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Elderberry Does the Job When it Comes to the Cold or Flu.

Are you fighting the flu bug? Dealing with  bronchial congestion, sore throat and cough?

Check out Elderberry Concentrate.

The extract taken from wild grown Elder Flowers (Sambucus nigra) is known to help the body resist infection.

and here’s the interesting part…………

the berries have been found to interrupt the ability of some viruses to replicate”!. Or said in another way, “Elderberries contain Sambucus nigra agglutinins (SNAs), which helps prevent some types of flu from infecting healthy cells.” Now that’s information worth knowing.

One winter a member of our family got bronchitis and was unable to shake it. My research seemed to point to the Elderberry so we gave Sambu® Elderberry Concentrate a try. “Elderberry is one of the most effective herbs for preventing and treating upper respiratory infections” was what I was told.

Within the week the bronchitis was under control.

Another delicious alternative is the Elderberry and Zinc lozenges (NOW brand) I keep these in my herbal medicinal cabinet. I usually find my Elderberry concentrate or lozenges at the local health store.

CAUTION ****** Do NOT use FRESH – as all parts of the plant in the fresh state can cause poisoning. So if you’ve got an Elderberry bush in your back yard like I do, you best leave the berries for the birds.

Having said that, properly prepared, the Elderberry carries significant healing power and the juice is delicious. This is one medicine anyone can swallow.

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Don’t forget, to add a Merry Heart to the mix. “A merry heart does good like a medicine.”

 
disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation.

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November is national diabetes month.

If you or someone in your family lives with diabetes, you know the challenges they face each and everyday. Thankfully you can live a rich and full life by making a few small changes. Many people with type II diabetes have been able to stop all symptoms entirely just by changing their diet.

I’ve seen it happen in my own family. Some are prone to Type II diabetes. This got me thinking and doing research.

One reason my family has this history of diabetes is because they are so extraordinary in the kitchen. They delight in enjoying rich fatty foods, scrumptious sauces, plenty of home-made white breads, and…. are in love with sugar.  (did I mention rich desserts?)

Because my diet today is healthy and nutrient rich, I know I do not have to worry about whether or not I am at risk. I am not.

The results from the last glucose blood test came back – “excellent”. “You didn’t even spike!” was the doctor’s shocked comment. “We won’t be doing that test for another ten years.” 

I chuckled because I knew I was good.

Then came the eye doctor’s report. If there is a history of diabetes in the family, one must keep an eye on one’s eyes. The doctor insisted I have the complete exam done twice, (she wasn’t satisfied with the results of the first) before she came back with this result.

“Well, things look good… in fact they are more than good. Your eyes are better than normal.”

Again I chuckled because I knew I was good.

What did I do?

I made several important lifestyle choices. I don’t smoke, don’t drink (I will have 1/2 a class of wine on special occasions). Love my one and only man.

For many years now I have avoided foods with sugar, I take my Moringa leaf powder and diatomaceous earth, (and a few other supplements) and follow Dr. Jonn Matsen’s “Eat with the Seasons” protocol.

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Dr. Matsen is a naturopath who runs the Northshore Naturopathic Clinic in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. His book Eating Alive II has been my road map and is worth every penny you spend on it.

Raw honey, pure maple syrup and stevia are my sugar substitutes, and… get this… I even enjoy a small piece of dark chocolate ever so often.

I bake my own non-yeast breads and loaves, and make the most amazing desserts out of foods like quinoa, exotic flours and vegetables.

I love my Rooibos tea. 

 

I exercise regularly, and do the things I love… love (am passionate about) writing and painting.

I share my passions by teaching writing and painting, and one more… I love to make films… I lied… there’s still another… I love to read and publish books.

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(photo  Storyteller by candlelight – Carrie ©)

But… there is something more.

Something many people don’t consider in their health equation. Their spiritual life.

For me, my relationship with God is the most important element. I believe in a God that is personal, cares about me and certainly my health. I believe that God sent Jesus to this earth so many years ago to bridge that gap between God and man… to pay for their sin… in full, to bring them all good things and that includes health.

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He did this for you & me – Carrie ©

I believe that if it’s good – it’s from God… if it’s not good… it’s not from God. That’s what the Bible says and I am simple enough to believe it.

It’s time to seek and find… to claim those treasures He has for us.  He did that for you and me. 

III John 2  speaks to me when it comes to my health. “I pray that you may prosper and be in good health, even as your soul prospers.” 

How does my soul prosper? In order for my soul to prosper I need peace. I need hope. I need joy. I need to be excited to wake up in the morning, ready to get on with whatever the day might bring. That means I need God. It’s only in my relationship with Him that I find that place of peace, have hope, know joy.

If you face the challenges of diabetes and are looking for answers to the health challenge, there are experts out there who can help you. 

For those of you who want some spiritual input into your lives… you’ll want to check out this pastor’s blog. He and his wife are two of the most  loving, beautiful, grace filled people I know. Cory’s  

got something to say.

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I  have a special guest for you today.

Traveler and blogger, Cole Millen, has some helpful advice on how to maintain a nutritious diet while traveling. 

If you’re looking for ways to stay healthy, trim, and stress free while on vacation, you will appreciate what Cole has to offer. 

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Thank you Cole for sharing your travel tips with our readers. 

So you’re finally ready for your vacation. You’ve saved up, you’ve packed and – most importantly – you’ve got your beach body in top form. So now that you’re in rocking shape, how do you avoid gorging yourself while on vacation and coming back with extra pounds in tow?

Fruits image Cole Millen article

If you want to avoid packing on the pounds you worked so hard to get off before your trip, all it takes is a little bit of planning and a whole lot of self control. Neither should be a problem, as you’ve likely exercised plenty of both in order to get in shape for the trip over the past few months.

It starts on the plane, where you can avoid eating unhealthy, over-processed meals by having a home-cooked meal beforehand or simply bringing one with you. You can also burn excess calories by walking around the airport rather than taking lifts or moving walkways. If you’re in for a long trip, consider bringing healthy snacks like dried fruit or trail mix along in your carry on luggage.

You also want to make sure the place you’re staying is relatively health conscious. After all, not every hotel at every vacation destination is a 24/7 buffet. The best way that I have found to receive the most accurate information regarding these needs is through consumer reviews. I recently found a great site that listed extremely helpful reviews for Las Vegas hotels. This ultimately led to me finding a hotel in sin city with a fitness center as well as a gluten free restaurant! These amenities were so extremely helpful to maintaining my healthy lifestyle. Many places offer full gyms, spas and tons of outdoor activities like hiking, canoeing and swimming, which will entice you to stay active instead of stuffing your face poolside. You can also stock your hotel’s fridge up with healthy food in order to avoid late night snacking from the mini bar. Smart travelers will minimize both unhealthy eating and spending by bringing along a simple crockpot when they travel. With a cheap plug in model, you can prepare chicken, rice and steamed vegetables easily, even if your room doesn’t have a kitchenette.

Going out to eat is part of the vacation experience, and you shouldn’t go out of your way to deprive yourself of exotic foods and beverages. However, you can control what you eat when you’re dining out. Check menus before you arrive for healthy options, and avoid going places with “all you can eat” signs or excessively unhealthy menus. Also, having a small healthy snack such as an apple before you go out can make sure you’re not tempted to overeat. Once you get to the restaurant, feel free to ask questions about the origins of the food, the cooking style and the ingredients. You may feel like a tourist at first, but you’ll feel better knowing exactly what you’re putting in your body.

Alcohol is also a huge calorie contributor on vacations. Not having any responsibilities can lead to excessive drinking throughout the day, leaving you bloated, tired and hung-over come the morning. Temper your tendency to start drinking too early by making sure you stay active (swimming, hiking, boating) during the day. Save the relaxing – including the drinks – for the evening. Follow these suggestions, and you’ll be sure to come back relaxed, fit and feeling better than ever.  

If you wish to contact Cole, send him an email at  colemillen@gmail.com

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FLIPSIDE Cartoons.

Introducing FLIPSIDE  – a new series of cartoons with “another perspective”.

1st strip of 6 cartoons 01 2013

Whether you laugh, smile, or just get “another perspective”, that’s what it’s all about.

Using current events and personal experiences, FLIPSIDE wants to give us a laugh, or at the very least, put a smile on our faces.

Check out, http://joe-ks.com rated  #1 humor site on the ‘net, for Flipside Cartoons and much, much more. 

Thanks to Joe for keeping an endless supply of good humor coming our way at  http://joe-ks.com.

 

 

 

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From the moment I first sipped Red Rooibos tea, I was hooked. On the lookout for a tea with interest, I had found one. Rich in taste, full of flavor, and loaded with antioxidants, this tea has a lot to offer.  That was several years ago.

While taking in the many sights, sounds and tastes of the 2012 West Coast Women’s Show, I made a point of paying a visit to Liz Bandelin’s Tega Tea booth. A welcome stop after spending the last few hours enjoying the endless displays of just about everything a woman could want – jewels, clothing, cosmetics, skincare, food, drink, entertainment and adult beverages.

The world slowed down as I enjoyed the tea tasting, along with a little flavorful chat. I treasured the moment.

I was pleased to see new additions to Liz’s already rich combinations and varieties – Chocolate Mint, Chai, Orange Spice, Lemon Hibiscus, Wild Berry and Green Rooibos teas to name a few. Based on my tasting, I decided to purchase the Winter Berry Blend and the Tropical Sunrise. I was already looking forward to a cup before retiring later that evening.

