10 January 2023

Morning Magic Components

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Information Links on Morning Magic Components

Morning Magic General Info

Plant polyphenols as Dietary Antioxidants in Human Health and Disease 

The Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Capacities of Polyphenolic compounds and Anthocyanin, Science Direct,


Health Benefits of Cacao, National Library of Medicine

Cacao Powder Benefits, Nutrition Facts, and Recipes, Dr. Axe

11 Health and Nutrition Benefits of Cacao Powder,

Health Benefits of Cacao Powder,


David Wolfe presents Chaga, King of Medicinal MushroomsYouTube video

Brain Booster? The Magic Power of Lion's Mane Mushroom, YouTube video

How to Cultivate Cordyceps Militaris, YouTube video

Coconut Milk Powder

Coconut Milk: Health Benefits and Uses, U.S. National Library of Medicine

Health Benefits of Coconut Milk, Medical News Today

9 Major Health Benefits of Coconut Milk Nutrition, Dr. Axe

Effect of Coconut Milk Supplementation to Improve Nutritional Status in Cirrhosis Patient,

Siberian Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng)

Siberian Ginseng, Eleuthero, Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine

12 potential health benefits of Eleuthero, Medical News Today

Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng) Benefits to Boost Body & Brain Health, Dr. Axe

Eleuthero, National Library of Medicine

Effects of Siberian ginseng on elderly quality of life: a randomized clinical trial, National Library of Medicine

5 benefits of Eleuthero Root: Dosage & Safety, The Botanical Institute


Research Breakdown on Maca,

Maca Root Benefits: Nutrition, Mood, and Sexual Health, Dr. Axe

Maca Reduces Blood Pressure and Depression in a pilot study in postmenopausal women, National Library of Medicine

How Does Maca Work? Macamides and the ECS, 

Four Benefits of Maca Root (and Potential Side Effects),

Ten Amazing Benefits of Maca for your Health and Well-Being, The Maca Experts

Chemical Composition and the Health Effects of Maca, National Library of Medicine

Dandelion Root

25 Benefits of Dandelion Root Extract, Consumer Health Digest

The Physiological Effects of Dandelion in Type 2 Diabetes, National Library of Medicine

13 Emerging Health Benefits of Dandelion, Healthline

Dandelion Health Benefits for Cancer, Cholesterol, and the Liver, Dr. Axe


The Top Seven Benefits of Mesquite Powder, Organifi

Unique Health Benefits of Mesquite (Prosopis Juliflora), Moolihai Organics

Mesquite Powder, Nutrition Facts & Health Benefits, Heal with Food


Cinnamon: A Multifaceted Medicinal Plant, Hindawi

13 Major Cinnamon Benefits, Dr. Axe

15 Best Health Benefits of Cinnamon,

10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Cinnamon, Healthline

8 Cinnamon Benefits: Dosage & Safety, The Botanical Institute

Cinnamon and Health, Researchgate


What Are the Health Benefits of Cardomom, Medical News Today

Cardomom: An Overview,

10 Health Benefits of Cardomom Backed by Science, Healthline

Cardomom Helps Prevent Bad Breath, Cavities, and Cancer, Dr. Axe

Cardamom supplementation improves inflammatory and oxidative stress biomarkers, A Randomized Double-Blind Clinical Trial, National Library of Medicine

The Effects of Cardomom Supplementation on Lipid Profile, National Library of Medicine

The Effects of Green Cardomom on Type 2 Diabetes Patients study, National Library of Medicine






20 August 2015

OxyMin Sparkle Bibliography

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1. The Secrets of Water Part One,
2. Water Vortex Structure Frequency Experts Discussion
3. MJ Pangman discusses the significance of liquid crystalline water
4. The Fourth Phase of Water, TED Talk, Dr. Gerald Pollack
5. Dr Mercola Interviews Dr Pollack
6. Water, Energy, and Life: Fresh Views from the Water’s Edge, University of Washington
7. Structured Water: What it is and how it can improve your health
8. Comprehend and Copy Nature, Viktor Schauberger
9. Vortex Video, Viktor Schauberger


1. Unified Community,
2. Wikipedia->Vortex,
3. Water Liberty document on water trials, Fenestra Research Labs
4. Adya Water Africa
5. Adya Clarity Ionic Minerals, Interview with Inventor
6. Speech by Shimanishi Sensei, August 2005
7. Molecular Hydrogen Institute website

