Health

A New Line of Fashion to Add to your Wardrobe

I want to introduce to you a new line of fashion to add to your wardrobe… conscious clothing.

It’s a simple way to keep toxins out of our bodies, land and our lifestyle.

I won’t bore you with ALL of the harm our clothes are causing, but I’ll touch on some of the basics:

Most clothes are made from cotton.  And many traditional cotton farmers ensure they get healthy crops by spraying pesticides and herbicides, including glyphosates.  Glyphosates are known, even noted by the World Health Organization, as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Probably?  And it’s still okay that it’s being used?

Those same glyphosates leech into our skin and bloodstream; runs into aquifers used by other farmers and is blown throughout the atmosphere.  The same chemical that is supposed to “maybe” cause cancer?

Another thing glyphosates are known for is killing beneficial gut bacteria.  That’s your immune system! 

And did you know that cotton clothing requires 1/3 of a pound of chemicals for a single shirt, chemicals that are harmful to our environment?

I could go on and on.  They’re all examples of how the clothes we buy have a huge impact on or health and environment.  So we should be just as mindful of what we put On our body as we are about what we put IN our body.

So what do you do?

Consider resale stores and clothing swaps. You can take clothes you have and sale them for other clothes. This is a great way to get rid of kid clothes as they grow as well.

  1. This can be such a fun experience, especially if you’re crafty.  Take clothes you already have and create new ones.  I get it, most of us probably aren’t going to become overnight fashion designers and start upcycling our entire wardrobe, but it’s an option.
  2. Buy eco-friendly clothing. By wearing organic and eating organic, we lower the demand for so many toxic chemicals and we force farmers, scientists and engineers to come up with something better for our guts and environment.  I realize it really isn’t feasible for most of us to get rid of all of our clothes and start over with everything organic;.  But we all can limit the amount of new, traditional clothing we buy.  If you are going to shop new, make the majority of your purchases organic. 

I can’t pretend that my entire wardrobe is filled with conscious clothing, but it’s definitely the goal! I will admit, I’m in my 40’s and I still have clothing from high school.  How’s that for leaving less of a footprint!

As a commitment to sustainability we offer organic clothing with affirmations that reflect techniques that lessen our footprint.  Check out our merchandise… we have everything from shirts, hoodies, bags, even a graphic novel in the form of an e-book

Garden Health Household

Sage

Discover the Healing Power of Sage: From Hot Flashes to Cold Sores

 

When you think of sage you may think of burning it in your house to help get rid of bad energy, or using the herb for its yummy flavor in your favorite recipes.  But there is so much more to this small plant than you may think.

One of the more common varieties of sage, Salvia officinalis — also known as common sage, has been used for centuries in traditional medicine because it’s loaded with vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants… all known for protecting our bodies against disease.

And there are several ways to get the benefits… whether it be dried, or taken internally as a liquid, capsule, spray, tea, as a topical, or even cooked.

This blog shows you why you want to use sage and how to use it safely.

 

Antioxidants

Sage is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties so that in itself makes sage a powerhouse. Antioxidants work by neutralizing free radicals (unstable molecules that can damage your cells and contribute to development of chronic diseases).  So if antioxidants are neutralizing those free radicals, naturally it helps prevent them from causing harm to the body. Some of the specific antioxidants found in sage:

  • Rosmarinic and ellagic acids — known for their anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and antibacterial properties
  • Quercetin and Flavonoids — shown to reduce inflammation, protect against heart disease, cancer and improve brain function

 

 

Colds, coughs and other respiratory issues

Sage has antibacterial, astringent, and antiseptic properties! This can help soothe that sore throat and that nasty cough from your lungs.  Sage will help with inflammation in turn making that annoying common cold feel better faster.

 

To use sage for a cough, make a tea!  Steep 1-2 teaspoons of dried sage leaves in a cup of hot water for 5-10 minutes.  Try drinking 1-2 cups per day to help alleviate symptoms.

You can also add a few fresh or dried sage leaves to a pot of hot water.  Inhale the steam to help clear congestion.

 

 

Oral Health

The antimicrobial effects also can help prevent cavities in your mouth because it can kill the bacteria that causes dental plaque and gum diesease.  The astringent properties in sage may help tighten the gums and reduce inflammation.

