The Amazing Benefits of Green Lettuce

September 14, 2010
Green salad (lettuce) is present almost all year rpund, because it can be grown in greenhouses, but it is one of the first vegetables that appear in spring and which, by its content, can replace a heavy diet or the lack of vitamins.

Its scientific name is Lactuca sativa, the lettuce stimulates appetite, reinvigorates and cleanse the body of the accumulated toxins. It also contributes to fighting against the deficit of hemoglobin and mineral salts from the body.

Lettuce is rich in mineral salts


Besides the carbohydrates (sugars), the salad contains many mineral salts, essential for the metabolism: salts of calcium, phosphorus, iodine, iron, copper, arsenic, and vitamin C, A, B, D and E. Besides these substances, the lettuce contains estrogen hormones, which have the effect of reducing sexual arousal. Because its high content of vitamin C, lettuce increases the resistance to infection and virus and fights anemia.

Lettuce has a special role in regulating the digestion and intestinal transit, having great effects for those who suffer from constipation, as a laxative.

Lettuce is a good hypoglycemic, drainage the liver, is a good diuretic, with indications for lithiasis and edema, sustaining a normal menstrual cycle. Salad is also indicated for disorders of the heart area, such as tachycardia and extra systoles, cardiac neuroses.

Because of some hormonal substances, lettuce is sedative - consumed in the evening it helps in reducing daily stress - and, moreover, has the capacity to induce physiological sleep.

Therapeutic recommendations of lettuce

In the form of infusion, salad has an anti spastic effect, is diuretic and sedative. Drinking the infusion in the evening ensures a good night sleep.

After washing them, boil two salads with one liter of water for 20 minutes and you obtain a solution for external use.

Thus, the resulted liquid can be used as compresses on the face (to fight acne) or other body parts, such as areas affected by psoriasis, cleaning the skin. Compresses should be at room temperature and keep for 10 minutes (applied for 3 times).

Compresses have, also, the role of toning the facial skin. Because of this, the liquid resulting from boiling the lettuce can be used as masks, especially in cases of Couperose and dry skin.


 

The Amazing Health Benefits of Fresh Mint

September 14, 2010
Known from antiquity, mint is a herb with curative properties. It is also used in the specific Arabian cuisine as a spice.

Description of Mint plant

Perennial herb, that spreads itself quickly, mint (Mentha piperita, Mentha spicata) has small violet or purple-white flowers that bloom all over its growing period. Depending on the type, the herb can grow up to 60 or 90cm tall. A particularity of this herb is represented by the "orange mint" that spreads a subtle orange perfume.

Mint can be cultivated in any area with a temperate-continental climate. It can multiply by dividing its roots and can be planted anytime during its growing period. It tolerates sandy soil but needs to be planted in a sunny place. It needs high quantities of water, especially if the soil is argillaceous.

mint plant

Properties and benefits of Mint

As a result of its active compounds contained, mint has sedative, disinfectant and cicatrizing properties. It can be successfully used in gastro-intestinal disorders; it helps the liver and calms indigestion. It contains menthol, menthone, menthofuran, a-pinene, limonene, cardinene, acetic aldehide, isovaleriana, vitamin C and antibiotic substances.

Treatments

Because of its menthol, mint has a very good action over the digestive system, causing a small anesthesia of the gastric mucous membrane. It also stimulates digestion.

Mint can treat diarrhea, gastric fever or toxic infections. It stimulates the biliary secretion and helps the digestion of fats.

mint It is recommended in cases of asthma, bronchitis and the flu because of its antispasmodic and sedative properties. Sinusitis can be treated with mint also, because menthol is a vasodilatator of the nasal mucous membrane. It can be used as an inhalation in small amounts as well as for chest massages.

Mental fatigue, stress, depressive states and headaches can be ameliorated if mint oil is applied over the temples and backhead. Mint oil is a powerful stimulant and tonic. Mint is recommended for the treatment of rheumatism, for disinfection of the oral pocket and in cases of ear inflammation. Due to the fact that it has an antibacterial action it can cure acne and blackheads.

Mixtures

Mint can be used to make tea, mouth rinse or mint oil.

Mint tea

To make tea, you must boil one mint spoon of leaves in 200ml of water. The tea must be drunk cold, three times a day.

Mouth rinse is made out of 5g of mint oil dissolved in 95g of concentrate alcohol. This drink is refreshing, antiseptic and it can remove the unwanted smell or taste. Mint oil mixed with hot water is used to treat the flu, laryngitis and hoarseness. The product obtained from 5g of mint oil and 95g of alcohol can be used to treat rheumatic pains and itches.

mint herb Rheumatism can be treated also with mint baths, obtained by boiling 200g of leaves in 3 liters of water and mixing the result with water at 37 degrees Celsius.

Mint is also used as spice in the Arab cuisine. For example, a Lebanese recipe - lebneh (mint yoghurt) - is prepared by adding 2 or 3 green hashed mint leaves, 2 pieces of garlic and lemon juice in a cup of yoghurt. Mint leaves can be used also in summer drinks. Boiled vegetables will look better if they are decorated with mint leaves.