1. 4th Phase of Water, Gerald Pollack, Ebner and Sons Publishers, Seattle, Washington, 2013
2. Cells, Gels, & the Engines of Life, Gerald Pollack, Ebner and Sons Publishers, Seattle, Washington, 2013
3. Epigenetics: The Death of the Genetic Theory of Disease Transmission, Joel Wallach, SelectBooks, Inc, New York, NY, 2014
4. Your Body’s Many Cries for Water F Batmanghelidj, MD, Global Health Solutions Inc, Vienna, Virginia, 2003
5. The Hidden Messages in Water, Masaru Emoto, Beyond Words Publishing Inc, Hillsboro, Oregon, 2004
6. Mineral Deficiencies & Illnesses, Hisatake Nojima, M.D., (80 page) E-book


1. Herbal Products & Development, Bulk Products, Mineral Concentrates, Vital Minerals
2. Herbal Products & Development, Bulk Products, Mineral Concentrates, Krystal Salt
3. Herbal Products & Development, Powder Formulations, Essence of Sea Plants, Seaweeds: Sea Plants
4. Herbal Products & Development, Powder Formulations, Macro–Night
5. Herbal Products & Development, Capsule Formulations, Vita Power
6. Herbal Products & Development, Capsule Formulations, MSM–Vitamin C
7. Herbal Products & Development, Powder Formulations, Energy Enzyme Blend
8. Herbal Products & Development, Powder Formulations, Friendly Colonizer
9. Herbal Products & Development, Health Articles, Fulvic Acid

27 August 2015

OxyMin Sparkle Profile

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Sulfated Ionic Minerals bound to Oxygen in a Structured Matrix Water Treatment

Only recently is research coming to a better understanding of this life-giving substance we know as water. The molecule H2O is now understood to have more complex properties than what was previously thought. Water molecules, research now shows, can take on a variety of special forms, called structured water. Water can be alive with energy and taste good and clean, or it can be flat and dead, and worse still, contaminated with pollutants. Remarkably, water can also be purified and recharged.

Water expert Dr. Gerald Pollack has written extensively on what he calls the fourth phase of water, which is structured water or also called hexagonal water. This water is softer and wetter, with more surface area. This previously neglected phase of water, which is still a liquid form but organized more like a crystal—more viscous, almost gel-like—creates, according to his research, an “exclusion zone”; Dr. Pollack calls it EZ water. In this zone, any contaminants are pushed away from the water molecules. This process, called agglutination, a type of chelation, means that contaminants can be literally dropped out of the water and rendered inert. This is a more energized water, having extra hydrogen and oxygen atoms, which also gives it the optimal ability to facilitate important biochemical processes in the cells of the body. This crystalline charged water is created naturally when water is in vortex motion, such as when water swirls and flows swiftly from glacial melting or gushing springs. The famous Hunza water from the high mountains of Pakistan, known to help promote longevity, is produced precisely by the action of melting glaciers. Underwater volcanic activity and hot springs also produce this structured water, with the added beneficial feature of highly charged sulfate minerals. This is why hot springs have such healing properties. Charged, liquid crystalline water, with its many layers of hexagonal organization, aligns itself like a school of fish or a flock of birds that moves together as a unified whole.

Another researcher, Masaru Emoto, author of The Hidden Message of Water, wrote about the electromagnetic transmission of crystalline water and its effects on plant growth. He also found that crystal snowflake forms (which illustrate electrical structuring potential) correlated with certain levels of consciousness, much like a feedback loop.

A powerful, new breakthrough in water purification that applies these principles is the use of a highly compact black mica called biotite; it is found in crystalline deposits in volcanic areas. Biotite creates H3O2, water with an extra charge of hydrogen and oxygen. Its sulfated ionic minerals bound to oxygen have undergone intense temperatures and pressure. When biotite is added to water, it releases the hydrogen charge that will structure it and keep the minerals in activated ionic form. This charged water with its extra oxygen also makes for a potent detoxifier. The sulfate mineral salts of our OxyMin Sparkle, based on biotite, create structured water, exactly in the way that Dr. Pollack talks about EZ water. OxyMin Sparkle not only purifies water but also cleanses our body as we drink it as well. Its ionic sulfate minerals bound to this special structured water easily permeate cells, steadily remaining active in their cleansing power, working much like a big filter throughout the body. The minerals change simple oxygen to detoxifying O2, while silica (which is also important in bones) and trace minerals carry off toxic byproducts to be eliminated. The activated oxygen O2 remains in solution to help continue in purification, synergizing with the minerals in transforming all types of pollutants into harmless compounds. Depending on the quality of the water one starts with, sometimes the interior of the container holding this structured water will have a band of discoloration from the contaminants having been pulled out. OxyMin Sparkle acts on contaminants such as heavy metals, chlorine, fluoride, petrochemicals, nitrates, pathogens, molds, fungi, and bacteria, such as E. coli. This has all been verified through research lab tests and analysis. OxyMin Sparkle also has a long-term stability.

