7 Possible Health Benefits of Soursop (Graviola)

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Plants became the basis of traditional medicine system throughout the world forthousands of years and continue to provide mankind with new remedies. Soursop or Graviola has been widely used and grown in traditional indigenous medicine in Africa, the Caribbean, South Asia and Central America. (1)

The taste of Soursop reminds us of a tropical punch, and it can be prepared in a number delicious drinks. We like Soursop ice cream, popular throughout the Caribbean.

If you do not have access to Soursop plant, you can pick up one of the juices at the health food store or possibly even grocery stores in many major cities. You can also purchase Jans Soursop Premimum Juice online.

Possible Health Benefits – Preliminary Research Findings
The green spiny tropical fruit of Soursop / Graviola has been has a wide potent anticancerous agents coined as Acetogenins which play a key role towards many varieties of cancer. (1)

Further investigation of other experimental studies may confirm that this potential lead in the research of Soursop and Graviola for health benefits could make a great impact in which it could help to accelerate the pipeline of drug discovery using extracts of Soursop/ Graviola. (1)

According to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center .

Many of the health benefits from Soursop/ Graviola are thought to be derived from its antioxidant properties. In animal studies, extracts from graviola leaves showed the following benefits:
1. Anti-inflammatory
2. Analgesic
3. Anti-diabetic
4. Anti-ulcer
5. Anti-viral effects.
6. The leaf extracts also have antimicrobial activities. (2)

7. Cancer
Graviola extracts from the leaf, fruit, and seed have been tested in laboratories for their anticancer effects. Some studies show these extracts to be active against breast, lung, colon, prostate, pancreas, liver, and skin cancer cell lines. (1)

However, graviola products have not been studied in cancer patients.

Use caution when consuming Graviola / Soursop as there could be adverse reactions. Seek guidance from a licensed health care professional. Adverse affects include neurological impacts in consuming seeds which have toxins.
You are taking blood pressure medications: Graviola may increase their effects.
You are taking diabetic medications: Graviola may increase their effects.
You have liver or kidney disease: Graviola can cause liver and kidney toxicity with repeated use.
You are having nuclear imaging: Graviola can reduce tissue uptake of radiopharmaceuticals used for diagnosis or treatment.
You have low platelet count: Graviola may reduce platelet count. (2)

References

(1) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23889049
(2) https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/herbs/graviola

Photo Credit and License : Photo By Muhammad Mahdi Karim  [GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

5 Health Benefits of Mango Leaf

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Adored for its sweet fruit and its fragrant flowers, the mango tree is ubiquitous throughout the tropics. While the fruit offers many health benefits including loads of free radical fighting, cancer-fighting vitamins and nutrients , the leaves of the mango are extremely rich in vitamins A, B C, flavonoids and phenols and used in a myriad of home remedies in throughout the Caribbean and India.

For maximum benefits use young leaves. The majority of the home remedies below call for the use of dried mango leaf powder. Choose young tender leaves, dry in the sun, pound in to powder using a mortar and pestle. If you do not live in the tropics and/or have access to a Mango Tree, you can purchase Mango Leaf Powder by NutriCargo.

As with any home remedy please get advise from a certified health professional for guidance to ensure safety.

1. Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Prevention
The leaves contain tannins called anthocyanidins, which clinical research has proven effective in treating insulin instability, pre-diabetes.

Make a tea infusion of mango leaf powder by soaking the leaves overnight. Do not heat.

2. Earaches
Use the extract of mango leaf (approximately one teaspoon) to create ear drops for ear aches. Use the drop a few times per day until infection clears.

3. Hypertension
Use the overnight tea infusion of powder mango leaves for blood vessel strengthening properties to treat hypertension.

4. Kidney Stones
Dissolve kidney stones by drinking one half cup of the powdered tea infusion of Mango Leaves three times daily. Additionally drink warm water to help flush out your kidneys.

5. Digestive Imbalance
Make a tea with fresh Mango Leaves, consume one cup each day. Avoid dairy with the exception for yogurt and kefir, avoid spicy foods. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Have you used Mango Leaves for other remedies not listed here? Let us know!

