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Justin Penoyer

Justin Penoyer

Justin is an Oriental medical physician and scholar living in San Diego, California, where he maintains a holistic primary care practice specializing in Chinese herbal medicine and fertilitiy. Justin was raised on a small family farm along the Mississippi River in northwestern Illinois, where he learned the importance of such things as slow cooking, traditional recipes, and regular family mealtimes. In addition to practicing medicine, Justin educates on the importance of re-adopting tradition-based cultural food preparation and mindful eating habits. Justin may be reached at justin@acroamablends.com, or follow on:


Wednesday, 11 December 2013 20:32

$25 Holiday Gift Boxes Now Available

AcroAma Blends Holiday Gift Box  An AcroAma Blends holiday gift box makes a wonderful gift for your conscious commerce culinary friends and family. These attractive gold linen windowed gable boxes contain any three of our beautiful retail bottles of your choice accompanied with a recipe by award-winning Chef Stephen Dowe, along with Q-Code links to recipes for each of our seasoning blends.

The Best Craft Cocktails Christine Dionese Jeremy LeBlanc By Justin Penoyer

Last week I had the opportunity to catch up with medical journalist and food writer Christine Dionese from Garden Eats about her new book, The Best Craft Cocktails & Bartending with Flair: An Incredible Collection of Extraordinary Drinks.

Christine and her co-auther, Jeremy LeBlanc from the award-winning ALTITUDE Sky Lounge in San Diego, Ca., feature AcroAma Tex-Mex Blend in a lovely whiskey and wine cocktail known as Sage & Spice.

Now, whiskey and wine happen to be my favorite libations; but more than that, I loved the cleverness and utility of using our seasonings in crafting cocktails so I had to reach out to Christine and Jeremy to get to know the story.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 23:02

Homemade Chilli With Tex-Mex Blend

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 23:42

Health Benefits of Sage

health benefits of sage acroama blendsBy Justin Penoyer

You'd be a wise sage to add this herb to your recipes. Not only does it have a soft, sweet savory flavor, but for millennia sage has also been prized for its health-promoting qualities.

Sage infusion has long been recognized as "thinker's tea," due in part to its ability to antagonise GABA and Seratonin receptors--thereby enhancing concentration and attention span, and alleviating one's mood (1).

Many historical physicians have praised sage's medicinal qualities. Dioscorides, Pliny, and Galen all recommended sage as a diuretic, hemostatic, emmenagogue, and tonic (2).

The famous physician herbalists John Gerard and Nicholas Culpeper both wrote about sage. In 1597 John wrote of sage in his foundational encylcopedia Herball, stating that 'It is singularly good for the head and brain and quickeneth the nerves and memory". About fifty years later Culpeper confirmed in his book The English Physician, saying that "It also heals the memory, warming and quickening the senses" (3).

spicesBy Justin Penoyer

The importance of bio-active spices in the diet has long been understood in traditional medical systems, and modern science has made significant progress over the last two decades in revealing both the scope and critical roles culinary spices play in health and disease.

There are currently near 200 spice-derived nutraceuticals under study for a variety of therapeutic activities, including but not limited to tumor necrosis factors, anti-inflammatory agents, protein and cellulose digestive aids, and antiseptic activities that negate harmful compounds found in vegetables and meats.

Most of these beneficial chemical agents are volatile oils found within the various spices, the same oils that give a spice its distinctive aroma. The term "volatile" is used to reflect the delicate nature of these oils and their tendency to degrade or evaporate quickly due to processing and exposure to heat and oxygen.

Thursday, 22 November 2012 00:00

Health Benefits Of Basil

460-basil 802346cBy Justin Penoyer

The highly fragrant leaves of the basil plant owe its aroma to the unique health-protecting effects of basil's family of flavonoids and volatile oils. These oils are strongly antiseptic, and have shown the ability to induce antibiotic actions against pathogenic drug-resistant bacteria.

Basil's flavonoids protect cellular DNA from damage resulting from radiation, oxidation, and the effects of GMO ingredients found in today's food supply. It's volatile oils are able to inhibit an enzyme in the body called cyclooxygenase (COX), the same enzyme which is the target of anti-inflammatory medications including aspirin and ibuprofen.

Monday, 06 August 2012 23:55

Health Benefits Of Coriander

shutterstock 79341061By Justin Penoyer

Coriander seeds are among the most commonly used herbs around the world and contains many health benefits.

Coriander is composed of essential volatile oils and important fatty acids that contain anti-flatulent and digestive properties. Coriander, like cumin, stimulates the release of insulin to help regulate blood sugar, and is strongly anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic. These seeds are also rich in dietary fibers, which help treat constipation and indigestion.

Monday, 02 July 2012 20:52

Health Benefits Of Turmeric

shutterstock 26504083By Justin Penoyer

The health benefits of turmeric have been documented for over 5,000 years, and is known to contain a wide spectrum of physiological activity. Researchers have found that turmeric possesses outstanding dynamic properties as an anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory agent. Turmeric is one of the most important spices to prevent the free-radical damage and chronic systemic inflammation associated with cancers, degenerative diseases, and aging.

Known as the "Golden Goddess", turmeric has been used since before recorded history to enhance digestion, purify the blood, and treat diseases of all kinds. Those who are serious about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and living happily into old age would do well to include turmeric-based curries as part of their regular diet.


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