Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Benefits of Nettle Tea

Pick nettles for tea during spring and summer.

Part used as a tea: Leaf and flowering top
How to make it: Use 1 teabag, 1 tsp of dried Nettle leaf, or 2 tsp of fresh Nettle leaf to a cup and leave to brew for at least 5 minutes. People worry about drinking the tea made from the fresh plant, but it is quite safe - boiling water breaks down the hairs that cause the sting! However, you still have to take care when picking or handling it, either wear gloves or grasp the nettle firmly, in which case it should not sting. Nettle are best picked during Spring and Summer for use as a tea, though for use as a vegetable they should be picked when young and tender in the spring.
How much to use: Drink the tea, from the fresh or dried plant, up to 5 or 6 cups a day. For short term use - a few days - you can take more.
Flavour and taste: Nettle has a particularly 'green' flavour as a tea, not entirely unlike spinach! Try it out and do not be put off by this description, as it is a pleasant and very useful herbal tea.
Health benefits: Nettle is a much underrated herb. Not only is it rich in iron and good for staunching wounds and reducing blood loss (which makes it a useful plant for heavy menstrual bleeding), but it has a significant anti-allergy effect. Nettle helps to reduce the intensity of hay fever symptoms, can be very helpful in a number of skin problems - especially nettle rash (!) and eczema, and may help in some asthmatic and bronchial conditions.
Nettle has long been used as a spring tonic in country regions, and partly because it is a 'greedy' plant drawing up many nutrients from the soil, it does have a tonic, strengthening effect if taken regularly.
Interestingly, recent research into Nettle root suggests that it may be an effective treatment for an enlarged prostrate, a condition which troubles an increasingly large number of men. Nettle leaf and root is a great hair tonic. Use a strong decoction and rub into the scalp 3 times a day to stimulate hair growth and reduce itching and flaking.
History and Folklore: Nettle has not always been reviled, and in fact in the past was thought of as an extremely useful plant to have around. Not only can it be eaten as a vegetable, taken as a herbal medicine, and fed as dry fodder to animals, but its stems can be used to make good linen. The Romans, however, had the most novel approach to Nettles. The story goes that they brought Nettle seeds with them to northerly Britain, so that they could flog their cold and aching limbs with Nettles, the stinging causing so much irritation that the circulation is improved and arthritic joints eased!



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Maintaining Health through Alkalinity


pH test strips can be used to check alkalinity level of the body.
The pH of the body is very important to its overall health. You can check yours to see if it is within the healthy range by testing your urine or saliva using pH test strips. A healthy pH is just above 7.0. Anything above 7.0 is called alkaline and anything below 7.0 is acid. All our bodily functions operate better in alkaline conditions. We can maintain an alkaline state easily through diet and exercise and by maintaining a healthy balanced lifestyle.
When we are stressed or overworked an acid condition will result and sickness automatically follows. An acid condition has an adverse effect on human cell function causing impaired energy production, fluid accumulation and an increase in free radical generation. Avoiding foods that cause acidity in the body is as important as maintaining a healthy life balance. 
These days people are rarely too alkaline because their diets are, more often than not, too high in acid forming substances like refined sugar, animal and dairy products, alcohol and drugs. 


Supplement your diet with Alkaline Foods.
Foods that will help you to maintain an alkaline state
You can eat lots of them!

  • Alfalfa Grass +29.3
  • Barely Grass +28.1
  • Cabbage Lettuce, Fresh +14.1
  • Carrot +10.0
  • Cayenne Pepper +18.8
  • Celery +13.3
  • Chives +10.0
  • Cucumber, Fresh +31.5
  • Green Beans +11.2
  • Limes +10.0
  • Spinach +13.0
  • Wheatgrass +33.8
  • Avocado +15.6
  • Tomato +13.6

Balance your diet by, supplementing with all or any of the above, eating moderate amounts of organic unprocessed grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, cooking with good oils, and choosing to eat only good quality fresh fish or organic meat. Avoid processed meat and dairy products, refined sugar and alcohol. We can also maintain a healthy pH balance by meditating, chewing food very well, breathing deeply, getting plenty of fresh clean air and water and exercising regularly. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Healing Juices - A dictionary of Ailments

An exerpt from Healing Juices by Helen J. Simpson

Healing Vegetable Juices
The following index provides information obtained after careful research and interviews with health professionals. It is merely a guide and is not intended to replace qualified medical advice, for only a trained health care professional can diagnose and treat serious illness, but it can be used alongside medical advice. 

