Stacking up the Supers!!! In Clover!

Beekeeping honey

Well here are some of our bee colonies in ND. Excellent year for Clover honey! The lower box is home with the queen mommy, the second box is their food pantry for the family and all upper boxes on top of that is extra honey storage. Look at all the bees flying around in the air. They love beeing busy! The queen loves it and she is busy laying eggs for babies everyday. These busy ladies only live 3 weeks during the honey season so there needs to be a steadily growing family.

Yerba Santa Blossoms in the Foothills

Yerba Santa Blossoms in the Foothills

We went for a walk in the foothills around lake Tabeaud and found the lovely Yerba Santa in bloom. Not only do bees and insects love this plant but it is a great blessing to all of us!

Yerba Santa is an excellent healing plant. The late Dr. Eugene Watkins, my friend and a great Naturopath and Herbalist, taught me the following about Yerba Santa:

From the Spanish language we have the name Yerba Santa, or, as we would say in English "Herb Saint". This herb of the high desert mountains in the desert southwest of the US., with its gray-white miniature trumpet flowers, has long been revered by the Spanish community as a life-saving lung herb. The clean refreshing scent and taste of Yerba Santa immediately suggest the relief it affords for removing mucus, draining fluid from lungs and their restoration to normal function. Take internally, 40 to 80 drops per day, or hourly as needed for relief. This may help someone with breathing difficulties to breathe easier. I love chewing on the young leaves, then I spit out the residue. Take a drink of water and it is soooo sweet and refreshing after chewing on YS leaves!!

To your health this lovely spring! Keep praying for rain! God is good! All the time.

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Benefits of the Hibiscus Flower

I came to love this beautiful flower the first time I went to Brazil in 1981. It grows everywhere and cheers up the city and the countryside. Bees love this flower but our buzzing ladies never get to taste this nectar because it is a tropical plant. I want to share with you the tremendous benefits of this flower and therefore the benefits of hibiscus tea.      

I came to love this beautiful flower the first time I went to Brazil in 1981. It grows everywhere and cheers up the city and the countryside. Bees love this flower but our buzzing ladies never get to taste this nectar because it is a tropical plant. I want to share with you the tremendous benefits of this flower and therefore the benefits of hibiscus tea.

 

 

THIS IS FROM DR. MICHAEL GREGOR, MD: 

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE IS WHERE HIBISCUS MAY REALLY SHINE, A DISEASE AFFECTING A BILLION PEOPLE AND KILLING MILLIONS. UP UNTIL 2010, THERE WASN’T SUFFICIENT HIGH QUALITY RESEARCH OUT THERE TO SUPPORT THE USE OF HIBISCUS TEA TO TREAT IT, BUT WE HAVE SINCE SEEN RANDOMIZED DOUBLE-BLIND, PLACEBO-CONTROLLED STUDIES WHERE HIBISCUS TEA IS COMPARED TO ARTIFICIALLY COLORED AND FLAVORED WATER THAT LOOKS AND TASTES LIKE HIBISCUS TEA, AND THE TEA DID SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER.

WE’RE STILL NOT SURE WHY IT WORKS, BUT HIBISCUS DOES APPEAR TO BOOST NITRIC OXIDE PRODUCTION, WHICH COULD HELP OUR ARTERIES RELAX AND DILATE BETTER. REGARDLESS, AN UPDATED REVIEW ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THE DAILY CONSUMPTION OF HIBISCUS TEA MAY INDEED SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER BLOOD PRESSURES IN PEOPLE WITH HYPERTENSION, BUT BY HOW MUCH? HOW DOES THIS DROP IN BLOOD PRESSURE COMPARE TO THAT OF OTHER INTERVENTIONS?

