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Powerhouse of Health Benefits!

7 Apr

Powerhouse of Health Benefits!

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is full of nutrients and enzymes and probiotics because of the process by which it undergoes fermentation not pasteurization. Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is made out of organically grown apples and because of this the vinegar is full of benefits. Raw Organic Apply Cider Vinegar when held to the light contains “Mother” which settles to the bottom of the jar. The mother in vinegar is packed full of nutrients and bacteria which is what makes it so healthy for us!

Many leading experts in Nutrition state that using (RACV) on a regular basis has such excellent benefits that many of the over the counter and prescription drugs for common ailments could possibly be reduced or replaced by using the (RACV) in various remedies. Below is a list of a few of the reasons to make Raw Apple Cider Vinegar a regular part of your diet!

  • Aids in losing weight. Studies show that (RACV) helps to break down fats so that the body can use them instead of store them. (RACV) also has acetic acid which has been shown to improve your metabolism.
  • Aids also in skin conditions when used instead of harsh astringents because it is antibacterial. Dilute with water and cleanse skin for acne and eczema being careful not to get into eyes. Some people are very sensitive so suggestions are to try this on the back of your hand before placing on face or other irritated skin.
  • Aids in conditioning the hair! Use (RACV) with a few drops of your favorite Essential oil after shampooing helps give your hair a wonderful and healthy shine.   Studies show that Apple Cider Vinegar can also aid in getting rid of lice and fleas.
  • Studies have proven (RACV) to help lower blood sugar levels when added regularly to the diet. If taken before meals around two tablespoons of (RACV) and water has been found effective in lowering blood sugar level. It is highly recommended as a natural part of the diet to help Diabetics.
  • Aids in alleviating acid reflux and heartburn by adding 1 tablespoon of (RACV) to 4 ounces of Purified water and drinking after meals.


As you can see the benefits of using Raw Apple Cider Vinegar are wonderful and I have only touched on a few. One of my favorite ways to use Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is as a detox. I like Dr. Axe’s Secret Detox recipe! I actually found this detox recipe to also be useful in the relief of my allergies and cold symptoms!


The Home Grown Summit!

15 Mar

Home Grown Food Summit

I Wanted to Pass along this Great Resource

Home Grown Summit


I know that I am probably a little late in posting this but I hope that you will still be able to take advantage of the wonderful information In the Home Grown Food Summit!

I am taking full advantage of a lot of the information that I’ve been learning from these great educational videos!


Beginning 2016 garden

My Little Greenhouse

Seeds for 2016 garden


I am taking full advantage of a lot of the information that I’ve been learning from these great educational videos!


Spring Time has Arrived!

10 Mar

Beginning 2016 garden

Spring is arriving beautifully in the South and I’m itching to get outside! As a kid I remember so well the days warming up after a long cold snowy winter! I am originally from a tiny town in Kentucky that set on the Ohio River in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. When spring came, we couldn’t wait to kick our shoes off and go barefoot! After pleading with our Mom, she would finally let us go outside with our bare feet! I remember the sensation of stepping into the lush green prickly cool grass and dirt! What a wonderful experience!

It amazes me that something that gave us so much pleasure as a child now has been found to have been good for us all along, regardless of the many arguments that “we would catch our death of cold!” We obviously never knew about the great benefits!   According to some emerging research from various health professionals going barefoot termed Earthing or Grounding is actually a healthy practice and could have many benefits such as the following:

Reducing inflammation by defusing excess positive electrons

Reducing chronic pain

Improving Sleep (I can vouch strongly for this!)

Increasing Energy (I noticed this also)

Lowering stress and promoting calmness by reducing stress hormones.

Normalizing biological rhythms including circadian rhythm

Improving blood pressure and blood flow

Relieving muscle tension and headache (I noticed this)

Lessens menstrual and female hormone symptoms

Speeds healing- used in some places to prevent bed sores

Can eliminate jet lag

Protecting the body from EMFs

Shortens recovery time from injury or athletic activity

Reducing or eliminating snoring

Helping support adrenal health

In the light of dirt and the earth being found to have relative health benefits,   I wanted to pass this wonderful cutting edge resource from Dr. Joshua Axe entitled Eat Dirt!  along to all who may be suffering in their health!   I have found many helpful resources written or produced by Dr. Axe and have taken his advice to help with health issues for my own family.

