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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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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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Red Palm Oil For Better Overall Health, Skin, And Hair

Red Palm Oil

Red palm oil has been used for over 5000 years, for nutritional as well as medicinal purposes. In Egypt, red palm oil was revered and considered a sacred food. It is rich in vitamins, antioxidants and phytonutrients that are essential for good health. Its dark red color comes from of a compound called carotene that also gives carrots and tomatoes their color.

This is how red palm oil can help with your overall health, skin and hair:

1. Carotenes, powerful antioxidants, are converted into vitamin A by the body, for eye health, strong bones, immunity, prevention of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, macular degeneration, arthritis, cataract, osteoporosis, liver disease, and asthma.
2. High in vitamin E. Eliminates free radicals from the body, a cause for several diseases including various cancers. Overnight face mask helps keep skin fresh and younger looking. Can give relief from psoriasis and eczema. Conditions dry hair, helps prevent hair loss
3. Red palm oil retains its nutrients when heated and is therefore popular as cooking oil.
4. Can remove plaque in arteries, bring down cholesterol levels, and stabilize blood pressure levels.

A tablespoon a day helps to keep your problems away.

Liver Cleansing Recipes

The liver is very important to our physical wellness. It is known as the “filter” of the body. Its main function is to remove toxins and wastes from the system. However, due to poor diet and overindulgence of unhealthy foods the liver can easily become congested.

If the liver is not capable of removing all harmful wastes and toxins, they will build up in the tissues. This will eventually lead to different health issues, like cholesterol-related problems, digestive problems, constipation, allergies and other such illnesses. Even body pain and chronic fatigue are symptoms of an unhealthy liver.

A occational herbal detox is a safe and effective way to improve bile production for building liver tissues,  help the liver in detoxifying the body, and can keep our liver healthy and undamaged.

Most herbal liver detox recipes contain herbs, fruits and vegetables for ingredients. Herbs, fruits and vegetables high in fiber are proven to be very effective in flushing away toxins that are stored in our liver.

Herbal Liver Detox Recipe #1
Combine half cup of water, 2 tablespoons of pure lemon extract, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of molasses (black-strap) and a dash of cayenne pepper.
Drink this blend of herbs and fruits every morning with an empty stomach for 10 days.
Herbal Liver Detox Recipe #2
Use 1 carrot, a beetroot, 1 cucumber and celery, wash all of the ingredients and peel the carrot and beetroot. Dice and juice all, then drink the juice within 30 minutes. The juice drink is good for breakfast and one of the most effective herbal liver detox recipes.
Remember that having a normal and healthy liver is the key to physical wellness. Always consult your physician if you are taking prescription medications.

Boost Your Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup is a tried and true remedy for cold symptoms in most families. Compounds in chicken broth quiet the activity of neutrophils, immune cells that contribute to inflammatory symptoms such as body aches.

Depending on your symptoms there are little extras you can add to your chicken soup recipe to amp up results:

  • To get rid of stuffiness – add garlic. Polysulfides in garlic break up sinus congestion, plus may have a germicidal effect. Mince a fresh clove of garlic and add to your broth before heating.
  • If you have trouble sleeping – add rice. A few hours before bed a small serving of starchy carbs will help you drift off sooner and sleep more deeply.
  • If you are feeling queezy – add ginger. Gingerol compounds in ginger have been soothing stomachs for ages. Mince a 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger and add it to your broth before heating.

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Add A Gourmet Touch With Delicious Herb Butter

Herb butter is easy to make and great to use with many dishes: pasta, steamed vegetables, baked potato, corn-on-the-cob, fish, toast, etc.  It keeps well in your freezer, and is great to keep on hand for jazzing up those last-minute meals, or add a gourmet touch on special occasions.

1. Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Combine all ingredients. Serve immediately. Refrigerate leftovers.

