Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Graceland, Before Elvis

All About 'Graceland':

everything you ever wanted to know about Elvis' Memphis mansion

Graceland, before Elvis: Farm filled with family memories: Ruth Cobb is one of the few people outside Elvis Presley's family to visit the upstairs of Graceland.
It was before it opened as a tourist attraction, and Cobb, who lived there before Elvis, soon learned her old upstairs bedroom had been turned into a music room.Cobb visited in 1967 at the invitation of Elvis' grandmother, and later when the Presley family planned to turn the home into a tourist attraction. It reminded Cobb of her own music career and left her slightly quizzical about a few decorating changes.
"We did not have a jungle room growing up," she says. There was also no fabric on the ceiling of the billiard room in her day. "We didn't have a billiard room," she says.
Other distinctive touches added during Elvis' ownership of Graceland drew little attention from Cobb, but there was one: "Elvis didn't like the chandelier we had in the dining room. It came from New Orleans. He put up some garish thing."As part of this week's observations of Elvis' birthday, Graceland is celebrating its 70th anniversary, and mementos of its early years are part of a new tour.
Cobb, 82, and her husband, retired lawyer Charles Cobb, 86, married in 1948. She had grown up at Graceland as an only child. When she married Charles Cobb, they remained at Graceland with her parents at first while Ruth toured the country as part of a professional harp ensemble. She would later become harpist for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra from 1953 to 1973.Her father, Dr. Thomas Moore, was a prominent surgeon and urologist. Her mother, Ruth Brown Moore, was a volunteer who enjoyed club work and became president of the Tennessee Association of Garden Clubs.They built Graceland in 1939, naming it for Ruth's great aunt, Grace Toof, who had left the farm to Ruth's grandmother. The grandmother divided her 520-acre farm into three parts, leaving it to her three children. Two of them sold their shares to Ruth's father.
The house on 20 acres began as what Ruth Cobb calls "just a comfortable country home." It would become as familiar to America as Tara, Scarlett O'Hara's home in "Gone With the Wind," and it would rival Monticello, Mount Vernon and other once-private homes among the biggest tourist attractions in the country.
There, Ruth's father taught her to shoot well enough that she once downed three geese with a single shot. He also taught her to fish in a 25-acre manmade lake behind the house. But her first love was music. Ruth played the piano, but she loved the harp, studying, then touring with one of the world's leading harpists, Carlos Salzedo.Her favorite music was classical, but Ruth says she liked all music from country to Elvis' music.
"I wasn't really crazy about his music, but my mother marveled at his hymns," she says. When her mother decided the property was more than she wanted to keep up, she asked Ruth and Charles if they would like to stay.
"We just didn't have time to take care of a big house," says Charles. "It cost $1,000 a month to keep it up. The yard alone was like trying to take care of a golf course. We had a yard man who worked two to three days a week.
"When the property was put up for sale, Ruth said there were three potential buyers -- Sears Roebuck Co.; a private party who wanted to turn it into an exclusive restaurant, and Elvis. By then, most of the surrounding land had been sold to developers for a subdivision, and the lake behind the house had been drained.
Ruth says a church, Graceland Christian Church, wanted to buy 5 acres on the northwest corner of the property. Sears and the restaurant interests did not want to split the 5 acres off for the church, but Elvis said he would be glad to have a church next door, she says. That helped seal the deal. Elvis bought the property for $102,000 in 1957.
When the church next door, Graceland Christian Church, eventually decided to move, the Presley family bought back the land and turned the church into the headquarters of Elvis Presley Enterprises.
Ruth and Charles built their own home in Coro Lake and later moved to Central Gardens before retiring to Trezevant Manor.Charles met Elvis during the closing on the sale of Graceland, but Ruth never met him. She has since returned to Graceland as a tourist with her grandchildren. "I thoroughly enjoyed it, but it didn't feel like home," she says. (News, Source: Michael Lollar, Commercial Appeal Online, 8 Jan 2009)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Ways to Use Kudzu And Other Exotic Invasive Plants

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Kudzu Invasive Plants
It’s the heart of summer and the weeds in my garden are taking over. Those I can control by pulling, but some of the plants along the edges are exotic invasives, unwanted plants from another land that seem to thrive right where you don’t want them.

What are exotic invasive plants?

Exotic invasive plants are those that are not native to the area in which they are transplanted and have abundant root, seed or other propagation systems, making them near impossible to get rid of. In the past, many exotic invasive plants were brought to other areas to control erosion or for their uniqueness. Not realizing the consequences it would have years down the road has cost us plenty – in land, native plants, and time and money.
One big example is Kudzu, the vine that ate the south. Originally it was brought to the US for erosion control, which it does admirably, often growing at a rate of 4 inches a day. But there are uses for it, along with many other unwanted plants that are not native to your area.

