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Have Some Chocolate & Lower Blood Pressure!

 How would you like to exchange blood pressure medicine for chocolate?  Sounds like a good trade, doesn’t it?  If we’re going to eat sweets, we might as well make it beneficial to our health! :)
A team of scientists from Sweden has discovered that dark chocolate works to lower blood pressure the same way prescription pills do.  Dark chocolate has high levels of catechins and procyanidines which have been shown to inhibit an enzyme that raises blood pressure.  In the study, 10 men and 6 women had blood samples taken before and after eating 75 grams of dark chocolate.  Within 3 hours, the blood pressure enzyme known as ACE was inhibited by up to 18%.  This is as effective as drugs currently being given to millions of patients.
Let’s look at common side effects of the prescription drugs given to inhibit ACE:

  • Cough
  • Elevated blood potassium levels
  • Low blood pressure, dizziness
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness 
  • Weakness 
  • Abnormal taste (metallic or salty taste)
  • Rash

*If you are taking an ACE inhibitor prescription drug for blood pressure, talk to your doctor.  Dark chocolate may be a sweet solution for you~without side effects!

Don’t like dark chocolate?  Well, unfortunately milk chocolate contains too much sugar and not enough cocoa to be beneficial.  The chocolate has to be at least 72% cocoa.  Several years ago, I didn’t care for dark chocolate and always went for the milk. After reading many things about the health benefits of dark chocolate, I made the switch.  Now, anything but dark chocolate tastes fake and too sweet!  Slowly make the switch, and you won’t want to go back! :)
Recommendations for lowered blood pressure and lowered risk of heart disease & stroke:
*A balanced diet
*Not Smoking
*Eating 3/4 of a 3.5 oz. bar of dark chocolate daily ~ make SURE it says that it contains at least 72% cocoa on the wrapper!
Now you can have your chocolate fix and lower your blood pressure too!  My problem is only eating 3/4 of that chocolate bar ~ I gotta work on self-control! :)  Enjoy dark chocolate and live a better quality of life~naturally! 

Save Up To 70% on Bulk Herbs: Better Than Black Friday!

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Below are the herbs that are 70% off and a short description of them. Check out the sale here! Ends June 30, 2017

 

Alfalfa

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Alfalfa is often called the “king of plants” because of it being so high in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Alfalfa is great by itself or added to teas and tinctures.

Read more about it here.

Regular Price: $6.75
Sale Price: $4.72

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Betonite Green Clay – Calcium

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 This clay is carefully harvested to preserve all essential minerals that your body needs and is perfect for external uses for detoxing. Do you know if you if you use this clay, you not only pull toxins out of your body but your body also absorbs these essential minerals? Read how to take a detox clay bath here.

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Regular Price: $8.50
Sale Price: $5.10

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Calendula

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Calendula reduces inflammation in the mouth and throat and is a great herb for the skin health. Use it for burns and wounds!

Read more here.

Regular Price: $19.25
Sale Price: $13.48

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Chia Seeds

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I love putting chia seeds in our daily homemade probiotic smoothies! They blend in so nicely and give us a ton of nutrition. Chia has 3 times more iron than spinach, 6 times more calcium than milk, 2 times more potassium than bananas & 15 times more magnesium than broccoli! 

Read more about chia seeds here.

Regular Price: $8.50
Sale Price: $5.95

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Creamy Pumpkin Pie Tea

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This tea consists of: 
  • Red Rooibus - high in minerals, antioxidants; boosts the immune system; helps nervous system, allergies and digestive problems.
  • Cinnamon Chips - dispels colds and winter chills, kills bacteria and viruses; helps digestion, increases circulation.
  • Orange Peel - lowers blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, helps digestion, lessens abdominal bloating
  • Cloves - kills bacteria, parasites, fights free radical oxidation, helps pain, aids digestion.
  • Ginger root - most of us know its many benefits for nausea and digestion.  It also fights cancer and the flu, and boosts energy.

Regular Price: $14.95
Sale Price: $8.97

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Dandelion Root

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Many people consider dandelion to be a pesky yard weed, but it’s actually:

  • One of the best blood purifiers and builders available.
  • High in vitamins and minerals, especially calcium.
  • Contains all the nutritive salts for the blood. Dandelion restores and balances the blood so anemia that is caused by deficiencies of these blood salts disappears.
  • Overweight people when losing weight can become over acidic. These acids in the blood are destroyed by dandelion.
  • One of the best liver cleansers. It increases the activity of the liver and the flow of bile into the intestines.
  • Increases activity of the pancreas and the spleen.
  • Good for the female organs.
  • Helps open urinary passages.

Has been used in the following:

  • Acne
  • Age spots
  • Anemia
  • Appetite
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Blood purifier
  • Eczema
  • Liver cleanser
  • Yellow jaundice
  • Low blood pressure
  • Weight loss

Find Dandelion Root here.

Regular Price: $12.50
Sale Price: $8.75

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Green Salve Mix

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I love this salve mix!  
 
I make my own antibacterial salve from this mix.  You can find me writing about it here.  The herbs in this mix numb pain, stops the itch of bites, heals, and soothes.  It draws out infection and poison, is antiseptic and antibacterial.  This salve can be used on wounds, bites, boils, rashes {including diaper rash}, chapped or dry skin.
 
