Relax with Lavender

Are you stressed?  Depressed?  Experiencing headaches?  Relax with lavender!

Lavender is an herb that is also known as lavandula angustifolia,  which relieves stress and depression.  It even relieves headaches!  WOW!  What a stress reliever!  The main component in lavender is alpha-pinene, which has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties.

Uses of lavender

Cooking

Many people use fresh lavender in meals to give it that aromatic sweet fragrance, with a citrus flavor.  It is used in desserts, pastas and salads.  When cooking with it, you still gain the healthy benefits of its components.  The best thing I have had using lavender, is lavender cup cakes…OH MY!!!!  DELICIOUS!!!!

Tea

I love tea!  Lavender tea gives you that wonderful taste of a citrus tea, with the relaxing benefits to relieve my stress from the busy day.  So sit back and sip lavender tea after a long stressful day.

Bathing

OMG!  When lavender is used in a nice hot bubble bath, it relaxes your whole body!  The stress melts away and any depression is gone.  Not only does it calm you, it is very good for your skin, attacking any inflammation and killing any bad bacteria on your skin.  You can even buy a soap with lavender in it, and it will change your life!  (Most use lavender oil in the baths)

Aromatherapy

When using lavender therapeutic grade essential oil in a diffuser, it has amazing benefits!  It opens up your airways, relieves headaches, stress and depression.  So get a diffuser and put that lavender oil in there and just watch and see how the stress just falls off of your shoulders.

Topically

Lavender can be used for:

  • Calming effects:  Apply 2-3 drops of essential oil on your wrists, feet, and temples for immediate effect.
  • Insect bite:  Apply 1 drop of essential oil on the bite, that will reduce the itchiness and kill any bacteria from it.
  • Minor wound:  Apply 2-3 drops of essential oil on the burn to kill bacteria and clean the wound.
  • Skin conditions:  Apply 4-5 drops of essential oil with a carrier oil, like jojoba oil or coconut oil and rub it on affected area.

Let’s face it when you have skin conditions, insect bites and wounds, this raises our stress levels, which lavender is here to help alleviate all that mess.

Try it and see how much it will change your life, health and wellness.  Leave a comment below and let me know what you think if you have tried it.  That’s all for now.

Get healthy today and stay healthy tomorrow!

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The Power of Garlic

Garlic is an herb that comes from the plant Allium sativa, which is used in various meals as well as ancient traditional herbal medicine.  Garlic contains many sulfur compounds, which give it its healing properties.  It is an antioxidant, with anti-fungal properties.  One of the phytochemical components of garlic is allicin, which helps reduce inflammation, fights heart disease and cancers.  The nutrients in garlic consists on calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C.  All this goodness in this powerful herb!  Yaaaasssss!

Other benefits of garlic

  • Detoxifies the body
  • Protects against infection by enhancing immune function
  • Lowers blood pressure and improves circulation
  • Lowers blood lipid levels
  • Helps stabilize blood sugar levels
  • Treats arteriosclerosis
  • Treats arthritis
  • Treats asthma
  • Aids in the treatment of cold and flus
  • Digestive problems
  • Insomnia
  • Liver disease
  • Sinusitis
  • Ulcers
  • Yeast infections

Uses of garlic

Cooking

Consuming garlic will flush nasty toxins out of your body, promoting a healthy life.  Chopping and crushing the garlic releases the goodness inside.  Adding it to the dishes you prepare gives the meal a delicious flavor as well as the many health benefits mentioned above.  One of my favorite dishes to implement garlic in is angel hair with turkey meat sauce.

  • ground turkey
  • chopped garlic
  • sliced onions
  • red and green peppers
  • basil tomato sauce
  • parsley
  • oregano
  • angel hair pasta
  • extra virgin olive oil

Just the aroma that comes from sautéed garlic, onions and peppers alone are heavenly.  This meal is usually devoured within one night at my house.  HAHA!  Little do they know, that garlic is working on the inside performing all that healthy goodness!

Hair Care

I know it may sound strange and icky, but mixing crushed garlic with extra virgin olive oil and applying it to your scalp, is very beneficial for restoring the hair follicles for those experiencing hair loss.  Try it and see how it will change your hair.

Topically

Applying garlic to your skin has many anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory benefits.

  •  Slicing the garlic and applying on a pimple will eat that bacteria and dissipate that pimple in no time.
  • Using garlic oil (click below to get yours) on the skin will relieve psoriasis and other skin conditions.


Detoxing

Detoxing is important for healthy living.  Every so often you should detox, to rid your body from various toxins in the body that we accumulate through the air and food.  There are many supplements out there to help you detox, such as Red Tea Powerful Detox!  Another way you can detox is just by consuming this simple herb, garlic in a supplement form.  Check it out and let me know you think.

Note:  Not recommended for those who are on anticoagulants, as garlic has blood thinning actions.

Try it and see how much it will change your life, health and wellness.  Leave a comment below and let me know what you think if you have tried it.  That’s all for now.

