Gail’s Get Well Soup

When I got home from the hospital, I was very weak but knew I needed to build myself back up physically.

I have a lot of knowledge of what is right to put in my body but I don’t always follow what I know. And now I have paid the price and ended up in the hospital. I’m back home and determined to stay on the right road. I don’t like being sick.

Thankfully, I had stuff readily available to make a light, but nutritious soup. I had frozen

I luv colored carrots!

I luv colored carrots!

some chicken broth from when I boiled some chicken. I had a bunch of homegrown tomatoes that needed to be used soon. So I washed and peeled them and put them in my food processor. Then I washed some organic colored carrots and added those to the tomatoes. I thought about cauliflower but didn’t think my tummy was up to that yet. I put some chopped veggies like organic celery on to cook in the chicken broth and added water occasionally.Patio herbs 1

Separately I cut up green onions and garlic. I went out to my garden in pots and harvested some basil, oregano and rosemary. All of this I chopped and put in a container in the refrigerator.

While my soup cooked I added a dash of Worchester sauce, salt and pepper and little

Spices to cook with.

Spices to cook with.

dash of powdered herbs. I put this in the refrigerator. My tummy couldn’t take it yet, but it was ready for tomorrow. Today I just ate applesauce and the water from boiled rice. Later in the day I ate a small piece of boiled sweet potato.  When I first woke up, before eating, I took a heaping tablespoon of organic, unsweetened yogurt. I do this at least a half hour before eating anything else. I’m trying to build my intestinal flora back up after having had antibiotics.

Next day– for lunch I warmed up my soup and added turmeric. When that was done, I added the garlic, green onions, and herbs on top of my bowl of soup. It gave my soup a little crunch and lots of flavor.

I like to sit in my glider chair surrounded by my plants and herbs.

I like to sit in my glider chair surrounded by my plants and herbs.

A Healthy Meal for One or Two


Who wants to cook a meal for just their self? But we have to eat. So we just want something quick and healthy, right? In the picture you see some of my chicken’s eggs. I don’t have many chickens but I collect them over several days in this basket. Eggs make a quick meal.

Cut up some onions, fresh garlic, and ginger root. Yep, ginger is super yummy in eggs. I learned about these trinity roots in an herbal cooking class. Sauté them together and they make a great base for not only eggs, but soups, con-gee and much more.

I also cut up some small sweet and colored peppers. Then I contemplated what other veggie I had available to use. There were some small yellow squash I had recently picked out of my garden. It got chopped up and added as well. After they cooked awhile, I added a couple eggs. Salt, pepper and tumeric soon found their way into the mixture. You should use tumeric in everything you can imagine. It’s especially good in eggs.

That egg mixture would have been good all by itself. But I toasted some sourdough bread and spread it with some homemade rosemary butter. Then I topped the bread with my egg mixture.

I know we are not suppose to eat much bread. But it was so good!

There you have it! A meal for one or two that is tasty and healthy.

Vitamins—good or bad?

Actually, there is a lot of controversy regarding vitamins.

Are they live vitamins or dead? Yep, that is an issue. Can your body process them and even use them at all? I understand that the hard pills often go right through your system and come out the other end…hmmmm. Well, what about liquid vitamins? Is it too much for your body to use all at once? Maybe not if you are young and have an optimized digestion system. But who has that these days? One might get some good out of those concentrated, separated, processed materials.  But don’t viatmins and minerals work in a synergistic fashion?  Maybe there is a much better way to get more building blocks for our body.

What can a body do?  In my last post I talked about my new favorite herb, Fo-Ti. Also, I

mentioned making tea with several fresh and/or dried herbs daily. These are not the ones already in tea bags (although I incorporate those occasionally). But you can get daily, wonderful minerals and vitamins from a quart of homemade tea. These are much easily absorbed by your body and start building it up. It takes a few months and then, WOW! It is amazing how my body has changed and healed. My eyes have improved so much that I need new glasses. My gut problem is so much better. I have no more hot flashes (and other bodily functions have greatly improved in that area), … I could go on. I can’t tell you what it will do for you. You have to try it and see. BUT THERE IS NO MAGIC PILL. You can’t just cherry pick one or two things. You need to cut back on sugar, flour and junk foods. We probably should cut out all junk food, but I like some of that too.  I like good health better and am working on trying to cut more of the junk out. Every body has different needs. So it may take a while of experimenting with various herbs. But there are several basic ones that you can work with safely. Oat straw and oats are great for the nerves and give you calcium. Nettle is full of vitamins and minerals. I cook up hawthorn berries and add to my teas for my boyfriend because he likes berry teas and hawthorn is good to build up the heart.

