Crab Salad in Avocado

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Ingredients:
 
  • 1/2 cup lump crab meat
  • 1/2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tsp red onion, diced finely
  • 1-2 tsp jalapeño, diced finely
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • Juice from 1/2 a lime
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • Dash of cumin
  • 1 avocado, cut in half, pit removed

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Mix all ingredients except avocado, and let rest at least 30 minutes for flavors to blend.

When ready to serve, halve avocado, fill and enjoy!    This is a perfect brunch entree with a croissant, fresh fruit and either a mimosa or a bloody Mary.

Serves 1 as an entree or 2 as an appetizer

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Lessen and Eliminate Old Scars

Scars

by Tony Isaacs

Few of us go through life without accumulating a few scars. Sometimes those scars can be unsightly and in other instances old scars and scar tissue can cause physical discomfort and other problems. If a person is persistent however, scars can often be greatly diminished and even eliminated naturally. Before opting for cosmetic surgery, chemical peels or botox, consider the following safer options:

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The first item to consider is digestive enzymes, which are particularly effective in removing and reducing scar tissue. Scars are formed from fibrin as part of the body’s natural repair mechanism. Digestive enzymes dissolve and remove fibrin. Serrapeptase and nattokinase are among the best enzymes for scar tissue removal. Taking the enzymes in quantity 2-3 times daily on an empty stomach gradually dissolves scar tissue. In time even old scar tissue, including keloids, can be dissolved and “eaten away”.

For more information, see:

http://www.tbyil.com/Enzymes.htm

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Other natural remedies for lessening and eliminating scars are:

*Applying and massaging lavender oil directly on scars helps them fade and in time can completely eliminate scars. Lavender oil also helps newer injuries heal faster with the application of lavender oil.

*Flaxseed oil is a great way to fade scars. You can buy it at almost any health food store. It is also great for new scars, helping them heal faster and keeping them from becoming as noticeable. Rub the flaxseed oil on old and new scars a few times each day, including after you shower and again before going to bed.

*Virgin, unrefined hempseed oil used twice daily often results in improvement and fading within a few weeks

*Grapeseed extract, jojoba and almond oil are all effective scar treatments, especially when combined together.

*Apply vitamin K cream topically to scars. Depending on the severity of your scars and skin type, you may see results in as little as a couple of weeks to a couple of months when used twice daily.

*Apply olive oil (100% extra virgin) to scars at least twice a day. Within a week you should start to see scars and stretch marks starting to fade.

*Organic raw honey (especially high UMF factor manuka honey) rubbed onto scars twice daily will break up scar tissue and help with healing.

*Take finely ground, powder-like, coffee and mix it with one of the oils mentioned here. Rub into scars for about 60 seconds and wipe off the coffee grounds with a warm moist towel. Do this about twice a day if possible. You should see noticeable results in a few weeks. This remedy is especially good for stretch mark scars.

*Use castor oil, plastic wrap and a heating pad. Note: Be sure to use only food grade plastic wrap that contains no bisphenol A, a dangerous substance found in many plastics. Rub plenty of castor oil on the scars and then wrap it with plastic wrap. Place a heating pad turned on as high a setting as you comfortably stand and leave on for 20 to 25 minutes. You may see noticeable results in as little as a week or so.

*Use vitamin E oil from punctured gel caps and rub it into scars.

* Colloidal Silver. Colloidal silver is especially good on healing wounds. It aids in tissue repair and can result in significantly lessened scarring.

*Massaging your scars often and consistently will help break up the fibrous tissue and can be especially effective when combined with one of the oils mentioned above.

Note: The key to natural lessening and elimination of scar tissue is persistence. Serious scars may take up to several months, but with persistent and consistent effort you should eventually see good results.

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It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s a Superfood!

