Fight Cancer with food

October is Women’s Health Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Here is a list of anti-cancer foods

Raw Almonds
Cantaloupe
Dates
Lemons
Peppers
Avocados
Carrots
Flaxseed
Lettuce
Sweet Potatoes
Beet Greens
Cauliflower
Garlic
Lima Bean
Quinoa
Beets
Celery
Grapefruit
Limes
Radishes
Blueberries
Sour Cherries
Green Beans
Mushrooms
Rhubarb
Broccoli
Chestnuts
Green Peas
Mustard Greens
Raw Spinach
Brussels Sprouts
Collard Greens
Okra
Sprouts
Turnip Greens
Brasil Nuts
Corn
Onions
Squash
Watercress
Cabbage
Cucumbers
Parsley
Tomatoes
Tumeric
Yams

Healthy lifestyle choices can help reduce the risk of cancers of the breast, ovary, uterus, and prostate. When shopping for foods that can reduce the risk of cancer look for: low fat, low sugar, antioxidants, fiber, and isoflavones. A healthy diet should include approximately five servings of fruits and vegetables daily and 30 minutes of exercise five days a week.

Did I miss any anti-cancer foods?

 

***Lisa-Marie 

An urban planning PhD student finding peace in creating a balance between the mind, body, soul, & environment.

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Herbal preparations: Alcohol based

Alcohol is the best base to use for drawing out the active ingredient in herbs.

Alcohol Based

Tinctures

Tinctures are alcohol based herbal remedies that last for several years if stored properly. Depending on the remedy the herb used for a tincture will vary. Tinctures can be taken on an empty stomach before meals. Adults should take about 20 drops in a glass of water two times a day and children less than 10. Babies should not take tinctures, consult your physician.

To make make a tincture add, approximately 3-4 tablespoons and slightly crush in a pestle/mortar. Place the herbs in a large dark glass jar that holds least 1 cup. Pour about 1 cup of vodka/brandy and cover all of the herbs. Close the jar and leave in a cool dark place. Shake the bottle daily for about 3 weeks. After the 3 weeks strain the liquid and slowly pour the contents into a glass bottle.It is best to get a bottle that has a droplet cover.  Store the tincture in a dark place.

Flowers

Remedies can also be made from flowers by placing flowers and leaves in water under sunlight then transferring into alcohol.

My Recipes

Like I mentioned in my water based herbal preparations post, I mostly make make remedies from horsetail, nettle, and marshmallow root because I am trying to finish my stock before purchasing new herbs. The herbs you use should be for areas you need to improve.

 

***Lisa-Marie 

An urban planning PhD student finding peace in creating a balance between the mind, body, soul, & environment.

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Herbal preparations: Water based

Herbal preparations are easy to make, but take time, patience, and supplies to complete. The 2010 winter season was a rough one in New York and winter did not gradually move into spring then summer, it almost seemed to jump right into summer. Around April, I had an itchy throat and a friend of my suggested a tincture. When I asked her for the instructions, what she described to me was not a tincture herbal preparation, but an infusion. These two preparations are completely different; one is water based and the other alcohol based. Herbal preparations can be separated into three categories: water based, oil based, and alcohol based.

Water Based

Boiling herbs in water is done to draw out properties. From this method you can make a tea infusion, decoction, facial steam, or baths.

Infusion


Add 1-2 teaspoons of dried herbs or fresh flowers/leaves to a mug/bowl, add boiling water (about 1 cup or desired amount)and let stand for approximately five minutes. To make a stronger infusion add 2-4 teaspoons of dried herbs or fresh flowers/leaves to a mug/bowl and let stand for approximately 20 minutes. These infusions can be used to drink, rinse hair(just increase amount of water to use on hair), or perform facial steams/inhalations.

Facial steams/inhalation


Follow the same instructions for making an infusion. Place the water(about 3 cups or desired amount) and herbs in a bowl. Lean over the bowl with a towel covering the head for approximately 10 minutes. The steam from this infusion will deep clean the skin or clear the sinuses.

Decoction

Used to make tonics from roots or berries. Add 2 teaspoons of dried root, berries, or wood to a pot and add about 1 cup of water and simmer for 15 minutes on the stove. Drink two teaspoons as one dose.

Baths

Add herbs to a sheer bag and place in a bathtub. The herbs will infuse while you take a hot bath to ease any pains or relax your muscles.

My Recipes

I have an excess amount of nettle, horsetail, and marshmallow root that I am trying to get rid of, so I use these three herbs in everything. When it comes time to make your own herbal preparations use herbs that will aid in what you need to improve.

1. Infusion

I mixed my horsetail and nettle herbs and make an infusion to drink. The horsetail from this infusion aids: skin, nails, hair, urinary systems, and provides energy. The nettle from this infusion aids: irregular periods/excess menstrual bleeding, overall great for blood, hair. These two herbs also are great as tinctures, which will be explained in another post.

I also created a marshmallow root infusion to aid with colds and mucous build up.

2. Facial Steam

I do my facial steams with horsetail and nettle herbs. I first rinse my face and exfoliate (lemon, a little honey/sugar, oatmeal). I wash that off and then steam for about 10 minutes. After I steam I lightly pat my face dry, still leaving a little moisture. I then do a mask. If I use Queen Afua’s mask- I leave it on for 20 minutes. If I do the Aztec Secret Mask I leave that on for 60 minutes. After I wash the mask off(cool water to close the pores) and dry my face, I add aloe gel. After the aloe gel dries, depending on how I feel I leave my face alone or I add a tiny bit of Shea butter. I do this once a week. To avoid getting sick, don’t go outside into cold weather, do it before bed or if you are staying in for the day.

3. Inhalation

If I ever feel like I have a stuffy nose, I drop some peppermint or eucalyptus oil/leaves into water and cover with a towel for about 15 minutes.

4. Baths/Decoctions

I am not big on baths, when I do take a bath, I just use sea salt and a little essential oil. Decoctions, I have not tried this method because I don’t have roots/wood/berries to use.

What are your favorite water based herbal preparations?

***Lisa-Marie 

An urban planning PhD student finding peace in creating a balance between the mind, body, soul, & environment.

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Natural cold remedies

The weather is changing, that means cold season is on its way. A few ways to prevent/ease your coughs/runny noses/colds:

 

1. Syrup– Create an elderberry cough syrup from scratch. (great recipe)
2. Steam– Boil water in a pot, drop peppermint or eucalyptus essential oil into the water, put towel of head, and steam for about 10-15 minutes. That will clear up the sinuses.
3. Tea– This tea works wonders on my family- boil water, put marshmallow root(optional, mixing with other herbs) in the water, steep for about 10 minutes, add honey and lemon. This will clear up mucus in the throat and ease the itchiness.

 

What are your cold remedies?

 

***Lisa-Marie 

An urban planning PhD student finding peace in creating a balance between the mind, body, soul, & environment.

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