Cardamom “The Aromatic Queen of Spices”

Recently my husband and I were on a road trip, we stopped in a couple of Arabic shops in Israel.  They both served, as a free beverage, a very strong coffee with cardamom.  Culturally, Arabic coffee is served during family gatherings or when receiving guests, which must have been why they served it as a free beverage. This is the reason for this month’s spice choice.

Spices were incentives for war, voyages, expeditions, and romance and in shaping the course of world events and history. Cardamon has been used as a medicine and in cooking since ancient times. Its long and fascinating history dates back to Vedic times, about 3000 years B.C.

Which is it?

  • The Queen of Spices
  • The Aromatic Queen of Spices
  • The Beauty Queen of Spices

What do you think?  Let me know.

Cardamom is also sometimes the Seeds of Paradise or Ela “golden grains of paradise” in Sanskrit because of its very pleasant aroma and taste.

Cardamom, often referred to as the queen of spices, second only to black pepper, the king of spices. In the company of the King of Spices, black pepper, cardamom was an important commodity of the early spice trade that also transported frankincense, myrrh and other resins and precious aromatics. Caravans with as many as 4,000 camels would carry treasures of the East in the form of spices to markets in Babylon, Carthage, Alexandria, and Rome.  Later traders would sail ships along the Indian Coast and through the Red Sea into Egypt and thus through the rest of the world. The Spice Route was second in importance only to the Silk Road and the spices it transported were often as valuable, or more so than gold or precious metals.  Cardamom was considered a minor forest procedure and was a secondary crop to coffee plantations.

Why is it known as the “Queen of Spices”?

Maybe it is its association with queens. The large-leaved plant with purple and white flowers had a place in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The terraced garden was built by King Nebuchadnezzar for his wife who was homesick. Cleopatra burnt cardamom incense whenever Mark Antony visited.

Here are a few other interesting facts about this spice.

  1. It is one of the most expensive spices from the beginning of time. Cardamom has always been able to hold its value due to its special medicinal and culinary value.
  2. Cardamom is considered more of a festive spice.  It is one of the most commonly used spices in the world – second only to black pepper – and valued only slightly lower than precious saffron and costly vanilla beans. Due to its high price. Cardamom ranks among the top three most expensive spices in the world.
  3. Spices were the symbols of royalty and luxury and cardamom was used in the manufacture of perfumes during the Greek and Roman times. (Prabhakaran Nair)
  4. Clears the mind from overthinking, creating a peaceful place to make decisions. (Green Cardamom)
  5. Cardamom plants are from the ginger family and are native to southern India. It takes about three years for the plant to mature and produce seeds.  Cardamom has a strong, unique taste, with an intensely aromatic fragrance.  There are two types of cardamom both very valuable for health. With a taste that is both peppery and citrusy, cardamom has a bit of warmth to it, rating a 2 on the hotness scale.

Green cardamom is smaller than black cardamom.  It is one of the most expensive spices by weight and a little goes a long way because of its strong flavor.

    • Its aroma is much stronger and more refined than black cardamom.
    • It is used primarily in sweet dishes and drinks.
    • It is used in traditional both sweet and savory dishes such as treats, sweetbreads, sweet dishes, and traditional dishes.
    • Use as a flavoring in coffee and tea.
    • It brings its own qualities to a dish.
    • Cures piles (hemorrhoids) (Green Cardamom)

Black cardamom has a distinctly more smoky aroma, though not bitter, with a coolness some consider similar to mint. It is largely used in savory dishes ranging from curries, stews, and daals (lentil dishes) to pilafs and meat dishes.

  1. Antibacterial – properties of cardamom oil are extremely effective in combating skin diseases.
  2. Antioxidant – high content of vitamin C and manganese in the composition of the oil has a powerful antioxidant effect, removing toxins from the body.
  3. Is a diuretic and is a carminative (relieves flatulence)
  4. Large cardamom seeds cure disease and pains of the anus and poisonous bites.
  5. Large cardamom seeds are hard to find.

OIL Pour into the container 3-4 tablespoon olive or sesame oil, add a few seeds of the plant, let it brew for 24 hours. This oil can be used as an independent mask against wrinkles and oily skin gloss.


NUTRITIONAL PROFILE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


TEA TIME – Cardamom oil is endowed with completely unique characteristics.

First and foremost – start applying cardamom in small doses and do not get carried away with spices unnecessarily.

