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Fire Cider: Immunity Booster + Cold & Flu Remedy

March 1, 2015
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“Let food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food.” ~Hippocrates Fire Cider is a traditional remedy with deep roots in folk medicine and has been passed down through the generations. The term Fire Cider was given to this revered tonic by renowned herbalist, Rosemary Gladstar. The tasty combination of apple cider vinegar infused with powerful anti-viral, anti-microbial, decongestant and warming herbs makes this concoction especially nice to help boost the circulatory and immune systems, stimulate digestion and warm you up on…

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Wellness

The Old-Fashioned Hot Water Bottle

October 24, 2013
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It’s the simple things in life that bring comfort, a sense of joy and well-being. Behold, the old-fashioned hot water bottle. Cuddling up with a “hottie” is like sipping a big mug of hot cocoa, snuggling by a toasty fire, or eating a bowl of Bubbie’s matzah ball soup. It means someone is taking good care of you—even if that person is you. Economical and eco-friendly, the hot water bottle will keep warm all night making it easier to turn down the…

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Food + Recipes Wellness

Healing Spiced Camu Cider

October 4, 2013
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There’s nothing like curling up by a toasty fire and sipping a hot cup of cider on a chilly night. This healing cider not only warms the body and soul, but contains the Brazilian superfood, camu camu. The buzz about this potent berry has spread around the world, earning it the nickname “nature’s vitamin pill” due to its antioxidant and anti-viral properties. The camu berry is one of the world’s most abundant sources of vitamin C—as much as 60 times more…

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Lifestyle Wellness

Healing Benefits of Palo Santo

September 12, 2013
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During a recent stay in Ojai, I discovered the magical and mystical Palo Santo. It’s warm, delicately sweet and woodsy aroma filled me with a sense of peace and tranquility. Intrigued, I learned that Palo Santo grows on the coast of South America and is related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal. In Spanish, Palo Santo literally means “Holy Wood.” The magic is in the alchemical process that happens after the death of a limb or tree. In order for the Palo Santo to gain…

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Motherhood

Safe & Natural Ways to Manage Pregnancy, Postpartum & Hormonal Acne

April 17, 2013
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While my friends had beautiful and radiant pregnancy glows, I had pencil eraser sized pustules taking up serious real estate on my forehead, chin and jaw line. When pregnant, hormones called androgens cause sebaceous glands to release more oil. That in addition to thousands of shedding skin cells clogs the pores and causes breakouts. If you’re one of the lucky ones that gets pregnancy acne, there’s not much you can do to get rid of it, but you can use safe and…

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Food + Recipes Wellness

Immunity Boosting Tea

January 25, 2013
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The healing combination of immune boosting garlic, digestion aiding ginger, pH balancing citrus and circulation boosting cayenne warms you up from the inside out and helps you stay strong! Gather 1 clove of garlic* 1 inch freshly chopped ginger root 1/2 lemon cayenne pepper purified water raw mānuka honey Method Peel and crush garlic.* Peel and chop ginger into chunks. In a small saucepan, bring ginger and water to a boil for 20 minutes. Pour hot ginger water into a large…

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Wellness

DIY Elderberry Syrup

January 24, 2013
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This immune boosting botanical is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Elderberry syrup has a long history of use in traditional European medicine and is so highly regarded that it has been called the “medicine chest of country people.”  Elderberry preparations are traditionally taken early enough to ward off a viral invasion from the start but can also be used as an effective treatment. This proven remedy is known to shorten the duration of colds to 3-4 days and is also effective against 10 different strains…

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Wellness

Garlic Oil Remedy for Ear Aches

December 13, 2012
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Antibiotics are a commonly prescribed conventional treatment for ear infections but can actually contribute to recurring ear infections by wiping out good bacteria, which helps keep the body healthy and immune system strong. Additionally, antibiotics are not always effective. A study published in the British Medical Journal found that children who were given antibiotics for ear infections fared no differently than children given a placebo. In fact, the AAP just rolled out new guidelines which will result in less antibiotic prescriptions, so if you want…

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