Health

Olive Oil For Healthy Shiny Hair

After moving to Florida in January I slowly began to notice a change was occurring with my hair. It wasn’t in a good way either. Honestly, I’ve been struggling with dry over-processed hair for several years but now that situation was getting even worse.  The water down here is so very very harsh it took my problem to a whole new level.

I’ve been very lucky in that I’ve never had dandruff so when I started noticing white flecks in my hair it really scared me because I thought I had picked up lice or something. However, after taking a closer look I realized there was some sort of something happening on my scalp. I really couldn’t identify what was going on.

So what was I going to do? It really bothered me because I didn’t want to cut my hair off. Laying in bed one night teetering in and out of sleep, my mind wandered back to a time 30 years ago when I would massage my scalp with olive oil every other night before bed. I guess over the course of getting married and raising children I had stopped somewhere along the way and completely forgotten about it.

I got up right then and there, went to the pantry, pulled out the olive oil, dabbed some on my finger tips and started massaging making sure I got every section of my scalp. As I was massaging I could feel clumps loosening from my scalp. I think over time there is just so much product build-up that gets stuck to the scalp. If you try this do not saturate your hair and scalp. It isn’t necessary and will just make a big mess.

In the morning I washed my hair as usual and I could not believe my eyes!  After just one time using the olive oil my hair was already responding. I’ve been using it all week now and my hair is transformed. I was afraid that it might strip the color from my hair but on the contrary it’s made it look better!

I am sharing this for anyone else who might be at their wits end about their hair. It’s definitely worth a try! Good luck if you do it!

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Today Marks Nine Months Since I Quit Smoking!

Today marks 9 months since I quit smoking. That’s pretty huge for me considering I started smoking at the age of 13 in the school yard. I remember the day and the person who gave me that first cigarette. There are defining moments in everyone’s life. They’re called defining moments because for better or worse, they have an impact on our life whether we like it or not. I think anyone who has ever been held captive by this addiction will agree that smoking is for worse.

Of course, at the time, I was too young to know that this would turn into a disgusting and unhealthy habit that would plague me for decades to come. Back in the 1970’s people were just beginning to realize the devastating effects of cigarettes.

Aside from the health effects the cost of cigarettes has increased astronomically since then. My first pack of cigarettes cost .45 cents. Nine months ago I was paying almost $7 dollars for a pack every day. Do the math on that!!

Other than the two times I quit when I was pregnant, I have been a smoker. Pretty much every memory I have from my life includes smoking. Cigarettes became my old “friend”. They were there for me in good times and bad times. During the bad times, and there have been many, I smoked like a chimney.

I have friends that I would get together with on a Saturday afternoon and our sole purpose was to sit around drinking and smoking. If we went out to eat we’d have to pick a place where we could sit outside. We were hard core smokers. We would literally sit outside in the middle of winter with our coats on in the freezing cold just so we could smoke those cigarettes. We all had horrendous coughs and were constantly clearing our throats, yet we denied that the cause was cigarettes. We always blamed allergies.

As I grew older I began to loath myself for smoking. I’d wake up every day and swear that I wasn’t going to have a cigarette that day.  By noon, I was back at it. My inner voice became a bully constantly screaming at me about how I was weak and a failure.

I disgusted myself. I hated that everything about me had the stench of cigarette smoke; my breath, my hair, my clothes, my car, my house.  The nicotine was embedded in my skin. It was everywhere. I hid my habit from my dates, my employer, and my children. Although in retrospect I doubt I was fooling anyone. I didn’t like the way I looked when I looked in the mirror. I couldn’t tell if it was my imagination or not but I thought my skin seemed to have a grayish tinge to it.

So what was it that finally broke this hold that cigarettes had over my life? Nine months ago today, I went to the dentist to get my teeth cleaned. During my exam, the dentist performed a new procedure called a Cancer Screening. Afterwards, he came back in and spoke to me and said he’d had his staff make an appointment for me for the next day to see an Oral Surgeon. He told me not to get myself upset over this but he thought he saw a mass and just felt it was better to be safe than sorry. Now anyone with half a brain knows when a doctor makes an appointment for you with a specialist that quickly, that’s serious.

I went home and of course I obsessed over it. How could I do this to myself? Yes, my life had problems but I still had so much I wanted to do and see. I didn’t tell my children because I didn’t want to worry them needlessly. I cried to my dog, Lucky. He seemed to listen.

