Home Remedy For Your Health – Saad Ramzi Ismail PhD

 Use of these two words (Home remedy)  in US. marketplace has been a source of enormous confusion. Some people talk about cinnamon and cassia as if they are the exact same thing. Other people talk about them as if they are completely different. Here is what the research says about these words and the spices that they describe:

First, all types of cinnamon belong to the same family of plants, called the Lauraceae family. In fact, there are more cinnamon species in this plant family (an estimated 2,000-2,500 total) than any other plant species. Other members of the Lauraceae family commonly enjoyed as foods include avocado and bay leaves.

Several species of cinnamon are often grouped together and referred to as either “cassia cinnamon” or just “cassia.” From a U.S. marketplace perspective, the most important of these species is Cinnamon burmannii, also referred to as either Indonesian cinnamon, Indonesian cassia, or Java cinnamon. This species is especially important because it accounts for over 90% of the cinnamon imported into the U.S. between 2008-2013. If you are consuming a cinnamon-flavored produce, it is most likely to have been flavored with this species of cinnamon. Below you will find the different scientific names for cinnamon and below each of them the common name associated with them.

Cinnamon burmannii

  • Indonesian Cinnamon
  • Indonesian Cassia
  • Java Cinnamon

Cinnamon cassia

  • Chinese Cinnamon

Cinnamon aromaticum

  • Chinese Cassia

Cinnamon loureiroi

  • Vietnamese Cinnamon
  • Vietnamese Cassia
  • Saigon Cinnamon
  • Saigon Cassia

In a different category from the cinnamon species above which are commonly referred to as the “cassia cinnamon’s” is another species of cinnamon long-valued in both culinary and herbal medicine traditions and often referred to either as Ceylon cinnamon or Sri Lanka Cinnamon. (Sri Lanka is an island country in the Indian Ocean, just off the southeast tip of India, and it was formerly known as Ceylon.) The science names for Ceylon Cinnamon are Cinnamon zeylanicum and Cinnamomum verum. The word “verum” in this species name comes from the Latin word verus for “true,” and is connected with the reason that you also hear this species of cinnamon being referred to as “true cinnamon.”

There are three important differences between Ceylon cinnamon and the cassia group of cinnamon species that we would like to point out. First, as a medicinal herb, Ceylon cinnamon is better researched, especially in its extract form, than the cassia cinnamon. Researchers know more about the anti-bacterial properties of Ceylon cinnamon extracts, for example. Second, Ceylon cinnamon has been shown to contain far lower amounts of a naturally occurring substance called coumarin, which can pose toxicity risks if consumed in an excessive amount. Some studies have found one teaspoon of cassia-type cinnamon to contain between 5-12 milligrams of coumarin. Outside of the U.S., organizations like the European Food Safety Authority have recommended no more than 0.1 milligrams of daily coumarin intake from food per 2.2 pounds of body weight. For a person weighing 150 pounds, this recommendation translates into about 7 milligrams of coumarin. These numbers show how it would be possible for a person routinely consuming sizeable amounts of cassia-type cinnamon to increase his or her risk of potential toxicity problems. By contract, Ceylon cinnamon has been shown to contain only trace amounts of coumarin, greatly lowering or actually removing this coumarin-related risk. Third, individuals who report the experience of adverse reactions to cassia-type cinnamon sometimes also report the ability to tolerate Ceylon cinnamon. It is not clear, however, what role coumarin-content might or might not play in this adverse reaction context.

As mentioned previously, since over 90% of the cinnamon imported into the U.S. between 2008-2013 was cassia-type cinnamon from the Indonesian cassia species, you are mostly purchasing a cassia-type cinnamon in the supermarket unless the package or container is specifically labeled as “Ceylon cinnamon.” (Some manufacturers actually include the science names for Ceylon cinnamon—Cinnamomum zeylanicum or Cinnamomum verum—on their product.)

