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Star Anise

Star anise is a powerful culinary and medicinal spice that has been used for thousands of years and is rich in vitamin C, calcium and iron. It contains potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties and is particularly good for treating the flu. In fact, star anise contains a compound called shikimic acid which is used to make the common anti-viral drug Tamiflu. 

Star anise is known to effectively remove mucus and congestion from the body due to its strong expectorant properties. It is also commonly used as a digestive aid and can help to relieve gas, constipation, cramping, bloating, heartburn, and indigestion. Star anise is highly beneficial in the treatment of asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism, back pain, shingles, herpes, halitosis, and sinus infections. 

It also has sedative properties and is helpful to take before bed to ensure a good night’s sleep. Star anise is known to support the health of the female reproductive system and is often used by lactating mothers to increase the flow of breast milk. Star anise has a flavor similar to that of licorice and cloves and is often used as a flavor enhancer to both sweet and savory meals including smoothies, deserts, soups, and stews. 

Star anise tea is a wonderful and healing medicinal beverage that can significantly boost the immune system and help ward off any viral or bacterial infection. Star anise oil can be found in creams and lotions as is an excellent topical remedy for insect bites, eczema, psoriasis, acne, scabies, and lice. Star anise can be found in whole, powder, capsule, tea, extract, oil, and cream form online or at your local health food and grocery store.

This item posted: 20-Apr-2015 - Disclaimer

Fennel

Fennel is considered both a vegetable and a herb due to its wide ranging nutritional and healing benefits. Fennel is rich in folate, vitamin C, magnesium, cobalt, iron, and essentials oils that contain powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is excellent for indigestion and is commonly used as a natural antacid in order to help reduce acidity and inflammation in the digestive tract and to facilitate proper absorption and assimilation of nutrients from food. 

Fennel has potent anti-flatulent and carminative properties which means it is able to prevent and stop the formation of gas in the stomach and intestines. It is also known to be highly beneficial for sinus congestion, bronchitis, renal colic, anemia, hypertension, macular degeneration, constipation, bloating, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome. Fennel is used to help protect against both cardiovascular disease and cancer. 

It contains an important anti-inflammatory phytonutrient called anethole that blocks both inflammation and carcinogenesis, which is the mutation of regular cells into cancerous cells. Fennel also has the ability to ease and regulate menstruation by regulating hormonal action properly in the body. Fennel is used amongst nursing women to help stimulate consistent milk flow for their babies. 

It is also known to help strengthen hair, prevent hair loss, relax the body, and sharpen the memory. Fennel seeds can be chewed after a meal to aid in digestion and to remove bad breath. Fennel seeds can also be made into an effective medicinal tea by steeping the seeds in hot water for 10 minutes or more. Fresh fennel juice can be combined with fresh celery, cucumber, and/or apple juice for a healing and medicinal drink. 

Fresh fennel juice can also be used topically to swollen or inflamed eyes to reduce irritation, swelling, and fatigue. Fresh fennel has a crunchy, slightly sweet licorice flavor and is a wonderful addition to fresh salads, smoothies, soups, stir-fry, potatoes, and other vegetable dishes. Fresh fennel and fennel seeds can be generally found at your local supermarket or farmer’s market. Fennel tea, capsules, tincture, and extract can all be found online or at your local health food store.

This item posted: 19-Apr-2015 - Disclaimer

Watermelon

Watermelon is an excellent fruit that effectively hydrates, detoxifies, and cleanses the entire body on a cellular level. It is rich in vitamins A and C as well as lycopene, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin which are excellent for providing protection from lung, mouth, pancreatic, breast, prostate, endometrial, and colon cancer. 

Watermelon is also known to significantly reduce inflammation, help flush out edema, aid in weight loss, and alleviate depression. Watermelon can also boost the immune system as well as strengthen vision. Watermelon is not nearly as high in sugar as most people think as it has half the sugar than an apple. 

Watermelon is loaded with antioxidants that have the ability to neutralize free radical molecules and aid in the prevention of chronic illnesses. The rind of the watermelon is equally beneficial as it is one of the highest organic sodium foods in nature and one of the best sources of chlorophyll and can be juiced for a delicious and healing drink. 

