Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs and Spices 1

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The type of food we put in our mouth determines the overall health of every cell, tissue and organ in our body. The food we eat can either help us or do us harm.

The right combination of fruits and Vegetables can go a long to keep our entire body healthy, simply by juicing these fruits and vegetables in the right proportion.

Juicing Fruits and Vegetables is the best way to get the full amount of nutrients and vitamins we need on a daily basis.

Best Daily-Required Supply Of Nutrients

Nutritionist agree that consuming fresh pressed organic vegetable and fruit juice is necessary for healthy living, not store-bought bottled juices on supermarket shelves.

With juice drinks obtained from fresh fruits and vegetables, we can obtain our daily-required supply of nutrients.

If drinking vegetables and fruits juice on a consistent basis leaves you gassy, it could be that you are combining ingredients that do not work well together with your body system,

or your body is trying to adjust to some new foods. Thus, try eliminating one ingredient at a time to learn what works best for you.

Mixing Fruits and Vegetables for Juicing

Although there is controversy among experts about mixing fruits and vegetables for juicing, with the exception of apples, which are said to mix well with every other fruits and vegetables.

Some argued that fruits and vegetables digest differently, implying that mixing them together can cause digestive issues like gas and fermentation;

Fermentation occur when food sits undigested in the stomach due to lack of stomach acid. While some are of the opinion that when juicing fruits together with vegetables,

which include leafy greens, celery, cucumber, and non-starchy vegetables, the fruits and vegetables get neutralized, balancing the stomach acid. Since juicing separates out the fiber,

therefore allowing the body to easily assimilate the nutrients in the juice, mixing food types might not be a problem for most people.

Also, some said that the best way to combine and consume fruits and vegetables is by keeping the fruit whole and not separating out the fiber, because the fiber neutralizes the finished drink and aids in digestion.

Recommended Amount of Fiber for Our Body

Public Health recommends 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories of food, daily, according to the Harvard School of Public Health.

A green blended smoothie will supply the body with 12 or more grams of fiber for a 16-ounce drink.

All vegetables can be consumed together, but for optimal digestion, it’s best not to eat protein and starches together. Protein blends well with non-starchy vegetables.

Non-starchy vegetables are beet greens, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, celery, chard, collards, cucumber, dandelion, endive, escarole, fennel, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, parsley, radishes, spinach, sprouts, yellow squash, sweet peppers, swill chard, watercress, and zucchini.

While mildly starchy vegetables include beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, and peas.

Vegetables and fruits serve a great purpose, as they contain different vitamins and nutrients. Juicing them or eating a variety of these foods will help the body maintain a healthy living.

It is therefore important to know the Vitamins, Minerals, Protein and healing power of some selected vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices.

Fresh Apple

Apples

This fruit is a perfect sweetener as apples are low on the glycemic index, controlling insulin levels because they release sugars into the bloodstream slowly.

Apples are known to reduce intestinal disorders, diverticulitis and some types of cancers. Apples can aid in detoxifying and removing heavy metals from our bodies such as lead and mercury.

Apple contain vitamins A and C, phosphorus, iron flavonoids, and calcium.

Angelica Archangelica

Angelica Plant

Angelica archangelica is known as Angelica root or master root or archangel, the root and essential oil of this herb is mostly utilized for exorcism and protection, master root is associated with the Archangel Michael, vanquisher of the wicked.

The energy of the root, when burned, can also be used to provide visions of one’s Holy Guardian Angel and one’s proper karmic path.

Angelica Root and Heartburn

Angelica root has long been associations with healing: Angelica is used for heartburn, intestinal gas (flatulence), loss of appetite (anorexia), arthritis, circulation problems, “runny nose” (respiratory catarrh), nervousness, plague, sleeping (insomnia).

Health benefits of Angelica: Menstrual Period, Urine Production and Sex Drive

Angelica can also help some women start their menstrual periods. Sometimes, this is done to cause an abortion.

It can be used to increase urine production, boost sex drive (In combination with other herbs, angelica is also used for treating premature ejaculation),

stimulate the production and secretion of phlegm, and kill germs. Angelica can be applied directly to the skin for nerve pain called neuralgia, joint pain (rheumatism), and skin disorders.

