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Learn About the Health Benefits of Ginger – It’s not just for eating!

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Essential Oils, Information About Herbs, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Beauty, Natural Health, Natural Weight Loss, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 06-07-2016

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Ginger

Checking into our kitchen pharmacies again, we still have lots of things available to help us in our quest for naturally good health. So today we are going to talk about something that is widely available in Kuwait and all over the world. It comes in different types, but it is all still basically the same. The type available in the USA is cool and sweet, while the type from India (which is usually the one available here) is hotter and stronger, but still totally palatable and delicious.

In America, ginger (scientifically known as Zingiber officianale) has been used as a medicine for hundreds of years, and information about its use is available in all the old-fashioned books about herbal medicine. Ginger has been used throughout the ages by many different cultures as a medicinal herb. The ancient Egyptians, the ancient Arabs, the ancient Indians, and the ancient Chinese all used this amazing herb in their medicaments.

Crystallized ginger

One of the most common ways to have ginger in the USA is to have candied, or crystallized, ginger. This is made by taking thin slices of ginger and partially drying them out on a large tray (big enough to keep most of the slices separate), but before they are half dry, cover them with granulated white or brown sugar. Make sure that they are completely coated and leave them in an open place, preferably in the sun. Keep turning them and if you need to add more sugar, then go right ahead, because they have to be dry and sugary. When they are completely dry you can take them and transfer them into plastic bags or a glass jar, or whatever convenient storage method you might have as long as they will stay dry. The great thing about candied ginger is that it stays fresh for ages. It never goes bad once it is perfectly dry. Once your ginger is ready you can eat it whenever you have a sore throat, or a stomachache. You can also eat it for no particular reason at all. It tastes delicious! It is great for combating nausea and any kind of digestive problems. It is also good for cleansing the blood, and will help as a general tonic as well.

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You can also eat or drink ginger in order to help reduce the bad cholesterol in your blood, and it is known as a very strong antioxidant, which can get rid of your nasty free radicals that are floating around wherever you don’t want them.

I will never forget the first time I ever used ginger as a medicinal remedy. I had the worst neck ache in the history of neck aches, and I couldn’t get rid of it. I tried everything I could think of including massage, creams, etc, and while they helped a little, the pain still wouldn’t go away. Then I turned to my old herbal remedies books, and decided that the only thing I could do (because I didn’t have anything in the house and I literally couldn’t move to even go to my own clinic to get some oils) was to grate up some fresh ginger (which was the only thing I had in the house). I did that and took the juice and the pulp and made it into a poultice by putting it inside gauze and putting it directly on my neck. Well, that ginger began to work immediately. It was amazing! It was momentarily cold and then quickly became hot. It became so hot that my skin began to sting, but I knew that it was only temporary and only a feeling (that it wasn’t really burning) and after a short period of time my neck pain began to ease off. It worked so well, that I could move afterward almost immediately, and after more applications I was completely better. Ginger is truly the next best thing to a miracle.

Minced ginger

Ginger can be helpful with digestive colic, headaches, gasses, and even diarrhea. In fact ginger is so good for the digestive system that it will even reduce or cure digestive type inflammation and colitis (even the ulcerative type). It is also great for arthritis (internally and externally), and is said to be great for heart problems by all the good old herbalists. Perhaps, one of the reasons it is good for the heart because it has been found to be good for reducing the clotting factor in the blood, and because lots of people who suffer with heart problems have clogged arteries and the like, ginger would help in reducing those problems. (But if you are already taking aspirin or something like that to thin the blood, then it’s probably wise to check with your medical practitioner first, and either stop taking your blood thinners or not to have ginger).

Many people swear by ginger’s benefits for the common cold, fever, and the flu. Ladies and girls who suffer from difficult menstruation, can try ginger compresses over the lower abdominal area in order to ease the pain, and also can drink a lovely light ginger tea. And women in the throes of menopause can use ginger to reduce hot flashes.

If you have over done it at the gym then turn to some fresh ginger for your problem solver. Just make some compresses from crushed ginger and you can apply it directly on the area you have pain in. Also, drinking ginger tea will help calm you and also ease the pain even more.

pickled ginger

Now for the kicker. You know that pickled ginger that is served with your sushi at every Japanese restaurant? Well, the reason that is served is in order to prevent the nasty possible side effects from eating fresh raw fish (particularly the poisonous type) just in case! Bet you didn’t know that did you?

Organic ginger ale

Before I forget, I don’t want to forget to mention the benefits of ginger ale. While this isn’t exactly the fresh herb, ginger ale has some of the essential oil or extract of ginger or infusion, depending on how it’s made, and is absolutely amazing when it comes to calming down a nauseated stomach, and is good for people who are suffering from motion sickness as well. Ginger ale is even good for pregnant women who are having morning sickness. Drinking a little ginger ale or eating a little candied ginger will work wonders for that problem. But just make sure that you read the ingredients before buying it, because the ingredients list must say natural flavorings, if it says artificial flavorings, then don’t waste your money, because fake ginger isn’t going to do you any good!

While powdered ginger is also usable and great, I still always prefer using fresh ginger (or ginger essential oil), but if worse came to worse, then you could easily use powdered in a pinch. So, go out and get some fresh ginger root right away.