Tega Teas are the #1 ranked fair trade teas in Canada.  To learn why and to learn more about Rooibos and its many health benefits, go to    http://www.nu-tea.com

My next stop of interest –

Epic Cosmetics and their Clear 60 Minute Skin Care line.

We “mature” women are always on the look out for that special something – the miracle in a bottle that will fix it all. Well, maybe not all, but if it erased even a few years of lines and wrinkles (oh, it almost hurts to say that word) we are all over it.

Now, having said that, this “miracle in a bottle” must pass several very stringent tests. Having educated ourselves in the fine art of healthy living, we “mature” women, have become very discerning.

Not only does this miracle in a bottle have to be effective, it must be natural and toxin-free. No more sacrificing inner body health for outer body beauty. Those days are long gone.

Mladen and Tanya, a local scientist and his beautiful wife, work tirelessly to bring us this “miracle in a bottle”. Clear Skin Care is 100% natural, safe and toxin free, highly effective and loaded with anti-oxidants. Clear Skin Care is making its mark and flying off the shelves of local stores.

Did I mention it is effective? You see, I discovered this skin rejuvenating serum a year ago.

I haven’t even touched on the skin clearing capability this remarkable product has. Chronic problems like psoriasis, eczema, hives and various unknown skin conditions are erased or eliminated within hours or days.

Here’s a little secret. It’s not just for woman, nor is it just for the “mature” woman. Check out their website at  http://www.epic-cosmetics.com/

The treasures one can find at the West Coast Women’s Show are endless. If you missed this year’s show, be sure to make it a priority next year.

What do Tega Tea and Clear 60 Minute Skin Care have in common?

Me for one.

 

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Moringa Oleifera -one of nature’s most nutritious foods

contains over 90 nutrients, 36 anti-inflammatories and 46 antioxidants.

A few months ago while doing research, I came across information about a tree called Moringa Oleifera.

I was intrigued by the many benefits associated with this tree.  The leaf and its uses in particular, is what got my attention.

Here is a list of some of the possible BENEFITS of the Moringa Leaf Powder: (dried and ground Moringa leaf)

  • Boosts the natural defenses of the body
  • Nourishes the brain and eyes
  • Helps regulate a healthy metabolism
  • Promotes healthy cell structure
  • Promotes healthy cholesterol levels
  • Supports healthy function of the liver and the kidneys
  • Beautifies the skin
  • Acts as a natural antbiotic
  • Increases energy
  • Lowers blood sugar levels
  • Aids in proper digestion
  • Contains powerful atioxidants that reduce the risk of tumors and the effects of aging
  • Possesses strong ant-inflammatory properties
  • Promotes a healthy circulatory system
  • Supports the normal sugar levels
  • Helps detoxify the body
  • Eeffective against nervous system disorders including normal and migraine headaches
  • Gives a feeling of general wellness

I’ve been using 2 tsp. per day for the past 5 months and I have shared this product with other people.

Here is some feedback about its effectiveness:

  1. Blood sugar level is much more stable throughout the day.
  2. Inflammation from a serious accident is subsiding significantly after 1 week of 1 tsp. 3x per day. Acupuncturist commented on client’s significant improvement over the one week period. Swelling and inflammation had receded.
  3. Sleeping better and if awakened, go back to sleep quickly. Previously person would often have many sleepless hours once awakened. 
  4. Do not wake up having to move because of hip pain
  5. Increased energy.
  6. Am losing weight and loving it.
  7. Restless Leg Syndrome is now a rare occurrence since taking Moringa Leaf  Powder, and when it does act up it is much less severe.
  8. Leg cramps at night are pretty much gone.
  9. Nervous system is much calmer day and night.
  10. Hip pain from rock climbing has subsided significantly.
  11. Muscles recover faster after exercising.

Click here to learn more about, or to purchase

 Moringa Leaf Powder 

One day while working in the garden, one of my fellow gardeners whose home is in Nigeria, started talking to me about Moringa.

I had just started using Moringa Leaf Powder and had never had anybody talk to me about it before.

This is his story.

Background:

He and his wife live in Nigeria. He came to Canada to earn his engineering degree.

His Story:

In their little home in Nigeria he and his wife have a garden. In the garden they have a Moringa Tree. They regularly harvest and dry the leaves and always have a ready supply for daily use.

Since his stay in Canada would be lengthy, he took enough Moringa Leaf powder with him to last him for many months.

I listened as he told me about all the wonderful benefits of the Moringa Leaf powder and how they would never want to be without it.

He mentioned that in their country it is used to help regulate blood sugar in diabetics.

In Africa, if someone has a Moringa Tree, they are looked upon as “blessed”.  He says, “Here (Africa)  it is known as “The Miracle Tree”.

A LITTLE BIT OF  MORINGA HISTORY

Moringa is called “Nebedaye”, which means “never die” In many African languages. The Moringa plant is native to Northern India, where it was first described around 2000 BC as a medicinal herb.

The Moringa tree spread eastward from India to the lower parts of China, Southeast Asia and the Philippines. From India It also spread westward to Egypt, the Horn of Africa, around the Mediterranean, and finally to West Indies in America.

Ancient Egyptian treasured Moringa oil, using it as protection for their skin from the ravages of desert weather. Later, the Greeks found many healthful uses for Moringa and introduced it to the Romans.

On the Island of Jamaica in 1817, a petition concerning Moringa oil was presented to the Jamaican House of Assembly. It described the oil as being useful for salads and culinary purposes, and being equal to the best Florence oil as an illuminant – giving clear light without smoke.

OTHER NAMES FOR MORINGA

Horseradish Tree, Drumstick Tree, Marango, Mlonge, Mulangay Malungay, Malunggay, Mother’s Best Friend, Miracle Tree

Moringa Leaf Powder

Disclaimer: All material is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being

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I’m very pleased to post this article on how healthy meals can make a lasting difference for cancer patients,  by Jillian Mckee.

Jillian is a Complementary Medicine Advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance in the US. 

Thank you Jillian for your time and effort in spreading good news and sharing excellent suggestions on how to make healthy meals that can make a lasting difference when  going through the difficult battle of fighting cancer.

I hope you or someone you know, finds this information helpful and beneficial.  

Learning how to make healthy meals can make a huge difference in the life of someone with cancer. Many cancer patients make the mistake of not fixing healthy meals simply because cooking and preparing can take a lot of time and effort. It can be a major challenge for people who are ill from breast cancer or mesothelioma treatment side effects to find the energy to plan and cook healthy meals.

The disease and the treatments leave a wide range of damage on a person’s body. Many times, this damage drains and depletes energy and physical strength, making it difficult to get enough energy to cook healthy meals.

Friends and family members can be a major help by shopping for and cooking healthy meals in advance. Studies have proven that when one invests in eating diets that are high in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and some dairy, the person will gain vitamins and antioxidants needed to produce energy and increase strength.

Many people who are going through cancer treatments such as chemo and radiation often experience months of fluctuating weight changes. A solid diet filled with wholesome foods loaded with all the right minerals and vitamins will help a person have better weight management.

A person who is losing far too much weight can benefit from a nutritious diet by ensuring he or she is getting all the needed vitamins, proteins, minerals, and antioxidants each day. Healthy diets help people with cancer to take more control over their lives and to have energy and physical strength to continue fighting the disease. Family members and friends may offer simple healthy meals that are fresh or can be frozen, which can be a major benefit when going through treatments.

Nutritious food will help to give a cancer patient much-needed energy that is vital to improving how well the person is able to handle treatments. Vegetable and cheese casseroles, fruit trays, sandwiches loaded with veggies and tasty dressings, and salads packed with delicious and healthy items are all dishes that can be delivered to a person who has cancer. These foods will be a great relief to someone who is too ill to prepare a healthy meal on their own.

The New York Presbyterian Hospital has a video about nutritious foods and how these foods can play a big role in improving the life of a cancer patient to help you get started.

For more excellent cancer fighting information visit  http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/jillian/.

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Sourdough Bread is not only delicious, but also highly nutritious.  

Our first sourdough rye bread attempt

According to Kitchen StewardshipSourdough rye bread in particular is noted scientifically to be the most nutritious of them all. 

Sourdough is a fermented food. 

Fermented foods provide the body with good intestinal flora, and aid in digestion.

This is very good news for someone who is off wheat and yeast breads.

And to top it off, sourdough rye bread is the most tasty of them all –  in my opinion.

By the way, does anybody know of a restaurant in Abbotsford, Vancouver or the lower mainland, where I can get a 100% Sourdough rye bread, sandwich?

That would more than make my day.

How does Sourdough bread  improve nutrition? By…

      • pre-digesting starches, making the bread more easily digestible
      • lowering insulin response/improving glucose tolerance
      • protecting Vitamin B1 from the damage of the heat of baking
      • breaking down gluten, which may result in a bread that gluten-sensitive people can eat
      • activating phytase to hydrolyze (dissolve) the phytates, thus freeing up minerals such as:
        • zinc
        • iron
        • magnesium
        • copper
        • phosphorus

Last week, my husband and I decided to make sourdough bread.

Monday my husband started our sourdough starter.

  • 1/2 cup rye flour and enough pure water to make a gooey mixture
  • Mix and put it into a glass bowl
  • Place it in the oven with the light on, cover  with a cloth and let sit
  • Stir a couple of times a day and feed it every day by adding  1/4 cup flour and enough water to keep the same consistency – continue to let it ferment

Initially it looks like nothing is happening, but in a day or so it will start to bubble and get larger. It has now attracted natural yeast from the air and the environment. It will have a good sour smell.

Three days later our starter was bubbly and ready to use.

