What Is Your Favorite Go To Herb?

 

Roasted Dandelion Roots is My Favorite!

Prior to becoming a alkaline/electric plant based eater I was not concerned if my pH was acidic or alkaline.  I was a regular coffee drinker and I went from drinking it with dairy cream to black hold the cream.  I later dropped coffee like a bad habit when I learned it is acidic and impacts my pH in a negative way.

It wasn’t long before I was introduced to roasted dandelion root and it has become one of my favorite coffee replacement herbs to consume. The way I consume my favorite herb is in a tea format. I have turned my coffee maker into a herbal tea maker. I steep the herbs in the carafe and allow the herbs to steep for 15 minutes or longer prior to consuming.

Did you know roasted dandelion root is not just a great coffee replacement but it’s has great medicinal benefits for the body.

 

Roasted Dandelion Roots With Fresh Walnut Milk

Medicinal Benefits of Dandelion Roots:

Digestive Aid

Dandelion acts as a mild laxative that promotes digestion, stimulates appetite, and balances the natural and beneficial bacteria in the intestines. It can increase the release of stomach acid and bile to aid digestion, especially of fats.

Kidney

This weed-like superfood is a diuretic that helps the kidneys clear out waste, salt, and excess water by increasing urine production. In French it is called pissenlit, which translates roughly to “wet the bed.” This inhibits microbial growth in the urinary system too. Dandelion also replaces some of the potassium lost in the process.

Liver

Dandelion has been shown to improve liver function by removing toxins and reestablishing hydration and electrolyte balance. It also increases the release of bile.

Antioxidants

Every part of the dandelion plant is rich in antioxidants that prevent free-radical damage to cells and DNA, {6avqtgje} slowing down the aging process in our cells. For all those believing the body needs vitamins are have been looking for vitamin C & A it is rich in both.  Consuming dandelion roots increases the liver’s production of superoxide dismutase.

Cancer

The ability to combat cancer is not a claim made lightly, but dandelion seems to show promise in studies. Dandelion may slow cancer’s growth and prevent it from spreading. The leaves are especially rich in the antioxidants and phytonutrients that combat cancer.

Diabetes

Recent studies show dandelion helps regulate blood sugar and insulin levels. Most of this is done through its ability to control lipid levels.

High Blood Pressure

As a diuretic, dandelion increases urination which then lowers blood pressure. The fiber and potassium in dandelion also help regulate blood pressure.

Cholesterol

Studies have shown how dandelion lowers and controls cholesterol levels while improving cholesterol ratios by raising HDL.

Gallbladder

Dandelion increases bile production and reduces inflammation to help with gallbladder problems and blockages.

Inflammation

Dandelion contains essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and phytonutrients that all reduce inflammation throughout the body. This can relieve pain and swelling.

Immune System

Dandelion is said to boost the immune system and fight off microbes and fungi.

For more information on medicinal herbs that provide an overall increase in health & wellness please join us in our Face Book group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/alkalinevegangirls/

 

 

Making the Alkaline Vegan Lifestyle Affordable

Fresh Produce on A Budget
Fresh Produce on A Budget

 

There’s a common misconception that an alkaline vegan lifestyle is also an expensive one, but that is totally up to the individual budget.  The wonderful thing about being an alkaline vegan is that it cuts out a large percentage of eating processed foods as well as eating out. When you purchase foods on impulse and foods out of  season , a  alkaline vegan lifestyle can definitely break the bank. If an omnivore ate nothing except filet mignon, lobster and dined out daily, that would get pretty expensive too, right?

The following tools will equip anyone on this path with eating a variety of alkaline vegan foods, purchasing essentials, to stocking a vegan pantry without maxing out your food budget: eat real food, and cook from scratch when you can. Now you may be thinking that sounds easier than done, but hold up there are more tools to help: Here are some tips and tricks for eating a healthy, alkaline vegan lifestyle without spending excessive amounts of money or spending all dy.

1. Cook from Scratch

Cooking from scratch probably sounds time-consuming, but with a bit of planning it’s very easy to work this into your schedule. Pre-processing your food can go a long way. I don’t mean canning, though. I mean soaking beans and chopping veggies the night before

. If you know you want to make a bean dish, soak them overnight to speed up cooking time. It’s so much easier to make a meal after a long day when some of the prepwork is already done.

