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The Time-Proven Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba

Allison Bingham

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The Ginkgo tree is known for its very characteristic fan-shaped leaves and distinctly unattractive scent. With leaf fossils dating back 270 million years, the Ginkgo tree is the oldest tree species. A single tree can live upwards of 1,000 years and grow to 120 feet in height. According to botanist Peter Crane, the Ginkgo is considered a “living fossil” as the seed attachment to fossil is practically unchanged from modern versions of the plant.

The uniqueness of this plant does not stop there, though. The Ginkgo plant is one of only five living seed plants and is the only one of its species. Compared to flowering plants, with over 350,000 species, Ginkgo is vastly different with no known relatives and truly one-of-a-kind.

With a lineage that dates back to the prehistoric era, it's surprising to learn that Gingko has only been cultivated the last 1,000 years. The Ginkgo tree originated in China, where the nuts (primarily) and roots are used not only as a food source but in Chinese medicine. The tree is now widely planted and cultivated around the world from Seoul to Manhattan (where it can be found abundantly as a street tree).

The first Westerner to record (and possibly encounter) the Gingko was Engelbert Kaempfer, an employee of the Dutch East India Company, in 1692. Upon his return from the southern Japanese trading station, he documented his experience and was the first to use the word - Ginkgo - in Western literature. It would be nearly 75 years before the plant made its way to the West as well.

When looking to use Ginkgo in alternative medicine, you will find differing forms across the globe. The seeds are most widely used in China for medicinal purposes, whereas Ginkgo biloba found health stores in America comes in an extract from the leaves - a Western phenomenon.

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Ginkgo has more than 40 known components, with two in particular that have medicinal properties: flavonoids and terpenoids. These constituents specialize in protecting the nerves, blood vessels, heart muscle, and retina from damage.

Flavonoids are plant-based antioxidants that are responsible not only for giving plants their vivid color, but also attribute to the potent anti-inflammatory properties. They are proven to be beneficial to the immune system and may even prevent cancer and neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases.

Terpenoids, on the other hand, are known for dilating blood vessels and reducing the stickiness of platelets, thereby improving blood flow.

These constituents make the use of Ginkgo Biloba extremely beneficial for a myriad of ailments. Let’s now discuss how Ginkgo can benefit you.

Prevent and Treat Dementia and Alzheimer’s Symptoms

The previous assumption was that improved blood flow to the brain was responsible for why Ginkgo Biloba was helpful in treating symptoms associated with dementia. Recent studies are now suggesting the herb works by protecting nerve cells that are typically damaged with Alzheimer's patients.

Currently, there is no known cure for Alzheimer's, but Ginkgo’s herbal use can delay the onset of these diseases and alleviate symptoms by improving cognitive function, social behavior, and even diminish feelings of depression.

Improve Intermittent Claudication

Intermittent claudication is irregular intervals of cramping pain in the legs (induced usually by exercise) that is caused by arterial obstruction. With a known terpenoid component, Ginkgo Biloba is a vasoactive agent and can improve blood flow to the legs by dilating blood vessels and reducing sticky platelets.

A meta-analysis of eight randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind studies concluded an increase in pain-free walking distance, favoring the use of Gingko Biloba.

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Treatment of Eye Ailments

Research in neuroprotection represents an avenue therapy of frustrating diseases that prove unresponsive even to optimal treatments, one, in particular, being glaucoma. Due to the particular interest, the field of research is expanding rapidly.

Glaucoma is a disease of the eye where the anterior chamber drains fluid poorly. This puts progressive pressure on the optic nerve, leads to the loss of retinal ganglion cells, and can result in permanent vision loss. In fact, glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness. Early detection is crucial, but what’s even scarier is there are no symptoms of the disease and is diagnosed as early as age 40.

A 2012 study stated, “Ginkgo has been proven to act at the mitochondrial level, by stabilizing the inner membrane and increasing the membrane potential, restoring the respiratory chain and increasing ATP-production.” What’s interesting, is that the effectiveness was heightened with aged individuals.

