New CBD Products for 2021
New CBD Products for 2021
Our CBD salve is made with our farm grown CBD hemp buds, infused in a base of organic coconut oil and organic sunflower lecithin. We add organic beeswax to the salves to keep them solid when temperatures rise in the summer. We began selling plain cbd salve in 2020, but for 2021 we have four different salves: plain, with essential oils, with arnica, and with St. John's wort. We use our wild harvested St. John's wort, farm grown arnica, and high quality essential oils, including peppermint, lemon, tea tree, and lavender oils when making the salve.
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Jams and Jellies made with Farm Grown Fruits
All of the jams and jellies at Lightfoot Farm are made with farm grown fruits. This year was a good year for blueberries and grapes so jams made with these berries are the bulk of what is available right now. All Lighfoot Farm jams and jellies are made with low-sugar recipes and sweetened with Vermont honey or with agave syrup. Using less sugar may decrease the loss of healthy anthocyanins from heat during processing (wholehealthmd.com). We at Lightfoot Farm believe that honey and agave syrup are better choices nutritionally than using refined table sugar. Regular pectin cannot be used with honey and agave syrup as the jam does not set well. Instead we use Pomona pectin, which has a powdered source of calcium that is used along with the pectin to help it to set properly.
The sugar in honey is different and more gentle on blood sugar levels. Honey has been found to keep levels of blood sugar fairly constant compared to other types of sugar. Honey has antioxidant and antibacterial properties and it is also an immune systembooster.
There is a 1:1 ration of fructose to glucose in honey. Fructose “unlocks” the enzyme in the liver that is necessary to incorporate giucose into glycogen in the liver. Glycogen is the form of sugar stored in the liver. Glycogen stores are important to prevent the release of stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol (which the brain triggers when stores of glycogen are low). In a year-long animal study comparing the effects of sucrose, honey, and low glycemic index (GI) sugar-free diet, rats on a honey-based diet showed reduced weight gain and % of body fat, decreased anxiety, better spatial recognition memory, improved HDL cholesterol,improved blood sugar levels, and reduced oxidative damage. Research in Israel found that honey boosts immunity.
Blue Agave Nectar
Blue agave nectar comes from the Agave americana and tequiliana plants grown in Mexico or South Africa. In Mexico the syrup is know as aguamiel or “honey water.” The syrup has been touted as a good natural sugar for diabetics because it contains a high amount of fructose compared to glucose. It can have as high as 92% fructose and 8% glucose, but the average amount of fructose is 70%. The high amount of fructose gives it a much lower glycemic index than table sugar (sucrose). As with any sugar fructose should also be used in moderation. Overuse of fructose can have negative effects on the body’s health.
Farm grown blueberries are harvested from July through early August and frozen to ensure a more even supply to make jam for the winter farmers' markets. The blueberries are not certified organic but they are fertilized with compost and natural acid fertilizer. No insecticides are used on the plants. Nets must be placed over the plants during harvest time to prevent birds from eating all the berries.
Berries and Your Brain (reprinted from Luminosity.com)
Summer in the Northern Hemisphere signals an influx of fresh berries. These seasonal fruits are more than just tasty: they may also be good for your brain and your long-term health.
Nutritionists have long touted the benefits of berries' high antioxidant levels. But now neuroscientists are also looking deeper into the mental benefits of consuming berries: a particular subclass of antioxidants found in berries, anthocyanidins, can cross the blood brain barrier and affect the brain.
In a 2012 article from Annals of Neurology, researchers investigated the effects of anthocyanidin-rich blueberries and strawberries over long periods of time.
Lifelong habits and brain health
Led by epidemiologist Elizabeth Devore, a team from Brigham and Women's Hospital analyzed data from 16,010 participants over a 25 year span.
Data was first collected in 1976, when female nurses aged 30-55 answered a battery of lifestyle questions (including questions on diet) and took 6 cognitive assessments. The nurses reanswered lifestyle questions every four years—and finally, starting in 1995, they retook the original cognitive assessments.
This data, collected at regular intervals over several decades, gave researchers valuable insight into how long-term lifestyle and diet choices could affect cognitive health
Diet can slow down decline
The average woman's cognition declined by 0.2 units every year that she aged (units measured by this study's standards).
