11 Essential Herbs for Your Edible Garden

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We are into planting season for much of the country that means spring is here. However for some of us it will be a little while longer before we are sure we have seen the last frost. Don’t let that stop you from beginning your herb garden. It can start in pots indoors and be transplanted outside when the weather is right.

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Herbs and Vitamins for Healthy Teeth

Our modern diet has caused many of us to become deficient in certain minerals and our teeth can become adversely affected. Cavities in children and people of all ages are being linked to nutritional deficiencies. Most of us take for granted that we are getting enough of the needed minerals in our diet. That assumes that everyone knows the importance of minerals for our health and wellbeing.
Much of our farmed soil has become depleted and the majority of people cannot afford a completely organic diet. Combined with dietary choices based on taste rather than health, it is easy to see how these nutritional deficiencies can occur.
Phytic Acid Locks Up Essential Minerals
Phytic acid is a substance commonly found in most grains, nuts and beans. It has the ability to bind to minerals in your body, just like a magnet. This process removes the minerals before they get a chance to be absorbed and deposited where we need them most.
If your family’s diet consists largely of grains (crackers, cereals, breads, pastas, rice, bagels, cookies, cakes) or bean salad or raw nuts and nut butters, chances are, you are getting copious amounts of phytic acid in your diet and not enough minerals for your teeth and bones to grow and remain strong.
In addition to reducing intake of these food types, there are food preparation methods, such as soaking your beans and nuts overnight that can help remove some of the phytic acid before it is consumed.
Supplementation
Keeping the immune system strong with antimicrobials can help fight off decay and prevent infection or abscesses from setting in. Popular antimicrobials include Licorice, Myrrh, Goldenseal and Echinacea.
Including garlic in your diet wherever possible is beneficial for boosting your immune system on all fronts.

Calcium
Our dental enamel is approximately 90 percent calcium phosphate.
Calcium Rich Herb Sources
Shepard’s Purse, Clivers, Coltsfoot, Horsetail, Toadflax, Mistletoe, Dandelion, Plantain, Pimpernel and Chamomile.
Include into your diet via teas, capsules, tablets or powders.
Calcium Deficiency
The body is always communicating feedback to us. The trick is learning how to listen to the signals. Signs of calcium deficiency include:
Rickets, Nervousness, Muscle Spasms and Cramps, Joint Pains, Osteomalacia, Cataracts, Insomnia and Tremors.
Getting enough calcium is important, but the issue of effective uptake of calcium may have more to do with the lack of Magnesium, Vitamin D and K2. This can be from the foods we eat or with supplementation to ensure that the calcium we are digesting is actually getting absorbed correctly. If any of these are lacking the body will pass much of the available calcium from the body before it can be used.
Vitamins A, C and D
If not enough of these vitamins are being absorbed by the body, the teeth will break down and loosen.
Vitamin K2
Naturally found in the fermented Japanese dish of Natto Beans, this supplement has gained much attention recently. It is reported that anyone who is taking Vitamin D or Calcium supplementation should also be taking K2. It is naturally found in egg yolks and some hard cheeses; however, the amount needed in our diet is basically unattainable unless you are frequently consuming the fermented Natto Bean mixture.
K2 helps to deposit minerals such as Calcium into the correct places in our bodies, such as the bones and the teeth and remove excess Calcium from where we don’t want it deposited, such as between the joints, where it can cause painful inflammation.
Silica
Ever important for bone, teeth, skin and hair care, you can add this mineral to your diet with Horsetail tea.

Grilled Eggplant with Fresh Herbs

 

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Ingredients:

1 eggplant
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 cloves minced garlic
¼ cup fresh basil, finely chopped
¼ cup fresh thyme, finely chopped
¼ cup fresh dill, finely chopped
¼ cup fresh oregano, finely chopped
Salt and pepper

How to Make It:

Cut the eggplant into slices and salt them lightly. Let them sit for about 15 minutes, so the salt can bring out the moisture of the pieces. Wipe them dry with a bit of paper towel.

Meanwhile, combine the oil, vinegar, garlic herbs, salt and pepper. Let site to absorb the flavors for about 15 minutes.

Brush eggplant with oil and herb mixture all over, ensuring that the herbs get distributed well.

Place on a lightly greased grill and grill for about 15-20 minutes, flipping half way through.

Mix with olive oil and garlic. Then let the flavors blend for about 15 minutes.