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Cumin

Cumin is one of the best spices to therapeutically use for digestive disorders such as indigestion, dyspepsia, stomach cramps, gastritis, bloating, constipation, nausea, and flatulence. Cumin seeds contain good amounts of vitamins E, A and B-complex and is an excellent source of minerals such as zinc, selenium, iron, calcium, and manganese. 

Cumin helps the body absorb and assimilate nutrients much more efficiently. It also contains anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties and have beens shown to significantly reduce the risk of stomach, colon, and liver tumors. It has also been shown to detoxify the body by boosting liver and kidney function. It is known to help benefit colds, flu, insomnia, asthma, pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, muscle spasms, and arthritis. Many of the health properties in cumin seeds are found in their essential oils which include cuminaldehyde and thymol. 

These compounds help to support healthy immune, respiratory, circulatory, reproductive, lymphatic, and digestive systems. For pregnant woman and new mothers, cumin has been known to help relieve morning sickness and to strengthen milk production for breast feeding. Cumin seeds can be made in a tea by gently boiling two cups of water with 2-3 teaspoons of cumin seeds for 10 minutes or more. Allow to cool and sip throughout the day. 

Cumin tea is also excellent for weight loss as it can help to boost the metabolism and energize the body. In biblical times, cumin seeds were highly valued for their digestive properties and were used during times of ceremonial fasting to help cleanse and purify the body. Topically, crushed cumin seeds or cumin powder can be mixed with coconut or olive oil and be applied to boils, scrapes, burns, and insect bites to help disinfect and soothe the skin. Consider finding new ways to add this healing spice into your weekly meals.

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Bananas

Bananas are one of the most nutritional and healing fruits readily available today. They are 76% water and are packed with vitamins such as vitamins C and B6 and minerals such as potassium, copper, and manganese. This high water/nutrient ratio makes them a great electrolyte food perfect for busy moms, workout enthusiasts, and people on the go. Bananas are also an excellent “brain food” great for heavy thinkers and are known to help build strong muscles as well as strengthen the nervous system. 

Bananas contain powerful anti-fungal and antibiotic compounds as well as protease inhibitors which can help stop viruses in their tracts. This makes them highly beneficial for chronic illnesses such as shingles, epstein barr, parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and lupus. Bananas are also particularly good for lowering blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, neurological disorders, diarrhea, atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, coronary artery disease, chron’s disease, stroke, and kidney, colon, and lung cancers. 

Bananas contain high levels of fructooligosaccharides (FOS) which along with insulin helps to promote nutrient absorption and assimilation. Bananas support the natural acidophilus bacteria in the bowel which helps promote a healthy and functional digestive tract as well as keep the immune system healthy and strong. Bananas can prevent ulcers by strengthening the surface cells of the stomach lining which helps to create a thicker barrier against digestive acid and pepsin-the two main causes of ulcers. Bananas are also an excellent food for athletes as they can help replenish energy and revitalize the body instantly. 

Bananas are rich in the amino acid tryptophan which can help to promote sleep and regulate the sleep-wake cycle. Bananas can be blended with a little water to make a sweet and creamy “milk” that is both dairy-free and hypo-allergenic. Banana “milk” is a great alternative for children and infants who are allergic to dairy and soy proteins. Bananas can also be cut into pieces, frozen and placed into a blender or food processor for amazing dairy-free and fat-free ice creams and “milk”shakes. 

Bananas should be ripe when eaten which means the peel should be lightly speckled and the fruit has a sweet, creamy taste. Unripe bananas can cause constipation and other adverse reactions. Bananas are a fantastic healing and nourishing food that is a great addition to a healthy diet. They can be readily found at your local grocery and health food stores.

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Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a nutrient rich vegetable that is excellent for supporting a strong immune system and optimum health. Cauliflower is incredibly high in vitamin C, K, and B-complex and minerals such as boron, calcium, molybdenum, and tryptophan. It is also a good source of high quality protein that is easily assimilated into the body. Cauliflower contains powerful anti-cancer compounds such as indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane which are particularly beneficial for helping to prevent breast, cervical, ovarian, colon, stomach, and prostate cancers. 

