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SUPER Clearance Sale on Superfoods, Tonic Herbs, Supplements and MORE!

SUPER Clearance Sale on Superfoods, Tonic Herbs, Supplements and MORE!

SUPER Clearance Sale on Superfoods, Tonic Herbs, Supplements and MORE!

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Hiya!  Have I got a great deal for you today!!  I’ve been going through my refrigerator, pantry and cabinets making more space and found LOTS of overstock items of superfoods, supplements, tonic herbs and even an alkaline water unit that I was selling for awhile.  Some items are brand spanking new and some have very little usage.  Some items I am just not using anymore.   I CAN’T throw these away.  I want to find them a good home for someone who would use them.   So, I thought to offer these wonderful items at amazing prices for those that are interested. 

If you want to find out more about the item (what it is good for, how it is used, all the details) – just click on the item (I highlighted it for you) and you will be directed to that source of information.   See,  I made it easy for you.  I kept many items in the fridge (especially the tonic herbs) so they are good 1 -2 years past the expiration date (which I included on the item information below).   This offer is for the United States only.

Ready to go shopping!!

I’ll first start off with the items that are BRAND NEW.

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Lucidera – Organic Schizandra Extract – 2 oz. bag – (expiration 11/ 2014) – refrigerated – $20 (retails for $39)

Navitas Naturals Raw Cacao Nibs – 8 oz. – (expiration 1/ 2016) – $6 (retails for $9)

Hyperion Nutrition – Organic Gynostemma Pentaphyllum – loose leaves – 8 oz. – (expiration 12/ 2104) -refrigerated – $15 (retails for $35)

Navitas Naturals – Camu Powder – 3 oz. – (expiration 7/ 2015) – $10 (retails for $17)

Hyperion Nutrition – Duanwood Reishi Extract – 4 oz. – (expiration not listed) – refrigerated – $30 (retails for $55)

* Imperial Tonic Superfood – Ancient Wisdom – 90 g. – $35 (retails for $59)

Raw California Almonds (Nonpareil Almonds…have a mild natural sweetness and a smooth light colored skin that makes them enjoyable time after time. They are a large, relatively flat nut.) – 10 lbs. available – $6 per lb.

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Sunwarrior Protein Powder – Warrior Blend – Natural flavor – 2.2 lbs. (1 kg.) – (expiration 9/ 2016) – $30 (retails for $42)

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Dynamic Health – Organic Aloe Vera Juice – Unflavored – 32 fl. oz. – (expiration 6/ 2016) – 3 available – $4 (retails for $9)

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Let’s Do…Organic – Organic Creamed Coconut – 7 oz. – (exp.  6/ 2016) – 7 available – $1.50  (retails for $2.75) – SOLD ALL

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Life Extension – Super R-Lipoic Acid – 240 mg. – 60 veg. caps – (exp. 12/ 2016) – $30  (retails for $45)

Symbiotics – Colostrum Plus – Nature’s First Immune Defense – 240 capsules – (exp. 10/ 2017) – $30  (retails for $45)

Banyan Botanicals – Ayurvedic Herbs – Triphala GugguluDetoxification & Support for Metabolic Function90 tabs – (exp. 4/ 2016) – $25  (retails for $32) 

John Douillard’s LifeSpa Organics – Brahmi-Brain – Famous as a tonic for nerve and brain cells, cerebral circulation, memory, intestinal health, and sleep –  50 veg. capsules –         (exp. 1/ 2019) – $12  (retails for $20) – – SOLD

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Velaqua Alkaline Water Unit – All Natural Technology uses NO Electricity to Create Alkaline, Ionized, Micro-Clustered Water that Competes Head-to-Head with Expensive Electrically Created Water Machines for 1/10th of their prices! –  Velaqua is a revolutionary portable water enrichment system that duplicates natures water purification and filtration process using gravity instead of electricity chemicals or other artificial methods.  – Makes WONDERFUL water!  I LOVE mine!   $200  (retails for $350)

NEXT, are items that have been opened and have little usage.

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Navitas Naturals – Goji Berries – 14.5 oz  – (16 oz. bag) – (exp. 10/ 2015) –  $12    (retails for $20)

Navitas Naturals – Maca Powder – Gelatinized Maca – 8 oz. – (16 oz. bag) – (exp. 4/ 2015) – $15   (retails for $48)

Navitas Naturals – Camu Powder – 2.25 oz. (3 oz. bag) – (exp. 9/ 2015)  –  $6     (retails for $17)

Navitas Naturals – Mulberries – 2 oz. (8 oz. bag) – (exp. 10/ 2015) – $2   (retails for $11)

Dr. Mercola – Organic Greens – 6 oz. (6.35 oz. container) – (exp. 7/ 2016) – $12   (retails for $34)

Organic Golden flax seeds – 1.5 lbs. (24 oz.)  – $5

The Maca Team – Raw Organic Red Maca Root Powder – 6 oz. (8 oz. bag) – (exp.4/ 2016) – $10   (retails for $19)

* The Maca Team – Raw Organic Black Maca Root Powder – 3 oz. (8 oz. bag) – (exp.4/ 2016) – $5   (retails for $19)


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First come, first serve.   So email me at for your questions and orders.  Let’s make a deal! 

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Dr. Mercola Products Review

Dr. Mercola Products Review

Dr. Mercola Products Review

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Hi everyone!  Prior to Christmas, I was contacted by Joan at to review some of Dr. Mercola’s products.  I like Dr. Mercola and his insightful, informative website.   Joseph M. Mercola is an alternative medicine proponent and osteopathic physician.  is dedicated to providing free health and wellness articles, natural products, as well as other resources to people worldwide, inspiring them to take control of their health. is Rated the #1 Natural Health Website.    Therefore, I was tickled for the opportunity to sample and review four of his products.  

1. Complete Probiotics

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I am a HUGE fan of probiotics knowing their importance in the role of gut health and our overall well-being.  The probiotic that I had been using changed their formula a while back and I didn’t notice it until the last box I was taking was causing me some discomfort and symptoms of a food allergy.  Upon reading the label carefully, I saw that it now has SOY – are you kidding me!!  In a probiotic!  Many people are sensitive or allergic to soy products these days (yours truly included) and I know when I ingest it – my body gives me certain unpleasant symptoms.  So, I was thrilled to try Dr. Mercola’s probiotic formula.  Check out his article –  Probiotics: One of The Most Important Supplements You Can Take.

Dr. Mercola Complete Probiotics features 10 bacteria strains.  Each two capsule serving delivers 70 billion CFU. The proprietary probiotic blend features:

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus
  • DDS-1 along with bifidobacterium lactis
  • L. plantarum
  • L. casei
  • L. rhamnosus
  • L. brevis
  • B. longum
  • Streptococcus thermophilus
  • L. salivarius and B. bifidum

Dr. Mercola Complete Probiotic capsules are acid and bile resistant. I was pleased to see this product contains no dairy, lactose, wheat, gluten, soy, corn, eggs, yeast, sugar, artificial flavors, preservatives or GM ingredients.   Major score!

The first day of taking this probiotic, no problems or adverse reactions.  Remember, that each body is different and will respond to supplements uniquely.   I took the entire bottle over a 30 day period and was very pleased.  I will be continuing with this probiotic in my supplement arsenal.  I order mine HERE. 

