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Wednesday, March 04 , 2015

Instant Fatigue Fighter

We hear it all the time. People are constantly tired. They lack energy. They have no get-up-and-go. For the most part, their days start early in the morning and end late at night, with all kinds of obligations and tension in between.

If you fit the above description, it may be time to rethink your life and make some changes. While you're contemplating ways to be kinder to yourself, here's an instant fatigue fighter to help you get through the afternoon.

Energy lines directly connected to internal organs and body functions run through your earlobes. To activate this acupressure fix, use your thumbs and index fingers to rub your earlobes for about 15 seconds. It should wake up your entire nervous system.

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Thursday, May 22 , 2014

Give Your Geraniums a Boost

Geraniums are easy-to-grow perennials that bloom beautiful, bright colors. And, according to the National Gardening Association, deer pass them by! But geraniums are picky about one thing…

They love lots of water! But, as with any plant, you have to careful not to overwater—the roots should never sit in standing water.

Here’s a way to keep them happily hydrated without overwatering: After preparing your morning coffee, rinse off the coffee grounds to cool them and remove any residue. Then distribute the grounds in an even layer on top of the soil surrounding the geraniums. The grounds become a marvelous mulch that helps keep in moisture. Note: Be sure to use coffee grounds on full-grown plants only. Geranium seeds have a hard seed coat, and the grounds can inhibit germination.

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Wednesday, January 22 , 2014

A Cure for the Menopausal Blues

Menopause can be an emotional roller coaster thanks to declining estrogen levels. Unfortunately, this emotional flux is a normal part of the “change of life.” If you (or your lady) are suffering from menopause-related depression, try the following remedy...

Bring one tablespoon of dried rosemary to a boil in two cups of water, and let it simmer for five minutes. Turn off the heat, and let it steep for 10 minutes. Then strain out the herb and drink the tea— one cup between breakfast and lunch...another cup between lunch and dinner. Do this every day whenever you feel the need for an emotional boost.

Rosemary, an herb that was among the Mayans' most important spiritual healing plants, acts as an antidepressant for many menopausal women. It is rich in vitamins A and C as well as the minerals phosphorus, iron, magnesium and zinc. It is a wonderful tonic for the nervous system.

For more help with the symptoms of menopause, visit the Web site of the North American Menopause Society.

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Friday, November 01 , 2013

Ancient Slimming Herb Boosts Your Metabolism

It’s hard to lose weight, and appetite-suppressing drugs can be a harmful (and costly) addition to your diet. Here’s a natural slimmer that’s probably waiting for you in your kitchen cabinet:

The secret is fennel seeds, which can be easily brewed into a tea. To prepare, add one teaspoon of the dried, loose herb to a cup of just-boiled water. Cover and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink one cup about a half-hour before each meal and one cup at bedtime. It has a refreshing, mild licorice-like flavor.

What’s going to happen? Well, the Greek name for fennel is marathron, from mariano, which means “to grow thin.” Fennel is known to metabolize and throw off fatty substances through the urine. It’s also rich in vitamin A (which means it’s wonderful for the eyes) and helps aid digestion. Note: This tea is not a “magic bullet” that melts the fat away. Please use in conjunction with a sensible eating and exercise plan to slim down for better health. And please check with your doctor before using any herbs or supplements for weight loss.

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Friday, March 09 , 2012

Quick Energy Boost

If you have to think on your feet, grab a handful of raw pumpkin seeds. Tyrosine, an amino acid found in pumpkin seeds, helps your mind work like a well-oiled machine.