Don’t throw those strings away from fresh corn!

Do you often throw away the string-like fibers from the end of corns when buy fresh corn? Well don’t! These fibers, also known as corn silk, can be made into a tea that comes with a variety of health benefits.

Corn silk tea is also a wonderful home remedy for kidney problems. It is highly effective in treating conditions including painful urination, urinary tract infection, bladder infection, inflammation of the urinary system, and kidney stones.

Corn silk tea is great for people with high blood pressure. It helps in reducing the levels of blood sugar by increasing insulin levels in the body. It is also an excellent natural treatment for congestive heart failure, diabetes, high cholesterol.

Making corn silk tea is easy.

Boil 1 tablespoon of corn silk (chopped) in 1 cup of water. Once it is done, cover the pan and allow it to steep for 15 to 20 minutes. When it is cool enough to drink, you can add 1 teaspoon of our popular honey.

If you do a batch send me a pic! Have a great weekend.

Xoxo Patty

God bless. Eat Healthy. Play Alot. Love more. Live Long.

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Taste the Rainbow

Taste the rainbow. What do I mean? No, not the pack of juicy Skittles candy that we all secretly love even at our age! 😋 I am just reminding myself (and my readers), to make simple adjustment to eat MORE real food daily and you will see difference in your gut health, skin, hair, moods, sleep, headaches etc. If you do this for 30 days, your body will crave the fresh fruit and vegetables and not the over processed crap. Pringles tastes like cardboard now to me. I never thought i would see one my kids eat raw sliced bell peppers (red, green, yellow) for a snack! They beg for fruits when we go grocery shopping! They used to beg for Nutella, Doritos, McVites, all kinds of cookies, well you get the picture. Honestly, change can happen if you try! Parents stay strong and change for your home will come! Eat well. Play Alot. Live long. Take care of yourself and others. Xoxo Patty

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Summer Reflections – November Aspirations

🍂As we welcome the 1st day of November, I remember that summer was amazing! How about yours?Where did you go? What did you see? Most importantly, WHAT DID YOU EAT?! Haha! The Infusions KW family roamed Turkey and it is honestly one of my favorite destinations I have ever been to (and we travel alot). So much to love about Turkey; the weather, the landscape, deep history, kind people, and tantalizing food all made such an impression on me. I learned about their most common spices and flavor palette while imdulging some cooking recipes. Turkey will definitely be my inspiration for Infusions this Fall season.

Just wanted to say a quick hello and highlight what’s coming up in November. If you haven’t done so already, please Sign up for our monthly newsletter.

🍁November’s newsletter marks our first of the new season after a long hiatus. We were reorganizing from within (including our admin queen welcoming a new bundle of joy), creating new spices, and revamping our website (thanks to our volunteer computer Jedi who also taught me how to use this WordPress thingy right now haha!). Alot of NEW exciting things coming your way this season!

The first of our recipe videos will be on YouTube this week! Press this link, please like and subscribe! My personal goals for November is to take advantage of the cool weather now in Kuwait (yes I live in Inferno in summer) and lead a more healthier lifestyle. Which includes more home prepped meals. I am offering 10% discount when you use code HEALTHY on my website.

Will be back later this week with some more yummy stuff and keep all of you updated.

God bless. Eat well. Play alot. Love yourself. Live long.

Xoxo Patty

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School Lunches

Good morning K-town. As i sit and think what fruits and veggies I need to get for home and the business, I feel upset inside because the kind of junk food available at my children’s schools. No matter how hard we try at home the influence of environment at school can interfere with our healthy lifestyle journey. My youngest Sara takes pride in packing her healthy snack and tries to teach her friends (including teachers) at school about how bad sugar and msg is. My son sometimes does and sometimes no but tries to buy “healthy” like corn or kabob next to baqala mall by their school. The soda and icecream is so tempting especislly if your whole squad if boys  (all over weight i might add) are drinking and eating junk. Never underestimate peer pressure. However, my 9th graders wouldn’t pack a snack to take school if life depended on it lol! I give them money and pray they make good choices. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t. I don’t look forward to finding wrappers of nasty candy in pocket uniforms or of chips in their school bags. Ok venting done, now back to my grocery list at fruit/veggies market.

