A-Z Foods & Herbs; Info and Health Benefits thereof…


This is an alphabetical collection of articles and information I’ve found on the web. This page frequently gets new information added so check back often for updates! All information is provided for educational purposes. Bon Appetit!

 

Aloe Vera

Screen Shot 2014-08-10 at 8.48.55 PM“Aloe vera leaf is a miraculous healing food that is one of the oldest healing remedies and natural antibiotics in the world. Taken internally, aloe works wonders for assimilation, circulation, and elimination.

It is known to purify the blood, reduce inflammation, ease arthritis pain, prevent kidney stones, lower high cholesterol, prevent Candida, boost physical endurance, benefit cardiovascular health, and protect the body from oxidative stress.

It also soothes ulcers, hemorrhoids, gastritis, diverticulitis, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and other digestive disorders. Aloe provides recovery from fatigue and aids in muscle function as well as optimal utilization of several vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.

It’s alkaline nature, helps to soothe acidosis and alkalinize the whole body. Aloe’s clear gel can be applied externally to soothe and relieve pain from sun burn, rashes, bug bites, ringworm, scratches, and wounds as well as deeply hydrate the skin to prevent wrinkles and aging. It can also be massaged into the hair and scalp to stimulate hair growth and can be used as a toothpaste or mouthwash to keep the mouth healthy, clean, and free from plaque producing bacteria.

For best results, purchase whole Aloe leaves in the produce section of the grocery store. Cut a 2 inch piece off the leaf and scoop out the clear gel inside. This gel can be blended in water, juice, or smoothies to be taken internally or used externally and applied directly to the skin for quick relief and healing.”—Medical Medium

 

Anise Star Pods

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 10.04.39 PM“ALSO KNOWN AS: Illicium verum., star anise. In the Philippines, anise star pods are typically called “anise,” not to be confused with a different herb. To distinguish the herb from Pimpinella anisum, anise star pods are frequently called Badian anise, Chinese anise, or Indian anise.

INTRODUCTION
It’s easy to recognize anise star pods; they usually look like an eight-pointed star. This fruit of a tree in magnolia family native to China and Vietnam produces tough-skinned, rust-colored fruits that are picked and dried before ripening. Anise star pods are hotter, more pungent, more bitter, and much more “licorice-like” than the European anise.

Anise star pods are used in Chinese “red” cooking, where foods are cooked for a long time in soy sauce. The herb is used to flavor “marbled eggs” and many Asian soups, in Thai iced tea, and in Peking duck. Anise star pods are also chewed after meals in order to freshen breath.

CONSTITUENTS
Like European anise, anise star pods contain an essential oil that is mostly anethole. Their distinctive flavor is due to the presence of 1,4-cineol, also found in Chinese cinnamon.

PARTS USED
The dried fruits, harvested and dried before ripening, ground before storage. Ground star anise added to baked goods protects them from spoilage by bacteria or fungi.

TYPICAL PREPARATIONS
Added directly to cooking. Small amounts are recommended. Anise star pods are a powerful spice. The herb should be stored in a tightly sealed container in a dark, cool place. The tea is quite strong and only moderate amounts will be needed. May also be taken as a capsule or extract.

SUMMARY
Star anise seed powder sweetens the breath.

PRECAUTIONS
Serious complications attributed to anise star pods several years ago were later found to be due to contamination of star anise teas with other medicinal herbs. The whole herb is safe for consumption by all ages, as are ground anise star pods from reliable vendors.

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.” —Mountain Rose Herbs

 

Ashwagandha

ashwagandha1“Botanical Name:

Withania Somnifera, Physalis Somnifera, Physalis Flexuosa

About Ashwagandha:

Ashwagandha is used extensively in traditional Indian and Ayurvedic medicine for use against tumors, inflammation, arthritis, and a wide range of infectious diseases. It has been shown to improve memory, counteract the effects of stress, and to promote a general sense of well-being.

Nutritional Role of Ashwagandha:

An important active constituent of Ashwagandha, withanolides, has similar beneficial properties as Korean ginseng (panax). It’s sometimes referred to as the “Indian Ginseng.” Ashwagandha and its withanolides have beneficial effects on immune function, inflammation, and even cancer.

Traditional Uses of Aswagandha:

  • For stress resistance
  • For immune system protection
  • For antioxidant properties
  • For anti-inflammatory properties
  • For brain cell degeneration
  • For cholesterol and blood sugar
  • For rejuvenating properties
  • For sexual potency

Research on the Historical Usage Guidelines of Ashwagandha:

There are no known significant side effects. It has been used safely by children in India. Ashwagandha’s safety during pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been determined.
Readers should not use this information for self-diagnosis or self-treatment, but should always consult a medical professional regarding any medical problems and before undertaking any major dietary changes. This information is not meant to be substituted for medical advice.” —Nutriherb

 

Avocado

Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 6.52.31 AM“Avocado is one of the world’s most perfect foods. It is easily digested and contains over 25 essential nutrients including iron, copper, magnesium, and essential fatty acids that help the body to function optimally.

Avocados increase the body’s ability to assimilate nutrients, so they are a wonderful addition to green leafy salads to ensure proper absorption of all the vitamins and minerals. They are also an excellent source of glutathione which helps to boost the immune system, strengthen the heart, rebuild the nervous system, and slow the aging process.

The monounsaturated fats in avocados reverse insulin resistance which helps to steady blood sugar levels. Due to its nutritional profile, it is one of the closest foods to mother’s breast milk, being a complete and easily assimilable food with protein ratios that are equal to breast milk.

Avocados are high in folate which is essential for women in childbearing years and is also known to aid in preventing strokes and reducing the risk of heart disease. Try adding a few avocados to your diet each week and enjoy the benefits of this delicious and health promoting food.” —Medical Medium

 

Blackberries

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 3.45.42 PMBlackberries are nutritionally packed with vitamins; C, E, A, & K, minerals; magnesium, potassium, manganese, copper, and antioxidants such as ellagic acid.

Blackberries contain powerful anti-carcinogenic agents making them one of the top ORAC fruits available and one of the best fruits to eat to help prevent cancer.

The anthocyanins in blackberries (which give them their dark color) have the ability to significantly reduce inflammation which benefits autoimmune diseases and cardiovascular diseases.

The phytoestrogens in blackberries aid in the prevention of breast and cervical cancer and can relieve estrogen related symptoms such as PMS, bloating, food cravings, & hot flashes. They also contain salicylic acid which can inhibit atherosclerosis and protect against heart disease similarly to the way aspirin does.

Blackberries can help improve eyesight and help prevent macular degeneration. The high vitamin C content in blackberries greatly support the immune system, aids in the ability to fight infection, and provides powerful anti-aging benefits.

Blackberries high fiber content promotes healthy digestion and assimilation and aids in maintaining bowel regularity which decreases the risk of colon cancer.