You’ll find several recipes online to make a mouthwash using sage:

  • Bring a cup of water to a boil
  • Add 1-2 teaspoons of dried sage leaves to the pot and let them steep for 5 – 10 minutes
  • Strain the sage leaves out of the water, allow it to cool
  • Transfer your sage mouthwash to a container and store in the fridge til you’re ready to swish.

 

Menopause

Sage has been used traditionally to help alleviate menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats, dryness and irritability.

It is thought that some compounds in sage have certain estrogen-like properties that can trick your body.

To use sage for menopause symptoms, make a tea just as you would for a cough!  Steep 1-2 teaspoons of dried sage leaves in a cup of hot water for 5-10 minutes.  Try drinking 1-2 cups per day to help alleviate symptoms.

Another option to reduce hot flashes is to add a few fresh or dried sage leaves to a pot of hot water and inhaling the steam.

 

Cold Sore

Because of the antiviral and antimicrobial properties found in sage, the herb can help reduce inflammation and kill the virus that causes cold sores.

 

To use sage for cold sores, make tea!  But this time you’re not drinking it.  Once the tea has cooled, use a cotton swab to apply the tea to the affected area.

Another option is to mix a few drops of sage essential oil with a carrier oil and apply it to the affected area.  I’ve read that adding rhubarb to the mix tends to work better.

 

There are tons of other ways to reap the benefits of sage including making tinctures and it’s also available in capsule form.  We can’t forget cooking with it.  It is generally believed that the medicinal benefits of sage are retained when it’s cooked, one reason why it’s been used fresh and dried in a variety of dishes for centuries.   

But keep in mind, the concentration of beneficial compounds in sage may vary depending on how it is prepared and consumed.  For example, sage tea is likely to have a higher concentration of beneficial compounds that sage that is cooked and consumed as part of a dish.

 

You can grow it!

Another benefit, it’s relatively easy for you to grow your own! It’s a hardy perennial plant that is native to the Mediterranean region, but it can be grown in other parts of the world too, including right here in Phoenix.  The plant likes a sunny location with well-draining soil.  And they don’t need much space so you can even plant them in pots and use them fresh or dry.

 

If you decide to grow a plant, let us know and send photos.

We have an entire page of natural remedies. If you have natural remedies you choose, please share them — it takes a community!

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Eucalyptus

Things No One Ever Told You About Eucalyptus: a blog about the benefits and dangers of eucalyptus.

Eucalyptus is an evergreen tree native to Australia.  You might be most familiar with eucalyptus plants as a favorite food of the koala.  Once you learn about its medicinal properties, it may become a favorite for you too.

The leaves of the eucalyptus tree contain oils that are believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. These oils are commonly used in a variety of products, including throat lozenges, rubs, and inhalants.

One of the most common uses for eucalyptus is as a decongestant. When the oils are inhaled, they can help to clear nasal passages and relieve congestion caused by colds, flu, and allergies. Eucalyptus inhalants can be found in the form of oils, sprays, and steam inhalants. To use eucalyptus as a decongestant, simply add a few drops of the oil to a large bowl of hot, steaming water, throw a towel over your head and inhale the steam. Alternatively, you can use a eucalyptus inhalant spray or apply eucalyptus oil to a cloth and inhale the scent. However, it is important to use eucalyptus oil in moderation and to dilute it with a carrier oil, such as almond oil or coconut oil, before applying it to a cloth.

In addition to its use as a decongestant, eucalyptus is also believed to have pain-relieving properties. It is commonly used to treat muscle aches, arthritis, and other types of chronic pain. Eucalyptus can be applied topically in the form of creams, gels, and rubs, or it can be taken orally in the form of supplements.

Eucalyptus is also believed to have antibacterial and antiviral properties, making it a popular choice for the treatment of wounds and skin infections. It is commonly used in the form of a cream or ointment and can be applied directly to the affected area.

One fact that many people may not know about eucalyptus is that it is often used as a natural pest control. The strong scent of the eucalyptus oil is believed to repel insects, including mosquitoes, flies, and fleas. Eucalyptus oil can be applied topically or diffused using an essential oil diffuser to keep pests at bay.

