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Aug 17, 2019

ClearLungs Liquid Wins its First Award!

by RidgeCrest Herbals

The awards keep coming in for RidgeCrest Herbals! This time it is their ClearLungs Liquid that has won the 2019 Taste For Life Back-to-School Essentials Award for Immune Support. 

The ClearLungs formula is Ridgecrest Herbals’ premier product and holds a special place in their heart as the one that started it all back in the ’90s. For years it has been the #1 natural product in the country for lung health. The basis of this formula dates back 2,000 years! In TCM, the lungs are considered the “Upper Source of Water” and Qi flows downward from the lungs. If the lungs fall out of balance, symptoms of stuffy chest, cough, or signs of water stagnation (phlegm, urinary problems, edema, etc.) occur. To support the lungs, bitter herbs are used to encourage a downward flow, and warming herbs increase circulation to the lungs to increase heat. This formula can be taken with their AirwayClear for additional support. Their liquid option provides the same benefits as the Original formula with a pleasant, natural orange flavor for those who don’t like or struggle with taking pills.

Dong Quai Root: Studies show it may help the body to dilate bronchioles to support open airways and encourage circulation to the lungs and respiratory system.

Gardenia Fruit: Commonly used to relieve nasal pressure, to calm the body, and relax muscles.

Chinese Skullcap Root: Contains compounds that support the body’s natural state free from excess inflammation and helps support natural immune function.

Poria Fungal Body: Contains multiple vitamins and other nutrients essential to healthy cardiac function and blood circulation and helps balance electrolytes and revitalizes the spleen for immune support. 

Zhejiang Fritillary bulb: Traditionally used to help reduce mucus, decrease system stagnation, improve the lymphatic system and support overall cardiovascular function.

This is the first award for ClearLungs Liquid, but it the fifth industry award for the ClearLungs family of products, and the 16th award for RidgeCrest Herbals.  


 


 


Jul 16, 2019

Low-Carb Mini Fruit Tarts

by Shae, Customer Service and Social Media Goddess

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Jul 16, 2019

2019 July Organtics

by RidgeCrest Herbals

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Jul 16, 2019

Make Ice Cream From Juicing

by Chris, Director of Sales

Want delicious, vegan, guilt-free sorbet without having to go out or fuss with an ice cream maker? Try your single-gear, masticating juicer or blender! With your juicer’s blank plate or homogenizing function, you can combine fruit like bananas, strawberries, and mango and immediately enjoy a no-sugar-added, soft serve ice cream that is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients!

Fit your masticating juicer with its blank plate or select the homogenizing function. Place your ice cream bowl under the juicer spout and turn on the machine. Adding a couple of pieces at a time, slowly feed through frozen fruit. Watch with amazement as the vibrant soft serve comes out! When finished, enjoy your treat as is, or get decadent with your favorite toppings like chopped nuts, granola, or honey!

Don’t have the right juicer or part? If you have a Vitamix or comparable high-powered blender, you can achieve the same effect by using the tamper while blending on high for 10-30 seconds.

Word to the wise: small batches turn out better when using the Vitamix, so don’t load it up to the top!

 

Here are some particularly tasty combinations:

 

  1. Banana and berries
  2. strawberries and mango
  3. peaches, raspberries, and coconut
  4. banana, strawberry, and chocolate sauce
  5. Just plain Mango!
  6. Coconut and strawberry
  7. Blueberries, cherries, and coconut

     


Jul 16, 2019

The Artist Behind the Images - an Interview with Carel

by Matt, Herbal Head Honcho

Over the years as the Almanac has grown in popularity, people have asked us who is responsible for our unique cover art, so this year we sat down with the artist, Carel P. Brest van Kempen, to get an insight into his life and artwork. Enjoy our Q&A!

Q.     Carel, you have been an award-winning painter of wildlife for a long time. What first sparked your interest in art and nature?

"Both things have been with me from the very start. Right after I turned four, my family moved to Emigration Canyon, which was the drainage that Brigham Young and the Mormon Pioneers followed into the Great Salt Lake Valley in 1847. It was a wonderful place for a boy to grow up, and living there was a really important factor in shaping me. I took full advantage and spent as much time as I could exploring the backcountry. I used to carry a sketch pad around as a boy, and imagined myself as a 20th-Century Audubon, with grand plans to put together a big illustrated book depicting the animals and plants of the Wasatch Mountains. Since boyhood, I've always studied the natural world obsessively and enjoyed drawing and painting."

Q.     What aspects of your art do you find the most difficult or the most interesting?

"I think the hardest thing about painting is that the artist knows exactly what it is he's trying to communicate, and I find it's impossible to look at my own work from the point of view that the rest of the world sees it from. That makes it impossible to know whether a painting works or not. The most enjoyable part of painting a piece by far is working out the composition, which I do before I do any actual painting. This is where the creativity is."

Q.     You lead a unique lifestyle, somewhat removed from what other people might consider essential conveniences. Why?

"I don't feel the need for a car or a cell phone. As somebody who loves the natural world, I try to limit my consumption as much as I can. I love to ride a bicycle and find that a bike can meet 98% of my transportation needs. I find that a landline and a home desktop do all the cell phone tasks that I need. I only use a cell phone for travel."

Q.     What are the traits that you find most predictive of success for an artist?

"Developing the skills of drawing and painting are like any other field. You have to put in the work. Talent doesn't have all that much to do with it. Going beyond that point and creating important work, that's where talent makes a difference. You can't really teach a person to have a good aesthetic judgment or to have something interesting to say with their paintings."

Q.     What most drove the development of your talent?

"My theory is that I'm always learning lots of little things, then eventually I'm able to tie those bits together. It was during one of those jumps in my late 20s that I decided to try to be a professional artist. That was a very exciting time. I was completely focused on that goal, and throughout my 30s, pretty much all I did was paint. I put my belongings in storage and lived rent-free for three and a half years to make it easier to concentrate just on art. Another big growth moment for me was when I met Carl Brenders, an amazing Belgian artist. I met him when he was the featured artist at an expo in 1993. There's a marked difference in my paintings before and after that. He's continued to be a very good and generous friend as well as an inspiration."

Q.     What have some of the highlights of your career been?

"Studying nature in the field is crucial, and my favorite experiences have been in nature. Watching the courtship of Wreathed Hornbills in Indonesia, birds of paradise in New Guinea, tracking Drills (a large and very rare baboon) in Cameroon, mountain gorillas in Uganda...I have so many wonderful memories of the field. I've also been lucky to have had my work in a lot of really exciting places. One of the most memorable was at the National Museum in Taipei in 2000. I got to be featured in another similar show in Qingdao, China, in 2017. I just participated in a very exciting project that was unveiled in August 2018, “Silent Skies.” Artists For Conservation, a Canada-based organization, commissioned a 100-foot-long mural made up of 678 different 8-inch-square paintings depicting the Earth's endangered bird species."

Q.     Where can people find your work?

"Over the next year, my solo show will visit the Shafer Gallery in Great Bend, KS, the Chicago Academy of Sciences Notebaert Museum, and the Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences. You can see exhibit specifics and lots of examples of my work at cpbrestvankempen.com."


Jun 6, 2019

Tips for Rocking it as a Single Mom

by Aspen, Herbal Authoress

Recently on my social media, a soon-to-be first-time mom who was a lawyer asked a Mom group I belong to how to juggle working full time with an infant at home. I ended up giving her lots of advice, so apparently, I had a lot to say about that topic. Here is how I, personally, manage juggling a heavy workload at the office (in my case I have RidgeCrest, I own a boutique, and I do freelance work on the side), and managing life with a child at home.

1. Create routines and habits so that things feel automatic and require less thought.

2. If you can afford to outsource, absolutely do it. Pay someone to do the yard work or to deep clean the bathrooms, or fix that light switch that doesn’t work. For some women raised traditionally this feels like a cop-out, but I’d rather take the generational guilt with a side of clean house than go to bed underneath a mountain of dirty laundry.

3. Caffeine is your friend and there is much less evidence than people think about it being bad for babies; I would not have made it through the first three months of my baby home without a giant coffee to sip on through the day.

4. Prioritize healthy eating, it gives you more energy for dealing with everything else.

5. Embrace minimalism and get rid of all the clutter you can so that things don't build up in your house, and buy with intention - for me that means that my daily objects are mini-stress relievers because things like my two coffee mugs or my Ello water bottle make me happy every time I see them throughout my day.

5. I read a bunch of stuff online about how to keep things tidy and clean and the One Touch Rule has transformed my life, literally.

6. Make lists. I have lists in my kitchen for every type of event that takes me out of the house and what I need for each one so I don't forget an extra change of shoes or sunscreen. I LOVE that I can tell Alexa to add something to my shopping list or words my son knows without having to stop what I am doing.

7. Let go of guilt. I will never measure up to the genetically thin stay-at-home moms with their expensive joggers and handsome, wealthy husbands, and sure, my mom may have told me as I was getting divorced that she “couldn’t imagine working and missing those moments with her child” like I am somehow magically supposed to have money without working, but it’s all good. My situation is mine, my story is mine, and it has given me strength and experience that is unique to me. I can use my challenges to help show empathy and uplift others who go through similar things - and I will know not to say “your problem is portion control.”

8. Buy a Roomba!

9. On the nights you can, give yourself ten minutes to meditate. And don't feel bad about missing a day.

10. Multitask by listening to music or a book on tape while you are doing other things so you feel like you are getting more personal time for yourself by including something you enjoy in your day.

FINAL NOTE: #1 for me was stop caring what other people think of you. At work, this means challenging the status quo and demanding flexibility. Fortunately, RidgeCrest is extremely supportive and flexible with their expectations, making it the perfect place to be as a single mom. But for some moms, there is still a battle to be fought on office grounds. So DON’T let anyone make you feel guilty if your competing priorities of home and work means you have to juggle. It is not your place or role to make it seem like your children don't exist for your employers. It is their place to make the changes in the office environment to support you in your needs. We need moms in the office normalizing motherhood, not hiding it. It may be a shift for your company, but it is their shift to make, and it should have happened a long time ago. They are lucky to have you and by bringing the struggles of parenthood into your office you can not only fight the status quo for other mothers, but for fathers who should have been allowed and expected to have to manage their home responsibilities the way women do while at work to begin with.

What are your tips? Believe me, I could use them!


Jun 6, 2019

The Doctrine of Signatures

by Will, Ginger-Beard of Power

Hey, look at this! Chop a carrot and look at its inside.  Looks a lot like a human eye, doesn’t it? Try it. Better yet, find an heirloom carrot, or maybe some of the mixed color carrots, and you will see an even more familiar “sight,” wink!

There are quite a few foods in nature that look suspiciously close to the human organ they benefit. This association was not lost on the ancients and has been explored through the ages by the great minds of their times. Hippocrates said the now-famous phrase “Let food be thy medicine.” Paracelsus claimed that “Nature marks each growth...according to its curative benefit.” Jakob Bӧhme (16th century) claimed that God marked plants with a “signature,” to help us identify its benefits. William Coles felt the same, and even Foucault argued the merit of the concept. Some plants were so well known to benefit the human body that their names developed directly from the benefits they give, such as toothwort or eyebright. These names are just an indication of how old this concept is.

While there are many plants and foods that follow these interesting patterns, there are also deadly or toxic plants that do as well - how fortunate that we live in an age where the collected wisdom of humanity can be searched at a glance so that we don’t have to make a deadly mistake when exploring the doctrine of signatures!

Here are just a few foods that have been scientifically proven to provide benefits to the organs they resemble:

Ginger: Ginger resembles the stomach and is one of the best ways you can naturally cure nausea and motion sickness. it also aids digestion and nutrient absorption.

Pomegranates: Pomegranates look like little blood cells, and a study out of Israel showed that pomegranates help blood flow and blood health in several ways.

Walnuts: Walnuts look like the brain, with their folds and wrinkles. Walnuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids, the building block of the more than 100 billion cells in the brain. Omega-3’s aid the function of neurotransmitter receptors.

Tomatoes: Tomatoes are red and have chambers just like the human heart. 

Mushrooms: A sliced mushroom looks like the human ear. They contain Vitamins C, D, and E, all which help guard against cellular damage in the ears and blood vessels.

Grapes: Grapes look like the alveoli of the lungs, and are full of antioxidants and resveratrol, which supports free movement in the cells of the nasal passages and lungs.

Carrots: The most well-known signature, carrots contain beta-carotene, a vitamin that protects eye health, especially in older people.

Celery: Celery looks like your bones, with that same good crunch! This alkalizing veggie is full of Vitamin K, which is necessary on a cellular level for bone health. It also has calcium, folate, manganese (for the synthesis of connective tissue in the bone), and magnesium.

Kidney beans: Kidney beans are self-explanatory, aren’t they? They are rich in magnesium and potassium, which help keep the kidneys free from buildup.

Sweet Potato: This yummy french fry option closely resembles the pancreas. That makes sense, as it is a low glycemic carb that helps support even blood sugar, making the pancreas's job easier.

Figs: This one is a bit of low-hanging fruit, but have you ever noticed that figs hang in twos and are full of seeds contained in a sac? Their appearance may be why they have long been a symbol of male fertility. Now science has revealed that figs actually can increase sperm motility and quantity. It’s nuts!

 If you are like me, you spend a lot of time thinking about what is the truth, our purpose, and what we have a responsibility to do for the coming generations and how we respect life, time, and the body we have been gifted. Enjoy digging through the rich history and building your own thoughts around the Doctrine of Signatures. I did!


Jun 6, 2019

The Power of Positive Self-Talk

by Meagan, Customer Service Mermaid

“Your thoughts are powerful! It is possible to create a happier, more confident self and bring what you desire into your life!”

If you’re like anyone else who has picked up a self-help book, you’ve read similar statements - so have I. For years I heard this, and as much as I wanted to follow through on this advice, I never took that time to invest in myself. But at the start of 2018, I became very ill for close to 4 months.

I had been diagnosed with Clostridium difficile colitis after taking an antibiotic. I was put on a stronger antibiotic once diagnosed, but even after being cleared from the C-diff I was still experiencing stomach problems. I was put on many different medications and put through many tests to find a diagnosis, and they all came back clean. I became depressed, anxious, and struggled with an obsessive-compulsive order, becoming obsessed with germs and re-infection. Not knowing what was wrong or when I would be better was torturous. I had no idea how long this illness could last, and my quality of life was awful.

