Jin Shin Jyutsu to Relieve Fatigue, Restless Sleep, Allergies, Balance Your Energy and More

Boy, I sure wish I’d come across this particular Jin Shin Jyutsu article by Astrid from Flows For Life a few days ago! Recently I’ve had several middle of the night spells where I couldn’t get back to sleep, plus a sudden bout of extreme fatigue earlier this afternoon, so it would have really come in handy. I actually learned this routine several years ago when I was studying JSJ, but had forgotten about it. It’s so simple to do and helps with a number of things. AND with the world in its current state, it’s great to have something easy and quick as a way to help keep our energy balanced, so be sure and give it a try!

I remember the first time I really felt the power of this self help. It’s difficult to describe the kind of exhaustion I felt; I didn’t know what to do with myself. Unfortunately, I wasn’t at home where I could lie down either. I needed to come up with something to get me going again, and I had to do it fast!

A gem of a self help hold

When I placed my hands in the proper position, I immediately felt comforted. Forty minutes later, I was back to feeling myself again, only better. This self help hold really did beat my (temporary) fatigue!

Since then, I have used this hold to help with many projects.

If I wake up in the middle of night and can’t go back to sleep, I will get into this position and that’s the last I am aware of until morning. It’s like a lullaby that lulls you to sleep.

The self help exercise

To clear the right upper body and left lower body (shown):
Place the left hand on the right upper arm and place the right hand on the left inner thigh

To clear the left upper body and right lower body:
Place the right hand on the left upper arm and place the left hand on the right inner thigh

Use it to balance energy

You can also use this self help when there is too much energy (waking up at night) or not enough energy (finding it hard to get up).

Mary Burmeister says of this self help hold: “It is supremely powerful. Use with humility and awe.”

Use it to help so much

Use this Jin Shin Jyutsu self help hold if you have a tight chest, shortness of breath, allergies, hay fever, cough, heart discomforts, sudden fatigue, to clear congestion in the breast area…in short, this is what Mary Burmeister, who helped introduce JSJ to the US, calls ‘the most important self help.’

Furthermore, it is said that Mary never really preferred any one hold above another, but she did call this one ‘a little gem.’

Video of self help hold to beat fatigue

SOURCE: https://www.flowsforlife.com/self-help-hold-to-beat-fatigue-and-more/

Also check out the archives for a number of other Self-help Health posts featuring more useful Jin Shin Jyutsu routines, including this initial post: Jin Shin Jyutsu: One of My Favorite DIY Health Aids

Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Be Sure To Give Yourself A Hug Today!

I just finished reading part of yet another article about the devastating effect lockdowns and social distancing are having on the mental and emotional well-being of many people,….. sometimes more detrimental than the virus itself.

But great synchronicity was at work, because right after that article I received an e-mail with this Jin Shin Jyutsu hold/flow. I feel this could actually help alleviate feelings of disconnection and depression, plus what’s great about JSJ it’s so simple to practice and every hold has multiple benefits, so you always get more than you bargained for.

Hopefully you’re in a position to get real hugs on a regular basis, but if not, put this to work for you. As they say, a hug a day keeps the doctor away!

p. s. Do a search on this blog for more JSJ routines. 🙂

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwiUBe50_GI&feature=youtu.be

And try these easy JSJ finger holds to relieve stress, worries and a sense of insecurity and help relax the body:

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIe1DbtARgI

See this Self-help Health post to get a more in-depth understanding of JSJ and finger holds: Jin Shin Jyutsu: One of my favorite DIY health aids!

Salud, and have an inspired and inspiring holiday season!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

The Motherlode of DIY Gifts & Ideas!

Too bad I didn’t know about this great post from Vitacost until the newsletter I received today arrived with a link to it, BUT if it’s too late for you to try some of these this holiday season, there’s always next year!

You’ll be able to find many of the ingredients/supplies at Vitacost at a discount, so if you’re new to shopping there, you should sign up for a free account at Rakuten (formerly eBates.com) and shop through that portal. That way you’ll earn a nice reward (I got a $10 gift card) from Rakuten, if you’re a new member, when you spend at least $25 at one of the hundreds of stores they link to, PLUS earn cash back on your Vitacost purchase(s). If you do much shopping on-line, then going through Rakuten is a great way to earn money on many of your orders!

50+ DIY Gifts For Everyone On Your List

by Katie 

Holiday gifts for home

Gifts are fun to give and receive, but homemade gifts add an extra special touch of thoughtfulness. Even if you’re not crafty or creative, there are tons of easy-to-make DIY gifts that will impress any recipient! This comprehensive list of 50+ handmade gifts has a little something for everyone, from your food-loving co-worker to your beauty-obsessed aunt, and everyone in between. Happy making and happy gifting!

