Our Sponsors

Essential Oils

Burn Scar Prevention With Lavender Essential Oil

file6311331753644Lavender Helps Burn Pain and Scar Appearance Improvement

Several years ago, I had never heard of essential oils. One day, I took a plate of manicotti out of the microwave, and while carrying the plate, with cheese and sauce so hot it was bubbling still, I tripped and spilled the entire plate against my bare chest. The resulting burn was so bad that when I wiped the sauce and cheese from my chest with a towel, it pulled skin off with it, leaving me with second- and third-degree burns.

A quick visit to the ER later, and I was sent home with some cooling gel and antibiotics as well as pain medication, narcotics. While the narcotic pain medication did help reduce the pain and allow me to sleep some at night, during the day, in the heat of West Texas where I lived, it did little to alleviate the pain and made my head fuzzy and concentration was difficult.

A friend of mine mailed me something she swore would be a magic cure for my pain. I was skeptical. It seems whenever you let people know there’s something wrong, everyone has their own ‘home remedy’ to ‘cure’ your condition. Well, this time, she was right. What she sent me was lavender essential oil, a 15ml bottle. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Dietary Supplements Are Dangerous

All the Rage, All-Natural Dietary Supplements Can Be Quite Dangerous

Dietary supplements and all-natural over-the-counter treatments are all the rage, and many are less expensive than a prescription or synthetic counterpart would be. There is nothing wrong with using dietary supplements, but it’s important to understand that all-natural doesn’t mean “safe”.

Drugs.com and Keeping Track of Supplements Read the rest of this entry »

How to Choose a Perfume or Cologne to Attract a Partner

Why Humans Wear Perfume: Pheromones and Fragrances

All human beings secrete pheromones, which are chemical scents that our bodies produce, specifically for attracting other humans. All animals, humans included, produce these scents that attract members of their same species. Generally, the scents are to attract the opposite gender, in order to facilitate procreation and thus ensure the survival of the species.

Therefore, it makes sense that scent is directly, biologically, chemically ingrained as part of the mating ritual. Factor that out to the social aspect of dating, mating, marrying, etc., and you get perfumes and colognes meant to entice the opposite gender by making the male or female smell ‘more’ male or female. The point: to be more sexually exciting or interesting to members of the opposite sex. Read the rest of this entry »

Experiment with Condiments for Better Health and More Flavorful Foods

Condiments Can Help You Eat a Better Tasting and Healthy Diet!

Grilling lean cuts of meat, chicken and fresh veggies is a good way to add to a healthy, lower-fat diet. Yet, even with the flavor of the charcoal or wood, plain chicken or unseasoned lean steak can be a little bland. Lean cuts of meat and chicken are missing the one thing that makes them the most flavorful: the fat! It is the lean-cut, removed fat that makes these meats healthier for your diet, but lose their flavor at the same time.

However, eating healthy or healthier doesn’t mean you should have to compromise on flavor! So what can you do to add flavor to your meal without breaking your diet or ruining your healthy eating habits? Condiments!

Condiments are those items we use to add flavor and spice to our foods. Some condiments can add flavor without adding calories or unhealthy substances to our food and other condiments should be avoided, because they can turn healthy food unhealthy, and may contribute to weight gain too.

One rule to help pick healthier condiments for cooking is to look at the consistency of the condiment. Generally speaking, healthier and leaner condiments are the thinner ones, such as soy sauce, vinegar, hot sauce, small amounts of worcestershire sauce (be careful, some contain extra sugar or high fructose corn syrup and both of those add calories). These thinner sauce condiments are full of flavor, most can tenderize meat too, and they contain fewer calories per flavor level than their thicker condiment counterparts.

The thicker condiment sauces such as BBQ sauce, ketchup, honey mustard, jelly or jams, syrups, mayo type salad dressing spreads, and cocktail sauces all contain more sugar or high fructose corn syrup for sweetening and therefore, more calories per flavor than the thinner condiments.

Two exceptions to the consistency of condiments showing which are good for you is mustard and wasabi sauces. Both of these condiments are thicker, but you would use very little of them for flavor, and they do not contain a lot of unhealthy ingredients. In fact, both mustard and wasabi sauce have some very unique potential health benefits!

There are some thick sauce or liquid condiments that are okay to use, but you want to check the labels to ensure you are using the healthiest versions. For example, spaghetti/tomato sauce can be an excellent condiment to season some chicken and pork dishes, even to cover meatballs and the like, but some spaghetti/pasta/tomato meat sauces have added sugar and salt that are not necessary for the flavor of the sauce. Learning to read condiment labels can help determine which ones have good ingredients for a healthy, lower fat, lower sodium, lower sugar lifestyle, without compromising flavor. The processed, pre-packaged or canned/bottled sauces might not be as healthy as learning to make your own sauces from all natural, fresh, healthy ingredients.

Of course, salt and pepper are good dry condiment choices, but sodium/salt should be limited, so why not try more natural sea salts? Sea salts are naturally lower in sodium than table salt, but are packed with much more flavor. In fact, you can buy all natural sea salt rubs for your grilling meats that are excellent condiment choices. AC CP Charlotte Kuchinksy wrote an excellent article about sea salt rubs if you’re interested in the variety of flavors available.

Garlic is also another dry condiment that may promote good health and give flavor to meats. Don’t forget using herbs for flavor too, because herbs are great condiments for flavoring food without adding a lot of calories, and some herbs have excellent health benefits as well. You can read an article I wrote about herbs that aid with digestion and promote good health by clicking here.

Other good condiments choices include herb infused olive oils, lemon and lime juice (all natural or fresh squeezed – excellent on chicken!), cilantro, jalapeno juice, onion powder, cracked pepper (red, white and black peppercorn), and so many others. Chili lime flavoring is amazing on chicken and some veggies. Don’t be afraid to explore the spice aisle at your grocery store and take a chance on a new flavor.

Learning to read labels, checking the ingredients, and trying a variety of new flavors or herb and spice condiments can help you eat a healthier but also more flavorful diet. Don’t be afraid to explore with different tastes of condiments to find those that work best for your unique tastes and nutritional needs. It’s proven that the more flavor we experience when eating, the less we need to eat to feel satiated. Food should be more than just energy for our bodies, and if we learn to truly appreciate food, make it a full sensory experience of flavor, taste, scent, appearance, texture… we awake all our senses and can choose healthier choices without comprimising flavor.

Natural or Pesticide-free Mosquito Repellant

Repel Pests Without Pesticides

by Michelle Devon

If mosquitoes are driving you batty, but you’re afraid to use strong pesticides around your kids and pets, these natural mosquito repellants might just help!

My son is allergic to mosquitoes. That’s nothing new to me or to him, but sadly, he’s also allergic to many of the products and pesticides used to repel or kill mosquitoes too. This situation causes us to get more creative about finding ways to protect him from mosquito bites, so he doesn’t have to stay doped up on Benadryl all spring and summer. Read the rest of this entry »

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...