This delicious and antioxidant packed treat will both energize and nourish your mind and body.” —Medical Medium

 

Canteloupe

Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 4.49.18 PM“Cantaloupe is an amazing fruit that has over 19 vitamins and minerals that help to boost the immune system, detoxify the organs, and deeply hydrate and alkalinize the body. Since cantaloupe is a pre-digested food, meaning it does not require any digestion in the stomach and can pass straight through to the intestines for assimilation, it is best eaten on an empty stomach alone for breakfast.

The high vitamin C content in cantaloupes is critical for immune system support and to fight bacterial and viral infections. Cantaloupe is also excellent for helping to relieve nerves and calm anxieties. It is known to keep the heartbeat normal and regulated while under stress as well as keep muscles relaxed and free from cramps and hypertension.

The rich vitamin A and beta carotene content in cantaloupe helps to lower the risk of cataracts and aids in maintaing healthy eyesight. Cantaloupe also aids the body in excreting excess sodium which helps to reduce water tension and bloating.

After purchasing a cantaloupe, let it sit on your counter until it emits a light floral scent and yields to gentle pressure. Cantaloupe is a sweet and delicious fruit that is a wonderful way to start your morning and nourish your body and soul.” —Medical Medium

 

Cayenne

Screen Shot 2014-08-10 at 8.18.33 PM“Cayenne pepper is a fantastic medicinal and therapeutic spice that can provide pain relief from ailments such as migraines, nausea, sore throats, sinus infections, heartburn, hemorrhoids, stomachaches, toothaches, and nerve, joint and muscle pain.

Cayenne is high in vitamin C & beta carotene making it an excellent remedy for colds, flu, bronchitis, and any viral conditions. It also has the amazing ability to boost circulation and increase cardiovascular ability while at the same time regulating blood pressure making it a great choice for maintaining heart health.

Cayenne also helps the body to create hydrochloric acid in the stomach and when taken with meals, it can actually help to rebuild stomach tissue and stimulate the peristaltic motion of the intestines which is essential for proper digestion and assimilation.

Cayenne has the ability to destroy worms and parasites in the gut as well as protect against dysentery making it a vital resource when traveling abroad. Cayenne is a great metabolic-booster, aiding the body’s ability to burn excess amounts of fats and it is a powerful anti-inflammatory to help decrease bloating and swelling. It is can also help to alleviate depression and uplift the spirit.

Cayenne cream provides pain relief for neuropathy which is most commonly experienced by those who have had shingles, arthritis, diabetes, fibromyalgia, or surgery. Cayenne cream is also excellent for psoriasis and other itchy skin conditions.

Used as a spice to add zest and flavor to your food, taken in capsule form as a supplement, or applied as a topical cream, Cayenne has a myriad of uses and benefits that make it a top choice for home remedies and prevention.”—Medical Medium

 

Celery

Screen Shot 2014-08-10 at 9.03.57 PM“Celery is a strongly alkaline food that helps to counteract acidosis, purify the bloodstream, aid in digestion, prevent migraines, relax the nerves, reduce blood pressure, and clear up skin problems.

Celery contains compounds called coumarins which are known to enhance the activity of certain white blood cells and support the vascular system. Celery’s rich organic sodium content has the ability to dislodge calcium deposits from the joints and holds them in solution until they can be eliminated safely from the kidneys.

Celery is a well known natural diuretic and has ample ability to flush toxins out of the body. Celery also has significant anti-inflammatory properties making it an essential food for those who suffer from auto-immune illnesses. It also contains significant amounts of calcium and silicon which can aid in the repair of damaged ligaments and bones.

Celery is rich in vitamin A, magnesium, and iron which all help to nourish the blood and aid those suffering from rheumatism, high blood pressure, arthritis, and anemia. Fresh celery juice is one of the most powerful and healing juices one can drink.

Just 16 oz of fresh celery juice a day can transform your health and digestion in as little as one week.”—Medical Medium

 

Chia Seeds

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 4.30.07 PM“Chia seeds are an amazing superfood that contain numerous health and healing benefits. Chia seeds are a rich source of protein, vitamins E & B-complex and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, boron, zinc, strontium, and iron. They are higher in omega-3 fatty acids than any other food and are known to be particularly beneficial for chronic inflammation, heart disease, brain function, cancer, and autoimmune diseases.

Chia seeds are a great “brain food” and they are known to help improve memory, sharpen focus and concentration skills, and reduce brain fog and forgetfulness. Chia seeds are incredibly high in antioxidants and can help to prevent certain health conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and stroke. They also contain powerful anti-inflammatory properties which makes them a good food for those who suffer with rheumatoid arthritis, COPD, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiomyopathy, chronic fatigue syndrome, and chronic nerve pain.

Chia seeds are a fantastic food for diabetics since they help to stabilize and control blood sugar levels. They are also an excellent weight loss food due to their high fiber and protein content which can boost the metabolism and promote lean muscle mass. Chia seeds are known to help soothe and cleanse the colon as well as absorb toxins while strengthening peristaltic action.

Chia seeds provides a great source of energy and can help you feel energized with sustaining energy all day long. Consider preparing a chia pudding by stirring together 3 tablespoons of chia seeds and 14 oz coconut milk and allowing to sit overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning, scoop the pudding into a bowl and top with fresh berries. It is a delicious and satisfying meal that will keep you energized and nourish all day long. Chia seeds can be found online or at your local health food store.” —Medical Medium

 

Cabbage

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 4.14.02 PM“Red cabbage is one of the most healthful and least expensive vegetables available today. It is rich in vitamins C, K, & B-complex and minerals such as iodine, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron. Red cabbage is also high in anthocyanin polyphenols which are powerful antioxidants that contain potent anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-cancer properties.

Red cabbage is well known for its high percentage of phyto-chemicals such as isothiocyanates, zea-xanthin, and lutein which can help to effectively protect the body against colon, breast, stomach, lung, and prostate cancer. It has also been shown to help lower cholesterol levels by working with bile acids in the digestive process to remove cholesterol from the blood.

Red cabbage is an ideal food for a healthy digestive tract as it is known to help reduce bad bacteria and promote good friendly bacteria (such as acidophilus) in the gut. Red cabbage is particularly beneficial for the nervous system and has even been shown to help reduce buildup of plaque in the brain that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease. It is also an excellent food for ulcers, osteoporosis, constipation, heart disease, candida, age related macular degeneration, fibromyalgia, dementia, and weight loss. Red cabbage is also great for boosting the immune system and reducing chronic inflammation in the body.

