Rosemary – “dew of the sea”


Rosemary is a woody evergreen native to the Mediterranean and a universal symbol of remembrance used to honor those who have passed on.  Rosemary is a fragrant, perennial herb that belongs to the mint family (Lamiaceae).

Rosemary is usually found growing by the ocean, Rosemary derives from the Latin rosmarinus officinalis and is divided into two parts, with the words “ros” meaning “dew” and “marinus” meaning “sea” – “dew of the sea”.

Rosemary, a very versatile herb, cultures have been incorporated in cultures throughout the world both in the kitchen and medicine cabinet for centuries.  Many cultural traditions surround rosemary.


Here are some of its historical uses:

  • Touted as the herb of fidelity in Elizabethan times and adorning the braids and necks of students looking to boost their memory during exams in ancient Greece, rosemary has always been more than just a culinary herb.
  • Rosemary marked the beginning of a woman’s life as a married woman, it has also marked the end of life.  Shakespeare once proclaimed, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance: pray, love, remember.” Shakespeare’s Juliet was honored at her burial with rosemary for remembrance.  Rosemary is still today regarded as the funeral flower signifying respect and remembrance for the departed.
  • Early Europeans commonly threw sprigs of rosemary into graves as a symbol that the dead would not be forgotten.
  • In ancient Egypt, rosemary was placed in the tomb to remember the dead, used in the bouquets of funeral flowers and even utilized in the embalming practices of that time.
  • Rosemary has long held a prominent role in the wedding ceremony.  Used in weddings to grace the bride’s bouquet, headpiece, and dress. Rosemary was used to helping one remember the wedding vows and to ensure faithfulness. Wedding guests are also given sprigs of rosemary to wear to help them remember the occasion.
  • Working its way into the kitchen, Rosemary became a preferred flavoring for meats.  Before the advent of the refrigerator, rosemary was used as a preservative for meats and other foods.  Because of rosemary’s high anti-oxidant activity, ancients would wrap their meats in crushed rosemary leaves.  The freshness would be preserved and thus the smell and taste would remain pleasant.  Rosemary was also used to control pests such as mosquitos, fleas (the carrier of the plague) and moths.

Medicinal Uses:

Rosemary was another herb that was used throughout Europe during the Black Plague to ward off sickness. It was burned in the house to keep the black plague from entering. Rosemary is still a common ingredient in incense used to cleanse sacred spaces. Ingesting rosemary and/or using its essential oil can offer profound health benefits.

Rosemary is no less important in our culture today, where it is useful in helping us to forget the discomfort of arthritis, muscle aches, and many skin conditions. One day, rosemary may even provide the key to restoring memory loss from Alzheimer’s disease.

Rosemary has potent antioxidant, antiseptic, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and disinfectant properties.  

ANTIOXIDANT:  Rosemary is one of the spices that contain the highest antioxidant properties, all of which can prove effective against fungi, bacteria, and cancer. The flower tops include phenolic antioxidant rosmarinic acid.  They bind to free radicals in the body and prevent cell damage, illness, and disease. Health benefiting volatile essential oils such as cineol, camphene, borneol, bornyl acetate, α-pinene, etc. These compounds are known to have rubefacient (counterirritant), anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties.

Simple teas can be made by boiling two teaspoons of rosemary leaves and leaving them to steep for fifteen minutes.  Enjoyed daily, this tea offers significant antioxidant benefits.

ANTISEPTIC: Rosemary can help disinfect wounds and soothe skin irritations while promoting healing and preventing infection as well.(C)ANTIFUNGAL: The tea can be ingested or it can be used as a wash or douche to treat yeast infections.

ANTIINFLAMMATORY: Fights inflammation in the body and this benefit can be helpful for many conditions including arthritis and certain autoimmune disorders where excessive inflammation is present. Regular use of this herb can minimize the colds and other illnesses and may help lessen the severity when they do occur.

Rosemary contains phytochemicals including rosmarinic acid, betulinic acid, carnosol, and caffeic acid with antioxidant, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory properties. These compounds play an important role in neutralizing free radicals, which can cause oxidative stress and cellular damage.


Rosemary Nutritional Profile:


TEAS – Rosemary tea is rich in diterpenes, flavonoids, phenolic derivatives, glycosides, and other phytochemicals that give it medicinal properties. The tea aids weight loss, boosts memory, prevents cancer, and aids digestion.

    • You can avoid having to filter the tea by leaving the rosemary needles on the stem.
    • If you choose to use dried rosemary, the rule of thumb is 1 teaspoon per cup of boiling water.
    • Let it steep for 3 to 5 minutes, if you prefer your tea mild and aromatic.
    • It’s best you steep the leaves for up to 10 minutes as it will help draw out more of the healthy oils and nutrients that will maximize the tea’s benefits.

Rosemary tea is a simple preparation that smells of the fresh forest and the sea.


Physiological Health Benefits:

Memory/Brain(B’s, Ca, C, K,)

As a medicinal herb, it has long been recommended for strengthening the brain and memory and and secondary memory factors.  An antioxidant compound, like carnosic acid, has been known to stimulate and protect neural pathways from beta-amyloid plaque. This acid helps safeguard the nervous system by fighting off the brain damage caused by free radicals in the form of oxidative stress and overstimulation of nerve cells.

Rosemary Is For Remembrance – Its long thought ability to increase circulation and strengthen blood vessels has also associated it with memory, remembrance and the heart (love).

Ancient history and mythology, providing clues and hints to its particular value in cognition, memory and enhanced sensorial awareness, and ultimately its sacredness, which literally means “holy,” a word that also shares etymological roots with “whole,” “healthy” and “heal.”

Ancient Greeks revered it for stimulating the brain and assisting memory; Pedanius Dioscorides, a Greek physician, pharmacologist and botanist in the time of Nero, wrote about rosemary’s “warming faculty”.  He also  wrote of rosemary:  “the eating of its flower in a preserve comforts the brain, the heart and the stomach; sharpens understanding, restores lost memory, awakens the mind, and in sum is a healthy remedy for various cold ailments of the head and the stomach.”

Rosemary’s power to enhance memory we have a multitude of testimonials. Sir Thomas More, English lawyer, author and statesman wrote, “As for rosmarine, I lette it runne all over my garden walls, not onlie because my bees love it, but because it is the herb sacred to remembrance, and, therefore to friendship ….”
Improve Memory: Mix 3 drops of rosemary oil with 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil and rub on the upper neck or diffuse for 1 hour a day.

Study better: Are you or your child trying to memorize information for an upcoming test? Diffuse rosemary oil while studying to boost cognitive function and memory.

Dr. Culpepper states, “the (rosemary) water is an admirable cure-all remedy of all kinds of cold, loss of memory, headache, coma.”   It receives and preserves natural heat, restores body function and capabilities, even at late age.  There are not that many remedidies producing that many good effects.” (“Pharmacopeia Londoniensis”, Nicholas Culpepper, 1653).
Students in ancient Greece wore garlands of rosemary around their necks, or braided it into their hair to improve their memory during exams.  Others would place it in their pillow the night before to enhance memory during sleep.

To fight stress and anxiety, add a few drops of rosemary essential oil in an aromatherapy diffuser or vaporizer.

Place it in your bedroom at a safe distance, so that the calming vapors can help induce a deep and peaceful slumber.

Researchers have discovered that certain phytochemicals in the herb prevent the degradation of acetylcholine, an important brain chemical needed for normal neurotransmission. rosemary has demonstrated a potential for protecting certain parts of the brain from tissue damage such as ischemic injury, healing nervous tissues, and averting blood clots.

Tea stimulates the circulatory system because it has anti-coagulant properties, similar to aspirin which improves the flow of blood.  This produces energy and improves the body’s ability to repair and oxygenate the extremities.

Enhance Your Memory

            • Breathe in the aroma of rosemary oil by adding 2 or 3 drops of this oil to your handkerchief or room diffuser.
            • You can also start drinking rosemary tea made from fresh or dried leaves. To make the tea, add 1 or 1½ teaspoons of the herb to 1 cup of hot water, cover it, and let it steep for 5 minutes.

Facilitates Blood Flow

            • Drink rosemary tea on a regular basis to promote circulation.
            • If you frequently suffer from cold limbs due to poor circulation, massage the affected limbs with rosemary-infused oil.

Headache

            • Simply massage your forehead and temples with a few drops of rosemary oil mixed in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil.
            • A cup of rosemary tea has been equated to taking an aspirin for minor aches and pains. Simply place a few fresh-picked sprigs in the bottom of a cup, add hot water, cover and steep for 10-15 minutes, strain and enjoy.

Anemia(Fe,B12,B9)

An increase in hemoglobin is one of the rosemary herb benefits because this plant is an excellent source of iron. This nutrient is essential for hemoglobin.

Arthritis(Mg,Cu)

Insulation – Carnosic acid fights inflammation in the body and this benefit can be helpful for many conditions including arthritis and certain autoimmune disorders where excessive inflammation is shown to reduce nitric acid that is a big trigger for inflammation.  With other antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, ease suffering from arthritis, headaches, muscle pain, joint disorders, hemorrhoids, and hypersensitivity to allergens.

Rosemary tea is also touted in Blanckes’ Herbal “for much worth against all evils of the body”. Among medicinal benefits claimed to include a topical application for gout; “if thy legs be blown with the gout, boil the leaves (rosemary) in water and then take the leaves and bind them in a linen cloth about thy legs, and it shall do much good.”

Treat muscle soreness

            • Make 1 to 2 cups of rosemary tea, soak a washcloth in it, and place the washcloth on the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes. Do this a few times daily to treat muscle soreness.
            • For arthritic pain, warm 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a microwave for a few seconds. Mix 2 to 3 drops of rosemary oil in it. Massage the affected area with this oil for 5 minutes. Repeat 2 to 3 times daily until you get relief.

Chronic Pain(Mg, Cu, B1, B12, C,)

Pain-relieving properties are largely the result of salicylate and compound similar to aspirin.  Whether you are recovering from an illness, surgery or injury or chronic pain, Rosemary tea can help relieve these symptoms.

Massaging the oil of rosemary into joints effectively eases arthritic or rheumatic pain.  Queen Elizabeth of Hungary was reputedly cured of semi-paralysis when she sipped a concoction of rosemary to ease her painful joints.

Stimulates Hair Growth(A, B9, B12, B5, C, Mg, Fe)

Stimulate hair growth by potentially improving blood circulation to the scalp, which allows more nutrients to reach the hair follicles. Carnosic acid, which helps reverse tissue and nerve damage. On account of this healing activity, rosemary may prove effective in rejuvenating nerves in the scalp too, in turn restoring hair growth and is well-known for its abilities to thicken as well.

Use Rosemary tea to scrub the scalp and hair to improve the nutrient content of the hair and also getting rid of dandruff.  Its antibacterial properties can keep skin problems away and protect against hair loss.


Restoring hair growth

            • Alternatively, add a few drops of rosemary essential oil to warm olive or coconut oil and massage your scalp with it 2 or 3 times a week. You can even add a few drops of rosemary essential oil to your shampoo before washing your hair.
            • Add a handful of fresh rosemary to 2 to 3 cups of hot water and let it steep for 15 minutes. Remove the herb and let the liquid cool down. Use it as a hair rinse few times a week.

Promotes Skin Health(A, C)

Rosemary contains antibacterial and antimicrobial agents to treat a variety of skin disorders, including dandruff.  Where the blood flows and anti-inflammatory properties are combined, affect the skin’s ability to eliminate eczema and improve the skin’s appearance. Studies of Rosemary’s potential anti-cancer effects indicate that its compounds inhibit carcinogenic chemicals from binding to cellular DNA.  Rosemary helps promote skin cell regeneration and wards off the harmful free radicals that are at the base of premature skin aging.

Blanckes’ Herbal states, “washe thy face therwith . . . thou shalt have a fayre face.”  “Smell it and it shall preserve thy youthe.  “And, remember Markham; “Rosemary “cleanseth away the spots of the face, . . . it maketh a man look young.”

Gervase Markham (1568-1637) an English writer and poet wrote about Rosemary.  Rosemary water (the face washed therein both morning and night) causeth a fair and clear contenance.” And, “when one maketh a bath of this decoction, it is called the bath of life, the same drink comforteth the heart, the brain, and the whole body, and cleanseth away the spots of the face; it maketh a man look young . . .”

Include Rosemary in your life and stimulate and awaken the Sleeping Beauty in you.

Combat wrinkles

        • Take equal parts of geranium, sandalwood, lavender, frankincense, rosemary, and lemon essential oils, and mix them well.
        • Dilute the concoction as needed and use it topically to banish wrinkles.

Eye serum

        • Combine almond oil with 12 drops each of rosemary and lavender essential oils, and mix them well.
        • Empty the healing tonic into a roller bottle to apply it on puffy or red skin under the eyes.

Simultaneously, rosemary essential oil will put its strong anti-inflammatory agents, namely caffeic and rosmarinic acid, to good use and reduce the swollen puffiness.

Caution: Do not apply this blend on top of your eyelids as it can trickle or seep into your eyes and can cause irritation or more serious retinal damage.

Good Oral Hygiene(A, B2, C, Fe, Ca, Mg, P, K)

The tea can be used to disinfect mouth wounds for good oral hygiene and fresh breath.

Prevents High Blood Sugar

Drink a cup of rosemary tea daily.

 

Caution: Always consult your physician before drinking this tea, and make sure you keep monitoring your blood sugar levels thereafter. Also, starting this adjunctive remedy doesn’t mean you can take your doctor-prescribed meds less seriously. Strictly adhere to the drug routine stipulated by your doctor.

Anxiety/Stress/Depression(A, B2, B6, C, Mg

Rosemary’s nervine properties and analgesic properties of salicylate soothe anxiety and stress and help people to relax and promote calm.

Rosemary tea has diterpenes that inhibit neuronal cell death and exhibit anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, antidepressant, and anxiolytic (anxiety) properties. Hence, having rosemary tea can help decelerate the loss of memory and disability.

 

Liver Function(A, B2, B6, C, Ca, Fe)

The liver is perhaps one of the most vital organs in the body, which is accorded the bulk of the responsibility when it comes to detoxifying our system. Improve the health and function of your liver and detoxify the body by stimulating urination and relieve strain on a number of organ systems.

The liver takes a very long time to recuperate as it is one of the slowest organs to heal.  Rosemary, however, can help in this regard as it has been linked to lowering the risk of cirrhosis and expediting liver recovery. Another liver-protective property associated with this herb is that it reduces plasma liver enzymes, which may cause type 2 diabetes.

Carnosol content has been proven effective in staving off liver tissue distortion, and it’s also thought to prevent depletion of liver glycogen, the energy storage molecules.

Drink a cup of rosemary tea daily. However, always consult your physician before starting with this complementary intake.

Cancer(A, C)

Packed with antioxidants it seeks out to neutralize free radicals, natural by-products that can cause cellular mutations, cancer, and apoptosis (cell death).  Rosmarinic acid, caffaic acid, carnosol, I’ll have been linked to reducing cancer growth rates, particularly breast cancer.  In the journal Nutrients in 2016 notes that rosemary extract has been shown to exhibit anti-cancer properties in vitro for the following cancers:

        • Colon cancer
        • Pancreatic cancer
        • Breast cancer
        • Prostate cancer
        • Ovarian cancer
        • Cervical cancer
        • Bladder cancer
        • Liver cancer
        • Lung cancer

In other words, carnosol acts like a military sniper who only takes out his enemy target and doesn’t damage neighboring cells, unlike the chemotherapy nuclear-bomb approach that kills everything along its path.

Digestive Aid(Fiber)

Rosemary is composed of more than one-third fiber, so this herb can be beneficial to intestinal health. Rosemary is a supreme digestive aide. As a tonic and bitter, it supports our ability to digest large proteins, such as those found in meat, dairy, and grain.

A cup of rosemary tea just before you eat, or just after, will do a world of good for those who suffer from bloating, blood sugar issues, gas, and pain in their digestive tract.

The anti-spasmodic and carminative substances that are useful for improving indigestion, constipation, bloating, and cramping.  A tea made with Rosemary has been used to clear up digestive issues for generations and can improve nutrient uptake by relieving inflammation in the gut.

Prevention of Birth Defects(B’s)

The nutrients in this herb are one of the top rosemary herb benefits and they can help prevent birth defects. Rosemary has high levels of folate, which is essential for developing babies. A deficiency of this nutrient can cause birth defects.

Caution: Medicinal intake of rosemary can prove dangerous for pregnant women because it might stimulate menstruation or adversely affect the uterus, inducing a miscarriage.

Improved Vision(A,C)

Good vision requires an adequate amount of this vitamin that rosemary supplies.

Published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, the study highlighted the ability of carnosic acid, a major component of rosemary, to significantly promote eye health.

Protects Against Macular Degeneration(A,C)

Add rosemary to your food as a spice or administer 30-40 drops of high-quality organic rosemary extract to your eyes 2-5 times a day.