In the body, structured water helps with essential biochemical processes in cells. Minerals must be able to dissolve to assure that they are useful in the body. OxyMin Sparkle carries the necessary ionic charge for all biochemical activity. The minerals are bound to sulfur in a readily absorbable form, thereby playing their key role in physiological functioning, immune strength, enzyme transport and activity, and protein assimilation. Highly charged minerals are a transport for water getting into cells, in contrast to “dead” water, which doesn’t enter the cells. These minerals are also key nutrient cofactors for food. Most disease conditions, including allergies, imply a lack of bioavailable minerals. Electrolytes (macro-essential minerals), such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium, need to always be replenished, as they have important conductive roles in water and food. Trace minerals are also crucially important in hundreds of biochemical processes; Dr. Hisatake Nojima calls trace minerals “gene minerals” because they go to support the complex structures of DNA. Sulfated ionic minerals are cofactors with enzymes, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and other minerals, and are important for building muscle tissue. They help lower excess blood sugar, support circulation, and help with healing burns, numbness, swelling, and infection (helps send antibodies for recovery). In fact, every mineral has many biochemical functions. For full bibliography and links see Articles on our website.

The special qualities of OxyMin Sparkle produce a supreme form of mineral energized, structured water, literally “living” water. Though we recommend purified water to start, even tap water can be returned to its pristine state. In the body, this water is thoroughly hydrating, bringing greater potency to all life’s processes. Because it is so easily transferred into cells, it improves nutrient absorption. It enhances communication between cells. It is also a detoxifier, as it releases O2, pulling toxins out of the body. Clean, safe water for simple hydration and sanitation is a major world issue.

OxyMin Sparkle acts as a circulating filter in the body. The concentration increases the level of detoxification, organ support (heart, liver & kidney), and blood sugar regulation and pressure. It also helps with candida, parasites, food allergy, hay fever, fatigue, headaches, palpitations, asthma, and other conditions. Hydration for human physiology is a corrective both internally and topically, such as making for softer skin and healing of skin tissue. Nerves need minerals for relaxation, sleep, and the alleviation of stress. Muscle contraction, bones, and joints also need a lot of hydration.

OxyMin Sparkle increases the health potential of our other supplements, such as Macro Night, Vita Power, MSM-C, Energy Enzyme Blend, as well as our full spectrum probiotic Friendly Colonizer. Note that larger amounts of OxyMin Sparkle could create a more detox cleansing. Other products Vital Minerals or Krystal Salt both provide a greater synergy that enhances the charged electrical potential of OxyMin Sparkle.

Uses: Drinking water, food prep/wash, first aid, dental, face & body washes, baths, spas, disinfectants, deodorizers, and also fish tanks. It is currently used in the remediation of lakes, streams, ponds, waste sites, sewage treatment; also in farming & gardening. It improves the strength of plant stalks. It helps eliminate plastic water bottles for a better environment and land clean up. Check what concentration level is required.

04 January 2012

Seaweeds (Sea Plants): Consolidated General Information

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Seaweeds (Sea Plants)

Consolidated General Information

Sea plants come from many rocky coastal areas worldwide. The intensity of light on the ocean depths affects color spectrums and the ability of sea plants to undergo photosynthesis. They contain about 240 calories per 100 gram serving.

