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The Amazing Moringa Tree

The Moringa Tree is truly amazing given the incredible benefits it offers. The Moringa Tree contains 7 times the vitamin C of oranges, 3 times the potassium of bananas, 4 times the vitamin A of carrots, 4 times the calcium of milk, 2 times the protein of yogurt, plus iron, selenium, and vitamin E. The tree is packed full of anti-oxidents and contains all the essential amino acids. I had never heard of the Moringa Tree until a neighbor of mine, Esperanza, mentioned the tree to me and asked me if I knew of it. I said I hadn’t and consequently Esperanza brought me 4 seeds. I planted them. They came up quickly with cute little leaves. I thought I was going to have four Moringa Trees. Unfortunately I was out of town for a few days and three of the little seedlings died. The fourth seed was planted in the garden and has been absolutely amazing. You can almost watch it grow higher and higher. I’ve never seen anything grow so fast other than, perhaps, a puppy. This seed was planted about three months ago. The tree is now about 12 feet high and the center section is chock full of beautiful little white flowers. The seed pods haven’t come yet but I’m sure they will and I will plant more trees. The possibilities of this tree are outstanding. The tree does not grow in cold areas but, I think it certainly could in areas such as Southern Arizona. The tree grows in Hawaii, Mexico, the Phillipines, South America, Asia and Africa. In Africa children that were malnourished and given Moringa flourished. Interestingly enough the areas where the trees grow are the areas that have the most malnourished people. Every part of the tree can be used. The seeds are full of oil, the roots can be used for making tea and the leaves can be dried and put into capsules or sprinkled over just about everything. I don’t know if this is done but breads can certainly contain Moringa. The leaves of this tree are even being used to purify water. Leaves can be chopped up and used in salads or other foods. This is truly a multi-purpose tree that can nourish the world. If you have your own trees you can buy the empty capsules from Soya de Guaymas, or many find it much easier to buy it already processed and capsuled. by Jacqui at... read more

Arnica

Applied as an ointment arnica can relieve sore muscles, reduce inflammation, heal bruises and superficial wounds, help reduce swelling from broken bones, reduce the inflammation of insect bites, sprains and arthritis.

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Inflammation…What Is Inflammation?

Inflammation can happen inside or outside of the body and is the body’s attempt to protect and heal itself by removing whatever is causing the problem. This can be harmful stimuli, damaged cells, irritants or pathogens. In the case of an infection, inflammation is the body’s response to the infection, not the infection itself. In the case of chronic inflammation more inflammation is created in response to the existing inflammation. Where there is inflammation there is usually pain and pain is a key factor in virtually all chronic and degenerative diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, cancer, kidney and bowel diseases and the like. Of course, what we want to do is get rid of the pain. To get rid of the pain we must get rid of the inflammation. So, one option is to have shelves full of medications to do this such as ibuprofen. As you well know we can just walk into any pharmacy and purchase what we want. If we choose to go to a doctor we can get even stronger prescriptions to eliminate our pain. While helping to eliminate pain herbs, natural remedies and treatments can give your body the power to attack the problem at the source. What natural products can be used to combat inflammation? Arnica is natural and one can purchase it in the form of a cream, a spray, capsules or tea. There are other very potent natural anti-inflammatory agents. One is curcumin that is derived from the turmeric root. Turmeric, a spice native to Asia, has been studied for its anti-inflammatory powers and has been proven to be very effective in relieving pain. Another one is the ginger root, another common spice. This spice is full of scientifically proven pain relieving agents. One of those is a protein-digesting enzyme called zingibain which seems to relieve arthritis pain, again reducing inflammation. There are many plants with powerful anti-inflammatory and pain relieving agents including cat’s claw, hops and rosemary. Diet is also important. Some foods that do not cause inflammation or actually lower it are shiitake mushrooms, blueberries, papaya, broccoli and sweet potatoes. There are many others but this gives you a few. On the other hand foods that increase inflammation or cause it are dairy products, other than kefir, feedlot raised meat, processed meat, refined grains and food additives. An iridology analysis can help pinpoint areas of inflammation as well as the Soya de Guaymas two week “Reset diet” can... read more

