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The Herbal Concept of Balance

Herbs are compact plant sources of chemical and nutritional constituents that, if used correctly, can cause dramatic shifts in balance within the body. This makes herbs a great resource. But without diet, lifestyle, and exercise changes, the body will tend to move back into a state of imbalance.

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Simple Raw Chocolate Goodness

Unless you’ve been living under a giant bar of it, I am sure that you’ve heard by now that chocolate is actually good for you. Let me clarify this a little bit. When eaten in moderation, organic dark chocolates that contain at least 70% cacao and a minimal amount of other ingredients are actually good for you and offer our bodies many health benefits. Of course, I’m speaking about cooked organic dark chocolate. As far as raw organic dark chocolate goes, this sensational culinary delight is on a completely different playing field.

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Quick Tip: Magic Socks

The Magic Socks treatment is so simple that I was thinking, How can this possibly work? Well, this is how… The Magic Socks treatment can be used if you are experiencing a sore throat or any inflammation of the throat, neck pain, ear infections, headaches, migraines, nasal congestion, upper-respiratory infections, coughs, bronchitis and sinus infections.

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Happy & Healthy Hibiscus Tea

If you’re a tea drinker and have not tried hibiscus tea yet, it’s time to jump on the bandwagon. Hibiscus tea is made from the leaves of the hibiscus flower and has a cranberry-like flavor, is loaded with Vitamin C, minerals, is caffeine free and is even used as a mild medicine. You can drink it hot or cold (and that makes it good to drink all year long!), and it tastes absolutely delicious plain or with a tiny bit of raw agave nectar, raw honey (only when it is hot) or stevia added to it. If all of these wonderful facts don’t have you sold just yet, wait until you hear this… Hibiscus tea has been found to lower high cholesterol and blood pressure. With both of these issues being prevalent in our society, that’s a big positive YAHOO!

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Grounding Root Vegetable Soup

Well, it’s that time of year again in New England… The days and nights are getting shorter and colder, the leaves are turning brilliant, beautiful colors and falling to the ground, and my body is beginning to crave homemade soups and stews. According to Ayurvedic medicine, which is a system of traditional medicine that has been around for thousands of years, is native to India and is practiced in other parts of the world as a form of alternative medicine, it is normal for our bodies to want to live in harmony with the seasons, and that means craving certain foods in the spring, summer and winter/fall.

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Brazil Nut Cantaloupe Milk

Wow. This has been a fabulous year for buying fresh, local produce, and the season isn’t even over yet! This past week I got my hot little hands on a beautiful locally-grown organic cantaloupe, and I was psyched… A couple years ago I found a recipe to make a version of a cantaloupe nut milk, which was totally delicious. I looked for the recipe online and have not been able to find it, so I have invented one of my own. I believe when I made it before the recipe called for raw almonds. This one is obviously (as you can tell from the name of the recipe) using raw Brazil nuts, which are wonderful, too.

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Fat Facts 101: The Good And The Trans Fat

Trans fat. Most people have heard those two words, but do you know what a trans fat truly is or how to identify it on a food label? Do you know how detrimental to your health that trans fats can be? Do you know what would be a better choice to make when it comes to ingesting fats into your body? Hopefully, I will clear some of these questions up for you in this article.

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Berry Cherry Freezer Pops

The great thing about these pops is that they’re simple to prepare and are loaded with nutrition, not artificial sweeteners, colors and other nasty unmentionables like most store-bought desserts. There’s nothing like a homemade dish, and that includes Popsicles… :0)

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Simple Tomato Cucumber Salad

While wandering through one of our local farmer’s markets the other day, I was impressed by the sea of fruits and vegetables that came in all colors of the rainbow. I was lucky enough to stumble upon a bunch of different types of organic cucumbers at an incredible price; some were shaped a bit funny– like the burpless ones, the pickling cukes looked spectacular, and the regular old cucumbers were crisp and scrumptious. After I filled my bag with this fabulous produce, the friendly farmer was gracious and said to me, “Thank you for buying organic,” to which I replied, “Always.” He smiled at me, I smiled at him, and I was on my way home to make something cool for dinner during this heatwave we’ve been experiencing. I love farmer’s market season… :0)

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Marvelous Marinated Mushrooms

I adore mushrooms… Portabello, porcini, chanterelle, shitake, enoki, reishi, maitake and even plain old white button mushrooms! The only catch is, I don’t care for raw mushrooms. It was music to my ears when I heard that I could make raw “cooked” mushrooms.

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Quick Tip: Farm Fresh Food

More and more people these days are becoming interested in where their food comes from, and rightly so… With all of the pesticides, herbicides, GMOs, artificial ingredients, toxic additives and questionable factory farming practices that abound, it’s essential to know what you are putting into your body and where your food is coming from. This Quick Tip is designed to give you a couple of options to help you find the farm fresh food that you are most definitely looking for…

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Creamy Cashew Cheese

I love, love, love simplicity in life, and that goes for recipes, too. This Creamy Cashew Cheese recipe is no exception. Not only is it simple, it is absolutely delicious! It is creamy (like it says in the title), slightly sweet with a hint of herbs (whatever your favorites are — I happened to have some fresh basil and chives growing in my deck garden, so that’s what I used). I hope you enjoy!

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What Is Tuina?

Tuina uses the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and the flow of Qi through the meridians/channels as its basic therapeutic premise. Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques, Tuina seeks to enhance the network and to establish a more harmonious flow of Qi. The network increases the flow of healthier Chi, boosts the blood, and enhances the internal systems to allow the body to naturally heal itself.

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