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Healthy Eating Corner

Cooking Tips

Add Fresh Herbs to your favourite recipes.  There are so many and they not only add delicious flavour but each herb has different properties that enhance health and vitality.

Grow your own.  You don’t need much room to grow a small herb garden – you can even do it in your kitchen as long as you get enough sun.  Then you can just pick what you want while you are cooking.  Growing your own means you get to control what you feed them and you can be sure there are no chemical sprays – which you don’t want  in your body – used.

Today’s Pick

Lemon Balm
Mint

Lemon Balm is part of the Mint family – and has a mild lemon scent. It partners well with Tarragon as a great seasoning. it goes really well with fish or lamb.  We like it with pretty much anything. It adds a nice lemony flavour.

Add Lemon Balm to your salads or steamed vegetables for a slight tang.   Try a sprinkling of finely chopped Lemon Balm (freshly picked of course) to a fruit salad – it makes it come alive.

Add this yummy herb to your next vinaigrette, with a touch of salt and fresh cracked pepper.

Or make an infused oil with Lemon Balm and olive oil – leave it to sit in a cool dark place to mature.

Growing Tips

Plant in either a full sun position or part sun part shade.  Make sure you water it well when you plant it and then keep it moist .  Feed it every 4 to 6 weeks with organic plant feed.  We always use Bach Flower Rescue Remedy – when we plant out as it helps the plants to settle in nicely.  Use when you initially plant and then the next day or two.

Mint

Delicious and versatile, Mint has many varieties.  today’s pick is Common Garden Mint.  Traditionally Mint is used with Lamb and goes well as a seasoning while cooking or as a mint sauce when serving.

Add a sprig to veggies when cooking, add to natural yoghurt and use as a dressing or sauce (as in Middle Eastern cooking) .  You can add Mint to many savory dishes AND it goes really well in sweet dishes as well.  Mint and Chocolate are delicious, Mint and Lemon are delicious – lending it to many desserts.

Common Mint is the large leaf variety.  It grows well in full sun as well as in part shade.  Many people grow Mint in pots as well as in the garden.

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Easy Mint Sauce

There are many variations of Mint Sauce Recipes.  we chose this one because it is quick and easy.

125 mls or 1/2 Cup Vinegar

1/4 to 1/2 Cup Soft Brown Sugar

60 mls or 1/4 Cup Water

Approx 1 Cup Chopped Mint

Place the chopped Mint and the Sugar Into a Bowl (heat resistant).

Pour Boiling Water over and stir to dissolve the sugar.

Add the Vinegar and give the mixture a stir.

Allow to sit and steep so the flavors come out and blend.

Adjust to your requirements – some people like a thick blended type of sauce (which is great to coat lamb with while cooking.  Some people like a more watery consistency.

Variations on this recipe – castor sugar can replace the brown sugar, white wine vinegar can be used instead of brown vinegar.  Another replacement for vinegar is either lemon or lime juice.  Try Spearmint instead of Common Mint.

Enjoy!!!!

 

 

Eco Friendly – Earth Friendly Tips

With rising energy costs and awareness of the carbon footprint, it makes sense to put as many energy efficient measures as you can into practice.

Here are just a few ways you can save on your energy bills and be friendly to your planet at the same time. And, with a little effort and thought, you will be keeping the health of you and your family in mind as well.

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Our first tip is so simple that it seems more than obvious, but it’s surprising how many people don’t actually do it!

 If you’re cold – put another layer or two of clothing on before you decide to turn on the heating.  It’s amazing how much you can save in energy and money by making this your first habit.

Turn down your Thermostat by 1 degree. You could save $100 in a year doing this (usage rates and charges vary).  Plus you will be reducing your carbon footprint by around 300kg.

Insulate  your home.  – this is one way you can really cut down on energy costs.  Insulation can now be done with natural fibers. This is better for your health, uses less energy to produce and creates less rubbish.  Some of the natural and non-toxic materials available are; Hemp, Wool and even Recycled Paper.