But women who reported eating larger quantities of anthocyanidin-rich blueberries and strawberries slowed down cognitive decline in astonishing ways: by measures of cognitive performance, older women who ate more berries appeared to have delayed aging by 2.5 years!
Though the study was not conclusive—aside from relying on self-reported data, the study was unable to draw conclusions across different age groups and genders—it is an indication of how diet can positively impact brain health.
Berries and BPI
Two months ago, 12,000 Lumosity members participated in a science survey that asked, among other things, how many servings of berries they consumed each week. People who ate 1-3 servings of strawberries a month had significantly higher initial BPI scores than those who rarely or never ate strawberries—supporting the results from the 2012 study above.
Recent research and Lumosity's own surveys have revealed that diet, like cognitive training, can have an amazing positive effect on your life—but both require a long-term commitment. Studies suggest that a healthy dose of cognitive training, combined with good diet, can help your brain feel young and sharp even as you age. Why not unlock full access and fit a healthy training program into your life today?
(information reposted from July 10, 2012 newsletter from Luminosity. com)
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Herbal Teas from Lightfoot Farm
Lightfoot Farm offers a selection of farm grown herbal teas grown here in Northfield, VT. We have four herbal teas in stock right now, Tulsi Tea, Wild Mint Tea, Lemon Balm Tea, and Special Tea.
Tulsi Tea, also know as Holy Basil, is an annual herb. Owner Carol Noyes took a class on Herbal Adaptogens and learned about this herb at that time. Tulsi is known as an adaptogen, immunomodulator, antibacterial, antidepressant, antioxidant, and anti-viral. Studies have shown tulsi to be useful in the treatment of diabetes as it reduces blood glucose levels. It has also been show to reduce total cholesterol levels and shows some promise in protection from radiation poisoning and cataracts. An adaptogenic herb is an herb that helps to regulate matabolism while helping a person to adapt to environmental stressors and to avoid damage from these stressors. The stressors can be physical, chemical or psychological. Adaptogenic herbs increase ones resistance to stress.
Lemon Balm is a perennial herb in the mint family, Lamiaceae. The herbal tea can be used both hot and iced. It is claimed to have antibacterial and antiviral properties (effective against herpes simplex) and it may also be used as a mild sedative or calming agent. Lemon Balm should not be used if one is on thyroid medication, such as thyroxine, as it may inhibit absorption of the medicine. Lemon Balm contains eugenol which kills bacteria and which has been shown to calm muscles and numb tissues.
Wild Mint Tea
Wild mint growing on the farm is harvested and dried to make this tea. It has a very nice, aromatic flavor. Originally mint was used to treat stomach aches and chest pain. Mint tea is a diuretic so if one uses it iced in the summer one may need to drink more water. Mint has been used as a mild decongestant for illnesses such as the common cold. In fact menthol, a key ingredient in Vicks VapoRub, was originally obtained from mint oils but is now made synthetically. I sometimes put the dried mint leaves in a bowl of hot water and breath in the steam as I hold my head over the bowl, covering both the bowl and my head with a towel. This is a great home remedy to relieve nasal and sinus congestion.
Special-tea is made up of a blend of dried lemon balm, lavender, skullcap (Mad dog), and stevia. You don't need to add sweetener to this tea as the stevia provides natural sweetening. All three main ingredients in this tea have been known to have a mild sedative effect. This tea may promote calmness and a sense of peace, allowing one to fall asleep easier at night.
The lavender in this tea is the cold-hardy Munstead variety. Lavender is said to be particularly beneficial to disorders of the nervous system. It may help to calm a person who is nervous and anxious. Lavender is also said to alleviate stress, upset stomach, and headaches.
The skullcap is the Mad-dog variety, (Scutellaria laterifolia) a hardy perennial in Vermont. The plant is harvested just as it begins to flower and mainly leaves are used for the tea. The leaves are high in flavonoids which are easily extracted by hot water and these compounds have an anti-oxidant effect. Mad-dog has been used as a mild sedative and sleep promoter. In a small, double blind, placebo-controlled study it was shown to have anxiety reducing effects.
Stevia is in the sunflower family (Asteraceae) and is grown as an annual in Vermont. Stevia has a negligible effect on blood glucose levels and is therefore a good choice as a natural sweetener for those who want to control carbohydrates in the diet.