Amidst the health crisis we have compiled a list of things to keep in your kitchen for daily use and incase of any symptoms of illness. Aside from the obvious Ginger,Garlic,Lemon,Honey we all know and love, here is a fun list of things you may or may not have learned from your nana.
Our A list of secrets from our ancient medicine thats been hiding in plain sight all along.
Find out what you can do from home to battle fungus, bacteria, and viruses by stocking your kitchen with these incredible foods, supplements and spices. Counting down in no particular order of our top 10 favorites.
10. Pine Pollen
In Asia, Pine Pollen is traditionally known as a powerful Jing-enhancing herb, which loosely translates to vital essence or life force. Herbs classified as Jing tonics are typically used in cases of weakness, burnout from stress or exhaustion, sexual imbalances (infertility, low libido, erectile dysfunction, etc.), or in any case where there was a need for deep rejuvenation and nourishment.
Hormonal Balance For Men and Women: Nature’s Hormone Booster
But perhaps the most important and unique property and benefit of Pine Pollen is its ability to harmonize and powerfully rejuvenate the endocrine system, which is a rare ability in the plant world. Pine Pollen is nature’s most powerful androgen, which essentially translates to a substance that stimulates testosterone production, although other hormones also fall under the title as well. But, if you are a woman, don’t let this scare you. The reason Pine Pollen is such a powerful androgen is in large part because it is the only natural source of the “wonder hormone” DHEA, which is the precursor to not just testosterone, but estrogen and progesterone as well. Pine Pollen is considered an adaptogenic herb, meaning that it is one that restores balance to the body by adapting its effects to whatever conditions are present. For this reason, it’s key to understanding the health benefits of Pine Pollen and why it is such an incredible herb. Pine Pollen is also rich in more exotic, albeit vitally important, compounds such as nucleic acids (DNA-repairing fragments) and superoxide dismutase, a powerful antioxidant and cell protectant, among many others. read more here.
Moreover, recent animal studies have shown that DHEA does significantly boost melatonin production in the pineal gland, which regulates circadian rhythms—our sleep-wake cycles—which are often thrown out of balance by synthetic lights from the various screens we tend to be surrounded with these days.
9. Maca Powder - Ancient Aphrodisiac? It is known that Sex can boost health and vitality.
Maca is a natural libido enhancement supplement for women designed to increase arousal,sensitivity and blood flow. Maca promotes heightened sexual anticipation with regular use. A Peruvian plant grown in the Andes mountains. It is a cruciferous vegetable, meaning that it is related to broccoli, cabbage, and kale. A common ingredient in Peruvian cooking that gives dishes an earthy flavor. Maca root plant can be ground up into a powder and added to meals or smoothies.
The natural effects found in Maca have been used by thousands of women to renew their romantic spark. Researchers are looking at how it may help men and women with low libido. Some studies suggest it may improve semen quality, relieve symptoms of menopause, and reduce enlarged prostates.
Maca root also promotes natural antioxidants in the body, such as glutathione and superoxide dismutase. Antioxidants help to fight off free radicals, which can damage cells in the body. Some people believe antioxidants can help prevent some health conditions, including heart disease and cancer.
8. Moringa Powder -
Moringa oleifera is a plant that is often called the drumstick tree, the miracle tree, the ben oil tree, or the horseradish tree.
Moringa has been used for centuries due to its medicinal properties and health benefits. It also has antifungal, antiviral, antidepressant, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is highly absorbent and restorative to the skin and infectinos.
Due to its antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties, moringa extracts might combat infections caused by Salmonella, Rhizopus, and E. coli.
Moringa contains many healthful compounds such as:
It is also extremely low in fats and contains no harmful cholesterol.
This incredibly potent fruit also known as Indian Gooseberry has almost twice the antioxidant power of Acai berry and about 17 times that of the pomegranate. Use this inexpensive wonder fruit to stay well this winter. With its extremely high content of vitamin C is absorbed easily by the body unlike Vitamin C supplements. Prepare dried amla using honey to make it even more savoury. Here are some of Amla's health benefits:
Cures sore throat and cold: Amla is a great source of Vitamin C. Mix 2 teaspoons of amla powder with 2 teaspoons of honey. Have it three to four times a day for immediate and effective results.
Amla reduces constipation: Being rich in fibre, Amla manages constipation troubles.
