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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Shadows of the Law


Yesterday was a busy day, running around to pick up things here and there for our Easter celebration. This is the glorious day when our wondrous Lord came back to life. Yesterday we had high temps of 55 and it was a jacket only kind of day. Today it is raining - (I like to think Satan's tears are falling as he contemplates the beauty of God's gift.) :-) Hubby called me and invited me to meet him at the Hunt Club so we could share a Wiley Potato. My coat sat in the car. These shadows displayed themselves to me as I left there.

I sincerely hope you have a wonderful and blessed Easter with family and loved ones. This post is linked to Shadow Shot Sunday. My quote is taken from an Easter hymn:

No temples made with hands
His place of service is;
In heaven itself He stands,
A heavenly priesthood his:
In him the shadows of the law
Are all fulfilled, and now withdraw.
~Thomas Kelly

It reminds us of the many laws God's children had prior to the crucifixion. Following the crucifixion our main commandment is to love one another as He has loved us. Take care, God bless and stay healthy.
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Monday, March 25, 2013

Mystical Magical Firefly

Kristjaan mentions lanterns and my mind wanders to childhood days and capturing fireflies. Fireflies are like magic little insects that flit around with their tiny little lanterns attached. They made a game of hide and seek at twilight almost mystical. My contributions to carpe diem are as follows: 

Miniature lanterns
filling up dark summer skies
Daring to be caught.

Fly little firefly fly
Dancing gaily in the sky
Helping light our way

Landing on my shirt
Such a magical little guy
He has caught my eye

Can I soar on high
Like the mystical firefly
Lighting up the sky?

Thank you for your visit. The photos were borrowed. Links hidden in the captions and I thank the photographers. 
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Thankful Thursday - Apples

Braeburn apples

Forgive me if I bore you a bit with some fascinating facts about apples. Many of my  grandchildren have amazed me with their relish for the tasty treat in eating them down to the stem; core and all. I turned around to help them find the trash to discard the remainder to find they had finished the treat and wanted another. Here are just a few facts about apples:

  • There are over 7,500 varieties and different types have different tastes and different benefits, such as the one pictured is helpful to protect our skin from the ravages of UV rays.
  • The apple tree originated in Central Asia. 
  • Some types of apples can be stored for up to a year such as the granny and the Fuji. 
  • About 69 million tons of apples were grown in 2010 with half of those being grown in China and the second highest coming from the U.S.
  • Apples are known for their high fiber content, aiding in keeping the system regular but they are also beneficial to aid in asthma treatment, cholesterol, hay fever, heart health, liver health and lung cancer. 
  • The peel contains 3/4 of the fiber and antioxidants of the entire apple. 
1. Why give children candy or cookies when there is wholesome fruit available? 

2. Did you know that craving sugary treats is a learned addiction, not one we are born with?

Find photos and descriptions of various apples here

This post linked to Two Questions Thursday. Please join the conversation at Amanda's. Thanks for the visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless. Your visit is truly appreciated. 

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Jazzy J, Just what the doctor ordered!


The fragrance filled the air of the laundromat where this lovely flower was blooming. I couldn't resist taking just one picture! Crushed jasmine flowers applied to a new mother's breast can help to relieve the engorgement and stop milk from coming in, if she so desires. Jasmine essential oils are also used as massage therapy and are known for their aphrodisiac ability. 

Jasmine sedates the nervous system, relieves menstural cramps and head aches and is also known to assist in prostate problems. It soothes insomniacs bringing them much needed sleep, relieves those who are depressed, treats skin problems (externally), and improves one's overall moods (aromatherapy). It is used in oils, perfumes, skin care products and teas. The most prized jasmine comes from France, Italy and Egypt. 

Note: One should not pick their own flowers and crush leaves or flowers and ingest as some jasmine is toxic. It needs to be especially identified and prepared for consumption. 

Jackass Bitters

First of all thank you to Bush Medicine for the loan of the above photo. Their link is provided within the caption. 

Jackass Bitters or Neurolaena lobata is tall perennial weed which Dr. Duke advises closely resembles American ragweed. It has long been known for its ability to aid in the treatment of adult onset diabetes and other ailments including colds, fever, malaria, and menstrual cramps.

