Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Bilberry: Herb for Night Vision

Having suffered with night vision problems for along time, I have found one herb that has a reputation for improving this dilemma. Bilberry....

Bilberry was given to the fighter pilots during the World War to help improve night vision - for some background info.

If you can't find bilberry in capsules, make your own. Here's how:
* Find a health food store that sells bilberry in bulk.
* Buy as large a portion as you feel comfortable with. For about 20 capsules, I find it takes about
1/4 cup ground bilberry.
* Buy some empty capsules. These are sold in health food stores, also. Or, find them in the natural foods aisle of your grocery store. The capsules can be purchased either vegetarian or nonvegetarian. Your choice.

Store the bilberry capsules in an airtight container on your kitchen shelf away from heat.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Why Organic Food?

If one is not familiar with all the benefits of organic food, they are missing out. It is not just a fad or trend. Choosing organic food over non-organic food has many advantages, including:

* Taste. This is the deciding factor for choosing organic food. Once you taste unadultered food, you won't want to go back.
* No pesticides. Many times, a non-organically grown food will have a very strong aftertaste of chemicals. It is just repulsive.
* Environmentally friendly. By not using chemically-produced pesticides, the soil is healthier for all involved.
* Less food allergies. The pesticides used on traditional agriculture crops is known to cause food allergies in a variety of people.

These are but a few of the reasons to eat organic. Yes, the products will cost more than the traditionally grown, but the alternative is well worth it.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Another Way to use Peppermint

Peppermint provides us with a variety of ways to enjoy it. It is soothing, tasty, and versatile. One way to enjoy it is as a coffee flavoring.

Go to your local grocery and buy bulk peppermint leaves. Not only does it smell delicious, but it tastes just as good. Store the leaves in a glass jar, away from heat.

Peppermint is traditionally known to help with digestion. Using it as a coffee flavoring helps decrease the coffee's acidic effect upon the stomach - it works wonders in my case.

Peppermint Coffee
(makes 24 ounces, 4 servings)

4 heaping tablespoons ground coffee
1 teaspoon peppermint leaves
24 ounces of cold water

Place into coffeemaker and brew until done. Serve with milk, if desired.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Soothing Porridge

With colder weather upon us, a very simple way to start your day with a wealth of nutrients is found in what I like to call...Soothing Porridge. It's very easy to make...

1 1/4 cup water
1/2 cup oats (no quick cooking, thank you)
2 T raisins
1/2 medium apple, peeled and diced
1 T dried cranberries or other dried fruit

Place all ingredients into small saucepan. Bring to boil, reduce heat and cook until oats are soft.
Pour into bowl and sprinkle with cinnamon. Add milk, if desired. Or, I enjoy it without milk. The sweetness from the fruits doesn't require any additional sugar.


Wednesday, January 09, 2008

New Food Producer

When I recently went to the grocery store, I was surprised to see a new line of food items on the shelves. Disney has a line of food items. That's right...Disney. It's not bad enough that every time we turn around, Disney is flooding our airways, movies, and store shelves with their new toys and characters. No, that is not enough....

Disney has entered the food industry. I saw colorful packages of sugary cereal just the other day. Beware......

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Easy Citrus Squeeze

This is so easy, it's almost embarrassing. A very easy and tasty way to add some extra pizzazz to some steamed (or baked) seafood is to simply squeeze a fresh orange over it.

As soon as you remove the seafood (salmon is especially scrumptious) from cooking, place it on your serving plate. Cut an orange in half and just squeeze the juice over your piece of seafood.

Besides adding some extra sweetness to your seafood, the citric acid from the orange will aid your digestion.

This works equally well with tangerine, lemon, or lime. I, personally, prefer a nice, sweet orange. Actually, whatever your favorite citrus fruit is, will do.

Now, isn't that easy? Enjoy!!

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Natural Healing Remedy

While recently in a pharmacy, someone was asking what to take for motion sickness. He was searching for an over-the-counter product. What's a natural alternative that works just as well, if not better?

Ginger. I've tried this and swear by it. Simply put some ground ginger into a coffee mug. Add hot water and steep. Viola - ginger tea. I steep it for about 2 minutes, and the taste is good. Add sugar, if desired.

If you don't like ginger tea, put the ginger into capsules (which you can buy at any health food store). Simply take a capsule with some water. No big deal.

Ginger has been known to have anti-nausea properties for centuries. It helps with troubled digestion, upset stomachs, and - as mentioned- motion sickness.

This is just one natural healing alternative to the pharmacy-profession produced products.

Disclaimer: This advice works for me, it may not work for you. I am not responsible for any negative consequences from you taking action on my advice.