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Dec 7, 2018

Be Selfish This Season of Giving

by RidgeCrest Herbals

In this season of giving, it’s easy to forget about your own needs and wants (especially us women and mothers!). While being selfless and giving are very important and admirable qualities, you can’t give all of yourself away. Don’t forget about the most important person, YOU! You can’t pour from an empty cup, and self-care isn’t selfish - it’s a priority and a necessity. So give yourself the gift of self-care during the holidays!

  • Don’t force yourself to go or to do things that compromise your personal boundaries
  • Don’t force yourself to be around toxic people, even family members
  • Take time out to attend to your needs
  • Do not put yourself in debt to give others presents, to decorate, or to keep up with the latest and greatest tech or toys
  • Keep activities to a minimum, only do what your time and schedule will allow and DON’T feel bad about it!
  • Don’t let stress get in the way of joy, if it’s too stressful don’t do it!
  • Don’t be afraid of disappointing others, sometimes this is going to happen when it comes to taking care of you, and that’s ok
  • Don’t let guilt or shame bring you down
  • Remember it’s ok to say no
  • Take time to rest, relax, and rejuvenate
  • Simplify your family traditions to a manageable level where you get to enjoy the holidays, too!


Dec 7, 2018

Got Any Weeds?

by Will, Ginger Beard of Power

Think back to when a child you know was a toddler, innocently exploring a lawn in summer.  What tiny hands have not plucked the bright yellow flowers of a dandelion and proudly presented them to their adult? Throughout the generations they are shown how to make a wish and blow on a white globe of seeds. These simple pleasures would not have been possible had our forebears not carried dandelion (which is not native to the American continent) used these seeds, roots, and flowers as medicine. Most people today see them as a pest, but in fact, they have amazing health properties.

What is the real definition of a weed? “A wild plant growing where it is not wanted.”  So if you struggle with weeds in your lawn or garden, there is an easy fix for any land owner or gardener - just decide that you wanted them there! Then give yourself credit for how well you have grown the plant. And you may learn that plant that you were originally told was a weed has some great benefits for you, your family, or your outdoor space.

Most people are fighting a constant battle of keeping your outdoor space sterile and free from contaminants, but they are often doing themselves a disservice, both in terms of time management and their ecosystem. When you change the paradigm of weeds vs non-weeds, you can make your space work for you rather than against you. Here are a few ideas to help you turn your land into a beneficial space a natural ecosystem.

First, identify your volunteer plant by  looking for a local or state websites. Here in Utah, we have many, but one example is The Utah Native Plant Society. With this information you can check if the plant is safe, can grow without extra watering, and find out if it is a noxious weed that may be threatening the health of other plants in your area. But for the most part, if it is a native plant, it is safe to let it grow.

Second, be aware of your soil needs. Sometimes we may live in an area that was once farmed or changed by industrialization that drained the soil’s natural balance.  For the most part, a local nursery or even an old-timer in your area can give you the scoop. If you want to be a real steward of your land, send a sample out for testing. This should cost you less than $80 and will give you a panel of soil data to look at when you choose what weeds/natives you will let grow and the ones you will thin out.  Plants compete for space, water, and light. So once you have a list of the ones to let grow and the ones to discourage, you can start to groom your space for the better of the environment rather than arbitrary ideas of horticultural beauty.

Third, start a notebook and share what you know. When you look up a plant and identify it, you want to write down what you learn. Does it flower? Is it a powerful oxygen giver/air cleaner? Is it edible? Is it helping acidify your soil or bring about other nutrients as it goes through its life cycle? When your garden is naturally cultivated, move on to cultivate a community of like-minded people and share your knowledge. This can be a very social, rewarding step. Being a steward of the earth is not a fad, it is now a way of life. Our earth needs people to learn and share knowledge with friends and through their neighborhood. Start a seed-sharing program or community gardening group. You will find many friends this way.

Last on the list is to permanently change your way of thinking. The idea is not to let your lawn become wild and untamed, turning it into an urban jungle. This is a time to rethink your space, your use of chemicals, and what plants you allow to flourish. It is a time to groom your yard around native plants, and you may find they are a great gift to your family and the Earth. They can become beautiful as you search to understand what they offer.  In the long run, you will save money by letting that empty corner of your yard be filled by these zero-cost plant contributors, rather than spend the money to eradicate them. 


