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  • Fruits and Shoots

    Fruits and Shoots

    Image: Garden at Cashew Hill, one of my favorite examples of farm to table living

    Farming is a practice as old as yo great, great, great, great grandmother and so on. It's the primary way of having food to eat. It creates sustenance, abundance, and self suffficiency. Of course, the other way we are accoustomed to having food is by shopping in the supermarket. Alternatively, some people used to and still do wildcraft their foods and medicines. Wildcrafting is just what it sounds like, gathering your food from the wild. How sustainable does that sound? If you can't find what you need in the wild, then you're short. It's the same for the supermarkets. We completely depend on others -even other countries!- to provide food for us! It's kind of crazy when you think about it. The only way to guarantee something is done the right way, or that it's even done, is to do it yourself. This is a message that I'm sure we've all heard before. Anyway, my purpose in this blog is not to preach to anyone. It's solely to share the beauty of living on an almost completely self-sufficient farm. We eat fruits and shoots.

    My first focus is on Sorrel. It's a Carribean drink that many people in the U.S are familiar with. It's two ingredients are Rosa de Jamaica, and Ginger. Guess what! Today, I picked both! Rose de Jamaica is in the Malvacea, or Mallow family. It's in the same family as Okra, Marshmallow, and other mucilaginous mallows. The defining botanical characteristics that all of the Mallows share is having cup like flowers with a mucilaginous texture. The seeds of the Rosa de Jamaica look similar to the Okra Pods. For Sorrel, we use the ripe red calyx of the Jamaica plant. When boiled, the red lends all of it's color to it's tea. Second, we harvested around 15 kilos of a dwarf variety of ginger. Not that bullshit, chemical ladden, oversized ginger. Haha! This was known as Jamaican Ginger. Same taste, more fiber. A little smaller and a little pinker than the ginger we're sold in supermarkets. After harvesting everything, we made a bright red tea. Intuitively, I feel that Sorrel is good for woman's reprodictive health. It's also good for the stomach, becasuse ginger is a carminative. It's one of those neutralizing drinks. It stimulates you if you need stimulation, or relaxes you if that's what you ask for.

    Next, we have a tropical plant that many outside of the tropics are not familiar with. It is known as Katuk. It is a good source of plant protein. This is a great green to grow and consume because it grows in abundance. According to a blog known as Eat the Plants, in their article, Katuk Kontroversy, they state that Katuk is composed of "49% protein, 18% fiber, vitamins A, B & C, potassium 2.77% (more than bananas at 1.48%); calcium 2.77% (dried skim milk is less than half that at 1.3%); phosphorus .61% (dried soybeans are at .55%); magnesium .55%; and even enough iron to mention." A woman who owns an organic store in Puerto Viejo mentioned to me that Katuk stimulates abundant milk production in lactating mothers. Katuk is a delicious pick me up snack, and I find myself gathering leaves to make small salads on the weekend. I love the taste, and I do not need much to fill me up because of the protein content. Where do you get your protein from? (JK)

    Next, to add to my salads I really am obsessed with garlic vine. I was not even hip to garlic vine until I came to Finca Inti. It is an intense, abundant vine that has the strong scent and taste of garlic. Que rico! (Spanish for wow that is delicious!) We harvest the young leaves, which Tristian uses in his curries. We also sometimes have the pleasure of using them in pestos, and other sauces.

    As for fruit, we have a beautiful, golden fruit that I was not previously aware of. It is called Araca and has my favorite combination of sour and sweet. We have never just straight up eaten the fruit; we always make a juice out of it. We simply blend the fruit with water, and sometimes with cane sugar (although, it is not necessary). The result is a tangy, energizing drink. Because of it's bring yellow complexion, we know that is is high in Vitamin C. According to a study shown in the book, Food Chemistrty, Volume 128 Issue 4, the presence of phenolic compounds makes Araca both antimicrobial and antioxidant. 

    Last but not least, I wanted to briefly mention other factors and plants that we have on the farm the farm that greatly contribute to it's self sustencance. Root veggies are a staple: Yampie, Yucca, and Taro. They usually only take nine months to a year to mature and even after harvesating, they grow back. They also do not take up a lot of space. Next is banana and plantain. We eat at least 9 bananas a day. 30 collectively. The bunches take nine months to reach maturity and they provide multiple days' breakfast smoothies, midday snacks and after lunch desserts. At the farm, Tristian is gluten free and makes flour out of the plantain fruit, so we have tortillas, pancakes, etc. Lastly, I would say that catching rain water is an important factor as well in creating self sufficiency.

