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Relaxing homemade Parsley Tea

Easy directions on how to make parsley tea using fresh and dried parsley. Have a healthy cup of tea within minutes! Low cost and filled with health benefits!

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Parsley tea is a low cost healthy tea that is filled with nutrition and health benefits. It has a fresh, grassy taste to it, making it a great natural tea to start your day with or end the night with. Because we grow parsley in the garden, I always try to add this to my daily tea schedule during the Summer months.

Parsley tea is made within minutes and can be made with both fresh or dried parsley.

If you’re looking for a new homemade tea, give this a try!

Ingredients

How to make fresh parsley

  • Add 3 tablespons of fresh parsley into tea mesh strainer or infuser ball and place in cup. Pour boiling hot water on top. Let steep for 5-10 minutes and remove strainer. You can drink as is, or sweeten with honey or sugar if preferred.

How to Make with Dried Parsley

  • Add 1 teaspoon dried parsley into tea mesh strainer or infuser ball and place in cup. Pour boiling hot water on top. Let steep for 5 minutes and remove strainer. You can drink as is or sweeten with honey or sugar if preferred.

Nutrition Information:


Serving: 1g Calories: 1kcal

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Nuriousing Argan Oil Hair Treatment

One of the most effective ways to reap the benefits of argan oil for hair is with a hair treatment. This Argan oil hair mask is easy to make and promotes hair growth and healthy locks.

INGREDIENTS

1 ½ tablespoons argan oil

1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted**

1 tablespoon aloe vera gel

3-4 drops essential oil (optional), such as rosemary, tea tree or lavender*

INSTRUCTIONS

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Mix the ingredients in a small bowl.

Apply the hair mask mixture evenly to washed and towel dried hair. (Do not condition before using the mask)

Comb through and allow to absorb for 8-10 minutes. Cover with a shower cap for even more intense conditioning.

Rinse out with warm water then dry and style as usual.

** Jojoba oil, castor oil or olive oil would be good stand-ins if you prefer not to use coconut oil.

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Turmeric Lemon Ginger Tea

Start off your morning routine with this warm, nourishing Turmeric Lemon Ginger Tea! It’s full of antioxidants and vitamin C to start your day feeling great.

Let’s break down the nourishing, gut-friendly ingredients in this beautiful morning tea:

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TURMERIC. By now, you probably know what turmeric is (basically the new kale). It’s a spice made yellow by a compound called curcumin, which may have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

LEMON. When life hands you lemons, hoard them all to make tea. We know them and love them for their vitamin C content, but they also contain a wide variety of other vitamins and minerals!

GINGER. In the same family as turmeric, ginger is a root that has been used for years and years to treat digestive issues and nausea. This study found that it’s anti-inflammatory properties can reduce muscle pain after exercise!

ORGANIC APPLE CIDER VINEGAR. This is one of those must-be-in-my-pantry-at-all-times items. It’s very important to buy apple cider vinegar unpasteurized and “with the mother” The mother is what contains all the healthy bacteria filled with antioxidants—called polyphenols—that may improve digestion, boost your immune system, soothe a sore throat, and keep your skin looking 💯.

So grab your 5 ingredients, a pot, and make this nourishing turmeric lemon ginger tea to have tomorrow morning! Your I-want-to-go-back-to-bed-right-now self will thank you. 😊

Cheers!

INGREDIENTS

🌼 4 cups water

🌻 1/4 cup Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

🍋Juice of 1 lemon

🌿 1-inch knob of ginger, thinly sliced

🌺 1 teaspoon ground turmeric, pinch of black pepper, you can add honey as well.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a medium saucepan over high heat, add water. Bring to a boil.
  • Remove from heat. Add Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, lemon juice, ginger, and turmeric and pinch of black pepper, honey.*
  • Let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 5 days in an airtight jar or container. Shake before serving. Reheating on the stove is best!

NOTES
*Here’s a tip to avoid turmeric clumps! Add turmeric to a small bowl, then add a couple tablespoons of the hot water. Stir until smooth. Then pour into the pot with the rest of the ingredients!

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This Homemade Ginger Tea is antioxidant-rich

This Home Made Ginger Tea is a delicious (and healthy) tea made with fresh ginger, lemon juice, honey, cinnamon and cayenne pepper. It’s become part of my husband and my nightly ritual. The kids go to bed, tea simmers on the stove. It’s so comforting and I look forward to it every day.

GINGER IS DELICIOUS AND GOOD FOR YOU!

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Aside from the fact that this tea is hot, spicy and so full of flavour, it’s good for you too. We love the taste and the ritual of it, but we also drink this tea for it’s health benefits: Please note I am not a doctor, I wish I was, I lean more towards natural healing. These are just some health tidbits I found floating around the interwebs. The overall lesson here…this is just really good tea…and it’s probably good for you too. 🙂

Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, it helps with nausea, circulation, stomach cramps and bloating, and it also improves the absorption of nutrients.
Lemon is a rich source of Vitamin C, it helps flush toxins out of your body, it has powerful natural antibiotic properties, it’s good for your liver and skin, it helps reduce pain and inflammation in joints…
Cinnamon has been thought to help with blood sugar control, it has natural antimicrobial properties, it is rich in manganese, iron, calcium and fibre, it’s a powerful antioxidant…on and on…and it’s delicious too!
Honey is antibacterial and anti-fungal, it’s probiotic, it’s good for you skin, and it helps with sore throats and coughs.
Cayenne Pepper is a good source of essential minerals and vitamins C and A, it’s beneficial to the circulatory system…plus it adds pizzazz to your tea. True story.

So I dedicate this tea to my Mom, who also loves tea recipes. 😉❤️

How pretty are those ingredients?! Ahhhhh, I really do love this tea.

COMFORTING AND DELICIOUS DURING COLD AND FLU SEASON.

This ginger tea is so good I just had to share it with you! We drink this tea because we love it, but we also swear that it helps us ward off bugs during cold and flu season. I have nothing to prove this, but we just feel like it helps with our immunity. And when we do get sick, this tea seems to help beat it! But really, we just love ginger tea…and now maybe you will too!

GINGER TEA RECIPE TIPS:

Ginger. Peeled, fresh ginger is best for this tea.
Dressing your tea. This part is very individual-taste dependent, so play with the ingredient amounts until you get a combination that you love.

Spices. A quick little word of warning…most of the cinnamon and cayenne pepper sinks to the bottom of the tea, so you might need to stir your tea. couple of times. But you should drink that part up, that’s where all the good stuff is!

My husband and I have an on-going joke about getting that last bit down!

When you’re done steeping the ginger, pour more water on it and let it sit overnight and reheat when you’re ready for another cup.

Ingredients

1 large fresh ginger root (peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks (enough to have 8 to 10, 1-inch chunks for each root))
5 cups water
juice from 1 fresh lemon
honey
cinnamon
cayenne pepper (powder)

Instructions

In a saucepan, simmer the ginger chunks in 5 cups of water, for a minimum of 20 minutes, but the longer the better. We like to let ours simmer for 30-45 minutes.
Divide the tea between 2 large mugs, or 4 smaller mugs, making sure not to serve the chunks of ginger!

