5 Mighty Medicines

“ ______, ______, _______, _______ and ________ are 5 powerful medicines and there are many more.”  Can you fill in the blanks?

Let’s see how many blanks you can guess as I proceed through this post.

In the first blank we find something that is used against MDR—TB and a whole long list of other pathogens. We actually use it almost daily (or should) because it makes a lot of food taste very good. While we are enjoying the taste advantage, we also gain other healthful benefits. It has a sister whose name begins with elephant. (Ha! that will either throw you off or give it away)

The second blank has a lot of therapeutic substances in it. It is actually good for burns and many other things. Some folk even use it in facials. Bears dip their paws into it and enjoy the taste. A host of tiny creatures make this.  Oh, man, bet you guessed that one!

The third blank can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. The more you consume, the better it helps. (Try for the organic kind, of course)  There is an old saying that goes along with this one…  “an ______ a day keeps the doctor away”

The fourth has so many benefits that it would amaze you. Yet, we are being told by many to stay away from it. (Well, too much of anything is usually bad).  Yet this thing can help with Alzheimer’s disease, Depression, Multiple Sclerosis, Influenza and more. When we are exposed to this, it produces vitamin D in us. Can you guess yet?

Now, let us consider the last one but not the least item. This has become a recent favorite of mine because it has helped a bad physical problem I have. It is one of the most studied and documented. It has been scientifically acknowledged to have over 500 uses in ailments and usage.  It has been appreciated and used in the ancient healing arts of India. It makes a healthy and tasty drink that is golden in color.  It is a root. It is used in the making of mustard (but there is not enough in mustard by itself to be of much benefit medicinally).

One last clue…these medicines don’t line the pockets of the rich pharmaceutical companies.

Yes, there are powerful remedies we can use that do not have all the bad side effects. Can you fill in those blanks above and then use them to fill in some blanks in your own life?

*The introductory quote at the beginning of this article is from Sayer Ji, author, educator, a Board of Governor for the National Health Federation and more.





A Cool Walk

If the sidewalks and road are not icy, bundle up and get out there!
1383423287827If you live in the city, follow a bike trail or even traverse a sidewalk thru the suburbs. But for safety, be sure and take a friend.
If you live in the country, ramble down a well worn path.
Breathe deeply of the fresh air ( I especially love the smell of wood smoke from neighbors fireplaces).

Walks should involve a social aspect. Other people pass in their vehicles. Give them a wave and bright smile. You never know what difficulties they are going thru and you might brighten their day with your smile. Better yet, take a whole bunch of family and friends and walk through a flea market or somewhere.

Maybe there is no person who is able to walk with you today. Take your dog out for exercise. Every one of your senses will be exercised as well as your dog.

Your hearing will be employed as the birds sing a chorus (yes, some even sing in the winter).  Their melody floats along with the base instrument of the singing creek as it rolls along. The wind thru the trees is the percussion section of the outdoor orchestra you will hear.

A friend found this bird. Who knows what you may find.
A friend found this bird. Who knows what you may find.

So bundle up, or not, as the case may be, and hit the walking path!

Meet A Good Friend


Aloe Vera is one of my dearest friends.

It helps tame my gut of pain and mends.

When age leaves it’s wrinkles on my skin,

Aloe Vera comes to the rescue, it will win.

Your blood sugar it will help rule.

Aloe Vera is one of our garden’s health tools.


Sharmaine   (That’s me folks)

Aloe Vera
These are a few of my Aloe Vera plants. But the gel I drink is from Lilly of the Desert.


“The Arm of Flesh Will Fail…”

“The Arm of flesh will fail you.”  That quote is true in many aspects. Don’t depend on your mate, family or friends. That sounds harsh but they are only flesh and life is over-whelming at times. They might not want to leave you on your own. Yet, when pinch comes to shove, they will take care of their self first. And… something could happen to them and they may pass away before you.

Even you are made of flesh. So what can you do?  Don’t depend on doctors or the medical system. Listen to some of their ideas, but you have to make the final decision.

