Gluten Free Gingered Cabbage Soup Recipe

Nutrient-Rich Cabbage-Ginger  Soup To Help Fight Flu and Colds

Note:  I don’t believe that Warfarin and other chemical blood thinners are good for anyone, and I believe that the natural sources are the way to go.

However, if you ARE taking warfarin, or any other blood thinner, then you should steer clear of this recipe.  Cabbage and ginger are both natural blood thinners, and so if you include them in your diet, together with a synthetic blood-thinner such as warfarin, the result might be too much blood-thinner.

Natural Food-Based Blood Thinners:  You might ask yourself, ‘Well.  Perhaps I should switch to the natural remedy and use food-based blood-thinners instead?  Up to you and your doctor to answer that question.

This recipe creates a very tasty and warming soup – Ideal for those winter months, or even spring time, when the weather fluctuations tend to bring on those unexpected bouts of cold and flu.

It uses fresh ginger and a dash of red cayenne pepper to spice it up, drive out those flu germs,  and make it interesting.  The soup mixture is blended at the end of the cooking, with a little extra cold water, and  just half a raw onion added to the blender.  This gives the soup a real fresh zest which gives extra potency to the antioxidant, anti-vital properties of the cabbage and ginger combined.  You re-heat the blended soup, which slightly cooks that raw onion, but you do not boil the soup.

Cabbage is a great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory food.  It is very high in calcium, and contains folate, vitamin C, iron, beta-carotene, and B vitamins.  Cabbage is one of the foods which helps prevent cancer, especially of the lungs, the colon, and the breasts.  It is good to include cabbage in your diet  several times a week.

Ginger in this recipe provides more germ-killinig and cancer-destroying agents.  These specific compounds found in ginger are called gingerols and terpenes.  They are antioxidants  which are helpful in preventing and treating cancer of the colon, ovaries and rectum, as well as having a general anti-viral effect on the health.

The carrot provides more carotene-Vitamin A, an important constituent for health and, particularly, for eye-sight.

Onion provides zinc for healing,  chromium which helps regulate blood sugar levels, diallyl sulphide which helps protect against viral diseases and cancer, and other important antioxidant compounds such as quercetin.

ToMake Gluten Free Gingered Cabbage Soup:

Roughly chop up half a medium-sized cabbage.  Put into a large saucepan which has a lid.

Now peel a large knob of ginger.  Chop it up finely.  There should be at least a tablespoon of chopped ginger – use more if you would like.

Add the ginger to the cabbage.

Add one chopped onion.

Add one chopped washed potato with its skin still left on.

Add one roughly chopped carrot.

Add one litre of water, put the lid on, and bring to the boil.

Once the vegetables are  cooked, add another half litre of cold water to cool the vegetables.

Put some of the vegetables and some of the liquid into the blender.  Blend until smooth, just about a minute.  Pour the blended vegetables into a bowl.  Then gradually blend the rest of the vegetables and liquid in the pot.

Return all the vegetables to the saucepan.  Reserve about 2 cups of soup to use in the blender.

Next –   Chop up half a medium sized onion and add to the blender with the blended soup.  Put in a half teaspoon of red paprika, one teaspoon of sea salt,  and blend up with the raw onion.

Add the blended raw onion mixture to the soup in the pot.  Reheat the soup to hot, but not boiling.

Serve with grated cheese on top of the soup.  Alternatively, add a dollop of sour cream, or some basil-flavoured hummus.

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Recipe Leek and Ginger Soup Good For Colds and Flu

Gluten Free Recipe For Lentil-Leek and Ginger Soup

WOW.  Nothing like having a hot, freshly-made soup in the winter to antidote the flu.  This is my own peppered-up version of leek soup which helps to drive those bugs away.

Note:  If you are on blood thinners such as Warfarin, then you should not indulge in this soup.  Leeks and Ginger are both natural blood thinners, so if you have any quantity of these foods and combine them with artificial blood thinners, you could end up being over-dosed on blood thinners.  A nose bleed may result.  Far better to get your health requirements from your diet, in my estimation, than to take the artificial replacements.  It would be a better thing if doctors would work out an appropriate diet which includes the remedial substances that their patients need, rather than resort to prescribing artificial blood thinners, etc, instead.

Leeks Are Good For The Immune System: The vegetable basis of this soup recipe is leeks, which are a classic herbal remedy for colds and flu, as well as being an anti-cancer food, and good for the eyesight because of their high Lutein and Zeaxanthin content.

Fresh Ginger Roots Are Good For The Immune System:  This soup also contains another great remedy for colds and flu – ginger roots.  The active ingredients in fresh ginger are the Terpenes and Gingerols which have powerful germ-destroying properties.  Ginger is also noted as an anti-cancer agent, as an anti-inflammatory for arthritis,  a remedy for nausea, and an enhancer of the digestion.

