Sinusitis occurs as a result of inflamed mucus membranes, and is especially prevalent in spring due to many people’s sensitivity to pollen and other outdoor allergens. While physicians are quick to prescribe antibiotics and powerful antihistamines to treat sinus infections, there are many natural ways to choose from to reduce inflammation and quickly break up congestion of the airways, as well as to soothe the headaches, fever, pain and fatigue associated with this condition. Continue reading
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Cooking with flowers is an art form that has been historically embraced by the Chinese, Roman, Middle Eastern and Indian cultures. Dishes accented by flowers were also frequently enjoyed in Victorian-era Europe.
While many flowers cannot be eaten, those that can lend a lovely flair to any plate, as well as an exotic and unexpected flavor. Some are used simply as garnishes; however, others offer distinct health benefits as well. The following five selections can improve your health while transforming your meal into a delight for the eyes and taste buds.
Clover: These blossoms, in both the white and red varieties, have a sweet flavor reminiscent of licorice. Clover flowers have been used in traditional folk remedies for coughs, colds, rheumatism and gout. Choose the brightest colored blossoms, and avoid eating these flowers raw, as they can be hard on the digestive system if uncooked.
Rose: Both rose petals and rose hips, the swollen bases of the flower that develop into the seed pods, can be eaten and have distinct therapeutic properties. Each of the individual species, of which there are over 100, has slightly different uses. In general, rose petals are a great source of vitamins A, B3, C and D, bioflavenoids and antioxidants. When enjoyed in tea form, rose petals have traditionally been used to soothe headaches, depression, nervous disorders, digestive issues and respiratory ailments. Rose hips have been used against inflammation, constipation and urinary tract problems. They may also provide support to the immune system in fighting certain cancers.
Dandelion: Dandelion flowers are rich in vitamins and minerals, and have been used throughout history to aid the body in dealing with liver problems, skin diseases, fevers and diarrhea. They also have diuretic qualities, and therefore can be effective against fluid retention. The flowers have also been used within the Indian and Chinese cultures as a digestive aid and anti-inflammatory agent. Dandelion roots are thought to purify the blood.
Lotus: All parts of this worldwide peace-symbolizing plant are safe for human consumption. Lotus has antioxidant properties, acts as an astringent and may help reduce cholesterol. This versatile flower also aids the body in fighting colds, coughs insomnia and urinary problems. Some evidence suggests that it regulates blood pressure and lowers blood sugar, and as a result, those people who take medications for these conditions should consult a doctor or naturopath before consuming lotus.
Borage: Known as the ‘herb of gladness,’ borage is high in fatty acids, acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, aids in hormonal balance and can regulate the flow of breast milk in lactating mothers. This brilliant blue flower – one of the rare existing blue foods – has been used to combat depression and other types of emotional distress.
When cooking with flowers, remember to keep the dishes simple, as the gentle flavors easily become overpowered by stronger-tasting ingredients. Also, it is crucial to make sure that the blossoms that you eat have not been treated by chemicals and pesticides. Growing your own edible garden in your yard or window box is ideal.
-The Alternative Daily
Massage has been used therapeutically for thousands of years but has only recently received a nod from American health professionals in terms of its medicinal value. Once reserved as a luxury for the well-to-do, massage is now an integral part of many rehabilitation and healing regimes. The therapeutic value of massage is well documented in research, and there are numerous ways to incorporate different types of massage into your healthy living plan. Continue reading
Have you ever noticed yourself feeling down, anxious or restless during the winter months for no apparent reason? The colder temperatures and shorter days of wintertime affect some more drastically than others. Continue reading
Millions of vegetarians nationwide turn to veggie burgers and soy products as alternatives to meat, thinking they are making a healthy and ethical decision. While this is partially true, veggie burgers and soy carry their risks, and all veggie burgers are not created equal. Luckily, a little bit of research can help you sort through the dangers and make educated choices for you and your family. Continue reading
Putting on deodorant each day is typical in nearly everyone’s morning routine with most people not thinking much about the act at all. But should we be considering the risks of this seemingly mundane task? Continue reading
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The American Psychiatric Association announced in early December that it is making substantial changes to autism diagnostic criteria. The Diagnostic Statistics Manual, also known as the DSM will be reissued in its fifth version in spring of 2013. In it, Asperger Syndrome will be eliminated as a diagnosis. Instead, it will be enfolded in a new diagnosis called “Autism Spectrum Disorder.” Continue reading