Used by humans for approximately 4,000 years and reputedly created by the Goddess Aphrodite as a symbol of happiness. The Greeks used the word Oreganos, meaning “Joy of the Mountains” Anyone who has seen or smelled the Oregano covered hills and mountains of the Mediterranean during springtime can confirm the sweet and herbaceous smell that can be experienced there. It was used widely by the Greeks and later the Roman empire to spice fish meat and even to flavor wine. As a medicine Oregano oil is antiviral, Fights infection protects against harmful organisms, improves digestion, supports healthy menstrual function, supports immunity to allergies, increases weight loss, and combats cold & flu.
The history of the Neem tree is as old as India it’s self. Neem has been used as a medicine, a nutritional supplement, and a culinary ingredient; it has been used in agriculture as a fertilizer and pesticide and in livestock production as a protein source. It even found uses in beauty products. If the British had known about the many uses of Neem, this plant would have been world-renowned many years ago. Also referred to as India’s secret plant, the many uses of Neem were a closely guarded secret. Medicinally, Neem is antiviral, anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-diabetic & blood purifying. It has been used successfully as a contraceptive in high doses. It has been used to treat Malaria, Diabetes and more than 100 other common ailments.
Used by humans for approximately 2,000 years as a digestive aid, to increase weight loss, to relieve nausea, headaches, depression asthma & memory loss. Mentha arvensis, also known as field mint, corn mint, and wild mint. Packed with vitamins and minerals this herb was traditionally used for everything from swollen gums to ulcers and arthritis.
First recorded in Egypt around 4,000BC, cinnamon is one of the oldest spices used by humans. Originally part of the embalming process, later used in perfumery and most commonly as a culinary spice, cinnamons rich history in medicine is not to be overlooked. Cinnamon has a rich and colorful history among Arab traders who invented wild tales of its origins to support its exorbitant price. One such tale was recorded in 5th century BC by the Greek historian Herodotus who claimed that the Cinnamon was collected by large birds who used the sticks to build their nests on top of mountains so dangerous that man could not climb them, large pieces of ox meat were left at the base of the cliffs to be collected by the birds. The weight of the meat in the nest would cause it to fall to the ground where the eager spice hunters would wait. Medicinally Cinnamon can be much easier to define as its benefits can be seen within days, the oil that we use decreases inflammation, Increases circulation, fights viruses, fights free radicals, relieves depression, stimulates the immune system, stimulates libido, fights parasites balances blood sugar and gives the body an energy boost that can be felt within the first few days of consumption.
Coconut, arguably one of the most versatile trees on the planet. With simple beginnings in the pacific, this tree had a wide range of uses. The meat would provide food, the flowers, a sap that could be used for making syrups, the leaves were used to make baskets, hats and even to secure their rafts. Coconut oil is not new to western diets although it has made a fantastic comeback. In the 1950’s Coconut oil was the main oil used in cooking, often in combination with butter. Then in 1955 President Dwight D Eisenhower suffered a terrible heart attack. His Doctors narrowed the cause down to two possible culprits, a large amount of refined sugar intake, and saturated fats. The sugar industry was not prepared to take such a big loss in sales and so a medical paper was published warning citizens of the dangers of saturated fats. The United States led a war on saturated fats removing it from as many products as possible and replacing the texture of saturated fats with nothing other than refined sugar. Coconut oil was then replaced with canola oil and sunflower oil. Natural virgin Coconut oil actually contains fats that won’t raise your cholesterol levels, they even help prevent heart disease. Coconut oil treats kidney infections, protects liver, reduces inflammation and arthritis, cancer prevention and treatment, supports healthy immune function, improves memory and brain function, improves energy and endurance, digestive aid, improves skin condition, prevents gum disease and tooth decay, improves type 2 diabetes, helps with weight loss, builds muscle, fights candida, yeast infections, has anti-aging properties and promotes hormone balance. It could quite easily be called a superfood.
Chrysanthemum, native to China, now available in many parts of Europe has its roots as a flower of obsession and beauty. The Buddha once said “if one wishes to obtain enlightenment, observe the unfolding petals of a flower”. The tea has been used in Chinese medicine for over 1,000 years. It is used to detoxify the liver, lower cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, heightens the senses, improves eyesight, improves cardiovascular function, purifies the blood, and stimulates the brain. It Increases respiratory health and assists digestion, It also contains Vitamin B6, B9, and Vitamin A as well as a host of minerals.
A rich source of more than 50 minerals. Kelp is widely used in Asian countries and is said to give the user a long and healthy life. Kelp is rich in Iodine, an ingredient that almost one-third of the world’s population is deficient in, despite it being added to almost every table salt found in supermarkets. Kelp is widely used for its weight loss benefits and is similar in that respect to the composition of Forskolin. Kelp has been shown to help people with Type 2 diabetes by changing the bodies reaction to insulin. It increases metabolism, contains antioxidant vitamins like vitamin C, and minerals like manganese and zinc.