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Foods that Help to Reduce Inflammation

Did you know that herbs can help with inflammation?

Herbs and spices can be anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. These anti-inflammatory and antioxidant herbs have been used by  Ayurvedic and Chinese medical practitioners for centuries. They are used in preparing food, brewed in the form of tea, taken internally, and used in balms to apply to the body.

Using these herbs and spices on a daily basis it can make a positive effect on your health.

14 Inflammation-Reducing Herbs and Spices

  1. Clove
  2. Turmeric
  3. Ginger
  4. Rosemary
  5. Cinnamon
  6. Cayenne
  7. Sage
  8. Black pepper
  9. Jamaican allspice
  10. Apple pie spice mixture
  11. Oregano
  12. Pumpkin pie spice mixture
  13. Marjoram
  14. Thyme

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16 Uses for Herbal-Infused Vinegar & How to Make Your Own

Add a fancy vinegar with tantalizing flavors adorned with sprigs of fresh herbs to your kitchen collection.

Make your vinegar bottles extra elegant by adding a bow out of ribbon or twine.


Take your vinegar to the next level.  Infuse it with herbs and spices!

Super Simple Instructions

  1. Use 3 or 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  2. Rinse sprigs, pat them dry
  3. Peel one large clove of garlic, cut in half
  4. Place fresh thyme and garlic in a glass jar
  5. Fill with white wine vinegar
  6. Cap tightly – If the cap is metal first put a piece of wax paper then cap
  7. Store in a cool dark place
  8. Shake every few days
  9. Label
  10. Wait at least two weeks,  the more extended the period the stronger the flavor (I prefer 3-4 weeks)

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Is There More Than One Way to Make Pickles?

It’s that time of the year when pickling cucumbers are abundant. Maybe your garden is providing you with a bumper crop, a friend has shared a bunch with you, or you purchased some from your local farmer.

However, how many can you eat fresh before they start to spoil?

Okay, so you have decided you want to make pickles. Is there more than one way to make pickles? Yes!

3 Ways to preserve pickles

  1. Canning
  2. Quick Pickles – Vinegar Pickles
  3. Fermenting

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Creamy Sauerkraut Dip – Naturally Fermented

Cultured foods play an essential part in a healthy digestive system, and it is vital that more people consume them for their overall health.

Now I know that not everyone loves fermented sauerkraut as much as I do, so with this in mind, I began to brainstorm how to get more individuals to eat sauerkraut.  (Okay, just for the record I genuinely enjoy getting creative)

One day I ended up with more cream cheese than I needed, and I became inspired… Continue reading Creamy Sauerkraut Dip – Naturally Fermented

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Chicken & Dumplings the Healthy Way

This Chicken & Dumpling recipe was specifically created with the Weston A. Price guidelines in mind.  Did you know that by fermenting the dumpling dough overnight makes it easier to digest?    This dish turned out amazing; I’m so happy to share it with you.


  • 2 to 3 Quarts filtered/spring water or chicken bone broth
  • 4 to 6 Organic chicken thighs or other cut up pieces
  • 1 to 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 tbs. Celtic Sea salt
  • 1 Chopped organic onion
  • 2 Chopped organic celery stalks
  • 3 Chopped organic carrots (rainbow carrots add a nice touch)
  • 1 to 2 Minced organic garlic cloves
  • 2 1/2 Cups stone ground organic spelt flour
  • 1 tbs. Celtic sea salt
  • 2 tbs. Whey
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of filtered/spring water (or use yogurt in place of whey and water)
  • 1/2 Cup organic butter
  • Ground pepper to taste along with any other herb and spices you would like to add

Step by Step

  1. A day in advance,  Continue reading Chicken & Dumplings the Healthy Way
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Flavored-Infused Oils for Chefs of All Ages

It’s easy for anybody to make a bottle of flavored infused olive oil as an edible gift or simply to get your chef on.

From cooking to dipping sauces for bread, sandwiches, and snacks of all kinds; it’s safe to say we only touched the surface for the various uses of edible flavored olive oils. There are many uses, such as.

  • Dipping oil for bread
  • Drizzle over cream soup
  • Drizzle over roasted vegetables
  • Add some zip to your popcorn
  • Use on your salad
  • Top off your baked potato
  • Use for making kale chips
  • Top off some flatbread
  • Add extra flavor to your main dish after cooking

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Fooducate: An App to Quickly Scan Ingredients in Food

Are you using the app Fooducate on your phone or computer? You should be!

Tracking what food is good for you and which ones are not can seem very time-consuming at the grocery store, luckily that’s exactly what makes Fooducate amazing!

Everyone can use some help identifying the bad ingredients in food between GMO and other processed foods/chemicals, but Fooducate helps with more than food ingredient lookup such as…

  • Health Tracker
  • Food Finder
  • Community Support
  • Healthy Recipes
  • Diet Tidbits

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Not Your Everyday Elderberry Syrup

The cold and flu season has begun.  What do you do to support your immune system?

Why wait until you are feeling under the weather?  Add Elderberry Syrup to your daily routine.

Functional greatness-
Support immune system by taking Elderberry Syrup
You could buy it, but it is so easy to make yourself.

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Remedies for Acid Reflux when Pregnant (& Vomiting) ..Help!

Okay, this home remedy is very personal to me.

I’m excited to share that my oldest daughter is pregnant and I will be a grandma next year (though I’m sure I’m too young for that LOL); what an exciting event.

The downside is, she currently in her second trimester with out of control acid reflux and vomiting.

After the countless internet searches for the “best remedies for acid reflux while pregnant” and “how to stop vomiting while pregnant” led her to examine the foods she was ingesting more closely. She has restricted the foods that upset her system but was still struggling to keep food down.

Since being pregnant she has lost 10 pounds.  That being said the doctor gave her a script for nausea and acid reflux.  Well, that helped both of those symptoms but then lead to serious constipation.

This is emotional for both of us. Her living 12 hours away makes it even tougher.  I can’t drive across town to help with her needs as a mom would want to.  So this is where my long distance learning quest has begun. Continue reading Remedies for Acid Reflux when Pregnant (& Vomiting) ..Help!