NOW IT’S TIME TO DRESS THE TEA. THIS PART IS VERY INDIVIDUAL-TASTE DEPENDENT! WE LIKE OUR TEA VERY STRONG, SO HERE’S WHAT WE ADD TO OUR TEA! FOR EACH MUG ADD:

Juice from 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp honey
1/4 tsp cinnamon
generous dash of cayenne pepper

I hope you try it and enjoy it! Have a great day! 🙂

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BEST ESSENTIAL OILS FOR SKIN RASHES & POISON IVY NATURAL REMEDIES

Essential oils can help ease the discomfort of poison ivy rash. After all, essential oils have been used as natural remedies for many years. They offer relief from a wide array of ailments including poison ivy.

Before we cover natural remedies and essential oils for poison ivy, let’s cover the basics of this pesky plant and the symptoms it causes.

WHAT IS POISON IVY?


Poison ivy (toxicodendron radicans) is a common plant that grows in the United States. It is an as an invasive species throughout many parts of North America and can be found growing along roadsides, on fences and walls, or even in your garden.

POISON IVY RASH

The vines and leaves of the poison ivy plant emit a sticky oil called Urushiol, which can cause a contact dermatitis allergic reaction. If you are allergic to poison ivy (most people are), it may cause an immediate reaction when touched. If you have been exposed to the oil of the plant, your skin will usually develop rashes after 24 hours. Poison ivy symptoms include itchy inflamed skin and many small blisters in the skin’s affected areas.

You can even have an allergic reaction without actual physical contact with poison ivy. Urushiol oil can cause a break out just from touching tools, pets or clothing that have come in contact with the plant. The sticky oil can remain active for a long time. Urushiol has even been known to travel via air when burning brush or logs entwined with the vining plants. This can be particularly dangerous, if inhaled. You don’t catch poison ivy from someone else’s skin rash though.

Poison ivy symptoms and description. Leaves of the poison ivy plant compared with poison oak and poison sumac.

HOW TO PREVENT A RASH

Before discussing the use of essential oils in the treatment of poison ivy, let’s try and avoid the problem altogether.

The first tool in preventing exposure is learning to identify the leaves of the vine. The leaves are green and sometimes tinged with red in the spring and summer months. The leaves grow in clusters of three, hence the old saying “leaves of three, let it be”. There is sometimes a shine to the leaves, but often not.

If you are removing poison ivy, wear gloves and long sleeves and pants. Be mindful of cleaning anything that is touched by plant or your gloved hands and clean up well. Even the dried up plant has urushiol, so handle with care.


Caution: Don’t burn poison ivy, due to dangerous fumes.

IMMEDIATE ACTION


If you are exposed to poison ivy, wash immediately with soap and water. Use cool or warm water, not hot, which will open pores and invite rash.

washing hands with cool water and soap after poison ivy exposure.

You may also use rubbing alcohol or apple cider vinegar to cleanse the affected area. Both are astringent and effective at cutting the toxic oil which contains the irritant.

Remove any clothing that may have touched the poison ivy plants and wash in warm soapy water before wearing again.

Warning

Home remedies and essential oils are great for treating mild cases of poison ivy but are no substitute for professional medical advice. The reaction can go far beyond simply itchy skin in some cases.

If you are developing a rash around your eyes, mouth, genital area, or the afflicted area covers more than a quarter of your body seek medical help. Also get medical attention if you develop a fever, breathing difficulties or the rash area gets any pus or yellow scabs. [ref]

POISON OAK AND POISON SUMAC

Rashes from these poisonous plants can be treated the same way we treat poison ivy. In fact, you may not even know which rash you have. They have such similar symptoms.

9 ESSENTIAL OILS FOR POISON IVY RELIEF

If despite your best efforts to avoid poison ivy vines and wash properly when exposed, the next day you still end out with a poison ivy rash essential oils can help bring relief to your itchy skin.

TEA TREE OIL

Tea tree essential oil is distilled from the leaves of the Australian tree, Melaleuca alternifolia. The oil is often used in poison ivy remedies, since it contains terpenes such as cineole, camphor and pinene which are useful against the rash. These compounds help reduce inflammation by inhibiting histamine release. In addition, tea tree oil helps prevent infection by killing bacteria like Staphylococcus Aureus.

LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL


Lavender essential oil contains linalool, limonene and geraniol. Linalool inhibits the production of prostaglandins responsible for swelling and itching. Geraniol reduces irritation caused by urushiol. Limonene has helpful anti-inflammatory properties. Lavender oil relieves pain and promotes skin healing. It is also antibacterial which is aids in avoiding infection of open skin areas from scratching.

This oil is used in my oatmeal bath recipe, which is a natural remedy that is very helpful in easing the discomfort of poison ivy rashes. It is a great way to aid in treatment of young children before bedtime. Just make sure you use lukewarm to cool water, rather than hot water.

PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL

Peppermint oil is often recommended for treating poison ivy rashes. Its menthol has a cooling effect which helps soothe redness and itchiness. Methyl chavicol works against bacterial infections and eucalyptol provides analgesic properties.

Peppermint oil along with soothing aloe vera, witch hazel and lavender oil are all used in my Sunburn Relief Spray, the spray would also ease the discomfort of a poison ivy outbreak.

CHAMOMILE ESSENTIAL OIL

The calming and soothing characteristics of Roman chamomile essential oil make it a good alternative for all skin types, even those with sensitive skin. Roman chamomile essential oil is also great for bug bites, skin allergies and of course, rashes like poison ivy.

Tip: Don’t have chamomile oil on-hand. Soak chamomile tea bags in warm water, then chill to use as a cold compress on the affected area to reduce inflammation.

YLANG YLANG ESSENTIAL OIL


This oil is rich in sesquiterpenes called nerolidols. Nerolidol is a sedative compound that calms nerves and relaxes muscles. It is also helpful in reducing anxiety and stress. The scent of ylang ylang is very relaxing and calming.

ROSEMARY ESSENTIAL OIL


Rosemary oil is great for soothing irritated skin. The oil contains rosmadial, carvacrol and thymol. Rosmadial is antiseptic and antimicrobial. Thymol is antibacterial and antiviral, which is great for avoiding infection of a blistering rash. Carvacrol is an antioxidant and insect repellent.

EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OIL


If you want to cleanse the rash, use Eucalyptus oil as it can help remove urushiol, which is a cause of irritation and has antiseptic properties. It will also help to keep the skin hydrated and prevent flaky skin at the end of the healing process. Eucalyptus (eucalyptus globulus) is recommended to be used when your poison ivy rash is nearly gone, to aid in final healing.

GERANIUM ESSENTIAL OIL


Geranium oil works wonders for skin, but it’s really amazing when it comes to allergic reactions such as the rash from contact with urushiol. The oil stops the release of extra histamines thus reducing the inflammatory reaction itself. It may be helpful in limiting the immune system reaction and calming inflamed skin.

MYRRH ESSENTIAL OIL


The antimicrobial properties of myrrh make it one of my favorite natural ingredients for treating any rash and encouraging the healing process.

HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR POISON IVY


When you use essential oils for poison ivy, it is important to dilute them before applying to the skin. This is especially true for sensitive areas or of there is even the slightest break in the skin. Diluting them with other natural remedies for poison ivy, sumac and poison oak rash boosts results.

CALAMINE


One of the first things most of us will do when facing a poison ivy rash is apply calamine lotion or soap to the itchy rash. The zinc oxide in calamine is primarily what brings relief, by drying out the rash. You can add a couple drops of essential oil to the lotion to boost effectiveness.

