Tuesday, December 22, 2009

TIP Talks Newsletter-Holiday 2009

Holiday/Winter 2009-2010
(not directly affiliated with Lily's Garden Herbals but a great resource put out by some dedicated Rhode Islanders doing great work!)

Highlights: Holiday Guidance: Christmas Trees, Candles, Kitchens, Handwashing...

Legislation: Household Products Labeling, BPA in Food Containers; Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Bill; Toxic Substances Control Act; Why City Pesticide Ban is Good for Business...

Hope for the Holidays: OCA on the Organic Answer to Hunger, AMA Resolution...

Go to: www.toxicsinfo.org/tiptalks/winter10.htm

Friday, December 11, 2009

Don't miss...

Lily's Garden Herbals Holiday Shopping Day at the Cottage

Take 15% off all your favorite Lily’s Garden Herbals products in the Cottage*

Gift tubs, stocking stuffers and other seasonal goodies also on sale

Enjoy seasonal snacks and libation while you shop!

*excluding seasonal items

When? Tomorrow Saturday, December 12th from 9 am to 4 pm at the Cottage at:

50 Tuckertown Road
Wakefield, RI 02879
phone: 401- 284-2798


Here is some data obtained from the 'Environment and Society' class my daughter is taking at McGill University. The take away from it is: reduce intake of animal protein for better personal and planetary health!

Meat based diet of the Americans and most Middle Income Countries is is very detrimental to the environment:


Resource Use-
>1/2 the world’s cropland grows livestock feed

The land used to feed 1 meat eater could feed 20 pure vegetarians

Livestock consume about 38% of the world’s grain, and that consumption is growing twice as fast as people’s grain consumption. Pigs and chickens account for 2/3 of this consumption and dairy and beef cattle much of the remaining 1/3

>70% of the grain consumed in the US is fed to livestock, compared to only 2% in sub-Saharan Africa

Almost 2/3 of US cropland is used to produce livestock feed; only 2% is used to produce vegetables eaten by people

1/3 of the world’s fish catch is converted into fish meal and fed to livestock in MICs

About 40% of the commercial inorganic fertilizer used in the US is applied to cornfields used to produce livestock feed

Livestock use more than 1/2 the water withdrawn each year in the US, with most of this water used to irrigate crops fed to livestock and to wash manure away. The water used to produce the meat on a 1000 lb grain-fed steer would float a battleship

A person switching from a trypical meat-based diet to a pure vegetarian diet saves 5.3 million liters of water a year (enough to fill 2 olympic size swimming pools)

If everyone in the US switched to a pure vege diet, the country’s oil imports could be cut by 60%

Almost half the energy used in American agriculture goes into the livestock sector

Damage to the Environment:
About 85% of US topsoil loss is directly associated with livestock grazing

Overgrazing of sparse vegetation and trampling of the soil by too many cattle and other livestock is the major cause of desertification in arid and semiarid areas

Cutting down tropical forests in South America and converting them to short-lived pasture for cattle to raise beef for export to MDCs and for domestic use have destroyed vast areas of these storehouses of biodiversity

Cattle belch out 12-15% of all the methane released into the atmosphere

Some of the nitrogen in commercial inorganic fertilizer used to produce livestock feed is converted to nitrous oxide, another greenhouse gas

Nitrogen in manure excapes into the atmosphere as gaseous ammonia, a pollutant that contributes to acid deposition

Meat accounts for 55% of the pesticide residues in the US diet, compared to 6% from vegetables, 4% form fruits, and 1% from grains

Livestock in the US produce 125 tons of shit every second

Only about 1/2 of the livestock waste produced in the US is recycled in the soil. This leaves farmers with high fertilizer bills and livestock producers with high waste disposal costs.

Livestock wastes and sediment from land eroded by livestock account for about 1/2 the water pollution in the US

***Resolution= Sustainable production of meat:
Reducing the number of livestock animals in many areas

Producing crops and livestock together in areas where such diversified farming systems have disappeared and encouraging them where they survive

Raising the price of agricultural inputs (soil, water, fertilizer) and products to reflects their true environmental costs

Slowing and eventually halting human population growth

Friday, November 6, 2009

Nutritional Supplements and Herbs for Influenza

A common sense approach to the flu-H1 N1 or other strains by well-respected herbalist, Paul Bergner. Well worth watching. Be sure to take notes!


(you may need to copy and paste this link to your browser window)

For more information, you can attend my free talk entitled 'Building Vitality for Winter Wellness-nourishing ourselves and our families during the cold months ahead' which will be held:

Thursday, November 19th from 7 to 9 pm at:
Alternative Food Cooperative
357 Main Street
Wakefield, RI 02879

Call 401-789-2240 and leave a message for Tracey Blahey to register

Saturday, October 10, 2009

350.org Day of International Climate Action

On October 24, 2009 (yes, it's coming up soon!), an International Day of Climate Action will cover almost every country on Earth, the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet's history.

