Bodhi Bear Soup, a healing remedy for Coughs & Colds!

After surviving a serious and traumatic case of Whopping Cough as a child, I always dive into healing mode when one of my younglings has a fever or a whooping like cough that is associated with Pertussis.

I created this “Bodhi Bear Soup” with a ton of Healthy goodness to strengthen my youngling’s immune system against “Winter Bugs”, especially Whooping Cough!

This soup is filled with chopped Carrots, which have tons of Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene, especially known for helping the immunity of children.

I made sure to add organic Avocado Oil, which is a good fat that works synergistically with Vitamin A absorption.

I also added organic minced Garlic, which contains Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Manganese & Selenium and other antimicrobial and antioxidant properties which can boost our immune system.

More over, Garlic is known to be super effective against toxic bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Next, straight out of my garden, I added many potent leaves of fresh Basil!

Basil has powerful antimicrobial properties, which has long been used in traditional medicine to fight bacterial infections.

In addition, Basil is known for it’s strong but natural anti-histamine properties… Wow, what a super hero herb!

To give this soup some hardiness, I added this beautiful mix of purple, yellow and red potatoes…

I specifically added purple potatoes for their free-radical scavenging and antioxidant capabilities, which is a natural medicine that has been used for ages and ages.

I also included Turmeric!
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in Turmeric. Curcuminoids have powerful anti-inflammatory effects and they are a very strong antioxidant.

Although acute, short-term inflammation can be beneficial, long term inflammation can become a major problem when it becomes chronic and inappropriately attacks your body’s own tissues.

Unbeknownst to many, Curcumin is such a strong anti-inflammatory, that it’s power matches or surpasses many anti-inflammatory drugs without the side effects of pharmaceuticals.

Turmeric and Curcumin really are healthy and powerful gifts from nature!

To give this soup a taste of home and just a little more healing power, I went back into my garden for some fresh Oregano leaves.

In addition to adding a comforting flavor and being an antiseptic, Oregano is a culinary and medicinal herb which has been used in medicine and cooking for thousands of years… How awesome is that!

In fact, many natural healers use Oregano for treating respiratory tract infections and gastrointestinal (GI) infections, which can accompany many Winter Bugs!

So there you have it, my homemade Bodhi Bear Soup!

Will it work to heal you or your child?

Let me say this, when we follow these remedies at the first sign of symptoms, we tend to zap it in just 2-3 days! 😊

In full disclosure, in addition to giving my kids this soup, I also give them top quality gluten & dairy free probiotics three times a day, a Vitamin A capsule once a day, freshly cracked coconut water twice a day, then I apply a homemade mix of Tea Tree, Eucalyptus & Coconut Oil rub on their upper chest & back every morning and evening while symptoms persist.

I hope these natural remedies bring some nutritional comfort for you and your family this coming Winter!

Sending tons of healing vibes your way,

~Dr. Dee (aka Healthy.Desy)

Soup Ingredients:

  • 2 T Organic Avocado Oil
  • 1- 2 cups chopped Carrots
  • 64 oz. of Organic Vegetable Stock, Homemade or Boxed.
  • 1 cup of chopped Purple potatoes
  • 2 cups of Red & Yellow Potatoes
  • 4-6 cloves of minced Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 10-20 leaves of Fresh Basil
  • ¼ teaspoon of dried or 10 Fresh Oregano Leaves.
  • 1 Tablespoon of Turmeric Powder
Soup Instructions:
  1. In a large pot, add 64 oz of low sodium Vegetable Broth, along with Avocado Oil, mixed Potatoes, chopped Carrots, and Garlic. Heat to boiling, and then reduce heat to a simmer.
  2. While mixture is simmering, add Oregano leaves and Turmeric, then continue to simmer for 30 – 45 minutes.
  3. Add in the fresh Basil just before serving.


Turmeric: An Ancient Spice for Inflammation & Cancer Remedies: Part 2🌱

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Turmeric is an Ancient Spice that has been used in Asia & India since 2,000 B.C.

Just as oranges are a source of Vitamin C, Turmeric is a source of Curcumin. Today, we extract Curcumin from Turmeric to use as a natural medicine!

Curcumin stops pain and inflammation, and is being currently investigated for inhibiting tumors and fighting Cancer, preventing fat growth and accumulation, regulating blood sugar, stopping Depression and slowing the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Turmeric is also known as Indian saffron, jiang huang, haridra, curcuma longa and haldi. This healing spice belongs to the ginger family and is a major ingredient of curry powder.

The Turmeric in Curcumin has many medicinal properties such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial activity and has been used to treat cancer sores for many years.

Again, the main active ingredient in Turmeric is Curcumin or Diferuloyl Methane, which many studies now show to have Anticancer effects on cancer cells!

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Although there has been incredible results in aggressive cancers like Human Glioma, to date, Curcumin has the best effects on breast cancer, bowel cancer, stomach cancer and skin cancer cells.

