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Gelatin: The Wrinkle Smoother

Gelatin: The Wrinkle Smoother
Gelatin: The Wrinkle Smoother

A bit over a year ago, I began eating a packet of unflavored gelatin, daily, hoping it would alleviate pain from a shoulder condition. I’d read that gelatin is a form of collagen and that it’s thought to be salutary for the joints. As it turned out, the condition I had (frozen shoulder) was not benefited by gelatin, but after eating it daily for just a few weeks, I noticed that my laugh lines were less pronounced.

I’d been battling these lines for years. They first appeared in my early 30s. After sleeping on one side of my face or the other, a deep line along the nasolabial fold would appear. Moisturizing and exfoliating these lines would help in the short term, but over the years, they became permanent.

One morning, after I’d been taking the gelatin faithfully for several weeks, I noticed that on one side, the line was barely detectable. On the other side, which I sleep on more frequently, the line was considerably less pronounced. What I was doing differently? It wasn’t a new moisturizer. It wasn’t a change in my skin care routine. The only thing that came to mind was the gelatin.

At this point, the anti-aging benefits of gelatin were unknown to me, but I’d read that gelatin was collagen derived from animals, and that it helped the muscles, joints and tendons. Perhaps it helps the skin too, I thought.

So, I began researching gelatin and its effect on the skin. An enlightening article written by Dr. Frank Shallenberger referenced a study done by researchers at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology wherein they observed the effects of eating gelatin on skin that was repeatedly exposed to ultraviolet light.

They used three separate groups of hairless mice. The first group was not exposed to the ultraviolet light. The second group was exposed to the light repeatedly each day with the intensity increased over time. The third group received the same amount of exposure to the ultraviolet light as the second group. However, the third group was also given a portion of gelatin to eat each day. What they found was that the mice exposed to the light without the gelatin had a 53% average decrease in the collagen content of their skin, compared to the mice that received no ultraviolet light exposure at all. Astonishingly, the mice that were exposed to the light, but also fed gelatin had no collagen decrease at all. They actually had an average collagen increase of 17%.

The reason for this is because gelatin is made up of collagen. When gelatin is ingested it goes into your bloodstream and from there to your connective tissues, including your skin. Once introduced to your tissues, it stimulates additional collagen production, which results in a reduction of lines and wrinkles. I would describe it something like the way plants grow and proliferate. When you plant a grass seed, it not only grows, it creates more grass-it spreads. I suspect the collagen proliferates in a similar way. We introduce it (plant the seed) and that, in turn, inspires additional creation of collagen. However it happens, having experienced it, I can assure you, it works.

Unflavored gelatin is sold in the baked goods section of your grocery store and it comes in boxes of 4 packets or 30 packets. A box of 30 is under $10. You can also purchase it in bulk online via Amazon.

Add it to plain yogurt or to a drink. It doesn’t add any flavor. To add it to yogurt, just pour the contents of the packet into a cup of yogurt and stir. You might notice the tiny granules, but it really doesn’t affect the texture too much. I prefer to add it to my coffee or green tea. When adding it to coffee, prepare the gelatin first, by pouring the contents of the packet into an empty cup. Then add a small amount of cold water– just enough to barely cover the gelatin powder. Mix the water and gelatin until all the dry powder is wet. Then add the hot coffee and stir. You won’t notice the gelatin if you drink the coffee while it’s hot. If you let it cool, however, it will turn to jello!

If you plan to use it with tea made with a teabag, I recommend preparing the gelatin first in a small cup, separate from the one you’ll steep the tea in. This is because the teabag will absorb some of the gelatin. So, mix the gelatin first in a separate cup, steep your tea, discard the teabag and then add the prepared gelatin to the brewed tea. The gelatin will melt in the hot liquid and you won’t notice it. If you add the dry gelatin to the hot liquid, it doesn’t dissolve quite as well.

Gelatin is also easily added to smoothies. Put it in the blender with the other ingredients and mix.

Thus far, I’ve not seen or heard of any negative effects of eating gelatin, except for the remote possibility of contracting mad cow disease, since it is made from animal products, including beef. While this is a possibility, it’s unlikely, and I’ve been unable to find any cases where mad cow disease from gelatin has been reported.

I’ve been taking it daily for over a year with excellent results. The deep lines on the sides of my mouth are gone. I’ve even been asked if I’ve had them filled externally. When a dermatologist fills those lines with injections, they’re often adding collagen or something like it. When you eat or drink the collagen, you’re filling them from within. So it’s a low cost alternative to collagen injections, which can cost hundreds of dollars.

If you try it for yourself, I think you’ll be pleased with the results.

Wishing you great health and beauty!

A bit over a year ago, I began eating a packet of unflavored gelatin, daily, hoping it would alleviate pain from a shoulder condition. I’d read that gelatin is a form of collagen and that it’s thought to be salutary for the joints. As it turned out, the condition I had (frozen shoulder) was not benefited by gelatin, but after eating it daily for just a few weeks, I noticed that my laugh lines were less pronounced.

I’d been battling these lines for years. They first appeared in my early 30s. After sleeping on one side of my face or the other, a deep line along the nasolabial fold would appear. Moisturizing and exfoliating these lines would help in the short term, but over the years, they became permanent.

One morning, after I’d been taking the gelatin faithfully for several weeks, I noticed that on one side, the line was barely detectable. On the other side, which I sleep on more frequently, the line was considerably less pronounced. What I was doing differently? It wasn’t a new moisturizer. It wasn’t a change in my skin care routine. The only thing that came to mind was the gelatin.

At this point, the anti-aging benefits of gelatin were unknown to me, but I’d read that gelatin was collagen derived from animals, and that it helped the muscles, joints and tendons. Perhaps it helps the skin too, I thought.

So, I began researching gelatin and its effect on the skin. An enlightening article written by Dr. Frank Shallenberger referenced a study done by researchers at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology wherein they observed the effects of eating gelatin on skin that was repeatedly exposed to ultraviolet light.

They used three separate groups of hairless mice. The first group was not exposed to the ultraviolet light. The second group was exposed to the light repeatedly each day with the intensity increased over time. The third group received the same amount of exposure to the ultraviolet light as the second group. However, the third group was also given a portion of gelatin to eat each day. What they found was that the mice exposed to the light without the gelatin had a 53% average decrease in the collagen content of their skin, compared to the mice that received no ultraviolet light exposure at all. Astonishingly, the mice that were exposed to the light, but also fed gelatin had no collagen decrease at all. They actually had an average collagen increase of 17%.

The reason for this is because gelatin is made up of collagen. When gelatin is ingested it goes into your bloodstream and from there to your connective tissues, including your skin. Once introduced to your tissues, it stimulates additional collagen production, which results in a reduction of lines and wrinkles. I would describe it something like the way plants grow and proliferate. When you plant a grass seed, it not only grows, it creates more grass-it spreads. I suspect the collagen proliferates in a similar way. We introduce it (plant the seed) and that, in turn, inspires additional creation of collagen. However it happens, having experienced it, I can assure you, it works.

Unflavored gelatin is sold in the baked goods section of your grocery store and it comes in boxes of 4 packets or 30 packets. A box of 30 is under $10. You can also purchase it in bulk online via Amazon.

Add it to plain yogurt or to a drink. It doesn’t add any flavor. To add it to yogurt, just pour the contents of the packet into a cup of yogurt and stir. You might notice the tiny granules, but it really doesn’t affect the texture too much. I prefer to add it to my coffee or green tea. When adding it to coffee, prepare the gelatin first, by pouring the contents of the packet into an empty cup. Then add a small amount of cold water– just enough to barely cover the gelatin powder. Mix the water and gelatin until all the dry powder is wet. Then add the hot coffee and stir. You won’t notice the gelatin if you drink the coffee while it’s hot. If you let it cool, however, it will turn to jello!

If you plan to use it with tea made with a teabag, I recommend preparing the gelatin first in a small cup, separate from the one you’ll steep the tea in. This is because the teabag will absorb some of the gelatin. So, mix the gelatin first in a separate cup, steep your tea, discard the teabag and then add the prepared gelatin to the brewed tea. The gelatin will melt in the hot liquid and you won’t notice it. If you add the dry gelatin to the hot liquid, it doesn’t dissolve quite as well.

Gelatin is also easily added to smoothies. Put it in the blender with the other ingredients and mix.

Thus far, I’ve not seen or heard of any negative effects of eating gelatin, except for the remote possibility of contracting mad cow disease, since it is made from animal products, including beef. While this is a possibility, it’s unlikely, and I’ve been unable to find any cases where mad cow disease from gelatin has been reported.

I’ve been taking it daily for over a year with excellent results. The deep lines on the sides of my mouth are gone. I’ve even been asked if I’ve had them filled externally. When a dermatologist fills those lines with injections, they’re often adding collagen or something like it. When you eat or drink the collagen, you’re filling them from within. So it’s a low cost alternative to collagen injections, which can cost hundreds of dollars.

If you try it for yourself, I think you’ll be pleased with the results.

Wishing you great health and beauty!

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10 Delusions of Personal Growth

10 Delusions of Personal Growth
10 Delusions of Personal Growth

1. That you can get somewhere positive by defeating something negative.

When we act to improve our lives by defeating some aspect of ourselves (for example, “an old, unwanted behavior pattern,” or a recurring issue of “self-sabotage”) who is it, exactly, who wins?

One of the most enduring and unfortunate delusions to come out of the personal growth movement (especially the “monster power growth” version of it) is the idea that we all contain a “strong self” that can be trained to compel the subjugation of our “weak self.” It is completely understandable that almost all of us develop this impression. Human beings have been trying to make meaning out of their internal conflicts, their affinity with the light or dark sides of things, with their distresses related to virtue and guilt, for tens of thousands of years-long before the invention of the personal growth weekend seminar, as far as we know.

The easiest way to allow personal change and growth is to include-not to exclude or defeat-whatever it is that is not working in our lives. We can recognize that unwanted patterns of behavior are simply old solutions that have unwittingly outlasted their usefulness. Actually, when we go beyond this-when we seek to actively respect whatever it is that seems to be causing us the most pain and frustration-the experience of including and changing even long-standing patterns becomes safe, fun, and rewarding. Our old patterns are much more available for easy, comfortable change when we do not fight against them. In fact, when they are respected properly, we find that old, unwanted behaviors usually seek to change themselves. It’s as if they want to catch up with the rest of us, and that makes for a wonderful, and defeat-free, reunion.

2. That people who take the “path of least resistance” in life are weak.

Everything in the Universe is coordinated to move and change along paths of least resistance. Everything-electrons, inter-galactic clouds of hydrogen gas, white mice, and melting ice. There are no exceptions. So, it is curious and weird that, for humans, the words “taking the path of least resistance” are usually tossed out as in insult. Now, we are all getting gradually better about this. One is rarely congratulated about the pointlessness and intensity of one’s struggle any more. Still, who do we think we are, anyway?

3. That fighting ourselves shows strength and builds character.

Some of the saddest words are, “At least I respect myself enough to despise myself.” Proper self-regard is always the most courteous way to be in life and the universe. It invites the best for and from others. Too little self-respect provokes other humans to want to withdraw their care and support. They can’t help but feel this at some level. It is an ancient instinct in our hunter-gatherer DNA, a not-quite-knowing designed to protect the well-being of the whole troupe. The instinct can be overridden, and it often is, but to do this requires some energy and work. Proper self-respect is never costly or inconvenient for anyone. And, it is hardly ever fatal.