What does '350' mean?

350 parts per million is what many scientists, climate experts, and progressive national governments are now saying is the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere.

Accelerating arctic warming and other early climate impacts have led scientists to conclude that we are already above the safe zone at our current 390 ppm, and that unless we are able to rapidly return to 350 ppm this century, we risk reaching tipping points and irreversible impacts such as the melting of the Greenland ice sheet and major methane releases from increased permafrost melt.

So, to exemplify the urgency of getting the Earth's carbon dioxide at this safe upper limit of 350 part per million, the dedicated members at 350.org are overseeing the organization, by citizens like you, of big rallies in big cities and incredible creative actions across the globe--like mountain climbers holding banners on our highest peaks, underwater demonstrations in island nations that are threatened by sea level rise, churches and mosques and synagogues and ashrams engaged in symbolic action, star athletes organizing mass bike rides--and hundreds upon hundreds of community events throughout the world to raise awareness of the need for urgent action.

Every event will highlight the number 350--and people will gather at some point for a big group photo depicting that all important message. Soon after, at 350.org all photos will be assembled for a gigantic, global, visual petition.

The thousands of events on October 24th will drive 350 and all that it represents into the human imagination, and change the negotiating environment as we head towards the crucial UN Climate Negotiations in Copenhagen this December, 2009. Copenhagen may well be the pivotal moment that determines whether or not we get the planet out of its climate crisis, and YOUR actions on October 24th will help our leaders realize we mean business-a real solution that pays real attention to the indisputable scientific evidence.

Please log onto 350.org to find an event near you.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Planting the Future Conference, Saturday, September 19th

Join the Ocean State Herbal Association this Saturday, September 19th as we host:

United Plant Savers ‘Planting the Future’ Conference. A day of classes, workshops and herb walks. Teachers include herbalist, Susun Weed along with many well-known New England herbalists. Win herbal products! Shop for locally made herbal products and crafts throughout the day at the Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living, 451 Hammet Rd. Coventry, RI. For directions to the center call: 401-397-3430 or go online: www.apeiron.org.

Lily's Garden Herbals bloggers, you can contact Kim Falcone if you have questions.

For event registration call Betzy Bancroft at United Plant Savers: 802-476-6467 or go online: www.unitedplantsavers.org or register the day of the event. Tickets are $60 for UpS members/$70 non-members.

'Planting the Future' is hosted by the Ocean State Herbal Association to benefit United Plant Savers in the preservation of endangered and at risk medicinal plants in North America

Event Schedule

9:00 am Opening Circle

9:45 – 11:15 class session 1
Donna Wood Eaton - The Earth Doesn't Like Bare Spots!
Karyn Sanders - Planting Medicinal Plants from a Native American Perspective
Aviva Romm - Wise Women: Wise Choices
Tim Blakley – The Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils
Herb walk – Tony(a) Lemos

11:30 – 1:00 class session 2
Kate & Dan Rakosky - Gardening with Gaia
Michael Ford - Indigenous Uses of Plant Species of Southern New England
Susun Weed - Favorite Herbs for A High-Energy, High-Intensity Life
Nancy Scarzello – UpS and YOU ~ A Creative Partnership
herb walk – Chris Marano

1:00 to 2:00 lunch
2:00 – 3:30 class session 3
Jeff Carpenter - Growing Threatened Medicinal Herbs for Market in the Northeast
Donna Wood Eaton - A UpS Medicine Trail on Cape Cod
Lupo Passero - Flower Essence and Energetic Medicine of the "At Risk" Plants
herb walk – Betzy Bancroft

3:45 – 5:15 class session 4
Susun Weed – the Peaceful Gardener
Kate & Dan Rakosky - Creating Sanctuary: Tour Sagewood Herb Farm, a RI UpS Botanical Sanctuary
Margi Flint – Plant Love
Jody Noe – Wild Medicinals Traditionally used in Cancer Care
herb walk – Lesley Wooler

5:15 – 5:30 Closing Circle

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Here is a recipe for Neem Garden Spray that I have just begun to use on my vegetables and other garden plants with great success!

Neem Oil Neem (Azadirachta indica) is a tree that is native to India. Its seeds, bark and leaves have been used extensively in Aryurvedic medicine for several thousands of years. Indians there call Neem 'the village pharmacy' and depend on its medicines for all types of skin problems, as an antimicrobial and and anti-inflammatory. Its tender shoots and flowers are also eaten as a vegetable. Neem oil, which is pressed from the olive-like seeds (see photo above), is a very effective bio-insecticide for garden plants. Neem doesn't actually kill chewing insects, but interferes with hormonal processes so the bug forgets to eat and/or reproduce. It does not affect pollinating insects, however, because they do not chew on plant leaves. You won't notice results right away, so do not think it is not effective. Be patient, as it takes about a week to see results. I can actually see my lettuces and Echinacea plants growing new leaves without big holes being chewed in them.

