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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Natural Herbal Remedies - Recipe of the Week! Vegan Navy Bean Soup

Delicious Navy Bean Soup
 When I was a child I loved my dad's cooking, especially his navy bean soup.  Besides, he was a way better cook than my mom - SHHHH!!  Don't tell her I said that!!!  Yet, When I changed my eating habits, I could no longer eat his soup because he put pork in his recipe to make it taste good.  One day coming from work and he was making his famous navy bean soup.  I came in the kitchen and there was a bowl of soup sitting on the counter pipping hot!  My dad came over to me and said "That bowl is yours."  I said, "Dad, you know I no longer eat pork, I can't eat that."  He said, "I know, I made it without any meat, just for you."  Boy, did I want to cry!  That was my dad!

I not only love sharing natural herbal remedies, I love sharing great food recipes too!!  Over the years, this recipe has been modified to add to it the things I like however, the foundation has not changed.  So, this recipe I am sharing is one from the heart because it was made in love!  Enjoy and be sure to share with your family and friends.

1 Package of Organic Navy Beans
2-3 Cups of water
1/4 Cup of organic extra virgin olive oil
1 Vegetable bouillon cube
1/4 Teaspoon of organic arrowroot flour
2 Stalks of celery
2 Carrots
1 Vidallia Onion
1 Red pepper
4 Cloves of garlic
1 Stalk of broccoli
Organic sea salt and black pepper to taste

First, soak the navy beans in water overnight, this reduces the acidity and helps to prevent gas.  Once your beans have soaked, pour off the water and set aside.  Cut up your vegetables and also set to the side.  Pour  the olive oil into a pot along with the 2-3 cups of water.  Turn on medium heat.  Pour in the beans.  Let the beans cook for about half an hour then add your chopped vegetables and seasonings. At this point, add the arrowroot flour. Let that cook for another 15 to 20 minutes until the broth for the beans has thickened and your beans are soft to eat.  The cooking process should not take longer than an hour.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Natural Herbal Remedies and Showing Kindness


This post is not about any natural herbal remedy, not really.  That is because kindness is 100% all natural and organic.  However, is a lot of negativity in the world and we have seen much of it on the news.  Well, your world is in your control.  When you see someone walking pass you and they look like they are having a bad day smile and say 'Hi'.  When someone has there hands full and need help opening the door, do it for them.  If the guy or gal on the corner is holding up a sign and asking for help give them what you can.

I have noticed that these days we are so inundated with what is wrong with life that we are not appreciating the good things in life that is happening and has happened to us.  We can change the direction that our lives go when we connect on some level and share kindness.  When I feel like life is holding out on me I am reminded that I hold out on life because life is what I make it not the other way around.

Everywhere around the world people are saying that change is gonna come because we are gonna make it happen.  So, when you look at your life and feel anything but, joy, be reminded that showing kindness brings back the feeling of gratitude.  After all, kindness is just a small gesture of love. 


Friday, December 12, 2014

Natural Herbal Remedies - Recipe of the Week! Raw Spinach and Avocado Salad

I have made this salad to accompany my meals and have absolutely loved it as it is delicious and filling.  This salad has an African influence and a very exciting taste - smooth tasting avocado meets sparky ginger.  The ground ginger distributes very evenly in the lime or lemon juice, however, fresh ginger is tangier.

  • 1 Avocado halved and stoned
  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon lime or lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger or 1/4 teaspoon ginger finely chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 Cup of Spinach
  • 1/2 Sliced Red Onion
  • 4-5 Cherry tomatoes sliced in halves
1. Remove the skins from the avocado and cut the fruit into cubes.
2. Mix the lime or lemon juice and olive oil in bowl with the ginger, spinach, red onion, cherry tomatoes and a little salt and pepper. 
3. Place the avocado cubes in the dressing and mix carefully before serving with hot bread.  Or as a dinner salad with your favorite meal.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Natural Herbal Remedies and Depression

This Too Shall Pass - It Is So Now
 The statistics for the amount of people on anti-depressive medications is alarming.  It is also shocking that young children and young adults are also on these medications and the numbers are growing.  Did you know that you do not need a clinical diagnosis from a licensed psychologist to get anti-depressive medications?  Oh, no, you can get these drugs from your family physician.

