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Must Have Culinary Spices For Duplicating The World’s Cuisines

Culinary spices

The World’s Culinary Spices

How many of you have seen the spices you use in your foods in the splendor of their natural state before they make it to the stores? Take a look at these photos! Beautiful. Simply beautiful. The intrinsic beauty of nature is impressive. The work of The  Creator, Blessed “It” Be, IS AWESOME! Impeccable is  “Its ” Universe. I get such a wonderful feeling when I really think about my place as part of “Its” creation.  There’s a lot of fun in recognizing with appreciation the  many miracles that happen while being so involved. Of course, the added advantage of being made in “Its” likeness is ridiculously cool, yes? We touched somewhat on this topic in the post Plants May Be Angels.

Be that as it is, there is also a lot of pleasure we get from transforming simple, seemingly small gifts from the Earth into deliciously satisfying treats of so many flavors and character. Each meal we make has the potential for titillating our senses in ways that have us crying out for more. But how often do you ensure this experience?

For theirs as well as our convenience, Kitchn.com has compiled A Quick Guide to Every Herb and Spice You Might Find in the Cupboard.  If they left some out that you think should be listed as well, then please let them know to help them make the list more complete.

We prefer as a rule to use organically grown herbal culinary products rather than allow products which may have been subjected to a wide range of pesticides and other synthetic chemical exposure. I don’t care how many times the FDA and other government agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency say that certain amounts of these contaminants are no threat when residues are in the amounts they allow. Here’s their Pesticide Residue Monitoring Program Reports and Data should you be interested in examining some of their summaries.

In the long run, what will we really find out? For some strange reason, I cannot imagine the results to be positive. Better safe than sorry!

Another big concern is that toxic environments and people tend to hold us back from living out the best versions of ourselves … Or at the least make achieving the better version quite a bit more difficult. One needs great resolve and fortitude in maintaining divinity in action despite the onslaught of interference. When we are considering the aspects of wholistic health and more complete well-being, there are factors from all angles that need to be considered.

Now is A Present

If you really want to “spice up your life”, consider the totality of it. From where have you come to where you want to go. Be present, consciously in each NOW. LIVE in color with positive emotion as much as you can! Face the things that you need to “season” with “condiments” like attention and personal responsibility to allow circumstances to serve you positively for better and better. It’s all about feeling titillated by life’s experience 😜 No?

Spice up your life with quality!

Organic spices

Once you have your herbal seasonings in your kitchen and on hand for your use, you should know how to care for them to maintain their freshness. For sure you want the maximum flavor possible every time you use them for the full experience they are intended to offer. Otherwise, what’s the point? Who wants stale ingredients in their food?

Must Have Seasonings

The Chef’s Manual of Must Have Spices For Your Kitchen is a fantastic compilation for your review. You’d be well set and ready for most recipes should you stack up on those magic ingredients to tantalize up your kitchen!

There are eight spice ingredients some consider a kitchen insufficient to play the role of a “factory of foods with healthful flavor”, from an India Indian point of view anyway 😊. Indian cuisine strikes a balance of flavors that is predominantly between a combination of salty, spicy, bitter or pungent, sour, tangy and sweet flavors. The spices that feature so heavily in Indian cooking not only give the dishes their unique flavors but also are shown to protect against some cancers, have anti-inflammatory and other healing properties.

Those that rule the Indian kitchen are:

  1. Tumeric
  2. Coriander
  3. Chili
  4. Mustard seeds
  5. Cumin
  6. Fenugreek leaves
  7. Dried Mango powder
  8. Garam Massala

I imagine some of you might ask,”Whats so special about the India Indian diet?” What’s wrong with the standard American diet and the way I eat? Well, the health benefits of an Indian diet are numerous.  To be sure, learn more from this list of the 20 Indian Cuisine Ingredients That Heal from Within without being “bland”.

But theirs is not the only healthy cuisine in the world. There are many. According to The Culture Trip, Chad and some other African countries tops its list of “The 10 Healthiest Cuisines In The World” for having very healthy diets. Who’d have thunk that? But apparently it’s true. Check their list. Of course that’s only their opinion. Others have Japan leading at the top in a list of Five Countries Who Teach Us Something About Good Eating.

