Cardamom’s Amazing Benefits

This spice from India is often called the Queen of Spices. The seeds are aromatic and add a unique, spicy flavor to any food or drink. Cardamom is a versatile spice for culinary purposes. It has amazing health benefits as well.

Cardamom’s Amazing Benefits

What is Cardamom?

This warming spice originated in Southern Asia and India. A member of the ginger family, it is the seed pod that provides the spice. The plants were introduced to North America in 1670 by British colonial settlers. Guatemala is currently the largest producer.

Cardamom is rich in manganese, iron, magnesium, zinc, calcium, potassium and phosphorus. It also provides protein and fiber.

Cardamom’s Amazing Benefits

Health Benefits of Cardamom

Cardamom is a natural remedy for the following conditions:

• Eliminates bad breath. Chewing on cardamom seeds is effective for cleansing the breath, plus its antiseptic properties kill bacteria that cause cavities in teeth and infections in the mouth.

• Increases bile production and rejuvenates a sluggish, stagnant, overheated liver.

• Inhibits, delays or reverses cancerous tumors.

• Antioxidant properties lower blood pressure and support heart and kidney health.

• High manganese content prevents the onset of diabetes.

• Soothes gastrointestinal disorders such as acidity, flatulence, stomach aches and stomach cramps. Studies have shown that cardamom also has gastroprotective effects that help to prevent stomach ulcers.

• Dilates the bronchi and bronchioles, increasing airflow to the lungs. Cardamom helps to make breathing easier, which benefits anyone suffering from asthma or shortness of breath.

Cardamom’s Amazing Benefits

How to Use Cardamom

This spice may be purchased as seed pods or in powdered form. Most recipes that call for cardamom specify ground cardamom, which is readily available in the spice section at the grocery store.

Cardamom seeds may be purchased in health conscious grocery stores or online. See link below.

I keep both ground cardamom and the seed pods in my kitchen. Tonight I created a cardamom tea to enjoy.

In a small saucepan add 1 cup of water, 2 teaspoons organic honey, 1/2 – 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 6 cardamom seed pods (or 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom) and simmer for 10 minutes. While tea simmers, warm 3/4 cup non dairy milk, such as almond or coconut. Strain tea into a large mug. Add warmed milk and sprinkle cinnamon on top.

This is a wonderfully warming drink with just the right amount of spiciness, making it perfect for cold winter evenings. Enjoy the aroma and the flavor…and all the healing benefits!

Cardamom’s Amazing Benefits

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Chicory Root Tea: The Coffee Substitute that Heals

I’m not a coffee drinker, although I know many people who are. There is plenty of information available, about whether this popular, and addictive, hot drink is healthy to consume, or not. I’m not going to take sides.

However, for those coffee drinkers who would like a healthy substitute, chicory root tea is a great option. Whether coffee is your thing or not, check out the healing properties of chicory root.

Chicory Root Tea The Coffee Substitute that Heals

What is Chicory Root?

Chicory is a perennial herb, in the dandelion family. The plant has bright blue flowers. Many varieties are cultivated for salad leaves, which are called endive, but the roots are ground and used for baking and, most popularly, as a coffee substitute. Chicory root is fibrous and it’s not digested in the small intestine but instead maintains its form as is travels through the large intestine.

The chicory plant originated in Egypt. It’s thought that coffee mixed with ground chicory root began in Holland, becoming popular across Europe about 1801. In France it’s been a popular addition to coffee since the 19th century. Chicory root is used traditionally as a tea or in medicinal remedies to treat jaundice, liver enlargement, gout and rheumatism.

The roots are high in fiber and protein and contain vitamins B6 and C, along with manganese and potassium.

Chicory Root Tea The Coffee Substitute that Heals

Healing Benefits of Chicory Root

Adding a cup of chicory root tea daily to the diet provides these benefits:

• Reduces stress by lowering caffeine levels. One of the main ingredients in coffee is caffeine, which aggravates symptoms of stress. Consuming less caffeine, by substituting chicory root tea for coffee, lowers epinephrine and cortisol levels during sleep and stressful life situations.

• Reduces inflammation throughout the body. Because it is the root cause of many diseases, lowering inflammation can stave off many health problems before they even have the chance to start.