To keep the starter growing, add a little flour and water everyday and let sit on the counter. If you are not going to bake for a week or so, put into the fridge to slow the process down. Take out and let grow a few days before making the bread.

Here’s how we made our sourdough bread.

We took about half of the starter for the bread recipe.  Then transferred the remaining sourdough starter to a jar, and fed it once more. It will continue to grow and we will continue to feed it, until we make another loaf of bread.

The RECIPE is simple

Sourdough Rye Bread Recipe

  • Put  4 cups rye flour into a bowl
  • add 1/2 tsp salt and blend
  • Put 1 cup pure water in a bowl and add 1/4 cup olive oil
  • To liquid add 1 cup sourdough starter
  • Slowly add liquid  to flour
  • Add more pure water until you have a dough that you can roll and kneed.
  • Place into pan
  • Set oven for 400 degrees and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Egg wash the crust at this time if you wish. (take an egg, blend it well and brush lightly onto the top of your loaf)
  • Turn heat down to 350 degrees and bake for another 45 minutes – 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean when you stick it into the loaf.
  • Let cool for about 1/2 hour before slicing

Kneading the dough

Our first attempt was satisfactory.

Dough ready for the pan

Our 100% sourdough rye bread

Sourdough rises much slower than yeast breads. I think we should have let it rise longer. We let it rise about 3 hours. We’ll have to figure this one out.

I do like the consistency and the taste is excellent.

We forgot to add salt… but a little butter took care of that. Next time.

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Chemical air fresheners… What do you mean they are “Not Just a Nice Smell”?

To those of you who enjoy your smelly “Chemical-Cocktail Air Fresheners”, you may not want to read any further.

If you do, I warn you, those air fresheners may never smell the same to you again.

While reading the latest, February 2012 Vista magazine I came across an article written by Michael Bloch – “Chemical Air Fresheners and Your Home.”  (Michael’s website is greenlivingtips.com )

Getting right to the point – Bloch says that the air freshener industry uses up to 3000 synthetic chemical ingredients. Some of them include the following nasty toxins:

  • Formaldehyde, a known carcinogen
  • Phenol, a skin and nervous system irritant
  • Petroleum distillates such as butane and propane
  • Methlformamide, linked to organ system toxicity, cancer and developmental or reproductive toxicity.
  • Butanoic acid, linked to neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption and organ system toxicity.
  • Nitro – and polycyclic musks, linked to cancer and hormone disruption… and the list goes on.

What about those convenient air fresheners that spray automatically every few minutes?

Michael Bloch says these harmful products should be pulled from the market for many reasons.

Apparently, one can build up a tolerance to the smell so that one needs a stronger and stronger scent to get the desired result. That is not good.

So… what can you do?

You can start by reading the labels. Just because it says “natural scent” doesn’t mean other harmful ingredients aren’t included.

Check the ingredients list. 

The Environmental Working Group  has an online data base, Skin Deep, where you can find out the potential effects of most chemicals.

So, you ask, how do I freshen my home without my favorite chemical air freshener?

One alternative is to use essential oils diluted in water – use in a spray bottle. Mist the air for a fresh, safe and truly natural aroma.

Smell the citrus

Lemon and orange are some of my favorite aromas.

Lavender is another.

You can also use vanilla extract as a natural deodorizer. Place a few drops in small containers here and there in your home.

Natural, safe and non-toxic – why settle for less? Your health is worth it.

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Safe, effective and beautiful

That’s what I find Cheri Watson’s natural mineral cosmetic line promises… and delivers.

Accents Cosmetics is the name of her company.

Needless to say, I love the products; so much so that I feel compelled to re-write my former article.

Some of my readers may recall a post I wrote in 2011, where I introduced you to Cheri and Accents Cosmetics.

Since one of my missions in life is to  live as toxin-free as I possibly can in today’s world, I am so thankful for the efforts and dedication of people like Cheri – people who strive to bring us the very best in quality and purity. People who don’t quit just because the competition is fierce and the market is slow.

Thank you again Cheri.

Here is Cheri Watson, owner of Accents Cosmetics  about to give me the ‘makeover’.

Cheri about to give me the makeover – 2011 Carrie ©
I love the product so much, I use it confidently everyday.
I know that I am actually feeding my skin nutrients…period.! No chemicals, no additives, just good stuff.
Here are some juicy tidbits to consider…
Did you know:
  • Most women absorb up to 2 kilograms of chemicals through their skin from their toiletries and cosmetics over the course of a year!
  • The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health found that  884 chemicals used in personal care products and cosmetics were toxic!
Those are troublesome stats. 
A little bit about Cheri…
Cheri Watson  began to develop  Accents Cosmetics in 2004. She started her business in Mission, BC. As of fall 2011 her products are now manufactured in Vancouver, BC.

For those of you who want more details…

What does “manufacturing” entail?

Cheri purchases the raw materials from the US, which she uses to make the variety of colors for foundation, blush, eye shadow, and lipstick.

Here’s where it gets personal.

If someone wants a specific color of lipstick, and she doesn’t have it... she will make it for you!

As for her mascara... it is formulated by a Master Herbalist (local).  Cheri has the sole rights to this masterfully crafted recipe. The added touch;   lavender scent.

Having tried several other natural mascaras, I find this one to be my absolute favorite, with minimal smudging and smearing – and so easy to remove, yet stays on all day (if I don’t cry) LOL (now I’m sounding like a commercial)

The reality is, in today’s world of information, most of us aren’t looking for more information.

We’re looking for experts who we can trust to deliver the very best possible.

My expert cosmetic adviser – Cheri of course.

Contact me if you would like more information – Email Me

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A friend and I met for tea this morning and she reminded me that today was the last day of January!

2012 Carrie ©

The comment caught me off guard for a moment. 1/12th of the year is already behind us!

“Where have the last 31 days gone?” I asked myself. Before I could answer, my friend said, “the next thing you know, it’ll be Christmas.”

I gasped, and then quickly recovered, realizing we really do have almost 11 more months to prepare.

Every year many of us declare that December suddenly just “appeared” on our doorstep. How stupid is that? It comes around every year, exactly once every 12 months, or every 365 days; accept for this year which will be 366 days. There are no surprises here.

So this year, I am making a decision. No more surprises.

This year I am putting in my calender that I will start to organize myself today, so that I’m ready for December.

What will that look like?

Does that mean I will do more busy stuff to prepare for Christmas?

Here’s what that might look like, and NO, I do not intend to do more. It merely means that I intend to get the most out of the season, and I will not be caught off guard for the umpteenth time.

More questions come to mind…

Does that mean that I won’t still get the most out of the other months and seasons of the year, because I’m preoccupied with that one month of the year?

Enjoying the beauty of the moment - Jan 2012 Carrie ©

On the contrary, this will be a reminder  to enjoy the moment and season that comes with it.

Does that mean I will spend more money on Christmas?

Most certainly not. I intend to have the time to thoughtfully decide what it is I want to spend on Christmas, and, what I don’t want to spend on Christmas.

Another way to make the most of this wonderful month of the year is by intentionally thinking about who I want to spend it with.

Umm, not sure where aunt Susan fits in… but we’ve got almost 11 months to figure that out.

What about the preoccupation with gifts?

Throughout the year, many fabulous craft fairs and trade shows pop up  just about everywhere in the county. If I’m thinking creatively and ahead, gift giving can actually be fun to do.  I still believe that it’s the thought that counts, not the “how much did it cost?”.

So, that’s my decision.

2012 Carrie ©

January, you’ve done well. As you can see, I’ve had plenty of time to enjoy this season.

February, I have a very good reason to look forward to your extra day.

Yes, I’m ready for the rest of the 11 months.

December, 2012 is starting to look pretty inviting.

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Happy December is here…

… my favorite month of the year.

Let it snow - 2011 Carrie ©

Nothing can beat the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas.

Here’s how to have a happy December.

  • Dance to the music – put on the  Bony M Christmas CD and dance.
  • String up some lights and leave them on during the day. Pick your favorite color. The color that makes you feel “happy” and instills anticipation.
  • Plan an Advent evening with some friends.  Have dinner and light the candles.
  • Keep gift giving to a minimum. Set aside your Christmas budget and stick with it.
  • If you give a gift, make it a meaningful one.
  • Don’t use your credit card.
  • On December 24th take the family and attend a Christmas candlelight service.
  • If it snows, play in it.
  •  Make home made apple cider
  • Make Christmas cards and give them to your neighbors.
  • Smell up the house with baking. Make cookies and give some to a neighbor.
  • Watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas”
  • Watch Christmas classics .

Homemade Nativity Scene we made in 1984. We still use it today - 2011 Carrie ©

Do you have a “how to be happy this December” suggestion?
What’s your favorite Christmas Classic?

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Important NOTICE:

The seminar, ‘Safe. Effective. Beautiful.’ has been postponed due to the sudden passing of a valued employee.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as well as Daniel and fellow employees at Marshall Compounding Pharmacy.

Image(s) courtesy VintageHolidayCrafts.com

For all my local readers … you may be interested in this….

A seminar, held in Abbotsford called…

Safe. Effective. Beautiful.

This seminar promises to give valuable  information to help us feel and look great – naturally!

TIME:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 7:30 PM

PLACE:

Kent Place Medical Building

33774 Marshall Road
Abbotsford, BC

604 859.8333
“Marshall Compounding Pharmacy” marshall@relcomsys.ca

I’ll choose, safe, effective and  beautiful any day. 

Here’s Cheri Watson, owner of Accents Cosmetics  about to give me the ‘makeover’.

