Sunday, 10 December 2017

Go Local >> Part 1: Cancer Commonality Factor - Constipation

A few weeks I listened to Dr. Lou Coutinho speak on treating cancer patients and the research that they have done with these patients in finding the commonality factors.  They found 4 factors and I find them interesting as as he puts it, you do not need to spend a lot of money to prevent cancer but make changes in your daily diet and lifestyle.  This I truly belief.  As he puts it, there are all types of cancer patients irrespective of ethnic backgrounds, body size, occupation or financial status and they collected data on patients from many different countries.
One of the factors is constipation.  This makes sense to me as with constipation, your body retains the wastes and toxins longer in your body as well as prevents regular disposal of your body wastes as well as toxins.

If you are constipated regularly, heading for the medicine cabinet is not the answer as it addresses a symptom but does not solve the underlying issue.  It is crucial that the body can get rid of the wastes and toxins efficiently and that it does nor cause issues with your gastro-intestinal system or lead to the toxins and wastes re-entering the blood system as it would mean that these toxins and wastes would then cause problems to other organs of your body.  This would create a conducive environment for the cancer cells in your body to mutate and become active.

Thus caring for the gastrointestinal (GI) system is of the upmost importance and this includes the stomach, pancreas, intestines and colon.  Water is one of the essential elements in maintaining a healthy GI system.  Hence be sure to drink sufficient clean water daily and the amount varies depending on the activity from at least 1 liter.  Coffee, tea, carbonated drinks are not considered to fall into the water category.

Our GI system contains friendly-bacteria that helps in the process of digestion.  Certain things that we do can cause these friendly bacteria to die or reduce in quantity.  Amongst the most often cause is prescribed antibiotics.  Many take costly probiotics and probiotics but there are so many kinds and each person varies in the type and quantity of bacteria present.  After all, each person has a different kind of diet, etc. After thinking about it, I decided to write this article on what we have locally that is low in cost and effective.

We are blessed because we have natural herbals locally grown which contribute towards a healthy GI system.  The top on my list is turmeric and ginger.  They are easily available and easy to grow in our gardens, whether in pots or in the ground.  As long as they get sunshine, water and some fertiliser, they will grow just fine.  As many already know, black pepper is essential in increasing the bioavailability of curcumin (the main phytonutrient we want in turmeric) and we have these grown locally.  I favour Sarawak black pepper or any organically grown black pepper.  We can easily incorporate this into our daily diet.

Many of our normal daily dishes can easily have these ingredients added to it.  When we make soups, just add some turmeric, black pepper and ginger.  When we do stir-fry dishes, again these three


ingredients can be added.  Most of us have rice as the main staple and we can elevate this staple by adding these three ingredients.  We can also add these ingredients to our teas or milk drinks.  Be sure not to use refined sugar as this will help create an acidic environment favourable for cancer cells mutation and growth.

What else can we eat to further improve our GI system.  Try adding tapioca, another easily available, locally-frown ingredient,  to your diet as with its high fiber content, it will help the disposal of toxins in our GI system.  It also has a low glycemic index hence replacing your rice with this as the staple carbohydrate will further add benefits to your diet.  It also helps in the growth of the beneficial bacteria in our GI system.

It is hard to overdose on this when you eat it naturally and I haven't been able to find any adverse reactions or contraindications when taken as normal food.  Simple changes that can make a difference.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Bye, Bye Sunday morning market at Sg. Penchala

