Natural Remedies, Aloe-Vera

This new chapter will talk about remedies found in nature that have been used for hundreds to thousands of years to help people heal themselves.

ALOE VERA…one of my favorites.
I grow Aloe-Vera plants in my yard, but they can also be grown in pots as house plants. They are easy to grow and take little care. There are at least five well-known varieties to include the Dorian Black, Yellow Teeth, Orange Aloe, Red Aloe,  and Gold tooth aloe. In reality there are over 200 types of Aloe plants.

Aloe Vera is a member of the lily family and has been a well-respected healer for thousands of years ( 6000 years to be exact). Originating in Africa, they as well, grow in South and Central America and in the Mediterranean. Over the years, the healing effects of the Aloe Vera gel has become familiar to the public. However, the juice extracted along with the gel from the inner side of the leaf is also a potent healer.

The most well-known use of the gel is the topical use for the healing of burns. My experience for this was when in beauty school I burned my wrist with a curling iron. When I got home I cut a leaf off the Aloe Vera plant I had growing in a pot, split the leaf and laid it on my wrist. To keep it in place, I wrapped it with gauze, leaving it on all night. To my surprise the blister on my wrist healed almost totally over night. By the end of the week it was completely healed. That surprised me since it was a second degree burn. This would be considered the therapeutic use of the gel, which can also be used for minor cuts, scrapes and bruises.

The juice can be taken internally as well as be used externally. Aloe-vera gel and juice is a natural moisturizer, and contains anti-inflammatory and antifungal components.

Other Healing Effects of the Juice: the juice contains properties that absorb bacteria and restore healthy flora in the intestines, strengthen the immune system by regenerating cell growth, relieve pain with antiswelling agents and regulate digestion. I was not aware, but you can purchase it in dried capsules – which are used as a laxative. I have never inquired about the capsules. Other components in aloe include amino acids, enzymes, vitamins unsaturated fatty acids, minerals, polysaccharides, saponins, salicylic acid etc. The juice as a remedy for digestive ailments soothes the nervous stomach, neutralizes excess gastric acids and eliminates harmful intestinal bacteria allowing the intestinal flora to regenerate. It as well, cleanses and detoxifies the body by getting rid of the toxins naturally. Scientific research indicates that Aloe-Vera juice seems to help with diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels. It may also help lower cholesterol.

Other specific uses include healing eczema, scars, wounds that are weeping pus. For colds and flu drink 3-4 oz. of Aloe Vera juice daily before meals, either by itself or mixed with fruit juice. When giving to children limit the dosage to 1 tbsp. of Aloe-Vera juice 3 times a day. When using it for burns change the dressing several times daily. Can also put the juice in a spray bottle and spray the affected area. Check with your health-care provider if in doubt. I, as well, sprayed it, along with applying garlic oil, onto a brown recluse spider bite that I got, from who knows where. My doctor was amazed at the quick healing. He told me I could have died from that one lethal bite since I did not know what it was and didn’t go to the hospital, and waited 3 weeks before I went to the doctor.

Shifting from the medicinal benefits – today, aloe vera is said to be good for wrinkles and is added to many skin care products and lotions, and, can be used as a poultice on the hair to promote hair growth. I will have to try that one.

Below are a couple of You Tube Videos that I found to be very interesting. Watch them and enjoy.

I am going to start making my own juice, since I have dozens of plants in my yard. The reason for adding the honey and lemon juice is because, as I understand it, the juice you buy in the store is not so pleasant tasting. That is why the manufacturers suggest the honey and lemon juice to be mixed with fruit juice for drinking.

God Bless!


Buckwheat – Test Kitchen

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I am back on track in the TEST KITCHEN. So much to do and not enough time to do it all. I spent this morning making Buckwheat Pancakes.

I have always loved BUCKWHEAT. My dad used to make Buckwheat pancakes all the time. As a kid you never pay much attention to how something is done or what ingredients are used, when mom or dad is cooking – as I didn’t. The pancakes tasted good so I ate them and liked them.

