As winter sets in, it is important to adjust our diets accordingly to accommodate the influx of the different bacteria that can get the better of us during the colder months.
This delicious, traditional “medicine in a cup” soup recipe will give you all you need to stay protected and keep your body full of vigour this winter.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, each ingredient that we eat directly correlates to a specific part of the body or bodily function. This being said, every individual is different, and it is therefore important to listen to your body and select foods that are specific to your symptoms.
Ginger is one of those foods that cause a warming effect on the body. When we think about the summer months, we associate that time of year with fresh, cooling foods such as cucumber and tomato. When considering foods during the colder months of the year, we should be thinking of warming spices such as ginger, cinnamon and hearty soups.
The addition of garlic makes this recipe a sure cure and prevention for ailments such as the flu, common cold and various sinus infections that can affect the body more easily during the winter.
Below is a fantastic recipe which combines the healing properties of garlic and ginger, with the hearty, wholesome, warming qualities of a delicious winter meal.
- 4 Green onions – finely sliced
- 50g of finely sliced of grated root ginger
- 2 cloves of garlic – peeled and finely diced
- 7 cups of chicken broth or stock (vegetable stock for vegetarians)
- 1 finely diced medium-hot chilli
- Optional mushrooms – chopped up or whole baby button
- Place the onions, garlic, mushrooms (if using) and ginger in a large saucepan and gently saute on a low heat for 2 minutes.
- Add the stock and bring to the boil.
- Gently simmer until all the ingredients are softened.
- Add the chopped chilli and simmer for a further 5 minutes before serving with warm, crusty bread and a glass of lemon water (to encourage digestion and add further anti-bacterial nutrients to your meal).
Coughing and breathing difficulties are often caused by nasal or throat obstructions. The phlegm in the lungs also contributes to these health issues. Even though it is not a life-threatening condition, it affects the quality of life. Moreover, if it is not treated, if may lead to more severe health issues.
What does phlegm represent?
Phlegm is a sticky substance that is secreted by the mucus of the respiratory system. Mucus membranes produce phlegm to protect the respiratory system. Namely, the mucus is very sticky, so that it traps allergies, dust and viruses.
Its function is to prevent infections, like cold. When the mucus concentrates in the chest and the throat, it leads to coughing. Nevertheless, increased concentration of phlegm in the lungs as a result of cold, bacterial infections, viruses, flu, may lead to severe health conditions.
In addition, it may lead to runny nose, weakened body, fever, cough and breathing difficulties. If the phlegm is not eliminated, it may obstruct the bronchial tubes, thus causing other health issues.
However, there are several natural treatments used to eliminate concentrated amounts of phlegm in the lungs and to sooth respiratory issues more effectively. Some of the most efficient are:
Ginger represents a beneficial antihistamine and natural decongestant that has antibacterial, antiviral and expectorant properties. The ginger root can relieve throat and chest congestion by getting rid of the phlegm. To maintain your health and to treat respiratory infections, you should either drink a several cups of ginger root or consume 3 – 4 slices of ginger on a daily basis.
How to prepare the ginger tee?
You will need these ingredients:
• Two cups of water
• A teaspoon of honey
• A teaspoon of peppercorn
• 6 – 7 ginger slices
In a pan, boil the water and add the peppercorn and the slices of ginger. When the water boils, cover it and leave it to boil for a minute. Simmer the mixture on a medium heat for 5 – 7 minutes. Leave the mixture to cool and then add organic honey. To eliminate breathing difficulties and prevent congestion, consume 2 – 3 cups of ginger on a regular basis.
2. Lemon and Honey
The mixture of lemon and raw honey can relieve the respiratory tract and sooth coughing. Both the lemon and the honey have antifungal and antibacterial properties. Moreover, the lemon contains Vitamin C, which prevents congestion and boosts up the immune system. Therefore, the acidity of the lemon breaks down the mucus.
How to prepare it?
You will need these ingredients:
• Two tablespoons of lemon juice
• One tablespoon of organic honey
In a bowl, mix the lemon juice and the organic honey. Consume it 3 times per day in order to relieve infections and prevent congestion.
3. Steam Inhalation
Steam inhalation is one of the most efficient home remedies for preventing chest congestion and eliminating mucus. Steaming will help you to restrain clogged mucus. For better results, you can try infusing water with some herbs.