Angelica Stem

Stomach Upset

Angelica is very potent in treating upset stomach (dyspepsia), when it is combine with five other herbs.

In combination, this herbs can help in not only treating upset stomach, but in acid re-flux, stomach pain, cramping, nausea, and vomiting.

They includes angelica, peppermint leaf, clown’s mustard plant, German chamomile, caraway, licorice, milk thistle, celandine, and lemon balm.

Study also shows that a combination of Panax ginseng root, angelica root, Cistanches deserticola, Zanthoxyl species, torlidis seed, clove flower, asiasari root, cinnamon bark, and toad venom help prevent premature ejaculation when applied directly to the skin of the penis.

Balm of Gilead

Balm of Gilead

The balm of Gilead (Commiphora opobalsamum) also known as balsam, poplar buds, or Mecca balsam. The buds of this herb exude a sticky, sweet-smelling resin that is used to anoint in blessing. 

Balm of Gilead is mentioned in the Old Testament (Holy Bible) as an amazing healer, and legend has it that the Queen of Sheba made a gift of the balm of Gilead tree to King Solomon, thus bringing it to Judea.  

Balm of Gilead Fruits

Balm of Gilead has been widely used throughout history for a number of health conditions, due to its powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and anti-fungal properties, amongst others.

It is gotten from fresh poplar or cottonwood buds. The fresh buds bleed or leak the resinous Balm of Gilead, where it can be collected, processed, and applied for a number of purposes.

Balm of Gilead: Sunburn, Arthritis and Skin inflammation

As an anti-Inflammatory; Balm of Gilead is prepared and used as a topical ointment or salve on inflamed areas of the skin.

Acting in a similar way to aloe when applied to sunburn, it can quickly suck out the heat and itchiness due to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds found in its powerful oil extract.

Also, when it is applied to areas affected by arthritis, it can reduce inflammation, effectively eliminating the pain.

Balm of Gilead: Eczema and Scaling on the skin like thick red patches

leaf of Balm of Gilead

As anti-bacterial: The antibacterial properties of Balm of Gilead mean that it can quickly clear up skin infections or irritations, such as eczema, psoriasis(a chronic autoimmune condition that causes the rapid buildup of skin cells causing scaling on the skin’s surface. Scales are whitish-silver and develop in thick, red patches), and even eliminating the appearance of scars and blemishes. Applied between the toes it can eradicate fungus.  For insect bites, it can be rubbed on the affected area for rapid healing and pain relief.

The analgesic quality of Balm of Gilead can be used on the temples and neck as well, if you suffer from headaches or migraines and burning the balm of Gilead bud assists in spirit manifestation in séances(A meeting where people try to talk with dead people).

Banana

Bananas

Bananas can help balance mood swings because its contain vitamin B. They also contain vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium.

Bananas are good for smoothies and milkshakes, and can mask the taste of bitter greens, and are high in natural digestible sugar.

Banana is rich in fiber, both soluble and insoluble, and high fiber fruits are said to be good for the heart.

Base on a study done by University of Leeds in UK, increasing the consumption of fiber-rich foods such as bananas can lower the risk of both cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease.

It is a known fact that high salt intake is one of the major reasons to high blood pressure.

Thus, because bananas have low salt content and high potassium content, and these properties contribute to making it an ideal for those undergoing this condition.

We encourage you to talk to your Doctor before you add it your diet.

Also, because of the high iron content in bananas, this property makes it good for those suffering from anaemia.

A condition where there is a decrease in the number of red blood cells or haemoglobin in the blood, resulting to frequent fatigue, shortness of breath, and paleness.

Black Cohosh

Black cohosh

The root of black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) is used effectively in Philters (A drink supposed to arouse love and desire for a particular person in the drinker; a love potion),

Condensers, and Elixirs (usually a liquid with a magical power to cure or improve) for physical healing. Steeped in red wine or added to the bath, black cohosh also known as black snakeroot adds fertility by helping to alleviate impotence.

Please don’t confuse black cohosh with blue cohosh or white cohosh. These are unrelated plants. The blue and white cohosh plants do not have the same effects as black cohosh.

