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The Magic of Quinoa

This power house of a food has been consumed since 3-4 thousand years ago. This was a main staple of the Inca peoples, whom discovered it was edible. They believe it increased the vigor and stamina of their warriors.

This is not a grain but a seed, it is easy to cook and can adapt to many flavors from savory to sweet. When I am making Quinoa, I make a double batch to use the extra later, in salads or as a morning warm cereal as you would use oatmeal.

I’d like to give you some reasons why you should also add Quinoa into your weekly diet.

Here are seven health benefits of quinoa:
1. Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat. It is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids.
2. Quinoa contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains. Fiber is most widely known to relieve constipation. It also helps to prevent heart disease by reducing high blood pressure and diabetes. Fiber lowers cholesterol and glucose levels, may lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids and may help you to lose weight as it takes a longer time to chew than does other foods because it makes you feel fuller for longer and is less “energy dense” which means it has fewer calories for the same volume of food.
3. Quinoa contains Iron. Iron helps keep our red blood cells healthy and is the basis of hemoglobin formation. Iron carries oxygen from one cell to another and supplies oxygen to our muscles to aid in their contraction. Iron also increases brain function because the brain takes in about 20% of our blood oxygen. There are many benefits of iron some more of which include neurotransmitter synthesis, regulation of body temperature, aids enzyme activity and energy metabolism.
4. Quinoa contains lysine. Lysine is mainly essential for tissue growth and repair.
5. Quinoa is rich in magnesium. Magnesium helps to relax blood vessels and thereby to alleviate migraines. Magnesium also may reduce Type 2 diabetes by promoting healthy blood sugar control. Other health benefits of magnesium include transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, energy production, detoxification34JeanneFrances2014WEB and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.
6. Quinoa is high in Riboflavin (B2). B2 improves energy metabolism within brain and muscle cells and is known to help create proper energy production in cells.
7. Quinoa has a high content of manganese. Manganese is an antioxidant, which helps to prevent damage of mitochondria during energy production as well as to protect red blood cells and other cells from injury by free radicals.

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The choice for Health

Yesterday was 2.22, if your into numerology or astrology you are aware that  we are into an amazing “energy vibration”time for health and well- being. The Snow Moon represented a time to release what is not working, to gather up what will work. This is a time for physical release, doubt of your spiritual journey and to forgive the burdensome angers you have chosen to carry in your mind.

We are also headed into SPRING! It is time to cleanse our bodies as to set up for the mind and spirit to follow the change.

I read a post of facebook a few days ago and the story has so stuck in my mind, I’d like to share it

Living Garbage Free

Recently, I hopped in a Taxi and we took off for the Airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car pulled right in front of us.

My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us.

MY taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked,”why did you just do that?’ This guy almost ruined your car and set us to the hospital.

This is when my Taxi driver taught me what I now call, “The Law of the Garbage Truck”. He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of Garbage, full of Frustration, Full of Anger, and full of Disappointment. As their Garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they’ll dump it on you. He said, “don’t take it personally.”

Just smile, wave, wish them well and move on! Don’t take their Garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or even on the streets. The bottom line is that stress- free people do not let Garbage Trucks take over their day.

Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so love on the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don’t. Life is ten percent what to make it and ninety percent how you take it!! Have a Garbage Free Day!


My “mind-set” for today is Garbage Free. 34JeanneFrances2014WEBMy body is so ready for spring, I have started juicing certain veggies and fruit for “liver support” and flushing the winter toxins out of my body.

I have restarted my morning walking routine and meditating with the intentions of “clear Thoughts”

Happy Full Moon energies to you!!!

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Another Phila Flower Show Year!

A time for reflection this morning, many of you know that my hubby Jim and I designed and installed displays in the Phila Flower Show. This opportunity opened up for us over 14 years ago, along with volunteering for the Orf family whom owns Waldor Orchids. It is always magical to witness a flat cement floor and huge hallow space, turn into woodlands, mystical hollers, Peaceful meditation places and city scene turn into magical arena’s of beauty.

Due to our lively work schedule, Jim and I will not be doing a display at the Phila Flower Show, we will go back to being part of the “crowd”. I thought I’d share a few pics today of some of our displays.

I know spring is just around the corner!!

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Calendula Lotion Bar

Calendula is a stunningly beautiful flower, the deep orange and yellow petals form a colorful contrast with the greenery in the herb garden. Is it little wonder that Calendula, called “Marygold”, Marigold or “sunbride” in the herbals of the middle ages, was ascribed such magical powers and healing virtues? Calendula flower oil heals the skin so well, The German Commission E has verified the effectiveness of calendula in healing wounds and reducing inflammation.
Calendula is a particularly good treatment for cuts, scrapes, bruises, insect bites and minor wounds. Calendula is antifungal and so can help to cure thrush (Candida albicans). The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of calendula make it a good face wash for dry, irritated skin and acne. Fresh calendula petals can also be infused in boiling water and used to treat minor infections, conjunctivitis, and mouth sores. Calendula tinctures are also a concentrated and convenient way to treat sore or infected gums.
Calendula is most often applied to the skin in creams, lotions and oils, but can be taken as an herbal tea, used as a tincture, and applied as a poultice. Make a simple homemade facial by boiling a handful of fresh petals in milk. Use the flower petals to add color to soups and rice dishes. Use just the petals, do not eat calyx or flower centers. For a sore throat or indigestion, drink calendula tea or use it to gargle, for scrapes and bruises apply the tea directly to your skin. Take the sting out of insect bites and rashes by applying the bruised, fresh flowers directly to the irritated skin. Use a few drops of calendula tincture to treat sore gums and mouth ulcers. Calendula combines well with comfrey and St. John’s wort for healing skin.
Lotion Bars Ingredientscalendula lotion bar
• 1 cup coconut oil- infused with calendula flowers
• 1 cup shea butter, cocoa butter or mango butter (or a mix of all three)
• 1 cup beeswax
• Optional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
Lotion Bars Instructions
1. Combine all ingredients (except essential oils if using) in a double boiler, or a glass bowl over a smaller saucepan with 1 inch of water in it.
2. UPDATE: Combine in a quart size glass mason jar with a lid instead and place this in a small saucepan of water until melted. This will save your bowl and you can just designate this jar for these type of projects and not even need to wash it out…
3. Turn the burner on and bring water to a boil. Stir ingredients constantly until they are melted and smooth:
4. Remove from heat and add the essential oils.
5. Gently stir by hand until essential oils are incorporated.
6. Carefully pour into molds or whatever you will be allowing the lotion bars to harden in. I used these silicone baking cups, though any mold would work.
7. Allow the lotion bars to cool completely before attempting to pop out of molds. These could be made in different shaped molds for different holiday gifts (hearts for valentines, flowers for Mother’s day, etc.) or made in a square baking pan and then cut into actual bars.

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Mid winter’s day

Although today is mid-winter, I have summer time on my mind. I am making up a cup of tea with summer flavors, rose buds, lemon peel,hawthorn berries, and lemon balm. This tea is wonderfully light tasting, a great tonic for the skin, your blood circulation, and support for the liver.

As I sip my warm tea, I will dream of how this tea will taste in a chilled glass, on a hot summer day.lemon balm 2