Red cabbage is highly beneficial when eaten raw or juiced and can be a delicious addition to salads, wraps, nori rolls, and variety of vegetable juice recipes. If you prefer red cabbage cooked, consider eating it lightly steamed or adding it to your homemade soups or stews for more nutritional benefits. Red cabbage pairs well with apples, scallions, ginger, and/or sesame seeds. Red cabbage can be readily found at your local grocery and health food store.” —Medical Medium

 

Chives

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 12.48.42 PM“Chives are one of the richest plant sources of vitamin K which is vital for bone and neurological health and can help to prevent osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease. They also have an exceptional amount of vitamin A and other antioxidants such as carotenes and lutein which help to protect the body from a variety of cancers.

Chives contain a healing compound called allicin which has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties. Allicin also has the ability to help reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and help to decrease the risk of coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, and stroke.

The sulfur containing oil in chives provides powerful antiseptic abilities without any of the digestion disturbing tendencies that the rest of the onion family can create.

Chives are also known to help build the immune system, fight intestinal fermentation, and stimulate both stomach and liver function. They are also an excellent source of folic acid which is essential for woman before and during pregnancy.

Chives can be easily grown indoors or out and are a simple, flavorful, and healthy addition to any salad, guacamole, potato, rice, soup, or vegetable dish.”—Medical Medium

 

Dandelion Greens

Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 4.24.51 PMDandelion greens are packed with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, C, E, & K, and calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium & copper. Dandelion greens are also about 14% protein, which is MORE protein per serving than spinach!

Dandelion greens are especially beneficial for the liver and aid in flushing out toxins and remineralizing the body. It’s high beta carotene and flavonoid content also benefits the immune system and cardiovascular system.

Dandelion greens are also one of the richest sources of plant based Vitamin K which is essential for bone and neurological health and Vitamin A which is vital for eye and skin health.

Dandelion greens can be found at most health food stores and farmer’s markets, but they also can be found in the spring and early summer months in your own backyard. Just make sure they have not been sprayed with any pesticides and wash in cold water before using.

The leaves can be dried and later used as a medicinal tea. The yellow flower tops and taproot are also edible and nutrient packed. Try adding a few dandelion leaves to your soup, salad, green juice, or smoothie. They can also be steamed with garlic and ginger and drizzled with a little extra virgin olive oil.” —Medical Medium

 

Dill

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 12.51.11 PM“Dill is an ancient herb that contains medicinal compounds including flavoniods and mono-terpenes. These compounds make dill a great antioxidant and protective herb that is highly beneficial for viral, bacterial, yeast, and fungal infections, parasites, pain relief, sleep disorders, cancer prevention, and respiratory disorders.

Dill is also regularly used as a digestive aid and can help reduce bad breath, acid reflux, flatulence, indigestion, and diarrhea. Dill has also been known to be a remedy for treating insomnia, headaches, and hiccups.

Dill is a great source of calcium, magnesium, and iron which makes it good for the bones, blood, and organs. Dill contains an essential oil called Eugenol which has been therapeutically used as a local anesthetic and antiseptic. In ancient times, dill weed was often crushed and applied to wounds to disinfect and speed up healing time.

Eugenol has also been used to reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics. Dill seeds are also very beneficial and have sedative, anti-spasmodic, and digestive properties. Chewing on a few seeds can freshen the breath and ease digestion after a heavy meal.

Dill water/tea can be made by placing fresh dill into boiling water, steep for at least 5 minutes, strain, and sip throughout the day. Dill is a very healing and aromatic herb that can brighten up a variety of foods including salads, guacamole, potatoes, and soup.

Regularly including it in your diet will benefit both your mind and body.”—Medical Medium

 

Echinacea

Screen Shot 2014-08-10 at 8.58.30 PM“Echinacea, also known as coneflower, is a medicinal plant that has been used for centuries to help keep the immune system active and healthy. Echinacea contains a compound known as echinacein which protects healthy cells from viruses and bacteria that are trying to invade them.

Echinacea is particularly beneficial in helping the body heal quickly from colds, flu, sore throat, sinus infections, sinusitis, hay fever, bronchitis, canker sores, enlarged lymph glands, ear infections, gingivitis, enlarged prostate, urinary tract infections, and yeast infections.

Echinacea is also a blood purifier and has anti-inflammatory properties. As a topical disinfectant and analgesic, Echinacea can be used as an ointment or salve to help heal reduce the pain and swelling associated with psoriasis, eczema, skin irritations, boils, scrapes, wounds, bug bites, bee stings, sunburn, and hemorrhoids.

As an herbal supplement, echinacea can be taken as a capsule, tablet, extract, tincture, or tea. Due to its powerful immune boosting abilities, its best to only take echinacea for a short period of time, usually from a few days to a few weeks, depending on your illness. This short duration will activate your immune system, but also protect it from becoming over-stimulated.

If you are fortunate enough to have an echinacea plant growing near where you live, the plant and roots can be dried and used as a medicinal tea.”—Medical Medium

 

Elder Berries

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 12.04.38 PM“Elderberries are one of the most effective remedies for viral and bacterial infections such as colds and flu and can substantially shorten the duration of your illness if you get sick. They contain special proteins and bioflavonoids that have the ability to destroy viruses on contact that infect cells in the body.

Elderberries also are known to have the ability to significantly enhance immune function by boosting the production of cytokines in the body. They also are very beneficial for bronchial and respiratory problems and can help loosen and expel congestion in the lungs.

Elderberry juice is known to relieve neurological spasms and tics in the face and body as well as alleviate pain of neurological conditions such as sciatica.

Sambucol, a type of elderberry extract, has potent antioxidant abilities and has been shown to increase the production of lymphocytes or immune cells which are needed to fight off infection and are particularly beneficial for shingles, hepatitis, HIV, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and heart and cardiovascular conditions.

There are several ways one can take elderberries. Dried elderberries can be steeped in hot water to make a healing and immune boosting tea for daily preventative use. Elderberry syrup is a popular cold and flu remedy typically formulated in a honey or gylcerin base making it a sweet remedy that even children enjoy and take willingly. Elderberry tinctures and capsules are another convenient way to use this powerful berry in your health regime.

Elderberry products can be found online or at your local health food store.”—Medical Medium

 

Ginger

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 12.40.24 PM“Ginger is one of the world’s oldest and most popular medicinal spices. It is known to greatly aid in digestion and assimilation and is widely regarded to help prevent colds, flu, motion sickness, and vertigo.

Ginger can also help to alleviate menstrual cramps, nausea, heart burn, migraines, sore throats, exhaustion, fatigue, and constipation and it is great in providing relief from the stomach flu and food poisoning.

Ginger also contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols and is a powerful painkiller which makes it especially beneficial for those who suffer with joint, muscle, and nerve pain. Ginger has incredible immune-boosting and germ fighting abilities and has even been shown to help provide protection and relief from E.coli, Staph infections, and Candida albicans.

In ancient times, ginger was highly regarded as a spiritual cleanser and used before and during holy days as a way to awaken and purify the body, mind, and spirit.