You will need the following ingredients:
• 4 – 5 cups of boiling water
• Half a teaspoon of rosemary (dried)
• Half a teaspoon of thyme
In a bowl, boil the water and add the rosemary and the thyme. Then, cover your head with a towel and inhale the steam. It will help you loosen the secretion. You can repeat the inhalation process several times per day.
In addition, you can take a shower steam twice per day. Stay in a hot bath for 10 minutes in order to break down the mucus. However, after taking the bath, you should moisture your body, because warm water dries the skin.
The benefits of steaming can be increased by adding essential oils that destroy germs, reduce inflammation and sooth congestion. For instance, tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties that treat respiratory infections and irritated throat. Moreover, menthol oil soothes congestion and eliminates symptoms of asthma and sinus infections.
Turmeric is rich in curcuma, which has powerful antibacterial and antiseptic properties that reduce phlegm by eliminating bacteria that cause mucus. Moreover, it boosts up the immune system.
How to use it?
You will need the following ingredients:
• A teaspoon of turmeric
• A glass of water (warm)
• Half a teaspoon of salt
In a glass of warm water add the turmeric. Then, add the salt and mix it well. You should gargle the mixture 3 – 4 times per day for several minutes. It will help you to treat respiratory infections and to get rid of phlegm in the chest.
You can also try gargling warm salt water. While the salt will help you to eliminate bacteria and reduce phlegm, the warm water will relieve the irritated throat.
To reduce phlegm, you should blow your nose, raise the humidity at your home, apply warm compresses on the affected areas, limit exposure to irritants, drink warm liquids, but avoid drinking cold drinks. Smoking also contributes to irritated respiratory tract and chest congestion.
Household cleaners and chemicals, paint fumes lead to irritated throat and lungs, and increased mucus production. To reduce congestion, you should consume spice your meals with pepper, chili, capsaicin, and garlic.
Sciatica pain is an extremely uncomfortable and unbearable health issue and can be a result of an injury, spinal stenosis, ruptured disk, etc.
The piriformis syndrome occurs when the sciatic nerve goes through the muscle, and it is characterized by hip and lower back pain.
It is estimated that around 40 percent of people will experience sciatic nerve pain or sciatica at some point in their lives. In most cases, these issues are treated with medications such as muscle relaxants, aspirin, ketoprofen, antidepressants, and acetaminophen.
If you suffer from these issues, you can naturally relieve the pain with the help of the following exercises:
Supine Piriformis Side Stretch
Lie on the floor with a straight back and flat legs. Raise the painful leg, put the foot on the outside of the other leg, and drag the knee across the middle line of the body. Hold for 30 seconds, and repeat with the other leg.
Standing Piriformis Stretch
In a standing position, raise the affected leg above the knee of the other leg, and lower the hip at an angle of 45 degrees. Next, bend the torso upfront while stretching the arms to align them with the floor. With a straight spine, hold for 30 seconds, and repeat with the other leg.
McKenzie Press Up
On the floor with the face down, rest the head for two or three minutes on the sides. Next, put the elbows on the floor to lean on, inhale, and lower the body to relax.
Long Abductor Stretch
Start in a sitting position, and the legs out and far apart. Then, bend the body and put the hands on the ground, while trying to touch the floor with the elbows. Hold for 20 seconds.
Supine Piriformis Stretch
Lie down with bent knees, cross the affected leg, hold its ankle with one hand, and hold the knee with the other. Draw upfront the shoulder in the same line with the ankle, and hold for 30 seconds.
Short Adductor Stretch
From a sitting position, put the legs in front of you, and the left hand on the right ankle, and hold the right hand on the left ankle. Next, push down the knees, and hold for 30 seconds.
With the hands and knees on the floor, and the hands aligned with the shoulders, lift the painful leg while keeping the knee tilt, and lower it again. Repeat 15 times.
Bottom Stretch for the Piriformis Muscle
Start on all fours, and curl the painful foot toward the opposite side, near the hip, toward the shoulder. Try to touch the floor with the forehead, stretch the other leg, and push the hips toward the floor. Hold for 30 seconds, and make three repetitions.
Outer Hip Piriformis Stretch
Lie down with the painful leg bent, and the foot close to the knee of the other leg. Next, curl the leg to the opposite side while touching the ground with the knee.
While stretching the left leg, place the right hand on the knee, and elevate the left hand. Lower the arm in the opposite direction of the knee while trying to touch the ground with the shoulder. Hold for 20 seconds, and repeat with the other leg.