Caution

There are a few cautions regarding the use of mint oil: it is not recommended to use mint oil during pregnancy and lactation or to apply it on babies' skin. For external use, the mint oil must be diluted, no more then 30 drops of oil should be used in a skin cream.


 

The Amazing Benefits of Mustard Plant (And Greens)

September 14, 2010

One of the oldest spices, dating back 3000 years ago, mustard has been used, since ancient times, as a medicine and an aliment. The name, "mustard", derives from the Latin word "mustum" which means "must".

Description of Mustard

Mustard appears under 3 different forms: white mustard, black mustard and brown mustard.

White mustard has its leaves covered with small, rough puff. The flowers are arranged in clusters, and the fruits have elongated, podded shapes, covered with small rough puff. In these pods, round shaped, white-yellowish colored seeds are formed. Each pod has approximately 6 seeds.

Black mustard, unlike the white one, has red-brownish, almost black seeds of a spherical shape. Its pods are black and crowned and can contain up to 12 seeds. These are round and rigid, varying in color, from dark coffee-colored to black. Black mustard has a strong pungent taste.

Brown mustard, by appearance, is similar to the black one; however, its leaves are broad and rounded at the base, getting thinner towards the tip, while the pods are 3-5 cm long. Its color varies from light to dark brown. It is much spicier than the white mustard but less spicy than the black one.

mustard plant

Properties and benefits of Mustard

As a result of the presence of mucilages, mustard has laxative effects. The white seeded mustard has milder effects, being a source of vegetal oil and an excellent source of proteins, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Combining it with warm water has the consequence of increasing arterial pressure and stimulating blood circulation. At the same time, mustard has anti-inflammatory properties.

Treatments

- Mustard is a herb with various usages. Mustard baths are recommended for treating headaches, colds and cough. The consumption of one spoonful of mustard seeds 2 or 3 times a day could have laxative effects. Also, the mustard seeds, whether white or black, are used for treating respiratory problems.

- The lack of food appetite can be alleviated through consuming black mustard seeds dissolved into a glass of milk, administered 15 minutes before a meal. Asthma can be treated by applying, during a period of 20 minutes, black mustard flour poultice on the chest area. Against headaches, or pains caused by long exposure to cold or to air drafts, it is recommended that a small bag of 200g of black mustard seeds be added into the bath water, kept inside for 10 minutes and then removed. The effects of rheumatic pains and neuralgias are also decreased through the use of general baths.

mustard - Intoxication can be treated by drinking, on an empty stomach, a glass of water, which was mixed with a spoonful of black mustard flour administered on an empty stomach. The mixture will induce a state of vomit, therefore permitting the elimination of toxic materials from the stomach.

- Bronchitis, asthma and pneumonia are treated by applying a black mustard flour poultice on the chest area. It is maintained as long as the burning sensation is not strong, it is then removed and the area is to be covered with a warm material.

Mixtures

Mustard flour

Mustard flour is obtained through grinding or crushing the mustard seeds. The dust is kept in dark colored containers and in cool places. It is recommended that the mustard flour be used in the first 2-3 weeks after its preparation, after this period its curative capabilities are reduced considerably. Internally, the mustard flour is administered in milk or wine, and externally, at the preparation of poultices.

The poultice

The poultice is prepared from 100g of mustard flour, mixed with warm water, of a temperature of 25-30 C. degrees until a soft paste is formed. The paste is then put between two cloths and applied on the troublesome area. It is kept for about a quarter of an hour, then removed with the possibility of applying it on another area. For children, or for those who cannot tolerate the irritating property of mustard, the poultice is prepared with 50g mustard flour and 100g flax flour.

mustard herb General or local bath water, used for treating rheumatism, colds, neuralgias or articulation inflammations, are obtained from 25-30g of mustard flour placed in a small bag, on which 2-3 liters of warm water, of about 25-30 C. degrees, is poured. In case of a general bath, a greater amount, 250g, of mustard seeds is added, and the bag is to be stirred in the water. The local bath, as the general one should not last more than 20-30 minutes.

Mustard is used in the alimentary industry, as a paste, as seeds, powder or flour. In the form of paste, mustard is used in the spicing of meat, of fish or of eggs. Mustard seeds are used for spicing pickles, sea fruits or meat. Mustard flour is used for spicing steaks.

Warning

Administering black mustard to children under the age of 6 is not indicated, since severe intoxication could occur. Also, administering mustard, black or white, for prolonged periods of time becomes irritating and toxic, especially in the case of individuals suffering from dyspepsia, with a sensitive stomach or colon and individuals who suffer from irritations of the urinary tract.
 

