But are hot peppers actually good for you? Something so hot, even dangerously hot to some, is bound to raise questions. Hot peppers are actually good for us. Hot peppers contain capsaicin, the component that actually makes hot peppers hot. Capsaicin has been linked to numerous health benefits.
The name Sea Buckthorn doesn’t readily roll off my tongue, but this fruited plant is definitely aesthetically pleasing to my eye. The plant, which is very rich in Vitamins C and E and essential fatty acids, was written about by ancient Greek scholars and Tibetan physicians. It is touted for its environmental benefits and its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties.
The Holy Basil plant, also known as Tulsi, is a bountiful herb, entrenched in the culture of India as an Ayurvedic healing wonder and a Hindu object of prayer. It lives with tradition in India and has been a physical and spiritual cure-all. Tulsi is a nutrient rich herb that also conducts improved absorption of nutrients into the body from other foods and herbs as well.
When I started doing research on resveratrol, a polpyphenic compound mostly found in grapes and red wine, it was hard to know what to focus on. There is a large amount of studies on this plant compound and its effect on preventing cancer, reducing the risk of heart disease, repairing organ injury, prolonging cell life and much more.
Oh how rich the flax plant is, and it in turn enriches our health with its nutrient rich oil. Many of us suffer from arthritis, eczema and other life-threatening illnesses that rob us of a high quality life. Flaxseed oil repairs health and fortifies the body’s own healing systems to sustain health.
Native to parts of Europe, Asia and India, the caraway plant belongs to the carminative family containing Dill and Cumin. Carminatives are herbs that help ease gastrointestinal distress, including gas and bowel spasms. Documented since the Middle Ages, caraway seeds and oil have flavored various dishes and been prepared as medicinal remedies.
The Olive Leaf is the symbol for Peace and Harmony. It is also known for creating harmonious conditions in the body. It has many beneficial properties that can benefit health in general, as well as help to eradicate illness. First used in ancient Egypt, olive leaf has undergone extensive research and testing throughout history and is now used mostly as an extract in tablet form.
Soapwort originated in Europe and the Middle East and was used primarily as a gentle natural soap. Back when textile production was in its infancy and there was hands-on work with shearing and processing wool, the mild soap from Soapwort was used to gently clean the wool and the finished fabrics. In general, soapwort was one of the first soap sources for people who lived on the land.
Drawing their nutrition from the ocean and seas, kelp and seaweed are extremely rich in iodine and calcium, as well as many other vitamins and minerals. Depending on the strain, seaweed can be high in protein (Spirulina) or Vitamin C (red and brown algae). And, although these aquatic plants are low in fat, they have a higher content of essential fatty acids than land plants.
Everyone knows the traditional hangover prevention tips like consume alcohol on a full stomach, drink a lot of water and get plenty of rest. And, there are some strange hangover remedies like taking a wasabi bath or eating deep fried canaries, but I think I’ll stick to the nourishing foods that have been proven to alleviate the symptoms.