“Hi, honey? No need to come pick me up. I just drank a smoothie, so I’ll just fly home.”
It’s time to share the health – “Smoothie Power! Recipes for Weight Loss, Vitality, & the Occasional Superpower” is free this week on Amazon. So fire up your Kindle and give it a dose of green goodness.
Don’t have a Kindle? Don’t worry. The Kindle app is free on Amazon too and can be used on your PC, Mac, smartphone, tablet, forehead… maybe not the last one.
Over 100 green smoothie recipes are included in the book, along with how-to’s and information that’ll turn your health around just like it did mine. Countless people have lost weight, reversed asthma and diabetes, gained energy, and more by adding greem smoothies to their diet. So grab a free copy and dust off that superhero cape because you’re gonna need it.
I’ve been writing about my asthma lately through posts on www.DianeKidman.com, through my Facebook page, and in my upcoming book, and it’s lead me to think a lot about what triggers asthma. If you or someone you love has asthma, there are some things you may not have thought about, things right under your nose waiting to trigger the next attack. What are they?
Any doctor will tell you that major asthma triggers are contained in household chemicals. Cleaners, scrubbers, sprays, etc. Look under your kitchen cabinet. Unless you already knew about it and were watching out for it, most of the stuff under there can cause an attack for an asthmatic. In my own experience, powdered cleansers are a major problem. I now use natural cleansers and special nontoxic sponges to scrub my bathtub and sinks. Glass cleaner? I use vinegar and water with a few drops of essential oil to add a nice fragrance. To clean the stove, I use wet cloth dipped in some baking soda. (It works amazingly well!) And I don’t spray any gobble-dy-gook around the house and on the furniture to make it smell “breezy.” Instead, I use the actual breeze, such as opening the windows or pulling cushions and pillows off the furniture and putting them outdoors to air out.
Anything with fragrance is often harmful to the asthmatic. Fabric softeners, laundry soaps, plug-in room deodorizers, and room sprays are all bigtime offenders. Instead, try essential oils and/or vinegar added to your rinse cycle. Alternative laundry soaps like Soap Nuts or the Wonderball are excellent. And instead of plug-ins, just blend several drops of your favorite essential oil with some distilled water in a spray bottle. You’ll save a ton of money and your lungs!
This definitely isn’t an exhaustive list of what trigers asthma, but it gives you a good idea of what to look for and what to replace – do yourself and your loved ones a favor!
Waking up to find a big red dot on your face is never a good way to start the day, but knowing a few natural cold sore remedies will help put you back in control. I was reading through a few natural cold sore remedies on Reader’s Digest the other day, and it got me thinking about the wide array of herbal remedies we can find for just about anything. That’s the beauty of herbs. Can’t get ahold of one thing? No problem. There’s always something else to try.
Let’s take a look at a few options you have if those cold sores won’t leave you alone.
Gold Thread (Coptis trifolia): This is perhaps my favorite remedy because it’s a neat and tidy one. At that very first tingle, apply a few drops of gold thread tincture to the area. You can do this liberally and often, so if you’ve got to go to work or chaperone a class field trip or overthrow a small empire, you can take the tincture with you easily. A strong tea of gold thread will work too, but the tincture is far superior in strength.
Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea or angustifolia): If repeat outbreaks are an issue for you, echinacea tincture is a good option. Cold sores are actually a result of the herpes simplex virus, and since echinacea has a way of building up the body’s defences, it can help you toss that virus out on its ear. Take 50 – 60 drops of tincture in some water up to three times a day. I like a good root tincture or a whole plant tincture that includes the root. Alternatively, balsamroot tincture can be taken 20 – 50 drops up to four times a day. Just like the echinacea, it helps support the body’s ability to make macrophages, these cool little Pac Man type thingies that gobble up all sorts of virusy badness. (At least, that’s how I envision them…)
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis): No, this isn’t some weak, wimpy grandma tea. Lemon balm packs a fierce punch in the herbal world when you’re not talking old brown leaf crumbles found in tea bags at the grocery store. You can choose to apply the tincture topically several times a day, or you can make the tea from freshly dried leaves (no older than one year maximum) and drink it as often as you choose. It’s really good stuff, trust me. You’ll not only see an improvement in the whole cold sore thingie, you’ll feel a lot better about life in general.
Are these the only herbal remedies out there for cold sore outbreaks? Nope. There are numerous and this is a sampling of a few of the best. It’s a good start to not only building your natural cold sore remedies arsenal, but to learning to rely herbal remedies for chemical-free health.
I know, I know. It's not green. But it's a free image, and my son is begging me to go swimming so I gotta scat.
I’ve accidentally landed into an experiment involving green smoothies. It’s day #4 of an unexpected adventure, and I’ve started writing about it on my author blog at DianeKidman.com. I would love to have you follow along, because as early in the game as it is, it’s already taken a few surprising turns. I’ll be keeping you posted as to my progress, and I’ll even share some smoothie recipes along the way. So grab your bananas and your blender. We’ve got some health to whip up.
After a flurry of typing, retyping, editing, and the partaking of gallons of supportive herbal teas, my new ebook is ready for public consumption. “Teas for Life: 101 Herbal Teas for Greater Health” is ebook #4, and this time we’re talking about brewing up health by the mugful. Learn what the teas are good for, how much to drink, what’s in them that makes them so special, and even get a smattering of useless (but highly entertaining) trivia.
Who said reference books should be boring? No snoozaroo reading here. Yes, it’s a reference. But since writing straight stuff puts me to sleep, you’ll get great info with a twist in “Teas for Health”.
If you don’t already have a free Kindle app for your PC, Mac, smartphone, tablet, etc., be sure to get one so you can keep this ebook handy. Keep it on your iPhone so it can go herb shopping with you.
I’m excited about this ebook. I think you’ll find the information extremely useful, especially if you’re aiming to keep your family on a natural path, or if you’re just plain sick of paying for prescription medications that offer more side effects than solutions. And if you just plain enjoy drinking tea, you’ll be able to wow your fellow tea-sippers with some unique information. You will be able to say things such as, “Hey, Jerry, I noticed you’re a bit high strung lately. How’s about a nice celery seed tea?”
“Teas for Life.” It’s alive, it’s about tea, and it’s kinda funny, too.
Teas for Life - It's Alive! And it's full of tea.