Herbs'n' Other Alternative Health Remedies

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Raise your words

Golden rain tree

Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Golden rain tree

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.
- Rachel Carson


Can you climb high enough to get above the clouds, look down on the rain from a place in the sun?
- Ally Condie


She gathered books like clouds and words poured down like rain.
- Marcus Zusak

Storm clouds

Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.
- Rumi

We joke in Michigan that if you do not like the weather, go to lunch and come back and it will have changed. I took these sky shots only moments from one another. I was totally stunned at the sheer whiteness and illumination of the clouds. Seconds later several dark clouds appeared and I snapped one more photo and ran inside. We had a thunder storm. 

This post linked to Orange you glad it's Friday and skywatch Friday. Thanks so much for joining me. Stay healthy, take care and God bless!

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tap into Turmeric


Tis for Turmeric. It is what gives the bright yellow hue to mustard. It is the spice/herb that has allowed me to give up taking Advil. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory and has completely removed my arthritis pain helping me to keep up with my tons of grandkids. :-). It provides mustard with the Tantalizing Tang.

I take 1 capsule a day and can move completely pain free. Don’t listen solely to my testimonial.

Here are some others:

It is recommended highly by Andrew Weil, MD in Spontaneous Healing to assist in the treatment of autoimmune arthritis, fibromyalgia and musculoskeletal pain.

New Choices in Natural Healing written by the editors of Prevention Magazine  recommends turmeric for the treatment of:
  • athlete’s foot
  • boils
  • bunions
  • calluses and corns
  • fibrocystic breast disease
  • hemorrhoids
  • sore throats
  • sprains
Turmeric is similar to ginger root.

We use the rhizome and ground it to be used in seasonings, teas, supplements and commonly in mustard. It  protects against toxins, slows down platelet aggregation, lowers cholesterol and is a powerful antibiotic, anticancer, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant – (this from the Prescription for Nutritional Healing by James F Balch, MD and Phyllis A Balch, CNC.)
My favorite herbalist, James A Duke, PhD in Anti-Aging Prescriptions testifies about the usefulness of turmeric in:
  • preventing: cancer, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis
  • protecting the liver
  • strengthening the immune system
  • treating aches, pains, angina, bunions, corns, chronic pain, diabetes, dry skin and dermatitis, high cholesterol and osteoarthritis.
This post linked to ABC Wednesday. Put on your Thinking cap and go link up. Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!


Sunday, May 26, 2013

Blatant Adoration

Her adoration of Elvis was blatant. She spent every waking moment among his treasures. 73 without /87 with 

Grandma's Goulash hosts a writing challenge. She supplies the photos prompt and we are to write a short story/poem of 140 characters/words. She also offers a bonus word. This week it is "blatant". Join Grandma at succinctly yours. Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless. 

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

How to Roast Pumpkin and Squash Seeds


I am sitting here eating delicious homemade roasted pumpkin seeds. I roast seeds from both squash and pumpkin and often enjoy their nutty flavor knowing they are tasty and nutritious. History tell us we have been eating pumpkin and the squash seeds since at least since the 1400s.

The Minerals Found in Pumpkin or Squash Seeds

Amounts Per Selected Serving
Calcium 35.2 mg 4%
Iron 2.1 mg 12%
Magnesium 168 mg 42%
Phosphorus 58.9 mg 6%
Potassium 588 mg 17%
Sodium 11.5 mg 0%
Zinc 6.6 mg 44%
Copper 0.4 mg 22%
Manganese 0.3 mg 16%
Read more about the nutrient content here.

Pumpkin seeds

How to Roast your Seeds:

  1. Scoop the seeds out of your pumpkin and squash, place in strainer and run cold water over them removing the strings and pulps.
  2. Layer seeds on an oiled baking sheet stirring to coat. Sprinkle with sea salt or your favorite seasoning.
  3. Bake at 325 degrees  rotating every 10 minutes for about 25 minutes.
  4. Let cool and enjoy. Store the remainder in an air tight container.
This post linked to Orange you glad it's Friday and Foodie Friday. Thank you for your visit. Take care. Stay healthy and God bless!


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Surprise, Sweet Snap Peas do what?

Snap peas

This small spherical sweet vegetable has a surprising side effect! If you are trying to have a family perhaps you should skip snap peas for the time being. Seriously, they help fight infections, cancer, lower blood pressure, provide a good source of fiber and help to regulate sugar diabetes, but also lower sperm count. The sweet snap pea contains a sperm-suppressing compound which may single-handedly stop fatherhood. 

Trying to sire then skip the stress! 

