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gengerI want to share these favorite recipes for the oh-so-advertised cold and flu season (even though it isn't ACTUALLY a season). These are all from Healing Tonics by Jeannie Pollack.

  • Steamin' Mama's Lemonade
  • Ginger Tea
  • Garlic-Ginger Syrup
  • Cyclone Cider

Steamin’ Mama’s Lemonade

I’ve been drinking this for years and just recently came across an actual recipe for it in the book, Healing Tonics by Jeanine Pollack. They state “this is a simple warming and antiseptic drink that is both preventive and remedial for any upper respiratory congestion (coughs, colds, fly, bronchitis and so forth).” It tastes like lemonade, with a kick. Yummy!

  • Juice of 1 fresh lemon
  • 2 c boiled water
  • 1-2 TBSP honey or maple syrup
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper

Stir the fresh lemon juice into the hot water. Add the honey or maple syrup and the cayenne pepper and stir well.

To use: Drink 1-2 cups as needed at the first sign of chills, sore throat or cough. Sip slowly, and be prepared to “feel the heat”! Can be drunk as often as needed; generally, 2-3 times per day if you’re feeling sick or a few times per week as a tonic.

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Truthful ExpressionsAccept what is, find the Peace in all of it, Open to new perceptions and Relate from a deeper, clearer place.

These blends have been my constant companions lately as I deepen into my awareness and strengthen my ability to communicate more clearly and with greater love and compassion. This supports the clearing, cleaning and opening of the Throat chakra so you can speak your truth with more clarity and compassion.

  • Acceptance - It is what it is. Now use your energy to focus on what you want to create and move forward.
  • Sweet Inner Peace - From that place of deep peace you can know what is right for you.
  • Openness - Be curious and open to new experiences and perceptual shifts.
  • Relatedness - Calm, truthful expression will generate deeper, cleaner relationships with self and others.

These are some of my very favorite blends. While I'm not a floral person, the flowers in these blends (Rose, Neroli, Chamomile) are light and subtle.  Shipping is included in price.

Truthful Expressions Kit
Truthful Expressions Kit
4 -10 ml roll on aromatherapy blends; Acceptance, Sweet Inner Peace, Openness & Relatedness

I wrote a similar article years back, but just ran across this and wanted to share it. Is is always a good reminder -

rainbow eating

Do you remember when you were in school and the teachers would always say to us that it was important to eat a rainbow of colours from fruits and vegetables every day? Well they told the truth! Fruits and vegetables of varying colours have different effects on the body, ranging from a variety of different antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. Follow the list below to find the benefits that each colour serves our body.

Rosy-hued Fruits & Vegetables:
Contain the antioxidant known as lycopene – lycopene protects the skin from sun damage and protects against cancer and heart disease. Other antioxidants that red foods give us are Ellagic acid (may slow the growth of some tumours caused by certain carcinogens), Quercetin (scavenge free radicals and have been shown to prevent immune cells from releasing histamines – chemicals that cause allergic reactions – thus preventing allergies. It has also been shown to protect against heart disease, high cholesterol (reduces LDL), and rheumatoid arthritis), and Hesperidin (improves circulation (such as improving varicose veins), reduces inflammation and helps prevent cancer).

Red Foods: Beets, blood oranges, cherries, cranberries, guava, papaya, pink grapefruit, pomegranates, raspberries, radishes, red apples, red bell peppers, red chilli peppers, red grapes, red pears, red potatoes, rhubarb, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon ...continue reading

Explore the Evolution of Integrative Health and Holistic Healing

I am part of the team facilitating this cruise and I am totally jazzed about the whole thing! It will be fun, educational, thought provoking and for those of you who don't like your hot flashes, there is an Ice Bar onboard that is held at 17 degrees (and yes, you get a parka and a 45 min time limit in there ... gotta try it!  :)). There are CEs and CNEs available too. More info and to register

EXPLORE… & expand your world.

If you want to empower yourself and/or others to become healthier and happier, this integrative health cruise is a unique opportunity to have fun in the process. Be supported and inspired by holistic experts, friends and colleagues – as well as Mother Nature – while exploring your world… physically, emotionally and spiritually!

Departs Miami and Visits 3 Tropical Islands (St Maarten, St Thomas, Nassau)!

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Winter2012I want to thank you for your business by sharing this complimentary issue of Body Sense magazine.


Body Sense provides valuable information about how to make massage and bodywork a healthy part of your lifestyle. Inside, you'll learn nine tips for living authentically in the New Year; get the inside scoop on how massage therapy works; discover how to say "no" to sick days; and find the pathway to your healthiest skin yet.

This video is about NOW Nov/Dec 2012 and well worth watching. I'm not into gloom and doom, but I do believe in awareness and practical preparation. Thanks to Orice for posting the video and Evita for the article. Products are mostly likely available at your local store but if not they can be ordered at Mountain Rose.


In the wake of hurricane Sandy, we are reminded how vital it is to be prepared with some basic necessities always on hand. Whether it is a natural or man-made disruption, such as a temporary power outage, it is valuable to take accountability for our well-being.

One of the most essential steps we can take is to prepare an “emergency pantry”.

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We've all had the experience of being impacted by scent. Fresh cut grass, home baked bread, the deep woods ... the garbage.

Here's a brief version of how it works: When an odor is inhaled it first hits the olfactory epithelium (teal green) which contains 20 million nerve endings. The odor is transmuted into a nerve message which is passed along the olfactory tract (black line) and enters the limbic system. It is first analyzed by the amygdala (yellow) and hippocampus (yellow) which are memory centers and a major player in emotional response. The memories may be current or from long ago. It's then passed to the hypothalamus (green) which acts as a regulator and relay station. Some euphoric odors, like grapefruit and clary sage, stimulate the thalamus (purple) to secrete neurochemical inducing feelings of well-being. Others, like ylang ylang stimulate the pituitary gland (red) which secretes endorphins and governs other glands including the thyroid and adrenals. Still others, like marjoram and chamomile, causes the brain to stimulate the raphe nucleus (blue) which releases serotonin to relax us. And those stimulating oils, like rosemary, affect the locus ceruleus (yellow) which releases noradrenaline, waking us up.

If you think you aren't affected by the world of scent that is all around you, think again.

There are times when you are in a situation where you don't want to take in the aroma that surrounds you. What do you do? Read this - How do you smell?