Sea Plant Contents:

  • Minerals (10-35%), including many trace, some Ca & Mg (about 1% ea), also K for people with salt cravings
  • Amino Acids – (6-20%) full protein spectrum.
  • Vitamins (esp. B-Vitamins), Carotenoids, some Vitamin C, antioxidants, Fats (0.5 – 3%)
  • Enzymes – many types, sea plants basic food source providing enzymes – help swelling, digest fats
  • Complex Carbohydrates (40-50%) - are slowly released, balance blood sugar
  • Digestible Fiber (8-45%) – cleans colon, soothing, nutritive
  • Plant iodines – highest in brown algae – helps with gland disorders
  • Brazil Research: sulfated polysaccharides (long chain amino sugars bind to heavy metals)

Sea Plant Properties:

  • Chelator of heavy metals – detoxifies body – lightens the burden of liver and kidneys
  • Restorative, nutritious, moisturizing, cooling
  • Soothing for coughs, relieves swelling, anti-spasmodic – calms, nourishes
  • Anti-inflammatory –  studies show increase of joint health and mobility
  • Helps “feed” nerves, energy & metabolism, provides balance via natural minerals, supports adrenal glands
  • Supports balancing of blood sugar and slow release of carbohydrates
  • Skin care – nourishing, moisturizing properties – literally food for skin
  • Used as a thickener in gels & ice cream. Thickens most foods slightly.
  • Provides nourishment to plants – garden benefits – mulch, natural fertilizers, alginates for plants

These blood-building nutritive sea plants are excellent food sources (try HP&D’s Essence of Sea Plants – combines 9 types of sea plants into a powder - Link to recipes: ):

  • Serve raw – nori rolls, use whole red dulse leaves marinated in lemon and sprinkle Essence of Sea Plants
  • Cook with grains, beans, toppings of vegetables, potatoes, pasta – soaked whole pieces or sprinkle – nourishing.
  • Salad and salad dressings, spreads, dips – boosts everything with deep flavor characteristics. Delicious in soups.
  • Use consistently – even small amounts add more richness to dishes – marinate in green onions and lemons

Characteristics of each sea plant type – There are brown, red, black/purple, and green algae.

Forms of growth: Stipes – stem-like growth; Blades - leaf-like growth; Thallus – whole plant body

 Brown Algae (Phaeophyta): 15,000 - 20,000 species - All loaded with B vitamins, carotenoids, and highest levels of iodine:

*Kelp (Ascophyllum nodosum)  and Rockweed(Pelvetia fastigiate) -, being a delicate form of Fucus cuttoni, grows with Sea Lettuce – brown to olive green color - northern regions (Europe, Canada, Norway, Iceland)

  • Brain food, improves metabolism, immune system, detoxifies body of heavy metals, dioxins, PCBs
  • Widely used, great value, versatile, major source of nutrients.
  • 6% protein, 2.5% fat, 7% fiber, under 50% carbohydrates, 25% minerals, including a good deal of iodine:
  • Icelandic kelp iodine content: 8,000 ppm
  • Norwegian kelp iodine content: 4,000 ppm
  • Atlantic kelp iodine content: 1,500 – 2,000 ppm
  • Pacific Kelp iodine content: 500 – 1,200 ppm
  • Glutamic acid –  tenderizer
  • Mannitol – soothing, nourishing sugars

*Giant Bullwhip Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) - Nereocystsis (Leutkeana Limitada) and Feathered Boa (Egregia Menziesare similar.

  • Grows over 40 meters deep (140 feet) in huge kelp forests. Found on beaches, NW U.S., Canada; NE U.S., Canada.
  • Food for fish, an important part of ocean ecology. It contains large blades and a flexible stipe (stem) of 30 -60 feet.
  • Good for skin irritations, bites, poison oak. Can be cut into rings and boiled until tender or pickled and eaten.
  • Gulf weed (Sargassum muticum) – Hawaii, Asia,  golden to dark brown, tiny beaches, various blades

 *Kombu (Laminaria digitata Atlantic & Laminaria japonica Pacific)

  • 18% protein, low fat, high trace minerals, carotene, B complex, algin (chelator of heavy metals)
  • Many dishes, soups, stews, condiments, often cooked with grains & beans to help make it more digestible
  • Found in deep sea – long, flat strips

Alaria (Alaria esculenta) – Atlantic Ocean, similar to Wakame(Undaria pinnatifada)- Pacific Ocean

  • Long, ribbed stems, very high in calcium, much comes from W. Ireland
  • 9 – 20% protein, 1.5% fat, 46% carbohydrates, 230 ppm iodine
  • Soups, cooked vegetables & salads – vitamin A, strong vitamin B profile
  • Also Ocean Ribbons (Lessoionopsis littoralis) – quick rinse and to remove salts – same prep. as Alaria.

