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Margarine has appeared on the world scene as a cheap and 'healthy' substitute for butter for the working class.  MARGARINE, HOWEVER, HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH BUTTER. 

Margarine is something else entirely, a totally unnatural, harmful and inedible product that should be ingested as food. 

Margarine is produced from vegetable oils. High temperatures in the process of pressing oil destroys antioxidants and produces free radicals that can cause...

Each spring, I witness the pesticide trucks arriving to spray down perfectly manicured lawns to rid them of the well-known 'weed', the Dandelion.  Taraxacum officinale  is a common meadow herb of the Asteraceae or sunflower family. There are about 100 species of dandelion, and all are beneficial. It is a native of Greece, but grows in temperate regions throughout the world.  The perennial dandelion grows freely wherever it can find a bit of ear...

Plants, whether the whole plant, the bark, the root, the flower or leaf, or even an extract of a plant - are a type of medicine that is used to promote health, as well as prevent and treat illness. Part of the beauty and magic of plants is that they are easily accessible and have been used by people from around the world as an important healing modality. Much of the world’s population still relies today on the use of plants as medicine.


To answ...

Elderberry Syrup  



Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity to lower cholesterol, improve vision, boost the immune system, improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis. Elderberry juice was used to treat a flu epidemic in Panama in 1995.


Elderberries (Sambucus) have been a folk remedy for centuries in North America, Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa.  Elderberry is used for it...

A True Wellness Drink



Te traditional Fire Cider recipe is a cold remedy that has been used for hundreds of years because of its antiviral, antibacterial, and anti fungal properties that boost the immune system and break up congestion.  Fire-Cider is also a delicious way to stimulate digestion and warm up on cold winter days.


Preventative Immunity Booster:

  • As a “Wellness Shot” – 1 oz shot glass, once a day


When Symptoms Are Present:

  • 1...


Cough & Cold Menthol Vapor Rub - Treat yourself Naturally!





Adult Ingredients:

2 Tbsp             Extra Virgin Coconut Oil  (Solidified State)

6 drops            Eucalyptus Essential Oil

6 drops            Lemon Essential Oil

6 drops            Peppermint Essential Oil...

Treat Yourself Naturally!





1 Tsp    Cayenne Pepper
1 Tsp    Ginger Powder
4 Tbsp  Apple Cider Vinegar
8 Tbsp  Water
4 Tbsp  Honey


This makes enough for 10 Adult doses. 


Dissolve cayenne and ginger in cider vinegar and water.  Add honey and shake well.

Take 1 Tablespoon as needed for cough. This may be taken as often as needed.


Note: This is potent and watery syrup. It also doesn’t dissolve perfectly.



Turmeric has a peppery, warm and bitter flavor and a mild fragrance slightly reminiscent of orange and ginger, and while it is best known as one of the ingredients used to make curry, it also gives ballpark mustard its bright yellow color.


Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and has a tough brown skin and a deep orange flesh. Turmeric has long been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory in both the Chinese and Indian systems...



Understand the Cause


A history of constipation or loose stools can cause toxins to re-absorb from the intestines into the liver. Over time, the liver becomes congested, which thickens or congests the bile in the gallbladder. The bile, among other actions, buffers the stomach acid. If the bile becomes thick or congested, then the acid in the stomach will linger as it waits for adequate bile flow. If bile production never reaches the needed lev...

You Are What You Eat     



The Digestive Process


We may have forgotten the details we learned years ago back in Biology class, so I thought it would be a great idea to quickly review our physiology and the digestive process!


The digestive system is uniquely constructed to perform its specialized function of turning food into the energy and nutrients you need to survive – and allows the body to grow, heal and cleanse itself – whil...




3 1/2 to 4 cups unbleached bread flour, plus more for rolling

1 teaspoon organic sugar
1 envelope instant dry yeast
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 cups water, 110 degrees F
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons
1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 cup shredded parmesean cheese

1 cup finely chopped fresh parsley


Combine the bread flour, sugar, yeast, garlic powder and kosher salt

in the bowl of a stand mixer and combine (or a regular bowl a...


An Ojas Building Rasayana I just shared during my last MeetUp Event:


Coconut Milk Kheer


2 Cups Basmati Rice
3 Cups Filtered Water
1 2/3 Cup Coconut Milk
1/2 Cup Yellow Raisins
1 Tbsp Ghee
2 Tbsps Jaggery
1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
5 Small Sticks Cinnamon (Crushed)
4 Whole Stars Aniseed (Crushed)
1 tsp Powdered Cinnamon

  • High in protein 

  • Easy to digest

  • Warming spices to ignite agni (digestion)

  • Grounding during Vata time of year





1 1/2 cup cooked brown lentils

1 Red Onion

2 Large Garlic Cloves

2 Cups Fresh Mushrooms

2 Large Sprigs of Fresh Parsley (no Stems)

i Tbsp Olive Oil

1/2 Lemon

3/4 Cup Bulgar Wheat or Breadcrumbs

1 Egg (optional)

Salt and Pepper to Taste

Additional Olive Oil or Sunflower Oil for saute


You may also add any combination of the spices you like best:

Powdered cumin, fennel, garlic powder, etc.





Cook 1 1/2 cup of lentils with 3 1/2 cups...

Natural sugar!


It is a traditional sweetener made by evaporating raw sugar cane juice without separating the molasses from the crystals. It is softer than refined sugar without the processing and chemicals. It varies in color from yellow to dark brown.


Jaggery has a wonderfully sweet taste, and contains medicinal qualities as well. It acts as a cleansing agent, a digestive aid, as well as a mineral souirce.


Studies have also shown that natura...

For all the photos of Vaidyagrama, please click here.


India January 19, 2015


I am pre-writing this info and posting it as I am able to go online. I am only using the internet 15 minutes, every other day per day to give myself a break.


Travel was smooth but very long. First flight went by fast. I had an entire row to myself in the back of the plane. The second flight from Qatar to Chennai India. The layover in Chennai was 5 hours, but it we...

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