And, if you are lucky enough to get a watermelon with black seeds, even better! Crunch those seeds up too, they have an amazing effect on the nervous system, aiding in relaxing the body and lowering blood pressure and contain helpful amounts of iron, zinc, and protein.

This item posted: 18-Apr-2015 - Disclaimer

California Poppy is a medicinal herb and flower that is rich in vitamins A, C, and E as well as minerals such as calcium and magnesium. California poppy contains sedative properties that make it highly beneficial for relieving anxiety, stress, panic attacks, insomnia, hypertension, colic and bedwetting in children. It is also useful for behavioral disorders such as OCD, Bipolar disorder, Alzheimer’s, ADD, and ADHD. 

California Poppy is good at sharpening cognitive skills such as memory and concentration which makes it a great herb for students and adults alike. California Poppy is known to be a phenomenal natural pain reliever and is a safe alternative to prescription medication. It contains analgesic and antispasmodic properties which is useful in providing relief from acute nerve and muscle related pain. 

California Poppy is also known to help reduce high fever, rapid pulse, and spasmodic coughs. California Poppy contains antimicrobial properties which makes it excellent for applying to cuts, wounds, and skin ailments. California poppy powder can be mixed with coconut oil as a natural treatment for the elimination of head lice. California Poppy tea is wonderful to drink before bed to help prepare the body for a full and restful night’s sleep. 

Add 2 tsp of dried herb to 1 cup of boiling water and let steep for at least 10 minutes, sweeten with raw honey and/or lemon if desired. California Poppy can be found in tea, tincture, extract, capsule, and cream form online or at your local health food store.

This item posted: 17-Apr-2015 - Disclaimer

Lychee

Lychees are a superfruit that are revered around the world for their delicious flavor and their numerous health promoting properties. They are a rich source of vitamin C and B-complex which help to boost the immune system, protect against inflammation, and aid the body in metabolizing carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. 

Lychees contain a compound called oligonol which has powerful anti-viral properties and are highly beneficial for those suffering with colds, flu, fever, swollen glands, or sore throat. Lychees have the reputation of being able to help the most stubborn of coughs and provide significant respiratory relief from congestion and chronic coughs. 

They also contains flavonoids which can help to prevent the growth of cancer cells as well as reduce the size of tumors. Lychees are packed with antioxidants that are known to help reduce weight, improve circulation, and protect the body from aging and disease. Lychees also contain unique compounds that help to eliminate candida. 

They are a good source of copper, iron, zinc, selenium, and potassium which can help to nourish the blood and increase energy levels. Lychees have a rough raspberry colored skin that can be easily peeled off to expose the juicy grape like fruit inside. Inside the juicy flesh is a shiny brown seed that should be discarded. The fruit is sweet and refreshing and is thoroughly enjoyed by children and adults alike. 

Fresh lychees are often found in the supermarket between July-October, but the fruit can also be found anytime of the year in the form of juices, jams, jellies, and sorbet. Dried or frozen lychee can also be found in speciality markets while healing lychee fruit extract can be found in capsule, tincture, tea, and liquid form online or at your local health food store.

This item posted: 16-Apr-2015 - Disclaimer

Dates

Dates are an ideal food for improved energy and brain function. They are a good source of vitamin A & B-complex and they are rich in minerals such as iron, calcium, manganese, copper, and potassium. Dates are known to help build bone and muscle strength and have been used for thousands of years by athletes to improve physical endurance, agility, and stamina. 

Dates contain anti-inflammatory and anti-infective properties which make it an excellent food for those who suffer with chronic infections and auto-immune disorders. They also help to control heart rate and blood pressure which offers protection against strokes and coronary heart diseases. Dates contain an easily digestible fiber that has been found to help prevent colon, prostate, lung, endometrial, breast, and pancreatic cancers.

