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Food is Medicine

Let food be thy medicine 🌱

A quick overview guide about vitamins, nutrition, and how to help the process of healing yourself through eating healthy foods and a well balanced organic diet.

Immune System:

  • Vitamin C – Immune boosting, detox.
  • Vitamin B12 – Immune System building, Cognition, Brain health.
  • Vitamin B Complex – Immune System building, Cognition, Brain health.
  • Full Spectrum Minerals – Immune System Health
  • Elderberry Syrup – Immune System Booster
  • Echinacea – Immune System booster.
  • Goldenseal – Immune System booster.
  • Garlic – Immune System booster.
  • Ginger – Immune System booster, digestive aide.
  • Beta Glucan – Immune System booster.
  • Oil of Oregano – Immune System booster.
  • Ashwaganda, immune tonic safe for everyday use. Good for stress relief.
  • Chinese Goldenthread – Purify blood, detox, & immune system repair
  • Turkey tail mushrooms – The natural anti-viral and anti-fungal qualities of this mushroom support the body in fighting off viruses infections. This includes a range of health problems, from the common cold and pneumonia to E. coli, Herpes, and HIV. They also are said to have anti-cancer properties.


  • Turmeric – Anti-inflammatory, digestive.
  • Molecularly distilled fish oil/Krill oil/Cod Liver Oil – Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, brain, mood/depression, and heart health.
  • Wobenzym – Anti-inflammatory, joint health, environmental toxins, blood clots, and heart health.
  • Zinc – Anti-inflammatory, immune system booster, free radical fighter, hormonal imbalance, and cancer help.
  • CBD Oil – Anti-inflammatory, cell regeneration, cancer help.
  • Resveratrol – Protects cells from free radical damage, Inhibits spread of cancer, especially prostate cancer, Lowers blood pressure, Keeps heart healthy and improves elasticity in blood vessels, Normalizes anti-inflammatory response, Helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Stress relief:

  • Passionflower – It’s a sedative; the German government has approved it for nervous restlessness. Some studies find that it can reduce symptoms of anxiety as effectively as prescription drugs. It’s often used for insomnia.

Hair, Skin, & Nails:

  • Silica – Hair, skin, nails.
  • Biotin – Hair, skin, nails.
  • Magnesium Oil – Skin.
  • Emu Oil – Skin, sunburn.
  • Lavender Oil – Scars, stress, skin irritation.
  • Coconut Oil – Skin, hair, digestion, and immunity.
  • Tea Tree Oil – Skin blemishes
  • MSM – Skin


  • Glucosamine Chondroitin – Joints health.
  • MSM – Anti-inflammatory, connective tissues, scar tissue, Skin, muscles, and newly discovered help for getting over the flu faster.
  • L-Glutamine – Amino Acid that improves protein metabolization.
  • Calcium – Bone strength and development.
  • L-Theanine – Relaxation, and healthy vascular function.
  • Boron – Bone density.
  • Feverfew – Prevention of migraines & headaches, arthritis, reduce fevers, muscle tension and pain, helps lower blood pressure, lessen stomach irritation, stimulate the appetite and to improve digestion and kidney function. It has been indicated for colitis, dizziness, tinnitus and menstrual problems.
  • Kratom – lower blood pressure, relieve pain, boost metabolism, increase sexual energy, improve the immune system, prevent diabetes, ease anxiety, help with addiction, eliminate stress, and induce healthy sleep.
  • Ceylon cinnamon – Lowers blood sugar levels, reduces heart disease risk factors, high source of antioxidants, contains anti-inflammatory properties, protects heart health, fights diabetes, helps defend against cognitive decline & protects brain function, may help lower cancer risk, fights infections & viruses, protects dental health & freshens breath naturally.
  • Potassium -Relief from stroke, blood pressure, heart and kidney disorders, anxiety and stress, as well as enhanced muscle strength, metabolism, water balance, electrolytic functions, and nervous system.


  • Chamomile – Muscle pain and soreness.
  • Tart Cherries – muscle relaxer, anti-inflammatory, & anti-oxidant.
  • Peppermint – Muscles relaxer, backaches, leg pain, & tension headaches.
  • Cayenne Pepper – Reduce muscle pain, stiffness, & inflammation.
  • Epsom Salt – Relaxes the nervous system, removes toxins, & helps with pain and inflammation.
  • Valerian – Muscle spasms
  • Arnica – Anti-inflammatory & improves blood circulation.
  • Lavender – Reduces pain, swelling & inflammation.
  • Passion Flower – Muscle spasms & joint soreness.
  • Raspberry Leaf Tea – Muscle pain & cramps
  • Magnesium oil – Topical for muscle pain & cramps.