• Cleanses and protects the liver and the gallbladder. Chicory root inhibits the formation of gallstones. It gently detoxifies the body without overtaxing the adrenal glands. And it contributes to many of the chemical functions that the liver is responsible for.

• Can prevent the onset of diabetes as well as improve bowel movements due to its fibrous content.

• Eases the pain and stiffness of arthritic symptoms, especially degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis.

• Chicory root contains inulin, which is a prebiotic. Prebiotics promote the growth of helpful probiotics in the digestive system and enhance calcium absorption.

Chicory Root Tea The Coffee Substitute that Heals

How to Use Chicory Root

This herbal supplement is available in capsule form, dried to use as tea, and roasted and ground as a coffee substitute.

Chicory is more water soluble than coffee, which means less is used when brewing it with coffee or in place of it. Start with 1/2 teaspoon of chicory in one cup of hot water, brew and adjust according to personal taste.

To brew basic chicory coffee, use 2/3 part ground coffee to 1/3 part chicory. Brew as normal in a drip coffee maker. Add spices such as cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg or star anise to chicory root tea or chicory coffee for more flavor.

Chicory Root Tea The Coffee Substitute that Heals

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Manganese

This essential trace mineral is needed by the body, in small amounts. Manganese is connected to iron and other minerals, and plays an important role in numerous chemical processes, including the synthesis of nutrients like cholesterol, carbohydrates and proteins. Also manganese supports the formation of bone mass and helps to naturally balance hormones, which has a positive affect on nearly every aspect of health.

Manganese

What is Manganese?

Manganese is a mineral that is found in foods such as nuts, legumes, seeds, tea, whole grains, and leafy green vegetables. It is also found in fruits and other vegetables, although whole grains are usually considered the best natural source. Wherever manganese is found, iron is usually present since these two work closely together. This mineral is stored in the body’s bones, kidneys, and pancreas.

Manganese is needed for many vital functions, including nutrient absorption, production of digestive enzymes, bone development and immune-system defenses. It also helps balance levels of calcium…fighting calcium deficiency…and phosphorus, all of which work together in many crucial ways.

Manganese

Health Benefits of Manganese

Manganese most often works in connection with other minerals to keep the body operating at a healthy level. The mineral provides these health benefits:

• Supports the thyroid and pituitary gland.

• Improves bone health and prevents osteoporosis.

• Necessary for antioxidants that lessen inflammation, and for enzyme function, which aids bone development and digestion.

• Helps to maintain cognitive function, easing mood swings, depression, and mental illness.

• Lowers high blood sugar levels that contribute to diabetes.

• Supports lung and respiratory health.

• Reduces inflammation in the joints and tissues, especially the knees and lower back, easing pain and discomfort.

• Reduces PMS symptoms.

• Aids in weight loss by improving digestive enzymes and balancing hormones.

• Speeds up the healing of wounds.

• Prevents anemia by helping the body use iron.

• Helps to treat infertility by balancing hormones.

Manganese

Taking Manganese

The best way to get enough manganese is by eating foods that are rich in it. Since the body only needs small amounts, including short grain brown rice, oats, legumes, spinach and other dark leafy veggies, nuts, seeds and fruits such as berries and pineapples to the diet is usually adequate. Using black pepper, cinnamon and cloves to season foods is beneficial. Black tea is also high in manganese, however the tannin in black tea can inhibit its absorption.

For those who are deficient in manganese, taking a daily supplement is helpful. Those with liver disease or anemia should consult a doctor before taking additional manganese.

This mineral is one of those vital nutrients that I was unaware of before becoming more health conscious. My favorite way of including manganese is by being aware of the foods that I eat. It’s simple to add pineapple, strawberries and raspberries to morning smoothies and create salads with spinach and other dark green leafy veggies. Hummus is a great way to include chickpeas in my diet and I add cinnamon sticks and cloves to a wonderful hot cider drink.

Higher awareness, and a little planning, keeps me at optimal health.

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Astralagus Root

The root of this herb is considered one of the most powerful immune boosting plants available. And yet, many people, including myself until recently, have not heard of this supplement.

Read on for the amazing benefits of astralagus root.

Astralagus Root

What is Astralagus?

This perennial flowering herb, also called milkvetch root and Huang-qi, grows up to 36 inches tall and is native to the north and eastern regions of China. The roots are harvested from 4-year-old plants and they are the only part of the plant that’s used medicinally.