Honeybees and Bee Pollen

The industrious honeybees are certainly exceptional little creatures. There are worker honeybees that collect nectar and there are worker honeybees that collect pollen. These bees flit from flower to flower collecting pollen into the tiny baskets on their legs. Fortunately these little bees collect more pollen than the colony needs thus enabling bee keepers to scrape some of the pollen onto special screens that have been devised for the purpose as the bees enter the hive. The rounded pollen grains that you purchase are these little baskets on the bees’ legs. Pollen provides the bees with their protein, fat, vitamins and trace elements. The plant nectar and honey provide the carbohydrates. The bees that collect pollen visit the plants that have the most nutritious and easy to collect pollens. The nectar can come from other plants or the same ones. The best pollen comes from wild plants and second to that is the pollen that comes from organically farmed crops. Raw honey always contains bee pollen so even though bee pollen doesn’t have a long tradition of use as a food, humans have been eating pollen as long as they have been eating honey. The flowery taste of raw honey comes from small amounts of pollen in the honey. The processed and filtered honey does not contain any of the bee pollen so you might want to think about buying the raw honey and of course, bee pollen by itself. Bee pollen has a concentrated source of nutrients as it consists of the male reproductive parts of seed plants. After the male pollen grains fertilize the female eggs the results are awesome. The seeds now contain all the genetic material and nutrients needed to grow a new plant. Something else that is quite awesome…bee pollen can contain 12 to 40 percent protein by dry weight. This protein has a complete and balanced spectrum of amino acids making it complete for humans, other mammals and birds. Pollen contains all the vitamins that are known. It does contain Vitamin B12 and vitamin D but in small amounts. We need both of these vitamins but pollen doesn’t give us enough of them. Vitamin D is simple enough…just get out in the sun every day for 20-45 minutes. Vegans need to supplement the vitamin B12. The only reason that meat eaters get sufficient amounts of B12 is because the animals that provide the B12 eat plants but they eat a lot of them.... read more

Benefits of Flax Seeds

Are you one of the many people who use flax seeds as part of your daily routine? If not you might want to consider adding flax seeds to smoothies, salads, soups or just about anything. Flax seeds are a wonderful way to add more fiber to your diet but additionally, the benefits of flax seeds are many. Flax seeds are full of antioxidants, Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Because flax seeds are high in Omega-3 fatty acids they fight inflammation in our bodies. As we all have learned inflammation is a key factor in arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. Flax seeds have been around for a very long time, some 5,000+ years for which we have knowledge. There are many people who think that it is one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet. You can find flax seeds in all kinds of products such as crackers, instant oatmeal etc. In 2010 alone the Flax Council estimated that close to 300 new flax-based products were launched in the U.S. and Canada. Flax seeds have many cholesterol-lowering effects. This is probably due to all the fiber. Unfortunately people that consume primarily an animal based diet do not get enough fiber. There isn’t any in meats, eggs, dairy etc. Fiber promotes proper functioning of the intestines. It helps your system work as it should. I totally believe that if the system isn’t working, one is a prime target for colon cancer. It only makes sense that if that hamburger or steak that you ate a few days ago is trying to work its way through your intestines for four or five days it can’t be a good thing. So…more fiber!! Flax seeds are high in phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants. According to Wikipedia some are responsible for color and other organoleptic properties, such as the deep purple of blueberries and the smell of garlic. The term is generally used to refer to those chemicals that may have biological significance, for example antioxidants, but are not established as essential nutrients. Scientists estimate that there may be as many as 10,000 different phytochemicals having the potential to affect diseases such as cancer, stroke or metabolic syndrome. One such chemical, lignan, may help to prevent Type 2 diabetes. A bit more about the high fiber content. Start with a small amount of flax seeds and increase the amount slowly. If you are not used... read more

Hemp … from Fabrics to Seeds

It all started with a trip down to our local health store here in San Carlos known as Soya de Guaymas. I love to look at what Matt and Mayra have added to their store because there are always new goodies that I haven’tseen before. This time it was a package of raw hemp seeds. Matt had been talking about Hemp and I had asked if he had any. He did and I purchased my first bag of Organic Hemp Seeds. On the front of the package it states that the Hemp is raw shelled and that it has 10grams of protein and 3 grams of Omega 3′s per serving. Hemp has zero cholesterol and zero sodium. The taste is delicious (I now use it all the time on salads or in smoothies or on vegetables) with a lovely nutty flavor. It is unfortunate that many farmers do not grow hemp in the U.S. because it has been likened to marijuana which it isn’t. It was grown in the U.S. until the 1950′s. At this point the U.S. is the only industrialized nation that prohibits growing industrial hemp. This seems to be changing. We’ll see. Hemp is another one of those wonder foods that is so good for you. Not only is it a wonder food but many things come from Hemp including some 25,000 products including paper, fiber, plastics, textiles, rope, oil, household cleaners and a myriad of other products. So why do you suppose there are laws against growing Hemp in the U.S.? First of all it is said that Hemp is the earth’s most beneficial agricultural crop. Hemp can provide food, clothing, shelter and medicine. Hemp has been around for some 6,000 years and has enormous potential as a useful plant. The U.S. was the first country to introduce laws to destroy the hemp plants. And, guess what…once again, it was all about politics and money. For thousands of years hemp has been used as a food, to make clothing and as a medicine. It can be turned into plastics and made into petroleum without producing sulphur, thus reducing CO2 in the atmosphere. Around 80% of all the paper in the world was made from Hemp up until 1883. In the late 1800′s growing hemp fell out of favor as it was difficult to grow large quantities. An automated harvester was developed in the 1930′s. During the time that it was difficult to harvest hemp commercially... read more

