Posts tagged “Herb”
Fennel has been a long culinary companion for most of us, but did you know it also has several medicinal properties? Its cultivation is not reduced to a particular area, and can be found in many regions including Europe, Asia, North American and Australia.
Fennel contains anethole, which could explain its medicinal effects:
- Fennel tea, made by pouring boiling water on bruised fennel seeds, has been used throughout history to help indigestion, reduce infant bloating and to improve the lymphatic system.
- The tea can also be used as a breath freshener and applied as an eye wash.
- Ancients also used syrup made from fennel juice to alleviate chronic cough and fed fennel tea to nursing mothers to increase the flow of milk.
- There are studies that show fennel can be a very effective diuretic and a potential drug for treatment of hypertension.
Fennel Essential Oil can also assist on physical matters, keeping the mind stable and functional, yet uplifted. Try it for yourself.
Fight off colds this season by incorporating ginger into your diet. It’s an “herb” with strong flavor that is unmistakable AND has medicinal properties.
Ginger has been used for several health properties for hundreds of years in many different cultures. Some of the benefits include:
Calm nausea and motion sickness
Increase blood circulation
Boost the immune system and
Acting as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
Try this energizing drink that is packed with vitamin C, antioxidants and beta-carotene to start your day.
Pear Ginger Smoothie
1 ripe Anjou or Bartlett pear—peeled, cored and chopped
1/4 cup fresh carrot juice
1/4 cup skim milk
1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
1/2 cup crushed ice
Combine all the ingredients in a blender until smooth and enjoy!