    I speak into existence my desire to cultivate an abundance of greenery for the monkeys, for the babies and for the most highs! I am thankful for the bounty that nature provides, which is really evident in Costa Rica and in other tropical parts of the world. I don't plan on this world changing but I just want the world to know how much I appreciate Big Amma Mama for doing her thing. 

    13love 

  • Cuculmeca

    Family: Lily

    Cuculmeca, also known as Sarsasparilla is a member of the Lily family. It's of the Smilax genus. This genus contains alot of different species. In this blog, we'll cover the overlaps and interchanges between the North American Sarsaparilla and the Central/South American Cuculmeca. 

    The meaning of Sarsasparilla is "little bramble vine". It sprouts little berries, which can be pink, purple or white. The vine needs a canopy tree to climb up in order for it to flower.  For it's medicinal properties, we use the bright red root. Heather Campo, local herbalist in Southeast Costa Rica, recommends only harvesting part of the root. This is, of course, because harvesting the entire root kills the plant entirely, and there will be nothing left for the plant to regenerate itself. Cuculmeca can take up to 40 years to mature! 

    The medicinal uses of Cuculmeca are bountiful! Its primary action is as a blood tonic. It both detoxifies the blood (and the organs) and builds the blood. Therefore it is a good remedy for anemia. The Aztecs used this plant specifically for syphilis, chronic skin conditions, and ulcers. There have been scientific studies done in China that support the claims about syphilis.

    In general, Cuculmeca is used in cases of debility, weakness, and in cases of sexually transmitted diseases. It's an immune system modulator, cell protector, and revitilizer. It protects the liver, which helps filter blood in the digestive system. It revitalizes the glandular system, which thrives on Cuculmeca's saponins, thus stimulating the production of hormones. Recently, it's been used specifically for the male reproductive system and as a muscle builder. Its anti-inflammatory properties are good for rheumatism, arthritis and gout.

    Sarsasparilla was a part of the original formula for Root Beer! Below is a recipe you can try yourself.

    Original Root Beer Recipe from 1876 Canadian Pharmacy:

    • 8 oz. Sarsaparilla, Licorice, Cassia + Ginger
    • 2 oz. Cloves
    • 3 oz. Corriander Seed
    • Boil for 15 minutes in 8 gallons of water
    • Cool and strain
    • Add 12 pints Syrup
    • 4 pints Honey
    • 4 oz. Ginger Tincture
    • 4 oz. Citric Acid

    my herb connect

    His name is Jorge. For a week or so I was nonstop buying sugar cane juice from him. He also sells fresh squeezed OJ and sells roasted Cocao. I love this man!

     

    Potentially, you might want to incorporate Sarsasparilla into your herbal apothecary. You can usually find the dried herb at your local health foods store, herb shop or online! Moreover, if you are interested in purchasing this herb or others from Costa Rica, contact me! You can reach me at mermalien13@gmail.com

  • Starfruit

    Starfruit

    Family: Oxalidacea

    The focus of this week's blog, in honor of my mom, is the magical STARfruit also known as Carambola in Spanish.

    As it's name suggests, the fruit is shaped like a star when cut horizontally. The typical color of the fruit is yellow, but it can also be foubd in blends and tones of orange and green when its less sweet or less ripe, respectively.

    Due to the presence of oxalic acid, the fruit is quite tart. However, star fruit is high is Vitamins A, C and in iron. A medicinal folk use for the fruit is for lowering blood pressure. However, as a Costa Rican native and dear friend of mine pointed out as me and my mom as we chugged down some of our homemade refresco: too much starfruit will drastically lower blood pressure in those with normal blood pressure. So be careful!


    If you'd like to see a picture of the beautiful starfruit blossom, check out my blog on Edgar Campbell's farm.

    Me and my mom lucked out last week because we found one of the branches of the Carambola tree on the ground near our Bungalow. The ripe smell and the vibrant hues of my mom's favorite fruit definitely caught our attention! Of course, my mom spent some time giddily harvesting the big, juicy starfruits. Back home, just ONE of these fruits goes for 2.50$ a piece, and here we had collected at least 30 for free! Some of the fruit we traded at an Exchange, and the rest we had juiced to make a refresco. Ours was pretty tart, because we added some unripe fruits as well. But overall, it was delicious. Below, I'll give you a couple of recipes so that you can make your own:

    Starfruit Refresco

    Blend one cup of water for every star fruit. Before blending, cut off the less desirable pieces of the fruit. Afterwards, strain and add a sweetner of your choice. My go to would be either raw honey, or cane sugar. You can also add delicious juiced ginger and or pineapple to your refresco! Delicioso!

