Better take basil: Reduce oxidative stress and inflammation naturally with this amazing superfood

Basil is an indispensable herb in kitchens around the world. From thick sauces to herbaceous salads, basil is an important ingredient in a number of recipes from various cuisines. But studies show that this popular herb not only belongs in the kitchen, but also in a medicine cabinet. In a recent study published in the Journal of Food Science and … Continue reading Better take basil: Reduce oxidative stress and inflammation naturally with this amazing superfood

Proper food storage: 6 Ways to preserve food at home

Being self-sufficient means looking for ways to help your family survive without relying on outside sources for food, water and other necessities. If you’re a homesteader, one way to become more self-sufficient before SHTF is to learn how to safely preserve and store food for future use. (h/t to FoodRevolution.org) Storing food properly can help reduce food waste … Continue reading Proper food storage: 6 Ways to preserve food at home

Curb your anxiety by drinking a cup of matcha green tea

Matcha can reduce anxiety by activating dopamine and serotonin receptors that are linked to anxious behavior, according to researchers from Kumamoto University in Japan. Matcha, which literally means “powdered tea,” refers to the powder made from finely ground leaves of shade-grown tea tree (Camellia sinensis). Matcha has been used medicinally since ancient times. In Japan, in particular, it is used to help people relax, prevent obesity and treat certain skin conditions. … Continue reading Curb your anxiety by drinking a cup of matcha green tea

Survival medicine 101: Three natural remedies for pain relief, infections and for improving heart health

Herbs and plants make for potent medicines and holistic treatments for a range of ailments, from muscle pain to bacterial infections. These natural remedies also do not cause harmful side effects like drugs and are cost-efficient to boot. In one of his recent articles published online, prepper and natural medicine proponent Claude Davis shared three of … Continue reading Survival medicine 101: Three natural remedies for pain relief, infections and for improving heart health

5 Health benefits of muskmelon, a sweet superfood that’s rich in vitamin C

Muskmelon is a sweet and nutritious fruit with a variety of culinary uses and health benefits. It belongs to the gourd family and is related to other fruits that are often confused as vegetables, such as squash, pumpkin and zucchini. There are several varieties of muskmelon. There are netted types like cantaloupe and smooth-skinned types like honeydew and casaba melon. These fruits differ … Continue reading 5 Health benefits of muskmelon, a sweet superfood that’s rich in vitamin C

Why is cilantro so good for the brain? Science explains

A study published in the FASEB Journal found that cilantro activates certain potassium channels in the brain which helps prevent seizures. Also known as coriander, cilantro is an herb that is commonly used in traditional medicine. It has anticonvulsant, anti-depressant and anti-inflammatory properties that make it suitable for treating a host of medical conditions, including epileptic seizures. But while its health benefits have been extensively studied, … Continue reading Why is cilantro so good for the brain? Science explains

Off to do your daily workout? Here are a few things you can munch on before you hit the gym

The body consumes high amounts of energy when you work out, depleting your energy stores. One way to keep your body up and running during particularly intense exercises is to eat before working out. Some people fast before working out and still perform well. Others, particularly beginners and those who do highly demanding workout routines, need to … Continue reading Off to do your daily workout? Here are a few things you can munch on before you hit the gym

12 Antioxidant-rich foods you should add to your diet today

Foods don’t gain “superfood” status for no reason. This status is only conferred to foods — often plant-based ones — that contain incredible amounts of natural compounds, such as antioxidants. Claudia Fajardo-Lira, a member of the Institute of Food Technologists and a professor of food science and nutrition at California State University, Northridge, explains that antioxidants are integral … Continue reading 12 Antioxidant-rich foods you should add to your diet today

Essential oils of Etlingera plants are rich in antimicrobial compounds

Plants in the genus Etlingera belong to the ginger (Zingiberaceae) family and are native to the Indo-Pacific region. They have long been used as traditional medicines by indigenous communities and are also known for their culinary applications. Studies suggest that Etlingera plants are rich in biologically active volatile components that contribute to their medicinal properties. Despite increasing scientific interest, data … Continue reading Essential oils of Etlingera plants are rich in antimicrobial compounds

Quench your thirst in the healthiest way possible by juicing these 9 vegetables

Juicing is a popular health trend among circles of fitness enthusiasts and health-conscious consumers – and for good reason. In a recent article published online, Essex-based nutritionist Kerri Jennings shares that drinking pure juice made from fresh vegetables confers higher doses of macro- and micronutrients than just eating the vegetable alone. This is because it takes larger quantities … Continue reading Quench your thirst in the healthiest way possible by juicing these 9 vegetables