Astragalus is a member of the Leguminosae (beans or legumes) family, with a long history as an immune system booster and disease fighter. Traditional Chinese Medicine has used the herb as an adaptogen for thousands of years. Adaptogen means it helps the body fight against stress and disease.

Astralagus Root

Astralagus Benefits

While its strength is preventing and protecting cells against cell death and other harmful elements, such as free radicals and oxidation, astralagus has other vital benefits as well.

• Reduces the inflammatory response connected to illnesses and conditions, from helping to heal wounds to easing inflammation in diabetic kidney disease.

• Saponins in the herb’s roots lower cholesterol, improve the immune system and prevent cancer.

• Slows and prevents the growth of tumors, especially in the liver.

• The flavonoids present in astragalus are antioxidants that help prevent plaque buildup in arteries and the narrowing of vessel walls. It reduces blood pressure and triglycerides levels, lowering the risks for heart disease, stroke, heart attack and hardening of the arteries.

• Has the ability to relieve insulin resistance and treat diabetes naturally. The herb’s collection of saponins, flavonoids and polysaccharides are effective in treating and regulating type 1 and 2 diabetes. Astralagus increases insulin sensitivity, protects the cells in the pancreas that produce and release insulin, and acts as an anti-inflammatory.

• Fights free radical damage and prevents oxidative stress, slowing the signs of aging. Astralagus protects the brain as well, from age related disorders.

• Heals wounds and minimizes scarring.

• Has antiviral properties.

• Successfully treats chronic asthma.

How to Use Astralagus Root

Astralagus root is available in a variety of forms, including tinctures, capsules, topically in an ointment, or dried and used to brew tea.

Try including a cup of hot astralagus tea daily, during the winter months, to help ward off colds, flus, and respiratory ailments. It makes a soothing drink that offers warmth and powerful healing benefits.

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Milk Thistle Benefits

I have a fondness for any type of thistle plant, with it being Scotland’s national flower. Milk thistle not only reminds me of that bonnie country, it also offers powerful properties that benefit my body.

Milk Thistle Benefits

What is Milk Thistle?

This flowering herb is native to the Mediterranean region and it is a member of the Aster plant family, which includes sunflowers and daisies. Milk thistle has been used medicinally for thousands of years. The Greek physician and botanist Dioscorides was the first to describe milk thistle’s healing properties back in the year 40 AD.

Milk thistle gets its name from the milky-white liquid that beads up on the plant’s leaves when they’re crushed. The leaves have a spotted white pattern as well that makes them look as if they’ve been dipped in milk.

Silymarin, the active ingredient in milk thistle, is an antioxidant that protects against the depletion of glutathione, which is a “master antioxidant” that’s extremely important in preventing disease. Glutathione helps fight oxidative stress that can lead to cancer, diabetes, heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases.  It also prevents damage caused by free radicals to important cellular components.

The typical American diet, pollution, toxins, medications, stress, trauma, aging, infections and radiation all affect liver function and also deplete glutathione in the body. Milk thistle increases glutathione levels by improving liver detoxification. Milk thistle also strengthens the liver cell walls, protecting them from toxins, and supports liver regeneration and glutathione formation.

Milk Thistle Benefits

Benefits of Milk Thistle

This herb offers the following health benefits:

• Detoxifies the liver by rebuilding liver cells while removing toxins from the body that are processed by the liver.

• Aids the function of the gallbladder, kidneys and spleen and helps to prevent gallstones by ridding the body of metabolic wastes.

• Controls blood sugar, which can help prevent diabetes.

• Slows the aging process due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to prevent heart disease, cancer, liver and kidney disease, and age related vision problems. Milk thistle nourishes the skin and eases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

• Lowers high cholesterol.

• Boosts the immune system and fights DNA damage

Milk Thistle Benefits

How to Take Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle is available in capsule form, as seeds, or dried for tea. To make tea, brew dried thistle in very hot water for at least 15 minutes. Sweeten with raw organic honey if desired.

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While milk thistle is excellent for detoxing the liver and fortifying the immune system, it does my heart good as well. It’s very name transports me back to a country I dearly love. More thistle tea, please.

