If you are into herbs and spices as part of your healthy eating routine, you will be amazed at the benefits of fennel. Used for centuries for its healing benefits, fennel can help restore the body to a higher level of function both with our metabolism and immune system. The fennel bulb has unique health features that can help take your wellness to the next level. For example, fennel's aromatic taste is unique, strikingly reminiscent of licorice and anise, so much so that fennel is often mistakenly referred to as anise in the marketplace. Fennel's texture is similar to that of celery, having a crunchy and striated texture.
Essential oils have been used for centuries in many different ways. One of the keys is with aromatherapy. See how some of these powerful tips can help support your body with the essential oils.
There are three pathways of exposure to the body:
- the respiratory system
- the skin
- the digestive track
Essential oils can be used in each of these three ways, and each has specific benefits:
- Aromatically through the respiratory system and brain/nervous system
- topically through the skin
- internally through the digestive track (providing they are a pure therapeutic source of essential oils)
Aromatherapy is the oldest method of application in using essential oils and there are several ways for effective use:
You may have seen a bottle marked "oil of oregano" in a health food store. There are good reasons why! The volatile oils in this spice include thymol and carvacrol, both of which have been shown to inhibit the growth of bacteria, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus. Ancient cultures have used oregano to be a major part of their health lineup. Oregano has been known for it’s anti-fungal and anti-yeast properties that have been used both externally and internally.
Cranberries are small, red berries, and mainly grow in the cooler regions of the world such as Canada, the United States and Europe. They have a tart taste to them, but they are loaded with antioxidants and many essential nutrients. There are many health benefits of cranberries, and you can make them a part of your daily diet by eating the whole berry, drinking the juice, or taking a supplement. Here are some powerful discovered health benefits of cranberries.
For years we have known about a vegetable that is a potent anti-aging player and can increase our immune system. When you include this powerful detoxifying vegetable into your normal routine, you will benefit from it’s powerful health-promoting properties. Science has now discovered that the main ingredients from Red Cabbage has some powerful supportive mechanisms to transform our health in an amazing way. See how this cruciferous vegetable can impact our overall health.
Salad dressings can be expensive AND contain many unhealthy ingredients. You can do better by simply making your own, or just add a dressing on a salad prior to serving.
Essential oils greatly enhance most any salad by adding unique flavors and therapeutic benefits. Make sure the essential oils you use are safe for internal use. Here are some great ones to try:
Lemon, Lime, and Orange are cleansing, alkalizing, good for digestion, uplifting mood.
Black Pepper promotes good digestion, adds great flavor (use sparingly)
Cilantro is exceptional for cleansing metal toxicity and is tasty (coriander too)
Rosemary or Thyme can also add great flavors - great for building immunity
For any green salad serving 4, just stir in a small bowl:
Studies have shown that jalapeño peppers may provide pain relief for migraine headaches. Capsaicin, the chemical that makes chili peppers hot, is known to inhibit a key neuropeptide, Substance P, that is the key brain pain transmitter. The heat in a jalapeño pepper stimulates secretions that help clear mucus from the nose, thereby fighting nasal congestion. The pepper also has antibacterial properties that combat sinus infections and provide relief from sinus headaches. Jalapenos peppers have long been know as a strong anti-inflammatory diet based food. They contain key nutrients that can bring on a host of health benefits and increase wellness.
Depression and mood disorders are a huge topic of concern today. Why is there so much depression and mood dysfunction? We now know that there are natural ways to support the brain using essential oils from nature. Here are some ways to support a healthy brain against many low mood issues that is supported by research.
Research concludes that:
1. Lack of nutrition
2. Too much toxicity (chemicals in food, drink, cleaners, etc.) can be a huge factor in mood issues.
Health benefits from witch hazel come from its application, both internally and externally. Practitioners use different parts of the witch hazel shrub, including bark, branches, and leaves, that are anti-inflammatory to the skin, bruises, and wounds. Though witch hazel usually is a topical application, health benefits come from its use as a tea or mouthwash. The predominant benefit of witch hazel is its astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used in cosmetic lotions and creams to lighten the skin, remove excess oil and dirt, and tighten facial skin. It is helpful to treat acne, psoriasis, and eczema.