After so many negative tests, my doctor talked about the possibility of it being psychosomatic. This only increased my anxiety. I couldn’t fathom how my mind could be causing this, or why I would do this to myself. Therapy was suggested about a month and a half into the illness. I went to a Hypnotherapist my mom recommended.

I was familiar with therapy as I had gone years before, but this therapy was different. At each session, I was taught new coping skills, things like how to breathe diaphragmatically and how to stimulate the Vagus nerve to calm down. This was very important since I found myself having anxiety attacks and breakdowns at least once a day. At the end of each session, I was given homework. The first session I was given 2 CD’s to listen to on alternating nights. I did this for two months.

My second appointment I was asked about my fears and desires, and we created personalized affirmations. I would say these affirmations four times out loud - in the morning, afternoon, and evening. I was also writing them. This was done repetitively.

I was fully invested, and once I began doing the work I could feel positive energy around me. I started researching the power of positive thoughts and self-thought, and how they impact the brain. I was learning new things about myself and began feeling less anxious and depressed. I started to feel slight improvements. One powerful affirmation for my situation was: “All of my cells know what to do to heal. Every single one of my cells is filled with wellness, health, and vitality. I am the picture of positive energy and wellbeing. I am healed, healthy, and whole.” I also added visualizations, imagining watching my cells fill with everything they needed.

By doing this, I was affirming that my body was strong and that I was improving, even if only a small amount each day. I was my own cheerleader. These Affirmations were helping me re-wire my brain to think positively. After some time, I was finally in a better place psychologically - though I was still physically sick. It took a bit more time to discover my illness was due to black mold in my apartment. With that knowledge, I moved and never looked back. It still took time to heal, but within a month I was no longer stuck in bed with nausea and shaking. Armed with a more positive attitude and making the physical changes I needed for my health, I was on my way to a more positive existence.

Today I still use my affirmations. I change them up a bit for what I need in my life at various times, discovering new ways to grow. I make it a point to say them at least once every day, holding on to the positive energy it fills me with. I wonder where I would be without that work; I am happier and more confident than I’ve ever been. I took control of my thoughts, emotions, and behavior and it has only made me better. You can too!


Jun 6, 2019

Natural Sunburn Relief

by Abbie, Graphics Goddess

There are plenty of ways to shield your skin from damaging UV rays these days, but we can still find ourselves with a nasty sunburn.  Maybe your initial coat of SPF wore off while you were at the lake, you forgot to apply any before a round of yard work that went longer than expected, or you went for a hike and forgot to pack the sunblock.  Luckily, here are some effective measures you can take after you begin to feel the burn:

Internal relief - while sunburns are a painful surface problem, try relief from within by taking PhysiQOL from Ridgecrest Herbals.  With ingredients like Turmeric, Boswellia extract, Teasel root, and Indian Tinospora (all supportive of the body’s ability to maintain a healthy anti-inflammatory response), this is a great place to start, or as a supplement to other topical remedies.

Salt - Salt has amazing chemical properties when it comes to burns.  Whenever my mother would get a burn on something in the kitchen, I remember watching her immediately wet the area, apply a generous helping of table salt to the burn, then wrap it in a wet paper towel.  She'd wear it for a couple of hours, and the burn would be diminished. For mild to intermediate sunburns, try an Epsom salt bath. Start with a warm enough bath to dissolve at least 2 to 4 cups of Epsom salt, then let the water sit to cool, or add ice cubes to bring the temperature to a more comfortable range once the salt has dissolved.  Soak for at least 20 to 30 minutes to feel some great relief! If you don't have access to a bathtub, you can dissolve 2 to 3 tablespoons of Epsom salt into a spray bottle and spray the affected areas.

Keep an Aloe Vera plant in your home - If you sustain a burn from the oven or your coffee, race to your aloe plant, cut a bit off, and squeeze onto the affected area. Immediate relief, without the chemicals from store-bought aloe vera!

Apple Cider Vinegar - Some people swear that apple cider vinegar is the key to sunburn relief, simply by applying it to a rag or paper towel, and blotting the affected skin with it.  While this smell may be too strong for some people, it is a viable option for relief.

Essential Oil Sunburn Spray - If you find salt too drying for your skin type, give this spray a try:  Mix 15 drops of peppermint oil, 15 drops of lavender oil, 5 drops of frankincense oil in a 2 ounce spray bottle, and top off the remaining space with equal parts of witch hazel and a natural aloe vera.  Shake, and spray directly to the burn. The peppermint and lavender will help to cool and calm the skin, while the frankincense, witch hazel, and aloe vera will help to balance pH and help your skin repair itself.


Jun 6, 2019

June 2019 Window to Wanderlust

by Abbie, Graphics Goddess

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Jun 4, 2019

My Fasting Journey

by Shae, Customer Service and Social Media Goddess

Ever since I was in the third grade, I have struggled with my weight. I have been made fun of and called terrible names. It's been a long-standing scar in my life. So naturally, like so many of us, I am always searching for ways to be healthy. I have explored counting calories, keto, paleo, veganism, vegetarianism, juicing, and the HCG diet, with varied results from each.

I was browsing social media one day, and someone touted the Snake Diet for weight loss and health benefits. I had never heard of it, so I began to research. The Snake Diet is prolonged fasting with a homemade electrolyte drink. When I first heard about prolonged fasting it seemed so extreme I couldn’t wrap my head around it. But I kept researching and found that intermittent & prolonged fasting has many health benefits, and weight loss is just a perk!

Despite the concept of fasting being new to me, it has been practiced for centuries and plays a central role in many cultures and religions around the world. We would not have survived as a species had our bodies not been designed to fast. My generation has been told our whole lives we need to eat 3-6 meals every day, making the idea of fasting for longer than a few hours scary to consider, not to mention the sugar addiction that keeps us going back to foods that aren't good for us.

Scientific studies have found that intermittent and prolonged fasting can support and promote blood sugar control, heart health, good blood pressure, a healthy immune system, brain function, and metabolism.  Fasting has also shown to help with healthy skin, weight, longevity, natural detoxification within the body, and much more.

One of the best benefits of fasting is that it promotes autophagy. Autophagy is a metabolic process in the body that helps to recycle old, damaged and diseased cells. How amazing are our bodies?

I have PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome, infertility, amenorrhea, anovulation, eczema, dandruff, skin allergies, hirsutism, depression, and anxiety along with my weight problems. I have been on a journey of health for most of my adult life and am always trying to find ways to help myself after doctors have failed to help me. Perhaps fasting was the answer I had been looking for!

The Snake Diet protocol calls to start off with a 48 hr fast to break the fear of fasting. I pulled all my bravery and willpower together and committed to a 24hr fast first. Once I reached the 24hr mark, I felt amazing, so I pushed to the 48 hr fast. To my surprise I lost 2.5lbs in the first round, I had energy, my brain fog cleared, and I felt happy. I couldn’t believe it! I kept pushing with short fasts of 24hr & 48hrs for a few weeks before I made it to the 72hr mark, the longest I have gone so far. I have noticed that I am not as down or anxious, my co-workers have seen how bright my skin glows, and I have lost a total of 20 pounds in two months. My husband, who is doing this experiment with me, has lost 50!

I have found a new sense of empowerment. I have this great feeling of being in control of my body and my health. I have become acutely aware of what my body needs, what is my sugar addiction talking, the difference between want & need, that hunger is mostly dehydration or sugar/food addiction, and that I eat to find comfort when feeling emotional stress. Fasting has become yoga for my digestive system and eating habits. Less has become more,  and I have a greater appreciation for food. I notice how various foods affect my body, for example, grass-fed beef helps me feel more energized and I can fast longer afterward, whereas chicken makes me hungry sooner and I notice more brain fog.

I plan to continue on my healing journey of fasting and hope that one day my biggest dream of becoming a mother will come true.

I urge you to do some research on fasting, especially if you have health or weight issues. Who knows, fasting could be the answer you have been looking for!

             


Jun 4, 2019

Best Herbs for Pest Control

by RidgeCrest Herbals

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Jun 4, 2019

2019 June Organtics

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May 22, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

by Brit, Herbal Gaia

 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Here at RidgeCrest Herbals, we are always happy to answer your questions. Some of the most common ones are answered here. If you don't find the answer to your question, please call us at 800-242-4649, or email it to us at info@ridgecrestherbals.com.

Herbs are the second safest form of medicine known to man. (The very safest is homeopathy.)

People sometimes think that herbs are safe because they are "natural", but that is NOT TRUE. Hemlock (Conium maculatum), Deadly Nightshade (Atropa belladonna), and the Death Cap mushroom (Amanita phalloides) are all 100% natural but are also very deadly poisons.

Herbal medicines are safe not because they are natural, but because they have been used for thousands of years, with millions of people, and their beneficial properties and potential side effects are generally very well known. Thousands of years of experience are not to be lightly dismissed, especially when compared to a handful of supposedly "scientific" studies.

Keeping herbal medicine safe requires good formula design and specification, proper growing, harvesting, drying, and processing, and proper manufacturing and packaging. Failure at any of these steps can affect the safety of the finished product. So it is very important to know the sources of your herbs and know that the people who supply them are taking the same precautions that you would take in sourcing them for yourself.

At RidgeCrest Herbals, we take our own products every day, and we give them to our own families. We take every precaution to assure that they are both safe and effective and that they are always of the same consistently high quality that we would expect as customers.

Every medicine we take has at least one effect that we desire, which is why we take it. But that effect can vary greatly from one individual or condition to another, and a medicine that works well for one person, may not work so well for another.

Each medicine or ingredient may also have unwanted side effects, which can also vary from one person to another—so one person may get great benefits with few side effects, while another gets only side effects but no real benefit, even though they took the same product at the same dosage.

A good over-the-counter medicine is one that works pretty well for most people and hopefully has few serious side effects. This one-medicine-fits-all, or “silver bullet” approach, has been the basis of Western medicine for the last hundred years or more.

Complex formulas are different, and though they are common in Oriental medicine, they are less familiar here. Complex formulas use small doses of many ingredients, rather than large doses of one or two. Although people still react differently to each ingredient, complex formulas are more effective for more people—people who don’t respond much to one ingredient are likely to respond better to others. And because the dose of each ingredient is smaller, there is less chance of serious adverse reactions, side effects, and drug interactions.

Well-designed complex formulas, like a complex diet, simply work better than large doses of one or two ingredients. RidgeCrest Herbals products are complex—our simplest formulas have four or five ingredients, and some have over forty. Complex formulas are more expensive to create and manufacture than simple ones since we have to test dozens of ingredients, not just one or two. But the results are worth the extra effort.

No herbal tradition has all the answers. Because they developed in different parts of the world with different climates and plants available, each ancient culture developed unique solutions for various concerns. Some of these disciplines, like TCM and Eclectic medicine, overlap in many ways, and round each other out. Others, like homeopathy and herbs or nutrition, reinforce each other, making for real synergy—where a combination is more than the sum of its parts.

Our multi-disciplinary approach develops this potential synergy and pulls the most effective treatments from each culture to benefit our formulas.

Many health conditions are caused or made worse by nutritional deficiencies. Our modern western diet is not varied enough to provide good nutrition for most people.

In fact, the US Department of Agriculture reports that the nutritional value of many fruits and vegetables is less than half what it was in 1948, when they started keeping records, because of mass production techniques and soil depletion. Vitamins, trace minerals, and other nutritional supplements can contribute greatly to good health, especially when tailored to individual conditions and needs. Our products combine both herbs and vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to provide a well-rounded solution to the needs of our customers.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (or “TCM”) is probably the most comprehensive system of natural medicine in use today. TCM is one of the oldest medical systems, with literature dated as early as 2500 BC. TCM is also the most widely practiced natural medicine, used regularly by over two billion people worldwide. TCM is well documented, with many good reference books, even in English. TCM is also eclectic, borrowing useful ingredients and methods from many other cultures. In fact, TCM has studied and classified over 10,000 natural medicines from all over the world—much more than any other discipline.

TCM ingredients have been combined in many ways over a long period of time, so their characteristics when combined are very well known. In fact, most TCM medicines are complex formulas, not single herbs, and many such formulas have been used for hundreds or even thousands of years. RidgeCrest products often begin with TCM herbal formulas, though we often modify them for modern over-the-counter use.

By using only the best quality ingredients, with extensive testing both before and after manufacturing, our TCM-based formulas are among the safest and most effective botanical formulas available anywhere.

Some people, when referring to TCM, are speaking specifically of a streamlined version of Classical Chinese Medicine that was developed during the time of Chairman Mao. While this is the most accurate use of the term, most people conflate Classical Chinese Medicine (pre-Mao) and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and we use the terms interchangeably as well.

America has always been a crossroads for many different influences. Native Americans had many herbal solutions. European settlers brought their own solutions with them as they came to the Americas.

By the early 1800s, American herbalists were also studying herbal solutions brought by natives of Central and South America, Asia, Africa, and even Australia. As they adopted herbal solutions from many different sources, these herbalists began calling themselves Eclectic—a term that means “choosing what is best from various sources or systems.” For over a hundred years the Eclectics were the recognized leaders of medical science until herbal medicines were mostly replaced by pharmaceutical drugs in the 1920s and 1930s.

RidgeCrest Herbals remains strongly influenced by the Eclectic approach. Our botanical formulas are drawn not only from all branches of herbalism, but also from modern nutritional science. We continue to search the world for the most effective natural methods and ingredients, and new ways to use them together.

While European licorice has been shown to raise low blood pressure in large doses, Chinese licorice has not been shown to have the same effects and is not used for that purpose in herbal medicine. Our ClearLungs® Classic formula contains 36.2 mg of Chinese licorice, while it takes over 400 mg of European licorice to effectively raise blood pressure. You should always consult with your physician before making changes to any blood pressure regimen.

 


May 22, 2019

Almanac 2019 Frequently Asked Questions

by Brit, Herbal Gaia

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May 22, 2019

Bee-Friendly Plants that are Bee-Loved

by Nichole, Magical Marketing Millenial

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May 22, 2019

May 2019 Window to Wanderlust

by Abbie, Graphics Goddess

Fern Canyon, California


May 22, 2019

Shaes Spring Shortbread Cookies

by Shae, Customer Service and Social Media Goddess

1 C butter- room temperature

½ C Sugar

2 C Flour

1 tsp extract of choice- vanilla, almond, orange, etc.