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Nutmeg – The Unsavory History of a Tasty Spice

nutmegToday, we take spices for granted. Every kitchen has a spice rack or a well-stocked pantry because every grocery store has a wide variety of spices to choose from at very reasonable prices. But spice prices weren’t so reasonable in the 17th century.

Well, in those days nutmeg didn’t grow just anywhere.  Nutmeg was so highly valued that there was even counterfeiting. Less-than-virtuous traders would whittle down ordinary wood and polish it until it resembled a nutmeg seed.  Have you ever hear of the Nutmeg State?

Nutmeg is one of those fragrant flavor enhancers, that was once a rare, costly spice, so much so that wars broke out over it, leading to a tragic and bloody history. Tens of thousands of people have died in the pursuit of this little brown seed, nutmeg, reducing the population from 15,000 to 600.

Before we get into the benefits of this highly prized spice, let’s learn about its volatile history.

Nutmeg has been one of the saddest stories of history.


THE NUTMEG WARS

Nutmeg is indigenous to the volcanic soils of the Banda Islands, a group of islands in Indonesia.

By the Middle Ages, wealthy people in Europe knew about nutmeg and coveted it for its medicinal properties. Europeans believed that nutmeg had the power to ward off viruses like the common cold; they even thought that it could prevent the bubonic plague. As a result, the spice was worth more than its weight in gold.

Today, the Island of Run has a population of about 1,000 people. And much like TV’s “Gilligan’s Island,” there are no phones, no motorcars. And lights? They’re only on for a few hours every evening. After that, the power grid is shut down island-wide.

Many traders wanted to find the mysterious “Spice Islands” of Indonesia where nutmeg was grown. In 1512, the Spanish finally discovered the location in the Banda Islands where all the world’s nutmeg grew.  At that time, nutmeg was worth a lot of money, and whoever had the Banda Islands, the only place where it grew, had a monopoly on the spice.  In 1621 the Dutch swept in and took over. In order to monopolize on the spice, all exported nutmeg seeds were drenched with lime to make sure there was no chance a fertile nut would find its way off the islands.   In 1667, the Dutch traded Manhattan to the British for a small Pacific island named Run/Rhun (Roon).  Run is barely seen on the map and was one of the Banda Islands in the Spice Islands archipelago and was where the nutmeg trees grew.   

Initially, the Dutch wanted to get around America to Asia — and all its spices. Of all the high-demand, low-supply, overpriced spices, nutmeg was king. It was the most precious spice on earth from kingdom to kitchen.  The Dutch wanted total control of the lucrative nutmeg trade and they were willing to give up New Amsterdam (Manhattan), their backwater town in the New World, for it. Local Bandanese call this trade the “Manhattan Transfer.” The Dutch got what they wanted. The Treaty of Breda, in 1667, the English intended on securing their hold over every nutmeg island. The Dutch offered a trade, by giving the island of Manhattan, which is how New Amsterdam became New York.  James II the Duke of York, personally led the English attack on New Amsterdam.  So, New York is New York and not New Amsterdam because of the wars won and lost due to this spice.

In 1770, A Frenchman Pierre Poivre (Peter Pepper), smuggled nutmeg trees out of the Banda Islands and successfully transplanted them in the French colony of Mauritius off the coast of East Africa, creating competition for the nutmeg trade.

THEN, disaster struck In 1778, a volcanic eruption caused a tsunami that wiped out many of the nutmeg groves in the Banda Islands. In 1809, the English reclaimed the Banda Islands but in 1817 returned them to the Dutch AFTER transplanting hundreds of nutmeg seedlings to their own colonies.

Banda nutmeg is still considered the finest nutmeg in the world, although it is grown in other places.


Nutmeg comes from a tall evergreen.  Nutmeg is a seed not a nut and is used as a spice in various cuisines in the world. It brings sweetness to the foods. The seed can also enhance the taste of food and make the food more aromatic with just a small amount of it.  Nutmeg is made from the seed of the nutmeg tree, Myristica fragrans. The spice trade began in the Middle East more than 4,000 years ago, when Chinese, Persian, Malay, and Arab traders brought spices to Europe.

  • Historically, grated nutmeg was used as a sachet, and the Romans used it as incense.
  • Nutmeg was prized by the European aristocracy who used it for seasoning, medicine, and to preserve meat.
  • Ladies wore nutmeg sachets around their necks and men put it into their snuff. Everyone used it to combat the plague.
  • Just in our very recent past, NUTMEG was named the Herb of the Month in November of this year, 2019, by the Herb Society of America’s.

nutmeg; maceInteresting Facts

The first fact is that the spice trade was the primary driver of the global economy.

Nutmeg was the favored spice in Europe. Aside from adding flavor to food and drinks, its aromatic qualities worked wonders to disguise the stench of decay in poorly preserved meats, always a problem in the days before refrigeration.

Nutmeg is an unusual spice.  It is a twin spice.  But, it is more than just a spice.  It has a red membrane, which enwraps the shiny dark nutmeg shell, is known as mace, nutmeg’s twin spice.  The outer lace-like covering of the nutmeg seed is dried and ground.  Mace is used both as a spice and as a weapon to ward of predators.

No part of the nutmeg is ever wasted including the shell, which is used as flower bed mulch and for covering garden plants.


Nutmeg vs Mace – What’s the difference?

Culinary Uses – Nutmeg is considerably more fragrant and sweeter, while mace has a lighter flavor.

Nutmeg is used more to flavor many kinds of baked goods, confections, puddings, potatoes, meats, sausages, sauces, vegetables, curries, and such beverages as eggnog.

Mace has fewer of the same compounds and is more delicate and milk base dishes. It is used more for pastries and old fashioned donuts, eggs, fish dishes.  It has more vitamin C, copper, and magnesium than its twin, nutmeg.

Mace as a weapon – In 1786, Mace is an ancient weapon, formerly much used by cavalry of all nations

  • A common name for some types of tear gas.
  • By extension, a common name for some types of pepper spray.
  • By generalization, a name for personal tear gas and pepper spray.

Why was nutmeg so valuable?

Four hundred years ago, nutmeg was the most valuable commodity in the world, owing to its potent medicinal properties. The sweet, fragrant aroma of nutmeg is the result of a combination of essential oils, notably myristicin, elemicin, eugenol, safrole, pinene, camphene, dipentene, cineol, linalool, and terpineol.

Medicinal Uses

  • Include treatment for diarrhea and gas and a topical treatment for pain. In the mid-1300’s it was thought to combat the Black Death.
  • In 16th century London, for example, its price skyrocketed after doctors recommended it as a cure for the bubonic plague. Ladies carried nutmeg sachets around their necks to breathe through and avoid the pestilence of the air.
  • China dates back to the 5th century and was considered beneficial to the digestive system.
  • Sri Lanka and Indonesia and are currently in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia for rheumatism, nausea, diarrhea, flatulent dyspepsia and dysentery.  An ointment of nutmeg butter has been used as a counterirritant and in the treatment of rheumatism.
  • The seed contains anti-fungal, anti-infectious and anti-bacterial agents as well as volatile and non-volatile oil.
  • Many arthritis sufferers use nutmeg oil and it has been used for years in the West Indies as a treatment for malaria, asthma, and pneumonia.

VITAMIN AND MINERAL COMPOSITION

Nutmeg is rich in dietary minerals including B group vitamins as well as essential oils with anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor as well as antioxidant properties.  The portion of nutrients in the nutmeg is considered one of the highest portions among all types of nuts.


PHYSIOLOGICAL BENEFITS

1.  Improves Sharpness of the Brain(B5, Me, VC)

It has neuroprotective properties. Myristicin in nutmeg aids in improving memory by stimulating and preserving the neural pathways in the brain. It improves concentration and the ability to focus. Furthermore, it inhibits an enzyme that contributes to Alzheimer’s disease. It reduces mental exhaustion by stimulating the nerves in the brain, therefore removing stress and mental exhaustion leaving you feeling energized throughout the day.

In fact, ancient Romans and Greek civilizations used the seed as a tonic for the brain and drank it to prepare for mental challenges.

2.  Improves Brain Health(Me, B1,2,3,6,7,9, VC)

Neuroprotective properties myristicin, eugenol, and elemicin, all helped increase the levels of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine in the hippocampus of the rats. The hippocampus is the organ located in the brain that is mainly associated with memory and spatial navigation, which is the part of memory responsible for recording and retrieving all the information in the brain.

Oils in nutmeg have a therapeutic effect on the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease.  

3. Has a calming ability(Mg,K, Me, VC)

Nutmeg oil is known to have a calming effect and is commonly used to help relax muscles. The compounds myristicin and elemicin in nutmeg provide mild sedative and anti-anxiety benefits by activating the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine in the brain, in addition, chronic nervous problems.  Myristicin provides medicinal properties. In fact, when taken in large enough doses nutmeg is a hallucinogen, thanks to a psychoactive chemical called myristicin, which is related to mescaline and amphetamine.

It also works as an adaptogen that helps the body and mind to cope with stress. Thus, nutmeg provides the dual advantage of lowering your blood pressure in times of stress and lifting your spirits when you are feeling down.

Inhaling nutmeg oil serves as one of the most useful natural home remedies for stress, anxiety,
and depression
.

4.  Relieves Insomnia(Mg, VC)

Magnesium, in Nutmeg, is able to reduce nerve tension and stimulate the secretion of the hormone serotonin. This hormone helps us to feel relaxed and can also be converted into another hormone called melatonin. Melatonin is the hormone that is responsible for making us feel tired and calm and can help make sure we get a good night’s sleep.

1/4 tsp. of freshly ground nutmeg to warm water or milk to help you sleep.

5. Relieve nausea(Mg)

In addition, it relieves nausea and prevents vomiting.

6. Improves blood circulation(K, Na, VC)

It has a relaxing aroma that comforts the body, and improves blood circulation and lowers blood pressure for people with heart problems. Powdered nutmeg might also help to relieve heart problems.

7. Eases muscle and joint pain(K, VC)

Nutmeg has anti-inflammatory properties, myristicin, elemicin and eugenol, helps relieve joint and muscle pains. The oil is applied on the affected part for immediate relief, removing stress and relaxing the body.  Itis an ingredient in cough syrups and cold drops and treating asthma. Nutmeg really does have chemical constituents that make you feel good and can help warm us up and even help us fight off head colds and stomachaches.

8.  Promotes Tooth Health(Ca, Mg, VC, Me)

Nutmeg has antibacterial properties, myristic acid and trimyristin found in nutmeg, exhibited good antibacterial activity and with the potential to inhibit the activity of bacteria such as Porphyromonas gingivalis that causes periodontitis and Streptococcus mutans that are associated with tooth decay. Eugenol has been used in dental offices as toothache relief.

The methanol extract found in nutmeg has anti-cariogenic properties and helps prevent tooth decay and dental caries. Macelignan, another antibacterial agent found in this spice, also helps inhibit the activity of bacteria that cause the cavity.

9.  Offers Liver and Kidney Protection(Mg, VC)

Nutmeg offers the much-needed support to reduce the toxic burden of the Liver and Kidney’s to ensure they optimally function well.  Through the rich compound called myrislignan, enzymes are activated to help remove toxins from the Liver and Kidney and dissolves stones naturally. Magnesium that is present in Nutmeg also helps to detoxify cells and metals from the body.

10. Aids in Digestion(Mg, VC)

Nutmeg has various beneficial properties for your digestive tract.  

  • Its fibers could help to promote the digestive process by inducing the peristaltic contraction of the intestinal smooth muscles, preventing the common digestive discomfort of constipation.
  • Secondly, it could also stimulate the secretion of digestive enzymes and numerous gastric, intestinal juices. As a result, it could improve the chronic digestive problems that you have been facing for a long time such as alleviating diarrhea, preventing flatulence, and stomach gas.
  • If you are suffering from nausea, indigestion, vomiting or even bloating, nutmeg is definitely a perfect natural home remedy for you to eliminate these annoying diseases.

Nutmeg added to desserts and milk is beneficial for indigestion and flatulence.  Also, it helps get rid of gas from the body and is used to treat several stomach diseases such as indigestion and stomach ulcers. It can also aid in managing symptoms of Crohn’s disease.

Mixing powdered nutmeg with banana or apple juice can be used as a herbal therapy for diarrhea. Also, a mixture of nutmeg with amla juice can relieve morning sickness and hiccups. Amla is an Indian Gooseberry, also called Awla or Amla excellent source of Vitamin C and contains 20 times the vitamin C in an orange.

One drop of Nutmeg essential oil in 8 oz of water may help with digestive and stomach issues. 

 

11.  Improves Skin(B5, Cu, VC)

Nutmeg has long been used in herbal medicine as a treatment to sustain skin health and appearance.  It is useful in curing skin issues such as Eczema and Acne.  It not only helps prevent acne; but, if you have any scars left by acne on your face, a tablespoon of nutmeg oil could help you in this case.

Beauty Tips:

  Try leaving a paste mixture of 2 Tbsp of Nutmeg powder, 2 Tbsp. honey, 2 Tbsp. Cinnamon on the inflammatory area on your skin once a day for several days. After 30 minutes, you can wash it off with lukewarm water.

  1 Tbsp. Nutmeg powder, 1 Tbsp. Coconut Milk – Apply to skin.  Leave for 30 minutes.  Wash off with cold water

12.  Boosts Immunity(Zn, Me, VC, Fe, K, Ca)

Nutmeg is rich in potassium, calcium, iron, and manganese that play a key role in improving your body’s immunity.

WARNING: If you take it in excess, it would be toxic even and might cause irregular heart rhythms (palpitations), intense nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, and dry mouth as side effects.  For this reason, it is advisable to take small doses in order to avert possible complications and stay within a half of teaspoon of nutmeg powder a day.  In addition, it can lead to psychoactive effects and cause some problems such as hallucinations, narcotic effects or even agitation. It does not stop there, a huge unnecessary amount of nutmeg consumed also could lead to 


RECIPES:  It is better to get the seed of nutmeg and freshly grate/grind it because the flavors are lost very quickly.

TEA:  1 cups hot water, 1/3 cup of your choice of milk, 1/4 tsp Nutmeg, 1 tea bag

EGGNOG:  1 1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk, 2 Soaked Medjool Dates, 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract, 1/4 Cinnamon, 1/8 tsp. Nutmeg, Pinch of Cloves, Pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt, 2 medium frozen ripe bananas.  Blend all in blender


IN SUMMARY

Nutmeg contains an incredible array of nutritional benefits relieve pain, ease indigestion, improve brain function, detoxify the body, boost the quality of skin, improve mouth problems, improve sleep, strengthen immune system, prevent some problems of blood and also improve blood circulation. and provides antifungal, antidepressant, and gas-inhibitive functions.

Different constituents of essential oils contained in nutmeg may affect pregnant and lactating mothers differently, but some of these effects may really be dangerous for the baby and the mother. So, you should specifically ask your gynecologist and pediatrician about the safety of nutmeg during pregnancy and for sure moderation.

Although this small nut has numerous benefits for human health in all terms, you still have to control the amount of nutmeg you consume daily.  Always remember that spices and herbs are best consumed in limited amounts.  They are powerful medicine and must be respected.


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Sage, the ‘Savior’ Herb

SAGE was long thought to improve wisdom and memory.  People associated with using Sage were eventually known as Sages. As you read further, you will begin to understand why.

Emperor Charlemagne (aka Charles the Great) one of Europes greatest medieval rulers decreed in 812 AD that every farm on Crown lands must grow sage

The Biblical character of Joseph is known by some to be as both a prophet and a sage. He was, through a gift from God, a visionary. Through the window of dreams, the Lord God showed him the future. Although he could not see all the details, he could picture what life would be like. He was not born wise, and he may have been obnoxious as a young visionary whom his brothers sold into slavery some twenty years earlier, but his experiences as a slave, as a prisoner, and as the highest official of the Egyptian court taught him to understand the human heart. He learned that it was necessary to let go of the burden of the past to be able to receive the promise of the future.  He learned and earned wisdom and gained insight through the challenges and trials of his life with his Saviour’s help.  In the eyes of men, he also learned and earned the title of a “sage”.   (I encourage you to take the time to read Joseph’s true story in full found in Genesis 37—50)


Sage originates from the Latin word Salvia officinalis meaning

“TO BE SAVED.”

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SAGE lives up to its definitions:

1. wise, especially as a result of a great experience: 2. a plant whose greyish-green leaves 

2. A sage is a person who is regarded as being very wise.

3. Having or exhibiting wisdom and calm judgment.


Historical facts about Sage you may not already know.


Sage emits a smell that reminds us of homemade turkey dressing — a Thanksgiving staple loved by many Americans. For me this is a favorite spice of Thankgiving.  Sage is perhaps most notably used in the preparation of sausage.

