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This watermelon refresher is an amazingly hydrating and rejuvenating drink that can provide much needed electrolytes and minerals to your body, especially on a hot summer’s day. This drink is perfect for entertaining with family and friends and for enjoying summer fun together.

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. 

Watermelon Refresher

Ingredients:
4 cups cold watermelon
1/4 cup fresh mint
juice from 1-2 limes

*tip if you don't have fresh mint growing in your garden, it can also be found at most supermarkets in the produce section

Preparation:
Add all ingredients to a blender or vitamix and blend on high for 1 minute. Strain juice and serve! For added fun use a cookie cutter to press stars our of the leftover watermelon and place on the side of your glass! Drink and Enjoy!

This item posted: 29-Jun-2015 - Disclaimer

Sarsaparilla

Sarsaparilla is a medicinal herb that is known to be an excellent detoxifier and blood purifier. Sarsaparilla is rich in vitamins A, C, D, and B-complex as well as minerals such as chromium, cobalt, zinc, and silicon. It also contains anti-microbial compounds such as falcarinol and panaxydol which makes it great for helping to protect the body from bacteria, viral, and fungal infections. 

Sarsaparilla is often used as a diuretic and as has a strong affinity for helping the kidneys flush toxic material out of the body. It is also known to be a good sweat inducer and fever reducer which can come in handy during cold and flu season. Sarsaparilla contains potent anti-cancer compounds and has been shown to be particularly helpful for liver, breast, and lung cancer. 

It is also known to be beneficial for diabetes, cold sores, shingles, genital herpes, dermatitis, and seizures. Sarsaparilla also contains anti-inflammatory properties and is effective for autoimmune disorders such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, and irritable bowel syndrome. It has also shown to be very good at reducing psoriasis symptoms due to the fact that the saponins in sarsaparilla help to clear endotoxins from the bloodstream that cause the painful and itchy skin patches. 

Sarsaparilla was traditionally used as an original ingredient in old-fashioned root beer for its flavor and medicinal benefits, but it also makes a wonderful tea and can be made by adding 2 teaspoons of dried root to 2 cups of water and simmered for at least 30 minutes. Allow to cool, strain and sweeten with raw honey if desired. Sarsaparilla can be found online in tea, capsule, extract, or cream form

This item posted: 12-Jun-2015 - Disclaimer

All fruits have incredible healing and energizing properties, but wild blueberries are the most phenomenal of them all.

Wild blueberries are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. These sweet and satisfying berries are excellent liver and blood cleansers, and are vital to the health of eyes and the digestive tract.

Wild blueberries also have the ability to repair tissues and cells and keep the immune system strong. They are a powerhouse food not to be missed!

Today's recipe gives you a fun, easy and delicious way to get wild blueberries into your diet. They are such powerful healers that including them daily is ideal, or as much as possible.

Wild Blueberry Bowl

Ingredients:
1.5 cups of frozen wild blueberries
1 mango
1 banana
1/4 cup of water
Topping options: sliced banana, strawberries, raspberries, shredded coconut, chopped walnuts, cinnamon or granola
Where possible, it is always best to buy these foods organic for ultimate health benefits.

Directions:

Place the frozen wild blueberries, mango, banana and water in your blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. If it's not blending well, you can add a little more water to get your blender moving. But be careful not to thin it out too much.

Transfer the mixture into a bowl and add the toppings. Eat with glee! :)

This item posted: 02-Jun-2015 - Disclaimer

Linden flower tea has been used for centuries to help reduce anxiety, soothe the nerves, and alleviate stress related ailments such as irregular heartbeats, indigestion, hypertension, and headaches. Linden flowers also have calming and sedative properties that can help prevent insomnia and produce a restful night’s sleep. 

Linden flowers have diaphoretic and fever reducing properties which makes it an excellent remedy for colds, flu, and respiratory infections. It also works very well for chronic bronchial issues such as asthma, emphysema, and COPD. Linden flowers are also effective for digestive issues such as gastritis, dyspepsia, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, and gall bladder problems. 

Linden tea has been shown to help lower blood pressure and works as a natural diuretic which can help with edema, water retention, bloating, and swelling. It is also excellent for detoxifying and purifying the liver as it contains choleretic properties. Linden tea can be made by placing 2 teaspoons of dried herb into 1 cup of hot water and allowing to steep for at least 20 minutes, sweeten with raw honey if desired. 

Topically, linden flowers are excellent for skin ailments such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, abrasions, rashes, and bruises. They can also be added to bath water for continued healing benefits. Linden flowers can be found in tea, tincture, extract, capsule, and cream form online or at your local health food store.

