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Oil Pulling

  Oil Pulling I covered the Ayurvedic practice of oil pulling for healthy teeth & gums in a previous column. It is such an effective daily practice for maintaining overall health and is easy to do at home. I will outline the steps again for oil pulling and its many health benefits – it’s worth re-visiting…

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Kombucha Part Two – More on Flavoring & Secondary Fermentation

Kombucha Part Two Last week’s column was lengthy – I wanted to provide you with all of the many details involved in making your own as well as tips on purchasing the best store-bought kombucha, the benefits, the counter-indications, etc. However, I didn’t spend enough time explaining the process of flavoring your homemade kombucha or…

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Kombucha Tea

  Kombucha:  This tea is said to have originated in Asia. The name is a combination of: kombu – Japanese for kelp and cha – the Japanese word for tea. It is now consumed all over the world because of its many health benefits. It’s made from a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture/Colony Of Bacteria & Yeast),…

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Schisandra

Schisandra This berry-producing, deciduous plant has climbing vines that can reach up to 29 feet. There are upwards of 19 different species of schisandra and only one grows in North America – in the southern Appalachian stream beds.    The berries have been utilized for sustenance and as a traditional medicine/natural adaptogen for centuries, across…

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Ginseng Root

The root of the ginseng plant has been cultivated for hundreds of years. Asian and American ginseng can treat many different health conditions as well as providing supportive benefits, including a tonic effect of bringing an overall balance in the body. Harvesting wild ginseng has been suspended by forest officials in some areas in order…

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Healthy Habits; Macadamia Nuts

There are 10 species of macadamia trees. Only 2 produce nuts, and it takes 7 years before they begin to grow. This slow harvesting process is the main reason they are so expensive. These flowering trees originated in North East Australia and were called “kindal kindal” by the Aborigines. British colonists renamed them after Dr.…

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Healthy Habits; Goldenseal
  

Goldenseal
:   This woodland perennial is related to the buttercup and is also known as yellow root, ground raspberry and Indian turmeric. 
   You can see clearly why one of its common names is yellow root. The roots are bright yellow – which is one reason it is also referred to as Indian turmeric. Turmeric…

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Farewell Hancock County

Farewell Hancock County, I am going to miss you. For those of you who have not heard, I am resigning my position at the Hancock Clarion and moving to Minnesota to be near my sister. She is the only immediate family I have left in the world, and I want to be by my family.…

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Food pranks at work

A long time ago I worked on the clean up crew for a manufacturing plant in Daviess County. One of my coworkers loved to pull pranks all of the time, and one night he grabbed a roll of duct tape and duct-taped my lunch box shut; actually he used about half of a roll of…

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Flying fish

As I wrote several times over this past summer, as a young kid my family often visited Nolin Lake in the summer time. My aunt Jean and Uncle Roy owned a lot on the lake in the Dog Creek area. We spent many a day out on the water boating, swimming and fishing. As we…

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