Neem Garden Insecticide
5 ml Neem Oil (about 1 teaspoon)

2 ml dish detergent (less than 1/2 teaspoon)-Castille soap is good. (Make sure it is not something that has been sitting around for over a year.) There is also a product called insecticidal soap, available at many green markets/retailers and hardware stores.
1 liter very warm water.

Fill trigger sprayer bottle with water.

Add dish detergent
Add Neem oil.

SHAKE WELL. It's also necessary to shake each time you use this product.
Spray vegetables, flowers, shrubs to alleviate chewing insect problems. For further information on Neem, log onto: http://www.discoverneem.com

Happy Gardening!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Earth Day Thoughts

This Wednesday, April 22nd we recognize Earth Day 2009. This year to honor the planet I want to address an issue that, I think, is sometimes overlooked by even the most caring and seemingly aware citizen. This issue seems to disguise itself as a harmless habit, one that as an American motor vehicle driver, many of us practice daily as we choose a favorite song on our i-pod, send a text message then wait for a return text, or just wait for a buddy to run into the grocery store for a quick snack or drink. But this 'harmless' habit isn't at all. It releases unneeded harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere-a situation that most (I wish I could say all) of us want to avoid, don't we? You guessed it, it's vehicle idling. Here are some idling facts I've gathered from the 'Idle-free VT' website I feel we all should pay attention to:

IDLING CONTRIBUTES TO CLIMATE CHANGE. Greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, including carbon dioxide (CO2), causes climate change. A serious threat to the planet, overwhelming scientific evidence links climate change to the earth's highest ever average annual temperatures, melting polar ice caps, rising sea levels, increasingly severe weather events, and threatens many plant and animal species.

IDLING EMISSIONS CAN AFFECT OUR RESPIRATORY HEALTH It should go without saying that when breathing, the cleaner the air, the better our lungs and nasal passages (that sit against and open up into the brain) will fare. And do I even need to mention the health of our children? Younger children's lungs are right about at the level of these toxic tailpipes as they walk by.

While modern light-duty gasoline vehicles are designed with advanced emission control technologies that have come a long way in reducing the emissions of harmful criteria air contaminents (CACs) such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and benzene, there are several factors that can inevitably cause increased emissions at idle: vehicle age, how the vehicle is maintained, wear of emission control components and their resulting diminished function, the warmed up state of a vehicle, and how cold the weather. In addition, light-duty diesel vehicles and heavy-duty vehicles have increased emissions

3. IDLING WASTES FUEL. While gas prices have decreased of late, the general trend is inevitably headed upward. Needless idling burns our hard earned dollars through the exhaust pipe. An idling vehicle gets 0 miles to the gallon. And remember that fossil fuels are being depleted in the face of ever increasing world demand.

Under a new administration that takes climate change and energy conservation seriously, please consider contacting your US Senator to team up with Sen. Bernie Sanders--VT, a U.S. Senate Environment Committee member, to work with other members of this committee (Sen. Barbara Boxer--CA, chair) to advocate for a federal program of idle-free awareness, as Canada has been doing for years. Also ask him/her to push automobile manufacturers to increase their mileage standards by adopting the Auto Stop-Start system for U.S. vehicles. This system, now utilized on certain European models, allows conventional vehicle engines to automatically shut off and restart seamlessly at stoplights, just as hybrids now do. To locate your state's US Senator, log onto:

For more information on idling, log onto http://www.idlefreevt.org

This Earth Day could be a great day to begin your intent to be mindful about shutting off your motor vehicle's engine whenever you:
- park your car and plan on being parked for more than 30 seconds.
- decide to wait at the drive thru at the bank, fast food stop, pharmacy, etc.
- drop your passenger off to run into the convenience/grocery store for 'just a minute'.
- decide to run into the store yourself for 'just a minute'.
- oh, and wear outerwear appropriate for the weather so you won't feel the need to keep the engine running to keep warm.

...and make every day Earth Day.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Vegan Carrot and Apple Muffins

This one was passed around at our last Ocean State Herbal Association meeting and was a big hit.
I thought you all might be interested in it. Again, these muffins are full of fiber, something we all need on a daily basis. In fact, the more fiber you eat in the morning, the longer you'll stave off hunger until lunchtime. So, forget those Dunkin Donut muffins! Try these for a change of pace!
They are YUM-MY!


Yields 12 regular sized muffins, 6 large muffins.

