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For this Newsletter, I have more information to share on Turmeric, which is a very valuable herb. You are most welcome to print it out, and to forward it on by email to family and friends.

Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is easy to grow from the orange-coloured root rhizome, and will grow to 1m high, ideal for warm temperate to tropical climates. It has been used as a medicine, pungent spice and colouring agent for thousands of years. Turmeric provides various benefits: digestive, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, analgesic, astringent, blood detoxifier, tonic, and stimulant to the adrenal glands. Strong antioxidants in turmeric have been found to act to prevent free radical formation and also to neutralise free radicals that have already formed. Therefore, it is a valuable herb in the prevention and also the treatment of many conditions.

Recent scientific findings, published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry in 2006, indicate that turmeric can act as a preventative, protecting against Alzheimer s disease, by 'activating' a gene that codes for the production of the antioxidant, Bilirubin. The researchers found this shields the brain against injury from free radicals that are thought to be responsible for neuro-degenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's and dementia. Turmeric helps to fight the free radicals responsible for colon cancer, candida, painful joint inflammation of arthritis, also rheumatism, fibro myalgia and gives relief from cystic fibrosis. Turmeric increases energy flow and has a cleansing effect on the gall bladder and liver. Researchers have indicated that by improving liver function, turmeric also helps destroy mutated cancer cells, so that they cannot spread through the body.

People with digestive weaknesses and flatulence could consider using turmeric, freely; especially, as a flavouring with foods that tend to be difficult to digest. Turmeric is found to protect the stomach lining due to its powerful antioxidant effects. When turmeric is consumed as part of a meal, it is said to have the effect of binding the cholesterol substances in the food. This action renders them incapable of absorption and stops them from clinging to the insides of arteries, thus lowering cholesterol, platelet aggregation, and internal blood clots.

To make a tea: add ½ to 1 teasp. turmeric powder to 1 cup of water and drink 1 - 4 times a day; or use an 8cm piece of grated fresh root with 1-2 cups of water and drink daily. Use the fresh dug root in stir-fries and other cooking. Curcumin of turmeric is a powerful anti-oxidant. It has been found to be highly effective when used fresh.

Researchers have found, that if a little ginger or black pepper is added, the body is able to utilise the therapeutic properties of turmeric 20 times more efficiently.

Turmeric made into smoothies in a blender, together with a little ginger and fresh pineapple (also a digestive aid, pain reliever and immune booster) is a pleasant way to get the many benefits.

Several years ago I attended a seminar by Dr. S. Ajit an Indian holistic physician and he highlighted many Ayurvedic traditional herb uses, and emphasised that several herbs were extremely beneficial for enhancing the intellect and removing toxins from the body. He encouraged the use of the following mixture be taken in the evening, of ¼ teasp. grated fresh turmeric and ginger, 1 teasp. honey and a pinch of cinnamon in a glass of warm milk. Other herbs he encouraged the use of to improve the intellect, concentration and nervous system were gotu kola, brahmi, and 5 - 10 almonds soaked overnight and eaten.

Use fresh turmeric root (or the powdered root) in bean, rice, vegetable, cheese, chicken, and fish dishes. Turmeric has an earthy aroma, with a slightly bitter, pungent taste, but it is not as hot as ginger.

On Wed. 2nd of June 2010, turmeric made the news on Channel 7, with research trials showing wonderful relief and benefits for arthritic sufferers.

Books I have recently read...

"Digestive Wellness for Children" by Elizabeth Lipski
and she stressed that enzymes are essential to health.

She calls enzymes "the body's workhorses" as enzymes are substances that catalyse biochemical reactions to speed up, slow down, or change in some way, so that the body is able to function to its fullest.

It was good for me to read this book, and take in again the vital value of enzymes, as I said in my book "How can I grow and use Sprouts as living food?" that enzymes are the very basis of every action in our body, from digestion to the repair of tissue. Without enzymes, efficient nutrient absorption is impossible and all metabolic functions slow down, making the body age faster and become more susceptible to diseases. Lack of enzymes in the digestive system permits toxins to build up in the colon over time, and this may cause ulcers, growths and cancers.

These points on enzymes are in my Sprout Book in the chapter headed 'Sprouts Provide Abundant Enzymes' which you might like to refer to. We can really be sprout happy, and eat them daily, as, sprouts have been called 'the fountain of youth' and acclaimed as the most enzyme rich food on the planet.