In the case of stick cinnamon there are also certain features of the sticks you might want to look for in order to determine whether your cinnamon is Ceylon cinnamon or cassia cinnamon. One of those features involves the texture of the sticks when you look downward at a stick so that you can see the end. When cinnamon sticks are rolled from the thick bark of the cassia plants, they look exactly as described—a one-piece, thick bark layer that does not show multiple layers of any kind. In the case of Ceylon cinnamon sticks, since the plant bark is thinner, you may be able to see multiple layers of a thinner bark. That thinner layering of bark is one indication that your cinnamon sticks are made from Ceylon cinnamon. Another feature is the typically darker and deeper reddish color shade of Ceylon cinnamon sticks. Finally, the thicker and harder bark of cassia-type cinnamon sticks often prevents them from having small pieces that have broken off, where Ceylon cinnamon is more fragile and easily broken.

Research on the health benefits of cassia-type cinnamons and Ceylon cinnamon are somewhat mixed. We have found studies on both types that show benefits for blood sugar balance, for example, but we have also found studies on both types that failed to show blood sugar benefits. At this point in time, it is not possible for us to recommend Ceylon cinnamon over cassia-type cinnamons strictly on the basis of potential health benefits. However, for persons who are avid cinnamon lovers and regularly consume the equivalent of a teaspoon of ground cinnamon multiple times per week, we think it makes sense to choose Ceylon cinnamon in order to avoid risk of unwanted coumarin intake. Some persons who experience adverse reactions to cassia-type cinnamon may also be able to enjoy Ceylon cinnamon without experiencing those unwanted reactions.

Many everyday items in your kitchen cupboard can be your remedies for skin, hair, and wellness concerns, from acne to heartburn to dry skin and hair, and many other health issues.

 

1- coconut oil.

It is a multi-tasking ingredient often used for hair, skin, and wellness concerns. The coconut oil sugar scrub facial and body cream).When using coconut remedies, be sure not to get them on clothes, towels, and bedding because it can leave stubborn oil stains. Also avoid getting water or moisture into homemade products as it   encourages mold growth.

 2- apple cider.

apple cider vinegar is said to have a variety of health benefits. It’s sometimes used as a weight loss aid and dandruff fighter.One of the most popular folk remedies using apple cider vinegar involves mixing one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water and drinking it 30 minutes before meals as a digestive aid. Other ways to use it as clarifying hair rinse, a natural deodorant, and to ease a sore throat. 

 3- Black tea.

 Black tea in your kitchen cupboard. Rich in tannins, black tea may help to sooth a sore throat, and shrink under eye puffiness.It’s sometimes used as a home remedy for mild sunburn or razor burn. Typically, three to five teabags are placed in a container of warm to hot water and allowed to steep. The teabags are removed and the container is placed in the fridge to cool. A washcloth is then dipped into the tea, slightly wrung out, and then applied gently on the affected area. Another handy remedy is to use a piece of a tea bag as a quick fix for a broken fingernail. Simply cut a small corner of the tea bag and press it on the broken part of the nail, adhering it with nail glue. The edges can be filed down. 

 4- Honey.

 Honey has long been used as a remedy for sore throat, either in its own or as an ingredient with lemon and warm water.. Honey may also soothe coughs more effectively than over-the-counter medications, a study shows. The study involved 139 children (ages two to five), all of whom were dealing with coughs caused by upper respiratory infections.For the study, participants received honey, dextromethorphan (a cough suppressant), diphenhydramine (an antihistamine), or no medication.After about 24 hours, scientists tested all participants for the frequency and severity of their coughs. Study results showed that the 2.5-ml dose of honey provided greater cough relief, compared to both medications and the control treatment. Rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and antibacterial compounds, honey has been found to protect against  sinusitis in past research. If you’re seeking a natural alternative to cough medication, you may also want to use marshmallow and mullein to ease throat irritation. 

 5-Oats .