Pinch of salt

Edible flowers (I got mine at Harmons in the fresh herb section, you could also collect your own)

Spices- cinnamon, chai, rosemary, honey

 Preheat oven to 350, line sheet with parchment paper.

Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add salt and extract.

Slowly add in the flour and mix until it just comes together, it looked dry to me so I added about 1 tbsp extra butter.

Fold dough together until it forms a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and place in fridge for about 30 minutes.

Take dough out and either roll sheets out to be ¾ inch thick and use a cookie cutter to cut into rounds or get a heaping tablespoon full, roll in a ball and press into circles, about ¾ thick.

Gently press flowers or herbs into top of cookies. Sprinkle herbs on top.

Bake 16-18 minutes until golden, mine were a bit too thick so I had to cook a bit longer. 
Allow to cool slightly before transferring to cooling rack. Once cool dust with powdered sugar.

Store in airtight container up to 3 days. 

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May 15, 2019

Easy Peasy Veggie Stromboli

by Nichole, Magical Marketing Millenial

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May 15, 2019

Alternative Milk Types

by Nichole, Magical Marketing Millenial

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May 15, 2019

Building a Living Roof

by Will, Ginger-Beard of Power

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May 15, 2019

May 2019 Organtics

by RidgeCrest Herbals


May 15, 2019

DreamOn Zen Wins Industry Award

by RidgeCrest Herbals

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Apr 22, 2019

Chocolate Crispy Rice Nests

by Meagan, Customer Service Mermaid

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Apr 18, 2019

Finding a Work Life Balance

by Melissa, Office Manager

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Apr 18, 2019

Flower Herbs and Syrups

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Apr 18, 2019

2019 April Window to Wanderlust

by Abbie, Graphics Goddess

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Apr 18, 2019

2019 Spring Garden Guide

by RidgeCrest Herbals

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Apr 4, 2019

2019 April Organtics

by RidgeCrest Herbals

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Apr 3, 2019

Keeping a Clean House For Health

by Melissa, Office Manager

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Apr 3, 2019

Natural House Cleaning Methods That Actually Work

by Abbie, Graphics Goddess

I grew up in a time when housewives everywhere were saying, “better living through chemistry!” The ‘80s and ‘90s were a golden age of chemicals in our food and household cleaning products, and we all thought that was a great idea... until it started giving us all respiratory problems, skin allergies, and cancer. Now there is a massive movement toward less harsh alternatives, but that presents a new problem – what products can we use that have less harmful chemicals, but still ACTUALLY get the house clean? I've been trying to answer this question in my own home, and these have been the most successful methods I have found: 

Steam: I invested in a good home steam cleaner with a bunch of different hand attachments last year, and it has been one of the best home purchases I've ever made. Steam cleaners take distilled water, and superheat it into a powerful jet of steam that kills bacteria on contact, loosens grime, and blasts hard water, while excess water wipes away easily with a cloth. Because of all of the different attachments that came with my cleaner, I can mop my floors, squeegee my windows, pull stains out of my carpets, sofas, mattresses, and blast stuff out of my shower door and window tracks that used to be impossible to get at. I even squeegee my windows and wash my walls with this thing. 

Vinegar: I swapped out my bathroom cleaning products for good old cleaning-grade vinegar and haven't looked back. I buy gallons of it at the grocery store on the cleaning aisle. I keep some in a spray bottle undiluted for things like cleaning my stainless steel fridge faucets and fixtures, I scrub down my showers and toilets with it, I use it in my laundry to deal with smelly towels, and for tough messes on my stovetop. There are a million articles on ways to use vinegar for cleaning, so this one is definitely worth a google search to give you lots of ideas. 

Isopropyl alcohol: That's right, like the kind you keep in a first aid kit to sterilize things. While the CDC no longer considers alcohols to be “high-level” disinfectants because they cannot inactivate hydrophilic viruses (i.e., poliovirus, coxsackievirus), isopropyl alcohol still kills all of the other harmful bacterias and germs, so I always keep it on hand. Instead of spraying my counters down with a cleaner with 50 unpronounceable chemicals in it, I just wipe them down with a hot, wet sponge and then go over them with a spray of alcohol and a rag. Did you know that 91% isopropyl alcohol and a cloth will pull pine tree sap off of your car without damaging your paint or windows? It's also great at cutting through baked on grease on stoves. Awesome! 

Melamine sponges: You've seen them marketed as “magic erasers.” These white sponges are actually a high-density foam made up of formaldehyde-melamine-sodium bisulfite copolymer. The word formaldehyde usually does strike humans as toxic, but when you mix different chemicals the resulting compound is more than just a sum of its parts, and the new chemical has different properties than its components. These are my go-to if steam, vinegar, or bleach won't get rid of my stain or problem spot. These sponges work like mini sandpaper at scrubbing off everything from grease on barbecues and stoves, to crayon on walls, to the permanent marker on countertops. They're also GREAT at taking hard water deposits off shower doors and for cleaning the plastic components and leather seats in your car. While there is the bummer of adding bulk to landfills when you throw them away, it's an option for when all else fails.   

These are just a few methods that you can start trying in your own home to get away from harmful chemicals in your daily life, and there are many more solutions online. I wish you luck in your quest to clean....cleaner! 


Apr 3, 2019

Accepting the Dark to Find the Light

by Shae, Service and Social Media Goddess

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Mar 12, 2019

Minimalism and Tidiness

by Aspen, Herbal Authoress

Hello, Dear Readers!

Last time you will hear from me in a row, with everyone at Expo West and my vacation coming up, scheduling got in the way of variety. Ah, well! 

Today my mind is on the topic of Minimalism and tidiness. It took me a long time to realize that my mother, bless her heart, is a giant airhead. Just as an example of how she floats through life, she has literally hundreds of pairs of reading glasses. If she loses a pair, she just buys another pair. She can't keep track of her phone, and when her office got too cluttered she simply got a new desk and started a new office in another room rather than going back and finishing the multiple projects she had started. Needless to say, her house is a disaster of clutter. It took me a long time to realize that I had picked up a lot of that disorganized penchant for clutter and that it was adding major stress to my life. 

I only really began making major efforts to change my habits when I realized that I was going to be a single mother with a full-time job and a business to run. I realized that my time was finite and that I needed to operate more efficiently if I was going to be able to give my son the quality time he deserved, rather than constantly spend my time trying to manage everything. I began researching minimalism and tricks to keep things tidier. Here is what has made the biggest difference for me:

  • Marie Kondo - y'all know this. Go through your house and if you don't have a use for something or it doesn't bring you joy, get rid of it. I couldn't believe even in my bedroom at my brother's condo that I share with my son, I managed to get rid of about 15 garbage bags worth of stuff that I wasn't using. Now I have more space for the things I do use, and I can have the second tip:
  • Have a designated home for everything: If there is no specific place to put your items, you eat up energy later when you need them again and have to search to find them. This is especially important for me in the morning when I am trying to get all of my food and my son's food, along with all the things we will need for the day (cell phone, headphones, diapers, shoes, etc.) The one that really gets me is lids for food containers. I insist we pair them together as soon as they come out of the dishwasher. It takes up more space in the cupboard, but nothing is more stressful than trying to find a tupperware lid when you are running late! 
  • Follow the 1-touch rule: The 1-touch rule means that when you are done using something, you are only allowed to touch it once to get it back where it belongs. For example, if you come home and take your jacket off, you can either drop it on the couch or a chair, which creates a second chore for you later, or you can put it away immediately, only touching it once, with and not have to think about it again. This was a game changer for me. I started realizing that I would, say, change my clothes and leave them on the floor, creating more work for myself when the laundry hamper was literally five feet further. I felt so stupid realizing my own inefficiency and started wandering the house, muttering "1-touch" like a crazy person.
  • Create routines: The most recent routine I have put in place that I am actually quite enjoying is with the dishes. I cook a ton, and my kitchen is the one place where I truly need a lot of equipment to enjoy what is both my hobby and one of the most important things I can do for my child, which is set an example of a healthy lifestyle and relationship with food. But it does mean a LOT of mess, and I was finding it difficult to keep my toddler out of the dishwasher long enough to load the knives. So the past few weeks as I have cleaned up the kitchen after my flurry of daily morning meal-prep, I have been turning on My Little Pony, giving him a bowl of snacks and some milk, and plopping him down in front of it. This is the only screen time I have ever allowed, and the 20 minutes it takes me to unload and reload the dishwasher is well within the AMA's recommendation for screen time for his age, and it is the only screen time he is allowed. He enjoys it, I enjoy it (is there an adult equivalent of Bronies for females?) and I leave my kitchen clean and reset for when I get home after work, which reduces my stress levels.

And in the end, for me, that is what Minimalism is all about. It reduces my stress and helps me feel more in control of my life. What helps you feel less stressed?


Mar 12, 2019

Becoming an Effective Political Advocate

by Matt, Herbal Head Honcho

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Mar 12, 2019

March Window to Wanderlust 2019

by Abbie, Graphics Goddess


Mar 7, 2019

Dealing With Different Personalities in Your Family

by Aspen, Herbal Authoress

Hi, everyone! Sorry, you have to hear from me again, everyone else is off in sunny California for Expo West! I hope you got to go and run into our team, they are great people!

Today my thoughts are on dealing with conflicting personalities. See, I am taking my first vacation in five years with my family. I am an over-preparer in general, mostly because I am a nervous person. So it doesn't surprise me that when my family (Boomer parents, my 2 brothers, my sister and her nuclear family with 5 kids) decided to go on a cruise, somehow I ended up being the one that researched, picked, and booked the cruise. I handled all of the finances, ensured everyone knew what travel documents to bring, combed through port activities, and set up my mom's birthday surprise.

 Stereotypically the youngest isn't the responsible one, but honestly, I think everyone is pretty happy to not have to deal with the details, and I feel more comfortable knowing what is going on and that everything is taken care of. Because I am terrified of ending up on a ship and realizing I forgot, say, extra binky's (disastrous), and because I am actually pretty scatterbrained, I start planning early. I watch video blogs, I've pretty much read the entire ncl.com website, and I keep a packing list going daily so that when my brain flits across a detail, I don't forget it later. I figure over a three week period my brain will probably cover everything, but if I leave it to the last minute, something will slip my mind. 

So this morning I called my sister with one of these fleeting thoughts (snorkeling equipment for my niece). She had said that she thought they had snorkeling gear, but she wasn't sure and had needed to check. So I was following up so I would have plenty of time to order it online if necessary. I about got my head ripped off! I guess I had been pestering my laid-back sister a little too much with my over-planning. She snapped that she wasn't even going to think about the cruise until two days beforehand when she was going to get all the laundry done and then start to think about packing. 

This is something that I absolutely cannot fathom. Only two days of planning for a family of seven? OMG! What if she doesn't have something they absolutely need readily on hand? How would she even find anything in her house so jam-packed with junk (another personality difference - I stick to minimalism)? What if it took her much longer than expected to find some necessity, leaving her stressed and crunched for time later? DO THEY EVEN HAVE LUGGAGE TAGS???

Considering how different our styles are, I'm honestly surprised it has taken this long for me to get on her nerves. But when it comes to family, the only way to survive it is to accept other people as they are, and not as you would want them to be. I think my sister and I are both pretty good at that, and about recognizing that while we are extremely different, that doesn't mean that one of us has the higher moral ground or the right to look down on the other. We just are the way we are. Not right, not wrong, just different. I can't fathom the chaos of five children (1 with autism) and I can't stand the noise of her house for very long. But she can't fathom raising a kid as a single parent working 50 hours a week. 

So bottom line, being a family is more important than what makes us different. We (at least I do) recognize the merits of different personalities, and don't get stuck in a trap of thinking one way is necessarily better than another. And when it comes to family, sometimes that is the only way to not kill each other!


Mar 7, 2019

Water Wisdom - Making the Most of Your Yard's Irrigation

by Abbie, Graphics Goddess

We all know how much water is wasted by spray sprinkler systems across America, but did you know that your old sprinkler system can be converted to drip irrigation? When my husband and I moved into our current house, it came with a PVC sprinkler system that was installed sometime in the 1980s and ran underneath every inch of the yard. It was frustrating because I thought we were limited with what we could change or modify, but it turns out that the world of irrigation has advanced a lot since Back to the Future was in theaters.

If you have a PVC spray system like we do/did, keep reading to find out how to make some cheap and practical changes to your yard and your water bill. Drip irrigation is a much smarter way to water because it keeps the water on the ground and close to the root systems of the plants you are keeping alive, which leaves much less room for evaporation and waste.

The biggest hurdle in drip conversion is water pressure. While spray sprinklers take lots of pressure, drip doesn't need much, and if you just start running drip hose off your spray pipes without any kind of pressure adjustment, POP! You'll blow the drip hoses or fixtures right off. There are different ways and places where you can adjust your water pressure to accommodate a drip system. The best way would be to replace your current sprinkler valve with one designed for drip irrigation. A handyman or sprinkler professional can take care of this for you, or there are many Youtube tutorials dedicated to this topic. This will take care of your pressure right at the source, and everything you modify on that line afterward will be pressurized and ready to go. Our yard had five different valves wired into cramped spaces in our yard, so this wasn't really an option for us. If you're in the same pickle, fear not! There are other options.

We opted for pressure regulators on the individual heads of our system. This way, we can run drip hose right out of the existing pipes in our yard, and the pressure regulators are working on each line. We used octopus style heads for our garden boxes since we wanted to deliver an individual nozzle to each plant in that area. However, our flower beds needed more of a blanket approach. For the flower beds, we chose to run half-inch tubing that had drip holes every 18 inches, to ensure an excellent soak to the entire bed. Now we don't have barren spots where the old sprayers couldn't reach, and our water bill has gone down substantially! Drip irrigation doesn't have to be left on as long to penetrate the soil, and because we run them in the middle of the night, the water is allowed to penetrate deep into the roots before the heat of the day comes on and tries to evaporate it. We still have rotor spray heads on the lawn portion of our yard, but it has been great to be able to run spray on that area, and drip for the rest of the beds simultaneously.

A staff member at your local hardware or irrigation store can help you tailor a modification to your current system, and YouTube is a wealth of knowledge to help you on your way to wiser water use!


