Dandelion: A “weed” with mighty healing abilities

Dandelion may be considered a “weed”, but the “invasive and pervasive” weed also happens to be incredibly beneficial to health and wellbeing, having been used as a medicinal herb for centuries. Dandelion roots and leaves are dried and used to make dandelion tea and roasted to make dandelion coffee, each of which contain vitamins A, C and D, and significant amounts of zinc, iron, magnesium … Continue reading Dandelion: A “weed” with mighty healing abilities

Rooibos Tea: Health benefits of the red bush tea

Rooibos tea, also known as red bush tea, comes from a shrub native to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, and has become a tea of choice among those seeking its health benefits. Known to have 50% more antioxidants than those found in green tea, rooibos tea is a wonderful daily addition to one’s diet for boosting immunity and supporting overall good health. Antioxidants … Continue reading Rooibos Tea: Health benefits of the red bush tea

Make your own herbal tincture

Making your own herbal tinctures are a great way to get the support of healing herbs to maintain good health. Given that tinctures contain alcohol, which is a natural preserving agent, tinctures can retain the medicinal constituents of herbs with a shelf life of several years. Tinctures are also a very convenient and effective way of getting herbs into the body’s systems. Check out this … Continue reading Make your own herbal tincture

Probiotics health benefits and 5 foods to support a healthy gut

Having a healthy gut is important to the wellbeing of the entire body. In traditional Chinese medicine much importance is placed on the stomach and gut area, for digestion plays a vital part in the body’s overall functioning. Processed foods, prescription drugs, antibiotics and the degradation of food, including use of pesticides and injecting animals with artificial hormones, has led to a decline in the … Continue reading Probiotics health benefits and 5 foods to support a healthy gut

Turmeric: Health benefits of the “Queen of Spices”

Turmeric, often referred to and rather aptly as the “Queen of Spices”, is a most wonderful healing spice. This glorious root, which comes from the ginger family, is orange-coloured and comes with much of the same energy, radiance and optimism of the very colour orange. Turmeric comes from the plant known as Curcuma, which is widely cultivated in Asia, India and China. It contains a … Continue reading Turmeric: Health benefits of the “Queen of Spices”

Aloe vera: The “plant of immortality” and its healing benefits

Aloe Vera is a beautiful plant that adds much character to any household, but it also applauded for its healing properties and health benefits too. Known as the “plant of immortality”, the aloe vera plant, which is native to North Africa, Southern Europe, and the Canary Islands, is grown in tropical climates worldwide. The leaves are juicy stems, with an inner jelly-like substance that is … Continue reading Aloe vera: The “plant of immortality” and its healing benefits

Chia seeds: Make a natural energy drink, Chia Fresca, with the nutritious seeds

Chia seeds are an integral ingredient in the Mexican drink chia fresca, in which the seeds are mixed into lime or lemon juice with a sweetener – sugar, honey, agave or maple syrup. Chia seeds, native to Mexico and South America, are a member of the mint family and was used by Mayan and Aztec cultures for supernatural powers. Chia seeds, which are used in their whole … Continue reading Chia seeds: Make a natural energy drink, Chia Fresca, with the nutritious seeds

Rays of Sunshine: Health benefits of sunflower oil and seeds

Sunflowers are joyous plants to encounter with their big blooms and sun-like glow. What’s more these beautiful plants, produce oils and seeds that make you feel as good as coming face-to-face with a sunflower. The blooms of the sunflower actually move to follow the sun from east to west across the sky, and the sunflower is associated with the sun and all solar deities. The Aztecs … Continue reading Rays of Sunshine: Health benefits of sunflower oil and seeds

Superfood powders put to the test

If you are looking to better your health – be it to boost energy levels, improve concentration or to lose weight – introducing nutrient-dense superfoods into your diet can benefit the body by healing and protecting on many levels. Superfood powders typically consist of a bulk, powdered version of superfoods in a raw, natural state. They are not exclusively for detox purposes so superfood powders can … Continue reading Superfood powders put to the test

Superfoods: What is moringa?

Moringa is a highly nutritious plant native to India, Pakistan and Africa. This nutrient-dense superfood is rich in iron, calcium, vitamins and antioxidants, as well as the same essential amino acids as any other complete protein such as meat. Moringa has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. Known as the “Miracle Tree”, it is said to prevent 300 diseases including diabetes, malnutrition and is … Continue reading Superfoods: What is moringa?