There have been all sorts of references to miracle cures that increasingly plague us as we are living longer and becoming more and more unwell as a society. The Indians, Egyptians, Chinese, and Sumerians are just a few ancient civilizations that have used food as medicine. Hippocrates, considered by some to be the father of Western medicine, said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Linus Pauling (double Nobel Prize Winner) proposed that mental abnormalities might be successfully treated by correcting imbalances or deficiencies among naturally occurring biochemical constituents of the brain, notably vitamins and other micronutrients, as an alternative to the administration of potent synthetic psychoactive drugs.
Pauling later broadened this concept into orthomolecular medicine. The concept and term (meaning "right molecules in the right concentration") characterized an approach to the prevention and treatment of disease and attainment of optimum health that was based on the physiological and enzymatic actions of specific nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, and amino acids present in the body.
The modern nutraceutical market began to develop in Japan during the 1980s. In contrast to the natural herbs and spices used as folk medicine for centuries throughout Asia, the nutraceutical industry has grown alongside the expansion and exploration of modern technology. Nutraceuticals are expected to be a $200+ Billion market by 2017 according to industry estimates.
Our new Farmacy Store is the start of our efforts to find the best nutritional products that have been identified to have health benefits. Based on the premise that micro crops are a concentrated natural source of many key elements, we have attempted to optimize the growing conditions and nutritional base for the plants to pass on some of the most potent examples of nutrition based "medicines". We are not processing or extracting and believe as the ancient ones that nutrition delivered via natural sources is always the best.
Our first kit is an amazing garden cress seed that is not only fast growing but extremely flavorful while being a potent source of all kinds of benefits. Within the next few days we will offer two or more additional kits in the same vein that can be either grown as a MicroFarm but also fares wonderfully in our MicroFarm ONE+ unit with LED's.
We want to make growing and consuming our Micro Herbs/Greens easy to try and easy to use. If you have always wanted to try your hand at growing these wonderful crops, here is your chance. Our MicroFarm Starter kit is a one crop single harvest tray that will allow you to grow your choice of many of our most popular and tasty varieties. This MicroFarm is compatible with our ONE line of countertop units, so this is an ideal way to introduce and learn before buying the more expensive units.
The MicroFarms utilize growing tray and humidity cover made out of recycled bottles so you can help keep them out of the landfills and you can grow many more crops as they are extremely sturdy. The growing media is made from coconut coir and is thus utilizing sustainable sources while adding some nutrients from worm castings for an organic boost for your vegies. The seeds are Non GMO and mostly organic in origin, although some are heirloom.
Most crops will grow to harvestable heights within 7-10 days with some of our herbs required 2-3 weeks of time to reach a good stage. All of these wonderful herbs/greens are chock full of nutrients and pack a full plants worth of taste! We are working on more and more exotic seeds and are close to unveiling our asian inspired menu ... stay tuned for more details soon.
Tantalizing title to an article published in the Telegraph from the UK, the article goes on to discuss how the flavor of microherbs can lift culinary experience and how some restaurants are now growing fresh and live microherbs right in their kitchens.
We have introduced earlier this month our new home units that will allow you to grow these MicroHerbs right in your home. Our MicroFarm kits will be introduced this weekend that feature our line of MicroHerbs that were unveiled this week at Down to Earth Maui.
Our second home unit with the LED lights is proving to be an incredible growing station for our Micro Herbs/Greens. We have noticed a significant change in colors in both the stems and leaves, the strength of the flavors and longevity of the cut products. Watch for our third product that is now under development. We have started work on an amazing unit that will function like the extremely expensive commercial units featured in the article but will be a natural evolution for our MicroFarm ONE line ...
Our first home MicroHerb Kit in now available in our store. The first kit features seeds and media to grow four complete trays of red amaranth and garlic chive microgherbs. This will be the first home kit for our MicroHerb MicroFarms that can be used individually or in our MicroFarm ONE countertop units. Our new units feature self contained LED lighting to allow for great growth even when daylight hours are short.
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