CILANTRO: A Powerful Heavy Metal Remover


Cilantro is one of those herbs that you either love or hate. When I was first introduced to cilantro I highly detested the taste. Now that I know it has powerful health benefits – I have acquired a taste for it. Research shows that cilantro is a powerful heavy metal and toxin remover. The chemical compounds in cilantro bind to the heavy metals, loosening them from the tissues, blood and organs allowing for easy elimination from the body. If you live in or commute through an area with air pollution or regularly eat fish – cilantro is a necessary ingredient to add to your diet.

According to the observations made by the internationally recognized medical researcher, Dr. Yoshiaki Omura, all cancer cells have mercury in them.

Benefits of Cilantro:

  • Powerful binding agent to heavy metals (e.g. mercury) and environmental toxins
  • Oils in cilantro aid digestion by promoting the production of  digestive enzymes, acids and juices.
  • Powerful anti-inflammatory
  • Antibacterial (salmonella)
  • Antioxidant
  • Disinfectant
  • Antiseptic
  • Antifungal
  • Hormone balancing
  • Blood glucose regulator
  • Boosts liver function
  • Immune system booster

Using Cilantro:

The reported health benefits of cilantro are based on using it raw. Organically grown cilantro is your best choice. Make sure to add it to your salads, dishes, soups and smoothies just before serving. It has a powerful taste that may take some getting used to for some people; so start with a small amount finely chopped and well blended.

In lieu of having a bunch of cilantro on hand at all times, you can add a few drops of cilantro essential oil to your recipes.  This is a cost effective way to have cilantro on hand at all times.  I add cilantro to my tartar sauce every time I have fish.  Contact me at for information on locating quality cilantro essential oil.

Cilantro Pesto

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup almonds, cashews, or other nuts
  • 1 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves and soft stems or 15 drops of cilantro essential oil
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea Salt to taste

Cilantro Dressing

  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped or 4 drops of cilantro essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon spicy mustard
  • 3/4 cup organic olive oil
Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.N.C.
Holistic Wellness Practitioner


February 2005 issue of the “Journal of Hazardous Materials.” (blood brain barrier, anti-cancer) (chemo – more cancer)

BLACK CURRANT: A Healthy Food Choice


Black currants, also known as ribes nigrum (Grossulariaceae), are a powerful super food. The fruit bearing shrub is native to the temperate regions of Europe, western and central Asia and the Himalayas. As I was growing up we always had a row of black currant bushes in our south western Ontario garden. My mother made black currant jelly from the berries. It was our job as children to pick them. There wasn’t a concern about us eating too many as we picked; they are pretty tart. The leaves are used to make teas.

Health benefits of black currants:

  • High in anti-oxidants; required daily to replenish stores.
  • High in the photochemical anthocyanins; beneficial against cancer, aging, inflammation and neurological diseases (dementia, Alzheimer’s)
  • High in Vitamin C; an important free radical scavenger and infectious disease fighter.
  • Good source of Vitamin A and flavonoid antioxidants important for healthy eye sight, skin and mucous membranes.
  • Rich in Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine) and Vitamin B-1 (thiamine); vitamins the body needs daily for proper function.
  • Good source of iron; needed for red blood cell production.
  • Good source of copper, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium and potassium; minerals required daily for healthy body function.
  • Used therapeutically to prevent cardiac insufficiency and for improved circulation.
  • A natural diuretic.

How to get the health benefits of black currants:

    • Fresh and frozen whole berries.
    • Black currant tea.
    • Black currant jelly or jam. (my favourite is St. Dalfour Black Currant 100% Fruit Spread from France which is sweetened with grape juice concentrate)
    • Black currant wine.
    • Black currant salad dressing. ( I use a small amount of the St. Dalfour black currant spread with organic olive oil and balsamic vinegar)

I consider black currants a MUST HAVE super food to keep stocked in the refrigerator. Black current tea is a MUST HAVE pantry staple.

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Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner,

Source: The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants: A Practical Reference Guide to over 550 Key Herbs and Their Medicinal Uses by Andrew Chevallier

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