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Hello to you, wherever you might be.
This morning, I have been pondering, just how amazing is the speed we can correspond with people... to be able to send and receive emails, from all over the world... instantly... no going to the post office to post a letter, or waiting a week of more to receive... just instant delivery via computers. I am able to use this method to correspond with you, and thousands of other people by the simple click of a key on my computer, to share information about herbs and natural health that may benefit many people.

I encourage you to enjoy spending time in your garden, or tending some pots on a balcony. It is interesting to note, that research at the Washington University, indicated we can reduce our stress levels and lower blood pressure, by spending time in the garden.

Make your garden a wonderful place of peace where plants flourish, and food plants to sustain you will be at their optimum nutrition.

Information about Herbs and
properties of plants

How important is potassium to well-being?

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has indicated that the mineral potassium is very important to health. Increasing potassium-rich foods in the diet is found to lower blood pressure. Potassium s role is vital to muscular tissue, which is important for strength and vigor. It is an important mineral for keeping the heart muscle beating in a steady, constant rhythm.

It is essential, for digestion of carbohydrates and the liver s conversion of glucose, to be utilised as an energy source. Potassium aids blood and oxygen circulation, and assists with elimination of blood impurities and toxic wastes.

Potassium helps maintain water balance, supports muscle and nerve cells, kidney and adrenal function. It is essential for production and storage of glycogen, the source of energy for exercising muscles. Research has shown that people with a high potassium diet retain more muscle and will keep a younger appearance with age. Women need 2.8 grams of potassium and men 3.8 grams per day.

A salad made with salad mallow leaves (Corchorus olitorius) can provide potassium in a high quantity for our daily needs, as well as other minerals, vitamins and a high protein, of 20.4%. A leaf analysis of salad mallow done at a Brisbane laboratory for mineral content, revealed, exceptionally high potassium, at 3068mg per 100 grams of leaf, making it possibly the richest plant source of potassium that we can grow. It is also very high in calcium, 1432mg per 100 grams of leaves; and also Vitamin A, 3500 IU per 100 grams of leaves.

Salad MallowSalad Mallow
Salad mallow is a hardy annual. If seed is planted in spring and summer, plants will grow very quickly to 1 meter tall, with large lush green leaves which can be used in salads, sandwiches, smoothies, and any cooked savory dish. It is a valuable self-sufficiency survival food plant.

Growing a crop of licorice has been found
to be an antidote to salt

Recently, I took the time to do some research on licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), as I had been told that licorice has been grown in various countries around the globe, to help lower salinity levels in soils. Decades of over-ambitious irrigation projects, poor management of drainage systems, and heavy cropping have taken their toll on some farming soils. Mobilised profile salt, gradually drawn to the soil-surface through capillary action, and accumulated due to evaporation, has resulted in highly saline soils that are no longer able to grow crops. On the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, we do not have a problem with soil salinity, but I have heard of areas in Australia that do have this problem. Just last night there was a news segment on TV about salinity in Australian soils.

The root system of licorice plants have been found to have an affect on lowering the water table, reducing the risk of salt rising to the surface. It also increases 'hydraulic conductivity' - the rate at which water moves through the soil profile - resulting in the leeching of surface salts into the groundwater, where they are no longer a hazard. Licorice has been used to successfully regenerate saline soils and prepare land for re-establishing grains and other food crops.

Licorice PatchLicorice Patch
Trials have demonstrated the beneficial affect of licorice, when grown for a period of four years, to bring abandoned salt-affected soils back into production, and also, in raising the soil s fertility for future crops. Growing licorice is providing a solution to soil salinity, and also can provide an income crop.

Licorice is indeed a valuable herb for us to grow and use in our daily lives. It has a honored position in traditional Chinese medicine, with the principle of prevention, by regulating, strengthening and invigorating the whole body. Licorice is valued as a harmonising herb, that extends out to organs, and reaches every muscle, nerve and cell of the body, balancing formulas, and also lengthening the period of time that a herbal tonic formula will benefit the body. Ten different bioflavonoids have been found in licorice, that have an effect of strengthening the immune system, fighting cancer cells, and protecting from cancer.

