Lemon Detox Part 2: The Ingredients

May 17, 2018 § Leave a comment

Lemon Detox: The Ingredients

Lemon Detox: The Ingredients

In our first article in this series of 3, we introduced the Lemon Detox. Here, we will actually go through the ingredients that make up this lemon drink. It is very important that you gather all the ingredients you need. Check what you will need for your Lemon Detox and buy enough for the duration of the entire detox before you start. If you have to run in a grocery store in the middle of your detox and find yourself surrounded by food, you may be tempted – I advise you to avoid this situation.

Ingredients of the Lemon Detox

The main ingredients for the Lemon Detox:

  • Filtered water
  • Grade B organic maple syrup free of formaldehyde
  • Organic Cayenne Pepper
  • Organic lemons
  • Non-iodized sea salt or Epsom salt

First, let’s talk about the main ingredients:

Filtered water

This is probably the most neglected step of the Lemon Detox , but also the most important if you want to cleanse your body.

Some people won’t touch non-organic fruits or vegetables, but will continue to drink and cook with it unfiltered tap water. Your local water treatment facility is not effective in providing you with clean, safe water. The standard practice for water treatment is to throw chlorine into the water in order to kill bacteria and viruses. Chlorine is a poison whose links to cancers have been proven. This water also contains chemicals that come from industrial waste and farm runoff – as well as sediment and toxic metals found in pipes that bring water to your home.

On the other hand, bottled water is not a better choice. In addition to being very expensive, the manufacturing processes associated with bottled water are not strictly regulated. Sometimes the bottled water we buy is no better than city tap water – and sometimes it’s just regular municipal water!

The solution is to use a water filtration system. If you are currently drinking bottled water, choosing this solution is likely to be profitable within a few months. You must be careful when buying a quality water filter because many are not effective at filtering the contaminants present today in the water we drink. If you don’t have a water filter, most grocery stores sell filtered water. Generally, this water is filtered by by a process called reverse osmosis, which is not the best filtration technology, but it’s always better than tap water.

Amazon offers a large number of filters ranging from low price decanters to systems that can be used in an entire house. You should consider investing in a good water filter, and even after completing the cure, you’ll want to continue drinking clean water. We’re going a little off topic here but water is a really crucial element for good health. For people who make an effort to lead a healthy lifestyle, a simple water filtration system is as important (and less expensive) than organic meat from a free range animal or than nutritional supplements.

Lemons

Do not use concentrated lemon juice – concentrated lemon juice is filled with sugar and preservatives. As every other ingredient on this list, try to find organic lemons.

Grade B maple syrup

It’s important that you use B-grade organic maple syrup. Some commercial brands used for pancakes don’t use real maple syrup… It’s actually artificially flavored high-fructose corn syrup. Most high quality grocery stores, such as Trader Joe’s, sell Grade B organic maple syrup. You also buy it online if you can’t find isome at our local store.

Cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper is usually sold in powder form, but some stores sell a liquid cayenne pepper extract that will be just as effective. If you’re having trouble drinking spicy drinks, you can also use cayenne pepper capsules – you can find them in the Food Supplements section of most health stores.

Sea salt

Make sure that the sea salt you buy is not roasted (not iodized). It will be used as laxative. 

The recipe of Lemon Detox is very simple

You must drink at least 1.7 liters of this lemon drink per day, but not more than 3.5 (depending on your weight). I suggest you drink the equivalent of your weight multiplied by 30ml. So if you weigh 124 lbs or 56 kgs, you should drink 3.75 liters of water.

Here is the recipe that should be used for the Lemon Detox. No. 1 is for one portion (or for 1 glass) and No. 2 is for 1.8 liter.

No. 1 – A single serving

  • 300ml of filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons of organic maple syrup (Grade B)
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
  • 1/10 tablespoon of cayenne pepper

No. 2 – 1.8 liters, for a daily portion

  • 1.8 liters of filtered water
  • 12 tablespoons of organic maple syrup (Grade B)
  • 12 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon of cayenne pepper

There are two important things you need to remember when using this recipe. The lemon juice you use must be freshly squeezed. Canned juice will be inefficient and will negate most of the benefits of the detox cure. In addition, the maple syrup must be grade B. Mixing herbal teas with the recipe is a good way to add some flavor. You must choose a low caffeine tea, such as Hibiscus, as caffeine can tighten the blood vessels. Also, it would be greatly beneficial to consume  2 tablespoons of wheat grass per day.

