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You Have Been Eating Parsley Wrongly

Today, we will focus on quercetin.
Flavonoids, including quercetin, are important anti-inflammatories because they act as antioxidants, which mean they literally fight the natural process of “oxidation” that takes place over time as we age. Quercetin can help stop damaging particles in the body known as free radicals, which negatively impact how cells work — including damaging cell membranes, changing the way DNA works, increasing cell mutations and causing healthy cells to die. Consumption of foods rich in quercetin has been linked to a reduction in cholesterol and blood pressure levels, but for the latter it only worked for people who are already hypertensive. Non-hypertensive patients who took quercetin supplements did not show any changes to their blood pressure levels. Apples, citrus fruits, onions, red wine, dark berries, and parsley are among the food sources of the flavonoid. Its supplement form is sometimes combined with bromelain, a pineapple enzyme that is also an anti-inflammatory.

Thank God quercetin is so readily available in so many food.

The one food whose importance has been under-stressed: Parsley.

We don’t think much of parsley because we think it’s just a spice that can be used for garnishing.

You Have Been Eating Parsley Wrongly
Parsley is more than the sprinkle of green for your soups, mains and porridges.

In fact, why not try……………………

  1. Parsnip Soup With Leeks And Parsley

    Parsnip Soup With Parsley

    In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the leek and celery, and stir to coat in the oil. Cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 5 minutes, or until the leek and celery have softened. Do not brown.

    Add the parsnips and cover with the stock. Turn heat to high and bring to the boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until parsnips are soft. Add the parsley and cook a further 3 minutes.

    Puree the soup in batches in a blender or food processor. Add the yoghurt to one of the batches and blend till incorporated. (Alternatively, use an immersion blender right in the pan.)

    Transfer the pureed soup back to the pan and reheat over medium heat. Slowly add the milk whilst stirring, using only as much as you need to achieve your desired consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste.

    Serve topped with additional chopped parsley and grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. Enjoy

  2. Creamy, Buttery Herbed Bucatini
    10-Minute Creamy, Buttery Herbed Bucatini with Parsley

    Get the 10-Minute Creamy, Buttery Herbed Bucatini recipe from Half Baked Harvest

    We love adding parsley into the mix when preparing salads, such as this red quinoa dish or raw brussels sprout salad, and whipping up this cancer-fighting miracle broth with fresh bunches of the herb. It’s a favorite in all kinds of alkalizing juice combinations you can create in your own kitchen – but if you’re juicer-less or simply on the go,  grab a bottle of Pressed Juicery Greens 1, 1.5, 2 or 3. All four varieties will provide you with your daily dose of this superfood. Drink up!

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10 Herbs For Skin Care

We all want to have good skin, and if you’re reading this post, chances are you have tried drinking as much water as possible, drinking lemon-infused water, sleeping 8 hours a night, and possibly natural masks like yogurt and honey.

Here are 10 herbs you could add to your skin care routine.
(Post originally appeared on http://www.herbgeek.com/10-herbs-for-skin-care/)

1)     Wild black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis) and 2) Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus)

Black Raspberry and Blackberry are both marvelous astringents and toners. Use the leaves of each for their high calcium and vitamin C content. When used as a vinegar-based skin toner, these healing components are imparted to the skin as well.

They make good herbs as they do fruits!

3)     Elder Flowers (Sambucus canadensis)

Elder flowers are calming, reparative, and contribute to healing the skin from damage associated with too much sun, trauma, and pollution. They are also a soothing wash for the eyes when made into a tea. Use in astringents, toners, skin creams and skin care oils.

Elder is a splendid small tree and grows rather easily. In a project that I co-founded, we planted a food forest on vacant city lots and included 5 elderberries in the design. They are growing wonderfully and we get a ton of flowers every year. After only 3 years the trees are about 10 feet tall.

4)    Spruce (Picea sp.)

Spruce is highly antimicrobial and bracing, as are other evergreens. The needles are high in vitamin C. Spruce needles can be made into toners and healing balms. This herb has properties beneficial for natural anti-acne formulas, for large pores and oily skin and in men’s skin care. I find evergreens, and tree medicine in general, to be very grounding, comforting and strengthening. I tend towards a seasonal use of spruce and other evergreens, working with them in the cold months as syrups, body oils and balms.