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I can not find a single bad thing about coconut oil.  And there isn’t anything  you can’t do with it!  
I’ve never had a chemical based product exfoliate my skin the way coconut oil does.  My husband shaves with it and it has completely eliminated his razor bumps along in addition to using it as a hair conditioner.  
It heals cuts and infections, can sooth psoriasis or eczema.  
Can be used on nipples to soften for nursing mothers as well as preventing thrush in nursing infants.  Topically it will prevent stretch marks during pregnancy.
Used topically to kill yeast infections, jock itch and nail fungus and as well as internally (soaked on a tampon) to treat Candida.
Just eating a spoonful of it a day does your body a world of wonder research is now showing that it can prevent, slow and even reverse Alzheimer’s symptoms!  As soon as it hits your mouth it feels lighter than water.  
Mixing coconut oil with baking soda and a couple of drops of peppermint oil makes the best whitening toothpaste you’ve ever used, it’s antibacterial to control bad breath and gingivitis and will even help to remineralize and strengthen teeth.  Mix with cornstarch for an all-natural deodorant.
You can use coconut oil as your primary carrier for any essential oil it, you’ll love how it absorbs into the skin without feeling greasy.   I have a container with coconut oil and tea tree oil in my home at all times.  It will knock out an ear infection quicker than anything I know (in fact, this mixture is my medical doctor’s preference over antibiotics).
Makes a perfect baby lotion as well as a diaper cream.  A perfect moisturizer for the face and eye makeup remover as well as a cuticle oil for the nails.
You can find it just about everywhere, look at your local grocery store by the olive oil.  Only use organic on the skin, the regular coconut oil is heavier, has a more pronounced flavor and an almost grainy texture before it melts.
Great for cooking too!  It has a high smoke point.  It can replace any oil in cooking and can even replace butter in recipes and can replace oil in homemade mayonnaise.  In fact, check out this great video on seasoning your stainless steel pans!  I’ve done this, it works!

Organic coconut oil: A superfood with amazing health benefits

by Christian David

Pound for pound, coconut oil is one of the single most nutritious superfoods you can put in your body. It has a vast array of incredible health benefits and is something recommended to almost everyone I talk to on a regular basis. People are always asking me, Chris “What can I eat to be healthier”? The answer is simple: organic coconut oil. This stuff is simply amazing and is something everyone should include in their diet.

Specifically, you should look for “Organic, unrefined, expeller-pressed coconut oil”. This is the unprocessed product derived directly from the organic coconuts with minimal processing or modification. This is as close to “unprocessed” you can get. The more foods are processed, the less the health value they offer. You can find this on the shelves of most all natural foods stores or purchase online.

There are a couple ways to eat coconut oil. Some people cook with it. I recommend eating it in an unheated, uncooked manner. Reason being is high heat levels can change the properties of the oil, (further processing it), and therefore affect the overall nutritional value.



Eating coconut oil on a regular basis has numerous health benefits. If you do some basic research on the health benefits on coconut oil you will discover just how amazing this food really is. These benefits include healthier skin and hair, lower cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased levels of immunity, proper digestion and metabolism. It has been show to provide relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and other viruses, cancer, and bone strength. The reason it is so effective and healthy is because of high levels of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid. The presence of these acids contributes to coconuts antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial and general body nourishing properties.

There are a couple ways to use coconut oil. Some people cook with it. Coconut oil is rare in that it has a high melting point. This means it’s a solid form at room temperature. It doesn’t melt until about 77 degrees Fahrenheit. You will notice when you purchase a bottle, it will be in solid form. It doesn’t take much heat for this to melt.

If you are using coconut oil for topical purposes (hair or skin application) you can bring it to a liquid form simply by immersing a container with the solid oil into warm water. It will melt in a matter of a few moments. You can also take a small amount out, put it in a small bowl and heat over an open flame. Do not microwave as it will affect the healing properties of the oil. Next, take the oil on your palm and apply it to your hair, face and skin. You will notice healthier skin and hair if you do this regularly. For cooking, try using coconut oil instead of vegetable oil or butter.

For maximum health value, I personally recommend consuming it in an unheated, uncooked manner. To do this, simply open the bottle and use a table spoon to eat the product. It will melt in your mouth. If you have a problem with taste or swallowing it, take it with some organic orange juice after it melts in your mouth.