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Did you know that Bay Leaves, Marjoram, and Oregano Are GREAT for Your Health?

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Herbs, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Health | Posted on 05-07-2016

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Italian Herbs

If you like Italian food, you’re going to love what I have to say today! We are going to talk about three of the most important green herbs in Italian food. For those who cook Italian you will definitely know what I’m talking about, and for those of you who don’t know how, never fear, the Italian cooking wonder is here!

Italian Herbs Organic Dried

The three most important herbs in Italian cooking are bay leaves, marjoram, and oregano. (Basil is also important but we have already sung its wonders in a previous article).

Scientifically bay leave (also known as bay laurel) is called Laurus Nobilis, and is an evergreen herb, mostly grown in Asia and the Mediterranean. This herb has been used since ancient times, and was considered the herb of champions. Haven’t you ever heard of “resting on your laurels”? (That is when people who are winners get lazy). In ancient Greece and Rome, poets and others were crowned with wreathes of bay laurel, in honor. Also, at that time and after people believed that bay leaves could protect people against evil and disease. Although this herb is mostly used in cooking (and is imperative for a great Italian tomato sauce, but only for flavoring, not for eating), there are plenty of medicinal uses as well. Bay is good for muscle aches and pains, rheumatism and arthritis (for which it is apparently like a miracle), colds, bronchitis, and the flu, stomach ailments (also gassiness), and skin problems (like rashes). It is said that pregnant women shouldn’t take bay leaf though, because it is very astringent and might cause contractions. It is also good to help bring down a fever, and is supposed be great for diabetics, being particularly helpful in metabolizing sugar.

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In order to treat with bay leaves, you can make a nice light tea with the leaves, or make an infusion and use it for hot compresses on achy muscles and joints. It can be used as a poultice on the chest (for flu, bronchitis, etc), and directly on bruises, sprains, etc. And low and behold, putting a few in your drawers or closets will help to keep the moths and other bugs out.

organic oregano

Now, the deal with oregano and marjoram is that they are from the same “Origanum” family, and are basically the same. They are both native to the Mediterranean areas, although they are also found in the Sham areas (like Syria, for example), as well as practically everywhere else around the world now as well. Oregano is stronger than marjoram, which has a very mild, sweet flavor. Interestingly, all marjorams are oreganos, but not all oreganos are marjorams. Go figure! Oregano is known scientifically as Origanum vulgare (which is also known as wild marjoram), while marjoram is known as Origanum majorana L. What’s even stranger is that they act the same in some ways, and very differently in others. Oregano is considered a winter herb, while marjoram is considered a summer one. It would be ideal to use marjoram fresh, but it isn’t available in Kuwait like that unless you grow it yourself, so dried will probably have to do. You can usually find it in the grocer’s herb and spice section of any larger supermarket. Oregano can also be used fresh, but here in Kuwait is probably only available in dried form. Don’t confuse it with some kinds of what they call “zaatar” here in Kuwait. That’s not really what it is.

organic marjoram

These herbs are also known to be good for diabetes, and they are both antibacterial and antifungal. There is nothing better for an upset stomach than marjoram, and it is also amazing for sore throats. It is one of the most soothing herbs I have ever seen, and can reduce swelling practically immediately. These herbs have also been used since ancient times, and again, the ancient Greeks and Romans used to love both.

Marjoram and oregano are both great for stomach problems, colic, and many people say headaches. They are also good for colds, flu, fever, and cough. You can also take it for relaxing because it is so soothing that many use it as a sedative. People who have menstrual problems use marjoram and oregano to soothe the cramping. If you suffer from arthritis or rheumatism, you will also find relief in these two herbs, and you can both drink it and use it externally. Both oregano and marjoram are great for getting rid of swelling and can also be taken both internally and used externally for that purpose. If you suffer from edema, then a nice light tea will help if you drink it on a regular basis, and swelling due to injury will be greatly relieved with both of these herbs. You can use an infusion with compresses for relief.

Like bay, both oregano and marjoram are supposed to be very helpful for those who suffer with diabetes, and they are said to help the body metabolize the sugar taking the place of the missing insulin. Marjoram is good for high blood pressure and more. They both are also great for liver problems and gall stones.

Oregano has been found to be so high in antioxidants that it leaves even garlic in the rear, and if you’ve been watching Oprah in the past year, you will have seen a program talking about super foods, and how great blueberries, etc, are. Well, I have news for you! Statistically, oregano beats them all. Listen to this. From an antioxidant point of view, according to an Internet source, oregano has: 4 times more than blueberries, 12 times more than oranges, 30 times more than potatoes, and 42 times more than apples! Now that is incredible!

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But, don’t overdo any of these herbs, because they can be harmful. Always remember, in herbal medicine, less is more. Go light on any herb you take and you will never have a problem. When you make any herbal tea, always make your tea as light as possible. You want a light green color, nothing dark! Keep that as a rule, and you will never go wrong.

 

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Dandelion: A Real Weed Herb

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We have been talking about green herbs for a few weeks now, and it occurred to me that one of the best herbs anywhere is one that you don’t even have to buy! All you have to do is go out to your lawn, garden, front doorstep in order to find it, and best of all it’s FREE!