Stress has a huge impact on sperm. Striving, straining and stressing over the lack of results actually contributes to the low sperm count. It also makes the female less susceptible to the sperm. A woman's body is more open to pregnancy during the 3 day "survival period" of her egg. The female's body is  acidic 
bathing its own walls with an acidic fluid to keep germs from flourishing. These same acids can can kill off sperm when encountered. Dr. John E Eichenclaub recommends using a baking soda douche 2 hours prior to going to bed to make the vagina more receptive to sperm, using 2 teaspoons full baking soda with 1 quart of warm water. If this is the problem results should be seen within 3 months time. 

Say you skipped the sweet peas and still have not sired what are the supplements you should be selecting?

Antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamins C and E increase both the sperm count and motility (sperm's ability to swim). Dr. Julian Whitaker advises that large does of the supplement vitamin C in some studies has actually reversed some cases of male infertility. He recommends taking a daily dose of 1,000 mgs of vitamin C along with 400 to 800 iu. of vitamin E and 15 mg  (25,000 international units) of beta carotene. Also a zinc deficiency has been known to have an impact on low sperm count so 30 to 60 mgs daily is recommended. A word of caution take your zinc and vitamin C two hours apart as vitamin C blocks the absorption of zinc. 

A Minnesota Doctor's Home Remedies for Common and Uncommon Ailments by John A. Eichenlaub, M.D.
Jean Carper The Food Pharmacy
New Choices in Natural Healing by Prevention Magazine

Thank you for visiting me today. This post in linked to ABC Wednesday. Surprise, our letter is "S" today!
Stay well and be blessed!

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Monday, May 20, 2013

His Eye is on the Sparrow

This post linked to prompt 4 music. Mind love misery has challenged us to grab a song or music from our decade of birth and write about it. Why is it memorable? I love listening to Mahala Jackson and many other gospel artists. This song in particular touches me as it reminds me that God cares even for the sparrow, and I know He watches me. 

I grew up with a mother who was very musical. She sang, played clarinet, organ and Hawaiian guitar. She brought not only her talent to her marriage but her record collection from her teenage years (she was still a teen). My father had had a strongly disciplined childhood growing up on a dairy farm. He brought with him a very strong work ethic but was full of rage. The sultry voice of Mahala Jackson often served as background for his angry outbursts and gave us something else to focus on as we attempted to go asleep. 

Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless. 
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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Death is just another Stage


Death has such a fear for many of us. It even looms over some causing a constant shadow in their present life, but if we know Christ we can release that fear and embrace life as we are meant to. Thank you Kristjaan for another fine and inspiring post. Please join in the haiku challenge at carpe diem and have a blessed weekend.
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Friday, May 17, 2013

The Origin of Mother's Day

A tender moment between mother/child

Mother's day has it's roots in ancient Greece where there was an annual spring festival honoring maternal goddesses. It was also celebrated in ancient Rome some 250 years before Christ was born. It included parades games, parades and masquerading. 

Although it is currently celebrated in at least 46 countries, it is celebrated on different dates. 

It was celebrated as a mothering Sunday in the UK before it made it's way to the U.S. 

Baby of Mandy Mouse

Minnie Mouse is Mickey Mouse's girlfriend. Her sister's name is Mandie and she had twins named Millie and Melody. 

Yellow rose

If you were given yellow roses what might the giver be feeling for you? 

Yellow is for joy, gladness, friendship, delight and a promise of new beginnings.

If they are tinged in red they could mean the giver is falling in love with you.




This post is linked to Random 5 Friday. I just saw this linked in Jim's blog and thought it would be fun to give it a try. My daughter in law and granddaughter are pictured above. We are celebrating her first birthday party this weekend using the theme Minnie Mouse so thought it would be fun to find out more about the delightful Disney baby. (In her daycare her teachers thought her eye lashes made her a perfect Minnie mouse.)

Forgive my formatting. Google cannot be tamed today. Thanks for visiting me today. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Righteous Results

Really? Have you any idea how many Righteous supplements, foods and or herbs begin with the letter R? Just to name a Random few:

Red clover – good source of calcium, phosphorous, and protein, anti-cancer, treats whooping cough, bronchitis, sore throats; blood, liver and kidney cleanser, treats skin problems
Resveratrol - listed below
Riboflavin – studies indicate that a daily dose of 40 mg of riboflavin for 3 months have provided considerable relief for migraine sufferers, inhibits cancer risk and heart disease, anti-stroke and antibacterial
Rice - listed below, and try for colored rice, not just long grained white rice.
Rosehips – Rosehips is rich in vitamin C which is very effective in building our immune system to ward off bacterial and viral infections.
Rosemary – anti-cancer, soothes nervous system, head ache relief, anti-depression, digestive aid, assists in blood pressure treatment, aids in treating hair loss, anxiety and improved circulation. 
Rye – whole rye (not that traditionally found in stores) contains more protein, minerals and B vitamins than whole wheat. Whole rye is power packed with two times the protein, three times the phosphorous and calcium, four times the riboflavin, five times the iron and thiamine, six times the niacin and seven times the potassium. You can spot the whole rye by it’s darker color, not that of the counterpart which has been sifted and diluted with wheat flour. 