Sage originates from the northern Mediterranean coast.  In medieval times, it was called “Salvia Salvatrix,” which means “sage, the savior.” This is because it was one of the primary ingredients of the “Four Thieves Vinegar,” a concoction that was used by thieves to ward off the bubonic plague while plundering for treasures. Sage is an herb that has not only been used as a flavoring but also used for medicinal and health purposes. If there’s a health concern that you need to address, Sage is a solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases.

  1. In the 17th Century, one Sage was traded by merchants for 3 chests full of China Tea.
  2. Sage was used as a local anesthetic, a diuretic (causing increased passing of urine), and a styptic (causing bleeding to stop).
  3. Sage has an extensive history as a medicinal herb. The ancient Egyptians used it to improve fertility and is one of the embalming herbs in Egypt
  4. A Greek physician, pharmacologist, and botanist used sage can help stop wounds from bleeding, help disinfect sores and promote healing of ulcers, as well as use sage juice to treat coughs and hoarseness.
  5. Chinese sage (Salvia miltiorrhiza) has been used for centuries as restoratives of lost or declining mental functions such as in Alzheimer’s disease
  6. Salvia libanotica (Lebanese sage) is one of the largely used sage species in traditional medicine, which has been used for many years to cure diseases such as abdominal pains, headaches, indigestion, and heart disorders.
  7. The Sagebrush was used in pioneer times. Native Americans used leaves of sagebrush to prevent infections of wounds, stop the bleeding and to treat common cold, headache, and athlete’s foot. This species, although never used officially as a drug, has been prized as a tea substitute, general tonic, a hair, and eyewash, in treating colds and sore throat, stopping diarrhea, an antiseptic, and even for bullet wounds.  It made a poultice for bee stings and was thought to cure night sweats.

There are as many as 7 primary types of Sage.  In America, closely related to garden sage are at least 47 native Salvia species (out of at least 959 worldwide).  Sage is a part of the mint family, alongside other herbs like oregano, rosemary (Sages sister herb), basil, and thyme family

Do you use SAGE in one of the following ways listed below?

  1. Golden Sage (Salvia officinalis ‘Icterina’) is perhaps best known for its culinary use in stuffing.
  2. Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans synonym S. rutilans) a Mexican salvia having a scent of pineapple that is cultivated as an annual.  The fresh leaves add flavor to desserts and drinks and the flowers make an attractive addition to a salad too
  3. Clary sage (S. sclarea) Its scientific name comes from the Latin word clarus, meaning to clear. Clary sage gets its name for its mucus-clearing properties. Clary is usually used for its medicinal benefits. Strongly aromatic leaves generally used as throat gargle infusions and in perfumeries.
  4. Tricolor Sage white, green, pink, and purple.
  5. Dwarf Sage “The Little Spire” a Russian variety may be a petit version of regular Garden Sage, it has the same robust flavor and can be used in any recipe calling for sage.
  6. Greek Sage (Salvia fruticosa or S. triloba): Large perennial with lobed leaves, cultivated in the Mediterranean region and commonly employed in the preparation of sage tea. Its blooms have peachy-apricot tones that bloom to white flowers with light lavender interiors. It is used to make Faskomilo tea.  Sage (S. triloba) composes flavone called salvigenin. Research studies found that vascular relaxant effect that may offer protection from cardiovascular diseases.
  7. Azure sage (S. azurea): A large plant with blue flowers, used in Mexico as an herbal panacea.

BEAUTIFUL SAGE FLOWERS


TOP VITAMINS & MINERALS – Sage contains 32 other nutrients in smaller portions.

                    


Anti-Oxidant/Anti-Inflammatory Actions (A-O/A-I) (VC)

Sage’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antifungal properties make this herb beneficial in treating many health problems.  Sage contains over 160 distinct polyphenols, which are plant-based chemical compounds that act as antioxidants in your body.  The antioxidant enzymes, including SOD (superoxide dismutase) and peroxidase, give it a unique capacity for stabilizing oxygen-related metabolism and preventing oxygen-based damage to the cells. Regular consumption of Vitamin C develop resistance against infectious agents (boosts immunity) and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the human body.

Sage provides your body with rosmarinic acid, a polyphenolic compound can be readily absorbed from the GI tract, and once inside the body, acts to reduce inflammatory responses, which is stronger than that of vitamin E.  Rosmarinic acid helps to prevent cell damage caused by free radicals, thereby reducing the risk for cancer and atherosclerosis.

Rosmarinic acid as a component of sage has shown neuroprotective, antioxidative, and anti-apoptotic (anti-cell death) effects against toxicity.  Rosmarinic acid is used for its anti-allergic activity. Unlike antihistamines, rosmarinic acid prevents the activation of immune responder cells, which cause swelling and fluid formation. Increased intake of sage as a seasoning in food is recommended for persons with inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, as well as bronchial asthma, atherosclerosis, cataracts, and Peptic Ulcers. Sage is also touted to ease inflammation stemming from arthritis and gout.

The flavones glycosides and estrogenic substances help as counter-irritant, rubefacient, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties.

Medicinal Uses:  

  1. Drinking sage tea and massaging aching joints with diluted sage oil relieves rheumatoid arthritis. It soothes the sciatic nerve, too.
  2. Medicinal Use:  Regularly drinking herbal tea prepared by boiling one teaspoon each of sage and mullein leaves in a cup of water is beneficial in dealing with asthma. You can also inhale the steam of this infusion when it is hot.

TOP 12 Health Benefits of Sage 


Skin(VA, VB, VC, VK, Ca, K, Cu, Zn)

Sage’s properties protect against bacterial (anti-bacterial) and viral infections that affect the skin. A topical salve made from sage, which possesses antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, is an effective anti-microbial remedy to eczema, psoriasis, and acne. VA in Sage is also required for maintaining healthy mucosa and skin. Zinc helps the body process the essential fatty acids needed to heal burns (including sunburns), wounds, hemorrhoids, eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, and acne. Zinc can help all skin wounds heal more quickly.

The antioxidant properties in Sage provide rich protection against the free radicals the produce the signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and reverses them.  Aids in daily cell regeneration.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant vitamin, required for the creation of neurotransmitters and collagen production.  It fights oxidative stress. Vitamin C is also needed for healing wounds.

Vitamin C is sensitive to heat, so to take advantage of this vitamin, sage should be added at the end of cooking.

Maintain Healthy Hair(VA, VC, VB’s, Fe, Mg, Zn)

  • Sage oil benefits as a great toner by regulating sebum production in oily complexion.
  • Applying sage leaves as a rinse will produce shiny hair.
  • Vitamin A  in Sage stimulates the hair follicles to rapid growth.
  • The hair will get stronger and the hair color becomes darker.
  • Sage has been used since ancient times to combat hair loss and baldness. Sage contains beta-sitosterol, a 5-alpha reductase compound that has been found to be effective in treating male pattern baldness. Sage helps to manage scalp infections because it promotes estrogen balance and prevents thickening in the membrane tissue around the hair follicle, which causes hair loss.
  • Vitamin B-6’s role in protein and lipid metabolism is a great vitamin to take for hair loss.

Easily boil the sage leaves for minutes and simmer it. It can be done 2-3 times a week.

Improves Eyesight(VA, VC, Beta-Carotene, Zn)

These prominent compounds in Sage support excellent eye health.

  • Vitamin A helps promote better vision in dim light as well as night vision.
  • VC Helps to keep your focus sharp and healthy.
  • Zinc is more concentrated in certain parts of the body especially the retina. Zinc also protects the eyes by enhancing the effects of vitamin A

Oral Health(VC, Zn)

Sage is a natural anticeptic, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory.  Regular consumption of foods like Sage rich in VC can help with bleeding gums, tenderness, redness, and swelling in the gum due to Gingivitis (scurvy).  In addition VC in Sage can help with tonsillitis, laryngitis, and sore throat.

Today sage has found its place as an active ingredient in natural mouthwashes because of the presence of tannins that eradicate the bacteria accountable for gingivitis.

You can also use sage to relieve ailments including sore throat, cough, and the common cold. A 2009 study even concluded that using a sage and echinacea spray is almost as effective as a chlorhexidine/lidocaine spray in relieving an acute sore throat.

Medicinal Uses:

  1. Brew one or two teaspoons of dried sage leaves in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes. Strain the fluid and then use it for gargling to relieve sore throat.
  2. Steep about one tsp. of sage leaves in 150 ml boiling water for 10 minutes. Cool and strain the solution. Use this liquid as a mouthwash to heal issues like gingivitis, mouth ulcers, cold sores, canker sores, tongue sores, etc.

Increases Appetite

Medicinal Use:  Another health benefit of sage tea is that is helpful in increasing appetite, especially when consumed daily. Hence, it is good for people suffering from anorexia. It also purifies blood. Furthermore, it eliminates intestinal gas and aids in digestion.

Better Brain Function(VB9, Mg, Cu)

Salvia species are known for the beneficial effects on memory disorders, depression, and cerebral ischemia.  The superfood is also known to stimulate neural pathways and promote brain function, promoting mental acuity. Sage is known to improve acetylcholinesterase (Ach) levels in the brain. This Ach enzyme improves concentration and helps in the treatment of memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s. Salvia miltiorrhiza (Chinese sage) have been used for centuries as restoratives of lost or declining mental functions such as in Alzheimer’s disease

Sage helps relieve Alzheimer’s disease symptoms and dementia by blocking the degradation process of neurotransmitter activity in the brain.  Research published in the June 2003 issue of Pharmacological Biochemical Behavior confirms what herbalists have long known: sage is an outstanding memory enhancer. A 2017 review published in the journal Drugs noted sage’s potential to enhance cognitive activity and protect against neurodegenerative disease. It strengthens the sinews, restore health to those that have the palsy, and takes away shakey trembling of the members.

Sage is often used as a remedy for depression due to the anti-inflammatory properties apigenin, luteolin, and diosmetin. Activating the GABAa receptor by binding to the benzodiazepine site, resulting in reduced levels of anxiety. Magnesium has the reputation of being the “anti-stress” mineral.

Sage contains acids that are linked to some impressive health benefits.  One is Rosmarinic acid.  Rosmarinic acid has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activities. The antioxidant activity of rosmarinic acid is stronger than that of vitamin E.

B9 vitamin that plays a central role in the synthesis of DNA, RNA, and proteins. B9 monitors and supports brain function and mood.

Sage has the ability to help enhance mental clarity and concentration, the attention span, and quickens the senses; hence sage infusion has long been recognized as “thinker’s tea.”

Magnesium is also sometimes prescribed for the treatment of migraines.

Medicinal Uses:  

  1. To cure fever naturally, boil a tablespoon of sage leaves in a cup of water for 10 minutes and drink half a cup of this solution (after straining) once or twice throughout the day.
  2. Soaking a cloth in sage tea and placing it on the forehead helps in getting rid of headache.
  3. *The chemical thujone present in this herb can have give rise to toxic effects if it is taken for a long time. Thus, those who have seizure disorders should not take sage in excess or for prolonged periods.

Heart Wellness, Maintains Cholesterol(VK2, VC, Ca, K)

Sage’s flavonoids and antioxidants improve the health of cells that form the innermost lining of the heart and blood vessels, which in turn reduces cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Consuming this leaf will help to reduce the number of cholesterol, triglyceride and LDL level. Furthermore, it will increase the HDL, so that the body can maintaining a healthy level of cholesterol.                

Prevent Cardiovascular Disease(Mg, VK2, VC, B1, Ca, K)

In relation to the benefit of maintaining the cholesterol level, the leaves will benefit to prevent cardiovascular disease. This means help to reduce the possibility of heart attack and stroke. The salvigenin content in the leaf works as a vascular relaxant and the vascular system can be well maintained.

Magnesium in Sage helps to relax the heart muscles to maintain a regular heartbeat, and thus prevent sudden changes in blood pressure. Chlorogenic acid also lowers blood pressure by improving blood vessel dilation.  It can be used to treat high blood pressure, angina, and arrhythmia.

B1 improve the health of the blood cells and vessels by reducing the rupture of red blood cells (known as hemolysis the destruction of red blood cells) via inhibiting the activity of proteins working with your immune system and play a role to protect the body from infections, and to remove dead cells and foreign material, clearing these pathogens from our body.  This lowers the odds of developing high blood pressure and heart disease. B6 creates red blood cells. It is involved in 100 or so reactions involving protein, lipids, and glucose metabolism.

Digestive benefits(Ca, K)

Clary Sage contains rosmarinic acid, an anti-inflammatory compound that fends off gastric spasms, diarrhea, and gastritis. The flavonoids and phenolic compounds found in sage effectively ease inflammation, particularly in the respiratory or gastrointestinal tracts.

  • Heartburn Sage leaves can be used as a treatment to soothe heartburn. The nutrients contained inside the leaves help to control the acid so that it will reduce the heartburn.

It also helps to develop the digestive enzyme that is a great stimulant to treat the debility of the stomach and weakness of digestive system.  So, the food is easy to digest and the intestine metabolism can be improved.

Its carminative effect (relieving flatulence) can remove symptoms of indigestion by stimulating upper digestive secretions, bile flow, intestinal mobility and pancreatic function.

  • Other maladies Clary sage is used to treat in aromatherapy giving a relief feeling on the nerve helping with postpartum depression, fatigue, varicose veins, and sleeplessness.
  • Gastroenteritis Sage can be used as a treatment for gastrointestinal problems and indigestion. It helps to reduce nausea in an empty stomach and helps relieve the vomiting syndrome in the gastroenteritis symptoms.

Medicinal Uses:  You can drink this   up to 3  a times a day to mend digestion.

Female-Specific – Clary sage has long been prescribed by herbalists for menstrual issues including extreme pain. Its effects are said to come from the fact that it helps to stimulate estrogen production.

It is also valuable in alleviating menopausal symptoms. Sage (S. officinalis) has been traditionally used to treat sweating and menopausal hot flashes, as well as to alleviate the associated menopausal symptoms.  Taking fresh sage leaf tablets significantly decreased hot flush symptoms. insomnia, dizziness, headaches, nighttime sweating, and occasional palpitations. These symptoms arise from hormonal imbalances, namely lowered estrogen levels.

PMS Syndrome – In relation to an anti-depressant, it gives the benefit of relief feeling during PMS. Scientific evidence also shows that the sage leaves aromatherapy helps in balancing the hormone during the PMS period. It is also can reduce menstrual cramps.

Medicinal Uses:

  1. Drinking sage tea a few times in a day helps ease menstrual cramps.
  2. *Avoid using this herb as a medicinal remedy during pregnancy as it can stimulate uterine contractions.
  3. Prepare sage tea by steeping two teaspoons of crushed sage leaves in a cup of boiling water for about 15 minutes. Cool and strain the liquid. Drink this sage tea three to four times in a day to control night sweats and hot flashes.

Cancer

Another acid Sage contains some impressive health benefits is Ellagic acid.  Ellagic acid – prevents the binding of carcinogens to DNA and strengthens connective tissue, which may keep cancer cells from spreading.

  • First, ellagic acid kills cancer cells by promoting cell death (apoptosis).
  • Second, ellagic acid stops the growth of tumors.
  • Third, ellagic acid causes G-arrest.
  • Fourth, ellagic acid helps prevent cancer, birth defects, etc
  • Fifth, ellagic acid seems to have anti-viral and anti-carcinogenic effects.
  • Sixth, ellagic acid (i.e. from ellagitannins), is combined with glucose, making it easier to gain entry into cancer cells.
  • The important factor in proliferating and spreading of cancer cells is the ability of tumors to produce a large number of new blood vessels, which is known as angiogenesis. Ursolic acid found in sage effectively inhibits angiogenesis, invasion of tumor cells, and metastasis, and suppresses the lung colonization of B16 melanoma cells in vivo.
  • Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a common type of cancer and a significant cause of mortality in Western societies. It develops by genetic and epigenetic alterations that transfer normal colon cells to proliferating cells.[] This study has shown that dietary compounds can change epigenetic status. The effect of drinking sage (S. officinalis) herbal tea was studied on the prevention of colon cancer in rats. It was found that S. officinalis water extract significantly decreased the oxidative H2O2-induced DNA damage in vitro.

Prevent Diabetes(K)

In a study, drinking of sage tea (common sage) (300 ml, twice a day) showed increase in antioxidant defenses and improved the lipid profile, without causing any hepatotoxicity (damaging liver cells) or inducing any adverse effects such as changes in blood pressure, heart rate, and body weight, which may indirectly improve the diabetic condition.

  • There are some studies that proved sage leaf extract has anti-hyperglycemic properties like chlorogenic acid which helps by lowering down blood glucose levels blocking the release of stored glucose from the liver.
  • Chlorogenic acid is a natural antioxidant, that primarily exerts its effects by inhibiting the enzyme alpha-glucosidase, which is responsible for breaking down carbohydrates. By doing so, it reduces the uptake of carbohydrates and glucose during digestion.  This may help improve blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity, an effective way of lowering triglyceride levels in type 2 diabetics. However, further research is needed to be done.
  • Multiple studies show that chlorogenic acid may reduce fasting blood sugar levels and insulin and glucose spikes following a meal.

