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Wild Blueberry Bowl

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:

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! :)

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Cardamom

Cardamom is a wonderful medicinal spice that has similar health properties as those of cinnamon and ginger. It is rich in minerals such as iron, manganese, calcium, and magnesium. It also contains antiseptic, anesthetic, antispasmodic, antiviral, and antioxidant properties. Cardamom is an excellent spice for the respiratory system and works as a natural expectorant in relieving congestion and phlegm from the lungs and sinus passages. 

Cardamom is also great for the digestive system and stimulates the appetite as well as ease gas, nausea, indigestion, and cramping. It also helps to kill off any food borne bacteria in the digestive tract which helps to protect against food poisoning and gastric distress. Cardamom pods contain a compound called limonene which is usually found in citrus peels and is known to dissolve cholesterol containing gallstones, relive heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), and prevent against breast, colon, liver, and stomach cancer. 

Cardamom also contains several compounds that helps to prevent blood clots from forming in the blood stream, making is an important medicinal for those concerned with deep vein thrombosis, lupus, strokes, or pregnancy. It is also a highly beneficial spice for cardiomyopathy, fibromyalgia, vertigo, tinnitus, halitosis, asthma, urinary tract infections, and spasms or convulsions. 

Cardamom works well as a diuretic and can reduce bloating, water retention, swelling, and edema. Cardamom pods can be chewed on in order to relieve tooth and gum pain and prevent infection. Cardamom is often used in sweet and savory dishes and can be prepared as a delicious, warming tea by placing 4 cardamom pods in 2 cups of water and simmer for 30 minutes, sweeten with raw honey if desired. 

Cinnamon, ginger, or cloves can be added to the tea for additional health benefits. Cardamom can be found as whole pods or powdered online or at your local health food or grocery store.

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Grapes

Grapes have been called the “queen of fruits” due to being one of the most nutritious and medicinal foods available since ancient times. Grapes are a rich source of vitamins A, C, and B-complex, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, boron, manganese, iron, selenium and potassium. Grapes contain high amounts of powerful antioxidants known as bioflavonoids, resveratrol, and anthocyanins. 

These phytochemicals are anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-aging, and anti-cancerous and provide protection against anemia, degenerative nerve diseases, heart disease, viral and fungal infections, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune disorders, and all forms of cancer. Grapes can also help provide relief from asthma, migraines, constipation, gastritis, chronic acidosis, indigestion, kidney disorders, fatigue, and vision problems. 

Grapes have the ability to help prevent blood clots due to their ability to increase nitric oxide levels in the blood and therefore provide excellent protection for the heart and cardiovascular system. Grapes also amazingly enough fight tooth decay and can stop viruses in their tracts. Grapes can benefit blood sugar by providing better insulin regulation and overall blood sugar balance. 

The black variety of grapes are by far the most nutritious and if you can find them with seeds, even better! Grape seeds provide phenomenal healing benefits. You can chew the seeds up or place the seeded grapes in a high speed blender or a juicer. It will make a sweet, delicious, and powerful antioxidant drink that is easily digested and assimilated. 

In fact, fresh raw grape juice has been called the “nectar of the gods” due to its high concentration of health promoting properties. And since the skins contain most of the antioxidants and nutrition, you will want to choose organic whenever possible.

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Crimini Mushrooms

Crimini mushrooms, also known as baby portobello mushrooms, are a medicinal powerhouse and contain several unique health promoting compounds. They are a good source of vitamins E, B12, and D and minerals such as zinc, selenium, iron, & calcium. Crimini mushrooms contain potent anti-cancer compounds such as conjugated-linoleic acid (CLA) that are specifically beneficial for breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers due to its ability to prevent high levels of estrogen from circulating within the body. 

They also have powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can effectively regulate inflammation in the heart, joints, organs, and tissues making them especially good for those who suffer with arthritis, heart disease, asthma, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Crimini mushroom’s also contain an antioxidant compound called L-ergothioneine which is known to be incredibly important for cognitive function, eye health, reproductive health, and lung health. 

