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Pineapple Juicing Recipes – Natural Cold and Flu Fighters

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Pineapple is an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. It is also a very good source of copper and a good source of vitamin B1, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, folate, and pantothenic acid. Also, pineapple contains a special enzyme called bromelain that is only found in pineapples and papayas. Bromelain can be extracted from both the stem and core of the pineapple.

Bromelain is known to reduce excessive inflammation, excessive coagulation of the blood, and even certain types of tumor growth! And the reason that pineapple is so good for people who are fighting off a cold or flu is because the bromelain in pineapple juice helps to thin mucus and congestion so your body can expel it easier!

Next time you are under the weather forget about drinking orange juice only, and try these nourishing anti-inflammatory pineapple juicing recipes instead!

Put all ingredients through a juicer and each recipe makes about 24 ounces of juice. I used my favorite omega vrt350 juicer to make these recipes, but you can use whatever juicer you own.

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Pineapple Juicing Recipes

Pineapple Orange Carrot Juice

2 cups chopped pineapple
2 peeled oranges
10 medium sized carrots

Process all ingredients through a slow vertical juicer such as the Omega Vert 350 HD and then strain. Makes around 24 ounces of juice.

Apple Pineapple Collard Ginger Juice

3 Medium Fuji Apples
2 cups chopped pineapple
5-6 Large Collard Leaves
2 inch knob of ginger

Process all ingredients through a slow vertical juicer such as the Omega Vert 350 HD and then strain. Makes 24 ounces of juice.

Carrot Pineapple Romaine Mint

10 medium sized carrots
2 cups chopped pineapple
5-6 large romaine leaves
1 medium sized Fuji Apple
Handful of fresh mint

Process all ingredients through a slow vertical juicer such as the Omega Vert 350 HD and then strain. Makes 24 ounces of juice.

These are just a handful of my favorite pineapple juicing recipes, please share your own in the comment’s section. If you like this post please like it or share it below. Thank you for stopping by. Wishing you a healthy and happy holiday season.

♥,
C

If you don’t have a juicer I recommend the Omega Vert 350 HD

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(FYI: New isn’t always better, I much prefer the 350 model for the value to the newer 400 model.)

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This blog post is not meant to substitute or override advice from a health care professional. No guarantee of results is implied as individual results will vary.

December 10, 2014   No Comments

Natural and Herbal Remedies for an Upset Stomach

herbal and natural upset stomach remedies

There are so many ways to avoid an upset stomach in the first place such as eating light, proper food combining, taking digestive enzymes and probiotics, and managing stress levels. However, even with all our best efforts to eat well, there are times that we might find ourselves needing natural and herbal remedies for an upset stomach.

Also, during the holiday season it is so easy to overindulge with all the tempting treats around! So just in case you find yourself with a rumbly tummy, below are my trusted and true natural and herbal remedies for an upset stomach.

Natural and Herbal Remedies for an Upset Stomach

1. Slippery Elm Bark

Slippery elm bark is the inner bark of the slippery elm tree that has a very mucilaginous quality that can be soothing to the stomach when you have indigestion, acid stomach, gastritis, or an ulcer. Slippery elm is also very soothing and protective to the esophagus and vocal cords and is great for acid reflux or a sore throat.

Slippery elm has a sweet mild taste and was traditionally served as a porridge. Slippery elm is a food, and there are no upper limits on how much to take. You do want to make sure you drink a lot of water at the same time that you take it, because slippery elm expands quite a bit in water.

*Please note that slippery elm should not be taken together with any medications as it may interfere with their absorption.

How to Use Slippery Elm

About 1-2 tablespoons of slippery elm powder mixed in a cup of warm water is usually enough to produce noticeable effects. You will want to mix the concoction with a fork or a small whisk and you can also add some honey, stevia, or another sweetener to make it more palatable.

Where to Get Slippery Elm

You can find slippery elm powder at most health food stores in the bulk section, or you can order if from Mountain Rose Herbs * my favorite place to order bulk herbs.

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2. Marshmallow Root

Marshmallow root is a herb that is native to Europe and has been used medicinally for over 2000 years. Marshmallow root is a slimy and thick demulcent herb that contains a powerful mucus-like compound known as mucilage which has the ability to swell when mixed with water. The mucilage has the ability to coat and sooth irritated mucous membranes and other bodily surfaces such as the stomach, throat, and even inflamed skin. It can be used as a natural remedy for heartburn, stomach upset/indigestion, ulcerative colitis, Chron’s disease, stomach ulcers, sore throat, and dry cough.

Marshmallow root is a mild tasting herb, affordable, fairly easy to find, and is generally considered safe. However, consulting with your doctor is always recommended especially if you have diabetes or hypoglycemia (marshmallow root may interfere with blood sugar levels), are pregnant or breastfeeding, have cancer, or if you are taking prescription medication (because it coats the stomach, it might slow the absorption rate of prescription drugs).

How to Use Marshmallow Root

The best way to use marshmallow root is to make a tea using the cold infusion method. The ratio is 1 tablespoon marshmallow root to 1 cup (8 ounces) of water. Let the tea sit overnight in a mason jar in the fridge and then strain it through a mesh strainer and make sure to press out all the mucilage you can with the back of a spoon for the most benefit. I sweeten my marshmallow root tea with organic white stevia powder (but you could use honey) and sip it anytime you experience an upset stomach.

Where to Get Marshmallow Root

I get my marshmallow root from Mountain Rose Herbs * which is my absolute favorite place to get organic quality bulk herbs and spices.

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3. Iberogast by Medical Futures Inc.

Ironically, I was recommended Iberogast herbal preparation for occasional indigestion/upset stomach from my western medical doctor and I was pleasantly surprised with the results.

