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Nutmeg is a fragrant medicinal spice that has been used therapeutically for thousands of years. Nutmeg is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, folate, riboflavin, and beta carotene. It also is an excellent source of minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, and magnesium. Nutmeg contains anti-depressant, anti-fungal, and digestive properties that are highly beneficial for the neurological, cognitive, immune, and digestive systems.
Nutmeg is commonly used for abdomen pain, liver and spleen disorders, gas, diarrhea, and general weakness. A pinch of fresh ground nutmeg in a teaspoon or two of raw honey is a wonderful natural remedy for nausea, indigestion, and gastritis. It is also great for kidney infections and for helping to dissolve kidney stones.
Nutmeg oil contains several health promoting compounds including myrsiticin, safrole, and eugnol. It is known to be good for supporting the adrenal glands and can help support the nervous system to overcome neuralgia, chronic fatigue, exhaustion, and frigidity. Nutmeg oil is also used topically for toothache relief and to support circulation thereby aiding muscles, joints, arthritis, rheumatism, and gout.
Nutmeg oil is also known to be an effective remedy for menstrual cramps and can be massaged over the abdomen during times of pain and discomfort. Nutmeg powder is a wonderful addition to smoothies, teas, soups, and stews. Consider purchasing whole nutmeg kernels and grating them fresh for a nutritional and medicinally superior powder. Nutmeg can be found in the spice section of your local grocery and health food store.
Broccoli is a nutrient rich vegetable that has several proven health benefits. It is very high in vitamins, minerals, and phyto-nutrients such as vitamins A, C, K, & B-complex, calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, & iron, and beta carotene. Broccoli is packed with anti-cancer compounds such as sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol, which are known to help prevent stomach, colon, liver, breast, skin, and prostate cancers.
It also has the ability to fight against H.Pylori bacteria that can cause a great amount of discomfort in the digestive tract. Broccoli is excellent for strengthening and sharpening cognitive abilities such as memory, focus, and concentrations skills. It is also great for helping to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Broccoli is highly beneficial for the nervous system and is known to ease migraines, hypertension, anxiety, and nervous ticks. It contains natural antihistamine properties and is fantastic for warding off seasonal allergies, watery eyes, sinusitis, sinus infections, colds, flu, and bronchitis. Broccoli is well known for its ability to protect against heart disease and reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, strokes, and heart attacks.
It can also help to lower high blood pressure and maintain good cardiovascular health. Broccoli is also great for building strong muscles and bones as well as for helping to prevent injury or future osteoporosis. It is high in fiber which makes it helpful for regulating blood sugar, preventing constipation, and curbing overeating. Broccoli is known to be excellent for vision and eye health and can significantly reduce the risk of macular generation and the need for cataracts.
It is high in protein and contains more protein per cup, than that of rice, while only having half the calories. Broccoli is most nutritious when eaten raw or steamed and can be easily made into a delicious creamy fat-free soup by adding fully steamed broccoli, carrots, and onions to a blender with a pinch of salt and pepper. Blend until smooth for a nutrient rich and satisfying meal. Steamed potatoes can also be added for a heartier, creamier version, if desired. Broccoli can readily be found at your local supermarket, health food store, and/or farmer’s markets.
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.
Papaya is one of the most nutrient dense and healing fruits on the planet. It is extremely high in beta carotene, vitamins C & A, and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and iron. It is a phenomenal fruit for helping to heal any type of digestive disorder such as constipation, acid reflux, colitis, pancreatitis, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, celiac’s disease, H.pylori, diverticulitis, indigestion, bloating, flatulence, and stomach upset.
Papaya has a soothing, cleansing effect on the digestive tract and gently removes toxic debris while decreasing swelling and inflammation. Its high nutrient value also provides the body with all the essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, protein, and essential fatty acids it needs to rebuild muscles, tissues, bones, and organs.
Papaya contains potent anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties and can provide significant relief for those suffering with joint pain, shingles, chicken pox, arthritis, colds, flu, and autoimmune disorders such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, lyme disease, lupus, and cardiovascular disease.
Papaya is also an excellent food for the convalescing and can help rebuild the body after a long illness or from being bedridden. If consumed regularly, papaya will greatly improve skin, hair, and nails and keep eye’s bright and clear. The black seeds inside the papaya are completely edible and can act as an effective vermicide or worm/parasite remover.
The black seeds are peppery and when eaten with the sweet papaya taste like a spicy-hot cinnamon candy. They can also be sprinkled into smoothies or onto a salad for added health benefits. The seeds are an excellent digestive aid and contain more enzymes than a whole bottle of digestive enzyme capsules, plus the fresh seeds have all the nutrients necessary for almost instant assimilation.
Ripe papaya is delicious with a fresh squeeze of lime and can also be made into a healing and soothing pudding by simply blending the ripe papaya flesh until smooth. There are two major varieties of papayas on the market today: the big football-size Maradol papayas and the small hand-size solo or strawberry papayas. The large Maradol papaya variety contains the most nutrition and healing properties and are NOT GMO.
The smaller varieties are sometimes grown GMO and should be avoided when possible. Maradol papayas are ripe when they yield to gentle pressure. Once fully ripe, they can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Maradol papayas can often be found year-round in supermarkets, health food stores, and speciality produce stores.
Lomatium is a powerful herbal antibiotic that is highly effective for the respiratory ailments such as COPD, pneumonia, tuberculosis, bronchitis, chronic cough, and asthma. It can also significantly improve overall immune function and is a fantastic herbal preventative to use during cold and flu season.