It has been found to help clear mucus in the lungs and discharge from the body. When used together with fresh ginger, it is a reliever of colds and respiratory problems. When used with ginger and cardamom it is a tonic for the teeth. Researchers have found licorice has powerful antiviral and antioxidant action, and can kill bacteria in the mouth, that causes tooth decay. This information should be more readily available. It certainly makes good sense, to have a jar with natural licorice pieces or root sticks available for chewing after a meal (besides, licorice also aids the digestion of food). Grow some licorice for future use; it could help to cut down dentist and doctors bills.

We have had cigarette smokers who have been able to kick the habit, by sucking on the end of a stick of licorice (similar size to a cigarette) to calm their nerves and stress levels with the taste of licorice, and quit smoking.

Licorice helps to preserve adrenal integrity and has a marked effect upon the endocrine system. The glycosides in the plant have a structure that is similar to the natural steroids of the body. Overworked adrenals in hypoglycaemic cases with nervousness, irritability, stress, fatigue, and depression, have been helped with licorice. Many people, who have taken licorice to support the adrenals, find that stress, worry and negative attitudes fall away, and they have more strength and energy to cope with daily life (and without the doped out sensations caused by tranquilizers and drugs).

Licorice has been found to assist the pancreas. Another valuable action of licorice is oestrogen support. This hormone helps to build the endocrine glands, and has been found to be especially helpful in post hysterectomy cases, and the discomforts of menopause. One research report, stated that when oestrogen levels are too high, licorice will inhibit oestrogen action, and when oestrogen are too low, it will potentiate oestrogen action, and that administration of glycyrrhiza of licorice root during the midluteal phase may reduce PMS symptoms.

Analysis of the root has shown it to contain over 600 constituents, and powerful antiviral and antioxidant action. No wonder licorice has been attributed to many remedial applications: coughs, colds, constipation, wheezing, lung complaints, hoarseness, mucus congestion, tonsillitis, indigestion, nausea, abdominal pain and gastrointestinal disorders, poor appetite, fatigue, fevers, burning urine and kidney and bladder ailments, gall stones, allergies, cancers and melanomas, conjunctivitis, earache, toothache, age spots, senility, menstrual discomforts, vaginal thrush, endometriosis, infertility, candida, ankylosing spondylitis, muscular dystrophy, inflammation, arthritic and rheumatic pain, skin allergies, hemorrhoids, nervous tension, insomnia and anxiety, depression, hysteria, diabetes, drug withdrawal, malaria, cramps, Addison's and Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, poor circulation, to lower cholesterol, headaches, herpes, wounds, burns, cold sores, psoriasis, carbuncles, abscesses, and to fight staphylococci. Licorice infusion is used as a wash on skin conditions and acne scars.

A large number of studies have been carried out on its therapeutic benefits particularly for hormonal imbalances, respiratory and liver diseases, duodenal, and peptic ulcers. Numerous trials have been done with patients with gastric ulcers in a number of countries. Licorice can assist the healing of stomach ulcers by spreading a protective gel lining over the stomach wall, lowering acid levels, as well as easing painful spasms. Licorice root made as a tea to gargle, has been found to heal mouth ulcers.

Licorice (and even licorice lollies) should be avoided in cases of high blood pressure, cardiac or kidney insufficiency, fluid retention, or myasthenia gravis sufferers (rare muscle disease). Licorice may be incompatible or interfere with prescription drugs used for the treatment of hypertension or heart failure. If wishing to use licorice while under medication, use under the guidance of a health care practitioner. Pregnant women are wise to avoid licorice, as it may cause fluid retention.

Licorice is considered restorative and rejuvenating, calming the mind and having a nurturing effect on the body. Licorice is said to nourish the brain and increase cranial and cerebrospinal fluid, improve voice, vision, hair, complexion, give strength, keep the body agile and alert, allowing one to age in years, without ageing in body.