2.  Essential Cooking Tools

The right tools can help you save a ton of time and money in the kitchen. Here are the things my kitchen would be empty without:

  • Rice cooker. Get one that includes a steamer basket. You won’t be sorry.
  • Slow cooker. Choose one that’s the right size for your family. If there are just two of you, you don’t need a giant slow cooker. For a big family, size it up so that you can cook a whole meal in there.
  • Food processor or blender. Mincing garlic and making sauces is a breeze if you have a good food processor.
  • Juice Machine: Juicing fresh fruits and fresh vegetables are a part of the vegan lifestyle and although it is not necessary it will be beneficial.
  • Crockpot: Lunch sized it’s perfect for carrying meals to work or while traveling. Easy to use  and a no worry mindset about warming meals and it also helps to totally avoid the microwave.

3. Cooking Low Maintenance Meals

What’s a low maintenance meal? It’s one that doesn’t necessarily cook quickly, but it doesn’t involve a lot of standing over the stove, either. Your food can cook unattended while you handle household chores and spend time with your family or friends. Here are some low maintenance meal ideas:

  • Put your grain of choice with enough water to cook into the bottom of your rice cooker, then layer veggies and garbanzo beans into the top. Turn the cooker on, and it makes the whole meal while you do other things.
  • Toss beans, veggies, broth, onions, and spices into the slow cooker and let it go.
  • Cook up some pasta on the stove and toss with a quick nut cheese or pesto for a fast meal. Up the health value by tossing in some steamed veggies, like dandelions greens, and mushrooms.

4. Cook Big Batches

If you’re going to spend time in the kitchen, make it productive! Instead of cooking enough for just one meal, make enough so that you’ll have some leftovers. You can bring these for lunch the next day or reheat them for a super quick dinner later on in the week.

You can also do batch cooking on the weekends, preparing a few dishes to keep in the fridge for busy evenings. Casseroles, pasta salads, and roasted veggies are a few great staples to have on hand for weeknight meals. While roasted veggies might not make a whole meal, it is an awesome compliment to most meals.

5. Grow Your Own

Not only is growing your own food gratifying, it can help take the strain off of your grocery budget. Even if all that you can manage is a few herb plants, growing food instead of buying it will save you money! Think you don’t have the space? Try going vertical! Vertical gardens are a great way for apartment dwellers or folks who don’t have a lot of land to maximize food output.

6. Shop the Farmers Market and Buy in Bulk

You might think that farmers markets are expensive, but that’s not always true. A recent study showed that it’s actually cheaper to shop at the farmer’s markets.

Buying in bulk is one of the easiest ways to save money at the grocery store. Hit your store’s bulk bins for some real savings! You can get as much or as little as you want, and bulk items are cheaper because you’re paying for the food, not the packaging.

You may also want to consider joining a local wholesale store to stock up on grains, nuts, oils and other items like fruits and vegetables.

I’d love to hear from other alkaline vegans out there! Do you have any tips for sticking with a alkaline vegan lifestyle while on a budget?

 

A Reflection of My Transition to Dr. Sebi’s African Bio-Mineral Therapy Program

 

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A year ago I shared this story with one of my Face book groups and a year later it still holds true and thought I would share this today!

I have been asked if this path is hard and what changes have I noticed since embarking on Dr. Sebi’s African Bio Mineral Therapy approach to eating. Right away I have to say this path hasn’t been hard nor boring. I am enjoying my new taste buds!!! It has been amazing to see the changes that are occurring with me overall.

For those that know me, know how much I like sweets and how I would often give up a full meal just to balance out eating dessert. I still enjoy sweet treats and I still eat sweet treats! The difference is I don’t have to skip dinner to have dessert.

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Nothing that I have encountered has been difficult to embrace. Once I fully got it and realize how harmful the traditional foods I consumed were to my body and to my futures quality of life, it was a no brainier I had to begin to eat to live.

Do I miss eating certain foods? Like red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting? Absolutely not!!! I would not have imagined ever saying no I don’t miss one of my past favorite deserts but I know I can have any dessert I want. The only difference being conscious of my pH being alkaline deserts aren’t going to lead to my demise but quite the opposite, there going to lead to my excellent health!!

My advice to anyone starting on the path would be to connect to https://www.facebook.com/groups/alkalinevegangirls/ and the other  Dr. Sebi groups, we are providing a wealth of knowledge. I would also encourage anyone new to watch as many Dr. Sebi videos

to help you fully overstand what being an alkaline vegan means and to learn of the many benefits from living on this path.

