10 Herbal Teas You Should Keep in Your Kitchen Cabinet

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10 Herbal Teas You Should Keep In Your Kitchen should be taped inside every cupboard that holds your teas.

Originally posted on Dr Akilah El - Celestial Healing Wellness Center:

Kitchen_Cabinet By Daisy Luther

When you’re sick, little is more comforting than holding a steaming mug of fragrant tea in both hands, warming your face with the hot steam. Somehow, no matter how rotten you felt before, you instantly feel just a tiny bit better.

Whether you are lucky enough to grow your own tea herbs, you purchase loose teas, or you use tea bags, your cabinet is not complete without the following ingredients. These teas are delicious and beneficial, with many different healing qualities. Just like band-aids, antibiotic cream, or aspirin, these items are vital additions to your pantry, allowing you to dispense a hot, steaming, fragrant cup of nurturing in as little time as it takes you to boil water.

There are many different herbs from around the world that have wonderful healing properties. I’ve concentrated this list on ones that can be easily acquired and stored, or which…

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Communicating Vulnerability Cultivates Relationships

Communicating Vulnerability Cultivates Relationships.

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Giveaway/Review: Tropical Traditions 100% Pure coconut oil – For DIY skin care & giving to pets

Giveaway/Review: Tropical Traditions 100% Pure coconut oil – For DIY skin care & giving to pets.

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Giveaway/Review: Tropical Traditions 100% Pure coconut oil – For DIY skin care & giving to pets

Giveaway/Review: Tropical Traditions 100% Pure coconut oil – For DIY skin care & giving to pets.

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25th Anniversary and more to renew the vows

I truly believe Bob and I just came back from the best vacation of our lives. 

We had decided in 2006 when we first went to Sandals Negril, we would come back for our 25th Anniversary.  Little did we know an opportunity would arise to renew our vows and “Re-Tie The Knot” in a ceremony.  All of a sudden, when we added this to our already amazing vacation package at Sandals I became like a new bride with the hormones of Oxytocin flying through me to keep me on a high of happiness.

The day arrived, October 19, 2013 for us to leave our homestead and head out to The Sheraton Hotel by Toronto Airport to stay the night before leaving at 10:15 in the morning for Negril.  We arrived and went out for a bite to eat after hitting the Club Floor for some appetizers.  When we got back to the room, my youngest Son, Phil called me and asked me what room we were in because he was having a package delivered to us.  I told him, he turned around to talk to someone and came back to tell me the delivery guy would be there in about 5 minutes.

 

By this time, I told Bob to put his pants back on because we had a delivery coming.  It seems I should have done the same thing because the package that arrived was Phil and his girlfriend Wendy with a bottle of champagne and a tray of hors’ doeuvres that were wrapped with a file on top with plastic wrap.  I was instructed to open the file, only to be caught on video in a state of shock as I looked inside to see their hotel reservations and their plane ticket boarding passes.  They were coming with us to see us get remarried.  We weren’t going to be alone as we thought we were. 

 

Bob and I were so happy they were coming and would witness us being married. 

 

It didn’t stop there.  We were sitting on the plane and Wendy had already had us bumped up to West Jet Plus, meaning the drinks and food were paid for and we were sitting 3 rows head of where we were originally booked.  I was putting my purse under the seat when I sat up I looked at the people boarding the plane and on walked my Sister Marie and her husband Rick.  OMG, OMG, OMG.  The tears fly out uncontrollably again.  Family was coming to share and support our love.

 

It seems everyone knew about this except Bob and I.  To say we were in a state of shock is an understatement. 

 

Two days later we were remarried in such an emotional ceremony between Bob and I pledging, one more time, after 25 years of marriage to the date, our undying love and promise to love and care for each other.  To have family share with us, this very special occasion was even more of a dream come true.

 

Two more days later and the time came for all of them to leave.  It was bittersweet, but we still had 6 days left for our second honeymoon and well, the party must go on. 

 

Two more days later and our Concierge let us know that the upgrade we had requested was available and she would take us to see the room.  OMG again.  It was the most expensive suite on the Resort Property with a swim-up pool, lounge chairs in the water, a livingroom, a marble bathroom complete with Whirlpool tub, double sinks, a shower for two and just an amazing room.  We spent our last four days living the life of the rich and famous and feeling totally blessed.