When you first start out, just try one or two herbs for awhile and see how your body reacts. Incorporate familiar kitchen herbs into your daily diet like cinnamon, cardamom, tumeric (there is tumeric in mustard-but you need more than a tiny bit). How about ginger? It’s a wonderful herb for you. Juice the roots and add to  teas,  cook with the roots and use it in any way you can. In the winter  homemade chai tea is awesome. Make your own with herbs from an herb store. You can order from reputable places online like Mountain Rose.

Anyway, the point is to start using herbs every day so the vitamins and minerals flow abundantly throughout your body. There is nothing like feeling on top of life. Good health to you all!

Fo Ti A Wonderful Tasting Root

I had taken a great walk and was going to share with you pictures of new born lambs, a guy cutting hay etc. but the mailman came and brought a new herb that I had ordered. I was amazed when I fixed it up into a cup of tea. I had to share with you about this fantastic tasting root.

Fo Ti root is incredibly tasty. Now it is one of my favorite teas. And it is wonderfully good for you!My daughter and her two girls came over just after I tasted my brew for the first time. They reluctantly tried some, lol. But immediately they  were sold on it. Even my 4 year old grand daughter liked it.


Let me tell you a little about it.

Research indicates that it rejuvenates nerves, brain cells, glands, stimulates a portion of the adrenal gland to detoxify the body and oh, so much more. Taken over a period of time your energy levels rise. It protects your liver and strengthens your kidneys. I could go on about it.

There are different ways to prepare it. One of my favorite ways to get my daily herbs is in teas. So I took about a quarter cup of the chopped up roots and boiled it for about 40 minutes in about a quart of water. I poured some in a glass and added a little water. I added some companion herbs of cinnamon and cardamom, but it was tasty just by itself. I like to get in as many herbs in a day as I can.

Yum! I was so excited. I then poured my girls some when they came over. My daughter wants her youngest to drink it every day to help build her immune system. After they left, I poured the rest in a quart jar to make a quick cup of tea  later. I will be ordering more. I might try some powdered Fo ti root and make a honey paste to put on my toast as it tastes so incredibly sweet and good.



How Do You Take Herbs for Better Health?

Getting ready to infuse some mixed herbs.

We are steeped in a society of quick fixes. Take a pill for pain relief or visit a drive thru window for fast food when you are hungry. Herbs do not fit in this mind set.

God provided herbs for food and medicine. The best way to take your herbs is NOT like a quick fix pill. The best way to get your herbs is in your everyday kitchen.

You would be amazed at how many extra vitamins, minerals and other good stuff you would be getting to fill in the cracks of your starving body. Yes, it is starving for these things because our food no longer has what it use to have. Our ground is becoming depleted therefore our bodies are becoming depleted and need these things to fight off viruses, cancer and more.

Some herbs I forage from the wild, some I order from reputable companies.

My favorite and most relaxing way to get my daily herbs is in tea. But not in store bought tea bags. The whole leaves are much better than the left over dust provided in tea bags. Three to four cups of tea a day or more is a great and relaxing way to get your vitamins and minerals.

Make a quart of real tea (infusion) by putting 3 or 4 tablespoons of leaves in the jar with warm water and cover for about 4 hours or overnight. With leafy material you can use cold or warm water.  Using cold water makes for a better tasting tea. After it has steeped, strain it into a larger jar and use as you see fit.

Materials like licorice or marshmallow root needs to be boiled for about 20 minutes and then strained.

It starts out clear but as it sits, color and nutrients will color the water lightly.

I try to have a quart of this tea handy for use every day. I add it to smoothies or other drinks, I mix it with tea from tea bags, I use it in food preparation instead of water or just drink it as it is.

Next time I will talk about other ways to get herbs. In the meantime… enjoy an honest and real cup of tea. (check out an herb shop and ask for suggestions).


Spring has Sprung

Chocolate Mint and Lemon Balm

Spring has sprung with nutritious and beautiful arrivals.

I just ate a delightful salad of many lettuces, fresh picked herbs and veggies.

The picture of my mint and lemon balm were just two that were included into my bowl.

I also added a sprig of stinging nettle that I dipped into hot water quickly to kill the sting before adding to my salad. Yes, I could have added some steamed veggies on top  of my salad, as well, but this time the only thing even remotely cooked was the nettle.

The next picture is a pot of lettuces that I am growing. MMMmmm, they are so sweet. They taste much yummier than store bought!



One of my old peach bins…


I have three old bottomless peach bins that have been converted into little garden boxes. Thank you for getting the manure pile from the farm across the street for my garden, Kyle.

There is cow, pig, chicken and maybe some horse manure in all that stuff. It makes for food that the plants sure like.

The boxes are high enough that my chickens, so far, have stayed out of them.

