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Cleavers

Cleavers is a medicinal wild herb that grows throughout the United States, Britain, Europe, Siberia, and the Himalayas. It is one of the most effective herbs for cleansing the lymphatic system. It is known to help move and dissolve lymphatic congestion, reduce swollen glands, ease upper respiratory congestion, and eliminate mucous from the body. 

Cleavers is also highly beneficial for removing toxic debris out of the blood and can help to tone and strengthen the entire circulatory system. It is also good for alleviating edema, bloating, and water retention. Cleavers is often used to reduce and eliminate lumps in the breast as well as reduce swelling and pain associated with urinary tract infections and cystitis. It is also known to help reduce swelling with enlarged prostates as well. 

Cleavers is excellent for the liver and can help to treat and prevent jaundice and/or any liver disorders. It also work as a tonic for the stomach and is a good remedy for ulcers and hemorrhoids. Cleavers contains anti-tumor compounds and is an effective natural treatment taken both internally and externally to help reduce the effects of cancer. 

Topically, cleavers can be used as a poultice, salve or cream to help reduce swollen lymph nodes and breast tissue as well as for skin irritations, abscesses, boils, burns, eczema, and psoriasis. Cleavers makes an excellent tea and is especially good when one is experiencing heavy mucus and congestion from a cold or flu. 

Use 2 tsp of dried herb to 1 cup of boiling water and let steep for at least 10 minutes, sweeten with raw honey if desired. Cleavers can also be found in tincture, extract, capsule, and cream form online or at your local health food store. It is most effective when used for only 1-2 week increments at a time.

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Grapefruit

Grapefruits are an exceptional fruit that have very strong anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. They are a great source of vitamin C and bioflavonoids which help to boost the immune system and prevent aging, illness, and disease. Grapefruits are known to help with fevers, fatigue, indigestion, insomnia, diabetes, weight loss, influenza, malaria, urinary tract disorders, constipation, and flatulence. 

They are also an anti-cancer powerhouse and are particularly beneficial for prostate, breast, colon, and throat cancers. Even though grapefruit is thought to be an acidic fruit, it actually has the opposite reaction once inside the body and makes the body more alkaline which is vital for preventing most other diseases. They also have the ability to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides.

Fresh grapefruit contains three special compounds; Salicylic acid, Naringin, and Galacturonic acid. Salicylic acid has proven to be very valuable in helping to remove or dissolve inorganic calcium that may have formed as deposits in the joints such as with arthritis. Naringin is a flavonoid (antioxidant) that has been shown to promote the elimination of old red blood cells from the body and to bring back hematocrit levels to normal. 

Galacturonic acid (found only in grapefruit) has the ability to break up and dislodge fatty plaque buildup in the arteries and remove it completely from the body. Externally, fresh grapefruit is a natural antiseptic and can be used to help disinfect and heal wounds and abrasions. Grapefruit seeds also are a powerful natural medicine. Grapefruit seed extract is extremely effective at killing dozens of bacteria, fungi, yeast, and other harmful organisms. 

Grapefruit seed extract is also known to quickly and effectively help heal sore throats, food poisoning, diarrhea, candida infections, and acne. Grapefruits are packed with electrolytes and water making them the perfect food to help replenish and hydrate the body after exercise. For the most health benefits, consume fresh grapefruits. An inexpensive citrus juicer can provide you with fresh grapefruit juice daily. 

If you find the sweet-tart flavor too intense, water can always be added to dilute the drink and make it a milder juice. Another option is to use a high speed blender such as a Vitamix and blend a whole grapefruit (peel removed) on high for a minute or two. The seeds & white pith (where so many of the health properties are stored) will pulverize into the juice and provide you with an ultimate health drink, perfect for breakfast or anytime of the day.

As healthy and healing as grapefruits may be, caution should be used if you are taking certain prescription drugs. If you are on any medication, make sure to consult with your physician and/or pharmacist before consuming.