The Amazing Benefits of Kale Greens

September 13, 2010

Kales or borecole (Brassica oleracea Acephala Group) are a variety of cabbage that belongs to the plant family Brassica. The three most common subtypes of this species of leafy vegetable are ornamental kale, dinosaur kale and curly kale. Each of these varieties has their own distinct flavor and texture and they vary in their general appearance also. While the curly kale has a typical pungent taste, the ornamental variety has a very mellow flavor and their texture is also very tender and soft. The dinosaur kale, on the other hand, has a slight sweet and delicate taste. Native to Asia Minor, kales have been introduced to Europe during 600 B.C. by a group of Celtic wanderers. Today, the vegetable is an important part of the cuisine and food habits of the people residing in different parts of Europe. In Japan, kale juice is a popular dietary supplement. Due to its high vitamin and mineral content, the vegetable protects us from a number of diseases. Some of the important health benefits of kale are given below. Go through them and know more about the different beneficial effects of the vegetable.

Health Benefits Of Eating Kale
 
  • The beneficial effects of cruciferous vegetables like kales over cancer have been known for a long time. The vegetable is very effective in reducing the risk of lung, breast, bladder, colon and ovarian cancer.
  • Indole-3-carbinol, a phytonutrient present in cruciferous vegetables like kales, helps to reduce the secretion of apolipoproteinB-100 (a cholesterol transporter) by the liver cells. This transporter is the prime carrier of LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) to tissues and increased levels of this cholesterol lead to plaque formation in the blood vessels. Thus, by lowering the secretion of the transporter, the vegetable helps to prevent a number of ailments related to the cardio-vascular system.
  • There is a direct connection between vitamin A, lung inflammation and emphysema. Studies have proved that a particular carcinogen present in cigarette smoke, benzo(a)pyrene, causes vitamin A deficiency in the body. Thus, to counteract this effect; the daily diet of a person should have high contents of vitamin A.
  • Research has also indicated that intake of vitamin C rich foods such as Kale acts against inflammatory polyarthritis, a type of RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) that involves two or more joints.
  • The high fiber content in kales helps to reduce high cholesterol levels and thus helps to prevent atherosclerosis. It is estimated that a single cup of kale supplies around 10.4% of the daily fiber requirement.
  • Apart from this, kale also helps to maintain the normal blood sugar level and hence, is very advantageous for people suffering from diabetes.
  • Kale contains high calcium content. Calcium is vital for the development and maintenance of healthy bones. A cup of kale provides approximately 9.4% of the daily calcium requirement.
  • The vegetable is also a very good source of the trace element, manganese. This mineral takes part in a number of chemical processes in the body and helps in the production of energy from carbohydrates and proteins. Also, it is involved in the synthesis of certain fatty acids that are essential for the proper functioning of a healthy nervous system.
  • Manganese is a critical component of an antioxidant enzyme called superoxide dismutase (SOD) which is exclusively found inside the body mitochondria. Here, it provides defence against the harmful effects of certain free radicals that are produced during the process of energy production.
  • The presence of certain organosulfur phytonutrients in kale helps to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer in humans like bladder cancer and colon cancer and helps in the general strengthening of the immune system of the body. 
Caution 
  • Kale contains a considerable amount of oxalates, which when becomes too concentrated in body fluids, crystallize and lead to certain ailments. It is for this reason that people with existing or untreated health problems should avoid the excess intake of kale.
  • Until and unless the vegetable is grown organically, it is always advisable to avoid its consumption in order to avoid pesticide related health risks.

Cooking Tips:

  • Prior to lightly cooking or steaming the vegetable, it should be washed thoroughly and properly under cool running water to remove any forms of dirt or sand from the leaves.
  • The vegetable can be cut in any shape and size depending on the personal preference and also on the recipe to be prepared. Both the stem and leafy portion of the vegetable can be used for the purpose of cooking.
  • In case only the leaves are required, they can be easily separated by using either your hands or by simply cutting off with a knife.
  • Different regions prepare the vegetable in their own indigenous ways. For instance, in parts of Africa, the vegetable is boiled with coconut milk and ground peanut and is served with rice or boiled cornmeal whereas, in Portugal, it is used to prepare a traditional soup called caldo verde.
 

The Amazing Benefits of Endive Greens

September 13, 2010

Originally from Mediterranean area, endives are known from ancient times and they were planted by the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. The thick leaves can be consumed. Besides this, endives have also some medical properties.

Endives contain essential amino acids, fats, starch, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and B1, B2, C, K and P vitamins.

Other benefits of endives:

  • contain essential amino acids, fats, starch, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and B1, B2, C, K and P vitamins.
  • stimulate appetite
  • are a light laxative
  • are known from ancient times to possess health benefits, and were cultivated by the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians
  • are ideal for weight loss
  • are 95 percent water and contain only 7.5 calories per cup.
Sounds like my body must be craving all the good vitamins and amino acids and enjoying the cleansing effect! It just feels so right eating them. Even taste-wise, they just make culinary sense: The Chinese and Indian Cultures believe all meals should have the 5 elements of taste (sweet, sour, salty, spicy and bitter) in them. Bitter is the one we often leave out!