DIY Holiday Gifts: Collage of DIY Ideas

DIY gifts for foodies

Food is an obvious choice — after all, who doesn’t love a batch of baked-from-scratch cookies or a tin full of homemade holiday truffles? Here are our favorites:

DIY Infused Vinegars

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Gluten-Free Cookies in a Jar

Chocolate Chip Caramel Bar Mix in a Jar

Chocolate-Covered Cookie Dough Truffles with Cherries

Holiday Chocolate Coconut Truffles

Dark Chocolate Superfood Bark

Cranberry-Pistachio Dark Chocolate Bark

Vegan Salted “Caramel” Dark Chocolate Bark

Chocolate Clusters with Pumpkin Seeds & Blueberries

White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

Spiced Honey Nuts

Roasted Coconut Almonds

Homemade Honeycomb Candy

Toasted Oat Brittle

Soft Caramel Candies

Homemade Cashew Butter with Cinnamon

Holiday Cup o’ Cheer (Hot Chocolate Mix)

Homemade Chai Tea Mix

More ideas:

15 Holiday Cookie Swap Recipes

Mason Jar Gift Ideas

Homemade beauty gifts

For the hostess who could use a little “me” time in the tub, or the co-worker who can’t resist a skin scrub — how about a homemade beauty gift? Many of these easy DIY gifts can be made in larger batches, if you’re gifting to a group:

DIY Coconut Mint Soap Bars

Twine-Tied Homemade Herbal Soap

Homemade Bath Fizzies 

Pumpkin Spice Bath Bombs

DIY Bath Bombs with Essential Oils

Whipped Chocolate Body Butter

Whipped Peppermint Body Butter

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Cinnamon-Sugar Body Scrub

Cacao-Mint Sugar Scrub

Rejuvenating Coffee Body Scrub

Cocoa Massage Cream

DIY Body Oil

Refreshing Spray Toner Mist 

Elderberry Lip Balm

More ideas:

3 DIY Beauty Gifts You Can Make with Coconut Oil

3 Soothing DIY Gifts For Mom (includes a Chamomile Oatmeal Bath Soak!)

How to Build a Beauty Gift Basket

DIY gifts for home

Give the gift of holiday scents, with homemade potpourri, candles, air mist, incense and more — or help your recipient tidy up after the holiday frenzy with homemade cleaning and laundry products. These DIY home gifts are perfect for anyone on your list:

Homemade Holiday Potpourri

DIY Candles with Natural Aromas

Beeswax Candles with Essential Oils

Christmas Tree Mist

Homemade Incense

DIY Diffuser with Pink Salt

Essential Oil Window Cleaner

Lavender Fabric Softener

Granite Countertop Cleaner

Aromatherapy Eye Pillow

5 Homemade Ornaments from Natural Ingredients (including Homemade Organic Salt-Dough Ornaments)

Mens shaving and grooming DIY gifts on white background

DIY gifts for him

What do you get for the guy who has everything? Make him something yourself — like cologne or grooming products with natural, skin-soothing ingredients! 

DIY Citrus Vetiver Cologne

Natural Shave Cream with Eucalyptus

DIY Soothing Organic Aftershave 

Peppermint Muscle Recovery Rub

homemade dog biscuits for holiday gift

DIY gifts for pets & kids

Don’t forget the kiddos and furry friends! We’ve gathered some easy homemade recipes for outdoor fun (slime, anyone?), as well as DIY toys and treats for your pets!

For pets:

DIY Gingerbread Treats

DIY Catnip Trees

Vegan Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Apple Sweet Potato Dog Biscuits

DIY Braided Ball Dog Toy 

For kids:

Homemade Chalk Paint

DIY Glue-Free Natural Slime

How to wrap homemade gifts

Once you’re done crafting and creating, check out these eco-friendly gift wrap ideas, for impressively adorned presents with minimal impact to the planet!

by Katie, Content Manager (and a loyal customer) at Vitacost.com.

 Source: https://www.vitacost.com/blog/diy-gifts-christmas-hanukkah/

Related Self-help Health post: Holiday Recipes & DIY Gift Ideas

Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

The Main Central: Jin Shin Jyutsu Source of Life Flow

Oh, I was so glad to find this article from Astrid at FlowsforLife.com in my inbox recently. I used to do this particular Jin Shin Jyutsu routine/flow on a regular basis, but somehow got out of the habit somewhere along the way. It was always a favorite of mine,…. it helps with so many different things, plus is easy and comfortable to do. I usually did it while lying in bed first thing in the morning, or sometimes before going to sleep at night…or when I would wake up in the middle of night, because it helped me get back to sleep.

If you want to give yourself a little break during the day, try this routine and hold any or all positions that seem pertinent at the time. And as we head into winter, at least in my part of the country, this is a great one for tuning up the body and strengthening your life force energy. Circulation, heart health, thyroid and parathyroid, mental clarity, spine, stomach, metabolism and more….Main Central’s got you covered!

PERSONAL TIP: When doing this routine, make sure you are as comfortable as possible, so you can sink into the full relaxation response Main Central will trigger in your body. Usually my muscles begin to let go and my breathing slows and deepens within a minute or two of starting this “flow.” To make myself extra comfortable, I put a pillow under my right arm to help hold it in position w/ my hand on my head and pull the covers up over it to make sure that part of my body stays warm in the winter. And I use a small Vibes Up therapy teddy bear under my left arm/elbow/wrist, depending on the point being held by my left hand/fingers. What’s cool is the bear not only supports my arm position, but also just so happens to add additional balancing/harmonizing and grounding energies to the body! Good deal!

Jin Shin Jyutsu Main Central Exercise

In Jin Shin Jyutsu, the Main Central IS the Source of Life. This is the energy that goes DOWN the FRONT of our body and UP the BACK. Main Central feeds all of our 144,000 energy functions. I liken it to the trunk of the energetic tree.

Be comfortable

To practise Main Central get into a comfortable position. You can do the exercise sitting down, but I prefer to lie down and support my arms (especially my right arm as it’s going to be in the same position for a while) with pillows and cushions. Hold each position for a few minutes each, or as long as you like! Some positions will feel so comfortable, you might spend an hour just in one hold.