Additionally, I have to say have fun with the foods on the nutritional guide. watch cooking videos and learn to replace foods not on the list with alkaline foods and see just how simple it is to begin to eat and enjoy every bite.

To help make the journey less tedious we created 50 Sensational Electric Vegan Meals to use a helpful tool when consuming food from Dr. Sebi’s Nutritional Guide. To purchase the book click here!! https://electric-vegan.myshopify.com/

Upcoming Electric Vegan cookbook
Upcoming Electric Vegan cookbook

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3 Things to Know About the Young Thai Coconuts

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If it were possible I would consume a fresh coconut daily. Growing up I remember seeing coconuts in the home from time to time but they were always the brown older coconuts. I began consuming coconuts again and this time I ate the young jelly coconuts that had the skin shaved down to make it easier to open. A few days ago I received information from an Admin (Nia Swanks) with the Alkaline Vegan Girls public Face Book group with some hidden truths about the shaved young jelly coconuts. I will admit  I heard something about  this a while back but never to this magnitude. Here are 3 things to consider:

  1. To begin the shaved coconuts being sold are preserved with a chemical in order for them to survive being transported via a 30 day or more trip from Thailand. The scary fact is the chemicals that they are sprayed with may be entering the coconut shell as well as cross contamination when they are being opened. When you open a coconut you will always find a soft spot on the coconut to gain easy access, almost like the soft spot of a new baby’s skull.

    Fresh young coconut green husk removed and shaved down to shell
    Fresh young coconut green husk removed and shaved down to shell
  2. As if that information isn’t bad enough there is more trickery going on in the coconut industry. As I began to research this subject for myself I discovered how HYBRID coconuts are big business throughout the world and especially in Thailand where our beloved shaved young jelly coconuts originate from. Throughout history, coconuts experienced hardships from disease and natural disasters that left many of the coconut trees in a vulnerable state if not near extinction. The world government decided to aid these countries through planting hybrid coconut trees with the naturally growing coconuts in an attempt to prevent the coconut from being extinct. I was able to identify one of the hybrid trees by the name of MayPan coconut as well as a hybrid coconut company (Deejay Farms, coconut breeding company) that supplies many hybrid coconut farmers in Thailand as well as other warm climate countries. This company has provided much wealth to those that breed their coconuts due to the high yield and the sweet taste. They pride themselves on using chemicals to grow their coconuts to yield record high totals.

    Hybrid coconuts
    Hybrid coconuts
  3. As I continued to research this information I learned another aspect of consuming these coconuts involves monkey slavery. Monkey slavery usually occurs on hybrid farms in Thailand as well as in Indonesia. The monkeys are used to work 7 days a week, 8 hour shifts a day and they are used to pick up to 1,000 coconuts a day.  The monkeys are stolen as babies from their moms and brought into slavery and trained to become coconut pickers. It’s reported that chances are if the coconuts come from hybrid coconut farms from Thailand or Indonesia monkey were abused in the process.

 

Here is an excerpt from: Interview with Sondra Tatum a natural foo-dist.

“What are some of the main differences between your organic Thai coconuts and the standard non organic young coconut.

There are two main differences, one is in the growing and the other is in the processing. First the coco’s I send are grown without chemicals and second they are are processed without any chemical dips.

Note: If the young coconut you are consuming is white it is dipped in chemicals!!! Not just once but many times. I’ve seen the process myself. The workers wear protective clothing when they process the coconuts. They wear heavy aprons and heavy gloves. They use long poles with wire baskets on the end to remove the coconuts from the dips so they do not touch them.

A natural coconut husk turns brown within minutes of husking so when the conventional processing takes place the coconut is immediately dipped in their chemical(s) of choice as soon as the husk is removed, then the coconut is sent to the processing plant where it is polished or trimmed and dipped again in their chemical(s) of choice. The last dip (this makes 3 dips total) is when the coconut is ready for packing, it is dipped again then wrapped for transport. It is a sad process to watch and the workers themselves try to touch the cocos as little as possible, if at all.