Uses For Exotic Invasive Plants

First, let me say I do not advocate growing any of these, or other exotic invasive plants, intentionally. In fact, to do so in many areas can result in fines from the Department of Agriculture. But, if you do have them and have tried to get rid of them unsuccessfully, there are alternatives. Many have uses that you would never have dreamed of. This is by no means an all-inclusive list as many new plants are being discovered each year.
  • Ailanthus – Tree of Heaven can be used as an ornamental or shade tree. They are fast growing and can be used as coppice wood for outside fires. You can read more about coppicing here.
  • Mimosa trees are great for filtered shade. Plant astilbe and lady’s slippers under them. They are also an important tree for bees.
  • Garlic mustard can be ground up and used as a poultice. They can also be used as flavoring as you would garlic.
  • Bittersweet can be made into decorations such as wreaths and swags. To make the dried vines easier to work with, and render the fruit and seeds unable to germinate, soak in very hot water for an hour or so.
  • Russian or autumn olive can be coppiced and provide flowers for bees and fruit for birds. Some retain their leaves in the winter making them good for shelter for wildlife in the cold months.
  • English ivy is good for ground cover in difficult areas like steep hills. The vines can also be used for basket weaving.
  • Privet can be coppiced and used for firewood. It grows back thick and can be used for screening.
  • Paulowania, or Princess or Empress Tree, is very fast growing. It makes a great coppice tree.  Remove the flowers after they are spent so that seed head can’t form.
  • Bradford Pear is often planted for beauty in the spring and fall. Its weak limbs often break in storms making it a good firewood tree.
  • Kudzu has many uses. Its root has a starch that can replace cornstarch. The root also has phytoestrogens that can be used by women with reproductive system problems. An extract can also be made from the root that can help alcoholics in treatment. (Read more about this in a study from The National Institute of Medicine.) The vines can be woven into baskets, and the flowers have been used to make jelly and soap. The entire plant can be used for animal feed, often having up to 18% protein. It can also be baled and used later. Once cut and dried, it won’t take root anywhere.
  • Multiflower rose runs rampant in this area. It has small flowers in the spring followed by tiny hips, or fruit, in the fall. They contain a very high concentration of Vitamin C and other antioxidants. I dry them by the gallon! The vine has numerous thorns and can be used for fencing. I found one growing near my bluebird house and wrapped it around the post. Now I have a very powerful snake deterrent without chemicals.
  • Bamboo grows wild in many parts of the country. There are two types – running and clumping. Clumping will form a mat that stays as a clump. Running types are different in that they produce roots that will spread underground. To control them, simply mow over the growing tips a few times a year. They’ll stay contained if this is done. But if you find you have an overabundance, you can use it in many ways. Poles can be cut and dried for fishing poles, art projects, building materials, and even flooring. I’ve seen some very nice bamboo planks for inside the home. The shoots can be eaten steamed or pickled. When left intact, it creates a great semi-shaded area for planting under it.
  • Air potatoes or wild yams produce a compound used for PMS and menopause.
  • Crown vetch is a legume and provides nitrogen for the ground. Mow it while in flower to prevent seed head from forming.
  • Burning bush makes a great screening plant and provides nice fall color.
  • Mahonia, or Leather Leaf Holly, isn’t really a holly. It blooms very early and can provide winter color in the garden. It is also a great source of berberine, the same compound found in goldenseal. Make a tincture (see how here) from the roots and take a few drops a day to boost your immune system.
  • Barberry - red or green – can be used in the same way.
  • Scotch broom and gorse are invasive in some areas. Cut the branches and enjoy them as cut flowers.
  • Water lettuce and hyacinth can be composted. I got three plants one year and ended up with six wheelbarrows full of them by summers end. Into the compost they went. Because they have extensive root systems, they mine nutrients out of the water and act as filters. Those nutrients will help fuel your compost and add much more to it.

Additional Notes

You might notice that I have mentioned using most of the wood for coppicing in outdoor fires. Some trees contain toxins that are released when burned, so they shouldn’t be used indoors. Fumes can dissipate in the air easier when burned outdoors, so there is little worry there. And always be careful with what you use. Barberry contains numerous thorns and can really hurt! Seeds can be spread easily, so take care when harvesting that you don’t let them get away.

Again, I’m not advocating growing these plants, but if you have them, why not make use of them?


A Disease Machine: Why Drug Makers Keep You Sick

imagesBy Anthony Gucciardi

Why are ineffective and dangerous drugs peddled by supposed ‘public health’ organizations in place of well-established natural solutions with virtually zero side effects? The truth of the matter is that drug makers simply would not profit if the world were to awaken to the plethora of free health-promoting substances that beat out over-priced pharmaceuticals and medical interventions. There would be no need for pharmaceutical manufacturers, phony ‘public health’ organizations peddling the latest ‘miracle’ drug, and certainly no research organizations feeding off the donations of good-hearted individuals.

You may think that this is an impossibility and that natural solutions simply do not compare to ‘scientifically proven’ pharmaceutical science. The truth of the matter is that scientific evidence is the very thing disproving the safety and effectiveness of pharmaceutical drugs as well as highlighting the surplus of beneficial properties associated with inexpensive and free vital nutrients.

Contrast: Cancer Drugs Causing ‘Mega’ Tumors, Turmeric Reduces Tumors by 81%

It was recently revealed that cancer drugs, toted as the only choice among chemotherapy for many cancer sufferers by ‘public health’ groups, are actually causing massive tumors and subsequently killing the patient. The cancer drugs were found to not only be completely ineffective, but deadly. These are the same drugs that are sold for a premium price and considered to be scientifically validated.

Meanwhile, peer-reviewed research has found that a spice known as turmeric can reduce tumors by 81% naturally.  Researchers found that curcumin (a derivative of turmeruc)dramatically decreased brain tumors in 9 out of the 11 studies examined by 81 percent. Furthermore, there was no evidence of toxicity. Widely used as a spice in South Asian and Middle Eastern countries, turmeric is continually being pinpointed as an extremely potent anti-cancer solution. What’s more is the fact that turmeric is extremely inexpensive, and can be found around the globe — from Saudi Arabia to Kentucky.

This is just one example of scientific research validating natural alternatives while simultaneously pinpointing the extreme dangers associated with mainstream pharmaceuticals pushed as the only treatment by drug companies.

Antibiotics Causing Mental Illness, Drug Makers Treat With Antipsychotics

As reported back in 2011, antibiotics have been found to permanently destroy beneficial gut bacteria and damage gut health. As you may know, gut health has been directly linked to the state of your mental health, with some even going as far as saying that your gut is your ‘second brain’.  What this means is that antibiotic use can actually breed mental illness (along with diabetes and metabolic syndrome), which is quite concerning when considering that half of all Americans are to be diagnosed with a mental illness within their life time.

What is the answer to these skyrocketing mental illness rates according to drug makers and the mainstream medical industry? Prescribe mind-altering antipsychotics. Prescribe more drugs to treat a side effect of another drug — receive more profits. After all, the extreme profits generated from antipsychotic drugs became apparent in 2008, becoming the top-selling therapeutic class prescription drug in the United States
 and grossing over $14 billion in sales.

Of course these antipsychotics are given out to patients instead of actually addressing the core problem associated with gut health. As a result, the patient simply is under the influence of brain-altering effects and never really ‘recovers’ from their mental illness. Instead, they are sentenced to a lifetime of prescription drug usage with the possibility of reduced dosage over time. To truly address the issue of gut health, it is vital to utilize probiotics to restore the depleted beneficial bacteria back into your gut.