Organ/Body Function:

  • Milk Thistle – Liver function in humans and dogs (great for hangovers)
  • Chromium Picolinate – Insulin, uptake of glucose into cells.
  • Dandelion – Kidney Health.
  • Cayenne – blood pressure, metabolism boost, lowers cholesterol.
  • Bilberry – Diarrhea, eye problems, varicose veins, poor circulation and even cancer .
  • Apple Vinegar Cider – Diabetes, cancer, heart health, high cholesterol, and weight loss.
  • Resveratrol – Protects cells from free radical damage, Inhibits spread of cancer, especially prostate cancer, Lowers blood pressure, Keeps heart healthy and improves elasticity in blood vessels, Normalizes anti-inflammatory response, Helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease.


  • Digestive enzymes – Digestive health and also inflammation.
  • DGL – Licorice Root Extract that aids digestion and treats stomach complaints, including heartburn and indigestion.
  • Probiotics – Gut health, Immune system booster.
  • Marshmallow root tea – Acid reflux and heartburn.
  • Slippery Elm – against diarrhea, also as an intestinal and rectal coating to eliminate viral and bacterial infestions.


  • Quercetin – Natural Antihistamine (seasonal allergies an allergic reactions)
  • Nettle, Stinging Leaf (tea) – Allergies.


  • Vitamin C – Detox, and Immune system booster and repair
  • DMG (N-Dimethylglycine) – improves oxygen utilization, detoxification, cell protection, immune system modulation, and physical performance.
  • Glutathione – Super Antioxident, stress, and injuries.
  • King Chlorella – Cleaning out environmental toxins/heavy metals.
  • Iodine (liquid kelp) – Protection against radiation.
  • Beet Root – Body detox.
  • CoQ10 – Antioxidant, heart health, anti-aging.
  • Green Tea – Antioxidant.
  • Activated Charcoal – Detox.
  • Bentonite Clay – Heavy Metal Detox.
  • Diatomaceous Earth – Heavy Metal Detox.
  • Cilantro – Heavy Metal Detox.
  • Organic Citrus peels – Heavy Metal Detox.
  • Spirulina – Heavy Metal Detox.
  • Garlic – Heavy Metal Detox.
  • Oil of oregano – Purify blood, detox, & immune system repair.
  • Echinacea – Purify blood, detox, & immune system repair.
  • Goldenseal – Purify blood, detox, & immune system repair.
  • Chinese Goldenthread – Purify blood, detox, & immune system repair.
  • Milk Thistle – Liver Detox


  • Vitamin D – Mental health, Immune Boosting, scar healing, Bones.
  • Lithium Orotate – Mood Stabilizer.
  • Vitamin B-6 – Neurological Health.
  • Magnesium – Migraines.
  • Glutathione – Migraines.
  • Molecularly distilled fish oil – Depression
  • St. John Wort – Depression
  • B2 – Migraines.


  • Pantothenic Acid – (Vitamin B-5) generation of energy from fat, carbohydrates and proteins.
  • Eleuthero root – Stimulant.


  • Melatonin – Sleep aide.
  • Valerian – Sleep aide.
  • Chamomile – Relaxation, sleep aide.
  • Tart Cherry Juice – Sleep, gout, and illness prevention.

Essential Oils:

  • Tea Tree: Good for fungus, acne blemishes, and skin fungal infections like athlete’s foot. Also serves as a numbing agent for toothaches and eliminates infection.
  • Lavender: Works on bruises, cuts, and skin irritation too. Good stress reliever too (Sleep/Depression).
  • Calendula: Used to reduce the appearance of acne scars. You can also put a drop in your bath water to soothe psoriasis.
  • Chamomile: Used as a tea or oil for relaxation.
  • Peppermint: “Peppermint purifies and stimulates the mind. It also can increase mental alertness,” Also good for indigestion.
  • Frankincense: Relaxation, heal bug bites, scars, depression, inflammation, immunity, and awareness.
  • Oregano: This oil has naturally antibacterial qualities, which help to fight colds and other sicknesses.
  • Lemon: “Lemon oil can be used not only to detox the body but it can also help with acne.” Also good for increasing focus and concentration. As a bonus, it can help keep fleas away when used on your pets.
  • Grapefruit: It’s a natural antiseptic, good for fatigue, and you can add it to your homemade household cleansers to keep your home safe and clean.
  • Eucalyptus: It has many antibacterial properties and has been known to stimulate the immune system, helps with colds, allergies, and nasal congestion.
  • Lemongrass: Used as aromatherapy to relieve muscle pain, externally to kill bacteria, ward off insects, and reduce body aches, and internally to help your digestive system.
  • Thieves: Supports Healthy Immune System and great as deodorant.
  • Olive leaf extract: Natural antiviral and immune booster.

