Asparagus

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Asparagus spp.

Fresh Shoots – A. Officinalis.

Useful for mild cases of cystitus, fluid retention and for slight cases of edema. After urination you can smell a distinct aroma that is caused by t breakdown of asparagus in the system.

It is an excellent source of folic acid and selenium.

Dried Root – A. Racemosus / Shatavari (Ayurvedic Medicine)

Shatavari means “she who possesses a hundred husbands” due to its usages. Used for debilities associated with female sexual organs. It has rejuvenitory properties. It can assist with fertility issues.

About Shatavari

Recipe with Fresh Shoots

Prepare shoots for cooking. While preparing pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet lightly with oil. lightly spray shoots and roll in raw sesame seeds, lay on the cookie sheet spread slightly apart. Bake until the seeds are a golden brown. Enjoy.

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Orange

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Citris Aurantium: Fresh Fruit

Both the unripe and ripe fruits are used in Chinese Medicine. The unripe bitter fruit is more potent. The unripe bitter fruit (zhi shi) is used for constipation or to move stagnant chi energy. It can be used to make an expectorant for coughs. This bitter fruit is NOT recommended for use in pregnancy.

The ripe fruit has multiple properties for the pregnant woman. It is high in vitamin C and when eaten with the pulp, it contains Rutin.

A Small Orange contains the following nutrients:

Amount Per  1 small (2-3/8″ dia) (96 g) 100 grams 1 fruit (2-5/8″ dia)
Calories 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.1 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 0 mg 0%
Potassium 174 mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 11 g 3%
Dietary fiber 2.3 g 9%
Sugar 9 g
Protein 0.9 g 1%

 

Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 85%
Calcium 3% Iron 0%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 5%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 2%

 

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

 

Sweet Orange Essence Oil

The essence oil of the sweet orange blossom can be used in a diffuser for lack of energy and / or depression. Sweet Orange is an excellent choice for women who are having difficulty in labor and who are lacking energy. Do not use the essence oil in the bath during pregnancy, and use with extreme caution with infants present. Be sure to dilute with a carrier oil, such as Sunflower or Almond.

Neroli Essence Oil
Citris bigaradia

Neroli is derived from the bitter orange blossom.  It should not be used during pregnancy, but can be used during labor and right after delivery. Neroli helps with stress, fright, exhaustion, and shock. It is also great for anxiety. An excellent choice when there are complications in labor causing the mother to be exhausted, and anxious. If there has been a traumatic birth it will assist with the shock after the birth. Use only with the advice of a trained professional who knows about aromatherapeutic treatments. Do not use in a bath and limit its use around infants.

Cabbage

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Brassica 0leracea

How it Acts to Heal

Cabbage is an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-rheumatic, it heals tissues by encouraging cells to proliferate, and decongestant for the liver.

Nutrient Value

Minerals, vitamins A, B1 and B2, Vitamin C, amino acids, and fats.

Use in Healing: LEAVES

The leaves of the cabbage can be used externally as a poultice for wounds, ulcers, inflammation, arthritic joints, various skin conditions such as acne. Internally, the leaves are used for a variety of ailments. These could include digestive and lung disorders, fluid retention, and migraines to name a few. Making a lotion of its leaves with distilled Witch Hazel and a few drops of lemon can be applied for acne and similar skin problems.  The leaves can be juiced for gastric ulceration.  A syrup can be made to remedy chesty coughs, asthma, and bronchitus.

Apples

Malus spp.

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RAW FRUIT

Eaten for certain types of constipation, a sour apple is used as a diuretic in cystitis and other urinary infections.  Used as a poultice for skin inflammations.  Packed with vitamins A, B1, C and minerals.

STEWED FRUIT

Traditional use of stewed fruit is for diarrhea and dysentery, also soothing for gastric ulceration and ulcerative colitis.

PEEL

Used as an infusion for Rheumatism and gout; also for urinary disorders.

 

Suggested use:

4 oz serving of applesauce (chose organic)
Raw
Baked (at 350 degrees with raw area where cored, is in shallow pan of water)
Apple Crisp or pie (these are loaded with sugar, so make the servings small)

*Caution: apples are cooling, and too many apples eaten in a day can cause digestive upsets & gas.

Tomatoes

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Lycopersicum esculentum

FRESH FRUIT

100G provides 100% of the vitamin A, B1, B2, B6,C, and folic acid; they also contains some vitamin E, Calcium, Magnesium,  and phosphorus.  It has rutin which will strengthen the capillaries.

The fresh fruit eases the symptoms of arthritis, rheumatism, and gout.  It is oxalate-free and will clear the uric acic and toxins from the system.


COOKED FRUIT

The fruit cooked helps prevent prostate cancer and heart disease. Cooking makes lycopene, which is the main carotene in tomatoes.

Drinking 3 glasses a day of the juice works as a restorative tonic during illness and convalescence.

