Why Magnesium is so Vital to our Bodies

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 10/22/2014 to Herbal Medicine
Why Magnesium is so Vital to our Bodies
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 3/4 of Americans are magnesium deficient which creates many health symptoms that we all deal with on a daily basis.  A deficiency in magnesium can be linked to a variety of health problems from simple irritability to chronic fatigue.

Symptoms of Magesium deficiency:

Good for you - Ratatouille

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 10/2/2014 to Healthy Recipes
Good for you - Ratatouille
As we travel our path we need to make decisions on what food to eat.  Do we choose to eat a "healthy diet" or not and what really is a "healthy diet"?  Everywhere you look someone else has a new plan that is the best food plan.  So how do you decide what is best for you?  Or, do you stick to the standard all American diet loaded with sugar, white flour and crappy fats?  

Do you eliminate all grains, fats, sugar or do you moderate your diet.  For many people removing grains is probably the best course of action but its also not a simple one

Are you taking a Pill for your ill?

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 9/17/2014 to Herbal Medicine
Are you taking a Pill for your ill?
For many people they grew up hearing "Take an aspirin" when they had a headache or when something else hurt,  they heard "you should go to the doctor", even if it was a cold that they had.  Is this how you live your life?

Have you ever thought that the culinary herbs that are in your cupboard can help?  Next time you have a headache, 

When is Enough, Enough?

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 9/16/2014 to Healthful choices
When is Enough, Enough?
As a health care provider I consistently hear people complaining that they “can’t” do something. 

Why should they change the foods they eat when they really like them? 

How could something so simple change how they feel? 

Can a simple herb really help a complicated health condition?

It’s Too Hard!

When do you make the decision that change is necessary?  

Lentil Soup

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 9/16/2014 to Healthy Recipes
Lentil Soup
One of my go to recipes all year, but especially as it gets cooler here in the east.  It's a great soup to help balance your hormones, give you easy to digest protein and tons of vegetables.  Toss a little parmesan cheese on for a change, throw some rice in, serve with a kale salad and you have a delicious meal.

Enjoy!

All pickles are not created equal

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 9/5/2014 to Healthy Recipes
All pickles are not created equal
Did you know that all pickles are not created alike? Most times when you purchase pickles, sauerkraut or other pickled vegetables you are getting pickles that are made with vinegar and are pasteurized. (even many farmers market pickles). They are pasteurized to kill any stray bacteria and make them shelf stable.

Lacto-fermented pickles (aka raw lactic acid fermentation or naturally fermented) are not pasteurized. They are made by allowing the bacteria, particularly lactobacillus which is on most living things to ferment. 

Is Your Water Boring?

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 9/5/2014 to Healthy Recipes
Is Your Water Boring?
Water is SOO important for our health.  When we don't drink enough our entire body dries out.  You see it in your skin, you may suffer from constipation, your digestion slows, your blood pressure rises, your body becomes more acidic and so many other symptoms occur. 

Today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite "tasty, flavored water" recipes with you.  

Bonnie's Easy Homemade Granola

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 8/4/2014 to Healthy Recipes
Bonnie's Easy Homemade Granola
Have you ever gone to the store to get granola for your family and looked at the labels?  You might as well be buying candy for them unless that is what you mean to do.  Most of the granola out there is loaded with sugar.  When I look at some of these labels I laugh and think, these people might as well be giving their children sugar cereal instead of what they think is a healthier choice. 

After trying many recipes, I've found that my favorite is the following.  It's very low in sugar and quite yummy. 

First Aid right outside Your Door

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 8/1/2014 to Herbal Medicine
First Aid right outside Your Door
Did you know that in most cases, first aid is right outside your door?  My first line of defense for cuts, bruises, itching, and bites is an herb called Plantain.  Plantain for many of you is called a “weed”.  I consider it prime medicine. 
 
Plantain is one of the herbs in my top 5 list of mandatory plants to have.  . This is the plant I teach children about first.   Plantain, at least here in the northeast, grows everywhere.  If there is a lawn that hasn't been sprayed, most times if you look you'll see plantain growing, especially around the perimeter.  

Almond Snack Balls - Healthy Snack

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 7/28/2014 to Healthy Recipes
Almond Snack Balls - Healthy Snack
"I love it when my clients say to me that they need to have a sweet snack every day"  It's interesting to me that when they say sweet snack they are generally referring to cake, candy, soda or something that isn't going to nourish their body, rather it will be harmful to it, lowering their immune system and potentially adding unnecessary weight to their body frame.

What is unknown for many is that in only a few minutes you can make a snack that will not only give you the sweetness you crave but will also be nourishing to your body.  One snack is the recipe below

Rose Prickly or Loving?

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 7/23/2014 to Herbal Medicine
Rose Prickly or Loving?
Who doesn't like roses?  We think of them for love.  We give them to our loved ones to express how we feel but have you ever used rose for healing?

Following is one of my favorite herbal medicines.  All you need is a drop to open up your heart and relax.

Rose Glycerite - read on for the recipe

To Eat or Not to Eat

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 7/22/2014 to Healthy Recipes
To Eat or Not to Eat
To Eat or Not to Eat..... That is always the question.  

I wanted to share with you what's been going on in my life for the past 6 months.  As many of you know I had a huge scare last October.  I had been off my blood pressure meds for a short time and it led to a cerebral hemorrhage.  Now that's not supposed to happen to anyone, but in my head, how can a health coach and herbalist have this happen is what kept coming up.  

I had to make a big decision.

Because I can

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 4/7/2014 to Healthful choices
Because I can
Have you ever thought about doing something and did it just “because I can”?  

