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October Herb of the Month
Also known as- Zingiber officinalis

Introduction
Ginger is the most widely used and available herbal remedy on the planet, with billions of people using it every day as both food and medicine. A tropical perennial growing to a height of two feet, ginger has lance-shaped leaves and bears stalks of white or yellow flowers.

Constituents
1,8-cineole, 6-gingerol, 6-shogaol, 8-shogaol, acetic acid, alpha-linolenic acid, alpha-phellandrene, alpha-pinene, alpha-terpinene, alpha-terpineol, arginine, ascorbic acid, beta-bisolene, beta-carotene, beta-pinene, beta-sitosterol, boron, caffeic acid, camphor, capsaicin, chlorogenic acid, curcumene, gingerols, sesquiphellandrene, zingiberene, resins, starches, fats, proteins.

Parts Used
Dried, peeled rhizome, chopped. Chopped ginger is used to treat "wetter" conditions, such as treating or preventing infections, while powdered ginger is used to treat "drier" conditions, such as allergy, asthma.

Typical Preparations
Teas, tinctures, encapsulations, in herbal formulas, and in cooking. First-time users of ginger tend to use too much. To make ginger tea, simmer 3/4 teaspoon (0.5 to 1.0 grams) of chopped ginger in 1 cup of hot water for five minutes in a closed teapot. To treat asthma, use an alcohol-based tincture rather than a tea.

Benefits of Ginger:
  • Motion Sickness 
  • Morning Sickness 
  • Stomach Discomfort
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Asthma                            
  • Blood Circulation
  • Menstral Discomfort     
  • Stress Reliever
  • Fertility                           
  • Cough & cold           
  • Cancer                              
  • Alzheimers                                     
  • Weight loss
 
Precaution
Although there are warning in both Traditional Chinese Medicine and some medical texts about use of ginger during pregnancy, ginger use din moderation, that is 3/4 teaspoon up to three times a day, poses no risk to mother*s or baby*s health. Studies in the late 1990*s found that eating as much as 2 to 3 tablespoons of raw ginger or 5 to 8 tablespoons of dried ginger daily will not stimulate uterine contraction. Excessive use may cause gastro-intestinal upset.

 
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Letter from the Editor Title
Greetings,

Happy October!  

One of the prettiest months of the year, with all the beautiful yellow, golds and browns,  Also the spookiest months.

We are still into the months of colds, flu, virus, and influenza, so I have designated this month's herb as Ginger, since it's something most have in their cupboard, it offers many helpers for the family challenges, it's also a wonderful immune builder, and has many wonderful effects.

We are now adding in "Buddha Tea's" and the first two we have brought in are Elderberry and Wild Cherry Bark,  these are great to use during this type of season,  Wild Cherry Bark is great for coughing, and cartarrh which is congestion. 

Elderberry is great for influenza, and an immune builder.   Here are the links to both on our website, you can read up on them. 




We will be starting our holiday season in the store, we still offer "build your own basket" as well as offering
"Gift Certificates"  We wish you a wonderful October, Stock up on your apples and Pumpkins   .

We hope to see you soon,

Until next month,
The Editor







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Recipe Corner Title
 Easy Ginger Tea Recipe

Makes 1 serving
Ingredients:
    1 or 2 slices of ginger root or 1/4th-1/3 t Ginger powder
    1 cup boiling water
    honey (optional)
Directions:
    Put the ginger root slices directly in a mug. or powder
    Add the boiling water and allow it to steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
    Add honey to taste, if desired.
cup of tea
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gingerbread
Pumpkin Gingerbread Recipe
    Prep time: 15 minutesCook time: 1 hourYield: Makes one loaf
By the way, we made one batch of this pumpkin gingerbread forgetting to
 add the melted butter and you know what? It's still turned out fine. Not as
 moist as the butter version, but still good, and better the next day.
 I still prefer the butter version, but if you are trying to cut back,
 you can leave it out.

