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Green Tea!

This easy to make and refreshing tea has tons of health benefits and medicinal uses!

Here are the ten main ones -

1.  Green tea is loaded with bioactive compounds that can have various beneficial effects on health. It is full of antioxidants, more than even blackcurrant juice, this helps your body to destroy toxins and keep infections at bay. The toxins that Green tea keeps from forming are attributed to aging and many diseases such as even cancer.

2.  Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee, but enough to produce an effect. It also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which can work synergistically with caffeine to improve brain function. With this, it also aids in keeping dementia from occurring and helps with those who struggle from severe mental fatigue especially when linked to depression.

3. It increases your metabolic rate. This aids in weight loss through increased fat burning, and overall body efficiency.

4. Drinking green tea as regularly as one cup a day can reduce your risk of various types of cancer significantly. In particular, breast, colorectal and prostate cancers are kept at bay by the antioxidants in the tea. Some studies showing a risk reduction of up to 55% !

5.  The bioactive compounds in green tea can have various protective effects on neurons and may reduce the risk of both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, the two most common neurodegenerative disorders.

6. Green tea can kill bacteria which leads to less bad breath and less infections.

7. Green tea significantly aids in the managing of type 2 diabetes. Studies show that green tea can lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity. In a Japanese study they found that drinking green tea regularly can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 42%.

8. Green tea has been shown to lower total and LDL cholesterol, as well as protect the LDL particles from oxidation. Observational studies show that green tea drinkers have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. 

9. Green tea can reduce abdominal fat.

10. It will reduce your risk of dying to many chronic diseases. Reduce the speed of aging. Aid in weight loss and help you have a healthier & happier life.

Herb of the Week-Poppy

Opium Poppies are the most well known of the Papavar family as far as medicinal uses. Historically, Opium derived from these poppies been used medicinally mainly for pain relief and sedation, always by eating or smoking the Opium. Today, derivatives of Opium Poppies (one of the most cultivated medicinal herbs in existence) are used in many familiar medications that are strictly controlled by the government because of their addictive properties. These include morphine, heroin, and codeine, to name just a few familiar ones.

The list of well-known people who have used Opium recreationally or for inspiration in their work is long, and includes such notables as Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Charles Dickens, Pablo Picasso, and Edgar Allen Poe. The high produced by ingesting or smoking raw opium is described as a sensual and relaxing, with everything seeming more vivid and colorful.

The Corn Poppy has been used through history as a remedy for bronchitis, colds, coughs, to loosen congestion, and as a mild sedative, though scientific proof of these benefits seems sketchy at this point. Crushed, fresh or dried flower petals are used in a tea for these purposes - about 2 teaspoons per cup in boiling water up to three times per day.

The California Poppy has been used traditionally mainly as a remedy for toothaches (the root cut and the juices applied directly), and as a tea for headaches, anxiety, and insomnia. Children seem to benefit from this for mild cases of colic, sleeplessness, and tension or anxiety. Prepare as above for these conditions.

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Next time you get sick, skip the trip to the drugstore—help may be as close as your kitchen cupboard. Our grandparents often turned to herbs and spices to ward off common ailments, and these time-tested remedies have proven safe and effective. (If you have a health condition or are already using medication or other treatments, consult your practitioner before use.)

Coughs: Thyme contains two constituents (thymol and carvacrol) with expectorant (phlegm-loosening) properties, making it a great choice if you’re suffering from a cough, congestion, sore throat or bronchitis. The herb also has powerful antimicrobial properties. To make thyme tea, steep 1 teaspoon dried thyme (or 1 tablespoon fresh) in 1 cup of water for 10 minutes; strain and drink up to three cups daily.

Sinus problems: Try this spicy mixture next time your sinuses feel clogged and painful: Combine 1 cup tomato juice, 1 teaspoon chopped fresh garlic, ¼ teaspoon cayenne powder and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Warm the mixture and drink slowly.

Digestion: Many culinary herbs have carminitive properties, meaning they help relieve gas and bloating. To relieve gas, try chewing ½ teaspoon of fennel, caraway or dill seeds, or drinking a post-meal cup of tea made from their seeds. For general indigestion or upset stomach, try a cup or two of peppermint tea.

Nausea: Keep ginger on hand to safely and effectively relieve nausea. It also helps prevent motion sickness. You can make a tea from 2 teaspoons of fresh grated ginger per cup of boiling water, or drink ginger ale that contains real ginger, such as Reed’s.

Cancer prevention: Many herbs are great sources of cancer-preventive antioxidants and should be added liberally to the diet. The U.S. Department of Agriculture found cinnamon, cloves and oregano to have especially high antioxidant capacities. Green tea contains a polyphenol called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which may help prevent a wide variety of cancers, especially those of the lung, breast, stomach and skin. In the Iowa Women’s Health Study, increased garlic consumption was associated with a lower risk of colon cancer. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, can prevent or kill several types of cancer cells.

Joint pain and arthritis: Turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, has been shown to ease arthritis pain and have anti-inflammatory properties. Use the herb liberally in cooking—it’s a great addition to soups, sauces, stir-fries and vegetables.

Bruises: Speed the healing process with this folk remedy: Cut a lemon in half and rub the pulpy side over the bruise once an hour for several hours. Avoid cuts or broken skin.

Urinary tract infections: Cranberry juice—and the dried berries and extract—prevent bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall. Drink at least three cups of unsweetened juice (diluted in apple juice for flavor), or eat one or two handfuls of dried cranberries daily.

High cholesterol and heart health: Many garlic studies have shown that the herb reduces cholesterol, heart disease and heart attack risk. Eat approximately one clove a day, raw or lightly cooked. Fenugreek seeds contain substances that help the body excrete cholesterol. The herb also lowers triglycerides and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels.

