Thursday, May 29, 2014

Herbs for anxiety

 Feeling stressed out or suffering from anxiety try an herbal alternative. Instead of drinking  alcohol or losing sleep  try these herbs.

St John's Wort a personal favorite of mine apparently this herb has two chemicals specifically counter depression. Hypericin and hyperforin act on chemical messengers in the nervous system that regulate mood.

Chamomile also has compounds that bind to the same receptors as Valium.

Valerian helps with sleep , I tried this in a pill form when I used to have sleep issues. There are more out there but these are the few I have definitely tried myself.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

More praises for Turmeric

Everything that I blog about I use myself.  I always tell people to use the spice Turmeric, I am quite a bully when it comes to this miracle herb.  So for the past three months I have been experimenting on myself. I used to include Turmeric in my stir fry like once  a week but I decided to include it in at least two meals a day.  I can report that headaches which I used to have once a while have ceased, this joint problem I had in shoulder (old gym injury) have also stopped as well other aches and (monthly) pains.  My skin is totally clear as well. 

Turmeric has so many benefits so please add it to your diet.  Everyday scientists are finding new benefits of this awesome herb.

Monday, May 19, 2014


When my sister was diagnosed with LUPUS in 2007 I became obsessed with learning all I could about this disease.  When I became her caretaker for three years I witnessed first hand how diet can cause pain and inflammation as well as other foods that can alleviate the pain.  My sister loved junk food before being diagnosed , she was also under much stress whilst she was working towards her PhD in Chemistry.  I realized then the link between stress and food in causing chronic inflammation.

In most of  us when we eat food that is not agreeable with us, our bodies, this amazing machine will attack it. But in attacking these foods inflammation kicks in.  Inflammation can show itself in gastric disruptions, skin breakouts, joint pains , allergic responses etc.  These reactions are necessary but what part can we play in minimizing the effects.  I am only going to share some herbs that I have personally seen work to minimize inflammation.

Ginger/Turmeric - I will always sing the praises of ginger and turmeric. I had my sister on a steady diet of these herbs until she went into remission. The ginger helped with her arthritis which was part of the LUPUS. Turmeric as an anti inflammatory just calmed her body overall.

Chickweed is best known for it's ability to cool inflammation and speed healing for internal or external flare-ups

Jamaican Dogwood another anti inflammatory that helps arthritis

Guinea Hen Weed -used for a wide variety of  conditions including arthritis, digestive disorders, infections, diabetes, cancer and pain relief. 

*My opinions consult a doctor before including these herbs in your diet. 



Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas)

I stopped eating meat  for over two years and chicken for about 6 months now .  So I am trying to find other sources of protein.  So I tried chickpeas in my stirfry and its awesome. So lets lists some of the benefits of Chickpeas:
 dietary fiber. 
  • Manganese : Chick Peas are a great source of the trace mineral manganese.
  • Blood Sugar : Soluble fiber helps stabilize blood sugar levels. If you have insulin resistance, hypoglycemia or diabetes, beans like chick peas  can help you balance blood sugar levels while providing steady, slow-burning energy.
  • Heart : Regular intake of Chickpeas can lower LDL 
  • Weight Loss: Due to high fiber content and low GI, chickpeas are excellent for weight loss diets. 
  • Iron : chick peas can boost your energy because of their high iron content. 
  • Protein : Chickpeas are a good source of protein.