4. That denying and disrespecting our parents is a good idea.

Almost all of western psychotherapy seeks, in one way or another, to separate clients from their parents. This movement is in exactly the wrong direction. If we want to know what would come out of the mix if we put our parents into a giant blender and then hit the frappè button, the answer is-we would exist. We are exactly, precisely that combination.

Our broadband connection to the flow of life-the cable sockets themselves, so to speak-happens to be them. Not personally, necessarily, but certainly energetically, the sockets are where they are. We can deny this, but then we have to live on dial-up. When we deny parents, we deny ourselves and cut ourselves off from the sources of strength in life. This never has a good effect. If our parents are dangerous, crazy, or lethally boring, it is probably a good idea to stay away from them physically, but this is not the same as disrespecting them.

5. That you as an intelligent adult would never, ever mess your life up in order to prevent something really bad from happening to someone else 100 years ago (just to cite a round number).

As it turns out, this seems to be exactly what all of us humans value doing more than anything else. We are-all of us-driven to make sure that we experience some version of the tragedies and unresolved losses of the family members who came before us. As long as we experience their pain, or something closely like it, we have hope to provide our families with a better past, which, it follows very [il]logically, will allow us to experience a better present and future for ourselves. This is complicated business, and highly seductive. When our pain now signals us that we are on track toward past and future happiness, we go into a deep, deep trance of secure and loving family salvation. As crazy as this sounds, this is what we do, and are pretty much screwed until we start to catch on. Messing up our own life is never a good way to show respect for anyone.

6. That the past is a failed version of a better future.

The future is not a perfected or improved past. Our experiences as human beings, whatever this involves in the moment, always represent the very best life solutions that our systems have been able to achieve. We all deal with utterly mysterious and painful inherited patterns, which we then combine with the bafflingly elusive meanings and beliefs we invent for ourselves. However huge the resulting mess might seem to be, it is truly the most creative, positive, and loving solution we could find for ourselves (and for everyone else who was involved) at the time that the unwanted patterning became hyper-stabilized and hard to change. Truly, we are all doing the best we can with what we have, and with what we had.

7. That now is the only time there is.

Being present in the present is wonderful and useful. It’s an indispensable art, an essential part of changing our relationship with ourselves and with life itself. However, for humans who live in time/space, the future and past are real too. Properly created, a good future activates our choosing of it, so that it comes into manifestation against a supportive backdrop called the past. There is no substitute for having a good relationship with our future and our past. After all now, we are now our future’s past, are we not?

8. That your brain is supposed to care about how you feel.

Our brain’s main function is to filter out everything that doesn’t fit its own ideas about what fits with its ideas. Consequently, it is always very busy not noticing things. However, the good result of this is that it provides us with a stable, more-or-less predictable world in which to live.

To make the experience of being human even more fun, the older, most reliable parts of our brains-our creature brains, which don’t even know that they are parts of human beings-have only one important success indicator, one way to tell if they are doing a good job. This part of the brain doesn’t think, analyze, create, synthesize or talk. It is simply there to establish and maintain associations between this and that. It doesn’t care what this and that are, as long as the associations are intact. Thus, it does not care about the content of our human experience; it only cares that that content (the associations between this and that) do not change. Consequently, its most important success indicator is the answer to the question, “Are we dead yet?” If the answer is no, it knows to keep on with whatever it has been doing. If this happens to involve our being miserable in life, at the human level, that is not its problem, nor even its concern.

Our brain is not supposed to care how we feel. We are supposed to care how we feel.

9. That positive change will inevitably lead to more positive change.

Most really wonderful, positive change can eventually lead to feeling bad again. There are some beautiful ways of working with this unfortunate aspect
of being human, so that it is not actually always true good change leads to feeling bad. However, for most of us, learning to allow wonderful change to stay positive takes a little practice. This is what we call “the ecology of personal growth.” It is quite an art form, and an extremely valuable thing to learn.

10. That our private thoughts and feelings do not affect the experience of other people.

Everything we think and feel affects all the space, all the time. We really do have this kind of huge effect. Having power like this is never a bad thing. Learning to recognize and use this power is a many lifetimes’ respectfully creative journey. Overall, this is pretty good news.

© 2008 Carl Buchheit and NLP Marin

1. That you can get somewhere positive by defeating something negative.

When we act to improve our lives by defeating some aspect of ourselves (for example, “an old, unwanted behavior pattern,” or a recurring issue of “self-sabotage”) who is it, exactly, who wins?

One of the most enduring and unfortunate delusions to come out of the personal growth movement (especially the “monster power growth” version of it) is the idea that we all contain a “strong self” that can be trained to compel the subjugation of our “weak self.” It is completely understandable that almost all of us develop this impression. Human beings have been trying to make meaning out of their internal conflicts, their affinity with the light or dark sides of things, with their distresses related to virtue and guilt, for tens of thousands of years-long before the invention of the personal growth weekend seminar, as far as we know.

The easiest way to allow personal change and growth is to include-not to exclude or defeat-whatever it is that is not working in our lives. We can recognize that unwanted patterns of behavior are simply old solutions that have unwittingly outlasted their usefulness. Actually, when we go beyond this-when we seek to actively respect whatever it is that seems to be causing us the most pain and frustration-the experience of including and changing even long-standing patterns becomes safe, fun, and rewarding. Our old patterns are much more available for easy, comfortable change when we do not fight against them. In fact, when they are respected properly, we find that old, unwanted behaviors usually seek to change themselves. It’s as if they want to catch up with the rest of us, and that makes for a wonderful, and defeat-free, reunion.

2. That people who take the “path of least resistance” in life are weak.

Everything in the Universe is coordinated to move and change along paths of least resistance. Everything-electrons, inter-galactic clouds of hydrogen gas, white mice, and melting ice. There are no exceptions. So, it is curious and weird that, for humans, the words “taking the path of least resistance” are usually tossed out as in insult. Now, we are all getting gradually better about this. One is rarely congratulated about the pointlessness and intensity of one’s struggle any more. Still, who do we think we are, anyway?

3. That fighting ourselves shows strength and builds character.

Some of the saddest words are, “At least I respect myself enough to despise myself.” Proper self-regard is always the most courteous way to be in life and the universe. It invites the best for and from others. Too little self-respect provokes other humans to want to withdraw their care and support. They can’t help but feel this at some level. It is an ancient instinct in our hunter-gatherer DNA, a not-quite-knowing designed to protect the well-being of the whole troupe. The instinct can be overridden, and it often is, but to do this requires some energy and work. Proper self-respect is never costly or inconvenient for anyone. And, it is hardly ever fatal.

4. That denying and disrespecting our parents is a good idea.

Almost all of western psychotherapy seeks, in one way or another, to separate clients from their parents. This movement is in exactly the wrong direction. If we want to know what would come out of the mix if we put our parents into a giant blender and then hit the frappè button, the answer is-we would exist. We are exactly, precisely that combination.

Our broadband connection to the flow of life-the cable sockets themselves, so to speak-happens to be them. Not personally, necessarily, but certainly energetically, the sockets are where they are. We can deny this, but then we have to live on dial-up. When we deny parents, we deny ourselves and cut ourselves off from the sources of strength in life. This never has a good effect. If our parents are dangerous, crazy, or lethally boring, it is probably a good idea to stay away from them physically, but this is not the same as disrespecting them.

5. That you as an intelligent adult would never, ever mess your life up in order to prevent something really bad from happening to someone else 100 years ago (just to cite a round number).

As it turns out, this seems to be exactly what all of us humans value doing more than anything else. We are-all of us-driven to make sure that we experience some version of the tragedies and unresolved losses of the family members who came before us. As long as we experience their pain, or something closely like it, we have hope to provide our families with a better past, which, it follows very [il]logically, will allow us to experience a better present and future for ourselves. This is complicated business, and highly seductive. When our pain now signals us that we are on track toward past and future happiness, we go into a deep, deep trance of secure and loving family salvation. As crazy as this sounds, this is what we do, and are pretty much screwed until we start to catch on. Messing up our own life is never a good way to show respect for anyone.

6. That the past is a failed version of a better future.

The future is not a perfected or improved past. Our experiences as human beings, whatever this involves in the moment, always represent the very best life solutions that our systems have been able to achieve. We all deal with utterly mysterious and painful inherited patterns, which we then combine with the bafflingly elusive meanings and beliefs we invent for ourselves. However huge the resulting mess might seem to be, it is truly the most creative, positive, and loving solution we could find for ourselves (and for everyone else who was involved) at the time that the unwanted patterning became hyper-stabilized and hard to change. Truly, we are all doing the best we can with what we have, and with what we had.

7. That now is the only time there is.

Being present in the present is wonderful and useful. It’s an indispensable art, an essential part of changing our relationship with ourselves and with life itself. However, for humans who live in time/space, the future and past are real too. Properly created, a good future activates our choosing of it, so that it comes into manifestation against a supportive backdrop called the past. There is no substitute for having a good relationship with our future and our past. After all now, we are now our future’s past, are we not?

8. That your brain is supposed to care about how you feel.

Our brain’s main function is to filter out everything that doesn’t fit its own ideas about what fits with its ideas. Consequently, it is always very busy not noticing things. However, the good result of this is that it provides us with a stable, more-or-less predictable world in which to live.

To make the experience of being human even more fun, the older, most reliable parts of our brains-our creature brains, which don’t even know that they are parts of human beings-have only one important success indicator, one way to tell if they are doing a good job. This part of the brain doesn’t think, analyze, create, synthesize or talk. It is simply there to establish and maintain associations between this and that. It doesn’t care what this and that are, as long as the associations are intact. Thus, it does not care about the content of our human experience; it only cares that that content (the associations between this and that) do not change. Consequently, its most important success indicator is the answer to the question, “Are we dead yet?” If the answer is no, it knows to keep on with whatever it has been doing. If this happens to involve our being miserable in life, at the human level, that is not its problem, nor even its concern.

Our brain is not supposed to care how we feel. We are supposed to care how we feel.

9. That positive change will inevitably lead to more positive change.

Most really wonderful, positive change can eventually lead to feeling bad again. There are some beautiful ways of working with this unfortunate aspect
of being human, so that it is not actually always true good change leads to feeling bad. However, for most of us, learning to allow wonderful change to stay positive takes a little practice. This is what we call “the ecology of personal growth.” It is quite an art form, and an extremely valuable thing to learn.

10. That our private thoughts and feelings do not affect the experience of other people.

Everything we think and feel affects all the space, all the time. We really do have this kind of huge effect. Having power like this is never a bad thing. Learning to recognize and use this power is a many lifetimes’ respectfully creative journey. Overall, this is pretty good news.

© 2008 Carl Buchheit and NLP Marin

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8 Great Tips To Avoid Eating Troubles When You Travel

8 Great Tips To Avoid Eating Troubles When You Travel
8 Great Tips To Avoid Eating Troubles When You Travel

One of the best parts of traveling is getting to taste and savor all kinds of new and delicious foods, whether you’re driving across the state or flying across the world. And, without a doubt, it’s fun to let go a little and eat things you wouldn’t normally eat during a week at home, that’s part of the freedom and excitement of being on vacation!

