A Tasty Herb to Improve Your Digestive Health
Guest post by Nicola Chatham.
I came to gardening out of a need to take extreme responsibility for my food. Due to an infection in my gut of the water borne parasite ‘giardia,’ my intestines became highly sensitive to pesticides and I wanted to know exactly how my food was grown.
Basically, pesticides gave me the sh#ts, not to mention a whole lot of pain, inflammation, and a sensation like my gut was on fire.
So when I came across an organic, Permaculture designed community garden just around the corner from me, I began attending workshops and helping out at the working bees to build my organic gardening muscles.
It was there I first came across a herb growing like a vine, known for its properties to help heal digestive problems.
Known as ‘Ceylon spinach,’ it’s a funny mix of a very green flavor with a slippery texture all its own. In the video below, my friend and herb expert Dee Humphreys and I share how to grow it, and a surprising recipe.
Just a word of warning from someone experienced in the strange, unique properties of this plant – don’t try to add it to you green juices! I did, and the entire jug had to be thrown out since the gelatinous texture was too similar to drinking slime for this little health seeker.
It looked like the stuff they used in Ghost Busters to catch monsters.
If you have young children, on the other hand, putting it through the juicer could be an extremely fun science experiment!!! Make your own ‘organic slime’ at home.
But seriously, Ceylon spinach is very palatable and in fact delicious when chopped up raw and added to salads.
And now? My gut is thousands of times better and I’m sure all this organic food and healthy lifestyle has played a huge role.
Or if you’re overseas, try searching for it by the names of Ceylon Spinach, Malabar Spinach, and Malabar Nightshade.
For even more in-depth information on the health properties found in Ceylon spinach, you may like to visit Isabel Shiphard’s excellent fact sheet.
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Author bio: Nicola Chatham is an organic gardening coach and permaculture designer. She helps people who are busy or recovering from illness set up low-maintenance, organic gardens that produce healthy and delicious food with minimum time and effort. Sign up for her free weekly newsletter ‘Sprout!’ here.
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