Spicy Medicine Recap

On August 10 Annette Paluh joined us to lead a very informative class on ‘Spicy Medicine,’ which is a way to use herbs and spices medicinally through Ayruvedic practices. Ayruveda is the sister science of Yoga, and for thousands of years these methods have been employed for a pro-health lifestyle.

Ayruveda, which means the ‘Science of Life,’ guides you through preventative health care, as well as stimulating digestion, which in many cases can be the source of all illness. Herbal remedies refer to using fresh ingredients, while mineral remedies become stronger over time. The types of herbal medicine are in liquid, dry, powder, teas, tablets, tinctures, and decoction forms. Ointments, creams, and oils, are also different ways to use these practices topically.

The top three Ayruvedic herbs are tumeric (stops bleeding, antiseptic, antioxidant, antibiotic, chakra cleansing), cumin (good for digestion, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-nausea), and coriander (swelling, indigestion, rash, burns, appetite stimulant), and when following this practice, you would always use these in cooking.

The three most expensive spices in the world are saffron, which takes 75,000 blooms to make one pound, and can be used medicinally for fevers, anemia, menstruation pains, asthma, coughs, depression, and more. Vanilla is also expensive because it is hand pollinated which is labor intensive. The uses for vanilla can be inflammation, pain, arthritis, fever, sickle cell anemia, to name a few. Cardamom, which comes from pods, and is also labor intensive, can cost $30 per ounce. Cardamom has a fresh eucalyptus scent, and can be used for bronchitis, kidney and liver problems, toothaches, colds, heart and respiratory issues, and earaches.

Other herbs and spices that are used medicinally through the Ayruvedic practices are basil, calendula, chamomile, cinnamon, cloves, fennel, garlic, lemongrass, licorice, mint, nutmeg, onion, parsley, pepper, sage, and sesame. So take a peek into your spice cabinet and see what can be interchangeable into your medicine cabinet!

Bras for the Cause

Bras for the Cause

All monies raised will be donated to the two following foundations:

PA Breast Cancer Coalition. The PBCC represents, supports and serves breast cancer survivors and their families in Pennsylvania through educational programming, legislative advocacy and breast cancer research grants. The PBCC is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure now…so our daughters won’t have to. For more information, please call 800-377-8828 or visit www.PABreastCancer.org.

Young Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation. Many organizations support women going through breast cancer treatment, but there is too little support, information, and awareness for young women who have breast cancer. The YWBCAF is a registered 501(c)3 corporation whose mission is to educate as many people as we can about Breast cancer in women under 45. We also aim to educate and support younger women with a diagnosis.

Fields to Fork ~ U-Pick

Fields to Fork Schedule for Sunday, September 21:

  • U-PICK – Take a hayride out to our fields to pick your own fresh produce. Reservations are recommended. Click here to register for 12:00pm, 1:30pm, or 3:00pm.
  • COCKTAIL-MAKING DEMONSTRATIONS – We will be mixing up six different fall cocktails –Cranberry Amaretto Kiss, Amaretto Cider, Spiced Pear Collins, Concord Crush, Pumpkin Old Fashion, and Hot Toddy! You will get to sample each cocktail, and we will have recipes to take home, along with ingredient packets for sale. Must be 21.
    Cost: Free! Click here to register for 12:00pm or 3:00pm.



Attracting Pollinators

August 8, 2014

Busy Bees and Butterflies

By Meredith Laurence, Events Coordinator

Environmental Educator, Annette Paluh, came to visit Bedner’s to present the topic “Busy Bees and Butterflies.” She began with some great facts and tips on having, and keeping, a plethora of pollinators in your home garden. She listed the top pollinators, especially ones local to this area. These include honey bees, butterflies, moths, fruit bats, hummingbirds (Ruby Throat), and the Hummingbird Clear-wing Moth. The best ways to attract pollinators is to have a food source for every life stage available all year round, ex; Chinese Witch Hazel, Violets, Allium (drumstick), Dogwood Shrub, Geranium, etc.

Annette also described the basic differences between moths and butterflies. Moths can be seen in both day and night, while butterflies present during daylight only. Moths have feathery antennae, and make their casing out of silk. Butterflies have club-shaped antennae, and make a casing of hard shell. The most well-known butterfly is the Monarch, which have seemed to be in danger in recent years, low in numbers, development, as well as loss of habitat, and appear later in season than normal.

Annette provided us with a wealth of incredibly interesting information, including some ways us humans can help provide a local area for these pollinators to be welcomed and to flourish. She provided us with handouts, “Conserving Wild Bees in Pennsylvania” and “Build Your Own Bee Condo,” which can be found at Bedner’s in our information area. Annette will be joining us again on Sunday, August 10 at 1:00pm, during our Fields to Fork event, with her “Spicy Medicine” presentation.We would be glad to see you there!

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