Showing posts with label natural. Show all posts
Showing posts with label natural. Show all posts

May 2, 2013

Itadori Tea from Japanese Knotweed


Since I recently plucked some Japanese Knotweed from my neighbors yard to make Itadori Tea, I decided to post and share this with you.

 Japanese Knotweed is an invasive weed, but many people don't know that it's edible, and can also be used as a tea. It grows everywhere.  

Itadori Tea is used in Japan and China as a traditional herbal remedy for the prevention of heart disease and strokes. It contains resveratrol, consequently, The Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry studies state that, ”For people who do not consume alcohol, Itadori tea may be a suitable substitute for red wine.” 

Japanese Knotweed is also edible and tastes like Rhubarb, and can be used instead of Rhubarb in recipes that call for it. There's also medicinal uses for Japanese Knotweed as well. 

 To make Itadori Tea, pluck some young shoots, wash, put in pot, cover with water & boil. Turn down heat to simmer and simmer for 20 minutes. Add sugar or other sweetener to taste. 

WARNING.. Drinking large quantities acts as a laxative. 

 Japanese Knotweed is an excellent source of vitamin A, along with vitamin C and its cofactor, the antioxidant flavonoid rutin, Japanese knotweed also provides potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and manganese. Itís also an excellent source of resveratrol, the same substance in the skin of grapes and in red wine that lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart attacks. 

 Resveratrol may delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease or slow its progression. Normally, glial cells in the brain support the neurons (nerve cells) and apparently modify the way they communicate, but in Alzheimer's disease, an accumulation of gunk called amyloid plaques signals these helper cells to kill the neurons instead.

April 27, 2013

Tillandsia Air Plants

Collecting Tillandsia Air Plants

Due to moving into my new apartment and having an extremely poor internet connection over the past few weeks, I have been unable to update this blog, but now that my mobile broadband connection seems to have improved, I'd like to share with my readers about these beautiful and interesting plants I recently just found out about these cool little plants called Tillandsia, known as Air Plants, because they live in the air, not in soil.  They're from the Bromeliad family & get their nutrients from the air & water.

Shortly after moving into my new home I was walking around town when I discovered a new shop that wasn't here when I lived here before, so I decided to check it out, and it was there that I first saw the air plants, but at the time I was just looking around as I had no money to spend.

I didn't think too much about the air plants again until I had some spare cash, and ended up going back there to buy some, and came home with three of them.   When I was back at home, I searched on Google to get information on how to care for Tillandsia Air Plants and it was then that I learned that there's 540 different varieties.  I love these cute little plants and decided that I want a small collection of air plants of various varieties, and so, roughly a week or so later, I was back in the shop and picked up three more.

After I decided how I wanted to display my cute little air plants, I couldn't wait to photograph my new Tillandsia collection & show them to my friends and family on Facebook, and now here I am sharing them with you.

Tillandsia Air Plant, Capitata Peach
Tillandsia Air Plant, Capitata Peach, on a glass container I found for free outside, filled with sea glass, rocks & oyster shells my daughter & I picked up at our local beach. Capitata Peach Tillandsia is a native of Dominican Republic, Cuba and Mexico and grows mainly on rocks.

Bulbosa Belize Tillandsia Air Plant
Tillandsia Air Plant, Bulbosa Belize sitting on an oyster shell.  When the Bulbosa Belize Tillandsia blooms, there will be a bright red flower.  This variety is a native of Belize in Central America.

Ionantha Mexican Tillandsia Air Plant
Tillandsia Ionantha Mexican, mounted by making a hole in wine bottle cork I scavenged out of a recycling bin.  There are variations of the Ionantha Tillandsia, this variety being a native of Mexico.

Harrisii Tillandsia Air Plant

Harrisii Tillandsia Air Plant
These two photos are of the same Tillandsia Air Plant, Harrisii, mounted on a piece of Atlantic ocean driftwood bark.  Harrisii Tillandsia was named after an American air plant enthusiast, Bill Harris, that was murdered in 1985 in Guatemala where the species is a native plant.  Harrisii is an endangered species in Guatemala.

Tillandsia Air Plant Ionantha
Tillandsia Air Plant I haven't positively identified as of this posting, but believe to be Ionantha Guatamala, mounted on a piece of Atlantic ocean driftwood.  When mounting Tillandsia Air Plants on ocean driftwood, you must make sure that the driftwood has had all salt removed, usually by soaking it for a couple weeks with several water changes.  Salt will kill a Tillandsia Air Plant.

Juncea Tillandsia Air Plant
Tillandsia Air Plant, Juncea, mounted on a piece of Atlantic ocean driftwood.   Juncea Tillandsia is a tall, grassy air plant.   Juncea Tillandsia is native to Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico and Venezuela.

I hope you enjoyed this post on Tillandsia Air Plants.  If you're interested in getting air plants of your own, considering buying air plants on Amazon & I'll earn a small commission when you buy via my links.

October 24, 2012

Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy for Transsexuals

 Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy for Transsexuals

As a transsexual transitioning from a male body to a female one, hormonal replacement therapy is just one part of this and I have been successful in obtaining decent results with an all natural way of manipulating hormone levels through herbs and diet, and wish to share with you the following information regarding natural hormones through herbs and food. Take note however, that none of these claims have been approved nor confirmed by the FDA and are merely restated for informational purposes.

