Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Amazing Benefits of Alalfa

The perennial herb Alfalfa has been around for centuries, in fact it is known as the "father of plants".  
Alfalfa plants have an amazing root system that reaches down as far as 20 feet. As a result they are able to tap into nutrients and trace minerals far below the earths surface making alfalfa a very nutrient rich plant. Because of its valuable nutrients and minerals, it has been used by the Chinese for centuries to treat several health conditions.


  • Cures kidney problems, and relieves fluid retention and swelling.
  • Cures auto-immune disorder.
  • Heals arthritis and helps reduce associated swelling and inflammation.
  • Nourishes the digestive, skeletal, glandular and urinary system.
  • Cleanses the blood, liver and bowel.
  • Lowers cholesterol levels. The fibers and chemicals in alfalfa seem to stick to cholesterol, preventing it from remaining in the blood or depositing itself on arterial walls.
  • Rids the body of harmful cholesterol.
  • Prevents strokes.
  • Heals whooping cough.
  • Seeds of the alfalfa plant are used topically as a poultice for boils and wounds.
  • The manganese in alfalfa is believed to lower blood sugar levels, making it ideal for diabetics.
  • Relieves constipation.
  • Contains essential enzymes that help with digestion.
  • Helps to fight cancer by helping to bind carcinogens in the colon, and is effective in their speedy elimination.
  • Helps with drug and alcohol dependency because of its alkalizing properties, which promote detoxification.
  • Because of the high vitamin A content Alfala is good for the eyes.

Nutrients found in Alfalfa:

Alfalfa contains all of the nutrients needed by the human body. These include:
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Trace elements
  • Amino acids
  • Digestive enzymes
  • Phytoestrogens
  • Saponims
  • Sterols
  • Alkaloids
  • Flavonoids
  • Coumarin
  • Acids
  • Proteins - 18.9% making it a very high source or protein.
  • Sugars
  • Fiber

Vitamins, Minerals and Trace Elements

Alfalfa is rich in vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. The chart below lists the many nutrients found in alfalfa.

Vitamins, Minerals and Trace Elements in Alfalfa
Vitamins Minerals Trace Elements
A Calcium Nickel
D Phosphorus Lead
E Potassium Strontium
K Chlorine Palladium
U Sodium
C Sulfur
B1 Copper
B2 Magnesium
B6 Manganese
B12 Iron
Niacin Cobalt
Biotin Boron
Panthothanic acid
Inocitole Molybdenum
Folic acid

Start adding alfalfa to your diets and enjoy the benefits. Throw fresh sprouts on your sandwich, in a fresh green salad, add a handful into your blender along with fruit and yogurt for a yummy smooth, just be creative to get those greens in.  Adding sprouting seeds to your long term storage is a great way to add living food to your diet.

The benefits of alfalfa are gained in supplement form, fresh sprouts, fresh alfalfa grass and tea. To sprout your own seeds, you will need a sprouting tray and sprouting seeds. You can find these at many health food stores, Alison's Pantry, or online at Amazon

Always speak to a physician before taking any dietary supplements.
Pregnant women should not use alfalfa as it can cause miscarriage.


Monday, December 10, 2012


Lavender is a beautiful purple and fragrant flower that has been used for years in perfumes, potpourris and aromatherapy.  Lavender may smell good but it also has many health benefits.  Lavender was popular as a medicine in the middle ages and in 1620 it was one of the herbs taken to the Americas by the pilgrims.

Benefits of Lavender:

  • Digestion
    • Soothes indigestion and colic
    • Relieves gas a bloating
    • The oil stimulates the production of gastric juices and bile thus aiding in treating indigestion, stomach pain, colic, vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Nervous System
    • Soothing and calming effect
    • Helps relax and encourages deep sleep. Sprinkle a few drops of lavender oil on your sleep pillow or add to a room diffuser before bed time.
    • Reduces irritability
    • Relieves headaches and migraines
    • Helps to alleviate depression
    • Tones the nervous systems
    • The aroma increase mental activity and reduces anxiety
    • Lavender oil added to bath water will create a relaxing bath
  • Asthma
    • The relaxing effect of Lavender makes it helpful for some types of asthma especially when nervousness is present.
  • First Aid
    • Lavender is strongly antiseptic and will help to heal burns, wounds and sores.
    • When rubbed on an insect sting it relieves pain and inflammation. Use lavender tea as a wash or use lavender oil.
    • Lavender oil can be used to treat head lice and scabies.
    • A few drops of oil massaged at the temples can ease a headache.
    • 5 drops added to bath water will help to relieve muscle aches and pains.
    • A massage with essential oil will relieve joint pain.
    • A few drops of oil placed on a cotton ball and placed into the ear will relieve an earache.
    • Soak swollen ankles in a warm foot bath and a few drops of lavender oil.
    • Treat minor scrapes, cuts and burns by washing with lavender water and then applying a few drops of lavender oil.
  • Blood Circulation
    • Lavender oil will help improve blood circulation. It will also lower blood pressure and is used for hypertension.
    • Lavender can help restore circulation to cold feet by soaking feet in a warm foot soak with a few drops of Lavender.
  • Immunity
    • The regular use of lavender essential oil will boost immunity and help fight off disease.
    • Lavender oil is an effective antiseptic and can be used in massage blends to kill cold and flu germs.
  • Skin Care
    • The anti fungal and antiseptic properties of lavender oil make it affective in treating acne. Lavender is one of the few oils that can be applied directly to the skin.  I few drops applied to blemishes will kill the bacteria. Lavender is good for oily skin.
    • It is used to treat wrinkles, psoriasis and other inflammations.
    • Heals wounds, cuts, burns and sunburns rapidly. Use Lavender tea as a wash or use the essential oil.
    • Added with chamomile it is used to treat eczema. 
    • Add lavender to body oil for a relaxing massage and to help relieve dry and damaged skin.
  • Respiratory Disorders
    • Used for throat infections, flu, cough, cold, asthma, sinus congestion, bronchitis, whooping cough, laryngitis, and tonsillitis.
    • The oil is used in the form of vapor or applied on the skin of the neck, chest and back. It is also added in many vaporizers and inhalers used for cold and coughs.
  • Urine Flow
    • Good for urinary disorders because it stimulates urine production.
    • Rests hormonal balance and reduces cystitis or inflammation of the urinary bladder. It also reduces associated cramps.

How to use Lavender:

  • Lavender tea can be made from the fresh or dried flowers.
  • Lavender essential oil should only be used externally, and can be used in massage oils, baths and aroma lamps.
    • Add a few drops of lavender oil to unscented laundry and dish soaps, shampoos, and body creams and lotions.
I had no idea that there were so many uses for Lavender. I just thought it smelled good and helped for a peaceful sleep. I will be adding this one to my first aid kit for sure. 
I am not affiliated with Doterra Oils but very impressed with the quality of their oils so that is where I recommend getting your essential oils.