Starting Monday I am going to get out my juicer,
scrub dust it off, and get back into the habit of getting on track again. It’s been a hot and busy summer and that’s about the only excuse I have as to why I have sat on my lazy ass not been staying on track.
In the weeks to come for #foodpornthursdays I am going to be sharing uses for various herbs in juicing, in alphabetical order, and their health benefits. I will also be testing them out in various juices and smoothies. So please make sure to check back each week for an herbal update…
*Alfalfa ~ Can be planted as a perennial and easily grows in most parts of North America. Can also be found as sprouted seeds in most supermarkets.
Alfalfa can be used as a great resource of nutrition and helps promote strong teeth, bones, and connective tissue. It also contains large amounts of chlorophyll which can heal wounds and even generate new skin growth. It can be used whole or dried in juicing and smoothies. And as we all know, it tastes fabulous on sandwiches!
*Basil ~ Grows with large green leaves and sometimes topped with a stalk shape of flowers, which all can be used. It helps in soothing digestion and stimulates the adrenal gland. You can get it in fresh or dried form. I planted some in the early summer and it has absolutely taken over half of one of my garden boxes. I put it in just about everything these days. Can be used in it’s entire form for juicing, smoothies and even cooking.
*Catnip ~ also known as the cat’s
meow marijuana weed pot favorite comes with upright branched stems of leaves and white flowers in a tube-like shape.
It can be used to lower fevers and is often taken before bedtime to aid with sleep. Therefore I wouldn’t use it in a morning juice when looking for energy. Catnip can also be used for diarrhea, upset stomach, and even colic. It can be grown but usually it’s found in dried form in health stores.
Catnip can be used in the form of a tea to help with ailments such as menstrual cramps, indigestion, nervous conditions, hives, and even the common cold.
*Cinnamon ~ Most commonly known to be sprinkled on top of our lattes from the local coffee shop, cinnamon comes from the inner bark of a laurel-like tree. It can be found in stick or powdered form in most supermarkets. It has been known to aid in digestion and irritable bowel syndrome. Also can help relieve upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea. Recent studies have shown it to aid in the help of lowering cholesterol and even blood sugar.
*Cumin ~ An inflorescence of small pink or white flowers, with prickly oval seeds, which also derives from the parsley family. It is most commonly used in Spanish, Mexican, and Indian cuisine and the aroma is very distinctive. Cumin helps aid with digestion, an antispasmodic and has even been known to increase milk supply in breastfeeding mothers. It can also be used in a glass of water to gargle with if you have laryngitis. It comes either in a seed or powdered form in most grocery stores.
Please note: I am not an herb specialist, physician, doctor, or nutritionist. This is information I gathered to share with you, and anything you ingest can have possible side effects or a personal reaction to it.
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