March 21, 2018 § Leave a comment
Among the health benefits of the hibiscus flower (aka rosella), one can include the following: relieves high blood pressure, decreases high cholesterol and inflammation, helps treat hypertension and anxiety, and reduces issues associated with the digestive and the immune systems. It helps heal liver disease and helps reduce the risk of cancer. It can also speed up the metabolism and help in weight stabilization, in a healthy and progressive way. Hibiscus tea is rich in Vitamin C, minerals and various antioxidants.
Hibiscus tea is prepared by boiling the hibiscus flower. Hibiscus tea is a very popular drink around the world and is often used as a medicinal tea. However, hibiscus flowers have various local names but can be called by their other, more common name, which is “Roselle”.
A lovely ruby red in color, Hibiscus tea has an acidic taste. Therefore, it is also known as sour tea and has a taste similar to cranberry. This tea is low in calories and has no caffeine. This article examines the various benefits of hibiscus tea, which will help keep your body fit and healthy.
Health Benefits Of Hibiscus Tea
1. Helps Manage Your Blood Pressure
A report from the American Heart Association, published in November 2008, hypothesized that consumption of hibiscus tea lowers blood pressure in pre-hypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults. It also suggests that about 1/3 of adults in the United States suffer from high blood pressure. A study conducted by the Odigie IP concludes that the Hibicus flower contains antihypertensive and cardio-protective properties that can be beneficial for hypertension and for those at high risk of chronic cardiovascular disease. According to research done at Tufts University in Boston, Hibiscus tea is able to reduce blood pressure up to 10 points, partly due to its anti-inflammatory properties. In order for this drastic improvement to occur, you need to consume three cups every day for a few weeks. In addition, hibiscus tea has diuretic properties, which increases urination, simultaneously lowering blood pressure.
2. Decreases Cholesterol
Hibiscus tea also has quite impressive antioxidant properties. It helps reduce the levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol in your body, thereby protecting against heart disease and protecting the blood vessels from damage. The hypolipidemic and hypoglycemic properties of hibiscus tea can be beneficial for those suffering from blood sugar disorders such as diabetes. A study conducted on patients with type II diabetes shows that the consumption of Hibiscus acid lowers cholesterol, triglycerides and low-density lipo-protein cholesterol, which helps to manage this disease.
3. Protects your Liver
Studies have also shown that the antioxidant properties of Hibiscus tea can help in the treatment of liver disease. Antioxidants help protect your body against disease because it neutralizes free radicals in body tissues and cells. Therefore, we can confidently say that drinking hibiscus tea could increase your lifespan, maintaining good overall health in many of your organs.
4. Anti-Cancer Properties
Hibiscus tea contains protocatechic hibiscus acid, which has anti-tumor and antioxidant properties. A study conducted by the Department and Institute of Biochemistry at Chung Shan Medical and Dental College in Taichung, Taiwan, suggets that hibiscus slows the growth of cancer cells by preventing apoptosis, usually called “programmed cell death.”
5. Anti-Inflammatory and Antibacterial Properties
Hibiscus tea is rich in ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C. It’s an essential nutrient needed by your body to promote and stimulate your immune system activity. Hibiscus tea is also known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. As a result, it reduces the risks of you getting colds and flu. Hibiscus tea is also used to treat the discomfort caused by fever, thanks to its refreshing effect.
6. Menstrual Pains
Among the health benefits of Hibiscus tea is its ability to relieve cramps and menstrual pain. It helps to restore hormonal balance, which helps reduce other menstruation symptoms such as mood swings and depression.
7. Antidepressant Properties
Hibiscus tea contains vitamins and minerals such as flavonoids that have antidepressant properties. The consumption of hibiscus tea can help calm the nervous system, and can reduce anxiety as well as depression, creating a feeling of relaxation through your body and mind.
8. Weight Loss
Hibiscus tea is also beneficial for losing weight. If you eat high carb foods, this means that you’re consuming a lot of sugar and starch, which are associated to weight gain. However, studies have speculated that hibiscus extract reduces the absorption of starch and glucose and may help in weight loss. Hibiscus blocks the production of amylase, which contributes to the absorption of carbohydrates and starch. Drinking hibiscus tea would prevent this absorption from occurring. As a result, hibiscus tea is found in many slimming products.
