A Garden on your Windowsill – Microgreens

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Nutritious Microgreens
Three or Four Days old

A Garden on your Windowsill

Microgreens are the freshest, best tasting and most nutritious organic food I’ve ever tasted. Easy to grow by the most inexperienced gardener and they can be grown on a sunny windowsill, your kitchen counter tops or anywhere in your home, regardless of the season.

Make a fresh nutrient rich salad from them, add them to your other salad vegetables, soups, stir fry’s or simply add them to your juices. They will complete any meal no matter how extravagant or simple, breakfast, lunch and supper.

In case you haven’t heard about microgreens, well… they are the next step after sprouting. They are the easiest greens to grow. You really don’t need a green thumb, or much water, just a nutrient rich garden soil. A 50 litre bag will grow plenty of trays of greens, costing around $10 from your local Nursery. Potting soil is not advisable by the professional growers. We use filtered water from our Berky Water Filter Some light, enough so that you can see another person clearly, and that’s it. Within a few days you have the freshest, vitamin packed, amino acid rich foods on the planet.

Any seed or bean that’s sprouted and grown into microgreens will exponentially increase its original nutrient profile. It’s also best to use organic seeds for sprouting and micro greens. Supermarket seeds, peas and beans might be GMO (Yuck!) which might not sprout anyway.

Wheat Grass  for you and your pets.       

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Wheatgrass well chewed by my cat

If you like to juice, then make your own wheatgrass, it’s not digestible for humans as grass, so don’t try eating it with a salad, but as a juice it’s completely digestible and will oxygenate and clean the blood. To juice wheatgrass, a special wheatgrass juicer has to be used, because of it’s very fibrous nature. There are expensive electric ones or an inexpensive manual version is available, usually sold in health food shops. I make a tray especially for my indoor cat who loves to chew on it and I know she’s getting some good live enzymes, vitamins and minerals. It also seems to help cats against fur balls and doesn’t make them sick like regular outdoor grass. (Sorry the flash on my camera made it a weird colour.)

Beans

Beans are the easiest to grow. My favourite is the Mung and Adzuki  bean because they are small and very sweet and tasty. I haven’t personally grown any other bean, but other larger more common beans are grown to make microgreens.

Peas

Peas are worth growing because they are as a microgreen a complete food. Rich in protein with a complete profile of essential amino acids and of course chlorophyll for good health. To have energy we must have a good haemoglobin (red blood cells). The most marvellous thing about chlorophyll is that it has the same molecular structure as our blood, except for the core atom, where blood has iron and chlorophyll has magnesium, essential for a good healthy heart. Either way if you enjoy eating micro greens of any kind, your body will not lack chlorophyll.

Here is a list and links of other seeds that are popular  

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Buckwheat in flower

Most of these seeds once sprouted may be planted into pots for a windowsill or grown in a garden. They make some amazing pretty flowers of all colours. At the end of the season collect the seeds to make new microgreens!

A very tasty and nutritious salad to make is a “Sun Salad” combining the micro greens of sunflower, pea and bean, add some of your home-made dressing and walla… the most freshest, inexpensive, nutrient rich salad you can eat. I bet the kids would eat it too if they’ve grown it themselves!

Related resource: My favourite gardening channel - John Kohler from Growing Your Greens. Take a look at how the pros grow microgreens for restaurants and health shops.

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Available Forms of Lugol’s Iodine

by Yohanan Burket

Out of the Box RemediesLugol’s iodine was a formulation invented by Dr. Lugol in the early 1800s. It is a combination of elemental iodine (I2), with potassium iodide (KI), in a distilled water base. The purpose of adding potassium iodide to the formula is to make the elemental iodine soluble in water.

Lugol’s iodine has the distinct advantage over drugstore iodine that contains the toxic isopropyl alcohol. For this reason, drugstore iodine is for external use only. In contrast, Lugol’s iodine can be taken internally.

There are three useful concentrations of Lugol’s iodine on the market, each for a specific purpose. Traditionally, they are called the 2%, 5%, and 7% Lugol’s iodine solutions, and are useful for the following conditions:

  • 2.5 mg/drop Lugol’s iodine (2%) – for external use in sensitive areas primarily –yeast infections, nasal polyps, stuffy nose

  • 6.2 mg/drop Lugol’s iodine (5%) – for internal use primarily –hormone generator, hypothyroidism, internal cancers, candida, internal fungal infections, brain focus, skin integrity

  • 8.7 mg/drop Lugol’s iodine (7%) for external use in non-sensitive areas primarily externally used to eradicate moles, skin fungus, skin tags, skin cancer

Lugol’s Iodine (2.5 mg/drop) for Sensitive External Use

A low concentration of iodine is required for external applications that are sensitive, such as mucous membranes. I’ve discovered that I can apply 2.5 mg/drop iodine to the inside of my nostrils to get rid of viruses and thereby clear my nose. Dip a cotton swab (Q-Tip) in a bottle of 2.5 mg/drop iodine and then apply to nose.

For yeast infections, apply 2.5 mg/drop iodine to a tampon before insertion and leave for a few hours.