Get healthy today and stay healthy tomorrow!

Get Healthy With Cinnamon

During the fall holidays, everyone is cooking and eating so many tasty meals!  Let’s face it, no one really wants to adhere to a diet during this time of year.  Actually, this is when people gain the most weight!  Smh (I’m guilty too, lol).  Well, there is a way that would benefit your health while enjoying the holiday food as well as the food you eat everyday after that…cinnamon!  Plus, all those delicious meals emanate through your skin as well, so why not mix cinnamon with other ingredients for a soothing facial mask!  Now that’s what I’m talking about, cleaning the inside and out!  Come on, it doesn’t get any better than that!

Cinnamon (also called cassia) is a spice that is from the bark of a plant called cinnamomum verum, which is a powerful digestive aid as well as other healthy benefits.  Cinnamon is used aromatically, digestively, and topically.

Some functions include:

  • Relief of diarrhea and nausea
  • Counteracts congestion
  • Aides peripheral circulation
  • Warms the body temperature (but not to an unhealthy level)
  • Aides in the metabolism of fats
  • Fights fungal infections
  • Helps lower diabetes
  • Promotes weight-loss
  • Aides in curing yeast infections
  • Aides in curing uterine hemorrhaging

Cinnamon contains beta-carotene, which is an antioxidant that converts to Vitamin A (same as in carrots), playing an important role for the maintenance of the hearts, lungs, kidneys and other organs in the body.  Amongst many other components, the nutrients in cinnamon are very helpful to healthy living.  Containing calcium, chromium, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, and C.  WOW!!!  Look at all that goodness in this wonderful spice!

Uses of cinnamon

Aromatically

Cinnamon is used in various different candles and diffusers, not only for scent, but for inhalation benefits.  It helps with bronchitis by opening the airways, all the while cleansing the lungs.  So, it’s cool to go grab that apple cinnamon scent to fill the house with fresh components to cleanse those lungs. (Although it is better to get the therapeutic grade essential oil)

Digestively

Cinnamon is usually used on top or in certain foods, or both!  HAHA!  Most have this delicious French toast, which is not only made with it, but is sprinkled on top for that extra BAM!!!  Inserting it in the foods, gives you the healthy benefits mentioned above.  Check out these great recipes using cinnamon.  Even putting it in your coffee and/or tea to help with that healthy bowl movement in the morning to get my day started right!  Yaaaaasssss!  Also, there are also capsules that you can take to get the benefits of cinnamon.

Topically

Using the cinnamon topically helps fight bacteria.  Mixing it with honey is the best way to get best of both worlds.  The honey helps reduce the redness (if any) that may occur from this powerful spice.

  • Face mask:  Mix 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in 2 teaspoons of organic raw honey.  Apply to face and let sit for about 10-15 mins, then rinse with warm water and pat face dry.  You can even add a little turmeric to the mixture for more goodness. (see my other blog on turmeric)
  • Arthritis Relief:  Using the cinnamon therapeutic grade essential oil on your skin, helps with symptoms of arthritis. (Mix with a carrier oil such as olive oil)
  • Open cuts and wounds:  Applying cinnamon on an open cut or wound, acts as an antiseptic and kills the bacteria and promotes healthy healing. (Again, mix with a carrier oil to prevent skin irritation)

Note:  Should not be used in large amounts during pregnancy.

So enjoy the holidays with the wonderful healthy spice.  Try it and see how much it will change your life, health and wellness.  Leave a comment below and let me know what you think about cinnamon.  That’s all for now.

Get healthy today and stay healthy tomorrow!

Healing with Olive Oil!

Olive Oil is great for so many things.  This is by far my favorite natural substance!  It can be used for cooking, hair care, skin care and even taken plainly for overall health care.  The oil squeezed out of the entire olive has amazing benefits!  I literally use it for almost everything.

This amazing oil fights all different types of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.  The main component in olive oil is apigenin, (which is discussed in my other blog Benefits of Chamomile) and has so many benefits to your overall health.  Another component is beta-sitosterol, which helps with:

  • Heart diseases
  • Lowering high cholesterol
  • Lowering high blood pressure
  • Boosting immune systems
  • Prevention of colon cancer
  • Gallstones
  • Common cold and flu
  • Arthritis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Asthma and Bronchitis
  • Lupus
  • Cervical cancer
  • Hair loss
  • Psoriasis 
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Menopause symptoms

All these benefits in one small olive fruit, and that’s only one component with all this goodness!  How can you not implement this oil in your everyday life?

The main nutrient in olive oil, believe it or not, is calcium.  Calcium is very beneficial to our body.  It is the most abundant mineral in our bodies.  It strengthens our bones and teeth, all the while maintaining healthy activity in the brain.  Who wouldn’t want that?

