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dill seed

PHYTO- NUTRIENTS Monoterpenes  (including carvone, limonene, anethofuran) – activate liver enzyme glutathione-S-transferase (helps glutathione attach to toxic molecules) Flavonoids assist carminative and sedative properties NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS Digestion – carminative (eliminates flatulence and digestive disturbances) Liver – promotes detoxification reactions Anti-cancer and anti-microbial PLANT FAMILY Umbelliferae. Related to: Celery, Fennel, Coriander, Cumin, Caraway DANGERS Oxalate (Calcium … Continue reading

rosemary

PHYTO- NUTRIENTS Rosemaranic acid Anti-oxidant and reduces inflammatory messengers (such as leukotriene B4) Useful for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, brochial asthma and atheroscerosis NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS Food preservative – due to powerful anti-oxidant Flavonoids and volatile oil are antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and stimulate immune system Improves digestion, treats infections of stomach and intestine and is antispasmodic Powerful … Continue reading

saffron

PHYTO- NUTRIENTS Carotenoid Crocin: Anti-oxidant and anti-cancer: triggers cancer cell death and inhibits cancerous cells Promotes learning and memory retention Promotes healthy immunity – stimulates immune cells NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS Anti-inflammatory Protects against heart disease Reduces damage done to lipid cellular membranes Increases glutathione in liver DANGERS Unsuitable for pregnant or nursing women; toxic in large doses … Continue reading

nutmeg

PHYTO- NUTRIENTS Myristicin – liver protective and anti-inflammatory: reduces levels of TNF from white cells which occurs in inflammatory diseases (such as Rheumatoid arthritis) NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS Digestion – Carminative; Anti-diarrheal actions including improving intestinal tone and inhibiting intestinal contractions stimulated by irritating agents;  Mild sedative; Food preservative, disinfectant and antiseptic of animal and plant pathogens … Continue reading

mint

PHYTO- NUTRIENTS Perillyl alcohol – present in plant, inhibits growth or formation of cancer Rosemaranic Acid – anti-oxidant NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS Digestion – Carminative and Digestant, relieving gastrointestinal spasms, gas and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome by relaxing intestinal smooth muscle PLANT FAMILY Mint. Related to: Basil, Rosemary, Oregano, Marjoram, Sage, Thyme HEALING USE 1/2 tsp … Continue reading

oregano

PHYTO- NUTRIENTS Thymol and Carvacol – antimicrobal agents (inhibiting infectious bacteria growth such as Giardia) Rosemaranic acid – anti-oxidant activity NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS Anti-oxidant superhero – highest in anti-oxidant activity of any food or herb tested PLANT FAMILY Mint. Related to: Basil, Mint, Rosemary, Marjoram, Sage, Thyme Adapted from: Murray, M. (2005). Encyclopedia of Healing Food. … Continue reading

coriander seed

NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS Digestion – carminative and stimulates conversion of cholesterol to fat digesting bile acids in liver Anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and anti-anxiety PLANT FAMILY Umbelliferae. Related to: Celery, Fennel, Dill, Cumin, Caraway Adapted from: Murray, M. (2005). Encyclopedia of Healing Food. New York, N.Y.: Atria Books

cumin seed

NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS Digestion – stimulates secretion of pancreatic digestive enzymes, digestive aid and effective for flatulence Anti-cancer Anti-inflammatory Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal Enhances liver’s detoxification enzymes Temporarily increases alertness PLANT FAMILY Umbelliferae. Related to: Celery, Fennel, Dill, Coriander, Caraway COOKING NOTES Aromatic and nutty flavor, especially when roasted Adapted from: Murray, M. (2005). Encyclopedia of Healing … Continue reading

dill seed

PHYTO- NUTRIENTS Monoterpenes  (including carvone, limonene, anethofuran) – activate liver enzyme glutathione-S-transferase (helps glutathione attach to toxic molecules) Flavonoids assist carminative and sedative properties NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS Digestion – carminative (eliminates flatulence and digestive disturbances) Liver – promotes detoxification reactions Anti-cancer and anti-microbial PLANT FAMILY Umbelliferae. Related to: Celery, Fennel, Coriander, Cumin, Caraway DANGERS Oxalate (Calcium … Continue reading

cinnamon

NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS Anti-diabetic – sensitizes cells to Insulin Digestion – carminative Cardio vascular health – sedative for smooth muscle, circulatory stimulant, reduces cholesterol and triglycerides Reduces fasting blood sugar levels Reported uses for arthritis, asthma, cancer, diarrhea, fever, heart problems, insomnia, menstrual problems, ulcers and psioriasis DANGERS Oxalate (Calcium binding and Kidney health) Adapted from: … Continue reading

basil

PHYTO- NUTRIENTS Orientin and Vicenin flavonoids – anti-cancer protection from free-radical damage NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS Mild sedative Headache treatment Digestion – relaxes smooth muscles of intestines and dilates small blood vessels and is anti-bacterial PLANT FAMILY Mint. Related to: Mint, Rosemary, Oregano, Marjoram, Sage, Thyme DANGERS Oxalate (Calcium binding and Kidney health) Adapted from: Murray, M. … Continue reading

sage

PHYTO- NUTRIENTS Rosemaranic acid: Anti-oxidant Reduces inflammatory messengers (such as leukotriene B4) Useful for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, brochial asthma and atheroscerosis NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS Food preservative – due to powerful anti-oxidants Flavonoids and volatile oil stimulates immune system, increases circulation and improves digestion Increases concentration – stimulates blood flow to head and brain Reported … Continue reading

thyme

PHYTO- NUTRIENTS Flavonoids and manganese – Anti-oxidant action Volatile oil possesses antispasmodic, antibacterial and carminative actions NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS Brain function – increases percentage of healthy fats (especially DHA) in cell membranes and cell structures (especially those of the brain, kidney and heart) PLANT FAMILY Mint. Related to: Basil, Mint, Rosemary, Oregano, Marjoram, Sage DANGERS Oxalate … Continue reading

cloves

PHYTO- NUTRIENTS Eugenol – detoxifer, prevents digestive cancers, treats joint inflammation, mild anaesthetic and anti-bacterial agent for gum pain NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS Eugenol (and other components) which prevent digestive tract cancers and helps liver function (detoxification environmental toxins) are anti-bacterial Adapted from: Murray, M. (2005). Encyclopedia of Healing Food. New York, N.Y.: Atria Books

turmeric

PHYTO- NUTRIENTS Curcumin Anti-inflammatory powers as effective as Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (such as Ibuprofen) and useful in treating rheumatoid arthritis (reducing morning stiffness and joint swelling) Anti-oxidant protection of cells from free-radicals that can damage DNA and lead to cancer (especially in the cells of the lining of the colon) Anti-cancer Helps body to … Continue reading

black pepper

PHYTO- NUTRIENTS Peperine Increases absorption of nutrients such as turmeric, selenium, B vitamins and beta-carotene Supports and enhances the liver’s detoxification processes Supports and enhances body’s thermogenic activities NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS Digestion – Carminative and stimulates taste buds to prompt secretion of stomach acids Anti-bacterial and Anti-oxidant Diuretic (enhances elimination) Diaphoretic effect enhances sweating Lipid metabolism … Continue reading

ginger

PHYTO- NUTRIENTS Gingerols Anti-inflammatory compounds that inhibit formation of inflammatory cytokines (chemical messengers in the immune system) Useful in treating osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis offering pain relief, increased joint mobility and decreased swelling and morning stiffness NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS Digestion – carminative: alleviates symptoms of gastrointestinal distress, promotes elimination of intestinal gas, promotes intestinal spasmolytic (substance … Continue reading