Monday, November 14, 2011

Are You Ready For Flu Season?

That time of year has come...yes, it's flu season!  What, if anything, are you doing to prevent the flu from striking you or your loved ones?  Take the time to take the quiz at the bottom of my will tell you if you are ready to face H1N1 and other flu viruses coming your way!

Some of the most basic tricks can help you from getting the flu, such as frequent hand washing and avoiding sick people.  These two actions are your biggest help in warding off the flu.  If you do develop symptoms grab some Elderberry tincture (I have plenty available and if you buy it by the end of this month I will give you a 20% discount!) and hot herbal teas.  You may not have much of an appetite if you develop the flu but try to force yourself to eat clear broths with lots of fresh ginger root, onions and raw garlic.  Remember to drink lots of fluids and get plenty of rest.  I make a great big batch of carrot-ginger soup every fall that I store in the freezer in case of colds and flu.  This soup is very healing and easy to heat up when you are ill.  But don't wait until the flu hits because you won't be well enough to cook, so make it now and save it for when you need it!

Kelly's Carrot and Ginger Soup:

Prep Time: 20 minutes                      Servings: 6-8                          category: Appetizer/Main Dish/Soup
Ingredients:  Try to use organic products as much as possible!

2 lbs. carrots, washed and sliced  (DO NOT PEEL THE CARROTS!)
3 tbsp. virgin olive oil
6 garlic cloves, minced or crushed
6 whole garlic cloves
4 cups broth or water
1 large onion
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice  (in a pinch bottled will do but fresh is truly best)
6 thin slices of fresh ginger root
1/2 tsp. dried thyme or 1tsp. fresh thyme
gr. black pepper to taste
whipping cream - OPTIONAL to use 1/4 to 1/2 cup
6 whole cloves

Heat oil in a heavy pan over medium heat.  Add carrots, onion, ginger, whole cloves and whole garlic cloves and saute all until the onion is translucent.  Add 3 1/2 cups broth.  Cover and simmer until carrots are very soft, about 30 minutes.  Remove cloves from the broth and discard.  Puree soup in blender.  Return soup to same pot and mix in lemon juice.  Season to taste with salt and pepper and thin to desired consistency with leftover broth.  If desired, whisk cream in medium bowl until just slightly thickened, about 10 seconds, and drizzle over soup when serving.  I myself do not add the cream and the soup is still delicious.  Add raw crushed garlic to soup just before serving.  I like to add an herbal garnish.  Rosemary is the garnish featured in the picture above.  Any fresh herb will make a great garnish!

Not only is this soup waistline friendly, it is incredibly good for you.  It's a wonderful fall harvest soup for crisp autumn nights.  When you feel a cold or fever coming on, make this soup and triple the ginger in the recipe.  It will be especially helpful if you add 1-2 cloves raw garlic to your soup bowl before you pour in the soup. You only get the real health benefits from raw garlic, so pile it on!  Eat this soup often when ill.  Make a big batch and keep in the freezer for when you need it and don't feel well enough to cook!  Of course, this soup tastes great and is awesome to eat even if you are feeling fine and healthy!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Honey Of A Problem!

Today a shocking report was revealed at Natural News that I find especially disturbing.  I'm thankful that I only buy raw honey from local honey growers because today I learned that about 75% of the honey sold in grocery stores and discount warehouses is not even honey!  It is nothing more than processed corn syrup and other artificial and harmful ingredients.  To think how many consumers are innocently buying honey thinking that they are doing something good for their family.  How many of you housewives have switched to using honey rather than sugar in some of your recipes?  I guarantee you will feel cheated after you have read this article.  This article makes a strong case for buying locally grown raw honey.  It is worth your time to seek a good honey grower out.  Not only will you pay less for a high quality product, you will truly be enhancing your family's health!  Please read this article and share it with your friends, loved ones and all honey lovers you know!  Here it is...

(NaturalNews) Just because those cute little bear-shaped bottles at the grocery store say "honey" on them does not necessarily mean that they actually contain honey. A comprehensive investigation conducted byFood Safety News(FSN) has found that the vast majority of so-called honey products sold at grocery stores, big box stores, drug stores, and restaurants do not contain any pollen, which means they are not real honey.

For the investigation, Vaughn Bryant, one of the nation's leading melissopalynologists, or experts in identifying pollen in honey, and director of the Palynology Research Laboratory at Texas A&M University, evaluated more than 60 products labeled as "honey" that had been purchased by FSN from ten states and the District of Columbia.

Bryant found that 76 percent of "honey" samples purchased from major grocery store chains like Kroger and Safeway, and 77 percent of samples purchased from big box chains like Sam's Club and Wal-Mart, did not contain any pollen. Even worse were "honey" samples taken from drug stores like Walgreens and CVS, and fast food restaurants like McDonald's and KFC, 100 percent of which were found to contain not a trace of pollen.

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Now that you've read this article, are you shocked?  I was shocked at first but after giving it thought I realized this is just one of the many hoaxes and lies fed to hungry consumers each and every day.  We all need to become better label readers but in this day and age we need to go one step further!  Become proactive and take advantage of today's technology!  Take the time and do some research into the products you are buying, the companies that are manufacturing and selling them and question the quality, safety and cost, both financially and to your health, when deciding what to grab off the grocery shelf!

I would love to hear your comments and ideas for healthier shopping and buying habits!  Will you do more research into what you are eating?  Are you a honey lover and just plain mad about being duped?  I want to hear from you!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Save Big Bucks On Food And Medicine!

I don't know about you, but in this economy I am trying to save money in whatever ways I can.  I was unemployed myself for over 2 years and have only been working again for 4 months, part time and on a temporary assignment which is over at the end of this month.  I am already stressed about making our mortgage payment and keeping the utilities on, not to mention paying other bills and eating too!  I am sure many of you are in the same boat or know someone who is.  I found a great video series where we can all learn to keep the cost of food and medicine down for our families through these trying financial times.  I found it at Natural News and encourage you to check out this unique educational series for yourself!  If you are interested in learning how to feed your family for much less this low-cost video series might be just what you are looking for!  This is not just a series about how to garden and harvest your own fruits and vegetables but also how to make medicine for you and loved ones right in your own backyard.  It doesn't take an Herbalist or an expert to make basic home medicine and this series is a great value for such a low price!  I hope you will enjoy the series and share with us what you learn!

Here is the introduction and a video trailer for you to watch from Natural News:

Dear NaturalNews readers,
We've just launched a really educational video series that teaches you how to find zero-cost food and medicine all around you, even if you live in the suburbs or a city.
This is an especially timely video series because of the worsening economy and the need for people to find more food and medicine without spending money on it.
I'm personally studying this course to make sure I've got a backup supply of foods and medicines that I can readily identify and harvest if I need to.
Click here to see the preview trailer or get the video series now.

Please share with me and other readers what you think of the series after you view it!    Will this change your buying and/or food growing habits?  Will you become your own pharmacist and make your own medicine?   I would love to hear your feedback!