Herbs'n' Other Alternative Health Remedies

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Coffee, and Tea for Me!



You've probably heard the quote "Coffee, tea or me?" Well for me it's coffee, and tea for me. Both are just loaded with so many beneficial antioxidants, nutrients and compounds. Thursday's Challenge offers an opportunity to share a photo of a hot or cold beverage. This is my first visit to Spunwithtears and I hope I followed the rules. lol I found the challenge by visiting Ruthi. Thanks, Ruthi and thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!!




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Monday, September 23, 2013

Health Benefits of Coriander Seed/Cilantro

Coriander seeds photo source

If I told you that the spice coriander could lower your cholesterol, aid in digestion and help you to maintain your blood sugar levels, would you be interested?



The coriander seed has a somewhat spicy and nutty citrus taste which I find pleasant in my coffee or rice. I am still experimenting with it to find out which foods it lends itself well to. I added it to my rice today, and remember using it long ago in my rice pudding and other baked goods.

Coriander leaves - photo source

Aids in Digestion

Coriander is used in a host of recipes and is known to assist in digestion and stomach tone. Nausea, indigestion and dysentery can be treated by taking a dose of one or two teaspoons of coriander mixed in fresh buttermilk. A tea is brewed in India with equal parts cumin and coriander seeds to aid in both digestion and as a diuretic. Coriander/cilantro has also been found to be beneficial in reducing the toxicity of those poisoned by lead or mercury helping to restore their immune system. 

Assists with heavy periods.

To aid in heavy menstrual flow, blend approximately 3 teaspoons of coriander seeds (6 grams) in 500 ml (16.9 oz) of water, add honey or sugar to taste, bring to a boil then drink once cooled enough to drink comfortably but while warm. For more benefit a tea should steep for 10 to 15 minutes, covered.

Loaded with Nutrition

The entire coriander flower can be eaten, root, leaves and seeds with the (cilantro) leaves being the best source of antioxidants. It is also known as Chinese parsley and oriander. Coriander has the ability to retard spoilage and postpone the antibacterial activity of such elements as Salmonella. The leaves of the plant, commonly known as cilantro contain highest concentration of nutrients with calcium, iron, magnesium and 
manganese leading the pack.

Calms 

Because of its ability to assist with the nervous system and calm the digestive system it has been known to assist in protecting the nervous system. 

For Pain Relief

A dozen pain relieving compounds are found in coriander. It is also a natural muscle relaxer. Add a teaspoon or so to your favorite calming tea.  

Asthma Treatment

Create a tea containing coriander and enjoy the benefit of six anti-asthmatic compounds. 

Effective in regulating blood sugar levels

It contains both insulin releasing and insulin like activity assisting the body in blood sugar regulation. Coriander was also beneficial in reducing the bad effect that diabetes has on the pancreas. 

Increases levels of good cholesterol

While lowering total cholesterol levels and triglycerides, coriander in the diet assists in breaking down cholesterol and cleansing it from the liver. 

A word of caution

Please do not let any information found online or through other sources substitute for the care of your primary care physician. It is essential that you work as a team with your healthcare provider to maintain optimal health. Please discuss any health concerns with him or her.  



sources:
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-08-09/diet/29842593_1_coriander-health-benefits-bad-cholesterol
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coriander
http://www.livestrong.com/article/418462-the-health-benefits-of-coriander-seeds/
The Complete Guide to Herbal Medicines - Charles W. Fetrow, PharmD; Juan R. Avila, PharmD
The Green Pharmacy anti-aging Prescriptions by James A Duke, PhD
The Green Pharmacy by James A Duke, PhD



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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Combating Lyme disease



Echinacea

Our world is growing fast with buildings replacing grazing grounds and displacing some of our wildlife as a result of that we live side by side with deer. Hitchhiking a ride upon cute little Bambis are a small seemingly insignificant insect, insignificant unless you have been bit by one carrying the bacteria known as Borrelia burgdorferi. Even worse than the  pain of the bite is the possible aftermath; Lyme disease. 

I spoke to a dear person today who is undergoing treatment for Lyme disease (Borrelia) and my heart truly went out to him as he spoke of the repercussions, pain, cost, and prognosis. The cost is unbelievable, the pain unbearable and the prognosis not hopeful (as far as being completely cured). Our conversation compelled me to come home from work and begin my research immediately. He is a young man, and regardless of one's ailment, my strong belief in a loving God leads me to the conclusion that Mother Nature has a cure for whatever ails us.Medical science too has come a long way and it is highly recommended that one seek treatment from their health provider and discuss with him or her any alternative medicines they may consider prior to undertaking another route for their care.


