Holy Guacamole Might Be Even Holier Than We Once Thought — November 5, 2020

Holy Guacamole Might Be Even Holier Than We Once Thought

When you think about avocadoes, the first thing that pops into your mind is most likely guacamole. And when you imagine avocados, you probably think about a bright green, leathery skinned, egg-shaped creature that is about five inches long and weighs about six ounces….and know that you can expect a large pit that is about two inches in size. Lately the avocado has been classified as a superfood that has become an incredibly popular food among health-conscious individuals. Let’s take a look at the nutritional value and health benefits that 1/2C avocado provides…



The typical avocado consists of about 75% fat…or six grams…which may seem like alot…and might make you think about excluding avocados from your diet…unless you’re eating at a Mexican restaurant. But wait… Most of the fat found in an avocado is monounsaturated fat…which is actually “healthy” fat that can provide many health benefits—such as reducing inflammation, preventing cancer, helping you lose weight, keeping your blood sugar levels, supporting skin health, and boosting the immune system.



Avocados also contain at least twenty different vitamins and minerals.

  • Vitamin B5: 14% of the DV
  • Vitamin B6: 13% of the DV
  • Vitamin C: 17% of the DV
  • Vitamin E: 10% of the DV
  • Vitamin K: 26% of the daily value (DV)
Avocados also contain trace amounts of vitamins A, B1, B2, and B3.



Avocados are very high in potassium. In fact, 1/2C provides 14%RDA…four perfect more than the same amount of banana, which most of us think of as being the fruit that contains the highest amount of potassium food.

Potassium is important for keeping your blood pressure in check and for preventing heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure.



Avocados also contain fiber…In fact, one-half cup of avocado provides seven grams of fiber…27%RDA…of which about 25% is soluble and 75% is insoluble. Fiber can contribute to weight loss, reduce blood sugar spikes, and help prevent many diseases.


Health Benefits

Anti-Inflammatory…Avocados contain vitamin E…which is important for lowering inflammation in your body….and preventing Alzheimer’s disease, type 2 diabetes, and arthritis.
Bone Health…Avocados contain vitamin K…a vitamin that is important for maintaining healthy bones, slowing down bone loss, and helping you get the most benefits of calcium. Cancer…Avocado may be beneficial in cancer treatment and prevention because of their folate content. Folate has been shown to help lower your risk of certain cancers—such as prostate, colon, stomach, pancreatic, and cervical. Folate also can help protect you from the side effects of chemotherapy. Depression…Depression is often caused by low levels of folate…a mineral that is important for keeping your blood flowing freely to your brain. Keeping blood flowing freely to your brain is important for regulating mood, sleep, and appetite. Avocados contain high levels of folate…and might be a good addition to your self-care plans during this crazy coronavirus/stressful election time. Heart… Avocados can lower your risk of heart disease…which is one of the most common causes of death in the entire world for many reasons..such as
  • increasing HDL, the “good” cholesterol by up to 11%
  • lowering LDL cholesterol by up to 22%
  • reducing blood triglycerides by up to 20%
  • reducing total cholesterol levels significantly
Vision…Avocados are high in antioxidants, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, which prevent eye problems such as cataracts…and protect the tissues in your eyes from UV light damage. Weight Loss…Avocados can help you feel more satisfied while you’re eating and lower your desire to eat for at least the over the next five hours…helping you naturally eat fewer calories and making it easier for you to stick to healthier eating habits.
We All Deserve To Take a Vacation — November 3, 2020

We All Deserve To Take a Vacation

nutritional value, smell, flavor, and availability….including many that I never even heard of before doing research for this post.

In the next few posts we will be looking at both the ordinary tropical fruit that you regularly see in your local grocery store and then the more exotic fruits that you probably will have never tasted…much less heard of.

The common tropical fruits that we will consider adding to our cart include bananas, mango, pineapple, avocado, papaya, guava, dates, papaya, coconuts, and pomegranate.