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Vipassana Meditation

May 16, 2018 § Leave a comment

A young woman practicing Vipassana meditation

A young woman practicing Vipassana meditation

Vipassana is one of the oldest meditation techniques in India. Long lost to humanity, it was ‘rediscovered’ more than 2500 years ago by the Buddha, which he used as a method to attain enlightenment.

Seeing things as they really are

Vipassana means “seeing things as they really are”: this is the process of self-purification through self-observation. You begin by observing your normal and natural breath in order to focus the mind. Once your attention is fine tuned, you begin observing the changing nature of the body and mind, thus experiencing the universal truths of impermanence, suffering and the non-self. It’s this realization through direct experience that constitutes the work of purification. The path as a whole (Dhamma) is a universal remedy for universal problems and is in no way related to an established religion or sect. Therefore, it can be practiced freely, regardless of race, background or religion, anywhere and at any time, and it will also prove beneficial to all.

Vipassana meditation is not:

• A rite or ritual based on blind faith;

• A form of intellectual or philosophical entertainment;

• A cure, a form of excuse to take holidays or to meet people;

• A way to escape the vicissitudes of life.

Vipassana meditation is:

• A technique that aims to eliminate suffering;

• A kind of lifestyle that allows you to enjoy a positive role in society;

• A kind of mental purification that allows you to face, in a calm and balanced way, the problems and tensions of life.

An old stone statue of the Buddha practicing Vipassana meditation

An old stone statue of the Buddha practicing Vipassana meditation

Target the source of your suffering

Vipassana meditation aims for the highest spiritual goals: total liberation and enlightenment. Since the goal is never the cure for physical diseases, mental purification can have the positive side effect of eliminating many psychosomatic diseases. In fact, the practice of Vipassana meditation dissolves the three causes of all our sufferings: greed, aversion and ignorance. With regular practice, Vipassana meditation releases the tensions that you develop in the daily life and loosens the knots created by the old habit of reacting in an excessive way to pleasant or unpleasant situations.

The Middle Way: The Vipassana Path

Excessive reactions to life’s events, either good or bad, positive or negative, is of the great sources of our misery. Real happiness is experienced through stillness and equanimity, and not through excitement. Although this takes a lot of practice, Vipassana meditation allows us to experience every event with a similar form of reaction, one which is not swayd in any direction.

Although Vipassana meditation was developed or reintroduced as a technique by the Buddha, its practice is not restricted to Buddhists alone. There is absolutely no question of religious conversion: the technique is based on the principle that all human beings share the same problems, and that eliminating these problems must be applicable universally. People from a wide variety of religious backgrounds experienced the benefits of Vipassana meditation and found no contradiction with their faith.

The correct hand position of Vipassana meditation

The correct hand position of Vipassana meditation

HOW TO PRACTICE VIPASSANA MEDITATION

Sit in a comfortable but alert position. The traditional and popular lotus position is not necessary but it is encouraged… What matters is that you are in a comfortable position. This may be with your legs extended in front of you or on a chair. Your hands should be a specific position: place your right hand in your left hand, and let them rest on your legs.

Then stay that way for 40 minutes. The spine and neck must be straight. Close your eyes and breathe normally. Stay as still as possible, only change your posture if it is absolutely necessary. You will experience discomforts and aches[ but these are part of the process.

The essential thing to observe is the movement of the belly, just above the navel, with each inspiration and exhalation. This is not a concentration technique, so your attention will be solicited by many other things, such as pains, thoughts, sounds, etc.

In the practice of Vipassana meditation, nothing is considered a distraction. In other words, when something happens, stop watching your breath, focus your attention on the moment’s event until you can return to the breath. These may be thoughts that cross your mind, feelings, judgments, physical sensations, impressions caused by external stimuli, and so on.

