Loving Lemons

Loving Lemons

In an attempt to reduce my caffeine intake, I’ve started enjoying lemon, ginger and honey.. it really is delicious – and healthy!

Just pour boiling water over a sliver of ginger, a slice of lemon and a teaspoon of honey in your favourite mug and remember to drink it!

 

Lemons are so versatile. Here are 5 delicious ways to enjoy lemons…

1. Stir a teaspoon of lemon juice into a hot tisane to help prevent colds and flu during winter months. Fresh thyme leaves, a spoonful of honey and a little lemon juice is delicious and a great preventative medicine.

2. Pour lemon juice, to taste, on pancakes and sprinkle over a little sugar.

3. Use lemon juice in home-made salad dressings to add a little extra zest to your greenery!

4. Squeeze a little lemon juice over cooked kale or other green veg, according to taste.

5. Grow a lemon tree at home and you can pick a fresh lemon every time you indulge in a G&T!

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Lemons have been used in medicinal preparations for generations. They are a source of dietary fibre and an average lemon weighing approx. 58g contains around 30mg of vitamin C.
Lemons are used in many commercial products because of their grease cutting and bleaching agents.

(I’ve heard it said that real lemons are used in lemon polish and lemon-flavoured chemicals are used in lemonade .. hhmm )

MORE THINGS TO DO WITH LEMONS
– Lemon juice is a well-known astringent and is beneficial in helping dry out very greasy hair. Lemon juice will dry the hair so don’t use too much.
-And because lemons are so astringent, they can help cut grease in the kitchen. Many well-known washing up liquids and detergents have lemon juice added.
TIP: Don’t throw away old slices or pieces of lemon. Use them to wipe round the sink every time you wash up. It cuts through any greasy spots and leaves a lovely smell behind. Leave a slice over the outlet so that the water draining away will contain some lemon juice and help clean through the pipes and drains.

Linda x

P.S. There’s a downloadable Lemon growing guide on this page Mini Guides

10 Awesome Facts about Aloe Vera

healingplants-aloeveraAloe vera has been widely used as a medicinal plant for centuries and in the last decade or so, we westerners have finally proved it’s value beyond any doubt. So, of course, aloe vera now appears in every conceivable product from juices to shampoos, creams to potions and beyond!

These ten facts are just the tip of the iceberg – the research that has been done using this miracle of nature is totally mind blowing.

1. Aloe vera was discussed in an ancient Egyptian document – around 3500 years ago – and gives 12 formulas for mixing aloe with other agents to treat internal and external disorders.

2. In the first century AD, the Greek pharmaco-botanist Dioscorides describes aloe vera as being a useful treatment for boils, bruises and mouth irritations. He also attributed it’s juices to cleansing the stomach and inducing sleep.

3. In the 1850’s, aloe was used to expel intestinal worms.

4. In the 1950’s, research was carried out on patients with gum disease. Sap from the plant was injected into affected gums and the treatment eliminated gum disease in most of the 150 patients.

5. Aloe vera is antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral. In fact nature’s first aid kit in a leaf!

6. When aloe vera is applied to a wound, as it dries it contracts and closes the wound keeping it free from infection. This is particularly good for animal wounds because if they lick the wound they won’t be affected by any unnatural chemicals found in some over-the-counter products.

7. Aloe vera helps reduce and stabilise the BMI (Body Mass Index) by stimulating the metabolic rate in liver cells so we burn more energy – and therefore helps in weight loss programmes.

8. Besides building cells and repairing tissue, amino acids are essential to keep our bodies healthy. Aloe vera contains 19 of the 20 amino acids we require.

9. Aloe vera contains at least 3 anti-inflammatory fatty acids making it a very effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, ulcers, allergic reactions and, of course, burns and cuts. It’s also a powerful cholesterol reducer.

10. Aloe vera is a wonderful alternative to products we buy every day that contain chemicals, such as shampoos and conditioners. The gel can even be used on damp hair instead of ‘setting’ lotions before drying and styling.

This quotation was written by Christopher Columbus:

“Four vegetables are essential to a man’s health: wheat, grapes, olives and Aloe. The first is a nutrient, the second fortifies the spirit, the third brings harmony and the fourth heals.”

If this has inspired you to grow a few aloe vera plants, you can! I’ve grown aloe vera in pots indoors for many years and it has proved itself over and over as a wonderful natural healer.

I’ve never tried growing plants from seed although it must be possible I guess. The easiest way is to make a relatively small investment in one or two plants and with a little tlc they will produce babies year after year 🙂
These plants on Amazon UK are about two years old. Have a look around, but grab a cuppa first – there are some great plants to browse!

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Set of 2 Aloe vera plants – approx. 2 years old – 10,5cm pot

 

 

To Your Good Health!

Linda

Perfect Roasties

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Potatoes are so versatile…. try these perfectly delicious roasties!

Peel (if needed) and cut potatoes into chunks. Par-boil for 5-10 minutes depending on the texture and size of potatoes. When you can see that the outer part of the potatoes are obviously softer than the centre, remove from heat and drain well.

Heat goose fat (for best taste!) or other cooking oil in a baking dish in a pre-heated oven for a few minutes. Remove dish from the oven and sprinkle dried oregano or herbes de provence in the oil. Add potatoes to dish and carefully spoon melted oil over them. Remember the oil is hot!

