Oh nettles, what would I do without you? You support me through tough times every spring, you make my pestos a little more wild and interesting, and you give my body loads of protein, calcium, iron, and countless other nutrients. In my book, you truly are the hero of spring.
With summer just around the corner, Eclectic is busy preparing to launch its first-ever internship program! It will be a unique program that combines hands-on experience on the medicinal herb farm with classroom learning on a wide range of topics. With it, we hope to provide a strong platform for beginning herbalists to dive into the world of holistic health.
Let’s do an exercise. Imagine a salad full of bitter greens: radicchio, endive, dandelion greens, arugula. There’s no dressing on this salad. Now imagine taking a big bite of that salad and beginning to chew. Pay close attention to your tongue. As you chew on those bitter greens, is there a particular part of your tongue that feels more active than others? If you were to actually chew on one of these bitter greens, it might become more obvious that our bitter taste receptors reside on the back of the tongue. And when those become activated, a cascade of physiological responses takes place.
The traditional Thanksgiving feast typically includes lots of herbs which provide health benefits as well as flavor. Traditional stuffing and poultry herbs include sage, rosemary and thyme, pumpkin pie contains cinnamon and cloves, and cranberries are found in sauce and side dishes.These herbs were present in the original Thanksgiving feast, and were brought to America by settlers for use in both seasoning and supporting health.
Golden Milk or "Haldi Ka Doodh" is a nourishing and delicious brew with ancient origins that is currently having a renaissance in cafes across the globe. Before documented time, the traditional medicine people of India joined the life-giving properties of turmeric, black pepper, ginger, and cardamom to create a balancing herbal blend that benefits nearly all physical constitutions, or "doshas"
Wild Weed Garden Pesto:
- 4 cups of wild-harvested weeds or vivacious overgrowth of herbs: nettles, plantain, chickweed, dandelion greens, purslane, oregano, basil, cilantro, mint etc.
- ¾ cup of olive oil- amount will vary depending on the fluid constitutions of your chosen herbs
- 2 cloves (or more) of garlic
- Sea salt to taste
- Walnuts, pinenuts, or pumpkin seeds
Turmeric has been used for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. We've put together a few of our favorite recipes that include this versatile ingredient. Like any herb, the fresher, the better. These recipes integrate our Fresh Freeze-Dried Turmeric Powder. Our turmeric is grown on an organic farm Hawaii and is fresh freeze-dried, it tastes superior to air-dried varieties and has a beautiful fresh aroma.