Stinging Nettle – A Healing Powerhouse

 

Stinging Nettle: A Healing Powerhouse

The Stinging Nettle  is a powerhouse both culinary as well as medicinal, that is often overlooked by the general public. Nettles or stinging nettles should be pre-cooked, unless you use them as a tea, and be handled with gloves at all times. The younger the leaves, the more tender the result, which will be similar to that of spinach.

Matches well with: cheese, cream, tomatoes, eggs and onions

Healing Properties: In Germany, this herb is valued highly for its healing powers, sold there as an herbal drug to aid in the relief of rheumatoid arthritis. Its power lies also in relieving symptoms of allergies, without all of the side effects that standard medication brings with it. External uses include skin problems, gout, neuralgia, and hair problems. I drink this tea personally to prevent symptoms of my chronic anemia.

the healing powers of nettleIt also aids with:

  • It helps with diabetes mellitus
  • Strengthens the fetus in pregnant women
  • Promotes milk production in lactating women
  • Relieves menopausal symptoms
  • Helps with menstrual cramps and bloating
  • Helps break down kidney stones
  • Reduces hypertension
  • Helps with respiratory tract disease
  • Supports the kidneys
  • Helps asthma sufferers
  • Stops bleeding
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces incident of prostate cancer
  • Minimizes skin problems
  • Eliminates allergic rhinitis
  •  Lessens nausea
  • Cures the common cold
  • Helps with osteoarthritis
  • Alleviates diarrhea
  • Helps with gastrointestinal disease, IBS, and constipation
  • Reduces gingivitis and prevents plaque when used as a mouth wash.
  • Has been shown to be helpful to in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Relieves neurological disorders like MS, ALS and sciatica
  • Destroys intestinal worms or parasites
  • Supports the endocrine health by helping the thyroid, spleen and pancreas

Magickal properties: strengthens willpower. If sprinkled around the home, it wards off negativity.

Healing Blessings!

Claudia

100 Healthy Snack Recipes Your Whole Family Will Love!

 

100 Healthy Snack Recipes Your Whole Family Will Love!

I have written about the importance of adding raw foods to your diet before, but did you know that this can also apply to healthy snacking? Yes, I am talking about raw, healthy snacks, that are actually good for you, and your family, while tasting like heaven.

Remember sneaking into the kitchen when you were young to steal a snack when mom was not looking? Well, those days might be over if ex-bodybuilding champion Carolyn Hansen gets her way. She has come up with a set of 100 snack recipes that will have mothers everywhere positively encouraging their children to dig in.

Healthy Snacks - Is It Possible To Snack HealthyThe reason? The ingredients. No sugar, flour, or butter to be found in these recipes – just raw healthy foods that Hansen likes to call living. No cooking either, which makes preparation a snap. All a mom need be proficient with in the kitchen to keep her kids satisfied is a blender. That’s the conclusion Carolyn Hansen reaches in her book 100 Healthy Raw Snacks And Treats.

At first glance, you might be tempted to think that snacks prepared without sugar and butter might taste like the experimental designs that mom came up with in your youth when she ran low on those items and could not get to the store. If you share the same memories of those bold snack alternatives that I do you might be quick to dismiss the idea of a tasty snack that foregoes the ingredients that we know contribute to chronic disease in later life. Too much sugar and butter in the diet are prime causes of obesity, diabetes, and coronary disease.

 

 

Carolyn Hansen knew this when she went into her kitchen years ago to find alternatives to the snacks she found so difficult to remove from her diet. As a competitive bodybuilder, she was determined to find a way to keep herself from ruining her progress in the gym by binging on unhealthy snacks when her willpower wore down.

Healthy Raw Snacks strawberry-cheesecakeAt first, the going was difficult. It turns out that there are a lot of things to take into account when you begin throwing out the staple ingredients of recipes thousands of years old. There were a lot of missteps along the way. But Carolyn persevered, and in the end, she came up with snacks that she could share with her bodybuilder friends. Snacks that you can share with your family and friends and know that you are contributing to the maintenance of their health, not only today but for years to come.

So, if you want to get your hands on recipes for snacks and treats that you will not need to feel guilty about eating the next time you have a craving for something delicious, be sure to check out Carolyn Hansen’s book 100 Healthy Raw Snacks And Treats, where she shows you how to take control of your blender and churn out mouth-watering snacks that will have the kids in your neighborhood lined up around the block for a sample.

You can get Carolyn Hansen’s book 100 Healthy Raw Snacks And Treats, by clicking on this link, now. 

Blessings!

