Hay-fever herbal remedies

Summer is here! And so is hay fever!

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to walk through the park, breathing in the summer air, laying in the sun on the grass without being a snotty, sneezing, snivveling mess?

Here are some herbal remedies said to help with symptoms and ease the allergy…

Chamomile tea is reputed to relieve hay fever symptoms. Some herbalists suggest smearing chamomile and lemon oil on a tissue and inhaling to prevent hay fever symptoms.

Ginger tea and raw honey works to break up chest congestion and loosen phlegm. It strengthens the immune system and acts as a natural antihistamine.

Green tea blocks the production of histamine and is one of the best homemade remedies for building the immune system.

Peppermint tea relieves nasal and sinus congestion. Drink it cold to sooth coughing associated with hay fever and allergies.

Butterbur reduces inflammation, blocking histamines and leukotrienes. Studies suggest the herb is effective for relieving sneezing, itchy eyes, sinus congestion and headaches. People allergic to ragweed or chrysanthemum should avoid butterbur.

Gluten Free Parsnip Hash Browns

This is for our beautiful Gluten Free readers, we look after you too <3

Serves 6

 

Ingredients

  • 450g waxy potatoes (such as Charlotte)
  • 350g parsnips or other root veg
  • 1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4-5 tbsp sunflower oil

To serve

  • 6 rashers of streaky bacon or slices of prosciutto
  • 6 stems of cherry tomatoes on the vine
  • 6 eggs

 

Method

  1. Peel and coarsely grate the potatoes and parsnips – if you’re using a food processor, attach the medium grater. Squeeze out as much liquid as possible with your hands and put them in a bowl.
  2. Stir in the onion, garlic, egg and season if you like. Divide the mixture into six and roughly shape into flat cakes. Heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and fry three of the cakes on a low heat for 4-5 mins on each side until golden and tender. Transfer to kitchen paper with a slotted spoon and leave to cool while frying the remainder, adding remaining oil as necessary. Meanwhile grill the bacon and tomatoes, poach the eggs and serve alongside.

 

How to Know if Your Diet is Plotting to Kill You

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This guest post was written by Michael Volkin, inventor of Weight Loss Stack 52 (currently undergoing crowdfunding), the most unique and fun way to lose weight.

How to Know if Your Diet is Plotting to Kill You

Is your diet actually bad for your body? It’s possible! Diets that restrict calories, and even some fad diets, can be harmful to your health in many ways. Don’t let the appeal of quick weight loss take trick you into harming your health.

A starvation diet is where you don’t consume the required calories and nutrients your body needs on a day to day basis.The fad starvation diets that are popular now include the Master Cleanse, the Ultra Extreme Calorie Restriction Diet, and the Clear Liquid Diet. Among other health concerns, each of these diet plans can lead to malnutrition. Malnutrition can cause emotional swings in the near term and liver and heart issues in the long term.

As an alternative to a starvation diet, you could try a healthier detox diet. Some of these include the Dr. Oz’s 48 Hour Cleanse, Clean Program Diet and the MediFast Diet.

But let’s be honest, diets suck. Here is a general rule of thumb to help you know if the food you have on the plate in front of you will contribute to your weight gain, or help you lose weight: The more humans have monkeyed around with your food, the worse it is for your body. By that statement I mean, is your food processed? Does it contain ingredients on the label you can’t read easily? Is the expiration date on the package past the next scheduled Olympics?

To lose weight, and keep it off, don’t overthink it. A balanced diet of fresh foods containing healthy fats, protein and carbs, mixed with a little exercise will do the trick every time.

 

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Low-fat moussaka

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Ingredients

  • 200g frozen sliced peppers
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 200g extra-lean minced beef
  • 100g red lentils
  • 2 tsp dried oregano, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 500ml carton passata
  • 1 aubergine, sliced into 1½ cm rounds
  • 4 tomatoes, sliced into 1cm rounds
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 25g parmesan, finely grated
  • 170g pot 0% fat Greek yogurt
  • freshly grated nutmeg

 

Method

  1. Cook the peppers gently in a large non-stick pan for about 5 mins – the water from them should stop them sticking. Add the garlic and cook for 1 min more, then add the beef, breaking up with a fork, and cook until brown. Tip in the lentils, half the oregano, the passata and a splash of water. Simmer for 15-20 mins until the lentils are tender, adding more water if you need to.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the grill to Medium. Arrange the aubergine and tomato slices on a non-stick baking tray and brush with the oil. Sprinkle with the remaining oregano and some seasoning, then grill for 1-2 mins each side until lightly charred – you may need to do this in batches.
  3. Mix half the Parmesan with the yogurt and some seasoning. Divide the beef mixture between 4 small ovenproof dishes and top with the sliced aubergine and tomato. Spoon over the yogurt topping and sprinkle with the extra oregano, Parmesan and nutmeg. Grill for 3-4 mins until bubbling. Serve with a salad, if you like.

 

BBC Good Food

Foods to Keep You Full!

I hate that feeling of having just eaten and not even 40 mins later, I start feeling peckish – So I walk to the kitchen, open the fridge about 10 times as nothing in there seems like it will satisfy that peckishness…

Here are some foods that will fill you up for longer which will in turn help you lose weight!

1. Porridge

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Porridge is a great breakfast choice for keeping you full until lunchtime.

Oats are a wholegrain, which means they contain all three parts of the grain – the nutrient-rich inner germ, the starchy endosperm and the fibre-rich outer bran layer.

Top tip: to keep calories down make porridge with water or semi-skimmed milk and sweeten with an artificial sweetener rather than syrup or honey. Adding fresh fruit such as berries or a banana will add even more fibre to keep you going for longer.