Today was our last time having a stall at Pasar Pagi Sg. Penchala.  It was the first place where we
started to sell our produce in September, 2010.  In the beginning, we only sell fresh produce and more on what was considered "sayur kampung".  It was my first experience at doing consumer direct sales to the masses.  In the beginning, many looked at us "sideways" and looked down on us.  After all, we were selling "sayur kampung" whilst they were selling items bought from "passer borong" - to them denoting that they were better off because they had money to buy the items from suppliers whereas our was planted from our farm in the "boonies".  It was challenging but I always felt that what we had to offer was good and competitive.  The farm has been an organic farm from day 1 so what we have offered has always been organic produce.
Through the years, I have learnt a lot but the one principle that I have always stuck to was "I do not sell what I don't or wouldn't want to eat".  This principle was the main guide to what I planted at the farm.  What I don't eat, I don't plant even if it was fashionable or the in-thing.  I harvest things in accordance to how I like them for consumption.  My prices was based on cost-recovery basis hence it was competitive to non-organic produce and at times, even cheaper.  My prices were not based on supply and demand and I was often questioned and sometime labelled stupid for not raising prices when everyone else was.  Then again, I do business in accordance to my principles and goals.  In this instance, it was to provide good, healthy food at competitive prices for the masses.  You can say it was my jihad.  I have always tried to practice my business in accordance to Islam: fair and just.
Our presence at the market has also provided me with the opportunity to meet with other and share as well as exchange knowledge from planting to caring for it to harvesting and on to how to consume
I have also learnt a lot about people being on the front-line of meeting customers.  One of the comments that stuck in my mind was a mother saying to her child: " Look, even the vegetable seller can speak English".  This was a reminder to me to never assume that a person has limited capabilities just from looking at them from a distance - it pays to get to know people as you never know what knowledge you can gain.  At the same time, it also reminded me that someone who looks humble doesn't mean that they have nothing to offer or that their academic education is lacking.  It is about choices on how you want to lead your life.
One question or should I say complaint I got is "How come your signs and notices are in English.  This is Malaysia, you should use Bahasa Malaysia".  The reason is simple, it is a language that most people understand and my customers are not only Malaysian but also people from other countries.  You could say that I have an international clientele.  By using English, I got more customers.
Now, our farm has produced more: from fresh produce covering food, vegetables and fish to processed products such as teas and EVCO.  I also do customised herbal mixture based on a customer's purpose.  The underlying principle is the raw materials are always from the farm so I can control and be assured that it is organic.  In this aspect, I do not compromise.
Although we will no longer be doing market at Sg. Penchala, we will be offering our produce and products at my home base in K.L.  With the easy access to communications for everyone, people can also order online or through whatsApp, for example and pick-up or delivery arranged.  A selection of our herbal products is also available at The Jasmin Foundation Homeopathy Clinic in Setiawangsa.  We will also continue to do events, especially those promoting green living.  Next year, we also plan to do more events at the far as well as offering specific classes based on what we do.  Does opting out of the Sg. Pencahala Sunday morning market mean that we will have less to do?  I don't think so.  I anticipate that our future will have lots of opportunities and activities that we will remain as busy as ever.
Thank you to all that have supported us at our stall in Sg. Penchala.  In shaa Allah, we will meet again.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Only constant is change: 2018

