Taking an all-natural route to health and fitness is a great way of living. Nature is bountiful with natural medicinal benefits, and it’s best to put these gifts to good use. With that, I share with you six healing foods that you can substitute for your medication:
Basil. You might know this particular herb as a flavor enhancer in cooking, but basil has also been known to cure headaches and muscle pains. Take 3 to 4 fresh basil leaves, pour boiling water onto the leaves, and let sit for a few minutes. You just made your all-natural basil tea, which is an effective pain reliever.
Aloe vera. Famous for its moisturizing benefits, this plant is made mostly of water. Its sap contains enzymes and amino acids that help moisturize the skin and repair skin damage (especially sunburn). The best thing about aloe vera? You can grow it in your home garden inside pots, and all it needs is sunlight and water. If you burn yourself, just break off a piece of the plant, extract the sticky sap, and apply it on the burned area like ointment.
Parsley. Another spice common in kitchens is, in fact, a natural booster for our immune system. Parsley contains loads of Vitamin K, A and C, as well as iron and folate. The high vitamin content makes parsley a good and natural source of immunity boosters.
Walnuts. One of the most nutritious nuts in the world is the walnut, packed with omega-3 fats, manganese, and copper. Its unique Vitamin E content is in the form of gamma-tocopherol, which has been found in several studies to protect against cardiovascular diseases. The skin of the walnut contains a huge amount of Vitamin E and phenolic substances that also help fight cardiovascular disease.
Peppermint oil. The oil extracted from the peppermint plant helps relieve abdominal pains or irritable bowel syndrome. Its components include menthol and menthone, among others. The oil is usually available in health food stores in capsule form.
Kale is a highly nutritious vegetable that has the strength to support our body’s detoxification system. It can help lower the risk of contracting cancer, and is also very helpful in lowering cholesterol levels. This great vegetable is also a great source of dietary fiber and contains vitamins (A, C, K, B6), copper, calcium, manganese and potassium. In China is also used to avoid lung congestion.
Back in the early days, natural remedies were the first choice to relieve pain and anatomical abnormalities. As industrialization and manufacturing entered our lives, synthetic medication became the norm, leaving these natural wonders by the sides as mere substitutes.
Addictive, Crunchy, Salty, Can’t Eat just One – Kale Chips!
By now, everyone knows that greens are good for you. You also probably know that kale tops the charts when it comes to nutrients-per-bite. But, for all that nutrition knowledge, the real greens revolution is taking place in home ovens across the country… That’s right, I’m talking about kale chips! The crispy, salty, totally addictive snack has gone mainstream. If you haven’t yet tried making your own kale chips, you are missing out!
Baked Kale Chips
1 bunch of kale, torn into bite size pieces (stems removed)
1 tablespoon-ish olive oil
sea salt to taste
Wash and dry the kale (salad spinners are awesome!)
Toss dry kale leaves with oil and salt.
Bake at 275 – 300 degrees for about 20 minutes
Grab the remote and enjoy.
NOTE: The timing of the baking is critical. Baking too little results in limp kale pieces and baking too long causes a “burned” taste. The “curly” kale variety tends to be less bitter. Kale is a nutritional powerhouse and rich in calcium and other vitamins. GREAT way to feed yourself and your kids!! ENJOY!!