 *Sea Palms (Postelsia palmaeformis)

  • California and NW U.S. – strong, usually withstands pounding surf
  • 12 - 21% protein, 48% carbohydrates, 150 – 500 ppm iodine, 2,000 – 8,000 ppm Ca, some vitamin E
  • Often found on the beach after major storms.  Color is green, turning to golden brown.
  • Beautiful silhouette – to see them swaying on the coastline
  • Choice flavor – trim tops to harvest – prepare sautés with grains, cooked dishes or salads

*Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus)

  • Asia, U.S., Australia, Europe
  • Original source of iodine (200 - 500 ppm), management characteristics
  • 7% protein, 2.5% fat, 3.5% fiber, 43% carbohydrates, High Calcium, strong Vitamin D profile, some Vitamin A
  • Used in weight management regimens – fucoidan active ingredient – helps with inflammation, viruses
  • Quick soups, cooked vegetables, tips are very tasty

Arame (Eisenia bicyclis) –Korea, Japan

  • Cooked and sundried. Good for teeth and bones and has a cooling effect, Contains Ca, I, Mg, Vitamins. A, K
  • Immune builder that contains Lamarin (polysaccharide), high in lignins, mildly flavored

Red Algae (Rhodophyta): 6,000 species – Supportive the of immune system via white blood cells, also improves red blood cells.

Have many anti-viral properties, carry minerals, cell walls are cellulose with agars & carrageenans:

*Lithothamniom (Calcereum) – 1,600 types

  • Sea plant mineral, coral-like, concentrates minerals – highly bioavailable – calcified skeletal remains - Thallus
  • 35% calcium (very high), 3.5% magnesium, 32 trace minerals
  • 50 – 75 feet deep, found in Ireland to Iceland, absorbs nutrients from the sea
  • Being a major calcium collector (with some Mg) Helps support bone density, nerves, muscles (structure)
  • Coralline algae (similar type) – mimics coral calcium – nearly 40% calcium and magnesium

*Dulse (Palmaria palmata) 

  • Maine, Canadian Atlantic coast, absorbs blue light, reflects red light, one of the best tasting sea plants
  • Very versatile in foods – used as powder, flakes, and whole pieces (marinate in lemon juice)
  • 12 -25% protein, 2% fat, 0.5% magnesium, 2% sodium, some vitamin B12

 *Irish moss (Chrondrus crispus)

  • Used as a thickener in Jamaica beverages, gels, good expectorant
  • 11-18% protein, 15% minerals—sulfur & iodine (200-300 ppm)
  • Moistens phlegm in lungs, helps as a heart tonic, kidney and bladder support

*Gracilaria and the similar species, Flagweed (Both found in warmer seas)

  • Various Hawaiian “Limu” (Ogo), S. Indian Sea, Gracilaria salicornia (Mexico)
  • Used in agar cultures, tropical and sub-tropical reef builders
  • Excellent in skin care – provides elastin for skin – facials

Halymenia floresia

  •  South Florida (canals), has anti-viral properties
  • Good for skin – very delicate composition (blade-like – Red Luttuce)


 Coastal California, used in research for herpes, rich in minerals, cooling, soothing (topical and internal)

Agar Agar (Gelidium)

  • Cooling, anti-inflammatory, digestion, binds to heavy metals like sodium alginate, thickener

Black / Purple Algae  (technically Red Algae):

  • High in manganese (53 ppm), zinc (41 ppm), beta carotene (mid 300 ppm), calcium (2,000 – 8,000 ppm), protein (15 - 34%), carbohydrate (60 %), vitamin C (130-1100 ppm)

Nori (Porphyra yezoensis)

  • High in protein (34%), vitamins B, E & some C, plants are cut and sun dried
  • Can be used in highly regarded sushi rolls, and ground up or flaked for topping

Laver (Porphyra umbilicalis)

  • Like nori – great in soups, with grains.  Usually coarser than nori

Hijiki (Cystceria Geminate)

  • 20% protein, carotenoids, vitamin C, 1.4% calcium, 1/3 minerals by weight, 1,400 ppm iodine (2nd highest source)
  • Good for balance of blood sugar, and beneficial for teeth and bones
  • Great with tempeh, cooked greens, mushrooms, wild rice, & transforms sauerkrauts (wonderful!)
  • Plants are cut & dried in the sun, often harvested as branches growing over rocky ledge