But we all know the feeling when we’ve had way too much for too many days in a row: the total lack of energy, the bloating, dehydration, headaches, or hangovers, the pronounced jet lag, the increased susceptibility to getting sick. All of these things can really get in the way of maximizing your travel enjoyment. And if you’re someone with food restrictions, you know the added frustration of trying to find good food that will be good to you, too!

The great news is that it’s easier than ever to make the kinds of food choices that will keep you healthy and energized while you’re away from your usual routine. Here are some simple ways to eat great while you’re taking in the best moments of your trip:

  1. Plan ahead. Often when we’re traveling, we’re out of routine and aren’t eating at regular intervals. Sometimes we can go several hours without eating anything.

    Contrary to the popular myth that you should hold off eating to “save room” for a big meal, going for long stretches without eating actually slows metabolism and causes your body to become sluggish and tired and hang on to calories. Our bodies experience these periods as “mini-starvations” and send our brains into panic mode. To keep blood sugar stable and avoid energy lapses (which can then lead to overcompensating with high-sugar or fried foods), aim for eating a little bit every couple of hours while in transit and while you’re out and about, in the form of foods that are nutrient-dense and high in lean protein. Pack snacks for easy access: nuts, seeds, hard-boiled eggs, firm fruits (like apples), veggies and hummus, or natural fruit-and-nut bars.

    If you know where you’re staying, scout out restaurants in the area of your hotel. Check with your hotel or resort to peruse menus and see what’s available. Once you arrive, you can use an app like AroundMe to locate healthier restaurants in your area. And check out these smart phone apps that can help you find gluten- and other allergen-free options while you travel.

  2. Don’t forget the grocery store! A supermarket, and especially a local co-op, can be your best ally while traveling. You’ll have easy, cheap access to fresh produce and bulk healthy snacks. You’ll find a wider variety of great foods that are free of gluten, dairy, and other common allergens at a reasonable cost. Plus, many co-ops also have a deli where you can get delicious sandwiches, salads, or wraps to take with you during the day.
  3. Your mother was right: get your greens and take your vitamins. While you’re traveling, your immune system is exposed to tons of new pathogens-especially on airplanes and other mass transit. You want to make sure your body has what it needs to stay healthy and fight germs and process toxins. Don’t forget to pack your multi-vitamin and your other supplements! If you can’t get ready access to fresh greens, consider getting some powdered greens that you can bring with you and easily mix into a glass of water or a morning smoothie.
  4. Speaking of morning smoothies… if you’re really dedicated to getting your daily intake of fruits and veggies, you might even consider bringing along a travel blender. This might seem extreme to some, but consider this: most of them are under $20, fit easily into a suitcase or the back of the car, and can be just the thing to quickly make a power breakfast of fruits, nuts, and vegetables that will keep you going all morning.
  5. Drink way more water than you normally do. Planes and hotel rooms are notoriously dry. Walking around all day expends energy and dehydrates. Often people drink alcohol or sodas with meals, which also are dehydrating. Drinking more than your usual 8 glasses of water a day will keep you energized, hydrate your cells, keep your skin glowing, and will help flush out toxins.
  6. Drink less alcohol than everyone around you is drinking. This can be challenging especially on business trips, where drinking is a familiar pastime. But in addition to worsening dehydration and jet lag, tossing back more than two drinks leads to more unhealthy eating. (A study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that men take in an extra 433 calories on average from alcohol and food when they consume more than two drinks!)
  7. Try to get your eight hours’ beauty rest. Easier said than done, I know! But getting decent rest helps steady your metabolism, resets your adrenal system, and boosts your immunity. Being sufficiently rested will make every other choice you face on your vacation so much easier.
  8. Try the “one and done” rule. Let yourself have treats and enjoy them-just keep it to once a day. Get that gorgeous piece of chocolate cake. Have an extra helping of steak fries. Order the thing that’s happily doused with butter, and love every single bite. And then, be done with the less-than-healthy food for that day. There’s always more.

However you decide to plan your meals on your trip, we’d love to help you get there! As your travel agency, we can offer you insider tips on transportation, accommodations, and entertainment and so much more.

One of the best parts of traveling is getting to taste and savor all kinds of new and delicious foods, whether you’re driving across the state or flying across the world. And, without a doubt, it’s fun to let go a little and eat things you wouldn’t normally eat during a week at home, that’s part of the freedom and excitement of being on vacation!

But we all know the feeling when we’ve had way too much for too many days in a row: the total lack of energy, the bloating, dehydration, headaches, or hangovers, the pronounced jet lag, the increased susceptibility to getting sick. All of these things can really get in the way of maximizing your travel enjoyment. And if you’re someone with food restrictions, you know the added frustration of trying to find good food that will be good to you, too!

The great news is that it’s easier than ever to make the kinds of food choices that will keep you healthy and energized while you’re away from your usual routine. Here are some simple ways to eat great while you’re taking in the best moments of your trip:

  1. Plan ahead. Often when we’re traveling, we’re out of routine and aren’t eating at regular intervals. Sometimes we can go several hours without eating anything.

    Contrary to the popular myth that you should hold off eating to “save room” for a big meal, going for long stretches without eating actually slows metabolism and causes your body to become sluggish and tired and hang on to calories. Our bodies experience these periods as “mini-starvations” and send our brains into panic mode. To keep blood sugar stable and avoid energy lapses (which can then lead to overcompensating with high-sugar or fried foods), aim for eating a little bit every couple of hours while in transit and while you’re out and about, in the form of foods that are nutrient-dense and high in lean protein. Pack snacks for easy access: nuts, seeds, hard-boiled eggs, firm fruits (like apples), veggies and hummus, or natural fruit-and-nut bars.

    If you know where you’re staying, scout out restaurants in the area of your hotel. Check with your hotel or resort to peruse menus and see what’s available. Once you arrive, you can use an app like AroundMe to locate healthier restaurants in your area. And check out these smart phone apps that can help you find gluten- and other allergen-free options while you travel.

  2. Don’t forget the grocery store! A supermarket, and especially a local co-op, can be your best ally while traveling. You’ll have easy, cheap access to fresh produce and bulk healthy snacks. You’ll find a wider variety of great foods that are free of gluten, dairy, and other common allergens at a reasonable cost. Plus, many co-ops also have a deli where you can get delicious sandwiches, salads, or wraps to take with you during the day.
  3. Your mother was right: get your greens and take your vitamins. While you’re traveling, your immune system is exposed to tons of new pathogens-especially on airplanes and other mass transit. You want to make sure your body has what it needs to stay healthy and fight germs and process toxins. Don’t forget to pack your multi-vitamin and your other supplements! If you can’t get ready access to fresh greens, consider getting some powdered greens that you can bring with you and easily mix into a glass of water or a morning smoothie.
  4. Speaking of morning smoothies… if you’re really dedicated to getting your daily intake of fruits and veggies, you might even consider bringing along a travel blender. This might seem extreme to some, but consider this: most of them are under $20, fit easily into a suitcase or the back of the car, and can be just the thing to quickly make a power breakfast of fruits, nuts, and vegetables that will keep you going all morning.
  5. Drink way more water than you normally do. Planes and hotel rooms are notoriously dry. Walking around all day expends energy and dehydrates. Often people drink alcohol or sodas with meals, which also are dehydrating. Drinking more than your usual 8 glasses of water a day will keep you energized, hydrate your cells, keep your skin glowing, and will help flush out toxins.
  6. Drink less alcohol than everyone around you is drinking. This can be challenging especially on business trips, where drinking is a familiar pastime. But in addition to worsening dehydration and jet lag, tossing back more than two drinks leads to more unhealthy eating. (A study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that men take in an extra 433 calories on average from alcohol and food when they consume more than two drinks!)
  7. Try to get your eight hours’ beauty rest. Easier said than done, I know! But getting decent rest helps steady your metabolism, resets your adrenal system, and boosts your immunity. Being sufficiently rested will make every other choice you face on your vacation so much easier.
  8. Try the “one and done” rule. Let yourself have treats and enjoy them-just keep it to once a day. Get that gorgeous piece of chocolate cake. Have an extra helping of steak fries. Order the thing that’s happily doused with butter, and love every single bite. And then, be done with the less-than-healthy food for that day. There’s always more.

However you decide to plan your meals on your trip, we’d love to help you get there! As your travel agency, we can offer you insider tips on transportation, accommodations, and entertainment and so much more.

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Root Cause of Facial Wrinkles? Homemade Eye Wrinkle Cream Using Lanolin & More Skin Tips

Root Cause of Facial Wrinkles? Homemade Eye Wrinkle Cream Using Lanolin & More Skin Tips
Root Cause of Facial Wrinkles? Homemade Eye Wrinkle Cream Using Lanolin & More Skin Tips

Why have I got wrinkles and I am only 28 years old? I thought wrinkles only creased the face of old fogies. Well apparently not. Wrinkles we connect with ageing but if the skin begins wrinkling before what is considered the normal time then this can be caused by several things. One primary reason for early wrinkles is down to neglect.

Facts show that women upset more over wrinkles around the eyes than any other part of the body. These same women who moan about their dilemma are the reason for why their eyes have fine lines and wrinkles. Not all but the vast majority of ladies with eye wrinkles do not follow the set rules given to keep wrinkles from forming around the eyes. As of yet there is no permanent removal system in order to remove facial creases but you can certainly practice methods to help prevent premature ones happening.

Wrinkles happen due to a loss in the elasticity of the collagen layer. Collagen is a connective tissue layer that supports the outer layer of the skin (the epidermis.) As we grow old we tend to lose some collagen elasticity which supports the overlying skin which results in facial wrinkling.

What can I do to avoid getting wrinkles around my eyes? Depending on age you have to remember that wrinkles are natural and cannot be rid completely but they can be smoothed out or covered over. Let us look at the causes of them whether they are on the face, around the eyes, on the arms or legs, the neck or even your bottom. Finding out the root cause of your wrinkles will prove to be most beneficial for treatment to be successful.

Our environment is full of harmful agents that negatively affect our skin and our overall health in general. Cigarette smoking clearly reduces the micro-circulation to the skin and increases the amount of facial wrinkles. The mouth is mostly affected in the smoker. Over exposure of the skin to the sun or continual use of sun beds also decrease the elasticity of the skin, dehydrates the skin, and encourages wrinkles. Harmful UVA and UVB solar rays drain the skin of moisture and thin the dermal layer of the skin. There are particular things in this life that is bad for our skin and sadly that we have no jurisdiction over. But there are also bad things we do have control over of which we need to avoid.

If you avoid tobacco, sun, and tanning beds then you have taken a step in the right direction in preventing premature wrinkles. If you travel abroad to hot countries then protect your skin. Use a sunscreen with SPF greater than or equal to 15 (sun protection factor.)This helps minimize the sun exposure to toxic solar radiation and lessens the odds of getting a skin disease. Skin cries out for moisturizer when it’s dry, just like you do for water when you’re thirsty. Moisturize the skin daily to keep it hydrated.

Be wary of particular skin treatments. It is imperative that you ask for expert advice on solutions or treatments you are not familiar with. Topical creams can thin the epidermis (outer cell layer of skin) and thicken the dermis (inner cell layer of skin). These agents remove or exfoliate the dead superficial skin layer producing a healthier revitalized skin texture. Treatment like Retin-A or Renova, as well as topical alpha-hydroxy acids better the quality of the skin and reduce fine lines and fine wrinkles.