THE PREMIER CLINICAL TRIAL WHEN IT COMES TO COMPREHENSIVE LIFESTYLE MODIFICATION FOR BLOOD PRESSURE CONTROL IS THE PREMIER CLINICAL TRIAL. REALIZING THAT 9 OUT OF 10 AMERICANS ARE GOING TO DEVELOP HYPERTENSION, THEY RANDOMIZED 800 MEN AND WOMEN WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE INTO ONE OF THREE GROUPS. ONE WAS THE CONTROL GROUP, THE SO-CALLED ADVICE ONLY GROUP, WHERE PATIENTS WERE JUST TOLD TO LOSE WEIGHT, CUT DOWN ON SALT, INCREASE EXERCISE AND EAT HEALTHIER, HERE’S A BROCHURE. BUT IN THE TWO BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION GROUPS THEY GOT SERIOUS. 18 FACE-TO-FACE SESSIONS, GROUPS MEETINGS, FOOD DIARIES, MONITORED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, CALORIE AND SODIUM INTAKE. ONE INTERVENTION GROUP JUST CONCENTRATED ON EXERCISE AND THE OTHER INCLUDED EXERCISE AND DIET. THEY PUSHED THE DASH DIET, HIGH IN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, AND LOW IN FULL-FAT DAIRY PRODUCTS AND MEAT. AND IN SIX MONTHS THEY ACHIEVED A 4.3 POINT DROP IN SYSTOLIC BLOOD PRESSURE, COMPARED TO THE CONTROL, SLIGHTLY BETTER THAN THE LIFESTYLE INTERVENTION WITHOUT THE DIET. NOW A FEW POINTS MIGHT NOT SOUND LIKE A LOT—THAT’S LIKE SOMEONE GOING FROM A BLOOD PRESSURE OF 150 OVER 90 TO A BLOOD PRESSURE OF 146 OVER 90—BUT ON A POPULATION SCALE A 5 POINT DROP IN THE TOTAL NUMBER WOULD RESULT IN A 14% FEWER STROKE DEATHS, 9% FEWER FATAL HEART ATTACKS, AND 7% FEWER DEATHS EVERY YEAR OVERALL.

AND A CUP OF HIBISCUS TEA WITH EACH MEAL DIDN’T JUST LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE BY 3, 4 OR 5 POINTS BUT BY 7 POINTS, 129 DOWN TO 122. AND IN FACT TESTED HEAD-TO-HEAD AGAINST A LEADING BLOOD-PRESSURE DRUG, CAPTOPRIL, TWO CUPS OF STRONG HIBISCUS TEA EVERY MORNING, USING A TOTAL OF 5 TEA BAGS FOR THOSE TWO CUPS, WAS AS EFFECTIVE IN LOWERING BLOOD PRESSURE AS A STARTING DOSE OF 25MG OF CAPTOPRIL TAKEN TWICE A DAY.

 WHEN YOU DRINK THIS TEA REMEMBER IT IS HIGH IN VITAMIN C, THEREFORE ACIDIC, TO PROTECT YOUR TEETH AFTER ENJOYING THIS TREMENDOUS HEALTHY BEVERAGE SWISH WITH PURE WATER TO RINSE YOUR MOUTH. DO NOT BRUSH YOUR TEETH FOR 30 MINUTES AFTER EATING OR DRINKING ACIDY FOODS/BEVERAGES, JUST RINSE FIRST. THIS WAY YOU BENEFIT FROM HIBISCUS, LEMON ETC. BUT PROTECT YOUR TEETH AS WELL, AND OF COURSE BUILD A HEALTHY IMMUNE SYSTEM AND BLOOD VESSELS. OH, WHAT A BLESSING TO HAVE ALL THESE WONDERFUL FOODS FOR HEALTH AND HEALING!!! YES, YES!

MY OWN NATUROPATHIC MENTOR, THE LATE DR. E. WATKINS HAD THIS TO SAY ABOUT HIBISCUS: HIBISCUS CONTAINS ASTONISHINGLY LARGE AMOUNTS OF TWO VALUABLE TRACE MINERAL ELEMENTS, CHROMIUM AND SELENIUM. WHILE IT IS TRUE THAT MANY SEA VEGETABLES DO CONTAIN THESE TRACE ELEMENTS AS WELL, NO OTHER SINGLE HERB HAS BEEN FOUND WITH LEVELS AS HIGH FOR THESE TWO VITAL TRACE ELEMENTS COMBINED, AS IN THE FLOWER PETALS OF THIS SPLENDID TROPICAL AND SUB-TROPICAL FLOWER. IN ORDER FOR US TO TOLERATE AND USE THE GLUCOSE (BLOOD SUGAR) NORMALLY PRESENT IN OUR BLOOD STREAM, CHROMIUM IS NEEDED SO THE NERVES AND BRAIN CAN FUNCTION PROPERLY. THE BODY MAKES A SUBSTANCE WITH CHROMIUM IN IT CALLED GLUCOSE TOLERANCE FACTOR. WITH THIS THE BODY CAN THEN PRODUCE AND USE THE HORMONE, CORRECTING THE DIS-EASE CONDITION KNOWN AS SUGAR DIABETES. THE TRACE ELEMENT SELENIUM FUNCTIONS MUCH LIKE THE OIL-BASED BITAMIN COMPLEX KNOWN COLLECTIVELY AS VITAMIN E, WHEN IT COMES TO DESTROYING HARMFUL CANCER CAUSING COMPOUNDS IN THE BODY, KNOWN AS "FREE RADICALS". SELENIUM DOES THIS BY PROTECTING THE GENETIC MACHINERY OF THE CELL NUCLEIUS OR "CELL HEADQUARTERS", WHEN IT IS IN THE PROCESS OF DIVISION TO FORM NEW BODY CELLS. SELENIUM ALSO CORRECTS HEART AND CIRCULATORY DIS-EASES BY PREVENTING THE BREAK DOWN OF THE CIRCULATORY SYSTEM.  THAT DOC WATKINS WAS A WISE MAN! 