I presently eat mostly a Mediterranean diet. While many people think that this zone is only made up of Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Lebanon and Israel. In actuality it also includes Turkey, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt! As a result, the spices and seasonings used to flavor the food from this eclectic area are quite diverse. Here are 9 Mediterranean herbs and spices to store in your pantry or grow in your garden. You also might want to check out Carries Experimental Kitchen for some ideas from her experiments.

As far as Japanese food is concerned, here are the 12 Essential Ingredients For Cooking Japanese Food. The diet is rich in fruits and vegetables which are shown to have cancer-fighting properties. Staples such as yams, green tea, seaweed and shiitake mushrooms are all beneficial being rich in iron, calcium, zinc, copper, omega-3, and antioxidants.What I like the most about their food is the seaweed whose health benefits are many. It’s the oceans “medicinal herb”! Here are 7 Surprising Benefits of Eating Seaweed.

Have you tried Thai?  Their ingredients like coriander, lemongrass, ginger and other herbs have shown that they have very strong antioxidant properties that inhibit cancerous growth. The ingredients use very little meat yet herbs and spices full of medicinal properties are plentiful.

The list can go on … Save some for a different post to come. But you get the point. The flavors and health benefits of the world’s cuisines are at your beck and call as long as you are willing to mix and match them at home … Unless such restaurants are luckily nearby in your neighborhood and you can be lazy about it 🤣.

Cook Healthier

Here are 10 Secrets to Cooking Healthier which should also found the basis of your knowledge regarding healthier meal planning. If you are a beginner at cooking with spices and want to learn some of the most basic tips for their use, then check the following video featuring Gordon Ramsay:

All the best for more savory feasts!

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Powerful Herbs That Wonderfully Empower Women

Tranquil women rule!

Women empoweredWe Must Empower Women

Women are awesome. Their supportive presence empowers the basis of our society and of our homes. We even refer to the Earth as our mother, so to speak, for from her we were formed and made. A women empowered can only do us good. Pardon me for a moment, but I think it must be said: None of us want “bitches” running our show! You know what I mean? You know someone who can benefit from this post, lead them to it.

Balanced women as a whole prefer people with cool sanity, resolve and the force of gentle coercion to evoke the outcome they want. As was mentioned in the first post at the beginning of this blog, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, either way you’re right!” You are the one who ultimately decides your capability in everything.

Nevertheless, women have “building” power by nature! Even though men are considered as the rule makers and the rulers of The Kingdom. Though Gd is neither male nor female in truth, the general reference is to “It” as male. The Divine Presence, that aspect of “It”which hovers in and around us is considered feminine. Go figure! Nevertheless, there’s truth to the saying, “behind every great man there’s a great woman”. Right? There is so much we learn from you. There is so much love you give in caring for the future and the strength of our nation. To your service in this mix of life, we thank and appreciate having the experience of you in it

… Sharing and caring with respect.

Empower women!

Hey, do you remember the time when people played music from their album collection of “records” on players like this one? Quite the interesting recollection for me anyway … “A blast from the past”:

Anyway, back to our subject, what the world needs now, as it has for ever, is strong, powerful women. I’m not talking about the “Amazon” type of manly woman. Rather it’s about women of great character and fortitude to handle the tasks at hand before them as heroines. Proudly standing up for their beliefs and instilling them within the family as a foundation for being. The husband is her support. She is the “home” that he returns to successfully after “the hunt” for an income. I’m talking about “old school” living where those who despite hormonal fluctuations manage to remain balanced in their state of mind and “weather” their storm with poise and acceptance. They knew their herbs.

At the least, a woman’s body is designed to evolve and change. To adjust to these changes smoothly, it is highly recommended to maintain a healthy lifestyle and exercise regularly. Choose the right pattern of eating for yourself and supplement with herbal formulations according to your needs. The following herbs are among those considered when looking for ways that women can support their hormonal and reproductive wellness. 5 herbs for women’s health. Please be aware and keep in mind that some of these herbs are not intended for use during pregnancy.

Please consult with your knowledgeable health-care professional before using herbs during pregnancy or while breast-feeding.

So, play this in the background:

Imagine sitting in a secret garden in the cosmos and listen (… You are not obligated 😊… Only if it fits your head) while we take a deeper, tough look at the herbs placed here in this spotlight:

  • Black cohosh root
    (Cimicifuga racemosa)

Used since the 1800s to support natural hormonal transitions throughout a woman’s life, this classic herb controls estrogen and helps relieve pain, swelling, and spasms. It is known to alleviate PMS and menopause symptoms and tends to ease the pressure of menstrual cramps. Like dong quai, it has been shown to reduce hot flashes. Read this fact sheet for consumers of black cohosh so you know what to expect from using this root.

