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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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Boost Your Metabolism and Improve Your Health with Bitter Melon & Green Tea

For centuries Chinese and Japanese cultures have been knowing the secrets and enjoying the benefits of Green Tea and Bitter Melon. Numerous studies on the benefits of miracle green tea concluded that when you consume green tea and bitter melon you can help your body with cancer prevention, reducing hypertension, bringing down blood sugar levels, cutting down on cholesterol, liver protection, reducing atherosclerosis risks, inflammatory bowel disease prevention, diabetes prevention, antibacterial and antiviral functions, metabolism stimulation, anti-ageing, tweaking immune system functions, oral health benefits and stress-relieving properties. Imagine enjoying all of these benefits just by drinking green tea with some bitter melon powder every day.

Research suggests that green tea may prevent many types of cancer. Not only does green tea prevent the growth of new cancer cells, but some experts believe that it may even have cancer cell destroying properties. The antioxidant EGCG, that is, Epigallocatechin Gallate is the protective substance in green tea doing this good work. EGCG is a lot more powerful that Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Many studies show that bladder cancer, stomach cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, stomach cancer, colorectal cancer, esophageal cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer and skin cancer can be prevented by drinking green tea regularly. It brings down the level of unwanted cholesterol and ups the “good” cholesterol levels. Diabetic patients can drink green tea to reduce blood glucose levels. Effects of hypertension can be considerably reduced. Drinking green tea helps oral hygiene as it kills plaque-forming bacteria. Some believe that green tea strengthens the immune systems and therefore protects us against different infections and diseases such as cold, flu, fever and diarrhea. Green tea is known to have anti-inflammatory properties and can even help prevent inflammatory bowel disease. Due to green tea’s metabolism stimulating properties, many dietitians are strongly advising its consumption for weight loss. Green tea is believed to burn fat and helps digestion.

Bitter melon’s applications in traditional medicine include killing bacteria, viruses, and some cancer cells, reducing inflammation, high cholesterol,  psoriasis and cleansing the blood. As most bitter-tasting foods, bitter melon stimulates digestion. This can be very helpful for people with sluggish digestion, dyspepsia, and constipation. So far 32 active chemicals have been identified in Bitter Melon, beta-sitosterol-d-glucoside, citrulline, GABA, lutein, lycopene and zeaxanthin.  Bitter Melons are rich in iron. They also have twice the beta carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach, twice the potassium of bananas, and contain Vitamins A, C, B1 to B3, Phosphorus and good dietary fiber.

The easiest intake for medicinal doses of bitter melon is as a tea. In combination with green tea you can enjoy all the benefits of both highly valued ingredients in a delicious and very nutritious cup of tea. Here is a safe link to try it for yourself – TRY IT NOW!

Garlic Syrup

With some honey and a fresh garlic bulb you can make Garlic Syrup to relieve bronchitis, sore throat, hoarseness, coughs and lung infections.

 You need: 6-8 cloves of fresh garlic, 8 tablespoons of honey, a jar

 Peel and chop the fresh garlic. Place the chopped garlic in a jar. Cover it with the honey. Let it stand for several days, and then strain.

The garlic-infused honey can be given by the teaspoonful (1 for children, 4 for adults) to boost the immune system and treat infections.

 Tip: Reduce the smell of garlic on the breath by eating an apple, drinking a little fresh lemon juice, or eating fresh parsley.

Peppermint

Peppermint is a popular flavor of chewing gum, toothpaste, candy, and more. It is popular as a tea and used in recipes all around the world, and is found in a host of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Properties: digestive, carminative, antispasmodic, refreshing, mild stimulant, cooling on the skin, expectorant, pain relieve, itch relieve, antiseptic, reduces body odor

Use:

  • tea to tone and settle the digestive system, relieve indigestion, gas, spasms, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, motion sickness
  • helps tone the liver, intestines, and nervous system
  • valuable expectorant in treatment of bronchitis, colds, and flu
  • can reduce fever by inducing sweating and cooling the body
  • relieves itching when applied as tea compress
  • relieves muscle fatigue
  • suck on mint candy to relieve mental fatigue
  • relieves hiccough
  • add to food daily to reduce body odors

Basil

According to an old saying Basil brings prosperity and happiness when planted in the garden. Gardeners love it because a small amount of seeds can produce an abundance of beautiful plants. The wide variety of basils, with leaves that range from deep purples, to bright greens, to tiny, light green bushy plants let the gardener be creative in the design and color of his/her herb garden, and still have this wonderful and fragrant herb as a staple. In late summer, basil sends up pretty white, purple, or pink flower stalks that will soon produce tiny seeds. Basil is an easy to grow plant not prone to trouble with insects and leaf diseases, just give your plants a good amount of sun, and plenty of water and you will be well rewarded. Harvest as needed.

 Basil is one of the best-loved culinary herbs for good reason. Basil improves appetite and like other herbs in the mint family it settles the stomach, improves appetite and is a natural disinfectant. Fresh picked leaves make a stimulating and refreshing tea, add life and flavor to any salad or sandwich, and are essential for a good pesto and many other favorites in the kitchen.

Parts Used: leaves, essential oil

 Properties and Uses: Basil is a fever reducer, diaphoretic, and nervine. It is antibacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal. It also works well as an insect repellent. (Just crush a few leaves and rub on exposed skin when working in the garden.)

Basil stimulates the immune system by increasing the production of antibodies. The essential oil is stimulating and antidepressant and relieves mental fatigue, clears the mind, and improves concentration. It is antiseptic, expectorant and can provide relief for chest infections, sinuses, colds, head aches and cough. The carminative and antispasmodic properties of basil help relieve stomach issues, like pains, indigestion, and vomiting.

The essential oil is said to be one of the best nerve tonics among the essential oils. It works well as a massage oil on tired and strained muscles.

(Caution: Do not use during pregnancy. May irritate people with sensitive skin. Oil from exotic basil may be slightly toxic – Do not use.)

Use basil oil in an aroma lamp to lift the mood and clear the air in a stuffy room.

A basil poultice can be used to treat ringworm infections.

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