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Category Archives: Healing, Energy & Wellness

The Plant of Immortality called “Aloe vera”

Written and Posted By: Margie Babon

 

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A succulent plant with thick and fleshy grey-green serrated leaves and stemless, Aloe vera has more than 300 varieties and the edible and most important is Aloe barbadensis, Miller which is commonly known as Aloe vera. This plant with the same family of a cactus is commonly used as decoration for indoor or outdoor landscape. However, it is also widely used for medicinal and cosmetic purpose for 2000 years ago and Greek deemed it as “universal panacea” that has been successfully used as traditional medicine in several parts of the world.

Coming from the Arabic word “Aloeh” which means “shining bitter substance” while the word “vera” is a Latin word for “true.” Egyptians consider Aloe Vera as the plant of immortality because of its complete nutrients and being used for beauty and medicine and for burial offering. Aloe vera contains minerals and vitamins such as B12, calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron and Vit. C. It promotes good circulation of blood and supports the health of adrenal gland.

Below is the interesting structure of the leaf of Aloe vera and what it is made of:

  1. Rind—the thick and tough layer where production and synthesis takes place.
  2. Sap- bitter part of aloe vera which contains anthraquinones or called latex.
  3. Mucilage layer- rich long chain sugars called polyscharides
  4. Inner Leaf Gel- is sterile and can be used immediately and contains the majority of nutrients of the plant

Nowadays, Aloe vera is being introduced as edible plant although some doesn’t believe in the research that it is edible plant and a lot of health conscious is now including Aloe vera as part of their diet.

According to the published researched of “Journal for Environmental Science and Health, Aloe vera has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that aid the immune system to cleanse the body from toxins. Aloe vera also has also anti-inflammatory effect which is good to lessen arthritis. It also aid digestion by building more good bacteria that the intestine need if you consume Aloe vera as a drink.

I really like Aloe vera but I usually found was processed which is in the box. Aloe vera plant is rare in Manila because of higher demands for beauty product use, so when I found Aloe vera in a plant box for sale, I grab the opportunity to taste homemade Aloe vera juice. Plus I got the experience of making it natural without too much sugar. So here is the procedure on how to make juice from Aloe vera. Enjoy!

 

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Slice Aloe vera leaves by cutting the thick skin

 

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Collect the latex part of the leaf

 

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Separate Aloe vera meat from the latex

 

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Put meat in the blender to chop finely

 

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Add your favorite fruit to make Aloe vera juice

 

  1. Harvest at least 3 leaves of Aloe vera and choose the mature and large one.
  2. Wash the leaves and peel it by taking out the thick skin.
  3. Separate the sticky part or latex liquid coming from Aloe vera leaves and put it in a small storage container. Latex taste bitter unless you will put tons of sugar.
  4. Scrape or slice the meat which is the transparent part of Aloe vera.
  5. Bring out blender and put Aloe vera meat, chopped kiwi (or your preffered fruits) and 8 cups of water.
  6. Add sugar or any prefer sweetener.
  7. Add ice and serve Aloe vera juice cold

“I have sensitive skin, so all products have aloe vera in them. I was my face a lot and avoid touching it unnecessarily. I use makeup only when I have to. All products I use have natural ingredients. For me cotton soaked in rose water and then kept in the freezer for a bit works as a great toner.” –Tena Desae

 

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“ACV and VCO”—Holistic Healing

Written and Posted By: Margie Babon

 

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People nowadays are drinking a lot of vitamins and medicines aside from consuming processed food that cause malfunction of body organ. Because of the unknown side effects especially the medicine, people are looking for alternative natural supplement that will naturally cleanse the body and lessen the illness.  Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) and cold pressed Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) are best source of natural supplement that clean the pancreas, intestine, stomach and liver. Most importantly, it suppresses bacteria that cause illness and stop the symptoms like of cough and colds.

Do try to take ACV and VCO as part of the diet that can boost the body’s immune system. Believe it or not, both are not only for human consumption but also good for your pets like dog, cat even for a horse that help to maintain good health and make the hair coat softer and shinier.

The testimonies about VCO are true as I personally experience the amazing result of it when I feed it to my cats who has respiratory infection. The antibiotic prescribed by a vet did not work out fine to my cat named Ginger. After 10 days of following the prescription to take the antibiotic morning and evening, the cough and sneezing get worse and his eyelid become reddish. Still Ginger doesn’t have any voice, has slight fever, always in a deep sleep and doesn’t want to play at all.  Because I believe in natural healing, I made some research how to cure naturally the cough with pets and I found the VCO. Without hesitation, I feed Ginger a tablespoon of VCO every night as well as to my other cats. The result was amazing! After 5 days of consistent feeding, the cough and sneezing was gone and his voice went back to normal. No more deep sleep and no more inflammation of the eyelid and he became playful again. Not only has it saved money from going to the vet but as a pet-parent, it is important to save his health from trial and error of taking antibiotics.

