Health-Giving Cloves
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Health-Giving Cloves

When I was young my family had this tradition during the holidays of making pomander balls. We used oranges and studded them with cloves. We’d often create beautiful designs or smiley faces and then the oranges were piled on top of each other in a bowl and put on display. After the process was done I loved to smell my hands. The spicy scent of cloves will always remind me of a sentimental christmas memory.

But did you know that cloves are a spice that you may want to include all year round? 

Cloves are surprisingly an amazing aid in keeping you well and keeping the flu at bay. They can also help reduce symptoms of a cold.

Health-Giving Cloves

Why are cloves amazing at warding off a virus?

Cloves contain antioxidants and one of these is a compound called eugenol.

Eugenol not only fights oxidative stress caused by a virus but studies showed that in concentrated amounts (such as an oil extract) it caused cell death in 80% of esophageal cancer cells. 

One test-tube study found that clove extract helped stop the growth of tumors.

It is important to note that eugenol is toxic in high amounts and overdosing on clove oil may cause liver damage, especially in children. Further research is needed to determine how lower amounts may affect humans.None the less, it is very amazing that cloves can have such a powerfully healing effect on the body.

Health-Giving Cloves

So cloves are important for fighting viruses as well as cancer cells. Are they good for anything else? Well, cloves have been shown to be a great ingredient to add to your cleaner used to clean up around your house, or spray down grocery cart handles. Cloves have antimicrobial properties meaning they can help stop the growth of microorganisms like bacteria. One test-tube study showed that clove essential oil was effective at killing off three common types of bacteria, including E. coli,

Health-Giving Cloves

Along these lines it’s also a cool thing that cloves promote oral health! In one test-tube study, the compounds extracted from cloves were found to stop the growth of two types of bacteria that contribute to gum disease.

So, if the sweet and spicy aroma of cloves doesn’t woo you than maybe some of these health benefits will entice you to toss in some ground cloves or a drop of clove essential oil into your next stir fry or batch of healthy cookies! 

(information on studies obtained from healthline.com)

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Low Carb Blondie Fudge!

What is better than buttery, caramely, soft and fudgey bites of healthy goodness with hints of sweet chocolate bits? We’re not sure. Which is why we are offering you this easy-peasy five minute fudge recipe that calls for some simple yet extremely nutritional ingredients to bring you back to the basics of good eating.

This fudge recipe is decadent and rich. It’s the perfect bite of sweetness for after supper when you don’t want something heavy but just a little something sweet to round out the meal.

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Are you aware of the amazing health benefits of butter? If not, you gotta find out! You will be amazed that you never had a good reason to feel guilty for indulging in the delicious spread. If you are one of those people then you gotta know what you are missing out on! However, if you would like these to be made dairy free you have that option too and it is explained in the video! We hope you enjoy these as much as we do!!

In the Kitchen: Recipes and More, Superfoods, The Creative Home, Uncategorized

Low Carb Blondie Fudge!

What is better than buttery, caramely, soft and fudgey bites of healthy goodness with hints of sweet chocolate bits? We’re not sure. Which is why we are offering you this easy-peasy five minute fudge recipe that call for some simple yet extremely nutritional ingredients to bring you back to the basics of good eating. This fudge recipe is decadent and rich. It’s the perfect bite of sweetness for after supper when you don’t want something heavy but just a little something sweet to round out the meal.

Nan_Perrin

Are you aware of the amazing health benefits of butter? If not, you gotta find out! You will be amazed that you never had a good reason to feel guilty for indulging in the delicious spread. If you are one of those people then you gotta know what you are missing out on! However, if you would like these to be made dairy free you have that option too and it is explained in the video! We hope you enjoy these as much as we do!!

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Nourish Me Tea & the Truth about Vitamins

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Have you considered all of the ins and outs of daily consuming a multi-vitamin?

Some of us are swallowing our vitamins incapsulated or trying to down them in powdered form. Have you ever tasted magnesium powder? Good gracious. Though it is an excellent way to absorb the vital mineral it sure ain’t easy. To this day, it is still the worst thing I have ever tasted. It’s easier to just swallow one pill that “meets” our dietary needs and be done with it but what if I told you that taking multivitamins may actually be doing more harm to your body than good?

Vitamins can be derived from plant or animal products or produced synthetically in a lab. Most commercial vitamins are made from synthetic vitamins. These synthetic kind are cheaper and easier to produce than natural derivatives.

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Studies published in the Health Day News journal Annals of Internal Medicine, found that multivitamin and mineral supplements did not work any better than placebo pills. When you eat real food, you’re not consuming single nutrients, but rather a whole range of vitamins, minerals, co-factors and enzymes that allow for optimal use by the body. Without these additional compounds, synthetic nutrients are unlikely to be used by the body in the same way the body uses natural vitamins and minerals.

Our bodies aren’t absorbing the synthetic vitamins and minerals. 

What if you have an excellent brand, a whole food multivitamin? Surely you are good there? Well, it turns out it’s a little more complex than that. Here are just a few concerns…

  • We combine them with other supplements, foods or drugs that can block absorption.

You’ve really got to research when to take certain vitamins and figure out what your body truly needs. Calcium and magnesium can compete for absorption with one another. Iron cuts the absorption of zinc.

  • We can either be taking in too high of doses or too low of doses.

It can be detrimental to your health to take high doses of vitamin A and vitamin E. Taking more than 3,000 international units of vitamin A daily can increase your risk for osteoporosis, the bone-eroding disease.

  • We may be taking in a poor choice of carriers.

Tablets may not dissolve completely—and you can’t absorb any nutrients from a pill that doesn’t dissolve. They may also contain binders, fillers and other additives.

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Now, I don’t want to scare you into stopping your intake of multivitamins. What we are all about is really encouraging you to focus on receiving all of your vitamins and minerals from your diet and to search out your own needs where supplementation may be needed.