2. Organic Greens Powder

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Dr. Mercola’s Organic Greens Powder is a great source for helping to increase your daily nutrient intake when you can’t get all of the vegetables and green leafy foods that are recommended.    Perhaps you’ve tried other green food supplements, only to find them to be disappointing in taste and texture.  Not this one.  It is smooth and tastes wonderful.  Organic Greens has been tested to ensure it’s non-GMO and gluten-free. 

Organic Greens is a high-quality formula that is:

  • Quick and easy to use
  • Easily taken with shakes, smoothies, puddings, coconut cream fat bombs and protein powder drinks
  • Sweetened naturally with organic stevia extract

Plus, it doesn’t have a strong, unpleasant “green” taste even though it’s packed with:

  • Powdered forms of an assortment of organic vegetables plus organic cereal grasses from North America
  • Two top superfoods – Chlorella and Spirulina
  • An organic Mushroom Blend for immune support*
  • Exceptional alkalizing extracts that provide antioxidant benefits, including one of Japan’s best kept secrets – Green Matcha – Apple and Green Tea*
  • Two stunning adaptogen ingredients – Maca Root and Rhodiola

I used this greens powder in my post workout protein shakes, mixed into coconut cream fat bombs, chocolate avocado pudding and still sneaking it in various recipes.  A little goes a long way, but I will be purchasing more when I need it.  I order mine HERE

3. Whole Food Multivitamin Plus

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Whole Food Multivitamin Plus provides you with high-potency amounts of an exclusive antioxidant formula that includes:*

  • Natural beta-carotene — healthy vision and immune system support*
  • Vitamin C — promotes tissue growth and repair, and healthy gums*
  • Vitamin E — helps support your muscular system*
  • Selenium — bolsters your healthy immune system*
  • L-cysteine — supports your immune and respiratory systems*
  • Lutein — helps promote your healthy vision*
  • Lycopene — supports your immune system*
  • Red wine proanthocyanidins — provides you with cardiovascular system support*
  • And select extracts and powders from over 25 fruits, vegetables, and herbs

I took this multi-vitamin for a few days, but something in the formula did not agree with me.  SO, Scott got take this whole food multi-vitamin.  He had no reactions and says it is has provided energy and nutrients in a bio-available form.  It is a bit pricey, but a very good whole food formula.  

4. Rhodiola Extract

Rhodiola Extract 30caps

Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea), sometimes called Arctic root or golden root, is considered an adaptogenic herb, meaning that it acts in non-specific ways to increase resistance to stress, without disturbing normal biological functions. The herb grows at high altitudes in the arctic areas of Europe and Asia, and its root has been used in traditional medicine in Russia and the Scandinavian countries for centuries.   Studies of its medicinal applications have appeared in the scientific literature of Sweden, Norway, France, Germany, the Soviet Union and Iceland.   Rhodiola is still widely used in Russia as a tonic and remedy for fatigue, poor attention span, and decreased memory; it is also believed to make workers more productive. In Sweden and other Scandinavian countries it is used to increase the capacity for mental work and to boost general strength and vitality. 

I’ve taken this herb before and know of its immense benefits and longevity aspects.  I took one capsule of Dr. Mercola’s Rhodiola extract per day till I finished the bottle and was pleased with the quality of this product. 


Overall, I am really impressed with Dr. Mercola’s products that I was given the opportunity to sample and review.  Thank you Joan!!    Please feel free to look into Dr. Mercola’s products for you will find quality.    Hope you enjoyed the product review and I will be back soon.

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These Are a Few of My FAVORITE Things – Products I’m LOVING

These Are a Few of My FAVORITE Things – Products I’m LOVING

Products I’m LOVING

I’ve got a list of fantastic products that I have been using for quite some time (from a few months to a few years).  I figured I would pick a few every so often and share them with you.   These are tried and true in my book.  With these items, the quality is unsurpassed and the results speak for themselves.   Here is the first lineup of products that I use daily (even twice a day) for beauty and health inside and out.




I discovered this amazing product back in the days when I took my herbalist degree through The School of Natural Healing (1998).  A synergistic blend of popular whole nutritional food for the body and nutrient dense herbs has been created into Vitalerbs.    This is the way nature intended for us to acquire our vitamins and minerals – from whole foods and herbs – the way our bodies recognize and assimilate these nutrients not from synthetic, processed or fake ingredients.   Scott and I take these daily with great results.  I feel energized, awake, aware without any jitters or stimulant effects yet at the same time with a grounded, balanced and focused response.  My body says “YES, I like these!”  Where the diet may fall short here and there, Vitalerbs fill that gap. 

I went on a 9 mile bike ride yesterday and prior to leaving the house, I popped 4 of these capsules and rode with ease like never before. 

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Scott and Kibby at Jack Rabbit trails in Hayesville, NC

I had great stamina and endurance (which is not always the case in my riding) and could have gone more but the weather became inclement so it didn’t happen.  I take these prior to my outdoor yard work or even just hanging out and not doing anything for the day – it is what the body needs daily – nutrients to do its work, repair, regeneration and healing.  This herbal/food blend gives my body just that.  I’ve tried many products but this is THE ONE I keep coming back to and feel the best with.  My Vitamix and Vitalerbs will always be by my side for overall health.

To increase the potency of Vitalerbs, Jurassic Green™ (which consist of alfalfa, barley, and Kamut grass) has been added to the formula. These three ingredients are organically grown in nutrient dense soil, harvested at peak times, juiced, and instantly flash dried using a new process that keeps the temperature below 90 degrees, retaining live the vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes needed for good health.

So instead of taking a dead, fractionated vitamin that your body treats as waste – Take an all natural 100% whole vitamin and mineral food that will help you reach optimum health. Take Vitalerbs.  We do and never will be without them.  I buy mine for the best price at HERE.  * Use my coupon code KUG541 for a discount on 1st time purchases.*


Organic, flash dried Alfalfa
Barley and Wheat Grass (Jurassic Green™)
Organic Dandelion
Organic Purple Dulse
Irish Moss
Rose Hips
Beet root
Nutritional Yeast
Organic Cayenne fruit
Blue Violet
Carrot juice
Organic Ginger


Take 2-6 capsules 2 times daily.  Sometimes I take 4 in the morning and that is all I need for the day.

This combination provides the following vitamins and minerals in whole food quantities:
Ascorbic Acid (Vit. C.), Bioflavonoids (Vit. P), Biotin (Vit. H), Calcium, Carotene (Vit A), Choline, Pantothanic acid, Chromium, Cobalamin (Vit. B6), Cobalt, Copper, Fiber, Flourine, Folic Acid, Inositol, Iodine, Iron, Linoleic Acid (Vit. F), Magnesium, Manganese, Niacin (Vit. B3), Paba, Pangamic Acid (Vit. B15), Pantothenic Acid (Vit. B5), Phosphorus, Potassuirn, Protein (RNA), Pyridoxine (Vit. B6), Riboflaavin (Vit. B2), Selenium, Silicon, Sodium, Sulfur, Thiamine (Vit. Bl), Tin, Trace Minerals, Vitamins D and K, Zinc, and other vitamins and minerals that nature knows we need.