With ACV, it cleanses the internal organ by drinking a glass of water with a teaspoon of ACV in the morning upon waking up on an empty stomach. Because it recharges the alkaline in the body, it results to an increase of energy. In the case of my adopted cats, I let them drink it thru’ a syringe before feeding in the morning.

Both ACV and VCO are good for our health and also for our pets. Here are some of the amazing benefits of ACV and VCO.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

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  1. Organic, unfiltered cider vinegar that has murky appearance has the “mother” which contains strands of protein, enzymes and friendly bacteria that cleanses the body organ. It has also potassium that makes it perfect to drink after exercise and workout.  I use organic ACV Bragg that has the mother and been using it for more than 8 years.
  2. In ancient practice, vinegar has been used for cleaning and disinfectant. The acetic acid in ACV kills harmful bacteria that aids sore throat and lessens coughing.
  3. ACV lowers the level of blood sugar which is advisable to be taken by people suffering diabetes.
  4. Because it lowers the sugar count, ACV is perfect for people who want to lose weight. By drinking a full glass of water with a tsp. of ACV before meal time, it makes you feel full and your appetite of eating more will lessen.
  5. ACV contains malic acid, a constructive acid which combines with alkaline elements and minerals in the body to produce energy.

 

Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO)

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  1. Like ACV that kills harmful bacteria, the lauric acid in VCO act the same that suppress unfriendly bacteria that causes itchy throat and cough.
  2. Lauric acid in VCO lowers the level of cholesterol.
  3. Chain fatty-acids in VCO help cutting off excessive weight. Like ACV, it increases the body’s metabolism.
  4. VCO has capric acid, microbial lipids and lauricacid which act as antifungal properties thatstrengthen the immune system.
  5. VCO is an excellent source of nutrients for skin and hair

 

Nothing is wrong when we go back to nature and rely on it for holistic healing. With the natural ingredients of ACV and VCO, you know that your health is not at risk. With the kind of healing that VCO and ACV can do to our body, it is not only the physical body that benefits but as well as the mind and spirit becomes grounded to earth and to nature that  makes us feel relax and deplete the stress.

 

 

Jade

Written and Posted By: Margie Babon

 

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After warm bath, Jade feel refreshed on her first night at the house.

It was 31st of July at past twelve o’clock in the afternoon when my nephew arrived and brought Jade. Wearing his school uniform, my nephew is so happy to show me what he has. “Auntie, look what I found, a small kitten and this can be playmate of Ginger, so that he won’t feel alone anymore.”  I was so excited to see the kitten. I run downstairs to check it. About six inches long and three inches short, the kitty was so tiny. The kitten was so tiny and she has a beautiful tiger pattern of color tortoise and she got a huge eyes.  “Carlo, where did you get this?” I asked. “I saw her at the dumpsite and she is sitting underneath a small rock. At first I don’t want to get her but when she walks, I saw that she has limping leg, I feel sorry for her, so I picked her and when I look at her, she has a cute face and I want to give it to you,”Carlo replied.  “But this is so tiny, Ginger is a mid-size kitten and he will just grab this or jump on her. We need to put her in the cage,” I said.

Looking at the tiny cat, I thought she is almost dying. She was infested with lice and doesn’t want to eat. She was newly born for about four weeks old. Because she is so dirty, I wash her with warm water for a short bubbly bath. Then after, I clean her dry skin full of lice. It took me three hours to get the lice attached strongly to her skin. After that, we notice, she feels refreshed and started to be at home. She started playing with my niece and I name her Jade.

In a small pink cage with a small bell tied with a red ribbon, Jade loves to sleep on her comfortable bedding of white towel cotton. After feeding her thru’ a syringe of milk, then play with my niece and nephew, we put her inside the cage to play the bell and sleep. As days goes by, we noticed with Jade that even she’s outside the cage playing around, most of the time, she prefer to sit in the corner and stare somewhere in a blank space. As I am trying to read and analyze her body language, I can say that Jade is still in pain, carrying the bad experiences and all the bitter memories with her.  She’s a victim of being played and tortured by the cruelty of human hands, the reason she got limping leg.  Added to that, she was thrown and abandoned in a dumpsite wherein she is supposed to suck milk from her mother. To help her erase the past and bad memories, we keep talking to her, play with her and cheer her up.