Medicinal Use: 

Those who are suffering from diabetes can take sage infusion on an empty stomach to lower blood sugar levels. It is suggested that you monitor your blood sugar carefully while following this home remedy in order to avoid hypoglycemia.

Sleep

Sage promotes sleep and relaxation. For this, you can make a sage pillow by filling dried sage leaves in a small pillow. Plus, you can have sage tea mixed with lemon juice and sweetened with honey.


Sage tea has been traditionally used for the treatment of digestive and circulation disturbances, bronchitis, cough, asthma, angina, mouth and throat inflammations, depression, excessive sweating, skin diseases, and many other diseases.  Brew one or two teaspoons of dried sage leaves in a cup of hot water for 10-20 minutes. Strain the fluid and then use it for gargling to relieve a sore throat.

Sage Tea

  1. Put 4-5 fresh leaves or 2 teaspoons of dried sage leaves in a cup.
  2. Pour 1 cup of hot water over it.
  3. Cover and steep for 20 minutes.
  4. Strain and add ¼ teaspoon of salt.
  5. Gargle with this solution as needed.
  • Also, drink 2 to 3 cups of sage tea daily until you recover completely.
  • You can drink this tea up to 3 cups a day to mend digestion.
  • Regulate blood sugar levels or can gargle for your sore throat. One study found that drinking 1 cup (240 ml) of sage tea twice daily significantly increased antioxidant defenses.  After four weeks of sage tea consumption, there were no real effects on glucose regulation, but “an improvement in lipid profile. It also lowered both total cholesterol and “bad” LDL cholesterol, as well as raised “good” HDL cholesterol. A number of studies found improvements in mood, mental function and memory in healthy adults after they took one of several different types of sage extract. ( ncbi1, ncbi2, ncbi3, ncbi4)

TIPS:

  1. If you want a mild sage taste, add it close to the end of the cooking process;
  2. If you like your sage flavor more robust, add at the beginning. But a little goes a long way.
  3. If you’ve never used sage before, add just a bit at first and see how you like it and add more to taste.

Safety profile

While Sage is a powerful medicine, too much of a good thing can create a negative response.  As with all herbs and spices, we must treat them with respect. The normal usage of sage is very safe; however, there might be an adverse effect on using S. officinalis in excessive amount, which can be caused by the high content of thujone.

Sage herb, when used in large amounts can cause nerve irritation, convulsions, and death. Hence its use is prohibited in known epileptic conditions.

The herb should not be used in pregnancy as chemical compounds like thujone in it may cause uterine stimulation resulting in abortion.


IN SUMMARY

Wow, so much benefit from just one herb.  It has been fun learning about sages (Salvia species) incredible benefits.  Hopefully, you will find more ways to make use of it and receive its benefits outside of Thanksgiving time. I am so thankful for this wonderful spice.   Salvia species may represent a natural, safe, and effective treatment for many diseases and their symptoms.

  • Sage prevents inflammation-related conditions, cardiovascular diseases, and type-2 diabetes.
  • Sage staves off various skin diseases, digestive issues and Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
  • Sage benefits the immune, nervous, digestive, and respiratory systems.
  • Sage also supports the heart, the skin, and the bones and joints.

You’d be a wise sage to add the herb sage to your recipes. Whenever possible, choose fresh sage over the dried form of the herb since it is superior in flavor. The leaves of fresh sage should look fresh and be a vibrant green-gray in color. They should be free from darks spots or yellowing.


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Barking Up the Right Tree: Cinnamon A Medicinal Bark of Autumn

Today cinnamon is considered a common spice. We use it in so many ways, yet we don’t see cinnamon as being very special anymore. This is unfortunate. But in antiquity, it was a valued commodity deemed to be as precious as gold.  Cinnamon ranked in value with gold, ivory, frankincense, and was among the most costly offerings in the Temple of Apollo in Miletus and 243 BC.  Cinnamon may just be the miracle you need this Autumn and Winter season. (1)


Nevertheless, in spite of the many healing and health benefits of Cinnamon and its popularity worldwide, and it still maintains popularity from its ancient past, I fear we have become too familiar with it and have lost the respect it deserves.

WARNING:  Do you remember the cinnamon challenge?  It went viral in 2001, and increased in popularity in 2007, peaking abruptly in January 2012 and falling off almost as sharply through the first half of that year, then tapering off almost to its previous level by 2014. Most of the participants were aged from 13 to 24 years.

Why is the Cinnamon challenge so dangerous?

The stunt can be dangerous and accidental inhalation of Cinnamon can seriously damage the lungs by causing inflammation and leading to infection. The cinnamon is remarkably effective at drying out your mouth. Add in its spicy burn, and you’ve got trouble.  The cinnamon coats and dries the mouth and throat, resulting in coughing, gagging, vomiting, and inhalation of cinnamon, leading to throat irritation, breathing difficulties, and risk of pneumonia or a collapsed lung. The risks can be worse, even fatal.  In the first three months of 2012, American poison control centers had received over a hundred phone calls as a result of the cinnamon challenge.

While one of the benefits of cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory response by our body, too much of a good thing can create an inflammatory response.  As with all herbs and spices, we must treat them with respect.  After all, they are powerful medicine.


SO, What is Cinnamon?  It is Sweet, Delicate, and Powerful


type of cinnamonCinnamon is an evergreen tree characterized by oval-shaped leaves, thick bark, and berry fruit.  Cinnamon sticks are not natural branches of the tree but are created when the bark is stripped.  When harvesting the spice, the inner bark and leaves are the primary parts of the plant used. The stems must be processed immediately after harvesting while the inner bark is still wet. The processed bark dries completely in four to six hours, provided it is in a well-ventilated and relatively warm environment. Once dry, the bark is cut into 5 to 10 cm (2 to 4 in) lengths for sale. It can be enjoyed in stick form, as a powder, pre-ground, or even in essential oils.  Watch it here.

Cinnamon is believed to come from the Hebrew word kinamon, or the Phoenician word “kinnámmon”.  The Greek word ‘Kinnamon’ which means “sweet wood” is Cinnamon, from a type of tree, is a powerful spice that has been used medicinally around the world and has been used for over 4,000 years.

This bark contains several special compounds that are responsible for its many health-promoting properties.  It is referenced in Egypt and in the Bible. Egyptians used large quantities of this spice when embalming mummies.  Bundles of cinnamon were heaped onto funeral pyres, partly as a ritual but also to ward off odor.  It is part of the Holy Anointing Oil of Moses that was given to him by God in Exodus (Exodus 30: 22-33).  If someone was sick, they would mix cinnamon, cassia, calamus, myrrh, and olive oil and poured it over their heads.

22 Moreover the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 23Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels, 24 And of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: 25 And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil.

  • During Shakespeare’s time, cinnamon was valued as a preservative for meat.  It was thought that phenols, one of the properties of cinnamon, inhibit the growth of bacteria responsible for spoilage.
  • Cinnamon is a multipurpose herb providing numerous health-enhancing properties most notably helpful for the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems. This mixture has incredibly therapeutic benefits. It is still used daily in many cultures because of the widespread cinnamon benefits.
  • Cinnamon is recorded in Ebers Papyrusan Egyptian medical papyrus of herbal knowledge dating to circa 1550 BC. It is among the oldest and most important medical papyri of ancient Egypt.
  • As a matter of fact, cinnamon ranks No. 1 out of 26 of the most popular herbs and spices in the world in terms of its protective antioxidant levels. Cinnamon grows in tropical and subtropical climate zones and is indigenous to regions of China, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka (2)
  • Although cinnamon is mostly used in sweets and desserts in the western world, the spice is popular in savory dishes in several cuisines, including Indian, Mexican, and Greek.cinnamon facts - mummification
  • The Greeks also used cinnamon for their embalming process because of a chemical called Cinnamaldehyde.  It rhymes with formaldehyde. The chemical that gives cinnamon its characteristic smell and zing is known as cinnamic aldehyde, or cinnamaldehyde. This means there’s a part of the chemical that acts like formaldehyde that binds and has the potential to “fix” human tissue.(3)(4)(5)
  • Cinnamon was worth more than 15 times its weight in silver.
  • Cinnamon was one of several prized spices that Christopher Columbus tried. (He and his crew had actually discovered was a completely different plant, Canella winterana, better known as white cinnamon or wild cinnamon.)

Its special phenolic compounds, flavonoids, and antioxidants have been isolated. These compounds make cinnamon one of the most beneficial spices on earth, giving it anti-oxidant (Anthocyanins), anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-diabetic, anti-microbial, immunity-boosting and potential cancer and heart disease-protecting abilities.


 TWO FORMS OF CINNAMON


Although, we in the US use two forms of Cinnamon, Ceylon or Cassia, there are others: Cassia, Saigon, and Korintje. Cinnamon are also classified under the Cassia Cinnamon category because they are very similar to each other with only slight variations in color, taste, shape, and Coumarin content.(6)

  • difference-between-ceylon-and-cassiaCeylon, Cinnamomum verum (Sri Lanka cinnamon or Ceylon cinnamon), is Latin for the word “true.”

This is one of the reasons it was originally referred to as “true cinnamon.” Ceylon is typically more expensive than cassia because it is sweeter and less pungent tasting.  Ceylon is sweeter than cassia, a sweet, almost floral aroma.

  • C. cassia (Chinese cinnamon) it has 80% cinnamaldehyde, cinnamon flavor, and odor.

Aldehydes are known to be calming. Cassia cinnamon types are a darker red-brown color.  It is believed to be harmful in large doses due to the coumarin content. Cassia’s flavor is spicy-sweet with a mild scent. The cheaper Cassia has made inroads and has come to dominate the market.

  • C. burmannii (Indonesian cinnamon or Korintje)

It is the predominant cinnamon retailed to the worldwide market and is less sweet with higher amounts of coumarin than Chinese cassia.

  • Malabar cinnamon (Cinnamomum citriodorum the characteristic smell of lemongrass)

It has 45% cinnamaldehyde, cinnamon flavor, and odor.

  • C. loureiroi (Vietnamese cinnamon or Saigon cinnamon)

The most prized member of Cassia family.

One of the major differences between C. verum and varieties such as C. burmannii and C. cassia is that the latter types contain much higher levels of coumarin, a naturally occurring phytochemical with blood-thinning properties.


Cinnamon’s Main Nutritional Profile (7)


Manganese (245%) – with one teaspoon providing about .46 mg of this important mineral. While that might not seem like much, men only need 2.3 mg of manganese per day on average and women just 1.8 mg. Manganese plays a vital role in collagen production, making it especially important for wound healing and bone health, as collagen is an important component of bone.  Manganese also regulating blood sugar and improving brain function, among other benefits.

Calcium (28%) – Calcium is not only important for keeping your bones strong and healthy, but calcium is also needed for your muscles to contract and your blood to clot properly.

Iron (13%) – is a trace mineral needed to make hemoglobin, the protein needed to carry oxygen throughout the body. Hemoglobin gives red blood cells their color, and stores most of the body’s iron supply.  Iron is also stored in muscle tissue, and helps supply the muscles with the oxygen needed to make them contract.

Vitamin K (11%) –  is a fat-soluble vitamin that is important for blood clotting and bone health. Increased amounts of vitamin K in diet might lower the risk of hip fracture; over time, a shortage of vitamin K could lead to osteoporosis. Vitamin K is now being studied for its effectiveness as a cancer treatment.

Copper (5%) – is the third most abundant trace mineral in the body, and helps protect the cardiovascular, skeletal, and nervous systems. It is needed to make an enzyme that keeps your arteries from hardening and possibly rupturing, and for the production of phospholipids, which help form the myelin sheath surrounding the nerves. The body also has to have copper to produce the powerful antioxidant, Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) an enzyme that repairs cells.

Magnesium (4%) – is a mineral that is essential to a wide variety of body processes, including energy production, protein formation, DNA production, and nerve conduction. It helps maintain normal levels of potassium, phosphorus, calcium, adrenaline, and insulin and keeps the bones strong and the heart-healthy. helps to relax the heart muscles to maintain a regular heartbeat, and thus prevent sudden changes in blood pressure. protects the heart by discouraging the aggregation (clumping) of red blood cells, which can lead to the formation of blood clots, and by raising HDL (good) cholesterol levels.

Cinnamon ranks as #7 on the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) score of 131,000 for an herb/spice. ORAC measures the in vitro antioxidant capacity in biological samples.  That is an incredible benefit.


Cinnamon comes with a power pact package of benefits(8)(9)


1. Supports the Immune System – High in Antioxidants, Antibacterial, and Antiviral Properties(Manganese)

Cinnamon is packed with a variety of protective antioxidants, such as polyphenols, phenolic acid, and flavonoids that work to reduce by helping to neutralize harmful free radical damage fighting oxidative stress, and aid in the prevention of chronic disease, which in turn slows the aging process down, therefore aging gracefully.  In fact, researchers have currently identified at least 41 different protective compounds found within cinnamon to date.  I don’t know about you, but I prefer to choose to age gracefully.  (Cinnamon is the antioxidant bang for your buck)

In a 2015 comprehensive scientific data review, it was suggested that cinnamon might serve as an “alternative to synthetic antibiotics, especially for the treatment of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections.”

Furthermore, Cinnamaldehyde is also utilized as a natural fungicide applied in alternative agriculture because of its low toxicity levels compared to synthetic alternatives.

  •  Treats Certain Types of Cancer – Cinnamon’s antioxidant abilities may protect against DNA damage, cell mutation, and cancerous tumor growth through its cinnamaldehyde compound. This is especially true in the colon; studies show that cinnamon can improve the health of the colon, which could reduce the risk of colon cancer. Some recent studies have shown that cinnamon also contains anticarcinogenic effects and could treat certain types of cancer like melanoma, leukemia and some types of tumors.(10)
  • Acts as Anti-Inflammatory – Inflammation is a response of the human body to pain, though this kind of response is completely natural but the pain could be really hard to deal with and cinnamon contains properties that could ease up the pain.

1. The Anti-oxidants in cinnamon can help relieve inflammation, which may help lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, cognitive decline and more. Many different types of flavonoids in cinnamon are highly effective at fighting dangerous inflammation levels throughout the body: lowering swelling helps with pain management, reducing muscle soreness(CAL), decreasing menstrual pain, etc.  Chronic inflammation plays a central role in some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Instead of taking a medication to reduce an inflamed area of the body, wouldn’t it be more fun to include anti-inflammatory foods and spices like cinnamon in our diet?

2. Coumarin is a natural plant substance and aromatic compound. Coumarin exhibits anti-inflammatory actions and also possess strong anticoagulant properties and are thus the bioactive constituents found in certain medical drugs such as “Warfarin” or “Coumadin” which are synthetically derived.

3. Coumarin is moderately toxic to the liver and kidneys, so even with consuming the true coumarin in cinnamon, you will want to use this spice in moderation. To stay within the safety zone of well below 6 grams (5 grams=1 tsp), taking a break after about 4 to 6 weeks.  Please keep reading for safe dosages of this wonderful spice stated below in a recipes.

For those of you sensitive to coumarin intake or the harsher more overpowering flavor of cassia cinnamon, Ceylon might provide a better alternative. (11)

NOTE: Inflammation is part of the body’s inherent immune response, and it isn’t always bad. When it’s acute and not dangerous, it’s the body’s natural defense against damaged cells, viruses, bacteria, etc. It aims to remove these harmful or foreign invaders and heal itself. Without inflammation, wounds would just fester and infections could be deadly.

NOTE:  Cinnamon is safe to consume during pregnancy if it is consumed in normal food amounts, say as flavoring or seasoning. It’s best to avoid the supplements and cinnamon-laden goodies. Cinnamon should be avoided by pregnant women because of its stimulating effects.  It could disrupt blood glucose levels which could cause complications during childbirth, especially C-Section.  It could increase your risk of bleeding, stimulating menstrual flow, which makes it an abortifacient agent causing miscarriages.  If you are on blood-thinning medication, be careful, especially during or after surgery.

