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Laid Out In Lavender by Lorene Sauro, RHN
One suggested meaning for the old expression ‘laid out in lavender” is: 'show something in the best possible light' so let’s do that with this versatile herb. This hearty, fragrant plant is quite easy to grow. There are many varieties and the key is to pick the one that is best for your soil in your area. As a testament to its health properties, it lasts well into the fall. Even frozen in the dead of winter, it can still be harvested for use in the kitchen. So are there health properties for this historical pant? Lavender has been in use for over 2500 years. Traditionally, it was used to help ward off infections. During the Great Plague in London in the 17th century, people would wear a bunch of lavender attached to each wrist as protection from the disease. In 16th century France, lavender glove-makers, who were licensed to perfume their gloves with lavender, did not contract cholera. Is this just myth or folklore? Apparently not, as recent studies have focused on lavender for its antibacterial and antiviral properties. A more common use for most of us is scented pillows. Again, this is a traditional use for Continued on page 3…

Issue 17 June 2012
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Laid Out In Lavender Sour/Sweet Cherry Cream Soup Lavender Lemonade Parsley, Sage Rosemary and Thyme



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Sour/Sweet Cherry Cream Soup with a Healthy Twist by Flora Zorn, RHN
The summer season is getting closer, and this recipe is a great variation to gazpacho (a favourite seasonal cold soup). Originating from my home country Romania, this version includes suggestions to help those with food sensitivities enjoy it too. Get the kids involved and they will enjoy the “job” of pitting the cherries. When I was a child, as much of the fruit went in the tummy before the soup was even started...and perhaps the 80 (raw)/20(cooked) rule was observed naturally, after all. The fun came from getting our fingers, cheeks and lips “painted” by the juice. From green and red salad recipes to the wonderful warm or cold soup, cherries, both sour and sweet, are amazingly versatile (not to mention, they are wonderful in desserts... and make a delicious wine). Sour cherries have antiinflammatory properties, and are anti-microbial, antispasmodic, diuretic, purgative and astringent. The juice of the fresh fruit can be used as an expectorant remedy in upper respiratory infections, and as an antipyretic in colds and bronchitis (a common infection that is caused by bacterial buildup/ inflammation in the windpipe, and can cause airway obstruction). There is evidence of the positive effect of pure cherry juice in epilepsy and on the nervous system. Cherry juice (whole or diluted) works quite effectively on pathogen bacillus coli and dysentery, which perish in an hour. Sour cherry juice is recommended in liver diseases.

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Sour cherry soup could be served chilled, as an appetizer or snack; it goes well with a meat-based main course, and is perfect for hot summer days. Continued on Page 2... Enjoy your love of food …with food that loves you back

