Here's a dozen of my favorite things never to apologize for:
1) Never apologize for acting on your instincts.
2) Never apologize for being passionate.
3) Never apologize for being smart.
4) Never apologize for demanding respect.
5) Never apologize for saying no.
6) Never apologize for not embracing someone else's agenda.
7) Never apologize for disagreeing.
8) Never apologize for your faith.
9) Never apologize for your own sense of creativity.
10) Never apologize for ordering dessert.
11) Never apologize for being funny.
12) Never apologize for living your truth.
Every one of us casts a shadow.
There hangs about us, a sort of a strange, indefinable something, which we call personal influence--that has its effect on every other life on which it falls. It goes with us wherever we go. It is not something we can have when we want to have it--and then lay aside when we will, as we lay aside a garment. It is something that always pours out from our lives . . . as light from a lamp, as heat from flame, as perfume from a flower.
The ministry of personal influence is something very wonderful. Without being conscious of it, we are always impressing others by this strange power that exudes from us. Others watch us--and their thinking and actions are modified by our influence."
"Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity." Ephesians 5:15-16
~J. R. Miller, "The Shadows We Cast"
quarta-feira, 15 de maio de 2013
quarta-feira, 17 de abril de 2013
terça-feira, 9 de abril de 2013
(Note – this post is not medical advice nor substitute for a professional evaluation.)
Toothache can really be unbearably painful. What’s more distressing is when it occurs at midnight and your dentist’s office is already closed. On such occasions, home and herbal remedies come very handy. Here is a list of effective herbal remedies for toothaches. But before we go through that list, let’s briefly examine what toothache is and its underlying causes.
Pain in and around a tooth can really be distracting. Its severity ranges from mild discomfort to excruciatingly painful that it hampers one’s ability to perform daily tasks, and it becomes one’s sole area of focus. The condition can actually be triggered by several factors which include tooth fracture, tooth decay, abscessed tooth, infected gums, damaged filling and repetitive motions like chewing gums and grinding teeth. It’s essential to seek consultation with a dentist, who will appraise you as to the underlying condition and recommend a course of treatment. In the meantime, these herbs have been considered useful as home remedies. Maybe print out this list and keep it in your medicine chest?
Here are our top 13 herbal / natural home remedies for toothache:
ClovesEugenol, the principal molecular component of the oil derived from cloves, is a common ingredient in dental products – that ought to tell you something! Ground or crushed whole cloves are believed to be effective in dealing with tooth pain due to their pain relieving and antimicrobial (bacteria-killing) properties. Also, cloves are known for their anesthetic and numbing effect when chewed.
GingerThe use of ginger root is probably one of the most common herbal remedies for toothaches that had been in use for decades now. All you have to do is peel off its skin and put it over the affected tooth and bite it. Eventually, the pain will subside. Change the ginger in your mouth periodically as needed.
GarlicOne of the most common spices found in your kitchen, garlic also makes a very effective home remedy for toothaches. In fact, garlic is hailed as one of world’s “most potent antibiotics”. When crushed or finely chopped, bruised or crushed, garlic produces two chemicals that form into Allicin, a compound known for its antibiotic properties and its ability to ward off pain. However, some researchers claimed that garlic can irritate the gums so the use of crushed garlic should only be exclusive on tooth cavities.
Limes and LemonsAccording to research, limes and lemons can also be of great help in dealing with tooth pain as they contain Vitamin C and strong citric acid which are thought to be effective at reducing pain. Just take a slice of lemon or lime and put it over the affected area. You can also squeeze its juice and swish it around the painful area. Or you can also make a paste by squeezing its juice, add a little salt, then apply it over the affected area.
OnionPutting a piece of raw onion over the affected area is also recommended even by dentists. Onions are known for their antimicrobial properties which can be beneficial in dealing with dental pain. Some people even claimed that a slice of onion is equivalent to a bottle of Orajel and 8 capsules of advil!
When you feel that the pain begins to occur again, gently bite the onion until its juice comes out. Onions are also reported to be of great help to people who are suffering from tooth abscesses. A piece of onion is very effective in taking away swelling and pain.
Lavender and Chamomile
TurmericIs there anything that turmeric can’t do? When it comes to dental and gum problems, turmeric is getting a great deal of attention lately. In addition to its reported ability to fight against Alzheimer’s and different types of cancer diseases, turmeric is considered effective against abscesses and dental pain as well as tooth and gum infections.