 

    • Tea: 2-3 pods (remove seeds and steep in hot water, do not boil), 3 to 4 cups daily.
    • Traditionally, the typical dose of cardamom is 1.5 grams of the ground seeds per day.
    • As a digestive, a tea prepared from 1 teaspoon of freshly crushed cardamom seeds infused in 1 cup boiled water for 10-15 minutes has been used.
    • Tincture: 1 to 10ml of a 1:3@45% tincture (Pole)
    • Essential oil: Use in mixture with other oils or on its own at .5 to 15% dilution in a carrier

Soothing warm milk with cardamom

    • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom seeds, powdered or just the seeds will do too!
    • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon powder
    • 1 to 2 cups milk (nut kinds of milk work too)

Warm in a saucepan. Once warm, let stand for a few minutes and then pour into cups. Enjoy. Good right before bedtime especially for little ones. In the winter months, if a cold is coming on, you can add 1/8 – 1/4 tsp turmeric powder.

The second rule is to check whether there is an individual intolerance or an allergy to spice.

See a YUMMY recipe at the end!


MEDICINAL USES

Cardamom is also considered for its medicinal uses in Ayurveda and Greek medicine and Chinese tradition. Owing to its rich nutritional profile, cardamom offers the properties of a digestive, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant, antiseptic, antioxidant, and antispasmodic.

The beneficial effect on the nervous system and helps to improve mood. allows you to cope with neuroses and stress, cheer up and keep warm.  It helps to get rid of depression and apathy.


SUPERSTARS

PHYSIOLOGICAL BENEFITS

Promotes Dental Hygiene (C, Ca)

1. Improves Bad Breath (Green Cardamom)

    • It is common to see women as well as men popping cardamom pods to make their breath not minty fresh but “cardamom fresh”.  It is one of the only spices that can dissipate garlic breath.
    • An active compound in Cardamom is cineole.  It is a potent antiseptic known for killing the bacteria causing bad breath and other infections.
    • Effective against oral pathogenic bacteria like Streptococcus mutans and Candida albicans.

2. Helps Treat Cavities

    • Chewing cardamom, a pungent spicy flavor promotes the flow of saliva.
    • It cures excessive salivation.
    • This encourages a cleansing saliva flow while the fibrous outer coating of the pod can provide a mechanical cleaning of your teeth. (effective antiseptic)

Anti-Carcinogenic (C)

  1. Two antioxidants named 3’-Diindolylmethane (DIM) and Indole-3-Carbinol (I3C) in black cardamom, which combats breast, colon, prostate, and ovarian cancer. The anti-carcinogenic properties of the spice also raise the amount of glutathione (an antioxidant) in the body and prevent the generation and growth of cancerous cells.
  2. It can be used as a chemopreventive agent or something that’s used to inhibit, delay or reverse cancer formation. A 2012 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food showed that it had a positive effect on skin health in animals. The study concludes that cardamom has potential as a chemopreventive agent against two-stage skin cancer.
  3. Phytochemicals, cineole, and limonene have shown an ability to take on a protective role against cancer progression.

Cardiovascular Health (B2, B3, C, Cu, K, Mg, Cu, Fe, P, Zn)

    • Your heart remains healthy with regular intake of black cardamom.
    • It reduces the probabilities of a blood clot.
    • It is very effective in protecting you from heatstroke or sunstroke during scorching summer.
    • A good remedy for the treatment of angina.
    • Its copper and iron content is important for cellular energy metabolism, accelerating the formation of red blood cells. Potassium is effective for maintaining the cardiovascular system.

Respiratory Health  (Zn)

1.  Asthma, whooping cough, lung congestions, bronchitis, pulmonary tuberculosis, etc. can be treated successfully with this little spice. (cineole property) (Green Cardamom – cough)

    • A substance in Cardamom helps make breathing easier by dilating the bronchi and bronchioles, decreasing resistance in the respiratory airway, and increasing airflow to the lungs.
    • Fights inflammation, and soothing mucous membranes. The warm nature of cardamom also promotes the expulsion of phlegm and relieves chest congestion.

To ease the symptoms of asthma, use daily chest massage, and reflex points of the feet with two drops of oil, inhale the fragrance deeply, apply a small amount of oil under the nose.

With bronchitis, use inhalation with a few drops of cardamom oil. When cooking, add a few drops of oil to flavor the food.

    • Vitamin C – helps in the treatment of colds, relief of a sore throat, and coughing. helps to control cough, asthmatic spasms, and abdominal pain.

