(courtesy of www.veer.com)Sore throat - Ginger, licorice, marshmallow, slippery elm
Colds & Flu - Astragalus, echinaeca, elderberry, ginger, rose hips.
Indigestion- Cardamom, chamomile, fennel, licorice, peppermint.
Insomnia - Chamomile, hops, lavender, lemon balm,passionflower, skullcap, valerian.
Stress - Catnip, chamomile, kava, lavender, lemon balm, passionflower, skullcap
Energy - ginseng, yerba mate.
Once so prized it was used as currency, pepper is the world's most popular spice and kicks up flavor in all types of food. Pepper berries grow like grapes in clusters on the piper nigrum vine. Always grind whole peppercorns for superior taste and pungency; they keep for about a year when stored in a cool, dry place. I have listed exotic common varieties.
- Javanese comet's tail- also called cubeb. Grind over grilled meats or cheese plate selections. These Q shaped peppercorns taste similar to black pepper but have a slightly sweeter aroma.
- Szechuan- grown on the prickly ash tree in the Chinese province these are not related to black peppercorns. They intensify the flavor of vegetables or poultry dishes due to their pungent woody flavor.
- Green- Due to their milder flavor and heat, these are well suited for fish, egg dishes, cream sauces and spiced butter.
- Pink- As berries of the Baise rose these are not true peppercorns. Goes well with lettuce salads, goat cheese and fruit salads because of their color, sweet-spice and slightly citrusy heat.
- Balinese long pepper- these look like mini pinecones and have earthy hints of nutmeg and cardamom. Snap it in two and add it to soups or sauces for a floral note.
The next time you get a physical you may want to ask your doctor about the CRP(C-reactive protein) blood test. This assesses heart disease risk. CRP accompanies inflamation. When CRP remains high and low- grade inflamation becomes constant and untreated, it weakens the immune system per PHD professor S. Koutoubi of Bastyr University in Kenmore Washington. Typically a reading of 2.4 or greater means a higher risk of heart problems. So you may want to take measures to reduce the risk like:lowering omega 6's and increasing omega 3's, reducing red meat, avoiding high heat baked or fried foods, and handing stress.
[This information is from Delicious Living Magazine.]