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Hawthorn Berry

Hawthorn Berry has been treasured for centuries for its heart promoting and cardiovascular strengthening abilities. Hawthorn Berry is widely used to help benefit congestive heart disease, angina (chest pains), cardiac arrhythmia, myocarditis, insomnia, diarrhea, blood clots, hepatitis, arteriosclerosis, high cholesterol, and digestion. 

It is also known to dilate peripheral and coronary blood vessels, lower blood pressure, ease hypertension, and increase the body’s metabolism. Hawthorn Berry has signifiant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties making it an excellent choice for those with chronic illnesses such as auto-immune disorders and circulatory problems. 

Hawthorne Berry extract also has gastro-protective qualities and can help reduce the frequency of ulcers and ease the pain of ulcerative colitis and other irritable bowel disorders. Hawthorn Berry is commonly consumed as a tea, capsule, tincture, juice, or extract. Hawthorn Berry tea is delicious and simple to make. 

Pour 2 cups of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of dried hawthorn berries and let steep for 10 minutes or more, add a touch of raw honey to sweeten, if desired. The softened hawthorne berries can be either eaten or discarded. Hawthorn Berry capsules and tinctures are also a convenient way to include this helpful berry in your daily health routine and can be found online or at your local health food store.

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Pumpkin

Pumpkin is packed with antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, E, beta-carotene, and zea-xanthin which can help prevent age-related macular disease. Pumpkin is also a rich source of B-vitamins such as folates, niacin, thiamin, and pantothenic acid and minerals like calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.

It is an excellent food for aiding weight loss and for reducing cholesterol. The high amount of phytonutrients in pumpkin have been shown to help prevent the risk of cancers, particularly mouth, lung, and colon cancer. Pumpkin also contains several anti-aging benefits and the antioxidants help to keep skin wrinkle-free and radiating a healthy glow.

It also contains immune-boosting properties which can help the body stay strong and ward off common colds and flus that may be going around. Pumpkin is excellent way to replenish and restore the body after a workout as it is high in potassium which helps to restore the body’s balance of electrolytes after exercise and keeps muscles functioning at their best.

Pumpkin is a versatile food and can be eaten raw, steamed, baked, or roasted and is commonly used in muffins, pies, soups, and stews. Frozen or canned pumpkin is an alternative option to include this healthy vegetable into your diet when you are short on time. Pumpkin can be found online and fresh at your local health food store.

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Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a highly prized spice that has been used since ancient times for its medicinal and healing properties. It has the highest antioxidant strength of all the food sources and is several hundreds more potent than any fruit or vegetable. Cinnamon is a great source of vitamins A and B-complex and minerals such as chromium, iron, zinc, and calcium. 

It is particularly good for helping diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, flatulence, and arthritis. Cinnamon is known to help prevent and shorten the duration of the flu as well to eliminate congestion and mucus from the body. It is also very beneficial for lowering cholesterol and to help regulate blood sugar. It is known to help increase circulation and contains anti-clotting compounds which makes it highly beneficial for helping to prevent strokes and coronary artery disease. 

It is also very good for reducing inflammation in the body making it helpful for people with autoimmune disorders such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Cinnamon also has the amazing ability to stop yeast infections, candida, and menstrual cramps. Cinnamon has anti-cancer properties and has been known to reduce the growth of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells within the body. It is commonly used in gum and dental treatments due to its pain relieving and antiseptic properties. 

Cinnamon helps to boost memory and cognitive function, just smelling cinnamon spice or its essential oil can help make you more alert and focused. Cinnamon oil is also one of the most antimicrobial essential oils and is a potent disinfectant around the home and office. Cinnamon contains anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties that kill microorganisms such as staph, botulism, aflatoxin mold, E. coli, and cold and flu germs. Consider adding a couple of pinches of cinnamon every morning to morning tea, cereal, smoothie, or juice. 

Try making a raw apple sauce recipe with 2 apples, 3 medjool dates, and a pinch of cinnamon. Place in a food processor and blend until smooth for a fresh and nutritious apple sauce. Cinnamon powder, cinnamon sticks, and cinnamon extract supplements can be found online or at your local grocery store.