Like to know more about growing fruits.
I am reading at present "The complete book of Fruit growing in Australia" by Louis Glowinski which covers over 200 temperate and subtropical fruits, nuts and berries, and I am finding the book an excellent source of information. Ask your local library if it is available, and I am sure you will find it a useful reference.


Kaffir lime flavoured tapioca pudding Place 1½ cups of tapioca in a large saucepan and cover with 4 cups of water, heat and cook until the tapioca is soft (usually about 25 minutes). Drain liquid off through a sieve.

Dissolve ½ cup brown sugar in ½ cup boiling water (or ½ cup honey and ¼ cup boiling water); and add to the cooked tapioca and 6 very finely chopped kaffir limes leaves. Leave to cool. Serve with a fruit, like mango, pawpaw, or banana, and top with coconut cream, or yoghurt or kefir.

Coping with change...

"Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better." King Whitney Jr.

Has your home done some preparation towards self-sufficiency and survival lately? I do encourage every home, to be prepared for the unknown, the unexpected, for a calamity of small or large proportion... a calamity that no one wants. It is far better to be prepared, than unprepared.
I have noticed this summer, that the media has often given news reports, urging people in the southern states of Australia, to be prepared to leave their home due to bushfires. Different areas of the country have different possible catastrophes of floods, or fires, storms, or cyclones... and who knows where earthquakes may hit?
Australians are being encouraged to prepare a 72 hour-hour kit with water and basic foods, for extreme disasters, requiring home evacuation.

If your home has been totally dependant on shops for all food and many other supplies, I encourage you to start growing some edible plants in your garden, and also to start a food storage program. If you are not sure where to begin, I encourage you to order my book, "How can I be prepared with Self-sufficiency and Survival Foods?" Many readers have found this book a practical reference to help them get started.

How can I be prepared with Self-sufficiency and Survival Foods?
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with Isabell Shipard, has been deferred to April/May 2011, due to such a full scheduled this Spring, and also Isabell and Derrick have finally got to the planning/building stage of a home to retire to, and this commitment will take considerable time.

From the mail box, and feed back from people...

This segment in the Newsletter, gives you snippets and experiences, from other people,   as it is these very 'down to earth' uses, which have given people better health, and these experiences can encourage other people to give herbs a go.

I was reading your page on Comfrey. I've been using Comfrey as a tea for nearly 35 years. All I can say is thank God for Comfrey. My kids had it regularly for years also.
Best regards, Robin


Hi Isabell,

Enjoy reading your newsletter.  The warmth and happiness seem to radiate from the words always.  Thank you.
I have a question here. I bought a Comfrey plant from you and it's still in a nice big pot in the garden.  It grows well, although for some reason holes appear on the leaves and sometimes they turn to rusty brown.  What should I do about it?
I bought some Purslane seeds from you and now they grow wonderfully in the garden.  A very pretty sight for me.  The other day when we were in a park I saw some pretty little birds feasting on purslane plants and I called and showed it to my daughter.  Now she eats Purslane very, very cheerfully. 
Regards, Penny

I wrote to her...

So glad you enjoyed the newsletter, and I love to hear about people's interest and uses of herbs.  That is great about your daughter watching the birds in the park eating the purslane, and now she knows it is good for her too.
re comfrey with holes... yes that can be a real problem, insects just love it. I mention in my Herb Book, to pee around the plants, as slugs and snails apparently do not like the smell of urine!  
Alternatively, cut all the leaves off the comfrey and use, and the new growth that comes, spray with liquid seaweed every 2-3 days... may stop the pests.  It is a problem in our garden too on the Sunshine Coast, as in the summer the grasshoppers build up and are huge and they have a huge appetite. They do not need to read a Herb Book, to know that comfrey is good for them.


Isabell, you probably get mail all the time commenting on your herbs but here's another one anyway. My children and myself have been trying to get rid of our third bout of mild whooping cough to no avail. In desperation after going through your book and reading about mouse ears, I ordered 4 plants off of you as you recommended we would need that many to start off. I didn't pick any the first day they arrived but waited till the next morning. I picked 6 leaves of mouse ears and two fresh comfrey leaves made a pot of tea with a heaped teaspoon of herb robert thrown in and believe me, for the first time in nearly 8 weeks the children and myself slept right through the night without coughing, not even once. I rubbed comfrey cream on their chest that night, instead of vicks, I just had a gut feeling it might work, and by the next morning we all seemed to have a head cold, but no more violent coughing. We are on day 3 and my whole family is happy and healing. So thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts. Darlene Brown NSW