The herb I’m talking about is actually considered a weed by most, but I’m not one of those people who think so. I happen to think that this herb is delicious, beneficial, beautiful, and, well, annoying if you have a lawn, but if you take it in the right perspective then you shouldn’t have a problem with it. Look on the bright side. Instead of thinking how it is taking over and blocking out your beautiful grass, think about how its flowers are so nice, its baby leaves are so delicious and make the most wonderful salads, and how its leaves are so good for your health too. OK, now either you know for sure what I’m talking about or you are really wondering what it is, so I’ll unveil the not-so-secret secret. DANDELION!!! (Yes, I’m talking about those pesky weeds that take over lawns and provide children with hours of entertainment blowing the flyaway spores off of the flower stalks after they dry up).

dandelion root

Scientifically dandelion is called Taraxacum officinale, and is found almost every place in the world growing wild. I’ve never heard of anyone cultivating it, but it’s possible that people do, since it is sold quite extensively dried for medicinal purposes. It is found in Kuwait around most homes and in the desert, but it is a desert version of the plant that is found here, which isn’t quite as succulent as the one found in more temperate locations, but is still good from a medicinal point of view.

Fresh baby dandelion leaves are nice in salads and if you don’t believe me, just ask anyone from many European countries. My father (he was born in Italy) is the one who turned me on to this delicious delicacy when I was a little kid, and I’ve been interested in dandelions ever since. I have always thought that a lawn covered in dandelions was the most beautiful sight, but I quickly learned that not everyone had the same penchant for dandelions, and most people went out of their way to get rid of dandelions, even resorting to poison! But, not me! I love the leaves, the beautiful yellow puffy flowers, the dried up puffballs, and even the milky centers of the stems that stain whatever they come into contact with. I just love dandelions.

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The good news is that dandelions aren’t just another pretty weed. They are actually an extremely good medicinal herb that can be used for practically every ailment that you can think of. Different parts of the dandelion can be used as well, including the leaf and the root. You can use them fresh or dried, and either one is fine. So, if you absolutely can’t find any dandelions growing in your area, then you can use dried as a last resort.

Dandelion can be used for so many different problems that you will hardly know where to begin. You can use it when you have an upset stomach or any kind of digestive problem. If you are suffering from some kind of urinary tract problem or are feeling swollen or bloated, dandelion is a fantastic diuretic (and it’s loaded with potassium, which is what chemical diuretics deplete from your body). It is also good for people suffering from high blood pressure for the same reason. Dandelion also has a good helping of Vitamin C, and also B, A, and D, along with calcium and iron as well. It is great for helping liver problems, particularly liver congestion (and is even good in cases of cirrhosis of the liver), and is even said to get rid of gallstones and kidney stones too. It is also good for helping with any kind of toxic buildup in the body, so people with allergies and food sensitivities would do well to hook themselves up with some dandelion. It is well known as a blood cleanser and is great for any kind of detoxification program that you might be interested in. It is a blood builder as well, so if you or someone you know has anemia, tell them right away, and maybe your problem will disappear. I have heard that the milky substance inside the stem is also great getting rid of things like warts, but I haven’t tried that one myself yet. Dandelion is great for helping to reduce cholesterol buildup in the blood, and is an overall super-tonic for practically everything that ails you.

There are people who swear by dandelion for rheumatism and arthritis pain, drinking a light tea of dandelion leaf for help. For this purpose it can be taken either internally or externally, depending on what your problem is. Lots of medicinal herbalists say that dandelion helps to increase fat metabolism, therefore it is good for losing weight, and along with that is its effects on diabetes. Many claim that it even helps with cancer! I haven’t seen it working myself, but people swear by it!

All in all, for such a common place herb you would hardly even realize how great it is. But great it IS! So, the next time you see a dandelion, you can look at it in a new light.

Mia@yournaturalhealthonline.com




The Natural Health Benefits of Dill Weed Herb

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Essential Oils, Information About Herbs, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Health, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 27-03-2016

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Dill

The next time you visit your green grocer, there’s another green herb that you can buy and use as medicine. This herb is widely available in Kuwait and all over the world, and can be purchased in every supermarket and also at roadside stands. The herb I am talking about is called dill, and in Arabic it is called “shbint”. Dill grows naturally in many places, especially in the Mediterranean, and is well known in Italy, Portugal, Spain, and even grows in Russia. Dill was even used by the ancient Egyptians, the ancient Syrians, and in ancient Iraq (by the Babylonians) thousands of years ago! The ancient Romans used it for the gladiators, because they claimed that it made them stronger. It is widely used in Iran and around the Middle East today as a flavoring herb. In many European and American countries too, dill is used as a common flavoring for many different types of foods. Commercially today dill is mostly from India and the United States, where it is widely cultivated. This herb is used with rice and “marag” (which is a Kuwaiti style soup or curry-like dish), and sometimes with fish. The seeds of dill herb can also be used, either in essential oil form or herb form, but it is the herb that is more widely available in Kuwait, while the seed is more widely available in the USA and some other places, since it is used in those yummy dill pickles, and the essential oil is available wherever essential oils are sold.

