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The 'Self Sufficiency and Survival Foods Course' on September the 30th and October the 1st was a sensation, with 2 days full of information and with 200 attendants, it was a huge success.
Throughout the courses samples of herbs, sprouts and edible weeds to taste, touch and smell where passed around, to delight the senses.
For more information on the Course day, go to:
Following the Self-Sufficiency Course, we have now sent out the extra notes from the course to attendees who requested, as the day was not long enough to include all Isabell had planned. Some points Isabell mentioned at the Course, that are valuable, for all to know, so we are adding several to this Newsletter, like, the importance of being familiar with which plants in the garden are edible. It is important to teach children which plants to avoid that are poisonous.
And encourage your children to help in your self-sufficiency garden and teach them about the edible plants, as this is the most practical skill they will learn for life... how to grow food. Natural News reported, The Royal Horticultural Society, UK, in a research study conducted, found that encouraging children to learn gardening boosts their development by helping them become happier, more confident, and more resilient. In addition, gardening also helps teach children patience and the benefits of a healthy diet and lifestyle.
The report said: Fundamental to the success of school gardens in stimulating a love of learning was their ability to translate sometimes dry academic subjects into practical, real world experiences. Children were encouraged to get their hands dirty, in every sense. Teachers involved in the research said the result was a more active, inquisitive approach to learning. The changeable nature of gardening projects - where anything from the weather to plant disease can affect the outcome - forced children to become more flexible and better able to think on their feet and solve problems.
Gardening provides exercise, which benefits muscles and bones as well as respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Such benefits help prevent health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. Physical exercise such as one gets from gardening releases endorphins, which are natural compounds that alleviate stress and its many negative health consequences. Studies have shown that simply being in a garden lowers blood pressure. Gardening also fosters a good night's sleep and exposes people to both healthy sunshine and beneficial immune boosting soil microorganisms. Furthermore, gardening helps develop a sense of achievement where we are able to step back and see the differences we have made and discover the small, important things in life. Gardeners tend to be hopeful and philosophical people who look forward to future seasons, enjoy the present and respect the past, and are more accepting when things are not perfect. Teaching our children to garden, both at home and at school, will help give them a head start at living and at appreciating a more natural and healthy life, the report said.
Any questions about food plants and self-sufficiency, feel free to email... I will endeavor to answer all, but it may take a while.
The lass who brought to the Course two Centella species to have identified, I would appreciate it if you are able to take photos of these and email me, as I feel this could be useful to share with other people in a Herb Farm Newsletter. The one species was Centella cordifolia, which has a slightly more elongated leaf than Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica), and the other with the shiny leaf, of which I am still endeavouring to find the botanical name and plant properties.
from the 'Self-Sufficiency and Survival Foods' Course Morning Tea
Ingredients especially chosen either because, easy to make, easy to obtain and store, economical produce and contains herbs, sprouts and edible weeds.
Mini Carrot Cake Muffins:
Carrot, whole meal flour, organic eggs, local honey, chia seed, mung bean sprouts.
Vegemite, garlic chives, nasturtium flowers as a garnish.
Kefir, phily cheese, dill seed, spring onions and purslane as garnish.
Gherkin and Cheese
Home made gherkin relish, cheese, mung sprouts, and wild carrot sprigs as a garnish.
Fresh Tomato with oregano
Fresh homegrown tomatoes, oregano, with star anise and onion relish, herb salt, and white clover as a garnish.
Pesto made with sweet basil leaves, mung sprouts, purslane, chickweed, cobblers pegs, wild carrot tops, Parmesan cheese, and sunflower seeds, with fenugreek sprouts as a garnish.
Dips: (dairy and wheat free)
Chickpeas, mung bean sprouts, lemon, salt, vinegar, little bit of garlic.
Fresh avocadoes, lemon, vinegar, salt.
Fresh organically grown Herbal Teas:
1. Lemon Myrtle and Honey, chia leaves, nettle, chickweed.
2. Citronella Grass and Cinnamon, ginger, orange peel, herb robert, alfalfa.
Information about Herbs and Sprouts
Alfalfa has many medicinal uses. For animal fodder, alfalfa is highly valued, and for human nutrition and therapeutic uses it should be equally revered. Scientific analysis shows that alfalfa contains almost all the known vitamins, minerals and trace elements; in fact, some being of a much higher percentage than many staple foods.
Alfalfa is very rich in chlorophyll, that is, the green pigment of the plant, which is energy, transformed by the sun, into food for the plant and for us. Chlorophyll has extraordinary blood cleansing and blood building abilities, and amazingly, it has almost the same chemical components as human blood, and therefore is valuable for use as a blood tonic. Also, chlorophyll is powerful, very powerful, in alkalizing the body, by eliminating acid wastes, a major cause of pain and disease.