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Ginseng

Ginseng has often been referred to as a general panacea for its ability to promote healing for almost every type of ailment. Ginseng is an adaptogenic herb meaning that it has the unique ability to balance and tone multiple physiological functions at once which can provide more efficient and effective healing. 

It is a powerful herb that can help to significantly increase energy and stamina, restore libido, sharpen memory and concentration skills, strengthen the digestive tract, balance the endocrine system, protect the body from toxins and radiation, and prevent cancer. There are three main types of Ginseng: Siberian Ginseng, Korean ginseng, and American Ginseng. Siberian Ginseng is known to increase immune function, ease lower back pain, reduce stress damage, and reverse the aging process. 

Siberian Ginseng is also excellent for adrenal fatigue and exhaustion, brain fog, depression, trauma, surgery, insomnia, overwork, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Siberian ginseng is also well known for it ability to enhance athletic performance and endurance. Korean ginseng is invigorating and stimulating and is known for increasing sexual vitality, strengthening the immune system, improving blood circulation, and stimulate body heat for those who are living or working in cold climates. 

Korean ginseng is also good for those who have been weak or ill for a long period of time and need a boost to help get them going again. American Ginseng is known to help relieve fatigue, enhance reproductive performance, and help cleanse a sluggish or bloated digestive tract. American Ginseng is good for those who suffer from neuralgia, poor digestion, nose bleeds, diabetes, gout, rheumatism, ADD & ADHD, and post-chemo recovery. Siberian, Korean, and American Ginseng can be found in capsule, tincture, extract, tea, and cream form online or at your local health food store.

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Sweet Violet

Sweet violet is a medicinal flower and herb that has been used for thousands of years for its healing properties. It is rich in vitamins A & C and is packed with bioflavonoids and anti-cancer compounds that have been shown to be effective against lung, skin, stomach, and breast cancer. Sweet violet is also known to help ease headaches, insomnia, nervousness, anxiety, dizziness, arthritis, gum disease, swollen glands, stomachaches, ulcers, canker sores, and indigestion. 

It is also excellent for any respiratory ailments such as bronchitis, chronic cough, congestion, asthma, or sinus infections and for helping to lower blood pressure. Sweet violet contains significant amounts of rutin and salicylic acid which act similarly to aspirin and are useful in alleviating pain, body aches, and inflammation as well as helping to prevent blood clots and inhibit platelet aggregation. 

Sweet violet has also been shown to be beneficial in protecting against and treating HIV. Sweet violet flowers and leaves can be added to a bath or used in a poultice or cream as an effective remedy for treating acne, psoriasis, eczema, rashes, sores, and even skin cancer. Sweet violet is also a great blood purifier and can detox and cleanse the entire body. Sweet violet tea is an excellent way to reap the benefits of this medicinal herb. 

Use 2 tsp of fresh or dried flowers and/or leaves to 1 cup of boiling water. Allow to steep for at least 10 minutes and sweeten with raw honey if desired. Fresh sweet violet flowers and leaves are also a wonderful addition to fruit and vegetable salads, smoothies, and jams. Sweet violet can be found online or at your local health food store in tea, capsule, syrup, tincture, extract, salve, and cream form.

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Elderflower

Elderflower tea is a soothing and healing beverage that contains strong anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Elderflowers are rich in vitamins A, C, and B-complex as well as numerous phytochemicals and antioxidant compounds. Elderflower tea is a powerful immune booster and is particularly helpful with respiratory ailments such as bronchitis, sinusitis, laryngitis, tonsillitis, asthma, chronic cough, sore throat, cold, flu, and fever.

Elderflower is a natural decongestant and helps to clear up mucus and congestion in the lungs, sinus, and nasal passages. It’s also very helpful in treating other viral illnesses such as measles, chicken pox, shingles, and Epstein Barr. Elderflower has the power to purify the blood and cleanse the lymphatic system of toxins and debris. Elderflower works as a natural diuretic and can help eliminate water retention, bloating, and edema. 

Elderflower is also known to be particularly useful in benefiting liver disorders, fungal infections, urinary tract infections, toothaches, gout, headaches, arthritis, and hay fever. Elderflower tea can also be applied topically and used to help help heal cuts, wounds, burns as well as fade blemishes and freckles. 

