Caraway Spice for Bloating

Caraway Spice for Bloating

A Caraway aperitif is both tasty and curative. Caraway spice is helpful to relieve bloating, flatulence and an upset stomach. Caraway seeds has been a valued household staple for at least 7,000 years. Native to the Middle East and Europe and cultivated today in North America, this aromatic spice is a member of the carrot, or Apiaceae, family. Every part of caraway — from its roots to its feathery leaves — is edible, although the seeds and oil are most…

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Horseradish Health Remedy

Horseradish Health Remedy

Horseradish, frequently found in the wild, has long been treasures as a spice, a health remedy and a food. The root originated in southeastern Europe and has been used in central Europe since the twelfth century. At one time, cookbooks contained many recipes for everyday dishes using fresh horseradish, and it was heavily relied on as a health remedy. Because of its high mineral and vitamin-C content, horseradish was once used to combat scurvy, which is caused by vitamin-C deficiency….

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Chives healing properties

Chives healing properties

Usefulness of Chive Flowers. The chive’s delicate purple flowers have a milder flavor than the leaves and add a decorative touch to salads, herb oils and other dishes. Add chives healing properties to your diet by making  chive-flower oil. Add 1 ½ oz. of the blossoms to 1 quart of vegetable oil. After a week, the oil will turn lilac and take on the fragrance of the chive flowers. Use the oil on salads or in cooking — keep it…

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Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

The Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper were not always recognized. When Columbus brought peppers back to Europe, they were popular as ornamental plants. Their medicinal effects were not discovered by the Old World until later, and for a long time medical practitioners still warned against eating cayenne pepper. They typically chose to apply it only externally to stimulate circulation in the skin and soothe symptoms of sciatica or rheumatism. Today, many naturopaths use cayenne pepper to stimulate digestion and the…

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Garlic Healing Properties

Garlic Healing Properties

Garlic Help for Colds For more than 5,000 years, garlic has been valued for its healing properties and its ability to increase the body’s strength and energy. Fresh garlic mixed with honey is an effective home remedy for colds, hoarseness and inflammation of the throat. Use a garlic press or mini food processor to crush 1 oz. of fresh garlic cloves. Mix the crushed garlic with 2 cup of honey. Let the mixture sit for 1 hour to infuse the…

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Chervil an Herb for Vitality

Chervil an Herb for Vitality

Chervil for tiredness. Using Chervil for vitality is an excellent way of reawakening the spirits and decreasing tiredness. This herb will help to stimulate digestion and waste removal in a slow-acting and gentle nature. Therefore it is best to use it over a long period of time — every day for at least 2 months. Chop the leaves and scatter them over bread or hot, steamed vegetables. You can, if you wish, add them to your salads as well. Most…

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Oregano for Coughs

Oregano for Coughs

Oregano’s Healing Ability Oregano (Origanum vulgare) – The name oregano refers to more than two dozen species of this sweetly scented spice, which is also known as wild or sweet marjoram. While the many varieties of oregano are said to subtly differ in flavor, they all contain essential oils with remarkable and similar healing abilities one of which is oregano for coughs. Oregano was first valued by ancient Egyptians, who used the perennial herb as both a preservative and an…

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Parsley Tonic to Aid Circulation

Parsley Tonic to Aid Circulation

Parsley Tonic to Aid Circulation Medieval German herbalist Saint Hildegard of Bingen prescribed parsley tonic wine to improve blood circulation. It was believed to help heart conditions. How to make parsley tonic wine: Combine 10-12 large sprigs of parsley with 1 quart of red or white wine and 2 tbsp. of white-wine vinegar. Boil for 10 min., then add 9 oz. of honey. Strain the mixture and pour into bottles. Take 1 tbsp. three times a day. Some interesting facts…

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Lovage for water retention

Lovage for water retention

Lovage as a dependable diuretic Known primarily as a gentle and dependable diuretic, lovage (Levisticum officinale) has been found especially useful in reducing water retention and swelling in the feet. The herb also ranks as a digestive aid, notably in its ability to relieve bloating, gas and the intestinal cramps that tend to accompany these conditions. Although lovage may not spark romantic passion — the name has no traceable connection to the English word for the amorous emotion — the…

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Borage for Stress

Borage for Stress

Borage (Borago officinalis) prepares the body to handle stress Physicians of the late Middle Ages recommended borage — an herb native to the eastern Mediterranean — for restoring life’s energy. They believed it supplied courage, confidence and cheerfulness. Now we know that borage stimulates the production of adrenaline, which prepares the body to handle stress; so in fact, the medieval belief was well founded. Other names for the blue-flowering herb, such as “good cheer,” “dear friend” and “sparkling eyes.” reflect…

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