KAVA

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KAVA
This weekend I discovered another herbal anti-anxiety that I believe works really well! It is called Kava (sometimes, Kava-Kava). It is a plant found and used by many Pacific Island states.

Some say it has holistic properties and some use it for anxiety. The thing to remember about Essential Oils ad Extracts are the same for any type of substance. Every person has a different tolerance so some people can really feel the effects and some people can hardly feel them at all.

The Genus and Species is Piper methysticum. The root of the plant is pulverized to make drinks or teas that can ease a person’s mind while maintaining clarity. It’s used for temporary relief from anxiety, stress, and insomnia. Kavalactones are the API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient) that are in many anti-depressants and anxiety medications and can provide a similar state of mind but all natural!

If you have trouble with anxiety, I would check this out for sure.

Cheers!

(I find it funny I declared this a wine blog but….. we can intertwine a few subjects now and again!)

The Power of Lavender

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Recently I have been trying to turn to more natural substitutes for stress and anxiety. My conclusion has been to turn to everything Lavender.

Lavender Essential Oil has been allowing me to sleep, relax my muscles and have a great scent around me at all times. Mixed in with my Chanel No. 19, a strange amount of people have told me that I smell very delightful.

There are many uses and benefits to using this oil and turning away from Prescriptions or harsher solutions so frequently. Don’t take me wrong, I love my Xanax and Valium, but it is best to stay non-reliant on Benzodiazapenes. (Comment on this post if anyone wants a lengthy post on Benzos!)

At bed time I rub the oil on my temples, my wrists and the soles of my feet. These are the most porous parts that allow the oil to enter the bloodstream. It allows you to release tension and stress. Inhaling the scent in three deep breaths also allows for the mind to calm quickly.

Other Uses:

1. Sleep Aide

2. Cuts/Scrapes

3. Insect Bites & Stings

4. Motion Sickness

5. Dry & Chapped Sunburn Skin

… There is a whole list of things it could be used for. My sister is currently with child and she has been using it for various aches and pains in her pregnancy. I won’t write up on it more because it is not my experience but there are a few great posts on the topic throughout the Blogosphere.

Now as I pour myself a glass of Moët, I’ll add a few drops of Lavender Oil as it is very okay to ingest. Adds a great floral taste. One of my favorite Liquors is actually Lavender based. Similar to Creme de Violette.

Cheers!

SPICY SPICY SPICY

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There are a lot of benefits to eating spicy foods. I myself love spicy everything, perhaps even carry around Hot Sauce packets in my school bag in case of a low HEAT emergency. All International Food is my favorite. Some of the best food is the little random markets and diners that you find in the middle of cities, ‘hidden gems’ you could say.

This is the chemistry behind spice and its ‘capsicum’ levels and how as you approach 100% capsaicin, how the heat becomes a poison:

Capsaicin is present in large quantities in the placental tissue (seed location), the internal membranes and, to a lesser extent, the other fleshy parts of the fruits of plants in the genus Capsicum. The seeds themselves do not produce any capsaicin, although the highest concentration of capsaicin can be found in the white pith of the inner wall, where the seeds are attached.

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The burning sensation caused by capsaicin when it comes in contact with mucous membranes is commonly used in food products to give them added spice (piquancy). In high concentrations, capsaicin will also cause a burning effect on other sensitive areas of skin. The degree of heat found within a food is often measured on the Scoville scale.

Bell peppers are structured so that they eliminate capsaicin, hence why they do not have any spice.

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Certain wines use ‘capsicum’ to add flavor and certain heats to wines. It gives certain wines that peppery taste. Look on the descriptions of the bottles or ask a sales associate!

Here are a few of my favorite recipes:

Peppers: ALL PEPPERS – There are so many amazing peppers to cook with out there. 

