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Reclaiming Your Roots was born out of my own healing journey.  Although I’ve been working with plants and growing my own food for seven years now, it was when I became chronically ill that this relationship significantly deepened.   Unable to get answers from the conventional medical world, I was forced to become my own healer.  As I dug deeper to find the root causes of my illness, I discovered that my digestive system was a mess and the main culprit behind my body’s breakdown. So, I started my healing there: with food and herbs.

Did you know that 70% of our immune system is located in our gut?

The more I learned about the role our guts, as well as stress, can play in most illnesses, the more I became convinced that most modern illnesses are a result of compromised digestive systems and chronic stress.  Gluten and other food intolerances/allergies are now being linked with Autism, ADHD, diabetes, obesity, Parkinson’s, depression, schizophrenia, and autoimmune illnesses, just to name a few.  The connection between our digestion and our mental health is even more astonishing.  Did you know that we produce 95% of our body’s serotonin in the gut? Imbalances of this happy neurotransmitter have been implicated in a variety of mental health issues, such as depression.  Yet, instead of looking at an individual’s digestion, we give them an SSRI drug such as Prozac or Zoloft, to increase serotonin levels in the brain.

Of course, none of this knowledge is new.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, food is medicine and has always been the primary mode of healing.  How empowering to know that at least three times each day, you have the opportunity to heal your body with the food you eat.  It’s time to return to this ancient knowledge.  It’s time for us to reclaim our roots and our own healing.

 

Please explore my website! Under “Newsletters & Recipes” you will find archives for all of my past monthly newsletters, as well as a host of gluten and dairy-free recipes.  These newsletters are filled with whole food, gluten-free recipes, herbal medicine wisdom, and more for individuals looking to reclaim their own health and the health of their families and communities.  

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  1. Digestive Roots Brew

    Here is a tasty digestive bitter tea to try before your next heavy meal to help support your liver, kidneys, and overall digestion. Drink 10-15 minutes before your meal or afterward to settle your stomach. Enjoy!

    Makes 1 qt
    2 tsp dried dandelion root
    1 tsp dried orange peel
    1/2 tsp dried fennel seeds

    Decoct (Bring to boil and then simmer) herbs for 10 minutes and let steep additional 10-15 minutes.

    Rachel, I don’t seem to understand about letting this tea steep for an additional 10-15 minutes. Wouldn’t it be cold? Or is it meant to be drunk cold or lukewarm? Is it okay to reheat the tea after steeping?

    Thanks so much–love your blog!

    Carla Poore
    cpoore@utk.edu

    • Hi Carla,
      That’s a great question. The extra steeping is to allow the hot water to extract more phytochemicals from the herbs (i.e. more medicine). Roots, barks, and berries are tougher plant material then leaves or flowers so decocting them and then allowing additional steeping time helps to draw out more medicine. My experience has been that the extra 10 minutes or so leaves the tea at a comfortable warm temperature but you can certainly reheat it or let it cool and drink it cold. The drinking temperature doesn’t really matter. Often I’ll make extra tea and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Enjoy! Thanks for the positive feedback.

      Rachel

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