Did You Know?
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
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
li>The Ancient Mayans believed that vanilla could boost libido.
- Vanilla is a flavor derived from orchids primarily from Mexico.
- Vanilla is the second most expensive spice after saffron.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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 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 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!