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Periwinkle

Periwinkle is a medicinal flower and herb that has been used for thousands of years due to its antibiotic, antibacterial, analgesic, and hypotensive properties. Periwinkle contains an alkaloid known as vincamine which is known to be highly beneficial for tinnitus (ringing in the ear), presbyacusis (hearing loss due to aging), vertigo, headaches, glaucoma, and strokes. 

Periwinkle also has vasodilating, blood thinning, and memory-enhancing abilities which makes it excellent for dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and short-term memory loss. It also contains potent anti-cancer compounds and is often used for leukemia, neuroblastoma, lymphomas, Hodgkin’s disease, Kaposi’s sarcoma, and Wilm’s tumor. 

Periwinkle has anti-inflammatory properties and is a great natural remedy for rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, and atherosclerosis. Periwinkle tea is wonderful for easing anxiety/nervousness, reducing heavy menstruation, improving memory, and for reducing blood pressure. 

To make the tea, simply add 2 teaspoons of fresh or dried herb to 2 cups of hot water and allow to steep for 15 minutes or more, sweeten with raw honey if desired. Topically, periwinkle can help disinfect and stop the bleeding in wounds. Simply crush fresh periwinkle leaves (or soak dried herb in a small amount of water for 30 minutes) and apply directly to the affected area and wrap with a clean bandage. 

It also is highly effective as a mouthwash for canker sores and bleeding gums. Periwinkle herb can be found in tea, tincture, extract, and salve form online or at your local health food store.

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Nettle Leaf

Nettle leaves are a powerful herbal medicine that grow abundantly in the wild. They are rich in chlorophyll and minerals such as iron, chromium, zinc, copper, magnesium, silicon, cobalt, and calcium. Nettles are also high in vitamins A, E, D, C, & K. Nettle tea is a strong immune booster and has the ability to neutralize toxic antigens in the body. 

Nettles also contain a potent anti-inflammatory agent which help to curb the action of cytokines, one of the key components to inflammation in the body. Nettle leaves are also very helpful in preventing chronic headaches, sore throats, sinus infections, and fatigue and are beneficial for diabetics as it is known to lower blood sugar levels. 

Nettles are known to help relief bronchial ailments such as chronic coughing, chest congestion, COPD, and TB. Nettles are also powerful enough to help to eliminate viral and bacterial infections and aid in removing excess fluids in the body by acting as a natural diuretic. Nettle leaf can provide relief for digestive issues such as nausea, flatulence, acid reflux, and colitis. 

Nettle tea supports the endocrine system including the spleen, thyroid, and pancreas. It is also beneficial in boosting liver and heart health and helps to prevent urinary tract infections as well as bladder and kidney stones. Nettle tea can also help stop frequent nighttime urination, which may be beneficial for those who need to sleep soundly without interruption. 

As a mouth rinse, cooled nettle tea is excellent for gingivitis and can help prevent plaque buildup on the teeth. Fresh wild nettle can be found growing as weeds in garden beds, in empty lots, and meadows & fields and can be juiced, steeped as a tea, or steamed like spinach. Nettle can also be found in tea, capsule, tincture, cream, salve form online or at your local health food store. 

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Romaine

Romaine lettuce is a fantastic leafy green that contains all 8 of the essential amino acids. It is also high in omega-3, calcium, and iron and has more vitamin C than an orange. Romaine is rich in beta carotene, folate, and vitamins E & K. The beta carotene and folate in romaine lettuce can reduce the risk of heart attacks and stroke, while the vitamins E & K can help balance blood sugar, strengthen muscles and bones, and build a healthy immune system. 

It can also help to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol and its high silicon content helps to repair and renew joints, bones, arteries, and connective tissues. Romaine is also unique in that it contains very low levels of oxalic acid making it an ideal leafy green for those who are prone to kidney stones and/or joint pain. 

Its antispasmodic properties aid the cardiovascular system and the digestive tract. Romaine lettuce contains sedative compounds that relax the nerves and calm the body. It can help prevent nightmares and provide support for a good nights sleep. Romaine is an excellent addition to smoothies. Blend a head of romaine with two oranges, this has more calcium than a glass of milk. 

Or make a smoothie with bananas, blueberries, romaine, and a little coconut water for a protein & antioxidant energy boost. For salads, chopped romaine makes an excellent crunchy base for all of your fixings. Or try stuffing whole leaves with guacamole, salsa, and sprouts and eat like a taco.