Curcumin is like a pharmacy unto itself, it works harmoniously in many different ways and very high doses can be a helpful adjunct to conventional Cancer Therapies!

Again, it is important to know that is is great to add Turmeric Spice to our foods, as I did in this dish, however, in order for the Turmeric or Curcumin to be effective in treating Cancer or other serious conditions, it must be taken in large doses and therefore should only be done under the supervision of a qualified health care practitioner, especially if you are hypoglycemic!

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Signs of overdosing or negative reaction include yellowing skin (jaundice), dark urine, feeling or being sick, unusual tiredness, stomach or abdominal pain, and loss of appetite.

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I hope this information inspires you to search for alternative medicine that is being successfully used all over the world. Natural Remedies for Cancer! Part 1

Earth’s natural pharmacy is our best pharmacy!

Sending you positive vibes and well wishes,

Dr. D 🌞

The dish above was fairly easy, it included Vegan Shiritaki Noodles, Organic Minced Garlic, Organic Minced Turmeric & Turmeric Spice, Sea Salt, White Pepper, Coconut Aminos, Avocado Oil and Fresh Roasted Zucchini, Bell Peppers and Red Onions.

There are other powerful Natural Treatments for Cancer in my blog: Natural Remedies for Cancer! Part 1

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  • Nina-Chainani, N. “Safety and Anti-Inflammatory Activity of Curcumin: A Component of Tumeric (Curcuma longa).” The Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2003; Vol 9(1), pp. 161–168.
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Kale-Conut Juice! 🌱

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Mmmm Yummy Yummy Baby! 🌞

I’m so excited to share my latest obsession…  Kale-Conut Juice!

🌱 A couple of handfuls of Kale
🌱 Meat of one young Coconut
🌱 Water from the same Coconut
🌱 (Approximately 1-2 cups)
🌱 2 Teaspoons of Cinnamon
🌱 1 Medium or Large Banana
🌱 2 Teaspoons of Coconut Nectar
🌱 One half cup of Ice

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Blend all ingredients together in your Nutribullet or favorite blender and enjoy this yummy, healthy, anti-inflammatory drink!  🌞

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Wasabi’s 8 Healing Benefits! 🌱 Vegan Sushi Balls

Vegan Sushi Balls

Vegan Sushi Balls & Wasabi Sauce

Wasabi… What is it?!?  You know that green mushy guacamole like stuff you have probably seen in Japanese Restaurants.  Only thing is, it tastes nothing like Guacamole!

I moved from a small town in Texas to California when I was 17 years old, I had never been to a Japanese restaurant, let alone heard of Wasabi.  When I was served wasabi and ginger for the first time, this small town girl  assumed it was Guacamole and put the entire wasabi ball in her mouth, yes, me… I did that!

Real Wasabi

Real Wasabi

I literally thought I was going to die! I couldn’t breath, I couldn’t think, I couldn’t speak, I was in so much pain… all the while, a restaurant full of people were all really really laughing at me and I still had no idea what was happening!  It was a great way to learn not to assume anything about anything- especially food!

So seriously… what is Wasabi?!? Does it really have healing properties?

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Wasabi is a perennial herb plant and is a member of the Cruciferae or Brassicaceae family along with cabbages, horseradish, and mustard. The root of the Wasabi is often used as a condiment and has a very strong taste and aroma. The two types of Wasabi include Wasabi Daruma and Wasabi Mazuma.  Wasabi has decent amounts of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Calcium, Potassium and Magnesium.

Although Wasabi is often known as a condiment in Japanese restaurants, there are some other great reasons to eat Wasabi.  Now, when I say Wasabi is healthy, I don’t mean the processed kind you find in most restaurants, snacks, junk food, I mean the actual fresh Wasabi Plant (Wasabia japonica or Eutrema japonica).

The Wasabi most people have eaten may have gluten, is a mix of horse radish, a little mustard paste and green food coloring.  Real plant Wasabi tastes like an herb, is pungent, but doesn’t sting like the horse radish. It is easier to eat and is actually a very powerful healing agent.  Genuine fresh Wasabi is rarely found in the United States or Canada.

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8 Top Healing Benefits of Wasabi:

  1. Anti-microbial:  Fights many forms of bacteria, yeast and mold. [8}
  2. Anti-bacterial:  Found effective in fighting E. Coli, Staphylococcus & H-Pylori. [6]
  3. Detoxifier: helps the liver to get rid of toxins & carcinogens. [7]
  4. Anti-inflammatory: may reduce arthritis, joint pain, asthma & Irritable Bowel Disease.
  5. Anti-Cancer Properties: may assist the liver in neutralizing toxins & cancer cells. [3] [4]
  6. Protects Heart: may reduce heart attack/stroke by preventing blood clots. [Dr. James Duke]
  7. Improves Digestion: may help the intestinal tract get rid of toxins & is rich in fibers. [1] [6]
  8. Fights Cavities:  The leaves help kill Streptococcus Bacteria in your mouth. [Matsuda, 2004]

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My favorite healing property about Wasabi is its possible effectiveness at fighting H-Pylori.  According to a 2004 PubMed article by Shin, Masuda and Naohide, the AIT and other components in wasabi roots, stems and leaves were able to show bactericidal activities against H-pylori strain NCTC 11637, YS 27 and YS 50.  If Wasabi can fight H-Pylori, imagine how powerful it is?!?