Mar 7, 2019

HugelKultur

by Nichole, Magical Marketing Millenial

Hugelkultur (hoo-gul-culture), or “mound culture,” is a gardening technique where a mound is constructed from decaying wood debris and other compostable plant materials and planted as a raised bed. The term coined in 1962 by Herrman Andra, who was inspired by the diversity and success of plants growing in debris. It’s popular now as it is sustainable and effective in desert climates. Because they retain water, there is no need for irrigation. They provide a constant source of nutrients for plants - no fertilization needed. A large bed might provide 20 years of nutrients, and the composting materials generate heat, extending your season.

To start, you need wooden logs and branches to fill the bottom of your raised bed. Avoid trees like Black Walnut or Cedar, because they naturally produce pesticides, herbicides, and other counterproductive elements. Then add pine needles, grass clippings, leaves, straw, cardboard, and other compostables to your mix. Spread it over the logs and branches as a filler.  Top with compost and then plant. Add some nitrogen to the soil if you plan on using the boxes right away, or plant crops that add nitrogen to the soil. The non-decomposing wood will use the nitrogen in the earth to begin the decomposition process, then become self-sustainable.  Good luck!


Mar 7, 2019

March 2019 Organtics

by RidgeCrest Herbals


Feb 20, 2019

What Makes You Happy?

by Aspen, Herbal Authoress

What Makes Me Happy

My life has been a real challenge for a long time now. I have been faced with challenges more difficult than anyone in my family ever has dealt with, and it is all kind of coming to a head this week as my divorce is finalized. Because things can feel so dark and endless right now, I want to talk about what makes me happy. Do you know what makes me happy?

- Vegan recipes from pickuplimes.com

- Seth Meyers

- Clean Sheets

- Cosleeping with my baby and having him snuggle up to me at night

- My job at RidgeCrest Herbals and the feeling of family and support here

- Putting away the laundry

- Grocery Shopping

- Designing the images for the newsletter

- Yoga

- My bestie from high school, John, and his partner Cole, who started going to the gym with me on Sunday mornings when they found out I was going through a tough time

- My brother Bryce, who picks up my son from daycare almost every day and watches him for several hours to help me save money 

- My sister Dee, a nurse with five kids who set up her phone so that my number rings through even when she silences it at night so I can call her if I am worried about something going on with my son

- Cooking healthy food from scratch

- HOT baths - like lobster-red hot

- Going to the farmer's market. I cried when it ended last fall.

- Coffee. God, I love coffee.  

- Hate-watching The View (Sunny is the only one whose opinion is worth a damn!)

- A clean house on a Sunday night so you feel ready for the week ahead

What makes you grateful? Even in the worst of times, a spirit of gratitude for the things that you DO have can help you power through the rest and find the light at the end of the tunnel. Start your own list, even if it is just something silly like drinking cold water out of the tap (I love that). You will start to find a longer list than you expected.


Feb 20, 2019

February 2019 Window to Wanderlust

Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor, Oregon - Photography by Abbie Warnock-Matthews


Feb 5, 2019

Mental Health Manifestations

by Connie, AP/AR Rocker

A mental illness is a condition that affects a person's thinking, feelings, or mood. Such conditions may affect someone's ability to relate to others and function each day. Each person will have different experiences, even with the same diagnosis. 

Recovery, including meaningful roles in social life, school, and work, is possible, especially when you start treatment early and play a strong role in your own recovery process. 

A mental health condition isn't the result of one event. Research suggests multiple, linking causes. Genetics, environment, and lifestyle influence whether someone develops a mental health condition. A stressful job or home life makes some people more susceptible, as do traumatic life events like being the victim of a crime, physical abuse, mental abuse, etc. Biochemical processes and circuits and basic brain structure may play a role, too. 

One in five adults experiences a mental health condition every year. One in seventeen lives with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. In addition to a person's directly experiencing a mental illness, family, friends, and communities are also affected. 

Half of mental health conditions begin by age 14, and 75% of mental health conditions develop by age 24. The normal personality and behavior changes of adolescence may mimic or mask symptoms of a mental health condition. Early engagement and support are crucial to improving outcomes and increasing the promise of recovery. 

There are many forms of mental health problems including: 

ADHD 

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is a developmental disorder where there are significant problems with attention, hyperactivity or acting impulsively. 

ANXIETY DISORDERS 

Everyone experiences anxiety sometimes, but when it becomes overwhelming and repeatedly impacts a person's life, it may be an anxiety disorder. Severe anxiety can interfere with your daily activities such as: going to work, leaving your house, being around other people, etc. Many people try to hide these feelings from others, if it gets this severe, you do need to contact someone to help you understand what you are going through and why! For some, it is a chemical imbalance in the brain. Others, it is traumatic events they have gone through. This should not go untreated, the sooner it is detected, the easier it is to take control of the situation. 

AUTISM 

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder that makes it difficult to socialize and communicate with others. 

BIPOLAR DISORDER 

Bipolar Disorder causes dramatic highs and lows in a person's mood, energy, and ability to think clearly. 

BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER 

Borderline Personality Disorder is characterized by severe, unstable mood swings, impulsivity, and instability, poor self-image, and stormy relationships. 

DEPRESSION 

This is a mental health condition that requires understanding and treatment. The sufferer may experience loss of hope, overwhelming sadness, and difficulty functioning. It is a very serious epidemic in this day and age. It is even affecting young children, so pay attention for signs of social withdrawal. I have suffered from depression and anxiety all of my life, and it took me until I was 45 to address the issue. Sometimes It is something you don't want other people to know about you because it makes you feel like an idiot for not being able to control your emotions and feelings. I can't even imagine a child (who do not deserve to be experiencing these kinds of feelings) having to deal with this condition. There are so many suicides these days because children do not know how to deal with this type of disorder. We must stay involved with our children and be aware of their behavioral patterns, talk to them, help them understand these symptoms, and make sure they know that you are there for them. 

DISSOCIATIVE DISORDERS 

Dissociative Disorders are a spectrum of disorders that affect a person's memory and self-perception. 

EARLY PSYCHOSIS AND PSYCHOSIS 

Psychosis is characterized as disruptions to a person's thoughts and perceptions that make it difficult for them to recognize what is real and what isn't. 

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER 

OCD causes repetitive, unwanted, intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and irrational, excessive urges to do certain actions (compulsions). 

POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER 

PTSD is the result of traumatic events, such as military combat, assault, an accident or a natural disaster. It can cause anxiety, flashbacks, dissociative episodes, rage, and more. 

DELUSION DISORDER 

Delusion Disorder is characterized by strong beliefs that are often within the realm of possibility (such as a cheating spouse) but do not correlate with reality. When presented with the truth, the person is unable to recognize it over their previously fixed ideas. The person may otherwise be able to function normally, so it can be difficult to diagnose.  

SCHIZOAFFECTIVE DISORDER 

Schizoaffective Disorder is characterized primarily by symptoms of Schizophrenia, such as hallucinations or delusions, and symptoms of a mood disorder, such as depressive or manic episodes. 

SCHIZOPHRENIA 

Schizophrenia causes people to lose touch with reality, often in the form of hallucinations, delusions, and extremely disordered thinking and behavior. 

NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER 

This disorder is characterized by long-term patterns of self-obsession and an overinflated sense of self-worth. Narcissists can exhibit anti-social behavior such as selfishness and lack of empathy. They are often obsessed with achieving power and status or their physical appearance. In relationships, they commonly gravitate toward overly empathetic people who will accept their controlling/abusive behavior.  

ATTACHMENT DISORDER 

Children who experience abuse or neglect at a young age, do not have consistent, responsive caregivers, or who are separated from their caregivers for long periods of time are shown to have difficulty with personal relationships and attachments later in life. They are more likely to struggle with emotional dysregulation, substance abuse, and tumultuous personal relationships as adults.  

   


Feb 5, 2019

The Five Love Languages

by Aspen, Herbal Authoress

Do you ever feel you and your partner are talking past each other? Dissatisfaction with your relationship can have serious consequences for your well-being and health. When it comes to how you express love and affection, you both may be doing an excellent job - just not in a way the other person recognizes. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman breaks down the way many couples express affection so you can better show your love:

Words of Affirmation: Some people need praise, kind remarks, and “I Love You’s.” They need to be verbally recognized for their efforts.

Receiving Gifts: Whether it is a Tesla Model X or their favorite chocolate bar from the grocery store, receiving gifts makes them feel remembered, known, and appreciated.

Acts of Service: Pick up the kids or unload the dishwasher, these little things do not go unnoticed.

Quality Time: A simple evening stroll or running errands together is divine if this is your Love Language.

Physical Touch: From holding hands in public to sex, nothing can replace physical affection for these people. A simple squeeze of the shoulder as you pass them on the couch will help them feel appreciated and safe.


Feb 5, 2019

February 2019 Window to Wanderlust

by RidgeCrest Herbals

Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor, Oregon - Photography by Abbie Warnock-Matthews


Feb 5, 2019

Being There for Your Friends in Tough Times

by Meagan, Customer Service Mermaid

Note from the Herbal Authoress: I asked Meagan to write a piece on how to be there when a friend is going through a tough time, because I have repeatedly seen her step up and provide emotional support, run errands, grab coffee, and even make snacks for her long-time friends in the office who have been dealing with the illness and loss of their parents. I am constantly impressed by her generosity and kindness, and I thought that she could lend some wonderful insight into how to be a good friend. These are her ideas:

Listen: Most people will need to vent, let them talk. No need to pry but let them openly vent their story.  Many of us are eager to share our own feelings or thoughts on the situation at hand, but that may be taking away from their time to emotionally process their own story, so give them your full attention. I’ll never forget being depressed after my Dad passed away, only to have a “friend” compare how awful their life was compared to mine. Don’t offer advice or make comparisons unless asked.

Validation: Focus on what they’re feeling, don’t invalidate what they may be feeling by dismissing or making light of the situation. Get on their level emotionally, empathize with them.

Service: A lot of the time those going through difficult situations will turn down help, not wanting to burden those who have their own life to live. When asking “Is there anything I can do for you?” change it to be more specific “I’d like to help you by doing ____.” Doing something without them having to ask can often relieve some stress of daily life. Providing a meal, basic groceries, taking the kids for a few hours, and helping with the house are good ways to help out. Normal day-to-day tasks can seem overwhelming when in a difficult situation.

Be patient: There is no standard time for grieving or a standard emotional timeline. Give them the time they need. If you are truly concerned with how long the sadness has lasted recommend they see a doctor or therapist.  


Jan 23, 2019

Window to Wanderlust January 2019

by Abbie, Graphics Goddess


Jan 23, 2019

Homemade Cough Lozenges

by RidgeCrest Herbals


Jan 22, 2019

Honesty is a Gift

by Shae - Service and Social Media Goddess

Honesty is a gift.

I first heard about honest communication and expression in the book Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenburg PHd. Honesty in communication is such an important gift to give others, and is so crucial for amazing relationships. Every time I think about this gift I remember a situation that happened with me and my best friend. We wanted to spend some time together, so I suggest we go grab some Pho for dinner. She agreed and we picked out a time and place to meet. When we got there, the place was closed. She mentioned not being in the mood for Pho anyway, I told her I hadn’t been either and we both laughed while questioning why we would both agree to doing something we didn’t want to do. So we agreed to always be honest with each other no matter how big or small.

I know that my friend will give me this gift of honesty. I know she will never do anything she doesn’t want to do at the expense of hurting, inconveniencing or upsetting me, and there is so much power in that. In that honesty, I know that we are both safe expressing our wants, needs and desires. I have taken this lesson and spread it out to the rest of my life. I would never want anyone else to withhold something from me for fear of hurting or upsetting me and I would never want someone else to do that for me. We should not suffer in silence because we are afraid of hurting, upsetting or inconveniencing others.


Jan 22, 2019

Winter Garden Guide 2019

by RidgeCrest Herbals


Gardening may not be on your mind when it's snowing, but in winter you can take some proactive measures to ensure a great spring.
 

Hopefully, you already added a layer of mulch on your garden beds in the fall, so monitor them in the following months as the initial layers break down; you may need to add more.  Mulch creates heat when it decomposes, which helps insulate your beds and provides them with nutrients.

Watch where you salt! If you need to de-ice your driveways and sidewalks, be careful while you sprinkle. Salinity in the soil surrounding your garden beds can negatively affect your plants. If you're anxious about this, you can use salt-free ice melters like magnesium chloride or calcium chloride.

If you're bringing in potted plants to winter in your home, spray them with an organic insecticidal solution to keep any outdoor hitchhikers from coming in. Place your pots away from air vents and drafts to maintain a consistent temperature, and lower your watering schedule - houseplants don't grow as aggressively during winter months.

Some bulbs grow early in the season, in the middle of the last snowstorms of winter. Don't worry! These plants are designed to survive cold temperatures. If you are afraid of an impending snowstorm weighing down your tulips, you can cover them with a fabric sheet.

Speaking of covers, many people cover their delicate plants in late winter/early spring to protect them from lingering frosts. While this is a good idea, covering must be done correctly, or it can end up doing more harm than good. Use cloth or burlap instead of plastic. Plastic can trap excessive moisture around your plant, causing damage. If you have to use plastic, keep it from coming into contact with any of the stems, branches, or leaves.


Jan 15, 2019

Dealing With the Short End of the Stick

by Nichole, Magical Marketing Millenial

Sometimes life throws you more than one curveball, consecutively, or worse, all at once. 2018 was that year for me. Full of turmoil, trauma, and hit after hit, I felt KO’d by the end of it. It has gone down in my life history book as the worst year yet. My house might as well have gone up in flames, my cars somehow managed to both fail at the same time (multiple times), medical bills just kept piling, my husband lost his job, and I experienced the loss of my Dad. The short end of the stick turned into a pointy, stabbing end very quickly. Thankfully, it’s 2019 and I am here to reflect on all of it.

How did I make it? How in the hell did I survive the stress? Well, truth be told, I didn’t. I struggled - and I mean it when I say that. I emotionally disappeared. I found a hole to hide in when I could. The new habits I’d successfully developed and maintained in 2017 quickly became obsolete. I was at the base of Maslow's hierarchy of needs. I didn’t feel safe. I was in fight or flight mode from March through December. Stress was a suffocating blanket I seemed to stay wrapped in. Yet, here I sit in 2019, and I can see the sunrise.

There’s nothing quite like a year as awful as 2018 to put life in perspective. Through all the trial and tribulation I somehow survived and I came out of it a different person. And I write all this, not for a pity party - I’ve had enough of those - but because I know that there are those of you on the other end of this that are experiencing hard trials. And I want you to know that it is but a moment in the vast space of time - a very important moment. All of this, whatever that may be for you, will help you grow, should you allow it. You will find this is about learning and uncovering who you are underneath that exterior.  

