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Peppermint

Posted by on Dec 9, 2010 in Spices & Herbs | Comments Off on Peppermint

Peppermint is more than just a delicious herb or fresh scent.  Did you know that there are plenty of health benefits and nutrients that come from Peppermint? If you would like to experience the full health benefits of Peppermint, be sure to avoid the Peppermint Candies that are just full of sugar. Sadly, the sugar defeats the purpose of the Peppermint. Good thing there is plenty of ways to enjoy the health benefits of Peppermint without the unnecessary sugar. Benefits • Contains calcium, copper, iron, potassium, manganese, Vitamins C, B2, and A. • Relieves Stress and Anxiety • May lower blood pressure levels • Helps relieve Nausea • Muscle relaxer, which may reduce any Menstrual Pain • Anti-Inflamatory effects • Known to have Antiseptic and Antibacterial properties • Natural Decongestant • Helps aide digestion, including helping  with Irritable Bowl Syndrome...

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Nutmeg

Posted by on Sep 30, 2010 in Spices & Herbs | 1 comment

Nutmeg is certainly one of my favorite spices in the fall and winter, so I just had to check out what health benefits are associated with Nutmeg. I think you will be surprised and pleased with the many health and medicinal benefits of Nutmeg. Benefits •Anti-inflammatory properties •May help with respiratory problems •Helps with digestion; Soothe stomach aches and stops diarrhea •Can help lower blood pressure •Relieves stress •May help increase blood circulation •May help dissolve kidney stones •Can help treat arthritis Intake Spice- Nutmeg is commonly found in the spice isle already grounded and ready to be added to your favorite recipes. Nutmeg is a great way to add flavor and health benefits to any dish. Nutmeg has a strong flavor, so you don’t need to add a lot to your recipe. Oil- Nutmeg oil can be used...

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Rosemary

Posted by on Aug 23, 2010 in Spices & Herbs | 5 comments

Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean where it has been used ever since 500 B.C., and early on used to help cure ailments of the nervous system. Today, Rosemary is more commonly known for it’s flavor in our recipes than it’s healing properties. Here are some of the health benefits that come with Rosemary: Benefits •Defenses against cancer •Anti-aging (help prevent wrinkles) •Inhibits infections from minor cuts •May help relieve congestion brought on my a cold •Promotes circulation •Help arthritis suffers due to the antioxidants •Diuretic, which helps prevent yeast causing bacteria from growing (bye-bye yeast infections!) Intake Dried or Fresh – Season up your recipes! Rosemary is best known for its culinary use. Essential Oil – Has the ability to help strengthen and heal organs such as the heart, brain, and liver. As healthy and beneficial as Rosemary...

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Oregano

Posted by on Jul 15, 2010 in Spices & Herbs | Comments Off on Oregano

Not only is Oregano a wonderful herb used to spice up a bland recipe, but it also has many wonderful health benefits you may not know about. Benefits •Strong antibacterial properties •Contains antioxidant vitamins, which may play a role with anti-aging and cancer prevention. •Contain Carvacrol and Thymol, which have been found to aid digestion, calm upset stomachs,  and  inhibit the growth of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. •Contains Fiber. •When fresh (not dried), Oregano contains Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Iron, Manganese, Calcium, and Omega-3 fatty acids. •Helps maintain respiratory health. •Can help treat skin infections and itchy skin. Uses You can use Oregano fresh or dried in recipes or as an oil topically. Oregano fresh is less flavorful than dried oregano, but both still have their health benefits. Precautions •Oregano oil can reduce the body’s ability to absorb iron....

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Real Salt by Redmond

Posted by on May 31, 2010 in Health, Nutrition, Spices & Herbs, Twinkie's Favorites | Comments Off on Real Salt by Redmond

Why Real Salt? Let’s start at looking at the competition. Table salts, or “iodized salt” has gone through intensive bleaching and refining processes, and then on top of that, many have undergone a heat processing and even include additives and chemicals. Real Salt by Redmond is carefully taken from deep within the earth, crushed, screened, and packaged to stay all natural. It has a pink coloring, which is from the 50-plus trace minerals that weren’t stripped away by any refining/bleaching process. Taste Yes, Real Salt by Redmond actually tastes different than other processed and refined salts out there. Good news is, when I say “different”, I mean that it actually tastes better. It is not so different that you don’t think you are tasting salt, but I believe there is just so much more flavor to it, that you...

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Myrrh

Posted by on May 17, 2010 in Spices & Herbs | Comments Off on Myrrh

Myrrh has been used for Centuries, and known as a very precious Herb. Here are some of the benefits that Myrrh may help you with. Benefits •Anti-inflammatory •Stimulates blood circulation •Antiseptic •Treatment of Arthritis •Lowering Cholesterol •Skin Diseases •Respiratory Infections and Bronchitis with excess of Mucous (dries things up) Intake Drops – can take 20-40 drops in water, 2-4 times a day. You can drink, or you can use a smaller amount of water and gargle. Topically- can be applied to cold sores, and even infected wounds. If you don’t know what you are doing, stop right there. It would be best to ask a licensed professional; Nutritionist or Herbologist. They will be able to help you with your specific needs. Precautions There are no known side effects to Myrrh if you take normal doses. Large doses may irritate the...

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Cinnamon

Posted by on Dec 10, 2009 in Spices & Herbs | Comments Off on Cinnamon

Cinnamon has been used for centuries for its taste and many medicinal health benefits. Cinnamon comes from dried bark from a Cinnamon tree. The bark can be either dried and rolled into cinnamon sticks, or dried and ground into a powder. Benefits •Cinnamon contains Calcium, Manganese, Fiber, and Iron. •Cinnamon has been found to have a helpful effect on blood sugar levels, which makes it helpful for those who have Diabetes. •The smell of Cinnamon may help with memory. •Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory effects, and when mixed with Honey may relieve arthritis pain. •Cinnamon has an anti-clotting effect on blood and actually helps with blood circulation. •Natural preservative by preventing bacterial growth, which can ultimately help prevent or kill bacteria infections. Uses You can use Cinnamon in just about anything. You can add a dash of cinnamon to your breakfast cereal...

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