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                          Add GHEE to your diet

                               (posted 2/22)

Properties include:

  • Powerful anti-inflammatory properties
  • Boosts metabolism when used with meals
  • Highly stable for cooking
  • Acts as a carrier and synergy-food for other nutrients, supercharging their properties (like herbs and spices)
  • Fosters strength and resiliency
  • Said to boost memory and decision- making abilities
  • Supports the reproductive system in both women and men
  • Lubricates joints, tissues, muscles, hair, skin and nails

Making GHEE:

1. Put 1lb unsalted, organic butter in a medium-sized pan and melt on medium heat. Once the butter is liquified, turn down the heat until the butter just boils. Cook uncovered at this temperatre.

2. Eventually, the butter will foam and bubble. Foam will rise to the top and the butter will turn a transparent golden color. Once the golden milk solids it will have gone to the bottom.

3. Take a slotted spoon and gently skim the top removing most of the foam. Place the rest into a glass jar with a cheesecloth.

4. Cover with lid and store at room temperature. Cooking should take about 20 mins. The milk solids left at the bottom can be thrown out.


                            Home Remedies

                            (posted 1/10)

 

Green tea is known to have many properties that can help keep you in tip-top health – and therefore better prepared to ward off cold and flu bugs. The jury is out on how many cups of tea are optimal, but 2-3 per day are often recommended. If you do come down with cold or flu symptoms (or feel them coming on), consider 3-4 cups of green tea per day to expedite ridding your body of those nasty bugs and give your body’s defenses an extra jolt.

Ginger’s health benefits have long been touted. Steep several slices of fresh ginger root in hot water and sip for an extra health boost or to soothe a cough or scratchy throat. 

Honey is known to bolster the immune system. A daily dose of honey can help you to feel energetic and stay healthy. It also has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties; if you do develop a sore or scratchy throat, honey will soothe and help heal. Use it in your tea, coffee, plain hot water or by itself. You can even gargle with honey (and lemon) in salt water when the mixture is at room temperature. (Do not give honey to children under 1 year of age.)

Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, which is known to support the body’s natural defenses. Lemon (and lime) juice is reported to decrease the strength of the cold and flu virus in the body and reduce phlegm. Add lemon juice to your tea or make hot or cold lemonade with honey to stay well, build resistance to cold and flu, and speed up healing if you do succumb.     

Garlic may be known to ward off vampires, but it can also ward off colds and flu. Garlic contains the immune-boosting compound allicin, also know to relieve cold and flu symptoms. Chop or crush 1-2 gloves of fresh garlic and “steep” them in hot water; then, drink it like a tea. This may also help others keep their distance from you (unless they’re attracted to the smell of garlic), preventing further spread of the virus (wink, wink).

Peppermint tea is laced with nutrients that help the body fight off illness. It also can act as an expectorant, helping the body to cough up mucous.

Salt water in homemade saline nasal sprays, nasal washes, and gargles has long been used effectively to soothe sore throats, and keep respiratory passages moist, decongested and free of invading pathogens. If you do get a sore throat, gargle with half a teaspoon of salt mixed with 1 cup of warm water, four times per day. For nasal washing, use a neti pot or bulb syringe with a quarter teaspoon salt in 1 cup of warm water. Tip head to one side over sink or basin and gently introduce solution to higher nostril. Allow solution to drain from the other nostril. Repeat procedure by then tipping head to opposite side. Note: Although many use warm tap water in their neti pots, distilled, sterile, or previously boiled water is recommended for purity/safety. Be sure to clean and dry the neti pot after each use to prevent the introduction of harmful bacteria into the nasal passages/sinuses.

Steam can help to relieve stuffiness and congestion. Boil a pot of water on the stove and then slowly breathe in the steam. Be careful as steam can cause burns. If the steam makes your nasal passages burn, pull your head back slightly and breathe in more slowly.

    

The truth is many of the old standard home remedies, when used regularly and properly, can be your body’s best – and least expensive – defense against colds and the flu, also helping to minimize their impact if they do take hold.