Fresh ginger is one of the most potent ways to receive its health benefits. Try making a liter of ginger water or tea everyday by adding freshly grated ginger in water and let steep for 10-20 minutes. Adding some raw honey and fresh squeezed lemon juice will enhance its flavor and add to its protective and healing properties.

Fresh ginger is also excellent juiced with apples and celery for an energizing and immune boosting drink. Using fresh ginger in any of your cooking or preparing of food will also provide healing benefits and should be added whenever possible. If you find fresh ginger too strong for your liking, then try using ginger in powder, capsule, tea, or tincture form that can be found online or in your local health food store.”—Medical Medium

 

Hawthorn Berry

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 11.53.43 AM“Hawthorn Berry has been treasured for centuries for its heart promoting and cardiovascular strengthening abilities. Hawthorn Berry is widely used to help benefit congestive heart disease, angina (chest pains), cardiac arrhythmia, myocarditis, insomnia, diarrhea, blood clots, hepatitis, arteriosclerosis, high cholesterol, and digestion.

It is also known to dilate peripheral and coronary blood vessels, lower blood pressure, ease hypertension, and increase the body’s metabolism. Hawthorn Berry has signifiant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties making it an excellent choice for those with chronic illnesses such as auto-immune disorders and circulatory problems.

Hawthorne Berry extract also has gastro-protective qualities and can help reduce the frequency of ulcers and ease the pain of ulcerative colitis and other irritable bowel disorders. Hawthorn Berry is commonly consumed as a tea, capsule, tincture, juice, or extract.

Hawthorn Berry tea is delicious and simple to make. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of dried hawthorn berries and let steep for 10 minutes or more, add a touch of raw honey to sweeten, if desired. The softened hawthorne berries can be either eaten or discarded.

Hawthorn Berry capsules and tinctures are also a convenient way to include this helpful berry in your daily health routine and can be found online or at your local health food store.”—Medical Medium

 

Hibiscus

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 12.50.28 PM“Hibiscus tea is made from deep red calyxes of the hibiscus flower that is rich in anthocyanins, fruit acids, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and bioflavonoids. Hibiscus tea is excellent for boosting the immune system and fighting off infections.

Traditionally, hibiscus tea was regarded by the egyptian pharaohs to be royalty’s most important beverage as it was known to improve health and vitality. The antioxidants found in hibiscus tea are often compared to those in red wine and have been noted for their positive effects on cardiac health including lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

These antioxidants also contain powerful anti-cancer properties which have the ability to protect cells and keep them healthy and free from damage. Hibiscus tea is also known to be beneficial for weight loss, depression, sleep disorders, hypertension, and mood swings. Hibiscus tea also is known to help lower blood pressure, prevent bladder infections, and relieve constipation.

Hibiscus has been used for centuries to support liver function and aid in liver disorders such as fatty liver syndrome and jaundice. Hibiscus tea can be consumed either hold or cold. Try adding some raw honey for a delicious and powerful immune strengthening drink.”—Medical Medium

 

Honey

Screen Shot 2014-08-10 at 8.12.28 PM“Raw Honey is often referred to as “liquid gold” due to its highly therapeutic antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-aging and anticancer properties.

Raw honey is not filtered, strained, or heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit and provides far more benefits than regular honey as it is full of active enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids that are vital for keeping the body health and for preventing illness and disease.

Raw honey contains vitamins such as B-complex and Vitamin C as well as minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Raw honey has the power to strengthen the immune system, promote digestive health, reduce throat irritation, stabilize blood pressure, calm nerves, relieve morning sickness, balance blood sugar, heal ulcers, purify the blood, fight off colds and flu, soothe sore throats and laryngitis, and flush the kidneys.

Raw honey is also great for digestion as it contains probiotics that help to keep the beneficial bacteria in the gut healthy and strong. Raw honey also functions as a expectorant and is known to benefit respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma.

Raw honey promotes restorative sleep and can aid in healing and rebuilding the body during the night. Raw Honey is hygroscopic, which means it draws all the moisture out of germs which ultimately kills them. This is why raw honey is an excellent first aid cream and can be applied externally, like a natural neosporin, to cuts, abrasions, rashes, and sores to keep the wounds sterile and quicken the healing process.

Consider adding a teaspoon of raw honey to your lemon water and/or herbal tea everyday. It’s provides instant energy and great health benefits which can give you a much needed boost to your daily health routine.”—Medical Medium

 

Hydrogen Peroxide

545668_10151207973023205_1139733857_nRYH NOTE: If you’re thinking about hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) as a therapy, according to “Pure Health Systems” it should only be used for brief periods (internally) and for serious health issues like cancer. And they recommend intravenous application because H2O2 can also kill good bacteria in your gut.

Always use FOOD GRADE that has been properly diluted. However, the standard readily available 3% hydrogen peroxide may be used as a topical application. Please read more on this…

Here is a link from Dr. Mercola.com on Oxidative Medicine (which includes H2O2).

And an article written in 2009 by James Paul Roguski called The Truth Abut Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide.

 

“Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) ranks up there as one of the best household remedies. Hydrogen peroxide is one of the few “miracle substances” still available to the general public; it is safe, readily available, and dirt cheap. And best of all, it works!

“Did you know that you probably had your first sip of hydrogen peroxide shortly after you took your first breath? That’s right… mother’s milk (especially colostrum) contains extremely high concentrations of H2O2. In light of the fact that we know that one of the main functions of mother’s milk is to activate and stimulate the immune system in the infant, the fact that it contains abnormally large amounts of H2O2 makes sense.“As far back as the early nineteenth century, hydrogen peroxide was widely used in medicine. Many bacterial diseases (including syphilis) responded to H2O2 when no other treatment was effective. In the early twentieth century, H2O2 was used to treat several common diseases, such as whooping cough, cholera, typhoid fever, ulcers, tuberculosis, and asthma. However, as the pharmaceutical industry began to develop expensive, new drugs, hydrogen peroxide was increasingly ignored and finally discarded as a treatment.

“H2O2 stimulates natural killer (NK) cells, which attack cancer cells as they attempt to spread throughout the body. In the body’s immune response, hydrogen peroxide is released by T-cells to destroy invading bacteria, viruses and fungi. Blood platelets release hydrogen peroxide on encountering particulates in blood. In the large intestine, acidophilus lactobacillus produces H2O2 which keeps the ubiquitous candida yeast from multiplying out of control. When candida spreads out of the intestine, it escapes the natural control system and can gain a foothold in the organs of the body, causing what is called chronic fatigue syndrome.

