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Millet is one of the healthiest and oldest grain in the world. Came from Asia 7000 years ago.

This is about what Paul Pitchfrod wrote about millet in his book “Healing with whole foods”:

“Healing properties:

Cooling thermal nature; sweet and salty flavor, diuretic; strengthens the kidney; beneficial to stomach and spleen – pancreas; buildts the yin fluids; moistness dryness; alkalizing – balances over-acid conditions; sweetens breath by retarding bacterial growths in mouth; high amino acid (protein) profile and rich silicon content; helps prevent miscarriage; anti – fungal; one of the best grains for those with Candida albicans overgrowth.

Also useful for diarrhea (roast millet before cooking), vomiting (millet soup or congee), indigestion, and diabetes. Soothes morning sickness – eat millet soup or congee regularly. Millet is known as “queen of the grains.” Due to its alkali – forming nature millet is often cooked with little or no salt. Sprouted millet can be used for digestive stagnation caused by undigested starch , for checking lactation, and other applications similar to sprouted .

Caution: millet is not recommended for those with signs  of very weak digestive functions such a consistently watery stools.

Cooked millet:

  • 1 cup millet, soaked
  • 3 cups water
  • A few grains sea salt

Place millet and salt in a pot of water. Cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer 30 minuter or   pressure cook 20 minutes.

Variations: Toast millet in a little oil before cooking. For softer millet, add more water.”

I really recommend Paul Pitchford’s book and millet. This book will help you heal your body. There are plenty of easy and healthy recipes.

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As I mentioned yesterday I am interested in health. Time goes so fast and we are getting older every day. I am OK with that, but I want to be healthy and strong. I want to have a lot of energy. I usually don’t buy junk food, I read labels and choose product without sugar, corn syrup, artificial colors and preservatives. On the other hand I use to take medicine, a lot of Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Relpax, supplements, allergy medicine (antihistamine and steroids). Some time ago I took a lot of antibiotics and medicine for overactive thyroid. I realized it’s very bad for my liver. I used tons of cosmetics, and even if I tried to choose the best ones (I mean, organic without propylene glycol, parabens, aluminum etc.) I still applied a lot of chemicals on my skin. I decided to change it.

Probably I will mention about this book again, because it’s worth of it. “Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition” by Paul Pitchford is may favorite book about health, nutrition.This is what I found about this book:

Healing with Whole Foods contains a wealth of information on health, diet, alternative medicine, natural food presentation, and recipes, researched by an expert in the field. Readers will learn how to apply Chinese medicine and the five-element theory to a contemporary diet; treat illness and nervous disorders through diet; and make the transition to whole vegetable foods. The most detailed source book yet published on preparing food and eating consciously, Healing with Whole Foods includes complete sections on Ayurvedic principles of food-combining; the treatment of disease conditions through meals; transition from animal products to whole vegetable foods; micro-algae; selection of waters and salts; the extremely complex varieties of oils, sugars, and condiments; vitamins and minerals; fasting and purification; food for children, food presentation and proportions; vibrational cooking; the physiology of nourishment; color diagnosis and therapy; consciousness in diet changes; plus descriptions of the nature and uses of various grains, legumes, miso, tempeh, tofu, seaweeds, nuts and seeds, sprouts, and fruits. Also featured are sections on chutneys, relishes, pickles, different milks, rejuvelac, yogurt, salads, and desserts.”—Midwest Book Review

What I read: “If you used a commercially available soaps, shampoos, body lotions, deodorants, different types of makeup, etc., it is best to avoid products containing solvents, chemical and synthetic additives, as they are directly absorbed through the skin and interfere with immunity. Even so-called “natural” cosmetics for washing often contain harmful chemicals health. Should apply the general principle of avoiding rubbing the skin of any substance which would not have eaten. You can always turn to alternative products – such wholesome unrefined oils are excellent […], body lotion. If you want to smell nice, you can ad pure essential oils, such as lavender or rosemary to enrich lotion for their aromatherapy properties. ”

For last month I applied on my skin and face first cold pressed extra virgin olive oil only (as a face cream and body lotion). I am delighted. My observations: the pores are smaller, the skin is smooth and soft, looks healthier, feels healthier. Very powerful cosmetic. At the beginning I was afraid I will smell like french fries 😉 (I didn’t use essential oils, because I do not have), but the fragrance was very light (my daughter said it smell yummy ;-)). Now I am going to test sweet almond oil.
Generally, I recommend!

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