Oddly enough – I did not know that BUCKWHEAT is not a type of wheat or even a grain. It is, rather, a fruit seed related to rhubarb, knotweed, and sorrel. “The fruit is an achene, similar to sunflower seed, with a single seed inside a hard outer hull. The starchy endosperm is white and makes up most or all of the buckwheat flour. The seed coat is green or tan, which darkens buckwheat flour.” (source of quote – Wikipedia)

Who would have thought. For any of you who want to be Gluten Free, or for those with celiac disease, here is your answer – use Buckwheat flour in place of regular flour. As a “pseudocereal”, buckwheat is rich in complex carbohydrates, and it’s health benefits are many and varied.

Buckwheat’s hulls and seeds, and also the ground flour contains what are known as phenolic compounds and OXIDANT REDUCERS. The benefits derived from this include support for the brain as well as protective effects against cancer and cardiovascular disease. Because it is high in fiber content along with phytonutirent rutin (an oxidant reducer), it supports a healthy circulatory system and helps fight high blood pressure. Further research shows that buckwheat can also improve cholesterol levels – lowering the LDL (“bad cholesterol”) and highers the HDL level (“good cholesterol’).  It also has a hand in improving inflammation.

Back to the pancakes, of which there are many Buckwheat Pancake recipes, if you want to research them. The one I would like to share with you is my own. It has all the ingredients I like to cook with. I experimented until I found what works good and tastes good, as well. I like simple.

1 cup Buckwheat flour
1/4 cup Coconut flour
1 Tbs organic raw sugar
1/2 Tsp baking powder
1/2 Tsp baking soda
1/4 Tsp sea salt
2 large eggs – well beaten
2 Tbs butter, melted
1 cup Coconut milk

1.  Into a medium bowl, put the 6 dry ingredients – buckwheat flour, coconut flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt.
2.  In a small bowl combine the eggs, melted butter, and coconut milk.
3.  Add the dry and liquid ingredients together. Mix until combined.
4.  Heat griddle or stainless steel skillet. Test the temperature with a drop of cold water onto the hot surface – water should roll off in drops.
5.  Use 1/4 cup or more batter for each pancake depending on the size you want to make. It will not bubble like most pancakes do, but will look firm around the edges. Turn: cook until done.


  • You can add vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg or any other seasonings you want. I did one batch with vanilla added. I did not find it added to or took away from the flavor of the pancakes.
  • The pancakes will not be a golden brown color because of the color of the flour. They will be light in color and you may not think they are done; but they are.
  • Also, I seldom use my stove top to cook on. I cook on my NuWave Hot plate (because I can regulate the temperature). I use only stainless steel cookware ((50 years old), or the new NuWave cookware. I did not use any oil on my NuWave skillet – it looked like I had never used it when I got through making the pancakes.
  • I decided to be creative; after I dropped the batter onto the pan I spread it real thin with the back of a spoon. The pancakes when cooked looked like bread rounds with the consistency of bread. I will use them to make open face sandwiches. 

As pancakes, I spread with butter before I put on real maple syrup or my homemade Prickly Pear Cactus syrup.  Yummy!

Do your own thing – add blueberries or strawberries to the batter; put a spoonful of whip cream on top with your favorite berries added and eat as desert. HAVE FUN WITH THIS ONE!



I tell my clients all the time that in order to achieve quality health they have to make a life long life style change. Everyone’s change will be different depending on what their life style is. The responses I’ve met include:  “I can’t, I’m going to die anyway so why change what I like doing.” “I’ve been told that by my doctor, so you are not telling anything I don’t already know.” “I have tried, but it’s too hard.” “Why can’t I just do it for a little while.”

What does this sound like to you?  To me it is ATTITUDE! The magic word – ATTITUDE!