Well, I am not an advocate for medications.  They are dangerous to the body because of their suppressive nature.  Medications do not allow the body to heal itself of any affliction.  Though, there may be situations for using medications, there is no doubt that they are over prescribed and over used in this country.

Today you will read information that will help you naturally address the issue of depression and ways to cope.  I have experienced depression and the journey through this period of my life was not an easy one.  Yet, I made it through, and I did it without medications, so, if I can do it so can you.  Now, do not get me wrong, there are situations where meds maybe necessary, however, there are certainly times where it is not and it is these situations I want to focus on in this post.

  • Get out of the house! Take a walk or go for a run.  Go to the movies or just sit on the porch, the point is stop sitting around the house.  When you are stagnant in depression it can get heavier emotionally to deal with, getting some air and being outdoors helps change your perspective on life.
  • STOP EATING JUNK!!!  Put junk in and your are going to get junk out!  When you eat foods with no nutrient value you are feeding the negative emotions that fuel your depression.  Vitamins and minerals help to change what is going on in the inside so you can feel and look better on the outside.
  • Pray and Meditate.  Whatever, whomever and however you believe delve deeply into that system and lean on it during your battle with depression.  When you pray or meditate these practices can help to relax your mind and bring about some relief and peace.
  • Talk to someone.  Getting counseling or talking to friends or family my help you to get a fresh perspective on what is going on so that you can see and feel things differently.
  • Cudweed, a natural source of lithium, may help to change one's mood which can also help to change one's behavior.
  • St. John's Wart is a great herb to take to help calm the nerves when there is stressed felt
  • Vitamin D aids a person by giving a sense of well being
  • French Vanilla and Nutmeg can not only be great tasting yet, can help bring about a feeling of joy - Try some in hot chocolate!
  • Evening Primrose and Gotu Kola supports a healthy mental state of mind
  • Rosemary and Sage may help to lift one's mood if feeling down
Remember, a heavy heart can be picked up, just remember you are not alone and you do not have to deal with depression by yourself, Love is never too far away no matter how you feel.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Natural Herbal Remedies and Women's Heart Disease


Cardiovascular disease runs in my family on my mother's side.  When I was younger during the holidays the dinner table was filled with delicious foods that tickled the palate, filled the stomach and happily put you to sleep!  However, over the years, eating collard greens with fat back had the opposite affect on the health of the women in my family.  Health issues that are common with the women in my family are obesity and heart disease.  I don't like comparing my family members to cliches however, that is the reality, as it is in most African American households.  The statistics have proven most African American women are typically overweight with serious health issues, one of which is heart disease.

Though my lifestyle is vastly different from that which I grew up in, I find that I am still at risk because of my family history.  So, if you are reading this and you can relate to my story then listen up because you do not have to DIE because of heart disease.  You can enjoy the remaining years of your life and pass away at peace and naturally.  Below are some ways you can beat the odds and improve the quality of your life:
  • Be aware of the signs of a heart attack or stroke:
    • STROKE
      • Dizziness
      • Confusion
      • Incoherent speech
      • Imbalance - hard to stay on one's feet
      • Excessive sweating
      • Nausea
      • Vomitting
      • Back pain
      • Shooting pains down the right side of the body such as arm, neck or jaw bone
      • Dizziness
Cardiovascular disease is serious business and it is a disease that can cause death if left unchecked and untreated.  This is disease is not to be ignored so below are some ways to get checked and get healthy:
  • Ask your doctor to check your:
    • Blood pressure
    • Blood sugar
    • Get an ultrasound of the heart
  • Change your mindset about food.  Food is medicine and it allows the body to heal itself.  Eat more foods that are plant based and unadulterated.
  • Exercise 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes a day.
  • Manage stress
  • Heal emotional traumas
You do not have to die of dis-ease in the body.  You can enjoy a full quality of life and pass away naturally.  This is where natural herbal remedies and plant based whole food nutrition can make a world of difference.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Product of the Week! - Acerola Cherry for Stong Muscles!!