Our tilapia growing with natural food
As we head to the end of the year, I am finalising my plans.  Over the last 10 years, every step that I took has been leading me to this direction.  I experimented, researched, tested and studied what was a new field to me.  My inherent belief that we an improve our health through our normal daily diet led to the development of the farm and the ensuing produce and products developed.  I cannot change what happened to me from a health standpoint previously, but I can improve it for my future with the aim of leading a quality, fruitful life filled with joy.
When I first started the farm, the concept has always been to maximise on nature's bounty to provide good food for the family.  The application of it was to have a farm free from chemical pesticides, herbicide, hormones and to have a symbiotic relationship with nature.  In our fresh produce production, we use natural, organic fertilisers and methods for pest control.  It included in the water that was used hence the implementation of our own water pipeline from a natural source.  Our fish lives of the living water with its natural minerals and small fresh water shrimps and fish that flows in.  We complement their food with greens and naturally-produced larvae.  Our chickens feed on the insect sand also on the organic waste such as used grated coconuts, and extra fruits and tubers.  Our organic wastes are converted into fertilisers and pest control and even into cleaning liquids.  The aim is to limit introduction of toxins into our environment and surrounding areas - doing our part in conserving the environment.
Our liquid concentrates
EVCO and lemongrass range
As years passed, we started doing a market stall in Sg. Penchala to sell the excess food produced.  I began to produce products from our produce such as liquid drink concentrates and dried herbals which we added to our list of offerings.   So our weekly items included the fresh fruits, vegetables and our products.  Sometimes I would bring plants and fertilisers, either on order or just-because.
The ginger and turmeric range
When I first started the farm, I started my collection of herbals, mainly because I was told of the benefits and I felt I may need them in the future.  Further study on the benefits and therapeutical values of what we grew led to the development of our line of SHL Naturals in early 2017.  As we progressed in 2017, I had a lot more requests for customised herbal mixtures ranging from colds and flu, cholesterol control, high blood pressure, gout, diabetes to cancer.  The basis is alway from what we produce at the farm as I can then be assured of the c\"clean" source and quality.  I knew where the source materials were coming from, how it is grown and processed.
Our first community bazaar
I also organised a Community Bazaar where I live and held our first one on November 5th.  It was a success so we will continue with it with the frequency changing to fortnightly in 2018.  We have also began to offer our dried herbal products at The Jasmin Foundation, a homeopathy clinic in Setiawangsa.  We began to do deliveries for orders subject to minimum spend.  Our customers can order our dried products which we send through poslaju.  With these activities in mind, we will cease to do our Sunday morning market in Sg. Penchala in December.  For the month of December, we will focus on planting, maintenance, producing our products as well as doing some planning and marketing.
We are a lean operation team and it is not just about adding people to the team but adding the right people.  As we grow, I may need to add more people to the team but it will be something to deal with in the future.  I look forward to the future with the many possibilities of discovery and opportunities to help people, a life filled with activity driven by passion.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Go Local: Power trio

We have been mind-trained to look west that in the process we have lost our traditionally wonderful vegetables.  To me, peperomia pellucida (sireh cina), cosmos dianthus (ulam raja) and wild purslane (beremi) are superfoods that can be eaten raw as a salad.    They grow easily in our weather and requires minimal care.  To maximise the benefits, it is best grown organically without the use of chemical fertilisers or pesticides and not exposed to any chemical herbicides.
This combination provides the following nutrients:
  1. Vitamin A
  2. Vitamin B1, B3, B6
  3. Vitamin C
  4. Calcium
  5. Copper
  6. Iron
  7. Magnesium
  8. Manganese
  9. Potassium
  10. Omega-3 fatty acids
  11. Sodium
  12. Zinc
These combination has the following properties:
  1. anti-oxidant
  2. anti-hypertensive
  3. anti-diabetic
  4. anti-inflammatory
  5. bone-protective effect
  6. anti-microbial
  7. anti-fungal
  8. anti-cancer
  9. lowers cholesterol
  10. anti-arthritic
  11. anti-rheumatic
  12. anti-diarrheal
  13. analgesic

The beauty of this trio is it is natural food so it can easily be incorporated into your daily diet.  You don't have to worry whether you take it before a meal or after a meal or on empty stomach because it is food and not chemicals.  I am not a proponent of juicing but if you want to drink it, blend it so that you get all the nutrients and benefits.  Happy eating :)

Monday, 9 October 2017

Busybody about my body: Dealing with Flu Naturally

I do not know of anyone who has never gotten a flu and it is a common disease that I think people look at it less seriously.  However, not taken care of, it can lead to other complications such as pneumonia, sepsis, inflammation of the heart (myocarditis) as well as aggravating some other conditions like asthma.  So whilst it is common, I do not take it lightly.  The symptoms include :

  1. sore throat
  2. runny or stuffed nose
  3. fever
  4. muscle aches and pains
  5. headache
  6. fatigue.
It is cause by a virus and nowadays there are so many variants.  Often, when you visit a doctor, you can expect to get three types of medication: one for fever, one for sore throat and congestion and of course antibiotics.  Most literature strenuously point out that it is important to complete the entire course of the antibiotics for it to be effective.

