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Bath Time!

If you have small children, you know that bath time can be a problem. Children can resist bath time and make it hard on both of you. Sometimes they are afraid of the water, or simply uncomfortable in the water. Other times, they just resist leaving what they’re doing for the bath.

But bath time can be an enjoyable time for both parent and child! What can parents do to make this time easier?
First, most children do best with a routine. Try establishing bath time as a regular part of your heading to bed routine. Then, sometime prior to bath time, start communicating to your child about the upcoming change in routine. Let them know that soon you’ll be stopping play time, and bathing. Repeat the communication several times leading up to bath time. Once the routine is established, your child will find reassurance in the structure.

Second, let your child have a sense of control over the process. Have them present as you draw the bath water, and let them test the temperature with you. You can also let your child scrub themselves a little bit, and have control of the pressure and friction. This can help normalize the process for your child, and also help her feel a part of the process.
If your child has a genuine fear of water, modulate the process for her. Let her stand in the tub (safely of course) with less water, and wash that way. Then, gradually encourage her to sit. When she feels safe, you can adjust the amount of bath water. Another strategy that can help with bath time fears is communication! Tell your child what’s going to happen every step of the way, letting her know (for example) that “Now we’re going to wash your hair” and so on.

Many children have fear of having their hair washed, or simply dislike it. Communication can help here, as well. Also, make sure that your shampoo doesn’t sting her eyes! Find a child safe shampoo, or use a guard to keep the shampoo from getting into her eyes. Rinsing your child’s hair with a small cup may feel safer than a shower nozzle.

If your child is resistant to bath time, make it fun! Have a sibling join in, use bubble bath, maybe enjoy a toy or two! These things make bath time fun, but also distract from fears or resistance.

Herbs Can Cleanse has a variety of kid-friendly bath items, including super fun “scrubbies!” Visit http://herbscancleanse.com/product-category/skin-body-care/plantlife/ and see our scrubbies and bath mitts by Plantlife, designed to bring fun to your child’s bath time!

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Peppermint oil

For thousands of years and across such countries as ancient Greece, Egypt, and Rome, peppermint oil has been valued for its medicinal properties! (Source: https://nccih.nih.gov/health/peppermintoil retrieved March 17, 2018)

An extremely versatile oil, peppermint oil offers countless benefits. Its main component, menthol, has been widely studied and found to help in many different ways. In this blog we’ll discuss a few!

Energy: Instead of having that cup of coffee when you need a boost, try peppermint oil! Some studies have shown it improves both physical and mental energy levels as well as performance! And, it takes just five minutes to take effect! (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4103722/ retrieved March 17, 2018.)

To use, inhale the scent of peppermint directly (but carefully!), put a few drops in your favorite diffuser, or add on drop to a large glass of water (a little is better than a lot!).

Muscle and joint pain: Whether from over exertion or an illness, peppermint oil can help your muscle pain! Studies have shown it can help reduce soreness and relieve inflammation. (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3607906/ retrieved March 17, 2018.)

Combine a quarter cup coconut oil or cocoa butter with 5 drops of peppermint oil. Massage into sore muscles or joints.

IBS and Bloating: Peppermint oil has been found to be one of the best natural treatments for IBS. Researchers believe its ability to relax the gastrointestinal wall and cool inflammation play a role. Studies also have shown it has a significant effect on abdominal pain, distension, and gas. (Sources: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16121521 and https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0401/p1027.html retrieved March 17, 2018.)

Stress relief: Peppermint oil is popular in aromatherapy for its relaxing and refreshing effects. Inhale the scent of peppermint as needed or use in your favorite diffuser!

Essential Aromas, owned and managed by Herbs Can Cleanse, carries high quality essential oils. Our favorite essential oils come from Plantlife, and are available through our website at essentialaromas.co/product-category/essential-oils/. Take a look!

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Going Vegetarian – How to do it?

You’ve done your homework and want to try a new way of living! By going vegetarian, you support a healthy lifestyle for youcow-calf-cp and your family. Studies show that people who avoid meat live longer and have less disease (including heart disease and type 2 diabetes).

But moving away from the standard American diet to eating a diet free of meat can be difficult task for many of us. Here are a few simply things to keep in mind when transitioning from a meat to meatless diet.

