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HERBS – WHY BOTHER?  improve your health, diet and culinary skills.

Use herbs or spices for flavouring instead of salt or artificial chemical flavourings. According to the Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry, herbs have a higher antioxidant content than most plant foods. Antioxidants benefit our bodies by strengthening our immune system, and help to fight toxins (also called free radicals or poisons). Antioxidants protect the body from degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and more. We are exposed to many poisons. Through our diet: preservatives, artificial flavourings and chemicals. We inhale fumes, smoke and other pollutants. Toxins are found in household cleaning products, cosmetics, toiletries, perfumes, and so on.

Good news for calorie counting and weight loss – herbs are high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and contain only a few calories. Herbs are nutrient dense super foods with proven health benefits. Buy fresh, dried, or grow your own to use in cooking or make herbal remedies.


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BASIL is delicious, especially in Italian dishes; the main ingredient in most Italian Pesto sauces. Used for centuries for health benefits and to season food; contains vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium.  A Mediterranean herb that needs plenty of sunshine and water to grow.

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CORIANDER is also called Chinese Parsley or Cilantro. Coriander is often used in Indian dishes; contains a good source of iron, magnesium, vitamins A and C.

Prefers sunny spots, and well–drained soil.  The seeds can also be eaten. The seeds should be dried and crushed before added to dishes.

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PARSLEY is one of the most popular garnishes. High in vitamins K, C, and A. Rich in enzymes and anti-oxidants that boosts the digestive and excretory system (aids digestion).  Parsley helps cleanse the kidneys and sweetens the breath; contains a good source of flavonoids (especially luteolin), beta-carotene, folate and iron.

Needs plenty of light, and prefers well-drained moisture retaining soil.

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ROSEMARY is wonderful for seasoning vegetables and meat.  Rosemary contains Vitamins B-1, B-3, and C, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.  Rosemary is a Mediterranean herb, which needs plenty of sunshine.  In colder climates, it is best to grow indoors, or in containers that can be moved indoors during winter.  The leaves can be turned upside down and hung to dry for about two weeks before grinding into a powder.

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SAGE, or Salvia, is delicious popular seasoning, which is often added to stuffing.

High in vitamin K. Held as a great tonic, and an antibiotic, an anti-fungal, an astringent, and an antispasmodic. Sage is a Mediterranean herb that needs plenty of sunshine and space.  Sage needs well-drained soil. In wet climates it is best to grow sage in raised beds or in containers.

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Natural Diet | Mesh ball, or spice ball a handy gadget for adding herbs or spices to green tea, herbal tea or to cooking (like cloves to apples or pears)


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PLEASE READ  The information provided does not replace medical treatment or advice.  It is advisable to consult with your physician before taking any natural remedy, particularly if you have an existing medical condition or are pregnant or lactating. Some plants and herbal remedies react to prescription drugs. Please note natural remedies and should only be taken with approval from your physician.

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spices | plantbased diet | plantpowerz


Spices add flavour, aroma and they help us stay healthy.

Spices contain powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and immune boosting properties. Harvard School of Public Health recommends using herbs and spices – a savoury strategy to lower your salt intake – “take the most delicious approach to sodium reduction”. Try adding herbs and spices to your diet and reduce cravings for harmful fats, salts, sugars and artificial flavours and enjoy the aromas, flavours and health benefits.


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CHILLI: Chili or Chile peppers are technically a fruit but once dried they are considered a spice. Apart from their eye watering flavours, they give a powerful healthy punch. Used in several medicines: wards off infections, and good for diabetes.  Most peppers are extremely high in vitamin C, and high in vitamin A. Excellent for your heart and your mood: believed to release happy endorphins, speed up metabolism, and stimulate circulation. The most common varieties include bell peppers, paprika, jalepenos, cayenne, tabasco, Dutch, Thai, Santa Fe, Rawit, Fresno, and the hottest: Scotch Bonnet and Habanero.

