Blueberries are well-known as a delicious source of antioxidants and valuable nutrients, and although they’re not as glamorous or trendy as acai berry, they’re actually more nutritious and top many dieticians have named them the #1 superfood out there.
But did you know that when you freeze them, contrary to what you might think, it actually increases the nutrients?
Anthocyanins are what gives blueberries their dark, rich color. They are a are a type of flavonoid, which is a phytonutrient found exclusively in plants, and they’re what make blueberries so incredibly healthy.
What happens when you freeze them is that is that the cold temperatures disrupt the tissue structure of the delicate flesh, which actually makes the anthocyanins more available and easier to be absorbed when consumed.
Anthocyanins have many great health benefits, such as:
By protecting your brain against cell damage, anthocyanins actually improve brain function by allowing our brain’s encoding and retrieval process more fluid. This helps us to remember things quicker and for longer periods of time.
Eating blueberries has been shown to drastically reduce one’s risk of hearth disease, as the anthocyanins regulate and relax the arteries on our vascular wall, protecting them from damage. As a result, overall blood flow improves, regulating blood pressure as well!
These healthy antioxidants also support our digestive system by protecting our digestive tract from damage. Often times, gastrointestinal health can actually be connected to the development of cancer, particularly in the colon, which is yet another reason why antioxidants are so important for a healthy diet.
Frozen blueberries are not hard to acquire or use! You can buy them in bulk and freeze in Ziplock bags to throw in smoothies, yogurt, or baked goods. If you are looking for a quick and easy way to add lots of essential nutrients and antioxidants to your diet, give frozen blueberries a try!
(Click on blueberries above for original article from Homesteader Depot)
Prep Time- 5 minutes
Cook Time- no cooking
What you’ll need…
1/2 of a lemon, squeezed for juice
1/4 – 1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp honey
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1 cup warm water, and/or coconut milk (the coconut milk adds healthy fats, and helps absorption of turmeric)
How to make it…
Mix the lemon juice, turmeric and honey into your cup of warm water or milk. You will want to stir these ingredients well. Add cinnamon on top and continue to stir your morning elixir as you drink it — this will ensure that the turmeric does not settle at the bottom of your cup.
Turmeric with its main active ingredient, curcumin, may be that one healthy addition to your morning routine you’ve been looking for, and can help you fight inflammation in your body. Enjoy this elixir in the morning with fruit, which adds a sweet, delicious twist.
Cinnamon and RAW Honey…! Use Ceylon cinnamon and pure raw honey!
Drug companies won’t like this one getting around.
Facts on RAW Honey and Cinnamon:
It is found that a mix of honey and cinnamon CURES most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also note honey as very effective medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects which is also a plus.
HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, put it on toast instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol and could potentially save one from heart attack. Also, even if you have already had an attack studies show you could be kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of cinnamon honey strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.
ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients can benefit by taking one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken daily even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain — and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.
BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder….who knew?
CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol-could be cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.
COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses, and it’s delicious too!
UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also is said to clear stomach ulcers from its root.
GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.
IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.
INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.
INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ‘Ingredient’ which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.
LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100 year old will start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.
RASPY OR SORE THROAT: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.
PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.
SKIN INFECTIONS:Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin Infections.
WEIGHT LOSS:Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.
CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times a day for one month.
FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.
BAD BREATH: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.
HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing.
|Colour||Dark Brown||Light brown|
|Outer appearance||Thick and hard||Thin and soft|
|Inner filling||Hollow tube||Filled like a cigar|
|Grown in||China, Vietnam, Indonesia||Ceylon (Sri Lanka)|
|Other Names||Saigon Cinnamon||Real or Sweet Cinnamon|
|Species||Cinnamomum Cassia||Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Latin name for Ceylon)|
If you have any experience with aromatherapy or other medicinal methods for using essential oils, you’ve probably come across lavender essential oil.
Lavender is the paragon of relaxation—and for good reason. Its rich, soothing scent cuts right through anxiety, sleepnessness, headaches, and many other symptoms of everyday stress.
But don’t let its gentle persona fool you: lavender essential oil is a powerful panacea. Praise for it never usually extends beyond its calming aroma, but in fact, it’s a whole first aid kit wrapped into one potent oil. Many essential oil specialists claim that, if you only use one essential oil, you should make it this one!
