Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness Tip: Try These “Bad Boy” Herbs…Very Preventive and Healing :)


This native South American herb, dating back to 1873, is healing and preventive of ‘arthritis, pain, inflammation of the prostate gland, fever, dysentery, boils and ulcers and various cancers.’

Because of the “gazillion” compounds found in this tree (see picture above), it’s able to work wonders on the body

  • quinoids, benzenoids and flavonoids – fight against harmful organisms
  • lapachol (from the stem) – toxic and resistant to nearly all types of harmful organisms; fights metastasis – spread of a cancer or other disease from one organ to another
  • beta-lapachone – fights toxicity to harmful organisms
  • selenium – ‘extremely vital antioxidant/mineral which removes free radicals that damage cells and trigger disease; increases immunity, boosts metabolism; essential for successful male and female fertility and reproduction; reduces the risk of cancer, autoimmune and thyroid diseases

the list goes on and on…

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  • reduces pain and swelling
  • fights candida – common yeast infection (not to be left untreated)
  • adjusts our Ph levels – when unbalanced, can lead to headaches, an inability to concentrate, hyperactivity, chronic fatigue syndrome, sugar addiction, stomach problems
  • reduces inflammation, which can lead to an overactive immune system, which can lead to asthma, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimers’s disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and Parkinson’s disease

And, then there’s Graviola


This prickly green fruit-producing plant with nutrients in the leaves and bark will have us feeling healthier, for sure, but, when really needed.

Places such as Peru, Amazon and the Caribbean have been using graviola for years…

Peru makes tea with the leaves which ‘treats inflammation of the mucus membrane in the nose, throat or lungs’.

Amazon uses the roots and leaves to help control blood sugar in diabetic patients.

The Caribbean makes tea which relieves coughs, flu symptoms and asthma.  Breastfeeding moms would benefit, for it ‘promotes milk production‘.

The people of South America have been known to drink graviola juice (made with the bark and roots) to treat dysentery and scurvy.  Creates a sedative effect.

How Graviola is Used Today

  1. treats cancer

*the prickly-green fruit is loaded with acetogenins, which have been shown to have ‘anti-tumor effects on animals’

Coming from a study at Purdue University concludes that graviola has the ability to

  • ‘target and destroy malignant cancer cells in twelve different types of cancer’.
  • slow cell growth because the ‘compounds are many times more powerful than the commonly used chemotherapy drug, Adriamyan’.
  • only target cancer cells and leaves healthy cells unharmed

2. supports our immune system

3. helps with diabetes

* the specific phytochemicals might prevent spikes in blood glucose and help regulate glucose levels.

* in 2008, a two-week study on diabetic rats showed to have near normal blood sugar levels, with no medication.

4. improves digestive system

5. has antioxidant properties

*’prevents and repairs cell damage and reverses some tell-tale signs of aging-wrinkles, skin blemishes

6. increases our energy

7. gout – reduces amount of antacid

*Please note: research has shown that perhaps after pro-longed use of graviola could lead to similar symptoms of those with Parkinson’s Disease.



Cat’s Claw (Una De Gato in Spanish) is another “wonder” herb for our bodies!  🙂

This anti-viral herb…

  • boosts our immune system and fights infections
  • is anti-inflammatory
  • is anti-mutagenic
  • is an antioxidant

More specifically speaking…

Cat’s Claw provides natural treatment for

  • arthritis
  • allergies
  • asthma
  • diabetes
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • cancer
  • viral infections
  • ulcers
  • hemorrhoids
  • repairs DNA and improves our ‘disease-fighting’ white blood cells
  • helps the body to rid of free radicals that cause cellular damage, which leads to wrinkles
  • lowers high blood pressure
  • may aid in HIV treatment
  • combats herpes
  • improves digestive problems like Crohn’s disease

So, yes to stocking these in your medicine cabinet?  🙂

Love you!