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Cayenne

Cayenne pepper is a fantastic medicinal and therapeutic spice that can provide pain relief from ailments such as migraines, nausea, sore throats, sinus infections, heartburn, hemorrhoids, stomachaches, toothaches, and nerve, joint and muscle pain. Cayenne is high in vitamin C & beta carotene making it an excellent remedy for colds, flu, bronchitis, and any viral conditions. 

It also has the amazing ability to boost circulation and increase cardiovascular ability while at the same time regulating blood pressure making it a great choice for maintaining heart health. Cayenne also helps the body to create hydrochloric acid in the stomach and when taken with meals, it can actually help to rebuild stomach tissue and stimulate the peristaltic motion of the intestines which is essential for proper digestion and assimilation. 

Cayenne has the ability to destroy worms and parasites in the gut as well as protect against dysentery making it a vital resource when traveling abroad. Cayenne is a great metabolic-booster, aiding the body’s ability to burn excess amounts of fats and it is a powerful anti-inflammatory to help decrease bloating and swelling. 

It is can also help to alleviate depression and uplift the spirit. Cayenne cream provides pain relief for neuropathy which is most commonly experienced by those who have had shingles, arthritis, diabetes, fibromyalgia, or surgery. Cayenne cream is also excellent for psoriasis and other itchy skin conditions. 

Used as a spice to add zest and flavor to your food, taken in capsule form as a supplement, or applied as a topical cream, Cayenne has a myriad of uses and benefits that make it a top choice for home remedies and prevention.

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Cucumbers

Cucumbers are a highly alkalinizing and hydrating food that are rich in nutrients such as vitamins A, C, K, magnesium, silicon, and potassium. Cucumbers are also packed with antioxidants and enzymes such as erepsin which helps to digest proteins and destroy parasites and tapeworms. 

The high chlorophyll and lignan content in the cucumber skin makes it a great anti-cancer food and can be particularly helpful in reducing the risk of estrogen related cancers such as breast, uterus, prostate, and ovarian cancer. The high fiber content of cucumbers makes it an excellent remedy for constipation by adding bulk and hydration directly to the colon. 

Cucumbers are also one of the best natural diuretics around, aiding in the excretion of wastes through the kidneys and helping to dissolve uric acid accumulations such as kidney and bladder stones. They have wonderful anti-inflammatory benefits which can significantly benefit autoimmune and neurological disorders. It can also help to diminish swelling and puffiness underneath the eyes when applied externally.

Cucumbers also benefit teeth and gums as the fiber and nutrients help to massage the gums and remove bad bacteria from the teeth. Their high silica content promotes strong and healthy hair and nails which has earned them the reputation for centuries as being a “beautifying” food. Fresh cucumber juice has the ability to cleanse and detox the entire body as well as help to alleviate digestive problems such as gastritis, acidity, heartburn, indigestion, and ulcers. 

It is also an ideal way to properly hydrate the body since it is contains beneficial electrolytes that have the ability to bring nutrients and hydration deep into the cells and tissues making it far more effective than water alone. Fresh cucumber juice is also an excellent remedy for bringing down a fever in children and the convalescent. 8-16oz fresh cucumber juice can rehydrate the body quickly and efficiently.

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Calendula

Calendula is a medicinal flower that has several health benefits. Taken internally as a tea, tincture, or extract, calendula is highly beneficial and soothing for ulcers, indigestion, colitis, heartburn, gall-bladder problems, liver problems, menstrual cramps, and chronic inflammation. Calendula’s antiviral properties also makes it a great support for the immune system and lymphatic system. 

Calendula extracts even have anti-cancer properties and have been known to benefit leukemia, breast, prostate, cervix, lung, pancreas, and colon cancer. Topically, calendula can be applied as a cream, salve, lotion, or oil and works wonders for skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis (find out the true unknown cause of these conditions and how to heal in Liver Rescue), boils, shingles, athlete’s foot, sunburn, chickenpox, measles, bee stings, diaper rash, yeast infections, warts, and acne. 

It is also a good eye wash for conjunctivitis and dry itchy eyes. A few drops of calendula oil can be applied directly into the ear to help ease the pain of an earache. The carotenoids contained in calendula reduce the signs of aging by decreasing the appearance of wrinkles and provide moisture and tone to the skin. 

On a cellular level, calendula also has the ability to help heal the after-effects of radioactive exposure, such as chemotherapy. As an anti-microbial, calendula is effective against ringworm and scabies. Calendula cream is also good to use for broken bones, sprains, bruises, and varicose veins as it will help to decrease swelling in bodily tissues. 

Calendula tinctures, capsules, tea & creams can be found online or at your local health food store, but these brightly colored flowers can also be easily grown at home too. Use the fresh petals as a beautiful addition to your salad or dry the flowers and use as a delicious tea that you can enjoy anytime.

