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Essential Oil Infused Pine Cones

Essential Oil Infused Pine Cones

I love walking by a counter, tv stand, coffee table, or bookshelf in my home and getting a quick whiff of a delightful aroma. This often is created by the use of a candle, potpourri, or synthetic air freshener. With the use of essential oils […]

Is it Cinnamon or is it Cassia?

Is it Cinnamon or is it Cassia?

  Is it Cinnamon or is it Cassia…and what’s the difference? Most people don’t know that the “cinnamon” they are purchasing from the store is usually “cassia” or that there is even a difference. While they are related in both species and genus (Cinnamomum), they […]

30 Days of Thanksgiving

30 Days of Thanksgiving

 

I once read a quote which stated “What if you woke up today with only what you thanked God for last night”. As I pondered on this I realized how “ungrateful” I was without even knowing it.

I spend a lot of my free time in the mountains; enjoying that view from a beautiful mountain top, taking the opportunity to work my muscles on a never ending trail, giving my mind a chance to wander or reflect, breathing in crisp clean air, seeing amazing animals living unkept lives…wild and free. Living in Montana, these little blessings are always readily available. Often times the most effort you need to put into achieving their benefit is simply getting in your car and making the 10 minute drive to the trail head. It is one of my greatest joys but until I read that quote did I realize that I took for granted something as simple as the nature around me. I have always lived somewhere where the mountains/nature were available to me. So I had to ask myself, what if they weren’t? What if this simple joy in my life was no longer available to me? How different would my life be?

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

-Melody Beattie

We live in a time where everything is so readily available to us. We can get almost anything we want in the blink of an eye. You need that last minute item to be able to cook that family favorite meal? You go to the grocery store, no need to wait for the garden to grow. You need a new shirt? Head on over to your favorite retailer and pick one up, no need to wait for mom to sew you a new one. You love the song you are listening to on the radio? In a matter of seconds you can have it downloaded into your favorite playlist. You have to make it to school, work or an activity by a certain time and it is on the other side of town? Jump on the bus, take your car, ride your bike, call for a ride. No need to saddle up that old nag in the back pasture (who, let’s be honest, is gonna give you one heck of a run around before you get him caught) and ride him into town. So many conveniences in life! Are we truly thankful for them? I know I am guilty of taking them for granted mostly because they have always been accessible in my life. I’ve been fortunate enough to never have gone without. That doesn’t give me the right to be any less grateful for them.

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”

-Tecumseh

What a great medicine it is to be thankful! To truly acknowledge all of the things in your life, great or small, that bless it every day. That smell that uplifts you, that sound that touches your soul, that view that brings a smile to your face, that every day item of convenience that you can’t imagine living without, that person that helps bare your burdens, that purpose you wake up for. These things are in our lives every day which make them routine or of little significance in a way; you don’t think twice about them. But ask yourself, what if you woke up one morning and they were no longer present in your life because you were not thankful for them yesterday?

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”

-Melody Beattie

Here is a challenge for you, for the next 30 days think of something you are thankful/grateful for. Post it on your social media, tell a friend or family member (ask them in return what they are thankful/grateful for), or write it down in a journal. Look at all you have been blessed with and make a mental note to be grateful for what you have and the opportunities you get to experience.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

-William Arthur Ward

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are my all-time favorite kind of cookie.  I love the cakey texture, pumpkin flavor, and of course the addition of chocolate.  I didn’t think it was possible to make a healthified version of this traditional flour-based cookie, but these will knock […]

Are You Ready For The Sick Season??

The kids are off at school, the weather is changing, everyone is outside less and getting less exercise…it’s the perfect combo for the sick season to set in. You don’t have to be a victim though!   Don’t let these guys ruin Fall!! For four years […]

Top 7 Benefits of Chlorella

Top 7 Benefits of Chlorella

Chlorella is a type of algae that grows in fresh water, mainly in Taiwan and Japan. When it was first discovered and harvested (after WWII), chlorella was studied as a potential food source because it is high in protein and other essential nutrients and can be mass-produced inexpensively. The whole plant is processed and made into supplements and extracts which are a good source of protein, fats, carbohydrates, fiber, chlorophyll, vitamins, and minerals. It is also abundant in calories. Some of the amazing nutrients contained on chlorella are:

  • Carotenoids like vitamin A (beta-carotene) and alpha-carotene, and lutein.
  • Powerful antioxidant vitamins C, D, E, and vitamin K.
  • A higher concentration of chlorophyll than any other plant on earth.
  • The B-vitamins – thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), pyridoxine (B6), niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid, vitamin B12, biotin, choline.
  • Minerals including: phosphorus, calcium, zinc, magnesium,and iron;
  • Healthy fats like oleic acid, a balanced supply of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids;
  • Nucleic acids for building DNA and RNA

A 2001 study published in the Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine journal showed that chlorella could reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol, accelerate wound healing and boost immune function. These results lead the researchers to conclude: “The potential of chlorella to relieve symptoms, improve quality of life, and normalize body functions in patients with fibromyalgia, hypertension, or ulcerative colitis suggests that larger, more comprehensive clinical trials of chlorella are warranted.”

