Because you asked – Lemon Verbena

Lemon verbena leaves are used to add a lemon flavor to fish and poultry dishes, vegetable marinades, salad dressings, jams, puddings, Greek yogurt and beverages. It also is used to make herbal teas, or added to standard tea in place of actual lemon. It can also be used to make a sorbet.  In the European Union, Verbena essential oils (Lippia citriodora Kunth.) and derivatives other than absolute are prohibited when used as a fragrance ingredient (Commission Directive 2009/164/EU of 22 December 2009).

Moderate antioxidant supplementation with lemon verbena extract protects neutrophils against oxidative damage, decreasing the signs of muscular damage in chronic running exercise without blocking the cellular adaptation to exercise.

Lippia citriodora extract shows antioxidant properties that could play an important role in modulating GSH-reductase activity in lymphocytes and erythrocytes and protecting plasma from exercise oxidative damage.

Lemon verbena extract containing 25% verbascoside showed strong antioxidant capacity, especially in a lipophilic environment, which was higher than expected as concluded from the antioxidant capacity of pure verbascoside, probably due to synergistic effects. The capacity of verbascoside to act as an effective radical scavenger in lipophilic environments was also shown. Verbascoside-enriched extracts might have interesting applications in cosmetic, nutraceuticals or functional food. Although some “in vitro” genotoxicity of verbascoside has been reported on human lymphocytes with an involvement of PARP-1  and p53 proteins, subsequent “in vivo” tests reported no genotoxicity for high dosage oral administration.

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The Forgotten System

Sometimes the endocrine system is never emphasized when it comes to health related matters. It’s an important information system just like the nervous system. The contrast is really that the endocrine system effects are slow to initiate and can last quite long. Hormones released from the endocrine tissue help generate a number of functions for us, including sleep, moodiness (yup!), growth and development and metabolism. These are just some of the many reasons you should make sure that your endocrine system is receiving the proper nutrients to remain strong and healthy. We really recommend checking with your physician regarding the right supplement package for you.

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Good Food Movement

We do think awareness of the food cycle is important and overwhelming at the same time. We’ve watched the movies, read the books and researched as much as we can. It’s an upward battle to make sure that the food on our plate is fresh, clean and real. Only time will tell if the food system will right itself. Between profit-minded corporations and a lobbyist government environment, the good food movement has some high hurdles over which to jump.

The Cornucopia Institute fights the good fight on this front. It’s a small organization but they try hard to bring transparency into the food system. It truly will take small players to find a better way, confront the major players and bring change. We support them, and we simply wanted to give them a shout out on this post. We encourage everyone to subscribe to their newsletter to keep up to date on some of the latest issues around food.

And in case you were curious, some of the works we have read or watched to help inform us are as follows:

Anything written by Michael Pollan

Fast Food Nation

But if you were looking for a fun documentary on the topic, we recommend Super Size Me or Food Inc.

Anthony Bourdain is a fun read to make you think twice about what to order at a restaurant.

There are lots more, but these are a good place to start. We would love to hear some of your own favorites.

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Why we like Sunfood’s MSM Powder?

The product is pesticide-free, vegan, and gratefully extracted from natural sources. This blend includes vitamin C. It helps create smooth skin, thick lustrous hair, and strong nails so it keeps you looking great for the holidays!

In all seriousness, MSM softens leathery internal tissues by rebuilding connective tissue with elastic sulfur bonds. This is how MSM lives up to its reputation of building collagen,  maintaining healthy joints,  increases flexibility (good for yoga), hastens recovery time from sore muscles, and is excellent for recovery from athletic injuries.

They test the product to be free from contaminants as well.

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French Red Clay and its Cousin

French red clay comes from Hematite Iron, its coloring the result of the copper oxides contained in this rock. Rich in kaolinite, illite, montmorillonitea and calcite, French red clay is best suited for normal to oily skin types.

French Red Clay cleanses, detoxifies and exfoliates the skin, leaving it refreshed, toned and rejuvenated.

French Green Clay works the outer epidermis (skin) in its own way and in dispensing their biological constituents as best as possible. It contains a cornucopia of valuable elements, which include montmorillonite, several (up to 9) important mineral oxides, magnesium, calcium, potassium, dolomite, silica, manganese, phosporous, silicon, copper, and selenium.

These two have relatively long shelf lives so you don’t need to worry about keeping them around in the medicine cabinet.

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Shilajit is in!

We’ve been searching for a new product to replace Omica Organics while we’ve been waiting for new shipments. Sunfood Nutrition produces a high quality shilajit.

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For those of you looking for a “different” type of toy for your children (or yourself for that matter), we think Kendama is a perfect choice.

If you’re not familiar with the game, you basically juggle the ball in the 3 cups, spiking the ball with the Ken spike, and balancing both in any which way your imagination can think of. (The Kendama consists of the “Ken” (handle) and the “Tama” (ball). The two are connected by a string.)

It would be an understatement to say that the game takes focus and patience. It also breeds creativity and imagination. Plus, it promotes hand/eye coordination, balance and reflex. It’s a simple game that packs a whole lot of mental and physical development and skills. Enjoy!


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Source of Fiber

We always get asked about different sources of fiber. One of our favorites is psyllium husk. We carry Frontier but we might actually get a few other vendors involved soon enough. We’ve found that this product truly increases the bulk of your stool to create movement of the intestines.

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Frontier Cacoa Nibs are Back in Stock!

We have several 1 lb. bulk packages back in stock. (We’re sorry but we used a bunch of them testing out our chocolate pudding pie recipe. If you missed that post, you can find it right here.) It truly is a great “condiment” from pancakes to even your salad! Remember these little guys contain healthy antioxidants that can boost your health and possibly even help you live longer. Okay, well don’t quote us on that last part but it can be beneficial is the point.

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Engaging Your Child

Since our daughter was born, we have tried to find products that engage her and allow for a connection between us. Well that’s our hope but truth be told children’s attention are somewhat limited. However, we’ve had great success with play silks. Yes, they serve the purpose for the occasional game of peek-a-boo but there is much much more to them. It’s the vibrant colors, the texture, the ability to scrunch them up, throw them in the air, drop them on yourself, dance with them, make funny noises through them, create a getaway tent and so on. In short, they allow for creative actions and reactions. When our daughter sees us do something new with them, it only sparks her own imagination. We want to continue to develop and explore her creative mind.

We love the mini play silks from Sarah’s Silks. They come in several colors or combinations. Why we like Sarah’s Silks?

  • Silk is a natural fiber and renewable resource
  • Dyes are non-toxic and environmentally friendly (no heavy metals!)
  • Company supports working mothers in both China and the USA
  • They can be washed!
We can get behind that.

As always, please read our disclaimer before purchasing any product or service we recommend.

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