Healthy, Beautiful, Deadly if Abused~

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I’ve been writing negative reviews on sunscreens for many years…glad to see this from EWG.
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Certainly no secret that the sun provides all sorts of health benefits, including helping our bodies manufacture vital vitamin D.

If we don’t abuse the time in the sun we have no need for sunscreen at all.
Please know, all sunscreens are not created equally. In fact, a 2017 report from Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that nearly 75 percent of sunscreens didn’t work. That is to say these sunscreens provide inadequate sun protection and/or they contained harmful ingredients.

In EWG’s 11th Annual Guide to Sunscreens report, the results show that while there have been major improvements over the last decade, the vast majority of sunscreens available for purchase in the U.S. still contain damaging chemicals or fail to offer enough protection against ultraviolet rays.

Note: About half of the sunscreens sold in the U.S. would not be allowed on the market in Europe, according to Sonya Lunder, lead scientist involved with the sunscreen guide.

So…be kind to your skin and don’t take it for granted…it may be fashionable or just a personal like to bake oneself into a copy of Gingerbread girl/boy…but the rewards will be something not fashionable or to our liking!

http://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/

Feeling Good and Looking Good From The Inside Out~

Botanical Bliss

I’ve written a lot on the benefits of herbs and natural ingredients and the goodness they supply to our inner being.

As few as 40 years ago, many women looked to plants for much of their skin care regiments.

Those options and ingredients have more recently been incorporated more and more into many mainline products.

All natural ( really natural ) organic and chemical free is always the “best” way to go…but, if and when that is not an option or a choice, one can still find products that are less harmful by considering the ingredients.

Examples:

Marine Ingredients…Undersea elements such as seaweed and algae are great hydrators, and they are rich in trace elements…very good for the skin. With minerals such as zinc, magnesium, vitamins A,C,and E-all will work to hydrate your outer skin.

Antioxidants…plays the starring role in the anti aging process by inhibiting the free radicals that cause collagen breakdown. Vitamin C, coffee berry, and argan oil are three of the most sought after…one of these 3 ingredients should be at the top or very near the ingredient list to be effective.

Caramides…lipids that are found in the skins surface that function like mortar to hold cells together, prevent water loss and keeping the skin plump and hydrated.

Peptides…these are amino acid chains that penetrate the skin’s uppermost layers and have the ability to tell cells to behave in a certain way…produce more collagen for instances.

Calming Agents…last but certainly not the least of the best. These are found in plant products…such as , chamomile, cucumber, and aloe…all have calming agents that reduce inflammation and redness brought on from rosacea or chapped and sensitive skin.

These are agents that should be found in the ingredient label of your foundation, lip gloss, eye care products, etc., as well as the most important part of your skin care routine…which is the cleansing, toning and moisturizing routine.

And don’t overlook the diet…beauty is, as we have come to know, truly from the inside out…when we don’t nourish our body’s need for proper fuel, it will compensate by taking from us…our healthy, bright, plump and beautiful outer skin.

Herbs and our Skin~

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Herbs and our Skin~

I write a lot about culinary herbs, but do you know there are some simple ways to use herbs outside the body for healthy and beautiful skin.

These can all be made into tinctures and ingested…but, for now I’m talking about simple applications that can be derived through steeping and using as a splash or spray.

Red Clover and Nettle…will cleanse and detoxify

Yarrow, Chamomile and Calendula…reduces itching and redness from rashes and allergies.

Chamomile and Comfrey…soothe soreness-from exercise or injury.
Can also be used to easy stings, cuts, and has mighty wound healing properties. The leaves were used in WWI and WWII in place of bandages because of supply shortages.

Thyme and Echinacea…fights infections.

Lavender…healthy skin growth.

Yarrow and Nettle…helps eliminate waste via the kidneys.

Fennel and Clary Sage…helps balance hormonal fluctuations leading to skin blemishes.

Lemon Balm and Marjoram…eases stress.

Horsetail and Oat…promotes wound healing.

Bring a quart of water to a boil, add herb of choice and gently boil for about 5 minutes…remove from heat, cover and allow to steep for 20 to 30 minutes. Strain and store in a glass container…..fill a spray bottle as needed or use with cotton balls to apply to needed areas.

I keep it in the frig, feels wonderful on a hot summer day-spritzed or applied to the face or even the feet,

Note…this in no way implies medicinal advice. And please avoid the eyes when applying to the face.

Happy and safe summer~Bug free we can wish !

Healing Power of Salt~

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For years I’ve been advocating the benefits of salt in a health focused routine…if you are still using basic table-salt, please, please… Stop!!

