Simple Folk Medicine Kitchen Treat

If you have a sweet tooth you don’t have to zone in on the heaviest, calorie, sugary ridden treat you can find.

Most of the time, there is something you can put together with simple ingredients in your kitchen to provide a healthier (and perhaps even more delectable) option for your dessert.

Cottage cheese and Manuka Honey.

Fairly simple and can satisfy a sweet tooth (at least my sweet tooth):

One 1/2 cup of cottage cheese & 1 teaspoon of honey.

That’s it – Enjoy!

-Heather 🙂

Add Some (Folk Medicine) Flavor to Your Foods

When you think of folk medicine and food together, what do you think of?

Bland? Earthy? Not appetizing?

I know of a few people that think eating natural foods their absolute natural state is not very tasty, however anything worth enjoying requires effort.

If you have similar thoughts about using folk medicine in your cooking and want to start enjoying folk medicine foods more, learning how to flavor your food is key.

Sea Salt:

There are different types of salt out there, however you want to avoid the traditional table salt, since that is not very good for the human body to process.

Natural sea salt actually decreases bodily inflammation and boosts the body’s immunity response. Sea salt is best and it goes well (IMHO) with chicken, turkey and most vegetables.

Cayenne Pepper:

Cayenne pepper if for you if you like hot and fiery flavor. Cayenne peppers contains capsaicin, which is proven to lower blood pressure and joint pain.

I recommend using only a dash of cayenne pepper to add loads of flavor and adding it to mushrooms, spinach and even tomatoes!

Black Pepper:

Black pepper adds a little spice that warms up your food with subtle flavor, just without the burn. Black pepper contains piperine, which acts as an anti-inflammatory to stave off certain types of headaches! Black pepper also helps the body to absorb certain nutrients in the body.

Black pepper goes great with, grass-fed beef, fish and most other sea food.

Try these three seasonings the next time you prepare a dish and discover a whole new experience that takes you from bland to flavorful.

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3 Folk Medicine Kitchen Ingredients for Overall Well-Being

As the famous Hippocrates supposedly said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

In my opinion there is some truth to that statement: Since food plays a vital role in how living bodies function, in reference to the inter-workings of our internal organs and our immune system to stay strong during bouts with specific viruses and unhealthy bacteria.

Of course with folk medicine, I think there is a lot of truth to that statement, especially with certain folk medicine ingredients and staples. Below are 3 folk medicine kitchen ingredients for overall well-being:

Apple Cider Vinegar: The origins of Apple Cider Vinegar are hard to trace to a specific region, since most cultures have been making vinegar for centuries, however, apple cider vinegar is a go to for many and is touted as a “general health tonic”, especially to cut the risk of heart disease.

The benefits come from the vinegar’s alpha-linolenic acid. So how do you reap any benefits of apple cider vinegar? The simplest way is to add a tablespoon or two to 6 ounces of water and drink it (or use a tablespoon of it to dress up a flavorless salad).

Black Seed Oil: Black seed oil is native to the South West Asia. It is an anti-inflammatory and has been found to contain anti-tumor properties.

Some people may be aware of black seed oil and that it is available in capsule form & liquid form as a nutritional supplement, but not a lot of people know that you can also use black seed oil as a cooking oil.

Black Seed oil has an “oregano-y” taste; maybe even a “peppery” flavor, but it is a heavier taste than the usual olive oil or coconut oil that can be used for cooking.

Manuka Honey: Manuka honey origins are in New Zealand via the Manuka bush. This honey contains methylglyoxal or MG, which gives the honey antibiotic properties. It also decreases bodily inflammation and can help heal minor burns and wounds.

To incorporate manuka honey into your routine, you can add a teaspoon of it into hot tea or drizzle a little on toast.