Guard your thoughts…

Guard your thoughts because everything you do flows from them.

Our emotions are created from our neurotransmitters which are mainly in our gut. Therefore, what you eat, the state of your gut health will have an impact on your emotions, which create thoughts. The everyday stressors you perceive in your life also will affect your emotions and thoughts. So, will your core beliefs.

And so, your thoughts and emotions are not always originating from your true higher self. You are always connected to source (God, Gaia, Muhammed, whatever name you choose). Even when you forget this.

Practices of stillness, meditation, conscious focussed breathing, gratitude/appreciation exercises like daily journaling of all your blessings, prayer, walks in the forest or on the beach (nature) will be opportunities for you to connect to Source. From this place you can trust the feelings and thoughts that come.

Use your emotions to feel your way back to Wellbeing.

Esther Hicks.

We are all vibrational, energy beings. Whatever you give your attention to causes a vibration. Then by law of attraction that will come to you.

This may seem like a strange concept to you, but I know this to be true. You get what you think about whether you like or not. When you are worrying you are planning when you are dreaming you are planning. Try it.

May you be Happy, may you be Healthy, may you be Well

Receive 8 treatments in one, in 30 minutes, for just R430

ozone1The Hocatt (Hyperthermic Ozone and Carbonic Acid Transdermal Technology) acts as an ozone steam sauna, in which patients sit with just their head exposed, while their body receives the benefits of an infusion of ozone, carbon dioxide, steam, aromatherapy oils, Photon light, Far Infrared and electromagnetic therapy (rife).
The steam sauna heats up to a comfortable temperature and then carbon dioxide gas (carbonic acid) is infused into the sauna. After this, the sauna is infused with ozone gas. The heat and the carbon dioxide serve to open the circulation to the skin so that when the ozone gas is infused it is absorbed by the skin into the general circulation.
As steam gently fills the sauna, the Photon and FIR light penetrates the skin to help increase blood flow and circulation. Photon breaks any painful inflammatory cycle by dilating small blood and lymphatic vessels. This increase in circulation can result in accelerated healing and pain relief together with the Rife treatment which is administered at the same time.
Throughout the treatment, the patient’s head is outside the ozone steam cabinet and they are given an additional boost by inhaling pure oxygen throughout the 30-minute session.

The health benefits of having a session in the Hocatt ozone steam sauna are extensive. It increases circulation, promotes energy, naturally stimulates anti-oxidant enzyme production, improves absorption of nutrients, improves skin tone, detoxifies, kills pathogens and helps relieve many chronic health problems.

Ozone steam sauna benefits overview:
• Increases blood circulation
• Increases blood oxygen level and metabolism (anti-aging)
• Increases core body temperature
• Combats and disposes of pathogens and toxins (detox)
• Relaxes muscle tension
• Increases energy levels
• Increases Serotonin levels (relaxing)
• Burns up to 600 calories per session
• Activates skin tissue
• Enhances sports performance

For an appointment please call 044 382 0477

Adrenal fatigue

What is it? Have you got it? How can you fix it?

 

Do you think you need your adrenals checked?

If your energy lags during the day, you feel emotionally off-kilter much of the time, you sleep poorly or less than seven hours a night, you can’t shed excess weight even while dieting, and you rely on caffeine or carbohydrates as “pick-me-ups” — these are all red flags indicating adrenal imbalance.

In all but the most extreme cases, we expect to see dramatic improvement in four to six months. For mild to moderate adrenal fatigue the turnaround can be faster.

Remember, you may feel as though you’re just too tired to make changes now, but by moving forward in incremental stages, you’ll build the strength you need to stay with it. You will love how you feel when you do!