If you are sensitive to calamine, try making a simple bentonite clay or baking soda paste to aid in gently drying out the skin area. Simply mix with a little lukewarm water and a couple drops of essential oils.

CARRIER OIL

Of course, a carrier oil can be used to apply essential oils to the area. Virgin coconut oil is the ideal choice for this.

SALT WATER

Perhaps you have noticed your rash fading faster after a trip to the beach. the salt and minerals in ocean water help dry up a poison ivy rash. We don’t want to put the proverbial salt in the wound, but if your rash is not oozing a cotton ball dunked in a mild saline solution with an essential oil booster may just be the solution you are looking for.

ALOE VERA

Mixing your oils into aloe vera gel is a great choice when skin conditions are a bit rougher. If you have small abrasions in the affected area from scratching, this will help soothe the symptoms and accelerate skin healing.

ASTRINGENTS

Natural astringents such as apple cider vinegar and witch hazel not only help dry out the tiny blisters from the rash, but also provide immediate relief to the area, since they create a cooling sensation as they evaporate.

Colloidal Oatmeal

OATS

Oatmeal bath can be an effective remedy for poison ivy. Colloidal oatmeal actually leaves a thin protective coating on the skin and encourages healing. Lavender, chamomile and eucalyptus are great choices to use in an oat bath for rashes.

Poison Ivy Gel Treatment

Essential Oil Poison Ivy Gel Author: The Naturally Blooming Total Time: 2 minutes

This quick simple essential oil gel will help ease the symptoms of poison ivy. A natural poison ivy remedy for mild cases.

INGREDIENTS
2-ounce glass bottle

1 ½ tablespoons Aloe vera gel
½ tablespoon witch hazel
5 drops peppermint essential oil
5 drops of geranium essential oil
5 drops of rosemary essential oil


INSTRUCTIONS
Pour the aloe vera gel and witch hazel into the bottle with a small funnel.
Add the essential oil blend and shake well.

NOTES

Home remedies are only meant for mild to moderate poison ivy symptoms. Seek medical advice if your rash is near eyes, other sensitive body parts or covers 25% or more of your body. You should also do so if fever, loss of breath or pus comes from the rash area.

It is also wise to do a test patch before applying any oils you have not used in the past, even when diluted. An adverse reaction on top of a painful rash needs to be avoided.

Prep Time: 2 min

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Homemade All Natural, Facial Recipes

These are natural, food-based, creams and cleansers — I’m betting you’ve got all the ingredients you’ll need in your kitchen right now. So, let’s get started! Glowing skin, straight ahead!

ACNE-PRONE AND OILY SKIN


A lot of people avoid the word oil when it comes to buying products for their skin. They think they have oily skin already and that’s a bad thing, so adding more oil to it will make it worse. But I wish everyone would throw that mindset out the window today and never let it back in!

Oil dissolves oil. Say it with me: Oil dissolves oil. Cleansers for oily skin tend to be drying, so your sebaceous glands, which are microscopic glands in the skin that secrete the oil, are going to go into overdrive because they are getting the message that all the oil is gone and they then produce even more oil than before. That leads to more blocked pores, more blemishes, more oil, more cleansing, and round and round it goes.

Let’s start with a cleansing option. You’ll need two oils for this part. First is castor oil. This is your base oil, and you will not be using a lot of it. For oily skin you will use 30% castor oil to 70% of your secondary oil choice. You might want to tweak the amounts depending on your own personal results. You know those travel-sized shampoo bottles? Perfect size in which to mix your cleanser.

Your secondary oil will be a vegetable oil or sunflower seed oil or sweet almond oil. I like extra virgin olive oil. Castor oil will remove the impurities in your skin, has anti-inflammatory properties, and will heal your skin as well. The EVOO prevents dryness. Remember, if you use too much castor oil you will end up with super dry skin.

Once it’s mixed, pour a puddle into the palm of your hand, rub your hands together to warm it, and start to massage your face. For the castor oil to do its job properly, massage for five minutes. I say five because everyone always does three! Then, take a hot washcloth and lay it over your face, leaving it there until it’s cool. Wipe away the oil with the washcloth. You will probably have to repeat this step two or three times to make sure you’ve removed all the oil. This is actually where many people stop because they find that their skin is moisturized enough just from the cleansing. And you can stop here if this is how you cleanse your skin frequently, but if you want that little extra treat of a facial you can continue with the next steps. I will add that if you start to do the oil cleansing method, you really should do it only at night before bed; if you are washing your face at night, there is no need to wash it in the morning. And bonus! A lot of people don’t find the need to cleanse every night once they start with this method.

Next is toner. 

Mix two teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar – it must be organic – and two teaspoons of tap water. Dip a cotton ball into the mix and wipe your face. If you find the vinegar too strong of a smell, wait five minutes after toning and then rinse with water. Otherwise, continue on with the facial. If you find your skin reacts to the vinegar, dilute it more with the water. If you rather not use acv, try using green tea instead. Make a strong cup of it and fill a little bottle with it. You could use a spray bottle and then spray it on a cotton pad or just right over your face and let it dry.

On to exfoliating! 

Grind one tablespoon of oats, add one tablespoon of honey, apply to your face, and rub in gentle circles for three to five minutes. Rinse off with water.

And now for the mask, 

which is my favorite step because you get to be a scientist and mix up ingredients any way you want! This one is a lemon and egg-white mask. Lemon is rich in Vitamin C, it’s great for getting rid of sun spots and uneven skin tone, and it will help exfoliate. You will notice tightness once you apply the egg whites, but that will go away once you remove the mask.

Beat one egg-white until it’s frothy. Add lemon juice (the equivalent of half of a lemon) to the egg-white, apply it to your face avoiding the eye area, leave on for 15 minutes up to 30 minutes, and rinse off with warm water.

I like to use coconut oil as a finishing cream. Choose the organic, unrefined kind. It is a hard white substance when cold, but at 24 degrees Celsius it melts and becomes oil. Melt about half a tablespoon in your hands, and massage your face with it.

You may find that your skin will get a bit worse before it gets better. Apple cider vinegar will definitely open up blockages and a lot of oil will be released, which can cause more breakouts. But be patient: it will subside once your skin adjusts to how nicely you are treating it!

DRY SKIN

To cleanse dry skin, use the oil cleansing method described above, but adjust your oil amounts. Your mixture will be a blend of 10% castor oil to 90% of your secondary oil. Again, extra virgin olive oil is my favorite choice.

Pineapple coconut water is a brilliant toner for those of us with dry skin. So refreshing with just a simple swipe over your face with a clean cotton ball. And to exfoliate, grind up some oatmeal, mix with yogurt or kefir, apply to your face, and leave for ten minutes before rinsing off. If you enjoy a good mask, mash half of a very ripe avocado and add approximately a quarter cup of honey. Apply to skin and leave on for ten minutes, rinsing completely with a washcloth. As for finishing cream, my newest discovery is cold-pressed avocado oil. It is very concentrated in vitamin E and other antioxidants. Just a dab of avocado oil on the cheeks and forehead, then massage in. It takes about ten minutes to absorb. If it takes longer, you’ve applied too much.

ANTI-AGING

Again, I favor the oil cleansing method, but an anti-aging cleanser’s ratio will be 20% castor oil to 80% secondary oil. For toner, dip your cotton ball into pineapple coconut water and swipe all over your face.

