Moringa Oleifera Kills 97% of Pancreatic Cancer Cells in Vitro

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We just discovered an amazing report about Moringa, courtesy of our friends over at The Eden Prescription. In 2013 scientists reported in a paper published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine (A peer-reviewed, open access journal) that A hot-water extract of the leaves of Moringa Oleifera killed up to 97% of human pancreatic cancer cells (Panc-1) after 72 hours in lab tests. Moringa leaf extract inhibited the growth of all pancreatic cell lines tested. [1]

Pancreatic cancer is very serious, one of the worst. Fewer than 6% patients with adenocarcinoma of the pancreas live five years after diagnosis. The typical treatment is currently chemotherapy.

We’ve dedicated a full page on our site to a detailed report on the amazing Moringa and those interested in herbalism would do well to investigate this plant. Known as the “miracle tree” on account of its many virtues, it is well known in India, the Philippines and several other countries, yet it is relatively unknown in countries such as the USA – although it seems from the current buzz around it that it may well soon experience a rise to new popularity. It has a long history of use in traditional medicine due to its properties as an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, antidepressant, anti-diabetes, pain and fever reducer and even asthma treatment.

It also contains numerous powerful anti-cancer compounds such as kaempferol, rhamnetin and isoquercetin. Now, researchers are discovering that Moringa has anti-cancer potential with positive results so far against ovarian cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer, and melanoma in lab tests. A list of these studies can be seen on Pubmed here.

Please note that it’s a long way before Moringa can be claimed as a cancer cure, but this kind of study is important because it indicates the potential for a starting point for a medicine of the future. It’s especially interesting because Moringa is already in common use – not only in herbalism but in a wide variety of other applications.

Moringa is now extensively cultivated throughout Asia, the Caribbean and Central America, but the largest Moringa crop in the world is produced by India – where it grows natively. That may be one reason why the death rate from pancreatic cancer in India is a stunning 84% lower than in the United States. Moringa supplements are available online.

Note – as always, this article is not medical advice nor a substitute for consolation with a medical professional.

Note 2 – “In Vitro” literally means “In Glassware” and is the Latin expression to denote that the tests were done on cell cultures in a lab, as opposed to “In Vivo” which means tested on living creatures.

Please check out The Eden Prescription for more reports on the cutting edge science being done investigating the medicinal properties of herbs!

References:

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23957955


How To Make Your Own Wonderfully Scented Mason Jar Oil Candle

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I just love these Mason Jar Oil Lamps we just discovered! Not only can you use a variety of different oils, but they will be cheaper to run than regular candles – and by adding spices or a few drops of your favorite essential oils, you can create your own wonderful custom aromas that will fill the space with a golden vibe!

It’s yet another creative way to use the glorious Mason Jar. You could also use bigger jars if you want something really long lasting – and these oil lamps make great survival kit items – giving you an additional potential light/heat source in times of need. I imagine that pretty much any vegetable oil could be used – so it’s a good way to use up old vegetable oils that seem a little ‘past it’ or lower grade than you would like to use for the kitchen.



One thing that’s important – please be sure to follow similar safety procedures as when using ordinary candles: Don’t leave them unattended; place them on a safe, flat, stable burn-proof surface (a large earthenware plate or similar; be sure to place them somewhere they can’t get knocked over, our of the reach of children or pets – and last but not least, don’t leave them underneath / close to a curtain or other combustible materials. The heat from a candle flame can travel straight up a surprising distance if the air is still. These lamps should certainly be made and used with adult supervision.

We have a few other candle tutorials for those who want to check them out:
How To Make Your Own Insect Repellant Pure Beeswax Candles
How To Make Your Own Spa Quality Natural / Herbal Product Range

Oh and did you ever see our post about How To Make A Mason Jar Herb Garden?