All of Dr. Christopher’s products are top-notch in quality ingredients (mostly organic), reliable and effective.  I have used many of them over the years with great results depending on what was needed.  I highly recommend them!  Check out this site for all his formulas and further information.  Again, has the best prices.  Herbs are food and the body recognizes them to nurture and heal the body. 



Skinny Coconut Oil 16.9oz Virgin

 Several months ago, Emily from Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil contacted me to see if I wanted to try a few small jars of their coconut oil.  I immediately researched the company and product before agreeing to test (that’s what I do!)  Upon exploration of their site and product, I gladly agreed to try out Skinny Coconut Oil.  I have been using coconut oil for years. I know all coconut oils aren’t created equal, but this one is very impressive.  I took my time comparing and trying out this oil to my other one.  When I put a small amount on my face, I immediately noticed the difference.  My skin absorbed the oil (drank it in, rather) and radiated a glow.  It was fed!  Other coconut oils I’ve used seem to hang around on the skin with a coating (which is nice) but this oil was different (better!) 

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil is a small batch coconut oil made with a Nutralock System™. Unlike most coconut oils available on the market, Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil is never heated above room temperature and goes through a slow manufacturing process to ensure their quality remains the best on the market. This process  takes about 3x as long as other processes used and requires about double the coconuts needed to fill their jars.  Yet the difference is noted upon smell, taste and feel.  QUALITY, baby!  I love it!!

Coconut Oil is known to (and I experience these results with consistent use):

  • Boosts metabolism
  • Improves Brain clarity
  • Balances Blood Sugar
  • Stabilizes hormones
  • Increases energy and endurance during a workout – 1 TB. prior to activity (that’s the way I do it)
  • Improves muscle building after training/workout and reduces recovery time – add to post-workout smoothie or 1 TB. by mouth are just a few ways to get it in (herb teas, hot tonics are great sources for this coconut oil too!)


Skinny Coconut Oil

Learn more about this wonderful Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil HERE.  Thank you Emily for expanding my horizons with your coconut oil.  I’m enjoying some right now in a hot tonic as I type this post.  YUM!



A friend turned me on to this natural toothpaste – Oralive – from Ascended Health when I was telling her about my concerns with tender gums, a tooth that was causing me concern (flaking, smell, pain – not good!), etc.  Extra-strength Oralive is a paste that is made with high quality, impressive essential oils, tissue regeneration factors and Amazon herbs, designed  with the beliefs of helping the body:

– Quell severe gum pain
– Stop gum bleeding
– Inhibit infections deep within the gums

I figured it was more economical to invest in this and give it a try than to go to a dentist. I was thinking pain and seeing big dollar signs.  The testimonials were quite impressive and I decided to go for it.   I ordered, received quickly and immediately put it to use.   Holy WOW!  I’m so glad I did.  Within a day of using this product, my gums stopped swelling, redness was gone and they looked and felt normal.  Within a week, the “wonky” tooth stopped emitting odors, stopped flaking, stopped aching and felt normal.  Could this really be?!  I have used this paste daily for about 3 months now.  I recently visited a new dentist (one of my best friends – how about that!) and she did x-rays, full cleaning and close inspection to that funky tooth.  All was normal and looked great.  She was impressed with how well my teeth and mouth looked.  I tell you, honestly, it sure didn’t feel that way a few months ago.  My gums were healthy and the “gum test” warranted low numbers (the one where they poke your gums with a sharp instrument).  My numbers from my last dental cleaning from 2 years ago (I know!) were higher – which resonates to periodontal/gum disease.   Using Oralive was the only thing I did differently for the issue.  Not any more!   Scott has been seeing and feeling positive results with usage also.  I am sold and will keep this stuff in our cabinet for usage as long as it is made.    Learn more about it HERE.  I also LOVE their “I AM BEAUTIFUL” Skin oil.  Have had great results with this product too. 

Check out my PRODUCTS PAGE for more products I use and recommend.  I’ll be sharing more goodies with you soon.

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Almond Lucuma Maca Tonic Milk + Maca Product Review

Almond Lucuma Maca Tonic Milk + Maca Product Review

Maca Product Review

 photo Maca_zpsd5c53896.jpg I have to admit, I have a superfood crush.  Well actually, I have several, but this little cutie is a part of my daily dietary intake for many good reasons. I have tried many Maca’s over the years.  The Maca that I have been purchasing and using recently just wasn’t cutting it anymore. I normally use the gelatinized version of Maca because it is easier to digest.   The potency, taste and texture had changed.  I wasn’t getting the same results that I used to.  So, that sent me on a search for a new Maca product.  I was looking for QUALITY, reasonaby priced, organic, sustainably farmed and 100% GMO free.  I found THE MACA TEAM.  I contacted the company with some extra questions and I was fortunate to receive some samples of Maca from them.  I got a box containing the organic raw red maca and raw black maca.  I was excited and a little hesitant.  Why was I hesitant? Well, I have a sensitive digestive system and my experience with most raw Maca left me gassy and bloated.  Not pretty, right!?

I have tested these two items honestly and proficiently with many recipes to make sure.  Guess what?  It’s THE ONE!  My crush is back for The Maca Team – Maca!  They have far surpassed any of the other Maca’s I have used in the past.  The smell is not overwhelming.  It is quite pleasant and aromatic.  The taste is fresh and smooth. The Maca Team – Maca is harvested one time per year – between June and August.  They only sell Maca from the current year’s harvest.  Because they order in smaller lots, their Maca powder is continually made fresh.  The proof is there.  OK, so my #1 win for this Maca was the raw version DID NOT upset my stomach.  You read it!  I tried it so many different ways just to be sure and no discomfort, bloating, gas, pains or the like.   Just positive results. Therefore, I just HAD to share this great find with you.  Woo Hoo!  They have an amazing array of raw and gelatinized products – red, black, and blend in powder and capsules.  I am super happy with the red and black raw versions.  I will try out the gelatinized version once these are gone. 

If you sign up for their email notifications (Exclusive News, Updates, Deals, & More!), you will receive a 10% off coupon for your first order. 

Just a few good reasons why you should choose The Maca Team… they were mine:

  • Fairtrade
  • 100% Non-GMO
  • 100% Organic
  • Premium quality
  • Excellent customer service and support
  • Great price

So what’s all the hype about this ancient Peruvian root?  It has been hailed as a superfood for numerous reasons.  Well, look at some of the facts:

  • Increased energy
  • Athletic endurance
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fertility
  • Regulating hormones
  • Reduces anxiety and stress
  • Improves circulation
  • Mental clarity and focus
  • Clear skin
  • Stronger teeth and bones
  • Muscle gain
  • Over 20 fatty acids
  • 20 essential amino acids
  • Numerous minerals and vitamins
  • Helps with hormonal balance…the list of benefits goes on!