The human heart beats over two billion times in a lifetime without stopping!
Herbs that have been used to care for the heart, include: motherwort, yerba mate, brahmi, borage, chillies, fenugreek, hawthorn, heartsease, chickweed, and rosemary.
Adding fibre to the diet helps lower blood pressure, according to research reported in the Journal of Nutrition. Increasing fiber in our daily diet also reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. We can get good sources of fiber in whole grains, sprouts, salad greens and vegetables.
Research Shows Dark Chocolate Lowers Blood Pressure.
Dark chocolate lowers blood pressure, according to 15 studies published from 1955 to 2009 and reported in the British newspaper The Telegraph. Dark chocolate contains more of the nutrients that have been found to lower blood pressure. Research has shown that those who consume one dark chocolate bar a week reduce their risk of having a stroke by 22%.
Swiss researchers have found the anti-oxidants in the coco-rich content of dark chocolate can help correct imbalances in the body that relate to stress.
Drumstick TreeDrumstick Tree
The Drumstick Tree (Moringa oleifera) provides edible leaves and pods, found helpful in maintaining healthy blood pressure levels. This valuable food tree, with 38% protein in leaves has 8 essential amino acids (an amino acid score of 112, making it a very high quality protein), has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years. It has also been found helpful to joint health, cleansing and building the blood, diabetes; and strengthening the eyes, brain, digestion, organs, respiratory, circulatory and immune systems. It is very rich in Vitamin A (8855 IU per 100 grams), Vitamin C, and calcium and potassium.
Recently I tidied a patch in the garden, and had lots of yarrow to pick, which I made into a tincture.
Yarrow tincture is used to counter bacteria internally and externally. Dab the tincture on mosquito bites or bites of other insects, as this treatment can stop infections. For wounds, wash the area with yarrow tincture, and then wet a dressing in yarrow tincture and apply to wound area and bandage. As a cold prevention use 5-10 drops of yarrow tincture. For treating a cold, use a dropper-full of tincture every 4 to 5 hours at the worst of the cold, then gradually tapering off. For a sore throat, gargle with yarrow tincture.
In the last few years the media has warned us of swine flu and bird flu, and recently the hendra virus. We can take various precautions, and it is good for us to strengthen our immune system with antioxidant-rich herbs and foods, like: gotu kola, herb robert, sheep sorrel, nasturtium, ginger, licorice, turmeric, watercress, nettle, king of bitters, chia, sambung, lemons, mandarines and oranges, acerola cherries, pomegranates, pawpaws, guava, and plants in the brassicaceae family... to name a few.
And perhaps we can arm ourselves with lots of smiles too.
The following verse (by an unknown author) helps to lighten our spirits.

Smiling is contagious, you catch it like the flu When someone smiled at me today I started smiling too. I passed around the corner, and someone saw my grin - When he smiled, I realised, I had passed it on to him!

I thought about that smile, then I realised it's worth, A single smile - just like mine Could travel round the earth! So if you feel a smile begin, don't leave it undetected Let s start an epidemic quick and get the world infected!
At present I am researching the Cranberry Hibiscus plant which is a source of anthocyanins. Several studies have shown anthocyanins provide action in controlling the activities of inflammation in the body. Inflammation is the starting point of a number of dreaded diseases such as osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, etc. So, anthocyanins anti-aging benefits can provide a practical action for people in the 'seniors bracket'... infact, for all people, as we all get one day older every day... we cannot stop time, but various plant substances can perhaps help us mellow more moderately and majestically. More on the cranberry hibiscus next Newsletter.

BOOKs recently read...

There is Always an Alternative
"There is Always an Alternative"
by Dr Baratosy, who has been in general practice in Adelaide since 1985 and uses various modalities such as acupuncture, homeopathy,  and  other natural therapies  and combines these with nutritional medicine, lifestyle changes, etc.  The natural, preventative approach is the best means of dealing with health problems.  

The book is the story of an orthodox doctor seeking out alternatives because he could see that the system he was in was producing serious problems. Eventually he concluded that there is always an alternative.  When you know, that there are alternatives which are safer, cheaper and just as effective, then you make comparisons.  He is concerned that many pharmaceutical drugs are unproven and unscientific. In fact, it was quoted in the Australian Doctor's Weekly 28/6/91 that 2/3rds of conventional medicine is unproven.  Everyone reading this book will find something of interest, whether the reader is a parent, student, practitioner, or doctor.  The book is not designed or intended as a self-help book, nor is it a textbook of Alternative Medicine.  

It is about the experiences of a doctor who found that alternative treatments as a viable option in the treatment of disease, and increasing the health of patients.  Dr. Baratosy says, Patients come to doctors for help, and we should do our best, not make them worse.  He says, that doctors must follow Hippocrates example   of   "First Do No Harm".   Dr. Baratosy's goal is to change the way medicine is practiced in Australia, and people need to be encouraged to look after their own health.  They need to be informed, they need more knowledge, and they need to be involved.