Cook in a pre-heated oven (around 200F, Gas mark 5-6) for about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and turn them over. Return to oven for another 20 minutes.

Depending on the size of potatoes you may need to add an extra 5-10 minutes each side. Eat them while they’re hot and crunchy 🙂

Optional extra – Sprinkle some freshly ground sea salt over the roasties half-way through cooking time.

Bon Appetit!

Linda x

P.S. Practice a few recipes in time for National Potato Day (US) on 19th August. Join our healthy living community and download your FREE ‘Easy Potato Recipes’ book (pdf)

Go Barefoot

gobarefoot-pinBadly fitting shoes can result in physical problems such as corns and bunions.

But even well fitting shoes aren’t particularly good for your health, even if they do have ‘environment friendly’ rubber soles.

We may not be able to go back to nature and run around barefoot, but it has been proven that walking barefoot helps us become ’grounded’.

The earth is full of negative electrons and the atmosphere full of positive ones. Being positively charged all the time can lead to oxidization and swelling in the body which in turn can cause many negative effects, such as allowing free radical cells to roam free and unrestricted.

Grounding ourselves for a few minutes each day releases all those positively charged electrons and re-balances our natural biological state which, after all, should be perfect.

Grounding really means being in skin contact with the earth. A stroll around the lawn barefoot, a quick dip in the sea or even a shower will bring you in contact with the earth and release those positive electrons.

One of the reasons all our best ideas come when we are in the shower is because of the creative juices being released as soon as the stress of all those positive electrons starts to leave us.

You can ground yourself in many ways, as long as there is skin contact with the earth –

  • pottering in the garden with your plants
  • hugging a tree
  • leaning on a metal pole that’s in contact with the ground
  • taking a shower (baths don’t work the same – if you have a rubber seal to contain the water, you aren’t in contact with the earth. You could grab a few seconds by staying in the bath while the water flows out!)All these actions will bring you in contact with the earth and release those positive electrons.

With all the food and diet news in recent years, we are nearly all aware of the importance of good fresh food, packed with vitamins and minerals. However, scientific research shows that by being in touch with the earth, the minerals that we need are automatically absorbed by our bodies. When we aren’t grounded, these minerals can easily be expelled leaving behind a deficiency which can lead to various medical conditions.

Minerals are needed for strong teeth and bones, healthy nervous and immune systems, as well as just about every important bodily function we can think of. Luckily the scientists have done all the technical work, and all we really have to do is remember to ground ourselves on a daily basis. The longer you can be in touch with the earth the better.

It’s been recognized that 40 or 50 minutes every day of ‘grounding’, will reduce toxins and inflammations. It will improve skin condition and re-balance the acid/alkali content in our bodies.

So kick off those shoes and enjoy an upturn in your physical, mental and spiritual health.

I hope the sun’s shining in your world today.

Linda

P.S. If you really can’t find the time to jog around the garden barefoot, or maybe more to the point, if it isn’t practical 🙂 these earthing mats may be the answer. I haven’t tried them but they do have good reviews. (around £30) There are also a few interesting earthing shoes on Amazon.

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Earthing Mat Large UK

 

 

 

Your Good Health!

Linda x

The Magic of Weeds

Weeds are simply wild plants and can hold a huge range of medicinal and nutritional properties, just waiting to be used.

Flowering weeds will also help encourage bees to your garden, and plants can be easily contained if you harvest them before they seed.

Dandelions

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Dandelions may be a gardener’s nightmare, but they are amazing little plants;

-Young leaves can be added to salads – only use very young leaves as they become bitter with age.

-The milky sap inside the stem can help cure warts and verrucas. Dab onto wart as it begins to show.

-The flowers can be made into a jam. (“tried, tested and delicious!”)

-The roots are used in dandelion and burdock cordials and also can be roasted and ground to make a caffeine-free substitute for coffee.

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Don’t mow down the daisies before you enjoy their magic!

Daisies have been recorded as a medicinal herb for centuries. They have been used to treat many ailments.

-Make a tisane from the flowers to soothe stress and anxiety

-Daisies have been used to treat wounds on battlefields and can help soothe bruising.

-A concentrated liquor or essence of the roots can help chronic skin disease such as eczema.

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– Wear gloves to protect your skin – unless you’re into ‘grabbing the nettle’ 🙂

-Young nettle leaves are full of vitamins and minerals and can be used in salads and soups and steamed as a green vegetable.

-Make a tisane, adding other natural ingredients to taste, e.g. honey, lemon etc;

-And the whole plant can be used to make a greenish dye.

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Collect some or all of these garden ‘weeds’ in any combination, for a super tonic to relax in the bath with:

-lawn daisies (flowers)
-dandelions (flowers and leaves)
-nettles (young leaves)
-blackberry/bramble (leaves)

Crush flowers and leaves together and place on a square of muslin. Bring up the edges to form a bag and tie securely with a length of string. Make a loop in the string and hang over the hot tap. Let the hot water run through the herb bag. Lie back and enjoy.

NB: When self-medicating, double and triple check your plants, methods of preparation and recommended doses – Google recipes and cross reference before you start treating yourself. Don’t be put off by 5 or 10 minutes research though. The long term benefits are priceless!

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I found these daisy seeds on Amazon UK. They seem to be good value for money!

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LAWN DAISY SEEDS Bellis perennis WILD FLOWER MEADOWS DAISY CHAINS GRASS LAWN

 

 

Your Good Health!

Linda x