From the Herb Basket

December 13, 2014 // 1 Comment

Fresh lemon balm leaves were once used to polish oak furniture. The lemon essence preserved the wood and kept it light in color. In Medieval times, children were not allow sweet cakes [ gingerbread men today ] as it was thought that fresh ginger would produce bad dreams. Mace is the outer covering for nutmeg that is [ ...click to read more ]

Stocking the Pantry

December 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

Long ago before we had stores on every corner and shopping centers popping everywhere, people kept a large supply of food on hand. Lack of transportation, and weather conditions dictated how people stored food. There was the old fashioned root cellar, a basement full of shelves lined with staples. In many parts of [ ...click to read more ]

Build Your Own “Food Bank”

December 8, 2014 // 1 Comment

If you put money in a regular bank CD, you might get 2.4% per annum, and that’s with a very large deposit to be put away for five years. Rates usually hover around 1% or a tad more for us regular folks with not that much spare cash. Recently, food prices have been increasing by an average of 3.5% in the course [ ...click to read more ]

Herbal Pharmacy

December 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Eating foods rich in the phytochemical luteolin  may help prevent diabetes, say Chinese scientists. In an animal study, mice on a high-fat diet enriched with luteolin had improved glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity after 12 weeks. Luteolin works by stabilizing the cellular inflammation that hampers the [ ...click to read more ]

December Recipes – Chill Chasers

December 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s not even winter and we’ve had massive snow storms and freezing temperatures. I’m stocking my cabinets with items for quick and delicious meals. I’ll be posting some hearty soup and stew recipes this month. I’ll add something to this article as much as possible, so check in once a [ ...click to read more ]

Holiday Stress Busters

November 30, 2014 // 1 Comment

Feeling topsy-turvy? It could be early holiday stress. You may think it’s not important, but it is. Stress can be sneaky and seemingly everywhere. While we can’t avoid it, we should try and handle it while it’s small. If you realize that stress has gotten the better of you, pause and take a break. [ ...click to read more ]

Prosperity Oil

November 20, 2014 // 1 Comment

This is a magick oil, an oil you can make from simple ingredients you have on hand. Make this oil on the night of the first full moon. Before you begin to assemble the ingredients, wash your hands in a basin or sink full of warm water and sea salt. Salt removes negative vibes from your hands and your surroundings. [ ...click to read more ]

Energize With Mint

November 18, 2014 // 1 Comment

Peppermint is gaining in popularity as a weight loss herb and for its ability to curb cravings for sugar. When the herb reaches the small intestine it sends ‘I’m full’ messages to the brain by stimulating the release of cholecystokinin, a hormone that causes muscles in the gall bladder and colon to [ ...click to read more ]

November Recipes

November 10, 2014 // 1 Comment

Chicken Vegetable Bundles You’ll need heavy duty foil and cookie sheet 3 boneless chicken breasts 2 large baking potatoes, cut in cubes 1 -16 ounce can of green beans, drained 1/2 cup of Italian dressing Tear off 3 large sections of foil, and place it on the cookie sheet. Pre heat the oven to 375. On 2 of the [ ...click to read more ]
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