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Marshmallow root has been traditionally used as an expectorant and cough remedy for thousands of years. It is rich in vitamins A, C, & B-complex as well as minerals such as selenium, zinc, copper, and iron. Marshmallow root contains a compound called mucilate which provides a protective barrier in the digestive and respiratory tract which helps to heal and repair irritation and mucus.
Marshmallow root has been known to be an effective remedy for bronchitis, pertussis, respiratory infections, canker sores, laryngitis, strep throat, and sore throats. It is also highly beneficial for indigestion, gastritis, peptic ulcers, colitis, hiatus hernias, diarrhea, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, bladder infections, and GERD.
Marshmallow root has also been used to aid weight loss as it is known to curb the appetite and function as a natural diuretic which helps to remove bloating and water retention from the body. Topically marshmallow root has anti-bacterial properties that are helpful in treating cuts, scrapes, pinkeye, boils, shingles, abscesses, psoriasis, and eczema. It also works great as a mouthwash for swollen gums and infections and it can also be very helpful in relieving gum pain in teething infants.
Marshmallow root tea is a wonderful way to receive its health benefits. Simply simmer 4 teaspoons of dried root with 2 cups of water for 30 minutes. Allow to cool, strain, sweeten with raw honey if desired, and sip throughout the day. Marshmallow root can be found in tea, extract, syrups, tincture, capsule, and cream form at your local health food store.
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.
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.
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. Fresh or dried rosemary can also 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.
Amla berry, also known as Indian Gooseberry, is an amazing fruit that contains a phenomenal amount of vitamin C and antioxidants such as ellagic acid and quercetin. It is also high in vitamins A & B-complex and minerals such as iron, calcium, chromium, and phosphorus. Amla can significantly boost the immune system and protect the body from chronic illness and disease. It is particularly beneficial for urinary tract infections, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, and blood disorders.
It also contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties making it essential for autoimmune disorders such as arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, cardiomyopathy, lupus, fibromyalgia, and bursitis. Amla also contains potent anti-mutagenic and anti-proliferative properties which can be vital in the prevention of cancer. It is also very good at alkalinizing the stomach and removing acidosis and is known to enhance food absorption and regulate elimination making it an excellent digestive aid.
Amla has been shown to help increase energy and vitality, improve muscle tone, strengthen vision, remove toxins, and enhance fertility. It is also an effective remedy for hot flashes and fever as it has a natural cooling effect on the body and can help to regulate body temperature and fluctuations. Alma has wonderful anti-aging properties and can help to rejuvenate the organs, cells, and tissues and promote good health and longevity.
Amla is well known for its abilities to help re-grow hair, nourish the roots, and deepen color and shine. Amla fruit and oil is often found in hair tonics for its healing properties. Amla can be found in powder, tincture, capsule, juice, oil, extract, and cream form at your local health food store.
Wild cherry bark is a medicinal herb derived from the black cherry tree that has been used for hundreds of years due to its antiviral, antibacterial, and anticancer properties. It is rich in minerals such as zinc, iron, calcium, and magnesium and phytochemicals such as quercetin and kaempferol. Wild cherry bark also contains vasorelaxant, expectorant, and decongestant properties and can significantly help to remove mucus from the lungs and increase lymphatic system function.
This is why wild cherry bark is a common ingredient found in cough syrups and is an effective remedy for respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, laryngitis, asthma, pertussis, colds, flu, and chronic lung congestion. Wild cherry bark is also an excellent digestive remedy and is known to help soothe digestive ailments such as gastritis, diarrhea, colitis, flatulence, constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Wild cherry bark is also often used as a mild sedative to relax muscle spasms, reduce hypertension, ease cramping, and provide for a more restful night’s sleep. Wild cherry has been shown to help slow down cancer cell growth through its ability to help “switch off” cancer cells ability to duplicate and grow particularly in the colon area.
Topically, wild cherry bark is beneficial as an eyewash for inflamed, puffy eyes and or as a cream to help soothe skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, and rashes. Wild cherry bark tea can be made by simmering 2 teaspoons of dried bark in 2 cups of water for at least 30 minutes. Allow to cool, strain and sweeten with raw honey if desired. Wild cherry bark can be found in extract, syrup, tincture, tea, capsule, or cream form online or at your local health food store.
Mamey is a sweet, creamy fruit that grows in Florida, Texas, California, Hawaii, Mexico, and South America. It is exceptionally rich in fiber, antioxidants, and beta carotene and is high in vitamins C, A, & B and minerals such as copper, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron. Mamey contains antiseptic properties and is often recommended to help calm the nervous system, soothe an upset stomach, and alleviate headaches.
Mamey has been found to reduce the risk of colon cancer, improve immune function, and help to protect against heart disease and osteoporosis. It is also excellent for helping to alleviate hypertension and the symptoms of cardiovascular disease. Mamey is a great food for eye and skin health and can help to prevent age related macular degeneration, cataracts, and skin cancer. It is a wonderful food to help rebuild and nourish the body after a long illness as it is easy to digest and rich with healing properties.
Mamey fruit can range from a softball size to a football size and are ripe when soft all the way around. They have a rough brown exterior but a deep orangey red flesh that is decadently sweet and satisfying. Mamey fruit is completely fat-free, cholesterol-free, and sodium free and makes an excellent addition to smoothies, puddings, pies, fruit salads, and ice creams.
It is often said that mamey tastes just like pumpkin pie in terms of its flavor and texture. When in season, mamey can be found in the tropical fruit section of most supermarkets, as well as in speciality caribbean and mexican food stores. They can also be found online and through mail order or at farmer’s markets in southern Florida, Texas, California & Hawaii. Mamey is a fruit treasure with wonderful health properties that should not be missed.
Brazil nuts are an excellent source of complete protein and omega-6 fatty acids as well as vitamins E & B-complex and minerals such as selenium, zinc, and manganese. They are a gluten-free food and are often used as alternative to wheat for those who suffer with celiac disease. Brazil nuts are known to help lower LDL “bad cholesterol” and increase HDL “good” cholesterol in the blood which can help to reduce the risk of strokes and heart disease.
They are also the highest natural source of selenium which makes it an ideal food for strengthening the immune system and helping to reduce the risk of breast, esophageal, liver, stomach, prostate, and colon cancers. Selenium is also vital for thyroid gland function and for helping to prevent blood clotting and coronary artery disease. Brazil nuts are the perfect food for athletes and those looking to increase strength and endurance. They are also good for neurological and cognitive health as they can help to improve memory and nerve function.
Brazil nuts are crunchy and sweet and are a concentrated source of nutrition and energy. In fact, only 2-4 nuts a day are needed to obtain all their complete nutritional and health benefits. Consider chopping them up and sprinkling over a salad with a squeeze of fresh lemon and fresh herbs or adding a few to a smoothie or trail mix.
Brazil nut oil has been used for thousands of years as a therapeutic remedy for skin problems such as dry cracked skin, calluses, rashes, burns, bruises, eczema, and psoriasis. Brazil nut oil is also often used as a carrier or base oil for aromatherapy and massage therapy applications. Brazil nuts can be found online or at your local health food store.
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