Small area slightly fenced to discourage the chickens and wild rabbits from entering.

I put a low chicken wire fence around a small area where I will plant okra and melons. I have a few pots of herbs( like this oregano in the last picture) placed around. The different smells of the herbs may confuse some of the bugs. Hopefully, the little pests won’t eat everything.  I would rather share some of my garden with the pests than making my plants poisonous to me from spraying  bug killer out there.


This is a small place. I don’t think its even a quarter acre, but there are apricot, olive and apple trees in the front and back. Some artichoke plants have sneaked between the apricot tress. Other plants are  stuck where ever they can fit. I’m looking forward to more fantastic salads and veggies when spring gives way to summer.


Stinging Nettle

Yesterday was exciting! I was out at a construction yard waiting for someone to get some equipment and I walked around looking at the weeds in the back. I found some huge Common Mallow, but growing in the middle of that was a bunch of Stinging Nettle. What a great find! If you get stung it is not so bad. (Usually you can find a weed called Plantain growing near by. Just crush or chew a leaf of that and rub it on the stinging area. It will remove the stinging sensation.)  Now I can just hear you laughing at me.”How could Stinging Nettle be a great find?” Stinging Nettle has become my favorite vegetable. It tastes so good. And it is full of nutrients for your starving body. Yes, you are probably starving if you live in America. We are fat but we are NOT abounding in nutrients as our food is so depleted of life giving goodies.  Anyway, Stinging Nettle loses that sting when you cook it or dry it for tea. I love cooking it briefly in water then adding salt and pepper.Stinging Nettle

If you want to feel vibrant and healthy, there are a few things you need to do. It is a battle when we are bombarded with so many unhealthy foods and our lives are stressed to the hilt. You need to begin somewhere in your journey through life. The sooner the better. Wild herbs are a start. They contain a goody bag of nutrients for you. One of the best wild herbs is Stinging Nettle. Yes, it does sting if you are not careful with it until you get it in the pot or dryer. But gloves work wonders. And it tastes sooooo good!

I have been studying on herbs and it is fascinating. I also have been doing seminars and research on health related topics. I am not a doctor, but I am learning a lot and excited to share with others the amazing things I am discovering. The venue of organic food, herbs, essential oils and less stress is helping so many people in our nation. People are getting tired of being sick and seeking ways to escape it. Today I wanted to give you a taste about Stinging Nettle as it is an herb that can be added to your arsenal in the battle to gain our health back. Try it, you might like it!




I was shopping in town and had just went out to the parking lot when that word came across my cell phone. Whew! One way to raise your heart rate, lol. I was not prepared for this event even though we were told to be prepared.

Several of us had talked about the situation with the dam and we knew it was bad, still I don’t think any of us were truly prepared. I quickly threw stuff in my suitcase and bags. It was not thought out and needless to say, later I found that out.

My family laughed at me later because I was missing things, but I had my raw honey and tea. Well, I really think I could get through about anything if I had those two things!

Loved ones, friends, and the bare essentials are all you can take in a very short notice. What are your bare essentials?



Lately, people who stand for the truth or even want to search out something to see which side is correct are made to look stupid or anything else to turn you against them.

DON’T TRUST WHAT YOU ARE HEARING ON YOUR LOCAL AND NATIONAL NEWS or anywhere else for that matter. Search out the truth. Take time to listen to both sides of the issue. People, they are brainwashing you!

Big Pharma makes a lot of money off of immunizations and drugs (whether the drugs are over the counter or prescribed). Things sometimes are put into those drugs to make them more efficient that might be dangerous. Why? Maybe they didn’t want to spend the money on research to find something that would work and still be positive to our health. Do you really think they care about you? They care about the money.

Lobbyists are sent to make sure their product is made to look good to you. Those are just some examples of what is going on out there where the results could destroy your health. There are so many different avenues where someone is making money while making your health at risk. Big advertisement goes behind this. Main stream media could be behind it also. DON’T TRUST ANYONE WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR HEALTH. Search it out, compare what both sides of a controversy have to say. Skip a television show and spend that time doing a little research on which ever subject has come to your attention.

It is easy to fall prey to deceit when we see some subject on the news, hear it on the radio while driving, and hear our friends parroting what the media told them.

A Few Tips for Better Health

We’ve all been brainwashed to think the only way to heal is from a pill. But there are more natural ways to accomplish this feat that are much kinder to your body and very pleasant.

The problem is that we want to cherry pick when we hear of a natural healing solution.  This means you just pick one thing as a magic bullet and try it. I hate to tell you, but this doesn’t work very well.  It might help a little, but probably won’t work real well.

Let me briefly tell you some quick over all adjustments you need to make and then focus on one particular thing this time.