2. It warms up your respiratory tract so that the air circulation through the lungs becomes easier.

3. Works as an expectorant and helps you stay away from cough, cold, sore throat, etc. by alleviating the mucous membrane and normalizing the flow of mucous through the respiratory tract. (cineole property)

Seeds are soaked in hot water and can be used to rinse the throat. They cure pharyngitis, dry throat, hoarseness, and soften the throat.

Anesthetic Properties (B1, B2, Mg)

    • Highly anesthetic and sedative
    • Curbs acute pain like headache like migraine and provide immediate relief
    • Eliminating stress and fatigue

Antiseptic and Antibacterial Properties (C, Zn)

  1. Destroy microbes of almost 14 different species
  2. Boosts your immunity
  3. Provides you protection against bacterial or viral infections (cineole property)

Helps Treat Diabetes (B1, B2, Mg, Zn)

The high manganese content in this spice makes it an excellent choice for diabetics and anyone struggling with blood sugar issues.

ANTI-Obesity

Cardamom contains anti-obesity properties.

  1. Clears Up The “Ama” Or Toxins – likened to a sticky substance that can block normal circulation and lower energy levels.
  2. Prevents Fat Deposition In The Abdomen
  3. Prevents Water Retention – Water retention and bloating can also result in weight gain. Dubbed a natural diuretic in Ayurveda, cardamom can help your body expel the extra water that’s being retained in the form of urine.
  4. Reduces Bad Cholesterol – its fat-busting properties help lower blood cholesterol levels. The anti-hyperlipidemic activity, in particular, is beneficial to those with cholesterol problems, a common complaint for those who are overweight or obese. Able to decrease the bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, thereby significantly lowering the total cholesterol levels. However, cardamom also lowered the good HDL cholesterol slightly.
  5. Reduces Bloating – Chronic indigestion can also lead to bloating, and cardamom is a popular treatment for gastrointestinal disorders. Has good antibacterial activity against infection-causing microbes like Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Bacillus pumilus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and Staphylococcus aureus. With this activity against bad bacteria, cardamom can help the balance of gut flora to return to normal, enabling normal digestion. (Black Cardamom)
  6. It stimulates bile.

Quality Sleep

    • Tea with cardamom at night relieve anxiety and insomnia.
    • Improves the quality of sleep, promotes better tolerance of stress.
    • Regular use is useful for neuropsychic disorders.

Urinary Health (Green Cardamom)

  1. Cardamom is also a diuretic, so it detoxifies and stimulates kidney function
  2. Relieves urinary tract infections and inflammatory processes. (cineole property)
  3. It can facilitate urination and keeps your renal system healthy.

Mood (B2, B6, C)

    • Relieves depression, eliminates melancholy, lethargy, apathy, fears, headache.
    • It is also used when urinating is delayed.
    • Eliminate painful conditions before menstruation.

To raise the mood, with anger and depression, spray a few drops of oil in the room.

Heart

Cardamom is also an excellent tonic for the heart. It increases blood circulation and promotes the saturation of heart tissues with necessary oxygen. With the regular inclusion in food spices, the risk of developing a heart attack, and complications in the form of heart defects is reduced.  Peripheral circulation of the veins and arteries, not in the chest or abdomen

Flu Stages 

Promotes the healing of pharyngitis, dryness in the throat, hoarseness, softens the throat at the critical stage of the flu.

Strengthens and Stimulates Digestion (Black Cardamom)

Gastro-Intestinal Health: Black cardamom has a high positive impact on the gastrointestinal tract. It can stimulate the gastric and intestinal glands to secrete essential juices with the help of its stimulative properties.  This spice is better than many others and harmonizes and stimulates the digestive tract and spleen.

Take a look at all its helpful digestive benefits:

  • heartburn – It also helps in regulating and keeping stomach acids under control helping keep down gastric ulcers and digestive disorders significantly.
  • stomach cramps (Black Cardamom)
  • bloating
  • cleanse the gastrointestinal tract from harmful poisons and toxins acting as an antiseptic.
  • heaviness
  • flatulence
  • Indigestion (improves digestion)
  • binge eating
  • nausea
  • vomiting (Green Cardamom)
  • relieves Constipation
  • diarrhea
  • strengthens the musculature of the stomach
  • eases colic in children

Cardamom, rock salt, and ginger are taken in an equal amount and crushed into powder. Use the mixture in a dose of 1-2 grams (1.5 grams=4tsp) two or three times a day with warm water. This remedy calms the gases, bloating, and food poisoning.