How many times have you thought about doing something and stopped before you began because someone else would have thought it was nuts?

Do you march to your own drummer or to someone else’s? 

No Kitchen should be without Fire Cider

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 1/15/2014 to Healthy Recipes
No Kitchen should be without Fire Cider
In my opinion, no kitchen should be without fire cider! For me Fire Cider is a tonic. 
I take small amounts of it daily as an inexpensive, effective way to treat or stave off colds & to break up congestion.  

Some of the benefits of Fire Cider's ingredients include:

Raw Cranberry Sauce

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 11/25/2013 to Healthy Recipes
Raw Cranberry Sauce
One of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes is Raw Cranberry Sauce.  I've been known to make a batch and just pick at it until its done.  I like tart things so I don't use much sweetener.      Check it out

Dandelion – Just a Weed?

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 9/12/2013 to Herbal Medicine
Dandelion – Just a Weed?
For those of us who just love dandelion, I’d like to let you in on a little secret.  Dandelion is not just a weed in your garden, its filled with amazing health benefits.  

In fact, some say that if you have a lot of dandelions in your yard, they are there because you or someone in your household needs them. Dandelion roots can be harvested in the fall or in the early spring

Make Ginger Honey – Cold Season’s coming

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 9/8/2013 to Healthy Recipes
Make Ginger Honey – Cold Season’s coming
Ginger’s benefits:    
  • Anti-spasmodic
  • helps stop nausea, relives motion sickness and helps prevent morning sickness for pregnant women.
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Helps relieve many inflammatory disorders such as arthritis by decreasing the swelling
  • Anti-coagulant
  •  helps make the blood platelets less sticky which may reduce your risk of atherosclerosis

Learn how to make your own Ginger honey

Pest to Pesto

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 4/21/2013 to Healthy Recipes
Pest to Pesto
Garlic mustard, dandelion, and nettles are they a pest in your garden?

You can go from Pest to Pesto and have an amazing nutritious meal.  We’re going to make pesto from garlic mustard, dandelion and nettles. 
Garlic mustard is a garden pest.  It is an invasive species that crowds out native plants. 

Chia Seeds benefits and recipes

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 4/11/2013 to Healthy Recipes
Chia Seeds benefits and recipes
Chia seeds seem to be the rage lately.  Do you know what they are?  So many have never heard of chia seeds before. However, chia seeds are extremely beneficial for your body. Here's 2 easy recipes

Do you eat Xenoestrogens?

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 4/9/2013 to Healthful choices
Do you eat Xenoestrogens?
Do you know what xenoestrogens are?  They are chemicals that can mimic estrogen.  (xeno means “foreign”)  They are synthetic chemicals that can have an estrogen effect in the body which means they are chemicals that fit into the estrogen receptors in our bodies. I love the description Sara Gottfried, MD says of xenoestrogens.  “Think of them as unwanted guests, drinking, chatting convivially, but they are really party crashers who will disrupt the whole affair when they take off their masks.”  So, not only are they crashing your endocrine party but they are stored in your fat tissue for decades, and the greatest amount of these live in breast tissue.  Lengthened exposure to estrogen (or xenoestrogens) creates a significant risk factor for breast cancer.

What kind of disease is related to xeno-estrogens? 

Are you sleeping well?

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 4/8/2013 to Healthful choices
Are you sleeping well?
Are you sleeping well? 
Suffering from insomnia? 
Do you find that when you attempt to fall asleep your mind starts spinning?  
Do you wake up in the morning and feel as if you need to go back to sleep again?

What I see in my practice is all of the above
Insomnia affects more than one third of the adult population and is more common in women. 

Reverse Acid Reflux (GERD) Naturally!

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 4/6/2013 to Healthful choices
Reverse Acid Reflux (GERD) Naturally!
Would you?  Could you?  Are you ready to take a chance on feeling fabulous and not suffering from heartburn, bloating and digestive stress?  Is this your life? 

Everywhere I go I hear more and more people talking about acid reflux.  Whether it’s a client or a friend telling me that they went to the ER because they thought they were having a heart attack only to find out it was acid reflux; it seems to be epidemic.  It’s very important that you correct this problem as you do not want it to evolve into Barret’s esophagitis which is when the esophagus tissue hardens. 

Spring Liver Cleanse

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 4/5/2013 to Healthful choices
Spring Liver Cleanse
Doing a spring liver cleanse not only helps clear out the old stagnant gunk you might have been holding on to, but it also helps allow you to feel lighter and healthier as you go into the spring time.

Our liver is the 2nd largest organ in the body. (the skin is the largest).  Most of you think of the liver as a detoxification organ but it also has other important functions such as fat metabolism, cholesterol balancer, blood sugar controller and a balancer of hormones.

Amazing Kale

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 4/4/2013 to Healthy Recipes
Amazing Kale
Kale, amazing kale is one of my favorite vegetables.  It's low in calories, only 36 per cup, high in fiber, its filled with minerals such as iron, magnesium and calcium in addition to being a powerhouse of antioxidants including vitamins A, C and K. Kale will help lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart disease and best of all its a great anti-inflammatory food.

Read on for some delicious recipes

Herbs for Spring Allergies

Posted by Bonnie Rogers on 4/4/2013 to Herbal Medicine
Herbs for Spring Allergies
Did you know that you can use herbs for spring allergies?  As I mentioned the other day, spring is the time for new beginnings.  The plants begin to flower and now we have pollen which for many creates heavy, stuffy heads, watery, itchy eyes and so much more.  

Instead of grabbing for an allergy pill you may want to use herbs and foods to both alleviate the symptoms in addition to helping to eliminate the problem.
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