Modern day healthcare is designed to sustain and cause illness rather than provide a cure, and more people are turning to alternative healthcare to heal themselves using safe and natural methods. Long before the drug companies turned sickness and disease into a multi-billion dollar business enterprise, people were more accustomed to using herbs and remedies from the earth to cure themselves of various ailments, and these methods are often more effective at treating disease. Medical science is now finally catching up with natural healthcare, and researchers can now provide scientific evidence that proves the healing powers of certain herbs, plants, and flowers. This article looks at cures and remedies that have been used throughout history, and examines the scientific evidence that proves what ancient civilizations already knew.
Boil 5g – 10g of dill seeds in one quart of water for 30 minutes, or pour dill seeds into freshly boiled water and leave the tea to steep for 10 minutes. Drink 1 cup of the tea every day.
Dill Seed’s Efficacy for Weight Loss
The main trials that have been conducted on the healing properties of dill seeds have taken place in India and Iran, and researchers found that they provide multiple health benefits. Scientists in Iran were able to prove from in-vivo testing the healing properties of dill seeds for the digestive system, and researchers stated that “dill seed extracts have significant mucosal protective and antisecretory effects of the gastric mucosa in mice.” Effective weight loss begins with digestive health, and dill seeds are shown to assist with conditions that leave you bloated, gassy, and tired after each meal. Researchers also discovered that water extracted from dill leaves naturally lowered cholesterol levels in mice by up to 50%. Another trial found that “the antioxidant activity of the aqueous extracts of dill is comparable with ascorbic acid, alpha-tocopherol and quercetin in in-vitro systems.” A study conducted at the Traditional Medicine Clinical Trial Research Center in Iran discovered the healing power of dill oil when used on cases of inflammation. Researchers in Tehran found that dill oil significantly reduces inflammation in rats far more effectively that diclofenac gel, a widely-used conventional anti-inflammatory medication.
Other Uses for Dill
Dill seeds show promise for relief of inflammation, respiratory disorders, digestive disorders, menstrual problems, promotes lactation, and cure bacterial and fungal infections
Grape Leaf Tea
Boil 30 – 50g fresh vine leaves in one quart of water for 30 minutes. Drink one cup of the tea every day. Grape leaves are a dietary staple in Mediterranean countries and are used in soups, salads, vegetable dishes and the classic Dolmades, which are individual leaf-wrapped parcels of cooked rice, onion, pine nuts and fresh mint.
The Evidence for Efficacy of Grape Leaves On Weight Loss
Grape leaves are effective for those trying to lose weight, and a single serving of 5 leaves contains only 14 calories. They are high in antioxidants, flavonoids and help to improve the metabolism. They are also effective against swelling and fluid retention and help to improve blood circulation. A study conducted by the Department of Dermatology at the University of Freiburg found that grape leaf extract can reduce edema in patients with chronic venous insufficiency, a circulatory condition where the blood does not return back to the heart from the legs.
Grape leaf tea is effective for relieving inflammation, diarrhea, headache, water retention, sore breasts, thrush, and varicose veins
Lemon Verbena Tea
Boil 10 – 15g of the leaves in one quart of water for 30 minutes. Drink one cup of the tea every day.
Lemon Verbena Tea and Weight Loss
Lemon verbena has been found to support the metabolism, stimulate the digestive system and can even help to reduce the appearance of cellulite. It is made up of 3 main chemical compounds known as citral, nerol and geraniol, and it is these chemicals that give it its healing properties. A study published in the Asian Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances investigated the antioxidant potential of drinking verbena leaf tea, and researchers concluded that “Lemon verbena is beneficial in improving body oxidant/antioxidant balance and thus its clinical efficacy remains to be tested in oxidative-stress-related diseases or conditions. Use of this herbal extract is recommended as a dietary supplement.”
Lemon verbena soothes digestive disorders, anti-spasmodic, cold, fever, and strengthens the nervous system.
Okra can be boiled, roasted, added to soups and stews or even eaten raw. Many people dislike the ‘slimy texture’ that okra produces when it cooks, but this mucous provides some wonderful health benefits.
Okra and Weight Loss
100g of okra contains only 30 calories, and it is high in fiber and a good source of potassium, calcium, zinc, magnesium and vitamin B6. When eaten, it absorbs water, excess cholesterol, bile and toxins from the body and these are then expelled out of the system through waste. The mucous actually improves okra’s absorptive properties and can also help to sooth a sore throat and protect the lining of the digestive tract. Okra is also high in manganese which helps the body to convert protein and fat into energy.
Okra preventws birth defects, diabetes, kidney disease, colon disorders, asthma
Garlic is best consumed raw, and can crushed and sprinkled over salads, cooked vegetables and soups. Many dips and sauces contain raw garlic such as tzatziki and hummus. Garlic is also highly beneficial when consumed as tea. Simmer 1-2 cloves in one pint of water for 30 minutes. Remove the garlic and cool. Drink daily as needed.
Garlic Aids Weight Loss
Garlic is one of nature’s super foods and can cure hundreds of different ailments. It is also a powerful weight loss tool, and an in-vivo study performed at the Weizmann Institute in Israel found that rats who were fed a high-sugar diet gained less weight if they were also given a garlic compound. Garlic contains a compound known as allicin which is a natural appetite suppressant, and a healthy way to aid in losing weight.
Garlic has been shown to relieve heart disease, bacterial infections, colds, flus, diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer.
Losing excess weight naturally and keeping it off requires a healthy, balanced diet that will provide everything the body needs to start burning excess fat. Dietary supplements available from health food stores that claim to aid in weight loss are usually nothing more than appetite suppressants that do not help you to maintain a healthy weight after you stop taking them. Developing a healthier approach to eating and boosting your metabolism through fresh air, exercise and the use of ancients natural herbal supplements is usually more than enough to help lose those extra pounds; and, these will provide a long-term solution to weight control that is far more effective than the latest fad diet.
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