The important point is vigilance and not the object of attention. So be careful not to identify yourself with what enters your consciousness. Just stay aware and simply observe.

This technique is not necessarily obvious to learn and practice; it can calm the mind as much as it can be an obstacle if it’s not adapted to you. Try it, and if you feel good, continue. But if you don’t, then stop and try another, more active method, such as walking mediation.

Meditation and personal discipline

Of course, the work of self-purification through introspection is never easy. We must work intensely. You will achieve results through your efforts; no one else can work for you. That is why meditation will only be appropriate for those who want to work seriously and observe the discipline, which actually exists for their own good and protection; Discipline is an integral part of the practice of meditation.

It is said that habit takes between 20 and 30 days to be done and undone. At first, these daily 40 minutes will look long and difficult, but after a few weeks, the practice will begin to settle into your routine and your mind will begin to change. The continuity of the practice in isolation is the secret of the success of this technique.

9 Amazing Benefits Of Hibiscus Tea

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deal with your anger

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:

  1. Deep Breathing

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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.

  1. 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.

Rose
Rose Thai Massage
Chicago, Ill.

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8 Ways to Instantly Calm Yourself

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.

Chair Press-Up

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

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.

Spread Legs

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.

Slouch Slightly

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.

Power Hands

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.

Anchoring

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.

Centering

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.

Stinging Nettle – How to Use It as Food and as a Health Remedy

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.

 

Knut Holt

 

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Tips on How to Reverse the Effect of Karma

May 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Karma is a series of cause and effect. It is a cycle of certain actions and their subsequent results. Your own experiences can yield to certain joy and pain not only to yourself but also to others associated with you.

Oftentimes, we link God with Karma. This may due to a fact that we can see Him as the One who can give out punishments when we do wrong and give rewards when we do well. Karma goes hand in hand with the golden rule “Do not do unto others, what you do not want others to do unto you”.

Karma not only concerns punishments, vengeance or rewards; it is the effect of the deeds you created in the past, present and future. Usually, we see Karma to be the good and the bad. Good karma is satisfying or what you desire. An example of good karma is eating the best food, traveling to the best part of the world or having a multitude of friends because of being helpful. Bad karma is the unnecessary events and unpleasant such as suffering from poverty and diseases among members of the family due perhaps to having an unmerciful life and one involving crimes.

How then will you take advantage of the Karmic laws? Being cyclical, it never ends, which is why we should take hold of the good benefits it can give. Here are some tips of handling Karma:

1. If you are recently having a favorable status, you have enough money and an  opportunity to expand, take advantage by investing your fortune in good and fair businesses. Any business which is a product of sweat and blood and not due to some illegal transactions will bring forth more wealth.

2. Being in a not so good situation like poverty should not be treated as a disadvantage. This should be a motivator for you to be ambitious and move to reach your goals. “This too may pass”, as God implies and your own perseverance can progress your future and your Karma.

3. Karma is a repetitive process; you should be aware about it. When having opportunities to grow like a good job offer, grab it.

4. Karma can be a means of preventing you to be in trouble. If someone is trying to persuade you to snatch or brawl, you might as well think first of the causes it will bring. Be on the right side always and open your mind for all the consequences an act can bring.

5. Inhibit yourself from complaining and putting the blame on other people. Negative thoughts produce negative vibrations that will eventually affect your views in life. Karma can be advantageous by providing you an understanding and a positive outlook in life.

6. Pray and count your blessings. God is the provider of all graces. He knows all that troubles us and that makes us happy. Counting your blessings and thanking God always is a good way to have a smooth life and a good Karma.

When analyzed, Karma is advantageous to any person practicing it. It is a way of looking upon your weakness and seeking for ways to strengthen your character, to feed your soul and to have a positive outlook in life. Life’s shortcomings are not altogether bad. Hardships are necessary for you to be patient and to gain strength; poverty is present to allow us to be generous and opportunities are meager to allow us to grow. However, treating every body fairly and doing good deeds will always bring back blessings to you.

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