Happiness Is Yours Today – 6 Tips To Improve Your Mood

Happiness 6 Happiness Tips you can do today to turn your mood around just by thinking positively  A positive mindset has been attributed to a happier and healthier life, making it highly recommended for everyone to be proactive about thinking  good thoughts in order to experience a happier life. But the question is, ‘how can one think positive thoughts when having a bad day? How can you have a positive mindset if your mood is grim?‘ That is where I come in.  After careful and comprehensive research, I have found many ways ways in which you can turn your mood around using a positive mindset; in this article we are going to look at just 6.  So if you have been feeling frustrated or grumpy (or a friend hints that you need to lighten up),  keep reading! 1. Use Humor If you listen closely, you will find that the biggest comedians in the business create their content from a place of pain. Just look at Rodney Dangerfield, or Bernie Mac; two of the greatest comedians who were still cracking up audiences in the middle of battling personal sickness. The truth is that there is great medicine in humor, and by finding the best in […]

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Aromatherapy With Essential Oils To Improve Mood

Essential Oils To Improve Mood Aromatherapy can be described as the use of essential oils (fragrant substances) to improve health.  One strategy for use of essential oils is to employ essential oils to improve mood, relieve anxiety, relax, and decrease stress.  The therapy can be used to significantly improve the mood of any individual.  Highly concentrated aromatic substances are either applied to the skin,  or inhaled after diffusing the scent into the air with one of several types of diffusers.  Fragrant substances are distilled from plants and the most common for recipes are two; lemon and lavender.  The essential oils interact with cells in the brain and body resulting with an improvement in an individual’s need. People who have used essential oils made from home-made recipes or bought manufactured products have stated that Aromatherapy actually works. Some of the most effective recipes for Aromatherapy are as follows: Lemon essential oils Recipe to make at home: Use the lemon peel to create your own lemon essential oil: Ingredients – cold pressed olive oil and 1 lemon Directions – grate the lemon peels and fill a small glass hallway with the same. The rest of the bottle should be filled with olive oil or […]

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Firemen Battle PTSD

Firemen Battle PTSD   Among the most common mental health conditions experienced by firefighter across the globe is post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  PTSD  is often acquired after experiencing a disturbing, or traumatic event, and is classified as an anxiety disorder which can be identified through persistent symptoms such as high emotional arousal, flashbacks, numbing or even avoidance of memories of past events.  When you think about it, there are many jobs which inevitably involve experiencing disturbing and/or traumatic events.  One such career is firefighting.  Studies have shown that due to the intense level of stress and traumatic events that firefighters are faced with, that in addition to battling fires, many firemen battle PTSD also. The firefighting career often involve numerous stressful activities which increases the risk of developing PTSD. Various studies on a general population revealed that fire fighter have a higher risk of experiencing PTSD and there is need to develop training programs to help them manage and cope with the condition. Today, there are fewer fire calls to buildings, and improved fire response in the united states mainly due to the advanced fire prevention technology.  These advancements include smoke detectors, flame retardant building materials, as well as  highly effective installed sprinkler systems. […]

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What is PTSD?

What Is PTSD We hear a lot about the word “PTSD, or post traumatic stress disorder, but what exactly is it? A common psychiatric condition, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is increasing in frequency in a world of wars and terrorism.  People exposed to terrifying situations, who witness or are injured by life threatening trauma, experience intense fear.  Fear is a normal, even healthy reaction, which results in chemical changes in the body to produce the release of epinephrine and norepinephrine, molecules that induce the ‘fight or flight” reaction. The body’s reaction times speed up, increasing the chances for survival. But in some people, the reaction never seems to disappear entirely.  PTSD usually develops a few months after the event that triggered it, but onset may delayed as long as years.  Horrifying trauma does not always cause PTSD.  In fact the majority of people do not develop the syndrome.  A soldier sees a buddy shot dead beside him and months later develops PTSD.  Another soldier also witnesses sudden, horrific death and does not develop PTSD.  Why? What is the difference? Genetic Risk Factor: Scientists are studying this question.  One study drew blood from U.S. Marines before and after they served tours in […]