OK FOLKS, THAT'S IT FOR TODAY, SEE YOU AGAIN NEXT TIME, UNTIL THEN GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

 

Birthday Breakfast Crepes!

These crepes are perfect for a spring birthday or mother's day coming up soon! Spread with a bit of almond butter and your favorite fresh fruit(or jam), maple syrup and whipped coconut cream, roll up, garnish pretty and yum!

These crepes are perfect for a spring birthday or mother's day coming up soon! Spread with a bit of almond butter and your favorite fresh fruit(or jam), maple syrup and whipped coconut cream, roll up, garnish pretty and yum!

1 1/2 Cups Soy milk (I used Kirkland, vanilla)

1/2  C Quick Oats

1/2 C Whole wheat or WW Pastry flour

1 tsp. honey

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 Cup tofu (optional)

1 tsp. Vanilla extract or some orange rind

Blend everything till smooth and creamy.

Preheat your non-stick skillet. Lift the skillet and pour about 1/4 C into the hot pan while you roll the pan gently to cover the bottom with a thin layer of batter. Use medium-high temperature until the top is dry, takes about a minute, then loosen the edges gently with a spatula and turn, cook the other side for about a half minute. Stack your finished crepes on a flat plate and cover with a cloth to keep warm. 

My mom and grandmother's would make stacks of crepes, and they disappeared quickly. When I had my plant food only (vegan) restaurant (Marline's Vegetable Patch 1984-1996) in downtown Sacramento, I experimented to make crepes without eggs and cow milk. Our guests, friends and my family love these. My son Jared had a birthday last week and of course he asked for a crepe breakfast. It is wonderful that local strawberries always come out the week of his birthday! We also love the crepes with our apricot or raspberry jam, but a bit of almond butter down the inside center is a must!!

Check out our other edibles for the best almond butter and soon you will see our excellent jams. We have incredible berry, raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, raspberry jams available already, we just don't have the pictures to post the photos, call us for the best homemade jams. Delivered to your doorstep-the jam, not the crepes yet.....maybe with amazon drones in a few years!! Can you imagine getting a meal you ordered online delivered by a drone in like 30 minutes!!!! Possible.

 

Jenn, Queen Grafting

ANDREW, our son, preparing artificial queen cels for Jenn to do the grafting. We are learning cool stuff here!

ANDREW, our son, preparing artificial queen cels for Jenn to do the grafting. We are learning cool stuff here!

Jenn is the queen grafter.

Jenn is the queen grafter.

Jenn pulling out the 3 day old egg, the tiny white tip on the end of her tool.

Jenn pulling out the 3 day old egg, the tiny white tip on the end of her tool.

Dropping the egg in the artificial queen cell cup.

Dropping the egg in the artificial queen cell cup.

Bees working too!

Bees working too!

Placing the grafted queen cells in a nuc hive for the young nurse bees to rear.

Placing the grafted queen cells in a nuc hive for the young nurse bees to rear.

Queen grafting takes incredible vision! You cannot imagine how tiny these eggs are. Jenn is really fast and good at this. The most amazing thing is that a few years ago, Jenn, was legally blind. She could not see the big E on the vision charts! She was blessed with the gift of laser surgery and now she does this incredible work, so valuable. It was a great class for all of us.