Hawthorn Berry: Hawthorn berries have been used to treat heart problems since at least the 1st century, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Traditionally, hawthorn berry tea was used to treat heart failure, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries. Hawthorn berries – along with the leaves and flowers – are a good source of heart-protective antioxidants like oligomeric procyandins and quercetin, which may explain why hawthorn berry tea has such an affinity for heart health. Hawthorn berry tea may be used for emotional heartache related to grief, according to Tilgner in “Herabl Medicine From the Heart of the Earth.” She suggests the use of hawthorn berry tea to assist in forgiveness of the self or other and in opening the heart during the healing process.
Hazelnuts/Filberts: Rich in dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals and packed with numerous benefits promoting phyto-chemicals. They help to protect against diseases and cancers. They are high in monounsaturated fats which help lower LDL or bad cholesterol. They are rich in the vitamin folate and many important B complex group of vitamins. They are an excellent source of Vitamin E.
Hemp Seeds: Hemp seeds are a great addition to any diet, as they’re packed with easily digestible proteins and contain all 10 essential amino acids, putting them among the rare plant-based foods that provide complete protein. These seeds are abundant in omega-3 fatty acids, as well as a specific omega-6 fatty acid (GLA) not found in any other food; hemp oil contains even more GLA. Hemp seeds are high in fiber and are rich in minerals including magnesium, iron, zinc, and potassium. Hemp seeds are very rarely allergens, unlike many other nuts and seeds. And unlike flax seeds, you need not grind them to reap their benefits. While chia and flaxseeds have the edge in terms of soluble fiber, hemp is higher than the other two seeds in protein. Hemp seeds aren’t as rich in Omega 3 fatty acids as chia or flax, but much higher in Omega 6s, which is not necessarily a benefit, as the western diet is already overabundant in the latter.
Himalayan Pink Salt: Himalayan pink or rock salt contains 84 natural elements and minerals that are vital to our health, including magnesium, potassium, calcium, chloride, phosphorus and iron. Its pink color is a result of a tiny amount of iron oxide (rust). Zinc, selenium, iodine and copper are also present in trace quantities. Generally speaking, Himalayan salt is considered a healthy salt because no chemicals or additives are added to it, and it’s a naturally occurring substance. Health benefits include supporting weight loss, detox, and balanced hormones. You can even use it in your home improve air quality.
Honey: Honey has been used by countless cultures all around the world over the past 2,500 years. While the numerous health benefits of honey have made it an important element of traditional medicines such as Ayurvedic treatments, scientists are also researching the benefits of honey in relation to modern medicine, particularly in the healing of wounds. It is a great natural energy booster, has anti-inflammatory/anti-cancer properties and boosts the overall immune system. Raw local honey is great for preventing and managing the effects of seasonal allergies; this stems from the seasonal microbes that occur naturally.
Honeydew Melon: Honeydew melon is only 60 calories per cup, and is composed of about 90% water. It is a good source of vitamin C and has potassium content comparable to that of a banana, with fewer calories. Honeydew is also a source of B vitamins thiamine, niacin, pantothenic acid, as well as the trace mineral copper. The combination of its high water content and potassium levels make honeydew melon effective at maintaining healthy blood pressure levels.As honeydew contains both vitamin C and copper, they promote healthy skin by aiding collagen production and tissue repair.
Horseradish Root: Horseradish is a powerful and pungent plant that is connected to a wide variety of health benefits, including its ability to aid weight loss, lower blood pressure, alleviate respiratory conditions, build strong bones, improve immune system health, stimulate healthy digestion, promote heart health, detoxify the blood, liver and kidneys, and lower the chances of neural tube defects in infants. Perhaps most notably, horseradish can prevent cancer due to its extremely high levels of glucosinolates.
Horsetail: Horsetail is a thin, and sterile perennial plant with a rhizomatous stem that looks like the tail of a bird or a horse. It is reproduced by its spores instead of the seeds. It is also known as Pewterwort (due to its use in polishing pewter and wood) or Scouring Rush (due to the abrasive coating of silicates on its stems which was used for scouring metal pots). Its health benefits can be attributed to a number of great minerals and other nutrients it contains, such as manganese, calcium, iron, flavonoids, caffeic acid esters, saponins, tannins, alkaloids, fatty acids, phytosterols, glycosides, phenolic acids, aconitic acid, and silica. Similar to Alfalfa plant, Horsetail is capable of absorbing unique minerals from the earth like Silica which are not found in many other plants. Horsetail is known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antioxidant, coagulant, demulcent, diuretic and astringent activity. Reportedly, it has been used in the treatment of a number of health conditions which include brittle bone, hair, teeth and nails, white spots on nails, gingivitis, tonsillitis, inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth, rheumatic disorders, edema, osteoarthritis, diabetes, acne, wounds, itchiness, rashes, burns, frostbite, chilblains, athlete's foot, cracked and tired feet, drawing out pus from boils and carbuncles, ulcers, fistulas, herpes simplex, dyspepsia (impaired digestion), gastrointestinal conditions, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory tract infections, bronchitis, fever, malaria, bladder problems, urinary tract infection, bed wetting in children, kidney stones (nephrolithiasis), prostate problems, hemorrhoids, muscle cramps, tumors, broken bones, fractures, sprains, nose bleed and other heavy bleeding. Horsetail is also known to strengthen the body's immune system.