While cleaning out stuff, which we all do every once in a while, I ran across a piece of paper I have saved for a long time. It was actually starting to turn brown and get crumbly. As I read what was on it, I decided it was important enough to share it with you, my readers. So here it is!


“It is our ATTITUDE at the beginning of a task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.

It is our ATTITUDE, toward life which determines life’s ATTITUDE toward us.

We are independent. It is impossible to succeed without others, and it is our ATTITUDE toward others that will determine their ATTITUDE toward us.

Before a person can achieve the kind of life he wants, he must become that kind of individual. He must think, act, talk, walk, and conduct himself in all of his affairs as would the person he wishes to become.

The higher you go in any organization of value, the better the ATTITUDE you will find.

Your mind can hold only one thought at a time and, since there is nothing at all to be gained by being negative, be positive.

The deepest craving of human beings is to be needed, to feel important, to be appreciated. Give it to them, and they’ll return it to you.

Look for the best in new ideas. As someone said, “I never meet a person that I couldn’t learn something from”.

Don’t waste valuable time broadcasting personal problems. It probably won’t help you – it cannot help others.

Don’t talk about your health – unless it’s good.

Radiate the ATTITUDE of well-being, of confidence, of a person that knows where he’s going. This will inspire others around you, and you’ll find good things will begin happening to you.

For the rest of the week, treat everyone with whom you come in contact as the most important person on earth. If you’ll do it for 30 days, you’ll do it for the rest of your life.”

This quote – as the one in my Quote Column on the right side of my blog, is from Walter Dale Scott – Northwestern University.

Now, as I re-read this quote, I know why I kept a copy of it. I think I will frame it and hang it on my wall. In my opinion, it is something everyone should keep on their mind throughout life. I feel it can be a wonderful basis for healing what ails us all during the good times, as well as the bad times most of us face during our lifetime. Put it to the test. Do you need to change your ATTITUDE?

God Bless!


FYI Healthtalk Test Kitchen – RECIPES & TIPS

Stir together 1/2 cup ketchup, 1 Tbsp. horseradish, 1 tsp. hot sauce, 1/4 tsp. lemon zest, and 1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice in a small bowl. Serve with cooked seafood. Makes about 1/2 cup. Will keep in the refrigerator for up to five days. NOTE: Crumble up some soda crackers and mix into the sauce, and ‘walla’ – a faux shrimp cocktail.

3 medium sweet potatoes – peel and slice 1/4 inch thick
Layer in casserole dish. Pour 2 oz. real maple syrup over the top. Cover with lid. Bake in NuWave Oven on high – 342 degrees for 30 minutes. Sweet potatoes should be soft. Pour melted butter over the top. Stir carefully so as not to mash the potatoes. Yummy!

3 Ripe bananas – mashed
1/3 cup apple sauce (make your own)
1 3/4 cups oatmeal
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut flour
Pinch of salt
1 egg
1 Tbsp. Maple or Agave Syrup
1 tsp. vanilla (optional)
Mix all ingredients together. Drop onto cookie sheet. Cook in preheated 350 degree oven or if using the NuWave Oven – set at 350 degrees, for 10 – 12 minutes.

Go from this to this  

How many of you have bought strawberries, or raspberries etc. – put them in the refrigerator and when you decided to use them you found a furry mold on them?  You never noticed it at the store – however, because the furry is usually at the bottom of the container or on the inside of the berries. What can you do? How can you keep them fresh? Prevent them from getting mold as soon as you get them home from the store. RINSE THEM WITH VINEGAR WATER !

Prepare a mixture of one part white or apple cider vinegar and ten parts water in a bowl. Place the berries into the water/vinegar mixture and swirl around. Drain and rinse again gently. Now you can put them in the refrigerator. They will keep for up to 2 weeks. The vinegar kills any mold spores and other bacteria that might be on the surface of the fruit. Now don’t forget to eat them.