Table salt is refined to a negative point with additives of anti-caking agents, these are the elements that cause issues in blood pressure and other health related maladies …we have so many other wonderfully-healthy salts to choose from.

A list of good choices and the benefits of each can be found on the Sage Hill Gardens website for future reference.
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Salt is healing…this is documented in a plethora of ways back through the earliest of times.

These are the four I opt for and would suggest to you!

(Salts for Soaking in a Bath…)

1.. Epsom: A hydrate form of magnesium sulfate named for the mineral rich spring waters of Epsom, England.
2..Celtic Sea Salt: A brand of unprocessed salt with trace minerals; from coastal France.
3..Himalayan salt: A rock salt mined in Pakistan that sometimes has a pink tinge from iron oxide.
4..Hawaiian sea salt: Sea salt mixed with red clay containing iron oxide, color ranges from white to pink.
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+ One…Baking Soda: Sodium bicarbonate; softens water and relieves minor skin irritations.

+ One…The Celtic and/or Himalayan is a perfect replacement for your table salt/food usage.

March Madness~

March Madness-In The Gardens-at Sage Hill Farms

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March is that month that gives and then takes away.

I’m speaking of the weather of course. It gives beautiful sunny days and tempts us to go digging in the gardens only to welcome us overnight to the coldest day of the year.

What’s a gardener to do to keep from going mad….well, just put the brakes on and go with the flow. On those warm and sunny days, walk through your gardens and get acquainted with every little nook and cranny. Dig a few inches into the soil and meet the little guys that keep your soil rich and workable. ( earthworms) without these your soil will be hard and compacted.

Look for places that are inviting to toads and lizards, what? You don’t have any!
Toads and lizzies are a must in the garden, they eat all manner of not so welcomed guest. You can make little homes for them by building a stack of rocks or broken bricks around a large flower pot-drain saucer. Keep the saucer filled with water and the toads and lizzies will thank you by working hard to rid your garden of unwanted pest.

Most every garden has a resident snake, you may not see it often, but know that it is there. Depending on where you live, make a point of knowing the kinds of snakes you can expect to see. There are good ones and bad ones…knowing the difference can be very important to your health and the health of the snake. Some say the only good snake is a dead snake. While I don’t subscribe to that thinking, I also don’t go out of my way to make friends with any snake.

What stage is your compost pile this month?

You should have a bin full that has been working during the winter and ready for spring planting. Composting is the most valuable asset to your soil, right up there with the earthworms, in fact the worms turn your soil into natural compost.

Now, for those days that are dark, rainy and cold.
Curl up in your favorite spot with a good garden book and a cup of warm and nourishing tea from Sage Hill Farms.
Many flavors to pick from and if you want your own blend, just ask and I’ll see what I can do.

Make March a Mighty month in your garden!

Detoxing Naturally and Without Drama~

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Read and Beware~

Recipes and formulas for “3 Day Detox” or “Instant Detox” are all too common on Pinterest, a plethora of individual and business websites dealing with health, food, and lifestyles and in magazines. These fads usually encourage drinking some type of green smoothie, downing gallons of water and eating copious amounts of lettuce. Unfortunately, these instant detox schemes can actually harm the body and they overlook the fact that detox is not an overnight phenomena.

Here’s the deal: Real, effective detox doesn’t happen overnight. It doesn’t happen in a week. Healthy detox in the body rests on a nourishing diet and stress management. We can, however, utilize additional safe and gentle methods to support our body’s detox processes. The following daily detox routines are effective and work with your body, not against it.

Toxins. They are in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the medications we take and the water we drink.

Detoxification is the body’s way of metabolizing and removing toxins. It’s a process the body does naturally, all on its own…However, the capacity of the body’s detox process is not endless.

When toxins build up in our body, we can and do get sick.

1. Drink lemon waterBeginners should start every day with a glass of lemon water; it is among THE BEST natural liver cleansing foods, which are major players in the body’s detoxification process. (It even fights fat and boosts your immune system.)

The liver is our main detox organ. Supporting healthy liver function, naturally improves the detox process. D-limonene is an antioxidant found in the rind of citrus fruits. Our liver loves d-limonene. If you are not one for eating the rinds of your lemons, no worries. You can still benefit from d-limonene by simple adding a drop or two of lemon oil to your drinking water.
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2. SweatPerhaps the best combination with sweating toxins out, however, is consuming niacin, or vitamin B3. Your skin will flush and you may experience some discomfort, but the niacin is, over several days and increased dosages, breaking fat cells. Guess what’s in these cells? Toxins. When the toxins are released, they’re sweated out or removed via urine or the GI tract. You’ll be that much closer to a detoxed body.

