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Hot Flashes Be Gone!!!   Leave a comment

Menopause represents a hallmark time in a woman’s life. The end of  menstruating,  fertility, birthing, and a shift from childrearing to self-focus.  It’s a  wonderful time in a woman’s life. However  in the US many women have menopausal symptoms that disrupt the should be joyous time of menopause. Symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, difficulty losing weight, insomnia, low energy, low libido become bothersome.

In 2004 the HER II study was halted because of the increase in Breast cancer and the decrease in the cardiovascular benefits thought to be enhanced by hormone replacement therapy (HRT).  In the end the risk did not outweigh the benefits.  Prior to that Premarin was the number 1 selling drug many years in a row. Now many health care practitioners are reluctant to prescribe HRT.  The new recommendations with taking HRT is for the lowest dose and the short time possible.  

Women in the US overall have a more difficult transition into menopause. Whereas women in other cultures, especially in Asian cultures have spent a lifetime of  eating soy products, vegetables and fish which contain nutrients that support and balance the female hormone system. And they have been physically active.  

So what are we to do? Thankfully there are several good natural remedies that work. They work with the body to support the female hormone system so that over time the symptoms improve.  I can speak from experience, I had a surgical menopause in my 20’s and spent many years on HRT.  Not only did HRT not improve the symptoms but I experienced side effects that made it difficult to take them everyday.  Now that has changed.  

The 1st is a product called Progessence Plus Serum, it contains progesterone which is one of the primary female hormones.  It can convert to estrogen in the body. Estrogen in the primary female hormone. In menopause the production of estrogen is decreased by the ovaries.  

The 2nd is a supplement Femigen which contains herbs to support the female hormone system.

Essential Oils that support the female hormone system: Clary Sage, Sclaressence, DragonTime.

The last  product is a tea, Yogi Woman Energy Tea. You can find this at your local health food store.

Yogi Woman's Energy, Herbal Tea Supplement, 16-Count Tea Bags (Pack of 6)

 *Other helpful tips:  physical exercise, acupuncture, stay cool, recognize your moods

Great Resources:

Books: Dr. John Lee’s – What Your Doctor May Not Tell You  About  Menopause  

               Dr. Christiane Northrup: Wisdom of Menopause

Hot Flashes Be Gone!!!

Be more like a tree   2 comments

I like flowers but I LOVE trees.  And since I’ve moved to Maryland 10 years ago  I love them even more. 

Years ago a friend of mine had a book on trees which at the time I thought was so strange and boring.  But my  mind has completely changed and NOW  I have a book on trees.

Trees are amazing.  We can learn a lot from them. 

 They …..

  • bend
  • breathe
  • grow
  • change
  • give back so others can benefit
  • shelter
  • produce
  • beautify the world


                       Trees are grounded to the earth but reach towards heaven. 

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Resiliency is like a  tree branch bending in the wind, not breaking but bouncing back.


Tree Oils–wonderful oils to help you breathe





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Posted March 8, 2011 by Sunflower in Natural, Wellness

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Adding Protein to Your Diet:Luna bars   Leave a comment

Anyone who knows me knows I love Luna bars.  I could be a spokesperson for them.  They are about 180 calories with 10 grams of protein.  A perfect snack or breakfast.   They are 100% natural,, almost all organic,  no high fructose syrup. They come in a variety of flavors.  My favorite are  White Chocolate Macadamia, Nutz Over Chocolate and Caramel Nut Brownie.  Some of the newer bars are gluten-free. They’re very reasonably priced, usually around $1, found almost everywhere,  Target, Wal-mart, Safeway, Giant, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, etc.

Part of the profits go to fund breast cancer, healthy homes and LunaFest (short films about women by women).  You can give a “shout out” to someone on their website and maybe you’ll get your saying printed on one of the bars.

Check them out…….


Posted February 25, 2011 by Sunflower in Natural

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Book Review: Can We Live 150 years? by Mikhail Tombak   Leave a comment

When I first heard the title of this book I thought “who would want to live 150 years?”.   Dr. Tombak proposes that we CAN live 150 years based on the way we live.  Full health depends on living in harmony with nature. There’s a complete cycle of energy that last 7 years and it cycles every 22 years (22 X ~7=150). 

He proposes there’s 5 main factors to ill health

  • Neglected spine
  • Incorrect breathing
  • Incorrect diet
  • Lack of internal body hygiene
  • Inability to lead a blissful life

*Respect the basic principles by which our bodies function

Two of my most favorite topics in the book are therapeutic baths and using heat & cold. Therapeutic baths use herbs like sage flowers, chamomile flowers or spruce branches that have soaked in water for a couple of hours and adding them to your bath. Plan to soak for 15-25 minutes.  The other is warm water alternating with cold water showers.  They are helpful for preventing colds.  I swear it helped me tolerate cold weather better.

He is a big fan of fresh vegetable and fruit juices.  He has several recipes with conditions that each recipe is good for.

