Wild Arizona Passion Flower (Passiflora mexicana)

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I wanted to share this with you all… On my excursion this past weekend to Southern Arizona this was one of my favorite plant finds… I’m excited to be able to share it with you all in the Near Future, along with the rest of my Herbal Remedies created in my Apothecary…

Passion Flower (Passiflora mexicana)

Passion Flower (Passiflora mexicana)

Wildcrafted Passion Flower (Passiflora Mexicana) found thriving in Southern AZ coming soon to Free Spirit & Mind Product Line…

Passion Flower (Passiflora Mexicana)

Pink Passion Flower (Passiflora Mexicana)

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Purple Passion Flower (Passiflora Mexicana)

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The Beautiful Passion Flower can be found all throughout Southern Arizona, if only you know what to look for…

Passion Flower is such an amazing plant not only is it absolutely beautiful (even though it is some what “smelly”) but it also contains many Medicinal Properties including:

Sedative qualities
Calms the mind from the typical day-day nonsense found/experienced in the “City-Life”
Anti-anxiety
Helps with tachycardia & hypertension
Helps with Insomnia
Soothes ticks from seizures & spastic muscles
Can aid in withdrawal symptoms from substances
Soothes spastic cough
Can help with diarrhea

Herbal baths can be used to help with many ailments including calming the mind, soothing the muscles, helping speed up a sickness, move toxins through & out of the body, exercising demons, baptisms, enlightening your spirit, bonding with plants, meditation & so much more…

Last night I took an Herbal bath using Passion Flower a  magical plant as one of the Herbs… After the bath I was completely relaxed, soothed, peaceful & ready for bed... Used in the bath:

Passion Flower-To sooth the mind, ease the chatter in my mind & to bond with this new plant friend
Pedicularis- To soothe the muscles
Lavendar-For calming
Lemon balm-to relax the nerves, anti-bacterial, anti-viral & to relax the muscles
Eucalyptus-Anti-bacterial, to open up the lungs & soothe the brain
Mint-Refreshing, relaxing & soothing
Sea Salt-To relax the muscles, anti-bacterial, exfoliant & general cleansing 
Have you ever taken an Herbal Bath? When was the last time you took one? If you haven’t taken an Herbal bath I highly recommend that you do. Why… Because you Deserve to have the Experience, you Deserve to be Pampered, you Deserve to enjoy the Heavenly Aroma…
Herbal Baths

Herbal Baths

Until Next time.. Peace be with You

Asian Style Honey Mango Veggies & Quinoa

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This simple recipe was created out of what was in the fridge, a little Inspiration & Sheer Luck and all with a dear friend)! Okay what’s for lunch I asked myself… hmmm okay I throw some Quinoa in the rice cooker & come back later to decide…

time ticks on by...

time ticks on by…

Okay Quinoa is done now what should I add to it… great I’ve got some fresh veggies in the fridge:

Broccoli
Cauliflower
Zucchini
Red Onion
Carrots

Great… what seasonings should I add:

Oregano
Parsley
WildCrafted False Tarragon
Turmeric
Ginger
Salt
Pepper
Cayenne Pepper
Paprika

Hmmm… What else should I add… Oh I know some:

Honey
Organic Soy Sauce
Chardonnay (Why the hell not… it needs to be used soon anyways!)

Hmmm… something is missing… oh I know I will use this Organic mango & see how that turns out…

Organic Mango that needs to be used...

Organic Mango that needs to be used…

And for the Taste Test… Hallelujah This is AMAZING…

Hallelujah This is AMAZING...