Physiology

Amygdala (part of limbic brain) – hypothalamus communicates with pituitary gland, turns on adrenal gland – body is filled with cortisol & epinephrine. On top of each kidney there is an (endocrine) adrenal gland, about the size of a large grape. The innermost section of each gland produces adrenaline and noradrenaline, the hormones named after them. The layers outside the center, called the adrenal cortex, produce several other hormones, including cortisol, as well as DHEA, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

Function

They produce hormones that regulate blood pressure, how our body uses food, blood-levels of minerals, such as potassium and sodium, functions involved in stress reactions, and heartbeat. Stress causes the adrenals to produce cortisol. Cortisol helps us meet challenges by converting proteins into energy, releasing glycogen, and counteracting inflammation. For a short time, that’s okay. But at sustained high levels, cortisol gradually tears your body down.

What are stressors?

What you really need to know and understand is that EVERY challenge to the mind and body creates a demand on the adrenal glands. A demanding job, raising a family, relationship issues, lack of sleep, financial pressures, improper nutrition, dieting, and unresolved emotional distress, losing a loved one are some examples.
When our adrenal glands must chronically sustain high cortisol levels, they become fatigued. The resulting adrenal dysfunction not only affects cortisol production, but also impairs the adrenals’ ability to produce and balance hormones like DHEA, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Long term stress will lead to hormonal imbalances.


Symptoms of adrenal fatigue (high cortisol levels)

  • Fatigue
  • Feeling tired despite sufficient hours of sleep
  • Insomnia
  • Weight gain
  • Depression
  • Hair loss
  • Acne/skin issues
  • Reliance on stimulants like caffeine
  • Cravings for carbohydrates or sugars
  • Cravings for salt
  • Poor immune function
  • Slow healing and cell regeneration
  • Impaired digestion, metabolism and mental function
  • Interference with healthy endocrine function
  • Muscle and bone loss
  • lntolerance to cold

Adrenal fatigue is a likely factor in several medical conditions such as the following:

• Hypotension
• Fibromyalgia
• Hypothyroidism
• Chronic fatigue syndrome
• Arthritis
• Premature menopause
The good news is, with proper support you can heal adrenal fatigue and reverse the damaging effects of chronic stress.

Stress of any kind — mental, emotional, or physical — stimulates the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, the dynamic feedback system between the brain and the adrenal glands. Over stimulation of this axis have huge implications throughout the body.

The short-term result of a stimulated HPA axis is higher cortisol production from the adrenals. High cortisol (hypercortisolism) in the bloodstream can directly inhibit production of TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) as well as conversion of T4 to T3. But cortisol can’t remain high forever.

Eventually, the adrenal glands reach exhaustion and not enough cortisol is produced (known as hypocortisolism), which comes with another set of problems.

Either way, with lower levels of T3 in the blood, your cells can’t produce a healthy biological response. This is when women begin to see hypothyroidism symptoms like:
• fatigue,
• cold intolerance,
• weight gain,
• memory loss,
• poor concentration,
• depression,
• infertility,
• hair loss, etc

(You need to know though that adrenal glands are just one piece to the thyroid equation, but for other patients, there may be something entirely different causing a sluggish thyroid. )



