A health freak mom's thoughts on health and all things healthy

Month: September 2017

The Dangers Of Artificial Food Colors

The Dangers Of Artificial Food Colors

When I was at a class party with Cass last weekend, the hubby brought the two older girls and the mil for dinner and shopping at a nearby mall. At the supermarket, #2 used her charm to get her doting grandmother to treat her to […]

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Fruit Vinegar Health Benefits

Fruit Vinegar Health Benefits

In my fridge next to the roselle kefir are bottles of fruit vinegar. These drinking vinegars have now claimed a permanent spot in my fridge. I am a pro-apple cider vinegar health freak for many years. For more than a decade now, the first drink […]

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Pandan (Screw Pine) Leaves Health Benefits

Pandan (Screw Pine) Leaves Health Benefits

Pandan leaves are the love of my life!  I so heart these fragrant leaves. I love everything pandan – from pandan cakes to pandan kaya jam, pandan jelly, pandan chicken, pandan desserts, you name it, I love it. Sniffing pandan leaves and pandan powder can  lift up my mood instantly. The aroma de-stresses me.  Pandan leaves also repel my enemies – cockroaches and mozzies!  I have knots of pandan leaves in my car and in my kitchen drawers.  Pandan leaves are a wonderful natural air freshener.  If only we live in a landed property, I’ll take up half the garden and fill them with lots of pandan plants. I’ll surely be making pandan tea every day if I have access to fresh pandan leaves.  Currently I am using organic pandan powder to make pandan tea. I like mixing the pandan powder to ginger tea.

Pandan, also called screw pine (Pandanus amarylfolius) contains isoprene esters, tannins, glycosides, alkaloids and richly scented essential oils.

Uses of Pandan Leaves:

Great for Anxiety and Stress – If a person has anxiety, drinking 2 or 3 cups of pandan tea will sooth away their stress.

Great for Pain – Pandan leaves are wonderful for getting rid of pain of all kinds including arthritis, chest pains, earaches, and headaches. Drink a cup of pandan tea as needed for pain.

Gum Pain – Chewing fresh or dried leaves pandan leaves is a great way to sooth away oral discomforts and gum pain.

Natural Mosquito Repellant – Pandan extract in high concentrations can also be used to keep away mosquitos with skin application… and it’s not toxic compared to DEET and other agents which are very toxic.

GI Cramps and Spams – Pandan leaves work wonders for of the GI tract and especially stomach cramps. Drink the tea as needed.

Natural Mosquito Repellant –  Pandan extract in high concentrations can also be used to keep away mosquitos by way of topical application… and it’s not toxic compared to DEET and other agents which are toxic.

Lowers Blood Pressure – Take 2 or 3 leaves and boil in 2 cups of water and reduce to one cup — drink this tea every AM and PM to lower blood pressure.

Reduces Fevers – Pandan leaves also help to reduce fevers; drink the tea until fever subsides.

Cancer – Pandan leaf tea can also help to prevent and heal certain types of cancer.  Several lab tests were done which showed that pandan has anti-proliferative properties against some cancers.

Skin Fungus – Take fresh pandan leaves, extract the juice from the leaves and add the juice to a cup of salt water, and drink one cup a day for 3 days.

Detoxing Agent – Pandan leaf tea is also great for detoxing the liver and the body in general.

Mild Laxative for Children – Pandan tea is a mild and safe laxative for child

Healing Dandruff – Take 4 or 5 dried pandan leaves and crush them into a powder and then add a little water to make a paste and massage into scalp; it works like a charm for some people.

Heals Sunburns – Adding lots of pandan tea to a bath and soaking for a few minutes soothes away sunburns.

Natural Cockroach Repellant – Taking the tea and spraying it around the house keeps cockroaches away.

Natural Green Food Color – The longer pandan leaves are boiled the darker the green color. The resulting liquid is a natural food coloring that can be used for baking and cooking.

 

 

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Finding Good Seafood

Finding Good Seafood

Good seafood always set the mood right in our family. My hubby is a big fan of seafood, especially crabs, prawns, cockles, abalone and all types of shell fish. Whenever we have a celebration, he almost always suggests having seafood. One time, he drove our […]

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