Last week I caught the flu.  I knew I was going to get it because my son came down with it in a bad way and there is no way I can avoid contact with him.  He was literally stuck to my side and with his high fever, I was monitoring him very closely.  Being only 4 years old, he has a higher risk of complications.  When his fever rose to close to 40 degrees Celsius, we headed to the hospital.  I wasn't taking any risks.  We managed to bring his fever down about 2 hours later but he was still feverish.  As for me, the minute I saw he caught the flu, I began my regime of 1 tablespoon of EVCO every 4 hours and 1 tablespoon of honey twice a day.  At the same time, I also gave my son EVCO every 2 hours along with his fever medication every 4 hours until his fever was all gone, which was a day later.  He also was on antibiotics for 3 days which caused diarrhoea so now he is also taking probiotics daily to re-balance his digestive system.  My son is still on daily 1 teaspoon of EVCO and 1 teaspoon honey, twice a day until he fully recovers.  He is not taking any other medication.  Then it was my turn.

I was flat on the bed for about 16 hours and during this period, I continued with hourly tablespoon of EVCO and every fours 1 tablespoon of honey. Then it was the morning on the next day and my fever was gone but I felt the muscle aches.  It was time to start taking my Bentong ginger and turmeric concentrate - 2 tablespoon diluted with warm water with 1 teaspoon of honey every 4 hours.  By evening, I was left with a slight cough and slight congestion.  So, I continue with my three times a day of 1 tablespoon of EVCO and 1 teaspoon of honey.  I have also added drinking Roselle juice twice a day to boost my immune system and to prevent any more fever.

There is pharmacological and studies backing the treatment that I chose for myself.

  1. Flu is cause by virus (and there are many strains) and can be complicated with bacteria.  To address this, the EVCO has strong anti-viral and anti-bacteria properties.  Honey too has strong anti-bacteria and anti-viral properties.  This composition gives me a wider range of defence.  It also helps in strengthening my immune system.  This also became a source of food for me.
  2. Muscle aches and pains makes movement painful so the Bentong ginger and turmeric helps to ease these aches and pains as well as reduce any internal inflammations.  It has strong anti-inflammatory properties as well as digestive system protection properties.  At the same time, since my appetite was non-existent, I barely ate so this combination help reduce any stomach problems.
  3. Roselle has good immune boosting capabilities so is a good option to take during the recovery period.
I prefer going the natural route as I do not like drugs and antibiotics because of all the side effects including destroying the good bacteria necessary for a healthy digestive system (one of the reasons why people also tend to get diarrhoea when they get flu).  With no appetite, I didn't have to try and stuff something in me before I took the EVCO, honey, Benton ginger & turmeric or Roselle as they are all food.  They were also my food.  It is also hard to overdose on these because as we age, all types of body parts need maintenance and repair as well as some rebuild.  Throughout this whole flu experience, my brain remain active, alert and lucid even when I had my eyes closed.  Being down for only a day was good as the next day, my son was ready to play.

As always, we have choices.  What is important is that we are aware of what we are doing, monitor our condition and be sure that what we are taking is pure, natural items which are organic and processed in a way to ensure maximum properties and nutrients are preserved.  Be knowledgeable in taking care of your health.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

From fresh to prepared: SHL Naturals

Since 2007, I have been building my farm, Suria Helang Lui, and practicing organic natural farming. We do not use any chemical herbicides, pesticides or fertilisers and our water source is natural water source just outside a forest reserve where it is clean.  I started the farm focussing on organically grown produce and over the years, have developed our own natural product line which is now called "Suria Helang Lui Naturals".  We use mainly our farm-produced ingredients to create our products.   We do not use any colouring, artificial flavours or preservatives.

The concept of our SHL Naturals is using locally grown produce to create food products that can be easily incorporated into your daily diet or meals which is packed with nutrients and preventive, healing or curative properties.  The idea is to make eating healthy enjoyable and easy to become a normal part of our lives.  All of the products in this line is packed in glass containers.