Other factors in the hypothyroidism equation


On top of the physical and emotional stress women feel at menopause, there are several very real biological stresses on the thyroid to consider.
1. Low iodine levels. Iodine is the central ingredient in thyroid hormones T3 and T4. Trying to produce T3 and T4 without iodine is like trying to make an omelet without the eggs! We need about one milligram of iodine a week to form the required amount of thyroxine. But iodine is not all that widely distributed in nature.
2. Exposure to environmental toxins — including halides, heavy metals, pesticides, and antibiotics in our air, food, and water AND pathogens — can also interfere with thyroid function. The very prevalent Epstein Bar Virus is a silent destructive force often going undetected in most people. We all know it’s best to limit our toxic exposure wherever possible but increasing iodine intake and implementing a regular detox program to support the body’s natural detoxification pathways can also make a difference.
3. Food allergies and sensitivities — including those to gluten — can place tremendous stress on thyroid function. Many of my clients with hypothyroidism see positive results when they eliminate gluten from their diets.
Food sensitivities may also promote autoimmune reactions in which the body’s immune system attacks the thyroid as though it were a foreign invader. More research is needed in this area, but it’s now clear that the food we eat “talks” to our genes. And when we have food intolerances occurring in the gut, the resulting chemical signals influence our DNA — including the DNA in our immune cells. Unfortunately, the messages carried by food stressors turn off the default “healthy” pathways and turn on those that lead to disease.
4. A long list of prescription medications can also impair thyroid function. Drugs like lithium, amiodarone, somatostatin, inhalers, and others have the potential to disrupt thyroid hormone balance at any level — from synthesis, secretion and transport to how thyroid hormones act in our organs to regulate metabolism — with the unintended outcome of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. Yes prescription medications save lives, but we have to be mindful that their benefits often come at the expense of other systems in the body. Sadly, the targeted strength provided by many drugs can be overwhelming — in some cases destructive — to the thyroid.
5. Finally, insufficient nutrition may also affect thyroid function — but that’s easily addressed!

Selenium, for example, is needed for the conversion of T4 to T3, so if you’re selenium deficient, increasing this nutrient in your diet may make a difference in how you feel. And as mentioned above, iodine is essential for making thyroid hormones. Vitamin A, EPA and DHA, and zinc all act to improve T3 binding in your cells. By working with your body’s natural pathways, vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, and extra antioxidants can offer great results without the side effects. The bottom line is that when we give our bodies the gentle support they recognize, we often see positive results that last.


Nutrient-rich foods to replenish thyroid health

• Iodine (I): seaweed (e.g., nori), clams, shrimp, haddock, oysters, salmon, sardines, pineapple, eggs.

• Selenium (Se): smoked herring, smelt, wheat germ, Brazil nuts (just one nut provides ~139 mcg), apple cider vinegar, scallops, barley, lobster.

• Zinc (Zn): fresh oysters, ginger root, pecans, dry split peas, Brazil nuts, egg yolk, whole wheat, rye, oats, peanuts.

• Vitamin E: wheat germ oil, olive oil, sunflower seeds, almonds, peanuts.

• Vitamin A: dark green leafy veggies, liver, winter squash, cantaloupe, stone fruits, papaya, and cod liver oil.

• B vitamin complex: brewer’s yeast, wild rice, brown rice, whole wheat, beans, peanuts.

• Vitamin C: Red chili, guava, parsley, dark green leafy veggies, strawberries, papaya, citrus fruits.

• Support your adrenals. If this is the only thing you do, I promise it will benefit your health on many levels. Not only will supporting your adrenals lighten the burden on your thyroid, it will also help restore your energy levels and overall well-being.

• Ensuring a rich foundation of nutrients for the daily production and activity of thyroid hormones may be all you need to get yourself back on track, or to prevent hypothyroidism. Consider supplementing with selenium and iodine. You can do this through the foods you eat or with supplements, but if you do use selenium or iodine supplements, please work with a professional healthcare provider to monitor your levels appropriately. And when it comes to selenium supplements, I do not recommend taking more than 200 mcg/day.

Speak your truth


By the time we reach perimenopause, many of us find we’ve given so much to the world around us there is little reserve for ourselves. This is the time to speak up, to share your opinions, to explore the things that make your life meaningful. Do not feel guilty about asking for — and receiving — more support. Though easier said than done for many women, this may be the perfect time in life to learn to say “no.” You deserve a break — and so do the cells in your body!


Your thyroid, your voice

In Eastern medical paradigms, the thyroid is associated with “sacred voice.” As a component of the fifth chakra, thyroid issues are linked with difficulty speaking our truth, following our dreams, or fully expressing ourselves. Anatomically, the thyroid sits right over the voice box, and one of the symptoms of thyroid dysfunction is a gravelly or “muted” voice. When the thyroid is underactive, it doesn’t hurt to step back and evaluate how well you’re expressing your individual needs, wants, and opinions to those around you.