Amla helps heal painful mouth ulcers: If taken in liquid form, Amla can also cure mouth ulcers. Dilute amla juice in half a cup of water, gargle and you're set.
Amla has anti-inflammatory properties: Amla helps in reducing arthritis-related pain. Snack on dried amla or have it fresh and raw. Both work. Amla is also a nice ingredient to add to your henna mask for hair growth and moisture.
Amla powder for your hair: Amla is one of the most nourishing herbs for the hair. It acts as a natural conditioner for healthy, shiny hair. It also slows down the greying process. Amla helps strengthen hair follicles, and increases blood circulation in the scalp, thus stimulating hair growth. Use amla oil or mix amla powder in henna and apply on your hair.
Amla for glowing skin: This wonder berry is known to be the best anti-ageing fruit according to traditional Indian medicine. Regular intake of amla not only leads to a healthy and glowing skin but also improves eye sight, boosts the immune system, and regulates blood sugar and lipids. Eat as murabba, pickles or candies; but consume it daily.
6. Activated Charcoal -
Activated charcoal has a number of beneficial absorbent qualities that allow it to travel through the bloodstream, body, and brain, absorbing toxins, chemicals, and compounds that can put blood health at risk. Due to its ability to combat the infiltration of bacterial, viral, and fungal infections, it can be used as a preventative and curative measure safely and naturally.
Boosts Antifungal Protection
Activated charcoal can be used both as a topical treatment applied directly to the site of a fungal infection and as an oral application to purge the body of harmful pathogens. A dosage of 1 teaspoon of the powder dissolved in 1 cup of water will expel internal fungal infections from the body’s systems, helping boost immune system function and decrease healing time.
For topical treatments, a one-to-one ratio of activated charcoal and water or coconut oil can be applied directly to the site of the fungal infection, wrapped with a piece of gauze or fabric, and secured with surgical tape or plastic wrap. By employing both of these methods, recovery from a fungal infection can be achieved quickly, safely, and naturally.
In numerous studies, activated charcoal has been compared to other popular teeth whitening processes and has proven to be the more effective solution. A small amount applied to the teeth (1 opened capsule or crushed pressed pill, or a 1⁄4 teaspoon of the fine powder alternative) unleashes it’s beneficial ability to absorb toxins, organic compounds, and pathogens, ridding the mouth of conditions that contribute to stained and yellow teeth. Using activated charcoal on your teeth in this way also eliminates bacteria and pathogens from the mouth and protects teeth against the onset of decay.
11. Promotes Nutrient Absorption
Activated charcoal benefits the body in countless ways, but namely by absorbing the toxins, impurities, and compounds that commonly interfere with proper nutrient absorption. When activated charcoal absorbs and extracts interfering elements from the body’s cells, organs, and systems, the body is able to function as intended. A dosage of the powder of 1 small teaspoon dissolved in water and consumed daily can help anyone improve their body’s ability to process nutrients, maintain the health of their body’s systems, and safeguard their immune system and cells from degradation and complications. Supporting everything from heart health to brain health to hormone production, anyone’s well-being and vitality can be simply and easily restored… naturally.
12. Other Special Uses of Charcoal
Because activated charcoal powder has the ability to remove toxic chemical and organic compounds from air and water, it has been the center of countless studies performed to identify its healing benefits within the body. Charcoal is readily used in cases of poisoning and drug and alcohol overdoses since it can rid the body of dangerous, harmful toxins. Additionally, it has become a star ingredient in the treatment of blood disorders, cardiovascular conditions, digestive disruptions, and even brain and neurological conditions.
This odorless, tasteless, non-toxic powder is also an effective ingredient in a number of common external applications. With the ability of charcoal to detoxify and naturally treat common skin conditions safely and effectively, it can be used in the treatment of insect bites, athlete’s foot, and acne, as well as in do-it-yourself makeup applications that safeguard your skin’s health.
5. Coconut Oil as a Mouth Rinse
Oil pulling detoxifies and purifies the entire human body.
Rinsing your mouth with pure coconut oil might sound nuts to most people. But there is proof that not only can coconut oil (pulling ) rinses can whiten teeth and kill harmful bacteria that live in the mouth and gums. Oil pulling activates salivary enzymes which absorb toxins such as chemical toxins, bacterial toxins and environmental toxins from the blood and removed from the body through the tongue. Thus oil pulling detoxifies and purifies the entire human body.