On May 11th 2010 I emailed Darlene to ask if I could include her email in the Newsletter, as this would be an encouragement to others. Darlene replied the same day... saying, Absolutely, because we have had such success with mouse ears I would love of other people to know about it. Once again, thank you so much. Darlene

Mouse EarsMouse Ears
Isabell writes: Mouse ears is a herb with many other actions too: astringent, digestive, pectoral, tonic, diuretic, chologogue, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, antispasmodic, vulnerary. The herb has been esteemed for all lung conditions, intestinal griping pain, internal bleeding, indigestion, mouth ulcers, fevers, diarrhea, throat conditions, liver and spleen ailments, for kidney and bladder infections; and when too frequent or infrequent urination is a problem, the herb has been used to sooth the irritation and cleanse the organs.


Hi Isabell, thank you so much for just being who you are. You and your Herb Farm are helping me so much at present. Kindness and grounding are two words that come to mind.
Here's a few words on... Plantain Tea Curing Candida, Miraculous! 
1989 was the year I first discovered the healing powers of herbs. I was breast feeding and my baby developed a terrible red spotty rash. The doctor diagnosed candida and prescribed Canestan Cream. After six days of using it topically on my baby, the rash looked just as angry. A friend told me that a common broad leafed weed in the lawn made into a tea may help. It's a long time ago now, but I distinctly remember my friend and I kneeling down over my back lawn and him pointing out plantain I could pick fresh, but if I preferred, the health food shop would sell it as packaged tea. I chose to buy the tea and though the health food shop lady didn't know, and even the Plantain Tea box did not cite it as a cure for Candida or Thrush, guided by my friend, I stopped using the cream, and I drank 6 or 7 cups over two days and the result amazed me, through my breast milk the rash was almost gone within 48 hours! I drank the tea for a couple more days and his skin was completely cleared and I guess so was my system.
My baby boy is now 21years old, and now I'm finding my  'change of life' difficult, but I found another herb... I'll tell you more next time,
love and light. Smiddy. 31/5/10


On 31/05/2010, Martine wrote:

In regards to my experience with Herb Robert:

Dear Isabell,
I came to learn and work with you on the Wednesday and Thursday 19th and 20th of May 2010.  In the late evening of the 16th May 2010, I felt like I was just about to have a bout of cystitis.  Knowing how hurtful this can be, I was becoming very anxious.  Then, within two hours of the burning feeling in my bladder, I ended up with a huge lump that seemed to come out of my vagina.  It was so big, I found it difficult to walk normally and by this stage, the cystitis had progress to the really painful stage.  At closer physical examination, I realised that it was a Bartholemy cyst.  The cyst was not painful but was getting bigger by the minute.  I panicked, so made an urgent appointment with my GP who gave me antibiotics just in case the cyst became painful and became infected.  For the cystitis, he had to wait to do a urine test to see what type of bacteria was causing it before prescribing me an antibiotic for that, as he saw both problems as a separated medical issue.  Apparently, one did not cause the other or vice versa.  My GP also told me to prepare myself, as most Bartholemy cyst end up being operated on. He said, they very rarely disappear by themselves and most likely will eventually get infected, and that the Batholemy glands (in the Major Labia) will have to be eventually removed to avoid a re-occurring problem.  I was determined that no one was going to operate on me.
I knew I was going to Isabell's farm in two days, so I decided to take strong painkillers until then, and waited to see what she was going to suggest for my problem.  I know she is not a doctor and did not expect her to give me a miracle cure, all I needed was some guidance as to which herb may help, with my cystitis and this huge ball between my legs that made me feel sorry for men.

Isabell suggested I use Herb Robert and though she suggested a cup every morning on an empty stomach, I drank one cup on an empty stomach as suggested and one cup every two hours for three days.  Every time I drank the tea, the pain of the cystitis was alleviated within minutes of having drinking it, and would flare up again every two hours.  I even began douching with the tea, as it felt like the pain was also flaring up from the base of something down there.  Within minutes, the pain was gone for half day, so I kept doing it once a day for two days.   Within those three days, I gave myself two Herb Robert foot baths to see if would help me with a problem I had for two years.  I had painful feet, that would get worse once a month, when I could hardly stand on them, no matter what type of shoes I was wearing (I even bought orthopedic shoes that made no difference to my problem; I had also experienced very heavy legs and even found it hard to sleep at night).  Within minutes of having finished the foot-bath, all the pain in my feet and my legs were completely gone!  The heaviness was gone and for the first time in two years, was able to turn around in my bed at night, without worrying how and where I should or should not put or fold my legs.  I was free of that problem.
Within three days, the cyst had completely gone and the cystitis pain had become more of a constant annoying pain rather than a burning one.  So I continued drinking the Herb Robert, but only two cups a day, as some strange side effect were becoming obvious.  Not any that I mind, for I like them, but I took that as a warning and reduced my dose.  It turned out that what I thought was cystitis was not, it was one of those pre-menopausal symptoms as the doctor found no bacteria in my bladder - so no antibiotic for my cystitis. 