 


             10 ways to stay hydrated this winter

                               (posted 1/9)

 

  1. Drink!  The simplest way to stay hydrated during winter is to drink more fluids. It’s obvious, but many people just do not drink enough and can go a whole day barely drinking anything.
  2. Eat more water based foods. Eating your five a day is a great way to ensure your body not only gets the nutrients it needs but stays hydrated. Fruits and vegetables have a high-water content, a tomato is 95% water, while broccoli contains 91% water. Vegetable packed soups and stews are warm, healthy and comforting and another great way to up your fluid intake.
  3. Pay attention to your body. When you are dehydrated, your body will tell you, don’t ignore the signs, listen to your body and it will reward you. Headaches, dry skin, and aching muscles are all signs that your body is dehydrated and needs water.
  4. Go decaf. Coffee and other high caffeine drinks are diuretics; diuretics increase production of urine which can lead to dehydration.
  5. Drink herbal tea. Herbal teas are a great way to stay hydrated during the cold winter months. Made from the leaves of plants such as camomile, mint, and sage, they have a lovely aroma and taste, and often have medicinal properties.
  6. Cut back on salt. Having a diet high in salt can dehydrate you and make you excessively thirsty. The best way to prevent eating too much salt is to avoid readymade processed foods. Pre-made foods can contain high amounts of salt, and you can unknowingly be consuming far more than the RDA without realising. Make your food from scratch and monitor the amount of salt used to season.
  7. Drink before meals. It’s all too easy to simply forget to drink water throughout the day, an easy way to remember is to drink a glass before each meal. It’s an easy habit to create and one that will ensure you stay hydrated throughout the day, every day.
  8. Know how much water your body needs. Many people are confused about how much water they should be drinking every day. There is a lot of conflicting advice on the net about how much you should drink. A 6ft tall, well-built male is logically going to need to drink more water than a petite, 5ft female. One size does not fit all in the hydration stakes and over hydration is just as dangerous as under hydration. So, working out how much water you should personally be drinking is a wise move. It’s very simple, take your body weight in pounds, divide it by two and drink that number of ounces in water per day.
  9. Set an alarm. Water is often the last thing on our minds when trying to get through a busy day. Setting an alarm on your phone to remind you to drink, is a great way to keep hydrated over winter. Keep bottled water in your bag or car, so you have some to hand when the alarm goes off. If done daily it will eventually become a habit.
  10. Wrap up warm. One of the primary causes of hypothermia is dehydration from being outside for long periods. Help your body keep its temperature regulated and stay hydrated by wearing warm layers.


        Four Sigmatic

           (posted 12/7)

 

As more and more people are coming to understand the role mushrooms can play in achieving optimal health and wellness, we want to give you a little insight on the 2 new products available from Four Sigmatic and how they might support your health. 

Brain: 
Lion’s Mane is a cognitive enhancer. It has been shown to support memory and concentration.
Cordyceps is an adaptogen, not a stimulant, so it helps you produce and maintain steady energy levels. 

Sleep:
Reishi Spores - The triterpenes that make reishi such an incredible adaptogen. Here we’ve combined plenty of reishi spores with a fruiting body extract for a well-rounded mushroom kick.
Ashwagandha - After reishi and ginseng, it’s actually the most studied adaptogen in the world restoring balance. It’s shown to encourage more restful sleep and help with stress management.
Magnesium - The science-backed benefits of magnesium include reduction of muscle pain, calming the nerves, and helping one to fall asleep.

*As always, if you have concern, please ask your physician if these are the good choices for you.

Find these at our Green Valley locations today!

 


          Rose Quartz Face Polish (and lips too!)

                            (posted 12/6)

Ingredients:
- 1 tbsp. of natural brown sugar (or Coconut sugar)
- 2 tbsps. of raw honey (wildflower if possible)
- 2 tbsps. of your favorite carrier (I used Sesame – it’s very hydrating)
- 1 tsp. of rosehip oil
- 1 tsp. of crushed dried roses
- ½ teaspoon of clear quartz powder

Directions:
Mix together in a glass jar. Use about a quarter size amount for your entire face and make upward and circular motions, not forgetting your lips. Wash face as usual. Apply moisturizer and lip balm.

This method will help exfoliate the top layer of your skin, helping moisturizers penetrate more deeply and hydrate longer. It also aids in removing dry skin on lips.

Quartz is the most powerful healing and energy amplifier on the planet. It absorbs, stores, releases and regulates energy and is useful for unblocking it. It works at a vibrational level attuned to the specific energy requirements of the person needing healing or undertaking spiritual work. Quartz is the master healer and can be used for any condition. It stimulates the immune system and brings the body back into balance.

 


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