October 29, 2009

Chamomile Tea

The soothing taste of this sweet little treat is so enjoyable.

I used to drink a cup of chamomile tea in the evenings many years ago, but for some reason I stopped having it.

I rediscovered it again a couple of weeks ago, and what a joy it is.

This herb tea is considered to be an aid for falling asleep as well as having moderate antioxidant properties.

I have read though, if one has allergies to ragweed, then you should probably avoid this tea as it is a relative of the ragweed.

If you are looking for a treat in the evening before bed, then a cup of hot chamomile tea may be just what you need.

Enjoy this natural gift from Mother Nature!

October 22, 2009

Apple Harvest is the Best

harvested apples in a wood crate

Nothing like biting into a crisp apple that you have just picked from the tree yourself.

Crunchy, sweet, juicy, and so delicious!

Harvesting the apples has been underway in our area for the past month and we have made several trips to the orchard as certain varieties begin to come into season.

Picking is the best way to save money on a peck, and it guarantees you get exactly what you want.

But when it comes to baking or cooking with apples, I like to purchase the utility ones that the orchard offers at a huge savings.

They are supposed to be the ones with blemishes, but it is very hard to find anything wrong with them.

There must be something about them that doesn't meet the standards, but they taste, cook, and look just like the more expensive ones.

Apple Sauce and Apple Crisp top the list of baked goodies we have enjoyed this season, and there will be one more trip up next month to purchase the big load we need for making apple jelly.

We will be enjoying that until next season when it will be perfect timing for making more.

October 13, 2009

Deep Breaths for Good Health

Filling the lungs fully with air is best way to ward off potential respiratory infection.

The fresh oxygen helps clear the blood of toxins and it keeps the lungs working at their full capacity also.

Most of us do not breathe correctly - we take shallow breaths, not the deep cleansing ones we should be taking.

This is one of the reasons that pregnant women have a harder time fighting the swine flu.

The growing baby doesn't allow them to take those deep cleansing breaths.

Many of the mother's organs are pushed up, including the lungs.

There is no physical way that they can take deep breaths.

I really have to concentrate on doing this, and I am hoping it becomes second nature with time.

Of course, when I am standing in line somewhere, or passing by a coughing, hacking person, I will make sure my breaths are most shallow.

Breathing those germs in deeply is not logical.

And if worse comes to worse, wearing a face mask around public is not a problem for me - no sense inviting trouble - especially since I have a pregnant daughter in my life.

Need to keep her and my grandbaby safe.

October 6, 2009

Swine Flu Shot Decision

They swine flu vaccinations have arrived in our town.

I am not too concerned about my husband and myself, but I do worry about my daughter.

She is expecting her first child towards the end of December, and it is recommended that all pregnant women get the shot.

She is really worried about this whole scene, and as her parent, I feel so helpless when it comes to advising her.

She feels it hasn't been tested enough, and she is so afraid it will hurt the unborn baby.

Yet she is scared that she might actually get the flu, and the death rate for expecting mothers with this swine flu is too high to just ignore.

She works from her home so her exposure is only when she grocery shops - she refuses to be around crowds.

If her husband even thinks about getting a sniffle, she says she is coming over here with us until he gets better.

She has certainly thought this through, and we will stand by her decision, and pray that they all stay safe and healthy.