Dill

December 3, 2018

Its that time of the year around the world where we begin to celebrate the “silly season”.  We over indulge in festive foods and treats.  Among its many health benefits did you know DILL can relieve an upset stomach, bloating, gas and nausea.

 

Want to know more about the health benefits of DILL? 

  DILL Dill (Anethum graveolens), is a popular culinary herb which has been used medicinally since ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman times. It is an annual herb in the celery family Apiaceae, and is the only species in the genus Anethum. This herb often grows up to 40 – 60cm and has slender, hollow stems, and alternate, finely divided, feathery leaves which are similar to those of fennel, except harder in texture. The flowers are commonly white to yellow in colour and the aroma is similar to that of aniseed. Dill originated in the Mediterranean region, specifically southern Russia, and West Africa. The parts of this plant commonly used are the leaves, flowers, and seeds. The leaves should be picked fresh, usually after the plant has reached 8.5cm in height, as the leaves are often difficult to dry successfully. The dried leaves need to be stored in an airtig

July 25, 2018

Kale is a leafy vegetable from the cabbage (Brassica oleracea) family, that is related to other vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts. It can come in many different colours and varieties, with one of the most common being curly kale, or Scots kale, which is distinguished by green, curly leaves, and a hard, fibrous stem. Kale grows best in cooler climates, especially Mediterranean regions, but is also found in many other areas of the world. Kale leaves can be flat or curly, and grow up to 6 feet in height, with colours including green, purple, white, and lavender. It is an extremely nutrient dense food, full of important vitamins and minerals that the body requires to function on a cellular level. It also contains very low amounts of calories and fats, with a large portion of the fat amount being the healthy omega-3 fatty acid known as alpha linoleic acid.   When it comes to buying

June 3, 2018

Health Benefits of Wine

Wine is an alcoholic drink many people enjoy dinner or to relax. It is an alcoholic beverage made from grapes which have been fermented without the addition of acids, sugars, enzymes, or other nutrients. In this process, yeast consumes the sugar in the fruit and converts it to ethanol and carbon dioxide. Different strains of yeast and different varieties of grapes produce different styles of wine. There are some varieties of wine that are not made from grapes and these include rice wines, and fruit wines such as plum, cherry, pomegranate, and elderberry. Red wines are made from the dark coloured grape varieties and involve the extraction of colour and flavour components from the grape skins. White wines, on the other hand, are made from the fermentation of non-coloured grape pulps, with the process not allowing any colouration from the skins. Because the skin of the grapes contains most of the antioxidants, red wines generally contain higher amounts of these antioxidant compounds. 

March 27, 2018

The benefits of frankincense oil can be obtained by topical application, inhalation via a diffuser or vaporizer, or by ingesting it in small amounts. For pain relief, massage the oil into the affected area. Using a diffuser, vaporizer, or inhaler works for the treatment of colds, coughs, and other respiratory conditions and blockages. Frankincense can be applied directly to the skin in most cases, or can be blended with carrier oils such as jojoba, coconut, or almond oils. Most packaging and labelling will describe whether or not that particular blend of oil will require dilution. When taking frankincense oil internally, it is best to dilute it in an edible carrier oil (such as coconut), or in a teaspoon of honey, in a glass of water, or in any non-acidic, non-dairy beverage. You can also put a drop or two beneath your tongue. It is thought that rubbing a few drops of the oil into the soles of the feet each day will help to strength

September 17, 2017

THE MINT FAMILY:

Mentha, commonly known as mint, is a genus of plants in the Lamiaceae family. There are a number of different species of mint, along with many hybrids, due to the natural occurrence of cross-breeding between species. Mint plants are aromatic, mainly perennial herbs with highly fragrant, toothed, opposing leaves, and tiny white, pink, or purple flowers, arranged in clusters forming whorls or a spike. Many characteristics of the mint plant can vary with differing species, but will always be characterized by a square stem. The colour of the leaves can vary from a dark green to grey, purple, blue, and even pale yellow. These plants can often grow up to about 2 – 3 feet tall, and will commonly spread out along the ground. Mint plants produce a fruit called a nutlet which contains 1 to 4 seeds. Propagation is considered an easier form of reproduction for mint. The volatile oils which are extracted from the plant are found in resinous dots located in the leaves and stems. The name Mentha is derived from the Greek word minthe, personified in Greek mythology as Minthe, a naiad who was transformed into a mint plant by Persephone when she tried to seduce Hades. The mint plant originated in Europe, Asia, North America, Australia, and Africa, but has been widely distributed throughout the temperate areas of the world, a

April 28, 2017

GINGER

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a flowering plant that is popularly used as a spice or medicinal herb. This plant grows about a metre tall, with narrow green leaves and yellow flowers that originated in the tropical rainforest of Southern Asia. This herb no longer grows wild but is commonly found in India. Indian ginger also has the largest amount of genetic variation. Ginger was exported to Europe in the first century AD and was used extensively by the Romans. The rhizome (root cluster) is the main part of the plant that is harvested and used.  

