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NATURE as the ARTIST

What a gift to be able to go bush whacking again, recharging spirit and soul while discovering artful creations from Mother Earth. It is a great time of the year when nature is coming alive with its vibrant colours, the sounds of birds and insects.

Green Blessings,
Gudrun

AMAZING & SURREAL

Surreal is a good word to describe the happenings in the world right now. But to me, the weather today was just as surreal. I was so happy to move my office outside for a few hours – until my hands got too cold. What a blessing. I encourage each one of you to spend as much time as possible outside. Nature truly has the gift to nurture our entire being including our soul and spirit, and support us through these times.

Cheers,
Gudrun

SPROUTING PART 2 – HOW TO SPROUT YOUR OWN SEEDS

For an actual demonstration on how to sprout check out my DVD, “Herbal Pharmacy for Everyone” visit http://herbalinstructions.com/

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED

➣ A glass jar, any size from about 1 litre to 4 litres will do; wide mouth jars are the most practical
➣ Nylon mosquito screen, big enough to cover the opening of the jar and rubber band to secure it
➣ Fresh water
➣ Seeds for sprouting
a. I suggest you begin, using only one type of seed per jar. Once you have gained some experience, have fun experimenting, creating your own special mixes.
b. How many seeds to use? As the seeds absorb the water and begin to sprout, they will expand; different seeds will expand to different degrees. For example, radish seeds will expand more than sunflower seeds.

As a rule, fill the jar up to 1-2 cm with dried seeds. Using too few or too many, does not matter. You will learn quickly the proper amounts for the different types of seed you use.

INSTRUCTIONS

1. CLEANING

A. Place seeds in (wide mouth) glass jar; when using larger seeds like peas use more seeds
B. Cover jar with mesh and secure with rubber band
C. Rinse by adding water, swirl and drain

2. SOAKING

A. Add cool water, 5 – 10 cm above seeds and let sit 4 – 8 hours or over-night;
NOTE: The length of time for soaking the seeds depends on the type of seed used; check internet for soaking charts or refer to my next post.
B. Drain water, rinse and drain water again. Seeds should be damp but not “swimming” in water.

3. GROWING

A. Invert and prop jar at an angle in a bowl so that excess water can drain; preferably keep in dark place.
B. Twice a day rinse seeds with cool/room temperature water, swirl jar gently, drain and repeat step 3A.
C. Depending on the seeds, it will take 2 – 5 days for the seeds to sprout to a length of ½ – 5 cm when they are ready to be enjoyed.

4. EATING & STORING

Eat sprouts right away or store them in the fridge in a glass container or plastic bag. Treat them like you would any other food that can spoil.

Meal Suggestions

Sprouts can be added to salads, sandwiches, tacos, wraps, soups (just before serving), spaghetti sauce, omelets, green drinks and baking (1/2 cup of sprouts per loaf; add to liquid ingredients). Sprouted seeds may also be sautéed, blanched or steamed.

Sprouting beans will soften them enough, making them suitable for creating spreads such as hummus.

BE CREATIVE and most of all ENJOY!

To order the DVD “Herbal Pharmacy for Everyone – A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating You Own Herbal Preparations”, visit http://herbalinstructions.com/order-dvd/

BOUNTIFUL HARVEST & CREATIVITY

Despite the amount of rain and cool temperatures, some plants have done very well this year. So many plants and vegetables give us food and pleasure during the summer but I often wonder how we can make use of their precious gifts all year round. So this year I decided to harvest some of my Nasturtium leaves and flowers, both of which are edible. I created a colourful “Nasturtium butter” by cutting some flowers and leaves into fine pieces and mixing them together with some lime zest into softened butter. This will be a special treat for the winter months. I also dried some of the leaves which can be used in a tea to sooth a cough or cold. As a powder the leaves will add a peppery flavour will to many dishes.

For the first time this year I have been using a food dehydrator to dry some of my herbs. The humidity in the air has made it almost impossible to air dry herbs the conventional way – on drying racks or hanging them up by the stem.

Happy harvesting and green blessings,

Gudrun

The Magic of Mother Earth

The abundance and beauty of the Earth at this time of the year in the Peace Country is amazing. I encourage you to bring some of the magic of Mother Earth into your home by adding the wild greens to your food, preparing a cup of tea with fresh plants or harvesting and drying herbs for later use. Goldenrod is one of those amazing herbs you can see everywhere right now.

Goldenrod is a fairly tall plant with beautiful, vibrant golden-yellow flowers. You will find it in dry woodlands, forest clearings and roadsides.