This can easily be done through natural foods or high quality supplementation. Fermented food items such as sauerkraut, tempeh, miso or kefir are all rich sources of probiotic bacteria. But the drug makers would never willingly tell you that, because all of these foods can be found for a few dollars at your local farmers market and can work more effectively to recover mental health than dangerous antipsychotics.

Paradigm Shift

Drug makers want you to remain sick, tired, and looking for pharmaceutical solutions. In order to see a transformation, natural solutions need to be brought into the spotlight. As a result, drug sales will plummet and these profit-mongering corporations will begin to go bankrupt after spending millions on the latest cancer drug that turns out to actually be deadlier than the disease itself.

A real paradigm shift is coming — the gears of the disease machine are slowing to a halt.

About the author

Anthony Gucciardi is an accomplished investigative journalist with a passion for natural health. Anthony’s articles have been featured on top alternative news websites such as Infowars, NaturalNews, Rense, and many others. Anthony is the co-founder of Natural Society, a website dedicated to sharing life-saving natural health techniques.


Time Is Like A River

Time is like a river.  You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again.

Written by a USMC Vet.  (I can't argue with any of it.  Passing it along as it was received.)

He wrote:

The  American Dream ended (on November 6th, 2012) in Ohio.

The second term of Barack Obama will be the final nail in the coffin for the legacy of the white Christian males who discovered, explored, pioneered, settled and developed the greatest Republic in the history of mankind.

A coalition of Blacks, Latinos, Feminists, Gays, Government Workers, Environmental Extremists, the Media, Hollywood, uninformed young people, the "forever needy," the chronically unemployed, illegal aliens and other "fellow travelers" have ended Norman Rockwell's America.

The Cocker Spaniel is off the front  porch... The Pit Bull is in the back yard.

The American Constitution has been replaced with Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" and Chicago shyster, David  Axelrod, along with international Socialist George Soros will be pulling the strings on their beige puppet to bring us Act 2 of the New World Order.

Our side ran two candidates who couldn't even win their own home states, and Chris Christie helped Obama over the top with a glowing "post Sandy" tribute that elevated the "Commander-in-Chief" to Mother Teresa status.

Aside: With the way the polls were run and voter fraud, he didn't need  any help!

People like us are completely politically irrelevant, and I will never again comment on or concern myself with the aforementioned coalition which has surrendered our culture, our heritage and our traditions without a shot being fired.

You will never again out-vote these people.

It will take individual acts of defiance and massive displays of civil disobedience to get back the rights we have allowed the Progressives to take away. It will take Zealots, not  moderates & shy not reach-across-the-aisle RINOs to right this ship and restore our beloved country to its former status.

Those who come after us will have to risk their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to bring  back the Republic that this generation has timidly frittered away due to "white  guilt", political correctness, and having a "TAKER" attitude...

An American  Veteran………………….. Semper-Fi

Got the guts to pass it on?

This is what it takes to get this country back to being a great nation, as this once was.

If you don’t, in my opinion, you are one of the problems of destroying this country.

"When the People fear the Government, there is tyranny,
When the Government fears the people, there is Liberty..."

..Thomas Jefferson.

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Our Bucket List


MY BUCKET LIST FOR 2014,15,16...

We are getting old and our tickers aren't what they used to here is Our Special Bucket List for 2014,15,16....


1.. Obama: Gone!         

2.. Put "GOD" back in America!!! 



3.. Borders: Closed!              

4.. Congress: On the same retirement & healthcare plans as everybody else ...      

5.. Congress: Obey its own laws NOW!          

6.. Language: English only!  

7.. Culture: Constitution, and the Bill of Rights!        

8.. Drug Free: Mandatory Drug Screening before & during Welfare!  

 9.. NO freebies to Non-Citizens!    

10. Balance the budget.     

11. Stop giving away our money to foreign countries! Charge them for our help! We need it here.

12. Fix the TAX CODE!

And most of all.


We the people are coming!

Only 86% will send this on.

Should be a 100%.
What will you do?

Please send it on if only
To one person.

How To Buy The Best Olive Oil

10 Tips to Choosing and Using the Healthiest Type

Read These Tips on Choosing the Healthiest Olive Oil
Olive oil is heart-healthy and tastes great too. But many Americans use poor-quality – even adulterated – oil and don’t know it. These 10 tips for choosing olive oil will help you get the best product for your money…

When it comes to a healthy diet, few foods are more celebrated than olive oil. It’s chock-full of antioxidants called polyphenols that have anti-inflammatory, heart-smart benefits.

In fact, the more extra-virgin olive oil people consume, the lower their risk for heart disease, according to a large-scale European study published in May 2014.

There’s probably a bottle in your kitchen right now. But is it as good as you think? Is it even 100% olive oil?

Maybe not.

Here’s one way to tell: Open that bottle of olive oil and take a whiff. What does it smell like?

Herbal? Grassy? Peppery?

Like dirty socks?

If it’s the latter, then your olive oil is substandard and possibly adulterated. It may have gone bad too.

Many people can’t detect rancid olive oil, so they keep using it, says Mary Platis, a specialist in Greek cuisine and co-author of Cooking Techniques With Olive Oil (Two Extra Virgins).

If that includes you, don’t worry – even experts have a tough time choosing olive oil correctly.

“I’m challenged myself to find good-quality olive oil,” admits Timothy S. Harlan, M.D., author of Just Tell Me What to Eat! (Da Capo Lifelong Books) and executive director of the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans.

“Much of what’s coming into the country that’s touted as extra-virgin olive oil isn’t,” he says.

Plus, the quality of olive oil in supermarkets is low, adds Dan Flynn, executive director of the University of California-Davis Olive Center in California, which researches olive products.

Nearly 70% of imported olive oil samples failed to meet minimum sensory standards for extra-virgin olive oil, and had defects ranging from rancidity to adulteration with cheaper refined oils, a 2010 UC Davis study found.

So don’t be fooled. Here’s how to choose the best-quality olive oil.

1. Learn your terminology.

Unscrupulous producers can sell poor-quality oil because most Americans just don’t know better. But reading the label can tell you a lot – if you know what to look for. Here are some terms that offer clues to quality.