Jojoba oil

Jojoba, (pronounced Hohoba) or Simmondsia chinsis is excellent as a carrier for many different herbs, is also a wonderful oil for hair, scalp and skin. You will find this amazing oil included in many high quality skin care products and shampoos. It can be used to cleanse skin and pores, remove make up, soften skin, help to remove sebum from clogged pores in the scalp and rid the scalp of dandruff. It is a wonderful massaging oil and works on even the most sensitive skin leaving it soft and supple. 

This information is not meant to replace medical care but to enhance it. Please discuss all treatments with your doctor and follow the advice of your health care provider.

Please join the class at ABC Wednesday. Take your seats everyone. Class is in session and Mrs. Nesbitt has a wonderful lesson for us. 

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

Dessert Essence (Product guide)
Natural Healing Wisdom and Know-How compiled by Amy Rost
The Green Pharmacy by James A. Duke, PhD

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Cool Relief


We were removing shoes
without a moment to lose
Enjoying soft moist sand

A hot summer day
Sweat like bugs crawl down the cheeks
Cool water we seek

The water beckons
Like a forbidden secret
Waiting to be shared
Soon it will be warm again and we will be able to enjoy the cool refreshing water on bare feet. We (my sister and I) grew up with a creek in our backyard and we enjoyed many hot days wading through it spreading toes in soft moss and sand. 

This post linked to Carpe diem. Enjoy the haikus spun from the challenge provided by Kristjaan Panneman.
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Finding out your baby’s sex

Invariably you will find yourself wondering whether the baby you are carrying is a baby boy or baby girl. All the more to probe your curiosity will be all your family and friends discussing the very same thing with you. It is only natural to want to know if you are going to have a baby boy or baby girl and some couples might chose to find out whilst other might not.

There are of course medical reasons why certain couples might want to find out if they will have a baby boy or baby girl. There are some conditions which are hereditary or which are known to only affect males or females. If parents suspect that their child might be afflicted with such a condition, then a baby gender test could be a good way to appease them. If a condition is only known to affect males and the results of a gender DNA test show your baby will be a girl, then you need not worry about anything.

Discovering the baby gender during your ultrasound

You can learn the sex of the fetus while you are doing your ultrasound check up at 17 or 18 weeks. In fact, the doctor will probably directly ask you whether you want to find out. He or she will not tell you the gender unless you want to. What the doctor will do during the ultrasound is try to spot the baby’s sex organs by closely observing the ultrasound images. There may be some issue thought. For example:

·         The baby may be positioned in such a way that covers the sex organs

·         The penis may not be developed and cannot be spotted. This could lead to the doctor telling you it’s a girl, when in fact it is actually a boy.

What about DNA test?

DNA tests are a better alternative to ultrasounds for discovering the baby gender for the following reasons
·         An ultrasound is around 75% accurate at confirming the correct baby gender. Some gender DNA tests are 99% accurate.

·         You need to wait till your 18th week for the ultrasound but you can do a gender DNA test even at only 9 weeks.

Baby gender DNA tests can be done with blood or urine samples. The more current and recent test is actually a urine based baby gender test. The blood test is however, still widely used although the collection of blood does work against it.  There is also a small difference in accuracy: the baby gender test with blood is 85-95% accurate while the test with urine is 99% accurate. If you are wondering how they can tell the sex of your baby through your blood or your urine here is the reason: your baby’s DNA goes into your blood stream and then through your kidneys. It is therefore simple to isolate your baby’s DNA from your urine or your blood. If you are having a boy, there will be male DNA and if you are having a girl there will be no male DNA.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Ideal for it's Inherent Medicinal Qualities?

Letter I

I have borrowed the photos. You can find the links attached to their captions. Thanks for the loan! :-)
A-D Chondrus crispus ; E-FMastocarpus stellatus
Scientific classification
Species:C. crispus
Binomial name
Chondrus crispus

Irish Moss

Rodale's Encyclopedia of Natural Home Remedies by Mark Bricklin the Executive Editor of Prevention Medicine lists Irish Moss as an ingredient in a herbal mixture given for the relief of bursitis. It was a mixture of alfalfa and Irish Moss. Anyone who has ever suffered from bursitis (I have) would truly find that worth mentioning. 