fibre.. It can also replace a portion of the flour in muffins or bread but be sure to add extra water to compensate for the extra fibre. It is less sour than sour cream. if there is insufficient good bacteria in the intestinal tract. salicylates can cause issues and damage the intestinal wall lining. and refrigerate until ready to serve. bring to a boil again and then turn to low and simmer 15 minutes. is not as thick and has a higher fat content. and remove the pits and tails. apricots. add the crème fraîche. Top with fresh mint. Some studies show that they also aid in weight loss and thermogenesis. Serve either chilled or at room temperature. Add a teaspoon to a tablespoon of coconut oil in bowl. cloves and lemon peel to a boil. For variation: Use organic orange or mandarin peel (white part removed) – cut in tiny cubes instead of lemon peel.5. bring to a boil again and then turn to low and simmer 15 minutes. *Crème fraîche is a cream soured with bacterial culture containing about 28% butterfat and with a pH of around 4. add the Brown Rice Bran and Germ Powder (to taste. Anti-fungal caprylic acid and anti-bacterial lauric acid are two MCTs found in coconut oil. cloves and lemon peel to a boil. stabilize blood sugar and help lower cholesterol. Add the pitted sour cherries. Bring the water. apples and plums. Studies show that they can help alleviate ulcerative colitis symptoms as effectively as aspirin. Add vanilla and let it cool covered with a lid.. Add the pitted sour cherries. Remove from the heat and let sit for another 15 minutes. Salicylates are naturally occurring plant chemicals with antiinflammatory properties found in foods like cherries. Good bacteria protects the lining and also neutralizes any harmful effects naturally occurring in foods. Use crème fraîche for the soup when using sour cherries and Mediterranean yogurt or kefir for Sweet cherries. minerals. Add vanilla and let it cool covered with a lid. Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) MCTs are fatty acid chains with 8-12 carbon atoms. and to achieve the desired consistency). sugar.Continued from page 1 Sour/Sweet Cherry Cream Soup with a Healthy Twist The Original Version 1 kg (2 lbs) ripe sour cherries 2-3 tablespoons sugar lemon peel from a whole lemon 3-4 cloves 1/2 tsp vanilla 2 1/4 cups water 1 1/4 cups either 18% or 35% cream (traditionally crème fraîche*). and remove the pits and tails. and refrigerate until ready to serve. European labeling regulation disallows any ingredients other than cream and bacterial culture. Once it reaches room temperature. like many plant chemicals. phytonutrients and healthy plantbased fats of the rice plant. Bring water. vitamins. The new version contains fat-burning medium-chain triglycerides from the coconut oil and a good source of soluble fibre. Coconut oil contains 56% MCTs making it the best food source for these fatty acids. Research shows that MCTs convert better into energy than other types of fatty acids and also burn easier.Page 2 Are You Sensitive to Salicylates . The New Version 1 kg (2 lbs) ripe sour cherries 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup lemon peel from a whole lemon 3-4 cloves pinch of cinnamon (in the bowl) 1/2 tsp organic vanilla water (about 500 -700 ml) 3-5 tablespoons of Brown Rice Bran and Germ Powder 1 tbsp coconut oil or coconut Wash the sour cherries. Enjoy your love of food …with food that loves you back Rice Bran and Germ Powder contains the highest concentration of proteins. Wash the sour cherries. Unfortunately. Add it to smoothies or mix into cereals. a chemical drug originally derived from the same plant compound. Once it reaches room temperature. Are you in a hurry? Throw the soup in the blender and add your favourite protein powder and coconut oil and voila – sour cherry smoothie with nutrients to help burn fat. Remove from the heat and let sit for another 15 minutes. .

Sage is a sister herb to rosemary in the mint (Labitae) family and contains a variety of flavonoids and phenolic acids... it has been the flowers of the plants that have been used. It has also been used in the treatment of headaches. especially for culinary purposes. vitamin A. Patients in the lavender group reported better pain control than patients in the control group.” The American Frugal Housewife.Laid Out In Lavender continued from page 1 helping to calm restlessness and induce sleep. Sage. It can be substituted for the herb rosemary in many recipes. Chewing parsley can help freshen breath. Brewed in a tea. Serve with strawberries skewered with lavender stems. Tips for growing lavender:     Planting lavender from seed is not easy unless you have good quality seed so buying a plant from a local farmer is better Make sure the lavender has lots of sun and the soil should be loose for good water drainage and plenty of air circulation The plants should be watered only when the soil is dry Wait for the majority of the flowers to open for a higher oil content Parsley. In one study. improve sleep. muscle and joint pain. Parsley contains calcium. B-complex vitamins. It can act as a diuretic and helps remove toxins from the body. alopecia. English lavender. making these herbs well worth planting. A recent study found that people who received a massage with lavender oil were less anxious and in a better mood than those who just had a massage.. Sage and thyme can grow as perennials and all four last well into the late fall and can easily survive frost. especially breads. Topical uses include helping to treat acne. stir together cold water.. salads and cookies or cakes. Studies have also found that it may reduce agitation in dementia patients. Studies suggest that aromatherapy with lavender may calm down the nervous system. In a large pitcher. Lavender Lemonade From The Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm Printed in: Canadian Gardening Magazine 1 cup (250 mL) fresh (tightly packed) or dried lavender buds 2 cups (500 mL) boiling water 8 cups (2 L) cold water 1 cup (250 mL) fresh lemon juice 1 cup (250 mL) raw honey Lavender stems and fresh strawberries for garnish Preparation In a non-reactive (such as stainless steel) saucepan. vitamin C and vitamin K. promote relaxation and improve moods. fatigue. ice. 1833 .Page 3 . The tradition of a sprig of parsley on a dinner plate is not for decoration. eczema and fungal infections. pour through a clean coffee filter. they like lots of sun and good soil drainage. magnesium. Rosemary and Thyme Growing herbs is the best way to add nutrition and flavor to your food and here are four that are easy to grow. which is a stockier plant with a full flower (also known as True Lavender or Vera) is the only one to use for cooking as other varieties have too much camphor which can be bitter. will do well to raise the most important herbs. 50 patients undergoing breast biopsy surgery received either oxygen supplemented with lavender oil or oxygen alone. potassium. Add lavender infusion. lemon juice and sugar. Most of these studies have focused on the aromatherapy use of lavender oil but traditionally. Enjoy your love of food …with food that loves you back Those who have a little patch of ground. steep lavender in boiling water for 15 minutes. beta-carotene. it creates a nice relaxing beverage for sipping just before bed to promote a better sleep. A little goes a long way so use it to add flavour to ice cream. including Continued on page 4 . nervous disorders. Like lavender. Large amounts of parsley should be avoided if you are pregnant. lemon slices and fresh lavender blossoms.