Milk Thistle Benefits

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The Spice of a Healthy Life: Cinnamon

This familiar spice has been used for centuries, medicinally and in the kitchen. The scent of cinnamon evokes happy feelings of warmth and home. And, as it turns out, this feel good spice promotes health and wellness also.

The Spice of a Healthy Life Cinnamon

What is Cinnamon?

Cinnamon comes from a type of tree, and the unique smell, color and flavor of the spice is a result of the oils within the tree. The health benefits of cinnamon come from the bark of the tree. This bark contains several special compounds which are responsible for its many health-promoting properties, including cinnamaldehyde, cinnamic acid and cinnamate.

The cinnamon tree is grown around the world with at least 250 species identified so far. However, there are two main types of cinnamon spice used today: Ceylon cinnamon, which is less common and sometimes labeled as true or real cinnamon, and Cassia cinnamon, which is more widely available and most often used.

The Spice of a Healthy Life Cinnamon

Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon supplies a wide variety of nutrients and it is especially rich in fiber, manganese, calcium, iron and vitamin K. It also contains trace amounts of vitamins A, B6, C and E, and minerals such as phosphorus, sodium, potassium and zinc.

Health benefits include:

• High in antioxidants, which reduces free radical damage and slows the aging process.

• Prevents oxidative stress and nitric oxide build up in the blood, lowering the risks for brain disorders, cancer and heart disease.

• Relieves inflammation, which helps lower the risk of cognitive decline and reduces pain, muscle soreness and age related stiffness.

• Reduces high cholesterol and triglyceride levels and high blood pressure to keep the heart healthy and strong and lower the risk for strokes. Cinnamon is a helpful blood coagulant and can stop excess bleeding by helping the body to form blood clots. It also increases circulation and improves tissue repair, which may be especially helpful for regenerating heart tissue in order to help fight heart attacks, heart disease and stroke.

• Lowers blood sugar levels and improves sensitivity to insulin, which helps transport sugar from the bloodstream to the tissues to keep blood sugar levels balanced.

• Aids against the development of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

• Protects against DNA damage, cell mutation and cancerous tumor growth, especially in the colon.

• Boosts the immune system and fights against infections and viruses.

• Protects against certain strains of bacteria that cause bad breath, tooth decay, cavities and mouth infections.

• The powerful antifungal properties in cinnamon can be effective in treating and preventing Candida overgrowth in the digestive tract.

• Its antibiotic and antimicrobial properties help protect the skin from irritation, rashes, allergic reactions and infection.

• Cinnamon’s multitude of beneficial compounds help fight common allergy symptoms by reducing inflammation and fighting histamine reactions.

The Spice of a Healthy Life Cinnamon

How to Use Cinnamon

There are many ways to include cinnamon in the diet. Dried powdered cinnamon can be added to many recipes and drinks or sprinkled onto organic oatmeal or freshly sliced fruit. Cinnamon sticks flavor drinks such as hot apple cider. The bark is an ingredient in many health boosting teas and cinnamon is available in essential oil form as well.

Cinnamon should not be overused, especially the cassia variety. Taken in moderation, however, this powerful spice brings health and wellness into our lives.

My favorite way to include cinnamon this time of year is in hot apple cider and warm turmeric tea, made with almond coconut milk. Fall is all about bringing warmth and coziness into our homes. Cinnamon is an incredible way to spice up life.

The Spice of a Healthy Life Cinnamon

Hibiscus Tea

I was reminded recently about the powerful health benefits of hibiscus. There are hundreds of species of this herbal flower however Hibiscus sabdariffa is most commonly used to make hibiscus tea. As I happened to have a container of dried hibiscus, I’ve enjoyed refreshing cups of hot tea this week and renewed my appreciation for this healing plant.

Hibiscus Tea

What is Hibiscus?

This herbaceous plant is a member of the flowering mallow family. Also known as a rose mallow, the hibiscus plant produces showy flowers in a range of colors and can be either an annual or a perennial, depending on location.

Several species are widely cultivated as ornamental plants. The tea made from hibiscus flowers is known by many names around the world and can be served hot or cold. The beverage is known for its deep red color, tart flavor, and high vitamin C content.

Hibiscus Tea

Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea

There are many known healing benefits associated with hibiscus tea.

