Warding off Winter Ills

podcast from June 16

today I talked a bit about mindfulness to start with – it is very easy to be and remain mindful, if you only remind yourself!

Listen as I talk you through  a 3 minute practise, courtesy of mindful.org

First up, I take you through a how to make herb teas lesson/refresher
Boil the jug (duh :-)) then leave for 3 or so minutes, you want the water to be off the boil, as boiling water is not good for  herbs. While you wait, gather fresh herbs, or get out dried ones. Warm a ceramic or glass teapot (you can also use a clean plunger pot) with some of the boiled water, pour this out, and add your fresh or dried herbs. If you are using fresh herbs, a loose handful is what you’ll need, if you are using dried, then a teaspoon per cup will do.   Steep for 10-15 minutes, adult dose is 1 cup every 2-4 hours, depending on the severity of the symptoms, If you are giving this to your children, give them 1/4 to 1/2 cup, depending on their ages. Please proceed with caution for children under 2.

then we get in to how to deal with winter ills:

Yarrow is diaphoretic (good for a fever) you can also put a tea in the bath
Lemon Balm  is antiviral, tastes delicious, and you can also put this in the bath
Nasturtium is antimicrobial, antiseptic, and is an expectorant
Peppermint is good for an upset stomach – and with the addition of some Elderflower will help when you’ve got the flu.
Peppermint  is not so good if you suffer from reflux though, it will make it worse.
Heartsease flowers  (little pansies ) & Horehound  leaves tea with a little thyme-infused or Manuka honey for a cough. They are both expectorant and the heartsease is demulcent – will soothe those sore throats.
Both the flowers & berries of the Elder are anti-viral. Be very careful to not use ANY leaves, they are poisonous

 here are 2 awesome ways to deal with colds & flu

  Overnight Cold Cure – At the first sign of a cold, make a hot drink with: 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, juice of 1 lemon & zest of 1/2 of that lemon (zest your lemon first, makes it easier to juice), 1 tablespoon of Manuka Honey (or whatever honey you have on hand). Best to drink this in bed, quickly, it won’t be too spicy, as the honey calms it down somewhat. You will sweat it all out & wake up with no cold! I have used this recipe for 30 years with success every time. You do, however, have to use it at the first sign, as it will not be an overnight fix if the cold has taken hold.

Felix’s Fix – 2 teaspoons each of ground ginger, cayenne & cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of bashed & chopped garlic, juice of 2 lemons (if they are organic or sprayfree lemons, chop them all up & chuck in). Stir this lovely mix into 500 ml of hot water, steep for 2 minutes then shake vigorously to combine/emulsify. Now – put 20 ml of this into a mug of hot water, add a dollop of Manuka Honey, drink it up & rest. You can have a mug every 4 hours.


Seeds Part 2

podcast from June 2

today the seeds  I talked about are  Hemp, Pomegranate, Quinoa, Grape, Wheat, Broccoli, Cabbage


Of course this is Cannabis sativa  – but these Hemp seeds have at the very most .3% of the get-you-high-stuff

Hemp seeds contain 20 amino acids, and more importantly, the essential ones we need daily that are the building blocks of protein – go vegans!

the minerals magnesium, iron, zinc, and potassium are also present

1000 mg of Hemp seed contains a perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 Gamma Linoleic Acid and Omega-3 Linolenic Acid — for cardiovascular health and general strengthening of the immune system.


Punica granatum is a shrubby tree 4-5 m high
They grow best in areas with cold winters and long hot, dry summers— we in Dunedin can grow it, but only in gardens that get hot in summer – maybe next  to a brick wall?

Daily needs in 28 g

Fiber: 7 g
Protein: 3 g
Vitamin C 30%   RDA
Vitamin K: 36%  RDA
Folate: 16%   RDA
Potassium: 12%   RDA

Antioxidants in Pomgranate seeds

Punicalagins are found in the juice and peel

Punicic Acid, also known as pomegranate seed oil, is the main fatty acid in the arils – which is what the seeds are called.


Chenopodium quinoa

is gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain all essential amino acids and like Hemp is perfect for vegans

1 cup of cooked Quinoa contains:

Protein: 8 grams.
Fiber: 5 grams.
Manganese: 58%
Magnesium: 30%
Folate: 19%
Copper: 18%
Iron: 15%
Zinc: 13%
Potassium: 9%
Over 10% of the RDA for vitamins B1, B2 and B6.
Small amounts of calcium, B3 (niacin) and vitamin E.


Grape seeds contain the  antioxidants oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes (OPCs) these have been shown to inhibit the action of aromatase – which converts androgens to oestrogen, so very good when oestrogen dependent tumours are present.


I think of wheatgrass juice as liquid sunshine – it is about 70% chlorophyll,  an important blood builder. The chlorophyll molecules closely resemble that of the hemin molecule, the pigment which combines with protein to form hemoglobin. The major difference is the chlorophyll molecule contains magnesium as it’s central atom, and the hemin molecule contains iron. The molecular structure of these two substances is almost identical in all other respects.

Wheatgrass contains all minerals, and vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, l and K. It is extremely rich in protein, and contains 17 amino acids


very nice & effective eaten as sprouts, because you have all those enzymes in a concentrated vehicle!
Broccoli sprouts (and the vegetable of course!) support your body’s detoxification, thanks to the phytonutrients glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiian, and glucobrassicin