Essential oils have been used medicinally for thousands of years, and those who have carried these traditions into the modern age have long extolled lavender oil for its incredible variety of health benefits. And much more recently, medical science began to back up these claims with hard evidence.
Here’s a handful of research-supported reasons why you should always keep some lavender essential oil handy.
Lavender lives up to its reputation as a relaxation agent, even under the scrutiny of scientific research. Study after study confirms that the compounds in lavender essential oil function as an effective nerve relaxant.
This property translates to all sorts of benefits, including decreased anxiety, better sleep, increased cerebral blood flow (and thus improved cognitive function), and overall improved mood. Studies have also revealed that using lavender oil relieved depression in college women and ameliorated the agitation often associated with geriatric dementia.
Many people have even reported experiencing pain relief from lavender essential oil. While the mechanism by which this benefit is conferred isn’t fully understood, researchers suspect that quelled inflammation is a byproduct of lavender’s nerve-relaxing effects. Rubbing the oil directly into affected areas, or mixing it with lotion beforehand, offers a quick and lasting reprieve from aches and pains.
What is less well-known about lavender essential oil is its incredible ability to prevent and fight disease. For starters, it offers excellent immune support, especially when taken internally using an inhaler or vaporizer. Putting four drops of essential oil in 20 milliliters of hot water does the trick too (hold your face over the hot water and inhale the steam).
This remedy also shines after you’ve already contracted an illness. Studies have shown that lavender is a surprisingly powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent. It successfully treats even MRSA and staph infections (against which mostconventional antibiotics are powerless) .
MRSA, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, is becoming commonplace. It originated in hospitals as a result of overuse and misuse of antibiotics and has become symbolic of out-of-control mainstream medicine. The disease created by antibiotics used for treatment of staph infections is often far worse than the original.
Most exciting, though, is that lavender oil has been found 100% effective in lab testing to treat some infections, including MRSA. That means it could be used to treat staph infections that drugs can’t touch. This fact alone should make it clear how dramatically underestimated lavender essential is as a legitimate medicine.
You can even apply it topically to clear athlete’s foot and other fungal skin conditions, or use a douche made with lavender flower tea to treat vaginal yeast infections (drinking lavender tea during times of greater susceptibility will also help prevent yeast infections in the first place).
Lastly, by balancing the immune system, lavender oil can even reverse hair losscaused by alopecia areata (an autoimmune condition that causes the body’s immune system to attack hair follicles as though they were foreign agents). Simply apply essential oil to balding spots every day for at least a couple weeks, and you’re bound to see positive results.
The more studies are conducted on lavender, the more benefits are uncovered. Researchers have already linked its use to benefits across many bodily systems.
Respiratory system. When inhaled through steam, lavender essential oil relaxes breathing passages, calms asthma attacks, clears the sinuses, and improves overall respiratory health.
Digestive system. Lavender works as a perfect digestion aid, and improves nearly every aspect of digestive health—studies have shown that it increases nutrient absorption, alleviates nausea, vomiting, and flatulence, and even inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria without hurting your microbiome’s beneficial bacteria.
Circulatory system. Part of lavender’s calming effect is attributed to its ability to improve your blood circulation. This improvement leads to lots of other secondary benefits, including deeper sleep and greatly enhanced cardiovascular health.
Because of its popularity and long tradition of use, lavender is incredibly easy to find. Just make sure to buy it fresh if you choose to work with lavender blossoms (growing your own lavender is also very easy, and it can be found growing in the wild in most temperate zones across the United States).
If you work with lavender essential oil, always use brands that are therapeutic-grade (they’re a bit more expensive, but are safer, more effective, and well worth the cost). Before using the essential oil, always apply just a bit to a small area of skin, in order to test for an allergic reaction (they do occur in a very small percentage of people).
Luckily, this incredible natural medicine is widely available to anyone in the United States with the wherewithal to seek it out—unlike in the EU, where lavender is now unavailable without a prescription. Healing herbs and remedies like lavender afford us a special opportunity to take health into our own hands—don’t let it pass you by!
Headaches, including migraines, are extremely common. Because headaches can stem from a variety of causes, some headache sufferers seek treatment on a near-daily basis. Fortunately, there are several home-remedy treatments that can help alleviate migraine pain and other types of headaches. Read on to discover which headache remedies you can try at home.