Please, seize the moments you can to take care of yourself. If you need to hide, hide. If you need to disappear from the world for a moment, do so. It’s okay to be human. It’s okay to hurt, be depressed, have anxiety, or cry. It’s okay to let things go, such as chores or prior obligations. Take things moment by moment, second by second, if you have to. Live in the now and accept everything that comes with it, even if it is painful. It’s going to be hard. As hard as it can be, ask for help when you can. Really. Ask for help. People will surprise you.

There’s a poem by the Greek author Christianopoulos that says “What didn’t you do to bury me, but you forgot that I was a seed.” After the storm, you’ll see the sunshine. And that’s when you will realize that you have grown, despite the weather, and you’ll be better because of it. You’ll find you know more about yourself than you did before, even though you thought you had you all figured out. Certain things will matter less and others will matter more.

But most of all, know that it will be okay. Grow, seed, grow.


 


Jan 15, 2019

Organtics January 2019


Jan 3, 2019

Creating a Zero-Waste Household

by Meagan, Customer Service Mermaid

The amount of garbage the average American throws out is often something that doesn't get much of a second thought. But when we look at the health of the planet, I think most can agree that we need a change. The average American produces 4.3lbs of trash a day - that’s 1600 lbs of waste a year. But it doesn't take much effort to significantly reduce the amount of waste we produce, through the common saying: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Here are some ideas:

  • Shop bulk with your own containers, reuse plastic produce bags

  • Carry a stainless steel water bottle

  • Buy grocery totes and keep them in your car

  • Buy the reusable version of items you already use,  like wool dryer balls, menstrual cups, handkerchiefs, mesh coffee filters, tea balls, silicone cupcake cups, beeswax or silicone sandwich bags, etc.

  • Reuse things you already have, like plastic takeout containers, ripped clothes.

  • Choose paper products made from bamboo or hemp instead of trees (i.e., tissues, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.)

  • Put a brick in your toilet tank to save water

By making these small changes, we can remove ourselves from the cycle of waste and have a significant environmental impact.


Jan 3, 2019

2018 - The Year of the Great RidgeCrest Weight Loss Challenge

by Aspen, Herbal Authoress

In 2018, four of RidgeCrest’s employees took our health into our own hands. Starting in May, each month we weighed and measured ourselves and kept track of our progress on a whiteboard in the shipping department. The fun part was that each of us took a different approach, and had different results. Our final weigh-in was October 10th, 2018. So by the time you read this, we could have lost even more!

Shae, our Service and Social Media Goddess, followed a fasting program called The Snake Juice Diet. The foundation of this diet is that throughout history food scarcity has been more common than food surplus, so our bodies are used to operating on much less food than what is regularly consumed. With a balancing electrolyte drink, lengthy periods of fasting are designed to allow your body to access and burn its fat stores.

RESULTS: Shae says, “I averaged 1-2 lbs per day of weight loss on a 24-48 hr fasting routine. I took a small break for summer activities and didn’t push myself as much as I could have. Started in May at 196.4lbs, as of October 10th I am at 176.6lbs, for a total loss of 19.8lbs. Other benefits include decreased depression, anxiety and mood swings, clearer skin, more muscle tone, more regular cycles, and gained insight into food sensitivities.”

Brittini, our Herbal Gaia, tried intermittent fasting. With a similar theory, followers of this style can choose to reduce calories two days a week, eat daily during set times and fast for 16 hours overnight, or fast for 24 hours twice a week.

RESULTS: For seven weeks Brittani was very consistent, and was able to lose 15 pounds. Then RidgeCrest had an FDA audit, so she got a little busy over the summer! She started up again in September and as of the final weigh-in had lost a total of 14 pounds between the two sessions.

Scott, our Lord of Logistics, did intermittent fasting earlier in the year but in the summer switched to Paleo. The Paleo lifestyle is based on the theory that, evolutionarily, our bodies developed over hundreds and thousands of years to use certain foods, so if you look to the way humans ate during the Paleolithic era, you will have a strong blueprint for what our bodies are well-adapted to eat. This includes fruits, vegetables, nuts, lean meats, fish, and healthy oils. It discourages eating grains, beans, dairy, sugar, salt, potatoes, and processed foods.

RESULTS: Most of Scott’s success came when he switched to a mostly Paleo diet. He reported a loss of 26 pounds!

Aspen, our Herbal Authoress, took a stab at a program called The Whole30. This protocol is considered a 30-day reset (they are adamant it is “not a weight loss diet;” that is a common side effect, but shouldn’t be the main goal) that removes all processed foods and any potential allergens, then suggests a slow reintroduction of foods so you are better able to understand if your body reacts poorly to them. This will help you find a better balance for future success with “Food Freedom.” Similar to the paleo, it bans grains, legumes, dairy, sugar, and processed foods, but allows potatoes. Unlike paleo, it does not allow you to use compliant ingredients to make non-compliant treats (ie vegan cheesecake, banana pancakes, etc.), claiming instead that you need to rid yourself of the “sugar dragon,” so part of the program is actively working to reset your psychological relationship with food.

RESULTS: With two full 30-day rounds under her belt and making healthier food choices when off round, Aspen decided to find “Food Freedom” in a modified Vegan diet with strict rules, as she found she did better with her food choices with rules in place. She started at 251 pounds and as of 10/10, weighed in exactly at her pre-pregnancy weight of 214, having lost a total of 37 pounds!

In the end, everyone won! Between the four participants, RidgeCrest was able to take almost 100 pounds off of our collective bodies. Not bad for seven months!



 


Dec 28, 2018

Window to Wanderlust December 2018

by Abbie, Graphics Goddess

Lake Martin, Louisiana


Dec 28, 2018

Heathers Christmas Salad

by Heather, Admin

Ingredients 
• 1 Head of Red Lettuce
• 1 Head of Green Leaf Lettuce
• 2 Large Grapefruits 
• 1 Large Pomegranate
• 1 Large Avocado 
• 1 Large Pear

Dressing 
• 1 Cup of Sugar
• 2 t. Dry Mustard 
• 2/3 Cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
• 2 Cups of Olive Oil
• 1 T. Poppy Seeds
• 1 t. Salt

Directions 
Blend dressing in a food processor. Refrigerate until ready to use. Tear lettuce into small pieces and set aside. Peel grapefruits and cut into sections and set aside. Seed pomegranate and set aside. To assemble salads on individual salads, place lettuce on plate, arrange grapefruit sections and pomegranate seeds on top. Slice avocado and pear, put pieces onto each plate, then drizzle dressing over each salad and serve.


Dec 28, 2018

As Luck Would Have it

by Sherm, The Man With The Numbers


Dec 28, 2018

Finding a Work-Life Balance

by Melissa, Office Manager

Work-Life Balance is as hard to define as it is to achieve. For each person, it depends on individual circumstances and what you define as important. Often times when people talk about work-life balance they are referring to not letting their career take over their personal life, but it can be the other way around. Sometimes you may find that it is time to really focus on your career. It is a highly personal, individual question, and there is not a single way to achieve that balance. In my life, I find I benefit from certain steps to ensure my goals and priorities are clear:

The first step I use is to define for myself what things mean the most. We are often so busy with the whirlwind of life that it takes a conscious effort to self-reflect on what is most important. Years ago, I attended a training seminar where they had us imagine our own funeral and the things that people would say about us. The point of the exercise was to recognize what was most important to you. For me, I wanted to be thought of as a world traveler. From that point on I made travel one of my priorities. Instead of wishing it would happen, I made it happen. Now things have changed and travel may not be as high on my priority list, but I still think of that exercise when I make decisions on what to prioritize and how I want to be remembered.

The second step is to be transparent about what you need. Recently I was working at a job that was fairly demanding with long hours. Despite my passion for my work role, I knew I needed to make a change. Just like any big decision, I talked to my key stakeholders (my husband and my boss) to decide what my options were. I found out my husband would be supportive of me making a change. I next had a frank and open discussion with my boss about what a workable solution looked like. Ideally, my boss would have accepted the things that I needed and I would have been able to stay in a job I loved, but in the end that didn’t happen. I didn’t try to use leaving as a negotiation tactic or to manipulate her in any way, but I was open, and in the end, I let her know that what she could offer wouldn’t fit my needs. I kindly let her know that I would be looking for another job. I don’t think to quit your job is the way to go in most situations, but in that moment I knew it was the right thing for me to do to find work-life balance.

On the other hand, I also have used transparency with people I know to help me be able to work more. For instance, I am part of a neighborhood carpool. It isn’t practical for me to deliver and pick up my kids at school every day, so I rely on other moms to help shoulder the burden. I like to think of it as outsourcing. If there is a task that isn’t critical to my roles, then I look to see if there is a way to outsource it. I have friends that outsource cleaning their houses. If you can afford it there is nothing that says you have to be the one to clean the bathroom.

My last step for finding work-life balance is to try and leave the stress where it belongs. I try to leave work-stress in the office and life-stress at home. It isn’t always possible, but it helps to have a way to decompress. My husband likes to listen to music or an audiobook on the commute home. I enjoying working in the yard, and spending 10-15 minutes checking on all of my flowers and herbs helps me focus back on home life and let go of work stress. Taking a few minutes to meditate or do something you enjoy as you transition is a great way to keep your life compartmentalized.

To summarize, for me finding a healthy work-life balance means identifying what matters most and prioritizing, practicing transparency with the people around me to make sure my needs are being met, outsourcing when needed, and leaving stress where it belongs. Good luck in finding your own balance.





 


Dec 28, 2018

ClearLungs Immune Wins Another Award!

by RidgeCrest Herbals

The awards keep coming in for RidgeCrest Herbals! This time it is their ClearLungs® Immune that has won the Taste for Life 2018 Immunity Essentials award!

ClearLungs® Immune takes the original ClearLungs® Formula and boosts its immune support for when lung imbalances are connected to immune function. It contains the traditional ClearLungs® Formula of 13 traditional Chinese herbs, with the addition of Vitamins C and A, Zinc, and Copper to nutritionally support immune function. An additional complex including Ayurvedic and adaptogenic herbs round out the formula, which is capped off with their patented Availablend, designed to increase the bioavailability of other herbs.

This is the third award for ClearLungs® Immune, which also received the 2016 Taste For Life Better Nutrition Award, Best Supplement, Sinus & Respiratory Support Category, and the 2017 Taste for Life Essentials Award, Breathe Easy Category. It is the thirteenth award for the company and joins RidgeCrests’ other award-winning products, including:

  • AnxietyFree™ - VITY Award, 2014 Taste For Life Better Nutrition Award, Best of Supplements

  • AnxietyFree™ - VITY Award, 2016 Taste For Life Better Nutrition Award, Best of Supplements

  • ClearLungs Immune® 2016 Taste For Life Better Nutrition Award, Best Supplement, Sinus & Respiratory Support Category

  • PhysiQOL™ - 2016 Taste For Life Better Nutrition Award, Best Supplement, Pain Relief Category

  • ClearLungs® Immune, 2017 Taste for Life Essentials Award, Breathe Easy Category

  • Essential Eyes™ - 2017 New Hope Network’s NEXTY Award for Best Condition-Specific Supplement

  • PhysiQOL™ - 2017 Better Nutrition Magazine Better Nutrition Award, Best of Supplements, Pain Relief Category

  • PhysiQOL™ - 2017 Taste for Life Essentials Award Winner, Pain Management

  • ThyroidThrive™ - 2017 Taste For Life Better Nutrition Award, Best Supplement

  • Essential Eyes™ - 2018 Taste For Life Essential Supplements Award, Eye Health

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

  • Anxiety Free™ - 2018 Remedies Magazine Stress Relief Award, Winner, Nutritional Supplement Category


 


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


Nov 8, 2018

November Organtics 2018

by RidgeCrest Herbals


Nov 6, 2018

Saving and Showcasing Your Photos

by Abbie, Graphics Goddess


Nov 6, 2018

Refreshing Your Life Through Your Home

by Shae - Service and Social Media Goddess

Have you ever had one of those months where you were so restless that you wanted to fake your death, run away and start a whole new life or set your house (and life) on fire and revel in the ashes? While unrealistic, this has been on my mind and sounds rather pleasant. It’s bleeding into all areas of my life, leaving my emotions and physical body feeling rather icky and lethargic.

I am one to always question my emotions, try to understand them so that I can fix them.

I moved around a lot as a child, never staying more than 4 years in one place. With each move we threw away things we no longer wanted and left the old house that was dirty with the settlement of staying. The new house was always clean and I got to set up my room the way I wanted, there was always change.

Now that I am an adult with my own house, I am closing in on staying in the same house for 6 years now. There has been little change outside of a few rooms being painted. When I came to the realization that all the moving around in my childhood has left me with a box hoarding problem, I decided it’s time to go through everything, purge all that is no longer needed, wanted or broken, deep clean and let go.

I read once that the things in our houses have energy, that they hold on to our memories and emotions we attach to them and can keep us from letting go. Removing of all these things I have collected through my life brought me anxiety and at times was very hard, but I did it. Things feel fresh, new and I don’t want to run away.

So next time you feel like burning down your house, don’t. Purge and clean instead.


Nov 6, 2018

Your Guide to Protein Powders

by Nichole Carver, Your Magical Marketing Millennial

From crickets to cows to peas - there are all kinds of proteins available out there. And it can be confusing to know which is right for you. This short list of the most common proteins will help you narrow down which is the best fit for you.

Animal-Based Proteins

Whey Protein Concentrate - a by-product of the process of making milk into cheese; easily digestible and the least processed of the milk-based proteins.

Pros: comes in easily accessible forms, available in many flavors.

Cons: animal based, contains lactose.

Whey Protein Isolate - whey protein concentrate that’s been refined to remove more of the non-protein content. Has the same benefits of Whey Concentrate, but with higher protein yield per serving. Fastest digesting, making it great for recovery.

Pros: high protein yield.

Cons: denatured.

New Zealand Whey Protein - this product comes in a concentrate and isolate, but it is a protein that comes from some of the happiest cows in the world that live in Canada (not what you thought, huh?). These cows are treated without any hormones and fed a really nutritious diet. It’s one of the true un-denatured protein products, but you do pay a heftier price for the quality. Pros: truly clean and natural protein product, undenatured. Cons: price.

