Herbs'n' Other Alternative Health Remedies

Herbs'n' Other Alternative Health Remedies
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Thankful Thursday - Natural Remedies


K is for Kava. Kava or kava-kava is a crop of the western Pacific and when prepared properly is from the roots solely while some of the products on the market include stems and leaves. Kava is used to induce relaxation while bringing the user better clarity and enhanced feelings of well being. It is used to produce a drink with sedative and anesthetic properties. Some studies have raised a concern about liver toxicity but it is not known whether it is because of the impure product or heavy use of alcohol in connection with the kava-kava.

Researchers in 2006 at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and the Laboratoire de Biologie Moleculaire du Cancer in  Luxembourg discovered that kava-kava was effective in inhibiting the growth of cancer cells but did not harm the healthy cells when tested in the treatment of ovarian cancer and leukemia. Due to these findings the kava trade ban was lifted. 
It is felt to be a safer anti-depressant than valium and is not physically addictive. Kava has been prescribed or recommended to treat those who suffer from anxiety at a dosage of 200 mgs. three times a say. It is also used in many sleep remedies to aid in better and more restful sleep and has been recommended for those who suffer from menstrual cramps. 
With any herbal remedies, one should consult their physician before using them. Many medications may counteract herbal remedies. 
Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements by Michael T. Murray, N.D.


The Complete Guide to Herbal Medicines by Charles W. Fetrow, PharmD and Juan R. Avila, PharmD
The Green Pharmacy by James A. Duke, PhD. 
This post is linked to Alphabe-Thursday and Two Questions Thursday. My questions are as follows:

1. If someone you loved was diagnosed with depression or an anxiety disorder would you want them to be prescribed Valium or one of the many other controlled substances or before that try some natural remedies first?
2. Do you think mental health professionals take the time to treat mental illness or simply prescribe medication?

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

My Heart Delights

Aniale in the skies

Time to pull over

Sky collage

I feast my eyes on pretty skies
Like baby smiles and coos
They delight our heart
From the very start
But only if we choose
To take a moment from daily tasks
And put off the duties that life asks
Soaking, cherishing and treasuring
All that God is richly measuring

In our cup, our "empty" cup
That isn't empty but filled up!!
Nature by God
poem by

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Judiciously guard your health

J – We must judiciously guard our health and one of the ways is to take advantage of alternative medicines such as Jewelweed. Jewelweed, also known as impatiens or touch-me-not has been shown to work as well as prescription cortisone creams in relieving rashes and even stopping rashes when applied on skin that made contact with poison ivy, sumac or oak. 

J - Jasmine is an anti-depressive, antibacterial, antiseptic; aids mothers in producing breast milk and has many other benefits. Click on the photo in my sidebar if you want to learn more. 

Jamaican dogwood is not just for nerve pain but also as a mild sedative and an anti-inflammatory.

I also cannot help to think about my sister's and friend's name Jeanne and Jeannie, two of my blogging buddies Judy and Judy and mine, Judy. Hey Cary, what was that you said "Judee, Judee Judee?" lol
Thank you for your visit. This post linked to alphabeThursday. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Secrets about the Tomato

We cannot talk enough about the health properties of tomatoes. 

You hear the word tomatoes and you think lycopene, anti-oxidants, beta-carotene, healthier when cooked, cancer prevention health...These thoughts are correct; but did you know that they are strong allergy triggers for many? Did you know that tomatoes are thought to be a food that should be avoided by arthritis suffers?  Did you know that tomatoes, tomato paste and sauces cause many to get heart burn or stomach aches? Did you also know that many sauces, pastas and so forth are loaded with sodium? 

An elimination diet removing tomatoes helped to ease arthritis pain.

A study was performed using an elimination diet removing foods considered members of the "nightshade" family which include potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, tobacco and peppers. Many arthritis sufferers who altered their diets by removing these foods reported reduced arthritis pain. - pages 18, 19 in Rodale's Encyclopedia of Natural Home Remedies by Mark Bricklin. 

Tomatoes are acidic and contain salicylates.

If you are allergic to aspirin, you may also be allergic to tomatoes as they are high in salicylates. The acid can cause mouth or stomach irritation, hives, asthma, headaches and some even death. 