Gluten Free Brown Lentils Are Nutritious and have Anti-Cancer Components:  The main protein content  in this gluten free soup recipe comes from the brown lentils whcih also have anti-cancer properties.  They are one of the few foods which have good quantities of Folic acid, and Zinc.

Lentils are a favourite food for vegetarians and for people on gluten-free diets.  They are not only delicious, but are rich in nutrients such as protein, fibre, B Vitamins, Folate, Iron, and Zinc.  Their high Zinc content boosts the immune system so that your system can fight those bad germs better.  Lentils also contain Isoflavins and Lignan, which help in keeping cancer at bay.

This recipe also uses one unpeeled grated apple, seeds and all.  Apples are another healing food, rich in pectin, Vitamin C, and fibre.

Recipe For Leek-Lentil-Ginger Soup

You will need:  Dry Lentils, One Leek, Fresh Ginger Roots, One Apple, One Carrot, Sea Salt, Red Paprika, Mild Curry Powder.

Take One and a 1/2 cups of dry lentils.

Add Lentils to a litre of water.

Bring to the boil.  Simmer gently for half an hour.

Add one whole chopped leek to the lentils after half an hour of cooking.

Peel a good chunk of ginger.

Chop the ginger up finely – enough to fill two tablespoons.

Add the ginger to the soup.

Chop up three cloves of  garlic and add to the soup.

Grate the carrot and add to the soup.

Add also one desertspoon mild curry powder.

Add half a teaspoon red paprika powder and one teaspoon sea-salt.

Cook altogether for another half an hour on low heat.

Add one whole grated apple five minutes before the end of the cooking, as well as a half teaspoon of cinnamon powder.

You may need to add a little more water to the soup after the leeks have been added.  Use one or two cups of extra water – enough to make it soupey and not too thick.

The soup can be served as it is, or with an added lump of butter or some grated cheese.

Alternatively, ground sesame seeds could be added to substitute the dairy food.

If you have the flu, or a cold, then it is best to eat the soup without any dairy added.

I think that this is a great food for people wanting to lose weight.  If it is eaten as the main meal, without added dairy, or bread,  then you can eat as much of it as you like without fear of putting on weight.



Valerian Herb Combinations and Side Effects

Valerian Usage:

The active ingredient in Valerian Root is Valpotriate Acid. This has been established by modern research as having value as a sedative medicine.  However, there are side effects to using Valerian, which is why it is not promoted much as a natural herbal sedative.

Valerian Side Effects:

If you are on any medication AT ALL, then using Valerian Root is not for you.  Valpotriate Acid in Valerian could have very toxic side effects if it is taken in combination with other medicines.  One example might be Warfarin, which is a blood thinner:  Many foods, spices, herbs and medicines react with Warfarin.   Ask your doctor for advice before trying any herbal medicine.

Valerian certainly has its uses, and it has stood the test of time.  It was used in World War I to treat soldiers suffering from shell shock, and  it was also used widely during the second WW to help people suffering from the effects of bomb raids in London.

However, Valerian use should always be for reserved for emergencies, when there is no  professional health care available, or medical help  to provide prescriptive medicine. 

Prolonged use of Valerian root can be damaging to the nervous system. It might also damage your kidneys if taken for long periods.

Taking commercial supplements over long periods should also be avoided, for the same reason.  Commercial products which contain Valerian can be just as  damaging to the nerves and to the kidneys and other organs as home-made remedies,  if  they are taken continuously.

Herbal Combinations Are More Safe To Use: For this reason, we have given some herbal combinations which include Valerian, at the end of this article.  These mixtures have only small amounts of valerian and are more safe to use than straight valerian root tea.  NOTE:  Moderate use of one of these teas is still recommended. From two to three weeks only is the maximum time one should use Valerian tea, in any combination.

Moderate use of  any one of these  Valerian combinations over a short period might be beneficial to someone who has a temporary need for a sedative or an insomniac medicine: One of these  soothing herbal teas may be helpful in soothing the nerves if it is taken only occasionally.

When these teas are taken over long periods, though, symptoms of poisoning may still occur.  Valerian has a deleterious effect on the nervous system if it is taken regularly.  Taken too often, it would have  much the same effect on the nervous system as  large doses of alcohol do, when it is consumed on a regular basis.

Drug companies and governments everywhere:  Please do not take this plant away from us, just because you wish to control the use of its herbal benefits.  One day we might need to use the plants and herbs available to us, because some world crisis might mean that there are no medicines available, or that they may become hideously expensive.  Keeping the knowledge alive about the uses of plants which grow in our environments is important:  These plants could be responsible for our survival at some stage, just as they have sustained life in the past, before the advent of modern medicine.