When looking for a nutrition expert. Rosemary and Thyme Continued from page 3 rosmarinic acid.            Find 20 minutes to go outside every day. Ontario. The phytonutrient thymol increases blood flow and may speed healing.. The logic is that if we load up as much as we can. RHN Writers: Flora Zorn.Page 4 150 Consumers Road. Our members are educators. and chest congestion. Rosemary contains caffeic acid and rosemarinic acid. Board Certified in Practical Holistic 416. so they need to conserve their energy. To find a practitioner or corporate speaker in your area. So let’s slow down. It has antiseptic and antibiotic . Why? Because they are going to have to carry load after load all day long and maybe for years to come. bronchitis. please refer to www. which are potent antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory agents and contains 19 chemicals with antibacterial action. Summer is here and we need to take some time every day to enjoy what is happening around us. M2J 1P9 info@cahnpro. Thyme’s primary medicinal benefit has been for chest and respiratory problems including coughs. whether it is for a nice walk or just some contemplation time on the porch 30 minutes in the sun can boost your mood so don’t always hide in the shade Take a ride to the country to buy local fresh produce at a local farm Make a plan to call a friend or family member who lives far away at least once a week and just enjoy the chance to talk to them for no particular reason Take a course – learn something you have always wanted to know or do Practice some deep breathing as you drive in the car Sleep in. Here are a few summer ideas to help you kick back and relax.cahnpro. then don’t Have friends over or even better. Don’t Overload Your Wheelbarrow In Mexico. RHN Copy Editor: Jennifer Sexton. be sure it is a holistic nutritionist. All our members are trained in proper research techniques and meet mandatory requirements to maintain their certification. Enjoy your love of food …with food that loves you back For numbered references in articles found in this newsletter.499.. and a good source of calcium and dietary fiber. go out to dinner so no one has to cook Rent a movie or read a book you haven’t had time to enjoy Develop relaxation techniques that you can do everyday Find a lake or a beach and enjoy the water CAHN-Pro is a non-profit organization dedicated to regulating and board certifying holistic nutritionists and educating the public about making healthy choices to improve the quality of their www. Suite 210 Toronto. workers only load enough materials into their wheelbarrows that they can carry with ease. Rosemary is one of the most studied herbs with its protective preserving benefits topping the list of its qualities. It is an excellent source of iron and manganese. we tend to do the exact opposite. If you do not have to get up early. In our modern world. we will get done sooner but that never seems to happen. professional speakers and practitioners.Parsley. RHN Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm . RHN Lorene Sauro. It contains powerful antioxidants that can help prevent rancidity in cooking oils. Sage. Our wheelbarrows are overloaded causing us to burn out before the day is And the most important thing we can do is to learn to say “no” so our wheelbarrow is always something we can carry with ease. helping it to fight infections. please call 416-4992660 or email us: info@cahnpro.2660 Editor: Lorene Sauro.

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