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Wonderful Yerba Mate Tea

Yerba Mate Tea

 Offers the “strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate” all in one beverage.

Benefits:

  1. An energy boost that is gentle, clean, and calm
  2. Better thinking, memory, productivity, mood
  3. High concentration of vitamins and minerals in each serving (A, C, B1, B2, B3, B5, E, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, sulfur, zinc)
  4. Stimulant, overall tonic, general nerve tonic for pain, fatigue, and depression
  5. Relief for Allergies and Sinusitis
  6. Cut appetite and aids in weight loss
  7. Boost to the immune system
  8. Help treating constipation, diarrhea, and indigestion
  9. Builds strong bones
  10. Helps keep the heart healthy, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties protect the heart and cardiovascular system.
  11. The theobromine in mate relaxes blood vessels allowing for better blood flow

 

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Turmeric Milk

 

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Turmeric has been used in recipes and as Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It has both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, and therefore offers many health benefits. It can be used to relieve swelling and pain due to headaches and small wounds and has been called ‘natural aspirin’ in Ayurvedic medicine.  When applied to small cuts and wounds, its anti-bacterial properties can stem blood flow by aiding with blood clotting, preventing infections and healing wounds. Combined with milk, turmeric is used as a drink, lotion or even a face mask.

Turmeric Milk is very soothing and has many potential health benefits:

  • bone health and arthritis relief, Turmeric is known to help people suffering from joint pains.
  • anti-oxidants, Turmeric milk helps fights free radicals that damage skin. In addition to drinking it, Turmeric milk face masks can improve skin’s glow and elasticity.
  • relieves cough, sore throat and cold. (I find turmeric milk tastes better than any other medication for this, and I have noticed that the recurrence of cold & cough has decreased.) Use almond or other types of milk when treating cough or cold, as regular milk can increase mucus in the body.)
  • treats diarrhea and indigestion. Use low-fat milk for this, because high fat milk can aggravate diarrhea.
  •  makes a soothing mask or lotion to reduce redness of skin or patches.
  • works as a great general body detox. Taking it daily can help in blood purification and liver detox. A healthy liver is so important to avoid sever health problems.
  • is said to slow progress of Alzheimer’s disease and lower risk of various types of cancer

Turmeric Milk does so much good and is very easy to make:

First, you can easily substitute regular milk for almond milk, or any other type of your choice. (I regularly use almond or soy milk. Lactose intolerance need not stand in your way of enjoying the goodness of Turmeric Milk.)

Heat 8 oz of milk to almost boiling (do not boil the milk). Add 1 teaspoon of powdered turmeric, stir, let it cool a little, and enjoy. I always add a spoonful of honey for my sweet-tooth. So good.

If you prefer to use turmeric root instead of powder: heat a 1/2 to 1 inch piece of turmeric in 8 oz of milk for about 15 minutes to almost boiling. Strain out the turmeric, let it cool a little, and enjoy.

To change things up, few peppercorns can be added along with ginger, especially when treating cold. Peppercorns are said to improve absorption of turmeric by the body.

For Turmeric Face Mask or Wash:  take ¼ cup of whole milk and add  ½ teaspoon ground turmeric. Soak a clean wash-cloth in the mixture and apply to affected skin. Leave on for 10 minutes before washing off.

 

Pregnant women should not to use turmeric unless cleared by their physician. Normally turmeric in food is safe. It is, however, like ginger, a natural blood thinner, those who require surgery must stop taking any form of turmeric – food or supplements a couple of weeks before surgery. Also, it can react with diabetic medication and medication taken to reduce stomach acid. Please speak to your physician.

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How to use Moringa Leaf Powder

Moringa leaf powder can be added to just about anything you eat. It is a food, therefore, there is no “recommended” dosage.