• Rich in powerful antioxidants, the tea helps to prevent damage and disease caused by the buildup of free radicals.

• Contains hibiscus protocatechuic acid which has anti-tumor properties. Research suggests that hibiscus slows down the growth of cancerous cells by inducing apoptosis, commonly known as programmed cell death.

• Boosts and supports the immune system by providing anti-inflammatory properties.

• Rejuvenates the liver and helps to treat liver disease.

• Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol.

• Lowers the absorption of starch and glucose which may aid weight loss.

• Relieves cramps and menstrual pain. It helps to restore hormonal balance as well, which can reduce the symptoms of menstruation like mood swings, depression, and overeating.

• Satiates thirst and improves digestion.

• Calms the nervous system, and helps to reduce anxiety and depression by creating a relaxed sensation in the mind and body.

**Do not drink hibiscus tea while pregnant or if low pressure is a problem.

How to Prepare Hibiscus Tea

The tea is easy to prepare. Steep 2 – 3 teaspoons of dried hibiscus in very hot water for 15 minutes. The tea is a beautiful deep magenta color and has a tart taste similar to cranberry juice. Sweeten with raw organic honey if desired.

The tea can be chilled after brewing and served over ice for a thirst quenching cold drink as well. Add lemon or lime juice and a spoonful of honey. I appreciate sour and tart flavors more than sweet, so I don’t add honey to my tea. I love iced hibiscus tea with just fresh lemon juice added.

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I’ve just enjoyed a cup of hot hibiscus tea as I wrote about its health benefits!

Hibiscus Tea

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Bladderwrack

This common brown seaweed with the unusual name has been used as a health remedy for hundreds of years. Bladderwrack, which sounds like a made up name from a Dr. Seuss book, has many healing properties and benefits.

Bladderwrack

What is Bladderwrack?

A member of the kelp family, bladderwrack grows in the cool waters of oceans around the world. It is easily recognizable by the air filled bladders, known as thalli, that keep the plant afloat. This type of seaweed prefers sheltered inlets without much current and it is found in huge numbers in such areas.

Bladderwrack was the original source of iodine, which was hugely important in treating various conditions. While the plant has been used in alternative medicine for centuries, it has only recently become well-known to the general public. High levels of mucilage, beta-carotene, iodine, potassium, zeaxanthin, and other organic compounds give this seaweed its health boosting properties.

Bladderwrack

Benefits of Bladderwrack

So what does bladderwrack do?

• Provides easily assimilable trace minerals for the thyroid, as well as iodine to act as an Epstein Barr antiseptic so that the viral cells will die off. This enhances the function of the thyroid. Bladderwrack also removes heavy metals from the intestinal tract, starving EBV.

• Increases metabolism, making it easier to lose weight. When your body is operating at a high level and burning off more fat, the appetite is naturally suppressed, preventing obesity and related health issues that come along with it.

• Contains high levels of beta-carotene, making it ideal for improving vision. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals in the eyes and cornea, slowing down macular degeneration and preventing the development of cataracts.

• Possesses anti-inflammatory properties, relieving conditions such as gout, arthritis, and skin irritation. Bladderwrack can successfully reduce swelling and relieve pain in sore muscles and joints.

• Contains a unique type of fiber called fucoidan that lowers cholesterol, reduces blood sugar levels, and provides anti-tumor effects.

• Relieves constipation and adds bulk to the bowels, promoting a smooth digestive process that is efficient in terms of nutrient uptake. This helps to relieve excess gas, bloating, cramping, and more serious conditions such as gastric ulcers and colon cancer.

• Prevents atherosclerosis and other cholesterol-related afflictions by raising good cholesterol levels. This helps to lower blood pressure, reducing the risk of strokes and heart attacks, while lessening the strain on the cardiovascular system.

• Slows the aging process, keeping the skin healthy and young looking, by reducing age spots and blemishes and lessening the appearance of wrinkles. Bladderwrack’s antioxidants boosts skin elasticity, keeping it fit and toned.

Bladderwrack

Bladderwrack Warning

Because this plant comes from the sea, those with seafood or iodine allergies should not take bladderwrack. Avoid it as well if you have conditions such as low blood pressure or edema.

Bladderwrack can be taken in capsule form or purchased freeze-dried in flakes. The dried seaweed can be used for skin products, added to smoothies, or brewed for tea.