Remember that your voice doesn’t serve to merely communicate — it is connected to your whole being. Likewise, your thyroid doesn’t simply produce thyroid hormone. It is connected to every cell in your body and subject to both physical and psychological influence. My advice is to look at the whole picture when it comes to your thyroid, and you will find the dynamic balance your body is naturally seeking.


Stress and hormones

When the adrenals are chronically overworked and straining to maintain high cortisol levels, they lose the capacity to produce DHEA in enough amounts. DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is an immediate precursor hormone to estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

What that means is whenever DHEA is in short supply; women have a hard time balancing their hormones.

This happens because Mother Nature will always favour survival — our adrenals’ primary function — over reproduction — one of their secondary functions being production of sex hormones. And that’s why hormonal balance becomes increasingly problematic as stressed-out women approach midlife, when ovarian production of sex hormones declines naturally.

Over time, low DHEA leads to fatigue, bone loss, loss of muscle mass, depression, aching joints, decreased sex drive, and impaired immune function.
Healing foods for adrenal support
Certain fruits and vegetables either help protect your adrenal glands or speed their recovery by strengthening the nervous system, reducing inflammation, easing stress, and providing critical nutrients for adrenal function.


Top foods to eat to bounce back from adrenal fatigue:


sprouts, asparagus, wild blueberries, bananas, garlic, broccoli, kale, raspberries, blackberries, romaine lettuce, and red-skinned apples.


What not to eat


Please note that many diet experts recommend eating a lot of animal protein. This is either because they do not realize how much fat can hide in even lean animal protein or because they think that fat content is a good thing. This protein advice can seem very convincing, so beware; it is bad for anyone, and especially unhealthy if you have adrenal fatigue. The high fat strains your pancreas and liver and eventually creates insulin resistance, making it difficult for your body to maintain a stable level of glucose . . . which in turn creates a massive strain on your adrenal glands as they struggle to produce hormones to compensate.
Diet experts also often counsel people to cut out carbohydrates from their diets. Again, this is not good and can result in strain, because your body needs carbs for energy. Following these diet trends will slow you down and keep you from healing your adrenal fatigue.


Healing herbs and supplements


Licorice root: helps balance the body’s levels of cortisol and cortisone.
Spirulina (preferably from Hawaii): contains high levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and chromium, which reinforce adrenal strength.
Ester-C: this form of vitamin C lowers inflammation and soothes adrenal glands that have become enlarged from overexertion.
Chromium: helps balance insulin levels, and augments the strength of adrenal glands, thyroid glands, and the pancreas.
Eleuthero (aka Siberian ginseng): enhances the body’s ability to react and adapt, which helps protect the adrenal glands from overreacting to stress.
Schisandra: helps suppress kidney spasms, which in turn reduces adrenal gland stress.
Ashwagandha: helps balance the production of testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and cortisol.
Magnesium: lowers anxiety and calms an overactive nervous system, reducing adrenal gland stress.
5-MTHF (5-methyltetrahydrofolate): augments the strength of the central nervous system, which reduces strain on the adrenal glands.
Cordyceps: renews the strength of the gallbladder and liver so these glands can more effectively process excess cortisol in the bloodstream.
Panax ginseng: enhances the body’s ability to react and adapt, which helps protect the adrenal glands from overreacting to stress.
Rose hips: lowers inflammation, soothing adrenal glands that have become enlarged from overexertion.
Barley grass juice extract powder increases the hydrochloric acid in the stomach which strengthens the adrenal glands.


