Archive for August, 2011

The King of Herbs

The King of herbs, Reishi Mushrooms benefits  your health in many ways.  Known in China as an “elixir of immortality”,  researchers have found this mushroom to strengthen your immune system, fight viruses and bacteria, reduce cholesterol and help prevent fatigue. Reishi is a purely medicinal mushroom and not usually used in cooking  because it is hard and it tastes very bitter.   You probably will not find Reishi mushrooms at your local supermarket, but they can be found as concentrated extracts and in combinations specifically formulated to improve your immune system.

Some of benefits of this strange looking mushroom are:
~restoring the body’s natural state, and helping all organs to function properly.
~Maintains a healthy immune system and restores the body’s balance when sick.
~Lowers blood pressure
~Used to treat asthma and Used to treat anxiety disorders.
~Used to treat sleeping disorders and  Promotes liver health and can even regenerate the liver.
~The mushrooms have antibacterial effects and Supports healthy nerve function.
That’s quite a list, isn’t it? My own experience with the Reishi mushroom has been very favorable. I use a couple of capsules in the early evening to help me have a good night’s rest. It works fine and helps me to feel refreshed in the morning.
Reishi mushroom might be safe for most people. It can cause some side effects including dryness of the mouth, throat, and nasal area along with itchiness, stomach upset, nosebleed, and bloody stools.
Do not take reishi mushroom if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have low blood pressure.
  • You have a blood clotting disorder.

I feel I need to list the above, even though I have never had any of those side effects. If taken as directed on the bottle, I doubt that you will have much problems. It is indeed the King of Herbs.


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Through the years, I have grown to love the history and science of using herbs medicinally. I started in this love affair after I saw the effects of using Dandelion Root Tea as a tonic for my gall bladder problems. It worked! It really worked. With that said,  I’d like to focus on a few herbal remedies that I have experienced first hand and that work and are safe to use. I will talk about them a few at a time in the next couple of postings.


Years ago, my Grandma Hull gathered the Dandelion leaves along with some of the unopened buds to cook and eat as you would greens. We sprinkled vinegar on top and enjoyed. At that time I didn’t realize the benefits of the whole herb. Today, my focus will be on the roots of this popular weed….yes! weed! By the way, we Americans spend thousands upon thousands of dollars killing this wonderful herb! So to continue about the benefits…..the medicinal actions of dandelion tea seem to target the digestive and eliminative systems of the body. The dandelion is an agent for stimulating the release of bile from the liver into the gallbladder, hence aiding in the digestion of fat. Other benefits:

  • Dandelion Tea is an agent for keeping optimum liver, kidney and gallbladder
  • Dandelion Tea enhances detoxification by
    stimulating urination, as well as replacing
    the potassium lost to the increased volume of urine.
  • Dandelion Tea is used to help in the health maintenance of those suffering
    from Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes.
  • Dandelion Tea can be used for treatment of such liver disorders as hepatitis
    and jaundice.
  • Dandelion Tea can be used for purifying the blood and cleansing the system.
  • Dandelion Tea can help in relieving digestive
    disorders such as constipation and diarrhea.
  • Dandelion Tea has properties that can help cleanse and improve the

Dandelion Root Tea is an excellent all around herbal tonic for anyone!


I have used this very safe herb quite a few years ago when I was experiencing heart palpitations during my menopausal years. I read that is would help ease those palpitations. Wow…did it ever work. I also learned that doctors in Germany prescribe this herb (that is usually in a blend) to treat their heart patients. The United States is far behind in herbology. Most US doctors do not get this training as part of their study. Too bad, because here is what it can do:

Used to promote the health of the circulatory system, treat angina, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and cardiac arrhythmia and has been found to strengthen the heart. Hawthorn is widely regarded in Europe as a safe and effective treatment for the early stages of heart disease and has been used for a number of ailments including angina, myocarditis, arteriosclerosis, nervous conditions like insomnia, and diarrhea. It has also been indicated for strengthening blood vessels, vascular insufficiency and blood clots, restoring the heart muscle wall, lowering cholesterol and to aid digestion.