starwest organic dill herb

Dill herb is very useful as a medicinal herb and has been used in this capacity for centuries. Dill is well known in folk medicinal lore, and is one of the most important Western herbs. It is well known for its properties of reducing abdominal gasses, and is an antispasmodic, particularly useful in babies, since it is such a safe and mild herb. If you have a baby or know someone who does, perhaps you are familiar with gripe water. This is given to colicky babies to soothe them, and one of the main ingredients is dill. It is also good for nausea (even the nausea of motion sickness) as well as a general digestive tonic, and is great for those who suffer either acutely or chronically from various types of bowel disorders. It is even good for diarrhea, in fact even dysentery, as it kills the bacteria that are prevalent in that illness. People who are suffering with a hiatus hernia may find help from this wonderful aromatic herb. Many swear by its ability to rid a person of bad breath.

frontier organic dill seed

Dill is great as a diuretic, and is supposed to help new mothers to increase their breast milk. Over the years dill has become known to help people who are suffering from insomnia as well. Perhaps a nice cup of dill tea a little while before going to bed would do a person well. If you suffer from menstrual pain, then dill herb is just what the doctor ordered, and dill also regulates it, and stimulates the flow.

dill seed essential oil

Dill is known as an anti-inflammatory herb, and is good for drinking if you are constantly coming down with something, in order to build up your immune system. If you have any skin problems, then dill should help you with that problem as well, and you can either drink it or apply it directly for helping the skin.

dill weed essential oil

Dill is well-known for its respiratory healing properties, and it is particularly useful when it comes to helping to cure asthma, bronchitis, flu, chough, and more. Dill can also be used as a poultice (on the outside of the body). All you have to do is crush the dill weed, or cook it slightly, till it turns into a blob, and put it directly on the skin for injuries (particularly swollen ones), boils, wounds (even ones with pus), bruises, etc, then, cover it with gauze or another type of bandage. This is also good for achy joints, rheumatic pain, and other muscle ailments.

Miracle Gro Herb Garden Growing Set

One important note though. Take it easy and don’t go overboard on this herb (at least until you’ve tried it several times), because some people claim that it makes people sensitive to the sun, and we all know that the sun is one of those commodities that we have plenty of here in Kuwait! Test it out for a while first, to be on the safe side, because, while it has never had that effect on me, and the Arabs and Iranians eat it extensively without complaining of this effect, you never know. That way, if you try it and are fine, then you can continue to eat it to your heart’s delight. It really does taste delicious in foods, and makes a really great tea. You can also blend it with many other lovely seeds and herbs to make wonderful aromatic teas and tisanes to drink, so use your imagination!

Miracle Gro Gro Ables Salad and Herb

NOTE: To all those people who have been wondering where that juice place that sells wheatgrass juice is that I mentioned in an article a while back, there are lots of places now in Kuwait where you can get wheatgrass shots.

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The Natural Health Benefits of Basil Herb

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Essential Oils, Information About Herbs, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Beauty, Natural Health, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 15-03-2016

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basil herb

This week we will carry on with our look at fresh herbs as medicines and health foods. There are so many choices out there and they are all so healthy and good for us! Today’s fresh herb is basil. Fresh basil is used around the world in countless delicious dishes. Italian food is a favorite, and sprigs of fresh basil in a sauce or on pizza are a delightful touch to a delicious dish. But, I’ll bet you didn’t realize how wonderful basil was for your health too!

Scientifically basil is called “Ocymum basilicum” (sweet basil), and also ” Ocymum minimum” (basil bush). Basil can actually be found growing all over the place here in Kuwait, and is next to homes and buildings, along the street sides, in public parks, and just everywhere! You can also buy fresh basil herb in most supermarkets in the green grocer section. If all else fails though, you can use it dried as well. In Arabic it is called “rayhaan”. While basil belongs to the mint family of plants, it doesn’t really resemble mint in taste or aroma.

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Basil is one of the most versatile and beneficial fresh herbs. It has a wonderful strong aromatic aroma that is sweet yet powerful. If you are looking for it on the streets, it is a leafy bushy plant with lovely purple flowers growing up in spikes. Basil is practically indestructible once it gets started, and that is probably how it is able to grow all over the dry desert lands of Kuwait. Here in Kuwait the basil plant that you find outside in the “wild” is a bushy, woody type, but the leaves are the same, and extremely loaded with the essential oil that is what makes basil medicinally beneficial. It is the leaves of this plant that are used medicinally, but you might like putting the beautiful purple aromatic flowers in a vase, giving your home an aromatic spicy smell (and having the basil aroma flowing around in your home will keep it a healthier place as well).

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If you suffer from digestive problems, particularly upset stomach, vomiting, nausea, or flatulence, just drink a light basil tea or eat a few basil leaves. You can make basil into a lovely tea by infusing it with plain steaming hot water for a few minutes. You can also just pop a few leaves right into your mouth! It is also great for aches and pains, and can be applied directly onto a painful area.