  • Fights Infections and Viruses – Cinnamon is nature’s germ killer.  It is used in many cultures to naturally help fight harmful infections and viruses. It contains natural antimicrobial, antibiotic, antifungal and antiviral properties and its essential oils contain powerful immune-boosting compounds as well.
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders – Cassia cinnamon, which contains more cinnamaldehyde than the Ceylon variety, is “widely employed for gastrointestinal disorders such as dyspepsia, flatulence, diarrhea and vomiting.” dyspepsia, flatulence, diarrhea, and vomiting. It is relieving of abdominal pain and will dissolve mucus, clearing excess mucus from the body and helps resolve irritating coughs.
    1. Treats Diarrhea Effectively – Ceylon cinnamon contains antimicrobial agents that could kill all the bacteria and viruses that caused the conditions in the first place.
    2. Fights Nausea Naturally – Improves Metabolism Inside the Intestine – Cinnamon is relatively high in fiber and it is a perfect solution to improve metabolism inside the intestine and optimize the absorption of the nutrient.
    3. Natural Enemy to Salmonella – Got a problem with salmonella?  This bacteria sometimes is hard to avoid but the effect could be really painful that leads to food poisoning conditions. Well, consider it is lucky because cinnamon is a natural enemy to salmonella.
    4. Battles Stomach Flu – Stomach flu is well known as gastroenteritis medically which caused by bacteria or viruses and cinnamon could battle stomach flu with its antibacterial properties.
    5. Eases Up IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome – IBS occurs in the large intestine and the symptoms could be really painful. As anti-inflammatory cinnamon will ease up the pain and as anti-bacteria will remove the bacteria that cause the condition.
  • Using Cinnamon in Gardening – Cinnamon is one of the best-kept secrets of organic gardeners. Because of its antifungal properties, you can sprinkle it on the soil around your plants to discourage the growth of fungus, mildew, and mold while conveniently warding off annoying fungus gnats and other flying pests like mosquitoes. It can also be used to encourage a seedling’s growth by gently covering the roots with cinnamon, which will also help prevent root rot.  Ants hate walking over ground cinnamon, so simply sprinkle some wherever you don’t want ants to cross, such as outside your front door or windows.(12)(13)(14)
  • Prevents Candida(B6) – The powerful anti-fungal properties in cinnamon could be effective in treating and preventing Candida overgrowth in the digestive tract.
  • Benefits of Skin Health(B6) – Cinnamon’s antibiotic and antimicrobial properties can help protect skin from irritation, rashes, allergic reactions and infection. Using both honey, raw honey or Manuka honey, and cinnamon together can boost skin health even more and may be beneficial for acne, rosacea and skin allergies.
  • Optimizes Oral Hygiene – Cinnamon benefits oral hygiene and could protect against certain strains of bacteria that cause bad breath, tooth decay, cavities, and mouth infections.

3. Protects Heart Health(Vitamin K)

  • Lowers the Cholesterol Level – Cinnamon has been shown to reduce high cholesterol levels, high triglyceride levels, and high blood pressure to keep your heart healthy and strong.
  • Effective as Anti-coagulant – Cinnamon is a helpful blood coagulant and can stop excess bleeding by helping the body to form blood clots. Perhaps switching it to the natural solution by replacing it with Ceylon cinnamon is a good idea.  If you are currently taking anti-coagulant medication, you should discuss this with your doctor.
  • Promotes Healthy Blood Flow – Cinnamon promotes healthy blood flow means less pressure for your heart to work.  It improves tissue repair, especially helpful for regenerating heart tissue.  This means a lower risk of stroke and heart attack, stroke, and heart disease conditions.
  • Promotes Proper Blood Clotting – It is a common knowledge that cinnamon is a natural anticlotting tool, that’s why it promotes only proper blood clotting and reduces the risk of the accumulation of blood clot in the wrong places.

4.  Diabetic Friendly – cassia cinnamon which is not recommended for diabetic patients because it is higher in coumarin.

  • Stabilizes Blood Sugar – Cinnamon is well-known for its anti-diabetic effects, which is why it’s considered one of the best foods for diabetics. It can lower blood sugar levels and improve sensitivity to the hormone insulin, which helps transport sugar from the bloodstream to the tissues to keep blood sugar levels balanced.
Ceylon gets the green light for safety in blood sugar control.

Cinnamon for diabetes can help block the activity of several digestive enzymes to slow the absorption of sugar in the bloodstream after a high-carb meal. There’s a growing incidence of illnesses that, when traced back to the source, appear to be linked to nutrient malabsorption due to a lack of digestive enzymes. Digestion is a complex process that first begins when you chew food, which releases enzymes in your saliva.  So it is important to CHEW well to activate these enzymes in the fats, carbs or protein foods we eat.(B6)

  • Reduces the Insulin Resistance – Ceylon cinnamon works both sides, by normalizing the insulin level and at the same time is reducing the resistance.

According to the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BFR), who currently set the strictest standards for the use of cassia cinnamon in food products, “Cinnamon capsules have been on the market for some time now as food supplements or as dietetic foods to reduce blood sugar in type 2 diabetes mellitus. The taking of these capsules in line with the indicated amounts leads to exposure (up to several grams cinnamon a day as continuous administration) which is far higher than the amounts of cinnamon normally consumed as a spice.”

  • Assists Glucose Metabolism in the Liver – Glucose metabolism is the key in all diabetic conditions, when its metabolism is disturbed, the spike of the blood sugar level is the direct effect of this condition. Cinnamon could be effective in reducing complications, morbidity, and mortality in metabolic syndrome, including reducing blood pressure, plasma glucose, obesity, and dyslipidemia.  But more studies are needed for a true conclusion on this matter.

5. Preserves Brain Function(manganese) – Because cinnamon is rich in antioxidants, research shows that it may boost brain function and can help defend and protect against the development of neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Cinnamon is metabolized into sodium benzoate. Eating cinnamon significantly elevates the level of sodium benzoate in your brain.

Cinnamon may be fragrant medicine for the brain.  Simply smelling cinnamon is enough to wake you up and improve your cognitive function. This means that things like focus, memory, and concentration will come easier to you. If you find that you feel anxious when you need to take a test or go to a big meeting, cinnamon can help you to calm down and find your focus. (15) 

6. Acts as a Natural Preservative – For centuries humankind has been using preservatives to extend the shelf life of various foods, making them last longer and keeping their color, taste, and nutrients intact.  Today, processed foods come with a lot of artificial preservatives, but there are several natural preservatives that you can use to preserve food as well.

I have heard of salt, sugar, lemon (citric acid), vinegar, but it is a first for me to learn about cinnamon as a preservative.  it does not protect food from all bacteria and microbes from decay.  It is more organism-specific. Cinnamon kills a wide variety of micro-organisms. Cinnamon is lethal to Escherichia Coli 0157 H7 causing outbreaks of food poisoning.  Cinnamon inhibits the growth of certain bacteria, including Listeria and Salmonella.  Cinnamon oil in the range of 50 to 500 ppm showed activity against certain fungi such as Colletotrichum coccodes, Rhizophas, Stolonifer Botrytis cinerea, Cladosporium herbarum, Aspargillus niger (common fungus). (16)

A recent study reported that when pectin from fruit was coated with cinnamon leaf extract, it yielded high antioxidant and antibacterial activities and stayed fresh for longer. Cinnamon also possesses antityrosinase activities, which can be useful in stopping the discoloration of fruits and vegetables as they oxidize and begin to rot.

7. Pain Killer (Cinnamon vs Ibuprofen) – In a Randomized Double-Blind Clinical Trial, a clinical trial that is conducted that neither the patients nor the researchers know who is getting a placebo and who is getting the treatment, that was given found that it actually reduced the severity of menstrual bleeding in women, making it a win-win as far as difficult or inconvenient menstruation symptoms go. A reason for its effectiveness is that the cellulose matrix of tree bark acts as a sustained-release medicine. Yes, cinnamon for menstrual pain beats ibuprofen.

Why is cinnamon superior to ibuprofen? Considering the well-known dangers of ibuprofen, which is estimated to kill several thousand a year from its cardiovascular side effects alone, cinnamon’s potential role as a natural alternative to this drug is highly promising. Ibuprofen is a petrochemical-derivative and has been linked to a significantly increased risk of heart attack with over two dozen serious adverse health effects of an inflamed Default Bodily State.  Some are listed below. It is estimated that a thousand people every year die from cardiovascular side effects that were caused by Ibuprofen.  It is known to have both blood pressure-lowering and blood sugar lowering properties, both of which may confer protection against cardiovascular disease. (17)(18)

    1. Anemia   2. DNA Damage   3. Hearing Loss   4. Hypertension   5.  Influenza Mortality   6.  Miscarriage

8.  Infection and Diabetes-Fighting Properties

Cinnamon’s medicinal potential is as rich and complex as its flavor and aroma. 

Anecdotal evidence going back generations suggest that gargling with a cinnamon mouthwash can alleviate the pain of mouth ulcers and clear throat infections. Millions of people drink cinnamon and honey tea regularly as part of their general health routine.  Honey mixed with cinnamon can help relieve a sore throat or fight off infection, few realize it has been confirmed to have extensive anti-infective properties against a wide range of bacteria, viruses, and fungi.  Find a recipe below.

Cinnamon has an impressive range of pathogens that appear to resist the following: (19)

  •         Aspergillus niger – fungus
  •         Campylobacter Infections – causes abortions and poisoning
  •         Candida Infection – fungus
  •         Coronaviridae (SARS-associated) Infections – viruses
  •         Escherichia coli Infections – bacteria
  •         H1N1 Infection
  •         Head Lice
  •         HIV Infections
  •         Insect Bites: Repellent
  •         Klebsiella Infections – a bacterium that causes respiratory, urinary, and wound infections.
  •         Legionnaires’ disease – a form of atypical pneumonia caused by any type of bacteria producing signs and   symptoms that include cough, shortness of breath, high fever, muscle pains, and headaches
  •         MRSA
  •         Pseudomonas aeruginosa – infection
  •         Staphylococcal Infections

RECIPE


Cinnamon is a natural herbal stimulant. A cup of cinnamon tea can be a nice mid-day “pick-me-up” for preventing fatigue, boosting the mood and increasing mental alertness. Cinnamon’s warming qualities are complimented when consumed as a tea, this attribute is known to coat and soothe the throat as well as help expectorate any thick mucus that may adhere to bronchial passages.
The ultimate cinnamon stick tea is made with Ceylon Cinnamon which is mild yet has an amazing flavor and taste profile when brewed properly. Using cinnamon as a tea or spice seasoning can be helpful for stimulating the appetite, increasing hydrochloric stomach acid (HCL) known as digestive fire, alleviating indigestion as well as PMS, bloating and flatulence.  Using Ceylon Cinnamon as it has ultra lower coumarin levels.  It does not damage the liver like Cassai Cinnamon does
1 1/2 cup
1 Ceylon Cinnamon Stick
Add a cinnamon stick to water and bring the water to a boil on medium-low heat for 15 – 20 minutes.  Let cool for 15 minutes.  Add raw honey or Manuka for a powerful healing combination.

How much of cinnamon is it safe to take?

  • Ceylon cinnamon bark oil – 1-3 drops per day in 8 oz hot water, ginger, or black tea.
     Black Tea – 1-2 tea bags per day
     (Go slowly. Start with one drop. Take too much and drop your blood sugar levels too low)
  • Take one 3 inch stick 3 times a day Do not take straight powder because it is corrosive on the stomach.  Take 1.2 tsp. powder with food.
  • Take cinnamon only for 5 days and take a rest for 2 days
     (This prevents body heat and toxicity build-up. Yes, too much of a good thing can be bad for you if taken in access.)
Are you allergic to Cinnamon?  Several spices share a similar flavor profile to cinnamon are Allspice, Pumpkin Pie Spice, and Cardamon.

Conclusion:

In the end and for all their differences, Ceylon and Cassia are actually pretty similar. They both have potent pharmacological benefits. There are valid concerns with the amount of coumarin in Cassia, making daily usage of therapeutic doses questionable.  Be safe, be sweet, and have fun spicing up your life using this amazing spice!
I am curious about how you use cinnamon.  What is your favorite way to use it?

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A Double-Duty Herb (Cilantro)

CILANTRO

Cilantro is on the list as a double-duty herb because it not only beautifies your garden, as well as spicing up dishes to your health.  

Cilantro, or coriander, has been in use for thousands of years. Even though it is a “trendy” herb, it can be traced as far back as 5,000 B.C. The word coriander comes from koris, the Greek word for bedbug. It was so named because the unripened seeds, as well as the leaves, are said to smell like bedbugs. The early physicians, including Hippocrates, used coriander for its medicinal properties, including as an aromatic stimulant. The crushed seeds and leaves were often used in poultices and salves.

Cilantro seeds, also known as coriander, have even been found in ancient Egyptian tombs, like King Tut’s tomb. The ancient Israelites were also familiar with coriander. In the Old Testament Bible (Exodus 17:31) we read: “The house of Israel called the name therof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.”  Ancient Greece used cilantro essential oil as a component of perfume.  In medieval times, the Romans used it to cover up the smell of rotten meat.  Today, Cilantro is best known for how well it detoxifies the human body from Toxic Metal Cleansing. It is packed with micronutrients (various types of chemicals that are found in trace amounts in the foods we eat, protecting our bodies from disease, slow the aging process, and help every system in our bodies work properly). Most people recognize “micronutrients” by common names like vitamins (that can be broken down by air, heat, and acid), minerals (inorganic substances that maintain their chemical structure), and antioxidants.  It also has antioxidants and other medicinal compounds that can have a huge impact on overall health.

Cilantro is one herb with fantastic flavor (at least for some) and a fantastic healer.  Here are some of its benefits:

1.  Cilantro may be able to help prevent cardiovascular damage.
2.  Cilantro In The School of Life Science in Tamil Nadu, India, the activity of cilantro leaves and stem used in cuisine would be a remedy for diabetes because of its ability to lower blood sugar.
3.  Cilantro has a rich and strong antioxidant activity.  The primary job of antioxidants is to protect your cells against oxidative stress neutralizing the effects caused by free radicals the primary cause of aging and other types of degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, and many more.

Each antioxidant has its own specific characteristics and benefits, so getting the widest variety of antioxidants is very important.  In other words, eating a variety of the right foods can keep you young and disease-free longer both inside and outside.

4.  Cilantro may help improve sleep quality due to its natural sedative properties.

5.  Cilantro flushes the body of heavy metals We have a variety of toxic heavy metals (about 23 different types) all around us affecting our gastrointestinal, neurological, and respiratory systems, as well as other bodily functions, from the batteries in our storage drawer, to pesticides, to our technology that we use every day.  Amazingly, science has found that cilantro can remove much of the heavy metals from our bodies.  Douglas Schauer of Ivy Tech Community College in Lafayette, Indiana, tested different plants for potential filtering properties.  They discovered cilantro to be the most powerful in removing lead from the water.  It may be an effective chelation therapy for people who have excess mercury in their systems.  It has been shown, after long-term use, to remove mercury from the tissue. There are very few herbs that can remove heavy metals from the body, and cilantro is one of them.
Cilantro is best used in conjunction with chlorella, another binding agent, because it, “mobilizes more toxins then it can carry out of the body. [using cilantro and chlorella] can naturally remove an average of 87% of lead, 91% of mercury, and 74% of aluminum from the body within 42 days, a study conducted by healthcare professionals at The Optimal Wellness Test Research Center in Nevada (not affiliated with Dr. Mercola’s Optimal Wellness Center in Ilinois).”(1)

Why cilantro plus chlorella together?

Because cilantro changes the electric charge on intracellular deposits of heavy metals to a neutral state, which relaxes their tight bond to body tissue, freeing them up to be flushed from the body.

Chlorella possesses the capacity to absorb heavy metals, before it is discharged, and to recover the bio-available fraction of the metal in the process. Chlorella eliminates heavy metals from the body – from the brain, intestinal wall, muscles, ligaments, connective tissue, and bone.(2)


6.  Cilantro is a good source of minerals like:
  • (potassium) crucial to heart function and plays a key role in skeletal and smooth muscle contraction and nerve impulse transmission. Each 100-g serving of raw cilantro leaves provides over 521 mg potassium.
  • (calcium) helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure.
  • (manganese) helps in bone development, wound healing, metabolism, helps the body form connective tissue, blood clotting
  • (Iron) helps prevent anemia by building up blood supplies.
  • (magnesium) synthesis of proteins, bone structure, helps cells communicate in many physiological processes
  • (sodium) Each 100-g serving of raw cilantro leaves provides only 46 mg sodium that helps lower LDL cholesterol and reduce hypertension by lowering blood pressure!
7.  Cilantro is rich in many vital vitamins: (3)
  • (Vitamin A) helps with macular degeneration, red eyes, and eye disorders.
  • (Vitamin B) It acts on calming the nerves, helping to relieve anxiety and reducing the harmful effects of stress.
  • (Vitamin C) helps fight off infections and urinary tract infections. The ancient Egyptians used coriander tea to treat ailments such as urinary tract infections and headaches.
  • (Vitamin K) plays the strongest role in bone health, and cilantro is one of the richest herbs in this vitamin. It provides about 258% of DRI (Dietary Reference Intakes). Vitamin-K has a potential role in bone mass building through the promotion of osteotrophic activity in the bones.
  • Niacin (B3) Helps improve cholesterol levels
  • Folate (B9) Critical for metabolism, normal nerve development, and proper brain function.
  • Riboflavin (B2) helps metabolize B6, B9, B3, and Iron and more.  If you suffer from migraines, B2 has been known to decrease their frequency. B2 breaks down macronutrients like proteins, fats, and carbs and converts these key nutrients into usable energy.