Toxicities – Integumentary System

Toxicities is another term for toxins. Different ranges of toxicity may affect the organs of the human body especially the integumentary system which includes your skin, hair, nails, oil and sweat glands. The integumentary system provides protective and out covering for the physical body – namely the skin, which is the body’s largest eliminative organ and aids in the elimination of wastes and by-products from metabolism. It also maintains the body’s temperature. Toxins are categorized according to the location or locations of the toxic effect. When toxic effects occur at multiple sites or in multiple organs it is referred to as systemic toxicity.

As I mentioned in earlier blogs most human body’s today are toxic. Meaning they are more acidic than alkaline. Toxicity can be caused from many sources – the food we eat, and the chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis, such as household cleaning solutions, sprays, etc. Chemicals enter the body in three main ways: as inhaled vapors, absorbed through the skin, or ingested (eaten). Symptoms of toxicity may include sleepiness or fatigue, headaches, nausea, nosebleed, tingling of the extremities, scratchiness, or swelling, allergies, skin rashes, eczema, psoriasis, splitting of the skin, boils, pimples (related to the lymphatic system) and etc.

Systemic toxicities include: Acute – occurring almost immediately after an exposure to chemicals; Subchronic toxicity – results from repeated exposure for several weeks or months; Chronic toxicity causes cumulative damage to specific organ systems and takes many months or years before the damage is recognized; Carcinogenic toxicity is – a complex multi-stage process of abnormal cell growth which can result in cancer; Developmental toxicity – is developed in the embryo; and Genetic toxicity – results from damage to DNA.

Once toxicants enter the body, they may be stored in the body or distributed throughout the body by way of the circulatory system.

It is important to maintain a chemical balance in our bodies. Exposure to toxins does not only occur in the home, but may also occur in the workplace, churches, public buildings, and stores where you shop. Clothing stores and churches wreak havoc with me.

Toxins eventually cause all kinds of dis-eases, communicable or contagious when they move from one person to another. As humans, we have some level of immunity, but the level of protection varies with age, health and a range of other factors. The skin, of course, is our first line of defense. Transmission may be ‘direct’ or indirect’ by way of contact and/or inhalation. Germs (also known as microbes), which are a mode of contamination, are everywhere – toilets, on money, hair and nails, on every surface imaginable, ventilation systems, and even bars of soap, etc.

It is the responsibility of everyone to control exposure to pathogens, for yourself and all who are around you, by decontaminating your environment.

How do you avoid exposure to toxicities? Through sanitation? Sanitation provides a minimum level of cleanliness. It will reduce germs on a surface, but will not kill all toxic organisms. Hand washing? Hand washing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine, and is the best way to prevent infection and illness. There are many instructions in the world today telling you about ‘hand hygiene’ practices. Check them out.

Other means of avoiding exposure to toxicities include: Sterilization and Disinfection (mostly used in hospitals). 1) Disinfectants are chemical agents that destroy contamination. They can be dangerous and should be used with caution. They can be used on surfaces, but not on the skin. They are able to kill viruses, fungus and dangerous bacteria. Numbered among Household Disinfectants are: products used to clean floors, doorknobs, walls, sinks, tubs, toilets etc. 2) Bleach, liquid or aerosol, is a disinfectant which must always be used with caution (follow the directions on the label of the container), because it can release toxic fumes. Liquid bleach should be used mostly for washing towels and other laundry. Aerosol type bleach and liquid types of this product containers should be kept closed, so they cannot release vapors into the air. 3) Keep rooms well ventilatedremember that hazardous chemicals do not always smell bad. In dental offices and especially dental labs, carbon tetrachloride was, in the old days, used to melt the wax on denture utensils for making false teeth. Wow – did it smell good!  BUT, unknown to me, it was and still is, a deadly poison. It has caused the death of many, in the dental field, who inhaled the fumes, causing all sorts of health issues. In those days the use of face masks was not encouraged. I know this because I worked in my dad’s dental lab and used this deadly chemical. I am lucky it didn’t affect me, but then I did not work with it on a regular basis. An article, I read later, in the local newspaper confirmed the effect ‘carbon tetrachloride’ had on dentists. I surmised that was one of the things that lead to my dad’s heart problems which eventually led to his early demise. 4) Do not eat and drink in areas where there is exposure to toxic chemical vapors in the way of dust and/or powdery substances.  Hot liquids will even absorb vapors from the air. 5) Cover wastebaskets and/or garbage cans and empty the waste containers often. 6) Protect your eyes, wear safety glasses; avoid chemicals from aerosol containers which produce a fine mist or tiny droplets of chemicals that evaporate into the air and can be inhaled. 7) Check out the scientific names of the chemicals on the labels of the products you choose to use. If you cannot pronounce them, don’t use the product. Use safer product alternatives.