I know many believe the young Thai coconuts they eat in Raw food restaurants are good for them but trust me they are not! Also a lot of their food contains the coconut water from treated coconuts. I also know many believe a certain test that was done came back pure, but it did not. I saw the test results myself and there were trace amounts of formaldehyde in that test in the fine print. If you believe trace amounts are not harmful to you that is your choice but believe me it like a girl saying she is a little bit pregnant it just cannot be that way. It is so, or it is not. All white young Thai coconuts are treated with dips of various chemicals before transport and most, if not all are grown with chemical fertilizers with hormones added for good measure. I’ve seen it with my own eyes.

The soft eye of the coconut is very sensitive and very soft. If a coconut is dipped the chemicals they will enter the coconut through the soft eye. No doubt about it. The soft eye is mothers natures way for the coconut to reproduce, it is where the sprout grows out from to make a new tree and it is soft enough for the sprout to exit and grow into a tree.”

I have attached a list of sites I used to research this information, please continue researching and share with others.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/nsw/a/24601272/the-truth-about-coconut-water/#page1

http://sustainabilitynext.in/special-interview/meet-david-lobo-the-coconut-palm-man/

http://agritech.tnau.ac.in/expert_system/coconut/coconut/coconut_varieties.html

http://www.jamaicatravelandculture.com/food_and_drink/coconut.htm

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10681-007-9568-2

http://diversiflora.blogspot.com/2006/01/description-maypan-hybrid.html

http://cocos.arecaceae.com/1996.html

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/insight-dwarf-vs-tall-hybrid-coconut-ways-improve-thampalayagowder

https://youtu.be/JffN2Qpoh8w

http://www.rawguru.com/i45.html

The color of green husk only 10 minutes after it's removed
The shaved coconuts will begin to brown 10 minutes after being shaved
Select fresh green over chemical dipped shaved coconuts
Select fresh green over chemical dipped shaved coconuts

Where can we purchase fresh coconuts? If you are in the Florida area there are coconut farms there. Also fresh coconuts husks on are available in some Caribbean markets, and international stores as well. I have located another method involving frozen fresh organic coconuts that are shipped.

Dr. Sebi’s Nutritional Guide

Recommended Foods

Vegetables

Dr. Sebi says, “Avoid using a microwave. It will kill your food.”

Amaranth greens – same as Callaloo, a variety of GREENS
Avocado
Bell Peppers
Chayote (Mexican Squash)
Cucumber
Dandelion greens
Garbanzo beans
Green banana
Izote – cactus flower/ cactus leaf – grows naturally in California
Kale
Lettuce (all, except Iceberg)
Mushrooms (all, except Shitake)
Nopales – Mexican Cactus
Okra~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~SEASONAL
Olives
Onions
Poke salad – greens
Sea Vegetables (wakame/dulse/arame/nori)
Squash
Tomato – cherry and plum only
Tomatillo
Turnip greens
Zucchini
Watercress
Purslane (Verdolaga)

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Fruits

 

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Dr. Sebi says, “No canned or seedless fruits.”

Apples
Bananas – the smallest one or the Burro/mid-size (original banana)
Berries – all varieties- Elderberries in any form – no cranberries
Cantaloupe
Cherries
Currants
Dates
Figs
Grapes- seeded
Limes (key limes preferred with seeds)
Mango
Melons- seeded
Orange (Seville or sour preferred, difficult to find)
Papayas
Peaches
Pear
Plums
Prickly Pear (Cactus Fruit)
Prunes
Raisins –seeded
Soft Jelly Coconuts
Soursops – (Latin or West Indian markets)
Tamarind

Herbal Teas

Allspice
Anise
Burdock
Chamomile
Elderberry
Fennel
Ginger
Raspberry
Tila

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Spices and Seasonings

Mild Flavors

Basil
Bay leaf
Cloves
Dill
Oregano
Savory
Sweet Basil
Tarragon
Thyme

Pungent and Spicy Flavors

Achiote
Cayenne/ African Bird Pepper
Onion Powder
Habanero
Sage

 

Salty Flavors

Pure Sea Salt
Powdered Granulated Seaweed (Kelp/Dulce/Nori – has “sea taste”)

Sweet Flavors

100% Pure Agave Syrup – (from cactus)
Date Sugar

Grains

Amaranth
Fonio
Kamut
Quinoa
Rye
Spelt
Tef
Wild Rice

Nuts and Seeds – (includes Nut and Seed Butters)