Improves Appetite

  1. Cardamom works as a warm digestive tonic that can help you deal with indigestion, flatulence, and acidity, which can reduce your appetite.
  2. A little bit of powdered cardamom to your soup reactivates your appetite.

To increase appetite, apply a massage of the stomach area with two drops of oil.

Aids in Detoxification and Protects the Liver (VC)

It is capable of eliminating caffeine from the blood so that you can stay safe from the adverse effects of the alkaloid.

For Complexion (Black Cardamom)

1. Skin – it has the most optimal antiseptic properties and helps to get rid of acne.

        • Keeps your aging at bay, but it also helps you in getting a fairer skin complexion.
        • Natural remedy for ‘contact dermatitis’ or skin allergy.
        • A brighter, glowing complexion
        • Skin rashes (Green Cardamom)

2. Hair(Mg, K, Cu, Fe, ) – it has cell reinforcement properties that will give the hair all the vital supplements. From the roots to the finishes of the hair, everything will be reinforced. Anti-oxidative properties are helpful in providing nourishment to your scalp and hair strands.

        • As a result, you get strong, thick, and shiny tresses.
        • Dampness is retained in the hair.
        • Dry, dull, and coarsened hair will be a thing of the past.

3. Lips – It is additionally excellent for delicate, beautifully soft, attractive, lips

4. The high content of vitamin C and manganese in the composition of the oil has a powerful antioxidant effect, removing toxins from the body.

Vision

  1. Eating 4-5 black cardamom seeds every day with a teaspoon of honey will improve your vision, strengthen the nervous system, prevent the ingestion of harmful microbes.

            • sweet potato, peeled, chopped, and boiled (reserve the boiling water)
            • banana, ripe
            • apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
            • 1teaspoon cardamom
            • cup water (from the boiling sweet potato)
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If you have not included this spice into your cooking routine, maybe it is something to consider.

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 and hope you are too.  If you enjoyed this post and learning about Cardamom, 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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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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Ravishing Radishes

                                             

                                      Radishes: 

                    Big Ravishing, Health Benefits 

                               in a Little Package

  1. How can something so little have such big health benefits that the Chinese not only used it for medicine but was also valued in Greece so much so that gold statues were fashioned in their image?  
  2. Could The Radish be the #1 blood cleanser?
  3. Why you should eat the greens!  
  4. Learn how to create this beautiful plate of radishes as a center piece. (watch video here: Radish Rose Flower Garnish)
  5. Why are some Radishes hot? *See interesting facts below

The green parts of a radish contain more nutrients than the entire radish itself.  They help provide a nutrient rich diet and also some important minerals like iron (helps to maintain healthy cells, skin, hair and nails), calcium, folic acid, vitamin C and phosphorous that are essential for many bodily functions.

    • They help prevent scurvy
    • Help treat painful conditions like hemorrhoids (piles) .
    • Rheumatism
    • High Iron ideal deterrent to fatigue
    • And more reasons listed below

Radishes have be around for a long time before the Roman Empire to be used as a food and for medicine, for the ability to decrease excess heat in the body that can build up during the warmer months. Even the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention reports that radishes were once so valued in Greece, that gold statues were fashioned in their image.  Radishes were used to heal cuts and bruises, keeping your memory sharp, for maintaining fluid balance in your body, to treat coughs, liver problems, and arthritis.  You will understand why upon reading further.  Yet Radishes are one of the most ignored vegetables on your local produce aisle and they shouldn’t be!  The Greeks served their radishes with honey and vinegar.  Try this and let me know how you like them.

Respiration

If you have chronic bronchial flare-ups, sinus infections or asthma, radishes can act as a natural decongestant.

Healthy Heart

Potassium (K) the third most abundant mineral found in the human body. Potassium is a health insurer as it keeps the heart beating.The fiber (one-half cup of radishes contains 1 g of fiber), vitamins and minerals in radishes make them a smart choice for cardiovascular health. They’ve been shown to lower cholesterol, manage diabetes, regulate blood pressure and blood sugar levels, relieve congestion, and prevent respiratory problems such as asthma or bronchitis.

