Adopting a natural and happy lifestyle, avoiding stress and embracing a healthy diet are all fundamental points in helping us living a long and happy life.
A diet that allows our body to be healthy is a diet that:
- helps maintain an efficient immune system,
- builds up natural reserves and
- facilitates recovery from illnesses.
The immune system is our body defence system and protect us from the diseases. Consequently, in order for it to keep working well we have to avoid, as much as is possible, emotional and physical stresses that potentially may have a debilitating effect on our body.
A body with little or no defences is easily attacked by bacterial, virus or fungus infections. On the contrary, people who are happy at home and work usually enjoy good health, because they have a strong immune system.
Herbs can also help us maintain an efficient immune system. This is easier than we think to achieve by using herbs and spices readily accessible and in everyday’s use. In fact, infusions such as Chamomile, Echinacea, Lemon Balm, Agrimony and others have a strengthening effect on our body’s defences.
Also herbs used for everyday cooking, such as Garlic, Mint, Dill, Parsley, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage and Basil are also very useful. For example, by regularly using Garlic in the kitchen not only will you prepare tasteful dishes, but also you will prevent the build-up of cholesterol in your blood, help keep your blood pressure at regular levels and potentially avoid thrombosis and arteriosclerosis, since garlic minimises heart diseases and helps to keep low the sugar in the blood, which in turn helps controlling and avoiding diabetes. Little may be known about garlic’s anti-tumour capacity and its beneficial activity on bronchitis, asthma, coughs, colds and sinusitis. Garlic used in a rich dish helps the digestion of fats through its stimulation of the bile. It is also very effective as fungicide and antibiotic.
Furthermore, spices such as cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon are very useful daily allies of our health. Clove, for example, is a mild anaesthetic for toothache, carminative, antiseptic and antispasmodic. Cinnamon is an excellent warming remedy for colds and also has a haemostatic, antiseptic, vermifuge and stimulant effect.
Foods “rich in essential fatty acids”, such as nuts, seeds and beans, together with Evening Primrose and Cod liver oils, fish and eggs, help our body to build-up readily available reserves to be used when we need them most.
While foods rich in selenium, such as yogurt, cider vinegar, pineapple juice, help our body to slow down the ageing process, by attacking free radicals and generally enhance our body’s innate healing power. Also regular intakes of Alfalfa gives the body an extra boost when it recovers from operations or other treatments.
A good diet followed by relaxation techniques which help alleviate a number of nerve disorders and reduce blood pressure, massages with essential oils which help raise tolerance to stress, contact with nature, such as taking long walks in the country, gardening etc, help contribute in us enjoying a long and happy life.
ANTIQUE APOTHECARY® Herbalists do not diagnose disease, but we work with herbs and nutritional healing to support health and to improve your life’s quality.
All the information presented herein by ANTIQUE APOTHECARY® is intended for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent diseases.
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