Insulate your ceiling/loft, your wall cavities (internal and external walls) and floor.  Add to this idea’s such as filling up the gaps between the skirting boards and the floor boards. We once bought a house to renovate which had such big gaps between the floor and skirting boards that the mice just popped on in when it was cold.  Not to mention the breeze and damp.  Insulate your water pipes and your hot water tank.  This will keep your hot water hotter and use less power.  Double Glazed windows are ideal and draft proofing your windows and doors with draft seals or adhesive weather strips can save you as much as 100kg in carbon footprint (per year) and dollars as well.  Thermal backed curtains will add to your savings and cosy atmosphere.  Do be careful with curtains that they don’t cover or touch heating systems. Obviously this is a fire risk, but also can interfere with thermostat  operation.

Don’t forget to close your windows (in winter of course).  According to Energy Australia – you can waste enough energy with an open window in the cold, to drive a small car up to 50km.

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Don’t forget about the huge number of appliance we use on our homes.  The amount of energy we draw with these is huge. For example, it has been estimated that if each household (in Australia) left a mobile charger on (on standby), the amount of energy wasted could provide power to 66,000 homes (energy australia).  This is a real eye opener.  So – Turn Off Your Lights And Switches – when you aren’t actually using them.  Don’t leave the TV switched on at the wall – or anything else!!!

Overall we recommend purchasing quality products – although this doesn’t always relate to price, cheaply made products usually don’t last as well and that means waste.

Four Theives Vinegar – And Oil

I was talking to a friend the other day about the four thieves oil she loves to use and was reminded of this email that I received a couple of years ago and had put aside in my “to do” pile – which is a very big pile!       vinegar bottle and apple images

I figure I will be needing to live a very long time to get through this pile of mine. I thought I’d cut it down the other day and eliminate those things which may have been exciting to me once upon a time but were no longer really that big on the “got to do that/learn that/find out about that list. But – I couldn’t really find anything that wasn’t interesting – so the list remains with rekindled vigor.

So making some of the four thieves vinegar is one of the first things to do – just because of my conversation.

I apologise to the original author of this – as I don’t know who they are, so I can’t give them credit. But I’m sure that they’ll be happy that this information is being passed on.

The following is interesting information about the possible origins of the Four Thieves Recipe:

How about a garlic-based, anti-plague, anti-smallpox concoction known throughout history as Four Thieves Vinegar?

According to herbalist Elizabeth Kastner, “During the height of the plague in France in 1721, it was discovered that the homes of disease victims were being ransacked. At first, no effort was made to find the criminals, since all knew they were fools, soon to die of the plague themselves. As time went on, it became apparent that the thieves were continuing in their raids… and quite inexplicably, avoiding falling victim to the disease. Soon, they became highly sought — not due to their crimes, but in an effort to learn their secret.

“When they were finally captured, they refused to speak, until a bargain was offered: remain silent and hang. Divulge the secret to their resistance to the deadly plague and walk away.

It seems that the mother of several of the boys was a midwife, and had a recipe which used plants which were easily wildcrafted… yet, she knew that this would change immediately if anyone learned the formula, so she swore her children to secrecy. Her sons saved their necks and shared the recipe for the disinfectant, which is still used in France to this day.”

 According to Kastner, the traditional recipe for Four Thieves Vinegar “makes a lot of sense, medicinally speaking.”

You can make your own “Four Thieves Vinegar” by following the simple recipe below.

Four Thieves Vinegar

Use equal parts of the following herbs:                        vinegar bottle index

Lavender, Sage, Thyme, Melissa (lemon balm), Hyssop, Peppermint, a handful of garlic, cloves

Blend ingredients in a glass jar, and cover completely with organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, which is available in most health food stores. Cold infuse (let sit at room temperature in a cool place) for six weeks and then strain off herbs and garlic.

You can take Four Thieves Vinegar by the teaspoonful, use it as a salad dressing, or even add a spoonful to your bath water for personal protection.

You can also use it as a topical spray to disinfect surfaces — including skin — and/or you can take it as a tincture. All of the ingredients in Four Thieves Vinegar are either potent antibacterials or antivirals!