 

Disclaimer: GingerHoneyTea.com is for entertainment purposes only. While we wish for everyone to enjoy the benefits of alternative healing, we are not licensed medical professionals. Always check with your doctor or a licensed professional when trying a new food, nutritional supplement or exercise regimen to ensure safety. It’s encouraging that more and more doctors are open to using treatments combining alternative and conventional medicine, so we encourage you to ask and get their advice before proceeding with trying recipes shared on this site.

Sorrel, Red Hibiscus Tea

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Jamaican Red Hibiscus Sorrel Punch
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In this post we share what we have learned regarding the health benefits of read hibiscus tea and a spicy Jamaican Red Hibiscus “Sorrel” punch.

Red hibiscus tea is treasured throughout Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas and for its tart and fruity taste. This beautiful plant also offers a plethora of health benefits, confirmed through scientific research. Also known as sorrel in West Indies, Flor de Jamaica in Central America, Byssop in West Africa, the health benefits of hibiscus tea range from high blood pressure control due to its diuretic properties to digestive support as a laxative and anti-spasmodic properties in both the stomach and uterus.

Our favorite recipe shown below includes the dried hibiscus petals as shown in the photo above. But you can also use red zinger tea available in stores or online. If we are not using the flower petals readily available in our local health food and vegetable markets, we use Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger Herbal Tea.

Jamaican Style Sorrel Red Hibiscus Punch
This punch offers many added health benefits with spices such as ginger and cardamom known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties, as well as cinnamon thought to help stabilize blood sugar levels.

Ingredients
1/2 cup of dried red hibiscus/ sorrel petals*
1 tablespoon grated ginger**
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 cup fresh orange juice (skip if not recently squeezed!)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (really just a tiny bit)
1/2 cup honey or coconut sugar OR (2 tablespoons of Stevia for sugar free option, it’s very good!)***

Instructions

Mix all dry ingredients in a large pot or bowl, steep in 4 cups hot water add, the lemon and orange juices as well as the vanilla and sweeteners. Let steep for 20 minutes to draw out the flavors and properties of all of the ingredients. Strain the liquid to remove the petals and bits of spices. Makes 4 Servings. Enjoy hot or let cool and add ice for a cool punch.

 

* If you cannot find the red hibiscus/ sorrel petals, use 4 teabags of Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger Herbal Tea

**If you enjoy spicier foods add extra ginger and a dash of cayenne pepper for a kick!

***Red Hibiscus is quite tart and may require a lot of sweetener. To maximize health benefits we recommend using a combination of Organic Traditions Stevia Leaf Powder (without the additives found in Stevia products like dextrose) and Raw Manuka Honey Paste with strong anti-bacterial properties and other health benefits.

 

Disclaimer: GingerHoneyTea.com is for entertainment purposes only. While we wish for everyone to enjoy the benefits of alternative healing, we are not licensed medical professionals. Always check with your doctor or a licensed professional when trying a new food, nutritional supplement or exercise regimen to ensure safety. It’s encouraging that more and more doctors are open to using treatments combining alternative and conventional medicine, so we encourage you to ask and get their advice before proceeding with trying recipes shared on this site.

Bamboo Tea

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Silica is what enables the bamboo to grow very rapidly especially in its ideal tropical climate. Silica is also what enables us humans to grow our hair, nails. For those of us lacking in this important mineral, and concerned about poor hair and nail growth, bamboo tea may be the answer.

We recommend Beautifully Bamboo, Bamboo Tea which sells 30 tea bags, as part of their 30-day hair and nail growth challenge. Try it out, after getting the okay from your doctor or licensed health professional.

 

Disclaimer: GingerHoneyTea.com is for entertainment purposes only. While we wish for everyone to enjoy the benefits of alternative healing, we are not licensed medical professionals. Always check with your doctor or a licensed professional when trying a new food, nutritional supplement or exercise regimen to ensure safety. It’s encouraging that more and more doctors are open to using treatments combining alternative and conventional medicine, so we encourage you to ask and get their advice before proceeding with trying recipes shared on this site.

