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Newsletter January 8, 2017:

Video: A Green Drink for Winter

Dear brothers and sisters,

We invite you to dispel the drear of winter with an alive, organic green drink. Celebrate sparkling, streaming ebullient life with a smoothie filled with the promise of rebirth, regeneration and renewal.

Our good wishes to you and family,

Jesse Schwartz PhD
President
Living Tree Community Foods

Recipe: Black Cumin Seed Oil Salad Dressing

by Dr. Mercola


With their plethora of health benefits, apple cider vinegar and black seed oil are two staple ingredients well worth keeping on hand at all times. Aside from the culinary suggestions already mentioned above, here are a few more tips for how to get these healthy ingredients into your diet on a regular basis by using them in your homemade salad dressing:

*Try mixing apple cider vinegar, black seed oil, fresh lemon juice, cilantro and tahini. Experiment with the ratios to enhance the flavor you enjoy the most

*A simple and yummy dressing that goes particularly well with broccoli, asparagus or salad greens includes: 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic, a dash of ground black pepper and a few fresh basil leaves, chopped

*Alternatively, you can use apple cider vinegar and/or black seed oil as substitutes for other oils and vinegars in whatever dressing recipe you’re already using. Keep in mind that the black seed oil does have a spicy kick to it, so substituting the full amount may make it too spicy. Start by adding just a small amount, and experiment to find the ratio of vinegar, olive oil and black seed oil you enjoy

The Many Health Benefits of Black Seed Oil

Black seeds and black seed oil — also commonly known as black cumin seed, which is a bit unfortunate as there’s also black cumin (Bunium bulbocastanum), which is another plant family altogether — have a long history of use in traditional systems of medicine, including Ayurveda and Siddha.

A tincture of black seeds was traditionally used to treat indigestion, loss of appetite, diarrhea, parasitic infections and skin problems. Traditionally, black seed has also been used for immune-system support, general well-being, digestive health, respiratory issues, kidney and liver support and heart health. In Asia and the Middle East, the seeds have long been used to treat asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism and other inflammatory diseases.

The most abundant active plant chemical in black cumin is thymoquinone; other bioactive compounds in the seed include α-hederin, alkaloids, flavonoids, antioxidants and fatty acids. As for its antioxidant activity, black cumin seed has been found to be far more potent than vitamin C.10 In modern times, researchers have confirmed Nigella sativa may indeed be helpful for:

Type 2 diabetes. In one study, Nigella sativa improved glucose tolerance as efficiently as metformin.12 It’s also been shown to improve the performance of antidiabetic medication
Reducing asthma symptoms. In one study, thymoquinone was found to be instrumental, by reducing two inflammatory mediators of asthma and other inflammatory processes.
Another study found black cumin seed also acts as a relaxant, and displays both anticholinergic (reducing spasms in smooth muscle) and antihistaminic (blocking allergic reactions) effects. Here, thymoquinone was found to be superior to the asthma drug fluticasone (a synthetic glucocorticoid)
Enhancing memory and reducing stress. The results showed black cumin seed inhibited stress-induced biochemical changes in a dose-dependent manner. Memory and cognition was also dose-dependent
Reducing damage caused by cadmium poisoning. May also serve as prophylactic against chemical warfare agents
Protecting against and attenuating aflatoxicosis
Alleviating symptoms of allergic rhinitis
Candidiasis
Rheumatoid arthritis
Cancer

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Featured Item: Black Cumin Seed Oil


Black Cumin (Nigella Sativa) is a powerful medicinal plant and the oil is a concentrated essence.The healing properties of the seeds have been regarded as a cure-all down through the ages. They have been found in Egyptian tombs.

The seeds contain over 100 chemical compounds, including oleic acid, linolenic acid, protein, Vitamin B, calcium, zinc, and iron. They have been used to heal upset stomachs, colds, infections, and fatigue, boost immunity, and help with other ailments.

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Featured Sale: Tahini 16oz – Alive & Organic

We are putting our Tahini on sale for the month of January!

It is now $13.99 – down from $17.99!


We want you to rejoice in its creamy texture of our tahini. We attribute its texture to two things – our production process and the quality of our sesame seeds.

We do not grind, rather we slice the sesame seeds,let them rest overnight and then slice again. Mix with one of our honeys and you have halva, a Middle Eastern delight!

Our sesame seeds are mechanically hulled.

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Alive, Organic Bonus Program – Heritage Olive Oil and Medjool Dates for the Month of December


New! Items For January

Olio Nuovo Olive Oil – Alive, Organic & Dry Farmed


Olive oil aficionados! This is the moment you’ve been waiting for all year!
Olio nuovo is here! The first expression of the olive harvest!The first pressing! The ultra-green first bottling of the new crop! Skimmed from the vat before the sediment has settled, olio nuovo has a creamy texture and heightened notes of fruit, grass and pepper.

