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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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Home Remedies For Bad Breath

Have you ever had your confidence tested when the person you just said “Hello” to startled and took a quick step back? Most times, other people will take notice before the person who is afflicted with it – Bad Breath.

Bad breath can be caused by many things. Poor oral hygiene, cavities, bacteria on the back of the tongue are just some of the more obvious reasons for bad breath. Certain foods, smoking, dehydration, gum disease, or sinus conditions can be other causes for bad breath. In some persistent cases of bad breath a serious condition like gastrointestinal problems, sinus infection, bronchitis, diabetes, liver or kidney failure, or even cancer can be the underlying cause. People suffering from persistent bad breath should consult their dentist as well as their physician to rule out any serious health problems.

Ruling out any serious conditions, getting rid of offensive breath can be as simple as:

  1. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, or after every meal, flossing daily, and brushing the back of your tongue.
  2. Avoid certain beverages, like beer, wine, or coffee. Residue from these beverages attaches to the plaque in your mouth and gets into the digestive track, then with every breath the bad odor comes back out. Black tea, on the other hand, will freshen breath as well as benefit your health.
  3. Eat fresh Parsley. This breath saver contains chlorophyll, a known breath deodorizer. You can also juice a few handfuls of the green goodness, mix in some watercress for a tasty flavor twist, and sip a little whenever the breath needs freshening.
  4. Ease up on the cheese. Some of the cheesy favorites are called strong for a good reason. They can get a hold of somebody’s breath and just won’t let go. Be cautious: other dairy products may have the same effect.
  5. Make sure you are well hydrated. A dry mouth is often a smelly one.
  6. Make your own gargle. Mix equal amounts of sage extract, Calendula extract, and myrrh gum extract, store in a tightly sealed jar at room temperature. Use to gargle 4 times a day. If you are out without your gargle, simply remember to rinse your mouth with water after a meal.
  7. Certain Spices have been used for centuries as natural breath fresheners. Keep a small amount of cloves, fennel seeds, anise, or cardamom with you to chew a few after a meal. Some of the flavors may be strong and may take getting used to, so, pick the ones you like best, they are well worth a try. Not only do they freshen the breath, they also aid digestion.
  8. As a last resort, there are always the cover ups – commercial mouthwash, breath mints and gum. They are really just a short-term fix, if you take a short ride with someone in a compact car, or similar situations.

Healing Cinnamon

In this country when you hear Cinnamon most people think of cinnamon rolls or the delicious spice in apple pie filling, but in other parts of the world, especially India and Asia, this ancient spice has been used as a healing herb for centuries. Research studies have linked cinnamon consumption to lowered blood sugar, improvement in insulin sensitivity, as well as improved cholesterol levels. Cinnamon is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium. It can also be used to treat the common cold, tooth aches, and bad breath, as well as headaches, migraine, and arthritis pain.

Mao Shing Ni, L.Ac., D.O.M., PhD, and Dr. Oz agree that cinnamon helps to detoxify the system and stimulate brain function. The antiseptic properties of cinnamon give it the ability to fight bladder infection. If taken in the first 48 hours of the onset of symptoms, a cup of strong cinnamon tea might just nip a bladder infection in the bud. Keep in mind that mixed study results make it hard to prove these benefits on paper – but it doesn’t hurt to sprinkle a teaspoon into your bowl of oatmeal, or mix it into your hot cup of green tea or coffee. Yum.

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