Ingredients
    1 1/2 cups (200 g) all purpose flour*
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    2 teaspoons ground ginger
    1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1 cup (240 ml) pumpkin pur*e (canned or homemade**)
    1/2 cup (1 stick, or 112 g) butter, melted
    1/2 cup dark brown sugar
    1/2 cup (120 ml) molasses
    1 Tbsp finely minced candied or fresh ginger (optional)
    2 eggs, beaten
    3 Tbsp water
    1/2 cup raisins (optional)

* I've also made this pumpkin gingerbread using gluten-free flour from King Arthur. Turned out great!
Method
1 Preheat oven and prepare pan: Preheat oven to 350*F (180*C). Prepare a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan with non-stick spray or butter to keep the pumpkin gingerbread from sticking to the pan.
2 Mix dry ingredients: In a medium bowl, vigorously whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
3 Mix wet ingredients: In another bowl, use a wooden spoon to mix together the pumpkin pur*e, melted butter, sugar, molasses, fresh or candied ginger, eggs, and water.
4 Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Add the raisins if using. Stir only until incorporated.
5 Bake: Place the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake at 350*F for 50-60 minutes, until a bamboo skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
6 Cool: Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then gently run a knife around the edge of the loaf and invert the loaf to remove it from the pan. Let it cool on a rack completely before slicing.
The loaf's flavor will improve with time. If you cut into it while it is still a bit warm, it may be crumbly. In which case you may want to make your slices with a bread knife.

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Horoscope title
Aries:   When powerful Pluto goes direct in Capricorn on October 3, it's time to say goodbye to your weaknesses. It's not always easy to let go of destructive behaviors, but right now you have the power to say no and mean it.

Taurus:
The energy is a bit uneven between powerful Mars and fair-minded Libra on October 3, but there's also an upside to this duo. You get excellent results when you push your agenda forward using tact instead of force.

Gemini: When your home planet Mercury leaves open-minded Sagittarius for more secretive Scorpio on October 3, you'll want to uncover the truth-and then keep it to yourself! Avoid gathering information just to use against someone, Gemini. Getting even is never as fun as it sounds.

Cancer: Far-reaching and intense Pluto going direct in Capricorn on October 3 is a sign for you to get your act together, Cancer. You can't put off what you've been avoiding any longer. Have some serious talks with yourself to get in touch with what's really going on in your mind and heart.

Leo:  Pluto makes a big move into a direct position in steady Capricorn on October 3, giving you the chance to make a major transformation. If you've felt like you've been stuck these last couple of months, this regenerative energy should feel like a big weight has been lifted off you.

Virgo: When communicative Mercury, your home planet, links up with secretive Scorpio on October 3, keeping things to yourself will be a more attractive option than blabbing your business to the world. It*s tempting to spill a juicy secret, but you*re more loyal than that.

Libra: Power player Mars enters your subtle sign on October 3, creating indecisive energy. Don*t spend too long weighing the pros and cons of an opportunity, Libra, or you might miss out on it altogether.

Scorpio: When your co-ruler Pluto goes direct in ambitious Capricorn on October 3, your life can get back on track. Trust your gut feelings when it comes to making major decisions. You’re back in control and feeling confident!

Sagittarius:   When Pluto goes direct in practical Capricorn on October 3, you get a little bit of the power back that you might have felt you lost when the planet was retrograde. This powerful combination puts you back in the driver's seat, especially if you aren't afraid to dig deep and tackle some of your inner issues.

Capricorn: Powerful Mars gains a little bit of tact from its pairing with gracious Libra on October 3, which benefits you in most areas of your life. It's nice to win arguments using gentle reasoning rather than being looked at as -the bad guy' for using more forceful tactics.

Aquarius: When introspective Pluto goes direct in driven Capricorn on October 3, you*re starting to think about getting your way again. Unlike your passive mood during the more contemplative retrograde period, you're anxious to get back into a position of power and influence.

Pisces:
Can Pluto going direct in determined Capricorn on October 3 finally help you get back on track? Yes and no, Pisces. Rely on yourself to get the job done instead of turning to anyone else. You can count on your inner strength now more than help from others.

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