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Shipards Herb Farm - Newsletter December 2012

Newsletter for
Christmas 2012

Put together by Aleisha and Isabell

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This Newsletter shares data about herbs, and how people have used them, and other information to encourage us.

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Self Sufficiency and Survival Foods!

Isabell Shipard's Self Sufficiency and Survival Foods! course on DVD
2 DVD Set, Total Running Time 3:47

'Be inspired to fill your garden with Self Sufficiency plants and Survival Foods.'
see Specials below
Self Sufficiency and Survival Foods!
On September the 30th and again on October the 1st 2011 Isabell Shipard held her last full day course on Self Sufficiency and Survival Foods. 2 days full of information and over 200 attendants, it was a huge success.

"It is far better to be a visionary and be prepared, now, than to be totally unprepared, when faced with difficult or devastating challenges."

Isabell covers many topics such as:
* How to be more Self-Sufficient
* Edible Weeds
* Bush Tucker Plants
* We all need Food Plants
* Planting a garden with Food Potential
* Sprouts are Living Food... at their very best!
* Seed Saving is vital to our Survival
* Storing Foods
* Herbs are Powerful

To get the most out of Isabell Shipard's Self Sufficiency courses on DVD, it is recommended to also have Isabell's Self Sufficiency book "How can I be prepared with Self-Sufficiency and Survival Foods?" as the course gives a visual learning experience, but cannot in a few hours give all the information that is valuable about the plants.

In this course Isabell covers valuable information, which every person will find practical for daily living.

Prepared-ness is like a spare tyre. We all have a spare tyre in our car, because flat tyres do happen. The same is true, of surviving an emergency, disaster, food shortage or economic downturn.

Planting a garden with food potential is one of the most valuable things we can do.

We need to encourage one another to be as self sufficient as possible... now... in our gardens, as this is the most nutritious fresh food and cheapest way to live in these times of rising prices. Growing our own food is very satisfying as well as beneficial to health and well-being.

Being self-sufficient is not just living on less - it's about increasing our quality of life while decreasing our dependence on money, fossil fuels, and consumer-ism. By creating a more sustainable future, we can view the future, more positively. Positive vision breeds enthusiasm, which also breeds action.

"I do encourage everyone to be prepared with an action plan."

Information about Herbs and Sprouts...

aromas flavours colours
Herbs are a great source of nutrients, antioxidants, vitality and to help to keep body disease free. Vitamins and minerals in plants are nutrients we all require daily. Herbs also have a wide range of phytonutrients, that is, plant substances that support our health and wellness. Many thousands of phytonutrients have been researched and many more will be discovered and classified. Plants with strong aromas, flavours and colours are high in phytonutrients and anti-oxidants. The picture below of greater galangal (a member of the same family as ginger and turmeric) is a phytonutrient-rich herb. These plants have just come out of winter dormancy and are showing their glory, in full bloom.

girl picking herb robert
Want to keep the immune system working well - drink a herb tea blend with Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum) several times a day and include a few slivers of fresh Ginger; as ginger is a natural immune booster). Herb Robert is the most requested herb at the Herb Farm, a herb with so many applications, and also as preventative medicine. Grow the plant and chop 4-6 leaves and stems over breakfast cereal, or use a teaspoon of chopped leaves to make a tea. The pictures below are of Chloe, Kath's 4 year old niece, showing how to pick mature seeds of the herb; they must be well filled out capsules (look like stork bills), and feel hard, when pressed between 2 fingers.

girl picking herb robert
It is wonderful to see that a child has been shown how to pick these seeds. Every child needs to be taught how to pick seeds of herbs, vegetables, etc, for growing more food plants.

* Broad leaf plantain (Plantago major) has many uses, including evaporating the pain of cuts and preventing swelling. Plantain is the herb on the right in the picture below.

Broad Leaf Plantain
Broad Leaf Plantain
Plantain has been an important healing herb throughout history. My herbal mentor always said, "Wherever white man goes, there goes plantain." This saying could be explained, firstly, that white man discovered and revered the many healing properties of the plant and always took seed with him when settling in new areas; and secondly, relating to the fact that the seed swells up when damp and sticks to clothes, and would have been spread widely, and, indeed, it is a common weed, with great value.