9. Helps Digestion
Many people drink hibiscus tea to improve digestion. It promotes both urination and bowel movements. Since it has diuretic properties, it’s also used as a treatment against constipation, which promotes weight loss while improving the state of your gastrointestinal system and therefore reducing the chances of you contracting colorectal cancer.
March 20, 2018 § Leave a comment
The nervous system regulates all other systems of the body. Using Thai Massage to calm the nerves indirectly improves the functioning of all your organs.
Our autonomic nervous system, which controls the automatic functions of our body such as our heartbeat and digestion, consists of two types of fibers:
- The sympathetic nervous system
- The parasympathetic nervous system
The brain controls these two systems.
The sympathetic nervous system is activated when we face an emergency, shock or trauma. Our body automatically gets into the “fight or flight” mode:
- Your breathing accelerates to provide more oxygen to the blood
- Your heart rate and blood pressure increase to carry more blood to the muscles
- Muscles contract to be able to cope with the action
- The adrenal glands secrete adrenaline into the bloodstream to strengthen and maintain the activity of the sympathetic nervous system
- The digestive system slows down, to save energy
Meanwhile the brain also triggers a chemical reaction: stress hormones are secreted, the main one being cortisol, which gives the body more energy.
When stress is eliminated, the brain switches to the parasympathetic nervous system. This is the system involved in the normal functioning of our body systems. When the parasympathetic nervous system is triggered, the sympathetic nervous system begins to rest.
During periods of low stress, you experience the following:
- Your heart rate and blood pressure go down
- Your blood pressure stabilizes
- Your muscles relax
- You digestion goes back to normal
Your body’s response to stress is originally designed for a short time, or to deal with an external (physical) situation. However, chronic stress (psychological or emotional) is more and more frequent nowadays. Financial problems, long-term illness in the family, or unsatisfactory work can all be causes of chronic stress.
During chronic stress, the brain can no longer trigger the activities of the parasympatic nervous system, and the body’s capacity to return to the state of rest and repair is greatly impaired or stops altogether:
- Cortisol decreases the functions of the immune system
- The sympathetic nervous system maintains high heart rate
- Your blood pressure rises
- Your muscles remain tense and painful as they are loaded with lactic acid and because of limited fluid circulation
- Your digestive system is stops working
- Your immune system can no longer fight infections or illness
- Your adrenal glands are exhausted
- Your body becomes more sensitive to cardiovascular disease
- Your muscles and hormonal glands get tired because of constant stimulation, which can lead to stomach ulcers
So how to relax the nervous system? Can massage help?
When you receive a massage, “touch” messages are sent to your brain. Your brain then decides if the contact is positive. It does so by comparing it to similar experiences from your past.
If the touch is perceived as a positive experience, the parasympatic nervous system is activated and cortisol levels are reduced. The body returns to its state of rest and restoration.
As you receive massage therapy, the following occurs:
- Breathing and blood circulation slow down
- Anxiety decreases
- Your stomach may even gurgle as a sign that your digestive system is functioning normally again
In addition to having an indirect effect on the autonomic nervous and hormonal systems, a Thai Massage also has a direct effect on the body’s systems that have suffered from chronic stress:
- Blood circulation is stimulated, improving nutrient transport and waste drainage
- The touch received through massage stimulates and stretches muscle fibers to relax them and relieve aches and pains. A Thai Massage also removes lactic acid and other wastes to leave room for oxygen and nutrients required by the muscles.
After a treatment, you will feel more relaxed, with less tension, and your sleep will be improved. Your body as well as your mind will begin recovering from the effects of the prolonged stress response.
Regular massage treatments can help prevent chronic stress and promote long-term balance.
March 13, 2018 § Leave a comment
The Master Cleanse Diet, also called ‘Lemon Detox’, has been around for decades. It was originally made popular by nutritionist Stanley Burroughs, a strong advocate of a natural approach to health and one of the first to promote the idea that the body has the natural ability to heal itself.
