Hydrogen dioxide (Water)

Posted by ola on May - 25 - 2011

DESCRIPTION Water makes up about 75 percent of the human body. It is not just essential for health; it is essential for life. Water is necessary for maintaining the correct osmotic pressure in cells and is needed for many other body processes, such as transporting nutrients and waste products around the body in the blood (blood is about 80 percent water). Water that has been cooled to form ice, or  [ Read More ]

Acetic acid (Vinegar)

Posted by ola on May - 25 - 2011

DESCRIPTION Vinegar is used as a preservative, a flavoring, and a remedy for ailments. It is produced by the action of bacteria that oxidize alcohol. Red and white wines, apple cider, perry, and malt are used to make vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is particularly beneficial to health. FOOD USES Vinegar’s antiseptic properties make it beneficial in the treatment of urinary infections, such as cystitis, and bowel infections. Vinegar is used  [ Read More ]

Camellia sinensis (Tea)

Posted by ola on May - 25 - 2011

DESCRIPTION Green tea is made from the tips of shoots of the shrub Camellia sinensis; black tea is made from the fermented, dried leaves. An essential oil, called tea absolute, is distilled from black tea. Both the leaves and oil are used for medicinal purposes. Fruit teas can also be beneficial to the health. FOOD USES The fluoride in tea may be beneficial in the prevention of dental caries. Tea  [ Read More ]


Posted by ola on May - 25 - 2011

DESCRIPTION Alcohol is a drug that affects the nervous system – altering mood and perception, for example — and in excessive amounts it can seriously, sometimes fatally, damage the body. However when taken in small amounts it can have a positive effect on health. FOOD USES Some types of alcohol are used in therapeutic practice as carriers or preservatives for other healing substances; for example, vodka or brandy are often  [ Read More ]


Posted by ola on May - 25 - 2011

DESCRIPTION Also known as black treacle, molasses is the residue that is left from the manufacture of cane sugar. The final stage in the extraction of sugars produces the molasses known as blackstrap molasses. FOOD USES Blackstrap molasses is a very effective laxative. It is also a good source of iron and other essential minerals. It can be eaten as it comes from the jar, one teaspoonful a day, or  [ Read More ]


Posted by ola on May - 25 - 2011

DESCRIPTION Honey has traditionally been regarded as having therapeutic properties. Certainly, pure honey is one of the few foods that can be eaten today in its near-natural form. Pure honey by its very nature does not contain any additives and is almost always free of herbicides and pesticides. FOOD USES Honey’s long recognized antiseptic properties can be utilized to advantage for coughs and sore throats. It is particularly effective when  [ Read More ]


Posted by ola on May - 25 - 2011

DESCRIPTION Yogurt is milk that has been curdled, or “cultured,” by the action of bacteria. These may include Lactobacillus acidophilus, which can be of particular benefit to people who cannot tolerate milk and other milk products. “Live” yogurt contains active bacteria. FOOD USES Eat live, plain yogurt after completing a course of antibiotics. This will replenish supplies of the beneficial bacteria (flora) that live in the gut and are depleted  [ Read More ]


Posted by ola on May - 25 - 2011

DESCRIPTION Eggs are rich in nutrients and easily digested. They have valuable therapeutic properties with external and internal applications. FOOD USES The white of eggs act on the mucous membranes of the digestive tract and may help in the treatment of digestive ailments. Egg white, whisked to a froth with a drop of vinegar or milk, makes a soothing face mask. Whisked egg white also provides relief for diaper rash,  [ Read More ]

Oryza sativa (Rice)

Posted by ola on May - 25 - 2011

DESCRIPTION Rice is the cereal that is a staple food to more than half of the world’s peoples. It also has important medicinal uses, for which the rhizomes, seeds (the grains), and germinated seeds are used. Wliite rice is the grain that is left after the bran and germ have been removed; brown rice retains the bran and germ. Rice is available as a breakfast cereal (the grains are “puffed”  [ Read More ]

Avena sativa (Oats)

Posted by ola on May - 25 - 2011

DESCRIPTION Oats arc a cereal plant, the grains of which are usually made into oatmeal. Oatmeal is the product of rolling or grinding oats and then steaming them. Milled oats are found in muesli,granola, and other breakfast cereal products. Oats have therapeutic properties. Products based on wild oats are available commercially. HERBALISM USES Oats are the basis for a specific herbal remedy for nervous exhaustion and depression. FOOD USES Oats  [ Read More ]

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