Iberogast is a prepared herbal tincture containing 9 different herbs. It contains a blend of clowns mustard tuft, angelica root, German chamomile flowers, caraway fruit, milk thistle fruit, lemon balm leaves, peppermint leaves, celandine aerial part, licorice root, and alcohol.

It has been clinically studied and proven to help relieve: heartburn/acid reflux, indigestion, nausea/vomiting, early satiety, feeling of fullness, epigastric pain, bloating/abdominal cramping, gas, and constipation/diarrhea.

*Iberogast is generally not recommended for nursing or pregnant women.

How to Use Iberogast

It is recommended to follow the directions on the label, but usually the adult dose is twenty drops mixed in water taken three times a day before or with meals. I usually mix it with some warm water and a little bit of honey or stevia and it tastes mild and sweet.

Where to Get Iberogast

Since it is a European product it is easier to find in Europe and Canada. In the USA it is available through Seacost vitamins, Evitamins and Amazon.com

Iberogast LARGE SIZE (100ml) – for Dyspepsia, Bloating, Stomache Pain and Heartburn Brand: Medical Futures *

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4. Acid Block by RX Vitamins

Acid Block is a supplement made to provide relief of intermittent heartburn and indigestion. Its main active ingredients are alginic acid and sodium alginate (derived from seaweed) that react with saliva to create a raft-forming agent that can act as a barrier to acid and food reflux. It also contains the demulcents licorice (DGL) and slippery elm bark that can be soothing to the esophagus and stomach as well.

How to Use Acid Block

It is recommended to follow the directions on the label, but usually it is recommended to chew 1-2 tablets followed with a glass of water after a meals or before going to bed.

Where to Get Acid Block

Rx Vitamins Acid Block can be ordered through a healthcare professional and I have seen it online in a variety of e-commerce supplement websites as well.

Thank you for visiting the Raw Glow Blog, if you liked the herbal and natural remedies for an upset stomach please “like” it below. Do you have a favorite natural remedy for an upset stomach? Please post it in the comment’s section below. Comments are always welcome. Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season!

♥,
C

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This blog post is not meant to substitute or override advice from a health care professional. No guarantee of results is implied as individual results will vary.

December 10, 2014   No Comments

Marshmallow Root Tea Recipe – for IC and Heartburn

Marshmallow Root Tea Recipe
Marshmallow Root Tea Recipe
Marshmallow root tea is great for a variety of ailments and I find that this marshmallow root tea recipe is especially useful for mild heartburn and IC (interstitial cystitis) flare-ups. For this marshmallow root tea recipe you will need:

Prep Time: 4 hours

Yield: 4 cups

Ingredients:
  • 1 32 ounce mason jar and lid
  • 32 ounces of filtered water (4 cups of water)
  • 4 tablespoons marshmallow root (I get mine from Mountain Rose Herbs)
  • White stevia powder to taste
Instructions:
I use the cold infusion method which I believe to be a purer extract of the mucilage. I take a 32 ounce mason jar and fill it with filtered water and add 4 tablespoons of the marshmallow root. Then I put it in the refrigerator overnight. The resulting tea is a pale golden yellow, thick and viscous. Strain the tea through a mesh strainer and make sure to press out all the mucilage you can with the back of a spoon for the most benefit. I sweeten my marshmallow root tea recipe with organic white stevia powder (but you could use another sweetener) and sip it throughout the day if I am in the middle of an IC (interstitial cystitis) flare-up or am suffering from occasional acid indigestion/heartburn from overindulging the night before. It may or may not work for you, but I can say that it works for me and brings relief to both IC flare-ups and mild heartburn. The taste is mild and earthy and I actually find it quite pleasant.

 

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Tips:

  • If you don’t have time to make a cold infusion overnight you can make the same recipe above using slightly warm water and let the marshmallow root infuse for about 4 hours on the kitchen counter. You can also leave the mason jar (with the lid on) out in the sun for a few hours as well.
  • If you want to make less than 32 ounces, the ratio is 1 tablespoon marshmallow root to 1 cup (8 ounces) of water.

Additional Information About Marshmallow Root

Marshmallow root is a herb that is native to Europe and has been used medicinally for over 2000 years. Marshmallow root is a slimy and thick demulcent herb that contains a powerful mucus-like compound known as mucilage which has the ability to swell when mixed with water. The mucilage has the ability to coat and sooth irritated mucous membranes and other bodily surfaces such as the stomach, throat, and even inflamed skin. It can be used as a natural remedy for heartburn, stomach upset/indigestion, ulcerative colitis, Chron’s disease, stomach ulcers, sore throat, and dry cough.

Marshmallow root tea works in complicated ways and is even a suggested remedy for an irritated bladder and especially helpful for those suffering from IC (interstitial cystitis).  Even though the mucilage does not come in direct contact with the bladder, herbalists believe that the ingestion of mucilage seems to promote a systemic moistening of tissues throughout the body. Marshmallow root tea can be also used as a first aid ointment for cuts and burns, a soothing mouthwash, and a great hair detangler as well!

The neat thing about marshmallow root is that it is a mild tasting herb, affordable, fairly easy to find, and is generally considered safe. However, consulting with your doctor is always recommended especially if you have diabetes or hypoglycemia (marshmallow root may interfere with blood sugar levels), are pregnant or breastfeeding, have cancer, or if you are taking prescription medication (because it coats the stomach, it might slow the absorption rate of prescription drugs).

I get my marshmallow root from Mountain Rose Herbs * which is my absolute favorite place to get organic quality bulk herbs and spices.

I hope you enjoyed this marshmallow root tea recipe and please let us know if you have any other uses for marshmallow root in the comment’s section below.

♥,
C

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May 20, 2013   2 Comments