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Essential Oil Benefits: Basil

Health Benefits: Relieves nausea, digestive tonic, treats cramps, indigestion, and cramps, relieves colds, influenza, and associated fevers, treats asthma, bronchitis, and sinus infections, improves blood circulation, relieves depression, disinfects wounds and cuts, heals bladder infections, treats  nervous tension, mental fatigue, melancholy, and migraines when used for aromatherapy, increases metabolism, soothes arthritis pain, wounds, injuries, burns, bruises, scars, sports injuries, surgical recovery, and sprains, reduces inflammation, stimulates adrenal cortex and nervous system, boosts immune system, treats motion sickness, stimulates the appetite.

Vitamins, Minerals, and Related: Vitamin A, C, K, magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium, antispasmodic, antibacterial, analgesic, ophthalmic, antipyretic, hepatoprotective, antioxidant.

Beauty Benefits: Fixes dull looking hair and skin, calms irritated skin, treats oily hair.

Magickal Uses: Warding, astral projection, safe travelling spells, friendship spells, attraction, love spells, money spells, and protection.

Interesting Facts: European lore claims that it belongs to Satan and you must curse the ground as you plant it in order for it to grow properly. This is where the French idiom, “semer le basilic” “to sow the basil” came from, it refers to ranting.

Basil was used in English folk magic, like so many other things, to ward off harmful spells as well as to keep away pests.

Also, several sources say that if a gift of basil is given to a member of the opposite sex, he or she will fall deeply in love with the giver and be forever faithful. In Romania, this act is representative of an official engagement.

Just had a ton of pineapple so you know what that means...😉😍💦👅....

I just got my daily value of potassium, calcium, and magnesium, as well as healthy doses of beta carotene and thiamin.

Benefits Of Lemon Water

Ok, it took me a while to get on board with the lemon water thing. I was a hater and thought it was total BS, but then I actually tried it and I’m a convert. 

Here are some benefits of lemon water (from Life Hack), the photo is my own. 


Why lemons?

Lemons are packed like a clown car with nutrients, including vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. (Fun fact: they contain more potassium than apples or grapes!)


Because of how hard lemon juice can be on the enamel of your teeth, it’s important to dilute it with water of any temperature (though lukewarm is recommended). Drink it first thing in the morning, and wait 15 to 30 minutes to have breakfast. This will help you fully receive the benefits of lemon water, which are listed below.

Reduces inflammation

If you drink lemon water on a regular basis, it will decrease the acidity in your body, which is where disease states occur. It removes uric acid in your joints, which is one of the main causes of inflammation.


Aids digestion

Lemon juice not only encourages healthy digestion by loosening toxins in your digestive tract, it helps to relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, burping, and bloating.


Helps you lose weight

Lemons contain pectin fiber, which assists in fighting hunger cravings.

Cleanses your system

It helps flush out the toxins in your body by enhancing enzyme function, stimulating your liver.


Keeps your skin blemish-free

The antioxidants in lemon juice help to not only decrease blemishes, but wrinkles too! It can also be applied to scars and age spots to reduce their appearance, and because it’s detoxifying your blood, it will maintain your skin’s radiance.


Gives your immune system a boost

Vitamin C is like our immune system’s jumper cables, and lemon juice is full of it. The level of vitamin C in your system is one of the first things to plummet when you’re stressed, which is why experts recommended popping extra vitamin C during especially stressful days.


Excellent source of potassium

As already mentioned, lemons are high in potassium, which is good for heart health, as well as brain and nerve function.


Freshens your breath

It also helps relieve toothaches and gingivitis (say wha?). Because the citric acid can erode tooth enamel, either hold off on brushing your teeth after drinking lemon water or brush your teeth before drinking it.


Gives you an energy boost

Lemon juice provides your body with energy when it enters your digestive tract, and it also helps reduce anxiety and depression. (Even the scent of lemons has a calming effect on your nervous system!)


Helps to cut out caffeine

I didn’t believe this until I tried it, but replacing my morning coffee with a cup of hot lemon water has really done wonders! I feel refreshed, and no longer have to deal with that pesky afternoon crash. Plus, my nerves are thankful.

Helps fight viral infections

Warm lemon water is the most effective way to diminish viral infections and their subsequent sore throats. Plus, with the lemon juice also boosting your immune system, you’ll simultaneously fight off the infection completely.


How much?

For those who weigh less than 150 pounds, squeeze half a lemon’s worth of juice into a glass of water. If over 150 pounds, use an entire lemon’s juice. You can of course dilute the lemon juice more, depending on your personal taste.

Not only are the benefits of lemon water endless, it’s one of the most substantial yet simple changes you can make for your health.

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I went to 99 Ranch Market the other day, and some of these fruits, vegetables, and meats caught my attention since they looked a little unusual. Naturally, I took some pictures and then went home and researched about them.

The first fruit, called Jackfruit, is native to South and Southeast Asia. It is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world, weighing from 10-100 pounds. Jackfruit contains hundreds of seeds that are rich in protein, potassium, calcium, and iron.

