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Guava


SPANISH - GUAYABA

Psidium guajava

 

MYRTACEAE

Geo-distribution:
Native to the neotropics, guava occurs most commonly at lower elevations, in pastures and along roads.

Botanical Description:
The guava tree grows up to 10 m tall; its trunk has a peeling, dark brown bark. The leathery, opposite leaves are 8–14 cm long and 3–6 cm wide. At the ends of the branches are flowers with white petals. The fruit is yellow or pink when ripe.

Medicinal Uses:
Guava trees are best known in the tropics for their fruit, which is made into delicious preserves, but few people realize that the leaves have potent medicinal properties.
A decoction of the leaves is an effective treatment for diarrhea and sore or bleeding gums; it also serves as a douche for leucorrhea.

Astringent, antimicrobial, antidiarrheal.

Preparation:
To prepare tea, boil a handful of leaves in 1 L of water. Drink 3 cups per day. The tea can also be used as a skin wash or douche.

Caution:
Use only as an emergency treatment; the leaves contain tannins and excessive use may result in secondary effects such as nausea or vomiting.

Notes:
Guava is common in the neotropics. It is often easy to find should you need a handful of leaves to prepare tea.  The leaves can be dried  and used when needed.


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CEREBRIAL TONIC TEA
We are glad to announce our new herbal product to our readers.  After years of testing we have blended a special tonic tea for naturally improving the functions of the brain and nerves, as well as improving circulation of the blood to all parts of the body. Our new blend contains Gotu Kola, which has been used for centuries in Asia for the treatment of nervous disorders and to rejuvenate brain cells, as well as colds and flu, lung problems, urinary infections and impotency.  It’s a great substitute for coffee and helps to overcome stress and fatigue.  Also used to treat skin infections. 

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2000 colones/25 gm packet, postage paid.


Call us at 2770-4229

for quick service with electronic banking
for New Dawn books , products and seeds 


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PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

 


Pau d'Arco Botanical Formula - An ideal tonic tea for the immune system made from the bark of the famous Pau d'Arco tree, the famous medicine tree of the Incas and Maya. Boosts your natural defenses of the immune system to heal many chronic illnesses, fights infections, eliminates parasites and purifies the blood.

Ground Ginger - Excellent for Chinese cooking and herbal tea. 

Healthy Curry - A spicy seasoning for many dishes.

1500 colones/30 gm packet, postage paid.

New Dawn Also Offers These Services:

Overnight Accommodations... $15
Healthy Meals from the Garden... $7
Garden Tours... $7/person
Eco-garden Designs for Costa Rican homes and farms... $150
Weekend Workshops (tropical medicinal plants, gardening and permaculture)... $125/person


thenewdawncenter@yahoo.com

Call us at 2770-4229

for quick service with electronic banking
for New Dawn books , products and seeds 


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SEEDS FROM NEW DAWN
 


   

 Our aim is to promote the use of natural seeds which make up part of the rich bio-diversity of tropical food crops. 

Your seed purchase helps to fund our educational work in sustainable agriculture.

Native Sweet Chile Pepper - hardy bush, needs no spraying

Native Pumpkin Squash - Can be eaten young like zucchini 

Basil - good flavor for salads and meals.

Dill- the young leaves of dill are delicious in salads.

Sweet Cherry Tomato - The best tomato for the tropics.

Gandul or Pigeon pea- a hard bush with pea-like legumes.

Sesame – grow your own sesame for home use.

Cohombro – hardy squash that tastes like cantaloupe.

Our seeds are organically grown, non-hybrid varieties that can be grown year after year in your garden from seeds you collect.  Germination guaranteed under normal germinating conditions.  

PRICE- 1500 colones/packet, postage paid

Books, seeds and products are offered only in Costa Rica.

 Call us at 2770-4229

for quick service with electronic banking

for New Dawn books , products and seeds 


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NEW DAWN NEWS






Just a word of thanks to all the students and volunteers that spent time with us in 2015 at New Dawn.  We really feel grateful that we can continue to serve others and keep our center thriving here in Costa Rica.  We wish everyone a prosperous and abundant coming year. 

For the trees      Ed and Jess

We’d be glad to host for your family or community educational workshops on solar cooking, organic gardening, medicinal plants and permaculture.

Phone   2770-4229

Email     thenewdawncenter@yahoo.com


 
 
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CONTROVERSIAL CASSAVA

                          
Manihot esculenta

Yuca, cassava, mandioca and manioc are all common names for one of the most important staple food crops in the tropics around the world.  Originally from South America cassava is believed to be first domesticated in Brazil . Then archeologists discovered cassava pollen at the 1400 year old Mayan site Joya de Cerén in El Salvador indicating the migration of this plant northward through Mesoamerica and the Caribbean region.  The Spanish and Portuguese continued the cultivation of this staple root crop and even introduced it to the Old World tropics. Today, Africa, Asia and Latin America are the biggest producers of this root crop. By the way, if you ever wondered where tapioca comes from…well…it’s made from cassava! Costa Rica exports about 2% of the world’s production to the north mainly for immigrants who traditionally love it.  Costa Ricans are no exception.  Here it’s called yuca and it’s usually served as yuca frita or fried yuca or served as boiled sections along with the typical casados.  Popular hoja de carne or beef stew also includes yuca along with taro, sweet potatoes, corn, onions and carrots.  Tropical gardeners would agree that yuca has to be the easiest crop to grow here.  It grows well on tropical soils with low fertility, resists draught conditions (like we now have in Costa Rica) and has few pests.  It’s a real survival specialist.  Local campesinos plant yuca in March and April before the rains begin using stem cuttings from mature plants that measure approximately 30 cm in length.  It’s important to obtain stem cuttings from plants that have been selectively bred with “sweet” tubers.  These varieties have white stems and green leaves.  Wilder “bitter” varieties have brown stems and purple tinted stems and leaves. Cuttings are planted in well tilled soil at a 45 degree angle buried about halfway  in the soil.  As the rains begin, the cuttings root and produce foliage rapidly.  Care must be taken to keep the young plants weed free and the soil cultivated around the main stem.  Although yuca grows in poor soils, applications of compost or other foliar fertilizers increase vigor and production of the tubers, which are ready to harvest in 9 months.  
That’s when the treasure hunt begins.  Yuca plants can be pulled up by their long main stems. This tug-of-war is easier with 4 hands then just 2!  Slowly the plant gives up and impressive roots the size of your arm or leg begin to emerge from the earth. Back in the kitchen clean the roots and peel the bark-like outer skin away from  the white center.  Yuca is very perishable, so it’s good to divide up the treasure for various meals and store it in the freezer until needed. Inside the yuca root there’s a small center stem which is best  removed before or after cooking.  In many cultures the peeled tubers are soaked in cold water for several hours to make them “sweeter”.  You see, wilder varieties can have traces of cyanogenic glucosides and must be prepared properly before eating, while sweet cassava can be used simply by boiling the roots until they are soft and discarding the water they are cooked in.  Improper preparation of bitter cassava can leave enough residual cyanide to cause intoxication. This commonly occurs when people depend primarily on wild yuca and lack a wide variety of foods in their diet.  For years when I first arrived in Costa Rica, I wouldn’t eat yuca for this reason.  Cyanide I thought…yeow…not for me.  Then I came across some very interesting studies on vitamin B17, which is another organic cyanogenic glucoside and has been successfully used in alternative clinics for healing cancer. There are a group of these ‘forgotten foods’ that contain small amounts of these compounds.  Apricot kernels, apple seeds, flax seeds and flax seed oil, wheat grass, and cassava are a few of these foods. In small quantities these substances help the body’s immune system to eliminate abnormal cells.  See A World Without Cancer on Youtube by G. Edward Griffin. 

