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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

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

Propolis, A Powerful, Natural Antibiotic

Actually Propolis isn’t a bee product but a product produced from the bark of certain trees such as poplars, birch, beech and aspen and used by the bees. Propolis consists mainly of resins exuded by the leaf buds and bark of these trees. The worker bees, whose job it is to collect these resins, mix the resins with a little wax, honey and enzymes to make propolis. The entire colony uses propolis as putty to seal cracks and openings in the hive and to strengthen and repair their honeycombs. Propolis helps to sterilize the hive so that bacteria, viruses and fungi do not spread. Some bees even line the brood cells with propolis. Because propolis does these things with the hive it stands to reason that humans could use it to their advantage. For over 2,000 years humans have used propolis as an antiseptic, antimicrobial and a detoxifier. In Europe, the Middle East, and Asia propolis has been used to heal festering wounds. These wounds came about through battle, because of skin ulcers, or because of bed sores. There are hundreds of chemical compounds in this complex natural substance. The make up of propolis is approximately 50 percent resins, 30 percent waxes, 10 percent essential oils, 5 percent pollen and 5 percent plant debris. Researchers have found that there is a recurrent pattern of antiseptic, antibiotic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties. Bees harvest resins from their local areas making the composition of propolis vary considerably. The interesting thing here is that although the composition varies a great deal the medicinal properties do not. There are several reasons why propolis is so effective. There are more than 180 phytochemicals while flavonoids are the most abundant compounds. Propolis is rich in antioxiants and can reduce inflammation as well as pharmaceutical drugs. Propolis has been shown to be very effective against respiratory infections, healing wounds, keeping teeth and gums healthy, fungal infections, viral infections, and herpes simplex infections. As I’ve mentioned many times the best offense is a great defense…hence a strong immune system is essential. The Pharmaceutical Industry has been handing out antibiotics like candy for many many years. Consequently the overuse of the drugs has made them quite ineffective. Also, along with the inevitable mutations of bacteria into resistant strains are now, once again, turning simple infections into life threatening illnesses. Something that you can do right now is to use propolis to help combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria and to improve... read more

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