Monthly Archives: December 2013

CINNAMON

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Cinnamon is obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum and is best known as a spice, sprinkled on toast and lattes. There are two main types of cinnamon:

  • Cinnamomum verum (Ceylon cinnamon) – most commonly used in the Western world.
  • Cinnamomum aromaticum (Cassia cinnamon or Chinese cinnamon) originates from southern China and is less expensive than Ceylon cinnamon.

Cinnamon has been used as a spice since 2000 BC in Ancient Egypt. But extracts from the bark of the cinnamon tree have also been used traditionally as medicine throughout the world. In medieval times doctors used cinnamon to treat several conditions such as coughing, indigestion, bloating, arthritis and sore throats.

Nowadays cinnamon is used to treat muscle spasms, vomiting, diarrhea, infections, common cold, loss of appetite. It may lower blood sugar in people with type 1 or 2 diabetis. Since cinnamon is sweet to the taste, it satisfies the cravings for sweet foods that generally afflicts diabetics. Cinnamon may help prevent Alzheimer`s disease and stop Multiple Sclerosis. In addition, it helps prevent the spread of cancer cells and the formation of stomach ulcers. Recent studies have shown that it may be effective against HIV.

Cinnamon is rich in manganese, iron, calcium and fiber.

Including a scoop of cinnamon into your daily diet can help you lose weight. Just add one part cinnamon powder and two parts honey to a cup of boiling water:

  • 1 tbsp of organic honey
  • 1 tsp of organic cinnamon
  • Put cinnamon in a bowl
  • Boil 1 cup of water
  • Pour the hot water over the cinnamon
  • Steep for 15 minutes
  • Add honey to the cooled water (hot liquid will destroy the enzymes in the raw honey)

Drink twice a day: ½ cup in the morning and ½ cup before going to bed. Take on an empty stomach.

You may experience more energy and better sex drive.

30 Dec 2013

10 ways to improve your health and life in 2014

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1. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar

2. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants, and eat less food that is manufactured in plants

3. Apply the 3E principle – Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy

4. Exercise more

5. Sleep for at least 7 hours. The hours between 10pm and 4am are the best to fully rejuvenate the body

6. Don’t have negative thoughts over the things you cannot control. Invest your energy in the positive present moment.

7. No one is in charge of your happiness except you. Smile and laugh more.

8. Make a good contribution to the world by doing something you enjoy and provides exceptional quality.  Success comes quicker this      way.

9. When you awake alive in the morning, don’t take it for granted – embrace life.

10. Don’t have negative thoughts over the things you cannot control. Invest your energy in the positive present moment.
Always remember that however good or bad a situation is, it will change.

THE BEST IS YET TO COME!

27 Dec 2013

CAYENNE PEPPER

SONY DSCToday we would like to talk about a well-known and widely used plant – cayenne pepper. The ripe fruits of this plant are used as a popular spice, but cayenne peppers also are dried and powdered or tinctured for medical purposes.

Cayenne pepper belongs to the Capsicum family of vegetables which are commonly known as chilli peppers. It is named for the city Cayenne in French Guiana because of its cultivation there.

The botanical name of the plant is Capsicum annuum.

Cayenne is an excellent source of vitamin A. It is also a very good source of vitamins E, C, B6, fiber and manganese.

Cayenne pepper  has been used for a variety of conditions and here are just a few health benefits of the plant.

It is a good anti-irritant and can ease upset stomach, ulcers, diarrhea and sore throat.

Cayenne helps digestion, relieves intestinal gas and stimulates intestinal peristaltic motion.

It serves as a good anti-cold and anti-flue agent.

This plant has excellent anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

It has been used as a joint-pain reliever and anti-allergen.

Cayenne pepper promotes heart health.

Historically Capsicum annuum been used as topical remedy to treat snake bites, rheumatism, sores, wounds and lumbago.

Cayenne pepper supports weight loss as it helps to reduce appetite and is a great metabolic booster which helps the body to burn fats.

Nowadays cayenne is widely used as a detox support. It is a good circulatory stimulant and also increases the pulse of our lymphatic and digestive rhythms. By heating the body, the natural process of detoxification is enhanced. Cayenne makes us sweat and this is another important process of detoxification. Combined with lemon juice and honey, cayenne tea is an excellent morning drink for total body detox.

 

24 Dec 2013

Turkey Rhubarb Root

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Turkey rhubarb root is part of the Turkey Rhubarb (Rheum Palmatum), which belongs to the rhubarb family. Rhubarb is a common food amongst many cultures. The turkey rhubarb roots, however, contain special medicinal properties. The root helps stimulate activity in the various body systems. It has been widely used in Chinese traditional and alternative/herbal medicine for at least 2000 years.  Rhubarb root was mentioned in the Chinese medical text Divine Husbandman`s Classic of the Materia Medica  nearly 2 centuries before Christ.

Though this herb is native of western China, northern Tibet and the Mongolian Plateau, it is extensively cultivated in other parts of the world as well.  Usually Rhubarb roots are dug in September-October and only after the plants are at least 6 years old for the maximum of effectiveness.

Turkey rhubarb root acts as a remedy that increases the activity of the stomach, liver and bowels by increasing the flow of the digestive juices, including bile. Rhubarb root is used for a variety of health conditions, for example, cancer, gastrointestinal disturbances, hypertension, high cholesterol, peptic  ulcers, burns etc. Being a purgative Turkey Rhubarb is often found in herbal colon cleansing formulas. It is also well known for its antioxidant, antibacterial  and anti-inflammatory qualities.

Rhubarb root is rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals. It contains vitamin A, some of the B complex vitamins, and vitamin C. Its mineral content includes calcium, chlorine, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, silicon, sodium, sulfur and zinc.

Traditionally Turkey Rhubarb root is used as a tea or tincture. But it may also be taken as a capsule.

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10 Dec 2013

Detox the air in your home naturally!

Hair-quality-plantsave just read an entertaining and very educating article about plants in our home.

There are so many benefits to having plants around us. They decorate the room, elevate our mood and change  the quality of the air we breathe.

Read the full article at: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-10474/the-best-plants-to-detox-the-air-in-your-home.html

05 Dec 2013