National More Herbs Less Salt Day

In the past I have written quite a few articles about the benefits of herbs.  You can read about them here … here …and here.

It just so happens that today is also the day that I have decided to get back on track once again.  For some reason I am just never very good at sticking to my weight loss goals during the summer months.  But I am happy to say that this summer, due to all the activity it has brought,  I have managed to only gain back 10 of the 28 pounds that I lost at the beginning of the year.

I keep falling off the horse but the important part is that I keep dusting myself off and getting back on.  And on and on and on….

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I have missed Zumba tremendously!  And probably would have stuck with it had the room, in which it is performed, didn’t get to be 100*F by May.   I prefer to have a cold enviroment to work out in which is why on most 32*F mornings you will catch me out walking the neighborhood.

So as it being National More Herbs Less Salt Day, what a better day to start my health and fitness goals up again.  I said that 2016 was going to be my year and I still have 4 months to go.  I know that I can do this.

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I have got the FitBit all charged up and ready and as soon as I drop the kids off for their first day of school this mama is off to the gym.  Now I will do good all week with my eating habits and no alcohol but come the weekend, we are attending a Red Sox baseball game where yes I will be indulging in clam chowder served in a sourdough bread bowl and consuming large amounts of beer.  And that will be my last hoorah with alcohol for 30 days.

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Yeah I wish I looked this good as a hot mess

I am going to find a 30 day cleanse and stick to it.  This will include a lot of smoothies with a lot of herbs in them.  I was just in the garden last night picking fresh spinach and basil.  Basil grows like a weed in case anyone is interested.  I cleaned out my garden beds at the beginning of spring.  Broke up all the soil.  And even put some new soil in there and the basil from last year…CAME BACK!

Here’s to getting on a health kick once again….(to be continued)

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5 More Herbs And Their Benefits

5 Herbs And Their BenefitsWelcome to the third installment of herbs and the benefits of using them.  If you missed the other two posts you can read them here (part 1) and here (part 2).

Lemon Balm ~ Grows as a bushy perennial with long stems, leaves, and flowers.5 More Herbs And Their Benefits  It gives off a very strong lemon scent which I myself love the smell of lemons.  Lemon balm is a great antioxidant and helps aid in digestion by stimulating bile flow.  It’s also used to help with stress and anxiety especially in an essential oil form.  For juicing you can use the entire sprig fed through the juicer or you can dry the sprigs and then crush them to put in blended smoothies.

Nutmeg ~ Usually found in an already crushed form, most use it for flavoring in cooking.  Nutmeg is also good for colic, muscle tension and diarrhea.  5 More Herbs And Their BenefitsHaving problems sleeping?  Sprinkle some in some chamomile tea at night,  spray lavender on the sheets and see what happens.

Oats ~ Who doesn’t love oats?  These days so many recipes are using oats as a healthy alternative grain and that’s because the list of healing properties include improving stamina…even that of libido and nourishing of brain nerves.  Have a hangover?  Eat a bowl of oatmeal.  Having brain zaps from trying to get off anti-depressant drugs? 5 More Herbs And Their Benefits Have a fruit smoothie with a cup of oats included.  Oats also help lower cholesterol when consumed daily.  For 10 more reasons why oats are great just click here.

Parsley ~ Yes that stuff that is used to decorate the side of your plate comes with some health benefits.  Not only is it one of the richest food sources for vitamin C but it also helps the body rid of water retention  and flushes the kidneys out.5 More Herbs And Their Benefits  When juicing, use the sprig in its entirety or for smoothies use a couple of dry teaspoons full.  A flavanol found in parsley has been shown to have chemopreventive effects on certain types of skin cancer.  The folic acid in parsley helps with blood flow and is good for your heart.

Peppermint ~ This hardy and invasive perennial is very fragrant and produces bright green leaves with small pink, white, and purple flowers.  It is very popular in its ability to squash the common ailment of stomach nausea.  Peppermint also helps with motion sickness, fevers, and even Crohn’s disease.5 More Herbs And Their Benefits

Peppermint oil is also becoming widely used.  It’s used to scent various soaps and cosmetics and also as a flavoring in many beverages.  For me the scent of peppermint always reminds me of this time of year and the Christmas holiday.  I especially love “Peppermint Mocha Creamer” in my coffee!

Please note: I am not an herb specialist, physician, witch 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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What is your favorite herb to use in juicing or smoothies?  I would love to hear!

Happy&Healthy,

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~5 More Herbs And Their Uses~

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Dandelion Leaf ~ I have used this for juicing many times but make sure to only use a small amount for it has a very bitter taste.  It aids in liver diseases such as hepatitis and jaundice.  It helps promote kidney health as well.  It is easily found in most supermarkets in the produce section.

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Echinacea ~ This herb is great for boosting your immune system and I usually buy it in a tea bag form at the grocery store.  I have also used it in capsule form when I start to feel my throat getting scratchy.  If grown in a garden, as a perennial, you may use all the parts of the plant for juicing.  Echinacea helps aid with respiratory and urinary infections.  It’s usually found in dry form in some alternative health food stores.

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Garlic ~ Not only for keeping vampires at bay this herb is also used to aid in the inhibition of cancer cells forming.  Garlic also helps reduce (LDL) cholesterol and can even keep the common cold at bay.  I use it in just about everything I cook and if you throw several cloves of it along with some basil, olive oil, and a little fresh juice of a lemon it makes a great pesto.

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*GARLIC*

It is very easily found in grocery stores and if using it for juicing just throw a clove or two in the juicer as a great antioxidant which helps strengthen the immune system and can aid in the prevention of heart disease.

Ginger ~ I will never forget the first time I tried a bite of fresh ginger…I thought someone had just sprayed a can of Pledge dusting spray in my mouth.  They usually serve it in raw form when eating at a sushi restaurant.  Now, I love the taste of it.  Guess you could say it was an acquired taste.  It’s used in a root form and aids with headaches, upset stomach(especially morning sickness).  It helps the digestive system by increasing the absorption of several nutrients.

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In juicing just peel the outer layer off (unless using organic then feel free to use the peel as well) then chop a couple tiny pieces and throw in the juicer.  If wanting to help with upset stomach grate a good amount into a small pot of water and boil.  Then strain and sip like tea.

Lavender ~ A great herb for juicing in which all parts of the plant can be used.  Lavender is used in many teas as a relaxant but can also help with stress, insomnia, and in some cases even depression.

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It helps with relaxation and in the form of an essential oil, you can put a couple drops on your child’s pillow case to help them with a peaceful sleep.  It is found in most alternative health food stores in dried form.  Can also be grown in a garden from June through the fall depending on temperature of your climate.  It also makes a beautiful coverage for landscaping.

Please note: I am not an herb specialist, physician, witch 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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5 Uses For Various Herbs ~ Part 1

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Uses For Herbs

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.

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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.

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*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.

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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.

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*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 Herb Juicing
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*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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