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    The fruit and seeds of the Celery plant are dried or pressed into oil for use as medicine. Sometimes celery oil is marketed in capsule form. Some people also take celery juice as medicine.

    The ancient Greeks used celery to make wine, which was served as an award at athletic games.

    Celery is used to treat joint pain (rheumatism), gout, hysteria, nervousness, headache, weight loss due to malnutrition, loss of appetite, and exhaustion.

    Celery is also to promote relaxation and sleep; to kill bacteria in the urinary tract; as a digestive aid and for regulating bowel movements; to start menstruation; to control intestinal gas (flatulence); to increase sexual desire; to reduce the flow of breast milk; for stimulating glands; treating menstrual discomfort; and for “blood purification.”

    Over time, many different types of plants across the world have been referred to by the common name "wild celery." Most of these plants—although not all of them—belong to the same family (Apiaceae/Umbellerifereae) as the Pascal celery found in U.S. markets. 

    The direct ancestors of Pascal celery were cultivated in parts of Europe and the Mediterranean as early as 1000 BC, and we have evidence of celery being used as a medicinal plant in ancient Egypt. There's also evidence that ancient Greek athletes were awarded celery leaves to commemorate their winning.

    Benifits of Celery

    • Celery is a great choice if you are watching your weight. One large stalk contains only 10 calories! So, add celery to your shopping list and enjoy it in your salads, soups and stir-fries.
    • Celery reduces inflammation. If you are suffering from joint pains, lung infections, asthma, or acne, eating more celery will bring much-needed relief.
    • It helps you calm down: Celery for stress-relief? Oh yes! The minerals in celery, especially magnesium, and the essential oil in it, soothe the nervous system. If you enjoy a celery-based snack in the evening, you may sleep better.
    • It regulates the body’s alkaline balance, thus protecting you from problems caused by an overly acidic diet.
    • Celery aids digestion: some say celery tastes like “crunchy water,” and this may be part of the reason it is so good for your digestive system. The high water content of celery, combined with the insoluble fiber in it, makes it a great tool for easy passage of stool. Note: because celery has diuretic and cleansing properties, those with diarrhea should avoid eating it.
    • It contains “good” salts. Yes, celery does contain sodium, but it is not the same thing as table salt. The salt in celery is organic, natural and essential for your health.
    • It cares for your eyes. One large stalk of celery delivers 5 percent of your daily need for Vitamin A, a group of nutrients that protects the eyes and prevents age-related degeneration of vision.
    • Celery reduces “bad” cholesterol: There is a component in celery called butylphthalide, which gives the vegetable its flavor and scent. But that’s not all it does — the compound also reduces bad cholesterol. A Chicago University study profiled by the New York Times shows that the butylphthalide found in just four stalks of celery a day can reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) by up to 7 percent!
    • It lowers blood pressure: An active compound called phthalides in celery has been proven to boost circulatory health. Raw, whole celery reduces high blood pressure.
    • It could amp up your sex life: According to Dr. Alan R. Hirsch, Director of the Smeel and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, two pheromones in celery–androstenone and androstenol–boost your arousal levels. They are released when you chew on a celery stalk.
    • Celery can combat cancer: Two studies at the University of Illinois show that a powerful flavonoid in celery, called luteolin, inhibits the growth of cancer cells, especially in the pancreas. Another study suggests that the regular intake of celery could significantly delay the formation of breast cancer cells.

    1 pound cauliflower florets (fresh or frozen)
    3 tablespoons ground chia or flax seeds, divided.
    3 to 6 tablespoons water, as needed.
    1/2 cup almond meal.
    1/2 teaspoon salt.
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder.
    1/2 teaspoon dried oregano.


    Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
    • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
    • To make the cauliflower crust, add cauliflower to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely ground, yielding about 2-3 cups.*
    • Using a clean dish towel or cheesecloth, drain cauliflower completely, removing as much water as possible.
    • Transfer cauliflower to a large bowl. Stir in eggs, mozzarella, Parmesan and Italian seasoning; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
    • Spread cauliflower mixture into a 15- by 10-inch rectangle onto the prepared baking sheet. Spray lightly with nonstick spray and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden.

    Top with pizza sauce, non-dairy cheeses, and eggplant. Place into oven and bake until the cheese has melted about 3-5 minutes.

    Serve immediately, sprinkled with basil and red pepper flakes, if desired.

  3. Greetings!

    Meleiza Figueroa has written a wonderful report on Food Sovereignty in Everyday Life using the Black Oaks Center, Healthy Food Hub as her focus of research.  This is a wonderful and very well written report and we would like to share it with everyone!

    Please follow this link to review the report.

  4. Demonstration on real time food solutions in action. Bi-Monthly market run by Dr. Jifunza Wright & Baba Fred Carter that offers organic produce to our people in "food desert" area in Chicago.
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  6. Have a favorite recipe you would like to share?  Here is a place to do so.
  7. Welcome to collective buying of healthy, healing foods.  The Organic Food Buying Club was started in 2005 and transformed into the Healthy Food Hub in 2010, in order to originally assist patients and my family in eating more healthfully.  Food buying clubs & food coops were how the natural foods movement began over 30 years ago.  Rising food costs are so demanding that we rely upon one another once again to get more for less.  While we can't promise that every price will be under Whole Foods or health food store retail, I am certain you will walk away with bags full.