These beauties with their warming energetics a are powerful heart medicine, a digestive aid for food stagnation and a wonderful nervine. Hawthorn is considered by some to be an adaptogen specific to the circulatory system.
Hawthorn is a trophorestorative for the heart and circulatory system, meaning that that it heals not from a temporary stimulating action, but through providing vital nourishment to an organ or organ system.
Research has shown that the heart is more than a pump. It houses receptors for a range of hormones and neuropeptides, which are the body’s chemical language for communicating emotions. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the heart is connected to the emotions and stores the shen (translated as “spirit” or “mind” ).
So while hawthorn protects the heart, veins and arteries by bolstering the connective tissue structure of the lining of the heart, blood and lymph vessels it is also indicated for emotional heart conditions. It is an ally for spiritual and...
Prickly pear tuna lavender bread.
I don't care for labels...paleo, gluten free, keto...whatever you want to call it. I call it delicious! A baking experiment inspired by the lovely @shayj0nes that after 3 tries turned bomb!
Instead of the applesauce called for in many of the "paleo" bread recipes, I used a puree made from #wildharvested prickly pear tunas. It's dense but still moist with a hint of lavender and wonderfully filling. Topped with grassfed butter, prickly pear fruit puree and fresh garden arugula greens and flowers.
The ingredient list is as follows. This bread is a work in progress so amounts are all approximations and can be adjusted as per individual taste and texture preference. Since we are all different, I always encourage folks to be experimental with their cooking instead of just always following a recipe word for word.