When you’re sick, little is more comforting than holding a steaming mug of fragrant tea in both hands, warming your face with the hot steam. Somehow, no matter how rotten you felt before, you instantly feel just a tiny bit better.
Whether you are lucky enough to grow your own tea herbs, you purchase loose teas or you use tea bags, your cabinet is not complete without the following ingredients. These teas are delicious and beneficial, with many different healing qualities. Considering that we most often turn to herbal teas for healing purposes, it’s especially important to purchase or grow organic herbs for this purpose. If your leaves are bathed in pesticide and then you add them to boiling water, instead of healing goodness, you are steeping toxins. Continue reading
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Did you know that the avocado has been called the world’s most perfect food and has many health benefits?
It has achieved this distinction because many nutritionists claim it not only contains everything a person needs to survive — but it has also been found to contribute to the prevention and control of Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other health conditions.
The avocado (Persea gratissima or P. americana) originated in Puebla, Mexico and its earliest use dates back to 10,000 years B.C. Since AD 900, the avocado tree has been cultivated and grown in Central and South America. In the 19th century, the avocado made its entry into California, and has since become a very successful commercial crop. Ninety-five percent (95%) of U.S. avocados are gown in Southern California. Continue reading
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Most people are familiar with the traditional uses for lemons to soothe sore throats and add some citrus flavour to our foods.
However, the diversity of applications for lemons far exceeds general knowledge and once you read the following list, you’ll likely want to stock at least a few lemons in your kitchen 24-7.
Apple cider vinegar is made by the fermentation of apple cider. During the fermentation process, sugar in the apple cider is broken down by bacteria and yeast into alcohol and then into vinegar. Like many types of vinegar, apple cider vinegar contains a substance called acetic acid. It also contains some lactic, citric and malic acids.
Why should we all start using more apple cider vinegar? First of all, apple cider vinegar is a completely natural product. In integrating this product into our homes, we instantly decrease the consumption of unnatural chemicals in our daily lives.
Apple cider vinegar can help with many health conditions, including:
acne, allergies, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, flu, gout, heartburn, high cholesterol, sore throat Continue reading
Our brain is our biggest asset, it enables us to think, feel and analyse, it controls all our body functions and it even has its own clock. We’ve already discussed the importance of looking after our brain in a different post:
The best way to take care of your brain is to allow it a good night sleep. We are all somewhat aware how important the sleep is for us, however quite often we ignore it and carry on with our routines. By doing it we are robbing our bodies of the great benefits that a good sleep brings. Despite of a sleeping person looking quite peaceful (in most cases), there are a lot of activities occurring during our sleep, so it is not at all a passive exercise. It is recommended to get around 7.5 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep for an adult, to have the body and mind rejuvenated for the next day. If our sleep is cut short, the body doesn’t have time to complete all of the phases needed for various tasks including muscle, bones and nerve repair, memory consolidation, new cell growth or hormones release. Continue reading
This beautiful plant is native to the Mediterranean, but it is also grown in northern and eastern Africa, and southern regions of Asia. Many varieties are cultivated extensively as ornamental plants for garden and landscape use, however this versatile plant has been wildly used as culinary herb and is also known for its medicinal and health-enhancing properties, especially as essential oil.
It grows best in dry well-drained, lime-rich soil and can reach more than 1 m in height. Lavender is best harvested just before full blossoming on a dry mid-summer day. To dry this wonderful herb, tie the stems together and hang upside down for several days.
The most common way to extract the essential oil from the lavender flower is distillation which involves the boiling and condensing of liquid. Continue reading
Some people say it is the healthiest oil on Earth! It is extremely good for your body – both inside and outside.
Coconut oil is beneficial for hair care, skin care, dental care, bone strength, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, supporting immunity, digestion and metabolism. The oil is known to relieve kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, even HIV and cancer. It is the presence of lauric, capric and caprylic acid in the oil which are responsible for antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial and soothing properties. The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which helps in dealing with viruses, protozoa and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza and cytomegalovirus. It is important to ensure that the oil is raw and organic, such as Coconut Oil 250g, Organic Extra Virgin Cold Pressed (or for US readers Nature’s Way Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 Ounce). Continue reading
I’ve read quite a lot on the subject and also developed my own opinion. As much as I respect other people’s views, I strongly believe that the ‘conventional medicine’ is not the answer, as it only treats the symptoms, not the causes. I do appreciate that it is difficult to establish a single factor that contributed to an illness, including cancer, however not exploring or even considering different options is a very narrow minded approach which may be seen as not really caring.
People who are trying to present some different views on the subject are perceived as arrogant by vast majority, especially medical professionals. It is important not to get intimidated and be quite persistent. It will be more difficult when we are actually presented with so called ‘life-death’ situation, therefore it is advisable to get educated beforehand. This article What Is Cancer? is quite good and not too long, and may be a good starting point. Continue reading