In this first part of a 3-part series about the lemon detoxification program, we will introduce you to a method that will result in great health benefits.
The results encountered with the Lemon Detox were simply extraordinary. There have been instances of problems associated with chronic disease, some of which have been suffering for years, disappeared in just 10 days.
The Lemon Detox involves drinking a lemon juice mixture that will help your body eliminate waste that has accumulated over time. There is more to it, and we will explain it in detail later on in this article, but you should know that it is a safe and effective way to achieve a balanced health. It’s also a great way to lose weight fast and a great start off point to a much healthier diet and lifestyle.
Doing the Lemon Detox can help you lose weight by eliminating internal waste. The number of pounds lost varies a lot from one person to another, but for some, the number can be huge. But the real benefits in terms of weight loss appear once you have completed the detox program. After finishing the Lemon Detox, most people find that they don’t have to force themselves to eat better; refusing unhealthy food becomes natural. In fact, processed foods high in calories will make you sick. You will suddenly crave for foods rich in nutrients, such as raw vegetables. Your appetite will also adapt, requiring less foods to feel satiated.
Why you need to detox your body?
We poison ourselves slowly. The food we eat is covered with pesticides and there are chemicals in the water we drink. In some cities, the air is so saturated with pollutants during certain days that authorities recommend staying home. Not eliminating the environmental poisons that accumulate in your body could even rob you of a couple years. It could also mean a lifetime of chronic pain, fatigue, obesity, and a plethora of other health issues. A Lemon Detox can help eliminate waste accumulated in your body. To better understand the Lemon Detox, you must first understand that it is based on detoxification.
Put simply, your body is filled with a lot of garbage that is very difficult for your system to eliminate normally. At this very moment, many people are walking with kilos of dense fecal matter piled up in their bowels. These are perfect breathing grounds for bacteria to proliferate, and if you do not eliminate this, you can slowly poison yourself. You will begin to have symptoms such as skin issues, extreme fatigue and loss of libido.
Here’s the source of this slow poisoning:
- Processed foods
- Saturated fats and trans fats
- Artificial sweeteners
- No or very few raw vegetables
- Toxins associated with alcohol, coffee and smoking
- Not enough water
Through heavy branding and marketing, modern eating habits have evolved to become a bad combination of overly sugary, fatty and salty foods that overwhelm the body. Add too little water and the horrible life style habits that we’ve come accustomed to around the world, such nights out drinking, coffee and too little sleep, the results are disastrous. This is where the Lemon Detox comes into play. Although this may be reminiscent of something that a heavy drinker would use to unwind, it is really only about helping your body to free itself from this waste.
Following the Detox Lemon could result in the following:
- Increase your energy levels
- Help you to break your bad habits
- Flush your body of harmful toxins
- Promote weight loss through increased energy levels and a faster metabolic rate
- Strengthen your immune system and protect you against diseases. Detoxification will reset your body.
In part 2 of this 3-part series, we will explore how to go about the Lemon Detox programme.
February 25, 2018 § Leave a comment
Ganja, herb, smoke, weed, cannabis, marijuana… The ‘sacred pant’, as it is popularized in some circles, is used by millions of people around the world and its use is enjoying a spike in legalization in the west. Nevertheless, this plant is not without dangers. Actually more dangerous than previously suspected, its misdeeds are clearly being demonstrated… Loss of memory and neurons, increased rates of accidents, cancers, here are the five main dangers related to the consumption of this drug.
A Yahoo News/Marist poll conducted in 2017 demonstrated that approximately 35 million Americans use marijuana every month. The same study concluded that at least 78 million Americans reported having tried marijuana at some time in their lives. Altogether, 55 million US residents reported having used the substance during the past year.
The effect sought by marijuana users may be an escape from its pitfalls, but also the relaxation, euphoria and disinhibition it can provide. Weed is generally used to have a good time with friends and to chase away the dark thoughts, relax. But this sensation has a price, sometimes high, no pun intended.
Marijuana is dangerous. Heavy Cannabis consumption is associated with several dangers that can profoundly affect the health of users, even several years after stopping. A study by Northwestern medical researchers has recently demonstrated its devastating effects on the brain. Back to the top five dangers of marijuana.
