Parsley “chemoprotective” plant

The History of Parsley

                                   PARSLEY

The name “parsley” comes from two Greek words Petroselinum (petrose) meaning “rock.”, and the other is selenium, which is an ancient name for celery. Literally, parsley means “rock celery.”  Rock celery because it thrives on rocks and walls.  The ancient Greeks and Rome believed parsley was sacred and also evil, where death and victory run hand in hand. Warriors fed parsley leaves to their horses to give them strength. The Greeks placed it on winning athletes and also on the tombs of the dead.  Parsley was closely associated with death, perhaps due to its look-alike “fool’s parsley”, which is poisonous. It was scattered over graves during funerals and planted on those sites as well. The saying “De’eis thai selinon”, or “needs only parsley” was the equivalent of today’s “one foot in the grave”.

A lot of us think that parsley only acts as a garnish for food, making the plate look more presentable and attractive. Some people just toss the leaf away or push them to the side of the plate. Not a lot of people actually eat them along with their meals.

There are two main types of parsley plants used as herbs in recipes:

            1. Curly-leaf parsley also called French parsley
            2. Italian, or flat-leaf parsley

Flat-leaf Italian parsley is more closely related to the wild parsley species that was first grown in the Mediterranean. Compared to curly parsley, it also has a stronger flavor and is easier to grow.

Some people prefer the curly-leaf variety because of its decorative appearance when it’s used on top of recipes. Both types taste very similar to someone who is not extremely familiar with them, and both offer similar health benefits.

Parsley can provide much more than a decoration on your plate. Parsley was used medicinally prior to being consumed as a food in the Mediterranean for 2,000 years before it was used for food.


 

 

 

 

It contains a range of protective vitamins and flavonoid antioxidants that are responsible for many of the disease-fighting parsley benefits being researched today. These antioxidants include luteolin, apigenin, lycopene, beta-carotene, and alpha-carotene.


PARSLEY SUPERSTARS

PHYSIOLOGICAL BENEFITS

 

          Immune Booster

Vitamin C has many different functions.

  • Its powerful anti-inflammatory agent and its antioxidants help slow the aging process.
    • It perfectly helps to fight with edema, no matter where they occur: on the legs, face or in other places.
  • usefulness in conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and needed for the healthy function of the immune system.
  • It may also be helpful in reducing the severity of asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Vitamin C improves iron absorption.
  • Vitamin C helps maintain a healthy gut environment, where much of the immune system is actually located

        1. Pass the leaves and roots of the plant through a meat grinder and add the seeds in a glass bowl.
        2. Pour boiling water and wait about 7 minutes. After that, tea can be filtered and drunk.
        3. It is advisable to drink a cup of tea every two hours.
        4. To improve the taste, you can add lemon and honey.

          Important antioxidant

Vitamin A ~ helps reduce the risk for the development and progression of conditions like atherosclerosis, diabetes, and colon cancer.

It is a nutrient so important to a strong immune system that its nickname is the “anti-infective vitamin.”

          Cancer prevention

  • Protecting your cells from damage caused by unstable molecules called free radicals
  • This herb is sometimes called a “chemoprotective” plant because it helps protect DNA from damage, stops cell mutation and helps induce apoptosis, or the death of harmful cells.
  • Folate is vitally important for cancer-prevention or inhibiting tumors due to high levels of anti-inflammatory compounds. It is therefore important for cancer-prevention areas of the body that contain rapidly dividing cells such as the colon and the cervix.
  • Apigenin has been found to
    1. …“inhibit the progestin-dependent synthesis of human breast cancer cells
    2. …significantly delaying the development of, and decreasing the incidence and multiplicity of mammary tumors,” according to research done in 2013 by the American Association of Cancer.
  • Myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene are powerful oil components that benefit the body’s immune system and help fight cancer neutralizing oxidative stress and fighting off carcinogens.

          Heart Health (B, K, C)

  • K Promotes strong capillaries and is used for the prevention of spider veins.
  • B Reduces blood vessel damage lowering the risk of stroke, heart attack, and atherosclerosis (thickening of artery walls).
  • K Just 10 sprigs improves bone health and improves calcium absorption.
  • K Proper blood clotting, which can help prevent excessive bleeding.
  • C Improves Heart Health
  • Carotenoids (A vitamins) contribute to lower rates of heart disease
  • B Folate is needed for heart health – it’s a vital B vitamin that plays a critical role in protecting your heart. Folate in order to convert homocysteine, a type of amino acid found in the blood. Homocysteine is a potentially troublesome molecule that can cause damage to blood vessels when uncontrolled, potentially leading to a heart attack or stroke.
Just two tablespoons (8 grams) of parsley deliver more vitamin K than you need in a day.
NOTE:  If you are taking blood-thinners such as Coumadin (warfarin),
it is important that you do not suddenly begin to eat more foods containing vitamin K, which plays a large role in blood clotting.

 

Improves Oral Hygiene

Parsley is chock full of chlorophyll, which has antibacterial properties. You have all probably seen a sprig of parsley as a garnish to decorate your plate or on a display of dishes in a restaurant. What you may not know is that eating it after a meal fights oral bacteria that causes bad breath.