Go gradually. Give your family (and yourself) time to adjust by taking your time.. Cut out meat 1 day a week, then 2 days and so on. You may find it helpful to cut out beef first, then pork, chicken and turkey and finally fish.

Visit vegetarian restaurants to get ideas to use at home. Be creative. It doesn’t have to be a bowl of salad every night! Try tofu or seitan. Both are prepared foods and can be used as meat replacements in many recipes. (You may need to add a healthy fat when replacing meats with plant based proteins.)

Be careful not to replace your meat with other animal proteins. Explore plant based proteins such as beans or quinoa. Have sweet potatoes. Seeds and nuts are being used more and more as meat replacements also! Watch out for prepared foods. Many prepared foods will contain animal products such as dairy and can be in many different forms. One form that is often used to increase the amount of protein in a prepared food is Casein. The odd thing is they never tell you were the Casein comes from. A yak perhaps? “Food” for thought.

Boost flavor and to help your family feel full, use healthy fats. Coconut oil is great for cooking and to add flavor to potatoes and many dishes.

Finally, have fruits (rather than fruit juice or fruit drinks) available for snacks any time of the day. A whole apple or orange will fill your tummy and keep you feeling full better than a glass of juice. Plus you’ll be getting that extra fiber that is not found in juice.

This is a good starting point but of course there is much more. Getting your friends interested can be a good support and you’ll learn from one another too!

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MODERN MEDICINE’S BIG PLAN

Every one knows a business needs a plan to make money. When we consider Modern Medicine we realize it is a system that only makes money if its public is doctor-moneyroutinely ill. Ancient physicians were only paid if his or her patients were well, and earned no money at all if they were the least bit sick. Illness rewarded care presents ethical challenges to today’s physicians. Because of need, today’s Western Medicine is constantly reinventing itself with its drugs and surgery to remain viable.

A business that does not offer new products will eventually go out of business. The conundrum Modern Medicine is confronted with is that mankind has not changed. What has changed are the ways man becomes toxic and ill, yet his symptoms foretelling his toxicity, have not changed in the least. With the above in mind it takes clever marketing via the use of created disease names representing collections of symptoms, to sell Modern Medicine.

If one involves himself with Modern Medicine, expect a slow progression into deeper and deeper physical trouble. Medications are professionally made toxins for the purpose of awakening a sleeping or sedated immune system. Drugs do not heal the body, the immune system does. Otherwise we could elongate life indefinitely. Medications are overused and vastly toxic in their potency and when coupled a doctor who pushes therapy, debilitating and deadly. This is why herbals are so much safer to use, they are much closer to Nature. Herbals are good but a Raw Food diet is the Holy Grail of health if used.

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Milk Thistle

The liver is the central command of our immune system. It must come in contact and render safe all we come in contact with, unless we are ill. The liver is a chambered filter that relies on water to breakdown the waste it contacts. The liver must be active and functioning 24 hours a day or we are at risk of getting ill or milk-thistleperhaps staying ill. Toxins are attackers to the liver our bodyguard.

Man’s habits are often based on rumor and lore with purpose forgotten long ago. 

Milk thistle has a history of use as is known to be a “Liver Protector.” The Materia Medica (the European Herbal Text) routinely describes Milk Thistle as a “liver protector.” That is factual yet a curse at the same time. The job of the liver is to protect not be protected. Milk Thistle rests the liver at the expense of the body which is made worse when Milk Thistle is use as waste is not filtered.

There are numerous herbs that can be used to aid the liver including Bupleurum and Gentian. Yet, something as simple as water is vital to our liver health. Blueberries and Romaine lettuce are very powerful liver aids. But citrus, oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, kumquats and lemons all support and heal the liver as well as killing parasites. To fully understand the liver, read the 5 chapters found in the book “Diagnostic Face Reading and Holistic Healing.”

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Monsanto My Friend?

You remember the phrase better health through science?  Of course you don’t because I just paraphrased Dow Chemical’s old line. The fact is science is an excuse for little kids to grow up and become big kids who then due to boredom monkey with any monsanto-dollar-signrule they can find. When all one cares about is getting their next paycheck, sanity vanishes to that degree. Factually, those who work to be paid versus doing something they really believe in suffer mental fatigue, physical breakdown and various other signs of decay. This is what has been happening to Big Business and Big Medicine for the last 100+ years.