MARIJUANA HEALTH ISSUES
It’s important to note that the health issues related to marijuana listed below are associated with its consumption via smoking:
Like any other drug, marijuana can lead to addiction. Not only can they no longer do without this drug, but the more they consume, the more they need. A state of craving with everything that comes with it, such as depression, mood swings or constant irritability, is a possible outcome among regular marijuana users.
Throat and lung cancer
Marijuana smoke has more toxic substances than cigarettes. Like tabacco, marijuana is smoked and can cause deadly cancers, particularly of the throat and the lungs.
The association between cigarette smoke and lung cancer is well-known. Studies over the past decades show that marijuana smoke has several of the same harmful substances found in tobacco. Among the dangerous chemical compounds, we find the following:
• Vinyl chlorides
• Reactive oxygen species
It’s important to note that the consumption habits of cigarettes and marijuana differ. Cigarette smokers usually smoke several times a day, often reaching several dozen cigarettes, while marijuana smokers will smoke less often. Regular marijuana might smoke between 2 and 5 cigarettes per day.
A study conducted by medical researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago has recently revealed the dangers of marijuana use on the brain. To complete their research, they looked at the medical records of 97 people who smoked marijuana daily for three years and started at age 16 or 17. Scientists have realized that the memory structure of the brain has shrunk in these young adults, causing memory loss, but also difficulties in processing information. These results were observed two years after the subjects had stopped using marijuana, proving that this drug has long term effects.
Marijuana causing mental illness?
In addition to memory loss, researchers at Northwestern University have observed a change in the brain structure where the memory is located. The latter collapsed inward causing a loss of neurons. According to scientists, some of these abnormalities had similarities to those observed in the brain of schizophrenics. Researchers also noted that the younger was the age of the user, the more disastrous were the effects.
BENEFITS OF SMOKING MARIJUANA
We can’t discuss the ill effects of marijuana without talking about its benefits. Although there are current researches targeting the medical use of marijuana oil, there’s a consensus amongst the medical community in regards to the benefits of smoking marijuana. They are the following.
• Pain killing properties, especially for chronic resistant pain
• Anti-spasm properties, useful in cases of multiple sclerosis or even partial epilepsy
• Anti-emetic and anti-nausea properties, for patients undergoing chemotherapy or with AIDS
• Appetite stimulant, in case of severe loss of appetite or cachexia in elderly patients or patients suffering from Alzheimer’s or AIDS
• Improves sleep
• Induces a dilatation of the bronchi, but which is insufficient for the treatment of asthma
• Dilation of blood vessels that can improve symptoms of glaucoma
December 11, 2017 § Leave a comment
We all have anger issues. Sometimes as we get angry, we act in a regretful and painful ways that have the potential to destroy our future. How should we deal with these emotions? And what to do to put ourselves in a neutral or positive state of mind as soon as possible?
Don’t stay angry for too long
We’ve already discussed ways to relax your body and mind, but these methods produce results over several weeks of regular practice. In this article, you will discover ways to diffuse your anger rapidly and efficiently, in just a few seconds or minutes.
In a state of anger, we become quite clumsy at distinguishing the good from the bad and we easily become blinded by feelings of hate and frustration, and make rash decisions, some of which can have dire consequences for our general well being and of others. No matter what is your level of education, your employment or your status in society, the poisonous effects of anger spare no one and none of us are protected from committing grotesque acts of stupidity.
Calm down and stop anger before it gets hold of you
Here are the methods that will help you reach a calmer state of mind in just a few minutes:
Deep breathing is a remarkable technique that can easily induce a state of calm and relaxation in less than a minute.
Close your eyes, and begin paying attention to your breath (I always tell my husband “breath… honey breath”). Take the longest breath possible and inhale as much air your lungs can take in… Hold your breath for 4 or 5 seconds and release in a long exhalation. Repeat this cycle of deep breathing several times for the next few minutes. In the state of anger, our breathing becomes shallow and short… Deep breathing enables you to guide your body back to calmness and even, with lots of practice, into the beginning stages of meditation.
