Magnesium: An Essential Mineral

Magnesium is a mineral necessary for proper functioning of the entire body. It is essential for every cell to function and is involved in more than 600 chemical reactions. It is necessary for activating muscles and nerves, creating energy in your body by activating ATP and is essential for the...

The Benefits of Collagen Supplementation

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body.   It’s synthesized mainly from the two amino acids glycine and proline.  Collagen is found in the bones, muscles tendons, connective tissues,and blood vessels, as well as in the lining of the digestive system.  It is also provides the skin with most of...

Keeping It Healthy on Vacation

It seemed like such a long winter! I finally finished my classes in March and am now officially a Master Herbalist.  Additionally, my husband studied like crazy and passed both of his certification exams for work.  We both really needed to take a vacation, so we did just that...

Contentment

When we moved here almost two years ago, due to my health issues, our income was reduced dramatically.  My husband took an early retirement, so his pension was not what it could have been if he had waited another eight years, which was our original plan.  However, our plans...

Healthy Homemade Granola

This homemade granola is a staple at our house. It’s filled with healthy fats and is lower in sugar than commercially-prepared granola, plus it smells wonderful while it’s baking in the oven! We enjoy it as a sundae topping using iced coconut milk, along with organic maple syrup. Ingredients:...

Chopped Fruit and Quinoa Salad

4 cups organic mixed greens (I use Nature’s Promise spring mix along with several organic kale leaves.) 1/2 organic orange peeled and sectioned 1 organic Granny Smith apple, cut into sections 6 organic strawberries 1/4 cup fresh organic blueberries 1/4 cup organic walnuts 1/2 cup organic cooked rainbow quinoa 2-3 tablespoons Lemon Vinaigrette...

Homesteading

It seems like yesterday we moved to this beautiful, rural mountain area. We fell in love with the property when we found it two years ago.  It has everything we wanted to homestead, including 18.5 acres, a one-level home, several outbuildings, a pond, a workshop with a root cellar,...