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Benefits of Cardamon

CardimonTeaHave you ever tasted cardamom? Do you even know?

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Maybe you’re you now thinking, what is cardamom? Often referred to as the “Queen of Spices,” cardamom or elaichi is one of the most common spices seen in an Indian household, but it’s loved and used all around the world.

The seeds have a warm, highly aromatic flavor that add a unique, sweet, floral flavor to any food or drink. This spice is also widely used as a digestive aid and natural breath freshener! “Cardamom fresh” not “minty fresh” breath is a result of the common chewing of the pods by men and women in India.

There are three types of cardamom: green, black and Madagascar. Most recipes usually call for green cardamom. Overall, it’s more expensive than average spices, but don’t worry because a little goes a very long way.

Cardamom is rich in powerful phytonutrients and is especially high in manganese, a trace mineral that helps the body form connective tissue, bones and sex hormones. It’s also crucial for normal nerve and brain function and plays a role in carbohydrate metabolism, fat metabolism, calcium absorption and blood sugar regulation. Just one tablespoon of cardamom supplies 80 percent of your body’s daily manganese requirements! It truly is an amazing medicinal spice that even shows promise for the natural treatment of cancer and diabetes. I bet you’ll be surprised just how medicinal this spice can be!

7 Cardamom Benefits

Cardamom can naturally help many common as well as serious health concerns, including:

1. Bad Breath
Cardamom is a very effective remedy against a common problem known as halitosis or bad breath. Simply chewing on the seeds can help to eliminate any bad odors coming from your mouth. Some chewing gums even include it as an ingredient for this very reason.

Recently, in a study conducted by the Department of Microbiology at Kurukshetra University in India done to explore the antimicrobial effects of cardamom extracts on oral bacteria, it was found that the extracts are effective against oral pathogenic bacteria like Streptococcus mutans and Candida albicans. (1) Additionally, the major active component of cardamom oil, cineole, is a potent antiseptic known for killing the bacteria causing bad breath and other infections. So if you’re looking how to get rid of bad breath, look no further.

2. Cavities
Not only can cardamom kill the bacteria that causes bad breath, but it might also help prevent cavity development on your teeth or even reserve cavities and tooth decay. It has all the cleansing benefits of a chewing gum but without any of the negatives (like stickiness).

Not only can it kill bacteria in your mouth, but with its somewhat sharp yet pleasant flavor the chewing of cardamom can also encourage a cleansing saliva flow while the fibrous outer coating of the pod can provide a mechanical cleaning of your teeth.

3. Cancer
Cardamom even shows promise when it comes to cancer, exhibiting potential as a natural cancer treatment. Animal studies have shown that it can be used as a chemopreventive agent or something that’s used to inhibit, delay or reverse cancer formation.

A 2012 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food showed that cardamom had a positive effect on skin health in animals. Researchers found that there was a significant reduction in the occurrence and number of tumors with oral administration of cardamom powder. The study concludes that cardamom has potential as a chemopreventive agent against two-stage skin cancer. (PubMed study)

Cardamom has also demonstrated the ability to decrease azoxymethane-induced colon cancer with its ability to decrease general inflammation, inhibit cancer cell growth and encourage cancer cell death. There is also evidence that it may have anticancer benefits by encouraging healthy and appropriate immune responses within the body. (PubMed Study)

4. Blood Pressure
Cardamom might be able to help you lower your blood pressure, which is key to maintaining the health of your heart and kidneys. A study conducted by the Indigenous Drug Research Center at RNT Medical College’s Department of Medicine in India and published the Indian Journal of Biochemistry & Biophysics evaluated 20, newly diagnosed individuals with primary stage 1 hypertension and the effect of giving them three grams of cardamom powder daily in two divided doses for 12 weeks. The results were great. Not only did cardamom help to decrease systolic, diastolic and mean blood pressure, but it also increased total antioxidant status by 90 percent at the end of three months. (PubMed Study)

