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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Recipe - Wood Ears with Oregano - version 2





After the recipe from yesterday, had a lot left decided to make a second version. This time a dish rich in antioxidants and many other nutraceutical properties.


I had some sprouted quinoa and added 2 tablespoons, cut an  iceberg lettuce thinly, also joined another tablespoon of coconut milk into cream and garnish with tomato, saffron and 1 tablespoon of oregano.






Oregano


A powerful anti-bacterial agent and anti-fungal, oregano also has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-parasitic properties.


Oregano contains rosmarinic acid, thymol and works on the body to minimize the destructive effects of free radicals. Besides the ability to destroy free free radicals can help repair damage to the body at the cellular level and combat cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, macular degeneration and help slow the geriatric muscle deterioration.


Anti-fungal properties of oregano
Historically used as a food preservative, oregano has some impressive capabilities as anti-fungal. Fungal infections can be very unpleasant and even fatal in some circumstances. The oregano has been used as both an internal and external preparation in the treatment of fungal infections and has been successfully tested in inhibiting the growth of yeasts such as Candida albicans.


Antibiotic properties of oregano
A phenol existent in the oregano, carvacrol is generating interest for its powerful ability to kill bacteria. Preliminary tests conducted at Georgetown University suggest that the antibacterial  muscle of oregano may rival penicillin and streptomycin.


Other medicinal uses of oregano
If you plan on keeping oregano in your medicine cabinet, there are some other uses for this herb you should know. Oregano can be used as a digestive aid because it encourages salivation. He can relieve and treat bee stings and spider poisonous and snake bites. Oregano is also an effective analgesic.


Care when using oregano
Although herbs and spices may seem benign because they are used in cooking, concentrated doses can lead to problems. The oregano has many medical applications that can help you stay well, but consult your doctor before making any changes or additions to the medication you are taking. The oregano may cause skin irritations in some people, and should be avoided if pregnant or nursing.




Quick Facts about the Oregano



  • Oregano contains iron, vitamin E, vitamin C, copper, magnesium, calcium, vitamin B6, niacin, thiamin and riboflavin.
  • Native to the Mediterranean, the Oregano is a perennial plant of the mint family. It is widely used as seasoning in Italian dishes, including pizza sauce.
  • Place two tablespoons of fresh Oregano in 25cl of water for five minutes to create a refreshing antioxidant tea.
  • Oregano is sometimes taken as a supplement to help prevent colds and flu.
  • Oregano can be used to treat lice.
  • Oregano is a welcome addition to a long list of antioxidant-rich herbs such as garlic, thyme, peppermint and sage.

To get the maximum benefit of these supplements, use them in the first six months of purchase or less. Store in a cool, dark place, and keep them away from moisture.




Coconut milk


Some say it can replace the nutritional properties of human milk.


Rich in protein, carbohydrates (carbs), lipids, vitamins (A, B1, B2, B5, C and E) and minerals like potassium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium, sulfur and even silicon, selenium and folic acid .


No cholesterol, while saturated fat. It has iron that prevents anemia and vitamin E is yet another powerful anti-oxidant. It's a great energy and mineralizing source and anti-aging action of cells.


It is used in ayurvedic for over 4000 years for abscesses, respiratory problems, angina, asthma, arthritis, bronchitis, cystitis, high cholesterol, abdominal cramps, malnutrition, diarrhea, joint pains, poor appetite, fever, jaundice, inflammation of the canal the urethra, gastrointestinal irritation, dry and damaged skin, cough, gastric ulcers and several other medicinal uses.
It also has lauric acid, a substance that gives the coconut milk properties against fungi, viruses and bacteria. It's great to fight infections.


Against asthma attacks, it is recommended to take two or three tablespoons of coconut milk morning and night. Experiments in the U.S. showed that coconuts contain the same properties of breast milk.


Coconut, as we all know, contains sufficient elements to sustain human life.Is a very good addition for those who want to gain weight. Thanks to its content of potassium and sodium salts, coconut is an adequate food in atherosclerosis, and is excellent for promoting the development of the thorax as well as for nerves, brain and lungs. It is also a very good food for diabetics.


To expel intestinal worms, take it every morning, a spoonful of shredded coconut, fresh. The shredded coconut, dried, is also useful for healing purposes.


The coconut, very reputed for its therapeutic applications of stomach ulcer, sickness of sea, with its glycero - phosphates and lecithins, is also anti - arthritic. People who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease should eat the gelatinous mass of green coconut.


A very good syrup to combat more rebellious coughs, is prepared as follows: Make a hole in a coconut,introduce honey or molasses, cover up, put it on a slow fire, until the pulp dissolves. Take a spoonful every three hours.


The coconut pulp acts as an astringent in piles, and the oil which is extracted from the coconut is very good for relieving hemorrhoidal pain. The flowers of the coconut tree, enjoy pectoral properties. They are used, with honey, in the upper respiratory tract.

References on oregano and coconut milk:


http://herbs.lovetoknow.com/Medicinal_Uses_of_Oregano
http://www.ednatureza.com.br/coco.htm
http://www.plantasmedicinaisefitoterapia.com/plantas-medicinais-coco.html

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