If you want to purchase this stuff already made, you’ll find quite a few online sources by using the keywords “four thieves vinegar” at http://google.com

 

Sounds pretty tasty to us!!

Please Note – Four Thieves Vinegar may not be a definitive protection from dread diseases — though many people throughout history believed that to be true .
This website contains general discussion information about medical conditions and treatments including alternative treatments.  The information is not advice, and should not be treated as such. You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

Salt Lamps – How To Care For Them

I recently bought a Himalayan Salt Lamp.  I’ve wanted one for ages, but there is always something else to spend ones money on.  So when I received some money for my birthday this year, I decided it was time.  The funny thing was that they aren’t nearly as expensive as I thought they were (must get some and add them to my fabulous products available to you), so, had I realized that, I would have been the proud owner of one much sooner.

Anyway – I went shopping with some of my girls, chose the one that looked and felt right and was in my “happy” price range and proudly brought it home.

I plugged it in, (it’s one of the ones with the electric light bulb in it) and away we went.  It’s  a beautiful shade of watermelony  pink with the characteristic white salty crystallization and I love it for the look and feel as well as the benefits attributed to salt lamps.

What Are The Benefits Of A Salt Lamp?

Himalayan salt lamp

 

Carved from large Sal Crystals, the Salt Lamps are often a pinkish  to orange color and they have either an electric bulb or a candle inside them to light them  up and gently warm the salt.  The lamps give a beautiful glow. The crystals are popular  and known for releasing  negative ions into the air, assisting to counteract the build up of positive ions (in effect balancing and purifying the air you are breathing) and assisting to clear sinuses and allergies along with many other ailments.  Many therapists are using them in their treatment rooms to assist with relaxation and balancing energy.      

Himalayan salt contains over 84 minerals and trace elements and is said to be the most pollutant free salt in the world.. This salt is found at locations so high there’s no  traces of pollution in the air, Himalayan salt is nothing like the  sodium and chloride mix most commonly found on grocery shelves  and comes from deep mines located under the foothills of the Himalayan Mountain range. They hand-harvest the crystals  from mineral deposits on salt cave floors.

The Salt Lamps are made from the same salt used in cooking.  As I said above, unlike the salt you buy in supermarkets, Himalayan Salt contains minerals and trace elements.

 

Why Is My Salt Lamp Leaking?

A few weeks ago one of my girls turned 21 and we had visitors staying and visitors in and out and my Salt Lamp was moved temporarily to the top of the wood fire,( which obviously wasn’t being used). There it sat for about a month being ignored.  Then we noticed a weird looking hard grunge on the hearth, with crystallization in it.  We wiped it up easily enough – then found some more underneath where the lamp was sitting and salty water leaking from the lamp itself.  From the actual salt!  I wasn’t expecting that, so I went on a google search to see what others had to say to “Why Is My Himalayan Salt Lamp Leaking?”

Here’s what I found out:

Salt attracts water (of course!) – so it will attract water from the atmosphere. If there is a high level of humidity, as there was at my place, the lamp will be moist to wet to touch.  In the case of my lamp there was salty water which was  dripping off the salt.

Whats The Solution? – Well that’s easy,  just use it.  Having it on for a while each day will basically dry it out. Of course you really want it on each day anyway, to enjoy the benefits of negative ions purifying your air.

If there’s crystallization  just wipe the lamp with a damp cloth.  The same goes for cleaning it if it has collected dust.  wipe it with a damp cloth and dry it – then turn it on.

 

One thing I did find out when I bought my lamp is that you need to choose carefully.  Some lamps are made quite shoddily – and don’t look that safe.  You probably wouldn’t be wise to leave your lamp on unattended anyway as with other electrical appliances or with candles.  But do check out the construction so you can see how sturdy the base is and also how safe the electrical system looks.  they could be a fire hazard. Use your lamp regularly – you don’t want water in the wiring!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Teenage Brain and It’s Transformation

Parents of teenagers often wonder what the heck happened – where is their kid and who is the alien in their place.  And  of course teenagers are wondering how they ever managed to cope with these frustrating parents that they just realized are restricting them, telling them what to do and may seem suddenly so unreasonable and old-fashioned.  Fortunately ( well so far for me anyway) love and patience from both parties, usually gets you through it (ask me again in a few more years).