In conclusion, eucalyptus is a versatile and effective natural remedy that can be used to treat a wide range of ailments, including congestion, pain, and skin infections. Its strong, refreshing scent makes it a popular choice for use in a variety of products, including inhalants, creams, and diffusers.

** As with anything, moderation and following instructions are key.    

Eucalyptus oil is generally considered safe when used as directed. However, it can be toxic if ingested in large amounts or if it comes into contact with the eyes. Ingesting eucalyptus oil can cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. If ingested in large amounts, eucalyptus oil can cause more serious symptoms, including dizziness, drowsiness, and even coma.

The safe use of eucalyptus oil depends on several factors, including the intended use of the oil and the person using it. Here are some general guidelines for the safe use of eucalyptus oil:

  • Topical use: When used topically, eucalyptus oil should be diluted with a carrier oil, such as almond oil or coconut oil. A dilution of 2-5% eucalyptus oil is generally considered safe for adults. This means that for every 1 ounce (30 mL) of carrier oil, you should use no more than 15-30 drops of eucalyptus oil.
  • Inhalation: Eucalyptus oil can be inhaled to help clear congestion and relieve other respiratory symptoms. When using eucalyptus oil for inhalation, it is generally safe to use a few drops of the oil in a bowl of hot water or in an essential oil diffuser. Avoid inhaling eucalyptus oil directly from the bottle, as this can be irritating to the respiratory system.
  • Oral consumption: Eucalyptus oil should not be taken orally unless directed by a healthcare provider. If you are considering taking eucalyptus oil orally, it is important to speak with your healthcare provider first to determine the safe dosage for your specific needs.

** It is always a good idea to start with a low concentration of eucalyptus oil and gradually increase the amount if needed. If you experience any adverse reactions after using eucalyptus oil, stop using it immediately and seek medical attention.

CAN YOU GROW IT?

If you’re like me, always looking for ways to be more self sufficient, you may be thinking about growing it.  Great news… it’s feasible.  In its natural Australian environment, it can grow to nearly 60 feet, a little bigger than I think I can handle.  Fortunately, when planting eucalyptus in home gardens, it stays much smaller… around six to ten feet high. Being that is native to Australia, it is well adapted to dry, hot conditions.  Keep in mind, eucalyptus can be sensitive to frost and may not survive in areas with cold winters.

If you decide to plant a tree, let us know and send photos.

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Garden Health Household

Marshmallow plant

We recently discovered a gem in our backyard.  We originally thought it was just an invasive weed until we did a little research.  We’re talking the marshmallow plant, AKA common mallow!  You commonly see them all over when it’s cold and damp.  Your first instinct may be to pull it… but don’t. This plant was a gift in ancient Egypt and only available for the wealthy… but now marshmallow root is used as a main ingredient in most medicines that you may consume, so consider yourself like royalty. There is no wonder the benefits of this root are so high!

 

Cough and Sore Throat

The extract from marshmallow root is used in so many throat lozenges and cough syrups because it helps relieve the inflammation in your throat and reduces the urge to cough. The herb contains mucilage, a mucus-like substance that coats and soothes your throat.  It’s that same substance that helps relieve irritation in your throat, uplifting a sore throat and making it go away faster.

 

 

Digestive Issues

If the acid in your stomach is causing heartburn, ulcers, bloating or just aches and pains marshmallow root tea is perfect for you because it’s known to decrease inflammation and form a barrier against irritants like stomach acid. Even mix it with ginger and/or peppermint oil for triple the threat towards that acid to make you feel better in no time!

 

Skin Health

Remember the mucus-like substance called mucilage found in the root of the marshamallow plant?  Researchers say that same substance reduces swelling, kills bacteria, and even softens your skin! Dermatologists say it’s one of the star ingredients in many skincare products because of the skin-conditioning and healing benefits. You can put this on anything from bug bites to dry skin to burns and wounds. Don’t be alarmed if you have hypersensitive skin because it has even helped in not hurting overly sensitive skin or those with allergies. Just apply a cream with marshmallow root as one of the main ingredients and you are sure to have smoother and pain free skin in no time.  Drinking marshmallow root tea can also help.  In fact some people actually apply the cooled tea to their skin to help reduce swelling.

We have an entire page of natural remedies. If you have natural remedies you choose, please share them — it takes a community!

