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Nature Is Calling!, Issue #014 ---Take a Natural Fall Forward
October 15, 2012

Fall is HERE!!!

This month's issue of Nature is Calling! helps you start fall with your best foot forward. From great ways to clean your house with a lemon, health benefits of a fruit that was right in my backyard!, soup recipes that will warm you to your toes and some healthy and safe alternatives to candy at Halloween.

Support the "Just Beautiful" campaign. They have just released a great pocket guide that gives great advice on shopping for beauty products that are healthy for you. (copy and paste the link below into your browser)

http://environmentaldefence.ca/reports/just-beautiful-personal-care-products-pocket-shopping-guide

A Super Fruit In MY Backyard???

We have two large sour cherry trees in our backyard, so come fall I am racking my brain to think of the many ways to use these cherries. We make jam, pie filling, fruit cobblers and cherry syrup, but I did some digging to find out what exactly are the benefits of this fruit in our backyard. Here is what I found....

1) Two cups of sour/tart cherries or two glasses of cherry juice have an analgesic (pain relief) effect. The same enzymes found in ibuprofen (motrin) are also found in tart cherries. The added benefit is that your liver and kidneys don't have to work hard to metabolize a drug. So next time you are hurting after that spin class sip some tart cherry juice. Or head off the muscle ache and take some cherries right before a work out.

2) Sour cherries also hit the best rated foods on the cancer fighting list due to it's high amounts of phytochemicals and antioxidants. Being that only sour cherries contain three of the top chemicals that fight cancer, they pack a powerful punch. Research shows that tart cherries are best for fighting colon, breast, liver, lung and skin cancer.

3)If you are worried about high cholesterol or high blood pressure, research has shown that tart cherries "significantly improve cardiac function" and remove plaque build up on artery walls. Studies consistently show participants consuming moderate amounts of tart cherries on a regular basis lower LDL (bad) cholestrol and blood pressure.

4) Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, sour cherries are also helpful with conditons like gout and arthritis. In many health and research circles tart or sour cherries have been labeled a super fruit. For more info on the health benefits of this awesome tasting fruit check out the Red Report. (copy and paste this link into your browswer) http://www.choosecherries.com/pdfs/cherries_FINAL_Red_Report.pdf

(acticle researched from www.livestrong.com, www.health.msn.com and The Red Report)

Trick Out Your Treats!

When I was trick or treating as a kid, popcorn balls, puff wheat squares and other homemade treats were a staple on my trips around the neighboorhood, but they are not accepted nowadays. With all kinds of problems with offering homemade treats, most people opt for pre-packaged candy. I have always wished I could give something pre-packaged, but a little healthier for the kids knocking on our door Halloween night. I dug up some different ways to feel good about the treats you hand out.

  • Raisins or other dried fruit in small packages found in many box stores and natural food stores.
  • Animal crackers in small packages also found in most box stores.
  • Small packages of rice crackers. I have only seen them at natural food stores in small packs.
  • Check out the dollar stores for cute little toys (bouncy balls, Halloween figurines can usually be bought for a dollar per pack of several toys)
  • If you want to go on-line, CLIF bars have organic kids snack bars for less than 50 cents per bar and they come in many different flavors.

Happy Halloweening!!!

For Mom and Baby

For any expectant moms or new moms, there is a great product line out that gives natural selections for both your and baby. For all my readers I am offering a 15% discount on their products from now until December 1st. Whether for you and baby or for someone special at Christmas this product line is awesome, my fave is the Soothing Stick. Great for rashes anywhere on baby's body.

Mambino Organics

Butternut Squash Soup

We served this soup at our wedding and every fall, I crave a bowl of this easy to make soup.

    2 Tbsp of butter
    1 small onion chopped
    1 stalk of celery chopped
    2 carrots chopped
    2 medium potates peeled and cubed
    1 squash peeld, seeded and cubed
    32oz of chicken stock
    salt and pepper to taste

1) Melt butter in a pot and add all vegetables.
2) Add chicken stock and bring to a boil.
3) Reduce heat and simmer on low until veggies are tender (about 45min)
4) Blend smooth using an immersion blender or countertop blender and salt and pepper to taste.

*If you are looking for an extra bit of richness to this soup add 1/2 cup of whipping cream after blending*

Load Up On Lemon

Lemon is a great natural cleanser for you and the home. Check out this great article from Mother Nature Network to find out what you can clean around your house with a lemon. (copy and paste this link into your browswer) http://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/stories/24-things-you-can-clean-with-lemon

Moving into fall, means exchanging bright sunny hues for deep, rich earth tones. Check out this link for the best fall colors of 2012 and product suggestions. (copy and paste this link into your browswer) http://www.organicbeautysource.com/2012/10/organic-makeup-colors-for-fall.html

Check out my website, Your Body Loves Natural Products. for lots of info and reveiws on natural products.

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