Casein (Milk Protein) - produced using a separation process applied to liquid milk that can concentrate or isolate the milk protein from the carbs and fats. It digests over a long period of time making it a great protein for before bed or better appetite control. However, it is more expensive than whey and much less palatable.

Pros: sustaining, great mix in with whey.

Cons: price, taste.

Egg Protein - a complete protein made by separating out the yolks and dehydrating the egg whites. Rice in vitamins and minerals, it is a more expensive protein option.

Pros: highly nutritious.

Cons: price.

Bone Broth Protein - the hottest new protein on the market; made from the broth produced by boiling bones. It is one of the most nutritious foods you can eat! Proteins are also very versatile, including in recipes. It does taste like broth.

Pros: highly nutritious, flavor.

Cons: animal based.

Beef Protein - exactly what it sounds like, but defatted to remove the fat and cholesterol, and has no taste. Non-dairy, non-plant, and a great source of natural creatine. It is one of the more expensive proteins.

Pros: nutritious, flavor-less naturally.

Cons: price, animal-based.

Plant Based Proteins

Soy Protein - protein from soybeans; it is more nutrient dense, showing benefits for the immune and circulatory systems. Contains isoflavones which can have an effect on hormones. Highly genetically modified.

Pros: nutrient dense, affordable.

Cons: possible hormone interaction, GMO’s.

Hemp Protein - made from hemp seeds and is from a variety of the cannabis family, but contains no THC. Has over 20 amino acids (including the nine essential) and is one of the most nutritious protein powders available. Mild taste with slight nutty flavor. High in Omega-3 and Omega-6, two critically important essential fatty acids. 

Good source of fiber.

Pros: highly nutritious. Cons: price.

Pea Protein - one of the most hypoallergenic powders available, made from where its name comes from, peas. It contains no gluten or dairy, is easy on the stomach and doesn’t cause bloating. It’s beneficial for blood sugar levels, a healthy heart, and even your kidneys.

Pros: nutrient dense, hypoallergenic.

Cons: can be harder to find, cost.

Rice Protein - also hypoallergenic, comes from various forms of rice (look for brown rice). Proven just as effective as whey protein for building muscle and weight loss. Does not contain all the essential amino acids unless blended with quinoa or chia proteins.

Pros: effective as whey, affordable.

Cons: not a complete amino acid complex.


 


Oct 31, 2018

October Window to Wanderlust 2018

by Abbie, Graphics Goddess


Oct 31, 2018

Homemade Lavender Lip Balm

by Eva Chacon

Lovely Lavender Lip Balm

This balm is perfect for those cold winters when your lips are just begging for some love. This recipe is super easy to make and it smells amazing!! Try making a few for your friends or even keep it all for you! This balm is so heavenly no one would blame you.  

5 tbs Beeswax

5 tbs. Coconut Oil

10-12 drops of Lavender Oil

  1. Melt Coconut Oil and Beeswax over medium heat.

  2. Once fully melted remove from heat and stir in essential oil.

  3. Pour mixture into an airtight container or lip balm tubes.

*makes 15-20 lip balm tubes or 4 (2oz) containers*


Oct 31, 2018

Dealing With Your Inner Critic

by Aspen, Herbal Authoress


Dropping the Ball
You would not believe the things I have screwed up lately. For example, I was supposed to reach out to Shae, our Service and Social Media Goddess, two weeks ago to have her write this special message. Did I? Nope. I messed up. I also opened my freezer and realized I didn't have enough breastmilk to send to my daycare, paid two weeks salary to the wrong employee at my store, and forgot to get cat food. And that was just yesterday!
 As a single mom of an infant who is still not sleeping through the night, I am constantly overloaded and overwhelmed. The sheer number of tabs open on my computer (so I don't forget anything) has me stressed. I can show up to work for eight hours like a whirling dervish, then feel like I am further behind than when I started, and all I can think about is the things I didn't get to! It is a constant battle between choosing to go to bed at a decent hour or cleaning and setting myself up for success tomorrow. 
I used to be really good at forgiving myself for not being perfect. I understood that I was only human, that it was ok to not expect to get everything right all the time, and that the little things didn't matter anyway, people do. But it is harder now. Now life is more complicated, and I have years of memories my former spouse telling me how incompetent and stupid I was if they didn't have a clean towel after a shower, or if the battery on my phone died. I find that negativity eating away at me, and while I would never, ever judge someone for making a simple mistake like spilling yogurt over half the fridge (this morning), if I do it I will emotionally beat myself up (especially after I lost the crucial binky strap - where the hell did it go? He had it all night!?). And it seems like the more I stress about my mistakes, the more mistakes I make. 
So what is there to learn from this? I wish I had some answers, some simple three-step process for simplifying your life, having a perfect home, and being as organized as a mommy blogger. But I don't think there is an easy answer. It takes time, and effort, and not giving up on yourself. It takes recognizing where your negative energy is coming from, analyzing why you feel the way you do. It takes being ok with life being messy, and forgiving yourself for having limits. It also takes learning how to say no and standing up for yourself and your boundaries so you don't make the problem worse.
It is going to take some time to learn self-love again, to erase the negative voice in my head telling me I am not worthy of love if there are dishes in the sink when I go to bed. No one (that matters, anyway) thinks any less of me for not having everything together all the time. And if they did, would it matter? No. We are all just doing the best we can. And that should be enough for yourself - it's enough for everyone else. 
I promise you will get Shae next time!

Oct 28, 2018

The Benefits of Brewing Kombucha

by Chris, Director of Sales


Oct 28, 2018

An Introduction to Chakras

by Shae - Service and Social Media Goddess

Chakra (chuck-ra) is a Sanskrit word that translates to "wheel." Chakras are energy centers within the body that govern the distribution and flow of prana - our energy life force. The concept is found in the traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. There are seven main chakras and a total of 114 in the body. These wheels of energy correspond to nerve centers in the body and align with the spine. chakras can influence both physical and emotional health, making balanced chakras important to overall health and well-being. Sometimes the flow of prana can become blocked, leading to emotional and health issues. Learning how to re-balance our chakras can help energy flow more smoothly, improving mood and energy.

The root chakra, or The Muladhara, is located at the base of the spine. It represents survival issues, basic needs, our foundation, and feelings of being grounded. It correlates with the color red. Being the chakra that is closest to the earth, its function is concerned largely with earthly grounding and physical survival. It is associated with legs, feet, bones, bladder, large intestine, and adrenal glands. This chakra also controls flight or flight response. When this chakra is out of balance, it may manifest as paranoia, fear, procrastination, and defensiveness. When this chakra is open and balanced, we feel safe and fearless.

The sacral chakra, or The Svadhisthana, is located in the lower abdomen about two inches below the navel. It represents our connection, the ability to accept others and/or new experiences, feeling a sense of abundance, well being, and pleasure. It is our creativity and sexual center and correlates with the color orange. It is associated with emotions, the lower abdomen, kidneys, bladder, circulatory system, reproductive organs, and glands. A blockage here may manifest as emotional issues, compulsive or obsessive behavior, and sexual guilt.

The solar plexus chakra, or The Manipura, is located in the upper abdomen/stomach area. It represents our source of personal power, our ability to be confident and in control of life. This is our center for self-worth, confidence, and self-esteem, and correlates with the color yellow. It is associated with the digestive system, muscles, pancreas, and adrenals. Often called the seat of emotional life, our sensitivity, ambition, and ability to achieve are stored here. A blockage here may manifest as anger, frustration, lack of direction, and a sense of victimization.

The heart chakra, or The Anahata, is located in the center of the chest just above the heart. It represents our ability to love and be loved, our joy and inner peace. This chakra unites the lower chakras of matter and the upper chakras of spirit. It serves as a bridge between our body, mind, emotions, and spirit. This chakra correlates with the color green and is considered the house of the soul. It is associated with the lungs, heart, arms, hands, and thymus gland. A blockage here can manifest as issues with the immune system, lungs, heart, or as inhumanity, lack of compassion, or unprincipled behavior.

The throat chakra, or The Vishuddha, is located in the throat. It represents our ability to communicate, our self-expression, and our feelings of truth. It correlates with the color blue and is the center for our verbal expression and ability to speak our highest truths. It is associated with the neck, shoulders, thyroid, parathyroid glands, jaw, mouth, and tongue, as well as the senses of inner and outer hearing, ideas, health, transformation, and purification. A blockage here can result in creative blocks, dishonesty, and problems communicating.

The third eye chakra, or the Ajna, is located between the eyebrows. It represents our ability to focus and see the big picture, imagination, and wisdom, as well as the ability to think and make decisions.  It is our center of intuition and correlates with the color indigo. It is concerned with inner vision, intuition, wisdom, and dreams. A blockage here may manifest as problems with lack of foresight, mental rigidity, selective memory, and depression.

The crown chakra, or The Sahasrara, is located at the top of the head. It represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually, our inner & outer beauty, understanding, acceptance, and pure bliss. This is the center of enlightenment, our higher selves and our access to the ultimate divine. It correlates with the color violet and is associated with the cerebral cortex, central nervous system, and the pituitary gland. It is also called the chakra of divine purpose and personal destiny. A blockage here may manifest as psychological problems.

When one chakra begins to fall out of balance, the other chakras attempt to compensate, much like our muscles. This can lead to imbalance and stress throughout the body. There are many ways to open up and recenter the chakras, including meditation, breath work, yoga, crystals, body work like Reiki or massage, etc. Try to incorporate balancing your chakras into your daily routine and see what happens!








 


Oct 10, 2018

What I Learned While Losing Weight

by Aspen, Herbal Authoress

In 2012, I decided I needed to lose some weight, and decided I needed to have a strict no-sugar rule. I started October 1st and held myself to a high standard for a full 30 days until Halloween. It was incredibly difficult, but I did it. When I finally allowed myself a treat after weeks of dreaming about it, it didn’t even taste that good. Plus, I had lost 10 full pounds! I couldn’t believe it and decided to keep going. After another month of no sugar, it felt routine enough that I could put my will-power elsewhere and removed bread and pasta and other high-carb foods from my diet. Over the next six months, I continued to watch my clothes get looser and my self-confidence rise. Here is what I learned then, and a bit of what I have learned in the past six months as I have made a valiant effort to once again take control of my life through food:

  1. Eating healthy is a psychological game: I found when I began to stop thinking of myself as someone who was “on a diet” or “taking a break” from foods that were unhealthy, and instead started thinking of it as “I am just the type of person who eats this way” I ingrained healthy behavior into my sense of self, which made the decision for me.
  2. I am a sucker for peer pressure: The reason I fell off the bandwagon after being on such a good path for so long was that I caved to the constant invitations from my (future) in-laws, who were constantly trying to feed me sugar. When I finally had a little ice cream with them (which I did NOT enjoy), I had lost my excuse for future “no’s.” Just recently I have realized that more than half of my battle for the past six years has been going along with the poor food choices my spouse desired out of fear of rocking the boat.
  3. It gets harder as you get older: I was 30 the first time I went off sugar. I was single, I had full control over my kitchen, and I had lots of time. Now I am 36, I have a baby, and for years I had to accommodate other food habits. I have so many more responsibilities vying for my time that I have to sometimes choose between meal prep and sleep, or meal prep and the gym - or meal prep and a freakin’ shower! If I had stuck with those good habits six years ago, I would be in much better shape for this phase of life instead of trying to undo the past five years.
  4. It is about creating a healthy lifestyle, not about going on a diet: Back then it was easy for me to change the way I viewed myself and the way I chose to live my life. This time it is a little harder, but the concept is the same. I am working to see myself in a certain way, as a person who makes healthy choices and who uses food as a tool for health and nourishment rather than a way to cope with stress. If you try to diet, you are thinking in temporary terms. You have already put a limit on yourself.

 Food and health could not be more closely related. You will see in the 2019 Almanac some of the things we at RidgeCrest are doing to establish good health for ourselves. When it comes down to it, though, healthful and mindful eating is one of the best things we can do emotionally, psychologically, and physically for ourselves.

For a great video on how to overcome the psychology of binge eating, check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnAlwMfB2S0


Oct 10, 2018

Dissecting Your Label

by Nichole Carver, Your Magical Marketing Millenial

In the United States, there are many different types of labels - nutrition, supplement, cosmetic, chemical, and drug facts - and each category has different legal requirements they must meet in order to be put on the market. Not confusing at all, right? The laws can be highly political, leading to misinformation and confusion. To add even more to the cesspool - there can be separate rules or definitions for parts of each label. Because there is so much information - I’m going to stick to the one you use every day: the nutrition label (though I encourage you to research the others!).

The government recently passed legislation that changed the nutrition facts label, effective starting in July of 2018. Below are the differences (image taken from the FDA’s website with added emphasis):

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Let’s review the why and what of these changes:

RED/GREEN: This is just a simple adjustment. They changed the labels to make the calorie and serving content more visible in an effort to make the population more aware of serving sizes and caloric intake, due to the growing obesity rate in the US. They also removed the total calories from fat due to all the research that shows the type of fat is more important than the amount (finally!). They also adjusted the serving sizes to be more realistic, basing it off of how much a person actually consumes at one time, not what they should be eating. A great example of this change is soda bottles. Their labels will all change to reflect a one-serving amount, whether it’s a 12 oz. or 20 oz. bottle.

BLUE: This is my favorite part of the new label requirements. They are requiring companies to disclose the amount of “added sugar” to the product. As research has clearly shown, sugar is the main culprit of our health crisis in the US. Too much sugar = fat storage. You can find the definition of what “added sugar” is at www.fda.gov. For more information on this subject, consider watching the documentary Sugar Coated.

ORANGE: This one is interesting. They’ve changed how nutrients are listed. You still get the percentage of the daily amount, but now you also get exactly how much of each nutrient is in the product in terms of weight. Weight is not my favorite measurement, but it’s an improvement over not knowing at all. They are requiring Vitamin D, Potassium, Calcium, and Iron to be listed on the labels. They’ve also decided that Vitamin A and C are not required ingredients, mainly because we are no longer in an extreme deficit of those two nutrients. Manufacturers can still add them voluntarily.

What else you need to know:

Trans Fat: In my opinion, this is one of the most deceptive practices in labeling that still exists (but not for long!). Just because your label says it has “Zero Trans Fat” DOES NOT mean that there are no trans fats in your product. It means that your product has less than 0.5 grams of trans fat PER SERVING. How do you know your product has trans fat? Look for the word “hydrogenated”. If you find it in any form - there are trans fats involved. LUCKILY, the FDA has banned the addition of trans fats to foods starting July of 2018. Thank goodness!