I will never forget the time a friend and I were preparing my first herbal clinic in Kuwait for opening back in 1994 and I was standing on a ladder, painting herbal names around the ceiling. I was busy painting and I reached back with my arm, when suddenly I felt a horrible searing pain! Without realizing it I had put my arm into the path of the ceiling fan, which hit my forearm with force. The pain was excruciating and I’m blessed that my arm wasn’t cut off. The only thing that we had around was some fresh basil that was growing coincidentally outside the front door of the place. My friend Renee, who was also into herbs, rushed out and picked some basil, crushed it, and immediately applied it to my arm, which, by then, I was incapable of moving and which was becoming blacker by the minute. The pain immediately eased when the basil was applied, and we wrapped it in gauze to keep the basil on, and continued working. Thanks to good ole’ basil, the day was saved, the basil helped the bruise to resolve itself in record time, and I was none the worse for wear!

basil essential oil

Basil is also great for respiratory ailments such as bronchitis, or any other phlegmy ailment that causes coughing, because it helps to get the phlegm out of the system. If you have a fever basil can be applied directly to the head or body, in the form of hot packs (make an infusion and soak cloth or towels in it). It is also good for colds and the flu, and is noted to be great for earaches. Basil is know to strengthen the immune system, so if you are one of those people who seem to be sick all the time, basil might be just what you need!

Some people swear that basil can get rid of any migraine, and since most migraines are sinus related, that makes perfect sense. If you are having trouble with your menstrual cycle, basil can help to regulate it for you, and if your problem is that your cycle is too light it will solve that problem for you as well. If you suffer from skin problems, basil might be just what you are looking for. It is said to be antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal, thus, people who are suffering from acne and other inflammatory ailments can try applying fresh basil directly to the places where they have problems, and it should help.

The Chinese use basil for many purposes as well, including bladder and urinary problems, and blood diseases. Some people throughout history have even used basil to cure cancerous tumors! In Ayurvedic medicine basil is called “tulsi”, and is used widely in India for many purposes similar to how basil is used medicinally in the West and other Eastern lands.

For those who suffer from nervous disorders, such as anxiety attacks, basil is going to be your friend. Keep some with you wherever you go, if possible, and whenever you feel an anxiety attack coming on, just take out your sprig of basil leaves or basil flowers and take a big whiff of it. Inhale as deeply as you can, and you should feel better right away. Basil is relaxing and calming, and is certain to help you to forget why you were anxious in the first place! If you are prone to feeling tired, basil is also your friend. Again, just keep a sprig or two of basil with you and deeply inhale the refreshing aroma. The essential oils that are abundant in the fresh basil herb are great for reviving you and helping you to feel refreshed and revived. This can be particularly useful at the end of a long work day, when you are feeling like you can’t concentrate any longer. Just breathe in the lovely aroma of the basil and you will be able to continue with your day!

So, if you are suffering from any of the ailments we just talked about, carry a few sprigs of basil around with you and use them frequently! You will be glad that you did!

 

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Mint and its Benefits

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mint herb

 

There are all kinds of fantastic beneficial herbs that you can find right in the vegetable section of your supermarket. In fact, the herb that we are going to talk about this week can be easily found right in your backyard! Mint grows practically everywhere, and is easy to cultivate and harvest. It smells wonderfully fresh, and tastes delicious as well. Mint is also widely available all over the world, particularly here and in this vicinity, with mint being used in practically everything! The great thing about mint is that it tastes so good too!

mint essential oil

The history of the use of mint as a medicine is practically as old as mint itself, and there are records of its use in ancient China (and other countries in the Far East), India, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas. It is truly an international herb.

spearmint herb cut

You can get mint as an herbal medicine, in many different forms, including as a fresh herb, dried herb, essential oil, herbal oil, and even in capsule form (for taking as a digestive medicine). But, if you want it in its most natural form, then fresh mint is the route for you. And, what’s even better is that mint is so well tested that some companies are even selling it as a non-prescription medicine, but who needs that when you can have the fresh version and it’s as inexpensive as can be!

peppermint herb cut

There are so many ways that you can have mint as well. If you like warm drinks, then a lovely mint infusion will be the way. If you prefer chewing on green leafy things, then fresh, either plain, in a salad or sandwich is what you need. And, dried is another option that keeps things fresh, practically indefinitely.

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And mint is great for so many different medical ailments that some people call it a panacea. It is particularly well known for its use as a digestive aid. If you suffer from intestinal gasses, heartburn, flatulence, digestive upset, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), nausea, and even intestinal cramping, then mint is just what the doctor ordered (although it is highly unlikely that any conventional doctor that you know will prescribe it)! Many people swear by its use for diarrhea too. Mint is also great for hemorrhoids, shrinking the swollen veins (you can use fresh mint, or mint juice here, but I find that the essential oil is particularly helpful in this case, particularly if mixed with calendula oil and other essential oils).

china tea cup set

Mint is great for problems in the respiratory system, being a great help with people suffering with phlegm problems such as bronchitis and asthma, breathing-type allergies, and is even used historically for helping with tuberculosis. Mint is good for those suffering with the flu, but try to catch it early before it takes hold. Mint is also great for feverish conditions as well as any type of inflammation.

 

organic mint tea

Mint infusion (made with hot water and some mint leaves) is great for calming down raw nerves and anxiety. In this same capacity, it is well known for helping to get rid of heart palpitations, which is particularly helpful for nervous, anxious people. Mint is also great as an antibacterial and antifungal. It is great for muscle aches and pains, and is also useful for cleansing the liver. It even helps to get rid of nasty urinary system gravel that can be one of the most painful ailments of all.

mango and mint cookbook

In addition to being a great medicament, mint is also loaded with important nutrients as a food too. It contains a certain amount of protein, calcium, iron (and other minerals), and a host of vitamins, including a healthy dose of Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Vitamin E, along with other things like B vitamins. It also contains chlorophyll, which is nature’s antibiotic and freshener. So, mint is clearly great for your health from a variety of standpoints. And it’s much better to get your vitamins and minerals naturally from whole fresh foods than it is to get them from a tablet. The same goes for medicine. Isn’t it better to take your medicine in the form of fresh whole food, rather than a tablet or capsule? I know that I am certainly going to choose natural food over pills any day!