2. Potatoes

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The humble spud is often seen as a dieting enemy, but research reveals that potatoes actually help to fill you up thanks to them being packed with starchy carbohydrates.

When looking at the Satiety Index and which 38 foods kept us the most full for two hours after eating them, boiled potatoes came in at the top spot, beating wholegrain bread, brown rice and bananas.

Top tip: as an alternative to chips, make wedges. Simply cut a medium potato into eight wedges, spray with a spray oil and bake until the inside is soft and the outside is crunchy.

 

3. Soup

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There’s heaps of good research to suggest that eating soup before a meal improves satiety so you eat less and take in fewer calories as a result. It’s far more effective – and a whole lot tastier – than drinking a glass of water with a meal to help fill you up.

Tip tip: opt for low-fat varieties, rather than filling up on rich, creamy soups. Good soup choices include vegetable, bean, lentil, mushroom, chicken, carrot and potato soup.

4. Eggs

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Research shows that eating eggs for breakfast can help to stop hunger kicking in so that you eat less for the rest of the day, and lose weight as a result. In one study, overweight or obese women who ate eggs rather than bagels for breakfast reported greater feelings of satiety during the morning and consumed significantly less calories, protein, carbohydrates and fat at lunchtime

Top tip: avoid fried eggs and instead go for boiled, scrambled, poached or make an omelette using a spray oil.

 

5. Oranges

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When it comes to foods to fill you up, most of you might think bananas would be the number one fruit choice. But according to the satiety index, oranges are almost twice as filling as bananas for the same amount of calories.In developing the satiety index, Australian researchers gave volunteers 240 calories worth of food – that equates to around 240g of banana (two large bananas) or 650g orange (four oranges).

Top tip: choose a whole orange rather than orange juice. It contains more fibre, and research shows that drinks don’t fill us up as much as food.

Thinking about all of these foods is making my mouth water….! :)

Quinoa, Lentil & Feta Salad

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We love a good recipe from BBC Good Food, so here’s a tasty salad for you to try!

 

Ingredients

  • 200g quinoa
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot or ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp tarragon, roughly chopped
  • 14oz 400g can Puy or green lentils rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cucumber, lightly peeled and diced
  • 100g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 6 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • zest and juice 1 orange
  • 1 tbsp red or white wine vinegar

 

Preperation

  1. Cook the quinoa in a large pan of boiling water for 10-15 mins until tender, drain well, then set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a small pan, then cook the shallot or onion for a few mins until softened. Add the tarragon, stir well, then remove from the heat.
  3. Stir the softened shallot and tarragon into the cooled quinoa along with the lentils, cucumber, feta, spring onions, orange zest and juice and vinegar. Toss well together and chill until ready to serve.

Seasonal Fruits!

Here’s a list of Fruits by season!

Assorted fruit

Winter (December – February)

Cactus Pear

Cherimoya

Clementines

Dates

Grapefruit

Kiwi

Oranges

Passion Fruit

Pear

Persimmons

Pummelo

Red Banana

Red Currents

Sharon Fruit

Tangerines

 

Spring (March – May)

Apricots

Barbados Cherries

Bitter Melon

Cherimoya

Honeydew

Jackfruit

Limes

Lychee

Mango

Oranges

Pineapple

Strawberries

 

Summer (June – August)

Apricots

Asian Pear

Barbados Cherries

Black Currents

Blackberries

Blueberries

Boysenberries

Breadfruit

Cantalope

Casaba Melon

Champagne Grapes

Cherries

Cherries, Sour

Crenshaw Melon

Durian

Elderberries

Figs

Grapefruit

Grapes

Honeydew Melons

Jackfruit

Key Limes

Loganberries

Longan

Loquat

Lychee

Mulberries

Nectarines

Olallieberries

Passion Fruit

Peaches

Persian Melon

Plums

Raspberries

Sapodillas

Sapote

Strawberries

Sugar Apple

Watermelon

 

Autumn (September – November)

Asian Pear

Barbados Cherries

Cactus Pear

Cape Gooseberries

Crab Apples

Cranberries

Feijoa

Grapes

Guava

Huckleberries

Jujube

Key Limes

Kumquats

Muscadine Grapes

Passion Fruit

Pear

Persimmons

Pineapple

Pomegranate

Quince

Sapote

Sharon Fruit

Sugar Apple

HEALTH BENEFITS OF DRINKING WARM LEMON WATER

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Lemons are vitamin C rich citrus fruits that enhance your beauty, by rejuvenating skin from within bringing a glow to your face. One of the major health benefits of drinking lemon water is that it paves way for losing weight faster, thus acting as a great weight loss remedy.

Lemon is an excellent and rich source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that protects the body against immune system deficiencies

Lemons contain pectin fiber which is very beneficial for colon health and also serves as a powerful antibacterial

It balances maintain the pH levels in the body

Having warm lemon juice early in the morning helps flush out toxins

It aids digestion and encourages the production of bile

It is also a great source citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium

It helps prevent the growth and multiplication of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and diseases

It helps reducing pain and inflammation in joints and knees as it dissolves uric acid

It helps cure the common cold

The potassium content in lemon helps nourish brain and nerve cells

It strengthens the liver by providing energy to the liver enzymes when they are too dilute

It helps balance the calcium and oxygen levels in the liver In case of a heart burn, taking a glass of concentrated lemon juice can give relief

It is of immense benefit to the skin and it prevents the formation of wrinkles and acne

It helps maintain the health of the eyes and helps fight against eye problems

Aids in the production of digestive juices

Lemon juice helps replenish body salts especially after a strenuous workout session

Packed with all the goodness, make it a point to begin your day with a glass of warm lemon juice. Its cleansing and healing effects will have positive effects on your health in the long run.

Thanks to foodmatters.tv