    Starfruit Chips

    Thinly slice your starfruit. Boil 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water together for every starfruit that you have. Add starfruit to water and then let cool. Then strain the syrup off and then bake the slices for 1.25 hours at 200 degrees farenheit! Recipe link here:

    Similarly, you can dehydrate your starfruit and create a deliciousm healthy, blood pressure lowering snack.

    Other benefits of starfruit:

    • Diuretic
    • Good source of B-complex vitamins
    • High in polyphenols
    • Fight infections and boost immune system
    • Good source of fiber

    Sources:

    Epicurious. "Star-Fruit Chips." Epicurious. Gourmet, 15 Nov. 2006. Web. 06 Dec. 2016. <http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/star-fruit-chips-236662>.

    "Star Fruit (carambola) Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits." Nutrition And You.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Dec. 2016. <http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/star-fruit.html>.

  • Nettles <13

    Nettles has to be one of my favorite plants in the whole entire world. My first experience with it was dieting it as a part of my herbalism course. Dieting it meant drinking 32oz of the tea daily for two weeks. This surely was good for my soul! It's so funny because I took the herb during one of the most hectic weeks of my life! I was already working as a hostess in the evenings about 30 hours a week, and I had just picked up a babysitting job in the morning all the way across town from where I live. I am not a morning person yet, so I was waking up really early in the mornings to go across town, baby sit, and then go to my other job and work evenings. If this sounds anything like your current schedule, then you need to try nettles. It helped me immensely to have enough energy to do everything and still feel really great! 

    Stinging Nettles (Common Name); Urtica Dioica (Latin Binomial); Ortiga (Spanish Name); Urticacea (Plant Family) 

    Nutritive Tonic:

    • good source of protein, vitamin A, iron, and calcium, which are decreased with cooking
    • chlorophyll, which repairs and protects DNA
    • fibers, which help push food through the digestive tract
    • histamine, which has anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic effects
    • serotonin and acetylcholine, neurotransmitters which help in memory and learning, as well as mood regulation
    • and flavonoids, which have anticancer, antidiabetic and circulatory stimulant effects

    Alterative: 

    • removes urates (salt or uric acid crystalizations) from the system, thus works as a remedy for arthritis, gout, muscular soreness, tissue acidity and kidney disease
    • diuretic, cleanses the kidneys
    • has a "sting", from the prickles found all over the leaves and stem, that stimulate circulation and decrease inflammation

    Trophorestorative:

    • revitilizes kidneys, muscles, nerves, thyrorid, hormones, and more

    Matthew Wood writes, "Robin Rose Bennet had a famous case history where nettles restored the thyroid in a woman who had the gland surgically removed (by radioactive idodine) for hyperthyroidism, but regretted the surgery. This case hitory is well attested."  (Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants, 496)

    • helps the liver to build proteins, help keeping plasma inside blood vessels which reduces fluid buildup in tissues (edema), and low blood pressure

    Intuitively, I really resonate with this plant. I'm not sure what it is. But there are a ton of benefits of using Nettles other than the ones mentioned above. Because it is so nourishing, I find that it helps us to perform better at simple everyday tasks, and helps us to be more present while doing them. It's a great tonic during pregnancy, and for those with anemia because of it's iron content. It's also high in vitamin A, which is an important micronutrient that a lot of people are deficient in, accoriding to the World Health Organization. It's good for impotency and lack of sexual energy. And lastly, I think it's helpful in realizing and releasing negative energy, situations and/or circumstances in your life. If you were to take one herb daily to help restore you, I would go with nettles.