Research has shown the drumstick tree to be of exceptional nutritional value. The leaves are 38% protein with the 8 essential amino acids, which will be of interest to vegetarians, or people who wish to cut back on meat and dairy products.
Black Pepper is produced from green, full-sized seeds, before they change colour at ripening. The seed is sun-dried and the pericarp enzyme is oxidised which accentuates the volatile oils, to give black pepper its very aromatic hot peppery properties. Dipping the peppercorns in boiling water and then sun or kiln-drying can also produce black pepper.
Besides providing a pungent flavour for our food; pepper's refreshing aroma possesses the ability to stimulate our appetite and the flow of saliva and gastric juices. In excessive doses, pepper can irritate and burn the mouth and the mucous lining of the stomach.
Nutmeg Bush leaves
Recently Jan brought some orange fruit to the Herb Farm for identification.The fruit is Devil's Apple (Solanum linnaeanum) which belongs to the same plant family as tomatoes, potatoes, chillies and capsicums, and the plant grows 50-100cm tall. The attractive fruit is not for eating, infact it is toxic.
A Queensland Country Newspaper ran an article in 2009 of a family using devils apples for skin cancers by blending the orange apples with olive oil, and then, observing that internal cancers were also being treated by this application. Jack had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1988, and since learning about the actions of devil's apple fruit, has been using the blended up fruit in olive oil topically, by slathering it over his arms, and he believes it has suppressed the cancer; he has survived, while mates who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer at the same time, have passed on.
From the mail box, and feed back from people...This segment in the Newsletter, gives snippets and experiences, from other people, as it is these very 'down to earth' uses, which have given people better health. These experiences can encourage other people, to give herbs a go.
Dianna rang from Tasmania and shared her experiences with herbs.
Herb Robert has been a blessing to her and pet dog. Her dog was always so smelly, so much so that it was unpleasant to pat the dog. She blended up some leaves of herb robert and put it in the dog's water container. The dog drank it readily, and after a short period of time, the smell was gone.
Thanks for sharing this information Dianna, as I am sure there could be other people trying this simple remedy.
Diana also said after reading about nettle uses in the Herb Book, she decided to test out the suggestion in the book for relieving painful knees which had been giving her lots of bother. She went to a nettle patch and bent down in the plants, so that her knees came in contact with the nettles. After doing this ½ dozen times over several days, all pain was gone!
And Diana has observed cattle eating fresh nettle.
Isabell says: perhaps their tough-skinned tongues are not bothered by the nettle stings, and no doubt they know instinctively how good nettle is to their health and well-being, and that nettle is 20% protein.
Hi Ricky, I have just been browsing Isabell's book "How can I use Herbs in my daily life?", which I have had since it was first published and have noticed for the first time (believe it or not !) that I actually get a mention in it ! I am the Kingaroy lady who used Herb Robert to cure our old dog of cancer of the spleen. He was 9 years old at the time. I thought Isabell might be interested to know that Paddy lived to the ripe old age of 19 and passed away peacefully after a wonderful life.
Also, I am now treating our present dog Danny, another wonderful kelpie, for a tumour on the liver. When our vet (the same one who diagnosed Paddy all those years ago) gave us this diagnosis I just smiled and reminded him of Paddy. He just grinned back!
Just wanted to share this with you all. Will be buying more herbs soon and pay you a visit next time we are over that way to buy some plants. Give Isabell a hug for me!
Peace, love and light, Cherry
Note from Isabell: Cherry came to hear about Herb Robert at a Herb Course I taught at Kingaroy... not sure what year, I think nearly 20 years ago (never mind what year, Cherry used the herb with miraculous results). Thank you for sharing this Cherry. I am sure it will encourage other people.
Fay rang to say, her cancer count has gone down after taking herb robert and gotu kola as a tea for several months, and she will keep taking the herbs.
Bryan emailed: Not long after we purchased our property on the Sunshine Coast of SE Queensland, which happened to have 300 lemon myrtle trees (Backhousia citriodora), I started to drink lemon myrtle as a tea whenever I felt that I was coming down with the flu, or if I thought I was getting the "lurgy". I was naturally excited when I came to realise that it was clear the lemon myrtle was playing a pivotal role in essentially "killing" the symptoms before they really took hold. On those occasions I took no medication for the symptoms or any natural remedies other than the usual olive leaf extract and echinacea. I can say with complete candor that I believe that drinking the lemon myrtle tea accelerated the process of combating the germs that were trying to make my life a misery!" If only more people were aware of the healing properties of what mother nature has generously provided rather than falling prey to the drugs industry every time we feel unwell.