Red tea

Caffeine free, low in calories, a natural for those diet conscious and loaded with health benefits containing  magnesium necessary for a healthy nervous system. Red tea is often prescribed for nervous tension and used as a relaxing natural sedative. Containing no oxalic acid it can be enjoyed by those who suffer from kidney stones and also contains potassium and copper minerals to assist in metabolic functions to help with weight loss. It also aids in iron absorption for those who suffer from iron deficiency. 

Red Yeast Rice

According to The Food Pharmacy there are "possible therapeutic benefits" in eating rice:
  • Aiding in maintaining sugar levels for non-diabetics
  • Clearing up psoriasis
  • Fighting diarrhea (mothers have long relied on rice to help infants in diarrhea distress)
  • Lowering blood pressure/cholesterol
  • Preventing kidney stones
  • Preventing cancer


Used in treatment for blood sugar, cancer prevention, colds, flu, heart protection, longevity, rheumatoid arthritis and memory assistance. Resveratrol can be found in grapes and red wines.  

This post is not written with the intention of replacing your family physician's advice but as information to discuss with your health care provider to assist in providing you with better health. Linked to ABC Wednesday.

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


Gary Null's Ultimate Anti-Aging Program by Gary Null, PhD

The Doctor's Book of Food Remedies by Selene Yeager and the Editors of Prevention

The Food Pharmacy by Jean Carper

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A Quick Quiz

Apples - A Good Source of Quercetin

Quick class, close the books and pick up your pencils. It is time for a quick quiz:

1. What is your main source of Quercetin?

2. What are some of the things Quercetin is beneficial in treating?

3. Name five other known names for Quassia bark.

4. It is commonly used as a substitute for what drug that begins with "Q"?

5. Who is it named after?

6. What are three things commonly treated by quinine?

Quercetin is a flavonoid and powerful antioxidant found in fruits, vegetables, and grains. It can also be found in supplements, beverages or other foods.

Quercetin is a powerful antioxidant useful in the treatment of asthma, upper respiratory infections, cold sores, regulating blood sugars, enhancing insulin secretion, protecting the body from the damaging effects of free radicals, inhibiting viral infections such as the common cold, aiding in protecting one from cancer, and delaying the onset of cataracts.

Quassia bark

Quassia bark is also known as Quassia amara, amargo, bitter ash, bitterholz, bitterwood, bois amer,bois de quassia, crucete, quassia, cuassia, fliegenholz, guabo, hombre grande,kashshing, maraub, marup, palo muneco, pau amarelo, quassia amarga, quassiawood, ruda, simaruba, simarubabaum, quina, simaba, and Mountain Rose Herbs. 

Amargo means bitter in Spanish as this herb is particularly bitter. It first became well known as it aided in the treatment was successfully performed. This remarkable tree has no insects bothering it and in fact a watery brew is created from it's leaves and bark to spray on fields as an insecticide. 


Originally derived from the Cinchona tree Quinine became the first effective medicine used to treat malaria. It was also referred to as Jesuit's bark or Peruvian bark. A Jesuit brother, Agostino Salumbrino, who lived from 1561 to 1642 studied medicine and had witnessed the Quechua using the bark of the tree to brew a concoction to treat those found to be suffering from the shivering fevers of malaria. Afterwards it became the treatment of choice until 1940 when other medicines were discovered.

Quinine also has been used in the treatment of Charley horses, restless leg syndrome, and muscle cramps.

This writer does not recommend the use of any medications, supplements, herbs or natural remedies without first talking it over with your physician.

This post linked to ABC Wednesday. Your quizzes will be turned into Mrs. Nesbitt and graded. Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless.

Photo sources linked below the photos.  


Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplement by Michael T. Murray, N.D.

Home Remedies from the Country Doctor by Jay Heinrichs, Dorothy Behlen Heinrichs 
and the editors of Yankee Magazine
The Herbal Drugstore by Linda B. White, M.D., Steven Foster and the staff of 
Herbs for Health


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