Lack of moisture in the skin is definitely going to make fine lines more pronounced. Since aging skin shares the same concern as dry skin, the exfoliation technique is the same: oatmeal mixed with yogurt or kefir, applied and left on for ten minutes before rinsing off.

I have two mask options for aging skin.

For the first mask, mash up one ripe banana and mix with two tablespoons honey. Apply to your face, leave for ten to 15 minutes, and remove. The banana is going to tingle like crazy; if you feel it burning, remove immediately. If you have sensitive skin, you might want to do a test patch first. Bananas are known as nature’s Botox. Yes, you read that right! Bananas leave your skin firmer, the vitamins A and B will fade dark spots and lighten the skin tone, vitamin E fights free radical damage, and the potassium is very hydrating. Honey is a lot of things including anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, but we’re using it in this facial because it will help reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Another anti-aging mask option is mixing a half tablespoon of L. Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) and one teaspoon olive oil. Apply to face carefully. If it gets in your eyes, it will burn.

I tried to find an easy-to-make-with-pantry-items anti-aging finishing cream, but none of them felt right to me so I will just tell you what I do & is great for mature skin as well. This will be the most expensive part of any of the facial steps I’ve listed, but it’s absolutely divine. Two tablespoons each of sweet almond oil and rose hip seed oil, and ten drops each of cypress oil, which is very firming for the skin, and geranium oil, which regenerates the skin. You can store this in a glass amber bottle. Use only at night, and don’t use too much unless you want to be super greasy.

A few additional notes: I always recommend doing a patch test first to see what kind of reaction you get to any skin care routine. Any mixture using fruit or eggs needs to be made and then used right away; there is no storing of that kind of thing. Which is one thing that freaks me out the most about store-bought beauty products: some of the stuff I used had a shelf life of up to two years! And make your at-home process as easy as possible so you’ll treat your skin regularly. I keep a container with ground oatmeal in it to make it easier to scoop out whenever I need it.

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Oh, goodness. Don’t those sound fantastic? I want to head straight to the kitchen to mix up some skin care! I’m definitely feeling empowered to treat my skin kindly and gently — and cheaply!

What about you, Friends? Any homemade skin care recipes that have worked for you? And have you tried any of the solutions suggests in the post? How did they work for you?

Maria J 💜 – The Naturally Blooming

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Headaches 101: Major causes and natural healing

Did you know a common side effect of most prescription medications is dehydration? Feeling dizzy or lightheaded? It’s probably those pharma medications that were made in a laboratory to cover up the symptoms of bad eating habits and lack of enough clean, filtered water. You may be surprised at the main causes of headaches, and you may be going about curing them all wrong.

Here are the top 7 causes of headaches

#1. Prescription medications- seriously look into the ingredients of what in the world is in them.

#2. Fluoride in tap water. opt for a water filter, here is a good one I am using with a decent price tag, Water Filter

#3. Artificial ingredients in foods

#4. Concentrated salts, including MSG, nitrates and nitrites

#5. Not drinking enough water: However, if you’re consuming several of the other headache causes on this list, you’ll need more.

#6. Deferred neck and back pain from bad posture and muscle abuse

#7. Aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, triptans, NSAID, plus most addictive pain relievers (opioid-based) etc…

Overuse of headache and pain relievers causes chronic, severe headaches

You’re probably asking “how” right now, as you wonder why the OTC medications you buy for headache relief literally cause headaches, right? One of the biggest medical problems ever perpetrated around the world is the “take one aspirin a day to prevent heart attacks and strokes” which is a lie. That’s a dangerous guessing game that some doctors play. There are NO good ‘candidates’ for aspirin therapy, and one major side effect is chronic, intolerable headaches from overuse (daily use).

Ever heard of rebound headaches? They come from overuse of pain medicine, which is running rampant in America and around the world, thanks to many MD’s bad advice and not looking into the many natural medicines alternatives instead opioids are being dished out for just about anything. As your pain reliever wears off, the headache returns even WORSE than it was before. Doctors know this because millions of patients complain about it. Got chronic migraines? It’s the medication you’re taking for chronic migraines that’s making it worse. It’s a sad truth that is not talked about enough even though this is a very important and crucial topic. Let that sink in for a minute.

Science and research have shown that nitrates and MSG increase the dilatation of your blood vessels, causing severe headaches and inflammation. Some prescription drugs for blood pressure literally contain nitrates, causing intolerable migraine headaches. The doctors all know this too, but can’t talk about it, and don’t want to, because they receive very large and illegal kickbacks, ‘spiffs’ and expensive gifts from the pharmaceutical distributors (shilling pharma reps).

Included are very controversial. Birth control pills, diet pills, menopause prescriptions and erection enhancement medications can all cause chronic and severe headaches, but again, when most docs prescribe most prescriptions, they won’t mention it. So why don’t we ask the side effects of taking these drugs? It is definitely worth taking some independent time and researching about all of this and seeking out natural alternatives, asking questions before taking anything that can be even more harmful in the long run.

Bad posture and muscle abuse


Most people have no clue that they have horrible posture throughout the day, including myself if I don’t catch it while sitting on a chair for hours on end, and even while walking, preparing food, and staring into our smart devices. Believe it or not, your head weighs around 10 to 12 pounds, and it’s supported by 20 muscles that get overworked and abused when you lean forward or over for extended periods of time.

Let’s take a look at ourselves right now. 🙂 Is our head tilted downward, even slightly? If so, your lower back is suffering. So are those 20 muscles that hold your head like that. Let’s try to remember to constantly stand up and take a few minutes to stretch our neck, back and muscles. Referred pain can trick you into thinking your headache has a different cause or source. Pay close attention to this. Natural Chiropractic care can be pivotal for curing chronic headaches and migraines. Start examining your posture at all times throughout the day. Taking computer breaks and stretching those muscles is a good idea for stiffness.

Natural cures for common headaches

Dehydration also fuels inflammation, especially when it comes to arthritis and joint pain increase. Wait, you didn’t know? Up to 80 percent of your joint cartilage consists of water, including the thick lubrication between the joints. Make sure you’re drinking clean, filtered water. Bottled water isn’t always the best idea, as it can contain BPA, PFA’s, fluoride and other chemical contaminants that drive headaches. A great, reliable gravity filter is a Berkey water filtration system for your home if possible or a good water filter that alkalizes your water. You can also test your ph in your water.

Thier can be different situations based on the person’s health, maybe it can be from needing glasses as well. But overall, for everyone a mayor change will Include your diet choices. As much as possible Go for whole organic foods vitamins, nutrition, minerals and anti-inflammatory herbs and spices which help to reduce headaches and inflammation such as turmeric. If suffering from chronic migraines visit a naturopathic physician and see if they can recommend more natural remedies over synthetic products.

I hope this article served as an informative “food for thought” and gave some insight on headaches and overall health. As with anything take the time to research as well. And take it one day at a time for your body to heal. ❤️

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15 Body Massage Oils And Their Benefits

Let’s look into 15 Body Massage Oils And Their Benefits

Nothing takes away the stress and rejuvenates your mind and body as a relaxing oil massage. Body massages relax the tissues and muscles and help you unwind. And using the right oil can make all the difference. The benefits of body massage oils go beyond providing the necessary slip for a perfect massage. The best oil can hydrate your skin, provide nourishment to keep it soft and glowing.