Another words, don’t be a sheep. sheepDon’t believe everything you hear. Think for yourself. Do research. Be prepared in whatever circumstance you are in. Even in small things. If you work away from home and need lunch, be prepared. Don’t depend on someone else getting it for you. Pack something to keep up your strength for the day. Then if someone can go get your lunch, fine. You can eat whatever tidbit you brought at a later time. In the same way, don’t let someone else tell you the best way to stay healthy. You can listen, compare, and use your own mind to decide.

Many years ago people used natural things to fortify themselves against disease. Usually we only hear of those who succumbed to illness. But in actuality there were many who made it through life healthy. And no, they all didn’t die before they were 40 years old. That is what I had heard. But diaries will tell you that was not so. Many people lived healthy lives into their 80s and older.

Now we are getting super bugs that won’t respond to our medicines. We are going to have to go back to the old paths that worked before modern medicine. V__A43F

Now days everything seems to be based on money. Pharmaceutical, medical and most everything is built on making money.

In the end our flesh will fail us too. It will wear out. But the flesh should not be where our hope is.  Our only real hope can be in Jesus Christ Who made a way for us to live forever.

Yummy Recipe for Iced Coffee With Herbs

I’m so excited! I kept experimenting until I found a combination of healthy goodies that made a good iced coffee. I was used to commercial bought frappes and iced mochas. Sugar has to go away because it is not friends of the human body. I couldn’t get that longed for taste until now.

First the coffee… use organic coffee beans. Ground only a few days worth at a time to keep it fresh. Make a little pot of that. But…add on top of the coffee grounds ground cardamom, coriander, cinnamon chips, and cloves. Use just a dash of each, especially be careful with the cardamom and cloves. If you get too much it could make it almost bitter. Experiment with the amount that suites you. Brew that up in your coffee maker. In the meantime, you can warm up a little herb tea or water and add a tablespoon of cacao powder. I try to use organic cacao, beans and spices. Also add stevia leaves that you have grown. Only warm this or too much heat will destroy the flavor of the stevia. You can use white powder stevia or liquid right into the coffee after its brewed if you would like. Then mix your combination together. Take some milk, coconut milk or whatever you choose and froth it in a bullet mixer or whatever you have. Then combine that with your coffee and add ice. I usually make my mixture the night before and keep it in the refrigerator. I don’t always froth the milk. I have used a coffee creamer in the past in it. But if you want to get away from sugar, then skip that and use milk with stevia.

My iced coffee at work. The ice cubes melted quite a bit here, but it still tasted good.


Excitement of the World of Plants and Herbs

Plants around my front steps

Its summer and the plants and herbs are beautiful!

Please answer this question: Is there anyone out there that is excited as I am about this?

Leave a comment and let me know all about what you are finding, experiencing or how you feel. Thanks.

I went hiking along a creek in the middle of nowhere and guess what I found?  Lemon Balm growing wild. It was so awesome to meet a familiar friend out there growing on its own. I don’t recall ever seeing it grow wild before. But then, maybe I wasn’t looking as much as I am now.

I am including a picture of my front steps in this post. I have herbs and plants there and all over! My little front patio is cozy with beautiful plants, flowers and herbs. I love taking my meals out to the table there to eat.

I am growing and harvesting some herbs I have never harvested before. Chamomile, Calendula and more.

My tomatoes are  in abundance. The leaves are as big as my hands and the vines have broke because they are so heavy with fruit.

My naughty chickens got into the tomatoes and ate the great big ones that we were watching to see how  big they would get. Oh, well, thankfully I still have some tomatoes to eat.

Not only do I grow real chickens, but I have the plants called Hen and Chicks.  Something destroyed my other ones, so someone gave me some more. I just planted them and came back outside when I saw my male chihuahua pulling them out and chewing on them. So I re-planted and put him back in the cage for awhile.

I’ve made and canned salsa, jams and syrup so far.


1st batch of salsa




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.