Memories, Habits, Traditions~

Memories, Habits, Traditions~
Our memories are ours alone and come from all that is life, we can speak about them, write about them and share them through many ways of communication…

Habits are often formed from ones memories….good memories…worthy of doing over and over and over.

Traditions are a collection of all those…ours, and generations before us….

Tradition is at risk…embrace it, talk about it, write about it, share it whenever and wherever the door is opened…

Tis the Season….see it through grateful eyes~
All we are and have is because Tradition was.

Blueberries and the Brain

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We’ve all heard…eat blueberries, blueberries are powerful, blueberries are super-food……

Well, exactly what is it with blueberries anyway?

Simply stated..blueberries enhance the brain…total and complete brain health.

1…Blueberries increase brain activity
2…Improve blood-flow to the grey-matter brain region
3…Improves working memory
4…Enhance cognition

The downside to blueberries are….firstly, they are very expensive and many can’t afford to eat them often enough to make a difference.
They have a short shelf life…often they are already declining before leaving the market shelf.

The Answer to that is….Blueberry Extract…very cost-effective way of getting the benefits of the active components…a supplement you can afford to take daily…

Your brain will thank you…when you do find nice, fat, juicy and fresh ones …scoop them up, take them home and indulge!

We only get one brain…use it!!

Secrets of the Magnolia

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The Southern Magnolia is what we know best…pure beauty and charm from the
bark to the pod….each season has its own special offering….spring and summer, amid the dark glossy leaves one can find tiny firmly packed buds that gracefully open into dinner plate size flowers. Nothing, compares to the fragrance of the Southern Magnolia flower.

However, there are many other species of the Magnolia and many other names for them all….Beaver Tree, Holly Bay, Hou Po, Indian Bark, and others…

Magnolia also has a medicinal side…the flower and bark are used to make medicine. Some of the ills the extract is used to treat are…anxiety, depression, stress, stroke, and asthma…among others.

In skin care products, Magnolia is used as a skin whitener.

The chemical found in the bark is honokiol…this is what makes it medicinal.

While the flowers are exquisite…the seed pods get my attention, and if one looks closely at the bark……seems to be a story written in some far away language.

Magnolia seems to have anxiety-reducing activity in animals.

All research on magnolia has been in laboratories.

Season of the Pumpkin

 

Season of the Pumpkin

Around our house October and November mean lots of pumpkins, big fat orange ones, and dainty, and not so dainty, white ones, fat, skinny, perfect and totally warped ones. I never ever have enough pumpkins to satisfy my never-ending use for them. Of course the pumpkin isn’t the only autumn fruit/vegetable that is worthy of attention in the colorful scheme of this most loved part of the year.
Gourds, corn stalks, and the different array of apples, from green to yellow to red and a combination of all the previous mentioned colors, it really is the most colorful season.

We enjoy using the colorful selection as an inviting grouping on the front porch, a lovely selection of pumpkins on the farm table in the dining room is very fitting.
A few scattered around the gardens provide a little touch of color to a somewhat fading look by this time of year.

And…of course we must not forget the Jack-O-Lantern.

What would October be without that special face sitting by the door greeting everyone who passes by or comes to call.

One of my very favorite uses for the pumpkin is in the kitchen of course.

For the family meal at Thanksgiving I use a medium size “Sugar Pumpkin”…(best for cooking)as a serving bowl for our favorite stew.

Sugar Pumpkins

The options are many, just use your imagination for the stew.

Cut the top from a medium size Sugar Pumpkin, scoop out at least half of the pulp/without leaving the shell too thin. Set aside to use in the stew.

In a large deep pan place the pumpkin in boiling water, about 1/3 of the way up on the pumpkin.
Place in a very hot oven and cook until all the water is gone or until the pumpkin is just starting to get soft.(don’t overcook)

Remove from oven, let sit for a few minutes to cool slightly.

Sprinkle the inside with salt and pepper or your favorite spices.

Saute’ the firm parts of the pumpkin pulp, season according to your other ingredients. Stir all together and add to the pumpkin shell. Put it back in the oven and cook about 20 minutes, just enough to blend the flavors.

Makes a lovely centerpiece for the table and delicious too!

Enjoy this season, however you celebrate …it is ever so special.

 

Seasonal Eating~continued

Eating In Season…continued~
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In a research study conducted in 1997 by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in London, England, significant differences were found in the nutrient content of cows milk in summer versus winter. Iodine was higher in the winter; beta-carotene was higher in the summer. The Ministry discovered that these differences in milk composition were primarily due to differences in the diets of the cows. With more salt-preserved foods in winter and more fresh plants in the summer, cows ended up producing nutritionally different milks during the two seasons. Similarly, researchers in Japan found three-fold differences in the vitamin C content of spinach harvested in summer versus winter.

We must not forget to add the warming spices to our fall and winter menu…emphasize ginger, peppercorns, mustard seeds, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, clove, and turmeric…

In winter, turn even more exclusively toward warming foods. Remember the principle that foods taking longer to grow are generally more warming than foods that grow quickly. All of the animal foods fall into the warming category including fish, chicken, beef, and lamb. So do most of the root vegetables, including carrot, potato, onions and garlic. Eggs also fit in here, as do corn and nuts.

In all seasons, be creative and listen to your body, it will dictate the foods needed to energize and stabilize for the season. Let the natural backdrop of spring, summer, fall and winter be your guide.
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A simple stew and bread can be tweaked to the most nourishing meal one could need…to the stew, start with your seasonal vegetables and meat of choice ( if any) add dried herbs such as thyme or basil for flavor, a good shake of cayenne pepper and a bland pot suddenly becomes festive!

