Yearly Archives: 2017


Why I Love Rosemary

Rosemary is one of those herbs with a thousand uses. It’s extremely hardy and therefore easy to grow and maintain inside or out.  It is prepared as a dried whole herb or a dried powdered extract, useful as a tea and magic as a medicinal herbal liquid extract for increasing alertness, reducing tension headaches and increasing phase II liver metabolism. But my interest lies with rosemary’s ursolic acid content.

Rosemary is rich in ursolic acid (U.A) also found and in the wax-like coatings of apples, pears and prunes. In Shanmugam et al., (2013) review, they investigated the many possible pathways that U.A has proven to be anti-carcinogenic. All studies mentioned in the review are in vitro and in vivo, but success in multiple types of cancers including lung, colorectal, skin, leukemia, reproductive, hepatic and pancreatic are documented.

Considering an estimation that 1/3 of all cancer related deaths in the USA can be prevented through dietary modification (Venugopal & Lui 2012), the consumption of phytochemicals such as rosemary and ursolic acid containing fruits can create ample hope in the reduction and prevention of world-wide cancer rates – how cool is that!

Breakfast For Raising Champions!

A Breakfast to combat environmental toxins –  Leafy greens such as spinach, eggs, on organic wholemeal bread is a breakfast for raising champions especially for pregnant mothers.  Environmental toxins such as Bisphenol A (BPA) are commonly ingested and it is affecting our gene expression!

BPA is found in many consumer products, including water bottles and tin cans. Reports questioning the safety of BPA came out in 2008, prompting some manufacturers to stop using the chemical but it is still widely found in our environment.

Prenatal exposure to BPA changes our baby’s epigenome responsible for activating or silencing certain genes and so it has been found that BPA exposure increases the risk of obesity and diabetes later in life. But just as toxins can negatively affect gene expression we can also positively counteract this commonly found environmental toxin by eating foods rich in folic acid, B12, choline and betaine.

Foods such as leafy greens, egg yolk, sunflower seeds, beets, Tofu (organic and non-GMO of course) and animal protein sources, are high in methyl donating nutrients which positively effect healthy gene expression and in this case, help our future generation grow into healthy strong individuals.


Dandelion Secret – Resolving The Need For A Holiday After The Holiday

Dandelions may well be the world’s most famous weed, whether you love him or love him not these simple and effective recipes may just be the trick to soothing digestive disturbances and supporting liver function.  So if you’ve given your body a bit of a hard time over the last few weeks …. and in need of a holiday after your holiday, then prepare these simple recipes below to revitalise and get your core body systems working effectively …

Dandelion Tea Recipe

Commonly used by the Native north American people to treat heartburn, constipation, stomach ache and as a general stomach tonic;

Boil a handful of flowers until the water turns yellow, leave it to steep overnight, and have first thing in the morning; continue treatment for one month.
Dandelion vinegar recipe

The aim of this vinegar is to make a bitter tonic that will stimulate digestive organs to produce more hydrochloric acid when taken 30 minutes before meals. being full of minerals, enzymes and amino acids, it will improve overall digestion, reduce bloating, flatulence and nausea after eating.


 – Large jar with lid

 – As many dandelions (root and leaves) as will fit in the jar. If available you may also add globe artichoke (Cynara scolymus) leaves, ginger slices and a stem of fennel (Foeniculum vulgare ).

 – Organic raw cider vinegar


 – Thoroughly wash the dandelion leaves, and scrub the dandelion roots, then chop both into medium size pieces.

 – Stuff a large jar with as much dandelion as you can get in, or have to hand.

 – Next simply pour cold organic cider vinegar until the dandelions are covered.

 – Shake well, and leave in a cupboard for six weeks.

– You can leave it longer if you wish, then strain through an unbleached coffee filter into clean, sterilised jar/s.