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Crockpot french dip sandwiches

This is the perfect food, all year round.  Healthy, delicious and most of all easy.  Your crockpot does all the work for you. Great for weeknights or in the camper or after the ball game.  Leftovers can be turned into soup easily with some fresh garden vegetables, barley, potatoes, noodles or anything else that strikes your fancy.

 French Dip

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 lb oven roast
  • 3 cans beef broth
  • 3 pkgs Onion Soup Mix (or the equivalent of homemade mix, recipe below)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 garlic gloves, finely minced
  • white Italian sub rolls
  • provolone cheese slices (optional)

Instructions:

Put oven roast in crock pot. Add dry ingredients, vegetables and broth.  Cook on low 7-8 hours.   Shred roast with a fork, and return shredded beef to crock pot for a few more minutes.  Slice open bread (toast if desired), and place a good amount of beef on one side, top beef with onions strained from au jus and cheese slices if desired.  Broil open sandwich in oven for a few minutes, until the cheese gets melted and bubbly.   Remove from oven, and serve with a ladle of au-jus left in crock pot.

Homemade Onion Soup Mix

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup dried, minced onion
  • 3 teaspoons parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder (make your own by whizzing up dried onion flakes in the food processor or coffee grinder)
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt (you want celery salt that is mostly salt with just a bit of celery seed- not pure celery seed ground up, or your soup mix will be bitter and not have enough saltiness to it)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon  sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

Mix it all up. Shake it very well, because the heavy spices will settle to the bottom.   That’s it!

4 tablespoons of this onion soup mix equals 1 packet of onion soup mix.

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Natural Flea & Tick Repellent

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The great outdoors are great all year round! Time for camping, hiking and getting outside to play. Don’t let those pesky annoying ticks stop you and don’t let the fur babies bring them indoors.  Here’s how with a simple homemade solution!

Repellent for your pets:

For pets, add 1 cup of water to a spray bottle, followed by 2 cups of distilled white vinegar. Ticks hate the smell and taste of vinegar, and will be repelled by this ingredient alone. Then, add two spoonfuls of vegetable or almond oil, which both contain sulfur (another natural tick repellent).

To make a repellent that will also deter fleas, mix in a few spoonfuls of lemon juice, citrus oil, or peppermint oil, any of which will repel ticks and fleas while also creating a nicely scented repellent. Spray onto the pet’s dry coat, staying away from sensitive areas including eyes, nose, mouth, and genitals. When outdoors for an extended period, spray this solution on two to three times per day.

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For you and your family:

In a spray bottle, mix 2 cups of distilled white vinegar and 1 cup of water. To make a scented solution so you do not smell like bitter vinegar all day, add 20 drops of your favorite essential oil.

Eucalyptus oil is a calm, soothing scent that also works as a tick repellent, while peppermint and citrus oils give off a strong crisp scent that also repel ticks.

After mixing the solution, spray onto clothing, skin, and hair before going outdoors. Reapply every four hours to keep ticks at bay, and examine your skin and hair when back inside to make sure no ticks are on the body.

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Fabulous Frybread

Frybread, Bannock, Naan, Puri, Langos or Sopapillas – no matter what you call it, you’ll always call it delicious!

 

A quick and easy frybread that can be modified with herbs and/or spices to compliment any meal and can be used for your favorite pizza toppings, sandwiches, and tacos as well.  The only limit is your imagination!

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Ingredients:

  • 4 unbleached all-purpose organic flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (~110 degrees F)
  • Coconut oil or lard for deep frying, can brush with ghee or olive oil to pan fry

Instructions

  1. Combine flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir in 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water. Knead until soft but not sticky. Shape dough into balls about 3 inches in diameter. Flatten into patties 1/2 inch thick.
  2. Deep fry one at a time in 1 inch of hot coconut oil or lard, or brush with ghee or olive oil and fry in a non-stick or cast iron skilled, turning to brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels.