3. Food grade activated charcoal is also another
great detox agent.( I use in cases of unusual circumstance as below)

Buy a good food grade Activated Charcoal ( capsules are best) take one at night and one in the morning for a week…this is especially good if you have a cold, the flu, a major bite, food born virus, etc. Awesome Detox for the Shingles…Flushes toxins very quickly and promotes quicker healing.

Detoxing your body is something you will not regret – so start today!

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When we take a detox bath, we not only boost our health and well-being, but also strengthen our immune system and prevent disease. End the day with a Detox bath… fill a tub with hot water, add some epsom salt and baking soda to neutralize the chemicals found in the water. ( one cup each) or…one cup of Apple Cider Vinegar..unfiltered is best)
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Cider Vinegar Bath

Apple cider vinegar is a powerful purifying and detoxifying agent. It helps pull toxins from the body and can clear blocked energy. Cider vinegar has many, many healing qualities which you can find by searching the internet.

NOTE: I always use the unfiltered cider vinegar.

  • 2 Cups of Apple Cider Vinegar added to warm bath
  • Soak for 20 minutes

There are multiple websites on the benefits of apple cider vinegar. Have fun exploring.

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From the above info you can pick and choose your own Detox protocol.

 

I will share my routine with you as an example.

 

~~I start my morning before coffee and breakfast with 4 to 6 ounces of warm lemon water ( I use 0rganic lemons, grind to a fine point and blended into SPRING WATER)  ( or a couple drops of Essential oil of Lemon)

 

I eat some Raw food every day…carrots, celery, peppers, green beans/peas, cabbage, tomatoes, asparagus,etc.

( living on a farm and growing my own food makes this an easy do for me. If you shop the grocery stores for your food it must demand a little closer inspection)

 

I add organic Bone broth to my diet several times a week.

 

(easy to make…Organic whole chicken, beef, fish, wild meat…(No Pork) Must have the bone in…..Wash and place in boiling water with celery, onion, garlic, sea salt and cayenne pepper and cook on med.
heat about 30 min., lower heat to simmer and cook another 30/40 min. ( strain the veggies out or leave in…I leave in)
 

You can also cook the broth with no added ingredients at all….very beneficial but very bland.

 

I always end my day with some form of relaxing detoxing bath….

 

Below is needed by everyone but there are many ways to get physical exercise…

 

( I garden as a profession…)
( I walk 2 to 3 mile at least 3 times a week)

( I work on machines in the gym 3 or more days a week)

 

***Water consumption can be over-done***

 

1. If consuming a lot of water and not taking in the proper diet…..not a plus.
2. Never drink more water than your body weight calls for.

3. Drinking water with your meals is not a plus…flushes a lot of nutrients before they have a chance to digest/process.

 

I do, and I highly recommend others do…even children, take a Pro-biotic supplement daily .

 

Read, meditate, sing, pray, love,….live in gratitude….
 
A healthy body/mind/spirit…perfection! (as close as we can become in this life!)

 

Fennel Natural Skin Wash

Fennel….natural skin wash for adults and children

1 tablespoon fennel seedFennel
8 ounces of boiling water
1 teaspoon local honey
2 tablespoons buttermilk

Lightly crush the fennel seeds,
place in the boiling water and remove from heat-allow to infuse for 30 minutes.

Strain the cool liquid into a small bowl, add honey and buttermilk.
Put into a clean bottle and keep in the frig.

Used once or twice a day this will last about a week.

Rub over face and neck or the whole body…leave on for a few minutes and gently rinse away with a soft cloth and warm water.

Leaves the skin silky, clean, and delicious smelling.

This makes a lovely wash for children and small babies.

Little girls adore it and it’s just bold enough that little boys don’t think it’s to girlie.

Enjoy-pamper yourself and your children~

Salt Lamp Goodness

As for me and my house, we will embrace Salt Lamp goodness!!

Visit So Well to check them out.

So Well Himalayan salt lightsI personally have had great healing experience’s with salt, so in today’s negative environment, why not opt for any positive options without so much dissecting.

A salt lamp is a piece of Himalayan salt that has been hollowed out to house and embrace the heat emitted from a small light bulb.

Salt lamps come in many different sizes and you want to purchase one that is made from pure Himalayan salt.

Ions: The Negative and Positive
Salt lamp manufacturers and many salt lamp users claim that there are health benefits to Salt Lamps because of the negative ions they emit. And, while they do emit negative ions, the salt lamps, by themselves, do not produce the negative ions.

