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Mango cannelloni, sweet mango creme fraiche, on a sweet herb oil.

We were told by Biana that the new pastry chef just thought this up. Think of a thin crepe wrapped around a mango custard center and fried. Crisp, light, and not sweet (just the mild freshness of the fruit shone though). I really liked the thin herbed oil bath below – it added some warm, moist aromatics, without over saturating the crisp crepe rolls. It was almost like a tender baklava, but no where near as sweet nor messy to eat. Our table was impressed with this successful and delightful experiment.

It was very nice of Biana to have visited our table throughout the night to both check on us as well as share in our love of food in the city and beyond. We were also very happy with the generosity of Chef Thuet’s creative courses, attention to our food allergies, as well as extra culinary bonuses. Service was attentive, although our server, David (not the baker), effervesced like a dropped soda can, and demonstrated greater enthusiasm than us with each course! I did miss the attention of the more mellow server from my last visit in September, but I have a feeling it all depended on the table we were sitting at (this time we were at a round table in the middle of the dining room).

Later on, one of my dining companions reflected on the dinner to express his favourable option of Bite Me (he said: "Every time I’ve been to Bite Me, I am more and more impressed. Chef Thuet seems to get better and better.") He was just as baffled as I over the most recent review by Joanne Kates. I noted some of the differences in opinion that mine and my "food" friends have of certain establishments to those lauded by food reviewers (or even those that seem to be given harsher criticisms). Which had me question how much our (non-professionals) taste buds differ from theirs (the paid professionals). My dining companion suggested the possibility that our city’s food reviewers may not have a worldly taste experience and are limited to the confines of what they know or are familiar with (i.e. restaurants in Toronto and the GTA). Thus they would be unable to appreciate cuisine such as that of Chef Thuet’s to the full extent. I wondered if that would be the case (although I’d rather believe that the people whose occupation is to have knowledge-based opinions are more than experienced). I’m not saying that our group of food enthusiasts have better taste (because taste is all subjective) but I know that we all deliberately seek out the experiences. It’s true, we probably don’t share the same taste as the mass public, but it surprises me to no end when wonderful places get decent to lackluster reviews, while five-star reviews seem reserved mainly for establishments that serve run of the mill, plebian, or standard cuisine.

More than 35 million Americans face the sneezing, wheezing, runny nose, and itchy, watery, red eyes that accompany seasonal allergies triggered when trees, grasses, flowers and other plants begin to release their pollens into the air.

These symptoms can range from moderately irritating to life threatening as the mucous lining of the respiratory system become irritated, then inflamed.  Symptoms can escalate into sinus infections and asthma attacks.  Even when not life threatening, symptoms can be temporarily debilitating.

Although there is no guaranteed natural prevention or cure, as with all chronic ailments, diet and exercise are the keys to keeping allergies in check and reducing the severity of symptoms.

Foods that help with chronic allergic conditions are foods rich in antioxidants
Beta Carotene helps keep mucous membranes healthy.  Foods rich in beta carotene include apricots, asparagus, beef liver, broccoli, sweet potato, yellow corn, squash.

Vitamin C foods are recommended for their antihistamine effect.  Broccoli, oranges, papaya, peppers (any kind or color) strawberries, sweet potato and tomato are all high in Vitamin C

Vitamin E is an antioxidant and helps boost the immune system.  Foods high in Vitamin E are almonds, peanut butter, safflower oil, salmon sunflower seeds and walnuts.

Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids reduce inflammation and produce sinus health.  They are found in cold water fish such as salmon, herring, sardines and anchovy.  They are also found in olive oil

Bananas are said to have chemicals that relieve allergy symptoms (unless you’re allergic to bananas).  Eat one banana a day.

Water cress is high in a multitude of vitamins.  Eat it in salads, sandwiches etc.

An herbal remedy for allergies is usually one that has the ability to relieve congestion, loosen mucous, and sooth inflammation.  Of course, don’t overlook the importance of the ones that strengthen your immune system.

Eucalyptus is strongly anti bacterial, antiseptic and stimulant with expectorant and antibiotic properties.  It helps loosen chest congestion and quiets a cough.

Red Clover is used to ease allergy related asthma symptoms.  It is a blood and lymph cleanser, and  has antispasmodic and expectorant qualities.

Alfalfa is thought to relieve the symptoms of allergies and in addition is a great nutrient to help support the nervous system and help inflamed mucous membranes return to normal.  Some people have reported allergic reactions to alfalfa, so if your symptoms worsen stop taking it.

Apple Cider Vinegar is effective in killing 89% of all known bacteria.  It is rich in many vitamins and minerals.  It reduces the amount of mucous produced and soothes sore throats. 

Rose Hips are high in Vitamin C and help enhance the immune system and fight off illness.

Astragalus is highly antiviral and stimulates the immune system by increasing the presence of T-cells in the body.  It not only helps ward off illness it increases the body’s ability to remove toxins.

Irish Moss is red algae that grows in the Atlantic coast of Europe and North America.  It lessens the symptoms of cold and flu and when consumed in the winter is considered to prevent upper respiratory ailments of all kinds.

