Moringa Seedling Giveaway

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Moringa Oleifera Seedling

Spring is the perfect time to plant Moringa. It will love the heat that is about to come and take off… Moringa can grow up to 20 feet in one season if given enough heat, water and nutrients. The leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant, being a significant source of vitamins B, C, A, K, manganese, and protein, among other essential nutrients.

It tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, but prefers a neutral to slightly acidic (pH 6.3 to 7.0), well-drained sandy or loamy soil. It is a sun- and heat-loving plant, and does not tolerate freezing or frost. Moringa is particularly suitable for dry regions, as it can be grown using rainwater without expensive irrigation

The leaves are the most widely used parts of this plant. They contain three times more iron than spinach. They also have antibacterial properties and hence can be used as a purifier and as a natural detoxifier. Moringa seeds mixed in impure water can help in absorbing all the impurities.

The leaves can be cooked and used like spinach. They are also commonly dried and crushed into a powder to be used in soups, sauces and smoothies. As with most foods, heating moringa above 140 °F destroys some of the nutritional value.

2 Winners Will Receive 4 Moringa Oleifera Seedlings

…and seeds each.

When

May 17 – May 2oth – 12 am EST

Value

$37.50 each winner plus free shipping

Sponsor

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Who Can Enter

Anyone who is 18 years or older and resides in the continental US only… No Alaska or Hawaii shipping.

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Gram for Gram, this Little Known Food is a Powerhouse!

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Health concerns? Not getting the nutrition you need? Gram for gram, Moringa is a powerhouse.  Drink it, cook and bake with it, or put it in capsules. Make sure the vitamins and minerals you get are bio-available. My preference is that I get them through whole foods, not synthetic preparations. And make sure your Moringa is pure and from a trusted source. I trust Blue Yonder Urban Farms for my powdered moringa and plants. I am not an affiliate, or paid to say this, I just love their products and the care Karen takes of her customers.

Want more information about Moringa? Click here for a great infographic.

Take Moringa in Capsules

Can’t find a consistent way to get enough moringa in your diet? Besides using it in drinks, soups or baked goods, perhaps you would like to also take it in capsule form. Making your own capsules is not hard at all. I use a capsule filler, which saves lots of time. Use the “00” size capsules, and get your capsule machine here, just type “capsule machine” in the search bar. For under $14.00, it pays for itself quickly. You can use either vegi caps or gelatin caps. This way you know that your are supplementing with high quality, fully bio-available whole food, and you know exactly what is in your capsules.

Don’t forget, you can fill your capsules with other dried whole foods to supplement your diet too. Who can find consistent ways to get turmeric or cinnamon into their diet? Capsules are the perfect way to make sure you are getting enough of what you need. More on this later.

Grow Your Own

Oh, and while I’m at it, I’d like to show you my Tree4Webone-year old moringa tree that was shipped to me two weeks ago. When I got it it was completely bare; no leaves, roots trimmed. If I hadn’t known better I would have thought it was done for. But look at it now! I just love watching things grow. In fact, I get downright excited about it. I’m not an experienced gardener, but I am learning. Slowly but surely. And the best part is that I am on my way to harvesting my own Moringa on a regular basis. (Patience, Stephanie, patience!) When I do harvest, I will post more about dehydrating and powdering the leaves, and also using them in other ways.


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Why You Should Seriously Consider Moringa

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MyTreeIt is rewarding watching my little moringa tree flourish. Soon I’ll be harvesting my own tree(s). I’m planning on planting at least 6 more. Living in a very warm zone is good in this case, because moringa thrives in warmer climes.

Because my tree isn’t big enough to harvest yet, for now I buy the powdered leaf for my morning smoothies. I fill capsules too, for the mornings I don’t have time for a smoothie, and will share how that works in another post.

It is important to get your vitamins and minerals from real food, not synthetic supplements, and with this plant you just won’t believe the benefits. It has all 9 of the essential amino acids our bodies need. Actually, it has 18 of the 20 existing amino acids, according to the USDA! And vitamin C too! C’mon, are you kidding me? From leaves?

  • 25 x more iron than spinach
  • 17 x more calcium than milk
  • 4 x more protein than eggs
  • 15 x more potassium than bananas
  • 10 x more vitamin A than carrots

It has been called a supermarket on a tree for good reason! This is an ideal energy food and, whether eaten or used as a supplement, can help offset the problems of the typical Western diet. But hopefully you are not still eating a typical Western diet. 🙂

Why am I so passionate about this? Because in order to really thrive we need our health.  Using moringa each day, I know that I am getting the nutrients my body needs, and  in a fully bio-available form. And, as the commercial says, “I’m worth it!”

More about how to use moringa later. For now, watch this amazing video, then go on over to my friend Karen’s site, Blue Yonder Urban Farms*, and check it out.

This little miracle tree is saving and improving lives around the globe. Do check it out.


*I am not an affiliate partner, and received no compensation for this post. I just like Blue Yonder Urban Farms products.

 

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Splurging on Stevia Extract While Staying on Budget

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SteviaExtractI like to use liquid stevia in my morning smoothies and in my tea and Greek yogurt. I go through it fast. Stevia extract is quite pricey, and paying for those little bottles can cut into my budget.

