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Wild Greens ~ How to Juice them and why they are so good for us!

Today we are going to chat briefly about three power packed wild greens that very few people are juicing, nor are they using in their diets, yet these three little greens can seriously help detoxify your kidneys, liver and purify your bloodstream.

Don’t know what these greens are?

Have you ever taken a walk in the park during Springtime and seen wild dandelion leaves and Stinging Nettle leaves growing randomly in the park?  I remember those crazy wild yellow flowers from the Dandelion Greens that seemed to sprout up overnight, and who can ever forget the powerful nettle leaves that sting so badly, it would take 24  hours to get the pain to go away?

Drinking them in tinctures and/or herbal infusions are quite different from juicing them. Just make ‘sure’ you know your greens. This is why we say, purchase them from stores, instead of randomly picking them up in the open fields, parks or forests.

Miraculously these three different greens pack a powerful punch when they are juiced.  And no, the stinging Nettles do not get into your throat when you juice them!  And no, the yellow flowers that accompany them are not suggested for juicing.

How do we find Comfrey, Stinging Nettles and Dandelion Greens?

Most all Farmer’s Markets carry them, and Co-ops have them in the summertime.  Ask your grocer, and ask your farmer’s market people. If they don’t carry them, they will most  likely know where you can go to find them.

What’s the best way to select them?

Dandelion Greens are best picked when they are young. The older the leaves, the more bitter they will taste.  Jay and I love the kinds of Dandelion Greens that have a red stem to them.  They have a bit more iron in them.

Helpful information: Dandelions support digestion, reduce swelling and inflammation, and treat viruses, jaundice, edema, gout, eczema and acne, also aids in liver detoxification and strengthens kidney function.

Comfrey leaves follow the Dandelion Greens as far as picking goes. But if you don’t have them growing in your neighborhood (we don’t really suggest doing this because people use pesticides on their  lawn and also pesticides for spiders) so we suggest buying them from the Health Food Stores, Co-ops and other Farmer’s Markets.

Helpful information: Helps liver detoxification, kidney weakness, abd soothes irritable bowel syndrome and bronchitis.

Stinging Nettles ~ follow the same course. The larger they are, they more bitter they are.  Buy them (wrapped) so that your hands do not touch the leaves.

Helpful information: An effective tonic for gout, weak or overburdened liver/kidneys, nettle is also good for the symptoms of hay fever, scurvy, PMS, and helps heart patients.

Here are some fantastic juice combinations Jay and I have been using for the past six or seven years:

(Just as an FYI….these greens are very potent, and we suggest you start slowly, and don’t drink more than 8 ounces at a time) because you may incur a bit of diarrhea, intestinal cramping or nausea.  This recipe will give you 8 ounces, whereas you can juice this tonic once a day for ten days without having any kind of negative reaction. If you want to amp it up a bit, then double the recipe for one person, 16 ounces.

Wild Dandelion Greens! (recipe for 2)

4 small Dandelion Leaves

6 ribs Celery

1 Lime with skin

1 green Apple

1 cup baby Spinach

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Wild Green Nettles (for 2)

6 small leaves (about 3 inches long) Nettles

1 Green Apple

1 large Cucumber with skin (no wax)

1 Lime with skin

1/2 Beet with its greens

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Wild Comfrey (for 2)**

4 Comfrey Leaves (medium sized)

1 Large Green Apple

1 large Lime with skin

1 large Zucchini

1 cup baby Spinach

**Comfrey cannot be used for women who are pregnant or lactating.

JUICING with Wild Herbs!

Linda and I juice lots of wild herbs…..but we must be careful to juice the ones that are historically known to help heal certain stomach or body ailments. Some herbs are never to be touched, but the Dandelion is one of our favourites, yet so many of us don’t even know about their powerful healing properties!

For example, this is the time of year when everybody is irritated that the dandelions keep growing wildly in their front yard ~ pestering us with their wild yellow blossoms and difficult to pull out weeds that are attached to them.

Yet did you know those wild dandelions are actually one of the most powerful healing herbs known to us?

It’s true!

Dandelions are known to help dissolve gallstones, help detoxify the liver, help clean out impurities in our bloodstream and dissolve kidney stones, etc.,……help heal gastro-intestinal disorders, diabetes, indigestion….we could go on forever!

Hum….I’m sure your doctor didn’t tell you this unless of course you live in Switzerland, Poland or China. It’s one of the top 6 herbs in Chinese medicine, yet when juiced in its raw state…it goes to another entire level of healing.

Here’s one of our favourite Dandelion Tonics you can juice right in your own home!

(we have combined certain types of fruits and other vegetables that are in harmony with the dandelion)

Handy-Dande -Tonic (makes over 1 quart)

14 Carrots

2 cups Dandelion Leaves

1 cup Chard (rainbow or regular)

1 large lime with skin

2 Cucumbers (unwaxed)

3 Green Apples

This fantastic tonic, when consumed daily (1 quart per person) can help ease digestive troubles, or even gallbladder atttacks in just a few days. Some people say that within hours they feel better.

This tonic also tastes FANTASTIC!

Please try it and let us know your thoughts and reactions.

Here’s to Juicing the Healthy Way!

Jay Kordich

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Here’s some information you may find interesting about Dandilion Greens:

According to the USDA Bulletin #8, “Composition of Foods” (Haytowitz and Matthews 1984), dandelions rank in the top 4 green vegetables in overall nutritional value. Minnich, in “Gardening for Better Nutrition” ranks them, out of all vegetables, including grains, seeds and greens, as tied for 9th best. According to these data, dandelions are nature’s richest green vegetable source of beta-carotene, from which Vitamin A is created, and the third richest source of Vitamin A of all foods, after cod-liver oil and beef liver! They also are particularly rich in fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and the B vitamins, thiamine and riboflavin, and are a good source of protein.

These figures represent only those published by the USDA. Studies in Russia and Eastern Europe by Gerasimova, Racz, Vogel, and Marei (Hobbs 1985) indicate that dandelion is also rich in micronutrients such as copper, cobalt, zinc, boron, and molybdenum, as well as Vitamin D.

Much of what dandelions purportedly do in promoting good health could result from nutritional richness alone. Vogel considers the sodium in dandelions important in reducing inflammations of the liver. Gerasimova, the Russian chemist who analyzed the dandelion for, among other things, trace minerals, stated that “dandelion [is] an example of a harmonious combination of trace elements, vitamins and other biologically active substances in ratios optimal for a human organism” (Hobbs 1985).

Recent research, reported in the Natural Healing and Nutritional Annual, 1989 (Bricklin and Ferguson 1989) on the value of vitamins and minerals indicates that:

* Vitamin A is important in fighting cancers of epithelial tissue, including mouth and lung;

* Potassium rich foods, in adequate quantities, and particularly in balance with magnesium, helps keep blood pressure down and reduces risks of strokes;

* Fiber fights diabetes, lowers cholesterol, reduces cancer and heart disease

risks, and assists in weight loss. High fiber vegetables take up lots of room, are low in calories, and slow down digestion so the food stays in the stomach longer and you feel full longer;

* Calcium in high concentrations can build strong bones and can lower blood pressure;

* B vitamins help reduce stress.
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