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What is Biofeedback

Biofeedback When we raise our hand to turn on the light or when we decide to go for a walk, we utilize muscles that are under our voluntary control. This is an example of voluntary muscles that we have conscious control over determining these muscle movements.  However, there a number of body functions such as heart beating, blood pressure, digestion, brain wave patterns and body temperature for example, that are not under our conscious control.  They are controlled by our involuntary nervous system and until recently it was assumed that we had no control over their function either.  That is, until technology advanced to new levels.  Now with the aid of biofeedback, people can learn how to actually alter and to some degree train their body’s involuntary response to a more acceptable response. Let’s look at an example as it relates to the heart: we can will ourselves to walk but we cannot will ourselves to make our heart beat faster.  The heart will beat faster in response to physical activities such as exercise, or to mental states such as nervousness or anxiety, but the response of how fast or how slow the heart beats is not under our conscious control. Biofeedback is a […]

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Mindfulness Meditation For Stress Reduction

Mindfulness Meditation Meditation is a practice that has been around for thousands of years to help people take a break and help themselves relax.  Mindfulness meditation however, is a specific type of meditation that has recently been growing quickly in popularity.  Mindfulness meditation is not new, as it originated long ago within the Buddhist practice.  However recently it has recently taken on a new and broader life being employed by folks around the globe outside any religious practice.  Many who use mindfulness meditation  today for stress reduction report being both happier and healthier, as it helps reduce symptoms of stress and the health problems that can be associated with them. Those who have never heard the term “mindfulness meditation” may not understand why it’s such a big deal, or even what it means.  The word “mindfulness” describes the act of being aware and living in the present, rather than letting their mind wander to regrets or worries about the future.  “Meditation” is a much more well-known term, describing the act of thinking deeply or focusing on one’s own mind for a long period of time.  Put the two terms together, and you get “mindfulness meditation,” which involves techniques that work to reduce […]

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Ancient Stress Help Tips part 2 -Video Instruction

( Go Back To Part 1 of stress help2) Stress Help2 With Full 38 min Follow-Along Yoga Video Yoga, these researchers hypothesize, “re-balances the body’s Autonomics by removing any obstructions to proper nerve signaling.” Well, all this is interesting, but are there any supporting studies out there? The researchers point to a study showing when the Vagus Nerve, (a parasympathetic nerve), is stimulated, there is a decrease in depression symptoms and a fewer seizure in those with epilepsy. Another supporting study cited in the paper looked at yoga’s affect on GABA levels; GABA being a neurotransmitter in the brain. Low GABA levels are highly associated with anxiety and mood disorders as well as epilepsy and chronic pain. In fact, many anti-depressants and anti-epileptic agents work by increasing brain GABA levels. In this study, patients with depression and chronic pain were treated in two groups: one group was instructed to walk while another group did yoga. The yoga group showed significantly higher levels of GABA in their brains and they had better symptom improvement than the patients who walked. So to conclude, Yoga has been known throughout the ages to be beneficial to one’s health, and as being especially good for […]

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This Ancient Stress Help Tip Is Almost Too Easy! part 1

Stress Help Does your healthcare provider recommend you practice yoga for stress management and to avoid burnout?  If not, they should! An insightful new theory put forth in the journal Medical Hypotheses explains why.  The article, authored by a collaboration of psychiatrists, reviews recent studies into the nerve-physical-body connection, and the effects that yoga has on the body.  In fact, their hypothesis is that the poses performed in yoga are able to structurally realign parts of the body’s neuroanatomy.  This realignment balances brain and nerve tissues that are over or under stimulated. Let’s break it down.  An oversimplified explanation is this; there are two branches of the nervous system, one branch is further sub-divided into the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems, collectively called the Autonomic system. The Parasympathetic Nervous System (picture the brakes on a car) creates the ‘rest and digest’ response.  When activated, the parasympathetic system causes the body to relax, digest food, and repair itself. The Sympathetic Nervous System on the other hand (picture the accelerator on a car) is known for the ‘fight or flight’ response.  When it is activated, the body increases its heart rate, blood pressure, and stress hormones in order to run from or fight […]

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Coaching News Flash – Kardashian Hires a Life Coach!