5. Diabetes
The high manganese content in this spice makes it an excellent choice for diabetics and anyone struggling with blood sugar issues. Research has shown that individuals diagnosed with diabetes have low blood levels of the trace mineral manganese. It’s unclear if having diabetes causes levels to drop or if low levels of manganese contribute to developing diabetes. Either way, adding additional manganese to the diet is a smart idea for diabetics, which is why you should use this spice as part of your diabetic diet plan. (PubMed Study)

One clinical study found that people with diabetes who had higher blood levels of manganese were more protected from LDL or “bad” cholesterol than those with lower levels of manganese as well. All this together shows that this spice is effective at combatting the onset of diabetes.

6. Digestive System
Cardamom is a traditional remedy in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of digestive issues like stomach aches, but there is also science to back this common usage. Studies have shown that cardamom ranks above other spices when it comes to assisting the various stages of digestion.

The methanolic extract from the spice is the component that helps in controlling gastrointestinal disorders, such as acidity, flatulence and stomach cramps. Studies have shown that it has gastroprotective effects, including helping stomach ulcers caused by ethanol (found in alcoholic beverages) and aspirin.

7. Asthma
Cardamom can also provide relief for people struggle with breathing issues like asthma. One animal study indicated that it exhibits bronchodilatory effects, which means it’s a substance that dilates the bronchi and bronchioles, decreasing resistance in the respiratory airway and increasing airflow to the lungs. Basically, cardamom was shown to help make breathing easier, which of course is the main goal for anyone suffering from asthma or any shortness of breath.

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Lymes Disease

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Cats claw – also know as: uña de gato – commonly used for improving symptoms of arthritis, digestive system disorders, diverticulitis, colitis, gastritis, stomach ulcers, hemorrhoids, and leaky bowel syndrome. Some people use cat’s claw for viral infections including shingles, cold sores etc…

Licorice root – has proven to be a lifeline for many of my patients in not only improving the symptoms of Adrenal Dysfunction (which patients care about most) but also in helping to heal the underlying adrenal weakness that leads to a cure (which I care about most)
icorice acts to support and improve the function of cortisol, the major hormone of the adrenal glands. In doing so, it helps relieve the majority of the major symptoms of Adrenal Dysfunction, such as fatigue, pain, weakness, dehydration, brain fog, among others.

Arborvitae Essential Oil

ArborvitaeThuja plicata

Known as the “tree of life,” Arborvitae is majestic in size and abundant in benefits.

  • Promotes a sense of peace and calm
  • Preserves wood naturally
  • Diffuse to purify the air
  • Protects against environmental and seasonal threats.
  • Powerful cleansing and purifying agent
  • Naturally repels insects. • Preserves wood naturally.
  • Apply to wrists and ankles while hiking.
  • Diffuse to purify the air.
  • Diffuse for a grounding aroma.

Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and spray on surfaces or hands for a protecting solution.Mix four drops of Arborvitae essential oil and two drops of Lemon essential oil with a carrier oil for a effective wood preservative and polish. Use during meditation for a sense of peace and calm. Mix in with mulch while gardening. Create your own cologne with Cedarwood, Arborvitae, and Frankincense.

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Immune Boost in a Bottle

ImmuneSystemHerbal Formula

Used for: Immune Boost Herbs include: Echinacea, Paudarco, Dandelion, Burdock, Cinnamon, Sassafras, Ginger. Lets see what we know about these herbs:

  • Echinacea was one of the basic antimicrobial herbs. Three of the components of Echinacea responsible for its immune-enhancing effects: polysaccharides, alkylamides and cichoric acid.
  • Paudarco used to treat a wide range of infections, these include viral respiratory infections, also used for cancer as well as diabetes, ulcers, stomach inflammation (gastritis), liver ailments, asthma, bronchitis, joint pain, hernias, boils, and wounds. Some people see pau d’arco as a “tonic and blood builder”.
  • Dandelion is used as a digestive tonic, gallstones, intestinal gas, joint pain, muscle aches, eczema, and bruises. Dandelion is also used to increase urine production. It is used as skin toner & blood tonic.
  • Burdock is used as a diuretic, diaphoretic, a blood purifying agent, and contains essential fatty acids.
  • Cinnamon is used to help treat muscle spasms, vomiting, diarrhea, infections, the common cold, loss of appetite ,may lower blood sugar, reduces serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes.
  • Sassafras is used for urinary tract disorders, swelling in the nose and throat, syphilis, bronchitis, high blood pressure in older people, gout, arthritis, skin problems, and cancer. It is also used as a tonic and “blood purifier.”
  • Ginger Classified as a stimulant and carminative and used frequently for dyspepsia, gastroparesis, slow motility symptoms, constipation, and colic. It was also frequently employed to disguise the taste of medicines. Tea brewed from ginger is a common folk remedy for colds. Ginger has also been historically used to treat inflammation, including arthritis & osteoarthritis. In Japan it is purported to aid blood circulation.

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Cinnamon

Cinnamon is used to help treat muscle spasms, vomiting, diarrhea, infections, the common cold, loss of appetite ,may lower blood sugar, reduces serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes.

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Used For: Increasing energy & hormonal balance

Herbs include: Licorice Root, Hawthorn Berry, Fennel, Ginseng, Echinacea August Folia, Gotu kola, Ginger, Milk Thistle, St. John’s Wort, Lavender Blossoms

About some of the herbs:
Licorice – has proven to be a lifeline for many of my patients in not only improving the symptoms of Adrenal Dysfunction (which patients care about most) but also in helping to heal the underlying adrenal weakness that leads to a cure (which I care about most)
icorice acts to support and improve the function of cortisol, the major hormone of the adrenal glands. In doing so, it helps relieve the majority of the major symptoms of Adrenal Dysfunction, such as fatigue, pain, weakness, dehydration, brain fog, among others.

Ginger – Classified as a stimulant and carminative and used frequently for dyspepsia, gastroparesis, slow motility symptoms, constipation, and colic. It was also frequently employed to disguise the taste of medicines. Tea brewed from ginger is a common folk remedy for colds. Ginger has also been historically used to treat inflammation, including arthritis & osteoarthritis. In Japan it is purported to aid blood circulation.

Echinacea – is well known for its antimicrobial properties.  It can cut the chances of catching a cold by more than half, and shorten the duration of a cold.

St John’s Wort – Also known as goatweed. Is widely known as an herbal medicine for treating depression. It is proposed that the mechanism of action of St. John’s wort is due to the inhibition of reuptake of certain neurotransmitters.

Hawthorn: Supports heart muscle function.

Gotu kola – This plant is also know as “life plant”. Gotu Kola helps counteract blood and liver impurities.

Fennel – digestive problems, used for upper respiratory tract infections, many female hormone related issues

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Evelyn's Natural CoffeeThese herbs work together to cleanse the liver : Chicory Root, Dandelion Root, Yerba Mate, Orange Peel, and Carob.

Chicory Root is used for upset stomach,  loss of appetite, constipation, liver and gallbladder disorders, cancer, and rapid heartbeat. It is also used as a “tonic,” to increase urine production, to protect the liver, and to balance the stimulant effect of coffee. Ancient Romans used the herb to help cleanse the blood. Egyptians were known to consume chicory root in large amounts to help purify the liver and the blood.

Dandelion Root is used as a digestive tonic, gallstones, intestinal gas, joint pain, muscle aches, eczema, and bruises. Dandelion is also used to increase urine production. It is used as skin toner & blood tonic.