Tomatoes help us maintain our proper weight.

If you can safely eat tomatoes, blend tomato puree with your favorite spices and garlic to add to you diet and help protect you from cancer and help keep calories in check. Tomatoes are super packed with nutrients. Add slices of tomatoes, feta cheese, fresh basil, pepper and a splash of olive oil to have a low fat heart healthy side dish. Take fresh grown tomatoes and create your own sauces. Eat them fresh and raw, or stew them. 

Tomatoes are excellent in aiding in our fight to maintain our weight as they add savory flavor to many dishes while not increasing our cholesterol as compared to buttery or creamy sauces. When desiring creamy sauces substitute low fat yogurt, cream cheese, part-skim mozzarella, Swiss cheese or low fat cottage cheese.   

Tomatoes help heal wounds and repel bugs. 

Tomatoes have been used in a poultice on cuts to aid in healing and pain subsided quicker and the healing began faster. In parts of France tomato leaves have been gathered and placed in strategic places in the home to successfully ward of flies, mosquitoes and spiders. 

Beta-carotene is contained in your deeply colored vegetables; such as red tomatoes, yellow squash, orange carrots deep green broccoli. Beta-carotene soaks up free radicals so are major cancer-prevention foods. Just one half cup a week of tomatoes or tomato sauces has been shown to significantly lower the risk of cancer. Add whole-wheat pasta (which contains vitamin E) and further improve your odds. 

Cooking tomatoes cause the cells to burst releasing more lycopene than found in raw tomatoes. 

Food Smart Savory Strategies to Defy Disease by Susan G. Berg and the Editors of Prevention
Rodale's Encyclopedia of Natural Home Remedies by Mark Bricklin
The Doctor's Complete Guide to Vitamins and Minerals by Mary Dan Eades, M.D.
The Doctor's Book of Food Remedies by Selene Yeager and the editors of Prevention

This post linked to Ruby Tuesday. Thanks so much for joining me. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!!

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

A mansion for you, my love

Mr. Robin posed the question to Ms. Robin after he introduced her to their new home.

Characters 68 without spaces and 83 with

Grandma's Goulash furnishes a picture and a bonus word with a micro fiction challenge of 140 characters or words or less. The bonus word this week is "question". Try your hand. It is great fun and promises some very creative stories @ succinctly yours - short and sweet. 

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Angels light the way


It gets dark earlier now that it is winter time so while I was waiting for Mariolina to get out of work I noticed this lovely warm glow and angelic shadow cast by the porch light at her job. Winters are cold in Michigan so we appreciate any warmth we get, even if it is just the glow of a light. :-) Do you see the angels?

This post linked to Shadow Shot Sunday.
This shadow quote is taken from the hymn

          Beneath the Cross of Jesus
“I take, O cross, thy shadow For my abiding place; I ask no other sunshine than The sunshine of His face, Content to let the world go by To know no gain nor loss My sinful self my only shame My glory all the cross!” By Elizabeth Clephane and Frederick C. Maker
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Natural Relief for Indigestion

Ginger is a natural for curing indigestion and stopping nausea. It also soothes sore throats and inflammation. I will either grate some fresh ginger root or sprinkle some ground ginger into my tea. If you don't like tea, take a capsule, or sprinkle some on a baked apple with cinnamon and brown sugar. Yum. I have also posted a recipe to make your own ginger ale. Click on the ginger root link on my side bar. 

This is my personal favorite aid for stress and indigestion. I have relied on a cup of chamomile tea on more occasions than I can remember and have never been disappointed by its calming properties. Another favorite tea for my stressful days is catnip. I grow catnip in my yard and will pinch off about four leaves; two for my tea and two for my kitty. :-) Rinse the leaves, place into a tea ball and let steep in boiling water for 10 minutes. 

Peppermint is also widely known to aid in treating indigestion. Drop some peppermint into your hot tea. Add some fresh or dried peppermint leaves if you have them on hand. 