          Digestive Health

  • Parsley works as a natural diuretic.
  • Improves digestion of proteins and fats
  • Parsley’s high enzyme content contributes to improving overall digestion, and the effective elimination of waste.
  • Parsley stimulates digestion and the kidneys and helps eliminate toxins and kidney stones. It relieves water retention, bloating, indigestion, and flatulence (preventing the formation of gas).
  • It increases urine flow to remove infection-causing bacteria from the urinary tract.

“Parsley is used for inflammation of the kidneys and bladder, gravel, stones, and urine retention.”

“Parsley is remarkable for its ability to expel watery poisons, excess mucoid matter, [even] flatulence, reducing swollen and enlarged glands.”

According to Dr. John Christopher of the Herbal Legacy Group

  • Acts as antiurolithiatic drug through decreasing urinary calcium excretion, increasing urinary pH, dieresis, decreasing urinary protein excretion, and via its nephroprotective activity.”
  • It helps your body flush out more toxins such as heavy metals

According to a 2002 review done at the American University of Beirut.

  • It prevents the formation of kidney stones, benefiting digestive health because it helps stimulate kidney production of urine and draws excess water out of the abdomen, where it can cause discomfort and indigestion.
  • Regular consumption of parsley also speeds up the process of uric acid removal. This is a symptom of arthritis.
  • Help relieve water retention
  • And eases bloating
  • Treats a number of gastrointestinal symptoms and disorders:
    1. including gas
    2. constipation
    3. bloating
    4. indigestion
    5. nausea
  • It helps increase bile production and beneficial gastric juices that are needed for proper enzyme functions involved in food and nutrient absorption.

        1. Use 30g (or 3 tablespoons full) of parsley leaves per 4 cups of boiling water.
        2. Let it steep for 10 minutes and sip before meals to prevent bloating, or after to relieve it.
NOTE:  Parsley can cause serious issues for those who already have kidney or gallbladder problems.

Wound Healing

An essential amino acid found in parsley is needed to repair damaged tissues. Parsley juice works wonders to speed up wound healing after surgery.

Soothes Irritated Skin:

Rub dried or fresh parsley leaves on irritated skin or insect bites to soothe skin irritation. When dealing with boils, boil parsley leaves in water and apply it on the affected areas for a few hours. It also helps to fade freckles and spots.

Protects Eye and Skin Health(A)

  • Carotenoid and beta-carotene boost eye health. These antioxidants protect the retina and cornea from damage as someone ages.
  • Helping prevent eye disorders like macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Fights signs of aging on the skin.
  • Parsley benefits skin and dental health by fighting off infections and bacteria.
  • Protects eyes and skin from UV light damage, and may be able to help prevent skin cancer.

Bone Protecting (Ca, K, D, Mg)

  • maintaining bone density
  • fights bone breaks and fractures

Balance Hormones(B6)

  • for normalizing menstruation
  • treating amenorrhea (loss of menstrual cycle)
  • decreasing menstrual pain
  • important for fertility
  • prevents symptoms of PMS
  • prevents neural tube defects
  • important for a healthy pregnancy

Caution: Parsley is not recommended for pregnant women in large amounts, as it may cause uterine contractions, but used after delivery, it is said to tone the uterus.

Parsley Tea (uses 2 to 4 tablespoons of fresh parsley with 2 cups of water). This tea has been used in natural folk medicine as a remedy for treating gallstones, indigestion, kidney stones, constipation, and edema (bloating). Drinking ginger and parsley tea is also a great way to soothe nausea associated with pregnancy, stomach viruses, etc.

  1. Chop fresh parsley and tie up in cheesecloth. Place bundle in a teapot with lid
  2. Bring water to boil in a kettle or heavy saucepan
  3. Pour boiling water over cheesecloth bundle, cover and let steep for 10 minutes
  4. Warm 1 tablespoon honey for each cup of tea and serve while hot.
  5. It is advisable to drink a cup of tea every two hours.

Use 30g (or 3 tablespoons full) of parsley leaves per 4 cups of boiling water. Let it steep for 10 minutes and sip before meals to prevent bloating, or after to relieve it.


Many Christian groups also celebrate Passover. Christians tend to view the brilliant green parsley as symbolizing new life, the life they believe is promised by Jesus’ resurrection. Because of Parsley’s bitterness, it is done in remembrance of the enslaved Jews and the tears they shed.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.  It shows your interest in health or at least your curiosity.  I am truly enjoying learning more about the powerful benefits of the Herbs and Spices we use in our kitchens.  If you enjoyed this post and learning about Parsley, please press the follow button, like it, and share how it helped you.  If you know someone who could be helped by this information please pass it on.  People are destroyed from a lack of knowledge. (Hosea 4:6)  I’d be very grateful if you’d help it spread the word so that more people can live their best life now free and to the fullest.


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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.


Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.  It shows your interest in health or at least your curiosity.  I am truly enjoying learning more about the powerful benefits of the Herbs and Spices we use in our kitchens.  If you enjoyed this post and learning about Rosemary, please press the follow button, like it, and share how it helped you.  If you know someone who could be helped by this information please pass it on. People are destroyed from a lack of knowledge. (Hosea 4:6)  I’d be very grateful if you’d help it spread the word so that more people can live their best life now free and to the fullest.


 

 

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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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