Extra-virgin olive oil: This is the least-refined form of olive oil, made from the first cold-pressing of olives. It’s also the highest in antioxidants. If it’s certified by the International Olive Council (IOC) or California Olive Oil Council (COOC), you know it meets minimum requirements – including a lack of flavor defects and low acidity (a measure of quality olives and good processing practices).

Virgin olive oil: This is also made from the first cold-pressing of the olives, but is considered to be lower in quality than extra-virgin because it has slightly higher acidity.

Fino olive oil: This is a blend of extra-virgin and virgin olive oil, and is usually more affordable than extra-virgin. Its quality and acidity is between that of extra virgin and virgin olive oil (from 0.8% to 2%). Dr. Harlan likes it for everyday cooking.

Pure olive oil: Nearly half of consumers think “pure olive oil” is the highest-quality stuff on the market.

It’s not, according to UC Davis research.

Instead, it’s a blend of a bit of virgin olive oil and a lot of highly refined oil (often processed with chemical solvents) made from leftover olive pomace, or solid matter, that remains after virgin olive oil is produced.

Light, lite or extra-light olive oil: This sounds like a healthy choice, right? It’s not.

“Light” refers to a neutral color and flavor – it has the same calories and fat as other olive oils, Dr. Harlan says.

And its quality is as bad as “pure” olive oil.

“It’s highly refined oil that can be mixed with other types of oil,” says Patricia Darragh, COOC’s executive director.

“Made in Italy,” “bottled in Italy,” “imported from Italy.” Italy produces some of the world’s most glorious olive oil.

It also exports some of the world’s worst.

A recent New York Times story detailed fraud in the Italian olive oil industry, including bottling and selling olive oil from elsewhere in the Mediterranean as “Italian” and, worse, combining it with other types of oils, such as soybean and nut oils.

That’s bad news for any consumer and potentially dangerous for someone with a food allergy.

If you see terms like these on a label, check the ingredient list, which must include the country – or countries – where the oil is produced.

2. Make sure it’s fresh.

The most important quality of olive oil is freshness. Even a top-quality extra-virgin olive oil will taste terribly when it starts to go bad.

“Think of extra-virgin olive oil as fruit juice,” Flynn says. “As with any other juice, freshness is important.”

Unfortunately, many people don’t know what high-quality olive oil tastes like.

“Most consumers are familiar with rancid, musty oil – that’s what they associate with extra-virgin olive oil – and they think that’s what it should taste like,” Flynn says.

Fresh olive oil “should give you the impression of salad greens rather than a can of varnish,” he explains.

Freshness affects nutrition too. The fresher the oil, the more antioxidants it will have.

To learn what fresh olive oil tastes like, sample different olive oils at specialty shops. Ask the staff to explain how each one gets its unique flavor.

3. Know the harvest date.

If you can’t taste an oil, a harvest date on the label is the best indicator of freshness. Not every manufacturer provides one, but such labeling is becoming more common.

Look for olives harvested within the last 12 months, 15 at most.

“Best by” or “best before” dates are more likely to be on the label, but they’re less reliable.

Depending on the producer, that “best by” date can be two years or more after the harvest date, Platis says.

Even top-quality olive oil can go rancid long before that, she says.

4. Choose the right container.

“Avoid clear bottles – and never buy olive oil in plastic,” Darragh says.

That’s because clear bottles let in light, which degrades the oil and shortens its shelf life, according to 2005 tests published in European Food Research and Technology.

Plastic is permeable, and may expose the oil to air.

Instead, look for oil packaged in tin or dark green glass; both help protect it from light and oxygen.

Another tip from Darragh: Skip bottles on the top shelf, because those have been exposed to the most light.

5. Know the origin.

Great olive oil is made all over the planet – Greece, Tunisia, South Africa, Australia, South America and, of course, Italy. As with wine, each area provides unique flavor characteristics to the oils.

Spain is the world’s largest producer, and Dr. Harlan prefers Spanish olive oil for its pleasant grassy flavor.

Platis is a fan of oil from Greece, because of its robust taste and high antioxidant content.

But don’t overlook American olive oil. California produces 90% of the olive oil in the U.S., but other states, including Texas and Georgia, also make high-quality oils.

California olive oils, most of which are certified by the COOC, are typically milled within 24 hours of harvest, and many carry harvest dates on their labels.

6. Look for certification.

Producers who take care with their oil often have it certified by the IOC or, if it’s a California oil, the COOC. That labeling guarantees the oil meets minimum quality standards for extra-virgin olive oil at production time.

But it’s not a guarantee of freshness, Flynn warns. Even great olive oil will go bad if it’s not stored properly.

7. Don’t be fooled by price.

It takes 7 liters of olives to produce a liter of oil, so olive oil isn’t cheap. Poor recent harvests in Greece, Spain and Italy, coupled with increased demand for olive oil worldwide, have caused prices to rise, according to a May 2014 report in the Wall Street Journal.

A high price tag, however, is no guarantee of top quality.

“You can have a terrific olive oil from a small producer at a reasonable price,” Platis says.

For a good-quality Californian extra-virgin olive oil with a harvest date within the last year, prices start at about $12 per liter.

But low prices can indicate poor quality.

“If you find a European olive oil for $6.99 a liter, chances are it’s not a high-quality product,” Darragh warns.

8. Buy the right oil for your needs.

It’s a myth that you shouldn’t use extra-virgin olive oil for cooking, Platis says.

High-quality, filtered extra-virgin olive oil or fino olive oil has a smoke point of about 410° F, making it a good choice for sautéing over medium heat.

But save your best oil for use as a condiment, to sprinkle on salad or to dip bread into.

“Unfiltered extra-virgin olive oil tends to be a more artisanal – and expensive – product,” says Lia Huber, founder of Nourish Evolution, a website that coaches people in making the transition from processed to real food.

“That cloudiness and particulate matter adds real flavor and character,” she says.

Unfiltered oil also tends to be higher in antioxidant polyphenols, Flynn says.

Huber drizzles unfiltered oil over soup or beans. Dr. Harlan uses it to “finish” a sauce after cooking.

Olio nuovo, a robust, green-colored “new oil” made with young, first-of-season olives tends to have a pungent, peppery, even bitter bite. Its taste also means it has more antioxidants, Flynn adds.

But oil produced later in the harvest season is more mellow-tasting, which makes it ideal for baking, Platis says.