Please do your own research, as well, on all of these herbs, and, speak with your doc prior.  Thanks!  🙂

Health and Wellness, Organic, Skincare

Turn That Frown Upside Down and, “Wear Makeup Wednesday!” ;) Here are some tips…

these are for particular attention to our eyes and lips

For our brows…

  • pluck any strays
  • apply a brow fiber formula product and highlighter – the fiber formula helps to fill in thin brows; the highlighter is applied right under our arches; blend in both directions
  • redness on our eyelids?  – apply neutral eye shadow to conceal
  • smudge a gray or brown eye shadow into the lash line – by doing so, our lashes will look fuller
  • when it comes to mascara?…apply just a little at the roots…this will make our lashes appear darker, but in a ‘subtle way’
  • got ‘stubby’ lashes?  do the same thing as the previous tip, but, apply only one coat at the roots

For all of those green-eyed beauties!

Want super vibrancy?

*go with any shade that would be included in the red family (the greenies’ opposite color), resulting in flare!

*this includes pink and purple shades, for red isn’t always the most complementary 😉

*both pastel and bold hues work!  Be brave.  Let’s go beyond our boundaries.  🙂

And, then the blue-eyed beauties!

*your best color is orange (again, complementary color)…when paired, your eyes will look the ‘brightest and most intense’

*your wonderful-pairing hues include ‘peach, champagne, copper, terra-cotta, and rust’

*shades of orange are so great because they do not overpower the delicate eye color of blue

Brown-eyed gals!

  • ‘almost anything goes’
  • ‘high-shine neutrals’, such as a shimmery gold, would make a for a good daytime look
  • want a more bold look?  sapphire and amethyst create ‘dimension for night’
  • want the most striking effect?  ‘concentrate the color on the upper lash line and blend out, smoking it up gradually…focusing the intensity closer to the eyes – instead of the crease – will make them sparkle more’.

Hazel eyes, like me?

*perhaps, apply the tips provided  :), and use any color we wish  🙂

Makeup does make you feel good, doesn’t it?




So important to wash our face each morning and night, being sure to splash our face at least ten times with water.

*see my regimen under “Skincare” on the Menu, if curious 😉

Health and Wellness, Skincare, Uncategorized

Health and Wellness Tip: Let’s Take Real Good Care of Our Skin. Here’s how! :)

Some little pointers…

  • use cleansers that don’t contain sulfates…they can be drying; instead, use a cleanser that contains salicylic acid or glycolic acid – they keep skin smooth by ‘eliminating dry, flaky skin cells and speeding up your skin’s natural shedding process.’
  • use a retinol cream at night to even tone and boost glow, three days a week
  • use hyaluronic acid to hydrate your skin – it ‘acts like a sponge, soaking up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture and binding it to the skin.’
  • if your goal is smoother skin, opt for a serum that has retinol and vitamin C – the two combined can increase collagen production and protect against free-radical damage.
  • use a sheet mask that has peptides – will make your skin feel instantly firmer.
  • be sure that your daytime moisturizer has an SPF of 30 or more.

That’s it for the skincare tips, for today.  Here are some other helpful tips…

Ladies!  If you have painful PMS, try…

  • flaxseed – pour in 2 tablespoons into your cereal or smoothie
  • salmon – one serving, three times a week can help with breast tenderness
  • eggs – they are a great source of vitamin D, B6, and E; eat a few every day

And, then there’s the belly bloat

some fixes are

  • parsley – great for preventing water retention
  • papaya – eat 1 cup
  • whole grains – add 5 grams/week until you reach the goal of 25 grams/week

Oh, and, then there’re the ‘killer headaches’


  • pickle juice – drink 1/4 cup before bed to prevent a hangover (a Polish folk remedy).
  • watermelon
  • dark leafy greens, Swiss chard and spinach, in particular, because they are rich in magnesium, which reduces migraine frequency.

Are we feeling ultra tired, most of the time?

Let’s give these a try.

  • quinoa – 1 cup provides 15% of the daily recommended 18 milligrams.
  • coconut oil – throw in a dollup to your coffee to slow the absorption of the caffeine to allow for a longer caffeine “buzz”.
  • cherry juice – a shot of melatonin will help with rest

Sweet dreams.




Must go to bed.  Our Bread returning tomorrow.  xoxo


Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness Tip: Maybe We Should Fast

Ever heard of the expression less is more?  Well, when it comes to food, it just may be the case…that less is more!  After reading an article in the April 2017 edition in Taste For Life magazine, I now feel compelled to give fasting a try.  Here’s what I got from it…

Taking the time to fast has shown to decrease inflammation and to prevent the occurrence or recurrence of some diseases, including some dreadful “C’s”.  One study, where over 2,400 women were followed in August 2016 and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), showed that women who fasted an average of 13 hours overnight, decreased the chance of breast C from recurring.  Researchers concluded that it was most likely due to more regulated glucose levels and sleep.