When treatment begins you need to know what type you have. Are they wrinkles or folds. Deep folds such as the grooves next to the corner of the mouth are increased by sagging of facial tissue. Muscle wrinkles located on the forehead or in the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet) can and do increase by facial expression. Knowing the type of wrinkles you suffer from and maybe their cause will help you in achieving the results you want by using the appropriate wrinkle creams and lotions.

What are the best effective eye treatments? This is difficult to answer because of the choices you have to choose from. Although you have eye treatments that do as suggested, you will also have them that do not. It is best you initiate a test first so that you do not go wasting your money on ineffective products, and also to avoid damaging your skin. Be careful with wrinkle treatments on the market because some beauty suppliers are only too quick to take your money and don’t care whether their product does the job or not. So that you never find yourself in this situation of being ripped off why not consider making your own homemade wrinkle facial treatments.

Homemade eye wrinkle treatments

Wrinkle treatment 1 using avocados

Make a pulpy mix with 3 thin avocado pieces.

Add 5 drops of almond essential oil and mix into a paste.

Apply the mixture on the skin around your eyes and leave it for 5 minutes.

Rinse well with warm water to remove

Winkle treatment 2 using your own applesauce mixture

Dice a peeled potato and put in a food blender along with 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce and blend till all lumps have gone

Smooth the mix to the skin around your eyes.

Cover the eyes with a warm damp face flannel and leave it for 10 minutes then rinse off with warm water.

Recipe for lanolin eye cream

Add 2 tablespoons water and 1 tablespoon lanolin into a pot and lightly heat.

Stir in 1 1/2 tablespoons sweet almond oil.

Remove pot from the heat and stir in 1 tablespoon powdered lecithin. Add more water if the mixture is too thick. Smooth the cream into the skin around the eyes as needed to reduce wrinkles and lighten dark circles.

To prevent premature wrinkles practice a thorough cleansing routine. If you adopt a more positive attitude towards your skin when cleaning it then you can expect a smoother and fresh looking complexion. You have to learn to accept wrinkles as a part of your life; it will make treating them easier. Cosmetic surgery is very popular among women wanting to rid wrinkles, however so are the side effects too and not to mention the cost.

Cleaning the skin back into shape

Exfoliate 2 times a week, to remove dead skin, use an anti-ageing serum and moisturizer with SPF 15 to protect your skin from the ageing effects of the sun. Use anti-ageing products from the age of 30. No younger there is no need. Skin products containing sunscreen, peptides and anti-oxidants are effective for keeping wrinkles to a minimum. Face massage is ideal for facial skin, it betters cell regeneration and circulation.

Eat a healthy balanced diet which includes oily fish. Keep your skin healthy and eat spinach and blueberries. Both increase levels of anti-oxidants. Foods containing anti-oxidants helps protect the skin from pollution. Protect the skin in frosty weather. Icy winds can have a severe and damaging affect on the skin.

1. Chilled cucumber and potato juice will give you a clearer complexion. Using cotton wool pads dip it in the solution and place over the eyelids for about 15 minutes and then rinse off.

2. Treat dark circles around the eyes with Coconut oil or cold milk.

3. Take eye puffiness or swelling down by using a potato; grate and wrap in a cloth and place over the eyes for about 15 minutes.

4. Cucumber juice mixed with a small amount of rose water will leave eye skin feeling fresh.

Get a second opinion on the product you have to remove your eye wrinkles it will have you avoid becoming one of those suckers out of pocket who still wears wrinkles.

Why have I got wrinkles and I am only 28 years old? I thought wrinkles only creased the face of old fogies. Well apparently not. Wrinkles we connect with ageing but if the skin begins wrinkling before what is considered the normal time then this can be caused by several things. One primary reason for early wrinkles is down to neglect.

Facts show that women upset more over wrinkles around the eyes than any other part of the body. These same women who moan about their dilemma are the reason for why their eyes have fine lines and wrinkles. Not all but the vast majority of ladies with eye wrinkles do not follow the set rules given to keep wrinkles from forming around the eyes. As of yet there is no permanent removal system in order to remove facial creases but you can certainly practice methods to help prevent premature ones happening.

Wrinkles happen due to a loss in the elasticity of the collagen layer. Collagen is a connective tissue layer that supports the outer layer of the skin (the epidermis.) As we grow old we tend to lose some collagen elasticity which supports the overlying skin which results in facial wrinkling.

What can I do to avoid getting wrinkles around my eyes? Depending on age you have to remember that wrinkles are natural and cannot be rid completely but they can be smoothed out or covered over. Let us look at the causes of them whether they are on the face, around the eyes, on the arms or legs, the neck or even your bottom. Finding out the root cause of your wrinkles will prove to be most beneficial for treatment to be successful.

Our environment is full of harmful agents that negatively affect our skin and our overall health in general. Cigarette smoking clearly reduces the micro-circulation to the skin and increases the amount of facial wrinkles. The mouth is mostly affected in the smoker. Over exposure of the skin to the sun or continual use of sun beds also decrease the elasticity of the skin, dehydrates the skin, and encourages wrinkles. Harmful UVA and UVB solar rays drain the skin of moisture and thin the dermal layer of the skin. There are particular things in this life that is bad for our skin and sadly that we have no jurisdiction over. But there are also bad things we do have control over of which we need to avoid.

If you avoid tobacco, sun, and tanning beds then you have taken a step in the right direction in preventing premature wrinkles. If you travel abroad to hot countries then protect your skin. Use a sunscreen with SPF greater than or equal to 15 (sun protection factor.)This helps minimize the sun exposure to toxic solar radiation and lessens the odds of getting a skin disease. Skin cries out for moisturizer when it’s dry, just like you do for water when you’re thirsty. Moisturize the skin daily to keep it hydrated.

Be wary of particular skin treatments. It is imperative that you ask for expert advice on solutions or treatments you are not familiar with. Topical creams can thin the epidermis (outer cell layer of skin) and thicken the dermis (inner cell layer of skin). These agents remove or exfoliate the dead superficial skin layer producing a healthier revitalized skin texture. Treatment like Retin-A or Renova, as well as topical alpha-hydroxy acids better the quality of the skin and reduce fine lines and fine wrinkles.

When treatment begins you need to know what type you have. Are they wrinkles or folds. Deep folds such as the grooves next to the corner of the mouth are increased by sagging of facial tissue. Muscle wrinkles located on the forehead or in the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet) can and do increase by facial expression. Knowing the type of wrinkles you suffer from and maybe their cause will help you in achieving the results you want by using the appropriate wrinkle creams and lotions.

What are the best effective eye treatments? This is difficult to answer because of the choices you have to choose from. Although you have eye treatments that do as suggested, you will also have them that do not. It is best you initiate a test first so that you do not go wasting your money on ineffective products, and also to avoid damaging your skin. Be careful with wrinkle treatments on the market because some beauty suppliers are only too quick to take your money and don’t care whether their product does the job or not. So that you never find yourself in this situation of being ripped off why not consider making your own homemade wrinkle facial treatments.

Homemade eye wrinkle treatments

Wrinkle treatment 1 using avocados

Make a pulpy mix with 3 thin avocado pieces.

Add 5 drops of almond essential oil and mix into a paste.

Apply the mixture on the skin around your eyes and leave it for 5 minutes.

Rinse well with warm water to remove

Winkle treatment 2 using your own applesauce mixture

Dice a peeled potato and put in a food blender along with 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce and blend till all lumps have gone

Smooth the mix to the skin around your eyes.

Cover the eyes with a warm damp face flannel and leave it for 10 minutes then rinse off with warm water.

Recipe for lanolin eye cream

Add 2 tablespoons water and 1 tablespoon lanolin into a pot and lightly heat.

Stir in 1 1/2 tablespoons sweet almond oil.

Remove pot from the heat and stir in 1 tablespoon powdered lecithin. Add more water if the mixture is too thick. Smooth the cream into the skin around the eyes as needed to reduce wrinkles and lighten dark circles.

To prevent premature wrinkles practice a thorough cleansing routine. If you adopt a more positive attitude towards your skin when cleaning it then you can expect a smoother and fresh looking complexion. You have to learn to accept wrinkles as a part of your life; it will make treating them easier. Cosmetic surgery is very popular among women wanting to rid wrinkles, however so are the side effects too and not to mention the cost.

Cleaning the skin back into shape

Exfoliate 2 times a week, to remove dead skin, use an anti-ageing serum and moisturizer with SPF 15 to protect your skin from the ageing effects of the sun. Use anti-ageing products from the age of 30. No younger there is no need. Skin products containing sunscreen, peptides and anti-oxidants are effective for keeping wrinkles to a minimum. Face massage is ideal for facial skin, it betters cell regeneration and circulation.

Eat a healthy balanced diet which includes oily fish. Keep your skin healthy and eat spinach and blueberries. Both increase levels of anti-oxidants. Foods containing anti-oxidants helps protect the skin from pollution. Protect the skin in frosty weather. Icy winds can have a severe and damaging affect on the skin.

1. Chilled cucumber and potato juice will give you a clearer complexion. Using cotton wool pads dip it in the solution and place over the eyelids for about 15 minutes and then rinse off.

2. Treat dark circles around the eyes with Coconut oil or cold milk.

3. Take eye puffiness or swelling down by using a potato; grate and wrap in a cloth and place over the eyes for about 15 minutes.

4. Cucumber juice mixed with a small amount of rose water will leave eye skin feeling fresh.

Get a second opinion on the product you have to remove your eye wrinkles it will have you avoid becoming one of those suckers out of pocket who still wears wrinkles.

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Why Cucumber is a Cool Rosacea Remedy

Why Cucumber is a Cool Rosacea Remedy
Why Cucumber is a Cool Rosacea Remedy

Back in 1597, John Gerard, a famous English herbalist, talked about the healing properties of cucumber, recommending that eating a soup made with cucumber and oatmeal three times a day would combat a fiery and pimply complexion. Since then there has been much anecdotal evidence to suggest that this much used vegetable is helpful in reducing the facial redness and swelling of rosacea. Here I will look at why cucumber is a cool remedy for rosacea and how to apply it to the skin.

History of cucumber

Cucumber (cucumis sativus) enjoys a long history, being one of the oldest plants known to humankind, cultivated in southern India for the last 4,000 years or so. It is even mentioned in the Bible (Numbers 11:5) where the children of Israel, when leaving Egypt, lamented that they remembered the fish, cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic that they had ate freely. The Greeks and Romans were also apparently fond of cucumbers and it has remained a popular vegetable ever since. Since Victorian times the English upper classes have served cucumber sandwiches for afternoon tea and even today the Queen of England serves them at her garden parties at Buckingham Palace.

Benefits of cucumber

Cucumber is an ingredient of many creams and lotions because of its astringent, cooling and moistening properties. Their flesh is primarily composed of water, but also contains vitamins A, C, E and caffeic acid, all of which help to soothe skin irritations and to reduce swelling. This is why placing cucumber slices over the eyes helps to reduce swollen eyes. The outer skin contains beneficial minerals including magnesium, potassium and silica. Silica is an essential component of healthy connective tissue which is important to maintain clear and radiant skin.