The Highly Sought After Frankincense

frankincensePrimary Benefits

  • Helps build and maintain a healthy immune system
  • Promotes cellular health
  • Reduces the appearance of scars and stretch marks

Renowned as one of the most prized and precious essential oils, Frankincense has extraordinary internal and external health benefits. In addition to its notoriety in the New Testament, the Babylonians and Assyrians would burn Frankincense in religious ceremonies and the ancient Egyptians used Frankincense resin for everything from perfume to salves for skin ailments. This centuries–old knowledge contributes to the modern uses of Frankincense today.

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EssiacThese herbs work synergistically to fight cancer cells: Burdock Root, Sheep Sorrel, Slippery Elm, Turkey Rhubarb Root, and Echinacea.

Burdock is used as a diuretic, diaphoretic, a blood purifying agent, and contains  essential fatty acids.

Sheep Sorrel is used for reducing sudden and ongoing pain and swelling (inflammation).  For treating bacterial infections, and for increasing urine flow (as a diuretic).

Slippery Elm is soothing to the digestive tract and help maintain normal elimination. This bark contains mucilage, which becomes slippery and soothing to irritated tissues when wet.

Turkey Rhubarb Root is used to treat stubborn infections.  It has purgative effects, as well as its ability to suppress feverish conditions.  It is a means to cure stomach ailments and as a “cathartic” (an agent used to relieve severe constipation).  It has astringent capabilities (as well as a strong laxative); serves antibacterial use in its ability to treat” toothaches, shingles, fevers, hypertension, burns, acute appendicitis, acute infectious hepatitis, conjunctivitis, swelling and pain of gums, and sores of the mouth and tongue.

Echinacea  is well known for its antimicrobial properties.  It can cut the chances of catching a cold by more than half, and shorten the duration of a cold.

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Garcinia 1000™ contains a standardized extract of the fruit from the Garcinia cambogia tree. For many centuries this fruit, also called Malabar tamarind, has been used in Southern India for culinary purposes.

  • Studies have shown a reduction in cholesterol
  • contains no stimulants
Garcinia Cambogia works in more than one way, “The first way is it goes in and causes the body to burn glucose, or sugar, and burn fat, mainly in the liver…The second way, the most important way, is it slows the release of sugar into the blood stream. So when you don’t have sugar building up in the blood stream, you don’t have fat building up because sugar turns to fat…When the two are combined together, you get this synergistic effect that basically burns and blocks and stops fat, but it also is natural and safe.”

 

Olive Leaf

Olive leafOlive leaf is the leaf of the olive tree (Olea europaea). While olive oil is well known for its flavor and health benefits, the leaf has been used medicinally in various times and places. Olive leaf and olive leaf extracts, are now marketed as anti-aging, immunostimulator, and antibiotic agents. There is support for its antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory effects. A liquid extract made directly from fresh olive leaves recently gained international attention when it was shown to have an antioxidant capacity almost double green tea extract and 400% higher than vitamin C.

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Mangosteen – Food of the gods

MangosteenThe mangosteen has been nicknamed the “Queen of Fruits” and in some parts of the world the “Food of the Gods” for its various health benefits and for its delightful taste. For thousands of years, Asian countries have been using the mangosteen in Chinese, Ayurvedic and folk medicine to support optimal health.

Used to treat skin infections, wounds, dysentery, thrush, and urinary tract infections.

 

 

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  • Super Nutritional Greens: Alfalfa Grass, wheat grass, green barley grass, chlorella Algae, spirulina algae, aloe vera, green tea extract
  • Phyto Nutrients (luetine rich): Kale Greens, spinache leaves, cabbage, parsley leaf, tomatoes, broccoli, caulifllower, beet root, beet leaf, brussell sprouts, leek root, carrot root, black radish root, green bell pepper, deodorized garlic
  • Fiber Complex: Apple pectin, psyllium seed husk, oat bran, rice bran, flax seed, fennel seed, wheat germ
  • Digestive Nutrients: acidophilus, bulgaricus, bifidus
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