These recipes look beautiful and taste delicious! 1) The Classic: Lemon/cucumber Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + 1 cucumber and a lemon, thinly sliced + 1/4 cup fresh finely chopped basil leaf + 1/3 of finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving. 2) The Granite: Strawberry/Lime or Raspberry/Lime Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + 6 strawberries / 0r Raspberries and one thinly sliced lime + 12 finely chopped fresh… Continue reading
Many herbs are notably beneficial for promoting healthy hair, and Fo-ti root (Polygonum multiflorum) from the Orient is one of the most renowned. According to legend, its common name, He Shou Wu (“black-haired Mr. He”), is derived from the name of a Tang dynasty ruler whose long life and ample fertility was attributed to this herb. In traditional Chinese medicine, Fo-ti root is most often used as a longevity tonic. It is considered to strengthen our ‘Kidney qi,’ a specific type… Continue reading
The healing power of nature – vis medicatrix naturae – is an ancient medical principle that recognizes the innate ability of the body to heal itself. Immersing ourselves in nature is a powerful and effective way to soothe the nervous system and allay stress, fear, and anxiety immediately, and for a period of time afterwards. ‘Bathing your vision’ via photographic images—of streams, valleys, river terraces, orchids, forests, farms, bodies of water—is also measurably effective. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3353853/
Coffee cherry tea, anyone? Coffee cherries are the red fruit surrounding each coffee bean, and though at one time these were simply discarded in the processing of coffee, they have really come into their own of late. The sun-dried coffee cherry has powerful antioxidant properties, reportedly higher than acai, without the caffeine kick of the bean. Perhaps coffee in the morning and coffee cherry tisane in the afternoon?
With spring and summer coming upon us, eating locally and seasonally makes sense: it’s good for you, your community, and for reducing stress on the environment. Do you eat locally and seasonally? 1. In-season foods taste better. 2. Fresh = higher nutritional content, including powerhouse antioxidants. 3. Supports your local growers and local economy. 4. Lower environmental impact vs goods transported from afar. 5. Less expensive – seasonal foods, because they are usually abundant for a short period of time, are… Continue reading
Tip: A short walk a day, helps keep depression at bay. Even 10 minutes a day is enough to improve outlook and wellbeing!
Hair Essentials from Natural Wellbeing has partnered with HelpMe2Stop (www.helpme2stop.org), a non-profit dedicated to providing recovery assistance to those suffering from trichotillomania. Known simply as ‘trich’, this is a hair pulling disorder that affects 1 out of 50 people. Oftentimes, trich can be overcome by building self-confidence and seeing improvement in one’s appearance. “Trich can affect people at any age, gender and ethnicity,” said Charlene Blacer, founder of HelpMe2Stop. “Millions of people are affected by trich; nearly 90 percent of reported… Continue reading
1. Dust mites – these little microscopic critters live in your bedding, and their feces are a major contributor to asthma episodes. Use dust mite covers on pillows, mattress, duvet covers. 2. Dietary – the most common dietary allergens are dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. If you have asthma, try eliminating these from your diet for a few weeks to see if you notice any improvement. Then, introduce one ingredient at a time back into… Continue reading
The slightly viscous sap of the “Shampoo Ginger” (Zingiber zerumbet) has long been used by Polynesians as a natural shampoo. After the flowering heads turn red, they can be squeezed to release a gingery-fragrant, sudsy fluid. Natural shampoo that smells great, too! To learn how to grow your own, check out: http://www.localharvest.org/zingiber-zerumbet-rhizome-C24788
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