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  • Homemade syrup of honey and lemon to combat the symptoms of a cold

    During the last weeks the cold arrived with force! And as usual around this time, colds don’t wait to cause their ravages in many of us: sore throats, snot, nasal congestion, cough… Because of this, we recommend a recipe to prepare a homemade syrup of honey and lemon against cough and to combat the symptoms of colds.

    A good friend of the family told us that she was using our lemons to prepare a homemade syrup against colds. “Very much to my regret”, she said to us, “because I would rather use them to prepare a daiquiri, but the daiquiri does not take away my cough”. And she is absolutely right, apart from using the lemon for its aroma and taste, in what other ways can we consume it? Her comment made me think that many times we consume food because we like it, but food also has excellent properties that we do not know how to take advantage of.

    The recipe for homemade syrup based on honey, lemon and ginger, was recommended by a biologist and nutritionist. In addition to the antiseptic, expectorant, antioxidant and antitussive propertiesthe syrup is finger-licking good! And as we are faithful to everything natural, we have pointed it out.

    Below we show you the ingredients of this homemade syrup, for those wo are going through the horrible symptoms of flu and cold.

    Ingredients:

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    Ingredients to prepare homemade syrup against the symptoms of a cold.

    Preparation:

    We grate the ginger and put it in a cup. Then pour boiling water, cover the bowl with a dish and let it stand for 20 minutes approx. After 20 minutes, add the lemon juice and honey to taste.

    Note: if you don’t want to grate the ginger, we can cut a couple of thin slices and boil them for 10-15 minutes. Then add the lemon juice and honey.

    Trick:

    If you want to have this remedy at home always, without having to prepare it every time, we recommend you this:

    Put the ginger, that is cut into julienne, in a jar with lid. Put the lemon slices on top of it and cover it with honey. Cover the jar (any jar of preserves is valid) and store it in the fridge, where you can keep it for about two months. When we want to prepare the infusion, we only need one or two teaspoons syrup and hot water to add to the syrup.

    In addition to the syrup, there are two essential elements to better the symptoms of a cold: lots of water and many pampering. 😉

    Cheer up and recover!

    28 Nov • Recipes, Salud • 0 comentarios

  • 12 healthy benefits of grapefruit

    Our protagonist of today is grapefruit. This powerful citric has been used since antiquity to combat conditions of excess of uric acid in the body, osteoarthritis or rheumatic. Its great beneficial properties for the health make us consider grapefruit as one of our natural allies to feel better day by day.

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    Grapefuit contains approximately 88% water, carbohydrates and little fiber. It is excellent for slimming diets because of the citric acid it contains. And because we don’t like to tell you only about its purifying properties, we share 12 healthy grapefruit benefits that we consider as the most relevant ones:

    1.       Grapefruit prevents and relieves symptoms of flu and cold.

    2.       Grapefruit has diuretic and antioxidant properties.

    3.       Grapefruit prevents constipation.

    4.       Grapefruit strenghtens the body’s cells.

    5.       Grapefruit prevents anaemia.

    6.       Grapefruit decreases hypertension.

    7.       Grapefruit lowers cholesterol and sugar levels in the blood.

    8.       Grapefruit improves states of insomnia.

    9.       Grapefruit reduces the risks of cardiovascular diseases.

    10.   Grapefruit has antiseptic properties.

    11.   Grapefruit stimulates the immune system.

    12.   Grapefruit improves the health of the skin.

     

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    And to finish we tell you one of the curiosities of grapefruit that strikes us the most… did you know that extracts of grapefruit seeds can be used as a natural antiseptic? It prevents the growth of fungus, bacteria and viruses. It can be very useful if you suffer from diseases of the respiratory system, to eliminate intestinal parasites, to treat burns, warts or to prevent caries and strengthen gums.

    Now that you know about it, you can take advantage of all these healthy properties provided by grapefruit. And remember, the best way to consume it is in the natural way!

    We also recommend you to try to mix it with orange juice. The result is an explosion of freshness and flavor! We are looking forward to your opinions! :)

     

     

     

     

     

     

    9 Nov • Salud • 0 comentarios

  • To sleep well… orange tree leaves!

    For a long time we have been talking about the large amount of benefits that citrus fruit and its flowers bring to our health. Today we want to conduct research into other virtues of orange trees: the great properties that their leaves have. Yes, you heard that right. The leaves have an unmistakable aroma and very effective substances to win the battle against nerves and insomnia. The chance exists that a lot of you have grown up watching your grandmothers use orange leaves to relax and initiate sleep before bedtime. They already knew the perfection of the medicinal purposes that these infusions own.

     

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    The preparation is very simple. You only have to boil the fresh leaves for five minutes. The flavor can be a bit bitter, so you could add a little bit sugar or honey with a some mint. Yes, you should use a larger amount than with orange blossoms, because the concentration is lower. Its sedactive and hypnotic properties are perfect to fall asleep and calm nerves accumulated during the day.

    In fact, orange tree leaves have the same properties as the flowers of orange tree blossom, with the difference that the leaves have them ready throughout the whole year.

    Once you made the infusion, the ideal is that you take it half an hour before you are going to sleep, to have the best result.  

     

    Other healing powers
    The leaves have some effective substances that help to improve our health, especially digestive problems of all kinds (generated by poor digestion, gases, stress, etc.) But it also provides a solution in cases of epilepsy and hysterical situations when the heart beats too fast, or when we need to strengthen the immune system or reduce fever.