Household sustainability Sustainable

Solar shades

Before we built our off-grid shipping container homes, I must admit, my idea of off-grid was not what we have experienced.  I expected it to be so hard, to feel like we would have to make a lot of changes and sacrifices to our lifestyle.  And I was ready for the journey.  But it’s not at all what I expected.

Being off-grid is really like being your own EPA because you have to manage your own resources.  Our bread and butter is the sun and the rain; Solar has been running pretty much everything for us, from the refrigerator to the lights.  And we don’t have a big power system; you can really call us power poor, so we definitely monitor our power usage.  This also means temperature control is a priority.  And since we haven’t installed an AC unit yet, we utilize the sun to heat up our container. 

One of the things that has made a huge difference is our window coverings.  We had temporary paper blinds up for about 2 years, and they were great for privacy but didn’t do enough for controlling the temperature.

We had all sorts of consequences from hot and cold temperatures — motors freezing, leaks, things melting including my favorite candle and the list goes on.  So, we replaced our temporary paper blinds with solar-powered, motorized shades from Somfy and Eclipse Luxury Shades and I couldn’t be more grateful because the energy savings and convenience were immediate and gave us so much more control.  We measured the temperature change, and the shades made the containers 8 degrees cooler… huuuuuge difference.

So let me share with you some of the reasons we chose these specific shades.

When we first discovered Somfy and Eclipse Luxury Shades, I was immediately impressed with their eco-friendly options.  They even had shades made from recycled water bottles, and they were gorgeous.  I didn’t think we would really be able to use the motorized option because again, being off-grid, we are counting our energy.  But these motorized shades don’t suck up our energy.  In fact, we don’t have to think about charging the batteries for at least two years. And even that process is convenient… you just plug them in.

And for the shades that are facing the south, they don’t need charging at all because they are solar-powered, perfect for being off-grid. 

So our off-grid home feels like a smart Jetsons home because with a touch of a button, the shades go up at down at our request.  And they’re so quiet.  We have the shades programmed in sections… so we can press a button to control all of the shades at once or just a few at a time.  We wake up in the mornings, press a button and the shades on one side of the container goes up to let the sun in to start heating things up.  We press another button, and the shades in the bedroom open up without us having to get out of bed.  It’s priceless.

One of the features we haven’t used is with Wi-Fi; you can control the shades from anywhere using their app.  You can even talk to the shades through Alexa and Google Assistant. 

I could go on and on about this experience, which is why I had to share it. 

Experiencing this off-grid lifestyle has been a win-win… we are getting closer to zero waste every day, we are not affected as much by inflation, we are learning so much and having fun doing it and we are building a legacy for generations to come.

So join us on our journey!

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Garden Health Household

Sweet potato recipe

ADDICTING RED CHILI SWEET POTATOES

Sweet potatoes in some form are traditionally a staple at the Thanksgiving dinner table.  If you make this Red Chili Sweet Potato recipe, I guarantee they will be a staple at every dinner you’re invited to.  They are truly addicting.  Let’s not forget the long line of immune-boosting benefits that come with sweet potatoes.

Need any other reasons to make it?  It’s extremely simple, so give it a try, take photos and let me know what you think.

 

RED CHILI SWEET POTATOES:

 INGREDIENTS

  • 2½ cups Sweet Potatoes, cubed and roasted
  • ½ cup Sesame Vinaigrette (recipe below)
  • ¾ cup Bok Choy, julienned
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • Garlic Chives

BELOW INGREDIENTS ARE FOR THE SESAME VINAIGRETTE

  • ¾ cup Rice Vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Sriracha
  • ⅓ cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Honey
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ tablespoon Sesame Oil
  • ½ cup Grapeseed Oil

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Roast your sweet potatoes in the oven at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes (longer if you like your sweet potatoes really soft), then put them aside. They don’t need to be warm when you make the full meal.  In fact, I roast my sweet potatoes the night before and refrigerate them until I’m ready to make the meal.
  2. Next you want to make your sesame vinaigrette sauce. In a large bowl, combine the rice vinegar, sriracha, soy sauce, honey and salt. Mix it well.
  3. Add your sauce to a large sauté pan and once it starts to simmer, you can add your sweet potatoes. Stir them to make sure they get coated well with your sauce.
  4. Let it simmer until the sweet potatoes are heated through.
  5. Mix in your bok choy, sesame seeds and garlic chives and let it simmer for just a few minutes, and you’re done — ready to blow everyone’s mind with the flavors.