First, try and cut out most junk food. You can still have pizza, but make your own (or you can buy this) ancient grains crust without wheat or try the cauliflower pizza crust. Add pepperoni that is made without nitrates. Use grass-fed cheese (the cows were not fed grains). This is just an example. You may not be able to totally change your over-all eating habits at once. Change your eating patterns as you can and work on it. Your health will improve and your body will thank you.

Drink lots of good water throughout your day.  Not tap water, but use spring water or filtered water. You are made mostly of water and your body runs more efficiently if you replace the water your body has used. You lose water even in winter time not just when you perspire in summer. Every time you breathe you are expelling water. That is only one way you lose it.

Cut out all over the counter drugs as much as possible. Use Elderberry syrup when you have a cold coming on. Echinacea seems to work synergistically with it too. That combo has stopped a sore throat and cold in one day with me when I used it. If a cold has already settled in, then it can still shorten your time of a cold. Viruses can’t replicate themselves. They need your body’s cells as a host to do that for them. Elderberry has been proven to help stop that process within your body.

Natural Remedies

Natural Remedies

Essential Oils are really awesome. But the kind you pick up from the store is most likely adulterated. You need a good therapeutic grade E.O. from a reputable company.  Then experiment with them. Some oils work better on one person than another. I have found Oregano oil likes my body and the two work together to make me better. But always use a carrier oil with your E.O. as some of the E.O.s, like Oregano, are warm and may be uncomfortable without it. Oregano healed my knee that had hurt me for two years. It has been 4 or 5 years now and my knee is still doing good. It took about 4 to 6 weeks of adding it to my bath at least twice a week until the pain finally went away for good.  Recently, just for the experiment, I rubbed Oregano (with Jojoba oil as a carrier) on my tummy when my intestinal blockage was bothering me. I’ve never heard of doing this with this particular oil, but the other oils suggested for this didn’t seem to work that well. Wow, amazing results from this experiment. Like I said, some oils will work better for you than someone else. See which one is your intimate friend.

Anyway, I just shared a very brief summation of a few things you can do to get that zip and better health back. Start today and you will be doing your body a favor!

A Quick, Low Cost – High Nutrition Meal

My Lunch Recipes for today

My Lunch Recipes for today

I made a wonderful white bean soup and had a sourdough pastrami sandwich. Then my desert was cookies and milk.  How can those be healthy and at low expense?  Ah, read my blog and find out!

I’m going to go through my ingredients and how they saved me money and how they are still healthy.

First of all, my bread was on sale. It is NOT organic or sprouted, but it was non GMO, unbleached flour, real sour dough starter and had few ingredients. Wheat tends to scratch your intestines and that I can’t afford with my  colon problem. But sour dough made with a real starter is easier to digest than most other breads. So occasionally I will eat some.

I found pastrami ends that had been cut off the meat roll and packaged up for sale. Ends and pieces of meat is a real money saver. I sliced off what I could for sandwiches and cut the rest of the ends up to put in soups and stews. Then I froze what I was not using today. The pastrami was healthy in the fact that it stated there were no nitrates in it.  Yeah! Nitrates in meat can be cancer causing, nasty stuff.  I prefer grass-fed meat, but this will have to suffice for now.

I slathered the two pieces of sourdough bread with my better butter. That is butter and olive oil mixed in my bullet machine.

I put a slice of my organic pepper jack cheese on my pastrami (which I had put on the bread in the frying pan). The better butter was on the outside of the sandwich. Then I put some Bayerischer Rotkohl on top (that is sauerkraut made with purple cabbage and apples- regular sauerkraut will work too).  The more colorful the vegetables, the healthier it is. The natural chemicals that make the colors are powerful cancer fighting soldiers. I believe they can help you in many ways. So BE COLORFUL with your veggies!

I put some good water in a pan and added some organic cut up carrots, celery, onion and garlic. (I smashed the garlic cloves first and let them set on the cutting board for 15 minutes. It’s important to let the smashed garlic sit at least 10 minutes and work its magic. After that amount of time a chemical change has happened and the cooking won’t destroy the beneficial properties of the garlic as much).

Then I added some chunked up pastrami and two cans of white beans. No, they weren’t organic this time but they were on sale. I usually use organic beans when I find them. Canned food is not the best, but I keep some around in case of an emergency. They need to be used occasionally and replaced.

I salted the soup with my Italian salt I had made from own grown herbs.

For desert I had some gluten free chocolate and vanilla rabbit cookies from Annie’s Organics. I got a very small container and put some in it so I would know exactly how much I ate. They are very small anyway but I need to work on keeping the sugar I consume at a low level. (The cookies were on sale for $.99 a bag).  Then I poured a glass of organic milk and YUM!