The bread can be seasoned with oregano and garlic, black-pepper or your favorite hot pepper, sage also adds great flavor to bread….just enough for a slight bite…don’t over season or you’ll just end up with ‘hot’ and not pleased.

Experiment…enjoy!

Seasonal Eating~

Eating In Season~
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Eating foods when nature produces them is what people the world over have done naturally throughout most of history, before supermarkets landed on every corner of the landscape and processed foods became ubiquitous. Seasonal eating is also a cornerstone of several ancient and holistic medical traditions, which view it as integral to good health and emotional balance.

Seasonal eating means two things….building meals around foods that have just been harvested at their peak and adjusting your diet to meet the particular health challenges of winter, spring, summer and fall. While it may seem like a luxury to have any food we want, anytime we want it, eating foods in season is directly related to how well our system functions .

( if we dress our body in layers of heavy clothing in August…the body will sweat and actually become sick if not unburdened of the load…the same applies to what we put into our stomach…heavy foods in summer makes extra work for the entire system….leaving it exhausted and in the fight or flight mode…not a good place for it to be!)

(If, we opt for salads in the cold winter months…again the fight or flight mode kicks in and will pull vital nutrients needed for warmth and stability from other places …leaving someone without winter fuel for survival.)

Seasonal eating connects us to the calendar and often to one another, reminding us of simple joys — apple picking on a clear autumn day, slicing a juicy red tomato in the heat of summer, celebrating winter holidays with belly-warming fare. Secondly, produce picked and eaten at its peak has more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than foods harvested before they’re ripe and then shipped long distances.

**Today’s landscape does not have a farm or a kitchen garden on every corner,
however, with thought and a little planning we can still accomplish the goal and reap the benefits of Seasonal Eating.

I hope this little series has sparked a notion that settles in for the season and dines with you daily! Nothing better than good company over good food!

Blissoma…My New Bliss!!

Blissoma Holistic Skincare - Unique natural skincare for sensitive, acne, and aging skin that wants intensive nutritional support

Blissoma is the elegant marriage of herbal form and function, crafted by the exploitative mind of Julie Longyear, an artist enamored with science.

 After years of making do with my own skin care from my own garden….I have finally found a wonderful, organic, all healthy, fruits and vegetables, carefully crafted into a delicious skin care product.

I have opted to be an affiliate for Blissoma…that means I will make a commission when products are purchased through my website…
You also know I never put my seal of approval on anything less than the best…

How much better could this product be….If it’s good for the inside, it has to be good for the outside….

Take a tour, the reading is exciting and something you don’t find on most labels.

The pricing is really affordable, less than what you will find on chemical laden “high end” big brand cosmetic counters. I like that…A lot!

What makes Blissoma special?

 Blissoma formulations faithfully offer the best medicinal compounds from plants that are research-proven to have healing superpowers for the human body. Ingredients are fresh, stored and combined at optimal temperatures, and blended with skill to offer a final product that is uniquely effective, pleasant to use, and a direct experience with plants as nature created them. Generally the ingredients are just 1 step away from the original plant material from which they came. Many are cold-processed and raw so that no damage is done to heat-sensitive vitamins and other valuable compounds. An initial feel of the products demonstrates the difference as the texture, color, and smell all distinctly tell the story of the nutritive ingredients contained therein. By not changing the botanical’s Blissoma offers a big change for your skin.

The Stylish Gardner…more than a look~

Comfrey

The Stylish Gardner is more about a feeling than a look…
it’s about being aware, living with purpose, passion, and intention.
It’s about feeling good, so we do look good…
It’s about having a reserve of energy and enthusiasm…
It’s about finding alternative means to fix small and large issues with out prescription and/or over OTC drugs…

Now we all know the lines drawn between controlled medicine and natures medicine….So…this is where I say, because I must if I wish to keep my neck out of the noose! But also because it makes sense and will in the long-run will save you time and money.
Disclaimer…If you are sick…seek the advice of a qualified health-care provider.
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The Healing Power of Trauma Comfrey…this is a small book by Holly Lucille, ND,RN….she is a nationally recognized and licensed practicing naturopathic doctor, natural products consultant and television & radio host.
An acclaimed expert in the field of Integrative medicine. Dr. Holly lectures throughout the nation on a variety of natural health topics.
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This book will help you address pain of injuries, sprains, strains, bruising, wounds of all kind, back and joint pain…from old or more recent damage.

It can be found in any good Health Food shop or larger book stores.
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The product can be found on many online sites…be very cautious who you purchase from…A good product should be between 14 and 20 dollars for a 2.6 oz tube…maybe a little less…too cheap, look carefully at the ingredients.
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(From a report given to me by a doctor I use and trust.)
Symphytum is the homeopathic remedy prepared from the common hedgerow plant…comfrey.Taken orally in its homeopathically prepared and diluted form has a strong reputation for helping to heal fractures, especially those that are slow and difficult to unite.
What is less well known is that Symphytum can also help torn muscles,tendons,and ligaments that are slow to heal…it simply promotes “fusion.”
Works greatly to promote healing in Achilles tendons and meniscus damage and  collateral ligament tears in the knee..
Also works for vertebral fractures/degeneration of the spine, and for trauma or blows to the eyeball and eye socket.

 

Boiron Labs is the world leader for Homeopathic products.

My go to for many hard to find products are the Orbit Health Food Shops…
One in Goodlettsville, Tn….One in Mount Juliet, Tn.
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