventually will lead to stagnant material which, in turn, results in gallstones. The Dandelion helps to stimulate flow in the body and move out the impurities.

 

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

More information on using Dandelion medicinally.

12 Reasons to Take Chlorella

Chlorella Tablets

Chlorella Tablets

Chlorella is one of the best “green foods” available today. Chlorella is a micro algae that has an amazing ability to bond to metals, chemicals and some pesticides. Sadly, in today’s world, our bodies have absorbed far too many of these harmful products and it is important to rid our system of these chemicals to help maintain optimal health.

While chlorella may be considered a food, it typically is available in pill form or in a green powder. This superfood does more than just help your body eliminate heavy metals and toxins. It has a special selectivity which makes sure that it will not bind to the important minerals your body needs to function. So, it is very discriminating and just selects what needs to be eliminated. That’s what makes it so remarkable!

Not all products on the market are equal. Look for “Broken Cell Wall” ONLY as this is the form that is effective. Also, be sure that the quality is good and it was sourced from clean waters free from contamination and harvested in a non-polluted environment. The Lamb Shoppe has superior quality chlorella tablets available.

 

12 Reasons to Take Chlorella

1.      Purifies blood and cleanses toxins

2.      Helps with processing more oxygen

3.      Promotes optimal blood pressure

4.      Supports elimination of molds

5.      Promotes growth and repair of tissues

6.      Removes toxic metals from body

7.      Boosts immune system

8.      Helps digest food efficiently

9.      Eliminates bad breath & freshens breath

10.    Energizes and reinvigorates the body

11.    Balances pH in body

12.    Normalizes blood sugar