It contain Beta-Glucan a substance that may offer a number of health benefits, including stimulating the immune system, keeping cholesterol levels in check, and helping to manage diabetes. Oats also contain anti-inflammatory compounds known as avenanthramides and are used topically for sensitive skin. Typically, raw oats are ground into a fine powder and then mixed with honey and some water. The oat mixture is then applied as a face mask for 10 minutes then wiped off and rinsed with water. An oatmeal bath may help soothe dry, itchy skin. Raw oats are typically soaked in a bowl of water (preferably overnight), then the mixture is strained and the oat water can be added to a warm bath. Typically included in anti-inflammatory diets,oats may help to protect against constipation. The soluble fiber in oats also helps to smooth out blood sugar levels by slowing the absorption of sugar into the blood.Calm itchy, inflamed skin using this breakfast food. Oatmeal soothes rashes because it’s packed with phytochemicals that have anti-inflammatory properties. Create a soothing bath by grinding 1/3 cup of plain oatmeal (no flavors!) into a fine powder using your blender; pour the powder into lukewarm water and stir in evenly with your hands until the water is a milky color, suggests Kavita Mariwalla, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist. Another option: use 1/4 cup of oatmeal and enough water to make a paste that you can apply directly to the skin for 10 minutes, she says.

 6- Cinnamon.

Cinnamon is a kitchen staple that works in many recipes, from oatmeal to chai to baked goods. There are many health benefits of using Cinnamon.  Preliminary research suggests that it may play a role in the diet in the diabetes prevention. One tasty way to have cinnamon is in chai tea, or you can have it plain in with oatmeal and other dishes .

 7- olive oil.

Olive oil is often used as an ingredient in hair treatments and face masks, usually in combination with other ingredients such as honey and essential oils (such as lavender essential oil and tea tree essential oil). Olive oil may also aid in stroke prevention, according to a study published in the Journal Neurology. For the study, researchers looked at data on 7,625 adults (ages 65 and up).Study results showed that those who regularly used olive oil in their cooking or as a dressing had a 41 percent lower risk of stroke (compared to those who never consumed olive oil). In past studies, scientists have found that including olive oil in your diet may help protect against heart disease, reduce diabetes risk, keep blood pressure and cholesterol  in check, and help prevent  obesity. For more help in preventing stroke, make sure to follow a healthy diet, exercise regularly, manage your stress,  monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol, and maintain a healthy weight. There’s some evidence that green tea,omega-3 fatty acids and garlic may also help curb your stroke risk.

 8- Green tea.

Green tea may help enhance immune function , according to preliminary research  published in the journal Immunology LettersIn a series of lab experiments, scientists discovered that a compound called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) helped rev up production of regulatory T cells (a type of cell known to suppress autoimmune disease). Given this finding, the study’s authors suggest that green tea may help control autoimmune disorders (such as rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes).However, more research needs to be conducted before green tea can be recommended in the treatment or prevention of any autoimmune disease.Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, green tea may help protect against several other conditions. For instance, previously published studies suggest that drinking green tea could aid in keeping cholesterol in check.  

 9- Turmeric, Curcumin.

Scientists have shed new light on how curcumin—a compound found in the curry spice turmeric—can help guard cells against all kinds of disease-promoting damage control, it is good for joint pain. In past research, curcumin has been shown to deliver antioxidant and antimicrobial effects. One 2008 study

found that the compound may help reduce risk of heart failure. Practitioners of natural health have long used curcumin in the treatment of inflammation-related conditions, such as arthritis . To include more curcumin in your diet, try sipping turmeric tea or dining on curry dishes.Turmeric is revered in India as a “holy powder” that can be used to prevent infections and treat wounds. That’s thanks to a compound called curcumin. “Foods with curcumin have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties so they can help with cleansing and healing,” says Dr. Andersen. A study in the Biochemical Journal even found that curcumin has the ability to stop bacteria from multiplying. If your medicine cabinet is running low on antibiotic ointment, try dabbing a little turmeric on your cut or scrape instead, but only for minor or superficial wounds. Dr. Andersen suggests using half a teaspoon of turmeric powder with a drop or two of water to make a paste, or if the wound is still bleeding a bit, you can apply the powder without water. After the area is dry, cover with a dressing and let the healing begin.

 10- Sugar for facial scrub.