Coaching News Once again the Kardashians are in the news, and this time making coaching news.  28 year old sock designer and reality TV celebrity Rob Kardashian has told sources that he’s now planning to seek the help of a live-in life coach. Rob’s mother Kris Jenner and sisters Kim and Kourtney have reportedly been urging him to take meaningful steps to turn his life around for a while but unfortunately some of this advice was not well received.  Fans may remember a recent Twitter argument where Rob publicly called Kim a “bitch” and posted a (threatening?) picture of her.  (Youtube news video below)   What Happened To Rob: Rob’s psychological symptoms have taken a turn for the worse since the recent loss of his close friend Jamie Sangouthai.  The two were close and were even roommates for a time and supposedly spent a lot of time playing video games throughout the night.  Sangouthai died from a rare flesh eating disease that was likely caused by drug use.  And since all reports are that Rob has gotten even more recluse and alienated from friends and family.  He suffers from an extreme social anxiety, depression and recently he’s put on a […]


Sadness Unveiled – No Man Too Old For A New Star

Sadness “Star light, star bright, First star I see tonight; I wish I may, I wish I might, Have the wish I wish tonight.” As a child, we have that one star we want to reach, one dream we always dream, and one goal we are so focused to achieve.  From an early age, we have are asked about what we want to do “when we grow-up?”   At that time, we are thinking about a career or a dream.  And then life goes on. As we get older, we give our all to reach a certain focus or goal.  But as the saying goes, “the only thing constant in this world is change“.   What if at some point in time, you have a change of heart and decide to start a different path?  What if this new goal or dream occurred to you at a point in your life when you are older, when other’s are “winding down”.  Would it be impossible for you to still do these things you want to do? Most people, as they grow older, stop  dreaming.  They seem more focused on reaching the end of life rather than to continue to make new dreams and goals.  They’d rather work hard for their family or their self […]

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Workplace Stress in America

Workplace Stress   According to numerous studies, workplace stress has proven to be the number one source of stress to American adults.  In fact, we have seen an increase in the past few decades, and a dramatic increase these past 7 years since the recession started in 2008.  The increase which is assessed by the perception of possessing little control yet facing high demands is associated with the increase in cases of hypertension, heart attack, digestive distrubances and several other medical conditions.  In many municipalities such as Los Angeles and New York, police officers who suffer a heart attack whether on duty or off duty are compensated.  This is because they acknowledge the relationship between work stress and heart attacks. Even though there have been several rankings of jobs based on stress levels, they have little or no real significance. because what determines job stress is not the definition of the job, but how a person responds to that environment. For instance, there are people who would do well while under pressure (like public speaking to a large gathering) as long as they feel they still have a certain level of control over the situation.  These folks would not enjoy working in an […]

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Stress Affects What We Eat

 Stress Affects What We Eat Did you know that stress directly affects the foods we choose to eat? A recent Harris Poll Showed that 46% of Americans are less careful about food choices when stressed. Have you ever wondered whether stress affects what we eat?  If so, you are keenly observant because research shows that yes, it does.  Some will overeat, others don’t feel like eating much at all.  Many reach  for fast food on the run – or choose  “comfort foods” that are high in sugar, starch, and fats.  These can have a temporary calming effect, but they can also cause us to put on the pounds. Researchers at Ohio State University found that short periods of emotional stress can slow down the body’s process of clearing some fats from the bloodstream.  If fat is allowed to circulate in the bloodstream too long, it may end up being deposited in the arteries, increasing your risk of heart attacks In a nutshell, think of “stress” as the state of physical, emotional or mental strain or tension that results from demanding circumstances that we face from sources such as our jobs or from a variety of problems in your life. For […]

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Dealing With Stress In Seniors – The Stress of Aging and Loss

Stress In Seniors Changes. Older people do not like changes and, as people age, there are inevitable changes that are not for the better.  These transformations invariably cause stress in seniors, as bodies, that worked so well for decades, start to weaken and tire. You simply cannot do what you could a few years ago. When you try to shop until you drop, you drop a lot sooner.  You have trouble getting through a full day at work and doing chores when you get home is impossible.  It’s like your energy tank has been reduced to less than half what it used to be.  Your body starts to betray you, as your sense of balance goes awry and you fall down every once in a while.  Your bladder leaks before you can reach the toilet and you pass gas at the most inappropriate moments with no warning.  As you climb up a flight of stairs you think wistfully of the time when you could have run up those stairs two at a time.  Never again.  So many never agains. Old age is a time of never agains.  Never again will you hike ten miles or climb a rocky cliff.  Never […]