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For those people who suffer from skin ailments, such as acne, mint is just what you need. You can put mint juice directly on your skin, in order to help kill the excess bacteria that are plaguing you, and it will also help clear up eczema. If you get a bug bite or sting, then applying mint directly over the area will help reduce the burn, sting or itching.

simply mint gum

Mint has been used in candies and chewing gum for ages, and now you will know one of the reasons for that. Mint actually helps get rid of the harmful bacteria that flourish in our mouths, particularly in the presence of food or during the night when we sleep and our mouths are not active in producing saliva (which helps to clean our mouths). It is great for the tongue as well as the mouth, stamping out the harmful bacteria that grow and helping to keep our mouths feeling and smelling minty fresh and clean. (Now you know where all those toothpaste commercials came from).

Another great thing about mint is that it is safe and beneficial for babies as well as adults, and thus is one of the most useful medicinal foods anywhere. Then you have the added benefit of its being available practically everywhere, and you have perfection. So, get out to your supermarket, green grocer (or the little Afghani guys on the street) and get some fresh mint! It’s inexpensive and great for your health!

 

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The Benefits of Wheatgrass

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Herbs, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Beauty, Natural Health | Posted on 13-02-2016

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wheatgrass

 

There is a health food item that so many people seem to be talking about these days! I have a friend who has been really into wheatgrass, even growing it himself, and either juicing it or eating it fresh every day. He brought some of it once for us to taste, and it reminded me of freshly cut lawn! It was very sweet tasting and it sure did taste like it was good for you! Then another friend of mine mentioned it too. She said she has been growing it and juicing it for treating cancer and some other ailments that she suffers from. It still seemed like a rather complicated way to get to good health! Growing your own grass inside your home or on a farm in Kuwait didn’t sound like the easiest way to get healthy! But, the other day I heard that there is a juice bar in Kuwait that actually sells wheatgrass juice! I was shocked and happily surprised, even more so when I found out that it is located in a convenient place, right smack in Souk Salmiyah, upstairs in the restaurant court. (This juice bar is no longer there, but there are others that you can find around Kuwait these days as of this post). So, now wheatgrass is easy! And that is why I’m going to tell you all about the benefits of wheatgrass.

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Wheatgrass has so many benefits that we will hardly be able to list them all here, but we can try! Wheatgrass is considered a food, not a supplement, because it contains so much good stuff that you could actually live off of it, never eating anything else, and still be healthy! How’s that for amazing? It has a complete range of vitamins, minerals, and it even has protein. This is the breakdown of the vitamins and nutrients that are in it (taken from the Green Pastures Wheatgrass website):

wheatgrass seeds

Analysis of Wheat Grass

Wheat Grass is not an herb or a food supplement. It is a complete food. An analysis performed by Harvey Lisle and provided by the Anne Wigmore Foundation showed 3500 mg. of Wheat Grass to contain the following:

Protein 800 mg
Crude Fiber 600 mg
Calories 10
Chlorophyll 19 mg

Minerals Amino Acids Vitamins
Calcium 18mg Lysine 29mg Vitamin A 1750 IU
Phosphorus 18mg Histidine 16mg Vitamin K 280 mcg
Potassium 112 mg Arginine 39mg Vitamin C 11mg
Magnesium 3.6 mg Aspartic Acid 78 mg Vitamin E 1.1 mg
Iron 2 mg Threonine 37mg Thiamine 10mcg
Manganese .35 mg Glutamic Acid 85 mg Choline 1 mg
Selenium 3.5 mcg Proline 33 mg Riboflavin 71 mcg
Sodium 1 mcg Glycine 41 mg Pyroxidine 45 mcg
Zinc 17.5 mcg Alanine 48 mg Vitamin B12 45 mcg
Iodine 7 mcg Valine 44 mg Niacin 1 mcg
Copper .02 mg Isoleucine 31 mg Pantothenic Acid 263 mcg
Cobalt 1.75 mcg Leucine 57 mg Biotin 4 mcg
Sulfer 7 mg Tyrosine 18 mg Folic Acid 38 mcg
Phenylalanine 38 mg
75+ other Methionine 15 mg Carbates 1.3 gm
trace minerals Cystine 8 mg
Tryptophan 4 mg
Amide 10 mg
Purines 2 mg
Senne 85 mg

Other sources list these additional factors in Wheat Grass:

Cytochrome Oxidase Transhydrogenase Lipase Superoxide
Protease P4DI Amylase DEAE
Peroxidase Abscisic Acid Catalse

 

Now if that isn’t amazing I don’t know what is! This is only grass we’re talking about for crying out loud!!! Well, grass or no grass, this stuff is so healthy that we practically have to have it! The great thing is that if you can’t find wheatgrass in your area, you can also have it dried and powdered. While there hasn’t been a ton of scientific research done on wheatgrass (although some has certainly been done), people are raving about the great things that it has been known to do, including curing cancer! It is also known for helping rheumatism and rheumatoid arthritis, all kinds of digestive problems, detoxes the entire body, cleans the liver, balances the blood sugar, helps get rid of all kinds of toxic-type problems (like eczema, acne, etc), sore throats, flu, colds, balances the blood pressure, fights tooth decay, helps build the blood up and purify it, helps in wound healing, gets rid of heavy metal deposits in the body, helps with radiation poisoning, and on and on.