Nutrition Profile

  • Maca is rich in quality carbs, which, combined with its alkaloids and other nutrients make it a great choice for sustained energy
  • Maca is loaded with bio-available plant protein that is easy for the body to assimilate
  • Maca contains relatively high levels of cellulose and lignan, both of which stimulate intestinal function.  Fiber is a key component to a healthy digestive and elimination system.
  • Maca contains 17 amino acids. These drive many cellular functions in the body including sexual and fertility functions.
  • 20 different free fatty acids have been found in Maca.  They work to support cellular function. The most abundant fatty acids adding to Maca’s nutritional value are linolenic acid, palmitic acid, oleic acid and steric acid.
  • Maca has vitamins: B1 (helps the body convert carbohydrates into energy.  Essential for good heart, muscle and nervous system function.) B2 (important for body grown and red blood cell production), C (supports anit-oxidant activity), Niacin (supports healthy circulation)
  • Maca has minerals:
    • Calcium—maca contains higher levels of calcium than milk.  Calcium is crucial in bone development as well as for nerve and circulatory system health.
    • Phosphorus—important for the hemostasis of calcium as well as for transmitting electrical stimuli for brain and muscle action.
    • Magnesium—essential for the synthesis of protein and for muscle and nerve activity.   Crucial for heart health.
    • Potassium—works within the cells to help maintain healthy osmosis.
    • Sodium—along with potassium can support positive circulation
    • Copper—supports enzyme health.
    • Zinc—helps in clarity of thought and mental function
    • Manganese—supports healthy growth
    • Iron—vital component of hemoglobin.  Supports health muscle growth.
    • Selenium—protects cells against free radicals.
    • Boron—supports proper metabolism.

Maca has been a blessing in my diet for several years now.  It has been a boon to increasing energy, replenishing my body with nutrients when needed, balancing hormones (it’s an adaptogen that works for men and women alike), helped physical endurance with outdoor work and more.  I can tell a difference when I don’t take it.  It is therefore my daily comrade. 

Disclaimer:  I tried samples of this product, provided by the company at no cost to me.  Opinions found in this post are mine and were not influenced by The Maca Team. They are honest and true.  I was so impressed with the product that I became an affiliate seller. Should you choose to click on a link connecting to The Maca Team site and make a purchase, I would get a referral fee for the sale. Thank you!

How do you incorporate Maca powder into your diet!? I add it to my morning smoothies, oatmeal, soups, dips, homemade dressings, etc.  Check out my Happy Hormone Tonic, Vegan Chocolate Superfood Protein Smoothie, and Tonic Superfood Smoothie.

Try out this creamy, healthy tonic milk below.  This milk is made with organic raw Red Maca and Lucuma powder – both of which are potent Peruvian foods that are full of nutrients and fuel the body on a cellular level.

Lucuma Powder is made from whole Peruvian lucuma fruit that has been dried at low temperatures and milled into a fine powder. This low-glycemic sweetener contains many nutrients including beta-carotene, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, calcium and protein. Yellow lucuma powder has a unique, maple-like taste that’s a delight in a variety of recipes.  The lucuma fruit is naturally sweet, but low on the Glycemic Index, making it a healthy choice for individuals seeking to decrease their sugar consumption.

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 Almond Lucuma Maca Tonic Milk


3 cups homemade almond milk (quick version – 3 cups water + 3 TB. raw almond butter – blend)

2 TB. raw lucuma powder

1 TB. raw Red Maca (or any of THE MACA TEAM products)

2 medjool dates – pitted (soaked if using a standard blender) or sweetener of choice – raw honey, liquid stevia are also nice


Add all ingredients to a blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend till smooth and creamy – 30 seconds or so.  Tweak flavors to liking. Pour into a large mason jar or glass bottle with flip top lid.  Will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


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Astragalus IV: Anti-Aging Potential Tonic Herb

Astragalus IV: Anti-Aging Potential Tonic Herb

Astragalus IV: Anti-Aging Potential Tonic Herb

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The wonderful folks at Imperial Wisdom know their business when it comes to researching, acquiring quality herbs and creating a powerful tonic blend that will take your health and wellness to a whole new level.  If you are a “tonic herb” geek like me, then you will love this information.  Take some time and peruse this amazing research that Marcus Schneider, creator of Imperial Wisdom, has shared with me to share with YOU! 

Don’t just go by what you’ve heard about a tonic herb such as  “It’s great stuff, take it.”  Go deeper and discover WHY.  Why is this herb good for you?  What are the health qualities that deem this herb special?  What are the ancient and scientific studies boasting these claims?  These are questions I ask myself when I come across a tonic herb that I am interested in.  I don’t just read one article, I read many.  I get intimate with the herb.  Finding out as much about it as possible so that I can make my own informed decision about it.  Therefore, today I offer you some well researched and proven information about one of my favorite tonic herbs that I take daily. 

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Astragalus IV Studied
for its Anti-Aging Potential

A little-known compound found in certain species of shrubs has scientists fascinated: could it be the fountain of youth that humanity has been longing to find for millenia?

Astragaloside IV : An Anti-Aging Miracle?

Astragaloside IV is a saponin extracted from the root of Astralagus membranaceus.  Recent studies have shown that Astragaloside IV may have a strong anti-aging potential by preserving telomere integrity and actively destroying free radicals that lead to cell damage.1,2  Telomeres are protective structures on the end of each chromosome. Recent research has found that the length of telomeres influences the aging process and likely play a role in age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease, osteoporosis and cancer.3   Cells multiply by replicating their DNA to form new cells.  When the DNA strands split to create copies of themselves, the process damages the genetic material a little every time and the strands can eventually be pulled apart, leading to all kinds of dysfunctional cells. Telomeres cap the ends of DNA strands to help prevent them from being pulled apart but over time, telomeres shorten as a result of normal DNA replication and oxidative damage, preventing them from effectively playing their role of protecting DNA integrity.4

To counter this effect, our bodies naturally have a telomere-preserving enzyme called telomerase.  Its role is to regenerate telomeres as they shorten in order to maintain their protective effect against cell degeneration. However, most cells lack sufficient telomerase to counteract the effects of free radicals and oxidative stress and thus telomeres are gradually destroyed. This leads to the common signs of aging — disease, reduced tissue regeneration and loss of tissue function.  Stress can greatly accelerate this process.1

Not only does telomerase activation prevent age-related cell and tissue degeneration, studies have also found that it helps reverse it.4  This is huge — if we could find a way to scientifically create a powerful telomerase activator, telomeres would never get short enough to allow cell replication and oxidation to damage the cell’s DNA.  With perfectly undamaged DNA, we could  potentially extend our lifespan by a significant amount.  As we know, aging is related to the degeneration of cells and tissue that can no longer perform their function adequately. If increasing telomerase activity allows the regeneration of dying or damaged cells, we could very well see the beginning of a new era in terms of regenerative medicine.  Recent studies are showing that we may be on the right track with Astragaloside IV.