There aren’t any rules – just enjoy!

Jin Shin Jyutsu Main Central Exercise

In this exercise, the right hand will remain on top of the head until the last hold when it moves to the coccyx, and the left hand moves down the front of the body as explained.

Top Tip

You can do the whole exercise or just choose the position that feels right for you in the moment. For instance, you might want to clear the head, so you could practice just the first position for a few minutes.

Clear the head

Position 1: Place Right Hand/Fingers on Top of Head
Maintain the right hand in this position during the routine through Positions 1 to 7.
AND
Place Left Fingers between Eyebrows
The Vital Force of Total Being. Revitalizes the deep energy circulation, improves memory, dissipates senility, harmonizes the pituitary gland and the pineal gland, controls blood pressure.

Release the pelvic girdle

Position 2: Place Left Fingers on Tip of Nose
Revitalizes superficial body energy circulation, releases tension in the pelvic girdle and reproductive organs.

Prevent heart attack

Position 3: Place Left Fingers on Center of Chest on the Sternum
Look for the ‘bump’ on the sternum, and place your fingers there. Revitalizes the Thyroid and Parathyroid; helps with facial muscular problems, helps prevent heart attacks, strokes, etc. Regulates metabolism and maintains mental balance. Helps us adapt to our surroundings and situations.

Help the immune system

Position 4: Place Left Fingers between Breasts on Sternum
Revitalizes the immune system for the prevention of cancer, AIDS, etc. Assists in child growth and mental development. Governs reproduction, generative and regenerative functions. Relieves nausea and anxiety. Assists with breathing.

Support the adrenals

Position 5: Place Left Fingers at Base of Sternum
The Controller of Human Destiny. Revitalizes the energy path of the spleen and the adrenals, assists in the secretion of digestive juices and hormones. Gateway to the solar energy system revitalizing the nervous system. Prevents diabetes.

Tone the abdominal muscles

Position 6: Place Left Fingers about an Inch above the Belly Button
Revitalizes abdominal muscle tone and intestinal function.

Strengthen the spine

Position 7: Place Left Fingers on Pubic Bone
Revitalizes the descending energy (down the front). Helps strengthen the spine.

Aid circulation in the legs and feet

Position 8: Right Hand moves from Top of Head to Base of Spine (Coccyx). Revitalizes the ascending energy (up the back), helps circulation in the legs and feet, helps cold and clammy hands and feet. Alleviates menstrual cramps.

Source: https://www.flowsforlife.com/exercise-the-main-central-source-of-life/

Related Self-help Health posts: Prime Mover & Jin Shin Jyutsu

Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

The Bad News About Eating More Take-out

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been eating much more take-out this past year than ever before. I was aware that stuff like styrofoam and plastic water bottles had a problem w/ plastic leaching into the contents, but didn’t realize it was to such a degree and could happen in a variety of ways. AND for some reason it never occurred to me that putting plastic dishes through the dishwasher was a bad idea. This article reminds me that it’s not just the quality of the food and drink we need to be concerned about, but also the packaging/container(s) it’s in!

takeout

EAT TAKEOUT? YOU’RE INGESTING UP TO 10,000 PLASTIC PARTICLES YEARLY

(by DR. ADRIA SCHMEDTHORST) I’ll be the first to admit that I eat takeout way too often.

Even though I have the best of intentions when it comes to preparing dinner, it’s often just too tempting to go the easy route and pick up a phone than to spend hours cooking.

And thanks to the pandemic, even those among us who weren’t big takeout people before can’t help but embrace bringing food home in those handy little plastic containers since eating in restaurants was prohibited in many areas.

But a new study has some sobering information for those of us who’ve made a regular habit of it…

Along with our favorite foods and a hefty side of convenience, those takeout containers carry a mega-dose of plastic that’s finding its way into your meals.

MICROPLASTICS RAINING DOWN ON YOUR FOOD

A study reported in the Journal of Hazardous Material found that each time food is eaten out of a takeout container, you’re also eating microplastics as part of your meal.

That’s because according to the research team that investigated the issue, those takeout containers, especially ones with rough surfaces, shed microplastics like crazy.

Here’s what they found specifically…

  • Microplastics were found in different types of takeout containers.
  • The highest microplastic level occurred in the containers made of polystyrene. Think Styrofoam.
  • Microplastic fell from the inner surface of takeout containers after slightly flushing. Think about the way hot food cause condensation on your food container’s lid. That helps plastic particles rain down on your food.
  • Microplastics come from the takeout containers themselves and the air.
  • Microplastic intake through container may be up to 203 items/person/week.

The researchers say that based on the microplastic abundance they found in takeout containers people who order takeout food four to seven times per week may ingest 12–203 pieces of microplastics through containers.

Now, let’s just do the math on that…

That means that at the lowest level, you’ll be eating an extra 624 pieces of plastic a year.

But at the highest level, you could be ingesting a whopping 10,556 microplastic pieces each and every year!

THE DANGERS OF MICROPLASTICS

Now if the thought of eating these plastics on its own doesn’t worry you, here’s where the issue comes in…

Research into the health issues with these plastics is indeed pretty new. However, Pete Myers, founder and chief scientist of the nonprofit Environmental Health Sciences and an adjunct professor of chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University points out that the chemicals in these plastics are known to be harmful.

They’ve been linked to everything from obesity and reproduction problems to developmental delays in children.

And there’s evidence in animals that they can cross the blood-brain barrier and get into our bloodstream, where they could potentially cause hormone disruption, nervous system problems, hearing issues and even cancer.

This means that anything you can do to avoid excess plastics (like cutting back on takeout food) is a vital step in protecting your health.

To cut back on the microplastics contaminating your body, you can also:

  • Avoid the worst offender based on this research — Styrofoam containers, which are one of the most used materials for takeout.
  • Skip the bottled water — The level of microplastics in bottled water is approximately double that of tap water. And according to a study report in The Smithsonian Magazine, if you drink exclusively from plastic water bottles, you may ingest an additional 90,000 microplastics each year, compared to 4,000 among those who only consume tap water.
  • Wash plastic dishes by hand — High heat can cause a release of microplastics from your dishes. This means that plastic dishes should be hand-washed instead of run through the dishwasher.
  • Go fresh — Packaged foods wrapped in plastics are one more source of those microplastic flakes that can contaminate your food so stick with fresh food whenever possible and cook more often at home.

What else can you do? Eat cleansing foods. It may not be possible to cleanse actual pieces of microplastics from your body, but certain foods have been shown to help remove plasticizers — chemicals like phthalates and parabens found in plastics.

The Functional Medicine University suggests that two or more servings daily of Brassica or cruciferous vegetables revs up detoxification of plastics. They bind to the chemicals and remove them from the body in a process called chelation. So, make the following foods part of your diet: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, arugula and dark leafy greens, like kale.

Source: https://easyhealthoptions.com/eat-takeout-youre-ingesting-up-to-10000-plastic-particles-yearly/

Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

DIY Vanilla Extract + Acupressure Video + Must See Documentary

 

Okay, full disclosure upfront…..this is one of those recipes I’m posting so I’ll always know where to find it, BUT I’m hoping there will be some of you out there who like to save money and are big fans, like me, of almost anything  vanilla flavored. If so, this should be right up your alley, plus, I found the article to be a very entertaining, insight-filled read and one of the best on DIY vanilla extract I’ve come across…..

Skip the store. Make your own!

You can make the ultimate, high-quality vanilla extract right in your kitchen. Yes, the gourmet stuff. Since you’ve made it yourself, you know it’s free of artificial colors, flavors, or other impurities. And it costs a tiny fraction of what you would pay at the store:

  • Vanilla extract = $18.19 per cup
  • Gourmet vanilla extract = $43.60 per cup
  • Homemade, gourmet vanilla extract = $8.74 per cup

Step #1: Gather Your Materials

You will need scissors (or a knife), a mason jar with a lid, alcohol (35%–50%), and vanilla beans.

Selecting the Right Vanilla Beans

Vanilla beans aren’t standard fare in most produce departments or farmer’s markets. You may need to get these online. Consider the following varieties of vanilla, to customize your gourmet creation:

  • Madagascar/Bourbon: This is the traditional vanilla you’re familiar with.
  • Tahitian: More floral and fruity
  • Mexican: Sweet and woody with a hint of spice
  • African/Ugandan: Smokier and bold

And these aren’t your only options. You can also explore Indian, Tonga, and Indonesia vanilla beans.

As you browse the selection, you may notice that vanilla beans are given an A, B, or C grade. Grade A beans are more expensive and are meant for cooking. They work fine in extracts, but the increased cost won’t yield much difference in your finished product. Grade B vanilla beans cost less and are intended for use in extracts.

You can often buy grade B beans for around $1.50 to $2.00 each, depending on how many you buy at once.

What Kind of Alcohol Should You Use?

Next, you’ll need to select an alcohol. Alcohol extracts the vanilla flavor and prevents spoilage. You’ll want something that’s between 35%–50% alcohol. Around 40% is ideal.

There’s no need to spend your money on a high-dollar alcohol. It’s the quality of the vanilla beans, not the alcohol, that makes great vanilla. So go ahead and get the cheap stuff. Most people choose an alcohol with a mild flavor, but you could also select one with a complementary flavor. Spiced rum, for example, could make your vanilla quite exotic.

Step #2: Assemble Your Ingredients

Use your scissors or knife to split the beans lengthwise and place them in the jar. If they’re too long, just cut them so that they fit. Then pour your alcohol over the vanilla beans.

For “better-than-supermarket” vanilla extract, use 2–3 beans for each cup of alcohol. For gourmet vanilla, use 5 beans per cup of alcohol. And for mind-blowing, legendary, sell-it-to-put-your-kid-through-college vanilla, use 7–8 beans per cup of alcohol. Any more than this and the FBI has to come and haul you away.

Cap it, shake it up, and put it away in the cupboard. Come back every few days to shake it up again. It really likes it when you do that. Tell it that it’s a good vanilla—a pretty vanilla. Sing it a little song. (You think I’m joking.)

Now comes the hardest part. Waiting.

How long do you have to wait? That depends. Do you want good vanilla, great vanilla, or life-altering vanilla?

  • For good vanilla, let it extract for 8 weeks. Go ahead and sniff if every so often. Maybe take a tiny sample. It’s okay. I won’t tell.
  • For great vanilla, let it extract for 6 months. Yes, 6 months. I know, I know. You want your vanilla now. But great vanilla takes time.
  • For mind-blowing, life-altering, legendary vanilla, let it extract for a full year. I’ll pause now, while you finish cursing your computer screen. ( … ) All done? Good, because I have a compromise for you. Make 2 batches of vanilla—each one being enough for an entire year.

Use the first batch as the year goes by. It will get better with time because it will keep extracting. Then when it’s used up, open your year-old vanilla and let the good times roll! Just remember to start a new batch for the next year.

Cheaters Never Win?

The 2 main factors in flavor extraction are time and surface area. (The alcohol-to-water ratio is important too, but we’ve already got that covered.) We could think of this as a formula:

Surface Area x Time = Great Vanilla

If we want to reduce the extraction time without diminishing the vanilla flavor, we need to increase the surface area.

To increase the surface area, we could cut our vanilla beans into smaller and smaller pieces with scissors. But who has time for that? Time is exactly the thing we’re trying to cut down on! Let’s just keep on cheating instead.

Toss those beans into your blender. Pour in your alcohol. Then blend it like you’re trying to destroy evidence! You’ll notice that the liquid turns darker right away.

Go ahead and cap it, and shake it up every few days, just as you would with the slower method. Open it up every week to sample it. You won’t get a year’s worth of flavor maturation in a week, but it will move along much faster.

This method does have a few downsides. For one, it’s less visually appealing in the jar. Your friends will be more impressed with a jar of vanilla beans than a jar of cloudy bean powder. Also, it’s hard to filter out the little bean pieces, and you may get them in your food. But that could also make it look more authentic, so that may actually be a bonus. Lastly, vanilla bean powder can’t easily be repurposed for vanilla sugar.

Repurposing Beans

Can you reuse vanilla beans? Yes, but the resulting extract won’t be as strong. Feel free to try it. You might like it just fine. If not, just toss in a fresh bean or two, and let it extract again.

Some people also like to use a sort of “perpetual vanilla” system. Any time they use a little vanilla extract, they’ll top the container back up with alcohol and let it continue extracting. Depending on how often you use your vanilla, this system works fine, though it does yield a diminishing quality of vanilla over time.

Alternately, you can create vanilla sugar. Take out the used vanilla beans and let them dry. Place them in an airtight container and fill it with sugar. Then, let it sit for a couple of weeks. Use the sugar in baking, coffee, tea, or anywhere else you’d like a sweet, vanilla flavor.

Gourmet Options

You now know how to make gourmet-quality vanilla. But it’s still just vanilla. What about fancy flavors? What about creativity? Let’s do it!

First of all, a flavored alcohol can really take your vanilla in a fun and unexpected direction. Another option is to add spices or herbs into the mix. How about adding a little cinnamon or clove? How does lavender vanilla or vanilla mint sound? Just put them right in the jar and let them extract together.

For a sweeter vanilla, add honey or maple syrup.

The only limit is your creativity and your bravery for experimenting with new flavor combinations.

Other Extracts

We’ve cracked the code for vanilla extract, but that’s not nearly the end of the story. You can make any of the extracts you find in the store, plus a whole lot more! The basic process is the same for all extracts, but I’ll give you a few tips for special cases.

Almond Extract

The skin on an almond can cause an extract to turn bitter. Before using them, drop them into boiling water. After 1 minute, remove them and let them cool. The skins should slide right off. Roughly chop the almonds (minus skins) and place them in the jar. About 15 almonds are enough for 2 cups of basic almond extract, but I like to use twice as much.

Fruit Extracts

Fruits usually have a high moisture content. This will dilute your alcohol content. Either slice and dehydrate your fruit first or use a slightly higher proof alcohol. If using fresh fruit, use a 1:1 ratio of fruit to alcohol (by volume). If using dehydrated fruit us a 1:2 ratio of fruit to alcohol. These ratios are just guidelines, not rules. Feel free to experiment.

Source: https://thegrownetwork.com/how-to-make-vanilla-extract/

 

I watched this a couple of days ago and wish it was required viewing for everyone!

This documentary is entertaining, enlightening, inspiring and informative, as well as depressing and disheartening at times when you see how the powers that be (including the Girl Scouts organization!) are so resistant to what will liberate humanity and provide a better, healthier, more abundant world for everyone. You’ll get to know a “No to GMOs” super cute little powerhouse w/ an angel of a mom, a visionary farmer on a mission, and a brilliant inventor, way-shower and humanitarian w/ soul-filled blue eyes who creates things you usually only encounter in sci-fi.😊

You can watch for free thru today, Sept 14th, BUT if you at least sign-up to watch by the end of today, you will  get an extra 3 days for viewing. OR get unlimited access for only $7 and help support the cause here.

And go here for video from Michael Reed Gach, PhD demonstrating DIY acupressure points for toning the face, increasing circulation, clearing sinuses, releasing toxins and more.

 

Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

63 (count ’em!) Zucchini Recipes For Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner And Snacking

 

I meant to post this about a month ago when zucchini were at their peak (at least in the community garden where I volunteer) and this image got a lot of laughs on Facebook. No worries, there’s still plenty of these cucumber-shaped summer squash around to use in any of the delicious-looking recipes put together by Pure Wow that strike your fancy. Plus, you can always bookmark this page for next year when you’re wondering what to do with your surplus. 🙂

 

zucchini recipes Zucchini Fries Recipe

1. ZUCCHINI ‘FRIES’

When that fry craving hits (and you know it will), whip up this healthier version instead of the usual deep-fried taters.

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zucchini recipes Mini Spanish Tortilla With Zucchini Recipe

2. MINI SPANISH TORTILLA WITH ZUCCHINI

Amazing news: This whole thing is for you, and makes a mean breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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zucchini recipes Zucchini Ricotta Galette Recipe

3. ZUCCHINI RICOTTA GALETTE

This savory pie is basically foolproof, thanks to pre-made pie crust.

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zucchini recipes Pesto Zoodles Recipe

4. PESTO ZOODLES

A healthy coating of homemade basil pesto takes zucchini noodles to a whole new level.

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zucchini recipes Zoodle Stir Fry Recipe

5. ZOODLE STIR-FRY

Skip the rice in favor of squash. It’s flavorful and filling, and it comes together in no time.

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zucchini recipes Baked Zucchini Ziti Spirals With Mozzarella Recipe

6. BAKED ZUCCHINI ‘ZITI’ SPIRALS WITH MOZZARELLA

This has all the cheesiness but none of the carbs of the original, thanks to sneaky zucchini ribbons.

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zucchini recipes Easy Zucchini Bread Recipe

7. EASY ZUCCHINI BREAD

All you need is one bowl to mix the ingredients and a little patience as the loaf bakes.

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Go here for the rest of the yummy looking recipes, including #45 Cheesy Pesto Chips.

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts, and tell your friends to do the same. Also check out my website’s To Your Health page and Evolution Made Easier blog for more helpful health tips, tools and information.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Is Your Avocado Oil As Healthy As You Think? + Webinar On Increasing Your Energy

 

A number of years ago I started hearing about how much of the olive oil on the market was not as pure as advertised and often diluted with various inferior oils. Now, that sadly seems to be the same scenario with avocado oil, which is really disappointing since I have been using Primal Kitchen’s mayonnaise, both regular and garlic aioli versions, for several years. I made the switch because it had gotten to where almost every brand I checked was substituting canola for olive oil. 

I am hoping Primal Kitchen has enough integrity and quality control in place to be sure they are using pure, unadulterated avocado oil in their products, but there’s no way to know from the labeling. Extra virgin and/or organic would be an even bigger plus, but I would think if that was the case they would not miss the chance to mention that selling point in their marketing. I notice they sell bottles of unrefined extra virgin and organic avocado oils, but that’s not how the oil in their mayonnaise is listed in the ingredients, so I would be very pleasantly surprised if the higher quality oil is actually being used. 😦

 

Why can’t store bought avocado oil be trusted?

Whether served up solo in tasty slices, slathered on toast or used in dips and guacamole, avocados are riding a massive wave of popularity – and gaining nutritional popularity.  In addition to their buttery texture and appealing taste, avocados feature generous amounts of beneficial monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, B-complex vitamins and antioxidants.  But, what about avocado oil?  Is it good for us?

Avocado oil – which offers many of the same benefits – is surging in popularity as well. Yet, in an alarming new study of commercial avocado oil, researchers found that the majority of samples were low-quality, diluted and/or mislabeled.  Let’s take a closer look at the “bait and switch” game that manufacturers are playing with avocado oil.

First, the good news: Oleic acid in avocado oil provides anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-lowering benefits

Avocado oil, which may be used as a cooking oil or added to recipes, is composed of 70 percent oleic acid. This monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid has been shown to reduce cholesterol and help to protect against cardiovascular disease and neuro-degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Avocado oil is available in both refined and unrefined varieties.  Refined avocado oil is deodorized or bleached after the extraction process. Unrefined oil is filtered for impurities after extraction, but is otherwise unaltered.

Other distinctions include virgin and extra virgin formulations.  According to the American Oil Chemists Society, only the highest-quality fruit may be used in “extra virgin” olive oil, which must be extracted mechanically at low temperatures. In addition, no chemical solvents may be used.

In “virgin” avocado oil, imperfections in the fruit are permitted – but the extraction methods must still be mechanical, and the oil must remain solvent-free.

Buyer beware: Study reveals that commercial avocado oils may be adulterated with inferior oils

In a study published recently in Food Control, researchers collected 22 avocado oil samples sourced from California, Mexico, Brazil and Spain – with an eye towards representing all the major brands and towards examining both refined and unrefined oils.

Fourteen of the samples were obtained from six grocery stores, and eight from online stores.

The researchers assessed the quality, purity and authenticity of the oils by measuring their levels of free fatty acids, plant sterols and tocopherols (natural vitamin E).  What they found was disturbing!

Most of the avocado oils – which were marketed as “pure,” “virgin” or “extra virgin” avocado oil – were found to be mixed with other oils.  Six of the samples were found to be adulterated with sunflower, safflower and soybean oils. (All three of these oils are believed to be nutritionally inferior to avocado oil – and pro-inflammatory to boot).

And, the degree of dilution was substantial.  In fact, three samples – labeled either “pure” or “extra virgin”- actually contained more soybean oil than avocado oil!

Alert: Study also found that oxidation was rampant

In addition, the team found that a shocking 82 percent of the oils had undergone oxidation (turned rancid) well before their printed expiration dates.

Oxidation, which causes a loss of antioxidant value and distortions in color and flavor, can result from improper or prolonged storage, damaged or rotten fruits and harsh processing methods. It can also occur due to exposure to light – with the scientists finding that the oils that oxidized most quickly were packaged in clear glass or plastic rather than dark-tinted materials.

By the way, high pricing was no guarantee of quality. The team reported that the most expensive oils had the highest peroxidation values, meaning they were most prone to becoming rancid.

Study leader Selina Wang, a cooperative extension specialist in the Department of Food Science and Technology at UC Davis, reported that there are currently no standards to determine if an avocado oil is of the quality and purity advertised. She warned of the urgent need for standards to protect consumers.

Sowhat’s an avocado oil fan to do?

As it happens, three of the avocado oils – Chosen Foods, Marianne’s Avocado Oil and CalPure – were found to be pure and unadulterated, exactly as advertised. Obviously, these are superior choices.

Unfortunately, the scandal is not confined to avocado oil. Olive oil can be suspect as well.

Warning: Olive oil may be polluted with pesticides and potential carcinogens

Olive oil, beloved by nutritionists and natural health experts for its high levels of healthful oleic acid and antioxidants, plays a major role in the Mediterranean diet, which has been linked in studies with heart health and longer life.

But this worthy oil is also subject to dilution with inferior oils. Even worse, it may be affected by outright contamination.  As NaturalHealth365 reported in 2016, Italian authorities uncovered a criminal enterprise surrounding olive oil, with fraudulent labeling and false documentation leading to charges of food fraud and tax evasion.

In the investigation, Italy’s State Forestry Corps seized over 10 tons of olives that had been artificially colored with a copper chlorophyllin complex that is prohibited by both Italian and European law.

According to separate research performed by a consumer protection organization in Germany, 20 of 26 olive oil samples studied contained pesticides. Other toxic ingredients included plasticizers, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene and styrene.  By the way, in 2018, styrene was classified by the World Health Organization as a probable carcinogen.

As with avocado oil, popularity and prestige is no guarantee of purity. Bertolli, the top-selling brand of olive oil in the United States, has been the subject of multiple class-actions lawsuits.  The brand’s “extra virgin” olive oil was allegedly found to be composed of low-quality oils.

How can I find high-quality olive oil?

The best bet for finding healthful olive oil is to forget about the imported brands and support domestic organic olive growers.  We, at NaturalHealth365, enjoy the olive oil from Apollo Olive Oil.  And, no, we do not receive any financial compensation to mention this to you.

To cut the odds of buying oxidized oils, bypass products sold in clear containers and look for dark-tinted bottles.  You can find quality olive oil through the California Olive Oil Council.

And, you can learn about a particularly healthful olive oil here.

It is truly an outrage that two of the most beneficial, nutrient-rich oils on the planet are subject to mislabeling and dilution by unscrupulous manufacturers.  But, seeking out pure, wholesome olive and avocado oils will be worth the effort.

Source: https://www.naturalhealth365.com/extra-virgin-avocado-oil-3484.html

 

And this webinar is something I just signed up for that you might be interested in. It’s a free presentation from Ari Whitten about how to increase your energy in just 5 minutes a day. Here’s what his e-mail said…

For the last few months, I’ve been working on a brand new presentation that compiles all of my top energy “hacks” to supercharge your brain and body — specifically, how to double your energy levels in less than 5 minutes a day.

I say “hacks” because this presentation is not about all of the foundational nutrition and lifestyle stuff (which I teach constantly in all my work), but is specifically about the ENERGY SECRETS that supercharge your energy levels with little to no effort, in just days.

Sound too good to be true?

Well, I plan on PROVING it to you!

I will literally show you the scientific evidence that within the next few weeks, you can literally DOUBLE or even TRIPLE your energy levels — in just a few MINUTES a day.

(Oh, and I will be showing you how to do this WITHOUT using stimulants or caffeine).

No joke. There is science to back it all up.

Here’s what you will learn:

  • 4 strategies that are each proven to reduce depression by over 30% or 40% within just days.
  • A special compound that supercharges your mitochondrial health (and a breakthrough in how to hack it).
  • Science-backed supplements that supercharge your brain function (decrease anxiety, balance neurotransmitters, eliminate brain fog, and protect against brain diseases).
  • A major hidden cause of fatigue that few people are aware of (this affects more than 9 out of 10 people).
  • A daily routine that can literally DOUBLE or even TRIPLE your energy levels (and dramatically improve your mood and brain function) in just 5 minutes a day.

And much more!

The webinar will happen on Thursday, August 13th, at 4:30 PM PST. Reserve your spot here.

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts, and tell your friends to do the same. Also check out my website’s To Your Health page and Evolution Made Easier blog for more helpful health tips, tools and information.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

 

The Answer To Cancer Free Docu-series

I know you may be getting tired of summits and series….there seem to be new ones being offered on a weekly basis these days….but I got a notice from Nick Polizzi of The Sacred Science and got excited when I saw that Dr Zach Bush was going to be a featured presenter in the upcoming The Answer to Cancer docu-series. I have mentioned him before, as far as his interviews on GMOs, glyphosate, gut health, regenerative farming and more, and even did a post not long ago that highlighted his 4-minute (actually closer to 3 really!) HIIT exercise routine that I’m sold on.

Anyway, I recommend signing up for this upcoming series, if for no other reason than listening to his take on things. He is one of the world’s few triple board-certified physicians in the country – with expertise in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Hospice/Palliative care, and has a real talent for bringing together science, medicine and holistic health. 

Here’s Nick’s e-mail about the event….

I don’t know anyone whose life has not been impacted by cancer. Whether it’s a friend, family member, or possibly even your own health.

Who is truly safe when the American Cancer Society indicates that more than 1 of every 3 U.S. residents will be diagnosed with some type of cancer at some point in their lives?