Digestion & Detoxification & Jaundice

Concerned about yellow tinge in the skin, mucus membranes, or eyes often present in newborns.  Jaundice occurs when bilirubin builds up in bile faster than the liver can break it down and pass it through your body.  Your liver and gallbladder depend on bile to keep them running smoothly, and radishes have been shown to stimulate bile production. The sulfuric properties of radishes also help regulate bilirubin production by removing it. and flush the excess from your blood. Radishes also inhibit red blood cell damage by supplying fresh oxygen to your blood. The fiber content regulates bowel movements to flush toxins more efficiently and to help prevent constipation.

Kidney Cleanse

There are few foods that work as well as the radish at preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs). Drinking juice that includes radish eases the burning most experienced during a UTI and shortens the length of time you’ll have to deal with the infection. Radishes are a natural diuretic, purifying the kidney and urinary systems and relieving inflammation.

Improve Skin Conditions

Disinfectant antibacterial and anti fungal properties help clear up skin conditions and soothe rashes, dryness, and other skin disorders.

Sooth sore throats

Their pungent flavor and natural spice can help eliminate excess mucus in the body and can be especially helpful when fighting a cold. Radishes can help clear the sinuses and soothe soar throats too.

Vitamins C

Radishes are an excellent source of vitamin C that works in the body to:

    • rebuild tissues
    • blood vessels raising blood acidity, and physicians recommend 750-1,500mg of daily Vitamin C intake)
    • Maintains and keeps bones and teeth
    • Cellular damage that can lead to cancer and other diseases (cancer, heart disease, stroke)
    • Natural cleansing effects (The Vitamin C Flush – enema-like evacuation although its primary purpose is getting vitamin C into the tissues and cleaning gut.)
    • Can help prevent viral infections increasing immunity of the body

Vitamin C is water soluble, which means it is not stored in the body and you must replace it daily. A 1/2-cup serving offers 8.6 mg.

Folate (vitamin B9) is one of many essential vitamins. Folic acid (the synthetic version) is a form of folate used for food fortification and supplements. Folate is important because it plays a role in:

    • DNA synthesis and repair.
    • Encourages cell and tissue growth
    • Supports Normal Fetal Development
    • Promotes Sperm Viability
    • Great for the Heart (helps metabolize homocysteine into methionine, an essential amino acid)
    • May Reduce the Risk of Stroke
    • Encourages Normal Cholesterol Levels
    • Provides Neurological Support known to encourage the creation and absorption of neurotransmitters
    • Great for Colon Health
    • Reduces the Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration
    • It has a positive action on cardiovascular, neural and psycho-emotional health.

Other less prominent nutrients that support the healthy properties of radishes are:

    • riboflavin (regulating the thyroid activity)
    • good amounts of copper (Copper is one of the minerals required for coding enzymes, producing melanin and tissues in our body.)
    • vitamin B6 (Vitamin B6 helps in building many amino acids which help in proper transmission of nerve impulses)
    • magnesium known to help muscle spasms (helps in maintaining normal muscle and nerve function
    • manganese (strong antioxidant that scavenges the free radicals in the body and is essential for the metabolization of cholesterol, carbohydrates, and protein.)
    • calcium (bone and teeth)

Interesting Facts:

  1. Night of the Radishes: In Oaxaca in Mexico, December 23rd is known as “The Night of the Radishes” (Noche de Rabanos). The festival features depictions of all kinds of subjects, including nativity scenes – all carved from radishes!
  2. Did you know radishes can cure ills? Radishes can help with stomach ache and hiccups (but too many can make you burp …. !)
  3. *Hot weather, hot radishes: If it’s a long, hot summer, you get hotter radishes and similarly when it’s milder you get cooler radishes.
  4. Ancient Wages: Radishes, onions and garlic were paid as ‘wages’ to the Ancient Egyptian labourers who built the Pyramids.

Sources:                                                                                                  NUTRIENT BALANCE INDICATOR™ at Nutritiondata.self.com

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates
Promoting a lifestyle of preventative care!
WELLNESS PRINCIPAL:  Health comes from within.  You cannot buy it in a bottle.

Please visit Catherine’s Pinterest boards by clicking this link:  Catherine’s Place.   There, you will find a variety of healthy sources, natural solutions, recipes, God’s Creation, and SO MUCH MORE.  Grab yourself a healthy snackmake yourself comfortable, and take time to browse through the wealth of information and be not only inspired but uplifted.

Blueberries, Little Blue Dynamos

In 1974, the USDA declared July as National Blueberry month.  In the 1990’s health researchers began to explore the antioxidant activity in Blueberries.  In 2010 Blueberries became “little blue dynamos” and are considered a “superfood” since they’re full of antioxidants and phyto-flavinoids, both protect body from stress and cell damage.

