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Herbs? What are they? It is summer everywhere and hot, and humid and who knows what else. Here in Florida it is hot, hot, hot. People ask me all the time – do you grow herbs, and how do you know which ones are good to grow in this heat? If you have ever grown your own food you probably know a little about herbs. Then there are folks who grow nothing but herbs. So what are they – HERBS?

Herbal plants enrich our lives with their flavor, fragrances and beauty. If you grow them, you know that some of them thrive better in warm weather than cold weather – that is unless you grow them indoors. I have yet to grow herbs in the direct sunlight as is suggested for some herbs. I know if I put my basil in the sun it would be dead in a minute. I find it strange that the instructions that come with the plants even say to “plant in full sun” or even “partial sun”. Yes, Florida is sunny and yes, Florida is hot, but I never plant my herbs in the sun. I have a shady spot on the south side of my home where they love to grow. As well, I plant them in pots and not directly in the soil because I find they don’t grow as well in the sandy soil we have here. I like parsley, basil and chives, because I use them in cooking and in salads. They seem to be hearty and grow beautifully. I am an experimental gardener and grow what I know works for me….so I do not usually recommend to anyone on how to grow anything, whether it be food or herbs. However, I thought I would check out herbs because so many folks ask me about them. Here is a short rundown on a few herbs that most folks are familiar with. Continue reading “Herbs…”


Summer is the season for allergies which sometimes can cause SINUS issues. The Sinuses – located in the nasal area, are referred to as the paranasal sinuses: Frontal, Maxillary, Ethmoidal, and Sphenoidal. Anterior group: Frontal, Maxillary and Anterior Ethmoid. Posterior group: Posterior Ethmoid and Sphenoid.

Where is each part located?Image result for free pics of sinuses FRONTAL: is an irregular cavity in the frontal bone on each side of the midline above the nasal bridge. One may be larger than the other. A duct carries secretions to the upper part of the nostrils. MAXILLARY: A cavity in the maxillary bone opening at upper part of antrum into the nose. SPHENOIDAL: are the air sinuses which occupy the body of the sphenoid bone and connect with the nasal cavity. The function of the sinuses is not definitely known. Various theories give them the same function as nasal cavities, namely, warming, moistening, and filtering the air.

SINUSITIS – is sometimes allergy Image result for Where Are Your Sinuses Diagramrelated. Sinusitis is inflammation of a sinus, esp. a paranasal sinus. The causative agents related to sinusitis includes viruses and bacteria. Predisposing factors involved with sinusitis can be inadequate drainage which may result from presence of polyps, chronic rhinitis, deviated septum, etc. These issues need a specialist’s care.

Sensitive sinuses, usually associated with allergies, can make it difficult to breathe. Doctors prescribe steroid sprays and antibiotics, but use of these on a regular basis often lead to serious health consequences.

The required treatment for sinus health of sinusitis is conservative shrinkage in the nasal mucosa to ease ventilation and drainage in the sinus. Years ago, also required was bed rest, forced fluids, and something for pain, as sinusitis can be painful in the sinus area, and cause fever, chills, and headaches, etc. The following video is an excellent source of information on the sinuses and treating SINUS ISSUES the natural way.

As noted in the video – Sinus health/sinusitis as related to allergies can be treated naturally. It requires the use of an antimicrobial agent that kills the offending microbes, but is harmless enough to use. Two mentioned are Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and Colloidal Silver. There are many other natural ingredients/products also noted for use to treat sinus issues. For over 12 years I have used  both the Apple Cider Vinegar and Colloidal Silver (which I make myself) to clean my nasal passages. It was said in an article I read recently that “Colloidal Silver can be used to relieve the burden of the immune system and prevent chronic irritation of the sinus passageways.” The video reiterated, as was mentioned previously that “One function of our sinuses is to filter the air we breathe” which is filled with viruses, bacteria, and fungi. You need to kill these pathogens to maintain sinus health.

Colloidal Silver Liquid can be purchased at Health Food Stores, or you can make it yourself. It can be delivered through the nose with the use of a Neti Pot (refer to video), nasal spray bottle or dropper, which I prefer. Before using these methods – blow the nose first to get rid of mucus, then coat the tissues of the nasal pathway using methods mentioned. Allow the liquid to stay in the nose as long as possible. If the liquid drips out, wipe away, but do not blow the nose again. You can repeat this a second time and leave in. If you swallow, don’t panic…colloidal silver is not toxic and will just remove bad bacteria on its way down your throat. I drink an 8 oz glass, for as many days as needed, of colloidal silver water to ward off flu and cold symptoms. IT WORKS!

 NOTE: Other natural agents mentioned in the video as being useful in treating sinusitis include: ginger, garlic, grapefruit seed extract, cayenne pepper, licorice, eucalyptus (the oil, which can be dropped onto a kleenex and then the essence inhaled into the nasal passage), the eating of antioxidant foods, Echinacea, and Vitamins C and Zinc, and, I add, herbal supplements.

As I did the research on this subject, many of my questions regarding the sinuses were answered, and I hope it has answered some of yours.



Milk Evaluations

There are many milks on the market today. What to use? Dairy versus Alternative Milk?

Quoting Dr. Robert Morse N.D. –  Healer and Author of ‘The Detox Miracle SourceBook. “Cow’s Milk is for Cows. There is nothing bad about drinking milk from the time you first open your eyes at birth until you are two years of age. That is, provided the milk is from your mother, and is fresh, raw and natural.”
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“Cow’s milk tends to be high in proteins, minerals and fats – a necessity for baby cows that will grow to 300-500 pounds in one year.” Human babies do not grow that fast, and because cow’s milk is a heavily concentrated milk it is difficult for infants to digest…thus you have a baby who suffers with digestive issues and mucus congestion in the sinus cavities, lungs, brain and ears. Still quoting Dr. Morse, “Many types of allergies are also created from the excessive congestion that starts with cow-milk consumption.” “Adults cannot digest milk at all and develop deeper congestive problems as they get older.” The “milk now becomes highly irritating to the mucosa of the GI tract, which causes even more mucus….which causes a heavy mucoid plaque to build up on the intestinal walls.” Continue reading “Milk Evaluations”

Test Kitchen – Fermented Foods…



Fermented foods clean the gut and puts good bacteria into the intestinal tract. Fermented foods include Sauerkraut, Kimchi, etc. Today, I will talk about SAUERKRAUT. Store bought, processed sauerkraut is not as beneficial as homemade. I have always loved ‘sauerkraut’, but it wasn’t until I made my own that I found out how delicious it really is…FORGET ABOUT THE STORE BOUGHT!

Sauerkraut is a German Cuisine. I ate it all the time as a child, but I don’t remember my mom ever making it from scratch.

I researched years ago how to make it. There are many versions of homemade sauerkraut on the web, in books and magazines. The following is the version I found in the newspaper and decided to share it. Continue reading “Test Kitchen – Fermented Foods…”