When it comes to this terrifying disease, it’s absolutely vital to be aware of every single one of our options. Unfortunately, the only approaches being offered by modern doctors involve potentially dangerous chemicals and surgery…

They claim that these are the only proven solutions for this disease… but is that really true?

Simple answer – NO.

There are scientifically-proven natural cancer treatments, as well as new leading-edge conventional therapies that do not inflict trauma on patients. You can learn about all of these new resources in the ground-breaking new docu-series, The Answer to Cancer.

The secret is that there are many answers to cancer – not only to the question of how to treat cancer, but also how to prevent it!

Click here to watch the trailer!

In this powerful free series, you’ll hear from an all-star panel of esteemed experts — including world-renowned breast cancer surgeon Dr. Kristi Funk and internationally recognized internal medicine educator Dr. Zach Bush. They’ll be covering an array of urgent topics, from the true causes of cancer, to prevention strategies, to the least destructive, least painful, most effective cancer treatments and protocols available today.

Cancer is not a death sentence. It can be healed using the right complementary medicines, alternative therapies, and the latest advances in traditional treatment.

These breakthrough solutions are all documented in The Answer to Cancer – and you can watch and learn for FREE.

The information in this docu-series can save you lots of heartache and save your — or a loved one’s — life.

Here’s What You Can Expect In “The Answer To Cancer” Docu-series

Episode 1: Profound Personal Discoveries & Breakthroughs (Airs on Tuesday, August 4th at 9 p.m. Eastern)

 

Episode 2: Refuse To Let Cancer Win (Airs on Wednesday, August 5th at 9 p.m. Eastern)

 

Episode 3: Alternative Methods For You & Your Loved Ones (Airs on Thursday, August 6th at 9 p.m. Eastern) 

 

Episode 4: Going All Natural & The Power Of Plants (Airs on Friday, August 7th at 9 p.m. Eastern)

 

Episode 5: Deep Cellular Healing (Airs on Saturday, August 8th at 9 p.m. Eastern)

 

Episode 6: Combining Holistic & Conventional Methods (Airs on Sunday, August 9th at 9 p.m. Eastern)

 

Episode 7: Advanced Scientific Protocols (Airs on Monday, August 10th at 9 p.m. Eastern)

 

Episode 8: Accelerated Healing (Airs on Tuesday, August 11th at 9 p.m. Eastern)

 

Episode 9: Finding Your Answers To Cancer (Airs on Wednesday, August 12th at 9 p.m. Eastern)

Each episode will be available for 24 hours online for you to watch until the next one goes live.

https://theanswertocancr.com/

Nick Polizzi
Host of Proven: Healing Breakthroughs Backed By Science
& Founder of The Sacred Science

 

Salud!

Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts, and tell your friends to do the same. Also check out my website’s To Your Health page and Evolution Made Easier blog for more helpful health tips, tools and information.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Free Webinar With Dr Zach Bush & Lynne Twist

I just this minute found out about this webinar and it’s actually already in progress, but I’m hoping that any of us who sign up will receive a link to the replay. Was introduced to Dr Zach Bush via a Facebook post a month or two ago and in the meantime have listened to a number of his interviews on GMOs, glyphosate, covid virus, regenerative farming and more. He’s one of the most well-rounded, well-educated, articulate, holistic-minded, humanitarian, willing-to-think-outside-the-box doctors I’ve ever come across. So I’m definitely interested in hearing what he has to say on the topic of cancer. Hope you’re drawn to sign-up, too. Have a feeling it will be filled with lots of useful information and insights….

 

Introducing the Cancer Story Project.

This webinar will feature Lynne Twist and Zach Bush, M.D., with Neal Rogin and the Cancer Story Project founder Cheryl Buck, moderated by Jon Leland.

The mission of the Cancer Story Project is to bring forth a new conversation about cancer that empowers someone who has it, and the people and community around them, to embrace the cancer journey in a new way.

Lynne Twist will share what it means to bring forth a new conversation. Zach Bush, M.D. will explain why cancer is not what we think it is. Neal Rogin will speak from his personal experience about how a cancer diagnosis can be the best thing that ever happened to you. And, Cheryl Buck will share the origins of the Cancer Story Project and her vision for how it will change the world. There will also be an opportunity for you to join the conversation, including via a Q&A session.

This will be an inspiring and uplifting one hour virtual event that may change more for you than just how you think about cancer.

We look forward to sharing this hour with you and hope you will be moved to join our conversation.

Your registration will also give you access to a link to the recording of this webinar.

Time

Jul 16, 2020 02:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Sign-up here.

And I just found out about this free webinar being offered by Dr. Sue Morter on the 3 Secrets to Syncing Up Your Super Powers that also includes some nice bonus meditations….

Dr Morter will be focusing on:

  • The most important life-changing shift you can make to immediately live a more fulfilled and blissful life
  • A powerful tool (you already possess but have never been taught to use!) that powerfully infuses and enlivens every aspect of your life – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual
  • How to flow with, rather than against, the Universal stream of energy to create the life of your dreams
  • And more…

Find out more here.

p. s. Here’a link that came this morning from EWG to a pdf to help you avoid glyphosate in your food. If you eat hummus, oats, granola and snack bars (yes on “all the above” for me!) , you need to check this out.

 

Salud!

Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts, and tell your friends to do the same. Also check out my website’s To Your Health page and Evolution Made Easier blog for more helpful health tips, tools and information.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.