Cheri about to give me the makeover - 2011 Carrie ©

I love the product so much, I use it confidently everyday.
I say confidently because I know that I am actually feeding my skin nutrients…period.! No chemicals, no additives, just good stuff.
Here are some juicy tidbits to consider…
Did you know:
  • Most women absorb up to 2 kilograms of chemicals through their skin from their toiletries and cosmetics over the course of a year!
  • The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health found that  884 chemicals used in personal care products and cosmetics were toxic!
Those are troublesome stats. 

At this seminar you will learn how to find skin care products and cosmetics made without the plastics, silicones, petroleum, artificial fragrances, dyes, and other unsafe ingredients found in most beauty products.

Let me introduce you to the Presenters:

Cheri Watson

Cheri Watson is a businesswoman who created a natural line of cosmetics, Accents Cosmetics,  in 2004 and manufactures them in Mission, BC.

Daniel Wong

Daniel Wong is a compounding pharmacist who owns Marshall Compounding Pharmacy.
He also specializes in natural remedies for a wide range of common maladies.

Daniel Wong can be reached at Marshall Compounding Pharmacy – 604 859.8333. Email: marshall@relcomsys.ca

Maybe I’ll see you there.

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A floral feast found in my garden

A few days after I took these flower photographs,  a wet and wild storm lasting the night, dismantled much of the garden.

But... this flower photographing day I had a great day. The garden amazed me with it’s wonders.

Photo Gallery of flowers 

Bee in a Sunflower 2011 Carrie ©

Rustic Sunflower variety - 2011 Carrie ©

Teddy Bear Sunflower 2011 Carrie ©

I don’t remember planting him… it appears he is one of the garden volunteers.

Bumble Bee and Honey Bee on Sedum 2011 Carrie ©

Chair in the Crocosmia Red Star - 2011 Carrie ©

Hummingbirds love this flower. We had many visits from them this summer.

Love Lies Bleeding 2011 Carrie ©

These flowers make a stunning addition to an already stunning flower arrangement.

Yellow Daisies 2011 Carrie ©

Red Nasturium 2011 Carrie ©

As well as helping to keep the garden free from bad bugs, Nasturiums are edible, and very healthy.

 Herbsarespecial.com article states that scientific research has found the plant has:

  • a natural antibiotic action that is fast-working in the body 
  • The antibiotic agent, tromalyt, has been found in the urine within one hour of digesting the herb
  • This antibiotic does not interfere with intestinal flora
  • It has been found to be effective against some microorganisms that have built up resistance to common antibiotic drugs

I enjoy a few whenever I’m in the garden. They have a peppery taste that goes great with a fresh salad.

Smiling faces - Pansies 2011 Carrie ©

A little nibbled around the edges, but still smiling.

Yellow Nasturiums 2011 Carrie ©

Virginia Spiderwort 2011 Carrie ©

Echinacea 2011 Carrie ©

Hyacinth - 2011 Carrie ©

Another volunteer blooming somewhat late in the season.

Rose Champion (Lychnis) 2011 Carrie ©

Nasturiums among the Sunflowers & cucumbers - 2011 Carrie ©

A bee enjoying the California Poppies 2011 Carrie ©

I can hardly wait until next spring to see what floral surprises are awaiting.

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation

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Sweet red beets.  This year my organic garden has a perfect crop of red Beets.  I am so happy!


Red Beets in my garden - Carrie ©

Why do I love my beets so?

Because red beets:

  1. are sweet and juicy ( I never realized how delicious raw beets are)
  2. are anti-carcinogenic
  3. are high in antioxidants
  4. increases oxygen-carrying ability of the blood by up to 400%
  5. were traditionally used to battle leukemia
  6. have been shown to inhibit colon and stomach cancer
  7. help reduce serum cholesterol
  8. help to normalize blood pressure
  9. are a powerful cleanser and blood purifier
  10. help to keep your arteries elastic
  11. help to prevent varicose veins
  12. are high in folic acid
  13. stimulate the function of liver cells
  14. protect the liver and bile ducts
  15. are highly alkaline
  16. help to relieve constipation
  17. are anti-inflammatory
  18. help in detoxification

If you are not use to consuming beets, give your body time to get accustomed to it. This is a powerful food.

(Warning: you may experience red stool!)

Beet juice is so powerful that it you may feel dizzy during cleansing. This discomfort is normal as toxins are being eliminated. It is advised to drink plenty of water to help in the elimination of toxins.”

Harvesting my Red Beets - Carrie ©

Ways we enjoy our sweet red beets:

  • Washed, peeled and sliced into thin slices (served with home-made dip)
  • Grated fresh or diced and added to one of our many varieties of fresh salads
  • Juiced
  • Washed and steamed for no longer than 15 minutes
  • Beet leaves are filled with nutrients as well. Washed and steamed or added to  juicing

2011 Carrie ©

Beets prepared for steaming - Carrie ©

Red beet and carrot juice recipe

  • 1 whole Red Beet (leaves included if desired)
  • 2 medium sized Carrots (green tops included if desired)
  • 1 Apple

Juice and drink immediately.

This is one of my favorite “get started” in the morning juice recipes.

You’re sure to enjoy this next recipe…

Beet and cucumber salad recipe

1 whole raw beet, peel and diced

1 small/medium cucumber diced

1 small sweet onion diced

add dried or fresh dill

add 3 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive oil

Sea Salt to taste

a sprinkle of Mrs. Dash

mix

Let sit in the fridge for a day

Serve with a meal or enjoy alone

Drink plenty of water.

For more detailed information about the benefits of red Beets,

http://bit.ly/oSo3bV

http://bit.ly/qg0VN

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Toxins in my makeup?  

Did you know that what’s on your skin and in your bathroom could kill you?


Fact:  Most cosmetics on the market today are loaded with  toxic chemical potions, often referred to as 
The Dirty Dozen.

The word ‘natural’ on the front label means very little when the dirty dozen, (below) are listed on the back of the label.

1. Bisphenol-A: Also called BPA. Used in moisturizers and makeup as antioxidants and preservatives. It’s associated with tumour growth and hormone disfunction of humans. Harmful to wildlife.

2. Coal Tar Dyes: Appearing on bottles as
“p-phenylenediamine” or colours listed as “CI” followed by five digits, this chemical is common in hair dyes and is linked to cancer. It also contains low levels of heavy metals.

3. DEA: Diethanolamine makes products soapy, sudsy or creamy, but also irritates skin and may be toxic to the immune and nervous systems of humans and fish and wildlife.

4. Dibutyl phthalate: Found in nail polish, it enhances the capacity of other chemicals to cause genetic mutations of humans. Harmful to fish and wildlife.

5. Formaldehyde-releasing agents: These irritate skin and eyes and harm marine life. Examples are DMDM

hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quarternium-15 and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate.

6. Parfum/perfume: Fragrances are considered “trade secrets” and could contain any number of chemicals.

7. Parabens: Used as a preservative in makeup, parabens are linked to breast cancer and hormone problems, particularly in women of childbearing age.

8. PEG compounds: Polyethylene glyco compounds open skin’s pores, allowing other harmful chemicals to penetrate more deeply. This chemical is often found in creams and is linked to cancer.

9. Petrolatum: Also called mineral oil jelly, this chemical carcinogen is common in moisturizers and lip balms for providing shine and a moisture barrier.

10. Siloxanes: Used in cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten, these compounds can irritate the skin, eyes and lungs and are harmful humans, fish and wildlife.

11. Sodium laureth sulfate: Used to create foam, this chemical may be contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, both of which cause cancer. It can be found in soaps, shampoos and toothpaste.

12. Triclosan: Found in antiperspirants, deodorants, cleansers and hand sanitizer as a preservative and antibacterial agent. It interferes with hormone function in humans. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.

Switching to toxin free skin care products isn’t easy, but it’s worth it. 

Today my toxin-free skin care is loaded with mangosteen goodness,  and works to restore, rejuvenate, and protect the skin.

No “dirt” here!

contact: carrie@wachsmannstudios.com

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Apparently the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” has merit.

Why does “an apple a day keep the doctor away?”

Organic Gala apples - Carrie ©

  • Apples are a good source of both insoluble fiber, roughage, and soluble fiber, pectin.
  • Pectin lowers cholesterol, helps digestion, and helps maintain steady blood sugar levels.
  • Fiber keeps the bowels working and healthy.
  • Apples are rich in vitamins and minerals.
  • Apple skin contains quercetin, an antioxidant that is very good for your heart and lungs
  • and lowers the risk of heart disease and fights cancer.
  • Apples can help control weight  – apples are effective in suppressing  the appetite.

So when you eat your organic apple, eat the skin as well.

Apples are perfect for juicing along with vegetables.

Every morning, I juice some vegetables and add an apple for taste.

An apple also makes a great mid morning or afternoon snack.

So if you’re on the run…why not grab an apple, feed your heart lungs, and keep that doctor away.

My favorite morning juice blend

1 large carrot

1 small to medium beet

a handful of spinach

1 apple

Juice, pour into a wine glass,  and drink to your health.

For more on the benefits of apples visit essortment.com

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation


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Recently bill C – 474 was defeated.!!

This bill, Bill C474,  was a safeguard for our Canadian Farmers!

Bill C-474 was a private member’s bill that would have required an analysis of market harm before new Genetically Modified (GM) varieties are released.

Most people want to the assurance that the food they eat is REAL, wholesome, and good for them.

Baskets of REAL, fresh organic foods - Carrie ©

How can we be sure that what we are eating is just that?

REAL – and good for me.

