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Natural Breath Fresheners, Right in Your Own Kitchen!

By Vincent Pedre M.D.
August 10, 2011
File under: Essential Oils, Herbs, Natural Alternatives, Spices

Many kinds of chewing gum, breath freshener, and mouthwash contain added sugar, alcohol and fillers, which are not consistent with a clean lifestyle.

Luckily, Nature has prepackaged breath fresheners in the form of natural herbs and spices. …read more of Natural Breath Fresheners, Right in Your Own Kitchen! here

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Creamy Curry Low-fat and Luscious

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
July 13, 2010
File under: Dairy Free, Healthy Eating, Spices, Vegan


Turmeric has a warm, peppery flavor and mild aroma reminiscent of orange and ginger. Active ingredients in turmeric are credited with numerous health benefits and studies suggest that this ancient spice has a great deal to contribute to western medicine.

Curries can have an intensity ranging from mild to spicy and are common fare in Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Persian and Malay dishes. Curried Brussels Sprouts and Baby Carrots is a luscious dish that features chunks of baby carrots, tart currants and quartered Brussels sprouts bathed in a silky curry sauce made without fatty ingredients like cream, butter or coconut milk. …read more of Creamy Curry Low-fat and Luscious here

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7 Healthy Reasons to Spice it Up with Turmeric

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
July 6, 2010
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Spices


It is back to the future for ancient herbal remedies being re-examined by modern medicine for their legendary therapeutic properties. Turmeric is what imparts the characteristic vibrant yellow hue to curry and is an ancient spice highly prized as one of the most versatile of natural remedies.

This powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory has long been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine to treat maladies ranging from digestive upsets to arthritis. Curcumin is the principal component in turmeric and has been the subject of numerous studies as a treatment for a broad range of maladies. …read more of 7 Healthy Reasons to Spice it Up with Turmeric here

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Water-Bath Canning Simplified: Methods, Recipes and Tools for the Newbie or Pro

By Loretta White
October 13, 2009
File under: Food Preservation, Fruit, Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Meal Planning, Natural Alternatives, Organic, Recipes, Spices


There are several true and fast ways to preserve your fruits and vegetables. One of the easiest methods is water-bath canning, which anyone can do at home.

Having an enormous bounty this year, I needed to preserve my excess. You can also use local produce or a pick-your-own if you do not have a garden. After looking through my favorite and family recipes for the garden items I had, I decided to water-bath can my abundance.

Since I haven’t done this process in about ten years, I called experts and reread several ancient cookbooks that have been passed down for generations. I also went to the library to research any time-savers or updated tips, and to my surprise, there was hardly any information on water bath canning! So, I decided to write this series for anyone interested. …read more of Water-Bath Canning Simplified: Methods, Recipes and Tools for the Newbie or Pro here

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Turmeric: Spice of Life

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
May 28, 2009
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes, Spices


In the Old World, where spices were valued for depth of flavor and prized for therapeutic properties, turmeric was called ‘The Spice of Life.’

Turmeric has flavored food and prevented spoilage for centuries, adding a characteristic golden hue and warm ginger flavor to dishes from Asia to the Middle East. Spices are cited repeatedly as a significant part of the ancients’ daily lives in Egyptian hieroglyphics recorded on the walls of the pyramids and in passages of the Old Testament.

There is evidence of cultivated spices, herbs and seeds long before recorded history and archeologists estimate that primitive man had discovered aromatic plants as early as 50,000 B.C. …read more of Turmeric: Spice of Life here

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