    Here's where you can purchase your own: http://www.13krstalign.bigcartel.com/product/nettles-or-stinging-nettles-leaf

    Simple Reciples:

    1. Nettles Vinegar: I took two big fresh leaves of Nettles leaf and soaked them in about 2.5 cups of banana vinegar. The result was a delicious and nutritious vinegar: vinegar extracts vitamins and minerals really well. I typically ate the vinegar over kale with olive oil, the nettles vinegar, himalayan pink salt, pepper, lemon juice. Que rico! 
    2. I've tried a pesto made with Nettles along with other herbs such as Holy Basil. You can make your own by blending a nut of your choice (walnut, almond, pine, or cashew) with basil, olive oil, garlic, a bit of lemon, black pepper, salt, and nutritional yeast or saurkraut starter (optional), and perhaps sundried tomatoes, or red peppers.
    3. Lastly, I've stirfried the nettles in a bit of oil and added tomatoes, onion, garlic, carrot, and spices to create a yummy sauce that can be added over lentils and quinoa. I even added some of the vinegar in the sauce, if I recall correctly.

    P.S I didn't include tea, because that's an obvious one! 1/4 cups dried Nettles leaf for every 32oz of water. Let the tea steep overnight (or 4-8hrs), and strain it in the AM for the strongest, most nutritive infusion! You can also let it sit for just 15mins if you did not have time to make your infusion!

    Sources:

    "Acetylcholine: A Representative Small Molecule Neurotransmitter." Acetylcholine: A Representative Small Molecule Neurotransmitter. Multimedia Neuroscience Education Project, n.d. Web. 26 Nov. 2016. <https://web.williams.edu/imput/synapse/pages/IA1.htm>.

    Axe, Josh, Dr. "This Plant Pigment Heals & Detoxes Better than All Others." Dr. Axe. N.p., 03 Feb. 2016. Web. 26 Nov. 2016. <https://draxe.com/chlorophyll-benefits/>.

    "Flavonoids." Linus Pauling Institute. Oregon State University, 23 Aug. 2016. Web. 26 Nov. 2016. <http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/phytochemicals/flavonoids>.

    Wood, Matthew. "Utica Diocia, U. Urens. Nettle, Nettles." The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic, 2008. 496-500. Print.

  • Permaculture Principle's at Play at Finca Into

    Since growing my interest in herbal medicine and farming, I've wanted to know the best way to successfully grow plants year round. I have never been able to see how to in-person until now! I was able to visit a farm about an hour out from where I live in a place called Hone Creek. The name of the farm is Finca Inti and it's owned by Trisitan and Alejandra. 

    Honestly, it does not matter to me (or to anyone for that matter) how many books you read, how many Youtube videos you watch or how many lectures you hear about permaculture (or anything for that matter), the power is in SEEING it for yourself or DOING it for yourself. What I learned about permaculture today is that it is the most reverent, humble and productive form of farming. Tristian and his wife believe that NATURE knows how to do things most effectively. This is the most foundational principle in anything dealing with permaculture. Essenatially, you are replicating the growing patterns found in nature. This will produce and look much different from a farm where everything is grown in rows. It will look like a forest at first, with the exception of paths, and you will really question whether things were planted where they are or if they naturally grew that way. 

    Permaculture is simple and it's also a way of living. For every farm I've visited, the farmers eat, sleep, live, and breathe their farm- LITERALLY. The farm proivdes the food from which they eat, the wood on which the sleep, the livelihood from which they reap and the good, clean oxygen which they breathe! But what I mean to say is that you and the farm become reflections of each other.  I want all the readers to takeaway that everything I am saying can apply to anything. And that's the entire point! 

    For example, at Finca Inti, they plant by the moon. And he also shared with us that sometimes, you lack energy and don't necessarily feel like doing anything and those are the days your body and your energy are recharching. Just like when the moon is hidden and new. And then some days, your moon is full and your bouncing all around, having a good time, but you're actually expending a lot of energy. It's so simple, and it makes so much sense that you would be able to apply that not only to your life, but to your farm or garden as well! 

    Disclaimer: I did not know that I was visiting a permaculture farm before I witnessed the farm for myself. I am not a permaculture expert. I  barely know the principles by heart. They just seem to be almost common sense;however, which is why I resonate with them.

    • Use everything! Do not let anything go to waste. This was evident because Tristian had cut down several trees on the farm, which were still lying on the ground. I thought that it looked like trash, but he said that they would decompose into the Earth and provide nutrients for the young surrounding trees.

    • Observe and interact with the land! He cut the trees down because they provided too much shade in the area and prevented things from growing, which is an example of observing and interacting with the land.

