One year ago today, my life was blessed with the addition of a beautiful little granddaughter.
I was at work when I got the call – “Mom, please come, now!” I took my essential oils and quickly arrived at my daughter’s home. She was sitting in the bathroom, face full of pain and some fear, and her lovely long hair disheveled. I began to braid her hair so she would not feel so hot and uncomfortable. The tub was also filled with hot/warm water. “Why does it have to hurt SO much?!”
At this point, I moved her into the tub of water. She was amazed. It felt SO good to have the water assist in soothing away her pain. As she rested in the tub, we called the midwives and let them know that they would soon have an arrival at The Pathway to Wellness Healing Center and Birth Suite. They prepared their tub while we made sure Naomi was ready to go. Getting out of the tub was Not desirable, but we needed to get her to the midwives, so out she got. We made it!
We were welcomed to the center with open, capable arms. Vicki and Camille attended Naomi, and everything went relatively smoothly. In the end, Naomi & Pierce had a beautiful, perfect little girl.
Today, I am grateful for so many things. Belle’s laugh is indescribable, and the way she snuggles into my shoulder when I come home from work is priceless. The way she drinks a smoothie full of green tender sprouts and spinach from the garden, and then signs for more. The smile of adoration she shows her mother when she returns from school is another highlight in my day. There’s nothing more stunningly lovely than a young mother sweetly hugging her adoring baby.
To Vicki and Camille, I cannot thank you enough for your tender, thoughtful care this year as Naomi brought Belle in for her check-ups, etc. You answered her questions when the baby was ill, and helped her gain confidence in her first-time mothering. Thank you for mentoring my sweet daughter, and watching over my grandchild. Your assistance has been priceless.
BONUS POLLINATION FACTS!
- Since the fig flowers are on the inside of the fig, most figs need to be pollinated by a fig wasp!
- Female fig wasps implant themselves inside of either the male or female edible fig, both of which grow on the same plant. No matter what gender the fig, the wasp will pollinate it. Inside a male fig, the wasp will lay her eggs. But if she lands in a female fig, she will be unable to lay her eggs and eventually dies. Regardless of the figs gender after pollination the wasp dies and decomposes inside the fruit!
- Figs contain an enzyme called ficin, which essentially digests the wasp, making it a part of the fruit.
HOWEVER!! This wasp is not native to the US! So how are our figs pollenated? They aren’t. In the case of common figs, the flowers are all female and need no pollination. This is called parthenogenesis meaning without pollination.
There are 3 other types of figs trees besides the common fig.
- The Capri fig, has male and female flowers requiring visits by the tiny wasp.
- The Smyrna fig, needing cross-pollination by Capri figs in order to develop normally.
- The San Pedro fig, which is intermediate, its first crop is independent like the common fig, and it’s second crop is dependent on pollination.
I found this part of learning about figs to be ultimately fascinating. I hadn’t studied figs, and learning about them was by far one of the most interesting things I’ve learned of late. Hope you enjoyed it too.
Fun Facts About Figs
- Figs can help prevent cancer!
- Figs can help reduce cholesterol
- Figs can help prevent high blood pressure and heart attacks!
- Figs can help cure diabetes!
- Figs can help reduce fatigue, improve brain memory and prevent anemia!
- Figs are very helpful in treating chronic constipation!
- Daily consumption of figs is an effective treatment for hemorrhoids!
- Figs are naturally helpful in killing pathogens, fungus’ and virus’ in the human body!
- Figs are rich in dietary fiber, making them very effective in weight loss programs!
- Figs are rich in calcium and are an excellent source for those allergic to dairy products!
- Figs calcium and potassium content helps prevent bone thinning and helps increase bone density!
- Figs have tryptophan which induces good sleep and helps get rid of sleep disorders like insomnia!
- Baked figs, when applied to skin, can cure inflammations like abscesses and ulcers!
- Due to figs high water content, mashed figs act as an excellent skin cleanser and helps in preventing and curing acne!
Really Fun Facts!
- Fig trees have no blossoms on their branches! The blossoms are inside the fruit! The flowers produce the crunchy little edible seeds!
- Figs are harvested according to nature’s clock, fully ripened and partially dried on the tree.
- Figs naturally help hold in moisture in baked goods.
- Fig puree can be used to replace fat in baked goods.
- California produces 100% of the USA’s dried figs and 98% of the fresh figs.
- Many believe that it was figs in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, and not apples.
- The early Olympic athletes used figs as a training food.
- Figs were presented as laurels to the Olympic winners making them the first Olympic “medal”!
- In Roman times, figs were considered to be restorative, increasing the strength of young people and maintaining the elderly in better health and making them look younger with fewer wrinkles. ~ Pliny (52 – 113 AD)
- Figs made their first commercial product appearance in 1892 with the introduction of Fig Newton’s cookies.
- Eating ½ cup of figs has as much calcium as drinking ½ cup of milk!
The fig tree is a symbol of abundance, fertility and sweetness!
Quinoa isn’t a grain? What’s that you’re saying?! Well, quinoa is a pseudo-grain, its not in the grain family at all. It is, in fact, a green! Like spinach!
Did I just say quinoa is more like spinach than wheat? Why, yes. I did. And it’s true! Quinoa is a member of Chenopodiaceae Family (ken-oh-poh-dee-AY-see-ee), or in the common tongue, the Goosefoot family.
- It’s in the same family classification as spinach, beets and swiss chard! So It’s a green!
- After exercising, Quinoa’s potassium content helps pump body fluids from the bloodstream to your muscles, helping prevent cramping and the Vitamin B helps you recover faster!
- It’s magnesium content helps fight migraines.
- Quinoa has a natural bitter soapy-like coating called saponin. It keeps the birds away.
- THE FOA tried to grow a strain without the resin, the birds ate it!
- The Natives of south America used to save the resin and use it to wash their clothes and bathe.
- Quinoa has twice as much fiber as oatmeal!
- The saved resin can be used as a mild antiseptic and may cause mild eye irritation.
- The FOA declared 2013 the international year of quinoa
- NASA provides Quinoa to it’s astronauts on long space trips because it keeps so well!
One pound of teff grains can grow an acre of teff! VS 100 lbs or more of wheat to grow an acre of wheat.
- Its name is assumed to be related to the world “lost” in Amharic – because of the tiny size of the the seeds
- Teff requires 36 hours to sprout! The shortest of any grain!
- Three thousand grains of teff weigh just one gram.
- Teffs protein content (around 14%) is largely easily digested albumins (basically vegetable egg whites!)
- Teff is thought to have originated in Ethiopia about 4000 – 1000 BC
- Teff is fermented by a symbiotic yeast living in the soluble fiber on the grain’s surface (like the blush on grapes!)
- Eragrostis tef (or Maskal Teff) borrows its scientific name from Greek, to mean “the grass of love” from eros – love, and agrostis – grass.
- One pound of teff can produce up to one ton of grain in only 12 weeks
- teff uses a type of photosynthesis called Carbon 4, which allows it to be most efficient in temperatures as high as those of the human body, as opposed to wheat whose optimal temperature is at 60 °F.
- Teff was long believed to be high in iron, but recent tests have shown that its iron content comes from soil mixed with the grain after it’s been threshed on the ground. The grain itself is not unusually high in iron.
- Many of Ethiopia’s famed long-distance runners attribute their energy and health to teff.