More exotic tropical fruits that you may have never even heard of before include rambutan, durian, jackfruit, pitaya, passion fruit, wax apples, durian, sapota, cherimoya, pitahaya, mangosteen, breadfruit, banana passion fruit, longan, pulusan, goldenberry, and tamarillo.

So let’s begin our journey, shall we?!

We can even take off our damn face masks…(at least long enough to eat them).

I’ve Been Cleaning More Lately Than Ever Before…How About You?! — April 23, 2020

I’ve Been Cleaning More Lately Than Ever Before…How About You?!

Cleaning with Clary and Clarity — April 21, 2020

Cleaning with Clary and Clarity

When Life Gives You Lemons, Add Even More — April 6, 2020

When Life Gives You Lemons, Add Even More

Lord knows, these months and the month or even months have been downright crazy…not to mention stressful.



So what is one way that you can worry less and chill out more?



If you actually read my blog on a regular basis, you will already know what I am about to say…


More specifically essential oils…

And even more specifically diffusing essential oils as a part of the complementary medicine called “aromatherapy.”




How Essential Oils Work

ls through the air, our olfactory nerve  sends almost instantly sends messages to different parts of the brain, including the limbic system and amygdala, which are both directly wired to the brain’s centers of memory and emotion.

If you remember watching the movie Forest Gump, you will remember the professor explaining that the amygdala is that part of the brain which controls our emotions, mood, and memory.

Interestimgly, these parts of the brain also do two what seems opposite reactions…either triggering a fight-or-flight respons where we get short of breath, our heart rate and blood pressure go overboard…or awakening the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps us relax.

In fact, certain essential oils…(which we’ll talk about later)…interact with our nervous system and brain in the same way biochemically that many anti-prescribed anxiety medications do..making it a great complementary and alternative choice. 

So let’s find out which specific essential oils, more specifically citrus essential oils, are actually the best oils for helping you feel less stressed out.


Citrus in General

Citrus essential oils can affect different people different ways…they can either be stimulating or relaxing…are totally have different effects from one person to the next.

These oils can help some people fall asleep more easily…other people to relax but not actually fall to sleep-more easily…feel more both refreshed and relaxed if you use them during the day,

Since this is the case, you must try the particular essential oil yourself to see how it affects you.

Below are some citrrus essential oils to consider.



What is it…Bergamot essential oil is derived from the peel of a bergamot fruit, a hybrid citrus fruit somewhere between a bitter orange and lemon or lime, and is widely used in aromatherapy. This is the fruit that gives Earl Grey tea its signature fragrance,…(more on this later)…


What does it smell like…Bergamot has a clean, spicy citrus-like fragrance that is soothing…yet at the same time invigorating.


How long have people been using it…This essential oil has been used traditionally in Italian folk medicine because of its ability to relieve tension and anxiety….and in traditional Chinese medicine to enhance the flow of energy, fight bacterial infections and support digestive health.


What other essential oils should I blend with bergamot…try  floral oils like lavender, clary sage and jasmine.


How do I use it…Like all other essential oils, you have the option to use bergamot essential oil in your diffuser or apply it to your skin,..but be careful if you do apply bergamot essential oil topically because it can cause severe sunburn.

Also be sure to combine bergamot essential oil with a carrier oil—such as jojoba, sweet almond, or avocado—before using it on your skin or adding it to your bath.

Bergamot can often be irritating to the skin…and make you more likely to get  sunburns and blisters when you’ve been out in the sun for too long.


Health benefits of bergamot essential oil are believed to include…

  • helping you to relax
  • improving blood circulation
  • keeping you from feeling so fatigued
  • lowering your blood pressure
  • lowering your heart rate
  • reducing chronic pain
  • relieving anxiety and stress


Source...leaves of the lemon plant


  • acts as a sedative
  • can help relieve the nausea associated with cancer treatments
  • eases symptoms of depression
  • improves mood
  • promotes sleep and relaxation
  • reduces anxiety and stress




Melissa (Lemon Balm)

Source...lemons…(go figure, right?!)