  • Whenever possible, use a safer product alternative instead of a product with known harmful chemical ingredients.
  • Ensure proper ventilation in your home or work place.
  • Ensure enough air is circulating to clear hazardous fumes from the air when possible.
  • Open the doors and the windows.
  • Use less toxic, safer, natural products.
  • Use pumps instead of aerosol containers.
  • Use products with low volatile organic compound content.
  • Use non-toxic products for disinfecting and cleaning.
  • Fortify your body from exposure to toxicity by taking vitamins or supplements in the natural herbal form.
  • Fortify from the inside out.
  • Detox. Always clean out the liver to clean the skin so the skin can serve its function as an eliminative organ – eliminating as much waste each day as your kidneys and bowels. Keep your integumentary system healthy.

Conclusion: From Melaleuca – The Wellness Company: ” A new independent study based on 20 years of research reveals a sobering fact; cleaning your home with common, well-known grocery store brands made with ammonia, chlorine bleach, quaternary disinfectant compounds, and other dangerous chemicals significantly damages lung tissue in women. In fact, the study showed that cleaning with such products as little as once per week was as damaging over time to respiratory health as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years!” 

In my opinion, this also holds true for products used for hair, skin, and nail care. Most hair, skin and nail care products, all, contain a dangerous, toxic, chemical ingredient that plays havoc with the natural wellness of the body. Knowing and understanding the chemical makeup of the body can help to identify any problems you may have to toxic chemical products.

PREVENTION, PREVENTION, PREVENTION – is always worth more than a pound of cure.

Supplement Facts – What is Cortisol

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Who has ever heard of Cortisol as being anything other than a scientific term? If you read the ingredients on the packaging of supplements you may have seen it mentioned. Apparently, as I researched this one, Cortisol is referred to as being “destructive.” I feel it is of great concern in regards to a persons longevity and overall health.

CORTISOL – is a glucocorticoids hormone that is essential for life. Too much can be “destructive.” What causes this?  One thing is stress. “Stress inflicts deadly damage by raising cortisol levels. The result is accelerated aging that wreaks havoc throughout the body.” The increase in cortisol does this by aging the internal organs and thereby makes one seem older than he/she really is. Stress is an underlying problem with many of today’s chronic health problems, to include, obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome and neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.

What kind of stress are we talking about? All kinds – emotional, psychological, physical or biochemical. All of these kinds of stress raise the levels of cortisol. It is a good idea to lower any level of stress you may be experiencing. However, stress is not always easy to get rid of. It seems to be a normal part of everyone’s lives. So, what can you do to help keep your cortisol levels low? Polyphenols!

Scientists are excited about natural compounds capable of lowering cortisol levels. Read on!

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Lychee Fruit! The “lychee fruit has been grown in China since at least the 11th Century. It is rich in polyphenols that promote a variety of biological activities, most notably the ability to fight oxidative stress, inflammation and lower cortisol levels.”