ACIDOSIS
Papaya, pineapple

ACNE
Blueberry, mango, papaya, strawberry, asparagus, Brussels sprout, carrot, cucumber, dandelion, green (bell) pepper, lettuce, parsnip, spinach, turnip and turnip greens, watercress, wheatgrass

ANAEMIA
Apple, apricot, cherry, grape, lemon, lime, orange, prune, alfalfa, asparagus, beansprout, beetroot, dandelion, endive, kale, lettuce, nettle, parsley, purslane, spinach, string bean, Swiss chard, tomato, turnip, watercress, wheatgrass

ANXIETY
Cantaloupe melon, grape, pineapple, strawberry, broccoli, carrot, celery, garlic, kale, parsley, red (bell) pepper, root ginger, spinach, spring greens (collard greens), Swiss chard, wheatgrass

ARTHRITIS
Apple, cherry, prune, watermelon, beansprout, beetroot (red beet) carrot, cucumber, fennel, kale, leek, parsley, parsnip, potato, radish, spinach, sweet (bell) pepper, turnip, wheatgrass

ASTHMA
Cranberry, lemon, orange, asparagus, cabbage, carrot, celery, kale, garlic, Kohlrabi, parsley, parsnip, radish, red Swiss chard, spinach, spring greens (collard greens), turnip, watercress, wheatgrass


Fresh Blueberries
BLADDER DISORDERS
Blueberry, cranberry, melon, peach, pear, plum, watermelon, beetroot (red beet), Brussels sprout, cabbage, carrot, cucumber, dandelion, endive, marrow (squash), nettle, onion, parsley, parsnip, purslane, tomato, turnip, watercress, wheatgrass

BLEEDING GUMS
Nettle

BLOOD DISORDERS
Grape, lemon, lime, orange, papaya, pineapple

BLOOD PRESSURE PROBLEMS
Kiwi fruit, orange, beetroot (red beet), Brussels sprout, cabbage, cucumber, spinach, sweet (bell) pepper, wheatgrass

BONE PROBLEMS
Alfalfa, broccoli, dandelion, parsnip, wheatgrass

BRONCHITIS
Cabbage, celery, fennel, garlic, Swiss chard, turnip, wheatgrass

CANCER
Apricot, citrus fruits, grape, asparagus, beetroot (red beet), broccoli, carrot, garlic, kale, parsley, parsnip, radish, spinach, Swiss chard, turnip, watercress, wheatgrass

CANDIDIASIS see Thrush

CATARRH
Cherry, citrus fruits, grape, kiwi fruit, kohlrabi, radish, spring onion (scallion)

CIRCULATORY WEAKNESS
Apple, blackberry, blackcurrant, kiwi fruit, plum, raspberry, beetroot (red beet), broccoli, cabbage, carrot, celery, cucumber, dandelion, garlic, green (bell) pepper, kale, onion, parsley, potato, spinach, turnip, watercress, wheatgrass

COLDS AND FLU
Citrus fruits, elderberry, kiwi fruit, papaya, pineapple

COLITIS
Beetroot (red beet), Brussels sprout, cabbage, spinach, wheatgrass


Fresh Mango Juice
CONSTIPATION
Apple, apricot, cherry, elderberry, grape, lemon, lime, mango, melon, papaya, peach, pear, plum, pomegranate, prune, quince, strawberry, Brussels sprout, cabbage, celery, cucumber, dandelion, endive, leek, lettuce, potato, purslane, spinach, wheatgrass

CONVALESCENCE
Blackcurrant, raspberry

COUGHS
Citrus fruits, kiwi fruit, papaya, horseradish, onion, spring onion (scallion)

CRAMPS
Cherry, watermelon

CYSTITIS
Apple, blackcurrant, cantaloupe melon, cranberry, lemon, papaya, pomegranate, beetroot (red beet), broccoli, carrot, celery, cucumber, green (bell) pepper, kale, parsley, spinach, spring greens (collard greens), wheatgrass

DEPRESSION
Pineapple, beetroot (red beet), broccoli, carrot, dandelion, garlic, green (bell) pepper, kale, parsley, spinach, spring greens (collard greens)

DIABETES
Papaya, beansprout, Brussels sprout, carrot, celery, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, lettuce, parsley, parsnip, spinach, string bean, turnip, wheatgrass

