Cilantro for Natural Health
Cilantro, or coriander, is a culinary star! Or czar if you’re obsessed with Cs like I am this week.
Cilantro is tasty, snappy, cool and crispy. It adds zest to your cooking of ethnic Mexican and Indian cuisine. But cilantro isn’t just a pretty plant, it’s really good for you. Like many similar herbs (parsley), it’s chock full of health-protecting and life-enriching antioxidants. Herbal antioxidants are one of the easiest ways you can eat and cook yourself to a long life.
A self-seeding annual, with a tangy, almost pungent flavor, cilantro is used in a great variety of Mexican and Indian dishes. Its leaves add the zip to fresh green salsas, bean and rice dishes, soups, stews and moles. Coriander seeds are ground and added to stews.
Doctors and researchers have found that cilantro is one of the most effective natural heavy metal detoxifiers available. One teaspoon daily of fresh cilantro can rid the body of mercury and other metal toxins. To reap the benefits of cilantro detoxing for things like mercury in your dental fillings, finely chop eight or more heaping teaspoons of the fresh cilantro, steeping in approximately one quart (or one liter) broth or water, covered for twenty minutes. Use only Pyrex or Corningware to make the tea, as the cilantro will eat through the metal of the pot! Sip the tea all day long, continuing for at least two or three months, and damage done by mercury in your teeth will be reduced greatly!
Or eat Cilantro Pesto!
- 1 bunch fresh cilantro
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans
- salt to taste
- 1/2 cup olive oil
In a blender or an electric food processor combine cilantro, garlic, vinegar, Parmesan cheese, cayenne pepper, nuts, and salt. Add 1/4 C. of the olive oil, and mix the pesto. Add a little more olive oil until the pesto is the right consistency. Serve over pasta or garlic bread!
Thyme for Natural health
Take a sprig of thyme from your garden and you can enjoy tons of therapeutic health benefits. That tasty and aromatic contains a significant amount of volatile oil called thymol which has been proven to slow down aging and increase the percentage of healthy fats found in cell membranes and other cell structures. In particular, the amount of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid) in brain, kidney, and heart cell membranes is increased when you eat thyme.
Thyme has one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants of any herb and is packed full of minerals like potassium, iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, and selenium.
If you’re worried about the bacteria that can occur on lettuce and other vegetables (and well you should be!), washing these vegetables in a solution of thyme can act as a decontaminant against Shigella, a diarrhea-causing organism.
Gargling with tepid thyme water or drinking few sips of thyme tea may help relieve coughs, sore throat, and bronchitis symptoms. And thyme can be used as a mouthwash to cut down on cavities and gingivitis!
Insects don’t seem to like the smell of thyme (although I really do) and planting thyme in your garden could cut down on pesky garden pests. And a great mosquito repellent is an infusion of thyme in water in a spray bottle!
If you could put thyme in a bottle, you could add some extra virgin olive oil and have yourself a great base for a Mediterranean salad dressing. The Greeks have used thyme-infused honey for generations to decrease the incidence and effects of the common cold. Thyme is a great flavor enhancer for a plain old chicken breast, and add some honey to it for a great Greek delight!
Red Wine - Romantic for Naturally Beautiful Women
Naturally Beautiful Women of the World – here’s an old French saying for you -
“In water one sees one’s own face;
But in wine one beholds the heart of another.”
For those of you who do drink wine (and there’s nothing wrong with not drinking it), there is an added benefit – it’s sexy and romantic!!! We’ve heard so much about the benefits of the moderate drinking of red wine – antioxidants which increase levels of good cholesterol and lower the incidence of heart disease. Red wine may help you sleep, reduce the incidence of several types of cancer, aid your natural health by reducing inflammation and the diseases caused by it.
But right here and right now, I’m telling you that red wine is sexy for you! Red wine causes the arteries to dilate and increases the flow of blood throughout the body, increasing in turn a woman’s sexual desires!!!! In Italy, a study was done on almost 800 women between the ages of 18 and 50. This study showed that drinking 1 to 2 glasses of red wine a day increased women’s sexual desires. You know those Italians know their aphrodisiacs – and their wines.
I’m not saying if you don’t drink, you should run out and start right now. For many, this is not an option. And for those who drink too much, they will experience the opposite effect – falling asleep and snoring or getting drunk is not sexy at all!
But if you like a little red wine now and then, reach for the musky masculine scented ones as they mimic the aroma of male pheromones – and gentleman, that’s what starts a lot of ladies’ engines. ROARRRRR!
Green Tea Natural Health Benefits
Green tea (Camellia Sinesis) is gaining ground as one of the primary things you should consume to increase your natural health. There are three types of tea (not counting herbal which is not part of the tea family) – green, black and oolong. Green tea is made from the unfermented leaves of the tea plant, and has been shown to contain the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants called polyphenols. We know, of course, that antioxidants help the body to fight against free radical damage that can cause or contribute to cancer and cardiovascular disease. Green tea is constantly being studied as to its role in preventing these diseases.
Green tea contains a highly concentrated form of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) which scientists have found to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, in particular breast cancer, and diminish the risk of reoccurrence. An analysis of 22 studies of the correlation between green tea and lung cancer has initial findings that show how by drinking at least two cups of green tea each day may reduce the risk of developing lung cancer by 18%.
Green tea has also been shown to help reduce inflammation associated with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two types of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Green tea has been used for centuries in Eastern cultures to control blood sugar in the body, which reduces the incidence of diabetes.
A study done by Dr. Orhan Aktas from the Institute of Neuroimmunology concluded that the catechin EGCG found in green tea is capable of directly protecting against neuronal injury in living brain tissue and that this might prove to be a new treatment for MS because of the combining of green tea’s anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective capacities.
Other research has shown that green tea is indicated in reducing the pain or rheumatoid arthritis, helping to keep arteries free of plaque by lowering bad LDL cholesterol, boosting the immune system, cutting down on periodontal disease, and reducing allergies and infections.
If even one of these claims is true, and in this case I believe they are, I say Go for the Green! Next – G is for Green Tea – Great for Getting Slim!
Flax Seeds for Natural Health
They may look like tiny little flecks of nothing, but these small seeds are full of things we need to add to our diets to increase our natural health! Flax seeds are one of the richest sources of Omega 3 fatty acids which act as antioxidants and reduce the damage to our health from those crazy free radicals.
Flax seeds reduce the inflammation and pain of debilitating diseases like arthritis and asthma, while they help to raise our moods and keep us from depression.
Flax seeds are high in fiber which lowers bad cholesterol, stabilizes blood sugar, and promotes healthy digestion which in turn can lead to weight loss! They’re also high in phytochemicals like lignans which research show to be helpful in balancing female hormones, therefore reducing the stress of menopause or premenstrual syndrome, while promoting fertility and decreasing the risk of breast cancer and diabetes.
Wow! A lot of punch in a small package. You have to grind the seeds to release the potent powers of flax seeds. And for a great and naturally healthy breakfast, why not try delicious Flax Seed French Toast – a great way to start the day!
Flax Seeds for Natural Health
FLAX SEED FRENCH TOAST
- 4 Eggs
- 2 TBL ground Flax meal
- 1/2 tsp. almond extract.
- 4 slices whole wheat bread
- Sliced banana
Mix eggs, flax meal, and almond extract in a shallow bowl. Dip whole wheat bread into mixture and soak both sides of bread. Remove from bowl and place on a griddle. Cook both sides until egg is no longer runny. Top with sliced banana and a little pure natural maple syrup!