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.

Milk thistle is available in health food stores and health conscious grocery store and online. See links below.

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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Calendula

This beautiful flowering plant has been used for centuries for ornamental, culinary and medicinal purposes. Calendula, also known as pot marigold, is a powerful anti-inflammatory and one of the strongest antiviral herbs.

Calendula

What is Calendula?

This flowering annual originated in western Europe, southeastern Asia and the Mediterranean. It’s commonly found in home gardens throughout the world today and easily blooms and thrives wherever it’s planted. The orange-yellow petals of the flowers are used medicinally, both externally and internally.

These petals contain high levels of antioxidants in the form of carotenoids and flavonoids. Calendula contains both lutein and beta-carotene, which the body absorbs and converts into vitamin A. The flowers also contain fatty acids and they are rich in oxygenated oils.

Calendula

Health Benefits of Calendula

• Powerful anti-inflammatory properties make it a potent remedy for issues such diaper rash, dermatitis, ear infections, ulcers and sore throats.

• Prevents and relaxes muscle spasms and cramps.

• In studies done for slow-healing wounds it was found that using calendula-based gels and topical ointments helped speed up recovery rate and healing. Even more impressive, it increases blood flow and oxygen to wounds and infected areas, which helps the body grow new tissue.

• Contains antimicrobial and antiviral compounds, making calendula effective in fighting pathogens, candida and antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria.

• Helps reduce gum inflammation and fights against gingivitis, cavities and plaque. Its astringent properties fight mouth bacteria and promote a healthy oral environment.

• Calendula improves skin firmness and hydration, creating a more youthful appearance.

• Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, calendula can help fight against cancer and irritation due to treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation.

Calendula

How to Use Calendula

The herb can be purchased in capsule, tincture, oil, lotion or ointment form. The petals can also be purchased dried, to brew tea.

This bright plant is extremely easy to grow. Sow seeds onto prepped ground in the garden or into containers. The herb will bloom all summer. Collect fresh flowers for use in salads or to brew a flavorful tea.

I add drops of calendula essential oil to the skin serum that I make, to improve skin texture and firmness. And calendula tea goes into my afternoon tea rotation during the summer months.

I appreciate this versatile herb. It is a staple of my apothecary garden, and my skin care.

Calendula

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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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Health Benefits of Vitamin B Complex

I’ve shared about the importance of supplementing the diet with vitamin B12. There is actually a group of B vitamins that are extremely beneficial as well, collectively known as B complex. Today’s Sunday Supplement post shares the health benefits of vitamin B complex.

Health Benefits of Vitamin B Complex

What is Vitamin B Complex?

Vitamin B Complex is the grouping of the B vitamins that includes B1-Thiamine, B2-Riboflavin, B3 Niacin, B5 Pantothenic Acid, B6-Pyridoxine, B7-Biotin and B9-Folic Acid.

B12 is part of this group also. It is such a crucial vitamin that I’ve separated it out. Read about the benefits of B12.

The B vitamins are crucial for the proper functioning of almost every process that occurs in the body. They are critical for metabolism, the nervous system, vital organs, eyes, muscles, skin and hair.

Our body uses different food sources like carbohydrates, fats and proteins for fuel. Vitamin B complex helps the body utilize that fuel. They play a major role in the activities of enzymes and proteins that regulate chemical reactions in the body, which are important for turning food into energy.

Our body, however, has a limited capacity for storing B vitamins so supplementation or consumption of foods high in the B vitamins is necessary for the proper functioning of the body processes.

Health Benefits of Vitamin B Complex

Meet the B Vitamins

B1 (Thiamine): B1 supports healthy energy levels. Thiamine helps to convert glucose into energy and has a major role in nerve functions. It boosts memory, helps to prevent Alzheimer’s and slows the aging process. Sesame seeds, legumes, peas, watermelon, apricots, spinach, sunflower seeds and nuts contain high amounts of thiamine.

B2 (Riboflavin): B2 supports a healthy metabolism. Riboflavin is involved in energy production and helps to improve vision. It also improves skin health, helps regulate thyroid activity, strengthens the immune system, supports healthy fetal development and promotes the formation of red blood cells. Green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, squash, spinach , broccoli, raspberries, Brussels sprouts and cabbage contain the highest amounts of riboflavin.