DIARRHOEA
Blackberry, blueberry, cranberry, beetroot (red beet), carrot, celery, parsley, spinach

DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS
Kiwi fruit, raspberry, beansprout, Brussels sprout, onion, parsnip, potato, spinach, tomato, watercress

EAR DISORDERS
Grapefruit, lemon


Red Beetroot
ECZEMA
Papaya, beetroot (red beet), carrot, cucumber, kohlrabi, nettle, potato, radish, spinach, watercress

EYE DISORDERS
Alfalfa, asparagus, beetroot (red beet), carrot, celery, dandelion, endive, kale, parsley, parsnip, spinach, sweet (bell) pepper, turnip, wheatgrass

FATIGUE
Grapefruit, kiwi fruit, orange, plum, alfalfa, beans, beansprout, beetroot (red beet), broccoli, Brussels sprout, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, onion, parsley, potato, red Swiss chard, root ginger, spring greens (collard greens), turnip, wheatgrass

FEVER
Citrus fruits, cranberry, elderberry, grape, strawberry, beetroot (red beet), cabbage, cucumber, garlic, onion, root ginger

FLUID RETENTION
Cranberry, elderberry, strawberry, watermelon, beansprout, celery, cucumber, fenugreek

GALLSTONES
Cherry

GOUT
Apple, cherry, citrus fruits, grape, papaya. pineapple, strawberry, asparagus, carrot, celery, fennel, parsley, spinach, string bean, tomato

HEMORRHOIDS
Grape, prune, carrot, nettle, potato, spinach, turnip, watercress, wheatgrass

HAIR LOSS
Lime, alfalfa, cabbage, cucumber, kale, lettuce, spinach, sweet (bell) pepper, watercress, wheatgrass

HALITOSIS
Cabbage, carrot, cucumber, spinach

HANGOVER
Citrus fruits, mango, pineapple, carrot, cucumber, kale, wheatgrass

HAY FEVER
Kale, parsnip, wheatgrass

HEADACHE
Apple, cantaloupe melon, celery, dandelion, fennel, garlic, parsley, root ginger, spring greens (collard greens)

HEART PROBLEMS
Orange, papaya, beetroot (red beet), Brussels sprout, dandelion, endive, fenugreek, parsley, purslane, spinach, spring onion (scallion), sweet (bell) pepper, turnip, wheatgrass

IMPOTENCE
Alfalfa, kale, wheatgrass

INDIGESTION
Apple, cherry, citrus fruits, cranberry, grape, mango, papaya, peach, pineapple, strawberry

INFECTION
Lemon, lime, Brussels sprout, spinach, turnip, wheatgrass

INSOMNIA
Grapefruit, lime, pear, celery, lettuce

JAUNDICE
Beetroot (red beet)

JOINT PROBLEMS
Broccoli, leek


Carrot Juice
KIDNEY DISORDERS
Apple, cranberry, grape, mango, melon, nettle, papaya, pineapple, strawberry, watermelon, alfalfa, asparagus, beetroot (red beet), Brussels sprout, cabbage, carrot, celery, cucumber, dandelion, fennel, parsley, spinach, tomato, turnip, watercress, wheatgrass

LARYNGITIS
Beetroot (red beet), carrot, cucumber, spinach

LIVER DISORDERS
Apple, citrus fruits, grape, mango, papaya, pear, alfalfa, asparagus, beans, beetroot (red beet), carrot, celery, dandelion, endive, fennel, kale, lettuce, parsley, parsnip, spinach, tomato, turnip, watercress, wheatgrass

LUNG DISORDERS
Cranberry, orange, kohlrabi, radish, turnip

MENOPAUSE
Blackberry, grapefruit, orange, pineapple, pomegranate, strawberry, beetroot (red beet), carrot, parsley, spinach, Swiss chard, tomato


Cherry Juice
MENSTRUAL PROBLEMS
Cherry, grapefruit, pineapple, beetroot (red beet), fennel, Swiss chard, watercress

MIGRAINE see Headache and Migraine

MOTION SICKNESS
Strawberry, broccoli, kale, lettuce, root ginger, spinach, sweet (bell) pepper, turnip greens

MOUTH ULCERS
Cantaloupe melon, cabbage, carrot, celery, root ginger, spinach, spring greens (collard greens), wheatgrass