Hemp Seed
Raw Sesame Seeds
Raw Sesame Tahini Butter
Walnuts
Brazil Nuts

Oils

Olive Oil (Do not cook)
Coconut Oil (Do not cook)
Grape seed Oil
Sesame Oil
Hemp seed Oil
Avocado Oil

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Tropical Cellular Smoothie

Tropical Cellular Smoothie

Enjoy the seasonal fruits
Enjoy the seasonal fruits

INGREDIENTS:

1 young coconut meat and water

1 small peach

1 mini burro

4 dates

4 brazil nuts

1 TBS sea moss jelly

 

DIRECTIONS

Place fresh coconut water and meat into blender (if the meat is very jelly like, add a second coconut meat only).

Add fresh peach skin on or off, dates, burro, brazil nuts and sea moss jelly into the blender with the coconut and blend till smooth.

Place in the refrigerator if you prefer your smoothie very cold or enjoy straight from the blender.

MONO MEALS


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What is A Mono Meal and How Can  I Began?
A “Mono Meal” is simply when you eat only 1 type of food and you don’t do any kind of food combining.  Below are some
common examples of mono eating…
– Eating nothing but watermelon for breakfast.
– Eating nothing but apples for lunch.
– Eating nothing but mangoes for dinner.
– Eating nothing but kale juice for a whole day.
– Eating nothing but bananas for a whole week.For people who are used to eating meals that involve a lot of ingredients and fancy food prep the idea of eating nothing
but watermelon might seem bland and boring, and to others the idea of eating all the watermelon that you want is pure heaven,
and while it can be wonderful to eat the electric meals we are discovering with the foods on Dr. Sebi’s nutritional guide and all our energy to prepare them,  it can also
be wonderful to eat a meal that mother nature spent a lot of time and energy creating for you…

You may want to begin the day with melons and for lunch pick another fruit like blueberries.  

 

Blueberries Make A Great Mono Meal

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Enjoy all the blueberries you desire for lunch
For Dinner Try Another Mono Meal Like Cucumbers! 
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 The major benefit is resting the digestive track and allowing the body to heal itself with all the free energy. The key is to only consume raw fruits or veggies.
Another benefit is learning to appreciate electric foods and meals.

Cellular Watermelon Slushy

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Watermelon Slushy

Ingredients

2 cups watermelon (seeded)
juice from 1 key lime
5-6 ice cubes (made with watermelon juice)

Turn this into a cellular slushy by adding 2 Tbs of sea moss jelly to the watermelon and ice cubes.

Instructions

  1. Place ingredients in blender and blend on high until smooth.
  2. Pour into a tall glass, enjoy!

Beat the Heat With This Electric Iced Tea!

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Ice Tea Blend: Raspberry, Chamomile, and red clover!!

Add 1 TBS of each herb in 1/2 gallon of spring water and heat on medium high for 20 minutes. Simmer for 20 minutes and strain.  Add date syrup to taste then chill or drink chilled no sweetener.

-RASPBERRY tea which has been listed below:
Anti-inflammatory benefits

It has been proven since ages, that drinking raspberry tea helps in reducing pain and inflammations associated with diseases like arthritis and gout. Due to the presence of the chemicals known as anthocyanins, drinking raspberry tea four time per day helps in lowering the amount of anti-inflammatory medicines that are needed for curing inflammatory joint conditions. Boiling 1 ounce of dried raspberry leaves in a pint of water for a period of 15 minutes creates a concoction that one can drink for getting relief from these pains.
Acts as a powerful antioxidant
The antioxidants present in raspberry tea helps in protecting our cells from damages created by the free radicals in our body. Ellagic acid which is found in the raspberry leaves along with chemicals like anthrocyanins and quercitin also offers protection against fungal and bacterial infections which helps in alleviating irritable bowel syndromes and vaginal yeast infections in women. It has been observed that drinking raspberry tea for three times every day, aids in soothing the mucus lining of our gastro-intestinal track.
Strengthens the uterus

Native Americans have used raspberry tea as a uterine tonic for thousands of ages, which helps strengthening the uterine muscles during pregnancy. It is also believed that drinking raspberry tea helps in strengthening contractions during labor. The book “Back to Eden” written by the famous scholar Jethro Kloss illustrates the benefit of drinking raspberry tea during the term of pregnancy.
Provides protection against cancer

Studies done on raspberry tea in South Carolina’s “Hollings Cancer Center” shows evidences that as the human body easily absorbs Ellagic acid, this chemical helps in demolishing certain type of cancer cells, specially carcinomas in places like tongue, colon, lungs, esophagus, skin and breast tissues.
Helps in strengthening the heart and circulatory system

Raspberry tea, which is high in its content of gallic acid and Vitamin C have shown to protect the heart and circulatory system. It also helps in slowing down the advancement of age related diseases and it rejuvenates our skin.