The final decision is up to you as to whether you include yuca in your diet.  We serve yuca occasionally at home alternating with other tropical root crops such as sweet potatoes, taro and potatoes.  Cassava roots are very rich in starch and contain significant amounts of calcium (50 mg/100g), phosphorus (40 mg/100g) and vitamin C (25 mg/100g). However, they are poor in protein and other nutrients.  Here’s two of our favorite recipes.

Yuca – mashed potato style

Peel one medium sized yuca root and cut it in 3 inch sections.  Cook until the yuca is soft, then drain the water.  Take out the small stem inside each section.  Add a small amount of milk or water and begin to mash the roots with a potato masher or blend in blender until it’s texture is smooth. Add sea salt and pepper to taste. 

Cream of yuca soup

Peel one medium sized yuca root and cut it in 3 inch sections.  Cook until the yuca is soft, then drain the water.  Take out the small stem inside each section.  Now place the yuca in a blender and add water or milk along with chopped onions, garlic, sea salt.  Blend until the soup has a smooth and even consistency.  Optional – add cooked pejibayes and blend with the other ingredients to create a gourmet campesino soup. 

Students from Univ. Nacional on a yuca safari at our gardens

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CEREBRIAL TONIC TEA

We are glad to announce our new herbal product to our readers.  After years of testing we have blended a special tonic tea for naturally improving the functions of the brain and nerves, as well as improving circulation of the blood to all parts of the body. Our new blend contains Gotu Kola, which has been used for centuries in Asia for the treatment of nervous disorders and to rejuvenate brain cells, as well as colds and flu, lung problems, urinary infections and impotency.  It’s a great substitute for coffee and helps to overcome stress and fatigue.  Also used to treat skin infections.

2000 colones/25 gm packet, postage paid.

Call us at 2770-4229

for quick service with electronic banking

for New Dawn books , products and seeds


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PRODUCTS AND SERVICES 

 



Pau d'Arco Botanical Formula - An ideal tonic tea for the immune system made from the bark of the famous Pau d'Arco tree, the famous medicine tree of the Incas and Maya. Boosts your natural defenses of the immune system to heal many chronic illnesses, fights infections, eliminates parasites and purifies the blood. 

Ground Ginger - Excellent for Chinese cooking and herbal tea.  

Healthy Curry - A spicy seasoning for many dishes.

1500 colones/30 gm packet, postage paid. 

New Dawn Also Offers These Services:

Overnight Accommodations... $15
Healthy Meals from the Garden... $7
Garden Tours... $7/person
Eco-garden Designs for Costa Rican homes and farms... $150
Weekend Workshops (tropical medicinal plants, gardening and permaculture)... $125/person


thenewdawncenter@yahoo.com

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SEEDS FROM NEW DAWN     
 Our aim is to promote the use of natural seeds which make up part of the rich bio-diversity of tropical food crops. 



Your seed purchase helps to fund our educational work in sustainable agriculture.

Native Sweet Chile Pepper - hardy bush, needs no spraying

Native Pumpkin Squash - Can be eaten young like zucchini 

Basil - good flavor for salads and meals.

Dill- the young leaves of dill are delicious in salads.

Sweet Cherry Tomato - The best tomato for the tropics.

Gandul or Pigeon pea- a hard bush with pea-like legumes.

Sesame – grow your own sesame for home use.

Cohombro – hardy squash that tastes like cantaloupe.

Our seeds are organically grown, non-hybrid varieties that can be grown year after year in your garden from seeds you collect.  Germination guaranteed under normal germinating conditions.  

PRICE- 1500 colones/packet, postage paid

Books, seeds and products are offered only in Costa Rica.

Call us at 2770-4229

for quick service with electronic banking

for New Dawn books , products and seeds 


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NEW DAWN NEWS

 





SOLAR OVEN WORKSHOP 
Our solar oven workshop went well with 5 Global College students attending to broaden their understanding of appropriate technologies for the future.  We were lucky to have sunny mornings for the event even though we are still in the rainy season.  Our celestial flame oven went up to 300 degrees F and we were able to demonstrate how the oven can lower cooking fuel costs.  It’s easy to load up the oven around 9am and return at noon to serve for lunch!
We hope more folks will join the solar cooking movement. 
This coming week we are having a group of gardeners coming from Panama to learn new gardening skills with us. 
We’d be glad to host for your family or community educational workshops on solar cooking, organic gardening, medicinal plants and permaculture.

Phone   2770-4229

Email     thenewdawncenter@yahoo.com


 
 
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YELLOW BELL’S SECRET  



 


Yellow Bells – an eco-friendly home garden ornamental.