Sugar is often used in scrubs to exfoliate skin as it is less abrasive with coconut oil. Coconut oil can clog pores, so people with acne-prone skin may prefer sugar scrubs made with other oils or with honey, aloe vera gel, or oat water as a base.For smooth lips, a sugar treatment made with one part sugar and one part olive oil can be applied to lips

and left on for a minute before rinsing.Brown sugar is one of the softest types of sugar, making it good for facial scrubs or for sensitive skin. It should still be rubbed gently into the skin to avoid irritation (ask a dermatologist or licensed esthetician about the suitability of sugar scrubs for your skin type). Some sources say that a paste made of sugar

and water can be used as a treatment to remove grass stains from clothes. The paste can be applied to grass stains and left on for an hour before washing as normal. When you hiccup, the diaphragm undergoes a series of spasms, but you can fool your body into stopping that reaction by putting a teaspoon of sugar underneath your tongue. The sweet sensation is strong enough to stimulate the vagus nerve. That’s the longest cranial nerve in your body, starting at your brain stem and extending as far down as your diaphragm to control the stomach. “Keep the sugar under your tongue until you stop hiccupping, and then swallow to fill the back of your throat with even more sensation,” Dr. Andersen says.

 11- Ginger. 

Ginger may help ease functional dyspepsia, according to a small study  from the World Journal of Gastroenterology. A condition marked by abdominal pain, functional dyspepsia often causes an uncomfortable feeling of fullness after eating (similar to the symptoms of indigestion). Ginger may help treat other stomach troubles. For instance, research shows that the anti inflammatory herb can help alleviate nausea caused by morning sickness.  Traditional Chinese medicine has relied on ginger for more than 2,000 years. “Ginger can improve blood flow and reduce inflammation in your muscles, including those in the uterus where cramps originate,” says Mary Rosser, MD, PhD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, New York. A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine even found that ginger was as effective as ibuprofen for relieving period pain. To make your time of the month a little more bearable, try brewing up a cup of warm ginger tea.

12- Nuts.

Research shows that nuts may offer a natural approach to cutting cholesterol. In a review of 25 clinical trials with a total of 583 participants, scientists found that consuming about 2.4 ounces of nuts daily was linked to an average 5.1 percent drop in total cholesterol levels. That same amount of nut consumption was also associated with a 7.4 percent

decrease in LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and an 8.3 increase in HDL (“good”) cholesterol). Rich in healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, it can help you achieve healthy cholesterol levels and protect heart health. 

 13 –Capsaicin

The chemical that gives chili peppers their spicy kick—may promote weight loss, according to a study on animals. The study’s findings suggest that capsaicin may be useful in the fight against obesity. For the study, scientists fed lab rats high-fat diets with or without capsaicin. Results revealed that the capsaicin-treated rats lost eight percent of their body weight over the course of the study.What’s more, capsaicin appeared to trigger changes in the treatment group’s levels of at least 20 proteins involved in breaking down fats. In past studies, capsaicin has been found to lower calorie intake (possibly by suppressing appetite) and reduce levels of blood fats (harmful substances known to contribute to heart disease.The compound also appears to aid in the treatment of  arthritis, and psoriasis.

Prunes for constipation

Dried plums are rich in insoluble fiber, a key nutrient to help fight constipation.

Ask your health store expert for these remedies. Or you can buy them and prepare them.
• Evening Primrose, rich in Potassium, magnesium, and Iron.
• Nettles, is well known for its relief of arthritis and as a diuretic to rid the body of excessive water.
• Parsley, which is also a popular herb for psoriasis.
• Ginger, for nausea and for high blood pressure.
• Chamomile, which also relaxes the nervous system and helps with insomnia.
• Saffron a wonderful herb for any stomach ailments as well as been a natural antihistamine.
• Anise, makes a very nice infusion which can be used for a day long breath freshener.
• Fennel, a highly aromatic and flavorful herb which can be used to get rid of fleas when used as a powder around your domestic animals’ beds.
• Caraway, which is also useful for a natural aid to relief of colic.

• Cardamom, another natural anti-histamine herb, and this one can also be used for relief of colic.
• Jewel weed, try this herb as a home remedy for ringworm.
• Basil not only has natural antihistamine properties but can also be used for hair loss.

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