Bladderwrack

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Red Marine Algae

Just as the earth provides a bounty of foods and herbs that offer healing to the body, the oceans of the world contribute to our health and well being too. Seaweeds, plants and algae supply powerful nutrients that support the immune system and combat viruses and diseases. Today’s Sunday Supplement focus is on Red Marine Algae.

Red Marine Algae

What is Red Marine Algae?

Algae is classified by color. Red Marine Algae belongs to the Rhodophyta class and it is well known for its antioxidants, which help boost the immune system to fight off free radical damage. Red Marine Algae contains an antiviral compound that combats the shingles virus, HIV and cold sores. It may even help fight strains of germs that are resistant to certain medications.

Red Marine Algae is anti-inflammatory, and naturally acts as an analgesic, while providing gastro-protective, anticoagulant, anti-thrombotic and anti-tumor properties. This nutrient rich food helps to prevent cancer as well.

Red Marine Algae

Health Benefits of Red Marine Algae

Along with boosting and supporting the immune system, this sea food provides other health benefits.

• Supports skin and eye health, and helps to prevent macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 60.

• Reduces pain and inflammation throughout the body. Inhibits the formation of gastric ulcers.

• Lowers “bad” cholesterol, regulates blood sugar levels and promotes healthy blood circulation.

• Prevents DNA damage, relieves chronic fatigue, assists in weight loss and restores blood pH to an alkaline status.

• Powerful antiviral properties remove heavy metals such as mercury from the body and reduces the viral load.

• Fights viruses including Epstein Barr, shingles, HIV, HPV, herpes, encephalo-myocarditis, hepatitis A and B, and yellow fever.

Red Marine Algae is one of the true gifts of the sea. It can be purchased in powdered or capsule form.

Red Marine Algae

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Lemongrass Benefits

Lemongrass is an aromatic herb in the grass family. Originally native to India, today this plant can be found in gardens around the world. This coarse grass, which grows to a height of three feet, is a perennial in tropical areas. In less warm climates it must be planted annually. The herb has been used medicinally for centuries, and for good reason. Lemongrass has many health benefits.

Lemongrass Benefits

Lemongrass is full of essential nutrients including vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and C. It’s also high in minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, manganese, copper, zinc and iron, which are all required for the healthy functioning of the human body.

The herb contains antioxidants, flavonoids and phenolic compounds. The main component of lemongrass is lemonal or citral, which supplies anti-fungal and anti-microbial qualities, while also providing its distinctive lemony smell.

Lemongrass Benefits

The health benefits of lemongrass include lowering cholesterol, detoxing the kidneys and liver, reducing uric acid, supporting the digestive system and inhibiting the growth of cancer cells.

Lemongrass also inhibits the formation of biofilm (bacteria that sticks together and then adheres to other surfaces) throughout the body, helps to heal gastric ulcers, and stimulates bowel function. Its antibacterial properties fight against pathogens such as H. pylori and E. coli in the digestive tract.

This herb calms muscles and nerves, helping the body to relax into sleep while increasing the duration of sleep. It helps to heal coughs and colds, lowers fevers, and reduces aches and pains including headaches, migraines, backaches, muscle spasms and cramps.

Lemongrass Benefits

Lemongrass stimulates the brain and helps combat convulsions, nervousness, vertigo, and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. It boosts the immune system, helps in strengthening skin tissue, protects cells from free radicals, cleanses the spleen, and stimulates the regeneration of cells.

Finally, lemongrass treats edema, helping the body eliminate excess fluid by cleansing lymphatic congestion.

Lemongrass is extremely easy to grow in the garden or in containers. I add a plant or two every spring to my herb garden and snip the ends of the grass blades to brew lemongrass tea. The herb may be purchased dried as well. Lemongrass can also be added to soups and sauces. I found a cilantro lemongrass dressing recipe that I am excited to try.

The flavor of lemongrass is very similar to lemon balm, and both make a refreshing hot or cold drink. Lemongrass tea is included in my rotation of herbal teas. Although I enjoy it as an afternoon tea, it is especially soothing in the evening before bedtime.

I am, in fact, enjoying a freshly brewed cup of lemongrass tea as I write this post. I know it is already sending healing benefits through my body.

Lemongrass Benefits

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