In addition, Ginkgo has potent anti-inflammatory properties and has the capability to reduce the activation of inflammatory response cells. Inflammation is now known to be the leading cause of all diseases and ailments, so naturally neurodegenerative diseases would have a certain inflammatory component. When cells become inflamed they produce degradative molecules and the antioxidant component of Gingko Biloba can reduce upregulation and control inflammatory responses.

Methods of Preparation

As stated previously, Ginkgo seeds are most widely used in China, but Western studies are prevalent in the use of Ginkgo leaves in the form of a tincture.

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To make your own tincture, mix 150g of dried Ginkgo leaves with 500ml vodka. Store in a dark space for one month, making sure to shake the substance at least once daily. After the 30-day mark, the leaves can be drained and pressed of any remaining liquid and then stored in a glass container.

Ginkgo can also be obtained beneficially as a tea. To brew, use 1 tsp of loose dried leaves with 8 ounces of water at 200 degrees and let steep for 3-5 minutes. To brew cold, add 1 tsp to 8 ounces of water and steep in the fridge for 12-24 hours. Add honey and lemon for taste or enjoy the raw goodness.

Get your Gingko leaf in the Wild Shop today!

Disclaimer: Ginkgo leaf extract is recognized as generally safe, with no excess side effects reported. It has been known to cause some minor side effects and interactions with certain drugs cannot be ruled out. As a general precaution, check with your physician before using and discontinue two weeks prior to any elective surgery.

The Benefits of Jasmine

Allison Bingham

Jasmine is a vining or shrub-like plant that worships the sun and can be found abundantly in the tropical and subtropical regions of Asia, Europe, and Africa. Her flowers are either white or yellow and in rare instances, slightly reddish. The precise origin is under debate as some botanists argue Jasmine is from India, while others claim Egypt.

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Known botanically as Jasminum officinale, this shrub belongs to the Oleaceae family and is comprised of approximately 600 species. The name “jasmine” is derived from a Persian word meaning “fragrant flower” and is the primary reason the plant is so widely cultivated. The aroma is captivating and heavily sought after.

The Jasmine plant is unique and has flowers that bloom only at night. Jasmine tea is made of Jasmine flowers added to dry tea leaves for consumption. In preparation for tea-making, unopened flowers are removed and stored overnight in a bag where they open and scent the dry leaves. Pretty neat technique!

While Jasmine flowers are most popular for their fragrance, they also offer a wide variety of health benefits and can be consumed as a tea or essential oil. Here are some benefits and uses you can obtain from using Jasmine:

Strengthen the Immune System

Jasmine contains active compounds (flavonoids, phenolics, and saponins) that have high antioxidative and immune boosting properties. When consumed by humans, saponins assist the immune system to protect against viral, fungal, and bacterial assault. Antioxidants are powerful free-radical scavengers and lend help to repair oxidized (damaged) cells, effectively strengthening the immune system.

A strong immune system prevents simple infections such as the common cold or flu but also ensures a life devoid of disease, cancer, and other ailments. At Wild Foods, we are huge proponents of food as medicine and anything that supports health and longevity gets two thumbs up from us!

Cancer Prevention

Several species of Jasmine are said to have anti-carcinogenic properties. Carcinogens are substances capable of causing cancer in living tissues. Quite disturbingly, they are found everywhere, including foods you eat, products you apply to your skin, and clothes you put on your children.

The base of most Jasmine tea is Green tea (the flowers are added for flavor) and Green tea is abundant in polyphenols, which are a known cancer-preventing compounds. While current studies are still ongoing, the Methanolic extract from Jasmine flowers has caused inhibition of cancer cell growth.

Wound Treatment

Jasmine is known to be very effective as an antiseptic or disinfectant and may be used as a topical ointment for open wounds. With constituents like Benzoic Acid, Benzaldehyde, and Benzyl Benzoate, Jasmine has high germicidal, bactericidal, and fungicidal properties. When applied externally, wounds are prevented from becoming septic and the possibility of contracting tetanus is eliminated.

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Scar Recovery

Jasmine essential oils are used primarily in the cosmetic industry for the sweet aroma, but their therapeutic properties are a huge bonus (say hello, women)! Jasmine oil is a known cicatrisant and highly effective at treating and eliminating scars. Cicatrisant means skin or wound healing and works on a cellular level to repair damage and stimulate cellular proliferation.