Green Algae (Chlorophyta) – 7,000 species - (some are Chlorella, Spirulina, Klamath blue-green):

Sea Lettuce (Ulva lactuca)

  • Found worldwide from salty seas to freshwater lakes and rivers
  • Shallow waterbeds – be careful of contamination
  • Lot of biomass, as broad as it is long – has stong vitamin B profile, calcium and vitamin A
  • Some related species are Eel Grass (Zostera marina), Surf Grass (Phyllospadix spp.), Gutweed (Enteromorpha spp.) – all these are submerged angiosperm (flowering plants in the inner tidal region)

 Some other notable Algaes include: Turkish Towel (CA, Asia) – red algae, Grapestone gigartinapapillate (N. CA) – black/purple algae, and Chondracanthus exasperatus.

 All * (9 sea plants) are contained in our Essence of Sea Plants.

Sea plants could become integral part of the diet. They strengthen the body, help purify the blood (its salty composition is analogous to the ocean). Our blood is purified with sea plants. They add zest to life.

Please note that nutritional analyses can vary. We can correct any analysis when new information is available.



 Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 15 (1) Cryptogams: Algae, W.F. Prud’homme van Reine & G.C. Trono Jr (editors), Prosea Foundation, 2002

 Sea Vegetable Gourmet Cookbook & Wildcrafter’s Guide, Eleanor & John Lewallen, Mendocino Sea Vegetable Co., 1996

 Common Seaweeds of the Pacific Coast, J. Robert Waaland, Pacific Search Press, 1977

 Kelp, Dulse and other Sea Supplements, William H. Lee, R.Ph., Ph.D., Keats Publishing, 1983

 LIMU, An Enthobotanical Study of Some Hawaiian Seaweeds, Isabella A. Abbott. National Tropical Botanical Garden, 1984

 The Limu Eater, a cookbook of Hawaiian seaweed, Heather J. Fortner. Sea Grant Miscellaneous Report, 1978



 Ryan  Drum, Island Herbs,

 Wikipedia - Algae / History of phycology, various references

 Maine Coast Sea Vegetables ,

 Marine Algae of Hawai’I,

 Michael Guiry’s Seaweed Website,              – Marine Life —

04 January 2012

Seaweeds: Ancient Wonders of the Ocean Realm

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By Alex Brown

It’s wonderful to see an increased focus on ocean awareness around the world these days. I’d like to share some knowledge on a very interesting and diverse part of the ocean environment, namely, the marine algae or seaweeds.

The term ‘algae’ refers to both marine and freshwater aquatic plants of which there are more than 20,000 individual species. They range from microscopic single-celled types to the very large seaweeds like the Giant Perrenial Kelp (Macrocystis sp.) which occur in abundance along the California coast. It is these larger marine algae which I’d like to focus on since they are the most familiar and obvious to anyone who frequents the shoreline or inshore waters of Monterey Bay.

The seaweeds, an ancient and extremely diverse group, are actually the ancestors of land plants. They exist in an amazing array of colors, shapes, and habitat niches. Scientists group the seaweeds by color: the reds or Rhodophyta, the browns or Phaeophyta, and the greens or Chlorophyta. By definition, seaweeds are marine algae which live attached to hard surfaces such as reefs, rocks, or pilings. The greatest variety tends to be found in the intertidal zone of rocky shorelines. Even though their habitat makes up roughly five percent of the Earth’s surface, they represent over thirty percent of the entire ocean’s productivity!

If you have ever explored tide pools or sat on the cliffs watching seaweeds dance and sway in the surf, I’m sure you would attest to the surreal beauty of these plants. But seaweeds are more than just pretty plants, they nor only play a vital role in the ocean’s ecology, they have also proved to be wonderful gifts to humankind.

In their environment, seaweeds are producers, happily turning sunlight into food, while providing nourishment and habitat to a myriad of other oceanic creatures. One of the most obvious and spectacular examples is the Perennial Giant Kelp, the fastest growing known plant. Reaching lengths of 200 feet and growing at the astounding rate of up to eighteen inches per day, they provide an invaluable habitat to whole groups of fish, crustaceans, invertebrates, and marine mammals.