Here’s a colorful, tropical, native ornamental for your eco-friendly garden, which doesn’t require dangerous pesticides or chemical fertilizers, nor lots of irrigation in the dry season.  It’s called Yellow Bell (Tacoma stans) and Costa Ricans call it Vainicillo or little vanilla. This hardy bush is found in most regions of Costa Rica and easy to identify with its clusters of yellow, bell-shaped flowers and serrated, compound, pinnate leaves with 5 to 13 leaflets.  This plant is a member of the family Bignoniaceae, and is related to Cortez Amarillo (Tabebuia chrysantha), which has similar flowers.
Yellow Elder is a patio ornamental, which can often be seen along sidewalks and avenues.  By the way, on these bushes you can often collect seeds from the narrow capsules, which are about 6 to 8 inches long.
They somewhat resemble miniature vanilla beans.  The older capsules turn gray and split open, releasing the small brown seeds incased in a white paper sheath.  These seeds can be planted in small pots or recycled plastic cups with holes punched in the bottom and filled with potting soil. In several days to a week the seeds should germinate, and in a few months the young seedling plants can be transplanted to a permanent site around the home.  Another form of propagation is to take woody stem cuttings from a bush and start them in plastic nursery bags in the greenhouse or plant them directly in the soil where you would like them to grow.  Of course, the later should be done in May or June, when the rains keep the soil continually moist.  Yellow elder grows and flowers best in full sun conditions and can tolerate salt breezes back from the beach.  They also grow on a wide variety of soils and require very little in terms of soil fertilization, but additions of aged compost and foliar fertilizers help to keep these bushes blooming and growing vigorously.  It is common to find them planted as a shrubby, living fence or as a freestanding specimen in the patio.  They can be pruned yearly to keep them compact and low.  As I mentioned, yellow elder is a hardy native plant that doesn’t require special pampering and has no serious insect problems or plant diseases.  That means less work and more environmental harmony in your garden. 


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CEREBRIAL TONIC TEA

 We are glad to announce our new herbal product to our readers.  After years of testing we have blended a special tonic tea for naturally improving the functions of the brain and nerves, as well as improving circulation of the blood to all parts of the body. Our new blend contains Gotu Kola, which has been used for centuries in Asia for the treatment of nervous disorders and to rejuvenate brain cells, as well as colds and flu, lung problems, urinary infections and impotency.  It’s a great substitute for coffee and helps to overcome stress and fatigue.  Also used to treat skin infections.

2000 colones/25 gm packet, postage paid.

Call us at 2770-4229
for quick service with electronic banking
for New Dawn books , products and seeds 


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PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

 


Pau d'Arco Botanical Formula - An ideal tonic tea for the immune system made from the bark of the famous Pau d'Arco tree, the famous medicine tree of the Incas and Maya. Boosts your natural defenses of the immune system to heal many chronic illnesses, fights infections, eliminates parasites and purifies the blood.

Ground Ginger - Excellent for Chinese cooking and herbal tea. 
Healthy Curry - A spicy seasoning for many dishes.

1500 colones/30 gm packet, postage paid.

New Dawn Also Offers These Services:

Overnight Accommodations... $15
Healthy Meals from the Garden... $7
Garden Tours... $7/person
Eco-garden Designs for Costa Rican homes and farms... $150
Weekend Workshops (tropical medicinal plants, gardening and permaculture)... $125/person


thenewdawncenter@yahoo.com


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SEEDS FROM NEW DAWN    


Our aim is to promote the use of natural seeds which make up part of the rich bio-diversity of tropical food crops.  

Your seed purchase helps to fund our educational work in sustainable agriculture.

Cohombro – hardy squash that tastes like cantaloupe.

Native Sweet Chile Pepper - hardy bush, needs no spraying

Native Pumpkin Squash - Can be eaten young like zucchini 

Basil - good flavor for salads and meals.

Dill- the young leaves of dill are delicious in salads.

Sweet Cherry Tomato - The best tomato for the tropics.

Jamaican Hibiscus - Beautiful flowers which make a flavorful tea. Edible leaves

Gandul or Pigeon pea- a hard bush with pea-like legumes.

Our seeds are organically grown, non-hybrid varieties that can be grown year after year in your garden from seeds you collect.  Germination guaranteed under normal germinating conditions.  

PRICE- 1500 colones/packet, postage paid
Books, seeds and products are offered only in Costa Rica.
Call us at 2770-4229
for quick service with electronic banking
for New Dawn books , products and seeds 


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NEW DAWN NEWS

SOLAR OVEN WORKSHOP

November 9-13 2015

New Dawn Farm     San Isidro del General

We will be holding a weeklong workshop on building solar ovens.  Global College will be sending a group of students for their practical learning experience in community work aboard.  There are still openings if anyone is interested.  For more details contact us:

Phone   2770-4229

Email     thenewdawncenter@yahoo.com

 


 
 
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CEREBRIAL TONIC TEA


 



We are glad to announce our new herbal product to our readers.  After years of testing we have blended a special tonic tea for naturally improving the functions of the brain and nerves, as well as improving circulation of the blood to all parts of the body. Our new blend contains Gotu Kola, which has been used for centuries in Asia for the treatment of nervous disorders and to rejuvenate brain cells, as well as colds and flu, lung problems, urinary infections and impotency.  It’s a great substitute for coffee and helps to overcome stress and fatigue.  Also used to treat skin infections. Our economy pack makes up to 20 cups of tea.

2000 colones/25 gm packet, postage paid.

Call us at 2770-4229

for quick service with electronic banking
for New Dawn books , products and seeds 

                                    GOTU KOLA

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SEEDS FROM NEW DAWN 

     Our aim is to promote the use of natural seeds which make up part of the rich bio-diversity of tropical food crops. 



Your seed purchase helps to fund our educational work in sustainable agriculture. 

Cohombro – hardy squash that tastes like cantaloupe.

Native Sweet Chile Pepper - hardy bush, needs no spraying

Native Pumpkin Squash - Can be eaten young like zucchini 

Basil - good flavor for salads and meals.

Dill- the young leaves of dill are delicious in salads.

Sweet Cherry Tomato - The best tomato for the tropics.

Jamaican Hibiscus - Beautiful flowers which make a flavorful tea. Edible leaves

Gandul or Pigeon pea- a hard bush with pea-like legumes.

Our seeds are organically grown, non-hybrid varieties that can be grown year after year in your garden from seeds you collect.  Germination guaranteed under normal germinating conditions.  