8.  Cilantro acts as a natural antiseptic and anti-fungal agent:

  • for the skin and disorders like dermatitis and eczema.
  • improving oral health.
  • The antimicrobial substances in cilantro help prevent and cure smallpox too!

9.  Cilantro’s natural antibacterial properties may help protect against both food- and waterborne diseases, including food poisoning and dysentery.

10.  Natural Internal Deodorant

Chlorophyll in Cilantro is a great way to detox the body from the inside out. Flushing out toxins from the liver, kidney, and digestive tract helps remove excess bacteria from the body that would normally sweat out and accumulate in your armpits and feet. Bacteria dislike chlorophyll due to the high oxygen content.


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Cilantro or coriander will grow in a great variety of locations and conditions in all zones. However, it does best in sunny locations on rich, well-composted patches that are well-drained.  It is better if you sow the seeds directly in a pot in which you want it to grow in because cilantro has a long taproot and it doesn’t transplant well. Sow seeds 1/4 inches deep. Keep the soil moist until the seedlings germinate. If you have grown them in the seed tray, once the plants have formed 2-3 leaves, plant them to their final location in a pot. Cilantro needs a pot that is deep and wide.(4)  

If you’re planting grocery store seeds, gently crush the seed husk before sowing as cilantro seeds are enclosed in a husk that you’ll need to crush to improve the germination rate. Cilantro can also be dried or frozen for long-term use. Freezing does retain more of the flavor, though dried cilantro is a bit more convenient to cook with.


You can add this delicious herb to smoothies, soups, stews, guacamole, salads, and yummy ethnic dishes.  Here are a couple of recipes to try:


CILANTRO LIME SALAD DRESSING (for Blood Types O and A)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup honey (substitute 1/4 cup of agave for type O non-secretors)
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • jalapenos (optional for blood type O)
  • avocado (optional for blood type A and type O non-secretors)

Directions:

Add all ingredients in a blender and blend for 30 to 40 seconds.


AVOCADO CILANTRO CREAM

Prep Time:  3 mins
Total Time: 3 mins
Avocado Cilantro Cream – Easy to make tangy dipping sauce for tacos and other Mexican goodies. Avocado, Cilantro, Lime and Sour Cream are blended together.
Course: Appetizer
Servings4
By: Living Sweet Moments(5)
Ingredients
  • 2 Avocados ripe
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/2 Cup of Sour Cream (*My thought not the authors is to replace sour cream with avocado)
  • 1/4 Cup of Cilantro stemmed
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Onion Powder
  • 1/4 Jalapeno minced (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or high-speed blender
  2. Pulse until the sauce becomes creamy. Check for seasoning and correct if needed
  3. Serve and enjoy!

Cilantro PestoCilantro Pesto Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: About 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 2 cups, packed, of cilantro, including stems
  • 1/2 cup blanched almonds
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped and seeded serrano chile (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 Toast the almonds: Heat a small skillet on high heat. When the pan is hot, add the blanched almonds in a single layer. Stir with a wooden spoon. When the almonds are fragrant and start to brown, remove them from the pan.

2 In a food processor, pulse the cilantro, almonds, onion, chile, and salt until well blended.

3 Slowly add the oil: With the food processor running, slowly add the olive oil in a steady stream.

Add more oil as needed for your use.

Whatever you don’t use, you can freeze. Line a ice cube tray with plastic wrap and fill in the individual cube spaces with the pesto. Freeze and remove from the ice tray, put in a sealed freezer bag for future use.(6)


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Tumeric / Curcumin

Turmeric [TER-muh-rihk] is a tropical plant.  It is a tropical plant that has been given a variety of titles because of its powerful benefits to us.  Here are some of those titles:

“The Golden Spice of Life” because Turmeric is one of the most powerful herbs out there.

“The Magic Bullet” Tumeric is as close to the ‘magic bullet’ in foods and herbs responsible for reproducing the whole plant’s healing power as one may get.  It may be one of the most studied spices to date with 12,000 peer-reviewed published Studies with over 800 potential preventive and Therapeutic applications, as well as 250 distinct beneficial physiological effects.  

“The Wonder herb” – because of its long list of health benefits.  For over 5,000 years, turmeric has been used throughout India and Asia for culinary purposes and perfume. Historically, both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine have celebrated the healing benefits of turmeric, also.  

“The Most Powerful Medicine”Turmeric contains bioactive compounds with powerful medicinal properties that has proven to be a medicinal staple that has stood the test of time.

A powerful flavonoid in Turmeric is Curcumin.   Curcumin is the most prominent constituent in Turrmeric and is the primary polyphenol.  It is a revered king of anti-inflammatories.

CURCUMIN – carries all the anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant qualities that are needed by the body to sustain overall health.  Curcumin affects your fat-metabolizing hormone, adiponectin (which is a hormone released by adipocytes or fat cells fat cells. It helps regulate tissue inflammation and responsiveness to insulin Insulin is made by beta cells of the pancreas.)  This connection helps your body utilize fat for fuel.  Low Adiponectin levels are highly linked with insulin resistance and diabetes.  It delivers the following benefits: This connection helps your body utilize fat for fuel. 

Science Confirms Turmeric As Effective As 14 Drugs.

Why is turmeric getting undivided scientific attention?

Turmeric roots

The density of research performed on this remarkable spice suggests that it compares favorably with a variety of conventional medications in use.

Furthermore, according to the Journal of the American Chemical Society, turmeric contains a wide range of powerful anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic, pain reducer, anti-oxidant, cleanser/detoxifier, anti fungal, and an anti-Inflammatory agent that helps support the body’s natural response to inflammation.

TURMERIC IS AN INCREDIBLY POWERFUL ANTI-OXIDANT

Oxidation is a natural occurrence where our bodies age.  Just like bananas, apples, and avocados that brown while they are exposed to the air, our bodies experience the same type of browning through sun, air, sugar, processed foods, and toxic chemicals.  Turmeric has a potent antioxidant properties helping prevent oxidative stress.

Calms Brain Inflammation – With over 2000 study abstracts on turmeric’s healing properties indexed thus far, research shows of it’s Brain-Saving power.  Let’s take a look.  Curcumin’s polyphenol reduces inflammation and keeps the left and right hemispheres in sync leading to higher cognitive functioning, the ultimate higher thinking!  Lipophilic function where it crosses the blood brain barrier to enhance our cognitive function. and help us to stay active and mobile.  In New research published in Stem Cell Research and Therapy, says Turmeric may boost your brain proliferation or its power to repair itself. A study published in paid 2009 journal, vitamin D 3 improved the efficiency of Curcumin clearing out amyloid-beta plaque.  Supports brain function and cognition as you age and is associated with preventing Alzheimer’s. Your brain is the fattest organ in your body and may consist of at least 60 percent fat.  In other words, it improves metabolism and fat utilization.  No wonder it is good for your brain, having properties for good fat-metabolizing.

Blood Purifier – It is known for blood purification or opening up three body meridians (liver, lungs, and heart).  Cleans Arteries to Lower Cholesterol Levels.

Immune Booster – lipopolysaccharide in Turmeric helps stimulate the body’s immune system.

Psoriesis (skin conditions) – The wound healing properties of turmeric heal the rashes, blood spots, and scaly skin allergies caused due to psoriasis.  Sprinkle Turmeric on cuts or burns to speed up the healing process.

How to use Aloe Vera and Turmeric:

  1. Take a cup of turmeric powder and a fresh Aloe Vera leaf or (For Smaller dose – 1Tbsp Turmeric & 2 Tbsp Aloe Vera)
  2. Cut and open the Aloe Vera leaf and take the gel outside with the help of a spoon
  3. Add the Aloe Vera gel to the cup containing turmeric powder
  4. Make it as a thick paste and apply it on the affected area
  5. Massage in a circular motion for 2-3 minutes
  6. Wash it off with cool water after 15-20 minutes
  7. Do this on a daily basis on the affected skin regions

CAUTIONS:

Boil the water to apply on your skin or psoriasis affected regions and be precautious with the temperature.

Large amounts of turmeric consumption might lower the testosterone levels in male and can decrease the sperm movement if consumed orally. Hence, the turmeric must be used in with caution in people who try to have a baby.

How much is enough?  For a healthy inflammatory response, you need about 500 – 1,000 mg of curcumin per day for an “effective dose”.

Arthritis comes from the Greek word arthron, which means joint, and the Latin word itis, which mean inflammation. Therefore, arthritis literally means “inflammation of the joint”.  Over 250 million are affected by Arthritis worldwide. Turmeric is helpful in reducing pain for both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Scientists have discovered that turmeric can reduce inflammation similar to multiple blockbuster prescription drugs.

Manages/Controls Diabetes – helping maintain blood sugar balance, it helps you utilize carbs in the body, which makes it 500-100,000 times more potent than, and diabetes medications. It is associated with preventing diabetes.

Spectacular Support for the Liver – Turmeric has strong hepatic properties, acting to support the normal functioning of the liver in multiple ways. Studies show that it may also be effective in the prevention and treatment of liver damage and cirrhosis.  Furthermore, turmeric can also aid in treating people with hepatitis, and jaundice as it is said it can shrink inflamed hepatic ducts.

Cleans Arteries to Lower Cholesterol Levels – If you have plaque in your arteries, the curcuminoids in turmeric have proven to be effective in lowering both cholesterol and blood pressure.  For this reason, it lowers the chances of blood clotting, keeping your blood vessels safe and lowering the risk of developing heart disease as well.  Turmeric also is believed to invigorate and improve blood circulation.

Aids in Weight Management – Turmeric in the diet increases the production of enzymes that digest fats (because of its cholagogue properties, which is responsible in increasing our liver’s bile production and promotes bile excretion through the gallbladder.) and sugars, and stop cholesterol from forming gallstones. 

Healthier Digestive System – Curcumin in Turmeric brings down the swelling in the Gut.  

  • Adding turmeric to your diet can calm the swelling associated with many symptoms, particularly dairy intolerance and a leaky gut.  
  • People with colitis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and diarrhea could surely benefit from using turmeric.
  • This herb could help in improving intestinal flora or as a follow-up supplement when you have undergone an antibiotic treatment.
  • If you often experience menstrual and digestive cramps. As it contains antispasmodic agents, this herb can soothe contracted muscles that cause cramps.  Try taking it 2x a day, two days before your expected monthly period.

Prevents Cancers  – Turmeric can prevent cancerous tumors from forming and if they are already in the body.  The powerful herb can help eliminate it.  It helps fight cancer cells and prevents them from metastasizing. It reduces carcinogenic heterocyclic amines that are formed when meat is cooked by up to 40 percent.  It is one of the best protectors against radiation-induced tumors. It also has a preventive effect against tumor cells such as T-cell leukemia, colon carcinomas and breast carcinomas.

How much is enough?  For a healthy inflammatory response, you need about 500 – 1,000 mg of curcumin per day for an “effective dose”.

  • Eating lots of Indian, Thai, and Indonesian foods will help you get plenty.
  • Turmeric has a gorgeous, deep orange/yellow color and adds a much needed “warmth” to many boring soups and other dishes.  It is extremely easy to incorporate into your diet.
  • Supplementing turmeric into your diet is an effective way to prevent future problems and mend the above already existing dilemmas.
  • You can add turmeric in powder form to curries, stir fried dishes, smoothies, warm milk and even to spicy salad dressings.

Golden Milk/Latte (Turmeric Tea Latte – click to watch video)

  1. 1/2 c. Water
  2. 1/4 c. Turmeric
  3. Cook about 7 minutes.
  4. Add water if it gets thick.
  5. 2 c. Coconut Milk
  6. 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  7. 1 tsp. Coconut Oil
  8. 1 tsp – 1 Tbsp. Turmeric Paste
  9. 1 tsp. Chopped Ginger
  10. 4-6 Black Peppercorns or *White Pepper 
  11. 1 Pinch Stevia

Optimizing Turmeric (Curcumin) Absorption:  *White Pepper Boosts Curcumin Absorption, by 30-200% and sometimes higher, because it contains 4.8% to 10.0% that is fermented piperine compared to its counterpart Black pepper @ 4.6% to 9.7% piperine-not fermented.  In terms of antioxidants, white pepper demonstrates about 20% higher activity. Its ORAC value (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) units, a unit of measurement for antioxidant content) is 40,700 versus 34,000 for black pepper.


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Basil – The Incomparable Herb

“The Incomparable One”

Basil herb is originally native to Iran, India and other tropical regions of Asia.  In the city of Genoa in Italy the plant is considered a sign of love.   Basil is one of the most important herbs in many cultures and cuisines.  The ancient Greek word “basilikohn,” meaning royal, is the derivative of what we now call basil. It reflected an attitude of nobility and a desire to extend hospitality, friendship, and honor whenever it was served.

There are actually some significant botanical differences between the more than 150 types of basil plants.  Some non-edible kinds are cultivated for ornamental purposes or to ward off garden pests, but basil carries powerful medicinal properties that goes far beyond its known culinary value.  Some of the many species of basil include:

  1. Sweet basil (a strong licorice flavor)
  2. Lemon basil
  3. Italian or curly basil
  4. Genovese Basil, (has a spicy and intense) is used for authentic pesto but can be used to help reduce itching from insect bites.  Eleanora Basil, Sweet Mammoth Basil, and Nufar Basil are other great basils for Pesto.
  5. Holy basil (India’s most important herb and known as Tulsi in Hindu and means “The Incomparable One” or “The Queen of Herbs”. It has a peppery clove like flavor that is much spicier than the sweet flavor of other basils. It is considered the Mother Medicine of Nature.  It is an adaptogen which stabilizes the body’s natural processes and help in maintaining that balance when faced with stress.
  6. Thai basil and lettuce-leaf basil. (The flavor is described as both mint and licorice.) Thai basil is the basil of choice in curries it also goes well with seafood, pork, or chicken.
  7. Spice Glove Basil and Boxwood Basil are good for small spaces but have great flavor
  8. Watch this video for basil varieties and their uses and other useful information in how to care for them.

Basil is prepared as a tea or sometimes as a topical treatment to speed wound healing.  Basil’s natural compounds defend the herb from hungry insects and invasive bacteria and fungi. It is no surprise, then, that they can help protect us as well. Basil is incredibly good for balancing the mind, body and spirit.

What health benefits does the herb Basil provide?

First, lets take a look at its top vitamin and mineral contents:  ½ cup of fresh chopped basil (or about eight tablespoons) has roughly:

  • Fiber – Fiber is a part of the structure of plants and helps build plant molecules, including cellulose, lignin’s, and pectin. Soluble fiber is the type that helps with weight loss because it slows the process of food emptying from your stomach and makes you feel full for longer after eating. Insoluble fiber tends to speed up digestion by adding bulk to stool(basically helping relieve constipation.  Fiber actually contains zero calories but is necessary for our digestive system.  It also transports toxins, waste, fat and cholesterol particles out of the gut.
  • Vitamin A (175%) is a fat-soluble vitamin that also acts as a powerful antioxidant in the body. The Vitamin A has is beta-carotene from colorful fruits and vegetables, is in the form of provitamin carotenoids.
  • Vitamin K (345%) is an essential fat-soluble vitamin. It is an “anticalcification, anticancer, bone-forming and insulin-sensitising molecule.  Vitamin K1 is mostly found in vegetables.
  • Manganese (57%) a coenzyme essential nutrient involved in many chemical processes in the body, including processing of cholesterol, carbohydrates, and protein. It might also be involved in bone formation, calcium absorption, thyroid function, formation of connective tissues, seizures, infertility, weakness, and more.  
  • *Vitamin C (30%) It has been linked to many impressive health benefits and the assimilation of other nutrients.  It is purported as the most powerful vitamin available for consumption.
  • *Magnesium (16%) daily can reduce and prevent the frequency of migraine headaches by up to 42 percent.  Magnesium is arguably the most important mineral in the body, which is why magnesium deficiency can be such an issue.  Magnesium – If your blood pressure is high, it could be a result of magnesium deficiency.  It plays a role in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body.
  • Iron (40%) – It is responsible to promote the production of red blood cells.  It is also necessary to provide oxygen to each of the body’s organs.  Hemoglobin in iron transports oxygen to all the tissues from the lungs.  Myoglobin in iron is found in muscle cells releasing oxygen to the organs.
  • Copper (43%) – The health benefits of copper are crucial for an overall healthy existence, as this mineral enables a normal metabolic process in association with amino acids and vitamins (vital amino acids [vita ‘life’]). It cannot be produced by the body and therefore needs to be added from external food sources. It is the third (3rd) most prevalent mineral in the body and is mostly carried by the blood plasma protein.

*On a quick side note:  Here is a video of scientist translating the elemental chart into Music Elemonics

*Vitamin C (ascorbate) 8:45 *Magnesium oxide 11:55 in video

This incomparable herb has an anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-oxidant and anti-cancer activity.  You will be amazed at all it has to offer for your health.