First of August, I brought Jade at the vet who runs an animal shelter for strayed dogs and cats. Together with Ginger, my first kitten that I rescued from the street on July 27, both of them had chck-up. Ginger needs deworming and Jade for consultation on how to feed her and how is she doing. The vet said Jade is a beautiful cat and she is okay. The vet advised me to feed her cerelac with banana because it has milk. Cerelac is a baby food that mixes with water. The first week seems okay, she is cheerful and playing though she keeps on having loose bowel with spots of blood. And we notice that her huge left eye becomes teary and there was days that it was huge and some days become small. By the next few weeks, she did try to eat rice and mashed meat. But she doesn’t want to play and she is losing her energy. Because our next schedule with the vet is August 15 and I have full-time work,we did not have time to bring her to the vet before August 15. The night of August 14, Jade cannot walk, she cannot stand, she is just crawling and her pooped smells so bad. When I try to touch the side of her huge left eye, I only realized that her huge left eye has lump and there is little liquid flowing coming from her huge eyes.  I was afraid and having the feeling, “Jade will die soon, and her eye is swelling.”The next day while feeding her cerelac, her jaw was tight and hard. She cannot chew her food. I have the feeling she will die soon. When we brought her to the vet of August 15, the doctor said she will be okay with soft rice like congee without salt. But then when we get home, Jade already died.

I keep asking myself, is it my fault that I did not bring her to the vet earlier? I also feel guilty on feeding her commercial milk and baby formula that the vet prescribed to her. As a pet owner, if I will only observe what she likes to eat, I should have followed Jade’s wants, because she prefer rice rather than cerelac and milk. I should have given what she wants and not pushing her to chew on processed food that the vet is telling me what to do.

The death of Jade becomes the key that open my awareness on the food that must be given to my other rescued cats. Like cerelac and cow’s milk which are processed food, it has no difference with the dry commercial cat food that are widely use in feeding cats, both are junk. To feed the cats unnatural food is a big no. In the wild, cats are eating what they hunt and not in the bag.

 

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My first kitten that I rescued in the street on July 27

 

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Don’t judge his strong eyes. Orange is also stray cat, who is very sweet, kind, and loving.

 

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Lemon is supposed to be thrown at the market. Like Orange, he is sweet, playful and loving.

 

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My newly adopted kittens who are only more than a month old, same age as Jade. Kira (on the left with calico color pattern) and Kiwi (right) with ginger and white marking.

 

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Kira on her beautiful camouflage of black, white and orange color.

 

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Kiwi is the sibling of Kira and younger than her.

 

With the cats I have now which are part of the family– Ginger, Orange, Kiwi and Kira who are all stray cats while Lemon is supposed to be thrown at the market, I decided not to feed them dry cat food after Jade has died. Ever since I adopted them, I observe that Lemon and Ginger doesn’t like cat food. They were choking and having difficulty in grinding it. So I ask myself, “Is this the way they are supposed to eat, so unnatural?” and when I give them meat with rice, they like it so much. Another reason that I decided to eliminate commercial dry cat food was because I notice in the feces of Lemon, it has 50% blood which I really feel sorry for him. When a cat eats dry cat food, they are forced to digest it which leads to organ problem. Because it is highly processed and no idea on what are the ingredients, it is like cats are eating nothing but trash. What I also notice, commercial cat food has artificial growth booster that makes the cat grow faster which is very unnatural.

 

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I learn to research on how to feed cats naturally like this one. Ginger is enjoying his dessert of poached egg. By pulverizing some egg shell and sprinkle it, you’re helping cats to build their calcium.

 

According to Dr. Pat McKay author of “Healthy Food, Happy Cats,”

Never feed dry food dry. Dry food is the worst garbage that has ever been perpetrated upon our animals. Dry food destroys the kidneys, pancreas and liver; causes severe gastric distress, dehydration, to name a few of the serious ailments. All this devastation is caused by (1) it is cooked (2) it contains mostly grains, 93), and it has only 2%moisture. All foods must have water, blood, or some kind of fluid in order to be processed by a cat’s gastrointestinal system. This is a serious concern with cats.

Felines never eat dry in the wild, why commercial pet food companies would ever do such horrendous thing to cats so impossible to imagine.

Commercial pet food is horrendous, came from slaughterhouses (made form dead, diseased and dying and disabled animals) spoiled food from the restaurant, left over bread from bakeries, fungi, worms, parasites, etc). What is in the bag?—junk with no nutrients but plenty of preservatives.

You never see a fat cat in the wild, they decide how much to eat on their own. Animals in the wild are sleek and slender.  Cougars, tigers and lion decides on their own how much to eat. The problem with the pet owner, they tend to feed cats to be fat as much as they want until it get obese and overweight that cause disease. In feeding cats or any pet, animals are interested in quality not quantity.