1. Blueberries are Low in Calories, but high in nutrients ~ Blueberries are among the most nutrient dense berries. A 1 cup serving (148 grams) of Blueberries contains: Fiber: 4 gram, Vitamin C: 24% of the RDA, Vitamin K: 36% of the RDA, Manganese: 25% of the RDA, Water about 85%

2. Blueberries are the King of Antioxidant Foods ~ Antioxidants help our cells fight stress by neutralizing other environmental damaging effects that cause damage to our cells by 20%.   Blueberries are believed to contain the highest antioxidant capacity of ALL commonly consumed fruits and vegetables.

3. Blueberries Reduce DNA Damage ~ which may help protect against aging and cancer.  Oxidative DNA damage (like rusting metal) is part of everyday life and is the reason for the aging process.  It is said to occur tens of thousands of times per day, in every single cell in the body.

4. Blueberries Protect Cholesterol in The Blood From Becoming Damaged ~ Oxidative damage is not limited to our cells and DNA.  It is also problematic when our circulating LDL lipoproteins (the “bad” cholesterol) are oxidized.

5. Blueberries May Lower Blood Pressure ~ Blueberries appear to have significant benefits to 8% reduction in the risk for developing high blood pressure (hypertension). The anthocyanins (blue, violet, red pigments) in Blueberries help open blood vessels, which allows for smoother blood flow and a lower risk for high blood pressure.

6. Blueberries May Help Prevent Heart Disease ~ In a 2013 study on 93,600 nurses, eating plenty of blue, violet, red pigments linked to a 32% lower risk of heart attacks.

7. Blueberries Can Help Maintain Brain Function and Improve Memory ~ Oxidative stress can accelerate the brain’s aging process, having negative effects on brain function.  According to animal studies, the antioxidants in Blueberries tend to accumulate in areas of the brain that are essential for intelligence.  They appear to directly interact with aging neurons, leading to improvements in cell signaling.  Human studies have also shown promising results. (BrainMemory)

8. Blueberries Can Have Anti-Diabetic Effects ~ Research suggests that these blue, violet, red pigments in blueberries can have beneficial effects on insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism.  In a study of 32 obese subjects with insulin resistance, a blueberry smoothie caused major improvements in insulin sensitivity (Diabetic).  Improved insulin sensitivity should lower the risk of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, which are currently some of the world’s biggest health problems.

9. Blueberries May Help Fight Urinary Tract Infections ~ Urinary tract infections are a common problem in women.  It is well known that cranberry juice can help prevent these types of infections.  Blueberries are highly related to cranberries, and contain many of the same active substances as cranberry juice (UTI).  These substances are called anti-adhesives, and help prevent bacteria like E. colifrom binding to the wall of the bladder.

10. Blueberries May Help Reduce Muscle Damage After Strenuous Exercise ~ Strenuous exercise can lead to muscle soreness and fatigue, in part, by local inflammation and oxidative stress in the muscle tissue (Muscle). Blueberry supplementation may reduce the damage that occurs at the molecular level, minimizing soreness and reduction in muscle performance.  In a small study of 10 female athletes, blueberries accelerated muscle recovery after strenuous leg exercises (Recovery).

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates
Promoting a lifestyle of preventative care!
WELLNESS PRINCIPAL:  Health comes from within.  You cannot buy it in a bottle.
          Please visit Catherine’s Pinterest boards by clicking this link:  Catherine’s Place.   There, you will find a variety of healthy sources, natural solutions, recipes, God’s Creation, and SO MUCH MORE.  Grab yourself a healthy snackmake yourself comfortable, and take time to browse through the wealth of information and be not only inspired but uplifted.

Sugar Snap Peas

    Sugar Snap Peas

We don’t usually think about green peas as an exotic food in terms of nutrient composition—but we should. They also contain a unique assortment of health-protective phyto-nutrients (plant nutrient)
Peas are really little powerhouses of nutrition that are a great for your health.

1.  Weight Management:

Peas are low-fat but high everything else.  A cup of peas has less than 100 calories but lots of protein, fiber and micro- nutrients.

  2.  Stomach cancer prevention:

Peas contain high amounts of a protective nutrient that works to prevent stomach cancer.  You only need 2 milligrams per day of this phyto-nutrient (plant nutrient) to prevent stomach cancer.  A cup of peas has at least 10.