Uses for Olive Oil

Cooking

Instead of using vegetable oil or canola oil, I use extra virgin olive oil to prepare my meal in.  Not only for the health benefits of it, but also the taste of it.  It’s very light and gives my cooking a great flavor.  Plus, I feel better about eating it and serving it to my family because of the health benefits of it.  I don’t fry food anymore, but I will sauté it like there’s no tomorrow.  I even coat my baked chicken with olive oil to give it a nice crispy taste, almost like fried chicken.  HAHA!

Digestion

Even taking a spoonful of olive oil plainly will give you the benefits of aiding in the healing of the above ailments.

Hair Care

Using olive oil in your hair and scalp can be very beneficial to the health of your hair.  It’s like food for my hair and scalp!  The components and nutrients in the olive oil has given life back to my hair after years of frying and dying it with so many chemicals.  It also keep my scalp from dandruff, especially in the winter months.  (Note:  a little goes a long way, please don’t overdue it)

Skin Care

When applied to the skin, it can do wonders!  Even though many people say it is too thick to go on the skin, I beg to differ.  Maybe for face constantly, can be too much, but using it  everywhere else on my body has given me so much moisture.  I have mixed it with my hemp lotion (THC free, lol) sometimes during the winter months to give me that extra moisture.  When I use it on my face, I mix it with sugar in the raw or brown sugar, for a luxurious facial scrub.  YAY!  My skin thanks me for it.  I actually don’t even need to put moisturizer on after, because it does that for me.  YAY AGAIN!!!

Try it and see how much it changed your life, health and wellness.  Leave a comment below and let me know what you think if you have tried it.  That’s all for now.

Get healthy today and stay healthy tomorrow!

Benefits of Chamomile

Are you stressed up to your eyeballs?  Is anxiety taking over your life?  Hard to sleep at night?  Episodes of insomnia?  Constant headaches?  Struggling with cancers in your body?  Or even horrible menstrual cramps?  Relax with a hot cup of chamomile tea.

What is Chamomile?

Chamomile also known as matricaria recutita, is an herb which is used to treat various health issues for hundred of years.    The major active component in chamomile is alpha-bisabolol, which is basically a colorless viscous oil, possessing anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, healing and soothing properties.  The secondary active component in chamomile tea is apigenin, which is a bioflavonoid (nutrient), having anxiety reducing effects.  Amongst the other twenty phytochemical components in chamomile, the nutrients are just as important to the healing properties of this amazing herb.  The main nutrient is choline, which is an essential nutrient, which is vital to bodily function and human health.  It is important for nerve function, liver function and brain function.  Chamomile also contains vitamins B1 (thiamine), B3 (niacin) and C (ascorbic acid).  These vitamins are essential for nerve, glucose, heart, immune, skin and muscle function.  See how so much goodness for our bodies are in this one herb?  Yassssss!!!

Calming anxiety and stress!

Chamomile tea has amazing compounds that promote relaxation and aid in preventing panic attacks.  It helps calm the nerves when we get anxious and even stressed.  When we are so anxious and stressed we can’t sleep and can’t eat, we cause our bodies to be susceptible to other diseases.  The main components of chamomile help the nervous system go into a relaxed mode, while working on other areas of the body for overall good health.

  • Drink a cup or two of chamomile tea straight (which is caffeine free anyway!  YAY!) when you feel anxious, stressed or having episodes of insomnia.

Relieves headaches!

With about 100 million nerve cells in our brain, how can we not have something irritate us in that area sometimes.  There are many reasons that cause headaches, but the one I want to discuss is a tension headache.  A tension headache usually starts from the forehead to the back of the neck.  Pain all over your head and neck, preventing you from sleeping while experiencing muscle aches.  Apigenin in chamomile helps with the neurological aspects of our bodies.

Prevention of Cancer and Cancer Therapy!

Cancer is a nasty thing we’ve been hearing more often nowadays.  Almost everything we breathe, eat, drink, touch…can be a potential cause of this disease.  The component apigenin, helps fight various cancer cells, as well as skin cancer.  Chamomile helps with the prevention of cancers and also the therapy of those who are struggling with cancer already.  Don’t you know what you put in your body, emanates through your skin.  The skin being the largest organ, can be susceptible to many aliments, therefore we need to keep it protected as well as our inward parts.  Using chamomile topically is usually in an oil form.  When applied to the skin, it reduces redness, inflammation, and dryness of the skin.  TRY CHAMOMILE OIL TODAY!

Relieves menstrual cramps!

The best thing since sliced bread.  HAHA!   Chamomile tea has helped so much in soothing the monthly cramps from Mother Nature.  When the uterus is contracting, the pain of it shedding its lining can be decapitating sometimes.  The healing components in chamomile are amazing during this time of the month.  Not only does chamomile help with the nerves, but it also calms the muscles (the uterus in this case).  A cup or two of chamomile tea will ease those cramps in no time!  Try it and let me know what you have experienced.

Note:  Please do not consume if you are pregnant or nursing; allergic to ragweed; or taking medications, such as warfarin or cyclosporine.

 

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