Harvest seasons run from October-February in the Northern Hemisphere and April-August in the Southern Hemisphere.

9. Buy only what you’ll use.

A large tin of olive oil might seem like a bargain, but it’s a false economy if you don’t use it up in hurry.

Instead, “buy a small bottle, so you can go through it quickly” before it turns rancid, Platis says.

That’s especially true if you’re buying a high-end, unfiltered extra-virgin olive oil to use as a condiment.

10. Store it properly.

Once you get that beautiful olive oil home, handle it properly so it doesn’t spoil.

“Don’t put it by your stove,” Platis says. “It needs to be in your pantry, away from light and heat – and keep the container sealed to minimize oxidation.”

You can extend the shelf life by a few months by storing it in the refrigerator, Huber adds.

The cold causes the oil to solidify, but it will liquefy again when it returns to room temperature.

However large your container, use olive oil in moderation, Dr. Harlan cautions. A little goes a long way.

“Every teaspoon contains about 40 calories and 5 grams of fat,” he says. “So whatever you’re using, use it wisely.”

How Much Do You Know About Food?

You know that brownies taste better when they're just out of the oven and that cranberry sauce will taste bitter if you don't add enough sugar. But do you know who invented the brownie or how to select the ripest cranberries? Aside from knowing which foods you love to curl up with, how much do you really know about the history and fun facts of your favorite foods? Find out now.


Baby Rag Quilt

Rag Quilt

This Rag Quilt is a lovely project to make for your baby and would make a wonderful gift too! Get the tutorial now by Clicking Here.


They're Not Happy In..,

They're not happy in Gaza .
They're not happy in Egypt .
They're not happy in Libya .
They're not happy in Morocco.
They're not happy in Iran .
They're not happy in Iraq .
They're not happy in Yemen .
They're not happy in Afghanistan.
They're not happy in Pakistan.
They're not happy in Syria .
They're not happy in Lebanon.

So, where are they happy?
They're happy in Canada.
They're happy in Australia.
They're happy in England.
They're happy in France.
They're happy in Italy.
They're happy in Germany.
They're happy in Sweden.
They're happy in the USA.
They're happy in Norway.
They're happy in Belgium.
They're happy in every country that is not Muslim.
And who do they blame?
Not Islam.
Not their leadership.
Not themselves.
Excuse me, but . . .
How stupid can you get?

S. Baxter

A Coil Of Rage

Can you find any reason to dismiss this as a LIE?  If you answer yes, PLEASE send me your findings and I will pass them on.   I can't and that makes this scary.

When you've read to the end, come back and read this first paragraph again.
A Coil of Rage:  
The character of any man is defined by how he treats his mother as the years pass ... need I say more about this person below other than there is no character, no integrity, but there is a ton of attitude and arrogance that defines his shallow past and hollow future ... I rest my case.
I bought and read Obama's book, Audacity of Hope.  It was difficult to read considering his attitude toward us and everything American. 
Let me quote a phrase he uses to describe his attitude toward whites.  He "harbors A COIL OF RAGE".
His words not mineThis is the current U.S. President. 
HE IS NOT MY PRESIDENT.  He does not represent me nor the real America.  Is anyone out there awake?
Everyone of voting age should read these two books written by him: Don't buy them , just get them from the library. 
From: Dreams From My Father  
"I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites."  
From: Dreams From My Father  
 "I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race."  
From: Dreams From My Father 
 "There was something about her that made me wary, a little too sure of herself, maybe and white."  
From: Dreams From My Father  
 "It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names."   
From: Dreams From My Father  
 "I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn't speak to my own. It was into my father's image, the black man, son of Africa , that I'd packed all the attributes I sought in myself: the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela."
And FINALLY ... and most scary:  
From: Audacity of Hope 
"I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." 
(Do Benghazi and the recent “prisoner swap” ring a bell?!?)
If you have never forwarded an e-mail, now is the time to do so!!! 
Our GREAT nation is being run by someone with this mentality?  Keep your eye on him and don't blink.
I don't care whether you are a Democrat, a Republican, a conservative or a liberal, be aware of the attitude, mindset, and character of this sitting President.
Source: email

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Natural Way For Liver Detox

The liver is one of the most important organs in the body. It is unique, being the only organ that can regenerate itself to repair damage and can even regrow if partially removed. On a daily basis, it is involved in our metabolism and protects us from toxic substances. But despite its resiliency, the liver itself also needs to be protected.  A healthy diet and a patented natural ingredient are two ways to help protect the liver and keep it functioning effectively for years to come.

Herbal Bitters

Bitter medicines are beloved by herbalists. The bitter taste stimulates digestive processes, including the liver’s production of bile. Bile, part digestive juice, part waste product, is made by the liver and excreted via the bowel.  Herbal bitters are also known as Swedish Bitters.

St. Mary’s Thistle

St. Mary’s Thistle and the Police share the same motto – “To protect and serve”. It protects liver cells from damage from the likes of alcohol and carbon tetrachloride and serves to regenerate already damaged liver cells.

Lemon Juice

The juice of half a lemon in hot water first thing in the morning is a time-honoured way to start the day, and is an excellent wake up call for the liver. The sourness of lemons triggers nerve and hormone activation to the liver and digestive system. Very helpful for those who suffer from sluggish bowels.

Brussels Sprouts

The brassica family including cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts, contain glucosinolates. Glucosinolates are sulphur containing (hence the boarding school corridor smell) compounds that protect the liver from damage and improve its ability to eliminate toxins and excess hormones.


The spice that colours curries yellow, and was also used to dye the robes of Hindu priests. Turmeric has impressive anti-inflammatory effects throughout the body, including the liver. Excellent for a liver virus or infection.

Crab Apple

The Bach Flower, Crab Apple, is for people who feel ashamed of their physical appearance, and may themselves feel toxic. Although Bachs are mostly recommended for emotional purposes, Crab Apple, fits the bill nicely to be used for dexox purposes.


Drinking sufficient fluids such as water, tea and herbal tea, improves the flow of nutrients to, and waste products from, the liver. Not drinking enough may increase the risk of gallstones, which is when bile becomes too concentrated in the gall bladder.