Anti-inflammatory (magnesium benefit)

Eugenol, citronellol and linalool are all enzyme-inhibiting oils  that are in Basil that help lower inflammation.  Inflammation is the body’s first defense against infection, but when it goes awry, it can lead to the root of most diseases.

…Basil contains large quantities of E-Beta-CaryoPhyllene (BCP) which may be useful in treating arthritis or bowel diseases by blocking the signals that lead to inflammation associated with arthritis.

…Inhibits the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines (direct cell-to-cell communication) and nitric oxide (mediate cell-signalling reactions).

Eugenol Eugenol is an important essential oil in basil that is found to have an anti-inflammatory function.

These “inflammatory cascades” put stress on the organs and slows down blood circulation, hormone regulation and cognitive processes.  Reducing inflammation places your body in a state that is conducive to healing.  Basil disrupts this cascading effect.

Dr. Andrew Weil has created a food pyramid of anti-inflammatory foods. 

Antioxidants are extremely necessary for the body to strengthen it’s immune system and fight off free radical stress. It has the ability to inhibit cancer is the most heavily researched and probably the most interesting. Vitamin A  plays a critical role in maintaining vision, neurological function, healthy skin and more. Like all antioxidants, it’s also involved in reducing inflammation.  Water-Soluable Vitamin C an antioxidant that can strengthen your body’s natural defensesplays a role in maintaining the health of the body’s connective tissue, help protect the health of your heart, repair and restore tissues and boost the absorption of other nutrients in the body.

…Basil increases antioxidant activity

…Alters gene expressions positively

…Basil Induce death of harmful cells

…Stops cancerous tumors from spreading

…Selectively protects normal tissues and cells from the negative effects of cancer treatments like radiation or chemotherapy.

Antimicrobial Propertiesprecision nutrition (click link to appreciate full view)

…Basil helps in inhibiting resistant strains of bacteria that don’t  respond to antibiotic treatments.

…It may improve the body’s immunity by the production of infection-fighting antibodies by up to 20 percent.  Fresh Basil is better than dried Basil.

…Basil essential oil fights against a wide range of bacteria, yeasts, molds, viruses, and candida.

…Protects against various forms of skin irritations

European scientists are investigating the use of basil oil as treatment for antibiotic resistant infections with Staphylococcus, Enterococcus, and Pseudomonas.

Anti-Depression (magnesium benefit)

Basil stimulates neurotransmitters that regulate hormones that lifts your mood and makes you happy.

Anti-stress – The Adaptogenic SuperStar 

…Basil helps the body adapt to stress.

…Basil helps keep stable cortisol levels that result in improved mental clarity and memory.  The individual feels as though they are less agitated and anxious and therefore able to perform better and have higher quality of life.

Cells in stress mode cause us to crave things that can sabotage our health, including junk foods. It can also cause depression, anger, and lead to drug and alcohol abuse.
Stress keeps the cell from absorbing nutrition, oxygenation, and hydration.  In order to succeed and find happiness and health, you need to change your cellular programming from fear (or stress) to love, which triggers a natural chemical reaction that fuels you for success.  Fuel with the right foods and meditate on God’s promises.

Chewing 10 to 12 leaves of basil, twice a day, to prevent feeling stressed and developing stress related disorders.

Chewing the leaves daily can also help purify your blood and a significant decrease in blood sugar levels

Antiseptic – When basil leaves are rubbed onto bug bites they can help reduce itching.

It is as an insect repellent:  Basil + Lemon = 2 cups water, 5 drops lemon essential oil, 10 drops basil essential oil, 20 drops citronella essential oil.

Adjust Your Circadian Rhythm to Sleep Better – Sleep affects every aspect of our lives and should be taken more seriously. Lack of sleep affects our mental health, our emotions, and our physical performance as well. Sleep is just as important for our health as nutrition and exercise and should be taken more seriously. Lack of sleep affects our mental health, our emotions, and our physical performance as well. Plenty of sunshine helps to produce quality melatonin, a hormone that helps to induce sleep.  

Reduce screen time before bed – cell phone screens, television screens, computer screens, and even reading our books on screens two hours before bedtime. Blue light from these screens tricks our bodies into staying awake, and this makes it difficult to get quality sleep.

Take a warm bath, reading a book, or doing some gentle stretching.

Make sure the room you sleep in is as dark as possible. Avoid the use of nightlights, as any light can interfere with your precious sleep cycle.

Eat magnesium rich foods.

Bone Health – Vitamin K increases the amount of a specific protein required to maintain positive affects of calcium balance in the body, and calcium is a key mineral in bone calcium playing an important role in bone mineralization for bone density. K2 is more effective than vitamin K1 at preventing and reversing arterial calcifications that lead to heart-related problems. K2 can be obtained from fermented foods. Vitamin K is one nutrient that works with other minerals and vitamins to kill bacteria that destroy tooth enamel resulting in tooth decay, and also provides teeth with the proper minerals they need to remain strong.  While Calcium is considered the most important mineral for bone health, that’s half true, it’s also half wrong. Magnesium is just as important for our bones. In order for calcium to perform the job it needs magnesiums help to cross through cell walls in the body. Manganese is essential for Calcium absorption. Copper is essential in the production of red blood cells (RBC), hemoglobin, and bone matter. This is because it is partially responsible for the efficient uptake of iron from food sources.

Brain – Vitamin K participates in the nervous system through its involvement in sphingolipid metabolism, a class of naturally occurring molecules known for their structural role in building and supporting the brain. Growing evidence that vitamin K has anti-inflammatory activity and can protect your brain against oxidative stress caused by free radical damage. Copper is widely known as a brain stimulant, which is why foods rich in this element are often classified as “Brain Foods”.

Cardiovascular Health  

…Basil can help the muscles that control blood vessel function to contract and relax those muscles. Magnesium can help keep your heart beat regular.

…Basil’s Vitamin A a powerful antioxidant protecting the cells lining a number of numerous body structures, including the blood vessels, from free radical damage. This helps prevent cholesterol in blood from oxidizing, helping to prevent atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and stroke.

…Basil helps prevent dangerous blood platelets from forming and clotting.  VK facilitates in blood clotting and plays an important role in helping to heal bruises fast and also heal cuts. Copper is a vital part of the healing process and ensures better wound healing and lowers the chances of cardiovascular diseases like atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.

Detoxification – Magnesium aids your detox by flushing out heavy metals and pesticides from your food, along with a wide range of other toxins. Then, by drinking more water, the toxins that the magnesium gets rid of can be more quickly flushed out.

Diabetes (magnesium, manganese)

Basil prevents and control the level of sugar in the blood, increases and stabilizes the insulin production, thus putting diabetes in check.  It does this by helping the liver and muscle cells absorb sugar and help you manage your insulin resistance.

A study out of the Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry indicated that holy basil may reverse some of the damaging effects of diabetes such as neuropathy and retinopathy.

Digestive System drink basil tea to treat other common stomach problems such as constipation, indigestion, piles, and acidity.  Magnesium helps nutrients and minerals pass through cell walls, and it also helps your body produce hydrochloric acid. This is the acid used by the stomach to break down your food.

Energy – when we have enough Copper  in our bodies, we will have enough functional and accessible energy.

Fever-reducer

 A fever is basically a symptom of another condition or illness. A fever can occur when your body is fighting an infection, such as the  flu.  A fever is a good thing and usually will go away within a few days. But if a fever is making you uncomfortable, you can try some simple and easy home remedies to cool the body down and make you feel better. The healing properties in Basil will help reduce fever very quickly.

Boil together 20 basil leaves and one teaspoon of crushed ginger in one cup water, until the solution gets reduced to half. Add a little honey and drink this tea two or three times a day for three days.

Gene maintenance: Helps create and repair DNA and RNA -with Basil’s protecting flavonoids. with antibacterial properties.  They including estragole, linalool, cineole, eugenol, sabinene, myrcene, and limonene, all capable of restricting the growth of numerous harmful bacteria, including listeria, staphylococcus, E. coli, yersinia enterocolitica, and pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Insomnia – Magnesium helps with anxiety, hyperactivity and restlessness.

Pain-reducer (analgesic) works as a muscle relaxant. (magnesium benefits muscle Pain/Fibromyalgia)

…Drink basil tea twice a day.

…Put some fresh basil leaves in a cup of boiling water and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Sip the tea slowly and your headache will vanish away gently.

…helps to relieve symptoms of Influenza, the common cold. It is a natural expectorant.

(Expectorant) Basil & Honey – Basil juice + 1 Tbsp. Honey = Crush some Basil leaves to extract juice. Take one teaspoon and drink it slowly.  Drink it regularly on an empty stomach in the morning. Take twice daily.  (See more useful remedies here.)

Kidney Basil strengthens Kidney function. With five to six fresh basil leaves with water on an empty stomach.

Liver Basil protects liver from damage.

Protect against nerve troubles Magnesium plays a part in maintain healthy nerves and a central nervous system. These nerve disturbances tend to cause foot and leg cramps, stomach cramps, aches and headaches.

Skin: Copper plays a significant role in the synthesis of hemoglobin, myelin, body pigment melanin (imparts coloration to the skin, hair, and eyes), and collagen.

Thyroid – an excess amount is also a major cause of thyroid malfunction, so you need a very balanced level of copper in the blood or else hormonal activity will be imbalanced.

Treat Preeclampsia – Magnesium is able to stop this from happening. Women who have this sharp increase in blood pressure are given magnesium intravenously.  


 Basil Pesto: 

2 cups fresh basil

1/2 cup raw almonds or pine nuts

1/4 cup olive oil

2 cloves garlic

Fresh basil, dried basil and oil-infused basil are all ways to add basil flavor to dishes and experience the benefits of basil.

Fresh sweet basil do better at room temperatures

Dried basil should be kept in a tightly sealed glass container, in a cool, dark, and dry place where it will stay fresh for up to six months.


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Fake or Real – which are you? (Coloring Food Beautiful Summary)

 

The healthiest diet consists of a rainbow of colors from the garden, but has been hijacked with artificial colors.  In this series I have attempted to expose the detrimental effects from artificial colors we have grown used to eating.  I have covered eating the real rainbow in my Color Me Beautiful Series: RED, YELLOW, BLUE, GREEN, and ORANGE.  You will see the difference between the two (artificial vs authentic), so I encourage you to check out those articles and find out the different between them and the artificial food dye rainbow.

FDA (Food & Drug Administration)

Do you think the FDA has your best health in mind?  According to it’s regulatory guidelines, a declaration of all colorings added to butter, cheese, and ice cream, is voluntary according to § 101.22 – Foods; labeling of spices, flavorings, colorings and chemical preservatives.  I would encourage you to read up on the government’s regulations.

There are no warnings in the U.S. (as there is in the European Union) that alert parents that the dyes contained in the foods have been shown to cause behavioral changes and attention issues in children. Today’s artificial dyes are mostly derived from petroleum – the same petroleum we use to fuel our cars.

Did you know that the color of your food, dishes, table linens, and even wall color can all have an affect on your appetite? Some color can excite your senses and entice you to eat more, while others can actually help curb mindless snacking. Here is a chart to put it all in perspective…For instance dish-ware that’s all white can encourage over eating and leave you feeling less satisfied.

Perceived affects of colors: food marketers capitalize on emotional eating.

  • Red This is appetizing.
  • Yellow This will make you happy.  
  • Green This is natural and healthy.  Eat without risk.
  • Orange This will satisfy you.
  • Blue Suppresses appetite.  

Color & Shopping

A study on the impact of coloin marketing found that as many as 90% of shoppers make snap judgments about products based on color alone—in 90 seconds or less.(1)

Why does the food industry go artificial?

Why bother with artificial or synthetic, food colorings? Aren’t there enough natural colors to go around? A big reason to go artificial is cost. Synthetic dyes can be mass-produced at a fraction of the cost of gathering and processing the materials used to make natural colorings.

Another reason is shelf life. Artificial dyes might be longer-lasting than natural ones of the same color. Also, although nature produces an impressive hue of colors, those suitable for use as a food dye are limited. But there is no limit to the variety of colors that can be artificially produced in a lab.

  1. Companies like using them because they are cheaper, more stable, and brighter than most natural colorings.  The dyes protect against color loss, even out natural variations in food color and make “fun foods” colorful and more visually appealing.
  2. Food manufacturers use synthetic dyes mainly for marketing reasons and to meet new consumer demand.  (This means we, the consumer, have influence with our pocket books.)
  3. Food industries are ignoring the guidelines provided by these regulatory agencies to sell their products in a large scale.

Enticing consumers to buy and especially children.  Children are the Main Victims of Food Dye.

Let’s take a look at Be Food Smart’s report cards on each of the acceptable FDA colors:

Report Card/Grade:  “D

Alternate Names:  Allura Red AC, FD&C Red. No. 40 Calcium Lake, FD&C Red. No. 40 – Aluminum Lake (2)

Found in: soft drinks, candy, children’s medications, cereal, beverages, snacks, gelatin desserts, baked goods, ice cream

You can read the full article of Red40 here.

Report Card/Grade:  “D”  You can read the full article of Yellow 5 & 6 here.

Alternate Names: Tartrazine, Y4, Coal Tar Dye

Found in: candy, soft drinks, cereal, gelatin desserts, baked goods, ice cream, pudding, snack foods, energy drinks, flavored chips, jam, yogurt, pickles, dessert powders, custard. (2)

You can read the full article of Yellow 5 & 6 here.

 

 

 

 

Report Card/Grade:  “D”.  

Found in:  baked goods, cereals, ice cream, snacks, candies and cherries. (2)

You can read the full article of Blue here.


Report Card Grade: “F”  Found in: salad dressings, cereal, pre-cooked pasta, baked foods, candied fruit, candy, yogurt. (2)

You can read the full article of Green here.

 

Report/Grade: “F”  Orange

Used for coloring surfaces and casings of frankfurters and sausage. (2)

You can read the full article of Orange here.

Reported reactions to artificial dyes include:

  • ADHD
  • Anaphylactic reactions
  • Bedwetting
  • Confusion
  • Ear infections
  • Eczema
  • Frustration
  • Hives
  • Hyperactivity
  • Itchiness
  • Lack of concentration
  • Mood swings
  • Obsessive/compulsive behavior
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Temper tantrums
  • Violent outbursts

Prevalence of Artificial Food Colors in Grocery Store Products Marketed to Children.

Artificial food colors (AFCs) in foods and beverages may be harmful to children. This study assesses the percentage of grocery store products marketed to children that contain AFCs, by category and company. The research team collected product and food-color information about 810 products in one grocery store in North Carolina in 2014. Overall, 350 products (43.2%) contained AFCs. The most common AFCs were Red 40 (29.8% of products), Blue 1 (24.2%), Yellow 5 (20.5%), and Yellow 6 (19.5%). (3)

Percentage of products with AFC’s:

  • in candies (96.3%)
  • fruit-flavored snacks (94%)
  • drink mixes/powders (89.7%)

Behavioral measures:

A study enrolled about 300 preschool and elementary school children in the United Kingdom.  They were challenged with behavioral measures used by   The study used two different mixtures: Mix A included 20 mg artificial food colorings for 3-year-old children and 24.98 mg for 8- to 9-year old children. Mix B included 30 mg for the younger children and 62.4 mg for the older children. The doses for the 3-year-old children corresponded roughly to the amounts found in 112 g of candy.  Some of these measures are used in ADHD research and diagnosis, while the Southampton study was aimed more general question of behaviors evoked by food colors.  Combined into a single score it was demonstrated that there were statistically a significant adverse responses in both groups of children to the food color challenge. (4)

Who would have thought that our government would condone dyes made from the same petroleum that fuels our vehicles.  What is crazier yet in my mind is that most consumers don’t seem to be disturbed by it.  Most consumers blindly trust the government and those scientists who falsely educate the public to line their pockets.  I hope you learned something from this series as I did. Why compromise with fake beauty when real beauty is life giving?  It is my hope that this series educated and influenced all of you to vote with your dollars. I truly believe that if consumers stop purchasing artificially dyed and flavored foods we can make an impact.  Buy real foods to create those beautiful colors that have lasting value for you and your families health.

So what will the food of the future look like? You may already know about edible spray paint developed by a German food company, The Deli Garage.  It came up with World’s First Edible Spray Paint called Food Finish, it has absolutely no taste itself and can be applied to all foods. has already manufactured an edible spray paint called Food Finish, which can be applied to any food. It comes in red, blue, gold, and silver colors.

A MENTAL EXERCISE

Eating involves more than just taste. It is a full sensory experience. Both food scientists and chefs will tell you that the smell, sound, feel, and, yes, the sight of your food are just as important as taste to fully appreciate what you eat. It is a powerful tool to help you make better choices, but it will take practice.