Lie on the painful side, tilt the legs back into an L shape, with the feet parallel to each other. Then, lift the top knee, and hold for a few seconds. Repeat 15 times.
These exercises would be of great help in the treatment of these issues, but make sure you consult your doctor before trying them.
It’s time to celebrate the unsung vegetable: celery. A member of the Umbelliferae family, celery is a vegetable that is abundant with vital nutrients.
Celery can grow up to 16 inches. The white celery contains less chlorophyll compared to the green variation. The ribs of celery are crunchy and they are used for soup or salad.
We should mention that celery has a salty taste, so if you want to juice it, you should mix it with sweeter fruits.
Nutritional Benefits of Celery
Celery leaves are abundant with vitamin A while its steams have a high content of vitamin C, vitamin B1, B2, and B6. They are also packed with nutrients and minerals, including magnesium, sodium, calcium, phosphorus, folate, potassium, iron, and essential amino acids.
When you juice celery, there are released fiber and nutrients which are very beneficial for an optimal bowel movement.
What is more, celery is packed with natural organic sodium essential for our body. This type of salt is completely safe even for people that are sensitive to salt.
It is a well-known fact that nutrients in vegetables may be lost during cooking. However, the compounds found in celery are kept even after cooking.
Health Benefits of Celery
Many nutritionists claim that celery has the ability to lower the blood pressure. Combined with other juices, celery juice can effectively treat various diseases and illnesses.
According to some recent studies, celery can be very beneficial in the cancer fight.
1. Breaking Urinary Stones
Celery juice has a potent diuretic effect. Namely, it eliminates the fluids and reduces the formation of kidney stones and gallbladder.
It contains minerals that can balance the pH and neutralize the acidity of the body.
Celery juice has the ability to normalize the body temperature. This drink is ideal to consume during dry and hot weather.
It is recommended to consume 1 glass, two or three times a day between meals. You will experience a significant difference!
4. Blood Pressure
Celery is an excellent source of organic sodium known for its ability to lower the blood pressure. In order to improve your blood pressure, you should regularly consume celery juice.
Within a week, you will notice great improvements. Celery contains phtalides which can relax your muscles, dilate the vessels, and improve your blood flow.
You should consume celery juice every day, for 1 week. Then, make a break for 3 weeks. Afterwards, you can consume it again.
5. Nervous System
Celery juice is packed with organic alkaline minerals, which can calm down and relax your nervous system. Hence, celery juice is significantly beneficial for people suffering from insomnia.
If you exercise regularly and have an active lifestyle, you should immediately include celery juice in your diet. It can be used as a post-workout drink.
Due to its rich content of minerals, celery juice can replace the lost electrolytes and rehydrate your body.
7. Weight Loss
The regular consumption of celery juice aids weight loss. Consume it throughout the entire day and you will effectively lower your cravings for sweets.
Celery juice is an excellent source of sodium and potassium, both of which can stimulate the urine production and body fluids regulation.
Moreover, it eliminates the excess fluids that are extremely harmful to your health.
9. Kidney Function
It can improve your kidney function by eliminating excess fluids and toxins from your body.
Celery contains polyacetylene, a compound that can treat all types of inflammation, including gout, bronchitis, asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Due to its natural laxative properties, celery can effectively relieve constipation. Additionally, it relaxes the nerves.
Celery juice can lower the LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol levels, the bad cholesterol.
Celery contains anti-carcinogenic compounds. To be more specific it is packed with 8 anti-carcinogenic compounds, including acetylenic which can prevent the development of various tumor cells.
Moreover, celery is packed with phenolic acids which can block the activity of prostaglandins known for their ability to boost the tumor cells and their growth.
Do not forget to mention that celery also contains coumarins which can protect the cells from free radicals damage. They can prevent the development of stomach cancer, especially colon cancer.
Tips on How to Consume Celery
Always opt for green celery because it is abundant with chlorophyll. Don’t choose the celery that has limp ribs, but the one with firm ribs.
You should keep it in your fridge, but first, you should wrap it in a plastic bag or put it in a sealed container. If kept at room temperature, celery will wilt.
If your celery is already wilted, make sure to sprinkle some water on the celery then put it in the fridge and let it stand for a few hours. This will return its crispness.
Celery is known to have its pesticide, which can prevent fungi to attack it. This protective layer is known as ‘psoralens’ and can be critical for some individuals.