PRICE- 1500 colones/packet, postage paid
 
Books, seeds and products are offered only in Costa Rica.
Call us at 2770-4229
for quick service with electronic banking
for New Dawn books , products and seeds 


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BEST WISHES FROM THE NEW DAWN CENTER


thenewdawncenter@yahoo.com

 
 
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REMINERALIZE YOUR GARDEN SOIL
There’s a lot of truth in the phrase “healthy soils create healthy people”.  In our modern world most of soils we use for agriculture are seriously lacking all the minerals that plants and people need for good health.  Poor agricultural practices have had a tremendous toll on our precious soils.  Each year staggering amounts of soil are lost as runoff into our rivers and streams.  As our soils decline in fertility, more and more chemical fertilizers and pesticides are needed to grow crops to feed our population.  The end result – food crops that are nutritionally inferior and laced with chemical residues.  There’s a growing number of concerned farmers and gardeners that are changing the way we work with the soil to grow our food.  We are now returning to a natural approach to “return the gift” of soil fertility to the land.  It’s often referred to as “remineralizing the Earth”.   Here’s some tips on how you can remineralize your garden’s soil for healthy plants and optimal health. 
First on the list – make your own compost fertilizer from organic materials from the kitchen, grass clippings, leaves and certain animal manures from chickens, goats, cows and horses.  When the pile is ready it looks and smells like mountain soil.  Worm composting is another option that gardeners use to produce nutrient rich fertilizer for the plants.
Limestone powder is another valuable addition to your compost and soils.  Dolomite limestone is high in calcium, magnesium and trace minerals. It helps to raise the alkalinity of acidic tropical soils, and it’s found in leading ag-supply stores as carbonato de calcio.
Ashes can be a useful addition which contain potassium and trace minerals.  So save those ashes from the campfire and fireplace to recycle into your garden’s soil.
Ground charcoal has been found to create a matrix for the microbiological community in the soil.  It also purifies the soil and acts to hold nutrients until plants can utilize it.  When straining ashes you can collect and pulverize the charcoal pieces to add to your compost.  Often called biochar or terra preta.
Rock dust is a new product that’s available in most construction supply stores around the country.  Called polvo de piedra, it comes from the large rock crushers that produce gravel.  The strained powder is loaded with trace minerals for your plants.  It’s easy to apply rock dust, limestone and ashes around your trees and ornamentals.  Apply small amounts to your compost and soil periodically, instead of large doses which can actually hinder the growth of plants.
Ocean water can also be a valuable source of micronutrients and microbes that are beneficial for your soil.  Use only 3 oz. of seawater to 1 gallon of water. Apply this to your compost or around your trees and ornaments several times a year.  Collect ocean water in clean coastal areas.
Seaweed extract can be useful as a foliar spray for your plants and contains many important nutrients that plants can absorb through their leaves.  It’s available a leading ag-supply stores as extracto de alga marina. This product is particularly useful for patio and balcony with limited space.
Best wishes to our gardeners in Costa Rica.  


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SEEDS FROM NEW DAWN    

 Our aim is to promote the use of natural seeds which make up part of the rich bio-diversity of tropical food crops. 



Your seed purchase helps to fund our educational work in sustainable agriculture.

Cohombro – hardy squash that tastes like cantaloupe.

Native Sweet Chile Pepper - hardy bush, needs no spraying

Native Pumpkin Squash - Can be eaten young like zucchini 

Basil - good flavor for salads and meals.

Dill- the young leaves of dill are delicious in salads.

Sweet Cherry Tomato - The best tomato for the tropics.

Jamaican Hibiscus - Beautiful flowers which make a flavorful tea. Edible leaves

Gandul or Pigeon pea- a hard bush with pea-like legumes.

Peanuts – Hardy, local Spanish red peanuts.  A very hardy variety with good flavor. 

Our seeds are organically grown, non-hybrid varieties that can be grown year after year in your garden from seeds you collect.  Germination guaranteed under normal germinating conditions.  

PRICE- 1500 colones/packet, postage paid
Books, seeds and products are offered only in Costa Rica.

Call us at 2770-4229
for quick service with electronic banking
for New Dawn books , products and seeds 


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PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

 



Pau d'Arco Botanical Formula - An ideal tonic tea for the immune system made from the bark of the famous Pau d'Arco tree, the famous medicine tree of the Incas and Maya. Boosts your natural defenses of the immune system to heal many chronic illnesses, fights infections, eliminates parasites and purifies the blood.

Ground Ginger - Excellent for Chinese cooking and herbal tea. 
Jamaican Curry - A spicy seasoning for many dishes.

1500 colones/30 gm packet, postage paid.

New Dawn Also Offers These Services:

Overnight Accommodations... $15
Healthy Meals from the Garden... $7
Garden Tours... $7/person
Eco-garden Designs for Costa Rican homes and farms... $150
Weekend Workshops (tropical medicinal plants, gardening and permaculture)... $125/person


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NEW DAWN NEWS

FERMENTED VEGETABLES

Making fermented foods at home is a great way to make good use of those home grown vegetables. So often a garden can provide such an abundance of food that it’s hard to figue out what to do with it all.  Fermented foods to the rescue!  In fact, everyone can take advantage of making fermented foods from local produce at the markets. Smart buyers can stock up on produce to make fermented foods that last for months.  But why go to all the fuss?  Well, researchers in nutrition and physiology are uncovering the facts about our digestive tract and the benefits of pro-biotics.  Fermented foods have been around for eons. Our ancestors used fermentation to preserve practically everything, and in the process we became genetically adapted to a group of microbs that work in cooperation with our digestive tract and  immune system.  When these beneficial microbs are present, our health improves in many ways.
Some fermented foods are outstanding sources of essential nutrients, such as vitamin K2 and the B complex.  About 80 percent of your immune system is actually located in your gut. Fermented foods aid in the production of antibodies to fight pathogens, and they are highly potent detoxifiers, capable of drawing out a wide range of toxins and heavy metals. A small amount of fermented foods each day provides you with 100 times more probiotics than supplements. Recent studies have shown fermented foods aid in the treatment of diabetes 2, obesity, autism and depression. Now that we know the why it’s worth the effort.  Here some tips on making fermented vegetables.


