How to Make “Aspirin” From the Bark of a Willow Tree

The OTC medicine Aspirin is actually a synthetic derivative of salicylic acid which is found naturally in the bark of the willow tree. However, like most things, when we isolate them, try to duplicate them or combine them in unnatural ways (with synthetics, etc.) we tend to see side effects and the risk of the…

Willpower: A New “Muscle” Group

Did you know that willpower behaves like a muscle? Your ability to stay focused and stay at the top of your game, regardless of the size of the stressor, is directly related to how often you use your willpower and to what extent.  Similar to resistance training or cardiovascular training, proper usage and consistency lead…

Benefits of Cayenne (Capsicum)

Cayenne pepper has been used in herbal remedies for thousands of years. It improves circulation, accelerates weight loss and has the ability to heal ulcers. Cayenne pepper benefits also include pain relief and some studies indicate it may help eliminate cancer. The benefits of cayenne pepper are many and extremely useful. In fact, I would…

Vitamin Supplements: The Truth of the Matter

I am sure many people who will read this have by now heard the growing arguments both for and against taking vitamin supplements. I am equally certain that most of the arguments you will have read leave more questions than answers and seem to be a battle of “he said, she said” rather than a…

The Importance of Focus

This might sound simple, but I think it’s something that is often overlooked in the health and fitness world. At the beginning of this New Year, I wanted to address the importance of focus and how it can be the key to success in both our long term and short term goals rather you’re wanting…

Taking a Peek at Elder (for colds & flu)

The International Herb Association named Elder as herb of the year in 2013. There is more romance, folklore, tradition, and superstition recorded in history about this remarkable plant than about any other herb known. The great herbalist, Henry Box of England, stated, “For colds, influenza, fevers, inflammation of the brain, pneumonia, inflammation of stomach, bowels,…

Sweet & Smooth Facial

A healthy hello to my readers! I know I recently spoke about some of my favorite skin care products, but today I’d like to go back to skin care and make a short post about an easy home treatment that is really effective! Although I’ve specified this as a facial, I should mention this can…

7 Tips on defining your abs

1. Do those ab carving moves! Obviously this is a no-brainer! But remember, consistency is key, and of course adding resistance or weights makes them all the more effective. A few of my favorite ab workouts are: Side lifts Seated or standing side to side box (best with resistance) Seated or standing side crunches Cross…

Skin Care Simplified

This post is mostly for the ladies reading, but if there are guys here, please feel free to read on as the products I mention are good for you too! Skin care is another big topic, but today I’m going to focus on sharing what you can do to improve your complexion every day in…

Optimize your GI system for better nutrient absorption

If you’re not eating a healthy diet or have ever experienced constipation, irregularity, IBS symptoms or any other digestive issues, this blog entry may be helpful to you. You may have heard that the secret to healing many ailments lies in the gut. It’s true, so many illnesses begin when the digestive system or GI…