Wednesday, July 4, 2007


There are some lovely herbs and spices one can use to make diet foods both more palatable and healthier.

The fresh or dried leaves and flowering tops of rosemary are used for a variety of medicinal benefits. In traditional European medicine, rosemary has been used internally as a tonic, stimulant, and as a carminative to treat flatulence. It is also used to treat dyspepsia, mild gastrointestinal upsets, colds, headaches, and nervous tension. In India and China, rosemary leaves are used to treat headaches.
Early in American history rosemary was used as an antispasmodic, to stimulate the appetite and improve digestion. Today, rosemary is recognized for its ability to stimulate bile secretion and for its anti-inflammatory properties. People gargle rosemary tea to help heal mouth ulcers and canker sores.

Rosemary oil can be distilled from the leaves of the plant, mixed with a vegetable oil, and used for massage. Applied externally this oil is used for relief from muscular and arthritic pain. In Europe, rosemary oil is used to treat rheumatic conditions, bruises, and circulatory problems. When applied externally the oil appears to stimulate an increased blood supply. In addition, rosemary oil or some freshly cut sprigs can be added to bath water to soothe aching muscles and joints.


It is a wonderful flavorer and an anti-emetic [stops nausea] it helps with sea-sickness, it has been shown to diminish the risk of blood clots forming and increase bleeding time since ginger extracts inhibit the clumping of human platelets,it has an enzyme which assists in the elimination of cancer-causing substances from the body and is a strong antioxidant, similar to vitamin C.
Ginger has also been used in the treatment of vertigo, for colic, lack of appetite, for vomiting associated with morning sickness in pregnancy, and rheumatic complaints. Ginger is used as a digestive aid since it promotes the secretion of saliva and gastric juices and increases the action of peristalsis in the intestines. In the past, ginger was used to relieve flatulence and prevent belching. The oil in ginger contains compounds which relieve coughing and are reported to have analgesic and fever-reducing properties.

I find it's best as an appetite increaser so I rarely use it.

Onions and garlic:

Garlic belongs to the genus Allium along with the leeks, onions, shallots, and chives. Allium plants are perennials and usually form underground bulbs. The garlic bulb contains a cluster of 5 or more secondary bulbs called cloves. The cloves are harvested and used either fresh, dried, or powdered. The cut cloves have a pungent odor and strong flavor, due to the presence of many sulfur compounds...Garlic has been the subject of hundreds of scientific studies. Garlic has a broad spectrum antibiotic activity inhibiting the growth of a variety of microorganisms, including bacteria such as Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Salmonella, E. coli; molds and yeasts such as Candida albicans; influenza and herpes viruses; and parasites. Garlic can also kill Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria associated with peptic ulcers. Garlic was used in Africa by Albert Schweitzer for the treatment of amebic dysentery. Garlic has been used to treat a variety of respiratory conditions such as colds and flu symptoms, coughs, bronchitis, and sinus congestion.
Studies have shown that garlic effectively reduces the risk of a heart attacks and stroke. A regular use of garlic can lower blood cholesterol levels and possibly raise HDL cholesterol levels. An analysis of 40 clinical studies revealed that, on average, one-half to one clove of garlic per day can reduce elevated blood cholesterol levels by about 10 percent and blood triglyceride levels by about 13% of the initial value.
Garlic also lowers blood pressure levels due to its vasodilator properties and may be useful for patients with mild hypertension. In addition, garlic inhibits the formation of blood clots. In a well-controlled clinical study in the elderly, high-dose garlic powder significantly reduced the growth of atherosclerotic plaque by almost 20 percent and even achieved a slight regression over a 4 year period. Garlic also has some ability to lower blood glucose levels, especially in patients with diabetes.

In fact, Garlic is the ONLY substance that works to kill gram negative bacteria.

Did you see that? I want to say it again; Garlic also has some ability to lower blood glucose levels, especially in patients with diabetes.

In folk medicine it was used for treating rheumatism and other inflammations. Its mild anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and anti-clotting properties are believed to be due to its content of cinnamaldehyde. Cinnamon extracts are active against Candida albicans, the fungus responsible for vaginal yeast infection, and also Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium responsible for stomach ulcers. The antimicrobial properties of cinnamon are thought to be due to eugenol and a derivative of cinnamaldehyde.

Cinnamon extracts have also inhibited the growth of cultured tumor cells. This effect may be due to the presence of procyanidins and eugenol in the bark extract. Cinnamon is also useful as a food preservative to inhibit the growth of common food-borne bacteria such as Salmonella and E coli.

And don't forget cinnamon really works to lower blood sugar levels too. It needs to be used in greater quantities than just for flavor, I really douse my oatmeal with it,[oatmeal is a flavor-sucker anyway] to make use of it's glusose controlling powers.

Don't forget that cell power
, really works, see my personal testimony on this link. and I'm also using:
For weight loss I'm still takingcoconut oil
and balance my Omega-3's and Omega-6's.

Be sure to check out the links for more medicinal/culinary herbs, see below.

~~and now for something completely different~~~

A shrimp's heart is in its head.

The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.

Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.

If the government has no knowledge of aliens, then why does Title 14,Section 1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16 1969, make it illegal for U.S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?

In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

People sitting on them and photocopying their butts cause 23 % of all photocopier faults worldwide.

Most lipstick contains fish scales.

Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.

If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.

If you keep your eyes open by force, they can pop out.

In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand.

It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.

Horses can't vomit.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world's nuclear weapons combined.

On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.

On average people fear spiders more than they do death.

Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.

Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.

Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.

Only one person in two billion will liv e to be 116 or older.

It's possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

It's physically impossible for you to lick your elbow.

The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.

A snail can sleep for three years.

No word in the English language rhymes with "MONTH."

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

A dentist invented the electric chair.

All polar bears are left-handed.

In ancient Egypt, priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

"Go," is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand seven feet, two inches tall.

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

Almost everyone who reads this email will try to lick his elbow. (Sorry, I had to go there!)
A Florida senior citizen drove his brand new Corvette convertible out of the dealership. Taking off down the road, he floored it to 80mph, enjoying the wind blowing through what little hair he had left. "Amazing!" he thought as he flew down I-75, pushing the pedal to the metal even more.

Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw the highway patrol behind him, blue lights flashing and siren blaring. "I can get away from him. No problem!" thought the elderly gent as he floored it to 100 mph, then 110, then 120 mph.

Suddenly, he thought, "What on earth am I doing? I'm too old for this nonsense!" and pulled over to the side of the road and waited for the Trooper to catch up.

Pulling in behind him, the Trooper walked up to the driver's side of the Corvette, looked at his watch and said, "Sir, my shift ends in 30 minutes. Today is Friday. If you can give me a reason why you were speeding that I've never heard before, I'll let you go."

The man, looking very seriously at the Trooper, said, "Years ago, my wife ran off with a Florida State Trooper. I thought you were bringing her back. "

Arithmetic is being able to count up to twenty
without taking off your shoes.
-- Mickey Mouse
I wish you and yours the very best of health and I remember today is the first day of the rest of your life, make it count, do something healthy for you!

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