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Dandelion Salad with Citrus Dressing

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh lemon thyme
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh lemon balm
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups fresh dandelion leaves, washed and patted dry
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, washed and patted dry
  • 1 cup sliced wild leeks
  • 1/2 cup alfalfa sprouts
  • 1/4 cup finely minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh dandelion petals

Directions:

  1. In a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid or a mixing bowl, combine orange juice, lemon juice, lemon thyme, lemon balm and olive oil. Shake or whisk well to combine. If desired, season to taste with salt.
  2. In a large salad bowl, combine dandelion leaves, spinach, leeks, alfalfa sprouts, parsley and dandelion petals. Drizzle with enough dressing to coat leaves and toss well.

Tip:

The light citrus dressing is just right to allow the tangy, bitter taste of the dandelion leaves to have their effect on the body. Should you choose not to let the bitter quality predominate, add 1/2 cup each of chopped apricots and raisins and 1/4 cup almond slivers.

Variations:

Substitute: Arugula, mizuna, mesclun or sorrel for dandelion leaves; Half red onion, thinly sliced for wild leeks; fresh rose petals or nasturtium flowers for dandelion petals.

Omit: Dandelion petals if unavailable.

Recipe Source: Healing Herbs Cookbook by Pat Crocker

Hot-and-Sour Summer Soup

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients:

Soup

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 3 cups diced turnips
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 piece dried ginseng root
  • 5 cups stock
  • 3 tbsp soya sauce
  • 3 tbsp herbed vinegar
  • 1 tbsp burdock syrup
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce

Garnish

  • 1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • 8 oz firm tofu, cut into 1/2-inch (1cm) cubes
  • 1/4 chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and saute for 5 minutes or until 5 minutes. Stir in turnip and garlic, cook another 5 minutes. Stir in mushrooms, ginseng, stock, soy sauce, vinegar, and syrup; cover and simmer for about 25 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in parsley and hot sauce.
  2. Remove ginseng root; chop fine and return to soup.
  3. Divide garnish among 4 bowls; ladle hot soup over.

Tip:

If you have the time in step 1, simmer this soup on low heat for 2 or 3 hours instead of 25 minutes. Keep the lid on in order to trap water soluble nutrients that would otherwise escape in the steam.

Variations:

Substitute: Burdock or dandelion for ginseng; Molasses or maple syrup for burdock syrup.

Add: 10 oz package fresh spinach, coarsely chopped, in the last 3 minutes.

Omit: Ginseng if unavailable.

Recipe Source: Healing Herbs Cookbook by Pat Crocker

Vegetable Frittata

Yield: Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups trimmed fresh spinach
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 2/3 cup sliced leek, white and tender green parts only
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsp dried chopped oregano
  • 2 tsp dried chopped sage
  • 2 tsp dried chopped thyme

Directions:

  1. Wash spinach and place wet leaves in a medium saucepan with lid. Turn heat to high and cook for about 2 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Remove from heat and drain. Allow spinach; squeeze out excess moisture and chop.
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions, leek, peppers and carrots; cook until soft. Stir in spinach and distribute evenly. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, beat eggs and milk together. Add Swiss cheese, Cheddar cheese, vegetable mixture, oregano, sage and thyme. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour into prepared baking dish. (Mixture can be prepared to this point and refrigerated several hours or overnight; return to room temperature before baking.)
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned and set. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before cutting. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Tip:

Although traditionally served as a breakfast dish, the frittata is much more versatile. Cut into diamond shapes and top with herbed mayonnaise, smoked salmon or bean spread for hors d’oeuvres; cut into strips and serve as an accompaniment for soups or salads; or cut into larger squares and serve with pesto or red pepper sauce for an appetizer.

Variations:

Substitute: Celery for leek; Green pepper for red pepper.

Add: 1 tsp cayenne pepper.

Recipe Source: Healing Herbs Cookbook by Pat Crocker

Leek, Onion, and Garlic Tart

By Pat Crocker

Yield: Serves 6

Ingredients:

Base

  • 3 cups thinly sliced unpeeled potatoes
  • 1 cup thinly sliced peeled sweet potatoes
  • 3 tbsp honey mustard
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Topping

  • 1/4 cup sliced leek, white part only
  • 4 cloves garlic, slivered
  • 3 cups sliced onions
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. In a large bowl, toss potatoes with mustard and 2 tbsp oil. Spread in bottom of prepared pan. Press potatoes with the back of a spoon to compress. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Spread leek and garlic evenly over potato base, then onion over top. If desired, season to taste with salt. Drizzle with oil. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes or until potatoes are tender and onions are golden. Sprinkle with basil and cheese; bake for another 5 minutes or until cheese has melted. Allow to stand for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Tips:

Using a springform pan makes serving easier because the sides can be removed. Serve hot or at room temperature. Slice in thin wedges for first course or use larger servings for a vegetable side dish.

Substitute: Regular potatoes or 1/2 acorn butternut squash for sweet potatoes.

Recipe Source: Healing Herbs Cookbook by Pat Crocker

Ever Heard Of A Naturopath? Here’s Why You May Want To See One – Nicole Frehsee

An article in Prevention Magazine has come across several of our social media platforms and I wanted to share it with you.

The original article can be found here: http://www.prevention.com/health/why-you-should-see-a-naturopath

 

 

According to conventional wisdom, when you’re sick, you call the doctor. (And maybe your mom.) But your trusty MD may not be the only one who can cure what ails you—especially if you’ve paid him or her a visit already and still aren’t feeling well.

