Herbs'n' Other Alternative Health Remedies

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

It's a No Brainer

Staring at the toy cars he could not get the vision out of his head. If only he would have ignored the text.
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A wonderful challenge awaits you at Grandma's Goulash. Grab the picture, write the story using 140 characters or words or less. Her challenge word, which I usually use :-) is vie, but this time I saw an opportunity to get out the message - please don't text and drive. I saw a  picture after an accident and  you might say the driver "lost" their head, because they actually did and the cell phone lay next to the body. Is it really that important?

Join Grandma at succinctly yours. I am sure there will be some more lighthearted entries. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!!

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Oops, You Don't See Me

Did you ever try to hide from a mirror? This post linked to weekend reflection and shadow shot Sunday.
My quote for the week: “To crave and to have are as like as a thing and its shadow. For when does a berry break upon the tongue as sweetly as when one longs to taste it, and when is the taste refracted into so many hues and savors of ripeness and earth, and when do our senses know any thing so utterly as when we lack it? And here again is a foreshadowing -- the world will be made whole. For to wish for a hand on one's hair is all but to feel it. So whatever we may lose, very craving gives it back to us again.” 

Marilynne Robinson

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

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Dark Chocolate from the Heart for the Heart

dark chocolate

Mmm dark chocolate

It's chocolate - good for you

I want some, you should too

With a sweetness rare
Not too sweet, really just right
A love at first bite

Lingers on fingers
Licking and sticking to fruit
Perfect for dipping

You do not have to feel guilty for indulging in a little chocolate from time to time, if the chocolate is dark, that is. Chocolate is chocked full of health benefits and has been long used for medicinal purposes. For more about the health benefits you can read here. Add some luscious strawberries and add even more health benefits and nutrition. 

This post linked to carpe diem where beautiful haiku flourish and inspiration runs rampant. 

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Thankful Thursday - Wonderful Witch hazel

witch hazel

I became acquainted with witch hazel after the birth of my first child. It was part of my postpartum care package. The healing power of witch hazel is absolutely amazing. It is both soothing and healing. It helps to heal the wound site and applied to hemorrhoids aids in shrinking the painful tissues. It has both anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. Our earliest recording indicate it was first used by Mohegan Indians The American settler learned from watching the Indians use various herbs and plants and began to experiment with it themselves.

Use it after shaving to stanch bleeding and soothe the skin; after a sunburn to aid in healing and to soothe the pain; in a gargle for a sore throat, aid in acne treatment, anti-aging and in treatment of wrinkles. It is also used to sooth insect bites, bumps, bruises and rashes and even has been found helpful in the treatment of herpes. 

1.) Do you keep witch hazel in your medicine cabinet?

2.) What's your secret weapon in your first aid kit?

This post linked to two questions Thursday and Alphabe-Thursday. Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!


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Monday, April 22, 2013

Ibogaine for drug treatment?

Ibogaine therapy is not available in the U.S. Ibogaine is a natural psychoactive substance found in the Tabernanthe iboga plant  and is said to remove withdrawal symptoms. It  is an  anti-addictive substance designed to stay attached to your receptors while removing the drug addiction from the individual. It has long been used in African spiritual practices.  

This post is not intended to endorse the use of Ibogaine or any other controlled substance but to only offer information. Anyone who intends to use this or any other substance should first consult with their medical care provider and also research the substance and understand it's properties fully. If one is suffering from any type of drug addiction counseling is strongly recommended. 

More information can be found here. The video also offers a website and tel. no for further information and I was surprised by a surprising amount of information available simply by doing an online search. 
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Friday, April 19, 2013

Fruit Colors in my Kitchen

Painting of grapes and pears

“Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.” 
― Aristotle


“It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.” 

Mandarin oranges and bananas

“As one who appreciated the tragic side of eating, it seemed to him that anything other than fruit for dessert implied a reprehensible frivolity, and cakes in particular ended up annihilating the flavour of quiet sadness that must be allowed to linger at the end of a great culinary performance.” 

