Vitamins & Minerals

Vitamin: BIOFLAVANOIDS

Purpose: Works with Vitamin C, antioxidant, antiviral and helps stabilize collagen matrix, anti-inflammatory properties. Deficiency can be linked with eczema, immune sluggishness, gum bleeding, glaucoma, heavy menstrual bleeding (with vitamin C), herpes, vaginitis, bruising.

Found: Bilberry, citrus fruits, green tea, berries, legumes, parsley, red wine, strong colored fruits and vegetables, buckwheat.

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Herbs: Cooking & Benefits

Basil (sweet):
The Italian ingredient for pesto…the French dash for Provencal soupe au pisto…with its wonderful aroma, fresh is definitely best here. It's ideal with tomatoes, tomato soup, salad, eggs and more. Therapeutic uses for basil include use as a sedative and anti-spasmodic; it's also helpful with digestion, nervous disorders, headaches, vertigo and even colic in children. It's also been said that the fresh juice from the leaves poured into the ears will ease inflammation and an infusion makes a great gargle for thrush.

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