Coconuts have long been associated with tropical islands and exotic desserts – and locals have been enjoying the antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal and
antioxidant healing properties of coconut water for centuries. From young coconuts, the clear, electrolyte-rich water refreshes kids to grown-ups.
Coconut water causes less nausea and stomach upset than carbonated electrolyte (sports) drinks, and a 2012 study found that coconut water matched sports drinks for hydration and physical performance in athletes. Unlike carbonated sports drinks that are linked with tooth decay + weight gain, sweet-tasting coconut water contains medium chain triglycerides, which help you lose weight as you beat the summer heat.
Coconut water supports immune system function, protects the liver, reduces lipid oxidation and improves insulin sensitivity. Plus, it’s delicious. It’s no wonder coconut is known as Kalpavriksha (the all giving tree) in Indian classics. H&L
|s a Culinary Herbalist, I enjoy the entire spectrum of sweet and savoury flavours of culinary herbs. But, rosemary + thyme have found a permanent spot in the garden, kitchen and medicine cabinet because of their antioxidant properties.|
Unstable oxygen molecules (a.k.a. free radicals) caused by chemicals, pollutants, toxins and stress attack our cells daily. They cause premature aging and weaken healthy cells, making them susceptible to disease. Anti-oxidants found in intensely coloured herbs, fruit and vegetable plant foods stop these silent scavengers from doing cellular damage.
Rosemary (antioxidant score: 165,280 units) is
analgesic, antiseptic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, antiviral and disinfectant. Team fresh rosemary with garlic for an antioxidant wallop in fish and chicken or in soups and stews. Use dry or fresh to make a very effective cough syrup.
Thyme has over 35 antioxidants (score: 27,426 units). Its antiseptic, choleretic, expectorant properties are helpful for stomach and toothaches + to disinfect wounds. Known to improve liver and kidney function, it’s also antiparasitic. Aromatic thyme is used in long-cooking dishes such as soups, stews and oven casseroles. It’s often paired with tomatoes in sauces.
To enjoy the healing benefits of Pat’s favourite two summer herbs, try her tasty ‘Summer Soup’ recipe or ‘Pat’s Antioxidant Cough Syrup’. H&L