How to use cucumber for rosacea

There are various ways you can apply cucumber to the skin to help reduce redness and swelling of the face. The first recipe is to puree several slices of cucumber and combine the puree with two to three tablespoons of natural yogurt. Apply to the face, like a face mask, lie back and leave it to work for approximately ten minutes. Wash off afterwards with cool water.

Another method is to simply place whole chilled cucumber slices over the affected areas for ten to fifteen minutes to reduce swelling and redness. This would be particularly useful for anyone suffering with ocular rosacea.

Next let’s look at a remedy that is said to have been used by Cleopatra to improve beauty and could be helpful for rosacea. Slice a whole cucumber and mix it with half a glass of cream, add one spoonful of olive oil, honey and mud and mix together. Nowadays, you can mix all these ingredients in a blender and then put the mixture in the refrigerator to cool. Make sure your face is clean and then massage the mixture into the skin, allow it to dry and leave it for as long as comfortable. If you want to try this recipe, I would suggest using manuka honey (extremely beneficial in healing skin) and Dead Sea mud (full of minerals).

As you can see, the humble cucumber is not only good to eat in salads and sandwiches, but has soothing and cooling properties, all beneficial in treating the symptoms of rosacea.

Back in 1597, John Gerard, a famous English herbalist, talked about the healing properties of cucumber, recommending that eating a soup made with cucumber and oatmeal three times a day would combat a fiery and pimply complexion. Since then there has been much anecdotal evidence to suggest that this much used vegetable is helpful in reducing the facial redness and swelling of rosacea. Here I will look at why cucumber is a cool remedy for rosacea and how to apply it to the skin.

History of cucumber

Cucumber (cucumis sativus) enjoys a long history, being one of the oldest plants known to humankind, cultivated in southern India for the last 4,000 years or so. It is even mentioned in the Bible (Numbers 11:5) where the children of Israel, when leaving Egypt, lamented that they remembered the fish, cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic that they had ate freely. The Greeks and Romans were also apparently fond of cucumbers and it has remained a popular vegetable ever since. Since Victorian times the English upper classes have served cucumber sandwiches for afternoon tea and even today the Queen of England serves them at her garden parties at Buckingham Palace.

Benefits of cucumber

Cucumber is an ingredient of many creams and lotions because of its astringent, cooling and moistening properties. Their flesh is primarily composed of water, but also contains vitamins A, C, E and caffeic acid, all of which help to soothe skin irritations and to reduce swelling. This is why placing cucumber slices over the eyes helps to reduce swollen eyes. The outer skin contains beneficial minerals including magnesium, potassium and silica. Silica is an essential component of healthy connective tissue which is important to maintain clear and radiant skin.

How to use cucumber for rosacea

There are various ways you can apply cucumber to the skin to help reduce redness and swelling of the face. The first recipe is to puree several slices of cucumber and combine the puree with two to three tablespoons of natural yogurt. Apply to the face, like a face mask, lie back and leave it to work for approximately ten minutes. Wash off afterwards with cool water.

Another method is to simply place whole chilled cucumber slices over the affected areas for ten to fifteen minutes to reduce swelling and redness. This would be particularly useful for anyone suffering with ocular rosacea.

Next let’s look at a remedy that is said to have been used by Cleopatra to improve beauty and could be helpful for rosacea. Slice a whole cucumber and mix it with half a glass of cream, add one spoonful of olive oil, honey and mud and mix together. Nowadays, you can mix all these ingredients in a blender and then put the mixture in the refrigerator to cool. Make sure your face is clean and then massage the mixture into the skin, allow it to dry and leave it for as long as comfortable. If you want to try this recipe, I would suggest using manuka honey (extremely beneficial in healing skin) and Dead Sea mud (full of minerals).

As you can see, the humble cucumber is not only good to eat in salads and sandwiches, but has soothing and cooling properties, all beneficial in treating the symptoms of rosacea.

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Remodel Right: 10 Tips for the Perfect Kitchen Make-Over

Remodel Right: 10 Tips for the Perfect Kitchen Make-Over
Remodel Right: 10 Tips for the Perfect Kitchen Make-Over

Whether you need a place to perfect your favorite gourmet recipe or a place to heat up a frozen pizza, the kitchen is an integral part of any home. From enjoying your coffee in the morning to catching up with friends or family over dinner, most of us spend considerable amounts of time in our kitchens – which makes it all the more important that we feel 100% comfortable in the space.

It’s no wonder then, that so many of us opt for a remodel to create a flawlessly functional kitchen that meets their highest expectations. But before you start fixing all of the quirks that bother you so much, take a moment – or two – to design your ideal space in your head. To keep things in perspective, we’ve put together this list of 10 top tips for creating quality kitchens beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. Read on for matchless inspiration!

1. Haste Makes Waste

We can’t say it enough: never begin renovating before you’re perfectly clear on what you want to change. To help you figure out what needs to stay and what needs to go, spend a few hours cooking in the space, actively thinking about what’s undesirable or inefficient. All quality kitchens are the result of meticulous planning, so never skip this step of the process!

2. Leave Plenty of Storage Room

Your storage room on both sides of your stove and near your refrigerator (and maybe even near your microwave) should be at least 15 inches long. Convenience is key, after all!

3. Let’s Chat Countertops

If you’re a cooking guru, go for spacious countertops that’ll allow you to line up and reach all of your ingredients with minimal effort. Should you have children who like helping you cook up a storm, you may even want to consider installing lower countertops that your kids can reach with ease.

4. What’s the Island For?

Many quality kitchens have an island, but you probably haven’t considered what its purpose is. Well, now’s the time, as your answer will affect its design and size! If you want to kill two birds with one stone and use the island as both a cooking and casual dining area, make sure that you leave enough room to accommodate both functions.

5. Keep Cabinetry Away from Corners

Don’t just think about how amazing your new cabinets will look… also think about how – and in what direction – they’ll open. A designer’s worst nightmare is corners obstructing cabinet doors, or cabinet doors swinging in opposite directions and colliding. Blunders like that make for definite face-palm moments.

6. Power Outlets Are Priceless

Whether you’re plugging in your new blender or want to charge your phone, installing power outlets in convenient locations, such as in your island or on the backsplash, is essential – but is often forgotten!

7. Consider Your Walking Paths

As a rule of thumb, all quality kitchens should have walkways that are at least 45 inches wide (if not more!) in cooking areas, and paths that are about 35 inches wide throughout the rest of the space. No one wants a kitchen traffic jam!

8. Tap Into Convenience

Wouldn’t it be great if you could fill your pot with water right next to your cooktop? Well, ingenious pot fillers turn this dream into a very convenient reality. Why not give your arms a break and install one of these miraculous mechanisms?

9. Revolutionize Recycling

Recycling bins that are in plain sight not only take away from the beauty of a room, but can also get in the way. Resolve both of these problems with a simple solution: conceal your recycling in pull-out cabinets instead. If you’re all about organization, you could even put your glass, plastic, metal, and paper containers in separate cabinets.

10. Consider Cleaning

No one likes to think about cleaning, but do yourself the favor when you remodel your shelves, countertops, and sinks. Although glass shelves or glossy finishes may look fabulous when they’re first installed, consider how much longer these materials will take to clean after you’ve been baking with the kids or trying out a new, elaborate recipe. It often pays off to prioritize practicality over appearance, so give those matte finishes and flush-set sinks a second thought.

Quality kitchens strike the perfect balance between practicality and appearance, and – most importantly – put a smile on your face. Turn your dream into a reality with these 10 tips, which will make the make-over as easy as pie!

Whether you need a place to perfect your favorite gourmet recipe or a place to heat up a frozen pizza, the kitchen is an integral part of any home. From enjoying your coffee in the morning to catching up with friends or family over dinner, most of us spend considerable amounts of time in our kitchens – which makes it all the more important that we feel 100% comfortable in the space.

It’s no wonder then, that so many of us opt for a remodel to create a flawlessly functional kitchen that meets their highest expectations. But before you start fixing all of the quirks that bother you so much, take a moment – or two – to design your ideal space in your head. To keep things in perspective, we’ve put together this list of 10 top tips for creating quality kitchens beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. Read on for matchless inspiration!

1. Haste Makes Waste

We can’t say it enough: never begin renovating before you’re perfectly clear on what you want to change. To help you figure out what needs to stay and what needs to go, spend a few hours cooking in the space, actively thinking about what’s undesirable or inefficient. All quality kitchens are the result of meticulous planning, so never skip this step of the process!

2. Leave Plenty of Storage Room

Your storage room on both sides of your stove and near your refrigerator (and maybe even near your microwave) should be at least 15 inches long. Convenience is key, after all!

3. Let’s Chat Countertops

If you’re a cooking guru, go for spacious countertops that’ll allow you to line up and reach all of your ingredients with minimal effort. Should you have children who like helping you cook up a storm, you may even want to consider installing lower countertops that your kids can reach with ease.

4. What’s the Island For?

Many quality kitchens have an island, but you probably haven’t considered what its purpose is. Well, now’s the time, as your answer will affect its design and size! If you want to kill two birds with one stone and use the island as both a cooking and casual dining area, make sure that you leave enough room to accommodate both functions.

5. Keep Cabinetry Away from Corners

Don’t just think about how amazing your new cabinets will look… also think about how – and in what direction – they’ll open. A designer’s worst nightmare is corners obstructing cabinet doors, or cabinet doors swinging in opposite directions and colliding. Blunders like that make for definite face-palm moments.

6. Power Outlets Are Priceless

Whether you’re plugging in your new blender or want to charge your phone, installing power outlets in convenient locations, such as in your island or on the backsplash, is essential – but is often forgotten!

7. Consider Your Walking Paths

As a rule of thumb, all quality kitchens should have walkways that are at least 45 inches wide (if not more!) in cooking areas, and paths that are about 35 inches wide throughout the rest of the space. No one wants a kitchen traffic jam!

8. Tap Into Convenience

Wouldn’t it be great if you could fill your pot with water right next to your cooktop? Well, ingenious pot fillers turn this dream into a very convenient reality. Why not give your arms a break and install one of these miraculous mechanisms?

9. Revolutionize Recycling

Recycling bins that are in plain sight not only take away from the beauty of a room, but can also get in the way. Resolve both of these problems with a simple solution: conceal your recycling in pull-out cabinets instead. If you’re all about organization, you could even put your glass, plastic, metal, and paper containers in separate cabinets.

10. Consider Cleaning

No one likes to think about cleaning, but do yourself the favor when you remodel your shelves, countertops, and sinks. Although glass shelves or glossy finishes may look fabulous when they’re first installed, consider how much longer these materials will take to clean after you’ve been baking with the kids or trying out a new, elaborate recipe. It often pays off to prioritize practicality over appearance, so give those matte finishes and flush-set sinks a second thought.

Quality kitchens strike the perfect balance between practicality and appearance, and – most importantly – put a smile on your face. Turn your dream into a reality with these 10 tips, which will make the make-over as easy as pie!

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Have You Tried This Severe Acne Treatment?

Have You Tried This Severe Acne Treatment?
Have You Tried This Severe Acne Treatment?

If you have severe acne condition then I highly recommend you treat it with this vegetable…

Radish!

Why radish?

Simply because radishes contain natural bleaching agents and powerful antioxidant properties that will help:

  • Reduce the swelling of pimples thus, reducing pimple sizes and minimize the appearance of pimples on your skin.
  • Also does a great job at removing blemishes and blackheads.
  • Contains the largest concentration of vitamin C. This vitamin will do two things for you when consume…

First, it will help remove acne causing toxins and other pollutants from within your body.