Dec 6, 2018

DIY Tincture

by RidgeCrest Herbals


Dec 6, 2018

December 2018 Organtics

by RidgeCrest Herbals


Nov 27, 2018

Anxiety Free Wins Its 3rd Award!

by RidgeCrest Herbals

The awards keep coming in for RidgeCrest Herbals! Their Anxiety Free product has won its third award, making a total of thirteen awards for the company in the past four years. This time, Anxiety Free earned the 2018 Remedies Magazine Stress Relief Award, Winner, Nutritional Supplement Category.

Exposure to prolonged levels of stress can have long-term health effects, which is why RidgeCrest Herbals offers Anxiety Free™. It combines vitamins, amino acids, and calming Ayurvedic herbs to help support the body's natural ability to create feelings of inner peace and deep calm. You may notice that the ingredients are similar to their Adrenal Fatigue formula. Both are designed to address stress, but approach it from different angles to meet the needs of the individual’s stress-response. A good rule of thumb is to consider how you respond to stress. Do you get angry? Do you cry? Both? If stress frequently reduces you to tears, the adaptogens in Anxiety Free promotes the body’s overall capacity to handle non-specific forms of stress.

Anxiety Free, which also received the 2014 and 2017 Taste For Life Better Nutrition Award, Best of Supplements VITY Awards, joins RidgeCrests’ other award-winning products, including:

ClearLungs Immune®

    • 2016 Taste For Life Better Nutrition Award, Best Supplement, Sinus & Respiratory Support Category
    • 2017 Taste for Life Essentials Award, Breathe Easy Category

Essential Eyes™

    • 2017 New Hope Network’s NEXTY Award for Best Condition-Specific Supplement
    • 2018 Taste For Life Essential Supplements Award, Eye Health

Hair Revive™

    • 2018 Taste for Life Women’s Essential Awards, Winner, Hair Restoration

PhysiQOL™

    • 2016 Taste For Life Better Nutrition Award, Best Supplement, Pain Relief Category
    • 2017 Better Nutrition Magazine Better Nutrition Award, Best of Supplements, Pain Relief Category
    • 2017 Taste for Life Essentials Award Winner, Pain Management

ThyroidThrive™

    • 2017 Taste For Life Better Nutrition Award, Best Supplement

For more information, visit rcherbals.com.


Nov 27, 2018

Natural Yeast Facts

by Caleb Warnock

- Natural yeast exists only in nature. It has not been sold commercially for decades.

- All yeast in the grocery store is genetically modified (created through mutagenesis).

- Like many natural probiotic cultures, natural yeast is mesophilic, meaning it needs a certain warm temperature (70 to 80 degrees) for optimum growth. 

- Yeast is a living organism. Natural yeast eats the gluten naturally found in wheat flour and turns it into amino acids, which are the building blocks of life and health. As yeast digests gluten protein, it creates carbon dioxide as a byproduct. This gas causes yeast bread to rise. 

- Gluten is a long-chain protein made up of several types of gliadins (a water-soluble protein) and glutenins (a non-water soluble protein). The human body cannot digest gluten because of its chain length. (Different types of gliadins and glutenins are distinguished by their amino acid sequences, which differ.) Amino acids are the building blocks of life. The human body creates cells using amino acids. There is a growing consensus that a lack of amino acids may be the root of all human disease. There are 20 known amino acids. Of these 20, the human body can create 11 (from food). The 

remaining 9 are only available to the human body through digestion of true and real food.

- Gluten intolerance (which can lead to Celiac Disease) is an autoimmune disorder caused by the body’s inability to break down gluten. In the history of the world, wheat was made safe for 

long-term human consumption by using natural yeast to break down the gluten protein chains. 

Natural yeast does this by literally eating the gluten found in flour and breaking it down into amino acids, which the body can digest. 