Some nourishing oils may even safeguard the skin from inflammatory conditions and soothe other skin issues. Therefore, pick your body oil wisely. To help you decide, we have listed the 15 best body massage oils you can get and explained their benefits. Read on.

In This Article



1. Olive Oil
2. Coconut Oil
3. Sweet Almond Oil
4. Avocado Oil
5. Jojoba Oil
6. Grapeseed Oil
7. Sunflower Oil
8. Argan Oil
9. Peanut Oil
10. Sesame Oil
11. Shea Butter
12. Apricot Kernel Oil
13. Pomegranate Seed Oil
14. Castor Oil
15. Organic Black seed oil

1. Olive Oil


Olive oil is generally used for lighter massages, such as a Swedish massage. It is an heavy oil and gets absorbed into the skin at a much slower rate. That’s why it is widely used in massages that involve using repetitive movements and sweeping your body. It has been a part of the Mediterranean culture for thousands of years. in their cuisines and medicines, and for other therapeutic purposes.

Benefits Of Olive Oil


Olive oil helps in repairing skin damage by reducing oxidative stress when massaged in the right way.
Massaging with olive oil reduces muscle fatigue, alleviates muscle pain.
Olive oil helps in improving the blood flow to fatigued muscles and faster removal of lactic acid, which results in faster recovery of the muscles.

2. Coconut Oil

Benefits Of Coconut Oil


Many people think that coconut oil is dense and greasy, but it is just the opposite. It is light and non-greasy, and it gets absorbed into the skin quickly. It contains medium-chain triglycerides and is, hence, good for massages that involve shorter strokes (used for target muscles). Coconut oil is mostly used in heavy massages, such as deep tissue and prenatal massages, Shiatsu, and reflexology. Fractionated coconut oil (also known as virgin coconut oil) is the best for massages as it has several benefits.


It contains medium-chain fatty acids, making it pretty stable. Upon massaging, it gets absorbed into your skin.
It does not let moisture escape from your skin. Since it is a stable oil, it is full of saturated fats that prevent drying and keep your skin moisturized. It is especially beneficial in treating mild to moderate levels of xerosis.
Coconut oil has antioxidant and antibacterial properties. It also repairs the skin barrier.
It is also a good carrier oil (meaning, you can add essential oils to it).

3. Sweet Almond Oil


This oil is widely used by massage therapists and is a pale yellow oil with a mild and sweet fragrance. Sweet almond oil is a bit greasy and lets your hands glide smoothly on the skin. However, it is not a heavy oil and is absorbed by your skin quickly (but not so quickly that you will need reapplication). It suits all skin types and usually does not irritate the skin.

Benefits Of Sweet Almond Oil


It is very mild and gentle on the skin – so mild that it can be used on a baby’s skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. It relieves itching and rashes, especially in conditions like dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis.
It prevents skin damage caused by exposure to UV radiation. Thus, it can prevent tanning and sun damage.
A study conducted on patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) has found that massaging with sweet almond oil can reduce muscle pain.

4. Avocado Oil


This deep green oil is cold-pressed from avocados and is quite heavy. It is mixed with lighter oils before massaging. This oil contains natural latex, so avoid using it if you are allergic to latex.

Benefits Of Avocado Oil


Avocado oil is a storehouse of essential vitamins and nutrients, such as linoleic acid, oleic acid, linolenic acid, beta-carotene, beta-sitosterol, lecithin, and vitamins A, C, D, and E. Thus, it has anti-inflammatory properties. This oil also boosts skin regeneration. The topical application of avocado oil boosts collagen synthesis. Thus, it may help improve the elasticity of your skin and make it soft and supple.

5. Jojoba Oil


Although it is referred to as an oil, jojoba oil is not actually an oil. It is a type of wax that is extracted from the seeds of the jojoba plant. However, it is not greasy and does not stain your sheets and it has antibacterial properties. It is usually used for back massage as it is said to be good for treating back acne. It gets absorbed quickly by the skin, and hence requires reapplication.

Benefits Of Jojoba Oil


It repairs your skin barrier that is damaged due to eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, acne, and acute dermatitis. This is because jojoba oil is rich in wax ester and anti-inflammatory properties, which make it perfect for taking care of your skin. Jojoba oil is an excellent choice for aromatherapy massage as it can be mixed with herbs and essential oils easily. It also does not irritate your skin, which is why it is preferred for a body massage at spas.

6. Grapeseed Oil


Grapeseed oil is light and feels silky when applied to your skin. Compared to any other massage oil, this oil gives a rich feeling and makes your skin glossy. It has little to no odor and is an excellent choice for a relaxing massage. However, it can stain your sheets.

Benefits Of Grapeseed Oil


Grape seed oil contains resveratrol. Resveratrol has antimicrobial properties when applied topically. It prevents the growth of pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterococcus faecalis.
It is loaded with vitamin E, linoleic acid, and phenolic compounds that keep your skin healthy and prevent inflammation.
Grapeseed oil is a perfect carrier oil. You can mix essential oils and other herbs with it.

7. Sunflower Oil


This light and thin oil are used for cooking as well as massaging. Sunflower oil turns rancid quickly. So, it is better to buy it in small quantities and store it in a cool and dry place. Squeezing one or two vitamin E capsules in the oil also improves its shelf life.

Benefits Of Sunflower Oil


Sunflower oil enhances the texture of your skin by improving its moisture levels.
Massaging your skin with sunflower oil improves the barrier repair function of your skin. Thus, it may have an anti-aging effect on your skin.
Sunflower oil contains essential fatty acids that rejuvenate your skin. Regular massage with this oil gives you glowing and radiant skin.

8. Argan Oil


Pure argan oil is used in spas for body massage. A massage with argan oil is usually done right after a relaxing warm bath. Argan oil is light and non-greasy. It softens your skin instantly.

Benefits Of Argan Oil


Massaging your skin with argan oil improves its elasticity. It keeps your skin moisturized and improves its hydration levels. It also improves the water-holding capacity of your skin. This can prevent dryness and make your skin glowing and healthy.
A deep tissue massage with argan oil is said to relax sore muscles and eases swelling and joint pain.

9. Peanut Oil


Peanut oil is also used in spas for massage. However, a few people might be allergic to it, which is why it is important to do a patch test before using this oil. Peanut oil is also known as groundnut oil. People generally warm up peanut oil and then massage it all over their bodies. This relieves muscle and tissue pain and soothes your aching joints.

Benefits Of Peanut Oil


Peanut oil has a hydrating effect on your skin without increasing the transepidermal water loss.
There is anecdotal evidence that peanut oil nourishes your skin, energizes your body, and relieves muscle and joint pain when used regularly.

Due to its mild aroma, peanut oil is mostly used for aromatherapy massage, which is a rejuvenating and relaxing experience.

10. Sesame Oil


This oil is highly regarded as a massage oil in Ayurveda. A massage with sesame oil is believed to strengthen your body structure that includes the ligaments, muscles, and tendons. It is a thick oil and may leave your skin feeling oily and greasy.

Benefits Of Sesame Oil


Sesame oil is an integral part of Taiwanese medicine, where it is mainly used to relieve inflammatory pain in the joints.
Massaging with sesame oil helps reduce skin damage caused by UV exposure.
In Ayurveda, sesame oil is used for abhyanga. This is an Ayurvedic massage technique that involves warming the oil and then mixing it with herbs before massaging it on your body.