Second, it will help reduce skin damage caused by toxins.

Exfoliates the skin. This will remove damaged and dead skin cells from the outer layers of your skin so you will get clear healthy looking skin.

Instructions To Treat Severe Acne Externally:

The first thing to need to do is make a face wash out of radish. This wash is to cleanse and exfoliate your skin to remove any dirt and oil that may get in the way of the treatment.

You make the wash by mixing radish paste with water. Just make sure to add a little more water.

Then you apply it onto your skin and gently rub it with the tips of your finger. Once done, rinse it off with warm water, gently pat your skin dry with a towel and wait 5 minutes until your skin completely dries.

Now you are going to make a mask. To do this you simply mix radish paste with water again but this time you add a little less water.

Now you apply onto your face as a mask and leave it on for 20 minutes, rinse off and pat dry with a towel.

Instructions To Treat Severe Acne Internally:

To treat acne internally, you just simply consume it as a juice or smoothie. But you should never consume radish juice by itself as it may cause unwanted reactions.

Anyways, all you do is add small pack of red round radishes, two apples, a carrot, and a turnip into a blender or a juicer. Blend it and drink it.

That’s all there is to it. Now you just apply both internal and external treatment once a day.

If you have severe acne condition then I highly recommend you treat it with this vegetable…

Radish!

Why radish?

Simply because radishes contain natural bleaching agents and powerful antioxidant properties that will help:

  • Reduce the swelling of pimples thus, reducing pimple sizes and minimize the appearance of pimples on your skin.
  • Also does a great job at removing blemishes and blackheads.
  • Contains the largest concentration of vitamin C. This vitamin will do two things for you when consume…

First, it will help remove acne causing toxins and other pollutants from within your body.

Second, it will help reduce skin damage caused by toxins.

Exfoliates the skin. This will remove damaged and dead skin cells from the outer layers of your skin so you will get clear healthy looking skin.

Instructions To Treat Severe Acne Externally:

The first thing to need to do is make a face wash out of radish. This wash is to cleanse and exfoliate your skin to remove any dirt and oil that may get in the way of the treatment.

You make the wash by mixing radish paste with water. Just make sure to add a little more water.

Then you apply it onto your skin and gently rub it with the tips of your finger. Once done, rinse it off with warm water, gently pat your skin dry with a towel and wait 5 minutes until your skin completely dries.

Now you are going to make a mask. To do this you simply mix radish paste with water again but this time you add a little less water.

Now you apply onto your face as a mask and leave it on for 20 minutes, rinse off and pat dry with a towel.

Instructions To Treat Severe Acne Internally:

To treat acne internally, you just simply consume it as a juice or smoothie. But you should never consume radish juice by itself as it may cause unwanted reactions.

Anyways, all you do is add small pack of red round radishes, two apples, a carrot, and a turnip into a blender or a juicer. Blend it and drink it.

That’s all there is to it. Now you just apply both internal and external treatment once a day.

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Vinha De Alhos (How to prepare turkey in the Portuguese style)

Vinha De Alhos (How to prepare turkey in the Portuguese style)
Vinha De Alhos (How to prepare turkey in the Portuguese style)

Vinha De Alhos

On Maui, when Amaryllis met her Portuguese boyfriend she was introduced to the world of Portuguese cooking. His father loved to cook Vinha De Alhos! (pronounced vinga doyzh.) The vinha is the vinegar brine used to soak the meat or fish before they’re roasted. Four days before Thanksgiving, Richard takes a cleaned, thawed bird and places it in the roasting pan. He pours ½ gallon of apple cider vinegar over it and adds spices like garlic powder, onion flakes, allspice and a few cups of water. He places it inside a large plastic bag. It goes back into the refrigerator to marinate in the vinegar bath. He turns it several times over the next three days to distribute the brine.

Somehow, by osmosis, the turkey takes in the juices and flavor. He drains off all the vinegar and returns it to the pan. Under the skin of the bird he stuffs pieces of butter.The skin is rubbed with vegetable oil, sprinkled with salt, covered with foil and baked at 350 degrees for the first half hour, then lowered to 325 degrees, as instructed (20 minutes per pound).The foil is removed the last hour to brown the skin. Pierce the skin and the juices just flow! They fill the pan with wonderful juice like never before. The turkey is removed to the side to cool and all the meat is removed by shredding or pulling it off the bones. The dark and light meats are combined together onto a large platter.

The juices are reheated to pour over the turkey!

Ingredients for Vinha De Alhos

1/2 gallon apple cider vinegar

used for turkey, chicken, pork, or fish

1 part water

3 parts vinegar

onion powder, salt and pepper

allspice

garlic flakes

1 bay leaf

peppercorns

Rinse meat and dry with paper towels, then add the brine,

soak overnight up to 3 days for turkey; turn each day, and baste in the fridge. Drain off the liquid, place in the roasting pan, salt inside and outside of the bird. Stuff butter under the skin of the breasts and rub with oil, then put into preheated 350 degree oven for first half-hour. Lower heat to 325 degrees and cook as instructed, 20 minutes per pound. Remove foil for the last hour, so the bird can brown.

Richard prepares his dressing outside of the bird. (It would get too wet inside this type of preparation.)

The family can’t wait to taste the Vinha De Alhos (vingadoyzh).

People seem to love their own parents’ style at the holidays, because that is what made their memories so rich. Amaryllis likes to please all, so she prepares two turkeys now.

She prepares a turkey the night before, in the Vingadoyzh style, and, on Thanksgiving Day, another, stuffed with her favorite style of bread stuffing with sage, apples, walnuts, raisins, celery, onions, and sausage.

She does a whole-cranberry sauce using the fresh juice of an orange that is bright and delicious. Her family loves the canned, jellied kind but this new version was so well received.

Boil together 1 cup of sugar , 1 cup of water , the juice of 1 orange, and 1 bag of cranberries til they pop!

Next see how to make stuffings (From the Book Amaryllis of Hawaii Loves to Cook “Recipes for Life.”

Vinha De Alhos

On Maui, when Amaryllis met her Portuguese boyfriend she was introduced to the world of Portuguese cooking. His father loved to cook Vinha De Alhos! (pronounced vinga doyzh.) The vinha is the vinegar brine used to soak the meat or fish before they’re roasted. Four days before Thanksgiving, Richard takes a cleaned, thawed bird and places it in the roasting pan. He pours ½ gallon of apple cider vinegar over it and adds spices like garlic powder, onion flakes, allspice and a few cups of water. He places it inside a large plastic bag. It goes back into the refrigerator to marinate in the vinegar bath. He turns it several times over the next three days to distribute the brine.

Somehow, by osmosis, the turkey takes in the juices and flavor. He drains off all the vinegar and returns it to the pan. Under the skin of the bird he stuffs pieces of butter.The skin is rubbed with vegetable oil, sprinkled with salt, covered with foil and baked at 350 degrees for the first half hour, then lowered to 325 degrees, as instructed (20 minutes per pound).The foil is removed the last hour to brown the skin. Pierce the skin and the juices just flow! They fill the pan with wonderful juice like never before. The turkey is removed to the side to cool and all the meat is removed by shredding or pulling it off the bones. The dark and light meats are combined together onto a large platter.

The juices are reheated to pour over the turkey!

Ingredients for Vinha De Alhos

1/2 gallon apple cider vinegar

used for turkey, chicken, pork, or fish

1 part water

3 parts vinegar

onion powder, salt and pepper

allspice

garlic flakes

1 bay leaf

peppercorns

Rinse meat and dry with paper towels, then add the brine,

soak overnight up to 3 days for turkey; turn each day, and baste in the fridge. Drain off the liquid, place in the roasting pan, salt inside and outside of the bird. Stuff butter under the skin of the breasts and rub with oil, then put into preheated 350 degree oven for first half-hour. Lower heat to 325 degrees and cook as instructed, 20 minutes per pound. Remove foil for the last hour, so the bird can brown.

Richard prepares his dressing outside of the bird. (It would get too wet inside this type of preparation.)

The family can’t wait to taste the Vinha De Alhos (vingadoyzh).

People seem to love their own parents’ style at the holidays, because that is what made their memories so rich. Amaryllis likes to please all, so she prepares two turkeys now.

She prepares a turkey the night before, in the Vingadoyzh style, and, on Thanksgiving Day, another, stuffed with her favorite style of bread stuffing with sage, apples, walnuts, raisins, celery, onions, and sausage.

She does a whole-cranberry sauce using the fresh juice of an orange that is bright and delicious. Her family loves the canned, jellied kind but this new version was so well received.

Boil together 1 cup of sugar , 1 cup of water , the juice of 1 orange, and 1 bag of cranberries til they pop!

Next see how to make stuffings (From the Book Amaryllis of Hawaii Loves to Cook “Recipes for Life.”

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Brass: Properties and Uses

Brass: Properties and Uses
Brass: Properties and Uses

A common household and industrial metal, brass has been manufactured for thousands of years.

What is it exactly?

Brass is an alloy mix of approximately 67% copper and 33% zinc, which can be varied to create a range of brasses. This mix of copper and zinc makes brass far stronger and more durable than copper, although still not as strong as metals such as steel. In order to mix the copper and zinc alloys, the copper is melted and a small amount of zinc is added. The zinc quickly dissolves into the copper and brass is formed. At times, other metals such as lead or iron are included in the alloy mix, to make brass stronger and harder, and easier to forge.

What is it used for?

Brass can be seen everywhere across household and industrial settings. It is used in vespel machining and peak machining to create components and parts, and many musical instruments are made of brass due to its resonating quality. Brass produces a good sound quality and is resistant to bacteria and other microorganisms, so a natural choice for musical instruments. Brass is visually pleasing as well as durable, and it often used in decorative hardware, such as hinges and door locking and knobs. Brass is rust-resistant making it an excellent material to use for locks, keys and padlocks. It is also commonly used for plumbing fixtures due to its non-corrosive quality.

Positives

An easily machined material that is durable, rust resistant, sustainable, and visually pleasing, its non-corrosive quality makes it a good investment in products and components, and although it can tarnish over time, it is an easy material to clean. Brass has a relatively low melting point, making it easy to recycle, and almost 90% of all brass alloys go through the recycling process. Highly conductive, brass is excellent for electrical components and parts, and also has an antimicrobial action on bacteria and pathogens. Studies on brass have shown that pathogens, which can be spread by touch, will die in a few hours on copper and brass surfaces. As a result, brass is being considered for widespread use in hospitals for items such as guard rails, hand rails, and fittings.

Negatives

Brass can potentially be high-maintenance. It has to be regularly polished with commercial or homemade solutions to remove spots from the surface. If used as cookware, brass cannot be cleaned with dishwater liquid and requires air-drying to prevent spotting. Brass cookware can also easily scratch and dent if proper care is not taken (although this can be counteracted by creating a Teflon surface coating). Brass is susceptible to stress corrosion cracking, sometimes known as “season cracking”. It is especially susceptible if in contact with ammonia or substances leaning ammonia. In recent times, this is not too much of an issue thanks to a new form of heat treatment, known as annealing. The annealing process refines the material structure of metal, improving its ductility tensile stress, making it stronger and more malleable.