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cinnamon | plantbased diet |plantpowerz

CINNAMON: The bark of the cinnamon tree is precious – high in antioxidants. Good for normalising and lowering blood sugar/glucose levels; may help those with type 2 Diabetes. The anticoagulation properties may clear blood vessels and reduce heart disease. The anti-inflammatory properties may relieve joint pain, eases cold, cough and flu symptoms. Good for dieters or those who want to reduce their sugar intake, as cinnamon may reduce sweet cravings. Use cinnamon in place of sugar adding cinnamon to cooking and baking, top cereals, carrots, pastries, and so on.

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CLOVES: Used for centuries for their nutritional benefits. The flower buds of the clove tree contain high anti-inflammatory properties (Eugenol); high in calcium copper, iron, potassium, zinc and vitamins A, C and K.  The anti-inflammatory properties may relieve arthritis and rheumatism. The strong antiseptic qualities may reduce bad breath, tooth decay, acne and ulcers.  Cloves help relieve indigestion, gas, bloating, coughs and asthma. Purifies the blood, helps prevent blood clots, improves circulation, and stabilises blood sugar levels. Cloves go particularly well with cooked apples, pears, and rhubarb – add them to your mesh ball (see image below ginger).

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GARLIC: A supreme health preserving gem. The antibiotic, anti-fungal antiviral and anticoagulation properties are powerful. Used to improve immune system, treat digestion, cystitis, colds and chest infections. Garlic cleanses the blood, which aids circulation, and regulates blood cholesterol levels.Garlic may lower blood pressure, hypertension and stress levels. The anti-coagulation properties may prevent heart disease. The antiviral agent may reduce herpes, and mouth ulcers. The anti-fungal agent may reduce yeast infections.

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ginger | plantbased diet |plantpowerz

GINGER: High in antioxidants, and inflammatory properties. Well-known for relieving digestive disorders. The health benefits of consuming ginger are many, briefly: relieves and prevents joint pain, prevents colon cancer, contributes to a healthy digestive tract, prevents and treats colds, flu, and motion sickness. Ginger tea is often used to relieve flu symptoms, soothe sore throats, reduce excessive mucus, reduce nausea and settle the stomach.


PLEASE READ:  The information provided does not replace medical treatment or advice.  It is advisable to consult with your physician before taking any natural remedy, particularly if you have an existing medical condition or are pregnant or lactating. Some plants and herbal remedies react to prescription drugs. Please note natural remedies and should only be taken with approval from your physician.


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how to create a therapy garden


A therapy garden is designed to enhance the spirit, to heal, to restore, to teach, to provide a sanctuary, and to engage the senses.


Horticultural therapists suggest designing gardens that meet physical, psychological, and social needs.  Consider the following:

Colour:  Add colour for interest, beauty and to attract butterflies and bees. Consider planting cooler shades, like violet, blue and green in meditation areas.

Exercise: If space allows add winding paths, grids, labyrinth / maze, and provide handrails and rest points.

Add sculptures, water features, or features that attract attention

and encourage discussion and movement  through the garden.

Add a kitchen garden: herb, fruits, berries, and vegetable patches to improve diets and culinary skills, whilst gaining pleasure from growing and eating your own fresh organic produce.

Lighting: Add well placed solar lighting to enjoy the garden at night.

Add art, ornamental trees, shrubs and grasses to and interest and to show personality.

Create areas for quiet reflection.  Consider different levels of privacy, and if space allows accommodate individuals and groups.

Repeat colours, shapes and spacing to help calm the mind.

Safety: Consider non-toxic plants and non-slip even walkways. If space allows, paths should be at least five feet wide enough to accommodate and turn wheelchairs. To avoid glare, surfaces should not be shiny, consider tinted concrete.

Scent: Add flowers, herbs, shrubs and trees that attract butterflies, bees, birds, and other wildlife. Consider adding fragrant plants, trees and herbs, like eucalyptus, jasmine, lavender, magnolia, peppermint and rosemary.

Seating: Add chairs, walls or benches.  Consider adding sturdy seating with back and arm support for lengthy sittings.

Shade: Add tables with umbrellas, gazebos or pergolas to accommodate varying tolerances to light exposure.

Sound: Add water features: the soothing sound of a cascading waterfall calms the mind and adds life to the garden. Water features make good focal points and they entice wildlife.  Add soothing wind chimes to sound in the wind.