Now back to the side effects:  
After a week of having used the Herb Robert, I am free of all medical symptoms, recent ones and old ones.  I am still taking one cup of Herb Robert on an empty stomach every morning before breakfast, just for prevention.  Thanks to Isabell for sharing her knowledge and to God for making herbal remedies readily available to us.

*  Within minutes of drinking the herb, I felt somehow good, like floating on air and/or sedated, free of anxiety and fear as if nothing could go wrong.  (Previously, I had often experienced panic attacks, so now I know Herb Robert is good for that problem of mine, and can bring relief).
*  Within those three days, I noticed how my libido was suddenly and aggressively awakened.  I realize, that taken in the right dose, Herb Robert must also be an aphrodisiac that actually works...
*  Within one day of taking my strong dose, my face felt like it was burning a little and pimples were coming out but all this lasted only two days.
*  On the second day of me taking my strong dose of Herb Robert, my breasts felt full and firm and my ovarian pain had gone.
*  One symptom I did not like - I felt hungry more than normal, as I digested my food so well It felt like I needed food more often so rather than stopping the intake of the herb, I decided to satisfy my food intake with fresh fruits, which I rarely eat as I am not a fruit person - now I am.  So Herb Robert may also be an appetite booster.
Isabell, I don't know if you want to add these side effects, but at least I share them with you, as I have explained when I visited you last Thursday, that these effects have also been observed and noted on the World Wide Web by a young French pharmaceutical student who did research with Herb Robert on 30 clients. They all experienced these symptoms. I discovered the French student's research when I searched the web, after my few days of drinking Herb Robert and using it as a douche and foot-baths. God bless you. Martine


Barry called at the Herb Farm 31/5/10 and shared how he is now seeing some improvement on his leg from white-tail spider bite after several months of mugwort leg baths, herb tea of nettle and herb robert, and a high dose of Vitamin C and Procyanidins of Vitis vinifera. Barry had tried many things before coming to the Herb Farm, but nothing has done much to alleviate the pain, the horrendous damaging effect of the spider bite to the leg or the stress from many months of suffering.


Email from naturalnews.com 31/5/10 said

"We can only hope that the growth in the use of nature's remedies and treatments increases to such an extent that this alternative form of medicine will become a part of mainstream medicine to the benefit of all. Along with an improvement in the diet of Americans, this would provide a win/win balance to our healthcare system".


And Isabell says "Here, here"

There are so many natural remedies, remedies that have provided relief from pain, suffering and a return to well-being for many people, just like in the feed-back from people, above.

Interesting information about Herbs...

Never under-estimate the benefits of Aloe vera.
Aloe gel from the inside of the cut leaf has a very soothing affect on the scalp, and when applied to any area of the skin of the body acts as an anti-inflammatory. When the fresh aloe gel is rubbed/massaged into the scalp, this benefits the pH balance of the scalp, and can then help with hair re-growth. As aloe can also help the hair retain water (and as ¼ of healthy hair is made up of water) this action of aloe, enables hair to remain nourished.

Old Herbal Folklore on Lemon Verbena
If this plant is hung around the neck, or a bit of its juice is drunk, it will preserve you from dreaming.
Lemon verbena is also worn to make oneself attractive to the opposite sex, and is used in love spells and mixtures.
The herb is added to other mixtures to increase their strength, and is sometimes utilised to purify an area, or is added to bathwater to detox the body.

And our laughter medicine, for today...

Doctor: "Did you know that there are more than 1000 bones in the human body?"
Patient: "Shhhh, doctor! There are three dogs outside in the waiting room!"
Words to ponder
"If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have, that money can't buy."
Time waits for no one. Treasure every moment you have.
And delightful words from Colin Campbell, who can be seen on Gardening Australia segments Saturdays 6.30 pm on ABC 1 TV
"I love the garden, because where else are you able to find such beauty and contentment?"

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.

Feel free to print out the newsletter, or forward it on the family and friends.

Shipards Herb Farm Catalogue for July 2010 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.

Until next newsletter, Isabell Shipard

For any further information

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