“During flu season, if the kiddos feel like they’re getting sick, we lay them down on their side and put a few drops of hydrogen peroxide into their ear. After a few seconds, the liquid will bubble, indicating that it is killing the infection. After 5 or 10 minutes, we turn them over and repeat on the other ear. No one yet fully understands the complete workings of hydrogen peroxide, but we do know that it is loaded with oxygen. We know that when H2O2 is taken into the body (orally or intravenously) the oxygen content of the blood and body tissues increases dramatically.

“Hydrogen peroxide can also be used as a natural bleach to whiten clothes, as a spray to kill foot fungus, as a nasal spray to fight sinus infections, as an effective and inexpensive mouthwash, along with baking soda for natural toothpaste, and along with vinegar to create a non-toxic disinfecting agent. In tests run at Virginia Tech, the combination of H2O2 and vinegar (used as a spray mist) kills virtually all salmonella and E. coli bacteria on heavily contaminated food and surfaces.

“Please remember that the hydrogen peroxide that is available at your local pharmacy (3% hydrogen peroxide) should NEVER be ingested orally, since it contains many stabilizers. The only grade recommended for internal use is 35% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide, which must be properly diluted down to 3% with water.” —CancerTruth

 

Lemons

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 4.37.42 PM“Lemons are a powerful healing fruit that contain phenomenal antibiotic, antiseptic, and anti-cancer properties. Lemons are rich in vitamins C and B-complex and minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, silicon, copper, and potassium.

They are considered to be a wonderful tonic and can help to cleanse and detoxify the entire body. Although lemons have an acidic taste they actually have a very strong alkaline reaction on the body and can help to alkalize blood, cells, lymph, organs, and tissues.

Lemons are known to help destroy putrefactive bacteria in the mouth and intestines which can help alleviate flatulence, indigestion, and constipation. Lemons contain a compound called limonene which is used to dissolve gallstones and kidney stones and can help to fight oral, lung, skin, breast, stomach, and colon cancer.

Lemons are also rich in bioflavonoids which can significantly boost the immune system and reduce inflammation in the body. Lemon juice is known to be particularly beneficial for colds, coughs, sore throats, hiccups, ear infections, fevers, arthritis, heart disease, COPD, atherosclerosis, diabetes, high cholesterol, autoimmune disorders, stroke, and cancer.

Topically, lemon juice is a great remedy for wrinkles, warts, toothaches, corns, sunburns, poison ivy, acne, psoriasis, and as a hair rinse and facial astringent. A tall glass of lemon water upon waking is an excellent way to hydrate and cleanse the body first thing in the morning. Fresh lemon in tea and green juice and added to salads, wraps, hummus, guacamole, and nori rolls is another great way to add this healing and nutritious fruit into your diet. Fresh lemons can be found at your local grocery and health food store.” —Medical Medium

 

Lemon Balm Tea

Screen Shot 2014-08-10 at 8.53.49 PM“Lemon balm tea has been called the “Elixir of Life” due to its incredible anti-viral, anti-bacterial, digestive, and sedative properties. Incredibly, it also has high levels of antioxidants which substantially increases its ability to heal and work effectively.

Lemon Balm contains a compound called terpene which has the ability to help relieve anxiety, stress, hypertension, depression, high blood pressure, muscle spasms, heart palpitations, tension headaches, circulatory issues, and cognitive disorders such as Attention Deficit Disorder and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Lemon Balm also benefits chronic gastrointestinal disorders including indigestion, IBS, colitis, and acid reflux. Lemon Balm has the ability to promote a healthy, balanced immune system and endocrine system, which is highly beneficial for autoimmune disorders such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Adrenal Fatigue, Multiple Sclerosis, and Vertigo.

It is also useful in treating insomnia, sleep disturbances, and jittery nerves, allowing for a more relaxed body and better quality sleep. The polyphenol tannins contained in Lemon Balm give it its anti-viral properties making it particularly helpful in healing colds, flu, bronchitis and any viral infections.

Topically, Lemon Balm can be applied as a cream to help heal and provide relief for cold sores and shingles as well as cuts and wounds. Essentially, Lemon Balm is a heal-all herb and has rightfully earned its reputation as the “Elixir of Life”.

As a delicious and refreshing drink, Lemon Balm tea can be added to your weekly health regime for a wide range of healing benefits. Fresh or dried herb can be steeped in hot water for a minimum of ten minutes and sweetened with raw honey, if desired.”—Medical Medium

 

Mache

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 4.20.43 PMMache, also known as Corn Salad or Lamb’s Lettuce, not to be confused with Lamb’s Ear (aka Woundwort, or Wooly Bentony).—RYH

“Mache is an exceptionally nutritious salad green that is soft, buttery, creamy, and nutty. This delicious flavor profile is due to its high omega-3 content making it one of the most enjoyable and healthy green leafy vegetables available today.

Plant based omega-3’s, like those found in mache, are easily assimilated and allow the body to immediately utilize the nutrition and put it to good use by lowering triglycerides, improving HDL, reducing inflammation, maintaining healthy cognitive function, and reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, and digestive disorders.

Mache has 30% more iron than spinach and is also packed with folic acid which helps to alleviate the effects of depression, fatigue, and stress. Once a rare speciality green, mache is now found in most major supermarkets in the packaged salad section of the produce department. It is a wonderful base for your salads or can be eaten as a tasty snack straight from the bag.” —Medical Medium

 

Mango

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 12.48.08 PM“Mangos are one of the most popular and nutritionally rich fruits in the world and are often referred to as “The King of the Fruits”.

Mangos are an amazing source of vitamins A, C, E, and B-complex as well as health promoting flavonoids such as beta-carotene and alpha-carotene. Mangos are a powerful anti-cancer food and are specifically known to help prevent lung, breast, colon, prostate, blood, and oral cancers. They are also highly beneficial in the prevention of strokes, heart disease, arthritis, cognitive disorders, respiratory diseases, and kidney disease.

Mangos can help to alkalinize the whole body by helping to flush out toxic acids and rebuild the alkali reserves in the body. Mangos are packed with enzymes and are a prebiotic food, meaning they contain compounds that stimulate and feed the good bacteria in the intestines which greatly aids in digestion and assimilation.

Mangoes contain a significant amount of pyridoxine (B-6) which is vital for the synthesis of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. Pyridoxine is also essential in maintaining hormonal balance and proper immune function as well as for helping the body break down sugars, fats and proteins. Mangos are thought to help prevent insomnia and provide for a better nights sleep. In some countries mangos are eaten right before bed as a natural sleep aid.

Mangos are known to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol due to its significant fiber, pectin, and vitamin C content. Mangos are also excellent for promoting good eyesight and helping to prevent night blindness and dry eyes. They are also wonderful for skin health and can be used both internally and externally to help clear clogged pores, eliminate pimples, and add a natural glow to the skin. Mangos are one of the worlds most versatile fruits and can be used in both sweet and savory recipes.