Black Cohosh root and inflammation

Black Cohosh Plant

It was first used for medicinal purposes by Native American Indians and became a popular treatment for women’s health issues in Europe in the mid-1950s.

Black cohosh root contains several chemical compound, some of these chemicals work on the immune system and might affect the body’s defenses against diseases.

These chemicals in the Black cohosh root might help the body to reduce inflammation, other might work in nerves and in the brain. These chemicals might work similar to another chemical in the human brain called serotonin.

Scientists call this type of chemical a neurotransmitter because it helps the human brain send messages to other parts of the body.

Black Cohosh and Menopause

For Women menopause, Black cohosh root have some effects similar to the female hormone, estrogen. Black cohosh help to regulate the effects of estrogen in women.

Research shows that taking 120 mg per day of black cohosh extract plus 150 mg of clomiphene citrate (20-40 milligram tablets of a standardized extract taken twice a day) can increase pregnancy rates in infertile women compared to clomiphene citrate alone,

Or taking 120 mg of black cohosh with 150 mg of clomiphene citrate results in pregnancy rates that are similar to those found when clomiphene citrate is taken with another fertility drug.

Please consult your Doctor before consuming black cohosh

Note; Some experts say that no one should take black cohosh for more than six months at a time.

Leaves of Black Cohosh

Although, evidence concerning the benefit of black cohosh for treating or preventing osteoporosis (a condition of weak and brittle bones) is conflicting.

Some study shows that taking a product containing 40 mg of black cohosh (Remifemin, Schaper & Brümmer) for 3 months improves bone formation and reduces the breakdown of bone,

and another study shows that taking a different product containing 40 mg of black cohosh extract (CR BNO 1055, Klimadynon/Menofem, Bionorica AG) for 3 months increases markers of bone formation in postmenopausal women.

While another research shows that taking this black cohosh product does not improve bone mineral density.

Possible Side Effects of Black Cohosh

When black cohosh is taken by mouth( which safe to eat), there is possibly side effect like stomach upset, cramping, headache, rash, a feeling of heaviness, vaginal spotting and weight gain.

Black cohosh may be associated with liver damage. It is not known for sure if black cohosh actually causes liver damage. Researchers are studying this. Until more is known, people who take black cohosh should watch for symptoms of liver damage.

Red clover (trifolium pratense)

Part used: flower

Red Clover as Blood Cleanser

Red clover is an unequaled blood cleanser used for degenerative diseases and specifically for cancers of the lymphatic system and bloodstream.

Red clover is capable of relaxing spasms and can help release water retention and induce sweating when needed. Its red flower gives a huge clue to its blood-cleansing capabilities.

Lung and Cervical Cancer

They are of interest to the medical community due to their chemo-preventive or anti-carcinogenic properties.

According to Oxford Journal: Carcinogenesis, cloves may be helpful in controlling lung cancer at its early stages.

 Research also suggests that oleanolic acid present in cloves provides antitumor activity, while another study showed that eugenol found in cloves has anticancer potential against cervical cancer

Cloves and Human Liver

Cloves are rich in antioxidants, which are ideal for protecting the organs from the effects of free radicals, especially in the liver.  

Metabolism, in the long run, increases free radical production and lipid profile, while decreasing the antioxidants in the liver.

Clove extracts are a helpful component in counteracting these effects with its hepatoprotective properties.

Bloodroot

Bloodroot

Bloodroot (also known as redroot, king root, or tetterwork) can be added to an Herbal Amulet or carried by itself, bloodroot protects and brings order out of chaos.

Used in a Philtre and applied only externally to afflicted body parts, bloodroot is excellent for health.

Long used to get rid of warts, a bloodroot wash is also very effective to stop the production of tumor cells.

They can be applied directly to the skin around wounds to remove dead tissue and help promote healing, in the mid-1800s, bloodroot extracts were applied to the skin as part of the Fell Technique for treatment of breast tumors.

Bloodroot: Gum Swelling and Dental Bleeding

Bloodroot contains chemicals that helps in fighting bacteria, inflammation, and plaque.

Brushing teeth with a specific toothpaste containing it and zinc chloride

(mouth rinse containing bloodroot extract and zinc chloride for 2 weeks following usual periodontitis treatment reduces gum swelling and bleeding)

Or toothpaste containing bloodroot, zinc chloride, and fluoride can help to reduce dental plaque.