This is especially important for new or soon-to-be mommies, as Jasmine oil can diminish the appearance and prevent the onset of scar tissue. You may have earned your tiger stripes, but with Jasmine oil, you can heal them right up!

As a Calming Sedative

Sleeping pills are one of the most frequently prescribed psychotropic drugs on the market with benzodiazepines (a type of sedative) topping the most prescribed drugs overall. Benzodiazepines (like Xanax) are highly addictive (given the typical prescription length) and cause serious side effects such as lack of coordination, dizziness, slurred speech, blurred vision, and confusion.

Skip the sleeping pills and drink some Jasmine tea. Studies have proven the mere scent of the jasmine flower is equally effective as sleeping aids in enhancing the inhibitory neurotransmitter known as GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid). GABA is essential for deep sleep and is responsible for calming down brain activity and inducing the onset of sleep.

As an Antidepressant

Jasmine is advised in the treatment of depression and anxiety for not only the calming effects but for its capability to uplift and please the spirit. Jasmine’s aromatic effect stimulates specific hormones, like serotonin, which boost energy and mood.

While the serotonin-depression link is nearly 50 years old and seems increasingly implausible, serotonin does facilitate in every appetitive, autonomic, cognitive, emotion, and motor behavior. Low levels of serotonin can present within these systems as depression or other unwanted conditions.

As an Aphrodisiac

The fragrance of the jasmine flower is also believed to react with other human hormones that help improve the function of the sexual organs. In fact, some communities in Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent decorate the bride with jasmine flowers and spray the bridal room with jasmine essential oil to enhance the wedded couple’s libido!

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Female Reproductive Health

In general, the Jasmine plant helps balance hormone levels and improves bodily functions. With known emmenagogue properties, Jasmine helps regulate period cycles and provides relief from other symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle, such as mood swings and hot flashes - particularly for women undergoing menopause.

Jasmine oil is also a Galactagogues and uterine tonic. Uterine tonics tone and strengthen the tissues of the entire reproductive system and galactagogues are substances that increase milk flow. Jasmine oil is a wonderful natural remedy to boost and strengthen female health.

How to Use

Jasmine can be used as a tea or an essential oil, both of which are safe for consumption, and the oil can be used topically as well.

As mentioned before, the jasmine flower is suffused in dry tea leaves (typically green) to become a beverage. To make your own Jasmine tea at home, simply combine our Jasmine flowers with Sencha green tea. Scoop 1 tsp into 8 ounces of boiling water and steep for 2-3 minutes.

The ratio of tea leaves to flowers will depend solely on your preference for aroma. A 1:1 ratio will yield the most fragrant Jasmine tea. (Click here to try our Green Jasmine tea blend.)

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Disclaimer: Always test for allergic reactions before using Jasmine for treatment. If you are pregnant or nursing, consult your physician before incorporating Jasmine into your routine.

Wild Recipe: Iced Matcha

Mike Rothschild

Ingredients:

Directions

  1. Combine the MCT, Matcha, sweetener and cold water in a blender.
  2. Blend until frothy.
  3. Lower the speed and add in the collagen until just combined.
  4. Pour over ice, enjoy! 

Arnica for the Skin and Muscles

Allison Bingham

Arnica Montana is native to Europe but is most commonly found as a hybrid across the globe. She is an alpine plant that grows well in nutrient-poor soil and prefers high altitudes, which breed more aromatic plants.

As a member of the Asteraceae family, Arnica shares herbal benefits with Calendula, Chamo­milla, Echinacea, Millefolium (Yarrow), Solidago (golden rod), Taraxacum (dandelion), and is relative to the common sunflower and daisy.

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Arnica Montana is one of the best-known and most widely used natural remedies for bruising, muscle soreness, and trauma. Plastic surgeons and skin care professionals swear by Arnica for post-treatment recovery.

The Arnica flower (fresh or dry) is most commonly used, although parts of Europe utilize the root in herbal preparations. Flowers begin to appear mid-summer and are harvested early in the blooming season for best results.

General advisement promotes Arnica as a topical treatment, and not an internal treatment, although some say the romantic German writer Goethe used to take arnica tea to relieve him from chest pains.

