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Should You Soak Dried Beans?

Adding beans to your meal is a great way to boost nutrition.

We’ve all been taught to soak dried beans before cooking them. After all, the digestibility of them improves, or at least that’s what we’ve been taught. More recently, people have jumped on the don’t-soak-your-beans bandwagon. To soak or not to soak? That’s the fundamental question of cooking legumes. What’s a cook to do? I thought I’d add my two cents to the pulse predicament.

“Why not just buy canned beans and avoid the whole dilemma altogether?” you may be wondering. After all, they’re convenient and you can just toss them in your meal. Considering that dried beans are …

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10 Surprising Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon gives foods and beverages a healthy and delicious boost.

Who doesn’t love a sprinkling of cinnamon on fresh apple pie or atop a chai latte?  It’s just one of those spices that tastes fantastic.  But taste is not the only reason to love cinnamon.  Here are 10 more reasons to love this super spice:

1. Numerous studies show that cinnamon regulates blood sugar, making it a great choice for diabetics and hypoglycemics alike.  That’s also great news for anyone who wants stable energy levels and moods.

2. It reduces LDL cholesterol levels.  LDL is also known as the harmful cholesterol.  Reducing it may help reduce the risk of cardiovasc…

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14 Ways to Cook with Essential Oils

The Miracle Healing Power of Your Body

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It's time to re-frame health and healing. We have all been taught that health is the absence of a disease or syndrome (syndrome actually just means a collection of symptoms for which the cause is unknown). We're given diagnoses that reflect symptoms or diseased tissue, not an explanation as to what caused the health condition in the first place. Bronchitis, for example, is inflammation of the bronchial tubes. But what causes it?
Or consider the many technical names given to illnesses. Why does this matter? It matters because technical-sounding names distract us from the fac…

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The Cultured Cook recipe book by international bestselling author Michelle Schoffro CookToday is National Day of Writing. Because #WhyIWrite is trending on Twitter I thought I'd share my story. One day a man who was like a second father to me was rushed to the hospital for an emergency bypass. No one told me about his health ordeal but I awoke from a terrifying nightmare in which he grabbed his heart, fell onto the floor dying, reaching out his hand to me. When I called his home asking if he was okay, the woman who answered the phone barked at me "who told you?" I said no one. I had dreamt it.

Ron was in the hospital six hours away so I immediately got in my car and started dr…

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Vaginal Yeast Infection Remedy

If you're suffering from a vaginal yeast infection, you'll be happy to know relief is at hand. This simple remedy works marvellously. Keep in mind that you should only use the highest quality and potency of essential oils as most are contaminated with harmful ingredients or contain inferior grade oils. I use doTerra essential oils as they are the highest quality and most therapeutic oils of the many dozens of essential oil brands I've tried. 

3  drops tea tree oil

1 teaspoon olive oil or sweet almond oil

1 tampon

1. In a small saucer, mix the tea tree oil and olive or sweet a…

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The Proven Remedy that Fights 6 Kinds of Cancer

Myrrh resin essential oil has been found in research to have anti-cancer properties.

Myrrh—the resin from the small, thorny myrrh tree—has an ancient history of use as incense, in meditation rituals, as well in medicinal use for many ailments, from fighting infections to healing skin conditions.  Modern research is proving what the ancients seem to have known:  that myrrh is potent natural medicine.  And, we’re learning it has even more medicinal properties than originally believed, including potent anti-cancer properties.

Research in the medical journal Medical Diversity assessed the power of myrrh resin (also known as myrrh essential oil) against six kinds of can…

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3 Proven Natural Remedies for a Sore Throat

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We’ve all experienced the dreaded sore throat--that first sign of some nasty virus that has invaded our body.  It’s that moment we wait with baited breath that it won’t turn into some awful viral infection that takes over our body for days or even weeks.  To help you eliminate a sore throat and possibly even kill the viral (or sometimes bacterial) infection behind it, I’ve compiled some of the best natural remedies for a sore throat:


The herb thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is perhaps the best natural remedy for sore throats, particularly when it is mixed with some raw, unpasteuriz…

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4 Proven Natural Remedies for Anxiety

Many essential oils have been found to be effective for alleviating anxiety.

If you suffer from anxiety disorder or occasionally experience panic attacks you might want to consider 4 natural remedies that have been found to be effective in treating these conditions, without the side effects of anti-anxiety drugs.  Here are 4 essential oils that are proven anti-anxiety remedies:

Bergamot Essential Oil

In a study published in the medical journal Phytotherapy Research scientists found that inhaling the essential oil of bergamot had a pronounced anti-anxiety effect.  According to their research, bergamot seemed to work by reducing the body’s stress hormone produ…

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4 Reasons to Love Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil is very soothing.

I visited an organic lavender farm a few summers ago. About a half a mile down the road I knew I was close as I could smell the fragrance wafting through the air. The rolling hillside was full of stunning, silvery-green and purple lavender plants. While I’ve never been to France, I imagined this is what the French countryside must look and smell like. I felt immediately transported to a peaceful place. How much was linked to the actual aromatic effects of lavender or the natural beauty of it in this lovely environment, I’ll never know. Either way, it was an experience to remember.


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