Special Occasions: Plant flowers to mark special occasions: plant roses for Valentines Day, Daffodils for spring, Poppies for Veteran’s Day, and so on, to celebrate.

Choose a style: urban, rural, formal, informal, Zen and so on. Avoid clutter to bring a sense of serenity.

Sustainability: Consider garden maintenance by planting some perennials, and paths and structures that do not require a lot of maintenance.

Vary heights to create a more visually appealing garden.

Wildlife: Leave uncultivated areas, like long grass in spots, to attract and shelter wildlife.


Nature improves our emotions, sense of well-being and health.  Reduces stress and promotes healing.  Stress impairs our immune system and its ability to fight infection. Time spent with nature lowers blood pressure, reduces stress and increases the absorption of Vitamin D, which is needed to get calcium into bones and strengthen the immune system.

Research done by Roger S. Ulrich, Ph.D., Director at the Center for Health Systems and Design Texas A & M University found that simply having views of nature evoked positive feelings and reduced stress. He found post-surgery patients who had views of nature recovered far more quickly and made fewer negative comments, and needed less pain medication, compared to those with a view of a brick wall.

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licorice root | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

A healthy alternate to sugar (or dextrose, fructose, glucose, lactose, sucrose)

Licorice root is a great tasting natural sweetener, 50-100 sweeter than sucrose.  It is approved for consumption by the U.S. as a natural flavour enhancer.

Why consume less sugar?

Sugar contributes to degenerative diseases, and an early death.  According to Robert H. Lustig, M.D., author of Fat Chance: The Bitter Truth about Sugar (a book which is the culmination of 16 years of medical research), sugar is addictive, and  contributes to Metabolic Syndrome, which is a scourge, a group of chronic conditions like obesity, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

Sugar is listed as one of the 10 worst foods for your bladder by J. Kyle Mathews M.D.

Ancient medical history:  Liquorice roots, fennel seeds and nettles are historically revered for their restorative and healing benefits, suitable for those following the Paleo, caveman, diet.

Cure-all medicine

The ancient Egyptians valued licorice, and used it as a cure-all medicine.  A large stash of licorice was found in King Tut Ankh Amon’s 3000 year old tomb.

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King Tut Ankh Amon | natural plant based diet

Alternate medicine

Licorice root is used as an anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-oxidant, anti-tumour and anti-viral in herbal medicine.  Anti-viral studies found licorice root exhibited strong anti-viral effects, an alternate therapeutic agent for mouth and peptic ulcers* The acid compound may stop the growth of bacteria.  The anti-inflammatory properties help calm hepatitis-associated liver inflammation.

* Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 54 (1) 243-246.

Anti-depressant contains anti-depressant compounds.

Diet and weight loss the strong satisfying sweet taste is claimed to make people feel full and suppress the appetite, a natural appetite suppressant, healthier than sugar or artificial flavourings.

Lessen symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. By enhancing cortisol activity, licorice root helps to increase energy, ease stress and reduce the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Restorative and healing properties

Used in several countries, primarily China, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, and Rome, for its numerous health benefits.  Purported to relieve many ailments, including

~ arthritis  ~ asthma ~ body odours ~ coughs  ~ colds ~ constipation  ~ depression  ~ fatigue ~ fibromyalgia ~  flu  ~ fungal infections  ~ gout ~ heartburn ~ liver disease  ~ menopause  ~ PMS ~ prostate enlargement  ~ psoriasis  ~ sore throat ~ stress ~ ulcers  ~ yeast infections

The Chinese use licorice / liquorice root as a natural remedy for healing the respiratory and digestive system, relieving heartburn and indigestion by reducing acidity levels, and acting as a mild laxative.  The root is supposed to relieve inflammation and irritation in the digestive tract, loosening phlegm and soothing the tract.

Licorice is a healthy natural sweetener

Avoid artificial sweeteners because they could be unhealthy toxic concoctions of artificial flavours and mysterious chemicals.