  • A higher intake of protein and fats are associated with higher levels of androgens
  • Vegetarians have lower levels of male hormones than meat eaters
  • Low Essential Fatty Acids can boost the production of testosterone. Avoiding foods which contains those EFAs will be a good way to reduce the production of testosterone,
  • Eating foods rich in phytoestrogens appears to lower androgen levels. Phytoestrogens, found in plant foods, are a weaker form of estrogen than that found in the body. The richest sources include tofu, soybeans and flax seed.
  • Soy beans consists of substance that can reduce the production of androgens called isoflavone. Foods with isoflavone which is made out of soy beans are saitans, tofu, tempeh, and many more, You can consume as much as soy beans products as you want because these foods are also healthy for your body, It is a high fiber food which is good for your metabolism, keeping your skin healthy, and limit fat intake in to your body.
  • Foods which contain high EFAs and vegetables which are classified as cruciferous, such as broccoli, turnip, cabbage, Brussels sprout, radishes and cauliflower can radically decrease the estrogen production thus increase the production of testosterone.
  • Spearmint tea decrease testosterone production in the body and act as an anti-androgen. I drink 3 cups a day. Green tea is also good for this purpose.
Herbs and Spices Containing Estradiol.
  • Soy milk
  • Yucca
  • Licorice
  • Tumeric
  • Red Clover
  • Hops
  • Mandrake
  • Verbenna
  • Bloodroot
  • Yellow Dock
  • Thyme
  • Sheep sorrel
The above listed have estrogenic activity at low physiological doses. If you take at least 2 grams of any of the herbs daily or drink 6 ounces or more of soymilk, your body is getting in touch with its feminine side. Additional herbs with higher estrogenic properties than those listed above.
  • Coumestrol
  • Mistletoe
  • Don quai
  • White clover
  • Motherwort
One of the effects of the female hormone progesterone is to inhibit the release of new LH and reduce the circulating levels of LH (5). Therefore, while progesterone is not produced in men, certain foods, herbs and spices do have progesterone like activity. Eating these progesteronic foods in appreciable amounts theoretically may reduce testosterone levels. The list below notes the progesterone-like activity of herbs and spices. Micrograms of Progesterone Equivalents/2 g Dry Herb
  • Bloodroot 100
  • Thyme 4
  • Ocotillo 8
  • Calamus Root 3
  • Mandrake 8
  • Red Clover 3
  • Oregano 8
  • Goldenseal 3
  • Damiana 6
  • Licorice 3
  • Pennyroyal 5
  • Mistletoe 3
  • Verbena 5
  • Cumin 2
  • Nutmeg 4
  • Fennel 2
  • Tumeric 4
  • Camomille 2
  • Yucca 4
  • Cloves 2
A high fat diet = high testosterone. Studies have shown that when total fat, monounsaturated fat, and saturated fat intakes increase, so does testosterone... If you must have fat, make sure it's polyunsaturated. Studies also show that eating animal protein is correlated with increases in testosterone. The "Journal of Endocrinology" has determined that soy (which contains phytoestrogens) will decrease testosterone levels. The fear that consuming soy products, and therefore the consumption of phytoestrogens, would cause a change in testosterone was proven in a study done by Gifu University School of Medicine located in Japan. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the study revealed that testosterone concentrations were inversely related with the intake of soy products, after controlling all other factors.  

Carbohydrates and Simple Sugars Diets which are high in complex carbohydrates, simple sugars and fiber will result in lower testosterone levels. Consuming an excessive amount of carbohydrates will cause blood sugar to elevate and therefore release elevated levels of insulin and cortisol. Once these two hormones are in the body, they work to decrease production of testosterone and oppose the action of the testosterone which is released into the body.  

Foods rich in phytoestrogens, a natural estrogen: Soy. Millet. Barley. Flax seed. Lentils. Kidney beans. Lima beans. Rye. Clover. Fennel. Chickpeas (garbanzo beans). Other foods containing the estrogen compound phytoestrogen include; Apples. Alfalfa sprouts. Celery. Parsley. Beets. Bok choy. Carrots. Cucumbers. Mushrooms. Seaweeds. Squash. Pumpkin seeds. Sunflower seeds. Cherries. Olives. Pears. Plums. Tomatoes. Prunes. Barley. Oats. Brown rice. Wheat germ. Bulgur. Brewer’s Yeast. Black-eye peas. Mung bean sprouts. Navy beans. Red beans. Split peas. Spices; cloves, ginger, hops, oregano, red raspberry, sage tea, thyme, turmeric.

Flax seed is exceptionally excellent, not only as a food containing the estrogen-like phytoestrogen, but for general, all-around health. Flax seed taken daily decreases the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Flax seed improves liver function, vastly improves the condition of dry skin, dull hair and brittle nails and is helpful in the treatment of eczema and psoriasis. Flax seed alleviates some allergies can lower total serum cholesterol levels by up to 9 percent, lowers LDL cholesterol levels by up to 18 percent, aids in weight loss, improves energy and is effective in treating depressions. Flax seed also improves mental functioning and alleviates some cases of asthma.  

HIGH TESTOSTERONE FOODS TO AVOID Raw Oysters Anything high in ZINC, and/or B6, Avocado Asparagus Banana Figs Celery Almonds and nuts in general eggs meat Brown Rice corn broccoli cabbage high proteins, fatty, etc cauliflower corn onions  

Atttempting to change hormone levels without medical supervision from your doctor could be dangerous. Please consult a doctor before beginning any large dietary changes.

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