Tips to consider:


• Clean your colon. One of the best things you can do is to support your colon by using occasional colon cleansing and doing a detox diet.
• Hydrate with living water.
• Add a fiber supplement, such as psyllium husks, to 8 oz. of apple juice in the a.m. and p.m.
• Try a kinesiology balance to address the reasons why you landed in adrenal fatigue in the first place.
• Take a relaxing bath then get 7 hours of sleep and avoid all electronic equipment an hour before sleeping.
• Reduce caffeine intake and alcohol and ditch sweets
• Opt for healthy fats – coconut, olive, avodaco, nut oils
• Gentle stretching like Yoga
• Get out into nature, take a walk on the beach or in a forest. Make time for things you love. Avoid overly excessive exercise that further deplete adrenals.
• Make a list of your stressors, especially those that are ongoing or self-imposed and decide what changes you can make to bring these down.


Testing for adrenal fatigue

There are two ways I test for adrenal fatigue namely a kinesiology session through muscle testing or via NLS diagnostic scan using resonance frequency.


Should you get an adrenal test?


If your energy lags during the day, you feel emotionally off-kilter much of the time, you sleep poorly or less than seven hours a night, you can’t shed excess weight even while dieting, and you rely on caffeine or carbohydrates as “pick-me-ups” — these are all red flags indicating adrenal imbalance.


Guilt, pain from past hurts, self-destructive habits, unresolved relationship problems — your past and present emotional experience may be functioning as an ever-present stressor in your life. Dealing directly with these problems is far more beneficial than spending a lifetime compensating for the stress they create.

In all but the most extreme cases, we expect to see dramatic improvement in four to six months. For mild to moderate adrenal fatigue the turnaround can be faster.

Remember, you may feel as though you’re just too tired to make changes now, but by moving forward in incremental stages, you’ll build the strength you need to stay with it. You will love how you feel when you do!

Radical Transformation in 90 days – A programme that will reset your adrenals and address the harmful effects of adrenal fatigue

The Program promotes natural hormonal balance with nutritional supplements, our exclusive endocrine support formula, dietary and lifestyle guidance, and kinesiology consultations.

If you have questions, don't hesitate to WhatsApp me on 27 65 924 7732.
(some of the above information on adrenal fatigue courtesy of http://www.womentowomen.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knysna a top destination for wellness, weight-loss and healing

Knysna is a top holiday destination offering temperate weather, amazing nature and forests for hikes and biking, lovely beaches and lagoons and lies in close proximity to wine and tea farms and various animal sanctuaries.

Knysna also offers a variety of beauty, health and healing options where you can spoil yourself, de-stress, rejuvenate, heal or lose weight while on holiday.

Some of the services available for you while visiting our beautiful town:

Massage
Reduce stress, improve circulation, soothes anxiety, loosens muscles and tendons, reduce pain, eliminate toxins, improve flexibility, improve sleep, reduce fatigue, relieve headaches, counteract postural stress and drains lymph.

Specialised Kinesiology
Kinesiology is the science of assessing the energetic systems of a person for balanced function, by using the change of physiological response through the muscular system as feedback. Using this same feedback, Kinesiology identifies any non-invasive treatment strategy to primarily affect and balance the energetic systems of a person for the purpose of promoting, restoring and maintaining health.

NLS Diagnostic Therapy

The application of nonlinear diagnostics is a true breakthrough in the field of diagnostic medicine, allowing for the correct determination of the cause of the disease, and consequently, select and prescribed effective treatment.

We can test the condition of biological and fine energy bodies, detect bio-photon waves of biological homeostasis, brain waves, detect quantum energy vibration levels of 874 cells and the frequency spectrum of any drug.

Iridology and Sclerodology

Irisdiagnosis is a natural non-invasive diagnostic method that used the Iris (colour part of the eye), Sclere (white of the eye) and Pupil (dark middle of the eye) to help a trained Iridologist to accurately assess the health status of a person’s body.

An Iridology assessment provides the trained Iridologist with information about the root cause of ailments, strengths and weaknesses of all organ systems and tissues within the body, as well as inherited genetic disease patterns.