- Autoimmune disorders of all kinds are exacerbated and prolonged by the lack of beneficial bacteria in the human digestive system. Human beings are symbiotic organisms because we depend on 

beneficial bacteria for digestion. A healthy human gut must have 3-4 pounds of beneficial bacteria and fiber at all times. When this is not present, proper digestion cannot occur. Antibiotics, 

chlorinated water, and consumption of antibiotic-treated meats all kill these (and all) beneficial 

bacteria in our system. These bacteria must have both soluble and insoluble fiber in order to live in the human body, because they do not eat human tissue.

- Natural yeast makes bread dough roughly 95% gluten-free on the first rise (3-5 hours). This 

percentage rises the longer you let bread rise: 96% after 12 hours, 97 percent after 24 hours, 98% after 36 hours. The dough can test 99% gluten free, but never tests 100% gluten free, no matter how long you let the dough rise.

- There are two good bacterias which live in the human body which can digest gluten. One is found in saliva, and the second lives in the upper digestive tract. Antibiotics, chlorinated water, and 

consumption of antibiotic-treated meats all kill these (and all) beneficial bacteria in our system, as I said previously. When our gut is healthy, and we use natural yeast, wheat flour is rendered safe to eat. 

- Yeast from the grocery store, which has been genetically engineered, does not break down the gluten.

- All yeast sold in stores was natural until World War II. Modern genetically engineered yeast, 

created in laboratories, is not natural and does not act as nature intended. Smart people will ask -- does this guy have proof that yeast sold in the grocery stores is genetically modified? Yes, and you can find in-depth information about that by listening to the episode of my radio show about 

genetically modified yeast. All of the episodes of my radio show are available for streaming, for free, at MormonHippie.com. Before yeast was genetically modified, all bread was a fermented food. Today, almost no bread is fermented because the yeast has been modified to be fast acting. Yeast was 

genetically engineered so that it could be patented and corporate-owned, because no country allows naturally occurring substances to be patented or corporate-owned. Genetically engineered yeast eats sugar instead of gluten protein.

- Natural yeast can be sour if you want it to be, but does not have to be sour. The sourness of the yeastdepends entirely on how you treat the yeast. Once natural yeast has hit peak rise (meaning it has eaten the gluten) it begins to sour by the hour.

- Science has identified more than 1,000 species of yeast in the wild. Yeast spores are in every breath of air you take in. The best yeast for making wine is naturally found on the skin of grapes. The best yeast for making bread is naturally found on wheat. All the yeast I use for baking came from wheat grown organically in my backyard garden. You can buy a kit for creating your own baking yeast from nature at SeedRenaissance.com (containing everything you need to make natural yeast). You can get live yeast for $5 at SeedRenaissance.com.


Nov 27, 2018

Unusual Cravings for Things You Should Not Eat

by Brittini, Herbal Gaia


Nov 27, 2018

Homemade Salad Dressings

by Aspen, Herbal Authoress

Have you ever made your own salad dressing? If not, you are missing out. Not only are they incredibly delicious, but there is great satisfaction in knowing just exactly what went into the food you are eating, how long ago it was made, and that it is free from chemicals, preservatives, and inflammatory oils. Here are a few very simple ideas to get you started - you can find a lot more online!

Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette:
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 Tbsp organic cane sugar
2/3 cup of balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup avocado oil
1 Tbsp raw honey
1/2 tsp Himalayan salt

Mix the raspberries and sugar together, 
and let it sit for ten minutes. Blend the 
raspberries with the other ingredients in a 
slow blender.

Honey Mustard Dressing:
1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsps avocado oil

Whisk together everything except the oil until well mixed. Slowly stir in the oil.

Simple Creamy Dressing:
1 tsp grainy mustard
1 1/2 Tbsp mayonnaise or full-fat yogurt
1 Pinch salt
1 Pinch sugar
Fresh pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp champagne vinegar

Blend all ingredients except vinegar. 
Slowly add vinegar with a whisk until 
smooth.


Nov 27, 2018

2018 November Window to Wanderlust

by Abbie, Graphics Goddess


Nov 8, 2018

Homemade Pumpkin Soup

by RidgeCrest Herbals



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