Spirulina Spirulina, a blue-green algea, is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and antioxidants, including B complex, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid). As with any supplement, spirulina needs to be purchased from a trusted company that does quality testing to make sure it is…

Smoothies Prepared the right way, smoothies can be considered a superfood because they make it easy to pack vitamins, fiber, protein and macro and micro nutrients into a single meal. When smoothies are made with raw fruits and vegetables that are low on sugar and high in nutrition, they are especially healthy. Raw foods are…

Eating Healthy on the Go Fall brings with it cooler temperatures and fast paced schedules. Often we find ourselves trying to keep our family healthy on the go. To support your immune system and energy levels, it is important to eat high quality food and to not skip your supplements, no matter how time crunched…

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) The vibrant yellow flowers of Calendula officinalis have been described by seventeenth century doctor Nicholas Culpepper as “a comforter of the heart and spirits”. This sun-loving member of the Asteraceae, or daisy, family is commonly called the pot marigold. Believed to be native to Egypt, it now has world-wide distribution and its…

Super Food Garlic Known widely as the “stinking rose,” garlic is a member of the lily family that has worldwide cultivation and is a key ingredient in global cuisine including Chinese, French, Thai, Cajun, and Italian cooking. The use of garlic as food and medicine has been documented for thousands of years. Its medicinal effectiveness…

Bugs of Summer, Naturally The long days of summer beckon us to spend time outdoors–dining al fresco with friends and family, playing outdoor sports and activities, and taking advantage of every opportunity to enjoy the sunshine. The joys of summer also bring greater exposure to the bugs of summer including mosquitos, ticks, and stinging insects…

Vitamin D Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin primarily created by the action of UVB sunlight on the skin. Vitamin D’s journey through the body begins when its precursor is converted to cholecalciferol (or D3) by sunlight. From there, D3 travels to the liver and becomes five times more potent, then travels to the…

Skin Brushing As more people become aware of the importance of detoxification, products and procedures are also rising in numbers–and price! Dry skin brushing is quick and easy (and inexpensive) way to detoxify daily, and the benefits will be noticed immediately. The skin is the body’s largest organ, weighing about six pounds and covering about…

Aloe Native to Africa and the Arabian peninsula, Aloe is a commonly known herb and well reputed for its soothing and cooling properties. Considered by the Romans to be sacred to Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, this herb has a long history of beauty applications extending well into present day. Ayurvedic medicine realized…

Oranges One of the most well-known fruits in the world, oranges were first recorded in China around 500 BC. From there they were imported to the Roman empire, exported to Northern Africa, introduced in Spain by the invading Moors, and traveled to America with Christopher Columbus. Now consumed virtually all over the world, oranges come…