Category Archives: Spices

Let Rosemary Help You

Do you want to live a long and fruitful life?

Let Rosemary help you do so.

I am not speaking of a person but an herb that is native to the Mediterranean, but is now grown all over the world.

Since days of old, rosemary has been used as an additive in cooking as well as a medicine. We did not realize just how powerful rosemary was until some studies were done on residents of a remote village in Italy.

Because residents in this village seemed to be living longer than average, the University of California at San Diego and Sapineza University in Rome studied why this was. They came to one conclusion… Rosemary.

It seems that nearly every meal made in the Italian village of Acciaroli has plenty of rosemary in it. And, it is the rosemary they grow there which is stronger than most of the versions we know.

It is now believed that wonderful rosemary is a herb that will help us live a longer and more fulfilling life. It contains iron, calcium and Vitamin B6.

Let’s take you through some of the benefits rosemary can provide:

Boosts The Immune System

Rosemary has been proven to be rich in antioxidants which are known to boost our immune systems.

Boosts Memory

While not absolutely proven yet, many experts believe rosemary improves our brain’s memory power. Hopefully, scientists will discover how they can use rosemary to treat Alzheimers.

Relieves Stress

Studies have shown that rosemary essential oil is a great way to lower stress levels. The University of Maryland Medical Center reported that rosemary oil in conjunction with other oils could lower cortisol levels which is a leading cause of anxiety.

Improving Digestion

All over Europe, rosemary is used as a treatment for indigestion. There are no scientific studies proving so, but if so many people swear by it, rosemary must work.

Antibacterial

While I mentioned improved immune properties, rosemary has shown aggressive defense against bacterial infections. It is also linked to preventing Staph infections.

Hair

Studies have showed that massaging the scalp with rosemary oil can improve hair growth and stop hair loss. Many also add lavender, thyme and cedarwood oils.

Protection Against Brain Damage

Studies have also shown that rosemary may be quite beneficial in people who have had strokes to protect against brain damage and improve their recovery.

Freshen The Breath

Rosemary is a member of the mint family, so it is a wonderful herb to use as a breath freshener. You should steep the rosemary leaves in hot water and gargle. It eliminates bacteria and leaves your breath fresh.

Achy Muscles

Studies have shown that rosemary oil is a wonderful treatment to rub on achy muscles and arthritic areas to soothe the pain and improve circulation.

Cancer

Many studies have showed favorable signs supporting rosemary against cancer. One study showed that crude rosemary oil slowed the spread of leukemia and breast carcinoma.

Another published report stated that adding rosemary to ground beef greatly reduces the formation of cancer causing agents during the cooking process.

Detoxifies

Because of the diuretic nature of rosemary, it will help push out toxins quicker from our bodies during urination.

Macular Degeneration

The most common eye disease, macular degeneration seems to be no match for carnosic acid which rosemary has a lot of.

Other Benefits

Those are just a few of the known benefits of rosemary. Some other areas believed to be benefited from the herb are:

  • skin health and texture
  • gout
  • eczema
  • headaches
  • high blood pressure
  • toothaches
  • and more

Conclusion

Rosemary just may be the answer to a ton of this world’s problems.

Now if you are using rosemary essential oil, it is not wise to take it internally.

Regular rosemary is a great spice to use on your foods and can help it taste great as well as helping your health.

So have you had your rosemary today?

She can help!

All love from Tara.

The Flu And You

You can fight off the flu with your diet

While many people are running around getting flu shots, I am of the firm belief that our bodies were designed to fight the flu naturally. But that requires us to treat our bodies responsibly so that it will fight off flu.

It all comes down to our diets

If you are defending against possible flu or if you have already caught that nasty bug, I have a variety of tips that all leads to what you are ingesting.

Do daily saline flushes

Keeping your mucous membranes moist will protect from microbes that can lead to flu. I recommend that you do saline flushes twice per day. You can get saline packets at many stores that you can carry with you. Just carry these and the small plastic bottles and flush with the mild solution to keep flu at bay.

Stay hydrated

Winter is the time of year that many people get dehydrated easily. It is important that you consistently ingest fluids. Some tips are:

  • Always carry and drink filtered water
  • Drink herbal teas – ginger is my favorite
  • Make and store soups and broths with fresh, organic vegetables. Remember… Grass fed meat.
  • Concentrated fruit juices and sweetened beverages are harmful to your immune system. I suggest avoiding them.

The foods you eat

Sugary items can really hamper your immune system. This includes white flours and refined grains.

In every meal, make sure you are getting protein. Protein helps build your immune system. Make sure your animal protein is organic as well as your plant based proteins. Keep a supply of nuts and seeds with you to snack on to help your protein levels.

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables daily. By having a wide supply of fruits and vegetables, you will be getting all the antioxidants they supply that can kill off those bugs that lead to flu.