Not only does lavender smell great — it’s also a useful home remedy for headaches and migraine pain. Lavender oil can be either inhaled or applied topically. Two to four drops for every two to three cups of boiling water are recommended when inhaling lavender-oil vapors as a headache treatment. Unlike many medicinal oils, this home remedy can also be safely applied externally without the need to dilute it. Lavender oil should not be taken orally.
Peppermint is a soothing home remedy that has been shown to benefit tension headaches. This fresh-smelling oil has vaso-constricting and vaso-dilating properties, which help control blood flow in the body. Headaches and migraine pain are often due to poor blood flow, and peppermint oil helps to open and close the vessels that promote flow. Peppermint home remedies also open up the sinuses so that more oxygen can get into the bloodstream.
Basil, the strong-scented herb used as a topping for pizzas and pastas, certainly tastes and smells good. And for people in need of a natural headache treatment, the oil derived from basil plants can also be a useful home remedy. Basil works as a muscle relaxant, so it is especially helpful for headaches caused by tension and tight muscles.
One of the most useful home remedies for reducing headaches and migraine pain involves making changes to your diet. Certain foods have been shown to affect the frequency and severity of headaches and migraine pain, including dairy; chocolate; peanut butter; certain fruits, such as avocado, banana, and citrus; onions; meats with nitrates, such as bacon and hot dogs; foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG); foods containing tyramine, an amino acid found in red wine; and foods that are fermented or pickled. Keep track of these trigger foods and your reaction to them with a food diary.
Do-it-yourself scalp massages can be an effective way to alleviate migraine pain, and they feel great. Researchers in Brazil showed that massaging the greater occipital nerve — the area in the back of the head, at the base of the skull — reduces migraine pain. Massage in general has been identified as a useful home remedy for headaches, especially reflexology (massaging reflex points on the hands and feet).
Feverfew, as its name suggests, is used to treat fever, but it’s most commonly known as an herbal headache treatment. This home remedy became popular in the 1980s, when a landmark study in Great Britain showed that 70 percent of participants had less migraine pain after taking feverfew daily. Since then, more studies have demonstrated feverfew’s benefit in preventing and treating migraine pain. One study showed improvement in migraine pain among people who took daily feverfew in combination with white willow, another herbal home remedy, which contains properties similar to aspirin.
Some headaches are caused by inflammation, which can be reduced by consuming omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseed can help provide headache relief because it’s rich in omega-3s. Flaxseed can be used as a home remedy in several forms, including as an oil and ground or whole seeds.
Buckwheat’s usefulness as a home remedy for headaches and migraine pain comes from a flavonoid known as rutin. Flavonoids are phytochemicals, which are found in plants, and have been shown to contain antioxidant properties, which counteract damage to cells. In addition, researchers in Taiwan have demonstrated the effects of flavonoids on inflammation, a common cause of headaches.
Antibiotics work by killing bacteria in your body. This includes both good and bad bacteria. Many people are unaware that your body actually contains good bacteria that is necessary for proper digestion. For this reason, antibiotics are only used when they are absolutely necessary. If you choose to take an antibiotic without a prescription, you should also take a probiotic to promote the growth of good bacteria.
If you decide to use a natural antibiotic, always proceed with caution. Taking an antibiotic when you do not really need to can eliminate healthy gut bacteria, which takes time to replace. For those that are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should always talk to your doctor before trying any natural remedies.
When using the natural antibiotics described, always use them in moderation. They are not intended for daily consumption, at least not at the levels that you need to use them as antibiotics. Only use the antibiotic for one to two weeks and make sure that you also take a probiotic – to begin rebuilding healthy bacteria in your digestive system.
You should always listen to the advice of your doctor, but there are times when using a natural antibiotic may help you deal with a health issue on your own, without having to go through the trouble of visiting the doctor. To help you out, here are 15 natural antibiotics that you can use to stop infections, without needing a prescription.
Coconut oil contains antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Consuming this oil can help boost your immune system, preventing skin infections and fighting harmful bacteria or parasites in your digestive system. To consume coconut oil, try mixing it into a smoothie or stirring it into a hot drink. Also, when shopping for the oil, look for organic, virgin coconut oil, instead of the refined coconut oil.
