Thursday, June 11, 2015

It's Thyme for Porkchops

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4-  2 Tablespoons olive oil
8-  4 center cut boneless pork chops
2-  1 tsp. each herbs and spices to taste--Himalayan pink salt, ground white pepper, minced fresh thyme and fresh minced fine garlic
1-  1/2 cup of chopped onions or shallots
12- 6 peeled and sliced into 8's fresh, ripe peaches cleaned and cut into 8 wedges
1/2-1/4 c white wine--use more if the peach mixture starts to dry out

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add the olive oil to the pan and swirl it to coat the pan bottom.  Put the chops into the pan in one layer.  Use a bigger pan if you cannot fit them all in at one time in one layer. Sprinkle the chops evenly with 1/2  of the herbs and spices to taste using more or less according to your taste-buds.  I use more. If you use fresh thyme and garlic, don't be stingy. You can use about double the fresh than if you use the dried herbs. Add the chops to the pan and cook about 3-4 minutes on each side until the chops are done through.  Remove the chops from the pan and keep warm (just warm, too hot and they will become dry and tough). Add onions or shallots, the rest of the herbs and spices, and the peaches to the pan.  Cook for five minutes on medium-high and scrape up all the juices and browned bits in the pan.  Add just a bit of white wine 1/4 cup to the pan and reduce the heat.  Let the peaches and onions simmer for another five minutes.  Make sure the peach slices are cooked through and the onions are transparent.  Pour the peach mixture over the pork chops and heat just until the mixture starts to simmer.  Serve the pork-chops on a platter with the peach sauce spooned evenly over the chops.  Serve with a mixed green salad and fresh wedges of tomato and chopped salad vegetables from your garden.  Top with your favorite all-natural dressing.  I use Amy's Goddess dressing. 

Yields 4-8 serving depending on whether you make a single or double batch.

These are incredible and you can make enough for a crowd if you plan ahead.  

Monday, June 8, 2015

Herbal and Traditional Remedies for Clearer Skin

I am at war with my skin right now.  Blemishes, allergies, psoriasis, asthma and other things have made a mess of my extremely delicate skin.  I found this article at  I am trying several ideas from this list and I will let you know if they work.  By Mabon, I hope to have beautiful skin once again...

The acne home remedies listed below have worked for many people, but they may not work for all people. All home remedies for acne are enhanced by proper vitamin and mineral supplementation. Drink lots of water. Drinking water will prevent most of your skin problems. Exercise regularly. Some forms of aerobic exercise will bring oxygen to your cells and give you healthy skin.  Vitamins A and D3 will help your skin as well.