Consider using mango in your smoothie, salads, salsa, avocado, and vegetable dishes. Spices also pair well with mango and try experimenting with cinnamon, curry, cloves, and chili pepper to boost the flavor and nutrition of your meals. Start or end your day with a simple but delicious mango pudding. Blend 2-4 ripe mangos (peel and pit removed) in a blender or food processor until creamy and smooth. Pour into a bowl and top with fresh berries.

There are several varieties available in supermarkets throughout the year including Tommy Atkins, Kent, Yellow, Ataulfo, Keitt, and Champagne. Some are sweet and creamy while others are juicy and bright. Experiment with finding new ways to add mangos into your diet. Your body will love you for it.”—Medical Medium

 

Mizuna

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 12.44.07 PM“Mizuna is a mild, somewhat sweet mustard green that has been grown for centuries in Japan and is now becoming more readily available in the states.

Mizuna is packed in phytonutrients and is a nutritional powerhouse. It has been known to help prevent, arthritis, anemia, osteoporosis, asthma, and colon, breast, and prostate cancer as well as numerous immune related disorders. Mizuna is an excellent source of vitamin C which has tremendous anti-viral and anti-inflammatory (including anti-histamine) abilities.

Mizuna also contains antioxidants called glucosinolates which have powerful anti-cancer properties and the ability to detox cells, tissues, and organs in the body. Mizuna is also a great source of vitamin A which is highly beneficial for eye, skin, and cardiovascular health and folic acid which plays an important role in DNA synthesis during pregnancy.

Mizuna is a flavorful addition to salads and is often found in mesclun mixes at the grocery store. Mizuna by the bunch can also be found in most produce departments and can be juiced, lightly steamed, or added to soups for a healthy, nutritional, and tasty boost to your diet.”—Medical Medium

 

Pears

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 12.50.50 PM“Pears, once called the “gift of the gods”, are a juicy, sweet, and easily digested fruit that are rich in vitamins and alkaline minerals such as vitamins A, C, E, folic acid, niacin, copper, and boron.

Pears also contain several anti-cancer properties and are known to be especially good in helping to prevent esophageal cancer, breast cancer, stomach cancer, and colon cancer.

Pears are an anti-inflammatory food making them perfect for those who suffer from autoimmune disorders such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Epstein-Barr, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Endometriosis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Lyme disease, Hashimoto’s, Meniere’s disease, and Colitis. Pears also help to decrease the risk of Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes.

The flavonols in pears coupled with the anthocyanins help improve insulin sensitivity and their low glycemic index make it a perfect food for those who have blood sugar issues. Pears contain a special fiber that binds with bile acids in the intestines which has the ability to lower cholesterol.

Pears also contain both Glutathione which can help prevent high blood pressure and strokes and Boron which helps the body retain calcium and prevent osteoporosis. Pears are also a good source of iodine which helps to keep the metabolism balanced and the thyroid functioning properly and they are high in pectin which is highly beneficial for digestion and bowel regularity.

Allow pears to fully ripen at room temperature before eating for maximum nutritional and health benefits.”—Medical Medium

 

Pomegranates

Screen Shot 2014-11-29 at 7.53.14 PM“Pomegranates are one of the healthiest and most healing fruits available today. They are rich in vitamin C, K, B-complex and minerals such as copper, calcium, and potassium. Pomegranates are an excellent weight loss food and also benefit the body by boosting the immune system, improving circulation, and offering protection from cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Pomegranates are packed with antioxidants and particularly one called Punicalagin which has been shown to effectively reduce the risks of heart disease by scavenging harmful free radicals from the body. Punicalagin also has potent anti-microbial properties making pomegranates fantastic in warding off bacterial and viral infections.

Pomegranates act like a natural aspirin in the body and help to prevent blood clots. Pomegranates are also the perfect “brain food” as they help to increase cognitive function and memory recall. Pomegranates are also great for joints and may help to prevent cartilage deterioration making them essential for the prevention of osteoarthritis. Pomegranates contain powerful anti-inflammatory compounds which makes them a highly beneficial food for those with autoimmune disorders such as fibromyalgia, COPD, bursitis, Lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and lupus.

Consuming pomegranates or their juice daily has been shown to effectively protect against diabetes, lymphoma, urinary tract infections, and breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancer. Pomegranate juice has also been shown to keep PSA levels stable in men thereby reducing the need for further treatments such as hormone therapy or chemotherapy. Pomegranates have also been shown to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and raise HDL (good) cholesterol as well as lowering systolic blood pressure for those who need it.

Pomegranate juice is excellent for dental health and has been shown to naturally prevent dental plaque and gum disease. Pomegranate seed oil is an excellent source of essential fatty acids and can be taken internally or applied topically to the skin to help improve skin elasticity, skin tone, and skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and sunburn. It is also excellent for revitalizing hair and protecting it from damage.

Pomegranates, their seeds, and juice can all be found at the supermarket or your local health food store.” —Medical Medium

 

Potatoes

Screen Shot 2014-08-10 at 8.03.10 PMPotatoes are a nutritious, healthy food that are rich in vitamins A, C, & B-complex and minerals such as manganese, iron, magnesium, copper, and potassium.

Potatoes contain an antioxidant called quercetin which has anti-cancer and cardio-protective properties as well as a storage protein called patatin which has been shown to exhibit activity against disease causing free radicals.

Potatoes are an excellent source of B6, a vitamin which is essential for the formation of almost every new cell in the body. Vitamin B6 also is a vital component for the neurological system and for the creation of amines which are neurotransmitters that send messages from one nerve to the next. This makes potatoes an important food for those who are heavy thinkers and those recovering from stress damage and adrenal exhaustion. They are also particularly beneficial for depression, insomnia, sleep disorders, brain fog, and stress related illnesses.

Potatoes are also known to be good for promoting cardiovascular health and are highly beneficial for reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke, atherosclerosis, and COPD. Potatoes themselves are virtually fat-free and packed with dietary fiber which helps to prevent constipation and protect the colon from polyps and cancer.

Their high fiber content also helps to lower blood LDL cholesterol and keep blood sugar levels stable and within normal range. Fresh raw potatoes are a rich source of vitamin C, enzymes, minerals, and antibiotic properties and can be juiced with fresh tomatoes, lemons, or other vegetables for additional health benefits.

Steamed potatoes are the most healthy form of cooked potato and will ensure that they retain most of their vitamins and minerals and remain a strongly alkaline, healing food. Potatoes can be readily found at your local grocery and health food stores.” —Medical Medium

 

Pumpkin

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 11.58.53 AM“Pumpkin is a very low calorie vegetable (actually technically a fruit) that is packed with antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, E, beta-carotene, and zea-xanthin which can help prevent age-related macular disease. Pumpkin is also a rich source of B-vitamins such as folates, niacin, thiamin, and pantothenic acid and minerals like calcium, copper, potassium, and phosphorus.