Therapeutic recommendations:

Because they are bitter, endive juice stimulates appetite. At the same time they are diuretic-depurative and light laxative. They are recommended in anorexia, biliary insufficiency and gastric and digestive problems.
You can use it as they are or in salads (endive lettuce).

 

The Amazing Benefits of Raw Celery

September 13, 2010
Celery is from the same family with parsley and fennel, the Umbelliferae family. It can grow to the height of up to 16 inches. The white celery is grown shaded from direct sunlight, thus has less chlorophyll, compared to its greener counterparts.

The ribs of celery are crunchy and are often used to make soup or salad. It has a salty taste, so celery juice is a good mix with the sweeter fruit juices. Depending on variety, some may taste very salty.


Nutritional Benefits


Celery leaves has high content of vitamin A, whilst the stems are an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C with rich supplies of potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and plenty essential amino acids.

Nutrients in the fiber are released during blending and juicing, aiding bowel movements. The natural organic sodium (salt) in celery is very safe for consumption, in fact is essential for the body. Even individuals who are salt-sensitive can safely take the sodium in celery, unlike table salt (iodised sodium) which is harmful for those with high blood pressure. While many foods lose nutrients during cooking, most of the compounds in celery hold up well during cooking.

Health Benefits


Celery has always been associated with lowering of blood pressure. When combined with other juices, it provides different formula that help other conditions.

Recent studies have shown that celery might also be effective in combating cancer.

Some of the health benefits of celery juice:

Acidity: The important minerals in this magical juice effectively balance the body's blood pH, neutralizing acidity.
Athletes: Celery juice acts as the perfect post-workout tonic as it replaces lost electrolytes and rehydrates the body with its rich minerals.

Cancer: Celery is known to contain at least eight families of anti-cancer compounds.  Among them are the acetylenics that have been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells. Phenolic acids which block the action of prostaglandins that encourage the growth of tumor cells.  And coumarins which help prevent free radicals from damaging cells.
Cholesterol: This humble pale juice has been shown to effectively and significantly lower total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Colon and stomach cancer: The phytochemical coumarins prevent the formation and development of the colon and stomach cancers.

Constipation: The natural laxative effect of celery helps to relieve constipation. It also helps relax nerves that have been overworked by man-made laxatives.

Cooling: During dry and hot weather, drink a glass of celery juice two or three times a day, between meals. It wonderfully helps to normalize body temperature.

Diuretic: The potassium and sodium in celery juice helps to regulate body fluid and stimulate urine production, making it an important help to rid the body of excess fluid.

Inflammation: The polyacetylene in celery is an amazing relief for all inflammation like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, asthma and bronchitis.

Kidney function: Celery promotes healthy and normal kidney function by aiding elimination of toxins from the body. While eliminating toxins, it also prevents formation of kidney stones.

Lower blood pressure: Drinking celery juice every day for a week significantly helps lower blood pressure. A compound called phtalides help relax the muscle around arteries, dilating the vessels and allowing blood to flow normally. To be effective, drink the juice for one week, stop for three weeks, and start over.

Nervous system: The organic alkaline minerals in celery juice has a calming effect on the nervous system, making it a wonderful drink for insomniacs.

Weight loss: Drink celery juice frequently throughout the day. It helps curb your cravings for sweets and rich food.
Urinary stones, breaking of: The diuretic effect of celery juice also aids the breaking and elimination of urinary and gall bladder stones.

You can expect many more healing benefits from celery juice as you consume its natural sodium.  Read how our body lacks and have been deprived of, natural salt.
 
Consumption Tips


Choose green celery where possible for its chlorophyll. Ensure that the ribs are still firm, not limp. To store in the fridge, wrap celery in a sealed container or wrap in a plastic bag or a damp cloth.
Do not leave it at room temperature for too long as it tends to wilt quickly. If your celery has wilted, sprinkle it with a little water and put it in the refrigerator for a few hours. It will regain its crispness.

Caution


Celery is such a succulent plant that it produces its own "pesticide" to protect itself from fungi.  This protective layer is called psoralens which although protects the celery, may not go down so well with some people.

If you begin having skin problems after eating celery, it might mean that you have some sensitivity to psoralens.
Some people with low blood pressure had complained that celery makes their blood pressure even lower. I personally didn't encounter that problem so I believe it is also your overall make-up. But, you might want to avoid celery if you have low blood pressure. Listen to your body when you take celery.

 

The Amazing Health Benefits of Cilantro (Coriander)-Dhania

September 13, 2010
Apart from being an aphrodisiac, condiment and medicament, coriander is used as a condiment in cuisine for preparing the finest foods, in the perfumery industry because of the volatile oil contained by its fruits but as a medicinal herb also. The coriander contains a powerful diuretic that reduces the sanguine pressure and ameliorates a headache.