History…has been used for hundreds of years. Known for its medicinal and uplifting qualities, it has also been given the name “elixir of life”.


  • calms the mind
  • boosts immunity
  • strengthens the nervous system
  • can act as a antidepressant and release feelings of sadness and worry






Source…derived from the flowers of the neroli, a citrus fruit

Fragrance...sweet and spicy aromal..similar to an expensive, floral-based perfume…in fact, commonly used as an ingredient in French perfumes

History…has been around since ancient Egyptian times

Blend with…sandalwood


  • acts as a sedative
  • helps you sleep
  • improves concentration, mood, and memory
  • regulates the metabolic system
  • relaxes both body and soul
  • releases feelings of anger, irritability, stress, anxiety, and worry





Source…derived from the yuzu fruit, a type of East Asian yellow citrus fruit often used in Asian cuisine

History…Japanese have had a custom of taking yuzu baths, which involves floating yuzus in hot baths during the winter to relieve stressas far back as the 1700s


  • decreases negative emotional stress
  • decreases salivary chromogranin A, an indicator of stress and sympathetic nervous system activity
  • lowers your heart rate in just ten minutes, with effects lasting for about thirty minuters
  • soothes stress and anxiety
  • suppresses sympathetic nervous system activity, also known as the fight-or-flight response
Essential Oil Diffusers…The What and The Why — April 1, 2020

Essential Oil Diffusers…The What and The Why

Essentiial oil diffusers are a popular method of using essential oils to gain both the relaxation and health-related benefits of that particular oil, or combination of oils…not to mention that they also help “clear” the air and create a pleasantly fragrant environment.

This enjoyable and effective way of turning only a few drops of essential oil into a fine vapor that is then dispersed in a given area is one of the most common uses of  aromatherapy in homes.

As you breathe in the vapors that are dispersed throughout the day, the nervous system to transmit signals to the limbic system of your brain, the part of the brain that controls emotion and memory.

Diffusers are great because they an affordable, relaxing, and healthy way of using aromatherapy at home that allows you to control…

  • how concentrated the vapor from the diffuser is
  • how long these oils are dispersed
  • what oils are dispersed in the air





Essential Oil and the Immune System

For strange reason, people are concerned more about maintaining their immunity system than ever before…(gee, perhaps it’s because of the coronavirus?!)

And thankfully essential oils can help because many of these have both  antibacterial and antiviral qualities that help protect your immune system as they are inhaled.  

Essential oils help boost your immune system because as these oils are diffused into the air, they break down the free radicals and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.

The best essential oils to use for boosting you immune system are…

  • cinnamon
  • clove
  • eucalyptus
  • lemon
  • oregano
  • peppermint
  • star anise
  • tea tree




Essential Oils and Pest Control


Essential oils can be a safe and effective way to keep mosquitoes, gnats, and other pesky bugs away without the use of insect repellants that contain toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children,

Essential oils work as an insect repellant because most bugs cannot stand the aroma of diffused essential oils runs bugs away because they think that it stinks…not to mention the fact the some essential oils are actually deadly to bugs.

The best oils to use in warding off insects are…




Essential Oils and the Brain

Essential oils can improve cognitive function in many ways, including…

  • giving us more energy whenever we’re feeling down or sluggish
  • helping to balance hormones
  • helping us to focus
  • leveling out an imbalanced moods
  • relieving stress and anxiety
  • repairing the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function

Essential oils that are great for these purposes include…




Essential Oils and Pain Relief

Diffusing essential oils, both through a diffuser and topically can help relieve the pains of headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints…(more on this later)…




Essential Oils and the Respiratory System

Diffusing essential oils reduces inflammation in your respiratory tracts and provides decongestant qualities…making them great at helping to  eliminate colds, coughs, and even pneumonia.

The best essential oils to use for respiratory reasons are…

  • eucalyptus
  • lavender
  • lemon
  • palo santo
  • tea tree



Aromatherapy…The Which — March 26, 2020

Aromatherapy…The Which