11. Shea Butter

Shea butter is extracted from the seeds of the shea tree. Shea butter is the fat of the seeds. At room temperature, it is solid and looks like butter. It is quite heavy and feels greasy on your skin. Hence, spas combine it with lighter oils before using it for massaging. Shea butter contains natural latex, so avoid using it if you have a latex allergy.

Benefits Of Shea Butter

Shea butter contains anti-inflammatory compounds, such as tocopherols, sterols, phenols, and triterpenes. Thus, it has potent antioxidant properties. This is the reason shea butter is extremely popular in the beauty industry and used in creams and for massage purposes.

12. Apricot Kernel Oil

Apricot oil is extracted from the bitter kernels of the fruit. It is also known as bitter apricot oil, and its texture is very similar to almond oil (which is also extracted from the kernels of almond). This oil is rich in vitamin E. It has a longer shelf life than any other massage oil. It is light and gets easily absorbed into the skin. It is mostly used for aromatherapy massage (Swedish massage).

Benefits Of Apricot Kernel Oil Or Bitter Apricot Oil

Bitter apricot oil is used in traditional medicine for treating skin diseases. It hydrates and nourishes the skin and prevents dryness. It is considered a useful massage oil for treating psoriasis.

This oil has a smooth texture and gets absorbed quickly. It has emollient properties. This means that it keeps the skin hydrated and makes it appear tight, plump, and healthy.

13. Pomegranate Seed Oil 

The pomegranate seed oil has a pleasant smell and is used in relaxing and rejuvenating massages. It is rich in vitamin E and phytosterols that keep your skin beautiful and hydrated. This oil is extremely light and does not make your skin greasy or oily. Therefore, it is best suited for deep massages.

Benefits Of Pomegranate Oil

Pomegranate oil is used mainly for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Massaging your body with a mixture of pomegranate oil and Croton lechleri resin extract has been to improve the elasticity, texture, and hydration levels of the skin.

14. Black Seed Oil

Black Seed Oil is made from the Nigella Sativa plant, which is native to Asia, India and many places around the world. The plant is technically a member of the Buttercup family and has small, black, crescent-shaped seeds.

Benefits of Black Seed Oil

Very rich and potent vitamins and minerals used as medicines for treatment of diseases and contribution it provides to human health;

Vitamin A includes H, C, B1, B2 and B6. As for mineral; Selenium, zinc, magnesium-containing black seed is the most important composition of thymol derivative. As an active ingredient, thymoquinon, non-volatile oils and nigellone-containing black seed, as well as palmitic acid, linoic acid, oleic acid, sodium, potassium, calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, copper, phosphorus and selenium, vitamin A, vitamin B and contains vitamin C.

Thymoquinone, as an important ingredient of black seed, is a source of healing for many diseases. It reduces symptoms of such as bronchitis, allergies, arthritis, asthma, rheumatism, lowering blood sugar and reducing uric acid. And great when used as a body massage which can reduce inflammation and pain on joints when used regularly.

15. Castor Oil

Castor oil is great as a natural moisturizer for the skin due to its unique ingredients. It is rich in ricinoleic acid, which is a monounsaturated fatty acid. This fatty acid––when applied to the skin––works as a humectant and draws moisture from the air into your skin to keep it hydrated.

Benefits of Castor oil

Additionally, the triglycerides in castor oil help to maintain moisture in your skin and prevent water loss by creating a thick protective layer on the skin’s surface. However, if you are interested in learning how to hydrate skin with the use of castor oil, it’s important to note that since castor oil is very thick and strong, it should always be mixed with a carrier oil before applying it to your skin.

Before you pick any oil, make sure that you are not allergic to it. Otherwise, it can cause serious skin issues. Also, there are a few more important things to consider before picking a massage oil.

Important Things To Consider Before Choosing A Massage Oil 

  • Check for purity: Pick pure oils. Massage oils should not contain additives and preservatives as they might dilute the benefits of the oil. Pure oils feel light to touch and are less greasy.
  • Check the viscosity: The oil should glide smoothly on your skin. It should not feel sticky and greasy. Massage oils should allow easy hand movements on the skin.
  • Check the odor: Avoid using oils that have a strong odor. Usually, massage oils have a light and pleasant fragrance, so pick accordingly.

Also, do a patch test with the oil before using it for a massage to check for allergic reactions. Choose any oil from this list and reap its benefits. You can add essential oils and herbs before massaging gently it on your skin. This will maximize your sensory experience. None of these oils are harmful (unless you are allergic to a particular ingredient). So, the next time you are trying to recover from the stress of a long day at work, try a body massage with any of these massage oils. And, don’t forget to share your feedback! Until then, stay healthy and keep glowing! 🌻

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Broccoli Sprouts help to detoxify the body

Broccoli Sprout Benefits for Brain Health

Broccoli sprout benefits are numerous, and in part, come from a potent compound called sulforaphane. Sulforaphane easily crosses the blood-brain barrier where it can reduce the effects of toxins; this is a big reason why it is thought to protect neurons and the brain.

Broccoli Sprouts Versus Broccoli


Although broccoli is not nearly as good of a source of sulforaphane, there are a few ways to get more out of your broccoli. Logic would suggest the following tips will increase your sulforaphane from broccoli sprouts and other foods too.

How to Increase Sulforaphane from Foods


Add radish to increase sulforaphane: Adding Daikon radish helped the frozen broccoli form sulforaphane in the body.


Lightly steam your vegetables: no more than 2 minutes.


Don’t boil broccoli unless you add mustard seed: Boiled broccoli has no sulforaphane due to the high temperature of the water
Researchers found a way to prevent that problem: Add mustard seed to the water. For about a half pound (200 g) of broccoli, 1 gram of mustard powderincreased the body’s levels of sulforaphane by 4 times.


Eating it with meat increases absorption by 1.3 times (total isothiocyanate)


DIM in Broccoli and Broccoli Sprouts
Other broccoli and broccoli sprouts beneficial compounds are thought to help remove toxic hormones in the body.

These compounds, called indoles, including DIM, are best when you eat broccoli when it is raw. I wrote about indoles in one of my first blogs.

How Does Sulforaphane Protect the Brain?


Sulforaphane easily crosses the blood brain barrier where it can reduce the effects of toxins; this is a big reason why it is thought to be protect neurons.

Sulforaphane acts in many ways to increase a very potent cell protector in the body called Nrf2.

I’ve created an overview for you here because sulforaphane’s actions are so vast.

Overview of Proven and Potential Sulforaphane

Benefits
Reduces inflammation
Antibacterial
Reduces blood pressure
Helps cholesterol reduction
Reduces toxins
Improves memory
Improves social interaction and personality traits
Protects neurons
Reduces DNA damage
Nutritious food

1. Sulforaphane reduces brain toxins



Sulforaphane helps the body detoxify airborne pollutants, pesticides and heavy metals, by activating the detoxification systems, mainly the Phase 2 enzymes in the liver.

2. Broccoli Sprout Extract Benefits Autism Symptoms

Here is what they found:

64% were much/very much improved by measures of autism symptoms at 30 weeks of supplements-double-blinded, randomized placebo-controlled trial that is ongoing.
Self-reported (parents) improvement in autism symptoms in a small trial.
Social responsiveness significantly improved and markers were identified related to response to treatment.
A double-blinded trial of 29 boys aged 13-27, receiving broccoli sprout extract resulted in improved behavior, communication and social interaction. Once they were taken off broccoli sprouts, behavior returned back to baseline.
Although the studies are small, all consistently found broccoli sprouts benefits and does not harm in the case of autism.