Measure one tablespoon of oil, such as coconut, sesame or olive oil.Swish it around in your mouth for 15–20 minutes, being careful not to swallow any.Spit the oil into a trash can once you're done. ...Rinse your mouth well using water before eating or drinking anything.
4. Manuka Honey
Manuka honey appears to be damaging to bacterial cells, which promotes healing.
Besides the fact that Manuka honey is derived from one specific plant, it has some other qualities that make it stand out. Because honey is rich in sugar and has a low pH, it’s able to thwart bacterial growth. Yet, Manuka honey has a compound called methyl glyoxal (MGO), which comes from the phytochemical found in the nectar of certain flowers in New Zealand. MGO has some toxic properties, but there is no evidence to suggest that is damages human cells. On the contrary, Manuka honey appears to be damaging to bacterial cells, which promotes healing.
Since honey is known for its antibacterial properties, it has been used as a wound healing agent for centuries. Recently, there has been some human research to determine whether or not manuka honey has medical applications. A 2017 study in patients undergoing eye surgery compared how topically applying manuka honey versus Vaseline would affect wound healing. Manuka honey actually resulted in less noticeable scars and decreased scar stiffness, as compared to Vaseline.
How should you use Manuka honey?
“If you want to use manuka honey, I suggest adding it to your preworkout fuel, since it’s high in antioxidants,” Hultin says. Like any other type of honey, you can add it to smoothies, drizzle it on toast or over yogurt or oatmeal, or use it in a cup of tea.
Has been known to rid the body of mucus specifically the lungs. are high in vitamin c and therefore they can help fight viral infections and ward off sore throats and flu's. Much like mustard, they are naturally spicy and have a pungent flavour that helps reduce the amount of mucus in the body. They can also help soothe a sore throat and clear sinuses. Manages mucus and phlegm – We are supposed to have mucus, it just needs to be of the right amount, consistency and location. All radishes have a dynamic ability to clear up gunk as mentioned. Phlegm is particularly tenacious and recognized as a root problem in many conditions including: asthma, allergies, bronchitis, colds, pneumonia, candida, chronic fatigue, MS, fibro myalgia, painful obstruction syndromes, arthritis, and autoimmune disorders.
All of these disorders will greatly benefit from radishes moving and draining nature, you just need to use a little caution. If you are prone to heat and have lots of yellow, thick mucus back away from the hot radish and use small amount so of the cooler. Too much heat on a hot condition will worsen it.
Has been known to treat signs of aging including grey hair!
Reynoutria multiflora is a species of flowering plant in the buckwheat family Polygonaceae. It is known as Tuber Fleeceflower and Chinese knotweed. It is native to central and southern China. The processed (cured) root of the plant is used to make medicine. Fo-ti is commonly used by mouth to help treat or prevent conditions related to aging, including cancer, heart disease, and memory problems. Fo-ti is also applied directly to the skin for sores, carbuncles, skin eruptions, and itching.
1. Bone Broth
Although scientists are still trying to pinpoint exactly what makes chicken soup so great at reducing the duration of colds, everyone seems to be in agreeance that drinking bone broth is healthy. Bone broth is made from the slow simmering of bones and vegetables to create a flavourful, and collagen-rich drink that also contains minerals. Bone broth may just be the first “superfood” in the Paleo community, and you may be wondering “what’s so special about broth?” But the difference is in how the broth is prepared. This makes all the difference in whether it can truly be called a “superfood”.
Common Cold & Flu
Bone broth is also a great remedy for acute illnesses such as colds and flu. If you’re fighting a cold, make a warm bone broth soup that’s spicy with plenty of pepper. The spices will release watery fluids in your mouth, throat, and lungs, which will help thin the respiratory mucus so it’s easier to expel. Bone broth also contains a variety of valuable nutrients in a form your body can easily absorb and use — not to mention, it’s also great for when your appetite is weak from being sick.
*** Also from our girl Curly Proverbz a wizard of curls and homeopathic remedies. In this recent Vlog she discusses her own struggles with #Covid-19 and how she battled it at home with homeopathic medicine. Subscribe to her channel for recipes and fun videos for curly hair.
Safe Homeopathic Remedies that work to cure and prevent Covid-19!
This is what we gathered from her experience:
1. Pulsatilla 3 days 1x per day 1m concentration
2. Antim.Tart 12 DH (natural pain remedy) 3. Tubercullinum as a preventative and excellent immune booster.