Saturday, December 15, 2012

Holiday Healthiness & Survival

It's the time of holiday parties and lots of food that we are not used to eating. Sometimes it agrees with us, and sometimes it does not. Last night "it" was not "agreeing" with my housemates tummy. So, after I dosed her with the cilantro, and delivered her Ginger Tea, I thought it might be a really helpful hint/good reminder for some of us this season.

If you find that your tummy is upset after one of your festive occasions, it is always good to have some ginger root around. I slice it thinly and add it to boiling water to make a tea. It is potent and spicy. Usually one cup is all it takes to settle my stomach. (My friend Marion taught me this!)

Ginger has been in use since ancient times for its anti-inflammatory, carminative (able to relieve flatulence), and anti-microbial properties.

The root contains essential oils such as gingerol, zingerone, shogaol, farnesene, and small amounts of B-phelladrene, cineol, and citral. Very health benefiting! Gingerols help improve the natural movements in the intestines and have anti-inflammatory, painkiller (analgesic), nerve soothing, antipyretic (preventing or alleviating fever) as well as anti-bacterial properties.

It may reduce motion sickness or pregnancy nausea and help relieve migraine headaches. Zingerone is effective against diarrhea from E.coli, - good to use it for children with this condition.

This herb root contains no cholesterol. It has essential nutrients and vitamins such as vitamin B-6 & B-5 and also a healthy amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.

An EASY and quick stomach remedy is Cilantro Leaf Tincture. Put 30 drops in a cup of water, and drink it down. It's amazing! It has cleared my stomach upset in 20-30 minutes. It is also a remedy for food poisoning. I like to keep it in the house.

Cilantro also helps pull toxins and heavy metals like mercury, out of your body.

Cilantro contains vitamin C, cineole and linoleic acid. It can help to increase excretion of excess fluids from the body, reduce swelling and decrease symptoms of arthritis.

Parts of this are from a great article on Cilantro by Emily Creasy at: 

And remember, a bit of exercise or gentle stretching will help relieve the stress of this busy season. A pleasant stroll or walk around the block, helps us connect with nature and gives us time to exhale, perceive a different perception or just be silent with ourselves... breathing.

Have a terrific day! Next blog I will share with you a recipe for raw, sugar-free freezer fudge. Your taste buds will be amazed!

Resplendence Happens!

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