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 #9 – Turmeric

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This week’s real food feature is Turmeric!

Wow is this one amazing spice! Turmeric could possibly be the number one real food ingredient to add to your diet. There are so many benefits to turmeric that even mainstream medical sites and doctors are recommending it.

The main component in Turmeric that benefits the body is curcumin. It has been cited in over 6,000 scientific studies to help in many different areas.

The top conditions and diseases turmeric helps fight are:

  • Inflammation
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Aging
  • Arthritis
  • Heartburn
  • Stomach pain
  • Liver and kidney problems
  • And some Cancers

It also aids in:

  • Brain and memory function
  • Maintaining blood sugar levels
  • Relieving skin irritation
  • Reducing chronic pain

This tangy spice has long been used in India and surrounding areas for culinary and medicinal purposes. Turmeric is what gives curry it’s unique flavor and orange color. It has been a secret wellness ingredient for thousands of years.

When taking turmeric for medicinal purposes it can be taken in capsule form or as a tea. Because it is so powerful it could cause some adverse reactions if not taken carefully. Check with your health care practitioner if taking for medical reasons.

To benefit from turmeric for everyday wellness, start including it in your cooking! It doesn’t only have to go in Indian dishes. Personally I love the warm flavor it adds to chicken dishes and soups. You can buy turmeric here.

Turmeric can be used topically to help nourish your skin and reduce aging. It may leave you a little orange if you use a lot of it!

Have you added Turmeric to your diet?

 

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Wellness Wednesday #8

Wellness Wednesday again folks! I don’t have a special featured real food ingredient for you this week. But should be back to it by next week. Enjoy the link up in the mean time!


Welcome to this week’s Wellness Wednesday!

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Wellness Wednesday is all about wellness, natural living, real food, diy, and encouragement. Join us and meet some new bloggers and find how you can live life well!

Every week we will feature the most popular posts! Your hosts will pin and promote them as much as possible. This week’s features:

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 Complete Guide to a No-Side-Effect Medicine Cabinet by Deep Roots at Home

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 The Benefits of Epsom Salt by Drops of Nourishment

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Cinnamon Almond Granola by A Nest in The Rocks

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