A great advantage of Iridology is that it provides information about the status of vital processes in the body. By vital processes we mean both disease causing (e.g. poor waste clearance) and health maintaining processes (e.g. blood circulation). It allows the practitioner to detect signs of biochemical and physiological function and dysfunction in the body before symptoms of disease appear, therefore it is great as a health maintenance method.

Electrotherapy (Rife)
Arthritis, influenza, bronchitis, tonsillitis, shingles, candidiasis, fibrositis, chronic fatigue syndrome, glandular fever, cellulitis, sports injuries and many other acute and chronic diseases. Not only are viruses and other pathogens destroyed, but also damaged tissues are detoxified and regenerated. Rife is also very effective for inflammation and pain.

Ozone therapy
Removes fat, eliminates cellulite, restores skin elasticity and combats stretch marks, slows down effects of aging by stimulating collagen fibers, stimulates oxygen metabolism, alkalises and detoxes the body. Beneficial for various diseases including muscle-skeletal disorders, coronary vascular insufficiency, migraine, hypertension, skin disorders, neurological disorders, autoimmune diseases, stress, inflammation, wound treatment, allergies, sleep disorders and injuries.

Cryo therapy
Weight loss, breaks down fat and cellulite, restores skin elasticity, lymph drainage, pain relief, improved blood circulation. Carries fewer risks, much less invasive, no scarring and a lot cheaper than liposuction. Plus you could see up to 2cm loss per session.
Combined with the cryotherapy we offer cavitation, lipo laser and radio frequency treatments which break down fats, firm and tone skin and minimise stretch marks.

If you are visiting Knysna these coming holidays, do pop in and try some of these treatments.

Ozone for sportsmen and women

runnerOzone oxygenates the tissues, while also increasing the production of ATP. This shortens recovery times from sports injuries and high intensity exercise and increases energy levels. It also assists with sore muscles and slows anaerobic fermentation which combats the building up of lactic acid in muscles.
Studies have shown that ozone therapy can help increase an athlete’s endurance, the capacity to build muscle, and even increases brain function. It also increases blood flow to the heart, which reduces the amount of strain your body takes during a workout.
One of the conducted studies showed that male runners who engaged on an average of 12- to 30- minute sessions twice a week (immediately after intense running sessions) experienced a 32% increase in the distance they could run before reaching the point of exhaustion. Another case study showed that a group of athletes who underwent frequent sessions in between training increased their physical fitness by 53.7%, as opposed to the 11.55% of the group who did not.
Benefits of ozone treatment for sportsmen and women:
• Increased tissue oxygenation
• Higher levels of ATP, resulting in more energy and faster recovery
• reduced lactic acid build-up
• Prevention of sore muscles
• Reduced swelling, bruising and pain, and faster healing
• Could increase performance

Whole systems thinking to balance

There are a few key principles to health, happiness and balance:

  • Fasting
  • Detoxing/cleansing (the body and mind)
  • Healthy eating plan
  • Light exercise
  • Enough sleep
  • Positive thinking and gratitude
  • Massage
  • Balance/moderation
  • Meditation/relaxation
  • Pursuing your purpose

Specialised Kinesiology can assist you with this process Call 082 602 2882 to book a consultation.

The laws of health

When confronted with a health challenge, whether a loss of energy or a medically diagnosed, chronic condition label, it is important that you understand what you are dealing with.

Every cell in the body is like a little battery. Every organ, gland and system in your body is made up of cells. In order for your body to function healthily, you must have full cellular power.

If any part of the body shows signs of pain, degeneration, illness or disease, then it’s not the part or system that is affected, it’s the cells in the part or system that are affected.

Every cell needs oxygen to convert glucose into ATP. ATP is the cell fuel or energy that maintains a delicate mineral balance in and around your cells. It’s this delicate balance that accounts for the electrical potential of your cells, without it you are powerless.

In order to get oxygen and remain healthy, your cells must be in a Living, Dry state. If the Living, Dry state is altered you will experience pain, degeneration, illness and disease and ultimately death.

