Recipes and Fun Things
Herbal Poems By Osalina Berman
This Months Poems and Recipes are brought to you by the Letters A and B

Below are some Herb Poems

Ayurvedic Herbs

Amma the Amla Berry Deva
I am Amma the Amla Berry Deva: and I am a Mother to All
My Fruits are Golden White in color; like the Sun; they are a Ball
My Fruits contain 5 Tastes; which makes them quite unique
To balance Body, Mind, Spirit for when health you do Seek
I balance 3 Dosha's; Kapha, Pitta and Vata too
Especially for Pitta; I help cells to renew
My fruits contain one of the highest sources of Vitamin C
Made into powder, jam, juice or even a Tea
I boost Bio-availability of calcium to your bones
For healthier nails, hair, teeth and for muscle tone
I Improve your ability to assimilate; more iron to your blood
And improve circulation; to help clean all the crud
I am nourishing for the eyes, digestion and the heart
For Brain function to improve; to make you really smart
I help balance stomach acids; for digestion I am great
I can make a nice helping of Anchar; for your own plate
I nourish 7 Bodily Tissues; of the Dhatu's, you'll see
And in Ayurvedic Medicine this is; a most helpful key
I will scrub the colon clean; to make the most of your food

And with my loving support; I help improve your mood
I can be astringent, sour, bitter, pungent and sweet
My sour pacifies Vata and sweet Pitta; just loves to eat
Kapha loves the pungent and astringent; to dry excess wet
So for any season or body type; I am your best bet
This is why my name is Amma the Amla; I Mother everyone around
For the Gifts; for everyone I meet; this the ancient Rishi's found       

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Albert the Almond Prince
I am Albert the Almond Prince and some call me a nut
But I am rich in minerals; and as royal as old King Tut
For building body castles of bones, nerves, hair and brain
Or tissues and muscles; for in muscles you will gain
I provide calcium and phosphorus, man; I am so rich
I can even make a pie crust; candies or a fancy dish
Many say I am quite nutty; for that is who I am
It's my essence in a nutshell; so spread my butters with some Jam 


Avo the Avocado Prince ... is a very charming fruit to man
He can soothe your intestines; with his fruits he soothes all glands
He is a very Charming fellow' because he is full of Vitamin B's
So eat him in a sandwich; with an English cup of tea
When your under stress; his B's will do the trick
To calm your nervous system' so you will not get sick
When your feeling dry; and don't know what to do
Blend up a creamy avocado lotion; to smooth wrinkles out for you
His leaves can be chewed up for pyorrhea; for bad breath or the gums

Or applied as a poultice on a wound; or a tincture made with rum
Warm his leaves and applied for neuralgia; on to your own forehead
Or his juices used for Diarrhea; for a digestive tonic; its been said
Some even use his leaves for a cold, sore throat or a cough
Or roast and Pulverize his Seeds; powdered up; oh so soft

Also used in dysentery and for flaky dandruff in the hair
Or for a palliative for toothache or to redden cheeks as rouge so fair
For the heart and prostate gland; Avocado can be Great
Or a pie filling or a dip; or arranged in circles on your plate 

Bastille the Basil Baron
I am Bastille the Basil Baron and I come in mostly shades of Green
Not like the feudal Barons; often tyrants who acted mean
I am simply a Guardian of Basil Gardens; to bring spice to your life
And provide a healing Balm; to reduce your stress and Strife
I am high in chlorophyll and Vitamin K; to build the blood
Or used on a Bee Sting or snake bites packed with mud
For cooling hearts and thymus; I really am quite cool
Or bringing down a fever; I am as cooling as a pool
For gas, cramps, vomiting and indigestion; I work so well for you
For respiratory, lungs and whooping cough; or even for the flu
For menstrual pains I am soothing; to help to take away the pain
For constipation or Enteritis; I will cleanse and soothe; as gently as the rain
To help expel the Placenta; after you have given birth
Or making Pesto Sauce; in a feast; with Music and with Mirth
For nausea, hiccoughs, plaque or tooth decay
I expel mucus and for a scorpion bite or a bite of a sting ray
I come from a Royal family of Princess, Kings and Queens

And you'll find I am so cleansing; I will even clean the Spleen
So when looking for a Baron; when over heated to help you chill
Call on me Bastille the Basil Baron; I am much better than a pill

Beet the Beetnik... can really be quite wild
For a Boogie on your Colon; he isn't all that mild
He can get the muscles groovin; of your colon it is true.
His oxalic acid crystals; will move waste right out of you.
He may be irritating; to irritations in the bowel.
If you have this type of problem; he's may not be the best of pals.
My friend Beet the Beetnik is good for staff; and most infections, too.
Make him into a poultice; and he'll draw infections out of you.
For your liver and your spleen; he's so cleansing you will find.
Grate him into a salad; he's so sweet, and oh so kind.
Sprinkle his beet powder on salads; or in a drink.
He brings more iron and oxygen and makes your cheeks bright pink.
He's so high in iron; to beet his bongos on.
So... if you have anemia; take in his Beatnik song.