 

 

 

 

Quinoa Puffs – Organic & Gluten Free


Just the thing to wean kids (and adults) from sugary breakfast cereals. Just add almond mild for a magnificent treat. You’ll delight family and friends with this stepping stone on the way toward raw. Quinoa was of great nutritional importance in pre-Columbian Andean civilizations, being secondary only to the potato, and followed in third place by corn.

 

 

 

 

Hazelnuts – Alive & Organic


Our Organic Raw Hazelnuts are grown on a family farm in Aurora, Oregon named Meridian Orchards. Meridian Orchard is a beautiful 80-acre Organic orchard filled with regal hazelnut trees. Owner, Jim Birkemeier, continues to pioneer unique natural methods for attaining high-quality, Organic hazelnuts and for strengthening the disease resistance of the trees.

 

 

 

 

Coconut Oil 1 Gallon Bucket – Alive & Organic


Available in an economical one gallon, 128 ounce, food grade, sturdy plastic bucket. We invite you to do the math – the savings are considerable.
Living Tree Raw Organic Coconut Oil is made from fresh coconuts. The flesh is chopped and placed in an expeller press. The temperature of the coconut flesh and the emulsion does not exceed room temperature. The coconut milk emulsion has the water “spun” out of the oil using a centrifuge.

 

 

 

 

Jujubes – Alive, Organic Chinese Date Apples


Imagine Ziziphus jujuba on your festive table! Astonish and delight friends and family with a delicious fruit they do not know. Grown for you by Judith Redmond, magnificent California family farmer.

 

 

 

 

 

Hemp Hearts – Alive & Organic


Hemp hearts are a nutrient dense source of protein, essential fats, and antioxidants.
We suggest you add to soup, salad or vegetable dishes. Sprinkle onto cereal, oatmeal or yogurt. Add to desserts. Add to smoothies. Sprinkle onto almond or cashew butter spread on a slice of apple or pear.
Sprinkle in sandwiches or wraps.

 

 

 

 

Ohi’a Lehua Blossom Honey


We invite you to experience the lilting, floral flavor of the essence of Ohi’a Lehua blossoms.
A white honey, luxuriously thick and wondrously spreadable.
Mix with almond or cashew butter and spread on a slice of apple for an ecstatic experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Baikal Siberian Pine Nut Butter – Alive & Organic


These pinenuts nuts are wildcrafted from trees in a pristine wilderness, the Siberian taiga. This is the most extensive virgin forest in the world. We invite you to experience the taste of the primordial!

Siberian pine nuts are quite different from the pine nuts you find in stores. The latter are imported from China and are a species of Korean pine nut, Pinus Koraiensus. Siberian pine nuts are a different species, Pinus Sibirica. They are the fruits of a majestic and beautiful tree.

January Victory Garden Sale

10% off this month’s featured items (Remember, if you buy 3 or more of any Living Tree manufactured product, you get an additional 10% off!)

Olio Nuovo Olive Oil – Alive, Organic & Dry Farmed


Olive oil aficionados! This is the moment you’ve been waiting for all year!
Olio nuovo is here! The first expression of the olive harvest!The first pressing! The ultra-green first bottling of the new crop! Skimmed from the vat before the sediment has settled, olio nuovo has a creamy texture and heightened notes of fruit, grass and pepper.

 

 

 

 

Hemp Seed Butter – Alive & Organic


Hemp Seed Butter is one of nature’s richest sources of complete protein (35%) and Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids (40%).
Hemp seeds offer a high concentration of omega 6 and omega 3 in a ration of about 3:1. This exceeds the ratio recommended by health authorities and compensates in part for omega-3 deficiencies in the rest of our diet.

 

 

 

 

Sunflower Butter – Alive & Organic


For your delight we have slowly sliced organic sunflower seeds into a butter that goes well on apple slices as well as celery and carrot sticks. Try adding chopped raisins and dates too–what hor d’oevres you’ll make!

 

 

 

 

Pistachio Butter – Alive & Organic


This delightful and fresh nut will nourish your body and your taste buds! Our pistachio butter is made from pistachios grown by California family farmers in the rich, alluvial soil of the wondrously fertile Central Valley. We add our raw Black Sesame Oil and sesame seeds to organic pistachios and season them with honey and a dash of Royal Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt.

 

 

 

 


Become a Living Tree Business Partner


Are you an experienced entrepeneur who would like to participate in the boom in organic foods? Are you a “hands-on” sort who can’t wait to steer a business towards success after success?

We manufacture alive, organic nut butters, oils and chocolates in Berkeley, California. We support family farmers. We have been established for 38 years.

For further details contact us: jesse@livingtreecommunity.com

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