Ok here’s the link to the full Mason Jar Oil Candle tutorial: http://msdawn.com/masonjarcandles/ Have fun! :)


Honey Buttermilk Bread

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Check out this amazing bread recipe we just discovered at RestlessChipotle.com! Note that although the photo shows two loaves, the ingredients in the recipe are enough for two (if you are making more loaves you can “scale up” the quantities proportionately). It has just a touch of sweetness from the addition of honey – but it is not so sweet that it cannot be used to make sandwiches.

One of the interesting things about this recipe is the inclusion of real buttermilk. This is an ingredient from the old days, especially popular in the Southern USA – and the real thing may be difficult to obtain in many places. You can buy a commercially-available buttermilk (which might have some dubious ingredients i.e. modified corn starch (GMO!) and locust bean gum) – so for ultimate results you might want to make your own.

Making buttermilk is not difficult but does require a starter culture. Fortunately, RestlessChipotle.com has given instructions for the best ways to do this step also.

Also, this bread recipe involves kneading, so if you don’t wish to do that, check out Peasant Bread – which is a no-knead bread recipe.

The Peasant Bread bread recipe we posted (a few days ago) was one of our most popular posts ever! I’m guessing that the popularity of these recipes is a “sign of the times”: People are clearly really interested in making their own bread – perhaps it’s a kind of reaction to a world with too much artificial – and people are getting caught up in the sentiment (not a bad thing IMO). But what I want to know is, how many of my readers are actually making the bread? So maybe you could let us know in the comments if you tried the recipe – and how you got on.

Ok here’s the link to the full Honey Buttermilk Bread recipe: http://www.restlesschipotle.com/2013/10/buttermilk-bread/ Have fun! :)

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Harvesting And Using Dandelion Roots

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We discovered a fantastic page over at Common Sense Home that gives a tutorial on how to harvest and use dandelion roots. The link follows after our introduction to the topic. We’ve also included several other links to other pages on dandelions so that you can learn all about this interesting and useful plant!



Dandelions, the wonderful yellow flowers that are adored by children and cursed by lawn owners, are in fact one of the most versatile of herbs – with numerous uses for the flowers, leaves and even the roots! It’s a sad fact that they are sprayed and destroyed in such great numbers by people who have no knowledge of their real value and virtues.

Not only can dandelion plants be used in an astonishingly wide variety of delicious recipes but they have a tremendous number of uses in herbal medicine – and have been employed by herbalists since very ancient times. Dandelion is commonly listed in ancient herbals (this link is to our giant “master list” of ancient herbal textbooks).

A search of Pubmed shows over 500 scientific papers reporting on the various properties of dandelion and there are some very interesting results. A few of the studies have found antidepressant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects for dandelion or its extracted components. A new 2014 study found evidence that one dandelion species (Taraxacum mongolicum) had an effect against Hepatitis B in human cells.

There are many, many more. Pubmed is my standard “go to” source for herbal research and a fast way to catch up on the actual scientific work that has been done.

Here are some more interesting dandelion links from our website:
http://www.herbs-info.com/dandelion.html – our main dandelion “mega page” with herbal uses, scientific studies and records of dandelion from old herbal texts.
How To Make Violet And Dandelion “Spring Tonic” Honey
40 Amazing Things To Do With Dandelions – check this page out for a giant list of awesome dandelion recipes and more! :)

Important note – if you are going to harvest and use dandelions, be sure that they haven’t been sprayed with weedkiller. Dandelion is one of the plants that is often targeted by the brainwashed sprayers of evil herbicides, so you might be best off collecting dandelion roots from your own organic garden… and of course wash your harvest carefully.

Ok here’s the link to the full Harvesting And Using Dandelion Roots tutorial: http://www.commonsensehome.com/harvesting-and-using-dandelion-roots/ Enjoy! :)


How To Make Homemade Natural Adhesive And Goo Remover

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If you’re concerned about the use of potentially toxic or carcinogenic solvents such as those used in some adhesive remover products, then you’ll be sure to appreciate the natural formula we just found to do the job! The link to the tutorial follows after our introduction to the topic.

