Friday, August 23, 2013

Oil Pulling: an Old Technique to Detoxify

This is one crazy technique but it's cheap enough and easy enough to try.  It's also very old, going back to ancient India; it's an Ayurveda technique that has been used for centuries but it is new to us.  We have been doing this for 3 weeks and have noticed a couple of very subtle shifts.

The process is to take a big spoonful of oil in your mouth and hold it there for 15-20 minutes without swallowing it.  Swish it around in your mouth and push-pull it through your teeth.  Then spit it out and rinse your mouth out with water. 

Easy!  if you don't have a serious gag reflex.  

What it is supposed to do is "pull" bacteria, toxins, viruses, infection from your mouth, sinuses, throat, ears and skin.  Go to this link for full explanation.   

This is what I have noticed since doing this...1)  My sinuses, throat, ear canal and voice  are cleaner and clearer.  2) my mouth is irritating gum infections ( I don't have much trouble with that anyway, but lately there's be none!)  3) my facial skin is clearer...tiny little bumps have disappeared.  

My sister and husband stayed at our house for a week this summer just as we were starting this and I invited them to do this.   They were just crazy enough to do it.  My sister called me last night and told me that her husband who had a suspicious sore on his cheek, reported that the spot is shrinking and the white flakey center is gone.   

We are going to keep doing this, could be important.  

We are using a cold press, organic sunflower oil as was suggested by the website.  They also suggest seseme oil but I haven't tried that one.  The sunflower oil seems to work just fine.  But virgin coconut oil works even better but I hate to spit out the coconut oil and am tempted to swallow it.  

This is what I have noticed.  1 big spoonful of oil on an empty stomach at first doesn't seem like very much, but after a couple minutes your mouth fills up.  It pulls saliva and in that are enzymes that change the oil and then the mucus comes and the other yucky stuff.  By the time 15 minutes are up, my mouth is very full and I'm have a hard time keeping my lips together.  When I spit, the once clear, golden liquid is white and opaque...which is what is supposed to happen and it is full of bad stuff.   Go to the website and read what this is about.  It might be very useful to you.   I'm going to keep doing this.  

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Blackberry Juice Fermented

My neighbor and friend has some wonderful blackberry canes in her backyard and invited me to harvest some.  I've never really worked with blackberries before because I don't like the big seeds.  But this was too good a gift to turn down.  I washed and blended the berries with a little water and then strained the seeds out of the juice.  Blackberry juice is not very sweet, so I thought it might be possible to ferment it without it creating too much alcohol.  I used my one liter fermenting bottle and filled it with the raw blackberry juice and added 2 1/2 tsp. Real Salt. ( liters are not quite a quart so I used less than the usual 1 TBS of salt).  I installed the airlock and left it out for 5 days to ferment.  It sure did ferment...bubbling up into the airlock and turning the airlock water purple!  I just took it out and rinsed it and re-installed it.   The finished ferment tasted salty but not "alcoholy"  so my guess was right.  I put it in a quart jar and set in refrigerator for another 4-5 days of cool down.  I haven't put it downstairs because I keep sipping from it a spoonful at a time.  I like the taste of it.   

We all know that dark colored blue and purple fruits are loaded with antioxidents so that's good but now this lovely dark purple juice also has living lactobacillus and other enzymes and bio-nutrients common to fermented foods.  It's a winning combination.  

The rest of the juice I turned into regular jelly/jam with high heat and sugar.  It's good too but not as nutritious as the ferment.    

Monday, August 19, 2013

Teaching Kefir and Sauerkraut Class Fall 2013

Thanks to Real Foods Market, I have some dates set for teaching my Kefir and Sauerkraut classes.  

Sept. 26, 2013   at the Orem Real Foods Market  400 West  800 North , just north of the Sonic drive in.   6:30 pm.   $10 fee to be paid a day or so before event.   I will sell live kefir grains for $10 and other starters for Kombucha, sourdough bread and maybe some water kefirs. Emphasis will be on raw milk kefir and it's benefits and uses and how to make homemade sauerkraut from cabbage.  These two foods I feel are the easiest for the beginner and provide the most "bang for the buck"  the nutrition "buck" of course. I have plenty of cultured/fermented foods to taste.  

October 30, 2013  At the new Real Foods Market, Sugarhouse Store  2209 So. Highland Drive in same area as Whole Foods Market.   6:00 pm.  Same agenda and fee and starter sales as above. 

November 21, 2013   at the Orem Real Foods Market   a week before Thanksgiving.  6:30    same agenda and fee and starter sales as above. 

I haven't got a date for the Real Foods Market in Heber yet, still working on that.  

I don't have any private home dates yet either but I am certainly open to any suggestions.  I love doing home classes.  The hostess just  collects 2-3 dollars from those she invites to pay for my gas.  I take starters and plenty of samples to taste of home grown cultured/fermented foods.   It's a lot of fun.  Best way to reach me is

Good News for Salt Lake County; Real Foods Market Opening

Raw Milk and other wonderful natural foods are coming to Salt Lake City!  Real Foods Market is opening a store in Sugarhouse, my old neighborhood.  It's in same area as the Whole Foods Market on Highland Drive.  Real Foods Markets are doing a very good business and they can now open this Salt Lake Location.  Grand Opening is Sept. 28 at 2209 So. Highland Drive.

I am teaching a Raw Milk Kefir and Sauerkraut class there Wednesday,October 30 at 6 pm.  My class has a $10 fee to attend, paid a day or two before event and  will be selling kefir starts and other starts for other cultured or fermented foods.  Check out Real Foods Market on facebook or their website.  
I am a crusader for raw milk and raw milk kefir and cheese.  I know that since adding raw milk kefir to my diet, I have reversed my bone loss and my bones are denser and stronger than 15 years ago.  I am an O blood type and since complying to the O diet, left milk products out of my diet because pasteurized milk products were against the O diet and I have not for years been able to digest lactose. Os  and As as adults just don't digest lactose well or at all.  But when this Real Foods Market opened up here in Orem 3 years ago, and I bought my first set of live kefir grains and started making my own kefir, I have upgraded my health. For 2 reasons 1) kefir is a pro-biotic food that has boosted my gut flora and thus improved my immune system   2) I have another high quality protein food back in my diet.  Os need a lot of high quality protein and raw milk is one of the best. 

I am excited for the folks in Salt Lake County who can now get raw milk with all it's great nutrition for themselves and especially for their children.