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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.

      Wild Recipe: Dragon's Fire Smoothie

      Mike Rothschild

      Recipe by Wild Foods, Mike Rothschild, and Savanna Power

      Recipe by Wild Foods, Mike Rothschild, and Savanna Power

      Wild Foods presents the Dragon's Fire Smoothie (inspired by Game of Thrones), the perfect smoothie to drink while watching the next or your favorite episode. 

      Ingredients

      8 Strawberries
      10 Raspberries
      1 oz Chopped Beets
      1 Avocado
      3 Tbsp Wild Cacao Nibs
      2 Tbsp Wild Maca Powder
      3 Tbsp Flax Seeds
      1 Tbsp Honey
      1 cup Almond Milk
      1/4 tsp Cayenne Powder
      6 Ice Cubes

      Directions

      Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until creamy.

      Wild Recipe: White Walker Smoothie

      Mike Rothschild

      Recipe by Wild Foods, Mike Rothschild, and Savanna Power

      Recipe by Wild Foods, Mike Rothschild, and Savanna Power

      Wild Foods presents the White Walker Smoothie (inspired by Game of Thrones), the perfect smoothie to drink while watching the next or your favorite GOT episode. 

      Ingredients

      1 Dragon Fruit
      3 Blackberries
      5 Blueberries
      1/2 Banana
      3 Tbsp Greek Yogurt
      1 TBSP Almond Butter
      1 tsp Wild Chocolate Powder
      1/4 tsp Wild Vanilla Powder
      6 Stems of Fresh Mint Leaves
      6 Cubes of Frozen Almond Milk
      1 cup of Almond Milk
      1-2 Tbsp Coconut Flakes

      Directions

      Blend all ingredients together in a high-speed blender until creamy

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      How To Add Raw Cacao To Your Diet

      Colin Stuckert

      Right now you must be thinking, “these fools spelled cocoa wrong!”

      Sorry, not sorry.

      While cacao and cocoa are often considered two different things, they are pretty much the same thing.

      Cacao is the tree from which cocoa is produced. Once harvest, cocoa can be made into numerous product like cocoa butter and chocolate!

      Again, it's pretty much the same thing, but for the sticklers that want to obsess over nomenclature, go by the definitions above if you absolute must separate them out by spelling.

      Raw cacao is jam packed with a multitude of antioxidants, minerals and fiber. It is also a great source of iron and magnesium, which makes it one of the top selling superfoods on the market today.

      For those with an affinity for sweetened chocolate, the unsweetened taste of raw cacao can seem bitter and prove challenging to incorporate into your diet.

      But that should be no reason for only getting your chocolate fix through low-quality, sugar packed cheap chocolate products.

      There are so many better, healthier ways to get cocoa into your body.

      To add this powerful superfood into your diet, you can grab a handful of our raw cacao nibs and eat raw or sprinkle over yogurt or into a smoothie.

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      A few ways to add Raw Cacao (Raw Cocoa) to your diet:

      Add Raw Cacao Nibs to your favorite smoothie

      For health nuts on the go, smoothies are a quick and easy way to get the most nutrients. We recommend adding a half a banana, a few tablespoons of almond butter, and a handful of raw cacao nibs to your green smoothie. This gives you an abundance of antioxidants and a nice dose of healthy fat, without adding a bunch a sugar.

      Recreate Your Favorite Dessert

      You can easily sprinkle raw cacao nibs over your favorite coconut ice cream. However, if you are looking to get a little more creative with raw cacao, you may choose to substitute raw cacao nibs into your gluten free chocolate chip cookie mix or even blend raw cacao with avocado, almond milk and agave to create a decadent raw cacao mousse.

      Make a "Cocoa Trail Mix"

      The varieties of homemade trail mixes are endless.

      Grab some raw nuts, some cocoa butter wafers, some cocoa nibs, some dried berries, and you have a healthy and nutritious snack for on the go.

      Whether you are a mom on the go, the superstar athlete, or a chef, adding more raw cacao into your diet is as easy as reaching your hand in a bag of raw cacao nibs, cocoa butter wafers, or Wild Chocolate powder. (You can also drink it with our brain loving Cocotropic!)

      We want to hear from you! How do you use raw cacao? Comment below with your favorite raw cacao recipes!

      Wild Recipe: Golden Milk

      Savannah Power

      Ingredients

      Optional

      • Maple Syrup
      • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

      Directions

      Add ingredients to the blender and pulse on high until thick and creamy!