This item posted: 27-May-2015 - Disclaimer

Fenugreek tea is one of the oldest medicinal tonics and has been used for thousands of years to prevent fevers, soothe stomach disorders, and to treat diabetics. Fenugreek seeds are rich in nutrients such as vitamins A, C, thiamin, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, and selenium. Fenugreek tea can help to relieve lower back pain and reduce inflammation in the body. 

It is also highly beneficial for acid reflux, heartburn, respiratory issues, allergies, ulcers, gastritis, indigestion, and constipation. Fenugreek contains powerful compounds that can bind to toxins in the digestive tract and help to remove them from the body as well as protect the colon from cancer. Fenugreek contains an amino acid called 4-hydroxy- isoleucine which helps to facilitate insulin secretion and has been shown to be very helpful for diabetics who are trying to find natural ways to control their blood sugar levels. 

Fenugreek tea is also very effective at helping to lower cholesterol and can significantly reduce the risk of a heart attack. Fenugreek tea has been shown to significantly increase milk production in lactating women. Fenugreek seeds are often used in culinary dishes and are a main ingredient in curry spice and are delicious in vegetable and lentil dishes. 

The seeds, however, should only be added in small quantities as that have a very strong flavor and taste. Fenugreek seeds can also be sprouted and used as a healthy addition to salads and sandwiches. Fenugreek can also be used topically as an effective treatment for skin problems such as acne, boils, burns, and eczema. Fenugreek seeds are readily available online and in the spice section of your local grocery store. Fenugreek can also be found in capsule, tincture, powdered, extract, and cream form at your local health food store.

This item posted: 08-May-2015 - Disclaimer

Chrysanthemum tea is a remarkable healing drink that is rich in beta carotene, calcium, magnesium, and iron. It contains potent anti-viral and antibacterial properties that make it highly beneficial for healing colds, flu, sore throats, itchy eyes, respiratory and sinus infections, urinary tract infections, and bladder and kidney infections. 

Chrysanthemum tea is also very helpful in easing anxiety, tension, irritation, nervousness, and confusion. It is known to rejuvenate the brain as well as calm down the nervous system, leaving you alert and grounded. It is also good for blocked arteries, varicose veins, atherosclerosis, stabilizing blood pressure, and for preventing coronary artery disease. 

Chrysanthemum tea has a cooling effect on the body and can help to bring down fevers, heat rash, and heat stroke. Chrysanthemum tea can help to ease headaches, nerve pain, and toothaches. It also aids in digestion of heavy or rich meals and is an effective liver detoxifier. To make this healing and refreshing tea, use 1-2 tsp of dried flower tops to 1 cups of boiling water and let steep for at least 20 minutes, strain and sweeten with raw honey if desired. 

The dry flowers can also be soaked in water and used topically as a natural treatment for acne, eczema, psoriasis, or dry, itchy skin. Dried Chrysanthemum flowers can be found online or at your local health food store.

This item posted: 27-Apr-2015 - Disclaimer

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.

This item posted: 05-Mar-2015 - Disclaimer

Chamomile tea is most commonly known as a sleep aid and its ability to promote a full and restful night’s sleep which is especially beneficial for those who suffer with insomnia, sleep disturbances, racing mind, or high anxiety and stress. However, chamomile tea also has other significant healing properties such as the ability to soothe a disturbed digestive system by easing flatulence, stomach aches, ulcers, and cramping and by assisting in overall digestion and elimination. 

It is also known to help relieve bronchial and sinus congestion, calm anxiety and panic attacks, decrease menstrual cramping, ease muscle spasms, and reduce migraine pain. Chamomile tea’s anti-inflammatory properties makes it beneficial for helping to reduce swelling associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other auto-immune diseases. Chamomile tea benefits the liver and kidneys by stimulating them to purge out any toxins and cleanse them from the system. 

It also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties making it especially beneficial in fighting against colds, flus, infections, and even Candida. Chamomile tea is an excellent remedy for children as it can calm colicky infants and teething babies as well as soothe children that are irritable, cranky, and restless. Its mild flavor is often accepted and enjoyed by children especially when sweetened with a touch of honey. As a topical remedy, cooled chamomile tea can be applied to the skin to help soothe rashes, chickenpox, psoriasis, eczema, and burns including sunburns and even radiation burns. 

Chamomile tea can also help to relieve eye fatigue and dark circles. Simply apply a cooled tea bag to the eyes for five minutes at night as a gentle and effective compress. Chamomile and peppermint tea are often used in combination due to their synergistic properties to help the body cleanse, relax, and heal. {Even though the healing qualities of chamomile are loved by many, chamomile should be avoided by pregnant woman as the herb may act as a uterine stimulant and by those that have severe allergic reactions to ragweed pollen.}

This item posted: 05-Mar-2015 - Disclaimer

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