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Rant on the Heat & More of My Favorite Supplements Along with a Smoothie Recipe

Hello everyone! Hope you are staying cool in your neck of the woods. As for us, we are burning up. It is so hot and humid that you cannot hardly breathe outside. We are so ready for a break in this heat. If you are considering a move to Mississippi, or anywhere in the Deep South, please think long and hard before doing so. I wouldn’t recommend it. We would love to have a summer home in a cooler State. If it were up to me, it would be a permanent home, but my dad doesn’t want to live where it snows in winter.

All that aside, I want to talk about some more of my favorite supplements. Last week we discussed 7 natural pain killers. Another natural pain killer that could be added to the list is Magnesium. This is one of my very favorite supplements. It relaxes the muscles and also aids in sleep. It acts as a laxative. In fact, the best way to determine when you have taken too much is when you have loose stool. I personally take 2 capsules daily at 200mg each. If I have trouble sleeping I take 2 more. I have taken 6 to go to sleep, which is at bowel tolerance for me. Pardon the personal references, but I can only speak for myself. I used to have stomach cramps during menstruation. Now that I take Magnesium daily I rarely have pain during that time. Of course, some of that could also be due to a cleaner diet as well. I highly recommend Magnesium as a daily supplement.

Vitamin C is great for the immune system. My grandparents are in their 80s and all their peers had the flu last winter. They take Vitamin C daily and they never had the flu. It’s so good for so much.

Vitamin D3 5000IU is another must. It fights breast cancer, regulates cholesterol and blood pressure, helps with cardiovascular health, etc. I am currently taking 2 daily.

Kyolic Garlic is another supplement I take daily. It’s great for the immune system, blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. It also contains sulfur which is great for the skin and joints.

Probiotics are great for the immune system and overall gut health. I take 1 daily that is 50 billion CFU. You can also get probiotics through organic sauerkraut, kefir, Kombucha, kimchi, and other fermentation’s. I am aware that yogurt contains probiotics, but I use it sparingly due to sugar content. Most mainstream yogurts have artificial sweeteners, which are worse than sugar. I eat dairy free organic yogurt. I limit myself to 1 or 2 small servings a week. There isn’t enough probiotic in yogurt to compensate for eating that much sugar.

I have recently started taking organic flaxseed oil. I started when my shoulder was causing me a lot of pain. It helped with the pain, I think, and I take it now daily. I also take another Omega supplement called Yes Parent Essential Oil that contains several oils, such as evening primrose, borage, coconut, etc.

Theanine is an amino acid that people are taking like crazy for anxiety. It relaxes the body and acts as a natural beta blocker. I was first introduced to Theanine as a supplement for Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. Many people are having success using it for anxiety relief. I sell it to a lot of people who work in the medical field.

As I close, let me share our latest smoothie recipe:


1 banana

6 baby carrots

1 tablespoon or so of organic no sugar added peanut butter

1 cup chocolate almond milk

1 scoop chocolate bone broth (Organixx brand)

2 cups ice

You can also use 1 avocado if you want to add thickness.


Place ingredients, except for ice, in blender. Blend well, then add ice and blend again. Enjoy!

For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, see my contact info at the top of the page. Have a healthy and blessed week!

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Seven Natural Pain Killers

Hello everyone! I hope your week is going well. We’ve been blessed with a little rain and slightly cooler temperatures. I hesitate to say this, but it almost feels like Fall is in the air. Realistically speaking, our hottest month, August, is still ahead of us. We dare not wish for an early Fall.

I want to talk about seven natural pain killers that I have been learning about. The first one is White Willow Bark. This is what Aspirin was derived from when it was introduced. So, why take Aspirin when you can take the real thing, White Willow Bark.

The second natural pain killer is Capsaicin. This is one of the main components of cayenne pepper. It aids in blood flow. It is also great for cardiovascular health. It is recommended that everyone have a cayenne tincture with them at all times. A medical doctor was having a heart attack. He was blue from lack of oxygen, but had enough presence of mind to put a drop of cayenne tincture on the tip of his tongue. He recovered.

The third natural pain killer is Frankincense. You can apply it to wherever you are in pain. It is great to apply behind the ears. I have also heard that a drop under the tongue or on the roof of the mouth is absorbed into the body more quickly. Of course, we know that application to the bottom of the feet is one of the best places for better absorption.

The fourth natural pain killer is Cat’s Claw. This is one I am not personally familiar with. So I will just throw it out there and move on.

The fifth natural pain killer is Omega 3 fatty acids. I do not recommend fish oil at all, though some do and more power to them. I have used Flaxseed oil myself with great results. I also recommend Yes Parent Essential Oil. Some also discourage Omega 6 saying this causes inflammation. There are studies that prove that some Omega 6 fatty acids reduce inflammation.

The sixth natural pain killer is Curcumin. This is one of the components of turmeric. It aids in reducing inflammation. I can testify to its ability to relieve pain. I tested it today. I had a headache. I took 2 Curcumin capsules at 200mg each. My headache left.

Last, but certainly not least, the seventh natural pain killer is, drum roll please, Cannabis! CBD oil, as well as tinctures and capsules have been known to relieve pain and inflammation. I personally favor Sol CBD and Hemp Bombs. Cannabis is an amazing plant. It is so beneficial for so many situations. It is a shame that it isn’t lawfully available. At least for now we do have access to CBD.

I have all of these pain killers in my possession. I have used all of them except Cat’s Claw. I will be trying it too.

Another natural pain killer that I did not mention is peppermint oil. This helps with headaches, aches and pains, etc. I’m sure there are many more out there.

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This photo is a sample of all our canning: potatoes, pickle relish, spicy sweet pickles, salsa, figs, and blueberry jelly.

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Changes to

Hello everyone! This is just a quick post to explain why things look different when you visit my site.

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I am moving back to my old site at WordPress. From what I understand, when you visit, you will be automatically routed to this site.

The unfortunate part of this change is the content from did not make the transition. The current content on this blog is from my original blog at WordPress. However, from this point forward, I will be posting new material here every Thursday as I was before. Technically, nothing changes for you. I just wanted you to know why the site looks different and why my posts aren’t up to date. Thank you for your patience as the transition is made. And thank you for being a loyal reader.

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