Description of Coriander Plant

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) is a Mediterranean herb grown for its fruits that look like white-rose seeds and its leaves known as "cilantro". It came from the sunny and droughty areas of Asia. It was used a long time ago in India, Iran and China. The Indians used coriander not only in their culinary art, but also in the medicinal field. They used the herb to treat insomnia, the flu and constipation. The recognition of the herb's qualities encouraged its cultivation in Europe. Ancient Greeks and Romans used it to give flavor to their foods and wines. In the Middle Ages it was especially used to give flavor to wines, steaks and cakes. In the 17th century it was one of the ingredients used by the nuns from the Carmelite Order to prepare the Parisian Eau de Toilete. In the same period, coriander was used to prepare two well known drinks for that time: the Benedictine liqueur and Chartreuse. In the 18th century, people used coriander to avoid having an unpleasant breath (they chewed the seeds with sugar).

coriander In the old days, coriander is used mostly in the food industry as an aromatizer and condiment for meat products, fish and pickles. Dried yellow fruits have a nice smell and a sweet flavor. The bitter taste is predominant to the sweet hot astringent taste. Coriander's leaves resemble the ones of parsley and they taste different from the fruits. It can grow up to 20 inches tall.

Coriander has many well know medicinal qualities. If the coriander seeds were used in Iran to treat insomnia and anxiety, the recently made experiments from many Middle Orient hospitals confirmed its anxiolytic and sedative effects. Then it was synthesized in the pharmaceutical industry a natural medicament used to treat panic attacks, the depressive-anxious syndrome and insomnia.

Properties and benefits of Coriander

Coriander fruits contain volatile oil, lipids, starch, pectins and mineral substances. In fact, coriander's flavor comes from the etheric oil contained in proportion of 1,5% - 2,0% . This oil contains linalool (60% - 80%), pinene, dipentene, etc. The fruits contain fatty acids like petroselinic acid, proteic substances, amino-acids, sitosterols, tocopherols, cumarins, caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid. The aromatic contained substance - coriandrol - is a very good adjuvant in the treatment of liver cancer. At the same time, coriander leaves represent a powerful source of vitamin A, C, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin K, folic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. In small quantities it contains also niacin, vitamin B6, phosphor and zinc.

coriander Furctus Coriandri, in other words coriander fruits are used as a stimulant for the gastrointestinal secretion, sedative and carminative. They ameliorate the abdominal pains, reduce digestive spasms and distend. Coriander is also known as a bactericide, fungicide and anthelmintic. It has also a good influence over the neural system and stimulates memory.

Mixtures and preparation

Modern phytotherapeutics recommends coriander fruits as adjuvant in: anorexia, dyspepsia, intestinal worms, hypogalactia, dysfunctions of the mammal glands and abdominal pains.

Coriander infusion

Internally, coriander is used as an infusion, usually prepared from a half of spoon with fruits mixed in a cup, which is consumed during one day. For colic (distend caused by swallowed air or fermentative processes): infusion from a half of spoon of fruits for 3.5 oz of water - the concentration could vary with the baby's age. Adults can consume up to three cups of hot coriander seeds infusion. It's a powerful carminative (eliminates intestinal flatulencies) and spasmolytic agent. For those who suffer from diabetes, it should be taken into account that coriander seeds regulate the level of insulin and decrease the level of cholesterol. In order to obtain this result, one liter of coriander seeds infusion must be consumed each day. For digestive dyspepsia and as an appetite stimulant, the infusion will be prepared during the day from one spoon of mashed fruits boiled in 10oz of water. The infusion must be consumed during the day, two cups after each primary meal. The infusion is also efficient against intestinal worms. It must be taken on an empty stomach and it must be prepared from 0.44lb of fruits boiled in 34oz of water.
coriander

Coriander powder

A simple treatment with coriander powder, recommended for psycho-emotional disorders, is the following: 0.004lb of powder taken four times a day, for a 49 days period with a pause of 10 days. In the case of liver cancer and colon cancer it is recommended to take four spoons of fresh coriander powder each day, for at least three months. The same treatment can be used for mammal cancer. The treatment must be sustained by a low fat diet. Any hydrogenated fats are completely forbidden.

Salad- It can be used to treat allergies. Coriander leaves contain natural antihistamines, vitamin C and bioflavonoids that decrease the allergic reactions such as hay fever. The cures must be 12 days long and they are especially recommended if the exposal to allergic factors is intense. The high content of bioflavonoids from the leaves helps also in the cases of hemorrhoids, varices and other veins disorders.

Used externally, the juice made up from the fresh herb is good for allergies and cutaneous eruptions. Dry coriander fruits can be used to obtain oil that will help against fatigue and lethargies. It can be used also for stomachal massage and abdominal massage in cases of bad digestion, colics, distend, diarrhea. Because of its heating and analgesic effect, coriander is very useful for calming the rheumatic pains and states of flu or cold. It can be applied locally.