And I do need to add that if you have a heart condition, don’t use hawthorn without the recommendation of your healthcare provider….especially if you take other medications…..

Which leads me to a point that I want to stress. The reason that these herbs work so well is because they are powerful. Just because they are “natural” does not mean they won’t cause a problem. They can be safe taken in the amounts listed by the manufacture. But be careful if you take other medications.

Next time I will tell you about SLIPPERY ELM and REISHI MUSHROOM. Stay tuned!

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Yes, I am preparing now for our annual Open House scheduled in November. But it’s a necessary thing and besides, I love to make new things for it.

Pictured are some stars I'm making...love the silk. I've filled them with something that smells just like Christmas...it's a secret though. But you can probably guess!!










I'm using these silk ribbons too....they feel like feathers! Aren't the colors beautiful?












Embellishing them with these beads....









You can see how messy my work area is....this Saturday is my clean up day as I have a "day off" from the Farmers Market (Jim and Jennifer are doing them) so I'll take advantage of this extra time to do a little organizing!



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by Jan Coates

Why aren’t you in a padded cell babbling like a lunatic?” a Christian psychologist asked me after he listened to my testimony at a chapel service in New York. This kind man couldn’t comprehend how I overcame my abusive childhood, the death of my son Chris, and life-threatening cancer to accept God’s full-time ministry assignment to encourage and inspire people from all walks of life.

We sat facing one another at a small metal table in the cafeteria. I wrapped both hands around the steaming cup of coffee in front of me and glanced into his eyes.

“A padded cell never occurred to me,” I joked.

I explained to him that I lived the first half of my life with low self-esteem, disrespect toward others, as well as discontent with my life. Why? I blamed others—my dysfunctional family, my friends, and even strangers—for my party-girl lifestyle and negative attitude. Then in 1983, I rededicated my life to Jesus. Doing so turned my world inside out and set me free from my past to pursue my God-filled future. I prayed for a new life, and God changed me from the inside out.

God transformed my stinkin’ thinkin’ to healthy, positive thinking—a thought life filled with peace and a right relationship with Jesus. My attitude transformation process was not an overnight miracle. Rather, it is a lifelong journey.

Stinkin’ thinkin’ stalks us. It lurks everywhere. It waits for an opportune time to attack us during our moments of weakness. Between foreclosure notices and layoffs, political rifts, and personal and professional setbacks, we’re all susceptible to negative thoughts.  That’s why our thought life is the very place to begin a positive perspective revival—one without excuses. Throughout my new attitude journey, I discovered that our minds continually process both negative and positive thoughts. Those stinkin’ negative thoughts stem from three primary areas:

1. I stink: Low self-esteem and a sense of worthlessness—no inner peace.

2. You stink: Poor others viewpoint—no peace with others.

3. Life stinks: Bitterness—no peace with self or others.

Notice that each of the three “stinks” result in a life void of peace with oneself and others. God desires that we possess peace, so we’ve got to get rid of the stinkin’ thinkin’.  Rephrasing our thoughts and focusing on Truth helps us eliminate the stench of negativity. Here are the three “stink” phrases reworded with biblical truth and life application.

1. I am loved. Jesus loves me just as I am, but He loves me too much to leave me that way. God created me for a personal love relationship with Him. I have peace because Jesus loves me and I love Him.

Paraphrased read-aloud Bible verses:

I believe the Word of God (Psalm 19:9).

I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).

God is for me and that’s all that matters (Romans 8:31).

2.  I can love others. Jesus sees the good in me, so I will keep my mouth shut until I find something good to say about another person. Jesus loves my family and friends just as much as He loves me.

Paraphrased read-aloud Bible verses:

I will not pass judgment on others (1 Corinthians 4:5).

I will be kind and compassionate to others (Ephesians 4:32).

I will forgive those who have sinned against me (Ephesians 4:32).

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