Cauliflower also contains a compound called Di-indolyl-methan (DIM) which has been shown to be effective in the treatment of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and cervical dysplasia. Cauliflower also has excellent anti-inflammatory properties due to its omega-3 and vitamin K content and is an essential food for those trying to prevent chronic inflammation as in fibromyalgia, hepatitis, arthritis, cardiomyopathy, cystic fibrosis, IBS, and Alzheimer’s disease. 

Cauliflower has also been found to help protect the lining of the stomach which is vital for preventing bacterial overgrowth of H. Pylori in the stomach. It's also known to be an effective detoxifier for the liver and spleen and can aid in cleansing toxins from the blood, lymph, tissues, and organs. Learn why supporting your liver is essential for good health and quality of life in Liver Rescue. Raw cauliflower is an excellent alternative to white rice and can be made by placing cauliflower into a food processor and grinding until it reaches a rice-like texture. 

This can then be used in nori rolls or as a base to a grain-free tabouli salad with fresh chopped tomato, scallions, cilantro or parsley, and a drizzle of olive oil or avocado. Cauliflower is also wonderful steamed, sauteed, or roasted. Spices such as turmeric, ginger, red pepper flakes, and paprika mix exceedingly well with cauliflower and provide a nutritional and medicinal boost. Cauliflower can be readily found at your local grocery and health food stores.

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Hops

Hops are a medicinal herb that are packed with antioxidants and vitamins E, A, C, and B-complex. They have a calming and sedative effect on the nervous system and are commonly recommended for anxiety, nervousness, hyperactivity, neuralgia, restlessness, panic attacks, nervous diarrhea, and insomnia. Hops also contain estrogenic properties and can provide relief from PMS, cramping, bloating, and hot flashes. 

Hops are also known to be particularly beneficial for headaches, nervous tension, intestinal cramps, stress, earaches, toothaches, colitis, neuritis, shock, poor circulation, and liver ailments. They also have powerful anti-inflammatory properties which makes it a good herb for people who suffer with rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, guillain-barre, lupus, bursitis, and diabetes. Hops are a natural diuretic and are helpful in removing water retention and excess uric acid. 

They are also excellent for helping to prevent the formation of kidney stones. Hops can help stimulate the appetite and improve digestion when taken an hour before a meal. Topically, hops are used as a remedy for boils, painful swellings, ringworm, tumors, and leg ulcers in people who have poor leg circulation and varicose veins. Hops also topically works as a treatment for dandruff and are often found as an active ingredient in natural shampoos & conditioners. 

Hops tea can be made by using 2 teaspoons of dried hops to 1 cup of boiling water, allow to steep for at least 20 minutes and sweeten with raw honey if desired. Hops can be found online or at your local health food store in tincture, capsule, extract, tea, or cream form.

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Pecans

Pecans are a nourishing food and contain several vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are essential for optimum health. Pecans are an excellent source of vitamins A, E and B-complex as well as minerals such as zinc, calcium, magnesium, selenium, iron, and manganese. They are a wonderful source of high quality protein that is easy to digest and quickly assimilates into the body. 

Pecans contain ellagic acid, lutein, and zea-xanthin which are all known to help protect the body from infections, diseases, and cancers. They are also rich in oleic acid which helps to decrease LDL “bad” cholesterol and increase HDL “good” cholesterol in the blood. This can help to prevent heart attacks, heart disease, and strokes making pecans of of the best heart healthy foods you can eat. 

Pecans contain beta-sitosterol which is a compound that has been shown to be effective in treating the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) which is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland in men. They are also one of nature’s richest sources of vitamin B-6 which it vital for a healthy and strong nervous system as well as for the regeneration of damaged cells in the body. Pecans have been found to be beneficial for Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia. 

Contrary to the standard belief that “nuts are fattening”, 1 oz of nuts a day can actually help to decrease body fat and aid in weight loss by helping the body to feel satiated for longer periods of time. Pecan meal can be made by simply grinding raw pecans into a fine powder, this then can be used to sprinkle onto salads or added to smoothies for a nutritional boost. 

Also, try sprinkling a teaspoon of pecan meal over a bowl of fresh berries with a drizzle of raw honey. It is the perfect breakfast, snack, or desert that is packed with antioxidants and immune boosting properties that will give you stable, consistent energy all day long. Raw pecans can be readily found online or at your local health food store.

