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Today I got two beautiful winter squash in my CSA box. I had other veggies that needed to be eaten but I could not resist Butternut squash seattleroasting them up for dinner tonight. I love the comforting, warming smell of baking squash!

The importance of eating seasonally cannot be over stated in harmonizing our health with the seasons. Squash is packed with vital nutrients including vitamin A , C, and B. It is also a great source of dietary fiber making it a wonderful in promoting good digestion.

 

Cooling in nature according to Chinese medicine it is used for detoxification. It quenches thirst and is used to relieve urinary difficulty and treat edema. It relieves irritability and benefits the skin.

 

Squash supports the Earth Element and the organs of Spleen and Stomach.  A healthy earth element leads to good digestion and is the basis for proper immune function. It also is the foundation for the production of Blood. Eating squash drains dampness and warms and supports the core.

 

Cooking squash could not be simpler. Today I choose to just split and seed my butternut squash and place each of the halves cut side down on a lightly greased cookie sheet with a small amount of water. I preheated the oven to 450 degrees and baked for 45 min adding water as needed so the squash did not stick to the pan.Bakes squash seattle

 

For the Delicata, I split it, took out the seeds and cut into ½ slices. These I laid on a lightly greased cookie sheet and roasted, flipping once for 30 min. With both pans I used coconut oil which can withstand high temperature cooking. I’ll be eating these tonight with salt, pepper and a little olive oil. Yummy and healthy.BAsked and likes delicatata squash

Try these serving options:

Goat cheese and honey

Crispy sage leaves and chopped bacon

Toasted walnuts and sauted mushrooms

 

Lindsey Lawson SeattleLindsey Lawson MS EAMP is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural Health in Madison Valley and West Seattle and Seattle Fertility Acupuncture. She is passionate about healthy, happy living and a regular blogger. For an appointment call Glow at 206 568 7545.

 

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Now that the warm weather is final here boost your skin, hair and overall health with a delicious mocktail packed with Kombucha rapsberry mocktailantioxidants.

 

Ginger simple syrup

  • 2 tablespoons ginger
  • 1/4 cup organic sugar
  • ½ cup water

Raspberry Ginger Kombucha

  • 6 oz. organic Raspberries
  • 2 oz. lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 6 oz. vodka (optional)
  • 6 oz. raspberry Kombucha
  • Ice
  1. Start by making the ginger simple syrup. Combine organic raw sugar and thinly sliced ginger in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil while stirring. Reduce the heat to a simmer for 10 minutes, strain and cool.
  2. Combine raspberries, lime and ginger in a blender and blend until pureed.
  3. Strain.
  4. Combine 2 tablespoons raspberry puree, 1.5 oz of simple syrup and 1.5 oz vodka (optional.)
  5. Shake and pour pver ice.
  6. Add 1.5 oz kombucha and serve garnished with raspberries

Nutrition Facts:

1 cup raw raspberries provides 54% of daily  vitamin C, 12% vitamin K, 6% of folate, 5% vitamin E, Iron and potassium, and 41% of manganese.

Ginger helps relieve nausea and vomiting and has regulatory effects on the digestion. Gingerol is the main compound in ginger, responsible for much of its anti-inflammatory properties.

Kombucha is a great source of probiotics as well as beneficial acids to support liver function. It does contain some caffeine and trace amounts of alcohol.

 

Blue Sari, Artist-Jen Brown

Looking forward to seeing this beautiful piece by Jen Brown on display at Glow West Seattle for the Art Walk

Glow at the Junction is thrilled to be a participant the West Seattle Art Walk Thursday, July 12th from 5-9 PM. We will also be hosting in August and September on the second Thursday.

Artist Jen Brown of Portland will be showing her work including some beautiful saris fabric studies. From the artist, “I work with archetypal narratives and ideals such as Beauty, Truth, or Goodness, so that we may learn something of ourselves and ultimately, become better people.”

Artist Eli Berman will also be showing his abstract water colors. Eli is 8 1/2 and loves art. His work is currently on display at Glow at the Junction. We look forward to see some friendly faces and kids are welcome.

Stop by and see the new space, meet the practitioners and have a snack or a glass of wine. We’s love to see you!!

Fire Room at Glow Natural health at the Junction

Eli’s art in one of our treatment rooms at Glow Natural Health West Seattle

Art in Wood Room Glow Natural Health West Seattle

Come check out our beautiful office!

 

Spring is in full swing but you can still find fresh, tender nettles for harvest. Nutrient dense and delicious these local “weeds” are a culinary delight. Touted as a tonic herb, nettles are rich in minerals and cleanse the kidneys. They are astringent and provide relief from water retention, promote lactation, treat diarrhea and help control blood sugar.

The best leaves are the tender new growth of the top 3-4 leaves. Makes sure your wear gloves as the sting of nettles is no joke! The best plants are 1-2 feet high.

Two of my favorite ways to use fresh nettles are in tea and in pesto. Enjoy these seasonal delights!

Fresh Nettles Tea

  • 4 cups nettle leaves
  • 4 cups water

Boil water and then add leaves. Simmer for 5 min. Strain. Tea may be sweetened with honey if desired. It will have a grassy, green taste.

Makes 4 cups, enjoy 1-2 cups daily

 

Nettle Pesto or Pesto D’Urtica

 I love making pesto. It’s fun to make it with greens other than basil too! Right now in my garden I have some Italian parsley that has over wintered. It makes delicious alternative or addition to a traditional pesto.  It could easily be added to this recipe in place of some of the nettles for a fresh, healthy taste.  I also use walnuts instead of pine nuts but feel free to substitute pine nuts if you wish or even pecans for a sweeter flavor.

  •  3 cups nettle leaves (You can use the same ones that you reserved from the nettle tea otherwise simmer for only 1 minute and place in an ice water bath. Squeeze out all the water)
  • 1 cup basil ( Optional: this will impart some of the traditional pesto flavor)
  • 1 cup walnuts, pan toasted
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 T lemon juice

Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until creamy.

Serve over polenta, pasta, or on grilled veggies

Serves 4

Lindsey Lawson SeattleLindsey Lawson MS EAMP is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural Health in Madison Valley and West Seattle and Seattle Fertility Acupuncture. She is passionate about healthy, happy living and a regular blogger. For an appointment call Glow at 206 568 7545.

 

 

Cleansing your space with essential oils In the New Year is invigorating. It feels like a IMG_7318fresh start both in your internal and external life. Out with the old and in with the new. This all purpose cleaner is organic, easy to make at home and effective.  It is antibacterial antifungal, relaxing and brings new life to dull, stale spaces.

 

You will need:

16 oz. glass spray bottle

 

Add essential oils first:

15 drops lavender

10 drops eucalyptus

10 drops tea tree

1/4 cup white vinegar

1 3/4 cups water

 

Shake and enjoy.

 

Eucalyptus: Effectively kills bacteria such as E. Coli and Staphylococcus Aureus[1] also known to benefit oral health, relieve pain and help respiratory conditions.

 

Tea Tree: Both Anti-bacterial and Antifungal. Medium herbaceous smell. Good all purpose oil.[2]

 

Lavender: Aromatic scent provides a calming, relaxing atmosphere.[3] Inhibits growth of bacteria and repels insects. Relieves respiratory symptoms.

 

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are meant for educational purposes only. Avoid contact with eyes and do not ingest.

 

 

[1] Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, “Antibacterial Activity of the Essential Oils From the Leaves of Eucalyptus Globulus Against Escherichi

 

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1360273/

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17689755

Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural Health and Seattle Fertility Acupuncture. She is passionate about healthy, happy living. For an appointment call Glow at 206 568 7545

Turmeric is one of our all-time  favorite spices for decreasing inflammation. It’s tasty, IMG_7319boosts digestion and gently warms. Adding more salmon into your diet is anti-inflammatory and full of healthy fats. Paired with sautéed greens full of antioxidants this is a delicious meal full of health benefits.

 

½ lb wild caught salmon fillet

1 T turmeric powder

½ t garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste

1 can organic coconut milk

1 in chunk of ginger peeled and grated

organic dark green winter greens, chopped

½ lime juiced (about 2 T)

Rub salmon with turmeric, garlic powder, grated ginger, salt and pepper and half the lime juice. Place in coconut milk and bring to a boil. Poach salmon for 10 min. Add greens for last 7-8 min. Serve Salmon over greens with rice and remaining lime juice.

Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural Health and Seattle Fertility Acupuncture. She is passionate about healthy, happy living. For an appointment call Glow at 206 568 7545

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