While he had been prescribed medicines he is considering using alternative medicine/herbs to relieve some of the symptoms. Echinacea is excellent for boosting our resistance. James A. Duke, PhD recommends it's use in his book The Green Pharmacy. Dr. Duke, the world's finest authority on healing herbs self medicated himself when he was infected with an insect bite that had swollen and appeared like a large bull's eye swelling to around 3 inches in diameter at the site by the following day. 

A doctor prescribed an antibiotic and Dr. Duke coupled it with echinacea and garlic. (Garlic tested in a lab was found to eradicate 99% of the bacteria it came in contact with according to George Mateljan of World's Healthiest Foods Org.) He, Dr. Duke, also coupled it with mass doses of echinacea and garlic while ingesting juices made up of carrots and tomatoes advising that vegetables that are rich in vitamin A carotenoids are very beneficial in the fight against infection. 

Avoid ticks if possible.

A natural insect repellent can be created by crushing mountain mint and rubbing it well on your clothing and skin (unless pregnant). Avoid walking through tall grass especially May through July. Tuck your shirt into your pants and pants into sock so that the tick cannot easily crawl under the clothes.Wear boots and gloves to discourage them from latching onto you, and wear light colored clothing so you can easily spot the intruder. Thoroughly check your body over to be certain none are hiding anywhere. If you do spot one grasp the tick with a pair of tweezers and close to the mouth as possible; pull straight back with slow steady force. Do not crush it. Crushing it causes it to inject bacteria into it's victim!! Place the tick into a tightly sealed container so that you can take it with you to the doctor's office if you get any symptoms within the next 30 days. Wash the bite with warm and soapy water. (this comes from The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Seniors by Doug Dollemore and the Editors of Prevention.

More tips for tick removal:

These were offered in Home Remedies from the Country Doctor by Jan Heinrichs, Dorothy Behlen Henrichs and the Editors of the Yankee magazine: 

  • Dr. John Dunn recommends gently unscrewing the tick in a counterclockwise direction when spotted embedded in the skin. He advises that if the head remains it will eventually work its way out and to use hot compresses at the site. 
  • Dr. Harry Rowe recommends lighting a wooden match, blowing it out and laying the hot head on the tick's body and watching the tick flee. (Then capture and contain it.)
  • Dr. Sarah Johansen recommends using a cotton ball soaked in alcohol on it. She states it will suffocate the insect. 

Other herbs rich in compounds effective in the treatment of bacteria are listed in order of potency:

  • licorice root - contains both anti-viral and anti-bacterial
  • thyme
  • hops
  • oregano
  • rosemary
The disease can lead to a multitude of severe complications:
  • arthritis
  • memory loss
  • walking difficulties
  • hypertension
  • heart problems

If you are suffering from joint pain and inflammation; turmeric and/or ginger are both powerful anti-inflammatories and quite beneficial in a host of other ailments. 

Adult deer tick


Warning this is only one species of tick that can cause nasty problems for both animals and humans.

In conclusion, if you have been bit and are suffering symptoms such as a rash, fever, aches, and flu-like symptoms please seek immediate medical attention. 


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Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Solo Racer



Joey sped to the luminous finish line unaware that he ran alone. 53/65

Join Grandma for a micro-fiction challenge called succinctly yours where she provides the photo prompt and we are allowed to write a short short story of 140 characters/words. She even offers a bonus word, which this week is "luminous".  Join Grandma and show us how low you can go!!


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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Around and round she goes


Johnson created the merry go round and would have finished it had it not been for the plague. 76/94

This post linked to succinctly yours. Grandma posts a photo and the challenge is to write a short story containing 140 characters/words of less. The bonus word this week is "plague". Let's see how low you can go.


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Monday, September 2, 2013

From T-shirt to Toddler Dress

T-shirt

Toddler Dress

I caught a sale on toddler t-shirts for a package of three for $2.25. 
I already had lace and ribbon on hand from thrift store finds; a large roll of several yards of lace for $1.99 and a roll of ribbon for $.59 and after fashioning this dress I still have a lot of both left over. Maybe I can find a grandchild who will enjoy wearing this. :-) The cotton makes it soft and comfy and the ribbons and lace, girly! The lace, t-shirt or ribbon can be any color you like and if you'd like I'll add step to step in another post. It's kind of late now, and I'm heading to bed....

This post linked to Our world Tuesday. Thank you for your visit. I hope you enjoyed your weekend holiday. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!




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She removed the ribbon from the collar preferring less ribbon. The ribbon around the waist can be tied in the front, back or side. 

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