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Ginger is More Than Ale

We all have memories of drinking ginger ale to soothe an upset stomach when we’re not feeling well, but  ginger is much more than just a soft drink ingredient.

Ginger is  a spicy root that has been used in teas, cookies, candies, and many other dishes for over 2000 years. Chinese medicine has used ginger’s beneficial properties to help with a variety of health issues. In modern times, ginger ale is a commonly used cure for nausea.

Ginger has an incredible ability to reduce inflammation in the stomach and aid in digestion. It has many other beneficial properties as well. Due to its high antioxidant and antibacterial properties, it can boost the immune system making it especially useful in combating colds and flu. Ginger is also helpful in the treatment of arthritis due its anti-inflammatory properties.

Dried  ginger powder or fresh ginger slices can be made in to a tea by steeping the ginger in hot water. Ginger can also be applied as a paste to the forehead to treat a headache or migraine.

Ginger’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties make it great for treating acne. A facial toner can be made by combining boiled water and ginger root, strain out the ginger root and allow the solution to cool, then add a few drops of lavender oil and store in a dark glass container in the refrigerator. Apply the toner daily for clearer skin.

There are so many wonderful benefits to bringing ginger in to your every day life. You can slice the root and add it to your water bottle, mix it with cinnamon and sugar and add it to your toast, or sprinkling into coffee or tea. It can also be used to spice up your cooking, you can add it to sauteed vegetables or a side dish of rice.

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Dandelion, the Weed You Should Eat!

Dandelion is so much more than just a tiny yellow weed. It actually can benefit your health in many different ways. In fact, even though dandelion is often regarded as a garden nuisance, the many health benefits attributed to it may cause you to want to let it grow!

This flowering plant is rich in Vitamin C, fiber, potassium, iron, and B complex vitamins just to name a few. It has been used for its medicinal properties for hundreds of years. It is a powerful diuretic, and has been used in regulating heart rhythms and aiding in treating high blood pressure.. It is also useful int rating anemia due to its high iron content. Recent studies have found that its ability to regulate blood sugar may help in the treatment of diabetes. Dandelion can enhance liver and gall bladder functions, which makes it an excellent detoxifier due to its high content of lecithin.

All parts of the dandelion plant are edible. You can consume the leaf in a salad or sauteed in your favorite meal. Dandelion tea and coffee are a healthy substitute for your regular morning or afternoon pick me up.

Next time you think of these yellow, flowering palnts as pesty, think again, they are actually quite good for you. Dandelions, the weed you should eat!

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Valerian Root Nature’s “Chill Pill”

Valerian root has often been called natures Valium. It possesses a strong relaxing effect on the body and mind. In Europe, it is often prescribed to treat anxiety,insomnia, and migraine headaches. It can also be used as a pain reliever.
Valerian root has been used as a medicinal herb since at least the time of ancient Greece and Rome as a remedy for insomnia. In Sweden, the root was placed in the groom’s pocket to ward off the envy of the elves.
This perennial has pink flowers that bloom in the summer months. The flowers were used to scent perfume in the sixteenth century. The oil from the root the part of plant that is used. It has an extremely pungent smell, like well-matured cheese.
The best way to take Valerian root is in capsule form due to its unpleasant taste. So next time you are feeling stressed and need to relax reach for natures “chill pill”!

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!!

Chia seeds! We are all familiar with the jingle, and the ceramic pet that grows a lush body of hair from chia seeds. There is so much more to chia seeds then that.
They are one of the healthiest and nutrient rich foods available. This tiny seed, no bigger then a poppy seed holds an abundant resource of protein and fiber. One ounce holds 4 grams of protein and 11 grams of fiber. They are also loaded with powerful antioxidants to fight free radicals and fatty acids for brain health and joint health.
The chia seed is native to South America. The ancient Aztecs and Mayans would consume chia seeds regularly in their diets. The ancient word for strength is “chia”.
Chia seeds are so easy to add to your every day diet and cooking. You can add them to your baking in breads, muffins, and cookies. Because of the gel type texture when mixed with water, you can use them as an egg substitute in recipes. Mix them in your yogurt and cereal or add them on top of salad as a tasty topping. Chia seeds can be mixed with juice or water and they will form a gel like beverage. Their high fiber and protein content will keep you full longer and can aid in weight loss.
There are so many wonderful benefits to adding tiny chia seeds to your diet. It is very easy to do, and they taste great too! So don’t just grow a chia pet, eat your Ch-ch-ch-chia seeds!
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Cranberry: The Powerful Red Berry

Americans consume most of this tart berry in the months of November and December. We all recognize the can shaped cranberry jelly blob at the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner tables. However, this powerful berry should be around all year because it is a wonder berry.
We all have heard of cranberry being one of the best weapons against urinary tract infections. For years, doctors have routinely advised their patients to drink cranberry juice to prevent UTI. This is thought to be effective due to cranberry’s ability to prevent bacteria from sticking to the wall of the bladder, flushing the bad bacteria out before it has the chance to stick around.
One cup of cranberries possesses 8983 antioxidants. It also has high amounts of salicylic acid and vitamin C, making this is a great juice to drink in the winter months to keep cold and flu at bay. Cranberry also has a positive effect on heart and lung health. The flavonoids and antioxidants present in cranberries decrease the threat of atherosclerosis, which can lead to heart attack or stroke. Cranberry juice is also known to prevent tooth decay, because it stops the growth of bacteria that causes plaque which can lead to the development of cavities.
So enjoy cranberries and all the power they have throughout the year!
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