 

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Homemade cat food I prepare for the kitten made from 50% protein, 10% liver, 10% veggies and 30% carbo

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Variety of different cat food I prepare with parsley

 

Jade went in my heart for a purpose. The awareness she puts in me helped me to take care of the cats in a better way. She encouraged me to create homemade cat food that are nutritious and not relying on artificial and highly processed food. As a pet owner, by observing your cats on how they behave with the food you serve them, what they like and dislike, it is a cue that their body needs it. You don’t need to rely always on your vet because you personally know more of your cat than them. Cats are not choosy, they are only careful on what they want to eat.

To take care of animals like dogs and cats and to keep them as part of your family is pure love. There are some people don’t like animals, they see it as dirty especially cats. If you have the heart for the animals, like with human relationship, you will accept everything all the character and behavior and their biological way of living. When you take care of animals, adopt them, you are not only adopting a pet, but you are adopting a life.

Like human being who needs shelter, food, love and care, each stray dog and cat that you see  along the road are longing the same. They have a heart to give love and spirit that will cheer you up.

I personally thank Jade for coming into my life even for only fifteen days. The joy and love she brings to us will always be in our heart and memories forever.

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In loving memory of Jade, she will be in our hearts forever.

 

 

 

Sacred Space

Posted By: Margie Babon

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To spend time alone each day is a soul calling to dwell into a sacred space.  With a lot of thoughts running in our head, we want to feel light and make those thoughts easy. To move into silence, we tend to analyze and assess what is going on in our lives; the direction we are heading and what are the things we like to do that will make us happy. This sacred space is the holy hour to be with our own self in which no one is allowed to enter this private zone. Getting into the sacred space not only  means to be in solitude and meditate. Some do creative things like writing, painting, singing, playing guitar, journaling, other arts and craft, and gardening. Some enjoying time alone by taking a long bath, getting fit and exercise, baking, or redecorating the room, etc. Others go out of the house to spend it with nature.  In creating a sacred space, we usually contemplate on the ff:

  1. What are the things I truly enjoy?
  2. How can I enjoy my time in a different way?
  3. Any creative work I really want to do?
  4. What makes me happy?

Having a sacred space is the most effective way to give ourselves a break from stress and worries. It is a bridge towards the enjoyment of the present moment and appreciating more of ourselves. A form of meditation in action that boosts our self-esteem and giving us more confidence that we are capable of doing things we love to do in our own way without orders and restrictions from other people. We do it out of our heart and free will.

Home is where we usually create our sacred space and it could be bedroom, balcony, study room, veranda, garden and some it is kitchen. We redecorate wall, clean the clutter, and even add pictures of family and close friends, or other items that have personal significance. We even put flowers, sculptures, and other beautiful things that will inspire us.

In having sacred space, we

  • Honor the spirit inside us that wants to be heard, loved and appreciated
  • Create a stronger tie with our soul, in return, it help us to develop our intuition
  • Begin to appreciate all around us—things, people, circumstances
  • Clearly understand the meaning of life and its purpose
  • Become aware that spending time alone is beneficial to our well-being

To spend time with nature is bathing into a sacred space that refreshes our body, mind and soul like no other else. This is where we feel connected to everything around us. This is where we give gratitude to the mystery and creator.  Below are some suggestions on how to spend time with nature.

  • Spend at least two days and one night living as closely as you dare with nature.  Sleep in a tent staring at the stars, waking up with the sun, and eat only when you are hungry. No telephone, no television, no electricity and no distractions.
  • Go to a park, woodland or natural place close by. Try to lie on the grass, listen to your heart and gradually feel the earth beneath you. As you relax, your perspective about your thoughts and about life changes.
  • Listen to water. Listen to the waves by walking barefoot along the shore, or sit by the ocean or running water of the waterfalls or river. Listening to water is one of the best treatments that nature can offer to calm our emotions and release unnecessary thoughts.
  • Trees are comforting too. Go out in the park and find a tree, sit there and lean your back against the trunk and feel how you are connected to the roots of the tree, to the trunk, branches and leaves.
  • Trek a mountain and reach any hill or peak with overlooking view. Feel the wind carrying away stress and heavy thoughts. Just enjoy the moment of being so high.
  • Try snorkeling, diving, surfing. The energy of the ocean brings healing power that makes us feel anew.
  • Try gardening right at your own backyard. Feel the soil on your palm and feel connected to the earth.
  • Spend an hour running under early morning sun. Feel the breeze and enjoy the beauty of clouds, trees, birds, flowers and people around you.

To spend time alone is a priceless reward to our soul. Society often insists that you go under order and instructions and shut off your connection to your spirit.  Have courage to do each day and watch how you see things differently, your thoughts begin to shift to a gentle and more loving way.