 

Be sure to check out our page on natural remedies and add some of those natural ingredients to your next meal.

 

Garden Health

Pesto

THIS PESTO IS ADDICTING

Who knew something so easy to make could taste soooooo good?!? I’m talking about pesto. I can’t stop eating it.

We have basil taking over our backyard and since we don’t like to waste anything, I needed a recipe that I would like enough to make a lot. THIS IS IT!

Most recipes call for pine nuts but I used walnuts and I’ve made several batches because it’s addicting. I didn’t even have enough for my pasta because we went through the pesto so fast. Quick, delicious snack is toasting bread, spread pesto, add your favorite cheese, tomato and a little balsamic.  You won’t regret it.

And it’s not just the flavor.  The main ingredient, basil, has antioxidants and anti-bacterial properties so it has tons of health benefits.

Keep in mind, you’ll need more than the small quantities you use for seasoning to get the benefits.  But you’ll have no problem overindulging with this pesto recipe.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Handful of chopped garlic chives (I luuuuv Society Garlic chives)
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¾ cup parmesan cheese ( I used a plant-based cheese but you can skip the cheese to make this vegan)
  • ¼ cup walnuts (can substitute with pine nuts or almonds)
  • ½ cup fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (helps preserve and keep it from turning brown)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Add all of your ingredients to a food processor or blender and pulse until everything it’s to the consistency you like.  I like my pesto a little thick, others like it runny.  You can add more olive oil to change the consistency.
  • The lemon juice helps keep your pesto vibrant green.  Some people add olive oil over the top of the pesto once it’s already made.  Oxygen is what turns the pesto brown.  The idea with the oil is that it forms a barrier to keep the oxygen from getting to the pesto.

Now try it and tell me how much you love it!  

I doubt that there will be any leftovers, but if you make a big enough batch, you CAN freeze the rest.  I simply take the fresh pesto and put it into ice cube trays, freeze until solid, then I keep the cubes in a freezer bag, ready for my next meal.

I add it to sandwiches, bruschetta, pasta, roasted veggies and soups.  Let me know what you make, I love to try new recipes.

Be sure to check out our page on natural remedies and add some of those natural ingredients to your recipe.

DIY Health Household

Egg salad

This egg salad recipe is super easy to make and I may be a little biased, but I think it’s the best one you’ll find.  It’s creamy, crunchy and delish.

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons mayo
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • 2 tablespoons relish (link to recipe below)
  • Chopped garlic chives
  • Chopped parsley
  • Finely diced celery (optional, adds good flavor and nice crunch)
  • Finely chopped spinach (optional)
  • Scallions (optional)

Boil your eggs, then immediately transfer them to a bowl of ice water.  Let them cool for about 10 minutes.  The cold water makes it easier to peel them.

Peel the eggs then cut them in half and separate the yolk from all 6 eggs.

Put the yolks in a bowl and add all of your ingredients, mashing the yolks and mixing until creamy.

Chop the egg whites into small pieces and mix with your other ingredients and your egg salad is done.  You can eat it on crackers, in wraps and of course on sandwiches.  I like to slightly toast my bread, then spread guacamole on both sides.  Next I add lettuce and tomatoes from the garden, a little balsamic and top it off with the egg salad. DELISH!

The recipe is simple to customize.  I use a vegan, probiotic cream cheese and homemade relish from our Armenian cucumbers; I’ve made it with onion powder, chopped spinach and scallions, even added diced pickles, dill weed and celery.  So play with it until it’s perfect for your palate… then write it down.

Be sure to check out our page on natural remedies  and add some of those natural ingredients to your recipe.

Garden Health Household

Pumpkin seeds

Looking for a late-night snack that has just as many health benefits as it does yummy recipes?  Try pumpkin seeds.  Not only are they appetizing (recipe below), but they are filled with all sorts of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that are natural immune boosters for you and even your pets.

Pumpkin seeds are a high source of iron and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that pumpkin seeds are one of the best foods to eat for getting zinc and magnesium.