Crimini mushrooms are also excellent for strengthening the immune system and can significantly lower the risk of colds, flu, ear infections, bronchitis, swollen glands, sore throats, and chronic infections. They have even been shown to slow down or prevent the onset of tumors in the body. Crimini mushrooms also contain tryptophan which effects serotonin levels in the body and is essential to stabilize mood swings and create a balanced sleep pattern. 

Crimini mushroom’s are a delicious and healthy addition to the diet and can be enjoyed raw, steamed, sauteed, or roasted and can be added to salads, soups, and vegetable dishes. The medicinal properties of mushrooms can also be found in capsule, tincture, tea, and extract form online or at your local health food store.

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Horsetail

Horsetail, also known as shavegrass, is a wonderful medicinal herb that grows wild throughout much of the world. It is packed with vitamin C & B-complex as well as minerals such as silica, calcium, magnesium, iron, and manganese. Horsetail contains powerful antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and astringent properties that are known to benefit multiple health concerns. 

It is excellent for strengthening brittle bones, teeth, hair, and nails and it can improve bone density, enhance bone flexibility, and heal fractured bones, pulled hamstrings, and dislocated joints. It has also been shown to aid those with type 2 diabetes by significantly lowering their blood glucose levels within 1.5-2 hours. Horsetail contains natural diuretic properties that can reduce edema, bloat, swelling, water retention, and kidney stones. 

It is a great source of silica which has been shown to strengthen the connective tissues of the brain, nerve cells, and spinal cord thereby improving memory and helping to prevent memory loss. Horsetail has also been shown to be effective against incontinence, bladder weakness, and urinary tract infections. 

It is also well known for its anti-aging, anti-wrinkle properties due to its ability to help form collagen and repair damaged skin to produce a more youthful glow. Horsetail is commonly used as a mouthwash as a natural remedy for tonsillitis, gingivitis, canker sores, and bleeding gums. It also works incredibly well to help heal foot infections such as athlete’s foot and to help treat frostbite, boils, carbuncles, cracked and blistered feet. 

Horsetail tea is a delicious medicinal tea that can be made by adding 2 teaspoons of dried herb to 1 cup of boiling water and allowed to steep for at least 15 minutes or more. This tea can also be cooled and then soaked with a cloth and applied to skin for a gentle and effective compress or used as a hair rinse, mouthwash, or foot soak

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Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is a nutrient dense green leafy vegetable that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, C, & K, and minerals such as iron, calcium, and magnesium. Swiss chard is incredibly important for bone health and to help prevent breakage, fractures, and osteoporosis. Swiss chard also contains a compound called syringic acid which has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels in the body making it a great food for those who have diabetes or blood sugar issues. 

It is also particularly beneficial for anemia, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, constipation, and breast, prostate, ovarian, bone, liver, stomach, pancreatic, and colon cancers. Swiss chard has powerful anti-inflammatory properties making it an ideal food for those who suffer with autoimmune disorders such as cardiomyopathy, fibromyalgia, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, lyme disease, and type 2 diabetes. 

It also contains a large number of phytonutrient antioxidants such as betalains which have been shown to help protect the body from chronic illnesses such as heart disease, multiple sclerosis, and COPD. The nutritional benefits of swiss chard are most readily available when eaten raw or juiced. 

Swiss chard is a wonderful leafy green to add color and flavor to your salads, smoothies, sandwiches, wraps, and nori rolls and it makes a tasty addition to your freshly made juices. It is also a relatively easy vegetable to grow in containers and in the garden for the freshest variety. Swiss chard can be readily found in your local supermarket, health food store, and farmer’s market.

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Linden Flower Tea

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.

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Gotu Kola

Gotu kola is a medicinal herb that has tremendous healing properties that are known to benefit a wide variety of ailments. It is rich in vitamins A, C, & B-complex as well as minerals such as silicon, selenium, calcium, magnesium, and iron. Gotu kola is one of the premier herbs for neurological disorders including dementia, bell’s palsy, epilepsy, parkinson’s disease, bipolar disorder, tremors, guillain-barre syndrome, tourette syndrome, and narcolepsy. 