1 1/2 cups organic unbleached or whole grain flour
3/4 ground flax seeds
3/4 cup oat bran
3/4 cup brown sugar (I substitute date sugar or fructose sometimes)
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt (I omit this)
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 cups carrots-shredded
2 apples, shredded
1/2 cup raisins or currants
1 cup nuts (if desired)
3/4 cup soy/rice/hemp/almond/coconut milk
1 large, RIPE banana to replace 2 eggs or egg replacer (try ENR-G brand) to equal 2 eggs.
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix together flour, ground flax seeds, oat bran, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.
Stir in carrots, apples, raisins and nuts.
Combine 'milk', banana or egg replacer, and vanilla.
Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients. Stir until ingredients are moistened. Do not over mix.
Fill oiled muffin tins 3/4 full.
Bake at 350 degree F for 18-20 minutes.

Leave in tins for a couple of minutes than turn onto a cooling rack.

Freeze extras if there are any left.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Here is some information on dioxanes that are contained in some 'natural' brands of body care products. Yes, I said natural products. Because we all need to be ever mindful on our journey towards good health, I am passing this on to you.

The official name of this toxin is '1,4-dioxane, a cancer-causing contaminant released through the manufacturing process and is found in numerous natural and organic surfactant products, including soaps, shampoos, shower gels and dish soaps. Some of the brand names are Jason Natural, Alba, Kiss My Face, Seventh Generation and Nature's Gate. These companies use a petrochemical called ethylene oxide to make harsh ingredients milder in their products, a process is called 'ethoxylation'. This process is what generates 1,4 dioxane, which is then easily absorbed through the skin-the largest organ of the human body, when it is used on the head, body and/or hands. To their credit, these companies are now looking for alternatives, so look for changes in coming months. In fact, to speed things up, a quick e-mail to your favorite natural care company wouldn't hurt! In the meantime, however, just look for the USDA Organic seal on body care products or simply avoid any product containing an ingredient with 'eth' suffix in it. Also PEGs, polyethylene glycol, polyoxyethylene, or oxynol. For more information log onto:

Monday, March 23, 2009

Happy Vernal Equinox! aka Spring!

With the garden just waking up I thought you all might want to know which veggies/fruits are not heavily sprayed and those that are. These 'dirty dozen' you should buy organically grown whenever possible, when your budget allows.

'Naturally Clean'
Sweet peas
Sweet Corn

Heavily sprayed: listed from worst to not quite as bad
Bell Peppers
imported Grapes
All of these are known to contain toxic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, antibiotics, GMO's, sewage, and possible irradiation to kill bacteria.

I obtained these lists at my local health food store and wanted to share.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Thanks, Gina.

I'm still getting used to checking the blog for updates. Hope you're doing well up in NY.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Lily's Garden Whole Grain Pancakes

Here is a recipe that has many variations, is easy and substitutions can be made easily if there are dairy, gluten and egg allergies. I find the pancakes great for the digestion as well.

Lily's Garden Whole Grain Pancakes:

All ingredients should be organically produced if possible Yield: 4 medium-sized pancakes

3/4 cup whole grain of your choice: Oats, Buckwheat (not a true grain-but a great pancake staple!), Quinoa (not oats if gluten sensitive)
1/4 whole grain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon oil: melted coconut, almond, olive or flax
1 cup milk-or enough to thin the batter out enough to pour into pan. (substitute rice, soy, hemp or almond milk if there is a dairy allergy)
1 egg (substitute egg replacer, 1/2 ripe banana, 1/4 cup applesauce, or 1/4 cup canned pumpkin if there is an egg allergy)

Options: Add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla to batter. Shake cinnamon or sprinkle blueberries, sliced bananas, apples or other toppings after pouring batter into the pan. Substitute protein powder for the flour to get extra nutrients into the pancakes-kids usually can't detect this-I know from past experience...

Heat up a pan on a medium-low flame before mixing above ingredients so that it will be the correct temperature for frying.

Grind whole grains in a coffee grinder and pour into a quart-sized pyrex pourable measuring cup or large bowl.Add flour and baking powder and mix with a wire whisk.
Then add the oil, egg and milk and whisk or mix well with a wooden spoon.
Pour batter into pan. It will be a bit coarse. Be patient with these cakes. They take a bit longer so be sure to cook evenly on both sides.

Serve with whole fruit jam, apple butter, agave nectar, or 100% maple syrup.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Exotic Evenings...

Hello all, My first post is to introduce ' Exotic Evenings' to you. Exotic Evenings are designed to allow you as a hostess/host and your invited guests to enjoy an evening of aromatherapy and formulate a one oz. essential oil blend that you can take home with you and use as a massage, medicinal or perfume oil. For more details you can log onto www.lilysgardenherbals.com. Hostesses/hosts receive their essential oil blends as a free gift for scheduling their Evening, as well as one selected Lily's Garden Herbals product which is chosen before the Evening occurs.

Please reply with questions or if you would like more information. I will send you a recipe list with prices when you schedule your event.