And since many of us don’t get enough magnesium naturally in our diets, it’s worth adding pumpkin seeds to your daily routine.

 

BLOOD SUGAR

Magnesium is one of the reasons pumpkin seeds can help people with diabetes manage the disease.

Pumpkin seeds and even the juice can help regulate your blood sugar.

 

BONE HEALTH

The high magnesium content is also good for your bone health.

It contributes to bone density, which is key for preventing osteoporosis. Researchers say magnesium deficiency can cause osteoporosis, so it’s safe to say the bones need magnesium in order to maintain their health.

 

HEART HEALTH

Another benefit to the magnesium packed in pumpkin seeds is the affect on your heart.

The seeds can reduce blood pressure and high cholesterol levels, in turn giving your heart a much-needed break.

Pumpkin seeds are also a good source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a plant-based, unsaturated omega-3 fat believed to reduce heart disease.

The antioxidants in pumpkin seeds also increases the nitric oxide levels in your body, improving blood flow and helping get rid of plaque in your arteries.

 

INFLAMMATION

Pumpkin seeds are rich in many antioxidants, which reduces inflammation and protects our cells from disease-causing damage.

 

SLEEP

Magnesium also plays a role in helping you fall asleep since it can reduce stress and anxiety… both culprits of insomnia.

But the main reason pumpkin seeds are a great snack before bed is because the seeds contain tryptophan, an amino acid that promotes sleep. The science behind it is the tryptophan converts to serotonin and melatonin in the body.  Melatonin is a known sleep hormone and serotonin is a feel good hormone.

 

PLANT-BASED PROTEIN

Another benefit is the high protein content.  One ounce of pumpkin seeds have 8.5 grams of protein… a great non-animal source of protein.

 

CANCER

Pumpkin seeds may reduce the chance of certain cancers like stomach, colon, prostate, breast, and even lung cancer. It is believed that the plant-based fiber paired with dietary lignans found in this seed may be what reduces the risk in breast cancer.

As I mentioned above, pumpkin seeds are rich in antioxidant nutrients, which play a key role in decreasing cancer risk.

 

PROSTATE AND BLADDER HEALTH

Eating pumpkin seeds also helps relieve the symptoms of Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is where your prostate gland enlarges and you have a hard time urinating. The seeds have a compound, phytoseterol, which is supposed to help keep the prostate from enlarging.

And don’t forget, the seeds are filled with zinc, key for normal prostate function.

The oil from the seeds also help to relieve the symptoms and may even help treat and overactive bladder.

 

DIGESTIVE HEALTH

Pumpkin seeds are high in fiber which is great to help your digestive system stay on the right track.

They help soften stools and encourage bowel movement.

But don’t eat too much at once.  Too much of that fiber can cause you to be gassy and bloated, therefore even causing constipation.

So everything in moderation.

As healthy as pumpkins are for our bodies, overconsumption can have the opposite effect.

They are high in calories and fats so eating too much can cause you to gain weight.

The American Heart Association recommends having a quarter cup (30 grams) of pumpkin seeds every day as a part of a healthy diet.

 

WAYS TO TRY:

The nice thing about pumpkin seeds is whether you eat them raw or roasted, they maintain their minerals.  While they are good by themselves you can also add them in…

  • Granola
  • Oatmeal
  • Pumpkin Butter
  • In your salads and soups and pesto!!
  • Add to trail mix

 

Another way to eat them is by simply roasting them.

ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS  (Step-by-step video instructions)

  • Simply wet your pumpkin seeds, whether bought or directly from the pumpkin’s belly.
  • Dry them (Can simply dab them with a paper towel)
  • Cover them in olive oil and whatever seasoning you like (salt and pepper work for me. Also a trick I learned from making kale chips is add your seeds to a baggie, add the oil and seasoning, close the bag and mix
  • Spread your seasoned seeds on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12- 15 minutes. Be sure to flip them half way
  • And voila, a yummy, nutritional snack!!!

 

FUN FACT:

People often refer to pumpkin seeds as “pepitas,” which is Spanish for “little seed of squash.”

We have an entire page of natural remedies. If you have natural remedies you choose, please share them — it takes a community!