    Above pictured: bidee ba fruit tree, and peanut grass ground cover, which possess nitrogen fixing properties and maintains moisture in the ground but prevents the soil from absorbing too much water when it rains really hard

    • Integrate rather than segregate! As I mentioned earlier, you couldn't really tell if the trees and plants were planted there on purpose or if nature grew them by her lonesome. Tristian planted two Durian trees, which take about 6-7 years to fruit, near each other because they will quickly link roots with each other and support one another. He also planned on planting a Bidee Ba tree in between the two in order to use the space, and have a fruiting tree that would yield fruit in 2 years. Biddee Ba has a life span of 5-6 years, so by the time the Durian was mature, the Bidee Ba would most likely be dead and provide more organic matter for the Durian trees to feed on when they were requiring more energy. Brilliant, honestly!

    • Use and value diversity! The farm is super colorful. It's full of many plants. There are no rows of anything. There is not one place specifically for all the Moringa trees, or one for the Rose bushes. Everything is intertwined and paired near something different. Not to mention that they are almost always planting new things.

    Above pictured (left to right): Ginger,  Achiote, Bamboo, Soap Plant, Morning Glory,  and Angel's Trumpet

    Above pictured: Nutmeg! The seed under the red casing is used to make the common household spice, the red part is used to make Mace, and the fruit surrounding the entire seed is used to make jams and jellies!

    • Obtain a yield! I also observed that the farm produces an amazing yield, which they harvest, eat and create into products daily. Trisitian sells his curry spices at the farmer's market, and is also looking to create new products from his farm to sell. 

     Above pictured: Tristian and volunteers making lunch with root vegetables, lemons, oranges and yampie (root vegetable) harvested, volunteer, Forest, cutting a ripe bidee ba to share with everyone.

    As you can see, this farm is very diverse and really does produce a yield. The farm provides a majority of the food for the farmers and their volunteers, three times a day all throughout the week. Trisitian says that they do a little bit of everything daily (chopping, harvesting, etc), so that everything will get done. My favorite aspect of the farm is that it was started with little funds. It shows that hardwork, faith and perserverance can absolutely help you manifest anything you want in the life! 

    "Growing my own food gives me freedom." - Tristian

    Thank you for tuning in to another post by Little Lotus Herbals™! Enjoy this supermoon November, 13th 2016 Gregorian time. Tune in next week for another weekly blog post. Soon we'll cover the medicinal properties of various medicinal plants that can be found throughout the tropics.

    13love! 

  • Honoring Our Ancestors: Edgar Campbell's Organic Cocao Farm

    "If I have the land, I will ensure the richness of my offspring." - Edgar Campbell

    Today, I visited a farm in southeast Costa Rica known as Cashew Hill, owned by the wonderful Edgar Campbell. Edgar and I met a couple of weeks ago at the Puerto Viejo Chocolate Festival. He was the only indigenous Cocao Farmer there. I sat in for a workshop that he did about his farm and his mission was to cultvate the BEST Cocao in the town. Little did I know, I would find his farm so inspiring. 

    So that you can comprehend the importance of Cocoa in the indigenous communities, here is a brief history of Cocao in Costa Rica. Previously, Cocao was a well cultivated crop throughout the farms in Costa Rica. It was even traded as currency. Even today, indigenous communities revere the tree and use the fruit ceremonially during big events such as weddings and funerals. These ceremonies even include singing and dancing. 

    Unfortunately for many; however, when banana plantaitions from large corporations started springing up, so did a fungus known as monilla that rots the fruits of the cocoa tree. The virus caused a lot of families with cocao farms to abandon both their farms and their livelihoods and find work on the plantations or elsewhere. (BTW, this is a good reason not to support Dole of Chiquita Banana's conventional bananas.) Since then, mainly foreigners have picked up the tradition of growing Cocoa and making chocolate bars to sell here.  

     The town I live in almost revolves around chocolate (and coconuts). And its amazing that foreigners are able to make a livelihood and business out of this tree, but it's even more impactful that indigenous peoples are doing so again. It's a way to pay homage to their ancestors. This is why Edgar Campbell decided to come back to his family's farm and create the best Cocao possible. 

    The farm has 70 years in his familly, originally owned by his grandmother and grandfather. Edgar now takes care of the farm along with a couple of other people. 

    In terms of terrain, the farm Is very hilly, and about every inch of the ground is covered with grass or weeds. There is a good reason for that. Some of the fruits of his trees still get the monilla fungus. He just cuts the fruit off of the tree when he sees it, and throws it into the ground. He says that the grass helps the spores in the fungus keep from spreading. Wow- that's amazing!