If you are concerned about what you eat and what you feed your family,  you may want to consider going organic.

How does one “go organic”?


Zucchini growing in my organic garden 2010 - Carrie ©

This article,  Back to simplicity-basic, nutritious, wholesome food”, tells you how.

You’ll find a list of practical steps to help you on your journey to “go organic”.

Every effort is worth the effort. Your body will thank you. Your family will thank you.







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Steamed asparagus makes a super healthy snack.

Add a little sea salt, lemon juice, dab of butter if you desire, and savor the flavor.  It beats chips and dip anytime.

Asparagus has many nutritional benefits some of them listed in 12 nutritious benefits of asparagus, a super healthy food.

Asparagus makes a great snack - Carrie ©

When buying asparagus, make certain the tips of the asparagus spears are firm and dry.

Asparagus can be stored for one or two days in the refrigerator. This is one vegetable that does not store for more than a couple of days. It soon begins to deteriorate.

The benefits of asparagus are numerous and the list is impressive. Thank you for visiting Healthy living examiner.com where you will learn more about these benefits.


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Kale is a super, nutritious green food.

Curly purple kale - Carrie ©

That is one of the reasons why I grow kale in my organic garden.

This past summer I planted two varieties of kale – the curly purple kale and a long leaf green/blue kale. We enjoyed both but I do prefer the curly purple variety.

Kale is known to help protect the eyes as well as build and maintain healthy bones. It can be eaten raw or cooked.

To eat it raw, I either add it to my juicing along with other vegetables first thing in the morning, or I make dehydrated kale chips. It can be added to a salad or used to decorate a plate.

The dehydrated kale chips are a very viable substitute for regular chips, and provide a highly nutritious snack. They taste so good there’s usually none left for another day.

I’ve posted a recipe for kale chips as well as several other ideas on how to serve kale, at Healthy living examiner.com

This summer I intend to try yet a third variety of kale – the curly green variety. Variety is the spice of life.

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The weight loss secret for today is vitamin D.

healthy living and weight management

Yes, vitamin D is proving itself to be a key in weight loss.

Vitamin D has many significant health benefits, one of which is weight loss.

How does vitamin D have an effect on weight?

  • Our bodies need sunshine to produce vitamin D.
  • Lack of sunshine causes lack of vitamin D.
  • Lack of vitamin D can cause weight gain.

To learn more about the link between vitamin D  and weight,  check out Vancouver healthy living examiner;  Vitamin D and weight loss.

For information on adequate amounts of vitamin D check out this article, What is seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and can vitamin D help?

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Happy Valentine’s Day to

all my friends and followers

Valentine's Day card 2011

Happy Valentine's Day - Carrie ©

Have a wonderful, stress-free, happy day and pass it on.

Ideas to help make your day a good one:

What women want for Valentine’s Day

or……….

How to express your love on Valentine’s Day

visit my site as Vancouver’s Healthy living examiner.

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Does Valentine’s Day promote anti-aging?

Valentine card - Hart Wachsmann ©

Valentine’s Day is very popular.

Everyone wants to stay young.

Put the two together and make them work for you for the rest of the year.

If everyday we thought about love and how to express it, we’d all probably live to be a 120 years old. Maybe more.

Those good, loving, happy thoughts would keep the stresses of life where they belong – underfoot.

If you need a little encouragement in expressing your love and affection to your Valentine, you can find some great advice at examiner.com, “How to express your love on Valentine’s Day.”

Stay young, be happy and nurture your relationships.

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Zesty Super Bowl Salsa recipe

This year why not spice up your Super Bowl party with healthy snacks.

This zesty Salsa recipe is a spicy healthy alternative.

You can find the recipe here at Examiner.com, along with 4 tips to help make your Super Bowl party a great one. 

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Some colors have the power to lift the spirit, combat cabin fever and chase away those winter blues.

Find out which ones

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There are many good reasons to use Apple Cider Vinegar.

Apple Cider Vinegar is:

  • known as the wonder vinegar
  • an effective natural bacteria-fighting agent
  • loaded with vitamins, trace minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, and dietary fiber (pectin

In my latest Healthy Living article for Examiner.com I list

11 good  reasons why I use Apple Cider Vinegar.

I’ve also included my recipe for, Apple Cider Vinegar and sun dried tomato salad dressing.

Apple Cider Vinegar and sundried tomato salad dressing

So easy to make, so delicious, great for salads and more.

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Light therapy and how it helps fight SAD

In my previous post, we learned how vitamin D is an effective solution to (SAD) Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Today we will look at another treatment for SAD light therapy.

According to Mayo Clinic light therapy is proven to help persons suffering from SAD.

 

Carrie outside office - getting light therapy

Carrie © - Getting a good dose of light therapy

If you live in the West – Vancouver and the lower mainland, you’ve probably heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Perhaps you are one of those persons who struggles with this condition during the gray, gloomy winter months.

Some of the symptoms may include fatigue, depression, lack of sleep, moodiness, and weight gain.

I for one am one of  ‘those persons’ who needed to kick up her vitamin D intake and have some sunlight around me.

This is the second winter that I have a lamp in my office and natural lighting in my kitchen.  I take 5 – 7,000 units of vitamin D per day.

I needed that!

So how does light therapy help?

Light therapy mimics sunlight.

It helps to regulate both melatonin and serotonin, bringing the body back into balance.

For details on the relationship between light and hormones please read my article on Examiner.com titled,  “Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and light therapy”.

Light therapy works best when used on a daily basis, starting in fall and ending in springtime.

Also known as bright light therapy or phototherapy, light therapy is widely recommended by doctors and naturopaths.

A note of caution:

Persons affected by SAD may also be suffering from other conditions. Talk to your doctor, naturopath or mental health provider to find out if light therapy is right for you.

Suggested sites:

Seasonal Affective Disorder-The SAD season

Seasonal depression need not ruin the holidays

Light therapy for the low-light months

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation

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Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is proven to help persons suffering from SAD.

Carrie ©

If you are:

  • sad
  • depressed
  • tired
  • irritable
  • craving sweet starchy “comfort” foods
  • gaining weight
  • feeling just plain lethargic

you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD.

One solution that has proven itself to be helpful is vitamin D.

You can read more about SAD and vitamin D in my latest article published on Examiner.com – What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and can Vitamin D help?

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation


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2011 is on our doorstep. If you’re at all like me, you’ll be reflecting on the past year and planning for the new.

For 2011 I decide to do something fresh and new.  I started a new blogging journal and called it:

Carrie’s Blog.

Click here for the first entry called

“60 TIPS FOR A STUNNINGLY GREAT LIFE” by Robin Sharma

These “60 Tips for a stunningly great life” are so simple, and yet highly effective.

Robin Sharma’s site:

http://bit.ly/fxjJ5S

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As I was working on one of my latest art pieces, I found myself smiling.

This was often followed by a soft sigh.

Why? My lightening fast mind kicked in and reminded me that it’s at these moments that my body produces significant amounts of DMAE.

That I was involuntarily producing an anti-aging hormone brought another smile to my face.

Yes, the anti-aging DMAE hormone we all long for…  at least those of us who care. Those who realize we are coming apart at the seams… somewhat.

Before I get on to the DMAE anti-aging – easy to acquire youth hormone… let me add an aside.

A big Thank you to my faithful readers… those who’ve checked in on my site during the summer/fall months.

My usual, at least once a month post, dragged out to be every other month… but I have not forgotten you.

That darn organic garden just took over…weeds and all.

Some important tasks, like blogging, were left for a another day.

Actually I loved the gardening – even the weeding.

A little piece of heaven in my otherwise whirlwind of a world. Anyone know what I’m talking about?

Well, now that ‘nother day is here.

I’ve put the garden to bed for the winter and it’s time to get back into things like blogging and painting.

What makes me smile…

“Milking Rosie”

The story behind Milking  Rosie.

As a child, I would visit my grandparents’ farm on a daily basis. I especially loved to hang around at milking time.

One aunt would often conscript me to hold the cow’s tail to keep it from swatting her in the face.  That tail had a nasty sting as I soon discovered.

Cats and their kittens came out of the barnwork, and waited patiently for a squirt of warm milk. They got pretty good at catching the stream.

Milking Rosie sketch - (oil painting to follow) Carrie ©

Etched in my memory, this experience always brings a smile to my face – the kind of smile that supposedly  immediately increases the levels of DMAE in your body. (anti-aging !!!)

Happy thoughts, laughter, giggles, anything that makes you sign and go ‘ahh.

Think on these things and your internal fountain of youth will begin to bubble and then pour.

(Check out my post on “God Gave Me Laughter” for more on what happy thoughts can do for you.)

https://nuggetsofgold.wordpress.com/2008/11/24/god-gave-me-laughter/

In my research, I discovered that anchovies, wild salmon (not farmed) and sardines contain DMAE.

Rosie, was a Jersey cow.  Jersey cows are quite beautiful, I think.

Anyone who has met a Jersey will be captivated by their eyes. Big, beautiful, soft, and gentle with thick, long and curly eye lashes. (to die for eyes)

Jersey cows produce much more cream than other cows. Rosie gave us plenty of rich cream to turn into butter.

Making butter the way we did, was the perfect arm muscle toner/builder. (another sure fire way to up your DMAE – good healthy exercise)

Today we set aside time to lift weights and count to 10 or 20. Back then we had to shake the container until we had butter. A lot longer than a count to 10 or 20.

My thought for the day – seek out those things that make you smile and make some butter.

As for me, I’m planning to have several more “smile” moments thoughout the day.

And, I think I’ll have Wild Pacific Salmon for dinner…again.