Other Names: Blackroot, Black Sugar, Licorice Root, Liquorice, Sweetroot, Sweetwood

The Latin name is Glycyrrhiza glabra meaning sweet root.  In other countries, liquorice is called:

France:  regliss
Germany: lakritze
Italy:  liquirizia
Spain: regaliz
India: mulethi

Please read:

The information provided does not replace medical treatment or advice. Never delay seeking medical advice.  It is advisable to consult with your physician before taking any natural remedy, particularly if you have an existing medical condition or are pregnant or lactating. Some plants and herbal remedies react to prescription drugs. Please note natural remedies and should only be taken with approval from your physician.  Liquorice root is not recommended if you have a heart condition or are pregnant, and only small quantities should be consumed if you have high blood pressure.




nettle an antioxidant for health plant-based diet

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nettles | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

Detox naturally with stinging nettle leaf (Urtica Dioica L.)

We poison our bodies by consuming alcohol, artificial additives, coffee, fats, nicotine, preservatives, soda, sweets; using toxic cosmetics, toiletries and cleaning products, inhaling toxic fumes, etc. Most toxins (free radicals) are filtered by our kidneys and land up in our urine others remain and poison our bodies. You may need to detox if you are unusually tired, bloated, constipated, have bad skin, bad breath, dull eyes, or headaches.

Natural diet antioxidants: To help rid your body of toxins turn to nature for fennelherbs, licorice, nettles, nuts, seeds and spices.

Why nettles?  The wonder weed is highly nutritious, nettles have numerous health benefits, more nutritional than spinach: a higher iron, calcium and fibre content. Stinging nettle, Urtica dioica L. or nettles, is one of the most valuable herbal remedies. Nettle is high in antioxidants, vitamins A, thiamine (B1) and riboflavin (B2), C, D, E, and K, and loaded with minerals: calcium, chromium, cobalt, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sulfur and zinc

Stinging nettle has several therapeutic properties for which there is no equivalent synthetic drug.  For decades stinging nettle has been used to treat anaemia, arthritis, painful joints, gout, urinary tract infections and prostate problems.

Nettles – a natural diuretic.  The plant enhances the excretion of waste, a kidney stimulant that helps prevent kidney stones and urinary tract infections like cystitis and nephritis.  Helps clear skin conditions, such as eczema. Nettle increases metabolism so it could aid weight loss, and purifying the blood by stimulating the kidneys to excrete more fluid.  To help weight loss, see how to  make your own easy weight loss drink – only three ingredients: water, fennel seeds and a lemon.

Nettles a natural remedy for snoring. Netttle leaf remedy for snoring (remedy #6).

Nettles have a high iron content, which helps anaemic patients, those suffering from iron deficiency. Nettles help disorders such as arthritis, rheumatism and symptoms of gout by cleansing the system of toxins. Nettles increase the excretion of uric acid. Helps treat gout patients, who have excessive uric acid in their blood stream, which lodges in joints and causes pain.

Nettle infusions, combined with large amounts of fluids, are used as an irrigation therapy for urinary tract infections and kidney stones.

Help the body detox and lose weight by drinking plenty of water and cutting down on toxins, and incorporating nettles as part of a varied diet.

According to extensive placebo controlled studies nettle roots have been found to relieve symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)* (or enlarged prostate). Nettle roots are also used to treat incontinence and male urinary tract problems, frequent urination, painful urination, inability to urine and an irritable bladder. Nettle root is also used to relieve joint pain, as an astringent and as a diuretic.

* World Journal of Urology 2005.

According to the World Health Organisation, nettles are used in pharmacopoeias (medicine) as a diuretic and for the treatment of rheumatism and sciatica.

Nettle leaves dried or fresh can be used like herbs to make tea, or steamed liked spinach or added to dishes. Handle fresh stinging nettle with gloves. Fresh nettles lose their sting once they are dried or steamed.

Nettles are used in many beauty product.  Nettle extract an ingredient used by several major companies in their hair and skin products.  For example, Clairol, DIAL, Alberto Culver Nexxus, Burt’s Bee, Schwarzkopf and more.  Often used to control dandruff.


The information provided does not replace medical treatment or advice.  Some plants and herbal remedies react to prescription drugs.