To make elderflower tea, add 1-2 teaspoons of dried flowers to 1 cup of of boiling water and let steep for at least 10 minutes. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and/or a touch of raw honey to increase therapeutic benefits. Consider making several cups at a time and sipping throughout the day. Elderflowers can be found online or at your local health food store in tea, extract, and tincture form.

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Persimmons

Persimmons are a sweet and delicious fruit that are an excellent source of vitamin A, C, and B-complex and minerals such as potassium and manganese. They contain an anti-cancer and anti-tumor compound called Betulinic acid which makes them highly beneficial for lung, colon, prostate, breast, and skin cancer. Persimmons contain active enzymes that help to break down toxic cells and foreign microbes in the body. 

They also have phytonutrients called Catechins which have powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-aging properties. Persimmons are known to help soothe sore throats and irritated digestive tracts and are good for colds, viral infections, constipation, and acid reflux. Persimmon tea is a well known acid reflux remedy that can be made by combining 2 quarts of water, 3 cinnamon sticks, and 1/2 cup of thinly sliced fresh ginger into a pot and simmering for 30-60 minutes. 

When done, remove the cinnamon sticks & ginger from pot and add 1 cup of dried persimmons. Allow the dried persimmons to soak in tea and store entire mixture in the fridge for up to a week. Sip 1/2 cup of this liquid 1-3 times day to stop and prevent symptoms of acid reflux from reoccurring. Persimmons are a fantastic source of an antioxidant called zea-xanthin which is vital to help prevent and protect from age-related macular degeneration. 

They are also a great weight loss food as they are both fat-free and high in fiber. There are two popular varieties of persimmons: Hachiyas and Fuyus. Hachiya persimmons have a tear drop shape and must be fully ripe, almost to a pudding, jelly like consistency before eating. When hachiya persimmons are fully ripe (as seen in the picture below) they are decadently sweet and are prized around the world for their flavor and health benefits. 

Fuyu persimmons are hard and crisp like an apple and they can be eaten out of hand or peeled and sliced into pieces. Fuyu persimmons are also delicious dried and are a sweet chewy snack that can help to curb the appetite and prevent over-eating while giving you ample energy to get you through your day. Fresh persimmons can be used in fruit salads, smoothies, salads, homemade jellies and jams, pies, and sorbet and are a excellent way to add nutritional and healing benefits to your diet. Fresh persimmons are available in most supermarkets and dried persimmons can be found online or at your local health food store.

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Butternut Squash

Winter Squash is a highly nutritious and alkaline food which rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants. Varieties of Winter Squash include Butternut, Acorn, Delicata, Kabocha, Kuri, Buttercup, Spaghetti, Hubbard, Golden Nugget, and Sweet Dumpling. Each one is unique. Have some fun trying the different varieties and finding the ones that you love most. 

Winter Squash is easy to digest and is an excellent remedy for acidosis and conditions of the stomach, spleen, liver, and blood. It is wonderfully high in Vitamins A, E, C, B-complex, and beta carotene, iron, zinc, calcium, and potassium which are vital for a healthy and strong immune and nervous system. The carotenoids are especially beneficial for protection against heart disease, breast cancer, and macular degeneration. 

Winter Squash is also known to help reduce inflammation which is excellent for conditions such as asthma, fibromyalgia, and arthritis. It is a low in calorie, fat-free food, yet it is rich in nutrients making it an ideal choice for any weight loss or nutritional program. Winter Squash can be eaten savory with spices such as black pepper, curry powder, or chili pepper, or it can be sweetened with a touch of maple syrup or honey with spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg for a delicious treat. 

It’s creamy and comforting qualities can help satisfy a variety of cravings while still properly nourishing the body and soul. Winter Squash can be steamed, baked, roasted, mashed like potatoes, or blended into a soup. The seeds of winter squash are also edible and can be dried or roasted similarly to pumpkin seeds and are rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids such as tryptophan which helps to promote a healthy night’s sleep.

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