The Suria Helang Lui Naturals include:
1.  Bentong Ginger and Turmeric with Black Pepper concentrate
     This is a concentrate and can be consumed directly or used to create drinks or incorporated into cooking.  Since it contains no preservatives, it needs to be store refrigerated and can last stored at least 3 months.  This combination provides for many benefits including anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti inflammation , anti-cancer as well as helping with our digestive system and immune system.  It can be turned into either a hot or cold drink by diluting with water accordingly.  In making drinks, you can also sweeten it with a sweetener of your choice though I suggest you use natural sugars and not refined white sugar.  It can also be added to regular tea.  In cooking, it can be used to flavour dishes and as a marinate.  It is the choice for people who want to have the drink easily available - just add hot or cold water and it is ready to consume.  Some people just drink 1-2 tablespoon straight.  Each bottle contains 375ml.  Price per bottle is RM 18.

2.  Roselle Probiotics Concentrate
     This probiotic is created via fermenting roselle calyces with natural sugar over a period of at least 4 months.  Probiotics helps with improving our digestive and immune system.   It is a concentrate and is very sour so I suggest consuming it by diluting it with water,  You can just consume 1-2 tablespoon straight.  It can be stored at room temperature hence does need to be refrigerated.  It can be stored for over 12 months.  The dark red color is the natural color from the Roselle calyces.
 Amongst its therapeutic benefits are high in vitamin C and high in antioxidants.  This is a good supplementary drink for cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy as it assists in the rebuilding of the immune system and improving gastrointestinal system.  As it is made from roselle, it bring with it the other benefits such as reducing high blood pressure, assisting in cell repair and growth as well as for respiratory problems like flu and cold.   Each bottle contains 230ml.   Price per bottle is RM 30.

3.  Roselle Concentrate
     This concentrate contains no added sugar and has the natural sour flavour of Roselle.  It is made from a combination of Roselle calyces and leaves.  It is stored refrigerated and lasts at least 3 months.  This concentrate can be used to create drinks and in cuisines.  In cooking it can be used in any dish that you would like to add a sour taste element and can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes.  It can also be used to make iced desserts.  It is high in vitamin C and antioxidants.  It is a good drink for people undergoing chemotherapy as it helps the body to remove toxins as well as in building up the immune system thus countering the side effects of the treatment.  For children, it makes a great source of vitamin C in a drink form.  It bring with it the other benefits such as reducing high blood pressure, assisting in cell repair and growth as well as for respiratory problems like flu and cold.    Each bottle contains 375ml.  Price per bottle is RM 20.

4.  Pure Calamansi Juice
     This is made from cold-pressed calamansi fruit resulting in a juice.  No other ingredients are added to it.  It needs to be stored refrigerated and lasts for at least 3 months.  It can be used to make drinks or cooking.
It is high in vitamin C, antioxidants , vitamin A and various other minerals such as calcium and potassium.  Amongst its benefits are it boosts the immune system, helps in growth and repair, soothes the acidity in the stomach, lowers cholesterol and detoxifies the body.
    Since this is our juice, it is very sour.  When making drinks, it is diluted with warm or cold water and can be sweetened to taste.  It can also be added to regular tea to make a refreshing tea that we call "Teh-O-Limau".  Each bottle contains approximately 375ml.  Price per bottle is RM 20.

5.  Calamansi Juice with Lemongrass Concentrate
     This made from a combination of are calamansi juice and lemongrass concentrate.  It can be used to create drinks and in cooking.  Being preservative-free, it needs to be stored refrigerated and last at least 3 months.  This combination contains anti-oxidants, anti-cancer, anti-bacteria with high vitamin C, A, B-complex as well as minerals like calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium, iron, phosphorous.  It contains no added sugar so it can be sweetened with natural sweeteners like honey, molasses or brown sugar, to create hot or cold drinks.  It also brings in all the benefits of calamansi with the added benefit from lemongrass such as reducing insomnia, lowering cholesterol, improving the health of gastrointestinal system and fighting the pathogens in this system, tonic for the nervous system, and reduces aches and pains.  Hence this concentrate can be beneficial for people with health issues such as gastrointestinal problems, migraine,  and respiratory issues.  Each bottle contains 375ml.  Price per bottle is RM 18.