[Preceding excerpts from: "The Alchemy of Cooking A-Z "]
[Copyright: Osalina Berman Jan/2000]

Recipes for Food and Fun 
Contain many Vitamins and Amino acids, Carbohydrates, and many nutrients. Minerals and B Vitamins for Bones, Brain, Nerves, Skin and Muscles too.  They are one of the higher sources of calcium among the nuts. Calcium prevents Spasms, Heart problems, and relieves anxiety, stress and fatigue associated with heart conditions. Phosphorus in almonds is also abundant and between these three nutrients of Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus Almonds help to build and strengthen the blood and heart and to calm the nerves to prevent anxiety that can affect the heart. Almonds are also a good source of Vitamin E, to improve circulation, prevent scar tissue and thin the blood, promotes heart, and cardiovascular health and helps bring nutrients to cells and strengthen blood vessel walls, including capillary walls, Vitamin E also helps prevent anemia, high blood pressure and heart disease. Almonds are a good source of protein and Potassium.

Almond Milk:
Soaked seeds are easier to digest. Blanch one cup of almonds by pouring hot water over the nuts, (after one-minute slip off the skins). This is optional – I usually leave skins on. In one quart of water in blender add, nuts, 3 - 4 Tbsp. of honey, and 1 Tbsp. of almond, soy or safflower oil (optional). Blend together for about 3 minutes adding water 1 cup at a time till creamy milk consistency. Strain pulp. This is also optional. You can save the pulp for baking and bottle the milk to use for anything where milk is required. This is great in milk shakes too. Almond Milk is also available in Health Food Stores and even grocery stores such as Albertson and others carry it.

Almond Peach Ginger Muffins:
In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of flour, ½ cup of date sugar, 2 tsp. of baking powder, ½ tsp, of baking soda and ½ tsp. of salt. In another bowl, combine 2 eggs or egg re-placer equivalency, 1 cup of plain yogurt, and ½ cup of melted butter, or almond or safflower oil, 2 Tbsp. of then add finely chopped crystallized ginger, cinnamon, or allspice or nutmeg to taste or various sweet spices, 1 cup of fresh peaches peeled and finely chopped, nectarine or a variety of various fruits such as banana. Fold this into flour mixture. Fill greased muffin tins ½ to 2/3rd full. Bake in a 400-degree oven for 25 minutes.

Almond Raw Pie Crust:
You can also grind Almonds as flour with mashed dates and coconuts to form a raw crust and refrigerate for 1 hour and fill with mashed banana, or mashed avocado and honey or other fruits for raw pie.

Almond Cookies:
Stir together 1 cup of rice or wheat all purpose flour, 1 cup of ground almonds, ¼ tsp. of baking powder, a dash of salt, set aside. In a mixing bowl cream ½ cup of unsalted softened butter or unsalted soy margarine, Beat in ¾ cup of granulated date sugar, with 1 large egg white or egg re-placer equivalent and ½ tsp. of almond extract at medium speed of electric hand held mixer. Stir flour and ground almond mixture into the creamed mixture. Cover with plastic wrap; chill for about 2 hours.  Shape dough into small balls, about 3/4th inch. Place balls 2 inches apart; flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass. Press an almond into the center of each cookie. Bake at 350° for about 12 minutes or until set but not browned. This makes about 4 dozen almond cookies.

Almond Maca Cinnamon Cookies:
Beat ½ cup of butter, ghee or Almond oil, ½ cup of raw organic sugar or honey, add 1 egg or egg re-placer equivalent, 2 Tbsp. of milk (rice/soy/cow), ½ tsp. of cinnamon, ¼ tsp. of almond essence. Add 1 cup of organic spelt flour, 4 tsp. of Maca and ½ tsp. of Cinnamon, ¼ tsp. of Almond essence and mix well. Stir in 1½ oz. of chopped almonds. Grease baking sheets, drop 2 Tbsp. of batter (flatten), bake at 350 F for 12-15 minutes (until cookies are just brownish on bottom). Cool on sheet to make a dozen large cookies.