Valerian Herbal Combinations

These recipes are taken from John Lust’s herbal entitled ‘The Herb Book’, published by Bantam Books, New York, in 1974.

Recipe No. 1:

Herbal Tea For a Nervous Heart.  I am not sure exactly what is meant by a ‘nervous heart’, but here is the combination of herbs which John Lust recommends:

Take equal quantities of:

  • Fragrant Valerian root
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender flowers
  • Fennel.

Mix the herbs together.   Steep 2 teaspoons only  in ½ cup boiling water.  Let cool, then strain.   Take 1 to 1 ½ cups a day, sipping a mouthful at a time.

Recipe No. 2 Also for a ‘Nervous Heart’.

Note: only use ONE of these recipes at a time, and then, not longer than 2 to 3 weeks at the most.

Use a herbal combination of the following:

  • Arnica flowers 1 part
  • Borage leaves and flowers 1 part
  • Rue leaves 2 parts
  • Balm leaves 3 parts
  • Great burnet 3 parts
  • Mix the herbs up. then  Steep 1 teaspoon only of the mixture in ½ cup boiling water. Take just  1 cup a day of this herbal tea mixture, in mouthful doses.

Recipe No. 3:

Tea For Insomnia: Tea to Help You Sleep: This tea might be helpful to those who suffer from snoring or sleep apnoea.  Ask your doctor or health professional for advice.

Use the following herbal combination;

  • Fragrant valerian 1 part
  • Lavender flowers 5 parts
  • St Johnswort 2 parts
  • Hops 3 parts
  • Primrose flowers 10 parts.

Steep 1 ½ teaspoons of this herbal combination in half cup boiling water for 10 minutes. Let cool. Strain and add 1 teaspoon honey. Take before going to bed.

Recipe No. 4:

Tea To Help You Sleep:

This recipe has a higher percentage of Valerian root in it compared to the other recipes given here.  I would prefer to use Recipe Number 6 which has a portion of balm in it:  Balm is easy on the nervous system than is Valerian. Using a quantity of balm reduces the Valerian dose.

  • Hops 3 parts
  • Fragrant Valerian root 2 parts

Mix the hops together with the fragrant valerian root. Steep 1 teaspoon of the mixture in ½ cup boiling water.   Let stand until cool.  Strain.

Take ½ to 1 cup a day of this herbal tea,  unsweetened.  Sip it slowly,  a  mouthful at a time. Do not take for longer than 2 to 3 weeks without interruption.

This rule applies to all of these teas.  You would only use one of these combinations, and you would use it not more than 2 to 3 weeks at the most without interruption.

Ask your doctor before trying out any of these remedies.  Valpotriate Acid  which is found in Valerian root will probably have adverse effects if it is used in combination with drugs such as warfarin or other blood thinners, and many other medications.

Recipe No. 5:

Tea To Help You Sleep

  • Lavender flowers
  • Primrose flowers
  • St Johnswort
  • Fragrant Valerian root

Use  in equal parts. Take  1 heaped teaspoon of the mixture and steep  in ½ cup boiling water.  Let stand until cool.  Strain.  Take shortly before going to bed, a mouthful at a time.

Recipe No. 6

For Insomnia/Nervous Exhaustion/Neurasthenia This combination may be helpful to people who suffer from sleep apnoea or snoring. Ask your Doctor or Health professional.

  • Balm
  • Hops
  • Fragrant Valerian root

Mix in equal parts. Take 1 teaspoon of the herbal mixture.   Pour over  half cup of boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes.  Cool and strain.   Drink before bed.

Calcium Ascorbate for Varicose Veins

Calcium Ascorbate is a Healer.

Calcium ascorbate for Varicose Veins: Calcium Ascorbate has the power to draw poisons out from the body.  Vitamin C  is an antioxidant and has a healing effect on the tissues of the body:  Calcium ascorbate is one of the best ways to take megadoses of vitamin C for the purposes of healing, as this is a non-acidic form which is soothing on the gut.  Ester C is another type of non-acidic vitamin C which you can use to help heal varicose veins and other conditions.

The antioxidant and healing effects  of Vitamin C, especially when used in non-acidic form such as calcium ascorbate and ester C,  make  Vitamin C  one of the most valuable vitamins in helping to cure any disease.

Calcium ascorbate for varicose veins is highly recommended.  It will help to dissolve build-ups of calcium deposits and other matter in the veins.  It can help to reduce blood clots, and will help to thin the blood.  It will help to heal the walls of the veins and arteries and make them strong.  It will help in the assimilation of your food so that you gain the optimum nutrition from the food which you eat.