Also, add those spices known for their healing properties to your meals:

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Tumeric
  • Oregano
  • Etc…

Supplements you may want to take

There are a wide range of supplements that can help you defend or battle against the flu.

I recommend that you take a high quality multivitamin and multimineral.

Experts have discovered that people who are deficient in Vitamin D are highly susceptible to the flu. So it is recommended that you take a Vitamin D3 supplement.

Vitamin C is an absolute. We all should know by now that Vitamin C helps fight off many viruses.

I also recommend that you take high quality probiotics. They can help build your immune system.

Also, you should look for various supplements that contain antiviral herbs.

  • echinacea
  • golden seal
  • elderberry
  • green tea extract
  • etc…

There are several products I would highly recommend from the company I am affiliated with:

Get proper sleep

To ward off the flu. It is important that you get proper sleep. Try to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. Sleep helps restore our bodies.

Also, don’t neglect exercise. Many people put off exercising during winter, but it is important that you keep your body fit. If the weather is bad, find exercises you can do inside.

If you need some help and encouragement, feel free to contact me and we can set up a winter exercise plan for you.

Conclusion

I hope this post helps you keep that flu away. It is much better to let your body defend itself naturally than to use man made chemicals. But, I am not a physician, so be sure and consult your doctor in circumstances that you are questioning.

Thank you.

Is Your Cinnamon Actually Harming You?

If you have ever studied the benefits of cinnamon for your health, you have noticed some amazing facts.

Cinnamon has been known since ancient days to have many health benefits and was actually used as a medicine in days of old. The ancient Egyptians rated the value of cinnamon as high, if not higher than precious gold.

Cinnamon is even mentioned in the Bible because of its extreme health properties and the value the people held on it.

But is the cinnamon you ingest actually healthy for you?

There is a good chance that the cinnamon you use may even be harming you.

How can cinnamon harm me?

It is sad, but those who sell items such as cinnamon are always looking or a cheaper method so they can offer lower prices and make bigger profits.

The cinnamon you find in regular grocery stores is cinnamon, but many people call it “fake cinnamon.” This cinnamon is known as Cassia cinnamon, and it does not offer the same health benefits as Ceylon cinnamon.

And, it actually has a substance that can be harmful to you. To give Cassia cinnamon added flavor, a substance is added called coumarin. Coumarin is known to have toxic properties.

Studies have shown that prolonged use of coumarin can lead to liver damage.

I will tell you there are small amounts of coumarin found in Ceylon cinnamon, but not even close to the levels found in Cassia cinnamon.

The health benefits found in Ceylon cinnamon

Ceylon cinnamon has health benefits you will not find in Cassia cinnamon. They include:

  • Anti-blood clotting agents. Now clotting is good when you have a cut, but clotting within your arteries can lead to terrible things. Cinnamaldehyde which is found in Ceylon cinnamon helps regulate unwanted blood clotting.

  • Regulates blood sugar. It has been shown that diabetics have a better insulin response when they consume Ceylon cinnamon. It actually helps the body use the sugar in it better. It has even been shown that people who take in excessive sugar amounts had their systems regulated by ingesting Ceylon cinnamon. Don’t take that as an excuse to start ingesting a lot of sugar though.

  • Fights fungal infections. Ceylon cinnamon has properties that help stop the growth of bad bacteria and fungus in our bodies.

  • And lastly, it has not been absolutely proven, but scientists have noticed huge differences in the memories of study participants who were ingesting Ceylon cinnamon versus those who were not. So it may improve memory.

How to know the difference between Ceylon and Cassia cinnamon

Just so you know, about 90% of the cinnamon sold in the United States is Cassia cinnamon.

The first noticeable difference is the price. Cassia cinnamon is cheap and Ceylon cinnamon is somewhat pricey. But in my opinion, paying the extra is well worth all the amazing benefits.

If you purchase your cinnamon already ground, it can be more difficult to see the differences. Cassia cinnamon is a darker color. Ceylon cinnamon almost has a light colored sand look.

Ceylon cinnamon has a sweeter taste, whereas Cassia cinnamon is slightly bitter.

The odds of you finding Ceylon cinnamon in a normal store are against you. You may find it in a health food store.

Some ground cinnamon may be marked Ceylon, but this can be somewhat devious on their parts. They can actually mix a certain amount of Cassia cinnamon in and still call it Ceylon as long as there is a certain percentage.

If you purchase cinnamon sticks. Ceylon cinnamon sticks are layers and lightweight. They are normally softer in appearance and touch.

Another factor comes into play. That is the question of “is my Ceylon cinnamon truly organic.” We know that many pesticides and fertilizers can also damage our health. So you should check the labels to see I the cinnamon you are purchasing is truly organic.

You can get true organic Ceylon cinnamon online. See below.

Final thoughts

Cinnamon is a wonderful spice. It truly is as valuable as gold, or more so to our bodies.

But the key is Ceylon cinnamon.

So beware, your cinnamon could actually be harming you.