Other Benefits


The known benefits of organic cilantro are extensive, and researchers are discovering more every day. Currently, there are several well-known, well-documented benefits of organic cilantro, including:

    •    Powerful anti-inflammatory capacities that may help symptoms of arthritis
    •    Protective agents against bacterial infection from Salmonella in food products
    •    Acts to increase HDL cholesterol (the good kind), and reduces LDL cholesterol (the bad kind)
    •    Relief for stomach gas, prevention of flatulence and an overall digestive aid
    •    Wards off urinary tract infections
    •    Helps reduce feelings of nausea
    •    Eases hormonal mood swings associated with menstruation
    •    Has been shown to reduce menstrual cramping.
    •    Adds fiber to the digestive tract
    •    A source of iron, magnesium, and is helpful in fighting anemia
    •    Gives relief for diarrhea, especially if caused by microbial or fungal infections
    •    Helps promote healthy liver function.
    •    Reduces minor swelling
    •    Strong general anti-oxidant properties
    •    Disinfects and helps detoxify the body-removes mercury and other heavy metals
    •    Stimulates the endocrine glands
    •    Helps with insulin secretion and lowers blood sugar
    •    Acts as a natural anti-septic and anti-fungal agent for skin disorders like fungal infections and eczema
    •    Contains immune-boosting properties
    •    Acts as an expectorant
    •    Helps ease conjunctivitis, as well as eye-aging, macular degeneration, and other stressors on the eyes.

Caution

Caution at the volatile oil contained by coriander seeds, because it can trigger allergic reaction to some.
 

The Amazing Benefits of Consuming Raw Dandelion Greens

September 13, 2010
The powerful sun-like yellow color emits energy, reminding us that the dandelion is not just an ordinary garden herb, but it is one of nature's miraculous treatments.

Description of Dandelion plant

Dandelion or "Taraxacum officinale" is a well known herb that came from Greece. Old books about herbal medicine state that in order to have a shiny complexion, women used to use an infusion obtained by boiling the herb and its root. Nowadays, dandelion is consumed mostly in Japan, Italy, France, India and the USA. The whole herb has a curative effect. Raw or dry dandelion roots eaten with tea have a cleansing effect, stimulating digestion and the urinary system. They fluidize the blood and are considered to be an excellent remedy against thickened blood. A high appreciated salad with a distinctive bitter taste and containing more nutritive substances than spinach or tomatoes is prepared from its fresh leaves. With its 45 cal/100g, dandelion contains 2,8% protids, 7,5% glucids, vitamins (A, B2, C, D and G) and minerals (potassium, sodium, calcium, phosphorus and iron). It is widely used either as a laxative or a natural diuretic or as an ingredient in the process of preparing the coffee (it can be added to regular coffee in order to enrich its taste or to prepare a drink similar to coffee or tea).

dandelion

Properties and benefits of Dandelion

From a pharmaceutical point of view, the herb has many qualities: cholagogus, choleretic, alkalizing, laxative, diuretic, venotonic and astringent. The root contains a bitter compound - taraxacina - pectins, and sterols, vitamins B1, C and D, inulin, tannin and reshines. With a high amount of vegetal fibers, dandelion prevents the unwanted assimilations of glucose and facilitates the elimination of feaces. The contained potassium is responsible for the diuretic action. Dandelion also contains curative substances which are very important for treating metabolism disorders.

The substances contained by dandelion stimulates the stomach's activity as well as the liver's and bile's, causing a high diuresis and helping an organism to eliminate, trough urine, the toxic products of metabolism. Dandelion can be successfully used in cases of hypoacid gastritis, dyspepsia, biliary dischinesis and for preventing the formation of renal calculi. The diuretic effect also helps eliminate the renal calculi. Trough the diuresis it causes, dandelion eliminates toxins and indirectly helps treat eczema and other skin diseases.

Because of the contained vitamins A and C, dandelion is also known as an anti-oxidant and anti-cancer agent.

dandelion plant

Mixtures and treatments

 Dandelion is recommended as an adjuvant in all the diseases that involve a glandular disequilibrium. Because of these qualities, the specialists are using it to successfully treat liver diseases. And its effect? It increases the biliary secretion, regulates the blood circulation and stimulates the appetite when in convalescence periods. Because of its diuretic action, it eliminates toxins efficiently. This way, it indirectly treats eczemas and other skin diseases, gout, rheumatism, atherosclerosis, varices, etc. It reduces the level of cholesterol. Dandelion is also efficient in treating the hepatic dermatosis, cleaning the blood from impurities and calming rheumatic pains. Here are some of its uses:

Internal use

Consumed as a drink or as salad, dandelion is a great remedy. A healthy salad can be prepared from a handful of dandelion leaves mixed with parsley and dill, oil and vinegar. It can be consumed two or three times a day, before primary meals.

Decoct for lowering the cholesterol level: 15g of leaves and 15g of roots must be boiled in one liter of water for 30 minutes and it can be consumed a cup before each primary meal.