Working out strategies for conflict – so everyone knows what to expect, can help.

But watching this video clip will really help everyone understand a lot more about why we change in the teenage years (as we make huge transformations) .

Thanks Ted Youth and Jill Bolte Taylor.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Emoto – the Message From Water – The Emoto Peace Project

 

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Dr Emoto – The message From Water

In October 2012 , I was fortunate enough to attend the World Congress Of Quantum Medicine in Hawaii.  This is an annual congress hosted by the International Quantum University Of Integrative Medicine.  I’m a student of the University – currently completing  a Bachelor of holistic Health Sciences – then moving on to the Masters Program and the Doctorate and PhD program.

Dr Masaru Emoto was the feature guest speaker at this event – and as I had seen his work years ago featured on the move “What The Bleep Do We Know” – and from there had looked up his work, I was really excited to be listening to his presentation and attending a Water Healing Ceremony  which he conducted.

Dr Emoto spoke passionately about his work, about sharing his vision for the future of our planet and our children and touched my heart.  He said he needed our help to spread the word and share the information he has learned about water and consciousness.

I’m now proud to be sharing his work and supporting the Emoto Peace Project by promoting his book “The Message From Water” and his Water Crystal pendants.

 

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The Message From Water
Masaru Emoto

The Message From Water by Dr. Masaru Emoto
As unbelievable as it may seem, a Japanese scientist, Dr. Masaru Emoto
shows the effects of our thoughts and emotions on water and has come
to some startling conclusions. He shares his research in book
The Message From Water (which shows that water is able to absorb
feelings and emotions and can be transformed by thoughts.
He has captured the structure of water at the moment of freezing and
from the image has “read” a message about the water that is relevant to
our own health and well-being on the planet.
Through high-speed photography, Dr. Emoto shows the direct consequences
of destructive thoughts or, alternately, the thoughts of love and
appreciation.
Dr. Emoto has been studying water as a medium to transcribe “Hado,”
translated as “wave” and “sound.” Dr. Emoto has theorized that since
water has the ability to receive a wider range of frequencies (Hado) than
human beings, it may reflect the universe. He has found that crystals
formed in frozen water reveal changes when specific, concentrated
thoughts are directed toward them. He has discovered that water from
clear springs and water that has been exposed to loving words shows
brilliant, complex, and colorful snowflake patterns, while water from
polluted water or water exposed to negative thoughts forms incomplete,
asymmetrical patterns with dull colors.
His studies have been researched and documented in the March 2004
special energy medicine issue of The Journal of Alternative and
Complementary Medicine, a rigorous scientific, peer-reviewed international
journal.
Dr. Emoto’s main objective and passion is the healing
of water, mankind, and the earth. Here is profound and empowering
proof that water is alive and responsive to our every emotion. By
expressing love to water, one can create a small, beautiful universe. Our
consciousness, eyes, and mind, when full of good will, breathe new life
into water and help us heal by using the most simple resource, water.

The Message From Water – contains the first pictures of frozen water crystals.

The Emoto Peace ProjectLove and gratitude

In 2004 Dr Emoto spoke at the New York United Nations Headquarters.
He declared :

“All Of Humanity Has The Right To Water”

In 2005, Dr Emoto Spoke at the United Nations Headquarters again.  He presented a concrete plan for World Peace.

“I will make an illustrated book of Water Crystal Photographs and will provide 650 million free copies to children in the world.”

“In order to get across to the world, the vibration of Love and Thanks”

As I said before, Dr Emoto moved me with his genuine love for humanity and especially for the children of our world (our future).  He has supplied many books so far and also has supplied clean bottled water to the children of Fukushima.