VonShef Wheatgrass Juicer

In fact, if you get on the Internet and do a web search, you will come up with so many sites and so much information that you will probably not have time to read it! There is a wealth of information out there and it is all good. In fact, the only negative thing I have read anywhere about wheatgrass is that some people don’t like the flavor. I personally didn’t mind it too much. It tastes like you are eating freshly cut lawn grass, which is exactly what it smells like too. So what!? If it is THAT healthy, then we might as well bite the bullet and get as much benefit from it as we can. So, if you are suffering from an ailment that you can’t seem to get rid of, try wheatgrass! People swear by it, and it’s certainly worth a try. And, since it’s available in Kuwait now, it’s convenient too!

 

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Quick and Easy Natural Remedies for Depression

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Essential Oils, Information About Herbs, Natural Health, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 20-11-2015

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When you are feeling down, it might be because something awful has happened in your life, or it might just be that you are bored. So, how about getting out there and taking up a hobby? Think of all the things you love to do and choose one or two of them to do on a regular basis. If you can’t think of anything, then why not try something completely new and different? You’d be surprised at what you might end up liking! Don’t limit yourself to certain things though, keep your mind open and go for something unusual or something that you would never have thought of yourself as doing. Whatever it is might just be the answer you’ve been looking for, and you’ll never know till you try it. You might even make some new friends while doing your new hobby!

    matchitecture set                wool felting set

 

Doctors are quick to give medication for depression and other problems, when medication is not necessarily the answer, and it definitely isn’t the first line of action in any case. Why take medication when you can get similar results from fairly simple changes in your life, along with some simple dietary rules that aren’t THAT difficult to follow. If you go to the doctor for something like depression or any other kind of anxiety disorder, don’t be quick to jump on the chemical medication bandwagon. Wait for a while and take your cash in hand. There is almost no time when this ordeal happens that medication is a good answer. So, leave that market to the hucksters and others, but in order to keep your good health at a maximum, pay attention to your own body, make sure that you take as few medications as possible, and stay as natural as you can.

 lemon balm herb  linden flowers herb  st johns wort

There are some natural alternatives to the chemical medications that conventional medicine prescribes for depression and other similar ailments. They act to relax, reduce the stress reaction, and calm the nerves, as well as to balance glands. These are herbs such as lemon balm, lemon verbena, linden flowers, chamomile, lavender, Siberian ginseng, valerian, fennel seed, mint, rose petals, licorice root, basil, gingko, rosemary, marjoram, and Saint John’s wort. These can be infused as a tea, with only a teaspoon of the dried herb for a half or whole liter of water in a thermos. You do not boil the herbs, but only the water, and then put the herbs in the hot water and cover it for 15 minutes or so, until a light colored tea has been gotten. Then you can drink that throughout the day. You can choose any one or more of these herbs, but whichever you choose, make sure that you still only use one teaspoon total of the herbs for your tea. It shouldn’t be too strong. Remember, as always, less is more.

     lavender oil   melissa oil     chamomile oil    jasmine oil    ylang ylang oil

Essential oils can also be used for the same purpose and they are basically the same as the herbs. Lavender is good, as is marjoram, basil, rose, lemon balm (Melissa), chamomile, neroli, patchouli, lemongrass, sandalwood, frankincense, myrrh, ylang ylang, rosemary, jasmine, clary sage, bergamot, geranium, orange, and grapefruit essential oils are all good for depression, so choose oils that you like the aroma of, and use them in oils (with just a few drops), inhale them, burn them (in oil burners to diffuse the aroma in your home), in the bath (a few drops in the very warm bath water), and some people even put a drop or two in their tea (although I don’t recommend this unless you are under the care of an aromatherapy professional).

It is important to remember though, that if you decide to try herbal teas or essential oils you can’t take chemical drugs along with them. While herbs and oils are generally extremely safe to use, you must still consider the fact that they are natural medications nonetheless, and will react in your body, so you mustn’t use the two together. Also, if you are under the care of a medical, psychiatric, and/or psychological professional, please make sure that you inform them of your desire to try going natural for your problems, and if you find that they are not very receptive to your wishes, then perhaps you would be better off finding another professional who is more receptive and willing to help you and work with you in your quest to become a healthier, happier person.

stresstabs

When you are depressed it is important to make sure that you are getting the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that your body needs, so make sure that you are taking a good multivitamin (preferably without iron). A good one on the market here is Stresstabs. They are very inexpensive and loaded with high levels of important vitamins and minerals. You might also want to take evening primrose oil or borage oil as well. I personally don’t like fish oil capsules, just because when they melt in my stomach they make me feel ill and I feel like I’m breathing fish (which isn’t pleasant), but if you don’t suffer from those problems then by all means, fish oil is another great supplement. And, if you have been tested and you know that you need a certain supplement, then you really need to make sure that you are getting it. If your iron is low, then take iron, or preferably get natural iron from eating good, wholesome foods with iron, such as liver, dark green leafy vegetables and the like. We mentioned food last week, but again, please remember that there is no replacement for a good diet. Keep away from the dairy products if you suffer from depression. Also, too many carbohydrates, particularly refined ones will keep you feeling lethargic and miserable, which will make you feel worse than before. Additionally, some research is pointing to the idea that for some people the diet they are eating is what is actually causing the depression in the first place, and that has been my own hypothesis all along. So, if you are suffering from depression, check your diet and lifestyle, make necessary changes, take supplements if you need them, change your attitude, drink herbal teas, use essential oils, and get happy!

