The Healing Power of Spices – NIH Article

This isn’t the first post I’ve composed strongly recommending that we increase our use of spices in all cooking.  Study after study is confirming the incredibly powerful healing and disease prevention qualities in spices.

For some cancers, studies show that using Ceylon Cinnamon was more powerful than chemo drugs in their therapeutic effect.

The beneficial health effects of Ceylon or ‘True’ Cinnamon identified were; a) anti-microbial and anti-parasitic activity, b) lowering of blood glucose, blood pressure and serum cholesterol, c) anti-oxidant and free-radical scavenging properties, d) inhibition of tau aggregation and filament formation (hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease), e) inhibitory effects on osteoclastogenesis, f) anti-secretagogue and anti-gastric ulcer effects, g) anti-nociceptive and anti-inflammatory activity, h) wound healing properties and i) hepato-protective effects. The studies reported minimal toxic and adverse effects.

It’s also an immeasurable kindness to teach  our children to learn to love a variety of these healing foods, for the sake of their future health.

This PubMed article, published in Oct. 2011, is yet another declaration that upholds the importance, in fact critical nature, of adding spices to your dishes.

Neuroprotection by Spice-Derived Nutraceuticals: You Are What You Eat!

“… the incidence of certain neurodegenerative diseases among people living in the Asian subcontinent, where people regularly consume spices, is much lower than in countries of the western world.0
Extensive research over the last 10 years has indicated that nutraceuticals derived from such spices as turmeric, red pepper, black pepper, licorice, clove, ginger, garlic, coriander, and cinnamon target inflammatory pathways, thereby may prevent neurodegenerative diseases. How these nutraceuticals modulate various pathways and how they exert neuroprotection are the focus of this review.”

The article outlines several common degenerative diseases like Alzheimers’, Parkinson’s, Epilepsy, MS and others, and discusses spices and spice extracts that are proving to be highly therapeutic.

The prevention of neurodegenerative diseases has been one of the primary goals of researchers, but to make prevention feasible, two objectives must be accomplished: (1) individuals at high risk for the disease must be identified before the symptoms become evident, and (2) compounds that are safe and effective in either reducing or slowing the disease progression need to be developed. Unfortunately, to date, no such safe preventive agents are available. Therefore, there is an urgent need for agents that are pharmacologically safe, cost-effective, and immediately available with minimal side effects.

“.. Unfortunately, to date, no such safe preventive agents are available. Therefore, there is an urgent need for agents that are pharmacologically safe, cost-effective, and immediately available with minimal side effects.

“Spices are one such source that has been used in cooking to add flavor and color to the food.

“Modern molecular tools have shown that spices have active components, called nutraceuticals that contribute to the plethora of properties. Extensive research over the years has also identified the molecular targets of most nutraceuticals [79]. During the past decade, a number of nutraceuticals have been identified from spices (Fig. 1). These nutraceuticals are chemically diverse (Fig. 2) with a plethora of effects.”



Breakfast on a Cracker – Quickie Post

Breakfast on Oat Cakes

Breakfast on Oat Cakes

Between putting together 15 of my deodorant samples and making dough this morning .. I wanted a quick breakfast that I could munch with my fingers.

Presentation is important to me.. so I wanted it to be pretty although I was home alone today and no one else to cook for.

I had just been to the garden beds, and had a cucumber, bunch of tomatoes and fresh thyme among other things.. so I added smear of my homemade Almond Yogurt and some Lebanese Zaatar mix (always on hand at our house) to some Scottish Oat Cakes.  A couple of sliced green olives.. and voila! Breakfast!

My tea today was a blend of Matcha, Chai, and English Breakfast with a splash of black pepper.

~ Bon Apetit.


Recently, while doing research (I have had recurring tummy pain over several weeks)… I came across mention of Castor Oil.. and decided to purchase a book written by Dr. William McGarey, a physician who studied Edgar Cayce‘s use of Castor Oil to relieve dozens upon dozens of ailments with the many hundreds of people who consulted with him.

I knew of Edgar Cayce and his amazing ability to diagnose and heal people around the world, whether near to him or far.

For more on this amazing healer Click Here.