While internal consumption is advised against, there is an abundance of merit in the topical and herbal use of the Arnica plant. In fact, keeping some dried arnica plant on hand proves very useful for the immediate treatment of various external conditions!

To guide you through some of them, here is a list of some common uses:

AS A HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT

Homeopathy refers to an alternative practice of medicine that originated in Germany over 200 years ago. It follows the principle of “like cures like”, which is the notion that an ailment can be cured by negligible amounts of a substance that produce similar symptoms in a healthy person. There is little evidence to this practice, but it has gained a large following nonetheless.

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It is important to note that the treatment is highly personalized. Careful preparation and precaution are advised for anyone who chooses to utilize the arnica plant as a homeopathic treatment.

TO TREAT VARIOUS FORMS OF SKIN TRAUMA

While homeopathy may be lacking in research, the treatment of bruises, strains, and sprains has a lot of backing. The plant contains chemicals with anti-inflammatory properties, such as sesquiterpene lactones and flavonoids that strengthen blood vessels and diminish blood leakage, characteristic of bruises and swelling from fractures.

Arnica also contains powerful antioxidants such as selenium and manganese, which is elemental in the formation of healthy bones, wound healing, and processing of proteins, cholesterol, and carbohydrates.

TO REDUCE SYMPTOMS OF RHEUMATIC DISEASE AND MUSCLE PAIN

A study reveals that scheduled use of Arnica before and after marathon running has a positive effect in reducing muscle soreness.

TO PROMOTE HAIR GROWTH

Some people use a diluted form of topical ointment to improve blood circulation in the scalp, which leads to stronger hair (and less hair loss), thereby improving hair growth and quality.

To apply externally, there are many different forms.

  1. A spray-on infusion made with 1 teaspoon of dried herbs mixed with ½ cup of water.
  2. A tincture made of 1 part dried arnica flowers to 8 parts alcohol.
  3. An infused oil derived from 1 part dried flowers in 4 parts oil.  
  4. A topical ointment combining 1 part arnica oil to 4 - 5 parts base.
  5. A mouth rinse made of 1 part arnica tincture to 10 parts water.  
  6. A foot bath with 1 teaspoon arnica tincture in a pan of warm water.

(To make your own at home, check out Arnica flowers in our shop!)

It must be reiterated that internal consumption can be dangerous to the body, with known effects such as heart palpitations, nervous disturbances, dizziness or nausea, and irritation of the digestive system. An external application should also be applied with caution to avoid allergic reactions. To obtain certainty, consult your physician before using Arnica.

Not Just Flavorful: The Medicinal Value of Strawberry Leaf

Allison Bingham

With a statistic like this - a whopping 94% of US households consume strawberries - a description of this delicious fruit is certainly unnecessary. Strawberries are one of the most widely used fruits in desserts and pastries and are even occasionally acceptable on a ketogenic diet!

Wild strawberries are native to the United States, with California producing 75-80% of the nation's yearly yield. The strawberry plant plays a vital role as a colonizer and soil stabilizer in newly developed areas, therefore special care must be taken during harvest to ensure longevity.

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While the fruit is abundant in vitamins and flavor, it is the health benefits of the leaves that takes the focus today. By itself, the strawberry leaf has its own mild, fruity flavor and is harvested throughout the spring and summer, particularly during blooming for the most aromatic taste. Strawberry leaves are typically dried and combined with fragments of stem and flower particles.

Despite a lower popularity compared to its fruit body counterpart, the strawberry leaf is packed with nutrients and constituents that make its consumption as a tea extremely beneficial to the body. Here are some you can use this fantastic fruit leaf to promote a happy, healthy bod.

IMPROVES THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

Strawberry leaf tea is often consumed to relieve an upset stomach from diarrhea, reduce bloating, and soothe feelings of nausea. Most commonly, it is taken to soothe the digestive system from any other form of gastrointestinal distress.

Strawberry leaf contains condensed tannins, which are biomolecules that bind to proteins, alkaloids, and amino acids, among other compounds, with a low pH that causes digestive distress and disruption. Tannins are polyphenolic compounds that once bound to a protein, renders it resistant to enzymes.