5)     Plantain (Plantago major)

Plantain is a favorite of mine for its drawing properties. Very useful for pulling out bee stings, splinters and even lumps and bumps when used fresh as a poultice. It also has emollient and moistening properties as a base in balms, herbal oils and natural skin care creams. Plantain make as good herbs in anti-aging and dry skin formulas.

While working in the garden, I’ve learned that cleavers, when dead, has very prickly hairs that splinter the skin and sting too. Since they are so small, it’s nearly impossible to remove them. A bandage of chewed up plantain leaves, wrapped with burdock leaf and tied together with a grapevine works very well to ease the pain and redness of the skin and pull out the little needle-like hairs.

6)     Dandelion flower (Taraxacum officinale)

Dandelion flower is a beautifier and a bright and sunny smile on a spring day. Often regarded as a nuisance, dandelion is a potent herbal medicine. I use this herb from flower to root, for all sorts of medicinal preparations, from a bold roasted root tea to an olive oil based body oil. Herbal skin care applications include infused oil, in balms and skin care creams. Dandelion flowers are suitable for a range of conditions from large pores, age spots, sunburn and chapped skin. An infusion or tea made from the flowers can be used as a wash for a beautifying treatment and the leftover flowers can be made into a poultice. The milky sap of the stem reminds me of glue and is used to curb growths such as warts.

7)     Burdock seed and root (Arctium lappa)

Burdock seed and root (Arctium lappa) is another of our weedy friends. Growing up, we always called it “elephant ears” because the leaves are huge and wrinkled like an elephant. The root is highly regarded for healing acne, as a detoxifier, drawing out impurities and dirt and it has slight anti-microbial properties.

Burdock seed is specific for healing eczema and dry, flaky, crusty scalp (like cradle cap). As an oil, it makes a lustrous hair and skin smoother. Both the seed and root can be used as a fresh wash, poultice and made into a vinegar-based toner.

8)  Witch hazel bark (Hamamelis virginiana) and 9) Oak bark (Quercus sp.)

Witch hazel and Oak barks both have anti-microbial and toning properties. Be sure to harvest these herbs carefully as trees need their barks mostly intact. Both of these barks are astringent yet soothing, useful for conditions such as acne, poison ivy, and anytime an antiseptic is needed. Using the barks as a decoction will ensure that the tannins are kept intact.

 

10)     Violet (Viola odorata)

Sweet with a touch of astringency, violet leaves and flowers are useful in healing balms, for dry skin care, and to assist in healing wounds, scars, lumps, and bumps. Violet is beneficial as an herbal oil or cream, or used fresh as a poultice. Violet is also a highly regarded anti-inflammatory, and is useful to help resolve fibrocystic breasts and mastitis.

 

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If Herbalists Disappeared….

Herbalists use their knowledge of plant medicines and their therapeutic applications to promote health and relieve illness.

Herbalists Gathering Herbs

Herbalists are often self-employed and run their own clinical practices. Clinical herbalists can work independently or with naturopathic physicians or other alternative providers to treat patients and assist with the healing process. They usually grow their own plants or gather plants from the wild. This is known as wildcrafting. However, botanicals can be purchased by manufacturers or other herbalists.

In this career, you can choose to specialize in a specific type of herbal medicine, such as traditional Chinese medicine, Western botanical medicine and Ayurveda, or a combination of these specialties.

Herbalists do not believe in pharmaceuticals or medicine, but believe instead in the natural healing power of herbs.

If herbalists disappeared, thousands and thousands of years of history would totally vanish along with it. The power of herbs was first discovered by Sumerians, then in the Middle Ages, then in other time periods as well. Even chimpanzees have been seen self selecting herbs for healing.

Chimpanzees And Herbalists

Without herbalists, we would have to depend heavily on pharmaceuticals. We would get frustrated and angry when drug after drug doesn’t work, and we might even be heavily reliant and addicted to these drugs. Over reliance on these prescription drugs would result in respiratory problems, seizures, extreme weight loss and possibly even death.

If such an important group people disappear, we might not know the nutritional properties of herbs naturally found in the wild, and how eating smart and utilising the right herb can change us for the better without having to resort to medicines or calling for the doctor straight away.

Maybe you haven’t yet experienced the power of natural healing and herbs in your life, but today isn’t too late.

Wanting to make using natural medicine as a career involves a lot of dedication and hard work. We appreciate you, herbalists!

Happy Thanks For Herbalists
Thank you!