I bought a bottle of Hexane-free, organic Castor oil and the recommended wool flannel, and did abdominal castor oil packs 4 nights in a row .. and my aches have not returned!

For the past 5-6 years I have not been able to curl my big toes without pain, and I wear very supportive shoes (read mostly ugly) and toe separators to get by. Surgery was the only long term relief option given to me by an orthopedic surgeon sometime ago, but I never went through with it since I can’t afford to be off my feet for weeks.

After reading about the author’s success with arthritis patients, I generously rubbed the oil on my big toes and wore socks all night. The next morning… for the first time in 5 years... I bent my toes with NO Pain!  I barely use my toe separators now, and am wearing Bernie Mev purple shoes. :)

My wrists hurt from computer use, so of course I now rub Castor oil on them each morning and night, and haven’t used my magnetic wrist guard in weeks!

I’m taking half a teaspoon once a day to see if it helps my snoring, and for general “je ne sais quoi”.  I also use it as a moisturizer around my eyes, and on the back of my hands.

It feels like liquid gold to me.  Castor

I am recommending it to several people for a variety of ailments  – see list below.

 Edgar Cayce recommended using castor oil heat packs on abdomen 4 nights in a row, and then taking a week off, repeating as necessary.


Dr. William McGarey of the ARE Clinic in Phoenix has written extensively on clinical results.

These include:

  • Five drops of castor oil orally each morning to control allergies.
  • Puncture wounds, cuts and bruises heal rapidly when rubbed with castor oil.
  • Prevention of pregnancy stretch marks when abdomen is rubbed with castor oil during the last two months of pregnancy.
  • Rapid healing of a sprained ankle wrapped overnight in castor oil.
  • Marked reduction in tinnitus and hearing loss by applying castor oil drops in the ears.
  • Rapid healing of hepatitis using daily castor oil packs.
  • Clearing of cataracts with one drop of castor oil in each eye at bedtime.
  • Healing of a pilonidal cyst after castor oil packs.
  • Clearing of brown skin aging spots with castor oil plus baking soda.
  • Relief of severe eye allergies by rubbing eyelids with castor oil at bedtime.
  • Relief of low back pain with one week of castor oil packs.
  • Relief of chronic diarrhea with abdominal castor oil packs.
  • Clearing of vocal cord nodes and hoarseness with castor oil packs daily on the neck for three months.
  • Complete clearing of tinnitus with 6-8 drops of castor oil orally each day for four weeks.
  • Clearing of hyperactivity with abdominal castor oil packs.
  • Removal of a wart after four weeks of application of castor oil.
  • Resolution of a calcium deposit on sole of foot with daily castor oil massage.
  • Clearing of skin cancer with castor oil plus baking soda.
  • Clearing of snoring after two weeks of abdominal castor oil packs.
  • Rapid clearing of a bee sting by application of castor oil.
  • Increased hair growth with daily scalp massage with castor oil twenty minutes before shampooing.
  • Clearing of nail fungus after four months of castor oil packs on the nail.

All of these are from: 

Others have found:

  • Marked reduction of swelling of the knee in a number of patients who wrapped the knee in a castor oil cloth overnight.
  • Excellent and rapid relief of acute abdominal pain with acute intestinal ”flu.”
  • Healing of deep wounds on the pastern of horses.
  • Rapid recovery from viral infections with castor oil baths or suits.

Wool Flannel 12 x 27 - 1 - Pack

Castor Oil Packs

You will need:

Soak with castor oil and place over the entire abdomen, especially the liver area (or around a joint, over neck, etc). 
Cover with plastic.

How to:

Lay on a towel in case any of the castor oil leaks. Cover pack with another thick towel and set your heating pad as warm as you can comfortably tolerate. Read a good book and keep pack on for one hour and/or leave on overnight without the heat.

Send me comments if you try this treatment!

~ In good health!


ECGC and Nano Technology to Deliver Chemo Drugs

Green-tea-based nanocarrier kills cancer cells more effectively

October 6, 2014

A drug-delivery system that may kill cancer cells more efficiently has been developed by Singapore researchers, using an antioxidant ingredient of green tea.

A key ingredient in green tea, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), is an antioxidant known to have therapeutic applications in the treatment of many disorders, including cancer. A*STAR’s Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) researchers have now engineered nanocarriers using EGCG that they say can deliver drugs and kill cancer cells more efficiently. Their work was published recently in Nature Nanotechnology.