Claudia

 

Refreshing Citrus Green Iced Tea Recipe

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Do you know the origin of iced tea?  According to legend, Richard Blechynden, an enterprising English merchant, was put in charge of the tea pavilion during the St. Louis Fair, in 1904 . Unfortunately, in planning for the Fair, he never considered the potential impact of weather. When Mother Nature produced a blistering summer day, cups of hot tea were not a popular item with the fairgoers. Exhausted and desperate to showcase his product, Blechynden tried serving the tea cold in glasses filled with ice. The scheme was an instant success, and iced tea was born.

If you are a fan of iced tea, you should try this variation of the classic iced drink. Enjoy!

Refreshing Citrus Green Iced Tea

Refreshing Citrus Green Iced Tea

2 cups of prepared green tea 

3 tablespoons of honey or your favorite sweetener

500 ml (2 cups) of fresh squeezed Grapefruit juice 

A sprig of fresh lemon balm to garnish – if desired 

Ice cubes 

 

Sweeten the prepared green tea with honey, and allow to cool completely. Add the grapefruit juice to the tea in a large pitcher. Add ice cubes to 4 tall glasses, and fill with tea. Top with a little piece of lemon balm if desired. Serve immediately. A variation of this that works well is using orange juice instead of grapefruit. 

 

 

 

 

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Disclaimer: The Insta Natural Youth Express Eye Gel was given to me for free in return for an honest review.

 

Health Benefits Of Cucumber – Plus A Green Smoothie Recipe!

Health Benefits Of Cucumbers

 

Cucumbers are a water filled treasure, you should add more often to your diet. Besides tasting amazing, and being
surprisingly versatile while low in calories, this powerhouse of a vegetable also has some pretty potent health
benefits.

Health Benefits Of Cucumbers

Awesome right?

Check out the following cucumber smoothie recipe, that is not only wonderfully healthy but so good and refreshing.
I made it in my Vitamix Professional Series 750, but you can use any high-speed blender, such as the Ninja Ninja Blender 

Green Cucumber Smoothie

1 small handful of fresh parsley leaves
2 small to medium cucumbers or one large English cucumber
1 celery stick
1/8 cup of water
1 ice cube
1 teaspoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice

Related Post: Green Dandelion Smoothie

Skin the cucumbers, Roughly chop the celery and cucumbers. Place all of the ingredients into your blender, and blend until smooth. Drink this green smoothie immediately.

Variation

You can also leave out the parsley, and add one small granny smith apple if you prefer a tart smoothie.

Happy Blending!

Claudia

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Detox Your Body – What You Should Consider When Doing A Master Cleanse

Detox Your Body

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Detoxing your body is an often overlooked, but very important step to creating and maintaining a balanced, healthy life. It is not just for weight-loss, but rather a tool to create the best possible physical and mental state you can be in.

In order to have an effective detox experience, there are some aspects that you should consider, especially if you have
never done a detox before.

The Master Cleanse eBookToday, I am going to talk to you about

  • why you should consider detoxing
  • what types of detoxes  are there
  • what foods you should avoid
  • how often you should do a master cleanse

 

Why Should You Detox?

Detoxing is particularly important in the modern world, since environmental pollutants,  toxins, and other elements can quickly build up to toxic levels in your body and cause ill health and  a variety of mental and physical consequences. These serious consequences include  such things as weakened immune system to fatigue to the feeling of depression. This also leads to increased allergies, skin problems, weakened thyroid and more!

What types of detoxes are there?

There are a variety of safe ways to detox. While I prefer the Master Cleanse method, and an occasional tea detox,
the other options are also effective.

Water or juice fasting
Colon cleaning with oral laxatives
Colon cleansing with enemas
Sauna Therapy
Master Cleanse
Tea Detox

What foods should you avoid?

The Master Cleanse Diet - eBookThis list is a list of foods that should be reduced at any time during the year but completely eliminated during any cleanse or fast. While this might not be easy, especially when we are so used to an over-processed, fast food directed diet, the health benefits outweigh the discomfort of adjusting to a new way of life.

Avoid the following:

 

Red meat, chicken, turkey and other poultry
Processed meat products, such as sausages and pate
Milk, cream, cheese and other dairy products
Eggs, butter and margarine
Snacks like potato chips
Salted nuts
Chocolate and sweets
Sugar, particularly refined sugar
Jams and jellies
Alcohol, tea, coffee and soft drinks
Salt
Store bought salad dressings

 

How Often Should You Do A Master Cleanse
I do not recommend doing an intense cleanse such as the Master Cleanse, more than twice a year. Short detox
methods, like a three-day tea fast, are okay, if you have been feeling under the weather, throughout the year
but it is better to utilize the power of a Master Cleanse semi-annually and support your body with healthy
clean foods throughout the year.