As for making the butter…perhaps tomorrow.

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Breakfast in my garden - Carrie ©

I took this Month’s Theme photo very early one hot July morning. Chairs that were meant for the garbage dump, now nestle invitingly among  the Sunflowers, Cukes and Nasturtiums.


Cukes and Nasturtiums are two great Companion Plants.

How do Nasturtiums make good companion plants?

Their job in the garden is to excrete a strong essence into the air and soil.  This will help you in your fight against aphids, white fly and also root pests. This essence is secreted into the soil where it works for you to deter plant pests.

You can also plant Nasturtiums between all cabbage family plants, fruit trees, melons, pumpkins, potatoes.

Nasturtiums are very healthy to eat.

These flowers are high in vitamin C, iron and other minerals, and are a powerful antibiotic, antimicrobial, antioxidant .

Try adding them to a fresh green salad – you’ll discover a peppery, juicy taste which is quite delightful.You can eat the hot pungent seeds as well.

I enjoy munching on a few Nasturtium flowers along with some Sugar Snap Peas and a juicy carrot, while working in my garden.

Blue chairs under an umbrella- Carrie ©

Natures flower arrangement in an old chair - Carrie ©

I love this chair. The brilliant orange/red flowers attract bees and hummingbirds. They are sure to visit me, when I visit the garden in the early hours of the morning.

Blue chair amongst wild flowers- Carrie ©


Some things I learned this summer:

  • the garlic and onions I planted throughout the garden worked amazingly well. Very few bad bugs and worms to speak of.
  • plant rosemary by the beans
  • don’t plant garlic around the beans
  • the cabbage family likes dill and vice versa
  • watermelon is hard to grow in this climate
  • pumpkins take a lot of food and nurturing – big takers
  • beans and peas are givers, giving back nitrogen to the soil so move them around in the garden each year.

Extravagant poppies - Carrie ©

Love Lies Bleeding - Carrie ©

Rustic sunflower - Carrie ©

Brilliant pinks - Carrie ©

Broccoli bunch - Carrie ©

Just picked and perfect - Carrie ©

Baskets of blessings – Carrie ©

Romaine and strawberries- Carrie ©

Zucchini - Carrie ©

Dill amongst the peas - Carrie ©

Garden Path - taken in July - Carrie ©

This 100 ft. by 20 ft. organic garden turned out to be one of the best things that could ever happen to me .

I’ve been planning to get back into some sort of  ‘get back into shape’ program for the past year or so…well, I found it. Not only do I have the most amazing, bountiful, beautiful garden,  (Thank you God – you are the amazing master gardener), but I also am on an exercise program that I actually enjoy.

What to do for my exercise program during the winter months?…that’s another blog.

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For the past few weeks I’ve been digging deep and getting my roots into organic gardening.

First things First...My husband planting a few raspberry bushes

After  putting stakes around our garden section, my husband (far right) promptly dug up a spot in the middle of the garden for his favorite fruit, raspberries.

Our garden spot, approximately 20 feet wide by 100 feet deep.

Pretty ambitious I know…but I grew up with BIG gardens, and had my own little (almost organic) garden for years… so am well aware of what I am committing to.

What’s the story behind this

Organic Gardening Community?


A friend with a farm, and a 6 acre  field, is the impetus for this inviting Organic Gardening Community. This year will be the first of organic gardening for most of us.

A lot of Googling, along with wise advice and teaching from organic garden specialists, is making this experience not only interesting but also quite invigorating.

Let’s just say I am having a lot of fun getting into shape in more ways than one.

Course I’ve had to take several Epsom salt/ lavender baths and drink my Xango Mangosteen juice and Black Cherry juice faithfully…all great detox, high anti-oxidant solutions,  for those achy sore joints and muscles…

A week or so later…and with a lot of good old get down dirty digging, here’s what we accomplished.

Herb Garden in progress

Then our daughter got in on the action. We took her Chevy 1/2 ton up to the top of the field and gleaned some rocks for my herb garden.

A few days later…The Herb Garden is almost complete

Now things are beginning to take shape.

I promised you a Community Organic Garden with a TWISTit’s coming…

To my herb garden, I added some high quality organic mushroom compost and began to plant. I planted strawberries right at the top. I also gleaned some thyme and sage from my home herb garden and transplanted them among the rocks.

I couldn’t resist picking up some pansies to remind me of what’s yet to come…
Now back to the real work.

May 1st - Gardeners 'making hay' while the sun shines

Can you picture a more beautiful garden setting???…I am really beginning to feel like a farmer now.

So far I’ve got the beans and peas planted, pickling cukes, a variety of lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, and garlic ( garlic I planted all over the garden to ward off the vampires and other such nasty garden pests), rosemary along with carrots, and leek, onions and chives.

The poles with chicken wire are for the beans, peas and pickling cukes.

I transplanted some flowers into my flower garden  just in front of  the herb garden.  I can’t imagine a garden without Lavender…so I added some of that as well.

Laughing Bunnies - Carrie ©


One bright morning, I found bunny tracks on one of the beds… so immediately a gardening friend researched how to discourage rabbits from loving our gardens… a few plants they don’t like are lavender, garlic and catnip.

So I planted all three.

I do hope the laugh won’t be on me.

Also I discovered, you can sprinkle garlic powder around the plants – this is supposed to work quite well.  I might give that a try if the other doesn’t do the job.

As much as I love bunnies, you don’t need my lettuce… there’s no shortage of clover and healthy non-sprayed dandelions out there for you little critters.

And here is a site with a long list of plants rabbits don’t eat.

So What’s the TWIST ??

Every Tuesday evening, about 25 (and growing) of us community gardeners meet in the loft of the barn for dinner and digging.  We eat, get the updates and training, share our knowledge, and go dig in the dirt.

As a community, separate from our individual gardens, we will be planting potatoes and corn of which we’ll share the fruits.

We all take turns bringing the soup, buns and dessert. The loft has been transformed into an inviting and unique meeting place… or just a place to hang out and enjoy a cup of coffee, tea and tasty torte, after gardening for a few hours. With hot running water, a sink, oven, tables, chairs, and couches, we are well pampered farmers.

You don’t find all this in your everyday garden community.

Our  friend and owner of Little Farm Products has a very creative imagination and generous heart. The opportunities are endless.

That’s the TWIST.

Next time…all about Complementary Gardening and Gardening with the MOON.





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The tasty, nutritious asparagus falls under the category of super foods in my books.

Asparagus photo

Here’s what I learned about asparagus.

Asparagus is:

* Rich in proteins

* High in fibre low in carbohydrates and calories

* An excellent source of vitamin K, folate, vitamin C and A as well as many other minerals and B vitamins.

* Calcium and magnesium are found in the idea ratio of 2:1.

* Good for your heart

* Good for your gastrointestinal tract and colon

* Good food to help with depression

* Considered a diuretic

* Has anti-inflammatory effects

* Helps detoxify the body

* Good for nursing mothers – stimulates milk production

* Has anti-fungal and antiviral qualities

* Helps prevent bladder and urinary track infections

* Great for your capillaries – helps with preventing bruising and varicose veins

* Suppose to help stop hair loss

Almost too good to be true? That is an impressive list. And that’s not all I found. I left plenty of the supposed health benefits out – because it did sound just a bit too good to be true and would require that I spend a lot more time researching.

Having said that, I think we’ve got the picture.

How to best prepare asparagus. Lightly steamed is the most nutritious. This only takes a few minutes so don’t walk away from the stove. Use glass or stainless steel pots. When done, the stems should be a bright green color and still have a crispness to them. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt or Mrs. Dash and serve with a meal – or eat it all by itself as a snack.

Asparagus is a member of the lily family. Other vegetables in the lily family include leek, onions, and garlic.

I think you would agree that Asparagus is an excellent food to incorporate into your diet on a regular basis. Sometimes people avoid eating asparagus because of the smell excreted in the urine subsequent to ingestion. An amino acid called asparagine found in abundance in asparagus, is the reason behind this. Asparagine helps the body to cleanse itself of waste material.

A couple of good resources:

http://bit.ly/m2Bhv

http://bit.ly/2VrK7x

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation.

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This is the time for berry picking in British Columbia. Our personal favorite berries are Cherries, Blueberries, and Raspberries.

This year was an exceptional season for  berries. In no time we filled our buckets to the brim with the berries – picking has never been such a pleasure.

This year topped it off with an abundance of cherries from just one tree, unlike any other year I can remember.

Cherry picking1 09

Up the Cherry tree

Eatin' and Pickin' them sweet cherries

What are some of the health benefits that these berries provide?

Blueberries…

…contain antioxidants that are thought to help our bodies fight free radicals.  They also contain vitamins and a significant amount of  fiber.

Studies on rats have found that blueberries slowed age-related loss in their mental capacity. The studies also showed blueberries to improved learning and memory.

Japanese researchers demonstrated the usefulness of blueberries in improving weak eyesight and lessening eye fatigue.

Bowl of Blueberries

Cherries…

…are an effective and fast-acting for eliminating swelling and pain. Not to mention they are delicious to eat. Eating just a few cherries a day helps to the body to deal with uric acid levels, keeping them in check. Cherry juice is just as effective. (Note my previous blog on cherries –  What do Exercise and Black Cherries have in common?)
Cherry picking 2

Raspberries…

…are a good source of antioxidants and may even have 10 times more antioxidants than tomatoes or broccoli. Raspberries contain some very specific antioxidants that are found in few other sources.

Raspberries

So enjoy those rich nutrient filled, tasty berries while you can.  You can always freeze some for those harsh winter months. We’ve got plenty in our freezer to hold us until spring.

