Vol VIII Aug 2008 | The Village Green Apothecary E-Newsletter
Add a Little Spice to Your Life
Did you know that many culinary herbs and spices — like oregano, cinnamon, turmeric, and garlic — not only make your food taste delicious, but are also terrific for your health?
Their powerful healing properties can support normal blood sugar levels, provide antioxidants, and may even offer antibacterial, antiviral, or anti-inflammatory capabilities. You can reap their valuable health benefits by cooking with them, but they’re also available in capsule and tincture (liquid) form for a more concentrated, therapeutic effect.
Spice Up Your Healthy Menu With These Nutrient-Rich Recipes
Aloo Gobi (Indian Style Cauliflower with Potatoes)
Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Stir in the cumin seeds, garlic, and ginger paste. Cook about 1 minute until garlic is lightly browned. Add the potatoes. Season with turmeric, paprika, cumin, garam masala, and salt. Cover and continue cooking 5 to 7 minutes stirring occasionally.
Mix the cauliflower and cilantro into the saucepan. Reduce heat to low and cover. Stirring occasionally, continue cooking 10 minutes, or until potatoes and cauliflower are tender.
Meet Margo Gladding
Village Green’s Clinical Herbalist
Always a nature lover, Margo’s interest in herbs came about when she was living in the Seattle area and worked at a tea shop — where she was amazed at the wide variety and healing qualities of teas — and also at a natural products development firm. Wanting to further her studies, she made her way to the Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel, MD, the first school in the United States to offer a Master of Science degree in Herbal Medicine.
Margo’s impressive knowledge base is the result of a unique blend of educational and professional experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and a Master of Science degree in Herbal Medicine, providing her with a strong foundation in the history, science, and practice of herbal medicine.
She is also working toward becoming a Certified Nutrition Specialist through the American College of Nutrition, which she will achieve in May 2009.
Margo’s strong scientific background, combined with extensive training in the clinical practice of Western Herbalism, enable her to bridge the gap between conventional practitioners and traditional healers. As an herbalist and wellness counselor, she provides comprehensive care to her clients by developing personalized health plans incorporating herbs and nutritional counseling, as well as dietary and lifestyle recommendations.
Naturally, Margo also has impressive hands-on experience as an herb gardener. Her garden boasts a ginkgo tree and several forms of mint (peppermint, mountain mint, bee balm, and lemon balm), as well as yarrow, echinacea, elecampane, oregano, basil, thyme, and rosemary. She encourages people to grow their own herbs, and says,
“I think that connecting with the earth is very important for everyone to do. When you grow your own herbs or food, there is a definite relationship that occurs. And in some cases, the process of growing plants (planting, tending, observing, smelling) can be as healing as taking a plant internally. Gardening can help you to slow down, relax, and let go of your worries.”
Pathway OREGANO OIL — Great for everything except pizza!
Pathway CINNAMON (Cinnulin PF®) — Patented, Concentrated Cinnamon Extract
Pathway TURMERIC — Standardized to contain 95% Curcuminoids
Pathway GARLIC (ONE-A-DAY) — Enteric coated so your friends will still talk to you! The premium quality Chinese garlic cloves used in Pathway's GARLIC TABS are naturally grown, hand peeled, and carefully processed to preserve allicin, the key active ingredient. An enteric coating is applied to each tablet for superior, odor-free absorption. Each tablet provides a minimum of 6,000 mcg of total allicin potential and all of the natural compounds normally provided by fresh garlic cloves.
Individualized Nutrition, Pharmacy, and Healthy Living
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Village Green Apothecary has been providing individualized nutrition, pharmacy, and healthy living products for over 40 years. We are committed to providing you with expert guidance, knowledge, and a custom-tailored mix of nutritional and pharmaceutical products needed to achieve and maintain optimal health. Our staff of 45 trained professionals (including a team of Pharmacists, a Nutritionist, Naturopathic Doctor, and Clinical Herbalist) offer private wellness consultations, personalized health plans using The Essentials of Healthy Living (EHL), and individualized custom compounding. Our pharmacists are available to review and address drug/nutrient interactions and depletions to ensure your health and wellbeing. Please contact us with any questions. We are here as a resource for you.