Thursday, 31 January 2013

Food is Medicine

So what is this new super food craze? For the past few years there seems to be a new more exotic one each week. A superfood is a food rich in phyto-chemicals or constituents that have been noted to have disease-fighting properties

You may have heard about Maca from South America, also known as Peruvian ginseng, is a root plant. It has been used as a medicine and a food product in its native country for centuries. It resembles a purple or cream color turnip when harvested. Maca contains a number of important vitamins and minerals including B vitamins, iron, copper, calcium, magnesium and selenium.

Or Goji berries (wolf berries) from China sited too help boost immune system health, combat chronic disease issues, prevent cancer and may help protect vision. There is also research suggesting goji berries can help stave off brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Spiralina, Chorella, Chai, Acia Quinoa, Edamame, Camu camu this list is ever growing but how a bouts our native ones, the over looked berries, hips n haws in our hedgerows, the beets, greens and flowers in our allotments. Often it is expensive research that launches new super-food into our supermarket aisles. Almost any naturally occurring grain, fruit or seeds when picked apart will contain important nutrients for our health and well being, recently Pop-corn was deemed a superfood!

Any fruit or berry that has a deep colour contains Flavonoids, from the Latin word flavus meaning yellow,
Flavonoids were referred to as Vitamin P (probably because of the effect they had on the permeability of vascular capillaries) from the mid-1930s to early 50s, but the term has since fallen out of use. These amazing compounds are celebrated for their incredible anti-oxidant actions. This is the main reason why blueberries, strawberries, turmeric and all those colourful plants are recommended to protect and benefit our health.

Here in Britain we have many delicious native super foods –Apples (an apple a day keeps the doctor away), Rosehips, Beetroots, Nettle, Kale, Spinage, Sloe berries, Hawthorn, Bilberries, Blackcurrants, Blackberries, Flax, Broccoli, Globe artichoke, Walnuts, Star flowers, strawberries the list goes on and on…..

Now we witches and gonna sit and get our thinking Hats on to devise a mix of a few of these native ones, to create a wild n wicked Powder supplement to add to smoothies for a kick boost of energy and amazing nutrients.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

New Project for Us Wild Witches

Ok, so we have had some time to think and re jiggle our ideas since the Government through the MHRA - Medicines and Healthcare product Regulatory Agency - got in touch with us last summer. We had a meeting in a windowless office with one of their representatives and someone from the local trading standards. It was very very frustrating to be told that what we are doing is illegal and we must stop selling our beautiful, handcrafted herbal remedies (unless of course we pay them £80,000 per product in licensing fees). It was also frustrating being told that our smoking mixture has been deemed TOXIC by their chief toxicologist, but  we are still totally legal prescribing our toxic herbs to our patients??????? Surely that means the Mugwort isn't that toxic then?

Basically we can prescribe anything to our patients under the Henry 8th laws but nothing to the general public. -Herbal Medicine throughout history has always been protected under Common Law. However, in 1542 the medical profession at that time wanted to prevent Herbalists from practising. Fortunately, Henry VIII, as an avid user of herbs, came to the rescue and implemented "The Herbalist's Charter" which underpinned the Herbalists right to practise and anyone with knowledge of herbs could continue to use them.

We have spent time thinking, plotting n planning and came up with all sorts of weird n wonderful ideas -A radio show being one of them. 

But we have decided to focus our energy on a new legal product. Our origin SuperHeroHerbs Green Powders were made up of various delightful herbage -

We are now in the process of tailoring these powders to fit in with current legal regulations yet still inline with our NATIVE ethics and also containing potent health giving properties.....

So watch this space for US WILD N WICKED WITCHES to launch something Wicked n Wild -