Apart from these above mentioned benefits raspberry tea has also been used for several centuries as a folk remedy for treating diseases like cold sores, canker sores and for treating gingivitis in persons of all age. This tea is also an excellent medicine against anemia, diarrhea, leg cramps and morning sickness in pregnant women.

However raspberry leaf tea must not be ingested by anyone who is also taking medications like codeine, atropine, acetaminophen, theophylline and ephedrine as it may cause nausea and loose stool when both these medications are taken simultaneously

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-CHAMOMILE, meaning ‘ground apple,’ has been imbibed for centuries in the Roman Empire, during Egyptian rule, and in ancient Greece. Prized for its special flavanoids, chrysin, chamomile (Matricaria recutita, or Matricaria chamomilla) offers numerous health-boosting benefits. Here are 9 amazing health benefits of chamomile tea that every foodie should know about.
1. Treats Cuts and Wounds – Chamomile tea was used by the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians as a salve for wounds to expedite healing. In a recent study, rats given chamomile flavored water healed faster than those who were not given the elixir. It worked especially well for burn wounds. This is because Matricaria chamomilla has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant effects.

2. Helps with Diabetes – Some research has shown that chamomile can help those suffering from diabetes. It also helps with hyperglycemia.

3. Antibacterial – The antibacterial effects of drinking chamomile tea can help to prevent and treat colds while protecting against bacterial-related illness and infection.

4. Calms Muscle Spasms – One study from England found that drinking chamomile tea raised urine levels of glycine, a compound that calms muscle spasms. Researchers believe this is why chamomile tea could prove to be an effective home remedy for menstrual cramps as well.

5. Soothes Stomach Ache – Further adding onto chamomile benefits, the herb is a wonderful for soothing an upset stomach. Helping to soothe and relaxe the muscles and lining of the intestines, chamomile can help with poor digestion and even those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

6. Promotes Sleep – Drinking chamomile tea soothes the nervous system so that you can sleep better. It has been used as a solution for insomnia for centuries.

7. Natural Hemorrhoid Treatment – Chamomile ointment can help to relieve hemorrhoids.

8. Fights Cancer – It’s very likely that chamomile tea can help reduce cancerous cells, although research is still ongoing to see exactly how chamomile reverses abnormal cellular growth.

9. Promotes Healthy Skin – With it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties, chamomile helps in clearing up skin irritations such as eczema, acne, and allergies.

Chamomile is known as a ‘tisane’ is any non-caffeinated herbal concoction made by pouring hot water over the leaves, stems, and roots of plants. You can make your own chamomile tea with other plants like lavender or tulsi to vary the flavor, or drink it alone.

There are many applications for dried chamomile including tinctures and essential oils though the easiest and most often used is an infusion or tea. For stomach ailments, muscle spasms, and help in falling asleep, use about one tablespoon of dried herb per cup of water. Pour boiling water over the herbs and allow to steep for about 5 minutes. Strain and enjoy.

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-RED CLOVER, known scientifically as Trifolium pretense, is an herbaceous perennial plant that originates from Europe and northern Africa. It is a close relative of the more familiar white clover, although the flowers of red clover are dark pink in color.
Red clover is a common animal fodder, and it also has a variety of uses in herbal medicine. Many preparations of red clover are available including teas, capsules, tablets and liquid extracts. The flowers are popular as a stand-alone ingredient for herbal tea or as one of many ingredients in an herbal blend. In addition to their wonderful flavor, they provide many medicinal qualities as well.

Red clover tea contains a number of active substances that provide significant benefits. Red clover tea generally does not cause serious side effects in the dosages recommended by manufacturers. The most common side effects of red clover tea include headaches, rashes and nausea. You can read more about red clover side effects here.
What are the Benefits of Drinking Red Clover Tea

Isoflavones

Red clover contains significant amounts of compounds known as isoflavones. They are chemically similar to estrogen and therefore have effects similar to those of estrogen. The specific isoflavones in red clover that provide the greatest health benefits include irilone and pratensein.