Only one thing can alter the Living, Dry state and that is trapped blood protein. Trapped blood protein pulls water out of the blood stream, reducing the energy field and altering the Living, Dry state.

This only happens when you break the Pure Laws of Health.

The laws are:

1.         Everybody must work…optimal health relies completely upon circulation – the circulation of the blood to deliver essential ‘groceries’ and the circulation of the lymph to ‘do the dishes’. While movement is fundamental to good circulation, it is primarily through breathing that constant flow is maintained.

2.         Don’t argue quarrel or fight…don’t stress yourself physically, emotionally or mentally. Stress is like a shock to the system, it dilates your blood vessels causing massive blood protein loss.

3.         Don’t defile your body . . . if you put anything unnatural into your body you are quite literally poisoning yourself. Make sure that the food you eat is nourishing your body. Even the healthiest body is susceptible to environmental toxins as well as having its own metabolic waste; therefore it must also regularly be cleared, through cleansing.

In conclusion, in the Wet state, four primary conditions arise that lead to every diagnosed symptom of pain, degeneration, illness, disease and ultimately death.

These are oxygen deprivation, dehydration, acidity and nutrient deficiency.

 

*Extract from the brilliant book by Keith Armour McFarlane, Neo health. I can strongly recommend that everyone should read this book. You can order it from www.healsa.co.za

 

Sorrel

Sorrel is a leafy green vegetable that looks a lot like spinach. One of the main ingredients in sorrel is oxalic acid, which gives it its acidity and prominent taste.

Benefits

  • It is an extremely rich source of vitamin A, B9, and C
  • It is a good source of vital minerals such as potassium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and calcium
  • It contains powerful laxative properties for constipation and over consumption may result in diarrhea
  • Sorrel contains nutraceleuticals that are very effective in treating and preventing a wide variety of diseases including cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. Some of the main health benefits of sorrel concerning specific health problems are:
  • Hypertension: Experts recommend drinking tea made from sorrel for blood pressure reduction, especially in patients suffering from type-2 diabetes. Studies have shown that drinking 2-3 cups of sorrel tea everyday helps in lowering the blood pressure considerably by at least 7-14mm hg. Researchers believe that the anthocyanins found in the sorrel plant are responsible for effectively reducing high blood pressure.
  • Cancer: The flavonoids found in the sorrel plant are good deterrents against particular types of cancers. These flavonoids help in destroying cancer cells in the body and prevent further spread of this disease. They are also helpful in strengthening the immune system. Sheep sorrel in particular is a good natural cure for cancer. It contains oxalic acid and chlorophyll that are both effective in fighting cancer.
  • Hair: Sorrel is also a good natural treatment for dry and damaged hair. It is widely used in commercial hair care products for this very reason. Experts believe that sorrel can also help control balding when applied regularly to bald patches.
  • Sorrel leaves help cure gonorrhea, urinary tract infections, scurvy, chronic catarrh, and hemorrhages
  • Sorrel contains powerful antioxidants that help prevent premature aging
  • Sorrel leaves are dried and used for the treatment of ringworm, itchy skin, and seasonal fevers
  • Sorrel tea is a natural cure for kidney stones and jaundice
  • Sorrel leaf juice is applied topically for the treatment of ulcers, boils, and malignant tumors
  • Sorrel is also effective in curing scorbutic and inflammatory diseases.
  • It contains effective diuretic properties that help in increasing the production of urine, thereby assisting in weight loss as well.
  • Sorrel has powerful detoxifying properties that help in the elimination of harmful toxins from the body that can cause a number of diseases and infections.
  • It contains protocatechuic acid that helps eliminate harmful free radicals from the body.
  • Sorrel also contains effective anti-bacterial properties that help prevent as well as treat a number of infections and related diseases.
  • It helps strengthen the functioning of the heart and liver and fights various inflammations present in the body.