MUCOUS MEMBRANES see Catarrh

MUSCULAR PROBLEMS
Asparagus, beansprout, beetroot (red beet), carrot, celery, kale, lettuce, parsley, potato, red (bell) pepper, spinach, spring greens (collard greens), Swiss chard, watercress

NAUSEA
Strawberry, kale, lettuce, root ginger, spinach, sweet (bell) pepper, turnip greens

NERVOUS DISORDERS
Lime, asparagus, beetroot (red beet), Brussels sprout, carrot, celery, dandelion, fennel, lettuce, spinach, wheatgrass

PAIN
Strawberry

PNEUMONIA
Lemon, lime, pineapple, strawberry

PREMATURE AGEING
Wheatgrass

PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH
Grapefruit, peach, alfalfa, kale, parsnip

PROSTRATE DISORDERS
Cherry, cranberry, pear, strawberry, watermelon, asparagus, beetroot (red beet), carrot, cucumber, lettuce, parsley, spinach

PYORRHOEA
Citrus fruits, pineapple, strawberry, cabbage, kale, spinach, wheatgrass

RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS
Blackcurrant, elderberry, leek, onion, watercress

RHEUMATISM
Apple, cherry, grape, lemon, lime, orange, strawberry, asparagus, beans, beetroot (red beet), carrot, celery, cucumber, watercress

SCIATICA
Cherry, papaya, pineapple

SINUSITIA
Cherry, papaya, pineapple

SKIN DISORDERS
Blackberry, citrus fruits, cranberry, grape, kiwi fruit, melon, watermelon, asparagus, beetroot (red beet), cabbage, carrot, cucumber, dandelion, endive, fennel, fenugreek, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, parsley, parsnip, purslane, radish, spinach, spring onion (scallion), string bean, sweet (bell) pepper, Swiss chard, tomato, turnip, watercress, wheatgrass

SORE THROAT
Citrus fruit, kiwi fruit, papaya, pineapple

STRESS
Cantaloupe melon, grape, kiwi fruit, pineapple, strawberry, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, celery, garlic, kale, parsley, red (bell) pepper, root ginger, spinach, spring greens (collard greens), Swiss chard, wheatgrass

THRUSH
Beetroot (red beet) greens, broccoli, carrot, dandelion, garlic, kale, parsley, radish, res Swiss chard, root ginger, spinach, turnip greens

THYROID DISORDERS
Strawberry, alfalfa, kohlrabi, radish

TIREDNESS see Fatigue

TUMOURS
Grape, papaya

ULCERS
Mango, papaya, cabbage, carrot, kale, parsnip, potato, spinach, wheatgrass

URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS
Cranberry, garlic, leek, parsley, watercress

VARICOSE VEINS
Grapefruit, watermelon, asparagus, carrot, potato, spinach, turnip, watercress


Fresh Strawberry Juice
WEIGHT LOSS (OBESITY)
Apple, cherry, citrus fruits, cranberry, grape, kiwi fruit, mango, papaya, pineapple, prune, strawberry, watermelon, alfalfa, artichoke, beansprout, beetroot (red beet), carrot, celery, cucumber, dandelion, endive, fennel, fenugreek, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, parsley, parsnip, spinach, spring onion (scallion), tomato, turnip, watercress, wheatgrass

Friday, February 7, 2014

Healthy Smoothies to Enhance your Love Life

These recipes are taken from the book, Healing Juice by Helen J. Simpson and adapted ever so slightly. 

Aprodites Love Potion 

Serves (at least) 2

Certain foods have been recommended for provoking erotic desire. Some fruits play their part in Provoking desire: those that are rich in vitamins A and E and zinc are said to be particularly potent sex enhancers.

1 mango
1 pineapple
7 apricots
Juice of 1 orange
1 tsp honey

Half the mango and remove the stone, cut into chunks and place in the blender. Remove the skin from the pineapple and cut the flesh into chunks and place in blender, stone the apricots and add them whole. Add the juice from the orange and the honey. Blend until completely smooth. Add extra water if too thick and blend again. Decorate with fresh mint leaves.







Venus Awakened

Serves 2

No wonder the perfumed strawberry is the symbol of venus, Goddess of love!

14 strawberries
2 nectarines
14 raspberries
1 cup of coconut milk
1 teaspoon of honey

Place the whole strawberries the blender. Slice and remove the stone from the nectarines and add to the strawberries. Add the whole raspberries, the honey and blend until full smooth. Add coconut milk to the desired consistency and blend again. Again add a few mint leaves to decorate.

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