Monsanto worked feverishly to secure the right to monkey with our produce GMOing it. It has worked. They are now free to warp our produce any way they want and they do not have to report they have done it. You read that right. Monsanto can alter our produce anyway they want and they do not have to note the change on the label. Ultimately what they produce must still grow and not harm but a tiny percentage of final users or they risk losing customers as the dead are not big shoppers.

There is a bigger game that Monsanto is likely playing for Big Medicine and Big Pharma. What is it you ask? If they can make produce that grows in the ground a product that can only be made in a lab then they can patient the process and control all levels of food and herbs. Why is that important? Because if they are successful, herbals will become lab made custom blends that do not grow in Nature anymore. While this maneuver would not fully put herbal companies out of business, it would damage them catastrophically.

Science is out to control..  Science wants to dominate…  Science wants the cash…

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Reduce, reuse, and recycle

The practice of reducing, reusing and recycling has been around for many years. Yet, there are still laws being passed to save our environment. Not every recyle-boyone has caught up.  Here are some simple yet effective steps you can take today to help save our environment:

  • Avoid Styrofoam and plastic products. There are still some folks that use this toxic product to serve food. Most cities have done away with the use of styrofoam products but not all. Ask for bio degradable containers.
  • Look for pump sprays and never use an aerosol. Avoid those products that still use aerosol sprays.
  • Purchase reusable products such as large canvas tote bags for shopping, glass containers, rechargeable batteries, washcloths and cloth napkins.
  • Reuse as much as you can: start with paper bags, plastic bags, cardboard boxes, glass and plastic bottles
  • Shop at your local farmers market. Take advantage of fresh produce that you can’t get in the store. When shopping at the farmers market be sure to bring your large canvas tote bags.
  • Remember “hand me downs”? Try it. Borrow or rent items that you only need infrequently.  Keep items you own in good repair and loan to neighbors.
  • Buy in BULK. Get the refill containers and save money.
  • When you can’t find what you want in sustainable packaging, voice your objections to stores and manufacturers.
  • Ask for biodegradable products everywhere you shop.

Use your imagination and you’ll come up with more ideas on how to reduce, reuse, and recycle!

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Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup
Yields: 2-4 servings.tomato-soup

4 ripe tomatoes
2 carrots
1 ripe avocado
1 cucumber
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 Tbls. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. Celtic salt
Fresh ground pepper

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and creamy.

From Living in the Raw Gourmet by Rose Lee Calabro.

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Did You Know? Learn what resources are used in the production of meat.

Pollution
The meat industry causes more water pollution in the United States than all other industries combined because the animals raised for food produce 130 times more excrement than the entire human population-–86,600 pounds per second. A typical pig factory farm generates a quantity of raw waste equalpigsty to that of a city of 12,000 people.

Land
Of all agricultural land in the United States, 87 percent is used to raise animals for food. Twenty times more land is required to feed a meat-eater than to feed a pure vegetarian.

Water
Raising animals for food consumes more than half of all the water used in the United Stated. It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of meat, but only 25 gallons to produce a pound of wheat.

Deforestation
Rain forests are being destroyed at a rate of 125,000 square miles per year to create space to raise animals for food. For every quarter-pound fast-food burger made of rain-forest beef, 55 square feet of land are consumed.

Energy
Raising animals for food requires more than one-third of all raw materials and fossil fuels used in the United States. Producing a single hamburger patty uses enough fossil fuel to drive a small car 20 miles and enough water for 17 showers.

Animals
You can’t be concerned about our environment without caring about our fellow inhabitants, the animals. They’re made of flesh and blood, and feel pain just as humans do. More than 25 billion are killed by the meat industry each year, and they’re raised and killed in ways that would horrify any compassionate person.

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Raw foods that alkalize the body

Oranges, Tangerines, Lemons, Grapefruit, Limes, Garlic, Tomatoes, Blueberries, Bell Peppers, Radishes, Coconut, Apples,raw-fruit Watermelon, Grapes, Cherries, Kiwi, Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Red Cabbage, Green beans, Romaine Lettuce, Avocado, Blackberries, Raspberries, Strawberries and more.

 

Learn how you can keep your body running at its best; Read “pH Madness” by Roger Bezanis.