All these studies were conducted in a laboratory, as are the majority of studies, but Wasabi has been used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years, and there are many people who attest to its healing properties.

Real Wasabi is very expensive to buy and find because it is very rare to find fresh Wasabi, and it can also be difficult to grow Wasabi.  Wasabi is naturally found in the mountainous wet riverbed climate of Japan and does not need a ton of sunshine, but nonetheless is a stubborn plant to grow and takes about two to three years to be ready for harvesting.

わさび田と渓流If you want to grow Wasabi, you most likely will need a water tower or aquatic system. The state of North Carolina, Oregon, the province of British Columbia, and the Countries of New Zealand, Taiwan and Korea have been the only other places besides Japan to really take on the difficulty of successfully growing large quantities of Wasabi.

If you are looking for ammunition in your natural healing arsenal, Wasabi is a standup Super Plant! If you can get your hands on some fresh Wasabi, please send me some… half kidding! 🙂

You can make fresh Wasabi by cutting the root, peeling the skin off and finely grating the green flesh to get a creamy like texture.

These Vegan Sushi Balls and Wasabi Dipping Sauce are so Yummy Yummy, you won’t eat just one, so here is a recipe for 17!

Vegan Sushi Balls

Vegan Sushi Balls

Ingredients for Vegan/Gluten Free Sushi Balls:

  1. 2 Cups of White Rice (short grain works best). I use GF Jasmine Rice.
  2. 3 Tablespoons of of Rice Vinegar
  3. 4 Tablespoons of Coconut Liquid Aminos (or Braggs or Soy Sauce)
  4. 2 Tablespoons of Sugar (I use Coconut Sugar)
  5. 1 1/2 teaspoons of Sea Salt
  6. 1/4 Cup Chopped Sea Vegetables
  7. 2 carrots (chopped)
  8. 5 Scallions (chopped Green part)
  9. 1/4 cup hulled Black or White Sesame Seeds (I mix both)
  10. 1 Garlic Clove
  11. 1 Inch of Fresh Ginger (peeled & sliced)

Instructions for Sushi Balls:

  1. Cook 2 Cups of Rice according to package instructions
  2. While Rice is cooking, Combine the Liquid Aminos (Soy Sauce), Rice Vinegar, Sugar, Sea Salt, Carrots, Scallions, Garlic, Ginger in a Food Processor/Blender until well minced.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a large Glass Bowl or a bowl that is not plastic.
  4. Place the Sesame seeds on a large flat plate and spread them out.
  5. When the Rice is done, combine Rice & Mixture and fold it all in with a wooden spoon.
  6. I tightly cover my Rice Mixture and let it sit for at least 2 hours.
  7. After the rice is cool & sticky, make little rice balls & roll each one in the sesame seeds.
  8. Put them on a baking sheet with was paper and refrigerate them for up to 2 days!

Wasabi Dipping Sauce Ingredients:

  1. 1 Tablespoon of Wasabi Powder (unless you can get fresh)
  2. 1/4 Cup of Spring Water
  3. 1 Large Garlic Clove
  4. 1 inch Fresh Ginger, peeled & thinly sliced
  5. 2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil (room temp)
  6. 1 teaspoon of Coconut Sugar (or sugar of choice)
  7. 5 Tablespoons of Coconut Aminos (or Braggs Aminos, or Soy Sauce)
  8. 1 Tablespoons of Rice Vinegar
Wasabi Dipping Sauce

Wasabi Dipping Sauce

Instructions for Wasabi Dipping Sauce

Save a couple of strips of the Ginger on the side.  Place the rest of the above ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until all the ingredients are very fine. Taste to see if you like to add more soy sauce/aminos or Wasabi… I always do 😉  put the Wasabi Sauce in a little dish and sprinkle some little Ginger slices on top!

Mmmm Yummy Yummy Baby! Stay healthy & happy, Dr. Dee 😉
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[2] Dynamics of Nrf2 and Keap1 in ARE-mediated NQO1 expression by wasabi 6-(methylsulfinyl)hexyl isothiocyanate. J Agric Food Chem. 2011 Nov 23;59(22):11975-82.
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[4] Tumor cell proliferation and cyclooxygenase inhibitory constituents in horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) and Wasabi (Wasabia japonica). J Agric Food Chem. 2005 Mar 9;53(5):1440-4.
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[8] Suppressive effect of hot water extract of wasabi (Wasabia japonica Matsum.) leaves on the differentiation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes. Food Chem. 2010;118:239–244.