    Although the main crop grown on Edgar's farm is Cocao, he also grows coconut, mangosteen, mango, star fruit, papaya, pineapple, plantain, banana, wild yam, yucca, yampie, cedar, and a lot of medicinal plants. In his nursery, he has about 55 almond trees that he wants to plant to help repopulate the area with the endangered Macaws. He also had cinnamon, coffee, vervain, oregano, bay rum, ginger, and many other plants.

    Edgar showed us how he grafts the Cocao trees, as well. This ensures that he can multiply his crop as well as reproduce the most productive trees. This was prevalent throughtout the farm, because he produces a lot of grafts. This is a good way to get a good, strong, healthy yield. He also had a ton of original, or criollo, trees. Not to mention he had different varieties of the cocoa itself. Some burgundy, some orange, some yellow, and some white. 

    All in all, my favorite part about the farm was Edgar's mission. He wants to both honor his ancestors by carrying on their tradition, and teach  the youth so that they might do the same. Not only that, but he wants to maintain the organic farm, even though it's harder work than maintaining a conventional farm because he says he gets more satisfaction that way. Another goal he has is to make sure that the farm keeps food on the table. Last but certainly not least, he wants to recover the Cocao plants. And he's had much success just by returning to the farm and honoring his heritage. 

    Coffee. 

    Vervain.

    Yucca.

    Plaintain.

    Starfruit Blossom.

    Thank you for visiting Little Lotus Herbals! I hope that this blog inspires you to respect what your ancestors have gone through to get you where you are today. And that you honor them by fulfulling their works in at least one area of your life! Stay tuned in for more weekly blog posts .

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    Until next time! Peace. <!3

  • Mom Mans Organic Market in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

    “Perseverance. Don’t doubt yourself. Take risks, but use your intuition.” Amanda, age 23, says to anyone looking to start their own small business. 

    Amanda is an organic farmer and owner of the Biomercardo, in the heart of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. This market is a one of a kind, one stop shop for local, organic, and mostly vegan produce and finished goods. Their motto, advertised in both English and Spanish is that, “Food is medicine, medicine supports our health, a healthy body is clean, cleaning is transforming, transformation inspires art, art is a seed, and the seeds grow food…“. This is exemplified when one browses the store to see fresh produce and superfoods, medicinal herbs, eco-friendly cleaning supplies, art, and last but not least- seeds.

    Not only is Amanda the soon-to-be one year owner of the shop, she is also the mother of two beautiful children who can usually be found either resting behind the coutner or playing throughout the store. I mentioned Amanda’s age earlier, because it is inspiring to see such a young woman as both a mom and a store owner. She says the only way it’s been possible to juggle it all is because she has already embarked upon her life project with her husband, and that her lifestyle is conducive for taking care of the babes. Her husband is, as she calls him, the Farm Director, while she takes care of things at the store. 

    Although Amanda and her husband’s initial idea was to live self-sufficiently in Puerto Viejo on their farm, they realized that making a living this way was not very easy. Thus, she thought that it would be a great idea to open a store where farm owners, local artisans and the like could sell their products throughout the week at one place, as opposed to only on Saturdays at the town’s farmers market. (Side note: This is great for me because I always miss the organic market on Saturday mornings while observing the Shabbat.) 

    The store features homemade chocolate, different vegan treats, some of which are raw, veggies, dairy and non-dairy cheeses, yogurt, Kefir and Kombucha that Amanda and her volunteers make, superfoods such as Macuna, Moringa, Spiralina, etc. as well as loose herbs like Ortiga (Nettles Leaf), Frambuesa (Raspberry), Lavender, Rose Hips.  

    The store caters to those of us who are interested in supporting the local economy, eating locally grown produce, and upholding the ethical practice of organic farming. Moreover, the store serves as a one-of-a-kind hub for those striving to make a living out of their businesses, those who support their mission and who desire to take our health into our own hands. The store brings in a diverse crowd of people, from young to old. And I think that most people are happy to shop here because of the store’s mission to give back to the people. 

    Starting any business should be about your market, first and foremost. This is one thing that is clear throughout the energy of the store. It’s not entirely about the profit you will gain, but most importantly how you can serve your community!

    If you have not already, I encourage you to come visit the Biomercado in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. And if that is not possible for you, I hope that this post inspires you to support your community by buying locally, and by potentially starting a business of your own that caters to the needs of those around you! 

    Thank you for visiting Little Lotus Herbals™. Until next time! 

  • " To be or not to be, that is the question"

    Shakespeare