6.  Calamansi Juice with Blue Pea Flower Concentrate
     This made from a combination of are calamansi juice and Blue Pea flower resulting in a purple coloured concentrate.  It can be used to create drinks and in cooking.  Being preservative-free, it needs to be stored refrigerated and last at least 3 months.  This combination contains the properties of calamansi juice as well anti-oxidants, anti-depressant,from the blue pea flower.  This concentrate brings all the benefits of calamansi as well as the benefits from the blue pea flower such as improving vitality, reduces premature skin aging and reducing aches and pains.  This is a drink that is good as an evening drink as it helps to soothe you to sleep and promotes the body repair work as we sleep.Each bottle contains 375ml.  Price per bottle is RM 18.

7.  Dehydrated Ground Bentong Ginger
     Using this variety of ginger allows us to concrete a rich ground spice.  The ginger is dehydrated and then ground to create this product.  It can be stored at room temperature and last at least 6 months.   To prepare a drink, use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of powder and add just-boiled water or very hot water.  Allow it to steep for a couple of minutes and it is ready to consume.  You can add ice if you would like to have it cold or allow it to cool down a bit to drink it warm.  You can add natural sweeteners if you would like it to have a sweet taste.  You can also add it to regular hot tea to turn have a ginger-flavoured tea.
As this is made of pure ground Bentong ginger, it is strong and you normally use half of what you use with normal ginger.  So when you use it in cooking, be aware or you may end up with a strong ginger taste in your dish.  This item is available via mail with additional shipping charges.  Each jar contains approximately 50 g.  Price per jar is RM 25.

8.  Dehydrated Ground Bentong Ginger and Turmeric with Black Pepper
     Both the ginger and turmeric is dehydrated before being ground with black pepper to create this spice mixture.  It can be stored at room temperature and lasts at least 6 month.  It can be used to create drinks, either hot or cold, as well as in creating dishes for your meals.
It provides for the same benefits as the Bentong Ginger and Turmeric concentrate with the difference being you will have to prepare it differently.  To prepare a drink, use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of powder and add just-boiled water or very hot water.  Allow it to steep for a couple of minutes and it is ready to consume.  You can add ice if you would like to have it cold or allow it to cool down a bit to drink it warm.  You can add natural sweeteners if you would like it to have a sweet taste.  This item is available via mail with additional shipping charges.  Each jar contains approximately 40 g.  Price per jar is RM 25.

9.  Dehydrated Ground Turmeric with Black Pepper
     The turmeric is dehydrated before being ground with black pepper.  We do not add any fillers and this is pure turmeric with black pepper.  The black pepper is added to improve the bioavailability of cur cumin for the body.  It can be stored at room temperature and lasts at least 6 months.
    It can be used to create healthy drinks like turmeric milk.  To prepare turmeric milk, you can use this mixture and follow the many recipes available but since this is pure, you only need to use between 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon.  In cooking dishes, you only need to use a small amount depending on the size of the dish.  As it already contains black pepper, be sure to taste it first should you wish to add more black pepper.  This item is available via mail with additional shipping charges.  Each jar contains approximately 40 g. Price per jar is RM 20.

10.  Dehydrated Ground Lemongrass
       The lemongrass is dehydrated and ground to create this herbal product.  It contains only lemongrass and can be used to create drinks or in cooking.  It can be stored at room temperature and lasts at least 6 months. To prepare a drink, use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of powder and add just-boiled water or very hot water.  Allow it to steep for a couple of minutes and it is ready to consume.  You can add ice if you would like to have it cold or allow it to cool down a bit to drink it warm.  You can add natural sweeteners if you would like it to have a sweet taste.
As this is pure lemongrass, when using in cooking 1 flat teaspoon is approximately 1 lemongrass which is rich in flavour.  This item is available via mail with additional shipping charges.  Each jar contains approximately 20 g.   Price per jar is RM 15.