A 1998 study published in Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine analyzed the mechanism of action for red clover extract. It showed that they are estrogen agonists since they bind to the estradiol receptors in mammalian cells. This study also classified red clover extract as an anti-progestin, meaning that it inhibits the action of the hormone progesterone.

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Cardiovascular Health
Some studies show that the isoflavones in red clover may provide protection against heart disease. A 2000 study in Atherosclerosis found an association between these isoflavones and HDL cholesterol levels, commonly known as “good” cholesterol. The subjects in this study included both pre and post-menopausal women. Another study published in a 1999 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endorinol Health showed that red clover supplements made the arteries of menopausal women stronger and more flexible, a condition known medically as arterial compliance. Red clover may also thin the blood, which improves blood flow and prevents blood clots from forming.

Cancer

One of the most promising aspects of red clover is its use in the treatment of cancer. Its stimulating effects on the immune system are one benefit; another is its phytoestrogen compounds that can retard or even kill some types of cancer cells.

The estrogen-like effects of isoflavones mean that red clover tea may help prevent some types of cancer, while contributing to the growth of other types. A 1988 study in Cancer Research showed some preliminary evidence that isoflavones can prevent cancer cells from growing in test tubes. The Medical Journal of Australia published a 1997 study that describes the role that the isoflavones in red clover may play in preventing endometrial and prostate cancer. On the other hand, a 2001 study in the Journal of the British Menopause Society suggests a link between isoflavones and breast cancer.

Osteoporosis

Estrogen levels decrease during menopause, which increases a woman’s risk of losing bone mass. This condition is known as osteoporosis, and is a routine consequence of menopause. A 2007 study in Phytotherapy Research suggests that an extract of red clover may reduce the progression of osteoporosis in post-menopausal women. This extract may also increase the density of minerals in the bones for pre-menopausal women. This evidence is still preliminary, so more research is required for the effects of red clover extract on osteoporosis.

Respiratory problems

Red clover contains resin, a substance helpful to the respiratory system. Resin is a traditional treatment for congestion and cough due to its anti-microbial, expectorating, and warming properties.

Anti-Coagulant

A substance called coumarin, used to produce the anticoagulant drug Coumadin, is found in red clover as well as a number of other plants. Although the anti-coagulant properties of red clover are mild compared to those of Coumadin, those taking any blood thinners should be cautious of taking red clover products in combination with medication.

Gynecological

Isoflavones in red clover mimic the effects of estrogen, which explains why herbalists have traditionally used it in cases of chronic miscarrying and infertility for centuries. Red clover is also considered by some to decrease the ill effects of menopause. It should be noted that increasing estrogen levels is not always a good thing and should be avoided when breast cancer, endometriosis or uterine fibroid are an issue.

Menopause

The most common use of red clover tea in herbal medicine is the relief of menopause symptoms. Red clover also has a long history in herbal medicine for relieving the symptoms of menopause, which is primarily provided by isoflavones such as irilone and pratensein.

Some studies including one issued in the Journal of the American Medical Association published the results of a well-controlled study on Promensil, a preparation of red clover extract that contains a high concentration of isoflavones. This study showed that Promensil reduced the severity of hot flashes in menopausal women as compared to a placebo. Red clover tea also has traditional uses in regulating the menstrual cycle and balancing the pH level in the vagina, which can aid in conception.

Red Clover for Fertility

Red clover is used in herbal medicine to improve the chances of conception, primarily by regulating the menstrual cycle and the pH level of the vagina. The Journal of Animal Science published a study in 1995 showing that red clover increased the weight of the uterus and circumference of the teats in pregnant ewes. These changes were attributed to the stimulation of estradiol receptors by the isoflavones in red clover.

Coco Nut & Cherry Smoothie

Coco Nut & Cherry Smoothie
Coco Nut & Cherry Smoothie

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups washed and pitted fresh cherries

2 young jelly soft coconuts meat & water

6 ounces of cold spring water

2 ripe burro bananas

1 tsp Coconut oil

4 soften dates (soak in spring water while opening coconut)

2 TBS of sea moss jelly

PUTTING IT TOGETHER:

Blend coconut meat, sea moss and water together. Add remaining ingredients and blend till smooth and creamy. Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to chill.