Monday, September 24, 2012

Love & Quality Ingredients: Pink Himalayan Crystal Salt

Herb’N Spice uses “Gourmet Food Grade” Pink Himalayan Crystal Salt which is the highest quality available. You can taste the difference compared to table salt and other sea salts. Love and quality ingredients are what set the Herb’N Spice Collection apart from others.

Pink Himalayan Crystal Salt is believed to be the purest form of salt available to date as it is protected from the pollution of the ocean and modern-day waterways. It is an ancient salt that is from the Jurassic era over 250 million years ago in the mountains from which this salt derives its name.  It continues to be hand-mined from the sea salt deposits in its traditional manner. 

Pink Himalayan Crystal Salt is used by holistic chefs, spas, health professionals, and individuals for its range of nutritional and therapeutic properties.  The high mineral & iron content of the Pink Himalayan Crystal Salt result in a range of colors from sheer white, to various shades of pink, & deep reds. The rich mineral content includes over 84 minerals and trace elements such as: calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron.  This salt is recognized for its therapeutic properties. 

Regular consumption of Pink Himalayan Crystal Salt provides essential minerals, trace elements, balances electrolytes, supports proper nutrient absorption, eliminates toxins, balances the body’s pH, normalizes blood pressure, and increases circulation and conductivity.  It can also assist with relief from arthritis, skin rashes, psoriasis, herpes, and flu and fever symptoms. Pink salt may be used in the same manner as table salt for culinary dishes and baking, but it is purer and higher in mineral content. 

This information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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1327 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216
Culinary & Therapeutic Wellness Products, Services & Education for the Spirit-Mind-Body
“Love is ALWAYS the main ingredient”

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I am facilitating an Herb'N Garden Workshop this Saturday, July 14, 2012 10:30am at the Cathcart Farm in Rock Hill, SC (30 MIN drive from Charlotte). We will discuss common medicinal and culinary herbs and their applications as well as easy & practical techniques to cultivate, harvest, and storage solutions. Inbox me or call 866-944-9560 for more information and directions. No cost to attend LOVE OFFERINGS ARE ACCEPTED.

It is finally ready!!! This season's first batch of freshly made Herb'N Spice Pesto!  I must say that the Herb'N Spice Pesto went over very well last year.  I quickly sold out almost as soon as I made each batch.  I held a private stash for my own personal use throughout the winter however, there were a number of those who continued to request more even after I suggested that they wait for the basil to grow in the garden once again so that I may make a fresh batch.  Since I knew their personal situation, I would give in and dip into my personal supply.  I was not so sure of it at first after summer months passed into fall and soon winter and the bright green color toned down into a deeper evergreen color.  However, the pesto held its own with the robust flavor and aroma of basil.  Most importantly, it maintained its potency and effectiveness!  I have to admit, I was proud.

Pesto, simply put, it a paste made out of fresh basil with extra virgin olive oil, organic apple cider vinegar, Herb'N Spice Seasonings, flax seeds, garlic, wonderful goodness & lots of LOVE!  I have known for some time that basil will alleviate allergic reactions but, it wasn't until last year that I found out how severe reactions can quickly be alleviated with a simple spoonful taken straight-up.  I have seen it first hand: anaphalaxis calmed and completely subsided as well as an asthma attack.  I suggest that people who are prone to these type of reactions and conditions keep Herb'N Spice Pesto in their fridge in addition to the Breathe Easy Formula.

Pesto is tasty in pasta dishes, casseroles, pizza, breads and sandwiches.  I also add into tomato-based dishes and hummus.  I am sure that the creative chef can offer even more ways that pesto can be enjoyed.  I make each batch with fresh, organic, garden-grown basil in small batches with quality & fresh ingredients.  

People are still telling me of how basil is coming to their aid.  I suggest that you try it for yourself.  $8 per jar of Herb'N Spice Pesto. $15 per 1oz. of Breathe Easy Formula.  These two make an excellent combination for anyone with respiratory challenges.  Call to request yours today 866-944-9560 ext 703.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Herb'N Gardening

It is that time!  Spring is here and the frost is not showing any sign of return and my mini greenhouse is full of herbs and vegetables.  My herb garden is staring some repeat performances from last season, parsley, oregano, sage, fennel, marjoram & thyme (just to name a few).  They all made it through the winter unscathed, not to mention the resilient and robust mints (lemon balm, catnip, chocolate mint, peppermint, etc...) that are relagated to containers to keep them from taking over the garden.  I moved the catnip to a new location so the neighborhood kittys looking for their high have to look elsewhere, to give the plant a break.  There have been times when I have found this plant to be covered in cat fur and the catnip so worn down that I wonder if the plant will survive.  If catnip is anything, it is a survivor.  It may take a while but, it always comes back to be better than what it was before. 

The echinacea is establishing itself rather well and this is the year that I can begin harvesting the roots but, I want to grow a significant amount more before I do, so I have a flat of seedlings that I have started and an herb garden at the Cathcart farm that is awaiting their arrival.  I divided the feverfew and the newly divided plants are really seeming to be happy.  The more plants the better.

The St. John's Wort shrubs and Chastetree and Witch Hazel trees seem to be doing well. The Rue has taken well to the pruning and is growing back even fuller than before.

Rosemary is a no-brainer and grows just about anywhere in this region.  I am glad that it grows so easily and well as rosemary is a very useful herb to deal with sinus congestion, pressure, headaches and so much more!!!  Plus who can resist its flavor, even as a tea? 

This year, I hope is a better year for the english lavender.  We will see.  Drainage is key to the happiness of lavender plants from my observation.  I hope to make more lavender wands and yawn as I weave the ribbons through. LOL!

I am anxious for the basil seedlings to be transplanted for another glorious summer of culinary & therapeutic uses.  I love basil for many reasons.  The taste, the fragance, it makes an excellent pesto (maybe I will share my recipe one day, maybe) & is a wonderful companion to tomatoes. To top it off, especially this time of year as seasons change, basil is the best aid to bringing severe allergic reactions to a halt. 

Here in the Southeast, the pollen is so thick that I daily sweep a layer of pollen off of the porch!  I have seen hives, irritation and swelling come down quickly.  Even yesterday, there was a client at Serenity Suites that began having an asthma attack and she forgot her inhaler at home.  I am so grateful that I was present to give her a dropperful of Breathe Easy formula and a spoonful of pesto that I keep on hand.  Almost immediately, her breathing returned to normal and she resumed her services.  Natural herbs are powerful and potent. It made me feel good to be able to tune into nature and pay attention to the gifts and messages that are awaiting us.

I am looking forward to the new editions:  borage, brazilian verbena, chervil, summer savory, and much more.  There is no time to go through them all but, there is a lot to look forward to and even more to explore!