Mushrooms – merely food, or more?

For thousands of years the people of Asia have eaten mushrooms for both food and medicine. Among them, the mighty Maitake mushroom reigns supreme. Significant research has been done regarding its medicinal benefits and I will elaborate on that later. First of all, know that all mushrooms have nutritional benefits and help us to expand…

Heart Healthy Diets

Let’s start out the New Year with a fresh look at our diets and how we can change them to look after our most vital organ, our heart. Visit http://www.cardiosmart.org/nutrition for more ideas, but, straight from the cardiologist’s desk, these are the key things you should be doing (and we’ll look at each in more…

Coconut Oil

Like many other foods – eggs and butter to name but two, – coconut oil has had a rather chequered past. Once castigated for its high saturated fat content, coconut oil has in recent years, been given a second life as a healthy fat. And while drinking it by the tablespoon still isn’t a great…

Dem Old Bones

Ok, so we all know that chicken soup – homemade, of course – is purported to have great health benefits, particularly for colds and flu, but have you ever stopped to wonder WHY? Answer – BONE BROTH! The University of Nebraska Medical Center conducted a study to find out exactly what was in bone broth…

Ginger – the wonder spice

So last week I succumbed, finally-after about 2 years deliberation, and bought a juicer. They are smaller and less expensive now than they were two years ago, plus I now have room to actually store one. I keep reading recipes which involve juicing something or other as part or all of it, so I was…

The wonders of peppermint

Peppermint extract and peppermint oil (Link for UK peeps!) are used both in baking and in multiple household everyday items to flavor and fragrance a variety of things from cookies and hot chocolate to soap, toothpaste, and mouthwashes. Peppermint is a sterile, hyrbid plant that’s made up of a blend of watermint and spearmint. First known to be…

To Juice or not to Juice…

The concept of juicing – making a pure juice drink from single or mixed fruits and vegetables has plenty of similarities to smoothies, but there are also some notable differences. All fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients – vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that are always best when taken in their raw, pure form. Our…

Lavender aromatherapy helps us get a good night’s sleep

Using Lavender to relax, calm and induce a good nights sleep is not a new concept, just look at all the lavender infused eye masks, lavender pot pourri, lavender room sprays, etc. on sale. New evidence, however, suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may well be a way to restore balance and aid sleep….

Getting your Beauty Sleep

BEAUTY SLEEP Sleep is nature’s way of restoring and recharging both mind and body for a new day. It supports brain function, emotional wellbeing, and it’s not called beauty sleep for nothing; sleep really is the best anti-ageing treatment there is, helping to restore brightness to your skin. When it comes to your beauty routine, sleep…

Why Choose Organic?

What exactly does the word “organic” mean, especially when we are talking about products that we use, whether food or skincare? When we see the word Organic, it can be a little deceiving. Sometimes it says “made from organic ingredients” which may only mean that SOME of the ingredients are organic. On food products –…

Cooking with essential oils

Essential oils have been around for thousands of years. We can see 188 references to them in the Bible alone, the most famous being Frankincense and Myrrh of course. Also two of the most expensive.   There is documented evidence as early as 1550 BC that the ancient Egyptians were using oils both for treating…

Can food help you fight cancer?

My grandfather died of lung cancer when I was just 16. Clearly, working in a coal mine and smoking 40+ a day did not help the issue, but I also remember never seeing him eat any vegetable other than peas and carrots. We’ll never know if a more varied diet would have helped his body…