Other natural aids to assist your tummy woes are listed by Dr. Duke in The Green Pharmacy: 
  • agrimony
  • allspice
  • angelica
  • anise
  • apples
  • catnip
  • cinnamon
  • clove
  • coriander
  • cumin
  • dill
  • fennel
  • horehound
  • marjoram
  • papaya
  • lemon grass
  • lemon balm
  • red pepper
  • rooibos
  • rosemary
  • sage
  • savory
  • tarragon
  • tea
  • thyme
  • turmeric
This list is not exhaustive but will certainly give you a good place to start and don't forget to consult with your doctor before trying to self diagnose. 

This post linked to AlphabeThursday. Thank you for your visit. Take care stay healthy and God bless. 



Sunday, January 13, 2013

Not Evolution!

The museum had a display on the theory of evolution but that wasn’t what they came to see. ~ characters 72/ with spaces 91

Grandma's Goulash has a writing challenge. She provides the photo and a challenge word. This week's challenge word is evolution. The trick is to come up with a story with 140 or less characters or words. There are some interesting entries submitted. Check them out at Succinctly yours. Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Stripetti Squash: Nutritional, Heart Healthy and Yummy

Stripetti Squash 

Fried Stripetti Squash on my Griddle

Stripetti: Striped Vegetable Spaghetti

This wonderful winter squash is a cross between spaghetti squash and delicata. The flavor is somewhat sweet and similar to corn. It can be boiled whole for 30 minutes on the range or in the microwave and served with pasta sauce. 

The vegetable has eye appeal.

Not just that but it has a long shelf life. I found the vegetable an artistic delight, slicing it and cooking it in safflower oil with slivers of onion and topped with Mrs. Dash, sea salt, black pepper (I like to see the pepper, but you can use white pepper) and a touch of garlic. I like the way the little scalloped slices look; like flowers. Cook until you can see the color change from a light yellow to a deeper color as the vegetable is cooked through. They came out browned and slightly crispy.I left the seeds in it, as I love roasted seeds with their nutty flavor, and once cooked they were quite edible. If you prefer you can scoop out the seeds and season and roast them. 

Steam to retain more nutrients.

George Mateljan, of Worlds Healthiest Foods recommends cutting it into 1 inch cubes and steaming for 7 minutes to retain most of it's many nutrients. Squash is one of our main sources of many key anti-oxidants and carotenoids. You really should subscribe to WHF.org. to get the daily newsletter which is loaded with recipes using the healthiest foods available. 

There are many reasons to include winter squash in your diet and these are just a few:

  • They contain three heart healthy carotenoids
  • They are your primary source of alpha carotene and beta carotene
  • They contain anti-diabetic, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties


whf.org (Worlds Healthiest Foods Org.)

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

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Honey and Herbs

Herbs and Honey

Health has long been tied with herbs. Now honestly who hasn't heard of using herbal remedies to heal and protect health? Haven't you? We have hibiscus, horse chestnut, Hawthorne berries, hyssop, horehound, hypericum perforatum (St. John's Wort), honeysuckle, horsetail, horsebalm, horseradish, huperzine, and hytrin; just to name a handful. 
This post linked to Alphabe-Thursday. Thank you sincerely for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless! BTW - Our letter this week is H! Hooray for H!


Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Sad but Truthful Template

The template of the scales snapped into place and sadly registered at a weight gain rather than a loss. 
91 characters without spaces/121 with

Grandma's Goulash has a writing challenge. She provides the photo and a challenge word.  The trick is to come up with a story with 140 or less characters or words. There are some interesting entries submitted. Check them out at Succinctly yours. Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!


Thursday, January 3, 2013

We Love Sky shots!

The delights of self-discovery are always available. ~ Gail Sheehy
Let's Love ourselves!

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, 
you aren’t. ~ Margaret Thatcher

Ultimately, love is self approval. ~ Sondra Ray

If I am outside when the sky is displaying its lovely shades of color you
will find me caught up in the images displayed before me. We study, praise, 
love and enjoy images, but also need to pay attention and love our own self
images. When we are poised and self- confident we carry ourselves
better and project something beautiful that is apparent. We are His children
and as such need to portray a very positive image.

This post linked to skywatch Friday and No Rules Weekend Blog Party.
Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!



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