It is such a pretty little flower and will grow virtually any where with little or no attention paid to it. It has been found covering bare spots in yards where nothing else would and even in brick walls in the cracks and crevices. It is extremely rich in nutrients such as A, B, C, and D. 

It has been shown to be an excellent skin softener and conditioner to create soft smooth skin as it nourishes and moisturizes. It is applied to rashes, sunburns, eczema and dry flaky skin and a common ingredient in make up and skin care products. It is also recommended to improve the appearance of wrinkles and dark circles. 

Not only is it used to feed cattle, but is also nutritional and beneficial for human consumption and commonly referred to as North Atlantic seaweed, pearl moss or carragheen. It soothes the respiratory system, aids in digestion and is a mild laxative while improving thyroid function.

Some very helpful information on food preparation is found here and some warnings are listed here. I am still not completely put off, but will perhaps restrict myself to using it as skincare and hair care treatment until I learn more 

This post linked to ABC Wednesday honoring the letter I this week. Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!!

Online sources:

P.S. Scriptor Senex asked a very good question and I want to address it. As  with identifying this plant and any others, they are known by many names and not just that; they come in many forms. Identification is very important. Some herbals have many names. The Latin name for Irish Moss is Sagina subulata. A reader posed the question of identification here and a writer answered.

Look up Irish Moss under images and you  will see a wide array of photos. If you look at pictures of it at the many different sites that are offering recipes, cooking tips and so forth it takes on a much different appearance. Any time you want to add a herbal to your diet it is vital that you have properly identified it. I grow some herbals in my garden such as cat nip. I use them regularly, but would not dream of using something I am unsure of. I know the feel of cat nip, the look and the scent. Until you are familiar, you should be careful. The right product is a gift of God, the wrong a curse. . .
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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Finding Tranquility

sunset's reminder

The sun reminds us
That though life is full of fuss
It will rise and set

Rose of Sharon buds

Spring blossoms on wing
The hope of renewal bring
Tranquility and peace.

Cloud watching

While watching a cloud
And talking to God out loud
I find tranquility

Golden rain tree haiku

Soft and gentle breezes
Through newly green trees
Brought tranquility
We turned our clocks forward this morning. Doesn't that mean spring is around the corner? One can hope. There are miniature mountains of snow in the corners of parking lots, but much has melted. I have seen some tiny buds appearing on bushes...

This post is linked to Carpe Diem and is a friendly challenge to create haiku this time with the thought of tranquility as our inspiration. I do hope you will be inspired and join the challenge created by Kristjaan Panneman. Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless. I hope your weekend will be full of God's blessings!

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Hidden Beauty of Hibiscus

Triple petal blossom rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon blossoms

Rose of Sharon

This post connected to Shadow Shot Sunday. My shadow quote follows:

Ceremony leads her bigots forth, prepared to fight for shadows of no worth. While truths, on which eternal things depend, can hardly find a single friend. 
William Cowper 
Research indicates that  viewing nature's beauty or caressing the soft fur of a pet can lower our blood pressure and reduce the harmful effects of stress on our bodies. These pretty flower petals are not just lovely to look at but healthy to ingest too so they will assist us in more than one way. My grand daughter and I gather their petals as the flowers fall from the shrubs and take them inside to brew Rose of Sharon (hibiscus) tea. The tea is slightly citrusy so we add honey. 

Hibiscus petals are also brewed as a tea and used as key ingredient in some of the pricier shampoos to promote healthier and fuller hair. 

The tea, known as sour tea in Iran is enjoyed for its many healing properties. One of the reasons it has an acidic taste is that it has high content of plant acids including citric acid, malic acid, tartaric acid and allo-hydroxycitric acid lactone. Actually the acids are unique to the hibiscus. 

Other interesting and beneficial components of hibiscus are quercitin (also found in apples), alkaloids, and  anthocyanins. For many years it has been widely used for the treatment of upper respiratory health, blood pressure and the maintenance of blood pressure and cholesterol. 

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


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