  • Dong quai
    (Angelica sinensis)

This Asian wonder as mentioned a moment ago has been shown to reduce hot flashes. It is a member of the Umbelliferae family, a botanical group that also includes carrots, parsley, dill and celery. The Health Benefits of Dong Quai root are numerous and is sometimes called “female ginseng”. It has been used for more than 2,000 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a tonic against low vitality, fatigue, pelvic pain and irregular menstrual cycles.  It increases circulation, decreases vaginal dryness, and in combination with other herbs in targeted formulas, fights migraines.

  • Motherwort leaves
    (Leonora cardiaca)

Motherwort is an herb in the mint family. It is a good choice should you want to support your cardiac health. Positive results occur in the treatment of conditions caused by stress or high blood pressure and researchers also find that motherwort improves blood flow to the heart.

  • Red clover blossoms
    (Trifolium pratense)

Red clover blossoms area natural source of phyto-estrogena, natural plant hormones, that show signs of helping to prevent bone loss, and, in some cases has been shown to actually increase bone density. An herb in the legume family (which includes peas and beans), it’s a highly nutritive plant containing many beneficial antioxidants that helps with menopause, diabetes, skin problems, and cancer. Encourages healthy detoxification and promotes healthy skin through its support for the body’s lymphatic functions. Here is more important information you should know about using red clover.

  • Red raspberry leaves
    (Rubus idaeus)

Makes a pleasant “tea” (infusion) to relieve stress, encourage sleep, and assist in muscle recovery after delivery. Raspberry leaf benefits by toning the musculature and increasing the viscosity of the reproductive tract with continual use. Clearly ranking as one of the most recommended herbs to drink as an  infusion before and during pregnancy, take a look at what science says. Bulk Herb Store has great organic Bulgarian red raspberry leaf for your collection.

  • Maca root
    (Lepidium meyenii)

A Peruvian root vegetable that resembles a turnip grows in the high Andes, where the Inca warriors used it as a caffeine-free performance enhancer and to enhance the fertility of both humans and animals. The roots grow in 3 basic color groups:

  • White to yellow roots are made into Yellow Maca powder (60% of the annual harvest)
  • Light pink to dark purple roots are made into Red Maca powder (25% of the annual harvest)
  • Light gray to dark gray roots are made into Black Maca powder (15% of the annual harvest)

Scientific research has shown that these colors have somewhat different properties. There are a range of benefits from the use of maca root powder. Maca root powder has become popular due to benefits which are said to include increased energy levels, vitality, endurance, healthy libido, reduced anxiety from stress, healthy brain function and balancing hormone levels – thereby relieving symptoms of menopause. Recent research has shown that IT CAN support natural fertility by helping to maintain normal reproductive hormone levels. Here is a list of 10 Wonders of Maca.

  • Schizandra berries
    (Schisandra chinensis)

The Chinese Magnolia Vine or the Five Flavored Fruit tree, Schisandra composes five distinct flavors in its berry that correspond to the 5 Elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine: Sour (Wood), Bitter (Fire), Sweet (Earth), Acrid (Metal) and Salty (Water). It is used as an “adaptogen” for increasing resistance to disease and stress while increasing energy, physical performance, endurance,  preventing early aging and increasing lifespan, It supports a healthier functioning endocrine system, digestive system, and liver functions. All in all, it is considered a harmonizing “king” tonic in Chinese Medicine because of its well balanced energetic nature. One of the best formulas containing Schizandra also includes the best herbal ingredients for mood and stress relief. Consider it if needed.

  • Ashwagandha
    (Withania somnifera)

One of the most important herbs in Ayurvedic (India Indian) healing, it enhances the endocrine glands and hence maintains the hormonal system. Also tends to prevent anxiety, hot flushes, low energy level, joint pain and mood swings if taken regularly and maintains a healthy and regular menstrual cycle. Read here about more benefits and side effects to be aware with Aswagandha. Find out here: How to Restore the Immune System with Ashwagandha. For your information, Tattva’s Ashwagandha powder is available and of the highest quality, organic and free from contaminants. A great company to work with.

