Monday, February 10, 2014

Green Tidings' Veggie Feast

Green Tidings' Veggie Feast
1 each: Red, yellow and orange bell peppers
1 red onion
2 portabella mushrooms
1 zucchini squash
1 yellow squash
7 purple and yellow small potatoes 
1 cube organic sprouted tofu 
Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, sea salt (to taste)
Add freshly chopped rosemary 

Bake at 375 for 45 minutes, or when cooked to your desired texture.

Serve on its own, or with brown rice, quinoa, sprouted corn tortillas, or a side of sprouted black beans with sauteed garlic.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

What's in a Cigarette?

Ingredients of a cigarette.  Click on image to enlarge.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) has been a common natural remedy for centuries in North America, Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa.  High in antioxidants, elderberries also have powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties, and help protect cells against damage.

Elderberries are commonly boiled and made into a concentrated syrup, which is said to boost the immune system, and treat coughs, colds, flu, bacterial infections, viral infections, tonsillitis, lower cholesterol and blood glucose levels, improved vision and heart health.  They have also shown to help treat Cancer, HIV, asthma and bronchitis, as well as reduce inflammation of the urinary tract and bladder.

According to Herb Wisdom, “Elderberries were listed in the CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs as early as 1985, and are listed in the 2000 Mosby's Nursing Drug reference for colds, flu, yeast infections, nasal and chest congestion, and hay fever. In Israel, Hasassah's Oncology Lab has determined that elderberry stimulates the body's immune system and they are treating cancer and AIDS patients with it. The wide range of medical benefits (from flu and colds to debilitating asthma, diabetes, and weight loss) is probably due to the enhancement of each individual's immune system.

At the Bundesforschungsanstalt research center for food in Karlsruhe, Germany, scientists conducting studies on Elderberry showed that elderberry anthocyanins enhance immune function by boosting the production of cytokines. These unique proteins act as messengers in the immune system to help regulate immune response, thus helping to defend the body against disease. Further research indicated that anthocyanins found in elderberries possess appreciably more antioxidant capacity than either vitamin E or vitamin C.

Studies at Austria's University of Graz found that elderberry extract reduces oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. Oxidation of LDL cholesterol is implicated in atherogenesis, thus contributing to cardiovascular disease.” 

You can purchase your own elderberry syrup, but most contain high levels of added sugar (since elderberries are very tart by nature).  It is simple to make elderberry syrup at home, but again, almost every recipe you will find calls for cane sugar or honey, both of which are high on the glycemic index, and contain high amounts of sugar (which wreaks havoc on the immune system, the opposite effect you want from your elderberry syrup). 

Here is a simple, refined sugar-free, honey-free, vegan elderberry and blueberry syrup recipe. 

1 2/3 cups dried organic elderberries (find them HERE)
4.5 cups filtered water
1 cup frozen or fresh organic blueberries
2 tsp ginger (fresh grated)
1 tsp cinnamon
5 cloves (or 1/2 tsp ground) (find it HERE)
1/2 cup organic coconut sugar (find it HERE)

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Add Elderberries, water, blueberries, and spices to a pot on high heat.  Bring to a boil.
A word of caution:  Of course, like any natural remedy, elderberries can hazardous to some individual’s health. “The seeds, leaves and bark of the tree may cause toxic effects when consumed, especially if they are unripe or not cooked completely. Ingesting these materials can result in gastrointestinal effects including stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and acute diarrhea, as described by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Other potential hazardous effects include dizziness, headache, weakness, fast heartbeat and seizures.” (source)   Such effects are rare, but it’s always best to consult with your health practitioner before consuming any natural remedies, especially if you are taking other medicines, supplements, or herbs.  

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Cover with lid, turn down heat, and simmer for 1-2 hours, or until liquid is reduced by about 1/3.
Turn off heat.  Add coconut sugar, and stir well.  Let cool completely.
Using a nut milk bag, strain cooled syrup into a container.  Compost the remains.
Store elderberry syrup in a mason jar.  Refigerate.  Use within 2 months.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Green Tidings All Natural Lip Balm Giveaway

In celebration of the holiday season, we've decided to have another giveaway!  There will be THREE winners, and each will receive one Green Tidings All Natural Lip Balm.

What Hidden Dangers are Lurking (and Licked) in Your Lip Balm?

Lip Balm.  Its application is almost automatic these days.  More than several times during the day, most of us apply lip balm to our lips without giving it much thought.  But have you given thought to the fact that you actually ingest anything you put on your lips?  Not only that, the skin on the mouth and lips is very absorbing, which means that what goes on top sinks right into your body.  So what’s really in your lip balm, anyway?

In conventional lip balm, you will find any or all of the following ingredients, which can be harmful to your health:

Petroleum and Petrolatum:  Already banned for use in cosmetics in the European Union, studies show they may cause cancer.  Skin irritant and allergen.  Can contain carcinogens, neurotoxins and reproductive toxins.  Petrolatum comes from crude oil, and is not a renewable resource, causing huge negative environmental impact.  Traps bacterial and dirt, and blocks the absorption of vitamins and minerals into the skin.