The edibility and medicinal use of sea plants have been known to humans for millennia. The eating of seaweeds is a time-honored tradition amongst nearly all cultures which had these plants available to them in their home environments. Most notably there is a long, documented tradition of algae eating amongst the Chinese, indigenous North and South Americans, Japanese, Celtic, and Polynesian peoples. Seaweeds absorb and concentrate minerals from the ocean’s water, which make them a nutritional wonder. They contain anywhere from ten to twenty times the mineral content of land plants. Minerals essential to health such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iodine, as well as vitamins A, B-12, C, and D, are not only abundant in seaweeds but are found in a highly assimilable form. They are revered by many people as a key element in a long and healthful life. Medicinally they are traditionally used as a nutritive tonic, an aid to stomach to digestive complaints, circulatory problems, and as an ointment for cuts, stings, and burns. Seaweeds, because of their nutritive, restorative properties, are also used as a healing and beautifying skin treatment known generally as Thalassotherapy. Chemists have been extracting various marine colloids, alginates, and agar from seaweeds for decades. It is in this form that seaweeds have found their way into thousands of different products available today. These processed seaweed extracts are used primarily as thickeners and stabilizers. They are ingredients in a broad spectrum of products including ice cream, paint, and toothpaste.

For those interested in eating seaweeds in a more whole, time-honored way, you can find several really nice dried seaweeds at most natural food markets. The more common types include Kombu, Hijiki, Arame, Dulse, Nori, and Wakame. A good place to try prepared seaweed is, of course, your favorite sushi restaurant. Try the Nori rolls of the miso-seaweed soup – they are very delicious.

Next time you are at the beach, take time to appreciate the many types of seaweeds you may encounter, observe their unique forms, and think of how they enrich our world. Remember these plants when you eat some ice cream or brush your teeth. Tuning into these ancient sea plants helps us to increase our awareness of the ocean and how much our individual lives are linked to its delicate balance and health.

Alex Brown is a seaweed enthusiast who has worked with marine algae for nine years on Atlantic, Pacific, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico coasts. He is currently doing research and development on natural health and beauty products.

*Special thanks to Paul Gaylon of Herbal Products & Development for the resources.

08 August 2016

Second Pressed Hemp Seed Oil

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Hemp seed oil is derived from the versatile hemp plant. Popular Mechanics published an article on the hemp plant back in the 1930s stating that it had potentially 50,000 uses. Cleans easily w/ Dr. Bronner’s Soap.

Second-pressed hemp oil can be used in the construction of alternative homes, whether of cob, rammed earth, adobe, hybrid adobe, paper crêpe, or straw bale, and has many applications in the more traditional-type wood house. Used straight, hemp oil can be used as a varnish to help protect surfaces. Hemp oil mixed in grout creates a water-resistant mixture that is adherent. Hemp oil in window putty makes it waterproof and more plastic. It has been tried as a resin and oil finish for boats and wooden decks.

Second-pressed hemp oil mixed with vinegar, salt, borax, and citrus oil, for example, can be used as a cleaner and preserver of the woodwork around the house and outdoor furniture. Because of its antimicrobial and antifungal properties, hemp oil helps prevent mold. A slight coat of hemp oil with orange or lemon oil is good for any woodwork, for example, to shine up cabinets. Be sure to buff dry for maximum penetration. Do a small testing before doing the main project. (More details further down in this document.)

In manufacturing, there are uses in machinery lubricants such as for lubricating chainsaws and bicycles, as an ingredient in solvents, putty, printing inks, biodiesel fuels, and in candle-making. Many bicycle shops have used hemp oil as a chain lubricant for a smoother and quieter ride, as well as for de-greasing bicycle frames and the lubrication of all parts (including rusted parts), and also the testing of brakes. There are so many other possible applications only waiting to be discovered by creative thought.

Another area where second-pressed hemp oil has many uses is in the broad category of cosmetics: for making soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lip balms, shower gels, baby creams, massage oils, moisturizers, body lotions, bath oils, and salves. Depending on the formula, 2-20% hemp oil can be used. Keep in mind that there are no solvents used in the production of our second-pressed hemp oil. Thus, for cost and effectiveness, it is an excellent quality value. Small trials are first performed to determine the desired result.