“This is the first time that green tea has been used as a material to encapsulate and deliver drugs to cancer cells. Our green tea nanocarrier not only delivered protein drugs more effectively to the cancer cells; the combination of carrier and drug also dramatically reduced tumor growth compared with the drugs alone,” said Professor Jackie Y. Ying, IBN Executive Director.

A key challenge in chemotherapy is ensuring that the drugs are delivered only to the tumor to avoid harming the surrounding healthy tissues and organs. Researchers have developed drug carriers that specially target cancer cells. But these existing carriers limit the amount of drug a carrier can deliver, and are made of materials that themselves have no therapeutic effect — they may even cause side effects if used in large quantities, say the IBN researchers.

How it works

So IBN designed a therapeutic nanocarrier for drug delivery using novel compounds derived from EGCG as the core of this carrier to encapsulate drugs and proteins such as herceptin, a protein drug currently used to treat breast cancer. Here’s the recipe (referring to the diagram above):

  1. Combine herceptin (a protein drug used to treat breast cancer) with OEGCG (based on EGCG), creating a “micellar nanocomplex” that protects the protein drug from damage and removal by kidneys.
  2. Add a protective shell containing polyethylene glycol (PEG) combined with EGCG. (PEG is a “stealth” molecule that acts to camouflage the carrier, preventing it from being detected and filtered out of the body by the immune system before it reaches the tumor.)

The research team conducted animal studies to evaluate the nanocarrier, revealing that it reduced tumor growth much more effectively when compared to administering herceptin on its own: Twice as much herceptin drug accumulated in the cancer cells, suggesting improved tumor-targeting ability. Drug accumulation  was also lowered by 70% in the liver and kidney and by 40% in the lung.

IBN says it has filed a patent on the green tea nanocarrier and is developing it for clinical applications.


In the meantime, drink your green tea!

Sencha, Dragonwell and Matcha provide the most ECGC.

Henry David Thoreau – If The Day and Night Are Such..

If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal — that is your success.
All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself.


 The greatest gains and values are farthest from being appreciated. We easily come to doubt if they exist. We soon forget them. They are the highest reality.
Perhaps the facts most astounding and most real are never communicated by man to man.

 The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening.

  It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.

Kale and Blackened-Onion Egg Puff

We planted two types of organic Kale from seeds this year, and they sure took their time to grow.  The peppery flavor of the curly Kale lends itself well to egg dishes.

I volunteer in a commercial kitchen one day a week, and last week I blackened onions for recipe and remembered how much I like that flavor… so when I got home I got busy pairing the two in this recipe inspired by an oven pancake on the Green Kitchen Stories site.

Kale, Blackened Onion Puff

Kale and Blackened-Onion Egg Puff

           Serves 6- 8

  • 1 c. chopped organic Onion
  • 5 organic Hi-Omega3 Eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups Coconut or Almond milk
  • 1 c. almond flour
  • 2 Tbs. Psyllium husk or freshly ground Flax Seeds
  • 1 Tbs. Raw Honey
  • 1 tsp. Baking powder
  • ½ tsp. Sea salt
  • ½ tsp. Black pepper
  • 2 c. finely cut organic Kale
  • 2 Tbs. chopped organic Parsley
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper or Paprika to dust top

  • grass-fed butter or coconut oil

Preheat the oven to 425°F

Brush saute pan with a little coconut oil. Place onions in a saute pan over medium heat. Stir until evenly blackened, but not burnt. Remove from heat and place in a small bowl.

Place a 9×11-inch baking dish in oven.

Beat eggs with whisk in a large bowl until frothy. Add milk, flour, psyllium husk, honey, baking powder, sea salt and pepper. Whisk until smooth.

Add Kale, onions and parsley, and stir well.

Remove baking dish from oven and drop in the butter. Once melted, pour the batter into the dish, sprinkle with black pepper or paprika, and return to oven.

Bake for 26-30 minutes or until lightly browned and set. Check with toothpick at 26 minutes.
Let cool slightly and serve with salad of your choice.

Kale, Blackened Onion Puff 2

~ Bon Apetit!