Zinc is important in many enzyme reactions throughout the body. In particular, zinc is needed by the liver enzyme, alcohol dehydrogenase, to break down alcohol into less toxic substances. If you drink, you need zinc.

Dandelion Root

A long history of healing ailing livers. Dandelion root coffee is black and bitter, making it an excellent coffee alternative if you are keen on improving liver health.


An essential amino acid, methionine is vital for several detoxification processes performed by the liver. It also forms part of a compound known as glutathione, which is an antioxidant, protecting liver and other cells from damage.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Man Loses 154 Pounds

(NaturalNews) Six-foot one-inch tall Kerry Hoffman used to weigh 343 pounds, have diabetes and frequently indulge in processed, unhealthy foods. "I ate anything that tasted good -- wings, pizza, stuffed burgers, tons of sweets and dessert," said Hoffman, whose father passed away from liver disease. Not long after his father's death came the birth of his daughter. These two life events served as his breaking point, urging him to become healthy.

Today, the 32-year-old man has shed 154 pounds, and he currently weighs 189 pounds. He's no stranger to triathlons and cycling, and is used to people coming up to him asking for his weight loss and health advice.

More important than his participation in fitness events is the fact that his health has improved significantly. He recalls visiting his doctor and hearing him announce, "You have officially cured yourself of diabetes."

Furthermore, Hoffman was also taken off other medications for cholesterol and blood pressure.

Eating better to achieve weight loss goals

Hoffman explains that, in addition to incorporating fitness into his daily routine, he began eliminating junk food from his diet, which he still avoids today. "I eat mainly whole foods. I stay away from processed stuff as much as possible," he said. "I never ate vegetables or salad before, and now two helpings of salad with homemade dressing is a staple every evening, as well as a fresh veggie."

Losing weight, as most are aware, is beneficial for overall health. Not only can losing excess pounds provide relief for the body's joints and increased energy, but studies show that weight loss achieved at any age also has long-term cardiovascular benefits, suggesting that it's possible for people to improve health no matter their age.

Others also prove that fresh fruits and vegetables are key to weight loss

Others like Hoffman have also been successful in the weight loss department, attributing their changes to better fitness and dietary habits.

For example, Justin Willoughby lost over 550 pounds in part due to giving up high-sugar foods and processed meats and, instead, enjoying natural foods and plenty of fruits and vegetables.

There's also Luis Melendez, who lost 120 pounds and no longer needs to be on certain medications, because he turned to a raw food diet.

Jennifer Lilley is yet another weight loss success story who says her ability to lose, and keep off the 70 pounds she lost, is in large part because of the fact that she includes plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and superfoods in her diet.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Princess Barbie Butterfly Cake

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This butterfly cake is as pretty as a picture and it’s so easy to make!



1        box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ yellow cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
Tray or cardboard (10x10 inches), covered with wrapping paper and plastic food wrap or foil

Frosting and Decorations:

1        container Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
1        candy stick (8 to 10 inches long)
Betty Crocker™ gel food colors (in desired colors)
Betty Crocker™ decorating gel (from 0.68-oz tube) in any color
Betty Crocker™ colored sugars
8        jelly beans or candy coated almonds
Small round candy decorations


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Expert Tips:

Turn the leftover cake layer into a trifle! Cut leftover cake into 1-inch cubes, and layer them with chocolate pudding and fresh strawberries in a large glass bowl. Top with whipped cream.
Create an attractive display by covering a piece of sturdy cardboard with wrapping paper, then plastic food wrap. Stretch and secure with tape. Or cover cardboard with foil or cooking parchment paper.
Need some extra help? See how to make it.
Need cutting help? Download the template.
Get a party menu, prep guide, tips, party games, activities and more for a Butterfly Birthday Party!

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Grease or spray bottoms and sides of two 8- or 9-inch round pans. Make, bake and cool cake as directed on box for 8- or 9-inch rounds. Wrap and freeze 1 layer for later use. Freeze remaining layer 45 minutes before cutting to reduce crumbs.
  • 2 Cut off rounded top of cake to make flat surface; place cake cut side down. Cut cake in half crosswise; cut each half into 1/3 and 2/3 pieces (as shown in diagram). Place cake pieces on platter to form butterfly. Gently separate cake pieces to form wings.
  • 3 Reserve 1/2 cup frosting; set aside. Spread top and sides of cake with thin layer of frosting to seal in crumbs. Refrigerate or freeze 30 to 60 minutes to set frosting. Frost cake with remaining frosting. Place candy stick between cake pieces for butterfly body.
  • 4 Stir food color into reserved frosting until well blended. Spread over cake in desired pattern on wings. Outline wing patterns with gel. Sprinkle with sugar crystals. Place jelly beans on corners of wings. Decorate butterfly with candy decorations. Store loosely covered. 
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Nonsense To Read.....,

About Work:
A clean desk is a sign of a cluttered desk drawer.

A commuter is one who never knows how a movie ends because
 he has to leave early to catch a train to get him back to the
country in time to catch a train to bring him back to the city.

After any salary raise, you will have less money at
the end of the month than you did before.

After the government takes enough to balance the budget,
the taxpayer has the job of budgeting the balance.

About Politics:

I was not lying.
I said things that later on seemed to be untrue.
Richard Nixon

Outside of the killings, [Washington] has one of the
lowest crime rates in the country
Mayer Marion Barry, Washington DC

Walter Mondale:
"George Bush doesn't have the manhood to apologise."
George Bush:
"Well, on the manhood thing, I'll put mine up against his any time."

Bureaucracy is a challenge to be overcome by a righteous attitude,
tolerance for stupidity and a bulldozer when necessary.

About Aging:

Age doesn't always bring wisdom.
 Sometimes age comes alone.

Age is an issue of mind over matter.
If you don't mind, doesn't matter.
Mark Twain

Age only matters if you're cheese.

Forget the health food.
I need all the preservatives I can get.

God grant me the senility to forget the people I never
liked anyway... The good fortune to run into the ones I do...
And the eyesight to tell the difference!

