Organic Gardening

Nettle [Urtica dioica] "weed" of treasure

Nettle, Stinging Nettle or urtica dioica is one of our most treasured "weeds" in our garden. It is a herbaceous, perennial plant that has a wide range of medicinal uses that has been used for thousands of years . The "sting" comes from the fine hairs on the plant which act as fine needles that release irritating chemicals such as serotonin, histamine and acetylcholine. Our skin reacts through symptoms of pain, redness, itching, swelling and numbness. Once nettle is cooked, soaked in hot water or dehydrated, the stinging quality is eradicated.

Nettle is super delicious and highly nutritious when cooked or used in a variety of recipes such as teas, pestos, soups, stews, stirfries or smoothies. It is also a common treatment in our herbal apothecary which we use medicinally to alleviate a variety of ailments. The most common uses are for urinary issues, allergies, hayfever and arthritis. It is also available in tablet or capsule form from most health food stores and pharmacies.

Nettle is a safe medicinal herb when used appropriately however as with any medicinal treatments precautions must be taken before use. If you are pregnant or diabetic, you should avoid taking stinging nettle.  If you are taking prescription medications, have a medical history or have further questions we recommend speaking to your healthcare provider to determine whether stinging nettle is right for you.

My Cup of Chi and the information shared within is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your Health Care Practitioner prior to making changes to your individual health and wellness program. Copyright 2017 Chi Medicinal Farm/ My Cup of Chi.

 

 

                                                                           Wild nettle in the garden @ Chi Medicinal Farm

                                                                           Wild nettle in the garden @ Chi Medicinal Farm

Lemon Balm : Melissa Officinalis

An ancient herb used in apothecaries all over the world, Lemon Balm or Melissa Officinalis derives from Melisso-phyllon which is a Greek term meaning "bee leaf". When in bloom you will find nature's little pollinators surrounding this plant with wild abandonment. Oh, For the love of bees!

Lemon Balm belongs to the mint family and is a fast growing perennial. It self sows easily and doesn't take much fuss. It may be harvested anytime however the flavour increases right before it begins to flower and if your snip the flowers back you will get another delicious crop.

Lemon Balm has a host of medicinal uses, some of the more common treatments include anxiety, depression, nervous disorders, heartache, upset stomach, as well as having key constituents that help combat viral and bacterial infections. It also has properties that may effect the thyroid gland therefore if you have an issue with your thyroid, you should seek Dr approval before indulging in this herb.

Lemon Balm is a tasty, lemon flavoured herb that may be used as a tisane or added to your cooking, salads, soups and more. You may find that if you add it to your bath it might help to dispell negativity and calm your spirit. 

xJo

My Cup of Chi and the information shared within is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your Health Care Practitioner prior to making changes to your individual health and wellness program. Copyright 2016 Chi Medicinal Farm/ My Cup of Chi.
 

The humble zucchini

The humble zucchini, it has a few health benefits that might surprise you. It is also the star of this weekend's soup... Roasted Zucchini, Potato, Caramalized Onion and Free Range Bacon. Available at CHI KIOSK from 11am to 5pm, Sat and Sun. 

 

Organic Sourdough Bap Rolls

Fresh Batch of Organic Sourdough Bap Rolls served with our Creamy Pumpkin Soup. Available this weekend @ Chi Kiosk, Chi Medicinal Farm, Glenaire.

                                                                                                             Organic Sourdough Bap Rolls @ Chi Kiosk

                                                                                                             Organic Sourdough Bap Rolls @ Chi Kiosk

Don't have your own fresh organic tomatoes...then you can "Crowdsauce"

We are heading into Winter and our juicy, ripe tomatoes have done us proud.  From 20 precarious seedlings we have bucket loads of organic tomatoes and counting.  We planted a couple varieties again this year with the most prized being the San Marzano.

There is nothing like a fresh tomato passata made from organic ingredients. In fact my recipe is as simple as that...slow simmered tomatoes and a few pinches of Maldon salt. Bottled and preserved for later use. Perfecto!

These amazing little ruby or golden gems are packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals and provide a number of health benefits.  Of course as always try to buy organic, it really does make a difference to our bodies. 

Don't have your own organic tomatoes? How about joining CERES Fair Food in their efforts of"crowdsaucing"... They have nominated April 30 as "Crowdsaucing Day" and are encouraging people to organise public or private tomato bottling events on that day. The group has set up a website, crowdsaucing.org.au, where people can register to take part and purchase tomatoes. All proceeds go to the Ceres environment park. If you love organic gardening Ceres is another great place to visit.

xJo

 

My Cup of Chi and the information shared within is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your Health Care Practitioner prior to making changes to your individual health and wellness program. Copyright 2016 Chi Medicinal Farm/ My Cup of Chi.

                                                                                       Chi Medicinal Farm Tomato Sauce