Stinging Nettle is a natural antihistamine.  Studies show that taking about 300 milligrams daily of stinging nettle will offer relief for most people, although the effects may only last a few hours.  Some herbalists suggest that taking nettle over a long period of time (two years or more) will eliminate allergies.

Mullein leaf is a great way to reduce the itchy, watery eyes and runny/ stuffy nose symptoms of allergies.

Nasal Saline Irrigations

Normal saline solution is an effective way to wash pollens out of your nose and sooth irritated mucous membranes.

You can use a bulb syringe, netti pot, nasal spray bottle or simply pour a little saline solution in your palm, close off one nostril and sniff the solution from your palm.  Blow your nose and repeat with the other nostril.  Repeat every 2 to 4 hours as needed.

Sterile saline solution can be purchased in single use doses, but it’s expensive.  It’s less expensive and easy to make your own

1 cup warm distilled water
1/4 to ½ teaspoon sea salt (or table salt)
pinch of baking soda (optional)

Dissolve the salt (and baking soda if using) in the water and put it into a jar or bottle with a tight fitting lid.   Bacteria can grow in this solution so if the solution isn’t all used up in 24 hours pour the remainder out, wash the container and make a fresh batch.

Other helpful hints

Reduce stress.  Stress causes the body to produce cortisol which causes irritation and inflammation in the blood vessels and mucous membranes.  To reduce stress, have a massage, or exercise, or drink a cup of chamomile or other nervine herb tea.  Exercise not only builds the entire body and all it’s systems, it also reduces stress.
Exercise at least 30 minutes a day.
Eat a healthy diet.

Yes, there we are, right back to that healthy lifestyle again!  Exercise and eating healthy foods benefits your entire body and, over a period of time you may see a reduction of allergy symptoms from that alone.  Some people have reported their allergies completely disappeared with prolonged adherence to a healthier lifestyle.

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be yuck!  Or bland.  For some tips on healthy eating check out these sites
MUFA Recipes
More Healthy Recipes

Yes, I admit it, these sites are all weight loss diets, but if you’re at your optimum weight you’ll neither loose or gain weight, you’ll simply reap the benefits of eating healthier.

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Professional beader and bead pattern designer, herbologist, reflexologist, freelance writer

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Posted by Herbs For Me - November 1, 2011 at 1:26 pm

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Herbs Can Help Allergies For Children With Autism?

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Salty in flavor, mild in nature, it is related to the lung and kidney channels.

Tonifys the kidney, supplements vital essence, helps inhalation of breath and relieves asthma.

Being salty, mild and moist in property and mainly related to the kidney channel, it can strengthen kidney-yang, supplement essence at blood, help inhalation of breath to alleviate asthma and cough, serving to treat impotence due to deficiency of kidney essence, asthma and cough due to renal asthenia (lack or loss of strength) in holding breath.

l. For deficiency of both the lung and kidney, failure of the kidney in holding breath, chronic cough and asthma of insufficiency type, it is often used with Radix Genseng, Semen Juglandis, Fructus Psoraleae, Semen Armeniacae Amarum, etc., to strengthen inhalation of breath and relieve asthma.

2. For lumbago due to kidney-deficiency, impotence and premature ejaculation, it can be used alone in preparation of alcohol infusion, or used together with other herbs for tonifying the kidney and yang.

Dosage and Administration:
3-7 g.


It could also be grounded into powder for oral administration (1-2 g each time).

Your child may have allergies along with the disorder of autism. Could herbs be a help with allergies? As summer approaches or any season, allergies usually increase for many individuals, and that includes children with autism. Pollen becomes an increase factor, sometimes it is difficult to breath, there could be rashes, hives, running eyes, noses, and other irritations

There are herbs that have a long history for helping people. Most of these herbs are found in your kitchen. For example, there is:

* Thyme-This is usually used for clearing lungs from build-up of phlegm. You could cook with thyme, when the lungs appear to be congested.

* Caraway-is a gentle herb that also improves and maintains lung health. These seeds go well with carrots, sauerkraut, potato salad and many soups.

* Basil-Is another herb found in the kitchen. It helps to maintain lungs to stay healthy and combat allergies. This herb also helps motivation.

The above three herbs are used to improve lungs and help with allergies. These herbs are gentle herbs. Individuals with autism, may find that herbs can help them fight the irritation of allergies.

There is no herb for one problem. Individuals with autism who have problems with allergies, might want to do research, or have parent(s), caregiver(s) do it, for you, to help explore and make decisions about using herbs.

It is an excellent idea to observe, check if there are any warnings that the herbs may have, before taking them. Try some of these herbs in foods that you are able to cook with. Sprinkle some of the herbs over your foods and calculate if there are positive changes by using the herbs. Do some research on the herbs, and find new recipes to add them to, and experiment with what tastes good and not so good.

When using herbs, a little bit goes a long way. Our universe is filled with many herbs. We need to take the time to explore and look around for them and use them.