Indian Food/Curry: Indian Green Bell Pepper And Chicken Curry

https://en.cookpad.com/recipe/1100519

Cumin: Southwestern Roasted Cauliflower Recipe with Cumin & Paprika

http://www.cookincanuck.com/2013/10/southwestern-roasted-cauliflower-recipe-with-cumin-paprika/

Mexican/Spanish Heat: Grilled Mexican Corn Salad

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/grilled-mexican-corn-salad-50400000135558/

Stuffed Peppers: Spicy Quinoa Poblano Stuffed Peppers

http://www.colleens-kitchen.com/2013/06/spicy-quinoa-stuffed-poblano-peppers.html

Everyone should start adding spice to everything in their life. Give all your food a little kick. It boosts your metabolism and makes everything taste so much better. Sriracha is my personal favorite hot sauce. It’s got a very complex flavor that goes well with many things (eggs, sandwiches, asian spiced foods).

SPICE up your life my people. 😉

Tea Tree Oil

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Tea Tree Oil is one of my favorite all natural cure alls. It is good for your health, skin and all natural. It is taken from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, which is native to Southeast Queensland and the Northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia. It has this calming and soothing smell about it.

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My favorite body wash is made with tea tree oil and it keeps my skin so nice and smooth. The brand is called Body Essence and you can get it basically at everywhere Wal-Mart, etc.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Body-Essence-Tea-Tree-Oil-Ultra-Moisturizing-Body-Wash-24-Oz/10324103

Buying the actual Tea Tree Oil, you can find it at The Vitamin Shoppe (in various brands and forms) but my personal favorite is The Body Shop, it treats blemishes really well.

http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/men-product/mens-view-all/tea-tree-oil.aspx

I recommend that everyone start using this natural cure all and seeing what uses you can find for it. Google it, there are many different ways to use Tea Tree Oil! If you love your skin as much as I do… you WILL want this product.

Blueberries

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I love blueberries TOO much. I have been on the biggest blueberry kick for the past few months and I cannot stop.

Blueberry Kefir, Tea, Homemade Jam from a Farm Fresh Amish Bakery, Smoothies, Body Scrubs made from all Natural Ingredients (Philadelphia Find on Market Street), and Chilled White Organic Blueberry Tea made by INKO’s brand.

There are so many reasons why people should eat blueberries.

1. The high antioxidant content. You receive plenty of high Vitamins that help to boost your Immunes System. These antioxidants neutralize free radicals in your body that help to prevent aging and sickness.

2. NATURAL ANTI-DEPRESSANTS

3. Helps to reduce belly fat, providing for healthier digestion.

My newest feat was making blueberry vinaigrette. Paired it with a Kale salad (my other favorite super food right now), which you can see in this recipe. It was so delicious. A fresh fruit salad with Kale. What could be better.

http://iowagirleats.com/2014/07/16/roasted-kale-summer-salad-blueberry-balsamic-vinaigrette/

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I cannot wait to go to the Rochester Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning because I will have all of the fresh vegetables I will ever need. The best foods can be found at that market. I will have to document my way through the DELICIOUS foods of the Rochester South Wedge Farmer’s Market.

Aloe

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There is this new product that I have found that is so good for you digestion, regulating, hydration, and I even know a girl with Hyperthyroidism that takes it and says has improved her quality of life. ALOE WATER. They have a lot of aloe waters and gels in many places, always in Natural Food stores that I tend to frequent. It is so good for you. Any extra details and specifics can obviously be explained by them chemical composition of the allow plant aiding your system. Here are the reason why I drink it:

1. Improves ALL Digestion

2. Assists in Losing Weight

3. Speeds up Metabolism

4. Supports and Aids Immune System

5. Toxin Remover

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Here is a link to my favorite product below. There are all different kinds of flavors and products. Even the coconut and aloe product is amazing. It’s like double the health in a drink.

http://alodrink.com/products/exposed/

In the midst of moving and such, there has been little sleep, little time, and a lot of stress. I have so much to blog about! Many new posts will be coming. But as I am trying to avoid the sickness I feel I am about to get, I will go drink my aloe water. Cheers my friends!