Roughly, seven pounds of fresh Moringa leaves, will make one pound of Moringa leaf powder. 7 lbs. fresh = 1 lb. ground and dried. Most people will use between 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon daily. Some people may use a lot more than that. Use your body as your indicator. Since dried Moringa leaves make a very “potent” powder, you should go s-l-o-w-l-y. Start out with a small amount, and increase it over time.
Moringa leaf powder can be effectively added to or used on:
– Smoothies            
– Cole slaw          
– Salad dressing    
– Split pea soup      
– Garlic butter          
– Muffins            
– Chip Dip                   
– Pancakes
– Mashed potatoes  
– Potato pancakes
– Bread mixes
– Milk shakes (Oh, yes, it can! Especially to mint chocolate chip.)
– Pizza sauce
– Spaghetti sauce
– Baked potatoes
– Sliced tomatoes
– Herb teas
– Mayonnaise
– Cooked brown rice
– Vegetable Dip
– Green sauces.
– Guacamolé
– Casseroles
– Popcorn: just sprinkle it on, after the butter, and add sea salt if desired
– Pizza – as a topping
– Scalloped potatoes
– Garlic bread
– Corn bread
– Oatmeal
– Minestrone
– Cream of spinach soup
– Cream of broccoli soup
– Peanut butter
– Fruit juices
– Bruschetta
– Chicken Soup
– Cocktail Sauce
– Creamed vegetables
… and many more. The possibilities are endless. You will find ways to enjoy the goodness. Oh, so many ways.
Moringa leaf powder can also be used to make Moringa tea. However, the hot water poured upon the leaf powder will result in the loss of some important nutrients. It is better to ingest the whole leaf powder.
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Moringa – Dry Leaf Nutrient Benefits

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Rosemary

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Rosemary is a popular Mediterranean herb used to flavor many soups, sauces, and meat dishes. For centuries, Rosemary has also been used as a remedy for a variety of ailments.

Use:

  • Cancer Prevention – studies of its efficacy against breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, leukemia, and skin cancer show promising results.
  • Improved Memory – research found that rosemary contains carnosic acid that has neuroprotective properties believed to protect against Alzheimer’s disease and normal memory loss that happens with aging. In tests, even the smell of rosemary has been found to improve memory.
  • Improved Mood – the same study that found that smelling rosemary improved the memory of test subjects also found that their mood was significantly improved.
  •  Pain Relief – a popular natural migraine remedy for centuries:  boil rosemary in a large pot of water and pour into a bowl, place a towel over your head and lean over the pot to inhale the steam for about 10 minutes.  Essential oil of rosemary can be applied topically as a treatment for arthritis, sore muscles, and other joint and muscle pains.
  • Anti-Inflammatory – Rosemary contains two potent anti-inflammatories, carnosic acid and carnosol.  Studies found that they inhibit an enzyme that causes pain and inflammation in the body, as well as the production of excess nitric oxide, which also plays a role in the inflammatory process.
  • Immune Boost – thanks to antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic properties Rosemary can boost not only the immune system but the overall health of the body, and heal in so many ways.
  • Antibacterial – studies show Rosemary’s powerful antibacterial properties effective against bacteria that cause stomach ulcers and Staph infections.
  • Improve Digestive Health – often used to help treat digestive problems like upset stomach, constipation, indigestion, and much more.  Also helps prevent food-borne illnesses when ingested with foods such as meat or eggs.
  • Healthy Scalp and Hair– use as hair oil or rinse to stimulate hair growth, improve shine, and get rid of flakes.
  • Freshens Breath – can be used as a natural mouthwash: steep fresh rosemary in a pint of heated water, strain and use as a mouth rinse as often as you like. Keep in the fridge, covered.
  • Diuretic – can help get rid of bloating and water retention. When  used regularly, it may help increase urine flow, kidneys function at optimal levels to get rid of excess water in the body.
  • Respiratory Health – the scent of the essential oil may help with congestion due to colds, allergies, respiratory infections, and the flu.  Boil fresh rosemary in a pot of water, place it in a bowl, and breathe in the steam to help clear the lungs and throat, relieve sinus or head pain associated with respiratory conditions.
  • Detox the Liver – used to treat liver problems for hundreds of years, studies found that rosemary extract reduces cirrhosis, a compound that is toxic to the liver.
  • Anti-Aging – a popular ingredient in anti-aging skin creams because it helps reduce puffiness, stimulates cell regeneration, increases firmness, and improves overall skin tone.  Rosemary is a natural anti-inflammatory and increases blood flow to the skin.

