NOTHING TASTES AS GOOD AS PLANT-BASED FEELS
May 5, 2020
The most forgotten ingredients when making smoothies/juices are also the most important ingredients! Herbs and spices. With the power of nature always being on our side, herbal remedies can address a constellation of diseases such as Allergies, Inflammation, Asthma, Eczema, Premenstrual Syndrome, Rheumatoid Rrthritis, Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Menopausal Symptoms, Chronic Fatigue, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and even Cancer. This blog will explore some of the powerful plants that I add to my smoothies and its benefits, but first lets touch base on a little history.
Our ancestors did not survive everything that nearly ended them, for us to shrink ourselves by making someone else comfortable (Pharma). Building relationships with their sacred and medicinal plants is one way of honoring them and yourself. Many parts of the world still rely on traditional medicine and folk remedies to treat illness every day. Only recently have we lost this connection to the natural world. Colonialism built a medical industrial complex through often violent means of cultural suppression, erasure, and exploitation. The rise of the patriarchy also authorized only white male physicians to practice and define medicine for the world. Plant science was driven underground and it goes back farther than any textbook cares to mention. For example, enslaved women working on plantations discovered that cotton root bark was beneficial for reproductive control but slave codes restricted these black healing ways. We can also see how herbal medicine was erased by viewing how schools teach medicinal history. For example, many of the modern medical accomplishments of Ancient Greeks and other European men happened by “discovering” the knowledge of others. Hippocrates, who is still quoted as the Father of Medicine, studied the writings of the Egyptian physician Imhotep. That alone, is for another blog.
Herbal medicine has the power to prevent disease, treat disease and to create whole health. They also pull heavy metals and toxins from our bodies. Please note that I am not a medical professional. The information gathered is based on extensive research over the years via books, documentaries, articles and scriptures. I am simply sharing my own study experience hoping to inspire you to do your own research as well. When studying, never forgot to check your sources, and your sources, sources!
A few of my favorite powerful herbs and spices :
Cinnamon: Not only can you add cinnamon to smoothies and juices, it is also great for baking! In ancient Egypt, cinnamon was so valuable that it was regarded as a gift fit for kings. Cinnamon may have beneficial effects on Neurodegenerative Diseases, may protect against Cancer, helps fight bacterial and fungal infections as well as the HIV Virus.
Tumeric: Known to be one of the most powerful spices with an active ingredient called Curcumin that fights Cancer. Full of vitamin C, Calcium, Flavonoids, Fiber, Iron, Niacin, Potassium, Zinc and so much more. Tumeric has anti-inflammatory properties, a powerful antioxidant, increases brain function, and can prevent / treat Brain Disease, Heart Disease, Alzheimers, Arthritis and depression.
Oregano: This powerful antioxidant and and anti-inflammatory is full of Vitamin B6, Potassium, Copper, Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and Manganese. Oregano is a natural antibiotic, helps to improve gut health, has Cancer fighting properties, has the capacity to relieve pain, and can even help with yeast infections.
Parsley: Labeled as one of the most powerful disease fighting plants, parsley contains important nutrients such as Protein, Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate and Potassium. Parsley supports bone health, has cancer fighting properties, and can improve eye and heart health.
Ginger: Not only is ginger one of the most healthiest spices on the planet, its one of the most delicious and great for giving smoothies a kick of flavor. Full of Vitamin B3, B6, Iron, Potassium, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc and Folate. It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain. Ginger is great for nausea, fighting infections, lowers blood sugar and risk of heart disease, helps with menstrual pain, lowers cholesterol and contains a substance called 6-gingerol that may help prevent Cancer.
Basil: Known as the “Queen of herbs” Basil is full of Vitamin A, C, Calcium, Zinc, Iron and Chlorophyll. Basil can delay the effects of skin aging, reduces stress and anxiety, and has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and analgesic (a painkiller) properties.
With so many amazing herbs and spices in this world, I only touched based on a few of my favorites. Stay tuned for another blog pertaining to herbs and spices that are specific here in Bermuda for all of my locals!
What herb or spice will you add to your smoothie next?
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