The Spices For Life

The next time you start cooking remember to toss in some of your favorite spices….they are really a good healthy source of nutrients and can do so much in the healing process because they help with inflammatory issues, mood issue and many other issues, too many to name…..I have a book on spices that may help you to understand the importance of using them….

Turmeric
May help: Quell inflammation, inhibit tumors.
Turmeric, the goldenrod-colored spice, is used in India to help wounds heal (it’s applied as a paste); it’s also made into a tea to relieve colds and respiratory problems. Modern medicine confirms some solid-gold health benefits as well; most are associated with curcumin, a compound in turmeric that has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin has been shown to help relieve pain of arthritis, injuries and dental procedures; it’s also being studied for its potential in managing heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Researcher Bharat Aggarwal is bullish on curcumin’s potential as a cancer treatment, particularly in colon, prostate and breast cancers; preliminary studies have found that curcumin can inhibit tumor cell growth and suppress enzymes that activate carcinogens.

Saffron
May help: Lift your mood.
Saffron has long been used in traditional Persian medicine as a mood lifter, usually steeped into a medicinal tea or used to prepare rice. Research from Iran’s Roozbeh Psychiatric Hospital at Tehran University of Medical Sciences has found that saffron may help to relieve symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and depression. In one study, 75% of women with PMS who were given saffron capsules daily reported that their PMS symptoms (such as mood swings and depression) declined by at least half, compared with only 8 percent of women who didn’t take saffron.
Must-Read: 4 Foods to Boost Your Mood

Parsley
May help: Inhibit breast cancer-cell growth.
University of Missouri scientists found that this herb can actually inhibit breast cancer-cell growth, reported Holly Pevzner in the September/October 2011 issue of EatingWell Magazine. In the study, animals that were given apigenin, a compound abundant in parsley (and in celery), boosted their resistance to developing cancerous tumors. Experts recommend adding a couple pinches of minced fresh parsley to your dishes daily.

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Handmade From The Kitchen

Have you ever learned how to can those awesome fresh foods from your garden or from the market place? There are lots of vegetables that you can use for canning to have for next winter, but also many fruits that you can make your famous jams or jellies or even Marmalade’s with, too……This book is for the ones of us that know very little about this skill….
Don’t forget your paper towels….what kitchen would be complete without them….I use Bounty but there are several brands to choose from….just click on the pictures below and you will be relocated over to Amazon to shop all you want….
 

 

 

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New Years Dinner

Its about that time again…where did the time go? Wow, it seems like just yesterday that I was feeding babies and doing laundry well I’m still doing laundry but the babies are all grown up now and through all of those years we have kept a tradition going on New Years Day and that is to serve black eyed peas and ham, (hog jowl) greens and cornbread with all of the other trimmings at my table….that is one thing I so look forward to every New Year…starting my New Year off with my family…HAPPY NEW YEARS EVERYONE……

ORGANIC COFFEE

Organic coffee is coffee produced without the aid of unnatural chemical substances. First, organic coffee is free of harmful pesticides. Second, it is free of unnatural herbicides. For instance, to avoid the need for herbicides, many coffee farmers can simply use the shade of other crops. Third, organic coffee does not use unnatural additives or other chemicals when the berries are roasted and otherwise processed. Mass-market coffees, in contrast, may contain traces of herbicides and pesticides as well as artificial ingredients.

Organic coffee farmers also have to use organic fertilizers for their coffee to be 100% true organic. Some organic fertilizer options include chicken manure, coffee pulp, bocachi and general compost

 

To be sold as organic in the U.S., imported coffee must gain organic certification. Among other standards, this includes meeting the following requirements:

The coffee is grown on land that wasn’t exposed to synthetic pesticides or other prohibited substances for 3 years prior.

A sufficient buffer exists between the organic coffee and the closest conventional crop.

A sustainable crop rotation plan is in place to prevent erosion, the depletion of  soil nutrients, and to naturally control for pest. .

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