Salt, by its own nature, attracts water.

It is the added element of heat that causes this water to evaporate creating the negative ions. Negative ions are naturally found in nature near waterfalls and oceans and before rain storms.These are sources that generally make us feel very peaceful, at rest with our spirit My spirit is always renewed by being near an ocean, a mountain waterfall, a lake in the country and a warm refreshing shower in the rain.

“Normal ion counts in fresh country air is 2,000-4,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter. At a large water fall you might find over 100,000 negative ions. Polluted air such as in large cities might have less than 100 ions.” 

Positive ions are emitted by technology like computers, cell phones, microwaves.

There have been many claims that these items are detrimental to our health, some doctors have stated that cell phones should be at least five feet away from where you are sleeping. Yikes…who follows this thought or even knows it is a possibility to incur damage doing otherwise.

Mold, bacteria and pollution are also bad for our quality of life, and all carry positive charges.

Positive ions are absorbed into our body as free radicals and cause cell damage and premature aging.

The negative ions pair up with the positive ions and help cleanse the air

” Dr. Albert P. Krueger, a microbiologist and experimental pathologist at the University of California, found that an astonishingly small quantity of negative ions could KILL bacteria and quickly take them out of the air so they were less likely to infect people. A separate series of scientific studies elsewhere show that Salt Lamps and salt tea lights can increase the negative ion count by up to 300%!” (drleakelley.com)

It is believed Salt lamps will neutralize the air if placed right next to your computer (perfecthealthnow.com)

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I am partial to that last point though, because a positive placebo effect (if that’s what it is) is valuable.

If anything, we attribute the calming claims of the salt lamp users to the Law of Attraction?

We think the salt lamp is beautiful and that it brings peace and calm and those are the thoughts they put out to the Universe and…so it does.

In today’s negative environment, what is not to embrace about something good….🤔

Cooking With Herbs Throughout History

Throughout history people from every culture have been using herbs to season and flavor food.

In the 17th century, John Parkinson, the famous English herbalist at the Court of King James I, wrote these words, Dried summer savory leaves ground up with bread crumbs “used to breade meate, (correct spelling for the times) be it fish or flesh, give it a quicker relish.” Meaning that it gives it a better taste.

Herbs do taste good and smell good, they are healthy and they give us so many options to experiment with. Hard and fast rules when using herbs are very few. You can make your own rules. Fresh versus dried is simply a matter of personal preference.

There are a few things to remember when cooking with herbs in order to get the best benefit of the natural oils. Fresh herbs like basil, should be torn with your fingers instead of chopped with a knife. Tearing releases more of the natural oil. Any fresh or dried herb should be added no more than 5 or 10 minutes to the end of cooking time. The longer they cook, the more taste
you lose.

Another little tip: When using dried—–half the amount of fresh will do in most recipes.

Too little is better than too much! Herbs can be overpowering if not used in the proper amounts
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The blending of herbs can serve a two fold purpose, adding wonderful flavor to your dish, and allowing you to cut back or completely stop the use of salt and or fat.
Actually there is a third benefit, once you remove the salt and fat from your food, you discover the real taste . This is always a big surprise to most people.

I’m an herb farmer and strongly believe in the powers of herbs to support, heal, cleanse and maintain the health of our bodies, minds and spirit.

But they are like everything we do that has a real purpose, we must learn about the process and commit to a practice of when and how to best use them.

You can find more information about our farm and our products by going here:
http://www.sagehillgardens.com

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera (Liliaceae) is a succulent plant with no stem, just thick fleshy leaves containing special sacs full of gel which oozes out when the the leaves are cut or broken. It flowers rarely and grows 2 to 3 ft tall.

Aloes should grow 3 years before you attempt to collect the gel.

They are not cold hardy except in some southern climates they can survive outside if caution is taken for protection.

Potted Aloe VeraI grow them in pots and move into a sheltered location before the first frost.

The gel of Aloe Vera is anti-inflammatory saponins and antimicrobial, vitamins C and E, soothing salycilic acid and minerals.

This plant is a must to have on hand for sun exposure, bug bites, burns, eczema,shingles, and other skin rashes that need speedy relief and healing.

It’s often mixed with cucumber juice and in this form can be drunk to help immune function, digestive function, and conditions like irritable bowel syndrome and Chron’s disease.

It is wonderful to break a leaf and apply the gel directly to the face and arms after being in the sun and/or water.

Aloe Vera doesn’t like too much water and thrives in a location where filtered sun is available…loves the shade in the afternoon. Also likes being left in one location…not too much moving around.

A good thing!