One of the more interesting sections is on consuming lemons.  He has a formula for consuming 30 lemons in 10 days! He recommends drinking the straight lemon juice, not diluted unless absolutely necessary.  You may mix with honey.

Taking care of oneself is a big theme of this book.   He believes in the role of doctors but encourages people to know how to care for themselves.  And thus he has a ton of folk medicine remedies for a multitude of conditions. Some are strange like eggshell therapy but many are quite believable and doable.

Overall I liked the book.  I found some of the remedies to be a bit daring but he has great ideas about using positivity to live longer.  I can’t say I want to live 150 years but however long I live I want to live well.



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Posted February 22, 2011 by Sunflower in Books, Natural, Wellness

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How to Sleep   Leave a comment

Sleep is better than gold!!  It can’t be bought, stored up or borrowed.  It’s precious. 

Humans have a natural circadian rhythm.  We were made to sleep at night and be awake during the day.   One of the roles of the hormone cortisol is to wake us up. It peaks about an hour before sunrise and falls in the evening when the sun goes down.

 How can you improve your sleep and wake up feeling refreshed?

  • go to bed as early as you can and wake up as early as you can, keep in rhythm with daylight and nightfall
  • get sunlight into your eyes as soon as possible, step outside for a few minutes before you leave the house, open all the curtains, blinds or shades, turn on the lights in your house
  • do the reverse at night, keep lights low and noise low
  • make your bedroom as dark as possible, comfortable room temperature
  • stop eating at least 2-3 hours before bedtime
  • stay hydrated during the day, 
  • practice living in the here and now, leave work problems at work, they don’t pay you when you get home so don’t give them  any more of your time
  • 30 minutes before bed, have a routine, listen to relaxing music, take a warm bath, read, write a letter,  but no tv or internet
  • try aromatherapy oils  like Lavender, Peace & Calming® or Valerian

When needed take a natural supplement like Melatonin (short term), Valerian Root with passion flower,  Sleepesssence™ or herbal teas,  Kava Stress from Yogi™ or  SleepyTime from Celestial Seasonings®.

The National Sleep Foundation has more great  tips for getting a good night’s sleep. And Lights Out is one of the most informative books on sleep and how it relates to health conditions like diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure.



  Sleep in peace

Posted February 17, 2011 by Sunflower in Healing, Health, Natural, Wellness, Women

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Drink more water   Leave a comment

Our bodies are ~70% water just like the earth. And we all know that drinking water is vital to our health and well being. Not just any fluid can replace water.  But some people find the taste of water very bland and boring, making it almost impossible  to get in 8-10 glasses a day.   How can you add  flavor to water and make it more enjoyable?

 Here’s some helpful suggestions:

  • add fresh lemon or mint (try it hot or cold)
  • try essential oils of lemon, peppermint, orange or grapefruit (1 drop is plenty)
  • herbal teas, hot or cold (Chai and Yogi Women’s Energy Tea are two of my favorites)
  • Sassy Water (cucumber, mint, ginger, lemon, let sit overnight)
  • dilute concentrated unsweetened cranberry juice & add a natural sweetener (stevia, honey, agave, or maple syrup)
  • eat high water content fruits i.e. melons, berries, citrus fruits
  • hot or cold soups (broth based, low sodium)
  • freshly squeezed fruit or vegetable juices


When to drink water:  before meals, before  exercise,  first thing in the morning  and any time you’re thirsty.  

*Cleansing glass of water –Add fresh lemon to first glass of water for the day, helps to break up mucus from the night before.

*Take a 32 oz container to work and fill again in the afternoon.

Increasing your water intake will provide  so many health benefits. You’ll find you have more energy, sleep better,  boost your immunity and improve the  condition of your skin.  Dr. Batmanghelidj, M.D.   wrote a very informative book on the disease prevention and health benefits of water, You’re Not Hungry, You’re Thirsty. 

Drink water for improved health!!!

Posted February 14, 2011 by Sunflower in Natural

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Grapefruit scent can lead to weight loss?   Leave a comment

Can the scent from grapefruit really lead to weight loss? It is true that smell affects our sense of fullness. Dr. Hirsch, a neurologist, psychiatrist and the founder of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago has conducted several studies on smell, taste and appetite. In the early 1990s, he gave 3,193 patients inhalers containing aromatic ingredients, which they inhaled whenever they were hungry. They were instructed to keep their normal diet and exercise routines, and each month for a period of six months they were given new inhalers. The participants lost an average of 5 pounds a month. “A large part of the reason that you feel full is your brain interpreting that you’ve smelled it and tasted it,” said Dr. Hirsch.

It would be inconvenient to smell a grapefruit any time you felt hungry.  What about a bottle of grapefruit oil? That would be really convenient.  Any time you felt hungry you could bring it out a take a whiff.   Or the grapefruit oil can be put in a Whiffer™.  A Whiffer™ is a beautifully designed necklace that allows you to put drops of the oil on a wick and wear it all day long.  Other oils to suppress appetite are peppermint,  orange, and tangerine.


Watch a short video about the Whiffer™

Posted February 12, 2011 by Sunflower in Natural

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