Sugars: This is a long discussion, but there are some quick things you should know. Four to five grams of sugar is equivalent to about a teaspoon. You should consume less than 24 grams of added sugar in a day. Note that there is still no information on Daily Values for sugar because most processed foods go far above what we should be eating in a day. Anything ending in -ose is a form of sugar. Watch out for the particular harmful impersonator called “corn sugar”, it’s code for high fructose corn syrup, one of the most harmful forms of sugar you can consume (I can hear the cries of pancreas’s everywhere!).

Non-sugars”, or artificial sweeteners, are also dangerous. Avoid aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose if you can. If you want to know what sugars are better for you - check out our previous 2016 Almanac article about the glycemic index or Google it.

Dietary Fiber: keep an eye on this one! What is classified as fiber and what is not is an interesting discussion that’s still happening at the time of this writing. There’s naturally occurring fiber and synthetic fibers. Find out what meets the dietary fiber criteria at www.fda.gov.

There’s a lot more to labeling - keep yourself updated by visiting the FDA’s website and staying politically active! Changes are happening all the time and across the various industries. Your voice is important!














 


Oct 10, 2018

October Organtics

by RidgeCrest Herbals


Oct 10, 2018

Drying Herbs and Flowers

by Connie, AP/AR Rocker

There is no greater pleasure than growing and using your own herbs. Harvesting and drying your herbs and edible flowers in the fall can ensure you still get quality, organic, locally grown herbs throughout the winter. But how do you make sure they don’t mold? Here is what you do:

  • Pick your herbs or flowers when you have time to process them right away. If something comes up, place them in your refrigerator with a damp paper towel over the top of them.

  • Know your herbs. Smaller herbs and flowers can be dried whole, while thicker or larger flowers may need to be separated before drying.

  • Dry flower clusters, like elderflowers and lilacs, upside down on a towel to help preserve some of the shape. Small branches of leaves that easily lay flat when placed on a surface, such as elder leaf, can stay together while drying. Leaves that cluster together, like lemon balm and mint, often do best if you detach each leaf before drying.

  • There are two ways to dry the flowers. You can tie small bunches together, making sure there is plenty of air exposure for each leaf or bud, and hang them upside down in a cool, dry area of your house. Or you can spread your flowers and herbs out in a single layer over a clean dish towel or several paper towels. Check twice a day and rotate so they dry evenly.

  • Try to choose an area in your house with good air circulation and where the collected plants won’t get disturbed or exposed to long stretches of direct sunlight. (Indirect sunlight is okay.) The kitchen table or empty spots on the counter seem to work fine. Once or twice a day, check how everything is drying and turn over individual pieces so that they dry evenly on both sides.

  • If you own one, a dehydrator is also a great way to dry herbs, especially if you’re in a hurry. Follow manufacturer’s directions, or dry on the lowest heat setting, checking every hour or so.


Sep 20, 2018

Why is Change so Hard?

by Meagan, Customer Service Mermaid

There’s been a lot of change in my life this year, both big and small. A long illness, new job, new homes, and basically a new me. Being the anxious person that I am, I’ve always wondered when things will take a turn for the worse, especially if I’ve been comfortable for a short while. It’s a terrible way to think, and very different from the positive thoughts I’ve recently strived to live by. But inevitability, change came the way it always does.  But this time I did something different - I asked myself why I felt fear over change, even when it was good. I realized the first thing it made me feel was uncomfortable; I was conditioned to believe that all you can get out of being uncomfortable is negative. I’m now in the process of learning that it’s OK to be uncomfortable sometimes, and I am continually reminding myself to embrace the discomfort, it’s the only way you grow. “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”


Sep 18, 2018

Ancient Mysteries of Lost Technologies

by Matt Warnock, Herbal Head Honcho

Technology is great, but today’s technology often becomes tomorrow’s ecological disaster.  The issues we face today, such as pollution and industrial waste, global warming, and atomic weapons, are often the direct result of yesterday’s technological advances. Perhaps we should be a little less egotistical about our modern state of knowledge. The fact is, our ancestors were much smarter than we give them credit for, and they had some rather ingenious and surprising technology.

For example, windmills are all the rage today for green power production—but the good people of Holland were using them hundreds of years ago to reclaim land from the sea so it could be farmed to support their growing population. Long dikes or causeways were built to wall in a shallow area of the sea, and once the sea was surrounded by a land wall, windmills were built to operate water screws that lifted the ocean water up, over, and past the dikes, creating new land for farming. Knowing so well how to put wind power to work, it is no wonder the small country of Holland was one of the greatest trading nations in the days of sail!

At the Qutab mosque in Delhi, India, there is a pillar of iron 23 feet tall weighing 13,000 pounds, dating to the reign of the Gupta monarchs about 400 AD. The pillar is cylindrical, tapering from about 17 inches in diameter at the base to about 12 inches at the top, and was constructed by welding successive layers of iron. The most unusual thing about this pillar (besides its massive size) is that in the last 1,400 years, it has suffered almost no corrosion, thanks to an unusual metallurgical composition that includes high levels of phosphorus. The surface oxidizes to rust as other iron does, but the rust forms a unique weatherproof barrier that prevents the rust from penetrating any deeper into the metal. This metallurgic technology seems well ahead of its time.

Another stunning example of ancient technology is the Antikythera mechanism. Found in 1901 in a sunken Roman galley, this device tantalized scientists with its handmade bronze clockwork mechanism that was far older than any known mechanical clock. Though mechanical clocks were not developed in Europe until the beginning of the 13th century, the Antikythera mechanism dates to 100-150 BCE. As scientists have continued to study the workings of the device, which contains over 30 gears, its purpose has become more clear. The Antikythera mechanism was an astronomical calculator, capable of predicting the locations and phases of the sun, the moon, and the five classical planets. It was also capable of predicting eclipses. Clearly, Greek knowledge of mechanical devices was better than we thought!

There are many other historical items that remain tantalizing mysteries, from the so-called “Baghdad battery,” to the giant sculpted and stacked stones of Sacsayhuamán in Peru that used no mortar, and you can’t even slip a piece of paper between, even the unknown incendiary weapon called “Greek fire” that was used in 672 AD. Our ancestors had better technology than we know, and sometimes, they knew more than we do yet today.


Sep 18, 2018

Disc Golf and Keeping Fit

by Chris Herbert, Sales Director


Sep 18, 2018

September Window to Wanderlust

by Abbie Warnock-Matthews, Graphics Goddess

Autumn Aspens, Utah


Sep 18, 2018

Homemade Basil Ice Cream

by Abbie Warnock-Matthews, Graphics Goddess

Group Grub: 
Abbie’s Basil Ice Cream:

Ingredients:
- 5 egg yolks

- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 1.5 ounces fresh basil leaves (your variety of Basil will affect the flavor of your ice cream, but they all seem to be good.)

Directions:
- In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and the sugar aggressively until the mixture is thick and pale yellow in color. It should fall from the whisk in thick ribbons.
- Combine the milk, cream, and vanilla in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat immediately, and mix it slowly into the egg mixture, whisking with other hand.
- Return mixture to the saucepan and cook slowly over low heat until custard base thickens slightly, and coats the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and continue to stir (over an ice bath) until cold.
- Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Blanch the basil leaves, drain over an ice bath, and squeeze out any excess moisture. Puree the basil leaves, and stir into the cooled ice cream base. Let the mixture infuse overnight.
- Strain the ice cream base through a fine-meshed sieve to remove any larger pieces of basil leaves. Freeze the ice cream according to your ice cream maker's manufacturer's directions.
- Place the ice cream in an airtight container and cover the surface with plastic wrap. Freeze for 4-6 hours or until firm. 
Allow ice cream to soften just slightly before serving.


Sep 8, 2018

Observation versus Evaluation in Communication

by Nichole Carver, Your Magical Marketing Millennial

recently began listening to the book “Non-Violent Communication” by Marshall Rosenberg. Not only has it helped me better communicate (and I’m not even done yet!) it’s brought to my attention an interesting concept I’d like to share: observation versus evaluation.  If you’ve read the book, this isn’t anything new to you, but might be a great refresher.

First, I’d like to define what those two words mean. Observation is the action or process of closely observing or monitoring something or someone to gather information. Evaluation is the making of a judgment about the amount, number, or value of something, in this case, the people with whom we are communicating; it is an assessment. Observation is objective. Evaluation is subjective. This is a key differentiation.

What’s important about defining the difference between these two is it affects how we perceive those around us and even our very own lives. It affects how we respond to the human condition. It affects our compassion and communication. It affects every single interaction we have in life. Indian Philosopher J. Krishnamurti has said, “For most of us, it is difficult to make observations, especially of people and their behavior, that are free of judgment, criticism, or other forms of analysis.” Wise words indeed.


For instance, here are some things we might say:

She is always procrastinating.”

My kids don’t do what I want.”

He is a loud mouth.”

If I say these things, I am not making an observation, but an evaluation. If I were making a true observation it would sound more like this:

“She only studies the night before taking an exam.”

“The last four times I’ve asked my children to clean their room they didn’t do it.”

“He talks very loudly.”

When observation gets mixed with evaluation it turns into judgement, which makes it difficult to communicate with those around us effectively. It sounds to them like criticism. Who wants to talk to someone when they feel they are being criticized? When we use comments that are true observations it makes it hard for the other person to disagree or get defensive. Sometimes taking a step back and thinking about how to analyze a situation helps us see it for what it is, and not what we assume it to be. I’ve just been trying this simple concept recently, and it has helped a lot in my personal life. It’s easy to get upset, angry, sad, or frustrated. It’s easy to want to retaliate or defend yourself. It’s easy to brush off feelings and not address our personal concerns. It’s not easy to take a step back and state an observation in those moments (along with how it made you feel, but feelings is a whole other topic Marshall covers in his book. Most of us don’t properly express feelings).  I hope this brief introduction gave you some food for thought and that it’s applicable to your own life. I also highly encourage you to read his book “Non-Violent Communication” for more in-depth information on how to communicate in a way that benefits the whole.


 


Sep 6, 2018

Hemp Trends

by Eva Chacon

Gather around boys and girls, we are going to learn about hemp trends! For those of you who aren’t aware what hemp is, buckle up, as you are about to enter the world of tomorrow. Hemp seeds come from the plant Cannabis sativa L. If this plant sounds familiar to you, it's probably because a strain of this genus is known as marijuana. However, the strain we are talking about today is non-psychoactive and non-medicinal - but it was used over 10,000 years ago to make paper and has had an incredible history of uses since.

When we talk about hemp seeds, we actually mean an achene: a simple dry fruit with a hard shell, just like sunflower seeds, where the real seed is actually inside the whole.  This part of the seed is called the hemp heart. It is considered one of the most versatile and economical plants in existence. It grows extremely rapidly with little environmental depletion and can be used for ropes, building products, fabrics, and even food products. It is extremely eco-friendly and very cost effective. However, due to its more controversial, psychoactive strains, hemp has a bad rap the industry has been struggling to overcome ever since, and it has been banned in the U.S. for many years. However, things are beginning to change, and it is becoming more widely known as a sustainable plant that could make your everyday life more affordable and nature-friendly.

Firstly, there is hemp clothing- hemp is a great product to use for clothes because it is such a strong, durable material. Hemp is lightweight, breathable, absorbent, and is up to 3x stronger than normal cotton. It is UV and mold-resistant, water resistant, and can also be weaved with other fibers - which makes it a great option for clothing companies. You can use hemp for all sorts of clothing items, including hats or shoes. All cheaply, sustainably produced. Like bamboo clothing, we would love to see the market move in this eco-friendly direction.

Hemp is also making some awesome changes in the world of food. Since hemp is such a versatile seed, the culinary uses for this are limitless. You can make oils, flour, butter and even milk! Yes, you read that right, hemp milk. In fact, historically, Buddha himself ate hemp seeds. Hemp is popping up more and more in foods because it is jam-packed with amino acids, including all 9 essential amino acids, as well as omega fatty acids - in fact, hemp has more fatty acids than any other nut or seed oil. It is also a good source of protein. It is simple to incorporate hemp hearts into your daily diet. Try sprinkling some in your morning smoothie, adding to salads, yogurt, or even just eating them plain -with a nutty taste somewhere between a sunflower seed and a pine nut you won't be disappointed. Hemp seeds are also gluten-free and a great alternative to breadcrumbs! In case you were wondering, no, eating hemp seeds will not get you high like marijuana will - hemp grown for food contains about 0.001 percent tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. So don't worry - incorporating hemp into your daily life won't make you fail a drug test or leave you feeling disoriented.

Lastly, did you know that hemp seeds can be made into fuel? In fact, it is considered to be one of the most efficient plants for biofuel and is being actively explored as an alternative to fossil fuels. There are two type of fuel that can be made from hemp: Hemp biodiesel and Hemp ethanol/methanol (ethanol is made from things like grains, sugars, starches, waste paper, and forest products, and methanol is made from woody/pulp matter). Using processes such as gasification, acid hydrolysis, and enzymes, hemp can be used to make both ethanol or methanol. Hemp biodiesel is the name for a variety of ester-based oxygenated fuels made from hemp oil. This has great potential because it is safe to transport and handle, is 10x less toxic than salt, and has a significantly high flash point of 300F (as opposed to petroleum fuel that has a flash point of 125F), and to top it all off, it is biodegradable. In the search for renewable energy, hemp biofuel is leading the way!

These are just some of the ways hemp could be used to create a more sustainable future. Let’s hope that legislation will soon catch up with the potential of this amazing plan

Credits:

https://bodyecology.com/articles/hemp_nutty_food_source_good_for_you.php

http://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/ingredients/article/hemp-seeds

http://www.hemp.com/hemp-education/uses-of-hemp/hemp-fuel/


Sep 6, 2018

Hungry Minds: Teaching Kids to LOVE Eating Healthy!

by Brittini Gehring, Herbal Gaia


Sep 6, 2018

September Organtics

by RidgeCrest Herbals


Sep 6, 2018

DIY Baby Wipes

by Nichole Carver, Your Magical Marketing Millennial

1 roll Bounty or Viva paper towels, cut in half

2 containers with tight lids, like Rubbermaid, that fit half of a paper towel roll

4 C. Water (boiled or distilled preferred)

1 dollop of liquid castille soap, unscented

1 TBSP oil (preferred jojoba, but olive, avocado, grapeseed work also)

10-20 drops of essential oils (tea tree, lavender, juniper, jasmine, rose, etc.; do not use hot oils like cinnamon, oregano, ginger, etc.)

