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Alternative Skin Cancer Treatment

I use herbal and natural remedies for almost every illness or injury. You probably have seen I enjoy posting about kitchen spices that have health or medicinal benefits. We’ve spent too long relying on synthetic drugs to cure our ills, so long that thanks to that, we now have super bugs resistant to even the strongest antibiotics. Cancer runs rampant through our societies, with skin cancer attacking people of all ages.

I try not to be preachy when telling others how natural remedies can prevent many health problems that people normally just pop a pill for. But, with prescription prices going through the roof, why wouldn’t someone want to know how to mak their own medicines for free or nearly free? Or what if you could buy herbal or alternative skin cancer treatment that lasts for a long time, avoiding the cut and burn treatments from the doctor?

I’m concerned about cancer and especially skin cancer due to it running in my family. My aunt had an experience with malignant melanoma several years ago that gave us all a scare. A bad scare. I wish at that time I had known about the skin cancer cream you can buy at The Original Cream Company. Their creams are made from wild crafted herbs. Wildcrafted herbs are thought to be better for oils, creams, and teas than herbs grown in greenhouses. Wildcrafted means ‘picked in the wild’.

The company also sells dog skin cancer cream, plus other creams for your best friend. I haven’t seen too many companies that serve humans and animals with the same level of care. Pretty cool, I think. Spend some time checking out the different creams and their new body wash. You just might find something for you.

Next time I discuss herbs, we’re going to talk wild foods. Learn to make a salad from things you can find growing in your yard.(or close to it).

Editors note: Alternative Skin Cancer treatments can sometimes be used in conjunction with medication and treatment prescribed by your physician.  Always consult your physician before modifying your treatment regime.

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Kitchen Health: Cinnamon

This Toast Can Lower Your Cholesterol!

I love cinnamon and have ever since I was small. The scent is so warm, inviting, and has even been found to boost memory, along with cognitive function! I guess that’s why remember Grandma’s cookies so well. Ok, maybe not, but they were so tasty.

I add cinnamon into different dishes you probably wouldn’t normally think of dumping it into. The spice has a wonderful way of bringing out the flavor of other ingredients, especially pork. Try a dash in spaghetti sauce or meatloaf.

Cinnamon has so many benefits to the body. A recent study found cinnamon in a ½ teaspoon dose daily can lower LDL cholesterol. It can also help regulate blood sugar in diabetics. Another great benefit is the ability cinnamon has in stopping yeast infections that are resistant to medication. Here is a short list of some other great things about cinnamon:

1. It’s full of manganese, iron, calcium, and fiber.
2. It’s an anti-clotting agent for blood.
3. Mixing cinnamon with one tablespoon of honey and taken every morning can give relief in sufferers of arthritis.
4. At Copenhagen University, a study has shown cinnamon reduced the growth of leukemia and lymphoma.

Wow. So many more reasons to love one of our most popular kitchen spices!

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Healthy Herbs:Rosemary

When my little girl began pre-school, I found out first hand how germs travel from child to child. Then they invade your home. I had no idea what to do to prevent this spread of germs once she was away from home and mixing with other children. Face it, most pre-school kids aren’t very fastidious about their cleanliness while playing. I know some older kids who aren’t either!

About a month after my daughter had been in school, I read an article on how rosemary can help prevent colds. Just plain old rosemary for cooking. Some people drank tea of the herb, but I preferred adding it to food my girl already ate. Rosemary tea just isn’t very appetizing, though it makes a wonderful addition to a bath for someone suffering from a cold or the flu.


I just sprinkled a pinch or two of rosemary into her eggs, along with different cheeses before heading off to school. Adding in some chopped tomato is also tasty and healthy. Just don’t tell the kids about the healthy part.

Another wonderful thing about rosemary is that it’s easy to grow. You can find rosemary trees at your local grocery close to Christmas in the floral department, though some carry them all year. Follow the instructions on the care tags and you’ll have a natural air cleaner that kills airborne germs. The scent of rosemary has been valued since before the Roman Empire!

Why not try some Rosemary Potatoes to get your taste buds clamoring for more?

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
2 large sprigs rosemary (about 1/4 cup of stripped leaves)
2 pounds unpeeled potatoes cut into 1 1/2″ chunks
3 cloves garlic, smashed and halved
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon of salt.
Toss the potatoes with the rosemary, olive oil, garlic, and salt, then put them in a single layer in a shallow baking dish and roast uncovered for 30-45 minutes at 400 degrees, until they are browned lightly on the outside and tender inside. Serve immediately. These potatoes are terrific with chicken, pork or even hamburgers.
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Sick of being Sick

Since we have all been sick these last few months - I have been doing some research about how be more preventative in my daily life.  There are so many foods that you can eat and so many little actions that you can incorporate into your daily life just to help you keep the bugs and flus far from you and your kids.  It is simple, especially with kids, to get caught up in the day to day rigamaroo of school, soccer practice, dinner, grocery shopping, potty training and work to forget to make the best decisions for your health.  We usually don’t think about it until we are sick.  Now that I am well again,  I have decided that I will get back to the thoughtful existence that I once maintained - the sort that kept me from getting every cold, cough and sniffle that fluttered by me.

One of my favorite ways to establish a healthier state of being, both mentally and physically, is with the almighty power of tea.  Not only do these herby embiberies create a soothing ritual if included in your daily routine, the right combination of tea and herbs can be exactly what your body needs to combat a nasty bug.

The facts Any hot liquid can help break up congestion, but tea has extra benefits. It contains compounds called theophyllines, which open up airways and ease breathing. So curl up with a mug of your favorite green, black or herbal tea, and soothe your scratchy throat while you ease your stuffy nose.

The latest Chamomile tea might be especially powerful: People who drink five cups of it daily have elevated levels of hippurate—a by-product of plant compounds that may have antibacterial properties—according to a report in the January 26, 2005 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

My husband used to make it our routine to cozy up with a pot of hot tea, an old Bob Dylan album and each other every night.  It was a good reconnection time and, if we chose the right tea (green, especially) we were also being proactive in our preventitive remedies.

In the same Vegetarian Times article about the tea, soup is mentioned in the same accord.  There is something very exciting to me about food being healing - when prepared with the right ingredients and in a kitchen that oozes love, it is hard to imagine anyone ever being sick again.

So, here’s to better times and to a healthier 2006!

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Stomach Bugs and Popsicles

My daughter has had the stomach flu for about two days now. It is always difficult when kids this small feel ill. We want to know where it hurts and how we can help and, unfortunately, they can’t tell us. My husband and I have kept to all the tried and true tricks of the trade: Applesauce, Pedialyte, crackers, popsicles and lost of rest. She has really enjoyed the popsicles - it is really about all I can get her to take. If you have it in you (though, with a sick baby, it may seem a bit unrealistic) you can make your own and then you don’t have to worry about anything (sugar and other unwanted fillers) making them worse for the wear. If you combine the right stuff, other than assisting in rehydration, you can actually help aide your wee one back to strength and health. For example, yogurt is extremely beneficial in phase two and three of a stomach bug. Once they are well past vomitting but still don’t have much of an appetite the yogurt is easy to digest, bulks up their loose stools, has been shown to prevent diarhhea (all those little helpful active cultures) and gives them calories for strength. Including it in the “recovery” popsicles may be a good leap back to a happy and feelin’ good baby.

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