It also functions as a brain tonic and energy booster and has been shown to significantly improve cognitive skills while reducing brain fog and forgetfulness. Gotu kola is an adaptogenic herb which makes it excellent for strengthening the adrenal glands and preventing stress related illnesses such as headaches, exhaustion, insomnia, and indigestion. 

Gotu kola functions well as a blood cleanser and is known to help improve the circulatory, digestive, and lymphatic systems. It is also known to relieve high blood pressure and is particularly beneficial for hepatitis, urinary tract infections, heart disease, venereal diseases, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Gotu kola contains triterpenoid compounds that can help to strengthen the walls of blood vessels, veins, and capillaries which significantly improves blood flow and circulation. 

These abilities make it an effective remedy for varicose veins, leg cramps, ulcers, retinopathy, hemorrhoids, and chronic tingling of the arms & legs. Topically, gotu kola has shown to be effective for skin ailments such as psoriasis, acne, eczema, bed sores, wounds, cellulite, postoperative scars, and even leprosy.

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Cherries

Cherries are a medicinal powerhouse fruit that are packed with vitamins A, C, E, and minerals such as iron, zinc, potassium, and manganese. The high levels of anthocyanins and antioxidants found in cherries make them an excellent food to help the body fight against neurological diseases, diabetes, and breast, lung, colon, and stomach cancers. 

Cherries also contain potent anti-inflammatory properties and are particularly beneficial for those suffering with chronic pain, fibromyalgia, lyme’s disease, frozen shoulder, arthritis, gout, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, and sports injuries. Cherries are a well known “brain food” and can help to strengthen cognitive function by helping to improve memory, focus, and concentration and help to reduce brain fog. 

They are also a fantastic food for cardiovascular health and can help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and heart attacks. Cherries are an excellent source of melatonin which is known to calm the nervous system, decrease irritability, relieve neurosis, ease headache conditions and promote a solid nights sleep with a balanced sleep-wake cycle. 

This soothing effect on the brain neurons makes it an essential food for those who suffer from insomnia or for those who have high anxiety and stress in their lives. Cherries are rich in fiber and are a great natural remedy for constipation. When in season fresh cherries are a quick sweet snack that can easily be eaten while on the go. 

Frozen cherries are also a great alternative that can be added to smoothies for a nutritional boost. Frozen bananas and frozen cherries can be blended together in a food processor for a delicious dairy-free & fat-free ice cream that kids and adults both love. Pure cherry juice is also another alternative when fresh is unavailable and can be found online or at your local heath food store.

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Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha, also known as winter cherry, is a powerful medicinal herb that has incredible adaptogenic properties that can significantly reduce stress related conditions such as adrenal fatigue, adrenal exhaustion, and heart and kidney problems. Ashwagandha is a rich source of minerals including zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, vanadium, and cobalt. 

It is an effective immune boosting herb that has the ability to increase white blood cell count and prepare the body to produce antigens to fight against different infections and allergies. Ashwagandha is also excellent for improving the function of the brain and neurotransmitters which can aid neurological conditions such as brain fog, migraines, tremors, tics & spasms, restless leg syndrome, chronic nerve pain, and shingles . 

Ashwagandha also is beneficial for the thyroid as it helps the body produce thyroid hormones which can increase energy, metabolism, and promote a balanced sleep cycle. Ashwagandha has been shown to improve oxygen flow and usage on a cellular level which is very beneficial for those suffering with breathing problems such as COPD and asthma as well as for athletes looking to increase there endurance and strength while training. 

It is also highly beneficial for depression, anxiety, insomnia, anemia, candida, type 2 diabetes, and autoimmune disorders such as fibromyalgia, lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, and Guillain-barre syndrome. Historically, ashwagandha has also been used as a natural infertility treatment

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