Oregon grape is an herb with antibiotic abilities. It includes an alkaloid called berberine, which is known to aid digestion and kill harmful microbes. It is most commonly used in a tea or as a tincture. If you purchase fresh Oregon grape root, cut off a few slices and brew your own Oregon grape tea. Steep the slices of root in hot water for ten minutes and then strain the tea before drinking.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has many different uses and apparently acting as an antibiotic is one of them. Apple cider vinegar contains antibiotic and antiseptic compounds, which can help to naturally alkalize your digestive system. In addition to using apple cider vinegar as an antibiotic, consuming small doses of this vinegar can help lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of developing certain types of cancer.
While honey can work as an antibiotic, Manuka honey may offer the most benefits. Manuka honey comes from bees in New Zealand that pollinate the Manuka bush. Consuming this honey can help to repair tissue that has become infected. The primary active ingredient in Manuka honey, methylglyoxal, contains strong antibacterial properties. You can apply Manuka honey directly to a wound to prevent infection or consume it in small doses by adding to your food or mixing it into a tea.
Pau D’Arco is a supplement that is created from an extract of the bark found on the Pau D’Arco tree. A number of studies have suggested that consuming this supplement can help to treat ulcers, yeast infections, and even intestinal worms. You will normally find Pau D’Arco sold in capsule form or as a dried bark tea. The tea is not always as effective, as the water dilutes the antibacterial properties of the substance. Opt for the capsule form and take as directed.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree oil is another antibiotic that has many uses. It can be used to treat nausea, eliminate body odor, strengthen your hair, and apparently to kill bacteria. Applying tea tree oil topically can help prevent infection from cuts and scrapes, but should not be ingested.
Oil extracted from oregano also has many uses, including antibacterial purposes. To kill stomach parasites, you should take an oregano oil pill. For skin infections, oregano oil can be applied topically. Make sure that you pay attention to dosage, if you plan on taking an oregano oil pill, as consuming too much of this oil can actually upset your stomach and lead to digestive issues.
As mentioned, you should take probiotics, if you plan on ingesting an antibiotic. Probiotics are needed to increase the amount of healthy bacteria in your digestive system. By consuming certain fermented foods, you can create more good bacteria while killing the unhealthy bacteria. Try eating more pickles, probiotic yogurt, or cabbage. Most fermented foods are full of beneficial antioxidants that will have a much larger impact than taking a supplement.
Garlic can be used to reduce your risk of heart disease and alleviate cold symptoms. While those are good reasons to use more garlic, it can also help kill bacteria and boost your immune system.
There are numerous ways to consume garlic. It can be added to just about any meal, it can be eaten raw, or it can be ground into a powder and used in teas. Avoid taking garlic on a regular basis. There is evidence that consuming garlic for a prolonged period can lead to stomach bleeding and other intestinal issues.
Andrographis paniculata is the name of a plant that is native to South Asia. The root and the leaf of the plant are used to relieve cold symptoms or skin irritation from bug bites, but it can also be used as an antibiotic. You may have difficulty finding a fresh source for this plant, but you might have better luck locating a supplement in capsule form. Always follow the recommended dosages.
Echinacea is an herb known for its antioxidants. It can relieve pain and fight inflammation. This herb has been used by Native Americans for hundreds of years, mostly to treat injuries and prevent infections. You can find Echinacea in pill form, as an extract, or as an ointment.
Olive Leaf Extract
The olive leaf contains a polyphenol called oleuropein. This polyphenol, along with the fatty acids found in the olive leaf, make it a beneficial herb for fighting inflammation and correcting the balance of good and bad bacteria in your digestive system. Olive leaf extract is often sold in pill form; though, you can also purchase it as a topical cream or a liquid extract.
Turmeric is related to ginger and contains many of the same properties. Most scientists would agree that turmeric is far more powerful that its close relative. Turmeric has been used to treat stomach ulcers, reduce the risk of heart disease, and cure indigestion. The active compounds found in turmeric also make it a useful antibiotic.
If you plan on consuming turmeric, look for fresh turmeric root. It can be ground into a powder and added to drinks or food.
While ginger may not be as powerful as turmeric, you may not always have easy access to turmeric. Ginger is readily available at any grocery store and can be used as an antibiotic. As with turmeric, you should purchase fresh ginger and cut off sections as needed. Add it to just about any meal or drink.
Cabbage is naturally antibacterial and includes a large dose of vitamin C. This combination makes it a perfect antibiotic. As an added benefit, consuming cabbage can help to improve your digestive system and boost your metabolism.