 

Now we are back home and life is back to the reality it was, but I have over 400 pictures to remind me of what a special Anniversary/holiday this ended up being.  I DO, I DO, I DO BELIEVE IN MIRACLES.

 

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Down to Devon and Dorset

Down to Devon and Dorset.

Zoe and and her food blog just make me want to jump on the next plane out of here to see the parts of England she and her family lives/works/parties in!

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Fitness in Fall Musing 2011

Woohoo, Day 3 of my regime with Kathy Smith is done and I feel awesome.  Yes, Kathy definitely has made me feel muscles everywhere; but in turn, I also feel stronger and healthier.

 

At this time of year when I usually have such a horrible time with the Motivation sliding down that Fall slide I want to just slack and before you know it, the workouts are mediocre.  Still done, but done just to get by and bypass the guilt trip of not working out at all.

 

This year, I took lessons from previous years and come August, I knew I had to come up with a plan or for sure, history would repeat itself and by the time the Christmas/New Years weeks came I would feel like crap.  So, as you know, September I did a workout regime I made up with Chalene’s Turbo Jam DVDs making sure I was doing Strength Training 3 times a week with 3T, Lower Body Workout and Booty Sculpt and Abs.  Every other week I would substitute Lower Body Work for Booty Sculpt and Abs and do Turbo Sculpt (which was never one of my favs for strength training/toning.  By the end of September I was feeling alive again and surprisingly, not going through the usual really down times of having to close up the gardens slowly for another winter coming.

 

October, which is normally my worst month because Bob and I have been going away to the tropics for our Anniversary, so the workouts end up being walks on the beach and a few workouts lead by the fitness coordinators at the resorts we stayed on, but still, nothing compared to the food and wine consumed! 

 

This year I did the Lean For Life maintenance plan from her ChaLEAN Extreme and that was to me like doing it for the first time and really revved up motivation to keep on going and enjoying the fact that even though there were days I wanted to pass totally, by the time the warm up was over, I was ready to work it.  I can honestly say I had the best October I have had in a few years.  I had already made up my mind that I would do Beachbody’s Project:You by Kathy Smith because I had not done any of this for ages.  So long, I don’t remember when.  Probably about 2007.  I knew I wasn’t going to do the 12 week program she had set up because honestly, I wanted to make this about me.  After all, it is called Project:You.  So, one more time I made sure I was doing strength training 3 times a week with one day for Pilates/Yoga, one day for only cardio and Sundays for her Steady Strides walking because I knew I could do this outdoors if the weather was nice and at the mall when Bob takes the groceries to his Mom. 

 

It is so important when you want to make changes in your body/life to create a plan that suits you.  Not your friend.  Not your co-worker.  Not your Sister/Brother.  Not your online friends.  You do what YOU know you WILL do and make it challenging but doable so that it becomes your Success Story.

 

Plus, it never ceases to amaze me that when you do this, your mind automatically checks and double checks to make sure you are eating to support all this work you are doing physically.  Of course we ALL have our days, but it is always a “get over it” thing.  You let it go and start again the next meal or day.  That might just be the greatest reward of having a cheat day/meal by getting back on track and back into the swing of things.

 

December is something I am still wondering what it is I will come up with.  I am doing Chalene’s 30 PUSH Challenge starting 11-11-11 (Friday) so I am hoping something in me will go “aha” and I will have this figured out before the end of next week.  I want to be prepared.  For now, I have made myself know that if there is no “aha moment” then I will do the month of December with Dax Moy’s workouts from what Diane and I did 3 years ago and Joey Atlas because they both have excellent core challenging/toning workouts, but again challenging but doable.

 

January will also be on my mind of what to do with the library of workout DVDs I have.  I also know the INBOX get inundated with this amazing plan/that amazing plan, this new workout, that new workouts.  I know for a fact that I will NOT go into 2012 without a Plan For Success.  So, I will be checking in here more often.

 

I know this is more like a Blog post, so I thank you for reading from me one more time, my personal plan for honouring the body God has given me so that my quality of life as I age is better because of the fact I love myself enough to do whatever it takes that I honestly will do to empower my own self compassion because my heart is what makes me who I am both physically and personally. 

Copied from BB post Jammin’ 50+ers when I decided today, November 09, 2011 was the day to start a personal journal/blog to keep myself accountable and happy. 

 

 

A positive attitude creates will.

A negative attitude creates nil.

 

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