 
 
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BUG SOLUTIONS FOR THE GARDEN AND THE GARDENER

 


Citronella     Cymbopogon nardus

Well, it’s that time of the year again in the tropics when the rain and the insects are big time….so here’s a few helpful tips to deal with the bugs.  Outdoors folks are always trading their insect repellant recipes…so here’s a few of our secrets to help you keep the bugs at bay….we favor the natural repellants over the chemical products you find on the market.  When you’re working outside everyday…it’s questionable as to what effects those chemicals may have on your skin…so I prefer to lower the risk factor and use repellants made from natural ingredients.  First, let’s consider what natural ingredients you can grow at home in the garden to cut down on the costs of keeping the bugs away.
One of the easiest bug repelling plants to grow around the home is citronella (Cymbopogon nardus ), which is a relative to lemon grass.  It’s a hardy perennial that needs no special attention and is found in many nurseries around the country, since it also serves as an attractive ornamental.  You can make an alcohol based repellant with citronella leaves to which you can add other herbal ingredients.  Other plants that serve well are rosemary, oregano, and the Costa Rican mint called Menta (Satureja viminea), Cinnamon and bay leaves are useful too.  Aloe vera and the juice of the prickly pear cactus can also be added to the mix to act as a skin rejuvenator and help to disguise those body odors, which attract the bugs.  Remember that the greater the concentration of these herbal essences, the longer the repellant will protect you.  Pack the jar or container you use with finely chopped herbal material, then top it off with vodka or clear rum and seal it well.  Shake the jar once a day and store it in a dark place for a week before you begin to use it.  
If you don’t have these plants in the garden at the moment, you can use herbal essential oils.  Lemon eucalyptus oil has been proven as effective as many commercial insect repellants for mosquitoes, flies, ticks and fleas, cinnamon oil is also highly rated for mosquitos as well as citronella.  Orange oil (fleas), rose geranium (ticks and lice)  and lavander has also been sited as useful in repellants.  Use a total of 10-25 drops of essential oils mixed with a carrier oil.  Castor oil is highly recommended since it also helps to repel the bugs and can be found in most pharmacies across the country. 
And when you do get bitten by the bugs….remember aloe vera will sooth the itch away.
As for the garden plants, try our all purpose safe and natural insecticide recipe that really helps to deal with the bugs.  Mix the following ingredients in a blender.

11/2 tsp.  baking soda, 11/2 tsp  liquid soap, 1 tsp   veg. oil, 1 tsp. vinegar and 5 cups of warm water, blend and spray.  Use it once a week during this season.

Until next time, may you stay warm, dry and bug free.   


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SEEDS FROM NEW DAWN 

     Our aim is to promote the use of natural seeds which make up part of the rich bio-diversity of tropical food crops.  


Your seed purchase helps to fund our educational work in sustainable agriculture. 

Cohombro – hardy squash that tastes like cantaloupe.

Native Sweet Chile Pepper - hardy bush, needs no spraying

Native Pumpkin Squash - Can be eaten young like zucchini 

Basil - good flavor for salads and meals.

Dill- the young leaves of dill are delicious in salads.

Sweet Cherry Tomato - The best tomato for the tropics.

Jamaican Hibiscus - Beautiful flowers which make a flavorful tea. Edible leaves

Gandul or Pigeon pea- a hard bush with pea-like legumes.

Peanuts – Hardy, local Spanish red peanuts.  A very hardy variety with good flavor. 

Our seeds are organically grown, non-hybrid varieties that can be grown year after year in your garden from seeds you collect.  Germination guaranteed under normal germinating conditions.  

PRICE- 1500 colones/packet, postage paid

Books, seeds and products are offered only in Costa Rica.  

Call us at 2770-4229 for electronic banking details.


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PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

 



Pau d'Arco Botanical Formula - An ideal tonic tea for the immune system made from the bark of the famous Pau d'Arco tree, the famous medicine tree of the Incas and Maya. Boosts your natural defenses of the immune system to heal many chronic illnesses, fights infections, eliminates parasites and purifies the blood.

Ground Ginger - Excellent for Chinese cooking and herbal tea. 

Jamaican Curry - A spicy seasoning for many dishes.

1500 colones/30 gm packet, postage paid.

New Dawn Also Offers These Services:

Overnight Accommodations... $15
Healthy Meals from the Garden... $7
Garden Tours... $7/person
Eco-garden Designs for Costa Rican homes and farms... $150
Weekend Workshops (tropical medicinal plants, gardening and permaculture)... $125/person


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We enjoyed the month of June with Caitlyn Davis who studied natural health care therapies and medicinal plants, as well as helping us care for the garden.    Just returned from the Tinamaste Seed Festival, sponsored by Vida Autenica which was a big success with lots of folks and organic food and seeds to exchange.  I gave a talk on reproduction of medicinal plants.  Good to see people making the move toward natural foods and ecological living…until next month…happy gardening...ed

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Next month - 

How to make your own fermented vegetables





For more information on tropical gardening - naturally

Contact us at:  thenewdawncenter@yahoo.com

 
 
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LEMONS
Just talking about lemons makes many a mouth pucker, and given a choice between an orange and a lemon…most would surely pick the orange, but even so, lemons do serve their purpose in our diets, and may benefit us more than we realize.  Lemons (Citrus limonia) and relatives, like the sour mandarin (C. trifoliata), are well liked by the Costa Ricans, and can be found in many backyards across the country, particularly in the coastal and midrange elevations of the country.  In fact, lemon trees produce very well in the coastal regions where orange trees often do poorly.  Lemons, along with other citrus trees reached the New World with the Spanish. Christopher Columbus in his second voyage to the New World in 1493 brought lemon seeds to the New World.  Lisbon and Genoa lemons are two good examples of European stock.  Today, nurseries around the country offer several types of lemons.  The Meyers lemon, named for Frank N. Meyer who first bred it in 1908, is perhaps the most popular, which is a hardy cross between a lemon and an orange.  This yellow, juicy, mildly sour lemon can’t be beat for making lemonade, salad dressings and cherviche.  Although you can usually grow lemon trees from seeds, it may take many years before these trees produce their first harvest of fruit.  For this reason, it is a good idea to pick up a grafted lemon tree at your local nursery.  These grafted trees often produce in the third year after planting.  To make your trees grow vigorously and bear early fruit, be sure to add plenty of organic compost in the planting hole.  Then, you can add small amounts of limestone, ashes and rock phosphate around the tree several times a year to insure your tree has maximum fertility for health and vitality.  Like most citrus, lemon trees also do best, in well drained, fertile soil with full sunlight.  Although lemons are generally compact trees, you can prune the tips of each leading stem to create a low growing bush-like tree, which makes harvesting easy, even for the kids.  Keep an eye peeled for aphids that sometimes attack the new growth of citrus trees, and may cause stunted growth.  This can be controlled naturally by adding several tablespoons of mineral oil to one liter of water.  Shake well and spray the leaves with a hand sprayer.  Repeat once a week until results are obtained.  Keep the area beneath the tree weed free and be careful not to accidentally cut the trunk of the tree with a machete.  Citrus trees are very susceptible to soil pathogens, which infect the injured bark and can cause serious damage to the trees.  Many Tico gardeners like to paint the trunks of their fruit trees with white cement or white wash, which helps to reduce the chance that infections occur.
We all know the story of how the British sailors where named limies when the doctors onboard discovered limes, which are high in vitamin C, prevented scurvy. They made the crews drink lime water each day to prevent this condition while sailing.
Lemons and limes are an excellent source of vitamin C, and one of the most important antioxidants in nature.  100 ml lemon juice contains approximately 50 milligrams of vitamin C and 5 grams citric acid.   Lemons and limes also contain unique flavonoids called flavonol glycosides, including many kaempferol-related compounds that have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties.  Researchers have discovered that lemon and lime juice have a strong protective effect against many pathogenic bacteria, particularly Vibrio cholera or cholera.  In Ayurvedic medicine a cup of hot water with lemon juice is prescribed first thing in the morning to tonify and purify the liver.
One of the most valuable discoveries we have come across for the use of lemon rinds came from our Tico neighbors.  They taught us you can cook the rinds (3 or more lemon rinds per liter of water) for several minutes, strain, and utilize the solution as a cleaning agent.  It works wonderfully for household cleaning.  It’s a disinfectant and eliminates that black mold which is so common in the tropics.  It also leaves a fresh, lemon scent, and we no longer need to use those toxic chemical cleaners!
Finally, but not the least, lemon juice is an ideal natural deodorant.  It stops the bacterial growth that causes body odor.  Of course, it won’t keep you dry for 24 hours like the commercial brands, but you won’t be absorbing so many chemicals either!  Ever read the label on those products…
Lemon tree, oh so pretty, and the flowers, oh so sweet, and the fruit of the lemon, you just can’t beat!