(To be continued)

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Quick and Easy Ways to Get Rid of Minor Hearing Problems

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Essential Oils, Information About Herbs, Natural Health, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 18-11-2015

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hearing problems

The next time you notice that you are saying “excuse me” or more likely “huh” to your friends too much because you can’t hear what they are saying, think about the idea that whatever you are suffering from might be something to look into and not a figment of your imagination. Don’t ignore it and let it slide, because minor ear problems can easily turn into something serious. Remember, you might have an infection and your ear is close to your brain! You don’t want whatever is bothering you to get in there do you? While an infection is one of the most serious of the possible problems, chances are it’s something much less frightening than that.

Hearing problems are commoner than you think. They can be caused by lots of different things, including loud noises (yes, turn the music down please), injury, infection, and more. Lot’s of people have hearing problems and most of these problems are quite easy to take care of. If you are having trouble hearing and the onset was sudden, then chances are that you have some wax buildup in your ear canal. Also, if you are suffering from itchiness, tinnitus (ringing in your ears), or dizziness, etc, those are also signs that you could possibly have wax buildup in your ears. This is something you can clear up fairly easily most of the time. And you must keep in mind that it is quite normal to have ear wax. If you didn’t have it your ear would end up being one unhealthy place! One of the reasons it is there is to protect your ear from invaders of the bacterial and viral type, to keep out the dirt, and also to act as a water-repellent. It’s just a problem when it is produced in an over abundance, which can sometimes be natural (for some people), and sometimes it is a response to a problem in the ear.

Did you know that those cotton buds that you are so in love with are really not so great after all? You should really be cleaning your outer ears with plain (or perhaps mildly soapy) water (when you bathe or shower), or, at most, a towel or tissue on the outer part of your ear. But, you’re not supposed to be shoving those cotton buds halfway (or all the way) into your ear to coax that earwax out. All that does is poke the wax in deeper and can cause possible problems. Some people have even caused eardrum perforations by using cotton ear buds too vigorously.

One of the problems that can occur in your ear is that the ear wax can get impacted in the ear, and sometimes it goes up against the eardrum and causes further problems. This can happen due to over zealous cleaning with ear buds, or naturally. This is not usually serious but can cause hearing loss, which can often be quite severe. When this happens you need to do something right away. The doctor will normally give you ear drops right away to begin breaking down the earwax. Then, when you go back several days later, they can use a vacuum machine to draw out the excess wax that has built up. If you want to try your own natural solution, there are also several ways you can do it. One of the most interesting and oldest methods is called “candling”. This consists of taking a special cone shaped contraptions (such as reeds, wax cones, candles, etc, and lighting a flame at the outer end, which causes a vacuum to form, it turn pulling out the earwax. Some people claim that this method not only cleans out the ears but also does something for a person’s inner self as well. This method is said to have been used by the ancient Egyptians, and is used by the Native Americans to this day. Some professionals claim that it doesn’t work and can be dangerous, but natural practitioners continue to use it, and swear by it. (If you are going to try this yourself, please do it under the supervision of an expert, and make sure that you do not have perforated ear drums or no ear tubes, because in those cases this method could be detrimental). So, in this case, when in doubt, don’t. Some people use a simple hot water bottle to heat the earwax and allow it to come out on its own. The hot water bottle method is a lot simpler and safer than candling.

lamb hot water bottle

Other people use a wash of hydrogen peroxide (which is a naturally occurring chemical). Apparently all you have to do it pour a small amount of it in your ear and wait. Shortly ear wax and other things will begin to come out. Another method is to use the hydrogen peroxide on a cotton ear bud. That method won’t get rid of serious wax buildup but it will make you feel better.

hydrogen peroxide

An even safer method is to put olive oil in your ear. Olive oil is like a natural antibiotic and it is oily as well. If you want an even stronger remedy, you can also try adding some squeezed garlic juice in with the olive oil before you put it in. After allowing it some time, the wax should begin to soften and will often come out on its own.

cortijo de suerte alta picual extra virgin olive oil

The fact is that some people just produce more earwax than others. Those people have the choice of doing nothing and leaving it, or, if it is bothering them, they can try one of the solutions mentioned above. You can always take preventative measures and use a softening agent (like olive oil) once in a while to make sure that it doesn’t become worse. If your problem is chronic though and bothers you, or if it is accompanied be severe deafness or pain, you should do something right away. Even if you decide to use a natural home style remedy it is better to consult the doctor before doing so, just to rule out any organic ailment like a perforated eardrum, etc. Don’t leave your ear health to chance because once you lose your hearing you may never get it back. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

 

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