Recently an area on the roof my mouth was very sore to the extent that eating was extremely uncomfortable. In desperation I saw a doctor who said it was likely to be a bacterial infection and (naturally) prescribed antibiotics. On the way to the chemist shop I said to my wife who had taken me to the doctor: "What on earth are we doing? We have almost 300 healthy lemon myrtle trees and lemon myrtle is after all supposed to have one of the most powerful natural anti-microbial properties of any plant on the planet!!" We by-passed the chemist and went home. That afternoon and evening I gargled about six leaves lemon myrtle in warm water. Upon awakening the next morning my mouth was already much better but I did another gargle. By lunchtime the discomfort had totally disappeared, and to think I had this problem for a week!!
So not only did lemon myrtle live up to its reputation but it also saved my body from being flooded with antibiotics, undermining my immune system and requiring me to also take acidophilus to counteract the effect of the antibiotics on the flora in my system.
This event has ignited our passion for spreading the word about lemon myrtle!
Bryan, Sunshine Coast, Qld.
Bryan also shared on an email feedback from other people using lemon myrtle:
* I was introduced to lemon myrtle recently. I was getting over a dental abscess and wanted to cure myself of the mouth ulcers and sore throat that I was experiencing at the same time. Within two days of drinking a few cups of tea made from lemon myrtle tea and gargling with the cooled tea a few times, the sore throat disappeared and the ulcers on my tongue and inside my cheek had totally cleared. I was delighted with the results. I look forward to using Lemon Myrtle for other purposes.
And, intermittently over a number of weeks, I had an infection in the gum around the base of one tooth. It was inflamed and itchy, and would subside a little after concentrated brushing. However, it would always return. I knew a visit to the dentist was necessary.
Then I tried lemon myrtle tea. I made a brew of fresh leaves and swirled this around the mouth for a few minutes. After applications, the infection disappeared and has not returned. I was thrilled! Now I keep lemon myrtle leaves handy for any mouth infection or irritation.
* For three days I had a sore on the roof of my mouth. It was caused initially by scratching with a hard piece of toast, but followed a couple of hours later by a cup of overly-hot coffee. Eating was painful and I kept running my tongue over the injury. It didn t seem to be improving in any way, until I had a cup of lemon myrtle tea made by brewing fresh leaves. I held this in my mouth for as long a possible, and then swallowed. I only did this twice in one afternoon, and the following day the sore had completely healed up. Now I tell everyone about the benefits of lemon myrtle for mouth irritations and ulcers.
Chia and arrowroot are two valuable survival food plants.
Hello Isabell, I would like to thank you for your books, How I can grow and use Sprouts as living food, and, How I can use Herbs in my daily life. I had breast cancer almost five years ago. I am so excited, as now I have information that I can understand and adopt a healthier way of eating. Thank you so much for writing these books. Now I would like to order some of the herbs from you and get the benefits in my daily life.
Kind regards, E.V.
Branki rang to say how much she enjoys reading the Herb Book, saying, "It is like having a doctor in the house". The doctor wanted her to go on steroids, but she is solving the problem with herbs.
I have been reading about the herb comfrey from your Herb Book. Was told recently by a lady, that her Mum used to chew the leaf of comfrey so that it was moist, and then stick the chewed up leaf on to skin lesions (that today one goes to have removed by the skin specialists) and they used to disappear. So now after reading about the many uses on comfrey, I want to grow it and try it on my skin and for other benefits.
After reading about Small Flowered Willow Herb in Isabell's Herb Book, I am pleased to say, I no longer have a prostate problem and do not have to always be going to the toilet, day or night, and that was such a relief during the winter, not to get up in the cold nights. My wife also was drinking the tea and no longer suffers with bladder infection, which previously had occurred quite often. We now have the herb growing well, and regularly eat some leaves with meals, as a preventative. Thanks for your Herb Book, and the information about this herb that has benefited us.
Carl rang to say, he read about using nettle in the Herb Book. He had suffered bad sciatica, and decided to pick some nettle and rubbed over his knees, and after doing this for a few days, he was pain free.
Isabell since reading your Herb Book, I have started drinking herbal teas each day, and I really enjoy a mixture of sacred basil (tulsi), nettle and peppermint, and I have found this mix is a good energy giver, and also useful for any time the tummy is unsettled. Thank you for your practical herbal.
On 21st of Nov. 2011 at the Herb Farm, we had 2 people call and report remarkable benefits with using herbs.
