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The Food Legacy of Native Americans: The Mighty Squash

Squash comes in many colors, shapes and sizes and includes summer squashes, pumpkin and winter squashes. These potent foods pack a powerful punch of antioxidant activity, support liver function and are high in a variety of nutrients. A one cup serving of winter squash contains 182% of our daily requirement for pro-Vitamin A or beta-carotene, [...]


The Food Legacy of Native Americans: The Legacy

According to Kibbe Conti, a registered dietitian, the disruption of Native food systems has contributed to the increase in degenerative, chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes among Native Americans, especially on reservations (J Transcul Nur 2006. 17(3):234-245). 
By developing nutrition models that reflect traditional food patterns but uses modern foods, Kibbe believes that Native [...]


Making Medicinal Herbal Teas

Herbal teas are one of our oldest forms of both beverages and medicines. Since the dawn of time, humans have been using herbal teas as food and medicine to help support body processes, enhance immunity and build good health. In addition, they support the healthy functioning of organ systems. As beverages, non-caffeinated herbal teas offer [...]


Making Medicinal Herbal Teas: Infusions

Both infusing or decocting herbs releases their healing properties. To make an infusion, add about a teaspoon of herb to a cup of boiling water. Put a saucer over the top of the cup and let sit for five minutes. You now have a mild infusion. Infusions prevent the essential oil evaporation which occurs from [...]


Making Medicinal Herbal Teas: Decoctions

Decoctions are strong medicine and form the foundation of care in Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine and in the Western Herbal Tradition. Traditionally, the herb(s), either dried or fresh, are placed in a pot of water and cooked for a lengthy amount of time, anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours. The resulting tea is [...]


Making Medicinal Herbal Teas: General Considerations

Roots need to be brewed the longest amount of time due to their density. They contain the highest amount of minerals. In order of required brewing time, after roots, bark needs the most followed by twigs, leaves and flowers. Leaves contain the most vitamins. Since vitamins are lost during the heating process, infusion, which requires [...]