Hallelujah This is AMAZING…

So there ya have it… Super simple Healthy Asian Style Honey Mango Veggies & Quinoa…

Method:

I cut up all the veggies into bite sized morsels.
Turned the cast iron skillet onto low (in between low & medium)
Threw in onions, broccoli & cauliflower.
Waited a minute or two & threw in the rest of veggies.
Sprinkled in the spices (not using too much of anyone so as not to over power)
Added the wine, soy sauce & honey
Hmmm… it’s  a little too watery… okay I’ll add some Organic Arrow Root Powder (this acts as a thickener just like corn starch but with out all those Nasty GMO’s)
Asian Style Honey Mango Veggies & Quinoa

Asian Style Honey Mango Veggies

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Cooked Quinoa with coconut oil

Oh yea the Mango, some Raw Cashews & Pumpkin Seeds… topped those on at the last moment, Mixed with the cooked quinoa, added a little Coconut Oil, salted to taste & devoured!
Asian Style Honey Mango Veggies & Quinoa

Asian Style Honey Mango Veggies & Quinoa

Seriously guys this was one of the best tasting meals I’ve had in a very very long time… My hopes are that the next time I try this that it will come out as good (if only… if only…)… Please do yourself a “Flavor”, save this recipe, go to the store, buy the ingredients & make this ASAP… It came out sooo Good… I cannot wait for left overs & there are left over veggies I can use later for a delicious wrap!

Till Next Time… Peace Be with You…

The Devastation of Mankind… An Oil Spill In The White Mountains

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While out on my Solo expedition this last weekend I was Heart Broken to stumble upon an Oil Spill in The White Mountains, right on one of the most Beautiful Creeks I have ever seen… Why would someone do this? How could anyone actually believe this is okay!

Not only is this a horrible devastation the National Forest but I feel as though it being on The Apache County that it is yet another blow to The Apache Nation… First the Mining company takes over Sacred Land at Oaks Flat & now this…

Oil spills

The Sadness of Man Made Toxic Chemicals…

“In the long-term, toxic materials from oil can remain in the water and on the land for many years. They can build up in the food chain to lethal levels, and destroy or disrupt and area’s ecosystem.”

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This is what I saw

I had went to this place to enjoy the beauty, harvest some herbs & fall in Love with Nature… However that was not the case, nor will any herbs be able to harvested in the area for a LONG, long time again… I had made the decision that it was my DUTY to contact the local authorities, The Forest Services & report the Spill… Although the office was closed for the weekend yesterday I managed to leave several voicemails at several agencies & hunted down two Rangers to Personally report the issue… After talking with the Ranger this morning I am filled with sadness, tears & griefNot only has the spill not been reported before my call but I cannot believe anyone would destroy the Beautiful Mountains, especially with Toxic Chemicals!!!

My Hope is that I am completely wrong & that there really was No Oil Spill… but in my Heart I know this is not the case… However I will remain to keep an optimistic outlook (behind the tears & sadness) & look forward to that call & or email from the Rangers that there is No Oil Spill, that Everything is Fine & The Precious Land was not Destroyed… Either way the Rangers will be contacting me to let me know what the out come is, if the EPA needs to get involved & if the spill can be contained. I have never participated with a Natural disaster but in this case (since i’m the one to make the report0 I feel compelled that if given the chance or opportunity to help out with the Clean up… I for one WILL BE THERE!

“studied over decades with the improved techniques of modern chemistry and biology — have allowed scientists to paint a more complex portrait of what happens after a spill.

It is still clear that the bulk of the damage happens quickly, and that nature then begins to recuperate. After a few years, a casual observer visiting a hard-hit location might see nothing amiss. Birds and fish are likely to have rebounded, and the oil will seem to be gone… some of it has merely gone underground, hiding in pockets where it can still do low-level damage to wildlife over many years. And the human response to a spill can mitigate — or intensify — its long-term effects. Oddly enough, some of the worst damage to occur from spills in recent decades has come from people trying too hard to clean them up.”

You can read more by clicking here at this ling about the Long-Term damage an oil spill causes to the once Beautiful, untainted & safe Land…

If you are in Wild or The White Mountains (like I was) & find an issue like this or feel that something needs to be reported Please contact the authorities because the issue may not have been Reported!

