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day 003

nothing going on here, really. i didn't eat any parsley today. still waiting on my herbs. may munch on some tomorrow. we'll see inshaAallah.
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day 002

while i'm not going to take notes on parsley's health benefits and medicinal properties just yet, i would like to mention that i think i'm developing an affinity for munching on this particular herb.

i don't quite remember what it tastes like in dried form. i don't think there's too much a difference (flavor intensity aside), though i could have just been using old parsley flakes. if i'm correct it has a very mild taste but munching on the whole leaves is pretty fun! i like how it tastes with warm melted cheese. of course i let the cheese cool off a bit and refrained from too much mixing so it didn't get soggy or diminish the fresh taste.

today i also cracked open my encyclopedia of herbs, spices, and flavorings book. lo and behold, the second time around i actually flipped straight to parsley. funny how that works!

i'm starting to become more familiar with parsley. i can almost recognize it on sight, but i still have a long ways to go. until my seeds come in and i incorporate more herbs into my cooking i think parsley's gonna be my short term best friend. toodles!
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day 001

it happened perhaps around middle school. some thoughts occurred to me that, at the time, didn't lead to much introspection or questioning the status quo or my life choices, but recently reoccurred to me and spurred the entire purpose of this journey... and journal.

how come people in the US have a 1 in 3, 1 in 4, 1 in 5, 1 in another single digit number chance of getting so many cancers when that's not true in other countries, especially countries we consider "less developed?"

short answer: our diet sucks and so does our health care system. we're overeating the worst foods and overmedicating for nearly everything.

people long before the advent of modern medicine have been using all kinds of things found in nature to maintain health and heal their bodies. fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables, herbs and spices--you name it. there are of course dangerous/poisonous/indigestible foods humans can't eat but we have tons of past knowledge to keep us from swallowing anything unsafe.

i've always wanted to have a deeper connection to plants, animals, and nature in general. i wanna be able to identify plants by sight and smell. i wanna  be able to identify an ailment and a proper method of treating it. i wanna feel that bond to the natural world so many other herbalists seem to enjoy. i just wanna enjoy and give back to the earth.

i feel like learning about the medicinal properties of herbs and spices is part of my journey to being a more productive human being and citizen of the world. i want to learn. i want to be stronger, faster, more skilled.

i know i can do this. i know i can. ya Allah, please help me to be the best i can truly be. ameen.

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