With winter well and truly upon us, I thought I would share some of the wonderful products from around the globe, I make sure to include in my diet at this time of the year!
Just a note that whilst all of these have origins outside of Australia, I ALWAYS try to buy Australian grown products!
|Turmeric||It is thought that turmeric originated from western India and was first valued for its properties as a dye and then later as a condiment and food colouring and substitute for the more expensive saffron.||Turmeric is known for being an anti-oxidant, antiseptic and wound healing properties. It is used for healing colds and flus (mixed with honey and warm milk at the first sign) . Turmeric has been used in the treatment of digestive disorders including flatulence and bloating and has also been included in topical ointments for eczema, ulcers and wounds.|
|Lemons||The exact origin of lemons is unclear, but it is suggested that they first grew in Southern India, northern Burma and China.||Lemon oil is used in aromatherapy as a mood enhancer and of course it has excellent antibacterial properties. Lemon juice drunk with warm water in the morning alkanises the body as well as kick starting the metabolism.|
|Chia||Chia is native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala.||The chia seeds are high in calcium and have a good amount of dietary fibre and a small amount of protein. The research on chia is still being undertaken and there are a variety of conflicting reports indicating incredible health benefits and others stating there are very little affect.|
|Cacao||Cacao is native to the Americas and may have originated in the foothills of the Andes.||Cacao is considered to be high in antioxidants and is also considered to have beneficial effects on heart health. Of course, it must be consumed in its raw state for the greatest benefit and will have detrimental health effects when consumed as highly processed chocolate. Raw Cacao is also high in magnesium and chromium which helps in blood sugar stabilisation and with cramping.|
Submitted By Rebel Black CEO and founder of I’m Not Fussy – Traditional Wisdom Warrior – Wholefoods for the Focus on Food from Around the World Emagazine