How To Beat The Summer Heat

Take a Cold Shower & Improve Your Health this Summer

Helps With Blood Circulation

If your blood does not properly circulate throughout your veins and arteries, your tissues and organs will not be able to absorb the necessary amount of oxygen and nutrients. As an end result, you can get high blood pressure, ugly varicose veins in your legs, puffy bags under the eyes and heart disease—one of the leading causes for death among Americans. While there several different ways to improve circulation throughout your body such as via exercising, experts say that hydrotherapy (switching from warm water to cold water midway through your shower) can actually do the trick as well. This is because warm water makes the blood come to the surface, while cold water makes the blood shift to your tissue and organs. Cold water can also help with inflammation.

Flushes out Toxins

Cold water can also help you fight against contracting certain illnesses and viruses in more ways than one. The first is the fact that cold water encourages your muscles to contract—this alone (with the added addition of improved circulation) helps flush out unwanted toxins that make you sick. But according to some experts, cold showers can also help your body build virus-fighting white blood cells. This is because cold water forces your body to go into “shock”—this in turn causes your immune system to work in over drive as it attempts to warm back up.

Fights Mental Disorders

Some experts also say that not only can cold showers help boost your body’s defenses and help with circulation, but it can also help prevent depression. This is because according to research, cold water helps stimulate natural endorphins (chemical that make you happy) and helps activate a part of the brain that produces norepinephrine (sometimes referred to as noradrenaline) – an ingredient found in most anti-depression medication.

Gives Skin and Hair a Healthy Glow/Shine

Cold water can even help you improve acne prone skin and make your hair glossy. The reason is simple—cold water closes your pores and seals hair cuticles so that dirt and dull-causing agents cannot seep into your skin or hair. Do note that you should in fact use warm water to open your pores to first remove dirt and oil, but then splash cold water on your face and hair to seal your pores and cuticles back up.

Boosts Energy

As you may have guessed, cold showers can also help you shake off any lethargy and is the perfect solution if you are ever dragging your feet in the morning. This is because the same cold shock that helps your body wash away toxins also sets your nervous central system to ignite and make your heart race—this feeling will perk you up in a moment’s notice and unlike when drinking a cup of coffee, the feeling is not short lived.


Winter Got You Feeling Dry and Itchy?

Coconut Oil for Skin
By Dr. Mercola
Reduced humidity combined with colder temperatures tends to wreak havoc on your skin. Many suffer with dry, scaly, itchy skin during winter months even if they don't have a diagnosable skin problem like eczema.
This is commonly referred to as "winter itch," caused when your skin is depleted of moisture. Fortunately, there are simple and inexpensive remedies for this problem.
While conventional advice typically includes using petrolatum-based moisturizers, I recommend avoiding creams with petrolatum or mineral oils due to their carcinogenic potential. Mineral oil is also comedogenic, meaning it blocks your pores and your skin's natural respiration process, which can lead to blackheads and pimples.
It's important to remember that your skin is the largest organ of your body, and nearly everything you put on it is readily absorbed. Therefore, avoiding slathering anything on your skin that you wouldn't consider eating is rather sage advice.
I firmly believe you need to approach topical skin care as you approach your diet, and only feed your skin the best ingredients from nature, forgoing toxic chemicals at all costs.
Previous research has shown that women absorb an estimated five pounds of chemicals a year just from the makeup they use! Two effective remedies against dry, itchy winter skin that I will address here are:
  • Getting sufficient amounts of animal-based omega-3 fats in your diet
  • Using coconut oil to moisturize your skin
In addition to that, I'll also point out some other dietary measures that can make a big difference—and of course we can't forget about drinking water to stay hydrated.

Dry Skin—a Sign of Omega-3 Deficiency

Your skin is an outer reflection of your insides, so your diet is a potent ally against most skin problems. When it comes to dry, flaky skin, animal-based omega-3 fat, such as krill oil, can play a very important role. Besides drinking plenty of water, it may be one of the best ways to hydrate your skin from the inside out. In fact, one reliable way to evaluate your omega-3 status is to take a close look at your hands.

If they're smooth and soft, you're probably getting enough omega-3 fat in your diet. If they're not, or if other areas of your skin are dry, flaking or cracked, there is a good chance you need to increase your omega-3 intake.
When I travel and lecture and interact with people publicly, I am regularly amazed at how many people have dry hands when I shake their hand. And nearly every one of them have a fatty acid deficiency.
Omega-3 fats help to normalize your skin fats and prevent dehydration in your cells. This keeps your skin cells strong and full of moisture, which can help to decrease the appearance of fine lines. Omega-3 fats can also help calm irritated skin, giving you a clearer, smoother complexion courtesy of its anti-inflammatory activity.
So, as a first step, if you struggle with dry skin, make sure you are taking enough omega-3 fats. In the colder dry winter months, you may need to increase your dose.

Other Dietary Measures That Promote Healthy, Moisturized Skin

Besides increasing your omega-3 intake, you'd be wise to address the rest of your diet as well. Eating a healthy diet as described in my nutrition plan, which focuses on whole, bioavailable organic foods, is your number one strategy for helping your body detox naturally while supplying the necessary nutrients your skin needs to thrive.
Some foods are particularly effective at promoting beautiful, clear, healthy skin, and this includes:
  • Fresh vegetables: Ideally fresh, organic and locally grown. Fresh vegetable juice is also wonderful for your skin, as are carotenoids, which give red, orange and yellow fruits their color. Studies have shown that eating foods with these deeply colored pigments can actually make your face look healthier than being tanned.
  • I've seen 75-year-old women in my practice that had virtually no facial wrinkles. Most of them were doing large amounts of juicing and led healthy lifestyles, which was one of the reasons why I started juicing
  • Fermented vegetables. Many don't realize this, but the health and quality of your skin is strongly linked to the health of your gut. Fermented vegetables are ideal for promoting the growth of beneficial intestinal bacteria.
  • Signals from these gut microorganisms are sent throughout your body—they even interact with organisms in your skin. Researchers are now looking into how these interactions can help with a wide variety of skin conditions, including dryness and poor collagen production. Normalizing your gut microflora has been shown to help against skin irritations and chronic skin problems like eczema and psoriasis.
    The bacterial cells living in and on your body outnumber human cells by 10 to 1. Even after you wash, there are still 1 million bacteria living on every square centimeter of your skin. Far from being your enemy, these microorganisms are essential for optimal health and radiant skin. The bacteria on your inner elbow, for instance, process the raw fats it produces, which helps moisturize your skin.
    Optimizing your gut bacteria has even been shown to produce clearer, acne-free skin. If you do not regularly consume fermented foods, then high-quality probiotics is definitely recommended.
  • Avoiding sugars, fructose, grains, and processed foods: This is perhaps the most important step you can take to improve your overall skin health regardless of the season. If you eliminate all sugars, fructose and grains from your diet for a few weeks, you would likely notice rapid improvement in your complexion. Processed foods, trans fats, processed table salt, and pasteurized dairy products can also have a detrimental impact on your skin.
  • Avoiding these foods will improve insulin sensitivity, which is important for overall health, including your heart health. Interestingly, recent research shows that the perceived age of a woman's face, based on wrinkle measurements and complexion can help predict her risk for high blood pressure and heart disease.  Those who looked more youthful, with fewer wrinkles, also had lower blood pressure and reduced risk for heart disease.