Beyond taste, the bigger question you should start ask yourself when deciding what to eat is…“How will eating this make me feel?” The next time you sit down to eat, before taking that first bite, pause for 20 seconds and be aware of how you feel at the present moment. Are you focused, tired, low energy, high energy, jittery? Take stock of this feeling, and then go ahead and eat your meal.  Pay attention to your energy levels, your cognitive function, your anxiety levels, and your focus. And a really big one…are you sleepy?  (5)

Preparing Natural Dyes

With hyperactivity in children, increased food sensitivities, and even rashes and eczema, it’s more and more important to know how to make your own homemade food coloring versus the traditional rainbow of risks using artificial dyes.  If you’re making Easter eggs:

Why Add Vinegar to Egg Dye?

Most instructions for dyeing an egg say to add vinegar to the dye mixture, but why? When an egg is soaked in an acidic mixture, two things happen. First, the eggshell reacts with the acid and produces carbon dioxide gas. (That’s why bubbles form on the surface of the eggshell while it soaks.) The shell then starts to dissolve, which increases the surface area of the egg and exposes more of the egg to the dye.

There are two types of natural ingredients to make dyes:

  1. those that are sufficient as dyes on their own (e.g. espresso, beet juice, or wine)
  2. those that need to steep in water in order to create the dye (e.g. spices, onion skins, and cabbage leaves). I’ve marked the ingredients that need to be steeped first with an asterisk (*).  Please visit Nourishing Joy for the asterisk (*) list.

How to make steeped dyes:

To make the steeped dyes, combine the water and colorant and bring to a boil. Boil gently for approximately 15 minutes, then cool the liquid to room temperature.

As for how much of each ingredient to use, count on 4 tablespoons of spice or 4 cups of coarsely chopped vegetables per quart of water.

For example:

  • if you want to use chili powder as your colorant and you want to make 2 cups of dye, you would use 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of chili powder;
  • if you want to use beets as your colorant and you want to make 1 quart of dye, you would use boil 4 cups of water with 4 cups of cubed beets.

Pink

Two cups water + two cups peeled, grated beets + vinegar (1 tablespoon per cup of liquid that remains after you simmer the grated beets and water)

Orange

2 cups yellow onion peels + enough water to cover skins by 1 inch + vinegar (1 tablespoon per cup of liquid that remains after you simmer the onion peels and water)

Yellow

Two cups water + 1 tablespoon turmeric + 2 tablespoons vinegar creates this vibrant yellow on white eggs and a deep gold on brown ones. The egg to the left of the one marked “turmeric” above is an example of what a brown egg looks like.

Green / Blue

2 cups shredded purple cabbage + enough water to cover cabbage by 1 inch + vinegar (1 tablespoon per remaining cup after the dye is boiled)

To make green frosting, mix 1/2 tsp spinach juice with 2 Tbsp frosting.

Purple

1-2 cups beet kvass – as much as is needed to cover the eggs.

To make purple frosting, mix 1/4 tsp grape juice concentrate with 2 Tbsp frosting.

DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING EASTER EGG DYE:

  1. Bring dye matter and water to a boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer, covered, for 15-60 minutes until desired color is reached. Keep in mind that the eggs will be several shades lighter so it’s best to go for deep, rich hues.
  2. Remove liquid from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  3. Pour dye through a mesh strainer into bowls/mason jars and add 1 tablespoon of vinegar for each cup of dye liquid.
  4. Add hardboiled eggs to dye and place in fridge until desired color is reached. I started mine in the early afternoon and let them set overnight.

Please take a look at the following colors to find some other helpful tips and ways to color food naturally:  red, yellow, blue, green, and orange.

Color are so much fun, and add so much to our eating pleasure.  I hope you enjoyed learning how to use real colors.  Join me next time as we begin a new series on how to enhance your eating pleasure on how to Spice Up Your Life.  Until next time.


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Clever Orange

The companies know how color effects and consumer and are willing to take a risk on the consumer banking on them not being educated or the power of the enticing color stimulates the consumer beyond control.  Take a look at just a couple of the psychological effects of the color orange:

  • Orange is associated with healthy food and it stimulates the appetite.
  • Orange motivates people talk and eat for a long time.
  • Orange also relates to adventure and risk-taking.
  • Orange is a warm and inviting color, it is both physically and mentally stimulating, so it gets people thinking and talking!

The food industry is quiet clever for sure.  Let’s take a look at how clever.

Skittles® Original | Taste The Rainbow® slogan is just a taste of how these companies market their products.  But, they are nowhere near as beneficial as the true plant chemicals you see in fruits and vegetables.  I would encourage you to browse the Color Me Beautiful series.  Under the Home tab you can click to find the true colors of the rainbow in this series.

There are many foods that you would never guess were artificially colored.  To name a couple, did you know…

Cheese comes in orange and white, right? Well, not exactly. The truth is cheese, especially cheddar, is naturally white or light yellowish. The yellow pigment comes from beta carotene, a colorful plant nutrient that’s transferred from the grass cows eat into their milk. In the 17th century, English cheesemakers realized they could skim off the cream, which contains most of the beta carotene, and sell it separately for more profit. To keep the yellow-orange color that people expected, they started adding coloring from saffron, carrot juice and currently annatto (a natural coloring made from the seeds of the achiote tree, though some is synthetically made).

Oranges aren’t orange all the time. Some growers looking for year-round sales spray the skins with Citrus Red #2, an artificial dye certified by the FDA to give oranges the consumer-pleasing eye-popping look of their namesake color.  Buy organic brands (which don’t allow dyes) or select those grown in California or Arizona (two states that prohibit Citrus Red #2).

DRUG AND COSMETIC

  • D&C Orange #5 – Drugs: mouthwashes and dentifrices that are ingested drugs (GMP), and external drugs (at most 5 mg per day). Cosmetics: lipsticks (at most 5% by wt. of finished product), mouthwashes and dentifrices that are ingested cosmetics, and external cosmetics (GMP) 74.1255, 74.2255, 82.1255
  • D&C Orange #1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 14-17 – Sep. 4, 1966 – 81.30(d) no longer authorized or has been restricted.

In 1978, FDA proposed Banning Orange B, but it never finalized the ban because companies stopped using it. However, in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21, Volume 1, Revised as of April 1, 2018, Cite: 21CFR74.250, Orange B an azo dye has received approval by the FDA for safe uses and restrictions for coloring the casings or surfaces of frankfurters and sausages subject to the restriction that the quantity of the color additive does not exceed 150 parts per million by weight of the finished food.

In animal studies potential problems are shown with the spleen, lymphatic system, and kidneys when exposed to Orange B.

In addition, as you learn in elementary school, all you do is mix two colors and you get another color.  Where does the orange that you see in Skittles (red 40 lake, yellow 6 lake, yellow 6).  What about beverages like Crush Orange (Yellow 6, RED40) etc. Again take a look at the orangish colors in food such as cereals, baked goods, snack foods, ice cream, beverages, dessert powders, and confections.  You can educate yourself more on the Yellow 5 & 6 and RED40 by clicking the following article links: Yellow 5 & 6 and RED40.

According to Be Food Smart’s report card, FD&C Orange 3 receives a failing grade: “F”.  (click the “F” and find out why.)

If Kraft Dumps artificial food dyes after a massive petition led by activist, Vani Hari, the Food Babe in 2015, then consumers can do the same thing now by voting with their dollars.  We need to let the food industry know that it doesn’t “pay” to buy these food stuffs.  By food stuffs I mean “fake food”.  Dare I say it?  A majority of food on the shelves is artificial, not real anyway.  If we want to feel good about the foods that we eat and serve your family, we need to step up and put a little fire under these giants seats.

What can you do? Use the following natural spices.

  • Paprika          Ground chili peppers          Orange-red
  • Saffron          Crocus flowers                    Orange-yellow

What would stimulate you to become an activist and let the fake food industry know that it doesn’t “pay” to mess with our food?


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Acid Green

 

The History of Green Dye Is a History of Death

The use of green dye has a deadly history.  In Victorian days an “emerald green” was bringing nature and greenery into the dull drab Victorian cities that proved to be fatal. One of the first green dresses ever, from around 1778, at the Bata Shoe Museum was a bold shade of green and was so jewel-like that it quickly began being called “emerald green.” And women loved it.  Before long, illustrations were being run in newspapers depicting skeletons dancing in green dresses.  This green produced ulcers all over the skin and hair fell out.  Vomiting of blood before shutting down their livers and kidneys was possible.  Baby’s died in their nurseries after playing on green carpets or rubbing up against green wallpaper.  Matilda Scheurer, a 19-year-old woman who applied the green dye to fake flowers, died in a way that horrified the populace in 1861.  

Consumers throughout history have engaged in all manner of wildly unhealthy behaviors for the sake of fashion, and you cannot leave out eating pleasures here either.  We all like color because it is pleasing to the eye and in my opinion the production of colors still remains a huge industry!

What could have caused such distress in all these cases?  They tested positive for arsenic in the dye (acid green).  It was public knowledge that arsenic was poisonous so it was certainly not a secret; every Victorian home had a bit of the powder lying around for rats and mice.(1) 

Fortunately, by 1895, “in the absence of government intervention, the people of Britain had used the power of their pocketbooks” to demand alternatives to the arsenic-based dye.  We have the same pocketbook power today.

I know I have veered a little from food color additives.  If these color additives affect our physiology even in our clothing, imagine what these colors do ingesting them.  We would be wise to know some of these things and take the time to research and understand it.  We also need to keep our government and the industry accountable.


Green is strongly associated with health, renewal, nature, fertility, energy, and is the color of balance.  It is a relaxing color that is pleasing to the eye.

Chlorophyll is natural pigment found in all green plants   This Sea green colored synthetic dye is not permitted in the European Union due to animal studies showing Fast Green to be a possible carcinogen.

Here is a list of the following color additives is no longer authorized or has been restricted:  

  • FD&C Green #1 – Removed from list – Nov. 29, 1977
  • FD&C Green #2 – Removed from list – 81.30(d)
  • C.I. ACID GREEN 3 is a dull dark green powder. Used as a dye for silk or wool and biological stains.
  • Green 4; E142 – Not permitted in U.S. or Canada.
  • D&C Green #5 – exists and is used for drugs and cosmetics including drugs and cosmetics for eye area
  • D&C Green #6 – Use in ingested drugs and ingested cosmetics is no longer authorized Mar. 27, 1981 – 81.10(o).  Use in external drugs external cosmetics, and sutures is allowed
  • D&C Green #7 – Sep. 4, 1966
  • D&C Green #8 – a fluorescent green dye.  Limited in Highlighter Ink, Leak Tracing, Dishwasher Liquid, etc

The meaning of the initials:  Food, Drug, & Cosmetics (FD&C); Drug & Cosmetics (D&C)


Fast Green FCF, also called Food Green 3, FD&C Green No. 3, Green 1724, Solid Green FCF, and C.I. 42053, is a sea green triarylmethane food dye. Its E number is E143. (CI=Color Index) The color is principally the disodium salt. It is soluble in water, sparingly soluble in ethanol and insoluble in vegetable oils.

WHY BE CONCERNED?

According to Merck’s specification records we see the following information:

The molecular structure of Green 3: Triarylmethane a group of any of a class of basic molecules; acid, mordant acid, and direct dyes. (Solid dark powder or granules with a metallic luster)

Health Hazard, Warning

The history of Green 3 has caution written all over it.  Below is an abbreviated list of precautionary codes for Food Green 3:

  • P201 – Obtain special instructions before use.
  • P202 -Do not handle until all safety precautions have been read and understood.
  • P280 – Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection.
  • P282 – Wear cold insulating gloves/face shield/eye protection.
  • P284 – Wear respiratory protection.

Health Hazard Category GHS08: mutagenic

> Respiratory sensitization, category 1
> Germ cell mutagenicity, categories 1A,1B,2
> Carcinogenicity, categories 1A,1B,2
> Reproductive toxicity, categories 1A,1B,2
> Specific Target Organ Toxicity – Single exposure, categories 1,2
> Specific Target Organ Toxicity – Repeated exposure, categories 1,2
> Aspiration Hazard, category 1

Carcinogens and mutagens:  A carcinogen is a substance that may cause cancer or increase its incidence by inhalation, ingestion or skin absorption.

Health Hazard, Danger

Understanding Category 1A and Category 1B: Known or presumed human carcinogens

A substance is classified in Category 1 for carcinogenicity on the basis of epidemiological and/or animal data.  A substance may also be included in category 1A if it is known that it is a human carcinogen, based on the existence of human testing, or category 1B if it is supposed to be a human carcinogen, based on the existence of animal testing.

There is not a safe environmental or occupational exposure dose to carcinogens. Due to the severity of harm from exposure to carcinogens and mutagens they should be regarded as substances of very high concern, and their elimination/substitution should be promoted as a precautionary measure, following the principles of preventive action according to Directive 89/391/EEC on the safety and health of workers at work, that applies only to chemicals that meet the criteria for classification as carcinogens or mutagens of categories 1A or 1B (according to CLP Regulation) or 1 or 2 (according to DSD).  (Please go to ISTAS and read more about these codes.)

Here is a list of some of the possible risks:

  1. Besides being used as a food dye, it is used to stain living cells. It is commonly used in ophthalmology to diagnose problems on the surface of eyes.
  2. In animal studies, Green #3, caused malignant tumors at site of injection. It may cause allergic reaction in sensitive individuals.
  3. Fast green is not absorbed by the intestines very well. This means most of what is eaten is excreted.
  4. However, there have been studies that show it might produced tumors in lab animals. In its undiluted form, it may pose a risk of irritation of eyes, skin, digestive tract, and respiratory tract.(3)

In 1906, federal agencies stepped in and Congress passed the United States Food and Drugs Act, which prohibited the use of poisonous or harmful colors in confectionery and the coloring or staining of food to conceal spoiling, damage, or inferiority. Today, the natural look of unadulterated foods is highly valued.(4)

So why is Green 3 approved by the FD&C and still allowed to be used in the U.S.?  That is a good question!

WHAT GRADE DOES ARTIFICIAL GREEN GET?


According to Be Food Smart’s report card, FD&C Green no. 3 receives a failing grade: “F”.  (click the “F” and find out why.)

WHERE IS GREEN FOUND?

Common uses for Green No.3 have been used in the US since 1927 to provide a pleasing sea green color to various foods including beverages, puddings, ice cream, sherbet, confections, candies, baked goods, cherries, dairy fats and oil, meat, seafood, snacks, dry mixes and seasonings, fruit preparations, convenient food, flavors and dairy products. It is also used in pharmaceutical products, personal care products, and cosmetics (lipsticks).(2) Green No.3 can be found to be used for tinned green peas and other vegetables, jellies, sauces, fish, desserts, mint Listerine, and dry bakery mixes at level of up to 100 mg/kg.(3) 

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

1.  Be your own investigator.

2.  Use your pocketbook to speak.

3.  Get your colors from natural resources. It can provide a little added nutritional benefit like added fiber, Vitamin C among other vitamins and minerals.

I do not benefit from sales from any of the above mentioned products.

Making your own green food coloring with Spinach:

  • 1 cup (30 grams) spinach, fresh or frozen (if frozen, thaw and drain)
  • 3 tablespoons water, plus more as needed

If using fresh spinach, in a small saucepan, boil the spinach in enough water to cover and simmer for 2-3 minutes.  Cooking it too long will cause the spinach to lose its color.  Drain, discarding the cooking liquid. If using frozen and thawed spinach, skip to the next step.

In a high-speed blender or food processor, blend the spinach and water together until completely smooth. If the mixture clumps or stubbornly refuses to blend, add more water as needed, 1 tablespoon at a time. Strain, if desired, and let cool.

Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator or freeze for up to 4 months.  Add 1 teaspoon to icings, frostings or batter for starters to impart a green hue. Add more coloring, if necessary.

Spinach is not the only green food you can use.  Any leafy green that has a rich color will be fine.

If you would prefer to buy it, here are a few places you can go.

  1. Color Kitchen Food Coloring
  2. Natural Baking Decorations
  3. India Tree
  4. Color Garden
  5. TruColor, King Arthur (but most they sell are artificial from Americolor)
  6. Uncle Roy’s (UK brand)

Using Color Kitchen colored powdered mixes won’t affect the frosting’s texture.  Simply mix the blue and yellow together until you get a green you like.

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner it may be challenging to avoid green food dyes. Believe it or not Green No. 3 has been linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer.  Green food coloring is made by combining blue and yellow dyes and is always synthetic. Chlorophyll could work as a replacement but it’s not approved for use as a food coloring in the United States. Chlorophyll is ironically considered a superfood and has countless health benefits protecting the body. There are several reasons why green foods are considered as blood-building foods because of the similarity in structures of the two colored pigments, the red heme and the green chlorophyll.

Please take the time to read more about the benefits of the green color in natural foods in my blog post Put A Spring Into Your Step.

How do you dye your food naturally?


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