Chlorella has been used to boost the immune system, as part of a cancer treatment regime, and to improve digestion and intestinal issues. Some people have had wonderful results using this plant to prevent stress-related issues such as ulcers and hypertension. Chlorella has also been applied to the skin to treat skin ulcers and rashes. My favorite way to use Chlorella is to add it to our green smoothie.

Are you using chlorella as part of your health regime? Learn more here: Numerous Studies Validate Chlorella’s ‘Superfood’ Status

Top 6 Reasons to Use Stevia Instead of Sugar

Top 6 Reasons to Use Stevia Instead of Sugar

  Stevia is a natural sweetener, not lab-created, which originates in South America. It is available in different forms; as a granular powder, dried leaves, or as an extract. Obesity is on the rise in the USA, so more and more people are turning away […]

DIY Homemade Healthy Hand Spray

DIY Homemade Healthy Hand Spray

There are so many toxic hand gels and sprays out there claiming to kill all sorts of things, which they probably do but they rarely tell you about the negative side effects of using them. Such as stripping your hands of it’s natural oils, throwing […]

12 Health Benefits Of Garlic

12 Health Benefits Of Garlic

 

History & Use

Garlic is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the wold and has been grown for over 5000 years.1  Garlic is part of the allium family, which includes onions, leeks, and shallots. Garlic is grown all throughout the world and is a popular cooking ingredient used in many modern dishes as well as cuisines from many cultures. Throughout history2, garlic has been used for medicinal purposes, as well as a prominent spice in the diets of many cultures. Many of the health benefits in garlic are mainly due to a sulfurous compound called allicin, which becomes active when a garlic clove is chopped or crushed. Garlic is also low in calories and high vitamins and minerals like C, B6, B1, Manganese, Copper, Selenium, Phosphorous, and Calcium3.

Why you should include garlic in your diet every day:

  1. Garlic is an anti-fatigue agent and promotes exercise endurance4.
  2. Garlic gives a boost to the immune system. A 12-week study5 found that daily garlic supplementation reduced the number of colds by 63% compared with a placebo and the average length of cold symptoms was also reduced by 70%.
  3. Garlic is associated with an overall lower risk of preterm delivery of infants, according to the Division of Epidemiology, Norwegian Institute of Public Health6. This is due to the effects of garlic on microbial infections which can cause preterm delivery.
  4. The sulfur compound in garlic, allicin,  has been shown to protect against organ damage from heavy metal toxicity (lead poisoning)7.
  5. garlicGarlic is an anti-inflammatory agent and could be beneficial for acne8 and psoriasis.
  6. Allium vegetables, such as garlic, are related to a decreased risk of prostate cancer9, although more studies are needed to prove these findings without a doubt.
  7. Garlic can lower blood pressure and total cholesterol10 (including LDL- the bad cholesterol).
  8. Garlic oil may help protect the heart from diabetes-induced myopathy11 as well as protecting the heart during surgery12.
  9. Ingesting raw garlic may lower the risk of developing lung cancer13.
  10. Vegetables rich in allium (like garlic!) support healthier hip and bones14– reducing the instances of osteoarthritis.
  11. Garlic compounds can be more effective than antibiotics15 in treating some illnesses.
  12. Garlic has the ability help you loose weight by increaseing thermogenesis, as well as decreasing the expression of several genes involved in adipogenesis16. (the creation of new fat tissue).

There are so many great reasons to add garlic to your daily diet.  Also if you don’t like the taste of garlic, or don’t want your date to be chased off by your garlic breath, you can get it in a tablet form both odor free or not.

 

Sources

  1. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=60
  2. http://jn.nutrition.org/content/131/3/951S.abstract
  3. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=60
  4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17955479
  5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11697022
  6. http://jn.nutrition.org/content/143/7/1100.abstract
  7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22151785
  8. http://www.livestrong.com/article/100740-adult-acne-garlic/
  9. http://www.apocpcontrol.org/page/apjcp_issues_view.php?pno=4695&gubun=p&s_search=&s_paper_vol=&s_number33=
  10. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23590705
  11. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/203059.php
  12. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/237839.php
  13. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/264599.php
  14. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/211915.php
  15. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/244866.php
  16. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21918057
Tuna Cakes

Tuna Cakes

I love to make these tuna cakes for lunch to switch things up a bit. It’s such a simple and great way to get some Omega 3 fatty acids into your diet.    If you are a fish lover, then go try these out, and let […]