What Science Has Discovered About Astragaloside IV

Breakthrough research has indicated that Astragaloside IV counteracts cell aging by activating telomerase, thus increasing the rate of telomere regeneration.  A study reported that 40% of subjects showed an increase in mean telomere length after one year of taking an Astragaloside IV supplement.  Furthermore, telomerase seems to act primarily on the shortest telomeres.  This is significant because the shortest telomeres are usually the ones that become dysfunctional. Increased telomerase activity could therefore contribute to maintaining a minimal telomere length in order to prevent tissue degeneration.1  A brand-new study has also been able to prove that Astragaloside IV has enough telomerase activation power to restore a more youthful cell profile by reducing the overall amount of cells with very short or damaged telomeres.4

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Another study examined the relationship between Astragaloside IV and free radical damage to determine its potential use as a treatment for multiple sclerosis.  This study found that Astragaloside had a strong antioxidant action by neutralizing free radicals and increasing the levels of antioxidant enzymes.6  Free radicals are unstable molecules that are formed when atoms containing weak bonds are split, often during normal metabolism or as a result of stress.  Because of their unstable nature, free radicals seek to bond with electrons from surrounding molecules, creating more free radicals. This process is called oxidation.  Eventually, this leads to the disruption of normal biological processes and accelerates cell aging by destroying telomeres.  Antioxidants are stable compounds that neutralize free radicals by scavenging unstable molecules and freely offering an electron to stabilize them, effectively ending the free radical creation chain.7

These studies suggest that Astragaloside IV has a dual action in telomere preservation.  On one hand, its telomerase activating properties help lengthen the shortest telomeres on each chromosome, preventing them from becoming too short and dysfunctional. Furthermore, its oxidation-fighting action contributes to the prevention of free radical damage to telomeres and other cell components.  Because telomere length is thought to be a major factor in the prevention of cell degeneration associated with aging, research surrounding Astragaloside IV as an anti-aging compound seems very promising.

Astragaloside IV and Disease Prevention

Many age-related diseases are directly related to the loss of telomere integrity and free radical damage.  For example, multiple sclerosis and dementia (Alzheimer’s disease) are the result of nerve and tissue destruction.  Cancer is caused by the rapid replication of abnormal cells, which are probably created from oxidation damage.  Hepatitis, cirrhosis and liver failure are also linked to the loss of normal tissue function. Astragaloside IV plays a role in the prevention of these diseases and many other conditions by contributing to the preservation of cell integrity on a microscopic level.  Studies are currently being conducted on this potentially powerful age-fighting compound in order to reduce the effects of aging on humans.  With more research, could it be possible that humans will soon find a way to preserve their physical and mental capacities for an extra few decades?

Looking and Feeling 25 Forever?

A clinical experiment on mice revealed that activating telomerase appeared to make the subjects age backwards, repairing their tissues and even regenerating neurons.8  Neurons are key components of the nervous system and are the only cells in the body that do not naturally replicate — we are born with a set number of neurons.  As they get damaged, they eventually die and do not get replaced.  In another experiment, scientists discovered that a topical gel enriched with Astragalus IV helped with collagen formation, wound healing and dramatically improved the appearance of scars.9  Since wrinkles and aging skin come from the loss of collagen throughout the years, could it be possible that we have potentially discovered a way to look youthful and have the sharp memory of a young adult well into our advanced decades? This is what scientists are currently attempting to find out.

Despite the many questions that remain, one thing is certain: Astragaloside IV has great scientific and medical potential. Many studies already account for its extraordinary effects on human health, and the future will eventually reveal if we have finally found the cure against aging.

(See sources at bottom of page.)

OK, I hope you read all this awesome information!  I have been taking tonic herbs for years and can justify to their medicinal and healing  qualities.  It is my passion to continuously learn more about them and share the information with you.  Herbs have a place in our present life and our future.   So, if you are interested in sourcing a quality product for this anti-aging herb, let me guide you to Ancient Wisdom – Imperial Tonics Superfood that I take daily.   Taking a scoop of this potent blend by mixing it in your morning and/or afternoon smoothie, daily tonic drinks, adding to your raw desserts, and so much more.  Get creative.  It is just the same as taking your daily multi-vitamin.  Herbs are food and are to be taken daily to get the best results.  Not just once in awhile.  Remember, daily practices are the ones that give you the best results and feed your body-mind.  You are worth it.  You really are!

Learn more about Ancient Wisdom from my past articles (links below) and ways to incorporate this superfood tonic blend into your dietary lifestyle with some great recipes. 

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Scientific articles(1) A Natural Product Telomerase Activator As Part of a Health Maintenance Program
        Calvin B. Harley, Weimin Liu, Maria Blasco, Elsa Vera, William H. Andrews, Laura A. Briggs, and Joseph M. Raffaele. Rejuvenation Research. February 2011, 14(1): 45-56. doi:10.1089/rej.2010.1085.(2) Anti-aging effect of astragalosides and its mechanism of action
LEI Hong, WANG Bin, LI Wei-Ping, YANG Yan, ZHOU Ai-Wu, CHEN Min-Zhu. Institute of Clinical Pharmacology, Anhui Medical University. October 2002.(3) Lifestyle Changes May Lengthen Telomeres, A Measure of Cell Aging
Fernandez, Elizabeth. University of California San Francisco. September 2013. Retrieved from Functional Assessment of Pharmacological Telomerase Activators in Human T-Cells
Molgora B, Bateman R, Sweeney G, Finger D, Dimler T, Effros RB, Valenzuela HF. Cells. 2013; 2(1):57-66.
(5) Oxidative Stress Shortens Telomeres
von Zglinicki T. Trends in Biochemical Science. July 2002, 27(7) : 339-44.

(6) Astragaloside IV Attenuates Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis of Mice by Countering Oxidative Stress at Multiple Levels
Yixin He, Min Du, Yan Gao, Hongshuai Liu, Hongwei Wang, Xiaojun Wu, and Zhengtao Wang. Shanghai Key Laboratory of Complex Prescription, Institute of Chinese Materia Medica, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. August 2013.

(8) Telomerase Reactivation Reverses Tissue Degeneration in Aged Telomerase-Deficient Mice
Jaskelioff M., Florian L. Muller F.L., Paik J., Thomas E., Jiang S., Adams A.C., Sahin E., Kost-Alimova M., Protopopov A., Cadiñanos J., Horner J.W., Maratos-Flier E. & DePinho R.A. Nature 469 : 102–106. January 2011.
(9) Astragaloside IV-loaded nanoparticle-enriched hydrogel induces wound healing and anti-scar activity through topical delivery
Xi Chen, Li-Hua Peng, Ying-Hui Shan, Ni Li, Wei Wei, Lian Yu, Qi-Mei Li, Wen-Quan Liang, Jian-Qing Gao. International Journal of Pharmaceutics, Volume 447, Issue 1, Pages 171-181


(7) Health Check Systems : Understanding Free Radicals and Antioxidants

Imperial Wisdom Tonic Herbal recipes

Imperial Wisdom Tonic Herbal recipes

Imperial Wisdom Tonic Herbal recipes

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I want to share some wonderful herbal tonic recipes with you today from my friend, Marcus Schneider from Imperial Tonics. I have shared with you before about this amazing superfood herbal tonic blend called Imperial Tonic Superfood (Tonic smoothie included) that I have been using since last Summer.  It’s a potent blend and has you covered on all bases.  As I have mentioned in the past, tonic herbs are not a quick fix.  Tonic herbs are by definition herbs that safely promote ones health and healthy aging through regular consumption.  That’s where these healthy smoothies and tonic drinks come into play so easily in our daily diet.  I like having a blend on hand that utilizes my favorite tonic herbs so when I am in a hurry, I can just add to other ingredients, blend, pour into a glass and savor. 