3. Broccoli Sprouts May protect the brain from Alzheimer’s disease

The other study showed that sulforaphane improved memory in Alzheimer’s disease.

A cell study found that broccoli sprouts reduced Aβ more than other vegetable sprouts such as red cabbage, broccoli, or buckwheat.

The reduction in this Alzheimer’s related protein was due to the modification in the Aβ protein.

4. Broccoli Sprouts Reduce Schizophrenia Symptoms

Schizophrenia is a disease that is often rapid and progressive in people, and usually develops in young adulthood.  This debilitating disease affects more than personality and mood changes.

Function of memory and decline in daily functioning occurs as well due to brain shrinkage.  Some experts suggest that schizophrenia is related to inflammation and autoimmune processes that are affected by food, lifestyle and environment  (epigenetics).

Broccoli sprouts are an appealing option for potential reduction in schizophrenia symptoms.  Here is the proof we have so far.

A pilot study in 10 schizophrenia patients found that broccoli sprout extract improved learning tasks over an 8-week period.

5. Broccoli sprouts may protect from stroke


Broccoli sprout protected the brain from stroke damage by preventing blood-brain barrier damage, slowed damaged area in the brain and reduced memory and nerve-related damage

Sulforaphane reduced damage to neurons and reduced neuron cell death in a model of stroke by activating the NrF2 pathway.

6. Broccoli sprouts and blood pressure

Blood pressure was lowered in patients with diabetes undergoing treatment for H.Pylori infections using 6 grams of broccoli sprout powder per day over 28 days.  Inflammation also decreased in this double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled study.

7. Broccoli sprouts may reduce anxiety and reduce depression


Inflammation is a common marker in people with mood disorders, including anxiety and depression. Several studies up to this point show that reduction of inflammation through dietary and supplement approaches benefit these debilitating conditions.

8. Broccoli sprouts benefits nerve health and brain health


Most research is early, but very compelling in regards to broccoli sprouts benefits for nerve health.

9. Sulforaphane may improve memory

Sulforaphane has positive effects on brain function if you consider the previous studies I discussed about Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, and autism. 

10. Sulforaphane may reduce Parkinson’s disease


Neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis don’t have proper activation of Nrf2 as a common problem.

Activated Nrf2 provides strong antioxidant activity within nerve cells.

Sulforaphane from broccoli sprouts potently activates Nrf2.

11. Broccoli Sprouts Reduce Cholesterol


High cholesterol is linked to brain dysfunction and damage. Broccoli sprout data is very promising for cholesterol. So far:

High-glucoraphanin broccoli reduced LDL cholesterol more than standard broccoli in a randomized trial in women with heart disease risk.
Broccoli sprouts lowered total and LDL cholesterol, increased HDL cholesterol , reduced triglycerides.
10 grams of broccoli sprout powder per day reduced triglycerides, oxidized cholesterol, and increased HDL-cholesterol in patients with diabetes.



Many experts now coin a term Type 3 Diabetes to describe the damages of high blood sugar on the brain. Broccoli sprouts hold a lot of promise to help protect the brain. Several studies find benefits as follows.

Sulforaphane reduced damaging effects of cholesterol on the pancreas and also improved the function of the energy-burning part of the cell called the mitochondria.

10 grams of broccoli sprouts per day reduced insulin resistance in 81 patients with type 2 diabetes.

Eating a sulforaphane-rich diet prevents memory impairment and increases the survival of neurons in diabetic rats.

Broccoli sprouts increased PPAR activity, which can improve glucose blood levels and cholesterol.

Bottom line: broccoli sprouts benefits may include protecting the brain from the damages of glucose.

13. May protect the brain by reducing atherosclerosis


The brain requires adequate blood flow and good circulation for proper function.

A diet that is rich in sulforaphane decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease. Various studies done on lab rats were promising for protecting and strengthening the heart.

Positive results were:

Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, is linked to reduced memory and loss of brain function. Two rabbit studies were conducted to determine if sulforaphane would protect they heart. Here is what they found:

Reduced inflammation and hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis)
Restores blood vessel wall function
Reduced heart damage after infarction
Bottom line: broccoli sprouts benefits our cardiovascular system, including the vascular system in the brain.

Broccoli sprouts are antibacterial


Pathogenic bacteria are known to harm the brain. Preliminary results of broccoli sprouts benefits extend to our immune function.

Broccoli sprouts increase antibacterial enzymes in colon cells.
Sulforaphane reduced growth of 23 strains of harmful bacteria and fungus in cell culture.
How to use and supplement broccoli sprouts
Fresh broccoli sprouts are probably best, but can be hard to find. Eat them slowly and chew them up well!

Research studies use a wide range of dosing for supplements. They typically use between 500 mg-10 grams of broccoli sprout extract per day.

Look for supplements of broccoli sprouts that contain myrosinase for better absorption.

Broccoli Sprout Notes:


No known side effects exist for broccoli sprouts. They don’t have a negative effect on thryoid function, which has been a concern for some people with thyroid disorders.

Broccoli sprouts have a fairly small amount of vitamin K1 relative to deep green vegetables like kale. If you are on blood-thinning medications check with your healthcare provider before eating broccoli sprouts.

Growing Broccoli Sprouts


It is really easy to learn how to grow broccoli sprouts at home and it saves a lot of money. It does take a bit of time and attention, but it is well worth it to get the sulforaphane benefits.


Ball Mason Jars 1 Quart
Cheesecloth, tea towel or sprouting lid
Rubber band or mason jar rim if not using a sprouting lid
can also use a sprouting kit with stands
Bowl or baking dish
Organic broccoli seeds
Day 1
Soaking

Days 2-5
Growing Broccoli Sprouts


Rinse the broccoli seeds in a colander, then place the seeds in your clean mason jar. Cover the seeds with a few inches of filtered water. Place the cheese cloth, tea towel, or sprouting lid on the jar. Then place the jar in a dark cupboard overnight or for 8 yours.


Drain off liquid and rinse the broccoli sprout seeds. Rinse the seeds at least 2-3 times a day. Turn that jar upside down and place it in your bowl or baking dish so that the seeds are moist but don’t sit in the water. Store at 60-70 degrees Farhenheit. Set your calendar to remind you to rinse the seeds because this is a key step for healthy sprouting.

Broccoli Sprouts Recipes


Need some recipe ideas of how to use broccoli sprouts? It’s simple! Add broccoli sprouts to any:

Salad
Sandwich
Smoothie
Stir-fries
Veggie sides


Vital Proteins Tropical Hibiscus Beauty Collagen

Where to Buy Broccoli Sprouts and Seeds
Health food stores sell sprouted broccoli if you aren’t in to growing your own.

Many online retailers also sell broccoli sprout seeds and supplements, such as:

Food to Live
Handy Pantry
Mum’s Sprouting Seeds Sprouting Kit
The Sprout House-certified organic broccoli seeds
Thorne Crucera-SGS – Broccoli Seed Extract for Antioxidant Support – Sulforaphane Glucosinolate
Brocsprout whole broccoli sprout capsules
KOYAH – Organic USA Grown Broccoli Powder
Avmacol

Bottom Line


Broccoli sprouts benefits appear to be vast for brain health. It makes sense to eat broccoli sprouts several times a week and consider broccoli sprout supplements if eating them regularly isn’t realistic.