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SEEDS FROM NEW DAWN     

Our aim is to promote the use of natural seeds which make up part of the rich bio-diversity of tropical food crops. 



Your seed purchase helps to fund our educational work in sustainable agriculture.  

Cohombro – hardy squash that tastes like cantaloupe.

Native Sweet Chile Pepper - hardy bush, needs no spraying

Native Pumpkin Squash - Can be eaten young like zucchini 

Basil - good flavor for salads and meals.

Dill- the young leaves of dill are delicious in salads.

Sweet Cherry Tomato - The best tomato for the tropics.

Jamaican Hibiscus - Beautiful flowers which make a flavorful tea. Edible leaves

Gandul or Pigeon pea- a hard bush with pea-like legumes.

Peanuts – Hardy, local Spanish red peanuts.  A very hardy variety with good flavor. 

Jaboticabo or Brazilian grape tree -  a tropical tree that produces grape-like leaves.  Rare fruit delight.

Our seeds are organically grown, non-hybrid varieties that can be grown year after year in your garden from seeds you collect.  Germination guaranteed under normal germinating conditions.  

PRICE- 1500 colones/packet, postage paid  

Books, seeds and products are offered only in Costa Rica.

Call us at 2770-4229

for quick service with electronic banking

for New Dawn books , products and seeds 


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PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

 



Pau d'Arco Botanical Formula - An ideal tonic tea for the immune system made from the bark of the famous Pau d'Arco tree, the famous medicine tree of the Incas and Maya. Boosts your natural defenses of the immune system to heal many chronic illnesses, fights infections, eliminates parasites and purifies the blood.

Ground Ginger - Excellent for Chinese cooking and herbal tea. 

Jamaican Curry - A spicy seasoning for many dishes.

1500 colones/30 gm packet, postage paid.

New Dawn Also Offers These Services:

Overnight Accommodations... $15
Healthy Meals from the Garden... $7
Garden Tours... $7/person
Eco-garden Designs for Costa Rican homes and farms... $150
Weekend Workshops (tropical medicinal plants, gardening and permaculture)... $125/person


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The last few months at New Dawn have been filled with planting our garden and expansion of our herb crops.
We have also working on test trails with peanuts and new ways to grow gotukola and stevia.  
For more information on tropical gardening - naturally

Contact us at: 

thenewdawncenter@yahoo.com
 

 
 
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TARO – TROPICAL SPUDS

       

In most regions of the tropics you’ll find a group of plants known as “elephant ears” or taros.  These exotic plants originated in the Old World tropics, perhaps in India or Southeast Asia, and are believed to be one of the earliest cultivated plants.   Today, they are a major food crop grown for its roots and leaves.  The starchy edible corm is much like a potato and the leaves like spinach.  Taro loves wet conditions, in fact, taro and rice are only a few of the crops that can be grown in flooded conditions.  Many commercial plantings are in flooded paddies to increase production and weed control.  However, taro will thrive in deep, moist or even swampy soils where the annual rainfall exceeds 2,500 mm.  Gardeners will find that taro can be planted in moist areas around the garden or even around the home since they fit into landscaping designs to give that tropical look.  We have a nice plot of them growing over the grey water drain field from the kitchen sink.  Taros mature within six to twelve months after planting in dry-land cultivation and after twelve to fifteen months in wetland cultivation. The crop is harvested when the plant’s leaves turn yellow. The young corms or tubers are clustered around a large “mother” corm.  The smallest “hijos” or corms can be used for planting new garden beds of taro and the larger ones are ready to use in the kitchen.  It’s best to soak the roots overnight and cook them with a pinch of baking soda to release the calcium oxalate, a compound found in several vegetables like chard and kale.  Once they are well cooked you can mash them with milk and butter to make a puree that rivals mashed potatoes.  Our favorite puree recipe:  cook taro roots and pejivajes separately. Then blend equal parts of the two with water or milk to form a rich puree that’s a golden delight!  Add onions, garlic and curry to spice it up.  Costa Ricans also make a popular soup called holla de carne, which includes taro roots cooked whole with other vegetables and meat. Taro provides many vitamins and minerals, particularly B6, E and Magnesium.  The leaves contain high levels of vitamin K.  Taro is an excellent root crop for the home gardeners in the hotter regions of the country. Roots from the market are good for planting. Small tubers are fine. You’ll find 3 varieties: Ñampi, Tiquisqui and Malanga.  Plant them in well-tilled soil with additions of compost. Keep the plants weed free and cultivate the soil up around the plant. Once established, they generally shade out the weeds and little care is needed until harvest. Compost tea as a soil drench increases production. One plant can often produce 1/2 bushel of roots.  Just remember how important it is to cook the leaves and roots to safely eat taro.  Yuca, another local root crop has the same properties.  Good luck with your new year of gardening in Costa Rica.


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SEEDS FROM NEW DAWN  

   Our aim is to promote the use of natural seeds which make up part of the rich bio-diversity of tropical food crops. 