A bloodroot mouthwash after a professional tooth cleaning seems to slow the regrowth of dental plaque.

Also, using a bloodroot toothpaste and rinsing with bloodroot mouthwash can also help to prevent plaque development in teenagers wearing orthodontic devices.

Berries

Berries

Berries are small in size,but they are mighty giants loaded with antioxidants.

Many fruits and vegetables contain some antioxidants, but berries are high enough in them to help your body fight oxidative stress caused by free radicals.

Eating berries regularly can improve your skin and hair, and prevent many diseases.

Berries: Cataract, Cholesterol and Age

The powerful antioxidants in berries can help prevent memory loss, anti-inflammatory, aid in joint flexibility, and may be helpful in reducing the risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, and arthritis.

Eating berries regularly can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Their folate and fiber can aid in weight loss. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are powerful food to eat often.

The antioxidant and phytochemicals in these berries may prevent or reverse some effects of aging, even diabetes and some types of cancer. People with diverticulitis and IBS may experience discomfort after eating berries because of the tiny seeds.

Organically grown berries are the best for optimal healthy purposes because most grown berries are sprayed with pesticides to control fungus. Strawberries and blueberries can carry as much as 50 percent pesticide residue, which cannot be washed off.

References

Christian Day, Salem Warlock, proprietor of Hex, and co-founder of The Festival of the Dead

https://carcin.oxfordjournals.org/content/27/8/1645

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4132639/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4285960/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16190627/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21939359

Ivo Dominguez, Jr. author of Spirit Speak, Beneath the Skins, and Castings:

Maya Heath, author of Magical Oils by Moonlight and Ceridwen’s Handbook of Incense Oils and Candles

Orion Foxwood, author of The Tree of Enchantment

Rev. Paul V. Beryl, author of The Master Book of Herbalism

The Creation of Sacred Space

Nature of Skin

THE NATURE, BEAUTY AND SOAKING UP OF GOOD AND BAD COSMETICS OF SKIN (PART 1)

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The human skin is the largest organ of the body. Human skin is composed of two layers. The epidermis, made of closely packed epithelial cells, and the dermis, made of dense, irregular connective tissue that houses blood vessels, hair follicles, sweat glands, and other structures. Beneath the dermis lies the hypodermis, which is composed mainly of loose connective and fatty tissues.

Function of the Skin

The skin plays an important immunity function in protecting the body against pathogens, excessive water loss, insulation, temperature regulation, sensation, synthesis of vitamins D, and the protection of vitamin B folates. 

 In humans, skin pigmentation varies among populations, and skin type can range from dry to oily.

Zeta White is a gentle but powerful skin lightening system. It is a safe and welcome alternative to harsh bleaching creams, and is formulated with a carefully developed blend of natural, yet highly effective, skin lightening ingredients.

Should our Skin be Spotless?

Many people believe that the skin we are born in should always be fresh and spotless, no matter what it takes. 

However, when it comes to skin care we tend to be reactive rather than proactive.

The Cosmetic companies have created various combination of oily, dry, and even dehydrated oily skin cream types that require complex regimens and dozens of bottles to make skin look healthy, spotless and normal leaving us with no clue of the aftermath of such creams and lotions after usage. 

What is a Healthy Skin

What is a healthy skin and how do we maintain a healthy skin with a proper understanding of its ability to soak up anything in contact with the outer layer (stratum corneum)?

 To answer this, you need to first know how skin works and how it support the normal functioning of the body.

What keeps the Skin Moist

For a good number of people, proper skin care starts with adequate hydration, as shocking as it sounds, healthy and spotless skin doesn’t really need any additional moisture.

 Our skin is perfectly able to keep itself hydrated, Its surface is kept soft and moist by sebum which is a natural moisturizing factor.

The Sebum is made of lipids, acts as a natural emollient and barrier. Helping to protect, waterproof hair skin and keeping the skin from becoming dry and cracked.

However, the amount of sebum we produce varies from season to season and can be predetermined genetically, but in fact, the amount of sebum needed to keep skin moist and healthy is very small which only 2 grams of sebum a year.