ALLEVIATE ARTHRITIC SYMPTOMS AND CONDITIONS

Strawberry leaves are high in caffeic acid - a compound proven to exhibit antioxidative, anti-tumor, immunomodulatory, and anti-inflammatory properties - all of which alleviate the symptoms of various arthritic conditions.

Arthritis is the general term used to define joint pain or disease and is a typical indicator of osteoarthritis, which is the degeneration of joints through daily wear-and tear. Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is an autoimmune condition that occurs when the bodies immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissues. For both conditions, the soft tissue surrounding the joints retain excess fluid and invariably cause inflammation.

In addition to containing caffeic acid (which reduces inflammation in the joints), strawberry leaf is one of the highest sources of vitamin C (which further helps reduce inflammation).

PROTECTS AGAINST MACULAR DEGENERATION

Most people think of carrots when they think of beneficial foods for eye health, but in a study published in Archives of Ophthalmology, fruit was the leading prevention of age related macular degeneration (ARMD). Those who ate only 1.5 servings of fruit per day were 36% more likely to develop the condition than those who ate 3 servings per day.

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PACKED WITH MICRONUTRIENTS

As previously mentioned, strawberry leaf is one of the highest sources of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) which supports many restorative functions. It is essential in the repair and regeneration of tissues, it protects against heart disease, aids in the absorption of iron, prevents scurvy, and decreases the total amount of LDL (bad) cholesterol in the body.

Strawberry leaf is also high in iron and calcium. Iron aids in the eradication of stress and fatigue from various causes, while strengthening the immune system against different kinds of diseases, and calcium is vital for optimal bone growth.

HOW TO PREPARE

Strawberry leaf is usually consumed in the form of a tea, which can be made easily at home. Simply steep 1 TSP dried strawberry leaves in 8 oz boiling water for three to five minutes, let cool, then enjoy. Add honey or lemon to sweeten for taste.

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(Click here to check out our strawberry leaf in the shop.)

Consumption in its raw form is harsh and generally advised against. Strawberries are a known allergy for some and its use should be heeded.

Wild Recipe: Wild Whey Coffee Smoothie

Mike Rothschild

Recipe from The Castaway Kitchen

Perfect recovery smoothie with protein and good fats. Low in sugar and with a caffeine boost to keep you going the rest of the day!

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

Directions

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Wild Recipe: No Churn Ice Cream

Mike Rothschild

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This chilly treat comes together really quickly! It only needs half the freeze time of your traditional ice cream. The magic is in the ground up chia seeds that thicken the coconut milk to a creamy confection and in the vanilla powder that delivers unparalleled flavor. Move over Ben and Jerry!

Makes 3 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Freeze Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a high powdered blender.
  2. Blend, bringing the speed up to high until the chia seeds are pulverized and the mix is completely smooth.
  3. Distribute the mix between three freezer safe containers.
  4. Cover and freeze up to an hour.
  5. Remove from the freezer and let the container sit out for a few minutes before digging in. You can store these in the fridge and pop them in the freezer to get really cold before eating if you are making them ahead of time.

Calming Down with the Passion Flower

Colin Stuckert

Passion flower, known botanically as Passiflora incarnata L. and a part of the Passifloraceae family, is equally flamboyant in appearance and unique for the benefits. It’s almost alien-like in appearance, but quite striking, with five stamens and three stigmas that protrude from the center, resembling antennae.

Passion flower is most widely utilized in the US and Europe for its supreme calming effects.

Traditional use can be dated back to prehistoric times and today there’s a long-established application to help reduce anxiety, hysteria, and other nervous mental ailments. Some studies have even found that while it didn’t treat mental disorders as quickly as certain drugs, it did so with a reduction in side effects that drugs usually induce on the consumers.

Most parts of the herbaceous plant are used in the treatment of different conditions, including its leaves, stems, and flowers. The intake of passion flower raises the levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical in the brain that induces relaxation, thus making the herb an effective solution for the alleviation of several conditions, such as the following:

Anxiety

Passion flower is believed to activate brain receptors that induce relaxation, thereby lowering anxiety in patients. As already mentioned, certain studies have found that the plant was just as effective as oxazepam in treating symptoms of the disorder. While it took a few days longer (seven versus oxazepam’s four), job performance was not hindered as with the drug.

