Everyone knows that eggs are a good source of protein for a healthy and balanced diet. But even at age eight, Ramona Quimby had the right idea when she cracked her egg over her head and allowed it to run into her hair. Yes, eggs and hair!
fox nut, Euryale ferox, makhana, gorgon plant
Fox nut is a type of seed we add into our weekly cereal or soup on a regular basis to help maintain overall health.
goji berries, wolfberries, lycium barbarum
Whenever any of my family feel eye fatigue from staring at the computer screen for too long, reading, or just during a bout of mid-afternoon weariness, we throw a handful of goji berries, or wolfberries, into the bottom of a mug, pour hot boiling water into it, let it steep, and drink, finishing up with a bunch of interestingly texturized berries in our mouths. Soon afterwards, our eyes are relieved.
Ever been on the receiving end of, “Eat your spinach?” It’s not only because they’re deliciously green and look so healthy. In fact, spinach does clean the lungs.
a thin cord of mugwort
our father, the self- taught botanist, is stretching a thin cord from the piano to the back door tying tiny bouquets of the traveler’s mugwort every six inches down the…
During a lengthy period of my youth, my mom said that I was breathing funny at night and always having lung congestion, with a lot of phlegm production. She said she did some research and decided that I should go on a watercress binge.
mugwort, ai ye
Years ago, an older family friend had bouts of bad allergic skin reactions – with a wide stretch of rash in the same place from his waist to his thigh – whenever he came upon obscure grasses and plant growth in his yard. My parents brought him some mugwort, which, soon after, relieved him of all symptoms. He further strengthened his immune system with mugwort so that he was and is no longer super-allergic to various plant growth.
Chrysanthemums. A bouquet of these makes the most seasonal-allergic person look askew. However, did you know a tea steeped from these very flowers can treat the allergic symptoms they help to create, including itchy eyes and stuffy sinuses? Nobody can attest to this better than my unfortunately-sensitive brother and dad. As early as February, those beautiful red, maple trees – among others – start sending love notes to each other, and guess who gets caught in the middle? Yes, you, you and maybe you, though you’ve yet to analyze your symptoms and pinpoint the culprit.
perilla, shi so, zi su
Perilla is also a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which can reduce cardiovascular problems. It has also been used to treat respiratory conditions such as asthma, stuffy chests, colds and coughs; used as an antidote to possible food poisoning; used to quell nausea and/or vomiting; used to prevent blood clots and tumors, to reduce cholesterol levels; used for its anti-inflammatory properties; among others.
letting my body know that i’m awake
As I begin to feel the years passing and see its effects on family members, friends, and co-workers, I find myself dispensing more un-scientific advice on what-to-eat and what-not-to-eat. I find that instead of, “How are you?” I have picked up the senior citizens’ greetings of, “How are you feeling?”
And how am I feeling? Generally, well. Well enough that my body will not let me sleep in on the weekends, and my brain will begin devising taglines like, “Letting your body know you’re all you’ve got.” So, here is where we start – I will gather all the information I’ve learned about healthy foods and herbal remedies in one place.