Your seed purchase helps to fund our educational work in sustainable agriculture.

Cohombro – hardy squash that tastes like cantaloupe.

Native Sweet Chile Pepper - hardy bush, needs no spraying

Native Pumpkin Squash - Can be eaten young like zucchini 

Basil - good flavor for salads and meals.

Dill- the young leaves of dill are delicious in salads.

Sweet Cherry Tomato - The best tomato for the tropics.

Jamaican Hibiscus - Beautiful flowers which make a flavorful tea. Edible leaves

Gandul or Pigeon pea- a hard bush with pea-like legumes.

Our seeds are organically grown, non-hybrid varieties that can be grown year after year in your garden from seeds you collect.  Germination guaranteed under normal germinating conditions.  

PRICE- 1500 colones/packet, postage paid

Books, seeds and products are offered only in Costa Rica.

Call us at 2770-4229

for quick service with electronic banking for New Dawn books , products and seeds 


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PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

 




Pau d'Arco Botanical Formula - An ideal tonic tea for the immune system made from the bark of the famous Pau d'Arco tree, the famous medicine tree of the Incas and Maya. Boosts your natural defenses of the immune system to heal many chronic illnesses, fights infections, eliminates parasites and purifies the blood.

Ground Ginger - Excellent for Chinese cooking and herbal tea. 

Jamaican Curry - A spicy seasoning for many dishes.

1500 colones/30 gm packet, postage paid.

New Dawn Also Offers These Services:

Overnight Accommodations... $15
Healthy Meals from the Garden... $7
Garden Tours... $7/person
Eco-garden Designs for Costa Rican homes and farms... $150
Weekend Workshops (tropical medicinal plants, gardening and permaculture)... $125/person


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We past the last month finishing up our greenhouse and new garden design. 


 
 
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Rosemary          Romero (Spanish)
Rosmarinus officinalis
LABIATAE


Geo-distribution:
European colonists introduced this plant to the neotropics. In Costa Rica, it thrives at higher elevations and is also a favorite in home gardens.  Grows well in pots indoors in the hotter regions of the country.

Botanical Description:
Rosemary is a perennial woody-stemmed herb with ash-colored scaly bark and many branches. The herb has opposite, leathery, thin leaves, which are a lustrous dark green above and a downy white underneath.  The pale blue flowers (sometimes white) grow in short, axial racemes.

Medicinal Uses:
The aromatic oil in rosemary promotes digestion, stimulates bile, and improves liver function and circulation. Recent research has shown that rosemary helps to fight off inflamatory conditions while boosting the immune system.  Lightly season salad dressings and vegetable dishes with rosemary to help keep the digestive system functioning smoothly. The essential oil is used as a massage oil to soothe sore muscles, improve lymphatic circulation, and stimulate sweating. An infusion is often used as a rinse to promote a healthy scalp and hair growth.

Antispasmodic, astringent, emmenagogue, stimulant, stomachic, sudorific and tonic.

Preparation:
To make an infusion, steep 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary in 1 L of water for 10 minutes.  Sip a maximum of 1 cup per day. To make a hair rinse, steep a handful of rosemary in 1 L of water. To prepare a tincture to relieve muscular pain and skin infections: Add a handful of rosemary leaves to 250 mL of clear rum or vodka in a glass bottle with a tight seal; shake daily for 7 days before using.

Caution:
Excessive use of rosemary may cause secondary effects such as nausea and vomiting.  Use with caution as a medicinal herb.

Notes:
You can find rosemary at many Costa Rican herb stands. To propagate new plants in your home herb garden, plant fresh cuttings in pots filled with sandy soil.  Water the cuttings regularly until they root; and later, transplant them to large pots or permanent sites in the herb garden.


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SEEDS FROM NEW DAWN   


   Our aim is to promote the use of natural seeds which make up part of the rich bio-diversity of tropical food crops. 

Your seed purchase helps to fund our educational work in sustainable agriculture.

Cohombro – hardy squash that tastes like cantaloupe.

Native Sweet Chile Pepper - hardy bush, needs no spraying

Native Pumpkin Squash - Can be eaten young like zucchini 

Basil - good flavor for salads and meals.

Dill- the young leaves of dill are delicious in salads.

Sweet Cherry Tomato - The best tomato for the tropics.

Jamaican Hibiscus - Beautiful flowers which make a flavorful tea. Edible leaves

Gandul or Pigeon pea- a hard bush with pea-like legumes.

Our seeds are organically grown, non-hybrid varieties that can be grown year after year in your garden from seeds you collect.  Germination guaranteed under normal germinating conditions.  

PRICE- 1500 colones/packet, postage paid

Books, seeds and products are offered only in Costa Rica.


Call us at 2770-4229

for quick service with electronic banking
for New Dawn books , products and seeds 


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PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

 



Pau d'Arco Botanical Formula - An ideal tonic tea for the immune system made from the bark of the famous Pau d'Arco tree, the famous medicine tree of the Incas and Maya. Boosts your natural defenses of the immune system to heal many chronic illnesses, fights infections, eliminates parasites and purifies the blood.

Ground Ginger - Excellent for Chinese cooking and herbal tea. 

Jamaican Curry - A spicy seasoning for many dishes.

1500 colones/30 gm packet, postage paid.

New Dawn Also Offers These Services:

Overnight Accommodations... $15
Healthy Meals from the Garden... $7
Garden Tours... $7/person
Eco-garden Designs for Costa Rican homes and farms... $150
Weekend Workshops (tropical medicinal plants, gardening and permaculture)... $125/person


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We enjoyed the month of Feburary 2015 with Diane and Elena Morissette from Montreal, Quebec.  Diane brought her niece with her to study medicinal plants and natural health care therapies.  Their  warm hearted presence was truly a delight.   We continue to treat local neighbors with body work, as well as offering talks and workshops on natural health care. Little by little the seed of our non-profit service project is germinating and growing.


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Our greenhouse salad bar.  Lots of wonderful salad greens and herbs for daily use to keep us healthy and happy.

 




For more information on tropical gardening - naturally

Contact us at:  thenewdawncenter@yahoo.com


 
 
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Scallions and Chives

 Scallions (Cebollina) and Chives (Cebollín) are easy to grow in the tropical garden.