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Benefits of red cabbage, a versatile veggie (recipes included)

Red cabbage is an eye-catching and nutritious vegetable. You might have already tried it if you’ve eaten coleslaw or borscht before.

If you want to boost your heart or gut health, try adding red cabbage to your regular diet.

The nutritional profile of red cabbage

Red cabbage, sometimes called purple cabbage, belongs to the Brassica oleracea plant species and is related to other superfoods like broccoli, Brussels sprouts and kale.

Unlike other vegetables in the Brassica family, red cabbage is purple. Its unique color is responsible for its many unique benefits. Anthocyanins provide red cabbage with its unique color, and these compounds are powerful antioxidants that offer several benefits.

When eaten raw, red cabbage is crunchy with a slightly peppery taste. Cooked red cabbage is softer and has a sweeter flavor.

Red cabbage is a nutrient-dense superfood. A serving of red cabbage (89 grams) contains the following nutrients:

  • Carbohydrates – 2 percent of the Daily Value (DV)
  • Fiber – 7 percent of the DV
  • Vitamin C – 85 percent of the DV
  • Vitamin K – 42 percent of the DV
  • Vitamin A – 20 percent of the DV
  • Manganese – 11 percent of the DV
  • Vitamin B6 – 9 percent of the DV
  • Potassium – 6 percent of the DV

Red cabbage: A superfood for your heart and digestive health

Red cabbage contains anthocyanin antioxidants that may help reduce levels of systemic inflammation and protect against some chronic diseases.

Cruciferous vegetables are also rich in compounds called indoles which are linked to improved liver health and detoxification.

Here are six of the amazing benefits of eating red cabbage:

They are full of beneficial plant compounds: 

Data suggests that antioxidants and other phytochemicals offer several benefits and can help prevent disease. Red cabbage may also help prevent cell damage and promote overall health.

Compared to green cabbage, red cabbage contains more of the following antioxidants with different benefits:

  • Anthocyanins and flavonoids, which help lower blood pressure.
  • Carotenoids, which converts to vitamin A, helps boost your eye health.
  • Kaempferol, which helps reduce LDL (“bad” cholesterol) accumulation in the arteries.
  • Vitamin C, which is essential for a stronger immune system.
  • Vitamin K, which is crucial for stronger bones.

Data has also found that sulforaphane, another plant compound found in red cabbage, is associated with heart-health benefits and an ability to prevent certain cancers.

Some studies have shown that red cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables are some of the best dietary sources of indole, which can help improve gut health and detoxify the liver.

Red cabbage can help reduce inflammation

Low-grade chronic inflammation is linked to several health problems such as heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and Type 2 diabetes.

Experts note that red cabbage can help fight inflammation because of its incredible nutritional profile. According to a test-tube study using an artificial human gut model, red cabbage helped lower markers of gut inflammation by as much as 40 percent.

Red cabbage can help boost heart health

Red cabbage can help improve heart health in several ways:

Red cabbage contains over 36 types of anthocyanins. These compounds can help reduce blood pressure and reduce heart disease risk factors. According to data from observational studies, diets high in anthocyanins may help lower the risk of heart attacks by at least 32 percent.

Kaempferol, another plant compound in red cabbage, can help oxidize bad LDL cholesterol and prevent atherosclerosis.

Red cabbage can boost your gut health

Red cabbage can improve your gut health because it is a good source of dietary fiber that is needed for digestion. Fiber also feeds “good” gut bacteria and promotes regular bowel movements.

Studies also suggest that red cabbage can potentially help lower gut inflammation through its ability to promote the growth of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs). Higher levels of SCFAs are linked to better liver health.

Red cabbage can boost your liver health

Red cabbage is a great source of dietary indole, and the superfood may have a role in improving your liver health. Studies show that having higher levels of indole is linked to a reduced risk of liver disease.

Findings also suggest that indole can help treat and repair liver damage by lowering the level of toxins in the liver and limiting their effects. Experts believe that this benefit is linked to indole and its role in promoting beneficial SCFAs)in the intestine.

Red cabbage can boost bone health and reduce osteoporosis risk

Nutrients like vitamin C and K, calcium and manganese are all essential for your bone health. They are important for bone growth and they help protect your bone cells from damage.

Nutritious and tasty red cabbage recipes

Red cabbage is a versatile veggie. You can eat it raw in refreshing salads, make dumplings with it or ferment it. Red cabbage can be used to make coleslaw or soups. You can also try these tasty recipes that use nutritious red cabbage.

Red cabbage with pears and mulled port

This recipe pairs red cabbage with a mulled port that gives your dish a beautiful red hue.

Prepare the cabbage ahead and have it chilled or frozen. When you’re ready to cook, reheat the red cabbage in the pan.

Ingredients for 8 servings:

  • 1 Large red cabbage, quartered, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 Large onion, sliced
  • 4 Pears, diced
  • 200 ml Port
  • 2 Tablespoons soft brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 Star anise
  • 1 Large cinnamon stick
  • 1 Pinch ground cloves

Preparation:

  1. Set the pears aside and place the rest of the ingredients in a large pan and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Cook the ingredients on low heat for one hour.
  2. Stir in the pears, then cover and cook for another hour until the cabbage is tender. Add water if the cabbage seems dry.
  3. If there is still liquid left in the pan after one hour of cooking, turn the heat up until it evaporates.
  4. Season the cabbage with a little salt before serving.

Red cabbage winter veggie soup

Looking for a warming winter soup? Try making a batch of red cabbage veggie soup. This nutritious chunky soup is made with tasty winter vegetables and fresh herbs.

When preparing the red cabbage, remove the tough middle part. Chop the cabbage into 5 mm thick strips or thinner.

To make the soup vegan, replace regular butter with vegan butter or margarine. Add the spinach along with the herbs, crushed garlic and butter towards the end of cooking. Any leftover soup can be refrigerated for up to four days or frozen for three months.

Ingredients for 8 servings:

  • 1.5 l Vegetable stock
  • 300 g Red cabbage chopped into 5 mm thick strips, without the tough middle part
  • 250 g Potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 50 g Spinach, finely chopped
  • 40 g Celeriac, peeled and diced
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2-3 Tablespoons each of chives, dill and parsley, all finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Medium carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 Leek, cut lengthwise and finely chopped
  • 1 Garlic, finely grated
  • 2 Allspice berries
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

  1. In a pot, heat up the olive oil then add the bay leaf, allspice, onion, leek and red cabbage. Stir and cook the mixture over medium heat for five minutes. Stir often.
  2. Add the carrot, celeriac, potato, vegetable stock and balsamic vinegar. Stir the mixture, cover the pot and bring to a boil.
  3. Lower the heat and simmer for about 25 minutes or until the vegetables are fully cooked. Stir occasionally.
  4. Add the spinach, herbs, garlic and butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Add some water or stock to the pot if needed. Cook the soup for two more minutes. Remove the pot from the heat before serving.

Add red cabbage to your regular diet and try these recipes to boost your immunity and gut health.

Blessings to all. Maria🌿` The Naturally Blooming

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