Cancer can be Cured!
"Cancer can be Cured!"
The book is of Romano Zago sharing his experiences with using a folklore recipe from South America that contains the juice made from the whole leaf of Aloe arborescens, wine and honey, which has been traditionally used for many illnesses including all types of cancer.

When working in San Antonio Parish in Brazil in 1988, Father Romano came to hear about the healing properties of Aloe arborescens, and he began to test it with the chronically ill. Later, when working in Israel and Italy, he shared this recipe with the chronically ill and saw so many people return to good health from numerous conditions. This inspired Romano to spend the next 20 years researching Aloe arborescens. He discovered a large array of constituents and health benefits in the plant. For example, the salicylic acid of the plant has been found to have a marked effect as a pain reliever, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. Studies in Italy at the Palatinin Salzano Venezia Institute discovered that Aloe arborescens is 200% richer in medicinal substances than Aloe vera and contains more than 70% of anti-cancerogenous properties (active ingredients) in comparison to Aloe vera, which is known to contain 40% of these properties.

The book is very compelling and easy to read and offers an enormous potential for reducing cancer risk and cutting cancer death. Chapters include information on how to prepare the recipe using the whole leaf of Aloe arborescens.

At the Herb Farm we have had people call for Aloe arborescens, and later, report back very positive benefits.

     Ask for these books at your local library.
Or they can be ordered from Shipards Herb Farm,
phone 07 54411101 during open hours
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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, and then, these experiences can encourage other people, to give herbs a go.

Judy emailed... I have been eating Gotu kola now for approximately 10 years. Before this, had been suffering from dreadful pain in my wrists. After eating Gotu kola for a couple of weeks the pain was completely gone...amazing!!! I am 65 years of age and can't get by without my Gotu kola. Thank you for writing about Gotu kola. Judy

Recently, a senior citizen called to pick up more gotu kola for his wife, and he shared with me that when she started drinking the herb tea 4 weeks ago she suffered with severe pain from arthritis and was limited with what she was able to do because of stiff and swollen joints.  She also suffered with extreme hot flushes (even in the colder winter months).  She had been on HRT, but this had side affects including blood clots.  After taking gotu kola as a tea for 4 weeks, she has relief from constant pain, more mobility, she can now put her rings on her fingers again, and she has not had any hot flushes.

Change of life, the 'M' word so many women, me included, find difficult to accept. I found myself feeling down, anxious and even lacking courage to face life's challenges. Motherwort, just a couple of fresh leaves as a tea, I just added a leaf of lemon verbena for the palate, and in a gentle, but noticeable way, my days seemed easier to face. Thankyou MOTHERwort ! 
love and light, smiddy/jane

[ and Isabell added... Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) is a very special herb for many health benefits. The name Leonurus is derived from a Greek word meaning lion s tail, describing the shape of its leaves; and cardiaca indicates it has benefits for the heart and cardiovascular system. It is a folk remedy for regulating the heartbeat and the associated anxiety, and for lowering blood pressure. Also, it is valued for regulating the menstrual cycle and pain. The herb contains a constituent that promotes menstrual blood flow and has been used to start delayed periods. If taken regularly, it may help erratic menstrual cycles to become more regular. It also is used, to give relief in childbirth, and to relieve anxiety of new mothers ].

Hi Isabel and all,
We have been enjoying the teas and their benefits and are keen to order some more and also try out some new ones. My daughter has been having the Herb Robert tea and I believe that the eczema she has had since she was 6 years old, is at last beginning to clear up.  It causes her hands to become very dry, red raw, cracked and bleeding.  We have been to specialists and tried many creams, but nothing helped to a great extent or for very long and some products made it worse.  I did make a comfrey cream, which seemed to help a bit and pawpaw ointment has given her some relief, but the Herb Robert tea seems to be giving her subtle and ongoing relief. Thanks heavens, as she is getting married at the end of October.  Now her hands will be as perfect as she could wish for. Liz, Qld.

Recently, Peter called at the Herb Farm and shared his experience. He had been taking nettle tea for 4 months and his doctor has declared him completely free of esophagus cancer.