Additional add-in's if you want to have them (I just usually went with what's above):

1 TBSP Aloe Vera

1 TBSP Witch Hazel

10 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract (use if not using Tea Tree oil)

Cut paper towel roll in half with a non-serrated knife. Set aside. Mix water, castille soap, oil, essential oils, and optional ingredients if using, in a large liquid measuring cup. Pour half of the mixture into each container. Place each half of the paper towels into the chosen containers, cut side facing down. Once settled in, place lids on containers and flip over. Let rest for five minutes or until the paper towels are soaked all the way through. Flip over, open, and pull the center cardboard tube out of the paper towels. Done!


Aug 28, 2018

You can do it!

by Shaelynn Brackett - Service and Social Media Goddess

I often hear the words “I can’t” come out of peoples mouths like water flowing from a stream, common and without a second thought. I can’t do that, I can’t do this, I could never XYZ.

Should it be as common as it is? Words are powerful energy. Speaking words aloud consist of vibration and sound, they are the creators of our reality. Margaret Thatcher said “Watch your thoughts for they become words. Watch your words for they become actions. Watch your actions for they become…habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny! What we think we become.” This quote illustrates that our words are the meeting place of our beliefs and thoughts that shape our reality, our person, our life. Words are the bold affirmations of our inner thoughts.

Knowing this should we even use words like can’t?

Let’s break the word down- can’t is a contraction of can not: to be unable to do otherwise. Are you using the word correctly? I urge you to analyze that word the next time it comes out of your mouth, are you unable to do so otherwise, or really is it do you not want to, do you not believe that you can? Find your truth at the moment and own it, how else can you say "I can't?" I am not interested, I will have to decline, I am unable to commit to this because of, I don't want to.

When you say you can’t, you are right. When you say you can, you are right. When you tell yourself something, you believe it, and so it is true. Be open to all the possibilities available to you. You CAN do anything!


Aug 23, 2018

The Benefits of Fire Cider

by Mitzy VanZalinge

As our society thankfully trends back towards natural living, once-obscure remedies are fast becoming major trends. For wintertime immune support, this is great news, because Fire Cider seems to be the latest thing on the trend watch. An invigorating tonic, Fire Cider was popularized among the herbal

community in the 1980’s by Rosemary Gladstar, a well-known herbalist. Now its benefits are reaching a larger audience.

Fire Cider is a sweet, spicy, vinegary tonic that has been used traditionally for hundreds of years in Europe to help support the body’s natural immune response and invigorate digestion. It can easily be adapted to individual preferences, but the standard base ingredients are apple cider vinegar, garlic, onions, horseradish root, cayenne, ginger, turmeric, and honey. You can also add lemon, oranges, astragalus, hot peppers, adaptogenic herbs, mushrooms, and more. There are many health claims made surrounding this invigorating blend, and much evidence exists that, individually, the warming components can provide

multiple benefits.

Judging by the many spicy ingredients in the recipe, you might not expect it to taste very good, however many people enjoy the spicy-yet-sweet concoction. Because it is technically a tincture, you want to make your year’s batch of fire cider at least a month before the cold season starts. Combine all the ingredients in a mason jar, seal, and store, shaking occasionally, for at least a month. Strain, then store the liquid in your fridge. One shot a day is the recommended serving.

Fire Cider is made from raw, simple, and powerful ingredients that we use to cook with every day - yet it can help keep your immune system strong during the winter months and support digestion and overall health. Just more proof that we can improve our quality of life through the foods we eat, and that the first step towards good health is powerful nutrition!

Here is a simple recipe to get you started:

- 1 cup fresh chopped garlic cloves

- 1 cup fresh chopped white onion,  

- 1 cup fresh grated ginger root

- 1 cup fresh grated horseradish root

- 1 cup fresh chopped Cayenne Peppers, or the hottest

 peppers available, i.e. Habanero, African Bird,

 Scotch Bonnets, etc.

- 1 32oz. bottle of raw, unfiltered, non-distilled apple

 cider vinegar

Directions:  

- Peel and mince all of your solid ingredients, and place them in a 1/2 gallon glass canning jar.  

- Fill up the remaining space in the jar with apple cider vinegar, and close lid tightly.  

- Your mixture will look milky.  Store in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks, shaking mixture daily.  

- After 2 weeks, filter mixture through a mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove solids, and return liquid to jar.  

Continue storing in a cool, dark place when not in use.

Dosage: ½ to 1 ounce, two or three times daily (1-2 Tbsps. at a time), gargle and swallow.  It can be used during pregnancies, is safe for children over age 4 (use smaller doses) and is non-toxic as a food.

NOTE: Fire Cider isn’t for everyone, and a tonic this strong could have adverse effects for people with ulcers or acid reflux. Fire cider should always be taken with food and followed with water to protect tooth enamel.  Supplemental medications should always be cross-checked with your healthcare professional for safety.


Aug 23, 2018

Back to School Foods for Focus and Immunity

by Nichole Carver, Your Magical Marketing Millennial


Aug 23, 2018

Baci Burritos

by RidgeCrest Herbals

Baci Burritos

This filling can be used in a burrito as is, used as a stuffing, or my favorite is putting it in a tortilla with some egg and cheese on top. Make it in advance and warmed up as needed, if it can last that long at your house. Perfect for meal planning. 

2 cups chicken breasts cooked and diced
1 can black beans rinsed and drained
3 green onions, diced

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

1 bell pepper (I like to do half of two colors, yellow and green are tasty)

1/2 medium/small Yellow onion diced
1 8oz block cream cheese(softened)
1 can diced tomatoes, drained(fresh is even better)
1 6-8 oz can salsa Verde(more if you want to garnish your food when eating)
2 tsp cumin
1-2 cups sharp cheddar cheese(more or less depending on how much you want to put on each serving)
8 flour tortillas, you could even use giant cooked pasta shells and stuff them.

Cook, drain and dice enough chicken breast to make 2 cups.

Saute peppers and onion with a few dashes of olive oil. cook until onions start to look translucent, don't over cook them if you still want a crunch. approx 3-5 min on medium heat. When the onions are almost done add the garlic. Saute the garlic for 30-60 seconds, when the garlic starts to smell aromatic or starts to brown it is done(doesn't take long at all). Remove from heat and set aside. 

To make the filling, mix diced chicken, drained black beans, green onions, sauteed peppers &  onions, garlic, tomatoes, and cumin in a large mixing bowl. Thoroughly incorporate all the ingredients.

In a large saucepan on low-medium heat, mix the cream cheese,drained tomatoes and about half the salsa verde, only use enough to help things mix too much and it will make things soggy. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 
When thoroughly combined, add the chicken filling and mix until everything is coated well. 

You can now fill your cooked shells or tortillas and enjoy. Or put this in the fridge in a airtight container and enjoy over the next few days. Remember these make amazing breakfast burritos, as is or add some cooked egg and cheese for a super protein punch. 


Aug 23, 2018

August Window to Wanderlust

by Abbie Warnock-Matthews

Waimea Canyon, Hawaii


Aug 8, 2018

Holistic Pet Health

by Aspen Anderson, Herbal Authoress

In 2013, I graduated from grad school and was looking to begin my career in writing or teaching. More importantly, I had a terrier named Baxter who was my whole world, and he was getting on in years. So when I found a writing job for a holistic pet food company that said, “must be dog-friendly,” I pounced at the opportunity to be able to bring my dog to work.

I was ecstatic to receive the job, and after taking advantage of the employee discount on the food, I realized I had been wrong - my Baxter wasn’t getting old, I was just feeding him wrong! When I switched him to a species-appropriate food, his energy came back, his arthritis disappeared, he lost weight, and now, at ten years old, he looks and acts younger than he did when he was six. I believe I literally doubled his life expectancy by switching him to the right diet. I had been feeding him kibble from Whole Foods, so it’s not like I had been going the super-cheap route to begin with, but I didn’t realize that dogs were not biologically designed to eat kibble in any way. When I moved him to a diet better designed for his biology, his health dramatically improved. Since then I have made it my mission to spread the joy and educate pet owners about the issues facing the pet food industry and how to feed pets properly to keep them healthy.

The pet food industry has, like many others, descended into chaos in pursuit of profits. With next to no regulation, large corporations have been able to twist their marketing into completely unrecognizable representations of what is essentially animal byproducts and cheap fillers disguised as food. Because pets can’t advocate for themselves, they are left victims, suffering from astronomical rises in disease, cancer, and shortened life-expectancy. There are three fundamental nutritional needs that have been abandoned by the industry that are essential to pet health:

Moisture: Throughout their evolution, cats and dogs have received most of the moisture their bodies need to function directly from the food they eat. An appropriate diet is rich in moisture, but kibble is only 10% moisture on average. This puts stress on the digestive system and internal organs as animals live in a constant state of dehydration. This is especially true for cats, who evolved in desert environments and received over 90% of the moisture they needed from their food, so they did not develop a good sense of thirst. This is why renal failure is the #1 cause of death in house cats but is completely unheard of in feral cats.

Meat: While the packaging may make it look like the kibble is full of quality cuts of meat, this couldn’t be farther from the truth for about 95% of the products on the market. What little meat is in the food is often “meal,” which could be quality meat - or it could be rendered meat unfit for consumption containing any part of the animals, including hoofs, intestines, eyes, roadkill, or euthanized shelter animals (yes that really happens - regularly). The nutritional content of these meals, flavorings, and byproducts are so low that they have to pump in cheap fillers and protein substitutes, which is what lead to the melamine scandals of 2007 that killed hundreds of thousands of pets across the globe. Genetically almost identical to wolves and larger cats, our domestic companions are carnivores with digestive systems designed to handle large amounts of protein in raw form - not large amounts of wheat, corn, soy, or peas.

Raw: Humans are the only meat-eaters who have to cook their meat before eating it. No other animal, whether carnivore or omnivore, applies heat to their meat before they eat it. Your cat or dog’s body is designed to combat the bacteria in raw meat with a short, acidic digestive tract that either kills bacteria or allows it to pass safely through. Raw meat contains bioavailable nutrients, especially crucial enzymes that provide support for the digestive process. Without these digestive enzymes that can only be found in raw food, dogs and cats fed a processed diet their entire lives begin to struggle to digest their (usually toxic) food, leading to various health problems that often begin around the age of 6-8. Dogs and cats never cooked their food before a market existed that required shelf-stable products for humans to purchase - so that development has much more to do with profits than health benefits.

Because of these health requirements that are being completely ignored by the current market, more and more people are turning to raw pet food, either commercially purchased or made themselves after careful education. There is a growing movement of advocates who, like those in the human industry, are passionate about the difference proper nutrition and supplementation can make for the health of their loved ones.


Aug 8, 2018

Disagreeing with Parental Choices - What Do You Do?

by Aspen Anderson, Herbal Authoress

Recently at a family gathering, my sister, who has five children and has been a mother for fifteen years, was holding my first and only baby as I cooked in her kitchen. He started to fuss loudly, and I looked over and saw that she was scrolling through her Facebook and doing nothing to calm him. Frustrated, I called my brother over to take the baby. She grew snappy and started lecturing me about how “children just cry sometimes.” As a millennial parent, I don’t follow the “cry it out” method. She knew this, but chose to implement her parenting style over mine. But as his mother, I believe I have the right to ask my family to follow my parenting style with him, even if my family may not understand or agree. I would be horrified if they took it upon themselves to make decisions – especially medical ones - that affected my child that they knew were counter to what I wished.

This stance was challenged as I was at my holistic pet boutique, where we focus on food-based solutions to health problems. I had an older deaf woman in a vegan-support t-shirt bring her brother’s whippet into the store and indicated that the dog had cancerous tumors. She was familiar with the benefits of raw feeding, and we got her set up at the register with cannabis oil, turkey tail mushroom, and Steve’s Real Food Beef raw food, all of which experience had taught me could reduce tumor size and make a world of difference for the comfort and health of the dog. Just as I was about to run the woman’s credit card, she received a text from her brother that said, “Please don’t buy him anything, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The woman was in tears, and she pulled out her phone and wrote me a novel about how she knew she could help this dog, that it didn’t have to suffer, and that her brother was an egotistical surgeon with a slice and dice mentality who didn’t take her seriously because she wasn’t a doctor. I watched her actively go through a moral quandary of whether respecting her brother’s wishes was more important than what she felt would be best for the dog.

I felt sadness for the surgeon’s choice, but my automatic response was to respect his decision. The woman struggled and ended up purchasing the supplements but not the raw food with the hope that she could make enough of a difference in the week she had left to dog-sit him to convince her family of the benefits.

I can see both sides of the story. I understand where she was coming from, and I think her choices would have led to a happier dog. But ultimately, I think she was probably wrong. I think that the owner/parent has ultimate say over the way they wish to parent, and that even if you don’t like it, or disagree completely with their style, if it isn’t your kid, it’s not your place to interfere. What do you think?


Aug 8, 2018

The Benefits of Vermicomposting

by Will Christensen, Ginger-Beard of Power

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Aug 8, 2018

Simple Sweet Baked Scones

by Nichole Carver, Your Magical Marketing Millennial

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 C. Flour (any kind)
  • 1 TBSP Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 8 TBSP. Cold, Unsalted Butter, cut up (sub alternative butter if desired, but it needs to be cold!)
  • 1/4 C. Granulated Sugar (can use less or sub for a cleaner alternative)
  • 2/3 C. Milk (sub almond milk)
  • Herbs (have fun and experiment here!) 

Heat oven to 425 degrees. 

Put flour, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl; stir, mixing well. Add butter and cut in with a pastry blender (I use my Bosch pastry attachment) or rub in with your fingers, until the mixture looks like fine crumbs.

Add sugar and herbs, if using; toss to mix.

Add milk and stir with a wooden spoon until dough forms (dough may be a bit crumbly).

Place dough on floured counter and knead gently until the dough comes together in a ball. Pat or roll into a circle about 1 1/2 inches thick. Cut circle into 6 or 8 wedges.

Place wedges on a greased cookie sheet - slightly apart for crisp sides (my favorite) or touching for soft.

Bake about 12 minutes, or until medium brown on top. 



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