Acerola Cherries

The title is a bit misleading because Acerola Cherries are not sweet at all.  These cherries are tart to the taste yet, the benefits to the body are ‘sweet’!  Many people may have heard of these cherries and wondered, ‘What are they good for?’  Well the purpose of this article is to explain how they can benefit you and the body.

Is it possible to get a ‘boost’ to the immune system from a fruit?  I am glad you asked and yes it is to answer the question.  Acerola Cherries are especially high in natural Vitamin C which is the reason for the tart taste.  Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant and immune booster.

Another benefit of Acerola Cherries is they are also unusually high in Vitamin B-1.  Vitamin B-1 provides a sense of well-being.  Combining Vitamin B-1 and Vitamin D can help the body overcome the symptoms of depression.

When looking for natural sources of Vitamin C be sure it contains Acerola Cherries and Rose Hips as they also are a natural source of Vitamin C.  Natural sources of Vitamin B-1 should also contain Acerola Cherry.

It is surprising to find a cherry that is not sweet yet it is good for the mind and the body.  Be sure to get some today, after all, though it is tart, Acerola Cherries can remind you of how ‘sweet’ life can be.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Natural Herbal Remedies for Busting Stress This Holiday Season

It is not easy to be calm during the holidays.  Though herbal remedies like chamomile tea can help calm the nerves, sometimes one needs more than just a cup of tea.  It seems like this time of year brings out some strange situations and circumstances.  However, there are coping mechanisms that will help you deal with the stresses of not only the holidays yet the days in between.

Below you will find some tips that naturally help to alleviate stress and help you to manage stress when you are all caught up and you need to blow off some steam.

  • Deep Breathing - Breathing from the diaphram is how to release stress from the body.  Start by breathing from the diaphram holding your stomach in at the same time and then breathing out through the nose.
  • Exercise - Vigorous exercise is an excellent way to release stress from our muscles.  Sometimes you may find that when you are stressed your neck and back or maybe even your limbs hurt and that may be due to how the muscles tense when stress is felt particularly in these areas.
  • Doing things you enjoy - Whatever, however you like to spend recreational time, use this time to release some stress.  You will find that when you play pool, go out with friends or even go to a movie you are helping to take your mind off those things that cause you stress.
  • Avoid eating just because you are feeling stressed.  When you engage in this practice you will find that this is a false comfort and it may be derailing any plans you have to stay healthy or lose weight.  Instead, opt for the other suggestions listed here, you may find that these activities are more of what you really needed.
  • Write it out - Keep a journal and write out what is stressing you.  Sometimes you even find a solution to what is causing you the stress when you take the time to write about the circumstance and situation.
  • Talk to friends and family.  Though for some this may not be easy, however, you will find that sharing what is going on with you helps you to release what you may be holding onto that is causing you stress.
  • Meditation - There are so many books and classes on meditation that researching is not only easy it can seem overwhelming.  So, here are some things to ponder and explore when meditating:
    • Choose your environment.  Do you like to be in a dark room, lying on a bed with the door closed when you meditate?  Or do you wish to be in a room with natural light and sitting in a chair?  Try different places and see which best suits you.
    • Can you meditate to music, singing bowls or chanting in the background or do you like it completely quiet?  Some of these sounds can help to quiet the mind especially if you find that your mind is racing before you can even begin to meditate.
    • One rule of thumb that is very necessary is breathing.  Deep breathing as in the tip above, helps calm the mind and relax the body before you begin so be sure to do so before, during and after.
    • If you find yourself getting stuck and you need some assistance getting some literature or attending some classes may be helpful to you.
  • Sometimes and for some sleeping is good for when they feel stressed because this allows rest for the mind and the body.  And it can be relaxing especially if you can manage getting a deep and restful sleep.