With the weather turning permanently chilly, and the ever changing atmospheric pressure here in Calgary, I thought I’d share a little known cure for sinus headaches and general yuckiness.
I was pretty surprised, as it’s something I eat often, but had no idea how incredibly healing it was! But plants are magic and I believe there’s always a plant based cure for everything!
Are you ready for this?
P I N E A P P L E!
Shocked? I was!
I let myself gain a silly assumption that using plants to heal had to always involve a concentrated, bitter, or unpleasant concoction. I spent my teens having elderberry extract whenever a cold came on. I thought it was disgusting (as my dramatic teenage self would proclaim while fake retching). It’s pretty bitter, and isn’t the most pleasant.
But damn, it would stop whatever I had coming on in it’s tracks. Whenever I would force myself to face the slight unpleasantness, a few days of a twice daily dose would be enough.
So, with that experience I’ve somewhat shied away from concentrated plant based healing. But it was actually my Mum a few months ago, who on her third or fourth day of a sinus headache took to google to find some relief, as pain killers and traditional measures weren’t doing the trick.
She stumbled upon pineapple! Curiosity got the better of her, and she bought pineapple on the drive home from work. She ate the whole thing, and woke the next morning feeling no pressure in her sinuses at all, and was completely healed.
So interesting! And delicious! Definitely a cure I could get behind.
The magic healing property is an enzyme called bromelain. It’s known to reduce swelling (goodbye aching swollen sinuses), reduce hay fever, ease ulcerative colitis (a bowel condition involving ulcers), relax muscles, slow clotting, shorten labour (huzzah!) and prevent cancer! Talk about magic.
The weather has been bothering Ben recently, and he’s had blocked and sore sinuses the last few days. Tonight we’re both sipping on pineapple laden green smoothies; him to heal, me because it’s delicious.
This is also something that Willow loves to drink! I’m all about green smoothies with her, as she’s suddenly decided eating anything green is unacceptable. Drinking greens, however, is luckily still ok.
I used coconut water since we had some on hand, but usually I simply use water. I always add chia and flax to every smoothie I make, because it’s nice healthy boost!
Green Pineapple Smoothie
1 cup water
Large handful of spinach and/or kale
2 cups fresh pineapple
1 cup fruit of choice (strawberries are a nice combination!)
1 tablespoon chia
1 tablespoon flax
Blend, sip, enjoy!
Makes one larrrge serving.
You can use frozen fruit too, I often use frozen fruit for our green smoothies. But the riper and juicer the pineapple, the more bromelain. So I’d always recommend fresh pineapple for this smoothie, and the other fruit of choice can be frozen to get a nice thick smoothie consistency.
This is a great drink when you’re feeling blocked and gross, or if you’re craving a tangy, sweet green juice.
What is your favourite green juice? Did you know about this awesome cure?! Please shoot off an email, drop a comment below or connect with me on instagram if you know of any other amazing plant based cures!
Sending healing and juicy vibes your way,