“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.” –Joseph Campbell

“Sacred spaces can be created in any environment.” –Christy Turlington

 

We are what we eat

Posted By: Margie Babon

 

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Regardless of age, all of us have the freedom what to eat. Even children have great freedom to buy what they want. With too much processed food being offered at the supermarket or grocery, to choose fruits and vegetables or natural food becomes a challenge. As what I observe, people buy junk food of chips, colorful candies, soda and soft drinks, etc. to satisfy their emotions andget comfort. If you analyze those bags of processed junk food they are holding, what do they get from it?–they get nothing!It is junk and filling your stomach with junk is filling trash in your belly and mouth, a waste of money, energy and time.

When buying food with a label, holistically check the ingredients. If it has more than five ingredients that you cannot understand the additives or preservatives it contains, do not buy it. ­ First and foremost, we do not know what kind of additives it has, we do not know what it looks like, where it came from and what is the effect of it in the body. With lots of processed food display on a shelf, I don’t see it as a food that must be consumed by human being, I see it as trash. Like when buying for a simple drinking water, a lot of drinks in different colors promising it include fruits and natural ingredients. But will you believe on that? Does human cannot survive just by drinking water alone? Do we really need energy drink, soda drinks, soft drink and other processed juice? Can we not get energy by drinking water alone and make natural juice from freshly squeeze seasonal fruit?

The types of food we consume define who we are. “We are what we eat.” If we consume fresh fruits and munch on crunchy vegetables, it means we love our body and we want to feed it with minerals and nutrients. Believe it or not, junk foods have effect on the brain the reason a lot of people who consume junk foods are lazy and unmotivated. Compare to people who buy smart and eat smart. They educate themselves and discipline themselves to choose to eat natural foods.

Eating nutritious food always start in our home. As parents and adults, we must train younger kids and children to appreciate the colors of different fruits and vegetables and what will be the benefits of it in the human body. If we will not buy processed and factory made food and bring it at home, children will not consume it.Even at schools which is the second home of kids, eating nutritious meal is a campaign. And to teach kids at the young age on how to make their own food right at your own kitchen, they will understand the importance of consuming natural food without additives.

To consume and choose natural food goes with environmental awareness. Only few people think of the impact of the food they eat and what is the effect to the environment, and most of these few choose to eat foods that are natural, healthy and biodegradable.

Isn’t it ironic? A lot of people are supporting environmental clean-up, showing that they are pro-environment but still consuming junk foods that continuously  filling up the waste landfill.

 

While waiting for my turn at the cashier lane to pay for the apples and herbs I have in my basket, I keep thinking of this:

  • What if fresh fruits are being placed near the cashier, so that people will take a look at the fruits and think twice on the junk food they will buy
  • What if the government put higher tax on junk and zero tax on fruit and veggies. This will encourage letting consumer choose natural fruits and vegetables without paying too much.
  • What if the government imposed a subject on “food education” to schools so that children will not eat junk food?
  • What if fast food sells fresh vegetable salad at lower cost than hamburgers?
  • What if factory food companies stop marketing directly to children? Instead all products must be guided by parents.
  • What if government stop issuing business license and ban companies that produces unnecessary processed food that are highly polluting the environment?

There are other possibilities and ways on how to eat and choose healthy foods. We are what we eat is beyond individual responsibility to be honest within ourselves that if we truly care we will start the clean-up drive right within our own environment—our own body. What we eat brings enormous impact to the environment we live with. If we simplify what we eat and how we live, we truly care for the conservation of the planet.

 

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About Margie Babon

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Margie Babon is fascinated to the wonders of nature and beauty of life and she is expressing it through writing, blogging, painting, photography and drawing.

A former college professor in both College of Architecture and School of Fine Arts  in Manila and a former  volunteer of an environmental organization that lead her  for the divine purpose of helping a community of indigenous people to claim the ancestral domain they have waited for more than 10 years.

 

Soothing Rosal Tea

Posted and Written by: Margie Babon

 

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Soothing tea from the fragrant flower of Rosal.

 

Who wouldn’t like tea? Tea soothes your mind and refreshes the body.

I truly like making tea at home, creating tea from scratch. I don’t like commercial teas though it is made of natural ingredients,  still it is processed.

Having a garden with herbs and medicinal plants is  truly rewarding. If you love cooking, try planting basil, thyme, parsley, oregano, tarragon, etc. You just harvest right at your own backyard and not buying often in a grocery which is more expensive. I have a small garden at the balcony and I have a plant with beautiful white flowers called Rosal.

 

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Rosal flower from my small garden

 

Rosal flowers usually use as ornament in making corsage, bouquets, etc. Rosal also known as “Gardenia”  (Gardenia jasminoides Ellis) is a shrub plant 1-2 meters high that is cultivated for ornamental purposes only. Because of its fragrance, in China, flowers are usually use to perfume tea and for cosmetic product.