B3 (Niacin): B3 supports healthy energy from consumed foods. This B vitamin is one of the best for the skin. It can help to improve the condition of the skin by treating rosacea, acne, eczema, dermatitis, hyper pigmentation, sun-damaged, aging and dry skin. Niacin helps to covert carbohydrates and fats into energy. It helps in maintaining the skin and aids in the functions of the digestive and nervous systems and also lowers blood pressure. Good sources of Niacin are nuts, mushrooms, legumes, lentils, avocados, tomatoes, dates, asparagus, Swiss chard, sweet potatoes and spinach.

B5 (Pantothenic Acid): B5 helps support energy from foods. Pantothenic acid is needed to mobilize carbohydrate, protein, and fats and helps to produce red blood cells and steroidal hormones. It boosts the immune system and brain performance, helps to decrease stress and supports heart health and the adrenals. Pantothenic acid is found in a variety of foods such as mushrooms, peas, cauliflower, broccoli, avocado, Swiss card, legumes and peanuts.

Health Benefits of Vitamin B Complex

B6 (Pyridoxine): B6 helps metabolize a number of nutrients to create energy. Pyridoxine is needed for protein and carbohydrate metabolism along with the formation of red blood cells and certain brain chemicals. It aids in the development of the brain, maintains steroidal hormone activity, prevents heart and kidney disease and boosts the immune system. Legumes, nuts, sunflower seeds, peppers, cabbage and fruits such as bananas and cantaloupe have high levels of Pyridoxine.

B7 (Biotin): B7 supports a healthy metabolism. Biotin is also needed for energy metabolism along with amino acid, fat and glycogen synthesis. It helps to maintain blood sugar levels, ensures that the heart functions properly and aids muscle growth. Cauliflower, peanuts, peas, cabbage, bananas, apples and plums contain pantothenic acid in high amounts.

B9 (Folic Acid): The body can’t produce folic acid on its own, but it’s needed for energy and more. Folate is needed to form red blood cells which carry oxygen around to the different organs in the body. B9 reduces the risk for strokes, helps to prevent cancer and heart disease, eases anxiety and depression, builds and repairs skin cells and promotes the growth of muscle tissue. It is essential for the proper development of the fetal nervous system. Pregnant women need a high amount of Folate in their diet to help prevent the risk of neural defects in babies. Good sources of B9 are green leafy vegetables, legumes, lentils, seeds, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, Romaine lettuce, papaya and citrus fruits.

Recommended Dosage

It is recommended that adults take 50 – 100 mg a day of the Bs, except for Folic Acid, which should be 400 mcg. I take a veggie based supplement that has that exact dosage in a capsule. I also endeavor to include vitamin B rich foods daily. In the fight against viruses such as Epstein Barr, and for optimal health and well being, these vitamins are my essential allies!

Health Benefits of Vitamin B Complex

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Chamomile Benefits

I have associated chamomile with relaxation and a good night’s sleep. The dried flower from this healing herb makes a soothing and delicious hot tea. However chamomile, used medicinally since ancient times, has many healing benefits beyond creating drowsiness.

Chamomile Benefits

Chamomile is a member of the aster family. Two types of chamomile are commonly used for their healing benefits, the German and Roman varieties. Chamomile tea is beneficial as a sleep aid which is especially helpful for those who suffer with insomnia, sleep disturbances, a racing mind, or high anxiety and stress. However, chamomile also has other significant healing properties such as the ability to soothe a disturbed digestive system by easing flatulence, stomach aches, ulcers, and cramping, and by aiding in overall digestion and elimination.

The herb also helps to relieve bronchial and sinus congestion, calm anxiety and panic attacks, decrease menstrual cramping, ease muscle spasms, lower blood sugar, fight cancer and reduce migraine pain. Chamomile tea’s anti-inflammatory properties make it beneficial for reducing swelling associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other auto-immune diseases. Chamomile tea cleanses the liver and kidneys by stimulating them to purge out toxins and eliminate them from the system.