CabbageBet you weren’t expecting this one! Did you know that cabbage can also be an excellent dental pain reliever? When applied topically, cabbage serves as excellent detoxifiers and powerful healers. Just take a cabbage leaf and soften it with a rolling pin. Then take its veins, roll it up, and insert it between the tooth and the gum.
GoldensealHave you heard of goldenseal? It is a flowering herbal plant that grows throughout North America. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the plant is a good source of chemical berberine which is scientifically proven to be effective at killing different types of bacteria in lab tests. Some people use goldenseal in treating sore throats, oral infections, urinary tract infections, sinus infections, and canker sores.
ThymeThe use of thyme in treating dental pain is also recommended. According to studies, this culinary herb contains antiseptic, antifungal and medicinal properties which make it effective in warding off gum disease and tooth decay. When paired with fenugreek, thyme is beneficial in treating bacterial infections. On the other hand, when thyme is used with peppermint, it becomes more effective in killing bacteria and in reducing inflammation.
SpilanthesThough less commonly discussed, spilanthes is undeniably one of the most effective dental pain reliever. Often labeled as the ‘toothache plant’, the flowers of spilanthes are directly applied over the gum area as it offers numbing effects.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)Growing yarrows in your backyard really makes a difference most especially when you are suffering from toothache. When dental pain begins, chew the plant’s feathery leaves and put them on the affected area. It acts very quickly and it offers temporary relief to your teeth and gum problems.
Peppermint leafAccording to research, peppermint leaf or oil resembles some of the qualities of clove oil in relieving tooth pain. Many people believe that chewing peppermint leaf makes a very effective reliever to dental pain. Also, this culinary herb contains menthol that offers anti-inflammatory and soothing effects to the sufferer.
Get two peppermint leaves and chew them until they become wet. When wet, place them directly over the affected tooth. After a couple of minutes, rinse your mouth with a solution of 8 ounces of water and 2 teaspoons of salt.
Normally, a toothache is an indication that something is wrong. It must never be taken for granted or ignored – most especially when it results to swelling in and around the mouth. When this scenario occurs, contacting a dentist at once is necessary as a mere toothache can lead to more serious health problems.
Original article created for herbs-info.com by Elfe Caba nas © 2013.
domingo, 7 de abril de 2013
April feels like the month to start cooking light, simple meals that don’t require hours to prepare. It’s also nice when you don’t have to turn on the oven. This is one of our favorite spring/summer meals. It’s easy, elegant, healthy, and delicious. Yesterday we enjoyed ours with a glass of carmenere.
8 ripe Roma tomatoes, chopped into bite size chunks
1/4 cup fresh basil or parsley, finely chopped
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup good quality (I like unfiltered) extra virgin olive oil
a couple splashes of balsamic vinegar or good red wine
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in bowl about 1/2 hour prior to serving. Don’t refrigerate. Bruschetta tastes best very fresh. Tomatoes lose their flavor and pleasant texture when refrigerated.
While the bruschetta is resting, prepare the crostini. Thickly slice a loaf of good quality, Italian bread…the chewy, crusty kind. Butter both sides of each slice and toast in a skillet (like you would toast a grilled cheese sandwich-so both sides are golden brown.) Serve the bruschetta piled high on the crostini.
Have a beautiful weekend,
quarta-feira, 3 de abril de 2013
segunda-feira, 18 de março de 2013
domingo, 17 de março de 2013
- 3 xícaras de chá de Óleo de Soja
- 1 embalagem de Batata Pré-Frita Congelada
- Sal Sal a gosto
- 300 gramas de Queijo muçarela ralado grosso
- 4 Tomates sem pele e sem sementes cortados em cubos pequenos
- 30 folhas de Manjericão Manjericão .
modo de preparo
Numa frigideira funda, aqueça o óleo em fogo alto e frite metade das batatas ainda congeladas por 10 minutos ou até ficarem douradas. Retire-as e escorra em papel absorvente. Repita o processo com a outra metade e tempere com o sal.
Em uma travessa redonda, coloque ⅓ das batatas, cubra com ⅓ da mussarela, ⅓ do tomate e 10 folhas de manjericão. Repita o processo mais duas vezes.
Leve ao forno por 5 minutos ou até o queijo derreter. Sirva em seguida.
This becomes even more of a concern during the winter months when we spend less time outside. And let’s be honest, most of us spend more time indoors than we do outdoors no matter what the season.