Not only to perfume tea but make a tea by boiling Rosal flower for 20minutes. It has distinct strong flavor and aroma.

Rosal tea has anti-inflammatory effect and also soothes headache.

I did try to add honey or sugar but Rosal tea taste better without sweetener.  Because it is herbal, Rosal tea is perfect to drink before bed time.

Enjoy your tea out of fragrant Rosal flower!

 

 Source:  Rosal Medicinal Plants

 

 

About Margie Babon

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Margie Babon is fascinated to the wonders of nature and beauty of life and she is expressing it through writing, blogging, painting, photography and drawing.

Her most unforgettable experience as a wildlife photographer in 2006 let her choose to become a vegetarian for 8 years now. Being a vegetarian encourage her to create her own vegetable patties called Vegatty that was chosen as a finalist in Healthy Option’s recipe contest in 2013 in Manila. Currently, she loves sharing her passion in preparing meals  at creativegetarian.com.

A former college professor in both College of Architecture and School of Fine Arts  in Manila and a former  volunteer of an environmental organization that lead her  for a divine purpose of helping a community of indigenous people to claim their ancestral domain they have waited for more than 10 years.

 

Orange and Onion Salad with Olives

Posted By: Margie Babon

 

This Greek salad is very refreshing called “Portakal Salatasi,” a  popular salad in the south of Turkey where cuisine is particularly fiery. This salad is perfect to eat if you have colds and flu to suppress bacteria, boost  immune system and to aid clear breathing.

Orange and onion salad with olives

 

3 sweet juicy oranges

1 large  red onion, finely sliced in rings

12 plump pitted olives

1 tsp. cumin powder or freshly cracked cumin seeds

1 tsp. dried thyme, finely chopped

1 tsp. *sumac

3 tbsp. olive oil

Salt

A small bunch of fresh mint leaves, torn or roughly chopped

 

Mix these ingredients to create alternative for *sumac herb:

2 tbsp. lemon zest

Freshly cracked black peppercorn

A dash of paprika

 

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  1. On a chopping board using a sharp knife carefully cut the oranges peel and pith.
  2. Slice oranges thinly in crosswise like a ring or half-moon shapes. Same as red onion.

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3. Arrange oranges and onion in a serving dish. Add olives. Sprinkle cumin, thyme, lemon zest with paprika and black pepper. Pour olive oil.

4. Toss salad gently, season with salt and garnish mint leaves.

Makes 3-4 servings.

 

*Sumac is a Mediterranean herb from a tree of cashew family that tastes tangy lemon. Since sumac is not common in Manila, I create alternative for sumac that has same taste. By mixing lemon zest, freshly cracked black peppercorn and a dash of paprika, taste is almost the same.

 

Portakal Salatasi salad

 

Health benefits of eating raw red onion:

  • Red onions provide significant amounts of vitamin C and vitamin B6.
  • Red and yellow onions are the best source of quercetin, a bioflavonoid that is well suited in scavenging free radicals. Antifungal, antibacterial and suppressing the virus in cold sores.
  • Allicin that can be found in red onions promotes cardiovascular health.

 

Health benefits of citrus and oranges:

  • Oranges are excellent source of vitamin C that supports strong immune system and prevent colds.
  • It has more than 170 phytonutrients and more than 60 bioflavanoids, anti-inflammatory and supports cardiovascular health.

 

 More succulent, nutritious and delicious recipe at www.creativegetarian.com

 

About Margie

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Margie Babon was given a privilege to become a wildlife photographer in 2006 that let her choose to be a vegetarian for seven years now. Has background in film making as a producer and researcher on the plight of Agta-Dumagat documentary film Children of the Mountains that garnered the 2005 Mark Haslam Awardee  in Toronto, Canada. Sharing her passion in photography, drawing & creative writing  is a great opportunity to express her wisdom which is beyond academic teaching career for more than five years in College of Architecture and School of Fine Arts.

 

“Minding the Body”- The Benefits of Movement and Exercise

Posted by: Margie Babon

 

exercise

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”- Joseph Addison

In the first evolution of humanity, humans are hunter-gatherer, scavengers and toolmakers that depend on regular physical activity in order to survive. Until recently, human activities involved planting and sowing of crops, then the era of industrialization began and technology was developed which makes life easier.

We live in a  sedentary lifestyle where a lot of people choose to sleep late at night or even early morning working in front of the computer or playing games and browsing internet rather than to sleep properly  and  wake-up the next day early morning to go outdoors for running or walking under the sun even as little as fifteen or thirty minutes.  Technology contributed a lot in our physical movement and daily activities. Technology is not bad for it makes life easier but the consequence is that it makes people lazy like relying on the remote controls that don’t challenge human body to move and exert effort.