 

2. Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese (fat-free works fine as well)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Dash pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon zesty Italian salad dressing mix
  • 1/8 teaspoon lemon juice

Combine all the ingredients until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Try this zesty butter on a slice of homemade bread hot from the oven. There is nothing better! The fresh herbs make a little go a long way. You will use less but still get great flavor. It’s also amazing on baked potato.

 

3. Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon and 2 teaspoons minced fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley leaves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne

Mix all ingredients until evenly combined.

Lay about a foot long section of plastic wrap or wax paper on a work surface. Put the herb butter on the bottom center, and form into a mound about 8 inches long. Fold the bottom edge over the butter and roll forward until completely wrapped, forming a tube of butter about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Twist the ends together. Refrigerate until firm or freeze for up to 1 month. Slice as needed.

Go ahead and experiment with herb combinations: Parsley, sage, or a combination of parsley, chives, basil, thyme and tarragon. Chives, chervil, salad burnet, tarragon, cress and capers make a tasty combination as well. Also delicious are: parsley and chives with small amounts of thyme, dill, basil, oregano or rosemary.

Add Shine And Fabulous Red Undertones To Your Hair With Red Tea

Ready to update your look? Chemical dyes open the hair shaft, and can damage the hair, causing dryness, frizz and breakage.  Dying your hair naturally eliminates the need for chemical processing at a fraction of the cost. Brewed tea enhances hair color and protects from damage, while gently brightening hair and hiding greys. Red tea, commonly called  rooibos, is ideal for those with red or light brown hair when applied as a rinse.

  1. Fill about 6 to 8 ounces of water for each teabag you intend to use in a large pot.  2-3 tea bags for short to medium length hair, for longer hair, you will need more water and extra teabags. Bring the water to a boil. Add the tea bags to the pot and cover. The more teabags, the stronger the brew. Let the tea steep until the water is room  temperature.
  2. Put an old towel around your shoulders and secure under your neck to protect your skin and clothes from the tea. Tip your head over a tub or sink, and pour the tea over your hair, beginning at the roots. Massage the tea into your hair, the same as shampoo is applied. Leave the tea on for a minimum of three to 10 minutes and a maximum of  30 minutes. The effect of the tea is more intense the longer it stays on. Rinse hair thoroughly and apply a conditioner. Rinse hair again and style as usual.

Applying the red tea rinse in great frequency and lengths of time will increase the effect. Use with caution as to avoid brassiness.

Foods That Boost Your Mood Naturally

Our fast-food diet, with all those processed chemicals and hardly any nutrients, are throwing off our bodies’ feel-good chemistry. Studies show that eating the wrong foods can add to our daily stress and make us feel anxious, lethargic, and downright grouchy. In addition, a diet that deprives our brains of much-needed “happy” nutrients also makes us fat. When we are stressed, we are more likely to go for high-calorie junk foods that pack on the pounds and fuel a never-ending unhappiness cycle. There is an easy, drug-free way to boost your spirits and shrink your belly: brain food. Feeding your brain the right nutrients is all you need to do to improve your mood, boost your energy, and keep your hands out of the chip bag.

The following 11 foods will help you looking and feeling your best,  lose weight without ever dieting again, and boost your mood naturally:

1. Grass-Fed Beef –  from animals raised on grass pastures. Their meat boasts much higher levels of healthy linoleic acid (or CLA), a “happy” fat that combats stress hormones and blasts belly fat. Grass-fed beef has a lower overall fat count and contains higher levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Lamb is another  great grass-fed option, packed with iron, a nutrient vital for a stable mood. Did you know that areas of the brain related to mood and memory contain the highest iron concentrations?

2. Swiss Chard – is packed with magnesium, an essential nutrient for the biochemical reactions in the brain that increase energy levels. Studies found that higher magnesium intake was associated with lower depression scores. Swiss chard isn’t the only way to get your magnesium. Spinach, soybeans, and halibut also contain healthy doses of this important, energy-enhancing nutrient.