My mentor shared how plantain was valuable for any bleeding, internal and external, and this is something I will never forget, as shortly after hearing this, my husband, accidentally, cut his hand severely. I remembered where I had seen some plantain growing, picked some leaves, crushed them in my hand, placed them on the cut and started to affix it with a bandage. But the leaves, being large and awkward under the bandage, meant it was not very firm, so I unwound it to try and make it tighter; to find that once the plantain was placed over the cut, the bleeding had stopped. This was a vivid lesson to the value of herbal folklore.

Allantoin, is the substance in plantain leaves that helps knit cells back together. It has an anti-inflammatory action, and a speedy healing property that stimulates growth of new cells, and also gives the immune system a boost. Remember this herb next time you have an abrasion, cuts, nick yourself when shaving, wounds, tropical ulcers and broken bones. Plantain as a tea has been a revered herb for all disorders of the respiratory system, for mucus congestion, coughs, sore throats, bronchitis, asthma, hoarseness, influenza, hay fever, sinusitis, tuberculosis, and numerous other ailments of man. As plantain is so hardy and grows in numerous places on the Herb Farm, we regularly use it in our juicing regime, of greens, herbs, vegetables and fruits in the morning. The plantain seed tops are a food source too. Just strip the seeds off the fully mature and dried seed heads. As the husk around the seed is edible too, there is not need to winnow. Add the seed and husks to any grains when cooking, like rice, quinoa, oatmeal, millet, etc; use about 1-2 tablespoons of plantain seeds to 1 cup of grain. Plantain seed/husks when soaked in cold water overnight are a high fibre food, and will act as a bulking laxative (use 1 tablespoon in ¾ cup of water).

African Cucumber
African Cucumber
African Cucumber (Cucumis metuliferus) is an extremely hardy plant. When the cucumbers are mature and picked, they will store for several months, just sitting in a shady place. Eventually the vegetable turns orange in colour and breaks down. Cucumbers can be used fresh, added to a tossed salad, set in a green or yellow jelly, made into pickles, used when juicing vegetables, etc. Plant some seeds this spring and summer, as the plant is a valuable survival food. The cucumbers are cooling to the body and act as a diuretic and anti-inflammatory.

Make herbs part of your daily life!...

plate of herbs
Plan each morning to go into the garden and pick fresh herbs to garnish you breakfast, whether it is cereal, muesli, toast, or a cooked breakfast. Keep in mind that the fresh herbs will be the best thing on your plate to benefit your health; herbs like nasturtium, gotu kola, herb robert, brahmi, sheep sorrel, small flowered willow herb, parsley and many more.

Survival Nuggets
Survival Nuggets
Survival Nuggets
In the picture below, the white fleshed vegetable is Flour Gourd (Benincasa hispida), also known by the common name of wax gourd. It is a hardy plant, sprawling over the ground similar to a pumpkin plant. The vegetable can grow from 2 - 10 kg in weight; and when mature can be picked and will store well for 6 months or more, in a cool, dry and well ventilated place, therefore it is a valuable survival food. The white flesh does not have a lot of flavour, a little bit similar to a zucchini, but the flesh can be diced up and added to soups, stews, casseroles, stir-fries and it will become a meal extender. Add it to pickles, jams and sauces. Recently I blended it together with mulberries to make mulberry jam. Picture below is of Survival Nuggets made with persimmons, flour gourd, ginger, and to sweeten I added a few leaves of aztec sweet herb and stevia. The mixture I dried in a de-hydrator, and then stored in air-tight containers. For more information on Survival Nuggets refer to my book "How can I be prepared with Self-Sufficiency and Survival Foods?"

Black Radish
Black Radish
Black Radish
Have a go, at growing this special radish, known as black radish, which is an appropriate name, as you can see by the colour of the skin. The inside flesh in white and quite pungent in flavour.

Use grated in salads, add to smoothies, vegetable juicing, cooked dishes. Try slicing the radish 2 cm thick and sautéed in a little butter. The butter mellows the pungent flavor. Add herbs to the cooked slices and top with grated cheese.

Black radish has had medicinal uses including: for rheumatism, constipation, bronchitis, coughs and as a powerful immune booster. A traditional cough remedy, used finely grated black radish with honey added, covered and let stand several hours. The grated radish releases juice. The mixture can be eaten, or the juice drained off and drunk 1-2 tablespoons at a time, several times a day.

