Bananas

Ever since I was a very young child, I have loved bananas above any other fruit. Because my mom usually bought one bunch of bananas per week for our big family, I never got more than one per week. At some point, I remember making a firm pledge to myself that I would eat at… Continue reading Bananas

Adrenals

Each person has two adrenal glands, one on top of each kidney. Each gland has two parts: the cortex (outer section), which is responsible for the production of cortisone; and the medulla (central section), which secretes adrenaline. These small glands also secrete several hormones that are critical to our well-being and optimal energy levels. Adrenaline… Continue reading Adrenals

Watermelon

Happy Independence Day weekend to all! This all-American holiday always reminds me of picnics and gatherings of family and friends. By association, there are few foods that say SUMMER to me more than watermelon. I have loved the taste and juiciness of it since I was a little child. My grandmother used to make watermelon… Continue reading Watermelon

Allergies

Allergies are immune reactions to environmental allergens or foods. Some of the most common symptoms are sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, hives, headaches/sinus pressure, and digestive distress. Reactions can be situational, seasonal, or chronic depending on the root cause. Beyond just temporary discomfort, allergies can result in health conditions as varied as acne, rheumatoid arthritis,… Continue reading Allergies

Pesto

What do think of when you think of pesto? Probably a beautifully thick, green, intensely flavored mixture of basil, garlic, Parmesan or Pecorino cheese, olive oil, salt, and pine nuts. For me, pesto is both a magical foodie ingredient and a fabulous way to preserve herbs and other fine greens. I hope that this post… Continue reading Pesto

Basil

When I first started using essential oils, I heard a story about a woman who had only a bottle of Basil oil and used it for everything for an entire year before she moved on to other oils. At the time, I wondered if that could really be true. This post covers only some of… Continue reading Basil

Baking Soda

Today’s blog post is very long. That’s because I want to give you a fair overview of all the possible uses for the humble bag or box of baking soda that you may have stored in one or more cabinets in your home. I admit that there are many applications listed here that I have… Continue reading Baking Soda

Focus

Around the globe, people are being challenged to cope with a completely new daily life rhythm in the face of quarantine, social distancing, unanticipated home schooling and working from home or in unaccustomed settings, and more, all resulting from the spread of a novel coronavirus strain. One of the most frequently reported conditions that many… Continue reading Focus

Tea and Essential Oils

Earlier this week, a friend asked me for some advice on using essential oils in tea. The more I thought about how to answer her, the longer the answer got in my head. I realized that I wanted to approach both teas and oils in such a way that a blog post would be the… Continue reading Tea and Essential Oils

Dandelions

Robins and dandelions are among the very first signs of spring here in western Pennsylvania. This past winter, mild temperatures even encouraged them to flower in unusual months. But certainly by March, they are showing up as the first pollen providers for the growing season ahead. They are an amazing plant and definitely not the… Continue reading Dandelions