I found this amazing. There is a family, near where I live, that grows Lychee Fruit Trees – often referred to as a ‘lychee nut’ tree. They harvest the fruit, ship them to China and then China sells them back to the U.S. This was interesting, as I found and purchased them in the produce department at a Wal-Mart store in Canada. I found them to be very delicious. I also found them canned, in Wal-Mart here in Florida.

Scientific human studies were done with a lychee-green tea blend supplement, because they found “most lychee polyphenol products available in stores….are not easily absorbed in the intestinal tract.”  Other extracts tested were “from the bark of the Magnolia and Phellodendron trees which were shown, in combination, to lower cortisol and reduce manifestations of stress.”

In Summary – per Life Extension (my source) magazine; “high cortisol produces all of the manifestations of overmedication with steroids: central obesity, rising blood sugar, hypertension, and lipid disturbances, while also softening bones and promoting neurodegenerative issues.”

Bottom line – “There are compounds that can be taken/used that offer safe, effective reductions in circulating cortisol levels, thereby helping to promote improved metabolic health and supporting healthy aging.”

I found this information to be profound and something that should interest everyone. The senior years come more quickly these days. It is up to each of you to HELP YOURSELVES TO BETTER HEALTH. Use the information on my blog pages wisely as they pertain to your health issues. Consult your physician as you feel the need to.


Natural Remedies – Spirulina and Chlorella


Green chlorella Royalty Free Stock ImageSpirulina and Chlorella are supplements that have been around for many years, but we hear little about them anymore. I have taken Chlorella tablets, and used Spirulina in a powder form in my smoothies. They both can be purchased at most Health Food Stores. They are available as liquids, tablets, capsules and powders. You may find them as an ingredient in many, so-called, ‘Green Drinks’.

What is there that should be known about them? I knew very little so I decided to research them. I went to a source called ‘Nature’s Remedies’, the Complete Guide to Natural Healing. I love this source as they make every effort to offer medically accurate and up-to-date information – that can be used to complement and not replace the advice of your physician. The following is what I found out about Spirulina and Chlorella.

  1. Both Spirulina and Chlorella, usually, are made from “freshwater  algae”. Both are packed with protein, nutrients and chlorophyll that are easy for the body to assimilate. In case you didn’t know ‘algae are among earth’s oldest life forms. Algae, as a protein, can round out a meatless diet. Algae was a staple in the diet of the Aztecs. As basic nutrients, Chlorella and Spirulina are “believed to cleanse the blood of toxins, buffer the effects of radiation, boost immunity and even fight cancer.
  2. They have a ‘therapeutic effect’ – because their protein (which contains all the essential amino acids) is easily digested, especially for those of you who are fasting or dieting or have trouble digesting other forms of protein.
  3. It might, (this is still being researched) stabilize blood-sugar levels for diabetics and hypoglycemia patients.
  4. The components: Spirulina is a blue-green algae containing up to 70 percent protein, with chlorella about 60 percent. Both are rich in beta-carotene, antioxidants, and fatty acids (gamma-linolenic acid) vital for nerve and brain function. They help to relieve skin conditions such as eczema. Among the minerals they provide are calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc; with vitamins being A, D, B-1, 2, and 12, B Complex, and vitamins C & E.
  5. Other claims: Spirulina “can suppress the appetite, and the chlorophyll improves bad breath. As a supplement they “can increase energy and resistance under conditions of stress or weakness.”

CONCERNS: “In recent years, there has been concern about algae contaminated by pollution in lakes where they are harvested. As a result, algae products are now subject to more stringent controls.”

Remember, times have changed from the Aztec era where everything was really organic. Today, because of the bacteria scare from the ‘freshwater algae’ all over the world, Spirulina and Chlorella in all forms may be made from other food sources such as barley and wheatgrass, etc.

I never had any problems using either of these as supplemGreen vegetable juice on rustic wood tableents.

Go ahead – make a Green Drink Smoothie, add some Spirulina Powder, and experience a new energy.