Take concrete and physical action
Confront anger with action.
This can include:
- Hitting a punching bag… A pillow or cushion will do.
- Practicing a solo sport that is easily accessible… Running is great for this as are other fast paced physical activities such as swimming of biking. It should be easy to execute so that you could begin practicing it without having to make elaborate plans with other people.
- Writing down your angry thoughts using every single possible negative word you can think of and then burn this sheet of paper
- Talking to a positive person. Find someone in your entourage that you can confide to and share your thoughts and feelings with. Having someone who will listen to us is a great way to put things in perspective. Make sure to also actively listen to this person’s feedback and own personal issues that he or she might want to share with you.
Find the positive in your source of anger
Try to find positive things about the person who is the source of your anger. I suggest imagining being in this person’s shoes, what it is to be living his or her life on a daily basis, or to be experiencing this moment. Think about this: every given situation offers an opportunity to grow and learn; if this is the only positive aspect of any possible conflict, then you know, before hand, that you can walk away from any given negative situation with a positive outcome. At the end of the day, there are no real bad experiences, but only lessons…. Accept and embrace the good as well as the bad that come your way by remaining opportunistic. You might be interested to learn that many successful businessmen and women purposely make huge mistakes in order to learn from them.
Imagine the outcome of your violent actions
Pause for a moment if you can and imagine the full extent of your physical anger. What will happen after you bit someone? Some people have spent years in jail for taking part in small fights that had horrendous outcomes. A physical confrontation could very well result in huge legal issues and cause irreparable damage, outcomes that would vastly outweigh the reasons for your anger. Such an outcome could also result in other losses which you hadn’t suspect could be possible… The loss of friends, family members, your job and future professional opportunities, for example, are real and frequent outcomes to such events.
Meditation: the ultimate anger eraser
My top suggestion to have ultimate control over anger is to practice meditation on a regular basis. Of course, meditation is not something that you learn in a few minutes, but once you will have been meditating for a few weeks, you will be able to switch yourself ‘on’ in just a few seconds. The more you practice the less you will feel anger rising; meditation produces the remarkable effect of dissipating one’s anger and it illuminate the path to a place of equanimity. There are several guide meditation classes online, whatever style that suites you. There are more 40 types of meditations but I personally like this particular technique which is perfectly described by Kim Eng on Eckhart Tolle’s channel. If you develop the habit of getting in touch with your feelings everyday you will begin to see the world differently. Keep practicing, don’t give up. It can be difficult at the start, but the discipline is worth the effort. I practice meditation in the morning or at night before sleeping. Also, the regular practice of yoga asanas is a great way to get in touch with your body and to develop your ability to focus.
Please share your experiences in managing your anger. I love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.
I will give further explanations about meditation in an other post.
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July 17, 2012 § 4 Comments
We all have felt anxiety before. No matter how confident and relaxed you are, you know what it’s like to be nervous before an interview, trembling before a speech, or cold and clammy over the pending results of your graded quiz.
The point of this article is to provide you with eight different ways to release this tension. There are more powerful ways in which you can relax (as we will provide in our products) however this article provides eight ways you can use anywhere. Hardly anyone will actually notice that you are using them. You will not have to sit in a meditation position on the floor, or chant mantras to relax yourself… so no worries.
Also, notice the title of this article is not “…Calm Yourself Down”. We don’t calm down. We calm up.
Calming yourself involves not detaching yourself from your environment, but integrating yourself with it while you mentally move inward to obtain steadiness. You should not feel tired or detached. You should simply become “in the zone”: Alert, focused and relaxed.
This one’s great for if you are waiting to give a speech or if you are nervous in a group setting. Simply put your feet flat on the floor. Put your hands on the arms of your chair. If your chair doesn’t have arms, place them on the edges of the seat. Brace yourself. Now, take a deep breath, and push up with your arms and feet as you exhale. Lock your arms – let your torso hang from your locked arms for a moment while you finish exhaling… long and deep. Go limp, but remain locked in the up position. Now sit back down. You feel like a noodle, and everything is cool.
