I hope you enjoyed the earlier post this week on the Organic Growers School in Asheville, North Carolina! Here is more of what I did! Remember these are from my notes so I hope it all makes sense to you. 🙂

“Foods As Medicine and Medicinal Foods”

First, there are three types of foods or eating:

Survival Food(Macronutrients) – Proteins, Fats, Carbs – your basics to survive

Thrival(Micronutrients) – Probiotics, vitamins, minerals, trace elements – what you want to add to be healthier and thrive, live a long life

Pleasure(Soul) – What you enjoy!

Basic Guidelines To Eating

You need Macro, Micro and Soul(Joy), colors, fiber, fats, proteins, complex carbs.

Add, Don’t avoid foods! RDA’s are meant just to prevent clinical malnutrition not to thrive well. Fats ARE good. Be real about food sensitivities.

Ways we use foods as medicine – Everyday repairs(our staples)

Foods for healing injury or illness – blueberries, mushrooms, bone broth

Some foods are carriers – butter, vinegar, chocolate, honey

Foods that prepare or aid in digestion – yogurt, fermented foods, apples

Ok, we then had a taste of tea, to me it was bitter but it was supposed to be like that. We drank a tea of Burdock, Rose Hips and Spikenard

Burdock, Arctiumlappa

burdock when in flower
burdock when in flower

You may have seen this plant, it is how velcro was discovered! Contains inulin, probiotic which when infused cold for a few hours then boiled, you get all the soluble properties unlike most other herbs. Alterative, nutritive, bitter tonic, mild hepatic stimulant, diaphoretic and diuretic. Removes fluid from the body more efficiently and is good as an acne cleanser. Incredibly nutritious.

Rose Hips – Rosa rugosa

The last part of the rose when all the petals fall off. High in vitamin C, antioxidants, astrigent, anti-inflammatory, cardio tonic

Spikenard(forgot the botanical name)

Respiratory and lung tonic, adaptogen, ginseng family, sweet, spicy

Next we tried this amazing savory cereal!

The Savory Morning Cereal Recipe

First – there were no measurements so I will give what was in it and find the exact recipe!!!

Steel cut oats, seaweed or kelp, bone broth, grated carrot, butter, milk thistle seed, black pepper, sesame seeds, sea salt. Sounds crazy but it was really, really good! I had to have two helpings. 🙂

Soak the steel cut oats overnight to remove the phytic acid. Soak the seaweed. Drain and add new water, bone broth, any broth to the grains and seaweed. Cook until tender. It may take 30-45 minutes. In the last 3 minutes add the grated carrot and Gomasio(mixture of grinded milk thistle seeds, sesame seeds, black pepper ans sea salt). While still hot add butter, nutritional yeast and salt to taste. Eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner or a snack! Find all of your bulk herbs and seeds at Mountain Rose Herbs.
Cultivating Herbal Friendships

How to Make Bone Broth

Begin with cold water – slow heating brings out flavors. Add the hard stuff(onion skins, hard roots, bones) and a splash of vinegar. Heat slowly until it reaches a simmer. ***Ginger root, astragalus root are good)

Skim any impurities from the surface(but not the fat or gelatin). Simmer covered at least 2 hours, the longer the better.

Strain the broth and store in a jar in the refrigerator or freeze. Gelatin should form in broth as it cools, that is a good thing! I personally have a thing about gelatin so I have to see if I can do this!!!!

Drink by itself or add to soup, stews, sauces, oatmeal. Add shiitake mushrooms, seaweed, kelp to the broth in soups. Yum!

OK on to my favorite part of this workshop – CHOCOLATE!!!!!

Medicinal Chocolates

cacao tree

Theobroma – “Food of the Gods”

The bean contains xanthines(caffeine, theobromine, theophylline) which relax bronchial spasms. ” Self Medication” – Stimulant effect, nutrition, mood elevation, magnesium, Increasing level of neurotransmitters, seratonin and dopamine. 1 Cup of cocoa has half the caffeine of coffee.

We made Infused Chocolate that was to die for! 🙂

It had dark chocolate, butter, damiana, black pepper, rosemary and sea salt. I will post the recipe as soon as I can locate it!!!

INFUSED CHOCOLATES

1 cup butter

3 cups dark chocolate chips

about 1/4 cup dried damiana

about 1 good sprig of fresh rosemary (6-8″)or 1- 2 tsp. dried

1 Tablespoon lavender – dried

**The herbs are approximate because you want the butter to cover the herbs completely so you may need to add a little more of each but be careful to not add too much lavender!

Use a double boiler, bring water in the bottom to a simmer and put the butter in the top bowl. Once melted, add the herbs. Do not let the butter simmer or boil – infuse for 1 hour.

Strain herbs, add butter back to bowl along with the 3 cups of chocolate chips. Heat gently until melted. Eat as a fondue or pour into candy molds and freeze until hard. Sooooo good!!!
This post was shared on Wildcrafting Wednesday!
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Have a beautiful day today,

Anne-Marie

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