 
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Regular Price: $17.95
Sale Price: $10.77
 
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Lobelia

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Lobelia is a powerful relaxing herb and perfect for respiratory problems! It’s one of the key herbs in my VERY FAVORITE tea for coughs, congestion, asthma, etc.! Check out the recipe for lung tea here.

Buy lobelia on sale here!

Regular Price: $16.95
Sale Price: $10.17

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Nettle Leaf

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Nettle is my favorite herb to take during pregnancy to reduce water weight! I drank it in a tea mix every day by the glass full. It’s not just for pregnancy, though! This nutrient rich herb is a significant source of vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, silicon, potassium chloride, chlorophyll, protein, and dietary fiber. The vitamin content may help support vibrant skin, hair, nails, and a healthy liver, kidneys and respiratory system.

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Regular Price: $8.50
Sale Price: $5.95

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How To Make A Cayenne Tincture

How To Make A Cayenne Tincture | Jill's Home Remedies | Cayenne is a beneficial herb for nutrition and as a home remedy. Here's how to make a tincture for convenient use! Last week, I wrote a post on how to survive a heart attack while it’s happening. Cayenne has been used over and over to stop heart attacks fast. It’s a great idea to keep cayenne on you everywhere you go in case you need it or happen upon someone that does.

You can keep a small pouch of cayenne powder or capsules with you in your wallet or purse, but you can also carry cayenne tincture.

How To Make A Cayenne Tincture | Jill's Home Remedies | Cayenne is a beneficial herb for nutrition and as a home remedy. Here's how to make a tincture for convenient use!

Ways To Use A Cayenne Tincture

Cayenne may be effective for heart attacks, but there are also many other ways to use it as a home remedy and for good health.

Cayenne stimulates every cell in the body. It is also an astringent, antispasmodic, antibacterial, and excellent for the circulatory system. It contains minerals, vitamin C, and alpha-tocopherols, all of which are essential to good health. [1] Here are ways to use this herb:

  • Headaches – This is the way I use cayenne the most. I typically place cayenne powder in water and stir (read instructions here), but you can also place a few drops of cayenne tincture in water and consume it that way
  • Helps veins, capillaries, and arteries regain their elasticity.
  • Regulates blood flow from head to feet.
  • Acts as a catalyst for other herbs, which basically means that when you pair it with other herbs, it increases the effectiveness of those herbs.
  • Can lower blood pressure when combined with garlic.
  • Can heal arthritis.
  • Natural pain killer
  • Heals hemorrhoids
  • Aids digestion
  • Heals stomach ulcers 

To use a cayenne tincture for one of these internal ailments, simply add a few drops to a glass of water. Add more or less depending on how strong you need it. Some people may find that they need a stronger dose than others. Repeat a dose when needed. 

Add a few drops of cayenne tincture to other herbal tinctures as a catalyst to increase their effectiveness.

Add cayenne to salves, lotions, or coconut oil to apply externally for varicose veins, pain, arthritis, hemorrhoids, etc.

How To Make A Cayenne Tincture | Jill's Home Remedies | Cayenne is a beneficial herb for nutrition and as a home remedy. Here's how to make a tincture for convenient use!

How To Make A Cayenne Tincture

 Making a tincture is very simple! All you need is cayenne peppers, vodka, and a jar. Making this with vegetable glycerin would not make as strong of a tincture as the alcohol because peppers are a hard herb and the alcohol does a much better job of breaking it down.

Ingredients

  • Cayenne peppers, fresh or dried
  • Vodka
  • Jar with lid

Directions

  1. Place cayenne peppers in a jar. If using fresh, fill the jar; if using dried peppers, fill the jar halfway. 
  2. Pour vodka over the peppers to the top of the jar, leaving a 2-inch headspace.
  3. Cover jar with a lid.
  4. Set jar in a dark, cool cabinet for 4-6 weeks.
  5. Shake the jar daily or at least once a week.
  6. After 4-6 weeks, strain the peppers from the liquid.
  7. Bottle the liquid and store in the cabinet.

Note: Alcohol tinctures are good for 2-5 years. 

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How To Make A Cayenne Tincture
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Ingredients
  1. Cayenne peppers
  2. Vodka
  3. Jar with lid
Instructions
  1. Place cayenne peppers in a jar. If using fresh, fill the jar. If using dried peppers, fill the jar halfway.
  2. Pour vodka over the peppers to the top of the jar, leaving a 2-inch headspace.
  3. Cover jar with a lid.
  4. Set jar in a dark, cool cabinet for 4-6 weeks.
  5. Shake the jar daily or at least once a week.
  6. After 4-6 weeks, strain the peppers from the liquid.
  7. Bottle the liquid and store in the cabinet.
Notes
  1. Alcohol tinctures last for 2-5 years.
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Have you ever made a cayenne tincture or used cayenne as a home remedy?

References

  1. Cayenne Pepper 30/40K – Powder, Organic. (n.d.). Retrieved March 07, 2016, from http://www.bulkherbstore.com/Cayenne-Pepper-30-40k-Powder-Organic