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Bye-Bye Bugs

Almost everyone these days is familiar with the bug repelling chemical DEET. This amazingly effective ingredient is in many commercial bug sprays and carries the potential risk of unpleasant side effects for humans. It is no wonder many people are looking for healthier solutions and this has led to the development of many homemade insect repellents that actually work! Today, many feel that it is almost a crime to spray hazardous chemicals on your skin. Here are 2 recipes for you to try so you can enjoy the outdoors this summer without feeling like you have to hide under a bug net.! Vodka Surprise - Spray On Bug Repellent Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of either witch hazel or vodka, or 1...

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BBQ Season - Enjoy these inspiring and healthy grilling recipes

Here are 3 recipes that will help you cook an entire meal outside on the grill.  I hope you enjoy them! Grilled Greek Chicken Kabobs For the marinade and skewers: 1/3 cup olive oil or avocado oil 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves, chopped (or 2 teaspoons dried) 4 garlic cloves, finely minced ½ teaspoon sea salt ½ teaspoon black pepper ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes For the skewers: 1 ½ pounds chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces 1 medium zucchini, sliced ½ inch thick rounds 1 large sweet bell pepper, cut into 1 to 1 ½ inch squares 1 medium red onion, cut into 1 to 1...

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Adrenal Balance Blend - a remedy for seasonal allergies and stress induced headaches

I learn so much from my patients as they are truly the best teachers and recently I learnt that Harmony Tea Co’s Adrenal Balance Blend is really effective in helping to reduce seasonal allergies in those that are suffering from increased stress. Chronic stress lowers your immune system as well as your body’s natural anti-inflammatory mechanisms. This can lead to worsening allergies due to the immune dysfunction. Adrenal Balance Blend helps improve resilience and the ability to cope with stress, thus improving the body’s natural ability to reduce the histamine response and minimizes allergies. Additionally, for those of you that may suffer occasional headaches due to stress, the Adrenal Balance Blend helps reduce the impact of stress and the associated...

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Lavender + Lemon Balm Popsicles

So often it is easy to get caught up in the spring wanting to plant all sorts of great herbs only to have no energy or idea what to do with them when it comes time to harvest.  Here is a fantastic recipe that is incredibly easy to make and delicious to enjoy.  And if you don’t end up planting these herbs, they are very easy to purchase at most health good stores. Ingredients 4 cups water 5-6 whole fresh lavender blossoms 1 small handful fresh lemon balm 2-4 tbsp honey Instructions Bring the water to a boil, then pour over the lavender and lemon balm in a quart sized jar. Steep the tea for 10-15 minutes, then strain out...

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Healing herb gardens

Garden season is here!!!   This year, in addition to my veggies and flowers,  I am going to be planting a medicinal herb garden. There are so many herbs that are gentle, safe, and most importantly, have incredible healing actions.  Here are a few that you may want to consider: Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) The perennial lemon balm plant is a member of the mint family, it is sometimes referred to as common balm or balm mint. Traditionally, lemon balm herbal preparations have been used to treat anxiety and insomnia. Its mild sedative effect is well-known without the side effects of common sedating medications. Add a few leaves to a cup of hot water, steep for 5-7 min and enjoy...

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