Chamomile Benefits

Chamomile has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties making it especially helpful in fighting against colds, flus, infections, and even Candida. Chamomile tea is excellent for children as it can calm colicky infants and teething babies as well as soothe children that are irritable, cranky, and restless. Its mild flavor is often accepted and enjoyed by children especially when sweetened with honey. As a topical remedy, cooled chamomile tea can be applied to the skin to help soothe rashes, chickenpox, psoriasis, eczema, and burns, including sunburns.

Chamomile tea can also help to relieve eye fatigue and dark circles. Apply a cooled tea bag to the eyes for five minutes at night as a gentle and effective compress. Chamomile and peppermint tea are often used in combination due to their synergistic properties to help the body cleanse, relax, and heal. (Info from the Medical Medium blog. Check it out HERE)

Chamomile Benefits

For the first time I am growing German chamomile in my herb garden this summer. My intention is to keep adding healing herbs each year, until I truly do have a complete apothecary garden available for use. Today I snipped fresh chamomile flowers to combine with dried chamomile that I had on hand. I added three teaspoons of the dried herb and a small handful of fresh blossoms to two cups of boiling water and let it steep for 15 minutes. Chamomile has a delicate floral scent and flavor. I don’t add honey. However, I am looking forward to trying out herbal combinations, such as chamomile and mint, chamomile and lavender or chamomile and lemon grass.

On this rainy day, with mild thunderstorms rolling through the area, a cup of hot chamomile tea was the perfect afternoon soother. I included a couple of homemade sugar free, gluten free cookies made from three simple ingredients, to tea time. Watch for that recipe Tuesday.

I’m sipping chamomile tea, nibbling on a cookie, and feeling grateful for the healing benefits that plants provide. This is bliss.

Chamomile Benefits

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Antioxidants and high antioxidant foods are beneficial to the body. They fight free radicals which eliminates inflammation, reduces the risk for heart disease and cancers, slows the aging process, and wards off cognitive problems and depression.

One of the most important antioxidants is Alpha Lipoic Acid, also known as ALA. This natural compound is found in plant foods we commonly eat such as broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, peas, potatoes and Brussels sprouts.

Alpha Lipoic Acid

The human body also makes a small amount of ALA on its own, although the concentration in the bloodstream goes up greatly when we eat a healthy diet. Alpha Lipoic Acid is similar to a vitamin in that it can also be manufactured in a lab so it can be taken as a health supplement.

Lipoic acid is present in every cell inside the body and it is necessary to help turn glucose into fuel for the body. Even though we can make some of it on our own without supplements or ALA rich food sources, eating an antioxidant-packed diet plus using ALA supplements can increase the amount circulating in the body, with studies show has far-reaching health benefits.

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpha Lipoic Acid slows down cellular damage, which is one of the root causes of diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes. It also works in the body to restore essential levels of vitamins such as C and E. ALA binds to and removes toxic metals in the body, including mercury, arsenic and iron, and toxic free radicals that make their way into the bloodstream through water, air, chemical products and the food supply.

Alpha Lipoic Acid repairs damage to blood vessels and neurons, and organs like the heart, brain and liver. It offers numerous benefits throughout the whole body, from treating Alzheimer’s to controlling liver disease. ALA protects against diabetes, improves insulin sensitivity, and helps to relieve the symptoms of diabetes caused nerve damage.

Alpha Lipoic Acid

ALA preserves the eyes and helps to prevent degeneration, especially as we age. It prevents memory loss and cognitive decline. Because it easily passes through the blood brain barrier, Alpha Lipoic Acid protects the brain and nerve tissues, helping to prevent strokes. It boosts glutathione, which is a master antioxidant crucial for immunity, cellular health and disease prevention.

And finally, ALA battles the physical signs of aging on the skin. Skin damage is one side effect of high amounts of free radicals, which is why antioxidant-packed fruits and veggies help to keep us looking young.

Truthfully, two years ago I did not know how important it is to supply the body with nutrient dense whole foods and the supplements it requires to create optimal health. In fact, I harmed my body by not giving it what it needed. How grateful I am that the body desires to heal and does so when it has the right foods and supplements.

We are indeed fearfully and wonderfully made. I am doing all I can to make up for my poor diet by educating myself on what my body needs to function well, and discovering how best to supply those things. I share the information so that others can learn and grow and create vibrant health for themselves!

Alpha Lipoic Acid

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