3. Dark Chocolate – the delicious taste isn’t the only reason it makes you feel so good. The cocoa treat also gives an instant boost in mood and concentration. It improves blood flow to your brain, helping you feel more vibrant and energized. But sorry, candy bars don’t count. Cocoa is the good ingredient, so pure dark chocolate, at least 70 %, is best if you want just the mood-boosting benefits not the extra belly flab. Studies found that a few ounces of dark chocolate a day is all you need to reap the benefits, so don’t over do it.

4. Blue Potatoes – get their color from anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that provide neuro-protective benefits, bolstering short-term memory and reducing mood-killing inflammation. The skins are loaded with iodine, an essential nutrient that helps regulate your thyroid. Since blue potatoes are not an item every grocery store carries here are other anthocyanin-rich foods: berries, eggplant, and black beans.

5. Mussels – are loaded with vitamin B12—a nutrient that most of us are lacking. B12 helps insulate your brain cells, keeping your brain sharp as you age. Mussels also contain zinc, iodine, and selenium, which keep your mood-regulating thyroid on track. In addition, mussels are high in protein and low in fat and calories, making them one of the healthiest, most nutrient-dense seafood options available.

6. Asparagus – is one of the top plant-based sources of tryptophan, a basis for the creation of serotonin, one of the brain’s primary mood-regulating neurotransmitters. Asparagus also has high levels of folate, a nutrient that may fight depression. Studies show that up to 50 percent of people with depression suffer from low folate levels. Other great sources of tryptophan are: turkey, tuna, and eggs.

7. Greek Yoghurt – is packed with more calcium than found in milk or regular yogurt. Calcium alerts your brain to release feel-good neurotransmitters.  Calcium deficiency can lead to anxiety, depression, irritability, impaired memory, and slow thinking. Greek yogurt also contains more protein than regular yogurt, making it a great stay-slim snack that’s also very tasty.

8. Honey – is packed with beneficial compounds like quercetin and kaempferol. These compounds reduce inflammation, keeping your brain healthy and warding off depression. Honey has a lower impact on your blood-sugar levels than regular sugar. It won’t send your body into fat-storage mode the way white sugar can. Keep in mind, honey has about 64 calories per tablespoon, so use in moderation.

9. Eggs – are loaded with mood-promoting omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, B vitamins, and iodide. They are also packed with protein, so they’ll keep you full and energized for a long time. Studies found that people who ate two eggs for breakfast lost significantly more weight than those who ate a bagel.

10. Coconut –  is full of medium-chain triglycerides, fats that keep your brain healthy and fuel better moods. Try to stay away from the high calorie desserts. Instead, throw some unsweetened coconut shavings in your oatmeal or yogurt, or toss some in your next healthy smoothie for a flavor boost. That will keep you smiling and skinny.

11. Tomatoes – are a great source of lycopene, an antioxidant that protects your brain and fights depression-causing inflammation. Lycopene lives in tomato skins, so don’t peel them. Instead, enjoy them in your salad with a little olive oil, which has been shown to increase lycopene absorption. Try to go organic when possible. Studies show that organic tomatoes have higher lycopene levels.

Cool Sunburn With Black Tea And Mint

Sunburn can strike any time of year even the most diligently lotioned sunblock enthusiast. An infusion of black tea and fresh mint makes a tincture that is both fragrant and soothing to a sunburn. The black tea contains tannic acid, a compound that draws heat from the burn and restores the skin’s acid balance. The mint soothes and cools the skin.

Pour four cups of boiling water over two cups of fresh mint leaves and three or four tea bags. Cover, let it stand for 10 minutes. Strain and let it cool. The infusion will keep in a glass jar in the refrigerator for a few weeks.  Soak a washcloth or cotton balls with the infusion and pat onto the sunburned skin. If your eyelids got red as well you can apply the cooled wet teabags directly for 10-20 minutes.

For severe sunburn, especially when blisters start forming  you should always consult your doctor.

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.