★ Amazing Uses And Benefits Of Lemons ★

#2 in our new series of quick tutorial videos.

Music by Alcyone Blackfeather

10 Reasons To Love Lemons:

1. Potent Germicide
2. Efficient Surface Cleaner
3. Food Preservative
4. Fights Dandruff
5. Helps Remove Rust Stains On Metal
6. Clearer Skin
7. Lemon Water to Aid in Weight Loss
8. Lemon essential oil aroma is calming and refreshing.
9. Lemon Peel (topical) to clear up Eczema
10. Lemon Juice to Repel Insects

Top 10 Amazing Health Benefits of Lemons:

1. Makes Green Tea Healthier
2. Inhibits Cancer
3. Promotes Oral Health
4. Fights Fungi
5. Reduces the Risk of Inflammatory Polyarthritis
6. Controls Cholera Outbreaks
7. Reduces Kidney Stone Formation
8. Alleviates Depression
9. Increases Iron Absorption
10. Prevents or Alleviates Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

5 Reasons To Drink Lemon Water In The Morning:

1. It balances pH
2. It keeps skin clear and glowing
3. It kickstarts the digestive system
4. It supports a weight loss diet.
5. Healthy substitute for coffee

How To Make Lemon Water:

Ingredients:
– a glass of cold spring water
– 1 lemon
Instructions:
1. Slice 3 or 4 pieces of lemon.
2. Drop the lemon slices into your glass.
Enjoy! 🙂
Tip: Use a straw to keep the acidic lemon off your teeth.

Lemon Essential Oil:

Used For:
• Mood elevation, revitalizing
• Antiviral & Antifungal
• Neurodegeneration
• Mosquito repellant
• Heartburn and reflux
• Antioxidant
• Analgesic
• Gallstones
• Action against colon cancer cells (lab)
• Food flavoring agent

Lemon peel contains many health benefits in the form of antioxidants and pectin. Lemon peel can be incorporated in food through lemon zest. Should you wish to prepare food with lemon zest, always make sure you use organically grown lemons.

Adding fruit juice to green tea allowed for better antioxidant absorption by the body compared to green tea alone. Lemons were the best kind of citrus to add to green tea, followed by orange, lime, and grapefruit. Source: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17688297/

The leaves of the lemon tree are used to make a tea and for preparing cooked meats and seafoods.

Amazing Uses And Benefits Of Lemons


★ Amazing Health Benefits Of Lavender ★

#1 in our series of quick natural health tutorial videos!

Grown both as a garden variety ornamental plant and as a source of essential oils for the making of perfumes, lavender is well known chiefly for its highly aromatic flowers of the same colour as its name.

A mild tea made from lavender blossoms can be taken to help relieve the symptoms of heartburn, as well as to aid in digestion and allay the discomforts of diarrhea, along with remedying hoarseness of voice, dyspepsia, and toothaches.

The most common purpose for lavender today however veers towards the realm of aromatherapy. Well known as a sleep-promoting herb, its oil is usually wafted into the living space through the use of diffusers to ensure untroubled sleep.

Lavender blossoms, when dried also function as perfect exfoliants, which is why they feature so often in hand-crafted castile soaps for both their scent and their rejuvenating function.

Lavender is widely used on account of its pleasing scent – and is now found in a wide assortment of soaps, shampoos, laundry detergents, candles, cosmetics, and even foods such as ice cream.

Lavender essential oil has a long history of use and its uses have included for insect bites, as antifungal, for burns, antibacterial, insomnia, migraine and headache, sedative, carminative, psoriasis & eczema, cold sores, muscle aches, stress, anxiety and depression.

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Bowl Of Cereal Vs. Organic Apple & Grapefruit

Bowl Of Cereal Vs Organic Apple & Grapefruit
Graphic: © herbs-info.com. Images source – Pixabay (PD).

In the words of nutritionist Adelle Davis, “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.”

Breakfast is rightfully regarded as the most important meal of the day – it makes us happier, lowers the risk of Type 2 diabetes, boosts our cognitive performance, and prevents weight gain. [1][2][3][4] However, these health benefits have more to do with the content of your breakfast than the timing.

What is in a Bowl of Cereal?

As far as convenience is concerned, a bowl of cereal is an easy pick for most people – but at a cost. Cereals are often loaded with unhealthy carbohydrates, high-processed foods, unnecessary additives (e.g., preservatives), and sugars that may wreak havoc on your body.

Word of Advice: Ignore the marketing ploys and health claims in the commercials or on the front of the box. Always read the ingredients list before indulging in a bowl of cereal – the devil is in the detail! That said, there are several healthier alternatives such as whole foods (fruits, grains, vegetables, etc.) or dairy products.

What is in an Organic Fruit-Based Breakfast?

Rather than eating a bowl of cereal with questionable ingredients, consider single-ingredient foods such as grapefruits and apples.

As one of the most nutritious citrus fruits, grapefruit is rich in fiber, nutrients, and antioxidants. [5] A medium-sized grapefruit contains vitamin C (64% RDI), vitamin A (28% RDI), fiber (2 grams), low calories (52), protein (1 gram), magnesium, folate, thiamine, and potassium.

Likewise, a 182-gram apple is rich in fiber (4 grams), potassium (6% RDI), vitamin K, manganese, vitamin C (14% RDI), vitamin E, and B vitamins. Additionally, apples contain polyphenols (micronutrients packed with antioxidants), especially on the skin.

So, what is your choice? A bowl of cereal or organic apples and grapefruit?

Please note that this content should never be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinicians.

References:

[1] Breakfast Cereal and Caffeinated Coffee: Effects on Working Memory, Attention, Mood, and Cardiovascular Function http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0031938499000256.

[2] Eating patterns and type 2 diabetes risk in older women: breakfast consumption and eating frequency http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2013/06/12/ajcn.112.057521.abstract.

[3] Effect of breakfast composition on cognitive processes in elementary school https://ase.tufts.edu/psychology/spacelab/pubs/MahoneyEtAl.pdf.

[4] Association between Eating Patterns and Obesity in a Free-living US Adult Population http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/158/1/85.full.

[5] Grapefruit, raw, pink and red, all areas Nutrition Facts & Calories https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1905/2.