In ancient times people believed that the black radish on the meal table was a guarantee of long life; perhaps this is why my herbal mentor had a high regard for black radish and encourage his students to grow and use it. Recently I have been reading about the chemistry of some foods, and came across the work of Dr. Ragnar Berg, at the laboratory of food research in Germany at Dr. Lahmann's sanitarium.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Dr. Berg, a Swedish nutritional scientist, studied the mineral content of foods, to find, that certain foods had acidifying or alkalizing effects on the body. Berg's Tables are an index of foods, and is designed to indicate the extent of our alkaline mineral intake and to help assess possible risk of latent acidosis in the body. Food analysis showed the positive properties of some foods and the importance of mineral salts which are alkaline, to neutralize acids. These foods were then found to dissolve/neutralize and help eliminate mucus and toxins from the body.

Highest on Berg's Tables valued as excellent internal scourers and for alkaline benefits was black radish (39.40 Plus or Acid-Binding); next highest plant was dill (18.36), dandelion (17.52), endive (14.51), tomatoes (13.67), and close to follow on were sweet potatoes, beetroot, lettuce, cucumber and beans.

Neem Tree leaves
Neem Tree leaves
Neem Tree (Azadirachta indica) is a tree worthy of a space in the garden. If limited in space in your yard, it could be grown in a large pot and pruned to bush size, and keep all the prunings to use. The leaves are valued as a detoxifier, blood purifier, tonic, an aid to digestion and a traditional remedy for many ailments. Scientific research has found that neem acts as an immune system booster by bracing lymphocyte cells to respond to infection and other challenges against the immune system. In India the neem is an esteemed tree, often referred to as 'the village pharmacy'. In Sanskrit neem is known as "nimb" and its meaning is defined as 'that which keeps diseases at bay'.

Rice Beans
Rice Beans
Rice Beans (Vigna umbellata) A fast growing annual legume ground-sprawler; excellent nitrogen fixer, very young beans can be eaten raw or cooked (21% protein), and leaves can also eaten. Pods can be left to fully mature and turn brown, be picked as the seeds stored for future use, and cooked like any other pulse seeds in meals. The seeds also can be sprouted in your kitchen, like mung beans, and they have a similar flavour.

Rice bean plants are a practical soil-improving green manure crop, and for controlling soil erosion; also, good for use as mulch for the garden. Rice bean can be used for stock feed. Plant seeds spring and summer.

Mung Bean seeds and sprouts
Mung Bean seeds and sprouts
Sprouts are living food With Spring and Summer season it is a great time to get a variety of seeds sprouted to add to salads, last minute addition to a stir-fry dish, breakfast cereal bowls and a snack in hand.

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.

Thank you for your Herb Book, one can only guess at the amount of time and effort it took to produce it. I have great success with yarrow for stopping nose bleeds thanks to you. Very kind regards from

First of all, I do want to say that is one wonderful book, How can I use Herbs in my daily life. I read it every evening.
The links you also sent have been very valuable as I have passed them on to everyone in this office, I wish they would stop trying my Herb Robert Tea though.
It suprises me that such a powerful herb has such a mild taste, nothing is needed to hide the taste.
The plants are growing well as I have the perfect spot for them.
Regards Val

PS. Do you know that the Rosella leaves are used in PNG by the Fijian Indians in place of Tamarind in their curries, I also use the small leaves in salads for their wonderful sour taste.
If you are interested in Survivial foods  Dahalia roots were originally taken by the pilgrims to America as a food, and the tuber is used similar to a potato. I have been using them for years in this manner.

Hi Isabell, Your books are the best, and have helped with my cat who had problems urinating. A friend of mine did a healing on him and got the word "purslane" and sure enough when I looked it up in your book, it said purslane was helpful in reducing inflammation of the urethra. I chop up bits of it in his food and now as he is on a raw food diet with natural supplements he is doing well. I ran out of purslane, so quickly looked in your book and discovered parsley could help, so I siphon of a bit of juice as I make my morning juice. Thanks for the wonderful amount of effort you went to, to create these amazing books and DVDs, which I love. Maybe you could do a DVD on edible weeds!

Isabell adds, note: Sandy, the new DVD on Self-Sufficiency and Survival Foods also covers edible weeds. See Specials in this Newsletter.