RECIPE:

CAPRESE SALAD

3 TO 4 ripe tomatoes
1 pound fresh mozzarella
1 cup Basil (chopped)
Balsamic vinegar and Olive oil (for drizzling)
Salt

Slice the tomatoes, cheese and Basil into 1/4 inch thickness and arrange them, overlapping in a circular or spiral pattern on a plate with the basil sprinkled over it all.

drizzle 50-50 mix of Balsamic and Olive oil lightly over them. Then sprinkle salt lightly.

What’s Next?

In the next few blogs I will be discussing the healing aspects and nutritional aspects of some common foods. These are beneficial for a variety of reasons and good to use in dishes, or to have whole, on your plate!

These particular foods I would recommend to include in your diet for a healthier pregnancy…

 

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These will be:

Tomatoes
Garlic
Onions
Asparagus
Cabbage
Orange
Peppers
Yams
Apples
Ginger Root
Plum

Any warnings for pregnancy and lactation will be included, and where possibility of a recipe or two. All references for these are on my reference page.

NOTE: Imagery is from free-domain imagery sites.  If I have used any images that are not free to use, please email me [rosebud.cbe@gmail.com] and I will remove them.

Pre-Eclampsia

This seems to come up a lot when women tell me their birth stories. I cringe inside, because the majority of the time it ends up with a c-Section.

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What is it?

Symptoms are: elevated protein levels in the Urine; high blood pressure or steadily rising blood pressure; headaches; swelling of ankles, face and hands; upper abdominal pain; visual disturbances; kidney, heart, or thyroid problems (Romm, 211).

Toxemia (a later stage of this condition) is life-threatening. Do not ignore these symptoms!

How can it be prevented?

A good diet
Plenty of water (plain, at least 6 Eight ounce glasses daily)
Lowering stress in your life, 2 aspects: exercise and some sort of meditative practice.

What can I do if the doctor says I am beginning to have pre-eclampsia?

For High-Blood Pressure
Eating well (see my nutrition hand-out), exercise (see my handout for exercise), and lowering stress will all assist in lowering high blood pressure when the other indicators are ruled out.  Often times women do not drink enough water and water is the first thing the ER recommends for high blood pressure.

Swelling
These are things you can do to lower the swelling:

  • Elevate your feet for 20 minutes a day
  • Lie on the left side when sleeping or resting (assists blood flow)
  • Exercise 30 minutes a day (even a long walk will help).
  • Eat more protein and salt foods to taste. You can use natural mineral waters to assist in electrolyte balancing.

Herbals: add Epson salts to foot soak, drinking nettle and dandelion infusion (assists in balancing the kidney retention and flow of fluids).

Next: TOXEMIA

 

 

Can It Get Crazier?

This was a question that has been like a mantra the last few months. My phone started degrading, and not functioning well.  So my daughter gives me her old iPhone. Well, that precipitated a chain of events.

First, I had to order a sim card that was At &t compatible (I pay month to month because its actually cheaper than any service out there). It was gonna take a week. Meanwhile, I needed a phone to use. So I bought one.

The sim arrives, so I go get the iPhone registered. At&t says “we cannot use that phone number because it is out of our service area”.  Well, no duh.  That is why I am not with your company! What I did not think about was all the sites in which I had the two-step security…

That is why three months went by without a peep from me on this site.

But…I persisted

WordPress and I went back and forth. Then they realized I was using the recovery email.  Once I emailed all the information I had to prove this is my site from the correct email, I get into this site. Whew.

So, yes folks…she is back!

Another Recipe

The image is of a black bean, corn, and squash recipe.  If you would like to try it, follow the link under the image…

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Image from The Taste Space: 3 Sisters Soup

Three Sisters Soup

(Bean, Corn and Squash Soup)

1 tbsp oil (preferably not crisco)
1 yellow onion, diced
1 red or orange bell pepper, diced
2 cups diced kabocha squash, butternut squash (or a peeled winter squash of your choice)
12 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
5-6 cups of vegetable stock or water
salt, to taste
2 cups corn (I used frozen roasted corn, you can also roast corn on the cob and then cut the corn)
2 cups cooked green beans, rinsed and drained if canned or tips pinched off and then snapped into bite-sized lengths

Optional: red bell pepper, and other spices for flavoring.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large soup pot over medium-high heat, heat oil. Once hot, add onions and cook, stirring continuously, until softened, around 2 minutes. Sprinkle with salt. Add bell pepper and cook until they begin to soften, another 2 minutes. Add squash and garlic and stir well. Decrease the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft and fragrant, around 10 minutes.
  2. Add the water, salt.  Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Add corn and green beans and return to a boil. Once boiling, decrease heat to medium-low, partially cover and simmer until all the vegetables are cooked through, approximately 10-20 minutes. Remove from the heat. Adjust seasoning to taste. Top with additional hot sauce/sriracha, if desired.

Serves 4.

NOTE: the original “bean” from the “3 Sister’s” is a pole or runner bean, commonly known as the green bean.

From: https://tastespace.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/three-sisters-soup-black-bean-corn-and-squash-soup/