Some of the immediate reactions to poor indoor air quality include:
- Frequent sneezing and coughing at home
- Waking up congested or with a headache
- Irritated throat, nose or eyes
Poor indoor air quality: Common culprits
- Smoking indoors, smoke drifting in from outdoors, or smoke being carried indoors on clothing
- Other things that burn, like oil, gas, kerosene, charcoal briquettes, wood or candles
- Central heating, cooling or humidifying systems
- New or recently installed building materials and furnishings, including carpets and certain wood pressed products
- Household cleaning and maintenance products
- Personal care products, like hair spray or soaps
- Too much moisture in the house
- Tracking pesticides and pollens in on shoes and clothes
- Improper circulation of fresh, outside air
Improving indoor air qualityAside from the obvious solutions (don’t smoke indoors, replace air filters, check for mold, etc), there are three simple ways that you can improve your indoor air quality right now. And they don’t require fancy technology, either. Awesome.
1. Open your windows
Circulating fresh, outdoor air through your home not only removes stale air but it also moves pollutants out. It brings in fresh oxygen and makes your home feel better really fast.
But it’s cold outside!
During the winter months it’s especially important to circulate air. I will open 1 or 2 windows for 10 – 15 minutes once or twice a day. It generally doesn’t affect my heat, but I do notice a difference in the air almost immediately. (I’ll often turn my heater off during that time so that it doesn’t turn on and push money out the window.) You can also choose one room, close the heat vents and open the windows for 20 minutes with the door closed. When you are done, close the windows and then open the door to let that fresh air in throughout the whole house.
Note: If the air outside is really bad you may want to hold off on opening the window. For example, in Utah (the land where I live) we usually get a nasty inversion during January. I will always check the air quality outside before opening my window during those “yucky” days.
Check your outdoor air quality here. (for U.S. Residents)
2. Go green: House plants to the rescue.
In the late ’80s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants as a way to purify the air in space facilities. Since plants are nature’s lungs, it makes sense that they would be good to have in the home. Best of all, many houseplants not only filter the air but can also absorb air toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.
According to the NASA study, here are the top plants to improve indoor air quality:
- English ivy (Hedera helix)
- Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
- Golden pothos or Devil’s ivy (Scindapsus aures or Epipremnum aureum)
- Peace lily (Spathiphyllum ’Mauna Loa’)
- Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema modestum)
- Bamboo palm or reed palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii)
- Snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata‘Laurentii’)
- Heartleaf philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium, syn.Philodendron cordatum)
- Selloum philodendron (Philodendron bipinnatifidum, syn.Philodendron selloum)
- Elephant ear philodendron (Philodendron domesticum)
- Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata)
- Cornstalk dracaena (Dracaena fragans ’Massangeana’)
- Janet Craig dracaena (Dracaena deremensis ’Janet Craig’)
- Warneck dracaena (Dracaena deremensis ’Warneckii’)
- Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)
- Gerbera daisy or Barberton daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
- Pot mum or florist’s chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium)
- Rubber plant (Ficus elastica)
sábado, 16 de março de 2013
he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful.
If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing,
and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living. (Jules Henri Poincare)
quarta-feira, 13 de março de 2013
domingo, 10 de março de 2013
- 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 2 lbs pizza dough (I used this recipe because it makes enough for two pizza)
- 6 oz mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes (you'll need ~48 pieces)
- 48 slices of Turkey pepperoni (from 1 package)
- 2-3 cups marinara sauce, warmed, for serving
- Heat garlic and butter over medium heat just until the garlic begins to brown. Remove from heat and let sit.
- Lightly brush the inside of a bundt pan (or other oven-safe dish) with garlic butter.
- Pull off large marble-sized balls of dough and flatten (~2/3 of an ounce, a kitchen scale makes this very easy). Top with a slice of pepperoni and a cube of mozzarella.
- Wrap the dough around the pepperoni and cheese, pinching well to seal.
- Very lightly brush the pizza ball with garlic butter and place into the bundt pan (I dabbed the pizza balls on a butter-dipped silicon brush to keep butter use low - there will be 1+ Tbsp leftover - and my hands butter free. Buttery hands make it hard to get the pizza balls to seal).
- Repeat until all of the dough is used.
- Cover and let sit for 30 minutes, while preheating the oven to 400.
- Bake for ~35 minutes, until the top is very brown.
- Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes.
- Turn out onto a platter and serve with warmed marinara sauce for dipping.
NotesYields: 48 pieces