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Spices That Reduce Inflamation

4 Spices that Reduce Inflammation

⁠⁠⁠Relief for chronic pain and stiffness may come from your kitchen cabinet even more than your medicine cabinet. That’s because research has shown some herbs and spices have easing, anti-inflammatory properties.

Chronic pain is reflected in many debilitating illnesses, including back soreness, inflammatory bowel syndrome, and osteoarthritis, and it is often due to persistent inflammation.

Many plants have properties to help treat these conditions without the use of drugs. Here are four natural herbs and spices you can try to help ease pain symptoms.

1. Ginger – This medicinal herb has been traditionally used to treat nausea and motion sickness, but researchers have also found that it can help suppress an inflammatory response because of bioactive compounds it contains called gingerols.

A widely reported study from the University of Miami found that patients with osteoarthritis of the knee who consumed ginger were able to reduce the amount of pain and stiffness by a significant amount compared to patients receiving a placebo.

Ginger is a spicy and aromatic herb, so consider adding a few slices to dress up fruit and vegetable dishes, or use the spice in your meal.

2. Turmeric – The anti-inflammatory power in this spice comes from a component called curcumin, which also gives turmeric its deep yellow color. Curcumin is part of the ginger family, and has many of the same pain-relieving properties. A recent Mayo Clinic study found that people who took a specific turmeric extract for eight weeks experienced pain relief and improved motor function.

The spice from India is commonly added to curies, stir-fries and even egg salad. In order to fully realize the benefits of this anti-inflammatory herb, you can also use a curcumin supplement.

3. Rosemary – This evergreen herb is thought to help decrease the symptoms of asthma. Specifically, studies have shown that rosemary reduces the inflammation in airways induced by dust mite allergens that aggravate asthma. Researchers have also found that rosemary helps increase blood flow to the brain, which improves concentration and memory.

Rosemary has a bold flavor that helps dress up main dishes, so you can add it as a spice to your meals.

4. Cloves – Eugenol, the primary component of clove’s volatile oils, functions as an anti-inflammatory substance. In animal studies, the addition of clove extract to diets already high in anti-inflammatory components (like cod liver oil, with its high omega-3 fatty acid content) brings significant added benefits, and in some studies, further reduces inflammatory symptoms by another 15-30%. Clove also contains a variety of flavonoids, including kaempferol and rhamnetin, which also contribute to clove’s anti-inflammatory (and antioxidant) properties. It’s well known that cloves is full of healthy antioxidants to help increase heart health and fight cancer, but researchers have also discovered that cloves has anti-inflammatory properties that are useful in treating chronic pain conditions.

The components of clove thought to help ease pain are best released in hot water that’s been steeped with a tea bag for at least two to three minutes. Consider adding a small clove to a ginger and turmeric tea to boost its pain-relieving properties.

The herbs in your kitchen can do more than just add flavor to your food, they can help you feel healthier. Fight chronic pain by keeping these four natural spices in stock. All these spices are available at Infusions KW.

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Processed Foods and Addiction

Did you know that food can be addictive?! Are you a junk food addict?!
Study finds brain activity similar to heroin users after eating certain processed foods and shows brain activity in the ‘pleasure area” after eating foods with a high glycaemic index such as white bread, crisps, biscuits, chips and other similarly types of processed food. Well, tge same brain activity is seen in people who are addicted to substances!
Food could be as addictive as class-A drug heroin and nicotine in cigarettes, claims a new study.

Researchers have found substance abuse and food with a high glycaemic index – such as white bread – may trigger the same brain mechanism tied to addiction.

Eating highly processed carbohydrates can cause excess hunger and stimulate brain regions involved in cravings. People trying to cut these type of foods from their diet exhibit withdrawl symptoms and usually cave in to the urge and return back to the junk food.

The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, investigated how food intake is regulated by dopamine-containing pleasure centres in the brain.

Study leader Dr David Ludwig, of Boston Children’s Hospital in the United States, said: ‘Beyond reward and craving, this part of the brain is also linked to substance abuse and dependence, which raises the question as to whether certain foods might be addictive

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Healing with Curry leaves!

Curry Leaf

This amazing ingredient highlighted in our Curry Blend is not just a leaf for flavor and aroma. It actually can help our body. The health benefits of curry leaves are packed with carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, phosphorous, irons and vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B, and vitamin E. Curry leaves can help your heart function better and blood circulation, fight infections and can enliven your hair and skin with vitality.

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