Mineral Oil:  Related to petroleum jelly.  Can contain carcinogens, neurotoxins and reproductive toxins.  Causes breakouts and/or blackheads around the lips.  Traps bacterial and dirt, and blocks the absorption of vitamins and minerals into the skin.

Parabens:  Linked to birth defects, sterility, cancer, and organ toxicity.  Known for being endocrine disruptors, they interfere with hormones.

Paraffin: A by-product of petroleum. The Environmental Protection Agency has found over 20 dangerous compounds in large quantities including acetone, benzene, toluene, and lead.  Can contain carcinogens, neurotoxins and reproductive toxins.  Traps bacterial and dirt, and blocks the absorption of vitamins and minerals into the skin.

Propylene Glycol:  May cause damage to the central nervous system, heart, and liver.  Also used as “anti-freeze.”

Phthalates Increase likelihood of cell mutation, disrupt endocrine receptors, and are linked to birth defects.

Lanolin A product of sheep’s wool, chemicals are used to dissolve the fat from the wool.  In addition, it may be contaminated with other plants.

Phenol, Menthol or Salicylic Acid:  These cause the “tingling” you may feel when applying, which is actually layers of your skin, meant to protect you, peeling off, making your lips more chapped and exposed to environmental harm (like wind, sun, and pollution).

Artificial Color, Flavor or Scent Skin irritant.  May contain carcinogens, neurotoxins and reproductive toxins.

Common Wheat and/or Soy may be added in the form of Vitamin E.  Wheat and Soy are potential allergens for many people.

Why do conventional lip balms use these ingredients?  They’re cheap!  That cheap lip balm you buy is cheap for a reason.

What Makes Green Tidings All Natural Lip Balm Different?

Green Tidings All Natural Lip Balm contains only organic ingredients grown right from the earth.

Green Tidings All Natural Lip Balm (vegan) Ingredients:

Organic Shea Butter (Unrefined, Fair Trade):  Anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial.  Contains vitamins A, E, and F, proteins, fatty acids, and healing minerals, and can help with dry skin without clogging pores.

Kokum Butter A very rich moisturizer.  Softens and heals skin ulcerations of lips, and helps regenerate skin cells and support    elasticity.  It is rich in fatty acids, Vitamins E).  Extremely emollient and non-pore-clogging.  Quick-absorbing, and excellent for sensitive skin (not recommended for those with nut allergies).

Mango Butter  Very emollient with many vitamins and fatty acids.  Treats dry skin, skin wounds and cracking, prevents stretch marks, treats skin conditions (such as eczema and psoriasis), heals sunburn, prevents and treats fine lines and wrinkles, heals peeling skin.

Organic Jojoba Oil:  Anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.  Very hydrating with absorption properties very similar to human sebum, it helps keep moisture in while keeping bacteria out.  Helps to    reduce wrinkles and stretch marks.  Hypo-allergenic.

Organic Hemp Seed Oil:  High in omega fatty acids, Vitamin E and proteins.  Helps to heal skin, reduce and prevent wrinkles, and moisturize.  Increases immune system function, counteracts skin aging.  Increases skin elasticity.

Organic Avocado Oil: Contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, D, and E. Also contains amino acids, sterols, pantothenic acid, lecithin, and other essential fatty acids.  Heals skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.  Good for sensitive skin.

Organic Argan Oil Rich in Vitamin E, phenols, carotenes, squalene, and fatty acids.  Anti-aging, heals many skin conditions, reduces inflammation, Absorbs quickly, and moisturizes excellently.  Delivers hydration, strengthens hair and nails, and prevents/reduces stretch marks.   A truly luxurious and amazing oil!

Organic Apricot Kernel Oil: Rich in fatty acids, with a lipid profile similar to skin.  Helps soothe and heal rough and dry skin.  Absorbs quickly, and heals sore or chapped skin. Relieves itching.  Prevents and minimizes wrinkles.

Wildcrafted Candelilla Wax (Euphorbia Cerifera):  Natural thickener and moisturizer.  A vegan alternative to beeswax.

Rosemary Oil (in Olive Oil) Infused in organic olive oil, rosemary oil acts as a natural preservative, while giving a pleasing scent.

Green Tidings All Natural Lip Balm is compatible with vegan, paleo and primal lifestyles, and has been hand-crafted with those with food and chemical sensitivities in mind.  Bulk pricing is available.  Visit for all available products and current sales.

Note Neither this article, nor Green Tidings All Natural Lip Balm, is intended as a diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, nor are they intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of man or other animals [FD&C Act, sec. 201(g)(1)].

 Non-toxic, organic
 Vegan
 Gluten-free
 Corn-free
 Soy-free
 Paraben-free
 Phthalate-Free
 SLS-free
 Petroleum and Petrolatum-Free
 Mineral Oil-Free
 Lanolin-Free
 Paraffin-Free
 No Phenol, Menthol or Salicylic Acid
 Propylene-glycol free
 All-natural
 No Artificial colors, Fragrance or Flavors
 Organic ingredients
 Not tested on animals (Certified Cruelty-Free)
 Made in the USA
 BPA-free bottle (which was not made with any lead or mercury).

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