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Basil

Basil is an herbal antibiotic, antiseptic, carminative, and appetizer that has an special affinity for the stomach. Basil significantly benefits the stomach during digestion and can provide immediate relief from gas, stomach cramps, and nausea. It also contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties and can provide relief for inflamed bowel conditions such as colitis, IBS, crohn’s and celiac disease. 

It is also highly antibacterial and antiviral making it effective against bacterial infections, intestinal parasites, colds, flu, mono, shingles, and herpes. Basil is a rich source of magnesium which relaxes muscles and blood vessels and supports cardiovascular health by lowering the risk of irregular heart rhythms and spasms. 

The essential oil of basil contains eugenol which works similarly to aspirin and ibuprofen in decreasing the swelling in joints and tissues to provide relief from arthritis and fibromyalgia. Basil’s fungicidal properties also aid in healing wounds, skin rashes, warts, and insect bites. You can purchase creams and salves or crush fresh leaves in a small amount of coconut oil, apply to the skin, and wrap with a fresh bandage daily. 

Consider making fresh basil a staple in your diet and regularly add to salads, homemade pesto, guacamole, green smoothies, and even fruits like strawberries and bananas, the health properties are not to be missed.

This item posted: 25-Jun-2015 - Disclaimer

Raw Honey

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.

This item posted: 24-Jun-2015 - Disclaimer

Spearmint

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.

This item posted: 23-Jun-2015 - Disclaimer

Raspberries

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, 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.

This item posted: 22-Jun-2015 - Disclaimer

Turmeric

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.

This item posted: 21-Jun-2015 - Disclaimer

Parsnips

Parsnips are a sweet, nutritious root vegetable that are high in health promoting antioxidants and dietary fiber. They are a great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B-complex and minerals such as iron, calcium, and manganese. Parsnips also contain potent anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties and are known to particularly help in providing protection from colon cancer and leukemia. 

They are also highly beneficial for constipation, hypertension, dementia, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, teeth and gum health, and overall immune support. The folate content in parsnips make them an excellent choice to help support the nervous system and reduce the risk of high blood pressure, depression, macular degeneration, heart disease, kidney disorders, anemia, hearing loss, and birth defects in pregnant woman. 

Parsnips are also known to help aid in fat metabolism and are an excellent weight loss food. They are also known to be good for kidney stones, bladder issues, and have a specific affinity for the stomach, kidneys, and spleen. 

Parsnips can be juiced, steamed, pureed, roasted, or added to soups or stews. They can be used as a substitute for mashed potatoes and add a creamy, sweet, and savory flavor to any meal. Parsnips can be readily found in the produce section of your local grocery or health food store.

This item posted: 20-Jun-2015 - Disclaimer

Oatstraw

Oat straw is a wonderful healing herb that is rich in vitamins A, C, E, K, & B-complex and minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, silica, and zinc. It is a sweet, mild herb that has tremendous benefits for the nervous system and is an effective remedy for anxiety, depression, stress, nervous tension, and insomnia. Oat straw is known to be particularly beneficial for the endocrine system and for supporting and balancing the adrenal glands. 

It has also been shown to aid cognitive abilities and sharpen memory, focus, and concentration skills as well as help reduce brain fog. Oat straw is highly beneficial for strengthening bones, healing breaks & fractures, and preventing osteoporosis. It has also been shown to strengthen teeth, blood vessels, and nerve sheaths making it an important herb for the skeletal, circulatory, and neurological systems. 

Oat straw is also great for easing the effects of a menstrual cycle and for relieving cramps and bloating. It contains diuretic properties which is helpful for reducing inflammation, kidney stones, urinary tract infections, water retention, edema, and lymphatic swelling. Oat straw can also be used topically by adding to bath water or as an ingredient to a cream or salve to help soothe skin ailments such as eczema, acne, bee stings, poison ivy, sun burn, and dry itchy skin. 

It is also helpful for strengthening hair and nails and is often found in beauty products for this effect. Oat straw tea is a delicious way to include this healing herb into your diet. Add 2 teaspoons of dried herb to 1 cup of hot water and allow to steep for 15 minutes or more, sweeten with raw honey if desired. Oat straw can be found online or at your local health food store in tea, capsule, tincture, extract, cream, and salve form.

This item posted: 19-Jun-2015 - Disclaimer

Barley Grass is one of the most nutrient rich foods in nature and has been used since ancient times for medicinal and healing purposes. Barley grass JUICE powder (not to be confused with barley grass powder) is one of the best ways to consume this food as it concentrates the nutritional properties and is the easiest way for the body to digest, assimilate, and utilize its nutrients. 

Barley Grass Juice Powder is rich in vitamins A, C, B and minerals iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus. It is also very high in absorbable protein and contains 20 amino acids, including 8 of the essential amino acids that body can’t produce itself. Barley Grass Juice Powder contains the enzymes fatty acid oxidase, cytochrome oxidase, peroxidase, catalase and transhydrogenase which help the decomposition of fats in the body proceed smoothly, helping to balance body weight. 

It is also especially high in chlorophyll, which helps to inhibit the growth of disease bacteria, along with balancing the PH of the body to promote excellent health and immunity. Barley Grass Juice powder has been shown to strengthen the immune system, alkalinize the body, increase energy, aid digestion, relieve constipation, and improve health of skin, hair and nails. It has also been credited as helpful for healing arthritis, migraine headaches, asthma, fatigue, gastrointestinal and skin issues, cancer, and diabetes. 

Barley Grass Juice Powder is also excellent for assisting circulation of the lymph system by nourishing and oxygenating the vascular system and healing and soothing mucous membranes. Barley Grass Juice Powder comes from the tender young grass grown from barley seed, harvested when it’s at the peak of its chlorophyll, protein and vitamin concentration, before the grass produces any grain. 

Therefore, Barley Grass Juice Powder is Gluten-Free and is fine for anyone with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Barley Grass Juice Powder can be mixed in water, juice, or added to a smoothie.

This item posted: 18-Jun-2015 - Disclaimer

Skullcap

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.

This item posted: 17-Jun-2015 - Disclaimer

Chia Seeds

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.

This item posted: 16-Jun-2015 - Disclaimer

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