 

life is movement

To spend an hour of physical activity of daily routine like cleaning the car, cleaning the house, mowing the lawn, watering plants, etc. is a body movement that needs by human body. Accomplishing such physical task makes us feel good; it affects our consciousness and motivation. There is a positive psychological effect of body movement like exercise that results to alteration of brain neurotransmitter like serotonin that regulates happy and positive mood and focus attention.

 

People who are physically active have a stronger sense of life’s purpose and well-being. They feel more positive on their body image and feel better about themselves.  Not only they improve cardiovascular functioning, exercise strengthens the immune system, lowers blood pressure, exhibit better memory and more endurance. Gaining positive moods and greater mental energy from exercise, we feel more active, we challenge ourselves to persevere in difficult tasks, we feel motivated to explore new things, to try new techniques and stimulates our mind to better ideas. With the mental energy from exercise, it makes our mind more creative, it teaches us to focus in rhythmic attention and go with the flow by merging awareness with action, thus improving self-consciousness to be wholly present.

If you feel bad with certain things or from an argument, try to go out and walk for ten to fifteen minutes. Exercise is an outlet to release tension, anger and anxiety. It improves our emotional energy, putting us into relaxing state like breathing, both has tranquilizing effect.

outdoor exercise

Outdoor exercise under the sun is beneficial to human body, it nourish our energy aside from Vitamin D that we need.

To experience the benefits of the exercise, we don’t need to sign-up for marathon. Start with low intensity activities, light exercise then gradually increase to build more strength and endurance. The fact is that humans cannot function well without physical movement and exercise. If we don’t move, we are not motivated, we feel lazy. Notice that when you move especially with speed, you feel more energetic; you are more enthusiasts to finish the task.

Aside from too much food we eat that makes us feel heavy, in order to feel light, we need to shake off life’s heaviness of worries and tension. If we want to increase our metabolism, exercise and make it a regular part of routine.

 

“Exercise is amazing, from the inside out. I feel so alive and have more energy.”-Vanessa Hudgens

 

Images courtesy of: Google images

 

About the Author

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Margie Babon was given a privilege to become a wildlife photographer in 2006 that let her choose to be a vegetarian for seven years now. Has background in film making as a producer and researcher on the plight of Agta-Dumagat documentary film Children of the Mountains that garnered the 2005 Mark Haslam Awardee  in Toronto, Canada. Sharing her passion in photography, drawing & creative writing  is a great opportunity to express her wisdom which is beyond academic teaching career for more than five years in College of Architecture and School of Fine Arts.

 

“Ginger Tea”–Your Food for the Soul

Posted By: Margie Babon

 

Ginger mix with cinnamon bark for a sweet and pungent taste of a healthy tea.

Ginger mix with cinnamon bark for a sweet and pungent taste of a healthy tea.

 

Feeling tired and exhausted? Sooth your mind with home-made ginger tea blend with sweet taste of cinnamon bark. Ginger and cinnamon are considered as world’s super foods because of its healing capability. Ginger tea helps you to relax body-mind-spirit triad.

Drinking a cup of ginger tea every day especially before you sleep reduces muscle pain aside from its calming effect. Ginger like other root crops is considered as food for the soul. When you meditate and do yoga and you really listen to your body, connecting with your inner self, you will notice that your soul craves for ginger tea. I don’t know what is the magic is or call it mystery in this amazing root crop but my instinct is telling me that ginger and turmeric and other herbs like basil nourishes the spirit and soul.

 

Here are the simple steps on how to make your very own ginger tea.

Yellow ginger also known as ‘turmeric’ is a herbal roots that is good for the body.

 

Strong yellow color of ginger.

 

Use hand gloves when crushing and peeling the skin of yellow ginger.

 

  1. Peel 3-4 medium size yellow ginger with the use of paring knife. Make sure you wear hand gloves; the yellow ginger can stain your hands.

 

Add a little spice to yellow ginger tea by mixing regular ginger.

 

2. You can add regular slice of ginger to add more pungent taste.

 

Use pestle to crush the ginger.

 

Has sweet aroma and taste, cinnamon bark is good for tea and chocolate drink.

 

Mix ginger, yellow ginger and cinnamon bark.

 

3. In a small casserole, mix yellow ginger, regular ginger and cinnamon bark in 4-6 cups of water.

 

Reddish brown color of ginger tea with cinnamon bark after boiling for more than 20 minutes.

 

4. Boil for 20 minutes until the water turns into reddish brown.

 

You can add lemon or sweetener to your ginger tea.

 

5. You can add sweetener such as honey, coco sugar, agave or maple syrup.

6.  Enjoy your ginger tea with fruits and sweets.

 

Here are the reasons why drinking ginger tea is good for you.

