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.

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3 Natural Ingredients I Have Never Heard Of – Until Now.

Learning about folk medicine is never-ending. There is and will always be something out there, some natural remedy or plant, that has yet to be discovered.

Now, I am knowledgeable in most natural ingredients used in folk medicine, however, I just “discovered” a few new ingredients that I have never heard of – until now: mace, lavendin, and superoxide dismutase.

Mace: I found mace in one of the seasonings that I use to flavor coffee. Now, THIS type of mace is not to be confused with the anti-stranger danger spray: this type of mace originates from the nutmeg tree.

Although it is similar to nutmeg in correlation with folk medicinal uses, (ex: cold and flu prevention, reducing instances of anxiousness, topical pain reliever, etc) it is different.

Mace is a bright red-orange color while nutmeg is brown and the taste of mace is more on the peppery side than nutmeg (which has a sweeter flavor).

Lavendin: Lavendin was listed as one of the ingredients for a soap I purchased. While reading it I thought it was supposed to read lavender and was misspelled – which had me jump to conclusions about the quality of the soap; until I started to investigate.

Lavendin is not misspelled, it is actually a cross between two different types of lavender plants: lavender as we know it (which is called True Lavender) and another type of lavender known as Spike Lavender.

Lavendin is used in a similar manner as Lavender: it helps with coughs, can establish a calming mood, prevent skin infections and can be used to beautify the skin.

Superoxide Dismutase: I found this in a multivitamin I am currently taking. Superoxide Dismutase is an enzyme that every human has in their cells.

Not only is the enzyme internally produced by humans, but most fruits and vegetables also have this enzyme (ex: apples, avocados, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, tomatoes, etc).

The purpose of this enzyme is to speed up chemical actions and to destroy free radicals within the body.

Are you familiar with the above ingredients? Also, what other herbs or naturally occurring ingredients have you just discovered and are now using?