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Herb Superfoods

Nettle: Bowel Buster

A cup of warm water followed by a cup of nettle cup teat first thing in the morning will get you going in the bowel department. Nettle also cleanses the liver and helps keep infections at bay. You can eat young nettle leaves in spring - they are rich in vitamins and minerals. Cook and use in the same way as spinach and use in salads - once cooked, they no longer sting. When you're picking young nettles, remember to choose an area well away from roads and other pollutants. Alternatively drink 2 cups of nettle tea daily or take as a tincture. It's a superb pick me up in the middle of the day. For men with prostate problems, start drinking 2-3 cups daily.

Aloe Vera: Digestion Reliever

Aloe is used for digestive disorders, bloating, gas and flatulence. Take approcimately 1 tablespoon daily or follow directions on bottle. Mix with apple or fruit juice for a more pleasant taste.

Siberian Ginseng: Stress Combatter

Ginseng is one of the oldest known herbal remedies, having been used as an energizing tonic for thousands of years. it's a rejuvenative herb that works by nourishing tired blood and helping the body adapt to stress. In clinical practice, it has been found to have particularly beneficial to patients during or after illness and just after surgery for its restorative and anti infection qualities. It is also excellent for preventing or alleviating jet lag. Drink as a tea, 1 cup daily, or in capsule or tincture form.

Echinacea: Lymph Mover

Now available everywhere due to its soaring popularity in recent years, echinacea is a household name when it comes to warding off the common cold. The reason that I like it so much is because it moves the fluid inside the body called lymph. Lymph runs parallel to the bloodstream and carries toxins out of the body. Unless you exercise daily, lymph won't move enough. Echinacea can come to the rescue. Take in liquid or capsule form, for 2-3 week periods, then take a break.

Sea Vegetables

Seaweed has been eaten for thousands of years in the Orinet. It's surprisingly tasty and it has even been noticed that two major supermarket chains in the UK are now selling 'crispy seaweeds' in their cooler sections.

Sea vegetables contain more minerals than any other food source. These sea veggies can contain up to ten times more clacium than milk and eight times as much as iron as beef. There are three types according to how much exposure to light they have recieved. Brown types of seaweed, now widely available in healthfood stores and Japanese and other oriental food outlets, include wakame (a constituent of miso soup), kombu and arame. Red seaweed, used as food, includes dulse (particularly linked with cholesterol reduction). Green seaweed includes nori (often used to wrap sushi). Usually solid in dried form, all you need to do is rinse and soak them and they'll become soft again. They can be used to flavour all sorts of dishes. Try to incorporate them into your diet a couple of times a week.

Consists of brown stringy strands. Works well when cooked with root vegetables, such as squash, parsnips and yams. Just soak the arame for five minutes until ready to use.

Red-purple in colour with smooth flat leaves. Unique spice-like nutty flavour, mild in taste and a great addition to salads as there's no need to cook it (be sure to wash it cerefully).

Mostyly from Japan, Nori is probably best known for being wrapped around sushi. It varies in colour and is sold in thin flat rectangular sheets. Add it to soups and rice dishes, or use it for making sushi. There's no need to soak it as it's ready to use.

It has a sweet flavour and you can actually use it in sandwiches instead of lettuce. Soak for five minutes.

Black, firm and nutritionally rich but quite strong tasting. Soak for twenty minutes then rinse - you will only need a small amount as it swells up hugely.

Kelp is available in powder or tablet form if you don't like the idea of eating sea vegetables. It is also used as a seasoning.

Used for centuries as a flavour enhancer and food tenderizer, and makes food more digestible.