Almond Facial Scrub:
Mix well, ½ cup of cornmeal, ½ cup of almond meal by grinding almonds in a seed grinder, Add 1-tsp. of chamomile flowers and wet face and neck. Apply small amounts massaging into skin in circular motion and rinse when done.
Almond oil Cuticles Softener:
To soften cuticles and strengthen the nails, mix together 3 Tbsp. of almond oil, 3 Tbsp. of raw linseed oil and 3 Tbsp. of honey. Massage into nails and cuticles.

Almond Oil Bath Cubes:
Mix together 2 Cups of Rock Salt, ½ Cup of Baking Soda, ½ Cup of Cornstarch, 2 Tbsp. of Almond Oil, 1 Tsp. of Vitamin E Oil, 1-2 Eggs or Agar Jell mix, 6 Drops of rose or lavender or other favorite essential oil fragrances together. Then cut out with cookie cutters in the shape you want. Bake at 350 degree 10 – 12 minutes Allow to cool. Use 1-2 per bath. Keep in an airtight container. These are perishable because of the eggs so use them up or give them as gifts. You can even create labels with imagery or holiday or occasion gift.

can be added to sauteed vegetables, patties and casseroles and are a very versatile nut.  Almond butter and milk is excellent in sauces, soups, and cremes also.  Almonds make great nuts to snack on or with other nuts and dried fruits. Almond Butter us a great dip for apples or other veggies with honey.

Almonds Boats and Hats or miniature cradles:
make great doll helmets using the almond shells or miniature boats or doll cradles. Make a tiny doll the size to fit in an Almond shell.

Avocado Tree:
The leaves have been chewed as a treatment for pyorrhea and applied as poultices to wounds and heated and placed on the forehead to relieve neuralgia. Leaf juices are used as antibiotics, treatments for diarrhea, hypertension, and sore throat and to regulate menstruation. Juices made from the leaves blended are used as digestive tonics and cough remedies. Avocado are also helpful for a healthy heart and prostate function.
The leaves of some avocado varieties are also considered toxic and in some cases can be abortive.

Avocado Seeds:
can be roasted and pulverized to create treatments for diarrhea and dysentery. Powdered, they have been utilized as a dandruff treatment. Pieces of seed can be placed in tooth cavities as a toothache palliative. Oil from the seed can be applied to skin eruptions. An ointment made from the mashed seed has been used for women’s makeup to redden their cheeks.

Avocado Salad and Dressing:
can be made by using 1 ripe avocado, 1/8th tsp. of garlic powder, or 3 diced fresh cloves, 1/8th tsp. of black pepper, 1 Tbsp. of fresh coriander leaves, 4 Tbsp. of lemon or lime juice, and 4 Tbsp. of water to taste. Blend together and use as a dressing. Also Avocado is great in salads arranged in slices like a Mandala. 

Avocado Pie:
First make a raw crust:using almond raw pie crust recipe and you can also add grated lemon or orange rind for added flavor in the crust. after crust has chilled fill pie with another hour to set. For the pie filling: Mash avocados and bananas into a creamy mush, add honey, slice up berries or fresh fruit, together; Decorate with fruit designs, top it, with grated coconut, and soy whip creme. Use Berries to decorate. Delicious and yummy!!!!

Avocado and Lime Sherbet:
Use one cup of water to 1 Tbsp. of agar flakes and soak for one minute. Boil for one minute. Then cool for one minute. Then blend together 1½ cups of pineapple juice, ¼ cup of lime or lemon juice, ¼ cup of honey, ¼ cup of cashews or coconuts, or both, 1 tsp. of slippery elm powder which is (optional): Blend first till it is smooth. Add agar-agar preparation; lime juice, honey, and slippery elm. Blend well. Add one medium sized avocado last. Blend and freeze. Serve before it gets too hard. Top with berries and avocado slices, or cherries. You can do this with any fruit juice, or various fruits.

Avocado oil:
could be used in various cookie or sweet bread recipes. It is great added to soups to make it creamier or avocado fruit in cucumber soup.

Avocado steam or sauteed:
can be steamed or Sauteed with other veggies.

 Avocado Sandwich:
slice avocado on sprouted millet, rice or wheat bread with a small amount of mayonnaise, alfalfa sprouts and or lettuce and sliced tomato. Sprinkle avocado lightly with spike.  

