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Shipards Herb Farm - Newsletter November 2013

6th Edition of Herb Book off the Press!

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This year has been busy with preparing "How can I use Herbs in my daily life?" ready for the 6th print run.
With this reference book, we made up-dates where necessary of botanical names, added accounts people have shared with us of using herbs and additions to the comfrey chapter, and even several typo's deleted. Also added, recent research on various herbs, plus a new chapter on Leaf Ginseng, to give new information to benefit readers.
Leaf Ginseng is one of my favourite salad herbs, which I enjoy using daily, in salads, as a garnish and in smoothies. This easy to grow herb is valued for energy, concentration and stamina, blood building and as a tonic and strengthening the immune system. The 6th Edition is indeed a culmination of 10 years of information of herbs, and everyday uses that many people have shared with me. Continually we receive such positive feed back from readers, saying that the book is so practical and easy to read and many people share with us wonderful accounts of improved health when using the herbs.

Sofi wrote: "You are a true wealth of knowledge and your passions are beautifully portrayed through your work, in turn, impassioning your readers. The magic of plants has me very much inspired."
Barbara emailed: "Thank you for your amazing books. They have inspired me to become a Naturopath, and begin my course shortly."
Tricia said: "I purchased your big Herb Book about 18 months ago, and I am always reading through it. It is the best book."
Danny said: "I am a huge fan of your books. They are so informative! I just love to read and re-read."
Judi wrote: "I am constantly referring to information from your books. Thank you for the wonderful insight into the world of herbs."

When planning your Christmas gift giving, you might like to consider giving the Books or DVDs as gifts. In the past many people who received these Books or DVDs as gifts have said how much they appreciated them, and that they regularly refer to and read. I certainly did not ever consider that the books would become best sellers, but I am so glad that people find them such practical references.

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About Herbs, and properties of plants...

Rosemary Helps With Scalp Circulation
** Rosemary Helps With Scalp Circulation
Rosemary is a traditional herb for the hair and has been used over the years as a hair tonic and for scalp circulation.
Rosemary oil features in perfumes, toiletries, soaps, cosmetics, pot-pourri, shampoos and conditioners. To make a Hair Tonic take a handful of rosemary leaves, cut or bruise, cover with a cup of boiling water, steep and strain. Pour through the hair after shampooing, rubbing into hair and massaging the scalp. The aroma of the infusion, will give the brain and body a pleasant lift of energy. For a folklore recipe to thicken and used to re-grow hair, pick a handful of rosemary and put in a container with 1 teaspoon borax and 1 teaspoon camphor crystals, and 2 cups of boiling water, cover container. When cool strain and refrigerate. Pour a little liquid into the hands and rub through the hair 1 - 2 times a day. Also, for good hair growth it is recommended that we add lots of iron rich foods to the daily diet - leafy greens like purslane, sheep sorrel, watercress, Queensland greens, salad mallow, sweet leaf bush and sambu lettuce.

Next newsletter I will share information on some easy to grow salad herbs that are my favourites.
herb garden

Licorice  (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
** Licorice Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is a perennial herb that is esteemed by herbalists due to the roots valuable properties. It is the root of the plant that gives the flavour and sweetening action, and hundreds of substances have been identified in licorice, including a series of compounds known as flavonoids, and multiple plant phytoestrogens. Another common name for licorice is "sweet root", because it contains a compound that is around 50 times sweeter than sugar, but with very low calories. For thousands of years licorice has been used in both food and as a medicine. Eastern and Western medicine have used licorice to treat a variety of illnesses, from the common cold, to liver disease. Herbalists also commonly suggest the root for anti-depressant effects, similar to that of St. John's Wort. Licorice is valued as an anti-inflammatory due to the constituent called glycyrrhizin. Traditional herbal practitioners use licorice root to treat various ailments as it is a herb valued for strengthening, restoring and rejuvenating the body. Licorice works on the digestive, respiratory, nervous, reproductive, endocrine and excretory systems. Licorice has been used to calm the mind, nourish the brain and increase cerebrospinal fluid; to benefit vision, voice, complexion, hair, stamina, and to strengthen the immune system. Licorice root added to other herbs when making a tea has a catalyst effect - to make the other herbs more effective to the body.
Research scientists have reported studies that show licorice root can kill the major bacteria responsible for tooth decay and gum disease, the leading causes of tooth loss in children and adults. Scientists say that licorice could have a role in treating and preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Why not grow some licorice for the root to chew on or make as a tea.

** Kath regularly includes a few leaves of neem (Azadirachta indica) or king of bitters (Andrographis paniculata) in her herbal tea. Mosquitoes think she is too bitter to bother biting her. Kath is happy. These two herbs provide many advantages to well-being... so Kath gets multiple benefits!

Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum
** Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum) continues to be the most requested herb at the Herb Farm, as more people tell family and friends the benefits they have experienced with using the herb. Herb Robert is an excellent source of germanium, the mineral that research shows - helps take oxygen to the cells. Use this herb for valuable tonic and therapeutic healing properties and to strengthen the immune system. Julie called at the Herb Farm recently and said  I have been taking herb robert regularly for a few years and giving it to my cat, and also to everyone I love.

** A lass called at the Herb Farm in October and mentioned she had an unpleasant headache. I said to take a couple leaves off the feverfew plant (Chrysanthemum parthenium), and as the leaves are bitter I brought her a glass of water to follow. Within a few minutes the lass said that the headache disappeared. Great! Feverfew is valued for a range of conditions. Uses have included: relief from coughs, wheezing, sinus congestion, flatulence, premenstrual tension and pain, infertility, hormone imbalance and menopause disturbances, incontinence, eczema, psoriasis, splitting and weak finger nails, car sickness, fevers, drug addiction, intestinal worms, stress and hysteria, high blood pressure, inflammation of tendons, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondilitus and osteoarthritis.

Curled Salad Mallow
** Curled Salad Mallow (Malva verticullata var. crispa) is a wonderful plant to grow with attractive frilly leaves. A hardy annual to 1 metre, fast growing; use leaves raw and cooked and as a tea; many health benefits (similar to marshmallow).

Chickpea curry, salad greens and avocado garnished with nasturtium flower
chickpea curry, salad greens and avocado garnished with nasturtium flower

Tomato, zucchini, leaf ginseng, comfrey, plantain, tumeric, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, Thai coriander, sweet leaf, Sambu lettuce, nasturtiums, alfalfa flower, pinto pea flower
Tomato, zucchini, leaf ginseng, comfrey, plantain, tumeric, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, Thai coriander,  sweet leaf, Sambu lettuce, nasturtiums, alfalfa flower, pinto pea flower

Sprout Book
** Steven shares his experiences of using sprouts daily: "For the last 3 and a half years I have made sprouts a central part of my afternoon and evening meals and I can attribute much of my increased strength gains and improved fitness and health to their consumption. Many people have stated that after eating sprouts regularly they can feel the health benefits which is fantastic, but I think it's also interesting to see what a food is capable of when the body is faced with intense training and exercise. From my experience over the last three and a half years of introducing a number of different protein sources, various protein powders, eggs, vegetables, fish (no red meat) I always return to sprouts as they are the simplest to digest and don't leave me feeling tired after consuming them so I can get more out of a workout. I always feel ill at ease if I haven't germinated and sprouted the previous day as I know I'll have to settle for second best and my training will be compromised from having to rely on slower digesting (and in my opinion, nutritionally inferior) protein sources. I would recommend for people who are training intensively to give sprouts a try, either as a primary protein source or to supplement your current protein intake and just see how it goes. I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised and continue to incorporate sprouts into your diet after seeing and experiencing the results."

DVD Review...


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This DVD will help you:
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I am now in the fortunate position of being free from smoking, drinking and junk food. My asthma has vanished, my eczema and acne have gone my psoriasis has cleared by over 90% and I am no longer overweight. In fact, on the health front I m one happy camper! I am now also lucky to be able to help people who find themselves in a similar position to the one I was in."
- Jason Vale aka 'The Juice Master'

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.

Hello folk at Shipards Herb Farm,
Just wanted to share more anecdotal evidence with you guys (although you surely have stacks and mountains of it)... I was really surprised to discover that a drink I had "made up" off the cuff was written out in basically the same proportions in Isabell's Herb Book on the Ginger Chapter. I call it Zingade because it tastes zingy and makes me feel zingy too! Instead of only using a cup of hot water though, I put that amount of ingredients into about a litre and a half jug, ginger first (grated), then lemon - stir it until all the ginger has become pink then add hot water + honey, then top it up and drink it cold/tepid; and I eat the ginger when I get to the bottom and it is much milder (I guess it's been marinated by the lemon when it turns pink) than 'fresh'. I have found that Zingade is a million times (or, several hours) more effective at keeping me awake at night than caffeine, minus the jitters. I also drink it in the morning when I know I have big days of 'hard-labour' ahead of me i.e. wheel-barrowing, shoveling etc. Sometimes I add mint on a hot day for an interesting contrast in flavour and 'feel'. Therefore I definitely agree and excitedly support that the mixture counteracts "drowsiness and lack of energy"
Cheers, Carleon.

A lady called at the Herb Farm in November 2013 saying how practical the Herb Book is in her daily life. She read in the Aloe Chapter about using aloe for vaginal itch (also referred to as vaginal thrush). The lady shared with me that using aloe gave her immediate relief from the itch and not only that, using the aloe also eliminated vaginal dryness.

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Some inspiring quotes to ponder on...

"About the only thing that does not change is that nothing stays the same."

"Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have!"

"We are not put on this earth to see through each other, but to see each other through."

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 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.

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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

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