Breathing is absolutely crucial to calming yourself. I recommend you do some in-depth research on Eastern styles of breathing, and how to breathe powerfully with your diaphragm. Breathe in strongly and slowly through your nose as you expand your diaphragm. Your stomach should rise, not your chest. Now, blow it out strongly and steadily through your mouth. Repeat this a few times. You can feel the tension leaving your body.
This one may not seem like much, but it has serious subconscious value. When most people are relaxed (particularly us guys) we have a tendency to spread our legs slightly and take up more space. By consciously spreading your legs while sitting (or standing) you will take up more space, which is what we generally do when we are comfortable in a setting. Perform the action, and the feeling of comfort will follow.
Yes, slouching is bad for your posture. Slouching for years will curve your spine. Slouching for a few minutes will not. This is another habit most people demonstrate when they are relaxed and comfortable: They slouch. So, next time you feel antsy about a situation, allow yourself to lean back your head and slouch slightly in your chair. Once again, the feeling will follow the action.
Powerful people are often calm, relaxed and comfortable in their actions. When they sit around a table, they often do one of two things with their hands: Steepling, or the hands-behind-the-head. To steeple, put your elbows on the table, and steeple your hands in front of your face – like the bad guy does in the movie when he’s going “M’yesss…. Muwahaha…. I can see it all coming together so perfectly…” Think of yourself as the bad guy when you steeple your hands. You know you are going to win. You steeple your hands as you turn over your master plan inside your head. Everything is falling into place so perfectly. Muwhaha. For more of a “corporate” power / relaxation effect, lean back in your chair and put your hands behind your head, lacing your fingers together. This is how bosses sit when they are talking to people who work for them. It has profound effects in making you feel more powerful and relaxed.
This is an incredible psychological tool we will cover in more depth in our products. Your subconscious mind anchors certain actions / stimuli with certain feelings and responses. Psychological anchors and triggers are used everywhere. It is the reason behind many strong emotional connections. If you had a song played at your wedding, hearing the song played at a later date may make you cry. The emotional event was your wedding, and you heard a song during it (the anchor). Thus, the song became tied to the feelings you felt during your wedding. Uponhearing the song again (the trigger) you feel the same feelings again.
Another example is if you became very ill once from a certain drink, you may become sick simply from smelling the drink in the future. The emotional event was becoming very ill, and the anchor was the drink. Therefore, smelling the drink in the future could make you sick very quickly. Anchors are used everywhere, in positive and negative emotions. To use them to calm yourself, develop a specific anchor every time you are calm. My anchor is to place my hand palm-down on my thigh. Every time I am relaxed, I do this, to reinforce the anchor. Then when I need to be calm, I simply fire the trigger (palm on the thigh) and my mind recreates the emotion tied to that anchor – which is relaxation. Pick an anchor you don’t use that much, such as touching your ear, or putting your hand on your knee. Do it whenever you are relaxed, and when you need to become relaxed, doing it will help to put you in that mental state.
Kill Internal Dialogue
There are many ways to do this, but here’s one good technique: If you are talking yourself into a worrisome state, or worrying while talking to someone during a conversation, do this immediately. Defocus your eyes, and open your peripheral vision. Look at two areas ahead of you, to each side. Picture your conscious thoughts in those areas. Now, draw your gaze up from both points at 45 degreeangles until they meet in the high-center of your vision. Next bring the gaze straight down, so it is directly in front of you (a person’s face if you are talking to them). Now, picture your gaze coming straight back to your own head, as you return your consciousness to your own mind. Not only does it help increase focus, but the simple effort required to perform the exercise will often stop any distracting internal dialogue you are having at the time.
If you feel a general anxiety of your whole body, such as being self-conscious of your hands, feet, or body position, this exercise can work wonders. Close your eyes. Take a few deep, long breaths: in through your nose and out through your mouth. Place your tongue on your front pallet, directly above the backside of your upper teeth- this is effective in stimulating cross-lobe integration (and relaxation) in the brain. Picture a point far in front of you. Project your thoughts there in your mind. Continue breathing, and keep your thoughts there, until you are fully relaxed and have forgotten about clammy hands, sweaty feet, or mismatched socks. Once you are relaxed, slowly bring the point in front of you closer as you return to a fully aware state.