Precautions:  Rosemary is considered safe with no side effects.  However, pregnant women should avoid consuming large amounts because it may lead to uterine contractions and miscarriage. Since it may raise blood pressure, people with high blood pressure should not take rosemary.

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Pumpkin Seeds A Tasty Treat For Better Health

Pumpkin seeds – if you have tried them you know that they are a delicious treat.   Did you know they also provide many health benefits?

Here are ten:

1. Prostate Protection – They promote overall prostate health and alleviate the difficult urination associated with enlarged prostate. Men should eat a handful of pumpkin seeds every day. They work as prevention as well as treatment.

2. Improved Bladder Function – Studies show that pumpkin seed extracts improved bladder function.

3. Depression Treatment – Pumpkin sees contain L-tryptophan, a compound naturally effective against depression.

4. Prevention of Osteoporosis – Pumpkin seeds are a natural protector against osteoporosis, because they are high in zinc. Studies show that low intake of zinc is linked to higher rates of osteoporosis.

5. Natural Anti-Inflammatory – Pumpkin seeds reduce inflammation effectively without the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs.

6. Prevention of Kidney Stones – Studies show that pumpkin seeds prevent calcium oxalate kidney stone formation.

7. Treatment of Parasites – Many cultures use pumpkin seeds as a natural treatment for tapeworms and other parasites.  Studies have also shown them to be effective against acute schistosomiasis, a parasite contracted from snails.

8. Good Source of Magnesium – Only 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds contains 92% of your daily value of magnesium. Studies show that most Americans are deficient of this important mineral.

9. Lower Cholesterol Naturally – Pumpkin seeds contain phytosterols, which are compounds that have shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol.

10. Cancer Prevention – Studies show that the same phytosterols that lower cholesterol also protect against many cancers.

Add Basil to Improve Your Mood

Basil contains Eugenol and Rosemarinic Acid that boost the production of Dopamine and Seratonin in the brain. Research suggests that sunnier moods follow after only three days of use.

Basil also contains anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It can be an important remedy to relieve symptoms of inflammatory health problems like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and inflammatory bowel conditions.

Combines well with: tomatoes, olives, fresh mozzarella, feta cheese, pizza, pasta, white fish, strawberries, melon

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Anti-Inflammatory Foods

1. Sweet Potato

Is a good source of complex carbohydrate, beta-carotene, manganese, vitamin B6 and C as well as dietary fiber. These nutrients are powerful antioxidants that help heal inflammation in the body.

2. Spinach

Is a wonderfully rich source of anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative flavonoids and carotenoids, Vitamin A, B2, B6, C, E, K, calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium and tryptophan. Try to buy organic whenever possible to avoid pesticide residues.

3. Broccoli

Contains anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer phytonutrients such as sulforaphane which helps the body to get rid of potentially carcinogenic compounds.

4. Cauliflower

A close relative to broccoli, cauliflower also contains similar goodness that aids the body’s detoxification.

5. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 Its rich supply of polyphenols protects the heart and blood vessels from inflammation. The monounsaturated fats in olive oil are turned into anti-inflammatory agents by the body that can lower occurrences of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.

6. Avocado Oil

Is similar to olive oil, containing high heart-beneficial monounsaturated fats. But, it has an even higher smoke point than olive oil, making it the ideal oil for cooking.

7. Blueberries

Are high in phytonutrients that provide anti-inflammatory protection against many diseases such as cancer and dementia. Try to buy organic whenever possible to avoid pesticide residues.

8. Blackberries, Cranberries, Strawberries, Raspberries

These berries are comparable alternatives to blueberries and are equally high in antioxidants. Try to buy organic whenever possible to avoid pesticide residues.

9. Papaya

Contains papain, a protein-digesting enzyme. Together with other nutrients like vitamin C and E, papain helps to reduce inflammation, and improves digestion and healing from burns.

10. Pineapple

Contains bromelain, an enzyme that aids in the healing of indigestion, sports injury, trauma and other kinds of swelling. Extracts of bromelain have also  been proven to be effective anti-inflammatories and are used in the treatment of arthritis.