11.  Dehydrated Ground Bentong Ginger and Lemongrass
       Both the ginger and lemongrass are dehydrated before it is ground to create this herbal mixture.  It can be used in creating drinks or in cooking.  It can be stored at room temperature.  Being dehydrated, it makes it easy to bring it along when you travel.  It makes a refreshing tea and can be sweetened to taste.  To prepare a drink, use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of powder and add just-boiled water or very hot water.  Allow it to steep for a couple of minutes and it is ready to consume.  You can add ice if you would like to have it cold or allow it to cool down a bit to drink it warm.  You can add natural sweeteners if you would like it to have a sweet taste. This item is available via mail with additional shipping charges.Each jar contains approximately 20 g. Price per jar is RM 20.

12.  Dehydrated Roselle Leaves Tea
       Made from mature Roselle leaves which are dehydrated and coarsely ground, it can be brewed as tea to make a refreshing drink either hot or cold.  It has a fruity, sour taste.  It can be stored at room temperature and lasts for at least 6 months.
To prepare a drink, use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of tea leaves and add just-boiled water or very hot water.  Allow it to steep for a couple of minutes and it is ready to consume.  You can add ice if you would like to have it cold or allow it to cool down a bit to drink it warm.  You can add natural sweeteners if you would like it to have a sweet taste.  This item is available via mail with additional shipping charges.  Each jar contains approximately 30 g. Price per jar is RM 20.

13.  Dehydrated Soursop Leaves Tea
       Made from mature Soursop leaves which are dehydrated and coarsely ground, it can be brewed as tea to make a refreshing drink either hot or cold.  It has a subtle soursop fruit flavour.  It can be stored at room temperature and lasts for at least 6 months.  This item is available via mail with additional shipping charges.
       It can be brewed just like tea.  I suggest using 1 flat teaspoon per cup and using just-boiled water and allow the tea to steep until it is warm to drink.  Alternatively, you can use a claypot to create a concentrate and store it in the refrigerator to make it readily available for when you want to drink it.  This tea is often consumed for anti-cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure as a health maintenance tea.  People with DVT should avoid this but people with anaemia should add it to their drinks list as it encourages red blood cell production.  Each jar contains approximately 20 g. Price per jar is RM 35.

14.  Dehydrated Cat's whiskers Tea
       Made from mature Cat's whiskers (Misai Kuching) leaves which are dehydrated and coarsely ground, it can be brewed as tea to make a refreshing drink either hot or cold.  It can be stored at room temperature and lasts for at least 6 months.   To prepare a drink, use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of tea leaves and add just-boiled water or very hot water.  Allow it to steep for a couple of minutes and it is ready to consume.  You can add ice if you would like to have it cold or allow it to cool down a bit to drink it warm.  Most people drink this tea as you would Chinese tea.  This item is available via mail with additional shipping charges.
       Traditionally, this is a tea that is consumed by people to help control their blood sugar level such as those who are pre-diabetic and diabetic.  It is also consumed for high blood pressure and for blood cleansing.  Each jar contains approximately 20 g of tea leaves.   Price per jar is RM 20.

15.  Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
       Produced from cold-pressed coconut milk which is processed using permaculture method to create pure coconut oil.  It can be stored at room temperature and lasts fro at least 15 months.  If it is stored at temperatures below 23 Celsius, the oil will solidify.  With medium chain fatty acids (MCFA), it is a great alternative oil for health conscious consumers.
      With its anti-viral properties, it is also used in alternative medicine for colds and flu.  Personally, at the first sign of flu, I will take 1 tablespoon of it.  I like this as an antibiotics alternative because it doesn't damage the "good" bacteria in my gut system.  It is known as an alternative treatment for Alzheimer's disease and also as a health maintenance for the brain cells.
       As it is non-carbohydrate based, it doesn't breakdown into sugar but ketones hence making it a good alternative oil for people with cancer and diabetics. Each bottle contains approximately 250ml.  Price per bottle is RM 30.

