Entries by Michael Ravensthorpe


Michael Ravensthorpe is an independent writer whose research interests include nutrition, alternative medicine, and bushcraft. He is the creator of the website, Spiritfoods, through which he promotes the world's healthiest foods.

Irish Moss: The Great Rejuvenating Seaweed

Irish moss, also called pearl moss or carrageen moss, is a red seaweed that grows along the coasts of Europe and North America. It is often purchased in bulk by food manufacturers for the purpose of making jellies, through it… 0 Shares |

Three Amazing Uses for Tea Tree Oil

Long before the advent of modern medicine, people were using essential oils for medicinal purposes. The oil of the evergreen shrub, tea tree, was particularly venerated by ancient cultures, especially the Australian Aborigines. In fact, evidence shows that the Aborigines… 0 Shares |

Zinc: An Essential Mineral That Plays Many Roles in the Body

Zinc is an essential trace mineral that is found in many high-protein foods. It is the second most common mineral found in our bodies after iron, and is present in several systems and biological reactions. Despite being an essential component… 0 Shares |

Arame: A Nutritious Seaweed Bursting with Iodine, Calcium and Iron

Arame is a brown seaweed that is commonly harvested along the coasts of Japan and South Korea. As with kombu, dulse, and other sea vegetables, arame is used liberally in Japanese cuisine, and it is renowned for its versatility owing… 0 Shares |

Five Amazing Non-Dietary Uses for Baking Soda

It’s difficult to find a food product more versatile than baking soda. This white soluble compound, which is also called sodium bicarbonate, has been used for centuries – even as far back as ancient Egypt – as a natural cleaning… 0 Shares |

Boost Your Blood with the Best Natural Sources of Vitamin K

Vitamin K is the name given to a group of fat-soluble vitamins that are primarily responsible for aiding blood clot formation in our bodies. In fact, the reason why vitamin K was never named vitamin F (the next logical step… 0 Shares |

Studies Show That Dulse Is a Great Source of Nutrients and Antioxidants

Dulse is a spicy-flavored red seaweed that grows on the coasts of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Popular in East Asia, dulse has been harvested for thousands of years as a nutritious food source, an ingredient in skin care products,… 0 Shares |

Rejuvenate Your Mind and Body with Colloidal Gold

Many people know about colloidal silver and its proven germicidal and antibacterial properties. Colloidal gold, on the other hand, is not quite as well-known. This is unfortunate, since this clear, tasteless colloid – which is made from tiny gold particles… 0 Shares |

The Best Dietary Sources of Iodine

Iodine is an essential trace nutrient that is responsible for producing thyroid hormones. These hormones are responsible for regulating the metabolism, which affects the speed with which our bodies use energy, the regulation of body temperatures, cholesterol, and heart rates,… 0 Shares |

The Roles of Copper in the Body

Copper is an essential trace element that is widely distributed in nature. Though the tissues of our bodies contain it in trace amounts, with our brains and livers containing the most, we all need to obtain our copper from food-based… 0 Shares |