Kitchen Medicine pt 1

It’s a new year ,time to improve your pantry. Please purchase these herbs and spices that heal.

Basil
Cinnamon
Cayenne
Thyme
Turmeric
Rosemary
Ginger
Parsley
Peppermint
Oregano
Anise

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Herbs for Lung Health

Our lungs are often neglected and are abused . A friend of mine is now in hospital with a collapsed lung after years of smoking.  We are all exposed to toxic things invading our bodies and we can really tax our lungs.  Even if you don’t smoke you might be exposed to second hand smoke or fumes from cars or just the environment.  Here is a list of herbs that may help to improve lung health.

 Thyme expectorant, antispasmodic, and antibacterial properties.

 Lungwort -used to promote lung and respiratory health and clear congestion

Oregano Antihistamine and anti-inflammatory

Plantain Leaf – ease cough and soothe irritated mucous membranes

Licorice Root – an anti inflammatory , helps in many ailments

Sage-vapors to dispel lung disorders and sinusitis (tea, vapors)

Mullein – clears mucus and reduce inflammation – (take in a tea form)

 

Inflammation

When my sister was diagnosed with LUPUS in 2007 I became obsessed with learning all I could about this disease.  When I became her caretaker for three years I witnessed first hand how diet can cause pain and inflammation as well as other foods that can alleviate the pain.  My sister loved junk food before being diagnosed , she was also under much stress whilst she was working towards her PhD in Chemistry.  I realized then the link between stress and food in causing chronic inflammation.

In most of  us when we eat food that is not agreeable with us, our bodies, this amazing machine will attack it. But in attacking these foods inflammation kicks in.  Inflammation can show itself in gastric disruptions, skin breakouts, joint pains , allergic responses etc.  These reactions are necessary but what part can we play in minimizing the effects.  I am only going to share some herbs that I have personally seen work to minimize inflammation.

Ginger/Turmeric – I will always sing the praises of ginger and turmeric. I had my sister on a steady diet of these herbs until she went into remission. The ginger helped with her arthritis which was part of the LUPUS. Turmeric as an anti inflammatory just calmed her body overall.

Chickweed is best known for it’s ability to cool inflammation and speed healing for internal or external flare-ups

Jamaican Dogwood another anti inflammatory that helps arthritis

Guinea Hen Weedused for a wide variety of  conditions including arthritis, digestive disorders, infections, diabetes, cancer and pain relief. 

*My opinions consult a doctor before including these herbs in your diet. 

 

Neem

Women in India have relied upon Neem for beautiful  skin. The Neem tree is an evergreen tree that is part of the mahogany family and is a common feature in  regions of India, Southeast Asia and parts of Africa. Neem bark, leaves, fruit, seeds and oils all contain medicinal qualities. Neem grows in Jamaica and many people have no idea of the benefits of this tree.

 

  • iconAntiviral – inhibits the growth of viruses
  • Anti-fungal – inhibits the growth of fungi
  • Antibacterial – destroying the growth of bacteria
  • Analgesic – providing pain relief
  • Anti-inflammatory – reduce certain signs of inflammation, swelling or tenderness
  • Antimicrobial -destroying the growth of microorganisms
  • Neem is  for soothing wrinkles and fine lines while helping to prevent the signs of aging when used regularly. It has been traditionally used to even out skin tone irregularities, helping to balance and restore proper skin pigmentation for issues such as  age spots.
  • Neem is an ideal herb for acne-prone skin because it can help to soothe irritation and inflammation, clear up pimples and remove  bacteria on the skin that can cause break-outs.
  • Neem is the ideal plant for mature skin, oily skin, dry or acne-prone conditions. 

An easy way to use this herb is to boil it and apply to your face like a toner or put it in your bath.

 

As a tea Neem has been said to be good for lowering blood pressure or for balancing blood sugar .

 

Neem does have side effects excessive use as a tea may damage the liver ,kidneys and can cause infertility

 

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Jamaican Dogwood Benefits

 

Jamaican Dogwood has gain such a strong reputation worldwide as an anit inflammatory herb .  This herb used as a tea or as a tincture is a sedative but its helpful for migraines, stress and nerves. This herb is also helpful in the treatment of arthritis .  Dogwood is antispasmodic can help with respiratory infections such as whooping cough.
 
 
As with any herb please consult your doctor before using.