• Nov
    15

    Ginger Guidance??


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    by Lorraine Marshall
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    What Is Ginger?

    Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a perennial herbaceous plant with pungent underground stems called rhizomes.

    Ginger is an ancient sterile cultigen which is no longer found growing wild. It is propagated by division in late spring.

    Also Known As: common ginger, canton ginger, stem ginger

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     It’s critical to remember that just because ginger is well known, natural and can be found locally doesn’t mean that it should be used in all circumstances.

    Ginger can interact with prescription drugs, so it should be discussed with a physician when taking with other medications.

    Uses:

    Digestive

    Eliminating Gas

    Constipation

    Relieving Nausea

    Anti-Inflammatory

    Immune Modulator

    Ginger, in its many forms, is used to add flavor to a wide range of dishes and drinks including starters, main courses and desserts. It is generally used in small amounts.

    Fresh Ginger

    How fresh ginger is used in cooking is determined by whether the ginger is young or mature. Young fresh ginger is pale in colour and has thin skin which does not require peeling. It can be diced, chopped, grated and julienned. Mature fresh ginger, which is the most widely available form in the West, has tougher skin and does require peeling. It can be diced, chopped, grated and ground.

    Ground Ginger

    Ground (or powdered) ginger is made by cleaning, slicing, drying and grounding fresh ginger. It is far more potent than fresh ginger and can be used as a substitute at the rate of one part ground to 6 parts fresh.

    Crystallized Ginger

    These are strips of young and tender ginger which have been coated and impregnated with sugar and stored in syrup. This versatile form of ginger can be eaten on its own as a snack, added to prepared dishes such as cottage cheese and ice cream, added to a cup of tea or eaten with an espresso, or used in cooking & baking. It is also known as candied ginger.

    Dried Ginger

    Dried ginger (sliced, not ground) tends to be used in fruit dishes, gingerbread, gingersnaps and many savoury dishes (e.g. soups, curries & meat). Many traditional European & Middle Eastern dishes specify dried ginger as this form was the only way that ginger could be viably transported over long distances.

    Preserved Ginger

    Preserved, or candied, ginger is ginger that has been peeled, cooked and then preserved in a sugar syrup. It is commonly used in confectionery or as an ingredient in desserts.

    Pickled Ginger

    Pickled ginger is a form of ginger popular in the Far East, particularly in Japan where it is known as gari. It is commonly used between courses to cleanse the palate.

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  • Jul
    05

    Lavender Lemonade


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    by Lorraine Marshall
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    Summer is finally here and one of our favorite beverages is Lavender Lemonade.

    Yes!!! That’s right it’s just what you’re thinking… Lavender in Lemonade! Below you will find a different and delicious treat.

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  • Apr
    02

    Immune Protection


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    by Lorraine Marshall
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    Immune Protection / Colds & Flu – Body Aches & Pains

    What Essential Oils To Use:

    40 drops Eucalyptus Radiata

    30 drops Rosemary Verbenone

    20 drops Hyssop

    10 drops Clove Bud

    *Shake Essential Oils Well.

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  • Mar
    21

    No Need For Winter Worries


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    by Lorraine Marshall
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    What time it is? Why does the time even change? Why doesn’t the time change everywhere?

    Rumor has it that the time did not change in Arizona unless you are in Navajo Nation.

    Either way, essential oils are consistent. And with low temperatures still trending in many areas, we are here to help during the remainder of these wet, cold and gloomy days. Allow us to keep you rejuvenated with a burst of BERGAMOT and keep your attitude in check with ROSEMARY VERBENONE.

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  • Mar
    05

    Scented Secrets


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    by Lorraine Marshall
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    Last week we put all rumors to rest with facts about essential oils, so we’re back to share some scented secrets. First and foremost, let’s recap from last week.

    Essential oils aren’t oils!!! Got it? Good! Now in addition to this, essential oils are different from fragrance oils. Don’t worry, we’ll guide you through this and it’s not complicated.

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