    With the same efficiency, they calm headaches caused by stress and can even be used in cases of flu, congestion and sore throat. They are even helpful for those who have children that have lost appetite, in this case it is the best to give them an infusion in aid for several days.

     

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    At LaMejorNaranja we do not get tired of emphasize the countless benefits that citrus fruit and its tree own, a pleasure that provides us with a better quality of life and health in shape.

    9 Nov • Salud • 0 comentarios

  • I even eat the peel

    Normally, when you use oranges for dessert or to drink, it’s habitual to throw away the peel. However, did you know that there is a big amount of benefits you should not miss?

    You can use the peel  for a natural medical solution at home for its many healing properties. Use it in desserts, drinks or meals or even as atmosphere creator or as an insect repellent!

     

    Orange peel as a remedy for health

     

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    The orange peel has various benefits for your health:

    • Stimulation of digestion. Take an extract to relieve stomach or intestinal problems.
    • Against infections. The orange-peel is rich in natural antioxidants (vitamins A, like all fruits and vegetables with an orange color, and, of course, vitamins C) which stimulate a proper functioning of the immune system and futhermore fight against infections.
    • Helps to bring down cholestrol. The orange peel contains a type of flavonoid with large properties to metabolize the fat in blood and reduce it to facilitate the removal.
    • To lose weight. Because of its ability to stimulate the removal of fat, an orange peel infusion is recommended to add to the diet.

     

    The healthiest:

    How do I get infusions of the orange peel?

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    It is so easy to get infusions of the orange peel. Grate the orange peel and put in water (only use a half tablespoon, which is sufficient to an infusion). Let it simmer for five minutes and rest for three minutes. And there it is!

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    In the summer you can add some ice cubes, a little bit minced or raw cinnamon or a bit honey if you like it sweet. Fresh, healthy and delicious.

     

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    The most gourmand:

    How to use the orange peel for dessert?

    If you want to take advantage of the properties of the orange peel and if you love chocolate, we recommend our Delicacies of Oranges and Chocolate, handmade prepared and based on the natural orange peel and dipped in cocoa. It is like a treat, but much more healthy! 

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    Delicacies of Oranges and Chocolate – Familia Serra

     

    Candied orange or orange in syrup is another sweet way to use an orange peel. You can eat it like this or add sugar or chocolate. You can also use it to decorate desserts or to soften stronger cheeses and give them a special touch.

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    Orange marmelade also contains peel.  We can emphasize that for making jam you can use the crushed peel beside the pulp, but you also can do it in a more elaborate way, like Orange Marmalade in the English Style. In this type of marmalades, the peel is cutted in fine elongated pieces, resulting in a more gelatinous jam.

     You should be aware that the oranges you chose to candy are natural and have the best quality, both by the thickness of the peel, its level of bitterness and the thickness of the white part of the orange. To be natural, like ours, avoid ingesting preservatives or additives or remains of chemical processes.

     

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    Orange peel at home

    Orange peel is also used as a natural atmosphere creator. Together with cinnamon it will have a formidable smell.  Empty the peel of its soft remains, cut them into small pieces and let it dry on a plate, while it gives odour to your come.

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     It also seems like the orange peel functions as an insect repellent. The peel contains a compound that has insecticidal properties which you can keep your house free of mosquitoes. If so, it will be a good alternative to the harmful chemicals that can harm childeren or your pet. We haven’t tested it yet, lets see if we dare tonight!

     

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    24 Oct • Recipes, Salud • 0 comentarios

  • ¿Cuáles son los principales usos de la combinación de bicarbonato y limón?

    Voy a traducir a inglés. Ya sabemos que el bicarbonato de sodio es muy usado como remedio natural, pero ¿cómo actúa en nuestro organismo cuando combinamos el bicarbonato con limón natural?. En el post de hoy os contamos los principales usos y beneficios para la salud de la combinación del bicarbonato y limón.

    Aparato digestivo

    Posiblemente, el uso más conocido es como digestivo. El bicarbonato es uno de los remedios que ya usaban nuestras abuelas para las digestiones pesadas, pero si además añadimos un poco de zumo de limón natural, nuestro sistema digestivo funcionará mucho mejor.

    Además ayuda a combatir los ácidos del estómago, las flatulencias y el reflujo gastro-esofágico de forma rápida y efectiva.

    Hígado

    Tomar esta mezcla en ayunas nos ayuda a depurar el hígado, ya que actúa como catalizador reforzando las funciones depurativas en nuestro organismo con mayor eficacia. Además nos aporta vitamina C, antioxidantes y fortalece nuestro hígado facilitando sus funciones.

    Riñones

    Si tomamos un vaso de agua con una cucharadita de bicarbonato y el zumo de medio limón, conseguiremos alcalinizar nuestro organismo, es decir, regula los niveles de ácido en el organismo. Ayuda a que nuestros riñones padezcan menos, filtren mejor la sangre y la orina llegue con menos impurezas, lo que reduce el riesgo de sufrir infecciones.

    Este remedio neutraliza el ácido que se puede acumular cuando los riñones no funcionan correctamente.

    Depura y regula el organismo. Ayuda a perder peso.

    Nos ayuda a regular el nivel de colesterol malo LDL, mejorando nuestra salud cardiovascular.

    Depura el organismo, elimina toxinas, ayuda a no retener líquidos, a quemar grasas y favorece el metabolismo para perder peso.

     

    27 Jan • News, Salud • 0 comentarios