In its drying properties, hemp oil is somewhat like linseed oil. Polymerization of the oil is actually an asset because of its ability to dry out on surfaces faster. In fact, linseed oil and hemp oil, up until 1937, were used in the majority of all shellacs, paints, varnishes, and resins. Large companies all used hemp oil in their products until the prohibition against hemp brought it to halt.

With care, second-pressed hemp oil can be heated up for 10 minutes, which will polymerize it, giving it a faster drying time and quality. Used straight or mixed with orange oil extract (in place of turpentine), it helps to enhance finishes.

Second-pressed, non-filtered hemp oil is available. Non-filtered allows the oil to retain the full beneficial properties of the hemp plant. 

Ten gallons of hemp seed oil has been donated by Herbal Products & Development to the Navaho (Dinah people) for a medicine lodge in Wheatfield, AZ, and to the Hopi for a cultural center in Piñon, AZ. Hemp oil is also being extensively tested for projects nationwide for use as finishes on walls, floors, and furniture.

Examples of second-pressed hemp seed oil used for house construction are found in Teresa Berube’s book, How I Built My Organic Home of Mud and Hemp. In it, she lists recipes using hemp oil for paint, waterproofing, sealant, roof and floor oils, kitchen tile and simple plastic glues. Recipes are the following:

For semi-gloss or gloss paint, add hemp oil to thicken the mixture of clay paint base.
For putty, add hemp oil to clay.
For bathtubs, burnish and waterproof with 4–7 coats of hemp oil.
For floors, use 4-7 coats hemp oil. It transforms cob into a one-piece linoleum.
For grout, mix hemp oil and tea tree oil to make a glue of clay.

As a varnish, use 100% hemp oil, brushing it on, giving it 1-5 days to dry.
Hemp oil also helps waterproof cloth.

As a floor oil and sealant
For a 1st coat use 1 gal hemp oil to 1 cup Citrisolve (orange oil). For the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th coats decrease hemp oil to 1 quart, 1 pint, 1 cup, to the same 1 cup of Citrisolve.

For drywall coat weather-keeping, the first two coats can be straight hemp oil. Add 1/4 cup beeswax to the final coat. Apply when warm. For built-in furniture, the first two coats can be hemp oil straight, rubbed in. Try on masonry, pavers, field stones, brick. A few coats will help seal.

For a kitchen tile glue: Mix 4 cups water and 3 cups kaolin clay, then add 1 1/2 hemp oil, 1 tbsp. tea tree oil, 1 tbsp. Psyllium husks (already mixed with 1 cup water). Set the tiles; let dry before grouting.

For hemp glue: Mix 1pint water, 1-1/2 cups hemp oil, 1 tbsp. psyllium husks. Mix and add 3 cups kaolin clay, 2 tablespoons of hemp hurd flour.

A basic cleaning formula is a 1:1 ratio of hemp oil to lemon oil, orange oil, or vinegar. Patch test first. It cleans and refreshes woodwork. Lightly apply. Buff well and wipe clean with a dry cloth after each application. Also, clean up old garden tools or any oxidized metal. Rub first with steel wool, then apply a mix of hemp oil and orange oil. Buff and dry with an old towel.

The company Rio Rockers has used hemp oil as a finish on wooden rockers and chairs. They begin with a 2:1 solution of turpentine to hemp oil for a first coat. The 2nd coat is a 1:1 ratio, the 3rd coat is 1:2, and the 4th coat is 1:4. The finish is vigorously hand rubbed and burnished until it is well absorbed. Each coat could take 1 to 5 days drying time, depending on the weather. (Our preference for a solvent is orange oil).

Colorants with iron oxides could be added to hemp oil to produce natural pigments for use on external walls or on furniture. If the hemp oil has been heated, there is a faster drying time. This could also be the final wash on landscaped, free-formed walls. Use approx. 2% in the plaster mix. Do final sealant coat for final coating.

Philip Mirkin, author, and pioneer in hybrid adobe construction states that hemp oil can be substituted for linseed oil. See his book The Hybrid Adobe Handbook for recipes. Hemp oil at approximately 2% can be used in the finish coat on paper crêpe/hybrid adobe exterior walls. It can also be used for interior walls as a coating on clay surfaces with a final coat as a sealant. See also his

As a good late spring or summer project, if you want to spruce up and recondition your outdoor deck furniture and benches, you couldn’t do better than using hemp oil.

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