Of course, you must ask your doctor or health professional if you are sick or have varicose veins.  Professional advice must be sought, especially  if you are already taking medications or treatments of any kind, to see if Vitamin C is suitable for you to use.

Some medications thin the blood, and these must not be taken in combination with vitamin C, as Vitamin C also thins the blood. This brings to mind the question of whether warfarin is necessary at all to thin people’s blood:  this is derived from rat poison, and has many negative side effects.

Vitamin C such as calcium ascorbate,  garlic, ginger, cayenne pepper and fresh fruit and vegetables are some of the natural things which  thin the blood.  This is why doctors often tell people who are taking warfarin and suchlike drugs,  to avoid these items.   But in an alternative treatment these drugs  would not be used at all:  high doses of calcium ascorbate or some other vitamin C would be presecribed in combination with some other treatments, including a specially   designed  diet whose objective is to thin the blood, if that is what is necessary.

However, if you are not taking medications, then Vitamin C in the form of calcium ascorbate powder, or ester C, is  generally speaking one of the most safe vitamins which you can use.  It is not dangerous to use, and we hope that it will always be available to us for purchase at local supermarkets and health stores, so that we can help our own condition of health without having to go to a doctor for a prescription.  And without having to pay double the price to a drug company who might be capitalizing on the product.

Healing Broken Capillaries on the Face

Broken veins on the face take a time to heal. They take time to arrive, generally, and they take time to heal.  Healing broken capillaries requires an all-out wholistic approach.

Avoid Alcohol and Cigarettes. First of all, it is important to cut out those gin and tonics, indeed, all alcohol, and smoking. These are probably the worst things for the veins.

It is very important to lower the blood pressure if it is at all high. Alcohol, smoking, and of course, toxic chemicals in the form of insecticides, herbicides, fertilizers and petro-chemicals all have a deleterious effect on the health, including the veins and small capillaries.

Even some medications, taken on a regular basis, can cause a break-down in the small capillaries. A common example is simple aspirin. People often take this to thin the blood in order to hopefully prevent strokes. But this can cause internal bleeding and a seeping of the blood in the small veins which shows up as “broken veins”. If you take aspirin or its counterpart, you most probably have already noticed that wee red spots show up on the tender skin of the upper belly. This is an indication of the bleeding which is going on through the capillaries as a result of  taking this type of medication.  These go away, in time, if the aspirin-for-stroke treatment is discontinued.

Keep the Diet Alkaline

An alkaline diet is important in healing any disease. High fiber greens such as  cooked broccoli, and lettuce and sprouts  in salads, apples, bananas, are all good foods to help your health. Eat good quality oils such as avocado oil, grapeseed oil, wheatgerm oil, to get adequate vitamin E to help with the healing of the broken capilliaries. Eat adequate protein: fish is an especially good  healing food.

Do go and talk to a naturopath or homeopath (or your doctor) to see about alternatives and if it is safe for you to discontinue with your medication.

Hints for healing and to remove broken capillaries:

Avoid alcohol, tobacco, toxic chemicals, make-up, and medication (if your health professional advises it is safe to do this)

Take an active role in stabilizing your blood pressure it it is high. More greens, more fruit, enough good quality protein each day. Avoid sugar, cut down on coffee. Avoid dairy products except for butter. Cut down on bread: Instead, use more brown rice in the diet.

Vitamin E Supplement  Take the maximum dose of vitamin E which is very helpful in strengthening the walls of the veins and capillaries. (But do not take vitamin E if you are taking blood thinners such as warfarin)

Vitamin C/Ester C  Take 1000 mg of vitamin C morning and night. This also helps remove toxins in the veins, and aids in their  healing.

Cayenne Pepper Use cayenne pepper daily. Just a small amount on your food will give you the benefit of an improved circulation. You can put a little cayenne pepper in your shoes to get the same effect.  Cayenne pepper, because it improves the circulation in the larger blood vessels,  helps reduce the small broken capillaries on the face.

Use comfrey leaves – boil up a couple in a cup of water until they have become very soft. Let them cool, then mush  up and apply over the face before bed.  Leave on the face for 5 minutes. Put the remainder in the fridge to use over the next 2 or 3 days. If you can’t obtain comfrey, then you could use cut cucumber to lay over the cheeks for five minutes. Yoghurt smeared on the skin is another food which helps to aid healing.

During the day, use apple cider vinegar which is high in potassium and vitamins to dab onto the skin several times a day. This combines well with the comfrey or yoghurt treatment.

You could try the herbal/homeopathic Weleda brand of cosmetics. These are truly petro-chemical free and are totally organic.