  1. Put white toothpaste on your pimple before you go to bed.  This should help reduce swelling overnight. Make sure it is the paste not the gel. This is one of the oldest, most popular acne home remedies. 
  2. Wash your face twice a day in warm, salty water. This should leave your face oil free without aggravating the acne. Also gargle with salty water for sore throats and use a nasal spray of salt and water for sinus infections.  A Neti Pot which you can find at your neighborhood health store or online will also help you with stubborn sinus infections. 
  3. Apply a paste of fresh fenugreek leaves over the face every night for 10-15 minutes and wash it off with warm water. This will prevent acne, pimples, blackheads, and wrinkles. 
  4. Place strawberry leaves on the acne; the alkalinity helps to reduce the swelling. 
  5. Extract the juice of one lemon and mix it with an equal quantity of rose water. Apply this mixture to your face and let it stay on for about half an hour. Then, wash your face with fresh water. About 15 days of daily use helps to cure acne, pimples and reduces blemishes and scars. 
  6. Another method is to massage your face with the skin of a lemon before washing with lukewarm water. 
  7. Apply fresh mint juice over your face every night for the treatment of acne, pimples, insect stings, eczema, scabies and other skin infections. 
  8. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. At least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables should be included in your diet. every day. All acne home remedies should include a healthy diet. 
  9. A couple of garlic cloves, crushed and dabbed on the face 1-2 times a day is also purported to help. This is one of the smellier acne home remedies.  
  10. Home face wash for acne: Mix together 1 or 2 milliliters each of the following: witch hazel, tea-tree and sweet fennel essential oils, adding 1-2 milliliters of essential oil of geranium for women and 1-2 milliliters of essential oil of rosewood for men. Mix with 300 milliliters of water. Shake before use, as the oils will float on top of the water during storage. Dab the affected areas with a cotton ball lightly moistened with this mixture two or three times a day. The oils will clean the skin and unclog the pores giving an antibiotic-like protection to the skin. 
  11. Apply fresh lemon juice on the affected area overnight. Wash off with warm water the next morning. 
  12. Use 2-3 teaspoons of dried basil leaves to 1 cup boiling water. Steep 10-20 minutes. Cool, and apply to your face with a cotton ball. 
  13. Grind orange peel with some water to a paste and apply the paste to the affected spots on your face. This is one of the best acne home remedies. 
  14. Clean your face with a cotton ball dipped in rose water 2-3 times a day. 
  15. Mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in 1 teaspoon of finely ground cinnamon powder and apply on the affected areas frequently. 
  16. Nettle Tea is another solution.  Nettle tea is made with the nettle herb which has some curative powers and really helps work wonders on skin problems. Drink four cups a day to get the full benefit of one of the most powerful acne home remedies. 
  17. Aloe Vera juice applied twice a day can greatly speed up the healing of acne lesions. I grow it at home and it is one of the easiest plants there is to grow indoors or out. 
  18. Another lotion that uses bee propolis extract may also be effective. Mix eight ounces of water and 11 drops of bee propolis extract. This is an acne home remedy which has been proven effective with many people. 
  19. Some herbal acne home remedies: Burdock leaf tea, Lavender essential oil (mix 1:10 with water), Tincture of calendula flowers, Tea tree essential oil (mix 1:10 with water) and Liquefied cabbage leaves with witch hazel, strain and add two drops of lemon oil. Use as a lotion.  
  20. Ice down the acne before bed and by morning it should be noticeably less swollen. This works best on larger pimples that have not yet formed a head.
  21. Take vitamin B5 and zinc supplements daily to strengthen the skin's resistance to acne. 
  22. Mix mint juice with turmeric powder and apply the paste on the affected area. Leave the paste on for 15-30 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water. 
  23. Mix some vinegar and salt in a bowl. Pour a little bit in your hand and rub it on the pimples. 
  24. Or soak a face towel in the vinegar and salt mixture and dab it on the bumps. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water. 
  25. Blend cucumber and make it into a paste. Apply this as a mask on your face and leave it on for 1/2 hour and then rinse with warm water. This refreshes your skin and prevents acne. 
  26. Mix corn flour with egg white and apply this paste onto your face. Let is dry completely for 1/2 hour. Dip your hands in warm water and massage your face as you wash it off. This when repeated regularly gives you smooth skin. 
  27. Mix sandalwood paste with rosewater and apply on the face. Rinse off after 30 minutes. 
  28. Essential oil face mask for acne: Use a mask base powder, such as fuller's earth or kaolin powder. Use distilled or filtered water to make a paste. Mix 1 heaped teaspoon of base powder to 3 drops of essential oil. Add approximately 2 tablespoons of the water in, to make a fluid yet balanced paste. Essential oils to add in the mask either separately or try smaller amounts together are cypress oil 1 drop, lemon oil 2 drops, or sage oil 1 drop. 
  29. Mix a paste of tender neem leaves with turmeric and apply to the affected area.
  30. Grind some nutmeg with milk and apply on affected areas. Your pimples will disappear like magic without leaving a mark. 
  31. Make a mixture of lime juice and rose water. Dab this on your face and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water. 
  32. Make a paste by mixing 3 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. Repeat this every night for two weeks and your pimples are purported to disappear forever. 
  33. Rub fresh garlic on and around your pimples. Pimples will disappear without a mark with regular applications. 
  34. Mix 1 teaspoon of groundnut oil with 1 teaspoon of fresh lime juice to prevent formation of blackheads and pimples. 
  35. First wash your face and then dab acne with cotton balls soaked in vinegar. 
  36. Mix groundnut oil with an equal amount of fresh lime juice and apply onto your face. leave this mixture on for 10-15 minutes and wash. It may be applied daily to prevent the formation of blackheads, acne and pimples. 
  37. Apply raw papaya juice (grind the whole papaya in a blender including the skin and seed) on swelling acne and pimples. 
  38. Apply fresh lime juice mixed to a glass of boiled milk as a face wash for acne, pimples, blackheads, and cracked skin. 
  39. Apply ripe tomato pulp on pimples and keep it on up to 1 hour, then wash. 
  40. Make a paste of roasted and powdered pomegranate skin with fresh lime juice and apply over acne, boils, pimple, blackheads and whiteheads. 
  41. Apply grated potatoes as a poultice to treat skin blemishes, wrinkles, boils, pimples, blackheads, whiteheads , etc. 
  42. Make a paste of ground radish seeds with water and apply on face to remove blackheads. 
  43. Apply a paste of ground sesame seeds with water as poultice for inflammation of the skin due to allergies, skin rashes, and pimples.
  44. Large pores on facial skin can be treated with a paste of sandalwood powder with masoor dal. 
  45. Use an oatmeal or almond mask to thoroughly cleanse your face. Mix either oatmeal or almond powder with enough rose water to make a soft paste that spreads easily on the skin. Rub it on your skin with your fingertips, paying special attention the problem areas. Leave to dry for about 15 minutes and then rinse off with cold water. This is very good for getting rid of blackheads.  
  46. Honey is a great remedy for skin blemishes and acne because the honey kills bacteria.