The Arizona State Forestry Division:

1110 West Washington St #100
Phoenix, AZ 85007 Ph–(602) 771-1400

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests:

District Phone Numbers:

Alpine Ranger District
(928) 339-5000

Black Mesa Ranger District
(928) 535-7300

Clifton Ranger District
(928) 687-8600

Lakeside Ranger District
(928) 368-2100

Springerville Ranger District
(928) 333-6200

Website:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/asnf/home/?cid=stelprdb5211223

EPA:

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Imports and Exports Hotline

Phone: 202-554-1404
Fax: 202-554-5603
E-mail: tsca-hotline@epa.gov

Website:

http://www.epa.gov/

Super Foods Protein packed Garden Fresh Salad

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After a nice hard workout of practicing my new dance skills out in the Arizona summer heat I felt the need to load up on Proteins & Greens… I looked in the fridge & saw that I needed to use up my freshly made mung bean sprouts & Probiotic packed Sauerkraut. But what else could I add… oh year I have a garden that still has fresh greens that I can use! So I decided to create a Super Foods Protein packed Garden Fresh Salad. 

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Super Foods Protein packed Garden Fresh Salad

As I went out into the garden I decided to choose the following ingredients picked them & chopped them up to add to my soon to be delicious Super Foods Salad:

Amaranth leaves
Basil
Cherry tomatoes
Purslane 
Rosemary
Tai eggplants
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Probiotic packed sauerkraut filled with lactic acid bacteria, including Leuconostoc, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus!

Super foods protein packed Garen Fresh Salad

Okay well now that I’ve got the base of the “Greens” to my salad, now I have to add other Super Foods & create a yummy salad dressing (since I am in the mood for something then than they regular olive oil & balsamic dressing). So I went to the pantry I pulled out the following ingredients:

Almonds 
Avocado Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Cashews
Coconut Oil
Dried Cranberries
Hemp Seeds
Himalayan Salt
Lemon Juice
Nutritional Yeast
Pepper
Pumpkin Seeds

 To make the yummy sauce I place all the following ingredients into my magic bullet & blended up the:


Avocado Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Cashews
Coconut Oil
Himalayan Salt
Lemon Juice
Nutritional Yeast
Pepper
Pumpkin Seeds
 

Now that Ive got my veggies cut up & the sauce made I added them into the wooden bow & topped with pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, dried cranberries, salt & pepper. This salad was so good & filling, I have some left over for later & feel totally refreshed, satisfied & energized! What was the last salad you created…

Super foods protein packed Garden Fresh Salad

Super foods protein packed Garden Fresh Salad

Some Ingredient benefits:

Cashews: Protein, copper, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium & zinc

Mung Bean Sprouts: Folates, Iron, Vitamin B, k & C.

Purslane: Vitamin C, and some B-complex vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine and carotenoids, as well as dietary minerals, such as iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and manganese, Vitamin A, betalain alkaloids, anti-oxidants, anti-mutagenic & omega-3 fatty acids.

Amaranth Leaves: antioxidants, protein, vitamins, calcium, carbohydrates, iron and minerals,

Coconut Oil: Lauric acid, Saturated fatty acids, triglycerides, capric acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid and palmitic, Polyunsaturated fatty acids, Linoleic acid, monounsaturated fatty acids, Oleic acid, Poly-phenols, gallic acid, betaines, ethanolamide, ethoxylates, fatty esters, fatty polysorbates, monoglycerides, polyol esters, fatty chlorides, Vitamin E, vitamin K & Iron.

Nutritional yeast: Is a complete protein (meaning that among the 18 amino acids), B vitamins, Vitamin B-12, thiamine, folate, B-6 & niacin.

Pumpkin seeds: Anti-Diabetic Effects, zinc, anti-parasitic qualities, Plant-Based Omega-3 Fats, healthy fats, antioxidants and fibers, Tryptophan for Restful Sleep, Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

Cranberries: Phenolic Acids, Proanthocyanidins, Anthocyanins, Flavonoids, Triterpenoids

Probiotic packed sauerkraut: lactic acid bacteria, including Leuconostoc, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus!