What to do with all those Zucchinis!

The Summer Garden equals Zucchinis!  Here is something a little different to help you utilize this abundant vegetable...

Chinese Medicinal Wines

I make an assorted selection of these "Longevity Elixers" and often get asked what were traditionally used for, so am putting together this post for easy reference...many of them are Blood tonics.

Eucommia bark, Du Zhong - Kidney Yang Deficiency, weak and/or sore lower back and/or knees

Angelica root, Dang Gui root including tail - build and move Blood, regulate menstruation

Astragalus root, Huang Qi - build Qi and Blood, move Blood, immunity (not for acute infectious stages)

Jujube Date, Da Zao - build Qi and Blood, move Blood, tonify Spleen Qi (digestion)

Ginseng, Ren Shen - tonify Lung and Spleen, Heart Qi, calm Shen, generate fluids, body fatigue, vacuity after illness

Goji berry, Gou Qi Zi and Fo Ti root, He Shou Wu blend:
Go Ji - tonify Kidney, nourish Liver, brighten the eyes, Wind, night blindness, blurred vision, upper back pain
He Shou Wu - tonify Kidney, nourish Liver, boost Jing, darken gray hair, insomnia, blurred vision, calm Shen, thinning hair, early gray

These are made with Sake and can be drank straight or with a little water or juice.

Pressing the infused sake to remove the marc, or spent herbs, and decanting.

Here is great book if you want to know more, or do this yourself. 

As with everything else on this blog, this information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease; but rather is simple educational material. Please consult a qualified health practitioner for your health needs.


The Honey Bee in Bloom and the Garden Humming

          "Be careful what you set your heart on, for it will surely be yours." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rows of Garden (Beans, Potatoes, Curcubits...)

“What the eyes are for the outer world, fasts are for the inner.” - Gandhi

Rows of Bees...inside Balsamic
"Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." 
 - Arundhati Roy

Butterfly Hummingbird Garden; though their numbers have been less this year.

"You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. 
What you'll discover will be wonderful. 
What you'll discover is yourself." 
- Alan Alda

Great Spangled Fritillary, Speyeria cybele, on Echincacea purpurea

“Find the seed at the bottom of your heart and bring forth a flower.“ - Shigenori Kameoka

Hives:  Balsamic on left, Monkey on right

                                                                                         “Live to the point of tears.” - Albert Camus

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the Earth are never alone or weary of life.” 
                                                                    - Rachel Carson

Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, on Verbena bonariensis

I expect to see Jack any minute...

The Haul

“Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses.” 
                                               - James Oppenheim, 'Bread and Roses'

Milk Thistle

"Out beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing
There is a field. I will meet you there.
When we lay down in that grass
Our souls are too full to talk about."
- Rumi

Dinner:  Lamb's Quarters and Beans...

"There's little risk in becoming overly proud of one's garden ‘cause its very nature is humbling. It has a way of keeping you on your knees.” - JoAnn Barwick


                               “Life is the flower for which love is the honey.” - Victor Hugo

Stella - a split this year from Monkey

“Live like you're going to die tomorrow, but garden like you're going to live forever.” 
 - Rudyard Kipling

"Are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?"
                                                                                                                - Mary Oliver