The next day I got up and made my way to the Oral Surgeon’s office. They were all so very kind and sensitive. The surgeon came in and examined my mouth and said I was fine. Phew!! What a relief!! When I got in the car I cried like a baby.

I haven’t touched a cigarette since that day. I quit cold turkey. I had escaped unscathed this time and that was it for me. Me and my “friend” were going to have to part ways. It was hard in the beginning to not reach for that cigarette but I’d remind myself of how much harder surgery and chemotherapy would be. I loved looking online every day and seeing how my body was progressing during those early days.

I had to put an end to my Saturday afternoons with the girls. That didn’t go over too well at first but eventually they became supportive.

It took a long time for the nicotine to get out of my system and let go of me. It didn’t want to let go. It played mind games with me. There were days when I didn’t feel so great and I would think that I’d feel better if I could just have a cigarette. I wondered if I was always going to feel this way. I questioned my decision to quit.

Then one day it just happened. I can’t pinpoint the moment or the day. It was so gradual. My energy slowly returned to me and so did the color in my face. I don’t have that cough any more. I don’t think about having a cigarette with my morning coffee or after eating any more. Days go by where I don’t think about cigarettes at all.

It’s a miracle!

 

 

 

All Salt Is Not Created Equal

It’s very important to know what you’re putting into your body.  We only get one body in this life so treat it well. It needs to endure. The goal is to live a long and healthy life.  Healthy is the key word.  If you live a long life and you’re not healthy, that can be a very heavy load to carry for yourself and your family.  My wish is for everyone to be healthy.

About 10 years, while browsing through my local health foods store, I happened upon Celtic Sea Salt.  I became curious so I decided to do some research and learn what I could  about it.  What I learned was pretty amazing.  After that I ditched regular table salt that very day and never looked back!

Celtic Sea Salt

Celtic Sea Salt is farmed on coastal areas in France by traditional organic salt farmers under the highest quality standards originating back 2000 years. The salt is produced without refining, oven drying or chemical additives. It is grey, not white. The color comes from the clay found in the salt flats in the sea.  The salt is collected by hand using traditional Celtic methods.

Celtic Sea Salt contains a spectrum of naturally occurring essential minerals.  Nothing is removed from it and nothing is added to it.  It is a pure source of naturally occurring iodine which is quickly absorbed and stored by the body. It is a prime condiment that stimulates saliva thus boosting the creation of digestive enzymes which aid in breaking food down and allowing the body to extract other vitamins and nutrients that it needs.  It restores good digestion. It supplies vital trace minerals to promote optimal biological function and cellular maintenance.  Celtic Sea Salt contains all the trace elements needed for proper immune, thyroid and adrenal function.  It balances alkaline/acid levels. Alkaline minerals help keep us hydrated, balance our sodium-potassium ratios, and fill the body with powerful electrolytes. It provides renewed energy and gives a high resistance to infections and bacterial diseases. It can aid in relieving allergies and skin diseases, and greatly reduces toxins.

Regular Table Salt

Simply put, regular table salt is really not good for you.  It is heavily processed which eliminates the minerals and usually contains an additive to prevent clumping.  Table salt is created by taking natural salt and cooking it at 1200 degrees fahrenheit.  At that temperature it loses the majority of the eighty important elements that are naturally occurring.

Table salt has synthetic chemicals added to it.  These chemicals include everything from manufactured forms of sodium solo-co-aluminate, iodide, sodium bicarbonate, fluoride, anti-caking agents, toxic amounts of potassium iodide and aluminium derivatives.  Table salt is also colored with bleach.  And if all of this isn’t bad enough, most people don’t know that common table salt comes from the actual flaky residue from oil digging.

Common table salt causes high blood pressure and water retention. It wreaks havoc on the the body’s circulatory, nervous, and lymphatic systems.  It is also addictive in that the more the body becomes used to the high levels of fake sodium, the more it craves it.

The choice is yours.  Choose wisely.

 

 

The Scoop On Ions

I’ve always loved a good thunderstorm!  The sound of the rain on the windows can be both exciting and soothing.  There’s just something so cleansing about the earth after a good rain.  It’s undeniable.  When I learned about positive and negative ions, I realized why.

What is an ion?

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Ions are molecules that have gained or lost an electrical charge.  They are odorless, tasteless, invisible molecules that we inhale in abundance. They are created in nature as air molecules and they break apart due to sunlight, radiation, moving air and water.