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Stimulates the production of saliva, making swallowing easier
  • Alleviates nausea caused by seasickness/ motion sickness, morning sickness, and chemotherapy
  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Decreases blood pressure
  • Alleviates arthritis
  • Decreases the risk of cancer and destroys ovarian and colon cancer cells
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Aids digestion
  • Aids with heartburn and acid reflux
  • Eases headaches and sore throats
  • Helps with the cold or flu
  • Aids with asthma, bronchitis, coughs, and other lung/throat disorders
  • Alleviates colic, loss of appetite, heart palpitations, and diarrhoea
  • Reduces menstrual pain
  • May lower cholesterol levels

April 5, 2017

B VITAMINS

B Vitamins are a group of 8 water soluble vitamins that are essential for certain bodily functions, such as metabolism, energy production, and nervous system function.  

  • Vitamin B-2 (riboflavin): Aids with cellular energy production and is important for protein metabolism. It also affects the metabolism of iron in positive ways, and produces important antioxidants which help to prevent free radical cells. It is also needed to change Vitamin B-6 and folate into forms the body can use. Food sources include: almonds, brewer’s yeast, wholegrains, wheat germ, mushrooms, soy beans, wild rice, dairy, eggs, broccoli, spinach, brussel sprouts, beet greens, asparagus, turkey, beef liver, salmon, and lamb. Riboflavin is destroyed by light so foods containing the vitamin should be stored away. It can also be lost in water when foods are boiled or soaked. It is best absorbed when taken in between meals. Riboflavin is considered safe, even at high doses. Possible side effects include: itching, numbness, burning or prickling sensations, bright yellow urine, and sensitivity to light. Taking only certain vitamin B supplements at one time can upset the balance of the other important B vitamins. This vitamin can interact with other medications so it is best to seek medical advice before taking any supplements.

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January 18, 2017

Mango Tango Healing: Packed full of carotenoids, flavonoids and glucosinolates, this infusion has immense cancer prevention potential.  It contains key nutrients in the protection of our body from problems related to oxidative stress, problems which are factors in bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer.   Focus on: Prostate Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Colon Cancer, Breast Cancer.   While kale forms the superfood base for this risk-reducing infustion.  It’s the combination of mango, fresh lime and coconut that elevates its health-giving goodness.  This tropically flavoured elixir would be quite at home at your favourite resort.   1 cup mango ½ lime – peeled 2 cups kale ¼ cup shredded coconut 1 ½ cups coconut water.   Mango – Vitamin A, and C, Niacin, Dietary Fibre, Copper, Carotenoids Kale – Vitamins A, B, C and E, Dietary Fibre, Iron, Calcium, Beta-Carotene, Lutein, Copper Lime – Vitamin C, Limonene, Flavonoids, Carotenoids, Potassium Coconut – Protein, Manganese, Molybenum, Copper, Selenium, Zinc   Reference: Discover the Healing Power of Nutrient Infusion reference:  http://nutriinfusion.com.au/products/recipe-book/

January 5, 2017

GINSENG

Ginseng is any of the eleven types of short, perennial plants with fleshy roots belonging to the genus Panax of the Araliaceae family. There are three main types of ginseng: Panax ginseng (Asian), Panax quinquefolius (American), and Siberian ginseng and these are commonly found in Eastern areas of Asia, and North America. Siberian ginseng is cheaper and less potent than Panax ginseng, and while both types are adaptogenic herbs, Siberian and Panax ginseng have different active compounds (Siberian has eleutherosides rather than ginsenosides).  

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Boosts the immune system
  • Lowers blood sugar levels
  • Improves concentration and brain function (and therefore protects against Alzheimer’s)
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Improves mood and combats depression
  • Boosts energy levels
  • Has adaptogenic properties
  • Aids with weight loss by boosting the metabolism and working as an appetite suppressant
  • Improves lung function
  • Treats sexual dysfunction
  • Prevents cancer by inhibiting tumour growth
  • Treats Hepatitis C
  • Alleviates menopausal symptoms

 

WARNINGS:

Ginseng can cause mild anxiety and insomnia especially in people who are predisposed. Other side effects include headaches, st

November 4, 2016

CHAMOMILE

This herb has been used for centuries to calm the nerves and induce sleep. It is from a daisy-like family of plants called Asteraceae, and while there are many different types of chamomile, the most common are German Chamomile (Marticaria recutita), and Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). Chamomile is known to be used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, and was also popular throughout the middle ages.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Calms the nerves
  • Reduces internal inflammation
  • Reduces bloating and flatulence
  • Aids with teething pain
  • Reduces nasal congestion
  • Soothes skin irritations such as eczema, and psoriasis
  • Alleviates menstrual cramps
  • Aids with sleep
  • Reduces fever
  • Treats colds