Insomnia

Especially anxiety-induced insomnia and for those diagnosed with bipolar disorder, the relaxing effect that passion flower induces can help patients get better sleep quality. It is important to note, however, that long-term effects of the herb are still unknown.

High Blood Pressure

Passion flower extracts are presumed to be able to lower blood pressure, but those who take it should be wary of possible interactions with other blood pressure-lowering medications as this might cause the blood pressure to drop too low. We advocate the use of all-natural treatment remedies, but always consult your doctor before making any changes to your treatment program.

Menopause

By activating the brain receptors responsible for relaxation, passion flower extracts can help alleviate the experience for menopausal women, particularly with regards to symptoms such as hot flashes, irritability, anxiety, and depression.

ADHD

One study found that the use of passion flower matches the effects of usual ADHD medication and with considerably less side effects. The study admits its limitations, however, and further studies of larger capacities should still be carried out.

Diabetes

Taking passion flower supplements has been proven to improve blood glucose control in diabetic patients.

Passion flower is available in many consumable forms including tinctures, liquid extracts, teas and infusions – which can easily be made by steeping a teaspoon of dried herbs in hot water for 5-10 minutes.

You may also try different combinations of the passion flower and other herbs such as valerian root and St. John’s wort or chamomile flowers for added benefits. For additional flavor, we recommend adding some honey.

Passion flower is recognized as generally safe for consumption, but it is still important to consult a specialist before taking a dose of passion flower, especially for children. Interactions with other treatments, such as sedatives and blood thinners should also be considered. For women who are pregnant or nursing, the intake of passion flower is not advisable.

Wild Recipe: Matcha Protein Smoothie

Mike Rothschild

A delicious and thick smoothie with antioxidant, energy-bestowing matcha and gut healing matcha. This smoothie is perfect for a low carb or keto diet! Made thick with chia seeds and coconut milk, it’s a low-carb smoothie that tastes great! If you can’t do seeds, feel free to add some frozen banana to thicken it.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. collagen peptides
  • ½ tsp Wild Matcha #2
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup filtered water
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • ½ cup baby kale leaves (optional)

Toppings (optional)

  • Shredded coconut
  • Frozen wild blueberries
  • Hemp hearts

Directions

  1. In a blender combine all of the ingredients, except the chia seeds.
  2. When everything is smooth, add in the chia seeds and blend on low for 30 seconds, then on high for 30 seconds.
  3. Let it sit for 2 minutes, it will thicken a bit.
  4. Pour it into a bowl and sprinkle on your favorite toppings!

Wild Recipe: Wild Maca Mocha

Mike Rothschild

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients, except the water in a blender.
  2. Blend on high for two minutes until silky smooth.
  3. Lower the speed to low and slowly drizzle in the ice cold water. 
  4. Pour into a pitcher through a fine mesh sieve.
  5. Serve cold! 

Rebbl Macros: Cal 190 Fat 8 Carbs 22 grams Fiber 8 Sugar 13 grams Protein 4

Wild Macros: Cals 335 Fat 32.2 Carbs 13.5 Fiber 2.5 Sugar 3.5 Protein 7.6

Marigolds: Calendulas Are More Than Just Decoration

Colin Stuckert

With their bright orange and yellow petals, it’s not surprising why marigolds are a popular choice for any garden that needs a little pop.

Marigolds are more than just decoration though. These vibrant flowers have been widely utilized for many medicinal purposes since the 11th century.

This is especially true for pot marigolds, which probably stems from the fact that this particular genus grows even in less than ideal soil and weather conditions – making it one of the choicest plants for garden experts to grow.

The common term for marigolds in the calendula genus (official scientific term Calendula officinalis). While plants in the Tagetes genus are known to be useful as insect repellent due to their pungent smell, calendula marigolds are recognized for their medicinal properties.

Many components give the calendula marigold anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and anti-fungal properties, making it useful as a treatment for several medical conditions.

Here are just a few ways marigolds can be used:

  1. Conjunctivitis

    The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic components of the pot marigold make it useful in the treatment of this eye inflammation and other similar conditions that are probably caused by a virus, bacteria, or other particles that induce allergic reactions.