The second one is Dragonfruit, which is actually called Pitaya. It is indigenous to Central America, but is also grown in Thailand and Vietnam. It contains vitamin c, vitamin b, phosphorus, protein, calcium, fiber, and antioxidants.

Third one is called Nagaimo, which is a Chinese Yam. It can be cooked like a potato and is loaded with lots of nutrition.

Last one: Sea Cucumber. Most cultures in East and Southeast Asia consider sea cucumber as a delicacy. Common ingredients that go with sea cucumber dishes are winter melon, conpoy, mushroom, and Chinese cabbage.

You wanna be healthy and shit? Get out of this queue in Starbucks, head home and make a freaking delicious smoothie. And remember to put on a lid before you turn on the blender.


#1 ‘It couldn’t get more tropical than this’

  • 1 grapefruit
  • ½ of a fresh pineapple
  • 1-2 cm of fresh ginger

      Throw everything into a blender, add some water. Blend until smooth. This smoothie helps with swelling, excretion of toxins and accelerates digestion of protein&carbohydrates.


#2 ‘I’m greening right now.’ (horrible joke sorry not sorry)

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 apple
  • a handful of fresh parsley
  • 1-2 cm of fresh ginger

Add water. Blend it up. It contains so much vitamin C that it’s close to an overdosage.


#3 ‘Chia heaven’

  • a handful of spinach
  • a handful of kale
  • coconut water
  • 1 ripe mango
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds

Blend until smooth. Chia seeds are the great source of potassium, zinc, calcium, copper, omega-3&omega-6 fatty acids, PROTEIN! Just trust me, you’ll love it. Chia seeds make a smoothie thicker which means not getting hungry right after drinking it!


#4 ‘It ain’t sweet, but hey, it’s healthy, right?’

  • 1 tomato
  • 2 celery sticks
  • ½ of a red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of flaxseed oil
  • a pinch of salt&pepper
  • ½ a cup of water

Blend. So much potassium. So much vitamin C. It helps with inflammations, it helps with everything. Drink it once in a while.


#5 ‘I really crave a chocolate bar right now’

  • 2 bananas
  • milk of your choice – it can be almond, cow’s milk, oat, whatever you’d like!
  • 2 tablespoons of cacao powder
  • 3-4 dates (depends of how sweet you like it)
  • a teaspoon of smooth peanut butter (you cannot go wrong with PB)

Blend, blend, blend. Enjoy your chocolate drink.


Give up on that Starbucks coffee, get yourself a smoothie, make your body happy. A portion of fiber a day, makes your body’s problems go away (I came up with this a second ago). ENJOY!

(sources: simplegreensmoothies.com, my dietitian lol)

wtf is dave talking about // pt. II

a glossary of unusual words and names on Glass Animals’ new album How to be a Human Being [part I here]


PREMADE SANDWICHES

baobab • a type of tree found in Madagascar, Africa, and Australia and often called “the tree of life” in African culture. The “super fruit” it produces has high levels of vitamin C, fiber, calcium, potassium, and antioxidants, and is typically sold in powder form.

goji berries • vitamin and antioxidant-rich bright red berries native to Asia.

jojoba • a desert shrub whose seeds produce jojoba oil, which is commonly used in various cosmetic and skin care products because of its similarity to the natural oil of the skin.

ketamine • an anesthetic drug used medically before surgeries for blocking pain. Also a popular party drug because of its quick high that can cause hallucinations, relaxation, and feelings of detachment.

kinder egg • a hollow chocolate egg with a small surprise toy inside. Popular in Europe as collectors’ items and technically illegal in the US.

mcfuck • a word invented by Dave to refer to any food item from McDonalds.

rails • also known as a “line,” a row of a powdered drug to be snorted.

THE OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE

bedsit • in the UK and Ireland, low-cost rental housing that consists of a single private room for the occupant and a bathroom shared with multiple other occupants.

hakeem olajuwon • a now-retired professional NBA basketball player for the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors from 1984-2002. He is considered to be one of the greatest center players of all time.

nola • New Orleans, the largest city in the US state of Louisiana, located on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

versace • a high-end Italian designer brand that makes clothing and leather accessories.

pappy • mushy; lacking in substance or value.

TAKE A SLICE

black dope • presumably black tar heroin, a dark tar-like variety of heroin found mostly in the southwestern US and Latin America.

pensacola • a city located on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in the US state of Florida’s panhandle. “a huge military town with like three large naval bases in a small radius, full of sailors and tattoo parlors, bars, drug addicts, hotels, and jay-walkers” (~thanks lukeskullwalker!)

studebaker • an American automobile manufacturer that produced cars from 1897 to 1966.

vogue • a cigarette brand marketed as elegant and fashionable, sold primarily to women.

POPLAR ST

plasters • British English for an adhesive bandage or bandaid.

AGNES

percocet • an opioid medication for reducing pain, often abused for the temporary euphoric high it sometimes also provides.


message me with any corrections or things you think should be added!

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Gifts for Gardeners

#52: Soil Amendments

As you can tell by most of this list, I’m a firm believer in practical gift giving. Accordingly, I think the best gift for the “gardener who has everything” in the way of tools is a supply of something useful.