That’s where naturopaths come in. Naturopathic doctors, who are educated in the same basic sciences as medical doctors and attend four-year, naturopathic medical schools, take a holistic approach to healing and use natural approaches, like nutrition, herbs, and acupuncture, in addition to conventional ones, like drugs. Whereas an MD may prescribe medicine as a first line of defense—”take these pills to lower your cholesterol/cure your back pain/ease your anxiety”—an ND focuses on treating a problem’s underlying causes (say, poor diet and exercise or stress) versus just its symptoms. (And they’re just one of the 6 alternative doctors you should consider seeing.)

“We use drugs when necessary, but our goal isn’t to get a patient on right the drug so that they don’t experience symptoms. It’s to get them well,” says Jaclyn Chasse, ND, a New Hampshire-based naturopath and president-elect of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

While naturopaths take on any number of health problems, from colds to cancer, they may not be on the general public’s radar. (They’re currently licensed to practice in 17 states and Washington, DC.) “There’s a healthy skepticism surrounding what naturopaths do,” says Chasse. “But naturopathic medicine is not medicine-lite. In fact, I often see patients who are so sick because they haven’t gotten well in the conventional system.” Here, some reasons you may want to visit a naturopath.

Your blood pressure is creeping up, or you’re type 2 diabetic.

When it comes to chronic conditions, drugs can help initially, but at some point, they may stop working as well, says Jamey Wallace, ND, chief medical officer of Washington’s Bastyr University (one of 5 accredited naturopathic medical schools in the US). “That’s why making lifestyle changes is a focus,” he says. Sufferers of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes typically benefit from weight loss, regular exercise and, of course, a healthy diet, so a naturopath will help patients map out a plan to meet those goals. “I’ll spend time with a patient to identify obstacles to doing those things, and help them set up a schedule so they can practice them,” says Wallace.

 

Your hormones are out of whack.

Is your period irregular? Your PMS raging? A naturopath may be able to help. “Conventional medicine doesn’t have a lot of tools in this area—there’s nothing to support the body’s own hormone production but birth control,” says Chasse. “But certain herbs are incredibly good at bringing hormones back into balance by improving the connection between the brain and the ovaries, where the hormones are made.” Nutrition also comes into play with hormones, so naturopaths will dissect your diet if an imbalance is found (like MDs, NDs run blood tests to determine your hormone levels). Chasse’s tip: Antioxidants help the brain-ovary connection, so “your best bet is to eat the rainbow”—i.e. lots of colorful fruits and veggies. (For more nutrition advice, check out The Power Nutrient Solution, the first-ever plan that tackles the root cause of virtually every major ailment and health condition today.)

Your stomach is killing you.

If you’re struggling with anything from bloating to IBS to Crohn’s, overhauling your diet could be a better solution than taking meds. “Most digestive disorders respond well to dietary changes,” says Wallace. “I talk about food a lot. Naturopaths aren’t trained as nutritionists but we incorporate food as medicine in our practice.” Naturopaths also dig deep to find the root cause of your pain. “We might do stool tests to see if carbs or fats or proteins aren’t properly broken down, and we’ll want to know what types of probiotics do or don’t live in your gut,” says Chasse. “We tend to do certain testing that conventional doctors don’t really do.”

You’re feeling depressed or anxious.

While seeing your conventional doc for anxiety or depression symptoms might get you a prescription for meds or a psychiatrist referral, naturopaths work with patients to identify the underlying causes of their issues. (Note: They aren’t equipped to manage serious mental-health problems.) “We get a lot of training in counseling, about a Master’s [degree] level,” says Chasse. “We help patients reorganize their lives to limit stress, and we also work with herbs that help the body biochemically manage stress better.” You’ll likely leave your ND’s office with exercise and diet recommendations, too.

 

Your heartburn is out of control.

Does a slice of pizza for dinner mean reflux for dessert? Conventional antacids aren’t the only remedy. “Antacids are prescribed in inordinate volumes in this country,” says Wallace. Instead, modifying your diet and taking certain herbs may be the first logical steps to feeling relief. “There are a number of herbs that soothe the tissue in the stomach lining and esophagus,” he says. “With the herbs, in addition to some very basic diet changes, many patients come in and say their symptoms are gone.”

You’re suffering from an autoimmune condition.

Autoimmune conditions (everything from Celiac disease to rheumatoid arthritis to lupus), which result when the immune system attacks the body’s healthy cells, signal that your body’s immune system is going haywire. As such, conventional doctors commonly prescribe drugs, like steroids, to get some of these conditions in check. Naturopaths, on the other hand, look to lifestyle tweaks. Chasse points to diet as a prime example. “Inflammation is the immune system overreacting, and certain foods cause inflammation,” she says. “We’ll put patients on an anti-inflammatory-diet—plant-heavy, with lots of fish and healthy fats and less red meat and sweets—and prescribe herbs to bring the body back into balance.”

You have cancer.

A disclaimer here: When it comes to battling any disease, we’re certainly not suggesting you ditch your MD in favor of a naturopath (in fact, some states have laws requiring that patients with certain illnesses see an MD before an ND can offer treatment). But in some cases, naturopaths can help optimize conventional treatments. Take cancer, for instance: Naturopaths can help minimize the side effects of chemo (which damages the immune system) so that patients are less likely to run into complications during treatment. “Studies have shown that natural therapies”—think acupuncture or taking certain herbs—”actually help patients do better on chemo,” says Chasse. “When cancer patients are also being treated by a naturopath, they’re more likely to take to the prescribed regimen without a problem.”