  2. Ear Infections

    As an antiseptic, calendula drops can be used to treat ear infections and also reduce inflammation.

  3. Skin Conditions

    Studies have found that marigold extracts are capable of reducing the symptoms, and even treating different skin diseases including tumors, ulcers, lesions, and other similar conditions. Its anti-inflammatory properties have also been proven to be helpful in treating burns (particularly sunburn), bruises, and other inflammatory conditions of different origins. Breast cancer patients are advised to use marigolds in order to reduce the dermatitis that is caused by the required frequent chemotherapy. While it is still yet to be proven, it is also claimed that the plant helps reduce breast cancer tumors.

  4. Genital infections

    Sitz baths that make use of water infused with the petals of a calendula marigold are ideal for people with vaginal infections, hemorrhoids, or any similar condition.

  5. Oral and Digestive Infections.

    Aside from being an anti-inflammatory, the pot marigold’s antitoxic properties are utilized in reducing mouth and stomach ulcers.

While marigold extracts are usually included in herbal ointments and creams that are available commercially, drinking it as a tea is still highly advised, as is the case for the treatment of mouth and stomach ulcers. (Get some Wild Calendula here.)

Dried calendula leaves can be steeped in boiling water for drinking or other purposes. Used marigold tea bags can also serve as a compress for some infections such as conjunctivitis.

Pot marigolds are recognized as safe for general use, but it is still important to consult your doctor for possible incompatibilities to prevent unnecessary infections or allergic reactions.

This is especially important for women who are pregnant or nursing, or for those who are taking other forms of medication that might interact poorly with the calendula.

Wild Tutorial: How to Make a Matcha Latte

Savannah Power

By Savannah Power @ Wild Foods

By Savannah Power @ Wild Foods

Ingredients & Tools

  • 1 TSP Wild Matcha
  • 2 oz Hot Water
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  • Milk Frother (Available at Amazon, Target, etc. under $10)
  • Matcha Bamboo Whisk (Available on Amazon)

Directions

Make the Matcha

  1. Add the Matcha and Hot Water to a small bowl or wide mug. Whisk using a figure 8 motion until well combined.

Make the Latte

  1. Pre Heat the Almond Milk in the Microwave for under a minute.
  2. Using your milk frother, froth the Almond milk until it is creamy.
  3. Pour the steamed milk into your mug of Matcha.
  4. Enjoy!

For an Iced Latte

  1. Repeat step one to make the Matcha.
  2. Pour over ice.
  3. Add cold Almond Milk fresh from the fridge.

Wild Newsletter Aug 5, 2017

Colin Stuckert

The Wild Newsletter by Wild Foods

Dear Wildling,

I hope you enjoy this weeks' Wild Newsletter.

As always, we welcome feedback and comments!

Enjoy.

Yours in Health,
-Colin Stuckert

-Colin Stuckert
Wild Foods Founder


Wild Product Spotlight

Wild Coffee beans are roasted fresh in Austin and hand-delivered to us twice a week.

We aim to offer some of the freshest coffee you can get online. Check out the full Wild Coffee line.

(Hint: what you get in the store is a month old at least for even local products, and months old for the big brands. Yuck.)


Book of The Week

    Disrupted.

    This is a fun book. I enjoyed it on Audible.


    Wild Guide of The Week

      I'm super proud of our team's work on the Wild Blog. It's loaded with useful articles, past newsletters (this one), recipes and more. 

      Check out the Wild Blog.


      Podcast of The Week

      This episode is not work/family safe. Profanity and some progression ideas in this episode, but also some real gold relating to the preconceived cultural nonsense that's foisted upon us all.

      Aubrey Marcus #107: My Ego Is So Much Smaller Than Yours, Bro with JP Sears 


      Article of The week


      Some good stuff in this piece. 

      How To Live A Full Life (And Leave Nothing On The Table) By 30


      CEO Corner - Quote of The Week


      "The object of knowing is constantly changing. Feeling, tasting, sensational experiment, etc., are dogmas and not true knowledge as they can be wrong. Objects of perception, therefore, are ruled out of true knowledge."

