Thursday, September 4, 2014

Valerian uses

Getting ready to take care of my
for the season I found some great info from "the herb gardener"

A more mild option, especially if you haven't tried valerian before, is to use the leaves in a sleepy time tea. (The leaves aren't as potent or smelly as the root.)
... harvest some root and lots of leaves. 
For valerian tea,  include lemon balm and passionflower. Both are also sleep aids, and together they taste more appealing than valerian alone. Hops is another good addition.

There does appear to be some support for the belief that valerian is an effective treatment for insomnia. It isn't a knockout herb that will have you snoring in 15 minutes. It takes from 30 minutes to 2 hours to feel the effects, which exhibit as a relaxed, drowsy feeling.

Valerian has been used to treat the following conditions, but at this writing there isn't enough evidence for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or the National Institutes of Health to rate its effectiveness:
Attention-deficit disorder
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
Hot flashes
Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Joint pain
Menstrual cramps
Muscle pain
Stomach ache
Tremors (mild)

*Valerian is generally considered safe, but taking it is contraindicated if you are pregnant or nursing. It may be habit forming and should be used for brief periods only. The upper limit seems to be 25 days or so for adults, but verify that with the latest research, please. It is not recommended for very young children, and may cause drug interactions with alcohol, Alprazolam (Xanax) and any number of sedative medications. Valerian should not be taken within two weeks of surgery as it may interact with anesthetics and other medicines. Valerian may also react with drugs that are changed in the liver.

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Time to harvest Valeriana

I need to Harvest my Valeriana roots.. or more commonly known as Valerian Root.. it seems all I really need to do is dig it up preferably with a pitchfork, wash them, chop them up and dry them.

Valeriana officinalis
Other Names
all-heal, amantilla, capon's tail, cat's valerian, fu, garden heliotrope, garden valerian, genicularis, marinella, phu, setwall, St George's Herb, terdina, theriacardia, van, vandal root, wenderot

History and Folklore
The Latin valere from whence the common name of this plant originated means "to be strong or healthy" and it may refer to the healing applications of the plant or it may refer to its strong odor. Indeed the ancient Greeks called this plant "Phu" (like phew!).
~Yes.. the roots really do stink!
It was believed that this plant had the properties of turning anything bad into good.

Cats love the smell of valerian and find it quite intoxicating. It is useful stuffed inside cat toys.
~ I did not know this!

Healing Attributes
Valerian has a sedative action useful against insomnia, anxiety, and stress. It is also used to treat gastrointestinal pain and irritable bowel.
However, valerian is reported to be a mutagen so it is not recommended for women who are pregnant or trying to conceive.
Magical Use
Valerian root is associated with the planet Jupiter and the element of water. It is also useful in Samhain and Yule celebration rituals.
Valerian root is useful in spells related to ending guilt and negative self talk and developing self acceptance. It is also useful in animal magic, especially cat magic and evoking animal spirits. Also, for turning bad situations around to one's advantage and finding the positive in a seemingly negative situation.
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So I started a new Facebook page today...
Why? Im not sure.. I come across so many cool things I want to share them... and I make Steampunk jewelry.. so another place to advertise...


Come like me please... I seriously love Steampunk!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Peanut butter Banana Breakfast Bars.

  • I needed a fast tasty breakfast with nutrition & protein... so I've come to try this... 
  • This is a recipe that I converted & altered... the original can be seen here...

  • Peanut butter Banana Breakfast Bars.
  • 4 cups old fashioned oats - ground
  • 1 cup unbleached
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds
  • 1Tbs cinnamon
  • 1 Tbs baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk (vanilla)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 c peanut butter (used natural creamy)
  • 1/2 cup Coconut oil
  • 2 large egg
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 ripe large bananas
  • Directions
    1. Place rack in the center reheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly coat an 8x8 inch square pan with cooking spray.
    2. In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, whole wheat flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. In a separate large bowl, combine the milk, applesauce, egg, honey, peanut butter, and vanilla.
    3. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and stir to combine . The batter will be very wet. Fold in the diced banana, then pour into the prepared baking pan.
    4. Bake for 35 minutes or until thickened and golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool, cut into bars, and serve.