Brass has been around and in use for centuries, and over time its usage has been honed. With its qualities, versatility, and beauty, it is sure to be around for many years to come.

A common household and industrial metal, brass has been manufactured for thousands of years.

What is it exactly?

Brass is an alloy mix of approximately 67% copper and 33% zinc, which can be varied to create a range of brasses. This mix of copper and zinc makes brass far stronger and more durable than copper, although still not as strong as metals such as steel. In order to mix the copper and zinc alloys, the copper is melted and a small amount of zinc is added. The zinc quickly dissolves into the copper and brass is formed. At times, other metals such as lead or iron are included in the alloy mix, to make brass stronger and harder, and easier to forge.

What is it used for?

Brass can be seen everywhere across household and industrial settings. It is used in vespel machining and peak machining to create components and parts, and many musical instruments are made of brass due to its resonating quality. Brass produces a good sound quality and is resistant to bacteria and other microorganisms, so a natural choice for musical instruments. Brass is visually pleasing as well as durable, and it often used in decorative hardware, such as hinges and door locking and knobs. Brass is rust-resistant making it an excellent material to use for locks, keys and padlocks. It is also commonly used for plumbing fixtures due to its non-corrosive quality.

Positives

An easily machined material that is durable, rust resistant, sustainable, and visually pleasing, its non-corrosive quality makes it a good investment in products and components, and although it can tarnish over time, it is an easy material to clean. Brass has a relatively low melting point, making it easy to recycle, and almost 90% of all brass alloys go through the recycling process. Highly conductive, brass is excellent for electrical components and parts, and also has an antimicrobial action on bacteria and pathogens. Studies on brass have shown that pathogens, which can be spread by touch, will die in a few hours on copper and brass surfaces. As a result, brass is being considered for widespread use in hospitals for items such as guard rails, hand rails, and fittings.

Negatives

Brass can potentially be high-maintenance. It has to be regularly polished with commercial or homemade solutions to remove spots from the surface. If used as cookware, brass cannot be cleaned with dishwater liquid and requires air-drying to prevent spotting. Brass cookware can also easily scratch and dent if proper care is not taken (although this can be counteracted by creating a Teflon surface coating). Brass is susceptible to stress corrosion cracking, sometimes known as “season cracking”. It is especially susceptible if in contact with ammonia or substances leaning ammonia. In recent times, this is not too much of an issue thanks to a new form of heat treatment, known as annealing. The annealing process refines the material structure of metal, improving its ductility tensile stress, making it stronger and more malleable.

Brass has been around and in use for centuries, and over time its usage has been honed. With its qualities, versatility, and beauty, it is sure to be around for many years to come.

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Dandelion Blessings!

Dandelion Blessings!
Dandelion Blessings!

The first yellow spots in the lawn and along roadsides are telling me every year that winter is finally over, and that the promise of life has come back, and Mother Earth will provide for us with an abundance of food and beauty again.

Shining like little yellow stars they take over controlled lawns. They burst from every crack in sidewalks and roads. They even settle and bloom on damaged, disturbed soul. Which wildflower could be better metaphor for adaptation, and change, with its will and potential to not only survival but also thrive in the most hostile of situations. And while she does that she shines bright, with a smile of abundant happiness.

The Dandelions are back. For some people they are pest and threat, but for me they are a blessing. Anchoring themselves firm into the ground, they produce leaves and flowers over and over. They follow us around transforming disturbed soils into nourishing places for other plants. With their long taproots they bring nutrients which are buried deep in compacted soil to the surface benefiting other plants in the neighborhood. They feed the bees from March through September, often the first and the last plant to offer nectar to many species of insects. They serve as weather oracles. When rain is to be expected they will close their shiny flower heads, and recover when the sun comes back. And apparently they have a built-in clockwork that makes the flowers retire at around 5 pm until around 9 am in the morning. Thus some of her common names, Fairy Clock, Clock, Clock Flowers, Clocks and watches, Farmers Clock, Old Man’s Clock, One Clock. But she is known by many more names which all tell us a little about her abundant, wild personality: Lions Teeth, Pee in the bed, Wetweed, Blowball, Cankerwort, Lionsthootsh, Priests Crown, Puffball, Swinsnout, White Endive, Wild Endive. Her most common name Dandelion is a corruption of her French name Dent de Lion which means lion’s tooth.

Taraxacum officinale, the botanical name for this little powerhouse tells us a little about her potential. Taraxacum, is derived from the Greek words taraxos which translates into ‘disorder’, and akos which means remedy. Thus the botanical name suggests that the little plant has some medicinal properties. And the term officinale suggests that the plant is a species officially used in medicine.

Dandelion has been known as a medicinal plant in Chinese history medicinal herb for many centuries. In the 11th century it is mentioned in Arabian literature, and through the Arabs it became popular in Europe. To America it was introduced by European immigrants when it arrived with the Mayflower, soon establishing a home on this continent.

Appearance

The dandelion is a perennial from the family compositae (sunflowers). Being a perennial her jagged leaves with irregular teeth grow from a basal rosette rosette Iying close upon the ground. Long before the last frost of spring you will see the dandelion plant sending up a cluster of these reddish leaves. On top of a hollow, shiny, and purplish flower stalk sits a single yellow flower. Each bloom is made up of numerous strapshaped florets of a bright golden yellow which provide an abundant supply of nectar. The plant has a milky juice in all parts. If you want to identify the plant remember that the Dandelion has no stems. All leaves and hollow flower stalks grow directly from the root.

The importance of Dandelions as honey-producing plants is in the provision of considerable quantities of both pollen and nectar in the early spring. They are a food source when the bees’ harvest from fruit trees is nearly over but other flowers are not in bloom yet. Another aspect is that Dandelions flower long after other flowers have ceased to bloom in the fall providing enough nectar for the bees that late in the year.

Flowering time is from March through at least September, and depending on climate zones all year. When the plant matures she transforms her flowers into little puffballs. These puffballs are formed by a cluster seeds which are connected to little ‘parachutes’ that will be spread by the wind. These seeds are also favorable food for wild birds.

Harvest

There are different opinions on when to harvest Dandelions. Some say you can harvest the plant year round. I prefer a different approach though. For culinary purposes you want to harvest young leaves, which will pop up year round, but are most abundant in the spring. The older the plant part, the more bitter they are. Make sure to avoid sprayed lawns, and don’t harvest at roadsides. Wild meadows provide the best quality of plants. If harvesting flowers, look for flowers that are intact, and have a healthy, radiant appearance. Since the root provides the plant with nutrients during the spring and summer I wait until the fall, when the plant goes into dormancy to harvest the root. This is the time when the root has its highest potential.

Properties and Usage

Dandelions are little powerhouses of nutrition and medicine. A general stimulant to the system they are a great choice for kidney and liver disorders, and metabolic imbalances.

They are high in Calcium, Phosphor, Thiamin, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, and Vitamin A and C., and also a significant source of minerals when added to our food. As medicinal preparations like tinctures, tonics, and teas, they help with many ailments like high blood pressure, gout, bloating, water retention, to name just a few. As powerful diuretics they restore healthy circulation of fluids throughout the body, and are nourishing for the kidneys. Because of their high amount of potassium they have the advantage over other diuretics that they do not leach potassium from the body in the process.

The bitter constituents (i.e. taraxacin and triterpenes besides others) are stimulating to the liver. This makes the plant a good choice for everybody with liver problems including hepatitis. It is unvaluable in any detox cure, by itself or combined with Burdock root. With its cooling properties it helps to balance inflammation, clearing chronic skin issues and acne. While Dandelion promotes bile movement care should be taken with already existing stones. The moving bile could actually cause more problems and pain by lodging stones in the duct.

Also, care should be taken by those who have low blood pressure or already excessive urination.

The leaves and stalks contain a milky juice or latex that make a great remedy for warts.

Harvest

Harvest the roots in the fall, by digging them up with a narrow spade. The long taproots can get up to 10” long, so be prepared for some digging. Clean them from any excess soil, cut into pieces and dry them preferably on a rack. They need air circulation to avoid molding.

When harvesting the leaves look for young ones if possible because they turn bitterer with age. Flowers should be harvested when strong and radiant. Leaves can be dried in a space away from the sun with enough air flow to avoid molding. Flowers should be processed right away.

Dandelion juice made from the roots and leaves can aide with Diabetes.

Preparations:

There are different ways to prepare teas, infusions, decoctions, juices, and tinctures. If you use the plant medicinally please always consult with your medical care provider to avoid unwanted interactions with prescription or your treatment plan. Also always know if you are allergic to certain plants. Below I added some descriptions of preparations to give some inspiration for your journey with Dandelions.

Medicinal

Dandelion Tea (for liver support):

Add 2 tsp. dried herb to one coup of cold water. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, let steep for 15 min., strain. Drink one cup each morning and evening for about 4 – 6 weeks.

Tinctures:

A) Combine 1 part fresh root with 2 parts alcohol, vinegar or glycerin in a jar. Let macerate for 4 weeks. Strain. Use ½ to 1 tsp. 4 times/day for about 3 – 4 weeks. You may want to consider using glycerin as a me
nstruum because it cuts on the bitter, and is less impacting for the liver.

B) Combine 1 part dried or well wilted fresh herb with 2 parts alcohol, vinegar or lecithin in a jar. Let macerate for 4 weeks. Strain. Use 10 – 15 drops, 3 times/day.

Juice:

Dig up some roots, clean from soil, and juice in electric juicer. This will be very bitter, and you want to either juice other root veggies like carrots and beets with this, or add the juice by the spoonful to tea or fruit juices.

Spring cleanse:

Prepare a decoction of each 1 Tb Dandelion root and Burdock root. Place the roots in a sauce pan, pour 1 pint of water over them, bring to a boil, remove from heat and let step for 30 minutes.

At the same time make a tea from 1 Tb each Dandelion leaf, Nettle leaf, Red Clover leaf and blossom. Pour 1 pint hot water over the dried herbs, let steep for 15 minutes.

After straining both, combine. Drink this blend during the day for ten days. Please prepare fresh every day, and keep refrigerated.

Culinary

Besides using Dandelion as a powerful supporter of your healing processes, you can also use it culinary. Here are some recipes which I used so far. Enjoy.

One of my favorites every year is Dandelion Pesto:

Here is what you need for about 1 pint:

2 cups Dandelions greens, ½ cup sunflower seeds, ¼ cup walnuts, ¼ cup olive oil, 1 – 2 cloves garlic, ¼ cup parmesan, 1 Tb lemon juice

To reduce the bitter leach the plants by soaking them in cold water for 10 min., then discard the water. Repeat three times. After the leaching process place all the ingredients in a blender. Using the pulsing mode first, I blend until I have a smooth paste. Taste test, and add more oil or parmesan as needed.

This is perfect on spaghetti, or with crackers (preferably homemade).

You can also just add young leaves to your sandwich replacing the lettuce. You can add them to any salad. They can be cooked like spinach, or mixed with other stir fry greens.

Here are some ideas. Notice that I will not give you any measure on how much you need of what. I trust your creativity, and that you will find just the right blends for your liking.

Stir fry:

Sautee some red onion slices in olive oil. Add chopped garlic. Add dandelion, beet, kale, chard greens. Serve over polenta, rice, fish.