Lugol’s Iodine (6.2 mg/drop) for Internal Use

The thyroid is the major receptor of iodine in the body, but virtually all the organs make use of it, including the brain and the skin. It is so important that mental and physical retardation occur with a deficiency of this most important mineral. It has been discovered by Dr. Guy Abraham and others that the body is capable of storing 1500 mg, but 94% of people fall far short of this amount. The official recommended amount of 150 micrograms/day is merely enough to prevent cretinism (physical and mental retardation), but not nearly enough to prevent hypothyroidism, goiter, thyroid cancer, and other problems.

To start taking 6.2 mg/drop iodine, put 1 drop in half a cup of water each day. If there are no problems, such as itching, then up the dosage each week until you reach 50 mg/day, which would be 50 mg/(6.2 mg/drop) = 8 drops/day. In three months, your body should be saturated with iodine, which will ensure proper functioning of organs requiring iodine and provide immunity from radioactive iodine which is spewing out of the Japanese Fukushima nuclear plant and spreading around the globe.

Lugol’s Iodine (8.7 mg/drop) for External Use

This highly concentrated form of Lugol’s iodine can also be used internally, and fewer drops are required compared to the 6.2 mg/drop formula. Dr. Tulio Simoncini, an oncologist from Italy, has successfully cured skin cancer using an 8.7 mg/drop concentration of iodine (7%).

Also possible is the removal of skin tags, moles, and fungus by repeated application of this strong, water-based formula that is comparable to the standard 7% Strong Tincture that contains alcohol.

A Word About Misleading Lugol’s Iodine Percentages

In recent years, we’ve been seeing inflated percentages for Lugol’s iodine, but beware — it is the mg/drop figure that is important. For example, there have been three other percentages in the marketplace, and their mg/drop figures are as follows:

  • 3%” Lugol’s iodine1.5 mg/drop
  • 7%” Lugol’s iodine – 3.5 mg/drop
  • 15%” Lugol’s iodine – 7.4 mg/drop

The reason for the inflated percentages is because they are including the percentage of iodide from the potassium iodide in the solution. Originally, Dr. Lugol only used the percentage of elemental iodine in the formula. Therefore, you should only look at the advertised mg/drop when purchasing Lugol’s iodine.

Out of the Box Remedies Offers Standard Lugol’s Iodine

Out of the Box RemediesOut of the Box Remedies offers Lugol’s iodine under the names of Hormone Catalyst and External Tumor Remover. See our Internet shop for details.

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Antibiotics, Probiotics and Prebiotics

by Tovah Kersner

In the last few weeks I’ve had the unfortunate experience of being in hospital. I know it sucks, but I had no choice, I was admitted into the emergency room, and I have to thank the hospital doctors who saved my life. My appendix burst and I was left with a mass of bacteria (abscess — a big one) that could very quickly have turned septic, poisoned me and that would have been that. Continue reading

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A Healthy Tongue is Pink, Moist, and Smooth

by Yohanan Burket

Out of the Box RemediesFor many years, doctors have used tongue depressors on patients’ tongues in order to get an assessment of overall health. This holistic approach has merit, because different tongue conditions point to different systemic problems. Although sometimes ignored by allopathic medicine today, naturopaths and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) specialists make use of diagnosing diseases via a visual tongue inspection. TCM also correlates different areas of the tongue with different organs. Examples of ailments that are indicated by the tongue include anemia, thrush, dehydration, cyanosis (insufficient oxygen to the lungs), allergies, digestive or kidney problems. A visual inspection of the tongue involves the investigation of its color, texture, and coating. Continue reading

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The Enlarged Prostate (BPH) Problem

by Yohanan Burket

A significant proportion of men over 50 are plagued with an enlarged prostate. The prostate is a male gland that is adjacent to the bladder, and when the prostate becomes enlarged, it causes urinary flow restriction. The net result is incomplete urination and frequent trips to the loo (bathroom).

The medical establishment does not have an understanding of the cause of prostate enlargement, but there are natural remedies for this problem. What the medical establishment has discovered is that certain drugs that remedy ED (erectile dysfunction) also solve the enlarged prostate problem. However, the preferred drug has unwanted side effects, like most other synthetic concoctions. Continue reading

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Restore Your Eyesight Naturally

by Yohanan Burket

Cataract_Terminator_caption1There are numerous eye problems that can occur, with cataracts being the most common. Within the past few years, an amazing formulation using the amino acid N-Acetyl-L-Carnosine can actually extract the cataract out of the porous lens.

However, other eye problems exist that are unaffected by these special drops, such as retinal problems. This is because the retina is on the inside of the eye and is unreachable using any kind of eye drops. It is well known that many sufferers of cataracts may also have other eye problems, notably macular degeneration, which is caused by poor circulation in the capillaries of the eye, particularly around the retina. Diabetics are especially prone to macular degeneration, sometimes called diabetic retinopathy. This is especially true of those who have had diabetes for at least 10 years. Continue reading

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Natural Aspirin is Safer than Synthetic Painkillers

by Yohanan Burket

Natural Aspirin captionA few years ago, a study showed that taking aspirin reduced the risk of a heart attack. As a result,  some people took excessive amounts of over-the-counter aspirin, which contains salicylic acid, damaging their stomach lining and causing bleeding. The drug called aspirin today is an artificial concoction that is supposedly superior to the pain killer used by people hundreds of years ago, namely White Willow bark.

Hippocrates is known as the father of modern medicine, and lived sometime between 460 B.C. And 377 B.C. He made use of the bark and leaves of the willow tree for pain relief. Continue reading

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