Inspirational Images – Listen Like A Coach

Coach Listen Like A Health Coach   I am sure you have experienced the recent surge in “coaching” programs out there.  Everywhere you turn another Internet marketer is developing or offering a “coaching program” purported to bring you amazing results. I even know of and Internet software and applications development company launching their coaching program too. The problem is, a true coaching program is not conducted where the client is isolated reading manuals or listening to a video.  Nor is coaching a situation where people sit on a webinar and listen to an “expert” give a lecture, tell us how they succeeded, or tell clients what to do.  In fact, just the opposite is true; coaches, like a trained health coach,  are trained to listen!  In fact we are trained to listen so intently that we “listen till you no longer exist”.   The “you”in that statement is the coach.  To do anything else is to mentor, inspire, guide, teach,and even motivate, but not to coach. I took a statement from the mantra of my Wellcoach  Health Coach or Wellness Coach training, and designed this motivational and inspirational image to share with you today.  Though it is advice given to every health […]

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Food Poisoning – Answers And Resources To Your Questions

Food Poisoning Food Poisoning Due To Bacterial Contamination When you get a bout of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sometimes with fever, chills and abdominal cramps, (an illness called gastroenteritis), it is generally due to a virus; usually rotavirus or norovirus.  Rotavirus is a common cause of diarrhea in infants and norovirus is the commonest cause for serious gastroenteritis in adults, especially outbreaks of foodborne infection (think cruise ships).  Though you may feel like you have been poisoned, this is rarely a true food poisoning due to bacterial contamination.  These infections are treated with hydration, usually orally, although seriously dehydrated individuals may require iv fluids. Most viral infections – like a cold for example – get better by themselves. More serious illnesses are caused by several bacteria, also carried on food. Some of these bacteria can infect food at a processing factory and then be carried on that food all across the country, causing outbreaks of illness wherever the food is sold. Just this month there was a small outbreak of gastroenteritis in Kansas caused by a bacteria called Listeria monocytogenes which had contaminated the little individual cups of Blue Bell ice cream served at hospitals.  Blue Bell put out an immediate recall […]


PTSD – Over 5 Million Suffer in the United States

PTSD     Ernesto just returned from Afghanistan where he witnessed an improvised explosive device (IED) destroy a Humvee in his convoy, killing his best friend. Now that he’s back home, he’s no longer the easy-going guy he once was. He has angry outbursts at the slightest provocation and uses illegal drugs to repress his wartime memories. When Liz was seven years old, her stepfather sexually abused her. Now in her thirties, she wants to put the past behind her but can’t. She’s unable to establish intimate relationships and has frequent nightmares about her abuse. It may not appear that Ernesto’s wartime experience has much in common with Liz’s sexual abuse, but it does. As a result of the trauma they’ve each experienced, they both now suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. Who Gets PTSD? PTSD is an anxiety disorder that may affect individuals who have experienced firsthand (or witnessed) intensely traumatic events. Stressors known to cause PTSD include: violent personal attacks such as assault, physical and/or sexual abuse, rape, mugging or murder; car, plane or train accidents; military combat; captivity; and natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes or earthquakes. Risk Factors: Although most experts agree that 1 in 10 children […]

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Anxiety In Children – Don’t Teach Your Kids How To Be Stressed

Anxiety In Children I recently read an article by Dr. Roni Cohen-Sandler about ways parents can prevent their stress from becoming their kids stress. While I generally found Dr. Cohen-Sandler ‘s article to be interesting, I have a difference in opinion to several of her points regarding the cause of stress and anxiety in children. For instance Dr. Sandler sites one reason for increased anxiousness in children these days is due to “much higher expectations for success — and at earlier ages — than even their older siblings”. Perhaps there are a few examples but on the whole, I feel with each passing generation since around 1965, students have less and less academic expectations on them. The term “the dumbing down of America” is now a phrase bantered about in reference to American students’ poor rating on a world scale. It’s no secret that America has an unacceptable number of high school graduates who are functionally illiterate. However I agree with Dr. Cohen-Sandler ‘s opinion that the main reason children are more anxious these days is because the adults in their life are more stressed out.  With parents, teachers, and adults all around them are nervous, anxious, irritable and stressed out, it’s inevitable that […]