      -Bruce Lee

      Every day I win the cosmic lottery because I receive another 24 hours on a giant rock called Earth where I partake in this amazing thing called life with my fellow creatures called homo sapiens.

      (BTW, and not surprisingly considering we named ourselves, homo sapiens is Latin for "wise man.") 

      Each one of these lucky days I receive, just like everyone else, I get caught up in the mucky muck of life.

      This is why I like to take a step back and observe life for what it really is: the greatest gift the Universe has ever seen.

      When you take a step back and look at what's actually going on, you gain some powerful perspectives.

      Consider the fact that the odds of a single human being born is something like 300 trillion to one AGAINST happening.

      Or the fact that, at any minute a major catastrophic event could wipe out humanity in the blink of an eye, just like the dinosaurs.

      Or the fact that, if that catastrophic event hadn't wiped out the dinosaurs, humans wouldn't be here today.

      Or the fact that time will eventually erode into nothingness everything you and I have ever known.

      On one hand, this is kinda depressing. 

      But since there's nothing you and I can do about it, we have only one choice.

      This: Make the best of every second by focusing on what we can control.

      This seems obvious and like it should come easy to humans considering the situation we find ourselves in.

      Yet the vast majority of people take for granted the The Universe's Great Gift by mucking around in a chronic state of self-inflicted suffering.

      We all do it. Everyone.

      We all suffer because the human gene has been sculpted through millions of years in the harsh environment found on Earth.

      Things have changed. 

      The modern world has removed the vast majority of trials that would have kept our ancestors busy (and happy).

      This is what humans are designed for: struggle.

      We are not designed for the world we live in now which is defined by convenience and excess.

      And that's why there's a thing known as negativity bias that seems to be the default framework for the human mind.

      We are prone to focus on the negative because our ancestors had to be vigilant and careful for survival purposes. They had to assume the worst was around the bend because that increased chances of survival. 

      The careful hunter gatherer did not stay a hunter gatherer for long, and thus did not pass along his or her genes. 

      On the flip side, individuals that were vigilantly focused on the many things that could go wrong were the ones that survived and passed along their genes.

      And since we have removed the majority of physical threats from our modern, local environments, our environments are defined by a lack of struggle.

      So we subconsciously create obstacles for ourselves.

      Most of us don't realize we are doing this... so instead we blame people, the world, our coworkers, our parents, our spouses, and so on.

      And what we create are excuses for ourselves coupled with external, unsolvable problems .

      And it's the unsolvable part that's the real problem that contributes to the mass of suffering modern humans experience.

      Examples include: 

      • Worrying about the future 
      • Obsessing over the past
      • Trying to change other people
      • Trying to control outcomes of events
      • Living a life for others
      • Living in denial of one or more things in life
      • And so on.

      Most people focus on things they can't control, which is as absurd as it sounds yet no less prevalent.

      But there's a better way.

      You should focus on obstacles you can overcome, then work towards overcoming them.

      This is how you use your natural propensity towards struggle in a way that will make the world—and your life—better.

      And it all starts by retooling your brain to focus on things within your control—and only those things. 

      This translates to one thing: yourself.

      The only thing you can truly control in life is yourself; your actions, your thoughts, your beliefs.

      In fact, I'd say that the only real way to deal with being a modern human is to learn how to control the problems you face in life by finding the right problems while avoiding the wrong problems.

      You want to accept the things outside of your control while giving yourself permission to live on your own terms.

      If you do this, you can evolve out of the traps that your biology has set for you.

      But it's very hard and takes work. Years of work.

      Wild Recipe: Wild Caramel Frappe

      Savannah Power

      Recipe by Savannah Power @ Wild Foods

      Recipe by Savannah Power @ Wild Foods

      Ingredients

      Directions

      1. Add the dates and hot water to your blender and pulse until it becomes a paste. If you have a food processor - use it!
      2. Put the paste aside and clean your blender.
      3. Add the tray of Almond Milk ice cubes to your blender.
      4. Next add the Cold Brew 
      5. Finish off with some Wild Vanilla, Pink Salt and 3-4 scoops of your pre-made date paste.
      6. Blend until creamy! Add milk as needed.
      7. Try not to add whipped cream - then totally do it.