  • Shatavari root
    (Asparagus racemosus)

From the Ayurvedic journals of herbal medicine comes another great herb known to nourish tissues and strengthen the body. Shatavari acts as a rejuvenating supplement and is prescribed for both physical and mental health. Also has served a varied role in fertility and vitality, increasing the lactation power of mothers, acts as a diuretic, antioxidant and even has anti-ageing properties. Tattva’s Shatavari is of unparalleled quality!

  • Cramp bark
    (Viburnum opulus)

As its name reveals, cramp bark tends to be used for relieving cramps, including muscle spasmsmenstrual cramps, and cramps during pregnancy. Cramp bark is said to also be used as a kidney stimulant for urinary conditions that involve pain or spasms. For further study, here are further benefits of Viburnum opulus. Here’s a fomentation recipe combining ginger with the bark that works well not only for major pain but can also help with more common muscle spasms as well.

  • Chasteberry
    (Vitex agnus-castus)

Used since the time of Hippocrates to support gynecological health, particularly during the changing cycles of life. Tradition has it being used to support balanced hormone production. This herb’s berries promote a healthy mind and body throughout the menstrual cycle and during the transition into menopauseLearn more about Vitex Agnus-Castus.

Let it be known that Harmonic Arts of Canada have two fabulous herbal formulations for women, in the form of tinctures, using splendid combinations of some of the aforementioned herbs. Take a look at them and decide which may be right for you. This company is also a purveyor of excellent quality single herb tinctures, many of which are of the herbs referred to here and may have others that you are looking for as well. Check out their store.

For those of you interested in the new emerging consciousness culture, here’s a link to learn about the 7 Ancient Archetypes for Women Leaders Today

All the best women! Stay strong.

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3 Major Herbs Partner With Cordyceps And Improve Performance and Fertility

High Performance

Performance

Are you by chance interested in greatly improved overall performance?

Would you be interested in increasing your energy, have more fertility and be chock FULL of stamina?

Increase Bedroom Performance

There are some very important herbs for fertility that most likely won’t be what the doctor orders for you to take in order for the walls to “rock” in your bedroom. The good news is that you won’t need his or her prescription to get them for yourself. This post reveals how you too can access these with ease.

Epimedium, Tongkat Ali, Mucuna Pruriens and the pollen of Pine are together with Cordyceps (which was discussed in the last post), Grape-seed and Black Pepper extract to combat physical dysfunction. What you have, or at least could if you buy it, is 100% pure, natural support for enhanced ability to accomplish any action, task, or function with more energy. Not many want to experience life in any other way. I know I don’t and won’t if I can help it. Especially when I know those aforementioned heavyweight contenders have “got my back”.

But the combat against insufficient potency should go beyond that. While I’m not battling the problem of infertility personally, I believe we should be more concerned with making sure our nutritional intake is how it should be for the needs and strength of our bodies. Your nutrition is as unique as you!

Tailor your nutrition to your genetics.

That’s why we recommend that you take the guesswork out of eating right with a science-based at-home test that will allow you to become the best version of you. You will get to know which are the foods most recommended for you to eat and why. This is how you can get to cancel the onset of many difficult issues that may have come up already or will if you don’t pay attention to what you habitually eat. This is the nature of the practice called preventative “medicine”. By not allowing the body to fall out of balance and providing it with hat it truly needs, you can eliminate the chance of your getting sick.

There are some other simple, natural ways to increase fertility that are worth knowing about. These involve taking vitamin and mineral supplements as well as eating adequate quantities of fresh fruit, grееn leafy vеgеtаblеѕ and consuming healthy fats on a rеgulаr basis. Hethir Rodriguez shares the information she has in a video about seven fertility super-foods that you can easily find at almost every grocery store. Click that link for her recording.

15 Natural Ways to Boost Testosterone

Do you want to know how to hold onto your feelings of youth, vigor, and have greater confidence without hormone therapy? Follow these guidelines to higher levels of testosterone in your body.

There are also spices that support the increase of libido that you should know about if you want to flavor up more than just your food! Use your imagination for their use in your recipes.