Side effects

Although sorrel has a number of health benefits, it is also important to understand its risks on health. One of the biggest hazards of sorrel is that it can lead to death when eaten in large quantities, because of its high oxalic acid content. Some of its other side effects include:

  • Kidney stones
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Skin rash
  • Skin irritation
  • Muscle spasms
  • Dizziness
  • Liver disease

Dill

Both its leaves as well as seeds are used as food and a seasoning. It is the member of the Umbelliferae family, a large group of flowering herbs and spices, which includes caraway, parsley, cumin and fennel.

Benefits

  • Dill contains numerous plant derived chemical compounds that have anti-oxidant, disease preventing, and health promoting properties.
  • It is contains many anti-oxidants, vitamins like niacin, pyridoxine etc, and dietary fibers which help to control blood cholesterol levels.
  • Dill leaves (sprigs) and seeds contain many essential volatile oils such as d-carvone, dillapiol, DHC, eugenol, limonene, terpinene and myristicin.
  • The essential oil, Eugenol in dill has been in therapeutic usage as local anesthetic and anti-septic. Eugenol has also been found to reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics. (Further detailed studies required to establish its role.)
  • Dill oil, extracted from dill seeds has anti-spasmodic, carminative, digestive, disinfectant, galactagogue (helps breast milk secretion), sedative properties.
  • It is also rich in many vital vitamins including folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin A, ß-carotene, vitamin-C that are essential for optimum metabolism.
  • Vitamin-A and beta carotene are natural flavonoid antioxidants. 100 g of dill weed sprigs provide 7718 IU or 257% of recommended-daily levels of this vitamin. Vitamin A is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is essential for vision. Consumption of natural foods rich in flavonoids helps protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • Fresh dill is an excellent source of antioxidant vitamin-C. 100 g contain about 85 g or 140% of vitamin C. Vitamin-C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.
  • It’s a good source of minerals like copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Copper is a cofactor for many vital enzymes, including cytochrome c-oxidase and superoxide dismutase (other minerals function as cofactors for this enzyme are manganese and zinc). Zinc is a co-factor in many enzymes that regulate growth and development, sperm generation, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure.

Basil

The king of herbs, Basil is one of the oldest and popular herbal plants, rich in phyto-nutrients.

Benefits

  • Basil leaves contain many plant-derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties.
  • Basil herb contains many polyphenolic flavonoids like orientin and vicenin. These compounds were tested in-vitro laboratory for their possible anti-oxidant protection against radiation-induced lipid per-oxidation in mouse liver.
  • Basil leaves contain health benefiting essential oils such as eugenol, citronellol, linalool, citral, limonene and terpineol. These compounds are known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
  • The herbs’ parts are very low in calories and contain no cholesterol, but are a very rich source of many essential nutrients, minerals, and vitamins that are required for optimum health.
  • Basil herb contains exceptionally high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin A, cryptoxanthin, lutein and zea-xanthin. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.
  • Zea-xanthin, a yellow flavonoid carotenoid compound, is selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea where it found to filter harmful UV rays from reaching the retina. Studies suggest that common herbs, fruits, and vegetables that are rich in zea-xanthin anti-oxidant help to protect from age-related macular disease (AMRD), especially in the elderly.
  • 100 g of fresh herb leaves contain astoundingly 5275 mg or 175% of daily required doses of vitamin A. Vitamin A is known to have antioxidant properties and is essential for vision. It is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural foods rich in vitamin-A has been found to help the body protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • Vitamin K in basil is essential for many coagulant factors in the blood and plays a vital role in the bone strengthening function by helping mineralization process in the bones.
  • Basil herb contains a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids, which helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
  • Basil leaves are an excellent source of iron, contains 3.17 mg/100 g of fresh leaves (about 26% of RDA). Iron, being a component of hemoglobin inside the red blood cells, determines the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood.