• 20Nov


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    As winter approaches, using cinnamon is a good choice. It increases warmth and circulation and supports efficient digestion of fats and heavy foods. Cinnamon helps counteract the congestion that is often accompanied by creamy foods and desserts.

    Cinnamon is also a time tested remedy for preventing the onset of colds. If you are suffering with a cough, cold or sore throat, consider adding cinnamon to your food to quicken your healing process. Cinnamon dissolves mucus and helps resolve irritating coughs and bronchial congestion.


    Nutmeg is a superb digestive aid. It is commonly added to cream and cheese sauces, egg dishes and creamy desserts. Nutmeg is especially helpful for digesting rich, dairy filled foods often found at the holiday table.

    Even if you aren’t normally a big spice wielding chef, the ritual of holiday cooking demands a few dashes of nutmeg. Befriending nutmeg is a good move during the feasting season. It mediates the effects of rich food, too many desserts, too much food in general and late night eating.


    This is another spice that once you realize the immensity of its healing capacity you are going to seek out more ways to use it in your kitchen. Fortunately that isn’t too difficult; the rich, warm taste and aroma of this spice provides a pleasant accent to sweet and savory dishes and punctuates the flavor of cookies and pies.

    It is a good thing we use cloves in pudding and pie because, like cinnamon, cloves are an antidote to the mucus forming nature of desserts. Heavy desserts are known to clog the sinuses, dull the mind and produce phlegm. Cloves clear the sinuses, encourage mental clarity and resolve phlegm.

  • 17Nov


    In Spanish this herb is known as Una de Gato (or cat’s claw) as its vine resembles the claws of a cat. This rainforest herb is native to South America and has been used by the indigenous people for over 2000 years.

    Cat’s Claw is a great supplement to give your immune system a boost and keep the Candida at bay. Your immune system is your first and best defense against Candida, so it’s important to do everything you can to make it stronger.

    How does Cat’s Claw work?

    Cat’s Claw contains alkaloids that strengthen your white blood cells, allowing them to attack foreign invaders such as Candida, as well as other fungi, viruses and bacteria.

    Cat’s Claw also has antioxidant properties that combat free radicals in your bloodstream. These are the pesky chemicals that causes aging and disease. Its anti-inflammatory properties can help with gastrointestinal disorders that involve inflammation (such as Colitis, Crohn’s, Diverticulitis, IBS, and other bowel problems), and it also has a detoxifying effect on the intestinal tract.

    How to take Cat’s Claw?

    Cat’s Claw usually comes in 1g capsules. The usual recommendation is to take 1-2 capsules, 3 times daily.

    Capsules are not the only way to take Cat’s Claw though. The inner bark of Cat’s Claw is also used to make liquid extracts and teas. Preparations of cat’s claw can also be applied topically to the skin.

    Who should not take Cat’s Claw?

    Women who are pregnant, nursing or trying to conceive should not take Cat’s Claw. Speak to your doctor if you are taking any other medications, to avoid interactions.

    Cat’s Claw can cause thinning of the blood, so do not take it 2 weeks prior to surgery. If you have any doubts, speak to your doctor.

    Cat’s Claw Side effects?

    Side effects can include headaches, vomiting and dizziness. If you have any concerns, remember to speak to your doctor.

    If you want to learn more about boosting your immune system, my Ultimate Candida Diet treatment program recommends a list of immune boosting supplements.

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  • 03Nov


  • 01Nov


    What Is Palo Santo?

    Palo Santo is a mystical tree that grows on the coast of South America and is related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal.  In Spanish, the name literally means “Holy Wood”.

    Ceremonial Benefits -

    Palo Santo is burned in ceremonies by Shamans and Medicine people for its energetically cleansing and healing properties similar to Sage.  It has been popularized and cherished by many because of its heavenly presence in Ayahuasca circles.  It creates a pleasant, fresh smelling smoke with hints of mint and citrus that work well in keeping away mosquitoes and other flying insects.  It provides an uplifting scent that raises your vibration in preparation for meditation and allows for a deeper connection to Source.  It is also said that Palo Santo enhances creativity and brings good fortune to those who are open to its Magic.

    Healing Benefits

    Palo Santo is traditionally used for relieving common colds, flu symptoms, stress, asthma, headaches, anxiety, depression, inflammation, emotional pain and more…  The oil can also be used during massage work to seal intentions while calling in Spirit Allies for support and protection.

    Palo Santo can also be simmered in hot water and drank as a tea.  Great for calming the immune and nervous systems for faster recovery of illness.  In essential oil form, it is great for physical pain and inflammation containing high levels of D-Limonene and Monotropenes that are useful for cancer symptoms.


    The best part of this magical tree is that it is wild crafted and sustainably harvested by a family that has planted over 30,000 trees back into the area over the last 10 years.  The essential oil can only be extracted from dead trees and fallen branches using “Vapor Distillation” without the use of dangerous chemicals or solvents.  This insures a high quality product cared for with Love and Respect.

    100% Sustainable and Natural
    Essential Oil is diluted in an Organic Sesame & Jojoba Oil Base.

    Burning Instructions

    Use a candle, match or lighter to ignite your stick of Palo Santo.  Hold at about a 45 degree angle pointing the tip down toward the flame.  Allow it to burn for about 30 secs to 1 minute and then blow out.  Move about your workspace, home, car, bathroom or anywhere you would like to clear the energy.  The rich smell will also bring peace and clarity to the moment along with good feelings .  When finished, place the stick in a fire proof bowl of metal, glass or clay.  The glow will end on its own unless you blow on the ember which will keep the smoke going.  Always use caution and respect when working with fire.

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  • 01Nov

    Other Names:

    Blood of the Dragon, Croton lechleri, Drago, Dragon’s Blood, Lan-Hiqui, Laniqui, Sang de Dragon, Sangre de Drago, Sangre de Dragon, Sangue de Agua, Sangue de Drago, SP 303, SP-303, Taspine.


    Sangre de Grado is a tree that grows in the Amazon region of South America. The tree bark and sap are used to make medicine.

    Sangre de Grado or SP-303, one of the chemicals it contains, is used for diarrhea associated with cholera, AIDS, traveling, or treatment with antibiotics. Sangre de Grado is also used for treating cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), viral respiratory infections, fever, hemorrhage, bleeding gums, wounds, broken bones, vaginal infections, hemorrhoids, a skin condition called eczema, and insect bites and stings. Other uses include treating ulcers of the mouth, throat, stomach, or intestine; supporting the body’s tissue repair mechanisms; and as a general tonic.

    Some people apply Sangre de Grado or SP-303 directly to the skin for treating herpes simplex virus (types 1 and 2). Some women use it for flushing the vagina before childbirth.

    How does it work?

    Sangre de Grado appears to help diarrhea by slowing down the intestines. It might also prevent the movement of some viruses into cells.

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  • 24Oct


  • 16Oct

    Here’s the Raw Food Recipe for ya…

    Holy Basil Chai Spiced Latte Tea

    For Tea:

    1 cup water
    1/2 tsp fennel seeds
    1/2 tsp cumin
    1/4 tsp cloves
    1/2 tsp cardamom
    1/2 tsp holy basil or tulsi
    1/2 tsp cinnamon
    Pinch of Vanilla Powder
    1-2 tsp lucuma powder

    Add all ingredients and let simmer for 20 min (at least).

    For Coconut Milk:

    1 cup coconut water
    1/2 cup coconut meat
    2 Tbsp Raisins

    Blend and strain through a nutmilk bag.

    When the tea is done simmering, strain into a mug and add your coconut milk.


    Live Awesome!


    In a pinch, sweet basil can be substituted for holy basil.

    • ½ cup holy basil leaves
    • 2 cups cold water
    • 2 heaping teaspoons green tea
    • Seed of 1 cardamom pod
    • One 1⁄4-inch-thick slice fresh ginger
    • One 2-inch cinnamon stick, broken
    • 2 whole cloves
    • Pinch of nutmeg
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • Milk, to taste

    1. In small saucepan, boil basil and water. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 3 minutes. Stir in tea, spices and honey: bring almost to a boil. Remove from heat, cover and steep 3 minutes.

    2. Pour mixture through fine wire-mesh strainer into warm teapot, discarding solids. Serve with milk. Garnish with skewered crystallized ginger cubes, fresh basil leaves and grated nutmeg.

  • 08Oct


    “…we undertook a bit of informal research and have learned that coca leaf is a traditional remedy for treating stomach and digestive ailments, alleviating affections of the larynx and vocal chords, preventing vertigo, regulating arterial pressure and the metabolism of carbohydrates, and even of improving sexual prowess. In 1794, Hipolito Unanue writes of “coqueros, 80 years of age and over, and yet capable of such prowess as young men in the prime of life would be proud of.” Coqueros is the Spanish word for people who grow coca – we can only assume they use it too.

    A very important study published by Harvard University in 1975 (Duke, J., D. Aulik and T. Plowman, Nutritional Value of Coca) found the coca leaf has a large amount of nutrients and that each 100 grams of leaf coca contain Calcium 1749 (mg), Phosphor 637 (mg), Vitamin A 10000 (iu) which is enough to satisfy the nutritional needs of an adult for 24 hours.

    According to research, the chemical composition of coca leaves is more complete and rich in calories, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, fibre, ash, minerals (calcium, phosphorous, iron, potassium, magnesium, sodium, ascorbic acid, etc.) and vitamins A, C and E than other food plants and infusions in common use such as coffee, tea, chamomile, etc. Thanks to this research, it is nowadays recognized that the coca leaf contains more proteins (19.9 per cent) than meat (19.4 per cent) and far more calcium (2,191 per cent) than condensed milk, and that it is richer in vitamin B-1 (276 per cent) than fresh carrots.

    According to research, the chemical composition of coca leaves is more complete and rich in calories, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, fibre, ash, minerals (calcium, phosphorous, iron, potassium, magnesium, sodium, ascorbic acid, etc.) and vitamins A, C and E than other food plants and infusions in common use such as coffee, tea, chamomile, etc. Thanks to this research, it is nowadays recognized that the coca leaf contains more proteins (19.9 per cent) than meat (19.4 per cent) and far more calcium (2,191 per cent) than condensed milk, and that it is richer in vitamin B-1 (276 per cent) than fresh carrots.


    Calcium (mg)
    Phosphor (mg)
    Iron (mg)
    Vitamin A (iu)
    Vitamin B1 (mg)
    Vitamin PP (mg)
    Vitamin C (mg)
    Vitamin B2 (mg)

    305 (mg)

    279 (mg)

    Nutritionist Maritza Vera worked with patients in a Peruvian hospital to cure themselves of diverse diseases like chronic anemia, depression, osteoporosis and leukemia. They achieved this by adding “flour of coca” (toasted and ground coca leaf) to their foods. The coca contains “reserpina” that regulates the pressure and forms osteoblasts which helps patients with osteoporosis, according Maritza Vera.

    The innocuous nature of traditional use of coca leaves and the benefits for human health were proven with scientific rigour by the most extensive study of coca ever done. This research was carried out between 1991 and 1995 by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The concentration of cocaine alkaloid in the leaf, is very low, and therefore, ingested in natural form, it does not produce serious toxicity nor it generates dependency.

    On our return we brought back a couple of bags of harina de coca and some coca tea for our own use and had no problems bringing it in through customs, however, I would suggest that you check with you local customs office first as the regulation do vary between countries.  We have used as a tonic not only for ourselves but when the kids have been sick and we found that our energies were significantly boosted.

    As part of our research we also started to find products now available in other countries which are coca based such as herbal liqueur called “Agwa de Bolivia” grown in Bolivia and de-cocainized in Amsterdam. Now Bolivia is starting to make their own coca leaf soft drink called Coca Colla, ironically the same ingredient that Coca Cola started to use in their own drink. Since then we found a whole range of products including lozenges, some which are suitable for kids and some strictly for adults; toothpaste; hair products; rubbing creams, pastries, etc which is available over the internet.

    Whilst in Bolivia we were fortunate enough to spend time with the Coca Museum in La Paz curator and learned a little of the history of the coca plant and it”s use in traditional cultures. The coca history is as rich and varied as the properties of the plant and its uses.  You can see the interview in our travel blog as we broken it into several parts as it is an hour long.

    There you have it – who would it thought that coca leaf which has been associated with cocaine for so long would have some may benefits to once health.

  • 02Oct


  • 01Oct

    How Ginger Is Used In Traditional & Modern Medicine

    Ginger has so many uses that I thought I would devote a blog post to listing them. In addition to its properties as an antifungal, ginger has been shown to be effective against osteoarthritis, motion sickness and morning sickness.

    In traditional medicine, it has long been used to improve digestion, treat nausea and reduce inflammation. Let’s learn some more about this incredible natural remedy!

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    Wishing you the best of health!
    Lisa Richards

    How Ginger Is Used In Traditional & Modern Medicine

    Ginger has so many uses that I thought I would devote a blog post to listing them. In addition to its properties as an antifungal, ginger has been shown to be effective against osteoarthritis, motion sickness and morning sickness. In traditional medicine, it has long been used to improve digestion, treat nausea and reduce inflammation. Let’s learn some more about this incredible natural remedy!

    Ginger is not actually a plant, but rather the root, more specifically the rhizome, of another plant named Zingiber officinale. It is native to Asia where evidence suggests that it has been in use, both for medicinal and cooking purposes, for over 4,000 years. It is a beige-colored stem that sticks up about 12 inches above ground, and it has a long and narrow green leaves with white and yellow flowers. The active ingredients in ginger, those which give it its medicinal properties, are volatile oils which can represent anywhere from 1% to 3% of the entire weight of the root. Among these active ingredients are shogaols and gingerols.

    Traditional Uses For Ginger

    Ever since its discovery, ginger has proven to be very useful to Asian and Arabic cultures. It is an ingredient in countless recipes, but has also been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. In various cultures, ginger has been used to treat common ailments such as headaches, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, flu, diarrhea, arthritis, colic, and even painful menstruation.

    These medicinal properties have often been exploited through the use of ginger-based drinks. For example, tea made with ginger root is a common, traditional remedy for a cold, while ginger beer and ginger ale are still drunk to help ease indigestion. In Burma, ginger is mixed with another local plant and consumed as a preventative measure against the flu. People in India make a paste out of ginger and apply it to their temples to treat a headache. They also eat it to treat a common cold, and mix it with salt and lemon to use against nausea.

    Elsewhere in Asia, ginger is used by Indonesians in a number of remedies designed to treat rheumatism and fatigue, and control poor eating habits. People in the Congo make a juice from ginger mixed with sap from a mango tree and use it to treat a wide variety of conditions. In Nepal, people often use ginger to reduce the symptoms of a cold.

    No other country has been more prolific in herbal remedies than China. Here, a simple drink made by mixing ginger in water with brown sugar is used to relieve the symptoms of the common cold. A special omelet made of scrambled eggs and diced ginger root is consumed to treat coughing. A type of dried candy is made using ginger fermented in plum juice, which was also used to treat coughing. Lastly, ginger is also used by the Chinese to treat inflammation and arthritis.

    Ginger In Medical Research

    Ginger has been shown to have several medicinal benefits, although more research is needed in many of these areas. As with many other natural remedies that pharmaceutical companies are unable to patent, there has simply not been enough funding devoted to research on ginger. This means many of the research studies available are from Asian universities, smaller, and sometimes poorly designed.


    In a 2001 double-blind, placebo-controlled study, researchers examined 261 patients who all had osteoarthritis of the knee. (1) They found that the patients who took ginger regularly experienced  significantly less knee pain after 6 weeks. The only side effects exhibited were minor stomach upsets.

    Another studies have found that ginger can reduce inflammation in the colon, as well as in various arthritic and musculoskeletal conditions. One recent in vitro study, on cells from patients with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, found that ginger extract reduced the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. (2) In fact, it had a similar effect to that of betamethasone, an anti-inflammatory steroid medication.

    Motion sickness

    There is research to suggest that ginger is effective at dealing with nausea such as that brought on by motion sickness. One such study, looking specifically at seasickness found that eating 1g of ginger “reduced the tendency to vomiting and cold sweating” among naval cadets. (3)

    Morning sickness

    Multiple studies among pregnant women have highlighted the potential for ginger to be used for morning sickness. (4) In general, studies have shown a decrease in nausea and instances of vomiting among women who took ginger, as opposed to those who took the placebo. However, it should be noted there is some evidence that ginger may be mutagenic, so it should be used with caution, for no more than a few days in a row, and preferably under the supervision of your healthcare professional.

    Since ginger is effective at relieving nausea, it was hoped that it could also be used as a preventative measure to reduce nausea experienced after surgery and other medical procedures. However, in this instance, ginger proved to be no more effective than a placebo.

    Future Uses For Ginger

    Most of the research into ginger over the past few decades has focused on its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to reduce nausea. These have been confirmed by various research studies into inflammatory conditions like arthritis, and nausea-related conditions like motion sickness and morning sickness. Ginger has been categorized as “generally recognized as safe” by the FDA and is commonly used for the conditions listed above. However, other research studies have suggested that there may be wider uses for ginger.

    Several traditional uses for ginger are still being tested, as some of them have shown promising initial results. For example, some cultures have used ginger as preventive medication against heart disease, and preliminary studies suggest that this might indeed be the case. It is possible that ginger might lower cholesterol and prevent blood from clotting. This would, in turn, prevent blood vessels from getting blocked and significantly reduce the chances of a stroke or a heart attack. Even so, more research is necessary in order to determine if ginger is effective or safe for people with heart disease.

    References and Further Reading

    1. Altman et al (2001), “Effects of a ginger extract on knee pain in patients with osteoarthritis”, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/1529-0131(200111)44:11%3C2531::AID-ART433%3E3.0.CO;2-J/full

    2. Ribel-Madsen et al (2012), “A Synoviocyte Model for Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis: Response to Ibuprofen, Betamethasone, and Ginger Extract—A Cross-Sectional In Vitro Study”, http://www.hindawi.com/journals/arthritis/2012/505842/.

    3. Grontved et al (1988), “Ginger root against seasickness. A controlled trial on the open sea.”, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3277342.

    4. Vutyanavich et al (2001), “Ginger for Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy: Randomized, Double‐Masked, Placebo‐Controlled Trial”, http://journals.lww.com/greenjournal/pages/articleviewer.aspx?year=2001&issue=04000&article=00017&type=Fulltext.

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