High blood sugar: A 2005 study of Type 2 diabetics found that cinnamon can help reduce blood sugar. Use it liberally in cooking, or make cinnamon tea: Pour 1 cup boiling water over ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon in a muslin bag. Steep, covered, for 10 minutes. Drink up to three cups daily.

Boost Your Immunity 

Cold and flu season is headed our way. While we can’t entirely avoid the onslaught of bacteria, viruses and other germs capable of wreaking havoc in our bodies, we can rev up our immune systems so we are better equipped to fight off whatever bugs try to invade.

Echinacea contains a number of antioxidant compounds and immune-stimulating constituents that can help the immune system fight off illness. According to a University of Florida study, echinacea stimulates threefold the activity of infection-fighting immune-system cells. For prevention, follow the label directions or use a dropperful of tincture twice daily. Up the dosage at the first sign of illness.

Garlic is a potent antioxidant packed with antimicrobial compounds such as cancer-fighting sulfur and the immune-boosting mineral selenium. Aim to eat one raw or lightly cooked garlic clove daily.

Green tea, Asian ginseng and eleuthero also offer a hefty dose of antioxidants. In studies, green tea has shown the ability to boost immune function. Drink several cups daily. Asian ginseng improved immune response according to one Italian study conducted at the University of Milan, and the results of a German study demonstrated a significant increase in the number of immune cells in healthy volunteers taking eleuthero.

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drvnksam  asked:

Hey sea family, I'm sick at home with no one to take care of me. What foods are good for sore throats and what foods or not good? I kinda want grilled cheese but I don't wanna hurt my throat and not be able to eat it. Thanks :*

I personally love grilled cheese. You should be able to eat it but maybe cut it into strips so you can eat it easier but beware of the dairy.

Some good things to eat when you have a sore throat:

  • Bananas. A non-acidic fruit, banana is a soft fruit that is gentle on your throat. It is quite easy to swallow, especially when you have a sore throat. Along with this, this low glycemic index food is also rich in vitamins, B6, potassium, and of course, vitamin C
  • Chicken Soup. An age-old remedy for fighting sore throats, a hot bowl of chicken soup beats antibiotics. Chicken soup has mild anti-inflammation properties and helps in relieving congestion by limiting the viruses that come in contact with mucus membranes. Make your chicken soup full of nutrient-rich carrots, onions, celery, turnips, sweet potatoes and garlic, all of which are known for their nutritional benefits and healing powers. 
  • Lemon Juice and Honey Mixture. Lime and honey mixture makes for an excellent throat relieving alternative. A great remedy for inflamed throats, your sore throat will soon feel better as the inflammation reduces. This mixture will also cool down your aggravated throat apart from thinning any congestion.
  • Scrambled Eggs or Egg Whites. Easy to digest bland proteins, scrambled eggs or egg white helps in dealing with inflammation and the pain of sore throat. However, make sure you do not load the dish with spices as it can worsen the pain.
  • Ginger, or Honey Tea. A superb way to calm an irritated and itchy throat, a hot cuppa of ginger or honey tea is a great way of aiding your throat to feel better. Sip tea when inhaling the steam from the cup, and it will aid in loosening congestion and tightness of the chest. Honey will coat the throat and will help in preventing irritation, which is the main reason behind coughing fits.
  • Oatmeal. High in soluble fiber, oatmeal helps in lowering ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol levels and is high in protein content too, which keep you content and satisfied for a longer period of time. Make a hot bowl of oatmeal by adding banana or honey and you will surely get enough soothing qualities for your sore throat. Another star quality of oatmeal resides in the fact that it is a low-glycemix index food, thus an ideal pre-snack meal before hitting your daily workout routine.
  • Boiled Carrots. Carrots are superb as remedy food when you’re sick, but they should be boiled or steamed before eating. This is because eating raw carrots can be risky for your sore throat and can further aggravate the pain. Other than this, carrots are also full of nutrients, such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber and potassium. 

But number one thing is to remember to stay hydrated! Drink lots of fluids! What I personally like to do is to add a bit of juice to my water so it also gives you a little boost!

I hope you feel better xoxo

-Hermit Sam

Alfalfa sprouts are the shoots of the alfalfa plant, harvested before they become the full-grown plant. Because they are so small, the sprouts contain a concentrated amount of certain vitamins and minerals such as calcium, vitamin K and vitamin C. Alfalfa sprouts contain just 8 calories and 0 grams of fat per cup.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K helps with blood clotting when you injure yourself or have surgery. Your intestines make some vitamin K, but the rest of what you need should come from nutritious foods. A vitamin K deficiency, though uncommon, can cause excessive bleeding. The daily requirement of vitamin K is 90 micrograms for women and 120 micrograms for men. One cup of alfalfa sprouts contains 10.1 micrograms of vitamin K.

Additional Nutrients

One cup of alfalfa sprouts supplies 2.7 milligrams of the 75 to 90 milligrams of vitamin C you need each day for a strong immune system and healthy skin. A serving of alfalfa sprouts supplies small amounts of bone-building calcium and potassium for healthy muscles and a normal heart beat. You also get tiny doses of magnesium, iron, folate and vitamin A from a serving of alfalfa sprouts.

Health Benefits

Alfalfa sprouts are one of the most significant dietary sources of phytoestrogens, which are beneficial compounds in plant foods that can help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis, according to Michael T. Murray, author of “The Condensed Encyclopedia of Healing Foods.” The phytoestrogens in alfalfa sprouts might reduce symptoms of menopause as well. Murray also notes that alfalfa sprouts contain compounds called saponins, which can help lower your LDL, or bad, cholesterol while also increasing your HDL, or “good” cholesterol. Saponins might also help boost your immunity.