You’d look pretty competent in the eyes of most green thumbs giving them a supply of potash, calcium, potassium, or kelp extracts.


Images: NPK Industries

You can save money and potential worry after your dog eats something it isn't supposed to by calling the Pet Poison Hotline. 855-764-7661.

855-764-7661

My dog Katie recently got into a bottle of calcium, potassium and vitamin D3 pills. Worried, I rushed her to the vet’s office. They induced vomiting, gave her activated charcoal and a referral to a 24/7-pet hospital–For which they charged me close to $300.

When we arrived at the hospital, the new vet told us about the hotline. It costs $49, but they keep files on all sorts of breeds and incidences of poisoning–the vet told us that the hotline’s advice is gospel. Also, it costs more money if the vet places the phone call, so you should do this on your own.

Luckily, my dog just needed a lot of fluids and the charcoal seemed to absorb most of the nasty stuff, but I could have saved a lot of money by A) calling the hotline in the first place, and B) keeping activated charcoal with my pet supplies.

You can save money and potential worry after your dog eats something it isn't supposed to by calling the Pet Poison Hotline. 855-764-7661.

855-764-7661

My dog Katie recently got into a bottle of calcium, potassium and vitamin D3 pills. Worried, I rushed her to the vet’s office. They induced vomiting, gave her activated charcoal and a referral to a 24/7-pet hospital–For which they charged me close to $300.

When we arrived at the hospital, the new vet told us about the hotline. It costs $49, but they keep files on all sorts of breeds and incidences of poisoning–the vet told us that the hotline’s advice is gospel. Also, it costs more money if the vet places the phone call, so you should do this on your own.

Luckily, my dog just needed a lot of fluids and the charcoal seemed to absorb most of the nasty stuff, but I could have saved a lot of money by A) calling the hotline in the first place, and B) keeping activated charcoal with my pet supplies.

Top Super Foods to Improve Muscle Recover

Do you feel sore and achy after lifting weights at the gym? Well, that’s actually a positive sign that signals bigger gains. Known as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), it occurs as a result of small tears within the muscle fibers. When your body repairs this damaged tissue, your muscles come back bigger and stronger than before. But you can improve your body’s self-healing process and reduce downtime by eating the right foods, some of which we’re going to discuss in today’s blog post.

Almonds

All nuts are an excellent snack, as they contain a healthy dose of protein, fiber and carbohydrates. However, almonds are particularly beneficial for muscle recovery. In addition to protein and fiber, they also contain calcium, magnesium, potassium, “healthy” fats, and vitamin E. So the next time you’re looking for a post-workout snack, grab a handful of almonds.

Broccoli

If there’s one vegetable that you don’t want to leave off your plate at dinner time, it’s broccoli. Part of the brassica family, broccoli contains powerful compounds like sulphoraphane and glutathione that have been shown to protect the brain from inflammation. Other studies have shown that people who consume broccoli on a regular basis have a lower risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma and even cancer.

Berries

Whether it’s strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, etc., all berries are an excellent snack choice for athletes and bodybuilders. Berries contain vitamins, and most importantly, antioxidants. The antioxidants found in berries protect the body from dangerous compounds known as free radicals.

Avocado

Another super food that’s great for muscle recovery is avocados. They are loaded in healthy fats, vitamin E, potassium and antioxidants. You can eat avocados raw or blend them into smoothies. Either way, you’ll get the same benefits!

Protein Shakes

We can’t talk about the best foods for muscle recovery without mentioning protein shakes. Protein is arguably the single most important nutrient for athletes and bodybuilders. It helps the body repair damaged tissue, while also reducing recovery times. Unfortunately, though, many people fall short of consuming the necessary amount of protein in their diet. While eating more meats can certainly help, you can further increase your protein intake by supplementing your diet with a protein shake.

Look after your kidneys?

Ever thought about when these funky looking organs require some TLC (and by that I don’t mean thin layer chromatography)?..

Your kidneys are one of the largest organs in your body and can sometimes be easily damaged by the things you throw at them; for example, certain drugs and dehydration! Their primary role in the body is to control fluid content, filtering everything so that the correct concentration of electrolytes i.e. sodium, potassium and calcium can be retained for normal bodily functions. Also to ensure that all the water soluble waste and toxic metabolites can be excreted via urine. This is another reason why good hydration, typically 2L of water intake per adult per day, is recommended to maintain good health.

As a pharmacist to be, it is of course important that everyone’s kidneys are cared for, after all that’s the primary organ for excreting drugs & drug metabolites! Some of the common offenders to your kidney tubule include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and the national favourite for type 2 diabetics, metformin. If these renal (renal means kidney) impairing drugs are used concomitantly with someone who has vulnerable kidneys (i.e. elderly) and circumstantially has reduced fluid intake (excess sweating), It can lead to acute kidney injury (AKI).


There is a recent public health campaign in the UK calling all members of the public (especially elderly, children and pregnant women) to look after their kidneys if they experience a period of dehydration i.e. through watery diarrhoea or vomiting.

Another reason to stay hydrated and look after your kidneys?