Hence, after you consume celery, notice if there are any symptoms. If you experience some issues, it means that you are sensitive to ‘psoralens.’
Celery is not recommended for people with low blood pressure because it can additionally lower their blood pressure.
Even though there are numerous products for rejuvenating the skin on the market, the natural remedies to clean the face, reduce redness, and eliminate dead skin cells are way more effective.
Commercial products are full of chemicals which can cause multiple side effects, while these natural treatments are completely safe and highly beneficial.
The following mixture of baking soda and coconut oil is a miraculous skin care product which will fight acne, cleanse the skin, reduce sagginess and wrinkles, and treat blackheads.
Baking soda is a highly effective cleansing and deodorizing agent, which supports the health of the skin, hair, and teeth, and alkalizes the entire body, thus preventing various diseases and conditions.
On the other hand, the powerful antibacterial, moisturizing and healing properties of coconut oil are amazing for the skin, leaving it hydrated, soft, and smooth.
Therefore, their combination will remove extra oil, dirt, and impurities, and deeply cleanse and exfoliate the skin.
Here is how to prepare it:
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
In a bowl, mix the ingredients in order to get a paste, and apply it to the face, massaging gently. Leave it to act for 5 minutes, and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
In the end, lightly massage the area with the fingers.
Don’t waste your time, and try this amazing natural skin scrub today! The effects will be astonishing!
The medicinal properties of the Aloe Vera plant have been known and appreciated for centuries.
Furthermore, Aloe Vera is a rich source of vitamin B12 which is essential for the production of red blood cells, as well as 20 out of 22 essential amino acids needed by the body in order to function optimally.
Also, this plant detoxifies the body and treats ulcers and indigestion, and the salicylic acids it contains fight bacteria and soothe skin issues.
Researchers have also found that the aloe Vera gel relives more than 50 common diseases. Additionally, it eliminates plaque buildup from the teeth and alleviates oral ulcers. Yet, due to its bitter taste, mix it with some fruit juice.
You can grow your own Aloe Vera plant at home and extract the gel from the fresh leaves or buy it from health stores, but make sure you always have it at home!
Oral health affects our overall wellbeing, but sometimes, going to the dentist can be a really traumatic, painful, and expensive experience. Therefore, if you keep a proper dental hygiene, you can reduce these visits to a minimum.
Yet, we all face some kind of tooth issues at some point in life due to the normal tear and wear, and the acidity of foods we consume cause decay and cavity.
Fortunately, there are effective natural remedies to heal tooth decay and cavity, and here are the three best ones:
- Licorice Root Powder, Activated Charcoal, Sweet Orange Essential Oil and Food Grade Bentonite Clay Powder
- ¼ of Licorice Root Powder
- ½ teaspoon of Activated Charcoal
- 1 drop of Sweet Orange Essential Oil
- A pinch of Food Grade Bentonite Clay powder
In a bowl, mix the ingredients, and brush the teeth with the mixture. Leave it on the teeth for 3 minutes, and rinse with lukewarm water. Repeat the procedure once more.
Note that this treatment should not be done more than once a week.
- Turmeric, Coconut Oil, Clove Oil, and Salt.
- ¼ teaspoon of Turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon of Coconut Oil
- 2 drops of Clove Oil
- A pinch of Salt
In a bowl, mix all these ingredients, and use the mixture to gently brush the teeth, especially the areas affected by cavity. Leave the homemade paste to act for 5 minutes and then rinse.
- Baking Soda, Lemon Juice, Dried Mint Powder and Peppermint Essential Oil
- ½ teaspoon of Baking Soda
- 2 drops of Lemon Juice
- 1 drop of Peppermint Essential Oil
- ¼ teaspoon of Dried Mint Powder (optional)
In a bowl, combine the ingredients to prepare a natural toothpaste, and then brush the teeth. Leave it to act for 3 minutes, and rinse.
Try these homemade remedies and get a healthy and shiny smile again!
For the distribution of many hormones through our body, 99% of the responsibility is taken by the Thyroid. Here is a very short list, if you want to know what is the Thyroid responsible for: body temperature, respiration, cholesterol levels, calcium levels, skin integrity, menstrual cycles, brain development, carbohydrate and fat metabolism, the nervous system and the heart. Taking a look at this list, it is pretty obvious that the thyroid plays a huge role in our general health. One o the most common conditions of the Thyroid, is the hypothyroidism which can be caused from lack of activity from the thyroid. The symptoms of this disease include dry skin, difficulty with concentrating, dry hair, fatigue and mostly weight gain.
