Aloe, the Natural First Aid Remedy

Recently, I saw a slogan, “Aloe, the Lily of the Desert.” I don’t know about that, aside from the play on Lily of the Valley.

Aloe grows well in Florida, where I live. I sometimes harvest some from my yard when needed as a natural first aid.

Let’s call it an herb. There are many people that use of aloe to help them for many reasons. From the interior of the leaf of aloe, we get a gel that is naturally lubricating and healing. This gel is part of the aloe plant that is typically and topically used in many treatments.

Some day-to-day treatments include:

* burns
* wounds
* sunburn
* herpes
* psoriasis
* skin irritation

and all without any unpleasant side effects.

There are many internal uses for aloe too. People use it to help with ulcers, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, and constipation. Many find that results start to appear in a quickly.

You can see how you may benefit from aloe and having aloe plants in your home. They are vigorous in growth, and require little care.

Aloe has been known to make skin healthier as well. There are many lotions and creams that have aloe already in them. You can pick these items up at your local store and use them as directed. My favorite is 100% aloe. I can get the same thing from my yard, but having it on hand, ready to use, is convenient.

Many times, aloe greatly relieves dry and chapped skin, particularly in the winter months.

I’ve read that some people that are allergic to aloe. I find that hard to believe, but, if you see any type of rash or problem start, you should discontinue your use. These problems are not very common.

I simply think of it as a first aid remedy. When I have problem that could respond to aloe, I get it immediately. I just believe there is no harm in it, and a lot of potential help.

The Hot Metabolism Secret Revealed

Lifestyle! It’s the answer. You just can’t escape the idea that lifestyle is the answer to weight and fitness issues.

When I was young, I had the routine, the lifestyle, of going to the gym and working out with weights. I wanted to build strength, muscle mass and put on a few pounds. I also played tennis several times a week.

By the time I was middle aged, my main exercise was the fiddling that I did several times a day. That, along with a vegetarian diet, supplemented with superfoods, was enough to keep me well.

Over the past five years, I can see that I’m losing the battle against cortisol induced weight gain. I long for a magic pill or food that will solve this problem. But, I don’t believe it exists. It appears that a lifestyle adjustment needs to be made. I’m not fit as a fiddler these days.

Enter Carolyn Hansen, stage right. She has in her hand an ebook, a special report. The title is The Secret Fire Within, Hot Metabolism–A Metabolic Fitness System.

I love it when someone claims to have a secret. Something in me says, “Oh yeah? Show me something I don’t know.”

This concise ebook tells you something you don’t know and tells it in a way that is clear and to the point. It makes the information real.

The recommendations that follow the analysis of what the problem really is consist of a few simple activities. These activities comprise, for most of us, a slight change in lifestyle. These activities will heat up your metabolism.

Is a hot metabolism a good thing? If you want to be trim and fit, smart and active, yes , it’s a good thing.

In addition to the drawings toward the end to illustrate some simple exercises that will build muscle, there are recommendations about water, air and natural light. This part could be developed a little more, perhaps, but the logical support is in place. And the activities are simple, anyway.

My involvement with Tom Goode’s full wave breathwork inclines me towards more development of this side. The aspect of subtle energy and water makes me want more on that topic. But, all that is just personal preference. There is enough to get you into action. That’s what counts.

The one element that Carolyn Hansen does not explore is self-discipline. The cultivation of a good new habit that leads to a change in lifestyle is anything but easy.

There are a few self-improvement teachers who focus on discipline, Stuart Wilde and Jim Rohn come to mind, for example. But, there are too many who suggest that a simple activity that is easy to do will solve all your problems.

The one idea that really hit me from The Secret Fire Within is about getting up from a quiet activity, like reading or writing, and moving around vigorously. Just do something, might be the slogan.

Whereas, before reading this, I had in mind setting aside at least twenty minutes to do something, now I only require a few minutes. And I do this more often, taking breaks from the more passive things that come so naturally to me. Reading a book, or reading online, can take over a lot of my time if I let it.

One last thing, as I am providing a link to the web site where you can get this excellent little book. It’s a promotional campaign that is like one of those nested series of Russian Matrushka dolls. There’s something inside something inside something.

I get so tired of this. Sometimes I just bail out before purchasing the simple thing that I wanted. Other times, I’ll hang in there and get what I want.

With that caution in mind, you can have the same experience I had by clicking here.

10 Places MSG is Hiding Out in Your Food

You cannot depend on food processing manufacturers to to reveal the MSG in their products. This excitotoxin has a bad reputation. Many people would chose to avoid it.

Label reading is a fine art, requiring good visual accuity. Here is a list of ingredients that give away the concealment, according to the July 09 issue of Delicious Living.

1. Autolyzed yeast
2. Calcium caseinate
3. Gelatin
4. Glutamate
5. Glutamic acid
6. Hydrolyzed protein, (wheat, soy, or vegetable)
7. Monopotassium glutamate
8. Sodium caseinate
9. Textured protein
10. Hydrolyzed corn gluten

They warn that “MSG is linked to migraine headaches…and hyperactivity in children. If you see hydrolyzed in an ingredients list, the product contains MSG.”

I’ve been weaning myself off of MSG for a while. Lots of fun foods have it.

We tend to think that Chinese take-out is a vehicle for MSG. But, I’ve gotten the same denial from the Chinese food places I frequent, that they don’t use it.

Hmmm. What is it Dr. House says? “Everybody lies.”

My First Yogurt–Bleagh!

To get into the mood for writing about yogurt, I spent several days scarfing down at least one Stonyfield Farm Organic Whole Milk Yogurt every day. I like to add bee pollen–two superfoods in one delicious serving!

The bee pollen this time is locally produced at Thomas Honey in Lake City, Florida. I got it at the Florida Folk Festival last May when I appeared there as an unfeatured fiddler.

Some people might challenge the assertion that yogurt is a superfood. But, I have anecdotal evidence that you can get super results from eating it!

First, my bleagh! story.

I was in my early twenties when I first tried eating a yogurt. At that time, I wasn’t into health food, so I don’t know what I read or heard about yogurt that prompted me to give it a try.

What I recall vividly is the experience of spooning slowly through a Borden’s strawberry yogurt. As I took in the contents of the now familiar 6 oz cup, I thought, “Hmmm, a little sour like buttermilk, a pudding-like consistency…” The jury was out.

Then I got to the bottom of the container. There was a pinkish, gelatinous layer on the bottom. Yuck! The jury came in with a unanimous verdict of Disgusting.

And that was it for several years.

Moving ahead to 1969 and my arrival at the Sunshine Company commune in Detroit, this is what happened.

While taking a shower, I found out that my hair was electing to leave my head in great numbers. Panic! How could I be a hippie if my hair was falling out?

Somehow, my synchronistic discovery was that Bulgarians enjoyed a full head of luxuriant hair because they ate yogurt. In fact, lactobacillus bulgaricus was named after them.

This time I was fortunate to get Columbo whole milk yogurt. Much more pleasant to eat, it was a rich, comforting experience. Immediately my hair decided to hold on to the scalp.

Ever since that time, I’ve been a grateful eater of yogurt. And, even though it is a different color now, I still have hair on my head.