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Red Root

Red Root is an herb that has effective antibiotic, antispasmodic, antiviral, and expectorant properties. Red root is great for helping to prevent or shorten the duration of colds, flu, and respiratory infections. It has the ability to help remove phlegm and mucus from the respiratory tract and sinus passages. Red root also works well for digestive ailments such as constipation, gas, bloating, indigestion, and abdominal pain. 

It also is highly beneficial for urinary tract infections, liver problems, mononucleosis, chicken pox, sinusitis, bronchitis, fever, nosebleeds, headaches, and asthma. Red root’s anti-spasmodic properties are incredible at helping to relieve muscle spasms, leg cramps, and painful menstruation cramps. It also is very effective at eliminating ovarian and breast cysts in from the body. Red root has mild sedative properties which can help alleviate depression and tendencies for insomnia. 

Red root is commonly used to treat epstein-barr virus, shingles, Hodgkin’s disease and hepatitis. It has also been used in the treatment of STDs such as syphilis and gonorrhea. Red root is particularly beneficial for oral health and has been shown to help prevent canker sores, tooth decay, dental plaque, and gum and tooth infections. As a gargle, it can help to prevent or stop strep throat, sore throat, or tonsillitis. 

Topically, red root can be applied as a salve, poultice, or cream to help naturally treat skin cancers, lesions, hemorrhoids, sores, and acne. Red root makes a delicious tea and was actually used as a substitute for black tea during the Revolutionary War due to its similar flavor profile. To make a tea, use 2 tsp of dried herb to 1 cup of boiling water and allow to steep for at least 15 minutes, sweeten with raw honey if desired.

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Coconut Water

Coconut water is a highly nutritious, cleansing, and refreshing juice that is lightly sweet and packed with B-complex vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and manganese. Coconut water is one of the highest sources of electrolytes known. It’s a natural isotonic beverage with the same level of electrolytic balance that we have in our blood. In our body, plasma is what makes up 55% of human blood and coconut water is identical to human plasma, which makes it a universal donor. 

Some claim that drinking coconut water gives a person an instant blood transfusion. During the Pacific War of 1941-1945, both sides in the conflict regularly used coconut water-siphoned directly from the nut-to give emergency plasma transfusions to wounded soldiers. Coconut water has also shown significant anti-cancer, anti-thrombotic, and anti-aging benefits due to its high cytokinin content. It’s bioactive enzymes help to significantly support digestion and metabolism. 

Coconut water is low in calories and is an excellent weight loss drink. It also has the ability to hydrate the body on a deep, cellular level making it an essential beverage for athletes and those that live a busy, active life. It also has been shown to help balance pH levels, boost the immune system, and support kidneys in filtering toxins and reducing the risk of kidney stones. 

Coconut water is highly beneficial for cardiovascular health as it can help to reduce blood pressure and increase healthy circulation. It is also a vitally important drink for those who are suffering with a chronic illness such as migraines, sinusitis, COPD, fibromyalgia, asthma, PCOS, cardiomyopathy, chron's disease, epilepsy, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, parkinson’s disease, hypothyroidism, arthritis, lupus, and chronic fatigue syndrome. 

Coconut water is excellent for skin conditions and can be applied topically to heal, soothe, and hydrate skin. Coconut water is a universally appealing drink and is considered safe in pregnancy, infants, and the convalescent. Young green coconuts are readily available year-round in tropical regions such as Hawaii, South Florida, Philippines, Bermuda, Jamaica, Brazil, Thailand, and India and more recently coconut water can be found packaged and bottled and available in supermarkets throughout the United States and around the world.

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Lemon Verbena

Lemon Verbena is a fragrant medicinal herb that has mild antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and expectorant properties. Lemon verbena is excellent for the digestive tract as it is known to be good for relieving nausea, cramps, bloating, indigestion, heartburn, flatulence, diarrhea, stomach or gastro-intestinal spasms, and colon irritability. It is also often used as a natural slimming aid as it has been shown to burn fat, break down cellulite, and regulate the metabolism. 

