Wellness Wednesday

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It’s Wednesday again!

I don’t know how these weeks are going by so quickly. Time seems to go faster with age. Hm..

I don’t have a feature today and won’t have one for a while. I’m going to suspend my Wellness Wednesday posts and link up for a bit. I may or may not pick them back up.

I enjoy sharing with y’all for a season, and will continue to do so in different ways.

My goal in life and with this blog is to empower others to live a simple natural life. To do that I need to be living it myself and sometimes simplicity means cutting things out.

Don’t worry though, I’m still here and still writing! I love it and it is a passion of mine, along with simplicity and natural living.

Thank you for being a part of Wellness Wednesday!


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Wellness Wednesday #17 – Basil

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Basil is one of the most common herbs in cooking and backyard herb gardens. But this little green leaf from the mint family goes far beyond usefulness in the kitchen!

Used in teas, poultices, salves, and wound dressings, Basil has many benefits for a variety of health issues. It has been used for many centuries by old cultures in India, Asia, and parts of Europe. Even now more research is showing the benefits of using Basil medicinally.

The properties of basil include anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant. There are several components in Basil that give it these amazing health benefits.

Basil is also excellent for balancing blood glucose, triglycerides and cholesterol levels. With good balance you reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Along with the wonderful properties of Basil, it is also an excellent source of vitamin K, and a good source of manganese, copper, and vitamin C.

Including a lot of basil in your diet is an excellent way to increase your benefit from this amazing herb. Pesto is one of the best and most delicious forms for eating basil! Sprinkling dried basil on a variety of dishes is also a great way to eat it.

What is your favorite way to use Basil?

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Wellness Wednesday #16 – Lemongrass

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I was strolling the grocery store the other day and saw an interesting item in the produce section: Lemongrass! I did not know you could pick it up fresh at the local market!

Apparently fresh lemongrass is a popular ingredient in Thai food. You can add it to marinades, spice rubs, stir-fry, salads, and any dish you want to add a Thai flavor too. But there’s more to it than just a distinct grassy-lemon flavor.

Native to Africa and Asia, this grassy plant has long been used for a variety of medicinal and culinary uses. Lemongrass is most commonly used for:

  • Stomach problems
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive issues
  • Infection
  • Heart disease
  • Respiratory function
  • Fever
  • Rhumatism

Lemongrass is a strong antioxidant, protecting cells against free radicals. The anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties of Lemongrass make it an excellent ingredient for salves and tinctures for fighting germs and inflammation in wounds. Some studies have shown that the properties of Lemongrass can help fight cancer and improve cellular health.

Besides adding lemongrass to your food, you can also enjoy it as a tea or utilize the essential oils for aromatic and topical benefits.

Lemongrass is commonly use in lemon flavored cosmetics and also as a bug repellent. Grow some lemongrass around your porch to shoo the mosquitoes away!

I didn’t pick up any lemongrass when I was at the store, but I think if it’s still there next time I go shopping, I need to try it out. The benefits are pretty fantastic!

Have you ever used fresh lemongrass?

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Wellness Wednesday #15 – Parsley

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Did you know there are actually a ton of nutrients in Parsley?

I didn’t.

I see it all the time in recipes and usually go for some dried parsley just to say I added it in. Honestly I don’t think it has that great of a taste. I think it’s time to start getting some fresh parsley for those recipes!

Parsley hails from the Mediterranean area and has been used for medicinal and culinary purposes for 2,000 years. It has a very green leafy taste, much like you would think from its appearance. The leaves and the roots can be used as food or medicine.

The rich nutrients in Parsley include vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and iron. Plus it is high in volatile compounds that help fight some cancers, inflammation, osteoporosis, arthritis, and heart disease.

Due to the high amounts of vitamins and minerals in Parsley, it is a strong immune booster. A parsley tea will help detox your system too!

Although there are some cautions with taking Parsley in high doses, (you can check here and here for those cautions) there is no need for concern with regular culinary use.