 Yellow ginger and Ginger amazing benefits:

  1. Yellow ginger (turmeric) is a wonderful natural antibiotic.
  2. Curcumin content in turmeric is natural anti-inflammatory for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The Vitamin B6 in regular ginger is effective in reducing inflammation.
  3. Drinking ginger tea can help reduce menstruation cramps
  4. Ginger is a very good laxative which is excellent source of fiber.
  5. Lower cholesterol and prevent internal blood clots.
  6. Drinking ginger tea detox your liver
  7. To soothe migraine and fights fatigue drink yellow ginger tea.
  8. Natural remedies for colds and flu.
  9. Ginger alleviates nausea and vomiting by expelling gas in the intestine.
  10. Ginger root has a high level of anti-oxidants—an excellent defender on cell damage
  11. The yellow pungent oil in ginger is responsible for intense flavor. Gingerol possesses anti-inflammatory properties and is a blood sugar modulator.

 

Amazing benefits of cinnamon bark:

  1. Cinnamon is effective to eliminate migraine and headache.
  2. When combine with honey, cinnamon relives arthritis pain.
  3.  The smell of cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
  4. 1.2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day lowers bad cholesterol.
  5. Has anti-clotting effect on the blood.
  6. The oil and nutrients in cinnamon when combine in tea can help reduce colds and flu.
  7. If you experience heartburn or to stimulate weak digestion, drink cinnamon tea before meal.

 

My comfort food before going to bed, ginger tea serve with fruits. Oh so yummy!

 

 

Source:

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/health-benefits-fresh-ginger-root-stomach-8667.html

http://www.organicauthority.com/health/11-health-benefits-of-cinnamon.html

http://www.wikihow.com/Get-the-Health-Benefits-of-Cinnamon

 

 

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Margie Babon was given a privilege to become a wildlife photographer in 2006 that let her choose to be a vegetarian for seven years now. Has background in film making as a producer and researcher on the plight of Agta-Dumagat documentary film Children of the Mountains that garnered the 2005 Mark Haslam Awardee  in Toronto, Canada. Sharing her passion in photography, drawing & creative writing  is a great opportunity to express her wisdom which is beyond academic teaching career for more than five years in College of Architecture and School of Fine Arts

 

 

 

Shake Your Herb Shake Baby!

Posted By: Margie Babon

 

Basil and Mint Herb Shake

Yeah, you read it right and I know it is not common to have herb shake. What could be the taste esp. with the basil?

Try it home made, you‘ll be surprised that it is yummy, aside from healthy and all natural.

 

Basil and Mint

Basil and mint are really good for herb shake.

 

What you need

Fresh basil

Fresh mint

Calamansi puree or pure lemon juice

Honey or sugar

Crushed ice

 

Fresh mint can be combined with other fruits like strawberry.

 

Basil

Fresh basil not only for Italian dishes but perfect as herb shake. It is really good esp. wtih calamansi puree or pure lemon juice.

 

Simple ingredients of herb shake. Basil, mint, calamansi puree and honey.

 

Bring out blender and put basil, honey, calamansi puree or lemon juice and crushed ice. That simple and you have already “Herb Shake.”

You can add some fruits like strawberry esp. with the mint.

 

Mint and Basil Herb Shake

Really yummy herb shake, perfect for summer!

 

Health Benefits of Basil:

  • Basil is good for cardiovascular health, good source of magnesium and Vitamin K, calcium, iron, folate and omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Basil contains phytochemicals that may lower cortisol, a hormone secreted when you’re tense.
  • Basil is a super source of iron good for menstruation period. By eating less than 2 cups of freshly chopped basil to replenish the iron you lost during periods.
  • Aside from lemon, holy basil is really good to detoxify liver when you over eat meat and drink too much wine or alcohol.

 

Health Benefits of Mint:

  • Stimulates digestion that can treat diarrhea, gastric fever or toxic infections.
  • Can treat sinusitis because of the menthol which acts as vasodilatator of nasal membrane.
  • Mint can improve bowel function.
  • Mint is rich in Vitamin C and carotene.
  • Mint also contains iron, magnesium, copper and potassium.

 

 

Enjoy your herb shake!

 

About the Author

Margie Babon was given a privilege to be a wildlife photographer in 2006 that let her choose to become a vegetarian for seven years now. Has background in film making as a producer and researcher on the plight of Agta-Dumagat documentary film Children of the Mountains that garnered the Mark Haslam Awardee in 2005 in Toronto, Canada. Sharing her passion in drawing & creative writing  is a great opportunity to express her wisdom  which is far beyond the teaching career for more than five years in College of Architecture and School of Fine Arts in Manila.

 

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