11. Green Tea

The flavonoids in green tea are potent natural anti-inflammatory compounds that have been shown in numerous studies to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Combine Green Tea with Bitter Melon for even greater benefits. Use this safe link to try it – TRY IT NOW!

12. Water

What can be more cleansing for the body than pure clean water?

13. Shiitake Mushrooms

These mushrooms have been revered for their immune-boosting properties and mild smoky taste. Alternatives are Maitake, enoki, or oyster mushrooms. There is no better way to prevent cancer and enhance your health than to feast on a plate of stir-fried yummy mushrooms.

14. Wild-Caught Salmon

Is an excellent source of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), two potent omega-3 fatty acids that douse inflammation. The benefits of omega-3 range from preventing heart disease and some cancers to reducing symptoms of autoimmune diseases and psychological disorders. Anchovies, mackerel and sardines are also rich sources of omega-3 fats. Flaxseed and walnuts supply omega-3 fats called ALA (alpha-linolenic acid).

15. Turmeric

Commonly found in pre-mixed curry powder turmeric contains a powerful compound called curcumin. The anti-inflammatory effects are on the level with hydrocortisone and Motrin, but having none of their side effects – TRY IT NOW!

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16. Ginger

This relative of turmeric is also highly prized around the world for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Ginger is used to expel cold and relieve motion sickness and vomiting. Use this safe link to try Ginger – TRY IT NOW!

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17. Kelp

Contains fucoidan, a type of complex carbohydrate that is anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and anti-oxidative. Studies on fucoidan have found promising results in using the brown algae extract to control liver and lung cancer and to promote collagen synthesis. The high fiber content of kelp also helps to induce fullness, slow fat absorption and promote weight loss.

Sage

 

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Sage is easily recognized because of its fragrant smell and distinct taste that adds flavor to a number of dishes. Many may not realize that when you incorporate sage into your cooking, you are offering up some very real health benefits as well. Sage can be taken in different forms that include sage tea, essential oil, and extract. Traditionally, it is said that 1 cup of sage tea a day maintains health in old age.

 Properties: antiseptic, astringent, stimulant, carminative, antispasmodic, nervine, generally strengthening, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral

 Uses:

  • Remarkable help with excessive sweating, hot flushes and night sweats. Take a cup of cold sage tea before bed to stop night sweats.
  • Improves brain function, including memory. (Maybe that’s why a wise person is called a “Sage”?)
  • As a gargle and mouthwash soothing for sore throats, laryngitis, tonsillitis, mouth ulcers, and inflamed and tender gums.
  • Tea relieves stress, helps depression and nervous exhaustion, post-viral fatigue.
  • Helpful with digestive problems, relieves constipation, abdominal cramps, and nausea.
  • Extract helps with inflammation in the body, like rheumatoid arthritis, and other ailments.

 Most users experience greater energy, better sleep, increased cognitive functions, and overall better health.

It is recommended that sage extract should only be used for one week at a time. Stop using the extract for a few days, then it can be used for another week.

Nursing women should beware that sage has the reputation of stanching the flow of milk.

Please consult your physician for any questions and how sage may interact with medications you may be taking.

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Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is one of the most common herbal remedies. It is grown and used around the world. It is an active ingredient in many herbal remedies, shampoos and soaps. This succulent can be grown anywhere, even as a houseplant in the window. Aloes are drought resistant, taking in water very easily and losing moisture very slowly.

 Parts Used: leave, gel, juice (the latex of the leave is a powerful laxative, which can cause diarrhea and intestinal cramps, use only under the guidance of a physician)

 Properties: drink juice for internal conditions, apply gel externally, soothing, cooling, antiseptic, antifungal, relieves inflammation, soothes muscle spasm, purifies the blood, cleanses the liver, apply fresh gel to burns, sunburn, ringworm, cuts, acne, eczema, wrinkles, areas of dry itchy skin, fresh gel  can give skin a healthy glow, use as a mouthwash for sore gums

Fresh leaves will keep and can be used again. They store well in the refrigerator or freezer.