I would recommend, if you are in doubt about herbs, and if they can help your individual with allergies, lung problems, consult your physician or a trusted doctor. Some doctors are against anything outside the prescribed medication given, if any, and other doctors are for the herbs. Your primary concern for your child and you, is it safe for your child.

Every case of autism is different and cases of allergies also vary. Remember, you have to trust your instincts and you as parent(s), caregiver(s) are the first to know, if your child has reactions or effects from certain treatments or medication. You must be aware of this, and document it.

There are no herbs that have proven to be a cure for all allergies in autistic individuals. Some have great benefits and effects, but not all are equally the same. In addition, this depends on the age of your child, the level of autism, and the severity of the allergies.

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Posted by Herbs For Me - October 25, 2011 at 3:24 pm

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Manjishtha Himalaya ? Natural Herbal Remedies for Skin Care, Acne, Edema, Eczema & Allergies

Manjishtha Himalaya ? Natural Herbal Remedies for Skin Care, Acne, Edema, Eczema & Allergies

What is Manjishtha?

Manjishtha herb is also known as ‘Rubia Cordifolia’. Manjistha is bitter, astringent and sweet in taste. The Plant bears greenish white flowers which are small in size. Leafs are heart shaped and rough. It has four angled and slender stem with Brown colored root that is well known for its tremendous health benefits. The root of Manjishtha has anti-bacterial and diuretic properties.

Manjistha is a wonderful herb in Ayurveda and widely used in Ayurvedic medicines in the treatment of skin diseases. Manjishtha is also known as ‘Rubia Cordifolia’.

Rubia cordifolia or Manjishtha helps in maintaining skin health. It is known as best blood purifier in the Ayurveda. Manjistha is a wonderful herb in Ayurveda and widely used in Ayurvedic medicines in the treatment of skin diseases like Acne, Edema, Skin allergies, Eczema and Scabies.


Manjishtha Himalaya herb is used to maintain healthy skin. Manjishtha acts as a blood purifier. It removes toxins out of the body. Manjishtha Himalaya herbal capsule is useful in the many diseases. It is used in many diseases like glandular swelling, skin infections, raised uric acid. It is useful to recover from ulcers and chronic wounds.


It is advised to take one capsule, twice a day, after meals.


Himalaya Manjishtha is highly recommended Ayurvedic medicine in skin diseases associated with edema and oozing.
Manjishtha from Himalaya is widely used in various skin disorders like erysipelas, eczema, acne, scabies and allergic manifestations.
Manjishtha herb is useful in the chronic wounds and ulcers.
Manjishtha Himalaya is effective Ayurvedic medicine which improves the menstrual bleeding and relieves the pain in dysmenorrheal.
This herb shows effective results in the treatment of hepatitis.
Manjishtha herb plays the important role to improve the functionality of lymphatic system, which drains the wastes from your body and controls and regulates your immune system.
Manjishtha Himalaya is very effective Ayurvedic medicine against fever.
Manjishtha Himalaya herbal capsule is one of the most powerful herbs which purify the blood.

Side Effects:

Himalaya Manjishtha is a herbal medicine which is not known to have any side effects as per the details in medical journals.

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Manjishtha from Himalaya is natural herbal medicine that treats most of the skin related diseases and also useful in blood purification.

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Posted by Herbs For Me - August 29, 2011 at 5:00 pm

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Allergies at Pregnancy

Allergies at Pregnancy

november 19th, 2007

Heredity is one of the major factors in determining whether a child has an allergy. Tendency of a child towards allergy could be while being breastfed, during the mother’s pregnancy and while being introduced to foods. One can find out how allergies may be the cause of a child’s health problems.

Preventive measures during pregnancy:

Breastfeeding – Feeding babies with solid foods during their first six months of life could increase their risk of developing allergies. Is the best way to prevent allergies later in childhood is to breastfeed them during the first six months.

Avoid unnecessary medicines – Unless and until it is absolutely necessary, a pregnant woman should not risk taking any allergy medication. DO not take anything without your doctor’s permission.

Avoid herbs during pregnancy – Pregnant must avoid several herbs as they tend to cause skin allergies.

Special Formula May Reduce Allergies in Infants – By means of some of the same ingredients that are found in breast milk scientists have developed a new formula. This formula helps in preventing allergies in infants. The infants who are at high risk for developing the allergic condition are helped through this formula by reducing their eczema.

Over breastfeeding invite allergies:

A study on 200 mothers for a period of 20-years at the Helsinki Skin and Allergy Hospital in Finland indicates that breastfeeding a child for nine months can increase the food sensitivity and the risk of allergies.

Peanuts during pregnancy – Peanuts are believed to cause allergies. They are avoided during pregnancy and lactation.

Avoid tobacco – Avoid tobacco and its products at the time of pregnancy.

Physical Exercise – Consult your doctor whether it’s OK to do some mild exercise as it has been observed that exercise at the later part of pregnancy can cause allergic reactions.

I hope you will find this information helpful. Needless to say, always consult your doctor before following these advices.


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