You can find more information on these berries at:

http://www.naturalnews.com/blueberries.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/019978.html

http://bit.ly/37sl6m

Crab apples anyone? No, they are not a berry but since they are one of my husband’s favorite fruits, I’ll mention them. They are a good source of Dietary Fiber and Vitamin C –  good for jellies and Jams, and for those who like a tart treat, they’re all yours.

Crabapples from our very own tree

Crab apples from our very own tree

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I have had a beautiful purple flowering Lavender plant growing in my little garden. To my chagrin – the harsh winter killed most of it and I am left with but a small, although healthy looking shoot. I am nurturing it in hopes that it will have a speedy come back.

Here’s why.

Lavender is not only pleasant to look at, it is soothing to the soul and healing to the body.

Let me tell you the ways I love Lavender.

Lavender and Roses - Carrie

Lavender and Roses Carrie ©

I love Lavender for:

1.    Its sweet aroma.

I use it as a natural perfume.
One drop of Lavender oil behind the ear is all it takes.

I use it as an air freshener.

A few drops of Lavender in a spritz bottle makes a great air freshener. I also have a little container of dried flowers in my house at all times. Just pinch a few in your fingers and inhale. You’ll feel your body relax.

Put flowers into a cotton pouch, add a little embroidery if you are so inclined, and squeeze and sniff.

2.    Its soothing properties.
I use a drop on the pillow at night.

Lavender is calming to the heart, relieves anxiety and soothes the nervous system. Soon, sleep comes sweetly.

3.    Its culinary uses.
I use it in tea and put it in salad.

Lavender makes a great addition to a cup of tea or even salad.
For a pot of tea use about 1 heaping Tbsp. of the Lavender flowers.
(fresh or dried)

For Salad, sprinkle as desired.

Lavender is has been used to aid the digestion since ancient times.

4.    Its healing properties.
I use it for healthy skin.

Add a few drops of Lavender oil to your bath. It will lift your spirit, calm the body and heal the skin.

Add a few drops of the oil to your all natural body lotion. From ancient times Lavender was used for it’s healing, antiseptic properties.

Lavender is often used to treat burns and wounds. Keep a spritz bottle of water with a few drops of Lavender oil added, in your beach bag. Spray lavishly onto skin after spending time in the sun. On hot days, I spritz to keep cool.

Cotten pouch containing dried Lavender

Here is MY “squeeze and sniff” Lavender pouch.

Notice the embroidery. No, I didn’t make this one.  This was a gift from a friend. I make very good use of it.

My husband is hooked on Lavender too. Not to be outdone, he took a sock, filled it with dried  flowers and put it into his car. Talk about smelly socks.

My husband's Lavender pouch

My husband's Lavender "squeeze and sniff" pouch

And… a few more interesting pieces of information:

Did you know that Lavender is known as a love potion?

Apparently, in Roman times “women hung Lavender next to their beds to incite the passions.”

http://www.lavenderenchantment.com/History_Lore/history.htm

Did you know that Lavender is mentioned in the Bible?

Lavender is mentioned many times in the Bible. In ancient Greece, Lavender was called “nardus,” “nard,” or “spikenard” (named for the Syrian city of Naarda) and was used as a cure for everything from insomnia and aching backs to insanity.”
http://www.auracacia.com/auracacia/aclearn/features/lavender.html

Several  passages in the Christian Bible which mention Lavender (spikenard):

Song of Solomon (Canticles) 1:12

“While the king is at his table, my spikenard sends forth its fragrance.”

Song of Solomon 4:13, 14

(King Solomon talking about the love of his life)

“Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates with pleasant fruits, fragrant henna and spikenard… spikenard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense, myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices.”

If you are a romantic at heart, the book of Song of Solomon is a must read book.

Mark 14:3
“…And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper as He (Jesus) sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenards. And she broke the flask and poured it on His head…”

(This woman is showing honor to Jesus by giving him her most costly possession)

John 12:3
“…Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil…”

(Here Mary gives the very best she has to Jesus, showing Him honor)

Here’s another good site to visit. Very nicely done.

http://www.healthmad.com/Alternative/10-Uses-for-Lavender.47948

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Yesterday I took my art class to a friend’s farm where we sketched Plein Air.

En plein air is a French expression which simply means “in the open air”.

Down at the farm, sketching in the open air

Down at the farm, sketching in the open air

It is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/En_plein_air

Although we were sketching, not painting, we were outdoors and “in the open air’. The sketching lessons will lead us to the next step which is, painting outdoors in the open air.

Here are a couple of my sketches.

The smells of spring mixed with the smells of horse manure added to the enthusiasm and inspiration of the day.

Sketching at the Farm 1 - Carrie ©

Sketching at the Farm 1 - Carrie ©

Sketching at the Farm 2 - Carrie ©

Sketching at the Farm 2 - Carrie ©

After several hours of sketching, we were served coffee and dessert. What a treat that was.  We basked in the warm sun, up on the deck off the loft of big red barn, and talked about our masterpieces.

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Bumble Bee

Bumble Bee

Bee Propolis – What is it?

Bee Propolis is the sticky resin-like substance found in the beehive. The bees gather resin from trees and plants. They use this mixture to stick the hive together, and seal it.  This substance also protects  them from bacteria and disease.

As my dentist friend once said – “You don’t see any Kleenex flying out of a bee hive, do you?” No colds or viruses in that bee hive.

Bee Healthy - Bee Happy

Bee Healthy - Bee Happy

Propolis is well known to have a natural antibacterial effect. More specifically, Propolis has antibiotic, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties to promote helpful bacteria, and kill harmful bacteria.

Propolis is dark in color, and is a rich source of minerals, amino acids, fats, trace minerals and bioflavonoids.

“…It is high in B-complex and contains vitamins C,E and Provitamin A. It is rich in amino acids, fats, and is a source of trace minerals such as zinc, manganese, copper and iron.

A rich variety of flavonoids are present in propolis. Research has shown that flavonoids are responsible for the major antibacterial effects of propolis“.

http://www.bodyenergyclub.ca/shop/bee-happy-propolis-650mg-200caps/product_info.php/products_id/3115

I’ve been using Bee Propolis for years now. Our natural medicine cabinet is never without a supply of Propolis.

I started using Propolis when the kids were little. Our daughter had so many ear infections. That stopped entirely. When I had a cold, it would last for weeks. Never again. I have had a cold or two  since but they lasted for a few short days.

Here’s some really GOOD NEWS

From  the National Institutes of Health

A study using the MRSA (ATCC 33591) strain…

shows Propolis to be effective against MRSA. 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17931063

Propolis has no known side effects (apart from some cases of allergic reactions to bee products)

Propolis can also be used in conjunction with antibiotics.

More Good News:

Bacteria and viruses do not develop a resistance to Propolis.

Propolis has been found to help:

“Fight many diseases

Regulate blood cells that clump together

May help reduce strokes
Control free radicals
Prevent damage caused by heavy metals (lead, mercury, caladium)
Enhance immune system
Promote healing
Reduce pain, inflammation, and fever
Act as an antibiotic without side effects
Speed cell growth
Stimulate cells that destroy invading organisms
Skin irritations
Cuts and burns
Psoriasis and eczema
Acne
Absorption of certain nutrients”

http://www.bodyenergyclub.ca/shop/bee-happy-propolis-650mg-200caps/product_info.php/products_id/3115

http://www.hiveproducts.com/Hive/Propolis_Home.html

http://www.infiniteunknown.net/tag/mrsa/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17931063

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation.


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Cabin fever refers to the reaction that takes place when a person is  shut in, for an extended period.

Symptoms include restlessness, irritability, forgetfulness, laughter, and excessive sleeping. (Wikipeda)

I figure it’s time to announce SPRING. I’m sitting snug in my little office, listening to the wind howling, recalling the snow and rain earlier today, and wondering what will the weather be like tomorrow.

Regardless of what tomorrow will be like, I have decided to announce Spring.

To quote a church bulletin board. “Faith is – the Robin that sings before the dawn.”

My announcement of Spring comes with a new “theme” for Nuggets of Gold blog. The Sunflower theme.

One winter I was starving for sunshine. I sat down and painted these sunflowers.

Sunflowers - acylic  by Carrie ©

Sunflowers - acrylic by Carrie ©


I did a little research on colors and how they effect us.

I found that Yellow captures the joy of sunshine and communicates happiness. (among other things)

Orange evokes excitement, enthusiasm and is an energetic color. (among other things)

So, until Spring opens its doors to deliver us from what we call Cabin Fever, put an orange on your desk.  Or you can drop in and visit my blog whenever you need a “color” fix.

You can learn more about how colors effect our mood at:

http://iit.bloomu.edu/vthc/Design/psychology.htm

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Ginger Root, used as an ancient remedy for upset stomach, indigestion, and motion sickness, is more than just any spice.

When used for motion sickness, I have found it to be every bit as effective as Gravol,  without leaving me groggy, wanting to sleep the day away.

I discovered that every Cruise Ship Kitchen has fresh Ginger available for those who don’t have their sea legs.

Ginger is also a wonderful food additive. A little Ginger spice goes well with chicken or stir fry, makes a great, rich tasting cookie, and a zesty cup of tea.

To make the zesty cup of tea, I take a Tbsp. of fresh shredded Ginger, add to boiling water, and add a little honey. Sometimes I add juice from a real lemon. (great if you’re fighting a cold)

I think everyone agrees – there’s nothing like freshly home baked cookies.