In the following video, Dr. Berg talks about low testosterone and it’s symptoms, causes, and solution. Besides suggesting things that you can do to boost low testosterone (like adding zinc, vitamin D, vitamin A to your supplementation and getting better sleep), in his opinion it is even more important to avoid or lower these 3 things:

1. Insulin (lower this hormone).

2. Estrogen and

3. Cortisol.

Out of these three hormones, estrogen is the most common elevated hormone in men. This is because estrogen, in males anyway, enters our bodies mostly from consuming commercially raised chicken and beef. The soy feed given to these animals is highly estrogenic; not to mention being genetically modified. Plus, adding on top of that, genetically modified corn feed can have the result of really effecting havoc on your hormonal balance.

So, now that you know answers to your questions regarding what to do to increase sexual health and the wellness of your libido, what are your thoughts on this issue? It is said, “When the student is ready the teacher will be provided”. You’ve come to a site that will have you bursting with knowledge if you learn from it well. Be sure you subscribe to us and be prepared to learn more of the good stuff to come.

Above all, make sure that you live a healthy, vibrant life to the best of your ability. Keep following us to learn more about how.

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12 Mushrooms and Herbs To Deal With Asthma

Medicinal Mushrooms

Mushrooms

Perhaps the funkiest elements of the “Kingdom” are the mushrooms. Not knowing how to categorize them adds to their mystery. But in actuality, they are fungi, not plants and are amazing.

They are also very good sources of B vitamins, especially niacin and riboflavin. They rank the highest among vegetables for protein content, but because they are low in fat and calories, Western nutritionists once mistakenly considered them as without much food value. But now they are recognized as valuable and trending as a food. (A fresh pound has about 125 calories only). In dried form, fungi have almost as much protein as veal and a significant amount of poly-saccharides. Shiitake’s are perhaps the most delicious of all the fungi mentioned and maybe the most nutritious.

Nutritional value of medicinal mushrooms

A study by Spanish researchers has shown that microwaving and grilling are the best processes to maintain the nutritional profile of culinary mushrooms.

Mushrooms as Medicine

Medicinal Mushrooms
Three of these super healers Support COGNITIVE & MENTAL PERFORMANCE.

Can plants help people access the intelligence in nature or the “mind of nature”?

In the last post, there is a video where Michael Pollan discusses “the plant’s eye view” In it he spoke about how we are quite possibly “puppets” of the botanical kingdom and are doing its will unknowingly If you missed it, you might want to hear what he had to say. Nevertheless, must we learn to understand the mind of nature in order to supersede our ecologically destructive habits? An interesting conference took place in 2014 discussing the medicinal use of hallucinogenic plants, of which some mushrooms are in that category.

While this site is not going to get into those aspects of “magic” in the “Kingdom”, we clearly respect and stand behind the responsible use of them. You can watch the recording of that conference here. For anyone who is interested in understanding more about these types of fungi, this following video recorded what Paul Stamets had to say about his experiences with “magic ‘shrooms”:

But let’s get back to the title of this topic … Dealing with asthma. First, listen to what Chef Marcus Guiliano said he did to get rid of his asthma. He makes mention of some things that you may want to consider in your overall strategy.

Dr. Isaac Eliaz discusses the benefits of medicinal mushrooms and how they can help with a number of conditions by enhancing the bodies’ immune system.

You already know the answer if you clicked the above link and read the article … A resounding yes! And support for a wide range of other chronic conditions also. I don’t know about you, but I hadn’t heard of Chaga mushrooms before researching for this post. But I’m glad I did:

This might interest you as well:

So, What Are You Going To Buy?

Neuro Shroom

Here’s an excellent opportunity for you to benefit personally from medicinal mushrooms! Have you tried the new ‘shroom product that supports cognitive and mental performance?

Designed with the wisdom garnered through loads of research, this formula is a combination of two kingdoms. Besides Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps and cracked Reishi spores representing the kingdom of the fungi, there are extracts of Clubmoss, Bacopa and Black Pepper fruit from the botanical kingdom as well. It’s MIND POWER in a POWDER! Besides activating more energy in the body, many are reporting enhanced memory and lucidity of dreams. Moreover, there is testimony that people are even finding it far more effective and less damaging than ADHD medications! If this is something that you can benefit from, then don’t hesitate to check it out. You might forget to in a few moments, LOL 🤣.

Here’s a sharp way to boost the value of the morning coffee routine. It’s also great mixed into smoothies! Once a day with this stuff and you’re on your way in the direction towards better performance! Watch the video:

 

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