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Health News – Healthy Food Rejected By School Kids

Health News After a recent switch toward serving healthier, less processed food at the school, St. Helena students are turning their nose up at the new cuisine and opting OUT of the school lunch program.  However, rather than continuing to model good choices, the school seems to be considering “going back” to the previous menu of chips etc. to get students back. In spite of the push toward eating more healthy, I think it’s important to remember that we can’t FORCE people to make good choices.  I feel bad for the St. Helena school which is reporting a 25% decrease in student participation in the Free lunch program, but isn’t this possibly a good sign?  I mean, in the end, isn’t it the parents responsibility to feed and clothe their kids?  And is it the taxpayer’s responsibility to make sure kids choose healthy food rather than starve?  Do you really think they will starve? I find this report a bit disturbing on many levels: St. Helena students rejecting healthy food in droves http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/st-helena-students-rejecting-healthy-food-in-droves/article_0e5f840b-6c6b-5d1a-9c68-a2157d67506d.html St. Helena students rejecting healthy food in droves http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/st-helena-students-rejecting-healthy-food-in-droves/article_0e5f840b-6c6b-5d1a-9c68-a2157d67506d.html 1 day ago … HELENA — St. Helena schools have joined a nationwide trend toward serving healthier food, but […]

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Stress Free Marriage – Lesson 1- What Husbands Should Not Say

Stress Free Marriage     I think you will enjoy this video and the not-so-subtle message underneath. Long story short, after couples have been married a few years, most men learn this lesson, albeit the more difficult way.  Guys, if you want a happy, stress free marriage, watch this video and jump way ahead in the learning curve (grin).      

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Are You Predisposed To Having Stress Insomnia?

Stress Insomnia   In case you have never heard of the term before, “stress insomnia” is the insomnia that many of us experience during periods of our life that are most filled with stress. Researchers study the brain activity while a person sleeps by hooking a person up to an EEG, which measures sleep spindle activity (sleep spindles are the curly-loops formed by the EEG machine when measuring sleeping brain activity). Previous research has already determined that people with lower sleep spindle activity are more prone to waking during any noise or ambient activity.  But this study was conducted to determine if there was a correlation between sleep spindle activity and insomnia. Sleep stages: Insomnia is a problem almost everyone has experienced, especially during periods of stress. Though sleep research is a relatively new science, scientists have long known that there are four stages of sleep: Stage 1 – Individual are in a very light sleep, easily awakened Stage 2 – Eye movement and brain waves slow down, and sleep deepens Stage 3 – Very deep sleep with long, slow brain waves called delta waves – the individual is difficult to arouse, can be confused when awakened from this stage REM sleep – […]

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Healthy Recipes – Make Your Own Ketchup and Save Money!

healthy recipes   Healthy Recipes For Home Made Ketchup   Anytime you have the opportunity to make a recipe from scratch it will be healthier, more nutritious, and often less costly and more flavorful than that same food if you purchase it at the store as a ready-made.   This was the case recently when I stumbled across the amazing price of $.53 a pound for local grown tomatoes. I’ve been carrying around a yummy sounding healthy recipe for home made ketchup and decided that this is the perfect time to give it a try.   When I started assembling the ingredients I realized there were two items that I don’t have but decided to go ahead and make the recipe anyway because I don’t think those two ingredients are essential.   One item is capers, the other ingredient is tomato paste. I knew if I just cooked it long enough the recipe would thicken on its own and the tomato paste would not be essential.   Note: When you make your own healthy recipe for homemade ketchup, don’t expect the end result to taste identical to the mass-produced over-processed packaged in plastic bottles stuff you get in the store. The flavor […]

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Wellness Coach Will Help You With Your Health Goals

Wellness Coach How Can A Wellness Coach Help You Achieve Your Goals?     Being fit and in a good shape is harder and harder to do in this modern world we live in. With conveniences like cell phones, internet, driving, sitting in meetings or working in an office cubicle, it’s harder than ever to get the amount of physical activity needed to stay healthy. When people finally do decide to do something to improve their lifestyle and get in better physical condition, they often first think about joining various support groups or following weight loss programs.  But statistics are overwhelmingly pointing to an important step that needs to be crossed before any other action is taken.  A person needs to get in touch with what their driving motivation is – what are there ultimate goals?  What are they ready to sacrifice to get there?  What will “success’ look like to them?  The only way to find out this information is to hire a health coach or wellness coach as their first step! All of us could use some knowledge and support in life areas which are not our strong suit.  For instance, you wouldn’t drive a car without going to school and […]

