The beautiful golden-orange state flower of California has several uses for troubling times. California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) has been used in the management of insomnia, mood disturbance, fatigue, and nervous tension. It may also reduce aches and pains associated with over-exertion and stress.  California poppy contains biologically active chemicals recognized for causing sleepiness and relaxation. Some…

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The eyes are supported by bands of muscles (the extraocular muscles) that control their movement. Exercising these muscles has significant health benefits, including improved circulation, which reduces inflammation. Additionally, exercising the eyes may minimize eye fatigue or strain caused by vision overuse patterns such as digital eye strain or frequent night driving.  Below are eye…

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There are good reasons to go wild for walnuts. They are rich in Omega-3-fatty acids and high in antioxidants. This powerful combination helps support immunity, the management of inflammation in the body, and provides nourishment for the brain. Additionally, research shows that walnuts have protective benefits against metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular problems,Type-2 diabetes, and dementia. Dietary…

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Antioxidants help rid your body of waste substances called free radicals. These free radicals are unstable molecules that the body produces as it processes food and in reaction to environmental pressure. Free radicals damage the body by producing inflammation that can lead to disease, particularly illnesses such as arthritis, heart disease, cancer, and others.  To…

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This recipe prepares a hearty granola snack using goji, blueberry, dates, walnuts, and oats. Enjoy with a cup of green tea (hot or cold) sweetened with a little raw honey. Make a big batch for the week to help satisfy those mid-afternoon munchies! Store in the fridge. Ingredients1/2 cup dried goji berries1/2 cup dried blueberries1/2…

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Finally, 2020 is behind us and the New Year brings a sense of hope. Even as we move into 2021, normal still has new meaning for how we work, live, and interact with the people in our lives. We may not fully reclaim “what was,” but we can begin to carve out a family and…

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