The Latin name Solidago originates from “solidus” & “ago,” Solidus, meaning “healthy and strong,” and ago meaning “to make whole.” Both of these terms refer to the plant’s ability to heal wounds.

Some common names for Goldenrod from various cultures also give an indication for its medicinal use as a wound healing herb, for example in Germany the herb is often called “Fastening Herb”. In fact in ancient German history Goldenrod was gathered as a wound herb before engaging in battle, just in case it was needed.

However, the focus today for its use has shifted from a wound healing aid, to a very reliable herb to support the kidneys. It promotes the elimination of urine and is applied for acute as well as chronic conditions of the kidneys and bladder including inflammation. In addition, it has been found to support the body during times of upper respiratory infections, especially when dealing with a chronic situation.

For medicinal purposes the leaves and flowers (early flowering stage) are being harvested and may be used fresh or dried. The fresh leaves and flowers can be used for wound healing or made into a tea, which can also be used as a wound wash. The dried herb may be used in the form of a tea as well but also as a tincture. A tincture is an alcoholic extract of a plant and is more concentrated than an herbal tea. The “crafty” person might want to try to use the flowers as a natural dye.

This summer Goldenrod has been brightening up the landscape in so many places and the quality of it has been superb. Many times you will find it being “infested” with many small bugs, but this year the only insects I have watched enjoying the bright, yellow flowers are butterflies and bees!

If you are not sure how to prepare the herbs, remember that the DVD Herbal Pharmacy for Everyone provides clear and easy to follow instructions, teaching a great variety of herbal preparations. Check my website www.herbalinstructions.com for more information.

Disclaimer

This information is not intended for the use of diagnosing any disease, condition or prescribing any treatment whatsoever. The use of any of the herbs and preparations is the sole responsibility of each individual and does not replace the services and advice of a medical practitioner and qualified healthcare provider. Consult a qualified healthcare professional before making medical decisions or if you have questions about your individual medical situation. No responsibility is assumed should the information be used in place of a licensed medical practitioner’s services.

JUNGLE JUICE

Thank you for your interest in my signature drink. Here is the information and recipe you were asking for. The u-tube video, demonstrating how to create this delicious concoction, is a segment taken from my DVD, Herbal Pharmacy for Everyone. A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Your Own Herbal Preparations. The DVD is available from my website, www.herbalinstructions.com or you can contact me directly.

Jungle Juice Recipe

Happy herbaling and green blessings,

Gudrun

 

Greetings from Down Under

“Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do.
Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.”

– Alex Haley

Greetings from Down Under in Australia where I get to bond with the latest addition to our family, our fourth grand daughter, 2 1/2 weeks old. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to be part of these precious moments in life.

You might want to check this out: Gift of Grandparents

https://stevemccurry.blog/2019/04/03/gift-of-grandparents-2/

Green Blessings,

Gudrun

PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR CHILDREN FROM ELECTROMAGNETIC BACKGROUND RADIATION

The public screening of the documentary GENERATION ZAPPED last year has been very successful and has lead to many people taking positive steps to minimize their exposure. I have received a wide range of feedback such as getting rid of baby monitors, turning off the router at night…The most interesting feedback came from someone who has many cats living in the house. The cats used to be very restless and noisy at night; after turning off the router at night the house became peaceful and quiet – no more squabbling at night!

See the handout for resources and suggestions on how you can minimize your exposure.

Tips for Your Safety

Please share the information freely. It is so important to increase awareness and especially help to protect our children.

Green blessings,

Gudrun

Inspirational Thought of the Day

“Age is a quality of mind:
If you have left your dreams behind
If hope is cold,
If you no longer look ahead,
If your ambition-fires are dead,
Then you are old.

But if from life you take the best,
And if in life you keep the jest,
If love you hold,
No matter how the years go by,
No matter how the birthdays fly,
You are not old. ”

– Author Unknown

GREEN LIGHT for the 3rd Annual TEDx Wilmington Women’s Conference!

Check it out here https://bit.ly/2ON4VBC

Some people were asking where Wilmington is. Wilmington is in the state of Delaware, about 40-50km south west of Philadelphia. This means, it will be a long day of travel to get to the event, which gives me plenty of time to rehearse my talk in my mind. All this is so exciting and nerve wrecking at the same time.

My hope and goal for this event are that my idea worth spreading will touch many people’s lives, provide support for the ailing Earth and truly make a difference for years to come.

Thank you again for all your kind words and support.

Green blessings,

Gudrun