They are also known to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, relieve constipation, improve anemia, and prevent macular degeneration. There are several varieties of dates including Medjool, Deglet Noor, Zahidi, Honey, Khadrawi, Halawi, and Barhi. Each variety is unique and varies in sweetness, flavor, and texture. For instance, Khadrawi dates are small, very soft, melt-in-your-mouth, and super sweet, while the Deglet Noor dates are firm and chewier with a more rich deep flavor. 

Medjool dates are one of the most popular dates for there king size and delicious meaty flavor. Dates can be eaten out of hand as a quick snack and they also combine particularly well with celery sticks and cucumber slices as a balanced, high energy snack. They can be blended with a little water and turned into a caramel dipping sauce for apple slices that kids love! 

Dates are also delicious when added to smoothies and/or salads. They can also be chopped with walnuts, coconut, ginger or other spices and pressed into homemade energy bars and deserts. Fresh dates can be found online or in the produce section of your local health food store. They can provide a wonderful energy boost and help revitalize the body any time of the day.

This item posted: 14-Apr-2015 - Disclaimer

Green Beans

Green beans are a nutritious vegetable that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients such as vitamins A & C, calcium, iron, manganese, beta-carotene, and protein. Green beans provide signifiant cardiovascular benefits due to their omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid) content. They also contain ant-inflammatory compounds which make them highly beneficial for individuals who suffer with auto-immune disorders such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, COPD, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowl syndrome, chronic sinusitis, bursitis, Raynaud’s syndrome and lupus. 

They are also known to help prevent type 2 diabetes. Green beans are an excellent source of dietary fiber and can aid the digestive tract by promoting regular peristaltic action and aid in the removal toxic, cancer-causing substances in the digestive tract. They contain a wide variety of carotenoids such as lutein and neoxanthin and flavonoids such asquercetin and procyanidins which make them excellent for eye health and for preventing disease

Green beans can be snacked on raw, added to salads or soups, or steamed. Consider trying fresh green beans drizzled with olive oil, seasoned with your favorite spices, and roasted in the oven for 30 minutes for a healthy alternative to french fries. This crispy, savory snack is a great way to get kids and adults to love their vegetables. 

Fresh green beans are readily available at your local supermarket in the produce section. Also, keep a lookout at your local farmer’s markets for heirloom varieties of green beans that contain the ultimate in nutritional and health benefits.

This item posted: 13-Apr-2015 - Disclaimer

Mustard seeds are a medicinal spice that have been used therapeutically for thousands of years. Mustard seeds are rich in antioxidants, phyto-nutrients, and vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, C, K, E, B-complex, calcium, iron, selenium, and zinc. They are also high in essential fatty acids such as omega-3, omega-6, and oleic acid. 

Mustard seeds spicy and pungent flavor are known to stimulate the appetite and can increase salivation by as much as eight times. They help to promote digestion and neutralize toxins which prevents indigestion and bloating. Mustard seeds are highly beneficial for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, speeding up metabolism, reducing the frequency of migraines, and preventing atherosclerosis and cancer. 

Mustard seeds have anti-fungal and anti-septic properties which makes them good for cleansing the digestive tract and detoxifying the body. They are one of the best treatments for skin diseases as its rids the blood of excess impurities and slows the activities of the sebaceous glands which throw off cellular debris. Mustard seed powder works exceptionally well in the bath as it increases the blood flow to the skin and removes toxins from the body.

Mustard oil creates a “warming” sensation on the skin which helps to relieve muscle pain, arthritic pain, and rheumatism. Mustard oil is also known to stimulate hair growth when applied to the scalp and can be used a poultice or hot compresses to help reduce the impact of a sprain or strain to the body. Mustard oil can also be massaged into the chest and sinuses to help loosen up congestion in the lungs and sinuses. In ancient times, mustard seeds were believed to be so powerful and potent that they were strategically placed around the home to help ward off evil spirits.

Mustard seeds can be used whole, ground, or powdered in soups, sandwiches, potato, vegetable, and rice dishes. If you love prepared mustard, consider making it fresh at home by grinding/crushing mustard seeds and mixing with some apple cider vinegar, sea salt, and spices of choice. Raw honey can also be added for additional flavor and health benefits. Mustard seeds, mustard powder, and mustard oil can be found online or at your local health food store.