This post connected to color connection and orange you glad it's Friday?!  I hope you have a blessed and fruitful weekend!!
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Nutritional Supplements–Needed Nourishment


Nutritional Supplements

There is a debate going on for and against nutritional supplements.

Personally I am a strong advocate of eating nutritionally balanced meals, but I have not enough appetite to eat as much food as I would need to eat to get my daily requirements, nor the money to purchase all the food needed to provide those nutrients. Nutritional supplements are a Godsend to me.  Granted, many are loaded with fillers, so like anything else, we must carefully read the labels, and also be aware that just because it is highly touted on the market or on sale, does not necessarily mean that the particular vitamin is deficient in your body. Another concern is that the dosage sold may not be the one your body requires. It is important to consult with your physician before adding supplements to your diet.

Research before you take a supplement.

One day while I was working at a family practice medical office, the female doctor of the husband and wife team saw me taking my supplements and was concerned that I was taking potassium. I had been diagnosed with hypertension and researched it, finding that calcium, magnesium, Hawthorne and potassium would help to lower it naturally. I had not been placed on medications yet so was trying to avoid medicine if possible. (It was a very real concern of mine that long term prescription medications can tax the liver.)
“Potassium can stop your heart!” she exclaimed. “Do you know what you are doing?” Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you want to look at it, my labs had shown a very low potassium level so the dosage I was taking was not going to hurt me and was in fact benefitting me and aiding in the control of my high blood pressure.
Produce is shipped before ripe. 

In today’s age produce is often shipped to our stores before it has been able to reach it’s full maturity so has not been allowed to gain the nutrients it would have otherwise acquired had we bought it from a local farmer when it was fresh for the picking. Smog, pollution and processed foods rob us further of our nutrients and so does stress so does the chemicals used to encourage the growth of our foods.
Taking supplements is not the same as eating wholesome foods as fresh fruits and vegetables offer much in the way of antioxidants, phytochemicals and fiber which are important to our bodies but we do not always have access to the healthy food that our bodies need. Nutritional Supplements have long been used to treat diseases such as scurvy, diabetes, high cholesterol and fatigue just to name a few. Extensive lists of ailments treated by vitamin supplementation can be found in The Practical Encyclopedia of Natural Healing by Mark Bricklin

This post linked to ABC Wednesday, honoring the letter "N" this week for Mrs. Nesbitt and don't forget Roger. Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!

The Doctor’s Book of Home Remedies by the editors of Prevention Magazine


Monday, April 15, 2013

The Family Bronzing Plan

He told her that the tanning booth was a bad idea, but she insisted on the family plan and saturated them all with baby oil!  characters 128 - bonus word "saturated"

This post linked to succinctly yours where short is sweet. Use Grandma's photo as your inspiration and write a short story of 140 words or characters or less. The challenge word for the week is "saturated."

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Sky shots taken with my Android

A marvelous sky,
A glorious sky
Painted by God
For you and I

Nature by 
Poem by

This post linked to skywatch Friday. Thank you for your visit, God bless and have a fantastic weekend. 
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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Seeing is believing?

He would have bet his youth that this was a mirage.
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This short short story is connected to Grandma's Goulash; succinctly yours. Grandma offers a weekly challenge. This time Pat and Jerry offered the photo prompt and the bonus word is "youth". The challenge is to write a short story using 140 characters/ words or less. How low can you go?
Thank you for your visit. Take care. Stay healthy and God bless!
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Icy Fingers


A warmer day followed by cold leads to this...



Icy fingers wrap tree branches
Then warmed  by shining sun
They emerge as one...

This post linked to shadow shot Sunday. Thank you for joining me and please visit our host(ess) for more shadow shots. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!

My shadow quote:

There's something about shadows because you make your own mind up about what's lurking in them.
Richard O'Brien


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