May 22, 2012 § Leave a comment
Most people regard stinging nettle, Urtica dioica, as a bothersome weed and generally try to tidy it away from the environment. You can however make tasty dishes of this plant and you can use it to improve your health.
The plant is composed of a central root system, horizontal and generally hided stalks growing out from the root and vertical stalks growing up from those horizontal ones with leaves and flowers. The leaves sit around the stalks all the way to the top in young sprouts. Eventually there develops a top with a lot of green flowers sitting around. The root and the horizontal stalks live for many years, and the vertical ones grow up each spring.
You should harvest this plant and cook it as a dish and use it as a health remedy in the form of teas or extracts.
HOW TO GATHER AND COOK STINGING NETTLE
Young stalks that are in the process of growing up in the springtime are the best material to use from this plant. You can however also use the soft tops of older stalks and you can harvest only the leaves by gripping around the stalks and pulling the leaves off with an upward movement. When harvesting this plant you must of course use glows on your hands.
You then must flush the material with water to remove sand and soil and cut it up in smaller pieces. Then you can boil it as a vegetable. You must not spill the water from the boiling process since that contains a lot of good nutrients. Use it in your dishes or drink it as a tea. When boiled for some time, the plant do not sting any more.
You can also dry stinging nettle and then store it for later use either as a tea or as a vegetable. You can press the juice out of it or you can make extracts of stinging nettle.
Stinging nettle can also be used as a very well tasting ingredient in soups. To use stinging nettle as a remedy for diseases, it is often best to make teas and extracts from it. By making teas and extracts, you can use much more plant material than you manage to consume as a dish and thereby increase the dose of the effective substances. For this type of use you can also process the vertical stalks.
THE NUTRIENTS FOUND IN STINGING NETTLE
There are much calcium and much iron in stinging nettle and the plant contains more protein than most other vegetables. Fresh stinging nettle contains a high amount of vitamin K, but that content goes down by drying.
There are much trace minerals in stinging nettle because the plant grows in nutritious soils that are not over-exploited. Many of these trace minerals are necessary for a good health. The good effect from the plant upon the health is partly due to the high content of trace minerals.
HOW STINGING NETTLE IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH
Dishes, teas and extracts made from stinging nettle help to strengthen the health generally and to keep the body young. It has an especially good rejuvenating effect upon the brain functions and for the skin. The rejuvenating effect upon the skin can often be seen after a few days if you consume a good portion of stinging nettle each day.
Stinging nettle promotes a good kidney function and enhances urine production. Stinging nettle is a good remedy for prostate hyperplasia. The improvement of urin production can alleviate water retention and help by heart and circulatory problems.Stinging nettle may also give better milk production for nursing mothers.
Stinging nettle counteracts inflammation and pain, and can therefore be used against inflammatory diseases like rheumatic conditions and allergies. It is a good remedy for respiratory conditions like sinusitis, rhinitis, hey fever and asthma. It is good to sooth irritated skin with, and is a good remedy for eczema, and for these purposes teas and watery extracts of the herb can be both drunk and applied onto the skin.
The plant may help to cure anemia and other blood deficiencies partly due to the iron content. Juices, teas and extracts of newly harvested plants are good against bleeding because of the high content of vitamin K. Remedies made from the dried plant has lost the blood stilling effect. Drugs made from the dried plant are instead good for thinning of the blood.
DOES STINGING NETTLE HAVE ANY HARMFUL EFFECTS?
No serious effects of stinging nettle have been reported. The stinging sensation by touch from the plant at the bare skin is of course the most obvious side effect of stinging nettle. Coming in contact with the fresh plant can also cause eczema that lasts for some days.
Sometimes stinging nettle mildly irritates the digestive tract, and materials from the flowering herb or from plants having flowered may irritate the urinary organs. You should therefore be cautious about the amount you use of the plant after it has begun flowering.
You should be cautious when using the plant as a medicine if you use blood thinners, use medication for high blood pressure or during pregnancy.
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