Moringa Leaf

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A small tree that is native to North India, Moringa oleifera also known as  horse radish tree, ben oil tree, drumstick tree. Nearly all parts of the tree are edible. Scientists are just beginning to research and validate the many uses of Moringa as a medicinal herb, found to have impressive levels of vitamin B6 and Iron in their leaves. With high contents of Vitamin C in the pods, over 150% of the recommended daily allowance. Moringa is thought to increase blood antioxidant levels which is beneficial in preventing many diseases, and can be used to preserve meat and other foods. It is advised that one not consume Moringa immediately following a meal as it can prevent the absorption of vital minerals and proteins.

Studies researching the effect of Moringa herb is just getting underway. Though promising results in research on rats find many health benefits. We also have the history of its use for thousands of years for treating and preventing many diseases.

Teas and supplements are available online. We recommend Organic Moringa Powder .

 

 

Disclaimer: GingerHoneyTea.com is for entertainment purposes only. While we wish for everyone to enjoy the benefits of alternative healing, we are not licensed medical professionals. Always check with your doctor or a licensed professional when trying a new food, nutritional supplement or exercise regimen to ensure safety. It’s encouraging that more and more doctors are open to using treatments combining alternative and conventional medicine, so we encourage you to ask and get their advice before proceeding with trying recipes shared on this site.

Cerasee Tea

20160304_133339.jpgWith the scientific name Momordica charantia, “Cerasee Tea” is a staple in many Jamaican households. The highly potent, medicinal herb is Native to Africa and carried by African Slaves brought to the Americas. Though extremely bitter in taste, the herb is taken often by those who experience its numerous health benefits of Cerasee tea including anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties to combat the cold/ flu season, acne particularly for women around the time of menstruation, detox after eating sugary foods. Others believe that it is useful in treating hypertension, hair loss and urinary tract infection.

So effective in lowering blood sugar that it can be a danger to diabetics on blood sugar lowering medicines, as there blood sugar can dip dangerously low. Therefore doctors supervision and advice is strongly recommended before taking this herb.

Cerasee is also known as balsam apple, balsam pear, bitter gourd, corrilla and karela.

You can purchase the tea online from a number of websites.

We recommend Angel Brand Cerasse Tea. Sweeten with Raw Manuka Honey Paste by YS Eco Bee Farms .

 

Disclaimer: GingerHoneyTea.com is for entertainment purposes only. While we wish for everyone to enjoy the benefits of alternative healing, we are not licensed medical professionals. Always check with your doctor or a licensed professional when trying a new food, nutritional supplement or exercise regimen to ensure safety. It’s encouraging that more and more doctors are open to using treatments combining alternative and conventional medicine, so we encourage you to ask and get their advice before proceeding with trying recipes shared on this site.

Ginger Honey Tea

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Of course our first post had to feature our blog’s namesake and our favorite beverage. Ginger Honey Tea can be enjoyed anytime of year, but most people enjoy it during the colder times of year. Scientists have discovered numerous benefits of the spicy root’s anti-inflammatory properties found to be effective in treating arthritis, cold/ flu and prevention of cardiovascular disease. Enjoy ginger with honey for added benefits including anti-bacterial properties. Speak with your doctor to see if ginger is right for you.

Ginger can be enjoyed in a tea, ginger lemonade and even cocktails. Also grate a bit of ginger in your foods including especially Caribbean, Indian and Chinese cuisines.

Ginger Honey Tea Recipe

1 tablespoon of fresh ginger, grated (add additional ginger for stronger spicier taste)

2 cups of hot water

2 tablespoons of honey

1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)

1 teaspoon orange zest (optional)

Stir ginger, honey, cinnamon,nutmeg and orange zest in the hot water and steep for 5 minutes. Pour mixture into strainer to remove the ginger pieces, for a clear liquid tea, with a mild color. Enjoy warm or cool.

 

Disclaimer: GingerHoneyTea.com is for entertainment purposes only. While we wish for everyone to enjoy the benefits of alternative healing, we are not licensed medical professionals. Always check with your doctor or a licensed professional when trying a new food, nutritional supplement or exercise regimen to ensure safety. It’s encouraging that more and more doctors are open to using treatments combining alternative and conventional medicine, so we encourage you to ask and get their advice before proceeding with trying recipes shared on this site.