It is an excellent food for aiding weight loss and for reducing cholesterol. The high amount of phytonutrients in pumpkin have been shown to help prevent the risk of cancers, particularly mouth, lung, and colon cancer. Pumpkin also contains several anti-aging benefits and the antioxidants help to keep skin wrinkle-free and radiating a healthy glow.

Pumpkin also contains immune-boosting properties which can help the body stay strong and ward off common colds and flus that may be going around.

Having pumpkin is an excellent way to replenish and restore the body after a workout as it is high in potassium which helps to restore the body’s balance of electrolytes after exercise and keeps muscles functioning at their best.

Pumpkin is a versatile food and can be eaten raw, steamed, baked, or roasted and is commonly used in muffins, pies, soups, and stews. Frozen or canned pumpkin is an alternative option to include this healthy vegetable into your diet when you are short on time. Pumpkin can be found online and fresh at your local health food store.”—Medical Medium

 

Pumpkin Seeds

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 12.28.46 PM“Pumpkin Seeds are one of nature’s most nourishing foods. They contain high amounts of vitamin E, B-complex, magnesium, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Pumpkin seeds are essential for men’s health and provide significant protection for the prostate gland. They are an excellent source of tryptophan which is critical for good quality sleep and for keeping anxiety and depression at bay.

The B-complex vitamins in pumpkin seeds work as co-factors in the body to help reduce cholesterol and enhance GABA activity which is also known to reduce anxiety and neurological disorders. Pumpkin seeds also contain anti-inflammatory properties which provide benefit for those that suffer with chronic inflammation such as in sinusitis, arthritis, bursitis, and other autoimmune disorders.

Pumpkin seeds have high concentrations of phytosterols that can help to inhibit the absorption of cholesterol in the gastrointestinal tract which ultimately can help reduce the bad cholesterol in the body. Pumpkin Seeds have also been known to prevent kidney stones and osteoporosis.

Pumpkin seed butter is a great and tasty alternative to peanut butter and can be found online and in most health food stores. Raw pumpkin seeds will provide you with the most nutrition and health benefits. Try sprinkling them on salads, adding them to trail mixes, or chop them with dates to make your own healthy energy bars.”—Medical Medium

 

Raspberries

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 4.06.26 PM“Raspberries are one of the top antioxidant fruits and are an essential food for optimum health. Raspberries are rich in vitamins C, A, E, K, and B-complex and minerals such as iron, copper, calcium, and magnesium. They are also high in ellagic acid which is a medicinal compound that helps to prevent cancer as well as benign and malignant growths.

Raspberries have powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and anti-aging properties making them particularly beneficial for autoimmune disorders such as arthritis, atherosclerosis, heart disease, scleroderma, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, lupus, and colon, breast, prostate, stomach, and lung cancer. They also contain a compound called raspberry ketone that has been shown to increase the metabolism of fat cells which provides benefits for those trying to lose weight.

In addition, raspberry ketones have also been shown to improve insulin balance and blood sugar regulation making it a great food for those who have type 2 diabetes. Raspberries have the ability to cleanse mucus and toxins out of the body and to help balance the endocrine system, reproductive system, and neurological system. They are also excellent for cardiovascular, circulatory, and cognitive health.

Raspberries are an easily digestible and completely assimilable fruit which ensures ultimate absorption of its healing and nutritive properties. Fresh raspberries are a wonderful addition to smoothies, salads, or eaten straight as a snack. Frozen raspberries retain most of their nutrition and are a good substitute when fresh is unavailable. Raspberries can be readily found at your local grocery and health food stores.” —Medical Medium

 

Roses

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 4.33.29 PM“Roses are a medicinal flower that have been used since ancient times for their nutritional and healing benefits. Rose petals are rich in vitamins C, A, D, E & B-complex and minerals such as zinc, iron, and selenium.

Rose petals contain sedative, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, and mood enhancing properties. They are known to soothe sore throats, nervous tension, anxiety, headaches, peptic ulcers, hypertension, fluid retention, bronchitis, urinary tract infections, and heart disease.

Rose petals are also often used for painful menstruation (dysmenorrhea) and for digestion issues such as flatulence, constipation, and diarrhea.

Fresh organic rose petals are a wonderful addition to fruit salads, green salads, deserts, and a variety of healthy meals. Rose petal tea is also a soothing and relaxing way to enjoy its benefits. Simply use 1 teaspoon of dried rose petals to 1 cup of hot water and allow to steep for at least 10 minutes, sweeten with raw honey if desired.

Rose water can also be made by placing 2-4 cups of rose petals in a pot and pouring just enough water to cover them, Simmer for about 45 minutes and then allow to cool. Strain and store rose water in the fridge, it will be good for 7-10 days.

Rose water works as an astringent and as an anti-aging & beautifying tonic for the face and skin. Rose petals are also an excellent addition to your bath and can help provide relief for dry, itchy skin, bug bites, sunburn, acne, and eczema.

Make sure to always seek out organic or unsprayed roses since conventionally grown rose petals often contain harmful pesticides. Fresh and dried organic rose petals can be found online and at your local health food store.“—Medical Medium

 

Rosemary

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 10.28.45 PM“Rosemary has had the reputation for miracles for thousands of years. It has been used as an antiseptic, antidepressant, analgesic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, aphrodisiac, and expectorant.

Rosemary has earned praise for alleviating nerve-related conditions, boosting the immune system, fighting off bacterial and viral infections, aiding respiratory ailments, strengthening digestion and improving circulation.

Rosemary contains both caffeic acid and rosmarinic acid which act as a powerful anti-inflammatory making it ideal for those who suffer with auto-immune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia. It also contains properties and volatile oils that work similarly to anti-histamines and make it very useful to treat conditions such as asthma and chronic migraines.

Rosemary’s diuretic properties have been known to help relieve gout, edema, and kidney stones. Rosemary has the ability to stimulate memory, improve concentration, and help overcome mental fatigue by increasing the blood flow to the head and brain. It is also known to alleviate depression and sadness and can decrease anxiety brought on by stress.

Rosemary oil is often added to hair and skin care products due to its ability to cleanse and nourish the scalp and heal and repair the skin. Essential oil of rosemary can also be used through a steam vaporizer to disinfect the air in your home &/or office which is especially beneficial during cold and flu season.

Rosemary can be taken as a tea, supplement, or simply added to fresh guacamole, salads, soups, or any of your home cooked meals. It is a potent and effective herb that can provide a myriad of health benefits.” —Medical Medium

 

Sage

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 4.11.40 PM“Sage is a legendary herb well known for its phenomenal health promoting and disease preventing properties. It is one of the top antioxidants herbs and can provide powerful protection from degenerative diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, macular degeneration, inflammatory bowel disease, osteoporosis, prostatitis, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Sage contains rosmarinic acid which is a potent anti-inflammatory compound that can help reduce swelling and inflammation and considered highly beneficial for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, bursitis, asthma, and atherosclerosis.

