Blog: Wellness Wednesday

The Power of Capsicum

posted Feb 8, 2012, 7:23 PM by Christine McGrew Blair   [ updated Feb 8, 2012, 7:35 PM ]

Like it hot? Try the healing benefits of adding Capsicum to your diet. It's so easy to do. Capsicum, also known as red pepper or chili pepper, can be used as an herb. Capsaicin is the active compound which is responsible for a multitude of abilities it brings to the table. It has long been used as a stimulant to increase circulation and cardiovascular activity while at the same time lowering blood pressure. It is an excellent antioxidant, helping stimulate digestive fluids, supporting gastrointestinal issues, soothing inflammation, enhancing the removal of toxins, speeding up metabolism, opening up sinuses, and the list goes on.

Capsicum is a rich source of beta-carotene & Vitamin C as well as B1, B2, B3 and B5, B6 and folic acid, cobalt and zinc!

  So try shaking some on your eggs in the morning, mixing it into your salad dressing, adding it to hot water with lemon an honey as an addition to your home remedies and substituting it for your black pepper in cooking.
There are pain relieving benefits using the extract topically as well. So why not give this warming herb a try?  

Nature's Sunshine is giving away a Free Bottle of Capsicum to all new sign-ups this month (Feb 2012).  The capsules can be opened as used the same way as the shaker. I have used it in lieu of black pepper for years and never went back. I'm hooked. Follow the Nature's Sunshine link on the upper left of my website page and take a look.


posted Nov 2, 2011, 11:49 AM by Christine McGrew Blair

To stop external bleeding, clean wound with water or liquid silver (I use Silver Shield).  Then open a capsule of yarrow and apply directly to the wound and apply gentle pressure.  Yarrow is a coagulant, astringent, as well as a blood purifier (among other things).  You may need to reapply a couple of times depending on the flow.  Historically, yarrow is also used for internal bleeding.  I have personally used this remedy many times on myself and with my pets.  It is a must to keep on hand.

Clearing Sinus Congestion

posted Sep 28, 2011, 4:44 PM by Christine McGrew Blair

Using a pure essential oil such as Tei Fu blend can give immediate relief from sinus congestion and pressure. Take an unscented tissue and fold it. Put one drop of the Tei Fu oil and fold it again so the oil is not on the outside of the tissue. Roll it and stick it up your nose with a large part of the tissue hanging out. Inhale for a while and switch. You may not be fashionable but you will feel much better. You can also use it on the back of your neck and temples for pain and fever relief. It's amazing! So be a trend starter...

Tei fu can be found @ Nature's Sunshine from this site on the upper left corner.

Teeth Whitening

posted Sep 28, 2011, 4:38 PM by Christine McGrew Blair

For removing plaque and tarter build up on your teeth, try opening several black walnut capsules into a container and dipping your toothbrush in the container so as to cover your fluoride-free toothpaste with the black walnut. Your teeth will be brown at first but rinsing will take care of that :)

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