 

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Apple Cider Vinegar – A Natural Winner

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Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefits:

(or ACV for short….)

  1. Stomach ache – sip on 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with water. Due to its antibiotic properties it will help kill bad bacteria in your tummy. It may even contain pectin, which will soothe intestinal spasms.
  2. Prevents Indigestion – Add 1 teaspoon of honey + 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to warm water and drink 30 minutes before you eat.
  3. Soothes Sore throat – Mix 1/4 Warm water with 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar every hour.
  4. Add Shine to hair – It will also clean it and remove build up from hair products and pollution. Fill a cup with 1 cup ACV and 2 cups water. Pour the solution through your hair after shampooing (2-3 times a week)!
  5. Help regulate blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol when you drink it regularly.
  6. Use as a facial toner – Mix 1 part ACV with 2 parts water in a water bottle or jug with lid. Shake it up before you use it and pour some on a cotton swab (use after washing your face) and wipe on skin.
  7. Weight Loss – Drinking ACV every day (sipping a drink all day) has been said to speed up metabolism and help you lose weight. Nutritionists also believe that combining Vitamin B6 and Lecithin with Apple Cider Vinegar is what helps.
  8. Helps Body Odor – It helps adjust the skin’s pH level which helps to eliminate odor-causing bacteria. Take a cotton ball filled with ACV and wipe it directly on the part where you can body odor.
  9. Foot Odor – Add 2/3 cup of ACV to a pan with warm water and soak your feet in it for 20 minutes.
  10. Bad Breath – Add 1/2 tablespoon ACV into 1 cup of water and gargle every other day.
  11. Diabetes – helps to control high blood sugar levels.
  12. Cellulite – Mix 3 parts apple cider vinegar with 1 part Vitamin E oil and massage the into the skin two times a day.
  13. Yeast Infections –
    • Add 1 ½ cups apple cider into a bathtub filled with lukewarm water and then soak in it for about 20 minutes. This is done once a day for 3 days.
    • After 3 days of soaking, make a mixture consisting of 1 ½ cups of water and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. This time use as a vaginal douche two times a day for 5 days.
    • After a few days of douching, start to drink a glass of water mixed with 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar once a day. This can help prevent the occurrence of yeast infections.
  14. Diarrhea – The pectin in ACV coats the inflamed colon lining. Add 2 tablespoons of ACV vinegar to some water in a large glass – can be taken 3 times a day when you have symptoms.
  15. Acne: Apple cider kills bacteria, helps balance skin pH, and absorbs excessive oil from our skin. Use 1 part vinegar with 3-4 parts water. Apply to the skin using cotton swab and leave for ten minutes then rinse. Use 2 times every day.
  16. Age spots: Blend and drain an onion in a bowl, and mix with an equal amount of ACV. Apply with a cotton swab dipped in the mixture over the spots.
  17. Cleaning House – Mix ½ cup of apple cider vinegar with one cup of water and you can use it to clean microwaves, bathroom tiles, kitchen surfaces, windows, glasses and mirrors. The mixture also works as a disinfectant.
  18. Beat the Exhaustion from Working out – When you exercise, lactic acid can build up in the body, causing fatigue. Since ACV has amino acids, it can help reverse this. It also contains potassium and enzymes that can help relieve feeling tired. Try drinking some mixed with water after a workout.
  19. High cholesterol  – A 2006 study showed evidence that vinegar could lower cholesterol
  20. Hiccups – when you have a spurt of those annoying hiccups, drink some ACV with water.
  21. Stuffy Nose – Sip some ACV and water. This helps sinus drainage.
  • Rich in enzymes & potassium
  • Naturally support a healthy immune system
  • Helps control weight
  • Promotes digestion & pH Balance
  • Helps soothe dry throats
  • Helps remove body sludge toxins
  • Helps maintain healthy skin
  • Helps promote youthful, healthy bodies
  • Soothes irritated skin
  • Relieves muscle pain from exercise

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