Herbs'n' Other Alternative Health Remedies

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Pink peony, rose and a pink mystery

Pink Rose

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Child and a Horse

A child and a Horse

Some of my fondest memories are of riding one of my best friends horses.  She lived on a ranch and had some gentle horses we were allowed to ride, so I would spend the week end on occasion and one of our activities always involved horse back riding. Horses need the exercise, and love the attention.  She was very much into horses having coats for horseback riding and filling a sketch book with her drawings of  horses in her spare time. She was quite the equestrian.

There is nothing like riding horseback in the country enjoying the nature sights with the wind blowing through your hair.  For a child it is the perfect vantage place allowing you to see so much more than what you could see on foot.  My friend taught me how to lead and direct the horse by laying the reins gently on one side of the neck to turn that direction and on the other side for the opposite direction. You would pull back on the reins to stop the horse. A gentle touch with your foot in the horse's side and the words "giddy up" would get you moving at a faster trot.

I still have a very soft spot in my heart for horses but haven't had the opportunity to ride since I was a child. I promised my children when we left New York and moved to my home state of Michigan that they would get to ride horseback, but the horse owners we have come in contact with here do not allow people to ride their horses, so I have decided to contact US Para-Equestrian Association to see if there are any places that allow one to pay to ride a horse. By the way  they have showcoats on sale. I take great stock in my promises and would love to take my children on their long awaited horseback ride. 

This post linked to Two Questions Thursday by Amanda.

My questions to you today are:

1. Do you have fond memories of an activity you enjoyed as a child that you would like to share with your children and haven't?

2. Why not? (You don't have to answer this one.) :-)

Thank you for your visit today. Take care, God bless and stay healthy!

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Bran Muffins with Figs n Flax

Bran Muffins with an Extra Something

More people die annually from poor diet than from tobacco abuse, so is it not time we examine our diets more carefully? The secret to health and long life may very well be found in what we eat or do not eat. ~ Facts about Fiber and our Health

Bran Muffins with Figs n Flax

Flax gives a great nutty taste (plus many added health benefits) and the figs add a sweetness and extra fiber.

Prep Time: 20
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 16 – 18 muffins (depending on size)

2 ¼ cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup raisin bran cereal
1 1/3 cups skimmed milk
2 eggs
1/2 cup canola oil or apple sauce
1/4 cup finely chopped figs
1/4 cup ground flax seed, pumpkin seeds, or chopped nuts of your choice

1. Stir together flour, sugar. Set aside.2. In large mixing bowl, combine cereal and milk. Let stand about 2 minutes or until cereal softens. Add eggs and oil or apple sauce. Beat well. Stir in figs and flax. Add flour mixture, stirring only until combined. Spoon into muffin cups. Bake at 350° F about 20 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Serve with butter or plain. 

This post linked to Foodie Friday.  Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Thankful Thursday - Flowers

Pink Rose

The beauty of a rose grabs our attention. It's fragrance lifts our spirits. Roses have been used for hundreds of years in alternative medicine for their ability to lift spirits, boost memory, relieve pain, enhance sexual arousal, and so forth. Read more here. Roses are only one of many flowers that are used to heal.

1. What is your favorite flower?

2. Why?

Please join Amanda at Thursday Two Questions and get your questions answered. :-) Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy (stop and smell the roses) and God bless.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Lovely Purple Flowers

Bugle ground covering

Carpetweed ground covering

Ajuga ground covering

My friend Jeannie gave me these lovely purple flowers from her garden and I transplanted them last year. They have rewarded me with many more blooms.  The leaves even have a tinge of purple to them. They also go by the names of Bugleweed or Carpet weed in addition to the Latin name of Ajuga Reptans. Early in the season they were very close to the ground, but shortly after they sprout up with these lovely purple blooms. I had to play with the hue in photo scape to get the right shade because the camera tends to make them look blue and they are actually a deep luxurious purple. 

This post linked to Shadow Shot Sunday. Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless. 

A shadow quote:
"There are infinite shadings of light and shadows and colors... it's an extraordinarily subtle language. Figuring out how to speak that language is a lifetime job." ~ Conrad Hall
Read more at Brainy Quotes.


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Lily leeks for your garden and your health

Lily leeks

lily leek

Lily leeks

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller

They're ba-a-ack - my lily leeks, that is, and they are a welcome addition. The lily leek grows well in shade and does not require a lot of water. It is scattered throughout my yard, but mostly in shady areas. The pretty lily leek is known for its ability to assist in digestion, circulation, and respiration. To learn more about this food check it out at Healthy Herbs

This post linked to  Macro Monday, and Mosaic Monday!! Thanks so much for your visit, take care and God bless!

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Train tracks into the sunset

Golden sunset

Golden train tracks @ sunset

Look at the sky
Oh my
The golden sun
escapes from sight
as day fades
into night.
The golden hue
all to gold.
A Midas touch
I behold.
I rush
from place to place
for a clear shot
to see
the wonders of
God's grace
for me.

Nature by God

poem by Judy

I wish all mothers a glorious mother's day, just like this sunshine; one that sets you aglow. Thanks so much for your visit. Take care, God bless, and stay healthy!

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Do it Now

poem by Stephen Grellet part 1

poem by Stephen Grellet part 2

poem by Stephen Grellet part 3

poem by Stephen Grellet part 4

This post linked to Macro Monday and Today's flowers. Thank you for your visit.  - BTW if you know what this wild flower is, please advice. It is growing along roadsides throughout Michigan right now and in my backyard. :-)

Take care, stay healthy and God bless

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Currents Events for a Candy

Mom dropped the paper on her lap and encouraged her daughter to talk about current events using a penny candy as impetus. 
~122 ~
This post linked to Succinctly Yours! Join in the microfiction challenge. Post your story of 140 characters or less. Use the Design 215 counter if you like. Thank you for your visit. Take care, God bless and stay healthy!!
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May God Heal your Wounds!

A God who makes flowers
Fragile, fragrant,
Of a beautiful hue
A God who waters flowers
With the morning dew
A God who makes the sun shine
And makes the flowers too
Can heal the many wounds
Of the likes of me and you
Nature by God
poem by Judy

When leaving work today I noticed that the lilac bush is starting to turn colors with some of the petals fading and some becoming more vibrant. I hope I become more vibrant too. :-)  

While I am quite comfortable in my own little corner, sometimes I have to get out of my own little world and explore other parts and while exploring I found a blogger Leontien who has a big heart. She is brave, and selfless, talented and loving as she thinks about her friends and family but it is she who is undergoing numerous tests and procedures. This post is dedicated to her. My prayers and thoughts go with her. I did research on ovarian cancer earlier and you can find my article here. I truly hope that anything,  and everything can be of help to her. God bless and thank you for your visit today!

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