 

Garden Health Household

Cranberry

Cranberries are a staple at most Thanksgiving dinner tables.  Once you find out how beneficial the fruit is, you’ll want to add it to more than just one meal.  Cranberries are antioxidant powerhouses.

Below are just some of the reasons why:

 

 

Urinary tract health

One of the most common known benefits of cranberries is that it helps with UTIs or urinary tract infections. How? Cranberries are high in proanthocyanidins, chemical compounds that give foods like red cabbage and blueberries their color.  More importantly, it’s a natural antioxidant  that keeps bacteria, that causes UTIs, from sticking to the walls of the bladder.  That means that bad bacteria gets flushed away, reducing the chances of an infection.

But once you’ve got the UTI, the cranberry loses its super powers.  Scientists say it helps in prevention but not really in the treatment.

Also keep in mind, drinking a cranberry cocktail will not give you the same benefits as eating raw cranberries.  If you’re using it for your health, skip the sugar and have it as close to its natural state as possible.

 

 

Digestive benefits

The proanthocyanidins also help get rid of the harmful microbes in your colon. If you eat a lot of meat, sugar, and dairy, cranberries can help by putting good bacteria back in your body.  That will help your digestive track stay on a healthy track.

 

Oral health

Those same antioxidants help fight infections in your mouth.

They’re like a repellent for bacteria on your teeth meaning it keeps the bad bacteria from sticking to your gums and teeth.

This can help prevent cavities, bad breath, and even help lessen the risk of oral cancer.

Again, we’re not talking about cranberry cocktails as the sugar in those drinks may do more harm than good. Often much of the active ingredient in the juice is long gone before it reaches your fridge.

 

 

HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF CRANBERRIES

Eat them whole. If you do not like them raw, put them in a smoothie or a salad. Having the whole fruit will give you all of the benefits.

Cranberry juice, not cranberry cocktail, is a great way to enjoy the fruit but you lose the fiber, iron, and calcium that come with eating the whole fruit. If you prefer juice, look for those more natural, without the added sugars.

Dried cranberries are a yummy snack,you don’t have to worry about it spoiling and you’re getting some nutrients.  Still fresh is best.  Once dried, cranberries do lose some of their vitamins  and have a higher calorie content.

Another way to enjoy it… Jelly!  Cranberry sauce isn’t just for Thanksgiving… have it year-round on your toast or sandwiches.

 

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Pomegranate

How pomegranates affect your health

Have you ever had the privilege of biting into a cluster of pomegranate seeds? The reward you get from the juice is priceless.  Needless to say, I love pomegranate season! The satisfying flavor of the fruit speaks for itself.  Along with the juice comes tons of health benefits.

Antioxidants

Pomegranates are full of antioxidants… punicalagins, anthocyanins, and hydrolysable tannins… all antioxidants known to help protect your cells from free radical damage!

Heart

Polyphenolic compounds found in the fruit have been well-known for helping your heart. These compounds in pomegranates may be able to help the inflammation in the arteries and reduce oxidative stress. This can also help lower your blood pressure and help fight plaque build-up in your arteries as well (atherosclerosis).

Tip: Pomegranate juice is an easy way to get the benefits into your system and can also help with chest pain.

Prostate

Studies have shown that drinking pomegranate juice can slow down the rate at which a tumor in your prostate grows. For people who have prostate cancer pomegranates also help promote cells from dying.

Urinary Health

Nobody wants kidney stones and pomegranates can help with that! It can hinder the mechanism that forms kidney stones.

Brain Health

Pomegranates have ellagitannins which are known to reduce inflammation in the body. These compounds can help your brain actually get better! This may be able to help protect against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s by helping brain cells survive and reducing oxidative stress.

Digestive Health

Pomegranates are rich in fiber and can increase good bacteria in your gut. The beneficial gut bacteria, bifidobacterium and lactobacillus, are supposed to have pre-biotic effects helping prevent many digestive health issues.

Endurance

If you love working out or want to start, pomegranates may be able to replace that protein powder because it may improve your endurance for your workout.

It’s newer research but studies show because pomegranates provide potassium, which is an essential electrolyte for exercise. And remember those antioxidants and polyphenols that I mentioned earlier? Those nutrients are helpful for running and performance.

Try it out for yourself and let us know how it makes a difference in your routine!

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