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Bergamot For Depression And Uplifting

Bergamot essential oil  is pressed from the rind or peel from the Botanical family – Rutaceae (citrus). Basically it looks like an unripe orange.   Green as green.   I was happy to see that aside from being an analgestic, antibacterial source, Bergamot is also helpful for infections, inflammation, spasms,  and digestive issues.  It’s neuro-protective, sedative and uplifting.  For the uplifting aspect of it, you can certainly use more Bergamot for depression and here’s why…..

Bergamot

Helps to calm and destress the body and helps with depression

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The Terrible Trio!

Flour, Sugar, Salt – all together!

There are some basic ingredients that we may use in our food preparation today, that would certainly  crumble under scrutiny, especially if we dissected the actual nutritional benefit.  These so called ‘foods’ need some review if we are considering the well-being of our bodies and our ability to eliminate and detox appropriately. In other words,  we are taking a look at some unpleasant house guests  that don’t clean up after themselves.  With your food choices today you want built in house-keeping  and quicker transit time!  But that’s a whole other story, let’s meet some bad house-guests, ‘TheTerrible Trio!

Starting with Flour:  Read the rest of this entry

Squirrel Massager

The Squirrel Massager – ‘SM’, is a massaging tool that you can use on yourself without being a qualified massage therapist.  Having said that a lot of professional practitioners use this device in their clinics as an addition to the manual application of using their hands or other devices.

oh what a wonderful health tool the SM is, with the added advantage that you can use it on yourself, without any trouble.  Well, you might want to make sure you have a little bit of room around you, and of course someone can give you a massage using the SM, however, knowing that you can use this device as a self help tool is a real bonus especially if you have been working out in the garden, and finish up feeling a bit sore and sorry.  Such a practical solution to be able to reach for your own device and use it straight away. Read the rest of this entry

Home Made Vegetarian Pizza…

Pizza night

a healthy pizza - is a home made pizza

It’s not hard to make a delicious home made, healthy, nutritious pizza… You Just need to be organised, and have some nice fresh ingredients on hand.

So what do you need?

Vegetarian Pizza….

BASE:

280mls warm water

1 sachet of yeast

1 teaspoon salt Read the rest of this entry

Waffle Bread

Gluten Free Alternatives to bread!

Well they said it wouldn’t happen, but it has!  Waffle bread is on a come back.. People everywhere are asking for decent ‘waffle bread’ recipes… I’m really excited about this, because I have some!  Yep, I’ve got a few crackers that can be whipped up in no time, provided you have some basic ingredients available.  For starters, some cooked brown or white rice, so gluten free Self Raising flour or plain flour, some herbs and spices, some chopped vegetables, or grated vegetables.  Seasoning like herbal salts, curry powder, Cayenne pepper, chia seeds, sesame seeds and ground almond.  Oh the list goes on, however at the end of the day the best combination is the simplest one.  Less is more!

Waffle bread is so simple, and so practical to include in your weekly menu.  I wrote ‘What A Lot Of Waffle’ because I wanted to find a home for a compilation of Gluten free waffle bread recipes that I had collected.  I told myself that I would have the book together in no time, but it took longer than I expected.  Life gets in the way sometimes.  Hey the book is available now, and what a wonderful gift it would make for someone for Christmas or any time for that matter. Read the rest of this entry

The Bliss Of Being In Nature

Saturday Salad

Saturday Salad

Outside where trees sway in the wind, cute little wren birds flutter about and butterflys float past, all is well and the troubles of the world seem far, far away.  Turn on the TV and it is completely the opposite.  So I’m ‘outside today’.  Outside in the garden, in nature, is the best place to be, especially when the sun is shining.  I have said it before that garden therapy is the best therapy you can experience.  Wayne Dyer says, ‘the wilderness is therapy’, so find your wilderness.  Read the rest of this entry

Healthy PumpkinsPumpkins… what do you do with them besides making pumpkin soup?  Allow me to share with you a beautiful recipe.  But before I do, here is some interesting nutritional facts for you to ‘digest’!

Nutrients in Pumpkin

Pumpkin is low in fat and calories and rich in disease-fighting nutrients such as: Read the rest of this entry

Going Bananas!

Recently a friend emailed me and asked me for some recipes using bananas, as she had an abundance of them. I referred her to my book ‘MUFFIN MANIA’, as I have some good recipes in this book.  But, this request also prompted me to share some the recipes and benefits of the humble banana with all my new friends on my blog!

The banana is not only one of the oldest fruits known to mankind, Read the rest of this entry

What do you do with your Juice pulp?

If you are a juice lover and juice carrot, apple, beetroot and other vegetables and end up with all this pulp, what do you do with all that pulp? 

There are many uses… I have a recipe for you here which makes a beautiful savoury CARROT and HERB Waffle Bread.  You can disperse your left over pulp in the compost, if you have chooks, then give it to them, and if you are creative you can also make carrot cake and cookies out of carrot and apple juice pulp.  But let’s start with the recipe for Carrot and Herb Waffle Bread…. here goes… Read the rest of this entry

Vitality from the Garden

spinach slice

At the time of writing this,  it is Thursday night, outside it is raining hard.  The ground is soggy, the water tanks are over flowing, the silver beet is going black, tomatoes are bursting with moisture, but the Paw Paw trees are sprouting up everywhere, so I think we will get some fruit this time.

We are fortunate there is a healthy crop of cucumbers, cabbage, capsicums, chillies, eggplant and cherry tomatoes growing in our vegetable patch, so we will not starve. Read the rest of this entry