Hello to all. FIRSTLY I would like to say a very big thank you for the HERB BOOK. I have had my copy since Christmas and it has never left my table as I use it frequently and I must say that I have a lot of the books I can refer to, but Isabell puts it all together, like no other, and has made me far more responsible for self...

How can I be prepared with Self-Sufficiency and Survival Foods?
Isabell's book "How can I be prepared with self-sufficiency and survival foods" is one of the best holistic approaches to this subject I have come across, brilliant!
Cheers, Max

And Isabell on Self-Sufficiency says: I encourage all Newsletter readers to put in place self-sufficiency and survival foods, and emergency plans. With the many natural disasters that have occurred in the last 2 years, even local and state governments are encouraging people to be more prepared. For more info, go to:

Book Review...

Aloe isn't medicine... and yet... it cures!

Aloe isn't medicine... and yet... it cures!
by Father Romano Zago

In the last few years, Father Zago's books have received much acclaim in the field of alternative medicine on five continents. In this book, Father Zago presents the curative properties of Aloe and shows how to use this plant in curing over 100 types of illnesses, including obesity and depression. (181 page A5 size book

we now have more books in stock $25

Informative and inspiring...

Robyn shares her personal story and how it inspired her current path as a "Real Food" evangelist. Grounded in a successful Wall Street career that was more interested in food as good business than good-for-you, this mother of four was shaken awake by the dangerous allergic reaction of one of her children to a "typical" breakfast. Her mission to unearth the cause revealed more about the food industry than she could stomach, and impelled her to share her findings with others. Informative and inspiring.

Robyn authored "The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It." A former Wall Street food industry analyst, Robyn brings insight, compassion and detailed analysis to her research into the impact that the global food system is having on the health of our children. She founded allergykidsfoundation.org and was named by Forbes as one of "20 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter." The New York Times has passionately described her as "Food's Erin Brockovich."

Source: www.tedxtalks.ted.com...

Laughter is good medicine...

* Maybe, the biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every morning.

* A new Chinese diet - eat all you can, but use only one chopstick.

* Now that we have automatic teller machines, we no longer have to tell our children that money does not grow on trees. They think it comes out of a wall.

* Natural News recently included the following: Levity helps. A woman diagnosed with cancer decided to let the doctors focus on the disease, while she simply watched ridiculous comedies day after day and laughed her way to healing. A little mirth goes a long way.

And for information on laughter medicine go to:

Thoughts for today...

"Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses."
Alphonse Karr

"A good word is an easy obligation; but not to speak ill requires only our silence, which costs us nothing."
John Tillotson

"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can."
John Wesley

Whenever I am disappointed with my lot in life, I stop and think about little Jamie Scott. Jamie was trying out for a part in the school play. His mother told me that he's set his heart on being in the play, though she feared he would not be chosen. On the day the parts were awarded, I went with her to collect him after school. Jamie rushed up to her, eyes shining with pride and excitement. "Guess what Mum" he shouted, "I've been chosen to clap and cheer!"
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"Enjoy today while it is here, because, someday today, will be a long time ago."
Unknown author

Herb Farm SPECIALS...

During December 2012 - January, February 2013

Shipards Herb Farm will have specials on some herbs, self-sufficiency and survival food plants, and seeds.
click here to find out more...

Looking for a great and unique
gift for someone you love?
Self Sufficiency  and  Survival Foods! course on DVD

Christmas Specials !!!

Valid till 31st Dec. 2012
Not valid with any other Discounts

How can I grow and use Sprouts as living food? Special Price $30 (regular price $37)

How can I be prepared with Self-Sufficiency and Survival Foods? Special Price $30 (regular price $37)

Wonderful World of Herbs! (2 DVD set) Special Price $30 (regular price $35)

Living Food at its Best! (2 DVD set) Special Price $25 (regular price $30)

Self Sufficiency and Survival Foods! (2 DVD set) Special Price $30 (regular price $35)

"It is far better to be a visionary and be prepared, now, than to be totally unprepared, when faced with difficult or devastating challenges."

How to order these Christmas Special's...

to order online click here...


to order through Shipards Herb Farm click here...

And in signing off...

Feel free to print out the newsletter (please think of the environment first), 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.

Herbs are great source of nutrients, antioxidants, energy and vitality builders, and help to keep the body disease free.

Shipards Herb Farm Catalogue for Feb 2012 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 information

on 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.


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