Negative ions are GOOD. Think mountains, waterfalls, beaches and rain. That’s why when we visit these places or after a thunderstorm we feel so refreshed.  Negative ions are exceedingly beneficial for a person’s metabolism.  You can’t overdose on negative ions.  They act as pure water to cleanse away dirty poisons.  They uplift your spirits by increasing the flow of oxygen to the brain resulting in higher alertness and increased physical energy.   Negative ions are a natural anti-depressant.

Positive ions are BAD.  They are the cause of many major health and soil problems. They are, to a large extent, products or by-products of government and military exercises and projects going on in the sky above us.  Atmospheric projects of military weather control are spraying barium salt and other chemical aerosols down upon us and the soil.

Negative Ions (Yeah!) Positive Ions (Boo!)

Chemtrails

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What many have suspected for years has recently been brought to light.  Last week, according to MIT’s Technology Review, it was noted that “Sometime next year, Harvard professors David Keith and Frank Keutsch hope to launch a high-altitude balloon, tethered to a gondola equipped with propellers and sensors, from a site in Tucson, Arizona. After initial engineering tests, the “StratoCruiser” would spray a fine mist of materials such as sulfur dioxide, alumina, or calcium carbonate into the stratosphere. The sensors would then measure the reflectivity of the particles, the degree to which they disperse or coalesce, and the way they interact with other compounds in the atmosphere.”  https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603974/harvard-scientists-moving-ahead-on-plans-for-atmospheric-geoengineering-experiments/

In case you weren’t aware:

Sulfur Dioxide irritates the nose, throat, and airways to cause coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, or a tight feeling around the chest. The effects of sulfur dioxide are felt very quickly and most people would feel the worst symptoms in 10 or 15 minutes after breathing it in.

Alumina or Aluminium Oxide contact can irritate the skin and eyes.  Inhaling it can irritate the nose, throat and lungs.  Repeated exposure can lead to lung damage.

Calcium Carbonate is a physical irritant of the eyes, nose, mucous membranes, and skin of humans.  Contact with the eyes causes redness, pain and inflammation of the eyelids.

The reason I mention chemtrails is because they place an overabundance of Positive Ions into the atmosphere.  None of those compounds are good for us or the earth.  I don’t know about you but I don’t care very much for the idea of being used as a guinea pig without even giving my consent.  This is not a sci-fi movie.  This is real life and it’s happening to me and you.

Tesla

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Tesla experimented with electromagnetic flux and studied the earth’s gravitational field.  He discovered that the ionization of the atmosphere altered when it was charged by radio wave transmissions in the low frequency range of 10 to 80 hertz.  He also discovered that he could manipulate positive and negative ionization by manipulating radio frequency.  In addition, his experiments discovered that with positive ions people and animals became tired and lethargic while negative ions gave the effect of feeling active and energetic.

How Positive Ions Affect Us

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Have you ever noticed that right before a storm your body may ache or you experience a headache?  Perhaps you feel overly anxious or irritable.  Here’s why.  The storm’s onset produces an imbalance in the air.  A lack of negative ions and an excess of positive ions. When there are too many positive ions in the air, the positive charge is transferred to you in the air you breathe from you lungs to your blood.

With every breath, air ions are carried into your respiratory tract to be transferred across the lungs into your bloodstream where they are taken up by the thrombocytes.  If they enter by part of molecules of oxygen, the positive ions are transported by your red blood cells.  Positive ions cause thrombocytes to release the allergy producing hormone serotonin which may cause serotonin hyper-function syndrome or “irritation syndrome”.

It is believed that serotonin is responsible for many of the unpleasant symptoms exhibited by persons breathing positively ionized air. Elderly people may experience difficulty in breathing and become depressed, apathetic and extremely fatigued.  Asthmatics wheeze, rheumatic’s joints ache, people experience sleeplessness, insomnia, irritability and tension. Hair and skin have an ‘electric charge.’ Migraine patients suffer with nausea and vomiting, and optical disturbances. People with heart conditions complain of palpitations, heart pain and oppression. Women before the age of menopause complain of hot flashes with sweats or chills. Hay fever patients get bad attacks of rhinitis with conjunctivitis, even though it isn’t even hay fever season.  Serotonin acts as a bronchial constrictor and slows the clearing action of the cilia thus allowing mucus to thicken.Even the healing rate of wounds has been known to slow down causing the risk of infection to increase.

Positive ions can contribute to mental illness.  There is evidence that when the positive ion index goes up during the Dog Days of Summer  so do violent crimes such as road rage, bank hold-ups and sex crimes.

As you can can probably surmise on your own, we want more Negative ions and less Positive ions in our lives.