The formula uses only three ingredients – coconut oil (or other vegetable oil) and baking soda plus a few drops of orange essential oil which not only apparently adds “grease cutting power” but will add a pleasing orangey fragrance.

I’m uncomfortable with using chemical solvents and don’t trust them. Many years ago in my late teens (I was young and needed the money) I worked in a chemical factory that made solvent based adhesives for the shoe industry. It was one of the few available jobs in the crappy town that I lived in, so I took it. One of the rooms in the factory was the “solvent room” and the people who worked in there were all noticeably crazier than the workers in the other parts of the factory. I think they may have been permanently high from the ever-present fumes! One of them I clearly remember used to carry a broom around while he worked and pretended it was a guitar, rocking out wildly even though there wasn’t actually any music playing at the time. Maybe they were just attempting to alleviate the tedium – but I’m fairly convinced that the solvents were affecting them and that life-span of workers in that factory would have been shorter than the average: All workers used to have monthly health checks to ascertain whether the chemicals were messing us up. I got out of there as soon as I could but there were many there who carried on for many years.

For those who are still uncertain as to why not just buy a product off the shelf to do the job – here’s some actual info. Typical solvent-based goo-remover products may contain ethanol (alcohol), xylene, acetone, toluene, methanol and / or other solvents. Xylene is actually quite nasty stuff and the Xylene MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) states “Contact may cause eye, skin and mucous membrane irritation. Harmful if absorbed through the skin. Avoid prolonged breathing of vapors or mists. Inhalation may cause irritation, anesthetic effects (dizziness, nausea, headache, intoxication), and respiratory system effects. Excessive exposure may affect the liver and kidneys.”

The Toluene MSDS states that “The substance may be toxic to blood, kidneys, the nervous system, liver, brain, central nervous system (CNS). Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage.

I could go on but I think you get the point: Make your own easy and cheap solvent-free goo remover and you just removed a potential health hazard from your life…

Ok here’s the link to the full Natural Adhesive / Goo Remover formula: http://www.diynatural.com/adhesive-remover-homemade-goo-gone/ Have fun! :)


Peasant Bread – The Best & Easiest Bread You’ll Ever Make

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We discovered a fantastic recipe for peasant bread – a “perfect” simple and natural bread recipe – and had to share on account of the rave reviews that it is getting! This is a great tutorial which includes not only photos every step of the way, but detailed instructions. The link follows after our introduction to the topic.

This is a no-knead bread. Which is awesome, because the effort required for kneading is one thing that puts many people off. Note that the recipe calls for the use of a pyrex bowl – and it seems from the original tutorial that the choice of bowl is somewhat important to the end result; so this is one minor investment that may be needed. However, it should pay for itself quickly if you make bread on a regular basis. ;)

One of the things that we like best about this recipe is that it contains no artificial ingredients. So you have full control over what you are feeding your family – and believe us, that’s a good thing: Many commercially available “big brand” breads contain additives of various kinds – including some that are highly suspect; for example Azodicarbonamide, known by the E number E927, is considered a respiratory sensitizer and has been banned in the EU – but is still in use in the USA as a flour additive!

Another thing about this bread that is awesome is of course the monetary saving. Someone calculated that the cost of one of these loaves of bread is under a dollar, including the cost of the energy used for the baking. That’s pretty amazing.

However what most people are raving about is the flavor. What is it about home made bread fresh from the oven that is just so unbeatable? I think partly it’s the “ultra freshness” – especially when the bread is still warm.

Ready to knock the socks off your dinner party guests? Ok here’s the link to the full peasant bread recipe: http://www.alexandracooks.com/2012/11/07/my-mothers-peasant-bread-the-best-easiest-bread-you-will-ever-make/ Enjoy! :)

More: Check out this page also for how to make Ciabatta bread – http://off-grid.info/blog/how-to-make-your-own-ciabatta-bread/


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