16.  Dehydrated Roselle Calyces
       This is made from only Roselle calyces which are dehydrated and ground.  It can be prepared into a drink, either hot or cold and sweetened.  I suggest using pure, sugar-free honey.  It can be stored at room temperature and is designed to be travel-friendly.  To prepare a drink, just use 1/2 teaspoon and add to hot water and allow it to steep for a few minutes.  If you would like to turn it into a cold drink, you can add ice-cubes.  You can also prepare a larger portion and store it in the fridge and have it readily available when you would like a drink.
       It has strong immune booster properties as well as good for people with high blood pressure and hypertension.  It is also  great alternative drink when you have fever and throughout the recovery period.  In alternative therapy, this drink is consumed at least twice a day to control high blood pressure.
        Each jar is 75g and is available via mail-order with additional postage and handling costs.  As this is a popular item, and it is prepared in batches, please check for availability.  Price per jar is RM 40.

17.  Dehydrated Blue Pea Flower (Bunga Telang)
       Made from dehydrated petals only of the blue pea flower, it has multiple ways of consumption.  It is traditionally used for blue food colouring and it provides the added benefits as a calming agent.  As a natural food colouring, it can be used to create the traditional blue rice (Nasi Kerabu) as well as in making cakes, jellies and puddings apart from making a blue-colorer drink.  In making a drink, if calamansi (limau kasturi) is added to the blue pea tea, the resulting drink will be a purple color.  So, by adding calamansi to your blue jelly mixture, you will get purple jelly.
        It can be serves as a hot or cold drink, sweetened or unsweetened.  To make tea, just add 1-2 flowers into just-boiled water and watch the liquid turn blue.
        This is available via mail-order with additional postage and handling costs.  Each jar costs RM 15.

Updated: Oct. 10, 2017

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Natural Preventive and curative: My Basics

The main purpose of the farm is to produce chemical-free and hormone-free edibles and through the years, I have selected some staples for a reason.  I still continue to plant and nurture many different plants as I am ever the optimist in believing that I will have time to study them further for their benefits so until them, I will care for them.  The staples that I have narrowed down to is based on what I feel is the basics for my health from a preventive and curative view.  So what are my basics: ginger, turmeric, coconut, and roselle.  Why you may ask?  Simple, I need to keep my immune system and my central nervous system (including the brain) healthy.   I am not a doctor so I do not do diagnosis or pharmacological advise.   I practice natural food therapy in my daily life so I share what I experience and know.

The largest organ in my body for the immune system is the gut which includes the stomach, intestine and bowel.   It performs the key function of removing toxins and wastes from our body as well as allowing absortion of nutrients by our body.  If our gut cannot function properly, the food is not digested properly, our body doesn't get the proper nutrients, and our body doesn't eliminate the toxins and wastes properly.  If the gut is not healthy, it can also cause toxins and harmful bacteria to enter our blood system which can result in other organs being damaged and allergies.  For me, the easiest way to care for them is to incorporate ginger, turmeric, tapioca and roselle into my normal food intake, either as solids or liquids.


To care for my central nervous system, especially my brain, I look to coconuts which I either consume as a drink or using extra virgin coconut oil (EVCO).  Studies have proven that the ketones in coconut oil can help rebuild or repair our brain cells.  An illness that many of us are aware of that affects the brain is Alzheimer's.  It has been shown that consumption of EVCO can improve and even cure this condition and best of all, no negative side effects - this is something that almost all the drugs cannot claim.  I choose EVCO because it is the purest form of coconut oil and when produced from organic coconuts does not contain contaminants.  It is produced using cold-pressed method from fresh coconuts.  It doesn't undergo any chemical process or drying that can contaminate the coconut.

Of course, ginger, turmeric, coconut, tapioca and roselle also have other benefits so by incorporating them in my diet, I get to enjoy them too.  These 5 provides antibacterial, antiviral, improve the immune system, helps to lower cholesterol, improves blood circulation, helps to improve high blood pressure condition, improve digestion, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer - to name a few.  One of my key focus is to share what can be planted by everyone or if not, what can be obtained locally with the cost also being a factor.  Ginger, turmeric and roselle can be planted in containers for those who do not have much planting space.  If you have a small space, you can plant tapioca and dwarf coconuts but if you can't, they are easily purchased.  None of these need to be imported as they can be obtained locally so this can make it affordable to many.  Try incorporating them into your normal daily diet and I hope you can reap the benefits of a better health.