Thyme for Beauty and Health

Thyme for Health and BeautyThyme  is an herb that we eat  every week in pizza and salad.  In addition to adding delicious flavor, thyme  has been used for health and beauty for centuries. You can find three  types of  thyme in grocery and health food stores.  Fresh  and dried versions of the herb will be found in the produce section and spice aisle.  Fragrant and concentrated, oilof thyme  is available in  local health food stores.

The Power of Thyme

This  widespread  herb  can offer  five valuable benefits:

 Suscreen– If you want to protect your skin from UV rays, but don’t like chemicals, I have an alternative. Turns out that thyme  can protect the skin from the suns rays without irritating chemcials. Thyme oil has shown to ffer serious antibacterial  activity against bacteria.  And  not … Continue Reading…

Cinnamon for Healthy Holidays

Nothing says  holidays more than  the warm, sweet smell of cinnamon.  Sadly its often used with  sugary  high fats foods like rice pudding, sweet rolls and egg nog. That too bad  because this popular spice offers a buffet of health benefits:

Cinnamon and Diabetes

Studies published in the peer reviewed  Journal of the American College of Nutrition reported that cinnamon added to a routine diet  can lower  elevated blood sugar levels.

Cinnamon and Cancer

Laboratory reseaarch  has demonstrated  that cinnamon extract  can slow the growth ( or even kill) cancer cells.

Cinnamon and Pain

Athletes who took cinnamon supplements after a tough workout reported less  pain after exercising.

Cinnamon and Cholesterol

Doctors have found that people who took cinnamon supplements  lowered their triglycerides levels up to 30%.  Even better, the cholesterol  levels also  dropped from 10-30%.

Adding Cinnamon  to Your Diet

In addition to being essential   in apple pie, … Continue Reading…

The Beauty of Magnesium

MagnesiumLast month investigated   Epsom Salts and  discovered that these magnesium salts  may have true healing power.  My  research  also raised  questions  about  the  benefits of magnesium in general. I discovered it was quite a mineral. It  is essential for  more than 300 separate activities in the body.  Seriously. Its involved protein synthesis, irregular heart  rhythm, muscle and nerve function and blood sugar control– just to name a few.

While its clear that it   is  hugely  important to  health, its  actually hard to  measure  the levels  of this mineral in the body.  The published guidelines of   The  Food and Nutrition Board  state that adult women  require 325 mg/day while men need a  bit more, 400mg/day. Lack of magnesium  can cause abnormal heart rates, cramps  and … Continue Reading…

Seaweed for Health and Beauty

seaweedIs seaweed  really a superfood?  I certainly hoped   it was true.  Recently I had a bad flu that turned into  pneumonia.  As soon as I left the hospital, I started  to research super foods that could promote healing.  Seaweed was at the top of  almost  healthy food list and its powers seemed endless.  I found claims that seaweed could:

Cure cancer Prevent Alzheimer’s Lower blood pressure Reduce risk of stroke Detox the body Lower risk of breast cancer Clear the lungs Soothe a hangover Seaweed 101

There are more than three  main types  and 10,000 varieties of seaweed,  all with varying nutritional profiles.  Brown seaweed  like Kombu and Wakame are used in soups and stir fry dishes; red seaweed like nori is pressed into … Continue Reading…

Cooking for Health and Beauty

Cooking for health and beauty at TuscookanyAlthough I write about health and beauty I need to confess that I rarely manage to  eat those  5-7 daily servings of  fruits and vegetables.   I buy them, search for  low calorie recipes, cook them up– and then only   eat a bit or two.  They  just didn’t taste that appealing.   French recipes add too much  butter and cream,  while Asian recipes add lethal amounts of salt.  However  the Mediterranean style of eating  in Italy, Greece and Spain  is packed with healthy anti-aging ingredients.  In fact  the Mediterranean  diet is packed with  olive oil, fish and fresh fruits and vegetables.   I realized that I really needed to up my skills and learn to cook in  this … Continue Reading…

Peppermint Health and Beauty Benefits

peppermint candy canesTo me peppermint candy canes  are the utimate symbol of winter holidays.  And it turns out that peppermint is an entire  medica chest in a single package.  Peppermint for health and beauty is made  from the leaves  of the peppermint plant that grows widely  in Europe and North America. The  oil is extracted from the leaves and is helpful in four main areas:

For Your Tummy:

Peppermint oil is an antispasmodic that relaxes  muscles in the colon to relieve cramps. Canadian styudies have shown that this  tea can very helpful for IBS ( irritable bowel syndrome)

 For Colds and Allergies

The menthol found in peppermint is a standard and effective treatment for congestion  due to either respiratory infections or allergies. Menthol actually  increases production of … Continue Reading…

Beauty Powers of Pumpkins

pumpkins for health and beautyIt’s that time of year when  pumpkins and apples are  stacked  high on  roadside  farm stands and cinnamon  drenched desserts are  on every menu.  Turns out that  all these three iconic symols of autumn are packed with health and beauty benefits.

Pumpkin– Inside and Out

One cup of cooked pumpkin  has three grams of fiber, zero cholesterol and sodium, 100% of vitamin A and 20% of vitamin C, and 10% of potassium, copper, manganese, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin B6– and all for just 50 calories.

Most of the pumpkin we eat in the US comes from cans.  It retains most of its nutritional payload  and is  much easier to use.  Just make  sure that you  purchase  plain canned pumpkin  not canned pumpkin pie filling which … Continue Reading…

Goat’s Milk for Health and Beauty

Goats Milk Question:  I’ve  been hearing a lot of buzz about goat’s milk.  People are saying  its easier to digest and goat’s milk soap is better  for your skin.  Since its more expensive than regular  milk and regular soap, do you think its worth it?

Answer: Goat’s milk is packed with benefits. It has more calcium, vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium than cow’s milk.  Due to the high fatty acid content, goats milk is easier to digest.  In fact 50% of people that are lactose intolorant are able to drink goats milk.

Goats Milk and Your Skin

Goats milk contains twice  as much caprylic  acid as cow’s milk.  This fatty acid is also found in coconut oil and one of the reasons  for thecoconuts  health and beauty benefits.   Goats … Continue Reading…