We recently had relatives over for a meal, and we served a salad of lettuce leaves and other greens from the garden including some edible weeds that we learnt about in your Self-sufficiency Book. Everyone at the table commented at how enjoyable it was. Tom

Isabell, I appreciate your Self-Sufficiency Book very much. I received it as a birthday gift from a friend, and what a special gift it is. Reading the book, has made me see that my family must be more self-sufficient and prepared for any crisis. I have started growing a variety of edible plants, and put aside a food storage system too. Penny

Annick emailed 29/6/10
My dog Anouch is doing great on the herbs gotu kola, herb Robert, king of bitters, essiac, and chia seeds and I believe it is a great part, thanks to these. To refresh your memory he was diagnosed with cancer of the liver, after removal of his spleen and tumor on his spleen last October; he was given 6 months max to live, and it is now close to 9 months - and a very happy 13 year old golden retriever!!! We are thrilled and living everyday to the full. (Note: my vet had enquired if I wanted Anouch euthanized after the spleen removal op! You should have seen my "face"!!! NO WAY!!! We would try our very best to extend his happy and healthy life as long as we could... and I found out through this experience that he is a fighter, and loves his life).

And then Annick emailed 4/7/10
I also wanted to say that I enjoy reading your newsletter so very much; there are so many valuable experiences to be read, and heaps more to learn about herbs, every day. I never get tired of learning about our amazing plant allies. I will start drinking herb robert again today!!! Warm regards, and thanks again for all your help and inspiration! Annick

Mary has been giving her dog cool nettle tea to drink. The unpleasant doggie aroma has gone and the dog s coat shines.

Janet s dog has improved so much on herbs, after being very, very sick, and the vet felt it was time to put the dog down. Janet took her pet home, and rang for some herbs... and to follow on... several weeks after Janet started her dog on herb robert, gotu kola and nettle she rang to say, the herbs have been absolutely amazing. Her dog is like a new dog.
[Isabell says... I just love to get information back about pets receiving health benefits of herbs, as there is no placebo affect with animals...herbs do work!]

I have been on herb robert for 6 weeks and am pleased with it. My eyesight is much better. I have been reading with out my reading glasses. The mole on my face is going away. My back pain is going away. The brown spot on my face is getting lighter, and I think it was cancer. Thank you for the help. Pat

Last year I heard about your book: How can I use herbs in my daily life? and Brad, my husband, got it for me. Since then I have carried it everywhere I go. I have been studying from it. It has become my bible of Herbs. The Herb Book has opened my eyes to a new world, I have learnt so much from your book.  I also got your DVD: Wonderful world of Herbs. I always wondered if I ever was going to visit your Herb farm. Soon we will be in Mapleton for a few weeks, and just today I have found that I will be so close to you and to your farm. Oh Isabell, I can't explain all my feelings, but I am so excited, happy, motivated, to finally meet in person, my inspiration to fall in love with herbs (I am doing a correspondence course on Herbal Medicine, which I just started after being inspired by your book).
Thank you Nana

I would like to share with you, how I came to hear of your Herb Book, and the blessing it has been. I live at Caloundra, and recently had a holiday in Darwin, where someone told me about the book, and saw that you also live on the Sunshine Coast. I bought a book, and so very much enjoy reading it, and so does my aged mother. Now several months ago Mum was so tottery that she could not walk without support, but after a couple of months of taking gotu kola and herb robert which you mention in your book, she can move around freely on her own and without pain. Reading the book and taking the herbs has turned my Mum's life around. She is so happy and I am very grateful. Pat's daughter
[ next Newsletter, we will include Mum's account ]

Following on from email in the last Newsletter re pests on plants...

Valerie wrote... In regard to pee-ing around plants to prevent slugs and snails eating them, I use diluted urine and pour it over my brassica seedlings if they are infected with aphids. Sometimes hosing the aphids off doesn't work, so I use the urine treatment. I also use urine as a fertilisier around the vegetable garden in moderation. I collect a little in a bucket, keep a lid on and dilute as necessary.

Thoughts to ponder

The past is history
The future is mystery
And the present is just that  a present.

"If you want to feel rich, just count all the
things you have, that money can t buy."

There is nothing like contemplating death
to sharpen our appreciation of life.
Patrea King

The remedy for dirt is soap and water.
The remedy for dying is living.
Chinese Proverb

Find out what you love to do for work, and you will never work a day in your life.
Dolly Parton

There are two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Albert Einstein

The longest journey you will make in your life is from your head to your heart.
Sioux saying


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And in signing off...

I encourage readers to use herbs daily. Herb can do wonderful things for our well-being, if we use them regularly. Herbs are so special.
Our health is so precious.

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Until next newsletter, Isabell Shipard

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