My mother used to make this  Ginger Cookie recipe.

If you've been at that computer for more than 3 hours, you need to take a break! Go bake some cookies.

If you've been at that computer for more than 3 hours, you need to take a break! Maybe go bake some cookies.

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Ginger has been used to cleanse the body of toxins. One way it  will do this is by expelling toxins through the skin, so… if you find yourself breaking out in a light sweat after drinking your zesty tea, that’s a good thing.

If you are PMS-ing and have one of those headaches try a cup of Ginger tea. This has worked for me many a time. Add to that a neck and shoulder massage, and the chances are you will soon be feeling much better.

Some studies suggest that Ginger is effective as an alternative therapy for Osteoarthritis.

AND...Ginger is also used as an aphrodisiac. There’s more…

You might find these sites helpful (information includes recommended dosages and restrictions)

http://www.wellnesswithrose.com/77superfoods/freereport.html

http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/benefits-of-ginger-root-4366.html

http://aafp.org (American Academy of Family Physicians)

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation

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(Beware – this information could change your exercise regime as you know it!)

Answer:    Sore Muscles

Simply put, Exercise makes them; Black Cherries get rid of them.


Give me your best shot - Lactic A

© Give me your best shot - Lactic Acid

When you exercise, your muscles will inevitably become sore.

Black Cherries, used as a remedy for sore muscles and  inflammation,  are an age-old remedy.

I’m discovering that Grandma’s remedies are proving to be more than just folklore.

Some years ago a grandmotherly friend of mine put me onto Black Cherries when I complained to her about sore muscles after exercising.

It worked then and works for me today!

Black Cherries contain powerful antioxidants and anthocyanins (anthocyanins are found in red/purplish fruits and vegetables)

Weapon of Choice - Black Cherries

Weapon of Choice - Black Cherries

Diets rich in Cherries:

• help the body get rid inflammation and sore muscles

• help with cholesterol health

• help with weight management

• are good for the heart

During my research, I discovered that February is both American Heart Month and National Cherry Month – that should say something about this Super Fruit.

In the months of the year when Black Cherries are unavailable, the best source is Black Cherry Concentrate. (can be found in your local health store)


Ways to enjoy the benefits of Black Cherries:

• On a cold winter day, I add 1 tbsp of Black Cherry concentrate to a cup of herbal tea.

• On hot summer days, I mix  1 tbsp of Black Cherry concentrate with water, add a tbsp of fresh squeezed lemon juice and a couple of ice cubes.

• Or I might just sit out in the sun and help myself to a bowl of them sweet cherries.

So, no more excuses. If sore muscles are holding you back from exercising, give this simple, 100% natural Super Fruit a try. It just might work for you too.

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation

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Got SUN anybody?

My Office - space available  for rent

My Office - space available for rent - © Carrie

Right about this time of year, pretty much everyone I know is longing for the sun. Some of you are blessed enough to be able to escape to warm and tropical climes.

I’m certain you won’t be reading this.

This is for those of us who have to endure the long dreary winter months of rain and gray skies.

What did my research tell me?

Vitamin D is the SUNSHINE Vitamin

With the aid of sunlight, vitamin D is made from cholesterol in the skin, liver and kidneys.

* Studies are showing that Vitamin D deficiency may be a possible cause for SAD, or may be  associated with feeling tired and depressed.

* Getting adequate amounts of Vitamin D often  increases one’s sense of well-being, and  sleep patterns improve.

* Studies also show an association between adequate Vitamin D and weight loss. It is proving to be helpful in the battle of the bulge.

“Excess body fat absorbs and holds onto vitamin D, making it unavailable to the body. The absence of vitamin D creates interference with the functioning of a hormone called leptin, which signals to the brain that you are full and should stop eating. In addition, overweight people tend to spend more time indoors. This also deprives them from further D as the ultraviolet rays of the sun spur the production of D.”

http://www.brighamandwomens.or/healtheweightforwomen

(I’ve been told that most people put on a few lbs. during the winter months. I thought it was nature’s way of keeping you warm!)

* Vitamin D is an anti-inflammatory hormone

* Vitamin D is necessary for calcium absorption

During winter months my Naturopath recommends 2000 IU or more per day, depending on individual needs. (Always check with your health practitioner before starting on a new health regimen). He told me that  on any given day spent in the sunshine, one can take in up to 20,000 IU!

This winter, the blues remain with the weather.  I personally am in good spirits – yes, I still long for the sun, but I’m not obsessed about it.

Quote:

“As a clinical regimen, I recommend taking 1000 to 3000 IUs daily Monday through Fridays and taking a “hormone holiday” each week on Saturday and Sunday.” – Diana Schwarzbein – www.Life-With-Confidence.com

Here you will find one of the best articles, in my opinion,  on Vitamin D written by Catherine Pratt

The article is called Benefit of Vitamin D

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation

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MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane)

Why do dogs eat grass?

Why do dogs eat grass? © Carrie

MSM is part of the Amino Acid Chain and is necessary to produce the correct enzymes the body needs to maintain health.


MSM is a natural form of organic sulfur found in all living organisms.

It is found in our body fluids and tissues.

Fresh raw foods, including such as vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, a fresh blade of grass, all contain MSM.

When we process our foods with heat or drying, most of the MSM that is vital to our well being is lost. Food begins to lose the MSM after it is harvested.

MSM…. what is it good for?

1.     helps our bodies utilize the vitamins that we take

2.     helps the body detoxify

3.     is good for circulation

4.     helps the body get rid of inflammation

5.     is a free radical scavenger

6.     helps to relieve allergies

7.     controls acidity in the stomach, and coats the intestinal tract making it difficult for parasites to make their home there. (take note dog owners)

8.     is significant in the maintenance of connective tissue

Some people find it very helpful. Others don’t.  If you have allergies to Sulfur drugs – check with your Dr., Naturopath or Compounding Pharmacist first. You still may be able to take this as MSM is the nutritional form of Sulpher. Foods like egg yolks, wheat germ, fish, freshly picked broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables are some of the foods rich in MSM.

My Compounding Pharmacist tells me that MSM is no more toxic than water. I use it for inflammation and it does make a difference for me. I also take Vitamin C – my research pointed to the fact that Vit. C increased the benefits. As for amounts, I go by the dosage suggested by my Compounding Pharmacist.

If you want more information check out this site. I found it helpful.

http://www.glucosamine-arthritis.org/glucosamine/MSM.html

My personal conclusion: Surely MSM is the answer to the question every dog owner asks, “Why do dogs eat grass?”

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation.

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Elderberry Does the Job When it Comes to the Cold or Flu.cartoon-cold-season2

Are you fighting the flu bug? Dealing with  bronchial congestion, sore throat and cough?

Check out Elderberry Concentrate.

The extract taken from wild grown Elder Flowers (Sambucus nigra) is known to help the body resist infection.

and here’s the interesting part…………

the berries have been found to interrupt the ability of some viruses to replicate”!. Or said in another way, “Elderberries contain Sambucus nigra agglutinins (SNAs), which helps prevent some types of flu from infecting healthy cells.” Now that’s information worth knowing.

One winter a member of our family got bronchitis and was unable to shake it. My research seemed to point to the Elderberry so we gave Sambu® Elderberry Concentrate a try. “Elderberry is one of the most effective herbs for preventing and treating upper respiratory infections” was what I was told.

Within the week the bronchitis was under control.

Another delicious alternative is the Elderberry and Zinc lozenges (NOW brand) I keep these in my herbal medicinal cabinet. I usually find my Elderberry concentrate or lozenges at the local health store.

CAUTION ****** Do NOT use FRESH – as all parts of the plant in the fresh state can cause poisoning. So if you’ve got an Elderberry bush in your back yard like I do, yocartoon-girl-kleenex-for-blogu best leave the berries for the birds.

Having said that, properly prepared, the Elderberry carries significant healing power and the juice is delicious. This is one medicine anyone can swallow.

Don’t forget, to add a Merry Heart to the mix. “A merry heart does good like a medicine.”


disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation.

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Why is Apple Cider Vinegar known as the wonder vinegar?

We’re talking about the brown colored, unfiltered, unpasteurized “with Mother” Apple Cider Vinegar.

The clear version will not have any of the benefits listed below.

It ‘s loaded with nutrients; vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, and dietary fiber (pectin).

In my research on this Wonder Vinegar I came across some very good reasons to add this my diet.

My Top 11 good reasons to use Apple Cider Vinegar “with Mother”

1. Helps to reduce cholesterol and regulate blood pressure

2. Contains Malic acid which helps to fight fungus and bacterial infections

3. Dissolves Uric Acid (cause of painful joints and gout)

4. Helps indigestion and Acid Reflux

5. Helps in weigh reduction and obesity

6. Helps to relieve constipation or diarreha

7. Helps the body use calcium and supports good bone health

8. Is low in sodium and fat

9. It is loaded with nutients

10. Is great to use for marinating meat, fish, chicken

11. Is absolutely wonderful used in home made salad dressing

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR & EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

Salad Dressing Recipe

11/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 lemon – juice

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp honey

1/2 tsp mustard

2 tbsp mixed dried herbs

(we use herbs like, basil, rosemary, dill, chives, dried onion bits, thyme, sage, parsley)

2 – 3 cloves fresh garlic chopped

a few drops of hot red pepper sauce

Optional:         add 2 tbsp. capers

or 2 tbsp. sundried tomatoes.    Sometimes we add both.

mix and let stand for a few hours. keep in the fridge.

enjoy on salad, potatoes, veggies, dumplings,  pasta and rice.

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