“Tonic herbs are defined as “herbs that promote a long, healthy, vibrant, happy life, without side effects, even when taken over a long period of time.  Essentially, the tonic herbs are wonderful, healthful “super-foods” which benefit our well being in ways that more common foods cannot. They have a protective, balancing, vitalizing quality beyond that of any other herbs. They are generally consumed as a supplement to a well balanced healthy diet for the purpose of completing our nutritional needs and enhancing our nutritional profile.   The tonics are used to promote over-all well being, to enhance the body’s energy, and to regulate the bodily and psychic functioning, to protect the body and mind so as to create what the Chinese call “radiant health.” (source)

So, what is in this tonic blend you might ask?  I know you are.  Let me give you details, for it is what I love to do.  Research, educate and share.  This blend consists of some of the most powerful tonic herbs for longevity and overall well-being. 

Here is what’s in Ancient Wisdom Tonic Superfood and why it’s so good for you:

Astralagus IV Extract

  • An excellent immune booster, thought to slow down the aging process, could play an important role in treating cancer, and normalize disturbances in the body.

Duanwood Reishi Spores

  • Improves how we handle stress, promotes balance, supports digestion which therefore stimulates our immune system and boosts energy levels. Duanwood Reishi is more potent and beneficial to conventional Reishi mushrooms. Reishi is my FAVORITE tonic herb!

Schizandra Extract

  • Decreases fatigue, enhances physical performance and reduces stress levels.  Helps with concentration and even offers liver and kidney protecting benefits.

Goji Berry Extract

  • Strengthens the immune system, increases vitality, reduces irritability.  It’s a nutritional powerhouse and super antioxidant loaded with vitamin C, minerals such as calcium, zinc, and selenium, and iron.

He Shou Wu Extract

  • An effective blood tonic to support healthy aging, healthy muscles, tendons and bones.  It builds essence, builds blood, and enhances fertility for men and women alike.

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Here are 5 recipes that Marcus has so graciously shared.  They are fantastic.  Enjoy!

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Instructions: Peel aloe vera leaf leaving just the pulp and juice. Empty pearl capsules along with all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend on high until aloe and kiwi are liquified.


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Instructions: Cut open a young thai coconut and use the liquid and meat from it. Add to a high speed blender along with all the other ingredients. Blend till smooth and creamy.

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Simply combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend on high until hemp seeds are dissolved and ice is blended.


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Instructions: Boil water and let cool 5 minutes. Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend on high until coconut oil is emulsified and hemp seeds are dissolved. Serve warm.


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Instructions: Blend Chai tea and let cool for 5 minutes. Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend on high until coconut oil is emulsified and hemp seeds are dissolved. Serve warm. Chai Latte is a supertonic elixir.


I hope you enjoyed these recipes from Marcus at Imperial Tonics.  Feel free to learn more about this fantastic Ancient Wisdom superfood tonic blend HERE Connect with Marcus at

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Perfect Protein Power Smoothie from The Blender Girl Cookbook

Perfect Protein Power Smoothie from The Blender Girl Cookbook

Perfect Protein Power Smoothie from The Blender Girl Cookbook

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 It’s here! 

The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks–100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes! Cookbook!

I received my copy of my dear friend, Tess Master’s AMAZING cookbook last week. I spent several hours upon opening this beautiful book immersing myself in all the vast knowledge that Tess so easily shares.  And the recipes!  Oh, my goodness.  Be still my beating heart.  (Southern Belle over here fanning herself with delight).

If you don’t know Tess, she is a woman you want to check out and get to know.  She has the wildly popular blog – Healthy Blender Recipes.  Tess came into my life several years ago when I started visiting her blog consistently for blender recipes.  I started communicating with her – sharing my feedback, gratitude and appreciation for her and the recipes.  We had much in common and became online friends.  She helped me get started with my blog and has been so supportive, encouraging and inspiring in all areas of my life.  She is the “real deal”.  I look forward to meeting her in person someday. She’s down to earth, funny, smart, witty and can she whip up some breath taking meals in her kitchen that she so graciously shares on her website Healthy Blender Recipes. (go visit)

Tess offers easy plant-based recipes that anyone can whip up fast in a blender.  Her newly released cookbook offers 100 whole food recipes that are gluten-free and vegan, and rely on natural flavors and sweeteners.  Many of the recipes are raw and nut, soy, corn and sugar free.  Of course, in a blender cookbook there are fabulous smoothie, soups and spread offerings, yet also include appetizers, salads, and main dishes with a blended component in the versatile collection.  One of the things that I adore about this book is that Tess encourages and guides you that these recipes can easily be adjusted to your personal taste: Add a little extra of this,  leave it out, an extra squeeze of that, etc.  These recipes are so flexible and forgiving.  You are guided to find your own inner “blender babe”. 

Let me take on a brief tour of some the recipes you will find in this beautifully photographed cookbook:

Antioxidant Avenger

Antioxidant Avenger

Fresh Spring Rolls

Fresh Spring Rolls with Orange-Almond Sauce

Watermelon Gazpacho

Watermelon Gazpacho

Incredibly edible edamame dip

Incredibly edible edamame dip

You can watch Tess make this incredible edamame dip at Blythe Natural Living HERE.

raw chocolate-orange torte

Raw chocolate-orange torte

 I have been making the Perfect protein power smoothie from the cookbook every day for about 5 days now.  We have been working outside a lot and I appreciate a healthy, plant-based protein smoothie to assist in recuperating and healing the body.  This recipe delivers and packs a punch to those muscles and I feel great upon drinking it. Tess graciously gave me permission to share this decadent and powerful smoothie with you all today.


Perfect Protein Power Smoothie
Serves 2
This blendsation tastes like ice cream and is a protein powerhouse containing spinach, almond butter, and hemp seeds. Pears pair beautifully with the earthiness of the other ingredients, and ginger wakes up the party. If your pears are really sweet, you could leave out the date. Note that the ginger mellows as the smoothie sits. So, if you are not a fan of its flavor, let the blend chill in the fridge for a half hour.
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  1. 1 cup (240 ml) unsweetened almond or hemp milk (strained if homemade)
  2. 1/2 tsp. probiotic powder (optional)
  3. 1 TB. vegan vanilla protein powder (hemp, rice or other) - I used Sunwarrior Blend Protein Powder
  4. 3 ripe pears, cored and diced
  5. 2 cups (86 g) firmly packed baby spinach
  6. 1/2 banana
  7. 2 TB. raw almond butter (not peanut butter - it's overpowering)
  8. 1 TB. freshly squeezed lime juice, plus more to taste
  9. 2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
  10. 1 tsp. shelled hemp seeds
  11. pinch of natural salt
  12. 1 cup (125 g) ice cubes (I omitted this)
  13. 1 date, pitted and soaked
  1. Throw everything into your blender and blast on high speed for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy. Tweak lime juice to taste.
Kibby's Blended Life

 At such an amazing price right now – get this inspiring book that contains a variety of mouth-watering recipes, helpful tips on health advice, and much more at a mere $11.75 on  What a deal!  If I had to keep only one cookbook in my kitchen, it would be this one without a doubt!  It covers all the bases. 

Thank you, Tess for sharing this special part of you with the world.  You are a rock star!