Salad:

In a big bowl arrange all kinds of salad greens. Arugula, lettuces, spinach, Dandelions, Yarrow, Purslane. You can make a vinaigrette from olive oil and balsamico vinegar, with some orange and/or lemon juice added, salt, pepper, and garlic to taste. Pour the vinaigrette over the greens and toss.

“Coffee”:

The roots can be used to make a coffee-like beverage. After thoroughly cleaning and drying the root in the oven you slightly roast them. Grind them and brew like coffee meal.

Myth and folklore:

Of course does a beautiful plant also come with beautiful stories and myth. Dandelions are great weather forecasters. Their flowers close very predictably at 9 am in the morning, and 5 pm in the evening. Thus they were called “Fairy clock”. Depending on where you live that might be subject to change, but please observe the plant so can set your time.

By the behavior of the flowers you can also predict the weather. When rain approaches the flowers will close ahead of the shower. The plant is thus a natural barometer.

Dandelions also served as a divination tool. One way to utilize her was to blow the seed head. They said the number of seeds remaining is the number of children you will have. In dream work they represent happy unions. Their golden appearance was associated with luck, abundance and happiness.

Another belief is that when you blow the seeds of a dandelion they will carry wishes and affections to the person thought of.

I hope you enjoyed this little journey with the Dandelion, and I want to encourage you to make your own experiences with this powerful plant, as with many others. Experiment with it as food, use it as your medicine, meditate with it, and let it lighten up your day.

The first yellow spots in the lawn and along roadsides are telling me every year that winter is finally over, and that the promise of life has come back, and Mother Earth will provide for us with an abundance of food and beauty again.

Shining like little yellow stars they take over controlled lawns. They burst from every crack in sidewalks and roads. They even settle and bloom on damaged, disturbed soul. Which wildflower could be better metaphor for adaptation, and change, with its will and potential to not only survival but also thrive in the most hostile of situations. And while she does that she shines bright, with a smile of abundant happiness.

The Dandelions are back. For some people they are pest and threat, but for me they are a blessing. Anchoring themselves firm into the ground, they produce leaves and flowers over and over. They follow us around transforming disturbed soils into nourishing places for other plants. With their long taproots they bring nutrients which are buried deep in compacted soil to the surface benefiting other plants in the neighborhood. They feed the bees from March through September, often the first and the last plant to offer nectar to many species of insects. They serve as weather oracles. When rain is to be expected they will close their shiny flower heads, and recover when the sun comes back. And apparently they have a built-in clockwork that makes the flowers retire at around 5 pm until around 9 am in the morning. Thus some of her common names, Fairy Clock, Clock, Clock Flowers, Clocks and watches, Farmers Clock, Old Man’s Clock, One Clock. But she is known by many more names which all tell us a little about her abundant, wild personality: Lions Teeth, Pee in the bed, Wetweed, Blowball, Cankerwort, Lionsthootsh, Priests Crown, Puffball, Swinsnout, White Endive, Wild Endive. Her most common name Dandelion is a corruption of her French name Dent de Lion which means lion’s tooth.

Taraxacum officinale, the botanical name for this little powerhouse tells us a little about her potential. Taraxacum, is derived from the Greek words taraxos which translates into ‘disorder’, and akos which means remedy. Thus the botanical name suggests that the little plant has some medicinal properties. And the term officinale suggests that the plant is a species officially used in medicine.

Dandelion has been known as a medicinal plant in Chinese history medicinal herb for many centuries. In the 11th century it is mentioned in Arabian literature, and through the Arabs it became popular in Europe. To America it was introduced by European immigrants when it arrived with the Mayflower, soon establishing a home on this continent.

Appearance

The dandelion is a perennial from the family compositae (sunflowers). Being a perennial her jagged leaves with irregular teeth grow from a basal rosette rosette Iying close upon the ground. Long before the last frost of spring you will see the dandelion plant sending up a cluster of these reddish leaves. On top of a hollow, shiny, and purplish flower stalk sits a single yellow flower. Each bloom is made up of numerous strapshaped florets of a bright golden yellow which provide an abundant supply of nectar. The plant has a milky juice in all parts. If you want to identify the plant remember that the Dandelion has no stems. All leaves and hollow flower stalks grow directly from the root.

The importance of Dandelions as honey-producing plants is in the provision of considerable quantities of both pollen and nectar in the early spring. They are a food source when the bees’ harvest from fruit trees is nearly over but other flowers are not in bloom yet. Another aspect is that Dandelions flower long after other flowers have ceased to bloom in the fall providing enough nectar for the bees that late in the year.

Flowering time is from March through at least September, and depending on climate zones all year. When the plant matures she transforms her flowers into little puffballs. These puffballs are formed by a cluster seeds which are connected to little ‘parachutes’ that will be spread by the wind. These seeds are also favorable food for wild birds.

Harvest

There are different opinions on when to harvest Dandelions. Some say you can harvest the plant year round. I prefer a different approach though. For culinary purposes you want to harvest young leaves, which will pop up year round, but are most abundant in the spring. The older the plant part, the more bitter they are. Make sure to avoid sprayed lawns, and don’t harvest at roadsides. Wild meadows provide the best quality of plants. If harvesting flowers, look for flowers that are intact, and have a healthy, radiant appearance. Since the root provides the plant with nutrients during the spring and summer I wait until the fall, when the plant goes into dormancy to harvest the root. This is the time when the root has its highest potential.

Properties and Usage

Dandelions are little powerhouses of nutrition and medicine. A general stimulant to the system they are a great choice for kidney and liver disorders, and metabolic imbalances.

They are high in Calcium, Phosphor, Thiamin, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, and Vitamin A and C., and also a significant source of minerals when added to our food. As medicinal preparations like tinctures, tonics, and teas, they help with many ailments like high blood pressure, gout, bloating, water retention, to name just a few. As powerful diuretics they restore healthy circulation of fluids throughout the body, and are nourishing for the kidneys. Because of their high amount of potassium they have the advantage over other diuretics that they do not leach potassium from the body in the process.

The bitter constituents (i.e. taraxacin and triterpenes besides others) are stimulating to the liver. This makes the plant a good choice for everybody with liver problems including hepatitis. It is unvaluable in any detox cure, by itself or combined with Burdock root. With its cooling properties it helps to balance inflammation, clearing chronic skin issues and acne. While Dandelion promotes bile movement care should be taken with already existing stones. The moving bile could actually cause more problems and pain by lodging stones in the duct.

Also, care should be taken by those who have low blood pressure or already excessive urination.

The leaves and stalks contain a milky juice or latex that make a great remedy for warts.

Harvest

Harvest the roots in the fall, by digging them up with a narrow spade. The long taproots can get up to 10” long, so be prepared for some digging. Clean them from any excess soil, cut into pieces and dry them preferably on a rack. They need air circulation to avoid molding.

When harvesting the leaves look for young ones if possible because they turn bitterer with age. Flowers should be harvested when strong and radiant. Leaves can be dried in a space away from the sun with enough air flow to avoid molding. Flowers should be processed right away.

Dandelion juice made from the roots and leaves can aide with Diabetes.

Preparations:

There are different ways to prepare teas, infusions, decoctions, juices, and tinctures. If you use the plant medicinally please always consult with your medical care provider to avoid unwanted interactions with prescription or your treatment plan. Also always know if you are allergic to certain plants. Below I added some descriptions of preparations to give some inspiration for your journey with Dandelions.

Medicinal

Dandelion Tea (for liver support):

Add 2 tsp. dried herb to one coup of cold water. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, let steep for 15 min., strain. Drink one cup each morning and evening for about 4 – 6 weeks.

Tinctures:

A) Combine 1 part fresh root with 2 parts alcohol, vinegar or glycerin in a jar. Let macerate for 4 weeks. Strain. Use ½ to 1 tsp. 4 times/day for about 3 – 4 weeks. You may want to consider using glycerin as a me
nstruum because it cuts on the bitter, and is less impacting for the liver.

B) Combine 1 part dried or well wilted fresh herb with 2 parts alcohol, vinegar or lecithin in a jar. Let macerate for 4 weeks. Strain. Use 10 – 15 drops, 3 times/day.

Juice:

Dig up some roots, clean from soil, and juice in electric juicer. This will be very bitter, and you want to either juice other root veggies like carrots and beets with this, or add the juice by the spoonful to tea or fruit juices.

Spring cleanse:

Prepare a decoction of each 1 Tb Dandelion root and Burdock root. Place the roots in a sauce pan, pour 1 pint of water over them, bring to a boil, remove from heat and let step for 30 minutes.

At the same time make a tea from 1 Tb each Dandelion leaf, Nettle leaf, Red Clover leaf and blossom. Pour 1 pint hot water over the dried herbs, let steep for 15 minutes.

After straining both, combine. Drink this blend during the day for ten days. Please prepare fresh every day, and keep refrigerated.

Culinary

Besides using Dandelion as a powerful supporter of your healing processes, you can also use it culinary. Here are some recipes which I used so far. Enjoy.

One of my favorites every year is Dandelion Pesto:

Here is what you need for about 1 pint:

2 cups Dandelions greens, ½ cup sunflower seeds, ¼ cup walnuts, ¼ cup olive oil, 1 – 2 cloves garlic, ¼ cup parmesan, 1 Tb lemon juice

To reduce the bitter leach the plants by soaking them in cold water for 10 min., then discard the water. Repeat three times. After the leaching process place all the ingredients in a blender. Using the pulsing mode first, I blend until I have a smooth paste. Taste test, and add more oil or parmesan as needed.

This is perfect on spaghetti, or with crackers (preferably homemade).

You can also just add young leaves to your sandwich replacing the lettuce. You can add them to any salad. They can be cooked like spinach, or mixed with other stir fry greens.

Here are some ideas. Notice that I will not give you any measure on how much you need of what. I trust your creativity, and that you will find just the right blends for your liking.

Stir fry:

Sautee some red onion slices in olive oil. Add chopped garlic. Add dandelion, beet, kale, chard greens. Serve over polenta, rice, fish.

Salad:

In a big bowl arrange all kinds of salad greens. Arugula, lettuces, spinach, Dandelions, Yarrow, Purslane. You can make a vinaigrette from olive oil and balsamico vinegar, with some orange and/or lemon juice added, salt, pepper, and garlic to taste. Pour the vinaigrette over the greens and toss.

“Coffee”:

The roots can be used to make a coffee-like beverage. After thoroughly cleaning and drying the root in the oven you slightly roast them. Grind them and brew like coffee meal.

Myth and folklore:

Of course does a beautiful plant also come with beautiful stories and myth. Dandelions are great weather forecasters. Their flowers close very predictably at 9 am in the morning, and 5 pm in the evening. Thus they were called “Fairy clock”. Depending on where you live that might be subject to change, but please observe the plant so can set your time.

By the behavior of the flowers you can also predict the weather. When rain approaches the flowers will close ahead of the shower. The plant is thus a natural barometer.

Dandelions also served as a divination tool. One way to utilize her was to blow the seed head. They said the number of seeds remaining is the number of children you will have. In dream work they represent happy unions. Their golden appearance was associated with luck, abundance and happiness.

Another belief is that when you blow the seeds of a dandelion they will carry wishes and affections to the person thought of.

I hope you enjoyed this little journey with the Dandelion, and I want to encourage you to make your own experiences with this powerful plant, as with many others. Experiment with it as food, use it as your medicine, meditate with it, and let it lighten up your day.

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