Heavy Metal Detox (HMD)

In thinking about holistic health, it is absolutely necessary to consider the damage that is done to the body from chemicals, environmental toxins, and heavy metals. Heavy Metal Detox (HMD) is one of my favorite products to use for removing several different toxins and heavy metals.

cleansing from mercury

from Shanna: Long-time readers at FoodLovesWriting.com will remember how sick I got in early 2012, triggered at least in part by eating a super-clean, mostly raw diet for a few weeks. While this should have made me feel awesome, pretty soon it made me feel terrible. Something was trying to expel itself from my body, but my elimination channels weren’t cleared up, so I experienced a lot of pain and discomfort and, honestly, depression. One of the first helpful resources we found was HMD, which is targeted towards heavy metals in the body, which I, with my mouth filled with mercury fillings, definitely had an issue with. We ended up getting all my mercury fillings removed by a dentist in the area who specializes in mercury removal (this is crucial; don’t let a dentist who isn’t hyper vigilant in his removal methods touch your fillings, or you could end up with bigger problems). Then, afterwards, to help my body cleanse, I took HMD faithfully every day for something between six and twelve months.

I found that the HMD gave me no averse reactions but helped to gently, slowly remove any remaining mercury lingering in my body over time. When we did a heavy metal test a year later, I had literally nothing show up.

Learn more about and purchase HMD here!

(disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links)

Rosewater (or Rose Hydrosol)

Today I bring you rosewater. Well, technically rose hydrosol. Rosewater is made with rose petals soaked in cold distilled water and is made without heat. Rose hydrosol comes from the distillation process while making rose essential oil. They are very similar and typically used interchangeably. Personally I find that rose hydrosol is a bit stronger as the heat brings out more of the essence, but others prefer the cold-made rosewater.

One of the traditional uses and best benefits is that rosewater is excellent for use on the skin as a toner and balancer. It is anti-inflammatory and a mild anti-septic. What I love about rosewater is that it is also a natural remedy for anxiety. The scent has a calming effect on the body and can be used to ease anxious feelings, relieve stress, and help relaxation. Another thing I love about rose hydrosol is that it is an excellent flavor in drinks, cooking, and baking. We recently made a Rosewater Cardamom Lassi that has such a unique and delicious flavor that I want to guzzle the stuff every morning.

rosewater or rose hydrosol

Many times it can be hard to find a high quality source of rosewater. I purchased organic rose hydrosol from Mountain Rose Herbs which has an excellent selection of herbs, as well as natural products. Also, you can usually find rosewater on Amazon. Try it as a skin care product, in drinks, smoothies, cookies, misted into the air, sprayed on the sheets at bedtime and more! Then come back and let us know what you think.

Ceylon Cinnamon

Being a big fan of cinnamon, I had been wanting to try Ceylon cinnamon for some time. Ceylon cinnamon is “true cinnamon” and has slightly different properties than the cinnamon which is traditionally sold in stores which is the Cassia variety. Both varieties of cinnamon can be good for health, however the Cassia variety has high levels of coumarin which in high enough dose, and when taken too often can be problematic for the liver (so it seems anyway). The Ceylon variety does not have coumarin (or undetectable levels) and is much safer for high or regular consumption.

Why would anyone want to eat a lot of cinnamon? Well, besides being a huge fan (like myself), cinnamon has shown to be powerful in boosting the immune system and aiding in the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar. Cinnamon and raw honey together have proven to be a home remedy that everyone should have in their back pocket–and with Ceylon cinnamon, one does not have to worry about the coumarin levels that are present in Cassia cinnamon.

Ceylon cinnamon as a home remedy

For the home remedy, simply combine 1 teaspoon of cinnamon with 1 teaspoon of raw honey and eat first thing before breakfast. You can mix it with water, but it is best and most powerful with nothing else. Wait for 20-30 minutes before eating anything else. Continue to take for six days straight and then take a day off to give your body a break. This remedy can help act as a natural antibiotic, regulate blood sugar, and ease arthritis or associated pains!

Shanna and I posted a recipe using Ceylon cinnamon freshly grated on cinnamon pumpkin ice cream (using the finest ingredients, of course!). If you have a hard time finding Ceylon cinnamon at the store you can usually find it online. So that it is not irradiated, I recommend getting organic such as Frontier’s Organic Ceylon Cinnamon Powder.

1. Effect of honey, dextromethorphan, and no treatment on nocturnal cough and sleep quality for coughing children and their parents. Paul, I. M. et al., Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 2007 Dec;161(12):1140-1146
2. Cinnamon Improves Glucose and Lipids of People With Type 2 Diabetes. Alam Khan MS, PHD et al, http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/26/12/3215.long