Lomatium contains antiviral properties that have been shown to be a potent treatment for viral illnesses such as influenza, hepatitis, mumps, hiv, shingles, measles, chicken pox, mononucleosis and epstein barr. It also has the ability to help relieve chest pain and upset stomach that frequently accompanies the flu.
Lomatium is also particularly beneficial for urinary tract and bladder infections. It’s strong anti-inflammatory properties are known to decrease swelling in joints and reduce bloating and edema which makes it a great herb for those who have autoimmune disorders and suffer with chronic pain, fatigue, lower back pain, and inflammation.
Lomatium has the ability to make the blood more alkaline which can help to detoxify the body. Topically, lomatium is excellent for disinfecting cuts, scrapes, rashes, and wounds. Lomatium grows in the wild in the south west and was revered by the Native Americans as one of their top herbal antibiotics.
During the 1917 flu pandemic, lomatium root was successfully used by the Native Americans to help keep them healthy and help ward off illness. Lomatium can be found online or at your local health food store in tincture, extract, capsule, tea, and salve form.
Collard greens are an incredibly nutritious and healing green leafy vegetable that contains anti-viral, anti-biotic, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer compounds. They are packed with vitamins A, C & B-complex and minerals such as iron, calcium, selenium, and zinc. They are also exceptionally rich in vitamin K and omega-3 fatty acids which are very important for neurological disorders especially those affecting the brain.
Collard greens are also a phenomenal source of folate which is an essential nutrient for woman of child bearing age as well as for overall cardiovascular health. They are particularly beneficial for hemorrhoids, constipation, high blood pressure, age related macular degeneration, chronic infections, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and weight loss.
Due to their anti-inflammatory properties, collard greens are also an ideal food for those suffering with autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, cardiomyopathy, lyme disease, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Collard greens are also known to be very helpful in the prevention of stomach, colon, breast, ovarian, cervical, lung, skin, liver, and prostate cancers and can help to significantly lower cholesterol.
They are an excellent detoxifying food that helps to purify the liver and move it out of stagnancy. Collard greens can be juiced or used raw finely chopped in salads. They are also excellent steamed or added to soups or stews. Collard greens can be used as a wrap with delicious fillings inside and can be eaten raw or lightly steamed. Collard greens are a nutrient rich vegetable that can be found in the produce section of your local supermarket or health food store.
Onions have an amazing array of medicinal benefits and are high in vitamin C, folate, biotin, chromium, and calcium. Onions are the richest food source of quercitin which is a potent antioxidant that has been shown to lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and triglycerides as well as help to prevent blood clots, asthma, sinus infections, bronchitis, atherosclerosis, and diabetes. They also contain powerful anti-cancer properties which have been found to help slow and reverse tumor growth within the body.
Onions are particularly beneficial for stomach, colon, prostate, breast, lung, bladder, and ovarian cancer. They contain valuable sulfur compounds that are known to significantly strengthen the immune system, brain, and nervous system. These sulfur compounds also act as a heavy metal detoxifier and can help to safely remove mercury, cadmium, arsenic, and lead from the body. Onions can help to treat colds, coughs, bacterial infections, angina, and bronchial spasms.
They can also help to stabilize blood sugar levels and provide relief to the liver when processing glucose and insulin. Onions have powerful antibacterial properties and have been shown to be able to destroy many disease causing pathogens such as E.coli and salmonella. They also act as a natural diuretic and help reduce bloating, water retention, and edema.
Onions can help purify the digestive tract and help to stop putrefactive and fermentation processes in the gastrointentinal tract. They are also known to help regrow hair as well as add volume and shine. Onions that are eaten raw provide the most nutritional benefits and are a delicious addition to salads, sandwiches, and wraps. Onions are also excellent steamed and added to soups and stews.
Consider making a simple vegetable soup with onions, garlic, ginger, carrots, celery, mushrooms, and potatoes. It is a healing and soothing meal that can provide signifiant health benefits and provide cellular rejuvenation, especially when feeling run down or worn out. Onions come in a wide range of varieties including red, yellow, white, and sweet. Using onions in your daily meals will help to boost your immune system and keep you healthy and strong.
Nasturtiums are an edible and medicinal flower and herb that are high in vitamin C and have potent anti-viral and antibiotic properties. They have the ability to help build strong blood by promoting the formation of blood cells. Nasturtium leaves are known to be an effective remedy for bladder, kidney, and urinary tract infections. They also are highly beneficial for nervous depression, constipation, indigestion, sore throats, sinus infections, and eye and skin health.
Nasturtium also works as an expectorant and can help break up congestion in the respiratory passages during colds, flu, and bronchial infections. Nasturtium is high in sulfur and is especially good at helping to increase energy and prevent brain fog. The flowers and leaves are also known to stimulate the tiny capillaries of the scalp making it a great hair-growth supplement.
Nasturtium leaves have a peppery taste similar to that of arugula. They can be juiced, chopped and added to salads, or steamed like spinach. The brilliant flowers make a beautiful addition to salads, wraps, smoothies, and soups. Nasturtium leaves and flowers also make a delicious medicinal tea. Fresh or dried leaves can be added to hot water and allowed to steep for at least 20 minutes, sweeten with raw honey if desired.
Crushed leaves and flowers can also work as a natural topical antibiotic for cuts, scrapes, blisters, or wounds. Simply crush the flowers and leaves in a little bit of coconut or olive oil and place on skin. Wrap lightly with gauze to secure and change twice a day for best results. Nasturtiums are easy to grow straight from seed indoors or out and are a simple, but effective way to include this healing flower and herb into your diet.
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