 

Armed with this information you are ready to step into the Master Cleanse and get your eBook right now by clicking here I wish you the best of health and wellbeing!

(Disclaimer: This post is not meant to treat any ailment or diseases. Please consult your health care professional for
additional information. This post is intended for educational purposes only).

Book Review: Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food

 

Book Review - Quick And Easy Vegan Comfort Food

 

Book Review: Quick And Easy Vegan Comfort Food

Title: Quick And Easy Vegan Comfort Food: 65 Everyday Meal Ideas for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with Over 150 Great-Tasting, Down-Home Recipes

Author: Alicia C. Simpson

Publisher: The Experiment

Publication Year: 2009

ISBN: 978-1-61519-005-8

Rating 4/5 Stars
My daughter is vegan, my son is vegetarian, and I eat mostly plant-based, while my husband is a carnivore. With a large family that embodies the most different needs when it comes to each individual’s diets, I need something to help me be creative. This book was my  hope bringing some light to the tunnel.

For the beginner in the vegan/vegetarian circus of food preparation, this book starts with an extensive section on common vegan ingredients and potential substitutes. Helpful little hints, such as what one can use as an egg replacement, add to the value of this volume.

One of the most important aspects of a good cookbook, and even more so with a Vegan or Vegetarian one, is to see if I can get all of the ingredients at a normal supermarket, or at least an upscale market, such as WholeFoods, without having to hunt for every ingredient. In this case, I was happy to see that it is possible to make these recipes  in a “normal” household- nothing drives me more crazy then to having to order something for our meals, and then wasting the rest because it is needed in about 2 recipes, a pinch at a time.

With this more accessible recipe collection, it is uncomplicated to create healthy and great meals, which is important, in today’s busy lives.

Overall I recommend this book for anyone who wants to try to eat less meat and meat products, to a full-time vegan who is looking for options.

You can purchase this book on Amazon right now! 

How To Use Oregano Essential Oil – A Practical DIY Guide

How To Use Oregano Essential Oil

Many health food stores and natural grocery stores have added a variety of essential oils to their inventory, which might make you wonder how to use these essentials oils, such as oregano essential oil. To answer your question, I have compiled some information about this powerful herb for you.

Oregano Essential Oil As A Hand Sanitizer

Utilising the powerful antibiotic and antibacterial properties found in oregano essential oils, it can be mixed with a
carrier oil to make a simple hand sanitizer. Because it is too strong to use on its own, you should choose your carrier oil wisely – olive oil, if you are prone to dry skin or coconut oil for normal skin. Simply mix 10 drops of oregano oil to
2 teaspoons of carrier oil, and rub into your hands.

Oregano Essential Oil As A Respiratory Aid

To help with respiratory infections, add three drops of the oil into a bowl of steaming hot water. Place a towel loosely over your head, as you bend over the bowl, inhaling the vapors. This should be done, once a day, until the symptoms have subsided.

Oregano Essential Oil As An Acne Spot Treatment

For an overnight acne spot treatment, mix equal amounts of oregano essential oil with the carrier oil of your choice, and place them on the spots you want to treat, making sure, that you do not place it on open scrapes or wounds. Leave on overnight, and rinse off with warm water in the morning.

How To Use Oregano Essential Oil - A Practical GuideOregano Essential Oils An A Treatment For Athletes Foot

Place the following essential oils into a small spray bottle, and shake well before use
20 Drops of Oregano Essential Oil
20 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
20 drops of Geranium Essential Oil
20 drops of Tea Tree Oil
2 teaspoons of jojoba oil
4 tablespoons of water

Spray on feet twice a day, allowing the mixture to air dry. For highly sensitive skin, add an additional two tablespoons of water to the mixture. Do not use on cracked feet or broken skin!

Do not use oregano essential oil internally, and be sure that you do not use this oil if you are prone to allergies to oregano.

For culinary information on oregano, check out my article O is For Oregano. 

Blessings!

Claudia

Healing Hypothyroidism Naturally : Essential Oils For Thyroid Support

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You made the wise choice to assist your underactive thyroid by using alternative healing methods. Utilizing the power of essential oils to support your thyroid can help you get in control of your discomfort that the side effects
of Hypothyroidism brings with it.

I have compiled a list of 5 Essential Oils that you can use to help heal yourself:

1. Grapefruit Essential Oil
Grapefruit alleviates depression and revitalizes your metabolism, which suffers when you have an underactive thyroid. Lifting stress and increasing your focus is also a benefit of this strong oil. Always use Grapefruit oil with a strong carrier oil, such as jojoba.

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Adding this wonderful oil in its purest organic form to your tea (one drop is enough), is one way to take advantage of
the healing powers, which include the elimination of headaches, digestive problems, and inflammation. It is also
wonderful when added to a hot bath.

3. Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint is a mood lifter in its purest form. Surrounding yourself with the scent of this oil via your diffuser allows you to sleep better, and clear heavy thoughts, as well as increase your ability to focus.

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Hypothyroidism: Which Foods To Eat, And Which To Stay Away From

Book Review: The Hypothyroidism Handbook

How To Find Energy To Follow Your Dream Despite Chronic Illnesses 

4. Frankincense Essential Oil
If you are suffering from constipation due to hypothyroidism, this is the best oil for you. With its calming and regulating for your digestive system, Frankincense should not be overlooked in the treatment of hypothyroid symptoms.

download (3)5. Rosemary Essential Oil
The powerful rosemary is a great companion for anyone who suffers from hypothyroidism. Rubbing it on your scalp will help your hair to regrow to its intended strength, and the scent of the oil has a calming effect. Mixed with a carrier oil,  you can rub it directly onto your aching joints for inflammatory relief.

 

Disclaimer: This post is for educational purposes only. Please check with your health care professional before
taking any supplements, oils or other natural healing products. The above post also contained affiliate links, with no
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A Positive Thought For Today: Express Yourself Freely

A Positive Thought For The Day

A Positive Thought For Today:  Express Yourself Freely

Did you know that holding back your voice, your opinion, and your truths can cause physical symptoms and disease? Not speaking with your own voice, and allowing others to control your expression, has a negative effect on your thyroid. Regain your own voice by gently asking yourself in which areas of your life you are holding back, then slowly begin to express your opinion with more assertiveness. This is not about forcing your opinion onto others, but a directive to allow yourself the freedom of sharing that which is  important to you.
Speak your mind – heal your thyroid.

Want to learn more about healing your thyroid? Check out my article “Hypothyroidism: Which Foods To Eat And Which To Stay Away From”

 

Can Positive Thinking Change Your Life?

Can Positive Thinking Change Your Life-

Successful people ranging from athletes to musicians to entrepreneurs have noted the power of positive thinking in one way or another. They are not always blunt about it, but once you become more aware of the difference between negativity and positivity, you will notice how positive many celebrities and entrepreneurs are from their interviews.

 

Positive thinking is the act of thinking thoughts that are uplifting, empowering, and supportive. With how much buzz it gets, you’re probably wondering can positive thinking change your life? The answer is yes! But of course, you’d like to see the proof and not just anecdotal evidence. Below, we will cover two scientific facts that indicate positive thinking CAN change your life.

 

Your Brain is Plastic!

 

Don’t worry, I’m not claiming that your brain is made out of the same material as the plastic bottle your soda comes in or any other type of plastic. What scientists mean when they say our brains have plasticity is they are able to be changed. Originally, scientists thought that once a person reached adulthood, his/her brain was done growing and couldn’t change. A person who got low grades in school couldn’t become smart. A person who didn’t play an instrument as a child couldn’t have a career in music.

 

Neuroscience research has proven that wrong. The brain can form new connections, grow new neurones (brain cells), shrink, lose connections, and alter pathways no matter how old you are. The key is repetition. Through repetition, new connections can form in the brain. This means if you decide to stop yourself from letting negative thoughts prevent you from doing something and change them into positive thoughts followed up with positive action, you will eventually transform your life as your brain changes.

 

Thoughts Can Change the Structure and Function of Your Brain

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You might find it hard to believe that thoughts can change the structure and function of your brain. One of the reasons it’s hard to believe is because thoughts are not tangible. You can’t touch, smell, taste, or see them. However, we have all accepted by now that gravity is a real phenomenon, although we can’t touch, smell, taste, or see it either.

 

Science eventually verified gravidity, and now it has proven that thoughts alter the structure and function of your brain too. Thinking about something releases neurotransmitters (chemicals) in your brain that “communicate” with parts of the brain and the nervous system. The type of neurotransmitter released will determine how your body reacts and what emotion you feel.

 

It’s exciting to know that your thoughts can change your life for the better. Positive thinking places control over your life back into your hands, so that you don’t feel like a victim of circumstances anymore. You will know that you can escape a bad environment, become rich, or heal your body if you turn your negative thoughts into positive ones while taking action to change those situations or create a situation you do want in your life. As Napoleon Hill pointed out in his book Think and Grow Rich, everything starts with a thought and desire. Therefore, you should only think positive thoughts if you want a positive life.

 

Bio: Martina, an online entrepreneur, is the founder of Work at Home Trail who has an interest in psychology and the desire to help others live better lives. She worked as a freelance writer online before finally taking the plunge into entrepreneurship. Check out her work here.

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