Natural Antibacterial Spray

This recipe is simple and can help reduce germs in your home. Thyme essential oil has been shown to be effective against several bacteria, including H. influenza and Staph aureus. Plus, using natural ingredients can help you reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals. Supplies: 12 Drops lavender essential oil 1 Tablespoon thyme essential oil 2 Tablespoons liquid castile soap 2 Cups water …

Is Chocolate Good for Your Heart?

Is Chocolate Good for Your Heart? The short answer is yes. Chocolate contains nutrients which have been shown to lower blood pressure and protect against heart disease. But not all chocolate has these benefits. Is Chocolate Good for Your Heart? When looking at the health benefits, dark chocolate wins over white. Dark chocolate contains compounds known as flavonoids. The flavonoids …

Factors That Affect Female Fertility

It is estimated that over 10% of women aged 15-44 are unable to become pregnant. Listed below are some of the factors that contribute to infertility, including those which are preventable . 5 Factors That Affect Female Fertility Stress Stress has the ability to not only decrease fertility, but it may also play a role in how a developing child …

Mind-Body Exercise Can Help Reduce Pain and Stress

Exercise: A Therapy for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that effects multiple systems in the body with symptoms including chronic deep muscle pain, depression, memory disruption and sleep disturbances. Chronic psychological stress coupled with an inappropriate stress response is noted to be the primary cause of fibromyalgia in a recent review by Charles Vierck, published in the journal of Pain Research and Treatment. The imbalance in …

Homemade Goat Cheese Recipe

Making your own goat cheese is incredibly easy and delicious. When making it at home you have the option of using any herb or seasoning to make a perfect cheese for any occasion. What you’ll need: Cheese cloth.  1/8 cup of acid for every 1 liter of milk. I prefer lemon juice, but you can substitute apple cider vinegar. 1 …

Yoga Pose: Warrior I (Virabhadrasana I)

    Coming Into the Pose Begin with your feet 3 1/2 to 4 feet apart. Turn your right toes out to 90 degrees and the left toes in to 45 degrees. As you inhale, draw your fingers up toward the sky, brining your arms parallel to one another and perpendicular to the floor. Press the edge of your left …

Prenatal Stress and Aging

When you’re pregnant, your baby depends on you for nourishment and a safe place to grow and thrive. As I often say, the mother is the seed and the soil for her baby. Your nutrition, your immunity, and your gut health become your baby’s nourishment, immunity, and gut health. But how does your prenatal stress levels affect your baby? You …

7 Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

When the holidays have arrive many of my patients begin asking for ways to avoid holiday weight gain. For many of us the holidays mean being surrounded by family, friends and extra calories. This is also the time of year when Americans tend to gain the most weight. What’s the problem with adding just a few extra pounds over the …

Butternut Squash Soup

This creamy soup is simple to make and is a delicious meal on its own or as a side dish. The roasting of the squash creates a rich flavor. Ingredients: 8 cups peeled & cubed (1 inch) butternut squash. About 2 1/2 pounds. 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2-3/4 teaspoon salt 14 ounce chicken or vegetable broth, …