Growing onions naturally in the tropics can be a real challenge, so here’s some tips we’ve learned on how to grow onions.  Onions originated in the arid near East and were introduced into the neotropics by early settlers from Europe.  Like garlic, the onions are not well adapted to hot, humid conditions, which causes them to rot at the bulb.  We’ve worked around the issue by planting bulbing onions in pots or containers around the home or in greenhouse conditions.  By controlling the watering of the soils, so they dry out before the next watering helps them to thrive.  While trying many varieties of onions, we discovered  green bunching onions or bunching scallions.  This variety was originally from the region of the Nile.  Although it doesn’t form a large bulb, it is adapted well to our hot climate, and like chives they form multiple offshoots which can be replanted.  This is a great advantage since we need less seeds and produce more onions!
t’s just a matter of adjusting to fresh onion leaves for the salad instead of a onion bulb.  The slender bulbs of green bunching onions can also be used for making omelets and other vegetable dishes.
If you don’t have access to green bunching onion seeds, here’s another trick that works great for growing quick onion greens from pots or containers. Since every onion bulb has the potential to grow into a new plant, we can take advantage of this by purchasing the smallest dried onions in the market.  Usually they practically give them away to you.  Take your new treasure home and plant 2-3 of the tiny bulbs with the tips up in 10-12” pots with a fertile compost and soil mix.  In no time at all you’ll be harvesting young scallion leaves for your salad. 
Medicinal Uses:  Scallions and onions, just as garlic have been used for centuries as both food and medicine; eating fresh scallions is a good way to prevent health problems. It has been proven effective in reducing high blood pressure and cholesterol, and is known to be a strong antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal agent.  Onion juice has been shown to inhibit numerous harmful microbes and fungi, including Candida albicans.  Traditionally fresh onion juice has been used for treating upper respiratory infections, including pneumonia, coughs, sore throats and bronchitis.  Thrush or yeast infections are also treated with onion juice.  Recent research demonstrates that onion juice is beneficial in aiding asthma, arthritis, cancer, circulatory problems, colds, flu, infections, insomnia, liver disease, sinusitis, ulcers, and yeast infections.
For treating coughs, colds and flu blend or extract the juice of several scallions, strain and mix 15-30ml of honey in a clean glass container.  This is an excellent home remedy for treating children, since the honey hides the pungent taste of the onion juice.  Dosage:  1-6 tablespoons per day.  You will also find that blending scallions and orange juice together provides a helpful health drink. 

 

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SEEDS FROM NEW DAWN     

 Our aim is to promote the use of natural seeds which make up part of the rich bio-diversity of tropical food crops. 



Your seed purchase helps to fund our educational work in sustainable agriculture.  

Cohombro – hardy squash that tastes like cantaloupe.

Native Sweet Chile Pepper - hardy bush, needs no spraying

Native Pumpkin Squash - Can be eaten young like zucchini 

Basil - good flavor for salads and meals.

Dill- the young leaves of dill are delicious in salads.

Sweet Cherry Tomato - The best tomato for the tropics.

Jamaican Hibiscus - Beautiful flowers which make a flavorful tea. Edible leaves

Gandul or Pigeon pea- a hard bush with pea-like legumes.

Our seeds are organically grown, non-hybrid varieties that can be grown year after year in your garden from seeds you collect.  Germination guaranteed under normal germinating conditions.  

PRICE- 1200 colones/packet, postage paid

Books, seeds and products are offered only in Costa Rica.

Call us at 2770-4229 for quick service with electronic banking for New Dawn books , products and seeds  


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PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

 


Pau d'Arco Botanical Formula - An ideal tonic tea for the immune system made from the bark of the famous Pau d'Arco tree, the famous medicine tree of the Incas and Maya. Boosts your natural defenses of the immune system to heal many chronic illnesses, fights infections, eliminates parasites and purifies the blood.

Ground Ginger - Excellent for Chinese cooking and herbal tea. 

Jamaican Curry - A hot and spicy seasoning for many dishes.

1500 colones/30 gm packet, postage paid.

New Dawn Also Offers These Services:

Overnight Accommodations... $15
Healthy Meals from the Garden... $7
Garden Tours... $7/person

Eco-garden Designs for Costa Rican homes and farms... $150
Weekend Workshops (tropical medicinal plants, gardening and permaculture)... $125/person


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We continue to work on our new non-profit, community service project.  Here you see our bamboo cabin that is open to our neighbors as a educational center for natural health care.  We are offering talks and workshops on natural health care. 

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Our new bamboo adobe building for body therapies. 

 



For more information on tropical gardening - naturally

Contact us at: 

thenewdawncenter@yahoo.com


 
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    THE NEW DAWN NEWSLETTER 
                                       ECO-GARDENS FOR A HEALTHY PLANET


    Author

    Ed Bernhardt, N.D. works with tropical medicinal plants & gardens in Costa Rica. He is the author of 
    The Costa Rican Organic Home Gardening Guide, Medicinal Plants of Costa Rica 
    and 
    Natural Health Care Therapies for Tropical Living.

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    Medicinal Plants of Costa Rica by Ed Bernhardt
    Medicinal Plants of Costa Rica 
    A truly useful guide to tropical medicinal plants. Learn how you can use over 100 tropical plants for your health - naturally. Over 140 pages with color photos. Extraordinary new plant friends await you.  

    $15 (or the equivalent in colones) mailing included 

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    OUR NEW EDITION   The Costa Rican Organic Home Gardening Guide 
    Includes a bonus reference CD with a color photo album of tropical fruits, vegetables and herbs  and an extensive library on organic  home gardening plus the latest  research on ecological small scale food production with details on 150 fruits, vegetables and herbs. 
      Learn how to:
    design a natural tropical home garden
    make  organic fertilizers
    Prepare bio-dynamic garden beds
    Care for plants and trees naturally
    Control insects with natural methods
    Grow medicinal plants for your health
    Save money growing food at home
    Harvest yearly dividends of healthy
    fruits, vegetables, grains and herbs.

    Ecological gardening is one of the most important issues of our century.

    Welcome to the wonderful world of Ecological Health Gardens!

    $25 (or the equivalent in colones) mailing included
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    Natural Health Care Guide for Tropical Living 
    A truly useful guide to holistic natural health care. Learn how to care for your health - naturally - with herbs, diet, massage and hydrotherapy, yoga and mind-spirit work. Over 165 pages with illustrations by the author.

    $25 (or the equivalent in colones) mailing included
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    Huertas Naturales Para Costa Rica 
    the Spanish translation of The Costa Rican Organic Home Gardening Guide.

    An ideal gift for your Tico friends.

    $20 (or the equivalent in colones) mailing included