What’s the Story with Medicinal Herbs?

 Wendy’s Top 3 picks are Ginger, Turmeric, & Soursop for the following reasons.

GINGER: Ginger tea beneficial for lowering cholesterol levels, making blood platelets less sticky. Ginger is an anti-inflammatory.

SOURSOP: Soursops are high in vit. B1,B2, and C. Studies of the ripening process in Hawaii have determined that the optimum stage for eating is six days after harvest, at the peak of ethylene production. 

TURMERIC: Great anti-inflammatory for IBS, UC, and Crohn’s. Cooking with garlic? Cut it ten minutes prior to use to receive all of the medicinal benefits. When opening a new bottle of Olive oil sprinkle a tablespoon of turmeric to prevent it from oxidation. Caution: Diabetics please use caution before using Turmeric as it can lower blood sugar levels.

GINGER & TURMERIC BENEFITS: Fights inflammation in joints caused by injury or arthritis as it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Cooked Asian Mushrooms (try enoki, shiitake, oyster, maitake) possess immune-enhancing and antiviral properties promoting a healthy immune system.  

*Caution: Diabetics please use caution before using turmeric as it can lower blood sugar levels.Turmeric has been known to interfere with antacids Zantac, Pepcid, Famotidine, and Ranitidine. It may interfere with blood thinners such as Coumadin, Clopidogrel aka/Plavis, Warfarin, Aspirin as Turmeric may in fact cause the blood to clot. 

As always herbs and other supplements may interact with medications speak to your healthcare physician before taking anything recommended above especially if you have a health condition and or a liver disease, or disorder.

GINGER: Chew fresh ginger root if you have a soar throat. Great for nausea, motion sickness, menstruation, colds, inflammation, ulcerative colitis. Caution: Avoid  ginger if you suffer from Gallstones, are on blood thinners or aspirin. Blood-thinning medications: Ginger may increase the risk of bleeding. Talk to your doctor before taking ginger if you take blood thinners, such as warfarin (Coumadin), clopidogrel (Plavix), or aspirin. Pregnant women should avoid taking as it may cause mild heartburn. Ginger may alter cardiac, anticoagulant, and anti-diabetic drugs with excessive use it can give heartburn. If you take any of the medicines, you should not use ginger without talking to your health care provider first.

SOURSOP: The bark, leaves, roots, stems, fruit and seeds have medicinal value. Used to treat heart disease, asthma, liver problems and arthritis. Also effective against internal parasites and worms, lowers high blood pressure and is used for depression, stress and nervous disorders. Soursop leaves are regarded throughout the West Indies as having sedative or soporific properties but it is now sought after for it’s anti cancer properties. It has 10,000 times more potency of Adriamvcin (commonly used drug in chemotherapy). 

TURMERIC: Known to block formation of beta-amyloid which is the substance responsible for the plaques which obstruct cerebral function in Alzheimer’s disease. We put turmeric on everything in my home from oatmeal to mung bean pasta. It is also known to speed up wound healing, antiseptic, antibacterial agent, natural liver detoxifier, aid in fat metabolism and helps in weight management. Caution:Should be avoided by persons with symptoms from gallstones. Avoid if you have Diabetes. 

DISCLAIMER: Please note the views expressed on this page are not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice.  As always please seek the advice of a doctor before changing how you eat, making any decisions that affect your health, especially if you suffer from any medical condition or have any symptom that may require treatment.

Holistically yours,


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