Dandelion juice is obtained from hashed and pressed dandelions. If it's consumed immediately and in high quantities, the juice has a remarkable effect over the blood, by purifying it and enriching it with iron.

dandelion herb In cases of liver disorders the following recipe can be applied: 25g of leaves and 25g of roots must be boiled in one liter of water for 30 minutes. It must be consumed before each meal, one cup only.

   Against anorexia and constipation, 20g of leaves and 20g of roots must be boiled in one liter of water and the product must be left for 24 hours, before consuming it, one cup before each meal.

   To ameliorate the acne and cellulite 25g of leaves and 25g of roots can be boiled for 5 minutes in one liter of water and left to infuse another 10 minutes.

External use

The decoct obtained from the hole herb is used to treat cataract. 10g of leaves, roots, flowers and stalks must be boiled in 3/4 liter of water for 20 minutes. The fresh mixture is then used to wash the area around the eye 4 or 5 times a day.

For treating greasy hair, the following recipe can be applied: fresh and hashed dandelion leaves must be applied on the dry hair and left there over night. The following morning, the hair must be washed with shampoo.

For attenuating freckles it is recommended to use dandelion juice or a lotion prepared as follows: 15g of fresh flowers and leaves, boiled for 10 minutes in 1/2 liter of water.
 

The Amazing Health Benefits of Raw Asparagus

September 13, 2010
 Asparagus (Asparagus Officinalis), also known as sparrow grass, is a vegetable which has been grown from early times in ancient Egypt and in the Roman Empire. Because it is rare and pretentious to both growing and cooking conditions, the plant is considered to be a delicacy.

Description of Asparagus

 
Asparagus is a plant which grows spontaneously in hay fields. It is cultivated in different varieties. In the earth it has a strong rhizome. The leaves are scale shaped, and the fruits are actually linear ramifications of the stems. The flowers are small, of a whitish-green color. The fruits are of red color.

Properties of Asparagus plant

 The vegetable contains phosphate and vitamin B, which gives it re-mineralizing and stimulating properties. Also, it has rare nutrients: copper, iron, zinc, manganese, chrome, calcium, sodium, potassium, which give it depurative, and laxative properties and make it a hepatic and renal (Kidney) drainer/cleanser.

Treatments

Next to its qualities of being a refined vegetable, asparagus is also used in natural medicine. It is used to control some stomach affections, clean the liver, lungs and intestines of their wastes and toxins. Apart from its depurative effects, the vegetable also has a protecting action on the arteries. Consumed regularly, it prevents the development of arteriosclerosis and cleans the blood.

  For cases of physical or intellectual asthenia, anemia and convalescence, the asparagus diet is recommended, consumed in its raw state.

Also, for treating cardio-vascular erythrism, raw asparagus diet is recommended. Consuming this vegetable stimulates the decrease of glycosuria and increases diuresis, a reason why it is recommended to diabetics.

 
The asparagus stem has the property of eliminating toxins from the digestive trap. The pulp of the asparagus stem is used, its exterior side being first cleaned.


  The asparagus root, boiled in vinegar, is used in treating paradontosis. The asparagus tea is used for its diuretic actions.

Mixtures

 In order for it to be consumed, the asparagus has to be very fresh. Most often it is consumed in the form of a salad. A way of preparing this salad is: the asparagus is cleaned of fibrous threads, is washed, cut into pieces having lengths of about 4-5cm and boiled in salt water for about 20 minutes. In a bowl, the sauce formed of vinegar, oil, mustard, pepper and salt is mixed. After that the asparagus is drained and mixed with the sauce. The asparagus juice is consumed along with carrot juice, having a diuretic action.

Warning

Asparagus is not recommended to those with affections of the urinary system - cystitis, prostatitis, and gonorrhea - and neither in cases of acute articulacy rheumatism, because of its high content of purines.
 

The Amazing Health Benefits of Raw Spinach

September 13, 2010

Renowned for its rich iron and protein content, spinach has become a much appreciated herb due to recent studies which prove its anti-cancerigenic properties.

Description of Spinach plant

 Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) is an annual plant originating in the Middle East - more precisely from Afghanistan and Turkistan. Some assign its origin to the land of Persia - presently Iran. Long ago, the Arabians used it against throat and lung affections. In the 8th century, spinach was grown in Spain and France and in the 11th century it reached Sicily. In present times, the herb has become much appreciated because, according to research, fresh spinach leaves are anti-cancerous. It is a very renowned plant for its rich iron content. The iron that is contained in spinach (in its natural state) is very good for young children because when administrated at a pharmacy, it can easily be overdosed. Little do most known that apart from minerals and vitamins, spinach also contains oxalic acid - a substance that inhibits the absorption of calcium into the body.