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Healthy Smoothies – Smoothie Recipes To Get You Started

Healthy Smoothies Are you making healthy smoothies yet for yourself or family?  If  you have not hopped on the “smoothie craze” then you must be living under a rock!  – just saying.   But no fear, it’s 2015 and we have a sunny new year ahead of us brimming with possibilities.  How about making this the year you try your hand at a fast, super healthy, scrumptious meal-in-a-glass otherwise called, a smoothie! If you have made smoothies before stick with me anyway because I have a great free offer for you too that I think you will enjoy! Some benefits of making smoothies: Made of Raw ingredients so you enjoy the benefit of maximum vitamins and minerals Fruits and vegies offer high fiber which is essential for colon health and lowering cholesterol Extremely versatile – the recipe combinations are limitless Minimal “messing up” of the kitchen since all that is needed is a powerful blender It’s easy to add protein power, tofu, or other ingredients to create a high protein drink that can function as an entire meal Inexpensive – no need to cook over a stove, no canning or preserving needed Inexpensive #2 – Buy fruits and vegies in season […]

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Healing Herbs – A List of Common Herbs That Heal

Healing Herbs Using Healing Herbs to Heal Common Ailments Learning about  herbal health has become a popular way to keep the body healthy without the use of pharmaceutical medications, or for some it means dramatically reducing the number of medications needed.  Herbs are widely used throughout the world to treat illness and have been used for millions of years.  Certain herbs heal the body from common ailments which can improve one’s quality of life and make life much more comfortable.  Examples of some of the most common problems which are helped or relieved with herbal therapy is: nausea, inflammation, and allergies, (just to name a few). Nature has many herbs that can improve life so this article will present a general overview and explain a few of them. Magnolia Flower Magnolia Flower is an herb that could aid in allergy and sinus symptoms.  It could bring temporary relief to common symptoms like watery eyes, nasal congestion, sneezing, and other allergy symptoms.  This herb could be added to tea. Garlic Garlic is an herb that is great for the heart. It improves cholesterol levels and aids in controlling high blood pressure.  It helps reduce the risk of getting blood clots and helps […]


Parsley – The Magic Herb In Your Kitchen!

Parsley Parsley – The Magic Herb In Your Kitchen! We all know parsley, if not by name, then by appearance. When we were kids it was always in our plate along with the hated veggies, and now that we’re adults, it’s still almost always in our plates ot drinks, as a garnish, and we don’t look twice at it. None of us actually appreciate the powerpacked herb, that languishes silently in a corner in our fridges! People from ethnic backgrounds have more exposure to the healing properties of parsley because of traditional herbal cures and remedies being more consistently present in their lives. This gives them a chance to appreciate more closely, all the health benefits that parsley imparts, and they in turn incorporate it more closely in their life. But what is parsley, really? And what does it do? Parsley is an edible herb that was originally native to the Mediterranean region, from where its use has spread worldwide. Most of the plant is edible- while we’re used only to the leaves being used as garnish and condiment, the root which is a tap root is also edible, and used in cooking as a vegetable in Europe. The leaves […]

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Winter Garden – What To Do In January

Winter Garden How to suffer through the winter doldrums?  By planning a winter garden, that’s how!  Though I cannot plant outdoors yet here in Southern Missouri, I sure have a couple things started indoors, with an eye of what I will plant next. About 6 days ago I started some flats of early garden vegetables and greens.  I wanted to see what seeds that I still have on hand will germinate and do well so I took a flat left over from last year and planted cabbage seed, mustard seed and a few herbs (thyme, basil and oregano). As you can see in the photo, the only thing so far to come up is my mustard.  It started shooting up on the 3rd day!  I will give it a little more time to decide if the seeds simply need to germinate or if they are no good.  These seeds were exposed to lots of INTENSE summer heat, sunlight, humidity, and all the elements I should have protected them from.  So I was not sure if ANYTHING would actually grow. Now I am turning my sights toward peas and potatoes, since they will soon be planted directly into the ground here […]