Avocado Bean Taco:
cut Avocado in pieces, finely dice lettuce and chop cherry tomato finely while cooking re-fried beans, toast taco shells 3 minutes, add all ingredients and top with grated cheese and or sour crème and or olives or other veggies.  

Avocado Soup:
Blend cucumber, dill, tomatoes, parsley and various vegetables of choice for a vegetable soup with Avocado added for creamy soup or make fruit Avocado soup

Avocado Guacamole Dip:
mash avocados mixed with diced tomatoes, finely diced fresh garlic, curry, soy sauce and lemon juice for a dip or use other spices to flavor. Dip with chips or veggie strips. Veggie strips are preferable for good heart health.  Or put in red cabbage leaves for a colorful snack or individual dip bowls.  If on a Sattvic diet instead of garlic use 1/4 tsp. of asafetida.

Avocado seeds dyes and dolls:
can be used as red dye for doll clothes and various toys.  They can also be used as a head for a homemade doll.  Avocado Seeds: An ointment made from the mashed seed has been used for women's makeup to redden their cheeks to play dress with. The seeds can be boiled for red dye.

Avocado skin shells boats and cradles:
can be used as a boat or a cradle. Scoop out fruit for guacamole and dry the halves. You can float the halves as a boat with a tiny man or place cotton or corn silks for bedding with a tiny doll to rock to sleep.

Avocado Mask:
made of mashed avocados, honey, and lime juice applied to the face as a moisturizing treatment to counteract the drying effects of the hot sun. Blend the avocado, honey and lime juice with milk, cow's, almond or coconut milk to create a Lotion for facial and body massages.

Avocado Moisturizing Mask:
can be used weekly as a treat to nourish dry skin. Mash 1 Tbsp. of ripe avocado and 1 tsp. of plain whole-milk yogurt together until creamy. Mix in 1 tsp. of the Oatmeal and ground wheat or cosmetic clay and 3 drops of sandalwood essential oil to make a thick, spreadable mask. Wash face with warm water and apply mask to skin. After 15 minutes, remove mask with a warm, wet washcloth and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Apply a toner and moisturizer.

is great as a pesto sauce used on Spaghetti  noodles or in rice and many sauces both creamy and tomato to use with pasta or grain and tofu dishes or use leaves in salads, dressings and or a sandwich like lettuce.

Basil Salad Dressing:
Blend or put in a food processor, 3 Tbsp. of chopped fresh basil, 1 clove of minced garlic or 1/4 tsp. of asafetida, 1/8th tsp. of cayenne pepper, 1 tsp. of Dijon mustard, 1 Tbsp. of balsamic vinegar, ¼ tsp. of grated lemon or chopped lemon balm, Juice from 1 fresh lemon and 1 small diced tomato. Slowly incorporate ¼ cup of virgin cold pressed organic olive oil into other ingredients by pouring in a steady stream. Blend for 30 seconds. Add sea salt and fresh pepper to taste.                                          

Basil Vinegar:
is great to flavor vinegar in salad dressings or leaves added to salads fresh.

Basil Flowers:
are greenish white and there taste is aromatic pungent and sweet. Different varieties have different milder flavors corresponding to the leaves. It can be added to salad dressings and on salads or soups.

Basil Pesto Sauce: 
Use 1 cup of finely packed basil leaves, ¼ cup of virgin cold pressed organic olive oil and blend on low for 30 seconds. Cut 1 pound of tofu into 4 pieces and steam for 5 minutes on high. Add 1 - 4 finely diced garlic cloves or 1/2 tsp. of asafetida, 1 Tbsp. of barley Miso or White Miso, 2 Tbsp. of Sesame butter (Tahini) and 3 Tbsp. of water. Blend lightly. You can replace the tofu with pine nuts and Parmesan cheese instead for a more traditional Pesto Sauce. Use over Veggies, toast, rice, spaghetti or pasta for a great sauce.

Basil Tofu Dip: 
Chop 1 - 2 Tbsp. of fresh basil, 2 finely diced garlic cloves or 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. of asafetida, 1 Tbsp. of nutritional yeast, 1 Tbsp. of soy sauce, 1 small diced tomato, 1 Tbsp. of cold pressed organic olive oil and 1 block of extra firm organic tofu, smash and mix all ingredients to a creamy dip consistency and if you like you can ad a touch of lemon juice. Use as a dip for veggie strips or chips.

Basil Beads:
Tulsi is a type of basil and the seeds are made into beads for prayer and meditation and chanting called japa beads. Tulsi is also called Holy Basil. They could also be used to make doll beads. 
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