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Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds are a high energy food that help to provide optimum health and wellness. They are an excellent source of high quality protein which is most beneficial for growth, especially in children. Sesame seeds are also high in minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, and selenium. In fact, did you know that just a 1/4 cup of sesame seeds provides MORE calcium than 1 cup of milk? 

And calcium is not only vital to bone strength, it is also known to help ease the affects of migraines, aid in weight loss, and provide relief from PMS. The copper in sesame seeds offers anti-inflammatory benefits which can help to relieve swelling in auto-immune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. 

Sesame seeds are rich in Vitamin E, Folate and B-complex vitamins such as niacin which enhances GABA activity in the brain, reduces anxiety, and provides for a better night’s sleep. They also contain a special element called “sesame-lignin”, a potent antioxidant, which is an active free-radical scavenger that can also aid in lowering cholesterol and preventing high blood pressure. 

Sesame seeds have the unique ability to nourish the nervous system, strengthen hormone production, support the cardiovascular system, benefit the digestive system, and reduce fatigue. The high Vitamin E content in sesame seeds has been highly prized as an ancient beauty treatment for healthy skin, hair, and nails. 

Sesame seeds can be sprinkled on salads, vegetables or rice, mixed with dates or honey, or used as a delicious spread known as tahini. Tahini (sesame butter) is creamy, rich, and satisfying and can be used as a savory base to salad dressings, dips, sauces or hummus, or used as a sweet treat when mixed with honey and nuts.

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Mache

Mache is an exceptionally nutritious salad green that is soft, buttery, creamy, and nutty. This delicious flavor profile is due to its high omega-3 content making it one of the most enjoyable and healthy green leafy vegetables available today. 

Plant based omega-3’s, like those found in mache, are easily assimilated and allow the body to immediately utilize the nutrition and put it to good use by lowering triglycerides, improving HDL, reducing inflammation, maintaining healthy cognitive function, and reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, and digestive disorders. 

Mache has 30% more iron than spinach and is also packed with folate which helps to alleviate the effects of depression, fatigue, and stress. Once a rare speciality green, mache is now found in most major supermarkets in the packaged salad section of the produce department. It is a wonderful base for your salads or can be eaten as a tasty snack straight from the bag.

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Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe is an amazing fruit that has over 19 vitamins and minerals that help to boost the immune system, detoxify the organs, and deeply hydrate and alkalinize the body. Since cantaloupe is a pre-digested food, meaning it does not require any digestion in the stomach and can pass straight through to the intestines for assimilation, it is best eaten on an empty stomach alone for breakfast. 

The high vitamin C content in cantaloupes is critical for immune system support and to fight bacterial and viral infections. Cantaloupe is also excellent for helping to relieve nerves and calm anxieties. It is known to keep the heartbeat normal and regulated while under stress as well as keep muscles relaxed and free from cramps and hypertension. 

The rich vitamin A and beta carotene content in cantaloupe helps to lower the risk of cataracts and aids in maintaing healthy eyesight. Cantaloupe also aids the body in excreting excess sodium which helps to reduce water retention and bloating. After purchasing a cantaloupe, let it sit on your counter until it emits a light floral scent and yields to gentle pressure. Cantaloupe is a sweet and delicious fruit that is a wonderful way to start your morning and nourish your body and soul.

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Aloe Vera

Aloe vera leaf is a miraculous healing food that is one of the oldest healing remedies and natural antibiotics in the world. Taken internally, aloe works wonders for assimilation, circulation, and elimination. It is known to purify the blood, reduce inflammation, ease arthritis pain, prevent kidney stones, lower high cholesterol, prevent Candida, boost physical endurance, benefit cardiovascular health, and protect the body from oxidative stress. 

It also soothes ulcers, hemorrhoids, gastritis, diverticulitis, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and other digestive disorders. Aloe provides recovery from fatigue and aids in muscle function as well as optimal utilization of several vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. It’s alkaline nature, helps to soothe acidosis and alkalinize the whole body. 

Aloe’s clear gel can be applied externally to soothe and relieve pain from sun burn, rashes, bug bites, scratches, and wounds as well as deeply hydrate the skin to prevent wrinkles and aging. It can also be massaged into the hair and scalp to stimulate hair growth and can be used as a toothpaste or mouthwash to keep the mouth healthy, clean, and free from plaque producing bacteria. 

For best results, purchase whole Aloe leaves in the produce section of the grocery store. Cut a 2 inch piece off the leaf and scoop out the clear gel inside. This gel can be blended in water, juice, or smoothies to be taken internally or used externally and applied directly to the skin for quick relief and healing.

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