Neem, An Ayurvedic Wonder

We’ve talked about tumeric, moringa, whey, arnica, honey and a few others. Now, let’s add neem to the list of products that can be extremely helpful for all kinds of health problems. Neem has been around since ancient times. It has been heavily used in India for such diseases as malaria, diabetes, leprosy and ulcers. In India the neem Tree has been labeled the Tree of Life. Like arnica and moringa, neem comes in various kinds of applications such as capsules, salves, a spray, soap, cream, and of course, the famous neem oil made from the seeds. Neem is an antiseptic so can be used as an infusion. The seeds of the neem tree can be pressed producing a natural spermicide and fungicide. Other infections externally such as itching, fungus, eczema, and psoriasis can be treated with neem with excellent results. Neem oil is probably the best product available to treat psoriasis. Psoriasis is a chronic inflammation of the skin causing thickened and inflamed lesions. Neem oil moisturizes and protects the skin along with treating the injuries. Neem has been know to reduce tumors, prevent heart attacks, reduce cholesterol and prevent blood clotting. Neem can regulate blood pressure and regulate the heart beat. There have been outstanding results in treating periodontal disease. On top of all this neem can get rid of intestinal parasites and unwanted bacteria. Have some dandruff? Use neem to take care of it. Neem has been approved by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) for use in pest control in crops of food. It is not toxic to humans or animals so can make a great insect repellent without the toxicity of Deet. Here in Mexico I used to be able to go into any pharmacy and buy a natural repellent to use against mosquitoes made of citronella. I just tried to do this a few weeks ago…went into three pharmacies and all they had were the US products containing Deet. I do not want this on my skin so went to our local Soya de Guaymas and bought some oil of citronella in order to make my own. I had forgotten about Neem but I do have some on my shelf. I think neem is even better with no harmful effects. The compounds of the seeds, bark and leaves have antiseptic uses, antiviral, anti-ulcer, anti-fungal and anti-ulcer properties. Diseases that are helped or eliminated with neem are diabetes, where insulin requirements have been reduced by... read more

Benefits of Tumeric

That beautiful yellow/orange Indian spice, Tumeric, is probably one of the strongest anti-oxidents on the planet. It has been thoroughly researched and many studies have concluded that it compares favorably to a variety of conventional medications. These medications include such things as Lipitor, a statin drug used to lower blood pressure, various steroid medications, aspirin, Prozac, anti-inflammatory drugs, metformin, a diabetes drug, and the chemotherapy drug, Oxaliplatin. Tumeric comes from the root of the Curcuma Longa Plant. It is full of manganese, iron, vitamin B6, potassium and a bit of fiber. The flavor is warm, peppery and a bit bitter. As far as food goes it has been best known as one of the ingredients to make curry. It is also used to give mustard its bright yellow color. Turmeric is widely used in India as well as in China. Throughout history it has been used as a condiment, a healing remedy and a textile dye. The four most common forms of cancer in the United States apparently are ten times lower in India. Researchers have attributed part of this to the compound curcumin. Laboratory studies have suggested that curcumin is effective in protecting against cancer and in killing colon cancer cells. It is also thought that the elderly villagers in India appear to have the lowest rates of Alzheimer’s in the world. Tumeric is a very potent anti-inflammatory. This was mentioned above. There are a lot of anti-inflammatory drugs on the market but why not use something like tumeric that is natural. Tumeric is also a very effective treatment for inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s and colitis. Rheumatoid arthritis can be helped significantly along with cystic fibrosis. Curcumin, the major constituent of turmeric, exerts powerful antioxidant effects. Because of this curcumin is able to neutralize free radicals, the chemicals that travel throughout the body causing damage to healthy cells and cell membranes. Free radicals are responsible for the painful joint inflammation of arthritis. In the case of cystic fibrosis patients should not self-medicate with supplements containing curcumin. There could be adverse interactions with the many prescription drugs taken by cystic fibrosis sufferers. It is certainly easier to prevent cancer in the first place than to do nothing and try and cure it. Curcumin helps destroy the mutated cancer cells so these cells cannot spread throughout the body. The main way curcumin does this is by enhancing liver function. There have been studies that have linked the frequent... read more

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