I decided to assist him  and also to attend the Hado Instructor Training when I can, to assist me in sharing his information in my part of the globe (Australia and New Zealand).

Here’s what others have to say about Dr Emoto and his work!

“Half of the earth is water; our body is three-quarters water. Water
represents the interface between the fourth dimension in which we
live and the fifth dimensional sphere of our soul. Many studies have
shown subtle effects of healers upon hydrogen bonding and infrared
absorption of water. None of these scientific studies can compare
with the beauty and clear messages shown by Dr. Emoto’s elegantwork.
The impact of thought and beauty has never before been
demonstrated so well.”
–C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., Founding Pres., American Holistic Medical Assn.
President Holos University Graduate Seminary, Author of 295 publications

“As with Galileo, Newton, and Einstein, Dr. Emoto’s clear vision
helps us see ourselves and out universe differently. Science and spirit
unite, resulting in a profound and undeniable quantum leap in
how we view our world, and how we can reclaim our health and create
peace.”
–Marcus Laux, ND, Editor, Naturally Well Today

“Perhaps Dr. Emoto’s work will provide a new window for understanding
the dynamic relationship between mind and matter. It can help
each of us to be more aware of how we are continually influencing
(and being influenced by) everything within us and around us.”
–Editor, True Health, February 200404

Support Dr Emoto’s Peace Project Now – Go to our store page and purchase a copy of his book The Message From Water and Pendant with a picture of a “Love and Gratitude” Water Crystal on it.
Every purchase assists the Emoto Peace Project.

Lynda

Home Made Lip Balm

There are many recipes for home-made preparations for the skin – including lip balms and salves.  Its fun to make your own and many people prefer it so they can avoid all those chemical additives  (if you can’t say it you probably don’t want to put it in or on your body).

A balm should be made with natural, bio-compatible ingredients which are going to soothe and protect the delicate skin on your lips.  Don’t use mineral oils or any petrochemical based products – (these aren’t what we refer to as natural) but instead use vegetable oils, fats and waxes – such as bees wax, which works really well and will set the balm.

If you want to make your lip balm smell great and have healing properties, you can add Essential Oils.  Be careful that you are using real Essential Oils, high quality with no additives (we will have a post about how to find good quality oils later).  Add up to 1 per cent of the essential oils and choose from the gentle ones – you’re safe if you stick to the following: 1 percent would be 20 drops of essential oil to every 100g of lip balm.

orange

peppermint

spearmint

mandarin                                                                     
lanobalm

lime

myrrh

lavender

sandalwood

A good idea is to do a test patch of the oil you intend to use on your wrist or inner elbow to ensure you don’t have a reaction.  Blend 2 drops of oil with your choice of carrier oil (make sure it is cold pressed and natural vegetable) and apply to the area.  If you have no reaction – you are not likely to develop one when you apply your lip balm either.

There are other fabulous oils you can use to make your balm even better – infused oils are a natural, cold pressed oil which has been infused with a healing herb, flower etc.  Calendua is very popular, so is Hypericum and we love Hempseed oil and Chickweed Oil.

Basic Recipe. 

15gm Beeswax

5gm Cocoa Butter

5gm Honey

65ml Jojoba Oil

5ml Carrot Infused oil or Hypericum Infused Oil

2 drops Myrrh Essential Oil

1 drop Peppermint Essential Oil

1 drop Sandalwood Essential Oil

Melt the beeswax in a double boiler (bowl sitting in a saucepan of simmering water) .

Add the cocoa butter – followed by the other oils and honey.  Once it is all melted gently, remove it from the heat.

Mix to make sure everything is well blended together and that there is no separation, as sometimes you can have some of the ingredients sink to the bottom if it isn’t all blended nicely.   It’s a good idea to use either an electric beater or a hand beater for this.  Even a whisk – but beat it well.

Let the mixture cool down well.  When it’s cool – add the essential oils and gently stir them in.

Pour into small lip balm jars and allow to set.  You can purchase jars from many places.  Dollar stores are often good places to shop for jars of various sizes.