You can add fresh parsley as a garnish to many dishes. It’s great in soups, salads, omelets, juices, and anything that needs a little green! It’s an easy herb to grow and can be added to a small herb garden or even a pot out on your porch.

I’m going to buy a bunch next time I’m at the Farmer’s Market. There’s always a vendor with Parsley!

 How do you add parsley to your diet?

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Wellness Wednesday #14 – Peppermint

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Ahh Peppermint. Makes me think of Christmas!

I know most of you aren’t even close to thinking about Christmas, but even without the festive holiday, adding a little peppermint to your life is beneficial!

Peppermint is a hybrid of water mint and spearmint. It comes from Europe and has been used for thousands of years for medicinal and therapeutic purposes. (Plus it tastes amazing!)

This leafy herb is most used as an aid for digestive trouble. All aspects of the digestive system are benefited from Peppermint.

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Upset stomach
  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Cramping
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating

And that’s just digestive!

The strong menthol component to Peppermint creates a soothing effect for various issues such as mild skin irritation, sore muscles, headaches, tension, fevers, and respiratory troubles.

Sipping on a hot cup of Peppermint tea is very soothing if you have a cold or cough! It also relaxes the mind by reducing stress and regulating blood flow. Drinking a cup of tea before bed will really help improve your sleep!

Peppermint also has some antimicrobial benefits as well, making it excellent for use in soaps, shampoos, salves, and scrubs. You can use the herb to make a tincture to add into your household products or use the essential oil.

Adding fresh peppermint to salads is a really tasty way to mix up the flavor of your meals! It pairs well in Mediterranean dishes as well as Thai or Indian foods. Personally, if I ever get my herbs growing again, I love to keep peppermint so I can easily add the fresh leaves to various dishes and make tea for bedtime.

What is your favorite use for Peppermint?

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Wellness Wednesday #13 – Real Food

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Wellness Wednesday is here again!

If you’ve been following my blog for some time, you’ve noticed that on Wednesdays I cover a spice, herb, or whole food ingredient that will benefit your health.

Why is this important? True health begins with the food you eat.

Rather than wait on getting sick or being diagnosed with a “condition”, practice a lifestyle of wellness by taking care of your body now. This starts with the nutrients you get in your food.

Note: I’m not a doctor. I’m not telling you how to cure or prevent anything, but this is really just common sense! See my full disclaimer here.

It doesn’t take a team of scientists to discover that eating more fruits and vegetables will benefit your body. Simply cut out the processed foods and eat more vegetables. Try it and find out for yourself!

But easier said than done! Real food eating can be overwhelming at times because it means you aren’t relying on prepackaged foods. You have to make your meals from scratch! And chop a lot of vegetables. And spend extra time in the kitchen.

Trust me, I know! I love eating real food and how it makes me feel. My body does best when I have kale with breakfast and salads for lunch. Eating a lot of fresh foods greatly increases my food prep time! Even though I need my fresh veggies, I don’t want to spend all my time in the kitchen. (I have a growing boy to play with!)

I recently shared with you my tips on Saving Time (and Money) in the Kitchen. Now I have expanded that information and created a complete guide on how to achieve real food eating and efficiency in the kitchen!

Planning with Purpose is my new eBook that is just released this week. In fact, I have a giveaway going on right now for you to get a copy for free! If you can’t wait until the end of the week to get your hands on this life changing book, I’m running a special price right now in celebration of the launch.

Find out more –>> Here!

I’m not just trying to sell you something. I really do believe eating real food will benefit your life in so many ways. Yet, I understand the difficultly it can be to make the time to feed your family well. I’ve learned a lot over the last few years about balancing real food eating and spending time with loved ones which is why I’ve compiled all my tips in this one book.

I want you to succeed in serving real food to your family to keep them well. And also I want you to be free to spend time with your family and pursue other important things in your life. You can do it!

 

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