By Noe Johnson
Join us every Tuesday as we highlight the importance of native plants and how they can be used today. Don’t have a native plant in your yard or on your balcony? We’ll cover how to propagate different plants in a future post! Today we learn from longtime MHC volunteer Noe Johnson, and how she uses ‘ōlena (Hawaiian turmeric).
“I grow my own ‘ōlena. It started from a small piece I got from the garden several years ago. Right now I am using last year’s harvest to help me with pain management. My ‘ōlena is dormant at the moment. Anyway, when I feel my aches are too much, I take a piece of ‘ōlena, skin it, and cut it into smaller pieces. I simply drink it down with water as if I took an Ibuprofen, or two or three. Such an amazing herb, which does take the edge off. There are no side effects that I have experienced. I haven’t turned yellow yet, but I’ve been able to manage my pain consistently. “
Extra tips from Noe!
Pest Control is easy on a small lanai on the 32nd floor with dish soap, distilled or filtered water and a good spray bottle or two. Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is good too, but only if diluted with water.
A nice mixture of water and dish soap in a spray bottle is helpful to keep bugs at bay with periodic applications. The tip here is to spritz after sun exposure—in the early evening.
A more powerful mixture of H2O2 and water can help with pest control, and:
Maybe I should treat my solutions like a science project and measure out each ingredient, but I don’t. Eyeballing is my method keeping in mind the importance of dilutions of mostly water.
From time to time, I add store-bought fertilizers; crushed eggshells; my home-made, undrunk teas; and rice water. I don’t discriminate on the types of products used or the timing of what is distributed when.
Noe Johnson has been an MHC volunteer since 2012. As a busy realtor, although she does not have as much time as she would like to give tours, she has been a dedicated donor event volunteer and our parties are a success because of her!
Recipe compliments of the students at MoʻO School.
Hot and Spicy Horseradish Plague Blend
To be taken for immune support
Blend all ingredients except honey together in a food processor. Add honey to taste.
(Can be used as a condiment)