The tangy taste of a sour lemons that makes our mouth pucker. This is something we all can relate too. For a fruit that tastes so sour, it really has amazing health benefits. Lemons are very high in vitamin C which we all know helps us fight off colds and flu. Lemons also boost our immune system. This tart fruit, is also beneficial to detoxifying your liver. It helps to rid poisons in the liver. The citric acid in lemon juice, helps to dissolve gallstones, calcium deposits, and kidney stones. Lemons are alkalizing on the body helping to balance the PH in the body. The Romans used to dose pregnant women with lemon cordials to help with nausea. Using lemon oil and massage it into the skin will help with circulation. Also the lemon has high antibacterial properties that are beneficial to treating acne. It may be used to light ones hair and give highlights. Of course we all know lemonade taste great. Now you can feel good about enjoying an icy cold glass of lemon aide on a hot summer day!
Oh, oregano and its delicious taste and alluring aroma. It reminds many of us of our favorite Italian dish, whether its pizza, spaghetti and meatballs, or lasagna, oregano is probably in it. However, oregano is more than just a flavorful and aromatic herb, it has many health benefits as well.
Oregano has a long list of beneficial properties, including being antibacterial and providing immune system support and lung support.
Oregano is high in thiamine oil, which can be useful in treating giardia and other ailments, such as colds and the flu. Oregano also contains an amazing amount of antioxidants, 1 gram has 42 times more antioxidants than an entire apple!
Oregano is a strong antiseptic, making it ideal to use in a mouthwash for mouth sores. It is also a strong anti-fungal and can be used to treat yeast infections, both inside and outside of the body.
A simple tea can be brewed with 2 teaspoons of dry oregano in about 8 ounces of hot water. This tea can be used to access any of the above benefits, it can even be applied externally to treat boils, atlhete’s foot, ringworm and more.
Oregano is more than just an herb for your Italian dishes. Adding it to your everyday diet can bring its many great benefits to you and your family. Oh oregano!
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We are all familiar with the herb thyme. Most of us are familiar with its ability to make Thanksgiving stuffing taste delicious, but it has many other benefits too.
Thyme is a small, attractive herb with tiny leaves and purple flowers. It is easy to grow, thriving in rock gardens. This herb releases an aromatic fragrance in the afternoon sun. The essential oil is obtained from the flowering tops of the plant.
Thyme essential oil has so many health uses. The ancient Greeks would burn thyme to control germs in the air. The use of thyme can be traced back to the Egyptians using it in embalming. We still find many reasons to use thyme, other than in our cooking.
It is a wonderful decongestant. It treats respiratory aliments, such as a tight chest and cough. When made into a tea it can help with hangovers. Its strong germicidal properties, make it useful in fighting colds, and flu. It can also be used for bladder and digestive aliments.
Thyme is useful in wound cleaning and helping to fight infection. This amazing herb is also a great antiseptic mouthwash. A cough syrup can be made with 1/2oz of thyme, simmered down with 1 cup water, strain out the herb, and add the infused water to 3 tablespoons of honey, a pinch of cinnamon and a of pinch ginger. Yum! A tasty cough syrup.
Caution should be taken when using thyme if you are pregnant; large amounts of thyme are not recommended in pregnancy.
Next time you feel under the weather reach in the spice cabinet for the versatile herb thyme.
We all know how alluring the delicious scent of coconut is. It takes us to our own tropical paradise when we smell it. However, many of us are not aware of its many health benefits.
It is an excellent choice to use in your everyday cooking. This is due to the medium-chain fats that are in coconut oil. This type of fat is used most efficiently by the body. It gets metabolized almost instantly for energy production. The lauric acid found in coconut oil is very high at 50%. The only other natural source that is that high is breast milk. The MCF in coconut oil does not have a negative effect on cholesterol.
Coconut oil also helps with brain function do to its high ketone properties which provide energy for the brain. For the skin it helps to keep it looking healthy and youthful by helping to remove dead skin cells. This helps the skin to reflect light better which causes a youthful glow. It is also abundant in healthy antioxidants to help keep skin healthy. Coconut oil also has antibacterial properties so it is useful in treating acne and skin aliments.
So use coconut oil every day inside and out!!
Roses hold many valuable properties. They are not only a beautiful flower on the outside, they are also beautiful within.
The rose is a symbol of love, we even associate red roses with Valentines Day! Its oil is know for being an aphrodisiac due to its sensual and feminine fragrance. The essential oil of Rose is know as the queen of essential oils. It takes 30 rose petals to make a single drop of rose essential oil.
Rose essential oil has many valuable uses. It is used as a anti depressant, by invoking joyful thoughts and sensations. Rose oil is also helpful with anxiety. The scent helps relax, and quiet the mind.
Rose oil is great on all skin types, even sensitive skin. It is used widely to scent cosmetic products. It will provide a youthful glow when used on the skin, and can fade scars and stretch marks due to its high antioxidant content.
Rose oil has powerful antiseptic properties, it can be used to treat wounds to prevent infection and it also helps to stop bleeding.
Roses are certainly a true beauty inside and out!
Cinnamon with its soft yet spicy aroma is one of the most common spices. It is found in many pantries around the world. It has great health values.
I think we forget about cinnamon’s health benefits, because it is so commonly used. It is useful in regulating blood sugar levels, also it is great for warming and soothing tired muscles. It has antiseptic properties to help fight germs. Its rich spicy oil is an effective remedy for colds and flu when inhaled. It is also helpful in digestion and settling a nauseous stomach.
The Queen of Sheba gave cinnamon to King Solomon, it was one of the holy oils used in the Tabernacle.
Cinnamon is easy to add to your daily routine. Sprinkle it on toast, cereal, oatmeal, and even in your coffee, tea, or milk. Enjoy all the healthy benefits to such a common spice.
Rosemary has many youthful properties. One which it is most known for is helping with memory and concentration. It can help you think more clearly. It works well for headaches, by inhaling its vapors or rubbing a small amount on to temples with a carrier oil. It also helps provide the skin with a youthful glow. You can wash your face in a mixture of rosemary and water to maintain youthful skin. It is also used to prevent premature balding by massaging the diluted rosemary oil into the scalp. It was burnt during World War II in hospitals for its antiseptic properties. It is a wonderful decongestant which can help with respiratory aliments. It is stimulating yet gentle. It can also be used as a great massage oil for tired muscles. It is quite useful in everyday day life not just the Thanksgiving Dinner! Enjoy rosemary and all it has to offer.
Aromatherapy is the use of plants’ oils, which we call essential oils. These oils are full of beneficial properties to help with our physical and psychological well being. They have numerous medicinal uses; they can uplift the mood or soothe body ailments. Essential oils can be inhaled into the body where they encourage cellular renewal, enhance emotions, and rejuvenate the spirit. When inhaled, the molecules of the oil carry in the aroma where it penetrates the bloodstream through the lungs. This causes a physiological change in the limbic area of the brain; this area is the oldest part of our brain and is related to emotions and memories. Essential oils can also beneficial when applied topically and diluted with a carrier oil. Aromatherapy is very beneficial to add to one’s way of life.
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