This leads me to share with you this very nourishing herbal blend of tea

Stinging Nettle. Alalfa. Dandelion Leaves.

These are powerful plants that God gave us for healing and thriving. They are nutrient dense, packed with vitamins, minerals, and trace minerals along with a TON of potent phytonutrients including deep-green chlorophyll and carotenoids. These dried leaves contain up to 40% protein, more than any other known leafy green—and as a source of essential amino acids, stinging nettles are comparable to beans and chicken meat.

Why do we drink this tea?

The benefits from drinking this herbal blend make it obvious as to why we would want to include it in our diets. The really awesome thing is that when added to a clean, whole food diet we can almost achieve our daily requirement for vitamins and minerals from this tea alone and guess what…as a whole food alternative, it is all easily absorbed by the body. Here are just SOME of the benefits of this tea…

  • Detoxifies the body
  • Improves metabolic efficiency
  • Boosts immunity
  • Increases circulation
  • Improves energy levels
  • Manages menstruation + minimizes menopausal symptoms
  • Aids in skin care
  • Protects kidneys and gallbladder
  • Decreases oxidative stress
  • Pain relief. Nettle tea has analgesic effects
  • Decreases inflammation. Nettles work as a natural anti-inflammatory through a number of different mechanisms, such as decreasing nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB) binding activity to DNA. Nettle extract, used to treat arthritis, has been shown to decrease levels of pro-inflammatory compounds such as interleukin-6 and • C-reactive protein. <—(Yeah we definitely didn’t know that until we did deeper research)
  • Lowers blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol
  • Fights infections. Has antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal effects
  • Fights cancer
  • Heals stomach lining. Helps heal the mucosal lining of the stomach in the case of ulcers or stomach irritation

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How do we use it?

Make an even mixture of the alfalfa leaves and the dandelion leaves. Add twice as much stinging nettle as the amount of alfalfa and dandelion.

“One ounce of plant material per quart of water is generally thought necessary to provide a sufficient quantity of minerals if you drink one quart of tea daily. Consider this: an ounce of dried herb is roughly equivalent to four ounces of fresh plant and although not all the minerals are 100% extracted into the tea, this mineral beverage is like a liquid salad.” Mother Earth News.

For maximum benefits the leaves should be covered and steeped for a minimum of a few hours or better yet, overnight. Allow it to come to room temperature before straining and refrigerating. The long steeping time allows for a more nutrient-dense tea, while the hot water and the cool water pull out different constituents from the herbs.

Or use one heaping tablespoon per eight ounces of hot water.

This tea is very mild in flavor and tastes wonderful complimented with lemon, or peppermint, fennel oil or cinnamon and orange oil. Enjoy this hot or cold.

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Where do I get it?

I sure hope that you give this tea a try! Be careful how you buy your tea leaves. It’s not a great idea to buy in store bins where people may be continuously opening the bins and there is really no telling how long the leaves have been sitting there. It’s best to buy in bulk from a trusted source. I bought mine from Frontier Co-op.

How do I store it?

Store your tea in a dark, dry place around 75 degrees fahrenheit. Keep it out of the sunlight. For optimum potency use within one year.

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I sure hope that you enjoy steeping and sipping on this herbal blend. It has become a favorite of mine! Have you created your own herbal blends?

Share with us some of your favorite ways to get your vitamins!

❤ Cate

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Simple Snappy Salmon Salad

We have a delicious quick lunch recipe for you today. It’s so yummy and so simple that you can put it together in 10 minutes or less. Simple Snappy Salmon Salad. Salmon is one of the most nutritious foods on earth. It is one of the best ways to get omega 3 fatty acids into your diet. We have to get omega 3 fatty acid through our foods since our bodies don’t create them. There are so many benefits to omega 3. It’s been known to help lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation.

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Salmon is also a great source of protein. And we all know how important protein is to our bodies. Protein helps your body heal after injury, protects bone health and maintains muscle mass during weight loss and the aging process. Consuming it also has the highest thermic effect on our bodies. 25-30% of the calories consumed are being used to digest protein. This is because protein is the hardest macro to break down. The body has to spend a whole lot more energy breaking it down. Thus, it is a big metabolism boost. Salmon is also high in vitamin B and potassium. It is good for your heart and even improves mood and cognition. With a lunch like this we can have a very productive afternoon!

We like to buy wild caught salmon from a reputable source. It’s delicious prepared so many different ways and one of our favorites is to grill it. But for this simple lunch we buy the packages of wild caught frozen fillets of salmon and cook it on the stovetop. Each piece is individually wrapped too. A quick way to thaw a filet is to immerse it frozen, in its freezer wrapped packaging into a pitcher of cold water. You can prepare the pan while it thaws. We like to cook it in a hot skillet with sizzling butter. We will have to do another post on the wonderful benefits of butter! Besides adding flavor it packs a lot of good nutrients of its own.

Simple Snappy Salmon Salad

When the salmon is thawed unwrap it and sprinkle each side with your favorite spices. We used Cajun seasoning, paprika, onion powder and a slight sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese for crunch and flavor. Place in the hot buttery pan and cook for about 2-3 minutes per side, depending on its thickness. You want the salmon to be flaky when you scrape it with a fork. While the salmon is cooking throw some pre-washed salad greens in a big bowl. Add in any of your favorite salad toppings. Once the salmon is cooked to your liking place it on top of your greens and top with a delicious salad dressing An easy salad dressing we like to prepare is Lemon Garlic Olive Oil Dressing. Again this is pretty quick to make. Place chopped garlic in a small container, add the juice of a lemon and 1/2 cup of olive oil. There… now you’re ready to dig into a most nutritious and easy meal! Enjoy!

 

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