Powerful Antioxidant Helps Promote Healthy Skin, Both Internally and Topically

Astaxanthin—a potent antioxidant—has been found to offer a number of benefits to your skin, from acting as an internal sunscreen to developing a healthy color cast to your skin that most people find attractive—even more attractive than a regular tan. Research also suggests that astaxanthin may benefit your skin when applied topically.
In a 2001 study that explored the topical benefits of astaxanthin, hairless mice were exposed to UVB radiation for 18 weeks to simulate photo-aged skin. The mice that had astaxanthin applied to their skin developed fewer wrinkles compared to the control group, and had younger-appearing collagen. In fact, the collagen of the astaxanthin mice looked as if it had never been exposed to UV radiation. The researchers concluded that astaxanthin "can significantly prevent UV-induced collagen degradation, wrinkles, lipid peroxidation, sunburn, phototoxicity and photoallergy." It also reduced freckles and age spots.
One of the women on my staff creates her own moisturizer, mixing one astaxanthin capsule into about three ounces of organic virgin coconut oil. Bear in mind that pure astaxanthin is highly pigmented, so if you want to try this you'll probably want to use rubber gloves when cutting the capsule open to avoid staining your fingers. However, while the mixture itself does have a bright carrot color to it, it doesn't noticeably stain your skin once you apply it.

Coconut Oil—Nature's Perfect Moisturizer

For all its internal health benefits, pure coconut oil is also a wonderful all-natural "anti-aging" moisturizer when applied topically. When absorbed into your skin and connective tissues, coconut oil helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by helping to keep your connective tissues strong and supple. It also helps exfoliate the outer layer of dead skin cells, making your skin smoother.
Physiologist and biochemist Ray Peat, Ph.D. considers coconut oil an antioxidant, due to its stability and resistance to oxidation and free radical formation. Besides that, coconut oil also has potent antimicrobial activity. (About 50 percent of the fat in coconut oil is lauric acid that your body converts into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties. Capric acid, another coconut fatty acid present in smaller amounts, also has antimicrobial activity.)
All of these features make it a good choice for skin applications. Coconut oil is perhaps one of the most useful ingredients you can keep in your house. A previous article by Delicious Obsessions lists no less than 122 creative uses for this household staple, including 21 DIY coconut oil skin care recipes. For example, you can use it as a base for body scrubs, homemade deodorant, toothpaste, hand and body cream, lip balm—even bug repellent.

A 5-Step Shower Routine for Tackling Dry Skin

Removing excess skin flaking can help reveal more glowing skin underneath. The following routine can help you accomplish that without harsh chemicals:
  • Dry brush your skin prior to getting wet using a body brush. This will help get rid of loose flaky skin
  • Avoid using soap or use the least amount possible, especially in the winter or in dry climates, as that will tend to worsen your dry skin
  • Instead, apply a natural body scrub to exfoliate your skin (also apply this to your skin before getting wet, and choose one that also contains oil to moisturize)
  • Hot showers can worsen dry skin so take the coldest shower you can tolerate
  • After your shower, apply a heavy natural body butter or natural moisturizing oil (not mineral oil or baby oil) to help seal in moisture. As mentioned earlier, organic coconut oil is an ideal choice
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During Winter Months, Stay Well-Hydrated Inside and Out to Prevent Itchy Skin

Most people remember to stay hydrated during the summer, as the heat makes you sweat and develop a thirst. But reduced humidity and cold weather tends to suck the moisture right out of your skin, so you still need to make sure you're staying well hydrated, even though you're not sweating. As mentioned earlier, optimizing your omega-3 level is one of the best ways to moisturize your skin from the inside out. But you also need to drink clean pure water. Drink enough to where your urine is a light yellow color.
Working from the inside out, your diet can clearly make a big difference when it comes to keeping your skin supple and healthy. Avoiding processed foods, sugars and grains, is a foundational strategy for healthy skin, regardless of the season. While adding plenty of vegetables—both fresh and fermented—will further boost your skin health quotient.
As for topical remedies against dry itchy skin, remember that many chemical-laden concoctions can make matters worse rather than better. While petrolatum-based creams may help seal in moisture, thereby appearing to fix the problem, research has shown that topical applications of moisturizers such as Dermabase, Dermovan, Eucerin Original Moisturizing Cream, or Vanicream may actually increase your skin cancer risk...
Organic coconut oil is an ideal alternative to potentially toxic creams and lotions filled with suspicious ingredients. You can use it straight out of the jar, or mix it with other all-natural ingredients.
For ideas and recipes, see Delicious Obsessions' article on this topic. If you do opt for a commercial moisturizer, I recommend sticking to USDA certified 100% organic products. Personally, I rarely put anything consciously on my skin that I wouldn't be willing to put in my mouth. For example, I designed my organic body butter with eight food-based ingredients that are well-recognized for their benefits, safety, and effectiveness. These ingredients individually and synergistically contribute to softer, smoother, moister skin, without taxing your body with potential toxins. I believe that, along with a nutrient-dense diet and pure water, a truly all-natural, organic moisturizer can help you achieve a clear and radiant complexion.
Organic Shea Butter Cocoa Butter Virgin Coconut Oil Jojoba Oil
Murumuru Butter Rice Bran Extract (Oryza Sativa) Palm Oil Aloe Vera Juice