This item posted: 12-Apr-2015 - Disclaimer

Cleavers

Cleavers is a medicinal wild herb that grows throughout the United States, Britain, Europe, Siberia, and the Himalayas. It is one of the most effective herbs for cleansing the lymphatic system. It is known to help move and dissolve lymphatic congestion, reduce swollen glands, ease upper respiratory congestion, and eliminate mucous from the body. 

Cleavers is also highly beneficial for removing toxic debris out of the blood and can help to tone and strengthen the entire circulatory system. It is also good for alleviating edema, bloating, and water retention. Cleavers is often used to reduce and eliminate lumps in the breast as well as reduce swelling and pain associated with urinary tract infections and cystitis. It is also known to help reduce swelling with enlarged prostates as well. 

Cleavers is excellent for the liver and can help to treat and prevent jaundice and/or any liver disorders. It also work as a tonic for the stomach and is a good remedy for ulcers and hemorrhoids. Cleavers contains anti-tumor compounds and is an effective natural treatment taken both internally and externally to help reduce the effects of cancer. 

Topically, cleavers can be used as a poultice, salve or cream to help reduce swollen lymph nodes and breast tissue as well as for skin irritations, abscesses, boils, burns, eczema, and psoriasis. Cleavers makes an excellent tea and is especially good when one is experiencing heavy mucus and congestion from a cold or flu. 

Use 2 tsp of dried herb to 1 cup of boiling water and let steep for at least 10 minutes, sweeten with raw honey if desired. Cleavers can also be found in tincture, extract, capsule, and cream form online or at your local health food store. It is most effective when used for only 1-2 week increments at a time.

This item posted: 11-Apr-2015 - Disclaimer

Grapefruit

Grapefruits are an exceptional fruit that have very strong anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. They are a great source of vitamin C and bioflavonoids which help to boost the immune system and prevent aging, illness, and disease. Grapefruits are known to help with fevers, fatigue, indigestion, insomnia, diabetes, weight loss, influenza, malaria, urinary tract disorders, constipation, and flatulence. 

They are also an anti-cancer powerhouse and are particularly beneficial for prostate, breast, colon, and throat cancers. Even though grapefruit is thought to be an acidic fruit, it actually has the opposite reaction once inside the body and makes the body more alkaline which is vital for preventing most other diseases. They also have the ability to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides.

Fresh grapefruit contains three special compounds; Salicylic acid, Naringin, and Galacturonic acid. Salicylic acid has proven to be very valuable in helping to remove or dissolve inorganic calcium that may have formed as deposits in the joints such as with arthritis. Naringin is a flavonoid (antioxidant) that has been shown to promote the elimination of old red blood cells from the body and to bring back hematocrit levels to normal. 

Galacturonic acid (found only in grapefruit) has the ability to break up and dislodge fatty plaque buildup in the arteries and remove it completely from the body. Externally, fresh grapefruit is a natural antiseptic and can be used to help disinfect and heal wounds and abrasions. Grapefruit seeds also are a powerful natural medicine. Grapefruit seed extract is extremely effective at killing dozens of bacteria, fungi, yeast, and other harmful organisms. 

Grapefruit seed extract is also known to quickly and effectively help heal sore throats, food poisoning, diarrhea, candida infections, and acne. Grapefruits are packed with electrolytes and water making them the perfect food to help replenish and hydrate the body after exercise. For the most health benefits, consume fresh grapefruits. An inexpensive citrus juicer can provide you with fresh grapefruit juice daily. 

If you find the sweet-tart flavor too intense, water can always be added to dilute the drink and make it a milder juice. Another option is to use a high speed blender such as a Vitamix and blend a whole grapefruit (peel removed) on high for a minute or two. The seeds & white pith (where so many of the health properties are stored) will pulverize into the juice and provide you with an ultimate health drink, perfect for breakfast or anytime of the day.

As healthy and healing as grapefruits may be, caution should be used if you are taking certain prescription drugs. If you are on any medication, make sure to consult with your physician and/or pharmacist before consuming.

This item posted: 10-Apr-2015 - Disclaimer

 

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