Recipe reprinted with permission from The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks–100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes! by Tess Masters, copyright © 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.


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Butter Me Up! – Ellovi Body Butter review

Butter Me Up! – Ellovi Body Butter review

Ellovi Body Butter Review

Ellovi Body Butter

I am a huge supporter and fan of natural skincare, makeup and body care. During the beginning of my journey of healing, dietary and lifestyle changes, I went to great lengths researching and educating myself about eating well and taking care of my body (I still do). After awhile, I decided to address skincare. I learned that what you put ON your skin (the outside) is just as important as what you eat (the inside).   To me, it was a real eye-opener! I look at everything I put on my skin and decide if it is something I would be willing to eat.  Why you ask?

Our skin is the LARGEST organ of the body.  What you put on it or come into contact with, the skin absorbs, assimilates and processes right into the bloodstream going full circle throughout the body.  Did you know that the commercial body care industry is one of the leading toxic industries in the WORLD? The very products that we shop our grocery stores and malls for consisting from hygiene, shampoo, soap, makeup, skin and body care are actually extremely toxic to our bodies in the way of carcinogens!  Synthetic chemicals, found in conventional body care products, are harmful to the human body and our planet.

There are over 10,000 chemicals used in personal care products including: carcinogens, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, phthalates, nitrosamines, lead, heavy metals and formaldehydes. Parabens, used as preservatives in almost all products, are designed to kill cells and prevent growth of bacteria and fungi. Manufacturers may use almost anything as an ingredient and market products without the FDA’s approval. Some chemicals are allowed only at certain levels, but these levels accumulate from using many products containing chemicals. (source) Pretty scarey, right!?

It means the choices we make today are going to have a real impact on the way we’re going to live our lives tomorrow, especially with these kinds of products that we use daily, over 10 to 30 years or our whole lives. So even though it’s a small quantity of use, it’s chronic exposure. And that is all it takes.

Want to avoid applying known carcinogens to your skin and hair? 

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I was recently contacted by Kelly Winterhalter, founder of Ellovi, to sample and review her natural body butter. She mentioned there were only 6 ingredients in the product. I did a quick review of the website and I said “Yes, please!” ~ Hands clapping in excitement ~ 

Ellovi is a company founded on the grounds of integrity, ethics and offering the finest quality ingredients from around the world in a single product that TRULY delivers.  They are passionate about crafting pure and nutritional skincare products from plants.  My kind of company! Over the years, I have tried many organic, natural, eco-friendly products and Ellovi body butter is one of many that I can honestly claim THIS IS IT! 

Ellovi Body Butter is an intensely hydrating body moisturizer made from macadamia nut, coconut, marula nut, hemp seed, and shea. There are no synthetic ingredients, preservatives, parabens, or other secret ingredients. 

From the Ellovi website:

What’s really special about Butter is that we don’t add water. That means it’s highly concentrated, can’t evaporate like other moisturizers, and we don’t need preservatives. Butter soaks in deep and moisturizes your skin better from the inside out. Even after washing your hands or bathing, Butter will keep your skin intensely hydrated and nourished for days.

This is all true!  I can usually moisturize after a shower and the next day or so upon cleaning again will need to re-apply.  I don’t have to do this with Ellovi Butter. My skin stays hydrated and happy.  I have used it all over my body – head to toe (elbows, hands, legs, face, feet, hair).  Yes, hair! I have used a small amount and rubbed into my palms and applied by gently squeezing to the ends of my hair (before drying or after, as needed).  Great moisturizer and leaves a healthy sheen to hair.  Oh, yeah, it’s also a nice personal lubricant.  Say no more.

I use this luxurious butter on my face as a moisturizer, around my eyes and it doesn’t clog my skin (mine is sensitive) and give me pimples.  My skin looks fresher and clearer.   It has actually started to heal some old scars on my face and body.  Woohoo! 

Ellovi body butter is also safe to use on pets.  It helped clear up a rash on my dog, Meg’s back in just a day.  Score!

You don’t need to use a lot of it, unlike many body butters.  So a little goes a long way and the jar will last longer than most other butters.  It spreads nicely and evenly. It is ultra hydrating and light.  It isn’t greasy or heavy like many other butters.  Ellovi has a fresh light scent – ever so subtle – so it won’t interfere with anything else you are wearing or great for sensitive folks like me. 

So what are the 6 wonderful ingredients (all wildly harvested):

  • Macadamia Nut – Full of youth enhancing fatty acids that are naturally present in young skin
  • Coconut – Provides proteins, amino acids, and vitamins that revitalize skin
  • Marula – Used in Africa for thousands of years as an anti-aging regimen
  • Hemp Seed – Loaded with antioxidants that cleanse skin of environmental toxins
  • Shea – Considered sacred by ancient African natives for its natural healing powers

Ellovi body butter is an all-in-one product for skin, hair and body.  I LOVE it and hope you take the opportunity to try it out for yourself.  Packaging was beautiful, simple and the jars are reusable.  Oh yeah, FREE SHIPPING! 

Just as I teach and promote with education of food – The best way to change your “toxic load” is to be aware of the products you are using by reading the labels and knowing the ingredients.  Check your skin care products at to see how they rate. Reducing the number of products you use is also an effective way to lower your exposure to unwanted ingredients. Simplify, baby!  Again, my philosophy –  if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin. Using paraben-free, chemical free, holistic skin care is key.  Either purchase from reputable companies such as Ellovi or make them yourself (DIY).  I do both!

Thank you Kelly for offering me the opportunity to try your body butter.  You’ve got a new customer and I look forward to trying your Lip Butter soon – luxury on the lips!  Kelly is a real sweetheart and feel free to contact her with any questions at

I was not paid for this review. This was purely an honest assessment about a product that I feel passionately about and use myself.  I wanted to share with you!

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Afternoon Delight Herbal Tonic

Afternoon Delight Herbal Tonic

Energy Enhancing Immune Boosting Herbal Tonic

The weather outside this week has been cold, dreary and snowy.   I whipped this tonic up on Wednesday afternoon to warm me up, boost my energy (cabin fever going on here!) and enhance my immune system.  Our immune systems are so delicate and easily influenced by many external AND internal factors.  Daily strengthening of this system is key to radiant health.  This tonic lends not just to “physical” health but to “mental” health.  I have been doing a lot of work on the computer lately and needed some L-dopamine boosting.  What is she talking about, you ask?  L-dopamine has to do with mental focus and can also help with depression, SADS (seasonal affective disorder) – AKA winter depression, winter blues or “I can’t get outside and GROUND, soak up the sun and be with nature.” 

L-Dopa is an amino acid which is a precursor to dopamine.  Dopamine is a neurotransmitter manufactured by certain neurons in the brain. Dopamine neurons are triggered by good feelings.  In short, dopamine makes you feel good. Since dopamine itself can not cross the blood-brain barrier, it is delivered in a precursor state – a form which causes the brain to produce dopamine. L-Dopa is just such a precursor. L-Dopa has been found to be effective in alleviating depression, increasing focus and in treating Parkinson’s Disease. One of the best natural sources of L-dopa is Mucuna Pruriens.