Once I discovered how easy it was to make extracts, I determined to make my own Stevia extract as economically as I could. Here is what I did:

Stevia requires very little maintenance to grow. While it can be grown in the ground, I like to garden in containers. Planters can be expensive, but a 5-gallon plastic painter’s bucket will run you less than $3. No electric drill for putting drainage holes in the bottom of the bucket? No problem. A scratch awl is a great tool to use, and will cost you very little. Get it at Amazon here for $3.34.

At first I thought I would have to heat the awl in order for it to pierce the bottom of the bucket, but that wasn’t the case. It took a little pressure, but if I can do it, pretty much anyone can. The holes were a little small, so after I made the holes I wanted I simply used a screwdriver I had on hand and made them bigger.

Untitled-1Next, I set up some old bricks in a triangle shape to hold the bucket up off the cement, and filled it with potting soil and a few eggshells for calcium. Just wash off the shells as you use them in the kitchen and store the dry shells until you need them. I “crushed” mine in the blender.

SteviaPlantFinally, I added the 3 stevia plants I bought at the local nursery for $8.00, and right away I have enough to make my first batch of extract.

Things to note about growing stevia –
it likes full sun and well-drained soil. Keep the plant pruned from the top, like you would basil, and use the young leaves for your tea, cooking and extracts. If you want you can let one of the branches go to flower – simply do not prune it – and then save the seeds for growing more plants. Stevia can be harvested all summer, but it is actually sweetest in the fall when the temperatures drop.

Here is breakdown on costs for this project:

  • Bucket:  $2.78
  • Scratch Awl:  About $4.00, unless you already have one. In any case, you will reuse this tool for years.
  • Potting Soil:  About $2.00 for the amount to fill the bucket, but you can use soil from your yard, or plant the stevia in the ground for that matter
  • Bricks: No added cost
  • Eggshells: No added cost
  • 3 Plants: Around $8.00

You will have plenty of stevia leaves to use in your tea, to dry and powder if you wish, and to make your own extract. To powder the dried leaves simply use a coffee grinder or food processor. I have found that a coffee grinder will make the finest powders. Homegrown stevia powder is not as sweet as the storebought version. To cook with it replace 1 cup of sugar with 3-4 teaspoons of your homemade powder.

While homemade powdered stevia will be green instead of white, it will be just as sweet and it will not be processed like the store-bought versions. This means it will not have that bitter after-taste!

Now for the Extract:

Fortunately, Jill Winger over at Prairie Homestead just published an excellent tutorial on making your own homemade stevia extract. I was so pleased to know that you only have to let it set for about 36 hours, not the 6 weeks for other extracts. Simmering it afterwards cooks out the alcohol, so it is safe for children too. And for those of you out there who are gluten free, remember to use Smirnoff vodka for the extract if you are going to use alcohol.

DropperBottleOnce you have made your extract, keep it in a dark, dropper bottle. I like the 4 oz. bottles, which you can get here. Kept in the refrigerator, your extract should last about 3 months.

Vodka is cheap, and now you have a free source of stevia leaves, so it takes very little effort to make a pint or even a quart of stevia extract. Can you imagine how much you would pay for a pint of this at the store? And by making it yourself you will avoid the bitter aftertaste in the bleached store versions! This is the major reason many people avoid stevia!

I’m seeing lots of homemade gifts for my friends in the future. Of course lots for me too. And I won’t feel like I’m overspending on this item ever again. In fact, it feels like I’m getting it practically for free. And I am! I may be living with less these days, but I’m living abundantly with a little effort, a little problem solving, and a lot of joy.

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Tree Leaves with Protein and Calcium?

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50 Moringa Seed Giveaway You’re kidding me, right? Nope, not at all.

OK, so I’ve been on a quest to get my vitamins and minerals from whole foods instead of supplements. Most of the supplements we take do not have the bio-availability of whole food, so we’re not getting the full benefits. Some just pass right through our bodies intact, without breaking down at all. Besides, I’d rather get my vitamins and nutrition in a delicious smoothie rather than take a handful of pills every day.

Enter the amazing moringa tree. Native of northern India, Moringa is often called the “miracle tree.” The leaves of this plant are prized for their nutritional value. They are rich in protein, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, and minerals. According to The West African Food Composition Table, 100g of fresh Moringa leaves have 8.3 g protein, 434 mg calcium, 404 mg potassium, 738  μg vitamin A, and 164 mg vitamin C. This is a whole food plant that contains high amounts of protein, all 8 essential amino acids, a full range of vitamins and minerals, as well as phytonutrients and powerful disease-fighting antioxidants. Wow! 

Moringa provides nutrition, has been used for medicine (including treating skin cancer), and the seeds can even purify water. This is quite the package. Whether you use it as a tea, in soups and stews, or in the powdered form in your smoothies, you can’t go wrong. And the best part? If you grow your own moringa tree(s), it is all free! 

Moringa-diagram2Another good thing about Moringa is that, when stored properly, it has a long shelf life. And the dried leaves retain nearly all the nutritional value. Think about it as a powdered addition to your camping supplies. It takes up little room and if necessary you can just add it to hot water to get the nutrition you need. I would add some stevia or honey with it too.

Some ways to use Moringa leaf:

Use it Fresh, Dried or Cooked.

  • Capsulate the Dry Powder, take as a vitamin
  • Use it toward the end of cooking.
  • Can be included in Soups, Stews, Sauces, anything really.
  • Use it to replace some of the Basil in Pesto.
  • Raw, dry or powdered leaves in Smoothies
  • Use dry or powdered in Oatmeal.

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