spinach

Properties and benefits of Spinach

 Spinach contains an impressive range of active substances which are indispensable to the body. In its structure we find mineral salts (sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur, iron, zinc, manganese, iodine, copper), vitamins (C, B1, B2, B6, PP, E, K, folic acid, vitamin A), chlorophyll, amino acids such as arginine and lysine, but also lipids, protides, glucdes and fibers. With only 17 calories, 100 grams of spinach supplies the body with 5 mg of iron, 500 mg of potassium, 170 mg of calcium, 23 mg of vitamin C, 2 mg of vitamin E, 150 micrograms of folic acid, 3500 micrograms of beta-carotene and 7 grams of alimentary fibers. Because of this, an alimentary diet which contains spinach, leads to the strengthening of the body. The magnesium contained in spinach helps prevent diabetes; iodine helps treat skin diseases and strengthens the immune system; vitamin K contributes to bone resistance; vitamin B improves cerebral activity, helps in maintaining the firmness of the skin and controls insomnia; potassium stimulates the cardiac muscle; beta-carotene prevents sight problems and sulfur increases hair attractiveness. Alimentary fibers, vitamins and minerals contained make spinach a good depurative and detoxifier. The toxins originating in nourishment that are rich in fat and proteins of animal origin are thus eliminated quickly. At the same time, alimentary fibers prevent constipation and colon cancer. They interact with the absorption of fat and adjust the level of cholesterol in the body. Moreover, spinach can help eliminate intestinal parasites. All of these are sufficient reasons to start a diet based on spinach or at least for introducing it more often into everyday nourishment. By being nutritive, tonifying, mineralizing, calming for the nervous system and also a good coagulant, spinach benefits growth.

spinach plant

Mixtures and treatments

 Spinach is recommended by nutritionists especially for convalescents, asthenics (both those suffering from physical asthenia and those with nervous asthenia) children, rachitics, elder people and for pregnant women also because the plant is efficient in the process of regenerating epidermis. Also, spring asthenia caused by deficiency of minerals and vitamins is successfully controlled through the consumption of spinach. Because of its properties, it is also recommended in the fight against cardiac affections, arterial hypertension, high blood sliminess, renal affections, atony of the urinary bladder, cystitis, diabetes, gout, renal insufficiency, obesity and also acne, abscess, psoriasis, burns, eczemas, wounds. Further on we shall present a few simple treatments using this plant, while observing that only the consumption of spinach in its raw state will keep all its elements active.

Spinach juice

  It is said that administering 0.5 l of juice per day can cure even the most severe cases of constipation. However, one fresh glass of spinach juice, drunk in the morning, is also good for nervous depressions and fatigue. Spinach juice helps in the process of recovery of diseased organs, helps with duodenal ulcer, pernicious anemia, weakness, convulsions, deficiencies of the suprarenal glands or of the thyroid gland, low and high blood pressure, gum bleeding, limb inflammations, headaches, migraines, furunculosis, dental abscesses etc. To obtain the juice, spinach is placed in the meat chopping machine and afterwards the juice is collected.

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Spinach infusion

 The infusion is useful for increasing diuresis in kidney or bladder diseases. This mixture is obtained by pouring a cup of boiled water on one teaspoon of crushed spinach leaves. The infusion is kept covered for 15 minutes. After filtering it, it is to be consumed in doses of two cups per day.

Cataplasms

  For external use, spinach cataplasms can calm burns. The leaves are soaked in boiling olive or soybean oil and they are fastened with a bandage on the affected areas. It is recommended to apply two or three cataplasms during the day. Also in external use, to obtain a healthy hair, the following receipt can be used: boil 125g of fresh spinach in 500ml of water for 15-20 minutes. The cataplasm is applied when the mixture has cooled down through a light massage of the scalp. After approximately an hour, the hair is washed.

Warning

 The consumption of spinach is not indicated for people who suffer from hepatitis, rheumatism, gastric and intestinal inflammations, or for people who are on a diet without salt. Those who confront themselves with hepatic affections should only consume it moderately - because of the oxalic acid that it contains.
 

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Lulu Miriam Lulu Chemmoss has been a holistic health enthusiast since her childhood in East-Africa, (Kenya & Tanzania)- where she was born and raised. She's currently based in the US where she has been expanding her awareness about the connection between holistic living and general well-being for the past 13 years. In 2001, Lulu became Vegan (Vegetarian) and even though that switch alone had enormous benefits, she would later learn in 2008 that a diet based primarily on raw vegetables and fruits has far more health-giving benefits than one based on cooked foods alone. Today, Lulu is celebrating vibrant, holistic wellness that is far better than anything she had ever imagined when she first started in 2001. She has not only transformed her own life, but also the lives of hundreds of people by sharing her research-very simple, common-sense, health-enhancing practices with everyone she comes into contact with. Her expertise is: Detoxing/Cleansing with raw foods and fresh juices for optimal health. Lulu decided to create this website and blog from scratch to inspire anyone looking to make that jump to taking responsibility towards a fulfilling life via simple choices that start with taking better care of self, those around us, the environment and eventually the entire planet. She believes it's never too late for anyone to return to the natural state of being. THE NATURAL WAY...IS NOW!!!
 
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