Mucuna is an herb (a bean actually) that grows wild in many parts of the world and is reputed in Indian medicine for its therapeutic properties. It is more of a traditional medicine that has still to find its place among modern medicines however it has proven itself valuable and effective in many parts of the world. It has a long history of use in traditional Ayurvedic, African and Caribbean medicine. (source)  It is recommended to take it as needed.  A few days on, a few days off.  One week on, one week off.  See how it works for your body and adjust.  I add it to my tonics when I am focusing on a project (writing), doing a smoothie class or socially interacting – as needed.

Other Mucuna Pruriens Benefits:

  • Improved mood and feeling of well-being
  • Mental clarity
  • Better sleep
  • Anabolic: increased lean muscle mass, decreased fat
  • Increases bone density, helps reverse osteoporosis
  • Smoother skin
  • Stronger immune system
  • Helps regenerate organs
  • Healthier cholesterol profile
  • (source)

The best quality Macuna I have found and use myself is from Hyperion Herbs.  You can get it here.  Great results!

There are other superstar herbs in this tonic blend – but overall they synergize to balance and enhance one another to warrant you one HEALTHY, powerful, grounding drink. 

Maca is a wonderful hormone balancer.  It is important to remember that MACA does not itself contain any hormones, but its action on the body jolts the pituitary gland into producing the precursor hormones which ultimately end up raising estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels, as well as helping to balance the adrenal glands, the thyroid and the pancreas. This occurs naturally while increasing energy. (sourceI take Maca daily to keep those hormones in check.  I usually increase the dosage a bit during “that time of the month” and it makes life (and Scott’s life) more enjoyable. 

Reishi Mushroom   This prized fungus may be able to boost your immune system, fight cancer, ward off heart disease, calm your nerves and relieve both allergies and inflammation.   According to Eastern thought, the body needs to defend itself against threats to its “equilibrium.” These threats can be physical, such as viruses and bacteria that cause infection; emotional, such as stressors that cause anxiety; or energetic, in that they reduce alertness. Whatever the threat, reishi helps the body maintain its defense against these threats to its equilibrium, helping the body to maintain balance. In this sense, diseases like heart disease and cancer mean that the body is out of balance, which is why an equilibrium-enhancing remedy such as reishi can help so many diverse ailments.  Read more here for some astounding proof of this mushroom. (sourceI take Reishi daily.

King of cacao – Raw chocolateCacao is increasingly being consumed for its nutritive and health enhancing properties as it has been in many cultures for thousands of years.  If you feel exceptionally good when eating it, you can thank the “bliss” chemical anandamine along with theobromine and phenylethylamine for boosting your mood. Pure cacao powder also contains a good dose of magnesium, which plays an important role in maintaining a healthy heart.

Dandy Blend is so versatile that, depending on how much powder you use, it can be everything from a pleasant, nutty roasted tea to a rich, strong espresso. It also is the easiest way to get the benefits of dandelion root into your diet.   Dandelion root aids the liver.  Add one spoonful in a cup of hot or cold liquid, stir, and it is ready to drink. It makes a particularly good iced coffee for use in warm water.  Rich, smooth full-bodied coffee flavor, but no caffeine, acidity or bitterness.  I LOVE this stuff!  It’s also great to add to raw ice creams, puddings, pies, hot chocolate drinks,etc. for a coffee-like taste with NONE of the coffee side-effects.

Cordyceps is one of the oldest Chinese remedies to boost the immune system, fight disease and fatigue, promote more energy, and induce vitality!  This herb increases the natural killer cells in your body that help to treat, protect, and prevent harmful activity in the body- whether it be from sickness, disease, stress, free radicals, or other environmental pollutants.  The polysaccharide content is also a key factor in not only the strengthening of the immune system, but also the powerful anti-oxidant properties, which in turn, help to slow oxidation and aging of the body. Cordyceps is highly effective in attacking the pathogens that take harmful action on your immune system.  It is a leading herb for its energy supplementation, with no contradictions like those you would get with herbs like ginseng.  Cordyceps is used as an energy tonic, for sustainable and lasting natural energy, without affecting the heart, as it is used in some cases to nurture and treat the heart.  This is truly indicative of cordyceps amazing adaptogenic qualities, making it one of the safest and most effective herbs on the planet, providing absolutely no side effects, as it is naturally non-toxic. (source)  Cordyceps is part of my daily tonic intake also. 

Hemp seeds make a tonic super creamy and pack it full of nutrition.  One of the most nutritious and easily digested foods on the earth is the hemp seed. Hemp seeds contain all of the following: protein, essential amino acids, and essential fatty acids. Hemp is truly a food that can sustain all of man’s dietary needs. 

  • Hemp contains more of the beneficial amino acids than proteins such as milk, eggs or meat.   Hemp is a complete source of protein and is easily digestible.    Hemp seed contains almost seven times more omega-3 fatty acids than fish. It also provides an option for those unable to eat gluten, meat, sugar and milk. It is a good addition to a diet for those concerned about avoiding carbohydrates. (source)   Try my Vanilla Cacao Hemp Seed Milk.

This herbal tonic tastes and looks like a mocha cappuccino.  This is just a sneak peak of the tonic recipes that I am creating for you for the Tonic eBook.  You will have such amazing recipes to fuel your body, mind and spirit to a whole new level. I am so excited to be able to share it with you. 

Tonic recipe:

(serves 1)

Double the recipe for two people – which is what I did (Scott loves these tonics also).   Or make a double batch – one serving in a.m. and one later mid-afternoon, if need be. (I just keep the extra in a small thermos to keep warm for hours when I am ready for it).


Heat your liquid in a small saucepan on the stove (NOT THE MICROWAVE please).  While liquid base is heating (warm/hot, never boil – so keep an eye on it),  add all the other ingredients into a high powered blender (I use a Vitamix).  Once your liquid base is warm/hot, add it to your blender, fit lid on tightly and blend for about 20 – 30 seconds till smooth and creamy.  Taste and adjust flavors.

( * Tip: The reason the liquid is best warm/hot for this tonic drink is that it synergizes all the herbs to work more efficiently.  Best taken on an empty stomach.)

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Imperial Tonics Giveaway Winner announced

Imperial Tonics Giveaway Winner announced

Imperial Tonics Winner

 photo tonicsmoothie2_zps1e36f49e.jpgWith the weather across the nation going crazy with snow storms, rain and the like, NOW is a great time to protect yourself and your immunity with healing herbs through a tonic blend such as Imperial Tonics Ancient Wisdom.  I love making my blend into a hot drink that warms my body, mind and spirit.  This blend gives me energy (not bouncing off the wall energy) but a stable, uplifting, balanced energy.  It supports and backs my immune system so I know I can fend off and kick those germs to the curbside.  Can’t touch this! 

Thank you for all the lovely comments and entries.  I wish I could gift everyone of you a bottle of this Wisdom.  However, I only had one bottle to gift,  so the lucky winner is:

John Santos

Don’t forget, Marcus Schneider at Imperial Tonics is gifting a lovely sale and offering a discount of 25% off all orders of Ancient Wisdom. Free shipping on multiple bottles.  Use coupon code HOLIDAYS2013 from NOW through January 8th, 2014.  Take advantage of this sale/deal while supplies last.  

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