Hyperthyroidism can be also caused from overactive thyroid, and it is quite a serious and dangerous condition. The symptoms from this disease are diarrhea, rapid heart beat and losing weight.
The most common treatments for this disease, is surgery, oral radioactive iodine or medications. It is very difficult to do the right treatment, and target what causes the problem, not getting the treatment that is needed can cause a lot of problems, it can make the thyroid to secrete inadequate amounts of some hormones, also it may reduce its function. Which is why, we give you a natural remedy which can help you to boost the function of your thyroid, and improve its health in general.
How Will This Recipe Help Your Thyroid?
Cranberries are the greatest source of iodine (this is a vital food for the thyroid, because all of the hormones in the thyroid contain and are made of iodine).
Vitamin C , mostly is contained in the lemon and orange juice, which also has a lot of antioxidants that can improve the health of your thyroid.
Ginger is a rich source for magnesium, which has proven to be one of the most critical ways of treating or controlling the thyroid disease you are fighting with.
Cinnamon the risk of hypothyroidism is reduced, due to the ability that the ginger has to reduce inflammation.
To provide amazing effects and benefits, make this drink at home, and take it on daily basis. Besides treating your thyroid disease, or preventing from it, you also get a huge boost of vitamins.
Cranberry Thyroid-Boosting Juice
- 1/4 tablespoon of Ceylon cinnamon
- 1/4 tablespoon of dry ginger
- 1 cup of 100% natural and organic cranberry juice
- 7 cups of filtered or spring water
- 1/4 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon
- 3/4 tablespoon of freshly squeezed orange
- 1/4 tablespoon of nutmeg
Put the water in a pot, and put it on heat. Let it on the heater until it starts to boil, then you can add all the spices and the cranberry juice inside. Simmer it for about 20 minutes, then remove it from the heater. Leave it to cool down completely, once it had, add the lemon and orange juice. Drink all of that in one day.
If you want to provide more benefits, increase the consumption of vitamin D, vitamin B12, selenium, goitrogens, and exercise as much is you can, every week for several times. Keep exercising, eat healthier and enjoy the benefits!
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Cabbage has multiple hidden benefits since it is loaded with nutrients.
Apparently, cabbage compresses are a natural treatment of joint pain and swelling, and their topical application boosts the blood flow in the area.
Here is how to make them:
You will need:
- Cabbage (preferably organic red)
- Aluminum foil
- A bandage or gauze
Take out the outer cabbage leaf, wash it, leave it to dry, and remove its hard stem. Then, in order to release the juice, roll a rolling pin over it. Wrap it in the foil, warm it up in the oven, and then place it on the painful area. Secure it with the gauze or bandage. Leave it to act for an hour, and then take it off.
You can keep the compresses in the refrigerator, which will give it a cooling, soothing effect when applied.
Repeat this treatment a few times daily to relieve muscle and joint pain.
Moringa oleifera, a plant native to South Asia, is one of the most powerful natural medicines you can have in order to boost your overall health, energize your body, and live longer.
- Vitamin B6- 19% of our daily needs
- Vitamin A-9%
- Vitamin C-12%
- Iron- 11%
- Vitamin B2 riboflavin- 11%
- Magnesium- 8%
- Protein-2 g
Nowadays, researchers investigate its myriad of health uses, and here are the benefits of the consumption of its fruits and leaves:
The leaves and pods of Moringa cleanse the blood, and the juice of the leaves, if applied topically, treats skin issues, like acne and pimples.
The consumption of Moringa boosts the density of bones, and the high iron and calcium content prevents bone loss.
The juice of its roots effectively treats headaches.
Regulates Blood Sugar
Researchers have found that this plant regulates high blood sugar. A study which involved 30 women who received a 7g leaf powder for 3 months found that it lowered their blood sugar by 13.5%.
This plant reduces swelling and eye issues, like conjunctivitis. Grind the leaves well and apply the paste to the eyes, or mix the juice of the leaves with honey, and use it as eyeliner to treat corneal issues.
Since this plant is rich in vitamin A, it slows down aging, boosts immunity, and rejuvenates the body.
Therefore, include it in your diet and enjoy this amazing health benefits!