 

Diva – Menstrual Cup for Healthy Feminine Hygiene

Wow  We  were intending to get these for years – both to Save Money and because once you get the hang of them they’re Cleaner and Eco Friendly!  No more filling bins up with waste products!

Put one in your Survival Kit too.

They come in two sizes

Model 1 – is recommended for women under 30 who have never delivered a baby (vaginally or by c section).

Model 2 – is recommended for women over 30 years old and/or for women who have delivered – (either vaginally or by c section).

Read on to find out more…………

What is a menstrual Cup?  How do I use it?

The DivaCup is a reusable, bell-shaped menstrual cup that is worn internally and sits low in the vaginal canal, collecting rather than absorbing your menstrual flow. Menstrual cups have existed since the 1930s when women were searching for an alternative to the choices of the time. Yet, its breakthrough into the feminine hygiene industry is much more recent.

Many women feel uneasy about changing their menstrual care routine. Years of dealing with the sights and odors of disposable tampons and pads cause the familiar reaction: “ick!”. The DivaCup empowers women to connect with their bodies and menstrual cycles like never before. Perfect for all activities (on air, land or sea), its easy care and use make for a better period experience. Wear The DivaCup for up to 12 hours without leaks or worry.

The DivaCup Features:

  • 12 hour leak-free protection!
  • Made from the highest quality healthcare grade silicone to assure comfort and durability.
  • Does not contain any of the following: latex, plastic, PVC, acrylic, acrylate, BPA, phthalate, elastomer, polyethylene, and free of colors and dyes.
  • Reusable and eco-friendly – no waste, no chemicals.
  • Features extra grip ridges for easier removal.
  • Cleared for marketing by the US FDA and the Australian TGA and the only reusable menstrual cup allowed to be sold in Canada by Health Canada.
  • Diva International Inc. is the only ISO 13485:2003 certified menstrual cup manufacturer and head office in the world!

Discover the healthy, “non-ick” alternative to traditional feminine hygiene products. Join women worldwide by switching to The DivaCup today!

 

The Gold Standard of menstrual cups!


International recognition, eco-responsible and the only ISO 13485 certified menstrual cup manufacturer in the world, Diva is changing the standard for menstrual care to one that assures comfort, ease and protection!

 One of the things that really attracted us to menstrual Cups is Eco Friendly aspect.  Think about how many menstrual products there are to dispose of!!!  It’s even hard to imagine really.  And then there’s the Toxic Shock Syndrome side of things to think about (TSS).  Using tampons doesn’t cause TSS, a bacteria does, but women using tampons appear to be at higher risk, and it has been suggested that the super absorbent tampons and also using tampons overnight may add to that risk.

You can do anything while using the DivaCup  swim, cycle, gym class, dance, hike etc.  And as it can be left in place for several hours, there is a convenience factor which you don’t get with other menstrual products.

Remember, no matter where you are in the world, The DivaCup only needs to be washed well, with clean, potable water, twice a day (every 12 hours). If you need to remove your DivaCup in a public place, just wipe it with a damp tissue and re-insert. At the next convenient time, wash The DivaCup with the DivaWash or warm water and a mild, unscented water-based (oil-free) soap. The most important thing to remember is to make sure your hands are clean before you insert or remove the cup.

Discover the healthy, “non-ick” alternative to traditional feminine hygiene products. Join women worldwide by switching to The DivaCup today

 

 

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Yummy And Healthy

Brown Rice and Vegetable Seaweed Wrap

This delicious meal was made for me by my daughter Bianca.  It is Healthy, full of Nutrition,  Quick and Easy!

Yummy!

Nori Seaweed Wrap

Base – Nori seaweed sheet.  The kind you use to make Sushi.  Add warm cooked brown rice, sauteed vegetables (we used broccoli, carrot red capsicum and red onion.

Drizzle with Tahini (sesame seed paste, which is high in nutrients and really adds something to the flavour), and organic soy sauce.

Just roll it up loosely like a wrap and enjoy!!!

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