Mama’s DIY Maple Sweetened Cookies!

6 Jul

Mama’s DIY Maple Sweetened Cookies!.

This recipe would be wonderful for Christmas Cookies!

Mama’s DIY Concoctions

29 Apr

Mama’s DIY Concoctions!

Don’t you just love it when you can be creative and it blesses your family or others?  I hope so,  as today’s blog is about giving!  I am a giver!  By stating that I am a giver people may automatically say “well give me this much money or give me this or that!”  The fact of the matter is I’ve not always had money to give, but I’ve had my time and thank God he has given me a few talents that I can use to give to others!  I am an Author and an Artist, so it gives me great pleasure to bless my friends and family with a painting or a book that I’ve written, but I also love to cook!

When a friend is sick I can do homemade chicken soup for them and a big ol’ pone of cornbread from my Grandma’s iron skillet!  When I do something like cook soup and cornbread for a friend, It gives me great pleasure to do it!  I am probably blessed as much as they are!  I thank God that he’s given me my Southern Mama who was a wonderful Southern cook and taught me how to cook as well. The difficult thing is that she never used a recipe and so I rarely do either!   In my home we have an ongoing joke “Mama’s concocting again!” Which by the way is a  title to one of my forthcoming books! I love to get into the kitchen and “create” my own dishes.  I’ve had a few epic fails, but for more times than not, I’ve created meals things that  my family usually brags on.   I’ve also been incorporating  and using healthier ingredients with no complaints!  But this is the real deal, I’ve also been putting them in recipe form  with  “estimated amount” so that I can actually pass them down someday to my grandchildren or great-grandchildren!

Anyway, back to giving.    Do you know that some of my sweetest gifts came not when my family or friends purchased me a gift?  The best gifts that I received were when they did something personally or made something  for me.  For Christmas my boys always make me gifts!  I love and treasure them because they seriously put their time and effort into making Mama something special!Who wouldn’t love a homemade birdfeeder, or a beautiful stepping stone that says Mom on it?  I love them!

In the spirit of giving I wanted to share one of my simplest “Concoctions!” or “Recipes!” with you today.  This is an easy recipe and is great for your home or you can fancy it up and give it as a gift!  Either way I hope that you will enjoy making it!

DIY AIR Freshener or Carpet Freshener

picture belongs to http//www.covenantessentials.com


I cup                     Pure Baking Soda

10 drops               Lavender Oil or your favorite scented oils ( I use Doterra 100% CPTG)

1                           Small canning Jelly Jar with lid or fancier jar if you have one


Pour Pure Baking Soda into canning jar!

Pour in Lavender oil or your favorite essential oil

Place lid on the jar and shake to mix the two ingredients!

Now this is when it can get a little tricky because the lid for your jar has to have holes placed in it! I usually find me an old board, nail, and a hammer!  I place the lid on the board, and I hammer the Nail into the lid in a few places to create holes.  This allows you to be able to smell the wonderful scent  Of the freshener, but also if you were going to sprinkle it on your carpets, then you have an instant shaker!


Finally if you wanted to give this as a gift, say for Christmas, you could use Doterra Oils, such as   Peppermint Oil  I love the scents of fall, so I usually also do one with  Clove and Ginger Oil.  Use your imagination and “Concoct” your own Recipe!  To give these as gifts, just tie a pretty ribbon or burlap twine with a little homemade tag! This spiffs it up fancy!

I would love to hear from you!  If you enjoyed this blog with my DIY Concoctions, please let me know and I will post more of my Homemade DIY recipes.  In the meantime if you would like to have this recipe to print, please contact me and leave your email and I will send You a free pdf by attachement!






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