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Published December 3rd, 2013 in HN4U Blog

For the next few weeks I’m going to try and keep things light…after all it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas outside my house.

So Here Goes – Did You Know

Cranberries

  • You can bounce and dribble a fully ripe cranberry.
  • New England sailors ate cranberries to fend off scurvy, because their rich in vitamin C.
  • Cranberry may lower blood pressure in hypertension patients.
  • Cranberry juice may help to prevent gastric ulcers by inhibiting the ability of Helicobacter pylori, to adhere to the gastric mucosa.
  • Cranberry juice may help to prevent Kidney Stones.

Nutmeg

  • Nutmeg contains potassium, calcium, iron and manganese. And it is a hallucinogenic. Hummm does that explain the elf sightings?
  • Ground nutmeg and honey creates a paste that can reduce scars, clear acne and make skin appear brighter. Along with a few frightening images that belong in a Tim Burton movie.

Clove

  • Ground clove can ease dental pain and promote healing. Clove is anti-bacterial and was used for food preservation in colonial days.
  • Clove tea can ease nausea, and warm you too. No it isn’t just because it is hot tea – clove helps to improve circulation.
  • Cloves may improve male sexual performance. Sounds like a Christmas tale to me.

Cinnamon

  • Chinese medicine uses cinnamon to treat colds, nausea, diarrhea and menstrual cramps. Cinnamon is the inner bark of a tree found in Java and Sumatra.
  • Two teaspoons of cinnamon contains 12 calories.
  • The Hebrew Bible makes specific mention of cinnamon: first when Moses is commanded to use both sweet cinnamon and cassia in the holy anointing oil; in Proverbs where the lover’s bed is perfumed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon; and in Song of Solomon, a song describing the beauty of his beloved, cinnamon scents her garments like the smell of Lebanon.

Peppermint

  • 100 grams of peppermint contains 569 mg of potassium.
  • Peppermint contains beta-carotene, B-complex vitamins and vitamins A, C, E and K.
  • The Romans believed that consuming mint could boost intelligence.

Allspice

  • Allspice has been found to be anti-inflammatory, anti-flatulent and reduces bloating.
  • Allspice is a dried fruit picked when green, unripe, and traditionally dried in the sun.

Vanilla

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  • Vanilla is a flavor derived from orchids primarily from Mexico.
  • Vanilla is the second most expensive spice after saffron.

Cocoa

  • Speaking of Mayans, along with the Aztecs, these ancient cultures believed that cocoa could improve muscle strength, heart health and fertility.
  • Cocoa was originally consumed cold and unsweetened, frequently mixed with chili peppers.
  • Cocoa may improve blood circulation (due the polyphenols content of cocoa).
  • Cocoa may lower blood pressure in hypertension patients.
  • Cocoa may help to prevent diarrhea (due to polyphenols present in cocoa).

Ginger

  • Studies show that ginger reduces inflammation in a manner similar to NSAIDs such as aspirin.
  • Ginger can lower cholesterol and work as a blood thinner.
  • Ginger works better to than prescription medications to spot motion or sea sickness.

Mistletoe

  • While mistletoe is considered toxic, the leaves and berries are actually a high-protein food for many animals.
  • The scientific name for American mistletoe—Phoradendron—is translated as “thief of the tree,” due to the parasitic nature of the plant.
  • European Mistletoe may be beneficial for the treatment of some forms of Cancer.

Pine

  • Pine Nuts are not botanically classified as Nuts but are considered as Nuts for commercial and culinary purposes.
  • Pine needle tea has been found to ease varicose veins, kidney ailments, sclerosis and fatigue, as well as improve eyesight, mental clarity, and vitality.
  • Pine nuts contain phosphorus, potassium, amino acids, lipids, and calcium.

Bayberry

  • Bayberry is from the Myrtle family.
  • Bayberry tea applied topically reputedly alleviates varicose veins.
  • Bayberry may stimulate the flow of bile.
  • Bayberry may alleviate the symptoms of diarrhea.

It’s beginning to look, smell and taste a lot like Christmas all around the house….. To your good health through the Christmas Season!

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