Tom had severe pain from gout, and 3 weeks ago started making comfrey leaves into smoothies with fresh pineapple. With this daily regime, as well as eating blueberries, he is now free of gout.
Mary reported relief from ulcerative colitis after 2 weeks, with drinking herb Robert tea each day.
Book and DVD Review:Aloe isn't medicine, and yet it cures
by Father Romano Zago (and author of book 'Cancer can be cured')
In his work, Father Romana from Brazil, South America, came to see many natural remedies that people used in their daily lives. The herb Candelabra (Aloe arborescens), he observed, had remarkable properties that gave positive results against many diseases. The book outlines the benefits of Candelabra as a preventative of disease, as well as a curative, and describes how the body detoxes, so that healing can take place.
There are over 100 different species of aloe; only a few of these species have had research... like Aloe vera barbadensis, which is the major aloe species used for processing into bottled aloe juice.
Research has also be carried out with the Candelabra, Aloe arborescens, which has a high Aloctin A content that has been found to stimulate T cells and boost the immune system. It is prepared as a tonic drink with red wine and honey which has featured for cancer treatment and as a tonic for healing many diseases, and the book covers many conditions including: allergies, heart conditions, asthma, arthritis, diabetes, candida, cataracts, muscle cramps, tonsillitis, acidity, gastritis, anemia, carbuncles& to name a few. The cleansing initiated by the tonic recipe helps to detoxify the body, renew the blood and strengthen the immune system, so the body can restore itself to health. Zago spent over 20 years researching Candelabra, and worked with cancer patients and many other people with various chronic conditions. Research at Salzano Institute, found Aloe arborescens richer in therapeutic substances than Aloe vera.
A number of recent worldwide clinical studies listed in the bibliography of the book offer scientific evidence supporting the fact that Aloe Arborescens has a high concentration of complex sugars called glucomannan polysaccharides and as many as 200 biologically active phyto-nutrient compounds that work in synergy to promote the modulation of innate immunity and macrophage function. In test after test, it has also been shown to kill a broad range of viruses, fungi and monilia (a particularly active fungus that attacks the mucous membranes). Consequently, it provides valuable support for the gastrointestinal tract, mucous membranes and connective tissue.
Father Romano Zago's book describes how a healthy immune system keeps chronic illness in check. However, if a person develops an illness, something was not working in the detoxification process and the immune system; therefore, it is important to detoxify the body and support the immune system. The aloe tonic recipe helps to detox and nourish the body.
Documentary film on DVD
"Let thy Food be thy Medicine and thy Medicine be thy Food" - Hippocrates.
watch the Food Matters trailer
That is the message from the founding father of modern medicine echoed in the controversial new documentary film Food Matters from Producer-Directors James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch.
Through interviews with doctors, nutritionists and natural health experts from Australia, UK, and the USA, Food Matters discuses how our modern medicine and health industry has really become a Trillion Dollar Sickness Industry.
The film shows that every year, in the USA alone -
39,000 people die due to unnecessary surgery and other errors in hospitals
80,000 people die due to other infections in the hospitals
106,000 people die of adverse drug reactions
652,486 deaths from Heart Disease
553,888 deaths from Cancer
With degenerative diseases plaguing many people today, we need to realise that pills and surgery are not fixing the problems.
We need to realise that to maintain our immune system, vitality and health, a diet containing living enzymes and antioxidant rich foods and herbs, is essential.
Presenting facts and information the film explores the idea that a selective diet can play a key role in preventing, treating and reversing a range of health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease and depression, etc.
May the Food Matters documentary inspire you to do more reading and research to make better and more informed choices for your health, family and future.
Ask for this book or dvd at your local libraries.
Or they can be ordered from Shipards Herb Farm,
phone 07 54411101 during open hours
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat, from 10 am to 2 pm.
(Qld. is not on daylight saving time)
Also available here on line.
Herb Farm SPECIALS...During December 2011 - January 12 the Herb Farm will have specials on some herbs, self-sufficiency and survival food plants, and seeds.
click here to find out more...
Book and DVD SPECIALS...Christmas Specials
Only for the month of December
Buy any 2 to 4 of the following and get 10% discount
Buy any 5 or more of the following and get 25% discount
Coupon Code: Christmas2011
How can I use HERBS in my daily life?
How can I grow and use Sprouts as living food?
How can I be prepared with Self-Sufficiency and Survival Foods?
Wonderful World of Herbs! (2 DVD set)
Living Food at its Best! (2 DVD set)
(For Australian orders only, if you order and pay by the 15th of Dec, your order will be sent Express Post and should arive in plenty of time to put under the Christmas tree.)
To get the 10% discount, go to our Books & DVDs page and click on the buy buttons of Isabell's books and / or dvds and purchas 2 or more of any combination.
Then at the bottom of the checkout page where you put your personal details, input the above coupon number where it asks for Coupon or Discount Number.
To get the 25% discount, go to our Books & DVDs page and click on the buy buttons of Isabell's books and / or dvds and purchas 5 or more of any combination.
A 15% discount will be automatically applied in the shopping cart when 5 or more of Isabell's books and / or dvds are selected.
Then to recieve the extra 10% discount, input the above coupon number at the bottom of the checkout page where you put your personal details, where it asks for Coupon or Discount Number.
If you have any difficulties with these discounts please email
These Specials can also be ordered directly from Shipards Herb Farm,
Just quote this newsletter. Christmas 2011
phone 07 54411101 during open hours
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat, from 10 am to 2 pm.
(Qld. is not on daylight saving time)
Laughter is good medicine......
Laughter, or reading a book, or other fun activities, are said to increase the level of 'feel good' chemicals in the brain, that make us feel happy, and a good laugh is considered excellent medicine! Refer to the Herb Book chilli chapter for information on endorphins. Researchers have found that laughter reduces stress hormones, benefits breathing and circulation, and can even improve your immune system. Relaxation and laughter are important parts of a well-being.
Two men were walking down the street and talking about finance during a slump in the economy of the country. The first man, an economist, says to his friend, "You know, I'm a walking economy." "How so?" asks the friend. "My hairline is in recession, my stomach is a victim of inflation, and both of these are putting me in deep depression."
Suzie went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, "Where's the self-help section?" She said, if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.
William did the weekly shopping and went home and told his wife Mabel, Somebody complimented me on my driving today. They left a note on my windscreen that said, 'Parking Fine'.
Thoughts for today......
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
The most wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed.
This maxim sometimes has been credited to entertainer Charlie Chaplin, but digging deeper, the idea was expressed more than two centuries ago. The French writer Nicolas Chamfort was famous for his witticisms and epigrams. In 1795 the periodical 'Mercure Français' printed the following saying, from one of Nicolas Chamfort manuscripts:
"Procrastination... don't put off until tomorrow, what you put off yesterday, until today."
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning how to dance in the rain.
Below, the delightful picture of mother bird and chicks, sent to us by Stella with the Bible verse and extra caption:
"He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armour and protection."
Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil... It has no point!
"In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy."
Something to think about:
The Wall Street Journal (January 3, 2006) stated: Gardening prevents heart attacks. According to the article, there is a 66% lower risk of sudden cardiac death with one hour of gardening a week.
"Things don't just happen; you have to make them happen."
"Make a commitment to do tasks that will create a brighter future, a light that will give hope to others."
"To live within our means in a way that celebrates what we have rather than what we don't have."
Maybe we don't have lots of money in the bank, or a fast car, or the latest fashions, but we will all have things to be grateful for... write a list when feeling down...
today I am grateful for...
- a sunny day
- or a rainy day which is watering my garden
- an edible garden
- a kitchen to prepare meals
- a home and warm bed
- things to laugh about
- family and friends
- herbs enrich our lives, there is so much we can learn about edible plants, and when we use them daily, we will benefit in many ways.
Plan to be more self-reliant now, so that you are ready for the future.
And in signing off...With the Christmas season near, may the true meaning of Christmas give you joy and happiness, and times to relax with family and friends.
And may God bless you and be with you always.
Over the Christmas period Shipards Herb Farm will be CLOSED from
Friday 23rd Dec. to Wednesday 28th
We will reopen Thursday the 29th of Dec. to regular business hours.
Feel free to print out the newsletter, or forward it on the family and friends, and, they are most welcome to subscribe and become part of our wonderful "herbal family" all around the globe, who enjoy using herbs.
By sharing information about herbs and their special properties, we hold a torch to light another's pathway, and we also illuminate our own way.
Shipards Herb Farm Catalogue for July 2011 is now available,
please click on the following link
Shipards Herb Farm catalogue
We will update the catalogue 2 times a year, usually early January and July.
To view the Catalogue you may need Adobe Reader 8 or higher.
Visit the following link to download the latest free version of Adobe Reader.
May your garden bring much joy, satisfaction and be a beautiful and interesting place, providing mental and physical therapy and a bountiful harvest for health and vitality.
Until next newsletter, Isabell Shipard
For any further informationon herbs and edible plants do have a look at this website, and Isabell's books. You are welcome to contact Isabell Shipard by email
or phone 07 54411101 during Shipards Herb Farm open hours - Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat, from 10 am to 2 pm.