Food poisoning remedies:

Basil (Purple Basil or Holy Basil):

Basil leaf is a fantastic herb that is widely acclaimed for its refreshing flavor and for its innumerable medicinal properties.

Basil leaves can cure a variety of health conditions ranging from ear infection to food poisoning. The potent anti-bacterial properties of basil leaves can heal acute stomach infection caused by eating tainted foods and / or drinking contaminated water. Basil leaves also provide immediate relief from diarrhea and vomiting which are the main symptoms of food poisoning.

Grind a handful of fresh basil leaves in a mortar and pestle. To the freshly ground basil leaves, add a pinch of black salt, a pinch of black pepper and three to four tablespoons of plain yoghurt. Mix the ingredients well. Have the basil leaves and yoghurt blend a couple of times a day (at least three to four times) to overcome food poisoning.

Purple basil tea is also an excellent option.


Garlic is an indispensable flavoring agent in cooking. But for over five thousand years, this humble herb has been used as a potent ingredient, in numerous traditional medicines to heal a variety of illnesses. Medical research has revealed the fact that the diallyl sulphide present in garlic, is one hundred time more effective than conventional antibiotics when it comes to curing food poisoning. The antiviral, antibacterial and anti fungal properties of garlic ,can annihilate the microbes which are responsible for causing food poisoning.

Grind one to two whole garlic cloves in a stone mortar and pestle. Dilute the garlic paste in a glass of warm water. Drink this concoction to get relief from the symptoms associated with food poisoning.


Cinnamon known as the ‘spice of life’ can effectively fight the bugs which causes food poisoning. Cinnamon contains numerous potent components which can kill several types of bacteria including E.Coli. To cure food poisoning, drink plenty of freshly brewed cinnamon tea. To prepare cinnamon tea, add one or two cinnamon quills (about 3 inches long) to one and a half cups of water. Allow the water to slow boil in a saucepan for twenty to twenty five minutes. When the water starts to boil remove the saucepan from the heat source. Allow the cinnamon sticks to steep in the water for five minutes. Strain the tea through a very fine sieve into a clean cup. Sip this tea slowly to get lasting relief from the symptoms associated with food poisoning.

Honey (Manuka Honey):

Honey is not only nature’s energy booster, but it is also a wonderful natural remedy for numerous ailments. Honey which is touted for its innumerable beneficial properties is also an effective home remedy for food poisoning. Honey, especially organic honey like ‘Manuka honey’ has potent antibacterial properties that can thwart the growth of bacterial strains which are responsible for food poisoning. Organic honey also helps to reduce inflammation of the intestinal tract, due to food poisoning.
Dilute one teaspoon of organic honey in a glass of luke warm water. Drink this sweet concoction two or three times a day to get relief from food poisoning.


This rhizome is famed for its anti-septic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Eating raw ginger will increase the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Increasing the natural acidity levels of the stomach can thwart the growth of harmful bacterial including E.Coli. Furthermore, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of ginger can provide instant relief from the numerous symptoms which are generally associated with food poisoning.

To prepare this particular home remedy for food poisoning, mash half an inch piece of whole ginger (after removing its outer skin) using a stone mortar and pestle. Add half a teaspoon of organic honey to the ginger paste. Mix the ingredients well. Have this mix once or twice a day to cure mild to moderate food poisoning.

Lemon Juice:

The anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and immunity boosting properties of Vitamin C rich lemon juice makes it one of the top natural remedies for food poisoning. Drinking pure lemon juice (not diluted lemon juice) can increase the natural acidity levels of the stomach. This in turn can inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria like E.coli and Staphylococcus. Lemon juice can also help to relieve the pain associated with food poisoning by reducing the inflammation of the intestinal tract. Individuals who are suffering from the ill effects of food poisoning are advised to take one to two tablespoons of pure lemon juice four to five times a day.

Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar is a traditional remedy for food poisoning. The numerous amino acids, vitamins and minerals which are present in organic apple cider vinegar can fight off innumerable ailments including food poisoning. Apple cider vinegar can kill off the bacteria which are responsible for food poisoning. Additionally, drinking apple cider vinegar mixed with water can also help to rehydrate the body. To cure food poisoning, drink two teaspoons of neat apple cider vinegar twice a day.


People who are suffering from food poisoning should eat soft, bland foods like bananas. Bananas contain high amounts of potassium. Eating potassium rich foods like bananas can help to reduce the negative effects of food poisoning. Furthermore, bananas can also help to restore flagging energy levels. You can prepare a low fat banana shake by blending one whole banana with a glass of low fat milk. Drink the energizing banana shake two times a day to recover quickly from food poisoning.

Cumin Seeds:

The unassuming looking cumin seeds are known to cure a variety of health conditions including food poisoning. The aromatic cumin seeds can help to improve digestion. Cumin seeds also help to reduce inflammation of the intestinal tract due to food poisoning. To get relief from the abdominal pain due to food poisoning, crush one teaspoon of whole cumin seeds. Add the cumin seeds to a cup of warm water. Drink this concoction once or even twice a day to get instantaneous relief from food poisoning.

Broad Spectrum Natural Antibiotics:

  • Garlic – Antibacterial, anti-fungal, and even antiviral qualities, promotes the growth of healthy intestinal microflora by acting as a prebiotic (food for probiotics), protects against radiation & sunlight damage, & fights worms and parasites.
  • Onion – Antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties, helps prevent Colon cancer and heart disease, antimicrobial properties that effectively battle numerous bacteria, including subtilis, salmonella, and E. coli.
  • Turmeric – Helps gastric damage caused by the infection, & ulcers.
  • Curry powder – Prevention of cancer, protection against heart disease, reduce Alzheimer’s disease symptoms, ease pain and inflammation, boost bone health, protect the immune system from bacterial infections, and increase the liver’s ability to remove toxins from the body.
  • Ginger – Antibiotic effect against food borne pathogens such as salmonella, listeria and campylobacter, & calms indigestion.
  • Cinnamon – High Source of Antioxidants. Contains Anti-inflammatory Properties. Protects Heart Health. Fights Diabetes. Helps Defend Against Cognitive Decline & Protects Brain Function. May Help Lower Cancer Risk. Fights Infections & Viruses. Protects Dental Health & Freshens Breath Naturally.
  • Cardamon – Combats nausea, acidity, bloating, gas, heartburn, loss of appetite, constipation, and helps the body eliminate waste through the kidneys.
  • Pau d’Arco tea – Strong anti-fungal properties, candida overgrowth.
  • Olive leaf extract – inhibits the growth of not only bacteria, but also viruses and fungi.
  • Colloidal silver – Not only kills bacteria, but it actually kills bacteria that are resistant to all known antibiotics with no undesirable side effects.
  • Cayenne pepper – Strep Throat, & Effective at resolving vulvovaginitis, a common infection in women.
  • Echinacea – Colds, flus, sore throats, upper respiratory ailments, urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast infections, genital herpes, bloodstream infections (septicemia), gum disease, tonsillitis, streptococcus infections, syphilis, typhoid, malaria, and diphtheria.
  • Goldenseal – Colds, flus, sore throats, and other upper respiratory ailments. Kills C-diff.
  • Oil of oregano – Anti-microbial – GI tract infections – Foot or nail fungus, Parasites and infections, and sinus infections.
  • Thyme – Treats bedwetting, diarrhea, stomach ache, arthritis, colic, sore throat, cough, including whooping cough, bronchitis, flatulence, and as a diuretic, to increase urination.
  • Basil – Antibacterial properties and contains DNA-protecting flavonoids, source of vitamin K and Vitamin A, contains beta-carotenes, powerful antioxidants that protect the cells lining a number of numerous body structures, including the blood vessels, from free radical damage, helps prevent cholesterol in blood from oxidizing, helping to prevent atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and stroke.
  • Lavender – Effective against different strains of bacteria and types of fungus, antimicrobial activity of lavender oil inhibits the growth of methicillin-sensitive and resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA and MRSA).
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract – Candida overgrowth, and topical antibiotic.
  • Resveratrol – External fungicide.
  • Honey – Skin healing and mucous membrane healing of the GI tract. Manuka Honey has been shown effective in clinical trials against more than 250 strains of bacteria including:
    • MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
    • MSSA (methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus)
    • VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci)
    • Helicobacter Pylori (which can cause stomach ulcers)


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