Sage has anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties and is an excellent natural remedy for fungal, viral, and bacterial infections. It also has the ability to provide relief from acidity and aid in digestion of fatty and hard to digest foods.

Sage is known as the “thinker’s herb” and has an outstanding ability to enhance attention span, support concentration, and improve the senses as well as provide support when dealing with grief and depression.

It can also help regulate the menstrual cycle and help to prevent excessive sweating in woman after menopause. Sage has the ability to neutralize free radicals and offer significant anti-aging and longevity benefits. Sage also contains antiseptic properties and is widely found in natural creams, lotions, and salves to speed the healing of cuts and wounds and clear up most skin diseases and infections.

On a spiritual level, sage has long been used to aid in cleansing one’s spirit and surroundings.

Sage has a peppery flavor and can be added to soups, potatoes, squash, tomato sauce, salads, guacamole, and even works well with some fruits like strawberries and banana smoothies. Sage can also be taken as a tea, capsule, or tincture for additional benefits. Sage is a wise, healing, and powerful herb that is a true gift and should not be missed.”—Medical Medium

 

Skullcap

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 9.53.22 PM“Skullcap (Scutellaria laterifolia) is a well respected North American medicinal herb that is an excellent remedy for anxiety, stress, headaches, exhaustion, and depression. It is known as a healing tonic for the central nervous system and can be particularly beneficial in providing relief for nerve pain, nervous tension, muscle cramps, twitches, tics, and spasms.

It is also helpful for Parkinson’s disease, shingles, neuralgia, sciatica, epilepsy, migraines, PMS, and menopause. Skullcap has potent anti-inflammatory properties and can help to stop histamine production which is often the cause of swelling and discomfort in conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic sinusitis, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, and fibromyalgia.

Skullcap is known to help lower blood pressure and support the cardiovascular system. It is also a good natural remedy for insomnia as it helps to induce sleep without strongly sedating the body, so that you can still wake up fresh and clear-minded the next morning.

Skullcap tea can be made by steeping 2 tsp of dried herb in 1 cup of hot water for at least 15 minutes, strain and sweeten with raw honey if desired.

Please also be aware that there are 2 forms of skullcap; American and Chinese. Skullcap (American), as described here, has entirely different healing properties than the Chinese skullcap, so make sure you are getting the correct type of skullcap when purchasing your herb. Skullcap (American) can be found in tincture, capsule, extract, and tea form online or at your local health food store.” —Medical Medium

 

Strawberries

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 12.49.52 PM“Strawberries are a sweet, delicious fruit that are also a nutritional powerhouse and an all around amazing superfood. They are rich in antioxidants which boosts their ability to rebuild, repair, and rejuvenate the body.

They also have high levels of phenols, which act as an anti-inflammatory for illness such as asthma, arthritis, pms, & autoimmune disorders. Loaded with Vitamin C they help to boost the immune system by warding off colds, flu’s, and infections. They are also well known for improving eye sight and skin elasticity.

Strawberries contain ellagic acid and flavonoids which are good for the heart and help to lower cholesterol. During the summertime, look for locally grown strawberries for the most nutritional and health benefits. Organic frozen strawberries are also a good alternative when fresh are not available. Strawberries are an excellent addition to smoothies, fruit salads, and mixed green salads and they are the perfect snack anytime of the day.”—Medical Medium

And strawberries are actually great for whitening your teeth!

 

Spearmint

Screen Shot 2014-08-10 at 8.42.52 PM“Spearmint is a sweet, mild herb that is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants such as vitamin A, C, B-complex, beta carotene, iron, magnesium, calcium, manganese, and potassium.

Spearmint is wonderful for digestive ailments such as nausea, indigestion, ulcers, halitosis, and flatulence. It can also provide relief from headaches, sinus congestion, sore throats, fatigue, stress, and anxiety.

Spearmint can also help to promote blood circulation and improve metabolism making it an excellent choice for cleansing and weight loss. Spearmint is also beneficial for respiratory issues such as bronchitis, asthma, and respiratory inflammation.

If you are fortunate enough to have fresh spearmint on hand, try adding a few leaves to your smoothie or your fruit salad. It is a delicious flavor combination and provides an added mineral and antioxidant boost! Dried spearmint leaves are available online or in your local health food store and can be made into a refreshing herbal tea that can be taken either hot or cold on a daily basis for therapeutic benefits.”—Medical Medium

 

Turmeric

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 4.44.44 PM“Turmeric is a natural wonder in the healing world and has been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, and anti-depressant since ancient times.

The main component in turmeric, curcumin, has phenomenal anti-cancer properties and has been known to help to inhibit prostate, skin, colon, mouth, esophageal, lung, stomach, pancreatic, liver, and breast cancer.

Turmeric is also a known blood purifier and helps to soothe respiratory ailments, improve liver function, support the circulatory system, regulate menstrual cycles, prevent cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s, and heal gastrointestinal disorders.

Turmeric significantly decreases inflammation that is attributed to arthritis and other auto-immune disorders such as lupus, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Turmeric also helps the body to digest proteins and fats as well as to regulate blood sugar for diabetics.

It’s antioxidant properties have beneficial anti-aging effects and its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial properties aids in healing skin wounds and abrasions as well as inflammatory skin irritations such as psoriasis and eczema.

Turmeric is available as a powder, capsule, tincture, tea, spice, and/or ointment. Supplementing with turmeric or adding it to your diet will provide benefit for your whole body and is one of the best things you can do for prevention, repair, and longevity.” —Medical Medium

 

Walnuts

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 12.49.20 PM“Walnuts are one of the most antioxidant rich foods and are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties and are known to help prevent strokes, diabetes, coronary artery disease, and colon, prostate, and breast cancers.

Walnuts are also high in B-complex vitamins and minerals such as copper, iron, manganese, zinc, calcium, and selenium. Walnuts are particularly beneficial for cognitive health and are generally regarded as an excellent “brain food”.

Walnuts can also calm the nervous system and increase your sense of well being and peace. They are known to satiate the appetite as well as aid in long term weight loss. Walnuts are high in vitamin E which helps to keeps cells protected from free radical damage. Walnuts are also very important for the neurological and circulatory systems and can help to benefit neuropathy, cerebral palsy, dementia, raynaud’s disease, and atherosclerosis.

Walnut oil is a wonderful moisturizer for the skin and is regularly used in skin care products for its healing and protective benefits.

Try mashing a few ripe bananas and sprinkling chopped walnuts on top for a energy and brain boosting breakfast. Only a handful of walnuts a day are needed to receive their powerful health benefits.”—Medical Medium

 

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