Lemon verbena is highly beneficial for crohn’s disease, colitis, celiac disease, sciatica, nervous twitches and ticks, and any stress related disorders. Lemon verbena also works as a natural remedy for Candida due to its powerful anti-fungal properties. Lemon verbena is also particularly good for the nervous system and can help relax the nerves and muscles, calm the mind, alleviate depression, ease anxiety, and provide a general overall feeling of peace. 

Lemon verbena is also effective at loosening up and removing mucus from the lungs and sinus passages and can aid in providing relief from the symptoms of colds, coughs, flu, asthma, and sinus and respiratory infections. It is also helpful in reducing fever in the body. Lemon verbena is often used by women for its ability to help regulate their menstrual cycle and reduce the symptoms of PMS. 

Lemon verbena has a bright lemony scent and is a great addition to salad dressings, smoothies, fruit salads, baked goods, and rice and vegetable dishes. Lemon verbena tea is a relaxing and medicinal tea that can be prepared by adding two teaspoons of dried or fresh herb to 1 cup of boiling water and allowing to steep for at least 15 minutes or more. Fresh lime and raw honey can be used if desired. Lemon verbena is a relatively easy herb to grow in a pot or in the garden.

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Zucchini

Zucchini is a highly alkaline food that is one of the mildest and easiest vegetables to digest. Zucchini is a great source of vitamin A, C, & B-complex as well as minerals such as iron, zinc, potassium, and manganese. It is high in fiber and low in calories which makes it a great weight loss food and helps to reduce constipation and bloating. 

Zucchini is rich in poly-phenolic antioxidants which are essential in helping to protect the body from aging, illness, and disease. Zucchini is also a good source of potassium which is an important intra-cellular electrolyte that helps to maintain fluid balance and normalize blood pressure and is vital in helping to prevent heart attacks and stroke. 

Zucchini contains phytonutrients that are important for prostate health as they can help to reduce the symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BOH). They also contain powerful anti-inflammatory compounds which can aid asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia. Zucchini is also known to be particularly beneficial for hypertension, cataracts, macular degeneration, atherosclerosis, diabetes, edema, multiple sclerosis, and stomach and colon cancers. 

Zucchini can be eaten raw, steamed, roasted, or sauteed. Raw zucchini can be spiralized into spaghetti and is a healthy substitute for pasta dishes for gluten-free, grain-free, raw food, vegan, vegetarian, or paleo diets. Zucchini is also wonderful added to salads, soups, wraps, nori rolls, and stir fry. Fresh zucchini can be readily found at your local grocery or health food store and seasonally at the farmer’s market.

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Meadowsweet

Meadowsweet is a wild herb and flower that is rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, and bioflavonoids and works as a natural digestive aid and pain reliever. It has been found to decrease the amount of acid build up in the stomach by soothing the mucous membranes and digestive tract which makes it an excellent remedy for digestive issues such as nausea, ulcers, heartburn, gastritis, indigestion, ibs, and diarrhea. 

Meadowsweet contains salicyclic acid, which is commonly used as the active ingredient in aspirin and can provide similar pain relief from headaches, fevers, and various aches and pains. Meadowsweet also contains potent anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce swelling associated with arthritis, rheumatism, fibromyalgia, bursitis, sinusitis, allergies, migraines, and chronic illnesses. 

Meadowsweet is a gentle, yet effective herb for urinary tract, bladder, and kidney infections and can safely be used on children and adults alike. Meadowsweet also contains sedative properties that help to relax the nervous system and reduce muscle tension throughout the body. Meadowsweet tea has a smooth, clean, sweet flavor. Use 2 teaspoons of dried herb to 1 cup of boiling water and allow to steep for at least 20 minutes, sweeten with raw honey if desired. 

Topically, meadowsweet tea can be used as compress for neuralgia, painful arthritis, rheumatic joints, hemorrhoids, cellulite, acne, and edema. It is also an excellent eyewash for conjunctivitis and other eye related problems. If you find the herb growing locally in the wild the flowers can be added to fruit salads, ice tea, jams, and sorbets for a subtly sweet almond flavor. Meadowsweet can also be found online or at your local health food store in tea, tincture, extract, capsule, and cream form. 

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