3.  Anti-aging, strong immune system, and high energy:

Peas contain high levels of anti-oxidant.

  4.  Prevention of wrinkles, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, bronchitis,  osteoporosis and candida
Peas contain strong anti-inflammatory properties. Excess inflammation has also been linked to,
heart disease, cancer, and aging in general.
•  Vitamin C and vitamin E, and a good amount of the antioxidant mineral zinc
•  Omega-3 fat in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).

  5.  Blood sugar regulation:

High fiber and protein slows down and regulates the pace of how fast sugars are digested.
The anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory prevent or reverse insulin resistance (type 2 diabetes)
All carbohydrates are natural sugars and starches with no white sugars or chemicals to worry about.

  6.  Heart disease prevention:

The many antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds support healthy blood vessels. The formation
of plaque along our blood vessel walls starts with chronic, excessive oxidative stress and inflammation.
The generous amounts of vitamin B1 and folate, B2, B3, and B6 reduce the risk factor for heart disease.

7.  Healthy for the environment:

•  Peas work with bacteria in the soil to ‘fix’ nitrogen from the air and deposit it in
the soil. This reduces the need for artificial fertilizers since one of their main
ingredients is nitrogen.
•  After peas have been harvested the remaining plant easily breaks down to
create more organic fertilizer for the soil.
•  Peas are also able to grow on minimal moisture so they are a perfect crop in
many areas not needing irrigation or using up valuable water supplies.

  8.  Prevent constipation:

The high fiber content in peas improves bowel health and peristalsis.

  9.  Healthy bones

Just one cup of peas contain 44% of your Vitamin K which helps to anchor calcium inside the bones. It’s B
vitamins also help to prevent osteoporosis.

10.  Reduces bad cholesterol:

The niacin in  helps reduce, the production of triglycerides and VLDL (very low-density lipoprotein,
which results in less bad cholesterol, increased HDL (“good”) cholesterol, and lowered triglycerides.

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates

Promoting a lifestyle of preventative care!

WELLNESS PRINCIPAL:  Health comes from within.  You cannot buy it in a bottle.

Broccoli

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One of the good mood foods is broccoli which has stress-relieving vitamin B6. It also contains folic acid which is important in fighting depression.  These little trees also have 2 days’ worth of vitamins C and K in each serving.

1. Cancer prevention: Broccoli has cancer fighting, immune boosting properties. A combination of anti-flammatory, antioxidant and detoxification properties, work together in cancer prevention.  Research is strongest showing a decrease in prostate cancer, colon cancer, bladder cancer and ovarian cancer.

2. Cholesterol reduction: Like many whole foods, broccoli is packed with soluble fiber that draws cholesterol out of your body.

3. Reducing allergic reaction and inflammation: Known to lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on our body.  Broccoli has a phytonutrient (flavonol) called Kaempferol, helps lessen allergy-related substances. Broccoli has significant amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, which are well known as an anti-inflammatory.

4. Powerful antioxidant: Of all the cruciferous (cross bearing) vegetables, flowering vegetables with four equal petals arranged crosswise, broccoli stands out as the most concentrated source of vitamin C, plus the flavonoids (colorful pigment chemicals) necessary for vitamin C to recycle effectively.

5. Bone health: Broccoli contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.

6.  Heart health: The anti-inflammatory properties may be able to prevent (or even reverse) some of the damage to blood vessel linings that can be caused by inflammation due to chronic blood sugar problems.

7. Diet aid: Broccoli is a good carb and is high in fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating.

8. Detoxification means cleaning the blood.  Thorough chewing of raw Broccoli or other cruciferous vegetables increases metabolism, protects against oxidative stress, neuroinflmmation, and cell death, which may benefit neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s Disease.  Isothiocyanates helps to enhance the removal of dangerous toxins that threaten our cells.

Extra information:  The compounds glucosinolate (secondary metabolites necessary for metabolism) contact with plant myrosinase (an enzyme) and increases the amount of isothiocyanates (compounds against oxidative stress, neuroinflammation, and cell death) when absorbed.

9. Alkalizing– a healthy alkaline balance where our bodies internal fluids affect every cell in our bodies.  Germs are less likely to get a foothold and cause problems with yeast, fungus, and molds.

Promoting a lifestyle of preventative care!

WELLNESS PRINCIPAL:  Health comes from within.  You cannot buy it in a bottle.