Negative Ions

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Negative ions are extremely beneficial to a person’s metabolism.  It is impossible to get an overdose of negative ions.  Negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness and mental clarity.  They purify the body and wash away dirty poisons.  The more you are exposed to them the better and more uplifted you will feel.  They are found in abundance in places like the mountains, waterfalls beaches.  That’s why you feel so good when you go to those places.   Rainstorms also release an abundance of negative ions.  I have always felt cleansed after a rainstorm and now I know why.

In addition, amazingly all the ailments listed above that are caused by Positive ions can be reversed and alleviated by being exposed to Negative ions!  This is the only time when a negative creates a positive effect!

The beautiful thing about nature is that it has provided us with everything we need to live a long and healthy life.  You don’t have to go out and buy negative ions.  Nature has gifted us, all of us, with all the negative ions we could ever need.

So get outside as often as you can!  Go to the mountains and the beach.  The next time it rains open your windows!  Or better yet, take a walk in the rain and let those wonderful little negative ions work their magic!

 

 

“Let your food be your medicine, let your medicine be your food.” ~ Hippocrates

I Love Garlic!  I’m not going to deny it.  I really can’t get enough of it.  Honestly,  is there anyone alive who doesn’t love fresh homemade garlic bread right out of the oven?  Or the smell of garlic sautéing in a pan?  When I was a teenager I wouldn’t eat garlic because I was afraid of how my breath would smell.  I worried too much about everything back then.  That’s one of the beautiful things about getting older … you stop worrying so much about little things that don’t really matter.  It’s taken me a while but I’m finally learning to let go and just enjoy life and the things in life that make you happy.  For me, one of those things is garlic!  It’s one thing on a long list of things I’ve denied myself for years. Lucky for me, garlic is highly nutritious and has very few calories.

Nutrition

First, in case you didn’t already know, an entire head of garlic is called a bulb and each segment is called a clove.  There are about 10-20 cloves in a single bulb. Garlic comes in different forms from whole cloves and smooth pastes, to powders and supplements like garlic extract and garlic oil.  The minimum effective dose for therapeutic effects is one clove eaten with meals 2 or 3 times a day.

A 1-ounce serving of garlic contains the following percentages of the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) for the following:

  • Manganese:  23%
  • Vitamin B-6:  17%
  • Vitamin C:  15%
  • Selenium:  6%
  • Fiber:  0.6 Grams

Garlic also contains decent amounts of calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, iron and vitamin B-1.  In all, it contains a little bit of almost everything we need.

The health effects are caused by one of the sulfur compounds formed when a garlic clove is chopped, crushed or chewed. This compound is called allicin and it is this that gives garlic its distinct aroma.

Health Benefits

  • Garlic helps to prevent and reduce the severity of common illnesses like the flu and common cold.
  • The Active Compounds in garlic can reduce blood pressure.
  • Garlic can lower total and LDL cholesterol levels which may lower the risk of heart disease.
  • Garlic contains antioxidants that protect against cell damage and aging which in turn may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
  • At high doses, the sulfur compounds in garlic have been shown to protect agains organ damage from heavy metal toxicity.
  • Garlic kills germs greatly reducing the possibility of wound infections.  Because of these findings garlic was used extensively as an antiseptic and dysentery cure during both World Wars.

It’s important to mention that if you have a bleeding disorder or are taking blood thinning medications because there is a possibility that it could increase the risk of bleeding.  Garlic might prolong bleeding and should not be taken for 2 weeks prior to a scheduled surgery.  Talk to your doctor before increasing your garlic consumption.

History

Garlic has been used since the beginning of recorded history and was found in the Egyptian pyramids and ancient Greek temples.  It is one of the oldest known horticultural crops in the Old World. Ancient medical texts from Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, and India each prescribed medical applications for garlic.  Amazingly, cultures and civilizations that never came in contact with one another cam to many of the same conclusions about the role of garlic in the treatment of diseases.

Superstitions & Folklore

European folklore gives garlic the ability to ward off the “evil eye”.  Central Europeans believed that it warded off devils, werewolves and vampires. To ward off vampires, garlic would be worn on one’s person, hung in windows, or rubbed on chimneys and keyholes.

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When diseases caused by mosquito bites were considered the “touch of the vampire,” garlic came in handy as a mosquito repellent.

Greek midwives would hang garlic cloves in birthing rooms to keep evil spirits away.

Dreaming that there is “garlic in the house” means good luck.  To dream of “eating garlic” means you will discover hidden secrets.

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