Apparently, Indian women have used fasting therapeutically for thousands of years, ‘echoing the disease-prevention benefits of intermittent fasting.’  Fasting showed to ‘starve tumors of the blood supply that they needed for growth’.  Interesting.

Fasting can have several other health benefits for the body:

  • improves reproductive features – menstrual cycle, ovulation and fertility
  • improves metabolism
  • pain and stiffness relief from rheumatoid arthritis
  • lowers high blood pressure and cholesterol levels – arteries become less inflamed

When we fast, our cells become mildly stressed, which forces our bodies to deal with the stress and ward off certain diseases.

Dr. Toledo, MD, medical director of the Buchinger Wilhelmi clinic in Germany and Valter Longo, PhD, of the University of Southern Californa both agree that when we fast for three days, our body can “reset” the immune system and ‘trigger the production of new white blood cells, helping to ward off disease’.  Some studies have even showed that fasting can help to ‘mitigate the toxicity of chemotherapies used to kill C’s.

So, what are the ways we can fast?  Here are three techniques:

  • Every-other-day-fasting – limit ourselves to only 500 calories (600 for men); we have to be sure to eat nutrient-rich foods, such as lean proteins and fresh produce
  • Half-day fasting – 12 hours on and 12 hours off; over time we may find that we can increase our fasting to 16 hours; health benefits can come when we limit our eating to eight hours per day.
  • 5:2 fasting – eat normal for five days a week and, then limit our caloric intake to 500 calories the other two days.

*Please note:  Fasting is not recommended for people with diabetes, those whom struggle with eating disorders, women who are pregnant or nursing, the elderly, and children. Always check with your doctor before beginning any fasting regimen.

You think you want to fast?  I think I’ll try it!



Food, Health and Wellness, Organic

Health and Wellness Tip: Perhaps, A Smoothie? a.k.a. MEAL In A Glass?! See tips…

Smoothies are fun for everyone!  Our family likes to call them “fruit swirls”.  Whatever your family’s name is or will be for them, it’s a guarantee your little people will enjoy them and, they won’t even complain that they are eating a bunch of healthy green stuff, too!  (sneeeaky 😉

Here are some tips that we’d like to follow when we whip up these bad boys…to get the most bang for our buck, you know what I’m saying?  😛

TIP #1:  Pour in your liquids first for the smoothest consistency.  Then, do as follows:

  • add in any powders (protein, cacao, superfoods)
  • cover with soft items (berries, avocados, bananas, cucumbers)
  • hard ingredients next (frozen fruit, raw fibrous vegetables)
  • last, add ice

TIP #2: Soak your raw nuts, seeds or oats first.  

  • cover the item in boiling water for 10 minutes, rinse thoroughly, and add to the blender

TIP #3: Choose high-quality, easily-digestible protein powders.

  • organic, raw, sprouted
  • 1 tablespoon or 1 scoop to start; can leave a powdery aftertaste if too much is used

TIP #4: Bump up the nutritional value of your smoothie by putting in add-ins (1 tsp – 1 tbl)

  • chia, flax, or hemp seeds
  • or, 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. of green powders…spirulina or chlorella…or, 1/2 – 1 tsp. of wheatgrass powder; “good” bacteria…1/2 tsp. probiotic powder
  • 1 tsp. to 1 tbl. of healthy fats…olive, hemp, flax, pumpkin seed, macadamia nut, coconut, and avocado

TIP#5: Add in an extract if your smoothie is need of flavor (1 or more of the following):

  • extracts: almond, mint, vanilla
  • fresh citrus zest; fresh herbs: mint, basil, parsley, cilantro
  • ground spices: cloves, nutmeg, ginger, cardamon, cinnamon
  • lemon, orange or lime juice
  • raw cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder

TIP #6: Use frozen vegetables.  

  • flavor is different than fresh (you just may be able to use broccoli or brussel sprouts)
  • adds convenient nutrition
  • reduces flavor sensitivity
  • gives a frosty texture

*Clean blender right away with warm soapy water to avoid stress.  😛

Have fun smoothie making!



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